TOP 25 BEST POOL PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME (Part 1) | WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

    

So here’s how this works.

The WPA World 9-Ball Championship debuted in 1990 with Earl Strickland as the inaugural winner. In 1999, there were two events that happened – the WPA-sanctioned championship which was won by Nick Varner and the Matchroom Sport-produced championship held in Cardiff, Wales that was won by Efren “Bata” Reyes.

WPA has the direction while Matchroom Sport had the moolah.

They were bound to merge.

Anyway, I will just recognize the tournament champions of the old event.

Players will be judged on the championships, the various times they advanced to the knockout stages, and how far they went before they lost to the eventual champion.

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25 | OLIVER ORTMANN | GERMANY

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

WINNER | 1995 WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 0
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 0
FINAL EIGHT | 0
ROUND OF 16 | 2
ROUND OF 32 | 5
ROUND OF 64 | 6

Oliver Ortmann goes by the name of The Machine and up to this day, he is known as one of the best European players of all-time. However after winning the 1995 WPA Championship against American Dallas West in Taiwan, Ortmann has yet to win a title. The highest place Ortmann got is two Sweet Sixteens in 2000 and 2002. Still, from 1999 to 2014, Ortmann has missed the knockout stages just once.



24 | DARREN APPLETON | ENGLAND

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 1
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 0
FINAL EIGHT | 0
ROUND OF 16 | 2
ROUND OF 32 | 2
ROUND OF 64 | 1

It took Appleton a decade to make his presence known in 9-Ball. So when Dynamite defeated Li He-Wen to win the championship in 2012, it was bliss for the awesomely animated cue artist. 10-Ball, on the other hand, is a different story – with the Englishman becoming the inaugural winner of the event in 2008 when he defeated Wu Jia-Qing in Pasay City, Philippines.



23 | COREY DEUEL | USA

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 0
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 1
FINAL EIGHT | 2
ROUND OF 16 | 2
ROUND OF 32 | 2
ROUND OF 64 | 4

The two-time Mosconi Cup MVP and two-Mosconi Cup winner is a pool legend with a slew of awards and earnings to show. I guess this is why his nickname is Cash Money. With that said, Corey Deuel has yet to win the championship despite being an inaugural participant. The farthest he got in the tourney was in 2000 when Deuel lost to eventual champ Chao Fong-Pang. 



22 | MARCUS CHAMAT | SWEDEN

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 0
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 1
FINAL EIGHT | 2
ROUND OF 16 | 2
ROUND OF 32 | 0
ROUND OF 64 | 5

Short but superb. Dubbed Napoleon due to the previous sentence, Marcus Chamat had a constant claim on the Round of 64 for the first ten years of the tournament. Unfortunately for the Swede, the former Mosconi Cup winner never reached the WPA final. The farthest Chamat got was in 2004 – when he lost to Chang Pei-Wei in the semifinal round.



21 | NICK VAN DEN BERG | THE NETHERLANDS

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 0
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 3
FINAL EIGHT | 1
ROUND OF 16 | 0
ROUND OF 32 | 3
ROUND OF 64 | 5

From 2001 to 2014, this Dutch cue master is a fixture of the World 9-Ball knockout stages. But while sure, he won two European pool titles in 2009 and 2011, Van Den Berg has never the World 9-Ball Championship. Thrice he reached the quarterfinal round in 2005, 2012, and 2013 but sadly encountered roadblocks in the forms of Rodney Morris in 2005, Ralf Souquet in 2012, and Antonio Gabica in 2013.  


TO BE CONTINUED

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