Σάββατο, 5 Απριλίου 2014

Too much of a good thing

By Bert van Manen
Give me a couple of minutes, and I can come up with fifteen or twenty names of famous chess players. Not for the life of me, could I produce the name of even a single chess CLUB. Most outsiders will feel the same about billiards: the man in the street will have heard of Caudron and Jaspers, but if he himself does not play billiards, the chance is about zero that he knows which club(s) they play for. Like chess, 3-cushion is a highly individual affair.
And yet, here in Western Europe we spend most of our billiard-playing time in the leagues, not in individual tournaments. We are so used to our teams of four players, two tables, comparable playing strength, no handicaps. It conveniently fills an afternoon or an evening, you referee each other’s matches, it’s a social event as well as a sport. The formula works so well, it is the going system in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Austria and probably a dozen more countries. In the USA, players are spread so much thinner and travel distances limit the possibility of league play. For us, those 11 home and 11 away games are the meat & potatoes of our billiards diet.
Last week, a press release came out, and it effectively announced the winner of the Belgian and Dutch leagues, for the season 2014 – 2015. In an economy where sponsors are hard to find, a business man (installations firm) stood up and announced that he had signed Frédéric Caudron, Dick Jaspers, Eddy Merckx and Jean Paul de Bruijn to form a team in both leagues. This of course reduces the chances of the other 11 teams in both countries to nil. If the best player of the opposing team can’t beat your third-best player, you might as well settle that match over the phone. Just hand over the Cup now, it is a done deal.
I have not heard from enough Belgians to know what the reactions were in billiard circles there. But in the fine Dutch tradition of always preferring complaint over applause, response was mostly negative in the Netherlands. “This will chase away the other, smaller sponsors.” “This is the end of our Eredivisie.” “Nobody will come and watch the other teams play anymore.” Just some of the comments I have heard. Even the players themselves caught some flak: “They should not have done this, they know we want them to play against each other, not together.” What should these four guys have done when presented with the opportunity to make (part of) a living, I ask? Draw straws?
Personally, I don’t think this news is so bad. The bottom half of the teams from this season found sponsors, even though they never had a chance at the title. Nothing really changes there. We’ve had super teams before: remember Hanze Catering, with TB, DJ, Horn and van Erp? That was not the “end of our Eredivisie”, and this won’t be either. It may even be a new impulse, attract some media attention, start a buzz, who knows? 
For context, here’s a snippet of history. Why have we never had a team in the Dutch Eredivisie with three or even four international players, you may ask? The van Wanrooij team had Blomdahl and Sayginer, later Blomdahl and Sanchez, with two Dutchmen (van Wanrooij and Weijenburg, later van Erp). The Crystal Kelly team had Caudron and Ceulemans, with two Dutchmen (van Kuijk and Gieskens, later Burgman. ISMS had Nelin and Carlsen, with two Dutchmen, Jaspers and Habraken. Some 15 seasons of brilliant league play and high quality play-off matches we’ve had, and we owe at least some of that to Joop van Oosterom. See also:http://www.bcdedeken.be/pages/sub/66965/Eighteen_golden_years.html

When the teams first started hiring players from abroad, van Oosterom said: two Dutch players in every team, agreed? It was a gentleman’s agreement, but everybody knew he would retaliate hard if anyone broke it, he had hinted at that. By hiring TB, DJ, SS and DS, for example. It’s amazing, the things you can get done if you have a couple of billion. It was only years later, that the KNBB (Dutch federation) made official rules against hiring more than two players from abroad. It’s a good common sense rule, even though it would never hold up in court, with EU rule saying we have free traffic of goods and services.
And here we are, with the two best Belgians (double world champions together) and possibly the two best Dutchmen in the same team. I am not complaining, and I will go watch them whenever I have a chance. But I am rather skeptical about the sustainability of this venture. The new sponsor may be affluent, I don’t know the man. But he’s no billionaire, barely a multi-millionaire from what I hear. And more importantly: what is the return on his considerable investment, what’s in it for him? The most expensive front row seats in the history of billiards, is what he’s bought. Hanze Catering did not make it through its second season, and my gut feeling is, neither will this team. Trust me, it’s not what I hope, it’s what I fear.

