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Field Announced for Next Month’s Masters

WITH THE 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters a little under three weeks away, Matchroom Sport can announce the 64 players contesting the 17th annual running of pool’s most prestigious invitational event.

Taking place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th May, the Masters features 40 invited stars of the game as well as 24 qualifiers from around the world. Collectively the field holds 27 WPA World Championships, 15 US Open titles and 15 Masters wins between them, and in addition there are 23 Mosconi Cup players in attendance.

“This is the strongest field imaginable and whoever wins the Masters this year will be carrying off a title every bit as impressive as a World Championship,” said Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn.

“All the big names from America, Europe and the Philippines will be there and there will also be qualifiers from some of the lesser pool nations who have fought tooth and nail to make it to Vegas.

“Darren Appleton will have a big job on his hands to defend his Masters title, and it’s going to take a real fighter to win this tournament. Anyone of about 35 players has a realistic chance of carrying it off,” he added.

In total there are 11 players representing American hopes including the likes of Johnny Archer, Earl Strickland, Shane Van Boening, Dennis Hatch, Rodney Morris and Corey Deuel.

The next biggest contingent comes from the Philippines with possibly the strongest ever gathering of Pinoy sharpshooters on US soil. Reyes, Bustamante, Alcano, Orcollo and Pagulayan are just five of the eight Filipinos and no one would bet against a Masters win from one of them.

The third biggest representation comes from the country that has made the most ground over the past few years – England. Now arguably the strongest nation in Europe, they will be represented by reigning Masters Champion Darren Appleton, World 8 Ball Champ Karl Boyes and World 9 Ball Champion Daryl Peach who are just three of the big guns from across the water.

Elsewhere, Germany has Ralf Souquet, Thorsten Hohmann, Thomas Engert and Oliver Ortmann flying the flag, and there are plenty of strong players from across Europe and Asia vying for the title.

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, has moved to 64 players. The first two days of the main event in May feature double elimination play on a multi-table set-up as the field reduces down to 32.

The event then goes to single elimination and the last 16 is played out in a single table arena setting in front of the TV cameras, culminating in the final on the evening of Sunday, May 16. Television is produced by Matchroom Sport and will be seen as 15 x one hour programmes in 14 countries around the world with more to be added to the list.

The Masters offers a $100,000 prize-fund with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

The Field

  1. Ben Nunan (Australia)
  2. Jasmin Ouschan (Austria)
  3. Noel Bruynooghe (Belgium)
  4. Ahmad Taufiq (Brunei)
  5. Tyler Edey (Canada)
  6. John Morra (Canada)
  7. Imran Majid (England)
  8. Daryl Peach (England)
  9. Mark Gray (England)
  10. Darren Appleton (England)
  11. Allison Fisher (England)
  12. Kevin Uzzell (England)
  13. Karl Boyes (England)
  14. Mika Immonen (Finland)
  15. Ralf Souquet (Germany)
  16. Thorsten Hohmann (Germany)
  17. Thomas Engert (Germany)
  18. Oliver Ortmann (Germany)
  19. Niels Feijen (Holland)
  20. Huidji See (Holland)
  21. Raj Hundal (India)
  22. Ricky Yang (Indonesia)
  23. Muhammad Zulfikri (Indonesia)
  24. Naoyuki Oi (Japan)
  25. Toru Kuribayashi (Japan)
  26. Yu Ram Cha (Korea)
  27. Ga Young Kim (Korea)
  28. Tony Drago (Malta)
  29. Tron Engebakk (Norway)
  30. Efren Reyes (Philippines)
  31. Francisco Bustamante (Philippines)
  32. Dennis Orcollo (Philippines)
  33. Lee Van Corteza (Philippines)
  34. Marlon Manalo (Philippines)
  35. Ronnie Alcano (Philippines)
  36. Alex Pagulayan (Philippines)
  37. Roberto Gomez (Philippines)
  38. Bartosz Rozwadowski  (Poland)
  39. Radoslaw Babica (Poland)
  40. Ruslan Chinakhov (Russia)
  41. Jayson Shaw (Scotland)
  42. David Alcaide (Spain)
  43. Carlos Cabello (Spain)
  44. Marcus Chamat (Sweden)
  45. Ko Pin-yi (Taiwan)
  46. Kuo Po Cheng (Taiwan)
  47. Lo Li-wen (Taiwan)
  48. Evgeni Novosad (Ukraine)
  49. Johnny Archer (USA)
  50. Corey Deuel (USA)
  51. Charlie Williams (USA)
  52. Rodney Morris (USA)
  53. Shane Van Boening (USA)
  54. Oscar Dominguez (USA)
  55. John Schmidt (USA)
  56. Dennis Hatch (USA)
  57. Earl Strickland (USA)
  58. Ernesto Dominguez (USA)
  59. David Grau (USA)
  60. Do Hoang Quan (Vietnam)
  61. Luong Chi Dung (Vietnam)

There is one more wildcard to be invited and there are two more qualifying spots available in the all-day event at Pool Sharks in Las Vegas on Tuesday 11th May. Further details can be obtained from info@matchroom.com

Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool.

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com, +44 7785 395688

www.matchroompool.com

Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,100 hours of original programming across a range of nine sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the World Pool Masters is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup.

The 2010 World Pool Masters is sponsored by PartyPoker.net. Tables are supplied by Brunswick Billiards, cloth by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc and the Official Cue is Predator.

Team CSI

Team CSI – Deuel and Strickland Head to Hard Times and Showboat

Team CSI-American Grand Master members Corey Deuel and Earl Strickland will be performing exhibitions and clinics in Sacramento and Redding, California May 24-27 immediately following their participation in the World Pool Masters (May 12-16) and the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship (May 17-22) at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The first stop for Deuel and Strickland will be the Showboat Lounge in Redding, Tuesday May 25th. The Team CSI duo will perform an exhibition at 7:30 pm. Spectators will win prizes and have chances to match up against either Deuel or Strickland in mini challenge matches and also the chance to play with one of the pros in a scotch doubles match. Strickland will also perform trick shots and only in the way Strickland can, tell tales of his life on the road.

The two-day Team CSI event at Showboat will conclude on a more serious note Wednesday May 26th where Deuel and Strickland will hold a 4 hour clinic from 11am to 3pm. Registration is limited to 12 students. The 12 students are divided into 2 groups of 6 and each group will spend 2 hours with each of the Team CSI Pros. The fee for this great opportunity to learn from two of the best is only $200 per person.

Thursday May 27th Duel and Strickland will travel to Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento where they will again hold another 4 hour pool clinic from 11am to 3pm. For more information or to register for a clinic contact Team CSI Manager Mark Cantrill at 480-612-7732.

For more information about Team CSI please visit www.playcsipool.com

CueSports International is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League, the National Championship Series (NCS), and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the U.S. Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial and the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit www.playcsipool.comwww.playbca.com and www.playusapool.com for more information about CSI and its divisions.