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US OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES OPEN AUGUST 13
First events on Global Qualifying Series confirmed
With just eight months to go until the 2020 US Open 9-Ball Championship, player entries for the $375,000 event will open at 9am Eastern (6am Vegas/2pm UK) on Tuesday, August 13th at www.matchroompool.com.
The US Open 9-Ball Championship will return to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center April 13 ‚Äď 18, 2020. Player entry fees remain at $1,000 and former champions receive free entry to the event.
Players can opt to pay the full entry fee of $1,000 on sign up or pay a non-refundable deposit of $250, with the remaining $750 due to be paid by January 31st, 2020. The deposit option will be available until December 31st, 2019 or until the field is full. Entries will be processed by Cuescore via www.matchroompool.com.
A number of officially sanctioned qualifying events will take place around the world as part of the 2020 US Open 9-Ball Championship Global Qualifying Series, with the first of these taking place at Sam‚Äôs Billiards, Portland, Oregon this August 24-25. Details of confirmed qualifying events can be found at http://www.matchroompool.com/usopen9ball/#qualifiers with many more qualifying events to be confirmed shortly.
Once you have done this, simply play three or more SPINS games ($1 buy-in or higher) during a qualification period to qualify for the draw.
At the end of each qualifying period, a winner will be chosen at random to receive a $4,700 prize package, which consists of:
Flights + accommodation at the Mandalay Bay Resort ( November 25th-29th)
VIP tickets for each day of the Mosconi Cup
A place in the Amateur Mosconi Cup
The second qualification period is open until Saturday, 31st August - make sure you‚Äôre ready to throw your name in the hat!
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The Best 5 Pool Players
Pool is a classification of cue sports with six pockets, into which balls are deposited. There are a few different pool game types: obstacle games, racked games, one-pocket, rotation games, straight pool, 8-ball, bank pool, and artistic pool. As an international sport, pool is regulated by the World Pool-Billiard Association, or WPA.
World Pool Masters Winner
Since the 2019 Predator World 10-ball Championship finished, we can only guess who is going to be the winner of the World Pool Masters. There are some individuals with excellent odds of winning. Shane Van Boeing for example has excellent odds 5/1. Right behind him, Joshua Filler is second on the list, with 7/1. Jayson Shaw grabs the 3rd spot with 15/2.
Skyler Woodward and Eklent Kaci are closing the top 5 list, with Skyler having greater odds, 9/1, and Eklent having 10/1. Niels Feijen also has fair odds of winning. Betting sites have given him 10/1 chance of winning the World Pool Masters. Alex Kazakis comes in with the same odds, 10/1.
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Efren Reyes is a Filipino professional pool player. Nicknamed The Magician, Reyes has won over 70 international titles, and he was the first player to win world championships in two different disciplines of pool. Many analysts and fans consider Efren to be the greatest pool player of all time. His fame began when he beat Nick Varner in the US Open Nine Ball Championship in 1994. He was the first non-American player to win the event.
Ralph Greenleaf was an American professional pool player. During his era, the championships mostly consisted in games of straight pool, but varied in format from tournament to tournament. He was one of the first three members included in the Billiard Hall of Fame in 1966. He was also ranked 3rd on the Billiards Digest 50 Greatest Players of the Century. Sadly, he died of suddenly at the age of 50 in Philadelphia. His death came just days before a scheduled match in New York.
Max Eberle will join Corey Deuel, Billy Thorpe and Tyler Styer as the four ‚ÄėContenders‚Äô for the final three places on Team USA for the 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup, which will take place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas this November 25-28, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
Eberle had been working with Team USA Vice-Coach Jeremy Jones ahead of Sunday‚Äôs challenge matches at Griffs, Las Vegas where he saw off competition from Justin Bergman, Chris Robinson and Mahkeal Parris to earn a shot at making the American team when they attempt to defend their partypoker Mosconi Cup title later this year.
He‚Äôll now link up with last year‚Äôs winning American team. Shane van Boening and Skyler Woodward have already been selected to be part of the title defence this November. Two more players from the remaining four will be selected after September‚Äôs Kremlin Cup and Dream Challenge before the final place is awarded in early November.
