• Felt-to-Felt Success: Conquering the Worlds of Both Billiards and Poker

    The games of billiards and poker share several things in common, namely skills, strategy, and high-stakes competition. But these beloved pastimes share another aspect that is so obvious, it is often overlooked—the felt!

  • Can Virtual Reality Help Grow the Popularity of 3-Cushion Billiards?

    Virtual reality has become a fairly well-known technology. A few years ago we were hearing some buzz about its potential emergence, but it wasn’t until about midway through 2016 that most people really started to see what it was capable of. Now there are countless VR experiences for consumers to enjoy, on a full range of headsets at different prices, and through any number of games. What’s been a little bit slower to develop is any kind of meaningful VR sports market.

  • Carom Billiards in Houston, Texas - A New Era

    The sport of carom billiards is a relative newcomer to Houston, Texas. A decidedly pocket billiards / pool-player's town since the 1940’s, the city was famous for rooms such as Big Tyme Billiards, Legends Billiards, and Bogey’s Billiards. When I moved to Houston in 1979 I played pool at LeCue Billiards and later at The Cushion & Cue - both long since shuttered. But beginning with the turn of the millennium the carom games have arrived or - depending on whom you ask - have been re-discovered. Carom billiards rooms seem to be sprouting up like mushrooms, leading to a resurgence of interest in the sport here in Houston.

  • The Mystery of the Medal

    Three cushion billiards has a long history of championship events and a celebrated list of the players who emerged victorious. Modern records for the World Championship usually begin in 1928 with the UMB as the listed governing body and Mr. Edmond Soussa of Egypt as the first winner in the event held in Reims, France. It is there that we start our hunt to solve the Mystery of the Medal.

  • The Things We Say

    A compendium of laments, explanations, excited utterances, alibis and excuses

    There are sighs, monosyllabic grunts and groans, breathless mutterings. There are references to God. There are curses, of course, and sometimes long vituperative whisperings, best said in a foreign language, questioning the heritage of the table or the balls, or questioning why fate has turned cruel or why we ever took up this infernal game. The vernacular of the billiard world is rich in the things we say when we miss or when others miss.

  • The Feel Of It

    Cross-Over Billiard Players Through the Years

    If you are a carom billiards player, you cherish a five-minute scene in the middle of the 1961 movie, The Hustler. Fast Eddie Felson’s manager, Bert Gordon, has set up a high stakes game at a Louisville mansion owned by Findley. Anxious to start the match, Fast Eddie removes the table cover and is confused by the absence of pockets. “Thought we came here to play pool?” Felson says. "I don’t play pool, Mr. Felson,” Findley says. He sips from his drink, a cigarette wedged between his middle and ring fingers. “I play billiards. My house, my game. You don’t have to play if you don’t want to.”

  • Thomas Ahrens - German Artistique Champion

    ThomasAhrens400X239Thomas Ahrens is one of the world's great artistic and trick shot artists. A native of Germany, he won his first German championship title in 1991. Since that time he has dominated the German Artistique billiards scene winning title after title. In addition to his sixteen national titles (through 2012), Ahrens has won numerous national and international Grand Prix tournaments in this difficult, challenging and beautiful sport. Ahrens holds all the records in German Artistique billiards. Here is a great video of 51 incredible shots on the 3-cushion billiard table.

     

  • Why is the cloth green, the chalk blue?

    Green has been the traditional color of billiard cloth for over four centuries. Blue has been the traditional color for billiard chalk for about 100 years. Today, chalk and cloth both come in literally dozens of colors, but green cloth and blue chalk remain the most popular choices.

  • Three-Cushion Billiards - A Poem by Jack Litewka
    It seemed so simple
    at first glance
    40 years ago. Three balls –
    today, a white, a red, a yellow –
    unnumbered, each larger
    than a pocket-pool ball, and heavier.
     
    Back then I gazed across
    a huge green field of tightly-woven wool
    stretched tight across a table
    that was pocketless.
  • Of Flukes, Clucks, Chimbas and Puppies

    The beauty and bane of the lucky shot

    Every room has this guy, the player who habitually scores the inadvertent shot. Usually a banger, sometimes a beginner, this guy specializes in the kiss, the double kiss, the long back up, the wrong rail that somehow turns out right. He plays a shot one way that misses and scores coming back. He plays a two-way shot that misses both ways and someway scores a third way. At West End Arcade and Billiards in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a room that is now closed, that guy was Mike D’Martino. And after years of torment, the 3-C players named a lucky shot after him, a “Mikey D.,” they would say. As in, “We were hill-hill, and then he made a Mikey D.”

