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  Ultimate Team Gear Announced As Official Merchadise Partner Of Matchroom Pool
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Ultimate Team Gear Announced As Official Merchadise Partner Of Matchroom Pool

Matchroom Pool and Ultimate Team Gear are thrilled to announce an expansion of the partnership between the two companies, which sees Ultimate Team Gear become the Official Merchandise Partner of Matchroom Pool.

Ultimate Team Gear (UTG) has been the Official Apparel Partner of the partypoker Mosconi Cup since 2015 and has also supplied player jerseys and staff clothing for the World Pool Masters, World Cup of Pool and US Open 9-Ball Championship in recent years.

UTG have established themselves as the number one name in tournament pool clothing over the last decade. Renowned for their stylish and colorful designs, UTG will continue to produce two different shirts for each team at the partypoker Mosconi Cup, as well as official jerseys for all Matchroom Pool events.

The new long-term agreement expands the partnership across all merchandise and means fans will soon be able to purchase replica jerseys and much more online at UltimateTeamGear.com and on site at the US Open 9-Ball Championship and partypoker Mosconi Cup.

Emily Frazer, COO of Matchroom Pool, said: “As we expand our Matchroom Pool brand and stable of events, it is important to work with great and consistent partners. Ultimate Team Gear undoubtably design and produce the best and most creative jersey’s in the industry.



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  Cyclop Pool Series Grand Final - Buckley Starts 2020 in Style
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10 Ball 2019 Rileys Solihull - Cyclop Pool Series Grand Final
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Buckley Starts 2020 in Style

Report by: Matt Hawthorn
Photos by: Shaun Berrisford

On Saturday 4th January 2020 the 24 highest ranked Cyclop Pool Series participants were invited back to Rileys Sports Bar Solihull for our series Grand Final. This event would see our highest pay-outs of the series, with a prize fund of £1600 broken down as follows : winner £600, R.Up £300, Semis £150, Quarters £100. Live streaming, and commentary, came courtesy of Extreme Q Sport TV. All players were polled beforehand, with the option of playing either 9 Ball or 10 Ball on the day. The majority voted for 10 Ball. All matches were a race to 7, subject to handicaps, played to a modified double elimination format with the top eight ranked players seeded and given a bye through to the second round.

The 8 seeded qualifiers were (ranking points in brackets) : Luke Garland (149), Kev Simpson (145), Benji Buckley (128), Alan Coton (127), Ian McCormik (114), Andy Lacey (109), Shane Conroy (108) and Ryan Coton (103).

The following sixteen players would enter the competition in the first round: Elliott Sanderson (95), Carl Weaver (93), Raffy Gonzales (92), Daryl Garland (92), Kris Kovacs (92), Steve Weaver (88), Keith Walkerdine (88), Kurt Weaver (87), Andy Carter (87), Chris Seville (84), Chris Parker (84), Mark Eardley (83), Ryan Wissett (74), Danny Douane (74), Shaun Berrisford (69) and Romy Roque (63). Unfortunately, Chris Seville and Romy Roque were unable to attend but their spots were filled by the 25th and 26th ranked players, Alan Morgan and Matt Hawthorn.



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  Darren “Dynamite” Appleton Joins the Tiger Tips Team!
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Tiger Products Signs Darren “Dynamite” Appleton as an Ambassador for Tiger Tips!

Tiger Products is excited to announce its signing of BCA Hall of Famer, Darren “Dynamite” Appleton as an ambassador for Tiger Tips!

“I’m absolutely delighted and excited to be working with Tiger. I think it’s something that has been in the works for many years and now seemed like the perfect time to join forces,” said Appleton.

For over 20 years, Tiger tips have set world records, helped win world championships and been the most used amongst professionals. All proudly made in the USA, Tiger tips continue to be the epitome of what Tiger Products stands for: Craftsmanship, innovation and technology.

“I started out with Everest tips many years ago and loved the consistency of the tip. It never really lost its control, even after many months of use. Unlike most tips I’ve used over the years,” Appleton said. “The Sniper hits so easy as well, so I’m looking forward to playing with these tips in the future and actually think it’s a perfect fit for my style of play.”

“We are very excited to have Darren on board with the Tiger Team. He is a true professional in every sense of the word. His resume speaks for itself and his overall generosity and kindness are why we feel he will be a great addition to the Tiger Team and the perfect representative for our Tiger tips,” said Tiger CEO, Tony Kalamdaryan.



