Lai Lifts His Third National Snooker Title

George Lai, the 2008 United States National Snooker Champion, pictured with the Championship

George Lai has captured his third United States National Snooker Championship title, as the number two seed from Las Vegas defeated New York's Jian Qiang Wang 5-2 in this year's final at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel, California.

Eleven year's after tasting his first national success, 33-year-old Lai last won the title back in 2005 though he suffered defeat in the final last year at the hands of Jack Kung.

Lai went into this final as a strong favorite, though Jian's tremendous progress through this Championship had been a revelation.

A run of 31 by Lai in the first frame got his final challenge off to the perfect start as he went into a 1-0 advantage, and although Jian responded in frame two with a break of 30 it was still not enough to claim the frame as Lai eventually ran away with it with an 85-31 scoreline.

A break of 42 by Lai secured frame three, though Jian opened his frame account by sealing the fourth frame on the final colored balls.

Jian's run of 32 in the next frame further reduced his frame deficit to 3-2, and he was now right back into this final

From then on the match turned right in Lai's favor as he comfortably took the sixth frame assisted with a break of 39, and in the next frame he compiled a Championship winning run of 54.