2023 Professional Circuit

The 2023 Ultimate Pool Professional Circuit is set to feature 96 professional players. This is an increase on previous editions from 34 players in 2021, and 48 players in 2022.

At the time of writing, the 2023 professional circuit season will feature 13 ranking events. These are:

Professional Players for 2023 - Roll Call

The full list of professional players for the 2023 season will be added here soon.

Please visit here to view the Player Profiles

How the Professional Rankings Work

Full details on how the professional rankings and the promotion/relegation system for 2023 will be here soon.

The current professional rankings can be found here. These rankings changed following the final ranked event of the 2022 season.

Players will maintain this ranking for the duration of the 2023 season, although after each event/weekend, Ultimate Pool will update a provisional end-of-season ranking list.

Shane Thompson was the first professional number one after the 2021 season. Michael Hill is the current professional number one.

Professional Ranking Points Distribution

Pro Series Events and Professional Cup

  • Winner: 6,000
  • Runner-Up: 3,000
  • Semi-Finalist: 2,000
  • Quarter-Finalist: 1,500
  • Last 16: 1,000
  • Last 32: 750
  • Last 64 (players that came through a Last 96 match): 500
  • Last 64 (seeded players that lose a Last 64 match): 250
  • Last 96: 250

Champions League

  • Winner: 6,000
  • Runner-Up: 3,000
  • Semi-Finalist: 2,000
  • 2nd in Last 16 Group: 1,500
  • 3rd in Last 16 Group: 1,250
  • 4th in Last 16 Group: 1,000
  • 2nd in Last 64 Group: 750
  • 3rd in Last 64 Group: 500
  • 4th in Last 64 Group: 300
  • Last 96: 200

If players are tied on points at the end of any group in the Champions League, a 6-red shootout will determine the final standings.

Masters

  • Winner: 6,000
  • Runner-Up: 3,000
  • Semi-Finalist: 2,000
  • Quarter-Finalist: 1,500
  • Last 16: 1,250
  • Last 32: 1,000
  • Last 64: 500

Ranking Points Information

For any matches that involve a bye/withdrawal, the ‘beneficiaries’ will earn full prize money, ranking points and frames on offer.

Players have to attend the tournament and complete their matches (unless otherwise authorised by a UPG official) in order gain ranking points.

Players Tied on Points

A) If players are level on the same number of points, positions are determined by whoever won the most points in any single professional ranking event during the season.

B) If positions can’t be decided by (A) the countback method will be applied.

.1 This means positions will be decided by how many points were earned from the most recent professional ranking event (or most recently numbered in the case of the Professional Series).

.2 Should this still not separate players, you continue this process looking at professional ranking events working backwards (or most recently numbered in the case of the Professional Series) throughout the season until players can be separated.

C) If players have an exactly identical ranking points record throughout the entire season, positions will be decided by whoever won the greatest number of frames in their final losing match in the most recent professional ranking event (or most recently numbered in the case of the Professional Series).

.1 Should this still not separate players, you continue this process looking at professional ranking events working backwards (or most recently numbered in the case of the Professional Series) throughout the season until players can be separated.

D) In the event that players still can’t be separated, the players involved may have to contest a playoff – the details of which would be decided by the Ultimate Pool Group.

Should an issue arise that is not covered above, the decision of the Ultimate Pool Group will be final.

The Ultimate Pool Group has the right to alter any of the above in exceptional circumstances.

Please visit and read Point 5 of Section One in our Standard Terms and Conditions here about additional Rankings/Seedings information.

Seedings

For 2023 Pro Series events, the top 28 ranked players (following the end of the 2022 season) will be seeded and go straight through to the last 64 of each event.

Another four players will be seeded for each event - further details on this to be released.