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9-Ball Titles Awarded At The Final Day Of The European Championships

Ouschan, Tahti, Gorst and Labutis

The last day of the Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 saw the finals in the 9-ball individuals in all four divisions. The titles were grabbed by Fedor Gorst (RUS), Jasmin Ouschan (AUT), Pijus Labutis (LTU) and Jouni Tahti (FIN).
Fedor Gorst had a thriller against Joshua Filler (GER) in the men’s 9-ball division. Both player performed tremendously well throughout the event and deserved their spot in the final match. Gorst was always ahead of Filler whose break let him down big time in the match. But the German  struck back whenever he could and kept the match open for a long time. Then Gorst got some momentum and went on the hill, taking a nice 8:4 lead over Filler. But one of „Killer Filler’s“ most important talents is that he keeps his nerves together and plays rock solid even when under fire. Filler took some racks off Gorst since the Russian himself had some problems with his break shot in the latter part of the match. Filler even got to the hill and created an 8:8 situation. The heat was on for both players with Gorst having the break shot. He had 2 balls down and an open layout. From there, Filler never got back to the table and Gorst sneaked past the winning line, taking the match with 9:8 over brave Filler.
Top 8 9-ball Men
1. Fedor Gorst RUS
2. Joshua Filler GER
3. Tomasz Kaplan POL
    Kim Laaksonen FIN
5. Edmond Zaja ALB
    Ruslan Chinakhov RUS
    Zoran Svilar SRB
    Mario He AUT
The women’s final match between Jasmin Ouschan and Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) turned into a demolition for the Russian. Ouschan determined the match from the start to her liking and Seroshtan could not get a foot on the floor. Having in mind that Ouschan was far below her expectations during this championship, she played up to her standard in the final match and handed a whitewash to Seroshtan with 7:0.
Top 8 9-ball Women
1. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
2. Nataliya Seroshtan RUS
3. Vivien Schade GER
    Ana Gradisnik SLO
5. Elise Qiu NED
    Veronika Ivanovskaia GER
    Oliwia Czuprynska POL
    Kristina Zlateva BUL
In the Under 23 division, Pijus Labutis was the favoured player over Oliver Szolnoki since he had already taken a title in 8-ball earlier this week. Though Szolnoki performed quite convincing, Labutis was a bit ahead of him because of his focus being set on another title. 9:7 was the final result that brought the second title for Labutis for this week.
Top 8 9-ball Under 23
1. Pijus Labutis LTU
2. Oliver Szolnoki HUN
3. Casper Matikainen FIN
    Aleksa Pecelj SRB
5. Vitaliy Patsura UKR
    Osman Sanlisoy TNC
    Samet Degirmanci TUR
    Jan Van Lierop NED
In the wheelchair division, all-time favoured Jouni Tahti wasted no time with his opponent Fred Dinsmore. He simply outplayed the Irish and took the match pretty easy with 7:1.
Top 8 9-ball Wheelchair
1. Jouni Tahti FIN
2. Fred Dinsmore IRL
3. Matej Brajkovic SLO
    Tony Southern GBR
5. Kurt Deklerck BEL
    Henrik Larsson SWE
    Leszek Blumczynski POL
    Roy Kimberley GBR
The final medal table displays Russia as the winner of the event, having won 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals. Runner-Up is Poland with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals with Finland coming in third with 2 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal and 3 Bronze medals.
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. RUS 3 2 2 7
2. POL 2 1 4 7
3. FIN 2 1 3 6
4. LTU 2     2
5. AUT 1 2 2 5
6. POR 1   1 2
  SUI 1   1 2
  SWE 1   1 2
9. ALB 1     1
  ESP 1     1
11. GER   3 3 6
12. GBR   1 3 4
13. IRL   1 1 2
  NED   1 1 2
15. HUN   1   1
  LAT   1   1
  UKR   1   1
18. BLR     2 2
  SLO     2 2
20. BIH     1 1
  BUL     1 1
  FRA     1 1
  SRB     1 1
That concludes the coverage of the 2019 Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women, Under 23 and Wheelchair Athletes from Treviso, Italy. We will be back tomorrow with more news from the upcoming Euro-Tour events for Men and Women.
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Van den Berg Makes Another Century

