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Abubaker takes the ‘Predator’ British 9-ball Championships and the no 1 spot as BWPPA 2013 tour concludes

Aslam Abubaker

The concluding tour stop of Europe’s largest wheelchair pool tour was held at the Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, with the Predator British Wheelchair 9-ball Championship, which attracted a strong field, including a new player on tour Joe Atherton.  This was the final event for some of the tours players before heading off to the World 9 Ball Championships in South Africa from 7-13 December; see here for more details of that event.
Aslam Abubaker became the only player in the tours history to deny Roy Kimberley top spot on the tour at the end of a season, as he won his third event in a row on the BWPPA tour by defeating Tony Southern 7-6.  Kimberley went into the event knowing that only finishing 2 places above Abubaker could get him back to the no 1 spot.
In the early rounds there were good wins for Matt Lester, Gary Swift and Nicky Oliver.
Abubaker almost got his campaign off to a poor start after receiving a first round bye, he was in a great match with Swift that swung one way then another, and went to hill-hill.  Swift had a great chance to take it but overrun his pot on the 8 ball, to leave the cue ball on the side cushion and a tricky 9 ball, after composing himself he got down on the shot but overcut it, handing the rack to Abubaker, you could see the frustration on Swift’s face as he really should have won the match.
Abubaker then had a 7-3 win over Phil Hendrickson, and then faced Swift again in the semi-final, but on this occasion Abubaker flew through the match with a 7-3 win to advance to the final, and ensure his position as no 1. 
In the other half of the draw, Southern was on the end of a surprise 7-4 defeat to Poland’s Leszek Blumczynski, (who had also beaten Craig Welsh in the first round 7-5) which sent Southern to the losers bracket, where after dispatching Pete Dawson 6-2, he then defeated Hendrickson 6-1 to reach a semi-final with old rival Kimberley, with the winner taking the no 2 ranking spot.
In a high class match, Southern led 4-1 before Kimberley reeled off 4 racks in a row, but it was Southern who kept his nerve to run out a 7-5 winner, booking his place in the final.
Southern and Abubaker were to meet in the final.  Abubaker opened up an early lead then Southern pulled level at 4-4, and with a bit of good luck Abubaker went 6-4 up, then the rolls started going with Southern as he took the match to hill-hill, and in the last rack escaped from a tricky snooker and fluked the object ball, this give him a chance to run out, but his luck deserted him as his tRicky Positional shot left him almost touching the 8 ball.  Faced with an almost impossible shot, he left it for Abubaker who took the title. 
After the final Abubaker said of his win “I would like to thank all the staff at the Escape Pool Bar especially George Vetters who made us feel really welcome as always, also thanks to the tournament director Al John.  On a personal note obviously I'm delighted to end the year at no 1, but also winning an Ikon 2 cue worth over £900 kindly provided by our friends at Predator.  In addition to thanking Predator, I would like to also thank all the other sponsors of the tour, Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis Cloths, Riley’s Pool Clubs, Talisman Cases, AB Wallace Trophies, Kamui Tips and Magic Rack.
The Challenge Cup final was won by Welsh, who beat Hendrickson 5-4, but it was Hendrickson who took the overall 2013 challenge top spot, and with it the ‘Poison Bolt 3 cue’ from tour sponsors Predator cues.
Tony Southern also won a ‘Sneaky Pete cue’ for his final ranking position.
Roy Kimberley won a ‘VX Black Belt Jump Cue’ for finishing 3rd 
Craig Welsh won a personalised Talisman Case for finishing 4th.
Gary Swift and Fred Dinsmore each won a Poison Case for their 6th and 7th place in the rankings.
A partial video of the main event final is available here, (there were technical issues preventing a full recording of the first 2 racks) pictures of the event will be here in the BWPPA gallery soon.
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Deuel Delighted To Take On Snooker Challenge

Corey Deuel

The former U.S. Open 9-Ball Pool Champion, Corey Deuel, is all set to cross over to snooker as he will compete alongside the defending champion, Sargon Isaac, in this year's United States National Snooker Championship at Snooker 147 Bar & Grill in Houston, Texas, from May 24-27.

Not since Mike Massey back in 1993 has such a notable and highly regarded figure in U.S. pool tried their hand in the National Snooker Championship, but the 35-year-old from Florida is determined to learn and have fun competing even if he does not pick up the title. 
Speaking to the website, Deuel, who tasted recent success in pool by capturing this year's Derby City Classic One-Pocket Division title, said: "Although I don't get the chance to play much, whenever I see a snooker table I always try to play… in my eyes snooker is the best of all pool games combined!" 

