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We had a totally over the top turn out for the last MPA event of the year. 144 singles players across all the divisions. The largest turn out yet for a MPA single day event.
Then to top it off the internet when down for a half an hour right at the end of the calcutta, so we got off to a slow start. Which means we had to shorten races after 10 PM. But we got done around 2:15AM, thanks for everyones patience. Sometimes the play just does not fit into the time allowed and we need to make on the fly adjustments. Either that or you get to flip a coin for the result of your match. I think most players would prefer to shorten the races, unless they think they are going to lose anyway.
Check out the results and see how your favorites did!
We would like to thank all of the players that supported the MPA this season. Without your support we would not have had the successful season that we had, Thank you players!
I had some people complain about shortening the races at the two Stooges event. With the comment that we should have been able to forsee this and planned accordingly. Well these people have obviously never run a tournament of this size.
We do have a good feel for how long these events take to run. Typically with 5 players per table, starting around 12:30 we are done by 2AM. Which is the standard plan, and we were within those guidelines at Two Stooges. If we have more than 5 players per table we start the tournament with shortened races.
What you cannot plan for is things like internet outage and slow play.
Slow Play is an absolute killer in these tournaments, and slow play is not just how long it takes to make a shot, think time, it is how fast you get to your table, smoke breaks before and during the match, we even have players that go and smoke before turning in their score sheets, agggghhhhh!. I watched a guy last night, while we were in speed up mode trying to get the tournament done, go to the toilet in the middle of the match. This is not only effecting the play of your opponent it delays the matches afterwards, and in this case it almost kept the final match in that division from being played at all. I can already hear the excuses, whine, whine, plan ahead, be at little considerate of your oppent and the tournament.
I personally think that bathroom and smoke breaks during the match should be a sharking foul. Currently you need your opponent's consent to leave the table, but most players do not ask they just leave. We will taking this behaivor up in the off season. This should be a ball in hand foul.
We are considering shot clocks. We obviously, do not have the staff to sit and watch matches so I am currently looking for a timer of some type that can be put on a table if the match goes over a certain defined time limit or if one of the players requests it. The shot timer would then be in effect for both players. I would like some opinions on this, Send me and email.
Thanks again for all your support, and hope to see all of you again this fall.Note: Your current browser version is not supported!
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2012 - 2013 Season
Midwest PoolPlayers Assn
$10,000 Added Thanksgiving Tournament
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 - Sun, Dec 01, 2013
3rd Annual Thanksgiving Weekend $10,000 Added at Black Bear Casino
November 27-December 1, 2013
NEW THIS YEAR: 9-Ball Singles - Starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday night.
Singles 8-Ball: Starts at Noon on Friday. 5 Divisions: Master, AA, A, B, and C
5-Person Team 8-Ball: Starts Noon on Saturday. Handicapped Format.
All play will be on 7-foot Valley tables. We'll have over 60 of them to play on!!!
Get your Hotel reserved today!!! Call 218-878-BEAR and ask for the Pool Tournament Block
Free event shirt to the first 100 PAID Entries!!!
There will be a $10.00 late fee for registrations received after November 15, 2013
$10,000 Added at Grand Falls Casino
Wed, Mar 05, 2014 - Sun, Mar 09, 2014
$10,000 Added Singles and Team Tournament at Grand Falls Casino
March 5-9, 2014
NEW THIS YEAR: 9-Ball Singles - Starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.
Singles 8-Ball: Starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday. 5 Divisions: Master, AA, A, B, and C
5-Person Team 8-Ball: Starts Friday Night at 7 p.m. Handicapped Format.
All play will be on Forty 7-foot Valley tables.
Get your Hotel reserved today!!! Call 712-777-7777 and ask for the Pool Tournament Block
Free event shirt to the first 100 PAID Entries!!! (All others will have pay for them)
There will be a $10.00 late fee for registrations received after February 21, 2014
A word about credit cards.
I have had some complaints about the 5% service charge we put on credit card usage.
Credit cards are a lot of work! But they are also a convience for the players, particularily the Canadian players.
I have attempted to put notices and even line items for the charge, so it is clear, before you click the button to charge the event on your card.
If you call me to do this on the phone I attempt to make that charge clear, however, if we get off on some conversation topic I may forget, and I am sorry if you were not aware of the service charge.
I don't like this service charge, but if we were to remove it we would have to raise the entry on all players, 2-5 dollars for singles and $15 for teams just to cover the overhead for accepting credit cards for some of the players.
So if the service charge is worth the 5%, please use it. If not, send us a check.When you get a minute.
So if you are an individual or a league operator make sure you understand the sanctioning rules for the upcoming by reading the 2011-2012 sanctioning guide.
We would appreciate comments and suggestions on what we have or what content, as a pool player, you would like to see on this site. Send comments to us at MPAPool.