Nick Van Den Berg

The European pool championships kicked off here in Treviso Italy today with the straightpool discipline and we’ve had plenty of high runs to satisfy the crowds. A match that got everyone talking about was reigning men’s champion, Niels Feijen up against his old adversary, Nick Van Den Berg (pictured) in the winner’s qualifier. Arguably the best two players of this discipline over the past 17 years, winning a staggering 10 gold medals between them during this period, it was a match to savour.
Nick won the lag and sent Niels in to make the opening shot, this turned out to be his only shot of the match as Nick rolled back the years with a superb century break that sent Niels to the loser’s side with a score 100-0. While Nick could take a short rest, Niels found another Dutchman in Ivar Saris who wanted the champs scalp and duly took it with an emphatic win 100-65. Niels tried everything to stay in the match, including twice taking a deliberate minus 15 penalty while Ivar Saris was hovering high in the nineties, it was not to be though and Ivar joins Nick in the single elimination while the ex-champ has time to reflect before his quest of the 10-ball starts.
Finland’s Casper Matikainen also found his potting rhythm in the 1stround with some great shooting to defeat the experienced Serbian, Zoran Svilar 100-0. This may have got the better of the youngster as he came up short in his next match losing to Denmark’s Christopher Lentz. This sent Casper into the loser’s side of the draw where he won his next two matches and scraped into the single elimination starting Sunday.
Austria’s Max Lechner was looking to emulate these high runs and made it to 99 before a bad position meant he had to wait for the next visit to finish the match 100-0 against Slovenia’s Mitja Gradisnik. Another Gradisnik was sent to the loser’s side as Klemen Gradisnik lost out to Sweden’s Christian Sparrenloev-Fischer 100-8 with Christian running the final 77 to clinch a spot in the single elimination. Klemen eventually made it to the last 32 single elimination with a last gasp victory over Italy’s Tonini Gianmarco 100-92.
It was not all bad news for the Gradisnik family as over in the women’s division, Ana Gradisnik saw off last year’s bronze medallist, Switzerland’s Christine Feldmann with a comfortable score line 75-8 and then followed that with a tighter victory over the Netherlands Elise Qui 75-55 to book her spot in Sundays single elimination of 16 players.
Reigning women’s champion, Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan came through the preliminary rounds unscathed. First beating Russia’s Natalia Seroshtan 75-35 and then the Netherlands Tamara Peeters-Rademakers 75-32 which puts Jasmin into the single elimination slot as well.
Last year’s silver medallist, Russia’s Kristina Tkach has also booked her spot into the last 16 by beating Ukraine’s Viktoria Nagorna 75-26 and then Germany’s Tina Vogelmann 75-31 and will be back at the table on Sunday 11am local time.
Draw and results can be found at with all matches streamed live via our media partners,
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office

World Cup of Pool – Teams announced for international team showdown

THE PARTYPOKER.NET World Cup of Pool will be making a welcome return to the Manila next month as pocket billiards’ premier international team event takes place for the seventh time. Scheduled to run from Tuesday 4th to Sunday 9th September, the World Cup will be at its 2010 venue at Robinsons Place Mall in Ermita.
There are a total of 32 teams competing with 31 nations represented – host nation the Philippines has two sides in the event. The defending champions are Germany as Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann attempt to become the first team ever to retain the title.
Once again the total prize fund is US$250,000 with $60,000 going to the eventual champions. Tickets for the extravaganza will be available at the venue on the day of play but with plentiful balconies offering superb views of the playing arena, organisers are anticipating crowds in the thousands rather than hundreds.
This year’s teams are:
Europe (15 teams)
Austria (12) – Albin Ouschan & Mario He
Belgium – Serge Das & Cliff Castelmein
Croatia – Karlo Dalmatin & Philipp Stojanovic
England (3) – Chris Melling & Darren Appleton
Finland (16) – Mika Immonen & Petri Makkonen
Germany (1) – Ralf Souquet & Thorsten Hohmann
Holland (7) – Nick Van den Berg & Huidji See  
Hungary – Miko Balázs & Gabor Solymosi
Italy (15) – Bruno Muratore & Fabio Petroni
Poland (10) – Karol Skowerski & Wojciech Szewcyk
Russia – Konstantin Stepanov & Vitaly Pavlukhin
Serbia – Andrea Klasovic & Zoran Svilar
Spain (13) – David Alcaide & Francisco Diaz Pizarro
Sweden – Marcus Chamat & Andreas Gerwen
Switzerland – Dimitri Jungo & Ronni Regli
Asia (13 teams)
China (4) – Liu Haitao & Lee Hewen
Chinese Taipei (6) – Han En Hsu & Hsin Ting Chen
Hong Kong – Lee Chenman & Kenny Kwok
India – Raj Hundal & Amar Kang
Indonesia – Roy Apancho & Muhammad Bewi Simanjuntak
Japan (11) – Naoyuki Oi & Satoshi Kawabata           
Korea – Ryu Seung Woo & Lee Wan Su
Malaysia – Patrick Ooi Fook Yuen & Ibrahim Bin Amir
Philippines A (2) – Dennis Orcollo & Lee Vann Corteza
Philippines B (8) – Efren Reyes & Francisco Bustamante
Singapore – Aloysius Yapp & Chan Keng Kwang
Thailand (14) – Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Kobkit Palajin
Vietnam – Nguyen Anh Tuan & Do The Kien
Rest of the World (4 teams)
Australia – Dave Reljic & Ian Barber
Canada (9) – Alex Pagulayan & John Morra
Kuwait – Abdullah Al Yousef & Omar Al Shaheen
USA (5) – Shane Van Boening & Rodney Morris
*Seeding in brackets
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Team Hungary and Team Serbia qualify for World Cup

