Twenty Four (24) of thirty-two (32) matches have been completed and 10 Filipinos have played in the round of 64 in the 2012 World 9-Ball Championship. Out of the 10, only 4 survived to continue to the next round of competitions. The 4 winners so far are Dennis Orcullo, Lee Van Corteza, Cebuano Antonio Gabica, and living legend Efren “Bata” Reyes. Among the casualties are 2010 World 9 Ball Champ Francisco Bustamante and Carlo Biado. Bustamante lost to former World 9 Ball champ Chao Fong Pang of Taipei. Another Taipei bet Chang Jun Lin eliminated Joven Alba.
Here is a recap of how the Pinoy pool stars did so far in this round.
Dennis Orcullo 11 – 8 Andrew Kong (HKG)
Lee Van Corteza 11 – 4 Serge Das (BEL)
Antonio Gabica 11 – 7 Mario He (AUT)
Efren Reyes (PHI) 11-6 Toh Lian Han (SIN)
Nick Van Der Berg (NED) 11 – 6 Marlon Caneda
Han Hao Xiang (CHI) 11 – 8 Israel Rota
John Morra (CAN) 11 – 7 Elvis Calasang
Ohi Naoyuki (JPN) 11 – 10 Carlo Biado
Chang Jun Lin (TAI) 11 – 2 Joven Alba (PHI)
- World 9-Ball Championship 2012 Day 5 First Half Update: 3 up 3 down for the PHL cue artists in the Round of 64 (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- World 9-Ball Championship 2012: 6 Filipinos including Cebuano Israel Rota survive Do or Die Day 4 (cebuislandlive.com)
- 2012 WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP Day 2: PHL pool masters 12-5 in their first matches (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- World 9-Ball Championship 2012 Day 4: Round of 64 cast complete; 13 PHL cue masters qualify (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- World 9-Ball Championship 2012 Day 3: 7 Filipinos enter the Round of 64 including Cebu’s Gaga Gabica (cebuislandlive.com)