Novice Series

Our annual 3 player team event for novice players.

This event sold out last year – to avoid disappointment, teams are advised to register and book their accommodation as early as possible.

Welcome to the Novice Series weekend

6th to 9th June 2024

This 3 person team event has been purposely created for the less experienced or less skilful amateur pool player. We want players of similar novice ability to be competing against each other, giving more players a real chance to win a slice of the prize fund. This is part of our drive to encourage more aspiring, grass root players to come and experience our amazing weekend pool tournaments.

We expect this weekend to fill fast, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

We have further tightened up on the team entry criteria and will not allow any current County A players to participate. There will also be restrictions on lady players of high ability entering, to try and make this a truly novice event. No international or professional players (past or present) and no amateur players of exceptionally high ability.

We have changed the rules slightly, to allow past winners of the main trophies to come back and defend their titles, but if they win a main trophy twice, then they can no longer enter a G8B or BAPTO novice event. We made this decision, as sometimes teams do well on the day and win, but shouldn’t then be excluded. If they continue to win, then they will be excluded, as they should be progressing to the next level. 


  • Event has been renamed the, ‘Novice Series’, to avoid any confusion about the standard of player we want to participate.
  • This is a novice event, for the less skilful or less experienced amateur pool player.
  • We have a guaranteed prize fund of over £14,000 with a top prize of £450 for the Gold Trophy champions, £400 for the Singles Champion and £400 for the Doubles Champions.
  • The prize fund structure of the Novice event pays more money further down the line but with smaller top prizes for the winners. We believe this is a fairer way of distributing the prize fund in a novice event, as more players will benefit from a share of the cash prizes.
  • Over 150 individual prizes will be paid in total, giving many more players the chance to win something.
  • In 2023, we paid 181 individual prizes, when including losing prelim rounds.
  • Any player that has won £1,000 or more in prize money, as an individual or as part of a team, at any recognised pool event, will not be allowed to enter. They will be deemed a player of exceptionally high ability and should be entering the Pro-Am instead.
  • Any professional player past or present from Ultimate Pool or IPA.
  • Past winners of the Novice Series Gold Team Trophy, Doubles and Singles CAN now re-enter the Novice Series. We have changed the rules, so winners can come back and defend their titles. But, if you win the same main event twice, then you will not be allowed to enter any further Golden 8 Ball or BAPTO novice events.  Winners must progress to the Pro-Am event. For more information, read the full details of team entry criteria.

What to expect

  • Guaranteed over £14,000 cash & trophy prize fund
  • Over 150 individual cash prizes to be won
  • Min 37 frames of pool in team stage
  • Min 3 players per team
  • Dedicated live results, schedule and draw website –
  • 42 Sam Atlantic pool tables
  • Super Aramith Pro balls
  • Hainsworth Precision cloth

Register today

Team places are limited to the first 144 that register and pay.

Over £14,000

in cash prizes & trophies!