If you've made it this far, you probably don't need any more tips. Any professional will tell you that they've made it to this point because they love the game. Certainly not everyone wants to advance to this level, but those who do have made it their life's work. You have to have a passion for pool as a sport in order to give up everything else so that you can practice all day.
While some of the famous names in billiards are not household names, there are several that still make the pros swoon. You can find them all listed in the Billiards Hall of Fame. One of the most famous billiards champions is Ralph Greenleaf. He won the World Pocket Billiard Championship 14 times — the first time in 1919 and the last in 1937. He was a showman who charmed audiences with fancy trick shots. He toured the vaudeville circuit with his talents in the 1920s and 1930s. Audiences watched his act by gazing up at a gigantic mirror suspended over the stage and over his billiard table.
Michael Phelan is considered the Father of American Billiards. He brought the sport into popular American culture by authoring the first-ever American book on the game, called Billiards Without a Master, published in 1850. He won the first billiard stakes match (played for money) in 1859 and invented and manufactured billiard equipment — products which are mainstays of today.
Not every pro had such spectacular showmanship in the history of professional billiards. There are those who are just plain good. Loree Jon Jones is one example of such a player. She started to play the game at the age of five with her parents as inspiration. Her father built wooden boxes around the billiard table in their home so she would be at the correct height for her game. Her father later became her instructor and her mother became her practice partner.
It was a family game until she was 11, when she became a pro with the WPBA (Women's Professional Billiard Association). They called her the “Queen of the Hill.” At age 15 she became the youngest player ever to win a world title and was recognized as such in the Guinness Book of World Records. To date she has held over 50 titles.