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World Pool Masters
Date: May 06, 2006 04:36AM World Pool Masters Set For Holland

MATCHROOM SPORT are delighted to announce that the 14th running of the World Pool Masters will be taking place from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2006 at the Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee, Holland, home to the event in ’03 and ’04.

The seaside venue also hosted the 2004 Mosconi Cup and over the past few years has proved a hit with Dutch as well as European pool fans.

Event promoters Matchroom Sport are bringing sixteen of the very best 9-ball players in the world to Holland to chase the US$62,000 prize-fund. The line-up includes former champions Raj Hundal (‘05), Thomas Engert (‘04), Tony Drago (‘03), Alex Lely (’99) and making his return after two year absence, Germany’s Ralf Souquet, a winner of this event in ’94, ’96, ’00 and ’02.

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Television production is by Matchroom Sport TV Productions who will produce 15x 1 hour programmes for distribution around the world including Sky Sports in the UK and a major broadcaster in the Netherlands.

This year the event is sponsored by one of the world’s leading online gaming houses

As well as Alex Lely, spearheading the Dutch challenge will be Nick van den Berg of Amsterdam and Den Hague’s Niels Feijen. These two are Nos. 2 and 4 in Europe respectively and both will be looking to make a significant impact in front of a big home crowd.

Making his first Masters appearance since losing in the 1998 quarter-finals to Earl Strickland is two-time World Snooker Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan. ‘The Rocket’ has been playing more and more pool and the 2006 Masters will a real benchmark of his progress.

From Asia come a trio of the game’s superstars and all WPA World Champions. Reigning World 8 Ball and 9 Ball Champion Wu Chia-ching makes his second Masters appearance and he will be joined by the dynamic Filipino duo of Efren Reyes and Alex Pagulayan.

Last year’s beaten finalist and one of the game’s great entertainers Rodney Morris of the USA will be in attendance as will snooker legend Steve Davis.

Play commences on the Friday afternoon and then takes a break on Friday evening while the annual trickshot fest, the World Pool Trickshot Masters takes place. With some new faces in the line up including Italian Trickshot king Stefan Pelinga and mesmerising Dutch magician Rob Mollien, the Trickshot Masters looks like being its best yet.

In order not to disappoint football fans during the World Cup, between sessions on the Friday, organisers Matchroom Sport are putting up a big screen in the arena to show live coverage of Holland’s Group C match against the Ivory Coast.

Tickets for the Masters are available from, Matchroom Sport’s official ticket agent in Holland. They are also available from the venue which is also offering bargain priced ticket and hotel packages throughout the Masters.

For further information contact Luke Riches at Matchroom Sport 01277 359912 / 07785 395688 World Pool Masters – the Players

Raj Hundal - England
Wu Chia-ching - Taiwan
Thomas Engert - Germany
Alex Pagulayan - Philippines
Nick van den Berg - Holland
Efren Reyes - Philippines
Imran Majid - England
Niels Feijen - Holland
Rodney Morris - USA
Tony Drago - Malta
Ralf Souquet - Germany
Vilmos Foldes - Hungary
Steve Davis - England
Alex Lely - Holland
Ronnie O’Sullivan - England
Hiroshi Takenaka - Japan

Players appear subject to contract. World Pool Masters – the Draw

Raj Hundal (Eng) v Hiroshi Takenaka (Jap)

Rodney Morris (USA) v Niels Feijen (Ned)

Nick van den Berg (Ned) v Vilmos Foldes (Hun)

Steve Davis (Eng) v Alex Pagulayan (Phi)

Imran Majid (Eng) v Alex Lely (Hol)

Ralf Souquet (Ger) v Efren Reyes (Phi)

Thomas Engert (Ger) v Tony Drago (Mal)

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) v Wu Chia-ching (Tpe) World Pool Masters – Format and Schedule

This year the World Pool Masters consists of sixteen of the world’s best players competing in a straight knockout single elimination format. Each match is a race to eight racks with alternate breaks. Players will lag to determine the opening breaker.

