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Efren Reyes (born August 26, 1954) is a Filipino professional pool player from Angeles City and a 2-time world champion. Reyes is considered to be one of the all-time greats in the games of nine ball and one-pocket. He is often known by his nickname "Bata", and is also referred to as "The Magician" (see "Nicknames and aliases" below for more detail). is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar). ... Pocket billiards at a pub in Groningen, Netherlands 8 ball pool in Beijing, China Pocket billiards, most commonly referred to as pool, is the general term for a family of games played on a specific class of billiards table, having 6 receptacles called pockets (or holes) along the rails, in... Nickname: Motto: Sulong Angeles. ... A correct nine ball rack: the 1 ball at the apex centered over the foot spot, the 9 ball at center and all balls touching. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

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Background

Reyes was born in Pampanga in 1954 and moved to Manila with his family, at the age of 5. In Manila, he worked as a billiards attendant at his uncle's billiards hall, where he started learning the various cue sports. Because he was not tall enough to reach the pool table, he played while standing on Coca-cola cases that he moved around. At night, while he was dreaming of playing pool, the pool table was his bed. REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES Province of Pampanga Region: Central Luzon (Region III) Capital: City of San Fernando Founded: December 11, 1571 Population: 2000 census—1,882,730 (10th largest) Density—863 per km² (4th highest) Area: 2,180. ... For other meanings of the word, see Manila (disambiguation). ...


He is called "Bata", which is Filipino for "Kid", because there was another older pool player named Efren when he was young. To determine which Efren onlookers were referring to, he was nicknamed Efren "Bata" or the "Kid".


At a young age, he played for money, and in the sixties and seventies, played carambola billiards (also known as three cushion billiards). After establishing himself as a winner, he was discovered by promoters. This gave him the opportunity to compete in big time tournaments. Carambole billiards (or carom) is a billiards game possibly developed in the 18th century in France, though the exact date of invention is not clear. ...


Reyes began winning a number of tournaments in the US, Europe and in parts of Asia. Thus, he started to gain attention and recognition worldwide. In fact at the start of his career he would use "aliases" to hide his true identity just so as to be allowed to compete. By the mid-1990s, he became one of the elite players of the Philippines alongside Jose Parica and Francisco Bustamante. Jose Amang Parica Jose Parica (born April 18, 1949 in La Puente, California, USA)[1] is a Filipino professional pool player from Manila, nicknamed Amang (Tagalog for father) and the Giant Killer. ... Francisco Django Bustamante makes the front page of Inside Pool magazine, issue 8, 2002. ...


Notable successes in pool

The fame of Efren Reyes began when he won the US Open Nine Ball Championship in 1994 by defeating Nick Varner in the finals. He was the first non-American ever to win the event.


A couple of years later, Efren Reyes and Earl Strickland were chosen to face each other in an event called the Color of Money, named after the movie. The event was a 3-day race-to-120 challenge match of 9-ball. It was held in Hong Kong and has a winner-take-all prize of $100K. Reyes won the match 120-117 and the big prize. This was the largest single-winning purse in a pool event. Earl Strickland, nicknamed Earl the Pearl, is a famous American pool player and is generally considered one of the best nine-ball players of all time. ... The Color of Money was a 1984 novel by American writer Walter Tevis, continuing the story of Fast Eddie Felson from The Hustler (1959). ...


Although Earl Strickland was the first to win the WPA World 9-ball Championship, Reyes, in 1999, became the first to win it broadcast on television. Note - this tournament was not recognised at the time by the WPA, but Reyes was later retrospectively acknowledged as the winner of one of two world championships held in 1999. Nick Varner won the other than-"official" world title, but this was a much smaller scale event than the one Reyes won. The two tournaments were merged for the following year, with both men listed as the champion for 1999. At the time, the Matchroom Sport-organised event in Cardiff, Wales, was called the World Professional Pool Championship (despite the entry of many non-professional players). Matchroom Sport is a promotions company founded by the English entrepreneur Barry Hearn. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... This article is about the country. ...


In 2001, Reyes won the International Billiard Tournament. The event was held in Tokyo, and had over 700 players and total purse of ¥100M ($850K). Reyes dominated the event by beating Niels Feijen in the finals 15-7 and earned the ¥20M[1]($170K) first prize. At the time, this was biggest first prize in a pool tournament. For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Niels Feijen Niels Feijen (born 3 February 1977) is a Dutch champion professional pool player, based in The Hague. ...


Then in 2003, he became the first Asian to be inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame The Billiard Congress of America was established in 1948. ...


Near the end of 2004, Reyes beat Marlon Manalo to become the first-ever WPA World Eight Ball Champion. With the win, he became the first player in WPA history to win two world championships of different disciplines. The current version of the article or section is written like a magazine article instead of the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled List of World Eight-ball Champions and List of World Blackball Champions, accessible from a disambiguation page. ...

Efren Reyes posing with fan after he won an historic US$200,000 at the 2005 IPT King of the Hill Shootout

In December 2005 Reyes won the IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout. Reyes won a record-breaking $200K for first place by beating fellow Hall of Fame member Mike "the Mouth" Sigel two sets to none (8-0 and 8-5). Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1040 × 780 pixel, file size: 67 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is my personal picture that I took with my camera and may be released to public domain. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1040 × 780 pixel, file size: 67 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is my personal picture that I took with my camera and may be released to public domain. ... The International Pool Tour is a professional sports tour created in 2005 by Kevin Trudeau. ... Mike Sigel, (born in Rochester, New York), is a notable American professional pool player. ...


In 2006, Reyes and Francisco Bustamante represented their country as Team Philippines in the inaugural World Cup of Pool. They defeated Team USA, formed by Earl Strickland and Rodney Morris, to capture the title Francisco Django Bustamante makes the front page of Inside Pool magazine, issue 8, 2002. ...


That same year, Reyes won the IPT World Open Eight-ball Championship over Rodney Morris 8-6. He earned $500K which was the largest prize money tournament in the history of pocket billiards. Unfortunately, he hasn't claimed much of this as of 2007 due financial problems of the IPT. The IPT World Open Eight-ball Championship was an eight-ball tournament held in Reno, Nevada by the International Pool Tour. ... Rodney Morris (born 25 November 1970 in Spring Hill, Florida, USA) is a professional 9 ball pool player. ...


For 2007, he was ranked #2 in Pool & Billiard Magazine's "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players" poll.[2]


One of the world's most profitable players

As a player in professional pool, Reyes has been known to have won a number of money-rich tournaments worldwide. This makes him one of the most profitable players around. To prove it, he topped AZ Billiards Money List 5 times; 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.[3][4][5][6][7] In 2006 he set a record by earning $646K in a single year.


Film and ambassador

In 2003, Mr. Reyes was featured in the Filipino movie Pakners with the late actor Fernando Poe, Jr.. He also slated to appear in Anthony Palma's upcoming movie "9-Ball."[8] Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fernando Poe, Jr. ...


Reyes was appointed Philippine Sports Ambassador of the 2005 South East Asian Games alongside some of the Philippines' greatest athletes (Allan Caidic, Rafael Nepomuceno) to promote the event throughout the country. The 23rd South East Asian Games Philippines 2005 Logo The South East Asian Games, or SEA Games for short (even shorter: SEAGames or SEAG), is a biannual multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia. ... Allan Vito Flores Caidic (born June 15, 1963, Pasig City, Philippines) is a former professional basketball player from the Philippines. ... Rafael Paeng Nepomuceno (born January 30, 1957 in Manila) is a Filipino bowler has won the World Cup in bowling four times in three decades: In Tehran, Iran on November 19, 1976 In Jakarta, Indonesia on November 1, 1980 In Le Mans, France on November 8, 1992 In Belfast, Northern...


