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20th July 2014

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BCAPL UPDATE: Another Canadian Winner, Morra Wins First Match

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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.

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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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22nd June 2014

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Losers shown no mercy as 32 players head for the exits on Day 2 at the 2014 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha

EARLY HOUSE CLEANING AT THE AL SAAD

Losers shown no mercy as 32 players head for the exits on Day 2 at the 2014 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha

By Ted Lerner
WPA Press Officer

England's Daryl Peach England’s Daryl Peach

Photos Courtesy of Richard Walker

(Doha, Qatar)–Most of Day 2 at the 2014 World 9-ball Championship was given over to the losers. That is, the players who lost their first match in the group stage, and would get one more chance in this double elimination format to get back on track for the knockout rounds, or face the ignominy of complete and utter failure on pool’s biggest stage.

Going two losses and out in the World 9-ball Championship is about as bad as it gets for a professional pool player. For the lesser players who never had a real chance in the first place, it only confirms their lowly place in the pecking order of what is already one of this planet’s toughest grinds of a sport.

But it’s the top guys you have to really feel for. This is a sport that already rubs it in on a daily basis, what with little prize money compared to other major sports, grudging sponsors, and competition for what is on offer as fierce as the June midday sun in Doha. Two losses right off the get-go at this event means you not only go home thousands of dollars in the hole, but you also start questioning your very existence as a pro, even as a person. Yes, total failure here for the big boys can really, really sting.

Take 2007 World 9-ball Champion Daryl Peach. After losing handily on day 1 to the Czech Republic’s Roman Hybler, he drew Hungary’s very capable Vilmos Foldes today in a sink or swim match that would see one of these top players pack his bags just as things were getting going, while the other would get one more chance at the money rounds later this week. This was as solid a pairing as you could see at the Al Saad Sports Club this week. When Peach won the title in Manila in 2007, he defeated Foldes in the semi-finals. Foldes has reached the semis twice in this event.

The two put on an entertaining battle that was as good as a late tournament thriller. The race to 9 match went to the very brink, and with the score tied at 8-8, Peach took an aggressive gamble that paid off big time and saw him run out to win.

Afterwards, Peach had the air of someone who just dodged an out of control lorry on the M25 motorway in London. He was happy to be alive, and planned on making the best of his new found life in the coming days.

“You come all this way and you want to perform,” a fired up Peach said afterward. “You try not to think about going two and out. I had to take that chance at the end there and it paid off. Sometimes to make something happen you have to just grab the bull by the horns. If you’re going to win a world title, you can’t walk in through the back door. You want to walk in the front door.”

The USA’s Brandon Shuff found himself in a similar situation but drew a seemingly far easier opponent in Egypt’s Mohammed Elassal. But in the World 9-ball Championship, we’ve learned never to underestimate anyone. The players from the Middle East especially have been making huge strides in the last few years and have offered plenty of stringent resistance and surprises.

The Philippines Efren Reyes The Philippines Efren Reyes

After some early jitters, Shuff got it together and won handily, 9 – 2, to survive for one more chance at the money, and glory, on Tuesday.

“The doubt always creeps in,” the affable Shuff said afterwards, “especially if you lose your first match then draw a really good player in the next round. I was a bit lucky in that my opponent tonight wasn’t a top player. But still there’s a lot of pressure. I paid my own way here. I have to pay all my bills as soon as I get back home. It’s tough to wrap your head around it how much pressure there is in pool. I’m surprised players still keep their sanity.”

2011 World 9-ball Champion Yukio Akagariyama is probably struggling to keep sane at this point. The Japanese star found himself paired with one of China’s top players in Liu Haitao for another high quality do-or-die match tonight. The former champ fell behind early and never caught up, losing 9-6. Three years earlier he was the toast of Doha in this very arena. Now, he quietly shuffled out into the warm desert night practically unnoticed.

The legend Efren “Bata” Reyes looked like he was about to get dumped two and out as he had to chase Estonia’s Denis Grabe the entire match. Reyes, who clearly was struggling the entire way, had to muster every bit of magic still left in his nearly 60 year old gas tank to get to the finish line. The old master played catch up all night but finally pulled off a nervy nail biter, 9-8, to survive another day.

