Efren Bata Reyes to defend Predator 10-Ball title

FILIPINO billiards master Efren “Bata” Reyes will begin his bid to retain his title when the 2011 Predator International 10-Ball Championship gets underway on Thursday (September 15) at the Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas.

A player’s meeting is schedule Wednesday, 5 p.m. at the 4th level of Max Restaurant according to Cindy Lee of Dragon Promotions Inc.

The 56-years-old Reyes will be going all out against 95 of the worlds best cue masters including former world champions Mika Immonen of Finland and Darren Appleton of England, reigning Philippine Open titlist Thorsten Hohmann of Germany, countryman and reigning World No.1 Dennis Orcollo and Malaysia Golden break champion Lee Vann Corteza.

“Every player has a chance for the title but were optimistic and ready. The home crowd will play a major role in this tournament. They’re our inspiration,” said Reyes, a former World 9-Ball and 8-ball Pool champion.

The hall of famer Reyes, playing under the banner of Puyat Sports, grabbed the crown last year by rallying past compatriot Roberto “Pinoy Superman” Gomez, 10-9, to win the $10,000 top prize.

Reyes, also known by his moniker “The Magician,” teaming up with fellow Puyat Sports ace Francisco “Django” Bustamante, the reigning World 9-Ball Pool Champion representing PHL-B, lost to eventual World Cup of Pool team champion Germany spearheaded by Hohmann and Ralf Souquet, 9-1, in the quarterfinals. Souquet also won the World Pool Masters crown at the SM North Edsa in Quezon City.

More than 30 countries have confirmed participation in this edition including Germany, India, Sweden, China, England, Australia, Finland, Norway, Mexico, Canada, Curacao, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, USA, Malta and host country Philippines.

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