Mosconi Cup News

1st October

Record-Breaking 14th Appearance for Scorpion

MATCHROOM SPORT are pleased to announce that Johnny Archer is the first member of Team USA for the forthcoming PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup which takes place at the York Hall, East London from 9th to 12th December 2010.

Archer, 41, will be making his 14th appearance in the competition, a record for an American player and matched only by European stalwarts Ralf Souquet and Mika Immonen should they be selected for December’s event.

The Georgian is currently ranked No.1 on the BCA Points List and with the US Open the sole counting event for Mosconi Cup selections, Archer is in an unassailable position.

“It’s an honour to be selected for the Mosconi Cup again,” said a delighted Archer who was elected to the Hall of Fame this time last year.

“I am so pleased that I can’t put it into words. After being on two losing teams in a row, winning last year was the best experience I have ever had at the Mosconi Cup.

Archer was a crucial part of a strong side that emerged 11-7 victors over Europe at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last December.

“I am so excited to be representing USA at, for me, the birthplace of the Mosconi Cup, the York Hall.

“This is my 14th straight appearance at the Mosconi Cup and hopefully I can draw on my experience for a good showing,” he added.

Archer made his Mosconi Cup debut at the York Hall in 1997, the first year the competition was staged at the iconic East London venue. He carries an enviable record of 33 points won from 63 matches and was part of the successful side in Las Vegas last year.

Taking place at East London’s famous York Hall, following an eight year absence, the PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup features two five man teams representing Europe and the USA competing over four days from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th December.

The remaining four Team USA spots will be announced in October with the No.2 ranked player after the US Open, guaranteed a berth on the side.

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6th October

MVP Dennis is Back for Team USA

Hatchetman Set for York Hall Mayhem!

DENNIS HATCH, the people’s champion who contributed so much to Team USA’s magnificent victory in Las Vegas last December, is today named as the second member of the American 2010 PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup side.

Hatch, 39, who hails from Buffalo, New York, took the final spot on last year’s team after winning the internet fans vote from seven other players. ‘The Hatchetman’ went on to win four of his five matches, including two crucial singles match-ups against Niels Feijen, as the USA romped to an 11-7 win, their first victory in the ongoing series since 2005.

That earned Hatch the MVP trophy, but it was his fierce, emotion-charged team spirit that won the hearts of American pool fans.

“Words can’t explain how excited I am, this is going to be awesome and I can’t wait,” said a delighted Hatch.

“I can’t wait to be playing in London at York Hall and it will be an experience I will never forget.  The more stress and the more intimidating the atmosphere, the more I concentrate and grind. I will let nothing bother me and the madder I get the more I want to win!

Hatch, revealed how much his debut Mosconi Cup meant to him; “Last year was an unforgettable experience. To win the Cup and the MVP as a rookie was an unbelievable accomplishment.

“I’m looking at the MVP Trophy now and I still can’t believe it. I still watch the Mosconi Cup DVDs all the time.

“I loved playing in the event last year. You really bond with your teammates and come together and help each other with anything and everything. I believe we can win it again and it looks like we are going to have an awesome team again!” he added.

Taking place at East London’s famous York Hall, following an eight year absence, the PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup features two five man teams representing Europe and the USA competing over four days from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th December.

The remaining three Team USA spots will be announced in October with the No.2 ranked player on the BCA Points List after the US Open, guaranteed a berth on the side.

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8th October

Europe Sends for Souquet

Kaiser Returns for 14th Appearance

HAVING MADE his PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup debut in the inaugural 1994 event, Germany’s Ralf Souquet returns to the fray for Team Europe as they attempt to win back the most coveted trophy in pool.

It will be Souquet’s 14th appearance in the 17 year history of the Trans-Atlantic billiards tussle – a record he will be sharing with Johnny Archer of the USA. ‘The Kaiser’ has a record of 39 wins from 65 matches; an all-time Mosconi Cup record equalled only by Earl Strickland.

The 1996 World Champion and 2006 US Open winner, has been on the winning side three times – ’02, ’07 and ’08 and he will be keen to repeat his feat of 2007 when he downed the winning 9 ball in Las Vegas.

Souquet is a veteran of the York Hall though, having played there on all six occasions the Mosconi Cup has been staged in the historic London venue.

“I am absolutely overwhelmed by the fact that the Mosconi Cup will be back at the York Hall,” said Souquet.

“It has been such a great and unique atmosphere in the past there and I am really looking forward to a crazy and outstanding London crowd

“The Mosconi Cup win in 2002 is still a good memory because it was my first win over Team USA, even though I had match point for Europe and couldn’t bring it over the finish line.