The day actually began with 16 first round matches from the group stage with all 32 players playing in their first outings of the tournament. 2012 World 9-ball Champion Darren Appleton had to come back against Finland’s Petri Makkonen but ended up winning going away, 9-4. Another former champion, Germany’s Olive Ortmann won handily, beating Qatar’s Bashar Hussain, 9-2. Canadian Filipino Alex Pagulayan, who won this event in 2004 and who’s been sharpening his potting skills on the pro snooker circuit the last few months, had a tough match up against Japan’s Naoyuki Oi, but pulled away to win 9-5.

The Philippines Jeff De Luna went to the hill with Poland’s Tomasz Kaplan and eked out the slimmest of wins, 9-8. Other comfortable winners of their first round matches included China’s Li He Wen, Taiwan’s Ko Pin Yi and Lo Li Wen, Qatar based Filipino Israel Rota, and Poland’s Radislaw Babica. Kuwait’s Omar Al Shaheen, the best player from the Middle East, looked extremely sharp today notching his first win. The 21 year old made it to the quarter finals here two years ago and has the game to take it even further this time.Venue

One player who is firmly slotted as a dark horse to be noted is the Philippines Johann Chua. The sharpshooting and fearless youngster absolutely crushed the USA’s Corey Duel 9-2. Chua was lucky to even get a spot in the event. He flew to Qatar to try his hand at last week’s brutally tough qualifiers only to come up just short. But at the very last minute, a player from Peru cancelled, leaving a slot available. Chua was tied in the qualifier point system with Japanese player Arita Hideaki. They agreed to have a race to 5 playoff yesterday morning before the tournament began. Chua won the match 5-1 and claimed his spot in the event.

One of the biggest surprises from the last of the first round matches came courtesy of the Philippines unheralded Elmer Haya. The 37 year absolutely blitzed world number 4 and one of the tournament favorites, fellow Filipino Lee Vann Corteza, 9-2.

After the match Haya, an overseas worker with a wife and five kids back in Bhutuan Philippines, and who toils away as the house pro at the Joy Billiard Club in Abu Dhabi, revealed a little known fact that made today’s result not quite so surprising. The 37 year old used to play against Corteza many times nearly 15 years ago when they were up and coming pool players in Davao City in the southern Philippines. In fact, ten years ago, Haya beat Corteza in a big local tournament in Cebu City.

“I felt really, really good out there today,” Haya said. “I had too much confidence and that’s because I played him many times over the years. I always have confidence when I play Lee Vann.”

If anyone would have been depressed and embarrassed about going two and out it would have to be Corteza, as he is surely one of the favorites to win the tournament this week. After being dumped by Haya earlier in the day, Corteza had to come out later in the evening in a do or die match against Canadian veteran Mario Morra. Corteza found himself down 6-3 in the race to 9 match. But just in the very nick of time, Corteza found his game and won six straight racks to take a 9-6 win and survive for one more try on Tuesday.

In all, 32 players were given their walking papers today. No money, no glory, just a head full of doubts and thoughts about what might have been. For sure, pool can be a very cruel sport.

The group stage of the 2014 WPA World 9-ball Championship continues on Monday with all winners side matches. Winners will go through to the Final 64 single elimination knockout stage. Losers will get one more chance over on the losers side of their group bracket.

**The 2014 World 9-ball Championship takes place at the Al Saad Sports Club in Doha, Qatar from June 16-27. The winner of the 2014 World 9-ball Championship will receive $30,000. The runner up will receive $15,000. The total prize fund is $200,000.

The players will be competing on Wiraka New Model Tables with Simonis 860 Cloth, Electric Blue Color and using Aramith Super Pro TV Balls.

The Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation, which is once again hosting and organizing the World 9-ball Championship, will be providing free live streaming of the entire tournament on its website, http://live.qbsf.qa/.

The view the complete brackets for the Group Stages, please CLICK HERE

The WPA will be on hand in Doha throughout this year’s World 9-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

For more information you can also visit the WPA website at www.wpapool.com. Fans can also visit the website of the Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation at; www.qbsf.qa

*The 2014 World 9-ball Championship will be held in Doha, Qatar from June 16-27,2014 and is sanctioned by the World Pool & Billiard Association(WPA), the world governing body of the sport of pocket billiards. 128 players from across the globe will compete for the most prestigious prize in Men’s Pool. The 2014 World 9-ball Championship is a WPA ranking event.

