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The World Straight Pool Championship, or the World 14.1 Tournament if no world championship is on the line, is a "pocket billiards (pool) competition, that has been held annually in "New Brunswick, New Jersey, since 2006. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, "Willie Mosconi won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times. In 1933, Mosconi competed in the "Billiard Congress of America (BCA) World Straight Pool Championship. He nearly won the title but lost in the final to "Erwin Rudolph[1] It is the current global "professional title for "straight pool (also known as 14.1 continuous), and is organized by "Dragon Promotions, in part to restore the game's popularity in the "United States.[2] Though billed as a world championship, the tournament in some years (including 2009, 2011 and 2012) has not been sanctioned by, or recognized as a world title event by the "World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) . The WPA in turn has not recognized any of the World 14.1 winners from 1912 onwards even through the golden era of Willie Mosconi, Steve Mizerak, Luther Lassiter, Ralph Greenleaf and numerous other legendary players. Although the World 14.1 and all its champions are vastly recognized by the media, fans, pool historians, and professional players themselves. [3] The 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 event were WPA-recognized.[4] The 2013 and 2014 events were sanctioned by the ABP Association of Billiard Professionals founded by multi-world champion Johnny Archer.

Format[edit]

All 64 players are divided into 8 groups where they play in "round-robin format. Each "match in this round is a "race to 100 points. The leading 4 players in each group proceed to the next round.[5]

The games of the Last 32 round are played in "double-elimination format until 16 players remain. Matches are extended to races to 150.[5] The games in the Last 16 round are played in "single-elimination format, and matches are extended, to races to 200.[5] The finals match is further extended to a race to 300 (with a half-hour break occurring when a player reaches 150).[6]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Semifinalists
1926 "United States "Erwin Rudolph "United States "Ralph Greenleaf
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1933 "United States "Erwin Rudolph "United States "Willie Mosconi[1]
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1941 "United States "Erwin Rudolph[7]
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2006 "Germany "Thorsten Hohmann "Germany "Thomas Engert "Finland "Mika Immonen
"United States Max Eberle
2007 "Germany "Oliver Ortmann "Netherlands Huidji See "Austria Martin Kempter
"United States Danny Harriman
2008 "Netherlands "Niels Feijen "Philippines "Francisco Bustamante "Netherlands "Nick van den Berg
"Austria "Jasmin Ouschan
2009* "France "Stephan Cohen "Finland "Mika Immonen "Germany "Oliver Ortmann
"United States "Johnny Archer
2010 "Germany "Oliver Ortmann "Finland "Mika Immonen "Germany "Thorsten Hohmann
"Netherlands Huidji See
2011* "Germany "Thorsten Hohmann "United States Mike Davis "Philippines "Alex Pagulayan
"United States Charlie Williams
2012* "United States John Schmidt "Philippines "Efren Reyes "United Kingdom "Darren Appleton
"Germany Ralph Eckert
2013* "Germany "Thorsten Hohmann "United Kingdom "Darren Appleton "Philippines "Francisco Bustamante
"United States John Schmidt
2014* "United Kingdom "Darren Appleton "United States "Shane Van Boening "Russia "Evgeny Stalev
"United States Max Eberle
2015* "Germany "Thorsten Hohmann "United Kingdom "Darren Appleton "Philippines "Warren Kiamco
"Germany Reiner Wirsbitzki
2016* "Finland "Mika Immonen "United States "Earl Strickland "United Kingdom Jayson Shaw
"Taiwan Lo Li-wen
2017* "Philippines "Lee Van Corteza "Germany "Thorsten Hohmann "United Kingdom "Jonni Fulcher
"United Kingdom "Darren Appleton

*No world title at stake.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dyer, R.A. "Untold Stories: Mosconi Made World Debut by Weird Fluke". Billiards Digest. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "The World Straight Pool Championship". AzBilliards.com. 2005-09-29. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  3. ^ Press Release (August 30, 2011). "WPA:Dragon's 'World' Events Not Official World Championships". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Players: World Champions". WPA-Pool.com. Sydney, Australia: "World Pool-Billiard Association. November 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  5. ^ a b c "2008 Predator World 14.1 Championship Group Pairings". Az Billiards.com. 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Billiards: Corteza becomes 1st Asian to win World 14.1 Straight Pool title". ABS-CBN News. October 11, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-11. 
  7. ^ "HOF Inductees 1985 - 1991". BCA-Pool.com. "Broomfield, Colorado: "Billiard Congress of America. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
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