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The Dynamic Eurotour - Dutch Open
 Posted on Thursday, October 02 2014 @ 22:37:49 UTCby admin
EuroTour The Dynamic Eurotour - Dutch Open
Hotel Golden Tulip - Jagershorst
Valkenswaardseweg 44
5595 XB
Leende
Netherlands
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Thursday - Sunday 1-4 October 2014



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Mark Gray wins Dynamic Billard Dutch Open

Mark Gray (GBR) won the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open with a 9:6 victory over Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) in the final match of the event.

Gray really had some tough work to do during the last days. He lost his opening match with Karl Boyes (GBR) and had to take the long way over the loser’s round to make it to the final. „I lost to Boyes in the first match and, to be honest, he really thrashed me. In the loser’s qualification round, I had Denis Grabe who won the last two events“, stated Gray after the final, „I never thought I would make it and stand here to day with the trophy“.

Even more spice was added to the match because both players were about equal with the points to make it on the team for this year’s Mosconi Cup. That means that the winner of this match was guaranteed another 10.000,- US$ at least. Nice incentive to win the final match for both players.



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The final match in detail

Rack 1
Gray 0 Ekonomopoulos 0
Ekonomopoulos won the lag and had the first break shot. He had balls down and was able to see the 1-ball, but he could not pocket it. He decided to play a push-out and Gray passed the table back to him. Ekonomopoulos then played a safety shot which was not very effective. Gray came up with a better resale and forced Ekonomopoulos to give him a shot. Gray ran the table from there.

Rack 2
Gray 1 Ekonomopoulos 0
Gray broke and cleared the table.

Rack 3
Gray 2 Ekonomopoulos 0
Ekonomopoulos broke and had balls down, but the 1-ball fell into the corner pocket. Gray ran out with ball in hand.

Rack 4
Gray 3 Ekonomopoulos 0
This time Gray did not pocket any balls on his break shot. Ekonomopoulos was able to pocket the 1-ball and cleared the rack to open his account.

Rack 5
Gray 3 Ekonomopoulos 1
Ekonomopoulos executed the break shot and had balls down but no shot on the 1-ball. He played a safety shot and Gray answered with a better resale again. Ekonomopoulos had to play a jump shot and hit it but could not make a ball and left position for Gray. The Brit got to the table and started pocketing. However, he missed an easy straight 5-ball which gave second life to Ekonomopoulos is the rack. Gray left nothing for Ekonomopoulos who tried a combination shot 5-ball to the 9-ball. He missed but the 5-ball was fluked in. Ekonomopoulos accepted the gift and ran the rack.

Rack 6
Gray 3 Ekonomopoulos 2
Gray broke the balls and pocketed one object ball. Since no more balls were pocketed or broke the headstrong, the break was considered „dry“ and Ekonomopoulos came to the table. He played a safety shot. Ekonomopoulos played a jump shot and again flaked the 1-ball in. However, he was left without position for the 2-ball. He attempted a safety on the 2-ball but left a shot for Gray who cleared the table. So far, Gray is the better player.

Rack 7
Gray 4 Ekonomopoulos 2
This time, Ekonomopoulos had one ball pocketed on the break shot but did not fulfill the breaking requirements so it was a dry break. Since the position was not good, Gray gave the table back to Ekonomopoulos who attempted a safety but again failed. He gave a shot to Gray who ran the rack again.

Rack 8
Gray 5 Ekonomopoulos 2
Good break for Gray. Two balls down, correct shot and a nice and easy layout on the table with a shot at the lowest numbered ball, the 2-ball. Completely unexpected, he committed a huge mistake by hiding the cue ball behind the 5-ball when he needed position for the 3-ball. He prevented a foul but allowed Ekonomopoulos back into the table. The Greek went for the safety option and tis time it worked fine for him. Gray tried a resale but left a shot for Ekonomopoulos who ran the rack from there.

Rack 9
Gray 5 Ekonomopoulos 3
Time-Out Ekonomopoulos
Ekonomopoulos comes up with a decent break shot but misses the first shot when he tried to play the 2-ball on to the 3-ball which was hanging over the corner pocket. Gray attempted a safety shot but executed it bot good enough. He left a shot for Ekonomopoulos who ran the rack.

Rack 10
Gray 5 Ekonomopoulos 4
Break and run by Gray.

Rack 11
Gray 6 Ekonomopoulos 4
Safety battle between the two contestants. Since they had both already taken their extension, Ekonomopoulos got into a time critical situation where he had to execute a shot. He missed and Gray was able to run the rack.

