Ten Ball Billiards
UPA International Ten ball Championships
The nominal first international International Ten ball Championship (previously, for six years, the event has existed but been known as the Florida Open Ten ball Championship) was held in 2007. The sanctioning organization is the United States Professional Poolplayers Association (UPA), using WPA/BCA rules. The World Pool Billiard Association itself separately started its own inaugural WPA World Ten Ball Championship (WTBC) in 2008, in Manila, Philippines. The events are essentially competitors, but many players compete in both. The UPA event is known for sponsorship purposes as the Predator International.
The 2009 UPA event, the Ninth Annual International Ten Ball Championship, and numerically acknowledging the original Florida Opens), was held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino May 11?16, 2009. Ozone Billiards co sponsored the event, which featured a field of 112 male and female competitors (including a record number of women), and was held during the BCAPL s National Eight ball Championships. Mika Immonen of Finland won the tournament, which was played on 4.5 ft by 9 ft standard, professional tables