The seventh round of the PBA Tour, the championship launched a year ago by the Professional Billiards Association in South Korea, takes place from January 23rd to 27th. Billiards Bréton has supplied 8 AERO 3m10 models equipped with GORINA cloth on which the competition will take place.
The billiard tables have been installed in the reception hall of the MVL Hotel de Goyang to welcome the 196 players who will compete during these 5 days.
PBA tour (men’s tournament) gathers 128 players and is endowed with 250 million Wons of prize money (about 193 000€) including 100 million Wons (77 000€) for the winner. The first two phases of this tournament with 128 then 64 players, are played with 4 players at the table and 2 qualified for the next round according to the “Survival” game mode. This game mode, particularly appreciated in Korea, consists in awarding the same points credit to all players at the beginning of the game, then awarding 3 points to the player who succeeded its carom and taking 1 point away from each of his three opponents. From the 16th final onwards, the matches are again played with 2 players:
- in 3 winning sets of 15 points for the sixteenth, eighth and quarterfinals,
- in five winning sets for the halves,
- in seven winning sets for the final.
LPBA tour (women’s tournament) gathers 68 players and is endowed with 100 million Wons of prize money (about 77 000€) including 15 million Wons (11 500€) for the winner. The first 4 phases of the tournament (up to the quarter-final) are played in “Survival” mode. The semi-final is then played in 3 winning sets of 11 points and the final in 5 winning sets.
The PBA Tour was inaugurated by the Korean Professional Billiards Association in February 2019. The organizer has planned an ambitious five-year program of tournaments which should be as follows:
2019/2020 : 6/8 tournaments
2020/2021 : 8/12 tournaments
2021/2022 : 12/18 tournaments
2022/2023 : 18/24 tournaments
2023/2024 : 24/30 tournaments
Among the European players who have decided to participate in this new tournament are Frédéric Caudron, Eddy Lepens, Javier Palazon, Filipos Kasidokostas, Glen Hofman, Tonny Carlsen, David Martinez, Jean Paul de Bruijn and Pierre Soumagne.
You can follow the live broadcast of matches on the dedicated website set up by the organisation.
Be careful, the time difference with South Korea is GMT + 9h!