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World Tournament 14.1 Day 4: Immonen Running Hundreds

New York, New York –  The Ice Man is heating up. Mika Immonen ran his second century with a 102 ball run against Johnny Archer. The win advanced Mika to the final 16 and eliminated Archer from the World Tournament. It is the first time Archer has not made it to the final stage of the event. This year’s World Tournament of 14.1 has seen the 48 invited players narrowed down to 16 and now battling in the final single elimination stage races to 200.  The stars are inching closer to the oldest title in the world. Dragon Promotions and Dr. Michael Fedak have brought another globally star studded field at this year’s 73rd Olhausen World Tournament hosted by Steinway Billiards in New York on August 19th-24th,2013.  Live stream broadcast will be on www.insidepool.tv USA’s #1 Shane Van Boening handed Immonen his first and only loss in the tournament 150 to 97. Reiging World Tournament 14.1 Champ John Schmidt ran 100 to eventually hand Johnny Archer a loss. THis setup the Archer/ Immonen match. After some deliberate safety […]

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Dennis Hatch & Wang Can Rule Day 2 of Olhausen World Tournament 14.1

New York, New York –  One of USA’s top guns Dennis Hatch and rising Asian star Wang Can have gone undefeated in all their respective 5 round robin matches.   This year’s World Tournament of 14.1 has all 48 players battling in the round robin stage inching closer to the oldest title in the world. Dragon Promotions and Dr. Michael Fedak have brought another globally star studded field at this year’s 73rd Olhausen World Tournament hosted by Steinway Billiards in New York on August 19th-24th,2013.  Live stream broadcast will be on www.insidepool.tv Dennis Hatch has been a freight train and demolished Johnny Archer, Charles Eames, Holden Chin, Robb Saez, and Scotland’s Jayson Shaw. He has won his Group #6 and will be one of the top 8 seeds in the next stage of the event in which he also earns one of the 8 available byes. „I grew up playing straight pool as a kid. Jimmy Mataya was one of my early influences and we played straight pool. So the World Tournament 14.1 is like going back to […]

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Shane Van Boening First Match a 100 Perfect

…Immonen & Appleton Stellar New York, New York –  Shane Van Boening gave USA a nice lift as he played his first ever 14.1 match at the World Tournament. After winning the lag, Shane made a perfect 100 run. Day 1 some some stellar straight pool as players inch closer to the World Tournament Champion title.  The Olhausen World Tournament of 14.1 kicked off August 19th with all 48 players battling in the round robin stage. Dragon Promotions and Dr. Michael Fedak have brought another globally star studded field at this year’s 73rd Olhausen World Tournament hosted by Steinway Billiards in New York on August 19th-24th,2013.  Live stream broadcast will be on www.insidepool.tv Shane’s victim was local qualifier Bill Sudia who never got a chance. Van Boening won 100 to 0 and then won his next match 100 to 58 over Blair Levandowski. Van Boening will be tested tonight against last year’s Bronze medalist Ralph Eckert of Germany. The best performance on the TV table thus far has been from England’s Darren Appleton who ran 97 and out […]

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Hohmann, Strickland, Schmidt Take Losses

… Surprises on Day 1 Olhausen World Tournament 14.1 New York, New York –  Reigning World Tournament of 14.1 Champion John „Mr.400“ Schmidt and recent Accu-Stats Fan Pick 14.1 Tourny both had surprise losses on Day 1. House pro Earl Strickland also took two losses. The Olhausen World Tournament of 14.1 kicked off today with all 48 players battling in the round robin stage. Dragon Promotions and Dr. Michael Fedak have brought another globally star studded field at this year’s 73rd Olhausen World Tournament hosted by Steinway Billiards in New York on August 19th-24th,2013.  Live stream broadcast will be on www.insidepool.tv    Earl Strickland had an error filled match which local NYC player Michael Yednak took full advanatge in his 100 to 49 win over the 5x US Open Champion. Yednak has participated each year in the World Tournament but has yet to qualify through the group stages. He has two wins and 1 loss to Corey Deuel so this could be his year to improve. Earl then went onto play Deuel in the TV stream match which […]

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Just enough for Ekonomopoulos

Tough battle in the loser’s round Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina:  After a fierce fight in the loser’s bracket, Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) overcame Mehmet Bakici (TUR) with 8:7 in a thrilling finish. Ekonomopoulos already faced some serious problems today. He lost his opener and needed to win this match in order to stay alive in the tournament. His opponent is not among the top players of the Euro-Tour… but sometimes dark horses just come out of nowhere and perform incredibly well. The match started quite leveled with both players playing solid pool. After the first six racks, it was all square at 3:3. Then it seemed as if everything goes back to „business as usual“. Ekonomopoulos won three racks in a row and Bakici committed a few mistakes. Leading 6:3, Ekonomopoulos broke the rack and scratched. Bakici took the cue ball and ran out. Suddenly, he seemed to be „on fire“. He claimed rack after rack back from the Greek. He even went on the hill, taking a 7:6 advantage. The heat was on for Ekonomopoulos. […]

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It’s anyone’s game in Shenyang

