The Sharks International 9-Ball Open is set to make waves in the world of pool as it takes place from June 24th to June 29th at the Great White Arena in Quezon City. This event marks the first time the World Nineball Tour has made its way to the Philippines, promising an exciting and highly competitive tournament. With a 128-player field, including renowned players such as Ko Pin-Yi, Fedor Gorst, and Carlo Biado, pool enthusiasts are in for a treat. With a total prize fund of $100,000, the competition promises high stakes and fierce battles on the green baize. In this article, we’ll take you through the draw, live stream details, format, latest results, and the exciting prize fund, so buckle up for an adrenaline-pumping ride!
The Players to Watch
Reigning Champions and Former World Champions
The tournament features some of the most accomplished players in the sport. Reigning World Pool Masters champion Ko Pin-Yi, along with former world champions Fedor Gorst and Carlo Biado, will be the players to watch in this event. Their wealth of experience and skillful gameplay will undoubtedly make for exciting matchups.
World Cup of Pool Champions Return Home
Adding to the excitement, the recently crowned World Cup of Pool champions James Aranas and Johann Chua return to their homeland for this tournament. Having displayed remarkable teamwork and precision in their World Cup triumph, all eyes will be on them as they compete on home soil.
Other Notable Players
Apart from the champions mentioned above, several other notable players are participating in the Sharks International 9-Ball Open. Aloysius Yapp, Ko Ping-Chung, Naoyuki Oi, Lo Ho Sum, and many others will bring their A-game to the table, vying for the coveted title.
Double Elimination Rounds
The tournament starts with the double elimination rounds. Players will have the opportunity to recover from an initial loss and continue in the competition. As the stakes rise, the format transitions to single elimination in the final 64.
Transition to Single Elimination
Once the competition reaches the final 64, the format switches to single elimination. Each match becomes a do-or-die situation, where a single defeat will eliminate a player from the tournament. The intensity and drama in this stage of the event are unmatched.
Live Stream and Coverage
For those unable to attend the event in person, fear not! Coverage of the Sharks International 9-Ball Open will be available via live stream on the Sharks website and the Matchroom Pool YouTube channel. This ensures that fans from all over the globe can follow the action and cheer for their favorite players as they battle it out for the prestigious title.
Draw Bracket and Results
Double Elimination Round
The double elimination round witnessed some intense battles, with players fighting to stay alive in the tournament. Ko Ping-Chung, James Aranas, Fedor Gorst, Naoyuki Oi, and others showed their mettle in this phase.
Single Elimination Round
As the tournament moved to the single elimination stage, the pressure intensified. The Last 64 saw thrilling encounters, as players put everything on the line to advance to the next round.
|Ko Ping-Chung||9-6||Jaycee Garcia|
|Jonald Galve||3-9||Israel Rota|
|KK Chan||2-9||James Aranas|
|Hsieh Chia-Chen||9-8||Bernie Regalario|
|Jeffrey de Luna||4-9||Fedor Gorst|
|Emmanuel Delgado||9-8||Rayner Espejo|
|Naoyuki Oi||9-4||Dennis Po|
|Jesson Marabi||9-5||Raymart Camomot|
|Kyle Amoroto||7-9||Paul John Ladao|
|Sean Mark Malayan||7-9||Rommel Santos|
|Andri Januarta||9-8||AJ Manas|
|Punguan Hasiholan Sihombing||9-7||Antonio Lining|
|Duong Quoc Hoang||3-9||Patric Gonzales|
