The 21st annual running of the PartyPoker.com World Pool Masters will take place from 25th to 27th October at the Metrodome in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. This represents the first time in eight years that one of pool’s longest running tournaments takes place in the UK.
In its 20 year history, the Masters spent the first ten years in Britain before moving to Holland for a four year spell, interrupted by a return to the UK in 2005 when Raj Hundal lifted the title in Doncaster, a few miles up the road from Barnsley.
The last five years have seen three Masters in Las Vegas, one in Manila and then Kielce, Poland last year where local man Karol Skowerski shocked some big names to lift the title.
Yorkshire is currently a hotbed of pool with the likes of Darren Appleton, Daryl Peach, Kelly Fisher and Chris Melling all hailing from the northern English county.
Commented Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn, “We are delighted to be bringing the Masters back to the UK after a long spell away. After the huge sell-out successes of the Mosconi Cup in London in the past few years, I’m sure pool fans will be eager to support the Masters and we will be doing our best to bring the biggest names in world pool to Barnsley.”
The Masters will once again sport a $20,000 top prize, and the event will be produced by Matchroom Sport Television who will be making 15 x 1 hour programmes of the tournament for international syndication.
The 2013 PARTYPOKER.COM World Pool Masters is sponsored by PartyPoker.com, the world’s leading online poker school. Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith.