WPA World Nine-ball Championship

Summary

The WPA World Nine-ball Championship is an annual professional nine-ball pool tournament contested since 1990. The championship is sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) and principally sponsored and organised by Matchroom Sport, who provide the event's official website branded as World Pool Championship. The championship is divided into men's, women's and wheelchair divisions.

WPA World Nine-ball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 WPA World Nine-ball Championship
SportPool
Founded1990
FounderWorld Pool-Billiard Association
Most recent
champion(s)
Shane Van Boening
(2022)
Related
competitions
Eight-ball, Ten-ball
Official websitematchroompool.com

HistoryEdit

In the summer of 1989, the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) began plans for a world championship tournament. The group sent invitations, rules, sports regulations and by-laws. Reception was positive, and a provisional Board was created.[1]

In March 1990, the inaugural WPA World Nine-ball Championship was held in Bergheim, Germany. The playing field included 32 men and 16 women in separate divisions, and has since become an annual event. The event was organised solely by the WPA from this inauguration through 1999.[2]

In July 1999, Matchroom Sport attempted to get involved with the organisation of the event, but their bid failed. The WPA event was played in Alicante, Spain, and won by Nick Varner of the United States. Broadcast on ESPN, it was the first pro nine-ball championship to be televised. Matchroom Sport, meanwhile, instead organised tournament called the "World Professional Pool Championship", a competing and non-WPA-sanctioned event in Cardiff, Wales, which was won by Efren Reyes of the Philippines.[3]

In 2000, Matchroom and the WPA agreed that tournaments would merge into a single official world championship. The WPA also agreed to recognise the results of the 1999 Matchroom event, meaning that official listings show both Varner and Reyes as 1999 world champions. Matchroom changed its promotional name for the event to the "World Pool Championship", dropping the word "professional" from the title. The event remained in Cardiff through 2003.[2]

In 2001, the number of competitors in the men's division was increased to 128 and a men's division first prize raised to $65,000.[2][4]

 
Two-time champion Albin Ouschan

The 2004 and 2005 events were held in Taiwan, with a men's division first prize of $75,000 as of 2004.[2] The 2005 tournament saw two rules changes: last 64 and last 32 matches were extended to race-to-10 format, and the pockets on the tables were narrowed, to make the game more difficult.[5]

In the 2006 event, the Philippines became the host country for two years. All matches became alternating-break all the way from the group stages to the finals. Men's division first prize escalated to $100,000. In 2007, the event ran from November 3–11, and Daryl Peach of the England was the victor. Because of the global late-2000s recession the championship did not reappear on the calendar in 2008. For some time neither Matchroom nor the WPA released any predictions regarding its reinstatement, and no 2009 event was held, either.[6]

After a two-year hiatus, the tournament returned as the 2010 WPA World Nine-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. Francisco Bustamante of the Philippines won the 2010 title.[7] The event was then held annually in Doha through 2019.[8] After not being contested in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the championship resumed in 2021 in Milton Keynes, England. The 2022 edition is scheduled for April 6–10 in Milton Keynes.[9]

