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Seo-clash in PBA event, Hyun-min the winner

Posted by on January 5, 2021

Seo-clash in PBA event, Hyun-min the winner

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The winner Hyun-min Seo shows his joy after his final win

SEOUL - The third PBA event in the 2020/21 season, named NH Nonghyup Card Championship, is won by 38-year-old Hyun-min Seo in a final match against his namesake, 51-year-old Sam-il Seo. The two routine players were the best after a thrilling race of matches, in which the non-Korean players were eliminated in the preliminary stage. The tournament was played at the Mayfield Hotel in Gangseo gu, South Korea. The Korean world player Jae-ho Cho, who was the number 14 on the UMB ranks, made his debut for the PBA, as did the Vietnamese number 25 in UMB, Dinh Nai Ngo.

The city of Gangseo-gu watched a very striking final match between the two Koreans of whom Hyun-min is the most famous. The older finalist Sam-il played in four World Cups between 2008 and 2017, but did not make it further than the preliminary rounds. Hyun-min Seo shone at the World Championship in Seoul in 2014 with a bronze medal and fifth place in the LGU+ Cup in 2018 with 2,214 on average.

Hyun-min Seo couldn't be happier after the final match: ''I cried with despair, but now I showed tears of happiness'', he commented. ''When I started my small billiard club in August, I was desperate, because I had to close it soon because of COVID 19.'' The winner was overwhelmed; ''I was used to trainings of 7 to 8 hours, but with the new club, it was much less. I had another motivation, because in previous events I was already happy that I had made it through the Survivals. Now, I was mentally stronger in this tournament.'' When asked what he's gonna do with the prize money won? ''I will certainly use it to invest in my new club, but (laughing) I have to win two more tournaments to pay for my entire club.''

The most talented of the two Seos won the final match with a comfortable score: 4-0: 15-6, 15-12, 15-6 and 11-15. The winner had a poor start in the first two rounds, played in the Survival format (1,125, PBA average), but came up with a high level in the five knockout matches with 1,869 on average. The runner-up reached 1,143, a remarkable average for a number two in a PBA tournament.

The Turk Birol Uymaz finished third with 1,801 on average and was the best non-Korean in the field of 128 starters. The young Korean Jung-ju Shin was the other player on the podium with 1,642 average (all averages according to PBA calculation).

In the pre-rounds, the first Survivals in which two of four players qualified, the best from the non-Korean players were Birol Uymaz (3,750 on average), Frédéric Caudron (3,321), Jean-Paul de Bruijn (2,571), Adnan Yüksel (1,929), Tonny Carlsen (1,588), Ma Minh Cam (1,556), Robinson Morales (1,368), Savas Bulut (1,258), Glenn Hofman (1,238) and Eddy Leppens (1,100). The most famous Koreans to survive these preliminary rounds were Byeong-ho Kim (2,529), Dong-Koong Kang (2,250), Hyun-kon Kim (2,150), Durk-hee Hwang (2,105), Jung-ju Shin (2,000), Nam- soo Kim (1,882), Sang-pil Eom (1,850), Min-gu Kang (1,350), Su Oh (1,824).

The notable losers in these preliminary rounds included Dinh Nai Ngo (1,867), the four Spaniards, David Zapata (1,571), David Martinez (1,529), Javier Palazón (1,294), Carlos Anguita, the French Pierre Soumagne (1,150) and the Greeks Kostas Papakonstantinou (1,000) and Filippos Kasidokostas (1,118). In the second round of the Survivals, Adnan Yüksel and Tonny Carlsen were eliminated.

In the first round of the knockouts with 32 players, Caudron was the best with 2,900 on average facing Savas Bulut. Hyun-min Seo, the later winner, showed his high class with 2,077 and twice a run of 13. Also qualified were Hofman (1,724), Ma (1,568), Uymaz (1,513), De Bruijn (1,417), who won his match against Jae-ho Cho 3-2.

The round on the way to the quarter-finals was marked by Frédéric Caudron's against Ma Minh Cam (3-1, 1,462 for Ma, 1,179 for Caudron). Hyun-min Seo defeated Hofman 3-1, De Bruijn lost to JH Im 3-1, Birol Uymaz defeated Sang-pil Eom 3-0 and was the only European in the last eight.


