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World Championship Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for the October 2018 World Billiards Championship will be as follows;

AAll former & defending World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL)
BAmerica [Fraser Durham]
COceania [Jason Colebrook]
DAsia [Dhvaj Haria]
EEurope [Rob Hall]
GWDBS Disability nomination
H8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Woman Player
IWLBS World Women’s Champion [Emma Bonney]
J32 players from the final 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit
KQualifiers from a 1 day Qualification Tournament


  • Spots are generally awarded in chronological order, ie the order in which they are won. This is done in case a player wins multiple spots. For example, if the same player wins the World Championship and then the Asian Championship that player would get the World Champion spot (as this was won first) and the Asian spot would be offered to the runner up in the Asian Championship.
  • Regional championships are used to determine spots where they exist (Asia & Oceania). Where they do not exist (Europe, America & Africa) we use our own open major event or a direct Regional Federation nomination instead. In these cases only players who are citizens of their respective region are eligible to receive these nominations.
  • The 32 players from the 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit (J) will be players who have not already qualified from A-I (see list below*).
  • The number of players taken from the Qualification Tournament will depend on the number required to make all groups in the main events equal.
  • The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit and any players who are members of, and supported by an NGB.
  • The defending champion will be seeded number 1; subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL Ranking List as at 31st August 2018.


*WBL Top 32
Below is a list of who will be nominated as part of the WBL allocation of players. The qualification route is stated next to the player where it is known.

This list will evolve as players are nominated by their NGBs or decline their invitation and the WBL nominations will then go further down the list accordingly.

Players below in BOLD have either entered or indicated that they are going to. For a list of who has actually entered and paid see here.


SingaporePeter GilchristWorld Champion
EnglandDavid CausierWorld Champion
EnglandRobert HallEurope
EnglandJonathan MarwoodENG
AustraliaJason ColebrookOceania
IndiaDhvaj HariaASIA
EnglandSteve BrookshawWBL 1
IndiaSourav KothariIND
EnglandDarren ClarkWBL 2
EnglandRyan MearsWBL 3
EnglandMartin GoodwillWBL 4
IndiaRaja SubramanianIND
IndiaDhruv SitwalaIND
EnglandGary NormanWBL 5
EnglandChris CoumbeWBL 6
IndiaRupesh ShahWorld Champion
EnglandPhil DavisWBL 7
EnglandNathan MannWBL 8
IndiaAlok KumarIND
EnglandMike RussellWorld Champion
ScotlandPaul McGowanSCO
IndiaSiddharth ParikhIND
EnglandMark HirstWBL 9
EnglandNalin PatelWBL 10
New ZealandWayne CareyNZ
EnglandBarry RussellWBL 11
IndiaDevendra JoshiIND
AustraliaPeter TankardAUS
EnglandBrian HarveyWBL 12
EnglandChris MitchellWBL 13
EnglandAdam ClarkeWBL 14
ScotlandJamie JenkinsSCO
ScotlandAlan ShepherdSCO
EnglandArthur WinnWBL 15
Rep. of IrelandAidan MurrayIRE
IndiaSushrut PandiaWBL 16
EnglandCraig FitzpatrickWBL 17
EnglandStephen KershawWBL 18
AustriaMartin SchmidtAUT
EnglandBrian PritchardWBL 19
WalesEddie DugganWAL
EnglandPeter AtkinsonWBL 20
EnglandSam WalkerWBL 21
EnglandJason DevanneyWBL 22
EnglandTerry McAdamWBL 23
EnglandKevin PayneWBL 24
AustriaMarkus BauerAUT
EnglandGeoffrey LingardWBL 25
EnglandStephen StokesWBL 26
EnglandRon BickerdikeWBL 27
EnglandChris BishopWBL 28
EnglandMark HillWBL 29
EnglandRoy DensonWBL 30
EnglandMick WhiteWBL 31
EnglandPeter JohnsonWBL 32
IndiaGeet SethiWorld Champion
IndiaShrikrishna SuriIND
FranceAkhilesh MohanFRA
ScotlandPaul WhelanSCO
ScotlandCalum HossackSCO
ScotlandDavid StoneSCO
IndiaJai Ganesh MarudanayagamIND
EnglandEmma BonneyWorld Women’s Champion
Northern IrelandJack McLaughlinNI
CanadaFraser DurhamAmerica
Northern IrelandKorbin LoweNI
WalesPeter StanyerWAL
WalesElvet SmithWAL

2019 World Matchplay Championship Prize Money

Prize money for the 2019 World Matchplay Billiards Championship will be as follows:

..   x       =
WINNER£3,200.00   1£3,200.00
RUNNER UP£1,600.00   1£1,600.00
SEMIS£800.00   2£1,600.00
QUARTERS£400.00   4£1,600.00
LAST 16£200.00   8£1,600.00
LAST 32£100.00  16£1,600.00
HIGH BREAK£1 Per Point   1£100.00


Event Entries

World Billiards would like to clarify a number of issues regarding entering events:

We have experienced a number of instances recently with players trying to register for events by emailing or calling asking us to put them in to the tournament. We would like to make it clear that we cannot accept entries for any reason without completion of the relevant on-line entry form and payment of the entry fee before the closing date. Payment at the event or after the closing date is not an option.

