The United States are going to have to come from 5-0 down after day one of the Mosconi Cup if they are going to beat Europe and win their first trophy in this competition in four years.
They are 12/1 with Bet365 to complete one of biggest turnarounds in the history of the traditional event.
Despite holding home advantage at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the hosts were outplayed and were full of errors in a nervy start.
The 2013 tournament got underway with the traditional team match where all 10 players took part. Europe went 1-0 up through a 6-3 win. The opener has been important in the past as the side which has taken it has gone on to win five of the last seven events.
Earl Strickland was making his return to the United States side in the Mosconi Cup but along with Rodney Morris, tasted defeated to Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes.
The closest game of night was between Mika Immonen and Shane van Boening. The tie went all the way down to the 11th and decisive rack. The European had the advantage of the break though, and made it count by potting the nine ball.
United States were hoping the experience of Johnny Archer and Dennis Hatch was going to get them their first point on the board but they also fell 6-2 to Holland’s Niels Feijen and Ralf Souquet of Germany.
Appleton returned for the visitors to complete the clean sweep when he edged past Morris 6-4.
It was the first time in the history of the tournament that either side had taken all the points on offer on day one.
Bet365 make Europe 1/25 favourites now to win their fourth straight trophy.