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Efren Q&A is finally ready! - 05-15-2012, 02:42 AM

Those of you who submit the questions in "Ask Efren your single question" thread last year would hardly believe it, but yes - the answers are received! You see it took quite A WHILE to get the mission complete, as my pal couldn't meet The Magician during his trip and had to leave the task to Ish Caparras of Puyat Sports. Credits her way for the help with translating the questions back and forth.
Note: For the time being Efren decided not to mention the way he is aiming (or talk about any aiming systems) in order to prevent any controversy (commercial, legal issues, etc.) until he is certain he can speak about it.

So here we go:

Q: Who was your idol in billiard when you were young?
A: Pool was not televised yet so there were no real pool heroes or popular players when I was young.

Q: When you play snooker do you change stance if compare with your pool stance?
A: Yes. I have to imitate snooker players. I just learned from watching them.

Q: Who are your parents?
A: Pedro Reyes, he was a barber and my mother was Romana Manalang a market vendor

Q: You played with Meucci, Judd, Pampanga cue, Mezz, what is your favorite? What cue do you use now?
A: Pampanga Cue is definitely the best!

Q: Did well-known manufactures offer you to make a contract?
A: Many manufacturers offered. I already had endorsements with Meucci and Mezz.

Q: Have you ever tried Predator 314-shaft, what can you say?
A: Now I use it. Itís ok. It still has to prove itself. But now with the magic rack, itís not such a BIG advantage to use the predator shaft.

Q: Did you start playing One Pocket only in US? How did you get knowledge on this game? Who did you watch?
A: I only started playing it in the US since 1986. I only watched other players and learned from Freddie The Bear.

Q: Do they offer you to write a book?
A: Yes I have many offers but both my sponsor and think itís not yet time.

Q: Have you heard about Russian Pyramid? Your friend Bustamante competed at Pyramid World Championships back in 2000. Did he ever mention that?
A: Iím not familiar with it.

Q: How did LASIK surgery help to you? How many operations were done?
A: It helped me a lot. I only had to do it once but of course I constantly have it checked to be sure that there are no problems.

Q: When will you release instructional DVD (many think that itíll be very popular)? Or are you waiting until you quit pool and your secrets are not turned against you?
A: When Iím retired itís a possibility.

Q: Which element of your game is the weakest? And the strongest?
A: My break is the weakest especially for 9,8 and 10-ball. My strong game is one pocket and it used to be rotation but now there are many good players that are younger and with strong pocketing

Q: Memory or imagination?
A: Memory. Itís better not to forget past experiences and learn from them
Q: Are you having as much fun as you seem to be having?
A: Yes of course especially when Iím winning. I can make jokes when Iím winning but of course when Iím losing, itís not fun

Q: If he has any children/nieces/nephews coming into the game?
A: None. They only want to spend the prizemoney haha.

Q: Any interests or hobbies outside of pool?
A: Chess. Cards and card game

Q: How his health is holding up as he gets older?
A: Not so good I feel my age now. My body does not always do what I imagine in my mind.

Q: I'd like to know who he thinks his toughest opponent has been in his career?
A: Now thereís a lot because there are so many good players now all over the world. Before I would say Strickland, Johnny Archer, Mike Siegel

Q: Who do you feel was the best American player he ever faced or which American gave you the most difficult matches?
A: The three guys above.

Q: Who is/was the best Filipino you ever saw/played? Which player would you call your successor?
A: Antonio Lining,Warren Kiamco Busamante, Andam. Now thereís a lot of great guys like Gomez, Biado, Alcano, Orcollo, Corteza and Mazon

Q: Did you ever have apprentice? Did you ever try to impart your knowledge?
A: None. I have no patience for it.

Q: Going into the last day of The Color of Money match in Hong Kong against Strickland, he was down around 20 games (if memory serves me). Why was he so confident he was still going to win? Did he feel much better than he did the previous days or did he see something in Earl that led him to believe that Earl was going to self-destruct, or does he have that same confidence regardless of how many game he may be down?
A: At the start my break was not working. Once you get the break there is always hope since it was winnerís break

Q: Manny Pacquiao has his own TV show in the Phillipines, where's the Efren Reyes show? There should be one!
A: I had an offer for 1 month.. Iím too shy. But I have a film!

Q: When you are playing pool for a long time, how do you combat fatigue that has already set in?
A: There is no fatigue as long as I can see the prize money at the finish line

Q: Why do you always win big tournament with big paycheck?
A: Because Iím more experienced than the other players. The pressure does not affect me as much as them when there is a big title or big money involved.

Q: How do you handle pressure?
A: The pressure disappears when you concentrate. Iím more scared when I go up the stage to speak rather than when I go out to play

Q: What do you think the best way to practice and improve would be?
A: Play alone so you can analyze every aspect and play money games

Q: Who Efren says his teacher/mentor was?
A: None.

