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Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Cunningham targets pool clean sweep

    IPA world blackball pool champion Emma Cunningham wants to win this weekend's Irish Open - and then sweep the next four events in the season.

    Cunningham, from Newry but based in England, comes into the event after beating Kerry Griffiths in the world final two weeks ago.

    "I'd love to do the sweep," said Cunningham, who won three of last year's five Tour events.

    "I love playing pool in Ireland. I have family, friends and team-mates there."

    You can read more about Cunningham's aspiration's for the season here.

    Emma Cunningham
  2. What is the Irish Open?

    The Irish Open is the first of five events on the IPA Tour, with the English Open, European Open, International Open and British Open set to take place across the rest of the year.

    The men's professional, men's open and women's titles will all be up for grabs in Northern Ireland this weekend.

    In the pro ranks, the winner is the first to win eight frames and the open event is a first-to-seven format.

    The ladies event sees eight groups of four players in a round-robin format, with the group winners progressing through to the knockout stages. Each match is the best of 9 frames.

    Tom Cousins
  3. BBC coverage

    All times are GMT and subject to change

    The BBC will bring you live coverage of the IPA World Tour 1 - Irish Open on the 23rd and 24th February on the BBC Sport website and app, Connected TVs and on the BBC iPlayer.

    You can also catch-up with all the action again shortly after on the BBC iPlayer here.

    Saturday 23 February

    09:00-23:00, BBC Sport website and app, Connected TV and iPlayer

    Sunday 24 February

    10:30-19:00, BBC Sport website and app, Connected TV and iPlayer

  4. Blackball pool: What do you need to know?

    Blackball is the official competitive version of pool played in the UK and is used on the IPA Tour.

    The recognised rules of Blackball are set by the WPA, pool's international governing body, and are designed to be creative and entertaining to watch.

    • Three-point rule: Points are awarded when breaking off - one point per ball that goes fully past an imaginary line between the middle pockets and/or one point per ball legally potted. Failure to reach the three-point minimum is a foul break.
    • 'Skill shot': It's okay to pot your own and your opponent's ball at the same time - this rewards attacking play by 'unblocking' pockets.
    • Fouls: The first shot after any foul is a free visit, but the player then continues with just one shot.
  5. Get Inspired: How to get into pool

    Get Inspired


    Pool player lines up to take a shot

    With tables regularly found in social spots across the UK, it is easy to enjoy a game of pool with friends.

    Bigger pockets (in eight ball), shorter cues, fewer balls - pool is certainly an easier sport for beginners to get stuck into than its technical cousins.

    However, cue ball control, massive amounts of spin and arm power are all needed to master the sport effectively.

    Blackball (without the bigger pockets) is the official competitive version in this country, run by the International Professional Pool Association.