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  Masters 2020 — Odds and Predictions
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Masters 2020 — Odds and Predictions

The 2019/20 snooker season has come to an end, and when the players return to the green baize in the new year, the countdown to the most significant tournament in the snooker calendar — the World Championship that starts in April — will begin. But before that, we have several top-tier competitions in January.

Whether you’re a casual fan or a seasoned snooker player, the Masters’ tournament will keep you on the edge of your seat with fantastic gameplay and incredible action. The Masters is the second leg of the Triple Crown and an event that has great importance for those participating. Who will take the big prize home? Read on to discover our latest predictions.

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Once Ronnie O’Sullivan pulled out of the Masters, Judd Trump became an instant odds-on favourite to win the title. William Hill has the 30-year-old as a title favourite with the odds of 3.25. Trump is also the favourite in Bet365 that’s offering 3.30 odds.

If you’re thinking about betting on him, you should check out bonus offers at https://freebets.uk/. The site lists enticing offers from all the top operators in the business. One such offer may not increase your chances of winning, but it can certainly boost your prize pot.

After winning last year’s Masters, Trump went on to win the World Title and finally delivered on his vast potential. However, a shocking defeat to Nigel Bond in the UK Championships suggests he remains inconsistent and that he may not be a safe bet as the 3.25 indicate.

The 2010 World Championship winner and the fifth-ranked player in the world Neil Robertson is close behind Trump at 5.00 odds in William Hill. He’s also the second choice in Bet365, with 5.00 odds. Robertson missed this tournament last year, as he dropped out of the world’s top 16 and failed to qualify. He quickly rediscovered his touch, though, and made four finals appearances throughout the year.



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  A Very Merry Christmas from Pro9 and The Pro Shop
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  Saudi Arabia To Host World Cup Of Pool
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Kingdom Adds 9-Ball to Grass Roots Sports Portfolio

Saudi Arabia has announced it will host the 2020 World Cup of Pool, which will run from the 23rd-28th June 2020 in Jeddah.

Sanctioned by the WPA, the World Cup of Pool will present 32 two-player teams from 31 countries with players selected by qualifying criteria and qualification events which will take place globally. As host nation, Saudi Arabia will enter two teams to be selected by the Saudi Arabian Billiards and Snooker Federation.

The World Cup of Pool has been an established major event in 9-ball since 2006 and adopts a straight-knockout format. Matches are race to 7 in the first two rounds, race to 9 in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, and race to 11 in the final.

Austrian pair Albin Ouschan and Mario He are defending champions having won the trophy for a second time in 2019. Previous winners of the World Cup of Pool include Philippines, China and USA.

The newly formed partnership with Matchroom Pool kick starts a ten-year agreement, throughout which the Kingdom aims to raise the profile of pool at grass roots level by way of coaching visits, player appearances and school seminars.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the GSA, said: “The 2020 World Cup of Pool is another significant step for the Kingdom, that showcases our to desire to open up as welcoming hosts to a diverse mix of world-class sporting events, while also offering the people of Saudi Arabia a chance to be inspired to play a vast array of sports all year-round.

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  KELLY FISHER CROWNED 2019 WOMEN’S WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPION
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9 Ball 2019 Hainan Sanya Women's World 9-Ball Championship
Jinghai International Holiday Hotel and Resort
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16-19 December 2019


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KELLY FISHER CROWNED 2019 WOMEN’S WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPION

Kelly Fisher is crowned the 2019 Women's World 9-Ball Champion after her victorious win against Jasmin Ouschan in what was indeed a nail biting final of note!

Congratulations to all participants and well done to the officials for hosting yet another successful World Championship in the beautiful city Sanya, China.



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  Russian Fedor Gorst wins the 2019 World 9-ball Championship in Doha
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Saturday 14 - Tuesday 17 December 2019


Fedor Gorst (RUS) - 2019 World 9-ball Champion.
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GORST THE GREAT!

19 year old Fedor Gorst of Russia wins the 2019 World 9-ball Championship with a hard fought 13 -11 win over Taiwan’s Chang Jung Lin in Doha.


Story and Photos By Ted Lerner
WPA Media Officer

Playing with a poise, calm and skill that clearly belied his 19 years of age, Russia’s Fedor Gorst won the 2019 World 9-ball Championship today in Doha, Qatar, defeating a stingy Chang Jung Lin of Taiwan, 13-11.

