Best American Pool Players

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

The Top Ten

1 Efren 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.


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2 Ron Dooley

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

Trick shots all over Facebook and you tube

In my opinion THE BEST!

Ernie from Richmond VA? He plays around B+ A- level but when he serious he crushes everybody. Very strong bank pool player

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3 Shane 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.

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

No one on this list could beat Shane at any billiard game. The real test is a deep race, no one on this planet would even challenge Shane. Believe me offers have been presented... Ask the Greeks!

Great player

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4 Earl 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 --

I watched him destroy the magician then lose his voice chanting USA... Enough said.

Earl is the best pool shooter by far.

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5 Johnny 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

The best.

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, Québec,
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!

6 Mika 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

I love his game I learnt a lot from him

Aggressive style of offensive game

7 Francisco 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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8 Darren 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.

This guy just keeps winning recently! He's awesome! - georgefemic

9 Alex 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.

3 time Canadian Snooker Champion as one on this list could ever do that.

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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10 Ronato Alcano


Watched him beat the 10 ball ghost on a 10’ (Bigfoot ) diamond, and it’s not close

The Contenders

11 Ralf Souquet

Top notch player and a great guy.

Very composed and tactical

12 Thorsten 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.

Great player!


13 Willie 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.

Willie best ever

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14 Mike Dechaine

Mike Dechaine is one of the strongest players in pool in the world at the time. The fact that he's number 14 on this list is literally insulting. How many times have we watched him not only beat, but literally own many of the people above him on this list? I mean he drives Earl Strickland crazy because he can't beat him. And I'm sure some of you going to say the same things that Earl says, take away the jump cues and let's play on the ten foot table with no side pockets or some imaginary game that doesn't exist. Well the reality is that's not the game and that's not the game everyone else is playing either. How mini mosconi Cup appearances has he made in the last 6 years? Him Shane Van boening and a couple others are the strongest American players in the world bar none.

One of the best players today

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

Does not like negative talking and is a funny guy if you get to know him.
incredible shot maker.

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15 Skyler Woodward

Skyler is the best all around guy. Started as a junior and still show his appearance at the junior leagues for the kids. In my opinion Sky is the limit for this kid.

A natural beast in its habitat.

He is awesome

You are a jet

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16 Mike Sigel

For Sigel not to be at the top of the list is absolutely inexcusable. He is the best player of all time and no one could touch him in his prime.

Simply put the all-time best

Mike (Captain Hook) Sigel is without a doubt the greatest nine ball player ever in my opinion. Besides being the greatest player, his talking and bantor duing his matches is awesome and entertaining. I've been playing for about 20 years now. He was and is my favorite of all time. His instructional tapes inspired me when I first started playing and (The Captain) will always be my favorite player EVER! Thank you Mke Sigel for all the great matches that I've had the privilege of watching.


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17 Dennis Orcollo

Fundamentals are super strong. He has no fear, he knows he going to make the ball.

Best Money player in the world currently.

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


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18 Ronnie O'Sullivan

He has by far the best natural talent with a cue... he is far superior playing snooker than any of these names on the list. He doesn't really care about pool. You Americans watch his 5 minute 147 on youtube and you will see how good he is.

Not enough people here in the states know him or can appreciate how talented he really is

#1 Snooker player in the world, and probably the most talented pool player of today.

Ron O'Sullivan is amazing and is #1 in today's time

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19 Nick Varner


The goat

20 Jayson Shaw

Let's let Fargo rate order the players they got a way closer grip than this joke of a list.

Massive respect for this players talent.
Put on a very good show at the 2017 Mosconi Cup in Las Vegas
beating Van Boening - coming back from 4-2 down to win 5-4.

He is a very explosive and passionate player - fun to watch, firey
guy, see the cue throwing incident at Mosconi or the 14.1 Championship
where Earl and Jayson get into it - very entertaining :-)

21 Daryl Peach
22 Louie 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!

One of best!

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23 Rodney 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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24 Allen Hopkins

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

One of the best friends I had when we played at HI CUE BILLIARDS ON Raway Ave. N.J.

