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Break Stats -- WPA World 9-Ball Championship, June 2014 - 06-27-2014, 11:07 AM

Here are some break statistics from the 2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship played this week in Doha, Qatar, with free live streaming by Kozoom.

The conditions for this event included: Wiraka 9-foot tables, Simonis 860 electric blue cloth, Magic Rack, Super Aramith Pro TV balls with the measles cue ball, alternate breaks, referee racks with the 2-ball in back, break from anywhere behind the line, jump cues allowed, WPA rules (all slop counts) with the exception that it is an illegal break unless at least 3 balls are pocketed or pass the head string. Apparently no shot clock was used, despite earlier indications that it would be.

The 15 matches (255 games tracked) that I watched were as follows. [Note that this includes all 6 matches that S. Van Boening played.]

Sat., June 21
  • • S. Van Boening def. M. S. Ali 9-4

Mon., June 23
  • • S. Van Boening d. D. Corrieri 9-5
  • • D. Orcollo d. K. P. Chung 9-6
  • • D. Appleton d. L. C. Chieh 9-8

Tues, June 24
  • • R. S. Woo d. H. Lombardo 9-7
  • • K. Boyes d. E. Reyes 9-8
  • • L. C. Chieh d. C. Deuel 9-7

Wed., June 25
  • • J. Y. Hwa d. J. Shaw 11-9
  • • S. Van Boening d. J. L. Chang 11-9
  • • A. Ouschan d. O. Ortmann 11-5

Thurs., June 26
  • • S. Van Boening d. J. H. Dang 11-4
  • • S. Van Boening d. K. Tohru 11-5
  • • Y. L. Chang d. S. Van Boening 11-8

Fri., June 27
  • • N. Feijen d. E. Haya 11-7
  • • N. Feijen d. A. Ouschan 13-10 (Finals)

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not break illegally or foul) 89% of the time (226 of 255), won 61% of the games (155 of 255), and broke and ran 35% of the games (89 of 255).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 255 games.

Breaker broke legally, made at least one ball, and did not foul:
  • • Breaker won the game: 149 (58% of the 255 games)
  • • Breaker lost the game: 77 (30%)

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul, but broke illegally:
  • • Breaker won the game: 2 (1%)
  • • Breaker lost the game: 5 (2%)

Breaker fouled on the break:
  • • Breaker won the game: 2 (1%)
  • • Breaker lost the game: 14 (5%)

Breaker broke dry (without fouling):
  • • Breaker won the game: 2 (1%)
  • • Breaker lost the game: 4 (2%)

Therefore, whereas the breaker won 61% (155) of all 255 games,
  • • He won 66% (149 of 226) of the games in which he broke legally, made at least one ball on the break, and did not foul.
  • • He won 29% (2 of 7) of the games in which he made at least one ball and did not foul, but broke illegally.
  • • He won 13% (2 of 16) of the games in which he fouled on the break.
  • • He won 33% (2 of 6) of the games in which he broke dry but did not foul.
  • • He won 21% (6 of 29) of the games in which he either broke illegally, fouled on the break, or broke dry without fouling.

Break-and-run games: With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 89 break-and-run games (35% of all the games) consisted of 4 alternate-break 3-packs, 8 alternate-break 2-packs, and 61 singles.

9-balls on the break: The 89 break-and-run games included just two 9-balls on the break (0.8% of the 255 breaks). With the Magic Rack, the 9-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

Observation: The effects of using the Magic Rack are quite striking. On all 16 scratches on the break, at least one object ball was pocketed. So, in total, the breaker failed to make a ball on the break in only 6 of the 255 breaks (2.4%), an enormous difference from when the Magic Rack is not used. The high stay-at-table percentage after the break means many more opportunities to run out, so the B&R percentage is also high.

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06-27-2014, 03:55 PM

Thank you again for continuing to do this.

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Thank you - 06-27-2014, 04:12 PM

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06-27-2014, 04:13 PM

So the BREAKER lost to the GHOST again.

Seriously though, my cup runneth over. Your statistics, the superb live streaming by Kozoom with multiple tables, Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation hosting the event and picking up the tab for the "free" live stream and the fabulous play by all of the great players from around the world, made for a fantastic week of play. Watching some of the earlier qualifying players, "I coulda been a contenda."

I really enjoyed hearing Ted Lerner and Ralf today doing the commentary in the final match. Ted is an excellent anchor commentator and Ralf is simply a professional in every regard. Hope to hear more commentary in future matches.

JoeyA

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Here are some break statistics from the 2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship played this week in Doha, Qatar, with free live streaming by Kozoom.

