Filipino Ronnie Alcano won the World Pool Championship on home turf.
In the final he defeated Germanys' Ralf Souquet 17-11 to grab the $100,000 first prize. Souquet's runner-up place earned him $40,000. Alcano overcame Li He-wen from China in the semi-finals with a 11-8 scoreline. Souquet won a hill-hill battle with Fu Che-wei (Taiwan).
Alcano scraped through from the group stages but played brilliantly throughout the single elimination phase. Prior to the Li match he beat Robert Gomez (Philippines) 10-1, Efren Reyes (Philippines) 10-7, Kuo Po-cheng (Taiwan) 11-5, and defending champion Wu Chia-ching (Taiwan) 11-6.
This was Alcano's first time in a world final. Souquet had been there twice before, lifting the trophy in 1996. Alcano is the third Filipino to win the world title, following Reyes (1999) and Alex Pagulayan (2004).
The event was dominated by the Asian contingent. Souquet was the only non-Asian to reach the quarter-finals. USA had a very disapponting showing. For the first time they had no players in the last 32.
The tournament ran from November 4-12 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila.
- Official site
- Alcano Ends Amazing Run By Winning The World Pool Championship (AzBilliards)
- Not Much of a Thrilla: Alcano Scores Knockout vs. Souquet in WPC Final (Billiards Digest)
- Island Fever (Billiards Digest - PDF)
- Ronnie Alcano World Pool Champion (Inside Pool Magazine)
- Alcano vs Souquet for the WPC Crown (Raya website)
- Silver medal won or gold medal lost? (souquet.de)
- Alcano pockets P5m as world pool champ (Manila Standard Today)
- Alcano is pool king (The Manila Times)
- Cinderella Man: A New Hero from Calamba, Laguna (American Chronicle)
- RP to host again WPC in 2007 (The Manila Times)
- Alcano Crowned 2006 Philippines World Pool Champion (Asian 9-Ball Tour)
- DVD: WPC 2006 Final (Matchroom Sport)
- Ronato Alcano es el nuevo campeón del mundo (Billarnet - Spanish)
- Alcano entre dans la légende (Kozoom - French)
- Filipinac Alcano Svjetski Prvak u 9ball (Biljarski Savez - Hungarian)
- Raya Website
- 2006 World 9-Ball Championships (Global Snooker Centre)
- 2006 Philippines World Pool Championship (On the Hill)
- On The Hill Blog (Japanese)
- WK 9ball (Dutch)
- World Pool Championship (AzBilliards Forums)
- Your man in Manila (Jay Helfert, AzBilliards Forums)