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Ralf Souquet – Qualify for Vegas

March 4th, 2010

Ralf Souquet – Ex World Champ is First Man Through QUALIFICATION for the Race to Vegas got underway in February and so far four players have won their way through to take their place in the starting line-up of the 2010 World Pool Masters. This year sees the event restructured from a 16 player invitational into a 64 player event with approximately half the players qualifying and the other half invited. In the opening qualifying event which took place on Sunday 14th February at the Leader Club Billard in Sucy en Brie, Paris, it was Germanys Oliver Ortmann who took the top spot to book himself a trip to Vegas. In a strong field that followed on from the Euro Tour stop that week, the 42 year-old Ortmann beat Japans Yukio Akakariyama to take victory. The 1995 World Champion now joins countrymen Ralf Souquet and Thomas Engert for a crack at the Masters crown. To emphasise the strength of the line up, beaten semi-finalists were Englands recently crowned World Team Champion Karl Boyes and Bruno Muratore of Italy. The following Saturday 20th February, it was Hollands Hudji See who made it through via the qualifier at Thurstons in Rotterdam, Netherlands. See, currently ranked No.27 in Europe, was a runner-up at the 2007 World Straight Pool Championship and this will be his Masters debut. The Dutchman won through 11-9 in a thriller against Belgiums Serge Das. The match was finely poised at 8-8 before the 28 year-old See pulled away. On Friday 26th February, the cream of Norwegian pool came together at the Oscar Kong Pool Club in Bergen and it was Tron Engebakk (Norway) who won through to take the Vegas trip. Finally at Frame Billiard Club in Lodz, Poland on Saturday 27th, Polish youngster Bartosz Rozwadowski carved his way through a high quality field to book a dream trip to Las Vegas. The 19 year old from Kielce was a silver medallist at the 2008 European Junior Pool Championships and he took the honours, defeating Wojciech Trajdos, a former winner on the Euro Tour, 9-5 in the final. It was a sterling performance from Rozwadowski as the line-up in Lodz contained such names as Mateusz Sniegocki, Radoslaw Babica and Mariusz Skoneczny, who are ranked 5, 22 and 26 in Europe respectively. Working with an array of respected partners around the world, the qualifying events take in France, England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Russia, Spain, Canada, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. This will give every pool player in the world the opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas and mix it with the worlds elite in the Masters. Each qualifying event will carry an entry fee and have, in most cases a maximum field of 32 players. The winner of each event wins a trip to Vegas, to include flight and accommodation, to compete in the Masters and there are cash prizes for high finishers depending on entries. The formats for the qualifying events are determined by the local organisers and all qualifiers, dates and contact details are listed on After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, has moved to 64 players and will run from Wednesday, May 12 to Sunday, May 16, will take place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. 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. The first two days of the main event in May feature double elimination play on a multi-table set-up as the field reduces from 64 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

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Ralf Souquet to compete in World Pool Masters

February 24th, 2010

World-renowned pool players Dennis Robocop Orcollo and Efren Bata Reyes banner the Philippine contingent that will play at the 2010 World Pool Masters in May. Joining Orcollo and Reyes are Francisco Django Bustamante, Alex The Lion Pagulayan and Lee Van The Slayer Corteza. The Filipinos will contend with cue artists from more than 20 countries from May 12 to 16 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Im ready. Its a big challenge for me, but I will do my very best for flag and country, said Orcollo, the top player of Bugsy Promotions and reigning International Predator 10-ball champion. The tournament features a 64-man field and offers a $100,000 total pot prize with the champion getting $20,000. Bugsy Promotions President Ceferino Perry Mariano, meantime, wished the Filipinos well. Lets hope and pray Dennis and other Filipino bets will continue to play well and again bring honor to the country this year, said Mariano, also the co-founder of the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Some of the international players entered in the event are Darren Appleton, Mika Immonen, Johnny Archer, Thorsten Hohmann, Daryl Peach, Ralf Souquet, David Alcaide, Shane Van Boening, Tony Drago, Allison Fisher, Yu Ram Cha, and Jasmin Ouschan. Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn commented, I am very excited about the future of the Masters. It did very well and was very prestigious as a 16 player invitational but now is the time to take the event to another level and then beyond. Weve increased the field to 64 with the aim of having qualifying tournaments all over the world and that is the model the Masters will follow now and in years to come. The first two days of the event features double elimination play on a multi-table set-up as the field will be reduced from 64 to 32. It will then go to single elimination and the Last 16 will be 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.

