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The best player? We've got stories about celebrity pool greats, up and coming players to watch for, and we've got a short list of the best pool shooters, ever. But we'd love to hear you sound off on who you think tops them all!

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Best player

Efren Reyes is a great player, but the fact that now a days, nobody plays 14-1 much anymore. Everything is nineball or 8 ball because watching call shot is tedious for an audience and lost it's appeal as a watchable game years ago. Willie Mosconi was probably the best call shot player of all time, but they didn't play a lot of nine ball back in those days, so comparing modern day players to players of old is virtually impossible. Never seen Efren play call shot so I have no idea how good he is at the game. I'm sure he's very good, but just wonder how often he's played it.
—Guest jim

Ron Dooley the best pool player

seen him play , no one beats him a true gentleman
—Guest william

the man

ron "just like that" dooley is the man!!! his vids on FB are the best. no man can handle his stick like ron.
—Guest jason m

Best Pool Player

Luther Lassiter was the best, from his hustling days in North Carolina and Virginia to his television appearances in the 70s, he mastered both hustling and competitive play.
—Guest Storelli

Magician

If you asked Earl the Pearl Strickland who is the best player he ever played or lost to?? he would say Efren Reyes!!! Johnny Archer used to watch Efren Reyes play. Johnny is Even scared at bustamante in money game!!
—Guest Babyface

Come visit Philippines!

If there is anybody that you know that can really play good..., tell him to go to the philippines or taiwan and play for some money and respond over here if they won cuz it ain't gonna happen..
—Guest Babyface

Haters!!!

If Efren Bata Reyes was white, all of you haters will say he's the greatest. He is the Michael Jordan in pool. Best in cue-ball!!
—Guest Babyface

codydel1983@gmail.com

The best true talent if not for substance abuse is Keith McCready. And he's beat the Magician. But Mosconi by far. Hands down shouldn't b an argument.
—Guest Cody

please give Efren Reyes this message

Hey Efren, how are you! Well I'm writing because in 2010 I seen you in las Vegas at the Riviera hotel and you signed a "what would Efren do" shirt and even put your nickname on it which my husband says is very rare. My husband loves you and thinks you are one of the greatest players to ever live. Well last year our apartment building burned down and we lost everything. Everything is replaceable except that shirt that you signed for my husband. I want to see if there's any way, if I could find this shirt again, if I could send it to you, or give you the money to order one and sign it and send it to me.. it would mean the world to my husband Tony and myself. I hope you get this message and can find it in your heart to do this for me. Please let me know via Facebook, email; bran926@gmail.com, or phone; 813-400-0697. Thank you so much! Just now
—bran926

Efren "the magician" reyes

If we are talking about hands down the best all around pool player of all time then it has to be Efren Reyes! The man is many times champion and world champion of many pool games. He has beaten such greatest player nominees as Earl Strickland and Mike Sigel in challenge matches! He is considered the greatest One Pocket player of all time. You can say Willie or Ralph Greenleaf would win in Straight Pool, but in a long set in any other game nobody would come close in his prime!
—Guest Raymond

Efren reyes

The magician's nickname speaks for it! Won so many accolades that should be bestowed only upon the greatest player. Who won the biggest purse in billiards? Efren Reyes world 8-Ball tournament... where he beat Rodney Morris.
—Guest Rouge

the best?

I don't really care for this guy and his antics but I have to mention Earl Strickland as being the best.
—Guest rmb

BEST POOL PLAYER EVER

Benjamin Marosm may be the greatest LIVING player. Mosconi however won 15 world championships and still holds the highest straight pool run of 526 balls at a 4 ball per minute pace. Reyes is great but he still has to match those accomplishments to become the number 1 all time player.
—Guest Noseshine101

Greatest Pool Player Is Efren Reyes

He is the best i have ever seen :D He is very humble and a great pool master! His alias is "magician" because he can make a very! very! very! gooood shot at will!
—Guest Efren Bata/Magician Reyes

none

Efren Reyes may be the greatest LIVING player. Mosconi however won 15 world championships and still holds the highest straight pool run of 526 balls at a 4 ball per minute pace. Reyes is great but he still has to match those accomplishments to become the number 1 all time player.
—Guest DennisL

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