3-Cushion European Championships began today

Frédéric Caudron (BEL)

On the big match billiards with the playing surface 2.84 meters x 1.42 meters the 3-cushions-specialists started the contest today. At the beginning 48 participants are divided in sixteen groups of three players each.

Only the winners are going to the knockout-stage. Then the 16 seeded players will join the tournament and it will be single-elimination until the final. Filipos Kasidokostas as title holder is of course one of the seeded players. He is joined by Frédéric Caudron, Eddy Merckx (both from Belgium), Dick Jaspers (Netherlands), Marco Zanetti (Italy) and Martin Horn from Germany just to name a few. 

Today’s games brought no big surprises. The best match was played by Belgian Jef Philipoom, who scored the necessary 30 points in only 13 innings at an average of 2.307.