Here is the follow-up post to the article on the pool cues used by Hall-of-Famer, Efren Bata Reyes, aka The Magician! Much thanks to my online friends who shared their thoughts about the billiard cues used by the Filipino pool player. Special thanks go to Aylwin Tan, Glen Capacio, and JoeyInCali who shared info about the topic at hand. They are very interesting info, friends! And I kid you not!
Aylwin Tan talked to pool cuemaker Ronnie Powell about the QP Cue, and more interesting info comes from JoeyInCali, who credits US-based Filipino cuemaker Joey Bautista with the quotes. Moreover, much thanks to JoeyInCali for the pics!
Update as of September 2008: My good friend, Aylwin Tan, has been informed by Ronnie Powell that Efren Reyes has been seen using the QP in different competitions since he took delivery of it. And lest I forget, the picture showing Ronnie Powell with Efren Reyes posing with the QP cue is owned by Ronnie Powell. Credits to the said picture go to Ronnie Powell.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao
with Efren Bata Reyes' Judd cue
More on Efren’s pool cues:
(JoeyInCali crediting Joey Bautista with the quotes)
Efren Bata Reyes likes his cues' tip to be as high as his moustache. His Jessie cue seemed longer though - 61". His Judd cues have never been 60"; all 59" and none weighed near the Jessie cue. Efren Bata Reyes played with a JT-1. The Magician used it sparingly with the Jessie right after he quit using Meucci. In fact, when he ran that 9 racks on Busta at the World 9-Ball the year he won it (1999), he alternated the Jessie and Judd.
Efren Reyes then started using his friend Alex Laoingco's fancy ebony with ivory points Judd ( but he used his older JT 1 shaft ) in 2004 iirc. Reyes won two Derby Classics with that cue, which he later sold to a very wealthy collector in
Before Efren Reyes started using the famous Jessie cue, the Billiards Congress of America Hall of Famer played with another locally made cue. According to Rodolfo Luat, aka Boy Samson, it was made by a man named Boyet. Then in 1994, Efren Reyes won the US Open with the Jessie cue. And oh! Here is the trophy that Efren Bata Reyes won at the Gabriel's Open in Vegas in 2005. Efren Reyes gave the trophy to JoeyInCali.
2005 Grabriel's Open Trophy
More from JoeyInCali
What's not known by many is Efren Reyes and his manager, Rolando Vicente, one time had dinner with Gus Szamboti. Gus offered Reyes a cue and Efren turned it down. Efren also at one time had a GINACUE. Ernie told me this himself. Ernie told me this during a UPA event at the Bike Casino in 2005 ii. The one where Efren lost to Gabe Owen in the semis. Ernie told me the cue was stolen. I did some investigation and I won't mention who supposedly stole it and sold it in
Now, the Judd JT-1 pool cue:
What is so special about the JT-1? That is probably the cue he uses for the longest time. Nothing except Efren Reyes likes his cues wrapless. Or if it's wrapped, he likes it sprayed. I (JoeyinCalil) asked him one time why he likes it wrapless. Don't laugh. He showed me how lightly he holds the cue. He said if the cue was wrapped, he might hold it the way Americans do, tightly-held. Efren literally lets the cue slide off his crip hand when shooting.
Efren Reyes' road manager/best friend Alex Laoingco is a great friend of Judd Fuller. Judd Fuller used to live near
And what happened to the Judd JT-1 pool cue?