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The Best Pool Players Of All Time

Updated December 4, 2019 1.8k votes 369 voters 3.8k 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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  • Efren Reyes1
    406
    18

    Efren Reyes

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2003

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

  • Francisco Bustamante2
    87
    31

    Francisco Bustamante

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2010

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • Willie Mosconi3
    62
    31

    Willie Mosconi

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1968

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • Earl Strickland4
    58
    40

    Earl Strickland

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2006

    Discipline: Nine-ball

  • Michael Sigel5
    38
    18

    Michael Sigel

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1989

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • Johnny Archer6
    35
    19

    Johnny Archer

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2009

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • Luther Lassiter7
    29
    15

    Luther Lassiter

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1983

    Discipline: Nine-ball

  • Steve Mizerak8
    29
    18

    Steve Mizerak

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1980

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Snooker

  • Ralph Greenleaf9
    22
    11

    Ralph Greenleaf

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1966

    Discipline: Straight pool, Three-cushion billiards

  • Nick Varner10
    24
    14

    Nick Varner

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1992

    Discipline: Nine-ball

  • Mike Massey11
    18
    10

    Mike Massey

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2005

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Trick shots

  • Allison Fisher12
    22
    18

    Allison Fisher

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2009

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball, Snooker

  • Ronnie Allen13
    17
    11

    Ronnie Allen

    Discipline: One pocket

  • Erwin Rudolph14
    12
    8

    Erwin Rudolph

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1987

    Discipline: Straight pool

  • Cecil P. Hall15
    14
    11

    Cecil P. Hall

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2000

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • Irving Crane16
    14
    12

    Irving Crane

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1978

    Discipline: Straight pool

  • Willie Hoppe17
    19
    21

    Willie Hoppe

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1966

    Discipline: Balkine, Three-cushion billiards

  • Harold Worst18
    11
    9

    Harold Worst

    Discipline: Three-cushion billiards

  • Jimmy Caras19
    7
    4

    Jimmy Caras

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1977

    Discipline: Straight pool, Trick shots

  • Joe Balsis20
    10
    8

    Joe Balsis

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1982

    Discipline: Straight pool

  • Eddie Taylor21
    8
    7

    Eddie Taylor

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1993

    Discipline: Nine-ball

  • Jean Balukas22
    12
    12

    Jean Balukas

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1985

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • Alfredo de Oro23
    8
    7

    Alfredo de Oro

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1967

    Discipline: Straight pool, Three-cushion billiards

  • James Rempe24
    11
    11

    James Rempe

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 2002

    Discipline: Straight pool, Nine-ball

  • Johnny Layton25
    11
    11

    Johnny Layton

    Inducted into Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame: 1974

    Discipline: Three-cushion billiards