The US Open 9-Ball Championship comes to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas as America’s most prestigious billiards tournament is relaunched by Matchroom Multi Sport with a record-breaking prize fund.

One of the biggest titles in world 9-ball, the US Open sees the best players on the planet battle it out over three breathless days to reach to the final 16, after which all matches are sudden death knockout played under the TV lights in front of an international audience.

The US Open roll of honor is a who’s-who of billiard legends and is now under the banner of Hall of Fame promoter Barry Hearn, whose Matchroom Multi Sport company are renowned in billiards for the Mosconi Cup, World Pool Masters and World Cup of Pool.

Venue

  • Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

  • April 21st - 26th 2019

Prize Fund

Total $300,000
1st (1)
$50,000
2nd (1)
$25,000
3rd-4th (2)
$12,000
5th-8th (4)
$6,250
9th-16th (8)
$3,500
17th-24th (8)
$2,750
25th-32nd (8)
$2,250
33rd-48th (16)
$1,750
49th-64th (16)
$1,500
65th-96th (32)
$1,000
97th-128th (32)
$750

Player Entries

The field is now full, players still wishing to play can join the waiting list

Player Registration

Format

Break Rules
Double Elimination
– The Accu-Rack template will be used by the section referee with the 9-ball on the spot
– Players cannot inspect the rack, and no re-racking or repositioning is allowed
– Players can break anywhere behind the headstring

Single Elimination
– The balls will be hand racked by the referee with the 9-ball on the spot
– Players cannot inspect the rack and no re-racking or repositioning is allowed
– Players can break anywhere behind the headstring

40-Second Shot Clock
– 40-second shot clock will be in operation
– Each player will have x1 40-second extension per rack

US Open 9ball Qualifiers

If you are interested in hosting an official US Open 9-Ball Championship qualifying tournament, please contact info@matchroom.com.

More qualifying events are still to be confirmed and details will be published here.

Strokers Palm Harbor, Florida 
September 9
Donny Mills
Corner Bank, Toronto, Canada
October 20
Eric Hjorleifson
Q Master Billiards, Virginia Beach, VA
October 20
Niels Feijen
Las Vegas Cue Club
November 10
Mitch Ellerman
Las Vegas Cue Club
December 8
Max Eberle
Sam's Billiards, CA
December 15
Steve Folan
Sam's Billiards, CA
December 16
Simon Pickering
Hard Times, Sacramento, CA
January 12
Amar Kang
Las Vegas Cue Club
January 12
John Barton
Skinny Bob's, Texas
January 12-13
Brian Sanders, Justin Espinosa
Benteli's , Switzerland
January 19-20
Ronald Regli, Patrick Mennillo
Steinway Billiards, New York (World Pool Series)
January 21
Joshua Filler
Kielce, Poland
January 27
Tomasz Kaplan
Corner Bank, Toronto, Canada
January 27
Paul Duell
Telford, UK
February 15-17
Imran Majid
New Zealand
February 23-24
Toan Nguyen, Adam Lilley, Brendan Ng, Molrudee Kasemchaiyanan
Australia
February 23-24
Marco Teutscher
Kolby's, Tempe, AZ
February 24
Tyler Fleshman, Kings Santy
South Africa
February 24
David Anderson
Shooters, Olathe
March 2
Manny Perez
Predator Series Asia, Fifth Avenue Club, KL
March 2-3
Aloysius Yapp, Hoang Duong Quoc
Las Vegas Cue Club
April 6
Vilmos Foldes
California Billiards, Fremont, CA
April 13-14
Jason Williams

