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THE BIG ONE IS HERE
 Posted on Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 12:46:54 UTCby admin
9 Ball 2012 WPA World 9-Ball Championships
Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation
Al Sadd Sports Club
Al Sadd Street
Sport Roundabout
Doha
Qatar
www.qbsf.net - group brackets - livescore
www.olympic.qa
www.wpa-pool.com
www.al-saddclub.com

18 - 29 June 2012


8 DAYS OF POOL HEAVEN IN STORE AS THE 2012 WPA MEN'S WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF IN DOHA, QATAR

The WPA 2012 World 9-ball Championship, considered perhaps the most prestigious title in men’s professional pool, has gotten underway at the beautiful Al Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.

The action over the next 8 days promises to be as scorching hot as the weather is outside, where searing hot winds sweeping in off the desert combine with the blazing Middle Eastern sun to send temperatures into the mid-40’s celcius.

Indeed the event has attracted 128 of the best pool players from over 50 countries, who are vying for $300,000 in prize money, with $40,000 going to the eventual winner.

The tournament is run in two stages. The first stage has the players divided up into 16 groups of 8. There the players will play a double elimination format, race to 9, alternate break. The top four players in each group, two from the winners side, and two from the losers side, will advance into the final 64, which begins on June 27th.

From there, the tournament becomes a straight knockout, with all matches single elimination race to 11, alternate break. The finals, which will be played on June 29th, will be race to 13, alternate break.

The list of names assembled here in Doha is a who’s who of the games top stars, with literally dozens of world championships and major victories among them. In all there are 10 current or former world 9-ball champions in the field, including defending champion Japan’s Yukio Akagariyama who won in this very venue last year.

Other world 9-ball champions include the Philippines Francisco Bustamante(2010), England’s Daryl Peach(2007), the Philippines Ronnie Alcano(2006), Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann(2003), Finland’s Mika Immonen(2001), Taiwan’s Fong Pang Chao(2000, 1993), the Philippines Efren “Bata” Reyes(1999), Germany’s Ralf Souquet(1996), Germany’s Oliver Ortmann(1995).



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The list of pool champions in the field doesn’t include just 9-ball. Current World 8-ball champion Chang Jun Lin of Taiwan is here. Also vying for glory will be two time US Open Champion and former World 10-Ball Champion Darren Appleton of England, 2011 World 8-ball Champion Dennis Orcullo of the Philippines, 2010 World 8-ball champion Karl boyes of England, 2010 World 10-ball champion Huidji See of the Netherlands, and former US Open Champion and the USA’s number one player, Shane Van Boening.

But of course as in every World 9-ball Championship, part of the fun is witnessing the rise of new talents from across the globe, as the game of 9-ball has spread far and wide over the last ten years. Fans are guaranteed train loads of nerve jangling drama throughout the event, with plenty of upsets sure to rock the Al Sadd and the pool world.

Once again the Philippines has the most number of entries with 16 players. Last year, more than a quarter of the players in the final 64 were from the Philippines. Considering the numbers entered this year, and with the high standard of all the Filipino players, expect a similar scenario this week. It would even be a fair bet to say a Filipino will probably make it at least to the semi-finals.

In order to stop players from soft breaking, the WPA has instituted the Illegal Break rule this year. On the break shot, a player must get three balls past the head string, or get a combination of 3 balls past the head string and/or pocketed.

The 2012 World 9-ball Championship is being hosted by the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation. The official tables are once again Diamond Tables, and the pockets have been set extremely tight as befits a world championship.    

This is now the third straight year that Qatar has hosted the World 9-ball Championship.    Qatar, which has the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, hosting the prestigious pool world championship is adding yet another milestone in its sporting achievements.

Qatar emerged as the leading centre for sports. The country has been a major hub for big time international sporting events, including the 2006 Asian Games, the 2011 Asian Cup Football Championships, and the MotoGP World Championship.

The small but oil-rich country will also host the 2022 FIFA World Cup of Football and the 2015 World IHF Handball Championship.

The WPA will be providing full up to the minute coverage of the 2012 World 9-ball Championship via its website at www.wpapool.com. There you can follow the action through our live scoring platform, articles with insights and analysis, and updated brackets. Fans can also get updates via the WPA Twitter page, @poolwpa.com.