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Ralf Souquet – Asia, Europe pool stars tied after 10 matches

February 5th, 2010

Ralf Souquet – World No. 2 Ralf Souquet, Darren Appleton and Nick Van Den Berg pounded out morale-boosting victories as Team Europe rallied to draw level with Team Asia, 5-5, in the penultimate day of the Asia vs Europe 9-Ball Team Challenge at Rizqun International Hotel in Brunei. Putting behind their so-so performance on opening day, the European pool sharks played with sense of urgency last Saturday to turn the battle for the $27,000 (P1.2 million) top purse a wide open race. Team Europe trailed 2-3 on Day 1 where five doubles matches were played but drew level on Day 2 after winning three out of the five singles matches. While momentum could be on their side heading into the final day, Team Europe captain Souquet remained wary of their chances. It will be anybodys game tomorrow (Sunday). Team Asia has the capability to pull of a surprise, the five-time world pool champion said. But well try our best to win. Souquets counterpart, Efren Bata Reyes, agrees. It is an open game tomorrow (Sunday) as we are currently drawn 5-5. So I hope my teammates will play better. Team Europe are all good players but I still believe in my team, said the 55-year-old Reyes, arguably the greatest pool player in the world. Day 2 proved to be a see-saw battle for both squads as Team Asia won matches 1 and 3, with Team Europe taking No. 2 and 4 before cruising to victory in the deciding fifth game. Team Asia started the ball rolling with Taiwans Lu Hui Chen winning over Englands Imran Majin, 5-4. But Souquet levelled the score at 1-all with a 5-1 thumping of Francisco Django Bustamante, before Bruneis Teo Chee Son got the lead back for Asia with a 5-2 beating of Ruslan Chnahov of Russia. But that proved to be Asias last hurrah as Team Europe took the next two matches courtesy of Nick Van Den Bergs 5-3 win over Reyes and Darren Appletons 5-4 triumph over Taiwans Ko Pin Yi.

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Ralf Souquet – Second day of the team World Cup

February 1st, 2010

Ralf Souquet – On the second day of the championship team of Hanover in Germany, had most of the seeded teams for their first appearance. Philippines, with double world champion Ronnie Alcano, Germany, 1 in 8-Ball Champion Champion Ralf Souquet, and Great Britain team with Darren Appleton, finally, in the sand. The first highlight of the day was undoubtedly the match between Czech Republic and Korea. After 03 clock Prague Boys had a big comeback and tied the game sending the game to a shootout. Korea has gone from 5:2 only needs one more point, but the Czech man turned around and won the game 8-6. Meanwhile, Denmark, also need the shootout to win the game against the Young Guns of Hungary. In less than two and a half, the Philippines, won 4-0 against the second team from Great Britain. Each game was very tight, but ultimately Alcano & Company, won 4-0. With the same result, the German team with Thorsten Hohmann and Ralf Souquet has reached the next round. Serbia’s team had no chance to be a point against the Germans, supported very well. Although the final result has heard of 4:1 for a quartet of China on one side, the match against Germany 2, was very exciting for spectators. Germany, to be held by midi 03: Oliver Ortmann team to beat in the life of Li He-Wen 8:6 9-ball. In the last two ball games, 10 Ortmann increased during the game, until it scratched in the tiebreaker. Meanwhile, Dominic Jentsch was on the winning streak after losing 0:4. H embarrassment for the local heroes of Hanover. Come tomorrow evening CET 6.00 U.S. Boys is the tournament. Johnny Archer and his crew are in very good spirits and awaiting his first appearance at the WTC. World Straight Pool Champ Stephane Cohen and his friends are waiting for this confrontation very promising.

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Ralf Souquet – RP Pool aces in the tilt of Life World Team