Τρίτη, 25 Μαρτίου 2014

The Greek Consensus (EN)

[Η ανακοίνωση στα Ελληνικά είναι στο παρακάτω post]

The indisputable gap in the Greek carom billiards community, which was created after the suspension of the IBT Hellas activities, drove a group of players and club owners to a table in order to discuss possible solutions for the future of carom billiards in Greece.

The primary subjects that were put on that table meeting were:
  • The unity of carom billiards on the whole Greek territory in both competition and communication level amongst all parties.
  • The re-launch of the Team-Club competition between clubs under no restriction in number of competitors, in an attempt to raise participations and not to exclude anyone.
  • A single and unified competition calendar that would include the great majority of the events that all shall follow.
  • The launch of a bilingual (Greek-English) website that will inform, advertise, and promote carom billiards in Greece.

In order for this attempt to succeed it is of paramount importance that all parties that represent players, club owners, and traders come in a consensus.
The key parameter in this success lies on the solid fact that this time the steering committee that will run the whole process shall not be consisted by members that belong in one of the following parties; high rank players, club owners or billiard traders either. Proposals are always welcome from every party that one could represent; unluckily the past has proven that those people on such positions are more or less biased on decisions. It is also vital that the whole steering committee will be flexible, act spontaneous and administer substantially the whole process of carom billiards without wasting time in non-sense meetings like those experienced in the past. Therefore it was decided that the constitution and selection of the committee members will solely depend on the ONE PERSON to whom the whole body will be assigned after a democratic selection process.

The new substantial carom billiard body that will be created will carry the name

Greek (or Hellenic) Billiard Union

It was also decided from all the participants that this announcement will be published at www.trispodes.gr as a reference, and that will be shared through Facebook and other social media in order that everyone interested is informed.

Below are the names of the participants that consented at that meeting.

Avraam Dadoros (player)
Nikos Tremoulis (player)
Nikos Polychronopoulos (player and club owner, current Greek 3C Champion)
Manos Chalkiadakis (player)
Stelios Pentazos (player)
Giannis Savopoulos (player)
George Fillinis (player)
Giannis Papadakis (player and club owner)
Dimitris Kalantzis (player)
Vaggelis Maroulis (player)
Thanasis Karalias (player)
Vassilis Papazachariou (player)
Kostas Bartzokas (player)
Vaggelis Sarakinos (player)
Thanasis Mixalis (player and club owner)
*John Antoniou (player)
*Vaggelis Moulos (player and club owner)

*Those were informed in person and agreed as well.

The Greek Consensus attempt (GR)

[English version of the post to follow soon]

"Η Ελληνική προσπάθεια Κοινής Συναίνεσης"

Μετά το αδιαμφισβήτητο αγωνιστικό (και όχι μόνο) κενό που δημιουργήθηκε στο μπιλιάρδο με την αναστολή λειτουργίας της IBT Hellas, μια ομάδα αποτελούμενη από παίκτες αλλά και επαγγελματίες του χώρου συναντήθηκε με στόχο την πιθανή εξεύρεση λύσης.

Οι αρχικοί στόχοι που τέθηκαν είναι:
  • Η ένωση του αγωνιστικού Γαλλικού μπιλιάρδου (όλων των παραλλαγών) σε όλη την Ελληνική επικράτεια (Αθήνα-Περιφέρεια) όχι μόνο σε αγωνιστικό αλλά και σε επικοινωνιακό επίπεδο.
  • Η επανεκκίνηση του διασυλλογικού πρωταθλήματος με κάποια συμβατή ονομασία και χωρίς περιορισμό αριθμού ομάδων από την κάθε έδρα, με στόχο την μεγαλύτερη συμμετοχή αθλητών και όχι τον αποκλεισμό τους.
  • Η δημιουργία ΕΝΟΣ αγωνιστικού ημερολογίου όπου θα περιλαμβάνονται όλες οι δυνατόν αγωνιστικές δραστηριότητες.
  • Η δημιουργία δίγλωσσης ιστοσελίδας (Ελληνικά-Αγγλικά) με σκοπό την ενημέρωση-διαφήμιση-προβολή για τα δρώμενα εντός και εκτός συνόρων, καθώς και την προσέλκυση-ενημέρωση ανθρώπων που αρέσκονται στο μπιλιάρδο αλλά δεν γνωρίζουν που αυτό βρίσκεται.

