One Pocket
Efren Reyes inducted into the One Pocket Hall of Fame in 2004

The One-pocket (sometimes spelled one pocket or 1-pocket) is a pool game. Unlike other games played on a pool table where any pocket can be used to send in object balls, only two pockets (one for each player) are used in this game. The object of the game is to score points. A point is made when a player pockets an object ball into their designated pocket. The winner is the first to score an agreed-upon number of points (usually 8).

Here are the Top 10 One Pocket Players of All Time

  1. Efren Reyes

    Efren Reyes

    Efren “Bata” Manalang Reyes OLD PLH is a Filipino professional pool player. A winner of over 70 international titles, Reyes was the first player to win world championships in two different pool disciplines. Wikipedia

    Born: 26 August 1954 (age 69)
    Nickname: The Magician, The Maestro, Bata
    Pool games: eight-ball, nine-ball, 10-ball, one-pocket, balkline, 3-cushion

    Tournament wins

    Major Over 70 major titles
    World Champion Eight-ball (2004), nine-ball (1999)

  2. Dennis Orcollo

    Dennis Orcollo

    Dennis Orcollo was born on January 28, 1979 (age 45), also known as Dennis Orcullo, is a Filipino professional pool player known as “RoboCop”. He’s been dubbed “the Philippines’ Money-game King.” Orcollo is the second of four brothers.

    His father was killed in a boating accident caused by a windstorm when he was young. He started practicing pool at 8 years of age through his grandfather’s table. Because of financial problems, he gave up school in third grade and focused on his sport.

    Tournaments & Titles:

    • 2021 Texas Open One-Pocket Championship
    • 2020 Texas Open 10-Ball Championship
    • 2020 Derby City Classic Master of the Table
    • 2020 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Banks Champion
    • 2017 Derby City Classic Master of the Table
    • 2017 Derby City Classic 9-ball Pool Challenge
    • 2016 S. Open Straight Pool Championship
    • 2016 Derby City Classic Straight Pool Challenge
    • 2015 S. Open Eight-ball Championship
    • 2014 Hard Times 10-Ball Open
    • 2014 S. Open One-Pocket Championship
    • 2014 18th Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament
    • 2014 Derby City Classic Straight Pool Challenge
    • 2014 Derby City Classic Master of the Table
    • 2014 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Banks
    • 2013 World Cup of Pool (with Lee Vann Corteza)
    • 2013 S. Open One-Pocket Championship
    • 2013 US Bar Table Championship 10-Ball
    • 2013 17th Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament
    • 2013 Derby City Classic 10-Ball Bigfoot Challenge
    • 2012 China Open
    • 2012 Hard Times 10-Ball Open
    • 2012 S. Open Open Ten-ball Championship
    • 2011 Predator International 10-Ball Championship
    • 2011 WPA World Eight-ball Championship
    • 2011 Derby City Classic 9-Ball
    • 2011 BSCP National 9-Ball Championships
    • 2010 Asian Games Nine-Ball Singles
    • 2010 San Miguel Beer Octoberfest 9-Ball Open
    • 2010 World Pool Masters
    • 2009 Predator International 10-Ball Championship
    • 2008 Guinness Asian 9-Ball Tour (China Leg)
    • 2008 Qatar World Open 9-Ball Tournament
    • 2007 BCA Open Nine-Ball Championship
    • 2007 Bill Staton Memorial
    • 2006 World Pool League
    • 2006 US Bar Table Championship 8-Ball
    • 2006 Sands Regency, Reno Open 9-Ball
    • 2006 Hard Times Billiards Summer Jamboree, 9-Ball
    • 2006-World Championship Bar Table 9-ball Feb.22-26 Oroville, Calif. 1st place
  3. Shannon Daulton

    Shannon Daulton

    Shannon Daulton was born April 5, 1972 (age 51), in Somerset, Kentucky. Shannon was an only child and from about as early as he could stand at the table, the pool was a major bond between Shannon and his father Gerald Daulton. “I owe 100% of my pool game to my dad – and my mom for putting up with it”. There was a table at home when he was small – up to 8. Gerald himself was a pretty good player, but more as recreation than with pro aspirations. He was a used car dealer, following in the footsteps of his own father. Bank Pool was Gerald’s best game, as it was the main local game, but in his work travels Gerald apparently discovered One Pocket, and of course, he shared that interest with Shannon.

  4. Francisco Bustamante

    Francisco Bustamante

    Francisco Bustamante is a Filipino professional pool player from Tarlac, Central Luzon, and the 2010 World Nine-ball Champion, nicknamed “Django”, after the lead character of the 1966 film of the same name, and sometimes also called “Busty”, especially in the United States. Wikipedia

    Born: 29 December 1963 (age 60)
    Nickname: “Django”
    World Champion: 9-Ball (2010)
    Highest WPA ranking: 1

    Tournament wins

    World Champion 9-Ball (2010)

  5. Alex Pagulayan

    Alex Pagulayan

    Alejandro Salvador “Alex” Pagulayan is a Filipino Canadian professional pool and snooker player. His nicknames are “the Lion” and “the Killer Pixie”. This latter nickname was given by the great Cliff Thorburn, former World, and Canadian Snooker champion.

