Billiards & Games Room

Tournament of Champions Series

Each year in late March or early April, the Michigan Union Billiards Room hosts the University of Michigan Campus Tournament of Champions (TOC). University of Michigan students can qualify for the TOC through a series of regular tournaments throughout the school year.  Qualifying tournaments are held at least once each month.  The winners of the qualifying tournaments win an invitation to the TOC and also receive $20 in Munchie Money; 2nd place finishers earn $10 Munchie Money.

At year end, the Tournament Director may choose to invite  additional players (based primarily on attendance) to fill out a field of 16.  The season-ending TOC winner receives a substantial prize ($100 or more), a commemorative medal, a trophy, and his/her name on the "University of Michigan Pool Champion" plaque on the wall in the Billiards & Games Room.  Additionally, medals are awarded to 2nd-4th place finishers.

The 2015 TOC took place on Saturday, March 28

Fifteen players participated, a tie for the highest in TOC's 8-year history.  Walter T, Shan H, Greg W, and Dennis X earned seeds by finishing in the top 2 of multiple qualifying events this season.  Dennis was unable to participate, so the 4th seed was given to the only other player to finish in the top 2 of any of the qualifying events this season, Tom S.  We kicked off just after 1:00 p.m. and finished at 10:30 p.m., with Shan H earning the title of 2015 Campus Champion.  His name will become a part of Billiards Room history when it goes on the TOC Campus Champions plaque on the wall.

  • 1st place  Shan H ($125 Munchie Money, trophy, medal, 2015 TOC t-shirt, and name on plaque)
  • 2nd place  Yulong Y ($75 Munchie Money, medal2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 3rd place Sidd T  ($50 Munchie Money, medal2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 4th place Walter T ($25 Munchie Money, medal2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 5th-6th place  Mengyang Z, Shenglin Z  ($5 Munchie Money each2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 7th-8th place  Greg W, Matt J  ($5 Munchie Money each2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 9th-12th place  Adam R, Tom S, Cecilia N, Yuhao G (2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 13th-16th place Biruk M, Robert G, David F  (2015 TOC t-shirt)

TOC Qualifier Tournament Format:

  • Generally 1-2 tournaments per month, alternating between 8-ball and 9-ball.
  • Single elimination. Loser breaks. BCA rules.
    • 9-ball is Race to 3
    • 8-ball is Race to 2
    • Fewer players = higher races
  • Start time is 2:00 p.m. for weekend tournaments and 7:00 for weekday tournaments. Eligible players may practice for free starting 30 minutes before each event.
  • Tournament Directors for the 2014-2015 season are Shan and Walter.
  • At least 6 players must be present and ready to play at start time, or the tournament will be canceled.
  • Registration is free. When eliminated, you may rent a table at the regular hourly rate.
  • If you win a tournament, you receive:
    • $20 Munchie Money 
    • Paid entry fee for the ACUI Sectional Tournament at the University of Akron on February 14-15 (some travel expenses paid, but not all).
    • A spot in the Tournament of Champions in April.
  • If you finish in 2nd place, you receive:
    • $10 Munchie Money
    • Paid entry fee for the ACUI Sectional Tournament at the University of Akron on February 14-15 (some travel expenses paid, but not all).
    • A spot in the Tournament of Champions in April.
  • If you win two tournaments, you incur a one-game handicap. Win three tournaments, a two-game handicap. And so on. Everyone will be on a level playing ground for the TOC. May the best player win!
  • If the winner has already won an ACUI spot and a TOC spot, he/she will win the Munchie Money, but the ACUI and TOC spots will be awarded to the next highest finisher, whoever has not earned a spot yet.
  • Tournaments are open only to University of Michigan students who are currently registered for classes.
  • Since the ACUI Sectional tournament takes place in February, there is no ACUI sectional spot for the TOC events held after 2/1.  However, winners of these events will win free entry in the ACUI Last Chance Qualifier on April 18-19.
  • Winners and 2nd place finishers of all TOC tournaments will earn invitations to the 2015 University of Michigan Tournament of Champions as well as an exclusive 2015 TOC t-shirt (redeemable at the TOC).