Για την επίτευξη αυτών των στόχων είναι απαραίτητη μια ευρεία "Συναίνεση" όλων των εμπλεκομένων αθλητών, καταστηματαρχών και εμπόρων.
Για την επίτευξη αυτής της συναίνεσης κρίθηκε απαραίτητη προϋπόθεση η μή τοποθέτηση όταν έρθει η ώρα σε ηγετικές θέσεις ή κέντρα λήψεως αποφάσεων κορυφαίων αγωνιστικά παικτών όπως και καταστηματαρχών. Πιστεύουμε ότι είναι χρήσιμες και καλοδεχούμενες οι προτάσεις τους αλλά από ότι το παρελθόν έχει δείξει το να ευλογεί ο καθένας τα γένια του και μόνο δεν οδηγεί κάπου και ο κίνδυνος αυτός πρέπει να αποφευχθεί.
Είναι απαραίτητη επίσης η ευέλικτη, γρήγορη και ουσιαστική διαχείριση της όλης κατάστασης και όχι το "χάσιμο χρόνου" σε συμβούλια, συνελεύσεις που δεν έγιναν λόγω αδυναμίας απαρτίας κλπ.
Για το λόγο αυτό αποφασίστηκε η επιλογή της ομάδας που θα δουλέψει για όλα αυτά να ανήκει σε αυτόν που (με δημοκρατικές διαδικασίες) θα ανατεθεί το εγχείρημα. Ο άτυπος αλλά πολύ ουσιαστικός φορέας που θα δημιουργηθεί θα φέρει την ονομασία

"Ελληνική Ένωση Μπιλιάρδου" 
"Greek (or Hellenic) Billiard Union"

Συμφωνήθηκε η ανακοίνωση αυτή να αναρτηθεί στο trispodes.gr και από εκεί να γίνει share στο facebook για ενημέρωση όσο δυνατόν περισσοτέρων ενδιαφερομένων. Θα ήταν πολύ χρήσιμο, απαραίτητο και γνώμονας για την συνέχεια ένα σύντομο και επώνυμο "συμφωνώ" ή "δεν συμφωνώ" σαν σχόλιο καθώς και αποφυγή αναλύσεων σε αυτή τη φάση.

Οι κάτωθι είναι όσοι συναποφάσισαν τα παραπάνω. Όσοι φέρουν αστεράκι ενημερώθηκαν προσωπικά και συμφώνησαν.

Δαδώρος Αβραάμ (αθλητής)
Τρεμούλης Νίκος (αθλητής)
Πολυχρονόπουλος Νίκος (αθλητής και καταστηματάρχης)
Χαλκιαδάκης Μάνος (αθλητής)
Πεντάζος Στέλιος (αθλητής)
Σαββόπουλος Γιάννης (αθλητής)
Φιλλίνης Γιώργος (αθλητής)
Παπαδάκης Γιάννης (αθλητής και καταστηματάρχης)
Καλαντζής Δημήτρης (αθλητής)
Μαρούλης Βαγγέλης (αθλητής)
Καραλιάς Θανάσης (αθλητής)
Παπαζαχαρίου Βασίλης (αθλητής)
Μπαρτζώκας Κώστας (αθλητής)
Σαρακηνός Βαγγέλης (αθλητής)
Μιχάλης Θανάσης (αθλητής και καταστηματάρχης)
*Αντωνίου Γιάννης (αθλητής)
*Μουλός Βαγγέλης (αθλητής και καταστηματάρχης)