Andrea Klasovic, Gabor Solymosi, Zoran Svilar and Balázs Miko

After the Dynamic Euro-Tour in St. Johann, Austria, the EPBF hosted a qualifier for two spots for this year’s Party Poker World Cup of Pool. The Party Poker World Cup  of Pool will be played in Manila, Philippines,  September 4th through 9th It will be organized by MatchroomSport. The World Cup of Pool will be aired live in the Philippines on Solar Sports from September 4 to 9.  Matchroom Sport will also produce 31 x one-hour highlights programmes, which will be broadcast around the world.

The heat was on in the Ballazzo Billiard Bar in St. Johann when the teams from Serbia, Estonia, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Ireland,  Norway and Slovenia fought for  the remaining two spots.  The format was a scotch double with two players per team, playing 9-ball race to 8, winner breaks.  After the preliminaries were done, the two final matches were Serbia v Denmark and Greece v Hungary.

Serbia, represented  by Andrea Klasovic and Zoran Svilar had to deal with the Danish player Bahram Lotfy and veteran Peter F. Nielsen. After 13 racks, team Denmark was on the hill and Nielsen had an easy shot on the 8-ball in order to finish the Serbsand get his ticket to Manila when he missed that shot. What a shock for the Danes. Lotfy could hardly believe what he saw.  And as always in these situations, mistakes like this are cruelly punished. Serbia won this rack and tied the match hill-hill at 7:7 and ran out the next rack. The disappointment in the Danish camp was as large as the joy was for team Serbia who have not believed to make it to the Party Poker World Cup of Pool anymore.

In the second semi-final, Greece was the favorite team with Alexander Kazakis and the man who just won the Euro-Tour a day ago,  Nikos Ekonomopoulos.  Their opponent, team Hungary,  consisted of  Balázs Miko and Gabor Solymosi.  Also this matchup was close and surprisingly, the Hungarians took an early lead and ran away with 4:1. Then the Greek came back and even overtook the Hungarians. It looked like the Greeks would be on their way to Manila but obviously, they should not have reckoned without their host. Team Hungary was far from giving in and with a strong performance; they crossed the finish line first winning 8:6 over the favoured Greeks.

The two teams will join their fellow contestants from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, England, Finland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Russia,  Spain, Sweden  and Switzerland. The main event will carry 250.00,- US$ in prize money and will be staged at Robinson’s Place in Manila, Philippines. Further details can be viewed  at the official event website

The event was hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.

Gerwen Too Strong for Svilar

Andreas Gerwen (SWE) Foto: EPBF/DK

Most favourites on their way to glory

Monday, 26 March 2012: In a thrilling encounter, Andreas Gerwen (SWE) wrestled Zoran Svilar (SRB) down with 8:4.

Already in the very first rack, Svilar committed a grave mistake. He was on the table and the balls had a nice layout for him to draw first blood. But he missed an easy shot and gave the first rack away to Gerwen. That is something that you should not do with players of this level. The next rack, Gerwen broke and came up dry. Svilar started potting and again missed an easy shot. What a catastrophe for Svilar. Was it lack of concentration? Gerwen benefitted again from that mistake and took the rack. These two mistakes in the early stage of the match were quite critical for Svilar. He always carried them with him like a ball and a chain through the match. Gerwen was always on top of things and even when Svilar played without mistakes, Gerwen did as well. Until the 10th rack. Then Gerwen scratched on his break and left an open and easy table to run for Svilar to try and tie the score at 5:5. But Svilar lost position for the 8-ball and hooked himself. He tried to make it but did not succeed. Gerwen took that rack and instead of a tie situation, the score was now 6:4 in favour of Gerwen. That probably broke Svilar’s neck. He broke the balls in the 11th rack and nothing went in with the cue ball in a nice position for Gerwen. The Swede thanked in his own way by pocketing all balls and going on the hill, taking a 7:4 lead over Svilar with his own break to come up. He broke the balls, had a tough shot to begin with but played very strong and won the rack and the match with 8:4. Gerwen has played stronger than Svilar and is rightfully through to the last 32 player’s in the men’s division.

