- Better Overall Player -

Usually Every Odd Year's FALL
First weekend of November.
Second weekend of November.
Third weekend of November.


Sponsored by
Billy Aardd's Club,
and Auxiliary Services.

The tournament will be Double Elimination with only one division. The Tournament Rules and Regulations, the General Rules of Pocket Billiards, the General Rules of Carom Billiards, and the rules on:

will apply to this tournament.

This tournament is open to Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of New Mexico Tech and affiliated entities.

This intent of this tournament is to give the better shooters a chance for some intense competition and to come out and show us what they can do. The 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place finishers will have their names placed on a plaque which is to remain in the game room (or wherever the pool tables reside) until such time as it gets lost. NOTE: There is only one division for this unhandicapped tournament.

No TECH ID $ 20.00
Non-student TECH ID $ 10.00
Tech Student ID $ 5.00

BAC members get $1.00 off entry fee if dues are paid.

The entry fees will cover the cost of this tournament, and the plaque, with any remainder going towards the cost of future tournaments. Prize money for this tournament will break-down as follows:

Billiard - Snooker - 14.1 Prize Schedule
16 14 12 10 8 6
First $ 80.00 $ 70.00 $ 60.00 $ 50.00 $ 40.00 $ 30.00
Second $ 50.00 $ 45.00 $ 40.00 $ 32.00 $ 25.00 $ 20.00
Third $ 25.00 $ 23.00 $ 20.00 $ 16.00 $ 13.00 $ 10.00
Fourth $ 13.00 $ 12.00 $ 10.00 $ 7.00 ---- ----
Fifth $ 6.00 ---- ---- ---- ---- ----
TOTALS $ 174.00 $ 150.00 $ 130.00 $ 105.00 $ 78.00 $ 60.00

There must be at least 6 entries for this tournament to run. The field will be limited to 16 players. If there are more than 16 entries the Tournament Director (TD) will choose the better 16 players to compete in the tournament (the remaining entries may start as an alternate if a starter doesn't start their first match). This restriction is unfortunately due to table and time constraints.

Players will be seeded by their known ability. Failing that they will be placed in the remaining slots by random draw.

The format of the tournament will be DOUBLE ELIMINATION on a match basis. Each match will consist of the best 2 of 3 sets. The sets will be scheduled for 45-minutes each. There will be a 15-minute break between sets. Note that a match could consume 3-hours with break times (assuming no extended sets). There will not be a time limit on any set.


The first set will be one game of Carom Billiards played to 40-points (a score of 20-0 will be considered a shutout).


The second set will be one game of American Snooker.

THIRD SET (If needed) -- 14.1 CONTINUOUS

A game of 14.1 Continuous to 75-points will be played as the third, and tie breaking, set if the match players are tied after the first two sets. NOTE: This straight match is non-handicapped.


Participants are responsible for knowing all the rules of the games being played, the general rules for both billiards and pocket billiards, and the rules and regulations governing tournament play. The player chair rule will be enforced. During a match the referee will be the only person allowed to handle the balls. Applicable rules will be posted.

Signup will close Wednesday, at 17:30. The schedule for the tournament will be posted no later then 18:30 on Thursday. (First round games are the only ones that may get rescheduled, and then only if possible). If you enter this tournament please plan to commit to the times you are scheduled to play. There will be a mandatory players' meeting Friday, at 6:30pm in the SUB gameroom.

Forfeits due to late- or no-shows will be in force. All grace times for forfeitures are relative to the scheduled starting time (SST). A forfeit of the first set will be declared if a player is not ready to play by 15-minutes past SST. A forfeit of the second set will be declared if a player is not ready by 30-minutes past SST. The third set will be forfeit if a player is not ready to play by 45-minutes past SST.

Choice of break for each set will be established by lag.

Additional details about these tournaments may be found at the Tournament Board in the SUB Gameroom. If you have questions about the tournaments you can ask our Tournament Director (TD), Ray Piworunas (email:


The format of this tournament has changed over time a little.

The first running had the Billiards portion as a single game of Progressive Redball (the Redball variation requires that the red ball is the first object ball on every shot) to 20 points (12-0 being a shutout).   The Spring '93 took the game to 35 points (20-0 being a shutout) but allowed a called choice of zero or one cushions for the first shot of each inning.

In succeeding runnings of the tournament it was one game of 18.2 Balkline.

More recently the carom portion was changed to "Straight Rail".