World 10 Ball Championship: 17 Filipinos enter the Round of 64

19 02 2015
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English: Alex Pagulayan plays for Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General Santos City – Day 2 of the 2015 MP Cup World 10-ball Championship is the first elimination day as 32 pool players were sent home from the original 128 participants. 32 other undefeated players barged into the knockout stages with their 2nd straight victories.  Of the 32 qualifiers, 17 are from the host country Philippines including Alex Pagulayan who is playing for Canada.

The 16 Filipinos who are in the money rounds are:

  1. Raymund Faraon
  2. Anton Raga
  3. Lee Van Cortez
  4. Antonio Gabica
  5. Jerico Bonus
  6. James Aranaz
  7. Dennis Orcollo
  8. Francisco Bustamante
  9. Alex Pagulayan
  10. Warren Kiamco
  11. Elmer Haya
  12. Roberto Gomez
  13. Carlo Biado
  14. Oliver Viliafuerte
  15. Jeffrey de Luna
  16. Emil Martinez
  17. Jonas Magpantay

The winner of this tournament will take home $40,000.  The event’s main sponsor is Congressman Manny Pacquiao.


Results for Day 2

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World 9-Ball Championship 2012 Day 5 First Half Update: 3 up 3 down for the PHL cue artists in the Round of 64

27 06 2012
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Orcullo (with Amang Parica) is in the Round of 32

After 16 matches in the Round of 64 in the World 9-Ball Championship, 3 Philippine bets have entered the Round of 32 while 3 Filipino pool players are eliminated from the competition. There are 7 Filipino cue masters who will play for a spot in the Round of 32 later tonight.  The early winners are led by veteran Dennis Orcollo who avenged his Day 3 defeat to Andrew Kong of Hong Kong.  He will be joined by Lee Van Corteza and Antonio Gabica. Corteza beat Belgium’s Serge Das while Gabica eliminated Mario He of Austria.

The 3 PHL bets that were eliminated are Israel Rota, Marlon Caneda, and Elvis Calasang.  Rota was beaten by Hao Xiang Han of China. Caneda was eliminated by Nick Van Der Berg and Calasang was sent packing by John Morra of Canada.

On going matches of PHL bets as of posting:

Chang Jun Lin (TAI) 3 – 2 Joven Alba (PHI)

Francisco Bustamante (PHI) 1 -3 Chao Fong Pang (TAI)

Carlo Biado (PHI) 2 -4 Ohi Naoyuki (JPN)

Efren Reyes (PHI) 3-2 Toh Lian Han (SIN)

2012 WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Day 1 Partial Results; 7 PHL bets win first match

24 06 2012

All eyes in Doha for 2012 World 9 Ball Championship.

Doha, Qatar– The 2012 World 9-Ball Championship is underway.  This year’s tournament has a total pot of $300,000 with $40,000 going to the winner and $20,000 to the runner-up. In the first round, 128 of the best cue masters will try to secure one of the 64 slots in the knockout stages.  The first round is double elimination which means that if a player losses twice, he is eliminated from the competition.

So far in the first day, the Philippine contingent went 7-2. Legendary Efren “Bata” Reyes led the onslaught with a 9-3 thrashing of Croatian Philipp Stojanovich. In the same group, Loyme Vicente won his first match against Mohammad Berjawi of Lebanon, 9-4. Ramil Gallego won over India’s Sundeep Gulati. Jundel Mazon outlasted Briton Chris Melling, 9-7. Carlo Biado routed Rajandran Nair of Saudi Arabia, 9-1. 2010 champion Francisco “Django” Bustamante got a 9-6 win over Taipei’s Lo Li Wen.  Roberto Gomez dispatched Takhti Zarekani of Iran via a 9-6 score. Oliver Medenilla and Elvis Calasang were not as lucky as they got beaten by Abdullah Al Yousef(KUW) and Han Hao Hang(CHN) respectively.

