SUNDAY 9 BALL – 6th AUGUST : NITTHA WINS.
Last night’s 9 Ball Competition saw a victory for the fairer sex.
Nittha Punsuk became only the third Thai girl to win a Megabreak tournament this year, following in the footsteps of Aom Nantaporn Chomthaisong and Nid Mirantee Phukthamt.
From a total entry of 23 players from 14 different countries, she defeated Frenchman Jerome Pierron in the deciding rack of the final (race 4-7) to collect the 1st Prize of 5500 baht.
Jerome got off to a great start, taking a 3-0 lead before Nittha won the next three racks to put herself on the hill at 3-3.
Jerome wasn’t done yet though, and fought back to win the next three and make it hill hill.
Both players had good chances in the decider, but it was Nittha who potted the last 9 to claim the win in a very tense finish.
Jerome received 3000 baht as Runner-Up.
The other money winners on the evening were Gary Vinson from Iceland and Nelson Tyler from The USA, who each took home 1000 baht for reaching the semi-finals.
Winner : Nittha Punsuk (A+) – 5500 baht.
Runner-Up : Jerome Pierron (A+3) – 3000 baht.
Semi-finals : Gary Vinson (A+8) and Nelson Tyler (A+) – 1000 baht each.
The Calcutta Auction produced an extra Prize Fund of 11100 baht with the highest bid being made of 1000 baht on Filipino professional Arnel Bautista from Bangkok.
He lost out in the Quarter-finals though, with the 1st Prize being won by Oliver Downey.
He bought Nittha for just 400 baht, and collected the 1st Prize of 4500.
1st (40%) : Oliver Downey (Nittha) – 4500 baht.
2nd (30%) : Scott Cooney (Jerome) – 3400 baht.
3rd Equal (15%) : Gerhard Schebler (Gary) – 1600 baht.
3rd Equal (15%) : Gerhard (Nelson) – 1600 baht.