The Team USA selection process for the 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup has been set out by coach Johan Ruijsink ahead of America’s defence of the Cup at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas this November 25-28, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
Team USA won a dramatic partypoker Mosconi Cup in London last year, fighting against the odds to win the trophy 11-9 in one of the most memorable Cups ever played. Shane van Boening and 2018 MVP Skyler Woodward have already been selected by Coach Ruijsink and Vice-Coach Jeremy Jones to be part of the team which attempts to defend the title against Europe in November.
They will be joined by three more players selected from a group who will be working with Ruijsink and Jones; Corey Deuel, Billy Thorpe and Tyler Styer were all part of the successful 2018 team and will battle alongside one additional player for their spot on this year’s roster.
The additional player will be one of a group of four who have been training with Jones. That group is comprises of Max Eberle, Justin Bergman, Chris Robinson and Mahkeal Parris. Those four players will train together with Ruijsink and Jones in Las Vegas this weekend, after which one player will officially join Deuel, Thorpe and Styer as ‘The Contenders’.
“It will be a little bit different this year,” explained Vice-Coach Jones. “Shane and Sky have already been selected for the team. I have been training four players; Max Eberle, Justin Bergman, Chris Robinson and the WPA Under-17 World Champion Mahkeal Parris from the US Virgin Islands. One of those guys will emerge from that group to contend with Corey, Billy and Tyler for those remaining three spots on the team.
“We will then take six players – Shane, Skyler plus the four Contenders – to the Kremlin Cup and the Dream Challenge in Russia in September. After those events we will confirm two players for the team. The final player to make the team will be chosen at the start of November.”
Tickets for the 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup are available now at www.mosconicup.com. Prices start at $48 per session with season tickets at $161 silver. Gold seating is now sold out. VIP Platinum packages are available priced $225 per day or $950 for all four days and include a breakfast buffet, unlimited drinks, VIP seating in the front three rows and much more.
The 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup is partnered by Rasson Billiards who supplies the Official Table; the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and Saluc is the Official Ball Provider. Predator is the Official Cue of the event, Kamui the Official Chalk and Tip and Ultimate Team Gear provide all partypoker Mosconi Cup apparel.