TOP 25 BEST POOL PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME (Part 4) | WPA WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP




So I took a break.

Haha.

Ugh. Get it?

If you want to check out numbers 11 to 15, CLICK HERE.

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



10 | WU JIA-QING | CHINA

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

At 16 years old, Wu Xia-Qing became the youngest player to win the WPA World 9-Ball Championship when he fought off Kuo Po-Cheng in 2005. Wu is the crowd favorite because he had that Naruto vibe in him (the sudden superstar in the land of giants). And yeah, in case his name kind of rings a bell, he is the cue artist formerly known as Wu Chia-Ching (name change due to a nationality change from Chinese Taipei to China). The Little Genius is also the only player to win both World 9-Ball Championship and World 8-Ball Championship in the same year when he defeated Nick Van Den Berg.  



9 | CHAO FONG-PANG | CHINESE TAIPEI 

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

WINNER | 1993 WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

WINNER | 1
RUNNER-UP | 0
FINAL FOUR | 1
FINAL EIGHT | 1
ROUND OF 16 | 0
ROUND OF 32 | 4
ROUND OF 64 | 3

Chao is the only other player besides Earl Strickland to win the first and second versions of the WPA World 9-Ball Championship. In 1993, he defeated German Thomas Hasch and in 2000, Chao replicated this feat by ass-whooping Mexican Ismael Paez, 17 to 6. The tourney has since applied a Race to 13 final but his eleven-point lead is bar none, the largest winning margin in the event’s history. Fong-Pang Chao, as he was called by the commentators during his 2000, is a superb jump shot artist. To accentuate this point, try watching that awesome shit he pulled against Django Bustamante in 2001 International Challenge of Champions. JUMP SHOOTING FOR THE KILL IS RAD! So why is the Cool Face Killer positioned so low in the rankings? So after he won in 2000, he has yet to claim a noteworthy finish apart from his quarterfinal finish he scored in 2004 where he lost to eventual champion, Alex Pagulayan.



8 | KO PIN-YI | CHINESE TAIPEI

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 | 5
ROUND OF 32 | 1
ROUND OF 64 | 3

Chinese Taipei has this knack of naming their pool masters as if they are part of a Stephen Chow or a Chow Yun-Fat movie. Little Genius… Son of Pool… Cool Face Killer… and now, lemme tell about The Prince of Pool. So during the event's 2015 edition, Ko Pin-Yi took down Shane Von Boening in dramatic fashion to win the World WPA 9-Ball Championship. In the same year, Ko silenced the pro-Carlo Biado Filipino crowd to win the World WPA 10-Ball Championship. In the eleven times that Ko made the Round of 64, he was able to reach the Round of 16 seven times. As of this writing, he has yet to reach 30 years old and well, that means you can expect more from The Prince of Pool in the years to come.



7 | EARL STRICKLAND | USA

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

WINNER | 1990 WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER | 1991 WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

Every sport needs to have that guy you watch to lose. For billiards, that guy is Earl Strickland. For some reason, the emotionally-charged American has issues with jeering audiences. With that said, the emphatic American feeds off their hate to deliver excellent performances as he is widely recognized as one of the greatest cue masters to play the sport (people shouldn’t jeer him basically). Strickland is the event’s first winner when he dispatched Jeff Carter in 1990 and became the first and only back-to-back winner when he won against Nick Varner. The Pearl would then win his third title in 2002 by defeating a grief-stricken Django Bustamante – who was playing the final despite losing his child to sickness prior to the match. Strickland is the only player to win three titles in the tournament but then, he ranks deep in this list because he only made the knockout stages nine times and went past the quarterfinals just three times as well.



6 | CARLO BIADO | PHILIPPINES

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1990 TO 1999

NONE

WPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | 1999 TO PRESENT

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

Lucky Luke is probably an odd name for Carlo Biado. For starters, I doubt if he has a “Luke” in his name. And well, he wasn’t lucky to do caddie work to support his studies while also perfecting his craft at night. But here’s the thing – this guy is going to lead Pinoy billiards to the next era as indeed, since making the knockout stages in 2011, Carlo Biado has been absolute gold. In 2013, Biado would reach the semifinal round only to lose to eventual champ Thorsten Hohmann. In 2017, Biado would school Liu Haitao and Wu Kun-Lin as well as fellow Pinoys Jeff Ignacio and finalist Roland Garcia to win the championship. Biado would have become the first back-to-back winner since Earl Strickland in 2018 but he stumbled on a roadblock in the form of Joshua Filler.


TO BE CONTINUED


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