Tom Reece


Tom Reece

Tom Reece (12 August 1873 – 26 October 1953), was a Welsh professional player of English billiards. Reece competed for the World Professional Billiards Championship six times (1912–1914, 1921, 1924, and 1925) but each time finished as runner-up.

In 1907, he scored a record Cuegloss|Break|break of 499,135 Cuegloss|Point|points over a period of five weeks, without a miss, using an Cuegloss|Anchor nurse|anchor orClarifyme|date=December 2007 cradle cannon Cuegloss|Nurse|nurse system. His opponent was Joe Chapman, and the match (which was played to 500,000 points with the express intention of trying to better the recently set record for highest break) was played in Soho, London, England. Under the current rules, which forbid such repetitive nurse shots, it is unlikely that this score will even remotely be approached (the modern-rules world record is a 1276 break by Geet Sethi).Cite web
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] His robotic play went a long way to developing new rules to stop such high breaks based on monotonous, duplicate shots: Immediately after his record was set, rules were implemented such that no more than 25 consecutive Cuegloss|Cannon|cannons could be used; other, more stringent restrictions followed in later years.

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