Potting in Paphos: Ken Doherty helps former professional open exciting cuesports club

Crazy Spoon Snooker & Pool Club
Two-time Crucible qualifier Stefan Mazrocis has recently become the owner of a cuesports club in the Cypriot coastal city of Paphos, and has exciting plans for the unique venue.

The Crazy Spoon Snooker and Pool Club has six snooker tables - one being the main match table - three American pool tables, two Russian pyramid tables, two darts lanes and satellite sports on television.

Mazrocis was a professional player during the 1990s and 2000s. Along with a highest world ranking in the mid-60s he scored several notable match victories on the sport’s top tier, reached the final of a minor-ranking event, and won a tournament on the Challenge Tour circuit.

The Leicester-born cueman was a ranking event quarter-finalist at the 1996 Asian Classic in Bangkok, but he is perhaps best known for twice qualifying for the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

In 1995 he faced the daunting task of playing defending champion Stephen Hendry in the opening round - losing 10-3 - but he qualified for snooker’s most famous venue again just two years later where he recorded a big upset in round one as he eliminated Peter Ebdon - the previous year’s runner-up - 10-3. Mazrocis bowed out the following round to Alain Robidoux, 13-9.

Mazrocis in action at the Crucible in 1997.Mazrocis in action at the Crucible in 1997.
Mazrocis in action at the Crucible in 1997. | Getty Images/Anton Want/Allsport

Since his time on the professional circuit, Mazrocis has worked as a fully-qualified coach within the sport and was Singapore’s national head coach between 2014 to 2018.

Mazrocis’ attention now, though, is focused on building the profile of the Crazy Spoon as a thriving cuesports hub for both casual and more competitive cuesports players.

Speaking to Totally Snookered, Mazrocis said: “I’ve lived here for nearly three years but the idea came about virtually in my first week on the island when I called into Crazy Spoons and realised the huge potential it could have.

“I’ve since completed renovations with all new professional cloths and balls for a truly great playing experience. We’re building our profile up gradually in the area, hoping people will pop in and join our membership. We’ll soon open late on weekends also to generate more interest.”

Ken Doherty entertains the crowd at the Crazy SpoonKen Doherty entertains the crowd at the Crazy Spoon
Ken Doherty entertains the crowd at the Crazy Spoon | The Crazy Spoon Snooker and Pool Club

Ken Doherty Exhibition

To help celebrate the new birth of the club which officially opened on June 1st, 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty was recently at The Crazy Spoon for an exhibition where he played several frames of snooker and entertained the crowd.

“We have just held our opening party last week with former World Champion Ken Doherty doing a fantastic show and we have a further show in the pipeline as a possibility with another big snooker star” said Mazrocis.

As well as exhibitions and tournaments, the venue also provides coaching, with Mazrocis hoping to soon start an under-18 junior cue school.

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