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SIMONIS AND MATCHROOM PRESS RELEASE
Matchroom Multi Sport is delighted to announce that IWAN SIMONIS of Verviers, Belgium have signed a new three-year agreement to make Simonis the Official Cloth of all Matchroomâs pool events over the next 36 months. The deal will represent a continuous partnership between SIMONIS and Matchroom which has lasted for 23 years.
With four events in the calendar for 2019, including the first year of Matchroomâs ownership of the US Open, it will be the biggest year yet with SIMONIS cloth set to garner even more exposure that ever before as the Official Cloth Supplier for Matchroom Poolâs roster of international events.
Commented Bernard Bollette, Commercial Director of SIMONIS, "Iwan Simonis S.A. is absolutely delighted with the 3-year extension of the long-term partnership dating back to 1996 between Matchroom and SIMONIS cloth.
âBoth Matchroom and Simonis are at the pinnacle of their respective specialities. With Matchroom producing the biggest and best pool tournaments, with four superb, exciting events on their annual calendar and Simonis being the only cloth brand giving the players the professional conditions that they deserve. We are truly the cloth of champions and a loyal supporter of pool.â
Emily Frazer, COO of Matchroom Multi Sport said, â2019 and beyond represent very exciting times for us and it is gratifying to be continuing this amazing, long-standing relationship with our friends at Simonis.
âI canât think there are that many 23-year relationships in the pool industry which is why weâre excited to be working with industry giants Simonis for a further three years. We always feel that our events are the best and we need the best equipment and with Simonis we assured of that!â
The calendar starts with the World Pool Masters from 29-31 March in Gibraltar and that is followed by the US Open at the Mandalay Bay â 21- 26 April. The World Cup of Pool follows in June in Asia before November sees the 26th annual Mosconi Cup which again takes place at the Mandalay Bay.
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Germanyâs Joshua Filler wins his first World 9-ball Championship with a hard fought 13-10 win over the Philippines Carlo Biado.
Story and Photos By Ted Lerner
WPA Media Officer
Yesterday in Doha, Joshua Filler and his wife, Pia, celebrated their one year wedding anniversary. Today, Filler presented his bride and biggest fan the best gift heâll probably ever give her; a world title.
Playing in his typical fast and loose fashion, the 21 year old German battled his way to a hard fought 13-10 win over the Philippines Carlo Biado to win his very first WPA World 9-ball Championship in front of several hundred fans at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha.
g a finals scrap as fans have witnessed in many years, with both players putting in superb performances under the searing pressure. Biado was trying to become the first man since Earl Strickland 27 years ago to win back to back world 9-ball titles. The players exchanged the lead several times and the outcome was in doubt until the last quarter of the match, when Filler did what all champions do: he turned on the after burners to claim poolâs most coveted crown.
Mezz Ace18 Series - New Series Launched - Best Images and Video!
Posted by admin on Thursday, December 20 2018 @ 05:40:46 UTC (295 reads)
www.mezzcue.com Click the image to view the larger image - use "back" to return here. Announcing the launch of the Mezz ACE18 series with the new WX Alpha shaft and Mikiâs masterful artistry and unprecedented technology, the ACE18 series delivers ultimate cue responsiveness and incredible accuracy.
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Itâs Biado vs. Van Boening, Filler vs. Kazakis As The 2018 World 9-ball Championship Heads To Final Day
By Ted Lerner
WPA Media Officer
Sir Henry Royce, the maker of the famed motorcars, Rolls Royce, once said, âTake the best that exists and make it better. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough.â
Royceâs creed of excellence could very well be applied to the four greats who grabbed their semi-finals spots Wednesday at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha on the penultimate day of 2018 World 9-ball Championship. On a day of championship 9-ball pool of surreal quality, Carlo Biado, Shane Van Boening, Joshua Filler and Alexander Kazakis all wouldnât take no for an answer, all reached for greatness, all excelled beyond the rest.
The four superstars now head into the final day on Thursday with an equal chance of entering poolâs pantheon of greats. Biado, who won here last year, is already there, and will hope to become the first player since Earl Strickland 27 years ago to win back to back titles. But first the Filipino will have to match wits with the USAâs Shane Van Boening, who seems destined to finally snap off the big one.
In the other semi-final, young German hot shot Filler will look to fulfill a dream many thought he would one day reach, but perhaps not at just 21 years old. But to get there the fast and loose playing Filler will have to battle through Greek workhorse Kazakis, who simply never knows how to quit. Both race to 11, alternate break semis will be played simultaneously beginning at 11am Doha time(GMT +3). The race to 13 final will break off at 3pm local time.
Despite his soft spoken and humble nature, Biado has to be the favorite of the final four, if only slightly, due to several factors; he knows what it takes to reach the mountain top, he plays under the radar, and he is playing the best pool of his career. In the round of 16 match that began the day, the 37 year old Biado came up against 2005 World 9-ball Champion Wu Jiaqing. The pair dueled for 90 minutes, breaking and running numerous racks. But when Wu scratched while down 9-8, the champ did what champs do; he closed the door and won a hard fought battle, 11-9.
The Filipino then came up against Taiwanâs rising player, Wu Kun Lin, who had disposed of Finlandâs Petri Makkonen earlier. These two had history and it was to Biadoâs favor for Wu was the very player the Filipino handily beat in last yearâs semi-final on his way to the title. The result Wednesday was nearly identical. Firing on all cylinders Biado streaked out to a commanding 6-0 lead and never looked back, winning easily 11-4.
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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