Darren "Dynamite" Appleton is an English pool player, best known for playing nine-ball and ten-ball pool. Appleton won the 2008 WPA World Ten-ball Championship against Wu Jia-qing, the former world champion in both nine-ball and eight-ball from Taiwan. With the victory, he became the second male player from Britain to win a world championship after Daryl Peach who won the world nine-ball title a year earlier. Appleton is a world champion in nine-ball, having won the 2012 WPA World Nine-ball Championship, defeating Li He-wen in the final. Appleton, who started playing pool at age 12, was the world ranked no. 1 player in British-style eight-ball pool. He was twice runner-up in the WEPF Eight-ball Pool World Championship. In 2006, he joined the International Pool Tour's standardised eight-ball competition; that year, he won the Straight Pool Challenge at the Derby City Classic. On 5 October 2008, Appleton claimed an upset victory in the inaugural WPA Ten-ball World Championship over Wu Jia-qing, 13–11, winning the US$100,000 top prize: "I've waited 16 years for this and have to enjoy the moment.
I had mixed feelings and I was looking back at my disappointments in the past. I was ranked first in the world but I have never won a world championship... It was a dream come true for me and I'm happy to win the title here in the Philippines."In May 2009, Appleton challenged Dennis Hatch of the United States in a three-day race-to-100 challenge match of ten-ball. Hatch, came out the victor with a score of 100-83. In the same year, he won the World Pool Masters tournament by defeating Nick van den Berg. Darren Appleton won the 2010 U. S. Open 9-ball Championship against Corey Deuel of the United States in a match that went into extra racks. Appleton was a member of the victorious European team in the 2010 Mosconi Cup, he was named MVP for the tournament, after winning 5 of his 6 matches in the series. In 2012, Appleton won the WPA World Nine-ball Championship, subduing China's Li Hewen in the final with a score of 13-12. In 2013, he won the nine-ball tournament at the World Games 2013, beating Chang Jung-lin 11–10 in the final.
That year, he scored a record breaking 200 run in the World 14.1 Tournament against Francisco Bustamante, winning 200-1. This feat would break the World Straight Pool Championship record of 73 events with a 175 ball run, held by Thorsten Hohmann. as well as the all-time record at any major event of 183, set at the US Open 14.1 by Joe Procita, the first time, in a major tournament, of completing all 200 balls and finishing the game without missing a shot. In 2014, he won the World 14.1 Tournament. He won 2014 World Cup of Pool playing with Karl Boyes for Team England. On 2 February 2015, Darren Appleton won the 2015 Chinese Pool World Championship, defeating Mark Selby 21–19 in the final. Appleton's official website
Shane Van Boening
Shane Van Boening is an American professional pool player from Rapid City, South Dakota, a former number 1 in the US rankings published by the UPA Tour. Van Boening is hearing-impaired and uses a hearing aid, he has received praise for his attitude towards the sport for his behaviour during matches, for eschewing alcohol. Van Boening's family has a strong pool background, his grandfather, Gary Bloomberg, was a trick-shot artist. Van Boening defeated Hungarian Vilmos Foldes at the International Pool Tour qualifier in 2006, was one of several players to earn a bonus of US$5,000 for breaking and running six consecutive racks in tournament play. Shane was one of only 10 players to earn their IPT tour card by finishing in the top two spots of one of five qualifiers. Shane won the second stop held at the Pool Room in Georgia, he has been ranked number one in the world by AZBilliards.com. When he is not competing professionally, he can be found practicing in downtown Sioux Falls at Lucky Billiards, where he is the house pro and co-owner.
Van Boening is a three-time VNEA national amateur eight-ball champion. In 2007, he lost to Dennis Orcollo. Days he dominated the inaugural World Ten-ball Championship to become the first-ever world champion in that discipline of pool. Shane has been declared by some as the next-in-line and heir-apparent to the throne of being the best Pool player in the US by Inside POOL Magazine. Van Boening captured the hot seat in the World Summit of Pool on June 16, 2007, giving 2004 WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion Alex "the Lion" Pagulayan an 11–4 defeat; the last day, all matches were shortened races to 7 because they were being recorded by ESPN. Alex Pagulayan plowed through Francisco Bustamante and Warren Kiamco and faced Van Boening in the final. Despite Pagulayan leading 4-1, Van Boening recovered to tie the score 5-5 before veteran Pagulayan won the next two games to claim the victory, 7 to 5; the Billiards Congress of America Pool League owner Mark Griffin recognized his talent and decided in 2007 to sponsor him as he advances his professional career.
