WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour

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The WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour (also known as the Guinness Asian 9-Ball Tour or San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour for sponsorship reasons) is an annual series of nine-ball pool tournaments around East and Southeast Asia. The tour began in 2003, and is sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.

From 2003 to 2005, each leg had a field of 32 players and the total purse was US$50,000. In 2006, the number of players was reduced to 24 and total purse decreased to $40,000.

The winner in each leg of the tour receives a cash prize and points for the ranking for the yearly WPA World Nine-ball Championship.

San Miguel Beer and 188BET were the sponsor of the tournament prior to 2007, when this slot was taken over by Guinness.

Format[edit]

In each leg, the 24 players are divided into 8 groups having 3 players each. The players in a particular group play in round-robin where the one who's on top moves into the quarter finals.

From the group stages to the quarter finals, the matchers are race to 9. The semis and final matches are race to 11. Also in the semi-finals and finals, a player must win by at least 2 racks. This means he can 11-9. If the other player manages to makes 10-10, the match goes into extra racks, one of them will have to make 12-10 or 13-11 to win. The maximum extension is up to 13, so it is also a win for a player to score 13-12.

A shot clock of 45 seconds is used with one extension for each player per rack. Failing to shot within the clock will fine the player US$50.

The "alternating break" rule is enforced.

Starting on 2008, the final will be a race to 11 racks affair and the "at least 2 racks to win" rule has been scrapped.

Tournament results[edit]

San Miguel era[edit]

Year Location Winner Score Runner-up
2003  Singapore Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun 11-7 Philippines Warren Kiamco
 Philippines Philippines Efren Reyes 11-2 Philippines Warren Kiamco
2004  Singapore Philippines Efren Reyes 11-4 Philippines Warren Kiamco
 Vietnam Philippines Efren Reyes 11-9 Chinese Taipei Chao Fong-pang
 Hong Kong Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun 11-9 Chinese Taipei Hsia Hui-kai
 Taiwan Philippines Efren Reyes 12-10 South Korea Jeong Young Hwa
 Philippines Philippines Lee Van Corteza 13-11 Philippines Francisco Bustamante
2005  Singapore Philippines Gandy Valle 11-9 Chinese Taipei Wu Chia-ching
 Indonesia (Jakarta) Philippines Efren Reyes 11-6 Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun
 Taiwan (Kaoshiung) Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun 11-3 Hong Kong Au Chi-wai
 Philippines (Manila) Philippines Ronato Alcano 11-6 Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun
2006  Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) Philippines Efren Reyes 11-6 China Li He-wen
 Thailand (Bangkok) Philippines Ramil Gallego 11-8 Hong Kong Au Chi-wai
 Taiwan (Kaoshiung) Philippines Rodolfo Luat 11-7 Chinese Taipei Hsia Hui-kai
 Indonesia (Jakarta) Philippines Efren Reyes 11-6 Indonesia Ricky Yang

Guinness era[edit]

Year Location Winner Score Runner-up
2007  Indonesia (Jakarta) Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin 11-5 Philippines Lee Van Corteza
 Taiwan (Kaoshiung) Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun 11-6 Chinese Taipei Chao Fong-pang
 Malaysia (Genting Highlands) Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin 11-8

India Dharminder Lilly

 Singapore Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun 11-8

Malaysia Ibrahim Bin Amir

 China (Shanghai) Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun 12-10 Philippines Ronato Alcano
 Indonesia (Bali) Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin 11-8 Philippines Lee Van Corteza
2008  Republic of China (Taipei) Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin 11-5 Philippines Joven Bustamante
 Malaysia (Penang) Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin 11-7 Chinese Taipei Wang Hung-hsiang
 Malaysia (Genting Highlands) Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin 11-6 Philippines Antonio Gabica
 Singapore Philippines Alex Pagulayan 11-6 Philippines Dennis Orcollo
 China (Guangzhou) Philippines Dennis Orcollo 11-9[1] Chinese Taipei Wang Hung-hsiang
 Indonesia (Jakarta) Chinese Taipei Yang Ching-shun 11-9 Chinese Taipei Wu Chia-ching

Trivia[edit]

  • There were supposed to be 5 legs in 2003. But the other 3 were cancelled because of the SARS outbreak.
  • All those who won a leg in the tour each won $10,000 for 1st place. However, Efren Reyes earned $20,000 for winning the Manila leg in 2003.

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