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Pinoy billiards masters aim for first-ever men's 10 Ball world title

For the first time since 2011 a world championship in 10 Ball will be held. This is a chance for the Philippines to finally claim a men’s world title in the game regarded as the most popular among the world’s top pool pros.

The 2015 MP Cup World 10 Ball Championship lags tomorrow in General Santos City, South Cotabato, with the single elimination race-to-seven stage one qualifiers that will produce sixteen players for the second stage starting Tuesday in SM City Gen San.

Stage two will begin with 128 players in a race-to-nine double elimination phase that will halve the field to 64 shooters. Then the tournament shifts to single elimination, race-to-eleven matches all the way until the last blue-and-white ball drops in the final on Saturday, February 21. All matches will use alternate breaks.

The event is being organized by boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao, who held a couple of 10 ball events in his hometown last year. The total prize purse is one of the biggest in the pocket billiards world, US$200,000, with $40,000 going to the champion. Official sponsors Aramith will supply the balls while fellow Belgian brand Simonis provide the cloth.

The World Pool-Billiard Association, the governing body of the sport of pocket billiards, has granted the tournament its sanction, and the WPA’s president, Ian Anderson, will be on hand.

There have been three previous editions of the world 10 ball championship for men, all taking place in Manila, but none featuring a Pinoy winner. Rubilen Amit has been the only Philippine citizen to win a world 10 ball crown, in the women’s category.

In the inaugural event in 2008, England’s Darren Appleton claimed the victory in the Philippine International Convention Center by outplaying Wu Chia Ching of Chinese Taipei, 13-11 in the final. A year later, another European, Mika Immonen, lifted the trophy by disappointing the home crowd in the World Trade Center with a fine 11-6 conquest over Lee Vann Corteza in the title match.

After a hiatus in 2010 the event returned to the Philippines in 2011, with the Netherlands’ Huidji See prevailing over China’s Fu Jian Bo 11-8 in the last match to grab the title in SM Megamall.

In every running of the competition, there has been at least one Filipino semifinalist, with Demosthenes “Plong-plong” Pulpul reaching the last four in 2008 and Carlo Biado repeating the feat in 2011. Antonio Lining also made the final four in 2009.

A lack of sponsorship meant no world 10 ball championship was held for the next three years, so See, a Dutchman of Chinese descent, is still the reigning champ until today.

Ironically, See is the only former champion not coming this week. He says the Dutch pool federation was unwilling to shoulder his expenses for the trip. Apart from plane tickets and accommodation costs, there is a US$300 entry fee for players who wish to enter straight into the second stage.

But aside from See, practically every other name pro will be gunning for the title.

Lee Vann Corteza and Dennis Orcollo lead a contingent of Mindanao-bred players who would love to win a world title on the island of their birth. Former world 9 Ball champs Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes, who took the last Manny Pacquiao-sponsored ten ball event last December, will also be threats. Ronnie Alcano, who has both 8 ball and 9 ball world titles in his CV, is also seeing action along with Pinoy vets Antonio Gabica, Ramil Gallego, Biado, Johann Chua, Raymund Faraon, Elmer Haya, and Derby City titleists Warren Kiamco and Alex Pagulayan, who is also representing Canada.

No doubt many other Pinoy shooters will sneak through the stage one qualifiers to make the main draw, and there is already a host of unheralded but dangerous Filipino talent directly entered into stage two.

Naturally Pacquiao, a very skilled amateur pool player in his own right, will play as well.

A gauntlet of foreign stars is also prepared to bring the trophy out of the country after the dust settles. Aside from Appleton and Immonen, Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann, the winner of the first MP Cup singles event last year, is a favorite, alongside countryman Ralf Souquet. Both are former world 9 ball champs. Marcus Chamat of Sweden is also in the hunt.

England’s two former world champs Karl Boyes and Daryl Peach are also joining the fray, while Chinese Taipei are led by brothers Ko Pin Yi and Ko Ping Chung and seasoned pros Fu Chei Wei, Chang Yu Lung, and Yang Ching Shun.

Rodney Morris of the USA is also listed, but Shane Van Boening, the reigning US Open 9 Ball champ, is not on the list of entrants as of press time.

Wu Chia Ching, whose name is now spelled Wu Jia Qing after he switched citizenship to the People’s Republic of China, is part of a strong Chinese bunch that includes Liu Haitao, Li He Wen and Wang Can.

10 ball is like 9 ball, but with an added ball making the opening pack triangle-shaped. Unlike 9 ball, 10 ball is a call-shot game where flukes do not count and the shooter loses his turn if he pots a ball accidentally.

There are plans to have live video streaming during the tournament for pool fans from all over the world. You can watch the event’s Facebook page for links to videos.