On October 20, 2007, he won the 2007 US Open Nine-ball Championship, defeating Filipino Champion Ronnie Alcano in the finals, 13–10. Van Boening remained undefeated in the double-elimination format of the championship, held in Chesapeake, Virginia. At the Reno Open Nine-ball Championship, held on December 9, 2007, Van Boening and Johnny Archer were in the double-elimination finals. Archer was up to that point undefeated, Van Boening had to beat Archer twice; as a capstone to his record year, for 2007 he was declared the male Player of the Year by all three of the major pool publications, Billiards Digest, Pool & Billiard Magazine, InsidePOOL Magazine, ranked #11 in the P&B "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players" poll for that year. U. S. Open Championship 8-Ball Championships 9-Ball Championships US Open 10 Ball Championship One Pocket Bank Pool Championship World Cup of Pool - With Rodney Morris US Bar Table Championship 10-Ball Division 8-Ball Division 9 Ball Division Mosconi Cup Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division Master of the Table World Pool Masters "Shane Van Boening: Year in Review" – most current results and statistics for this player available at AZBilliards.com: The A to Z of Billiards and Pool, with links to previous years
Nine-ball is a contemporary form of pool, with historical beginnings rooted in the United States and traceable to the 1920s. The game may be played in social and recreational settings by any number of players and subject to whatever rules are agreed upon beforehand, or in league and tournament settings in which the number of players and the rules are set by the sponsors. During much of its history, nine-ball has been known as a "money game" in both professional and recreational settings, but has since become established as a legitimate alternative to eight ball, straight pool and other major competition games. In recent decades, nine-ball has become the dominant tournament game in professional pool, in the World Pool-Billiard Association, Women's Professional Billiard Association and United States Professional Poolplayers Association. Matches proceed suitable for the time constraints of television coverage, the fast-paced games tend to keep the audience engaged; the game is played on a pocket billiards table with ten balls.
The cue ball, a solid shade of white, is struck to hit the lowest numbered ball on the table. The object of the game is to pocket the 9-ball. In nine-ball, except when a push-out has been invoked, a legal shot consists of striking the cue ball into the lowest numbered object ball on the table and subsequently either pocketing an object ball, or driving any ball to any rail, otherwise the shot is a foul. Additional conditions apply for the break shot. Object balls do not have to be pocketed in numerical order. Nine-ball is not a call shot game; the 9-ball itself can be pocketed for a win at any turn in the game, intentionally or by chance, including the break shot. Conversely, a player could pocket all of the object balls numbered one through eight during the course of the game and lose after the other player pockets only the nine-ball. Players alternate innings at the table, meaning play continues by one player until he or she misses, commits a foul, or pockets the 9 ball for the win; the penalty for a foul is that the player's inning ends and the opponent comes to the table with ball in hand, able to place the cue ball anywhere on the table prior to shooting.
Nine-ball is a fast-paced game and is played by the rack. Instead, players play a match to a set number of games five, seven or nine; the first player to win that set number of games wins the match. The object balls are placed in a diamond-shaped configuration, with the 1 ball positioned at the front on the foot spot, the 9 ball placed in the center; the physical rack used to position the balls is triangle-shaped wood or plastic, capable of holding all fifteen object balls, although diamond-shaped racks that hold only nine balls are sometimes used. The placement of the remaining balls is considered to be random. However, in some handicapped tournaments, the ball being spotted to the lesser player must be one of the two balls placed behind the 1 ball at the apex of the rack. An imaginary line drawn through the one-ball and back apex of the diamond should be parallel to the long rails of the table; the placement of balls is expected to be precise in league and tournament play. One person is chosen to shoot first, by breaking the rack.
