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  1. Final round of the 2018 IPA Tour
  2. Final: Mark Boyle (Sco) 7-5 Gareth Hibbott (Eng)
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  1. What is the IPA British Open?

    Ronan McCarthy

    The British Open is the fifth and final event of this year’s IPA Tour, with the Welsh, Scottish, English and European Opens having already taken place.

    Taking place in Hounslow, it will see the UK’s top players contesting for the professional, Open, ladies and amateur titles.

    Although the main Open event sees players go head-to-head in a first-to-seven format, the winner of the professional contests is the first to reach eight frames.

    Among the favourites for the British Open crown are last year’s professional champion Clint I’Anson and Open winner Ronan McCarthy, who will compete alongside the ever-consistent pair of Marc Farnsworth and Ben Davies.

    They will be joined by this year’s European Professional winner Jordan Shepherd and Jon McAllister, who beat Davies in the final to claim the European Open title.

    Current Welsh and English Open champion Emma Cunningham enters the Ladies event as one of the early favourites but is expected to face strong competition from the likes of Lauren Williams and Nat Madden, who won at the European Open in August.

  2. Blackball pool: What do you need to know?

    Blackball is the official competitive version of pool played in the UK and is used on the IPA Tour.

    The recognised rules of Blackball are set by the WPA, pool's international governing body, and are designed to be creative and entertaining to watch.

    • Three-point rule: Points are awarded when breaking off - one point per ball that goes fully past an imaginary line between the middle pockets and/or one point per ball legally potted. Failure to reach the three-point minimum is a foul break.
    • 'Skill shot': It's okay to pot your own and your opponent's ball at the same time - this rewards attacking play by 'unblocking' pockets.
    • Fouls: The first shot after any foul is a free visit, but the player then continues with just one shot.
  3. Get Inspired: How to get into pool

    Get Inspired


    With tables regularly found in social spots across the UK, it is easy to enjoy a game of pool with friends.

    With bigger pockets (in eight ball), shorter cues and fewer balls, pool is certainly an easier sport for beginners to get stuck into than its technical cousins such as snooker and billiards.

    However, for those looking to play more competitively, cue ball control, massive amounts of spin and arm power are all needed to master the sport effectively.

    Blackball (without the bigger pockets) is the official competitive version in this country, run by the International Professional Pool Association.

    Click on the links to find out more.

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