Nicknames and aliases

"Bata"

Reyes is often called by his nickname "Bata" (Tagalog for ""youth" or "kid"), given to him by friends at his regular pool hall to distinguish him from an older Efren. Reyes, along with the other "Filipino invasion" players, revolutionized the way pool is played by their introduction to the sport of pinpoint precision kicking (going into a rail with the cue ball and then hitting an object ball). Reyes' ability to "kick safe" and to kick balls into intended pockets is legendary. This ability, coupled with his superb skill at other aspects of the game, led U.S. professionals to give him the appellation "The Magician". Tagalog (pronounced ) is one of the major languages of the Republic of the Philippines. ... A pool halll is a place where people get together for playing pool, snooker or billiards. ...


"Cesar Morales"

"[The] first time I came over to the states, I used an alias of Cesar Morales. Pool players in the US already knew Efren Reyes as a great shooter from the Philippines, but they [hadn't]...seen...[me]...in person." — Efren Reyes[9]


Titles and achievements

  • 2007 Derby City Classic Master of the Table
  • 2007 Derby City Classic One-Pocket
  • 2007 Pool & Billiard Magazine Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players, #2
  • 2006 Asian 9-ball Tour (Jakarta Leg)
  • 2006 IPT World 8-ball Open Championship
  • 2006 World Cup of Pool (with Django Bustamante)
  • 2006 Asian 9-ball Tour (Vietnam Leg)
  • 2006 Derby City Classic One-Pocket
  • 2005 IPT King of the Hill 8-ball Shootout
  • 2005 Derby City Nine-ball Championship
  • 2005 IPT King of the Hill Eight-ball Championship
  • 2005 Asian 9-ball Tour (Jakarta Leg)
  • 2005 Japan Open
  • 2005 Derby City Classic Master of the Table
  • 2005 Derby City Classic 9-ball
  • 2005 Derby City Classic One-Pocket
  • 2004 World 8-ball Championship
  • 2004 On Cue 3: Intercontinental Conquest
  • 2004 Asian 9-ball Tour (Singapore Leg)
  • 2004 Asian 9-ball Tour (Vietnam Leg)
  • 2004 Asian 9-ball Tour (Taiwan Leg)
  • 2004 Derby City Classic Master of the Table
  • 2004 Derby City Classic One-Pocket
  • 2003 World Classic Billiards Tournament
  • 2003 Las Vegas 9-ball Open
  • 2003 Asian 9-ball Tour (Manila Leg)
  • 2003 Mid-Atlantic 9-ball Championship
  • 2003 All Japan Championship
  • 2002 World Pool League
  • 2002 Asian Eight-ball Tournament
  • 2002 Cafe Puro Challenge of the Masters
  • 2002 Shooters Labor Day Weekend Open 9-ball
  • 2002 International Challenge of Champions
  • 2001 World Pool League
  • 2001 Tokyo 9-ball Event
  • 2001 US Masters 9-ball
  • 2001 International Billiard Tournament
  • 2001 Accu-Stats 8-ball Invitational
  • 2001 Color of Money II Challenge Match (vs Earl Strickland)
  • 2000 US Open One-Pocket Championship
  • 2000 Camel Pro 8-ball Championship
  • 2000 Pennsylvania State 9-ball Championship
  • 2000 USA Billards Challenger Event 2
  • 1999 ESPN Ultimate 9-ball Challenge
  • 1999 ESPN Ultimate Shootout
  • 1999 Sands Regency Open 29 Nine-ball Championship
  • 1999 World 9-ball Championship (Cardiff)
  • 1999 Derby City Classic Master of the Table
  • 1999 Derby City Classic One-Pocket
  • 1998 World 8-Ball Championship
  • 1998 Camel South Jersey 10-Ball Open
  • 1997 PCA Shooters Challenge
  • 1997 PCA Treasure Island Resort Event
  • 1996 The Color of Money (vs Earl Strickland)
  • 1996 PBT World 8-ball Championship
  • 1996 PBT Legends of 9-ball Championship
  • 1996 Camel World 9-ball Championship
  • 1996 PBT Western Open
  • 1996 PBT Florida Flare Up III
  • 1995 Sands Regency Open 21 Nine-ball Championship
  • 1995 PBT World 8 Ball Championship
  • 1995 Pro Tour 9-ball Championship
  • 1995 Maine 14.1 Event
  • 1995 Bicycle Club VII
  • 1994 US Open 9-ball Championship
  • 1994 PBT Bicycle Club Invitational
  • 1992 International 9-ball Classic
  • 1992 World 9-ball Open (Tokyo)
  • 1990 World Cup (Taipei)
  • 1988 PBA McDermott Masters 9-ball
  • 1986 Sands Regency 9-ball Championship
  • 1985 Sands Regency 9-ball Championship
  • 1985 Red's 9-ball Open
  • 1985 Tar Heel Open
  • 1985 Willard's Open
  • 1985 Chicago Billiard Cafe Open