A doubles 10 ball tournament will begin on February 22 and end on February 26. Known as the Manny Pacquiao Cup International 10 Ball Doubles Tournament, this event will hand out US$100,000 in total prize money and will feature many of the top foreign and local players from the 10 ball world tilt.

The Passionate Fan will be in General Santos starting Wednesday night for complete, in-depth coverage of the world championship until the 21st.

Queens Cup II set for Resorts World Manila in April

The women’s team 10 ball event known as the Queens Cup is back in the Philippines.

The event, which features an East team of Asian lady pros against European and American opposition in a West squad, returns to Resorts World Manila this coming April 16 to 18, two years after it was first held there.

In 2013 the East team, composed of Rubilen Amit of the Philippines, Ga Young Kim of Korea, Chen Siming of China, and Penny Tsai of Chinese Taipei walloped Englishwomen Kelly and Allison Fisher, Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan, and American Vivian Villareal by a scoreline of 10 to 4.

The competition will be run by Dragon Promotions and has a new title sponsor, am8.com, one of Asia’s leading online gaming sites.

The final lineup for both teams has yet to be set.

“It’s going to be a competitive match-up,” insists Dragon Promotions’ Charlie Williams.

“The real key is chemistry. That’s something the Asians had last time and something the West will need to bring.”

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Pinoy billiards masters aim for first-ever men's 10 Ball world title

For the first time since 2011 a world championship in 10 Ball will be held. This is a chance for the Philippines to finally claim a men’s world title in the game regarded as the most popular among the world’s top pool pros.

The 2015 MP Cup World 10 Ball Championship lags tomorrow in General Santos City, South Cotabato, with the single elimination race-to-seven stage one qualifiers that will produce sixteen players for the second stage starting Tuesday in SM City Gen San.

Stage two will begin with 128 players in a race-to-nine double elimination phase that will halve the field to 64 shooters. Then the tournament shifts to single elimination, race-to-eleven matches all the way until the last blue-and-white ball drops in the final on Saturday, February 21. All matches will use alternate breaks.

The event is being organized by boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao, who held a couple of 10 ball events in his hometown last year. The total prize purse is one of the biggest in the pocket billiards world, US$200,000, with $40,000 going to the champion. Official sponsors Aramith will supply the balls while fellow Belgian brand Simonis provide the cloth.

The World Pool-Billiard Association, the governing body of the sport of pocket billiards, has granted the tournament its sanction, and the WPA’s president, Ian Anderson, will be on hand.

There have been three previous editions of the world 10 ball championship for men, all taking place in Manila, but none featuring a Pinoy winner. Rubilen Amit has been the only Philippine citizen to win a world 10 ball crown, in the women’s category.

In the inaugural event in 2008, England’s Darren Appleton claimed the victory in the Philippine International Convention Center by outplaying Wu Chia Ching of Chinese Taipei, 13-11 in the final. A year later, another European, Mika Immonen, lifted the trophy by disappointing the home crowd in the World Trade Center with a fine 11-6 conquest over Lee Vann Corteza in the title match.

After a hiatus in 2010 the event returned to the Philippines in 2011, with the Netherlands’ Huidji See prevailing over China’s Fu Jian Bo 11-8 in the last match to grab the title in SM Megamall.

In every running of the competition, there has been at least one Filipino semifinalist, with Demosthenes “Plong-plong” Pulpul reaching the last four in 2008 and Carlo Biado repeating the feat in 2011. Antonio Lining also made the final four in 2009.

A lack of sponsorship meant no world 10 ball championship was held for the next three years, so See, a Dutchman of Chinese descent, is still the reigning champ until today.

Ironically, See is the only former champion not coming this week. He says the Dutch pool federation was unwilling to shoulder his expenses for the trip. Apart from plane tickets and accommodation costs, there is a US$300 entry fee for players who wish to enter straight into the second stage.

But aside from See, practically every other name pro will be gunning for the title.

Lee Vann Corteza and Dennis Orcollo lead a contingent of Mindanao-bred players who would love to win a world title on the island of their birth. Former world 9 Ball champs Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes, who took the last Manny Pacquiao-sponsored ten ball event last December, will also be threats. Ronnie Alcano, who has both 8 ball and 9 ball world titles in his CV, is also seeing action along with Pinoy vets Antonio Gabica, Ramil Gallego, Biado, Johann Chua, Raymund Faraon, Elmer Haya, and Derby City titleists Warren Kiamco and Alex Pagulayan, who is also representing Canada.

No doubt many other Pinoy shooters will sneak through the stage one qualifiers to make the main draw, and there is already a host of unheralded but dangerous Filipino talent directly entered into stage two.

Naturally Pacquiao, a very skilled amateur pool player in his own right, will play as well.

