World Tournament

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The World Tournament, formerly the World Straight Pool Championship, is a pocket billiards (pool) competition, that has been held annually in United States, since 2006. During it's early years, It was the modern global professional title for straight pool (also known as 14.1 continuous), and is organized by Dragon Promotions, in part to restore the game's popularity in the United States.[1] Throughout its history, only the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 editions were sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association to be world championships.[2] Since then, the tournament continues to be held under it's current name without sanctioning.

Format[edit]

All 64 players are divided into 8 groups where they play in round-robin format. Each match in this round is a race to 100 points. The leading 4 players in each group proceed to the next round.[3]

The games of the Last 32 round are played in double-elimination format until 16 players remain. Matches are extended to races to 150.[3] The games in the Last 16 round are played in single-elimination format, and matches are extended, to races to 200.[3] The finals match is further extended to a race to 300 (with a half-hour break occurring when a player reaches 150).[4]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Semifinalists
1990 United States Bobby Hunter[5][note 1]
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2006* Germany Thorsten Hohmann Germany Thomas Engert Finland Mika Immonen
United States Max Eberle
2007* Germany Oliver Ortmann Netherlands Huidji See Austria Martin Kempter
United States Danny Harriman
2008* Netherlands Niels Feijen Philippines Francisco Bustamante Netherlands Nick van den Berg
Austria Jasmin Ouschan
2009 France Stephan Cohen Finland Mika Immonen Germany Oliver Ortmann
United States Johnny Archer
2010* Germany Oliver Ortmann Finland Mika Immonen Germany Thorsten Hohmann
Netherlands Huidji See
2011 Germany Thorsten Hohmann United States Mike Davis Philippines Alex Pagulayan
United States Charlie Williams
2012 United States John Schmidt Philippines Efren Reyes United Kingdom Darren Appleton
Germany Ralph Eckert
2013 Germany Thorsten Hohmann United Kingdom Darren Appleton Philippines Francisco Bustamante
United States John Schmidt
2014 United Kingdom Darren Appleton United States Shane Van Boening Russia Evgeny Stalev
United States Max Eberle
2015 Germany Thorsten Hohmann United Kingdom Darren Appleton Philippines Warren Kiamco
Germany Reiner Wirsbitzki
2016 Finland Mika Immonen United States Earl Strickland United Kingdom Jayson Shaw
Taiwan Lo Li-wen
2017 Philippines Lee Vann Corteza Germany Thorsten Hohmann United Kingdom Jonni Fulcher
United Kingdom Darren Appleton
2018 Germany Thorsten Hohmann[6] United States Tony Robles Philippines Warren Kiamco
United States Michael Badstuebner

*WPA-sanctioned world championship

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This event was not promoted by Dragon Promotions (DP). DP was not even around at the time. The company, however, wanted to include it in their list of winners which can be seen on the tournament trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Straight Pool Championship". AzBilliards.com. 2005-09-29. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  2. ^ "Players: World Champions". WPA-Pool.com. Sydney, Australia: World Pool-Billiard Association. November 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  3. ^ a b c "2008 Predator World 14.1 Championship Group Pairings". Az Billiards.com. 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  4. ^ "Billiards: Corteza becomes 1st Asian to win World 14.1 Straight Pool title". ABS-CBN News. October 11, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  5. ^ https://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=477240
  6. ^ docs.wixstatic.com (PDF) https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/0ac490_aaab875698084533a377371a3d8d7786.pdf. Retrieved 2018-08-22. Missing or empty |title= (help)