Johnny Archer (born November 12, 1968 in Waycross, Georgia) is an American professional pool player. He is nicknamed "the Scorpion" (his zodiac sign is Scorpio, and one of his sponsors is Scorpion Cues). On June 8, 2009, Johnny Archer was nominated to be inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.
He is one of the most successful nine-ball players of the past two decades, having won the majority of the game's major tournaments at least once, culminating in his being named Billiards Digest Player of the Decade at the end of the 1990s. Archer is a two-time WPA World Nine-ball Champion, winning in both 1992 when he defeated Bobby Hunter, and later again in 1997 after beating Lee Kun-fang of Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). He was also a runner-up the following year, losing in the final to Takahashi Kunihiko of Japan. He was the 1999 US Open champion, and has won over 60 professional tournaments throughout his career.
He has also been a regular on the successful US Mosconi Cup team, having joined them a record fifteen times, winning on nine of those occasions. The US's only losses with Archer in the roster came in 2002, when they were beaten 9-12 by Europe, 2007, when Team USA lost 9–12, in 2008 when Team USA lost 11-5, and in 2011 when Team USA lost 11-7. He has captained the American side since 2004, retaining the Cup on each occasion until the 2007 upset (the 2006 event was a 12–12 draw in Rotterdam, Netherlands with the US retaining the trophy on account of being the current holders of it).
The Ripley's Believe It or Not! television show, on September 3, 2003, pitted Archer and Jeremy Jones against each other in an challenge match in speed pool. The show had them timed against each other, to try to beat the record, which at that time stood at 1 minute 30 seconds to break a full rack of balls and then pocket all fifteen balls, and then move to another table and do it again. Archer was the victor. The event was recorded in a warehouse in Los Angeles where other challenge matches were also taking place to beat records.
For 2007, he was ranked #3 in Pool & Billiard Magazine's "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players" poll.
Titles and achievements
- 2007 Pool & Billiard Magazine Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players, #3
- 2007 Joss Northeast Nine-ball Tour Classic VIII at Turning Stone Resort and Casino
- 2006 International Challenge of Champions winner
- 2007 Texas Hold 'Em Billiards Champion
- 2006 SML Open[clarification needed] winner
- 2003 World Summit of Pool winner
- 2003 Brunswick Pro Players Champion
- 2003 Sudden Death Seven-ball winner
- 2003 On Cue; Philippines vs. Rest of the World[clarification needed]
- 2003 AZBilliards "Money List" leader
- 2000 Enjoypool.com Nine-ball Champion
- 1999 US Open Nine-ball Champion
- 1997 WPA World Nine-ball Champion (men's division)
- 1992 WPA World Nine-ball Champion (men's division)
Archer lives in Acworth, Georgia, and is also an avid golfer. Archer ascribes his strong pool break to playing a lot of golf, noting similarities in having the timing right and using one's whole body in the stroke. Archer also has had two children with his wife Melanie. He co-owns Marietta Billiard Club in Marietta Georgia
- "Johnny Archer, Allison Fisher Gain BCA Hall of Fame Election", AzBilliards.com. Retrieved July 14, 2009
- Johnny "The Scorpion" Archer, scorpionCues.com. Retrieved June 7, 2008
- "Archer Wins Sudden Death 7-Ball". InsidePOOL.com. 2003-10-01. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- "Archer wins World Summit of Pool". AzBilliards.com. 2003-10-12. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- "Archer Wins Challenge of Champions". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "2005 Texas Hold'em Billiards Shootout", at AZBilliards
- "Johnny Archer Wins 2007 Texas Hold Em Billiards", at AZBilliards
- Episode 418, www.TV.com. Retrieved August 5, 2007
- Previous News, JohnnyArcher.net. Retrieved August 5, 2007
- "Johnny Archer Billiards Instruction", InsidePoolMagazine.com.
- "The Survey Says...: Pool & Billiard Magazine's 22nd Annual Player and Fan Poll". Pool & Billiard Magazine (Summerville, South Carolina: Sports Publications) 26 (2): p. 14. February 2008. ISSN 1049-2852.
- Archer Interview, October 2, 1999, AzBilliards.com. Retrieved August 5, 2007
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