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Kural, Gnadeberg, Hong take home Predator World Junior Titles

Karl Gnadeberg, Xin Yu Hong and Szymon Kural

Szymon Kural, Karl Gnadeberg and Xin Yu Hong are celebrating being crowned World Champions after claiming gold in their respective divisions of the Predator World Juniors 9-Ball Championships at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan on Monday.

Poland’s Kural defeated Yuma Dorner of Germany 11-6 in the Under-19s final. That was after Gnadeberg of Estonia had won the Under-17s division, beating Lang Yi Li of Hong Kong, China 9-5 in their championship match.

Chinese Taipei’s Xin Yu Hong had the support of reigning World Women’s 10-Ball Champion Chou Chieh-Yu as she beat South Korea’s Kim Hyerim 9-4 to lift the Girls title. It was Kim’s second consecutive final defeat after she also took silver last year, when she lost to Austria’s Lina Primus, a bronze medalist this year.

Kural scored an 11-9 victory over Germany’s Dennis Laszkowski to reach the final, while Dorner was an emphatic 11-1 victor over Chinese Taipei’s Yi Hsuan Sun in his semi-final. At the age of 18, this was Kural’s last chance to win a World Junior title and he was delighted to take home the gold.

“I don’t have any words,” said Kural. “I am very excited and especially happy because last year I lost in the final but now to win in 2022 is super exciting, and I am very happy.

“My family will be really happy and I am looking forward to going back home and celebrating with my friends and family. I want to get better and better and play tournaments around the world.”

Gnadeberg took the Under-17 title with perhaps his best shot reserved for the very end of the final when he jumped the 8 to make the 6 and draw the cue back down for inch-perfect position on the 7.

“Kick wasn’t available, so I decided to bring the jump cue,” said the Estonian. “The only way I could make it was to bring a draw and I never actually did it before, but it came out perfectly and I was amazed.”

Finland’s Juri Narvola and Serbia’s Lazar Kostic took bronze in the Under-17s division, while those medals went to USA’s Bethany Tate and Austria’s 2021 World Girls Champion Lina Primus. The final was won by Hong, who defeated Kim 9-4 having earlier beaten Tate 9-2.

“I am very happy,” said Hong. “It was a warm feeling to have the whole team from Chinese Taipei supporting me. My next goal is to defend the title next year!’

In the Predator World 8-Ball Championship, Shane van Boening crashed out in the last 32 at the hands of Frenchman Alex Montpellier. The World 9-ball Champion had reached single elimination undefeated but struggled against an inspired Montpellier, who won 10-7, only to be eliminated himself in the last 16, losing 10-2 to last week’s Medalla Light Puerto Rico Open finalist Daniel Maciol.

The quarter-final line-up comprises Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz, who has a chance to cap an incredible year with a world title. He’ll face Konrad Juszczyszyn in the last eight, which begins 10am on Tuesday morning. Maciol takes on Mario He, while an all-Polish quarter-final sees World 10-Ball Champion Wojciech Szewczyk up against Wiktor Zielinski.

Seven of the quarter-finalists are European, the exception being Canada’s Alex Pagulayan, who will face Jayson Shaw for a place in the semi-finals. Shaw beat Joshua Filler in a thrilling last 16 clash, having earlier beaten Jeffrey De Luna.

“It feels good to be in the quarter-finals,” said Shaw. “I was down 6-3 against De Luna but came back and played pretty well at the end. I knew against Filler that a couple of mistakes and you can lose real quick. I came with some good shots, some nice breaks and I am delighted to win.

“I’ll get a good sleep, come in tomorrow and if I can break well, 8-ball was my game growing up. I’ll have a good night’s rest and come tomorrow as prepared as I can be.”

The Predator World 8-Ball Championship concludes on Tuesday with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final all a race to 10.

