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​Pool - 2015 Black Sea Cup
29th-30th August 2015, City Billiards Club, Constanta, Romania


Former World Champion Mika Immonen began his Romanian trip in style when taking the third edition of the Black Sea Cup.

81 players started out the 5900Euro guaranteed 9 Ball event in a double elimination set-up until the last 16. Alongside the strong contingent of local players were some of the sports most recognisable European figures such as Immonen, Nick Van Den Berg, Daniele Corrieri and Denis Grabe.

The Finn opened up with a victory but was put to the losers side by Ovidiu Cristea in his second match. Immonen, therefore, had to navigate a further three ties just to get himself into the single knockout bracket. 

The eventual champion then beat Zoran Svilar, Van Dan Berg, Ciprian Gandac and Corrieri for a well earned tournament win and approximately 1470Euros prize money.

Results (from the last 16 single elimination stage onwards) 
- losers receive 700RON each (Romanian New Leu)
Zoran Svilar (Serbia)                         7-9    Mika Immonen (Finland)
Nick Van Den Berg (Holland)         9-4    Miroslav Maimarev (Bulgaria)
Ciprian Gandac (Romania)              9-8    Sergiu Voicu (Romania)
Babken Melkonyan (Romania)      9-4    Marian Toader (Romania)
Denis Grabe (Estonia)                       9-5    Fedur Gorst (Russia)
Andrei Galatanu (Romania)            2-9    Radu Anghel (Romania)
Ovidiu Cristea (Romania)                7-9    Daniele Corrieri (Italy)
Stanimir Ruslanov (Bulgaria)         9-4    Radostin Dimov (Bulgaria)

(Quarter-Finals) - losers receive 1250RON each
Immonen     9-3    Van Den Berg
Gandac          9-1    Melkonyan
Grabe             9-3    Anghel
Corrieri         9-6    Ruslanov

(Semi-Finals) -  losers receive 2000RON each
Immonen    9-5    Gandac
Grabe            8-9    Corrieri

(Final) - winner receives 6500RON / runner-up receives 3500RON
Immonen    9-5    Corrieri

Best Female: Sonja Simonov - Romania (700RON)

Best Junior: Fedor Gorst (700RON)

Many thanks to the tournament team for the information, and use of their photos. For more information, and links to videos of the event, please visit the official Facebook page here.

Written by Michael Day, published on the 14th September 2015