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International 9-Ball Open Second Stage Underway

Alex Pagulayan (Karl Kantrowitz)

The International 9-Ball Open is now into the single elimination second stage of the brackets. The top sixteen undefeated players will now face a random player drawn from the final sixteen players with one loss.

The first matches to take place are…

Jayson Shaw vs Naoyuki Oi
Earl Strickland vs Denis Grabe
Shane Wolford vs Fedor Gorst
Dennis Orcollo vs Alex Pagulayan
Omar Al Shaheen vs Hunter Lombardo

The remaining players will be drawn later in the day.

All players at this stage of the event are guaranteed prize money, with players losing in the round pocketing $1000.

Follow all of the action with Live Scoring and online brackets for the 9-Ball. AzBilliards is working along with digitalpool.com to help put those brackets online.

The International 9-Ball Open will continue play all of this week and can be watched as part of the online PPV for this event at https://www.onsitepool.com/accustats/. For the first time in the history of this event, fans can watch action on any table as part of the PPV coverage.

Final 16 Set for FargoRate Ohio Open

Naoyuki Oi

Most people in the world of professional billiards know Japan’s Naoyuki Oi for his on-camera television interviews.

Blessed with a natural charisma and ad-libbing ability, one never really knows what Oi will do or say. He may dance, he may applaud himself, he may scream – or he may do all of them.

So engaging is Oi with a microphone that it’s easy to overlook just how good he is with a cue – although this year it’s been quite obvious. The 38-year-old racked up top 10 finishes at the World Pool Masters and World Pool Championship and reached the top five of the United States Open Pool Championship and Predator World 10-Ball Championship.

Friday afternoon at the FargoRate Ohio Open, Oi continued build on his resume by remaining undefeated with a straight sets victory over Austria’s Mario He, 4-3, 4-2. The eccentric personality was one of the first competitors of the day to qualify for the final day, single-elimination phase which will begin at Wilmington, Ohio’s Roberts Centre Saturday morning.

Both competitors battled not just each other but the table during the first set, as each twice failed to pocket a ball on the break in seven games. Trailing 3-2, Oi was able to take advantage of back-to-back openings left by his opponent after safeties to steal the last two racks and seal the win, 4-3. The Austrian jumped out to a 2-1 advantage in the second set thanks to a successful safety paired with a missed shot by his opponent in the third rack, but Oi capitalized on an open shot left by He after a safety in the fourth rack to tie the score. After Oi climbed on top 3-2, He had a chance to again tie the match in the sixth rack but missed a long shot on the 9 ball – handing Oi control of the table and a sure victory.

Overall, both players failed to pocket a ball on the break eight times in 13 total racks.

Thorsten Hohmann

Two weeks from now, Thorsten Hohmann will be officially inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame, as he celebrates a career that has included two World 9-Ball titles and numerous straight pool championships. Although he is in the second-half of his playing career, the German showed Friday afternoon he can still compete at a high level, as Hohmann sent Poland’s Mieszko Fortunski to the one-loss side of the bracket with a straight sets win, 4-2, 4-2.

Hohmann got out to a quick start in the opening set, taking advantage of a Fortunski foul to win the first two games. The German had an opportunity to increase his lead to 3-0 but missed a makeable 9 ball in the corner pocket. Fortunski would win two of the next three games to maintain a one-game deficit and, when Hohmann missed a sharp cut on the 1 ball in the sixth game, the young man from Poland appeared to have a clear path towards tying the score.

That is, until he came up short on position for the 2 ball and left a shot on for his opponent, which Hohmann capitalized on to claim the set.

After breaking and running the opening rack of the second set, Hohmann missed a pair of shots in the next two games which allowed Fortunski to build an early 2-1 lead. The German rallied thanks to a successful jump shot in the fourth rack, a victorious safety exchange in the fifth game and a missed 3 ball by Fortunski in the next rack to win three straight and advance to Saturday’s second phase.

Later in the day, things weren’t looking so good for Alex Kazakis. He was already on the one-loss side of the bracket and seemed like he couldn’t buy a break. The Greek had just committed a foul and a scratch and watched as opponent Evan Lunda took advantage to claim the opening set of their match, 4-1.

