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The Best Pool Players Of All Time

Updated December 4, 2019 1.8k votes 342 voters 3.5k views58 items

List RulesVote 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
    376
    18

    Efren Reyes

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2003

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

  • 2
    Francisco Bustamante
    79
    29

    Francisco Bustamante

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2010

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • 3
    Willie Mosconi
    59
    28

    Willie Mosconi

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1968

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • 4
    Michael Sigel
    38
    17

    Michael Sigel

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1989

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • 5
    Earl Strickland
    55
    38

    Earl Strickland

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2006

    Discipline: Nine-ball

  • 6
    Luther Lassiter
    29
    12

    Luther Lassiter

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1983

    Discipline: Nine-ball

  • 7
    Johnny Archer
    34
    18

    Johnny Archer

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2009

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • 8
    Ralph Greenleaf
    22
    11

    Ralph Greenleaf

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1966

    Discipline: Straight pool, Three-cushion billiards

  • 9
    Steve Mizerak
    28
    18

    Steve Mizerak

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1980

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Snooker

  • 10
    Nick Varner
    22
    14

    Nick Varner

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1992

    Discipline: Nine-ball

  • 11
    Mike Massey
    17
    10

    Mike Massey

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2005

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Trick shots

  • 12
    Allison Fisher
    22
    18

    Allison Fisher

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2009

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Snooker

  • 13
    Ronnie Allen
    17
    11

    Ronnie Allen

    Discipline: One pocket

  • 14
    Erwin Rudolph
    12
    8

    Erwin Rudolph

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1987

    Discipline: Straight pool

  • 15
    Irving Crane
    14
    11

    Irving Crane

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1978

    Discipline: Straight pool

  • 16
    Cecil P. Hall
    14
    11

    Cecil P. Hall

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2000

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • 17
    Willie Hoppe
    19
    19

    Willie Hoppe

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1966

    Discipline: Balkine, Three-cushion billiards

  • 18
    Jimmy Caras
    7
    4

    Jimmy Caras

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1977

    Discipline: Straight pool, Trick shots

  • 19
    Joe Balsis
    10
    8

    Joe Balsis

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1982

    Discipline: Straight pool

  • 20
    Jean Balukas
    12
    12

    Jean Balukas

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1985

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • 21
    Alfredo de Oro
    8
    7

    Alfredo de Oro

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1967

    Discipline: Straight pool, Three-cushion billiards

  • 22
    James Rempe
    11
    11

    James Rempe

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2002

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • 23
    Johnny Layton
    11
    11

    Johnny Layton

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1974

    Discipline: Three-cushion billiards

  • 24
    Frank Taberski
    12
    12

    Frank Taberski

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1975

    Discipline: Straight pool

  • 25
    Robert Cannefax
    6
    5

    Robert Cannefax

    Discipline: Three-cushion billiards