Rack 12
Gray 7 Ekonomopoulos 4
No balls down for Gray and a dry break. Ekonomopoulos ran the rack.

Rack 13
Gray 7 Ekonomopoulos 5
No position for Ekonomopoulos after a successful break shot. He fired the 3-ball in over one rail and afterwards pocketed the 4-ball with a jump shot. First break and run for Ekonomopoulos. Tremendous effort!

Rack 14
Gray 7 Ekonomopoulos 6
Good break shot for Gray. He runs the table but falls out of position for the 7-ball. Bad mistake at a crucial stage of the match. He misses the 7-ball and gives the chance to win the rack to Ekonomopoulos. But the Greek missed the 7-ball as well and puts Gray back in to the table. Gray wins the rack and puts himself on the hill.

Rack 15
Gray 8 Ekonomopoulos 6
Ekonomopoulos pockets balls with his break shot but has no shot on the 2-ball. He attempted a safety but left a possible shot for Gray. Gray ran out and won the match with 9:6.

Summary

Mark Gray had the more efficient break shot. He played better safes and has rightfully won the match.

THE DUTCH OPEN EURO TOUR 2014
TOP 8 FINISHERS
TOP 10 EURO RANKINGS
1.    Mark Gray (GBR)
2.    Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)
3.    Alexander Kazakis (GRE)
3.    Mario He (AUT)
4.    Wojciech Szewczyk (POL)
4.    Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP)
4.    Mieszko Fortunski (POL)
4.    Tony Drago (MLT)
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1.    Nick van den Berg (NED)
2.    Mark Gray (GBR)
3.    Karol Skowerski (POL)
4.    Ralf Souquet (GER)
5.    Niels Feijen (NED)
6.    Mario He (AUT)
7.    Albin Ouschan (AUT)
8.    Daniele Corrieri (ITA)
9.    Imran Majid (GBR)
10.    Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)

The event was hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com



DAY 4 - AM



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He eliminates Chamat and Drago for a seat in the semis

Mario He (AUT) juts made his way through to the semi finals at the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open in Leende, The Netherlands.

In the round of the last 16 players, he had a very tough match with Marcus Chamat (SWE). In the end, He had the better start in the day and won the match with 9:6. That brought him into the quarter-finals where he met Tony Drago (MALT). „The Tornado“ had just overpowered Daryl Peach (GBR) in the previous round with 9:8. At 8:8, Drago broke and ran the rack. However, the quarter-final was a clear affair in favor of He. The Austrian won 9:4 and booked his seat in the semi-finals where he will meet Nikos Ekonomopoulos from Greece.

Another Greek contestant in the semi-finals is Alexander Kazakis. He managed to get to the semis with victories over Nick van den Berg (NED) 9:7 and Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP), also 9:7.

Kazakis will have to deal with Mark Gray (GBR) in the semifinal match.

Results of the day:

Wojciech Szewczyk (POL) 9 Ralf Souquet (GER) 7
Mark Gray (GBR) 9 Marco Deutscher (NED) 4
Alexander Kazakis (GRE) 9 Nick van den Berg (NED) 7
Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP) 9 Daniele Corrieri (ITA) 6
Mieszko Fortunski (POL) 9 Babken Melkonyan (ROM) 4
Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) 9 Kasper Kristoffersen (DEN) 4
Mario He (AUT) 9 Marcus Chamat (SWE) 6
Tony Drago (MLT) 9 Daryl PEach (GBR) 8

Mark Gray (GBR) 9 Wojciech Szewczyk (POL) 4
Alexander Kazakis (GRE) 9 Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP) 7
Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) 9 Mieszko Fortunski (POL)
Mario He (AUT) 9 Tony Drago (MLT) 4

Mark Gray v Alexander Kazakis
Nikos Ekonomopoulos v Mario He

The final match will be played at 18:00 CET.

Three out of 11 tables can be watched LIVE throughout the event on www.kozoom.com. The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com




DAY 3 - PM



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Kazakis ousts Boyes at the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open

Alexander Kazakis (GRE) got the better of Karl Boyes (GBR), ousting the Brit with 9:8 from the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open Euro-Tour event in Leende, The Netherlands.

Kazakis got drawn into the round of the last 32 players since he lost in the winner’s qualification round to his friend and teammate Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) with 6:9. However, Boyes was the seeded player who came undefeated through the loser’s round. He surely was the favored player in this match. But having in mind the high level and widely spread quality of the Euro-Tour players, nothing can be taken for granted these days. Kazakis has earned his merits in the past and is known to be a fighter. And the match turned out to be a tough fight. Both players did not give anything away for free. They both took turns in winning racks, not allowing the gap to become too bis for any of them. In fact, it was Boyes who got on the hill first, taking an 8:7 lead over Kazaking after having trailed 6:7. But Kazakis obviously was able to stand the heat and won the next two racks, winning the match with 9:8 over Boyes. Kazakis will play tomorrow in the round of the final 16 players while Boyes will have to settle for 17th place here in Leende.


