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English 8 Ball Pool (Blackball Rules) - 2017 STRN Open

​27th-29th October 2017 / Savanna Pool & Snooker, Manchester, England


We'll enjoy the best of all worlds at the inaugural STRN Open in Manchester next weekend.

Players from both sides of the rules divide will compete in a double elimination event where the champion will bank a minimum of £2,500 come Sunday evening, making it one of the most significant prize pots of the year.

The tournament can also boast the very unique attraction of featuring all of English Pool's current World Champions.

IPA World Professional Champion Craig Marsh (Wales), BI World Champion Liam Dunster (Scotland) and 4-time WEPF World Champion Mick Hill (England) are all in the draw and could collide at some point over the three days. To my knowledge this is the first time the trio of world title holders in the sport will be in the same competition.

The impressive line up also sees former individual World Champions Ben Davies and Gareth Hibbott take part, as well as multiple major event winners Clint I'Anson and Jordan Shepherd.

Recent Players Amateur Championship victor Greg Batten is scheduled to be present, as too his predecessor Craig Lakin.

​The appeal of the concept has also drawn in the experienced and successful pair of Rob Chilton and Lee Clough, who will both make their return to the competitive major pool scene after noticeable absences.

The STRN Open is the brainchild Zac Leonard and Will Caldwell - the creators of the STRN brand and stable. Having held events before, the dynamic duo wanted to take it to another level and they have certainly produced. With further ideas and ambitions on the horizon, this will hopefully be another dimension for the sport to enjoy.

Held at the popular Savanna Pool and Snooker Club, action will be covered by Beard Productions throughout, and in what is a first for English 8 Ball Pool, their live stream output will be shared onto the world famous UNILAD Sport Facebook and YouTube platforms.

Sharing the event to UNILAD Sport's audience outreach is a positive and forward-thinking step as we try and progress into the mainstream.

Leonard said "We basically want to get across that both Will and I - although we’re new to the scene, have got a long term plan. 

I think our intentions are becoming noticed, especially the UNILAD streaming. We want Pool to be showcased free to everyone, especially the people who don’t play. 

We’ve got some future plans for Pool events that wouldn’t be considered traditional. We want the players to engage in Pool like they’ve never done before which in turn will attract a larger audience which helps grow the sport. So far we’ve invested thousands into this, never mind the man hours. 

We’re not short term people. Both Will and I have been friends for 11 years and are both on the same page of where we want to go. We want the players to trust us and the way the STRN Open operates should go a long way to achieving this."

Referees for the long weekend will be supplied by the Independent Pool Company.

To keep up to date with all the latest news from the 2017 STRN Open, please visit their official Facebook page here.

Written and published by Michael Day on the 22nd October 2017