2011 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters: Orcollo in the final 4

4 09 2011

Quezon City – There were 4 Filipinos who were competing in the  2011 PartyPoker.net 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.

Corteza rules Malaysian 9-Ball Tourney

23 08 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Filipino pool player Lee Van Corteza won $7,000 after defeating Chinese-Taipei’s Ko Pin-chung, 13-8, in the final match of the Malaysian Golden Break 9-Ball Asian Invitational tournament held at the Golden Break Snooker and Pool Club.

He earlier beat Indonesian bet Riyan Setiawan 11-1, to set up a match against Taiwenese cue artist who beat his elder brother Ko Pin-yi, 11-7. Ko Pin-chung was given $3,500 for his second place finish.

Three other Filipinos, Rodolfo Luat, Antonio Lining and Allan Cuartero who represented Kuwait joined the tournament but lost in the earlier rounds.


2011 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters Preview

3 08 2011
SM City North EDSA

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SM City North EDSA Mall in Quezon City will host the 2011 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters. The prestigious pool tournament will be on Sept. 3-5, 2011.  This invitational event will feature 16 of the best billiards players in the world.

The Matchroom Sport has released the draw and initial schedule of matches.

Dennis Orcullo (Phi) v Tony Drago (Mlt) 12.00 noon Saturday 3rd

Chang Jung-lin (Tpe) v Shane Van Boening (USA) 13.00 Saturday 3rd


Chris Melling (Eng) v Fu Jianbo (Chn) 15.00 Saturday 3rd

Francisco Bustamante (Phi) v Jason Klatt (Can) 16.00 Saturday 3rd


Huidji See (Ned) v Lee Van Corteza (Phi) 19.00 Saturday 3rd

Ralf Souquet (Ger) v Mika Immonen (Fin) 12.00 noon Sunday 4th


Darren Appleton (Eng) v Efren Reyes (Phi) 13.00 Sunday 4th

Yukio Akagariyama (Jpn) v Raj Hundal (Ind) 18.00 Saturday 3rd

There are 4 Filipinos entered in the event where the winner will get $20,000. The defending champion is none other than Dennis Orcullo.

The winners of the round of 16 matches will play again on Sunday afternoon and evening. The semi-finals and finals will be held on the next day. The matches will be Race to 8, winner breaks.

The 2011 World Pool Masters is sponsored by PartyPoker.net, the world’s leading online poker school. Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc, tables by Star Xing Pai and the Official Cue is Predator.

2011 World 9 Ball Championship: Partial Round of 64 Results

30 06 2011

Doha, Qatar– Here are the initial results of the knockout stages of the 2011 World 9 Ball Championships.

Ralf Souquet(GER) 11 – 5 Serge Das(Bel)
Mariusz Skoneczny(POL) 11 – 7 Radislaw Babica(POL)
Li Lo Wen(JPN) 11 – 7 Thorsten Hohmann(GER)
Carlo Dalmatin(CRO) 11 – 7 Hsu Kai Lun(TPE)
Lee Van Corteza(PHL) 11 – 5 Oliver Medenilla(PHL)
Vicencio Tanio(PHL) 11 – 7 Nick van den Berg(NED)
Yukio Akakariyama(JPN) 11 – 7 Soheil Vahedi(IRI)
Carlo Biado(PHL) 11 – 6 Takhti Zarekani(IRI)
Antonio Gabica(PHL) 11 – 10 Mika Immonen(FIN)
Chris Melling(GBR) 11 – 2 Hwang Yong(KOR)
Darren Appleton(GBR) 11-6 Dang Jin Hu(CHN)
Shane Van Boening(USA) 11- 8 Konstantin Stepanov(RUS)
Naoyuki Oi(JPN) 11- 4 Imran Majid(GBR)
Mark Gray(GBR) 11 – 10 Kuo Po Cheng(TPE)
Allan Cuartero(PHL) 11 – 9 Ahmad Taufiq Binh Murni(BRU)
Chang Jun Lin(TPE) 11 – 5 Joven Alba(PHL)

Round of 32 Match-ups
Ralf Souquet vs. Mariusz Skoneczny
Lo Li Wen Vs. Vicencio Tanio
Carlo Dalmatin vs. Yukio Akakariyama
Lee Van Corteza vs. Carlo Biado
Antonio Gabica vs. Naoyuki Oi
Chris Melling vs. Mark Gray
Darren Appleton vs. Alan Cuartero
Shane Van Boening vs. Chang Jun Lin

The 16 other slots in the round of 32 will be known later. So far, 5 Filipinos have qualified in the round of 32 led by Antonio Gabica who stunned Mika Immonen 11-10 in their round of 64 match. The Philippines is actually assured 1 slot in the Round of 16 since Lee Van Corteza and Carlo Biado will slug it out in the next round.

