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Superstar field announced for Manchester
WITH THE 2015 PARTYPOKER WORLD POOL MASTERS set to take place at the iconic Victoria Warehouse, Manchester from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August, Matchroom Sport can announce the field for the 23rd annual pocket billiards showdown.
Sporting a $20,000 top prize, the Masters aims to bring together some of the biggest names from around the world to contest what is the game’s most sought-after title.
Heading the field will be defending champion Shane Van Boening (USA) as well as former champs Darren Appleton of England and Holland’s Niels Feijen, winners in 2009 and 2013, respectively.
Making his Masters debut is current World No.1 Carlo Biado of the Philippines and he will be joined by fellow Asian players Ko Pin Yi of Taiwan, the current WPA World 10 Ball champion, and China’s Liu Haitao, the current World No. 6.
Scotland’s Jayson Shaw, currently one of the form players, will be competing as will Karl Boyes who closed out 2014 with wins at the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup. John Morra, who last played as a qualifier in 2010, is back to represent Canada.
2014 runner-up Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) will be back as will Waleed Majid, representing Qatar and the Middle East. James Georgiadis of Australia, who came so close to upsetting Van Boening last year, returns as does 2012 runner-up Mateusz Sniegocki of Poland.
Finally, all-time Masters legend Ralf Souquet of Germany makes a welcome return. A big favourite down the years with UK audiences, ‘the Kaiser’ has been crowned Masters champion on no less than six occasions.
TICKETS ARE NOW on sale for the 2015 PARTYPOKER WORLD POOL MASTERS which plays out for the 23rd time this summer. The Masters is pool’s longest running invitational event and the list of champions contains some of the greatest names ever to wield a cue.
Taking place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August at the vibrant Victoria Warehouse near Salford Quays in Manchester, there are five sessions in total with tickets available exclusively from SeeTickets.com.
The PartyPoker World Pool Masters features 16 champions from around the world including defending champion Shane Van Boening as well as former champs Darren Appleton and Niels Feijen.
In addition World No.1 Carlo Biado of the Philippines will be making his UK debut, while Scotland’s dominant Jayson Shaw will be competing in the Masters for the first time since 2010.
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Three Champions Crowned At One T9B Event
Saturday 9th May Total9ball was back at St Albans Hurricane Room for event two of their Undisputed Series. This time the event was run a lot differently, players were broken down in to three separate 16 player tournaments separated by standard. There was a lot of hype about this event as it really was very open and all player were in with a chance of having a winning day at T9B.
The problem Total9ball faced was the date chosen wasn’t the best as it clashed with a large English pool event which meant many players were unable to attend as already commited. T9B have a very heavy calendar and it’s not easy to change dates so there was a lot more promotion work put in by T9B owners Mark Parker and Phil Wildman, in the end we produced in our opinion and by feedback one of best events in our history.
Thanks to Dynamic Billard for sponsoring this event.
The first event of the Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League was held in Riga, Latvia. Bams Pool House was once again kind enough to offer their Dino Sport Pro tables to hold the event. The first winners of the 2015 season are Denis Grabe (Estonia) and Agné Jaruśauskaite (Lithuania).
GRABE LEFT NO QUESTIONS ON THE TABLE
In mens division Denis Grabe left no questions on the table when crashing Vitalijs Spaks from Latvia. The latvian showed great composure when reaching the final on the winners side by sending home such great players like Dmitri Chuprov from Belorus (semi final 8:6), Estonian Mark Mägi (Mägi lead 6:2!) and Henrikas Strolis from Lithuania. Nevertheless Grabe was just too big fish to catch and 8:1 loss in the final was a fact. Grabe managed to win his fellow countryman Joonas Saska in the semi final by 8:4. It must be mentioned that Latvian Anna Prisjaźnuka who has won many womens stages tried her skills in mens division as well. The result was not bad as she finished seventeenth only to lose a hill-hill thriller.
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Ultimate Team Gear is Official MC Clothing Supplier
MATCHROOM SPORT can announce that ULTIMATE TEAM GEAR is the Official Clothing Supplier for the 22nd annual PartyPoker Mosconi Cup. Based in Austin, Texas, UTG will be producing all the team jerseys for the transatlantic showdown as well as replicas and event shirts for the fans.
Taking place from Monday December 7 to Thursday December 10, the Europe v USA showdown is hosted for the first time at The New Tropicana Las Vegas and UTG will be on hand with a purpose-built merchandise shop.
Initially, each teams ‘A’ jersey (illustrated here) will be for sale before the second jersey will be produced.
