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PIOS

Replacing the old Challenge Tour in 2004/5, the Pontin’s International Open Series (or  PIOS for short), saw players from across the globe compete for the eight available spots on the main professional tour the following season. Following the appointment of Barry Hearn as WPBSA chairman however, the PIOS was discontinued at the end of the 2009/10 season.

2009/10 Calendar

Event (Click for Draw)  Dates Winner Runner-up Score
Event 1 22-26 June 2009 Jack Lisowski Liam Highfield 6-5
Event 2 27-31 July 2009 Liam Highfield Neal Jones 6-2
Event 3 24-28 August 2009 Paul S Davison Kyren Wilson 6-4
Event 4 19-23 October 2009 Jamie Jones Jak Jones 6-0
Event 5 7-11 December 2009 Anthony McGill Farakh Ajaib 6-0
Event 6 28 February-4 March 2010 Kyren Wilson Liam Highfield 6-4
Event 7 12-16 April 2010 Paul S Davison Justin Astley 6-2
Event 8 4-8 May 2010 Jack Lisowski Justin Astley 6-1

The eight players promoted at the end of the 2008/9 season were:

  • Jack Lisowski
  • Liam Highfield
  • Paul S Davison
  • Anthony McGill
  • Kyren Wilson
  • Jamie O’Neill
  • Justin Astley
  • Jak Jones

2008/9 Calendar

Event Winner Runner-up Score
Event 1 Bjorn Haneveer Andrew Atkinson 6-2
Event 2 Xiao Guodong Noppadol Sangnil 6-5
Event 3 Shokat Ali Michael White 6-3
Event 4 Craig Steadman Mike Hallett 6-1
Event 5 Chris Norbury Alfie Burden 6-2
Event 6 Xiao Guodong Jack Lisowski 6-0
Event 7 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh Lee Page 6-3
Event 8 Joe Jogia Ben Woollaston 6-5

The eight players promoted at the end of the 2008/9 season were:

  • Xiao Guodong
  • Lee Page
  • Bjorn Haneveer
  • Stephen Rowlings
  • Ben Woollaston
  • Noppadol Sangnil
  • Craig Steadman
  • Chris Norbury
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  • Jamie Smith

    hows that jak jones doing in the pios he beat binghom in the pro am

  • matt2745

    He’s doing ok, QF in event two and was unfortunate to run into another talented young player Sam Craigie in the second round of event 3 this week, losing 4-1.

  • Cristian

    I read somewhere that there might not be a
    next season of the Pios Series,?
    do you have any information regarding that issue…
    At least that’s what Mrs Janie Watkins
    said, replyng one post of mine regarding similar topic
    on thesnookerforum,Thread:
    “When to get on the PIOS comp @ Pontins”, on February 17)…
    She said :”HI/ At the moment we don’t know if there will
    be a PIOS series next season. We are waiting until Barry Hearn announces dates and qualifying structures,
    which we hope will be in the next couple of weeks or so…”
    I’m asking because, I am very interested to participate
    and compite and 2010/2011 Pios Series…
    That’s why I’m tryng to gather as much information as is possible.
    So I would be very thankfull if you can share any data related to that matter,
    since Visa requirements,
    (I’m planning on staying for 2 months so I can play the first two events, and I know being from
    Chile I don’t need visa to enter the UK. but I’m not sure if is required
    in order to be able to play in all sort of tournaments) to acomodattion tips and advice.

    Chris…

  • matt2745

    I’m afraid that I don’t know at the moment, but Hearn is due to announce next season’s calendar soon so we should not have to wait much longer. As soon as I know anything I will post it here.

  • Cristian

    That’s quiet ok…
    Thanks for the post.