THURSDAY 9 BALL – 4th JANUARY : JOY WINS.
Thursday’s 9 Ball Competition saw our first female winner of 2018.
In 2017 it took nearly four months for a girl to record a victory in any competition here, but this year it took only four days!!
Joy Misaki Labora from The Philippines, playing for just the 8th time in a Megabreak tournament, went undefeated all night long, winning six consecutive matches to lift the trophy and pocket the 1st Prize of 6500 baht.
She was the lowest handicapped player (A) in a total field of 41 entries but that did not stop her.
In the final she beat Tommy Fineman from Israel by 2 racks to 0 (race 2-7), after both players agreed to play a shorter race than scheduled (3-10).
Her handicap now moves up to A+ as a result.
Tommy continued his recent run of good form to reach his second final in the space of 48 hours, but again had to settle for 2nd Place and 3500 baht.
Russell Masciotti from The USA reached his second consecutive semi-final, along with Tukta Kulsuttichai from Thailand, and they each received 2000 baht prize money.
Champion : Joy (A) – 6500 baht.
Runner-Up : Tommy (A+8) – 3500 baht.
Semi-finals : Russell (A+6) and Tukta (A+2) – 2000 baht each.
Quarter-finals : James Mostag (A+3), Dietmar Ptak (A+3), Jarmo Smedroos (A+2), and Samir Maftri (A+1) – 1000 baht each.
The Player Auction Prize Pot record was smashed again, this time totaling a staggering 48000 baht!!
It was won by Gary Vinson from Iceland, who bought Joy for only 800 baht, and collected the 1st Payout of 14000!!
1st (30%) : Gary Vinson (Joy) – 14000 baht.
2nd (22%) : Andy Hall (Tommy) – 10400 baht.
Equal 3rd (12%) : Jarmo Smedroos (Russell) and Olly Downey (Tukta) – 5800 baht each.
Equal 5th (6%) : Olly (James and Samir), Gary (Dietmar), and Jarmo (Himself) – 3000 baht each.