The tables would turn in the second set, as Kazakis used a pair of Lunda fouls to build a 2-0 lead then added back-to-back breaks-and-runs to close out a 4-0 shutout and force a deciding shootout, The Greek was perfect in the extra inning, pocketing four consecutive spot shots while Lunda could only convert three of the spotted 10 balls.

Also reaching the single-elimination phase is fellow Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer Mika Immonen, who recovered from a winner’s side loss to American Jeremy Sossei by eliminating reigning CSI Michigan Open champion Aloysius Yapp on the one-loss side. Immonen’s win was one of a handful of late evening upsets which occurred, as American Devin Poteet took out Hungary’s Oliver Szolnoki and Texan Jeremy Seaman defeated Fortunski on the one-loss side. Seaman, who gave Filipino Roberto Gomez Jr. all he could handle in the second round before falling in a shootout, rallied on the one-loss side of the bracket by winning three consecutive matches.

Brackets will now be re-drawn as the format now changes from double-elimination to the single-elimination knockout stage, beginning with four round-of-16 matches Saturday morning. A live broadcast of the tournament begins at noon on Billiard TV and also will be available on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.

The FargoRate Ohio Open is the fourth and final stop of the U.S. Pro Billiard Series, which features four open professional events between July and the end of the year. Created by Predator Group and amateur league operator CueSports International, these tournaments will run in tandem alongside of CSI league amateur events being held throughout the country. The winner of each competition receives a guaranteed spot in the $130,000-added 2022 Predator World 10-Ball Championship, which will be held March 28 through April 1 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

This competition was played on Predator Pro pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia performance cloth, with Predator Arcos II precision balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights.

For more information on the U.S. Pro Billiard Series or amateur leagues, visit www.playcsipool.com.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook and Instagram. Watch replays on Billiard TV  or on the WorldBilliardTV YouTube channel.

Only four remain at US Open Pool Championship with Yapp, Orcollo, Biado and Oi through

Carlo Biado (Jake Asby/Matchroom Multi Sport)

Aloysius Yapp, Dennis Orcollo, Carlo Biado, and Naoyuki Oi are the four remaining players at the US Open Pool Championship heading into the final day of play at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City.

Yapp has been a breakout star of recent months and continued from beating Shane Van Boening earlier today to beat Rodrigo Geronimo of the Philippines to book the first space in tomorrow’s semi-finals where he will take on Orcollo.

The Singapore cueist passed up on some early opportunities including a miss on the seven which gave Geronimo the early advantage, but those early shakes were soon a thing of the past in the fourth rack after kicking the two into the middle pocket. Early exchanges went back and forth with Geronimo edging ahead going into the tenth rack, but Yapp took hold of proceedings from there on in. A 5 9 combo was Yapp’s first of the day having missed one earlier in the match and earlier in the day against Van Boening.

Yapp laid a three-rack cushion at 8-5 before playing arguably the biggest shot of the match. He played a sublime cut on the eight before a bank in the middle pocket on the nine despite the odds stacked against him.

It was error-strewn from Geronimo at times and that was ultimately his downfall as Yapp got on the hill from his opponent’s failed bank on the three. The victory was swiftly secured for Yapp to be in his second semi-final in the space of a week.

The experienced Orcollo stands in the way of Yapp making a maiden final berth at a Matchroom Pool Series tournament after the Filipino beat the industrious Max Lechner 11-7 live on Matchroom Pool’s YouTube channel.

Oi sent 2019 World Champion Fedor Gorst packing in the final match of the day on the main table 11-9. Oi produced brilliance throughout the match with an early highlight coming in the fifth with the finest piece of creativity to make a 1 9 combo with a kick into the middle pocket.

Gorst kept pace with Oi and levelled at four all after fluking the eight. In the 15th rack, Gorst dry broke and Oi picked up the rack to lead 9-6. It wasn’t quite the end for Gorst though, he got it back to 9-9 after some smart safety. In the end, Oi was too strong as he booked his place in the semi-finals.

