Portsmouth to play host to World Cup of Pool IX

THE 2014 World Cup of Pool will be taking place at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth from 23rd to 28th September. Following four years of the event in Manila and then a successful return to the UK in London last year, the event will now play out in the vibrant maritime city on England’s south coast.

Now in its ninth year, the World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams from around the world battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund. The defending champions are the Philippines who will be among the favourites to claim a record-breaking fourth World Cup.

Packed with some of the best players in the world, there will be plenty of teams in with a great chance to lift the coveted title, including two sides from the host nation.

Commencing on Tuesday 23rd and culminating in the final on the evening of Sunday 28th, the event will be played to a single elimination format over six days with two sessions a day.

In addition to the home nation and defending champions, all of the strongest countries in world pool will be sending teams and that includes last year’s runners-up Holland, two-time champions China, 2011 winners Germany as well as teams like the USA and Taiwan.

With the Mosconi Cup now sold-out, promoters Matchroom Sport will be looking to draw in pool fans from across the UK and Europe to support their countries in a loud, boisterous atmosphere.

Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said, “We’re delighted to be bringing the World Cup of Pool to Portsmouth and hopefully this lively naval city will be an ideal host for one of cue sport’s most exciting events.

“Mosconi Cup tickets went like hot cakes this year and many of the players who will be competing in Blackpool in December, will be in Portsmouth representing their nations in a high pressure environment.

“This year’s World Cup will be a battle royal with some wonderful players competing for national pride and for pool fans across Europe it will be unmissable!” he added.

Tickets will be on sale shortly via www.seetickets.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 and then syndicated internationally as 31 x 1 hour programmes.

Diamond Billiards are the Official Table of the 2014 World Cup of Pool; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith. Predator is the Official Cue of the event.

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