Challenge to unearth skilled pool players

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  • Wednesday, 07 May 2008

FOR the first time in the history of the Guinness 9-Ball Tour, Malaysia has been chosen to host two legs of Asia’s most prestigious pool tournament in Penang and Genting Highlands Resort in Pahang.

In conjunction with this , Guinness also launched the Guinness Black Challenge which kicks off the quest for Malaysia’s fastest pool player.

It's on: James Wong, Guinness regional marketing manager, Yap and Diana Chan, director North-East Asia, Event Management Group (ESPN Star Sports) at the launch of the Guinness BlackChallenge in Malaysia.

There will be a total of 112 Guinness Black Challenge events played at selected clubs in Malaysia.

This is the second year that Guinness is presenting the challenge, giving pool fans the ultimate platform to showcase their accuracy, speed and skills while winning great prizes.

The initiative will be in search of the fastest and most skilled pool players across eight regions in Malaysia.

This nationwide search for pool greatness will then culminate in Genting Highlands Resort on May 31 during the third leg of the Guinness 9 Ball Tour.

Following last year’s success, this year’s challenge has been revamped and made more accessible to pool fans throughout the country.

All one needs to do is buy a pint of Guinness Draught or a bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout to take part.

The nine balls are prearranged on the pool table and the participant has to pot them in any order within the fastest time possible.

Prizes include cash and exclusive Guinness merchandise, as well as the grand prize – a chance to represent Malaysia in the International Guinness Black Challenge against other Asian regional winners in Jakarta.

The winner will also get the opportunity to interact with the region’s greatest pool icons, as they converge in Jakarta to compete in the Guinness 9 Ball Tour grand finals.

Yap Swee Leng, senior marketing manager – Premium Brands, Guinness Anchor Marketing said: “Guinness helped to increase the profile of 9-ball pool in the region by offering the largest prize money ever to be given out for the Asia 9 Ball tournament last year.

The decision to take on pool was an obvious fit as it is played with accuracy, consistency and precision, just like what goes into the making of every pint of Guinness.

It is safe to say that pool and Guinness make a perfect combination. As the nationwide search for best amateur pool players begins, be sure to grab your cue sticks and get ready for the fastest pool challenge speeding your way.

Also, be sure to head over to Genting Highlands Resort from May 30 to June 1 to catch the grand finals of the challenge to see the best amateur pool players compete.

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