The entry criteria for the October 2018 World Billiards Championship will be as follows;
|A||All former & defending World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL)|
|B||America [Fraser Durham]|
|C||Oceania [Jason Colebrook]|
|D||Asia [Dhvaj Haria]|
|E||Europe [Rob Hall]|
|G||WDBS Disability nomination|
|H||8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Woman Player|
|I||WLBS World Women’s Champion [Emma Bonney]|
|J||32 players from the final 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit|
|K||Qualifiers from a 1 day Qualification Tournament|
- Spots are generally awarded in chronological order, ie the order in which they are won. This is done in case a player wins multiple spots. For example, if the same player wins the World Championship and then the Asian Championship that player would get the World Champion spot (as this was won first) and the Asian spot would be offered to the runner up in the Asian Championship.
- Regional championships are used to determine spots where they exist (Asia & Oceania). Where they do not exist (Europe, America & Africa) we use our own open major event or a direct Regional Federation nomination instead. In these cases only players who are citizens of their respective region are eligible to receive these nominations.
- The 32 players from the 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit (J) will be players who have not already qualified from A-I (see list below*).
- The number of players taken from the Qualification Tournament will depend on the number required to make all groups in the main events equal.
- The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit and any players who are members of, and supported by an NGB.
- The defending champion will be seeded number 1; subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL Ranking List as at 31st August 2018.
*WBL Top 32
Below is a list of who will be nominated as part of the WBL allocation of players. The qualification route is stated next to the player where it is known.
This list will evolve as players are nominated by their NGBs or decline their invitation and the WBL nominations will then go further down the list accordingly.
Players below in BOLD have either entered or indicated that they are going to. For a list of who has actually entered and paid see here.
|Singapore||Peter Gilchrist||World Champion|
|England||David Causier||World Champion|
|England||Steve Brookshaw||WBL 1|
|England||Darren Clark||WBL 2|
|England||Ryan Mears||WBL 3|
|England||Martin Goodwill||WBL 4|
|England||Gary Norman||WBL 5|
|England||Chris Coumbe||WBL 6|
|India||Rupesh Shah||World Champion|
|England||Phil Davis||WBL 7|
|England||Nathan Mann||WBL 8|
|England||Mike Russell||World Champion|
|England||Mark Hirst||WBL 9|
|England||Nalin Patel||WBL 10|
|New Zealand||Wayne Carey||NZ|
|England||Barry Russell||WBL 11|
|England||Brian Harvey||WBL 12|
|England||Chris Mitchell||WBL 13|
|England||Adam Clarke||WBL 14|
|England||Arthur Winn||WBL 15|
|Rep. of Ireland||Aidan Murray||IRE|
|India||Sushrut Pandia||WBL 16|
|England||Craig Fitzpatrick||WBL 17|
|England||Stephen Kershaw||WBL 18|
|England||Brian Pritchard||WBL 19|
|England||Peter Atkinson||WBL 20|
|England||Sam Walker||WBL 21|
|England||Jason Devanney||WBL 22|
|England||Terry McAdam||WBL 23|
|England||Kevin Payne||WBL 24|
|England||Geoffrey Lingard||WBL 25|
|England||Stephen Stokes||WBL 26|
|England||Ron Bickerdike||WBL 27|
|England||Chris Bishop||WBL 28|
|England||Mark Hill||WBL 29|
|England||Roy Denson||WBL 30|
|England||Mick White||WBL 31|
|England||Peter Johnson||WBL 32|
|India||Geet Sethi||World Champion|
|India||Jai Ganesh Marudanayagam||IND|
|England||Emma Bonney||World Women’s Champion|
|Northern Ireland||Jack McLaughlin||NI|
|Northern Ireland||Korbin Lowe||NI|