2014-2015 Schedule:

Date Qual # Day # players Game Munchie $ Winners ACUI/TOC spot 1

ACUI/TOC spot 2

9/24 1 of 8 Wed 6 8-ball Shan, Greg Shan H. Gregory W.
10/18 2 of 8 Sat 8 9-ball

Shan, Dennis

Dennis Shenglin (Walter-Shenglin tie)
11/19 4 of 8 Wed 6 9-ball Dennis, Tom Tom Cecilia (Cecilia-Walter tie)
12/6 5 of 8 Sat 6 9-ball Walter, Shan Walter Biruk
1/17 postponed from 1/5 Sat 8 8-ball Shan, Dennis Yulong/Matt Yulong/Matt
1/28 6 of 8 Wed 9 8-ball Walter, Dennis Yuhao  n/a
2/4 7 of 8 Wed 6 9-ball Walter, Greg Mengyang Sidd
3/18 postponed from 3/14 Wed 8 8-ball Walter, Greg David Chase
3/28/2015 CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 University of Michigan Tournament of Champions

2015 TOC prizes:

  • 1st place   ($125 Munchie Money, trophy, medal, 2015 TOC t-shirt, and name on plaque)
  • 2nd place   ($75 Munchie Money, medal2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 3rd place   ($50 Munchie Money, medal2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 4th place   ($25 Munchie Money, medal2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 5th-6th place  ($5 Munchie Money each2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 7th-8th place  ($5 Munchie Money each2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 9th-12th place  (2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • 13th-16th place   (2015 TOC t-shirt)
  • Number of players:  15

 

2015 TOC Format 

  • Free practice at 12:00; players' meeting at 1:00.  
  • Double elimination, race to 5.  True double elimination bracket.
  • Lag for first choice of game.
    • Winner of lag chooses the game (8-ball or 9-ball) and chooses whether to break first. 
    • Alternate breaks after the first one.  
    • The first two games will be the same (8-ball or 9-ball), then the next two games will be the other game. (This prevents the same player from breaking every 9-ball game or every 8-ball game).
  • The TOC will be partially seeded. Players who finished 1st or 2nd place in multiple events will be seeded in opposite quadrants of the chart. Others will be randomly drawn.  This year's seeds:
    • Walter #1 (4 wins)
    • Shan #2 (3 wins, 1 2nd place finish)
    • Dennis #3 (1 win, 3 2nd place finishes)
    • Greg #4 (3 2nd place finishes)

 

2014 TOC results:

  • 1st place  Winstone S ($125 Munchie Money, trophy, medal, and name on plaque)
  • 2nd place  Shan H ($75 Munchie Money, medal)
  • 3rd place  Kevin H ($50 Munchie Money, medal)
  • 4th place  Biruk M ($25 Munchie Money, medal)
  • 5th-6th place   Shenglin Z, Mani K ($5 Munchie Money each)
  • 7th-8th place   Dennis X, Andrew L ($5 Munchie Money each)
  • 9th-12th place  Walter T, Chris W, Kevin E, Matt J
  • 13th-16th place  Cecilia N
  • Number of players:  13
Date Qual # Day # players Game Munchie $ Winners ACUI/TOC spot 1

ACUI/TOC spot 2

11/24 1 of 8 Sun 8 8-ball Shan He, Shenglin Shan He Shenglin
12/4 2 of 8 Wed 11 9-ball

Shan He, Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson Kevin Hsiao
1/22 3 of 8 Wed 8 8-ball Shan He, Winstone Seow Winstone Walter Teng
1/25 Special event: 3rd annual IM Championships Sat   8-ball  
2/2 4 of 8 Sun 7 9-ball Shan He, Winstone Seow Andrew Liu Kruvashen
2/5 5 of 8 Wed 12 8-ball Kevin Hsiao, Andrew Liu Jessica Cosentino Dennis Xue
2/19 6 of 8 Wed 8 9-ball Winstone Seow, Dennis Xue Biruk Mammo Thomas Sargeantson
3/16 7 of 8 Sun 6 8-ball Shan He, Winstone Seow Kevin Eckstein Mani Kashanianfard
4/2 8 of 8 Wed 9 9-ball Winstone Seow, Kevin Hsiao n/a n/a
April 13 CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 University of Michigan Tournament of Champions

2014 TOC Format 

  • Free practice at 12:00; players' meeting at 12:30.  May be postponed to 2:00 if the LCQ goes to a second day and still has Michigan players in the finals.
  • Double elimination, race to 5.  True double elimination bracket.
  • Lag for first choice of game.
    • Winner of lag chooses the game (8-ball or 9-ball) and chooses whether to break first. 
    • Alternate breaks after the first one.  
    • The first two games will be the same (8-ball or 9-ball), then the next two games will be the other game. (This prevents the same player from breaking every 9-ball game or every 8-ball game).
  • The TOC will be partially seeded. Multiple tournament winners will be seeded in opposite quadrants of the chart. Others will be randomly drawn.

