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Here's a piece of good news sure to help you get through the mid-week slump: The United States Billiards Media Association names our very own Efren 'Bata' Reyes the Best Pool Player of the decade.

According to gmanews.tv, "The Filipino was picked among a handful of candidates that included two-time world champion Johnny Archer of the United States, world no. 1 player Mika Immomem of Finland and double world champion Ralf Souquet of Germany."

International Billiards website, Azbilliards.com says that throughout the decade, The Magician has won more than 20 major men's professional pool titles. "Of his 22 major victories, the versatile Reyes won four one-pocket crowns, four 8-ball titles, and 14 9-ball titles." Reyes, clearly is a source of National Pride.

He won his last title at last year's World Cup of Pool, when Reyes, along with Django Bustamante won against the Germany's Souquet and Thorsten Hohman.

His most dramatic win, reports gmanews.tv, was in 1999 when Efren Bata became the first Filipino to win World Pool Championship.