Ronnie Alcano was an “unknown” until today when he won 17-11 in the Philippines 2006 World Pool Championship, humbling Germany’s Ralf Souquet in a race to 17 games.
Alcano who earlier lost two games but convincingly won one, was not a crowd favorite until he crushed the popular and much-favored Efren “Bata” Reyes, and later defending champion and teenager Wu Chia Ching. He went on to defeat Li He Wen, which set up him for the finals with Souquet.
Soquest turned emotional when he was asked to react to his loss but stressed Alcano deserved the win.
Alcano who named Reyes as his favorite player is also toothless and soft-spoken. During a quick interview after the match, he pointed out that after making it to the top 64, it was an indication that he had a chance to make it. And he did. He spoke mostly in Filipino.
Alcano goes home with the $100,000 prize money, the covered trophy and the honor of becoming the best of the best in the world’s toughest cueists. He now joins Reyes and Alex Pagulayan as among the Filipinos who have won the World Pool championships.
Mabuhay ka Alcano!!!
(photo taken from worldpoolchampionships.com)