Dick Jaspers

Last updated

Dick Jaspers
Dick Jaspers 01.JPG
Born (1965-07-23) 23 July 1965 (age 55)
Sint Willebrord
Sport countryFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

Dingeman Jacobus Johannes "Dick" Jaspers (born 23 July 1965) is a Dutch professional carom billiards player who specializes in the three-cushion event. [1]


Early life

Jaspers started playing billiards when he was three years old in the pub his parents ran in his home town. Between 1974 and 1980 he participated in the Dutch Youth Championships before making the move to the senior level. In this period he got lessons from Andre Gulickx and Tony Schrauwen

Professional career

Jaspers became a professional billiard player in 1986 after seeing Raymond Ceulemans and Nobuaki Kobayashi on live television during their World Cup final in Valkenburg. Jaspers won two silver medals in the Dutch Championships 1986. In 1987 and 1989 he won the National Championship, and participated three times at the European Youth Championship. He won the gold medal on all of those occasions.

Jaspers started playing in the West German division of the Billiards World Cup Association (BWA) which managed professional GrandPrix tournaments. Jaspers won several of these tournaments and was later suspended by the Confédération Européenne de Billard (CEB) for five years for his participation. Several other worldclass players received the same suspension. The Union Mondiale de Billard supported this decision and Jaspers and the other players were prohibited from participating in European and World Championships for five years. Following the suspension the players remained members of the BWA and played all their tournaments with them, which resulted in a longterm suspension. In 1989 and 1992 Jaspers became European Champion at the European Nation Championships, and in 1991 and 1992 he won the Finals of the Coupe d'Europe events. In 1998 the associations and their players came together to resolve their differences. From then on the players were able to play at the ECs and WCs again. Jaspers won the Three-Cushion World Cup in 1997 [2] and 1999, and received the Golden KNBB Pin in December 1999.

In October 2000, Jaspers dominated the UMB World Three-cushion Championship. Earlier that year he was honored by the BWA.[ clarification needed ] He was not able to defend his title the following year, but he won the silver medal at the 2001 World Games in Akita, Japan.

In Göynük, Turkey, he won the 2003 European Championships and he became UMB World Champion for the second time in 2004 when he overclassed his Greek opponent Filippos Kasidokostas in the final (159, 150, 155). The event was held in Jaspers' home country in Rotterdam. Jaspers would win that event again five years later by defeating Torbjörn Blomdahl.

In 2005, Jaspers won three Silver Medals (World Games, World Nations Championships and Euro Billiards). On 3 September 2006 Jaspers won his 13th Dutch National Championship event.

Jaspers defeated Blomdahl again to win the 2009 AGIPI Billiard Masters. A prize of €20,550 was awarded to him.


Reference of results [3]

World records

In the 2008 European Championship Final against Torbjorn Blomdahl, Jaspers averaged 5.625. [7] He ended Game One by going 13 and out in his second innings, ran 15 and out in his first innings of Game Two and ran six in his first innings of Game Three. Thus, he made 34 consecutive points.

Related Research Articles

Carom billiards billiards games played on cloth-covered pocketless tables

Carom billiards, sometimes called carambole billiards or simply carambole, is the overarching title of a family of cue sports generally played on cloth-covered, pocketless billiard tables. In its simplest form, the object of the game is to score points or "counts" by caroming one's own cue ball off both the opponent's cue ball and the object ball on a single shot. The invention as well as the exact date of origin of carom billiards is somewhat obscure but is thought to be traceable to 18th-century France.

Raymond Ceulemans Belgian billiards player

Raymond, Knight Ceulemans is a Belgian billiards player, having won 35 World Championship titles, 48 European titles and 61 national titles. His nickname is "Mr 100". He was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 2001, one of the very few non-Americans to receive the honour. In October 2003 King Albert II of Belgium honoured Raymond Ceulemans by awarding him a knighthood (Ridderschap) in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

Semih Saygıner Turkish billiards player

Semih Saygıner, nicknamed Mr. Magic or The Turkish Prince, is a Turkish world champion professional carom billiards player specialized in three-cushion event.

Three-cushion billiards discipline of carom billiards

Three-cushion billiards, also called three-cushion carom, is a popular form of carom billiards.

Union Mondiale de Billard world governing body for carom billiards

The Union Mondiale de Billard is the world governing body for carom (carambole) billiard games.

Torbjörn Blomdahl Swedish billiards player

Torbjörn Blomdahl is a Swedish professional carom billiards player from Helsingborg, Sweden. He is a six time World Champion in three-cushion billiards, having won the titles in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1997, 2015 and in 2019.

Marco Zanetti Italian billiards player

Marco Zanetti is an Italian professional three-cushion billiards player and a two-time world champion from Bolzano, Italy.

Dani Sánchez Spanish billiards player

Daniel Sánchez Gálvez is a Spanish professional carom billiards player who plays for FC Porto a club he has represented for the last 21 years.

Alfred Lagache was a French professional three-cushion billiards player.

Verhoeven Open Three-cushion tournament

The Verhoeven Open is a three-cushion billiards tournament held in Flushing, Queens. The event is sanctioned by the Union Mondiale de Billard and the United States Billiard Association. The event was known as Sang Lee International Open between 2005 and 2008.

The CEB European Three-cushion Championship is three-cushion billiards tournament organized by the Confédération Européenne de Billard. Held since 1932, it is one of longest-running tournaments in the sport. The 2007 event offered a total purse of €18,500 (US$26,134) with €4,000 ($5,651) for the winner.

Eddy Merckx (billiards player) Belgian billiards player

Eddy Merckx is a Belgian professional three-cushion billiards player.

Eddy Leppens billiards player

Eddy Leppens is a Belgian professional three cushion billiards player.

The Crystal Kelly Cup or Crystal Kelly Tournament was a prestigious, generously funded carom billiards invitational tournament in the discipline of three-cushion, which has been held at different venues from 1994 to 2011, a total of 18 times, mostly in Monte Carlo and Nice.

The Three-Cushion World Cup is an international tournament series in three-cushion billiards, which is held every year since 1986 between three and ten times a year.

African Carom Confederation African continental carom billiards federation

The African Carom Confederation (ACC) is the African continental federation for carom billiards. It is a member of the world federation Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) and was founded on 25 March 2013 in Cairo.

Edmond Soussa Egyptian Carom Billiards Player and multiple World and European Champion

Edmond Soussa was an Egyptian carom billiards player in various disciplines and 11-time world champion. To date, Soussa was the only African to win world titles in the sport.

Tayfun Taşdemir Turkish professional carom billiards player

Tayfun Taşdemir is a Turkish professional carom billiards player specialized in three-cushion event.

Christian Rudolph (billiards player)

Christian Rudolph is a German carom billiards player and multiple world champion in three-cushion billiards. He is the son of carom billiards champion Ernst Rudolph.


  1. Players profile at the 2013 World Games. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  2. "Billiard Games". Encyclopædia Britannica. 16 June 2008.
  3. Kozoom.com Personal page Dick Jaspers
  4. Jaspers raises the bar
  5. Dick Jaspers wins European Three Cushion Championship with recordbreaking play
  6. In a singleset match his best series is 26 (2001)
  7. Kozoom.com Personal page Dick Jaspers
Preceded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
Succeeded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
Preceded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
Succeeded by
Frédéric Caudron
Preceded by
Frédéric Caudron
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
Succeeded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Preceded by
Dani Sánchez
World Games – Three-cushion Champion
Succeeded by