Wednesday, December 21, 2005

King of the Hill


Reyes



HE GAMBLED—AND WON!



FILIPINO Efren “Bata” Reyes had made the right decision when he opted not to represent his country in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games and instead went to the United States with the desire to likewise bring honor to the Philippines and make himself an instant millionaire.

At 50 years old, this billiards icon became “king” and $200,000 (P10.8 million) richer December 4 when he downed defending champion Mike Sigel, 8-0, 8-5, to rule the IPT’s King of the Hill Invitational 8-Ball Shootout in Orlando, Florida.

Reyes, who had undergone laser eye surgery to correct his failing vision, reached the final of the $1-million event at the expense of fellow Filipino Marlon “Marvelous” Manalo, 8-4, who suffered his first loss to compatriot Francisco Bustamante, 8-7.

It was Finnish Mika “The Iceman” Immonen who beat Bustamante, 3-8, in the event which guaranteed each participant $10,000 (P540,000).


Reyes 'The Magician'

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