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The World Pool Championships Qualifying Criteria Explained
 Posted on Friday, September 29 2006 @ 19:29:39 UTCby admin
World Pool Championships 2006 The World Pool Championships
The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP Complex)
Roxas Blvd.
1307 Pasay City
Metro Manila
Tel: (632) 551-7920 / 551-7415 / 551-6917
Fax: (632) 551-6372

4-12 November 2006

World pool Championships Qualifying Criteria Explained!

Matchroom Sport can announce the 117 players so far qualified to compete in the 2006 Philippines World Pool Championship which takes place at the Philippine International Convention Center from 4th to 12th November.

All named players have qualified via the Category System which was devised in 2005 and alongside their name are their country and the means by which they made their way into the starting line-up.

Click on "Read More..." for the list of confirmed players.

There are two players yet to be named by the AAPA in Africa , whose qualifying event takes place shortly.

The remaining nine spots will determined by the pre-event qualifier which takes place at Star Billiards outside Manila from Friday 27th October.

The 2006 WPA World Pool Championship Entrants
PlayerCountryQualifying Category
Gustavo EspinosaArgentinaSouth America Cat. 4
Stuart LawlerAustralia Oceania Cat. 4
Lou CondoAustraliaOceania Cat. 5
David ReljicAustraliaOceania Cat. 6
Chris CalabresseAustraliaOceania Cat. 6
Prince Haji BillahBruneiSponsor’s Wildcard
Edwin MontalCanadaNorth America Cat.6
Tyler EdeyCanadaNorth America Cat.6
Harold RousseauCanadaNorth America Cat.6
Nicolas GuimondCanadaNorth America Cat.6
Enrique RojasChileSouth America Cat. 4
Alejandro CarvajalChileSouth America Cat. 4
Li He-wenChinaAsia Cat. 5
Fu Jian-boChinaAsia Cat. 10
Xu Meng ChinaAsia Cat. 10
Wu Chia-chingChinese TaipeiCategory 1
Chang Pei-wei Chinese TaipeiCategory 2
Kuo Po-chengChinese TaipeiCategory 2
Huang Kun-changChinese TaipeiCategory 3
Chang Jung-lingChinese TaipeiCategory 3
Chen Ying-chiehChinese TaipeiCategory 3
Wang Hung-hsiangChinese TaipeiCategory 3
Yang Ching-shunChinese TaipeiAsia Cat. 5
Chao Fong-pangChinese TaipeiAsia Cat. 5
Fu Che-weiChinese TaipeiAsia Cat. 5
Lee Kun-fangChinese TaipeiAsia Cat. 9
Liu Cheng-chuanChinese TaipeiAsia Cat. 9
Philipp StojanovicCroatiaEurope Cat. 7
Roman HyblerCzech RepublicCategory 3
Imran MajidEnglandEurope Cat. 4
Darren AppletonEnglandEurope Cat. 5
Daryl PeachEnglandEurope Cat. 6
Andy WorthingtonEnglandEurope Cat. 6
Kevin UzzellEnglandEurope Cat. 6
Steve DavisEnglandEurope Cat. 8
Raj HundalEnglandEurope Cat. 8
Mika ImmonenFinlandCategory 1
Markus JuvaFinlandEurope Cat. 5
Vincent FacquetFranceEurope Cat. 4
Benjamin BelhassenFranceEurope Cat. 7
Thorsten HohmannGermanyCategory 1
Oliver OrtmannGermanyEurope Cat. 4
Ralf SouquetGermanyEurope Cat. 4
Thomas EngertGermanyEurope Cat. 5
Andreas RoschkowskyGermanyEurope Cat. 5
Christian ReimeringGermanyEurope Cat. 5
Jorn KaplanGermanyEurope Cat. 6
Sven PauritschGermanyEurope Cat. 6
Michael SchmidtGermanyEurope Cat. 6
Evangelos VettasGreeceEurope Cat. 7
Kong Man-hoHong KongAsia Cat. 11
Vilmos FoldesHungaryCategory 3
Manan ChandraIndiaAsia Cat. 11
Dharminder Singh LilyIndiaAsia Cat. 8
Muhammad ZulfikriIndonesiaAsia Cat. 9
Ricky YangIndonesiaAsia Cat. 9
Apsi ChaniagoIndonesiaAsia Cat.8
Roy ApanchoIndonesiaAsia Cat.8
John WimsIrelandOceania Cat. 6
