2011 PartyPoker.Net World Cup of Pool Finals: Germany trounces Thailand

11 09 2011
German pool player Ralf Souquet at the Europea...

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Quezon City, PhilippinesRalf Souquet capped one of the best 2 weeks in his pool career as he spearheaded the German team to capture the World Cup of Pool crown a week after he won the World Pool Masters. In the World Cup, he partnered with an equally on-form Thorsten Hohmann . Together they beat a surprising Thai pair of  Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin in the finals to bag the World Cup trophy and $60,000 prize money. The Thais bagged $30,ooo as the second prize.

In the finals, the Germans let the Thai took the first rack after a Hohmann miscue. They countered by winning an amazing 8 straight racks to take an insurmountable 8-1 lead. The Germans held on for a 10-4 victory.

Germany became the first World Cup of Pool winner from Europe. The past 2 editions were dominated by Asian teams (2009 Philippines, 2010 China). This year, Asia had 3 of the 4 semifinal spots but in the end, Germany was too strong for Korea, and Thailand. They also beat 2009 Champs Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante as well as Team Australia en route to becoming the 2011 World Cup of Pool Champions.

The PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool featured 32 two-player teams representing 31 nations. The total prize-pool was $250,000 with $60,000 going to the champions. The title for the event was PartyPoker.net, the world’s leading online poker school. The tournament was held at the Block Atrium at SM City North EDSA.

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2011 PartyPoker.Net Semifinal Results: Germany, Thailand clinched final spots

11 09 2011
German pool player Ralf Souquet at the Europea...

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(4) GERMANY 9 vs. KOREA

Germany battled from a 2-6 deficit to eke out a victory from the on-form Korean pair. Korea‘s Lee Gun Jae & Hwang Yong were having a comfortable lead after winning 4 straight racks starting from the 5th. They gave Ralf Souquet & Thorsten Hohmann a chance, the German pounced on it to equalize at 6-all then lead 8-6. It was 6 straight racks for the Germans after losing 4 straight. Korea won the 15th to get closer but lost the battles of safeties in the 16th rack to give the Germany tandem the win, 9-7. It is the 2nd World Cup of Pool final for Team Germany.

(7) TAIWAN 3 vs. 9 THAILAND

The Thai pair of Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin  beat team Taiwan of Ko Pin-yi & Ko Ping-chun. The Ko brothers who came of a hill-hill victory over the very strong Orcollo-Alcano tandem, came of short as they did not survive the fast start of the unheralded Thai pair. Thailand took a 3-0 lead then a 6-2 before finishing off the Taiwanese at 9-3. Thailand will now face the formidable German tandem in the final.

Semifinal Recap:

Just like the other rounds, the semifinal had a big surprise. Only few believed that the Thais can reach this far but they have making believers out of many billiard fans. Will the Cinderella run continue? We will know in a while.

Update: Germany beats Thailand for the World Cup of Pool title