AFTER A HIATUS in 2016, the World Cup of Pool returns to London as the iconic York Hall once again plays host to the prestigious pairs event from 13th to 18th June. The East London venue has a storied pool history having staged the Mosconi Cup on eight occasions as well as the World Cup in 2013 and 2015.
This will be the 11th running of the World Cup of Pool and features 32 two-player teams from around the world battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund. The defending champions are Chinese Taipei – Ko Pin Yi and Chang Yu Lung – who took the title in a thrilling battle against England B in September 2015.
The event will be a gathering of some of the greatest players in the world, and there are a host of genuine contenders for the coveted title, including two sides from the host nation.
Commencing on Tuesday 13th and culminating in the final on the evening of Sunday 18th, the event will be played to a single elimination format over six days with two sessions a day. There are 31 matches in total.
Tickets will be on sale shortly at www.matchroompool.com and will be priced at £10.00 per evening session (Tuesday to Sunday) and £8.00 per weekend afternoon session. Tuesday to Friday afternoons are free. A season ticket covering all sessions is priced at £60.00.
With the Mosconi Cup taking place in the USA this year, the World Cup of Pool represents an ideal opportunity for UK and European cue sports fans to come to London and support their countries in what is pool’s most exciting venue.
Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said, “The York Hall has always been a fantastic venue for pool, with the crowd almost on top of the players, so we’re very excited to be bringing the event back to London.
“The atmosphere is always exciting and I know the players appreciate competing in the kind of environment that only the York Hall can provide.
“I believe that this year’s World Cup will be better than ever with some awesome players competing for their nations and for cuesports fans across Europe it is an essential event!” he added.
Tickets will be on sale shortly via www.matchroompool.com
The World Cup of Pool will carry a $250,000 prize fund including $60,000 for the champions. The event will be produced by Matchroom Sport Television and televised live on Sky Sports as well as other stations around the world. It is then syndicated internationally as 31 x 1 hour programmes.
2017 WORLD CUP OF POOL is sponsored by Rasson Billiards who supplies the Official Table; the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue and Chalk of the event.
Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes: MATCHROOM SPORT is one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and is responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, they operate three pool events; the Mosconi Cup, the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters. In addition, the company produce a multitude of events in darts, snooker, tenpin, golf, fishing, ping pong, gymnastics, netball, basketball and boxing.