Queens, New York – The oldest tournament in the world is now being headlined by the world’s #1 cue company. Predator Cues returns as the title sponsor of the 72nd Annual Predator World Tournament of Straight Pool. Predator has been the Official Cue of the World Tournament for 7 years straight, since the event’s revival in 2006. This year’s event, July 29 – Aug 3, 2012, will be the biggest international 14.1 event in the world. Dragon Promotions in partnership with Dr. Michael Fedak, will once again produce the event which will take place in New York City at Carom Cafe in Queens. The well renown billiard room will host the greatest straight pool players from around the world. Sixty-four top notch 14.1 masters will arrive on USA soil and attend this prestigious event to play for the coveted title of greatest straight pool player in the world.
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“This is truly one of the game’s great events and this year’s tournament will only provide more evidence of the continuing revival of straight pool. As far as I know, this is the only event of its kind, anywhere, and Predator Group is is pleased to be a part of it. It’s a tradition that’s lasted a 100 years and we want to see it grow even more”, said John Forrester, Chairman of The Predator Group. The Predator Group manufactures leading cue brands Predator and Poison.
“14.1 defined so many of the greatest players and with that in mind, Predator Group is thrilled to be the title sponsor of this world class event. We’re looking forward to seeing some precision play and very high runs. The knowledge and consistency required to excel in 14.1 at this level is certainly befitting of the Predator brand and its innovative technology,” stated Kyle Nolan, Associate Director of Brand & Communications at The Predator Group.
Devout Predator user and Women’s World 10-Ball Champion Jasmin Ouschan of Austria during her victory over France’s Stefan Cohen at the 70th World Tournament of 14.1
The World Tournament is the oldest tournament in history that still exists today. Invented by Jerome Keough and shortly after recognized as the official game of billiards. The first World 14.1 Tournament was held in 1911 and won by Alfredo DeOro. In its history due to war and economics, the World Championships had 29 tournaments that did not take place including a 15 year gap between 1990-2005 until Dragon Promotions revived the game and the World Tournament in 2006.
“Predator is not only a leader in cue innovation, but a leader in the entire billiard industry. They set the bar for many companies. What can I say, they are tops in my book!”, said Charlie Williams, Founder of Dragon Promotions and a longtime pro player and user of Predator Cue technology.
Williams was the 3rd Place Bronze semi-finalist at last year’s World Tournament. Charlie has been using Predator for over 12 years on the pro tour
Players may also join qualifiers to get a chance to compete in the World Tournament with all the legendary greats. Qualifier info will be announced shortly and later can be found at www.DragonPromotions.com
To host a qualifier or play, contact Poolrooms may also contact DP to host a qualifier.
Sponsors and private contributors are still needed for this year’s event. Final added money and fund raising for the 2nd Annual Straight Pool Hall of Fame still must be generated. To help be a part of this treasured event, please contact Dragon Promotions.
Vendor spaces are also available, for more information on player registration, sponsorship, or if you would like to submit a comment, please email or contact Dragon Promotions at 1-407-782-4978.
Full event info is at www.dragonpromotions.com
Predator Group, an international billiards industry leader, is focused on bringing constant innovation and game-improving equipment to billiards players worldwide. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, Predator Group’s core brands include Predator Cues® – high-end (professional level) cues with revolutionary technology to enhance performance, Poison Billiards® – recreational cues with cutting-edge designs and Predator engineering for best-in-class playability, and Uni-Loc® – precision billiards equipment manufacturer. For more information regarding Predator Group’s products, visit www.predatorgroup.com.