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Mark Hopgood

Mark Hopgood - McDermott Ambassador

"Hollywood"

8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball, Blackball & English Pool

Break/Jump Cue: Sledgehammer Break Cue

McDermott Ambassador Since: 2017

Competes: Worldwide & Nationally (UK)

Favorite Venue: Boston’s Pool Loft

Tips/advice for aspiring players:
My advice for any aspiring players would be to try and play in as many tournaments as possible to build up experience and try to practice and play with better players which will ultimately improve your game. Never be afraid of researching and watching videos of great players on YouTube to pick up tips and most of all, enjoy yourself!

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Major Accomplishments

  • 2017:
    • Qualified for the 2017 World Pool Championships
    • Qualified for the 2017 World Masters and reached the last 16 out of over 350 entrants
    • Reached the final of the North West 9 Ball Championships
    • Qualified for the STRN open in Blackball
    • Qualified for the grand finals of the Northern England Blackball Championships, finishing in the top 8
    • Played in the UK Professional Pool Tour (English Pool)
  • 2016:
    • North West Blackball Championships – 1st Place
    • Qualified for the World Pool Championships and World Pool Masters (English Pool)
  • 2015:
    • EPA National Championships in Great Yarmouth (Open Individual Event) – 1st Place
  • 2013:
    • Sandgrounder Open $1,000 "Winner Takes All" – Champion
  • 2012:
    • Featured as a pro player on the PC game Virtual Pool 4
  • 2010:
    • Money Match TV Champion
  • 2009:
    • 8n9.com Open Championship – 1st Place

Bio

I started playing snooker at the age of 11 and quickly got the bug and became fascinated with cuesports.  I regularly played in junior snooker tournaments and competed on the English National Tour at the age of 15.  My local club installed 2 American 9 ball tables and I gave it a try and became instantly hooked and never looked back.  From then on I competed in tournaments, played money matches and sought to improve my game wherever possible culminating in competing the UK professional 9 ball tour with a career high ranking of 8 and won my first major title at the 8n9.com Open Championships in 2009.  I have since branched out into English Pool and Blackball and in 2016 I won the North West Championships and qualified for both the World Championship and World Masters.