WPA World Ten-ball Championship

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The WPA World Ten-ball Championship is a professional ten-ball pocket billiards (pool) tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association. The event has been held in the Philippines since its inception, with events played in 2008, and 2009, before missing 2010, and played in 2011. The event was resurrected in 2015, by boxer Manny Pacquiao, campaigning to the World Pool Association for the event to be moved from metro manilla to General Santos. An event for 2018 was announced in June 2018, but was postponed to 2019.

Ten-ball

Ten-ball is a modern pool game. It is a rotation game very similar to nine-ball, but more difficult, using 10 balls instead of nine, and with the 10 ball instead of the nine as the "money ball".

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World Pool-Billiard Association World gouvernent body for pool billiards

The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the international governing body for pool. It was formed in 1987, and was initially headed by a provisional board of directors consisting of representatives from Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Germany. as of February 2019, the WPA president is Ian Anderson of Australia, and the organization is headquartered in Sydney. It is an associate of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS), the international umbrella organization that encompasses the major cue sports. It also sanctions rules and events for carom billiards.

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History

The inaugural WPA event in 2008, with prizes totaling US$400,000 (18,860,000), was held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, September 29 through October 5, 2008. There were 128 players competing, representing 44 countries. Vice-President of the Philippines Noli de Castro made the ceremonial opening break shot, witnessed by officials of the WPA, International Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Billiards and Snooker Congress of the Philippines, and tournament organizer Raya Sports. [1]

The WPA 10-Ball World Championship 2008 was the inaugural WPA World 10-ball Championship, the world championship for the discipline of 10-ball pool. The event took place from September 29 to October 5, 2008. The final tournament was hosted at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay, Metro Manila.

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In the final, England's Darren Appleton defeated Nineteen-year-old Wu Chia-ching, who was using a borrowed cue stick, winning $100,000. [2] [3] Appleton was also quoted as saying: "Pool is an easy choice for me as a sport as I have to choose among boxing, football and pool among others. But this victory is sweeter for me and I have to dedicate this to my parents, whose relationship is in the rocks. With the $100,000 grand prize, first, I have to give some to my parents, because we had a difficult way of living." [4] [5]

Darren Appleton English pool player

Darren "Dynamite" Appleton is an English pool player, best known for playing nine-ball and ten-ball pool.

A cue stick, is an item of sporting equipment essential to the games of pool, snooker and carom billiards. It is used to strike a ball, usually the cue ball. Cues are tapered sticks, typically about 57–59 inches long and usually between 16 and 21 ounces (450–600 g), with professionals gravitating toward a 19-ounce (540 g) average. Cues for carom tend toward the shorter range, though cue length is primarily a factor of player height and arm length. Most cues are made of wood, but occasionally the wood is covered or bonded with other materials including graphite, carbon fiber or fiberglass. An obsolete term for a cue, used from the 16th to early 19th centuries, is billiard stick.

WPA president Ian Anderson would later announce: "This early, there's a strong clamor for the WTBC and it will definitely be back next year in Manila. It will be staged October of next year and there's also the Philippine Open to be held June 2009. I think Manila is the best place to go in hosting pool and it is living up to its billing as the pool Mecca in Asia." [6] The event would later take place in 2009, being won by Finn Mika Immonen, and then again in 2011 by dutchman Huidji See. A later event, was reimagined by boxer Manny Pacquiao, with the event being won by Taipei's Ko Pin-yi.

Mika Immonen is a Finnish professional Hall of Fame pool player, nicknamed "The Iceman."

Huidji See is a Dutch pool and billiards player. He was the 2011 10-Ball Pool world champion.

Manny Pacquiao Filipino professional boxer and politician

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as a senator of the Philippines.

On July 30, 2018, the WPA announced the return of the World Ten-ball Championship. [7] Initially, the event was set to take place in the Philippines, [7] but was postponed later.

Winners

The following is a list of WPA World Ten-Ball Champions.

YearHostFinalSemifinalists
WinnerScoreRunner-up
2008 Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Darren Appleton
13–11 Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Wu Chia-ching
Flag of the Philippines.svg
Demosthenes Pulpul
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Niels Feijen
2009 Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Flag of Finland.svg
Mika Immonen
11–6 Flag of the Philippines.svg
Lee Van Corteza
Flag of the Philippines.svg
Antonio Lining
Flag of Spain.svg
David Alcaide
2011 Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Huidji See
11–8 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Jian-Bo Fu
Flag of the Philippines.svg
Carlo Biado
Flag of Japan.svg
Yukio Akagariyama
2015 Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Ko Pin-yi
11–9 Flag of the Philippines.svg
Carlo Biado
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Ko Ping-chung
Flag of Spain.svg
David Alcaide
2019 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Ko Ping-chung
10–7 Flag of Germany.svg
Joshua Filler
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Ko Pin-yi
Flag of Japan.svg
Masato Yoshioka

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References

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  2. sports.inquirer.net, "Pulpul's Magical Run Ends" Archived June 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. abs-cbnnews.com, "Pulpul Fails to Reach World 10-Ball Finals"
  4. Manila Standard Today, "Appleton's 16-year Wait Over"
  5. IHT.com, Appleton Wins World 10-ball Title
  6. abs-cbnnews.com, Appleton makes history as 1st World Ten Ball champ
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