A gauntlet of foreign stars is also prepared to bring the trophy out of the country after the dust settles. Aside from Appleton and Immonen, Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann, the winner of the first MP Cup singles event last year, is a favorite, alongside countryman Ralf Souquet. Both are former world 9 ball champs. Marcus Chamat of Sweden is also in the hunt.

England’s two former world champs Karl Boyes and Daryl Peach are also joining the fray, while Chinese Taipei are led by brothers Ko Pin Yi and Ko Ping Chung and seasoned pros Fu Chei Wei, Chang Yu Lung, and Yang Ching Shun.

Rodney Morris of the USA is also listed, but Shane Van Boening, the reigning US Open 9 Ball champ, is not on the list of entrants as of press time.

Wu Chia Ching, whose name is now spelled Wu Jia Qing after he switched citizenship to the People’s Republic of China, is part of a strong Chinese bunch that includes Liu Haitao, Li He Wen and Wang Can.

10 ball is like 9 ball, but with an added ball making the opening pack triangle-shaped. Unlike 9 ball, 10 ball is a call-shot game where flukes do not count and the shooter loses his turn if he pots a ball accidentally.

There are plans to have live video streaming during the tournament for pool fans from all over the world. You can watch the event’s Facebook page for links to videos.

A doubles 10 ball tournament will begin on February 22 and end on February 26. Known as the Manny Pacquiao Cup International 10 Ball Doubles Tournament, this event will hand out US$100,000 in total prize money and will feature many of the top foreign and local players from the 10 ball world tilt.

The Passionate Fan will be in General Santos starting Wednesday night for complete, in-depth coverage of the world championship until the 21st.

Queens Cup II set for Resorts World Manila in April

The women’s team 10 ball event known as the Queens Cup is back in the Philippines.

The event, which features an East team of Asian lady pros against European and American opposition in a West squad, returns to Resorts World Manila this coming April 16 to 18, two years after it was first held there.

In 2013 the East team, composed of Rubilen Amit of the Philippines, Ga Young Kim of Korea, Chen Siming of China, and Penny Tsai of Chinese Taipei walloped Englishwomen Kelly and Allison Fisher, Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan, and American Vivian Villareal by a scoreline of 10 to 4.

The competition will be run by Dragon Promotions and has a new title sponsor, am8.com, one of Asia’s leading online gaming sites.

The final lineup for both teams has yet to be set.

“It’s going to be a competitive match-up,” insists Dragon Promotions’ Charlie Williams.

“The real key is chemistry. That’s something the Asians had last time and something the West will need to bring.”

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Top Pinoys lead the way in World 10 Ball Championship

GENERAL SANTOS CITY– The country’s finest pool shooters seem determined not to allow this trophy to leave the country.

On Wednesday most of the Philippines’ best pocket billiards pros knocked down their foes in the double-elimination stage of the MP Cup Gensan World 10 Ball Championship here in the SM City mall of South Cotabato’s capital.

Lee Vann Corteza dominated Muhammad Zulfikri of Indonesia 9-2 in his first outing before walloping fellow Pinoy John Rebong 9-5 to reach the last 64 single-elimination bracket unscathed. Corteza, from Davao, has yet to win a world championship, and this could be his chance to take one on Mindanao soil.

Surigaonon Dennis Orcollo, a former 8 Ball world champ, is also into the single-knockout phase after surviving 9-8 cliffhangers against Filipinos Oliver Mendenilla and Roland Garcia.

Caloocan City’s Jeffrey De Luna was in dead stroke after a 9-0 thrashing of Imran Majid of England followed by a 9-1 blowout of Tadique Assis. Since he won both matches while conceding only one rack, he will be the top seed in the round of 64 and will thus earn the right to play the 64th-seeded shooter.

Warren Kiamco, fresh from his Derby City 9 Ball triumph, will also play in the last 64 after edging Raymart Camomot in his first match then hurdling Jani Seikkinen of Finland, 9-3.

Francisco Bustamante is also in the hunt for a second world title after downing Tapei’s Chen Hsin Teng and Croatia’s Ivica Putnik via 9-3 scores.

Elmer Haya, who reached the semis of last year’s world 9 Ball tournament, is also through to the last 64 after defeating Bewi Muhammad of Indonesia 9-7 then sending Portugal’s Manuel Gama to the one-loss side via a 9-3 score.

Another Mindanaoan, Roberto Gomez of Zamboanga City, also booked his passage to the knockout stage with wins of Roland de la Cruz and Sahroni of Indonesia. Former Philippine 10 ball champ Carlo Biado is in as well after a 9-4 win over Ryan Maglasang and a hil-hill triumph against Romeo Silvano.

Antonio Gabica, with wins over Liu Haitao and Karol Skowerski, is also safely in the last 64. Raymund Faraon, the 2014 All-Japan titleist, is also in the single-elimination rounds after wins over Kamal Chawla of India and Liu Chien Chieh of Chinese Taipei.