Biado booked his place in the semi-finals against Oi after beating compatriot Johann Gonzales Chua 11-10 live on the Matchroom Pool YouTube channel. Chua pulled it back on several occasions before pulling through in the final rack at hill-hill to become the final player into the semi-finals meaning it will be the first all-Asian US Open Pool Championship final in history.

SEMI-FINAL FIXTURES (10 am ET)

Aloysius Yapp vs Dennis Orcollo
Carlo Biado vs Naoyuki Oi

WATCH

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.

Ticket prices start from $31.24 per session for the final day of the US Open Pool Championship.

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.

US Open Pool Championship Down To 8 With Van Boening Out

Aloysius Yapp

Home favourite Shane Van Boening is out of the US Open Pool Championship at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City at the Last 16 stage as Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp secured a comprehensive 11-5 victory over the five-time champion.

Van Boening went into the penultimate day with eyes firmly set on becoming the most successful player ever at the US Open but Yapp came to spoil the party on the TV table winning the lag and proceeding to break and run in the opening two racks.

It was all one-way traffic as Yapp marched into a 5-0 lead before drama struck in the sixth rack when a discussion took place over whether a shot clock extension had been called before the clock was reset and Van Boening continued the rack.

Yapp continued his ascendancy to an eight-nil lead where Van Boening finally got to show a piece of brilliance taking the ball around two rails after potting the one to get back in position for the table. The American made the next three racks to force a fightback but in truth, it was a tall order against a confident Yapp fresh off the back of finishing runner-up at the World 10-ball last week. He went on the hill at 10-3 before Van Boening took two racks but it wasn’t to be as Yapp sealed a place in the quarter-finals 11-5.

Max Lechner continued his impressive debut by being the first name into the quarters by beating Poland’s Mieszko Fortuński 11-4 to set up a tantalizing clash with Dennis Orcollo. Orcollo overcame Mario He 11-6 live on the Matchroom Pool YouTube as the Filipino joined compatriot Rodrigo Geronimo in the last eight.

Geronimo was involved in one of the biggest battles of the last 16 against Denis Grabe who was fresh off beating former champion Jayson Shaw. It went to hill hill with Geronimo fluking a safety with three balls on the table in the last rack. Grabe scratched after hitting the seven leading to Geronimo having ball in hand to clear up and win.

After the first spectacle on Table 1, there was a lot for David Alcaide and Carlo Biado to live up to and they did just that in a thriller that saw Biado come out on top 11-10 in a dramatic contest. Punches were thrown from each side as they level pegged at various points from 1-1 to 3-3 to 4-4, 6-6, 7-7, 9-9 before going hill hill.

Biado had turned things around against Alcaide before nearly letting it slip at 9-9. A straight miss on the six put Alcaide back at the table who found himself breaking for the match in the last rack, but the Spaniard found himself positionally out of sorts from the break as he missed the two ball as he tried to cut it.

Naoyuki Oi came from behind to beat Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 11-7 where it did look like at one stage Sanchez Ruiz would run away with it. Fedor Gorst meanwhile beat the last remaining Dutchman Marco Teutscher 11-7. Johann Gonzales Chua became the fourth Filipino in the last eight beating John Morra 11-8 despite a fightback from the Canadian late on.

QUARTER-FINAL FIXTURES FROM 3:30 PM (ET)

Aloysius Yapp vs Rodrigo Geronimo (Table 1)
Max Lechner vs Dennis Orcollo (Table 2)
Johann Gonzales Chua vs Carlo Biado (Table 2)
Fedor Gorst vs Naoyuki Oi (Table 1)

WATCH
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.

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.

Defending Champion Joshua Filler Out As US Open Last 16 Draw Made

Defending champion Joshua Filler bowed out of the US Open Pool Championship at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City as 9-ball’s toughest tournament moved down to the last 16.

Scores

Alexander Kazakis, Billy Thorpe, and Judd Trump were amongst the names to depart in the morning session before the afternoon and evening action got underway with Francisco Sanchez Ruiz coming from 5-0 down to defeat Shane Van Boening 11-6 to join the last 16.