“We had a great team spirit back then and when Steve Davis made the final ball to secure the Cup for Europe, the crowd went crazy. It almost felt like being in a football stadium after the home team just won the World Cup!

“I hope that the crowd will be as enthusiastic as they were in the past. The English fans will make it hard for Team USA but I have to admit that they have dealt with it quite well in the past.

Souquet is conscious of the fact that the Europeans have established themselves as serious Mosconi Cup contenders in recent years, but will enter the 2010 event as challengers.

“Last year’s defeat was felt bad by every European player and fan. We came in as favourites but couldn’t deal with it because we didn’t have a good enough team spirit.

“The motivation this year will be as high as every year and I am sure that captain Johan Ruijsink will do his best to bring the team spirit to the next level. Our goal can only be to bring the Cup back to Europe.

The Kaiser, who won the World 8 Ball Championship in 2008, is adamant that victory is a realistic prospect.

“I think there is no doubt that Europe can win the Mosconi Cup 2010. We just need to keep up the good work from the past 3 to 4 years in most of the individual events.

“I think for the first time in many years the odds are about even but with the right team play and spirit we will please our European fans with a victory!”

Taking place at East London’s famous York Hall, following an eight year absence, the PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup features two five man teams representing Europe and the USA competing over four days from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th December.

The remaining three Team Europe spots will be announced in October.

All tickets for the 2010 PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup are available exclusively from www.seetickets.com/mosconicup

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com

www.matchroompool.com

Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of nine sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the Mosconi Cup is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters.

The 2010 Mosconi Cup is sponsored by PartyCasino.com, the world’s leading online casino. Tables are supplied by Brunswick Billiards, cloth by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc and the Official Cue is Predator.

World Pool Masters Final 16

Masters Down to Last 16

Event Moves to TV Arena Tonight

KNOCK OUT ACTION continued at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas as the last 32 players in the PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters became just 16 as the event prepared to move to the single table TV setting.

With players eliminated in the first two days of competition reading like a who’s who of pool, there are still a host of big names left in the event, a testimony to the immense strength of the field.

Defending champion Darren Appleton saw his hopes of a repeat win dashed as Germany’s seasoned veteran Oliver Ortmann overturned large deficits coming from 7-4 down to take their match 9-7 and set up a last 16 clash with countryman Thorsten Hohmann, who had earlier beaten remaining Dutch hope Niels Feijen.

“I played pretty well and got a bit lucky. I broke very well though and I’m pleased to progress,” said Ortmann.

Young Scotsman Jayson Shaw, a 21 year-old from Glasgow, continued his giant killing act as he dumped Dennis Hatch out of the competition to set up a last 16 clash with Roberto Gomez who had earlier beaten Huidji See of Holland.

“Reaching the last 16 is probably my greatest achievement in pool. I’ve played in the IPT but this had topped it,” said Shaw.

“I’ve been playing pretty good and won a few things at 9-ball so I thought if I get my chances I can take them. I’m just as good as anybody when I get among the balls.

“A lot of people didn’t know me but I’ve beaten Lee Van Corteza and Dennis Hatch, the MVP at the Mosconi Cup so I’m just over the moon.”

Winning his second consecutive hill-hill match, Floridian John Schmidt, the 2006 US Open Champion moves onto the last 16 where he playsJohn Morra. After Lee Van Corteza yesterday it was Jason Klatt of Canada who fell at the final hurdle.

“It was very tough. I lost my break the entire set apart from the last game. Jason was hooking me and running out so he played great. I haven’t figured out the break at all.

“This is one of the toughest tournaments I’ve ever been in and I’ve seen eight world champions not even get into the money stage.

“The way I’m breaking I don’t like my chances and maybe that will change but I will have to go with the cut break,” said Schmidt.

The first match to be played in the last 16 this evening features 2005 champion Raj Hundal against the Philippines highly dangerous Dennis Orcollo.  Hundal defeated Ernesto Dominguez while Orcollo put paid to Marcus Chamat’s hopes.

“It’s tough for everyone and you saw that in the qualifiers where you had Mika v Ralf and that’s normally a semi-final,” said Hundal.

“You have great players everywhere and there’s not a soft draw. Even the lady players are capable of beating everyone so for me this is the tougher than a World Championship.

“A lot of great players went out 2-0 so to get into the last 16 is an achievement. I’ve playing better than ever, am focused and coming in off a good win in Sweden so I know what heart it takes.”