Σάββατο, 22 Μαρτίου 2014

The man who had to live up to his name

By Bert van Manen
Eddy Merckx did not go undefeated in Viersen 2014, Frédéric Caudron did. But “Fred” was the first to say that Belgium’s third world team title in a row was as much Eddy’s accomplishment as it was his. He added that Merckx had played the higher tournament average (EM 2.243 – FC 2.150, a world record 2.195 combined), while facing the toughest of the two opponents in all five rounds. I’ve sung the praises of Caudron on these pages many times, never did more than just mention Merckx. It’s about time I corrected that. Make no mistake, Eddy Merckx is not in the “we must also mention”- category. He is in the “absolute giants of the game”- category. I could watch him play for days, and never get bored. Here’s his story.
Eddy Merckx (4 Sept. 1968) can be called a late bloomer, even though his career took off with a bang in 1994. With almost no international experience at that time, he won a BWA Grand Prix in Backnang, Germany, beating Komori, Sang Lee, Willenberger and Jaspers. But it was not (yet) the start of a great career, it was just an early sign of things to come, much later. Merckx again won a tournament in 1997, in Hooglede, Belgium, where he beat Horn in the final. Then, a few more years of drought. The likes of Carlsen, Sanchez, Theriaga, and good old Ceulemans usually got the better of Merckx in 8th and quarter finals, or there was an unlucky 1st round draw against DJ or TB.
You could have asked yourself back then: is this guy really ambitious, or is he happy as a billiard room owner who freelances in the leagues and plays second fiddle to the stars? Unlike the other Belgians of his generation (Caudron, Forthomme, Leppens), he never played in Asia or America, which also slowed his progress on the ranking. There was a third place in 2001, in Lugo, Spain, as a losing semifinalist to Jaspers, then no international tournament victory until 2005, when in Barendrecht, Netherlands, he beat Caudron in the final. What he HAD done in the eleven years since “Backnang”, was firmly establish himself in the European leagues as one of the hardest-to-beat players. I remember Blomdahl looking at his 22-match schedule for the Dutch “eredivisie” season of 1996/1997, pointing at the home and away games against Jaspers and Merckx, saying: “those are the four I could lose”. If you consider that TB was about 1.7 at that time and Merckx was around 1.3, he got a lot of respect from the Swede even then. As for his ambition, there was no lack of it, and the world would find out.
I’ve heard people say that he got on the right track as a billiard player after his spectacular weight loss. It’s not true: he lost all the excess pounds as early as the mid-nineties, and I salute him for it. But his rise to the top started a decade later, when he had matured as a person and found his groove as a player. Once he was in the world’s elite, 8th and quarter final losses suddenly turned into semi’s, finals and titles. It is not an exaggeration to say that since 2005, he has had a legitimate chance of winning, every tournament he was in.
- St. Wendel, 2006. World Champion, beats Polychronopoulos in the final. 
- Salon de Provence, 2007. European Champion, final v. Caudron. 
- Hurghada, 2008. Runner-up to Daniel Sanchez. 
- Lausanne, 2009. Runner-up to Kasidokostas. 
- St. Wendel, 2010. Runner-up to Jaspers. 
- Porto, 2011. Runner-up to Jaspers. 
- Trabzon, 2011. Winner, beats K.R. Kim in the final. 
- Porto, 2012. World Champion for the second time, final v. S.W. Choi. 
- Viersen, 2012. World Team title with Caudron. 
- Hurghada, 2013. Winner, beats Tasdemir in the final. 
- New York, 2013. Runner-up to Caudron in a strong field. Kozoom-subscribers: here is a video that illustrates well how Merckx approaches the game, and what he’s made of mentally. It’s the semi-final against TB, there is money at stake and the pressure is extremely high. Watch it all, or skip to minute 62, to see a very fine 11 run by TB.
As good as that run is, what happens a few minutes later will leave you speechless. http://www.kozoom.com/en/billiard-carom/video/5338.html
- Viersen, 2013. World Team title with Caudron. 
- Viersen, 2014. World Team title with Caudron.

