US Open Day 1: Klatt, Morra and Hjorleifson Post Wins
The first break of the 2014 U.S. Open was struck at 10:30 am yesterday morning, kicking off the 39th U.S Open Championship. As opposed to previous U.S. Open’s, the overall quality of players entered in this year’s field produced a lot of tough first round matches. There were a few cases today that you could consider upsets as far as a higher seeded player losing to a lower seeded player but only one case of a relative unknown beating a seasoned pro.
That being said the list of casualties today was pretty long including 2014 World 9 Ball champion Neils Feijen, Rodney Morris, Brandon Shuff, Oscar Dominguez, John Schmidt and Ruslan Chinakov just to name a few. Interesting to note that three of the members that are in the running for the Mosconi Cup team have lost in the first round. It will be interesting to see which of these three is able to mount a charge on the losers side, which could be the deciding factor in the final selections.
Here are some notable score lines from day one:
Max Eberle 11 – Niels Feijen 8
Francisco Bustamante 11 – Nick Malai 9
John Morra 11 – Raj Hundal 8
Jonathan Pinegar 11 – Oscar Dominguez 9
Alex Kazakis 11 – Rodney Morris 8
Shawn Putnam 11 – Ruslan Chinakov 6
Nick Van Den berg 11 – Stevie Moore 6
Kenichi Uchigaki 11 – Brandon Shuff 10
Brad Shearer 11 – Jeremy Jones 10
The Canadians got off to a very good start on Monday, Jason Klatt and John Morra both had very tough opponents in John Schmidt and Raj Hundal. I watched the first bit of Johns match, both players seemed to be playing very well and it was tied at 4 all in the early going. When I returned Morra had taken the lead 10-5 and eventually closed out the match with a good opening round win against a strong opponent.
Klatt was up against former U.S. Open champion John Schmidt and Jason played very well to go ahead 9-5. After a routine miss on the 8 Schmidt brought the score back to 9-8 but Klatt regrouped and won the match 11-9. Going into my match I was really confident in my game, my opponent was a local qualifier who plays at a high level.
It was a combination of things that kept this one close. In summary I am happy with the way I dealt with what was presented to me in this match and I also realize that I will have to improve my play going forward. Paul Potier, Cue Sport Nation instructional contributor, was also in action today and after trailing by a large deficit early on he almost completed a big comeback but was stopped short by an 11-9 scoreline by Michael Yednak.
Klatt, Morra and myself will have the day off on Tuesday and will resume play Wednesday. Unfortunately Klatt and I have drawn each other on Wednesday and only one will be able to advance on the winners side. Morra will play Joe Dupuis on Tuesday night in the second round and Alex Pagulayan will play his first round match against Skyler Woodward early Tuesday Morning.
So far I have noticed that most players are cutting the break with varied success, the wing ball can still go in sometimes depending on how the balls are racked and they are also trying to make the 1 in the side. The allure for making a consistent ball on the break is big and so it should be, but it is a lot tougher with the new breaking rules. We will see if players end up breaking square by the end of the week. Stay tuned as there will be plenty more to come this week!
Joss-Turning Stone Classic XXII 9-Ball Open, Sept 18-21, 2014-ResultsComplete results with prize money amounts for the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s “Turning Stone Classic XXII 9-Ball Open”. Total prize fund $41,400.September 18-21, 2014. All players were paid cash immediately upon their elimination from the events.1st $8,000 Jayson Shaw2nd $5,000 Mika Immonen3rd $3,600 Rodney Morris4th $2,600 Mike Dechaine5/6th $2,000 each – Thorsten Hohmann, Earl Strickland7/8th $1,600 each – Johnny Archer, Ernesto Dominguez9/12th $1,200 each – Brandon Shuff, Hunter Lombardo, Jerry Crowe,
Shane Van Boening13/16th $850 each – John Morra, Warren Kiamco, Jeremy Sossei, Kevin Guimond17/24th $550 each – Robb Saez, Phil Davis, Alain Parent, Dan Hewitt, Dave Daya, Esbon Worden, Mike Yednak, Shaun Wilkie25/32nd $300 each – Dennis Hatch, Karen Corr, Dave Fernandez, Caroline Pao, Martin Daigle, Tom D’alfonso, Damon Sobers, Matt KrahOur second chance event on Sunday September 21, 2014 results are:1st $500 Holden Chin2nd $300 James Adams3/4th $150 each Jim Udischas, Brian Lipes
Turning Stone Results From Day 3
Saturday was moving day at the Turning Stone Classic in Verona, New York. The day began with 64 players and the field was narrowed down to 8 by midnight. There are 4 remaining on the winners side to face off in the winners side semi finals and 4 on the losers side who will play in the 7th/8th place elimination matches.