Friday June 16
Round 1 – Raj Hundal (Eng) v Hiroshi Takenaka (Jap)
Round 1 – Rodney Morris (USA) v Niels Feijen (Ned)
Round 1 – Nick van den Berg (Ned) v Vilmos Foldes (Hun)

20.15 World Pool Trickshots
Bogdan Wolkowski (Poland)
Alex Pagulayan (Philippines)
Vincent Facquet (France)
Stefan Pelinga (Italy)
Rob Mollien (Holland)
Alex Lely (Holland)
Lukasz Szywala (Poland)

Saturday June 17
Round 1 – Steve Davis (Eng) v Alex Pagulayan (Phi)
Round 1 – Imran Majid (Eng) v Alex Lely (Ned)
Round 1 – Ralf Souquet (Ger) v Efren Reyes (Phi)

Round 1 – Thomas Engert (Ger) v Tony Drago (Mal)
Round 1 – Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) v Wu Chia-ching (Tpe)
Quarter Final 1

Sunday June 18
14.00 pm
Qtr Final 2
Qtr Final 3
Qtr Final 4

Semi Final 1
Semi Final 2



Hotel Zuiderduin
Zeeweg 52 - 1931 VL
Egmond aan Zee
Netherlands World Pool Masters – the Tickets

Season Pass: €40, includes all sessions and Friday night World Cup football and buffet

Sunday night including the Final: €10

Discounts, excluding final

1 ticket: €7
2 tickets: €14
3 tickets: €20
4 tickets: €25
5 tickets: €30
6 tickets: €35

Tickets are available online from Matchroom Sport’s official ticket agent in Holland.

You can also buy tickets in person from the following outlets:

House of Billiards, Weert
Smeetspassage 3
6001 KM Weert
telephone: +31 (0)495542053

Poolcentrum 't Dijkje
Hoge Rijndijk 34
2313 KK Leiden
telephone: +31 (0)715126700

Club 8 Amsterdam
Admiraal de Ruyterweg 56B
1056 GL Amsterdam
+31 (0)206851703


The event hotel, the Zuiderduin, is offering the following excellent packages during the Masters:

Three night’s accommodation, breakfast and Masters Season Pass: €180 per person
Two night’s accommodation, breakfast and Masters Season Pass: €100 per person

Packages are available directly through the hotel - or +31 (0) 72 750 2000 World Pool Masters – the Prize Fund

Champion $20,000

Runner-Up $10,000

Semi-Finalists $5,000 ( x 2 )

Quarter-Finalists $2,500 ( x 4 )

First Round Losers $1,500 ( x 8 )

