Bustamante, Puyat also in the list
MANILA, Philippines – Billiard legend Efren “Bata” Reyes has made it in the list of pool’s most influential, according to a survey among billiard personalities.
The balloting ranked the “Magician” as the third most influential player in the world of billiards.
The poll was participated by media, sponsors, promoters, associations, and players involved in the sport.
Reyes is actually one of the only three billiard players, who made it into Top 10 composed mainly of pool promoters, billiard associations and news outfits.
“It's no magic that the player who received the most international votes and points goes to Reyes. In a professional career spanning 30 years, Reyes has changed the way the game is played with his advanced and unorthodox skills,” the poll’s description of Reyes said.
“Most experts agree that Reyes may be the greatest human being to ever wield a cuestick,” it added.
The other billiard players who were included in the Top 10 are England’s Allison Fisher and American Jeanette Lee. The two players were tied at No. 10.
Others included in the Top 10 are:
- · (No. 1) Matchroom Sport, billiards promotional outfit (England)
- · (No. 2) Dragon Promotions, billiards promotional outfit (US/Korea)
- · (No. 4) Predator Group, manufacturer (US)
- · (No. 5) AZBilliards.com, news outfit (US)
- · (No. 6) World Pool Association, the international sanctioning body of billiards
- · (No. 7) Women's Professional Billiards Association (US)
- · (No. 8) American Poolplayers Association (US)
- · (No. 9) ESPN, a major sports network (US)
Two other Filipinos also made it into the list’s Top 16.
Aristeo Puyat, one of the long-time billiards managers in the Philippines, is ranked No. 11. He is known as the “The Godfather of Pool”, having managed the careers of Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, and Rubilen Amit.
Bustamante was also ranked the 16th most influential for being only the 3rd Asian ever voted into the Hall of Fame.
Among those who participated in the polling are:
- · Johnny Archer (Men's World Champion) - US
- · Womens Pro Billiard Association - US
- · Tai Chengze, Top147.com - Asia
- · Jasmin Ouschan (Ladies World Champion)- Europe
- · Renee Lyle, American Poolplayers Association- US
- · Mike Panozzo, Billiards Digest - US
- · Ronnie, Nathanielsz, Viva Sports - Asia
- · Mika Immonen (World Champion) - Europe
- · Cindy Lee, Dragon Promotions - US
- · Ralf Souquet (Men's World Champion) - Europe