Earl Strickland is back in the spotlight again as he won his round of sixteen match against Dave Daya 9-3 and then went on to defeat 6 time Turning Stone Champion Johnny Archer with a convincing score line of 9-2. Earl advanced to the semi finals and will play Mika Immonen who defeated Danny Hewitt (Quebec) and Jerry Crowe.
In the other half of the draw Mike Dechaine started out his day with a strong victory against John Morra 9-5 and then went on to defeat tournament favorite Shane Van Boening in a hill hill match. Rodney Morris who had complained of inconsistent play throughout his first few rounds, found his gear on Saturday and defeated Warren Kiamco and Hunter Lombardo to set up a match with Dechaine on Sunday.
On the losers side the competition was fierce and after many hard fought battles Thorsten Hohmann came through the pack including a hill-hill win over John Morra. Jayson Shaw is still alive after an early loss, he finished off the day with a 9-6 win over Shane Van Boening. Johhny Archer will also be back and will play Hohmann in the 7th place match and Ernesto Dominguez has come all the way back from a first round loss and will play Shaw in the other losers side match.
Overarll the Canadians had a pretty good showing at the fall edition of the classic, Danny Hewiit played his first major U.S. Tournament in a while and came away with a 17th place finish. Unfortunately three Canadians got funneled in to a certain section of the draw and in those matches Alain Parent defeated Martin Daigle and John Morra defeated Alain Parent.
Here are the top four Canadian finishers:
Martin Daigle 25th/32nd
Alain Parent 17th/24th
Danny Hewitt 17th/24th
John Morra 13th/16th
Play begins at 11am on Sunday and promises to be another full day of world class nine ball, the stream will be up again free of charge at http://www.azbilliards.com/tours_and_events/1-joss-northeast-9-ball-tour/5848-turning-stone-casino-classic-xxii/live/.
"Pacman" 10-Ball Doubles Event: Final 8 Left Playing For 40k
The week of billiard festivities at the Long Tuna festival in General Santos Philippines is into full swing now with the pick your own partner down to the final eight teams. The week kicked off with a 90 player singles tournament which featured virtually every notable Filipino player. Thorsten Hohmann (Germany) made an epic comeback in the singles event winning no less than 11 matches straight and overcoming a 12-7 deficit in the final to defeat Roberto Gomez (Philippines) 13-12.
Both events are being promoted by multiple time World Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao. I have been in contact with Canada’s John Morra while he is in the Philippines and he has informed me that there have been official announcements that Pacquiao will be promoting another set of tournaments in December with a similar format.
Here are some of the notable pairings of the 60 team event:
Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes
Ko pin Yi and Ko Pin Chung (Taiwan)
John Morra and Thorsten Hohmann
Ramil Gallego and Warren Kiamco
Manny Pacquiao and Ronnie Alcano
Alex Pagulayan and Gandy Valle
Carlo Biado and Dennis Orcollo
No draw was easy in this event and the pairing of John Morra and Thorsten Hohmann were thrown into the fire from the get go against Elvis Calasang and Michael Feliciano both highly regarded Filipino players. They were up to the challenge and came away with a 9-6 victory. Their second match would be no easier as they would be up against Alex Pagulayan and Gandy Valle (Philippines).
Morra informed me that they got off to a flawless start in the single knockout race to 9 format taking a 6-0 lead, they closed out the match with a 9 4 win to advance to the final 16 on the winners side. Morra and Hohmann were expecting to play one of the tournament favourites in the next round but two junior players from the Phillipines, Centeno and Roda, defeated the pairing of Orcollo and Biado 9-7. This is a major accomplishment for the young players from the Philippines!! Morra and Hohmann who have been in fine form however ended the dream run of the junior pair this morning defeating them 9-2.
In Other notable matches Manny Pacquiao and his partner Ronnie Alcano were victorious in their first match. International legends Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes have advanced to the final 8. Young guns Jeffery De Luna and Jeffrey Ignacio remain undefeated and experienced veteran Ramil Gallego and Antonio Lining are still in the hunt.
Final 8 matchups:
Gomez and Kiamco vs Pin Chung and Pin Yi
Hohmann and Morra vs Esquillo and Silvano
Gallego and Lining vs De Luna and Ignacio
Labrador and Bongay vs Bustamante and Reyes
We have also received word that the semi-finals and finals will be streamed at http://www.welovesport.com/. Time of the final match is unavailable but we will put up a link on our Facebook page. Good luck to all the remaining players.
