With only 15 days to go before the 2018 World Chinese 8-Ball Masters Siping Station,‘The Golden Boy’ Gareth Potts arrived in China to compete in the Gareth Potts Challenges and then turn his role as a celebrity coach in The 3rd Potts Training Camp.
He first won 2 challenge matches in a row - On June 9, Potts saw off Zheng Yubo's student Guo Li with a 13:10 victory. Two days later, Wang Xiaotong, a female player who just won the 2018 Shuangyashan Chinese 8-Ball Open, couldn't sing a song of victory in her battle with Potts. She lost by 7:13 in the Potts Challenge that followed up later.
After two nice wins, Potts continues his Chinese 8-Ball journey - this time as a professional coach instead of a player. The 3rd Potts Training Camp just took off in Qinhuangdao, China, with a group of 8 players aspiring to learn more skills from the best. During the 5 days' training, Potts will become the most serious coach and teach skills to his 8 trainees.
Moreover, Potts has confirmed that he will make his first station event appearance at Siping in July. This will be the first time this 3-time world champion participates in station events during his 6-year spell with Chinese 8-ball. Meanwhile, China's Zheng Yubo will compete at the Siping event as well. Due to his foot injury, Zheng didn't show up at the Linyi Station. These two big players will get into the field from the 1st stage like most players do.
On July 1st, the Siping Station will officially kick off, and competitors from nearly 40 countries will be eyeing for the top prize of nearly $16,000. In order to better open the door of Chinese 8-ball and allow more international players to have a go, the Organizing Committee of World Chinese 8-Ball Masters have decided to increase the total prize pool by ¥96,000 RMB to benefit more players.