2004 winner Gabe Owen (USA) finished in third place. His countryman David Broxson took fourth.
Defending champion Alex Pagulayan (Philippines) went out in the early rounds.
The tournament was played 25 September to October 1 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Before the event John Schmidt was looking for someone to put him in the tournament. I guess he got lucky ...
A number of the top players were absent this time, e.g. Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante from the Philippines. Germany's Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann were playing in the World Pool League in Poland, along with Dutchamn Niels Feijen and Dennis Orcollo from the Philippines.
- 2006 US Open (AzBilliards)
- Open and Shut: Schmidt Rises to Elite Status, Shelling Luat in U.S. Open Final (Billiards Digest)
- Schmidt Wins 31st US Open Billiard Championship (Inside Pool Magazine)
- John Schmidt Wins US Open (Pool Online)
- John Schmidt Wins US Open (Pool & Billiard Magazine)
- Luat falls at the last hurdle (INQ7.net)
- US Open 9 Ball Championships (Tony Crosby)
- "Boy Samson" Luat Is 2006 US Open Runner-Up (Philippine Billiards)
- 9-Ball Junkie - 31st Annual U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships (OMGWTF)