FINLAND completed its dream run to the PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool championship as Mika Immonen and Petri Makkonen defeated Poland, 10-8, in the final on Sunday at the Robinsons Midtown Mall in Manila.
The Finns won the title and the US$60,000 top prize by beating three previous title holders, including two-time champions Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante in the quarterfinals.
Trailing the Polish pair of Karol Skowerski and Wojciech Szewcyk by one rack, Immonen and Makkonen tied the game at 8-8 when Szewczyk missed the one-ball before reaching hill on another error by Poland after an attempt to jump the cue ball.
The Polish pair looked headed to forcing a hill-hill battle with only four balls remaining, but Szewczyk missed an attempt to sink a ball on the side pocket and Immonen and Makkonen went on to clear the table.
Immonen and Makkonen broke the hearts of home fans after they defeated the highly-revered Filipino pair of Reyes and Bustamante, 9-5, on Saturday night. Reyes and Bustamante were the 2006 and the 2009 champions.
In the second round, Immonen and Makkonen stunned defending champions Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohman, 8-4, before clinching a spot in the finals with a 9-7 win over 2008 titlist Rodney Morris and Shane Van Boening of the United States.