International Pool Tour

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The International Pool Tour was a professional sports tour created in 2005 by Kevin Trudeau and hosted by Rebecca Grant.[1] It aimed to elevate pool (pocket billiards) to the level of other modern sports. Closely modeled on the PGA Tour, the IPT offered the largest prize funds in pool history in its first year. The tour attracted the top pool players in the world. It differed from the many nine-ball tournaments, as all IPT events were eight-ball matches.[2] The company was based in Hinsdale, Illinois.[3]

Many pool enthusiasts were initially skeptical, but the first event was successful, and at the time was the biggest tournament in billiards history.[4] However by the end of 2006, the tour was in serious financial trouble, and was forced to stop staging major tournaments.


IPT Tour Members Colin Colenso, Keith McCready, Bernie Friend, and Stefan Santl at the IPT King of the Hill Shootout in Orlando, Florida, December 2005 adhering to Trudeau's mandatory dress code
IPT Starship Stage at North American Open held in Las Vegas, July 2006, for TV rounds and Finals

The IPT was not in a financial position to continue hosting large world-class events, so they shifted their strategy to live streaming matches that pitted the best players against each other. These professionally produced events started around the same time as the final payment installment was sent to the players from the World Open. The IPT cited these matches as promotional and their intent was to promote the sport and build up web traffic once again in order to deploy a new strategy.

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In the era of pool champions Willie Mosconi and Irving Crane, the standard dress code for professional pool saw players dressed in tuxedos when competing, but beginning in the 1970s, the dress code had relaxed in competition with contenders wearing sneakers, baseball caps, T-shirts, and blue jeans. Trudeau re-established a dress code for the IPT members and required all IPT members and competitors to adhere to it, to project a better image for pool. All male pool players were required to wear suits, long-sleeved shirts, and leather shoes.

In the events Trudeau refused to follow some of the rules normally required by pool's governing bodies, in particular the policy that all prize money be held in escrow. Despite this, both the Women's Professional Billiards Association and the U.S. Professional Pool Players Association allowed their players to join the IPT.[8]

In September 2006, just prior to the IPT World Open Eight-ball Championship in Reno, Nevada, Kevin Trudeau announced that the IPT had entered into an agreement to be acquired by Ho Interactive,[9][10] a new company started by casino owner billionaire Stanley Ho, a deal which failed.[8] Two new sponsors were also announced offsetting the bad news that the IPT championship scheduled for October 2006 in London, England, had been cancelled.


Tournament Date Location Winner Nationality Prize Runner-up Nationality
King of the Hill Eight-ball Shootout 2005, November 30 to December 4 Orlando, Florida Efren Reyes (1)  Philippines $200,000 Mike Sigel  USA
North American Open Eight-ball Championship 2006, July 22 to July 30 Las Vegas, Nevada Thorsten Hohmann (1)  Germany $350,000 Marlon Manalo  Philippines
World Open Eight-ball Championship 2006, September 3 to September 9 Reno, Nevada Efren Reyes (2)  Philippines $500,000 Rodney Morris  USA


The initial three events in 2005 and early 2006 were successful, but at the fourth, the IPT World Open tournament in Reno, Nevada, promoters announced that they did not have sufficient funds on hand to cover the purse. Winners were assured that they would receive their prizes in small installments, but most were never paid. The Reno fiasco marked the demise not only of IPT, but of professional pool competitions as a whole. As one commentator put it, "The pool hustler wasn’t murdered by any single suspect, but the last man holding the knife was Kevin Trudeau."[11]


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  2. Loree Jon Jones Player Bio, Retrieved June 22, 2007 Archived October 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. "WHOIS Search for Domain Registration Information:". Herndon, VA: Network Solutions. 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
  4. "IPT Pool Tour Goes Off With a Bang", by Pete Williams,, December 11, 2005. Retrieved June 26, 2007
  5. "8-Ball Legends to Compete in World Championship Match: New Pool Tour Launches with Biggest Prize Money In History of Sport",, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 21, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2007 Archived June 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. "Magician is King of the Hill", Retrieved June 25, 2007 Archived November 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. Kevin Trudeau Speaks, November 29, 2005, Orlando, Florida. Retrieved June 25, 2007
  8. 1 2 Dolan, J.D (January 1, 2007). "The Hustler". Details. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  9. "Big Changes at IPT: Tour to Be Sold, London Event Cancelled", Billiards Digest, September 3, 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2011 Archived March 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. "Trudeau to Anxious Players: Trust Me, the Money's Coming", Billiards Digest, October 20, 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2011 Archived March 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. L Jon Wertheim (November 24, 2007). "Jump the Shark". New York Times (op-ed). New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
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