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PBA Tour starts final rounds with 32 in Seoul

Posted by on June 4, 2019

PBA Tour starts final rounds with 32 in Seoul

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Filippos Kasidokostas, the best on average after the qualifications in the PBA Tour

SEOUL - The first tournament of the new Korean PBA billiards association, the Panasonic Open, has finished the preliminary rounds in Seoul and is starting the final rounds today. The 32 players meet in a knock-out to three sets won. The European players are with six from the total field of 128 participants. Frédéric Caudron, Filippos Kasidokostas, Savas Bulut, Adnan Yüksel, Birol Uymaz and David Martinez Bosch survived the two rounds that were played according to the Survival system with four players at the table. The other two non-Koreans are Robinson Morales from Colombia and Pedro Piedrabuena from USA. Kasidokostas recorded the best average in the second qualifying round: 2.600, best run 14.

The system differs in the matches from the tournaments played according to the UMB rules (world federation). When finished the two Survival rounds, first 64 players advanced, then 32 players remaining for the knockouts. After that, the playing system switched to three won sets of 15, but 11 points in the fifth set. All individual rail first shots (bankshots) count for two points in the score. The clothing of players also deviates from the rules in the World Cup circuit and international tournaments.

The final field for the knock-outs consists of 118 Koreans of whom Dong-Koong Kang and Jae-Guen Kim are the best known. The winner of the tournament, which is played in the chic room of the Kintex hotel in Seoul, earns 100,000.000 Korean won, is around 75,000 euro. The players who were eliminated in the second Survival, like Carlos Anguita and Juan David Zapata, receive 750 euros. The Europeans who were eliminated in the first round are Eddy Leppens, Javier Palazón, Tonny Carlsen, Jean Paul de Bruijn, Glenn Hofman, Pierre Soumagne, Kostas Papakonstantinou and Allan Schröder. They remain empty-handed.

The non-Koreans placed for the last 32 with the averages:
1 Filippos Kasidokostas 2.600
2 Robinson Morales 2.278
3 Birol Uymaz 2.238
4 Savas Bulut 2.056
5 David Martinez 1.952
6 Frédéric Caudron 1.917
7 Adnan Yüksel 1.571
8 Pedro Piedrabuena 1.130.

The averages of the European players who were out after the first round:
1 Glenn Hofman 1.778
2 Javier Palazón 1.400
3 Pierre Soumagne 1.300
4 Eddy Leppens 1.150
5 Tonny Carlsen 1.048
6 Jean Paul de Bruijn 1.111
7 Allan Schröder 0.957
8 Kostas Papakonstantinou 0.952.

Raymond Ceulemans was the guest of honour at the opening of the PBA Tour



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My Comments

Schedules for PBA
Can anyone provide schedules of livestream for PBA tournaments. Also how do we access them please.

Message 1/3 - Publish at June 6, 2019 7:42 PM

They have a YouTube channel, BilliardsTV.

Edit: Their YT channel is here:

The link before led to Live Broad. of the final match. Cheers.

Message 2/3 - Publish at June 7, 2019 4:08 PM - Edited at June 7, 2019 6:38 PM

Successful first PBA Tour
Despite of mere concerns and doubt, the first PBA Tour seems quite a success to majority of billiard people in Korea as well as globally.
At least,the PBA Tour will definitely bring new breeze to the carom billiard.

For decades, even the winners of World Championships and the disqualified players (from all over the world, paying the air-tickets and accommodations from their own wallet) to the Main Tournament of Worldcups (where almost same seeded players waiting for decades) went back home empty-handed.

I wish both UMB and PBA would bring better future for the young, unknown players who have had no desire and realistically no chance to be a full-time carom players.

Message 3/3 - Publish at June 8, 2019 6:03 PM

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