MANILA, Philippines – Filipino pool legend Efren "Bata" Reyes leads AZbilliards’ top 10 world billiards money list for the month of January 2010.
The 55-year-old Reyes, top player of the Puyat stable, took the top spot after his magnificent performance at the start of the year.
"Maganda kasi ang performance ni Efren sa pagsisimula ng taon kaya nanguna siya sa AZbilliards Player Money List," said businessman Aristeo "Putch" Puyat.
Reyes now has total earnings of $53,275 according to www.azbilliards.com after a great start in the Asia versus Europe challenge match in Brunei Darussalam.
Aside from Reyes, the other members of Team Asia are fellow Puyat Sports stable ace Francisco "Django" Bustamante, Hui-Chan Lu and Pin-Yi Ko of Chinese-Taipei, and Teo Cheo Soon of Brunei. Each of them received $5,400.
Reyes' income grew after he dominated in the 12th annual Derby City Classic in Indiana, where he earned $20,000 for being the Master of the Table; $16,000 for winning the 9-ball division; $6,500 for winning the Fatboy 10-ball challenge; $5,000 for settling a runner-up place in the 9-ball banks; and $375 for 20th place in the One Pocket division.
Bustamante, on the other hand, is at 6th place with total earnings of $8,850 while another Puyat Sports stable bet Alex "The Lion" Pagulayan is at 10th place with $5,815.
Rounding up the top 10 are No. 2 Scott Frost ($17,600), No. 3 John Brumback ($13,875), No. 4 Sylver Ochoa (11,220), No. 5 Jett Johnson ($9,000), No. 7 Rodney Morris ($8,525), No. 8 Rafael Martinez ($7,275), and No. 9 Shannon Murphy ($6,025).
In the Derby City Classic event, Reyes was named Player of the Decade by the United States Billiards Media Association (USBMA). He beat a short list of world champions that included Johnny "Scorpion" Archer of the US, Mika "The Iceman" Immonen of Finland, and Ralf "Kaiser" Souquet of Germany for the award.
A native of Angeles City, Pampanga, Reyes has amassed $1.7 million in prize money, according to AZbilliards. The money does not include the $47,500 Reyes bagged in securing his 5th straight Master of the Table Crown. – by Marlon Bernardino