U.S. Open Pool Championship

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Chesapeake Conference Center, site of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship from 1997 to 2011

The U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship is an annual professional men's nine-ball pool tournament that began in its current form in 1976. The U.S. Open is one of the most sought-after titles in nine-ball and in pool generally. Traditionally, winners of the U.S. Open are given a green blazer and are awarded free entry fees to all future U.S. Open tournaments.

The Women's U.S. Open is a separate event, sanctioned by the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA).

History[edit]

In its first official edition in 1976, the U.S. Open was contested by just 16 players. Over the years, the number of participants steadily increased, reaching its current level of 256 players.[1]

The tournament is an open to men, women and wheelchair users, making it a true "open" tournament, in that the only requirement to play in the event is the payment of the entry fee. The total purse for the tournament is $300,000, where the winner is awarded $50,000.

Original U.S. Open promoter Barry Behrman (right) with Rob Sykora of Billiard Club Network (left) at the 2004 event.

The tournament's original venue was Q-Master Billiards pool hall, in Norfolk, Virginia, which hosted the event, other than one year, from 1976 until 1988.[2] From 1997 to 2011, the U.S. Open Men's Division was held at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, Virginia.[2] Q-Masters is still involved in the tournament.[3]

Original promoter Barry Behrman died on April 23, 2016. His children, Brady Behrman and Shannon Behrman Paschall, took over operating the tournament until 2018, when it was sold to Matchroom Pool.[2]

Format[edit]

The tournament format is essentially double-elimination (a player is out of the tournament after losing two matches) until two players remain. Most professional pool "double-elimination" events, however, are not true double-elimination formats, where the player who reaches the finals from the loser's side has to defeat the winner's side player twice for the title.

As of 2019, the tournament reverts to single-elimination from the last 16 onwards. At the U.S. Open, matches are played in races to 11, with the winner breaking. However, the final match, as is customary with most professional nine-ball tournaments today, is one extended race. At the U.S. Open, the extended race in the finals is 13 racks.

Winners[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Venue Winner's Prize Total Prize
2022[4] Spain Francisco Sanchez Ruiz Austria Max Lechner 13–10 Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, NJ $50,000 $300,000
2021 Philippines Carlo Biado Singapore Aloysius Yapp 13–8 Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, NJ $50,000 $300,000
2020 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 Germany Joshua Filler China Wu Jiaqing 13–10 Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, NV $50,000 $300,000
2018 Not held due to a venue relocation
2017 Scotland Jayson Shaw Albania Eklent Kaci 13–4 Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA $40,000 $200,000
2016 United States Shane Van Boening (5) Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin 13–9 Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA $50,000 $200,000
2015 Chinese Taipei Kevin Cheng England Karl Boyes 13–6 Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA $40,000 $192,000
2014 United States Shane Van Boening (4) Philippines Dennis Orcollo 13–10 Marriott Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA $30,000 $165,000
2013 United States Shane Van Boening (3) Philippines Lee Vann Corteza 13–10 Marriott Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA $30,000 $135,000
2012 United States Shane Van Boening (2) Philippines Dennis Orcollo 13–7 Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk, VA $25,000 $170,000
2011 England Darren Appleton (2) United States Shawn Putnam 13–6 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $30,000 $175,100
2010 England Darren Appleton United States Corey Deuel 15–13 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $40,000 $180,000
2009 Finland Mika Immonen (2) Germany Ralf Souquet 13–10 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $40,000 $200,000
2008 Finland Mika Immonen Philippines Ronnie Alcano 13–7 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $40,000 $212,000
2007 United States Shane Van Boening Philippines Ronnie Alcano 13–10 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $50,000 $182,000
2006 United States John Schmidt Philippines Rodolfo Luat 11–6 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $40,000 $159,000
2005 Philippines Alex Pagulayan Philippines Jose Parica 11–6 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $40,000 $200,000
2004 United States Gabe Owen Germany Thorsten Hohmann 11–3 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $30,000 $145,000
2003 United States Jeremy Jones Philippines Jose Parica 11–4 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $30,000 $125,000
2002 Germany Ralf Souquet Philippines Alex Pagulayan 13–11 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $30,000 $150,000
2001 United States Corey Deuel Finland Mika Immonen 11–0 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $30,000 $148,200
2000 United States Earl Strickland (5) Japan Takeshi Okumura 11–5 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $50,000 $211,000
1999 United States Johnny Archer United States Jeremy Jones 11–7 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $30,000 $131,600
1998 United States Buddy Hall (2) United States Tang Hoa 11–5 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $25,000 $105,500
1997 United States Earl Strickland (4) Philippines Efren Reyes 11–3 Chesapeake Conference Center, VA $25,000 $124,500
1996 United States Rodney Morris Philippines Efren Reyes 11–6 Virginia Beach Convention Center, VA $25,000 $116,250
1995 United States Reed Pierce Philippines Efren Reyes 11–6 Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA $20,000 $77,800
1994 Philippines Efren Reyes United States Nick Varner 9–6 Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA $15,000 $53,200
1993 United States Earl Strickland (3) United States Tony Ellin 11–8 Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA $15,000 $58,400
1992 United States Tommy Kennedy United States Johnny Archer 9–1 Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA $15,000 $61,600
1991 United States Buddy Hall United States Dennis Hatch 9–8 Holiday Inn, Chesapeake, VA $15,000 $65,000
1990 United States Nick Varner (2) United States Johnny Archer 11–10 Lake Wright Hotel, Norfolk, VA $10,000 $41,000
1989[5] United States Nick Varner United States Kim Davenport 13–6 Lake Wright Hotel, Norfolk, VA $10,000 $35,000
1988[6] Puerto Rico Mike Lebrón United States Nick Varner 11–6 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $8,000 $30,000
1987[7] United States Earl Strickland (2) United States Jim Rempe 11–7 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $7,000 $24,000
1986[8] United States David Howard (2) United States Allen Hopkins 11–9 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $7,000 $22,200
1985[9] United States Jimmy Reid Puerto Rico Mike Lebrón 11–5 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $7,800 $23,000
1984[10] United States Earl Strickland United States Mike Sigel 11–10 Lake Wright Hotel, Norfolk, VA $10,000 $25,900
1983[11] United States Mike Sigel (3) United States David Howard 11–10 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $5,000 $13,750
1982[12] United States David Howard United States Mike Zuglan 10-4 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $4,000 $10,000
1981[13] United States Allen Hopkins (2) United States Mike Sigel 11-7 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $4,000 $10,000
1980[14] United States Mike Sigel (2) United States Ray Martin 11-7 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $3,600 $8,500
1979[15] United States Steve Mizerak United States Jim Rempe 11-10 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $3,600 $8,500
1979[16] United States Louie Roberts United States David Howard 15-11 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $3,000 $8,000
1978[17] United States Allen Hopkins United States Steve Mizerak 15-11 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $5,000 $14,500
1977 Not held
1976[18] United States Mike Sigel United States Pete Margo 11-1 Q-Master Billiards, Norfolk, VA $3,100 $8,975