CSI RELEASES “TEN QUESTIONS” INTERVIEW SERIES WITH TOP PROS
CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (September 5, 2014) – CSI has just released its “Ten Questions” video series on the CSI YouTube channel. During the 2014 CSI Invitational Championships, all sixteen of the invited professional players were asked the same ten questions. The first eight videos have been posted and the final eight will be posted soon.
The series was created by CSI Media Manager Justin Collett, JP Parmentier, and Andy Chen during the 2014 CSI Invitational Championships in Las Vegas, NV. The concept provides fans an insight that they don’t normally get along with many interesting contrasts and comparisons.
The project was professionally lit and shot by videographer, Andy Chen.
Please visit the CSI YouTube channel to view the first eight interviews of this new series.
Full line-up announced for pool’s battle royal
WITH THE ANNUAL World Cup of Pool set to get under-way on the 23rd September, the full line-up of players can now be confirmed and it is arguably the strongest set of players ever assembled in the nine year history of the event.
There are 12 World Champions competing as well as six US Open Champions and countless European and Asian Champions. In addition the field also contains seven former World Cup winners and nine World Pool Masters champions, making it a must-see tournament for UK pool fans.
Taking place at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth from Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th September, there are 16 first round matches over the first three days.
Austria – Albin Ouschan & Mario He
Croatia – Ivica Putnik & Karlo Dalmatin
Czech Republic – Roman Hybler & Michal Gavenciak
England A – Darren Appleton & Karl Boyes
England B – Daryl Peach & Chris Melling
Finland – Mika Immonen & Petri Makkonen
France – Stephan Cohen & Alex Montpelier
Germany – Ralf Souquet & Thorsten Hohmann
Greece – Nikos Ekonomopoulos & Alexander Kazakis
Holland – Niels Feijen & Nick van den Berg
Italy – Fabio Petroni & Daniele Corrieri
Poland – Karol Skowerski & Mateusz Sniegocki
Portugal – Manuel Gama & Guilherme Sousa
Russia – Konstantin Stepanov & Ruslan Chinakhov
Spain – David Alcaide & Francisco Diaz-Pizarro
Sweden – Andreas Gerwen & Tomas Larsson
Switzerland – Dimitri Jungo & Ronni Regli
Rest of World (5)
Australia – Phil Reilly & James Georgiadis
Canada – Alex Pagulayan & John Morra
Chile – Alejandro Carvajal & Enrique Rojas
Qatar – Waleed Majid & Bashar Hussain
USA – Shane Van Boening & Earl Strickland
China – Wang Can & Dang Jinhu
Chinese Taipei – Chang Yu-lung & Hsu Kai Lun
India – Raj Hundal & Amar Kang
Indonesia – Irsal Nasution & Muhammad Zulfikri
Japan – Hayato Hijikata & Masaaki Tanaka
Korea – Jeong Yung Hwa & Ha Minuk
Malaysia – Ibrahim Amir & Alan Tan
Philippines – Dennis Orcollo & Lee Vann Corteza
Thailand – Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Tanut Makkamontee
Vietnam – Nguyen Phuc Long & Dang Thanh Kien
Now in its ninth year, the World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams from around the world battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund. The defending champions are the Philippines who will be among the favourites to claim a record-breaking fourth World Cup.
The event starts on Tuesday 23rd September and there are two sessions daily at 12 noon and 6.00pm during weekdays and then 1.00pm and 6.00pm at the weekend. Team USA get their campaign underway on Wednesday 24th September.
All tickets are priced at £5 (afternoons) and £10 evenings and are available from the venue or www.seetickets.com
Diamond Billiards are the Official Table of the 2014 World Cup of Pool; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith. Predator is the Official Cue of the event.
Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the World Cup of Pool is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Pool Masters and the Mosconi Cup.
Erik Hjorleifson Wins Tailgator’s Summer Shootout
Pool players and spectators were treated to two great events this weekend at Tailgators in Ottawa. The main attraction was the $1600 added 8 player Pro Division, and there was a 59 player handicapped as well. The game in both divisions was Bar Box 8 ball, played on Valley tables.
