The balls are all ready and racked at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre for the ninth annual World Cup of Pool and Sky Sports will be screening live coverage of all six days of the competition.
Thirty-two two-man teams arrive on the south coast of England to contest for one of the biggest and most coveted prizes in pool, with a prize-fund of $250,000 where the winners pocket a cool $60,000 each for their efforts.
Using the scotch doubles format, whereby each player takes alternate shots, the World Cup of Pool’s exciting instant knock-out format pits nation against nation over six consecutive days, with the two-man teams doing battle initially in race-to-8 matches, before the games stretching to race-to-11 as the event progresses.
The biggest names in the game will be competing on the south coast including world number one Darren Appleton of England and reigning US Open champion Shane Van Boening, who will be partnered by the legendary Earl Strickland for the USA.
Defending champions Lee Vann Corteza and Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines will also be back as they attempt to become the first team ever to retain their crown.
The Philippines are the reigning champions and come into the tournament as the top seed after Corteza and Orcollo saw off the challenge of Holland in the final in last year’s event, securing the nation’s third victory in the competition.
England send two teams into the event with Karl Boyes and Darren Appleton teaming up for one, while Chris Melling and Daryl Peach make up the second partnership, with both looking to claim the nation’s first World Cup of Pool title.
There are 16 first round matches in total featuring teams from 31 nations, with two sessions a day and three matches per session until the weekend, when the quarter finals take place on Saturday, while the semi-finals and final are staged on Sunday in separate sessions.
Defending champions Philippines are strong favourites to hang onto their title, but will be hard pushed by the likes of England A, the USA and last year’s runners-up Holland, with other emerging pool nations also looking to make their mark.
Enjoy world pool’s finest going head to head in Portsmouth over the course of six days and fans will not miss a pot with Sky Sports’ comprehensive live coverage from Portsmouth.
Jim Wych presents the channel’s coverage throughout the week alongside fellow commentators Ted Lerner, Jerry Forsyth, Jay Helfert and Nick Halling.
Subscribers can watch all the action, totalling nearly 45 hours of live coverage, in high definition on Sky Sports 3 HD throughout the week, or online via Sky Go.
Commenting on the 2014 tournament, Barry Hearn, chairman of the tournament organisers Matchroom Sport: “The World Cup of Pool is one of the sport’s major brands and the event has a huge reach across the world to millions of fans through broadcast and digital platforms.
“Globally, pool is one of the most popular participation sports and the Betway World Cup of Pool provides the game’s biggest stages for the game’s biggest stars. We’re looking forward now to an exciting event!”
For more information about the 2014 Betway World Cup of Pool, visit the Matchroom Pool website.
.Tuesday 23rd September DAY 1: Afternoon Session Greece v Indonesia Italy v France
Austria v Portugal LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 DAY 1: Evening Session Japan v Russia
Finland v South Korea
Philippines v Chile LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Wednesday 24th September DAY 2: Afternoon Session Poland v Australia
China v Czech Republic
Chinese Taipei v Qatar LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 DAY 2: Evening Session Netherlands v Sweden
United States v Croatia
England A v Spain LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Thursday 25th September DAY 3: Afternoon Session Germany v Malaysia
Canada v Malta
Thailand v Switzerland LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 DAY 3: Evening Session England B v India
Philippines / Chile v Italy / France (Round 2) United States / Croatia v Japan / Russia LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Friday 26th September DAY 4: Afternoon Session Finland / Korea v Poland / Australia
Chinese Taipei / Qatar v Austria v Portugal
Holland / Sweden v Thailand / Switzerland LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 DAY 4: Evening Session Germany / Malaysia v Canada / Vietnam
China / Czech Republic v England B / India
England A / Spain v Greece / Indonesia LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Saturday 27th September DAY 5: Afternoon Session Quarter Final 1
Quarter Final 2 LIVE: 1.00pm-4.30pm Sky Sports 3 DAY 5: Evening Session Quarter Final 3
Quarter Final 4 LIVE: 7.30pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 3
Sunday 28th September DAY 6: Afternoon Session Semi Final 1
Semi Final 2 LIVE: 1.00pm-4.30pm Sky Sports 3 DAY 6: World Cup of Pool Final LIVE: 6.00pm-8.30pm Sky Sports 3