THE International Pool Association (IPA) World Pool Championships are returning to Bradford.

Some of the best players on the planet will come together from today until Sunday to star at The Bradford Hotel on 19 tables in five different events; men's and ladies singles, men's and mixed doubles, and the seniors.

It is set to be a highly competitive men's event with defending champion Marc Farnsworth sure to go a long way again this year while world number one Liam Dunster will also be in contention.

Top English Pool Association (EPA) players can now play on the IPA circuit without fear of recrimination from their governing body, which sees Phil Harrison and Adam Davis able to compete, although they will both need to be at the top of their game playing blackball rules this week.

If welsh wizard Jordan Shepherd is on form and in full flow there is no better player to watch - add in well-known nine-ball players Karl Boyce and Darren Appleton, and it is one of the best line-ups the event has seen since its formation in 2014.

The ladies competition gets stronger year on year and Emma Cunningham will go off a red-hot favourite after dominating the 2019 tour. However, Collette Henriksen could ruffle some feathers.

Although the tournament will be available to watch on Freesports TV, it is free entry from Tuesday to Friday.

The finals will be hosted at the weekend with the singles commencing at 8:30pm on Saturday and the others starting from 1pm onwards on Sunday.

Tickets will only be £5, which also includes a free pint or soft drink, and Sevenbyfour will be giving away a cue case per final.

All you have to do is be there to be in with a chance of winning.

Further information can be found at and visit for the full draw.

As a 'thank you' to the Bradford residents for their support each year, the IPA are also giving away five pairs of tickets each day.

E-mail confirming which day you would prefer to attend, and if you are one of the lucky winners you can collect your tickets on the day.

Spectators must be present during the finals to collect their included drink (8.30pm onwards Saturday, 1pm onwards Sunday) and to be eligible for any other prizes on the day.