The Spaniard pounced on an uncharacteristic scratch from Van Boening in the 10th rack and then did the same in the 15th after it looked like the five-time champion would clear the table to cut the deficit to 8-7. Instead, Sanchez Ruiz went 9-6 up and completed a memorable comeback.

Reigning champion Filler followed up from that match knocking out America’s Skyler Woodward in an 11-4 victory that saw the German continue his route towards the last 16. Mieszko Fortuński was next in Filler’s way. Fortuński has battled away throughout the week and put in arguably one of his biggest wins of his career so far to defeat Filler 11-3 in front of a packed crowd around table two. That result saw Filler’s tournament end whilst Fortuński continued his march.

David Alcaide joined his compatriot Sanchez Ruiz in the last 16, the 2019 World Pool Masters champion was trailing for large parts of his match against the Netherlands’ Marc Bijsterbosch but came through 11-8 to put himself in the draw.

There will be four Filipinos come Friday, Dennis Orcollo had wrapped his place up earlier on against Olivér Szolnoki and was swiftly joined by Johann Gonzales Chua who got the better of Mieszko Fortuński in winners’ qualification. Rodrigo Geronimo bypassed Niels Feijen 11-6 to become the third name in the hat.

Jayson Shaw’s US Open title efforts took an almighty dent early on losing out to Denis Grabe of Estonia meaning the Scotsman had to do battle in the losers’ qualification round where he came against a hungry Carlo Biado. Biado came fresh off the back of beating Jeffrey De Luna and he continued his demolition work to come out on top 11-4 to send Shaw home.

Max Lechner has gone about his business quietly all week and that work has paid dividends as he beat Rodrigo Geronimo 11-2 to make the last 16 on his US Open debut.

Van Boening came back after defeat to Filler to face Albin Ouschan later in the evening after Ouschan had defeated Chang Jung-Lin 11-1. In front of the biggest crowd of the tournament to date, Van Boening put on a masterclass in cueing, safety, and everything in-between as the five-time champion downed the World Champion in an 11-2 crushing to keep those eyes firmly set on becoming the most successful player ever at the US Open.

Other Losers Qualification Results

John Morra 11-6 Mickey Krause
Niels Feijen 6-11 Rodrigo Geronimo
Mario He 11-5 Olivér Szolnoki
Naoyuki Oi 11-4 Marc Bijsterbosch
Marco Teutscher 11-6 Darren Appleton

The Last 16 Draw
Aloysius Yapp vs Shane Van Boening (Table 1)
Denis Grabe vs Rodrigo Geronimo (Table 3)
Max Lechner vs Mieszko Fortuński (Table 4)
Dennis Orcollo vs Mario He (Table 2)
Johann Gonzales Chua vs John Morra (Table 3)
David Alcaide vs Carlo Biado (Table 1)
Fedor Gorst vs Marco Teutscher (Table 4)
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz vs Naoyuki Oi (Table 2)

Watch
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.

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.

Day 2 Of US Open Pool Championship Sees Players Hopes And Dreams Decided

Judd Trump (Erwin Dionisio – Matchroom Multi Sport)

Day two of the US Open Pool Championship at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City in partnership with Caesars Entertainment and the Atlantic City Sports Commission saw the top seeds rumble on through into the next stage of the winners’ rounds whilst many hopes and dreams were dashed as the first round of the losers’ bracket were concluded.

Track Scores Here

Naoyuki Oi began the day as the focus on table one against Kuwait’s Mohammad Almuhanna and he made the most of it sealing a 9-3 win and a space in winners’ round two where he will take on Roland Garcia as matches turn to a Race to 11.

Jayson Shaw followed up with a display worthy of being the 2020 Mosconi Cup MVP as he bypassed Daniel Dagotdot of the Philippines in a donut to set up a tricky clash against Hsieh Chia Chen on the same side of the draw as Oi.

Judd Trump’s first foray into 9-ball pool cruised on after some early nerves against India’s Dhruvalkumar Patel. The Ace in the Pack was 3-2 up but pulled away at that point onwards to seal a 9-2 win. His experience on the green baize of snooker proving to come in at the ideal time with a cruel snooker on the two in the 10th rack.

