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14 Jul 2019

World Billiards agreement with IBSF

We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the International Billiards and Snooker Federation confirming that the two bodies will conduct and promote three annual Billiards Championships in two (2) year cycles as follows:-

1.           The World Billiards Championship will be held by the WBL in 2019 in Australia and by the IBSF in a country to be advised in 2020.

2.           The 150 Up World Billiards Championship will be held by the IBSF each year; and

3.           100 Up World Billiards Match Play Championship will be held by the WBL each year.

The two international bodies have agreed to proactively co-operate to avoid any clash of tournament dates and to encourage players to compete in as many of these events as possible to maximise the opportunities available to the players.

We look forward to welcoming players from across the world to Melbourne this coming October for the World Billiards Championship.  We also wish the Myanmar Billiards and Snooker Federation all the best for the 150 Up World Billiards Championship to be held there in September.

The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council were instrumental in brokering this agreement.  It has taken a considerable amount of time, effort and negotiations with both WBL and the IBSF and all parties are proud of what has been achieved.  Players from all over the world now have an opportunity to compete at the highest level matching their skills against all comers.

18 Jun 2019

2019 Hi-End Open Billiards, Bangkok, Thailand.

July 17th to 20th. Hi End Snooker Club, Bangkok.

Guaranteed minimum prize pool 7000 UK pounds. Double World Ranking Points. There will be a Challenge Cup.
The Hi End Snooker Club has a reputation as one of the best venues in the world. 15 Star tables, all recovered every three months with Hainsworth Precision cloth. Fully air conditioned, bar and restaurant on site. Video streaming available.

Matches will be played under the timed format. The baulk line crossing rule will be used.

There are some accommodation recommendations, in various price ranges, on the Hi End web site.

The groups, sessions, etc. are available here.

The club manager, Gap has invited players, officials and their guests to a reception and opening ceremony on Wednesday 16th July at 5pm at the Hi-End club, we hope you will attend.

Prizes are :-

Last 16£125
Highest Break£300
Challenge Cup Winner£80
Challenge Cup Runner-Up£40
Challenge Cup Semi-Finalists£20
Challenge Cup Highest Break£40

17 Jun 2019

2019 WBSA/Rosetta Sports Welsh Open

The 2019 Welsh Open

Sponsored by:

Redz Snooker Club, Oldbury Road, Cwmbran, Wales.

July 27th and 28th – Level 3 World Ranking Event

Click here to see who has entered

Phoenix Hire and Sales have kindly donated some air con units for the club.

Live streaming will be available.

The club will be open from 9.15 on Saturday morning and there will be a Hog Roast available from 1pm on Saturday at £7 per serving. Card payments at the club must exceed £10.

Referees interested in officiating in this event are advised to contact Alex Donne

The Tournament Controller may relax the dress code on the day depending on the playing conditions.


The following hotels are nearby:

Parkway Hotel
Premier Inn Cwmbran
Premier Inn Pontypool
Best Western Pontypool
Holiday Inn (Junction 24 M4) – Fully Booked
Celtic Manor
Coldra Court Hotel (Celtic Manor Sister Hotel)
Ibis Budget


As the club does not serve food, there will be a Hog Roast organised for the Saturday lunchtime along with salads/side dishes. Charge per head will be £7 (payable on the day).

Prize Pool

Last 16£40
Highest Break£40
Challenge Cup Winner£80
Challenge Cup Runner-Up£40
Challenge Cup Semi-Finalists£20
Challenge Cup Highest Break£20



14 Jun 2019

Northern Snooker Centre Open – The Jim Williamson Trophy

August 17th and 18th.

This a level 2 World Ranking Event.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have a number of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn Express next door, but these will have to be booked through Jim Leacy – jim@ivyrooms.ie. There are two Ed Sheeran concerts in Leeds that weekend and reasonably priced accommodation is hard to come by.

Rooms must be booked by July 24th. £60 for a single or twin: £70 for a triple or family. Book via jim@ivyrooms.ie

Register here

Prize Pool

Last 16£30
Highest Break£30
Challenge Cup Winner£60
Challenge Cup Runner-Up£30
Challenge Cup Semi-Finalists£15
Challenge Cup Highest Break£15

Click here to see who has registered.

13 Jun 2019

2019 World Billiards Championship

World Billiards and the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council are delighted to announce that the 2019 World Billiards Championship and 2019 World Open will take place at the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia, between Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th October.

The World Billiards Championship will take place between 8th and 12th October.

Only register for the World Championship when invited to do so by World Billiards or if you have been selected to represent your National Governing Body. Invitations have been sent to all former World Champions, the top 40 in the Order of Merit and National Governing Bodies. Further invitations will follow, subject to the number of acceptances in round 1.

Register Here for the World Championship

Check Entries Here

The World Open will be played over the first two days of this period, 6th to 7th October, across several venues. It will be a level 3 event, and will include a challenge cup for those who do not qualify for the knock-out stage. This event is open entry, but the organisers reserve the right to have a qualifying criteria if dictated by the number of entries.

Register here for the World Open

Check Entries Here

Limited numbers of Early Release tickets for the World Open (October 6-7) and the World Championship (October 8-12) are now on sale. Visit HERE for tickets. All sessions for both events will be ticketed.

2019 World Women’s Billiards Championship

This event will be held on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October. Entry is £30. Guaranteed minimum prize pool is £500 Рbut this may increase as further sponsorship is sought. Entry is Open Рthere is no qualification process. Entries close on 30th September.

Register here for the World Women’s Billiards Championship

Check Entries Here

The historic and prestigious World Billiards Championship, first contested in 1870, was played in Melbourne in 1934, when Australian billiards legend Walter Lindrum defended his title against England’s Joe Davis. 85 years later, the Championship will be played in Australia for the third time.

The RACV Club is an outstanding venue for this event, with a first-class members only billiard room, extensive dining facilities and an on-site hotel. It is situated right in the heart of Melbourne within walking distance of numerous cafes, restaurants and entertainment facilities.

Visit the event web site for much more information.


12 Jun 2019

2019 Austrian Open

We head to Vienna for the¬†2019 Austrian Open on¬†September 28th and 29th…

This is a fully confirmed event. Sponsorship arrangements are currently being finalised, but the event will have a ranking status of at least level 3, with a £40 entry fee.

Click here to enter
Click here to see who has entered


Heeres- Snooker und English Billiards Club

Bundesleistungszentrum Wien
H√ľtteldorfer Stra√üe 156-158/Passage
1140 Wien

This is Austria’s academy-style Centre of Excellence for Snooker and Billiards, a regular venue for national tournaments, championships and coaching events. There are 8 Wiraka M-1 tables which will be reclothed a few weeks before the event.


WBL have a special rate at two hotels near the club.

Klimt Hotel Wien – click Offer Hotel Klimt WBL Vienna 2019 for details
Kavalier Hotel Wien Рclick Offer Hotel Kavalier WBL Vienna 2019 for details (deal available until 15th August)


The nearest airport is Vienna International Airport.

The recommended and most convenient method of public transport from the airport to the club and above hotels (particularly if travelling as a group) is by taxi. The rate would be approximately 50-55 Euro. It is also possible to pre-book taxis/people carriers from the airport, click here for more information.

Alternatively, you can catch a train from the airport into Vienna (a change may be necessary to reach the area of your chosen hotel).

Click here for details of train routes and other possible transport options.

Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.