Monday, 21 September 2015

More Tables Steadily Going Up in Canada

Snooker Canada

They say Rome was not built in one day, and the same would apply to the state of snooker in Canada.  The good news is, we are on the right track.

More Snooker Tables Steadily Going Up in Canada
More Snooker Tables Steadily Going Up in Canada

In the last 12 months, the amount of tables that have been put up in our country has reached double digits and according to industry experts, the trend will continue to rise.

8 Tables in Scarborough, Ontario, another in Cornwall, another in Montreal, 3 more in Northern Quebec, one in Victoria, BC, and one more in Nova Scotia.  There are probably more that have not been reported to us, but if anyone knows of any others, please let us know.

As demand for snooker increases, it will trickle down into opportunities for many related products & services including, coaching, more clubs opening, more leagues, cue & accessory sales, and other peripheral things.

As exposure increases through television and prize money goes up through sponsorship, the future is bright and we look forward to seeing what comes next.

Posted by: Snooker Canada

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Petrinas to Host Qualifiers for Tournament Reality Series

Press Release

September 21, 2015 – Ajax, Ontario – Amateur Pool Player is an international tournament to crown the top amateur pool players.  Regional qualifiers will be held throughout North America, with the winners of each of these qualifiers coming together to compete for the top 16 spots.  The top 16 finalists will be housed by Amateur Pool Player as they are trained by professional pool players and instructors.  The top two finalists in the house will compete for the international crown of Top Amateur Pool Player. This will all be done in Florida, U.S.A, and televised through a syndicated reality TV series.  The series will follow the top amateurs through the final stages of their international title competition and capture the highs and unfortunately the lows of highly competitive billiards.

As of the time of this release, the only qualifiers in Canada will be held at Petrina's Taps and Billiards in Ajax, Ontario.  They are holding their qualifier on Sunday, September 27th, starting at 10:00am.  The tournament is open to 32 players.  But, this qualifier is different then most.  Where other qualifiers have each player pay a $50 US entry fee, Frank Kakouros, owner of Petrina's and also on the Executive of the Ontario Billiards and Snooker Association, is paying the entry fees for all players.

“Players with a sharp eye and smooth stroke have an opportunity to excel in this sport, “ says Kakouros.  “Tournaments such as the Amateur Pool Players Championship offers players the chance to make it to the next level and step up their game.”

Rob MacArthur, co-sponsor as League Operator for the Ontario Chapter of the North American Poolshooters Association, is the Tournament Director for this qualifier of Amateur Pool Player.  “This is a great way to promote and excel the game of billiards across Canada,” says MacArthur.

The first 32 players to commit their attendance will be in the tournament.  Players can enter the tournament by calling Frank Kakouros at 905-686-7474.

For more information on, either call Rob MacArthur at 905.903.6425, or, visit their web site at'

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Shooters Amateur Series: Gummerson Wins Season Opener

Steve Menezes, Peter Chin &Shane Gummerson
Submitted Article 

The second season of the hugely popular Shooters Amateur 9 Ball series got off to a great start this past weekend (September 12th & 13th) at the Shooters Snooker & Sports Club in North York. Showing no signs of waning interest, this first event of the 2015/16 pool season attracted a strong field of 82 players from all over Southern Ontario. Both regular players of this event as well as several new players to the pool scene in the GTA were in attendance. The notoriety of this tournament continues to spread.

The limitation to amateurs only in this event makes for some very competitive pool. Winners of this event are never a foregone conclusion with all players having a chance to get “in the money”. Handicapped tournaments are always contentious -– especially recently in the GTA – but this new tournament series would not be as popular as it is unless those participating felt that the handicap system was fair. The Calcutta amount of almost $2500 further testifies to the fact that there are many players who buyers believe are capable of winning the tournament.

After Saturday play concluded, Steve Menezes, Randy Fawcett, June Briones and Shane Gummerson had navigated their way through the ‘A’ side of the draw undefeated. On the one loss ‘B’ side Tony Hong, Joe Theriault, Jehlar Fernandez, Arjun Devarajan, Saday Quinone, Ryan Mazzotta, Brett Hinspeter and Mick Norris, were the survivors who returned for Sunday play.

In the ‘A’ side final Steve Menezes defeated Shane Gummerson sending Gummerson to the ‘B’ side and Menezes to the hot seat. Waiting on the ‘B’ side for Gummerson was the ever improving Jehlar Fernandez. This was also Menezes first tournament final at Shooters. Perhaps with a measure of revenge on his mind Gummerson earned a 2nd chance to challenge Menezes by decisively topping Fernandez in the ‘B’ side final. In the tournament final Gummerson was able to avenge his first round loss and emerged the victor in another hard fought battle against Menezes.

Congratulations to Shane Gummerson on his tournament win and to Steve Menezes for his strong play throughout the tournament. Shane has played consistently well over the past year in both the Amateur series and the long running ‘404’ series. This was, however, Shane’s first win and it was well deserved.

Thank you to all the participants for a great weekend of pool and welcome to those who had not previously participated in a competitive 9 Ball tournament on the 9 footers at Shooters. Next up for Shooters is the first event of the ‘404’ series on September 26th and 27th. Check the Shooters Snookerclub Facebook page for dates and details. We’re all looking forward to another year of good competitive pool, full fields and expanding the interest in pool in Southern Ontario.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Dooly's St-Hyacinthe Present Venom Trickshots!

By: Markus NoƩ

Saturday September 19th at 4:00 PM, Dooly's St.Hyacinthe will be hosting Florian Kohler, better known as "Venom". Kohler exploded onto the international scene several years ago as a young talent doing amazing trickshots from his bedroom in France and recording them for YouTube.

He really has turned the whole industry on its head doing some things never seen before and continuous to push the boundaries. I strongly recommend anyone in the area to come take the drive to attend this event. St.Hyacinthe is about 40 minutes east of Montreal, the charge will be 20$ and it includes small dinner.

For those not familiar with the work of "Venom" here is a video to show you what he brings to the table.