Other notable results in the men’s division include Ralf Souquet (GER) winning over Miquel Silva (POR) with 8:3. David Alcaide (ESP) made it with 8:1 over Johan D’Hondt (BEL).

In the women’s division, Katerina Polovinchuk (UKR) ended the roll of Kristina Zlateva (BUL) with 6:4. The Bulgarian was eliminated from the 8-ball competition. The same fate was shared by Louise Furberg (SWE) who got beaten by Darya Sirotina (RUS) with 2:6. Amalia Matas (ESP), winner against Jasmin Ouschan last night, got ousted by unheralded Claudia Kunz (SUI) with 5:6). Tamara Rademakers (NED) ended Line Kjoersvik‘s (NOR) hopes for a medal in 8-ball this year with 6:4.

The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.

Lyudmil through to last 64 single elimination

Georgiev Lyudmil (BUL) Foto: EPBF/DK

In a tight match,  Georgiev Lyudmil  (BUL) defeated Ozgur Akkurt (TUR) with 100:68.

Both players seemed to struggle their way into the match. None of the two had a great advantage over the opponent and it was Lyudmil to get momentum first.  He managed to gain a 51:35 advantage over Akkurt. The Turkish player obviously could not find a proper answer for that. He came a bit closer but Lyudmil was able to keep the distance to Akkurt and crossed the winning line, taking the match 100:68.  Lyudmil will now play in the single elimination field of the last 64 players while Akkurt needs to get another win in the loser’s bracket.

Other notable results include Vincent Facquet (FRA) winning 100:86 over Milos Verkic (SRB).  Good news for France: His teammate Eric Chen (FRA) also took his match against favoured Ruslan Chinakhov and just won with 100:90. Reigning 9-ball European Champion Nick van den berg (NED) lost 4:100 against a strong playing Zoran Svilar (SRB).  Evgen Novosad (UKR) stole the match from his opponent Petri Makkonen (FIN) with 100:96.

In the women’s division, Tamara Rademakers (NED) beat Line Kjoersvik (NOR) with 75:49. Simone Kuenzel (GER) won her match over Natalya Seroshtan (RUS) with 75:52.

The event  is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office

Kjoersvik and van den Berg take Euro 14.1 Crowns

Champions Line Kjoersvik and Nick van den Berg Foto: EPBF/DK

Line Kjoersvik from Norway and Nick van den Berg from the Netherlands are the newly crowned European Champions 2012 in straight pool.

In an all Dutch clash, Nick van den Berg managed to roll over Niels Feijen with 125:18. Van den Berg was better in all aspects. “It was a long day. I pocketed 750 plus today plus the ones that I’ve missed, so probably around 800 balls”, said van den Berg, “I feel like I have a heavy jetlag”. That came right after the final from the new straight pool champion.  The match was unexpectedly one-sided. Nick ran away with 72:11 and even 100:11 and Niels never seemed to get his game in gear. “I think he struggled a bit with the conditions”, said van den Berg when asked about his opponent’s performance. In fact, Feijen played his worst match of the day. In all earlier matches, he seemed to perform like a train running down a track – focussed,strong and self-secure. In the final, that was all gone. “To be honest, I think that Niels has played abetter tournament than I have”, admitted van den Berg, “but in the final match, he simply couldn’t get going which I used for my benefit. If you give me the chances as he did, you can’t win”. “For ten years I used to have problems playing Niels. I choked every time”, said van den Berg, “but since two or three years  I’m feeling more confident against him. We’re both World class pool players, and today was my day”!

