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TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 04:07 PM
It's about to start and I'm gonna try to do a play by play. Anyone else watching it live please feel free to add to this thread.:)

Race to 13 Immonen vs Alcano.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 04:13 PM
Alcano just walked up to the table to start warming up.

Virginia Gil
10-25-2008, 04:37 PM
are they starting now?

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 04:41 PM
Barry is doing raffles now. Both players look like they're ready to play.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 04:46 PM
Barry says that the players deserve 100k instead of 40k. He can't do it himself, but he suggested that as soon as next year they may be playing for 100k!

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 04:47 PM
Both players are now going to warm up and then we'll be in action probably at the top of the hour.

Virginia Gil
10-25-2008, 04:47 PM
I'm soo sleepy, but woke up at 7am to be able to look at the scores....

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 04:48 PM
Ronnie said he's ready to go. Mika is gonna run 1 more rack and then we'll be ready to start.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 04:53 PM
Ronnie wins the lag.

Here we go!

Race to 13 for all the marbles!

f210
10-25-2008, 04:53 PM
It just started. Ronnie Alcano wins the lag and will break first.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 04:57 PM
Ronnie plays a bad safety on the 1 giving the Iceman the first rack.

1-0 Immonen

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:01 PM
Immonen breaks and drops two balls. The first ball, the 2, is blocked. Immonen pushes out. Immonen is given the shot back.

Immonen flukes the 9 into the side pocket.

Immonen 2-0

gregthcarpenter
10-25-2008, 05:02 PM
sick:p :p :p :p

obrien714
10-25-2008, 05:03 PM
i dont like the iceman, lets go alcano

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:07 PM
Immonen breaks and pockets 2 balls again. Immonen misses the shot.
Alcano comes to the table and plays a safety on the 3.
Immonen combos the 3-7 and leaves shape for the next ball. Nice shot.
Immonen runs out.

Immonen 3-0

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:11 PM
Immonen breaks two balls off and has a shot on the 1 ball. Looks like a fairly easy runout.
Immonen runs out.

Immonen 4-0

MOJOE
10-25-2008, 05:12 PM
my feed froze up.... ARghhh!

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:15 PM
Immonen breaks and makes a ball. Looks like another easy run.
Immonen runs out again. The Iceman is in complete control.

Immonen 5-0

JoeyInCali
10-25-2008, 05:15 PM
Danny doesn't know Efren finished 2nd 3 years in a row.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:19 PM
Immonen breaks and makes a ball. He misses a long 1 ball but gets a roll. Alcano has no easy shot on the one.
Alcano plays a bad shot/safety and sells out the one ball. The table is open for Immonen.
Immonen runs the table for another win.

Immonen 6-0

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:23 PM
Alcano has changed cues.

Immonen breaks dry for the first time. The one goes but the two is tied up.
Alcano comes with a brilliant shot to get on the 2 ball. Alcano runs out and claims his first game win.

Immonen 6-1

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:26 PM
Alcano breaks very soft (only two past the center line). Still comes up dry.
Immonen comes to the table and overcuts the 1 ball selling out the 1 ball.
Alcano shoots the 1 behind the back and performs the 2-7 combo to perfection.
Alcano runs the rack.

Immonen 6-2

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:28 PM
Alcano takes a break leaving the arena. I just figured out who the hottie in the red blouse is: Rachel Abbink. Hubba hubba. :)

DRW
10-25-2008, 05:33 PM
Immonen breaks and makes a ball. He misses a long 1 ball but gets a roll. Alcano has no easy shot on the one.
Alcano plays a bad shot/safety and sells out the one ball. The table is open for Immonen.
Immonen runs the table for another win.

Immonen 6-0
This almost looks like the drubbing Corey gave Mika the year Corey won.

PoolBum
10-25-2008, 05:33 PM
Alcano is a hottie in a red blouse: Rachel Abbink takes a break leaving the arena. :)

Your reports are becoming confusing.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:35 PM
Alcano breaks dry but gives very little to Immonen.
Immonen plays a good safety but leaves a jump. Immonen is left a simple shot on the 1 ball.
Immonen makes the 8-9 combo for the win.

Immonen 7-2

The King
10-25-2008, 05:36 PM
Hey poolnut stick to the updates ...lol... And thank you ...

Robertduke
10-25-2008, 05:36 PM
Your reports are becoming confusing.

HAHAHA.....

The King
10-25-2008, 05:37 PM
Does the Iceman have to beat Alcano two sets ...

sebring7999
10-25-2008, 05:38 PM
Does the Iceman have to beat Alcano two sets ...

one race to 13

DRW
10-25-2008, 05:38 PM
1 race to 13

TXsouthpaw
10-25-2008, 05:39 PM
come on ronnie.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:39 PM
Immonen's cut break is making the wing ball consistently and works this rack too.
He leaves a great safety creating blockage and distance.
Alcano misses giving an open table and ball in hand to Immonen.
Immonen is making a statement with rock solid play.

Immonen 8-2

PoolBum
10-25-2008, 05:40 PM
Looks like it's gonna be Mika's day. I hope Ronnie can come back and make it exciting.