Unheralded Pinoy Emil Martinez is also in the round of 64 with a 2-0 slate, as are countrymen Jonas Magpantay, Jerico Bonus, James Aranaz and Oliver Villafuerte.

Filipino Canadian former world 9 ball champion Alex Pagulayan is also perfect after toppling Cheng Yu Hsuan and Elvis Calasang.

Highly-regarded 18-year old Anton Raga, from Tabunok, Cebu is the talk of the town after defeating Renemar “Revo” David 9-3 then overcoming Wang Can of China 9-5 to break into the last 64.

There are other Filipinos who are still alive in the one-loss bracket. Ronnie Alcano, who has both 8 ball and 9 ball world titles under his belt, stayed in the tournament with a 9-6 win over countryman Dondon Razalan.

The list of Pinoy survivors in the one-loss side is long. Patrick Gonzales, Revo David, John Rebong, Plong-plong Pulpul, Janno Mazon, Ramil Gallego, Michael Feliciano, Romeo Silvano, Dodong Didal, Ruben Cuna, Roland Garcia, Roland de la Cruz, Val Pauay, Sean Mark Malayan, Oliver Mendenilla, Ryan Maglasang, Jeffrey Calonge, Ricky Zerna, Raymart Comomot, William Millares, Elvis Calasang, Richard Alinsub, Baseth Mapandi and Johann Chua are Filipinos in the same boat: they need to win on Thursday to secure a slot in the last 64 or they go home.

Other notable foreign stars in the last 64 are England’s Darren Appleton, Germany’s Ralf Souquet, and Ko Ping Chung of Chinese Taipei. Chang Jung Lin, who won numerous tournaments in the Guinness World Series of Pool, has also qualified with a 2-0 record.

The round-of 64 knockout bracket will be finalized after the last of the one-loss matches are over and done with on Thursday. The knockout stages, which are all race-to-eleven matches, begin at the 6 pm session.

This tournament, sponsored by Manny Pacquiao, will pay US$40,000 to the winner out of a total prize pool of US$200,000. The final is on Saturday.

Carpet-less venue an issue.

Some players are grumbling about the lack of a carpet under most of the tables. Several said that their feet were slipping and sliding on the shiny stone tiles of the SM City Gensan atrium while they played. Only the main “TV” table, (the tournament has live streaming but no network TV coverage of full matches,) has a carpet.

Ralf Souquet, who won both his matches, said he is sticking to the shoes he usually plays pool with, even though there was some slippage when he played. Dennis Orcollo did not risk it, and bought new shoes with grippier soles. Antonio Gabica also used rubber-soled shoes and said he had no problems with the flooring.

In his match against Johann Chua (a 9-3 loss), Imran Majid could be seen wiping the soles of his shoes on a damp rag, presumably to get more traction.

Dressy leather shoes are part of the dress code for this event.

The players are mostly pleased with the tables, which are reportedly supplied by Star Paper of Sebastian Chua. They are purportedly from China but are using high-quality rails and Simonis cloth. One player said that one of the tables seemed to be slightly off-level but that the other tables play great.

As you can see from this picture, the pockets are tight, but the fall-off of the slate is shallow, meaning balls tend to topple in the hole once they are in the jaws.

Johann Chua felt that the pockets were generous and that it helped the Filipino shooters, who like an adventurous, attacking style of play.

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Don't know bro kung may live TV coverage, pero siguro meron kase ditto naman sa PH ginaganap eh, check mo na lang yung FB page nila https://www.facebook.com/wpaworld9ballchampionship

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Other Pinoys shine as Orcollo, Bustamante fall in World 10 Ball Championship

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - The Philippines put 25 players into the last 64 knockout phase of the MP Cup Gensan World 10 ball Championship on Thursday. What ensued as a mixed bag of big names stumbling and lesser lights coming to the fore at the SM City of South Cotabato’s capital.

Cebuano Warren Kiamco is through to the final 32 after dumping Karol Skowerski of Poland in the main TV table, 11-8. Kiamco’s table-length jump shot on the 8 ball in rack sixteen was the pick of a fine performance.

In a marathon encounter that lasted more than three hours, Filipino Jundel Mazon edged top seed and fellow Pinoy Jeff de Luna 11-10 to reach the last 32.

With de Luna constantly checking the rack and with both players missing, the match stretched on and on. In the case game de Luna was unable to jump safe on the two, allowing Mazon, a former Guinness World Series of Pool champ, to run out for victory.

Dennis Orcollo crashed out of the tournament by falling to Irsal Nasution of Indonesia 11-8. Orcollo fought back gamely from 7-3 down to level at 7-7 but the Indonesian prevailed.

“Malas talaga ako,” rued Orcollo after. “Ang mga break ko walang nahuhulog. At maganda ang tinira niya.”