US Open 9ball Players

  • Ivo Aarts (Netherlands)
  • James Adams (USA)
  • Yukio Akagariyama (Japan)
  • Mohammed Ali N Al Eid (Saudi Arabia)
  • Omar Al Shaheen (Kuwait)
  • David Alcaide (Spain)
  • Amer Al-darbani (Saudi Arabia)
  • Chris Alexander (Northern Ireland)
  • Deomark Alpajora (USA)
  • Bora Anar (Switzerland)
  • David Anderson (South Africa)
  • Darren Appleton (England)
  • James Aranas (Philippines)
  • Johnny Archer (USA)
  • Hideaki Arita (Japan)
  • Mohamed Baabad (Saudi Arabia)
  • Radoslaw Babica (Poland)
  • Blake Baker (USA)
  • John Barton (USA)
  • Brendon Bekteshi (Macedonia)
  • Justin Bergman (USA)
  • Brendon Bekteshi (Macedonia)
  • Carlo Biado (Philippines)
  • Marc Bijsterbosch (Netherlands)
  • California Billiards (QUALIFIER)
  • Zachary Bos (USA)
  • Pedro Botta (USA)
  • Ellis Brown (USA)
  • Peter Busarac (Germany)
  • Francisco Bustamante (Philippines)
  • Renato Camantigue (USA)
  • Wang Can (China)
  • Francesco Candela (Italy)
  • Robbie Capito (Hong Kong)
  • Alejandro Carvajal (Chile)
  • John Chapman (Englanf)
  • Nicolas Charette (Canada)
  • Siming Chen (China)
  • Ruslan Chinahov (Russia)
  • Tony Chohan (USA)
  • Johann Chua (Philippines)
  • Kelii Chuberko (USA)
  • Ben Crawley (Australia)
  • Martin Daigle (Canada)
  • James Davee (USA)
  • Jeff De Luna (Philippines)
  • Michael Dechaine (USA)
  • Michael Delawder (USA)
  • Jon Demet (USA)
  • Corey Deuel (USA)
  • Dustin Dixon (USA)
  • Ernesto Dominguez (USA)
  • Oscar Dominguez (USA)
  • Maksim Dudanets (Russia)
  • Paul Duell (Canada)
  • Max Eberle (USA)
  • Ralph Eckert (Germany)
  • Matt Edwards (New Zealand)
  • Mitch Ellerman (USA)
  • Justin Espinosa (USA)
  • Bryan Farah (Curaçao)
  • Raymund Faraon (Philippines)
  • Niels Feijen (Denmark)
  • Joshua Filler (Germany)
  • Patrick Fleming (USA)
  • Tyler Fleshman (USA)
  • Stephen Folan (USA)
  • Vilmos Foldes (Hungary)
  • Robby Foldvari (Australia)
  • Mieszko Fortunski (Poland)
  • Mark Foster (England)
  • Che-wei Fu (Taiwan)
  • Lefteris Georgiou (Cyprus)
  • Cole Gibbons (USA)
  • Robert Goddard (USA)
  • Roberto Gomez (Philippines)
  • Fedor Gorst (Russia)
  • Dennis Grabe (Estonia)
  • Patrick Griess (Germany)
  • Tom Griffith (USA)
  • Luis Guerrero (USA)
  • Liu Haitao (China)
  • Richard Halliday (South Africa)
  • Corey Harper (USA)
  • Rob Hart (USA)
  • Dennis Hatch (USA)
  • Mario He (Austria)
  • Franklin Hernandez (USA)
  • Lee Heuwagen (USA)
  • Robert Hewings (England)
  • Hayato Hijikata (Japan)
  • Jason Hitzfeld (USA)
  • Erik Hjorleifson (Canada)
  • Thorsten Hohmann (Germany)
  • Stephen Holem (Canada)
  • Patrick Holtz (Scotland)
  • Melinda Huang (USA)
  • Johann Dominik Huber (Germany)
  • Michael Hutcheson (USA)
  • Roman Hybler (Czech Republic)
  • Giuseppe Iacobucci (Italy)
  • Jeffrey Ignacio (Philippines)
  • Mika Immonen (USA)
  • Wu Jiaqing (China)
  • Jeffrey Jimenez (USA)
  • Dang Jin Hu (China)
  • Jeremy Jones (USA)
  • Paul Juarez (USA)
  • Hsu Jui-an (Taiwan)
  • Chang Jung-lin (Taiwan)
  • Dimitri Jungo (Switzerland)
  • Konrad Juszczyszyn (Poland)
  • Eklent Kaci (Albania)
  • Hsu Kai-lun (Taiwan)
  • Amar Kang (USA)
  • Tomasz Kaplan (Poland)
  • Molrudee Kasemchaiyanan (New Zealand)
  • Alexander Kazakis (Greece)
  • Jorg Kellner (Germany)
  • Tommy Kennedy (USA)
  • Warren Kiamco (Philippines)
  • Adam King (USA)
  • Jason Klatt (Canada)
  • Jochen Kluge (Germany)
  • Kurt Kobayashi (USA)
  • Kostas Koukiadakis (Greece)
  • Matt Krah (USA)
  • Marek Kudlik (Poland)
  • Wu Kun Lin (Taiwain)
  • Toru Kurabayashi (Japan)
