Sung-Won Choi (KOR)

Seoul 2014

Sung-Won Choi is mentally strong and is able to score amazing shots in the decisive innings. 2015 has not been a good year for him and he is not playing at his best since he reached his dream in Seoul last year.

Eddy Merckx (BEL)

Porto 2012, St Wendel 2006

Phenomenal stroke and good concentration, Eddy Merckx played the best match ever in the history during the German Bundesliga on 8 October 2011 for the team of Duisburg where he scored 50 points in 6 innings. A supernatural performance!

Frédéric Caudron (BEL)

Antwerp 2013, Bogota 1999

Nicknamed "L'Extraterrestre" ("The Extraterrestrial ») when playing his best, Frederic Caudron is untouchable. He plays fast, spectacular and his amazing performances in all carom games making him a unique champion in the history of the sport.

Torbjörn Blomdahl (SWE)

Bordeaux 2015, Grubbenvorst 1997 + 3 times !

The current World number 1 player, Torbjörn Blomdahl has been dominating the discipline the last three decades. His brilliant approach to the game has contributed to improving the level of play of the generation after the Ceulemans era. His 2015 final won after penalties set the public on fire!

Daniel Sánchez (ESP)

Sluiskil 2010, Lugo 2005, Rezé 1998

A very popular and super talented Champion able to play at his best in major events: he won 2 World Games in 2001 and 2005. At 41 years age, he is still the best Spanish champion of 3-Cushion and the first one who opened the way to a new generation of talent in his country.

Marco Zanetti (ITA)

St Wendel 2008, Randers 2002

A charismatic champion with an atypical stroke, he has been in the top 10 for the last 30 years. He has a fighting spirit and a super technique. 2013 has been his most successful season with an unprecedented series of victories: Lausanne Masters, AGIPI Masters, European Champ and World Games.

Dick Jaspers (NED)

Lima 2011, Rotterdam 2004,

St Etienne 2000

Filippos Kasidokostas (GRE)

Lausanne 2009

Great professional player with top performances in regular season and tournament play. In the early 2000s, Dick Jaspers was the first player able to play a whole tournament (7 matches) over 2.500 average.

A high class player with an outstanding technique for position play. In the last two years, his inconsistent play results will not guarantee his participation in Bordeaux.

Semih Sayginer (TUR)

Valladolid 2003

Nicknamed Mr. Magic or Turkish Prince, Semih Sayginer is back in competition after a 6-year break due to a conflict with the previous president of the Turkish Federation. His stroke and his showmanship are still intact. Fans across the world are very happy to have him back.



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Ryuuji Umeda (JAP)

Cuenca 2007

Ryūji Umeda was the big surprise of the 2007 edition in Ecuador. With this victory, he became the second Asian to win it in 34 years since Nobuaki Kobayashi. He is retired from international tournament for three years and will not be participating in Bordeaux.

Raymond Ceulemans (BEL)

Luxembourg 2001 + 20 times !!!

After winning  35 World Championships (21 in three-cushion), 48 European titles and 61 national titles, Raymond Ceulemans is possibly the most dominant force in any one sport. « Mister 100 » is still the only carom player who has been inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame. A Legend.

After an exciting 2015 edition won by the World's Number 1 Torbjörn Blomdahl, Kozoom and the French Billiard Federation are pleased to host the world’s ultimate 3-Cushion competition once again at the Palais des Congrès in Bordeaux from November 15th to the 19th 2016. Treat yourself and be a part of this unforgettable experience!


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November 15-19, 2016 in Bordeaux (France)






  • 2000 m2 set up inside the « Espace Pluriel »
  • 1150 seats (80% bleachers, 20% VIP Boxes)
  • Sport arena with 4 Tables Gabriels Imperator


Beautiful Venue, perfect location

15 minutes from town center

The venue is located at only 15 minutes from the Train Station (non-stop by tramway)


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Access by foot to your Hotel

1050 hotel rooms, 5 restaurants and 1 casino next to the venue!


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15 minutes from the airport

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  •                What are the rules of the competition?

    Matches are race to 40 points with 40 seconds shot-clock and equalizing inning. In case of draw in the final tournament, penalties are played.


    The competition starts with 16 groups of 3 players. The first ranked player of each group is qualified to play the final stage: a Knock-Out system from the round of sixteen to the Final.


    Check-out the UMB Rules for more details

  •                What is the 3-Cushion Game?

    This is the most famous game of Carom Billiards. It is played with three balls on a pocketless heated 5 X 10 feet table.


    To score a point, the cue ball must hit the other two balls, but before the cue ball makes contact with the second object ball (the other player's designated cue ball and the red), it must hit three or more cushions. That is the reason why the game is called 3-Cushion Billiards.

  •                Why this event takes part of the France-Korea Year?

    South-Korea is the country of 3-Cushion. The game is very popular with 40 000 clubs et 10 Million Players.


    Sung-Won Choi brought the world title to the South-Korea for the first time in the history in 2014.

  •                How are the 48 Players selected?

    1 Title Holder

    16 Top World Ranked Players

    13 selected by the Confédération Européenne de Billard (CEB)

    8 selected by the Confederación Panamericana de Billar (CPB)

    6 selected by the Asian Carom Billiard Confederation (ACBC)

    2 selected by the African Carom Confederation (ACC)

    2 Wildcards

  •                What is the prize money?

    1st place = €10000 x 1 = € 10000

    2nd place = €6000 x 1 = € 6000

    3rd+3rd = €3500 x 2 = € 7000

    5th–8th = €2000 x 4 = € 8000

    9th–16th = €1000 x 8 = € 8000

    17th-48th = € 600 x 32 = € 19200


    TOTAL = € 58200

    This amount may increase on request of Sponsor!




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