Mika Immonen Makes History

Story & photos by NYC Grind Contributor, Alison M. Fischer

Mika Immonen

Mika Immonen

Pool fans from across the country gathered at the final day of the US Open 9-ball Championships in Chesapeake, VA, as they watched the showdown of the final four players, out of a field that started with 216.

And these fans did in fact get to see history in the making, as Mika Immonen was crowned US Open 9-ball Champion for the second consecutive time.  This had only been done once before, by Nick Varner nearly twenty years ago, with his back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1990.

Everyone had all but written off Mika Immonen as a contender in this event, with an early loss to Chris Bartram in only the second round.  After this loss, Mika had a long grind through the one-loss side, winning twelve matches to make it to the finals.

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Team USA Taking Shape

Mosconi Cup Logo 2009

MATCHROOM SPORT can announce three more players to join Johnny Archer on Team USA as they attempt to win the Mosconi Cup outright for the first time since 2005. As expected, the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked players on the BCA Points List at the conclusion of last week’s US Open take their place and they are Los Angeles’ Oscar Dominguez and Corey Deuel from Columbus, Ohio.

They will be joined by the third highest ranked American player, Shane Van Boening, who will be making his third appearance in the PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup which takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from 10th to 13th December.

Dominguez, a 24 year-old from Van Nuys, caps a great year that saw him win the Turning Stone Classic XIII in August and complete a high finish at the Pro Players Championship.

Son of Californian pool legend Ernesto, Dominguez is thrilled to be pulling on a Team USA shirt.

“I am honored to be representing my country. For me to earn my spot through points is amazing and it was actually my goal at the beginning of 2009, so I’m very happy to have accomplished it,” said Dominguez.

“It is people like Ralf, Niels, and Mika whom I learned so much from and now I get to play against them in the biggest, most prestigious event in the world.

“This opportunity makes it all very special to me. I am looking forward to the challenge and playing with America’s finest, instead of against. Having played competitive basketball all my life, I know how to work as a team and I think this experience will help me. I feel Team USA has the ability to win and I will be training hard from now on for this event.

“I will not promise victory, but I will promise that I put every ounce of energy and concentration to bring the Mosconi Cup back to US soil,” added Dominguez.

For Corey Deuel, who will be 32 when the event rolls round in December, it will be his sixth Mosconi Cup and he sports an enviable record in the event of 14 wins from 23 matches.

“I’m delighted to be back in the Mosconi Cup and will be giving it my all in the quest to get that trophy back to where it belongs,” said Deuel.

Finally, Shane Van Boening earns a third chance to win the Mosconi Cup after two unsuccessful outings in 2007 and ’08.

“The Mosconi Cup is the most entertaining, unforgettable tournaments you can ever play in and I am very honoured to once again be representing the USA and will do my best,” said Van Boening.

The final spot will go to the player who amasses the most votes in a public poll set to take place on the pages of www.matchroompool.com

This will be from a selected list of eight candidates and will be up and running week commencing Monday 2nd November.

The 2009 PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup takes place from Thursday to Sunday 10-13 December at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

Live in its entirety on Sky Sports in the UK, the event features two five-man teams representing Europe and the USA doing battle in a series of singles and doubles matches. Now in its 16th year, the Americans hold a 10-4 lead with one tied match in 2006.

Tickets for the Mosconi Cup are available from:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/2009-Mosconi-Cup-tickets/artist/1334375

or 1-800 745 300 or from the MGM Grand on 1-800 929 1111 or 702 891 7777.

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com, +44 7785 395688

www.matchroompool.com

Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,100 hours of original programming across a range of nine sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the Mosconi Cup is one of a stable of pool events that also includes the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters.

The 2009 Mosconi Cup is sponsored by PartyPoker.net, the world’s leading online casino. Tables are supplied by Brunswick Billiards, cloth by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc and the Official Cue is Predator.