Pinoy Bets Mazon, Salazar Make it to China Open Pool Main Draw

REIGNING Guinness World Series Champion Jundel "Jano" Mazon is headed to the main draw of China Open to be held on June 6 to 12 at the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium in Shanghai, China.
So is up-and-coming John Salazar, who earlier pulled off another impressive win.

The two Pinoys, playing under the banner of sportsman/businessman Jonathan "Bacolod" Sy of the star-studded Negros Billiards Stable (NBS), continued their winning ways, hurdling separate opponents in the Billiards and Snooker Congress of the Philippines (BSCP) qualification tournament, hosted by long-time billiards patron Sebastian "Baste" Chua at the famous Star Billiards Center in Grace Village, Quezon City, over the weekend.

Mazon, defeated RJ Bautista, 11-5, in the semis then toppled Cedric Gonzales, 11-2, in the finals to dominate the BSCP Qualification Tournament 2.

Salazar, meantime, bested 2008 Reno WPA World Juniors silver medallist Jericho Banares, 9-6, and 2007 Manila WPA World 9-ball finalist Roberto Gomez, 9-5, to top the BSCP Qualification Tournament 1.

Other cue masters seeing action were 2011 Manila WPA World Ten Ball semi-finalist Carlo Biado, 2011 Bacolod POC-PSC 9-ball national games gold medallist Jeffrey de Luna, SEA Games gold medallist Warren Kiamco, Jech-Jech Limen, Joven Bustamante and 2010 Reno WPA World Juniors fifth placer Jonas Magpantay, among others.

The event is supervised by BSCP executive vice-president Edgar Acaba and Sol Gueco under the leadership of BSCP president Sebastian "Baste" Chua and BSCP chairman Florentino "Yen" Makabenta.