Archer has never failed to make it out of the round robin at The World Tournament, but he currently has 1 win and 3 losses. He must win today and then hope others in his group falter to give him a pass to the next round. Strickland has a better record than Archer in his group, but his earlier low scores may cost him a shot at the title.
Other notable names that will face do or die today are Robb Saez, Tony Robles, Earl Herring Ralph Eckert.
Players that look good to go through but another win would help secure are John Schmidt (3 wins and 1 loss), Francisco Bustamante ( 3 wins and 1 loss). OLiver Ortmann needs to win one of his two remaining matches to proceed.
Players such as USA’s Shane Van Boening and Charlie Williams have the luxury of knowing they are through and they face off today for the right to be ranked #1 in their group and receive a bye the next round. England’s Darren Appleton and Scotland’s Jonni Fulcher and Jayson Shaw are also guarantees. Dennis Hatch looks prime to take the overall #1 spot into the next round with undefeated record and has held his opponents to the least amount of balls scored against him.
Today’s marquee TV table lineup includes:
1130am Ortmann GER v Spears USA
1pm Strickland USA vs Cohen FRA
230pm Van Boening vs Williams
Matches continue today and the round robin completes on Wednesday before the evening 14.1 Hall of Fame Banquet honoring Oliver Ortmann and Gene Nagy. Tickets still on sale online www.worldstraightpool.com and at Steinway Billiards.
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