Vegas Line-Up Packed With Word Class Talent

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.

World Pool Masters Update

15th April

Two Unknowns Battle Through To Vegas Showdown

Further Representation for USA and Spain

DAVE GRAU AND CARLOS CABELLO, relative unknowns outside their respective areas of the American North East and Spain, became the latest two qualifiers to make it through to Las Vegas and the starting line up of the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters.

Grau, the 33 year-old from Rochester, New York beat Louis Fazekas 13-11 to bag his Vegas spot but it was almost not to be. Taking place at Silver Tip Billiards, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Grau looked to be cruising before he hit a snag.

‘I lead the whole way to find myself 10-6 ahead but then found myself down 11-10. I made a great out to tie it up but he scratched unexpectedly when trying to reach the hill and it was all me from there,’ said a delighted Grau.

He had earlier beaten Canadian notables Jason Klatt, Chris Orme and Eric Hjorleifson en route to the grand prize and is looking forward to mixing it in the top bracket in Las Vegas.

Grau, who mainly competes on the Joss Tour in the North East, describes himself as that tour’s No.2 behind Dennis Hatch.

The week before at the I-Hotel in Madrid it was the turn of Carlos Cabello who came through a strong all-Spanish field before beating David Alcoberro 13-11 in an exciting finale.

Unable to play through to a true double-elimination format, due to the constraints of time, the event organisers gave hot seat incumbent Alcoberro a two rack start.

Cabello, who had lost 11-6 to David Alvarez on the left hand side of the draw, battled through the losers’ bracket with three wins, including 9-3 revenge over Alvarez.

After catching up the two rack start, the two players then went rack for rack before the score stood at 11-all in the alternate break match. Cabello then took the next two to claim the Masters spot where he will join David Alcaide, one of the invited players.

Working with an array of respected partners around the world, the qualifying events take in France, England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Canada, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. This will give every pool player in the world the opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas and mix it with the world’s elite in the Masters.

Each qualifying event will carry an entry fee and have, in most cases a maximum field of 32 players. The winner of each event wins a trip to Vegas, to include flight and accommodation, to compete in the Masters and there are cash prizes for high finishers depending on entries.

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, has moved to 64 players and will run 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 BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool.

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.

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.