World Straight Pool Championship

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The World Straight Pool Championship, sometimes marked as simply the World Tournament among other names,[a] is a pool competition, that has been held annually in United States in its present form since 2006. It is one of the successor tournaments (also including the American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship) to the historical World 14.1 Continuous Championship (1912–1990). During the modern tournament's early years, it was the only global professional title for straight pool (also known as 14.1 continuous). The event is organized by Dragon Promotions, in part to restore the game's popularity in the United States.[1] Throughout the current event's history, only the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 editions were sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) to be world championships.[2] Since then, the tournament continues to be held under its current name without WPA sanctioning. Ralph Greenleaf is the most successful player having won the tournament on twenty occasions. The oldest player to win the tournament is Irving Crane at 59 years old at the time of his victory.


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 points.[3]

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


In 1911, Jerome Keough (USA) invented the 14.1-continuous game.[5]

1912-1967, Traditional Era (multiple titles per year)[edit]

1968-2020, Modern Era (one title per year)[edit]

Dragon Promotions events[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Semifinalists
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 (2) Finland Mika Immonen Germany Thorsten Hohmann
Netherlands Huidji See
2011 Germany Thorsten Hohmann (2) United States Mike Davis Canada 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 (3) 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 (4) 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 (5)[7] United States Tony Robles Philippines Warren Kiamco
United States Michael Badstuebner
2019 United States Shane Van Boening United States Corey Deuel Germany Thorsten Hohmann
United States John Schmidt
2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19

*WPA-sanctioned world championship

Top Performers[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Winner
1 Ralph Greenleaf  United States 20
2 Willie Mosconi  United States 19
3 Frank Taberski  United States 15
4 Luther Lassiter  United States 7
5 Irving Crane  United States 6
Bennie Allen  United States 6
6 Thorsten Hohmann  Germany 5
Jimmy Caras  United States 5
Erwin Rudolph  United States 5
7 Andrew Ponzi  United States 4
Alfredo de Oro  Cuba 4
8 Mike Sigel  United States 3
Ray Martin  United States 3
9 Oliver Ortmann  Germany 2
Steve Mizerak  United States 2
Nick Varner  United States 2
Joe Balsis  United States 2
  • Active players are shown in bold.


  1. ^ "The World Straight Pool Championship". AZ Billiards. September 29, 2005. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  2. ^ "Players: World Champions". Sydney, Australia: World Pool-Billiard Association. November 2011. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "2008 Predator World 14.1 Championship Group Pairings". AZ Billiards. August 24, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  4. ^ "Billiards: Corteza becomes 1st Asian to win World 14.1 Straight Pool title". ABS-CBN News. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "The World Tournament – Hall of Fame". Dragon Promotions.
  6. ^ "2018 78th World 14.1 - News".
  7. ^ "The 7th World 14.1 Tournament: 12 Player Single Elimination: Race 200 / Finals Race to 300" (PDF). August 19, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018 – via

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