TXsouthpaw
10-25-2008, 05:42 PM
Looks like it's gonna be Mika's day. I hope Ronnie can come back and make it exciting.


that would be awesome. he just needs to catch a gear. REAL quick

DRW
10-25-2008, 05:43 PM
This is one of the fastest matches of the event.

JoeyA
10-25-2008, 05:43 PM
Immonen's cut break is making the wing ball consistently and works this rack too.
He leaves a great safety creating blockage and distance.
Alcano misses giving an open table and ball in hand to Immonen.
Immonen is making a statement with rock solid play.

Immonen 8-2

Is Ronnie shooting with confidence or is his stroke a bit timid?
Thanks,
JoeyA

DRW
10-25-2008, 05:46 PM
Is Ronnie shooting with confidence or is his stroke a bit timid?
Thanks,
JoeyA
Joey, it don't look like he's getting to stroke too much.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:47 PM
Immonen breaks dry very soft. Alcano comes to the table facing semi-clusters and close balls. Ugly table.
Alcano gets a bad roll and plays a shot that misses but leaves Mika nothing.
Mika plays safe on the 5-ball.
Alcano can fan the side of the orange ball and does creating distance.
Mika tries to bank and jaws the 5.
Alcano makes the 5 but jaws the 6 in the same pocket the 5 was in.
Open table for Mika and he runs out.

Immonen 9-2

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:49 PM
It looks like Mika is getting some rolls and Alcano is not. Alcano is playing confidently but he's not getting to the table much. Mika is getting out easily and winning the safety battles. That is the difference.

vgodley1
10-25-2008, 05:50 PM
this may be a fast set!

Robertduke
10-25-2008, 05:51 PM
Is Ronnie shooting with confidence or is his stroke a bit timid?
Thanks,
JoeyA

Looks like hes not shooting much at all.. =)

TXsouthpaw
10-25-2008, 05:53 PM
ronnie needs to slow the set down. mika is hot.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 05:54 PM
Mika breaks dry.
Alcano must kick at the 1 ball. He's getting no luck. He's pushing out. Mika accepts and leaves a bank for Alcano.
Alcano goes for the bank on the 1 ball and misses leaving a 1-7 combo.
Mika is running another open table. Alcano loses another safety battle and it is costing him racks.

Immonen 10-2

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:02 PM
Mika Immonen breaks the wing ball but has no clear shot on the 1 ball. He kicks and gets a piece of it. Alcano plays safe leaving Mika behind the 9 ball. Mika grabs the jump cue.
Mika tries to make it and misses but gets another roll. Alcano only has the edge to hit it. Good hit.
Mika must kick at the 1 ball. Very nice safety by Mika. Alcano is having trouble getting an open shot to runout. Wonderful shot on the 1 ball but no shot on the 2 ball. Must play a safety. Alcano leaves an edge of the 2.
Mika gets too aggressive with a long rail bank, trying too hard to get to 13. Mika leaves an open table for Alcano finally.
Alcano runs out.

Immonen 10-3

JoeyInCali
10-25-2008, 06:03 PM
Alcano is now playing with a regular shaft from the looks of it.

td873
10-25-2008, 06:07 PM
..........

DRW
10-25-2008, 06:07 PM
Thanks TXpoolnut. Off to the airport to pick up a friend. He'll understand my lateness.:smile:

sebring7999
10-25-2008, 06:10 PM
are they taking a break?

9baller
10-25-2008, 06:11 PM
that is kinda unfair to alcano for the finals to be one race instead of two.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:13 PM
Ronnie Alcano switches his break to the other side of the table and comes up dry. Mika has a shot on the 1. He misses the long rail bank.
Alcano makes the 1 but has to play a safety on the 2. Good job hiding the cue ball.
Mika kicks and misses the 2. Ball in hand to Alcano.
Alcano has such a clean, crisp stroke. He has to play a safety on the 6 ball and does very well. Mika must kick with the bridge at the green ball.
Mika does well hooking Ronnie.
Alcano goes to the jump cue and gets a good hit. Cue ball is hanging in the jaws of a side pocket.
Mika plays another safety hiding the green behind the brown. Alcano tries a safety and succeeds. Mikas turn to kick and double kisses the ball selling out the open table.
Alcano finally is able to clear the last four.

Immonen 10-4

sebring7999
10-25-2008, 06:16 PM
ty tx poolnut

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:16 PM
Alcano breaks hard and makes 2 balls. Wide open table should be a piece of cake for the Volcano. Perfect break and run.

Immonen 10-5

TXsouthpaw
10-25-2008, 06:19 PM
that is kinda unfair to alcano for the finals to be one race instead of two.

your right. he goes undefeated and gets punished for it.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:19 PM
Alcano breaks and makes a ball. He hits em very hard and has an easy 1 ball. If he falls on the 3, he should be out. This makes 4 in a row for Ronnie. Immonen hasn't been to the table in a while now. Iceman is getting cold.

