Manila, Philippines- The most successful and decorated player in the history of Asia, possibly the world, will lead the East against Europe/USA on November 19-21. Efren “Bata” Reyes has been chosen as Captain of Team Asia and will lead them against the West in what surely will become the most epic rivalry in cue sports. The Kings Cup will be hosted by the award winning Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel and produced by Dragon Promotions.
“Who else could be better than the greatest player of all time? Efren Reyes has a big track record of success in team events. And he’s going to have an amazing supporting cast. The West will have their hands full”, said Charlie Williams, Dragon Promotions Executive Producer of the Kings Cup.
“Being named captain of Asia is a big responsibility. But I know our Asia team players are all really good, so it’s going to be a joint effort together”, said Reyes.
Efren Reyes has a pedigree that is unmatched by any player in Asia. He has won the World 9-Ball Championship, World Bank Pool, World One Pocket, US Open, and numerous Asian Games and SEA Games gold medals. He has also excelled in team play and won such events as the World Mixed Doubles and World Cup of Pool. He is widely regarded by other professionals as the biggest genius that the sport of billiards has ever seen.
“I’ve learned so much from Efren who has always been my idol. He has been a huge mentor and influence on me”, said Rubilen Amit, a 2x World Champion and twice winner of the World Mixed Doubles with Reyes. Amit also led Team Asia as captain earlier this year in the AM8.com Queens Cup, which she credited Reyes to be a great influence on leadership skills.
“Kung lalaban ako sa pilipinas higit na mas mataas ang inaasahan sa sa amin / sa akin ng aking mga taga-hanga. Maraming pwedeng mangyari sa aking laro. Yung ibang mga lahi na aking makakalaban sigurado akong guston gusto nila akong talunin sa sarili kong bansa. Alam kong isa akong target sa kanilang lahat”, explained Reyes on what it’s like to be playing in front of his home crowd. “It’s always more pressure at home. The fans expect so much of me. Anything can happen because all the other players want to beat me in front of the world. I have a target on my back and I know it.”