Best of the billiards tournament Olympic Exclusive 2005 revealed
Posted on 04.05.2005Competitors from Tallinn and Tartu, but also from Jõhvi and Valga came to the billiards tournament Olympic Exclusive 2005 held over the weekend. Jüri Talu became the Estonian champion of the 38 competitors. During the preliminaries, Siiri Truija won the title of the best female player and 15-year old Denis Grabe the title of the best junior player.
According to Marje Braunbrück, Olympic Casino's marketing director, the 34 male and 4 female players who participated in the competition showed that billiards had a future as a popular sport in Estonia. „We wanted to use the Olympic Exclusive 2005 tournament to offer billiards players a chance to test themselves in a competitive situation. The success of the first billiards tournament has already made us think about similar events in the future,“ said Braunbrück.
The two-stage billiards tournament was played through the American pool „9-ball“. The tournament's chief organizer Priit Pajumaa was happy: „Just like we hoped, the tournament was attended by both amateurs and professionals.“ Mihkel Mägi, who won on the first day, has a playing experience of already 13 years. Denis Grabe, who won the title of the best junior player, is still 15 years old, but has played billiards already for seven years.
The four best of the preliminary tournament made it to Sunday's show tournament where they met the Estonian masters of the sport. In the final round, the Estonian champion Jüri Talu met the Tallinn champion Aleksei Põder. A difficult contest was finally firmly won by Talu. The crowds were entertained during the games by the belly dancing troupe and their exotic show, all billiards players could also participate in an prediction contest.
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