When asked, as a top pool player, what he believes are the biggest differences he will have to overcome in playing competitive snooker, he commented: "It starts with the safety play… long shot making and tricky Positional play." 

He added however that play around the cluster of reds is much like as in the pool game 14.1, but playing snooker is like he has just started to play but he finds it fun trying to learn. 
California's Isaac as defending champion will start out as the favorite to claim back the title, given the fantastic style in which he won the event last year at his first attempt. However he will face some stern opposition from the large contingent of New York players which include the three-time champion Ahmed Aly, who will be desperate to win back the title he had in his possession from 2009-11, also Raymond Fung and Jian Qiang Wang who are both former Championship runners-up. 

California's former champion, Ajeya Prabhakar, who Isaac defeated in last year's final at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel, California, will also be in the running to try and pocket a second title, as he endeavors to turn around a record of having lost in three of the last four Championship finals. 
Chicago's Tom Kollins completes the line-up of former champions participating, as the record five-time winner embarks on another remarkable title attempt at the age of 77. 
With players entered from all the four corners of the United States, nauturally there is a very healthy local representation with a record fourteen entries from the state of Texas, many of whom play and practice at the host venue in Houston. 
The Host proprietors, Mr. Mani Hassan and Mr. Aurangzeb Mahmud, have insured that all players will receive the warmest of welcomes and will enjoy their visit to this brand new snooker facility. 
The Championship will be played on all of the eight snooker tables available at Snooker 147 Bar & Grill, which are a combination of the top snooker brands Riley and BCE all imported from England — including two Championship standard Riley Aristocrat Tournament tables. 
Mr. Hassan commented that he will provide free practice time for all the players, so for those who are available, so May 24 has been designated as a practice day with the Players' Meeting commencing at 7pm, after which the Championship draw will take place. 
The participants will be divided into eight groups of players, one seeded player per group with the defending champion seeded number one, and all the other remaining players will be drawn at random. The top three finishing players from each group will advance into the knockout stage of the Championship, with the winner of each group automatically through to the Round of 16, and the 2nd & 3rd place players going through to play a Preliminary Round. 
The Group matches will all be contested over the best-of-three frames, with the knockout round matches up to and including the quarterfinals played over the best-of-five frames, the semifinals will be played over the best-of-seven frames and the final over the best-of-nine frames. 
The USSA is pleased to have partnered with the Harris County Houston Sports Authority who will assist with the promotion of the Championship through their media contacts. 
Alan Morris, the Executive Director of the USSA, said: "The USSA Board is very pleased to have the support of the Houston Sports Authority who are very pleased to have the most prestigious snooker event in the United States played in their city. 
"Their cooperation with the publicity of the Championship is vitally important to the event in order to help spread the awareness of the sport in their city. 
"We are looking forward to what promises to be an amazing Championship played in a terrific new snooker establishment thanks to Mr. Hasan and Mr. Mahmud, and I would like to thank all of the players who are supporting the event through their participation and wish them all the very best." 
Even though space around the tables maybe limited, interested spectators are welcomed to come and watch and experience the unique atmosphere of a prestigious snooker championship. Snooker 147 Bar & Grill is located at 14144 Westheimer Rd, Suite I, Houston, TX 77077. 
Full coverage of the Championship will be on


News From The Pacman Cup

Dec.16, day 3

New Rising Star Ricky Puro of Leyte added Carlo Biado to his collections. Ricky ‘d KID’ Puro dominates Biado all the way and won the match 9-5. Snooker ace Benjie Guevarra upset Ramil Gallego 9-7. Las Pinas young gun Jeffrey Diaz continued his winning streak beating newly crowned Sun Star 9ball champion Ricky Zerna of Dumaguete City 9-7. Day 3 proves to be a day of upsets, in the losers side, Manolo Tanasas beat WPA Champion Thorsten Hohmann 9-7, WPA Double World Champion Ronnie Alcano bows to unheralded Edgie Geronimo of Bulacan 9-5. Only WPA #1 Deniss Orcullo survived the day of upsets in the losers side by winning over OFW Elmer Haya 9-5 & against Edwin ‘d Duck’ 9-6.

Other results: winners side Luna -9 vs. 7-J. Banares
J.Mazon -9 vs. 7- J. Villanueva
A. Lining -9 vs. 6-A. Lumpay
L. Corteza-9 vs.6- J.Limen

Today Day 4 schedules:
losers bracket: 3pm

Winners bracket:7pm
De Luna-Puro
Gomez- Diaz

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