2014 WPA World 9 Ball Championship: 32 players get the boot; Akagariyama ousted!

23 06 2014

From 128 pool players, the 2014 World 9 Ball Championship is now down to 96 as 32 players got eliminated in Day 2 of competitions. On Day 2, we say goodbye to the following players:

  1. Mohamed Al Hosani(UAE)
  2. Mohd Al Bin Ali(QAT)
  3. John Morra(CAN)
  4. Hasan Hwaida Idan(IRQ)
  5. Hamzaa M. Saeed Ali(ERI)
  6. Ahmad Taufiq(BRU)
  7. Mishel Turkey(QAT)
  8. Fahim Sinha(BAN)
  9. Yukio Akagariyama(JPN)
  10. Detlef Grzella(RSA)
  11. Mohamed Hamouda(EGY)
  12. Eric Lee(HKG)
  13. Karol Skowerski(POL)
  14. Abdulla Mohammad(UAE)
  15. Vilmos Foldes(HUN)
  16. Nour Wasfi Al Jarrah(JOR)
  17. Sayeem Hossain(BAN)
  18. Denis Grabe(EST)
  19. Stefan Sprangers(NED)
  20. Alejandro Carbajal(CHI)
  21. Mohammed Elassal(EGY)
  22. Jurgen Jenisy(AUT)
  23. Mohammed Ali Berjaou(LEB)
  24. Christian Aguirre(ECU)
  25. Bader Al Hamdan(KSA)
  26. Koh Seng Ann Aaron(SIN)
  27. J-Ram Alabanzas(RSA)
  28. Imran Majid(GBR)
  29. So Shaw(IRI)
  30. Kwok Chi Ho(HKG)
  31. Bashar Hussain(QAT)
  32. Mario Morra(CAN)

Biggest Name Eliminated for Day 2: Yukio Akagariyama was the 2011 World 9 Ball Champion.  In that year’s final, Akagariyama beat Ronnie Alcano, 13-11. Today we say goodbye to Akagariyama and 31 others who ended their 2014 campaign in just matches.

Yukio Akagiriyama gets the boot

Yukio Akagariyama – 2011 World 9 Ball Champion gets eliminated after Day 2 of the 2014 World 9 Ball Championship

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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 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

WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 Day 6 Update: 3 PHL players left in Top 16; Reyes lost hill-hill battle

28 06 2012
Karl Boyes @ Eurotour Finland

Karl Boyes @ Eurotour Finland (Photo credit: Fledrgos)

From 5 cue artists left after the Round of 64, the Philippine contingent won 3 of 5 matches in the round of 32.  With 3 pool masters left, the Philippines is the most represented country in the Round of 16. The round of 32 for the Philippines was marked with 2 wins against players from Chinese-Taipei. Here are the results of the matches involving Filipino participants of the Round of 32 in the 2012 World 9-Ball Championship:

Dennis Orcullo 11 – 8 Hsu Kai Lun (TAI)

Lee Van Corteza 5 – 11 Mika Immonen(FIN)

Antonio Gabica 11 – 9 Yang Ching Shun (TAI)

Efren Reyes 10 – 11 Jentsch Dominic (GER)

Jundel Mazon 11 – 3 Konstantian Stepanov (RUS)

Other notables results:

Thorsten Hohmann (GER) eliminated defending champion Yukio Akagariyama (JAP), 11-9.

Karl Boyes (GBR) winning 11-8 over ex-champ Chao Fang Pang (TAI).

Ko Pin Yi (TAI) survived a hill-hill battle vs. Lo Li Wen (JAP)

Round of 16 update as of posting:

Ralf Souquet (GER) 6 – 2 Bruno Muratore (ITA)

Dennis Orcullo (PHI) 5 – 8 Nick van den Berg(NED)

Mika Immonen (FIN) 8 – 7 Antonio Gabica (PHI)

Omar Al Shaheen(KUW) 8 – 10 Le He Wen(CHN)

Karl Boyes(GBR) 5 – 6 Jentsch Dominic (GER)

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

Darren Appleton(GBR) 7 – 4 Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE)

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

WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 Day 5 Recap: Competition down to last 32; Only 5 Filipinos left

28 06 2012

English: Efren Reyes. This is my personal pict...

