Portsmouth to host 2014 World Cup of Pool

Organisers of the World Cup of Pool have announced that the 2014 edition of the annual event will take place in the English city of Portsmouth.

The event, which is now in its ninth year, will be hosted at the Mountbatten Centre in the city from September 23-28. The announcement comes after London’s successful hosting of the 2013 World Cup of Pool, which followed a four-year stint for the competition in Manila, the Philippines.

The 2014 World Cup of Pool will see 32 two-player teams from around the world compete for a prize fund of $250,000 (€183,000). The event will be played to a single elimination format over six days, with two sessions each day.

Barry Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport, the event’s promoter, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the World Cup of Pool to Portsmouth and hopefully this lively naval city will be an ideal host for one of cue sport’s most exciting events. This year’s World Cup will be a battle royal with some wonderful players competing for national pride and for pool fans across Europe it will be unmissable.”

The news comes shortly after tickets for the Mosconi Cup, an annual nine-ball pool tournament between teams representing Europe and the US, sold out. The 2014 edition of the event will take place in Portsmouth’s fellow English city Blackpool.