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The 9-Ball Championships attract the top men and women professional billiard athletes from around the world, competing for top prize money.

Broadcast support is exceptional, with four (4) hours of first-run programming secured for airing by ESPN / ESPN2. Viewer ratings in 2006 set a new benchmark with a .64 and ESPN has historically exceeded its contract hours – at least six times over – in each year of the consecutive season showings. Since the BCA first began airing its pro 9-Ball Championships on ESPN in 1999, both live and tape-delayed competition broadcasts have skyrocketed in popularity.

Viewer ratings have ranged from a .29 average rating (253,469 households) for the debut of all four rounds, to a peak of .64 (586,540) for a single showing of the women's final. ESPN's benchmark rating average for all taped sporting events is .20, making billiards a market standout for both the channel and official BCA sponsors, who win big with a high return on their ad investment.

Official sponsors may display their company name, logo, phone number and/or website URL in rotating arena banners, just like those used by the NBA in pro basketball games. But unlike 30-second commercial spots, these banners cannot be edited out of footage, assuring each sponsor an equal amount of rotational time to present their message to millions of billiard fans on ESPN and ESPN2. [see floorplan]

2007 9-Ball Championships, The Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 13-19, 2007: Final

Women's Division

Karen Corr has won her fourth 9-Ball Championship. Corr faced off against Allison Fisher in the first television match of the day after beating Fisher for the hot-seat on Thursday night.

Corr started off in complete control and took a 2-0 lead, but Fisher came back to tie the match at 2-2. Fisher took her first lead at 3-2, but Corr came back to tie the match at 3-3 and then retake the lead at 4-3 and then 5-3. Fisher cut the lead to one at 5-4, but Corr won the final two games for the 7-4 win. Corr earned $15,000 for first place and Fisher settled for $9,000. Defending champion Jasmin Ouschan took third.

Karen Corr

Men's Division

Some of the best instructors in the country were in attendance this week in Vegas at the BCA 8-Ball Championship giving free instructional clinics to the amateur players. Those clinics were nothing compared to the clinic that Dennis Orcollo put on in the finals of the 9-Ball Championship.

Orcollo took complete control of the match from the first game and never relinquished that control on his way to a 7-0 whitewashing of young gun Shane Van Boening. Van Boening's first real chance to make any headway in the match was in rack six, but he came up short on his 9-ball shape and missed the ball badly. He had another chance in rack seven when Orcollo played a weak safety, but Van Boening's return safe was even worse and it left Orcollo all the chance he needed to run out the final rack.

Orcollo earned $15,000 for first place and Van Boening settled for $9,000. Mike Davis finished in third place.

-by AzBilliards Staff

Dennis Orcollo

Each year the 9-Ball Championships feature 64 of the top names on both the men's and women's professional tours. This year, the total prize purse is $160,000, with each champion being awarded a $15,000 grand prize, while the runners up will each earn $9,000.

See online brackets for the
men's division and the women's division, as well as daily coverage for all the details.

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Jasmin Ouschan and Ralf Souquet won the 2006 9-Ball Championship. Photo:

2006 9-Ball Championships: Final

Austrian 19-year-old Jasmin Ouschan defeated Allison Fisher 7-5 in the first match of the day. Fisher came out and took charge early in the match with a 3-0 lead. Ouschan then came back and won 3 games of her own to tie the match at 3-3. The match was tied again at 4-4, but Ouschan won two in a row to get to the hill at 6-4. From there, they split racks on their breaks and Ouschan won 7-5.

The men's finals saw Souquet run the first 3 racks he broke and he took a 4-2 lead by taking advantage of a dry break by Archer. A great shot in game 8 by Archer knotted the score back at 4-4, but Archer went for a very tough cut shot in the 11th game that cost him the rack. It looked like Archer would get a chance to redeem himself when Souquet got bad shape on the 1-ball in the final rack, but Souquet played a great two way bank on the one that left him out in the final rack.

Both Ouschan and Souquet earned $20,000 for their wins, while Archer and Fisher settled for $10,000 in prize money. ? by Mike Howerton.

Each year the 9-Ball Championships features 64 of the top names on both the men's and women's professional tours. In 2006 the total prize purse was $160,000, with each champion being awarded a $20,000 grand prize, while the runners up will each earn $10,000. See Online brackets and daily coverage, for all the details.


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