The U.S.Open 9-Ball Championships

History of The U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships

It’s always been Barry Behrman’s dream to take 9-Ball to higher and higher levels and to that end he has succeeded. The field stands strong and players from all around the world compete in the U.S. Open. Last year, we had a waiting list! Who could have imagined it lasting 40 continuous years? Barry always gave thanks to everyone who had believed and supported him throughout the past 40 years.

Barry founded the U.S. Open in 1976 with his inaugural event being held at his Q-Master Billiards in Norfolk, VA with just sixteen players, but the best sixteen players. The U.S. Open is now the longest running major pool tournament in the world. If Barry were here today, he would be thanking and loving each and every one of you.

Event Venues:

  • Held at Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA 1976 - 1983
  • Held at Lake Wright Hotel, Norfolk, VA 1984
  • Held at Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA 1985 - 1988
  • Held at Lake Wright Hotel, Norfolk, VA 1989 - 1990
  • Held at Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA 1991 - 1995
  • Held at Virginia Beach Pavilion 1996
  • Held at Chesapeake Conference Center 1997 - 2011
  • Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Convention Center 2012
  • Marriott Chesapeake – Norfolk Convention Center 2013 - 2014
  • Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA 2015-2016

The U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships is the most sought after title in Men's Professional Pool and the toughest event to win on the planet as every champion will attest. It took 20 years, since Nick Varner was the first to win back to back in 1989 and 1990, for a repeat champion. Mika Immonen did just that in 2008 and 2009 becoming the first to repeat this tremendous feat. Then the next 5 years were, let’s just say, unbelievable when Darren Appleton in 2010 and 2011 accomplished another back to back. Words cannot describe what happened next when Shane Van Boening performed an impossible dream to not just win back to back in 2012 and 2013 but winning again in 2014 becoming the first player ever to 3-peat. This may never happen again in the next 100 years. As of today, Shane has four U.S.Open wins and with one more, he will tie Earl Strickland’s record of five U.S. Open wins. Last year we saw a new winner, Kevin Cheng from Taiwan. Can he do it again?

Barry held the Women’s U.S. Open at the same time as the men from 1984 – 1994. Following the 1994 event, the WPBA was formed and the women began their own tour and U.S. Open soon thereafter.

The tournament format is double elimination (a player is out of the tournament after losing two matches) until two players remain. Most professional pocket billiard double-elimination formats though are not true double elimination formats, where the player who reaches the finals from the loser's side has to defeat the winner's side player twice for the title. At the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, matches are played in race to 11, with the winner breaking. However, the final match, as is customary with most professional 9-ball tournaments today, is one extended race. At the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, the extended race in the finals is 13 games. For several years now Barry has added great excitement with the final 4 players remaining on the final day of play by winning by 2 games such as the quarter finals at 1:00pm and the semi-finals at 3:00pm are still races to 11 but must be won by 2 games or if not then 12-12 is hill-hill. The finals are one race to 13 games but, again, it must be won by 2 games or 14-14 is hill-hill with one game for the title. “It’s the fair thing to do for both Players” Barry.

Today, players from over 20 countries are represented. Fans from across the globe attend and mark their calendars year after year to get their VIP seats. The U.S. Open seats approximately 800. The Fans at the U.S. Open are the most knowledgeable and loyal. Many, many fans have been coming for 20+ years and Barry, Staff and Players cannot thank you enough.

At the U.S. Open you will also find 20-25 Vendors are on hand showcasing their products.

The oldest pool player to have ever won the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships is Mike Lebron at 54 years old in 1988. The youngest pool player to have ever won the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships was Mike Sigel at 21 years old in 1976.

The U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships is, like the Masters Golf Tournament, a “Tradition Like No Other” and this year marks our 40th Anniversary.

Former U.S.Open Champions

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2016
Kevin (Cheng Yu Hsuan)
Taiwan, ROC
2015
Shane Van Boening
South Dakota
2014
Shane Van Boening
South Dakota
2013
Shane Van Boening
South Dakota
2012
Darren Appleton
England
2011
Darren Appleton
England
2010
Mika Immonen
Finland
2009
Mika Immonen
Finland
2008
Shane Van Boening
South Dakota
2007
John Schmidt
Florida
2006
Alex Pagulayan
Canada
Canada 2005
Gabe Owen
Kansas
2004
 
Corey Deuel
Ohio
2001
Ralf Souquet
Germany
2002
Jeremy Jones
Texas
2003
 
Reed Pierce
Mississippi
1995
Rodney Morris
Hawaii
1996
Johnny Archer
Georgia
1999
 
Efren Reyes
Philippines
1994
Mike Le'Bron
Pennsylvania
1988
Tommy Kennedy
Florida
1992
 
Earl Strickland
North Carolina
1984,1987,1993,
1997,2000
Jimmy Reid
Florida
1985
Buddy Hall
Illinois
1991,1998
 
Louie Roberts
Missouri
1979
David Howard
Florida
1982,1986 
Nick Varner
Kentucky
1989,1990
 
Mike Sigel
New York
1976,1980,1983 
Allen Hopkins
New Jersey
1977,1981 
Steve Mizerek
New Jersey
1978

 

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