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The Best Pool Players Of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the top billiards players ever to hit the pool hall.

The best pool players of all-time may not have names you recognize, but they are part of a long tradition of billiards (and snooker and carrom) that has been passed down for generations in pool halls and bars across the land. Some of them are hustlers and trick-shot masters, while others made their bones in the professional billiards circuit, but all of them are legends.

The name Rudolph Wanderone Jr. probably doesn't ring a bell, but you may know him better by his nickname: "Minnesota Fats." Likewise, Ronnie Allen isn't a household name, but as "Fast Eddie," he became the basis for one of Paul Newman's most celebrated characters in The Hustler and The Color of Money, Fast Eddie Felson. These people have gone down in history as the top pool players of all-time, and new legacies are being created right now by modern stars like Mike Massey and Allison Fisher.

So who is the best pool player in the world? Which of these billiards legends deserves to rank at the top of the list? Make your picks below and check back to see how other pool fans are weighing in.

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1
Efren Reyes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Efren Reyes

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2003

Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Three-cushion billiards, One-cushion billiards

2
Frank Taberski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Frank Taberski

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1975

Discipline: Straight pool

3
Willie Hoppe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Willie Hoppe

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1966

Discipline: Balkine, Three-cushion billiards

4
Welker Cochran is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Welker Cochran

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1967

Discipline: Carom billiards, Balkine, Three-cushion billiards

5
Jacob Schaefer Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Jacob Schaefer Jr.

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1968

Discipline: Carom billiards, Balkline

6
Rudolph Wanderone Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Rudolph Wanderone Jr.

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1984

Discipline: Straight pool

7
Steve Mizerak is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Steve Mizerak

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1980

Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Snooker

8
Ralph Greenleaf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Ralph Greenleaf

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1966

Discipline: Straight pool, Three-cushion billiards

9
Willie Mosconi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Willie Mosconi

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1968

Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

10
Ronnie Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Ronnie Allen

Discipline: One pocket

11
Luther Lassiter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Luther Lassiter

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1983

Discipline: Nine-ball

12
Robert Cannefax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Robert Cannefax

Discipline: Three-cushion billiards

13
Jean Balukas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Jean Balukas

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1985

Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

14
Sang Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Sang Lee

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2007

Discipline: Three-cushion billiards

15
Mike Massey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Mike Massey

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2005

Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Trick shots

16
Erwin Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Erwin Rudolph

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1987

Discipline: Straight pool

17
Earl Strickland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Earl Strickland

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2006

Discipline: Nine-ball

18
Irving Crane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Irving Crane

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1978

Discipline: Straight pool

19
Harold Worst is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Harold Worst

Discipline: Three-cushion billiards

20
Michael Sigel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Michael Sigel

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1989

Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

21
Johnny Layton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Johnny Layton

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1974

Discipline: Three-cushion billiards

22
Ruth McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Ruth McGinnis

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1997

Discipline: Straight pool

23
Johnny Archer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Johnny Archer

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2009

Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

24
Cecil P. Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Cecil P. Hall

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2000

Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

25
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pool Players Of All Time
Larry Johnson

Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1999

Discipline: Straight pool