Raymund Faraon, the curent All-Japan 9 ball champ, sailed through to the round of 32 thanks to a 11-5 blowout against fellow Pinoy Ryan Maglasang.

ALSO READ: Charlie Cuna on what’s eating the Beermen.

Francisco Bustamante, the 2010 world 9 ball champ, was not so lucky. The legend fell behind early in his round of 64 match with Spain’s David Alcaide but got into a groove by reviving his patented big break enroute to building a 9-8 advantage. He seemed poised to get to the hill first but flubbed an eight ball, allowing Alcaide to square the match.

Down 10-9 Bustamante heroically banked in a 2 ball to stay on the table, but a subsequent miss on a bank on the seven proved to be his downfall as Alcaide ran out.

Antonio Gabica has also been eliminated by an 11-5 rout at the hands of the young Chinese Wang Can.

“Eh papaano, una pa lang, kastigo na ako,” bemoaned the Qatar-based pro about Wang’s hot start. Wang never lost the momentum and is in the final 32.

“Pagkatapos ng lahat ng break niya, planto na, (easy run out)” added Gabica.

In the final match of the evening, Johann Chua buoyed Filipino hopes by taking out German icon Ralf Souquet 11-9.

Souquet was unable to resafe Chua’s snooker on the two balll at 9-9 which allowed Chua to run out and then break-and run out the next rack for the triumph.

Some unknown Pinoys are also in the last 32 after winning on Thursday night. Ruben Cuna, Baseth Mapandi, and Emil Martinez waltz through to the next round.

Other Filipinos of note like Lee Vann Corteza, Alex Pagulayan, Elmer Haya, Carlo Biado, and Ronnie Alcano play their round-of-64 assignments on Friday morning.

Darren Appleton, the 2008 world 10 ball champ, Chinese Taipei’s Chang Jung Ling, and Marcus Chamat were other foreign players who won their opening matches in the knockout stage.

Japan billiards federation forbids its players from competing over security fears

Conspicuous in their absence in Gen San this week are the top Japanese professionals. None of them are here, and for a surprising reason.

According to Japanese pocket billiards journalist Takao Takayama, the Japan Professional Billiards Association did not allow any of its players to come to Gen San upon the advice of the Japan Olympic Committee in the wake of the recent death of Japanese national Kenji Goto at the hands of the Islamic State rebels in or around Syria.

“They feared Islamic terrorist (sic),” said Takayama over Facebook chat.

ALSO READ: FIFA candidate Luis Figo proposes 48-team World Cup.

General Santos is in a part of Mindanao with a sizable Muslim minority. Takayama says the federation were concerned for their players’ safety. Perhaps the JOC and JPBA failed to take into consideration that Syria is nowhere near Mindanao.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Behzad Zareifrad of Iran, one of the Muslim players who competed this week. “If it’s not safe here for them (the Japanese) then it’s not safe for anyone.’

“The ISIS are representing the one percent, actually less than one percent, of Muslims who are not violent. The other 99% are peaceful,” added English player Imran Majid, who is also Muslim.

“It’s a bit over-the-top to not allow them to come, especially when ISIS isn’t known to be here, however I do understand their concerns for their players’ safety,” he continued.

Takayama, who runs the billiards site onthehill.co.jp, said the decision of the federation was “unbelievable” and that several top Japanese players wanted to participate.

Japan has produced three mens world nine ball champions, Takeshi Okumura, Kunihiko Takahashi, and most recently, Yukio Akagariyama.

OTHER NOTES: Just before 2 pm the matches were momentarily halted while dragon dancers, accompanied by drummers, performed in the atrium area, apparently part of SM City Gensan’s Chinese New Year celebrations… The 25 Filipinos in the last 64 represented 39% of the field… Efren Reyes was unable to play in this tournament because of the death of his sister three days before the event. He will, however, play in the doubles event afterwards… The field will be whittled to just four players at the end of Friday’s play. The semis and final will be played on Saturday

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1. Yu Lung Chang (APBU) TPE
2. Niels Feijen (EPBF) NED
3. Shane Van Boening (BCA) USA
4. Hewen Li (APBU) CHN
5. Darren Appleton (EPBF) GBR
6. Albin Ouschan (EPBF) AUT
7. Dennis Orcollo (APBU) PHI
8. Nick Ekonomopoulos (EPBF) GRE
9. Thorsten Hohmann (EPBF) GER
10. Carlo Biado (APBU) PHI PHI

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EIGHT GUNNING FOR THE BIG PRIZE
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(General Santos City, Philippines)--After a long and tense day of duels at the highest levels of the professional game, the field at the 2015 MP Cup World 10-ball Championship in the southern Philippine city of General Santos has been whittled down to eight superb talents, all of whom have a solid shot at emerging with the title on the final day on Saturday.