Team USA Coach Johan Ruijsink said of Eberle: ‚ÄúHe works hard at the table and has improved a lot during our boot camps. He is a player our Vice-Coach Jeremy Jones knows very well.‚ÄĚ
Jones himself recently explained this year‚Äôs selection process, saying: ‚ÄúIt will be a little bit different this year. Shane and Sky have already been selected for the team. I have been training four players; Max Eberle, Justin Bergman, Chris Robinson and the WPA Under-17 World Champion Mahkeal Parris from the US Virgin Islands. Max has now emerged from that group to contend with Corey Deuel, Billy Thorpe and Tyler Styer for those remaining three spots on the team.
Four years ago, a 19-year-old Ping-Chung Ko was eliminated in the semifinals of the World Pool and Billiards Association‚Äôs World 10-Ball Championship and watched from stands as his older brother, Pin-Yi Ko, claimed the tile over Carlo Biado.
‚ÄúI was happy for my brother, but I think if I would have been the winner that may have been better,‚ÄĚ the younger Ko said with a laugh through a translator.
The roles were reversed Friday night, as the younger Ko used a combination of brilliant shot-making and some late match mistakes by opponent Joshua Filler to claim the Predator World 10-ball Championship at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. The win is the first major victory for Ko, who has come close in big events in recent years but hasn‚Äôt been able to close out until this week in Las Vegas. Last year, Ko finished second at the International 9-Ball Open and had top-10 finishes at the China Open and World 9-Ball Championship.
‚ÄúThe last couple of years, Joshua has played really well and I just wanted to challenge him,‚ÄĚ Ko said. ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt know if I could beat him but I just wanted to try my best.‚ÄĚ
Filler jumped out to an early 3-1 advantage in the finals, using two breaks and runs and a dry break from Ko. After the two players traded breaks and runs in the next two games, and Ko took a restroom break immediately following Filler‚Äôs pocketing of the 10-ball. The elder Ko followed along with his little brother, more to be there as a security blanket than to coach or offer advice.
‚ÄúHe didn‚Äôt really say anything to me,‚Äô said Ping-Chung Ko. ‚ÄúJust having him walk with me relaxed me.‚ÄĚ
The timeout paid dividends for Ko, who used missed shots by his opponent in the seventh and ninth racks to pull to within 5-4. Momentum really shifted in Ko‚Äôs favor in the crucial 10th game. Without a clear shot on the 1-ball, the German attempted a safety and left a long open shot instead. Ko pocketed the ball and ran out the rack to tie the score, then mixed in a break-and-run to take the lead. Filler tied the score at six each and had an opportunity to regain the lead in the 11th game when Ko misplayed a safety on the 5-ball, but couldn‚Äôt capitalize ‚Äď missing a somewhat routine combination shot on the 9 and 10 balls.
‚ÄúBoth matches today, I played pretty solid at the start of the match but I couldn‚Äôt get a good lead,‚ÄĚ Filler said. ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt have a chance to get three games ahead. Then I missed some balls.‚ÄĚ
Ko was clutch in the closing stages, executing a sharp cut on the 3-ball and bank on the 4-ball to run out the 15th game and regain the lead, 8-7. When Filler broke dry in the next game, Ko used a challenging one-rail kick shot to pocket the 3-ball and run out the rack and climb onto the hill, 9-7.
Needing one more win for the championship, Ko broke in the 18th game and authoritatively banked the 1-ball into the side pocket ‚Äď as Filler sat in his chair simply nodding in appreciation.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs really when I felt like I could win this,‚ÄĚ he said.
As he stroked his way through the final balls, a packed crowd sensed the victory ‚Äď including a dozen family and fans who had traveled from Chinese Taipei. After landing the 5-ball and sending the cue ball two rails down table for the game winning 9 and 10 balls, the elder Ko let out a sigh of relief.
‚ÄúI was nervous until he made the last two balls,‚ÄĚ he said.
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Filler Is First European Qualifier For 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup
Joshua Filler has qualified to represent Team Europe at the 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup, to be played at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas from November 25-28, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
The 21-year-old entered the Guinness Book of Records when he became the youngest ever partypoker Mosconi Cup winner two years ago and rose to the occasion with an MVP performance as Europe lifted the famous trophy. He missed out on last year‚Äôs event but has bounced back strongly, winning the World 9-Ball Championship and US Open since.
