Former world champions Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante banner the country’s bid in the 46th All Japan Championship scheduled on November 18 to 24 at the Hotel New Archaic Hall in Amagasaki-City in Hyogo, Japan.
Also expected to participate are veteran cue masters Alex Pagulayan, Dennis Orcollo, Ronnie Alcano, Carlo Biado, Lee Van Corteza, Ramil Gallego, Antonio Lining, Warren Kiamco and Jundel Mazon along with newcomers Rodrigo Geronimo, Johann Chua, Val Pajuay, Roel Esquillo, Jonas James Reyes and Jerome Andrino.
Efren is looking to reclaim the All Japan Championship crown he won 10 years ago in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association and Asian Pocket Billiard Union.
It is a 10-Ball event, which offers a total prize fund of $63,160 with the champion gets $18,000 and the runner-up pockets $9,000. The losing semifinalists will take home $4,500 each while the other main draw losers receive corresponding consolation prizes.
The qualifying round (race to 9) will be held on November 19 to 20. The 128 players will be divided into 16 groups with the top four in each group will advance to the main draw (race to 11) slated on November 21 to 24.
Defending champion Chang Jung-Lin of Taiwan, Kunihiko Takahashi of Japan, Mika Immonen of Finland, Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann of Germany have already confirmed their attendance.