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64 Remain As Heat Turned Up In Hanoi

Hanoi Open

World Champion Francisco Sanchez Ruiz will face 2017 World Champion Carlo Biado - live exclusively on Vietcontent in Asia - as the draw for the last 64 has been made in the Hanoi Open Pool Championship.

The World Nineball Tour is always action-packed, shown none more so than day three at the Hanoi Open Pool Championship. Local hero Do Khai delighted the crowd in Table 2’s opening match – live on Matchroom Multi Sport’s YouTube. The eccentric entertainer’s showmanship catching the eye of the adoring fans despite a loss to Spaniard Marcos Sanz Martin.

Vietnam will have a number of players featuring in the last 64, led by poster boy Nguyen Anh Tuan after a big victory over European Open champion and recent addition to Team Europe’s Mosconi Cup roster David Alcaide. Anh Tuan, who represented Vietnam in this summer’s World Cup of Pool, will feature in an exhibition match on Saturday evening – live on Matchroom Multi Sport’s YouTube – against the greatest of all time, Efren Reyes.

The last 64 will feature four Brits, with Chris Melling taking out Team USA’s Mosconi Cup hopeful Billy Thorpe through loser’s qualification. Eagle Eye Jayson Shaw enjoyed a quarter-finals run at the US Open and has continued his strong form in Vietnam with a comprehensive 9-3 win over Jeff De Luna. Shaw’s World Cup of Pool partner Elliott Sanderson came through an all-British hill-hill affair with World Snooker Tour star Gary Wilson. Imran Majid defeated 2001 World 9-ball Champion Mika Immonen.

Shane Van Boening will be looking to secure his spot in Team USA’s Mosconi Cup roster this week but was put through his paces by part of a strong Filipino contingent representing in Hanoi. 20-year-old sensation Kyle Amoroto sent the five-time US Open champion into the loser’s bracket after SVB scratched at hill-hill. It was then the turn of the more experienced Marvin Asis to mount an attack at the South Dakota Kid, again taking him the distance – but this time, SVB made no mistake.

Anton Raga, who arrived on the world scene in reaching the European Open Pool Championship final, sensationally won eight consecutive racks to overturn Billy Thorpe on the hill. The Philippines’ World Cup champions, James Aranas and Johann Chua, will also return on Friday.

Carlo Biado and Ko Ping Chung – both sent to the loser’s side following first-round defeats – battled their way through the day. The last time Ko came through that side of the draw, he would go on to win the US Open Pool Championship in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Spain will be represented by a team of four, with all members of their host World Cup of Pool members advancing to the last 64 – WNT #1 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, European Open champion David Alcaide, Jonas Souto Comino, and Jose Alberto Delgado.

Last 64 Draw Highlights

  • Francisco Sanchez Ruiz v Carlo Biado

  • Aleksa Pecelj v Sanjin Pehlivanovic

  • Jeff De Luna v Nguyen Anh Tuan

  • Anton Raga v Ralf Souquet

  • Jayson Shaw v Bui Truong An

  • Fedor Gorst v Kuo Po Cheng

  • Niels Feijen v Tyler Styer

  • Roland Garcia v Lee Vann Corteza

  • Bernie Regalario v Luong Duc Thien

  • Albin Ouschan v Chris Melling

The full draw and knockout bracket is available here.


The Hanoi Open Pool Championship takes place at the Hanoi Indoor Games Gymnasium, Hanoi, Vietnam.

All times are local (EDT)

13th October – from 11 am

14th October – 11 am – 3:30 pm / 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

15th October – 11 am – 3:30 pm / 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm



Fans in territories not listed below can watch Day 4 (October 13th) on the Matchroom Pool and Multi Sport YouTube channels as well as on Matchroom.Live

Day 4 (13th October)

VCT – Vietnam and Rest of Asia - except for China, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei & Hong Kong

  • Matchroom.Live – Rest of the World

  • Matchroom Pool and Multi Sport YouTube – Rest of the World

Days 5-6 only (14-15th October) – Last 16 to Winner on the below broadcasters

14th October – 11 am – 3:30 pm / 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

15th October – 11 am – 3:30 pm / 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sky Sports Arena – United Kingdom and Ireland

  • Dazn - United States & Brazil

  • Viaplay - Netherlands, Poland, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

  • Nova - Czechia & Slovakia

  • Sportscast - Chinese Taipei

  • TVRI - Indonesia

  • Vietcontent - Vietnam and the rest of Asia

  • Matchroom.Live for the rest of the world.


Limited tickets are still available for the Hanoi Open Pool Championship. Secure yours now here.

For help with any event issues or queries, please contact us through @MatchroomPool social media channels or email Adam Clapham Matchroom Multi Sport

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