11th Predator 10-Ball Championships: Bata Reyes starts title defense with a win

17 09 2011
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Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas CenterEfren “Bata” Reyes, the 2010 Predator 10-Ball Champion, won against Jayson Shaw of the USA, 9-6, for his first win in the 11th Predator 10-Ball Championships. Reyes drew a bye in the first round of this prestigious billiar tourney that offers $10,ooo to the champion.

Other notable results:

Former World 9-Ball and 8-Ball Champion Ronnie Alcano squeezed past Johan Chua, 9-8 after winning by default against Reda Belhaj.

Veteran Ramil Gallego won against countrymen Lee Vann Corteza, 9-6, and Jericho Banares, 9-5.

PCSO billiards academy’s RJ Bautista surprised American Max Eberle, 9-6.

Jundel Mazon outplayed legendary Filipino cue artiest Francisco “Django” Bustamante, 9-3.

Thorsten Hohmann of Germany extended his winning streak to 19 as he beat Raj Hundal in the “Battle of the Hitmen”.

Charlie William of the USA, the host promoter of the event, won against against Ruosuke Marouka and Filipino Rodolfo Luat.

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

11 09 2011
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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
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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.


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

2011 PartyPoker.Net World Cup of Pool Quarterfinal Results: Philippine Teams eliminated

10 09 2011
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Here are the results of tonight’s quarterfinal matches of the 2011 World Cup of Pool:

Sweden 5 vs. 9 Korea

The pairing Lee Gun Jae & Hwang Yong has reached the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup of Pool as they beat Sweden’s Marcus Chamat & Thomas Mehtala. The surprising Koreans blitzed the Swedes to a 6-2 lead then held on to win 9-5.

(4) Germany 9 vs. 1 (5) Philippines B

Ralf SouquetThorsten Hohmann of Germany never gave a chance to the legendary pair of Efren Reyes & Francisco Bustamante from the host country to win convincingly their quarterfinal duel 9-1. The Filipino pair did not take advantage of the poor breaking of the Germans as they missed several makable  shots. Ralf Souquet is going deep again in a tournament held at the Block Atrium at SM City North Edsa. The Germans will be facing Korea in the semifinals.

(11) Poland 6 vs. 9 Thailand

After beating two Southeast Asian teams in the past 2 rounds, the Polish team of Karol Skowerski & Radoslaw Babica faced a Thai team of Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin with great confidence. The Thai team however, showed that they belong to this tournament that pits the worlds best as they battled Team Poland rack for rack to eventually grab the lead for good at the 11th rack for 6-5 score. They held on to win 9-6 and grabbed a spot in the Final 4.

(7) Taiwan 9 vs. 8 Philippines A

The last game of the round turned out to be the best among the 4 pairings. Team Taiwan of Ko Pin-yi & Ko Ping-chun battled the Philippine’s Dennis Orcollo & Ronnie Alcano in a hill-hill encounter. The Philippines started the game strong to grab 3-rack leads at 4-1 and 5-2. The Ko brothers won 5 straight racks to silence the home crowd at 7-5. The teams split the next 2 racks to put the Taiwenese at the hill 8-6. A dry break from Team Taiwan brought the World’s No.1 and No.3 ranked players back at the table and they did not disappoint as they leveled the match at 8-8. A sorry miss by Alcano in the last rack gave the Taiwenese the victory, 9-8. It’s going to be Taiwan vs. Thailand in the second semifinal pairing.

Day 5 Recap (September 10, 2011): The 2 teams from the host country fell today. One was routed. The other one lost in a heartbreaker. It was tough but as the saying goes, anything can happen. That is the beauty of a single elimination tournament.

It is going to be Germany vs. Korea and Taipei vs. Thailand. 3 Asian teams have made it to the Final 4. Germany is the lone European team but it is the highest seed left. Expect the unexpected in tomorrow’s games.

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2011 PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool Day 4: Quarterfinals cast complete; Alcano-Orcollo tandem survives

9 09 2011
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(9) Japan 6 vs. 8 Korea

The unheralded pair of Lee Gun Jae & Hwang Yong beat World 9-ball Champion Yukio Akagariyama and partner Lo Li-wen, 8-6 to set up a quarterfinal date with Sweden. The match was even at 3-3 before the Korean pair won 3 straight racks and then matched Japan rack for rack to win the Round of 16 match.