January 14th, 2010

Ralf Souquet – Former double world champion Ronnie Alcano leads the campaign in the Philippines in the first World Team Cup in Hannover, Germany, January 30 and February 7 in the coming years. The 37-year-old Alcano will be joined by two-time national champion Lee Van Cortez, a former world No. 1 Dennis Orcollo, former Asian snooker king Marlon Manalo and veteran Warren Kiamco and lining Antonio. The six-man team that played in the tournament scoring system along the lines of the tournament, the Davis Cup. Forty-four countries are competing in the inaugural tournament, sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA). Through the Philippine team manager Edgar Acaba with Alcano and Corteza in the lead, the country should get one of the favorites for the title. The tournament has a total of $ 400,000 in prizes to the winning team pocketing $ 100,000. “Our players in the tournament in the world were in the past ten ball Championship, the Philippine National Championships and international tournaments to impress others,” said Acaba, also vice president of Billiards and Snooker Congress of the Philippines (BSCP). “I see our team as one of 10 teams in the tournament favorites will be installed,” he added. BSCP The official also indicated that teams from Germany, from multi-titled Ralf Souquet, the United States, Chinese Taipei, Japan and China managed to send their best in the tournament, which was to bring together 200 of the best in the world. Mika Immonen (Finland), Marcus Chamat and Neils) Feijen (Netherlands, however, may not be able to fight because he could not get a complete and powerful. The teams will compete in three disciplines-8-Ball, 9-Ball and 10 balls, 8-ball will be played as part of the dual format of Scotland, and two points for each team. The 9-Ball and 10 balls, each worth one point. Bark, No. 4, between the EPA had second place in the World Cup ball ten. Lost in the final of Immonen, denied the possibility of a fourth world title to Filipino Efren “Bata” Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante and Alcano. Orcollo decided in 2009 Predator International Ten Ball Championship Souquet May to defeat in the final. Alcano and Orcollo in Bugsy Promotions businessman Perry Mariano.

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Ralf Souquet – Bata, Django spearhead Asia vs Europe

January 13th, 2010

Ralf Souquet – MANILA, Philippines – Reigning World Cup champs Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante will represent Asia in the much awaited Asia vs Europe Men’s 9-Ball Team Challenge on January 15 at the Sutra Hall, Rizqun International Hotel in Brunei. Reyes and Bustamante, both playing under Puyat Sports, will be joined by host country’s Teo Chee Soon and Taiwanese Ko Pin Yi and Lu Hui Chan representing Team Asia. The event, which will run until January 17, is organized by the Brunei Darussalam Cue Sports Association and supported by the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports. The tournament is also sponsored by GHK Motors Sdn Bhd and sanctioned by Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) and European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF). The European team players will be composed of double world champion (WPA 9-ball and 8-ball) Ralf Souquet of Germany, 2008 World Ten Ball titlist Darren Appleton of Great Britain, Ruslan Chinahov of Russia, Nick van den Berg and Niels Feijen of the Netherlands. “I hope to do well in this prestigious event,” said Reyes, acknowledged as one of greatest pool player of all time. He teamed up with Bustamante to win last year’s World Cup of Pool in Manila. A total of US$45,000 prize money will be up for grabs with the team champion getting US$27,000, team runner-up (US$13,000), single match winner US$5,000 and US$500 per match x 10 matches. The Pinoy dynamic duo beat the pair of Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann of Germany, 11-9, in the finals to regain the World Cup they won during the inaugural staging in 2006.

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Ralf Souquet Team USA storms to won Win Mosconi Cup 11-7

December 15th, 2009

Ralf Souquet Team USA Wins Mosconi Cup 11-7 2009 Mosconi Cup in an emotionally charged final day at the 2009 Mosconi Cup, Team USA prevailed, winning the Cup 11-7. Team Europe put up a fight, but the massive 9-5 deficit they faced going into Sunday’s matches proved to be too much. Team USA raced away to an early lead and had lady luck on their side. Team Europe did rally but where no match for an awesome team with luck on their side.

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Ralf Souquet website’s pool news about how Robinson and Amit won 1 World Classic Finalist (Positive News Media)

December 7th, 2009

Ralf Souquet will be at the Mosconi Cup but in Manila, 5 December from the beginning as the team led by world champion Efren “Bata” Reyes and Rubil “Bingkay Tagged “Amit French team won 1st World Classic Finalist, 9-7 gave the South Korean team of Charlie Williams and Ji Eun Park last Thursday night in downtown Nuvo urban lifestyle Libis, Quezon City . Source: Theme Positive News Media (subscribe) Others: Asia, Philippines, Quezon City, Sports

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Ralf Souquet entered for the World Ten-Ball Championship slated on November 25

November 19th, 2009

fRalf Souquet is amongst five heavy hitter will carry the Philippine Billiards Countries campaign to win World War II, Ten-Ball Championship for nov 25 to 30 planned at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Pool Masters Robocop Dennis Orcollo, Ronato Volcano Alcano, Marvelous Marlon Manalo, Lee Vann Corteza Slayer and The Warrior Kiamco Warren are among the Filipinos who have pts in the 128-player main draw of the competition pool won more this year. Orcollo is the champion of the Predator International 10 – All Ball Champion Alcano won the World Cup 2009 in Galveston classic 8-ball. Manalo, held in 2009 Blaze 9-Ball as the Corteza prevailed in 2009 Derby City Classic 10-Ball.