Other remarkable results include Ralf Souquet (GER) eliminating Niels Feijen (NED) with 9:4 from the event. Feijen has had a tough day, dealing with great players like Alex Pagulayan (CAN) 9:5, Nick Malai (GRE) 9:5 and Oliver Ortmann (GER) 9:3. But in the match with Souquet, his break was just not there. With this deficit, it is impossible to win against the experienced German Hall of Famer.

Nick van den Berg (NED) managed to defeat Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) with 9:4 and stay alive in the event to collect important ranking points for international selection tournaments such as the Mosconi Cup.

Mieszko Fortunski (POL) ended David Alcaide’s (ESP) journey at the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open, winning the match with 9:6 over the Spaniard.

Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) joined his friend Kazakis in the round of the final 16 players with a 9:6 victory over Radoslaw Babica (POL).

The final day of the Dutch Open will begin tomorrow with matches starting at 10:00 CET. The final is scheduled for 18:00 CET.

Three out of 11 tables can be watched LIVE throughout the event on www.kozoom.com. The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com



DAY 3 - AM



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Boyes inflicted Grabe’s first defeat in three tournaments

World Cup of Pool Champion Karl Boyes (GBR) just ensured that Denis Grabe (EST) tasted defeat for the first time in three events, winning the match in the winner’s qualification round of the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open Euro-Tour with 9:7.

The match was a head-to-head clash between two premium representatives of the game. Boyes just got in from England, having won the prestigious World Cup of Pool together with his partner Darren Appleton. Grabe has the wind of the consecutive Euro-Tour victories under his wings. The writing was on the wall that this match would be a clash of the titans. And that’s what it turned out to be. Both players performed high class pool and none of the two was able to gain a remarkable lead over the other. At 5:5, Boyes managed to win three racks in a row to get on the hill with 8:5. That put enormous pressure on Grabe. But he was not finished yet. He struck back and got to 7:8 when Boyes ran out and won the match with 9:7. Boyes is qualified for the final 32 players single elimination stage tonight while Grabe needs another victory on the loser’s side.

„The Tornado“ Tony Drago (MLT) wrestled down Oliver Ortmann (GER) with 9:6 in the same round. More results from the winner’s qualification round include...

Wojciech Szewczyk (POL) 9 Oliver Szolnoki (HUN) 4
Ralf Souquet (GER) 9 Stephan Cohen (nothing) 3
David Alcaide (ESP) 9 Richard Jones (GBR) 3
Marcus Chamat (SWE) 9 Albin Ouschan (AUT) 6
Daryl Peach (GBR) 9 Mieszko Fortunski (POL) 6

The single elimination round of the final 32 players will begin tonight at 20:30 CET. Until then, the players on the loser’s side will try to stay alive in the event and get drawn to the 16 winners.

Three out of 11 tables can be watched LIVE throughout the event on www.kozoom.com. The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com



DAY 2 - PM



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Malai ends Peeters’ hopes at the Dutch Open

Nick Malai (GRE) ended all hopes of Rene Peeters (NED) at the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open by winning 9:5 in the loser’s round, eliminating Peeters from the event.

Malai has just recently changed his nationality from Albanian to Greek. This tournament is the first occasion where he plays for as Greek and he is still a hot candidate for surprises at anytime and any event. Today, Dutch senior player Rene Peeters was his victim. However, after ten racks the match was still square with a score of 5:5. Then Malai went for a toilet break. When he came back, he managed to get a small advantage over Peeters. The match suddenly slid to Malai’s side and Peeters couldn't do anything against it. He was only able to watch Malai snatch rack after rack from him, winning the match with 9:5.

Other remarkable results from tonight’s losers round matches include Can Salim-Giasar (GER) winning with 9:3 over Juan Carlos Exposito (ESP). „The Terminator“ Niels Feijen (NED) ousted Pierfrancesco Garzia (ITA) with 9:4 and will now face „The Lion“ Alex Pagulayan (CAN) in the loser’s round 3 at 10:30 CET. Mark Gray (GBR) is still fighting his way through the loser’s round. Today, he won over Dave Sel (BEL) and Kevin Becker (GER), both matches 9:1. He will meet German junior player Tobias Bongers tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET. Euro-Tour’s Nr. 1 player Nick van den Berg (NED) also still has a word to say in the tournament. His first loser’s side match went 9:6 in his favor over Sweden’s Daniel Tangudd.