In the women’s division, Line Kjoersvik from Norway defeated Anna Majirina from Russia with 75:42. Majirina had just defeated Jasmin Ouschan in the semi-finals and the match was open from the start. Kjoersvik got momentum first and achieved a 40:8 lead over the Russian. She never let that advantage out of her hands anymore. Whatever Majirina tried, Kjoersvik had the answer for. In the end, Kjoersvik turned out to be a deserved winner with a proud Majirina receiving the silver medal

Top 8 Men

1. Nick van den Berg NED
2. Niels Feijen NED
3. Denis Grabe EST
Mario He AUT
5. Tony Drago MLT
Klaus Zobrekis GER
Konrad Piekarski POL
Zoran Svilar SRB

Top 8 Women

1. Line Kjoersvik NOR
2. Anna Majirina RUS
3. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
Christine Wiechert GER
5. Petra Stadlbauer AUT
Katerina Polovinchuk UKR
Louise Furberg SWE
Nataliya Seroshtan RUS

Medals table

1. Netherlands 1 Gold 1 Silver
2. Norway 1 Gold
3. Russia 1 Silver 
4. Austria 2 Bronze
5. Estonia 1 Bronze
Germany 1 Bronze

Tomorrow, the Dynamic European Championships continue with the 10-ball competition for men, women and wheelchair players. Matches will start at 09:00 CET.

The event  is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office

Gray spoils Souquet bid to successfully defend his title at the 2011 10-Ball Sarajevo Coloseum Open

Mark Gray (Photo courtesy of Markus Hofstaetter)

One week after Germany’s Ralf Souquet was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame, and shortly thereafter, eliminated from the 36th Annual US Open 9-Ball Championships with a record of 3-2, he traveled to Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina to defend his title in the 4th Annual 2011 Sarajevo Coloseum 10-Ball Open. On the weekend of October 28-30, Souquet went undefeated through four Round Robin matches, and four rounds of single elimination play among the event’s 256 entrants, before, in the event finals, running into the UK’s Mark Gray, who went undefeated, and spoiled Souquet’s bid for a second straight title in the event.

The two were joined among the event’s final four by fellow US Open participant Raj Hundal, who’d faced Souquet in the 2010 finals of the event, as well as Greece’s Nick Ekonomopoulos. 

Gray gave up only a single rack in the four matches of Round Robin play that began on Friday, October 28, and moved him among the event’s final 32 players. He shut out three straight opponents – Italy’s Federico Antonello, Slovenia’s Daniel Urbanija, and Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Ismet Radjo – before giving up that single rack to Croatia’s Ivica Putnic. Souquet, in the meantime, defeated Croatia’s Zuonco Tetec 7-2, and then shut out Serbia’s Nesat Tairoski. He followed up with a 7-2 victory over Serbia’s Marko Cuetojevic 7-2, and then defeated fellow countryman Klaus Zobrekis 7-4.  

Hundal moved through his initial three rounds of play with relative ease (an aggregate score of 21-11), but just did get by Albania’s Nick Malai, in a double hill win that moved him among the final 32. Eknomopolous advanced among the final 32 by handing Rodney Morris his first loss of the tournament; a 7-5 win that sent Morris to a single loser’s round, which he won to join the final 32. Also among the final 32 were two-time US Open champion Darren Appleton, and fellow UK players, Daryl Peach, Majid Imran, Chris Melling and Karl Boyes.

In the single elimination rounds that followed, Gray got by Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Sasa Trivic 8-2 and fellow countryman Chris Melling 8-4 to enter the event’s quarterfinals. Souquet defeated Croatia’s Robert Sudic 8-3, and Serbia’s Zoran Svilar 8-1 to join him. Hundal defeated Germany’s Klaus Zobrekis (defeated in earlier rounds by Souquet) 8-3 and Hungary’s Rico Diks 8-2. Ekonomopolous joined them after defeating Hungary’s Gabor Antal 8-3 and Austria’s Mario He 8-4. Appleton and Peach advanced as well.

The quarterfinal matchups saw Gray square off against Italy’s Bruno Muratore, Souquet against Peach, Ekonomopolous against Appleton, and Hundal versus Scotland’s Jayson Shaw. Gray downed Muratore 8-2, while Hundal was busy eliminating Shaw 8-1. Souquet defeated Peach 8-5, as Ekonomopolous squeaked by Appleton in a double hill match. 

The semifinal matchups pitted Gray against Hundal, while Souquet met Ekonomopolous. Souquet advanced to his second straight final matchup at this event with a double hill win over Ekonomopolous, while Gray kept Hundal out of his second straight finals appearance with a 10-8 win. 

Gray concluded his undefeated weekend with a 10-5 victory over Souquet

1st Mark Gray $5,600.40 (€4,000)
2nd Ralf Souquet $2,800.20 (€2,000)
3rd Nick Ekonomopolous $1,400.10 (€1,000)
Raj Hundal
5th Daryl Peach $700.05 (€500)
Darren Appleton
Bruno Muratore
Jayson Shaw