Marlon Manalo Wins 2005 Texas Hold ‘em Billiards

December 13th, 2005 by Billiard News by Inside POOL Magazine Leave a reply »

Marlon Manalo Wins 2005 Texas Hold ‘em BilliardsDecember 12, 2005 – Springfield, Mass: “This tournament takes the sport to a whole new level,” said an elated Marlon Manalo moments after capturing the 2005 TEXAS HOLD ‘EM BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP. The pressure packed $100,000 winner-take-all event was held at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA on December 10, 2005. Manalo, from the Philippines, defeated Johnny Archer of the USA for all the money in the final match and was crowned the “Texas Hold ‘Em Billiards Champion.” The two semifinals and the Championship match were taped by ESPN for telecast beginning in February.“The pressure is just incredible,” said Manalo. “There’s no margin for error from start to finish. One shot missed and you can lose $100,000! Your nerves are off the wall during the entire tournament.” Indeed, of the eight champions in the event, Manalo battled his way to the title. He overpowered 2004 Sands Open Champion Rodney Morris, 2004 Sudden Death 7-Ball Champion Corey Deuel and 2004 Pro Tour Champion Robb Saez in the first semifinal.The semifinal and final matches pit four players in a format similar to Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, with chip totals of $500,000 at stake in each semifinal and $1,000,000 at stake in the Championship match. The four players in a match start with equal amounts of chips and are required to make ever-increasing wagers through four rounds of play. The two top money winners from each semifinal advance to the Championship match.

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