World Pool Masters Final 16

Masters Down to Last 16

Event Moves to TV Arena Tonight

KNOCK OUT ACTION continued at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas as the last 32 players in the PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters became just 16 as the event prepared to move to the single table TV setting.

With players eliminated in the first two days of competition reading like a who’s who of pool, there are still a host of big names left in the event, a testimony to the immense strength of the field.

Defending champion Darren Appleton saw his hopes of a repeat win dashed as Germany’s seasoned veteran Oliver Ortmann overturned large deficits coming from 7-4 down to take their match 9-7 and set up a last 16 clash with countryman Thorsten Hohmann, who had earlier beaten remaining Dutch hope Niels Feijen.

“I played pretty well and got a bit lucky. I broke very well though and I’m pleased to progress,” said Ortmann.

Young Scotsman Jayson Shaw, a 21 year-old from Glasgow, continued his giant killing act as he dumped Dennis Hatch out of the competition to set up a last 16 clash with Roberto Gomez who had earlier beaten Huidji See of Holland.

“Reaching the last 16 is probably my greatest achievement in pool. I’ve played in the IPT but this had topped it,” said Shaw.

“I’ve been playing pretty good and won a few things at 9-ball so I thought if I get my chances I can take them. I’m just as good as anybody when I get among the balls.

“A lot of people didn’t know me but I’ve beaten Lee Van Corteza and Dennis Hatch, the MVP at the Mosconi Cup so I’m just over the moon.”

Winning his second consecutive hill-hill match, Floridian John Schmidt, the 2006 US Open Champion moves onto the last 16 where he playsJohn Morra. After Lee Van Corteza yesterday it was Jason Klatt of Canada who fell at the final hurdle.

“It was very tough. I lost my break the entire set apart from the last game. Jason was hooking me and running out so he played great. I haven’t figured out the break at all.

“This is one of the toughest tournaments I’ve ever been in and I’ve seen eight world champions not even get into the money stage.

“The way I’m breaking I don’t like my chances and maybe that will change but I will have to go with the cut break,” said Schmidt.

The first match to be played in the last 16 this evening features 2005 champion Raj Hundal against the Philippines highly dangerous Dennis Orcollo.  Hundal defeated Ernesto Dominguez while Orcollo put paid to Marcus Chamat’s hopes.

“It’s tough for everyone and you saw that in the qualifiers where you had Mika v Ralf and that’s normally a semi-final,” said Hundal.

“You have great players everywhere and there’s not a soft draw. Even the lady players are capable of beating everyone so for me this is the tougher than a World Championship.

“A lot of great players went out 2-0 so to get into the last 16 is an achievement. I’ve playing better than ever, am focused and coming in off a good win in Sweden so I know what heart it takes.”

Still reigning World 9 Ball Champion Daryl Peach came through after beating countryman and World 8 Ball winner Karl Boyes by 9-4. Both players hail from Blackpool, England it Peach now faces Japanese qualifier Toru Kuribayashi.

“It was a big match for both of us and it was a mega tough field and a tough draw with a fellow Englishman,” said Peach.

“So there was a bit of added pressure and you try to block it out but sometimes you can’t. I can definitely win and at the end of the day I’ve won the World Championship. I’ve also won two out of four on the Euro Tour and won two out of two GB9 events.

“I’ve beaten Efren Reyes 9-6 to qualify for the last 32 and now the wheels are starting to turn,” added an ominous sounding Peach.

Rodney Morris looks to be finding a gear as he defeated England’s solid Mark Gray but he will have his work cut out in the last 16 as he faces two-time Masters Champion Thomas Engert who eliminated Johnny Archer from the competition.

“It was a horrible match! Normally if I had these chances I would’ve lead 5-0 but it was only 3-2. I missed so many chances but then I played a bit better but I was struggling but that’s what you have to do to get into the tournament.

“I’m happy to be there in the last 16 and it was a good result but it should’ve been more. I practise a lot at home but in the last year I haven’t played many tournaments.

“I have to play more matches and tournaments but I’m fighting hard.”

