Las Vegas will be the 2013 host of the annual Mosconi Cup Tournament. The tournament starts on December 2nd and runs through December 5th. The annual nine ball tournament brings together the best of American and European pool players. From billiards legends to first year rookies, the Mosconi Cup 9-ball tournament is one of the premiere events in billiards.
Named after billiard legend, Willie Mosconi, the tournament has been an annual event since 1994. Over the years, there has been one tie, 7 European championships and 11 American victories. Team Europe won the 2012 tournament and comes back as reigning champions. With the game of billiards experiencing a recent surge in popularity, both American and European fans will be eagerly tuning in to watch the events play out.
In 2013, Vivian Villareal and Jeanette Lee are favorites for the American Women’s team, while Allison Fisher of England and Franziska Stark from Germany are favorites for Team Europe. For the men, Thorsten Hohmann of Germany and Shane Van Boening are favorites for Europe and the United States, respectively. Professional pool players from all over the United States and Europe are registered to participate in this well known billiards event.
Since 1994, the World Pool-Billiards Association has sponsored the Mosconi Cup in cities all over the globe. This year’s event is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the hopes that the American team can regain the 9 ball world championship. Players from all major pool associations, including the AAPA, the BCA and the EPBF are welcome to enter the Mosconi Cup tournament.
Over the years, several changes have been made to the rules and regulations pertaining to the game of 9 ball. For example, in 2004 doubles matches were restructured into a scotch doubles format. The implementation of a 30-second shot clock led to various disputes and controversies, but was eventually resolved.
December 3, 2013 Tuesday at 7:22 am