‘Billiards Idol’ Getting bigger with more talent tell us what you think

New billiard talents have already signed up and more are expected to join the Search for the New Billiards Idol, which kicks its second season on January 18 at the Superman Sports Bar in Libis, Quezon City.

A report posted on BilliardPhilippines.com described the event, organized by the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP), as the premier grassroots development program of the local pool scene.

Among the aspirants shooting for the Billiards Idol event is Johann “Bubwit” Chua of the Bugsy stable.

“This is our commitment, and we’re doing it in the absence of a program from those who are supposed to do it,” said BMPAP co-founder Perry Mariano.

“Billiards Idol” has attracted some 300 wannabes during its inaugural run in 2008. It stretched into 15 preliminary legs, including provincial stops in Davao and Bacolod, and a Grand Finals featuring 27 top performers from the preliminaries.

Mike “the Lightning Kid” Takayama, a 19-year-old Fil-Japanese, was hailed as the New Billiards Idol in 2008, winning the P40,000 cash prize plus a seeding in all Villar Cup tournaments in 2009.

I thnk its really great to see any type of exposer from new areas that we havent really seen up to this date.
but beyond that billiards idol is coming we will stay tuned i am excited to hopefuly get to see some of the action.

Bay City co. builds pool tables fit for The King

BAY CITY, Mich. –

Elvis may have left the building long ago, but a Bay City company plans to put him back in rec rooms across the country.

Game-table maker Shelti Inc. is producing a line of Elvis-themed pool tables with the blessing of Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

The tables feature wrap-around graphics of The King performing in his “White Jumpsuit” Las Vegas show days. The images also show casinos and the Las Vegas welcome sign.

The unusual new product has led to a few Elvis quips around the office, according to Annette Jeske, customer service representative for Shelti. Such as whether or not to use the company intercom to announce “Elvis has left the building” – a catch phrase once used at the end of Elvis concerts – every time a table ships, she said.

Jeske said Shelti plans to make 500 of the limited-edition tables under contract with Lordsvale Sales USA, a New Jersey company.

Lordsvale President Freddy Bailey said his company chose Shelti to make the tables because of the company’s reputation for quality. Bailey said he remembers Shelti when it operated as the former Valley Recreation Products in Bay City.

“For me, it was a natural thing to come to Bay City, a city that has been associated with the coin-operated pool industry since the creation of the American coin-operated pool table in the mid-1950s,” Bailey said in an e-mail.

Shelti was founded in 2001 at the same site in Bay City after the closure of Valley Recreation.

About two dozen Elvis tables have rolled off the production line at Shelti since late November, and the remainder likely will be finished in 2009, Jeske said. The tables are for home use and don’t require coins to operate.

Each table features burgundy felt on the playing surface and anchors a larger Elvis pool-table package. The set includes a Tiffany style lamp with Elvis images and his name in large letters, an Elvis pool cue rack with cues and a serial number with name plate for the purchaser.

The package will retail for $5,995, and Shelti is offering a discount to local buyers this month, Jeske said.

Jeske said Shelti has made pool tables featuring sports team logos in the past, but the Elvis model is the first time it has made a table based on a person.

Elvis himself was a pool player, and his Graceland mansion features a billiards room that still contains his personal table. Now, Shelti hopes others will want to rack ‘em up with The King.

“We know there’s a niche for it, because Elvis is the No. 1 money making dead person,” she said. “His audience is age 8 to 80.”

Elvis died in 1977 at the age of 42. His estate earned $52 million in the past year, tops among dead celebrities, according to Forbes.com.