The conditions for this event included: Wiraka 9-foot tables, Simonis 860 electric blue cloth, Magic Rack, Super Aramith Pro TV balls with the measles cue ball, alternate breaks, referee racks with the 2-ball in back, break from anywhere behind the line, jump cues allowed, WPA rules (all slop counts) with the exception that it is an illegal break unless at least 3 balls are pocketed or pass the head string. Apparently no shot clock was used, despite earlier indications that it would be.

The 15 matches (255 games tracked) that I watched were as follows. [Note that this includes all 6 matches that S. Van Boening played.]

Sat., June 21
  • S. Van Boening def. M. S. Ali 9-4

Mon., June 23
  • S. Van Boening d. D. Corrieri 9-5
  • D. Orcollo d. K. P. Chung 9-6
  • D. Appleton d. L. C. Chieh 9-8

Tues, June 24
  • R. S. Woo d. H. Lombardo 9-7
  • K. Boyes d. E. Reyes 9-8
  • L. C. Chieh d. C. Deuel 9-7

Wed., June 25
  • J. Y. Hwa d. J. Shaw 11-9
  • S. Van Boening d. J. L. Chang 11-9
  • A. Ouschan d. O. Ortmann 11-5

Thurs., June 26
  • S. Van Boening d. J. H. Dang 11-4
  • S. Van Boening d. K. Tohru 11-5
  • Y. L. Chung d. S. Van Boening 11-8

Fri., June 27
  • N. Feijen d. E. Haya 11-7
  • N. Feijen d. A. Ouschan 13-10 (Finals)

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 91% of the time (233 of 255), won 61% of the games (155 of 255), and broke and ran 35% of the games (89 of 255).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 255 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:
  • Breaker won the game: 151 (59% of the 255 games)
  • Breaker lost the game: 82 (32%)

Breaker fouled on the break:
  • Breaker won the game: 2 (1%)
  • Breaker lost the game: 14 (5%)

Breaker broke dry (without fouling):
  • Breaker won the game: 2 (1%)
  • Breaker lost the game: 4 (2%)

Therefore, whereas the breaker won 61% (155) of all 255 games,
  • He won 65% (151 of 233) of the games in which he made at least one ball on the break and did not foul.
  • He won 13% (2 of 16) of the games in which he fouled on the break.
  • He won 33% (2 of 6) of the games in which he broke dry but did not foul.
  • He won 18% (4 of 22) of the games in which he either fouled on the break or broke dry without fouling.

Break-and-run games: With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 89 break-and-run games (35% of all the games) consisted of 4 alternate-break 3-packs, 8 alternate-break 2-packs, and 61 singles.

9-balls on the break: The 89 break-and-run games included just two 9-balls on the break (0.8% of the 255 breaks). With the Magic Rack, the 9-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

Observation: The effects of using the Magic Rack are quite striking. On all 16 scratches on the break, at least one object ball was pocketed. So, in total, the breaker failed to make a ball on the break in only 6 of the 255 breaks (2.4%), an enormous difference from when the Magic Rack is not used. The high stay-at-table percentage after the break means many more opportunities to run out, so the B&R percentage is also high.


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I thought a ball was made on almost every break!!!!!!!!!!!!
  
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I thought a ball was made on almost every break!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, 98% of the time for these 15 matches. But the breaker fouled or broke illegally 9% of the time, so the wet/legal/no-foul percentage was 89%.
  
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wow - 06-27-2014, 07:43 PM

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Here are some break statistics from the 2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship played this week in Doha, Qatar, with free live streaming by Kozoom.

The conditions for this event included: Wiraka 9-foot tables, Simonis 860 electric blue cloth, Magic Rack, Super Aramith Pro TV balls with the measles cue ball, alternate breaks, referee racks with the 2-ball in back, break from anywhere behind the line, jump cues allowed, WPA rules (all slop counts) with the exception that it is an illegal break unless at least 3 balls are pocketed or pass the head string. Apparently no shot clock was used, despite earlier indications that it would be.

The 15 matches (255 games tracked) that I watched were as follows. [Note that this includes all 6 matches that S. Van Boening played.]

Sat., June 21
  • S. Van Boening def. M. S. Ali 9-4

Mon., June 23
  • S. Van Boening d. D. Corrieri 9-5
  • D. Orcollo d. K. P. Chung 9-6
  • D. Appleton d. L. C. Chieh 9-8

Tues, June 24
  • R. S. Woo d. H. Lombardo 9-7
  • K. Boyes d. E. Reyes 9-8
  • L. C. Chieh d. C. Deuel 9-7

Wed., June 25
  • J. Y. Hwa d. J. Shaw 11-9
  • S. Van Boening d. J. L. Chang 11-9
  • A. Ouschan d. O. Ortmann 11-5

Thurs., June 26
  • S. Van Boening d. J. H. Dang 11-4
  • S. Van Boening d. K. Tohru 11-5
  • Y. L. Chung d. S. Van Boening 11-8

Fri., June 27
  • N. Feijen d. E. Haya 11-7
  • N. Feijen d. A. Ouschan 13-10 (Finals)

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not break illegally or foul) 89% of the time (226 of 255), won 61% of the games (155 of 255), and broke and ran 35% of the games (89 of 255).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 255 games.

