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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

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Date: Monday, December 11 2017 @ 12:36:57 UTC
Topic: 9 Ball



2017 WPA World 9-Ball Championships
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Saturday 9 - Friday 15 December 2017


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Pool’s most prestigious title up for grabs once again in Doha, Qatar

The professional pool year will close out in style for 2017 as the WPA World 9-ball Championship kicks off December 9th at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar. This will be the 8th 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 pool’s biggest and most important event. Once again 128 players from over 40 countries will clash to see who will be crowned the king of 9-ball pool.

As usual the tournament will be run in two brutally difficult parts. The Group stages will run from Dec. 9-11. 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 14, will be a race to 13.

In 25 previous editions dating back to 1990, the World 9-ball Championship has always provided the kind of nerve rattling drama that has captured the imagination of pool fans around the globe. It’s that kind of pressure cooker atmosphere that has always weeded out the pretenders to pool’s ultimate crown, and produced a veritable pantheon of pool greats.

These greats make up a who’s who of the sport of pool. Multiple winners of the World 9-ball Championship include the legendary Earl Strickland(1990, ’91, ’02), Johnny Archer(’92, ’97), Taiwan’s Fong Pang Chao(’93, 2000), and Thorsten Hohmann(2003, ’13).

Germany’s Ralf Souquet(’96) and Oliver Ortmann(’95), Finland’s Mika Immonen(’01), the Netherlands Niels Feijen(’14), the Philippines Efren Reyes(’99) Alex Pagulayan(’04), Ronnie Alcano(’06), Francisco Bustamante(’10), England’s Darren Appleton(’12) and Daryl Peach(’07), Taiwan’s Ko Pin Yi(’15) all cemented their status as giants of the game by winning the World 9-ball Championship.



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In 2016 Austria’s Albin Ouschan added his name to the illustrious list of champions with a 13-6 drubbing of American Shane Van Boening. It was the second straight year that the talented American star had lost in the finals. In 2015 Van Boening lost out to Taiwan’s Ko.

Who will reign supreme in 2017? Look for players from the Philippines, Taiwan, China, and several European countries to make the biggest impact and likely make a run at the crown. Of course it’s always a crap shoot trying to determine who will rule a field filled with pool giants, newcomers and possible contenders. And as always in pool, the tense and dramatic nature of the format and the event itself generally means that the cream always rises to the top.

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The 2017 WPA World 9-ball Championship takes place at the Al Arabi Sports Club Sports Club in Doha, Qatar from December 5-15,2017 The qualifying stages run from Dec. 5-7, while the main draw of 128 players runs from Dec 9-15. The winner of the 2015 World 9-ball Championship will receive $30,000. The runner up will receive $15,000. The total prize fund is $200,000.
Fans around the world will be able to view many of the matches via the QBSF’s free live streaming platform. Multiple tables will be available to view online at no charge to the public. The WPA will provide more information regarding the live stream in the coming days.
The players will compete on Wiraka DYNASTY Tables with Simonis 860 Cloth, Electric Blue Color and using Aramith Tournament Pro cup TV Pool Balls featuring the new Duramith Technology.

The 2017 World 9-ball Championship is hosted by The Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation(QBSF), and was sanctioned by the The World Pool Billiard Association, the governing body of the sport of pool.




2017 WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE PRIZE FUND
1st
$ 30,000
2nd
$ 15,000
3rd ~ 4th
$ ???
5th ~ 8th
$ ???
9th ~ 16th
$ ???
17th ~ 32nd
$ ???
33rd ~ 64th
$ ???
65th ~ 96th
$ ???
TOTAL PRIZE FUND = US $200,000




WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE WINNER'S LIST
1990 - 2017
1990
Earl Strickland
USA
1991
Earl Strickland
USA
1992
Johnny Archer
USA
1993
Fong-Pang Chao
TPE
1994
Takeshi Okumura
JPN
1995
Oliver Ortmann
GER
1996
Ralf Souquet
GER
1997
Johnny Archer
USA
1998
Kunihiko Takahashi
JPN
1999
Nick Varner
USA
1999
Efren Reyes
PHI
2000
Fong-Pang Chao
TPE
2001
Mika Immonen
FIN
2002
Earl Strickland
USA
2003
Thorsten Hohmann
GER
2004
Alex Pagulayan
CAN
2005
Chia-Ching Wu
TPE
2006
Ronnie Alcano
PHI
2007
Daryl Peach
GBR
2008
*Not held
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2009
*Not held
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2010
Francisco Bustamante
PHI
2011
Yukio Akakariyama
JPN
2012
Darren Appleton
GBR
2013
Thorsten Hohmann
GER
2014
Niels Feijen
NED
2015
Ko Pin Yi
TPE
2016
Albin Ouschan
AUS
2017
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