Mario He Keeps the Trophy in Austria
Thomas Overbeck (EPBF)
Oct. 13, 2018
Mario He, winner of the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open 2018
Mario He, winner of the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open 2018
Mario He (AUT) just won the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open 2018 at the Sportpark Klagenfurt with a 9:8 victory in the final match against Mark Gray (GBR).
 
The final match was packed with thrilling shots and exciting strategy. Both players are excellent shotmakers and the final match was a collection of superb performance and high class pool billiards. With a few ups and downs for both players, the match came to hill-hill with Mario He being on the break shot. He fired the opening shot of rack #17 and to his disliking, no ball was pocketed. Gray got to the table and pocketed the 1-ball with a long and precise shot. He got to the 5-ball which was frozen to the 9-ball and thus not playable for him. He attempted a safety shot but left a long pot for Mario He. However, since the 6-ball and the7-ball were lying close together, he was not too afraid. But Mario He not only pocketed the 5-ball but also opened up the 6-ball and the 7-ball with the cue ball. He then elevated his cue stick and pocketed the 6-ball with a masse shot. The remaining three balls were just business as usual for the Austrian, who won the match 9:8 and took the title of the Dynamic Billard Klagenfurt Open winner 2018.
 
„Mark Gray has never lost a final match in the Euro-Tour. He won 6 out of 6 until today. But that did not worry me too much since I knew that I could win if I can play up to me expectations“, mentioned a modest Mario He. On his facebook page, Mario He wrote: „I‘m over the moon and so happy to win the Euro-Tour here in Klagenfurt, my 4th Euro-Tour win and feels still same like the first one. Can‘t describe how the pressure, sadness, happiness in all matches and single moments were.“
 
After this tournament, Eklent Kaci (ALB) will still lead the Euro-Tour Rankings with 20 points over Mario He who is now in second place.
 
Top Eight Finishers
1. Mario He AUT
2. Mark Gray GBR
    Oliver Szolnoki HUN
    Niels Feijen NED
    Jakub Koniar SVK
 
Top Ten Euro-Tour Rankings
1. Eklent Kaci ALB
2. Mario He AUT
5. Denis Grabe EST
6. Ralf Souquet GER
7. Alexander Kazakis GRE
9. Marc Bijsterbosch NED
10. Mark Gray GBR
 
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