    Born: 25 June 1978 (age 45)
    Nationality: Canadian
    Major: US Open 8 Ball Championship 2017
    Pool games: 9-Ball, 10-ball, One Pocket, 8-ball

    Tournament wins

    Major US Open 8 Ball Championship 2017
    World Champion 9-Ball (2004)

  6. Tony Chohan

    Tony Chohan

    Tony Chohan born June 28, 1981 (age 42), is an American professional pool player. Chohan has won many tournaments in the One Pocket billiards game but he also plays a popular billiard game called 9-ball.

    Name: Tony Chohan
    Nickname: T-rex
    Born: 1981-06-28

    Payout Rank Tournament

    $2,460.00 3rd Michael Montgomery Memorial One Pocket
    $50,000.00 1st Chohan vs Compton
    $550.00 3rd 3rd Cajun Coast Classic Banks Division
    $20,000.00 1st 6th Buffalo’s Pro Classic One Pocket
    $700.00 7th 2021 US Open One Pocket
    $500.00 5th 2021 US Open Bank Pool
    $2,200.00 3rd 2021 Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo One Pocket
    $3,000.00 1st 2021 Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo Banks
    $3,500.00 4th 48th Annual Texas Open One Pocket
    $1,600.00 5th 48th Annual Texas Open 9-Ball
    $350.00 7th 48th Annual Texas Open Banks
    $3,100.00 2nd 2021 International 9-Ball Open One Pocket

  7. Scott Frost

    Scot Frost

    Scott Frost was born July 17, 1975 (age 48), in Des Moines, Iowa, where he lived until he was about 25. He didn’t start out as a pool player, he was obsessed with basketball in high school, but he missed one practice as a 16-year-old junior (visiting his brother who was sick) and his hard-line coach would not even let him ride to the next game in the team bus. So instead Scott snuck into a poolroom with a buddy of his that very day. It turned out that the poolroom was owned by Don McCaughey, and that first time Scott played, his gambling nature found him losing the entire $22 he had to a local player, Tom Melon. Scott is not left-handed but he started playing pool left-handed that first day and by the second day it already felt awkward to switch, so he just stayed with it

    Name: Scott Frost
    Nickname: Freezer
    Born: Jul 17, 1975
    Elected Year: 2019

  8. Roberto Gomez

    Roberto Gomez

    Roberto Gomez is a professional pocket billiards player from Zamboanga City, Philippines. Known for 9-ball, he competed in the final of both the 2007 WPA World Nine-ball Championships and the 2007 World Cup of Pool. Gomez was the first qualifier to reach the final of the WPA World Nine-ball Championships.

    Born: 5 October 1978 (age 45)
    Pool games: 9-ball, One Pocket, Rotation, 10-ball
    Best finish: Runner up 2007 WPA World Nine-ball Championship

  9. Shane Van Boening

    Shane Van Boening

    Shane Van Boening is an American professional pool player from Rapid City, South Dakota, The current number 1 player in the World Rankings published by the WPA and has the highest Fargo Rating in the world, which is made up of nearly 250,000 players. Wikipedia

    Van Boening has a family background in the pool. His grandfather, Gary Bloomberg, was a trick-shot artist; his grandmother, Jeanne Bloomberg, a VNEA national champion; his mother, Timi Bloomberg, a BCA national champion; and his aunt, Gari Jo Bloomberg, a three-time VNEA national champion.

    Career titles & Achievements

    • U.S. Open Championship
      • U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
      • U.S. Open 10-Ball Championships (2011, 2016, 2017, 2018)
      • U.S Open 8-Ball Championships (2013, 2016, 2018)
      • U.S. Open One Pocket Championships (2012, 2018)
      • U.S. Open Bank Pool Championships (2018, 2019)
      • U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship (2019)
    • US Bar Table Championship
      • 9 Ball Division (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
      • 10-Ball Division (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
      • 8-Ball Division (2016, 2017)
    • Derby City Classic
      • 9-Ball Division (2009, 2012, 2014, 2016)
      • 10-Ball Division- Bigfoot (2014, 2015)
      • One Pocket Division (2011, 2012)
      • Master of the Table (2011, 2012)
      • Louie Roberts Award (2008)
      • 10-Ball Ring Game (2008)
    • Turning Stone Casino Classic (2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
    • Super Billiards Expo Players Championship (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)
    • Accu-Stats Make It Happen Invitational
      • One Pocket Division (2013, 2017)
      • 10-Ball Division (2015)
    • Sands Regency Reno Open (2007)
    • Ultimate 10-Ball Championship (2010)
    • Steve Mizerak Championship (2011)
    • International Challenge of Champions (2015)
    • 2018 Leende Open (2018)
    • Texas Open 9-Ball (2021)
    • Mosconi Cup (2009, 2018, 2019)
    • World Cup of Pool (2008) – With Rodney Morris
    • World Pool Masters (2014, 2015)
    • World Championship
      • Predator World Ten-ball Championship (2007)
      • World Straight Pool Championship (2019)
    • Billiards Digest Magazine & AZBilliards
      • Player of the Year (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018)
      • Player of the Decade (2010-2020)
  10. John Morra

    John Morra

    John Morra is a Canadian professional pool player. Morra has represented Canada at the World Cup of Pool on seven occasions, partnering with Jason Klatt in 2011, 2012, and 2015, and Alex Pagulayan in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019. Morra is a multiple-time champion on the Canadian 9-Ball pool tour.

    Born: 25 May 1989 (age 34)
    Parents: Mario Morra
    Pool games: 9-Ball, One Pocket, 8-ball, 10-ball

See Also

Thriller Match!!! Efren Bata Reyes v Shannon Daulton 2017 Derby City Classic One-Pocket

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