TOP 25 BEST POOL PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME (Part 3) | WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP




If you want to check out numbers 16 to 20, CLICK HERE.

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



15 | ALBIN OUSCHAN | AUSTRIA

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

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WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

In 2013, Ouschan made his WPA 9-Ball Championship debut and was unable to advance to the knockout stages. The following year, he would lose the championship to Niels Feijen in just three racks. Then two years later, the Austrian would capture the crown by defeating American Shane Van Boening. And the thing about Ouschan is that he’s only 28 and the future looks bright if he could sustain his career. And yeah, since billiard greatness is somewhat hereditary, Albin and equally-impressive Jasmine Ouschan became the first brother and sister team to reach the WPA World 9-Ball Tournament final.



14 | KUO PO-CHENG | CHINESE TAIPEI

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

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WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

Much like most Chinese Taipei cue stars of the early 2000s, Kuo looks like an innocent face… that will destroy you if given a chance. Anyway, he was just one rack short from claiming the World 9-Ball Championship in 2005 against Wu Chia-Ching. The Little Monster would also reach the 2010 tournament but his chances were derailed by Django Bustamante. Kuo almost reached the tournament final for the third time in 2004 but stumbled on another roadblock in the form of eventual winner Alex Pagulayan.



13 | NIELS FEIJEN | THE NETHERLANDS

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

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WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

Dubbed as The Terminator, Niels Feijen has had time on top of the mountain. After more than a decade of falling short (his best finish at that point is a Top 8 place in the 2001 WPA World 9-Ball Championship), he finally won the big time tourney by defeating Albin Ouschan, 13 racks to 10. Apart from this tourney, Feijen is also a mainstay for Team Europe in the Mosconi Cup and in 2008, he won against Django Bustamante to capture the World Straight Pool Championship.  




12 | EFREN “BATA” REYES | PHILIPPINES 

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

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WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

Hailed by many as the greatest pool player to revolutionize the sport, Efren Reyes is the inaugural winner of the current WPA World 9-Ball Championship version. Showtime Efren against the robotic Chang Hao-Ping in 1999 could have been one key to the eventual merger of the two events. With that said, can you imagine a young Magician in this tourney? This is one of the biggest what-ifs of Reyes’ legendary career because it was evident during the early 2000s that he’d rather push new blood because he had nothing else to prove in the sport. The fact that Reyes was already 45 years old at the time of his win says something about his future World 9-Ball title battles. His contemporaries like Nick Varner, Mike Lebron, Kim Davenport, and Amang Parica among others were on the verge of retirement when the tourney rolled through. In fact, the only other time The Magician made it past the Round of 16 was when he lost to bosom buddy Django Bustamante in the 2002 edition. In some instances, it felt as if Reyes would rather impress the crowd with his trick shots than winning the event.  



11 | SHANE VAN BOENING | USA

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

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WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

The South Dakota Kid is another player that is poised to take the world of pool into the future. The third generation cue artist is hearing-impaired but as per career, this is not an issue. If you speak of his mainland USA accomplishments, Shane has won the US Open 9-Ball Championships a record of five times. And in the last five WPA World 9-Ball Championships, Van Boening has had two runner-ups, one final four, and one big eight finish. In 2015, he became the last hurdle to Ko Pin-Yi’s title and a year later, he became the last person Albin Ouschan faced en route to his title. In the 2018 edition, he made the semifinal but fell to defending champion and eventual runner-up Carlo Biado.


TO BE CONTINUED.


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