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

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.

Efren, to me is the best and the most fun to watch. There are a lot of great players but I agree with others here that, overall, he's the best. Also like others have pointed out, his humility is a huge plus for me as I'm old school and prefer a quiet winner/champion. Some find "The Mouth", with his incessant talking, more entertaining but I find his "banter" completely annoying and would much rather watch a guy who's quietly, consistently great. Give me the guy who acts as though he's been in the winner's circle before every time, thank you.

In all of there primes as pool players Efren Reyes is on another planet as an all around player. I think the next two at all games for a long period would be Buddy Hall and Luther "wimpy" Lassiter. Just my opinion though the most dominant would be Efren because in his prime he was number 1 in one-pocket 8 ball and 15 ball rotation 9-10 ball he would be top 3. Banks is probably the only game you can pick 7-10 guys that would be favored over him! He is the GOAT. Greatest of all time. I also would put Varner in the conversation because he was a great all games player!

Efren Reyes greatest ever that played the game. When he started playing everyone had to rethink the way they were playing. Efren started a whole new way of playing. He is great champion and sportsman mild manner gentleman.

2 Ron 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 has more stamina than any of the players
Listed above and that is a very powerful force.

3 Shane Van Boening

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!

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.

Shane van Boening is able to efficiently knock down ball after ball. Year after year watching him in the Mosconi Cup and other pool tournaments, I am convinced that he is the best player in the worl.

This must be an old list. Shane has beaten both Earl Strickland and Efren Reyes and would be an odds on favorite in a match against either.

Father time... He beats everybody.

4 Earl Strickland - The Pearl

I got to play against him when he came to the pool hall I grew up in. He was paid to come play exhibition games and players could pay muny to play against him race to three. My father had him 1-0 after running the first rack and then missed a few balls into the 2nd game. Earl stood up and then ran out the rack. He then broke and ran out the 3rd game beating my father 2-1. Nobody else won a single game. It was 1994 when he was ranked #1 in the world. he's a world class player and a great guy as well.

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...

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..

-- 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 --

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.

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!

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

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.

Aggressive style of offensive game

I love his game I learnt a lot from him

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

I would put Bustamante 3rd and place Stickley 6th and leave the others in there places.

Another legend from the Philippines!

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.

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!

Great player Fantastic

9 Alex Pagulayan

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.

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.

Fantastic player and very entertaining. Every tournament he enters he is in the final eight almost guaranteed

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.

I'm probably the youngest person in the world ever to beat him.
He was in Downingtown Pennsylvania with Joe Dimaggio and
Bob Feller at 1796 House. We went there to get Joe's autographed.
They were playing pool and asked me if I wanted to play. I had know
Idea it was Willie Mosconi. Willie setup the pool balls and said I could
shoot 1st. I shot the cue ball few seconds later hear everyone yelling.
I thought I tore the velt on the table. I was scared as hell. Joe said you know
what you did. I replied no. He stated you just beating the best pool player in
the world Willie Mosconi. I hit the 8 ball in on the break.

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.

How this guy isn't number one is beyond me. 526 shots in a row 15 time world championship and made legendary pool player Minnesota fats look like an amateur!

14 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.

Having just won MVP in the Mosconi Cup 2018, this youngster is moving on up the ladder. I hope to see him in the top 10 soon!

A cool young man. I just saw him play Hixson Tennessee. He was nice to everybody

A natural beast in its habitat.

15 Mike Sigel

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.

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

Yes he's the best in the late 80'S

16 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.

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

One of the best players today

17 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.

Beautiful touch on the snooker table. I've seen only one pool player with a touch like Ronnie's, and that was Shane Van Boening before he became a pro. He was fast and loose.

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.

18 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.

19 Dennis Orcollo

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

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

Best Money player in the world currently.

On any given day!

20 Jayson Shaw

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 :-)

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

Great player

21 Nick Varner

Absolutely one of the best! It's a thrill to watch him.

If nick isn’t one of the greatest players of all time then everyone here must not know anything about pool. Also came straight from my home town of Owensboro Kentucky so he’s a talent for sure

22 Buddy Hall

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!

Absolutely!

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

23 Daryl Peach
24 Louie Roberts - 9ball

The most talented run-out artist to ever play 9-ball, two-shot-roll-out. Daring and charismatic to be sure. An all-time great.

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!

25 Justin Bergman

Justin is under rated and one of the best player in the world today. Just watch his selection and mapping. When things don't go as planned he has the ability and skill to pull it out.

Great player

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