Doha, Qatar – The Philippine campaign in the 2012 World 9 Ball Championship almost got wiped out at the start of the knockout stages. From 13 participants, the Filipino contingent is down to 5.  Gone are the likes of 2010 champion Django Bustamante, 2006 champ Ronnie Alcano, 2007 runner-up Roberto Gomez, and Carlo Biado. The hopes for a Filipino champion now lies in cue sticks of legendary Bata Reyes, Dennis Orcullo, Lee Van Corteza, Antonio Gabica, and Jundel Mazon.

Unlike the Philippine campaign, the Taipei contingent made a killing in Round 64.  They won 6 of 7 matches including 2 against Filipinos. Two other Filipinos were eliminated by a Chinese player. Other notable losers in the round of 64 were Malta’s Tony Drago, Germany’s Thomas Engert, Britain’s Daryl Peach, and Taipei’s  Chang Yu Lung.  The loser go home with $2,000 each. Top prize of this competition is $40,000.


Here are the result of the Day 5 race to 11 pairings:

Ralf Souquet(GER) 11 – 4 Nikolaos Malaj(ALB)
Fu Che Wei(TPE) 11 – 3 Andrea Klasovic(SRB)
Bruno Muratore(ITA) 11 -6 Jayson Shaw(GBR)
Hsu Kai Lun(TPE) 11 – 5 Aki Heiskanen(FIN)
Dennis Orcullo(PHI) 11 – 8 Andrew Kong(HKG)
Nick van den Berg(NED) 11 – 6 Marlon Caneda(PHI)
Han Hao Xiang(CHN) 11 – 8 Israel Rota(PHI)
Jonny Martinez(VEN) 11 – 8 Uraoka Takashi(JPN)
Le He Wen(CHN) 11 – 9 Jason Klatt(CAN)
Mika Immonen(FIN) 11 -10 Tony Drago(MLT)
Yang Ching Shung(TPE) 11 -4 Vincent Faquet(FRA)
Khaled Al Mutairi(KUW) 11 –8 Majide Alazme(KUW)
Antonio Gabica(PHI) 11 – 7 Mario He(AUT)
Lee Van Corteza(PHI) 11 – 4 Serge Das(BEL)
John Morra(CAN) 11 – 7 Elvis Calasang(PHI)
Chang Jun Lin(TPE) 11 – 2 Joven Alba(PHI)
Omar Al Shaheen(KUW) 11 – 10 Chang Yu Lung(TPE)
Efren Reyes(PHI) 11 – 6  Toh Lian Han(SIN)
Yukio Akagariyama(JPN) 11 – 9 Thomas Engert(GER)
Chao Fong Pang(TPE) 11 – 6 Francisco Bustamante(PHI)
Thorsten Hohmann(GER) 11 – 4 Bader Al Awadi(KUW)
Dominic Jentsch(GER) 11 – 6 Manuel Gama(POR)
Naoyuki Ohi(JPN) 11 – 10 Carlo Biado(PHI)
Karl Boyes(GBR) 11 – 9  Do The Kien
Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 11 – 6 Huidji See(NED)
Lo Li Wen(JPN) 11 – 9 Daryl Peach(GBR)
Jundel Mazon(PHI) 11 – 9 Ronnie Alcano(PHI)
Konstantin Stepanov(RUS) 11 – 5 Ryouji Hori(JPN)
Darren Appleton(GBR) 11 – 5 Mateusz Sniegocki(POL)
Matthew Edwards(NZL) 11 – 7 Toru Kuribayashi(JPN)
Liu Haitao(CHN) 11 – 4 Roberto Gomez(PHI)
Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE) 11 – 5 Ryu Seung Woo(KOR)



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
English: Filipino Pool Champions Jose Amang Pa...

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)