Still reigning World 9 Ball Champion Daryl Peach came through after beating countryman and World 8 Ball winner Karl Boyes by 9-4. Both players hail from Blackpool, England it Peach now faces Japanese qualifier Toru Kuribayashi.

“It was a big match for both of us and it was a mega tough field and a tough draw with a fellow Englishman,” said Peach.

“So there was a bit of added pressure and you try to block it out but sometimes you can’t. I can definitely win and at the end of the day I’ve won the World Championship. I’ve also won two out of four on the Euro Tour and won two out of two GB9 events.

“I’ve beaten Efren Reyes 9-6 to qualify for the last 32 and now the wheels are starting to turn,” added an ominous sounding Peach.

Rodney Morris looks to be finding a gear as he defeated England’s solid Mark Gray but he will have his work cut out in the last 16 as he faces two-time Masters Champion Thomas Engert who eliminated Johnny Archer from the competition.

“It was a horrible match! Normally if I had these chances I would’ve lead 5-0 but it was only 3-2. I missed so many chances but then I played a bit better but I was struggling but that’s what you have to do to get into the tournament.

“I’m happy to be there in the last 16 and it was a good result but it should’ve been more. I practise a lot at home but in the last year I haven’t played many tournaments.

“I have to play more matches and tournaments but I’m fighting hard.”

Last 32 – Results

Raj Hundal (IND) 9-6 Ernesto Dominguez (USA)

Marcus Chamat (SWE) 7-9 Dennis Orcollo (PHI)

Rafael Martinez (MEX) 7-9 John Morra (CAN)

John Schmidt (USA) 9-8 Jason Klatt (CAN)

Stevie Moore (USA) 8-9 Ricky Yang (INA)

Do Hoang Quan (VIE) 7-9 Ralf Souquet (GER)

Dennis Hatch (USA) 5-9 Jayson Shaw (SCO)

Roberto Gomez (PHI) 9-4 Huidji See (NED)

Naoyuki Oi (JAP) 9-5 Evgeni Novosad (UKR)

Lo Li-Wen (TPE) 8-9 Charlie Williams (USA)

Karl Boyes (ENG) 4-9 Daryl Peach (ENG)

Kuo Po Cheng (TPE) 3-9 Toru Kuribayashi (JAP)

Rodney Morris (USA) 9-7 Mark Gray (ENG)

Thomas Engert (GER) 9-6 Johnny Archer (USA)

Darren Appleton (ENG) 7-9 Oliver Ortmann (GER)

Thorsten Hohmann (GER) 9-5 Niels Feijen (NED)

Friday Night Last 16 Matches

Raj Hundal (IND) v Dennis Orcollo (PHI)

John Morra (CAN) v John Schmidt (USA)

Ricky Yang (INA) v Ralf Souquet (GER)

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, is now a 64 player event and takes place over five days instead of three.

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

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 prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

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

http://www.matchroompool.com/page/WorldPoolMasters/Home

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.


Masters Down to Last 32

Super Strong Field is Survival of the Fittest

Rodney Morris

THE FIELD of the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters has halved after two days of play as 32 have left the competition and the remaining 32 reconvene at midday Friday to scrap it out as the event moves to single elimination.

Described by witnesses as arguably the strongest 64 player line-up assembled in recent times, the Masters has proved a brutal school with world-class match-ups coming thick and fast. The opening round saw 64 players divided into eight groups of eight players playing in double elimination.

All matches in the Masters in the opening round were race to nine, winner breaks, with the action taking at the Convention Centre at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The ‘two and through’ players in Group 6 were defending champion Darren Appleton who beat the Asian pair of Yu Ram Cha and then Ricky Yang to progress, and then Marcus Chamat. The diminutive Swede beat qualifier Manny Chau and then claimed a superb 9-8 win over Dennis Orcollo, which included a miscue on the final 8 which left a severely testing 9 ball.

Both Orcollo and Yang also made the last 32 via the one loss side

In Group 6, two American players went through via the winners’ side as US Open champions John Schmidt and Rodney Morris put on excellent displays. ‘Mr 400’ beat Belgian qualifier Noel Bruynooghe and survived a hill-hill thriller against Lee Van Corteza of the Philippines.

Morris beat Scottish youngster Jayson Shaw and then beat compatriot Johnny Archer to seal his own fete but both Shaw and Archer went through on the one-loss side, with the Scot recording a particularly impressive win to knock out Corteza.