Other notable winners were defending Yukio Akagariyama, Malta’s Tony Drago, Fu Chei Wei(TPE), Britains’ Darren Appleton, Fu Jianbo of China and Ko Pin Yi of Taipei.  Here are the complete results of the first matches:

Group 1
Badr Al Awadi(KUW) 9 – 7 Huidji See(NED)
Efren  Reyes(PHI) 9 – 3 Philipp Stojanovic(CRO)
John Morra(CAN) 9 – Hwang Yong(KOR)
Loyme Vicente(PHI) 9 -4  Mohammad Berjawi(LEB)

Group 2
Tony Drago(MLT) 9 – 8 Mika Immonen(FIN)
Ramil Gallego(PHI) 9 – 6 Sundeep Gulati(IND)
Thorsten Hohmann(GER) 9 – 5 Hsu Kai Lun(TPE)
Ali Podel(IRI) 9 – 2 Abdulwahed Al Awad(KSA)

Group 3
Jundel Mazon(PHI) 9 – 7 Chris Melling(GBR)
Matthew Edwards(NZL) 9 – 7 Shane Van Boening(USA)
Vincent Faquet(FRA) 9 – 7 Aloysius Yapp(SIN)
Malaj Nikolaos(ALB)  9 – 8 Abdulatif Fawal((QAT)

Group 4
Chao Fang Pong(TPE) 9 – 7 Lee He Wen(CHN)
Thomas Engert(GER) 9 – 4 Edwin Montal(CAN)
Carlo Biado(PHI) 9 – 1 Rajandran Nair(RSA)
Roman Hybler(CZE) 9 – 3 Waleed Majeed(QAT)

Group 5
Fu Chei Wei(TPE) 9 – 8 Do The Kien(VIE)
Karlo Dalmatin(CRO) 9 – 2 Mohd Buainain(QAT)
Fu Jianbo(CHN) 9 – 7 Marcus Chamat(SWE)
Jason Shaw(GBR) 9 – 5 Takashi Uraoka(JPN)

Group 6
Aki Heiskanen(FIN) 9 – 4 Niels Feijen(NED)
Khaled Al Mutairi(KUW) 9 – 4 Mohd Al Bin Ali(QAT)
Chang Jun Lin(TPE) 9 – 7 Dimitri Jungo(SUI)
Naoyuki Ohi(JPN) 9 – Robby Foldvari(AUS)

Group 7
Chang Yu Lung(TPE) 9 – 3 Jalal Yousef(VEN)
Albin Ouschan(AUT) 9 – 7 Dan Jingu(CHN)
Karl Boyes(GBR) 9 – 5 Ryu Seung Woo(KOR)
Yang Ching Shun(TPE) 9 – 2 Hanni Alhowri(UAE)

Group 8
Hayato Hijikata(JPN) 9 – 3 Mark Gray(GBR)
Manuel Gama(POR) 9 – 7 Lee Chenman(HKG)
Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 9 – 1 Luis Lemus(GUA)
Omar Al Shaheen(KUW) 9 – 8 Serge Das(BEL)

Group 9
Daryl Peach(GBR) 9 – 7 Sniegocki Mateusz(POL)
Bozo Primic(CRO) 9 – 8 Mazen Berjaoui(LIB)
Francisco Bustamante(PHI) 9 – 6 Lo Li Wen(TPE)
Abdullah Al Yousef(KUW) 9 – 3 Oliver Medenilla(PHI)

Group 10
Roberto Gomez(PHI) 9 – 6 Takhti Zarekani(IRI)
Mohammad Saeed(QAT) 9 – 8 Alaa Bata(QAT)
Yukio Akagariyama(JPN) 9 – 7 Dominic Jentsch(GER)
Konstantine Stepanov(RUS) 9 – 3Harvey Shognosh(CAN)

Group 11
Abdul Rahman Al Amar(KSA) 9 – 7 Bruno Muratore(ITA)
Bashar Hussain(QAT) 9 – 1 Kuo Yi Che(TPE)
Han Hao Hang(CHN) 9 – 6 Elvis Calasang(PHI)
Darren Appleton(GBR) 9 – 7 Hamza Alsaeed(ERI)
Group 12
Jason Klatt(CAN) 9 – 3 Imran Majid(GBR)
Ali Obaidly(QAT) 9 – 8 Mohamed Elassal(EGY)
Liu Haitao(CHN) 9 – 3 Mario He(AUT)
Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE) 9 – 5 Alok Kumar(IND)

2011 World Cup of Pool: Day 3 Results; Reyes-Bustamante pair gets QF spot

8 09 2011
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(7) Taiwan 8 vs. 4 Russia

For the first time in World Cup of Pool history, a team composed of siblings representative a country. Taiwan’s Ko Pin-yi and brother Ko Ping-Chun faced Ruslan Chinakhov and Konstantin Stepanov of Russia. The Ko brothers prevailed, 8-4.

(10) Italy 8 vs. 6 Hong Kong

Bruno Muratore and Fabio Petroni of Italy made it 2 for 2 for the seeded teams in Day 3 as they beat Honkong represented by Lee Chenman and Kenny Kwok. Hong Kong led 6-5 before Italy won 3 straight racks. Italy will be facing Taiwan in the next round.

