Best of 3 Sets, TV Table Shootouts Among Changes Set For April Event
By Ted Lerner
WPS Media Officer
In an effort to turn up the excitement for fans, and to turn up the pressure on players, the World Pool Series(WPS) has revealed some major changes to the format for the upcoming Aramith Masters, which will take place April 5-8,2017 at Steinway Billiards, in Astoria, Queens, New York City.
The full field will now be capped at 96 players who will play Race to 9, double elimination 8-ball through the round of 32. If any of these matches goes to Hill-Hill(8-8), the match will be decided by the Rason Shootout. Similar to the shootout in soccer, the Rason Shootout will require players to try and pot long and difficult shots on the 8-ball. Each player will have five chances on the 8-ball and the player with the most points wins the match and moves on.
In a unique twist, all shootouts will take place inside the newly formed Unilad TV Arena, which is now the main TV table of the World Pool Series. WPS has partnered with Internet powerhouse UNILAD, who have agreed to take the WPS stream feed and broadcast it live via their massively popular Facebook platform. Launched in 2014, UNILAD is one of the biggest global platforms for breaking news, shareable and relatable content. Unilad has a Facebook following of over 18 million fans, 32 million monthly unique visitors to the website and over 3 billion video views a month.
For April’s Aramith Masters, Unilad will be streaming the main matches direct from the Unilad TV Arena inside Steinway Billiards for several hours a day on their Facebook Page. Other matches will be streamed live on the WPS Facebook page, and the World Pool Series website—www.worldpoolseries.com. The broadcast will live and free with HD Quality provided by HighRock Productions.
Once the tournament reaches the Final 16, all matches will become single elimination playing a sets format, similar to tennis, best of 3 sets, races to 6, win by 2. If a match is tied 6-6 it will go to a sudden death rack with a lag for the break. If set 3 is tied 6-6, the match goes to a shootout in the Unilad TV Arena.
The Kamui Challenge event will be held simultaneously and any player not reaching the final 16 is eligible to enter this second chance tournament. The Kamui Challenge will remain single elimination but entry fee will be raised to $175.
There are still several slots open for players in the Aramith Masters. Interested players should email their resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
*The second event of the World Pool Series, The Aramith Masters, takes place at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, Queens, New York City from April 5-8, 2017. The World Pool Series is sponsored by Aramith, Molinari, Predator, Cheqio, RYO Rack, Iwan Simonis, Kamui, Billiards Digest, Ultimate Team Gear, and High Rock Productions.
For more information please visit the official website of the World Pool Series at http://www.worldpoolseries.com/
The World Pool Series is on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/worldpoolseries/
Here are projected payouts for the Aramith Masters and the Kamui Challenge.
WPS Aramith Masters
Steinway Billiards, Astoria,NY
Doors open 9am Daily, open until late
Aramith Masters $62,400 96 players
Runner Up $7,000
Semi Final $4,500
Last 16. $1,800
Kamui Challenge $14,500 80 players
Runner Up $2,000
Semi Final $1,000
Quarter F $750
Last 16 $450