NOLAN Cultura won the New Bamboo/Budweiser Battle of the Champions 8 Ball Tournament by defeating Jerry Soriano in the finale Wednesday last week at Saipan Vegas.
Cultura earned his first victory against Rowel Mariano by displaying accurate and strategic placements.
Cultura then dispatched Jess Farinas and Roel Barretto, one after the other, to reach the semifinals.
Against defending champion Jerry Soriano, however, Cultura was outgunned and sent down to the pit.
But Cultura quickly disposed of Barretto to set up a redemption match with Soriano in the final round.
This time, Cultura had the momentum burning as he handed Soriano his first loss of the night.
In the final, winner-take-all match, Cultura controlled the final turns of the game and pocketed all the balls to secure victory.
He not only won a championship trophy but $500 cash prize as well while Soriano took home the second place trophy and $250.
Roel Barretto, who finished third, received a trophy and $100 while Jess Farinas was $50 richer for placing fourth.