Prince Of Persia Flies At The Palace


Hossein Vafaei’s Cazoo Masters debut turned out to be one of the best nights of his career as he scored two centuries in a tremendous 6-2 victory over Mark Selby.

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A week ago, Vafaei was not expecting to play in snooker’s biggest invitation event, but when Zhao Xintong was suspended he was next in line, and got the call up to join the field at Alexandra Palace. The first Iranian to play in the tournament, he grasped the opportunity with a superb performance to comfortably beat one of the all-time greats.

The past year has seen world number 19 Vafaei make giant leaps forward in his career; he won the Shoot Out in January, made his Crucible debut in April and has now won a match in front of nearly 2,000 fans at this famous venue. Next, the 28-year-old will face either John Higgins or Jack Lisowski in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening.

Selby won the English Open before Christmas but this is a blow to his return to form and a result which extends his poor recent record at the Masters – the three-time champion has not reached the semi-finals since 2014. The world number two has lost his last his three meetings against Vafaei, including defeats at the UK Championship in 2021 and 2022.

The opening four frames tonight were shared, Vafaei making the bigger breaks with 52 and 107. In frame five, Vafaei came to a tough table with seven of the 12 reds close to cushions, but fashioned a magnificent 99, one of the best breaks of the season so far.

The sixth came down to the last two reds and Vafaei, leading 58-31, got the better of a tactical exchange and added the points he needed to lead 4-2. Selby looked set to pulled one back until he ran out of position at 48-8 in the seventh, and he then made a safety error which handed Vafaei the chance to make an excellent 65 clearance.

A missed long red from Selby early in frame eight proved his last opportunity as Vafaei closed out the contest with a 104.

“When I got to Alexandra Palace yesterday I was buzzing,” said Vafaei. “I had dreamed about playing here many times. There is so much history behind this event and if you want to be a good player you have to show yourself in front of the London fans. It was amazing, when I play at a venue like this, my best comes out. If you get involved with the fans, they will love you. I was sitting in my chair and people were asking me in between frames to take a picture with me! I got lots of positive energy from them so I had to give something back.

“If I didn’t believe I could win this tournament, I wouldn’t be here. I think I belong here, the way I played and I felt comfortable. I don’t want the tournament to finish in the next round, I want to stay as long as I can.

“I tried my best to make my people proud. This is what I can do for them, I just want to be with my people.”

Selby said: “Up until 2-2 I felt I was the better player. At 3-2 down I missed a red, and after that little things went against me. A couple of times I went into the pack and didn’t land on anything. When Hossein got his chances he took them well.”


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Baipat Is World Women’s Champion


Thailand’s Baipat Siripaporn won the World Women’s Championship for the first time, beating China’s Bai Yulu 6-3 in the final to earn a place on the World Snooker Tour.

Baipat had never previously been beyond the semi-finals of the biggest tournament in women’s snooker, but this time went all the way to the Mandy Fisher Trophy, and that prize comes with a card to the professional tour for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons. The 23-year-old will be one of two Thai women on the tour next season, alongside Mink Nutcharut who she knocked out in the semi-finals.

China’s 19-year-old Bai underlined her talent on her debut in the tournament, staged at the Hi End Club in Bangkok, notably making a 127 in the group phase which was the highest break in the history of the event. And the teenager started the final brightly, taking the first two frames. She led 3-2 at the interval, but the more experienced Baipat then took control, winning the next four frames for victory.

Baipat’s previous best career moment came in 2019 when she won the Women’s Snooker World Cup alongside compatriot Waratthanun Sukritthanes. She didn’t become a regular competitor on the women’s tour until last year, and has since climbed to 11th in the rankings.

She reached the final of the recent Asia-Pacific Women’s Snooker Championship so came into this week’s event with confidence. Competing in her home city of Bangkok, she finished top of her group before knocking out Jamie Hunter, Bayarsaikhan Narantuya and Nutcharut to reach the final.


Alongside the main World Championship, the five-day event also saw the latest staging of the World Women’s Under-21 and Seniors Championships, with a new winner crowned in each competition.

India’s Anupama Ramachanran capped a week to remember as just days on from her victory at the Women’s Snooker World Cup, the Chennai cueist ended the reign of two-time defending champion Ploychompoo Laokiatphong with a 3-2 victory in the Under-21 competition.