TOTAL $62,000 World Pool Masters – Previous Winners

2005 Doncaster Raj Hundal (England)
bt Rodney Morris (USA) 8-7

2004 Egmond aan Zee Thomas Engert (Germany)
bt Oliver Ortmann (GER) 8-6

2003 Egmond aan Zee Tony Drago (Malta)
bt Hsia Hui-kai (TPE) 8-6

2002 Milton Keynes Ralf Souquet (Germany)
bt Efren Reyes (PHI) 9-4

2001 Lakeside Francisco Bustamante (Philippines)
bt Earl Strickland (USA) 7-6

2000 Lakeside Ralf Souquet (Germany)
bt Alex Lely (NED) 7-3

1999 Lakeside Alex Lely (Holland)
bt Efren Reyes (PHI) 7-5

1998 Lakeside Francisco Bustamante (Philippines)
bt Ralf Souquet (GER) 11-9

1997 Lakeside Earl Strickland (USA)
bt Tommy Donlon (IRE) 2-1 sets

1996 Blackpool Ralf Souquet (Germany)
bt Vincent Facquet (nothing) 2-1 sets

1995 Blackpool Daryl Peach (England)
bt Lee Kendall (Eng) 2-0 sets

1994 Doncaster Ralf Souquet (Germany)
bt Jimmy White (Eng) 2-1 sets

1993 Plymouth Werner Duregger (Austria) World Pool Masters – Co-sponsors

Simonis (Cloth)
Matchroom Sport and Simonis already enjoy a long-standing relationship that dates back over a decade and the prestigious Belgian company are suppliers to Matchroom Sports’ entire roster of pool events. Simonis 860 cloth covers the tables at the World Pool Championship, the Mosconi Cup, the World Pool Masters and the World Pool League. Founded over 300 years ago in the city of Verviers, Simonis cloth stands today as the benchmark to which all billiard cloths aspire. Suppliers to major tournaments all over the world, Simonis technicians are constantly improving the quality of its cloth to maintain its position as the world’s finest .

Aramith (Balls)
For several decades, Belgian Aramith Billiard Balls have had a legendary reputation for outstanding endurance, performance and uncompromising quality. That is why they are the balls used at the World Pool Masters as well as all other Matchroom Sport pool events. Made by Saluc, Aramith’s excellence is the result of a high-tech process that combines that combines the unmatched characteristics of phenolic resin with fine Belgian craftsmanship. Their consistently reliable performance guarantees razor-sharp precision. Their exceptionally long product life offers the table owner the lowest ball cost on an annual basis. That is how Aramith for almost half a century gained its legendary reputation as signature for true and unrivalled quality

Predator (High-Performance Cues and Shafts)
Predator is the Official Cue of the World Pool Masters for the fifth consecutive year. In addition, they are also the Official Cue to the full roster of Matchroom Sport pool events in 2006. Since its creation in 1992 and thanks to the constant research effort put into the understanding of Pool Cue performance dynamics, Predator strives to stimulate the sport and help pool players improve their game by being at the cutting edge of pool cue performance. Currently over 50% of the top Currently over 65% of the top 40 US male professionals use Predator technology (Source:UPA rankings - Dec 2005).

Brunswick Billiards (Tables)
Brunswick Billiards is the official table suppliers to all Matchroom Sport pool events, a relationship which began at the 1998 Mosconi Cup. Since the 2004 World Pool Championship, Matchroom Sport has been using the new Metro tables, with tight pockets. With a tradition of quality that spans over a century and a half, Brunswick Billiards is a legendary name in the billiard industry. A division of the Brunswick Corporation, Brunswick Billiards is headquartered in Bristol, Wisconsin and is a marketer and manufacturer of a complete line of premier billiard tables, table lights, cues, cue racks, and accessories.
Contact: World Pool Masters - Matchroom Sport

Matchroom Sport has established itself throughout the past twenty years as one of the world's leading independent producers of televised sport.

Starting with snooker in the 1980's, Matchroom developed into Europe's largest boxing promoter within a short space of time and have been responsible for over 200 World Championship shows to date.

In addition, Matchroom are also the biggest producers globally of pocket billiards and are also dominant in the fields of tenpin bowling, championship fishing, snooker and darts.

Recent additions to the Matchroom Sport roster include the PGA Europro Tour golf and a fast-growing poker division.

All in all Matchroom Sport are responsible for nearly 1,100 hours of original television programming per year and annually Matchroom Sport programmes are seen in over 100 countries around the world.

Matchroom Sport produced their first pool tournament in the summer of 1993 and is now the world’s biggest producers of televised pool with an annual roster of six events.

The World Pool Championship – 128 players, 9 days $400,000 prize fund and pool’s ultimate prize. 4-12 November, Manila, Philippines

The Mosconi Cup – when two tribes go to war…. USA v Europe. 7-10 December, Germany

The World Cup of Pool – 32 national teams going for $250,000 in a brand new event. 22-17 August, Newport, Wales

The World Pool Masters – 16 of the world’s best shooting for a $20,000 top prize. 16-18 June, Egmond, Holland.

The World Pool League – The 9th year of this unique six man event. 29 September – 1 October, Warsaw, Poland

The World Pool Trickshots Masters – From the sublime to the ridiculous in the annual trickshot fest. 16 June, Egmond, Holland

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