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Monday, February 15th, 2010

Pool Synergy: My Favorite Player

Everybody has one, but must it be only one person ?
Efren is the name you often hear when you ask about favorite players.

I think he is a man who loves the sport even after the long time he has been playing it.

I saw him practicing with Brendan Crockett and I will never forget the smile on his face when he showed Brendan how to stroke and gain position for the next shot.

But he is not my favorite player. It’s not easy for me to name a single person, because there are so many good players. He is clearly a man who loves this sport.
Johnny Archer played perfect in the last Mosconi Cup, Shane Van Boening was unstoppable at the Derby City Classic 2009, and seeing Corey’s caroms when playing One Pocket made me gobsmacked.

Jasmin played very well at the European Championship 2009.

Also, Mika, Thorsten, Darren, Niels, Chamat,Wu are great players to name just a few.


Here in Austria we have some youngsters who play very well. Mario He beat Ralf in the semis of a Eurotour event (He is currently ranked 48 of the WPA men’s list), Maximilian Lechner ran 150 balls at the Austrian open and 100 Balls in a league game, Jürgen Jenisy won about 5 or 6 major titles in Austria in a row.
Wow, these guys are awesome players, very young and it looks like they are unstoppable.


Also keep an eye out for the German Bundesliga team: Roschkowski, Hybler, Manuel Ederer or Nicolas Ottermann to name only four.


All of them are terrific players, but if I had to make a decision for myself about my favorite player, it would be Ralf Souquet.


He is a real professional, just watch his game. He focuses on every shot. Just watch his ritual. For me this is perfect pool. When he is on the table, it looks like anybody could play that game. He makes it look so easy. Don’t misunderstand me, I enjoy tough shots when they are done well. But Ralf’s position play is so good that he doesn’t have to do that kind of shot very often. If something goes wrong, you will maybe see it just in his face (you have to know him a little to notice when he is upset)No angry outbursts…nothing…just going back to his seat and waiting for the next chance to win that game.He is also a very straight person, he tells you what he thinks to face. I like that.With Ralf I see a man who takes his job very seriously.


He is (like many other players) a real sportsman.
Ralf’s name would spring to mind f you’re talking about perfect Pool.


As I mentioned above there are many players I admire but Ralf is my favorite.




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Sunday, February 7th, 2010

World Pool Team Championship 2010 Finals

Worl Pool Team Championship 2010 Final Day

I was lucky today, because I woke up early. I totally did not know that the finals are starting @ 3 pm. I just heard it on the live stream (yes I know I am a freak watching the live stream on the hotel room).
Great Britain against the Philippines and what can I say. I saw great matches, but the team GB ruled this day. 4:1 is a very clear statement, just let the pictures speak for themselves.


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Sunday, February 7th, 2010

WTC Day 12, UK and the Philippines are in the Finales

Felt asleep last night @ the smokers lounge ;-) Went to the room @ about 6:00am. Woke up @ 2pm and finished the uploads.
And guess what….then I went to where ? To the tournament again. taking pics of the semi finals. A lot of thanks to Dynamite and the gang for winning their games and having not a shootout ;-) Congratulations to all the players for a great tournament day. Very exciting ! After taking some pics from the players night I am sitting again here in the smokers lounge (with Florian) and writing my article. See you tomorrow guys, for a very last exciting day.

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Saturday, February 6th, 2010

WTC Day 11, Darren against China and a great shootout

Another amazing day……I totally overslept, but I was on time there. I still was developing pictures when the tournament already started. I took pictures then of the first matches and went back to empty my memory cards. After I went in again, one of the last matches were Darren against LIu Haitao. Looks like Dynamite lost already. It was 5 to 1 I think. The Daz came back and they went to hill hill. Daren had to shoot a tough ball and scratched. The table was wide open and Darren knew that it will end here.
But nobody was able to see what then happened. The Chinese guy had ball in hand and scratched on the first ball. WOW that I call pressure. Darren finished the last three balls and then we had to see the longest shootout of this tournament (until now). These guys were amazing, nearly every ball was falling in the pocket and it ended wit 27:25 for Dynamite and his gang. Congratulations to both teams !!!


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Friday, February 5th, 2010

World Team Championship Day 10, a lot of emotion

Sorry for the late update today, but yesterday was very exciting. Germany 1 lost against Darren and the guys.
Mr. Archer is my hero of this day. the score was 3:2 for the Greek guys and Johny was in the final match 6:6 race to 7.
He had to shoot a very thin cut 2 ball down the whole table and he did it. Just with enough speed…the two Ball just felt in and he finished the table after that.
And then I saw the greatest shootout in my life. Team USA against the Greek guys and Germany 2 against Sweden.
What a exciting shootout….forget the action @ Derby or something else….it was the best Pool experience in my life.
I had so much fun with Johny and the Americans really played very well. But lost @ the end 13:11. Congratulation to the Greek team.Germany showed how a team with big balls can look like and won 8:6


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Thursday, February 4th, 2010

World Team Championship Day 9, it starts to get closer

5 hours sleep…not to bad ha ?Had a nice tournament day today….some surprises (did not know that Japan plays that strong, they won against Mika and the guys). Ate a lot of junk food again :-( Because it is late, I don’t write that much….just enjoy:

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

World Team Championship Day 8, let the fun start

After about 3 hours sleep, I was surprisely away. I had again a great breakfast and had to rush after it to the booth.
Finally I found a guy (Darren) who let me shot a wide angle picture of his face. With this picture I got a lot of other players to do the same. Thanks guys, it was a lot of fun. I missed a terrific shootout today, because I was working on the pics :-( I had a beer with some friends @ the evening and then I went into my room to update the pictures….late again… usual.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

World Team Championship Day 7, a lot of action

Finally I got to sleep long…was waking up @ 2pm…. rushing to the tournament area to shoot pics.
This time I shoot some ambiance pictures from all the booths and the shows around.
Shooting pics without shaky hands is much easier ;-)
Sadly Austria lost the shootout, but Germany won their shootout.
Again it’s late and tomorrow I have to be @ 10:00 @ the booth :-( Enjoy the pics.

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Monday, February 1st, 2010

World Team Championship Day 6, let the games go on

After 2 hours of sleep I went for breakfast, then 40 mins rest in the room and  then back to the exhibition hall to shoot group and single pictures of the referees. Later I took more group and single pictures offthe missing nations. I was not able to shoot too much today, because my hands were too shaky. I had a very nice conversation with  Marcus Dienst of Arthur Cues and he allowed me to shoot some balls with one of his cues, very stiff hit, but I like them. Tomorrow I will be back again and there will be much more different tournament pictures.



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