The 20-year-old had already accounted for Sophie Nix, Saravalee Songsermsawad and Bai Yulu to reach the final, before she came back from 1-2 down to end Laokiatphong’s bid for a hat-trick of junior world titles.

There was also a maiden victory for England’s Mary Talbot-Deegan in the Seniors Championship as she defeated 2017 World Championship finalist Vidya Pillai 3-1 in the final.

Competing in the event for the first time, 42-year-old Talbot-Deegan reached the final with victories against Altangerel Bolortuya of Mongolia and India’s Pooja Galundia, while Pillai accounted for defending champion Tessa Davidson and former world number one Maria Catalano to reach the title match.

The opening frames were shared as Pillai top scored with a run of 59 in the second frame, but it was to be Talbot-Deegan who would not be denied as she won the following two frames to claim her maiden world title and second Seniors crown in total.

Finally, there was also victory for India’s Amee Kamani in the final of the Challenge Cup, for players who did not reach the last 16 of the main competition. She defeated Waratthanun Sukritthanes of Thailand 3-2 in the final and also compiled the highest break of the Challenge with a run of 71.

World Women’s Snooker would like to thank all of our partners who helped to make the tournament possible, including the Billiard Sports Association of Thailand and Hi-End Snooker Club.

There is one event remaining of the 2022/23 season as the Tour returns to the UK for the staging of the British Open at the Landywood Snooker Club from 13-14 May. Entry for the event is still open HERE.


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The best in women’s billiards play in $10,000 tournament in Rothschild | Archive


For just the second time since 1993 the Women’s Professional Billiard Association has stopped in Wisconsin. This time to compete in the Aramith/Dr. Pool classic in Rothschild.

“We’re not always about the big city,” said event promoter and sponsor, Dean Roeseler; or as he’s known in the pool community, Dr. Pool. “Because if you can get a smaller city atmosphere, it’s friendlier and everything else, everything has made it a really good experience for the majority of the players.”

“One of the things I like about places like this is that you can find these little niche businesses, restaurants, shops, things like that,” said third ranked competitor and professional pool player Jennifer Barretta. “You have to search for them, but when you find them, they’re unique and I like that.”

Barretta is just one of the several world class players competing at the event, and is out to show the next generation of young girls they can play at this level too.

“Pool is a great equalizer, there’s really no reason a woman can’t be as good as a man,” said Barretta. “It’s a combination of math and sport. So you’re using your mind and you’re using your body and those two things together can make you a great player.”

Once you add the inspiration to the competition and atmosphere all while throwing in a  $10,000 grand prize, you’ve got an atmosphere you need to see to believe.

“You could watch it on TV,” said Roeseler. “(Like) when we were on ESPN and everything else, but watching it live and just the fan reaction and the player reaction, there’s nothing like it.”

The Aramith/Dr. Pool Classic runs until Sunday the 24th at the Central Wisconsin Event Center in Rothschild.


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Bugatti Reveals $300,000 Pool Table for Your Luxury Yacht – GTPlanet


The Bugatti name is inextricably linked with extreme opulence, and the latest product from Molsheim is testament to that. In partnership with carbon-fiber specialist IXO, Bugatti Lifestyle has revealed a new pool table.

Of course this is far from an ordinary pool table. Rather than using wood, the Bugatti Pool Table is carbon fiber, with aluminum and titanium structures beneath. The pockets are stainless steel, lined with leather, and attach to the table with titanium fittings — and bear the famous Ettore Bugatti logo branding.

There’s special drawers for all the accessories — which includes a full set of Aramith Tournament Pro pool balls in a Bugatti leather suitcase — with machined, brushed, anodized aluminum. You’ll also find the table’s production number in one drawer.

A pool table needs cues, and the Bugatti’s are naturally carbon fiber, with machined aluminum ends to match the buttons you’ll find inside a Bugatti Chiron. They fit into a special wall support, also made from carbon fiber, which features a 13-inch touch screen for the scores. An LED ceiling light, also made of carbon fiber, completes the look.

The table’s real party piece is underneath. An optional system with a gyroscopic sensor is capable of adjusting each of the four legs individually, just in case you want to install your Bugatti Pool Table on your yacht. It can respond to movement in just 5ms, and it does so silently, to keep the playing surface level if the seas beneath you aren’t.

