Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pool Showdown from ABC-5 and Raya Sports!

Saw an interesting read from the Manila Bulletin Online:

Raya Sports, in partnership with ABC 5, will hold the Pool Showdown TV program in a bid to advance pool development and improve the status of the game in the Philippines. Pool Showdown, which will be aired live from 7:00-9:30 PM, Tuesdays and Saturdays, on ABC 5, will debut on September 18, 2007. It will run through December 8, 2007. The venue is at the Rizal Memorial Billiards Center. The show will feature three game formats, i.e., 8-ball, 9-ball, and 10-ball. It will have two groups of six players each playing a ring game (race to 10 points) on Tuesdays. The winner of the ring game will go into the Match of the Week (Saturdays), with the winner becoming the Man in the Hot Seat. Every week thereafter, one ring game will be played on Tuesdays to determine the contender for the Hot Seat.

The Last Man Standing in the grand finals in December will be declared the champion. Prizes are yet to be announced.

Some of the players who will compete in the TV program include:
And yes! They will also see action in the 2007 World Pool Championships in November 2007 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Do you notice anything about the list? Three of the Philippines' best billiards players are missing from the roster. They are Efren "Bata" Reyes, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, and Alex "The Lion" Pagulayan.
Rumor has it that differences between their managers and organizers have something to do with their conspicuous absence from the competition? In my opinion, the organizers could have done more to accommodate any conflicts or disagreements, rumored or not. Compromise? Compromise! Compromise. If Pool Showdown is to be a cliffhanger, the organizers should get Bata, Django, and Alex. These are three of the most exciting players to watch in the world of billiards. And it goes without saying that they are the most-sought after cue artists on the planet! Their presence alone almost guarantees the success of any tournament, local or international. And I kid you not!

"It's a Run Out with The AnitoKid."

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kegler747 said...

Ang tagal pa pala ng World Pool Championships. Naalala ko dati nung sa Cardiff pa eh tuwing July yon. Good luck to all our filipino players!

THE ANiTOKiD said...

Just two months away, bro! I, too, can't forget Cardiff where Efren Reyes won and raised the Cup high for all to see! Galing!

It's always a runout at The Runout TV!