Lady Luck was not Austrian today

First rounds of 9-ball started

Portoroz,  Slovenia:  At the Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships  in Portoroz, Slovenia, the first rounds of 9-ball competition have started today.  In a one sided match, Serge

Serge Das (BEL)
Serge Das (BEL)

Das (BEL) sent  Erich Gruber (AUT) to the loser’s side with 9:4. Two  things  need  to  be  said  about  that  match.  First,  Das  won  rightfully. Second,  Gruber  had tough luck  at  times and then  decided  to  fight  himself  rather  than  his opponent.  In  the  early  stage  of  the  match, both  players  showed  some  nerves   and missed  several  shots.  At  a  score  of  2:1  to
Das,  Gruber’s  misery  started.  Instead  of making  use  of  Das‘  miss,  he  snookered himself and  had to play a jump shot which he obviously  missed. That  allowed Das to take a
3:1  lead.  The  next  racks  were  pretty  much determined by  safety  play  were Gruber always ended up with the short  end of the stick. Part  of  it was  his own fault but sometimes  he hit the edge of a pocket while trying  to put  the cue ball in a safe place and gave Das  the option  to run out.  These  little  problems  led  to  Das  leading  6:3  after  9  racks.  Then  again,
Gruber had the chance with his  own break to close the gap a bit but he missed. Das ran out  and  ran  another rack  to  get  on the  hill with 8:3.  Gruber won one more  rack  since  he  forced  Das  to  commit  a  foul  shot.  But  the  match  was finished by Das after the 13th rack with a clear 9:4 victory for Das.
Other  notable results  include  David  Zalman  (CZE)  unexpectedly  winning with 9:8  over Artem Koshovyi  (UKR).  In an all Polish  clash,  Radoslaw  Babica remained the upper hand over Tomasz Kaplan with 9:5.
Today  will continue  with the  quarter-finals, semi-finals  and finals  in the 8-ball division. The quarter-finals begin at 15:00 CET.
The  event  is  hosted  by  the  European  Governing  Body  for  Pool,  the European  Pocket  Billiard  Federation  (EPBF)  and  organized  by  International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  For further information and reference please go to the federation website or contact our press office.

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