Results from Day 2
1st Round Matches

Group 13
Darren Appleton (GBR) 9-4 Petri Makkonen (FIN)
Lin Cheng Chieh (TPE) 9 – 0 Bader Al Hamden (KSA)
Lo Li Wen (TPE) 9 – 4 Koh Seng Ann Aaron (SIN)
Johann Chua (PHL) 9 – 2 Corey Deuel (USA)

Group 14
Jeffrey De Luna (PHL) 9 – 8 Tomasz Kaplan (POL)
Israel Rota (PHL) 9 – 0 J-Ram Alabanzas (RSA)
Ko Pin Yi (TPE) 9 – 7 Manuel Gama (POR)
Salaheldeen Al Rimawi (UAE) 9 – 6 Imran Majid (GBR)

Group 15
Alex Pagulayan (CAN) 9 – 5 Naoyuki Oi (JPN)
Radoslaw Babica (POL)9 – 5 So Shaw (IRI)
Omar Al Shaheen (KUW) 9 – 1 Kwok Chi Ho (HKG)
Li He Wen(CHN) 9 – 2 Ivica Putnik (CRO)

Group 16
Oliver Ortmann (GER) 9 – 2 Bashar Hussain (QAT)
Omran Salem (UAE) 9 – 8 Sundeep Gulati (IND)
Elmer D. Haya (PHL) 9 – 2 Lee Van Corteza (PHL)
Artem Koshovyi (UKR) 9 – 5 Mario Morr a(CAN)

Results From Losers Bracket Matches
Losers are out, Winners have one more chance
Group 1
Sumit Talwar (IND) 9 – 1 Mohamed Al Hosani (UAE)
Erik Hjorleifson (CAN) 9 – 8 Mohd Al Bin Ali (QAT)

Group 2
Scott Cooney (GBR) 9 – 6 John Morra (CAN)
Dimitri Jungo (SUI) 9 – 3 Hasan Hwaida Idan (IRQ)

Group 3
Alexander Kazakis (GRE) 9 – 6 Hamzaa M. Saeed Ali (ERI)
Melkonyan Babken (ROU) 9 – 4 Ahmad Taufiq (BRU)

Group 4
Ramil Gallego (PHL) 9 – 7 Mishel Turkey (QAT)
Kuo Po Cheng (TPE) 9 – 3 Fahim Sinha (BAN)

Group 5
Liu Hai Tao (CHN) 9 – 6 Yukio Akagariyama (JPN)
Hunter Lombardo (USA) 9 – 2 Detlef Grzella (RSA)

Group 6
Frailin Guanipa (VEN) 9 – 2 Mohamed Hamouda (EGY)
Stephen Cohen (FRA) 9 – 6 Eric Lee (HKG)

Group 7
Jason Klatt (CAN) 9 – 4 Karol Skowerski (POL)
Chang Jung Lin (TPE) 9 – 2 Abdulla Mohammad (UAE)

Group 8
Daryl Peach (GBR) 9 – 8 Vilmos Foldes (HUN)
Glen Coutts (NZL) 9 – 4 Nour Wasfi Al Jarrah (JOR)

Group 9
Maj Al Azmi (KUW) 9 – 4 Sayeem Hossain (BAN)
Efren Reyes (PHL) 9 – 8 Denis Grabe (EST)

Group 10
Mazen Berjaoui (LEB) 9 – 6Stefan Sprangers (NED)
Albin Ouschan (AUT) 9 – 6 Alejandro Carbajal (CHI)

Group 11
Brandon Shuff (USA) 9 – 2 Mohammed Elassal (EGY)
Mohammadali Pordel (IRI) 9 – 5 Jurgen Jenisy (AUT)

Group 12
Chang Yu Lung(TPE) 9 – 2 Mohammed Ali Berjaou(LEB)
Francisco Felicilda(PHL) 9 – 5 Christian Aguirre(ECU)

Group 13
Petri Makkonen (FIN) 9 – 1 Bader Al Hamdan (KSA)
Corey Duel (USA) 9 – 2 Koh Seng Ann Aaron (SIN)

Group 14
Tomasz Kaplan (POL) 9 – 1 J-Ram Alabanzas (RSA)
Manuel Gama (POR) 9 – 6 Imran Majid (GBR)

Group 15
Naoyuki Oi (JPN) 9 – 1 So Shaw (IRI)
Ivica Putnik (CRO) 9 – 6 Kwok Chi Ho (HKG)

Group 16
Sundeep Gulati (IND) 9 – 3 Bashar Hussain (QAT)
Lee Vann Corteza (PHL) 9 – 6 Mario Morra (CAN)

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13th June 2014

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Canadian Hopefuls Gearing up for World Championships

On June 21 stage 2 of the World 9 Ball Championships will begin at the Al Saad Sports Club in Doha, Qatar. Canada will be represented this year by our current Canadian Champions John Morra (8ball), Jason Klatt (9ball) and Erik Hjorleifson (10ball), as well as Mario Morra.