Matches from the Predator World 8-Ball Championship are streamed from Table 1 on Billiard TV,  the World Billiard TV YouTube channel and at Kozoom.com. Table 2 has full coverage and commentary on the Predator Pro Billiard Series Facebook Page. All tables, including matches from the Predator World Juniors 9-Ball Championships, can be watch live for FREE at Kozoom.com

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International Open Big Foot Challenge Field Announced

Joshua Filler

Pat Fleming has released the player list for the 2022 International Open Diamond Big Foot Invitational and it reads like a “who’s who” of the top players in the game today.

Reigning Champion Joshua Filler will be back to defend his title on the 10 foot Diamond table. Filler is the defending champion from both the 2021 International and the 2022 Derby City Classic Big Foot Challenge, but he will have the runner-up finishers from each event in the field challenging him again this year as both International runner-up Mika Immonen and Derby City runner-up Fedor Gorst will be back this year looking to dethrone the young German champion.

If Gorst and Immonen can’t stop Filler, the Spanish double threat of Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz and David Alcaide might have something to say about this year’s event, as well as the four players from the Philippines, Roberto Gomez, Lee Vann Corteza, Jeffrey De Luna and Roland Garcia. Well, five if you count Alex Pagulayan.

Filling out the field this year are defending International 9-Ball Winner Albin Ouschan, Shane Van Boening, Jayson Shaw, Omar Al-Shaheen, Alex Kazakis and Aloysius Yapp.

The 2022 International Open will take place October 28th – Nov 5th at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia and seating is still available. Interested fans can go to www.intlopen.com to purchase their seats for this prestigious event. Fans who can’t make it to Virginia will be able to enjoy the event again online with the Pay Per View coverage provided by Pat Fleming Video Productions.

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2021 International Open Big Foot Challenge – Aloysius Yapp vs Jeffrey De Luna

2021 International One Pocket Open – Jeffrey De Luna vs Roberto Gomez

Orcollo Takes Two! Gabriel Takes It Down In Peoria!

Dennis Orcollo

Racks On The Rocks was the place to be this past weekend. Located in West Peoria, IL and owned by Rob and Heather Williams, the Aramith/Simonis Pro Classic had three divisions – ten ball, one pocket and bar box eight ball.

Sponsors contributing to this $17,000 added event were Aramith, Simonis & Diamond.

The $7,500 added ten ball division started on Wednesday night. Seventeen players anted up their $300 entry fees for this double elimination, race to eleven, winner breaks format played on nine foot tables.

All but two of the players received a first round bye except for Warren Kiamco and Jared Brahler. Unfortunately for Jared, he was defeated 11-1 and headed west. Warren’s next match was a lot closer – he survived an 11-10 squeaker against the always tough Fedor Gorst as did John Morra over Abrahan Martinez. Roberto Gomez blistered Evan Lunda 11-1 and Dennis Orcollo battled “The Great Dane,” Mickey Krause, eventually posting an 11-9 win. Jeremy Seaman also notched an 11-5 win over John Gabriel.

Next match, Seaman ran into a buzz saw named Alex Pagulayan and was soundly defeated 11-1. Round three also saw Jeffrey de Luna defeat Kiamco 11-5 while Dennis Orcollo defeated Corey Deuel 11-8. Gomez didn’t have such an easy time with Morra but pulled out an 11-9 victory.

By the fourth round, it was an all-Filipino winner’s side final four. After trailing or being tied almost the entire match, Pagulayan finally overtook de Luna to win the match 11-9 as did Orcollo over Gomez 11-7. Alex and Dennis advanced to the hot seat match. This match was all Dennis as he locked up his seat in the finals thumping Alex 11-5.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the chart, de Luna dismantled Gomez 11-8 leaving him in fourth place and then Pagulayan 11-6 to face Orcollo in the finals. Alex finished third.

The finals was to be one match – an extended race to fifteen. The match was close with both players trading racks with Dennis reaching the hill first. He pocketed game ball to take the match 15-13. Congratulations, Dennis!!! Great job, Jeff!!!

