Reno Open Finds a new Home

United States Pool Players Association & Reno Open

To Re-Rack at The Peppermill

With Full Fields In All Events Prize Money will Exceed $200,000

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

San Francisco, California – May 10, 2010 – After 27 years and over 45 events, The United States Pool Players Association (USPPA) is pleased to announce the Reno Open will relocate to the fabulous Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada.  The complete schedule of events will take place between November 19th and December 6th, 2010.

Tony Annigoni, President of The USPPA and Principal in Two Cushion Club which will manage the event dubbed The Pacific Rim International Billiard Expo explains, “We thank the Sands Regency for all its support over the years, however, the future for our association and in some ways billiards in America, is with The Peppermill.”

With a new home and more space, the event menu is expanding.  While the Reno Open and USPPA Pro Am will once again be the main stays, the word International is not merely a title.  “Working with The WPA in 2008 to host the World Juniors and World Wheel Chair tournaments reinforced for me how international the game is and, in some ways, how billiards internationally is in much better shape than in the States.” Annigoni continued. “I was looking for a venue and added formats that would enhance the International presence as well as deliver a playing format that would give American players, who I still feel are the best in the world, ‘For the Cash’ a chance to shine.  To that end, we’ve added a new event, The Simonis Tour Championship which will run conjunctively with the Reno Open.  And as an incentive to encourage participation, we’re also adding the Two Cushion Club Poker Challenge.”

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino features 1,635 luxurious rooms and suites, two resort pools, 10 award-winning restaurants, 16 themed bars and lounges including EDGE nightspot and Terrace Lounge, free nightly entertainment in the Casino Cabaret, 24/7 gaming action, headliner entertainment as well as the 43,000 square foot Spa & Salon Toscana and Fitness Center featuring northern Nevada’s only Caldarium with indoor pool, sun deck and Secret Garden.

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Further details will be released shortly regarding the entire event schedule.  For information sponsorship, vendor space, advertising or participation as well as any aspect regarding The Pacific Rim Billiard Expo contact Tony Annigoni at or at 831-277-0216. For more information on the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino contact Julia Jeffers-Peaua at or at 775-689-7114.

Only Two Men Left in Fujairah

-Jerry Forsyth-

WPA Press Officer

(photo: Karl Boyes)

The great eight had their shot at the spotlight in Fujairah and three of them made the most of the early going.  45 minutes into the round Ruslan Chinakhov led Jeff de Luna 5-1, Karl Boyes enjoyed the same lead over Vicenancio Tanio and Darren Appleton had a 4-1 gap over Joven Alba. Neils Feijen and Andreas Roschkowsky were being a bit more dramatic as Feijen led their match 3-2 at that point.

None of our leaders would ever falter. Ruslan Chinakov and Karl Boyes both won their matches by score lines of 10-5, Darren Appleton squeked past Joven Alba 10-8 and Niels Feijen gradually widened the gap between he and Roschkowsky until he sank the final ten ball at 10-6.

Niels Feijen

The semi-final rounds saw Ruslan Chinakhov facing Karl Boyes and Darren Appleton squared off aganst Niels Feijen. Early leads would again be the order of the day as Boyes jumped out to a 6-1 lead over Chinakhov and Feijen led 5-1 over Appleton. In a winner-breaks format such as this huge comebacks are possible but first you have to win and gain control of the table. Our leaders were not giving up that control.

For Ruslan Chinakhov it was mostly an evening spent as a spectator. Karl Boyes broke and ran the balls time and again and wound up putting on a completely dominating display of 8-Ball and winning their match 10-2.  Boyes would be the first player to make it to finals on Saturday.

Niels Feijen dominated his match as well.  Darren Appleton did his best to make a match of it when, at 9-4, Feijen suffered a dry break. Appleton took that rack to draw within 4 games. He then broke and ran the next to  pull within three. But the next break left him in difficult position and his first shot failed him, leaving a grand opportunity for Feijen. He took that to the bank and ran the tablet to win the match 10-6 and grab the second chair in the finals.