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JEFFREY DE LUNA!


Birthday : 14 February 1984
Country : Philippines
Nickname : Jeff Bata
Strengths : Breaking

Bio:

Jeff de Luna is a Filipino professional pool player. His playing style is very similar to that of his mentor, Efren “Bata” Reyes, hence earning him the nickname “Jeff Bata”. Hailing from Manila, his greatest achievement to date is a Silver Medal in the 2006 Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar. The 34-year-old recently teamed up with fellow compatriot and 9-ball World Champion, Carlo Biado, at the prestigious 2018 World Cup of Pool. Jeff is definitely one to watch out for in the upcoming pool competitions around the region.

COMPETITIONS

  • 2018 China World
    9-Ball Open Shanghai

    (2-9 Sept 2018)

  • 2018 CBSA "Beijing-Miyun"
    9-Ball International Championship

    (25-29 Sept 2018)

  • 2018 All Japan Championship

    (18-25 Nov 2018)

  • 2018 9-Ball World Championship Qatar

    (10-20 Dec 2018)

  • World Pool Masters XXVI

    (29-31 Mar 2019)

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  • Intro

World Pool Masters XXVI Live!

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Introduction

The World Pool Masters comes back to Gibraltar in 2019 with a new feel as the competition increments to a ritzy 24-player field.
The absolute best pool players on earth will be on the Rock from March 29-31 as they fight it out for an offer of the £100,000 prize store crosswise over six sessions at the Tercentenary Hall in the Victoria Stadium.
Niels Feijen won the title in 2018 and the Dutchman will look safeguard his title against a hotshot field including any semblance of US Open boss Jayson Shaw and two-time Masters champ Shane van Boening.
Matches are race-to-seven up until the semi-finals, which are race-to-eight with the last being a race-to-9. All matches are a victor breaks design with a 30 second shot check in task.

Game 1
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

7

Sami Koylu

(Turkey)

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Narrow Victory For Jeff

It was a pretty nervy first game for Jeff De Luna as he held off the challenge of Sami Koylu from Turkey to win 9-7 in the opening game of the 2018 Qatar 9-Ball World Championship.

The match was a closely contested one and both players hardly missed a shot. After the 13th rack, it was the Turkish player who held a 7-6 lead.

However, Jeff did not disappoint. He held his nerve to break serve in the next rack and won the next 2 games in quick succession to close the game out by a 9-7 scoreline.

WClub would like to wish Jeff good luck for his next match! Stay tuned to this page for further updates!

Game 2
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

6

Radoslaw Babica

(Poland )

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Jeff Makes Last-64

Jeffrey De Luna defeated Radoslaw Babica of Poland 9-6 to book a spot in the Last 64.

As the scoreline suggested, the game was pretty even. Both players went toe to toe in the first few racks and were pretty much inseperable in terms of quality.

Unfortunately, unforced errors slowly crept into the Pole's game and in the end it, it was Jeff that held his nerve to close out the match 9-6.

WClub would like to wish Jeff good luck for his next match! Stay tuned to this page for further updates!

Game 3
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

11

Lin Ta Li

(Taipei)

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Jeff Crashes Out

Lin Ta Li of Chinese Taipei caused a major upset when he defeated Jeff De Luna 11-9 to book a spot in the last-32.

Jeff looked to be cruising when he was 7-4 up against the Taiwanese. However, Lin got his act together and won the next 4 racks in succession to establish a 8-7 lead.

Despite trying his best, Jeff could not find a way back into this match as Lin secured the victory comfortably.

As this will be the last tournament of the year for Jeff, WClub would like to wish him all the best and good luck for his upcoming tournaments in 2019!

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  • Game 1
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  • Game 3

2018 9-Ball World Cup Qatar Live!

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Introduction 2

The WPA 9-Ball-World Championship 2018 is an upcoming 9-Ball pool World Championships. It will take place from December 10 to 20, 2018 in the al-Attiya Sports Arena of the Al-Arabi Sports Club in Doha. This will be the 9th time that Qatar will host this prestigious event.
The reigning champion is Filipino Carlo Biado, who defeated his compatriot Roland Garcia 13-5 in the 2017 final.
The winner will take home USD 40,000 in prize money. WClub would like to wish Jeff De Luna all the best for this prestigious event!

