9 BALL HIGH ROLLER REPORT : RICK IS CHAMPION.
FRIDAY 22nd AND SATURDAY 23rd JUNE.
So another of our 9 Ball High Roller events has been and gone, and is now added to the record books.
And yet again it was a huge event, with 49 players taking part, and the Player Auction Prize Pot reaching 200k baht.
Congratulations go to Bangkok based American, Rick Giggity for winning, and pocketing the 1st Prize of 26000 baht.
Rick, who is a regular visitor to our High Rollers, and who finished 4th in our last event in April, went all the way to the winners enclosure this time.
He played consistently well all weekend to win eight matches out of nine, and ended up a very worthy winner.
He did lose one of his matches in the Double Chance groups on Day 1, against our eventual Runner-Up Vicky Waqas from Pakistan, but once he had qualified for the Main Event on Day 2, there was no stopping him.
He won six straight matches, and was taken to the deciding rack only once, winning all his other games comfortably.
In the final, he defeated Vicky by 4 racks to 1 (race 4-6), sealing victory with an audacious 1-9 combo.
Vicky, playing here for the first time since December 2016, showed an improved level of form to reach the final, only losing out to our champion (twice) on the second day, and claimed the Runners-Up prize of 16000 baht.
Thai National 9 Ball Champion Pipe Tanut Makkamontree played some high quality pool over the two days to finish in 3rd place, collecting 11000 baht for his efforts.
He was closely followed in 4th place by England’s Ben Bradley, who made the trip from Phuket worthwhile, playing consistently well to receive 8000 baht.
ROLL OF HONOUR :
Champion : Rick Giggity (A+4) – 26000 baht.
Runner-Up : Vicky Waqas (A+6) – 16000 baht.
3rd Place : Pipe (A+20) – 11000 baht.
4th Place : Ben (A+7) – 8000 baht.
Equal 5th Place : Monto Bhupinder Monga (A+12) and Peter De Jaeger (A+) – 6000 baht each.
Equal 7th Place : Oat Choengcharn Teschareon (A+10) and Boonlom Klangnok (A) – 4000 baht each.
PLAYER AUCTION ;
The Player Auction was never going to compare to our last High Roller in April, but still created a fantastic Prize Pot of 206k baht.
Charlie Ayres from England was our winner, paying 4200 baht for Rick, and they shared the 1st Payout of 56000.
1st (29%) ; Charlie (Rick) – 56000 baht.
2nd (19%) : Vicky (Himself) – 37000 baht.
3rd (13%) : Steve (Pipe) – 25000 baht.
4th (10%) : Stuart Pettman (Ben) – 20000 baht.
Equal 5th (6%) ; Scott (Monto) and Tommy Moore (Peter) – 11000 baht each.
Equal 7th (4%) : Noor (Oat) and Steve (Boonlom) – 8000 baht each.
The Plate Event for the 21 non-qualifiers from the Group Stages on Day 1 was won by Filipino professional Arnel Bautista, who beat Thai girl, Praew Wasana Sipudtha from Bangkok in the final to claim the 1st Prize of 7000 baht.
Champion ; Arnel (Pro+) – 7000 baht.
Runner-Up : Praew (A+3) – 5000 baht.
3rd Place : Oran Olbird Ornkt (A+5) – 3000 baht.
4th Place : Hassain Qattan (A+6) – 2000 baht.
PLATE AUCTION :
1st (3.5%) : Praew (Arnel) – 8000 baht.
2nd (2.5%) : Praew (Herself) – 5000 baht.
3rd (1.8%) : Steve (Oran) – 4000 baht.
4th (1.2%) : Fon (Hassain) – 3000 baht.
Megabreak would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players, staff and helpers over the weekend, who helped to make this event another great success.
Special thanks in particular from myself to Albert Gringhuis and Charlie Ayres, for their tireless help and support in making the tournament run as smoothly as possible.