This year’s event, July 29 – Aug 3, 2012, will be the "biggest international 14.1 event in the world." Dragon Promotions, in partnership with Dr. Michael Fedak, will produce the tournament in New York City at Carom Cafe in Queens. The well renown billiard room will host the greatest straight pool players from around the world. Sixty-four top-notch 14.1 masters will arrive on American soil to play for the coveted title of greatest straight pool player in the world.
Championship Cloth, Olhausen Tables, and Aramith Balls are joining together in support of the Predator 72nd World Tournament of Straight Pool. Championship Cloth has been selected as this year’s cloth for the first time, while Olhausen comes on board for the second straight year as the table sponsor. Aramith has been the ball of choice for the event for all seven years now since the World Tournament’s revival in 2006.
“We are all very excited to team up with Dragon Promotions and be a part of this historic event! Championship Cloth has always cared about organized competitions, but now I want to revitalize the relationship with Championship and the pros, the fans, and the sport. Though we have dominated the home market for years, we feel it’s equally important to give back to the sport and also show the world class quality of our Tour Edition 3030 Cloth. What better way then showing it off at the 72nd World Tournament!" said Mike Serra, Vice-President of Championship Cloth and current Chairman of the Billiard Congress of America. Serra added, “I’ve personally attended several major pool tournaments this year to get more in tune with all parts of the industry. And I must say, it’s exhilarating. All of us want to do more to support the play side, and we do see the benefits. So look for more from Championship Cloth in the very near future.”
“Mike Serra and the Championship Cloth family are awesome. Besides being a fabulous manufacturer of high grade pro cloth, they are also helping us continue one of the oldest traditions in billiards. Mike has been spending a lot of time at pool tournaments and trying to get insight and solutions to help the entire billiard industry. I really respect his initiative and willingness to get in the mix,” said Charlie Williams, pro tour veteran and Founder of Dragon Promotions.
Olhausen Tables is once again sponsoring the event. They join European ball manufacturer Aramith and Predator Cues as repeat industry supporters. “Olhausen is looking forward to continuing our support of pool as the official table of the 72nd World Tournament of 14.1. Last year’s event was highly successful and Olhausen wants to be a part of Dragon Promotions efforts in keeping Straight Pool’s long tradition in the world. The World Tournament’s move to New York City is exciting for all of us, and we are glad to keep it on US soil," said Donny Olhausen, founder and owner of Olhausen Tables.