Kelly Fisher set up a tantalizing match against Niels Feijen after overcoming Kristina Tkach with KwikFire beating the Russian for the second time in a matter of days after beating her in the WPBA Sondheim Kiwanis Invitational final on Sunday. Tkach kept her chances going in a nail-biting 9-8 win over Vincent Cimarelli.

A packed arena also witnessed Earl Strickland put on a show as he beat Christopher Pyle in a whitewash. The highlight from the Pearl coming in the fourth rack with a golden break. Fellow Americans Skyler Woodward and Shane Van Boening had varying degrees of ease to beat their respective opponents, but both moved into winners round three. Woodward will face Mario He next and SVB will face World Under-17 champion Moritz Neuhausen of Germany tomorrow.

Two-time winner Mika Immonen kept up his unbeaten start to the week beating Michael Yednak meaning he will take on Carlo Biado of the Philippines tomorrow live on the Matchroom Pool YouTube. Fedor Gorst also maintained his 100% status in a comprehensive win against John Moody Sr. Gorst’s opponent in winners round three will be Roberto Gomez who overcame Lukas Fracasso-Verner on Table 7.

There was an early upset in the Diamond Arena though, the World Pool Championship runner-up Omar Al-Shaheen suffered a shock defeat to James Prather to put the Kuwaiti into the losers’ bracket before he beat Nathan Wallace to avoid going home.

Joshua Filler continued his journey to claim the crown for a second time, this time against Thomas Haas live on the Matchroom Pool YouTube. The Killer will face off against Sanjin Pehlivanović in the next stage. Pehlivanović sealed his route to face Filler after beating Muhummed Daydat 9-3.

USA Mosconi Cup Captain Jeremy Jones kept his week going winning twice with wins over Mike Salerno and Bill Meacham whilst April Larson beat Juan Josa Rosa and Stephen Folan to continue into losers round three with Jones.

Day three of the US Open Pool Championship gets underway from 10 am ET with Filler’s contest against Pehlivanović before Trump takes on Abdullah Al-Shammari.

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 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.

Kaci Lights Up World 10-Ball Championship

The only thing that could stop Albania’s Eklent Kaci on the final day of the World 10-Ball Championships was to turn off the lights.

Playing in the second semifinal match of the day, Kaci had built an early 3-1 advantage against Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp when a thunderstorm knocked out power to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino for a little over two hours. When play resumed, the 22-year-old Albanian gutted out a 10-8 victory against Yapp to earn a trip to the finals, then pulled away from Japan’s Naoyuki Oi late in the championship match to earn a 10-6 victory and win the second-annual Predator 10-Ball Championship. Kaci, who has won a handful of EuroTour events and was a runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, used a combination of tight safety play and dazzling shot-making to earn the biggest prize of his career.

Playing in the weather-delayed championship match, Kaci used two breaks and runs along with a dry break from Oi to build an early 4-1 advantage. Oi returned fire, just as he had done so many times throughout the tournament, taking advantage of a Kaci missed shot and dry break to tie the score 4-4, only to suffer a dry break of his own in the very next game. Kaci cleared the table to regain the lead and tacked on another rack to build a 6-4 advantage.

The charismatic competitor from Japan continued to nip at Kaci’s lead, using a break-and-run to pull to within 6-5. He had an opportunity to close to within 7-6 but missed a makeable 4 ball. His opponent gave him additional oxygen when he misplayed position on the 8 ball and was forced to play a safety. Oi used a perfectly executed one-rail kick to pocket the ball, but missed an equally tough cut on the 9 ball. Kaci cleared the rack, then used a table-length bank on the 1 ball to break and runout the 14th game. Oi broke-and-ran one last time to pull to within 9-6, but Kaci gutted out one last rack after a victorious safety exchange on the 1 ball, pumping his fist a couple of times in jubilation as he prepared to pocket the tournament-winning 10-ball.

Oi, who improved on his fifth-through-eighth finish at the 2019 event, earned a trip to the finals with one of the gutsiest and most persistent matches of the tournament, battling back from a 5-1 deficit against Filipino Johann Chua to pull out a 10-9 victory. The ability to pocket balls on the break eluded him, as his first four attempts came up completely dry. Oi was able to claw out a pair of victories to cut the lead to 6-3 thanks in large part to Chua breaking dry in the seventh rack and missing a 2 ball in the following rack. He cut the lead again with a victorious safety exchange in the 10th game, a Chua foul in the subsequent rack and tied the score with – of all things – a break-and-run.

