Van Boening Enters His First World Tournament of 14.1! Bustamante is Back!

SVBbustamantee1New York, New York –  It’s heating up! America’s #1 ranked player Shane Van Boening will chase his first straight pool title next week at the Olhausen 73rd World Tournament of 14.1. Filipino World Champion and legend Francisco Bustamante returns for his second visit to the world’s oldest tournament. Dragon Promotions and Dr. Michael Fedak will bring another globally star studded field at this year’s 73rdOlhausen World Tournament hosted by Steinway Billiards in New York on August 19th-24th,2013.
Though the World Tournament has been revived since 2006, Van Boening has not accepted his invite previously until now.
Van Boening has won a myriad of titles including the US Open 9-Ball, the International 10-Ball Championship, as well as many 8-Ball and Derby City One Pocket titles. But he is missing Straight Pool, the father of all other games. I asked him about his favorite games in order. “If I had to choose my favorite game, it would be barbox 8-Ball. There’s no luck. 10-Ball, 9-Ball…you have to be lucky after the break to get a good shot on the 1-Ball. One Pocket is a good game.” How about straight pool ? Shane shrugs his shoulders , “I’ll try it.”
One time he met Willie Mosconi with his grandfather. “Mosconi tells Shane, you can be the best in the world. And even implied better than him if he practiced”, said Gary. “But I don’t think Shane could beat Willie in his prime. Not yet. It was different games they both play, but Mosconi was pretty amazing. But I’d love to see Shane play 14.1. I think he could win that,too.”
Through additional support from such sponsors such as Olhausen Tables, Championship Cloth, Aramith Balls, Amsterdam Billiards, Pool & Billiard Magazine, Master Chalk, and now FURY Cues, the absolute best pool players from around the world will arrive on the birth country of 14.1 once more to attend this prestigious event. All to vie for the coveted title of greatest straight pool player in the world.

“As a USA manufacturer, Championship Cloth believes in supporting events on American soil. This is the second consecutive year we have been chosen as the Official Cloth of the event and we are thrilled at the player’s reception of the quality of our product. We welcome all the professionals from around the world to the World Tournament”, said Mike Serra ,Chairman of the BCA and Vice-President of Championship Cloth & Brands.

Warren Kiamco will likely turn some heads with his shotmaking and cueball finesse skills
Bustamante came close to the Gold in 2008 when he got to the finals undefeated only to fall to Netherlands Niels Feijen. Though not a student of the game, Francisco’s pool skills make him dangerous in any game on the felt. Joining him from his homeland, world class Warren Kiamco will be joining him in his first attempt at the World Tournament of 14.1. Kiamco is a great all around player with high finishes in 8-Ball and one pocket events as well as being the reigning ABP sanctioned Johnny Archer Classic Champion, in which he toppled Van Boening in the finals.
Other Asian notables will be Can Wang of China and Eddie Kwok of Korea.

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