Commented Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn, “We are very excited to be working with Ultimate Team Gear on this year’s Mosconi Cup and believe that their top quality apparel will help elevate the event.
Chinese Eight Ball receives worldwide media attention
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Snooker meets it’s challenger.
Chinese Eight Ball receives worldwide medias’ attention.
The annual world snooker championship is now in full swing in Sheffield, England,.In the meanwhile, the first station of the largest professional tournament of Chinese Eight Ball all over the world-- “the Grand Epoch City ·Joy Cup” 2015 World Chinese Eight Ball Masters is beginning. International news services BBC keenly noticed the emerging power--Chinese Eight ball when delivering an in-depth report about the current situation of Chinese billiards by taking Ding as an example .”Chinese Eight Ball is to be the top challenger and competitor of snooker ” BBC reported.
Ding claimed the title of China Open Champion as a wild-card entrant and defeated the billiards emperor Stephen Hendry who was in his prime time of career,and then Chinese players become among the highest in the world.Since then,snooker in China welcomes a trend for rapid development and the landscape of snooker in the world is altered. What’s more, being the mooring to goods, snooker could not agree with the situation of China.On the contrary, Chinese Eight Ball, which has been rooted in national culture, become more and more popular among ordinary people.
However, there are lots of difficulties in the development history of Chinese Eight Ball.It develops very fast in folk, but it merely does not have it’s own voice in media.Late in 2012,national trials that has been held for 6 years succeeded to become international masters and invite some famous international stars including Hendry and Potts with the continues efforts of the leader of Chinese Eight Ball--Joy. Therefore the first layout of the internationalization of Chinese eight ball has been completed. Then the tournament of Chinese Eight Ball is broadcast on live on CCTV5 for the first time.
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2015 GB9 Paul Medati Trophy - Photo Blitz!
Once again, we offer the new feature at Pro9 for the the GB 9 Ball Tour tournaments starting this year - a regularly updated selection of photos from the event seen through the lens of photographer Lee Rigby... I hope you enjoy these wonderful images.
Niels Feijen (NED) - David Alcaide (ESP) - Marcus Chamat (NOR)
Chamat enters fray as race hots up
MARCUS CHAMAT, who was recently named as captain of the 2015 European PartyPoker Mosconi Cup team is on course to land one of the three automatic spots following a runners-up spot in the recent Portuguese Open on the Euro Tour.
The 39 year-old Swede was beaten by Poland’s Mateusz Sniegocki in the championship match, but the 16 pts earned coupled with his existing points tally, move him to a tie for first in the Combined Ranking along with David Alcaide (Spain) and Holland’s Niels Feijen.
There are three separate ranking lists in operation – the first comprised of a five event Euro Tour series; the second a four event ‘World’ series and the last a combined ranking of the two.
Feijen (Holland) leads the Euro Tour ranking while Spain’s David Alcaide, a European team member in 2006, heads up both the ‘World’ list following his semi-final finish at the WPA World 10 Ball Championship in the Philippines in February.
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Preview: 2015 GB9 Paul Medati Trophy, the Rasson Billiards Pro Cup & Challenge Cup
The 7th tournament in memory of the late Paul Medati will be contested this coming weekend at the fabulous Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Telford, Shropshire.
Whilst all GB9 main events carry the same number of ranking points to players, there are a number who consider this as the most prestigious tournament in the GB9 calendar. Being first contested in 2009 after Paul’s untimely passing, the tournament offers players and fans alike the chance to remember one of the most loved and talented players on tour. Paul’s loss still lays heavy in the mind of those who played both alongside and against him, and this is sure to bring out the best in those determined to win the tournament in his memory.
The tournament weekend also incorporates the second Rasson Billiards Pro Cup of the season and the third Mark Lovell Challenge Cup competition. After Mark passed away late in 2011, GB9 wanted to honour Mark’s memory on tour in a similar manner to that of Paul Medati. With both players being amongst the most respected during their times on tour, it was felt right that the two competitions would take place on the same weekend. The inaugural tournament, won by Courtney Symons in 2012, is now running alongside the Paul Medati Trophy for the fourth consecutive year.
GB9 ON THE TV!
In a first for the GB 9 Ball Tour, coverage from the Paul Medati Trophy will be broadcast on the brand new Big Centre TV channel on Freeview. The channel is available to Midlands viewers in England on Freeview channel 8 and also to viewers online. Big Centre TV will be showing coverage from all stages of Saturday’s play in the main event - details of broadcast dates from these matches will be available after the tournament.
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