Natural Cures author starts pro pool tour

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-113640625028149.jpg’, ”, ‘Kevin Trudeau’);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-113640626728202.jpg’, ”, ‘Dallas West’);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-113640636631966.jpg’, ‘File photo by Melissa Wangell’, ‘Local pool legend and Hall of Fame pool player Dallas West, pictured above at his Dallas' State & Madison pool hall, is one of the featured players on Kevin Trudeau's International Pool Tour.’);

Controversial Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About author Kevin Trudeau has a new project: the recently founded International Pool Tour (IPT). lists the tour as “an organization that promotes and organizes a series of 8 Ball tournaments around the world.”

Eight ball is the pool most of us know best. The sport mainly consists of a person “breaking” a flat pyramid shape of striped and solid balls by hitting a white cue ball with a cue stick. If a striped ball is made, the person has the mission to sink the rest of the striped balls, and vice versa for solids. The goal is to eventually end the game with sinking the black “eight ball.”

The IPT plans on six televised tournaments in 2006, with the highest award for first place being $200,000, $2,000 for last place, and a year of combined winnings totaling $8 million.

The Web site states the $200,000 prize is the highest ever offered in professional pool, as verified in Billiards Digest.

Each competition has about 150 IPT players and 50 qualifiers (non-members who will fill in if an IPT member is unavailable). The bottom 50 IPT players after a tournament lose their tour card and must re-qualify in a qualifying tournament.

The entry fee for IPT members is $199 for each tournament, and $1,000 for non-members. To become an IPT member, one must fill out the free application on the IPT Web site. Trudeau personally picks people based on past victories, application accuracy, and applicant references.

Pool Hall of Fame applicants are automatically accepted. Local legend Dallas West, owner of Dallas’ at State and Madison at 1 Madison St., is one such Hall of Famer.

West holds five world pool championships and 150 tournament wins. He was inducted into the Billiards Congress of America Hall of Fame in 1996, and has been playing the game since he was 12. He had retired to run his pool hall, but said, “He (Trudeau) asked me if I was interested, and I said, ‘Like the day before yesterday.’”

West competed in the Trudeau-sponsored King of the Hill tournament this past November, walking away with $30,000 and placing 17th out of 43. With a green room that included a masseuse, cameras covering the event, and big-screens showing aerial shots of players, West said of the event, “It’s what a professional sport should be.”

As with his well-known Natural Cures book, controversy surrounds Trudeau in his venture into the world of professional pool. Billiards Digest reported the Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) would ban any Asian player for a year who competed in an event not endorsed by both the APBU and the World Pool Billiard Association (WPBA), the international organizer of pool tournaments. The IPT is not endorsed by the APBU or the WPBA, and does not plan on paying the fees or garnering the approval needed to join, as the IPT is funded by billionaire Trudeau and sponsored by his Web site

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