Predator to Restructure Sponsorship Programs

Predator Group today announced a restructuring of its sponsorship programs.  Through the remainder of 2012, the company will continue meeting with professional players and industry leaders to gain perspective on player needs, identify preferred events and, importantly, enhance the company's ability to deliver the best possible player experience.

As a result of these changes, Predator Group will postpone the 12th Predator International 10-Ball Tournament until 2013, rather than host it in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Predator Group will announce the exact date and location later this year.  Last year's champion, Dennis Orccolo, who bested a field of 64 to claim his title in Manila, will therefore enjoy his title slightly longer than he envisioned.

Predator Group plans to enrich its signature event.  According to Karim Belhaj, President of Predator Group, “the company will reschedule the Predator International Event at a time and location that will increase player participation and, importantly, prize money – we would like to see the field return to 96 players and the total purse expand by 50%.”  He added, “this event has been and will continue to be special for the players, the fans and our Company.”

In 2012, Predator Group has invested heavily in local/regional tours and player sponsorships.  Much of this will continue but with a sharper focus.  The regional tours have helped expand the professional players' fan base and heighten awareness of the Poison brand.  The Company plans to continue this effort in the months ahead, expanding to other regions worldwide.

Player sponsorships, especially for Predator-branded products, will remain a core element of Predator Group's strategy.  “We will listen, take counsel and build products that deliver the performance our elite players want,” said John Forrester, Predator Group Chairman.  “We will take our game to the next level.”

Predator Group, an international billiards industry leader focused on innovation and game-improving equipment for billiards players worldwide, maintains offices in Jacksonville, Florida and Hong Kong.  The company's core brands include Predator Cues – high-end, performance-oriented cues, Poison by Predator – cues featuring cutting-edge designs and Predator engineering, and Uni-Loc – precision billiards components.  Predator Group distributes its products worldwide.  For more information regarding Predator Group's products, visit