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Chinese Pool on Journey to the West


Following ground-breaking victories in South Africa, Japan, and the United States, Chinese pool is now embarking on a journey to the United Kingdom.



Excitement is building among the pool fans in the UK as they look forward to embracing this oriental sport on their home soil. Birthplace of the prestigious game of snooker, UK has built-in advantages for Chinese pool to thrive and prosper -- A similar playing style, players’ familiarity with the nap cloth, and a more knowledgeable crowd. This oriental sport needs no introduction itself as the equipment it used was designed to be a miniature snooker table, but recent years have witnessed the game boost in popularity, and to say nothing of a remarkable increase in its global fan base.


There has been a deep affiliation between the Chinese and English pool scenes. Snooker tutorials have long been Chinese fans’ guidebook to professional pool. A best-known English name in China, Gareth Potts himself is an ambassador many Chinese fans see as a missionary figure. Coming from an English pool background, the Golden Boy’s inaugural winning in 2013 World Chinese 8-Ball Masters marks the start of an outstanding career and self-image he has built up for himself among the fans in China. Precision, profession, and discipline - These key elements of English pool were brought to China by Gareth, and have been practiced by the Chinese pool world over the years.


For Chinese fans, it will be something new for them to see their grassroot heroes going abroad, fighting for the glory of the nation. Five Chinese star players were called up for "ICEA Team China" and will make their debut in the World Blackball Championships and in the Joy Chinese Pool UK Championships in Bridlington, UK. The following is a brief introduction of five competitors.




Liu Chuang

Liu Chuang:

Age: 28

ICEA International Dream Team member

2018 World Chinese Pool Masters Shuangyashan Station Champion

2018 JOY Cup Chinese Pool International Open 5th


Zhang Kunpeng

Zhang Kunpeng:

Age: 22

ICEA International Dream Team member

2018 World Chinese Pool Masters Grand Finals Runner-up

2017 World Chinese Pool Masters Xining Station Champion  


Wang Peng

Wang Peng:

Age:37

ICEA International Dream Team member

2018 JOY Cup Chinese Pool International Open 3rd Place

2018 World Chinese Pool Masters Xiushui Station Top 32


Qiu Paomou

Qiu Paomou:

Age: 36

2018 World Chinese Pool Masters Xiushui Station Top 16

2018 World Chinese Pool Masters Siping Station 5th Place


Chen Zhigang

Chen Zhigang:

Age: 36

China’s King of Money Match

2017 World Chinese Pool Masters Siping Station 5th Place


Not only learning from the best, Chinese pool promoters strives to strengthen the game’s global influence with arduous efforts. From passively accepting pool culture to actively promote the export of Chinese culture, ICEA manages to accelerate the transformation of Chinese pool’s development. Colliding and merging each other, Chinese pool and blackball may create more surprises.


Nowadays, the billiards market is facing a tendency of shrinking in the main countries in the West, yet Chinese pool is like a fire in the winter to burst out a strong market vitality. In the United States and Europe, even in the African countries where little attention has been paid to the development of pool sport, Chinese pool has been developing rapidly. In South Africa, local people see Chinese pool events as a“life-changing campaign. The future of Chinese pool is worth for everyone who really loves pool to look forward to.


Everything about Chinese pool, please go to ICEA official website https://www.icea-pool.com, visit on Facebook @ChinesePool or check out "Thomas Heal" channel on Youtube for video clips updated daily.


International Chinese Eight-Ball Association (ICEA) is the world's governing body of Chinese Pool and its derivative disciplines.

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