The Mosconi Cup, known as the Ryder Cup of Pool, is an annual nine-ball pool tournament between Europe and the United States which has been delighting crowds and TV audiences on either side of the Atlantic since 1994.
The Mosconi Cup is an annual nine-ball pool match between players from Europe and the USA, named after the legendary 18-time world champion Willie Mosconi, who died in 1993, a year before this competition was played for the first time.
The Mosconi Cup has been held in late November or December ever since it started.
This year's tournament is being staged from 30th November–3rd December at the famous Bally's on the strip in Las Vegas.
Every session of the 2022 Mosconi Cup will be screened live on Sky Sports.
It's five-a-side under the watch of two non-playing captains.
US captain Jeremy Jones has selected Shane van Boening, Oscar Dominguez, Skyler Woodward, Tyler Skyer and the great Earl Strickland to fly the star-spangled banner.
Dutchman Alex Lely is the European skipper and he's backing Joshua Filler, Francisco Ruiz, Albin Ouschan, Jayson Shaw and David Alcaide to complete a threepeat for the visiting team.
There are 21 points up for grabs which means a team needs to win 11 points to be crowned champions.
The first three days feature a team event – all ten players at the table – followed by a succession of singles and doubles matches, two of which are chosen by a public vote.
The final day features five singles matches and if the match score is tied at 10-10, the captains pick a player to contest the deciding match.
Each match is best-of-nine racks, so effectively a race to five racks.
Europe were 11-6 winners at Alexandra Palace, London in 2021.
The US had led 2-0 and 5-3 and looked likely to make it 6-3 when Jeremy Jones and Chris Reinhold won four of the first five frames against Eclent Kaci and David Alcaide.
But the European pair fought back to win that match and it changed the course of the contest with the home camp claiming all five matches on the third day of competition.
It meant Europe retained the trophy having won the 2020 running of the Mosconi Cup at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Europe are 4/9 to retain the Mosconi Cup, while the United States are to win it for just the third time since 2009.
Joshua Filler is 5/2 to be top Europe points scorer with Shane van Boening to be the pick of the US players.
The first Mosconi Cup was held at the Roller Bowl in Romford with six-time world snooker champion Steve Davis among the inaugural European team.
It was the US who won that match 16-12, part one of a decade or so of dominance – by 2005 the Americans held a 10-2 edge over Europe.
The change came the next year, a 12-12 draw in Rotterdam in which the host continent blew a 12-10 lead, but it confirmed to them that the Americans were beatable.
The very next year a strong European team, featuring nine-ball legends like Ralf Souquet, Niels Feijen and Daryl Peach, went to Vegas and beat an awesome American side containing the incomparable Strickland, Jonny Archer and Rodney Morris.
It was the first time the Americans had been beaten on their own turf and it was a truly transformational moment.
Europe has now won 12 of the last 15 Mosconi Cups including a never-to-be-forgotten 11-2 destruction of the Americans at the Mirage in Las Vegas in 2013 when Strickland and his team-mates were swept aside in just two-and-a-half days.