Manila, Philippines- World 9-Ball & 10-Ball Champion, and twice US Open Champion Darren Appleton of England was named the second member of Team West in the upcoming Kings Cup this November at the Resorts World Manila. The World #2 says the Kings Cup is something that has been long awaited for and he is ready to rumble. European and American champions will go against Asia’s champions starting November 19 to 21.
Dragon Promotions is pleased to announce the Kings Cup, a first time ever event pitting the men’s champions of Europe & USA versus the champions of Asia in a three day contest to declare which side is the strongest, the East or the West. Four players on each side will be selected to represent their continent.
“Its an honor to be chosen to play in the first ever Kings Cup and I look forward to it. East versus West. Its been a long time coming”, said Appleton.
Team West captain Mika Immonen had named Appleton to be his first choice if he could pick a player for his side. “Darren is obviously an amazing player and amazing team player. We get along really great and have a tremendous amount of mutual respect for one another”, says Mika.
In the last 9 years, Appleton has the most international wins in the majors than any professional player. He has won titles in multiple disciplines in the World 14.1, One Pocket, and Chinese 8-Ball. For Kings Cup Executive Producer Charlie Williams, he was an obvious choice for the team.
Darren Appleton began playing English pool at age 12 and later become the world #1 at it. In 2006, he switched over to American pool and in two years time, he won the World 10-Ball Championship. Since that time he has won two US Open Championships, gold medal at the World Games, and in 2012 won the World 9-Ball. In 2014 he won the World 14.1 and still holds a world record of a 200 ball run of any major straight pool championship. In 2015, Appleton won the Chinese Pool World Championship by defeating the reigning World Snooker Champion Mark Selby in the finals. Appleton has also been a staple for Europe in the Mosconi Cup where they have defeated the USA resoundingly the past 5 years in a row.
“Playing center stage in front of an excited crowd on a globally televised event, it’s the reason why we play. I’ve played many times live in the Philippines against Efren and Bustamante, so i know what to expect”, added Appleton.
“Mika will be a good leader and his experience will help the other members. Plus Mika has a really good record in Asia which will help us further”, said Appleton. For Team Asia he replied, ” Efren is the greatest player of all time. His teammates will want to win for him and will play hard for him, so it will be very exciting.”
The format of the Kings Cup will follow in the footsteps of the successful Queens Cup. Teams will play in versatile styles including singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples each of the 3 days of the men’s competition.
The Kings Cup will be hosted by the award winning Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel and produced by Dragon Promotions. The event will be played on the beautifully designed Rasson Table using Andy Cloth, Viking Cue, Pool & Billiard Magazine, and Billiards Digest are also co-sponsors.