Breaker broke legally, made at least one ball, and did not foul:
  • Breaker won the game: 149 (58% of the 255 games)
  • Breaker lost the game: 77 (30%)

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul, but broke illegally:
  • Breaker won the game: 2 (1%)
  • Breaker lost the game: 5 (2%)

Breaker fouled on the break:
  • Breaker won the game: 2 (1%)
  • Breaker lost the game: 14 (5%)

Breaker broke dry (without fouling):
  • Breaker won the game: 2 (1%)
  • Breaker lost the game: 4 (2%)

Therefore, whereas the breaker won 61% (155) of all 255 games,
  • He won 66% (149 of 226) of the games in which he broke legally, made at least one ball on the break, and did not foul.
  • He won 29% (2 of 7) of the games in which he made at least one ball and did not foul, but broke illegally.
  • He won 13% (2 of 16) of the games in which he fouled on the break.
  • He won 33% (2 of 6) of the games in which he broke dry but did not foul.
  • He won 21% (6 of 29) of the games in which he either broke illegally, fouled on the break, or broke dry without fouling.

Break-and-run games: With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 89 break-and-run games (35% of all the games) consisted of 4 alternate-break 3-packs, 8 alternate-break 2-packs, and 61 singles.

9-balls on the break: The 89 break-and-run games included just two 9-balls on the break (0.8% of the 255 breaks). With the Magic Rack, the 9-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

Observation: The effects of using the Magic Rack are quite striking. On all 16 scratches on the break, at least one object ball was pocketed. So, in total, the breaker failed to make a ball on the break in only 6 of the 255 breaks (2.4%), an enormous difference from when the Magic Rack is not used. The high stay-at-table percentage after the break means many more opportunities to run out, so the B&R percentage is also high.
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06-27-2014, 08:15 PM

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So the BREAKER lost to the GHOST again.

Seriously though, my cup runneth over. Your statistics, the superb live streaming by Kozoom with multiple tables, Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation hosting the event and picking up the tab for the "free" live stream and the fabulous play by all of the great players from around the world, made for a fantastic week of play. Watching some of the earlier qualifying players, "I coulda been a contenda."

I really enjoyed hearing Ted Lerner and Ralf today doing the commentary in the final match. Ted is an excellent anchor commentator and Ralf is simply a professional in every regard. Hope to hear more commentary in future matches.

JoeyA
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06-28-2014, 08:47 AM

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Observation: The effects of using the Magic Rack are quite striking.
Agreed.

Here's a comparison of your break stats from other recent major 9-ball tournaments:

tournament - made ball and no foul - won game - broke and ran

2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship - 89% - 61% - 35%

2013 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship - 63% - 56% - 21%

2012 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship - 62% - 55% - 23%

For those interested, I continue to compile all of AtLarge's results on the break statistics resource page so they can be easily viewed and compared in one place.

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06-28-2014, 09:20 AM

Miscellany from the data for the 2014 WPA 9-Ball Championship [Reminder -- this relates only to the 15 matches I watched, not the whole event.]:

The most balls made on the break was five, once, by Van Boening. He had no shot and played safe.

Four balls were made on the break once, by Feijen. He ran out.

The average number of balls made on the break was 1.5 (this includes dry, fouled, and illegal breaks)..

Following the 16 breaking fouls, the incoming player ran out the game 12 times (75%).

The losers won an average of 6.4 games in the races to 9 and 6.7 games in the races to 11.

The average elapsed time for the 7 races to 9 was was 104 minutes, or 6.8 minutes per game. The average elapsed time for the 7 races to 11 was 121 minutes, also 6.8 minutes per game.The elapsed time was measured from the lag until the winning ball was made, so it includes time for racking and breaks (time-outs).

The longest race-to-9 match in elapsed time was Chieh def. Deuel -- 134 minutes. The longest race-to-11 match in elapsed time was Feijen d. Haya -- 142 minutes.

The race-to-9 match with the highest average number of minutes per game was Chieh d. Deuel -- 8.4 minutes per game. The race-to-11 match with the highest average number of minutes per game was Ouschan d. Ortmann -- 8.1 minutes per game.

The shortest race-to-9 match in elapsed time and lowest in minutes per game was Van Boening d. Corrieri -- 79 minutes, or 5.6 minutes per game for the 14 games. The shortest race-to-11 match in elapsed time and lowest in minutes per game was Van Boening d. Dang -- 84 minutes, or 5.6 minutes per game for the 15 games.
  
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