Kiamco finished second in 2009 in Galveston World 10-Ball Classic and scored the third in the 2009 Japanese Championship 9-Ball. Other Filipino pool wizard that the draw of 2008 4. Place WTBC Demosthenes Pulpul Plunk-plunk, 2006 Doha Asian Games 9-ball gold medalist Antonio Dave Ga-Ga, 2007 Manny Pacquiao International 9-Ball Champion, El Toro, Jeffrey De Luna, 2008 WPA World Junior finalist Jericho Bañares and Allan Cuartero. Which goes to the most difficult tournament of the year, “said Yen Makabenta, president of Raya Sports, the organizer of the WTBC. All players compete at a large central pool in the world has a quota, and all national and regional champions be here.

Unlike last year, the second edition of the Ten-Ball Championship will be a matter exclusively male, and you love Ouschan of Austria, wave last year making him lose firmness against male competition. From This year, players have their own world, 10-Ball Championship. Major foreign banks in the invasion of the Philippines is the champion of the World Ten Ball Champ Darren Appleton, Great Britain, current world No. 1 Ralf Souquet of Germany, and twice U.S. Open champion Mika Immonen of Finland.

They also have a lot of challenges from all points of the earth. Powerhouse countries such as Britain, Germany, USA, Chinese Taipei and host Mexico Fielding , the largest number of players in the competition, so that the years of the largest prize fund $ 262,000. United Kingdom wants to keep the world title with 10 players. Appleton also be members of the British contingent: 2007 World 9-Ball Champion Daryl Peach and Imran Majid, Scott Higgins, Craig Osborne, Karl Boyes, Jonni Fulcher, Richard Jones, Phil Burford and Chris Melling.

Ralf Souquet, 2008 World 8 – Ball champion and gold medal at the World Games that 9 German man-contingent. The other players are former world champion Thorsten Hohmann and Oliver Ortmann, Thomas Engert, Marko Vogel, Christoph Reintjes, Ralf mouth, and Benjamin Zobrekis Klaus Heimmerer.

The U.S. share of 9 players with former U.S. Open Shane Van Boening, the decorated former champion Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel, Stevie Moore, Charlie Bryant, Shaun Wilkie, Charlie Williams, Shawn Putnam and Oscar Dominguez. Chinese Taipei, to a central Asian will be from 9 am terrible player twice former World 9-Ball Champion Chao Fong Pang, money-DO King Ching-Shun Yang, twice world junior champion Ko Pin-Yi, Yu-Lung Chang, represented Po – Cheng Kuo, Tsung-Hua Cheng Lu Hui-Chan, Che-Wei Fu and Wang Hung-Hsiang. Five players reached the main Japanese Draw Hayato Hijikata, Yukio Akakariyama, Toru Kuribayashi, Naoyuki Oi and Satoshi Kawabata. Korea has four players in Young Hwa Jeong , Dae Woong Kim, Chul Woo Choi and Ryu Seung Mook.

China is three international activists: Jian-Bo Fu, Li-Wen, and Hai-Tao Liu represented. Immonen will be joined by Markus Java representation of Finland. Niels Feijen of the Netherlands, are fourth in the world, will be joined by compatriots Nick Van Den Berg and Lake Huidji.

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Souquet and Hohmann ousted in final by Reyes and Bustamante 2009 World Cup of Pool

September 10th, 2009

An eventful match if ever thete was one Reyes and Bustamante got off to an impressive start, claiming the first of three before dividing the next four to give them 5-2 lead. But two costly mistakes both miscues, allowed the Germans to tie at 5.

Souquet and Hohmann managed to combine four racks to give them a slender lead at 6-5.

But then theFilipinos got lucky to take the 12th and tie at 6 all.

But the Germans gained some composureand tooke the lead the lead and looked like they were on their way to cause an upset.

Reyes and Bustamante, winners of the first inaugural staging of the event in 2006, then pulled off another Houdini act.

The match was riddled with a number of illegal breaks as both teams failed to send more than two balls pass the head-string. That slowed the game down and resulted in only few break and run-outs.

Reyes and Bustamante made the most out of it as they utilized their vast experience of playing under precarious condition.

Seeded fifth among the 32 teams from 31 countries, Bustamante and Reyes opened their bid with an 8-3 dismantling of inexperienced Qatari duo of Bashar Hussain and Mohammed Ali Bin Ali. They followed it up with an 8-5 triumph over Italy’s Bruno Muratore and Fabio Petroni.

In the quarterfinals, Reyes and Bustamante absolutely demolished England’s Darren Appleton and Imran Majid, 9-1.

