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11th September 2014


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"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).

The Venue "Pacman" Sports Stadium The Venue “Pacman” Sports Stadium

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 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.


Tagged: Alex PagulayanCarlo BiadoDennis OrcolloEfren ReyesElvis CalasangFrancisco BustamanteGandy ValleJeffrey IgnacioJohn MorraKo Pin ChungKo pin YiManny PacquiaoMichael FelicianoRamil GallegoRonnie AlcanoThorsten HohmannWarren Kiamco

5th September 2014


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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.

Tagged: Corey DeuelDennis OrcolloEfren ReyesFrancisco BustamanteJohn Morra

5th September 2014


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Full line-up announced for pool’s battle royal

2014 World Cup of Pool 2014 World Cup of Pool

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.

Europe (17)

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

Asia (10)

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

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:

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.

Tagged: Alejandro CarvajalAlex PagulayanBashar HussainEarl StricklandEnrique RojasJames GeorgiadisJohn MorraPhil ReillyShane Van BoeningWaleed Majid

25th August 2014


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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.JohnBarBox

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

Tagged: Dany NguyenErik HjorleifsonJohn Morra

20th August 2014


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Tailgators Summer Shootout this Weekend

Summer 8-ball Shootout
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.

Hjoleifson & Morra at this years World Championships Hjoleifson & Morra at this years World Championships

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

Tagged: Erik HjorleifsonJohn Morra

18th August 2014


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Sky Woodward Wins Smoking Ace’s Bar Box Open

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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.

Photo by John Morra Photo by John Morra

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.

Payouts/ Calcutta

Sky Woodward- $20,000 + $14,500
Shane Van Boening- $7000 + $11,000
Warren Kiamco – $5000 + $7,400
Corey Duel- $2000 + $3,800

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20th July 2014


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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.

Tagged: Ben LiuJohn MorraRandy BagotStan Tourangeau

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


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,

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;

The WPA is also on Twitter; @poolwpa

For more information you can also visit the WPA website at Fans can also visit the website of the Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation at;

*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:

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 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:

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


Tagged: Adrian FragosoAlan AdaAndy AupinDan MiosiErik HjorleifsonIan ArgueIsaac RamosJeremy IsardJohn MorraK.C. NguyenKevin OliveraMario MorraNaomi WilliamsNorberto DeCarlosRandy FawcettRomeo ZuluettaShane GummersonStefane GodinhoStuart MacTaggartSumon Sarkar