PBS x EPBF Partnership to Officiate Events Worldwide

EPBF will provide on-site training to develop global network of elite tournament officials

The Predator Pro Billiard Series will partner with the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) to bring its world-class refereeing organization to PBS events around the world and develop a new global network of elite tournament officials.

The EPBF and Predator Pro Billiard Series (PBS) will work together throughout 2024 to improve the level of refereeing around the world, with the EPBF bringing the tools it employs in Europe to every Pro Billiard Series event globally.

Current Predator Pro Billiard Series staff and referees will work alongside EPBF officials with the goal of creating a worldwide network of pool referees to take charge of PBS events. The EPBF will manage the refereeing of all Predator Pro Billiard Series events and will provide on-site training to develop a new relationship between the EPBF and officials outside of Europe.

Vincent Rochefort, Event Manager for the Predator Pro Billiard Series, said: “We are excited to begin this new partnership with EPBF. We will work with EPBF Head Referee Roman Mirakhmedov and the EPBF team with the goal of developing and improving the level of refereeing around the world.

“The EPBF has one of the best standards of refereeing and tournament organization in the world. We are grateful of this opportunity to bring that expertise to the Predator Pro Billiard Series as we continue to develop the Series around the world. To be able to learn from the EPBF and work in partnership together gives us the opportunity to improve the level all around the world to match what the EPBF already provides for tournaments in Europe.”

Roman Mirakhmedov, Head Referee for the EPBF, said: “We are very excited to collaborate with the Predator Pro Billiard Series on the worldwide referee training project. EPBF Referee Team has been working on structured referee development for 20 years, and we are confident that our sport could benefit greatly from a globally unified approach to refereeing.

“It is the first initiative of such scale in the history of pool, and we could not think of a better partner and supporter than Predator Group. We hope that this work will help PBS to keep raising the bar and offering some the most exciting and professionally run pool events worldwide.”

The Predator Pro Billiard Series and EPBF will start working together when the 2024 Predator Pro Billiard Series begins at the CueSports International Expo in Las Vegas. Five professional events will take place at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino from February 21 through March 5 with $500,000 to be paid in prize money. The pro events at the Expo will begin with the men’s and women’s Las Vegas Opens. Two exciting new events follow; the Apex Mixed Doubles on February 25 and the PBS Women’s Showdown, which begins February 27. The pro events conclude with the 2024 Predator WPA World 10-Ball Men’s Championship.

The partnership with EPBF will then continue across all Predator Pro Billiard Series events.

All Predator Pro Billiard Series tournaments are streamed free on the Pro Billiard TV YouTube channel and on Billiard TV. For more information visit www.probilliardseries.com and follow @ProBilliardSeries on social media.

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