Francisco Sanchez Ruiz got off to the perfect start as he began the defence of his World Pool Championship title at Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal City Sports Hall, Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 3-8 June.

In partnership with the Saudi Arabian Billiard & Snooker Federation (SABSF) and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Sport, the crown jewel of the World Nineball Tour will be available through leading global broadcasters, including Sky Sports, SSC, Shahid VIP Sports, MENA, and DAZN.






The defending champion, Ruiz, began with a swift 2-0 lead against the Saudi Arabian Waleed Albalkhi on the TV table. However, his lead was cut short when Albalkhi stole the third rack with an excellent 5-9 combo. Undeterred, “El Ferrari” Ruiz accelerated through the subsequent racks to secure his place in the Last 64 stage.

On Table 1, Ko Pin Yi made a remarkable comeback after trailing behind 6-2 against the Filipino cueist Jeffrey Ignacio, who dominated the early rounds. Rack 9 proved to be the turning point, as Ko Pin Yi regained his momentum with a spectacular jump shot on the 2-ball after overcoming a hook. Although Ignacio managed to level the score in rack 14, Ko Pin Yi regained control, clearing the final racks to also reach the Last 64.

Jayson Shaw, the 2024 Team Europe Mosconi Cup captain, delivered a classic ‘Eagle Eye’ performance, triumphing over Jeffrey Roda in the opening round. Roda missed a crucial chance in rack 10, allowing Shaw to fluke the rack. Shaw then executed two break-and-runs to reach the hill, claiming his third and final consecutive rack.

In contrast, the other Mosconi Cup captain, Skyler Woodward, faced disappointment as he was defeated 4-9 by Chinese Taipei’s Kuo Po Cheng. The day continued with upsets, including the former 2017 World Pool Champion, Carlo Biado, losing 5-9 to the Dutch cueist Marc Teutscher.

This year’s World Pool Championship continues with a double elimination structure. The evening session saw half of the 128-player field play their opening matches. The 32 losing players moved to the Losers’ Round 1 the next day, while the winners face off in the Winners’ Qualification later this Thursday.

Action resumes tomorrow with Shane Van Boening on the TV table, facing Saudi Arabian pool player Fahad Alharbi at 1 pm KSA / 11 am BST UK time, available on Sky Sports, SSC, Shahid VIP Sports, MENA, and DAZN.

Tuesday 4th June – 13:00 pm KSA time – Afternoon Session


TV Table  – Where to Watch 

Shane Van Boening vs Fahad Alharbi

John Morra vs Albert Manas

Table 1 – Live on Matchroom Pool YouTube 

Pijus Labutis vs Pia Filler

Anton Raga vs Bernie Regalario

Duong Quoc Hoang vs Toh Lian Han

Table 2 – Live on Matchroom Multi Sport YouTube 

Chang Jung-Lin vs Othman Alzahrani

Robbie Capito vs Karl Gnadeberg

Fedor Gorst vs Mustafa Alnar


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