Immonen 10-6

BlowFish
10-25-2008, 06:22 PM
Come on Ronnie... Go Go Go... :D :D :D

Thanx TX Poolnut. Sending some greenies you way.

JoeyA
10-25-2008, 06:23 PM
that is kinda unfair to alcano for the finals to be one race instead of two.

I used to think the same thing but if Ronnie were on the one loss side, he would have to beat Mika only one set.
There has been discussion about this in the past and when the tournament director or promoter makes the finals one race, they just make it a slightly longer race (than the race in the matches prior to the finals) to give both of the players a chance to overcome the rolls that are a serious factor in short races.

If Ronnie had the good fortune of having an easy draw with his matches and Mika had the worst luck in drawing the toughest players in the tournament and lost one match because he had twice as many tough players to play against, would that be fair? That happens quite often in tournaments, not saying it was this case, this time as I don't have time to look at the matches each have played.
JoeyA

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:24 PM
Alcano breaks hard and dry.
Mika kicks and misses. Alcano runs out the table with ball in hand and is looking very strong.

Immonen 10-7

PoolBum
10-25-2008, 06:25 PM
This could be getting interesting.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:25 PM
Alcano is taking a short break and leaves the arena.

JoeyInCali
10-25-2008, 06:26 PM
Nice runout by Ronnie. Feathered a clustered ball to get out.

Pepetus
10-25-2008, 06:27 PM
GO SUOMI GO!

You can do it Mika.

Jule
10-25-2008, 06:28 PM
What a comeback by Alcano! What looked to be an easy out for Mika is now a tough match!

TXsouthpaw
10-25-2008, 06:28 PM
Lets go ronnie

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:32 PM
Alcano comes back to the table and breaks dry.
Mika has a shot on the table and can run out. Mika bumps a ball and causes himself a problem. A little curve shot fixes the error and he playing safe. Nice shot.
Alcano tries to kick behind the back and misses. Mika has a free shot at the 3-9 combo with ball in hand and makes it.

Immonen 11-7

houmatroy
10-25-2008, 06:34 PM
Sounds like the breaks that Ronnie took only helped Immonen..Both breaks he took he was in control of match

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:36 PM
Mika rattles the wing ball and comes up dry. Alcano cuts the 1 in but gets very unlucky from a carom off the 2 ball and scratches down the table.
Mika has ball in hand and a decent run out to get on the hill.
Mika runs out the table and is on the hill.

Mika 12-7

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 06:48 PM
Mika breaking for the match and comes up dry. Alcano has no shot on the 1 ball. He is kicking and leaves a shot for Mika.
Mika makes the one and has an open table. He makes the 5 ball but must play safe on the 6 ball. He almost got out this inning. Alcano will come to the table again.
Alcano plays a great return safety. Now the 8 and 9 wont go.
Mika plays a safety and gets the mother of all rolls.
Alcano plays a kick shot and hits it.
Mika has 4 easy balls to the championship. Mika wins and will be a part of the European contingent on this years Mosconi Cup.

Immonen 13-7

TXsouthpaw
10-25-2008, 06:52 PM
reps for the play by play. wish ronnie wouldve won it though. oh well

Cameron Smith
10-25-2008, 06:53 PM
It's great to see Mika win it. He spent 7 years being the only guy to have ever lost 11-0 in the finals, now he is a US Open champion.

akaTrigger
10-25-2008, 06:54 PM
Thanks the play by play!! Rep to you! TX Poolnut, that was awesome. :thumbup:

BlowFish
10-25-2008, 06:55 PM
Wow, the Europeans have all the Major Trophy. Congrats Mika.

gopi-1
10-25-2008, 06:56 PM
I just woke up and Mika just won, 13-7. I've read every posts in this thread and from the looks of it, Mika just caught a gear because of the good rolls he got early on in the match, that's unfair to Mika. You have to play a good part on your "own" accord to win such a tough tournament like the US Open.

I say the pool gods gave the Iceman the nod today because he worked hard for it...

Captain K.
10-25-2008, 06:56 PM
Thankyou for the play by play, it was good to have the online bracket update but that only shows the win loss score. The play by play put me there!!!!!!!
Thanks again
Kennan

gopi-1
10-25-2008, 06:56 PM
Thnx again TX for the play by play!

Jule
10-25-2008, 06:58 PM
Ronnie would've had to steal that one from Mika! Very nice match by Immonen!

JoeyInCali
10-25-2008, 07:01 PM
Mika had a few rolls but he played better.
Congrats to Mika.
I thought he was the fave coming in the final stretch of the tourney.

TX Poolnut
10-25-2008, 07:02 PM
You're all welcome. I enjoyed being the AZ reporter. :D

Congrats to Mika Immonen.

Ronnie's day will come. He showed heart to the very end.

smashmouth
10-25-2008, 07:30 PM
congrats to the Iceman, he now joins the elite few that have won both the US open and a world title

justin.powell
10-26-2008, 12:55 AM
Congrats to Mika.

AnitoKid
10-26-2008, 06:06 AM
Thanks for the play-by-play!
Congratulations Mika!