Filler and TRex. Tue -Wed at Roys

Tin Man

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By the way, I broke down this match up and my thoughts on Tony, Filler and the future of one pocket on the last Cue It Up Podcast. This begins at 54:45.. At 1:09:30 I am asked to make a final score prediction and I get to brag because I called it exactly at Josh Filler winning 21-17. And while I didn't bet big I did put my money where my mouth is. ;)

Finally, at 1:30:30 I tell my favorite one pocket story...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxeRqqLaYG8
 

Ratta

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Hi 1p-a-holics :)

really enjoyed to watch this match- watching these 2 completley different type of players was a blast. Tony Chohan is the guy i wanna watch all the time- i love his style, his knowledge and the creativity he shows up with because of his tremendous knowledge.

I had "a bit" negative thoughts if Joshi can take him down- I know ( just my personal serious opinion), that he s the damn straightest shooter on the planet at this moment. His Firepower can tear someone down- he s able to steal the last tiny bit of confidence out of someone- well- and if he is on his A-Game, almost nothin can stop him.

And as some already shown up- this young man is right at the beginning of his professional carreer- he s horny to win every tournament, he s fearless- and he learns so fast....and he is hungry to learn.
Curious what the next years will show- life is fast :)

thanks for a super stream- hoping for a long race comeback.
I think Tony will love to play him again-
 

alstl

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When asked what he would do when he gets home Filler said play video games.

For him pool is a video game on easy difficulty setting.
 

btal

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Well, I underestimated Filler again, picking Tony in this spot, but maybe it's time to ask this question:

Are we watching the emergence of the best player of all time?

No player of the last 40 years has shown this kind of form at the age of 22. Personally, I'm not sure any player has been this committed at 22 to excelling at every discipline in the last forty years, all of which I watched up close.

1) At 9-ball, Filler's already a world champion, has won the US Open 9-ball, has won the China Open 9-ball and has been a Mosconi Cup MVP. Most believe he's the best 9-ball player in the world. He beat Shane 9-2 at Derby City, and beat Shane 5-0 and 5-1 at the Mosconi, so he's won 19 of his last 22 racks against Shane.

2) Both Jay Helfert and Billy lncardona are raving about Filler's one pocket game, suggesting that it will take the most elite couple of players in the discipline to take him down. At this point, I'll defer to them when it comes to one pocket, but given his win in a race to 21 over Chohan, I don't think it's premature to count him among the stars of the discipline.

3) At bank pool, Filler is already gambling and holding his own with some of the biggest stars of the discipline, including both Evan Lunda and Shannon Murphy.

4) Johnny Archer is on record as saying Shane can't beat Filler in a long 10-ball race and I agree. Filler topped JL Chang in 10-ball action at the 2019 DCC, during which no other player, Shane included, was willing to step up to the plate against JL Chang in big action.

5) At straight pool, Filler ran 285 on 4 1/2" pockets at the DCC in 2019. He ran 293 at the age of 17, too.

6) Filler has been European 8-ball champion and was going to play 8-ball specialist Justin Bergman for $20,000 until JB's backers took a lot of the money off the table.

Filler, it seems, will play anyone at any game on a pool table, and has amazing form in every discipline. In my estimation, he already has the credentials for BCA Hall of Fame induction.

I don't think it too far fetched to consider the matter of whether we are watching a historically great player who will, a few years from now, belong in the conversation of the best pool player ever. Yes, there are a lot of Filler haters out there, but I'm guessing even they'll come around.
Agree with every word. Like no player I've ever seen. GOAT The Tiger Woods of pool. But better. And will be for a long time. If he holds that desire. It'll be up to him. IMO The almost perfect player. The 'almost' seems to drive him -------- From what I watched, Tony had to play his 'A' game 100% of the time to win in what would still end up being a close match. Tall order. Tony's 'A' game is arguably the best in the world. I watched him play that game in this match and Filler didn't flinch. Filler just got better and smarter. Kept the pressure on over and over again. I've also watched other of the 'bests in the world' match up and they too fired their 'A' games at Filler. For long periods. He just kept firing back as I watched them fold their arms in disbelief.The kid has it ALL. I especially like his cue ball control on VERY difficult shots. Just shake my head and smile.
 

Black-Balled

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I think the only way to slow the young man down right now is requiring each player to drink a beer every half hour.

We should have him trapped up by hour 4. Gonna get real ugly around hour 5.

