Kim Byeong-ho (50, Hana Card One Q Pay), Eom Sang-pil (46, Blue One Angels), and even Seo Hyun-min (41, Wellbang Phoenix). The ‘veterans’ who dominated the professional billiards (PBA) tour accepted the bitter cup of being eliminated in the first part. They lost their seed in the Crown Haitai Championship, the final match of this season’s regular tour, where the survival of the first division was divided, as they failed to fill the insufficient ranking points.
Sid, which is another word for ‘qualification to participate in tour competitions’, is ‘food line’. If you don’t have a seed, you can’t earn money (prize). So, to them, the Crown Haetae competition was like the last ‘tickle’ with the right to survive. A bigger problem is the fact that he is in danger of being released from the team league, which is like a ‘workplace’.
Byeong-ho Kim, better known as the father of Bo-mi Kim (24), who won runner-up in the women’s final on the 7th, only scored 2,000 points in the round of 64 after losing to Frédéric Caudron (Belgium). Kim Byung-ho, who was ranked 83rd in ranking points with 13,500 points before the tournament, was pushed out of the cutoff with only 15,500 먹튀검증points this season.
As of 3:00 pm on the 8th, after finishing the first game in the semifinals, the bottom line of survival is a tie for 64th place, with 21,500 points. Kim Byeong-ho was 6,000 points short.
Seo Hyun-min, who was the champion of the 2020-21 season (NH Nonghyup Card Championship), also suffered a hardship after losing to Lim Seong-gyun in the round of 64. Along with Kim Byeong-ho, he scored 13,500 points in the previous match, but only scored 2,000 points in this tournament. Again, 6000 points were not enough.
Eom Sang-pil, the ‘team leader’ of the Team League Blue One Angels, has no experience winning an individual tour, but his team leadership is recognized by the team. However, on the individual tour this season, he has been in the middle and lower ranks.
Although he showed his determination to rise to the round of 16 for a long time in this tournament, he lost 0-3 to Cho Jae-ho, so he could not secure any more points. He was ranked 112th (6,500 points), but he raised the ranking to 63rd (16,500 points) by adding 10,000 points given to the round of 16 of this tournament, but it was in vain.
Hwang Deuk-hee and Jeon In-hui, who stayed in 83rd place (13,500 points), added 10,000 points to advance to the round of 16 side by side and entered the top 50. This is because the ranking was pushed back due to the last-minute breakthrough of players in the lower ranks, such as securing 15,000 points and entering within the cut-off line while climbing to the top.
These three players, including Eom Sang-pil, not only lost their seed in the individual competition, but also faced the risk of having to take off their team uniforms. According to the PBA team league rules, if you lose the individual tour seed, you cannot play on the team. The seed can be restored through the Qualifying (Q) School, but whether or not to ‘re-recruit’ the released players is entirely up to the club’s will and discretion.
Such is the case for Oh Tae-joon (31), who reached the final in the 6th High1 Resort Championship last December. Oh Tae-joon lost his seed last season by finishing 101st, and was released from his team, NH Nonghyup Card Green Force. He restored his seed through Q School, but he was not nominated by his original team in the draft this season.