Masters Qualifiers Announced

26 Chances to Qualify for Vegas!

WITH THE 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters increasing its field from 16 to 64, Matchroom Sport can announce that there are 26 qualifying events in place, commencing in Paris on 14th February and culminating in the ‘last chance saloon’ tournaments the day before the event proper starts on Wednesday 12th May.

Working with an array of respected partners around the world, the qualifying events take in France, England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Russia, Spain, Canada, USA, Australia, Malaysia 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.

The formats for the qualifying events are determined by the local organisers and all qualifiers, dates and contact details are listed below.

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 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.

The full list of invited players is;

Jasmin Ouschan (AUT), Tyler Edey (CAN), Fu Jianbo (CHN), Ko Pin-yi (TPE), Darren Appleton, Allison Fisher, Mark Gray, Imran Majid, Daryl Peach (All ENG), Mika Immonen (FIN), Thorsten Hohmann, Ralf Souquet, Thomas Engert (All GER), Naoyuki Oi (JAP), Niels Feijen (NED), Raj Hundal (IND), Yu Ram Cha (KOR), Tony Drago (MAL), Francisco Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo, Alex Pagulayan, Efren Reyes, Lee Van Corteza (All PHI), Mateusz Sniegocki (POL), David Alcaide (ESP), Marcus Chamat (SWE), Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel, Oscar Dominguez, Dennis Hatch, Rodney Morris, John Schmidt, Shane Van Boening and Charlie Williams (All USA)

(All players appear subject to contract)

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.

The Qualifiers

Sunday 14th February            Leader Club Billard                Vincent Facquet

8 Rue Christophe Colomb     wpm@orange.fr

94370 Sucy en Brie                www.lcb94.fr

01 56 73 36 58

Monday 15th February          Barcelo Buxton Palace Hotel  GB 9 Ball Tour

Buxton, England                    Andrew Warden

andy.warden@gb9balltour.com

www.gb9balltour.com

Saturday 20th February        Thurston, Westersingel 20    Cakti Aswan

Rotterdam, Netherlands       WPMQualification@gmail.com

Weds/Thurs 24th/25th Empire Pool Lounge              Australian Pool Players

February                                 Adelaide, Australia                Federation

Margarite Lopez

mlopez@iprimus.com.au

Friday 26th February             Oscar Kong Pool Club           Roy Steffensen

Bergen, Norway                     roysteffensen@hotmail.com

Sunday 28th February            Die Drei – Billiard                   Marco Tschudi

Sindelfingen, Stuttgart,        kontakt@billard-diedrei.de

Germany                                 www.billard-diedrei.de

Sat 27th February                   Billiard Club Frame                Marcin Krzeminski

7/9 Narutowicza Str.             mak@makmarketing.pl

Lodz, Poland                          + 48 602 196-206

Friday 5th March                    King’s Club                             Marcin Krzminski

8 Liliu Maniu Street mak@makmarketing.pl

Bucharest, Romania

Saturday 6th March               Scotty’s American Billiards   Thomas Overbeck

Krefeld, Germany                  overbeck.thomas@t-online.de

www.scottys-billiards.de

Sat/Sun 6th/ 7th March          Interpool                                Marcus Chamat

Sodrakungsgatan 20             interpoolmarcus@gmail.com

Gavle 80312                            www.interpoolopen.se

Sweden                                   +46 2660 5165

Sat / Sun March 6th & 7th Shooters Snooker                  John White

and Sports Bar                       (416) 750-7787

1448 Lawrence Avenue E.     shooterswhitey@hotmail.com

Unit #21, Toronto,

Ontario M4A 2V6

Canada

Sat/Sun 6th/7th March           Reardon’s Club                      SAPPA

Shawlands                              Ross McInnes

Glasgow                                  ross@ispscotland.co.uk

Scotland

Saturday 6th March               Riley’s Shepherds Bush         Shirley Ang

London W12 8PP                   Shir@mbo-pool.com

www.mbo-pool.com 07595 355148

Sunday 7th March                  Riley’s Shepherds Bush         Shirley Ang

London W12 8PP                   Shir@mbo-pool.com

www.mbo-pool.com 07595 355148

Saturday 13th March             Billiard Club “Gavan”                        Lev Yaroslavtsev

