The fourth leg of the World Pool Series kicks off with heavyweight lineup at Steinway Billiards in New York City
By Ted Lerner
WPS Media Officer
(New York City)–We’ve saved the best for last.
As the World Pool Series heads into its fourth and final event of 2017 beginning Tuesday at Steinway Billiards in New York City, pool fans around the world can look forward to what will surely be an all-time 8-ball shootout in the Big Apple.
The Predator Grand Finale will feature a smaller field than previous events, but the plethora of talent mingling around at Steinway on Monday afternoon spoke volumes about the level of pool that fans are about to witness. WPS founder and multi world champion Darren Appleton remarked that it was one of the strongest fields he’d seen in a tournament in some time.
“Out of the 69 players, I’d say 40 to 45 of them could actually win this thing,” Appleton said. “That’s a pretty high number. And the other players are no slouches either.”
Some of these names include Russian Rusland Chinahov, Albanian Klenti Kaci, and American Skyler Woodward, winners of the first three WPS events respectively. Each have a chance to become the all around champion for 2017 with good performances this week.
Asia will be well represented in NYC this week. The Philippines brings several heavyweights including Dennis Orcollo, Ronnie Alcano, Carlo Biado, Johann Chua, Warren Kiamco and Jeffrey De Luna. Taiwan, perhaps the best overall pool playing country in the world, has brought their absolute best with 9 world beaters, including two-time world champion Ko Pin Yi, his younger bother Ko Ping Chun, Chang Jun Lin, Chang Yu Leung, and former US Open champion Kevin Chang.
European greats Mika Immonen of Finland, Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann of Germany will be in the mix. Canadians Alex Pagulayan, Jason Klatt and John Morra are also in the field.
The favorite among bookmakers and observers is, of course, Britain’s Jayson Shaw. Shaw is coming off an absolutely dominating performance in the US Open last week in Virginia, where he romped through the brutally tough field undefeated. Other prominent Brits looking to make some noise are Chris Melling, Daryl Peach, Imran Majid and, of course, Darren Appleton.
Taking up the reigns for the USA will be young gun Billy Thorpe, Justin Bergman, Brandon Shuff and Hunter Lombardo.
Many pool fans are eager to watch Thailand’s female sensation Phaa Hmaunpao. Phaa, who is just 14 years old, flew to New York from Bangkok with her parents to compete in her first event outside the Kingdom. Mentored by none other than Darren Appleton, the teenager is considered by many to be a sure future women’s world champion.
The brand new World Pool Series tour, the brainchild of Hall of Famer Appleton, features four tournaments played throughout 2017. 8-ball will be the game of choice throughout the year, with several rule changes designed to toughen up the world’s most widely played cue sport, and test the world’s best players to the limits of their creativity and ability to handle pressure.
Once again fans around the world will also be able to watch the World Pool Series absolutely free on the device of their choice through social media giant Unilad. Unilad first partnered with the WPS back in April for the Aramith Masters and the results were simply astounding. Over four million viewers from around the globe tuned in to watch parts or all of the tournament live right from their Facebook feeds, with high definition pictures provided by High Rock Productions.
The winner of the Predator Grand Finale will receive $14,000. The total prize fund is $65,000.
*The fourth event of the World Pool Series, The Predator Grand Finale, is being held at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, Queens, New York City from October 31-Nov. 3, 2017. The World Pool Series is sponsored by Predator, UNILAD, RYO Rack, Aramith, Molinari, Cheqio, Iwan Simonis, Kamui, Billiards Digest, Cuescore, Ultimate Team Gear, Tiger, and High Rock Productions.
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Tickets are now available for the fourth leg of the World Pool Series, The Predator Grand Finale, which takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2017 at Steinway Billiards, Astoria, Queens, New York City.
Tickets can also be purchased online through Ticketspice here:
Predator Grand Finale Ticket Prices
Day 1 Pass: October 31, 2017 $15
Day 2 Pass: November 1, 2017 $15
Day 3 Pass: November 2, 2017 $20
Day 4 Pass: November 3, 2017 $20
General Seating Full Event (4 days) $50 (28% Savings)
VIP Preferred Seating Full Event (4 days) $85 (22% Savings)
The action begins at 10am daily and runs throughout the day.
Steinway Billiards & Cafe
Address: 3525 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11101, USA
Phone: +1 718-472-2124