MANILA – Efren “Bata” Reyes, will lead the East against Europe/USA against the West in the Kings Cup, in a three-day cue sports event to be held at the Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel on November 19-21. The event is expected to become an epic rivalry in the pool world. Four players from each side will be selected to represent their continent.
“Who else could be better than the greatest player of all time? Efren Reyes has a big track record of success in team events. And he’s going to have an amazing supporting cast. The West will have their hands full”, said Charlie Williams, Dragon Promotions Executive Producer of the Kings Cup.
“Being named captain of Asia is a big responsibility. But I know our Asia team players are all really good, so it’s going to be a joint effort together”, said Reyes.
Efren Reyes has a pedigree that is unmatched by any player in Asia. He has won the World 9-Ball Championship, World Bank Pool, World One Pocket, US Open, and numerous Asian Games and SEA Games gold medals. He has also excelled in team play and won such events as the World Mixed Doubles and World Cup of Pool. He is widely regarded by other professionals as the biggest genius that the sport of billiards has ever seen. He is considered as the most successful and decorated player in the history of Asia and possibly in the world.
“I’ve learned so much from Efren who has always been my idol. He has been a huge mentor and influence on me”, said Rubilen Amit, a 2x World Champion and twice winner of the World Mixed Doubles with Reyes. Amit also led Team Asia as captain earlier this year in the AM8.com Queens Cup. She credited Reyes to be a great influence on leadership skills.
The Queens Cup was broadcast worldwide and exceeded ratings expectations. Many predict that the Kings Cup is going to be a gigantic hit as it touches upon the rivalry between the East and the West.
“The Kings Cup is a great concept. East and West are very closely matched in the world of pool, which is not common in other sports. It will be great to see how the hemispheres collide on the table. For sure the games will be very competitive”, says Bob Guerroro renowned football and billiards TV sports commentator and sports writer for Rappler.com.
“Kung lalaban ako sa Pilipinas higit na mas mataas ang inaasahan sa amin / sa akin ng aking mga taga-hanga. Maraming pwedeng mangyari sa aking laro. Yung ibang mga lahi na aking makakalaban sigurado akong gustong gusto nila akong talunin sa sarili kong bansa. Alam kong isa akong target sa kanilang lahat”, explained Reyes on what it’s like to be playing in front of his home crowd. “It’s always more pressure at home. The fans expect so much of me. Anything can happen because all the other players want to beat me in front of the world. I have a target on my back and I know it.”
The format of the Kings Cup will follow in the footsteps of the successful Queens Cup held earlier this year, which was also hosted by Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel and produced by Dragon Promotions. Teams will play in versatile styles including singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples each of the 3 days of the men’s competition.
The first member of Team West will be announced this week.