  • Seiji Kuwajima (Japan)
  • Ken Kuwana (Japan)
  • Kim Laaksonen (Finland)
  • Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
  • Christopher Lawson (USA)
  • Kang Lee (USA)
  • Koh Yong Lee Randolph (Singapore)
  • Adam Lilley (New Zealand)
  • Da-li Lin (Taiwan)
  • Yip Kin Ling Leo (Hong Kong)
  • Steven Lingafelter (USA)
  • Steve Lingelbach (USA)
  • Cheng-chieh Liu (Taiwan)
  • Kenny Loftis (USA)
  • Hunter Lombardo (USA)
  • Bahram Lotfy (Denmark)
  • Gary Lutman (USA)
  • Imran Majid (England)
  • Petri Makkonen (Finland)
  • Nick Malaj (Greece)
  • Roderick Malone (Bahamas)
  • Marlon Manalo (Philippines)
  • Jason Mcclain (USA)
  • Jonathan Mcdowell Pakieto (New Zealand)
  • Paddy Mcloughlin (Ireland)
  • Chris Melling (England)
  • Patrick Mennillo (Switzerland)
  • Donny Mills (USA)
  • Alex Montpellier (France)
  • John Moody Sr (USA)
  • John Morra (Canada)
  • Rodney Morris (USA)
  • Adam Mscisz (Poland)
  • Fahad Salem N Alharbi (Saudi Arabia)
  • Brendan Ng (New Zealand)
  • Toan Nguyen (New Zealand)
  • Dalibor Nikolin (Serbia)
  • Abdullah Saeed O Alshammari (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ritchie Ogawa (Japan)
  • Naoyuki Oi (Japan)
  • Danny Olson (USA)
  • Gary Onomura (USA)
  • Dennis Orcollo (Philippines)
  • Albin Ouschan (Austria)
  • Jamal Oussi (USA)
  • Gabe Owen (USA)
  • Alex Pagulayan (Canada)
  • Brian Parks (USA)
  • Sangin Pehlivanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Marco Penta (Switzerland)
  • Manny Perez (USA)
  • Arnar Petersen (Iceland)
  • Nguyen Phuc Long (Vietnam)
  • Luu Minh Phuc (Vietnam)
  • Simon Pickering (Canada)
  • Konrad Piekarski (Poland)
  • Ko Ping-chung (Taiwan)
  • Ko Pin-yi (Taiwan)
  • Damian Pongpanik (USA)
  • Marcel Price (Wales)
  • Florida Pro Tour (QUALIFIER)
  • Michael Pruitt (USA)
  • Hoang Duong Quoc (Vietnam)
  • Radwan Jameel R Sorouji (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ronald Regli (Switzerland)
  • Max K Reyes (USA)
  • Liu Ri Teng (Taiwain)
  • Fabio Rizzi (France)
  • Josh Roberts (USA)
  • Chris Robinson (USA)
  • Angelo Salzano (Italy)
  • Francisco Sanchez Ruiz (Spain)
  • Brian Sanders (USA)
  • Elliot Sanderson (England)
  • Kings Santy (USA)
  • John Schmidt (USA)
  • Torsten Schmitt (Germany)
  • Jayson Shaw (Scotland)
  • Bradley Shearer (USA)
  • Mark Showalter (USA)
  • Brandon Shuff (USA)
  • Jani Siekkinen (Finland)
  • Dejan Sipkovski (North Macedonia)
  • Mateusz Sniegocki (Poland)
  • Ralf Souquet (Germany)
  • Terry Spalding (USA)
  • Marco Spitzky (Germany)
  • Gwyn Spooner (Germany)
  • Mike Stalk (USA)
  • Tom Staveley (England)
  • Roland Stock (USA)
  • Philipp Stojanovic (Croatia)
  • Earl Strickland (USA)
  • Tyler Styer (USA)
  • Wojciech Szewczyk (Poland)
  • Kuo Szu-ting (Taiwain)
  • Marco Teutscher (New Zealand)
  • Jason Theron (South Africa)
  • Billy Thorpe (USA)
  • Kosuke Tojo (Japan)
  • Tommy Tokoph (USA)
  • Stan Tourangeau (Canada)
  • Kenichi Uchigaki (Japan)
  • Gary Urinoski (USA)
  • Shane Van Boening (USA)
  • Steven Van Ness (USA)
  • Milos Verkic (Serbia)
  • Marc Vidal Claramunt (USA)
  • Marco Vignola (Italy)
  • Eugene Villena (USA)
  • Stanley Walton (Cayman Islands)
  • Thomas Welle (Germany)
  • Marcus Westen (Germany)
  • Jamie White (England)
  • Shaun Wilkie (USA)
  • Jason Williams (USA)
  • Skyler Woodward (USA)
  • Ching-shun Yang (Taiwan)
  • Aloysius Yapp (Singapore)
  • Michael Yednak (USA)
  • Philipps Yee (USA)
  • Ryo Yokawa (USA)
  • Jalal Yousef (Vietnam)
  • Masato Yoshioka (Japan)
  • (kevin) Cheng Yu Hsuan (Taiwan)
  • Chang Yu-lung (Taiwan)

