Best American Pool Players
Van Boening has dominated the professional pool scene since his debut, winning three majors in 2007, including the U.S. Open.

The United States is another country that adores pool, and nearly every major event, such as the US Open Pool Championships, is held here. American Poolplayers Association is a governing body for amateur pool competition in the United States. The APA conducts pool leagues and tournaments in the disciplines of eight-ball and nine-ball with a unified ruleset.

Here are the top 10 best American pool players of all time

    1. Corey Deuel

      Corey DeuelCorey Deuel is an American professional pocket billiards player from West Jefferson, Ohio. Nicknamed “Prince of Pool”, he won the US Open Nine-ball Championship in 2001 and has won many other major titles. Deuel has been competing professionally since 1995.

      Born:November 20, 1977 (age 44), Santa Barbara, California, United States
      Nickname:"Prince of Pool"
      Pool games:9-ball, 8-ball
    2. Tyler Styer

      Tyler StyerTyler Styer is an American professional pool player from Vernon, Wisconsin. Styer represented the United States at the 2018 Mosconi Cup and the 2019 Mosconi Cup. Styer was the winner of the 2019 Kremlin World Cup, defeating David Alcaide in the final.

      Born:January 1, 1995 (age 27) Vernon, Wisconsin
      Sport country:United States
      Current WPA ranking:16 (as of 7 February 2019)
      Winner:Kremlin Cup (2019)
    3. Skyler Woodward

      Skyler WoodwardTyler Styer is an American professional pool player from Vernon, Wisconsin. Styer represented the United States at the 2018 Mosconi Cup and the 2019 Mosconi Cup. Styer was the winner of the 2019 Kremlin World Cup, defeating David Alcaide in the final.

      Born:May 7, 1993 (age 29) Paducah, Kentucky, United States
      Sport country:United States
      Pool games:9-Ball
    4. Jim Rempe

      Jim Rempe

      James Rempe is an American professional pocket billiards player and was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

      Rempe began playing pool at the age of 6. he turned pro at the age of 22, winning over 100 tournament championships & 50 major titles in various pool disciplines. A winner of 9 world pocket billiard championship titles, including the World Nine-ball Tournament, the World One-pocket Championship, World Eight-ball Championship, and All-Around World Championship. He is also the winner of the World Pool League in 1998 & 1999 and the Steve Mizerak Senior Tour.

      Born:November 4, 1947 (age 74), Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
      Nickname:"King James"
      Pool games:9-ball
    5. Johnny Archer

      Johnny ArcherJohnny Archer is an American professional pool player. He is nicknamed “the Scorpion”. On June 8, 2009, Johnny Archer was nominated to be inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. Archer is an 11-time “player of the year” an unprecedented feat.

      Born:November 12, 1968 (age 53), Waycross, Georgia, United States
      Nickname:"The Scorpion"
      Professional:1985
      World Champion:9-Ball (1992, 1997
      Highest WPA ranking:1
    6. Mike Sigel

      Mike Sigel

      Michael Sigel is an American professional pool player nicknamed “Captain Hook.” He earned the nickname for his ability to hook his opponents with safety plays. Sigel has the ability to shoot pool both left-handed and right-handed and has a high run of 339 balls in Straight Pool.

      Sigel has won over 100 professional pool tournaments in his career as well as over 40 major titles, making him one of the most successful players of all-time winning 8 world pocket billiard championship titles, in divisions including Nine-ball, Eight-ball, and Straight pool (14.1). Including 3 U.S. Open Nine-ball Championship tournaments, as well as the U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship, the U.S. Open One-Pocket Championship as well as a 4-time winner of the Sands Regency Open.

      Born:July 11, 1952 (age 69), Rochester, New York, United States
      Nickname:"Captain Hook"
      Pool games:8-ball, 9-ball, Straight pool
    7. Nick Varner

      Nick Varner

      Nick Varner is an American pool player who was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame in 1992. Varner is a 7-time world champion and 2 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, in addition to winning the 1999 WPA World Nine-ball Championship at 51 years old.

      Born:May 15, 1948 (age 74), Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
      World Champion:9-Ball (1999)
      Professional:1970
      Other titles:90
      Highest WPA ranking:1
      Pool games:8-Ball, 9-ball
    8. Willie Mosconi

      Willie Mosconi

      William Joseph Mosconi was an American professional pool player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship nineteen times.

      Born:June 27, 1913, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
      Died:September 17, 1993 (aged 80), Haddon Heights, New Jersey, United States
      Sports:pool, billiards
    9. Earl Strickland

      Earl Strickland

      Earl “the Pearl” Strickland is an American professional pool player who is considered one of the best nine-ball players of all time. He has won over 100 championship titles and over 50 major titles. In 2006 he was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame. Wikipedia

      Born:June 8, 1961 (age 60), Roseboro, North Carolina, United States
      Professional:1981
      Nickname:Earl "the Pearl" Strickland
      World Champion:9-Ball (1990, 1991, 2002)
      Highest WPA ranking:1
    10. Shane Van Boening

      Shane Van Boening

      Shane Van Boening is an American professional pool player from Rapid City, South Dakota. He is a former number 1 player in the World Rankings published by the World Pool-Billiard Association and has the world’s highest Fargo Rating of nearly 250,000 pool players as of 2021. No doubt Shane is the best American pool player today. Wikipedia

      Born:July 14, 1983 (age 38), Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
      Professional:2005
      Nickname:"The South Dakota Kid"
      World Champion:Ten-ball (2007) Straight Pool (2019)
      Highest WPA ranking:1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who holds the record for the most consecutive wins from 1990 and 1991?

  • Earl Strickland holds the record for the most consecutive wins: two (1990, 1991).

Who is the oldest pool player to ever win a tournament?

  • The oldest pool player to ever win the tournament to date is Nick Varner of the United States, at 51 years old at the time of his victory. 

Who is the youngest pool player to ever win a tournament?

  • The youngest is Wu Jia-qing of China, aged 16 years old at the time of his victory.

Who is the most famous pool player in History?

  • Efren Reyes, most likely. He popularized pool, and all great players today regard him as a legend.

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