The opening ceremony of the 2018 World Chinese 8-Ball Masters #2: Siping Station is approaching, and the conjecture of who to win the title peaks. Will 'The Wonder Kid' Wang Yun, who has won 3 Chinese 8-ball major competitions in the past three months, continue to demonstrate his great charisma on the Chinese 8-ball table? Or is it Gareth Potts, the three-time winner of the Grand Finals?
Compared with the previous station events, this time the Siping event will bring more surprises to both fans and competitors. While there are understandably many Chinese players taking part at the event, nearly 40 international players are also competing in the tournament as well. Amongst those qualified for the game include Bosnia's Sanjin Pehlivanovic and Japan's Satoshi Kawabata. Of all these players though, many eyes will be on the invited players.
Besides Potts' debut at Siping, bigshots including Austria's Albin Ouschan, American pool's prodigies Eklent Kaci and Jeffrey Ignacio will also make their first station event appearance at Siping. Also, Johann Chua from the Philippines will set foot on the Chinese 8-ball journey in the north of China.
To celebrate this grand occasion, the Organizing Committee of the World Chinese 8-Ball Masters has announced that more money will be put into the prize pool to benefit more players. The title of World Chinese 8-Ball Masters champion isn't the only thing up for grabs this time around. Massive interest and growth in the sport have caused the total prize fund to increase by ¥96,000 RMB and 112 players in the money.
Rewards (After tax) of the 2018 World Chinese 8-Ball Masters #2: Siping Station as follows:
Champion : 100,000 RMB +Trophy + Certification
Runner-up: 50,000 RMB + Certification
The 3rd Place (2) : 20,000 RMB + Certification
The 5th Place (4) : 8,000 RMB
The 9th Place (8) : 4,000 RMB
The 17th Place (16) : 3,000 RMB
The 33rd Place (32) : 2,000 RMB
The 65th Place (48) : 1,000 RMB