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World 14.1 day 3The big goal on Tuesday was to secure a place in the double elimination phase, which begins on Thursday, and several of the big names did just that, as we’ll see in the group summaries below. For those less fortunate, they will be depending on winning their final match in today’s light schedule (most are playing only one match), someone else’s losing, a tiebreaker, or some combination of these events. While the mathematical possibilities are substantial in several groups, some of the stronger players are so heavily favored that we can, in most cases, forecast who is going to advance.Here a few of the highlights from Tuesday’s play: Johnny Fulcher was at -3 in his match with Danny Harriman when he ran 103 and out to claim the high run so far in the round robin phase. Warren Kiamco ran 100 in handing Thorsten Hohmann his only loss. Tony Robles ran 70 in beating Ron Dobosenski, then thrilled his legion of fans on the TV table with a run of 69 and out against Jayson Shaw.Mika Immonen was on the verge of losing his third game, which would have ended his title hopes, after Elliot Eisenberg staged a big comeback with a run over 60 balls to reach 87. But Eisenberg, a superb shotmaker, missed an easy shot and the Iceman ran out to remain in the hunt for a berth in the final 24.Below are the records after the first two days of play. Groups 1, 3, 5, 6, and 8 are all but set in stone. In Groups 2, 4, and 7 there is still a question as to who will advance.TODAY’S FEATURED MATCHES
Group 2: Fulcher vs. Hernandez (3:00pm)
Group 4: Davis-Scharbach (1:30pm)
Group 7: Gomez vs. Johns (3:00pm)ROUND ROBIN
GROUP 1
Lipsky is favored to beat James Landrum (10:30am), so he should advance along with Appleton and Strickland.
Darren Appleton – 5-0
Earl Strickland – 4 – 1
Steve Lipsky – 3 – 1
James Heller – 2 – 3
Bob Cozzolino – 1 – 3
James Landrum – 0 – 3
Tom Gleich – 0 – 4

GROUP 2
Van Boening has secured his spot. Harriman is a big favorite to win his match. Fulcher and Hernandez play each other at 3pm. If Hernandez wins, there would likely be three players at 4-2 – and only two will advance!
Shane Van Boening – 5-0
Jonni Fulcher – 4 – 1
Danny Harriman – 3 – 2
Frankie Hernandez – 3 – 2
Jim Colling – 1 – 3
Eugene Ok – 0 – 4
Tom Karabotsos – 0 – 4

GROUP 3
The top three have qualified for Thursday’s play,
Reiner Wirbitzki – 5-0
Max Eberle – 4 – 1
Kevin Clark – 4 – 2
Jonathan Smith – 2 – 3
Eddie Kwok – 1 – 3
Sean Morgan – 1 – 4
Alex Masucci – 0 – 4

GROUP 4
Deuel and Orcullo play at 3pm in a match that will likely determine who is goes undefeated in round robin. Lombardo, Scharbach and Davis all look to still be alive. The Davis-Scharbach match at 1:30pm could determine who advances.
Corey Deuel – 5 – 0
Dennis Orcullo – 4 – 0
Hunter Lombardo – 3-3
Frank Scharbach – 2 – 3
Mike Davis – 2 – 2
Jim Gottier – 1 – 4
Bob Jewett – 0 – 5

GROUP 5
The top three are almost certain to advance, but the final spot could be in question if Putnik wins both of his matches, including the one against Kiamco, which begins at 12:00pm.
Warren Kiamco – 4 – 0
Thorsten Hohmann – 4 – 1
Sean Wilkie – 4 – 2
Ivica Putnik – 2 – 2
Bob Madenjian – 1 – 3
Randy Hanson – 1 – 4
Charles Eames – 0 – 4

GROUP 6
Cohen and Archer are in. Barouty is the heavy favorite to grab the final spot, and he will if he beats Chin. Their game begins at 3:00pm.
Stephan Cohen – 5 – 0
Johnny Archer – 4 – 0
Danny Barouty – 3 – 2
Jude Rosenstock – 1 – 3
Holden Chin – 1 – 3
Michael Yednak – 1 – 4
Rhys Chen – 1 – 4

GROUP 7
Eisenberg and Immonen should finish at 4-2. Gomez is heavily favored to end up at no worse than 4-2, and he will finish at 5-1 if he wins his match with Johns. It starts at 3:00pm. In this case Gomez would advance to Thursday’s action. And this will likely mean that Eisenberg, Immonen, and Johns will tie at 4-2 – so the last two could qualifiers easily result from a tiebreaker! This is THE GROUP to watch!
Dieter Johns – 4 – 1
Roberto Gomez – 3 – 1
Elliot Eisenberg – 3 – 2
Mika Immonen – 2 – 2
Wei Ni – 1 – 3
Mark Finkelstein – 1 – 3
Eddie Culhane – 0 – 4

GROUP 8
The top three are all but guaranteed to advance to the double elimination phase – and they definitely will if Shaw, who is the heavy favorite, beats Thongsouk today.
Tony Robles – 4 – 1
Joshua Filler – 4 – 1
Jayson Shaw – 4 – 1
Somphet Thongsouk – 2 – 2
Ron Dobosenski – 2 – 3
Mark Kulungian – 1 – 4
Jeff Mohl – 0 – 5

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