  • UMB World Championship Tournament Videos

    The UMBNew250X125Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) is the governing body for 3-Cushion Billiards in the world. Each year since 1928 (with few interruptions) the UMB has held a World Championship tournament to determine the world's best player. Here you will find videos of the decisive final matches that ultimately crowned the winner.

     

  • International Events in the USA - Videos

    InternationalUSAFlags600X338Over the years many great events attracting International competition have been held here in the USA. The most famous were the series of tournaments intiailly held by Sang Lee and later the memorial events that continued in his honor. Here are some video memories of great International players visiting in the USA.

     

  • UMB World Cup Tournament Videos - 1991-2014

    UMBNew250X125The Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) is the governing body for 3-cushion billiards worldwide. Every year they hold a series of events attracting the greatest players from every region around the globe. These World Cup events represent the strongest competition of world-class players offering the largest prize funds in the sport. Equally important is the chance for players to earn ranking points, which enable the top twelve at any time to automatically seed into the main tournament of the current World Cup event. Here are videos from the final round of competition that determined the tournament winner between the years 1991 and 2014.

     

  • UMB World Cup Tournament Videos - 2015

    UMBNew250X125The Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) is the governing body for 3-cushion billiards worldwide. Every year they hold a series of events attracting the greatest players from every region around the globe. These World Cup events represent the strongest competition of world-class players offering the largest prize funds in the sport. Equally important is the chance for players to earn ranking points, which enable the top twelve at any time to automatically seed into the main tournament of the current World Cup event. Here are videos from the final round of competition that determined the tournament winner during the 2015 World Cup Cycle

     

  • UMB World Cup Tournament Videos - 2016

    UMBNew250X125The Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) is the governing body for 3-cushion billiards worldwide. Every year they hold a series of events attracting the greatest players from every region around the globe. These World Cup events represent the strongest competition of world-class players offering the largest prize funds in the sport. Equally important is the chance for players to earn ranking points, which enable the top twelve at any time to automatically seed into the main tournament of the current World Cup event. Here are videos from the final round of competition that determined the tournament winner during the 2016 World Cup cycle.

     

  • USBA Tour Open Tournament Videos

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    The USBA holds a series of events around the country for players of every skill level. The most prestigious and challenging are the Open events where players from the US and around the world may enter. Here are some decisive final matches from USBA Tour Open events past.

     

     

     

  • USBA National Championship Tournament Videos

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    The United States Billiard Association is the governing body for carom billiards in the United States. Each year the USBA holds its National Champioship event where the best players in the country compete for the title and the right to represent the United States in the World Championship tournament. Here are some decisive final matches from USBA National Championship events past.

     

     

     

  • Miguel Torres - 2008 US National Champion

    MiguelTorres420X422Miguel Torres was the 2008 USBA National Champion. Born in Colombia, he now resides in North Carolina where he has opened a new billiard room - MT Billiards in Charlotte. With his powerful yet precise stroke he is a master at artistic shots. Very much the showman, when in competition he will often select a shot with flair or follow or spin to wow the spectators. He has a high run of 19 and a best game of 5.00. Here are just some of the amazing shots in Miguel's arsenal.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Semih Sayginer - Mr. Magic

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    The Turkish Prince Continues to Amaze!

    Semih Sayginer, Mr Magic, the Turkish Prince. Whatever you call him be sure to include World Champion (2003) 6-time World Cup Winner and 14-time Turkish Champion. His skill in competitive play is matched by his crowd-pleasing three-cushion billiard Trick Shot exhibitions, where he truly performs his "magic".

  • Paul Frankel - Professor-Q-Ball

    Paul FrankelPlayer, Publisher, Promoter, Prestidigitator and Trick Shot Artist!

    The efforts of Paul Frankel (aka Professor-Q-Ball) in promoting three-cushion billiards in the United States have made him one of the most recognized and admired players in the billiard community. In May 2013 he gained the attention of popular cue sports web site AZBilliards who published a wonderful article about Paul's love affair with carom. (Read the original article on AZBilliards.)