TOP 25 BEST POOL PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME (Part 2) | WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP




If you want to check out numbers 21 to 25, CLICK HERE.

With that said, here are the next five names of this list.



20 | YANG CHING-SHUN | CHINESE TAIPEI

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 0
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 1
FINAL EIGHT | 1
ROUND OF 16 | 3
ROUND OF 32 | 2
ROUND OF 64 | 5

I am a fan of this guy – nicknamed The Son of Pool. He reminds me of Sojiro Seta – the emotionless right-hand man of Makoto Shishio in the Samurai X anime. Watching him back then, he looks like a kid with a killer’s instinct and I think he still has those attributes in him. Anyway, Yang has yet to win a major pool championship but he is a two-time Asian Games gold medallist. The closest he ever got to a WPA championship was in 2002 when lost his semifinal match to Django Bustamante.




19 | JOHNNY ARCHER | USA

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

WINNER | 1992 WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER | 1997 WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 0
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 1
FINAL EIGHT | 2
ROUND OF 16 | 1
ROUND OF 32 | 2
ROUND OF 64 | 3

An iconic figure in the world of billiards, Archer back then frequently visited the Philippines to go mano y mano with Efren “Bata” Reyes. During the first incarnation of the WPA World 9-Ball Championship, The Scorpion became the only other player besides Earl Strickland to win the event twice. With that said, Archer struggled to claim the title in this incarnation. In 2010, the last year he’ll get past the Round of 64, Archer would make the Final Four only to lose to Kuo Po Chen, 11 to 10. If he won that match, Archer would have set up a final against his other Filipino archrival Django Bustamante.



18 | RONNIE ALCANO | PHILIPPINES

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

In 2006, Ronnie Alcano defeated heavy favorite Ralf Souquet and became the third person after Earl Strickland and Johnny Archer to win the WPA World 9-Ball Championship in his homeland (Alcano is actually the first person to accomplish the feat for the event’s updated incarnation). The Volcano almost had a second title in 2011 but he was stopped by Yukio Akakariyama. Alcano would also win the World 8-Ball title in 2007 – besting compatriot Dennis Orcollo.



17 | DENNIS ORCOLLO | PHILIPPINES

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 0
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 1
FINAL EIGHT | 1
ROUND OF 16 | 3
ROUND OF 32 | 2
ROUND OF 64 | 6

There was a time in which Dennis Orcollo was recognized as the top player in the world. He won gold in the 2010 Asian Games and in the following year was proclaimed World 8-Ball Champion (defeating Niels Feijen). With that said, This Filipino event earnings machine has yet to reach the final of the World 9-Pool Championship. Dubbed as Robocop for his no-nonsense approach, his best finish came in 2011 – where he lost to Pinoy rival and eventual runner-up, Ronnie Alcano.  



16 | DARYL PEACH | ENGLAND

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 1
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 0
FINAL EIGHT | 1
ROUND OF 16 | 1
ROUND OF 32 | 1
ROUND OF 64 | 7

Dubbed as The Dazzler, Daryl Peach became the first Englishman to win the WPA World 9-Ball Championship when he defeated Filipino Roberto Gomez in 2007. Peach is also the last winner before the tournament’s two-year hiatus due to the worldwide recession. So why is The Dazzler ranked this low? Well prior to his 2007 win, Peach barely survived the preliminary rounds. And the only other time Peach went far was in 2011 when he lost to Dennis Orcollo in the quarterfinal round.  


TO BE CONTINUED.


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