Poland’s Konrad Jusczyszyn sits top of the 2023 Premier League Pool table after day one of play at the Morningside Arena, Leicester with three wins from three alongside the likes of Albin Ouschan and Jayson Shaw live on Matchroom.Live, Viaplay, and networks worldwide.
Jusczyszyn came out firing on all cylinders to drop only four racks overall on day one thanks to a 5-0 win against Vietnam’s Luong Duc Thien and then an impressive 5-1 dismantling of two-time Mosconi Cup MVP Skyler Woodward to go two from two before wrapping up the day in style over an unbeaten Naoyuki Oi 5-3. Shaw sits just behind Jusczyszyn on rack difference with the Brit getting the better of close friend Chris Melling 5-4 before a 5-0 win over South Korea’s Seo Seoa. A clash with Mosconi Cup foe Shane Van Boening put Eagle Eye on the upward trajectory going into day two of play with a comprehensive 5-2 win.
Despite defeat against Shaw, Van Boening has two points from a possible three thanks to wins over Wu Kin Lin and SVB Junior Open champion Khalid Alghamdi 5-4 on both occasions. Woodward avoided repeating his fate of 12 months ago where he failed to win a match on the opening day with victory over Sanjin Pehlivanovic to ensure at least one point in the league standings after three matches.
Defending champion Ouschan began the tournament against the enigmatic Earl Strickland with the American great pushing the Nineball world number four all the way to the final rack in a thriller to open action on table one. Newly crowned world champion Francisco Sanchez Ruiz got off the mark with an opening win over Strickland before being made to sweat by Chinese Taipei’s Chou Chieh Yu before eventually finding a slice of luck in a hill-hill finish to seal the victory and go two from two. Pehlivanovic put one blemish on Sanchez Ruiz’s card though after coming from behind in a 5-4 win.
24 matches and 20 hours of Pool live daily from 11 am UK time tomorrow morning on Matchroom.Live, Viaplay, and networks worldwide. Full broadcaster list available below. Coverage can also be found on the Matchroom Pool and Multi Sport YouTube channels in selected countries.
Wu Kin Lin will begin Table 1 coverage tomorrow against Luong before Shaw faces a doubleheader against Oi and Chou. Table 2 begins with Jusczyszyn up against Mellling before the Pole meets with Seoa.
Fans can also get betting odds on various bookmakers globally including match and outright odds. At the start of play today, UK bookmakers priced Jusczyszyn at 20/1 to win the tournament whilst Sanchez Ruiz and Van Boening was priced as favourites at 7/2. To find betting odds in your country, just search for ‘Premier League Pool Bettings Odds’. Defending champion Ouschan can be found at 9/2 with Shaw at 13/2.
The 16-player league format invitational sees the world’s best pitted against each other over the opening five days to vie for position in the top ten. After five days, the bottom six are eliminated with the remaining 10 players facing off again across days six and seven before four more players exit. The remaining six then play each other once more on the final day before the top four content the playoffs. All league matches are Race to 5 with the alternate break in action.