The tournament will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET.

Three out of 11 tables can be watched LIVE throughout the event on www.kozoom.com. The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com



DAY 2 - AM



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Szewczyk got the better of van den Berg

Euro-Tour’s top ranked player Nick van den Berg (NED) followed his teammate Niels Feijen’s example and joined him on the loser’s side of the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open Euro-Tour event in Leende, The Netherlands. Van den Berg lost 7:9 to young Wojciech Szewczyk (POL).

In the beginning of this winner’s round two encounter, the match went back and forth between the two players. They took racks in turn and after 14 racks, the score was tied at 7:7. Van den Berg, who is leading the Euro-Tour rankings for a long time already, definitely wanted to stay on the winner’s side. He witnessed last night’s match when his World Cup of Pool-teammate and long time friend, Nr. 2 ranked player Niels Feijen fell to Tony Drago. The quality and the level in the Euro-Tour these days is very high and no-one - not even the highest ranked players - can take a victory for granted at any stage of the event.


At 7:7, Szewczyk had Lady Luck on his side. He executed a jump shot on the 1-ball and missed it but fluked it in another pocket. That gave him the chance to run the rack which he did. He went on the hill and took an 8:7 lead over van den Berg. In the 16th rack, van den Berg broke the balls. „Actually, it was his first decent break in the match. All earlier breaks, Nick was very unlucky and never had a real chance of running out“, stated Szewczyk after the match. Van den Berg had the chance but did not use it. He missed the 2-ball and allowed Szewczyk back to the table. The young Polish cleared the table and took the match with 9:7, sending van den Berg to the loser’s side. „I was pretty lucky to win this match“ said Szewczyk, „I had a few flukes during the match while Nick really had to struggle with his break shot. I think I am a lucky winner“, Szewczyk mentioned very modestly,

Other remarkable results include Niels Feijen (NED) ousting Aziz Moussati (MAR) 9:1 on the loser’s side. In the winner’s round 2, Ralf Souquet (GER) cleared Niels Doessing (DEN) with 9:1. The winner of the recent two Euro-Tour events, Denis Grabe (EST) won his second match also with 9:2 over Arjan Matrizi (ALB). Valery Kuloyants (GER) remained victorious over Daniele Corrieri (ITA) 9:7.

Three out of 11 tables can be watched LIVE throughout the event on www.kozoom.com. The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com


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Drago sends "The Terminator" Feijen to the loser’s side on his home soil

"The Tornado" from Malta, Tony Drago, won 9:6 over current World 9-Ball Champion Niels „The Terminator“ Feijen (NED) at the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open.

The match started out quite even. Feijen seemed to struggle with his break a bit while Drago missed a few easy shots in the early stage of the match. However, after eight racks the score was wide at 4:4 between the two contestants. Then Drago managed to get a slight advantage over Feijen, sneaking away with a two point lead at 6:4. Then Feijen took a time-out. When he returned, things did not get better for him. Drago even took two more racks to get on the hill with 8:4. It looked like everything was said and done already when Feijen got a second life because of careless play by Drago. The Maltese played some bad safety attempts and suddenly Feijen was up his neck again with 6:8, having his own break coming up. But again his break did not work for him. He had no ball down and an open table for Drago which „The Tornado“ used to clear the table and win the match with 9:6. Feijen has another chance on the loser’s side while Drago advances to the second winner’s round.

Another remarkable match was the encounter between Tomasz Kaplan (POL) and Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE). The Greek was leading 7:5 when he played two bad mistakes in the next two consecutive racks. That brought Kaplan back with 7:7. The next two racks were run outs which made the match a hill-hill affair at 8:8. There, Ekonomopoulos had the better nerves and closed the book on Kaplan with 9:8 to achieve a lucky victory over the Polish.

In his first Euro-Tour appearance, former World 9-Ball Champion Alex Pagulayan (CAN) defeated Sebastian Beuel (LUX) clearly with 9:4 after a 0:2 deficit in the beginning of the match.

More interesting results include

Stephan Cohen (nothing) 9 Can Salim-Giasar (GER) 6
Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) 9 Christoph Marien (BEL) 7
Albin Ouschan (AUT) 9 Bart Urselmann (NED) 2
Marcus Chamat (SWE) 9 Pawel Zalewski (POL) 2
Mario He (AUT) 9 Steve Leisen (LUX) 1
Daryl Peach (GBR) 9 Jelle Kijlstra (NED) 3
Oliver Ortmann (GER) 9 Nick Malai (GRE) 4

Most favored players have made their way through the first winner’s round today.

