World Tournament

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

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

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

*WPA-sanctioned world championship

Notes

  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

  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. 1 2 3 "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)
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