Pool Sharks Vie For Negros International 9-Ball Crown Today

Ralf Souquet will be just one of the former World Champions at this event

Pool sharks coming from around the world will be vying for prestige and the coveted crown when the Negros Oriental International 9-Ball Championships gets underway today, November 14-17 at the Dumaguete Convention Center in Dumaguete City.

A total prize fund $61,400 is up for grabs in the event jointly organized by Negros Billiard Stable and Puyat Sports with $20,000 going to the champion. The runner-up gets $10,000 while the losing semi-finalist each receive $5,000.

Former World 9-Ball Champions including Efren "Bata" Reyes, Ronato Alcano Chia-Ching Wu of Taiwan, Kunihiko Takahashi of Japan, Mika Immonen of Finland, Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohman of Germany and Johnny Archer of the United States.

Not to be outdone are Francisco"Django" Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo, Warren Kiamco, Lee Vann Corteza and Ramil Gallego of the Philippines, Ching-Shun Yang of Taiwan, Corey Deuel of the United States and qualifiers Edgar Acaba, Elvis Calasang, Elmer Haya, Leonardo Didal, Naoyuki Oi of Japan and Chien-te Chung of Taiwan.