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888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 – Down to the last eight in London

20th September, 888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 Down to the last eight in London Round 2 Japan 7-6 USA Holland 7-5 India England A 7-5 Italy WITH TWO days play left at the 888.com World Cup of Pool, the tournament is down to the last eight teams as Japan, Holland and England A all recorded second round wins at the York Hall in London. With England B already through to the weekend’s quarter finals, the A team followed them in as they came from behind to beat the plucky Italian pairing of Bruno Muratore and Fabio Petroni. The Italians enjoyed some good fortune and before long they were 4-1 to the good as the English team of Karl Boyes and Darren Appleton sank deeper into their chairs. England took the next, but the Italians though were in stroke and they took the next to move to 5-2 and put the English under extreme pressure. A blistering break from Muratore left them with no reward as the 1 ball was covered by the 2 and […]

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888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 – Big guns make their move

20th September, 888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 Big guns make their move Round 2 Hungary 7-4 Russia Philippines 7-3 Singapore Chinese Taipei 7-1 Greece UNFANCIED QUALIFIERS Hungary continued where they left off against China on Wednesday as they once again made light work of more exalted opposition as they put paid to Russian hopes at the 888.com World Cup of Pool by a 7-4 score line. There were also wins at the York Hall for Chinese Taipei and Philippines as the big guns made their move into the quarter-finals. Balazs Mikos and Gabor Solymosi looked to be enjoying every minute of it and played in the sort of relaxed manner that can count for a lot in a high pressure event like the World Cup. The Hungarians got off to a fast start as they made the most of some Russian errors and although Stepanov and Chinakhov mounted a comeback it was not enough. That puts the Hungarian pair in the quarter-finals where they will face the Philippines who came through unscathed against Singapore […]

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888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 – Thursday night round up

19th September, 888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 Double white-wash for Teams England! Round 1 England A 7-0 Indonesia Round 2 Finland 7-6 Korea England B 7-0 Germany THERE WAS double joy for the two English teams at the 888.com World Cup of Pool as first England A routed Indonesia 7-0 to reach the second round, and then the B team smashed Germany by a similar score line to reach the quarter-finals. Both teams looked in outstanding shape and with them both being in different halves of the draw the possibilities of an all-England final on Sunday night are not out of the question. England A, comprised of former World Champions Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes, looked very much the part as they completed the first round matches with a thumping 7-0 win over Indonesia at the York Hall to set up a second round game against Italy. Looking focused throughout, England never let the Indonesian pairing of Ricky Yang and Irsal Nasution off the hook as they put on the best performance of the […]

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888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 – Chinese Taipei, Greece and Italy win as first round nears end

19th September, 888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 Chinese Taipei, Greece and Italy win as first round nears end Chinese Taipei 7-5 Belgium Greece 7-0 Australia Italy 7-3 Spain THERE WAS more first round action in the 888.com World Cup of Pool at the York Hall in London and there were wins for Chinese Taipei, Greece and Italy who all make their way through to the second round. Italy won the session closer as they got the better of Spain in the Mediterranean clash. The Spanish – David Alcaide and Juan Carlos Exposito – didn’t enjoy the best of luck as they scratched a few times and were confronted by some tricky layouts. The Italian pair of Bruno Muratore and Fabio Petroni, who has been representing their country since the early days of the competition, looked in very good shape though and will be quietly confident about the weekend. They will play England A or Indonesia in round two. Earlier, Australia, who has yet to progress beyond the first round at the 888.com World Cup […]

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888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 – US, Singapore through as India win thriller

18th September, 888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 US, Singapore through as India win thriller USA 7-5 Kuwait Singapore 7-5 Poland   India 7-6 Canada THERE WAS some superb drama at the 888.com World Cup of Pool this evening as India came through a hill-hill thriller against Canada to move through to the next round where they will meet Holland on Friday evening. The York Hall was packed to the rafters with fired-up Indian fans and their team gave them plenty to cheer about in the end. Earlier in the evening, Team USA overcame an early stutter to find their feet and comeback to beat Kuwait to advance to the last 16 of the 888.com World Cup Pool. Shane Van Boening was a little anxious in advance as his partner Johnny Archer had left it very late to arrive in London but all was well in the end as they looked a smooth unit in the closing stages. Trailing 0-2 and then 3-5 to the Kuwaiti team made up of Omar Al Shaheen and Khaled […]

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888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 – Smooth Hungary leave China reeling

