Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ronnie Alcano wins World Pool Championship

NB! This post covers the 2006 world championship. For news on the 2007 event see "Daryl Peach is first British winner of the World Pool Championship".

Filipino Ronnie Alcano won the World Pool Championship on home turf.

In the final he defeated Germanys' Ralf Souquet 17-11 to grab the $100,000 first prize. Souquet's runner-up place earned him $40,000. Alcano overcame Li He-wen from China in the semi-finals with a 11-8 scoreline. Souquet won a hill-hill battle with Fu Che-wei (Taiwan).

Alcano scraped through from the group stages but played brilliantly throughout the single elimination phase. Prior to the Li match he beat Robert Gomez (Philippines) 10-1, Efren Reyes (Philippines) 10-7, Kuo Po-cheng (Taiwan) 11-5, and defending champion Wu Chia-ching (Taiwan) 11-6.

This was Alcano's first time in a world final. Souquet had been there twice before, lifting the trophy in 1996. Alcano is the third Filipino to win the world title, following Reyes (1999) and Alex Pagulayan (2004).

The event was dominated by the Asian contingent. Souquet was the only non-Asian to reach the quarter-finals. USA had a very disapponting showing. For the first time they had no players in the last 32.

The tournament ran from November 4-12 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila.

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