(4) Germany 8 vs. 3 Malaysia

Ralf Souquet continued his hot streak in Philippine soil as he paired up with Thorsten Hohmann to beat the Amir-Ooi tandem of Malaysia, 8-3 in the second round of the 2011 World Cup of Pool. Their victory earned them the right to face Efren Reyes and Django Bustamante in what could be an explosive quarterfinal encounter.  The lower ranked Malaysians were able to match the Germans early in the game to draw level at 3-3 before Soquet and Hohmann regained their first round form and win 5 straight to end the Malaysian hope in this year’s World Cup. Souquet thinks the pressure will be greater for the Philippine Team B as he said “Playing two legends in front of their home crowd maybe makes it tougher but tougher for them. They have more to lose than we do and I’m really looking forward to it and have a good feeling about it.”

Thailand 8 vs. 4 Estonia

The match between 2 giant killers ended in Thailand’s favor as they edged Estonia 8-4. Thailand beat Holland in round 1 while Estonia stunned England. Dennis Grabe & Erki Erm of Estonia we just down by one rack after the 9th game, 4-5 before Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin finished them off by winning 3 straight racks.

(11) Poland 8 vs. 3 Singapore

Poland’s Karol Skowerski & Radoslaw Babica continued their impressive form to beat another Southeast Asian pair after routing Vietnam in the 1st Round. This time they eliminated the Singapore team of Bernard Tey & Chan Keng Kwang that upset the USA in a hill-hill encounter a few days ago. The game was tied at 2-2 before Poland limited Singapore to one rack en route to an 8-3 victory. Next up for the Polish is another Southeast Asian entry in Thailand for a spot in the Final 4.

(7) Taiwan 8 vs. 7 (10) Italy

The Ko Brothers of Chinese-Taipei survived a hill-hill encounter against a tough Italian pair of Fabio Petroni & Bruno Muratore. Ko Pin-yi & Ko Ping-chun were on the hill after the 11th rack with a 7-4 which vanished after a furious rally by the Italians to tie the 2nd round match at 7-7. A dry break from Muratore handed the ball to the Taiwanese who run out the rack for the win and a place in the quarterfinals.

(2) Philippines 8 vs. (15) 6 Canada

Dennis Orcollo & Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines face Jason Klatt & John Morra of Canada for the right to face the 7th seeded Taiwan in the Quarterfinals. The game was very close early on as the 15th seeded Canadian pair took the initiative and took a 6-4 lead. The Philippines used to combination shots to level the score 6-6 before taking the lead for the first time at 7-6 on a good break by Alcano. The Philippines finished off a very good Canadian tandem in the next rack. The match gave the Filipino fans some nervous moments but eventually Orcollo and Alcano delivered a fine show.

Day 4 Recap: Save for Japan, the seeds held serve this round as teams like Germany, Taiwan, Philippines, and Poland entered the Last 8.  The pairings in the quarters are Sweden-Korea, Philippines B-Germany, Thailand- Poland, and Taiwan-Philippines A.

2011 PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool: Round of 32 Results 9/7/11; Orcollo-Alcano also win!

7 09 2011
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(4) GERMANY 8 vs. 0 Australia

Ralf Soquet continue his hot streak in the Philippines as he paired up with Thorsten Hohmann to rout the Australian pairing of Greg Jenkins & David Rothall.  The 4th seeded German pair blanked Australia 8-0.

(13) France 6 vs. 8 MALAYSIA

Malaysia’s Ibrahim Amir & Patrick Ooi shocked the 6th-ranked French pair of Stephan Cohen & Vincent Facquet, 8-6. The game was close and it was even tied 5-5 after the 10th rack. Malaysia won two consecutive games to take the lead for good. Amir-Ooi pairing will next face Germany’s Soquet and Hohmann.

(3) England 6 vs. 8 ESTONIA

Estonia made its presence felt in their World Cup debut as they overcame the 3rd-seed Brtish pairing of Darren Appleton & Chris Melling. Dennis Grabe & Erki Erm won 2 straight games from 6-all tie to book a place in the Round of 16. Erki Erm believed that every time has chance in this tournament just like what Switzerland did to the defending champs China yesterday.

(14) Holland 4 vs. 8 THAILAND

Holland’s Huidji See & Marco Teutscher were upset by Thailand’s Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin, 4-8. Another seeded team fell as Team Thailand raced to a formidable 6-1 lead to frustrate the Dutch pair. The Thais will face the Estonians in the next round for a place in the quarterfinals.

