World Cup of Pool returns to London

The English capital of London will host the World Cup of Pool later this year, it has been announced.

London’s York Hall venue will stage the event from June 13-18. York Hall hosted the World Cup of Pool in 2013 and 2015, and has also staged the Mosconi Cup, an annual tournament contested by representative teams from the United States and Europe, on eight occasions.

This year’s event will mark the 11th edition of the World Cup of Pool. The tournament will comprise 32 two-player teams and will feature a $250,000 (€232,000) prize fund, with $60,000 to be awarded to the winning team.

The event will be played under a single elimination format over six days, with two sessions to be held per day. Thirty-one matches will be staged in total.

Barry Hearn, chairman of event organiser Matchroom Sport, said: “The York Hall has always been a fantastic venue for pool, with the crowd almost on top of the players, so we’re very excited to be bringing the event back to London.

“The atmosphere is always exciting and I know the players appreciate competing in the kind of environment that only the York Hall can provide. I believe that this year’s World Cup will be better than ever with some awesome players competing for their nations and for cuesports fans across Europe it is an essential event.”

Ko Pin Yi and Chang Yu Lung of Chinese Taipei are the defending champions, having defeated England B in the final of the 2015 event.

The tournament debuted in 2006 in the Welsh city of Newport, before Rotterdam in the Netherlands hosted in 2007 and 2008. The event was staged in the Philippines from 2009 to 2012, with York Hall hosting for the first time in 2013.

The event remained in England in 2014, with Portsmouth playing host, before York Hall returned as the venue in 2015. No event was staged last year.