World Cup of Pool

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The World Cup of Pool is the international annual single-elimination tournament for doubles teams in nine-ball pool competition. It is held annually, at various locations, and was first held in 2006 in Newport, Wales.[1] The tournament is hosted by Matchroom Sport and used to be sponsored by PartyPoker.com. The 2014 event was sponsored by Betway.[2] The 2015 event is sponsored by Dafabet.[3]

Format[edit]

There are usually 32 participating teams, representing 31 nations (the host nation have two teams represented, A and B) composed of two players each. The participating nations do not have to go through a qualifying tournament in order to join, as they are selected by the organizers. Sixteen teams are seeded; they will face the unseeded teams at the first round.

The individual matches are scotch doubles, and races to nine racks, except for the final which is more than nine racks, with alternating break. The rules used are World Pool-Billiard Association World Standardized Rules for nine-ball, modified for scotch doubles play (players on a team alternate shots; no one shoots twice in a row).

Winners by year[edit]

Year Host Final Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up
2006
Details
 Wales (Newport) Philippines
Philippines

(Reyes / Bustamante)
13–5 United States
United States
(Strickland / Morris)
Germany
Germany
(Engert / Ortmann)
Vietnam
Vietnam
(Nguyen Thanh Nam / Luong)
2007
Details
 Netherlands (Rotterdam) China
China

(Li He-wen / Fu Jian-bo)
11–10 Finland
Finland
(Immonen / Juva)
Japan
Japan
(Satoshi Kawabata / Naoyuki Oi)
Canada
Canada
(Martel / Montal)
2008
Details
 Netherlands (Rotterdam) United States
United States

(Morris / Van Boening)
11–7 England
England
(Peach / Gray)
Philippines
Philippines
(Bustamante / Orcollo)
China
China
(Li He-wen / Fu Jian-bo)
2009
Details
 Philippines (Quezon City) Philippines
Philippines

(Reyes / Bustamante)
11–9 Germany
Germany
(Souquet / Hohmann)
China
China
(Li He-wen / Fu Jian-bo)
Philippines
Philippines
(Alcano / Orcollo)
2010
Details
 Philippines (Manila) China
China
(Li He-wen / Fu Jian-bo)
10–5 Philippines
Philippines
(Orcollo / Gomez)
Germany
Germany
(Souquet / Ortmann)
Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei
(Ko Pin-yi / Chang Jung-lin)
2011
Details
 Philippines (Quezon City) Germany
Germany

(Souquet / Hohmann)
10–4 Thailand
Thailand
(Kanjanasri / Palajin)
South Korea
Korea
(Lee Gun-jae / Hwang Young)
Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei
(Ko Pin-yi / Ko Ping-chun)
2012
Details
 Philippines (Manila) Finland
Finland

(Immonen / Makkonen)
10–8 Poland
Poland
(Skowerski / Szewcyk)
United States
United States
(Van Boening / Morris)
Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei
(Han En Hsu / Hsin Ting Chen)
2013
Details
 England (London) Philippines
Philippines

(Orcollo / Corteza)
10–8 Netherlands
Netherlands
(Feijen / van den Berg)
Finland
Finland
(Immonen / Makkonen)
Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei
(Ko Pin-yi / Chang Jung-lin)
2014
Details
 England (Portsmouth) England
England

(Appleton / Boyes)
10–9 Netherlands
Netherlands
(Feijen / van den Berg)
Finland
Finland
(Immonen / Makkonen)
Austria
Austria
(Ouschan / He)
2015
Details
 England (London) Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei

(Ko Pin-yi / Chang Yu-lung)
10–8 England
England
(Gray / Peach)
Japan
Japan
(Oi / Kuribayashi)
England
England
(Appleton / Boyes)

Performances by nation[edit]

Best performances by nation (as of 2013).
# Country Winners Runners-up Semifinalist Total
1  Philippines 3 (2006, 2009, 2013) 1 (2010) 2 (2008, 2009) 6
2  China 2 (2007, 2010) 2 (2008, 2009) 4
3  England 1 (2014) 2 (2008, 2015) 1 (2015) 4
4  Finland 1 (2012) 1 (2007) 2 (2013, 2014) 4
 Germany 1 (2011) 1 (2009) 2 (2006, 2010) 4
6  United States 1 (2008) 1 (2006) 1 (2012) 3
7  Chinese Taipei 1 (2015) 4 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) 5
8  Netherlands 2 (2013, 2014) 2
9  Thailand 1 (2011) 1
 Poland 1 (2012) 1
11  Japan 2 (2007, 2015) 2
12  Vietnam 1 (2006) 1
 Canada 1 (2007) 1
South Korea Korea 1 (2011) 1
 Austria 1 (2014) 1

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