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It’s Good to Be King + 5 YEARS AGO +

+ 20 YEARS AGO +

December’s International Pool Tour’s King of the Hill event, at the time the richest tournament in the history of pool, pitted two players of considerably different personalities against one another for a first prize of $200,000. Efren Reyes outlasted 42 other competitors to earn a shot at Mike Sigel, annointed King of the IPT Hill by tour founder Kevin Trudeau. In the final, a best-of-three races to 8 in 8-ball, the quiet Filipino did his talking on the table, while Mike “The Mouth” was left speechless. Reyes won the first 12 games en route to a rather drama-free two-set victory (8-0 and 8-4). While Reyes walked away with the big check, Sigel soothed his bruised ego with a cool $100,000.

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The question is asked time and time again: “Who is the best all-around player in pool?” Well, in 1990, promoter Karl Kantrowitz organized an event to get to the bottom of the matter. Gathering top pros Nick Varner, Allen Hopkins, Mike Sigel and Jimmy Fusco, the West End All-Around competition matched players in a round-robin event mixing 14.1, 9-ball and one-pocket. If two players were tied, a single set of 10-ball would decide who pocketed the $10,000 winner-take-all prize. In the end, Hopkins and Varner tied for the top spot with 11-7 records. In the deciding race to 9, Hopkins was the first to the hill, 8-6. But the Kentucky Colonel took the next three to swipe the crown.

REYES (RIGHT) TOPPED SIGEL TO BECOME THE IPT’S $200K KING OF THE HILL.

+ 25 YEARS AGO + Eleven months into 2010, no one player has yet distanced himself from the crowd in this year’s race for Player of the Year honors. In all likelihood, the eventual winner will be a tough choice over a small group of possibilities — just like the 1985 Player of the Year race. A quarter-century ago, Earl Strickland, Efren Reyes, Mike Sigel and Wade Crane all had strong cases for the honor. Crane had the most money; Reyes was the electrifying newcomer; and Sigel had a pair of major titles. But in the end, Strickland edged the pack to win his second consecutive Player of the Year. The Pearl took three major titles, finished second in overall money and cashed in all 13 major events.

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