Feature Story Saturday, February 4, 2012
Pool Players Ready To Chalk-Up First Win At Finals
BC Championship within reach of 'strong' local 9-ball players
Donovan Booth plays a match last Tuesday at Vegas Billiards. The Chilliwack league is preparing for the BC 8-ball/9-ball Championships Feb 15-19 in Penticton.
ure it's a pool hall. It's got 8-ball tables and a snooker table that looks more like a landing strip. People come from miles all over the Valley to play on it. There's also the Chilliwack 8-Ball Club who meet there too. But it's even more than that. It's also a drop-in on for youths on Wednesday afternoons from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M.
Vegas Billiards owner Bob Booth, told the Voice, the afternoon of free pool, pop and pizza is sponsored by Chilliwack Community Services and the RCMP. Registration isn't necessary and approximately 32 kids from local schools drop-in on a regular basis.
"We usually have the same group," said Booth. "We turn the music up loud for them and let them go, make sure they have a good time and they do."
Vegas Billiards owner Bob Booth.
Booth says the kids are never any trouble and show respect for the tables and facility when they are there, washing their hands before and after they eat pizza and use the tables.
The Chilliwack 8-Ball Club was recently sanctioned by Canadian Cue Sports. In order to become a member, teams have to send in their dues, report stats and have at least 20 players who have played at least 8 matches. Matches are played against other members of the in-house league. Now that their membership with CCS is official, the Club can participate in league tournaments and will be playing their first-ever match in the 7th Annual BC 8-Ball and 9-Ball Championships in Penticton at the Lakeside Resort February 15th to 19th.
Team 9-Ball starts at 12 noon on February 15th. Then Singles 8-Ball starts on the 17th and Team 8-Ball is on the 18th and 19th.
"We're also sponsoring the 9-ball team to go to Penticton to represent us," said Booth.
"I think our 9-ball team is pretty strong," said club organizer Doug Robinson. "There are three different entries we're in, and it's a qualifying round, and if we do good in the qualifying round we go on to the next rank."
Then the teams go on to a double knock-out final and hope to win money to help sponsor their trip to the next championship, the Western Finals in Calgary.
"There's quite a bit of money in it," said Robinson, adding that they don't know the exact numbers until all the teams show up. In order to avoid no-shows, teams confirm their attendence by booking hotel rooms.
Robinson said they currently have 27 members and are always looking for new players both male and female of any ability.
He says he wants to set up some matches against the Mission team which he says is a "travelling team". Other than to play in the big tournies, Chilliwack's team doesn't travel.
The 8-Ball Club runs a fall season ending December 14 and starts again early January until May. The cost is $25 per year plus $5 a night. To join and play with some of the best in Chilliwack, contact Doug via e-mail here or drop in to Vegas firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Robinson lines up a shot.
Vegas Billiards also hosts a 9-Ball tournament Sundays at 12 noon. The cost varies with skill level. Average cost is $11.
About Vegas Billiards
Chilliwack's only billiard room featuring 6 - 4½' x 9' tournament style tables; 3 Brunswick Gold Crown, 3 Canada Billiard, as well as a full size 1894 B.C.E. 6x12 fully restored snooker table. They have great food available and are licenced as well.
Located at: 45742 C Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 6Y7 Phone (604) 200-7665
Tue: 2:00 pm -11:00 pm
Wed: 5:00 pm -11:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm -11:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 2:00 pm-1:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm-11:00 pm
Connect with Vegas Billiards on Facebook, at: www.facebook.com/VegasBilliards
For more information, visit: www.cdncuesport.com
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