The tournament will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET.

Three out of 11 tables can be watched LIVE throughout the event on www.kozoom.com. The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com



DAY 1 - AM



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Edgy start of Dynamic Billard Dutch Open

The Dynamic Billard Dutch Open started this morning according to plan at 09:00 CET with the first round matches in the Golden Tulip Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands. Actually, more or less according to plan. Sometime, things are a bit rough around the edges at the beginning. That is true for players as well as for organizers.

Two players from France have missed the fact that this event lasts one day longer which means that play started Wednesday instead of Thursday. They arrived in the afternoon in a good mood just to get the information that their first round matches have been forfeited due to no-shows… Not the best start into a Euro-Tour event.

Also the live stream has to cope with some problems due to very low bandwidth on site. Broadcasting is currently pretty difficult. The organizers do their best in order to improve the situation but sometimes things just don’t work the way one wants them to.

The same thought was probably valid for Mark Gray (GBR) today.

Being constantly among the top ten Euro-Tour players for some years now, Gray had to play his fellow countryman Karl Boyes (GBR) in the first winner’s round already. This happened because Boyes has not played the Euro-Tour regularly and is not seeded. From Gray’s point of view a pretty unlucky draw since Boyes still has the wind underneath his wings from winning the World Cup of Pool last week, together with his teammate Darren Appleton.

The match between Gray and Boyes promised to be the toughest match of the day so far… at least on paper. But it turned out to be a one-sided affair to the benefit of Boyes. He stormed off like a hurricane and before Gray even knew what happened, the score was 6:0 in favor of Boyes. That progress of the match was definitely not foreseeable. Gray only managed to open his account in the 7th rack, turning the score 1:6. From then on, both actors took turns in winning racks but Gray’s resistance was already broken. 9:3 was the clear final score in favor of Boyes who will proceed to the 2nd winner’s round while Gray needs to find his rhythm over on the loser’s side.

Other interesting results of the early rounds today include Marco Teutscher (NED) defeating his teammate Ivo Aarts (NED) with 9:3 in winner’s round 1. Both players belong to the „young orange“ team around coach Alex Lely. It is interesting to see that Aarts probably does not have the best year in 2014. He was rising high in 2013 and early 2014 but his performance seems to be stuck at the moment. Hopefully for him he will be able to find his way back into the tournament on the loser’s side while Teutscher continues in the winner’s bracket.


All time favorite and BCA Hall of Famer Ralf Souquet (GER) had a heartbreaker in his first match with youngster Danie Tangudd (SWE). Souquet won by a whisker with 9:8. Tangudd, who had already defeated Thomas Poeschl (GER) 9:5 this morning, is representing the new generation of European Pool. Coming just out of the youth, he obviously managed to give a hard time to legend Souquet. He almost had him down. This time, experience won over youth. It is going to be very interesting to follow the course of players like Tangudd. There is definitely more to come from him.

In the all-Polish clash between Piotr Kudlik and Radoslaw Babica, Kudlik remained the upper hand and sent Babica to the left side of the draw, winning with 9:6.

Four out of 11 tables can be watched LIVE throughout the event on www.kozoom.com. The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com


DAY 0



Dynamic Billard Dutch Open streamed LIVE on Kozoom

This week the next tournament of the EPBF Euro-Tour series will be launched. Final preparations are made in the Golden Tulip Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands, for the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open.

Due to limited space in the location, this event will be played on 11 Dynamic III tables instead of 24 tables as usual. Five tables will be streamed LIVE throughout the event. Due to local internet conditions, the organizers decided to keep the hires quality level of the production and stream five tables in the usual good quality instead of all tables with low quality. This decision was taken in the best interest of the customers and all Euro-Tour fans who are used to the high quality of Kozoom productions.


Currently, there are 152 players from 30 nations announced for the Dutch Open. The field includes all top ranked players of the Euro-Tour rankings. As a „special guest“, the Dutch Open will feature the participance of 2004 World 9-Ball Champion Alex Pagulayan from Canada who last week played the World Cup of Pool in Portsmouth, Great Britain. Most of the European players from the World Cup of Pool will also go for the glory in Leende and will make sure that the winner will definitely not have an easy way to the top this week. The tournament starts on Wednesday, October 1st, at 09:00 local time with the final match to be played on Saturday at 18:00 CET.

Five out of 11 tables can be watched LIVE throughout the event on www.kozoom.com. The event will be hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com










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