WinnersEdit

Year Dates Location Winner Runner-up Final score
1990 March 3-7 Bergheim, Germany   Earl Strickland   Jeff Carter 3–1 (sets)
1991 May 29 – June 5 Las Vegas, United States   Earl Strickland (2)   Nick Varner 9–7
1992 April 1-5 Taipei, Taiwan   Johnny Archer   Bobby Hunter 13–12
1993 December 7-12 Königswinter, Germany   Chao Fong-pang   Thomas Hasch 2–0 (sets)
1994 November 2-6 Chicago, United States   Takeshi Okumura   Yasunari Itsuzaki 9–6
1995 November 15-19 Taipei, Taiwan   Oliver Ortmann   Dallas West 11–9
1996 October 23-27 Borlänge, Sweden   Ralf Souquet   Tom Storm 11–1
1997 October 1–5 Chicago, United States   Johnny Archer (2)   Lee Kun-fang 9–3
1998 November 11–15 Taipei, Taiwan   Kunihiko Takahashi   Johnny Archer 13–3
1999 (A) July 18–26 Cardiff, Wales   Efren Reyes   Chang Hao-ping 17–8
1999 (B) December 5–12 Alicante, Spain   Nick Varner   Jeremy Jones 13–8
2000 July 1–9 Cardiff, Wales   Chao Fong-pang (2)   Ismael Paez 17–6
2001 July 14–22   Mika Immonen   Ralf Souquet 17–10
2002 July 13–21   Earl Strickland (3)   Francisco Bustamante 17–15
2003 July 12–20   Thorsten Hohmann   Alex Pagulayan 17–10
2004 July 10–18 Taipei, Taiwan   Alex Pagulayan   Chang Pei-wei 17–13
2005 July 2–10 Kaohsiung, Taiwan   Wu Jia-qing   Kuo Po-cheng 17–16
2006 November 4–12 Pasay, Philippines   Ronnie Alcano   Ralf Souquet 17–11
2007 November 3–11 Quezon City, Philippines   Daryl Peach   Roberto Gomez 17–15
2008 Not held due to the financial crisis of 2007–2008
2009
2010 June 29 – July 5 Doha, Qatar   Francisco Bustamante   Kuo Po-cheng 13–7
2011 June 25 – July 1   Yukio Akakariyama   Ronnie Alcano 13–11
2012 June 22–29   Darren Appleton   Li He-wen 13–12
2013 September 2–13   Thorsten Hohmann (2)   Antonio Gabica 13–7
2014 June 16–27   Niels Feijen   Albin Ouschan 13–10
2015 September 7–18   Ko Pin-yi   Shane Van Boening 13–11
2016 August 1–4   Albin Ouschan   Shane Van Boening 13–6
2017 December 5–14   Carlo Biado   Roland Garcia 13–5
2018 December 10–20   Joshua Filler   Carlo Biado 13–10
2019 December 13–17   Fedor Gorst   Chang Jung-Lin 13–11
2020 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 June 6–10 Milton Keynes, England   Albin Ouschan (2)   Omar Al-Shaheen 13–9
2022 April 6–10   Shane Van Boening   Albin Ouschan 13–6

RecordsEdit

  • Earl Strickland holds the record for winning the WPA World Nine-ball championship the most times: three. (1990, 1991, 2002).
  • Strickland also holds the record for the most consecutive wins: two. (1990, 1991).
  • Albin Ouschan has been in the most finals: four. (2014, 2016, 2021, 2022).
  • The oldest pool player to win the tournament to date is Nick Varner of United States, at 51 years old at the time of his victory. The youngest is Wu Jia-qing of Chinese Taipei (at the time), aged 16 years old at the time of his victory.

Top performersEdit

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals Semi-final
or better
1 Earl Strickland   United States 3 0 3 5
2 Albin Ouschan   Austria 2 2 4 4
3 Johnny Archer   United States 2 1 3 5
4 Chao Fong-pang   Chinese Taipei 2 0 2 2
Thorsten Hohmann   Germany 2 0 2 2
5 Ralf Souquet   Germany 1 2 3 6
6 Shane Van Boening   United States 1 2 3 4
7 Alex Pagulayan   Canada 1 1 2 3
Carlo Biado   Philippines 1 1 2 3
Nick Varner   United States 1 1 2 3
8 Francisco Bustamante   Philippines 1 1 2 2
Ronnie Alcano   Philippines 1 1 2 2
  • Active participants are shown in bold.
  • In the event of identical records, players are sorted in alphabetical order by first name.

See alsoEdit

  •   Cue sports portal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ World Pool-Billiard Association – WPA history Archived January 31, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d World Pool Championships – Men's 9-Ball Archived September 29, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Reyes is world 9-ball champion! Archived January 22, 2011, at the Portuguese Web Archive Philippine Balita Today – July 26, 1999
  4. ^ Admiral WPA World Pool Championship 2001 Archived July 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ WPA World Pool Championship 2005 Archived September 23, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Economy Scratches Pool in the Side Archived September 30, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Francisco Bustamante Wins World Crown Archived September 30, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Pin-Yi makes it a World title double in Doha Archived September 30, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "WPA World Pool Championship 2022". azbilliards.com. Retrieved April 2, 2022.

External linksEdit

  • World Pool-Billiard Association