Masters Invites Announced

Seven Former Champs in Vegas Line Up

MATCHROOM Sport can announce the players who have been invited to compete in the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters.

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.

Once again, the Masters, which will be held from Wednesday, May 12 to Sunday, May 16, will take place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

The 64-player line-up will comprise 32 international stars of the game from around the world and they will be joined 32 qualifiers who will have won through events across the globe in the run up to the main event in May.

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.

There will be more female players in the Masters than ever before with England’s Allison Fisher, Korea’s Yu Ram Cha and Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan set to make the trip to Vegas.

No American player has won the Masters since Earl Strickland triumphed in 1997 but a large contingent from the USA – Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel, Oscar Dominguez, Dennis Hatch, Rodney Morris, John Schmidt, Shane Van Boening and Charlie Williams – will be hoping to change that statistic.

The qualifying events, collectively known as ‘The Race to Vegas’, will be getting underway soon with the first qualifier in Paris on Sunday, February 14.

After that, the events come thick and fast with tournaments scheduled from as far afield as Australia, Japan, USA, Canada as well as most of the major European countries.

The first two days of the main event in May feature double elimination play on a multi-table set-up as the field reduces from 64 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 prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

32 invited players for the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters

Austria (1) – Jasmin Ouschan

Canada (1) – Tyler Edey

China (1) – Fu Jianbo

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) (1) – Ko Pin-yi

England (5) – Darren Appleton, Allison Fisher, Mark Gray, Imran Majid, Daryl Peach

Finland (1) – Mika Immonen

Germany (2) – Thorsten Hohmann, Ralf Souquet

Holland (1) – Niels Feijen

India (1) – Raj Hundal

Korea (1) – Yu Ram Cha

Malta (1) – Tony Drago

Philippines (5) – Francisco Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo, Alex Pagulayan, Efren Reyes, Lee Van Corteza

Poland (1) – Mateusz Sniegocki

Spain (1) – David Alcaide

Sweden (1) – Marcus Chamat

USA (8) – Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel, Oscar Dominguez, Dennis Hatch, Rodney Morris, John Schmidt, Shane Van Boening and Charlie Williams

(All players appear subject to contract)

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 USA Taking Shape

Mosconi Cup Logo 2009

MATCHROOM SPORT can announce three more players to join Johnny Archer on Team USA as they attempt to win the Mosconi Cup outright for the first time since 2005. As expected, the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked players on the BCA Points List at the conclusion of last week’s US Open take their place and they are Los Angeles’ Oscar Dominguez and Corey Deuel from Columbus, Ohio.

They will be joined by the third highest ranked American player, Shane Van Boening, who will be making his third appearance in the PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup which takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from 10th to 13th December.

Dominguez, a 24 year-old from Van Nuys, caps a great year that saw him win the Turning Stone Classic XIII in August and complete a high finish at the Pro Players Championship.

Son of Californian pool legend Ernesto, Dominguez is thrilled to be pulling on a Team USA shirt.

“I am honored to be representing my country. For me to earn my spot through points is amazing and it was actually my goal at the beginning of 2009, so I’m very happy to have accomplished it,” said Dominguez.

“It is people like Ralf, Niels, and Mika whom I learned so much from and now I get to play against them in the biggest, most prestigious event in the world.

“This opportunity makes it all very special to me. I am looking forward to the challenge and playing with America’s finest, instead of against. Having played competitive basketball all my life, I know how to work as a team and I think this experience will help me. I feel Team USA has the ability to win and I will be training hard from now on for this event.

“I will not promise victory, but I will promise that I put every ounce of energy and concentration to bring the Mosconi Cup back to US soil,” added Dominguez.

For Corey Deuel, who will be 32 when the event rolls round in December, it will be his sixth Mosconi Cup and he sports an enviable record in the event of 14 wins from 23 matches.

“I’m delighted to be back in the Mosconi Cup and will be giving it my all in the quest to get that trophy back to where it belongs,” said Deuel.

Finally, Shane Van Boening earns a third chance to win the Mosconi Cup after two unsuccessful outings in 2007 and ’08.

“The Mosconi Cup is the most entertaining, unforgettable tournaments you can ever play in and I am very honoured to once again be representing the USA and will do my best,” said Van Boening.

The final spot will go to the player who amasses the most votes in a public poll set to take place on the pages of www.matchroompool.com

This will be from a selected list of eight candidates and will be up and running week commencing Monday 2nd November.

The 2009 PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup takes place from Thursday to Sunday 10-13 December at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

Live in its entirety on Sky Sports in the UK, the event features two five-man teams representing Europe and the USA doing battle in a series of singles and doubles matches. Now in its 16th year, the Americans hold a 10-4 lead with one tied match in 2006.

Tickets for the Mosconi Cup are available from:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/2009-Mosconi-Cup-tickets/artist/1334375

or 1-800 745 300 or from the MGM Grand on 1-800 929 1111 or 702 891 7777.

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 Mosconi Cup is one of a stable of pool events that also includes the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters.

The 2009 Mosconi Cup is sponsored by PartyPoker.net, 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.