Hottest player in Europe joins King’s Cup
THE hottest player in Europe, World Championship silver medalist and China Open champion Albin Ouschan of Austria, will now make it a trio of terrors, alongside skipper Mika Immonen and Darren Appleton on Team West as they aim to gun down Asia, led by the deadly duo of Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Busmante in the Kings Cup next month.
The European and American champions will go against Asia’s champions on Nov. 19 at Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel in the inaugural staging of the Kings Cup in what is expected to become the most epic rivalry in cue sports.
Four players on each side will be selected to represent their continent in an epic event produced by Dragon Promotions.
“I will do my best to integrate very fast onto the team!” said a very enthusiastic Ouschan on his selection to the Euro/USA team of champions. “I’m honored and very excited to play this event in Manila, one of my favorite cities in the world!”
Charlie Williams, a top executive of Dragon Promotions and a mean pool player himself, believes the timing is great for Team West as Ouschan’s steady rise to the top of Europe has been progressing like clockwork since the 2014 season where he won silver at the World Championships, barely losing, 13-11, in the finals.
Albin achieved No. 1 World Ranking for the first time in his career this year and he just won the last European Pro Tour stop last week.
Skipper Mika Immonen said: “Albin is young and hungry. We need someone like that on the team. Albin will most likely be in the Mosconi Cup versus USA, so this experience playing in the Kings Cup against Team Asia in front of a tough home crowd is going to be rough. So it’s really good preparation for him for anything afterwards.”