The online reporting of the tournament in progress for the LosAngeles IPT Tour Qualifier has been very well done.
Here's a few improvements to look forward to: Audible announcement of Updates as well as easy to see, changeable banner, so pool hall players can easily see on the wide computer screen from across the room that the latest news is in.
This is only a substitute until we have online video for all the matches. It's coming, faster than we might think!
The author is an Editor at Inside Pool Magazine and www.InsidePool.com If you do a search on "Q-ball" there only 2 results come up, both for a website by that name, but when searching for "cue ball" there are 25 results. So that tells me it should be "cue ball" and not "Q-ball".
Sensory Overload! 75 hotshots paid $2,000 each for a chance at only 2 IPT Tour cards.
I was there! Got up at 5:30 AM to drive thru rush hour traffic in LA and be there early for the 9:30 AM players' meeting conducted by Kevin Trudeau himself (IPT Tour founder).
I tried to imagine what it would be like to compete at this gathering of eagles. All I could see is me as a bag of meat for these carnivores. Good God! Even Wu was there! (16 year old Tokyo world champion) And Oliver Ortman (Mosconi Cup captain) and CJ Riley, and Dominguez (father & son) and Moro, and Sambajon and Mike Sigel... and of course, some unknown hopeful but hopeless bags of meat.
Refereed by "Sensei" Roy Yamane and Ken J.
Some new prizes were announced: bank the 8 ball and win $1,000 break and run 6 games wins $5,000... the meat-eaters were foaming at the mouth.
I grabbed a seat in the bleachers to sweat the first round action: Dave Hemmah, house pro at Hard Times is matched against CJ Riley on the table right in front of me. And on a table just beyond, Sambajon is up against some guy Runco.
CJ Riley misses ball in hand... Sambajon banks the 8 for a grand. CJ Riley table scratches on straight in... Sambajon banks another 8 for another grand... Oscar Dominguez folds in first match. CJ Riley implodes, and loses. Sambajon wins easily.
The slow cloth is pilling like a cheap sweater.
I'm on the road back to Del Mar to beat the rush hour traffic, contemplating what skill is required to face such awesome competition...
I had a big win this past Wednesday night. It was a 9-ball tournament. Although the prize money was only 100 bucks, (which goes to charity of course) what happened during the match was extraordinary. (for me)