A SHOOTOUT’S IN THE OFFING AS THE WOMEN’S WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP GETS DOWN TO THE FINAL 16 BY TED LERNER – WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos Courtesy of Tai Chengzhe/top147.com Photo of Alison Fisher courtesy of Alison Chang/alison-chang.com (Shenyang, China)–After a day of ups and downs as only 9-ball pool can offer up, the 2013 Women’s World 9-ball Championship has been whittled down to 16 players. And a quick glance at the line-up ready to do battle over the next two days tells you clearly that this is going to be one fun ride to the biggest prize in women’s pool. Fascinating facts about this year’s final 16 include; the appearance of four out of the last five world 9-ball champions, two BCA Hall of Famers, a four time winner of this event, a four time runner up, the current World 10-ball champion, and seven out of the top ten women players in the world. There are also a few young upstarts, tested veterans, and a few prodigies who are certainly due to win the biggest […]

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The Pageantry of Women’s Pool

AS THE 2013 WOMEN’S WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS IN SHENYANG, CHINA, ORGANIZERS GIVE THE LADIES A SEND OFF FIT FOR QUEENS. BY TED LERNER – WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos Courtesy of Tai Chengze/top147.com (Shenyang, China)–Anyone who has ever been to any kind of event in China knows the importance that the Chinese place on ceremony.  Everyone, especially the organizers, and other local dignitaries who didn’t even have anything to do with  putting the event together, are all given their moment to shine, usually with long winded speeches that nobody listens to.  Guests are made to feel that they are about to get the keys to the Forbidden City in Beijing. Often times food is involved, lots of it, as well as copious amounts of alcoholic drink. Teenage girls in elaborate get-ups dance to some loud and catchy song. Throngs of rabid photographers swarm the event recording it all. And so it was at the opening ceremony  of the 2013 WPA Women’s World 9-ball Championship on Thursday night inside the ultra-hip Richgate Shopping Center complex here […]

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Women’s World 9-Ball Championship set to kick off this week

64 GREATS OF THE WOMEN’S GAME WILL CLASH IN HISTORIC SHENYANG, CHINA BY TED LERNER – WPA PRESS OFFICER (Shenyang, China)–From the ancient imperial city will rise the new queen of 9-ball. That’s the intriguing scenario this week as the world’s best women pool players take center stage in the beautiful and historical city of Shenyang, China, as the 2013 WPA Women’s World 9-ball Championship gets underway with qualifiers August 6-8, and the main event August 9-12. This is the 5th straight year that the Women’s World 9-ball Championship has taken place in Shenyang, which sits very near the border with North Korea. The city’s history goes back 2300 years and was once the very center of Chinese culture and society in the 1600’s, before Beijing emerged as the new capital.  Today the bustling metropolis of nearly 8 million people is one of  China’s key manufacturing hubs.  The main attraction for visitors today is the sprawling grounds of the fascinating centuries old imperial palace. Whether ancient or modern, it’s clear success and grandeur have long […]

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Andreuzzi over Ibric like a hurricane

Khodjaeva once again on the loser’s side Sarajevo,  Bosnia  &  Hercegovina:  With  an  8:0  whitewash,  Nino Andreuzzi (GER) finished Azur Ibric’s (BIH) hopes in the 9-ball competition. The game was 9-ball and the round was the  single  elimination  round  of  the  final  32 junior players. 9-ball is  a short rack game and is   said  to  be  the  fastest  of  all  pool-billiard games.  However,  Andreuzzi took that probably  a  bit  too  literally  in  his   match  with Ibric. He played fluently  and quick, coming to a 5:0 lead after only  23 minutes. The Bosnian definitely  was the underdog in this encounter from   the  very  beginning.  Andreuzzi  had already  taken two medals this week – Bronze in  straight  pool  and  Gold  in  10-ball.  But  still Ibric was playing on his home turf  having the support  of  the  vivacious Bosnian  crowd.  But that did not seem  to impress Andreuzzi at all. He consequently  played his rhythm and punished  Ibric  for his mistakes.  In  the 6th  rack,  Ibric  got  to  the  9-ball  and  had  a  good  chance  to  finally  open  […]

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Gold medals for Ivanovskaia, Filler and Tangudd

Surprising results in the finals Sarajevo,  Bosnia  &  Hercegovina:  While  the  favored  player  won  the pupil’s division, the winners in the other division were a bit of a surprise. The pupil’s division was  dominated by  Joshua Filler (GER). He was never really  endangered  and  made  his way  to  the  title  with  a  superior performance.  His  opponent  in  the final  match,  Oliver  Szolnoki (HUN) did his  best  to challenge Filler  and make  his  life  as  hard  as  possible but in in the end he had to let Filler take the crown with a 6:4 victory in the final. In  the  girl’s match, the favored  player got beaten.  Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) who has already snatched  the crown in  10-ball  this week, played a close match with Veronika Ivanovskaia (GER). Both girls did not want to show any  weaknesses but the pressure was on for both of them. Some small mistakes  were committed on both sides but Ivanovskaia managed to get back on track first. She got  back in the zone and made use of the chances that […]