It’s nearly an all Asian-field, with three Filipinos, three Taiwanese, one Chinese and a Spaniard in the mix. It’s a heady cocktail of long time veterans and some of the great young players of the day. Interestingly, not a single one of the final eight players has ever one won a world title above the junior level. That, of course, will change for one deserving player come early evening on Saturday.

Do you like your pool served up with a bit of intrigue and storyline? Well check out this lineup that lags off at 10:30am local time(GMT+). In one quarterfinal, Taiwan’s Ko Pin Yi, a former two time world junior champion, and one of the world’s best young players over the last 6 years, will take on the veteran fellow Taiwanese Yang Ching Shun, who is making a comeback to the higher echelons of the sport after seven years. In another quarterfinal, the Philippines long time veteran Warren Kiamco, long a mainstay on the international scene but never a winner of the big one, will take on Ko’s teenage brother, the incredibly talented 19 year old Ko Ping Chung.

Spain’s David Alcaide, for years now one of Europe’s top players, will face one of the Philippines flashiest and strongest young talents in 22 year old Johann Chua. The final quarters match will see the Philippines Carlo Biado, a man who’s been knocking on the door of big time success for the last four years, take on another surging international player, China’s Lui Haitao.

Pool fanatics will find it almost impossible to pick a favorite among the eight, as each and every one has shown incredible skill, fortitude and the ability to close out their matches over the last four days. But if you had to pick a slight favorite, Taiwan’s Ko Pin Yi might be a solid selection. Yesterday the 25 year old emerged through a veritable gauntlet after taking two straight hill-hill matches. This is the kind of hardship scenario that often leads to a championship run in pool and indeed today, Ko turned on the afterburners. He first disposed of Mexican Ruben Bautista, 11-3. Then in the round of 16, Ko put the screws to Indonesia’s talented Irsa Nasution, 11 – 5.

Ko Ping ChungKo will surely be a favorite to beat Yang, but Yang is a sentimental favorite among long time pool fans, who remember his stellar play in the 2000’s. But while Yang was one of the greats of the last decade, he was also very much an underachiever. Known for his incredible daring in big money matches, Yang could never win the big one in tournament play. Today, though, Yang perservered nicely. He advanced out of the round of 32 with an all-time gift from the Philippines Baseth Mapandi, who fouled at 10-10 with just two balls on the table. Against Sweden’s Marcus Chamat, Yang got an early lead but struggled to close out the match, winning 11- 8.

Many long time Filipino fans would like nothing more than to see veteran Kiamco take the crown on Saturday. The 44 year Filipino has been at the game for over two decades, and has been playing the best pool of his career the last few months, including winning the Derby City 9-ball championship in Louiville, Kentucky. Admittedly in fine form, Kiamco showed amazing bottle today, starting off with an 11-5 thrashing of English great Darren Appleton. Then, in the round of 16, Kiamco battled back from a 5-1 deficit to Taiwan’s Cheng Yu Hsuan, taking his first lead late in the match, and closing things out in style, 11 – 9.

“I just stayed focused and kept putting on the pressure,” a pumped up Kiamco said afterward. “I’m all the way down but I just kept coming and coming. When I tied it at 9-9, I knew the pressure was on him.” Kiamco’s best ever finish in a world championship was 32nd place. He doesn’t want to let this opportunity slip by.

“If I have a chance, I will grab the opportunity.”

His opponent Ko Ping Chung couldn’t come from more of an opposite end of the pool spectrum. The 19 year old Ko doesn’t look a day over 13 and plays just like you’d expect a young prodigy; with a total lack of fear. Today, Ko put in two terrific efforts, first taking down the Philippines Jonas Magpantay, then holding his nerve against Russia’s Ruslan Chinakov, winning at the wire, 11-10.

Should Ping Chung and his older brother Pin Yi both win their quarterfinal matches, they would play each other in the semi-finals.

David AlcaideSpain’s David Alcaide has been a consistent top performer in Europe for years. His reputation as a player’s player, meaning the type that thrives in difficult circumstances, is well deserved. Alcaide is the current European 10-ball champion. In 2009 he reached the semi-final of the World 10-ball championship in Manila.

Alcaide is clearly peaking at the right time, and his convincing wins today over Taiwan’s Chang Jung Lin and Poland’s Mieszko Fortunski were certainly proof. The Spaniard is brimming with confidence and feels he is right where he needs to be going into Saturday’s play.

“I have confidence in myself and my game. Even when I miss I have confidence. I prefer 10-ball. I love this game, I love this tournament and I love playing in the Philippines. Everything is perfect. I like this kind of difficult tournament. It gives me good motivation, good concentration. The best players are here and I like playing the best.”