Bring lotsa bullets.
 

garczar

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I think the only way to slow the young man down right now is requiring each player to drink a beer every half hour.

We should have him trapped up by hour 4. Gonna get real ugly around hour 5.

Bring lotsa bullets.
Once he polishes up his post victory ass-grabbing technique JF will be really something. ;) Seriously, the kid is phenomenal.
 

overlord

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Well, I underestimated Filler again, picking Tony in this spot, but maybe it's time to ask this question:

Are we watching the emergence of the best player of all time?

No player of the last 40 years has shown this kind of form at the age of 22. Personally, I'm not sure any player has been this committed at 22 to excelling at every discipline in the last forty years, all of which I watched up close.

1) At 9-ball, Filler's already a world champion, has won the US Open 9-ball, has won the China Open 9-ball and has been a Mosconi Cup MVP. Most believe he's the best 9-ball player in the world. He beat Shane 9-2 at Derby City, and beat Shane 5-0 and 5-1 at the Mosconi, so he's won 19 of his last 22 racks against Shane.

2) Both Jay Helfert and Billy lncardona are raving about Filler's one pocket game, suggesting that it will take the most elite couple of players in the discipline to take him down. At this point, I'll defer to them when it comes to one pocket, but given his win in a race to 21 over Chohan, I don't think it's premature to count him among the stars of the discipline.

3) At bank pool, Filler is already gambling and holding his own with some of the biggest stars of the discipline, including both Evan Lunda and Shannon Murphy.

4) Johnny Archer is on record as saying Shane can't beat Filler in a long 10-ball race and I agree. Filler topped JL Chang in 10-ball action at the 2019 DCC, during which no other player, Shane included, was willing to step up to the plate against JL Chang in big action.

5) At straight pool, Filler ran 285 on 4 1/2" pockets at the DCC in 2019. He ran 293 at the age of 17, too.

6) Filler has been European 8-ball champion and was going to play 8-ball specialist Justin Bergman for $20,000 until JB's backers took a lot of the money off the table.

Filler, it seems, will play anyone at any game on a pool table, and has amazing form in every discipline. In my estimation, he already has the credentials for BCA Hall of Fame induction.

I don't think it too far fetched to consider the matter of whether we are watching a historically great player who will, a few years from now, belong in the conversation of the best pool player ever. Yes, there are a lot of Filler haters out there, but I'm guessing even they'll come around.

I've never understood the negativity regarding Filler. He is a young man that is confident: would folks like him to be unconfident?

It's seems like a bunch of sour grapes. I love the way this young man plays and wins. I thought with the 4.5 inch pockets it would give him a slight edge.
 

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I've never understood the negativity regarding Filler. He is a young man that is confident: would folks like him to be unconfident?

It's seems like a bunch of sour grapes. I love the way this young man plays and wins. I thought with the 4.5 inch pockets it would give him a slight edge.

Mike Sigel was the greatest champion when I and many on here were growing up. For tourney play, he was a cut above the rest. I hold him in high regard and consider him one of my pool heroes.

All of that doesnt mean we excuse his faults and awful behavior. Filler is growing on me, and I love watching him play. But he rubs people the wrong way. I hope that grows out of it, unlike Sigel.
 

overlord

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Mike Sigel was the greatest champion when I and many on here were growing up. For tourney play, he was a cut above the rest. I hold him in high regard and consider him one of my pool heroes.

All of that doesnt mean we excuse his faults and awful behavior. Filler is growing on me, and I love watching him play. But he rubs people the wrong way. I hope that grows out of it, unlike Sigel.

I have always loved Siget too. He brings a lot of personality to the game. I like to observe all his nervous ticks.
 

jokrswylde

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Well, I underestimated Filler again, picking Tony in this spot, but maybe it's time to ask this question:

Are we watching the emergence of the best player of all time?

No player of the last 40 years has shown this kind of form at the age of 22. Personally, I'm not sure any player has been this committed at 22 to excelling at every discipline in the last forty years, all of which I watched up close.

1) At 9-ball, Filler's already a world champion, has won the US Open 9-ball, has won the China Open 9-ball and has been a Mosconi Cup MVP. Most believe he's the best 9-ball player in the world. He beat Shane 9-2 at Derby City, and beat Shane 5-0 and 5-1 at the Mosconi, so he's won 19 of his last 22 racks against Shane.

