Efren Wins!

Efren Reyes

Efren Reyes has defeated Marlon Manalo 11-8 to become the first WPA World 8-Ball Champion. Once trailing in the match 4-0, Efren then took control of the table and would not let go. He won eight racks in a row, most by run-out, to take the lead at 8-4 and then simply managed the contest with stunning shotmaking and clever safeties until the prize was his.

Afterward, Efren gave us his standard fare: "I was lucky. I always get so lucky." In truth, luck was nowhere near the table. Efren continued the stunning level of play he displayed all week and claimed the prize he deserved above all others.

Fujairah has been an outstanding host. The level of courtesy and kindness the people here have extended the players is amazing. The people have gone out of their way to provide every comfort and convenience imaginable. Fujairah is a beautiful place filled with interesting shops and a world spectrum of restaurants. The Meridien Hotel is one of the finest in the world, surrounded by smooth beaches and complete with the largest complex of swimming pools anywhere in this part of the world.

The players and officials from around the worldlook forward to returning next year when the tournament is promised to be even bigger and richer. Make your plans to attend. It is an event conducted in an atmosphere like no other in the world.