Let’s not forget the five wins in the Belgian Superprestige, the eight times he won the National title in 3-cushion in Belgium, and his three wins in the tough Christmas invitational in Zundert.
And then of course, there is that world record. Not just SOME record, it may prove to be the toughest one in billiards to ever break, one that could stay in the books longer than Lindsay Lohan in rehab. Here it is: 4 – 9 – 26 – 7 – 0 - 4. Yes, in a league match in Fehrbach, Germany in 2011 against In Won Kang, Eddy Merckx made 50 points in 6 innings. I can’t even write that down without getting shortness of breath. There’s also a 40 in 7 against Coklu, a 40 in 8 against Peter Ceulemans, and 45(!) other matches over 3.000 average. He’s 4th on the all-time list of 3.000-and-over, behind DJ, FC and TB.
I’ve had the privilege of playing EM about two dozen times in my life, and it often ended in the 50 – 33 in 31 range, sometimes it was more like 50 – 17 in 24. One time in his room in Schelle, we played to 40 and after 4 innings, the scoreboard said 23 – 0. The elderly referee politely asked me if I wanted to use the halftime break I was entitled to. That’s a fun memory. I lost that match 40 – 27 in 21 by the way, which always makes it easier to tell the first part of the story.
What time and again impresses me most about Eddy’s game, is that he never takes anything for granted. He has the Jasperian work ethic, and a samurai’s control over his emotions. Each and every shot gets his respect, is thought through, treated as a challenge, a problem worth solving. His style is so different from Caudron’s. Frédéric is friends with the balls, he asks in a nice way, and they always seem happy to please him. Merckx doesn’t ask, he gives orders. And believe me, if Eddy’s cue tells you where to go, that is where you go, end of story. He has one of the most authoritative strokes in the world, and Caudron once said: “He can solve absolutely every problem on the table”.
Study matches by Merckx on video, and you’ll find out when it is legitimate to combine two chances, and when it is a mortal sin. You’ll learn about controlled speed and warp speed, about cue ball-memory, and maybe even about that special weapon he has, the “delayed draw” which he masters like no other top player. You’ll learn how to walk that fine line, with “precision” to your left, and “I’ll take my chances” to your right. If you genuinely look for a role model to emulate, a player whose style you will attempt to copy, EM may be a smarter choice than FC with his inimitable fluency or TB and his maverick brilliance. And while you are at it, you may want to copy Merckx’s manner around the table as well. He never complains, always apologizes for a fluke, behaves like a “mensch”, as they say in Yiddish. Not a flamboyant guy at all, not a colorful character. But an absolute pearl in the crown of 3-cushion, nevertheless.

Πέμπτη, 20 Μαρτίου 2014

Champion Club: 3 Cushion handicaps every Monday

Το Champion Club στην Νέα Σμύρνη διοργανώνει κάθε Δευτέρα τουρνουά handicap. Πληροφορίες και δηλώσεις συμμετοχής θα βρείτε στην αφίσα. Καλές στεκιές. !!!

Σάββατο, 8 Μαρτίου 2014

T(w)o represent a nation.

By Bert van Manen 

One of my favorite tournaments is just around the corner: the Viersen World Championship for National Teams (13–16 March). The charming city of Viersen is in the lower Rhine region of Germany, and its “Festhalle” adds architectural beauty to an already classy event, run with German “Gründlichkeit”. Which is in no way the reason I always look forward to this week. It is the weird format that adds spice to this championship, where winners can lose and losers can win, and 50 % is sometimes more than half.

Let’s first clear up the matter of the live stream. “Your Event Live” had a 5-year contract with the Viersen organization up to and including 2014. That means, we will again be able to see it for free this year, but in poor quality (http://viersen.billiard-worldchampionship.org/). If the stream is as reliable as it was last year, we are in for another few days of torture. There is good hope that in 2015, Kozoom will take over and things will be as they should be.