Q: What top players influenced you when you first started?
A: Like I said there were no top players in those days. Maybe they were playing in America,but where Iím from I was not aware of them. I only knew who they were whe I was already playing professionally so you canít say they were an influence.

Q: Who was the legendary Boy Bicol? How much spot did he give him back in the day when he was a teenager?
A: Manuel Flores. Heís like Luat and Keith McCready. They have the same attitude. Theyíre very funny. We play even. But the last time we played it was 50-70 rotation

Q: I would like to ask Efren if there is a certain rule that he would like to have adjusted or changed or removed
A: I hate the Jump cue

Q: When you first started out did you imagine you would be in the position you are today as one of most highly, if not the most highly, regarded pool player of all time?
A: No. When I started I just wanted to make money like the other players that I saw hustling in the pool halls. Back then, Pool players were not celebrities because it was not on TV.

Q: How does it feel to win just about everything there is to win?
A: Of course I like winning. But I think the secret is never thinking that you have done enough. I still want to win now just like the first time.

Q: Stroke routine: You consistently take six practice strokes. The first 3 appear to be for fluidity (cue action not straight), whereas the last three appear straight as an arrow. What feeling/sensation are you looking for in each set of strokes? How did you develope this routine (i.e. watching others or self-discovery)? Additionally, during each practice stroke of the six, what are your eyes focused on, and are some of the practice strokes focused on tuning certain hand or arm muscles? does any of it have to do with adjusting grip? please get Efren to answer this one in detail.
A: To be honest I did not even know I do six strokes. If you have been playing as long as I have, sometimes it is more about what feels right than actually thinking about it. The arm movement is muscle memory. What I think about is the angle, the English but the aiming and the stroke is almost automatic. When I started there was no scientific method. So we just did what felt right. The grip depends on the amount of speed I want to use and that is something that comes with instinct now.

Q: I know efren plays some sporty 3 cushion and reportedly has also played some good snooker. I'd like to hear his opinion on the differences between the games.
A: The concept is the same. You just need to make some minor adjustments. In 3 cushion, knowledge of angles is the main focus. In snooker, pocketing is very important. Cheating pockets is not an option thatís why many snooker players are great pool players as well. In pool, you need to combine all these factors but I canít say one is more difficult than the other.

Q: Have you ever used anything (books, ideas,etc.) to help you in the mental aspects of playing pool and competing?
A: Not really. Like I said, when I started, there was no scientific method to pool. I didnít think about these mental tactics before.

Q: Do you have a time set in your mind when you will quit competing at pool, or will you just play as long as you feel competitive?
A: As long as I am still winning I will play. I tried to join the senior tour but they kicked me out. They donít want me to play there because I will take all their money haha!

Q: If you had to pick only one game to play what game would it be & why?
A: One Pocket- There is no luck and you really have to know the game. Now the young players can beat me in pocketing but they canít outsmart me yet.

Q: How many hours on a given week average does he play, practice, or is on a pool table ... as you get older do you play less or more to keep your skills up?
A: I still play everyday if possible. I always have money games scheduled or I practice with the Philippine team.

Q: What helped you the most in overcoming your heroin addiction?
A: Who said I took heroin?

Q: Whatís your longest gambling session?
A: Of course the game with Earl Strickland. But thatís almost like an exhibition. I donít know. We always gamble. I donít know when the session starts or ends.

Q: Last time I went to Manila and I saw player after player get up to play him cheap sets. How much money have you made over the years from playing people that are just happy to say they played THE Efren Reyes?
A: I make some money when there are tournaments in Manila because the foreign players are here. Itís not as much as you think. I always give some to the spotter in the pool hall, then to some of the young players sitting around. My driver, in the end I get about 30% of the total amount.

Q: They say there is some dude (drunkard) in Manila which sometime beat Efren? They say he only played to buy a booze. Is it true?
A: Who? There are many guys who have beaten me but most of the time I give handicap of course. No one plays me even now except foreigners.

Q: What time does he usually get to sleep and wake up
A: That depends. Sometimes we play until very late at night. But I can always wake up early. I am used to it because I have to travel to Manila all the time.

Q: How often did you practice before you became a pro caliber player?
A: I was in the pool hall everyday and played all day for years and years. Until now I practice.

Q: When was the last time you intentionally practiced?
A: For the Philippine team we practice about three times a week. I also practice seriously before the doubles tournaments like with Rubilen because it is very different from playing alone and you need to know your partnerís style.

Q: What's the biggest spot he remembers giving up in a fair game and what's the biggest spot anyone gave you.
A: After so many games itís difficult to remember this. The only spots I got was maybe 30 years ago. After that it was impossible and everyone want the biggest spots from me all the time.

Q: What's his favorite win in his career ?
A: Of course the world 9-ball Championship

Q: What makes you happy?
A: When I win the tournaments. And playing card games and playing with my grandchildren.