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2012 WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE PLAYERS
1             Akagariyama Yukio JPN
2             Chang Jung Lin TPE
3             Chris Melling GBR
4             Fu Che Wei TPE
5             Huidji See NED
6             Dennis Orcollo PHI
7             Darren Appleton GBR
8             Lee Van Corteza PHI
9             Ronnie Alcano PHI
10         Ko Pin Yi TPE
11         Liu Haitao CHN
12         Carlo Biado PHI
13         Thorsten Hohmann GER
14         Ralf Souquet GER
15         Chang Yu Lung TPE
16         Daryl Peach GBR
17         Fu Jianbo CHN
18         Roberto Gomez PHI
19         Shane Van Boening USA
20         Mark Gray GBR
21         Mika Immonen FIN
22         Lo Li Wen TPE
23         Hwang Yong KOR
24         Alok Kumar IND
25         Sundeep Gulati IND
26         Kuribatashi Tohru JPN
27         Hori Ryouji JPN
28         Kuo Yi Che TPE
29         Hsu Kai Lun TPE
30         Ryu Seung Woo KOR
31         Lee Wan Su KOR
32         Toh Lian Han SIN
33         Aloysius Yapp SIN
34         Do The Kien VIE
35         Nguyen Anh Tuan VIE
36         Francisco Bustamante PHI
37         Jundel Mazon PHI
38         Efren Reyes PHI
39         Antonio Gabica PHI-QAT
40         Israel Rota PHI-QAT
41         Kong Andrew HKG
42         Lee Chenman HKG
43         Lee He Wen CHN
44         Han Hao Xiang CHN
45         Dan Jing Hu CHN
46         Edwin Montal CAN
47         Jason Klatt CAN
48         John Morra CAN
49         Harvey Shognosh CAN
50         Hunter Lombardo USA
51         Tony Drago MLT
52         Philipp Stojanovic CRO
53         Ivica Putnik CRO
54         Karlo Dalmatin CRO
55         Bozidar Primic CRO
56         Malaj Nikolaos ALB
57         Roman Hybler CZE
58         Vincent Facquet FRANCE
59         Francisco Diaz-Pizarro ESP
60         Andrea Klasovic SRB
61         Marus Chamat SWE
62         Aki Heiskanen FIN
63         Mario He AUT
64         Albin Ouschan AUT
65         Manuel Gama POR
66         Henrique Correia POR
67         Dimitri Jungo SUI
68         Nick van den Berg NED
69         Niels Feijen NED
70         Jason Shaw GBR
71         Imran Majid GBR
72         Richard Jones GBR
73         Karl Boyes GBR
74         Oliver Ortmann GER
75         Jentsch Dominic GER
76         Thomas Engert GER
77         Serge Das BEL
78         Sniegocki Mateusz POL
79         Konstantin Stepanov RUS
80         Bruno Muratore ITA
81         Denis Grabe EST
82         Luis Lemus GUA
83         Jonny Martinez VEN
84         Jalal Yousef VEN
85         Ceri Worts NZL
86         Matthew Edwards NZL
87         Robby Foldvari AUS
88         Mohammad Ali Berjaoui LIB
89         Mazen Berjaoui LIB
90         Takhti Zarekani IRI
91         Ali Pordel IRI
92         Badr Al Awadi KUW
93         Abdullah Al Yousef KUW
94         Abdulwahed Al Awad KSA
95         Abdul Rahman Al Amar KSA
96         Hanni Alhowri UAE
97         Salaheldeen Alrimawi UAE
98         Ali Saeed Alsuwaidi UAE
99         Nayf Abdel Afou JOR
100         Rajandran Nair RSA
101         David N. Anderson RSA
102         Hamza Alsaeed ERI
103         Mohamed Elassal EGY
104         Al Masskini MAR
105         Bashar Hussain QAT
106         Mohd Al Bin Ali QAT
107         Abdulatif Fawal QAT
108         Mohd Buainain QAT
109         Ali Obaidly QAT
110         Waleed Majeed QAT
111         Mohammad Saeed QAT
112         Hayato Hijikata JPN
113         Yang Ching Shun TPE
114         Joyme Vicente PHI-UAE
115         Nick Ekonomopoulos GRE
116         Naoyuki Ohi JPN
117         Oliver Medanilla PHI-UAE
118         Ramil Gallego PHI
119         Joven Alba PHI-UAE
120         Chao Fong Pang TPE
121         Majed Alazmi KUW
122         Marlon Caneda PHI-KSA
123         Omar Al Shahen KUW
124         Takashi Uraoka JPN
125         Elvis Calasang PHI-UAE
126         Khaled Al Mutairi KUW
127         Raymound Faraon PHI-UAE
128         Alaa Bata QAT




