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|2012 Men's World 9-Ball championshipsReyes has it easy in First Round Efren Reyes: Filipino legend
Veteran Filipino cue star Efren Reyes showed why at 57 he is still one of the best players in the world
when he thrashed Philipp Stojanovic 9-3 in first round of the 9-ball World Pool Championship at Al
Sadd Sports Club yesterday.
Reyes hardly gave his much younger Croatian rival a chance much to the delight of Filipino fans who
have loyally flocked venues whole-heartedly to cheer their heroes.
This year’s event has a whopping 16 Filipinos in contention, including Francisco Bustamante the
2010 champion, who on his part defeated Lo Li Wen of Taiwan 9-6.
The WPA 2012 World 9-ball Championship is considered as perhaps the most prestigious title in
men’s professional pool, and the action over the next few days promises to be as scorching as the weather.
Indeed the event has attracted 128 of the best pool players from over 50 countries, who are
vying for $300,000 in prize money, with $40,000 going to the eventual winner.
The tournament is run in two stages. The first stage has the players divided up into 16 groups of 8.
There the players will play a double elimination format, race to 9, alternate break. The top four
players in each group, two from the winners side, and two from the losers side, will advance into the
final 64, which begins on June 27th.
From there, the tournament becomes a straight knockout, with all matches single elimination race to
11, alternate break. The finals, which will be played on June 29th, will be race to 13, alternate break.
The list of names assembled here in Doha is a who’s who of the games top stars, with literally dozens
of world championships and major victories among them. In all there are 10 current or former
world 9-ball champions in the field, including defending champion Japan’s Yukio Akagariyama who
won in Doha last year.
The list of pool champions in the field doesn’t include just 9-ball. Current World 8-ball champion
Chang Jun Lin of Taiwan is here. Also vying for glory will be two time US Open Champion and
former World 10-Ball Champion Darren Appleton of England, 2011 World 8-ball Champion Dennis
Orcullo of the Philippines, 2010 World 8-ball champion Karl boyes of England, 2010 World 10-ball
champion Huidji See of the Netherlands, and former US Open
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"I REFUSE to go into a battle of wits with an unarmed man."