RECORD FIGURES MAKE 2018 THE MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR EVER FOR PARTYPOKER MOSCONI CUP
USAâs dramatic partypoker Mosconi Cup victory was witnessed by record viewers around the world and the highest live gate in the tournamentâs history with close to 2,500 fans packed into Alexandra Palace, London each night as America defeated Europe 11-9 to win back the famous trophy.
Shown live by networks in over 130 countries worldwide, the drama of the 2018 partypoker Mosconi Cup was enjoyed by viewers across the globe. In USA, Central and South America and on the Indian Subcontinent the tournamentâs partnership with Facebook meant fans were able to enjoy a free live stream, which was seen by over 2million people. The continued growth of poolâs biggest tournament was further evidenced online, where the partypoker Mosconi Cupâs digital footprint continued to expand, reaching and engaging with more fans than ever before.
Already, tickets for the 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup - to take place at Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas from November 25-28 - have seen their highest ever opening-week sales, with Gold seating sold out. As a result, there will be an increase in both win and appearance fees for the 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup with both winnersâ and runners-up prize money increased by 50%.
Emily Frazer, Chief Operation Officer of promoters Matchroom Multi Sport, said: âAfter our most successful and entertaining year at the partypoker Mosconi Cup, it only felt right to reward the players with an increase in prize money by 50%.
âThis yearâs event reached our highest live attendance numbers, television and live stream viewership and is now ranked as the best event in this sport â and therefore it should be taken to the next level. The atmosphere was electric at the Alexandra Palace and we have our 2,500 fans to thank for this and we only hope to recreate this at the Mandalay Bay from November 25th.
âPool is in a great place right now, and letâs make sure everyone knows it!â
Tickets for the 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup are available now at www.mosconicup.com. Prices start at $48 per session with season tickets at $161 silver. Gold seating is now sold out. VIP Platinum packages are available priced $225 per day or $950 for all four days and include a breakfast buffet, unlimited drinks, VIP seating in the front three rows and much more.
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Predator and CueSports International Bring the World 10-Ball Championship to the U.S.
Report by Max Lesser - Community Manager, Predator Group
Predator Group and CueSports International (CSI) are excited to announce a partnership that will bring the World 10-Ball Championship to the United States for at least the next three years. The event will be staged at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the BCA Pool League World Championships and USA Pool League National Championships. The 2019 event will be held July 22-26. The 2020 and 2021 dates will move to March with the BCA Pool League and USA Pool League events.
The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA)-sanctioned Category 1 World Championship, with $100,000 added prize money, will be the first ever World 10-Ball Championship in the United States. This is a great push for cue sports as no WPA-sanctioned World Championship in 8-ball, 9-ball or 10-ball has occurred in the United States since 1997, when Johnny Archer won the World 9-Ball Championship in Chicago.
âWeâre excited to give back to the sport,â said Predator CEO Karim Belhaj. âCue sports in the United States has lacked WPA events for quite some time and teaming up with CSI allows us to bring fans and top pros together.â
This prestigious event will be played on 9-ft pool tables in the Pavilion Ballroom of the Rio Convention Center and will be free for all spectators, including participants of the BCA Pool League and USA Pool League events. Existing leagues not already sanctioned by the BCA Pool League are encouraged to do so immediately so all members can participate in the BCA Pool League World Championships and watch this incredible event live. To join, simply visit www.playbca.com or call 866-USA-POOL.
âWe are thrilled to partner with Predator on this project,â said CSI CEO, Ozzy Reynolds. âCSI and Predator share the same passion and vision for pool, so this is a natural partnership. We are both committed to elevating the entire sport and this will be a great step toward that goal.â
There will also be a preceding event, open to anyone, held July 17-20 on 9-ft pool tables. All other details of the 2019 World 10-Ball Championship and the preceding event will be released in the coming weeks at www.world10ball.com.
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17 Year Old Hong Kong Native Capito Stuns Kaci To Reach Final 16
By Ted Lerner
WPA Media Officer *Photo of Robbie Capito courtesy of Dream Sport Management
Up until the very last moments of the round of 32 today, this yearâs World 9-ball Championship was notable for its lack of upsets that always seem to be a hallmark of this annual 9-ball extravaganza. That is until Robbie Capito decided he wasnât going away quietly.
Robbie Capito? Yeah, donât be surprised that you havenât heard of him. Not many outside of his native Hong Kong have. But this cool headed and fearless 17 year old of Filipino descent pulled off what is easily the biggest upset of this yearâs championship, and one of the biggest we have seen in years here in Doha, when he came back from certain defeat and took down the world number one, Klenti Kaci, 11-10, to move into the final 16.
Only minutes before, Capito looked like he would be exiting the Al Arabi Sports Club as unknown as he was when entered at the start of his match. He trailed the mighty Albanian 7-1. He then slowly clawed his way back into the match, but it didnât quite seem enough. Down 10-8, surely the steady Kaci would close out the match and move into the round of 16 on Wednesday.