Friday night at 7 pm was the start of each event. First round in the Pro Division saw Erik Hjorleifson vs Norm Pomanville as well as John Morra Against Jody Roy. Hjorleifson came out of the gate strong earning a 3-0 lead, when a scratch on his break allowed Pomanville back into the set. After it was 3-3, these two traded games right to the end. It was a dry break from Pomanville that allowed Hjorleifson a chance to runout which he did to win the set.
On the adjacent table top amateur Jody Roy, who decided to step up to the Pro Division, had people talking. This was because he had the #1 player in Canada stuck 5-2 in a race to 8. However Morra picked up his level of play and Roy made a few mistakes leading to an 8-5 win for Morra. The rest of the tournament went as many predicted, with Morra and Hjorleifson meeting in the winners side final.
In this match the difference was the break, as it is so often the difference at this level. Hjorleifson had a thunderous break working for him making multiple balls each time and often running out. On the other hand Morra suffered a few dry breaks early on which his opponent ran out. This match ended 8-5 sending Morra to the losers side final. Here he met Danny Nguyen, the lone representative from Quebec. I believe this was his first 8 ball bar box tournament and he did not disappoint as he only lost to Morra and Hjorleifson finishing 3rd.
In the final, Morra needed to beat Hjorleifson twice as this was a true double elimination tournament. In the beginning it looked like the spectators were going to be treated to two sets as Morra took an early lead. However Hjorleifson rallied back and in a blink he won 8-7, taking home the $2500 first prize.
When I left the event, Audrey O was awaiting the winner of the B side final in the amateur event. I will update as soon as I get the final results.
This was a great weekend for pool fans all around, Tailgators plans to host a 128 player event in November. Also rumors have begun that in the near future they are hoping to host a $1,000 entry 16 max Pro Event.
Pro Division Pay Outs
1. Erik Hjorleifson $2500
2. John Morra $1000
3. Dany Nguyen $500
Tailgators Summer Shootout this Weekend
The Tailgators Summer Shootout is only a few short days away and promises to be a very entertaining event. There will be two division, one being a 64 player max amateur and a talent packed 8 player max pro division. With top Canadian players like John Morra and Erik Hjorleifson attending this $300 entry and $1600 added event. Tailgators is located in the Merivale Mall in Ottawa and will be the place to be for pool fans this weekend.
Both tournaments begin at 7:00PM this Friday; the pro event will only play one round on this night. This means that all spectators who cannot make it the first night have nothing to fear as no one will be eliminated until Saturday. According to the last update from Curtis Houlden, the promoter of this event there are 7 out of the 8 spots filled. This spot is reserved in the hopes one of the local bar box legends, which Ottawa boasts a few, will step up to represent the area.
My hometown of Cornwall, Ontario will be represented in this event by Jody Roy. He is a high ranked amateur player and one of the top action players in the area. Last fall in a similar event held at Tailgators, he actually knocked Hjorleifson to the losers side early on. For Roy this is far from a donation and should be a lot of fun for Cornwall supporters to sweat his matches.
The amateur event has changed slightly since I posted the original announcement. As you can see above, according to the poster the handicaps were only from 5-7. Houlden has changed this as he has noticed a need to include spots for lower caliber players. Thus there are two new handicaps for beginners and intermediate players which will be 3 and 4. For this handicap you are given a number and that is the amount of games needed to win. In this event the last update from Houlden which came on Monday, 50 spots are already taken in the 64 player max field. To find out if there are anymore places available please call Curtis Houlden at (613)852-6550.
Cue Sport Nation Brand Launch (C.S.N)/Team London Fundraiser
For people who are familiar with this blog you already know that Erik Hjorleifson and myself have formed a business partnership. We have decided to start a billiards media company which we are calling Cue Sport Nation. Our goal is to promote all cue sports and while doing so talk about the game beyond generic tournament updates. As well as to discuss in detail the current state of the game and what needs to be done to improve it. Our brand is that we are about the players, professional and amateur. Because to us without the competitive players pushing this game forward, pool will always be looked upon as nothing but a parlor game.
There are organizations and promoters who are stagnant to the extent that it is detrimental to the progression of cue sports. On our website, along with all the standard billiard news, will be a platform to hold these organizations and promoters accountable. In order for there to be significant change, which the industry needs, barriers have to be broken down and discussions need to be begin.
The owners of Tailgators have been gracious enough to reserve us a section where we will set up a booth so we can promote ourselves. At this booth we will have some “Hustlin Clothing” t-shirts for sale as well as our own Cue Sport Nation merchandise. Along with promoting our brand we will also be fundraising for Team London. This will be for the group of junior players who have all earned spots at the upcoming World Junior Championships in China. Steve Gelinas from the Winning Stroke has donated a Delta Rack to be raffled off and we will be adding our own merchandise as well. ALL proceeds from this raffle will go to Team London.
