WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour
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.
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.
San Miguel era
|2003||Singapore||Yang Ching-shun||11-7||Warren Kiamco|
|Philippines||Efren Reyes||11-2||Warren Kiamco|
|2004||Singapore||Efren Reyes||11-4||Warren Kiamco|
|Vietnam||Efren Reyes||11-9||Chao Fong-pang|
|Hong Kong||Yang Ching-shun||11-9||Hsia Hui-kai|
|Taiwan||Efren Reyes||12-10||Jeong Young Hwa|
|Philippines||Lee Van Corteza||13-11||Francisco Bustamante|
|2005||Singapore||Gandy Valle||11-9||Wu Chia-ching|
|Indonesia (Jakarta)||Efren Reyes||11-6||Yang Ching-shun|
|Taiwan (Kaoshiung)||Yang Ching-shun||11-3||Au Chi-wai|
|Philippines (Manila)||Ronato Alcano||11-6||Yang Ching-shun|
|2006||Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)||Efren Reyes||11-6||Li He-wen|
|Thailand (Bangkok)||Ramil Gallego||11-8||Au Chi-wai|
|Taiwan (Kaoshiung)||Rodolfo Luat||11-7||Hsia Hui-kai|
|Indonesia (Jakarta)||Efren Reyes||11-6||Ricky Yang|
|2007||Indonesia (Jakarta)||Chang Jung-lin||11-5||Lee Van Corteza|
|Taiwan (Kaoshiung)||Yang Ching-shun||11-6||Chao Fong-pang|
|Malaysia (Genting Highlands)||Chang Jung-lin||11-8|
|China (Shanghai)||Yang Ching-shun||12-10||Ronato Alcano|
|Indonesia (Bali)||Chang Jung-lin||11-8||Lee Van Corteza|
|2008||Republic of China (Taipei)||Chang Jung-lin||11-5||Joven Bustamante|
|Malaysia (Penang)||Chang Jung-lin||11-7||Wang Hung-hsiang|
|Malaysia (Genting Highlands)||Chang Jung-lin||11-6||Antonio Gabica|
|Singapore||Alex Pagulayan||11-6||Dennis Orcollo|
|China (Guangzhou)||Dennis Orcollo||11-9||Wang Hung-hsiang|
|Indonesia (Jakarta)||Yang Ching-shun||11-9||Wu Chia-ching|
- 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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