The one pocket division of the event drew nine players – each paying an entry fee of $1,000. The format in this event was also double elimination – alternate break with races to four. All but two of the players received a first round bye except for Corey Deuel and John Morra. In a hard fought match, Morra edged out Deuel for the win. Round two saw Morra defeat John Gabriel 4-1, Dennis Orcollo edge out Evan Lunda 4-3, Roberto sink Alex Pagulayan 4-2 and Warren Kiamco sneaked by Ike Runnels 4-3.

In the third round, Orcollo beat Morra 4-2 and Kiamco blitzed Gomez 4-0. This set up the hot seat match with Warren eking out the win 4-3 sending Dennis over to the one loss side to await an opponent.

Battling it out, Morra defeated Gomez 4-3 leaving him in fourth place. Looking to avenge his loss to Kiamco, Orcollo smoked Morra 4-1 to face Warren in the finals. John finished in third place.

The final match was an one extended race to six. A close match all the way and going down to the last ball of the case game, Dennis claimed the title!!! Congratulations again, Dennis!!! Good tournament, Warren!!!

The $2,000 added Open Bar Table Eight Ball began on Friday night and ran all weekend. Drawing 94 players paying a $25 entry fee, this double elimination event had races to seven on both sides with winner breaks. By the time the smoke cleared, the field had been whittled down to four players. After losing to Mickey Krause in the fourth round 7-6, Abrahan Martinez went on a tear mowing down six opponents before he reached Krause again. Taking revenge, he beat him 7-5 and moved into the finals against the undefeated John Gabriel. Krause finished in third place.

Since this was true double elimination, Martinez would have to defeat Gabriel twice to win the tournament but it was not to be – Gabriel only needed one set to claim the title 7-5!!! Great tournament, John!!! Good job, Abrahan!!!

Congratulations to all!!!

Thanks to Tournament Director Josh Suits for keeping everything running smoothly. We’d also like to thank the Racks On The Rocks staff for taking great care of players and fans alike.

Thanks to Jeremy Jones, Larry Schwartz, John Gabriel, Jeremy Seaman, Rob Williams, Ray Hansen and Mary Kenniston for their great commentary!

And last, but not least, we’d like to thank our fans and sponsors! Our sponsors include JB Cases, Diamond Billiard Products, Lomax Custom Cues, Simonis, Aramith, Hanshew Jump Cues, StraightPoolEye, Durbin Custom Cues, Fort Worth Billiards Superstore in Fort Worth, TX, The Action Palace of Dayton, OH and our venue, Racks On The Rocks.

PoolActionTV.com’s next stop is the Action Palace Open in Huber Heights, OH. The dates are November 3rd-7th. Hope to see you there!!!

Diamond Open 2021 Kicks Off With 10-Ball and Speed Pool

Shane Van Boening

The Omega Billiards Inaugural Diamond Open 2021 kicks off today at Rack and Grill III in Aiken, South Carolina. This weeklong event features seven different divisions and $48,000 in added prize money. 

Things get started with two days of 10-Ball and Speed Pool. The 10-Ball division features $10,000 in added prize money and the field is a who’s who of top pro talent that was in the states for the US Open 9-Ball. Shane Van Boening, Alex Pagulayan, Alex Kazakis, Billy Thorpe, Dennis Orcollo, Eklent Kaci, Fedor Gorst, Jayson Shaw, Jeffrey De Luna, Joshua Filler, Robert Gomez and Warren Kiamco are just a sampling of the players who are competing in this event. 

Online bracket coverage of this event will be handled by Digital Pool and online streaming coverage will be available at https://www.omegabilliards.com/

Strickland, Pagulayan And Fisher Amongst Casualties On US Open Day 3

Jeffrey De Luna (Erwin Dionisio – Matchroom Multi Sport)

Earl Strickland, Alex Pagulayan, Mika Immonen, Thorsten Hohmann, and Kelly Fisher were amongst the names to have their US Open Pool Championship campaigns cut short as the field went to the last 64 on day three at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City.

