Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Association of Billiard Professionals (ABP): It's All About Billiards and the Pool Players!

Association of Billiard Professionals GraphicThe top three billiard managers in the Pool Capital of the World have joined forces with the Association of Billiard Professionals (ABP)! The stars of Puyat Sports, Negros Billiard Stable, and Bugsy Promotions, i.e., Efren Bata Reyes, Francisco Django Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo, Alex Pagulayan, Lee Vann Corteza, Warren Kiamco, Jundel Mazon, Antonio Lining, Roberto Gomez, and Carlo Biado, are now members of the ABP.

The ABP welcomes the stars of the Pool Capital of the World to help join the ideals and beliefs of the ABP to help change the sport of billiards for generations to come. The ABP is excited and thrilled to have an international representation to help in the initiative to improve the sport of billiards – a sport that we all love - in conjunction with promoters, sponsors, and associations. With a worldwide representation and support, the ABP is an organization of professional pool players that can have a powerful voice in helping changes for the better.

The ABP represents the world’s best billiard players who are uniting for a common goal. Over the years, players have endured many hardships and have found it necessary to try to reach common ground between the promoters of events, international associations, and the professional players. Without a voice, players have not been able to adequately communicate and work with promoters and other industry entities. Promoters and associations likewise have been lacking in instruction and guidance from the pro players.

For those not in the know, some events and associations have not been able to protect players from issues ranging from prize money payments, equipment issues and conditions, and rules/format. As the saying goes, “There is strength in numbers”, and this has led to the formation of the ABP.

The ABP is led by some notable names, e.g., Johnny Archer, Mika Immonen, and Rodney Morris, in a committee of top players unified under a common purpose: To elevate the sport of pocket billiards and to protect and to assist in the well being of every player. The ABP is an association for the players and by the players. The players now have a united voice to help bring resolutions to seemingly never ending issues facing the industry.

The ABP, with your help, can bring about a positive change in a fair and appropriate manner. From standardizing equipment, rules, and creating systems to insure the payment of prize money so the players can get paid and in a timely fashion. The ABP is for unification. The ABP is for change. The ABP is for the sport. The ABP is for the players. And I kid you not!

ABP Board of Directors

• Johnny Archer- Atlanta, GA
• Mika Immonen- Helsinki, Finland
• Rodney Morris- Honolulu, HI
• Shane Van Boening- Sioux Falls, SD
• Thorsten Hohmann- Fulda, Germany
• Mike Davis - Tampa, FL
• Stevie Moore - Columbia, SC
• Oscar Dominguez - Los Angeles, CA
• Shawn Putnam- Atlanta, GA
• Charlie Williams - Orlando, FL
• John Schmidt - Wheeling, WV

Annual membership is $100 to join the ABP. This membership fee is separated into a fund that will be used to pay all the expenses acquired for creating and maintaining a players association. The ABP is a non-profit group where the ABP’s 11 board members are volunteering their time and effort to help change the sport for the better.

"It's all about the sport. It's all about the pool players. The AnitoKid!"

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