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That's Samm Diep's final AZbilliards report (above) from the 2010 U.S. Open, which concluded on Saturday in Virginia. Azbilliards.com reports more than 3 million page views and more than 1 million unique visitors during the tournament, a new record for the website. Such viewership should come as heartening news for those who fret about the future of our sport. Obviously, there's worldwide interest. Through social media, we can get the word out to our friends.
Besides the excellent video reports from my friend Samm (founder of pooltipjar.com), AZbilliards also delivered both real-time scoring and updated brackets during the U.S. Open. The website was essential viewing for pool fans. AZbilliards counted with the support of Simonis Cloth, the TAP leagues and Lucasi Hybrid Cues to finance its coverage.
Accu-Stats, Billy Incardona and Danny DiLiberto
Also be sure to support Accu-Stats Video Productions, founded by Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer Pat Fleming. If you didn't catch the tournament live through Accu-Stats pay-per-view service, you can order the DVDs from their website. I particularly love it when professional pool curmudgeons Bill Incardona and Danny DiLiberto commentate the matches. They consistently deliver some of the most knowledgeable and funny play-by-play reports that you're likely to hear in pool -- or really in any sport.