Stevie Moore

A focused Stevie Moore was the first player to make progress in Group 7 as he beat the UK based pair of Imran Majid and then Tony Drago. Moore was joined by Thomas Engert who got the better of Charlie Williams in another hill-hill match.

Williams though stepped up a gear in the final match on the one loss side as he put Majid out of the competition, 9-3. Joining him will be stylish Japanese qualifier Toru Kuribayashi who put paid to former Masters champ Tony Drago’s Vegas dream.

Finally in a strong Group 8, recently crowned World 8 Ball king Karl Boyes beat Ernesto Dominguez and Ralf Souquet to advance and was joined by unknown Taiwanese Lo Li-wen who beat Mika Immonen and then Karen Corr.

Souquet made up for his defeat to Boyes by recording only the second 9-0 of the competition as he ran six racks on tough Brunswick equipment to put Mika Immonen out of the competition. Veteran Ernesto Dominguez made up for family disappointment yesterday as he beat Karen Corr 9-3 to take the final spot.

The last 32 matches are single elimination race to 9 and matches start at 12 noon tomorrow.

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, is now a 64 player event and takes place over five days instead of three.

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

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 prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

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.


Masters Underway in Vegas

Big Names Tumble on Day of Shocks

(photo: Thorsten Hohmann)

PLAY HAS concluded on the first day of the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters as 16 players have made their way through to Friday’s round of 32 and a further 16 have been eliminated from the completion.

Separated into eight groups of eight players competing in double elimination competition, four groups competed today and top of the seeding for the straight knock out stages of the event.

There were plenty of big name casualties who fell by the wayside on a day when the strength in depth of field shone through. Those who fell at the first hurdle included Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Shane Van Boening, Corey Deuel, Oscar Dominguez and Earl Strickland.

Straight out of the traps in Group 1 were 2005 Masters champion Raj Hundal and Mexico’s Rafael Martinez, who took the final qualifying spot at Pool Sharks yesterday. The wily old campaigner took out American qualifier David Grau and Evgeni Novosad (Ukriane) to reach the money stages.

Hundal made light work of Korea’s Ga Young Kim and then Jason Klatt to book his spot. The one-loss side of this group saw the young Novosad win through in what was a great day for Ukrainian pool, and the final spot went to Canadian qualifier Jason Klatt who bumped Shane Van Boening out of the competition by a 9-5 scoreline on the one-loss side.

All matches in the Masters are race to nine, winner breaks, with the action taking at the Convention Centre at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

In Group 2 it was the Philippines’ powerful Roberto Gomez who beat Earl Strickland and Huijdi See to go through. Dutch qualifier See, though, redeemed the situation with a win over Allison Fisher, which together with an earlier 9-8 victory over Niels Feijen, saw him through. Feijen recovered though, as he beat Ko Pin-yi to win through to Friday.

The other winners’ side victor was 2005 World Pool Championship runner-up Kuo Po-cheng who secured his spot with wins over Oscar Dominguez and countryman Ko Pin-yi

Thorsten Hohmann and Dennis Hatch were the two who went undefeated through Group 3 and they now take their place in Friday’s last 32. Hohmann was in fact, the first player to make it as he posted wins over Radoslaw Babica and Efren Reyes to progress.

Hatch held wins over Norwegian qualifier Tron Engebaak and Morra to secure his spot. On the losers’ side Canada’s Morra won through at the expense of Radoslaw Babica, while 2007 World Champion Daryl Peach sent Efren Reyes crashing out of the competition.

Finally in Group 4, two lesser known Asian players shone through as Naoyuki Oi (Japan) and Vietnam’s unknown Do Hong Quan won two from two to qualify. Quan, who won through a qualifying event in Malaysia a few weeks ago, beat Francisco Bustamante and Tyler Edey to make it probably the best day of his pool playing career.

Oi, who is one of the game’s more colourful characters, took down England’s Mark Gray and Oliver Ortmann of Germany to advance. The German, however, recovered to knock Bustamante out of the event to progress. Gray too regrouped as he got the better of Tyler Edey in a do-or-die encounter.

Play continues tomorrow (Thursday) with Groups 5 to 8 playing their matches. After that the Masters moves to single elimination with the round of 32 taking place on Friday 14th and then the event goes to the TV stages on Friday evening and the weekend.

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, will now feature 64 players and take place over five days instead of three.

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

Seven previous winners – Ralf Souquet, Daryl Peach, Francisco Bustamante, Tony Drago, Raj Hundal, Alex Pagulayan and defending champion Darren Appleton – are among the players invited.

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 prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

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.