OKBET EU Open | PoolDAY 1 OF THE FIRST EVER EUROPEAN OPEN IN RECORD BOOKS
The first day of the inaugural European Open Pool Championship at Hotel Esperanto in Fulda, Germany, will be streamed live on Matchroom Pool’s Facebook/YouTube and Matchroom. Life is finished.
As the Opening Round and Winners and Losers Round 1 began with 36 players returning home, 256 players arrived in Fulda with aspirations and ambitions of being the first-ever European Open champion as they competed for a piece.
The $200,000 prize pool and a place in history
Hohmann kicked off the action live on the Matchroom Pool Facebook match in front of an enthusiastic home audience hoping to see their man get off to the greatest of starts, but it wasn’t to be as Senharip Azar upset the apple cart to earn an improbable victory. Hohmann lost 9-5, leaving him with the exhausting job of four matches to complete in order to advance to the round of 64. He completed one of those matches by defeating Muhummed Daydat 8-2, preserving local honor.
“I can only offer my best effort. With the support of everyone at Fulda, I would have wanted to have won my opening game. The sight was breathtaking. I made a few errors, and my adversary played brilliantly. I wasn’t as at ease as I ought to have been. Although I didn’t feel apprehensive, you can never feel completely at ease. Pool is something we’ve done in Fulda before; we used to compete in the German Bundesliga. There are a few pool aficionados here, and we always had 100 spectators. We want to get some of the Fulda audience involved, even if they aren’t necessarily pool aficionados. – Hohmann after moving on to Round 2 of Losers.
In an all-German match that saw Juri Pisklov win 9-5 thanks in large part to a massive 4-rail kick on the four ball that was one of the shots of the year, much alone the day or tournament, compatriot Ralf Souquet had the home crowd’s support against him. However, Souquet’s failure seemed to motivate him as he defeated Rafa Stpnik 8-0 to continue his championship.
The two-time Mosconi Cup MVP Jayson Shaw overcame an early scare to defeat Ingo Lamberti 9-7 before cruising through Cristian Surdea of Romania 9-1 to secure his place in Thursday’s Winners Qualification. Aloysius Yapp, the US Open’s runner-up, didn’t have as much luck; he was sent to the losers’ side of the draw by the German Valery Kuloyants.
Jani Uski of Finland made his debut in the recent World Cup of Pool with Mika Immonen, and his reputation is only increasing when he qualified for the Winners Round by defeating Tobias Hirt and Chris Melling 9-1/9-4, respectively.
Along with Yapp, Melling isn’t the only well-known athlete in the losers’ bracket; tomorrow may be Losers Round 2 for Dimitri Jungo, Robbie Capito, and Matt Edwards as well.
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