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Gideon John, Wale Akinola win VBank Snooker/Billiards tourney

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The 2021 VBank Open Snooker and Billiards Tournament held in partnership with the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, closed in grand style over the weekend, with Gideon John emerging as the biggest winner of the night after defeating Shehu Bamidele 3-0. Wale Akintola took the billiards game in an exciting 150 to 135 win. 

The tournament, which kicked off on April 6, had 32 initial players later whittled down to the top four. 

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Victor Ukueku bested Abiodun Christopher in a match of five frames to clinch the third-place prize of N80, 000 and other consolation prizes.

Speaking at the colourful closing ceremony, Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, VFD Group, Efeturi Doghudje, thanked the Lagos Country Club for a successful competition and all the players for conducting themselves professionally. 

“I thank the president of LCC, the patrons, captain and members of the Snooker and Billiards section, and the guests that are here to witness and cheer the players. Your presence shows the importance you attach to this championship. 

“On behalf of Vbank, I congratulate the winners and hope that you continue to represent the sports at all levels.”

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A delighted Gideon John walked away with the highest cash prize of N150,000 and an extra sum of N20,000 being prize money for the Highest Break of the Snookers tournament, which he set at 38. 

First runner up, Shehu Bamidele, won N100, 000 in cash prize, as well as branded gifts. 

In the Billiards Championship, which held simultaneously, top three winners emerged Friday with the first-place winner, Wale Akinola, getting N100, 000 cash, while Edafe Agbah came third with N50, 000 only. 

Victor Ukuekutook took the second position in the billiards tourney, winning another N80, 000.

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