Hampton Roads plays host to major billiards competitions

Posted at 5:15 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 13:06:41-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Some of the best straight pool players in the world will be in Hampton Roads this week.

Tuesday marks the start of the 15th American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship.

Straight Pool differs from the common 8-ball style of play in that players shoot until they miss, earning one point for each ball in the pocket. They can shoot any ball they call out, solid or stripe. Once they miss the opponent plays until they miss. The first to a certain amount of points, wins the match.

The tournament runs from October 22-26 at Q-Master Billiards on Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach.

Fields are expected to be anywhere from 48 to 60 players with the winner receiving $10,000.

"The talent that's going to be here, whether you're a pool player or not, is something to see," said Gary Ornoff, General Manager of Q-Master Billiards. "Can you imagine shooting 45 racks without missing? We want to encourage people to come down to Q-Master's, check it out, celebrate pool in Hampton Roads. It's just going to be fantastic."

The 2019 International 9-Ball Open is scheduled for the following week in Norfolk.

From October 28 to November 2, the best 9-Ball players in the world will compete inside the Waterfront Sheraton for a 1st place prize of $30,000.

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