The Germans pair made it to the finals by the following route of results in the earlier rounds by beating Hong Kong (8-0), France (8-4) and Holland (9-7) and the Orcollo-Alcano pair, which won over Thailand (8-4), Russia (8-3) and Poland (9-5).

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Ralf Souquet to play in 69th World Tournament for 14.1

August 21st, 2009

This year heralds the 69th World Tournament for 14.1, and players of the highest calibre such as Ralf Souquet, Thorsten Hohmann, John Schmidt, Danny Harriman, Tony Robles, and Mika Immonen are just a few to mention of the long  list of world class players who will be heading to  the greatest straight pool tournament so far.

Dragon Promotions revived event is in its 4th consecutive year alive with help of industry giants such as Predator, Ozone Billiards, Brunswick Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Master Chalk, Aramith Balls, Accu-Stats and the Laser Rack. Comet Billiards will host this year’s event which will start play on August 24, 2009 and end August 29. The greatest straight pool players from around the world will arrive on USA’s east coast again to New Jersey, and attend this prestigious event to play for the coveted title of World Straight Pool Champion.

The format for the event will be 48 players round robin race to 100 the first 3 days. Half the field will be cut and the final 24 will play a double elimination board race to 150, with the #1 seed in each group from round robin getting a bye first round. 16 players will make it out of the double elimination board and advance to the final stage single elimination race to 200 points.

The greatest straight pool players from around the world will arrive on USA’s east coast again to New Jersey, and attend this prestigious event to play for the coveted title of World Straight Pool Champion.

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Souquet bested in Qatar

August 11th, 2009

Ralf Souquet is cosidered to be one of the top favorite billiard player to win. Unfortunately this was not the case in the Qatar 9-Ball Pool Open by Jalal Al Saresi of Jordan, 11-9. Al Saresi lost his first match of the tournament to Serge Das but then stayed alive through the losers side in the group stages to survive those groups only to be blind drawn into the single-elimination stages against Souquet. He handled the task at hand and survives now to face the chinese billiard player Chei-Wei Fu.

Please visit the completed brackets with scores here (please note that this event is now single elimination). You will find that Pin Yi Ko has moved on to face Karl Boyes. Shane Van Boening bested Marlon Manalo and now faces Chin Shun Yang, Darren Appleton dominated Marcus Chamat 11-5, Feijen ended the run of De Luna and Imran Majid now must face old friend Daryl Peach.

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Souquet leads World Games Gold Medal Winners

August 4th, 2009


The stage was set for a dream ending to the men’s 9-ball tournament at the World Games, with Kaohsiung native Ching-shun Yang playing for a gold medal in his home town.

The 31-year-old Yang has a long list of 9-ball titles to his name during an illustrious career, winning gold in the 2001 World Games and the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games, but he was desperately hoping to clinch a major international title at home and seemed poised to fulfill his dream Sunday.

Germany’s Ralf Souquet, however, had little interest in sentimentality. Showing the same clinical form he displayed throughout the World Games, Souquet dispatched Yang with relative ease, 11-4, to win the gold medal.

Yang, who said Saturday he had never been as nervous at any tournament in his career as he was at the World Games, looked shaky from the start and failed to raise his level of play throughout the match.

He made a mistake in the very first game and quickly trailed 2-0.

Down 2-1, he was given a temporary reprieve when Souquet made his only mistake of the day, a scratch on the break, to pull even, and then cleared the table on his break to take a 3-2 lead.

But in the sixth game, Yang committed a foul while trying to pot the 1 ball, a mistake that was the beginning of the end.

He scratched off the break in the seventh game, scratched when trying to sink the 2 ball in the eighth game, played a bad safety shot in the ninth game, and didn’t pot any balls on his break in the 11th game.

Souquet took advantage of those mistakes and his own clinical breaking and shotmaking to win seven straight games and take a 9-3 lead.

Yang broke the run by potting a nine-ball off the break in the 13th game, one of the few times he broke well on Sunday, but it had little effect in derailing the 1996 9-ball world champion, who won the final two games and the tournament.

“The key was the sixth game,” a disappointed Yang said. “If I had sunk the 1 and cleared the table, I might have had a chance to widen the lead. It was just one mistake, but it decided the match.”

Yang acknowledged that Souquet was a tough, experienced foe against whom he could ill afford to make any mistakes, and he knew that once the German opened a sizable lead, the match was over.

The Kaohsiung native, nicknamed the “Son of Pool, ” also bemoaned his own troubles on the break. “I played my breaks too conservatively, and they didn’t turn out well.”

(from azbilliards)

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