Efren Manalang Reyes, OLD, PLH (born August 26, 1954) is a Filipino professional pool player. A winner of over 70 international titles, Reyes is the first man in history to win World Championships in two different disciplines. Besides his World titles he is also a 14-time Derby City Classic champion, a two-time World Cup champion, […]

Earl “The Pearl” Strickland (born June 8, 1961 in North Carolina) is an American professional pool player who is considered one of the best nine-ball players of all time. He has won numerous championship titles and, in 2006, was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame. He is also known as one of […]

Shane Van Boening (born July 24, 1983) is an American professional pool (pocket billiards) player from Rapid City, South Dakota, currently number 1 in the US rankings published by the UPA Tour. Van Boening is hearing-impaired and uses a hearing aid, but it has not limited his pool ability. He has received praise for his […]

Ralf Souquet (born 29 November 1968 in Eschweiler, Germany) is a German professional pool player. His nickname is “The Kaiser”. Since 1981, he has won more than 250 tournament titles, including 41 German Championship titles and 34 European Championship titles. He began playing billiards at the age of six in his parents’ pub, practicing up […]

Francisco Bustamante (born December 29, 1963, Philippines) is a Filipino professional pocket billiards (pool) player from Tarlac, and the 2010 World Nine-ball Champion, nicknamed “Django”, after the lead character of the film of the same name, and sometimes also called “Bustie”, especially in the United States. Early life Bustamante is the youngest of eight siblings. […]

The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis’s 1959 novel of the same name Rossen and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of small-time pool hustler “Fast Eddie” Felson and his desire to break into the “major league” of professional hustling and high […]

Jack Breit, born in New Jersey, is better known as Jersey Red. He received this nickname because of his red hair. From the age of fourteen Jersey Red spent most of his time in the billiard rooms in New York before moving to Houston in 1964. Although he was a first-class straight pool player, his […]

Thorsten Hohmann (born 14 July 1979 in Fulda, West Germany) is a German professional pool player, nicknamed “the Hitman.” He has been described as having a steely demeanor, and being a very precise player. Early life Thorsten was born and raised in Fulda, Germany and at a very young age had always been interested in […]

Steve Mizerak (October 12, 1944, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey – May 29, 2006), nicknamed “the Miz“, was a world champion pool player dominant during the 1970s and early 1980s in the game of 14.1 continuous. Mizerak began playing pool under the guidance of his father, who for many years had been the New Jersey […]

Jean Balukas (born June 28, 1959) is an American pool player from Brooklyn, New York, and ranks among the stellar players in the history of the sport. At least through the 1990s, when Allison Fisher began her ascendancy, Balukas was widely acknowledged as the sole candidate for greatest female player ever. Described as a “trailblazer, […]

James (Jim) Rempe (born November 4, 1947, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, US) is an American professional pocket billiards (pool) player, and was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame in 2002 Career Rempe began playing pool at the age of 6. He turned pro at the age of 22, winning over 100 major […]

Darren Appleton (born 8 February 1976 in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England) is an English pool (pocket billiards) player, nicknamed “Dynamite“. He won the first WPA World Ten-ball Championship in 2008 against Wu Chia-ching, the former world champion in both nine-ball and eight-ball from Taiwan. With the victory, he became the second male player from Britain […]