John Morra John Morra

John “Mr. Smooth” Morra has already proven to be in top form, with a successful final 16 finish at the recent China Open. Because of it’s large prize pool and red carpet treatment of the players, the China Open has become a prestigious event that everyone would like to have on their resume. With its qualifiers and group stages, which lead to a final 32 single elimination knock out format, it is also one of the most difficult tournaments in the world to win.

Morra, who impressively worked his way into the final 32, met up with one of the top players in Asia, Ko Pin Yi. Not phased by playing one of the tournament favourites, Morra was solid and went on to win 11-7. His next match was an 11-8 loss to Jeffery Ignacio, who played his way into the final where he lost to Chang Yu Lung.

Jason Klatt Jason Klatt

Klatt also made the trip to China where unfortunately he was not as successful. However after the completion of the China Open Klatt traveled to “Huslters,” a pool room in Bangkok, Thailand. There he met up with Shane Van Boening, Corey Duel and Darren Appleton who were all invited to take part in a series of challenge matches against some local talent. Klatt teamed up with Appleton to play a $1000 scotch doubles match which they easily won.

Erik Hjorleifson Erik Hjorleifson

Hjorleifson has stayed in the G.T.A (Greater Toronto Area) to finish up the 404 K tour and to continue on with his instructional clinics. He plans to practice as much as possible these next few days before he and Mario Morra head to Doha to meet up with Klatt and John Morra. Make sure to stay tuned during the entire World Championships as Hjorleifson will be sending updates the entire time.

To see the match between Ko Pin Yi and Mr. Smooth click HERE

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3rd June 2014

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Morra and Williams capture titles on 404 Tour

The 404 9-Ball Tour has wrapped up its 7th successful season. The money added championships were held at Shooters Billiards in Toronto on May 24-25th and BigWigs Billiards the following weekend (May 31-June 1).

John Morra John Morra

At Shooters, a field of 45 players battled it out for a piece of the $5,000+ prize fund. On Sunday morning, only four players remained on the A-side. Mario Morra faced Erik Hjorleifson and John Morra was up against Shane Gummerson. It was Erik Hjorleifson who stole the show securing his spot in the finals with back-to-back wins over the Morra family.

But this day belonged to John Morra as it was his 25th birthday. John returned from the B-side to face Erik again in the finals. When John eventually pocketed the final 9-Ball, it was the icing on the cake. This is how they finished at Shooters:

RESULT PLAYER PAYOUT CALCUTTA
1st JOHN MORRA $1,720 $875
2nd ERIK HJORLEIFSON $1,000 $525
3rd NORBERTO DeCARLOS $700 $325
4th SHANE GUMMERSON $450 $195
5-6th KACE $250
5-6th MARIO MORRA $250
7-8th KEVIN OLIVEIRA $175
7-8th TOL KUY $175
9-12th ALAN ADA $100
9-12th ADRIAN FRAGOSO $100
9-12th STUART MacTAGGART $100
9-12th IAN ARGUE $100

A week later, 55 players traveled HWY 404 to BigWigs Billiards for the last event of the season.

Naomi Williams Naomi Williams

Naomi Williams was unstoppable as she marched through to the finals with wins over Rod Arsenault, Kevin Olivera, Jeremy Isard and Norberto DeCarlos. In the finals, Naomi faced the now 25 year old John Morra who was looking to take his second consecutive title. With the handicapped format, John would have to win 11 games before Naomi reached 6. Naomi pulled of the win in the final rack to be the first ever female champion.  Here are the results from BigWigs:

RESULT PLAYER PAYOUT CALCUTTA
1st NAOMI WILLIAMS 7 $1,400 $930
2nd JOHN MORRA 12 $1,000 $560
3rd NORBERTO DeCARLOS 6 $700 $410
4th STUART MacTAGGART 5 $500 $280
5-6th ROMEO ZULVETTA 6 $350 $180
5-6th JEREMY ISARD 7 $350 $180
7-8th IAN ARGUE 5 $230 $100
7-8th ERIK HJORLEIFSON 11 $230 $100
9-12th STEFANE GODINHO 7 $140
9-12th ISAAC RAMOS 8 $140
9-12th ANDY AUPIN 11 $140
9-12th DAN MIOSI 6 $140
13-16th K.C. NGUYEN 6 $80
13-16th RANDY FAWCETT 7 $80
13-16th SUMON SARKAR 6 $80
13-16th KEVIN OLIVEIRA 5 $80

 

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17th May 2014

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Quebec Wins Team Event in Thetford Mines

Francis Crevier, Michael Bernier, Jeff Blais, Dany Nguyen From left to right Francis Crevier, Michael Bernier, Jeff Blais, Dany Nguyen

Tonight players and fans who decided to come a day early were treated to a team event between some of the best players from Ontario, Quebec and U.S.A. Originally it was planned to play some bank pool and speed pool but for simplicity and time restraints it was decided to play scotch doubles 9 ball.

It was agreed that each team would play one another once in a big round robin format with the team with the least amount of wins being eliminated. Surprising the near capacity crowd team U.S.A was the loser of the round robin.

This set up the final between Ontario and Quebec which was played in a 4 man alternate format. On paper the Ontario team of Jason Klatt, John Morra, Mario Morra, and Erik Hjorleifson had the edge however Quebec was playing some inspired pool. Jeff Blais, Michael Bernier, Francis Crevier, Dany Nguyen who all played near flawlessly for team Quebec giving the home-town crowd something to cheer about. In the end it was a very close match which saw team Quebec win 7-5 and split the $2000 first place prize.

Andy Aupin, Jarrod Clowery, Mike Dechaine,  Johnny Archer. Team U.S.A left to right Andy Aupin, Jarrod Clowery, Mike Dechaine, Johnny Archer.

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5th May 2014

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World Class Players Will Swarm Thetford Mines for 12K Added Event

cbaDuring the weekend of May 17-19, Thetford Mines Quebec will be the place to be for pool fans and players alike. This will be the fifth addition of this event, dubbed the Classique Du Billard Appalaches, which has multiple divisions for B players right through to Professional.  This event boasts a $62,000 dollar prize field if all divisions fill up, which looks to be likely as the 8 and 9 ball divisions in the B and A divisions are already at capacity along with the 9 and 10 ball in the AA division.

The Professional divisions which will also be 9 and 10 ball will have $6,000 added in each tournament and guaranteed $5,000 for first place in both.  This has caught the attention of many of the top professionals from all over North America as a pay out of this magnitude is unheard for a field of only 32. The current World 9 ball Champion Thorsten Hohmann will be in attendance as he gears up to go back overseas to China before he defends his world title later this year.  Along with Hohmann, Mike Dechaine, Shane Van Boening and Jayson Shaw will all be taking the rare trip up north to take part in this event.hohman

Canada will be well represented as we have a few world beaters of our own. All three newly crowned Canadian Champions John Morra, Erik Hjorleifson and Jason Klatt will be there along with Alain Martel, Martel Daigle and Danny Hewitt, who will all be trying to to keep the money north of the border.
ErikTwice in one month Quebec promoters have found a way to hold large events with significant amounts of added money. Pool is alive and well in Quebec and I look forward to covering this event as I will also be there trying my luck in the 8 and 9 ball divisions.

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2nd May 2014

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CSI Confirms Morra, Shaw, Orcollo, and Ko

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (May 2, 2014) – John Morra (CAN), Jayson Shaw (GBR), Dennis Orcollo (PHI), and Ping-Chung Ko (TPE) have officially confirmed as the final four (4) of only sixteen (16) players that will compete in the inaugural CSI Invitationals which will take place July 18-25, 2014 during the BCAPL & USAPL National Championships at the beautiful Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  Below are just a few highlights of their most recent accomplishments.

