Jacksonville, Florida- One era ends, and another begins! After over a century of being hosted in northern metropolitan cities such as New York and Chicago, the World 14.1 will be moving to Florida for the first time. In its first outing to be hosted by a southern stat, 9Ball Heaven in Jacksonville, Florida is the selected locaton of the 79th World Straight Pool Championship on December 2-7, 2019 immediately following the Mosconi Cup in Las Vegas. 9Ball Heaven will have the honor of hosting the longest-running and oldest tradition in billiards since 1912. This year marks the 14th consecutive year with Dragon Promotions continuing at the helm of pool’s oldest tournament, the longest consecutive run of the championship in its 107-year history.
The 79th World 14.1 will host a star-studded 48 player round-robin field aiming to win the world’s greatest straight pool championship. The World 14.1 is sanctioned by the WSA World Sports Alumni professional athletes association made up of athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, Pro Boxers, Tennis, UFC and many other sports.
” This is obviously a monumental move for the World 14.1. So we wanted to find a great venue with a well respected and well deserving billiard room that would do the championship justice. We have found that place in 9Ball Heaven. The pool fans in Florida are already buzzing with excitement, and fans coming to Jacksonville will enjoy the Florida winter weather and be only minutes away from the beach”, said Charlie Williams, Executive Producer of Dragon Promotions and CEO of the WSA World Sports Alumni.
“It’s exciting to be able to branch the World 14.1 to a new market and region of the United States. The players and fans are going to love the event in Florida and straight pool’s rich history will be further appreciated by a new audience”, said Cindy Lee, CEO of Dragon Promotions.
“We are so thrilled to bring the World Straight Pool Championship to Jacksonville, Florida! The buzz and excitement is already getting bigger daily, and our pool fans can’t wait. It’s very cool being a part of history and great that the first time the championship moved to the South that it’s being held at our 9Ball Heaven” – James Lowe, owner of 9Ball Heaven.
A place for players. 9 Ball Heaven is Jacksonville’s newest upscale non-smoking Sports Bar and Billiard Hall. Boasting 16 brand new Diamond pool tables (8x 9FT and 8x 8FT) along with electronic darts, the latest Golden Tee, and Silver Strike Bowling. Combined with 10+ HDTVs and 1 100inch Projection Screen, this is the place to be to shoot pool and watch your favorite sporting events. Order some food from our high-class kitchen and feel right at home. From famous Wings, Burgers and Salads, right on down to our Award Winning Seafood Gumbo, Executive Chef Neil Harkness and crew will be glad to not only meet the demand of your taste buds and cravings, they will absolutely blow you away with their quality and taste!
9Ball Heaven also has frequent visits from NFL stars from the Jacksonville Jaguars and with support from the World Sports Alumni, be on the lookout for some celebrities from NFL, NBA, Boxing and more watching to see who will be crowned the best straight pool player in the world during the event !
Qualifier events will be held once again nationwide and interested poolrooms may contact 407-782-4978 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Livestream will be available for all TV table matches. Pay-Per-View details will be announced and available shortly. Event patrons include Dr.Elliott Eisenberg and Mr.Tom Gleich. The World Tournament Official Table, Balls, and Cloth will be announced shortly.
Official Table: To be announced
Official Cloth: To be announced
Official Balls: To be announced
Official Cue: To be announced
Official Accessories (Chalk, Glove, Tip): To be announced
Official Radio Show : iHeartRadio: The Meriweather Dixon Show
Official Tennis Sponsor: The FTT Florida Tennis Tour
Official Magazine: Pool & Billiard Magazine
Official Marketing Firm: Orlando Synergy
Sanctioned by the World Sports Alumni
79th World 14.1 on December 2-7, 2019 hosted by 9Ball Heaven in Jacksonville, FL
32 invited players and 16 qualifier winners.
Register your entries now! WorldStraightPoolChampionships@gmail.com
In addition, the 9th Annual Straight Pool Hall of Fame Banquet will take place on Day 3 of the World 14.1 as customary this year on December 4th at 7:00 pm. Every year the popular dinner sells out with all the pool stars and legends attending.