The match was nothing short of a brutal marathon, lasting four hours, and the slow, grinding style of Chang only added to the supreme test of pressure and drama that seemed to accompany every rack. That Gorst was able to suck it all up against one of the greats of the last 15 years, and withstand the inevitable emotional peaks and valleys that come in a long, tiring match, will surely add to the satisfaction the young Russian must surely be feeling. There were several lead changes, and the more experienced Chang grabbed the momentum midway through. But Gorst persevered and grabbed the momentum back when it counted most, and close it out in style.

The win by Gorst will surely be extremely pleasing to his many fans. Not only is the low key and friendly Russian easy to root for, but his hard work and prodigious talent have, for the last few years, portended greatness. That Gorst pulled off the ultimate prize in pool at just 19 years of age is an absolutely stunning feat, and bodes amazingly well for the young man’s future, and for European pool as well.

For Chang, the loss was clearly a bitter disappointment that will sting for the foreseeable future. The 2012 World 8-ball champion has been one of pool’s most consistent and successful players over the last 15 years. But the World 9-ball Championship was the one title he has wanted the most. Winning in the pool world is so tough and so brutal, that opportunities like this don’t often come your way. Chang’s demeanor afterwards spoke of his realization that he let the ultimate prize slip out of his hands.

The marathon final came on the heels of two long semi-finals matches played concurrently earlier in the day. In one semi-final Gorst matched up with World 10-ball Champion Ko Ping Chung in a fascinating battle of two of the sports finest young talents. Most fans had “Little” Ko the favorite as he had look implacable over the last 4 days. But Gorst proved to be the more resilient on this day. With little between them the first half of the match, It was the Russian who outwitted the Taiwanese winning in strong showing, 11-7.

The other semi-final featured Chang against China’s Lui Haitao in a battle of hard core grinders. Chang took an early lead and never once fell behind. Playing his methodical and calculating style, Chang turned the screws throughout and won in a relative breeze, 11-5.

The final presented the ideal story line for fans to sink their teeth into: the wily 34 year old veteran finally on the brink of capturing the sport's most coveted title, taking on the 19 year old upstart looking to become the second youngest player to ever win the World 9-ball title.



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  World 9-Ball Championship Comes Down To Four
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Ko Ping Chung, Fedor Gorst, Chang Jung Lin, & Liu Haitao on the brink of history in Doha.
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World 9-Ball Championship Comes Down To Four

Story and Photos By Ted Lerner
WPA Media Officer

After nearly ten hours of some of the most grueling and pressure packed pool seen in years, the 2019 World 9-ball Championship has now come down to the Final 4.

The four players left, Taiwan’s Ko Ping Chung and Chang Jung Lin, Russia’s Fedor Gorst, and China’s Liu Haitao are, to a man, already proven monsters of the game. Now each is poised on the cusp of history and will get their crack at pool immortality.

In one semi-final, the current World 10-ball Champion Ko will battle it out against Gorst. In the other semi-final, Chang will match wits with Liu. Both semis, which will be race to 11, alternate break, will begin at 11am Tuesday in Doha(GMT +3) at the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation. The Final, which will be race to 13, alternate break, will begin at 3pm Doha time.

Pool fans around the world looking at that list of talent on their betting sheet might be hard pressed to pick who to put their money on to take the sport’s most coveted crown. But anyone who has been lucky enough to be on hand in Doha for the last week, or watch the action online, would probably not hesitate to favor the man fondly known as “Little Ko.”

Ko got that endearing moniker by being the sweet younger brother to the great Ko Pin Yi, himself a two time former world champion. Fans have known Little Ko to have as much prodigious talent as his older brother, but it wasn’t until he won the World 10-ball Championship in Vegas in July this year that the diminutive 24 year old clearly had stepped out of that long shadow and started to establish his own greatness.

Indeed over the last four days in Doha, the 24 year old Ping Chung has exhibited an almost surreal-like confidence to do whatever it takes to win. His shot making is from another planet, he never, ever gets flustered, and he seemingly can do what he wants, when he wants.

These other-worldly skills were on full display in his three tough matches over ten hours today. In the round of 32 match against talented compatriot Lin Wu Kun, Ko got out to an early lead and held off Lin at every turn to win 11-8. In the round of 16, Ko came up against Russian veteran Ruslan Chinakhov who was playing some of his best pool in years. But Ko was in no mood to play nice, and he dominated Chinakhov 11-4.

