Wednesday, November 18, 2009

‘Iceman’ won World 10-Ball Championship

There can be no doubt as to who the best player in the world is now. Mika ‘The Iceman’ Immonen of Finland won the World Ten Ball Championship held from November 25 – 30, 2009 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The event was held weeks after winning his second consecutive US Open and the Challenge of Champions. These wins push him over the $200,000 mark for the year and cement his place firmly in pool history.

The New York-based Immonen entered the final day as one of four players left out of the 128 who started the week. His first victim for the day was Antonio Lining of the Philippines whom he beat 9-7. Just after this win the other semi-final between Lee Van Corteza of the Philippines and David Alcaide of Spain ended with Corteza earning the right to face Immonen 9-7.

In a match that featured arguably the two best players of the week, Immonen started out slow, with Corteza taking a quick 2-0 lead. Immonen calmly came right back and tied the match at 2-2. But from there Immonen found his game and slowly pulled away to take the title 11-6 in a convincing victory.

The World Ten Ball Championship is presented by Raya Sports, World Pool-Billiard Association, Department of Tourism, Billiards and Snookers Congress of the Philippines, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and sponsored by JBET Poker, Smart Communications, Inc., Star Billiards, PETNet, Iwan Simonis, Predator Cues, The Heritage Hotel Manila, Manila Bulletin, Tempo, ESPN Star Sports, ABS-CBN Sports, and DWWW 774 kHz.

For more information about the event, contact Raya Sports at (632) 895-2021, 890-9666, fax (632) 895-8184, email at or visit their website at


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