Bugatti and IXO will make just 30 tables in total, and only five this year. First deliveries are expected in June, and the table is priced at €250,000 ($300,000).

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Ding Misses Out On Allen Revenge


In a repeat of the UK Championship final, Mark Allen once again recovered from a slow start to beat Ding Junhui, this time by a 4-3 scoreline to reach the last 16 of the BetVictor English Open.

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In York last month, Allen came from 6-1 down to see off Ding 10-7 and claim the UK title, and tonight he again proved a tough nut to crack as he won the last three frames with a trio of breaks over 80. Seeking his third title of the season and playing with a high level of consistency, Allen now meets Zhao Xintong or John Astley in round four in Brentwood.

A scrappy opening frame went Ding’s way and he made a 124 in the second for 2-0. The next two were shared then Allen compiled a run of 86 to close to 3-2. The Northern Irishman enjoyed a huge slice of luck at the start of frame six when, attempting safety, he fluked a red which set him up for a break of 94 for 3-3.

The key moment of the decider came when Ding, trailing 18-0, failed to make contact with a red when playing a thin safety, and caught the red on the way back up the table, leaving his opponent an inviting opportunity. Allen took full advantage with a match-winning 113.

“I wasn’t feeling well today – I had a headache and spent most of the day in a dark room, and at 3-1 my back was against the wall,” said world number five Allen. “The game brings different challenges and I enjoyed that tonight against a very good player. Because I have lost weight this year, I am not as tired in those situations and I get around the table better. Mentally I am in a very good place and most tournaments are won and lost on what happens between the ears.”

John Higgins enjoyed a tremendous fight back from 3-1 down to beat Robert Milkins 4-3. Breaks of 86, 56 and 62 gave Higgins the last three frames as he reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time this season. The result keeps alive Higgins’ hopes of qualifying for the World Grand Prix; he must reach the final this week to climb into the top 32 of the one year list and earn a place in Cheltenham next month.

Judd Trump top scored with 118 in a 4-0 win over Fraser Patrick, setting up a repeat of his BetVictor Scottish Open quarter-final against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. Yuan Sijun had been among the chasing pack in the World Grand Prix race but he is now out of the running as he lost 4-1 to in-form Un-Nooh, who knocked in breaks of 125 and 122.

Mark Selby, looking to end a spell of 19 months without a title, top scored with 102 in a 4-1 defeat of Wu Yize. Neil Robertson beat Elliot Slessor 4-0 with a top run of 88 while British Open champion Ryan Day made a 70 in the decider to beat Ricky Walden 4-3, a result which leaves Walden uncertain of his World Grand Prix place as he’s currently in 31st position.

Seventh seed Kyren Wilson became the first player ranked among the world’s top 13 to be knocked out as he lost 4-1 to Jamie Jones, who made breaks of 73 and 102.


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IXO Iconic Xtrem Objects Bugatti carbon fiber pool table


Spanish company IXO (Iconic Xtrem Objects) has unveiled a collaborative pool table with Bugatti. Known for its state-of-the-art carbon fiber applications and craftsmanship, the collaborative pool table contains both the design expertise and a level of luxury that both names are known for.

The handcrafted pool table features carbon fiber, titanium, billet aluminum, and aniline leather (the same kind found in Bugatti’s hypercars) construction, and has smart tech like light-up markers, several presence sensors, a 13-inch touchscreen with an operating system, Siemens servo-motorized and illuminated drawers, and an automated gyroscopic leveling system with motorized elevation.

Completing the package is a Bugatti pool table lamp, Bugatti cue support, a carbon fiber triangular rack, and a set of Aramith Tournament Pro competition balls. Made in extremely limited quantity, there will be five produced this year with another 25 coming in the future. This over-to-top pool table will also cost a small fortune coming in at a little over $300,000 USD.

In other design news, Bentley Home’s 2021 collection is threaded with actual marble powder.


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Hold On, Bugatti’s Pool Table Costs How Much? U.S. Customer Buys First One


Bugatti is famous for its ultra-fast hypercars such as the record-breaking Chiron. It is currently finalizing the extra-special Centodieci hypecar while building the bulk of orders from its discerning customers. Bugatti, however, is also offering pool tables made from the same materials as its supercars. In fact, the first officially licensed Bugatti Pool Table is heading to a customer in the United States.

