(Photo By: Jamil Buergo/Sports Gateway PH)
Manila, Philippines- USA’s number 1 ranked Shane Van Boening will be America’s contribution to Team West as they face the mighty Asians in the inaugural Kings Cup set to happen on November 19-21 at the award winning casino Resorts World Manila.
“The competition is much bigger over there against the Asians. And it’s going to be interesting playing with the Europeans for my first time. But I’m very excited because I know the atmosphere will be great. There’s going to be a lot of fans watching and big TV coverage. That’s why I really enjoy playing in the Philippines the past 10 years”
After numerous defeats in team events, Van Boening is looking forward to having a world class team backing him up. One rare chink in the vast titles in Van Boening’s repertoire, is the amount of times he has been on the losing side of the Mosconi Cup, the yearly event pitting USA vs Europe. Van Boening tasted victory only once, with 7 excruciating losses. Including the past 5 years in a row Shane has been on the short end of the stick, something he is not used to.
“I think this is going to be a whole lot different than Mosconi Cup for me. Usually there’s a lot of work for me to take care of the team and then I have to play as well. In Kings Cup there are multiple world champions on the team. Mika, Darren, and Albin who was World #1. All three are great players. They know how to prepare themselves to be in a world championship finals. They always stay hungry and I don’t have to worry about any of them”, explained Van Boening. “It means less work for me, and I can focus more on playing. That makes me excited.”
Shane Van Boening started his rise to the top joining the pro tour in 2006 and a year later with a runner-up finish at the 2007 World Summit of Pool aired on ESPN. That same year featured his breakout win at the Dragon Promotions World 10-Ball Championship in Florida where he overcame a top notch field of 96 pros. From there he became a unstoppable force in America, winning nearly every major including 4 US Open titles. He has retained the top spot in the US rankings for the past 5 years. More recently, Shane barely lost in the finals of the World 9-Ball Championship in Qatar.
“Shane has had a truly amazing career thus far, and barely starting into his prime years. He has made history in so many ways, and I’m pretty sure no player has dominated on US soil like Shane has in the past few decades. For sure no American has come close to rivaling his accomplishments in the last 5 years, and he is going to be a force in the Kings Cup”, said Charlie Williams, executive producer of the event.
Team West will be composed of Mika Immonen (Team Captain), Shane Van Boening, Darren Appleton, and Albin Ouschan. Their counterparts from Asia will be spearheaded by Efren “Bata” Reyes with Francisco Bustamante, and brothers Ko Pin Yi and Ko Ping Chung joining Team Asia.
The format of the Kings Cup will follow in the footsteps of the successful Queens Cup. Four players on each side will be selected to represent their continent. 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 casino Resorts World Manila and produced by Dragon Promotions. The event will be played on the beautifully designed Rasson Table using Andy Cloth, Viking Cue, Cyclop Balls. Pool & Billiard Magazine, and Billiards Digest are also co-sponsors.