- Bill Werbeniuk
Infobox Snooker player
Name = Bill Werbeniuk
Born = birth date|1947|1|14|mf=y
Died = death date and age|2003|1|20|1947|1|14|mf=y
Nationality = flagicon|Canada Canadian
Nickname = Big Bill
Professional = 1973–1990
High ranking = #8 (1983/84)
Prize money =
High break = 147
Best finish = "Quarter final": World Championship (4 times)
William Alexander `Bill` Werbeniuk (
January 14, 1947- January 20, 2003) was a Canadian professional snookerplayer. Instantly recognised for his girth, he was known as "Big Bill".
Werbeniuk was noted for the copious amounts of
alcoholhe consumed before and during matches. He said that he generally drank around six pints of lagerbefore a match and then one pint for each frame. He said he did this to counteract familial benign essential tremor. Later in his career he also took propranolol, a beta blocker; some sources claim he took it for the tremor, while others say he took it to cope with the effects of his enormous alcohol consumption on his heart.
A memorable incident occurred during a televised World Championship Match against David Taylor at the Crucible. Werbeniuk attempted to stretch across the table, but due to his size was having some difficulty. Eventually, the inevitable happened and he split his trousers. The ripping noise it made caused many in the audience, including opponent David Taylor, to laugh out loud. Bill took it in good humour, asking the audience "who did that?" as if insinuating that the noise was attributed to flatulence.
Werbeniuk was ranked as high as eighth in the world in 1983 Cite web
url = http://www.johnvirgo.com/werbeniuk.asp
title = Where are they now? - Bill Werbeniuk
publisher = johnvirgo.com
accessdate = 2008-04-09] and reached the quarter finals of the world championship four times before propranolol was banned in snooker competition. He played his last professional match in 1990. A bankruptcy order was made against him in 1991. Towards the end of his life, he played professional pool.
* [http://www.globalsnookercentre.co.uk/files/Players/Global_Americas/Canada/pm_profile016.htm Profile at The Global Snooker Centre]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A1032058 The life and death of Bill Werbeniuk]
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F01%2F23%2Fdb2301.xml Obituary in The Daily Telegraph]
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1998/02/14/sosnok14.html Interview with Bill Werbeniuk in 1998]
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