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AMERICAN POOLPLAYERS ASSOCIATION:

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, Nevada

The 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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BILLIARD CONGRESS OF AMERICA:

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.

The 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.

During 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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INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR:

The (IPT) Is a professional sports tour created in 2005 by former felon Kevin Trudeau.[1] 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 dress codes.[2]

Many 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.[3] However by the end of 2006 the tour was in serious financial difficulties, and it was forced to stop staging major tournaments.

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