Game 1
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

7

Sami Koylu

(Turkey)

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Narrow Victory For Jeff

It was a pretty nervy first game for Jeff De Luna as he held off the challenge of Sami Koylu from Turkey to win 9-7 in the opening game of the 2018 Qatar 9-Ball World Championship.

The match was a closely contested one and both players hardly missed a shot. After the 13th rack, it was the Turkish player who held a 7-6 lead.

However, Jeff did not disappoint. He held his nerve to break serve in the next rack and won the next 2 games in quick succession to close the game out by a 9-7 scoreline.

WClub would like to wish Jeff good luck for his next match! Stay tuned to this page for further updates!

Game 2
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

6

Radoslaw Babica

(Poland )

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Jeff Makes Last-64

Jeffrey De Luna defeated Radoslaw Babica of Poland 9-6 to book a spot in the Last 64.

As the scoreline suggested, the game was pretty even. Both players went toe to toe in the first few racks and were pretty much inseperable in terms of quality.

Unfortunately, unforced errors slowly crept into the Pole's game and in the end it, it was Jeff that held his nerve to close out the match 9-6.

WClub would like to wish Jeff good luck for his next match! Stay tuned to this page for further updates!

Game 3
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

11

Lin Ta Li

(Taipei)

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Jeff Crashes Out

Lin Ta Li of Chinese Taipei caused a major upset when he defeated Jeff De Luna 11-9 to book a spot in the last-32.

Jeff looked to be cruising when he was 7-4 up against the Taiwanese. However, Lin got his act together and won the next 4 racks in succession to establish a 8-7 lead.

Despite trying his best, Jeff could not find a way back into this match as Lin secured the victory comfortably.

As this will be the last tournament of the year for Jeff, WClub would like to wish him all the best and good luck for his upcoming tournaments in 2019!

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2018 All Japan Championship Live!

Introduction 3

The 51st Annual All Japan Championship 2018 will be held in Syowa-dori, Amagasaki City, Hyogo, Japan. The event will last from 18 - 25 Nov, with 128 players battling it out in the main event for the top prize of ¥6,316,000 (56,780 USD).
Jeff will have fond memories of this event, finishing 2nd in the 2016 edition of this tournament. WClub would like to wish Jeff De Luna all the best for this prestigious event!

Game 1
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

4

Naohiro Kawabata

(Japan)

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Jeff Quick Off The Blocks

Jeff De Luna was off to a flyer, easily dispatching Naohiro Kawabata of Japan in the "Winners Round 1" match by a scoreline of 9-4.
Jeff was cool as a cucumber and it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Japanese underdog. He could only watch on as Jeff easily potted shot after shot.
With this victory, Jeff will move to the "Winners Round Finals" and victory here will earn him a spot in the final 64 of the competition.
WClub would like to wish Jeff good luck for his next match! Stay tuned to this page for further updates!

Game 2
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

4

Ryoji Aoki

(Japan)

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Jeff Cruises Into Last 64

Jeff De Luna made light work of his "Winners Round Finals" match, easily defeating Ryoji Aoki 9-4 to book a spot in the last 64 of the 2018 All Japan Championship.
Jeff's desisive shot making and clinical finishing made all the difference as he claimed the first 5 racks with consummate ease. Aoki did try to mount a comeback though but it was never going to happen, especially against the World No.17 who did not look troubled at all throughout this contest.
WClub would like to congratulate Jeff on making the last 64 of this competition and wish him all the best for his next match! Stay tuned to this page for further updates!

Game 3
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

11

VS

3

Matthew Edwards

(New Zealand)

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Jeff De Luna Steamrolls Matthew Edwards

Jeff De Luna continued his great form in the All Japan Championship, easily defeating Matthew Edwards of New Zealand by 11 racks to 3.
Jeff took down the first rack but Edwards, whose best ever finish in this tournament was a last 16 finish in 2016, claimed the next 2 to make it 2-1. That would be the only lead Edwards would have throughout the match though as Jeff turned on the style and claimed the next few racks in quick succession. By the 10th rack it was 7-3 in favour of Jeff.
Edwards was powerless to resist as Jeff won the next 4 racks to make it 3 victories from 3 games.
He will next face Toru Kuribayashi of Japan in the Round of 32 on Saturday 25 Nov at 1:10pm. WClub would like to wish Jeff the best of luck in his next game. Ganbatte Kudasai!
Stay tuned to this page for further updates!

