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Luke Riches
04-24-2003, 09:01 AM
With the 2003 World Pool Championship scheduled to take place from 12 to 20 July at the Cardiff International Arena, promoters Matchroom Sport can announce full details of this year's qualifying events.

There will be a total of eleven spots in the main event available and this year the qualifiers move from a club environment into a more prestigious setting in one of the main function suites at the CIA.

Starting on Saturday 5th July and concluding on Thursday 10th, there will be eleven separate events including the infamous One Rack Shoot Out which determines the final spot.

In addition performances at the qualifiers will form the basis of the waiting list of competitors should any of the nominated players fail scratch from the main tournament or fail to show up.

Last year over 170 players from 29 countries tried their luck in the qualifiers and as well as big names like Filipinos Ramil Gallego and Rodolfo Luat winning through, total unknowns such as John Wims (Ireland) and England's Richard Jones battled their way through to centre stage.

Competitors may play in one event per day, making 5 tournaments in total for an entry fee of 350 (approx $550), which includes free entry to the One Rack Shoot Out. Individual events will cost 80 (approx $125) to enter but places may be restricted in favour of players taking the five tournament option.

For full details and entry forms contact Tournament Director Doug Gordon +44 7939 235716 or pro9wc2k3@yahoo.com

The most successful of last year's qualifiers was Gallego who went out 9-8 at the last 32 stage, beaten by Takeshi Okumura. Ramil took home $2,000 for his efforts.

For full details go to http://www.matchroomsport.com/pool1_qual.htm

snipershot
04-24-2003, 01:40 PM
Thanks for all the info, the WPC is hands down the greatest tournament of the year and definitely the most anticipated, it's circled on my calendar and I can't wait for it to begin, better not hold my breath though.