2) Both Jay Helfert and Billy lncardona are raving about Filler's one pocket game, suggesting that it will take the most elite couple of players in the discipline to take him down. At this point, I'll defer to them when it comes to one pocket, but given his win in a race to 21 over Chohan, I don't think it's premature to count him among the stars of the discipline.

3) At bank pool, Filler is already gambling and holding his own with some of the biggest stars of the discipline, including both Evan Lunda and Shannon Murphy.

4) Johnny Archer is on record as saying Shane can't beat Filler in a long 10-ball race and I agree. Filler topped JL Chang in 10-ball action at the 2019 DCC, during which no other player, Shane included, was willing to step up to the plate against JL Chang in big action.

5) At straight pool, Filler ran 285 on 4 1/2" pockets at the DCC in 2019. He ran 293 at the age of 17, too.

6) Filler has been European 8-ball champion and was going to play 8-ball specialist Justin Bergman for $20,000 until JB's backers took a lot of the money off the table.

Filler, it seems, will play anyone at any game on a pool table, and has amazing form in every discipline. In my estimation, he already has the credentials for BCA Hall of Fame induction.

I don't think it too far fetched to consider the matter of whether we are watching a historically great player who will, a few years from now, belong in the conversation of the best pool player ever. Yes, there are a lot of Filler haters out there, but I'm guessing even they'll come around.

Great points, and I agree for the most part. Even though he certainly already has the titles of many hall of famers, I would still like to see a sustained run over several years before naming him the best of all time. But he looks well on his way.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds. He is a young married dude with the world at his finger tips, unbelievable potential, supportive wife, seemingly good health. As he gets older, and new challenges/interests emerge, will he have the same passion and dedication? Will he want to cross the pond and chase the dollar if he has a couple of kids at home? Who knows, but right now it is an awful lot of fun to watch.

I would love to see skylar up his game a few notches. He seems to be one guy who isn't mentally fazed by his firepower....and it seems like every great needs a good rival...I wish it could be a young American, though that is a tall order. Here's hoping we are just watching the beginning of Filler's run.
 
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JusticeNJ

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Well, I underestimated Filler again, picking Tony in this spot, but maybe it's time to ask this question:

Are we watching the emergence of the best player of all time?

No player of the last 40 years has shown this kind of form at the age of 22. Personally, I'm not sure any player has been this committed at 22 to excelling at every discipline in the last forty years, all of which I watched up close.

1) At 9-ball, Filler's already a world champion, has won the US Open 9-ball, has won the China Open 9-ball and has been a Mosconi Cup MVP. Most believe he's the best 9-ball player in the world. He beat Shane 9-2 at Derby City, and beat Shane 5-0 and 5-1 at the Mosconi, so he's won 19 of his last 22 racks against Shane.

2) Both Jay Helfert and Billy lncardona are raving about Filler's one pocket game, suggesting that it will take the most elite couple of players in the discipline to take him down. At this point, I'll defer to them when it comes to one pocket, but given his win in a race to 21 over Chohan, I don't think it's premature to count him among the stars of the discipline.

3) At bank pool, Filler is already gambling and holding his own with some of the biggest stars of the discipline, including both Evan Lunda and Shannon Murphy.

4) Johnny Archer is on record as saying Shane can't beat Filler in a long 10-ball race and I agree. Filler topped JL Chang in 10-ball action at the 2019 DCC, during which no other player, Shane included, was willing to step up to the plate against JL Chang in big action.

5) At straight pool, Filler ran 285 on 4 1/2" pockets at the DCC in 2019. He ran 293 at the age of 17, too.

6) Filler has been European 8-ball champion and was going to play 8-ball specialist Justin Bergman for $20,000 until JB's backers took a lot of the money off the table.

Filler, it seems, will play anyone at any game on a pool table, and has amazing form in every discipline. In my estimation, he already has the credentials for BCA Hall of Fame induction.

I don't think it too far fetched to consider the matter of whether we are watching a historically great player who will, a few years from now, belong in the conversation of the best pool player ever. Yes, there are a lot of Filler haters out there, but I'm guessing even they'll come around.

This is a great post. At first, I didn't really enjoy watching Filler play, and it's hard for me to describe why. But now, I find myself watching every Filler match I can. He's such a natural talent and his shotmaking power is incredible.

I was happy to be around to watch Efren dominate. Was happy to watch Corey redefine the break and then Shane rise to the top. Was happy to hear about John Schmidt's incredible straight pool run. And now I'm happy to get to see Filler develop into an incredible player with many years ahead of him.