2012 WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE GROUPS
GROUP 1
Huidji See
Badr Al Awadi
Efren Reyes
Philipp Stojanovic
Hwang Yong
John Morra
Mohammad Berjawi
Joyme Vicente
GROUP 2
Mika Immonen
Tony Drago
Sundeep Gulati
Ramil Gallego
Thorsten Hohmann
Hsu Kai Lun
Ali Pordel
Abdulwahed Al Awa
GROUP 3
Chris Melling
Jundel Mazon
Aloysius Yapp
Vincent Faquet
Shane Van Boening
Matthew Edwards
Abdulatif Fawal
Malaj Nikolaos
GROUP 4
Lee He Wen
Chao Fang Pang
Edwin Montal
Thomas Engert
Carlo Biado
Rajandran Nair
Roman Hybler
Waleed Majeed
GROUP 5
Fu Che Wei
Do The Kien
Carlo Dalmatin
Mohd Buainain
Fu Jianbo
Marcus Chamat
Takashi Uraoka
Jayson Shaw
GROUP 6
Neils Feijen
Aki Heikanen
Khaled Al Mutairi
Mohd Al Bin Ali
Chang Jung Lin
Dimitri Jungo
Robby Foldvari
Naoyuki Oi
GROUP 7
Chang Yu Lung
Jalal Yousef
Dang Jinghu
Albin Ouschan
Karl Boyes
Ryu Seung Woo
Hanni Alhowri
Yang Ching Shun
GROUP 8
Mark Gray
Hayato Hijikata
Lee Chenman
Manuel Gama
Ko Pin Yi
Luis Lemus
Serge Das
Omar Al Shahen
GROUP 9
Daryl Peach
Mateusz Sniegocki
Mazen Berjaoui
Bozo Primic
Lo Li Wen
Francisco Bustamante
Abdullah Al Yousef
Oliver Medenilla
GROUP 10
Roberto Gomez
Takhti Zarekani
Mohammad Saeed
Alaa Bata
Yukio Akagariyama
Dominic Jentsch
Harvey Shognosh
Konstantin Stepanov
GROUP 11
Darren Appleton
Hamza Alsaeed
Abdul Rahman Al Amar
Bruno Muratore
Bashas Hussain
Kuo Yi Che
Elver Casalang
Han Hao Xiang
GROUP 12
Jasan Klatt
Imran Majid
Mohamed Elassal
Ali Obaidly
Liu Haitao
Mario He
Alok Kumar
Nick Ekonomopoulos
GROUP 13
Ronnie Alcano
Toh Lian Han
Hunter Lombardo
Al Masskini
Antonio Gabica
Andrea Klasovic
Salaheldeen Alrimawi
Denis Grabe
GROUP 14
Tohru Kuribayashi
Ceri Worts
Nguyen Anh Tuan
Majed Alazmi
Lee Van Corteza
Ivica Putnik
Francisco Diaz-Pizarro
Marlon Caneda
GROUP 15
Dennis Orcollo
Ali Saeed Alsuwaidi
Hori Ryouji
Kong Andrew
Oliver Ortmann
Richard Jones
Jonny Martinez
Raymound Faraon
GROUP 16
Nick Van Den Berg
Joven Alba
David N. Anderson
Henrique Correia
Ralf Souquet
Israel Rota
Nayf Abdel Afou
Lee Wan Su




2012 WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOHA - QATAR
THE PRIZE FUND
1st
$ 40,000
2nd
$ 20,000
3rd ~ 4th
$ 12,000
5th ~ 8th
$ 8,000
9th ~ 16th
$ 5,000
17th ~ 32nd
$ 3,000
33rd ~ 64th
$ 2,000
65th ~ 96th
$ 1,000
97th ~ 128th
$ 0
TOTAL PRIZE FUND = US $300,000




WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE WINNER'S LIST
1990 - 2011
1990
Earl Strickland
USA
1991
Earl Strickland
USA
1992
Johnny Archer
USA
1993
Fong-Pang Chao
TPE
1994
Takeshi Okumura
JPN
1995
Oliver Ortmann
GER
1996
Ralf Souquet
GER
1997
Johnny Archer
USA
1998
Kunihiko Takahashi
JPN
1999
Nick Varner
USA
1999
Efren Reyes
PHI
2000
Fong-Pang Chao
TPE
2001
Mika Immonen
FIN
2002
Earl Strickland
USA
2003
Thorsten Hohmann
GER
2004
Alex Pagulayan
CAN
2005
Chia-Ching Wu
TPE
2006
Ronnie Alcano
PHI
2007
Daryl Peach
GBR
2008
*Not held
---
2009
*Not held
---
2010
Francisco Bustamante
PHI
2011
Yukio Akakariyama
JPN














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