Reyes earned a massive $500,000 for the win, the richest prize in pool history.
USA's Rodney Morris was defeated 8-6 in a tight final. His three scratches on the break might have been his downfall. The runner-up checque of $150,000 isn't a bad consolation prize though.
Mika Immonen (Finland) and Oliver Ortmann (Germany) came third and fourth respectively. Dennis Orcollo (Philippines) came 5th and Corey Deuel (USA) took sixth.
Francisco Bustamante (Philippines) had the best games won percentage in the event with 63.67. Ortmann had the best break and run percentage with 47.94.
Reyes and Orcollo also made the last six in the North American Open.
The win moves Reyes to the top the Money List Rankings, ahead of Thorsten Hohmann (Germany), Morris, Orcollo, Immonen and Manalo.
This was the second event of the International Pool Tour's inaugural season. It ran from September 2-10 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. 200 players participated. Next up is the Masters 8-Ball Championship in Chicago November 26 - December 3.
Newspapers & Magazines:
- Unbreakable (Billiards Digest - PDF)
- Reyes Racks in $500,000 (Billiards Digest)
- Reyes Wins Again! (AzBilliards)
- Efren Reyes is the World 8-Ball Champion (Inside Pool Magazine)
- Efren Reyes is the World 8-Ball Champion (Professor-Q-Ball)
- Efren Reyes Wins $500,000 in World 8-Ball Champ's! (Pool & Billiard Magazine)
- Beta weaves magic, pockets $.5-m prize (Manila Standard Today)
- Bata's courage and confidence (Manila Standard Today)
- Reyes is World 8-Ball king (The Manila Times)
- Filipino billiards player wins IPT 8-ball champion (Xinhua)
- Winners Announced in Eight Ball Pool Tournament in Reno (Channel 4 KRNV)
- Reyes n'en finit pas d'impressionner (Kozoom.com - French)
- Right on Cue (Sports Illustrated)
- Champion racks it up in tournament (RGJ.com)
- Pool sharks aim for more money, respect (RGJ.com)
- IPT World 8-Ball Open (Ralf Souquet)
- IPT World Open 8 Ball Championships in Reno/Nevada (Jasmin Ouschan)
- Efren Reyes wins IPT World Open (IPT Pool Fan Blog)
- 2006 IPT World Open 8-Ball Championships (Philippine Billiards)
- IPT World 8-Ball Open: Reyes did it again (billiard.info)
- Efren Reyes - World 8-Ball Champion (Pool Online)
- The Magician does it again! (Under the Radar)
- 8-Ball Junkie - IPT at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno (medium-rare at MySpace)
- International Pool Tour (AzBilliards)
- IPT Tour (uk8ball.com)
- International Pool Tour Discussion Forum (Inside Pool Magazine)