Best American Pool Players

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Who do you think is the best American Pool player? Only American Pool, no Snooker.

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1Efren Reyes - The Magician

Out of this list, Efren is head and shoulders above the rest. He has got to be the all around best player ever to have played the game. Where Earl would probably get the 9 ball as an individual sport, Mosconi the 14.1 individual leader etc... Efren would be all around champion.

Efren revolutionized how the game is played at the highest level, that's why he is the greatest. He is arguably the greatest kickshot and safety player all time. His ingenuity at the pool table is what makes him so entertaining to watch. During his heyday he was undoubtedly the most popular figure in the pool scene and to this day many refer to him as the Greatest All-Around Pool Player the game has ever seen. Reyes' impeccable shot selection and excellent cue ball control is mindbogglingly ridiculous to witness. No other player in recent memory has been able to duplicate his mastery of game and achievements at the pro avenue. But most of all what separates him apart from his contemporaries is his humility and respect that people simply gravitate towards him as he embodies the truest form of a world class phenom, legend and gentlemen of the sport.

Reyes was The One who teach the world how to play pool, no one else. When he went international, the players who thought that they were already at pinnacle of pool playing technique suddenly became amateurs.

He kinda play like I was playing on his que. I couldn't imagine where pool would be today without him in the picture.

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2Shane Van Boening

Best in the USA as far as I'm concerned. He's proven this by being atop the money won board.

Best ever? My nod goes to Mosconi. Too bad there's no time machine for them to match up.

Daryl peach, you got to be kidding me laugh out loud.

Simply put. He's presently the top American player. He plays all games well and doesn't choke.

Shane is the best to me

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3Earl Strickland - The Pearl

EARL "THE PEARL" STRICKLAND is very smart to adjust the placement of the cue ball, and a few times I watched the game with a big score as the Tar Podcasts and Color of money, he really has a resistance of game balance, for example, the second time against the best players Shane Van Boening world namely, Shane is very frustrating to see Earl and mental abilities. Then the World pool association is very stupid, do not see and calculate rankings based only ten ball games with a maximum score of 10-18 but 40 to 70, when only a small score game pool could say luck during a break, the term with score 10, young people can only be won when playing pool random origin or ability unsightly eye. But if the score 40 -70 mencaai expertise can someone look stupid smart or lucky miss.EARL STRICKLAND world player of the era to era...

-- Earl Strickland had a very unusual ability between players host of others, I was very impressed and Earl Strickland terrible looking game, he was the best pool player of all time are legendary. Especially he was very good at inserting balls and arrange the white ball, if we see him as very simple game once playing pool. The legend Earl Strickland --

When I see the nature of the controversy was a very common thing, like when playing in Masconi CUP, fans of Europe very sissy, and should be watered wear sewage, and when Toni Drago involved angry, when I was there, it was my word of billiard sticks and my face broke into toni bastard!. The best player was Earl Strickland, fast game style, not like the others, had long thought the ball did not go in the end, that's stupid, like ika immonen..

The best no question, American pool players not Efron

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4Johnny Archer - The Scorpion

Johnny the Scorpion from Georgia is an amazing player and definitely a role-model for many aspiring players in this sport. - georgefemic

Not just one of the best players of today but also an amazing person to the fans.great guy

Recently I met that legendary guy in Thetford Mines, Qu├ębec,
And he signed my cherry wood hand made cue case.
I was very honored to discuss with him and he will be back in may
For the "ARCHER CUP"and I hope he will win the tournament.
Good luck Johnny!

5Mika Immonen - The Ice Man

Mika Immonen, the Ice Man from Finland is one of the most talented players in this sport. With his amazing technique and stroke, he is in the high end elite. - georgefemic

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6Francisco Bustamante

One of the best ever players to hail from the Philippines. His monstrous break and dexterity combined with his humbleness is what makes him appealing to the public. Bustamante has the credentials to back up his claim as the second most popular figure coming from the Philippines and in my opinion the 2nd best player all time in the country right after the greatest himself, Efren Reyes.

