2016 World Series – Overview

The Simonis World Series 2016 is an exciting new concept from the IPA, giving both Professional and Amateur players the opportunities to play in new upcoming and established Blackball playing countries. It is an opportunity to showcase the talents of the IPA to a new audience, helping raise the profile of both the players and the IPA.


Professional Players (including new Professionals for 2016)

Six new Professional events have been created, which will be played over three weekends (Sat & Sun) in early 2016. Each event will be played down to the semi finals. The four remaining players will then play the final stages in the relevant country later in the year.

Flights and accommodation are included for all the semi finalists.

The four finalists (along with the qualifying amateur) will play in a Team Challenge event against a select Team from the host country, and there will also be an Open singles event.

Note – Any new Professional player who wishes to participate in the WS Pro qualifiers, will be classed as  professional for the World Championships.


Amateur Players (Priority given to current/new IPA Tour players)

There will be six qualifier events, which will be played over the same weekends as the Professional events and at the same venues.

Entries are limited to the first 32 paid players ONLY who are currently on the IPA Tour or who are signed up for 2016 (with deposit paid).

Any places not filled 2 weeks prior to the qualifier will be opened up to external entries.

The winners package will include flights and accommodation to the relevant country, plus prize monies.

You will take part in the Team Challenge event and the Open singles event.

Event Details:

  Professional     Amateur  

Entry Fee

£100   Entry Fee £40  
Winner £2,000 (+ Flights/accom) Winner £200 (+ Flights/accom)
Runner Up £900 (+ Flights/accom) Runner Up £150  
Semi Final £400 (+ Flights/accom) 3rd £110  
5th/6th £200   4th £90  
7th/8th £150   5th/6th £60  
9th-12th £90   7th/8th £40  
13th-16th £60        
Total £5,000   Total £750  


Qualifying Dates/Venues

Reading Pool & Snooker 16th & 17th Jan Sat – Malta Sun – Gibraltar
Leeds 147 Club 20th & 21st Feb Sat – Southern Ireland Sun – South Africa
Reading Pool & Snooker 23rd & 24th April Sat – Norway Sun – Northern Ireland

Final stages

Gibraltar 25th – 27th March
South Africa 1st – 7th September
Malta 16th-18th September
Southern Ireland 23rd-25th September
Northern Ireland 18th – 20th November
Norway 2nd-4th December

Event Formats

Location Professionals Amateurs
Eire Best of 5 sets, each set best of 5 Best of 3 sets, each set best of 5
Malta race to 9 frames race to 7 frames
Gibraltar Best of 3 sets, each set best of 7 Best of 3 sets, each set best of 5
Northern Ireland As Southern Ireland – redrawn As Southern Ireland - redrawn
Norway Race to 8 frames – Redrawn after every round Race to 6 frames – Redrawn after every round
South Africa Players vote Players vote

World Series Jumbo JetAll events are double elimination. There is no seeding. These are ranking events.

Polo tops will be provided for the finalists which must be worn for the Pro & Team Challenge events.

The Pro qualifiers will be played on Simonis cloth. The final stages will also be played on Simonis, together with the Team Challenge.

There will be a separate World Series ranking, which will feed into the main Pro rankings. It is hoped that there will be a special prize for the overall winner of the World Series.

On location

Thursday pm/Friday am – Fly out

Friday pm – Conclusion of Professional event

Saturday pm – Team Challenge

Sunday – Open singles

Monday am – Fly home

Any questions? Please contact us.

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