Denis Grabe (EST). Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League 2018 Stage IV Champion Click the image to view the full size picture - use "back" to return here.
MEZZ CUES BALTIC POOL LEAGUE 2018 TALLINN
Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League 2018 (BPL) fourth and final qualification stage was held in the Estonian capital Tallinn. The name of the game was eight ball. The host for the event was Hill Hill Pool Club. The winners of the third stage were Denis Grabe (EST), Ekaterina Polovinchuk (UKR) and Petteri Karapuu (FIN).
Grabe back on track
As always when Grabe participates in the BPL then he is one of the favourites to win it, and this time there was no exception. The fact is one from one, i.e. one stage participated and one win. Grabe showed his A game right from the start and never really was challenged. In the final he faces another Estonian Mark MÃ¤gi who was looking for his second stage win in the row. However, Grabe crushed his intentions with a solid 7:3 win. Third places were Kait Hinn (EST) and Vladislav Shopik (BLR).
As it often is in Estonia the Estonians dominated the event. There were once again six Estonians in the top eight.
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2018 BWPPA Tour
- Tiger Cues Warrington 10-Ball British Championships
Escape Pool Bar
47-51 Peel Street
01226 779 347 www.bwppa.com - latest rankings
Saturday/Sunday 15 - 16 September 2018
Fred Dinsmore - Ireland
Dinsmore is the British 10-ball Champion
Once again Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley played host to the Tiger Cues Warrington British Wheelchair 10-ball Championship. Now in it's eighth year, for the first time in BWPPA history this event was the penultimate of the season. At this stage of the season, it is always interesting as players begin to jostle for position in the end of season rankings.
In the early stages there were no real surprises. As the tournament progressed however there was some outstanding performances. "Hot Wheels" Frankie Gillen played some terrific pool to win two hill-hill matches back to back. The first a 6-5 win over Gary Swift and, in what could be considered as the shock of the tournament a 6-5 win over Tony Southern.
Posted by admin on Wednesday, October 17 2018 @ 12:30:53 UTC (210 reads)
Dismal Swamp 9 Ball Classic
405 Halstead Blvd
USA www.billiardnet.tv - watch the live stream here
Thursday - Saturday 18-20 October 2018
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32 Players Fantastic International Field
5 European players including Jayson Shaw and Chris Melling are taking part in the hilariously named Dismal Swamp 9 Ball Classic and you can watch all the action at TV Mike's website - in fact, it's his event... So register for a PPV now!
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EXPANDED WORLD POOL MASTERS RETURNS TO GIBRALTAR, MARCH 29-31
The World Pool Masters returns to Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar next March 29-31 with more players, more matches and an even bigger prize fund.
After 25 years of being 9-ball's biggest invitational tournament, the World Pool Masters expands again for its 26th edition with 24 of the world's best players set to battle it out for their share of a $100,000 prize fund with the winner in line to take home $25,000. Tickets will be on sale from midday (Gibraltarian time) on Tuesday, October 2nd.
For the first time there are now eight pre-determined spots in the World Pool Masters, with a further 15 players invited by tournament promoter Matchroom Multi Sport and the final member of the field selected by you, the fans.
The eight pre-determined players will be seeded straight into the last 16, with the remaining 16 invited players - including the Fans' Choice - contesting the preliminary round.
Click the image to view the larger image - use "back" to return here. Mark Gray - 2018 GB 9 Ball Tour - UK Open - Main Event Winner
Mark Gray Wins Massive UK Open Tournament Prize
The penultimate GB9 event of 2018 was upon us, and some of the finest pool players in the UK and Europe made their way to Telford for the UK Open. With Mosconi Cup ranking points up for grabs, as well as a guaranteed Â£10,000 prize fund, everything was to play for.
