Germany’s Joshua Filler wins 2019 US Open 9-Ball Title

Germany’s Joshua Filler takes the trophy, defeating Wu Jiaquing of China 13-10 in the U.S. 9-Ball Final in Las Vegas. Joshua Filler defeats Wu Jiaqing April 26 in the final of the 2019 US Open 9-Ball Championship. APRIL 26 — (Content Courtesy Matchroom Pool) Joshua Filler is the 2019 US Open 9-Ball Champion after beating Wu Jiaqing 13-10 in the final at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino...
Alfredo De Oro’s Glorious 1918 Return to Cuba

Alfredo De Oro’s Glorious 1918 Return to Cuba

In 1918, after a decades-long absence, billiard champion Alfredo de Oro returned home to his native Cuba. His mission: to defend the world title. Some years ago I took a deep dive into three-day match, now remembered as one of the most dramatic in the history of three-cushion billiards. It was played out Jan. 10-12, 1918 and the challenger was a man named Charles Otis, then one of the leading...
Cranfield, Plus Record Runs Official and Otherwise

Cranfield, Plus Record Runs Official and Otherwise

UPDATE: John Schmidt is said to have broken the record on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 — running 626 on a nine-foot table in Monterrey, California. We’ll post video and details as they become available. Back in 2010 I received a note from reader Dave Capone, who told me about an encounter with the late Hall of Famer Arthur “Babe” Cranfield. Cranfield, as you may recall, was...
Don “Cincinnati Kid” Willis and the Big Hoorah Hustle

Don “Cincinnati Kid” Willis and the Big Hoorah Hustle

The two out-of-towners are relatively short men, in their thirties, the unfortunate age when the paunch begins to show. Neither carries a pool cue. They’ve appeared unannounced and unexpected in a back-water pool room, which they immediately size up.  Who in here has some gamble to them?  They get a table. They rack for nine-ball. They start shooting. “Remember...