Awards

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Trivia

  • Aside from being a notable player in the game of nine-ball, Reyes possesses a masterful skill in straight pool (14.1), a game completely obscure the Philippines. In 1995, Efren Reyes dominated the Maine 14.1 Event besting very well-known names such as Jim Rempe and Earl Strickland. His highest run in that tournament was 123.[10]
  • In 2000, Reyes competed in the US Open 14.1 Championship. Although he didn't win and had to settle for third, he conquered notable players such as Oliver Ortmann, Thomas Engert and Mike Sigel. He even made an impressive run of 141 which was more than the one he made five years before.[11]
  • Efren Reyes, along with Francisco Bustamante, is featured in a video game called World Championship Pool 2004.
  • He starred with the late Fernando Poe, Jr. in the movie "Pakners" in 2003.

A straight pool rack, right before the opening break. ... World Championship Pool 2004 is a video game of the sports genre released in 2005 by Blade Interactive. ... Fernando Poe, Jr. ...

References

  1. ^ Press of the Tokyo Open
  2. ^ "The Survey Says...: Pool & Billiard Magazine's 22nd Annual Player and Fan Poll" (February 2008). Pool & Billiard Magazine 26 (2): p. 14. Summerville, South Carolina: Sports Publications. ISSN 1049-2852. 
  3. ^ 2001 Money List
  4. ^ 2002 Money List
  5. ^ 2004 Money List
  6. ^ 2005 Money List
  7. ^ 2006 Money List
  8. ^ Inquirer.net, Bata Reyes and Django Bustamante to star in Hollywood movie
  9. ^ Efren Reyes interview, AZBilliards.com; accessed 2006
  10. ^ Dialog with Reyes
  11. ^ US Open 14.1 Championship Press

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External links

  • Video interview with Efren Reyes on Xtreme Pressbox
  • Efren Reyes Greatest Pool Shot Ever
  • Efren Reyes bio at AZBilliards
  • Reyes bio at AllFact
  • Gallery of images of Reyes winning the 2006 World Cup of Pool
  • Gallery of images of Reyes, at Inside Pool magazine
  • Reyes's nicknames, from BilliardsForum
  • Video of Reyes in action, from ZippyVideos
  • Efren Reyes One Pocket Hall of Fame
Preceded by
Nick Varner
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Chao Fong-pang
Preceded by
Inaugural champion
WPA Men's World Eight-ball Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Wu Chia-ching
Preceded by
Earl Strickland
US Open Nine-ball Champion
1994
Succeeded by
Reed Pierce
Nick Varner, 2003 Nick Varner (born May 15, 1948 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an American pool player and was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America in 1992. ... The following is a list of WPA World Nine-ball Champions. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Chao Fong-pang (Traditional Chinese: ) is a Taiwanese professional pool player. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled List of World Eight-ball Champions and List of World Blackball Champions, accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wu Chia-ching (Traditional Chinese: , b. ... Earl Strickland, nicknamed Earl the Pearl, is a famous American pool player and is generally considered one of the best nine-ball players of all time. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...

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