The new era of Nineball is being bolstered with a new tournament. The tournament, the Asian Open Pool Championship, was scheduled to be held as one of Matchroom’s five open events, but it will now be known as the Hanoi Open.
Beginning on Capital Liberation Day on October 10, some of Southeast Asia’s brightest pool prospects will showcase their incredible talent in the capital of Vietnam as they compete for the $200,000 prize fund till October 15 at the Indoor Athletics Complex in Hà Nội.
When and Where to Watch Hanoi Open Pool Championship
Venue: Vietnam National Sports Complex, Hanoi, Vietnam
Dates: Tuesday, October 10 – Sunday, October 15
Live Stream: Watch Hanoi Open From Anywhere
Worldwide: Matchroom Pool YouTube channel (opening four days)
United Kingdom, Ireland: Sky Sports
Scandinavia, Baltics, Poland, Netherlands: Viaplay
China: Rigour Media (final two days)
Preview: Hanoi Open Pool Championship
It’s the first time a world elite event will be held in Vietnam, a country that has seen a booming development of billiards, and that’s what attracted the attention of Matchroom Pool.
It’s worth mentioning that already registered players for this year’s Asian Open will automatically compete in the latest addition to the WNT calendar.
Two hundred fifty-six top players worldwide will compete in the largest billiard tournament in the Southeast region, including 25 players representing regions in the top 128 according to the latest World 9-Ball Tour rankings.
Most international players will be from the Philippines, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, and the United States.
Reigning 2023 World Champion Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, who won against Mohammad Soufi 13-10 in the final, will be hoping to dominate once again as he heads the field of 256 players participating in the Hanoi Open Pool Championship.
Emily Frazer, Matchroom’s CEO of Multi-Sports, said:
“This is significant news for nine-ball, and it underlines our commitment to staging the first of many world-class annual events in what is one of the sport’s premier international destinations in the historic city of Hanoi.
“We are incredibly excited that many of the game’s leading players will take part in the rebranded Hanoi Open Pool Championship, which enhances the World Professional Nineball Pool Corporation’s schedule.
“We are also delighted to receive support from the relevant authorities in Hanoi, who share our vision to take this tournament and the Hanoi Junior Open to grand new heights.”
As mentioned above, a total of US$200,000 is the total amount and will be distributed among the players in the following order:
Last 16: $4,000
Last 32: $2,000
Last 64: $1,000