Billiards friends, pool players, and fans, here's a YouTube video featuring Filipino pool players Efren Bata Reyes, aka The Magician, vs. Jose Amang Parica in 9-ball! The 9-ball match took place at the 1988 World Open in Japan! Yes, that's right - 1988!
Jose Amang Parica initiated the Filipino (billiards) invasion in the United States, while Efren Reyes is considered by many as The Greatest Pool Player ever. And truth be told, they are two of the world's best!
While watching this video, I couldn't help but wonder about the possible thoughts that would rush through the minds of Efren and Amang if they were to see this YouTube video! Would they laugh and smile? Would they be silent? Or would they talk aloud and reminisce the good old days and highlight countless developments in the sport since then, and how it has transformed into what it is today?
And could they have had any inkling that they would become two of the best and most-feared billiard players in the world? That countless stories, articles, posts, and anecdotes would be written about them and their game? That they would become household names in the sport that we all love?
It has been 20 years since this video was taken, and I could go on for 20 more years writing about my love and passion for the sport! But then again, I'd rather play, win (if I get lucky!), and be with friends and all! And I kid you not!
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