The two competitors played even down the stretch, with Oi taking the lead in the 13th game only to allow his opponent back to the table in the next game with a missed 8 ball. By now, both competitors were struggling to break racks effectively, with Chua breaking dry in the 15th and 17th games while Oi failed to pocket a ball with his opening shot in the 16h game. Standing at the table with breaking honors in the 19th and deciding game, Chua once again failed to pocket a ball on the break. With the 1 ball nestled close to the corner pocket and the cue ball blocked by the 7 ball, Oi reached for his jump cue and popped the object ball into its destination after a push out. And with that he was off and running, clearing the table and capping off his comeback.

A few minutes later, Kaci was at the same table attempting to build on his lead when the power was knocked out at the casino. Once electricity was restored and the match resumed approximately two-and-a-half hours later, Yapp quickly tied the score with a safety victory and a dry break from his opponent. The Albanian snagged two more racks to regain the lead, 5-3, and had a chance to increase his lead further but missed an 8 ball in the ninth game. Yapp cleared the table then tacked on another game to once again tie the match.

Kaci took another two-game lead thanks to a dry break from his opponent and a missed kick shot. Once more, he had a chance to push the lead to three racks but missed a 7 ball in the 13th game. Yapp retaliated, tying the score once more and running through the balls in the 15th rack with a chance to take his first lead until he misplayed position on the 6 ball and missed. The Albanian cleared the table to take an 8-7 lead, then scratched on the break in the following game to allow Yapp to tie the score for the fourth time.

Once again shooting with a chance to take the lead, Yapp missed a shot at the 1 ball in the 17th rack but left his opponent hooked behind the 8 ball. After a lengthy safety exchange, Yapp forfeited the table when he pocketed the ball in the wrong pocket. This time, Kaci made sure there weren’t any more comebacks left in Yapp’s tank. He cleared the table to take a 9-8 lead, then used a one-rail, table-length kick to pocket the 2 ball, run out the 18th game and secure the a spot in the championship match.

The World 10-Ball Championship is a proud part of the CueSports International Expo in Las Vegas. The CueSports International Expo is also home to the BCA Pool League World Championships, USA Pool League National Championships and numerous industry exhibitors. The 11-day billiard extravaganza attracts more than 6,000 pool players from around the world, consumes 150,000 square feet, and uses over 300 Diamond pool tables with the goal of always providing the greatest pool experience in the world.

This competition is played on Diamond Pro-Am pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia Performance Cloth, with Predator Arcos II balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights. Kamui and Omega Billiard Supplies are also partners of the event.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook and Instagram. For Live broadcasting watch Billiard TV  or follow WorldBilliardTV on YouTube for replays.

Final Four Set at World 10-Ball Championships

Aloysius Yapp

During the day on Wednesday and the early part of Thursday, Shane Van Boening continued to flirt with disaster.

Facing Mario He Wednesday night with a spot in the final 16 on the line, the South Dakotan missed a couple of shots early, spotted He a quick 3-1 lead, then came back and defeated the Austrian, 8-6. Van Boening had a similar start in his round of 16 match against Kuwait’s Bader Al Awadhi, who took a quick 3-0 lead in the race-to-10 quarterfinals, only to watch Van Boening win 10 of 11 racks to advance to the quarterfinals.

The slow starts finally caught up with South Dakotan Thursday night in the semifinals of the Predator World 10-Ball Championships, as Johann Chua jumped out to a big lead then survived a mid-match charge before closing out the five-time United States Open 9-Ball champion, 10-6 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Chua, who defeated Alex Pagulayan to advance to the quarterfinals, will now face Naoyuki Oi of Japan in the semifinals Friday morning.

