How to Organize a Huge Pool Tournament?

Well, if you ask Steve Reynolds of T.J.'s Classic Billiards, a pool hall in Waterville, Maine, not by counting too much on viral marketing. After sending 150 invitations to the Northeast Amateur Spring to local pool players, the 9-ball tournament was fully content 3 days before the tournament open.

While in the past, the pool tournaments hosted by T.J.'s Classic Billiards were held with partial capacity, Steve Reynolds still receives calls from local pool player asking about open spots at the upcoming Northeast Amateur Spring 9-ball event. What caused this change? According to Reynolds, instead of relying on regular patrons to spread the word in their billiard circles, he sent out invitations to amateur and former professional pool players from Maine and around.

"I want pool to be huge… I want to show you can have a big pool tournament…", Reynolds stated in an interview to Kennebec Journal. And it was: the field of entrants at the 2-days Northeast Amateur Spring held on April 5-6, 2008, included 64 players, who had paid the $80 entry fees and came from all around the Northeast to battle for the championship and the $1,750 1st prize.

Although the pool tournament is for amateurs, Reynolds emphasizes that the skill level of the 9-ball matches will not be novice at all. In fact, the only pool players who were disallowed from registering to the huge Maine event were, in Reynolds words, "touring professional". Then, inactive past pros and amateurs from Maine and nearby have all been invited to chalk their cues for the occasion; 64 may just have and 16 of them may go home with a share of the prize.

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