John Morra (CAN)
  • 2014 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Champion
  • 2013 Canadian Championships Men’s Open 9-Ball & 10-Ball Champion
  • 2012 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Banks Champion
  • 2011 US Bar Table Championships 8-Ball Champion
  • 2011 US Bar Table Championships All-Around (2nd place)
Jayson Shaw (GBR)
  • 2014 US Bar Table Championships 10-Ball (3rd place)
  • 2014 US Bar Table Championships 9-Ball (4th place)
  • 2013 Empire State 10-Ball Championship Champion
  • 2013 Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball (2nd place)
  • 2013 US Open 9-Ball Championship (3rd place)
  • 2013 US Open 8-Ball Championship (4th place)
Dennis Orcollo (PHI)
  • 2014 Derby City Classic Master of the Table
  • 2014 & 2013 US Open One-Pocket Champion
  • 2014 & 2013 Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Champion
  • 2013 World Cup of Pool Champion
  • 2013 US Bar Table Championships 10-Ball & All-Around Champion
  • 2012 China Open Champion
  • 2012 US Open 10-Ball Champion
Ping-Chung Ko (TPE)
  • 2012 Golden Break 9-Ball Invitational Champion
  • 2011 World Cup of Pool (3rd place)
  • 2010 All Japan Men’s Championship (2nd place)

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21st April 2014

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2014 CBSA Professional Pool Championships

On an annual basis, the Canadian Billiard & Snooker Association (CBSA) sanctions and conducts our national professional billiard championships for top level players. The Canadian Cue Sport Association (CCS) is responsible for conducting the national amateur billiard championships.

In July of 2013, the CBSA and CCS announced a ‘combined’ Canadian Championships. With this alliance now formed, we expect to see increased growth and direction in our national events. On April 14th, 2014, all of Canada’s very best players – at all levels – were brought together, for a week long celebration of great pool. Both Associations are commended for their efforts in making this happen. Players from across the country entered these events with the hopes of being the next Canadian Champion.  

The CSS had a strong showing of players with 104 teams in the 8-Ball event, 26 teams in the 9-ball event, 141 players in the 8-Ball singles event, 56 players in the 9-Ball singles and 25 teams in the scotch doubles event.  That is a total of 773 players in all.  The complete results for the CCS tournaments will be posted soon on their website.

Brittany Bryant 2014 Canadian 9-Ball Champion 2014 Canadian 10-Ball Champion Brittany Bryant
2014 Canadian 9-Ball Champion
2014 Canadian 10-Ball Champion

Stage I of the CBSA championship was held at Shooters Snooker & Sports Club in Toronto. The top players from each group moved on to stage II held at the Delta Hotel in Meadowvale, Ontario. In the women’s 9-Ball event, Brittany Bryant defended her national title for the forth consecutive time. Brittany went undefeated with a 11-7 victory in the final match over Naomi Williams.

In the women’s 10-Ball, it was Brittany Bryant who stole the spotlight once again. Brittany bounced back from the B-side to take the title with a 10-4 win over Denise Belanger.  It is obvious that Brittany has been the dominating female force in Canada for a number of years now. We have big expectations from her on the international level.

In the men’s divisions, the Bonus Ball team of John Morra, Jason Klatt and Erik Hjorleifson shared the three titles up for taking. A revitalized John Morra has been training hard both on and off the table. His efforts were rewarded as he won his seventh national title with a solid 11-3 performance over Jason Klatt in the 8-ball finals.

John Morra 2014 Canadian 8-Ball Champion John Morra
2014 Canadian 8-Ball Champion

Jason Klatt 2014 Canadian 9-Ball Champion Jason Klatt
2014 Canadian 9-Ball Champion

Although Jason Klatt suffered a first round loss in the 9-Ball event, he kept his eyes on the finish line. Jason faced John Morra once again in the finals. This time, Jason came out on top in a thrilling 15-13 final.

In the 10-Ball finals, a very determined Erik Hjorleifson trailed 8-4 against Andy Aupin in the race to 13. Erik stayed focused and fought back to reach the hill first leading 12-11. In the next rack, Erik executed a solid safety on the 7-ball and clinched his first national open title.

Visit www.cbsa.ca to view all the brackets for the Professional events.  There has been plenty of positive feedback from players and spectators regarding the newest venue for the Canadian Professional Pool Championships. We look forward to seeing bigger and better things in the years to come.

