World Straight Pool Championship

The World Straight Pool Championship, sometimes marked as simply the World Tournament among other names,[a] is a pocket billiards (pool) competition, that has been held annually in United States in its present form since 2006. It is one of the successor tournaments (also including the American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship) to the historical World 14.1 Continuous Championship (1912–1990). During the modern tournament's early years, it was the only global professional title for straight pool (also known as 14.1 continuous). The event is organized by Dragon Promotions, in part to restore the game's popularity in the United States.[1] Throughout the current event's history, only the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 editions were sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) to be world championships.[2] Since then, the tournament continues to be held under its current name without WPA sanctioning.


All 64 players are divided into 8 groups where they play in round-robin format. Each match in this round is a race to 100 points. The leading 4 players in each group proceed to the next round.[3]

The games of the last-32 round are played in double-elimination format until 16 players remain. Matches are extended to races to 150 points.[3]

The games in the last-16 round are played in single-elimination format, and matches are extended, to races to 200 points.[3] The finals match is further extended to a race to 300 points (with a half-hour break occurring when a player reaches 150).[4]


Early World 14.1 Continuous Championship tournaments

In 1911, Jerome Keough (USA) invented the 14.1-continuous game.[5]

Dragon Promotions events

Year Winner Runner-up Semifinalists
2006* Germany Thorsten Hohmann Germany Thomas Engert Finland Mika Immonen
United States Max Eberle
2007* Germany Oliver Ortmann Netherlands Huidji See Austria Martin Kempter
United States Danny Harriman
2008* Netherlands Niels Feijen Philippines Francisco Bustamante Netherlands Nick van den Berg
Austria Jasmin Ouschan
2009 France Stephan Cohen Finland Mika Immonen Germany Oliver Ortmann
United States Johnny Archer
2010* Germany Oliver Ortmann Finland Mika Immonen Germany Thorsten Hohmann
Netherlands Huidji See
2011 Germany Thorsten Hohmann United States Mike Davis Philippines Alex Pagulayan
United States Charlie Williams
2012 United States John Schmidt Philippines Efren Reyes United Kingdom Darren Appleton
Germany Ralph Eckert
2013 Germany Thorsten Hohmann United Kingdom Darren Appleton Philippines Francisco Bustamante
United States John Schmidt
2014 United Kingdom Darren Appleton United States Shane Van Boening Russia Evgeny Stalev
United States Max Eberle
2015 Germany Thorsten Hohmann United Kingdom Darren Appleton Philippines Warren Kiamco
Germany Reiner Wirsbitzki
2016 Finland Mika Immonen United States Earl Strickland United Kingdom Jayson Shaw
Taiwan Lo Li-wen
2017 Philippines Lee Vann Corteza Germany Thorsten Hohmann United Kingdom Jonni Fulcher
United Kingdom Darren Appleton
2018 Germany Thorsten Hohmann[7] United States Tony Robles Philippines Warren Kiamco
United States Michael Badstuebner

*WPA-sanctioned world championship


  1. ^ In some news releases, including some pages in the event's website, names like World 14.1 Tournament or World Tournament of 14.1 are sometimes used. However, the recent website's title page, and promotional pages simply use World Tournament (76th World Tournament, 77th World Tournament. 78th World Tournament, etc.). A different numbering system has also sometimes been used, starting with the first Dragon Promotions event, and including the name of that year's major sponsor, e.g. The 7th World 14.1 Tournament.
  2. ^ This 1990 event was not produced by Dragon Promotions, which did not yet exist. The company, however, includes Hunter (but no one earlier) in the list of winners which can be seen on the current tournament trophy.


  1. ^ "The World Straight Pool Championship". AZ Billiards. September 29, 2005. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  2. ^ "Players: World Champions". Sydney, Australia: World Pool-Billiard Association. November 2011. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "2008 Predator World 14.1 Championship Group Pairings". AZ Billiards. August 24, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  4. ^ "Billiards: Corteza becomes 1st Asian to win World 14.1 Straight Pool title". ABS-CBN News. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "The World Tournament – Hall of Fame". Dragon Promotions.
  6. ^ "2018 78th World 14.1 - News".
  7. ^ "The 7th World 14.1 Tournament: 12 Player Single Elimination: Race 200 / Finals Race to 300" (PDF). August 19, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018 – via
Allen Hopkins (pool player)

Allen Hopkins (born November 18, 1951, Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American professional pocket billiards (pool) player, professional billiards color commentator and BCA Hall of Fame inductee. He promotes multiple annual pool events and still competes as a professional contender.

Darren Appleton

Darren "Dynamite" Appleton (born 8 February 1976) is an English pool player, best known for playing nine-ball and ten-ball pool.Appleton won the 2008 WPA World Ten-ball Championship (the inaugural 10-ball world championship) against Wu Jia-qing who was the former world champion in both nine-ball and eight-ball from Taiwan. With the victory, he became the second male player from Britain to win a world championship after Daryl Peach who won the world nine-ball title a year earlier. Appleton is also a world champion in nine-ball, having won the 2012 WPA World Nine-ball Championship, defeating Li He-wen in the final.