For all the talk about pool's demise, what an exciting time for the sport!
 

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When asked what he would do when he gets home Filler said play video games.

For him pool is a video game on easy difficulty setting.

Filler has to go into quarantine for 2 weeks once he gets home. And the house has no pool table. His game will decay. :grin-square:
 

alstl

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Well, I underestimated Filler again, picking Tony in this spot, but maybe it's time to ask this question:

Are we watching the emergence of the best player of all time?

No player of the last 40 years has shown this kind of form at the age of 22. Personally, I'm not sure any player has been this committed at 22 to excelling at every discipline in the last forty years, all of which I watched up close.

1) At 9-ball, Filler's already a world champion, has won the US Open 9-ball, has won the China Open 9-ball and has been a Mosconi Cup MVP. Most believe he's the best 9-ball player in the world. He beat Shane 9-2 at Derby City, and beat Shane 5-0 and 5-1 at the Mosconi, so he's won 19 of his last 22 racks against Shane.

2) Both Jay Helfert and Billy lncardona are raving about Filler's one pocket game, suggesting that it will take the most elite couple of players in the discipline to take him down. At this point, I'll defer to them when it comes to one pocket, but given his win in a race to 21 over Chohan, I don't think it's premature to count him among the stars of the discipline.

3) At bank pool, Filler is already gambling and holding his own with some of the biggest stars of the discipline, including both Evan Lunda and Shannon Murphy.

4) Johnny Archer is on record as saying Shane can't beat Filler in a long 10-ball race and I agree. Filler topped JL Chang in 10-ball action at the 2019 DCC, during which no other player, Shane included, was willing to step up to the plate against JL Chang in big action.

5) At straight pool, Filler ran 285 on 4 1/2" pockets at the DCC in 2019. He ran 293 at the age of 17, too.

6) Filler has been European 8-ball champion and was going to play 8-ball specialist Justin Bergman for $20,000 until JB's backers took a lot of the money off the table.

Filler, it seems, will play anyone at any game on a pool table, and has amazing form in every discipline. In my estimation, he already has the credentials for BCA Hall of Fame induction.

I don't think it too far fetched to consider the matter of whether we are watching a historically great player who will, a few years from now, belong in the conversation of the best pool player ever. Yes, there are a lot of Filler haters out there, but I'm guessing even they'll come around.

You make a good case for him being the best today but at the age of 22 it's early to call him best all time.

