Record-Breaking Prizes and Exciting Competitions Await at the 2023 Predator WPA World Pool Championships

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The 2023 Predator WPA World 8-Ball Men’s Championship is set to award its champion a groundbreaking $75,000, making it the most lucrative prize in the realm of tournament pool.

This represents a significant jump from the $60,000 that the defending champion, Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz, secured when he clinched the title in Puerto Rico last year.

Scheduled to run from October 17th to 22nd, the 2023 Predator WPA World 8-Ball Men’s Championship will unfold at Sportpark Klagenfurt in Austria. This venue will also host the Predator WPA World 10-Ball Women’s Championship (October 18-22) and the Predator WPA World 10-Ball Junior Championships (October 19-22).

A selective field of 96 players will vie for supremacy at the Predator WPA World 8-Ball Men’s Championship, all chasing a piece of the impressive $250,000 prize fund. The competition will commence with a race-to-8 double elimination bracket, ultimately whittling down the field to 32 players who will then engage in single elimination matches to determine the ultimate victor.

In collaboration with Richwert Promotions, the Predator Pro Billiard Series is making its return to the charming city of Klagenfurt for the third time. However, this year holds special significance as it marks the inaugural staging of the Predator WPA World 8-Ball Men’s Championship in Austria.

Among the favorites to reclaim his title, Sanchez-Ruiz will face stiff competition, including 2022 semi-finalist Mario He, who will enjoy the support of his home country. Albin Ouschan will also benefit from hometown backing at Sportpark Klagenfurt, the home base of his sister’s Jasmin Ouschan Billiard Academy.

This edition of the men’s World 8-Ball Championship marks the ninth installment, with previous editions held in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, before making a triumphant return from a ten-year hiatus in Puerto Rico last year.

Sanchez-Ruiz achieved his first World Championship title in San Juan by besting an elite roster of players, including Fedor Gorst, Robbie Capito, and Mario He. He ultimately defeated Poland’s Wiktor Zielinski with a score of 10-6 in the final showdown.

Cyrille Fournier, Chief Operating Officer of Predator Group, expressed the importance of growth and improvement in their events, emphasizing the recognition of champions for their remarkable accomplishments. Fournier further highlighted their commitment to advancing the sport by offering record-breaking prizes for both the World 8-Ball Men’s Championship and the World 10-Ball Women’s Championship. He extended gratitude to partners at Richwert Promotions, the city of Klagenfurt, and the Carinthia region for their exceptional support in organizing these events. The challenge of hosting five World Championships in one week is no small feat, but their prior successful collaboration in Austria gives them confidence in delivering another outstanding week of billiards in Klagenfurt.

Simultaneously, Klagenfurt will host the Predator WPA World 10-Ball Women’s Championship from October 18th to 22nd, and the Predator WPA World 10-Ball Junior Championships from October 19th to 22nd, featuring divisions for Girls, Boys Under-19s, and Boys Under-17s. The winner of the 48-player World 10-Ball Women’s Championship in 2023 will also see a remarkable increase in their prize, with the champion taking home $45,000, a substantial rise from the €30,000 prize awarded in 2022.

Events Schedule(Source: AzBilliards)

  • Predator WPA World 8-Ball Men’s Championship 2023
  • October 17-22, 2023
  • $250,000
  • 96 players
  • Sportpark Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Predator WPA World 10-Ball Women’s Championship 2023
  • October 18-22, 2023
  • $150,000
  • 48 players
  • Sportpark Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Predator WPA World Junior Championships
  • October 19-22, 2023
  • Boys Under 19
  • Boys Under 17
  • Girls
  • Sportpark Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria

The matches will be broadcasted live on YouTube, Kozoom and BilliardTV.

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