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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 […]

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The British are coming!…and so are the Filipinos and Taiwanese

THREE POOL POWERHOUSES MAKE UP NEARLY HALF THE FIELD AS THE WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP MOVES INTO THE FINAL 64 BY TED LERNER WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos Courtesy Richard Walker and Takayamo Takao/onthehill.jp (Doha, Qatar)–There’s something about Judgement Day in the World 9-ball Championship that brings out the wild drama, and the crazy pressure that  is unique to professional pool at the highest levels. It makes a high stakes money game seem like child’s play. This is, after all,  the world championship. And this is the moment where, with the field about to be cut in half, with all matches do or die, a player  gets his chance to reach  the final 64 single elimination stage. From there,  in just three days with six more wins, he might just make history and win a world title. Sure, for most players this incredible dream will remain just that. But pool is a sport where the slimmest roll of the ball, even just a millimeter, can mean the difference between staying a nobody or being crowned king. As […]

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The big dance starts to take shape – Day 3 Report from the 2013 World 9-ball Championship in Doha

ENRIQUE ROJAS BECOMES THE FIRST EVER PLAYER FROM CHILE TO ADVANCE TO A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KNOCKOUT STAGE, JOINS 31 OTHERS IN DOHA’S FINAL 64 BY TED LERNER WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos Courtesy Richard Walker, Takayama Takao/onthehill.jp (Doha, Qatar)–Relief and pure joy were two emotions on wide display on Day 3 of the 2013 World 9-ball Championship,  as 32 players booked their spots into Wednesday’s Final 64, the single elimination knockout phase that signals the real start of pool’s most prestigious event. Relief came from those top players who just wanted to notch their second win and put the madness that can be the group stages behind them. Pure joy came from the other players, those that know that winning this tournament is a massive long shot, and just getting through to the big dance is a career defining moment in itself. The 128 player field that began here on Saturday was already considered by many to be the strongest ever gathered for this event. As the wannabes wither and the main stage starts to take […]

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Breaking towards some big time showdowns – Day 2 Report from the 2013 World 9-ball Championship

AS THE LACK OF UPSETS CONTINUES ON DAY 2 OF THE WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHP, POOLS BEST ARE SURELY HEADED ON A COLLISION COURSE BY TED LERNER WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos Courtesy of QBSF, Takayama Takao/onthehill.jp, and Richard Walker (Doha, Qatar)–As the long, slow grind of this week-long World 9-ball championship wound its way through Day 2, perhaps the best way to try and understand where it’s all headed at this point is to listen to the words of defending champion Darren Appleton, after he won his opening match on Day 1. Said the Brit: “There are probably only 20 players who you can actually say are favorites to win this tournament, 10 more who are knocking on the door of perhaps winning it, and 20 more who can, on any given night, beat any of those top 30 players.” Add that simple equation together and you’ve got 50 top pros who can wreak massive havoc out on the blue pitch, with  30 who can realistically even consider entering the winner’s circle come September 13th.  I […]

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Kick off right on script – Day 1 Report from the 2013 World 9-ball Championship

SHOCKERS HARD TO COME BY ON DAY 1 OF THE WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP AS FAVORITES ROLL BY TED LERNER WPA PRESS OFFICER Photos Courtesy of Richard Walker and Takayamo“Mathilda“ Takao/onthehill.jp (Doha, Qatar)–Fans of the World 9-ball Championship have become accustomed to the fun of shocking first day upsets that send great players scrambling over to the do-or-die losers side and, at the same time, introduce us to new names from far flung nations that we had no idea produced such talented pool players. Saturday in blazing hot Doha, Qatar was, except for one match right at the end, not one of those days. 96 players out of the 128 in the field vying for 9-ball supremacy saw action today inside the icy cold Al Arabi Sports Club, and by and large the story line for the eight hours of play hardly veered from a predictable script.  This is not to suggest that some of pool’s biggest names didn’t taste defeat. Or that we didn’t see some great new talent.  But in those matches which featured […]

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Jasmin Ouschan Selected for West Team in Queens Cup!

Cup to be Played on Andy Cloth Manila, Philippines – Billiard superstar Jasmin Ouschan has been selected to play for Team Euro-USA in the inaugural Queens Cup! The Austria born World Champion will join Team Captain Kelly Fisher of England to face off against the powerful ladies of Asia. The East vs West team ultimate showdown between the world’s greatest lady professional billiards players will take place November 5th-7th, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. The event is produced by Dragon Promotions which has signed on Andy Cloth as the Official Cloth and OB Cues as the Official Cue of the Queens Cup. „I have always thought that the men team rivalries were great, and of course it would be great to have something like this as well for the women. Now I think fans will like the Queens Cup a lot because this team format makes it very exciting to watch“, said the 27 year old #1 Europe Ranked and former World 10-Ball Champion. Jasmin Ouschan continues,“You get some of the best female players in one […]

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World Cup of Pool – Philippines up for the job

3rd September 2013 World Cup of Pool Philippines up for the job  WITH THE 2013 World Cup of Pool set to take place in London from 17-22 September, it’s no surprise that leading UK bookmaking firm William Hill have installed the super-talented Filipino pairing of Dennis Orcollo and Lee Vann Corteza as joint favourites at 8/1 along with the USA. The deadly duo from Manila, currently world ranked #2 and #3 respectively, are certainly one of the in-form pairs competing for the $60,000 top prize when 32 two-player teams from all over the world convene at the York Hall for the six day event. Although the Philippines have won this event on two occasions in its seven year history, both times it was the pairing of Pinoy pool legends Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante who claimed the glory.   The nearest Orcollo has come was a runners-up spot in 2010 when he and Roberto Gomez were well beaten by China, while Corteza will be making his second appearance in the competition after partnering Orcollo in […]

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World Cup of Pool 2013 Live bei Sport1 – wichtige Info!

Bereits gestern gab es hier die News darüber, dass Sport1 den World Cup of Pool 2013 via Internet Livestream und im Free TV übertragen wird –> World Cup of Pool 2013 Live bei Sport1 Heute kommt eine weitere wichtige Information dazu. Aufgrund dessen kann man davon ausgehen das Sport1 (Rechteinhaber aller Matchroom Sport Events) es wirklich ernst meint mit der Übertragung des World Cup of Pool und Pool Billard allgemein. Wir ALLE können dazu beitragen das wir aufgrund dessen endlich die Aufmerksamkeit bekommen, die wir uns wünschen. Lest Euch den folgenden Beitrag durch und verlinkt, kommentiert und erzählt allen Leuten, die Ihr kennt, davon 😉 Ich weiß, dass WIR viele sind und jetzt kann jeder seinen Teil dazu beitragen! Originalnachricht von der Facebookseite des BSV Pool Brothers München e.V. (https://www.facebook.com/PoolBrothersMuenchen/posts/561950183841433) WORLDCUP OF POOL auf Sport 1 Hallo liebe Billard Enthusiasten, ich hatte heute ein Gespräch mit unserem Mitglied Sebastian Bernsdorff. Sebastian ist bei Sport 1 angestellt und hat letztes Jahr Spiele der 2. Bundesliga kommentiert sowie Interviews auch in der 1. Bundesliga für T-Home geführt. Er […]