Manila, Philippines– Efren. Mika. Ko. Django. Van Boening. Appleton. Little Ko. Albin. These 8 players share 14 World Championship wins, 10 US Open titles, and 6 World #1s. Never before have two teams been so stacked with skill and talent. The inaugural Resorts World Kings Cup will mark the first time Europe and USA join forces to face again the greatest players of the Asia with Philippines and Taiwan also joining forces for the very first time in history! European and American champions will go against Asia’s champions on November 19th at Resorts World Manila in the inaugural Kings Cup! In what surely will become the most epic rivalry in cue sports, the pool world is about to get rocked in a war that fans have been dreaming about for years.
Pay Per View earlybird discounted special is now available on www.KingsCupPool.com for $24.95 for all 3 days, or $10 per day. Fans can watch live or the delayed telecast upto 24 hours after the event at their convenience.
“This is the most concentrated group of great players I have ever seen. For sure there is going to be some amazing pool during those three days”, said Finland’s Mika Immonen , Captain of Team West.
“The competition is much bigger over there against the Asians…There’s going to be a lot of fans watching and big TV coverage. That’s why I really enjoy playing in the Philippines the past 10 years”, said America’s Van Boening.
“If you don’t like playing under big pressure in a big time atmosphere, you are in the wrong job, pal”, said UK’s Darren Appleton.
“Usually there’s a lot of work for me to take care of the USA team and then I have to play as well. In Kings Cup there are multiple world champions on the team. Mika, Darren, and Albin who was World #1. All three are great players. They know how to prepare themselves to be in a world championship finals. They always stay hungry and I don’t have to worry about any of them”, explained Van Boening.
“It means less work for me, and I can focus more on playing. That makes me excited.”
Shane Van Boening, Mika Immonen, Darren Appleton, Albin Ouschan Four players who have all experienced winning international championships on big stages coming together against their equal counterparts in Asia’s Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Ko Pin Yi, and Ko Ping Chung. It’s going to be a war to remember.
The format of the Kings Cup will follow in the footsteps of the successful Queens Cup. Teams will play in versatile styles including singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples each of the 3 days of the men’s competition.
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Dragon Promotions is pleased to produce the Kings Cup, a three day contest to declare which side of the world boasts the strongest players, the East or the West. On November 19th-21st 2015, the world, as well as the players themselves, will find out! Four players on each side have been selected to represent their continent. The Kings Cup will be hosted by the award winning casino Resorts World Manila , produced by Dragon Promotions and aired on ABS-CBN Sports Channels for 12 hours of coverage and replays. The event will be played on the beautifully designed Rasson Table using Andy Cloth, Viking Cue, Cyclop Balls while the players will wear prestigious clothing made by FA Clothing Company. Puyat Sports, Pool & Billiard Magazine, and Billiards Digest are also co-sponsors.
The in-form West were delighted to take the 4-2 ead in Manila on Day 1.
Darren Appleton, inconspicuously taking the role of co-captain, had this to say,
“4-2 is a good result but I think we play better tomorrow now we got the feel for the table. Chemistry is good and we all gel good together. Good trust in one another. A big turning point was when Busty (Bustamante) missed the 9-ball to go 4-1. And then Shane played great from there. Couple bad misses for them was key for us to lead 4-2.