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Fans inside the Diamond Arena were treated to a fantastic spectacle in the opening session of the day as reigning champion Joshua Filler beat Sanjin Pehlivanović 11-8 when at eight all it looked like the Bosnian would take the lead if it wasn’t for a miss on the six. Filler does find himself on the losers’ side though going into the fourth day after a loss to World-10 ball runner-up Aloysius Yapp 11-3. It will not be unfamiliar territory for Filler though, after tasting defeat on his way to winning in 2019.

Jayson Shaw beat Hsieh Chia Chen in a hill-hill thriller to set up a battle of the Brits against Judd Trump in the evening after Trump had beaten Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Al-Shammari 11-5 earlier in the day.

When it came down to it, Shaw prevailed emphatically cleaning up for an 11-1 win to send Trump into the losers’ round 6 whilst Eagle Eye became the first name into the winners’ qualification section.

One of the standout matches of the day came late on as Jeffrey De Luna downed Pagulayan 11-0 as he potted 99 balls along the way with Pagulayan failing to pot a single ball in the whole contest and the Bull potting 99% of his shots only missing once. That result kept De Luna’s hopes of going better than his third-place finish in 2019.

American No.1 Shane van Boening remains unbeaten in his search for a sixth US Open crown after beating BJ Ussery to set up a winners’ qualification clash with Francisco Sanchez Ruiz live tomorrow evening on Table 1. It was the end of the road for Strickland though as he looked for his sixth title losing out to Alan Rolon Rosado.

2019 World Champion Fedor Gorst underlined his intentions with a crushing win over Niels Feijen 11-1 to meet Darren Appleton for a place in the last 16 after Appleton beat World 10 ball champion Eklent Kaçi.

The morning session gets underway at 10 am ET with Billy Thorpe (USA) vs Mario He (AUT),  Aloysius Yapp (SIN) vs Mickey Krause (DEN), and Albin Ouschan (AUT) vs Alex Kazakis (GRE).

By the end of tomorrow, only 16 players will remain. Fans can take in Table 1 live on the TV broadcast wherever you are in the world on DAZN in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Sky Sports in the UK. Find out where you can watch the US Open Pool Championship in your country right here.

Table 2 is free to watch and available on the Matchroom Pool YouTube here.

Ticket prices start from $31.24 per session for the single-elimination stage and $31.24 for the day during the double-elimination stage.

All tickets are subject to booking and processing fees. Each ticket includes a $5.50 transaction fee which is only applied once per order. Orders of multiple tickets will therefore save $5.50 per additional ticket purchased.

Get your tickets here. 

The 2021 US Open Pool Championship will be partnered by Diamond, who supply the Official Table; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are ARAMITH Tournament BLACK pool ball set with Duramith™ Technology by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Kamui are the Official Chalk and Tip. The US Open Pool Championship is sanctioned by the WPA.

Germany To Meet Estonia In World Cup Of Pool Semi-Finals

QUARTER-FINALS
Denmark 5-9 Germany
Philippines 4-9 Estonia

Germany will meet Estonia in the World Cup of Pool semi-finals after beating Denmark and Philippines respectively at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes on Thursday evening.

After Great Britain and Slovakia had won through in the afternoon session, Germany saw off Denmark 9-5 with both Joshua Filler and Christof Reintjes performing strongly, and the story was the same for Estonia as Denis Grabe and Mark Magi eliminated Philippines 9-4.

There was nothing to split Denmark (Mickey Krause & Bahram Lotfy) and Germany (Joshua Filler & Christof Reintjes) after the first eight of a potential 17 racks. Germany took the ninth and then Filler delivered his second golden break of the tournament to put his country two ahead, the first time either of them had a lead of more than one.

Denmark pulled one back but Germany extended their lead again, and then made it 8-5 with a 7/9 combo left for Filler by Lotfy.

Germany didn’t have a shot after breaking on the hill but got the better of the safety exchange and once they had a chance, Filler and Reintjes didn’t allow Denmark back to the table.

“We made twice as many balls on the break as they did, I think that and our safety game was our big advantage in the match,” said Filler. “The focus is playing the best you can. In this format, with winner breaks, your opponent can make five or six runouts but you just have to focus on yourself.