There are numerous ways for players to enter events, including by PayPal, credit or debit card, bank transfer and via the Smartphone App. The onus really is on the player to find a way of using one of the entry methods available. If you think you may have problems with any of these five options, please don’t leave it to the last day to enter, as we may not be on hand to resolve the problem before entries close. Unfortunately we are not able to accept credit or debit card payments over the phone.

We cannot accept entries after the closing date and time under any circumstances. This is published on the website well in advance.

Please be aware that your name will only appear on the entry list once it has been approved by admin. This is a manual process and may take up to a few days depending on how you pay and when we are in front of a PC to actually approve it. Entries are not approved before the entry fee reaches us. Please don’t email us asking where your name is unless it has been more than three days since you entered. 

Our closing date has in the past usually been on the Sunday evening prior to the event taking place. This has now been brought forward to the Saturday afternoon, just less than one week from the start of the event. This is to allow our Tournament Director Steve Lock time to draw and schedule the events over a weekend rather than during the week when he is working in his full time job. This process begins the second the entries close.

Please note that closing dates and times may vary slightly depending on circumstances, so please keep an eye on the website for each event. 

Please be aware that we do not issue refunds of entry fees for players withdrawing from events after the entries have closed and entry fees are non-transferable. 

We do operate a reserve list for events in case a player does withdraw leaving a gap in the draw and schedule. If you have missed the closing date and would like to be placed on the reserve list please contact Tournament Director Steve Lock via the ‘Contact Us’ page. However, please be aware that players who would have been seeded had they entered before the closing date may not be able to come in as a replacement for an unseeded player.
Reserve players will be required to pay the applicable entry fee. 

Please note that as of September 1st 2016 we will no longer be accepting entry fees for tournaments by cheque or cash. If anyone feels they are unable to complete an online entry fee payment please contact us for assistance.

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Social Secretary

As many of you will already be aware, Roy Bacon has recently been organising social nights at many of our events, usually on the Saturday evening at a local restaurant. This has until now been an informal arrangement but Roy has kindly agreed to become our official Social Secretary for all events. This will mean that once you enter a tournament you will receive an email from Roy with details of the social event and asking whether you wish to be included in the group booking.


At Balbir's Indian Restaurant during the recent World Team event in Glasgow

At Balbir’s Indian Restaurant during the recent World Team event in Glasgow.


These are usually well attended, fun nights and often it is where the draw for the KO stage of the event either takes place or is first announced.


Resignation of Jim Burke

It is with regret that I have resigned from the board of World Billiards Ltd.  I tendered it in Oct-2016 and completed this in Oct-2017.

My reasons for leaving are centred around the current running of the company. Since this is unlikely to change I feel that I am unable to contribute any more.

I wish to emphasis that I am leaving on good terms. I wish the new board – Phil, Steve, Jim and Jason the very best. They are well experienced and qualified to do an excellent job in progressing this great game.

Note that regarding the two WBL websites, I have agreed an SLA (Service Level Agreement) to continue to maintain them, therefore there will be little change there.

Jim Burke

Modified Short Format Rules


Current Rules

The forthcoming World Matchplay Billiards Championship will be played to the Official Rules of English Billiards as published by WPBSA in November 2014 with the following modifications:

Playing From In Hand 

Section 3, Rule 6 ‘Playing From In-Hand’
After (b) add:

If the striker comes to the table with their cue ball in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn, the striker can play directly on to a ball or balls in baulk for that shot only. At all other times the following will apply; (usual rules). 

What this means in practice is that if your opponent pockets your cue ball (or forces it off of the table), when you come to the table for your turn you have the option of playing into baulk from hand; effectively an open table. This will apply regardless of whether one or two balls are in baulk when coming to the table with ball in hand.

Several people have questioned how this rule would be applied following the initial break off shot. As the rule is worded, the second player wouldn’t be coming to the table ‘in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn‘ so therefore they wouldn’t be able to play in to baulk on their first shot. 