The quarter-final matches were won by Jung-ju Shin (3-0 against Dong-Koong Kang), Birol Uymaz against Minh Cam Ma 3-1, Hyun-min Seo against BC Kim 3-2 and Sam-il Seo against Im, 3-1.

In the semi-finals, the two Seos were victorious over Jung-ju Shin (3-0) and Birol Uymaz 3-2.

The prize winners (in euros):

1 Hyun-min Seo, 75.342 euros
2 Sam-il Seo, 25.616 euros
3 and 4 Birol Uymaz and Jung-ju Shin, € 7.534
5 to 8: 3.767 euros
9 to 16 with Caudron, Hofman, De Bruijn: 1.880 euros.

The following PBA events are:

January 8-12: 5th edition Team League.
January 14-18: 4th tournament PBA and LPBA.

The winner with his trophy after the final 4-0 win

The runner-up Sam-il Seo

Turkish player Birol Uymaz, the best of the Europeans


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My Comments

Wrong player name of second picture
He is Sang-pil Eom. Not, Sam-il Seo.

Also no need to comment PBA calculation about the average or other stats.
It is PBA's own system, nothing to do with UMB calculations.
In set matches, player stops scoring after the set point is made.
If the reporter does not agree PBA system, no need to cover PBA results and newes.

There were too many Korean, Vietnamese, Turkish and American players who avoided UMB Worldcups
because of too small prize money for expensive travel cost.

Also, the seed system (17 out of 32 players in main tournament are seeded. Never seen in any other sport. Gradually killing the sport and ambition of young players to continue carom player)made many good, young, talented players forget UMB events and find other jobs.

Please interview them than Mr.Marco Zanetti. Both the reporter and interviewee had better talk over things in UMB and Europe than trying to make scratches about the successful PBA events.

Message 1/3 - Publish at January 5, 2021 12:11 PM

PBA: The World’s most Trusted 3-Cushion Billiards Reference

Because The PBA Championship is a World Reference in 3-Cushion Billiards


It stands to reason 5 major facts:

1. Because the conceived FORMAT brought in an Extremely High Degree of Competition;

2. Because the Events were closely examined, professionally installed, internally and externally, promoting the 3-Cushion Billiards to zones never achieved until now, turning the Professional World Events in Events of the World;

3. Because International Players showed up from all Continents (even in the dark days we live in, with restraints all over the world walk) furnishing a positive remarkable contribution to the success of the Operation and bringing in Real World Competition High-Performance Quality to the Daylight... to the delight of all FANS;

4. Because both Attractiveness and High Standards (Extreme High Quality Performance) of the Events are unsurpassed;

5. Because the glamorous atmosphere improved the Tour Status (position and level of international importance) and because PBA Tour Status will improve with Events WITH PUBLIC, not possible under the existent restrictive laws.

Jordi Fontdevila
PS: ne/ftbp = This Opinion is NOT an Exclusive/Free to be Used or Published without proper authorization.

Message 2/3 - Publish at January 5, 2021 3:00 PM - Edited at January 5, 2021 4:25 PM

If there is a Person deserving a PBA Event Title, That Person is HM Seo.

Congratulations to both Finalists !!

Well done HM Seo, you swept to victory in the final of the NH Event!!!

Not easy to play sets of 15, under 27 breaking/starting positions (very different than the classical starting position, where it’s not difficult to score at least 3 or 4 points to add to the averages).

Not easy to play sets of 15, when we have one ball on a defended position and we know that if we move that ball, we will certainly lose (we could do it, if we’re playing a 40 points distance), so, we play the other ball around…and we miss to score, but, if our opponent does the same, and we look at our not 'brilliant' average, we don’t know what to with our next move: go for it, not go for it ...or go for somewhere in between?

Not easy to play sets of 15, when we need to defend, to not lose immediately, and we play a not easy figure to defend the outcome …and we have a kiss.

Not easy to play sets of 15, when we need desperately to score and go to a 2 point bank shot…and we just miss to score (and just by a bit....).

Not easy, but you are PROFESSIONALS: you have to deal with THAT, particularly if you do not win.

It doesn’t mean anything, of course, but y’all have my strong support.

See y'all on 2021.01.07, at Team League Round 5.

Jordi Fontdevila

Message 3/3 - Publish at January 5, 2021 3:08 PM

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