By the time his quarterfinals battle against Vietnam upstart Do The Kien began, Ko looked a bit worn, and he fell behind 6-2. But as he did against Hungary’s Oliver Slzolnoki the night before in the round of 64, Ko grinded his way back in the match. In this case the Taiwanese absolutely put his boot down hard, winning 9 racks in a row for an emphatic 11-6 win and a spot in the semi-finals.

Little Ko’s battle with Russia’s Gorst promises to be a fascinating match up of two of pool’s great young talents. Gorst, just 19 year’s old, is a former World Junior Champion and has also won one Euro Tour event. His game and his personal demeanor appear well beyond his years, and this is not surprising when you discover that he has traveled and played extensively, especially in the US. He even speaks excellent English.

Like Ko, Gorst has a rock-solid game and low-key demeanor that serves him well when under pressure. His three fine performances today showed he is certainly ready for the big time. Should he win here in Doha, he would become the second youngest player, after 16 year old Wu Chia Ching in 2005, to win the World 9-ball Championship.

Gorst started the day with a very impressive 11-7 win over Taiwan’s Kevin Chang. In the round of 16 he blew a 7-1 lead over Poland’s Mateusz Sniegocki, and the match headed for the cliff and a sudden death rack. Gorst held his nerve with a very fine break and run to advance to the quarterfinals.

Without so much as having a bite to eat, he met up with Ko Pin Yi for what promised to be another slug fest. The early part of the match remained tight and nervy, but the young Russian stayed loose and calm and pounced on the few mistakes by Ko for an impressive 11-6 win.



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  Filler Falls In Dramatic Upset, While Van Boening Also Crashes Out
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9 Ball 2019 WPA World 9-Ball Championships
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Saturday 14 - Tuesday 17 December 2019


Finland’s Casper Matikainen takes down the defending champion in wild day in Doha as 32 players set for a sprint to the World 9-ball crown.
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Filler Falls In Dramatic Upset, While Van Boening Also Crashes Out

Story and Photos By Ted Lerner
WPA Media Officer

Finland’s Casper Matikainen came into his round of 64 match at the World 9-ball Championship today versus the defending champion and world number 1 Joshua Filler feeling relaxed and ready for battle. He figured the German great would bring his usual fire, but he also knew that Filler might also take his eye off the proverbial ball. After all, the 23 year old Finn wasn’t exactly the most feared name in a field of absolute monsters.

So even when the self-described “King” of pool jumped out to a 4-1 lead, Matikainen never lost hope, as Filler had gotten a few lucky rolls and wasn’t playing all that great, while the Finn had a few rolls go against him.

The mental strategy soon started to bear fruit for the cool-headed blonde. Slowly, and increasingly surely, Matikainen crawled even, and then took the lead while at the same time Filler started to get sloppy, lose focus and even showed some signs of panic. From 4-1 down Matikainen calmly won 9 out of the next ten frames. After a brief hiccup on the hill that allowed Filler to claim two quick racks, the steady Finn held his nerve and closed out the biggest shock of the tournament so far, an 11-7 upset of the defending champion.

“He’s the world champion and he’s playing and I’m not there in the big tournaments and maybe he’s thinking it’s an easy win,” the 22 year old Matikainen said afterward. “I felt that Joshua had the pressure because he’s the world champion and I was really relaxed at the table and that helped me and I just got it done.”

Matikainen’s massive win was but one huge result on a dramatic day in Doha that saw some of pool’s biggest names dumped out, while others were taken to the absolute limits. With the field now down to the final 32, the next two days promises to be one of the most exciting and fascinating Battle Royale’s of 9-ball we’ve seen in years.

America’s Shane Van Boening had come to Doha a heavy favorite this year and for good reason. His last three starts here ended with two runner ups and a spot in the semis last year. But several early mistakes against Taiwan’s Liu Ri Teng was all it took for the Taiwanese to grab a commanding lead at 10-4. The American mounted a valiant fight back, but the alternate break format meant the hole was too deep. Liu sent Van Boening packing in the round of 64 with a humbling 11-8 defeat.

After his runner up finish at the US Open in Las Vegas last April, former champion Wu Jiaqing figured to go far here in Doha. But Wu came up against fellow compatriot Xu Xiaocong, who is one of a slew of quality young talents coming out of China. Xu has impressed all week here and against Wu he turned his game up several notches, crushing the former Boy Wonder 11-5.



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