9 BALL HIGH ROLLER REPORT : SAMI IS CHAMPION.
SATURDAY 29th and SUNDAY 30th JUNE.
MAIN EVENT – 51 PLAYERS.
Our 9 Ball High Roller tournament last weekend was another great event which attracted a total of 51 players.
Massive congratulations go to Finland’s Sami Granqvist for winning and claiming the 1st Prize of 30000 baht.
As always with our winners, he played consistently well over the weekend, although he did have to use his “double chance” to qualify from the groups on Day 1 after losing his second match.
On to Day 2’s Double Elimination KO and he won his first four matches to reach the Winners Side Final where he suffered defeat to Norway’s Ronny Jakobsen (race 4-7).
He gained his rematch with the Norwegian though by winning the One Loss Side Final match against England’s Gary Kuhnel, but he would have to beat Ronny twice to claim victory.
With the race again set at 4-7 he won the first set 4-4 to take the match all the way, and he got off to the best possible start in the decider, winning the first three racks to put himself on the hill.
To the Norwegian’s credit he did not give up, and fought back very well to win the next four racks, before missing a tough long 9 ball, leaving Sami the easiest of shots to seal a well deserved victory.
Ronny played very well over the two days after also suffering an early loss on Day 1, and almost completed a memorable “double” after winning our Scotch Doubles event on the Friday night, but it wasn’t to be and he pocketed 15000 baht in 2nd Place.
Next in line was the aforementioned Englishman Gary Kuhnel, who by his own admission played poorly all weekend, but still managed to finish 3rd!!
He took home 11000 baht for his efforts, and he was closely followed by Bangkok based American Rick Giggity, who collected 8000 baht in 4th Place.
ROLL OF HONOUR :
Champion : Sami (A+3) – 30000 baht.
Runner-Up : Ronny (A+6) – 15000 baht.
3rd Place : Gary (A+7) – 11000 baht.
4th Place : Rick (A+5) – 8000 baht.
Equal 5th : Jonas Magpantay (Pro+) and Kari Gary Laine (A+14) – 6000 baht each.
Equal 7th : Kimi Laaksonen (Pro+) and Sam Lowe (A+7) – 4000 baht each.
PLAYER AUCTION :
Another superb Player Auction was compered by Olly Downey, creating an extra Prize Fund of 225000 baht which was won by me!!
I paid 4000 baht for our champion, and we shared the 1st Payout of 60000!!
1st : Me (Sami) – 60000 baht.
2nd : Brian Birtan Corvers (Ronny) – 38000 baht.
3rd : Adam Lux (Gary) – 26000 baht.
4th : Praew Wasana Sipudtha (Rick) – 18000 baht.
Equal 5th : Jr Punzalan (Jonas) and Tommy Fineman (Kari) – 12000 baht each.
Equal 7th : Joonas Ohtonen (Kimi) and Sam (Himself) – 9000 baht each.
PLATE EVENT :
The Plate Event for the non-qualifiers from the group stages on Day 1 was won by myself..
I beat Japan’s Ian Ito in the deciding rack of the 2nd and deciding set of the final (race 10-3 with ball spots on 4+7) to collect the 1st Prize of 7000 baht.
Champion : Me (Pro+) – 7000 baht.
Runner-Up : Ian (A+3) – 5000 baht.
3rd Place : Fon (A+9) – 3000 baht.
4th Place : Preecha (Pro) – 2000 baht.
PLATE AUCTION :
1st : Sam Lowe (Me) – 10000 baht.
2nd : Spencer Henderson (Ian) – 8000 baht.
3rd : Fon (Herself) – 6000 baht.
4th : Jr (Preecha) – 4000 baht.
Megabreak would once again like to take this opportunity to thank all the players, staff and helpers over the two days, who helped to make this event a great success.
PLEASE NOTE : Our next 9 BALL HIGH ROLLER EVENT is PROVISIONALLY PLANNED for SATURDAY 31st AUGUST and SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2019.