(6) USA 7 vs. 8 SINGAPORE

USA’s Corey Deuel and Mike Dechaine showed up with a stars and stripes theme costume in their match against lowly Singapore composed of Bernard Tey & Chan Keng Kwang.  The game though was not a costume party as Singapore blitzed to a 5-1 lead. The Americans suddenly got serious to tie the match at 5-5 and even reached the hill ahead of the Singaporeans 7-6. Dechane missed the 4-ball in the 14th rack to hand over the break to Singapore in the hill-hill encounter. Singapore won the final match and send another higher seed out of the competition.

(2) PHILIPPINES A 8 vs. 2 Austria

The Filipino fans were hoping that Dennis Orcollo & Ronnie Alcano will duplicate the perfromance of the Reyes-Bustamante tandem last night. The fans who flocked to The Block in SM City North EDSA were not disappointed as No.2 seed Philippines Team A never gave the Austrian pairing Jasmin Ouschan & Mario He. Incidentally, Austria is represented by one female cue artist. The Orcollo-Alcano pairing run off with 8 straight racks after trailing 0-2 early in the match. The Philippine Team A will await the winner between Malta and Canada tomorrow.

Day 2 Recap: Just like yesterday, seeded teams are losing to lesser rank teams. Heavyweights Germany and Philippines were able to buckle the trend but England, Holland, USA were not as lucky. There will be more surprises in this year’s edition of the World Cup of Pool for sure.

Guinness World Series of Pool 10-Ball Challenge: Complete Day 2 Results

16 07 2011

Who will be winner???

Here are the complete results of the second of competitions of the 2011 Guinness World Series of Pool 10-Ball Challenge held in Jakarta, Indonesia:

(From winner’s bracket)
Dennis Orcollo (PHI) def. Adam Smith (CAN) 6 – 2
Yukio Akagariyama (JPN) def. Ari Hartanto (INA) 6 – 3
Jundel Mazon (PHI) def. Rico Herman (INA) 6 – 0
Ibrahim Bin Amir (MAS) def. Sahroni (INA) 6 – 3
Carlo Biado (PHI) def. Thorsten Hohmann (GER) 6 – 5
Rudy Susanto (INA) def. Lum Wai Keong (SIN) 6 – 4
Ko Pin-Yi (TPE) def. Irsal Nasution (INA) 6 – 2
Herwinto (INA) def. Rudy Alfian (INA) 6 – 2
Raj Hundal (GBR) def. Hendra Lesmana (INA) 6 – 0
Kuo Po-Cheng (TPE) def. Yudharman Kamarudin (INA) 6 – 1
Johnny Archer (USA) def. Stevei Moore (USA) 6 – 5
Jech Limen (PHI) def. Candra (INA) 6 – 1
Chang Jung-Lin (TPE) def. Mika Immonen (FIN) 6 – 3
Roberto Gomez (PHI) def. Goh Chin Teck (SIN) 6 – 0
Shane Van Boening (USA) def. Siaw Wieto (INA) 6 – 2
Muhamad Junarto (INA) def. Harry Sitanggang (INA) 6 – 1

(From loser’s bracket)
Thorsten Hohmann (FIN) def. Ari Karaya (INA) 6 – 0
Heru Gunawan (INA) def. Lum Wai Keong (SIN) 6 – 0
Irsal Nasution (INA) def. Johan Purwanto (INA) 6 – 2
Stanza Purba (INA) def. Rudy Alfian (INA) 6 – 1
Adam Smith (CAN) def. Imran Ibrahim (INA) 6 – 5
Ari Hartanto (INA) def. Ralf Souquet (GER) 6 – 5
Warren Kiamco (PHI) def. Rico Herman (INA) 6 – 3
Sahroni (INA) def. Tony Chandra (INA) 6 – 5
Mika immonen (FIN) def. Riyan Setiawan (INA) 6 – 4
Goh Chin Teck (SIN) def. Irwan Supriyatna (INA) 6 – 2
M Bewi Simanjuntak (INA) def. Siaw Wieto (INA) 6 – 3
Muhammad Zulfikri (INA) def. Harry Sitanggang (INA) 6 – 5
John Salazar (PHI) def. Hendra Lesmana (INA) 6 – 1
Yudharman Kamarudin (INA) def. Ricky Zerna (PHI) 6 – 4
Alun (INA) def. Stevie Moore (USA) 6 -2
Candra (INA) def. Ronato Alcano (PHI) 6 – 5

Filipino Performance:

Jeff Limen and Roberto Gomez joined the three qualifiers (Orcollo, Biado, Mazon) in the knockout stages. Ronnie Alcano was eliminated by Indonesia’s Candra.  Ricky Zerna was also eliminated.  John Salzar and Warren Kiamco will have a chance in the next stage if they win in their next match.