The Philippines has been making steady progress on their journey towards securing their fourth World Pool Masters title and fifth WSOP crown, as they prepare to compete at the six-star Manila Southwoods Hotel in Rizal from March 31 to April 8, 2017.
With much help from the host country's government, the Manila Southwoods Hotel, WPT Global Operations and its "Follow the Leader" tourney will provide players with access to some of the best tournaments in Asia and beyond, which also gave many teams a huge advantage.
The trip to the Philippines has already proved beneficial for the United States, who went into the World Pool Series stop in the Philippines confident of securing their seventh win at the WPT World Cup.
United States beat Poland, China and Cuba, while Australia also joined in the action with their win over the Netherlands.
The United States started the day with a 10-8 win over Poland in what was a tight affair until Tom Richards beat Mert Ancic on the final rack of the match.
Now that the USA have reached the final four of the series, they will look to seal their spot in the final on Sunday April 9 with a win against Canada.
In the race to the final four of the World Pool Series, Australia became the first team to book a spot in the event with their 19-15 win over the Dutch.
The Aussies faced a tough battle against the Netherlands, but despite losing the first four racks, they rallied back and will now face United States in the semi-final.
Canada then booked their place in the semi-finals after defeating Great Britain 15-10.
The final quarter-final will see Australia taking on Japan, while China face off against Great Britain.
World Pool Series Chief Operating Officer, Steve Giddings, said, "The talent pool is wide and deep with players from 15 different countries taking part in the World Pool Series.
"We are excited to be returning to the Philippines in March for the final tournament of the series. This tournament sees some of the best pool players from Asia and Europe come together for a fantastic week of great pool.
"The Philippines has a long history of producing some of the best players in the world. The organisers and hosts are truly world class.
"They will have put in some extra effort to ensure this event is a success, and as a result, we believe it has the potential to be the best in Asia."
After the Manila Southwoods, the World Pool Series is heading to Glasgow, Wales in April, before returning to Europe in May