59-yr-old 'Bata' wins One Pocket tourney in Indiana


Posted at Jan 31 2014 05:15 PM | Updated as of Feb 01 2014 01:15 AM

MANILA – Filipino billiards master Efren “Bata” Reyes flashed his vintage form by winning the 16th annual Derby City Classic’s One Pocket division at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Elizabeth, Indiana, USA.

It was Reyes’ 7th time to win the title.

Reyes’ finals 3-1 win over American Shannon Daulton earned him $12,000 and kept him in the running for the $20,000 "Master of the Table" title, which is awarded to the top player across the Bank Pool, One Pocket and 9-Ball Divisions.

Daulton, on the other hand, received the runner-up purse of $6,000.

In a field that featured 298 players, the 59-year-old Reyes was the only player who has not suffered a loss.

The unique buyback format would have allowed Reyes to buy back in the event and face Daulton again, had he lost a match.

Reyes' long-time supporter, Aristeo "Putch" Puyat, congratulated him for winning the title.

Just last month, Reyes won a bronze medal in the carom event of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.--- Marlon Bernardino