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A High-Tech Carbon Fiber Pool Table

The Bugatti Pool Table is built by IXO, a known designer and specialist of carbon fiber product construction. Available in limited quantities, the pool table is finished in carbon fiber with a strong frame underpinned by machined aluminum and titanium. The sides of its drawers are made from CNC-machined, brushed and anodized aluminum, while the leather-lined ball pockets are made from stainless steel.


As developed, the Bugatti Pool Table can make it possible to play pool on a yacht, which movements could spoil the game. This is thanks to an optional servo-driven system with an installed gyroscopic sensor that could level the pool table, in case of ship movements. Each leg is designed to move to compensate for the ship movement, adjusting in just five milliseconds to keep the table perfectly level.

First Bugatti Pool Table Inspired By The Divo

Bugatti Pool Table
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This U.S.-bound Bugatti Pool Table is inspired visually by the highly customizable Bugatti Divo (as chosen by the customer). To mark the pool table’s exclusivity, it comes with a distinct plate displaying the iconic Bugatti logo and an engraved limited-edition number (1 of 30). As the number indicates, only 30 examples of the Bugatti Pool Table is available for grabs, each made according to the customer’s taste and preferences. Bugatti’s pool table costs nearly $300,000 to own.

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This Bugatti Pool Table is accompanied by a number of complimentary items, including a wall-mounted carbon fiber cue support with a 13-inch, high-resolution touch screen (for recording scores). The carbon fiber pool cues have anodized, CNC-machined aluminum ends featuring the same design as the buttons in the Chiron and Divo.

Each Bugatti Pool Table also comes with an anodized aluminum chalk box, as well as a Bugatti leather suitcase for the set of Aramith Tournament Pro balls.

Part Of The Bugatti Lifestyle Collection

Bugatti Pool Table Cue Holder
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As to why Bugatti offers pool tables aside from powerful supercars, the French brand from Molsheim found it necessary to express its identity and heritage through an exclusive selection of accessories, toys, and even clothing. The Bugatti Lifestyle collection includes dozens of various items is inspired by the supercar maker’s masterpieces. The artistic designs of the collection essentially trace the history of Bugatti and its vehicles.

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Ding Makes Three Centuries To Lead Final


Ding Junhui is just four frames away from winning a fourth Cazoo UK Championship title having built a 6-2 lead over Mark Allen in the first session of the final in York.

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China’s Ding has been by far the stronger player so far, making three centuries as he pulled away from 2-1 to 6-1. They resume at 7pm with Allen, who has made several errors at key moments, needing to win eight of the last 11 frames. First to ten takes the famous trophy and a record £250,000 top prize, which would be a career high pay-day for either player.

Ding won this tournament in 2005, 2009 and 2019 and is looking to become the fourth player to lift the trophy on four or more occasions, after Ronnie O’Sullivan (seven titles), Steve Davis (six) and Stephen Hendry (five), putting him ahead of all-time greats John Higgins and Neil Robertson who have three UK titles apiece.

Both players received a rousing reception from a packed Barbican crowd

He is playing in his 21st ranking final and has won 14 of the previous 20. Victory would give him a first piece of silverware since he beat Stephen Maguire in the 2019 final in York – in fact prior to this week he had reached only one ranking event semi-final in that three-year spell. He is currently number 38 in the world so this run at the Barbican is a remarkable return to form for the 35-year-old, who will be 19th if he loses the final and tenth if he wins.

The Sheffield-based cueman had to win two qualifying matches just to make it to the Barbican – and is aiming to become the first qualifier to capture the title since his own triumph in 2005. The top prize would earn him a place at the Cazoo Masters in January – click here for the draw for Alexandra Palace.

Ding has won nine of their 13 previous meetings, though Allen has won both of their previous finals, at the 2009 Jiangsu Classic and 2013 Ruhr Open.

Antrim’s 36-year-old Allen is aiming to win this event for the first time, having lost his two previous finals in 2011 against Judd Trump and 2018 against Ronnie O’Sullivan. Victory would double his tally of Triple Crown titles, having won the Masters in 2018.

The left-hander is playing in his 16th ranking final and has won seven of his previous 15. This is his third ranking final in succession; he was runner-up at the Cazoo British Open then won the Northern Ireland Open. Regardless of the result today, he climbs from ninth to fifth in the world rankings. The winner of today’s final will also take top spot on the one-year ranking list.