This is determined by flipping a coin, or by lagging in professional tournaments in the case of the latter, or it may be ruled by the authority in charge, the sponsor or the players themselves that the winner or loser of the previous game will always shoot first in the next rack. As with most pocket billiard games, the base of the cue ball must be behind the head string for the break shot. If the player who breaks fails to make a legal break, the opponent can either demand a re-rack and become the breaker, or continue to play as if it had been an ordinary foul, depending upon the rules of the event. If the breaker pockets a ball and commits no foul, it remains the breaker's turn. If the breaker pockets the 9 ball on the break, this is an instant win, sometimes called a "golden break." After the break, before the second shot of the game, the player at the table may call a "push out." A push-out can be called by the breaking player if he pocketed a ball on the break, or the non-breaking player if no ball was pocketed on the break.
Calling a push-out for the shot after the break allows the player taking the shot to hit the cue ball in any fashion with no foul, with the exception that the cue ball must stay on the table and illegal shots such as double-hitting the cue ball or a "scoop jump shot" would still be called a foul. Playing a push-out shot ends the player's inning and play passes to the opponent; the main purpose of the push-out shot is to alleviate an unlucky lie after the break, where it is difficult to make a legal shot. Unlike any other shot of the game, for a push-out sh
The Netherlands is a country located in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian. The six largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Tilburg. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the seat of the States General and Supreme Court; the Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, the largest in any country outside Asia. The country is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G10, NATO, OECD and WTO, as well as a part of the Schengen Area and the trilateral Benelux Union.
It hosts several intergovernmental organisations and international courts, many of which are centered in The Hague, dubbed'the world's legal capital'. Netherlands means'lower countries' in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre above sea level, nearly 17% falling below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century. With a population of 17.30 million people, all living within a total area of 41,500 square kilometres —of which the land area is 33,700 square kilometres —the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It is the world's second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products, owing to its fertile soil, mild climate, intensive agriculture; the Netherlands was the third country in the world to have representative government, it has been a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a unitary structure since 1848.
The country has a tradition of pillarisation and a long record of social tolerance, having legalised abortion and human euthanasia, along with maintaining a progressive drug policy. The Netherlands abolished the death penalty in 1870, allowed women's suffrage in 1917, became the world's first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001, its mixed-market advanced economy had the thirteenth-highest per capita income globally. The Netherlands ranks among the highest in international indexes of press freedom, economic freedom, human development, quality of life, as well as happiness; the Netherlands' turbulent history and shifts of power resulted in exceptionally many and varying names in different languages. There is diversity within languages; this holds for English, where Dutch is the adjective form and the misnomer Holland a synonym for the country "Netherlands". Dutch comes from Theodiscus and in the past centuries, the hub of Dutch culture is found in its most populous region, home to the capital city of Amsterdam.
Referring to the Netherlands as Holland in the English language is similar to calling the United Kingdom "Britain" by people outside the UK. The term is so pervasive among potential investors and tourists, that the Dutch government's international websites for tourism and trade are "holland.com" and "hollandtradeandinvest.com". The region of Holland consists of North and South Holland, two of the nation's twelve provinces a single province, earlier still, the County of Holland, a remnant of the dissolved Frisian Kingdom. Following the decline of the Duchy of Brabant and the County of Flanders, Holland became the most economically and politically important county in the Low Countries region; the emphasis on Holland during the formation of the Dutch Republic, the Eighty Years' War and the Anglo-Dutch Wars in the 16th, 17th and 18th century, made Holland serve as a pars pro toto for the entire country, now considered either incorrect, informal, or, depending on context, opprobrious. Nonetheless, Holland is used in reference to the Netherlands national football team.