One of the best ever. Very powerful break. His unique stroke. A World champion

Another legend from the Philippines! - georgefemic

Smooth as silk

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7Ron Dooley

Ron "just like that" Dooley is the best money player I've seen

Trick shots all over Facebook and you tube

Seen him run many racks over 100 and great trick shot artist
Billiard instructor also
8 ball champion!

Ron is a man full of skill and experience!

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8Darren Appleton

He never gives in. He is mentally strong, he doesn't know when he's beat. He will get even better with time. A legend in the making.

Easy Darren has come in and won everything he is the new Efren beating all those americans on their home soil at their own game

Darren is a pleasure to watch. Smooth stroke and quality cue ball control. Very humble guy as well.

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9Alex Pagulayan

The most entertaining and talented individual the sport has ever seen. This small guy is the most dangerous player when it counts the most. He has had numerous titles under his belt namely, the US Open 9 Ball Championship, World 9 Ball Championship, and the first ever player to hold titles in all disciplines in the annual Derby City Classics (9-ball banks, 9-ball, one-pocket). He is the third most popular player coming from the Philippines and one of the best ever to played the game of pool.

I consider Alex to be one of the best right after Efren due to the way he plays the game. He's a good all around player but don't let him have fun, keep him frustrated because once he starts to enjoy the game that's when he becomes unstoppable. If only he would dedicate his self to the game more he can surely become the next Magician.

I have had the honor of meeting Alex at the US/Canada Border Battle held in Mississauga Ontario in 2002, then he was just a young pup, but even then he was brilliant in comparison to the likes of the other players in attendance - including Nick Varner, Thornburg, Archer, Duel - he is amazing at creating and escaping hooks, and his shot making abilities are simply scary! - I think he is awesome as he represents Canada (grew up in Toronto) and is an amazing talent - he is not an Efren Reyes, but he continues to improve and mature and in my opinion deserves to be considered in the Top 10 (maybe even top 5) of talented Players.

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10Willie Mosconi

I've been on, and off, the tables for most of my life. My father was a really good "hustler" and I had been told stories about him, from his old friends. My dad used to tell me of the time he watched Willie Mosconi play. He said he had never seen anyone, ever, that was as composed or as proficient on the table as Mosconi. I've watched many professional players and have never seen one myself that I felt could stand at the same table with Willes for any length of time. I've watched hundreds of videos of the man, and seen many an accomplished player. None were even close.

You must be talking LIVING because any list that doesn't have 15-time WORLD Champion and holder of 526 straight shots made WILLIE MOSCONI is a fool and IGNORED.

Willie is my favorite paisan! :-) A true pool God & the greatest of all time!

I met him, and also played a few games with him when he had his pool room around Broad and Rockland in North Philadelphia. One of the best, I learned a lot just watching him stroke the balls.

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11Ralf Souquet

Top notch player and a great guy.

12Thorsten Hohmann

The best of all of them in today's games. Almost a sure thing to win the Straight Pool Championship every year

A great person as well as great pool player.

13Ronato Alcano
14Mike Dechaine

I played with Mike, as cocky and arrogant as he is, he is the most gifted I've seen, completely natural, if I didn't know better I'd think he had telekinesis controlling the balls with his mind... and at his age.. I believe he'll eventually climb the chart to #1

One of the best pool players to this day

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15Dennis Orcollo

Best Money player in the world currently.

Best player on the planet ought to be on the list.

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16Skyler Woodward
17Allen Hopkins

Clearly one of the best money players of all time against anyone.

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18Rodney Morris - The Rocket

Rodney the Rocket Morris, fast player as the nickname suggests ;)! - georgefemic

Best cue ball control and patterns with fast play

Great player. Great composure and dresser.

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19Daryl Peach
20Louie Roberts - 9ball

Most of you were not there when the show was over that was what when the true came out the true gone fighters come in to there own the real magic began it was a sight to behold I was there my name is holly

Louie had the best stroke of anyone to ever play the game.

One of the best to EVER play the game... EVER!

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