WPA World Eight-ball Championship

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The WPA World Eight-ball Championship (W8BC) [1] is a professional eight-ball pocket billiards (pool) tournament that is sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association. From 2004 until 2012 was held in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates and organized by Ahmed Ibrahim and Mithaq Jalali. For the next few years the tournament was not held, however it was announced by the WPA in 2016 that the 8-ball championship would be returning in 2017; it will be organized by Eric Ding and held at the Olympic Centre in Jinan, China. [2]

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A total of 64 participants compete in the event, which typically has a total prize purse over US$100,000 (over $200,000 as of 2011). The competition has also been referred to as the Etisalat World 8 Ball Pool Championship [1] and the Damas World 8 Ball Championship, [3] among other variations, for sponsorship purposes, and appears in various spellings ("8-Ball", "8ball", "Championships", etc.).

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Format and history

As of 2010, the 64 players are divided into 8 groups of 8 players. In each group, the players play in double-elimination until 4 of them remain. Every match in this round is a race to 8. The 32 players play in single-elimination format. Matches are races to 10. The last 2 players play final in a race to 13.

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The 2011 WPA World Eight-ball Championship was held 19–26 February at the Fujairah Exhibition Centre, with prize monies totaling $205,000. In the men's division, Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines won first place, 10–3 versus Niels Feijen of the Netherlands, while Spain's David Alcaide took third, 9–2, from the United Kingdom's Darren Appleton. [1]

2011 WPA World Eight-ball Championship

The 2011 WPA World Eight-ball Championship was an eight-ball world championship, organized by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA), and held 19–26 February 2011 at the Fujairah Exhibition Centre of the Al Diar Siji Hotel in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. A total of 116 players from all of the WPA's six regions participated.

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Winners

The following is a list of WPA world eight-ball champions, held in Fujairah, UAE and sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.

YearWinner [4] Runner-upFinal score
2004 [5] Flag of the Philippines.svg Efren Reyes Flag of the Philippines.svg Marlon Manalo 11–4
2005 [6] Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Wu Chia-ching Flag of the Netherlands.svg Nick van den Berg 11–5
2006
Not held
2007 Flag of the Philippines.svg Ronato Alcano Flag of the Philippines.svg Dennis Orcollo 11–8
2008 [7] Flag of Germany.svg Ralf Souquet Flag of the Philippines.svg Ronato Alcano 13–9
2009
Not held
2010 [8] Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Karl Boyes Flag of the Netherlands.svg Niels Feijen 13–12
2011 [9] Flag of the Philippines.svg Dennis Orcollo Flag of the Netherlands.svg Niels Feijen 10–3
2012 Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chang Jung-lin Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Fu Che-wei 11–6

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