Capito, who had earlier defeated Lebanonâs Mazen Berjaoui in the round of 64, never gave up, and he tied the score at 10 all. Breaking in the final frame and clearly under duress, he held his nerve and closed out the rack to notch an unlikely win, and an even more unlikely spot in the final 16 at the World 9-ball Championship.
Capito, who speaks four languages and is still in high school, will now go on to face Germanyâs Joshua Filler when the tournament resumes on Wednesday.(the tournament will have a day off on Tuesday as Qatar celebrates its National Day.) The Hong Kong native will have to reach into his bag of tricks to stop the flashy young German, as Filler has looked unstoppable so far. The German played his trade marked fast and loose style in two easy wins so far, first against Greeceâs Nikolas Malaj and then Vietnamâs Nguyen Anh Tuan.
If you like the youth movement in pool, you certainly want to pay attention to another 17 year old who has been turning heads this week. Like Capito, Polandâs Wiktor Zielinski is still in high school and can boast world class talent. The young Pole proudly displayed his formidable wares today in two solid wins, first against fellow Pole Tomasz Kaplan, and then the Philippines Johann Chua.
It will surely be fascinating to watch how Zielinski handles the likes of Albin Ouschan in the round of 16. The Austrian, who won this event in 2016, is playing top notch pool and looks impervious to the pressure. Ouschanâs two strong wins today showed he has the goods to go all the way this year.
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Van Boening, Other Top Stars Cruise On Day One In Doha
Shane Van Boening has never won a World 9-ball Championship. He did, of course, come ever so close, finishing runner up in 2015, and 2016. After skipping last yearâs championship, however, there is a palpable sense in Doha that the American star is absolutely destined to finally grab the world crown in 2018.
Interestingly there are eight former World 9-ball Champions in this yearâs field, all of them still highly capable of pulling off the impossible feat yet again. But nobody is yet talking about them. Itâs the moniker âSVBâ who is on everyoneâs lips.
Van Boening has admitted that he is playing his best pool perhaps ever. After a grueling six month training regime, he led Team USA to a thrilling victory in the Mosconi Cup last week. He showed up in Doha saying he intends to win, and that he is playing with zero pressure on his shoulders.
Fans in Doha, and the pro pool community itself seem to agree something is afoot. While most players played in the relative obscure quiet of the cavernous Al Arabi Sports Club on day 1 of this yearâs championship, Van Boeningâs time in the arena today actually drew a fair amount of watchers. Everyone and anyone who likes pro pool around here seems to feel something special is afoot.
The American didnât disappoint in his first outing, as he crushed Polandâs Marek Kudlik 9-1. Good breaking, solid potting, deft safeties all showed up in Van Boeningâs arsenal today. Combined with his quiet confidence, SVB laid down an early marker stating that nothing short of victory in Doha will suffice.
As all 128 players saw action on the first day of the 2018 World 9-ball Championship, itâs clear, though, that Van Boening will have plenty of serious contenders just as eager and capable of taking the crown on December 20. This yearâs field is positively stacked with ferocious talent, both young and not so young. With the Wiraka tables breaking fairly easilyâwing ball down, 1 in or near the side pocketâitâs all going to come down to who can handle the almost impossible pressure. Pool fans are in for a real treat over the next six days.
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Itâs Anyoneâs Game In Doha
One of the toughest fields in years is set to do battle as the 2018 World 9-ball Championship kicks off in Doha, Qatar, Friday.
By Ted Lerner
WPA Press Officer
Photos Courtesy of Bo Bader
After the raucous excitement of the Mosconi Cup last week in London, the pool world is now braced for a completely different kind of intense and nervy action, as the 2018 WPA World 9-ball Championship gets underway Friday at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.
If past years are any measure, there wonât be huge crowds in Doha. But, still, fans will be treated to an incredibly explosive field of the worldâs very best pool players doing battle to see who will be crowned king of the 9-ball universe.
This will be the 9th straight year that the tiny Gulf country, through the government sanctioned Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation(QBSF), has put its full backing behind the sport of poolâs most important event.
As is standard, the tournament will be run in two brutally difficult parts. The group stages will run from Dec. 14-17. The players will be broken up into 16 groups of 8 playing a race-to-9, alternate break, double elimination format. Four players from each group will make up the final 64, which marks the start of the always tense and dramatic single elimination phase of the tournament. Matches will then become race to 11, alternate break. The final, which takes place on December 20, will be a race to 13.
The defending champion is the Philippines' Carlo Biado, who became the first Filipino since Francisco Bustamante in 2010, and the fourth Filipino ever, to win the World 9-ball Championship. Biado won his first world title with a convincing win over fellow Filipino Roland Garcia in the final.
