The illustrious list of winners of the title of 3-cushion billiards world champion has been enriched by a completely new name. Phuong Vinh Bao, until recently a totally unknown billiard player from Vietnam, grabbed the 2023 world three cushion billiard title at the tournament held in Ankara, Turkey.
In a demonstration of skill and class, Tayfun Tasdemir has won the 2022 UMB 3-cushion world title. In Donghae City, South-Korea, he defeated Ruben Legazpi in a one-sided final: 50-14 in 15/14 innings. For Turkiye, it had been a nineteen-year wait since Semih Sayginer was world champion in 2003.
Bob Byrne - Author, player, teacher and friend remembered
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Robert "Bob" Byrne author, player and teacher of all things billiards. His seminal work "Byrne's Standard Book of Pool and Billiards" remains a classic to this day. In his life Byrne was loved by all and received many honors. in 1994 He received the Industry Service Award from the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America. in 2001 Byrne was inducted into the Billiards Hall of Fame. His wife Cindy was by his side to the end. Bob will be missed by players, readers and friends around the world. More stories and a picture gallery follows.
Three cushion billiards has a long history of championship events and a celebrated list of the players who emerged victorious. Modern records for the World Championship usually begin in 1928 with the UMB as the listed governing body and Mr. Edmond Soussa of Egypt as the first winner in the event held in Reims, France. It is there that we start our hunt to solve the Mystery of the Medal.
The games of billiards and poker share several things in common, namely skills, strategy, and high-stakes competition. But these beloved pastimes share another aspect that is so obvious, it is often overlooked—the felt!