World Straight Pool Championship

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The World Straight Pool Championship, sometimes marked as simply the World Tournament among other names, [lower-alpha 1] is a pocket billiards (pool) competition, that has been held annually in United States in its present form since 2006. It is one of the successor tournaments (also including the American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship) to the historical World 14.1 Continuous Championship (1912–1990). During the modern tournament's early years, it was the only global professional title for straight pool (also known as 14.1 continuous). The event is organized by Dragon Promotions, in part to restore the game's popularity in the United States. [1] Throughout the current event's history, only the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 editions were sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) to be world championships. [2] Since then, the tournament continues to be held under its current name without WPA sanctioning.

The American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship is a professional straight pool tournament held in the United States since 2005. It is organized by promoter Peter Burrows.

In sport, a championship is a competition in which the aim is to decide which individual or team is the champion.

Straight pool

Straight pool, also called 14.1 continuous or simply 14.1, is a type of pool game. It was the common sport of championship competition until it was overtaken by faster-playing games like nine-ball.

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Format

All 64 players are divided into 8 groups where they play in round-robin format. Each match in this round is a race to 100 points. The leading 4 players in each group proceed to the next round. [3]

A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.

The games of the last-32 round are played in double-elimination format until 16 players remain. Matches are extended to races to 150 points. [3]

Double-elimination tournament

A double-elimination tournament is a type of elimination tournament competition in which a participant ceases to be eligible to win the tournament's championship upon having lost two games or matches. It stands in contrast to a single-elimination tournament, in which only one defeat results in elimination.

The games in the last-16 round are played in single-elimination format, and matches are extended, to races to 200 points. [3] The finals match is further extended to a race to 300 points (with a half-hour break occurring when a player reaches 150). [4]

Single-elimination tournament knock-out sports competition

A single-elimination, knockout, or sudden death tournament is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament. Each winner will play another in the next round, until the final match-up, whose winner becomes the tournament champion. Each match-up may be a single match or several, for example two-legged ties in European football or best-of series in American pro sports. Defeated competitors may play no further part after losing, or may participate in "consolation" or "classification" matches against other losers to determine the lower final rankings; for example, a third place playoff between losing semi-finalists. In a shootout poker tournament, there are more than two players competing at each table, and sometimes more than one progressing to the next round. Some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a single-elimination final stage, often called playoffs.

Winners

Early World 14.1 Continuous Championship tournaments

In 1911, Jerome Keough (USA) invented the 14.1-continuous game. [5]

Frank Taberski American pool player

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Ralph Greenleaf American pool player

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Dragon Promotions events

YearWinnerRunner-upSemifinalists
2006* Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Engert Flag of Finland.svg Mika Immonen
Flag of the United States.svg Max Eberle
2007* Flag of Germany.svg Oliver Ortmann Flag of the Netherlands.svg Huidji See Flag of Austria.svg Martin Kempter
Flag of the United States.svg Danny Harriman
2008* Flag of the Netherlands.svg Niels Feijen Flag of the Philippines.svg Francisco Bustamante Flag of the Netherlands.svg Nick van den Berg
Flag of Austria.svg Jasmin Ouschan
2009 Flag of France.svg Stephan Cohen Flag of Finland.svg Mika Immonen Flag of Germany.svg Oliver Ortmann
Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Archer
2010* Flag of Germany.svg Oliver Ortmann Flag of Finland.svg Mika Immonen Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Huidji See
2011 Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann Flag of the United States.svg Mike Davis Flag of the Philippines.svg Alex Pagulayan
Flag of the United States.svg Charlie Williams
2012 Flag of the United States.svg John Schmidt Flag of the Philippines.svg Efren Reyes Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Darren Appleton
Flag of Germany.svg Ralph Eckert
2013 Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Darren Appleton Flag of the Philippines.svg Francisco Bustamante
Flag of the United States.svg John Schmidt
2014 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Darren Appleton Flag of the United States.svg Shane Van Boening Flag of Russia.svg Evgeny Stalev
Flag of the United States.svg Max Eberle
2015 Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Darren Appleton Flag of the Philippines.svg Warren Kiamco
Flag of Germany.svg Reiner Wirsbitzki
2016 Flag of Finland.svg Mika Immonen Flag of the United States.svg Earl Strickland Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jayson Shaw
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lo Li-wen
2017 Flag of the Philippines.svg Lee Vann Corteza Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jonni Fulcher
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Darren Appleton
2018 Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann [7] Flag of the United States.svg Tony Robles Flag of the Philippines.svg Warren Kiamco
Flag of the United States.svg Michael Badstuebner

*WPA-sanctioned world championship

Notes

  1. In some news releases, including some pages in the event's website, names like World 14.1 Tournament or World Tournament of 14.1 are sometimes used. However, the recent website's title page, and promotional pages simply use World Tournament (76th World Tournament, 77th World Tournament. 78th World Tournament, etc.). A different numbering system has also sometimes been used, starting with the first Dragon Promotions event, and including the name of that year's major sponsor, e.g. The BottleDeck.net 7th World 14.1 Tournament.
  2. This 1990 event was not produced by Dragon Promotions, which did not yet exist. The company, however, includes Hunter (but no one earlier) in the list of winners which can be seen on the current tournament trophy.

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