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Jones and Pan New 2008 9-Ball Champions!


2008 9-Ball champs Jeremy Jones and Xiaoting Pan (left) pose with Ga Young Kim and Ronnie Wiseman.
Jeremy Jones and Xiaoting Pan were recently crowned champs of the 2008 9-Ball Championships.  The event, hosted by the Billiard Congress of America, was held in conjunction with the 2008 International Billiard & Home Recreation Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center, June 8-12, 2008.


In the first final match, both of which were taped by ESPN, Jones met Ronnie Wiseman to vie for the title. In the error-ridden set, it seemed that both parties’ nerves were getting the better of them. The score seesawed to 3 apiece — none of which was a run-out. After a miss each on the 8-ball in the following rack, Wiseman made the 8, but then scratched, moving Jones up a game. He also took the next rack when Wiseman missed a straight-in 9-ball. After pushing out after his next break, Jones capitalized on a failed safety attempt by Wiseman and ran out to reach the hill 6-3. Wiseman broke next and missed the 2, but so did Jones, so Wiseman narrowed the gap to two racks; however, Jones broke and ran out the final rack to win 7-4.


The women’s final was actually a rematch of the fourth round, in which Ga Young Kim sent Pan to the one-loss side 9-6. The women seemed a little more settled than the men did, but still they started off somewhat shakily. Kim reached a 3-1 advantage with a strong break and run-out, but Pan tied it up when Kim scratched on the 8-ball in the next rack and then won the following after Kim left her a shot on the 2-ball. Now in her element, Pan broke and ran out for the 4-3 lead. When Kim’s 7-ball ejected out of the pocket, Pan moved another step closer in the short race to 7. Kim pushed out on her next break, and Pan missed the 1-ball. Kim started to clear the table, but she didn’t leave herself a good shot on the 8-ball and tried to play safe. However, Pan had a shot and took it to reach the hill. In the final rack, Pan pocketed three balls on the break and cleared for her 7-4 win.


Source: InsidePool Magazine


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Note: ESPN will be airing the 2008 9-Ball Championships on July 19, 2008, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT.  Review the press release issued June 19, 2008, for the complete schedule.  The schedule can also be found on the site.


The 9-Ball Championships attract the top men and women professional billiard athletes from around the world, competing for top prize money.  The tournament, previously called the 9-Ball Championships, has been enhanced for 2008, specifically the name of the event has been changed to the “ 9-Ball Championships.” is the new BCA consumer Web site slated for launch in early 2008.

For the first time, the 2008 9-Ball Championships will be held in conjunction with the International Billiard & Home Recreation Expo, June 12-14, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The tournament’s semi-finals and finals events will take place June 11-12 in the Grand Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center.


The 2008 event will continue to feature a men’s and women’s division. Both divisions will begin with 32 players on Monday. The semi-finals that will take place the evening of Wednesday, June 11, and Thursday, June 12, will consist of the men’s and women’s finals. Both events will begin with a VIP reception.


In an effort to keep the linearity of the Women’s Professional Billiards Association (WPBA) tour, the women’s event will begin with 64 players June 6-7 at Smokin’ Cue, which is located at 10901 University City Blvd. in Charlotte.  Once narrowed to 32 players, the event will move to the Charlotte Convention Center.  The field for the men’s division will consist of the top 32 players from the U.S. Professional Poolplayers Association (UPA) rankings.


ESPN is committing more time to showing the 9-Ball Championships on ESPN and ESPN2 in 2008.  After speaking with ESPN about the innovative changes developed for the tournament, they were thrilled to add two additional hours of programming for the event, meaning the event will air for a minimum of six hours.  These additional hours of airtime will add more than 30 percent of first-run coverage shown on television. 


The arena will include reserved VIP seating, inclusive of upscale leather chairs, cocktail tables and stadium seating, creating the ultimate viewing environment.  The event will also feature a VIP hospitality area with all inclusive food and beverage service, early access to the arena and a high-end hospitality area.  The new championships will provide a visual backdrop for television that promotes the game in a first-class, appealing format.



[ View the full press release issued January 29, 2008 ] 9-Ball Championships Sponsors

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[ View the full press release issued February 20, 2008 ] 9-Ball Championships - Previous Tournament Information


Information regarding previous 9-Ball Championship tournaments, including results/winnings, brackets and sponsors, can be found online.

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