|Jeffrey Ignacio||9-3||Nguyen Hoang Phong|
|Mark Mendoza||9-5||Eduardo Villanueva|
|Francisco Bustamante||9-8||Feri Satriyadi|
|Kenneth Aprilleda||5-9||Michael Felliciano|
|Allan Cuartero||0-9||John Vincent Vicedo|
|Jerico Banares||2-9||Liu Ri Teng|
|Chang Jung-Lin||8-9||John Albert Refulle|
|Wu Kun-Lin||4-9||Anton Raga|
|Jundel Mazon||9-8||Pajuay Valleriano|
|Assis Tadique||7-9||Demosthenes Pulpul|
|Albert Espinola||6-9||John La Garde|
|Dean Mark Castronuevo||9-8||John Limuel Rebong|
|Dennis Orcollo||6-9||Janse Amisola|
|Drahsir Mauricio||9-6||Resty Labastida|
|Amiel Leonor||3-9||Ric Bejen|
|Henrick Doguilles||7-9||Jonas Magpantay|
|Oliver Villafuerte||9-7||Roland Garcia|
|Yves Cabrito||9-8||Arnulfo Arrojo|
|Ko Pin-Yi||7-9||Carlo Biado|
|Ko Ping-Chung||9-6||Israel Rota|
|James Aranas||9-3||Hsieh Chia-Chen|
|Fedor Gorst||9-5||Emmanuel Delgado|
|Naoyuki Oi||9-7||Jesson Marabi|
|Paul John Ladao||9-4||Rommel Santos|
|Andri Januarta||9-8||Punguan Hasiholan Sihombing|
|Patric Gonzales||9-4||Jeffrey Ignacio|
|Mark Mendoza||9-6||Francisco Bustamante|
|Michael Feliciano||9-5||John Vincent Vicedo|
|Liu Ri Teng||8-9||John Albert Refulle|
|Anton Raga||4-9||Jundel Mazon|
|Demosthenes Pulpul||4-9||John La Garde|
|Dean Mark Castronuevo||7-9||Janse Amisola|
|Drahcir Mauricio||9-8||Ric Bejen|
|Jonas Magpanay||8-9||Oliver Villafuerte|
|Yves Cabrito||3-9||Carlo Biado|
|Ko Ping-Chung||11-9||James Aranas|
|Fedor Gorst||9-11||Naoyuki Oi|
|Paul John Ladao||11-4||Andri Januarta|
|Patric Gonzales||11-10||Mark Mendoza|
|Michael Feliciano||11-7||John Albert Rufulle|
|Jundel Mazon||9-11||John La Garde|
|Drahcir Mauricio||11-7||Janse Amisola|
|Oliver Villafuerte||11-6||Carlo Biado|
The Road to the Finals
The quarter-finals stage featured some exceptional performances, with Ko Ping-Chung, Patric Gonzales, Michael Feliciano, and Oliver Villafuerte securing their spots in the semifinals.
|Ko Ping-Chung||13-8||Naoyuki Oi|
|Paul John Ladao||11-13||Patric Gonzales|
|Michael Feliciano||13-10||John La Garde|
|Drahcir Mauricio||9-13||Oliver Villafuerte|
The semi-finals promise to be an intense battle, with Ko Ping-Chung facing Patric Gonzales and Michael Feliciano taking on Oliver Villafuerte. The stakes are high as the players edge closer to the grand finale.
|Ko Ping-Chung||Rolling||Patric Gonzales|
|Michael Feliciano||Rolling||Oliver Villafuerte|
The Final Match
The final match will determine the champion of the Sharks International 9-Ball Open 2023. The two finalists will compete for the prestigious title and the grand prize of $30,000.
Prize Fund Distribution
The prize fund distribution for the tournament is as follows:
- Champion – $30,000
- Runner-up – $15,000
- Semi-finalists – $7,500 each
- Quarter-finalists – $3,750 each
- Last 16 – $1,725 each
- Last 32 – $700 each
The Sharks International 9-Ball Open 2023 has been a showcase of skill, passion, and determination. Fans have witnessed thrilling matches and jaw-dropping performances from the world’s best players. The event has lived up to its reputation as a premier competition in the world of professional pool.
The tournament is held at the Great White Arena in Quezon City, Philippines.
Reigning World Pool Masters champion Ko Pin-Yi, former world champions Fedor Gorst and Carlo Biado, and recently crowned World Cup of Pool champions James Aranas and Johann Chua are among the top players participating.
You can watch the live stream on the Sharks website or the Matchroom Pool YouTube channel.
The tournament winner will receive a lucrative £30,000 prize.
The tournament starts with double elimination rounds and transitions to single elimination in the final 64.