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IPT 2006 Tour Schedule
Date: February 08, 2006 01:06AM
The International Pool Tour is proud to announce the 2006 IPT Season. The IPT is hosting six major tournaments for 2006 and over $8 million in prize money is being given away. A tour season of this magnitude has been difficult to schedule without clashing with other events. We have done everything in our power to work around other promoters' tournaments whose schedules have been announced. However, even with our best efforts, it was impossible for us to find world class venues, with the space and number of days required, that would not conflict with some other tournaments. We have contacted all major promoters and they have been overwhelmingly cooperative and understanding with regard to tournament date clashes. They will be rescheduling tournaments so that players will be able to participate in both IPT events and other events as well. Scheduling these tournaments has been a major challenge. Each tournament requires over 60,000 sq.ft. of space to accommodate over 60 tables, player and staff green rooms, and exhibit space. We require three days move in time, seven or eight days for tournament play, and one day to break down and move out. Finding a world class venue to accommodate these requirements has been a major undertaking. However, the IPT team has secured spectacular venues that the pool world has never before seen!

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada between July 22 and July 30, 2006. The Venetian is one of the finest hotel resorts in the world and one of the most beautiful venues ever for a pocket billiard tournament. The North American Open will be the biggest tournament in the history of the game in terms of prize money; the winner will be awarded $350,000! Securing the Venetian for so many days was nearly impossible, but the IPT was committed to such a first class venue for the North American Open and its $2 million prize fund. The player meeting will be held at 5pm July 22nd, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada between September 2 and September 10, 2006. The Reno Hilton has recently undergone a complete renovation and is again one of the leading convention / event resorts in the world. The World Open will payout an unprecedented prize fund of $3 million and the winner of the event will be awarded $500,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm September 2nd, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT Players 8-Ball Championship will be held between October 29 and November 5, 2006 in the United Kingdom (U.K.). The IPT is still securing a venue for this event and is close to finalizing details. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event is $1,270,000 and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm October 29, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT Masters 8-Ball Championship will be held between November 26 and December 3, 2006 in Chicago. The host venue is the Hyatt Rosemont and Convention Center. This fantastic convention venue in the IPTs home town is a first class property very near downtown and the airport. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event is $1,270,000 and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm October 29, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT 2006 King of the Hill 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas! The Wynn Las Vegas is the newest and most expensively constructed Las Vegas resort. The Wynn is easily one of the nicest hotel / casino resorts in the world and hosting a pocket billiard tournament there is nothing short of a miracle. Pool has never before seen such an extravagant venue and this event will go down in history as one of the greatest tournaments ever. The 2007 IPT Tour Card Qualification Tournament will be run concurrently with the King of the Hill event making it a truly spectacular year end finish. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event, specifically the top 43 money earners in 2006, is $1 million and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The top 50 players in the qualification tournament will earn their 2007 IPT Tour Cards and a guaranteed income of $100,000 or more on the 2007 tour. The player meeting will be held at 5pm December 12, 2006. All IPT 2007 Tour Players are required to be in attendance for the entire King of the Hill tournament. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

Please remember that the payouts for these tournaments are guaranteed and not based on entry fees or number of participants. For the North American Open and World Open Championships, there are fifty open spots for which any player, man or women, of any age, anywhere in the world, can qualify. The IPT will be holding qualifying tournaments all over the world for both of these championships. We will be announcing the dates and locations of these qualifiers very soon.

2006 will be the most exciting year pocket billiards has ever seen! Do not miss your chance to play on this exciting and historic tour. There are still six spots open for the 2006 season. The IPT is hosting three final qualification events which will qualify two players from each event to play on the tour. For details on qualification events, visit www.internationalpooltour.com and sign up today.

The IPT is in final negotiations regarding television broadcasts of the 2005 King of the Hill Championship and all the tournaments in 2006. We will be making announcements shortly when these television contracts are formalized. There will be unprecedented world-wide television coverage, on major networks, in Prime Time, and in some countries there will even be live television coverage!

Spectator tickets for these events will be available soon. Since these are televised events, spectator seating will be extremely limited.

Spread the word about the IPT and watch the Golden Age of billiards be reborn

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



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