25 Buddy Hall

In my opinion he is the best 9 ball player of all time and woody Wallace and him was team every to play game pool game

Racked for this phenomenon at Guys and Dolls in Shreveport in big money games against Billy Incardonna and Jimmy Mataya. He slaughtered them heads up and then gave them a big spot and took more money off of them. Got so bad that when Buddy would break the balls and they were wide open Incardonna would just have me re-rack them and concede the game as opposed to watching Buddy slow play them all in one by one. He used to give Louie Roberts the 7 ball as well. And...Louie didn't like it.

That's how good The Rifleman was!


In the 70s & 80s- NOBODY could touch buddy hall playing 9 ball. I saw the so-called best in the world try and all they got was embarrassed and broke. he's the best 9 ball player Ever!

26 John "Omaha" Shuput

Best bar table player of his generation! Tons of heart!

I saw this guy in personally run 14 racks of nineball for $200 a game in Paducah, KY. I think he should be moved up big time.

27 Jim Rempe

This ranking is a joke. One of top 5 nine ball players ever and for a 5 year window the best in the world. I know at one time he beat #1 Reyes in some tournament finals & semi- finals.

An artist with cue.

29th is a slap in the face top 10 ten at least just for the fact had could play anygame extremely well

Very methodical at all the games,one of the best all time!

28 Tony Chohan
29 Justin Bergman

Great player

30 Wu Jia-qing
31 William Hoppe

To be gone for so long pays tribute to a true master. He used to play on a table mounted atop an auto, but in a tournament was THE man to beat, and they couldn't!

Watched him in demonstration back in the early 1950's. Amazing what he did with the cue and table.

One of the very best ever.

All time great in billards

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32 Jean Balukas
33 Rudolph Wanderone

As they say "ignorance is bliss".

Absolutely top notch "Phenomenal" bank player.

Hall of Fame


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34 Allison Fisher

She is a machine, and I rate her #1 certainly of the women, and would have her higher on the list of all players

I used to watch Allison play when they had the wpba classic tour on television. I say she is the female Efren Reyes

35 John Schmidt
36 Tony Watson

One of the fastest players with incredible ball pocketing ability.

Tony's high gear in his late 20's is the greatest I've ever witnessed. Just ridiculous.

Best gambler that's not a pro

I have played tony and can say for a fact one of the best

37 Raj Hundal

'The best doo-rag wearing pool player of all time! '

38 Derek Leonard

Derek Leonard other wise known as Chew. He is a pool shark and can out hustle most anybody. He beat someone out of big money with his children there, dad First right?


39 Ralph Greenleaf

Ralph Greenleaf was the Babe Ruth of he's not on here, I have no idea

My father, Richie Zemon, was a money player during the Golden Age of pool and was asked to play exhibition games against current world champions when they came to New York City. He said that the greatest player by far was Ralph Greenleaf. He was the only player my father knew who could run 125 and out consistently on a 5x10’ table with the pockets cut tight.

Greenleaf ran 287 pool balls on a 10 foot pool table. Also the pockets were very tight.when mosconi ran 526 pool balls the pockets were 5 inches. Also Greenleaf taught mosconi a lot of what he knew.

Willie Mosconi referred to Ralph Greenleaf as the best. So what does that say? Not many people know about him, but those that do would have to have him in their “top3” I think.

40 Ronnie Allen

Saw Ronnie Allen play in Johnson City, IL where all the top 50 to 75 players in the World meet to gamble (1963 - 1971) when there was no money to be made in tournaments unlike today. Allen would spot people balls in One Pocket, or give them the 7 or 9 in 9-Ball. He would also challenge anyone to go outside and fight - they could use the butt end of the cue he would use the shaft. One of the best hustlers ever.

The guy who invented power one ronnie miss ya

41 Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter

Luther was the greatest and great human being

42 Niels Feijen

Most solid consistent player I've ever seen an yet still no one has realized may be the best in the world playing 9 ball with his great break an precision with the cue ball

43 Semih Saygıner


44 Warren Kiamco
45 Markus Juva

Black bear :-)

46 Eddie Taylor
47 Ruth McGinnis

She was the best female player ever. Watch her videos fantastic at trick shots.

48 Antonio “agúzate” Montalvo

Best one handed ever

49 Keith Bennett
50 Chris Robinson

Up and coming!

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