The region called the Low Countries and the Country of the Netherlands. Place names with Neder, Nieder and Nedre and Bas or Inferior are in use in places all over Europe, they are sometimes used in a deictic relation to a higher ground that consecutively is indicated as Upper, Oben, Superior or Haut. In the case of the Low Countries / Netherlands the geographical location of the lower region has been more or less downstream and near the sea; the geographical location of the upper region, changed tremendously over time, depending on the location of the economic and military power governing the Low Countries area. The Romans made a distinction between the Roman provinces of downstream Germania Inferior and upstream Germania Superior; the designation'Low' to refer to the region returns again in the 10th century Duchy of Lower Lorraine, that covered much of the Low Countries. But this time the corresponding Upper region is Upper Lorraine, in nowadays Northern France; the Dukes of Burgundy, who ruled the Low Countries in the 15th century, used the term les pays de par deçà for the Low Countries as opposed to les pays de par delà for their original
Niels Feijen is a professional pool player, from the Hague, Netherlands. His nickname is "the Terminator". In 2014 he won the WPA World 9-ball championship. In 2001, Feijen reached the finals of a nine-ball tournament in Japan; the event offered the largest prize money at that time. However, he lost to Efren Reyes. In 2004, he won the inaugural Skins Billiards Championship with prize money of US$42,500. Feijen has won the European straight pool championship five times. In 2005 he was the winner of the Big Apple Nine-ball Classic, held in Queens, New York, an event with 128 of the world's best players, he represented Europe in the 2004-5, 2007-9 and 2011-16 Mosconi Cup events. Feijen won the 2007 $50,000 winner-take-all International Challenge of Champions by defeating Lee Van Corteza. In 2008, Feijen won the World Straight Pool Championship with a victory over Francisco Bustamante in the finals. On 5 October 2008, he received the 3rd prize of $25,000 in the inaugural WPA World Ten-ball Championship.
In 2010, Feijen reached the finals of the WPA World Eight-ball Championship but ended up in 2nd place losing to Karl Boyes of Great Britain. He would reach the finals of that same tournament again the next year, was defeated by Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines. 2014 has been the best year so far for Feijen, who won the European Straight Pool Championship, the European 9-ball Championship and the 2014 WPA World Nine-ball Championship. In 2015 he was voted Most Valuable Player of the Mosconi Cup for the fourth time in the last five years. Feijen has been a winner of events on the Euro Tour on 10 occasions, putting him third only behind Ralf Souquet and Oliver Ortmann in number of victories on the tour, his lastest victory was at the 2016 Dutch Open. Fiejen has a total of 37 medals at Euro Tour events, second only to Souquet. Tournament victories in bold WPA World Nine-ball Championship - Winner World Straight Pool Championship - Winner World Pool Masters - Winner Euro Tour European 9-ball Championship - Winner European Straight Pool Championship - Winner French Open By Predator - Winner Mosconi Cup - Most Valuable Player World 8-ball Championship - Runner-up World 10-ball Championship - Third place WorldPoolMasters.com 2006 profile of Niels Feijen AzBilliards.com 14 August 2005 report on Niels Feijen's win of the 2005 Big Apple Nine-ball Classic Niels Feijen 2008 World 14.1 Championship Winning Video
United States Professional Poolplayers Association
The United States Professional Poolplayers Association is the governing body for the sport of men's professional pool in the United States, in conjunction with the World Pool-Billiard Association and its US-national affiliate, the Billiard Congress of America. Founded in 2002, the association is based in Manhattan, NY; the Billiard Congress of America recognizes the UPA as the men's association for the U. S; the UPA has launched its Amateur League Program, The League of Champions. The UPA's League of Champions is a pool league designed by professionals for the serious player; the UPA brand represents the ideal in the sport of pocket billiards in the United States, formed in January, 2002 by professional players. The UPA Brand is positioned well for the future as the standard bearer for the evolution of the sport adopting the motto: "The Evolution of Pool." The UPA offers a variety of programs to both the professional and recreational pool enthusiast: •Touring Professional Program •Amateur League Program.
•Start-up business opportunities for Entrepreneurs The UPA brand represents the ideal in the sport of pocket billiards in the United States, formed in January, 2002 by professional players. The UPA Brand is positioned well for the future as the standard bearer for the evolution of the sport adopting the motto: "The Evolution of Pool." The UPA offers a variety of programs to both the professional and recreational pool enthusiast: Touring Professional Program, Amateur League Program. UPA official website
Efren Manalang Reyes, nicknamed the Magician and Bata, is a Filipino professional pool player. A winner of over 70 international titles, Reyes was the first player to win world championships in two different disciplines in pool. Among his numerous titles Reyes is a four-time World Eight-ball Champion, the 1999 WPA World Nine-ball Champion, a three-time US Open winner, a two-time World Pool League winner and a 14-time Derby City Classic winner – including an unprecedented five Master of the Table crowns. By defeating Earl Strickland in the inaugural Color of Money event in 1996, Reyes took home the largest single event purse in pool history. Many analysts and current and former players consider Reyes to be the greatest pool player of all time. Reyes was born in Mexico, Pampanga in the Philippines in 1954, he moved to Manila with his family at the age of 5. In Manila, he worked as a billiards attendant at his uncle's billiards hall, where he started learning the various cue sports; because he was not tall enough to reach the pool table, he played while standing on Coca-Cola cases that he moved around.
