Efren Reyes - no doubt !
- Some of his achievements in the past ! 2003 Mid Atlantic 9-Ball Championships 2002 Challenge of Champions 2002 Shooters Labor Day Weekend Open 9-Ball Champion 2002 Cafe Puro Challenge of the Masters Champion 2002 World Pool League Champion 2001 Tokyo 9-Ball Champion 2001 World Pool League Champion 2001 Masters 9-Ball Championships 2001 Color of Money II Winner 2001 Supreme Masters of Billiards 2000 U.S. Open One-Pocket Championship 2000 Camel Pro 8-Ball Championship 2000 Pennsylvania State 9-Ball Championship 2000 USA Billiards Challenger Event 1999 ESPN Ultimate 9-Ball Challenge 1999 Victor Chandler World Pool Championship 1999 Derby City Classic - One Pocket Championship 1999 Sands Regency Open 29 9-Ball Championship 1999 All Japan Championship (Japan Open) 1998 World 8-Ball Championship 1998 South Jersey 10-Ball Championship 1996 Sands Regency Open 9-Ball Championship 1996 The Color of Money 9-Ball Champion (Reyes vs Strickland) 1996 PBT World 8-Ball Championship 1996 Legends 9-Ball
- —Guest Earl
Richard T. Riggie
- Best I ever saw and played against was Richard T. Riggie, of Baltimore! Twenty-five (25) times Maryland State Champion, High Run - 247, World One Handed Champion, High Run - 98, The best Trick Shot Artist w/over 42 different trick shots! Those that ever met "Riggie" know he was a true gentleman and a great "pool player". Played at Plaza and Klein's Billiards in Balltimore and around the country! Beat Mosconi in a tournament and Willie was Hot!
- —Guest Dick Cox
Is there really a best player ever?
- Mosconi was probably the best straight pool player ever and in his generation that was the game to play. As times have changed so has the games in pool. Efren Reyes it probably the best ALL AROUND player ever. He plays EVERY game at a championship level. Probably the best one-pocket player ever, during the late 80s early 90s perhaps the best or most consistent 9-ball player. He has had numerous 150 out matches in straight pool tourny's and has held his own against arguably the best 3-cushion billiards player, Blomdahl. Nick Varner is probably the most decorated all around player with World titles in multiple disciplines. The Derby City mega tourny is the modern test of all around performance and Reyes has won the one pocket division 5 times, 9-ball division 2 times and overall 5 times. With the caliber of the players today and his longevity to play well into his 50s is truly amazing and a testament to his greatness! Bata is the best ALL AROUND player ever....PERIOD!
- —Guest Shane
the Great Batang Efren Reyes
- A humble man with unique style and for sure is the best
- —Guest Fer
efren bata "the magician" reyes
- try to compare his games to other best players and you'll figure out that he is the best of the best.
- —Guest viktor kartel
- Yes, he is an amazing billiards trick shot artist and all-around engaging personality and entertainer deserving of special mention.
- Semih Saygıner is one of the my favourites and bests.
- —Guest Clark
- I had the pleasure to see one of Willie Mosconi's exhibition in 1962 and I have seen numerous dvd's of Efren Reyes. They are from two completely generations and I for one would have liked to see both of them play each other to determine who is indeed the best. Unfortunately it is left for argument. Therefore, I vote of Mosconi in the past generation ( Prior to the 1970's) and Efren Reyes in this generation. It's difficult to pick only one as the best.
Efren Reyes! No doubt.
- What you see is what you get. Most creative pool player of all time. He is the best. That's all.
- —Guest Jersey Pool
- If you don't know why, there's a short docu/interview of him that will be aired in Philippine TV today Sat, 5:30 pm , IBC 13 Live AKTV channel. You might have to wait a few more hours. It's still 12:05am PH time as of this post. If you happen to watch, you may reply to this post and tell me what you think.
- —Guest D_nerv
- Don Willis, Canton, Ohio. Nine ball hustle; any game.
- —Guest leon martin
- Based on the different number of opinions here its Reyes..so its Reyes:)
- —Guest ayi
Lessons from The Mosc
- You had lessons privately with Willie Mosconi? I'm sure everyone wants to hear more on this.
- I watched Mosconi from the front row of the Elks Club in L.A. when I was about 14 years old. Watched him win two World Chanpionships running out the table in one match, the other players never leaving their seat mostly. I took lessions from him in his L.A. office building school. Unbeliavable great, but, I saw he was.
- —Guest bklein
- It's Efren "The Magician" Reyes...Imagine he used aliases to hide his identity so he would be allowed to compete...That's incredible...
- —Guest Greatest