Early shocks were in abundance, with the open draw format meaning some big hitters battling it out early on. Benji Buckley edged out Tim De Ruyter, over from the Netherlands for his first GB9 event, with a tense 9-8 result. Wojciech Szewczyk brought his unique brand of cool and calm to dispatch Yorkshire legend Darren Appleton. Appleton wasn't at the top of his game after a difficult schedule over the last 12 months, but Szewczyk was ruthless in his performance. Northern Masters Challenge 2 winner Stephen Slater also showed his bottle dispatching debutant Ali Asgar Merchant in a final rack decider and James Jack, fresh from some recent high profile English 8-ball wins, took the biggest scalp in his 9 ball career with victory over Dave Nelson.
Shane van Boening (USA), the first US player ever to win a Euro-Tour event Click the image to view the large photograph - use "back" to return here.
Van Boening conquers Europe
After an enormously thrilling final match from both players at the Dynamic Billard Leende Open 2018, Shane van Boening (USA) defeated Eklent Kaci (ALB) with a heartbreaking 9:8.
The match was a hell of a thriller. Kaci started out furiously and won the first 5 consecutive racks. Van Boening was a bit unlucky and Kaci capitalised from all mistakes without any merci. Somehow van Boening managed to turn the tide in the match. He got to 1:6 and then got some momentum. He took three racks in a row before he allowed Kaci another rack in his account. When the score was 4:7 from van Boening's point of view, he again shifted into overdrive and got to 7:7. At that time, he went for his timeout. He came back and the Albanian got to the hill first, winning rack 15 to make the score 8:7 for Kaci. Then van Boening broke and ran rack 16 to make the match a hill-hill affair. It was Kaci's break in the deciding rack 17. He executed a nearly perfect break shot and had the 1-ball and the 5-ball down with a perfect layout and an easy shot on the 2-ball. However, he pocketed the 2-ball but fell short in position for the 3-ball. Because of that, he could not cut the 3-ball in but went for a bank shot. He pocketed the 3-ball over the bank and put the cue ball behind the 7-ball. The 4-ball was completely hidden. What a drama for Kaci. He went for his jump stick and tried to jump the 4-ball in but missed it. Van Boening got to the table and cleared all balls remaining, winning the final match of the Dynamic Billard Leende Open 2018 by a whisker with 9:8 after a brilliant final.
"I always believe in myself", said van Boening after the final match when asked about the situation when he was trailing 0:5 and 1:6. "I worked on my mental side and I practice a lot. I try to stay calm in those situations and it helped me a lot today". "Coming to Europe and winning the Euro-Tour as the first American really makes me proud", van Boening added.
Mark Mï¿½gi (EST), Yana Shut (BLR) and Guntars Grinums (LAT). Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League 2018 Stage III Champions Click the image to view the full size picture - use "back" to return here.
MEZZ CUES BALTIC POOL LEAGUE 2018 RIGA
Mï¿½gi made his corrections
Mï¿½gi was second not only on the last stage, but second in the last years Riga stage as well. Similarly, to the before mentioned stages Mï¿½gi got some serious opposition this time too. In his semi final he faced Timofey Sereda (BLR) and he managed to nearly escape when the final score was 8:7. Everything seemed to be under control in the final as well as Mï¿½gi got a comfortable 5:0 lead against Joonas Saska (EST). However, Saska did not wanted to follow Mï¿½giï¿½s plan and the comeback started which lead to 6:5 for Mï¿½gi. Regardless of Saskaï¿½s serious fight back Mï¿½gi did claim the win by 8:6.
Another semi-finalist was Vilius Ebbert-Schulte from Lithuania who lost to Saska by 5:8.
After the third stage the menï¿½s overall ranking is very intriguing as the top eight is within eight points with Mark Mï¿½gi first, Joonas Saska second and Pijus Labutis third.
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I'm on my way to the GB 9 Ball Tour in Telford to set up a small stall and fit American Pool cue tips and meet up with all the regular players. I'm especially excited as there is a £10,000 prize fund at this event, so £100 of prize money per player, which is great odds in my book.
I'll also be running the 10-Ball Break and Dish competition which has over £2,000 in prize money if I remember rightly, so all-in-all, a pretty cash heavy weekend in store for some very lucky players who signed up for this event.
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