About Play More Pool

Play More Pool is a grassroots cue sports initiative to involve more beginner players in more formal structures, giving them incentives and prizes to play for in a social setting and without too much pressure or politics. The system is engineered to automatically remove the better players from the social structures in order to stimulate mass grassroots participation. We host weekly social tournaments at selected venues for a nominal entry fee. Of this entry fee, a portion goes into a prize pot, and the highest-ranked players are invited to periodic invitational tournaments to play for some cash. All tournaments are composed in such a way as to enable each player to play at least three or four matches. Even in straight knockout formats, there are playoffs for positions and/or “plate” competitions, so nobody goes home after losing their first match. Each tournament is awarded a rating based on the strength (levels) of the players participating. This rating is awarded to the winner, and each position below that gets 90% of the rating of the player just above them. The stronger the field, the higher the rating.

Our Structures

Weekly

Weekly events with social, intermediate and competitive divisions serve as qualifiers for the monthly invitationals. The focus is always on the grassroots – the better players have other prizes and incentives to play for while competing in a well-organised structure. Minor prizes such as vouchers are up for grabs each night.

Monthly

Through the weekly competitions’ top (premier) divisions, one out of every eight players qualify for the monthly invitationals. Players can only qualify for one invitational once, which means if they qualify a second time the next player in line is invited instead. These invitationals have a prize of R200 cash for the winner and R100 for second place.

Quarterly

Through the monthly invitationals the top players qualify for the Legends Invitational, which takes place once every three months. The Legends is hosted on rotational basis at suitable participating venues, and carries a prize purse of R1,500 (split between the top 5 players).