World Pool League
The World Pool League (WPL) was a nine ball pool tournament promoted by Matchroom Sport and PartyGaming, and sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA). All of the events were held in Warsaw, Poland, annually from 1999 to 2006. Six notable players were selected to participate in each event, which lasted for three days. Despite its name, the WPA was simply an invitational tournament, not a league in the usual sporting senses. The victor in the final event was Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines, 8–5 over Niels Feijen of the Netherlands, for a US$20,000 first-place prize.
Round robin stage
The players were arranged such that each on the others once, in round-robin fashion. Unlike most matches in the sport where a player has to score a required number of racks to win, players in this round play in an assigned number of racks (for example: 10 racks or 12 racks). If a player won more racks than those remaining in the match, 2 points were earned. If the match ended with two players in the same score, then both settled for a point each. The leading 4 players in the field proceeded to the semi-finals.
Semi-finals and final
The semi-finals were single-elimination (knock-out). The final was played as a (such as race-to-nine or race-to-eight).
|Year||1st place||2nd place|
|1998||Jim Rempe||Fabio Petroni|
|1999||Jim Rempe||Efren Reyes|
|2000||Steve Knight||Francisco Bustamante|
|2001||Efren Reyes||Steve Davis|
|2002||Efren Reyes||Earl Strickland|
|2003||Rodney Morris||Thorsten Hohmann|
|2004||Francisco Bustamante||Alex Pagulayan|
|2005||Thorsten Hohmann||Francisco Bustamante|
|2006||Dennis Orcollo||Niels Feijen|