For more details about our upcoming website or if you are interested in donating something to raffle off for Team London. I can be contacted through Facebook or by email at email@example.com.
Sky Woodward Wins Smoking Ace’s Bar Box Open
For the second time in a row a young upstart player walked away with the 20k top prize from the Smoking Ace’s Bar Box Open. Last time it was Justin Bergman, this year it was 21 year old Sky Woodward who went through this star studded field undefeated.
Woodward might be young but he is definitely not an unknown. For American fans he has been been known for a few years already. For the rest of the world this year has been his coming out party, winning the banks ring game at Derby City. In the last month he has followed that up winning the Grand Masters event at the BCAPL and now this event.
Bar Box tournaments are the fad as of late because they are known as the great equalizer. Smaller tables and big pockets means missing for these guys is a rare occurrence. This game is all about offence so when experienced players like Rodney Morris, Johnny Archer and Corey Duel do not have the strategical advantage that they would usually have on a 9 footer. In fact in this tournament where Morris and Archer were some of the biggest names, they only won 1 set between the two of them.
Yesterday there were only 4 remaining and the day started off with the A side final match between SVB and Woodward. The already seasoned, well beyond his years Woodward never looked the least bit intimidated going up against the number one American. This set was close with Woodward winning 21-18; the only real difference here was that SVB kicked the cue ball in for a scratch a few times off his break. It was the only edge that Woodward needed to dispatch SVB to the losers side final.
There he met up with Warren Kiamco who had been on fire after losing a match early in the tournament. He also survived a few sets in which his opponents had 6 game leads and more. Kiamco had just beat Corey Duel 21-5 in the other final four match, which saw Kiamco put together multiple packages, his highest being six racks in a row. The B side final was a closer affair as this set went 12-12 then 16-16, until SVB pulled away at the end to win and get another chance at Woodward.
This tournament was set up in a true double elimination format. This meant Van Boening had to win two races to 21 to claim the title. From the beginning SVB looked like he was determined to turn this final into a marathon, claiming an early lead. Woodward was losing the entire time however at 16-12 down, SVB had a break get away from him and it opened the door for Woodward who took full advantage. In a blink it was tied, then Woodward continued on breaking and running the final rack to win again 21-18 to close out a fantastic tournament. I would like to thank Ray Hansen for the great stream and making coverage of this event possible.
Sky Woodward- $20,000 + $14,500
Shane Van Boening- $7000 + $11,000
Warren Kiamco – $5000 + $7,400
Corey Duel- $2000 + $3,800
BCAPL UPDATE: Another Canadian Winner, Morra Wins First Match
The action continues from the BCAPL National Championships at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. Friday marked the beginning of the 16 player invitational Pro 10 ball tournament. Play also continued in the Amateur bar able tournaments as well as the Pro/Am ten ball tournament.
Straight-Pool is once again pleased to announce our second Canadian winner of this years championships, Ben Liu from Calgary, Alberta. He was the winner of the open 9-ball division which boasted over 300 players. Randy Bagot from Winnipeg, Manitoba was also in the final with Ben so we were guaranteed our second Canadian Champion of the week. Congratulations to both players and good luck to them the rest of the week.
In the Pro/Am 10 ball challenge, the most prestigious of the bar table events, along with the Pro/Am 9 ball challenge we have two Canadians left in the mix. Stan Tourangeau from B.C. had a nice win over Ernesto Dominguez, eventually losing to Josh Roberts. He remains in the tournament with only 8 players left and will try to fight his way back to the final today. Jason Klatt, winner of the Pro/Am 9 ball challenge, won his first three matches in the ten ball tournament eventually losing to Mitch Ellerman from Arizona, who advanced to the winners side final. Klatt remains in the tournament at the start of today and will attempt, along with Tourangeau, to make his way back to the final.
John Morra from Toronto, Ontario has begun his quest in the 16 player invitational 10 ball tournament. The format is a race to 9 round robin. Players are placed in groups of 4 with each group being comprised of a player from North America, Philippines, Asia and Europe. The player with the best match record in each group will advance to the single knockout semi final and final stages of the tournament. Morra’s first match was against Ralf Soquet from Germany in which he came away with a thrilling 9-8 victory, banking in the 4 ball en route to a pressure packed run out in the deciding game. Morra is currently playing his second match against Efren Reyes.
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