Van Boening’s troubles started from the very beginning, pocketing three balls on his first break of the set only to miss an opening bank shot on the 2 ball. Chua would give his opponent another chance after he fouled, but Van Boening again missed, handing the table back to the Filipino. Chua had built a 6-2 lead when the South Dakotan attempted to mount a comeback, taking advantage of a scratch by his opponent to half the deficit, then breaking and running to narrow the gap to 6-4. He had a chance in the 11th rack to trim the lead to a single game but misplayed position on the 4 ball, then scratched when he kicked at the ball.

Chua tacked on back-to-back racks to increase the lead to 8-4, then added another game when Van Boening scratched on the break in the 14th game. Leading 9-5, the Filipino had an opportunity to close out the match but missed the 6 ball in the corner pocket. Van Boening cleared the table to cut the lead to 9-6, but again scratched on the break in the very next game, which Chua closed out with ball-in-hand.

Meanwhile, on the event’s main table, Oi and Carlo Biado of the Philippines were staging an epic battle.

Much like Chua’s match with Van Boening, Oi was able to capitalize on a couple of unforced errors by his opponent to build an early 5-2 lead, taking advantage of a foul in the second rack and a foul in the subsequent game. Oi, who reached the semifinals by cruising past Cristopher Tevez Ocampo, had an opportunity to increase his lead to 6-2 but missed a 4 ball in the corner pocket. After Biado tacked on a pair of games to cut the lead to 6-4, Oi added three more of his own thanks to a missed shot by his opponent and a victorious safety exchange.

Just as the Filipino was tacking on a game to narrow the deficit to 8-5, Oi was beginning to struggle with his break, failing to pocket a ball in the 14th and 16th games. Biado took full advantage, running out both racks and adding a break-and-run to tie the game at eight games each, then using a safety battle to reclaim the lead, 9-8. Oi retaliated with a victorious safety exchange of his own to even the match again, forcing match-deciding rack.

The bad news for Oi was that his opponent had breaking honors. The good news was that Biado failed to land a ball, allowing Oi to clear the table, breathe a sigh of relief and head to the semifinals.

There would be no such drama in the next quarterfinals match between reigning Mosconi Cup Most Valuable Player Jayson Shaw and Aloysius Yapp of Singapore, who took advantage of a slew of mistakes and dry breaks by his opponent and coasted to a 10-5 victory.

After splitting the first two racks, Yapp took the lead for good in the third game when Shaw failed to pocket the 2 ball in the side pocket, then won six straight games thanks in large part to two unforced errors and three dry breaks from his opponent. Trailing 8-1 with match already feeling decided, Shaw broke and ran twice and took advantage of a missed shot by Yapp to halve the lead, 8-4. The two competitors traded the next two games but Yapp, who advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over Oscar Dominguez, was able to stop any potential rally with a break-and-run which closed out the set.

In the remaining semifinal match of the night, Albania’s Eklent Kaci spotted Poland’s Konrad Juszczyszyn a 2-0 advantage, then won six games and held on at the end to advance to the semifinals, 10-7.

Competition begins at 11 a.m. local time when Oi and Chua face off in the first semifinal and continues at 1 p.m. local time when Kaci meets Yapp. The winners will advance to the finals, which are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. local time. Admission to the event is free at the venue and live streaming is available on YouTube and Billiard TV.

The World 10-Ball Championship is a proud part of the CueSports International Expo in Las Vegas. The CueSports International Expo is also home to the BCA Pool League World Championships, USA Pool League National Championships and numerous industry exhibitors. The 11-day billiard extravaganza attracts more than 6,000 pool players from around the world, consumes 150,000 square feet, and uses over 300 Diamond pool tables with the goal of always providing the greatest pool experience in the world.

This competition is played on Diamond Pro-Am pool tables covered with Predator Arcadia Performance Cloth, with Predator Arcos II balls, and under the Predator Arena billiard lights. Kamui and Omega Billiard Supplies are also partners of the event.

For the latest information on the Predator Pro Billiard Series action, follow @ProBilliardSeries on Facebook and Instagram. For Live broadcasting watch Billiard TV  or follow WorldBilliardTV on YouTube for replays.

