As 2013 drew to a close, and December approached, the buzz in the pool world was peaking. After all, the 20th PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup was just around the corner.
The annual tournament pits five of the best players from Europe against their American counterparts in a series of Ryder Cup-style singles and doubles matches. And this year was set to be one of the most intriguing ever.
After winning five of the last six Mosconi Cups, which included a thrilling 11-9 victory at London’s iconic York Hall in 2012, Europe were aiming to defend their title.
Despite the European’s increasing dominance in the competition in recent years, though, the USA still held the advantage with 11 wins over Europe’s seven, and one tie.
Not that this worried Team Europe.
Indeed, nine-ball pool legend Mika ‘Iceman’ Immonen admitted in an exclusive interview with www.vaishalibhardwaj.com that he was confident Europe would retain the prestigious title weeks before the competition got underway.