Dennis Orcollo

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Dominic Jentsch

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Jentsch's biggest success so far was reaching the last 16 at the World Straight Pool Championship in 2008 before losing 38-200 against Nick van den Berg. He won his first Euro Tour event at the 2012 Treviso Open.Jentsch is a three-time German champion, winning the 8-ball national championship in 2009 and 2012, and 9-ball in 2010. At the 2011 European Pool Championships, Jentsch won his first European championship in 8-ball, through a final victory over Ralf Souquet. The following season, at the 2012 European Pool Championships he won the event for a second time, winning the 10-Ball event through an 8–5 win over Stephan Cohen.

Huidji See

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Jasmin Ouschan

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In international competition she has earned the World Games 2005 gold medal and World Games 2009 silver medal in nine-ball. As of 2013, she has earned a total of twenty-nine individual European Pool Championships gold medals (ten in eight-ball, ten in nine-ball, six in straight pool and three in ten-ball) since 1999, including eighteen (four in eight-ball, five in nine-ball, six in straight pool and three in ten-ball) since joining the open Women's division in 2005. She was the Youth European Champion in eight-ball six consecutive years from 1999–2004.

In the 2010 Pool & Billiard European Championship, held in Zagreb, Croatia, she became the first woman to sweep gold medals in all four disciplines contested (eight-ball, nine-ball, ten-ball and straight pool). In 2010, she also won the Women's WPA World Ten-ball Championship.

Jim Rempe

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John Schmidt (pool player)

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Marlon Manalo

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Max Eberle

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Mika Immonen

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Minnesota Fats

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The character was an original creation of Tevis, though a real pool hustler, Rudolf Wanderone, who began calling himself "Minnesota Fats" in 1961, claimed to be the inspiration. Tevis denied Wanderone's claim, though Wanderone capitalized on it for years.

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Oliver Ortmann

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Straight pool

Straight pool, also called 14.1 continuous or simply 14.1, is a type of pool game. It was the common sport of championship competition until it was overtaken by faster-playing games like nine-ball (and to a lesser extent eight-ball).

In straight pool, the shooter may attempt to shoot at any object ball on the table. The goal is to reach a set number of points determined by agreement before the game. One point is scored for each object ball pocketed where no foul is made. A typical game might require a player to score 100 points to win. In professional competition, straight pool is usually played to 125 points. Straight pool is a call-pocket game, meaning the player must indicate the intended object ball and pocket on every shot.

The game was the popular pool game in the United States, and immortalized in the 1961 film The Hustler. The game remains well known in the United States, Europe, Argentina and Japan, but is more obscure elsewhere. The first WPA-sanctioned World Straight Pool Championship was held in 2006 (the winner was Germany's Thorsten Hohmann, a player who also won the world nine-ball title three years earlier). Possibly as a consequence of this renewed professional competitive attention, public interest in the game has undergone a resurgence, as reflected in the amount of coverage 14.1 now receives in the billiards press.

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Thomas Engert is a German professional pool player. Engert won the 2004 International Challenge of Champions beating fellow German Thorsten Hohmann in the finals. When he returned to the tournament one year later, Engert was close to winning it for the second consecutive time but Chao Fong-pang, who was then the two-time winner of the event, defeated him in the finals.Also in 2004, Engert won the World Pool Masters Tournament over another fellow German, Oliver Ortmann.

In the 2006 World Straight Pool Championship, Engert made his way into the final but loss to Thorsten Hohmann by a score of 200-80 [1]. In 2007, Engert won the World Pool Masters for the second time. This included him with Francisco Bustamante and Ralf Souquet who won the event more than once.

Thorsten Hohmann

Thorsten Hohmann (born 14 July 1979 in Fulda, West Germany) is a German professional pool player, nicknamed "the Hitman." He is a three-time world champion, winning the WPA World Nine-ball Championship in 2003, and 2013, and five-time World Straight pool champion, winning in 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2018.

Willie Mosconi

William Joseph Mosconi (; June 27, 1913 – September 17, 1993) was an American professional pool (pocket billiards) player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times. For most of the 20th century, his name was essentially synonymous with pool in North America – he was nicknamed "Mr. Pocket Billiards" – and he was among the first Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame inductees. Mosconi pioneered and regularly employed numerous trick shots, set many records, and helped to popularize pool as a national recreation activity.

During the 1940s and 1950s, the pocket billiards game most often played in competition was called straight pool, or 14.1 continuous, a form of pool considered by most top players to be more difficult than today's fast tournament game nine-ball. Mosconi held the officially recognized straight pool high run world record of 526 consecutive balls until John Schmidt broke it in 2019. (see below for more details).john Schmidt beat this record in 2019 by 100 balls. It is verifiable with video.

World Pool Championship

The World Pool Championship may refer to:

WPA World Eight-ball Championship

WPA World Nine-ball Championship

WPA World Ten-ball Championship

World Straight Pool Championship

World pool championships
Eight-ball (champions)
Ten-ball (champions)
Straight pool (champions)
World pool champions
Straight pool
Olympic sports
Paralympic sports
Cue sports
Mind sports
Other sports
Pool games
Carom billiards
Other games
Major international tournaments
Other events
Governing bodies


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