Author: Grieta

STRETCHED TO THE LIMIT

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–When it comes to big names in the sport of pool, they don’t come much larger than Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante.  And that’s why whenever the two Hall of Famers enter any arena around the world, they are usually met with opponents who are jacked to the gills looking for the big upset. That’s what happened on day 1 at the 2011 World 9-ball Championship at the Al Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar  as first Reyes and then Bustamante were featured on Table 1. With several hundred Filipino overseas workers...

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THE WOW FACTOR IN DOHA

Story and Photos by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–The World Pool Association 2011 World 9-Ball Championship kicked off at high noon here in Doha, Qatar(GMT +3) in what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting pool tournaments of the year. 128 of the greatest pool players in the world from 44 countries are competing for pool’s most prestigious title.  $250,000 in prize money is on offer, with $36,000 going to the winner.  The tournament will run daily through July 1. The players have been divided into  16 groups of 8, playing a double elimination format, race to...

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POOL’S PANTHEON AWAITS

Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–Day time temperatures reach over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, (44 celcius) here in Doha, Qatar but with a bevy of the world’s best pool players on hand to contest the sport’s most prestigious title, the action this week inside the glittering Al Sadd Sports club promises to make the searing outside air seem downright chilly. 128 of the finest pool talents from 44 countries have arrived and settled in here in one of the Middle East’s most progressive countries, all ready for what are sure to be brutally intense and highly dramatic battles...

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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!

Pool fans around the world now have another great resource to keep up to date with all the happenings from the World 9-ball Championship which begins June 21st in Doha, Qatar. The World Pool Association is now on Twitter. Our Twitter user name is @poolwpa. You can go directly to our Twitter page at, http://twitter.com/poolwpa. The WPA will be providing complete online coverage from the World 9-Ball Championships. The event begins June 21st with a three day qualifier which will offer 12 open spots. The tournament  proper begins June 25th and runs through July 1. 128 of the world’s...

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SECOND TO NONE

STORY BY TED LERNER (COURTESY OF BILLIARDS DIGEST) THE DAY after Francisco Bustamante won the World 9-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar, in June, he received a text message on his cell phone from none other than the President of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. The president, himself an avid pool player from Bustamante’s hometown, had just been sworn in to a six-year term in office. Despite a hectic schedule and many pressing problems besetting the nation of 90 million people, the new president took a few moments to send the newly crowned world champion a message. “This is...

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JEWEL IN THE DESERT

The center of the pool universe moves to one of the most vibrant places in the Middle East next week, as the World Pool Association’s World 9-ball Championship gets set to kick off in Doha, Qatar, June 21–July 1. 128 of the finest pool talents from 44 countries will gather at Doha’s Al Sadd Sports Club to contest what is widely considered as one of the most prestigious titles in the sport.  The prize fund is $250,000 with $36,000 going to the winner. The Philippines Francisco “Django” Bustamante will be back to defend his crown, which he won last...

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