Fabio PetroniItalyEurope Cat. 6
Takeshi OkumuraJapanAsia Cat. 4
Masaki TanakaJapanAsia Cat. 5
Kunihiko TakahashiJapanAsia Cat. 9
Jeong Young-hwaKoreaAsia Cat. 10
Ryu Seong-wooKoreaAsia Cat. 10
Patrick Ooi Fook YuenMalaysiaAsia Cat. 10
Ibrahim bin AmirMalaysiaAsia Cat. 10
Tony DragoMaltaEurope Cat. 4
Ernesto DominguezMexicoSouth America Cat. 4
Nick van den BergNetherlandsCategory 3
Niels FeijenNetherlandsEurope Cat. 4
Huidji SeeNetherlandsEurope Cat. 6
Marcel MartensNetherlandsEurope Cat. 6
Alex LelyNetherlandsEurope Cat. 6
Ceri WortsNew ZealandOceania Cat. 4
Roger LysholmNorwayEurope Cat. 7
Jose ParicaPhilippinesNorth America Cat. 4
Marlon ManaloPhilippinesCategory 3
Alex PagulayanPhilippinesCategory 1
Efren ReyesPhilippinesAsia Cat. 5
Francisco BustamantePhilippinesAsia Cat. 5
Ramil GallegoPhilippinesAsia Cat. 5
Rodolfo LuatPhilippinesAsia Cat. 5
Gandy VallePhilippinesAsia Cat. 9
Jeff de LunaPhilippinesSponsor’s Wildcard
Ronato AlcanoPhilippinesSponsor’s Wildcard
Dennis OrcolloPhilippinesSponsor’s Wildcard
Roland GarciaPhilippinesSponsor’s Wildcard
Radoslaw BabicaPolandEurope Cat. 6
Ahmed al SadaQatarAsia Cat. 11
Konstantin StepanovRussiaEurope Cat. 6
Pat HoltzScotlandSponsors WildCard
Sandor TotSerbia MontenegroEurope Cat. 6
Chang Keng-kwangSingaporeAsia Cat. 10
Toh Lian-hanSingaporeAsia Cat. 10
Bernard Tey Choon KiatSingaporeAsia Cat. 10
David AlcaideSpainEurope Cat. 6
Marcus ChamatSwedenCategory 3
David LarssonSwedenEurope Cat. 4
Marco TschudiSwitzerlandEurope Cat. 4
Tepwin ArunnathThailandAsia Cat. 11
Earl StricklandUSACategory 1
Rodney MorrisUSACategory 3
Jeremy JonesUSACategory 3
Corey DeuelUSACategory 3
Johnny ArcherUSANorth America Cat. 4
Mike DavisUSANorth America Cat. 4
Shawn PutnamUSANorth America Cat. 6
Charlie WilliamsUSANorth America Cat. 6
Troy FrankUSANorth America Cat. 6
Rob SaezUSANorth America Cat. 6
Charles BryantUSANorth America Cat. 6
Tony CrosbyUSANorth America Cat. 6
Gabe OwenUSANorth America Cat. 7
Gregorio SanchezVenezuelaSouth America Cat. 4
Thanh Nam NguyenVietnamCategory 3
Luong Chi DungVietnamAsia Cat. 10


The purpose of this category system is to give all serious pool players in the world, the opportunity to compete in the World Pool Championship.

This system has been devised using professional golf tours as a model and it is a system that rewards achievement and ability.

Wherever possible, emerging pool nations have been accommodated to give the event the geographical spread it has enjoyed in past years.

There are a couple of major difference between this system and past years when a straightforward quota has been awarded to various continental associations.

The first is that this system is cross-bordered. That means that players from anywhere in the world can compete in events in other territories and qualify for the final stages of the World Pool Championship.

For example, if an American national decided to enter a Euro Tour event and was to win or come second, then that would give him a spot in the final 128. By the same token, if a European player won or came second in a UPA event in the US, then that too would gain him entrance.

The second major difference is that countries and or continents do not have a set allocation of players. This comes with rewarding success and achievement.

The first three categories are general and applicable to the six areas of Europe, Asia, North America, Oceania, Africa and Developing Pool Nations.

