Author: Grieta

Kremlin Cup Champions

Alex Kazakis won the Kremlin Cup (10-Ball division) today in Moscow defeating former world champion Thortsen Hohmann 9-6 in the final. Early in the match and trailing 2/3, Kazakis missed an easy 1 ball leaving Hohmann a relatively simple run-out and extend his lead to 4/2. It was thought that losing that rack would be mentally disturbing to Kazakis, but he made the best of any opportunity thereafter and won the remaining racks 7/2. After recouping the deficit, the scores remained even to 6/6, then Kazakis edged away and won the the next three racks. Fair to say that...

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Kremlin Cup Opening

From a brass band to dancers to coverage of the opening by a drone with cameras, the sight was something to behold. All of this is being accommodated in a room of some 5500 square metres. 20 Pyramid and 16 pool tables are set up for tournament use, and 2 tables in another area for television. There is streaming available for the tournament, the link for pool being It is in Russian, but on this page you will see the logo of a camera; just click on it and it will take you to the broadcast table. A total of...

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By Ted Lerner WPA Press Officer (Kuwait City)–Jayson Shaw has spent the last year knocking on the door of big time success. Tonight in Kuwait City, he could wait no longer and bashed the door in. Playing with an air of expectation, the 28 year old Scotsman fulfilled the promise that so many could see coming for the last year, by winning the Kuwait Open 9-ball championship with a well played 13-10 victory over a relentless Chang Jun Lin of Taiwan. The victory, Shaw’s biggest to date, is the culmination of the Scotsman’s meteoric rise in professional pool over...

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By Ted Lerner WPA Press Officer Photos By Takayama Takao (Kuwait City)–With the biggest prize fund in 9-ball pool this year, the Kuwait Open 9-ball Championship predictably attracted as good a collection of the professional games’ best to this Gulf nation of just over 4 million people. And on the third and penultimate day of the sport’s newest event, all that talent and all that promise came to a dramatic head. It was a day that saw the game’s best engage in one epic battle after the next, with match after match taking unexpected twists, with many going right...

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By Ted Lerner WPA Press Officer Photos by Takayamo Takao (Kuwait City) —-It was a busy day of high caliber pool  in Kuwait City on Wednesday, as the inaugural Kuwait Open 9-ball Championship got underway at the Al Ardiya Youth Center, with all 128 players seeing action on 16 tables. Whenever this many of the very best pool players in the world gather in one building to do battle, two things always seem to stand out. First, in professional pool the talent level gets more varied and better each and every year. Secondly, because of this first fact, and...

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By Ted Lerner WPA Press Officer (Kuwait City)--Welcome to the new frontier of pool. The State of Kuwait is all set to host a brand new event on the pool calendar, the Kuwait 9-ball Open, an event that is making an auspicious start by immediately jumping to the top of the tournament heap as the richest 9-ball event in the world this year. 128 players from over 40 countries and all corners of the globe have gathered in this nation of 4.2 million people along the Persian Gulf, and will compete over the next 4 days for $275,000 in...

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