(11) Poland 8 vs. 0 Vietnam

Radoslaw Babica and Karol Skowerski of Poland routed 2006 Semi-finalist Vietnam represented by Luong Chi Dung and Nguyen Phuc Long. The Polish pounced on the countless mistakes of Team Vietnam to duplicate the 8-0 bashing by Germany of Australia yesterday. Poland will be Singapore’s opponent in the Round of 16.

(15) Canada 8 vs. 4 Malta

15th seed Canada represented by Jason Klatt & John Morra made it fourth straight for seeded teams as they turned a close match against Tony Drago & Alex Borg of Malta into a blowout. The game was actually tied 4-4 before Canada run off four straight racks to win the right to face the Orcollo-Alcano tandem in the 2nd round.

Round of 16

Sweden 8 vs. 6 Switzerland

In the first Round of 16 match of the day, first day winners Sweden and Switzerland battle it out for a slot in the quarterfinals. Marcus Chamat and Thomas Mehtala of Sweden survived the gritty challenge of giant killer tandem of Ronni Regli and Dimitri Jungo of Switzerland that eliminated the top-seeded China team. It was a tough pill to swallow for the Regli-Jungo pair as they were leading 4-0 early in the race to 8 match. Sweden rallied and grab their first lead at 6-5 and eventually holding on for the win and a round of 8 spot.

(5) Philippines B 8 vs. 5 India

The main event of the night was between Django and Bata against Hitman and AK 47.  Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante won against the upset-conscious pair from India of Raj Hundal and Amar Kang, 8-5. The match was level at 4-4 before the Pinoy tandem won 3 straight racks to reach the hill at 7-4. They gave India a chance at the 12th rack but eventually faltered in the next game to give Philippines Team B a spot at the quarters. The win as well gave the crowd at the Block in SM City North EDSA a very happy night.

Day 3 recap: Unlike the previous 2 days, there was no upset in today’s matches. There are so many interesting pairings tomorrow for slots in the quarterfinals. My first round reaction

2011 World Cup of Pool: Round of 32 Results 9/6/11; Reyes and Bustamante win!

6 09 2011
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Round 1 – race to 8

Round 1 – (1) China 4 v  8 Switzerland

Top seed and defending champion China was given the boot by the unheralded Swiss pairing of Ronni Regli and Dimitri Jungo. Jungo is the recent German Open winner and his partner Regli is half-Filipino. Fu Jian Bo and Li Hewen actually won the first 2 racks but the Swiss tandem won 4 straight racks for a 4-2 lead. The Jungo-Regli team never relinquished the lead and eliminated Team China.

Round 1 – (16) Indonesia 7  v  8 Sweden

 Marcus Chamat and Thomas Mehtala used their experience to rally from a 1-5 deficit to stun  Irsal Nasution and Riyan Setiawan of Indonesia. The Swedes won the match via a 1-rack margin. Sweden will face Switzerland in the next round.

Round 1 – (8) Spain 5 v  8 Korea

Korean cue artists Lee Gun Jae and Hwang Young eliminated the 8th-seeded Spanish pairing of  David Alcaide and Francisco Diaz, 8-5. Team Korea blitzed to a 4-1 lead and never looked back as another seeded team fell in the first round of the 2011 World Cup of Pool. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 World Cup of Pool: Participants and schedules

6 09 2011

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After a successful staging of the 2011 World Pool Masters. 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
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2011 World Pool Masters: Orcollo in the final 4

4 09 2011

Quezon City – There were 4 Filipinos who were competing in the  2011 World Pool Masters. Defending Champion Dennis Orcollo, Pool legends Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante, and Lee Van Corteza. Among the 4, only 2 Pinoy cue masters are left in this single elimination tournament.

Django Bustamante bowed to Canadian Jason Klatt , 8-3 yesterday. Bata Reyes was defeated by England’s Darren Appleton, 5-8. The hopes of the Filipino billiard fans now fall on Orcollo and Corteza.

Lee Van Corteza squeaked past reigning World Ten Ball champion Huidji See of the Netherland, 8-7 in his Round of 16 match. World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World No.1 Dennis Orcollo meanwhile, barged into the Final 4 after beating Chinese Chang Jung-lin, 8-1. It is a great follow-up of his 8-2 rout of Tony Drago yesterday.

It will be exciting to see if a Filipino will be able to defend its home turf in this tournament that will give the winner $20,000.