Q: What's he most proud of in his personal life?
A: My children and grandchildren and the good life I am able to provide.


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05-15-2012, 03:28 AM

Nicley done Vahmurka :-)

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05-15-2012, 03:31 AM

Thanks Vahmurka! Great read!

Best answer:
Q: When you are playing pool for a long time, how do you combat fatigue that has already set in?
A: There is no fatigue as long as I can see the prize money at the finish line

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05-15-2012, 03:32 AM

I heard this heroin story too. To be honest I read it on a youtube comment.
I would have asked more about snooker. For example if is true that he beat O'Sullivan and White in snooker and the three centuries he made during the matches with a pool cue. Also I would have asked what's his high break

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05-15-2012, 03:39 AM

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05-15-2012, 03:58 AM

Great Q and A, would like to know who his toughest one pocket opponent was that he has played over the years.


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05-15-2012, 05:04 AM

guys let's keep new questions until next year, lol. Or at least until the end of 2012. Of course you are free to post some really interesting ones here, so that they are ready by that time


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05-15-2012, 05:04 AM

Love the fact that he hates jump cues



Also like the answer to aiming. "I dunno... I just get down and shoot on feel..."

thank Mr. Reyes for clearing the air on your aiming system (HAMB) and how you just have to practice and go with what feels right.


Thank you for the read I really enjoyed it


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05-15-2012, 05:18 AM

"Note: For the time being Efren decided not to mention the way he is aiming (or talk about any aiming systems) in order to prevent any controversy (commercial, legal issues, etc.) until he is certain he can speak about it."

Now THAT'S intriguing..........


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"Note: For the time being Efren decided not to mention the way he is aiming (or talk about any aiming systems) in order to prevent any controversy (commercial, legal issues, etc.) until he is certain he can speak about it."

Now THAT'S intriguing..........


Errrrrrr....

Q: Stroke routine: You consistently take six practice strokes. The first 3 appear to be for fluidity (cue action not straight), whereas the last three appear straight as an arrow. What feeling/sensation are you looking for in each set of strokes? How did you develope this routine (i.e. watching others or self-discovery)? Additionally, during each practice stroke of the six, what are your eyes focused on, and are some of the practice strokes focused on tuning certain hand or arm muscles? does any of it have to do with adjusting grip? please get Efren to answer this one in detail.


A: To be honest I did not even know I do six strokes. If you have been playing as long as I have, sometimes it is more about what feels right than actually thinking about it. The arm movement is muscle memory. What I think about is the angle, the English but the aiming and the stroke is almost automatic. When I started there was no scientific method. So we just did what felt right. The grip depends on the amount of speed I want to use and that is something that comes with instinct now.


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I heard this heroin story too. To be honest I read it on a youtube comment.
I would have asked more about snooker. For example if is true that he beat O'Sullivan and White in snooker and the three centuries he made during the matches with a pool cue. Also I would have asked what's his high break
I added my interview several years ago on this:

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Efren on Snooker - 09-24-2005, 07:54 AM


I'm at the US Open 9-ball tourney right now, so I wanted to report on my discussion with Efren Reyes on snooker. I'm trying really hard to stay away from the Ronnie thread, since it's degenerated from the initial question raised by Pink. This thread is not meant to be a snooker vs. pool debate. It's only a "Efren and snooker" thread. Hopefully, this answers and confirms any questions or rumors on Efren's snooker play.

Fred: How often do you play snooker?
Efren: Never
F: Are there snooker tables in the Philippines?
E: No. I don't know. I don't play. Manalo plays. I don't
F: Why not?
E: I don't like the snooker.
F: Why not?
E: I don't know.

F: I heard you played against Jimmy White and Ronnie O'Sullivan some snooker
E: I didn't play Jimmy snooker. We played regular pool. 9-ball... I play Ronnie snooker. He gave me 25 points. We played for 500 or 1000.
F: Race to what? Five?
E: Per game. 500 or 1000 per game.
F: Dollars or pounds?
E: No. Whatever Bankok money is.
(ED: someone give the conversion. this could be 20 cents for all I know).
(ED2: I checked. 12 to 24 USD. LOL!!! Okay, they weren't playing for anything)


F: Did you win?
E: (Big smile... cocked head... no answer)
F: Did you have any centuries
E: Yes. I don't know how many.In the tournament they gave me an award (he points to his wrist) for fastest century .

(I didn't press this, since it answered my question, but I had no idea what "fastest" meant. I assumed he meant "first of the tournament)

F: How did you do in the tournament? Did you win?
E: I left early. There was no money. Only awards.

At this point, I was a little surprised, but in retrospect, I'm speculating that he and his backers thought there was prize money. But, it's still a surprise that he would start a tournament and then leave.

F: Did you ever consider playing snooker full time since there's more money in it?
E: No. I don't like the snooker (he shakes his head). And the snooker players, I can't beat them.

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