‘Kudrong and Jo Jae-ho break their stronghold’ The 4 kings and Korea’s first world championship winner are coming
Large players who will change the perception of professional billiards (PBA) join. Daniel Sanchez (49), the ‘Spanish billiards legend’ called the world’s 3-cushion ‘Four Kings’, Choi Seong-won (46), the first Korean player to win the world championship, and Han Ji-eun (22), the number 1 in the domestic female amateur rankings.
The PBA (Professional Billiards Association) announced on the 19th that “Sanchez, Choi Seong-won, and Han Ji-eun have completed the PBA-LPBA priority registration application for the 2023-24 season.” These are the players who could change the game next season.
Sanchez currently ranks second in the World Carom Federation 3-Cushion Men’s World Ranking and has won 16 World Cups and 4 World Championships. Prior to the launch of the PBA, Frederick Kudron (Welcome Savings Bank), Dick Jaspers (Netherlands), and Tobjorn Bromdal (Sweden) reigned as the 4 kings.
After registering first, Sanchez said, “The PBA performances of Spanish players such as David Zapata (Blue One Resort) and David Martinez (Crown Haitai) were really impressive.” revealed He continued, “I will prepare hard until the start of the season and show a good image.”
Choi Seong-won is the first Korean player to win the World 3-Cushion Championships, the World Team 3-Cushion Championships, and the first place in the UMB world rankings. Starting with winning the 3-Cushion World Cup in 2012, he won the World Championship in 2014, Kim Jae-geun (Crown Haetae) in 2017, and Kang Dong-gung (SK Rent-a-car) in 2018 and reached the top of the World Team Championship.
After registration, Seongwon Choi said, “I’m really happy to finally enter the professional stage.” Choi Seong-won is expected to compete fiercely with domestic players such as Cho Jae-ho (NH Nonghyup Card), Kang Dong-gung, and Kim Jae-geun.
Their joining is highly likely to greatly shake the PBA landscape. Until now, the PBA has been dominated by Kudron, who has won seven championships, and Jaeho Cho, who has won three gold medals, including last year’s King Wang. However, as Sanchez, who has a brilliant career comparable to Kudron and Jo Jae-ho, and Choi Seong-won, joined, a fiercer competition for the throne unfolded.
The same goes for women. Currently, Han Ji-eun, the strongest woman in the amateur women’s 3-cushion ranking, is expected to shake up the women’s division dominated by ‘Cambodian Express’ Throng Piabi (Blue One Resort) and ‘Billiards Empress’ Kim Ga-yeong (Hana Card). 안전놀이터
With the goal of becoming the world’s best player, Han Ji-eun dropped out of her high school and jumped into her pool. Han Ji-eun, who defeated Teresa Krompenhauer (Netherlands), who was the “strongest in the world” at the Verhoeven Open in 2019, won three domestic championships last year alone.
After registering first, Han Ji-eun said, “The competition is really fierce as the best talents gather in LPBA,” she said, “I am thrilled to be able to compete together and test my true skills.” She continued, “She will grow into a great professional billiards player worthy of the professional stage and show her good side.”
The PBA is implementing a priority registration system for 3-cushion players around the world to recruit excellent players every season. It is a system that comprehensively evaluates the PBA Game Management Committee for winning domestic and international competitions and performance, and grants successful players the qualification to register as PBA-LPBA 1st division tour players for that season.
Priority registration for the next season is until the 20th, and applications can be made through the PBA website. The PBA said, “Athletes with excellent skills at home and abroad, led by Daniel Sanchez, Choi Seong-won, and Han Ji-eun, are applying for and making inquiries. We expect more players to apply by the deadline on the 20th.”