This list begins when Efren was 31 years old and he has said he played his best in the 70's. He said he had to quit pocket billiards and play 3 cushion for a few years because nobody would play him.
Titles and achievements
2019 "6th Annual Junior Norris Memorial Shootout 9-Ball Champion"
2018 1st Asian Culture Day Lifetime Achievement Award (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
2018 Taiwan Pool Classic (Team Philippines)
3rd 2018 The Break Room 8-Ball Classic
2016 Accu-Stats Make-It-Happen One-Pocket Invitational [24][25]
2015 Accu-Stats Make-It-Happen One-Pocket Invitational [26][27][28]
2014 MP Cup Gensan International Open 10-Ball [29][30][31][32]
2014 Smokin' Aces One-Pocket Shootout [33]
2014 Derby City Classic One-Pocket [34][35][36]
2012 Chuck Markulis Memorial One-Pocket Division[37]
2011 World Mixed Doubles Classic (with Rubilen Amit)[38]
2011 US Open One Pocket Championship[39]
2010 Spanish Open 2010[40]
2010 Predator International Ten-Ball Championship[41]
2010 Derby City Classic Master of the Table[42]
2010 Derby City Classic Fatboy Challenge 10-Ball[43]
2010 Derby City Classic Nine-Ball[44]
2010 Asia vs. Europe Challenge Match[45]
2009 World Mixed Doubles Classic (with Rubilen Amit)[46]
2009 Galveston World Classic One Pocket[47]
2009 World Cup of Pool (with Francisco Bustamante)[48]
2007 Derby City Classic Master of the Table[49]
2007 Derby City Classic One-Pocket[50]
2006 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour (Indonesia Leg)[51]
2006 IPT World Open Eight-ball Championship[52]
2006 World Cup of Pool (with Francisco Bustamante)[53]
2006 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour (Vietnam Leg)[54]
2006 Derby City Classic One-Pocket[55]
2005 IPT King of the Hill Eight-Ball Shootout[56]
2005 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour (Indonesia Leg)[57]
2005 All Japan Championship[58]
2005 Derby City Classic Master of the Table[59]
2005 Derby City Classic Nine-Ball[60]
2005 Derby City Classic One-Pocket[61]
2004 WPA World Eight-ball Championship[62]
2004 On Cue 3: Intercontinental Conquest[63]
2004 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour (Singapore Leg)[64]
2004 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour (Vietnam Leg)[65]
2004 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour (Taiwan Leg)[66]
2004 Derby City Classic Master of the Table[67]
2004 Derby City Classic One-Pocket[68]
2003 Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame
2003 World Classic Billiards Tournament[69]
2003 Las Vegas Nine-Ball Open[70]
2003 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour (Manila Leg)[71]
2003 Mid-Atlantic Nine-Ball Championship[72]
2003 All Japan Championship[73]
2002 Asian Games Eight-Ball singles (bronze)
2002 World Pool League[74]
2002 Cafe Puro Challenge of the Masters[75]
2002 Shooters Labor Day Weekend Open Nine-Ball[76]
2002 International Challenge of Champions[77]
2001 World Pool League[78]
2001 Tokyo Open 9-Ball [79][80]
2001 US Masters Nine-Ball[81]
2001 International Billiard Tournament[73]
2001 Accu-Stats Eight-Ball Invitational[73]
2001 The Color of Money II (vs. Earl Strickland)[82]
2000 U.S. Open One-Pocket Championship[83]
2000 PBT World Eight-Ball Championship
2000 Camel Pro Eight-Ball Championship[73]
2000 Pennsylvania State Nine-Ball Championship[84]
2000 USA Billiards Challenger Event 2[85]
1999 ESPN Ultimate Nine-Ball Challenge[86]
1999 ESPN Ultimate Shootout[87]
1999 Sands Regency Open 29 Nine-Ball Championship[73]
1999 World Professional Pool Championship
1999 Derby City Classic Master of the Table[73]
1999 Derby City Classic One-Pocket[88]
1998 World Eight-Ball Championship[73][clarification needed]
1998 Camel South Jersey Ten-Ball Open[73]
1997 PCA Shooters Challenge[73]
1997 PCA Treasure Island Resort Event[73]
1996 The Color of Money (vs. Earl Strickland)[73]
1996 PBT World Eight-Ball Championship
1996 PBT Legends of Nine-Ball Championship[73]
1996 Camel World Nine-Ball Championship[73]
1996 PBT Western Open[73]
1996 PBT Florida Flare Up III[73]
1995 Sands Regency Open 21 Nine-Ball Championship[73]
1995 PBT World Eight-Ball Championship
1995 Pro Tour Nine-Ball Championship[73]
1995 Maine 14.1 Event[73]
1995 Bicycle Club VII[73]
1994 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships[89]
1994 PBT Bicycle Club Invitational[73]
1992 International Nine-Ball Classic[73]
1992 World Nine-Ball Open (Tokyo)[73]
1990 World Cup (Taipei)[73]
1988 PBA McDermott Masters Nine-Ball[73]
1986 Sands Regency Nine-Ball Championship[73]
1985 Sands Regency Nine-Ball Championship[73]
1985 Red's Nine-Ball Open[73]
1985 Tar Heel Open[73]
1985 Willard's Open[73]
1985 Chicago Billiard Cafe Open[73]
 
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jay helfert

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Well, I underestimated Filler again, picking Tony in this spot, but maybe it's time to ask this question:

Are we watching the emergence of the best player of all time?

No player of the last 40 years has shown this kind of form at the age of 22. Personally, I'm not sure any player has been this committed at 22 to excelling at every discipline in the last forty years, all of which I watched up close.

1) At 9-ball, Filler's already a world champion, has won the US Open 9-ball, has won the China Open 9-ball and has been a Mosconi Cup MVP. Most believe he's the best 9-ball player in the world. He beat Shane 9-2 at Derby City, and beat Shane 5-0 and 5-1 at the Mosconi, so he's won 19 of his last 22 racks against Shane.

2) Both Jay Helfert and Billy lncardona are raving about Filler's one pocket game, suggesting that it will take the most elite couple of players in the discipline to take him down. At this point, I'll defer to them when it comes to one pocket, but given his win in a race to 21 over Chohan, I don't think it's premature to count him among the stars of the discipline.

3) At bank pool, Filler is already gambling and holding his own with some of the biggest stars of the discipline, including both Evan Lunda and Shannon Murphy.

