Hotshot pool players pot for charity

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Legends Pool and Sports Bar was the venue for the 3rd annual Pattaya Charity Pool tournament in aid of the Father Ray Foundation, held on Tuesday, July 26.

Phisut Saekhu, vice president of the THA E, Father Pichan Jaiseri, vice chairman of the Father Ray Foundation, Damrongkiert Pichitkarn, secretary of the Industrial and Tourism Association and Andy Narine, managing director of the Legends Pool and Sports Bar were joined at the tournaments opening ceremony by a large number of pool players and enthusiasts together with a healthy crowd of spectators.

The top three players, Elias (centre), Anucha (second left) and David Bell (second right) pose with their trophies at the conclusion of the 3rd annual Pattaya Charity Pool tournament.
The top three players, Elias (centre), Anucha (second left) and David Bell (second right) pose with their trophies at the conclusion of the 3rd annual Pattaya Charity Pool tournament.

The competition was open to all pool players, both amateurs and professionals, and utilized a knockout format to whittle the field down and find the eventual champion.  Registration cost 2,000 baht with a large percentage of the entrance fee going to help the day to day running of the Father Ray Foundation.  Tournament T-shirts were also on sale for 200 baht each with the proceeds also going into the charity pot.

Action from the knockout stages of the pool competition.
Action from the knockout stages of the pool competition.

The winner of this year’s tournament was Mr. Elias (surname withheld) who was presented with the honourable trophy by Poramet Gnampichet, former MP of the Palangchol Party.  The beaten finalist and runner-up was Mr. Anucha and third place went to England’s David Bell.

It was yet another successful event that raised money for a great cause. All who took part appeared to have a great time and will be looking forward to the next tournament in 2017.