This week he confirmed his spot on the 2019 European team with progression to the last four of the Predator World 10-Ball Championship, where he will meet Ko Pin-Yi in the semi-finals on Friday.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm super exited that Joshua Filler is on our team this year,‚ÄĚ said European captain Marcus Chamat. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs such an asset to our team in many ways.
‚ÄúHe plays amazing and has a young gun‚Äôs mentality, which raises the level of the whole team. He is happy and funny and has a ton of charisma!
‚ÄúThe 2017 partypoker Mosconi Cup was first time I really had a chance to team up and get to know him, and it was like love at first sight. His personality is so different to a lot of Europeans and it is great for any team to have a good mix.
‚ÄúHe played amazing that year in Vegas and was living his dream. I kept coaching and pushing him as a captain and he was flawless on table and in the team. We won, he was the MVP and he‚Äôs back now.
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Team USA Selection Process Outlined For 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup
Three more players will join Van Boening and Woodward at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino this November
The Team USA selection process for the 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup has been set out by coach Johan Ruijsink ahead of America‚Äôs defence of the Cup at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas this November 25-28, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
Team USA won a dramatic partypoker Mosconi Cup in London last year, fighting against the odds to win the trophy 11-9 in one of the most memorable Cups ever played. Shane van Boening and 2018 MVP Skyler Woodward have already been selected by Coach Ruijsink and Vice-Coach Jeremy Jones to be part of the team which attempts to defend the title against Europe in November.
They will be joined by three more players selected from a group who will be working with Ruijsink and Jones; Corey Deuel, Billy Thorpe and Tyler Styer were all part of the successful 2018 team and will battle alongside one additional player for their spot on this year‚Äôs roster.
The additional player will be one of a group of four who have been training with Jones. That group is comprises of Max Eberle, Justin Bergman, Chris Robinson and Mahkeal Parris. Those four players will train together with Ruijsink and Jones in Las Vegas this weekend, after which one player will officially join Deuel, Thorpe and Styer as ‚ÄėThe Contenders‚Äô.
‚ÄúIt will be a little bit different this year,‚ÄĚ explained Vice-Coach Jones. ‚ÄúShane and Sky have already been selected for the team. I have been training four players; Max Eberle, Justin Bergman, Chris Robinson and the WPA Under-17 World Champion Mahkeal Parris from the US Virgin Islands. One of those guys will emerge from that group to contend with Corey, Billy and Tyler for those remaining three spots on the team.
‚ÄúWe will then take six players ‚Äď Shane, Skyler plus the four Contenders ‚Äď to the Kremlin Cup and the Dream Challenge in Russia in September. After those events we will confirm two players for the team. The final player to make the team will be chosen at the start of November.‚ÄĚ
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US Open 9-Ball Championship Prize Fund Increases To $375,000 Winner to take home $60,000 when tournament returns to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
The 2020 US Open 9-Ball Championship will have an increased prize fund of $375,000 with the winner set to pocket $60,000, Matchroom Multi Sport is pleased to announce.
The 44th staging of the historic billiards major will take place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center, Las Vegas from April 13 until April 18. Joshua Filler will return as defending champion, with player entries set to open on Tuesday, August 13 ‚Äď exactly eight months before the Championship begins.
After sold-out crowds, record TV ratings and a full field of 256 players for the 2019 US Open 9-Ball Championship, players are encouraged to enter the 2020 Championship early to avoid disappointment.
Prize money payouts will start from 97th place, with players reaching this stage receiving $1,000. Those who successfully progress from the double elimination stage will earn at least $5,000 with quarter-finalists taking home $7,750, semi-finalists earning $15,000 and the runner-up to be paid $30,000.
Matchroom Sport Chairman and BCA Hall of Fame promoter Barry Hearn said: ‚ÄúWe wanted to reward the players because they have special talent, so we are delighted to be able to increase the prize-fund for the US Open 9-Ball Championship to a record-breaking $375,000.
‚ÄúThe US Open 9-Ball Championship was a phenomenal success in what for us was year one. We had over 100 players on the waiting list for the event, on top of the 256 field we had and we achieved some really impressive viewing figures around the world, so the game is in good health and is going to go from strength to strength and we cannot wait for the 2020 US Open 9-Ball Championship.‚ÄĚ
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