Back to the format. Two players from one country play two players from another country, that sounds fair, right? Let me take you back to 1989, when Boris Becker was quoted, saying: “Germany did not win the Davis Cup, I did.” He had a point, because he won both his singles and the double he was in (with Jelen), and his teammate Steeb lost twice, making it Germany 3, Sweden 2. Similar things have happened in Viersen. If you have one player who comes up with 3-0 wins time and again, all the other guy has to do is win a set. If the “star” player really crushes his opponent, his team mate can even afford to lose 0-3, and the team will win on caroms made. It’s like a tag-team beauty pageant that could be won for South Africa by Charlize Theron and her grandmother.

No, I am not making fun of Michael Nilsson, Raimond Burgman, Tayfun Tasdemir or Christian Rudolph. They are superb players. But they all lost matches in Viersen and still held the trophy: it sure must have felt good for them to know that Blomdahl, Jaspers, Sayginer and Horn were there to do the heavy lifting.

Another thing that is “special” about Viersen, is the fact that matches are terminated when the outcome is no longer relevant. If on one table the score is 2-1 in sets, and on the other table it is 2-2, when the player on table 1 wins his 3d set, the fifth set on table 2 can no longer change the end result, so play is stopped. There is some logic to that, but there is also cruelty. Imagine you are a 3-cushion player from Vietnam. You have practiced until your fingers bled, then boarded a plane to Germany, where one night in a hotel costs as much as you make in a month. You are on table 2, playing Blomdahl. You have dug deep and poured all your skill, knowledge and heart into this match. It’s 2-2 in sets, you are at the table leading 11-4 in the decider, and you are already working on the story you will tell your grandchildren, about that unforgettable day you beat the legend from Sweden. Then the referee picks up the balls, and puts them in the box. “Thanks, that will be all. You can go home now.” If that is not weird, tell me what is.

A quick look at the chart will tell you that Sweden has been the most successful country in the Viersen event, with Turkey, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands also doing well. Korea is yet to show what it can do; Spain and Denmark were on the podium a few times, but not on the highest step. In 1998, Netherlands A finished last in Viersen, but Netherlands B won the tournament: tough to explain that to an outsider. This year, Belgium A is a Porsche 911 (Forthomme and Leppens), but Belgium B is a Bugatti Veyron: Merckx and Caudron, which is as good as it gets. They won in 2012 and 2013, and you’d be a brave man to bet against them in 2014. Other strong contenders next week: Sweden, Turkey, Korea, and my “Geheimfavorit” (outsider) Greece.

Three cushion is a small community, and Viersen is as much a clash of team mates as it is a clash of nations. If Jaspers plays Merckx, they both face a team mate from Holland. Caudron could meet Leppens, and they are team mates in Holland AND Belgium. Horn and Blomdahl play together in the German Bundesliga. Forthomme and Kasidokostas are teammates in Laxou, France. Yes, they will try hard to win for their country, but the opponent is most likely a good colleague, possibly a friend, only rarely an enemy. The world leaders of 3-cushion have their summits, they don’t always agree, but they handle their diplomacy well; usually better than the nations they represent. Viersen is about sport, skill, and personal excellence. Let’s not take the anthems, the flags and the national pride too seriously, shall we?

Πέμπτη, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

40 Στεκιές, ποιος θα κάνει πιο πολλές;

Δύο ημέρες μετά την σύγκρουση στο Γαλλικό πρωτάθλημα ο Frederic Caudron και ο Torbjorn Blomdahl συναντιούνται πάλι αυτή την Παρασκευή στην ετήσια αναμέτρηση μεταξύ του παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή και του πρώτου της παγκόσμιας κατάταξης στο ξενοδοχείο και χορηγό Caseta Nova στην Castalla της Ισπανίας. Ωστόσο επειδή ο Frederic Caudron κατέχει και τις δυο αυτές θέσεις, ο διοργανωτής προσκάλεσε το νούμερο 2 της παγκόσμιας κατάταξης τον Torbjorn Blomdahl για αυτό το ματς.
Το ματς θα διεξαχθεί στις 40 στεκιές, και θα κερδίσει όποιος κάνει τις περισσότερες καραμπόλες. Οι αντίπαλοι θα λάβουν ως έπαθλο χίλιες φορές το μουγιέν τους σε €. Για παράδειγμα το 1.000 μουαγιέν θα λάβει 1000€, το 2.500 μουαγιέν 2500€. Επιπρόσθετα ο νικητής θα λάβει από τον διοργανωτή Javier Jimero, μια μικρή πλάκα ατόφιου χρυσού βάρους 25 γραμμαρίων με το όνομα του χαραγμένο.
Τον αγώνα θα μπορείτε να τον παρακολουθήσετε live μέσω του pay-per-view της Caseta Nova με κόστος 2,5€. Το link εδώ, ωστόσο το ματς θα διατεθεί και αργότερα μέσω του youtube.
Να σημειώσουμε ότι τα 200 εισιτήρια αξίας 50€ που διατέθηκαν έχουν ήδη εξαντληθεί από όλους όσους θέλησαν να παραβρεθούν σε αυτή την αναμέτρηση.

