The (APA) was founded in 1981, although with roots dating back to
the National Pool League (founded in 1979), .
The APA conducts a system of franchised-based local amateur leagues
of pool competition, including both eight-ball and nine-ball, with
a unified APA ruleset, and hosts regional tournaments the winners
of which qualify for the national tournament played in Las Vegas,
APA employs a handicapping system call the "Equalizer"
that allows players of all ability to compete on an equal basis.
These systems are explained in detail for both 9-ball and 8-ball
on their official site at poolplayers.com.
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The (BCA) Is a governing body for cue sports in the United States.
It was established in 1948, in order to promote the
sport and organize its players via tournaments at various levels.
Its stated purpose is to "promote the sport of billiards."
The BCA's headquarters are in Henderson, Nevada.
BCA sanctions various leagues and tournaments, and publishes a
rule book that includes rules merged with the World Pool-Billiard
Association's World Standardized Rules for games such as nine-ball,
eight-ball, and straight pool, as well as rules for other games
that are not presently the subject of international competition,
such as cowboy pool among many others. The BCA holds an annual
trade show, the BCA International Billiards and Home Recreation
Expo, which is the largest billiard trade show in the world. Also
annually, it inducts great players, and those who have made great
contributions to the sports, into the BCA Hall of Fame.
its first thirty-two years of existence, the BCA had no physical
headquarters. In 1980, they opened a permanent office in Iowa
City, Iowa. In 2000, the BCA relocated to its current headquarters
in Colorado Springs.
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The (IPT) Is a professional sports tour created in 2005 by former
felon Kevin Trudeau. It aims to elevate pocket billiards, specifically
eight-ball, to the level of other modern sports. Closely modeled
on the PGA Tour, the IPT offered the largest prize funds in pool
history in its first year. The tour has attracted the top pool players
in the world. It is also different from the many 9-Ball tournaments,
as all IPT events are Eight ball games with very strict rules and
pool enthusiasts were skeptical initially at the launch, but the
first event was successful, and at the time was the biggest tournament
in billiards history. However by the end of 2006 the tour was
in serious financial difficulties, and it was forced to stop staging
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