Game 4
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

5

VS

11

Toru Kuribayashi

(Japan)

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Jeff Falls To Kuribayashi

Jeff's All Japan Championship adventure came to a premature end as he fell 11-5 to Toru Kuribayashi of Japan.
It was a disappointing defeat as Jeff previously beat Kuribayashi 11-6 in the last 64 of the 2016 edition of this tournament and also beat him 9-5 in the 2017 World Pool Series.
WClub would like to wish Jeff De Luna good luck for his upcoming 2018 9-Ball World Cup which will be held in Qatar from 10th-20th December.

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Live: 2018 CBSA "Beijing-Miyun" 9-Ball International Championship

Introduction 4

The 2018 CBSA Beijing-Miyun 9 Ball International Championship will be held from 25th – 28th September 2018 in Miyun, a suburban county of Beijing. This year’s tournament will be no different from the previous editions, with a whopping 240,000 CNY (35,000 USD) being awarded to the winner. WClub would like to wish Jeff De Luna all the best for this prestigious event!

Game 1
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

6

VS

4

Yang Jian Hong

(Taipei)

Jeff's Masterclass Sends Yang to the Rail

Jeff De Luna got off to a flying start in the tournament, beating Yang Jian Hong of Chinese Taipei 9-6 in the 1st round of the Double Elimination match. Yang Jian Hong, who played in the qualifying rounds to get into the final 64 was hardly a match for his Filipino opponent.
Jeff’s trademark breaks allowed him to ease into a 3-1 lead. Yang fought back briefly, tying the game at 3-3. A few crucial misses by Yang then allowed Jeff to forge ahead into a 6-4 lead which he would never relinquish.
In the end, Jeff’s class prevailed as he played an easy shot for the win, much to the delight of his travelling fans. His next opponent will be Qiu Paomou of China who is currently 27th in the Chinese Billards & Snooker Association rankings.
WClub would like to wish Jeff all the best for his upcoming game against Qiu!

Game 2
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

5

VS

9

Qiu Paomou

(China)

Jeff Falls to Aggressive Qiu

Jeff’s 2nd match in the tournament was against Qiu Paomou of China. It didn’t go according to the script as Qiu overpowered Jeff to claim a 9-5 victory.
Qiu buoyed by the support of the home crowd played some aggressive and risky shots in the early few racks which paid off, leaving Jeff on the backfoot for most of the game. Jeff’s 6 unforced errors throughout the match was also uncharacteristic of him and did not do him any favours.
Jeff was visibly disappointed after Qiu made the winning shot. Jeff is still in the tournament though, as this is a double elimination format. He will face Yang Ching Shun of Chinese Taipei tomorrow at 10am. Yang is no pushover too. He is a 2-time Asian Games gold medalist. And has also won the world games back in 2001.
WClub would like to wish Jeff all the best in tomorrow’s game!

Game 3
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

2

VS

9

Yang Ching Shun

(Chinese Taipei)

Yang Inflicts Heavy Defeat On Jeff

In what would be Jeffrey De Luna’s last game of the tournament, Yang Ching Shun secured a swift and decisive victory, winning the match 9-2.
Yang was quick off the blocks, claiming rack after rack as Jeff looked powerless to resist. Jeff only claimed 2 racks throughout the game and didn’t get any sort of rhythm going. The end of the match signaled an end to Jeff’s involvement in this event.
WClub would like to wish him good luck for his future tournaments. Stay tuned for updates on his next tournament!

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Introduction 1

After 3 intense days of qualifying, the final 64 contenders of the 2018 China Open is set. The first stage of the tournament is played in the double elimination format. After half of the field has been eliminated, the tournament will then move into a single elimintation format.
With the wealth of talent on display, it would be almost impossible to predict who will emerge victorious with the top prize of USD 40,000.
WClub sincerely wishes Jeff de Luna a roaring success for this event!

