World Professional Billiard League (WPBL) organized an all-star charity match for the benefit of the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda "Haiyan" in the Philippines. The event will be held at WPBL stadium, Las Vegas on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2014 at 6:30pm.
Team Philippines will be represented by our best players namely Warren Kiamco, Dennis Orcullo and Carlo Biado while WPBL All Stars team is formed by Thorsten Hohmann, Darren Appleton and John Morra.
Isn't it exciting?
The Players will be playing the new game played at WPBL called the "Bonus Ball".
"Bonus Ball is played with nine billiard balls: four purple, four orange, and one black Bonus Ball. The objective of the game is to reach 30 points by pocketing balls. Each legally pocketed purple ball is worth one point, orange two points, and the Bonus Ball three points. Pocketing all three in order is called a "sequence". A player will continue their visit at the table until they fail to legally pocket a ball, or commit a foul. If a player fails to pocket the Bonus Ball on their turn, during their next visit to the table they will restart the sequence at purple. After the final orange ball is pocketed leaving only the Bonus Ball, the purple and orange balls are re-racked, and the active player must perform a re-break. The game is played until a player reaches 30 points or the 15 minute game clock expires. Failure to reach 30 points within regulation time will result in a shootout." - WPBLTV.com
Pretty interesting since it's a new game and I don't know how will Team Philippines will perform since they're not yet that familiar with this game. Yet they're ranked at the very top of the World so I'm guessing that they'll figure it out quickly.
MEET THE PLAYERS
Consist of 3 world rank players headlined by the recent Derby Classic Champion and Former World's number 1 Dennis Orcullo, World's number 3 ranked Carlo Biado and WBPL's top player Warren Kiamco. Now this is a solid line-up! Not a one you'd like to mess with especially in money games.
Dennis "Robocop" / "Money Ball King" Orcullo
Dennis Orcullo is the Money Ball King of the Philippines and the New Face of the from the World Billiards Power House Philippines representing Bugsy Promotions. He was once the top player in the world and is looking to recapture that title this 2014. He was on the right track as he won the recent Derby Classic by beating a hall of fame legend in Francisco Bustamante. As of my writing he just won the 1st Master of the Table Crown.
Carlo "The Black Tiger" Biado
As fierce as his monicker, The Black Tiger from Bugsy Promotions is one of the promising rising stars of World Billiards having defeated several big names such as fellow country man Django Bustamante, Efren "Bata" Reyes, Warren Kiamco and Alex Pagulayan, Sean Cheng, and etc. He is currently the Worlds number 3 player behind stablemate Lee Van Corteza.
Warren "Warrior" Kiamco
The Warrior, Warren Kiamco is well know for defeating the Hall of Fame and Cue Legend Efren "Bata / The Magician" Reyes at Manny Villiar Cup last 2008. He is a professional right at WPBL as their number 1 player there.
Is headlined by Darren Appleton, John Morra and Thorsten Hohmann as they we're the best of the best from WPBL last season. Expect them to give Team Philippines a tough time as they we're used to playing Bonus Ball unlike their Pinoy counterparts. It's a war!
Darren "Dynamite" Appleton
Darren Appleton is an English pool (pocket billiards) player, nicknamed "Dynamite". He won the first WPA World Ten-ball Championship in 2008 against Wu Chia-ching, the former world champion in both nine-ball and eight-ball from Taiwan. With the victory, he became the second male player from Britain to win a world championship after Daryl Peach who won the world nine-ball title a year earlier.
John is an up and coming pool boy wonder from Canada, He has been on the top of his game now and is well known for his pleasant personality and nerves of steel specially during crunch-time.
Thorsten "The Hitman" Hohmann
The Hitman is German Player who's well known for being very precised and have a steely demeanor. A beast in the pool table and always ready to dominate once given a chance.
How to Watch and Donate?
Just visit www.wpbltv.com the click "buy now" button of the All-Star Charity Match for Philippine Relief. What are you waiting for? Get a chance to watch history and help.