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World 9-Ball Championships Day 4: The Pinoy onslaught

29 06 2011

Doha, Qatar – Day 4 of the 2011 World 9 Ball Championships was a fruitful one for the Filipino contingent.  Lee Van Corteza beat Marcus Chamat 9-6 to join 16 other Filipino billiard players in knockout stages of this prestigious tournament.  17 Pinoys mean that more 1/4 of the players left are from the Philippines.

Here are the days results:

1st Session

Group A Losers Bracket

Konstantin Stepanov(RUS)9 – 3 Mohanna Obaidly(QAT)
Mark Gray(GBR) 9 – 4 Jalal Yousef(VEN)

Group B Losers Bracket

Lo Li Wen(JPN) 9 – 0 Ali Berjaoui, Mohamad (LEB)
Antonio Gabica(PHL) 9 – 8 Fu Jan Bo(CHN)

Group C Losers Bracket

Fu Chei Wei(TPE) 9 – 2 Han Hao Xiang(CHN)
Muhammand Zulfikri(INA) 9 – 5 Omaral Shaheeme(KUW)

Group D Losers Bracket

Scott Higgins(GBR) 9 – 7 Majide Alazme(KUW)
Caneda Villamor(PHL) 9 – 7 Lee Gun Jae(KOR)

Group E Losers Bracket

Ahmad Taufiq Binh Murni(BRU) 9 – 3 Manuel Gama(POR)
Roberto Gomez(PHL) 9 – 4 Christian Tuvi(URU)

Group F Losers Bracket

Hwang Yong(KOR)9 – 7 KO Ping Chung(TPE)
Dang Jin Hu(CHN) 9 – 1 Hanni Al-Howri(UAE)

2nd Session

Group G Losers Bracket

Ko Pin Yi( TPE) 9 – 4 Nguyen Phuong Thao
Hunter Lombardo(USA) 9 – 8 Wajeed Majid(QAT)

Group H Losers Bracket

Takhti Zarakani(IRI) 9 – 7 Ibrahim Bin Amir(MAS)
Riyan Setiawan(INA) 9 – 1 Thomas Engert(GER)

Group I Losers Bracket

Venancio Tanio(PHL) 9 – 4 Lee Chen Man(HKG)
Soheil Vahedi(IRI) 9 – 8 Francisco Felicilda(PHL)

Group J Losers Bracket

Mariusz Skoneczny(POL) 9 – 8 Wu Jiaqing(CHN)
Joven Alba(PHL) 9 – 4 Sundeep Gulat(IND)

Group K Losers Bracket

Serge Das(BEL) 9 – 3 Kim Laaksonen(FIN)
Israel Rota(PHL) 9 – 8 Bader Al Awadi(KUW)

3rd Session

Group L Losers Bracket

Lee Van Corteza(PHL) 9 – 6 Marcus Chamat(SWE)
Naoyuki Oi(JPN) 9 – 6 Abdulatef Fawal(QAT)

Group M Losers Bracket

Raymond Faron(PHL) 9 – 3 Mohammad Al Hazmi(KSA)
Ronnie Alcano(PHL) 9 – 1 Nguyen Phuo Long(VIE)

Group N Losers Bracket

Lui Haitao(CHN) 9 – 3 Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz(ESP)
Hsu Kai Lun(TPE) 9 – 5 Mohamad Asfari(SYR)

Group O Losers Bracket

Sascha-Andrej Tege(GER) 9 – 3 Desmond Goh Chin Teck(SIN)
Tomoo Takano(JPN) 9 – 7 Alok Kumar(IND)

Group P Losers Bracket

Oliver Ortmann(GER) 9 – 4 Ali Saeed(UAE)
Toru Kuribayashi(JPN) 9 – 1 Taher Hussain(QAT)

US Open 9 Ball: Mixed Results for Filipino in their Day 4 Matches

22 10 2010
Francisco Bustamante

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Yesterday, Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francsico “Django” Bustamante marched on the winner’s bracket by winning their third respective matches of the 2010 US Open 9 Ball Tournament. Django Bustamante came back from a 1-4 deficit to beat Mexico’s Oscar Dominguez 11-6. Reyes on the other hand overwhelmed Japense Tomoroo Takano 11-2.  They are just two of the 32 unbeaten players left in the tournament.

The other Filipinos lost in their Day 4 match-ups. Amang Parica, Lee Van Corteza, Ramil Gallego, and Ronnie Alcano all bowed to their respective opponents.  They will now have to survive to loser’s bracket in order to win this very prestigious tournament.


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