Filipino cue artists win 2017 World 9-Ball Championship title and runner-up, take home $30k and $15k

Image by World Pool-Billiard Association's Facebook post

DOHA, Qatar – The Philippines’ Carlo Biado became the 2017 WPA World 9-ball Champion on Thursday after a convincing 13-5 win over his fellow Filipino Roland Garcia in Doha, Qatar.

Biado bags $30,000 (P1.5 million) for his victory, while Garcia takes home $15,000.

Biado became the first Filipino to win the 9-ball title since Francisco “Django” Bustamante in 2010.

“I’m very, very happy now because it’s been a long time,” Biado said in an interview posted on World Pool-Billiard Association’s Facebook page.

Biado defeated Taiwan’s Wu Kun Lin in the semifinals, while Garcia won over Albania’s Klenti Kaci for a Filipino-versus-Filipino finals.

Other Filipinos who won the title after Efren “Bata” Reyes (1999) were Alex Pagulayan (2004), Ronato “Volcano” Alcano (2006), and Django Bustamante.

This article has been viewed 210 times. Article originally posted: December 15, 2017, 1:02 am (UTC-0). Last update: December 15, 2017 at 1:04 am (UTC-0).

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