18th September, 888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 Smooth Hungary leave China reeling Japan 7-4 Sweden Hungary 7-2 China Russia 7-5 Hong Kong The 2013 888.com World Cup of Pool received its first major shock today at the York Hall in East London as European qualifiers Hungary dumped two-time World Cup champions China out of the competition with a clinical 7-2 win. The Hungarian duo of Gabor Solymosi and Mikos Balazs had scrapped their way through a European qualifying event in Croatia last month, but their respective careers to date have been fairly low key. On the other hand, the Chinese pair of Li Hewen and Liu Haitao, have excellent track records with Li in particular, a twice winner of this event and also a bronze and silver medallist at the World Pool Championship in 2006 and 2012 respectively. However, pedigree counted for nothing as the Hungarians played flawlessly to move into a 5-0 lead. Despite the Chinese grabbing a couple of racks, to give themselves a slim chance in the winner breaks format, they […]

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888.com World Cup of Pool – Day 1 evening session

17th September, 888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 England B, Holland and Philippines through Holland 7-2 Scotland England B 7-4 Portugal Philippines 7-4 Croatia THERE were wins for three of the fancied teams at the 888.com World Cup of Pool as England B, Holland and the Philippines all made their way into the second round as play continued at the York Hall in London. The Philippines pair of Dennis Orcollo and Lee Vann Corteza closed out the evening beating Croatia – Karlo Dalmatin and Ivica Putnik – 7-4. The Croatians were in with a chance as they stayed with their opponents in the early stages, but a succession of errors saw the team spirit drain away. With a strong Filipino contingent in the crowd, including the Ambassador, the duo from Manila completed the win. In the second match, England B – Chris Melling and Daryl Peach – were big favourites against a Portuguese team making their 888.com World Cup of Pool debut and they justified the bookmaker’s faith with a scrappy 7-4 win to book […]

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2013 888.com World Cup of Pool

17th September, 2013 888.com World Cup of Pool First session completes with wins for three favourites Finland 7-2 Austria Korea 7-2 Estonia Germany 7-4 Malta Defending champions Finland – Mika Immonen and Petri Makkonen – are through to the second round of the 888.com World Cup of Pool following a comfortable 7-2 win over Austria as the six-day tournament got underway at the York Hall in East London. They won five racks in a row from 2-1 down to seal victory, after Austria, represented by Jasmine and Albin Ouschan, looked set to go 3-1 ahead. Jasmine, though, miscued pocketing the brown 7 and lost position. Trying to catch up left her with a tough cut on the 9 ball which she left in the jaws of the corner pocket. After that the tide turned as the confident Finnish duo sprinted for the line. “It’s always tough in the first match. We were a bit jittery and they had a chance for 3-1 but it was a tough one for Jasmine on the 9 and she […]

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Hohmann raises the bar!

GERMANY’S THORSTEN HOHMANN WINS HIS SECOND WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A SEARING 13-7 VICTORY OVER THE PHILIPPINES ANTONIO GABICA BY TED LERNER WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos courtesy Vinod DivaKaran, Doha Stadium Sports Weekly and Richard Walker (Doha, Qatar)–Playing with a laser-like focus and an intensity that spoke of a clear desire for pool immortality, Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann capped an incredible week with yet another a searing performance,  and won the 2013 World 9-ball Championship, beating the Philippines Antonio Gabica, 13-7, in front of nearly 1000 highly partisan Filipino fans at Doha’s Al Arabi Sports Club. With the victory Hohmann now becomes only the second man to win the WPA World 9-ball Championship two times, matching American Earl Strickland, who won pool’s most prestigious crown in 1991 and 2002. Hohmann will now also take over as the World Number 1 ranked player. Hohmann’s second World 9-ball Championship comes exactly ten years after he burst on to the international scene with a powerful run through a stacked  field in Cardiff, Wales in 2003.  In the intervening years […]

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They’re going ‚Ga Ga‘ over Gabica

QATAR BASED FILIPINO ANTONIO GABICA STORMS INTO THE SEMI-FINALS, JOINS BIADO, HOHMANN AND BOYES IN THE FINAL FOUR OF THE WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP BY TED LERNER WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos Courtesy of Takayamo Takao, Richard Walker and the WPA  (Doha, Qatar)–Over a 15-plus year professional career, Antonio Gabica has often been viewed by Filipino pool fans as an extremely talented player who has a tendency to wither when faced with big time pressure situations. But for the man affectionately known as “Gaga” to his fellow Filipinos, that once signature trait now sits forever buried deep in the Qatari desert. Displaying masterful, career-defining cueing prowess, and the heart of a proud lion, Gabica notched three straight pressure cooker victories today, and barged into the semi-finals of the 2013 World 9-ball Championship.  There he joins three other red hot players in the race to pool’s pantheon, among them fellow Filipino Carlo Biado, Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann, and Great Britain’s Karl Boyes. Each race to 11, alternate break semi-final will feature the Philippines versus Europe. In one semi-final, Gabica […]