Categories 4 and upwards are different in each territory.

Players will always take their position from the HIGHER category. For example; Alex Pagulayan would enter the 2006 World Pool Championship as a Category 1 player, due to him winning the event in 2004.

However, Alex would also fall into several other categories due to his achievements around the world over the past 12 months.

The fact that he is a Category 1 player DOES NOT free up spots to other players in the other categories he could qualify under. Be aware of this as it is a basic principle of this system.

Categories 1 – 3

Category 1
Previous five winners of the WPA World Pool Championship (in 2006 that would be Wu CC, A Pagulayan, T Hohmann, E Strickland, M Immonen)

Category 2
Previous three beaten finalists at the WPA World Pool Championship (in 2006 they would be Kuo PC, Chang PW, A Pagulayan)

Category 3
Last 16 finisher at the previous WPA World Pool Championship (in 2006 they would be Wu CC, Kuo PC, R Morris, M Manalo, Huang KC, N van den Berg, T Hohmann, M Immonen, R Hybler, TN Nguyen, Chang JL, V Foldes, M Chamat, J Jones, Chen YC, C Deuel)


Category 4
Continental Champion and runner-up ( 2 players )


Category 4
Champion and beaten finalist from the All Japan Championship: 2 spots can be Asians or non-Asians

Category 5
APBU – ESPN Asian Tour Ranking 1-10

Category 6
Top 5 of APBU ranking

Category 7
APBU Asian Championship Champion and the beaten finalist

Category 8
APBU Qualifying Tournament for those countries who are not yet nominated through Category 1-7. Each of these countries can send 2 players to this qualifying tournament. Top 5 from this Qualifying Tournament will be entered into the Championship Tournament.

Category 9
National Champions and Runners Up from the following countries


Category 10
National Champions and Runners Up from the following countries


Category 11
National Champions in the following countries

Hong Kong


Category 4
The Top Eight players in the 9-Ball division at the 2006 European Pool Championships

The Gold Medallist in the Straight Pool division at the 2006 European Pool Championships

Category 5
Winner and runner-up of all Euro Tour events that take place between 1st May 2005 and 30th April 2006.

Category 6
The top 28 ranked European players on the EPBF Euro Tour Rankings up to 30th April 2006

Category 7
The next five players ranked between 29-50 representing five different European countries not represented in the above six categories from the EPBF Euro Tour Rankings up to 30th April 2006

Category 8
Team Europe representatives at the previous three Mosconi Cups.


Category 4
Winner and runner-up of all UPA-sanctioned 9 ball events having a field of 48 or more players, that take place within a period that commences immediately after the previous year’s cut-off date (May 15 05) and finishes on the 15th May on the year of the World Pool Championship. This can be extended to 29th May to include the BCA Open (as was) and the Predator Florida Open.

Category 5
The winner and runner-up in the following events having taken place in the 12 months period (May 15 05 – May 28 06) prior to the World Pool Championship: the US Open 9-Ball Championship, the BCA Open 9-Ball Championship

Category 6
The top two highest finishing players at the 2005 Canadian National 9-Ball Championship and the top two highest ranked players on the Stan James Canadian Tour

Category 7
The top 12 ranked North American players on the UPA Calendar rankings up to 28th May.

Category 8
Team America representatives at the previous three Mosconi Cups (in the case of the 2006 Championship, they will be 2005, 2004, 2003)


Category 4
National Champions of the following countries:

New Zealand

Category 5
Winners of the following tournaments:

Oceania Championship
Trans Tasman Championship

Category 6
Next 2 highest ranked players on Oceania Rankings


Category 4
The Top 5 players at the CPB (South Central American) Championship.


Sponsors’ Wildcards
There will be up to an additional 10 spots available which will be awarded at the promoter’s discretion.

Qualification Tournament
There will be less than 128 names so to make up a full field, a qualifying event will take place in the host city in the week before the Championship. The exact number of spots will only be known in the September.

It will also form the basis of the waiting list in the event of any players not being able to attend.


The World Pool Championships Qualifying Criteria Explained
An exclusive invitation for Pro9.co.uk members from Edwin Reyes!
2006 Philippines World Pool Championship Qualifying Tournament
MatchroomSports announce confirmed players for 2006 WPC
The 2006 World Pool Championships


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