 

2013 TOC Final Standings and Prizes 

  • 1st place Curtis S $125 Munchie Money, 1st place medal, Michigan Billiards hoodie, & name on TOC plaque
  • 2nd place Bohan L $75 Munchie Money, 2nd place medal, Michigan Billiards t-shirt
  • 3rd place Winstone S $50 Munchie Money, 3rd place medal, Michigan Billiards t-shirt
  • 4th place Kevin H $25 Munchie Money, 4th place medal, Michigan Billiards t-shirt
  • 5th-6th place Shenglin Z $5 Munchie Money, Michigan Billiards t-shirt
  • 5th-6th place Zane C $5 Munchie Money, Michigan Billiards t-shirt
  • 7th-8th place Shan H $5 Munchie Money, Michigan Billiards t-shirt
  • 7th-8th place Biruk M $5 Munchie Money, Michigan Billiards t-shirt

 

2012-2013 TOC Qualifier Schedule and Results:

Date Qual # Day # players Game Munchie $ Winner ACUI spot TOC spot
10/4 1 of 16 Thu 10 9-ball Winstone S. Winstone S. Winstone S.
10/9 2 of 16 Tue 10 8-ball Shan H. Shan H. Shan H.
10/25 3 of 16 Thu 14 9-ball Shan H. Paul M. Paul M.
10/30 4 of 16 Tue 11 8-ball Bohan L. Bohan L. Bohan L.
11/8 5 of 16 Thu 10 9-ball Shenglin Shenglin Shenglin 
11/13 6 of 16 Tue 12 8-ball Paul M. Zane  Zane C.
11/29 7 of 16 Thu 8 9-ball Shan H. Andrew L. Andrew L.
12/4 8 of 16 Tue 12 8-ball Shenglin Z.  Zhao H. Zhao H.
1/15 9 of 16 Tue 10 8-ball Zane C. Austin L. Austin L.
1/24 10 of 16 Thu 9 9-ball Zane C. Kevin H. Kevin H.
1/26 special Saturday

2nd Annual Intramural Pool Championships

Congrats Justin R (Recreational 8-ball and 9-ball), Shan H (Competitive 8-ball), and Winstone S (Competitive 9-ball)

1/29 11 of 16 Tue 10 8-ball Curtis S. Curtis S. Curtis S.
2/12 12 of 16 Tue 10 8-ball Kevin H. Biruk M. Biruk M.
2/21 13 of 16 Thu 6 9-ball Winstone S. x x
3/14 14 of 16 Thu 8 9-ball Bohan L. x Mani K.
3/19 15 of 16 Tue 9 8-ball Winstone S. x Christoph
3/28 16 of 16 Thu 9 9-ball Shan x Dennis
4/7 CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 University of Michigan Tournament of Champions

     

    2013 TOC results:

    • 1st place Curtis S
    • 2nd place Bohan L
    • 3rd place Winstone S
    • 4th place Kevin H
    • 5th-6th place  Shenglin Z, Zane C
    • 7th-8th place  Biruk M, Shan H
    • 9th-12th place  Dennis X, Andrew L, Zhao H, Paul M
    • 13th-15th place  Austin L, Mani K, Christoph B
    • Number of players: 15

     

    2012 TOC results:

    • 1st place Curtis S $100 Munchie Money, Michigan cue case (retail value $149.99), medal, Michigan Billiards t-shirt (short sleeve), & name on TOC plaque
    • 2nd place Zane C $75 Munchie Money, Michigan Billiards t-shirt (short sleeve), medal
    • 3rd place Winstone S $50 Munchie Money, Michigan Billiards t-shirt (short sleeve), medal
    • 4th place Shan H $25 Munchie Money, Michigan Billiards t-shirt (short sleeve), medal
    • Number of players:11?

    2011 TOC results:

    • 1st place Jim C
    • 2nd place Ryan L
    • 3rd place Curtis S
    • 4th place Winstone S
    • Number of players:9

    2010 TOC results:

    • 1st place Jamie K
    • 2nd place Hongliang X
    • 3rd place Jim C
    • 4th place Curtis S
    • Number of players: 10

    2009 TOC results:

    • 1st place Chris T
    • 2nd place Quentin W
    • 3rd place Curtis S
    • 4th place Bret K

    2008 TOC results:

    • 1st place Casey C
    • 2nd place Jim C
    • 3rd place Bret K
    • 4th place Jamie K