Last 32 – Results

Raj Hundal (IND) 9-6 Ernesto Dominguez (USA)

Marcus Chamat (SWE) 7-9 Dennis Orcollo (PHI)

Rafael Martinez (MEX) 7-9 John Morra (CAN)

John Schmidt (USA) 9-8 Jason Klatt (CAN)

Stevie Moore (USA) 8-9 Ricky Yang (INA)

Do Hoang Quan (VIE) 7-9 Ralf Souquet (GER)

Dennis Hatch (USA) 5-9 Jayson Shaw (SCO)

Roberto Gomez (PHI) 9-4 Huidji See (NED)

Naoyuki Oi (JAP) 9-5 Evgeni Novosad (UKR)

Lo Li-Wen (TPE) 8-9 Charlie Williams (USA)

Karl Boyes (ENG) 4-9 Daryl Peach (ENG)

Kuo Po Cheng (TPE) 3-9 Toru Kuribayashi (JAP)

Rodney Morris (USA) 9-7 Mark Gray (ENG)

Thomas Engert (GER) 9-6 Johnny Archer (USA)

Darren Appleton (ENG) 7-9 Oliver Ortmann (GER)

Thorsten Hohmann (GER) 9-5 Niels Feijen (NED)

Friday Night Last 16 Matches

Raj Hundal (IND) v Dennis Orcollo (PHI)

John Morra (CAN) v John Schmidt (USA)

Ricky Yang (INA) v Ralf Souquet (GER)

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, is now a 64 player event and takes place over five days instead of three.

Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCA National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool.

Television is produced by Matchroom Sport and will be seen as 15 x one hour programmes in 14 countries around the world with more to be added to the list.

The prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

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

http://www.matchroompool.com/page/WorldPoolMasters/Home

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 World Pool Masters is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup.

The 2010 World Pool Masters is sponsored by PartyPoker.net. Tables are supplied by Brunswick Billiards, cloth by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc and the Official Cue is Predator.


Masters Down to Last 32

Super Strong Field is Survival of the Fittest

Rodney Morris

THE FIELD of the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters has halved after two days of play as 32 have left the competition and the remaining 32 reconvene at midday Friday to scrap it out as the event moves to single elimination.

Described by witnesses as arguably the strongest 64 player line-up assembled in recent times, the Masters has proved a brutal school with world-class match-ups coming thick and fast. The opening round saw 64 players divided into eight groups of eight players playing in double elimination.

All matches in the Masters in the opening round were race to nine, winner breaks, with the action taking at the Convention Centre at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The ‘two and through’ players in Group 6 were defending champion Darren Appleton who beat the Asian pair of Yu Ram Cha and then Ricky Yang to progress, and then Marcus Chamat. The diminutive Swede beat qualifier Manny Chau and then claimed a superb 9-8 win over Dennis Orcollo, which included a miscue on the final 8 which left a severely testing 9 ball.

Both Orcollo and Yang also made the last 32 via the one loss side

In Group 6, two American players went through via the winners’ side as US Open champions John Schmidt and Rodney Morris put on excellent displays. ‘Mr 400’ beat Belgian qualifier Noel Bruynooghe and survived a hill-hill thriller against Lee Van Corteza of the Philippines.

Morris beat Scottish youngster Jayson Shaw and then beat compatriot Johnny Archer to seal his own fete but both Shaw and Archer went through on the one-loss side, with the Scot recording a particularly impressive win to knock out Corteza.

Stevie Moore

A focused Stevie Moore was the first player to make progress in Group 7 as he beat the UK based pair of Imran Majid and then Tony Drago. Moore was joined by Thomas Engert who got the better of Charlie Williams in another hill-hill match.

Williams though stepped up a gear in the final match on the one loss side as he put Majid out of the competition, 9-3. Joining him will be stylish Japanese qualifier Toru Kuribayashi who put paid to former Masters champ Tony Drago’s Vegas dream.

Finally in a strong Group 8, recently crowned World 8 Ball king Karl Boyes beat Ernesto Dominguez and Ralf Souquet to advance and was joined by unknown Taiwanese Lo Li-wen who beat Mika Immonen and then Karen Corr.

Souquet made up for his defeat to Boyes by recording only the second 9-0 of the competition as he ran six racks on tough Brunswick equipment to put Mika Immonen out of the competition. Veteran Ernesto Dominguez made up for family disappointment yesterday as he beat Karen Corr 9-3 to take the final spot.

The last 32 matches are single elimination race to 9 and matches start at 12 noon tomorrow.

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, is now a 64 player event and takes place over five days instead of three.

Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCA National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool.

Television is produced by Matchroom Sport and will be seen as 15 x one hour programmes in 14 countries around the world with more to be added to the list.

The prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

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 World Pool Masters is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup.

The 2010 World Pool Masters is sponsored by PartyPoker.net. Tables are supplied by Brunswick Billiards, cloth by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc and the Official Cue is Predator.


