Thursday, April 09, 2009

Upcoming TAR-matches in May

In the beginning of May there will be a lot of pool to watch for us die-hard fans. Just days before the World Pool Masters in Las Vegas, the Action Report has put Darren Appleton and Dennis Hatch in the box. During the World Pool Masters they will broadcast another match, between Rodney Morris and Chris Bartram. On top of that the BCA has their annual bar-box tournament in Las Vegas, with more than 8000 players.

It will be a great week, with lots of action both for the players, fans and us who likes to put up a few $ betting on our favourite. There will be lots of online-bets made in the TAR-chatroom and also on the forums prior to these fantastic matches.

Here's the press-releases from The Action Report:

Darren Appleton - Dennis Hatch
"On May 4-6 at Pool Sharks in Las Vegas, NV, two of the strongest ten ball players in the world will face off for $20,000 per man, winner take all.

Current World 10 Ball Champion Darren "Dynamite" Appleton will face Dennis "The Hatchetman" Hatch in a race to 100 over three days at Pool Sharks in the notorious "Pit" where many historic action matches have taken place over the years. This match is sponsored by OB Cues, Diamond Billiard Products, BCA Pool Leagues and Baby's Pro Shop.

The exciting and unique TAR Race to 100 format will be played over three days. The players will play Monday May 4th until one player reaches 35 wins, they will return on Tuesday May 5th and play until one reaches 70 total victories and finish the race to 100 on Wednesday May 6th.

Fans can watch all of the action LIVE on streaming Pay Per view at for only $25 for all three days."

Rodney Morris - Chris Bartram
"The Action Report is proud to present another exciting event. On May 8th at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern in the TAR BAR at the BCA Pool League 8 Ball Nationals in the Riviera Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada, Chris Bartram and Rodney Morris will face off in a $10,000 per man challenge match.

Rodney Morris is a former U.S. Open Champion and one of the most feared money players in the world. On May 8th he will face a fearless road man in Chris Bartram. Rodney wanted to get in the ring and Chris stepped up and made a game with him.

The game is ten ball, 15 Ahead with Chris receiving a ball spot. The spot consists of the "Call 8 and 9" which means that when Chris pockets either the 8 or 9 ball in a called pocket he wins that particular game. All other rules are the same.

Play will begin on Friday May 8th at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern. The 15 Ahead set format is a new twist for a TAR match. For example if player one wins the first four games and player two wins the next game player one is three games ahead. In this format play continues until one player is 15 games ahead of his opponent at which time he wins the match. Chris and Rodney will play 12 hours the first day and 12 hours the second day if necessary. If by some slight chance there is no one 15 Ahead after 24 hours of play the prize fund will be pro-rated and paid off to whoever is ahead at the time.

You can watch the action LIVE on streaming pay per view at for $25 for the the entire match. The exciting part of an ahead set format is that it could take two hours or it could take twenty.

Don't miss any of the action. The match will be taking place in the TAR BAR. This exciting new idea is a players lounge and action room with a full bar, television, comfortable seating, four Diamond 9 Foot Pro-Am Tables and several 7 Foot Diamond Smart Tables for players, fans and spectators to hang out, play and watch some great action or just relax with some friends for drinks after their tournament match. This match is sponsored by the BCA Pool Leagues and Diamond Billiard Products.

Special thanks to Jimmy for all his hard work in putting this match together. Come join us in the TAR BAR for all the action !!! "

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