Saratoga, Wyoming- March 29th on the eve of the Wyoming Open, all players will get a chance to play “Saratoga”. This game was designed and developed by Wyoming Open founder E.J. Glode. How is this game different? Well, for starters they play with a black 13-Ball! The Saratoga Tournament will be a $500 added event limited to 32 players with an affordable $50 entry fee, preceding the $25,000 purse events the following day. Past champions of the Saratoga Tournament include Rodney Morris, Charlie Williams, Raj Hundal, and Amar Kang.
“I was playing pool with my dear friend Susan one night. We discovered that we played at different speeds, I was a little better than she was. She told me that I had to run my balls in order. This leveled the playing field significantly. A few months later, I started playing rotation 13-ball. This is a challenging game, but my favorite thing about it was how the rack popped and spread out. I started combining the two ideas, and came up with “Saratoga” ” , explained game inventor and promoter E.J. Glode.
The rules are fairly simple: It is a mixture of 8-Ball and 9-Ball. 13 balls are used, which include unique color schemes such as a green 1-Ball and yellow 3-Ball. But there are stripes and solids. The table is always open after the break. One of each equals a choice. Then you must shoot your colors in rotation, and then finale with the black 13-Ball for the win.
“The rules are simple but it’s very interesting because games can become very defensive or very offensive depending on the players style. And players with great banking and kicking skills have a bigger advantage”, observed Charlie Williams, promoter, player and one of the world’s top pool coaches.
The Saratoga Tournament will finish in the same night it starts. The following day the 6th Annual Wyoming Open starts. The $25,000 purse event is co-promoted by Dragon Promotions and is renown to be the biggest and best pool event in the state drawing over 150 players in different divisions. The event is sponsored by Asia’s #1 pro cloth Andy Cloth and Master Chalk. Local partners are Duke’s Bar & Grill and Riviera Lodge and all events coordinated by Shively Hardware.
The Saratoga Tournament & The Wyoming Open is organized and promoted by Shively Hardware & Dragon Promotions
The Saratoga Tournament & The Wyoming Open is the only event in the Rocky Mountains where fans and players in the region can rub shoulders with the world’s best