His opponent Johann Chua will provide a stern test, however. In a veritable sea of talented up and coming Filipino youngsters, Chua is perhaps in the top three. The dashing and good looking Bacolod, Philippines native has spent the last three years playing internationally. He has steadily made solid gains, reaching the quarterfinals in the 2014 World 9-ball championship and notching two third place finishes at the All Japan Championhip.

Chua is the real deal. Yesterday he took down the great Ralf Souquet. Today he manhandled China’s Wang Can, 11 -7 then came out and battled toe to toe with the Philippine superstar Lee Vann Corteza, winning a thriller, 11-10. That Chua broke and ran the last rack under immense pressure spoke volumes about this young man’s future.

“There was so much pressure in that match,” Chua said. “When I was growing up, 11 and 12 years old, Lee Vann is my idol. That was the first time I played him because we are friends and we never even play money matches. It’s my dream to play him in a world championship. It’s really amazing that I beat him.”

While Chua can perhaps afford to wait for ultimate glory, Carlo Biado feels his time is now. The 31 year old from La Union, Philippines has logged countless hours on the road the world over the last five years. He’s a terrific talent and his three wins today showed he has the stamina to go along with his superb skills. Biado first beat Greece’s Nick Ekonomopoulos,11 -7. He then hammered fellow Filipino Romeo Silvano, 11- 1. Biado then dusted Poland’s Radislaw Babica, 11 – 7. After his third tussle of the day, Biado said he felt more primed for prime time than ever.

“I have learned from all my mistakes,” he said. “I’m practicing a lot and I won’t stop until I get a world title.”

Biado will have to come back with one of his best ever performances when he faces China’ Liu. The Inner Mongolian native also logged three rock solid performances today, including a nervy 11 – 10 win over Alex Pagulayan in the round of 32. Lui has been playing his best ever pool in the last year, and could now be considered China’s top male player.

This match between Biado and Liu, like all of Saturday’s quarterfinals, promises to be a stern test of pool at the very highest levels of the sport.

The winner of the 2015 World 10-ball Championship will receive $40,000. The runner up will receive $20,000. The total prize fund is $200,000.

**The 2015 MP Cup World 10-ball Championship takes place at the SM Mall in General Santos City, Philippines from February 15-21 and is sanctioned by the World Pool & Billiard Association(WPA), the world governing body of pool.

The WPA will be on hand in General Santos throughout this year’s World 10-ball Championship providing up to the minute information, live scoring, photographs and in depth articles with insights and analysis from WPA Press Officer Ted Lerner.

Fans can interact with us through the WPA’s official Facebook Page for the event at this link; https://www.facebook.com/wpaworld9ballchampionship

The WPA is also on Twitter; @poolwpa

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Yang, Ching-Shun TPE (TPE) 7 - 11 Ko, Pin-Yi TPE (TPE)

TABLE Quarter final

Ko, Ping Chung TPE (TPE) 11 - 1 Kiamco, Warren PHI (PHI)

TABLE Quarter final

Alcaide, David ESP (ESP) 11 - 9 Chua, Johann Gonzales PHI (PHI)

TABLE Quarter final

Biado, Carlo PHI (PHI) 11 - 7 Liu, Haitao CHN (CHN)


TABLE Semi final

Ko, Ping Chung TPE (TPE) 2 - 11 Ko, Pin-Yi TPE (TPE)

TABLE Semi final

Alcaide, David ESP (ESP) 2 - 11 Biado, Carlo PHI (PHI)

TABLE FINAL

Ko, Pin-Yi TPE (TPE) 11 - 9 Biado, Carlo PHI (PHI)

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Biado fightback falls short as Ko takes World 10 Ball crown

On Saturday in front of a packed crowd at the atrium of SM City GenSan, Ko Pin Yi of Chinese Taipei withstood a ferocious comeback to defeat Filipino Carlo Biado 11 – 9 in the final to win the MP Cup 2015 World 10 Ball Championship. He takes home US$40,000 while Biado settles for US$20,000.

The victory stops Chinese Taipei’s three-match losing streak in World Championship finals to Filipinos. Efren Reyes beat Hao Ping Chang in the 1999 9 Ball final in Cardiff, Alex Pagulayan outplayed Pei Wei Chang in the 2004 9 ball title match in Taiwan, and five years ago Francisco Bustamante topped Kuo Po Cheng in the 9 ball final in Qatar.

Ko and Biado produced an entertaining, high-quality final that could have been a one-sided rout had it not been for Biado’s fighting spirit.

The Taiwanese shooter bolted to early leads of 4-0 and 6-2 before Biado jawed a long two ball in rack nine which allowed Ko to go up 7-2.

After the Pinoy unluckily scratched into the side pocket from an acute angle in the next rack, Ko ran out for 8-2 then took the next to make it a seemingly unassailable 9-2 margin.

But then the Pool gods decided to have some fun.

