The Ultimate Pool Group organise and promote professional 8-ball pool events featuring the world's top players.
Founded in 2020 when the QK Sports Entertainment and Orange Media Group brands merged forces, the Ultimate Pool Group harbours an exciting vision for the sport’s future, with an emphasis on supplying quality, entertainment and increased levels of professionalism, exposure and prize money.
Ultimate Pool hosts a portfolio of live televised tournaments consisting of several major invitationals and a structured two-tier open circuit which is made up of an amateur-only Challenger Series and an elite 48-player Professional Series. In 2022, there will also be an 80-player Women’s Series which is a qualifying pathway to the professional ranks.
Following the success of its inaugural season in 2021 where it paid out around £300,000 in prizes and received approximately 200 hours of live and consistent television coverage from FreeSports, the 2022 Ultimate Pool scene is set to be even bigger.
The Challenger Series has risen in numbers from 128 to 288, and across all Ultimate Pool events, over £500,000 in prize money is set to be won throughout the season – unprecedented numbers for the sport of 8-ball pool.
Several of 8-Ball Pool’s all-time greats compete in Ultimate Pool events, including current and six-time World Champion Michael Hill, two-time World Champion and former Mosconi Cup MVP Chris Melling and four-time World Champion and Chinese 8-Ball star Gareth Potts. The professional ranks are a cosmopolitan affair with seven different nationalities featuring in the top 16.
As well as looking at improving the status within the top echelons, Ultimate Pool acknowledges that this is a sport waiting to break out and hit the mainstream, with tens of thousands of players in the UK alone playing on a weekly basis. The Group aims to transform the game from bottom to top, bringing together players under one brand and inspiring more potential cueists to participate.
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