'Bata' ousted in round 1 of World Pool Masters
BARNSLEY, United Kingdom – Filipino cue legend Efren “Bata” Reyes was eliminated in the first round of the 2013 PartyPoker World Pool Masters in the United Kingdom.
The 59-year-old from Angeles City lost, 6-8, to Mika Immonen on Finland at the Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire last October 26.
Immonen took the first two racks before Reyes claimed the third and fourth to tie the game.
They shared the next two racks before Reyes dropped two balls on the break, but had no available pot on the 1-ball.
After a failed safety shot from the Filipino, Immonen cleared up to take a 6-5 lead, then claimed the 12th rack shortly after.
Reyes won the next rack to bring himself within one rack at 6-7.
From Reyes’ break in the 14th, the cue ball rolled into the side pocket, and Immonen capitalized by clearing the table.
“He is a legend and I was a little bit nervous at the beginning,” said Immonen after the game. “You don’t want to get into a safety battle with him, because he seems to get out of jail every time.”
Immonen would go on to lose, 0-8, in the quarter-final to eventual champion Niels Feijen of the Netherlands.
Feijen, who bagged $200,000 in prize money, beat England’s Darren Appleton, 8-6, in a tense final yesterday.
The win is consolation for Feijen, who was part of the Dutch pairing that were beaten 10-8 by the Filipino tandem of Dennis Orcollo and Lee Vann Corteza at the World Cup of Pool in London last month.