“The golden break was a big 9-ball because it took us two ahead. In a long tournament you need to improve in every match and that’s what we will continue to do hopefully.”

Reintjes added: “To play with the best player in the world is amazing; every shot goes right into the heart of the pocket. We wanted to do better in this match because in the first two matches we had a lot of things to improve, but in this match we had better chemistry.”

Germany will meet Estonia in the semi-finals after Denis Grabe and Mark Magi completed a confident 9-4 win over Filipino duo Roberto Gomez and Jeff De Luna.

Estonia started off strong, leading 2-0 and 3-1. De Luna then pulled off a highlights reel jump to bank the 1 up table. However, Gomez then missed the four and Estonia were back to the table to lead 4-1. Grabe and Magi continued to turn the screw, extending the lead to 5-1.

At 6-1 up Estonia allowed Philippines a route back when Grabe lost control of the cue ball in making the 4. It left Magi with a difficult cut which he didn’t make, and Gomez and De Luna got out of their seats to steal the rack.

It wasn’t the start of a momentum swing, however, as Estonia took the next for a 7-2 lead. Philippines hit back with two racks to close the gap but a brilliant Grabe safety helped Estonia open up the table at 7-4 and he and Magi cleared to reach the hill.

Philippines had a great chance to cut the gap and make Estonia sweat, but De Luna missed the 8. Grabe then made it but Magi hit the 9 hard down table and it rattled out. The cue was tied to the bottom rail and Gomez couldn’t make it up table and Grabe cut the 9-ball home.

Both semi-finals will be played on Friday afternoon before the race-to-11 final in the evening session from 5:30pm. The World Cup of Pool is broadcast live globally including on Sky Sports, DAZN and Matchroom.Live. Full broadcast details can be found at matchroompool.com.

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Dramatic Night Sees Great Britain A And USA Crash Out Of World Cup Of Pool

ROUND TWO
Great Britain C 7
-4 Greece
USA 5–7 Philippines
Estonia 7
–6 Great Britain A

 

Great Britain A crashed out of the World Cup of Pool in the most agonising of circumstances as Jayson Shaw scratched with two balls remaining at hill-hill against Estonia.

Earlier in the evening Philippines had won seven consecutive racks to come from 5-0 down to beat USA in a match that had it all and will live long in the memory, while Great Britain C’s comeback continued with a 7-4 success over Greece to reach the quarter-finals.

Shaw and Chris Melling had beaten Belarus in the first round to face Estonia (Denis Grabe and Mark Magi) in the final second round fixture. Neither team were at their best in the first half of the match and after eight racks it was 4-4. The hosts looked set to move ahead until Melling scratched on the 6. Estonia did the rest and reached the hill in rack ten after some good safety play. Magi’s break wasn’t firm enough and to add insult to injury, not only did he fail to make a ball but he left a shot at the 1 for Shaw.

Great Britain A took that rack and the next to join Estonia on the hill, and though Grabe and Magi had a chance in the last, it was Shaw and Melling who were at the table when only the 5 and 9 remained. The two balls were tied close to each other and Shaw didn’t have great position. He cut the five in with pace, but the cue came off the side rail to scratch in the top pocket and Magi had a simple 9 to dramatically take a place in the quarter-finals.

Estonia will face Philippines in the last eight after Jeff De Luna and Roberto Gomez staged a dramatic comeback against America’s Skyler Woodward and Billy Thorpe.

At 2-0 down De Luna executed a great up-table bank on the 7, only to see the cue ball scratch and award USA hall-in-hand with only the 9 remaining on the table. The Americans ran the next rack for a 4-0 lead and the Filipino mountain was growing.

They had a chance in the fifth but the 7 rattled out of the jaws for Gomez, who was lucky not to scratch. That made it too tough for Thorpe to pot, but Woodward would then get a chance after De Luna’s hit-and-hope wasn’t executed. The drama wasn’t over yet though; this time the two-time Mosconi Cup MVP failed to remove the 7 from the table. It finally went to a Gomez cut, but position was tough for De Luna who couldn’t cut it to the corner; Thorpe knocked in the gimmie and USA had a 5-0 advantage.