4) Johnny Archer is on record as saying Shane can't beat Filler in a long 10-ball race and I agree. Filler topped JL Chang in 10-ball action at the 2019 DCC, during which no other player, Shane included, was willing to step up to the plate against JL Chang in big action.

5) At straight pool, Filler ran 285 on 4 1/2" pockets at the DCC in 2019. He ran 293 at the age of 17, too.

6) Filler has been European 8-ball champion and was going to play 8-ball specialist Justin Bergman for $20,000 until JB's backers took a lot of the money off the table.

Filler, it seems, will play anyone at any game on a pool table, and has amazing form in every discipline. In my estimation, he already has the credentials for BCA Hall of Fame induction.

I don't think it too far fetched to consider the matter of whether we are watching a historically great player who will, a few years from now, belong in the conversation of the best pool player ever. Yes, there are a lot of Filler haters out there, but I'm guessing even they'll come around.

He won me over Stu after I watched Day One of this match. I've only seen two other players pick up this game as quickly and rise to the top so fast; Harold Worst and Efren Reyes! That's pretty good company to be in. And just like these two all time greats of the game, there doesn't seem to be any billiard game that Filler doesn't like and doesn't excel at. We all know that Worst was a world champion at Three Cushions at a very young age (24). What many may not know was that he also adapted well to Snooker and took on some of the best Canada had to offer and beat them all except Chenier, who I recall did not want to play Harold for money. Harold had several big matches with Cornbread Red, who was a great snooker player and monster gambler.

Efren also became a very good snooker and three cushion player after devoting a little time to practicing both these games which are not seen in the Philippines. I have a feeling that Filler is that rare specimen that could switch over to snooker if he so chooses, or maybe play both pool and snooker. He's still young enough to add that game to his repertoire.
 
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sjm

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He won me over Stu after I watched Day One of this match. I've only seen two other players pick up this game as quickly and rise to the top so fast; Harold Worst and Efren Reyes! That's pretty good company to be in. And just like these two all time greats of the game, there doesn't seem to be any billiard game that Filler doesn't like and doesn't excel at. We all know that Worst was a world champion at Three Cushions at a very young age (24). What many may not know was that he also adapted well to Snooker and took on some of the best Canada had to offer and beat them all except Chenier, who I recall did not want to play Harold for money. Harold had several big matches with Cornbread Red, who was a great snooker player and monster gambler.

Efren also became a very good snooker and three cushion player after devoting a little time to practicing both these games which are not seen in the Philippines. I have a feeling that Filler is that rare specimen that could switch over to snooker if he so chooses, or maybe play both pool and snooker. He's still young enough to add that game to his repertoire.

We just don't know how the rest of the Filler story will play out, Jay, but I sense we are similarly awed by his accomplishments and development to date. As he's got a work ethic as extraordinary as his talent, the possibilities are intriguing, but we'll see what the future brings.

The last time I was this awed by a player of Filler's age was when I watched Earl Strickland play in the early 1980's, but that was just at nine ball. Filler, I sense, is more interested in and more committed to learning and excelling in the fringe games within pool than any European player we've ever seen.

Not sure I can call myself a Filler fan quite yet, but I'll stand up and applaud the already legendary achievement of this once-in-a-generation player.
 

manopr350

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Filler and Trex

For the offensive minded viewers it will be “watching paint dry”.., but for the “true purist” of One Pocket enthusiasts, the Elite Pro Players should be playing in 3-7/8” pockets.
IN MHO.
 

overlord

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We just don't know how the rest of the Filler story will play out, Jay, but I sense we are similarly awed by his accomplishments and development to date. As he's got a work ethic as extraordinary as his talent, the possibilities are intriguing, but we'll see what the future brings.

The last time I was this awed by a player of Filler's age was when I watched Earl Strickland play in the early 1980's, but that was just at nine ball. Filler, I sense, is more interested in and more committed to learning and excelling in the fringe games within pool than any European player we've ever seen.

Not sure I can call myself a Filler fan quite yet, but I'll stand up and applaud the already legendary achievement of this once-in-a-generation player.

I don't know what would preclude you from being a fan. Are you waiting for a pool messiah?

Folks that don't really play one pocket had their socks knocked off watching Filler and T. Cho play.

For most recreational players one pocket is tedious with the balls all up table being nicked around forever.

These two players were not grinding away. It was a really exciting match.
 
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