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Bangkok Pool League
Written by Mark D   
Sunday, 17 March 2013

The Singles Tournament to start the 2013 season of The Bangkok Pool League was held yersterday at The Ball In Hand. I think most, if not all, who attended enjoyed the day. It was designed to be both a competitive tournament and a social event, and I think we pulled it off.


We kept the draw open until the first round of play was finished, and 121 people played, leaving only 7 byes into the 2nd round. By the time of the trophy presentation at 6:00 PM, 189 people had made it through the door. The league provided 62 bottles of liquor that were given away as door prizes, and the participting bars added another 39, bringing the total up to 101.


The food provided by the Game consisted of only 3 dishes, but there were sufficient quantities to feed a very hungry and appreciative group of people. The food was great, and all of the comments made to me were quite positive.


There were some really great matches played. The last 4 standing were Kenny (Old Other Office), Bob (Durty Nelly's), Mao (System), and Nick (Sportsman B). All four are solid players who have been playing in the league for several years and are consistantly near the top of the statistics. Mao beat Nick for 3rd place on the day. Kenny and Bob were both on the hill when Kenny made a tough pot on the 8 to win the event. It was a refreshing change to award the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place trophies to individuals who were not affiliated with the leagues traditional power elite.


Neil did a great job handling the microphone, and this is the first tournament in memory where I still have a voice the day after. Thanks also to David for giving me some help with the registration. Tor, Tee, & company did a great job handling the draw, which ran very smoothely. Chanya (Sport Corner) also did a great job of letting everyone know what tables they were playing at, as well as assisting me in other areas of the event. The Ball In Hand, and Henning, proved up to the task of managing and coordinating an event of this size. Kudos to all who assisted, which includes a pretty sizeable crowd who came to enjoy themselves...and did.


All in all, it was a good event.


Most of the schedules should now be in the hands of the Captains, contacts, venue managers, etc who will be responsible for having their teams ready for the start of league play on March 25th. I will have the next 8 days to make sure everyone is ready to begin play, so it should be pretty easy. If anyone wants a copy sent to them via E-mail, just let me know. The same goes for any other issues i can assist on regarding this season.

Bangkok Pool League
Written by Mark D   
Thursday, 14 March 2013
The 72 teams required to fill the schedule (36 8-Ball teams and 36 9-Ball teams) are now all in place, and we are ready to start the season (barring an unexpected twist). Copies of the Schedules, playing rules, scoresheets, contact list, etc. have been compiled into booklets that I will hand out to team Captains at the Singles Tournament. If neccessary, I can get deliver them to the various venues during the 9 days between the Singles Tournament and the start of play. I will speak briefly about the league at the event, and 1 on 1 with anyone who has any questions or comments. I will be at the Singles Tournament all day for that purpose. Please make every effort to attend. The trophies for last year will be given out, so those receiving one should try to attend. This may well be the last Bangkok Pool League Singles Tournament.
Bangkok Pool League
Written by Mark D   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013
As is usually the case, teams are dropping in and out as I prepare to get the new season underway. At the moment, I am looking for 1 8-Ball team for the 3rd, 4th or 5th division and 1 9-Ball team for the 5th or 6th division. I really want to avoid any bye weeks, so If anyone knows of a venue that might want to enter a team, please let me know.
Bangkok Pool League
Written by Mark D   
Saturday, 02 March 2013



While I have thoroughly enjoyed my prolonged vacation since the end of last season, the time has begun to begin the next season of the Bangkok Pool League. I have spoken to a number of people, and 72 teams from 37 venues are now all lined up to begin play.


The 2013 season will start on Monday, March 25th (8-BALL) and Wednesday, March 27th (9-BALL).


Both 8-Ball and 9-Ball will consist of 36 teams, with 6 divisions of 6 each. The Gold & Silver divisions will compete against each other, with all games counting in the standings. The same is true of the Red & Yellow divisions, and the Green & Blue divisions. Each team in the league will thus be competing home and away against 11 other teams that should be as competitively equal as possible. The season will be played over a 24 week period, ending on September 4th.


There have been no changes to either the playing rules or the respective formats.


Copies of the league roster, playing rules, contact list, 8-Ball & 9-Ball schedules and scoresheets will be given out at the Singles Tournament, and I will update everyone on the status of the Asia Expat Pool Challenge and a Bangkok Pool League event planned for later in the season. I expect at least one member of each team to be there so I can get the neccessary information into everyones hands in time for the start of the season.




The Singles Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 16th, at The BALL IN HAND on Sukhumvit Soi 4. The doors will be open for free play and practice at 11:00 AM, and the tournament is expected to get underway as close to 2:00 PM as possible. We will continue play throughout the day until we have a winner.


This Tournament is usually done at the end of a given season, but circumstances were such that I opted to hold off and instead use it to start this season. All of the trophies for last season will be given out at this event. They will be presented after the completion of a round of play, sometime between 6 and 7. All remaining league money will be spent on door prizes, and participating bars from last season are welcome to add to the list. As always, this is meant to be a social event, as much for simple enjoyment as competition. There will be a free food buffet provided by THE GAME, a new sponsor to the league.


This may well be the last Singles Tournament, so please make every effort to attend. The Bangkok Pool League is supposed to be a reflection of the venues that field teams in it and the people that play in it, so the tournament is also a good opportunity for people to speak to me about any aspect of it.

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