WPA World Ten-ball Championship

The WPA World Ten-ball Championship is a professional ten-ball pocket billiards (pool) tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.


The inaugural WPA event, with prizes totaling US$400,000 (18,860,000), was held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, September 29 through October 5, 2008. There were 128 players competing, representing 44 countries. Vice-President of the Philippines Noli de Castro made the ceremonial opening break shot, witnessed by officials of the WPA, International Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Billiards and Snooker Congress of the Philippines, and tournament organizer Raya Sports.[1]

Nineteen-year-old Wu Chia-ching defeated Filipino Demosthenes Pulpul (118) in the semi-finals, October 4. Using a borrowed cue stick, Wu reached the title match of the event. Pulpul, meanwhile, would go on to compete against Niels "the Terminator" Feijen of the Netherlands for 3rd place (see below for details). Earlier, Pulpul had defeated Liu Haitao (118) of China in the quarter-finals, while Feijen lost to Darren Appleton of England, 911.

Appleton squared off with Wu for the $100,000 (₱4,715,000 or UK₤56,000) 1st prize on October 5, [2][3] and claimed an upset victory over Wu, 1311. He said of his win: "I've waited 16 years for this and have to enjoy the moment. I had mixed feelings and I was looking back at my disappointments in the past. I was ranked first in the world [earlier in the decade] but I have never won a world championship. I saved my best game for the finals. I really wanted to dictate the tempo of the game, but the breaks just didn’t go my way. It was a good game. I played well this time. He was a tough player but I made fewer mistakes than him. It was a dream come true for me and I'm happy to win the title here in the Philippines. I would love to be back here."[4] He was also quoted as saying: "Pool is an easy choice for me as a sport as I have to choose among boxing, football and pool among others. But this victory is sweeter for me and I have to dedicate this to my parents, whose relationship is in the rocks. With the $100,000 grand prize, first, I have to give some to my parents, because we had a difficult way of living."[5][6]

Wu, nicknamed Taisun ("Little Genius") settled for the runner-up prize of $40,000, and remarked, "I didn't have a good break in the last game and that was crucial to me."[7] In the third-place battle, Feijen defeated Pulpul, 118, and received $25,000 (₱1,178,000) to Pulpul's $15,000.[8][9]

Other results: 5th through 8th: Nick Van Den Berg, Charlie Williams, Liu Haitao, Mika Immonen; 9th through 16th: Shane Van Boening, Mark Gray, Ralf Souquet, Yang Ching-Shun, Jerico Banares, Marlon Manalo, Fu Che-Wei, and Satoshi Kawabata.[10]

WPA president Ian Anderson announced: "This early, there's a strong clamor for the WTBC and it will definitely be back next year in Manila. It will be staged October of next year and there's also the Philippine Open to be held June 2009. I think Manila is the best place to go in hosting pool and it is living up to its billing as the pool Mecca in Asia."[11]


The following is a list of WPA World Ten-Ball Champions.

Year Host Final Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up
2008  Philippines United Kingdom
Darren Appleton
13–11 Chinese Taipei
Wu Chia-ching
Demosthenes Pulpul
Niels Feijen
2009  Philippines Finland
Mika Immonen
11–6 Philippines
Lee Van Corteza
Antonio Lining
David Alcaide
2010 Not held
2011  Philippines Netherlands
Huidji See
11–8 China
Jian-Bo Fu
Carlo Biado
Yukio Akagariyama
2015  Philippines Chinese Taipei
Ko Pin-yi
11–9 Philippines
Carlo Biado
Chinese Taipei
Ko Ping-chung
David Alcaide


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