Συντονιστείτε λοιπόν κατά τις 19:30 ώρα Ελλάδος για αυτή την αναμέτρηση, γνωστή και ως "Super Cup" στο παρελθόν.

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Δωρεάν  5 ώρες μπιλιάρδου και καφές για δυο άτομα.
Europe Club
Δωρεάν  3 ώρες μπιλιάρδου και καφές για δυο άτομα.
Billiard Club
Δωρεάν ετήσια συνδρομή μέλους αξίας 180€.
Δωρεάν  2 ώρες κάθε μέρα με καφέ για μια εβδομάδα για ένα άτομο.
Achro Cues
Δωρεάν αλλαγή πετσιού της αρεσκείας σας.
Achro Cues
Δωρεάν αλλαγή πετσιού της αρεσκείας σας.
Achro Cues
Δωρεάν αλλαγή πετσιού της αρεσκείας σας.
Με 50€ πληρωμή συνδρομής ανά μήνα μέχρι το τέλος του 2014. Απεριόριστη χρήση μπιλιάρδου (ατομικές και ματς) για ένα άτομο.
Marios Club
Δωρεάν 5 ώρες μπιλιάρδου και καφές για δυο άτομα.
Royal Pro
Δωρεάν μια τσόχα μπιλιάρδου Royal Pro αξίας 130€.
IQ Cues
Δωροεπιταγή αξίας 300€ για κατασκευή στέκας. Η δωροεπιταγή αφαιρείται από το συνολικό κόστος κατασκευής.
IQ Cues
Ένα φλές IQ Cues της αρεσκείας σας.
Theory Cues

Δωροεπιταγή αξίας 300€ για αγορά στέκας, επίσης αξεσουάρ Theory, γάντι, λάστιχο, πετσάκι.

Δύο ώρες μάθημα με τον Κώστα Παπακωνσταντίνου.
9Ball Club
Απεριόριστη χρήση μπιλιάρδου, και μια φιάλη ποτού της αρεσκείας σας, όταν επισκεφτείτε το 9Ball Club στην Βουλγαρία.
Δύο ώρες μάθημα με τον Φίλιππο Κασιδόκωστα.
Δωρεάν ηλεκτρονικό βιβλίο.
Δωρεάν ηλεκτρονικό βιβλίο
Δωρεάν ηλεκτρονικό βιβλίο.
Μια ώρα μάθημα με τον Torbjorn Blomdahl στην επόμενη επίσκεψη του στην Ελλάδα.
Dani Sanchez
Μια ώρα μάθημα με τον Dani Sanchez στην επόμενη επίσκεψη του στην Ελλάδα.
Δύο ώρες μάθημα με τον Νίκο Πολυχρονόπουλο.
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2ο πακέτο δώρων  (2 αντικείμενα)
Trisponto Club
Δωρεάν  2 ώρες κάθε μέρα με καφέ για μια εβδομάδα για δύο άτομα.
Trisponto Club
Ένα σετ: λάστιχο grip στέκας, πετσάκι, γάντι.
Miste100 Club
Δωρεάν  2 ώρες μπιλιάρδου και 2 ποτά για δυο άτομα.