2019 Championship Tickets

Season Ticket

See all six days of the 43rd US Open 9-Ball Championship for just $99 with our full event season ticket

$99

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VIP Ticket

From April 24th to April 26th see the US Open from the best seats in the house

$150 Full Day / $400 All 3 Days

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Sunday 21st April

session
price
 
All day
$20
3-day pass
$50

Monday 22nd April

session
price
 
All day
$20

Tuesday 23rd April

session
price
 
All day
$20

Wednesday 24th April

session
price
 
3-day pass
$60
All day
$25
9am
$10
1:30pm
$10
6pm
$10

Thursday 25th April

session
price
 
All day
$25
9am
$10
1:30pm
$10
6pm
$10

Friday 26th April

session
price
 
All day
$25
9am
$15
2:30pm
$15

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US Open 9ball History

Barry Behrman, Founder, US Open 9-Ball Championship

Barry Behrman opened his first incarnation of Q-Master Billiards in 1971 at the age of 25 and he staged the first US Open 9-Ball Championship at his Norfolk, VA poolroom in 1976. The event was won by future Hall of Famer Mike Sigel and was the first edition of the greatest championship in modern US pool history.

As Behrman's poolroom business flourished, so the US Open 9-Ball Championship also grew. The tournament quickly became the most prestigious and one of the most lucrative events in the country. Fields swelled to 64 players in the '80s, 128 players in the '90s and more than 200 players in the 2000s.

Over the years, the greatest names in world pool have laid claim to the coveted US Open title. Multiple Open winners include Shane Van Boening, Earl Strickland, Mike Sigel, Darren Appleton, Mika Immonen, Buddy Hall and Nick Varner.

