The IPA World Series is the IPA’s first steps to stage major events outside of the UK. With the global nature if Blackball rules, played in many overseas countries, coupled with the fact that the IPA is the International Professional body, it is only right that we start to broaden our horizons and look to expand our portfolio of events.
Over the coming years, we will look to develop these events to become an established part of the IPA Calendar, as we look to increase the prize funds and prestige of them.
We will be hosting the qualifiers in the early part of the year, with the semi-finalists going through to the final stages. These events are for all Professionals only in 2017.
As a guide, we will aim to fly out to the destination on the Friday evening, returning either Sunday evening or Monday morning to try and minimise any disruption to your work. Players can of course extend if they so wish.
The planned schedule for each event are as follows (although subject to change):
Saturday – Pro Semi Finals & Team Challenge
Sunday – Pro Final, KO event (4 Pros v 4 qualifiers)
The dates/venues are as follows:
11th-12th February – Tables Club, Thornaby (Qualifier 1 & 2)
11th-12th March – Savannah Club, Bury (Qualifier 3 & 4)
8th-9th April – Shooters Pool Club, Neath (Qualifier 5 & 6)
Qualifier 1 – Cyprus (3rd–4th June)
Qualifier 2 – Netherlands (2nd-3rd September)
Qualifier 3 – Gibraltar (tbc)
Qualifier 4 – France (14th-15th October)
Qualifier 5 – tbc
Qualifier 6 – Norway (8th–10th December)
Saturday – Race to 8 Winners, 6 Losers
Sunday – best of 5 sets, each set best of 5
These are non-seeded events.
Entry is £120 per qualifier (via the IPA shop) - Enter 5, get the 6th FREE
Prize monies (Based on 45 entries):
Winner £2,000 (+ travel/hotel)
Runner up £1,000 (+ travel/hotel)
Semi £400 (+ travel/hotel)
Last 16 £50
NOTE: If we have more than expected entries or if we secure any additional sponsorship, this will 100% go into the prize fund.
Whilst we appreciate some players will struggle with work commitments, we do expect, as an IPA Professional player, that you will support at least 4 of these events. After all, they are new, additional Pro events that also carry ranking points which goes toward your seeding at the World Championships.