gareth
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Soft Break gone!
Date: December 06, 2007 07:10PM
I just read this on Inside Pool:

'Matchroom Sport can announce that they have imposed some new rules on the break shot for the 14th annual PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup which takes place at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas from Thursday 13 – Friday 16 December.

With the soft break starting to dominate under present racking conditions, it was felt that a change was required in order to bring back the power break, for so long one of the biggest and best parts of the game.

After consultation with both teams, the following conditions will apply on all break shots in all matches at the Mosconi Cup:

1. The balls will be racked higher up the table with the 9 ball resting on the spot.

2. The cue ball must be struck from within a break box in the centre of the table.

3. On completion of the break shot, three balls must pass the headstring. This does not include the cue ball. Pocketed balls count, therefore if a breaking player made one ball on the break, only two would be required to pass the headstring. Balls are not required to come to rest past the headstring so a ball that strikes the rail and returns across the head string back down table would be a legal ball.

4. The rack will be lightly tapped in as per WPA guidelines.

The penalty for not making a legal break shot under the above conditions will be loss of visit with the incoming player or team playing the table as it lies.

Commented a spokesman for Matchroom Sport, “All the players are in favour of this development as it will bring back more skill and power to the break.

“The soft break itself is highly skillful but a little too predictable to give fans and viewers the true 9 ball experience.

“With tight pockets too, an automatic ball on the break will be no certainty. I’m sure all the players will be studying the best way to break and some will be more successful than others.” '

Gareth Deegan
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Re: Soft Break gone!
Date: December 06, 2007 07:20PM
glad to see it!!!!! Hope this is a standard rule brought in for all events......

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Re: Soft Break gone!
Date: December 06, 2007 08:48PM
I think its a very good idea. The 9 on the spot and using the break box, won't in themselves stop the soft break (as it still leaves the possibility to use the cut break), but the '3 balls past the headstring' rule will do the trick.

Its also good that if you pocket a ball off the break, it doesn't negate the need to get somes balls past the headstring.

Looks like the monster break is back!

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Re: Soft Break gone!
Date: December 06, 2007 11:58PM
bring it on!!!!!

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Re: Soft Break gone!
Date: December 07, 2007 11:59AM
one thing...break from box stinks! monsterous breaks not now so monsterous!


ps.. that how you spell monsterous?????

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Re: Soft Break gone!
Date: December 07, 2007 12:13PM
I agree with you Gary, I'm not sure if the Break Box 'really' adds much to the equation. It does cut the angle down players can use, but I think heavy breaks from the side look more spectacular. It also reminds me too much of the 'D' on a snooker table .

It'll be intersting to see how both sides handle the new rules. It reads like a manifesto written by Earl Strickland. Also keep your eyes on Corey Deuel. No other player has studied breaking as much as Corey, and the Euro players could do worse than copy whatever Corey brings to the table.

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Re: Soft Break gone!
Date: December 07, 2007 03:15PM
For anyone interested in breaking, I came across this video earlier today. Its Ralf Souquet showing off his break (and his new break cue).



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Re: Soft Break gone!
Date: December 14, 2007 12:38AM
After seeing the first day's play at the Mosconi, I think the new break rules are good, but I don't agree with the cut-break that most of the players are using. They are trying to replicate the angle that they would normally have, if they were allowed to break at the side of the table. Problem is the only ball they have a decent chance of making is the 1-ball (in the side). The wing-ball (because the rack has moved up the table) is no longer going in the corner and is hitting couple inches above the pocket. They are hitting the 1-ball between three-quarters and halve ball, which means a lot of the power is wasted, leading to foul-breaks and uncontrollable cue-balls.

Has anyone else tried the rules yet? I gave them a go on a practice table, and IMHO I reckon hitting the 1-ball full with as much power as is controllable, from the corner of the break box, may be the way to go. Granted, the table wasn't tapped, and I'm starting to think 'tapping' is a bad idea especially in refereed matches. Having a 100% consistent rack each time, is always gonna lead to players working out which ball they can make with as little power as possible, IMO.

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Re: Soft Break gone!
Date: December 17, 2007 12:20PM
The soft break just ruin's 9ball and alot of the foul breaks were because players were still trying to baby the break, by using that cut break, instead of hitting the 1ball full on and forceing one of the wing balls through the rack and into the corner, they all opted to try contrating on making the 1 in the side, which is a lower % shot because the 1ball is sitting higher up.

I'm glad to see that Europe won it, it's been overdue and here's to hoping that Europe will become an even stronger force in this event smiling smiley

Willie



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