2013 PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup
Feijen in for 9th Mosconi outing
NIELS FEIJEN is today named as the third member of Team Europe and will make his ninth appearance in the PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup when the 20th anniversary event takes place at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from 2nd to 5th December.
Dutchman Feijen, who sports a highly impressive 59% win record over the years, made his debut in the Mosconi Cup in the crushing 1-12 defeat of 2001 but has since gone on to be an integral part of the winning sides of 2007, ’08, ’11 and ’12, including MVP honours in 2011.
The Dutchman, who came so close to winning the World Cup of Pool last week, will move to fourth on the all-time European Mosconi Cup appearances list, and joint fifth with Rodney Morris on the overall roll call.
“This is the most prestigious event of the year to play in and since this year is a very special edition, I’m honoured to make the team,” said Feijen.
“This will be my ninth Mosconi and its something special. If you start out as a pro, which for me was around 14 years ago, you dream of making the team one day so No. 9 is the bomb!”
Feijen has seen some ups and downs since he made his debut 12 years ago; “My worst memory was that 1-12 defeat in 2001. It was my first time in the Mosconi Cup and it was like we didn’t even show up! Mika and me won the first match and then we lost 12 in a row. It was like a bad dream, three days in a row.
“2011 was the best moment for me though, winning the MVP in Vegas, but also to win the Mosconi in 2007 for the first time after three defeats was fantastic!”
Despite great recollections, Feijen realises that memories won’t win it at the Mirage in December.
“Our chances are great again this year. I’m joining two machine-like players in Darren and Ralf and we know how to win.
“The remaining two players will be amazing players without a doubt so the five of us will be one tough cookie. Then we have the best man to bring it all together, undefeated Johan Ruijsink, who does amazing work with creating spirit, focus and sharpness. You can’t ask for a better Mosconi Cup coach,” he added.
The PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup takes place at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas from Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th December and features two five-man teams representing the USA and Europe.
The Europeans are the defending champions, having won 11-9 in London last December, their fifth win in six years.
Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.com (Search ‘Mosconi Cup’) or directly from the Mirage on(+1) 702 792 7777 or 1-800-963-9634.
*This is the seventh of 11 announcements naming the two 2013 PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup teams.
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