Masters Underway in Vegas

Big Names Tumble on Day of Shocks

(photo: Thorsten Hohmann)

PLAY HAS concluded on the first day of the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters as 16 players have made their way through to Friday’s round of 32 and a further 16 have been eliminated from the completion.

Separated into eight groups of eight players competing in double elimination competition, four groups competed today and top of the seeding for the straight knock out stages of the event.

There were plenty of big name casualties who fell by the wayside on a day when the strength in depth of field shone through. Those who fell at the first hurdle included Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Shane Van Boening, Corey Deuel, Oscar Dominguez and Earl Strickland.

Straight out of the traps in Group 1 were 2005 Masters champion Raj Hundal and Mexico’s Rafael Martinez, who took the final qualifying spot at Pool Sharks yesterday. The wily old campaigner took out American qualifier David Grau and Evgeni Novosad (Ukriane) to reach the money stages.

Hundal made light work of Korea’s Ga Young Kim and then Jason Klatt to book his spot. The one-loss side of this group saw the young Novosad win through in what was a great day for Ukrainian pool, and the final spot went to Canadian qualifier Jason Klatt who bumped Shane Van Boening out of the competition by a 9-5 scoreline on the one-loss side.

All matches in the Masters are race to nine, winner breaks, with the action taking at the Convention Centre at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

In Group 2 it was the Philippines’ powerful Roberto Gomez who beat Earl Strickland and Huijdi See to go through. Dutch qualifier See, though, redeemed the situation with a win over Allison Fisher, which together with an earlier 9-8 victory over Niels Feijen, saw him through. Feijen recovered though, as he beat Ko Pin-yi to win through to Friday.

The other winners’ side victor was 2005 World Pool Championship runner-up Kuo Po-cheng who secured his spot with wins over Oscar Dominguez and countryman Ko Pin-yi

Thorsten Hohmann and Dennis Hatch were the two who went undefeated through Group 3 and they now take their place in Friday’s last 32. Hohmann was in fact, the first player to make it as he posted wins over Radoslaw Babica and Efren Reyes to progress.

Hatch held wins over Norwegian qualifier Tron Engebaak and Morra to secure his spot. On the losers’ side Canada’s Morra won through at the expense of Radoslaw Babica, while 2007 World Champion Daryl Peach sent Efren Reyes crashing out of the competition.

Finally in Group 4, two lesser known Asian players shone through as Naoyuki Oi (Japan) and Vietnam’s unknown Do Hong Quan won two from two to qualify. Quan, who won through a qualifying event in Malaysia a few weeks ago, beat Francisco Bustamante and Tyler Edey to make it probably the best day of his pool playing career.

Oi, who is one of the game’s more colourful characters, took down England’s Mark Gray and Oliver Ortmann of Germany to advance. The German, however, recovered to knock Bustamante out of the event to progress. Gray too regrouped as he got the better of Tyler Edey in a do-or-die encounter.

Play continues tomorrow (Thursday) with Groups 5 to 8 playing their matches. After that the Masters moves to single elimination with the round of 32 taking place on Friday 14th and then the event goes to the TV stages on Friday evening and the weekend.

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, will now feature 64 players and take place over five days instead of three.

Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCA National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool.

Seven previous winners – Ralf Souquet, Daryl Peach, Francisco Bustamante, Tony Drago, Raj Hundal, Alex Pagulayan and defending champion Darren Appleton – are among the players invited.

Television is produced by Matchroom Sport and will be seen as 15 x one hour programmes in 14 countries around the world with more to be added to the list.

The prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

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 World Pool Masters is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup.

The 2010 World Pool Masters is sponsored by PartyPoker.net. Tables are supplied by Brunswick Billiards, cloth by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc and the Official Cue is Predator.

Vegas Line-Up Packed With Word Class Talent

Field Announced for Next Month’s Masters

WITH THE 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters a little under three weeks away, Matchroom Sport can announce the 64 players contesting the 17th annual running of pool’s most prestigious invitational event.

Taking place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th May, the Masters features 40 invited stars of the game as well as 24 qualifiers from around the world. Collectively the field holds 27 WPA World Championships, 15 US Open titles and 15 Masters wins between them, and in addition there are 23 Mosconi Cup players in attendance.

“This is the strongest field imaginable and whoever wins the Masters this year will be carrying off a title every bit as impressive as a World Championship,” said Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn.

“All the big names from America, Europe and the Philippines will be there and there will also be qualifiers from some of the lesser pool nations who have fought tooth and nail to make it to Vegas.

