Pagulayan bags runner-up plum in Jamaica Joe’s 8-ball Open


Former world champion Alex Pagulayan settled for the runner-up honors in the 2015 Jamaica Joe’s 8-Ball Open held in Midwest City in Oklahoma, US.

The 37-year-old Filipino cue master absorbed a 0-2 loss to American Justin Bergman in the best-of-three championship round.

Pagulayan lost in the opening game, 5-15, and the second match, 13-15, letting Bergman pocket the $14,000 top purse. Pagulayan, on the other and, received the $8,000 consolation purse.

Pagulayan, the 2004 World 9-Ball Pool champion, made it to the finals by beating Americans Corey Duel, 15-8, and Charlie Bryant, 15-3, in the early matches.

Overall, Pagulayan has a total earnings of $132,878 to take the top spot in the Az Billiards Money List.

He ruled the Fight Night 14 ($50,000), Derby City Classic Master of the Table ($20,000), Buffalo Billiards Pro One Pocket ($16,000), Derby City Classic One-Pocket Division ($12,000), 3rd Big Tyme Classic 9-Ball ($4,000) and 3rd Big Tyme Classic One-Pocket ($2,600).

Meanwhile, legendary cue master Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante has been named to the
Team Asia that will be seeing action in the 2015 King’s Cup slated on November 19 to 21 at the Resorts World Manila Casino and Hotel in Pasay City.

Bustamante will be joining Hall of Famer Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes in the team.

“Django and I won many team and doubles events together. We know each other very well and I am definitely most comfortable with him as a teammate,” said Reyes.

Bustamante and Reyes have won the World Cup of Pool titles in 2009 and 2006.


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