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Verhoeven International 3-Cushion Tournament July 14-21

Coming up in July are two much anticipated events. First, the best of women's billiards will be showcased at Carom Cafe from July 14 to July 16.


The current world's champion (Natsumi Higashiuchi), a former world champ (Orie Hida) and perhaps the best player in the world today (Therese Klompenhouwer) are scheduled to play along with US Players Mercedes Gonzales and Ester Park.


Then, the very best players from Europe arrive for the Verhoeven Open Tournament from July 17 to 21. Scheduled to play include Torbjörn Blomdahl, Frédéric Caudron, Eddie Merckx, Eddie Leppens, Semih Sayginer, Roland Forthhomme and many others. The USBA contingent from the Pan-American Championship will all be there along with many more top US players eager for the chance to play against some of the strongest in the world.


The Carom Cafe perennial event will have one more addition to its International flare. Kozoom, the premier organization supporting three cushion billiards worldwide will be sending its professional video production team to livesteam and record key matches at the event. Members of the Kozoom web site will be able to watch the games online as they take place, and replay the videos any time.

The Best in The World Meet in New York

The USBA has partnered with Kozoom to broadcast matches live at the Verhoeven Open Tournament to be held at Carom Café in Flushing, New York from July 16 to 20.

Kozoom is the leading live streaming presence on the Internet for billiards. In addition to broadcasting the World Cup tournaments and the World Championship. Kozoom also live streams various European tournaments throughout the year. Its Website ( is the premier Carom site on the web with an extensive library of videos, a latest news section, a store, a chat room and an instructional feature.

According to USBA President Andrew Janquitto, helping Kozoom come to the United States to feature the summer International tournament at Carom Café was a "win-win." The summer tournament at Carom Café, Janquitto explained, is the premier billiard event in America, surpassing in many minds even the USBA National Championship. "The Carom Café tournament brings the best players from around the world," Janquitto said, and "gives US players the chance to play against world ranked opponents. Having Kozoom there to broadcast the event helps promote billiards in the United States and gives Kozoom the opportunity to introduce its product to the American market."

The Verhoeven Open will feature the likes of Torbjörn Blomdahl and Frederic Caudron, currently ranked 1st and 2nd in the world, respectively. They will be joined by Eddie Merckx (No. 5), Roland Forthomme (No. 20) and Eddie Leppens (No. 21) as well as many other players from Europe and America. Returning for the United States will be six time and current US National Champion Pedro Piedrabuena who triumphed against Torbjörn Blomdahl in this same event in 2012. Expect to see some well-fought battles as the top US players including former champions Mazin Shooni and Hugo Patino vie to make their mark on this International group.

Immediately before the Verhoeven Open, a women's tournament will be held featuring, among others, current world champ Natsumi Higashiuchi, former world champ Orie Hida, Therese Klompenhouwer (whom many consider the best player), and always dangerous Karina Jetten. Some of these players may also play in the men's open tournament as well.

For more information about the Verhoeven Open Tournament and many other three cushion events here in the US, check out the USBA Tournament Calendar.