“Darren Appleton will have a big job on his hands to defend his Masters title, and it’s going to take a real fighter to win this tournament. Anyone of about 35 players has a realistic chance of carrying it off,” he added.

In total there are 11 players representing American hopes including the likes of Johnny Archer, Earl Strickland, Shane Van Boening, Dennis Hatch, Rodney Morris and Corey Deuel.

The next biggest contingent comes from the Philippines with possibly the strongest ever gathering of Pinoy sharpshooters on US soil. Reyes, Bustamante, Alcano, Orcollo and Pagulayan are just five of the eight Filipinos and no one would bet against a Masters win from one of them.

The third biggest representation comes from the country that has made the most ground over the past few years – England. Now arguably the strongest nation in Europe, they will be represented by reigning Masters Champion Darren Appleton, World 8 Ball Champ Karl Boyes and World 9 Ball Champion Daryl Peach who are just three of the big guns from across the water.

Elsewhere, Germany has Ralf Souquet, Thorsten Hohmann, Thomas Engert and Oliver Ortmann flying the flag, and there are plenty of strong players from across Europe and Asia vying for the title.

After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, has moved to 64 players. The first two days of the main event in May feature double elimination play on a multi-table set-up as the field reduces down to 32.

The event then goes to single elimination and the last 16 is played out in a single table arena setting in front of the TV cameras, culminating in the final on the evening of Sunday, May 16. Television is produced by Matchroom Sport and will be seen as 15 x one hour programmes in 14 countries around the world with more to be added to the list.

The Masters offers a $100,000 prize-fund with $20,000 going to the eventual champion.

The Field

  1. Ben Nunan (Australia)
  2. Jasmin Ouschan (Austria)
  3. Noel Bruynooghe (Belgium)
  4. Ahmad Taufiq (Brunei)
  5. Tyler Edey (Canada)
  6. John Morra (Canada)
  7. Imran Majid (England)
  8. Daryl Peach (England)
  9. Mark Gray (England)
  10. Darren Appleton (England)
  11. Allison Fisher (England)
  12. Kevin Uzzell (England)
  13. Karl Boyes (England)
  14. Mika Immonen (Finland)
  15. Ralf Souquet (Germany)
  16. Thorsten Hohmann (Germany)
  17. Thomas Engert (Germany)
  18. Oliver Ortmann (Germany)
  19. Niels Feijen (Holland)
  20. Huidji See (Holland)
  21. Raj Hundal (India)
  22. Ricky Yang (Indonesia)
  23. Muhammad Zulfikri (Indonesia)
  24. Naoyuki Oi (Japan)
  25. Toru Kuribayashi (Japan)
  26. Yu Ram Cha (Korea)
  27. Ga Young Kim (Korea)
  28. Tony Drago (Malta)
  29. Tron Engebakk (Norway)
  30. Efren Reyes (Philippines)
  31. Francisco Bustamante (Philippines)
  32. Dennis Orcollo (Philippines)
  33. Lee Van Corteza (Philippines)
  34. Marlon Manalo (Philippines)
  35. Ronnie Alcano (Philippines)
  36. Alex Pagulayan (Philippines)
  37. Roberto Gomez (Philippines)
  38. Bartosz Rozwadowski  (Poland)
  39. Radoslaw Babica (Poland)
  40. Ruslan Chinakhov (Russia)
  41. Jayson Shaw (Scotland)
  42. David Alcaide (Spain)
  43. Carlos Cabello (Spain)
  44. Marcus Chamat (Sweden)
  45. Ko Pin-yi (Taiwan)
  46. Kuo Po Cheng (Taiwan)
  47. Lo Li-wen (Taiwan)
  48. Evgeni Novosad (Ukraine)
  49. Johnny Archer (USA)
  50. Corey Deuel (USA)
  51. Charlie Williams (USA)
  52. Rodney Morris (USA)
  53. Shane Van Boening (USA)
  54. Oscar Dominguez (USA)
  55. John Schmidt (USA)
  56. Dennis Hatch (USA)
  57. Earl Strickland (USA)
  58. Ernesto Dominguez (USA)
  59. David Grau (USA)
  60. Do Hoang Quan (Vietnam)
  61. Luong Chi Dung (Vietnam)

There is one more wildcard to be invited and there are two more qualifying spots available in the all-day event at Pool Sharks in Las Vegas on Tuesday 11th May. Further details can be obtained from info@matchroom.com

Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool.

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 World Pool Masters is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup.

The 2010 World Pool Masters is sponsored by PartyPoker.net. Tables are supplied by Brunswick Billiards, cloth by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc and the Official Cue is Predator.