The Miss

Section 2, Rule 16 ‘Miss’
Section 3, Rule 16 ‘Action after a Miss’
Remove completely; all misses are fouls.

With the change of the ‘Playing From In Hand’ rule (above) the ‘miss’ would become largely redundant except when you do not leave a ball out of baulk yourself during your own visit. In this instance the striker must now hit a ball or it will be a foul and the usual penalties applied.

The Baulkline Rule

The Baulkline Crossing Rule will also be applied in this Championships.

Due to the nature of the 100-up format it is extremely important that the ‘Baulkline Warning’ is called at the correct time. In the unlikely event that the referee forgets to call ‘Baulkline Warning at 80’ (in a break), the onus is on the non-striker to highlight the error. If this is not corrected immediately it will be possible for the striker to win the frame with a 100 break without crossing the baulkline.

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2 Aug 2017

International Development Committee

We are progressing with our efforts to appoint an International Development Committee representing the five sporting regions of the world: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. This is to facilitate the growth of the game worldwide and assist in the organising of events in those regions, particularly the continental Majors.

We have the following people currently appointed:

Greg Harder

Greg Harder










Carl-Walter Steiner










Mike Peachey










TBC (Africa)
TBC (Asia)

The people named above have already been busy in these positions for some time and we are confident that the fruits of their labour will become evident over the coming seasons.

All these representatives will act as a point of contact in their region for players, NGB’s and regional federations. Each regional Chairman will appoint their own sub-committee to help with their duties as and when required.

Olympic Regions

The five sporting regions of the world as defined by the IOC

Felipe Menegaz [Attribution, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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1 Aug 2017

British Isles Development Committee

With the amount of events now taking place in the British Isles and to assist with the accompanying workload, we have recently formed a British Isles Development Committee. The aim is to eventually have representation from each of the eight constituent countries: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man.

British Isles

British Isles


We have so far appointed the following people in association with their respective NGBs:


England: Chris Coumbe

Ireland: Brendan Devlin 

Jersey: Richard de la Haye

Scotland: Alan Shepherd 


Guernsey: (Vacant)

Isle of Man: (Vacant)

Northern Ireland: (Vacant)

Wales: (Vacant)



The main remit of this committee will be:

  • To foster and develop the game of English Billiards within the British Isles.
  • To assist in organising and promoting WBL events in the British Isles.
  • To liaise and engage with the National Governing Bodies in these countries.
  • To be a point of contact between WBL, NGBs and players in these countries.
  • To support National Championships and all other billiards activities organised by the NGBs in these countries.

Contact details will be added to our ‘Contact Us’ page shortly as part of a forthcoming revamp.


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World Billiards Smartphone App

World Billiards now has an app for use on smartphones and tablets.

To get this app search for ‘Team App’ in your app store (Apple or Android devices only
at the moment) or click on the following buttons:





Download the Team App. When the app has installed successfully just open it, sign up
and search for ‘World Billiards’. Click on the World Billiards logo and then click ‘join’.


If you do not have a compatible device you can still sign up and use the app as a web
version by clicking the button below:

Find us on Team App


A few hints which will help when using this app:

  • Remember to click to ‘join’ World Billiards. This will ensure that you can view all of the available content.
  • Set your notifications to ‘on’ and whenever a new event or news article is added you will be informed.
  • The app is optimised for use in the ‘portrait’ format rather than landscape.
  • If you sign up to the web version only your notifications will come in the form of an email.
  • The web version is mainly for people currently without a compatible device; if you have the choice it really is best when used as an app.
  • Your login details are the same for both the web version and the app.
  • You can set the World Billiards logo as an app icon on your home screen: from the World Billiards app click ‘Settings‘ then ‘Install To Home Screen‘. This will open up a browser window. From there click the little box with an arrow pointing up (usually top right of browser) and then ‘Add to Home Screen‘ (this works well using an Apple device and Safari browser but we haven’t been able to test on other devices as yet).




New IDC Appointment

We are delighted to welcome Mike Peachey on to the International Development Committee representing the Oceania region.

Mike Peachey


As most of you will know, Jason Colebrook held this position for a number of years and with his recent appointment to the Board of Directors the Oceania place on the IDC has become vacant.

Many of you will know Mike from his many past administrative roles which are too numerous to list here. Suffice to say he has served on everything from his local state association in Western Australia right through to the World Confederation of Billiards Sports.

Mike is well respected within the cue sports world and we know he will bring his vast experience and knowledge to the table for the benefit of billiards.

We are excited to welcome Mike to the team, and look forward to working with him.