Today is a sad day for all of us in Thailand. King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed away. The Bangkok Pool League has played in a nation that is greatly influenced by his Royal Majesty. We offer our condolences to the people of Thailand and may the King rest in peace and look down on his people with pride and joy. Rest in Peace, His Royal Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Champion 5 of 6 years, Bangkok brings the cup back home!
The 6th year of the Asia Pool Challenge will be in Saigon on Sept 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Bangkok, winner of 4 of the previous 5 events will be there to take on teams from Jakarta, Shanghai, Manila, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Saigon and Seoul. The tournament on the 1st will be a singles tournament for the top 2 players from last years event. Mao and Ruairi will be representing Bangkok off their strong performances in Jakarta last year. The main event will be on the 2nd & 3rd.
The event will be streamed, and Hustlers, Sportsman and Sports Academy will all be showing the streaming.
28 people from Bangkok will be making it to Saigon for the event. All of the action will be in the ballroom of The Eastin Grand Hotel. If anyone is in the neighborhood, please stop by.
This years’ event was sponsored by Hustlers and Asia Billiards, who have both given strong support. The Bangkok Pool League is also a sponsor, courtesy of the support from PizzaMania and LED Lighting Asia.
The Bangkok Team went up to Chiang Mai and played there on their tables. Because of last-minute cancellations, we only had ten players, but Chiang Mai very graciously loaned us two players to fill our teams.
Chiang Mai A 4 – BKK A 2
BKK B 5 – Chiang Mai B 1
Chiang Mai C 4 – BKK C 2
A big thanks to Lenny, Manny, Ronnie, Hermann, Gary Lee, Gary, Tom, Tim and Wolfgang for making the trip and representing Bangkok well. We had a great trip. Those that weren’t able to go, you missed a great trip!
Chiang Mai were great hosts and a special thanks to Brian, AJ and Peter for their efforts. We noticed a number of improvements in terms of strategy and using the rules effectively.
M Hotel (Burger King on ground floor)
IM Hotel (McD on ground floor)
Top North Hotel
Raming Lodge Hotel and Spa
Both SMN Goodfellows (9-ball) and SMN Hobos (8-ball, blue division) have dropped out.
The first leg of the Chiang Mai challenge went well.
Bangkok Pool A 6 vs Chiang Mai A 2
Bangkok Pool B 6 vs Chiang Mai B 2
Bangkok Pool C 8 vs Chiang Mai C 0
We will play at Chiang Mai on August 20.
Currently on the list as playing in Chiang Mai:
Peter (not 100%)
That makes our minimum. It would be nice to have a few more players who are going up. Please let me know if you want to play in Chiang Mai.
Country Road is moving 1 August to Sukhumvit Soi 4. Back part of the Swan Bar.
The players from Chiang-Mai will be arriving in the next day. Event starts at 6 pm on Saturday at each of the venues. Format is the same as Monday night 8-ball format.
Chiang Mai A will play at Hustlers vs. 4 or 5 players
Chiang Mai B will play at Sportsman Lounge (upstairs)
Chiang Mai C will play at Sports Academy
The Hot Links 9-ball team will play out the rest of the season with their home games at the Jersey Pub on Soi 6.