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WPA World Nine-ball Championship

The WPA World Nine-ball Championship is an annual, international, professional Matchroom Sport (who provide the event's official website, under the less specific name World Pool Championship). It is divided into Men's, Women's and Wheelchair Divisions, and is held in Doha, Qatar.

History

The first World Nine-ball Championship was held in [1]

The event remained in Cardiff through 2003. In 2001, the number of competitors in the Men's Division was increased to 128 and a Men's Division first prize raised to US$65,000.

The 2004 and 2005 events were held in Taiwan, with a Men's Division first prize of $75,000 as of 2004. The 2005 tournament saw two rules changes: Last-64 and last-32 matches were extended to race-to-10 format, and the pockets on the tables were narrowed, to make the game more difficult.

In 2006, the Philippines became the host country for two years. All matches became alternating-break all the way from the group stages to the finals. Men's Division first prize escalated to $100,000. In 2007, the event ran from 3–11 November, and Daryl Peach of the England was the victor. Because of the global late-2000s recession[2] the championship did not reappear on the calendar in 2008; for some time neither Matchroom nor the WPA released any predictions regarding its reinstatement, and no 2008 event was held, either.

After this two-year hiatus, the tournament returned as the 2010 WPA World Nine-ball Championship, 18 July, in Qatar, and is expected to recur in Doha until further notice. Francisco Bustamante of the Philippines won the 2010 title.[3]

See also

External links and references

  1. ^ Official 2007 event site
  2. ^ "Economy Scratches Pool in the Side". Retrieved January 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ Official 2010 event site
  • The draw for the 2007 WPA World Nine-ball Championship
  • Information about the venue for the 2007 WPA World Nine-ball Championship
  • New format announced for the 2007 WPA World Nine-ball Championship
  • 2010 World 9-Ball Championship
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