The 2021 edition of the Predator World 10-Ball Championship, previously scheduled for March 8-12, is now moved to September 6-10, 2021.
This change will allow more time for players to make travel arrangements following the recent approval by White House coronavirus task-force members, public health, and other federal agencies to lift the current travel bans that were put in place in March 2020. While no time frame has been announced, it is very likely that international travel will be possible by spring 2021.
“The 2019 Predator World 10-Ball Championship had an amazing field of world-class Champions and this move to September will allow us to replicate it,” said Karim Belhaj, CEO of Predator Group, “We look forward to this date and the return of global events for our fans, players and partners.”
Since 2019, the event has been a part of the CueSports International Expo – the most prestigious pool event in the world – where amateurs, pros and industry leaders meet every year. This event will now start on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and end on Saturday, September 11, 2021, one day after the Predator World 10-Ball Championship concludes.
“Although we are disappointed that the event had to be postponed, we are excited about the prospect of producing a full-scale Predator World 10-Ball Championship in September with players from around the globe and thousands of spectators. It will be a great way to say ‘goodbye’ to the misery of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ozzy Reynolds, CueSports International CEO said.
The only WPA-sanctioned World Championship to take place in America is being hosted in Las Vegas by the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and broadcast live on YouTube by CSI Media, a division of CueSports International. 2019 winner, Taiwan’s Ping-Chung Ko, will look to defend his title in September 2021.
“The WPA welcomes the news that Predator and CSI have moved the dates of the 2021 men’s 10-Ball World Championship to September. While it is expected that international travel will resume in early 2021, this changing of dates will eliminate any anxiety from players who may be presently wondering if the event would take place in March or not. Now they can prepare their schedules with an air of confidence,” said WPA President Ian Anderson.
The 64-player field will be based on previous invites and WPA rankings. As all events of the CueSports International Expo, admission will be free for the five-day competition and the event will be streamed live for no charge on YouTube. 2019’s event was the first WPA World Championship rotation pool event held in the United States since 1997, when the WPA World 9-Ball Championship took place in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
The Predator World 10-ball Championship is presented by CueSports International and sponsored by Predator Group, the world’s premier cue maker and billiards accessory manufacturer.
The Title sponsor is Predator Cues: www.predatorcues.com
Diamond billiard are the official tables: www.diamondbilliards.com
Predator Arcos II Balls are the official balls: www.predatorcues.com/int/products/billiard-accessories/pool-billiard-balls.html
Predator Arcadia Cloth is the official cloth.
Predator Arena Billiard Lights are the official lights: https://www.predatorcues.com/int/products/billiard-accessories/arena-pool-and-billiard-table-lights.html
Other partners include:
Omega Billiards: www.omegabilliards.com
Kamui Brand: www.kamuibrand.com
The Predator World 10-ball Championship is part of the CueSports International EXPO a global pool spectacle that consists of the BCA Pool League World Championships, USA Pool League National Championships, Diamond Las Vegas Open, Predator World 10-Ball Championship, industry exhibitors, meetings, seminars, and more. The entire Rio Hotel and Casino Convention Center, which includes more than 160,000 square feet of floor space, is taken over by the event.