Erik Hjorleifson 2014 Canadian 10-Ball Champion Erik Hjorleifson
2014 Canadian 10-Ball Champion

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13th April 2014

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Stage I - 2014 Canadian Pool Championships

2014 CBSA Pool Championships (2)The first stage of the 2014 CBSA Canadian Open Pool Championships has come to an end at Shooters Snooker & Sports Club in Toronto. Although the attendance in each event was less than anticipated, the level of play was exceptional.  The top players from each division will move on to Stage II of the Championship to be held at the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario.  This year marks the first year where both the CBSA and CCS Championships are being held side-by-side. Here is a breakdown of the matches scheduled for this week in Mississauga:

Tuesday, April 15 – 8-Ball
A-Side – John Morra vs Rod Arsenault
A-Side – Erik Hjorleifson vs Paul Potier
B-Side – Jason Klatt vs Alex Pagulayan
B-Side – Sumon Sarkar vs Pahdahsung Shognosh

Thursday, April 17 – 9-Ball
A-Side – Alex Pagulayan vs John Morra
B-Side – Mario Morra vs Paul Potier
B-Side – Jason Klatt vs Erik Hjorleifson

Thursday, April 17 – Women’s 9-Ball
A-Side – Naomi Williams vs Brittany Bryant
B-Side – Kayla Jones vs Joanne Ashton
B-Side – Kayla Roloson vs Maureen Seto

Friday, April 18 – 10-Ball
A-Side - Erik Hjorleifson vs Andy Aupin
B-Side - Alex Pagulayan vs Paul Potier
B-Side - Mario Morra vs Jason Klatt

Friday, April 18 – Women’s 10 Ball
A-Side – Denise Belanger vs Brittany Bryant
B-Side - Naomi Williams vs Hanna Kwon
B-Side - Joanne Ashton vs Kayla Jones

There is no charge for spectators, so drop by and witness a piece of Canadian history being made. Be sure to bring your pool cue as mini-tournaments will be taking place throughout the event. There is no other tourney like it where you have great players from all over Canada in one place at one time.

Tagged: Alex PagulayanAndy AupinBrittany BryantDenise BelangerErik HjorleifsonHanna KwonJason KlattJoanne AshtonJohn MorraKayla JonesKayla RolosonMario MorraMaureen SetoNaomi WilliamsPahdahsung ShognoshPaul PotierSumon Sarkar

8th April 2014

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Mr Smooth right on Target

The last regular event of the 404 9-ball tour wrapped up last weekend at BigWigs Billiards in Newmarket, Ontario.  There were 52 players in attendance.  The top favourites of the field both suffered first round losses.  Terry Snache caught Mario Morra by surprise with a 5-7 win.  Rod Arsenault also proved he should not be taken lightly as he pulled out a 7-9 win over John Morra.

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On the A-Side, Alan Ada reached the finals with wins over Kevin Olivera (6-4), Shane Gummerson (6-5),  Rob Henry (6-5),  Bobby Drowns (6-3) and Ronald Giron (6-3).  Jeremy Isard looked impressive with wins over Vern Strom (7-4), Ian Argue (7-4), Stuart MacTaggart (7-2) and Ken Botham (7-6).  In the A-side finals, Jeremy’s momentum continued sending Alan Ada to the b-side with a convincing 7-1 win.

Waiting for Alan on the B-side was John Morra who kept his composure after his first round loss to Rod.  A very determined John Morra ploughed through the field outscoring his opponents 117-35 overall.  There was no stopping “Mr. Smooth” as he dominated Alan Ada (12-1).  In the finals,  Jeremy put up a good fight sending the match to the final rack, but it was John who handled the pressure and secured the title.

A special thanks to the staff at BigWigs and tournament director Blain Jorgensen for hosting this event.

This is how they finished:

Payout Calcutta
1st JOHN MORRA 12 $750 $700
2nd JEREMY ISARD 7 $460 $370
3rd ALAN ADA 6 $330 $240
4th KEN BOTHAM 7 $230 $160
5-6th IAN ARGUE 5 $150 $80
5-6th RONALD GIRON 7 $150 $80
7-8th STUART MacTAGGART 5 $110
7-8th TOM HOGAN 6 $110
9-12th CODY WARD 6 $75
9-12th BOBBY DROWNS 5 $75
9-12th JOHN PUCKETT 4 $75
9-12th ROB JOHNSON 7 $75

 

Tagged: Alan AdaBobby DrownsCody WardIan ArgueJeremy IsardJohn MorraJohn PuckettKen BothamRob JohnsonRonald GironStuart MacTaggartTom Hogan