World Team Championship & Billiard Exhibition 2010
There is a new World Championship for the Pool Billiard sports: the Team Championship in Pool Billiard. Venue is Hannover.
From January 30 to February 7, 2010 more than 250 professionals from about 50 nations will be playing for 400,000 USD in prize money. Gre Leenders, President of the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) based in the Netherlands, took the lead of the tournament management. The World Pool Association (WPA) officially supports the new tournament format and has already called on the international associations to participate in this event.
The initiative for this event came from Hannover. The members of the Billiard scene from the sports club Hannover 96 managed to settle the first edition of this official Team Championship in the capital city of Lower Saxony. The organizer is Mike Neubert with his company Basevents Europe Ltd.
Parallel to the ABF - Northern Germany’s biggest recreation and shopping exhibition – 32 billiard tables will be set up in Hall 25 on the exhibition grounds in Hannover. Additionally, there will be indoor seated terraces for approx. 3,500 spectators.
The contests consist of 8-, 9- and 10-ball matches in teams of four to six players. In addition to the German National Team “Germany I”, Hannover 96, whose players are already part of the squad of the National team, will participate with its German Bundes League team as “Germany II”.
Many well-known legends of the international Pool Billiard scene will participate: the German stars Ralf “The Emperor” Souquet (40), coming off second-best of the world ranking and multiple winner of the World Pool Masters and the US Open, as well as the winner of the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung. Oliver “The Machine” Ortmann (42), two-time world and 14-time European champion as well as from world and European champion Thorsten “The Hitman” Hohmann (29).
Besides, the Billiard fans are looking forward to the newly appointed US winner of the Mosconi Cup, Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer (41), Shane „The South Dakota Kid“ van Boening (26), Corey „The Prince of Pool“ Deuel (32) and Oscar Dominquez (24) as well as Mika „The Ice Man“ Immonen (37) from Finland, the current first-best in the world ranking and winner of the World 10-Ball Championship 2009 in Manila. Furthermore, the line-up also includes lots of international stars and newcomers from Europe, Africa, Asia and US.
Especially, the planned participation of Al-Muhtadee Billah (35), the crown prince of sultanate Brunei, heightens the excitement.
German Billiard Fans can look forward to a top social program: On the occasion of the WTC the first Pool Billiard Bundes League is giving a guest performance with 8 teams in the event hall during the whole finals from February 4 - 7, 2010 in order to carry out 4 full match days in WM ambiance.
Parallel to the championships, an exclusive Billiard Exhibition will take place in Hall 25 from January 30 to February 7, 2010. About 20 exhibitors are featuring the latest trends and innovations from the world of billiards for professional and hobby players alike.
Daily highlights of the social program of WTC 2010 are “Trickshot Performances“, which present impressively the art of professional playing by Billiard professionals. Visitors of the ABF can go and see this exhibition area without extra charge.
Tickets for the WTC 2010 are available in the Fan shop of Hannover 96 located close to AWD Arena, at regional ticket agencies and online under www.wtc-2010.com. The WTC-tickets are also valid both for the ABF exhibition and for the free-of-charge participation in the Harley-Davidson “Sportster” lottery. The day pass for the preliminary round is EUR 9,00, a permanent pass for the whole event period (9 days) is available for EUR 88,00.
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