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Mosconi Cup XXIII – Team USA ranking events

mosconi_cup_logo_team_usa_20161st February – 2016 Mosconi Cup

Team USA qualification series announced

MATCHROOM SPORT can announce the Official Mosconi Cup Team USA Ranking Events for the 2016 Europe v USA match which takes place at the Alexandra Palace in London from 6th to 9th December. Three of the five spots on Team USA will be allocated to the three highest placed players on the ranking list following the conclusion of the US Open in October.

The roster of events has been significantly expanded from 2015 and this year there are a total of 25 tournaments which carry Mosconi Cup points. These events have been grouped into three categories: Category One is major international events both in the USA and overseas; Category Two is events played on 9 foot tables in the US and Category Three is events taking place in the US played on 7 ft tables.

In addition, within Categories Two and Three there are three separate grades each, making a total of seven levels of points through the three Categories. The maximum number of points a winner can receive would be 80 for winning a Category One event. The least number would be 21 points for winning a Category Three, Grade Three event.

Commented a spokesman for Matchroom Sport, “For 2016, we’ve decided to be as inclusive as possible and involve more and more tournament promoters across the USA. This gives players many more opportunities to play for Mosconi Cup ranking points and may cut down on some of the expense of playing every single event as in previous years.

“We’re also creating a strong connection to the Mosconi Cup with a variety of promoters and pool rooms across the USA which can only be good for everyone involved in this fantastic event. With such a range of points available, players can pick and choose which events they play in and it will all culminate at the US Open next October. Matchroom Sport will be publishing regular ranking lists as the season develops.”

2016 Mosconi Cup Ranking Events

LEVEL ONE

August 21/28 – WPA China Open – Shanghai, China
Table: 9 ft
Players: 64
Added: $200,000

September – WPA World 9 Ball Championship – Doha, Qatar
Table: 9 ft
Players: 128
Added: $250,000

October – US Open 9 Ball – Norfolk, Virginia
Table: 9 ft
Players: 128
Added: $70,000

LEVEL TWO

January 7/10 – Turning Stone Classic I – Verona, New York
Table: 9 ft
Players: 128
Added: $25,000
Grade: One

January 27/30 – Derby City Classic 9 Ball – Elizabeth, Indiana
Table: 9 ft
Players: 250-400
Added: $25,000
Grade: One

February 12/14 – Texas Open 10-ball Championship – Round Rock, Austin, TX
Table: 9 ft
Players: 128
Added: $4,000
Grade: Three

February 20/21 – Jay Swanson Memorial – Hard Times, Bellflower, California
Table: 9 ft
Players: 128
Added: $2,320 based on a full field
Grade: Three

February 20/21 – Empire State 10 Ball Championship – Raxx, W Hempstead, NY
Table: 9 ft
Players: 64
Added: $1,000
Grade: Three

April 6/10 – Don Coates Memorial (Tony Coates) – Raleigh, North Carolina
Table: 9 ft
Players: 128
Added: $8,000
Grade: Two

April 14/17 –Professional Players Championship – Oaks, PA
Table: 9 ft
Players: 64
Added: $10,000
Grade: Three

February – Chuck Markulis Memorial – Sacramento, CA
Table: 9 ft
Players: 100
Added: $15,000
Grade: Two

May 29/30 – Ginky Memorial (Tony Robles) – Steinway Billiards, New York
Table: 9 ft
Players: 64 pros (plus 96 amateurs)
Added: $4,000
Grade: Three

August 13/15 – Eastern State 10 Ball Champs (Tony Robles) – Snookers, Providence, RI
Table: 9 ft
Players: 64
Added: $2,000
Grade: Three

August 25/28 – Turning Stone Classic II (Mike Zuglan) – Verona, New York
Table: 9 ft
Players: 128
Added: $25,000
Grade: One

September 3/5 Texas Open 9-ball Championships – Round Rock, Austin, TX
Table: 9 ft
Players: 128
Added: $5,000
Grade: Three

October – Gotham City Billiards Pro 9 Ball Classic, Brooklyn, NY
Table: 9 ft
Players: 64
Added: $11,000
Grade: Three

LEVEL THREE

March 11/13 – Chinook Winds Open 8 Ball (Andrew Monstis) – Lincoln City, Oregon
Table: 7 ft
Players: 96-128
Added: $12,000
Grade: Two

May 17/22 – USTBC 8 Ball (CSI) – Reno, Nevada
Table: 7 ft
Players: 100 – 200
Added: $5,000 TBC
Grade: Three

May 17/22 – USTBC 9 Ball (CSI) – Reno, Nevada
Table: 7 ft
Players: 100 – 200
Added: $5,000 TBC
Grade: Three

May 17/22 – USTBC 10 Ball (CSI) – Reno, Nevada
Table: 7 ft
Players: 100 – 200
Added: $5,000 TBC
Grade: Three

July/August TBC – Midwest 10 Ball Tour – Olathe, Kansas
Table: 7 ft
Players: 128
Added: $15,000
Grade: One

July 22/24 – US Open 10 Ball (CSI) – Las Vegas, Nevada
Table: 7 ft
Players: 128
Added: $15,000
Grade: One

July 27/29 – US Open 8 Ball (CSI) – Las Vegas, Nevada
Table: 7 ft
Players: 128
Added: $15,000
Grade: One

September 15/18 – 4 Bears 8 Ball Classic (Ray Poitra) – New Town, North Dakota
Table: 7 ft
Players: 150-192
Added: $25,000
Grade: One

October 7/9 – Chinook Winds Open 10 Ball (Andrew Monstis) – Lincoln City, Oregon
Table: 7 ft
Players: 128
Added: $12,000
Grade: Two

2016 Mosconi Cup Ranking Points Allocation

Level 1

US Open
1 – 80 pts
2 – 67
3 – 59
4 – 51
5/6 – 43
7/8 – 35
9/12 – 27
13/16 – 21
17/24 – 16
25/32 – 11

WPA events
1 – 80 pts
2 – 67
3/4 – 53
5/8 – 40
9/16 – 27
17/32 – 13

Level 2

Events played on 9ft tables

Grade One
1 – 50 pts
2 – 40
3 – 35
4 – 33
5/6 – 28
7/8 – 23
9/12 – 18
13/16 – 13
17/24 – 8
25/32 – 5

Grade Two
1 – 40 pts
2 – 32
3 – 28
4 – 26
5/6 – 22
7/8 – 18
9/12 – 14
13/16 – 10
17/24 – 6
25/32 – 4

Grade Three
1 – 30 pts
2 – 24
3 – 21
4 – 20
5/6 – 17
7/8 – 14
9/12 – 11
13/16 – 8
17/24 – 5
25/32 – 3

Derby City (with a slightly skewed format):
1 – 50 pts
2 – 40
3 – 35
4/5 – 30
6/8 – 23
9/13 – 18
14/24 – 13
25/35 – 5

Level 3

Events played on 7ft tables

Grade One
1 – 35 pts
2 – 28
3 – 26
4 – 23
5/6 – 19
7/8 – 16
9/12 – 12
13/16 – 9
17/24 – 7
25/32 – 4

Grade Two
1 – 28 pts
2 – 22
3 – 21
4 – 18
5/6 – 15
7/8 – 13
9/12 – 10
13/16 – 7
17/24 – 6
25/32 – 3

Grade Three
1 – 21 pts
2 – 17
3 – 16
4 – 14
5/6 – 11
7/8 – 10
9/12 – 7
13/16 – 5
17/24 – 4
25/32 – 2

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com

Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the Mosconi Cup is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters.