European All-Star clash underway in Rotterdam

Niels Feijen (NED) will want to shine at the Longoni Open, one of his main sponsors

This week-end in Rotterdam (NED)  the Thurston Pool Café is host to the Benelux Longoni Open 2014.

After the qualification rounds played in 8 groups with a rebuy system, 28 players have joined the 4 invited stars in the 6th edition of the Benelux Longoni Open. Ralf Souquet (GER), Serge Das (BEL), defending champion Nick Van Den Berg (NED) and reigning World 9-Ball Champion and World Pool Master Niels Feijen (NED) are already in the main tournament.

A preliminary round of qualifications played on the 27th of july, in which Ivo Aarts, Kamila Khodaeva, Visal Peou and Thomas Vanbroekhoven earned their spots in the main tournament to be played on sunday the 17th of august.

As the event has grown over the years, many big names of the european pool scene showed up in Rotterdam since friday the 15th of august. Frenchmen Alex Montpellier and Stephan Cohen were the first two players to qualify, and were soon joined by Elliott Sanderson and Huidji See in Group B. In the next groups, more and more players decided to use the rebuy option and therefore a record 240 entries were registered by the event promoter, Daswan promotion.

Amongst the many names who came out of the group stages to earn a spot in the final tournament and a possibility to claim the trophy are World Champions Karl Boyes (GBR), Daryl Peach (GBR) and Oliver Ortmann (GER). Tony Drago (MLT), Kevin Becker (GER), Andreas Roschkowsky (GER), Karlo Dalmatin (CRO), Marc Bijsterbosch (NED), are other top european players who made their way to the sunday event.

To follow the action, you can read promoter Çakti Aswan of Daswan promotions' scores updates on facebook and also go to the Free Livestream courtesy of