Szolnoki Knocks Van Boening Out Of World Pool Championship

Oliver Szolnoki

Oliver Szolnoki came from 5-1 down to defeat Shane van Boening 11-5 in the last 16 of the World Pool Championship at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

The 24-year-old Hungarian, who had practiced with Van Boening prior to travelling to the event, will now face Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz in this evening’s quarter-finals after the Spaniard beat Naoyuki Oi 11-7.

“I started very shaky and made many mistakes,” said Szolnoki. “I settled down a little bit but he couldn’t find his break and broke try many times. I figured out a break that worked so could make break and runs and dominate the racks by playing safety and getting shots from him. I didn’t give him many chances.

“I was really happy to play a straight shot on the 9 at the end because I was really nervous, but I left one which I knew I could not miss.”

Sanchez-Ruiz held a 4-0 lead before Oi got on the board in the session’s opening TV match, but the Spaniard then extended his lead to 6-1. The Japanese star took the next two to turn up the heat on his opponent, who had been fluid in the first half of the match. The pressure of Oi’s fightback showed but ultimately it was Sanchez-Ruiz who progressed with an 11-7 win.

Skyler Woodward defeated Roberto Gomez 11-7, pulling away in the later stages after a tight match had been locked at 7-7. The American will now face Albin Ouschan in the quarter-finals after the Austrian came through a tough quarter-final clash against Mieszko Fortunski 11-8.

Max Lechner will meet David Alcaide in the quarter-finals. Two-time World Pool Masters winner Alcaide beat America’s Jeremy Sossei 11-4 while Lechner came past Dutchman Marc Bijsterbosch with an 11-6 win.

The fourth quarter-final will see Poland’s Tomasz Kaplan face Omar Al Shaheen of Kuwait. Kaplan staved off a Dimitri Jungo fightback to beat the Swiss player 11-9, while Al Shaheen had been locked at 8-8 in a tight encounter with Nikos Ekonomopoulos before pulling clear for an 11-8 victory.

The quarter-finals take place from 6pm this evening, before finals day on Thursday sees both semi-finals and the final in a one-table setup with fans back to enjoy the action.

The full draw and brackets can be found at matchroompool.com, along with live scoring throughout the event. For all the latest news and announcements follow Matchroom Pool on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

Oi Defeats Filler, Van Boening Marches On At World Pool Championship

Naoyuki Oi

Naoyuki Oi knocked Joshua Filler out of the World Pool Championship at the last 32 stage, while Americans Shane van Boening and Skyler Woodward won through to the last 16 at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

Oi inflicted an 11-6 defeat on Germany’s Filler, a recent World Cup of Pool winner and the 2018 World Champion. That sets up the popular Japanese player with a last 16 match against Spain’s Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz, who ended the dreams of four-time Mosconi Cup winner Karl Boyes, who was beaten 11-3.

“I am really happy with the win, it was the best match I have played in the tournament and I am looking forward to the next round,” said Sanchez-Ruiz. “I knew it would be a tough match but I played perfect at the beginning of the match. This is the most important tournament of them all and it would be a dream to win it.”

Skyler Woodward defeated Bahram Lotfy 11-4 and will now meet Roberto Gomez, who beat Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp 11-7. Woodward’s Mosconi Cup USA teammate Van Boening continued his run of fine World Championship form with an 11-4 win over Lithuania’s Pijus Labutis.

Albin Ouschan registered an 11-7 success over Germany’s former World Champion Thorsten Hohmann, and Marc Bijsterbosch beat Billy Thorpe in a hill-hill thriller. Ouschan’s Austrian compatriot Max Lechner came from 9-5 down to Brit Elliot Sanderson to win 11-9.

There was a big win for Kuwait’s Omar Al Shaheen who beat Chris Melling 11-10 despite having missed an easy 9 to win a rack earlier.

The last 16 plays from midday on Wednesday, with Sanchez-Ruiz facing Oi on the TV table before Skyler Woodward plays Roberto Gomez, live on Sky Sports, DAZN and Matchroom.Live. The quarter-finals will then take place in the evening session from 6pm.

The full draw and brackets for the knockout stages can be found at matchroompool.com, along with live scoring throughout the event. For all the latest news and announcements follow Matchroom Pool on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.