Game 1
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

6

VS

9

Duong Quoc Hoang

(Vietnam)

Jeff stunned by Duong

The luck of the draw would see Jeffrey De Luna placed in Division C. His first game was against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam. The 2017 SEA Games silver medalist came straight out of the blocks with all guns blazing, incisively dispatching Jeff with a 9:6 scoreline.
As this is a double elimination format, Jeff will face Alejandro Carvajal of Chile next to try and secure a spot in the last 32.
WClub wishes Jeff all the best for his next match!

Game 2
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

5

Alejandro Carvajal

(Chile)

Jeff overcomes nervy start to beat Cavajal

His next opponent was Alejandro Carvajal of Chile. As always, Jeff's powerful breaks would serve him well and he emerged victorious with a score of 9:5.
Even though the score was close at first, Jeff's experience on the big stage saw him through as he dispatched his last few racks confidently to send Carvajal out of the tournament.
His next opponent in the 3rd round of the Loser's Bracket will be against Do The Kien of Vietnam. This is a "do or die" game for both players. WClub will be following his progress closely and we hope to bring you good news!

Game 3
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

9

VS

8

Do The Kien

(Vietnam)

Jeff mounts comeback to beat Do

The match against Do The Kien was a relatively tight affair. Both Do and Jeff made sure that the match went down to the wire.. After the 7th rack it was 4:3 in favour of Jeff.
However, the tide turned in favour of the Vietnamese in the next 3 racks. A few poor shots saw the score become 6:4 in favour of Do.
Despite a 2 rack lead, Do was unable to hold on to the lead as Jeff's brilliant breaks and shot-making allowed him to eek his way back into the game. After the 16th rack it was 8-8 and game on!
With the final rack to go, it was Jeff's turn to break. He started off with a break that would strike fear into the hearts of men, sending the coloured balls flying to every corner of the table. After potting a ball at an acute angle,the table was open and there would be no stopping him as he potted the 9-ball to the rapturous applause from the crowd.
WClub would like to congratulate Jeff De Luna on his victory and wish him luck against his next opponent!

Game 4
Jeff De Luna

(Philippines)

2

VS

11

Fu Che Wei

(Taiwan)

Jeff falls to hapless defeat against Fu

Fu Che Wei from Taiwan pulled off a convincing victory as he won this match 11-2. Jeff never got going in any sort of way. He was totally outclassed and out-lucked as Fu claimed victory rack after rack.
With this defeat, Jeff is out of the tournament. Nonetheless, WClub would like to wish Jeff good luck for future tournaments! Stay tuned to this page in the near future!

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2018 ACHIEVEMENTS


PAYOUT(USD) RANK TOURNAMENT
$2,300 1st 6th Annual Cole Dickson 9-Ball
$800 1st Sunshine State Pro Am Tour 2018 Stop
$5,000 5th World Cup of Pool
$2,400 5th DCC 2018 1P Div.
$750 7th Freezer's Icehouse 10-Ball Challenge
$300 7th Freezer's Icehouse 1-Pocket Challenge
$300 9th 4th Texas 10-Ball Championship
$400 13th West Coast 10 Ball Pro Challenge
$150 13th Beasley Custom Cues 9-Ball Open
$900 14th DCC 2018 9B Div.
$200 54th DCC 2018 9B Banks Div.