In Barry's hands, the US Open wasn't just a pool tournament; it was a social event that drew loyal fans from across the US to Virginia every fall. Following Barry's sad demise in April 2016, the Open passed onto his children Brady and Shannon who continued the event with Pat Fleming in 2016 and '17.

In 2018, the title was acquired by Matchroom Sport with a remit to produce the event over the coming years and continue to build on the legacy left by Barry Behrman. With the 43rd annual Open coming round in April 2019, the stage will be set for the next era of America's greatest tournament.

Year
Venue
Winner
 
2017
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA
Jayson Shaw (Scotland)
2016
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA
Shane Van Boening (South Dakota)
2015
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA
Kevin (Cheng Yu Hsuan) (Taiwan)
2014
Marriott Chesapeake – Norfolk Convention Center
Shane Van Boening (South Dakota)
2013
Marriott Chesapeake – Norfolk Convention Center
Shane Van Boening (South Dakota)
2012
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Convention Center
Shane Van Boening (South Dakota)
2011
Chesapeake Conference Center
Darren Appleton (England)
2010
Chesapeake Conference Center
Darren Appleton (England)
2009
Chesapeake Conference Center
Mika Immonen (Finland)
2008
Chesapeake Conference Center
Mika Immonen (Finland)
2007
Chesapeake Conference Center
Shane Van Boening (South Dakota)
2006
Chesapeake Conference Center
John Schmidt (Florida)
2005
Chesapeake Conference Center
Alex Pagulayan (Canada)
2004
Chesapeake Conference Center
Gabe Owen (Kansas)
2003
Chesapeake Conference Center
Jeremy Jones (Texas)
2002
Chesapeake Conference Center
Ralf Souquet (Germany)
2001
Chesapeake Conference Center
Corey Deuel (Ohio)
2000
Chesapeake Conference Center
Earl Strickland (North Carolina)
1999
Chesapeake Conference Center
Johnny Archer (Georgia)
1998
Chesapeake Conference Center
Buddy Hall (Illinois)
1997
Chesapeake Conference Center
Earl Strickland (North Carolina)
1996
Virginia Beach Pavilion
Rodney Morris (Hawaii)
1995
Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA
Reed Pierce (Mississippi)
1994
Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA
Efren Reyes (Philippines)
1993
Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA
Earl Strickland (North Carolina)
1992
Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA
Tommy Kennedy (Florida)
1991
Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA
Buddy Hall (Illinois)
1990
Lake Wright Hotel, Norfolk, VA
Nick Varner (Kentucky)
1989
Lake Wright Hotel, Norfolk, VA
Nick Varner (Kentucky)
1988
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Mike Lebron (Puerto Rico)
1987
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Earl Strickland (North Carolina)
1986
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
David Howard (Florida)
1985
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Jimmy Reid (Florida)
1984
Lake Wright Hotel, Norfolk, VA
Earl Strickland (North Carolina)
1983
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Mike Sigel (New York)
1982
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
David Howard (Florida)
1981
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Allen Hopkins (New Jersey)
1980
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Mike Sigel (New York)
1979
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Louie Roberts (Missouri)
1978
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Steve Mizerek (New Jersey)
1977
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Allen Hopkins (New Jersey)
1976
Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA
Mike Sigel (New York)

US Open 9ball Vendors

Matchroom Multi Sport is looking for vendors to join us on our journey as we expand the US Open 9-Ball Championship into the biggest pool experience in sport.

With play taking place all day for the six days of the event at Mandalay Bay Resort, fans will be looking for an immersive pool experience and with the Las Vegas feel-good-factor will be looking for pool equipment, merchandise, artefacts and mementoes from their time at the 43rd annual US Open 9 Ball Championship.

If you or your company are interested in exhibiting at the 43rd US Open 9-Ball Championship this April, please download the document below.

Vendors Proposal

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