I was able to meet Efren Bata Reyes on his retirement tour and I’ve got to tell you he is one class act. The event was held at Skinny Bobs, in Round Rock Texas on June 16th, 2018. I didn’t know this but Efren was born on August 26, 1954.
Efren Bata 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, fans, and current and former players consider Reyes to be the greatest pool player of all time.
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