Only eight Filipinos make up a somewhat smallish contingent this year but we can rightfully expect one or more to go far in the event. Besides Biado, Pinoy cue fans should look out for Garcia. Just a few days ago the Pampanga native stormed through a stacked field of great Pinoy cueists to win the Manny Pacquiao Open in General Santos, Philippines. With a second place finish last year, and a hot hand this year, Garcia certainly looks like he has the goods to go all the way.
It seems most fans have their eye on the USAâs Shane Van Boening, and for very good reason. After Van Boening pocketed the winning 9-ball in last weekâs Mosconi Cup in London, he has admitted that he has arrived in Doha literally brimming with confidence, and is playing under absolutely no pressure. And donât forget, while Van Boening skipped last yearâs event, in both 2015 and 2016 he lost in the finals. Itâs no wonder that odds makers have made the American star their betting favorite.
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9 Ball Money Matches - Live Streaming
On December 15th, Elite 8 Ball TV will be going live from Allstars Sports Bar Bristol where they are broadcasting some 9 Ball and 10 Ball pool money matches.
Check out the poster for full details of the games and get yourselves along to Allstars to watch the event live if you are able as this is set to be a hell of a day culminating in some hardcore action in the headline game at 7pm!
Elite 8 Ball TV will be joined by fresh commentators from the world of American pool including the brains behind the event Mr Chris Patient.
Allstars Bristol has no less than 4 full size Snooker tables (2 in private areas) as well as 9 Sam K Steel American Pool tables, and 12 Supreme Winner English Pool tables.
Every table uses state of the art 450watt Luminaire low profile lights for unrivalled lighting quality, and they also got 2 Joy Chinese 8ball tables for those that want to try them.
Other entertainments include a Poker Machine, a Boxing Machine, 4 Dart Boards with electronic scoreboards, and Table Football... So either get down to the club on 15th December and or watch the live stream for a terrific day of pool action.
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Europe 9 â 11 USA
Match 16 Albin Ouschan 4 â 5 Skyler Woodward
Match 17 Jayson Shaw 5 â 3 Tyler Styer
Match 18 Niels Feijen 5 â 1 Corey Deuel
Match 19 Eklent Kaci 5 â 2 Billy Thorpe
Match 20 Alex Kazakis 3 â 5 Shane van Boening
THE partypoker MOSCONI CUP has changed hands for the first time in eight years as Team USA enjoyed a thrilling and dramatic 11-9 victory at the Alexandra Palace tonight. The last time they lifted the Cup was as long ago as 2009 and it was the same man â Shane Van Boening â who deposited the final 9 ball with a 3/9 combination to beat Alexander Kazakis and win the Cup.
For Van Boening it was his second MC win in 12 starts as his combo secured victory; âIâve never felt so much pressure in my whole life, it was a guess shot! All those years struggling and weâve finally won. Iâm so proud of these guys and all the fans out there.â
âIt means a lot to me. We worked hard together and I learned a lot from all these guys and have become a better player. We all get along and respect each other and the other team and that is important and thatâs why we won, through working hard together.â
Match 12: Alexander Kazakis 3 â 5 Skyler Woodward
Match 13: Feijen & KaĂ§i 5 â 4 Deuel & Styer
Match 14: Jayson Shaw 4 â 5 Skyler Woodward
Match 15: Ouschan & Kazakis 5 â 1 Thorpe & Van Boening
TEAM USA are just two points away from winning the partypoker Mosconi Cup for the first time since 2009 as they won their third session in a row following a hard-fought evening at the Alexandra Palace. Incredibly, 2005 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, was the last time that the USA had won three sessions in a row at the Mosconi Cup.
Having not won for such a long time, America were understandably massive outsiders at the outset of the event but now stand on the brink of a stunning upset as the galvanised team played with heart, grit and a huge amount of skill.
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Europe 4 â 6 USA
Match 6 Jayson Shaw 5 - 2 Shane van Boening
Match 7 Feijen & Kazakis 3 - 5 Woodward & Van Boening
Match 8 Albin Ouschan 5 - 3 Corey Deuel
Match 9 Kaci & Shaw 2 - 5 Thorpe & Styer
Match 10 Eklent Kaci 3 â 5 Billy Thorpe
THERE WAS more drama on Wednesday evening at the Alexandra Palace as the partypoker Mosconi Cup continued with five more matches. In the end it was another 3-2 session win for Team USA and at the half-way stage, the seemingly impossible American victory is now a possibility.
USA captain Johan Ruijsink said, âAfter the first match we showed we were a team by picking up the next point immediately and get back in the lead.
âIt was a nervous day because it was important that if we won two days, and I know a lot of people wouldnât have thought this before we started, but we now actually have a chance to win the Mosconi Cup.
âThatâs how important it was. We donât care what they do, we donât care what the audience does, we donât care about anybody, we just care about us,â he added.
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