The partypoker US Open 9-Ball Championship continued on Monday as the 256-player field was trimmed to 64 while defending champion Jayson Shaw gave a masterclass in pool on the streaming feature table at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center, Las Vegas.
In one of the performances of the tournament so far, Shaw sent out an ominous warning to anybody set on taking his crown as he ran eight racks against Corey Deuel for an 11-1 win in which the Prince of Pool barely had an opening as fans around the world tuned in at facebook.com/USOpen9Ball.
Scotsman Shaw is one of 16 players now just a win away from a place in the single elimination stage of the tournament, which will be broadcast live on networks around the world including Sky Sports and DAZN from Wednesday.
Five players from Chinese Taipei are still on the winners’ side of the brackets, including brothers Ko-Pin Yi and Ko-Pin Chung while 2015 US Open winner Kevin Cheng remains standing on the losers’ side, where players now need to win four consecutive matches to qualify for the last 16.
American No.1 Shane van Boening remains unbeaten and will take on Dennis Hatch for a place in the televised final stages of the event. Billy Thorpe is the third American player yet to taste defeat.
Wednesday’s decisive final day opens with a clash of two of the USA’s hottest young stars on the feature table, as Tyler Styer faces Justin Bergman on the losers’ side. By the end of tomorrow’s play the final 16 will be known and matches will move into the Diamond Arena on Thursday.
Play continues at 9am local time on Wednesday. The partypoker US Open is split into two stages with the full field playing double elimination down to the final 16 from Sunday, April 21 until Tuesday April 23. From Wednesday April 24 until Friday April 26 the final 16 players will play straight knockout in the Diamond Arena with global television coverage including Sky Sports and DAZN.
All matches at the partypoker US Open 9-Ball Championship are race to 11, winner breaks, except the final which is race to 13. The draw and match schedule for the first stage of the tournament is available now at www.matchroompool.com.
Players are playing for their share of a $300,000 tournament purse. The winner will take home $50,000, the famous US Open green jacket and the newly-commissioned Barry Behrman trophy.
Tickets for the 43rd partypoker US Open 9-Ball Championship are still available at www.matchroompool.com from as little as $10 with VIP packages also available for the final three days of the tournament.