Filipino pool fans are in for an awesome treat as a possible team-up of the living legends of pool in doubles competition of Efren “Bata” Reyes and Django Bustamante is brewing for the upcoming Kings Cup scheduled this coming November at the Resorts World Manila Casino and Hotel.
This came up as Dragon Promotions, producers of the tournament, announced Django Bustamante as the second member for Team Asia. “Bustamante is not an ordinary world champion. He has an arsenal of skilled weaponry that I think is unmatched till this day by any pool player in history. Most players have to play beyond their A game to keep up with him. He’s scary good,”, said Kings Cup executive producer Charlie Williams of Dragon Promotions. Bustamante has been the achilles heel to many notable champions sustaining unearthly wins streaks over such western champs like Ralf Souquet and USA’s #1 Shane Van Boening.
“I’m happy and excited in being part of this great event. It’s even better since the venue is in my homeland, and surely many Filipinos are looking forward to watching it live”, said Bustamante. “And Efren is always my first choice to be captain. He is indeed a very important person in the entire pool world, not just Asia.”
Bustamante started playing pool at age 10 and by the time he was 12 he was already the best player in his province of Luzon and started traveling the Philippines to earn money with his pool skills. That unbridled talent transformed him eventually into a world class player and he lived in Germany where he wowed Europeans with his abilities for years before he became a household name. Traveling to America, Bustamante won countless titles including becoming the Camel Pro Tour Player of the Year finishing #1 in the rankings. He later won the ESPN Challenge of Champions twice, and won Matchroom Sport’s World Pool Masters & World Pool League events in Europe. Twice he was paired with Reyes and winning both times the World Cup of Pool doubles event for the Philippines. In an already illustrious career, Bustamante’s crowning achievement was following in the footsteps of his partner Reyes in winning the World 9-Ball Championship in 2010. He was inducted into the Billiards Hall of Fame and since that time has still stayed in top form adding 10 more titles to his repertoire.
“Masaya ako at excited na maging bahagi ng malaking torneo naito. Higit na mabuti ito dahil dito aa sariling bansa namin mangyayari ang laban. Sigurado akong maraming mga Filipino ang matutuwa at hahangaring mapanuod ito ng Live.”
Like Bustamante, Efren shares the same excitement in teaming up with local rival Bustamante. “Django and I won many team and doubles events together. We know each other very well and I am definitely most comfortable with him as a teammate” said Efren Reyes, captain of Team Asia. Reyes and Bustamante have a very long, strong, and highly successful rate of success when paired together. “Kami ni django, marami na kaming naipanalong laban bilang isang team. Mga doubles event na kaming dalawa ang magkapareha. Kilalang kilala namin ang bawat isa. Higit na may kumpiyansa ako kung si django ang kapareha ko.”
“I’m glad we are playing 10-Ball as I prefer it over 9ball. Because in 9-Ball the corner ball gets in the pocket as soon as the player breaks, it’s too easy,” commented Bustamante. “But certainly our Team Asia will have good chemistry since we’re aiming for the same goal. Our goal is to win.”
The format of the Kings Cup will follow in the footsteps of the successful Queens Cup. Teams will play in versatile styles including singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples each of the 3 days of the men’s competition.
The next members of both teams will be announced in the coming weeks.