Tuesday, August 22, 2006

World Cup of Pool - Preview

PartyPoker.Com World Cup of Pool - Preview.

The first ever World Cup of Pool takes place this week at the Newport Centre in Newport, South wales. Thirty two 2 man teams will be battling for the title and a share of the $250,000 prize fund. Such world class stars as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Steve Davis, Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Niels Feijen, Earl Strickland and Thomas Engert will be representing their countries for the first time on an international stage.

The event runs from 22nd-27th August 2006 at The Newport Centre, South Wales and is sponsored by PartyPoker.Com and promoted by Matchroom Sport.

The tournament is a single elimination scotch doubles event. This means that players will be taking alternate shots within their team. It will be excellent for the 31 hours of TV coverage to be broadcast later in the year and the packed audiences in the Newport Centre.

First Round matches (Race to 9)

Tuesday 22nd August 2pm
1. Thailand v Canada
2. Qatar v Malaysia
3. Czech Republic v Poland

Tuesday 22nd August 7pm
4. Philippines v Malta
5. Taiwan v India
6. England B v Korea

Wednesday 23rd August 2pm
7. Hungary v Russia
8. Hong Kong v Sweden
9. Japan v Indonesia

Wednesday 23rd August 7pm
10. Spain v England A
11. Singapore v USA
12. Wales v Germany

Thursday August 24th 2pm
13. Ireland v Finland
14. South Africa v Italy
15. Vietnam v Croatia

Thursday August 24th 7pm
16. Scotland v Holland

Second round matches will commence Thursday evening and will be completed on Friday. All quarter-final matches are played on Saturday with the semi-finals and final on Sunday.

Prize Money
Winners:
US$60,000 x 1
Runners Up:
US$30,000 x 1
Semi-Finalists:
US$16,000 x 2
Quarter-Finalists:
US$10,000 x 4
Last 16:
US$5,000 x 8
Last 32:
US$3,000 x 16
Total
US$250,000
* All prize money is split between the two players

Hot favouriates for the event are the Phillipines with Reyes and Bustamante. A good bet for me is the USA side of Morri and Strickland who have played ths format together before very successfully in the Mosconi Cup. Other sides to look for are Holland, Germany.

If you want a good bet on an outsider I would pick Wales (McKenna & Davies) or Czech Republic (Hybler & Gavenciak).

Out of the two English teams I think that the B team will actually progress further with both Peach and Davis having had experience in the Mosconi Cup.

Come and visit Billiards Boutique at the World Cup of Pool - we have an exhibition stand on Saturday and Sunday so come along and say hello, if anyone is interested we have four sets of tickets for saturday and sundays play. Come along to the stand and pick up a voucher or find out more about APN Leagues.
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