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Snooker Stars in Warsaw
October 27, 2011   
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The first ever professional snooker tournament to take place in Poland, the Warsaw Classic was held in the capital Sept. 30-Oct. 2. It was the sixth qualifier of the European Players Tour Championship 2011-2012, with prize money totaling 50,000 euros.

Polish snooker fans never had such a strong lineup of players in one place. The event in Warsaw brought together 85 of the world’s top 100 players, including Steve Davis, a six-time world champion, Peter Ebdon, the 2002 champion, and Neil Robertson, the world’s best snooker player last year.

Polish competitors included 16-year-old Kacper Filipiak, the first professional snooker player to have come from Poland. Although he dropped out after the first round, beaten by David Gilbert, audiences took some consolation from the fact that he became the first Pole to score a 100-point break in a professional tournament. According to three-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, Filipiak has a chance of becoming the youngest world champion, given that he is the youngest professional player in snooker history, having started at the tender age of 15.

The Warsaw tournament was won by Australia’s Neil Robertson, who in the finals defeated Britain’s Ricky Walden four to one. Robertson took home a prize of 10,000 euros.

Stanley Ruzam
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