World Straight Pool Championship
The World Straight Pool Championship, or the World 14.1 Tournament if no world championship is on the line, is a pocket billiards (pool) competition, that has been held annually in New Brunswick, New Jersey, since 2006. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, Willie Mosconi won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times. In 1933, Mosconi competed in the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) World Straight Pool Championship. He nearly won the title but lost in the final to Erwin Rudolph It is the current global professional title for straight pool (also known as 14.1 continuous), and is organized by Dragon Promotions, in part to restore the game's popularity in the United States. Though billed as a world championship, the tournament in some years (including 2009, 2011 and 2012) has not been sanctioned by, or recognized as a world title event by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) or any other sport governing body. The 2010 event was WPA-recognized.
The games of Last 32 round are played in double-elimination format until 16 players remain. Matches are extended to races to 150. The games since Last 16 round are played in single-elimination format, and matches are further extended, to races to 200.
*No world title at stake.
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