At night, while he was dreaming of playing pool, the pool table was his bed. Reyes is referred to as Bata, Tagalog for'Kid', because there was another older pool player named Efren when he was young. To distinguish between the two, he was referred to as Efren Bata, he was called "Efrey" by his colleagues. Gambling from a young age, Reyes played three cushion billiards in the 1970s. After establishing himself as a winner, he was discovered by promoters; this gave him the opportunity to compete in big-time tournaments. In 1978, Reyes represented Team Philippines in the RP-Japan Pocket Billiards Tournament, alongside Jose Parica, Rodolfo Luat, Jorge Dacer, Manuel Flores. In 1983, Reyes took on Pepito Dacer in the finals of the Philippine Professional Pocket Billiards Championships, played in rotation; the finals was played in race-to-39, the players played 11 racks on a weekly basis. On the seventh week of play, Reyes defeated Dacer 39-32. During the 1980s, when Reyes was considered a top-class player in his homeland but not yet internationally recognized, he went to the U.
S. to hustle. Popular legend claims. Reyes began winning a number of tournaments in the U. S. Europe and parts of Asia. Thus, he started to gain recognition worldwide. At the start of his career, he used aliases to hide his identity. By the mid-1990s, he had become one of the elite players of the Philippines, alongside Jose Parica and Francisco Bustamante. Reyes' fame began when he won the US Open Nine Ball Championship in 1994 by defeating Nick Varner in the finals, he was the first non-American to win the event. Two years Efren Reyes and Earl Strickland were chosen to face each other in an event called the Color of Money, named after the movie; the event was a three-day race-to-120 challenge match of 9-ball. It was held in Hong Kong, with a winner-take-all prize of US$100,000. Reyes won the match 120-117; the match demonstrated Reyes will to win, overcoming a 17 game deficit on the last day on the final 3 hours of the match. This was the largest single-winning purse in a pool event. Although Strickland was the first to win the WPA World Nine-ball Championship, Reyes, in 1999, became the first to win while it was broadcast on television.
This tournament was not recognized at the time by the WPA, but Reyes was retrospectively acknowledged as the winner of one of two world championships held in 1999. Nick Varner won the "official" world title; the two tournaments were merged for the following year, with both men listed as the champion for 1999. At the time, the Matchroom Sport-organised event in Cardiff, was called the World Professional Pool Championship. In 2001, Reyes won the International Billiard Tournament; the event was held in Tokyo, with over 700 players and a total purse of ¥100M. Reyes earned the ¥ 20M first prize. At the time, this was the biggest first prize in a pool tournament. In 2002 he won the $50K winner-take-all International Challenge of Champions, defeating Mika Immonen in a deciding rack after both players split sets. Near the end of 2004, Reyes beat Marlon Manalo to become the first-ever WPA World Eight Ball Champion. With the win, he became the first player in WPA history to win world championships in two different disciplines.
In December 2005, Reyes won the IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout. Reyes won a record-breaking $200K for first place by beating fellow Hall of Fame member Mike "the Mouth" Sigel two sets to none. In 2006, Reyes and Francisco Bustamante represented their country as Team Philippines in the inaugural World Cup of Pool, they defeated Earl Strickland and Rodney Morris, to capture the title. That same year, Reyes won the IPT World Open Eight-ball Championship over Rodney Morris 8-6, he earned $500K, the largest prize money tournament in the history of pocket billiards. Due to IPT's financial problems, he has not been able to claim much of this money as of 2007. In 2009, the Filipino tandem of Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante beat the German pair of Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann by a grueling 11-9 score to take their second championship title. This, together with the semifinal finish of the other Filipino team of Ronato Alcano and Dennis Orcollo, was the best performance by a host nation in the tournament's history.
In 2010, Reyes clinched his fifth title in the 12th annual Derby City Classic as the overall champion, making him the most successf