Efren Bata Reyes and Tom AshworthI 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.

Titles and achievements

  • 2016 Accu-Stats Make-It-Happen One-Pocket Invitational [23][24]
  • 2015 Accu-Stats Make-It-Happen One-Pocket Invitational [25][26][27]
  • 2014 Smokin’ Aces One-Pocket Shootout [32]
  • 2012 Chuck Markulis Memorial One-Pocket Division[36]
  • 2011 World Mixed Doubles Classic (with Rubilen Amit)[37]
  • 2011 US Open One Pocket Championship[38]
  • 2010 Spanish Open 2010[39]
  • 2010 Predator International Ten-Ball Championship[40]
  • 2010 Asia vs. Europe Challenge Match[44]
  • 2009 World Mixed Doubles Classic (with Rubilen Amit)[45]
  • 2009 Galveston World Classic One Pocket[46]
  • 2005 IPT King of the Hill Eight-Ball Shootout[55]
  • 2005 All Japan Championship[57]
  • 2004 On Cue 3: Intercontinental Conquest[62]
  • 2003 Las Vegas Nine-Ball Open[69]
  • 2003 Mid-Atlantic Nine-Ball Championship[71]
  • 2002 Cafe Puro Challenge of the Masters[74]
  • 2002 Shooters Labor Day Weekend Open Nine-Ball[75]
  • 2001 US Masters Nine-Ball[80]
  • 2001 International Billiard Tournament[72]
  • 2001 Accu-Stats Eight-Ball Invitational[72]
  • 2001 The Color of Money II (vs. Earl Strickland)[81]
  • 2000 U.S. Open One-Pocket Championship[82]
  • 2000 USA Billiards Challenger Event 2[84]
  • 1999 ESPN Ultimate Nine-Ball Challenge[85]
  • 1994 PBT Bicycle Club Invitational[72]
  • 1992 International Nine-Ball Classic[72]
  • 1992 World Nine-Ball Open (Tokyo)[72]
  • 1990 World Cup (Taipei)[72]
  • 1988 PBA McDermott Masters Nine-Ball[72]
  • 1986 Sands Regency Nine-Ball Championship[72]
  • 1985 Sands Regency Nine-Ball Championship[72]
  • 1985 Red’s Nine-Ball Open[72]
  • 1985 Tar Heel Open[72]
  • 1985 Willard’s Open[72]
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