Records[edit]

  • Earl Strickland and Shane Van Boening, both from the U.S., share the record for winning the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship the most times: five. Strickland in (1984, 1987, 1993, 1997, 2000). Van Boening in (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016).[19]
  • Van Boening holds the record for the most consecutive wins: three. (2012, 2013, 2014).
  • The oldest pool player to ever win the men's tournament to date is Mike Lebrón of Puerto Rico, at 54 years old. The youngest player to win to date is Joshua Filler of Germany, at 21 years old.[20]

Top Performers[edit]

[20]

Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals Semi-final
or better
Final stage
appearances
Earl Strickland  United States 5 0 5 8 16
Shane Van Boening  United States 5 9
Mike Sigel  United States 3 2 12 16
Nick Varner  United States 2 4 6 9
David Howard  United States 4 10
Mika Immonen  Finland 1 3 5 8
Allen Hopkins  United States 3 12
Buddy Hall  United States 0 2 4 11
Darren Appleton  England 2 6
Efren Reyes  Philippines 1 3 4 6 9
Johnny Archer  United States 2 3 7 15
Steve Mizerak  United States 1 2 5 12
Ralf Souquet  Germany 4 8
Alex Pagulayan  Canada 7
Corey Deuel  United States 3 8
Mike Lebron  Puerto Rico 2 5
Jeremy Jones  United States 3
Rodney Morris  United States 0 1 3 8
Jayson Shaw  Scotland 6
Jimmy Reid  United States 2
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz  Spain 4
Louie Roberts  United States
Tommy Kennedy  United States 3
Carlo Biado  Philippines 2
Gabe Owen  United States
Joshua Filler  Germany 1 3
Reed Pierce  United States 2
John Schmidt  United States 1
Kevin Cheng  Chinese Taipei
Jose Parica  Philippines 0 2 2 5 12
Jim Rempe  United States 11
Dennis Orcollo  Philippines 6
Ronnie Alcano  Philippines 2 5
Rodolfo Luat  Philippines 1 1 4 6
Chang Jung-lin  Chinese Taipei 3 5
Kim Davenport  United States 2 7
Lee Vann Corteza  Philippines 3
Tony Ellin  United States 2
Thorsten Hohmann  Germany 1 5
Karl Boyes  England 4
Dennis Hatch  United States 3
Ray Martin  United States
Tang Hoa  United States
Takeshi Okumura  Japan
Aloysius Yapp  Singapore 2
Eklent Kaci  Albania
Max Lechner  Austria
Pete Margo  United States
Mike Zuglan  United States 1
Shawn Putnam  United States
Wu Jiaqing  China
  • Active participants are shown in bold.
  • Only players who reached the final are included.
  • Final stage appearances relates to players who reach the last 12 players of the event. As of 2019, final stages include last 16 players, due to format change.
  • In the event of identical records, players are sorted in alphabetical order by first name.

Women[edit]

Unlike the men's tournament, the U.S. Open is not a true "open" event. Each female player must qualify through the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA), the professional women's billiards tour based in the United States, in order to compete in this annual event.

Year Winner
2017 Northern Ireland Karen Corr (2)
2016 South Korea Kim Ga-young (4)
2012 England Allison Fisher (6)
2011 England Allison Fisher (5)
2010 South Korea Kim Ga-young (3)
2009 South Korea Kim Ga-young (2)
2008 England Kelly Fisher
2007 England Allison Fisher (4)
2006 England Allison Fisher (3)
2005 England Allison Fisher (2)
2004 South Korea Kim Ga-young
2003 Northern Ireland Karen Corr
2002 Sweden Helena Thornfeldt
1999 England Allison Fisher
1994 United States Jeanette Lee
1992 United States Robin Dodson
1991 Sweden Ewa Mataya (2)
1990 United States JoAnn Mason
1989 United States LoreeJon Jones
1988 Sweden Ewa Mataya
1987 United States Jean Balukas (3)
1986 United States Jean Balukas (2)
1985 United States Belinda Bearden
1984 United States Jean Balukas

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