Biado got into a groove and reeled off six racks in a row as Ko’s luck deserted him. The highlight of the run was a jump shot on the one ball in rack fifteen that ignited a run-out.

With his lead down to a solitary rack, Ko looked vulnerable but was able to reach the hill in rack eighteen, 10-8. In the very next game Ko faced what looked like an elementary layout. But his nerves betrayed him and to the delight of the massive crowd, jangled the six ball, allowing Biado to pull to within one again, 10-9.

However, this being an alternate-break tournament, Ko broke in the next rack, and ran out for the victory.

Despite the loss, Biado was not displeased with his play.

“Masama ang break ko until rack five. Then nakuha ko yung laro ko pero unlucky talaga. Maganda ang nilaro niya.”

“Masaya ako na kahit lumamang siya, lumaban ako,” added the La Union-born Biado, who was once a tee boy and sometime caddie in the Villamor Air Base Golf course.

Ko becomes the fifth Taiwanese player to win a world title after Chao Fong Pang, a two-time world 9 ball champ, Wu Jia Qing, who won 8 ball and 9 ball world crowns, Chang Jung Lin, an 8 ball titleist, and Taiwan’s female pool legend Shin Mei Lu, who won a pair of women’s world 9 ball championships.

Ko defeated countryman Yang Ching Shun in the quarters then eliminated his own brother, Ko Ping Chung, 11-2 in the semifinals to reach the titular showdown. In the quarters Ko Ping Chung had blown out Filipino Warren Kiamco 11-3 in the last eight.

Pinoy Johann Chua also had high hopes going into the last day but he was ousted by Spaniard David Alcaide 11-9 in the quarters. Down 10-9 Chua had a chance to level but scratched on the break, allowing Alcaide to run out. Alcaide was subsequently dumped 11-2 in the semis by Biado.

This event is the fourth edition of the World 10 ball championship and the first since 2011. Every event was held in the Philippines but there has yet to be a Pinoy champ. Darren Appleton won the inaugural event in 2008, Mika Immonen defeated Lee Vann Corteza in the final a year later, and in 2011 Dutchman Huidji See took the crown.

Most of the players will now play in a doubles event in GenSan that Congressman Manny Pacquiao will sponsor just as he did with this tournament. It is hoped that Pacquiao will continue holding pool tournaments, especially in the light of the announcement of his lucrative mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather.

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1. Carlo Biado (APBU) PHI
2. Pin-Yi Ko (APBU) TPE
3. Yu Lung Chang (APBU) TPE
4. Darren Appleton (EPBF) GBR
5. Niels Feijen (EPBF) NED
6. Haitao Liu (APBU) CHN
7. Shane Van Boening (BCA)
8. Albin Ouschan (EPBF) AUT
9. Johann Gonzales Chua (APBU) PHI
10. Dennis Orcollo (APBU) PHI PHI

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Pinoy cue artist duo, kampeon sa MP Cup Doubles Tournament sa GenSan

By Bombo GenSan Posted in Sports News Friday, 27 February 2015 15:50

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Itinanghal na kampeon ang dalawang Pinoy billiard players sa Manny Pacquiao Cup International 10-Ball Doubles Tournament na isinagawa sa SM Mall sa lungsod ng Heneral Santos.

Ito'y makaraang talunin nila ang pambato ng Taipei sa score na 11-10 sa race of 11.

Naging kapana-panabik at gitgitan ang laro sa pagitan ng Pinoy duo na sina Raymund Faraon at OIiver Medenilla at katunggali nilang sina Liu Chen Chieh at Liu Ri Teng, kung saan dumating pa sa puntong 10-10 ang score ng dalawang team.

Nabatid na pagdating sa race to 11 ay nangunguna na sana ang dayuhang tandem makaraang maipasok ang first ball hanggang ninth ball.

Subalit pumalya sila sa ball number 10, kaya't nagkaroon ng tsansa ang mga Pinoy players na hindi naman binigo ang mga fans at nakamit nga ang kampeonato.

Kaagad na tinaggap ng mga kampeon ang cash prize na $20,000.

Nabatid na ang MP Cup Doubles Tournament ay isinagawa matapos ang matagumpay na MP Cup World 10-Ball Championship, kung saan itinanghal na kampeon si Pin-Yi Ko ng Taipei matapos talunin ang Pinoy cue artist na si Carlo Biado.

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Ewan ko kung pwede tong topic dito. On going ang Queens Cup between East vs West Ladies Tournament sa Pilipinas na nag umpisa nung April 16, 2015. Live siya from 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM sa ABS-CBN Sports channel. Dati active si MOD Observer mag update ng mga ganito pero hindi siya nag a update lately. Bakit kaya?


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Rubilen Amit richer by P1.4M after ruling Guri International 9-ball championship in Korea

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