WPA 8 ball pool is the largest played cue sport in the World. The game of eight-ball is derived from an earlier game invented around 1900 (first recorded in 1908) in the United States and initially popularised under the name “B.B.C. Co. Pool” (a name that was still in use as late as 1925) by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company.
American-style eight-ball rules are played around the world by professionals and in many amateur leagues. Nevertheless, the rules for eight-ball may be the most contested of any billiard game. There are several competing sets of “official” rules. The non-profit World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA). SA 9 Ball has hosted the 8 Ball Championships for the past 3 years at Lake Umuzi. Panda’s Cue Sport, the promoter behind the WPA 8 Ball discipline, will host the 2020 SA 8 Ball Championships in March 2020. Local players from Gert Sibande have done tremendously well over the past 3 years, with names like Thabo Taljaard and Jacobus Le Roux doing consistently well at the SA 8 Ball Championships and received medals over the past 3 years. Recent up and coming 8 ball players (Adam Nel, Kyle Jonker, Mandi Mente and Hendry Erasmus) will form part of the unit who will represent Panda’s & Mpumalanga 8/9/10 Ball Championships at the SA 8 Ball Championships. #PPL2019, the Panda’s Premier League, kicked off with a bang. 20 of the best Blackball Players from Hendrina, eMalahleni, Leandra and Secunda competed in Round 1 of the highly anticipated Cue Sport League in Mpumalanga. The league consists of 20 players who will play over 4 Rounds in the next 3 months for a Total prize of R18 750. All matches are going to be played at Panda’s Cue Sport. The knock-outs would take place in December with the winner collecting a paycheque of R10 000. The next league matches will take place on 6 October at 10h00
8 Ball pool, largest in the World