|Occupation||Professional pool player|
Rodolfo Luat (born December 8, 1957) is a Filipino professional pool player from Angeles City. He is one of the higher-ranking players of Team Philippines and he holds many Asian individual, world Champion and team titles. Luat turned professional at age 16. He has titles in the Asian Championships and the Philippine Nine-ball Open in 1992. Winner of the 1996 World Open Nine-ball Championship, Luat has been regarded as a dark horse in many tournaments.
"Boy Samson" is a moniker he has carried since the 1970s because of his powerful break. During the 2003 Asian Nine-ball Tour, Luat commented that he broke so hard one time that he made a crack on the cue ball.
He won the Taiwan leg of the 2006 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour beating Hsia Hui-kai 11–7 in the finals. He participated in the 2006 International Pool Tour IPT North American Open Eight-ball Championship held at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Very skilled players in nine-ball have the tendency to sometimes pocket four or even five balls . Luat, at the 2005 APBU/JPBA Japan Open tournament held in Tokyo, sank six balls on the break, two-thirds of the entire rack. (But note that Alex Pagulayan also performed a similar feat at a tournament in the US.)
Luat, 50, won the $15,000 (P727,500) top prize of the Bacolod leg, of the First Senate President Manny Villar Cup, on November 16, 2008. At the Garden Royal Function Hall of Goldenfields Commercial Complex, Luat downed Ramil Gallego, 13-10 (who earned $5,000 or P242,500).
Titles and achievements
- 2006 Taiwan Leg, Asian Nine-ball Tour
- 2000 Viking Nine-ball Tour Stop 27
- 1999 Northwest Nine-ball Championship
- 1996 Camel World Open Nine-ball Championship
- 1992 Asian Championship
- 1992 Philippine Nine-ball Open
- 1991 Asian Championship in Osaka, Japan
Luat and his wife have two children, Geraldine Luat and Richard Bryan Luat.
- "NEWS - 03-24-05 Japan Open 9-Ball – Reyes defeats Luat", by Ralf Souquet, Souquet.de blog, 2005; accessed February 11, 2007
- gmanews.tv, Luat breaks title drought with Villar Cup 9-ball championship
- balita.ph, Luat bags title of Villar Cup Bacolod leg