9 BALL HIGH ROLLER REPORT : SNAKE IS CHAMPION.
SATURDAY 26th and SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER.
MAIN EVENT – 52 PLAYERS.
Last weekend’s 9 Ball High Roller tournament was as always another great event, attracting a total of 52 players from 15 different countries.
Congratulations go to “Snake” Vesa Kulmala from Finland for winning and pocketing the 1st Prize of 30000 baht.
As is always the case with winners of a tournament of this size. he played consistently well over the two days, although he did lose his very first match in the group stages on Day 1.
After that initial reversal he found his form to win his next two matches and qualify for the Main Event on Day 2.
Onto the final day and he started off well, winning his first four matches to reach the Winners Side Final where he suffered defeat to local Thai Oran Tanawat Q.
He gained his rematch with the Thai by winning the One Loss Side Final match against another Thai, Bangkok based Park Supat Wattanawonna, but he would have to beat Oran twice to claim victory.
Snake started off superbly to take a commanding 6-0 lead (race 8-4) in the first set and took us to a final set with a comfortable 8-2 win.
The Thai did get a better start in the decider and with the score at 4-2 after six racks the match was in the balance.
From there the Finnish potter upped his game to win the next four racks without reply and seal a very impressive performance over the weekend.
Oran also played well over the two days, winning seven consecutive matches without defeat to reach the final on Day 2.
Unfortunately for him though he found the Finnish man just too strong, and took home 16000 baht as Runner-Up.
Next in line came the aforementioned Park from Bangkok, who showed more improvement in his game to finish in 3rd Place.
He collected 12000 baht for his efforts and was closely followed in 4th by June’s High Roller Champion, Sami Granqvist from Finland who claimed 9000 baht in 4th.
ROLL OF HONOUR :
Champion : Snake (A+10) – 30000 baht.
Runner-Up : Oran (A+6) – 16000 baht.
3rd Place : Park (A+14) – 12000 baht.
4th Place : Sami (A+6) – 9000 baht.
Equal 5th : Kim Laaksonen (Pro+) and Stew Boydeste (A+8) – 6000 baht each.
Equal 7th : Nam (A+12) and Sean Ezell (A+9) – 4000 baht each.
PLAYER AUCTION :
Another excellent Player Auction was compered by Olly Downey, creating an extra Prize Fund of 180000 baht which was won by Craig Jones from England.
He paid 5000 baht for our champion and they shared the 1st Payout of 60k.
1st : Craig (Snake) – 60000 baht.
2nd : Jr Punzalan (Oran) – 30000 baht.
3rd : Tommy Fineman (Park) – 20000 baht.
4th : Markus Nolberczak (Sami) – 15000 baht.
Equal 5th : Joonas Ohtonen (Kimi) and Myself (Stew) – 10000 baht each.
Equal 7th : Olly (Nam) and Jr (Sean) – 5000 baht each.
PLATE EVENT :
The Plate Event for the non-qualifiers from the group stages on Day 1 was won by Matt Hieu Gateau from France.
He easily beat Germany’s Daniel Levadi in the final by 4 racks to 2 (race 4-8) to receive the 1st Prize of 7000 baht.
Champion : Matti (A+5) – 7000 baht.
Runner-Up : Daniel (A+9) – 5000 baht.
3rd Place : Kari Gary Laine (A+15) – 3000 baht.
4th Place : Praew Wasana Sipudtha (A+5) – 2000 baht.
PLATE AUCTION :
1st : Matti (Himself) – 7000 baht.
2nd : Zoli Pocza (Daniel) – 4000 baht.
3rd : Matti (Kari) – 3000 baht.
4th : Praew (Herself) – 2000 baht.
Megabreak would 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 XMAS 9 BALL HIGH ROLLER EVENT is PROVISIONALLY PLANNED for SATURDAY 28th and SUNDAY 29th DECEMBER 2019.