But Philippines weren’t done, and began to climb the mountain. The ninth was the most dramatic as again both teams struggled with the stubborn 7, but Philippines came out on top after Thorpe left it in the jaws and in the tenth the Filipinos levelled up against the odds.

They didn’t have a shot after the next break but still managed to reach the hill, and USA didn’t return to the table. The match was one of the World Cup’s best; drama, top play, and in part a story of USA failing to close out from 5-0 up, while Philippines capitalised to run a seven pack to win the match from the jaws of defeat.

Earlier in the session, comeback kids Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes took advantage of a despondent Greece (Alex Kazakis and Nick Malai). Appleton and Boyes lifted the World Cup in 2014 and were returning as a late replacement for Canada, who had been blighted with travel issues. Having beaten South Africa in the first round, their task in round two looked harder against the 2019 quarter-finalists.

However, Greece struggled at the table and though Great Britain C weren’t faultless, they did enough, with Boyes in particular not looking like a player who officially retired in 2017. With Great Britain B having gone out to Philippines in round one, and the ‘A’ team succumbing to Estonia, GB C are now flying the flag alone for the hosts after completing a 7-4 win over Greece.

All four quarter finals will be played out on Thursday, with two in the afternoon session and two in the evening. The action begins at 12noon with Slovakia vs. Japan before Great Britain C face Netherlands. The World Cup of Pool is broadcast live globally including on Sky Sports, DAZN and Matchroom.Live. Full broadcast details can be found at matchroompool.com.

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Draw Made For World Pool Masters

The draw for the World Pool Masters has been made, with defending champion David Alcaide set to begin his defense against either Billy Thorpe or Skyler Woodward in the event, which runs from May 22-25 at Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar.

The all-American clash between Thorpe and Woodward was the standout match from the preliminary round draw, and the pair, currently representing USA in the World Cup of Pool, know the defending champion lies in wait in the last 16.

Alcaide and the top 7 players on the Matchroom Pool World Ranking were seeded through to the last 16, while the remaining 16 players in the field will battle it out in the preliminary round.

Other fixtures include Women’s World Champion Kelly Fisher against Justin Sajich, with the winner set to face Alex Kazakis in the last 16. World Champion Fedor Gorst will face either Shane Van Boening or debutant Jakub Koniar of Slovakia.

Albanian Masters rookie Max Lechner will meet either Mieszko Fortunski or Kristina Tkach, while Mosconi Cup MVP Jayson Shaw will face either Niels Feijen or Jeffrey De Luna.

The World Pool Masters begins on Saturday, May 22 and will be broadcast globally, including on Sky Sports, DAZN and Matchroom.Live. All matches are race to 7, winner breaks, except the final, which will be a race to 9.

Alcaide won the 2019 Masters in dramatic fashion with a memorable up-table bank to make the winning 9 at hill-hill against Kazakis, who he could meet in this year’s quarter-finals.

The World Pool Masters marks the return of spectators to Matchroom Pool Series events. Tickets are available exclusive to residents of Gibraltar via BuyTickets.gi. The full match schedule can be found at MatchroomPool.com.

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WORLD POOL MASTERS DRAW

LAST 16 MATCHES

David Alcaide vs. Billy Thorpe/Skyler Woodward
Alexander Kazakis vs. Kelly Fisher/Justin Sajich

Naoyuki Oi vs. Eklent Kaci/Petri Makkonen
Jayson Shaw vs. Niels Feijen/Jeffrey De Luna

Fedor Gorst vs. Shane van Boening/Jakub Koniar
Max Lechner vs. Mieszko Fortunksi/Kristina Tkach

Joshua Filler vs. Chris Melling/Sanjin Pehlivanovic
Albin Ouschan vs. Denis Grabe/Roberto Gomez