2012 Guinness World Series of Pool: Speed Challenge Round of 16 match-ups – 2 Pinoys left

15 07 2012

The 2012 Guinness World Series of Pool: Speed Challenge is down to its final 16 competitors. Of the 16, 7 are from the host country Indonesia, 3 are from Great Britain, 2 from the Philippines and USA, and 1 each for Germany and Finland.  The hopes for the Philippines lies in the cue sticks of Dennis Orcollo and Jeffrey de Luna. Here are the pairings for the Round of 16:


Ricky Yang (INA) vs Jeffrey De Luna (PHI)
Mika Immonen (FIN) vs Muhammad Andre (INA)
Dennis Orcollo (PHI) vs Adolof Leunupun (INA)
Iwan Saga (INA) vs Cherry Suliawan (INA)
Chris Melling (GBR) vs George Breedlove (USA)
Karl Boyes (GBR) vs Ferdi (INA)

The 2012 World 9 Ball Champion is Darren Appleton

30 06 2012

Doha, QatarAfter 7 long days of competition, the 2012 World 9-Ball Champion is finally crowned. The winner of the 2012 World 9-Ball Championship is none other than Darren Appleton of Great Britain. He beat China’s Lee He Wen in the finals with the slimmest of margins, 13-12.  He was actually cruising early in the match as he took a 11-3 lead against the Chinese finalist but Lee had furious rally only to denied in the 25th and final rack. The  victory meant the Appleton will crowned as world champion and going home with $40,000. Lee was awarded $20,ooo for his fine effort in the tournament. Lee was the first ever Chinese finalist in the World 9 Ball Championship history. Congratulations to the winners, participants, and the organizers!  We look forward to another exciting tournament in 2013.

WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 Semifinals: It’s Appleton vs. Lee for all the jewels!!

29 06 2012

Doha, Qatar – The semifinal matches have been played and the 2012 World 9 Ball Championship is down to its final 2 players. China‘s Lee He Wen defeated former titlist Ralf Souquet, 11-6 to set up a finals duel against Great Britain’s Darren Appleton who won 11-7 against Naoyuki Ohi.  Once again, the tournament will produce a first time winner.

Road to the Finals:

Lee He Wen (CHI)                                   
Eliminations: 7 - 9 Chao Fang Pong(TPE)            
Eliminations: 9 – 4   Edwin Montal(CAN)            
Eliminations: 9 – 1 Roman Hybler(CZE)
Round of 64:  11 – 9 Jason Klatt(CAN)             
Round of 32:  11 – 8 John Morra(CAN)              
Round of 16:  11 – 9 Omar Al Shaheen(KUW)          
Round of 8:   11 – 10  Antonio Gabica(PHI)        
Round of 4:   11 - 6 Ralf Souquet(GER)

Darren Appleton (GBR)
Eliminations: 9 – 7 Hamza Alsaeed(ERI)
Eliminations: 9 – 2 Abdul Rahman Al Amar(KSA)
Round of 64:  11 – 5 Mateusz Sniegocki(POL)
Round of 32:  11 – 10 Matthew Edwards(NZL)
Round of 16:  11 – 8  Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE)
Round of 8:   11 - 9 Ko Pin Yi(TPE)
Round of 4:   11 - 7 Naoyuki Ohi(JPN)

It’s going to be East vs. West in the finals. Lee will have a chance to be the first ever mainland Chinese player to win the World 9-Ball Championship. Appleton hopes to give Britain another champion after 5 years.

WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 Semifinal Preview

29 06 2012

Quarterfinal Results:

Ralf Souquet (GER) 11 – 9 Nick Van Den Berg (NED)

Lee He Wen (CHN) 11 – 10 Antonio Gabica (PHL)

Naoyuki Ohi (JAP) 11 – 9 Karl Boyes (GBR)

Darren Appleton (GBR) 11 – 9 Ko Pin Yi (TAI)

After 4 very close games in the quarterfinals, the World 9 Ball Championship is down to its final 4 players.  The final 4 is composed of:

  1. Ralf Souquet of Germany – “The Kaiser” has already won the World 9 Ball Championship 16 years ago when he beat Sweden’s Tom Storm in the finals.  If he wins this year’s edition he will join Earl StricklandJohnny Archer, and Chap Fong Pang as the only multiple time winners of the history of the World 9-Ball Championship.  Souquet has also been the runner-up twice in 2001 (vs. Immonen) and 2006 (vs. Alcano). The last time a German won in the tournament is way back in 2003 when Thorsten Hohmann beat Filipino-Canadian Alex Pagulayan.
  2. Lee He Wen of China – Lee started the tournament at the wrong foot after falling to Taiwanese ace Chao Fang Pong in his first match of the 2012 World 9 Ball Championship.  Ever since that loss, he has strung up 6 straight wins to be in the semifinals. He eliminated Edwin Montal of Canada, Roman Hybler of Czech Republic, Jason Klatt of Canada, John Morra of Canada, Omar Al Shaheen of Kuwait, and Antonio Gabica of the Philippines, on his way to a semifinal match-up against Ralf Souquet.  He sent home 3 Canadians in his quest to become the first ever World 9 Ball Champion from China.
  3. Naoyuki Ohi of Japan – Ohi is hoping to duplicate the feat of his countryman Yukio Akagariyama who won last year’s edition of World 9 Ball Championship. Should he win the tournament, he will be the 4th Japanese to win the title after Akagariyama (2011), Takahashi Kunihiko (1998), and Okumura Takeshi (1994).  He prevented an all-British semifinals by beating Karl Boyes in the quarterfinals.  He will face another GBR bet Darren Appleton for a spot in the finals.
  4. Darren Appleton of Great Britain – Five years ago, Daryl Peach became the first Briton to win the World 9-Ball Championship. Darren Appleton hopes to duplicate the achievement of his countryman in this year’s championship. Nickname “Dynamite”, Appleton is a former World 10-Ball Champion. He also won the 2010 U.S. Open 9-ball Tournament. Winning this tournament will add to the long list of accomplishments of the PontefractWest YorkshireEngland-native.

The final 4 match-ups will be Souquet vs. Lee and Ohi vs. Appleton. All semifinalists are assured of $12,000.  The losing finalist will win $20,000 while the champion gets $40,000.

Darren Appleton

Ralf Souquet

Naoyuki Ohi

Lee He Wen


WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 Round of 16 Recap and Quarterfinal Pairings

28 06 2012
Ralf Souquet

Ralf Souquet (Photo credit: G.C.)

Al Sadd Sports Club, Qatar – Here are the Round of 16 results of the World 9 Ball Championships 2012:

Ralf Souquet (GER) 11 – 4 Bruno Muratore (ITA)

Dennis Orcullo (PHI) 6 – 11 Nick van den Berg(NED)

Mika Immonen (FIN) 9 – 11 Antonio Gabica (PHI)

Omar Al Shaheen(KUW) 9 – 11 Le He Wen(CHN)

Karl Boyes(GBR) 11 – 10 Jentsch Dominic (GER)

Ko Pin Yi (TAI) 11 – 9 Jundel Mazon (PHI)

Darren Appleton(GBR) 11 – 8 Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE)

Naoyuki Ohi(JPN) 11 – 9 Thorsten Hohmann (GER)

The winners move on to the quarterfinals.  The losers go home with $5,000. Here are the pairings for the quarterfinals:
Ralf Souquet vs. Nick Van Den Berg
Antonio Gabica vs. Lee Hee Wen
Naoyuki Ohi vs. Karl Boyes
Darren Appleton vs. Ko Pin Yi

2011 PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool: Participants and schedules

6 09 2011

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After a successful staging of the 2011 World Pool Masters. PartyPoker.net is once again the title sponsor of the 2011 World Cup of Pool which will be held at the Block Atrium, SM City North EDSA Mall, Quezon, City.  It is the 3rd time that the Philippines has hosted the tournament where 32 of the best billiards pairings represent their country in a win or go home tournament. Here are the participating teams in this year’s event:

Europe (15)
Austria – Jasmin Ouschan & Mario He
Croatia – Carlo Dalmatin & Ivica Putnik or Philipp Stojanovic
England – Darren Appleton & Chris Melling
Estonia – Dennis Grabe & Erki Erm
Finland – Mika Immonen & Petri Makkonen
France – Stephan Cohen & Vincent Facquet
Germany – Ralf Souquet & Thorsten Hohmann
Holland – Huidji See & Marco Teutscher
Italy – Fabio Petroni & Bruno Muratore
Malta – Tony Drago & Alex Borg
Poland – Karol Skowerski & Radoslaw Babica
Russia – Konstantin Stepanov & Ruslan Chinakhov
Spain – David Alcaide & Francisco Diaz-Pizarro
Sweden – Marcus Chamat & Thomas Mehtala
Switzerland – Dimitri Jungo & Ronni Regli Read the rest of this entry »

2011 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters: Souquet beats Orcollo in the Finals

6 09 2011
German pool player Ralf Souquet at the Europea...

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German Ralf Souquet captured  2011 World Pool Masters title Monday night after beating defending champion Dennis Orcollo. Souquet won $20,000 for the victory while Orcollo settled for $10,000. Sixteen of the world’s best pool players where invited to compete in this tournament sponsored by PartyPkoer.net.

In the way to the finals, Souquet eliminated Mika Immonen, Lee Van Corteza, and Darren Appleton. World No.1 Orcollo reached the finals via victories against Tony Drago, Chang Jung Lin, and  Fu Jian Bo.

The successful and well-attended tournament was held at at The Block at SM North EDSA in Quezon City. It was the 19th running of the World Pool Masters tournament and it was held for the first in the Philippines.