The U.S.Open 9-Ball Championships

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

It has always been Barry Behrman's dream to take 9-Ball, Pool and Billiards to a new level. Today that dream becomes a reality as the field stands strong and players from all around the world attend the U.S. Open. He never could have imagined it lasting 38 years and still going strong. Barry thanks everyone who has believed and supported him throughout the past 38 years. In 2000 Barry’s Daughter Shannon Behrman Paschall joined her father’s side and together they continue the U.S. Open legacy.

Started in 1976 and Held at Q-Master Billiards in Norfolk VA, Behrman had 15 Players and was praying for a "full field" of 16 at the time. He got it at the last moment and the U.S.Open was born. Now the U.S.Open is The longest running and most prestigious 9-ball event in the world. The field is limited to 256 players. Entry is $500.00

$50,000.00 added minimum
$72,000.00 added with a full field of 256 players

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 -

The U.S.Open is the most sought after title in Men's Professional Pool. Toughest Tournament in the world to win according to Players which proves the seven years (2001-2008), seven new champions. 2001-Corey Deuel, 2002-Ralf Souquet, 2003-Jeremy Jones, 2004-Gabe Owen, 2005-Alex Pagulayan, 2006-John Schmidt, 2007-Shane Van Boening, 2008-Mika immonen.

Barry held the Women’s U.S.Open at the same time as the men from 1984 – 1994. Following the 94 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 US Open Nine-Ball Championship, matches are played in race to 11, with the winner breaking. However, the final match, as is customary with most professional nine-ball tournaments today, is one extended race. At the US Open Nine-Ball Championship, the extended race in the finals is 13 games. Barry began a new tradition in 2007 which will remain a Race to 13 again this year. “It’s the fair thing to do for both Players” Barry.

Today over 25 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 1000. The Fans at the U.S.Open are the most knowledgeable and loyal. Many, many fans have been coming for 20+ years. Beginning April 1st each year, VIP Seats go on sale. 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 US Open Nine-ball Championship is Mike Lebron, 54 years old. The youngest pool player to have ever won the US Open Nine-Ball Championship was Mike Sigel, 21 years old in 1976.

The U.S.Open has always been open to all men. Any player wishing to put up his entry is entitled to play. This tradition will stay the same. Like Augusta National, “a Tradition Like No Other”.

Former U.S.Open Champions

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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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