Bolshoy Prospekt h. 83St      lev@billiard.su

Petersburg

Russia

Sat/Sun 13th/14th March       De Loft, Frederick                  Cakti Aswan

Lintsstraat 45, Leuven           WPMQualification@gmail.com Belgium

Sat/Sun 20th/21st March       Las Vegas Cue Club                Henry Nogiec /Jim Wych

953 E. Sahara Avenue           jwych@cogeco.ca

Las Vegas, Nevada 89104      702 7352884

Monday 22nd March              Hiland Billiards                       Mecca

1-2-2, Wakabacho, Naka-ku,www.mecca-web.jp

Yokohama,                             onthehill@mopera.net

Japan

Sat / Sun 3rd / 4th April          Silver Tip Billiards                  Ed Galati

Mississauga, Ontario.            905 275-8433

Canada                                   eddiegalati@yahoo.com

Sat/Sun 10th /11th April         Madrid, Spain                        Peter Aprile

peter@confederacionpool.com

Date TBC                                 Kuala Lumpur                        XZ Sports

Malaysia                                 David Ong

david@xzbilliards.com

4 SPOTS

Tuesday 11th May                  Las Vegas                                Matchroom Sport

Pool Sharks                            luke.riches@matchroom.com

2 SPOTS

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.

WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WHEELCHAIR PLAYERS

Public Invited to Watch

The National Wheelchair Poolplayers Association, Inc. (NWPA), in cooperation with the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) and the Billiard Congress of America, will host the WPA World 9-Ball Championship for Wheelchair Players at the Horseshoe Casino of Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana from January 31 – February 1, 2010.  This premier event will be held immediately following the Professional/Amateur events of the 2010 Derby City Classic, hosted by Diamond Billiard Products of Jeffersonville, Indiana, on January 22 – 30, 2010.  The tables and tournament space of this world championship event are being provided courtesy of Diamond Billiards Products.

The WPA World 9-Ball Championship for Wheelchair Players is an invitation-only event for the top wheelchair pool players from around the world.  Players were invited play by their respective country’s pool federation.  The NWPA selected players from compete on behalf of the United States based on national player rankings and life-time tournament achievements.   Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top 4 players along with cash and other prizes.  All tournament play will be held on 9-foot Diamond Smart tables.

The public is invited to come watch world class 9-Ball action for the best wheelchair players in the world.  The current reigning world champion, Aaron Aragon, who is America’s premier player, is expected be in attendance to defend his title.  Also, competing will be the other 3 medalists from the 2008 World Championship: Charlie Hans, Silver Medal, Fred Dinsmore, Bronze Medal and Jouni Tahiti, Bronze Medalist. Both Dinsmore and Tahiti are also former world champions.  In all, the tournament will have a total of 5 world champions (current and former) in the competitive field. Currently, players who have committed to compete will be representing the countries of Belgium, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.

First round action in this tournament play will begin on January 31, 2010 at 9:00 am and play will continue through the rest of the preliminary rounds until 9:00 pm.  Matches will resume on February 1st at 9:00 am with just 12 players remaining.  Bronze Medal matches for the final 4 players will begin at approximately 2:30 pm that day.  The two winners of these semi-final matches will advance to the world championship match, which will start at approximately 5:30 pm.   The winner will take home the Gold Medal and the runner-up with receive the Silver Medal.

The Tournament Coordinator for the WPA World Wheelchair 9-Ball Championship is Jeffrey Dolezal, President of the NWPA.

This tournament is an official World Pool-Billiard Association World Championship event.  The WPA is the worldwide governing body for pool and billiards and it worked in cooperation with the Billiard Congress of America and the National Wheelchair Poolplayers Association to bring this event to the United States.

This event is being supported in sponsorship by Diamond Billiards, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Viking Cue Manufacturing, Simonis Cloth, Predator Products and Poison Billiards.

Jeffrey Dolezal

NWPA President

(703) 817-1215

HYPERLINK “mailto:jdolezal@cox.net” jdolezal@cox.net