JEFF DE LUNA IN ACTION

JEFF'S PHOTO GALLERY

10 QUESTIONS WITH JEFF

WClub : When did you start playing pool?
Jeff : I was already playing for money in the streets of Manila since I was eight! I turned pro when I was twelve. Since young, pool has always been my passion.
WClub : Who is your idol in pool and who has the greatest influence on your career thus far?
Jeff : Are you kidding me? Of course, it’s my mentor Efren “Bata” Reyes! My nickname is “Jeff Bata” which follows after him. He has taught me a lot and I owe much of my success to him.
WClub : Who are the toughest players you have played with?
Jeff : Chang Jun-Lin from Taiwan and Shane Van Boening of the US.
WClub : What is your greatest asset in pool?
Jeff : I think my breaking power is one of my greatest strengths. I have one of the hardest breaks in the circuit.
WClub : What is your daily routine like?
Jeff : I practice about 8 hours every day. I play about 100 racks every day and try to improve my breaking and accuracy.
Sometimes, I play “money games” with people where both sides wager a certain sum of money and we play a “Race to 9”match. This means that whoever wins 9 games wins the match.
WClub : Describe yourself in 3 words
Jeff : Outgoing, funny and handsome! Haha!
WClub : What is the largest amount you have won playing these “money games”?
Jeff : The biggest “money game” I’ve won is USD 100,000. It was actually a nail biting experience and I really couldn’t catch any sleep the night before! It was a really close match and fortunately, I ended up winning the game.
WClub : I notice that there are a lot of top level pool players in the Philippines. Why is that so?
Jeff : I think the biggest reason is that there is a lot of passion for the game over here. People start picking up the game at a young age watching great players like Efren Reyes, Alex Pagulayan and current World No.1 Carlo Biado play.
WClub : When do you plan to retire?
Jeff : I have not thought about that yet actually! I think i can still compete at the highest level. Maybe I will give it some thought after i become World No.1. Haha!
WClub : Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring pool players?
Jeff : I would advise them to enjoy the game and don’t think about the money. Just keep playing regularly and most importantly, you’ve got to love the game. That is the only thing that will motivate you to improve your game and hone your skills. As long as you keep working hard, success will come naturally! I am a good example of that! Haha!
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WClub : It’s been a while since we last spoke to you Jeff. What have you been up to?
Jeff : I have been working out a lot, trying to get in shape and condition my body to prepare for all the big competitions this year - the upcoming World Pool Masters in Gibraltar and the US Open in April. These are 2 of the biggest events lined up this year.
WClub : On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your results last year. Were there any tournaments that you felt you could have done better?
Jeff : Honestly, I would give myself a “5” for 2018. I gained a lot of weight during that period, I couldn’t focus as well because of my father’s passing. I felt that I could have done better at the World Championships. My rankings suffered because of my lack of focus and it was unfortunate that I got eliminated in the round of 32.
WClub : According to wpapool.com/ranking/, you are World Number 33 now. Talk us through your goals for 2019.
Jeff : My main goal will be to move up the rankings and become world number 1. I feel that it is very achievable as all I have to do is just win 2 big events and I feel that I am way more prepared this year. It’s about time!
WClub : We know that you will be travelling to Gibraltar for the World Pool Masters XXVI in your first tournament of 2019 where you will take on Albin Ouschan in the Preliminary Rounds. Are you confident of success?
Jeff : I am really confident; I am not afraid to face anybody. You have to beat the best to be the best. Hopefully all my time spent on training will pay off this year.
WClub : The first place will be a whopping £100,000! How confident are you of winning it all?
Jeff : I have complete confidence in my own abilities. It’s not all about the money, my main aim will be to improve my world ranking this year, of course the money will be a big plus!
WClub : In your opinion, who is the toughest player in that field? Why?
Jeff : That will be Shane (Van Boening). I will think that he will go to Gibraltar as the tournament favourite. He has immense confidence, focus and killer instinct. I have played with him many times and I think that he is the most complete player I have ever played with - all the technique and smart plays. Really tough player overall and I am sure every competitor in the World Pool Masters will definitely agree that Shane is the man to beat.
WClub : This will be one of the high-profile tournaments in which there is a big prize pool. Which are the other high profile tournaments in which you will be participating in?
Jeff : Only the US Open in April is lined up for me at the moment.
WClub : We understand that you practice 8 hours daily. Other than that, what other preparations do you do before tournaments?
Jeff : I practice more than 8 hours actually! One important preparation will be to sleep good. Usually I relieve my stress by playing with my son and having conversations with my wife as well so that I can pass the stress to her haha!
WClub : You previously mentioned that you had plans to start a business. How has that been going for you?
Jeff : I have been busy preparing for competitions. My plan is actually to open a pool hall but it is really too hard to start when I have to travel a lot for all the pool tournaments.
WClub : Lastly, do you have anything to say to your fans?
Jeff : Thanks for all the support! I will do all of you and Philippines proud in the year 2019!
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