Allen had a scoring chance in the opening frame but missed a red to a top corner on 24, and Ding took it with a run of 52. A break of 70 doubled his lead, and he had first chance in frame three, only to run out of position on 36. Allen later got the better of a safety battle on the yellow as he halved the deficit.

Ding pulled away with breaks of 126 and 135 to lead 4-1. Allen had several chances in frame six, notably over-cutting the final blue to a top corner when he led 53-49. Ding slotted in blue, pink and black to extend his lead, then continued to turn the screw as a run 102 of made it 6-1. A break of 79 in the last frame of the session raised Allen’s hopes of a fight-back tonight.


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Leclercq and Davis Secure Shock Wins


Julien Leclercq and Mark Davis staged major shocks at BetVictor German Masters qualifying, defeating three-time World Champion Mark Williams and 2019 Crucible king Judd Trump respectively.

Belgian 19-year-old Leclercq produced a fine performance to beat Williams 5-4 and score the biggest win of his fledgling career. He turned professional at the beginning of the season after winning the Q-Tour Playoff. Until now Leclercq’s biggest result dated back to 2021 World Championship qualifying, where he defeated Soheil Vahedi 6-5 in the opening round.

Leclercq held his nerve and composed a break of 61 to get himself over the line in the decider this morning. He now moves one win away from the final stages in Berlin. Next up he faces Louis Heathcote in the final round.

Former English Open finalist Davis also prevailed by a 5-4 scoreline, but he had to stave off a fightback from two-time German Masters winner Trump, who rallied from 4-2 down to force a decider.

Breaks of 85, 93, 69 and 55 helped former English Open runner-up Davis to secure his 4-2 lead. However, it was at that moment 23-time ranking event winner Trump showed his class to turn up the heat. He crafted runs of 127 and 56 to take the tie to a final frame.

Trump had the first chance, but it was Davis who made a break of 72 to win on the pink. He now faces Joe O’Connor for a place in Berlin.

Chris Wakelin earned his Berlin berth with a 5-3 defeat of Ben Woollaston in the final round, while Joe Perry beat Ryan Thomerson 5-1 to qualify.

John Higgins defeated Hong Kong’s Marco Fu 5-3 to make the final round. He now plays Daniel Wells in the final round, who beat Michael Judge 5-4.

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Bugatti Hustled Someone In The U.S. Into Buying Its First $300,000 Pool Table


Carbon fiber and aluminium table costs more than some supercars, comes with numbered plaque.

by Chris Chilton

September 9, 2021 at 13:31

 Bugatti Hustled Someone In The U.S. Into Buying Its First $300,000 Pool Table

by Chris Chilton

Earlier this year Bugatti added a pool table to its Lifestyle collection that cost more than plenty of peoples entire houses. But you can bet that the unnamed U.S.-based buyer’s house where the first of those $300k tables is now headed, cost rather more.

Created in conjunction with Spanish composites experts IXO, the ‘Bugatti Pool Table’ is built around an aluminium and titanium frame, finished with a combination of aluminium and carbon fiber, and looks every bit as grand as the company’s four-wheeled offerings.

The sides of the drawers are made from CNC-machined, brushed and anodized aluminum, the ball pockets are stainless steel and lined with leather, and it’s all bolted together with titanium fasteners to prevent corrosion.

More incredible than the crazy carbon finish, which would leave you terrified to stack coins on to secure the next game, pub-style, for fear of scratching it, is the gyro hardware underneath. The table was designed to be used on superyachts and has legs that can automatically adjust in just 5 milliseconds to compensate for the movement of the ship “in total silence with vibration-free adjustment”, Bugatti claims.

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The package is rounded off with a whole range of carbon accessories, including a dimmable LED ceiling light, cues and a cue storage rack that includes a 13-inch digital display to help you keep track of scores. You also get an anodized aluminium chalk box, a leather suitcase to transport the Araminth Tournament Pro balls, and a USB key presented in a CNC-machined aluminium case that contains images and videos of your table’s construction.

The tables are priced at €250,000 ($296,000) and production is limited to 30 units, each featuring a numbered plaque. You can, of course, have yours trimmed to match your superyacht. But if you’re hopeless at pool, it’s not going to turn you into Efren “The Magician” Reyes, any more than buying a Chiron is going to help you drive like Lewis Hamilton.


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