Nicholas D. Varner graduated from Tell City High School in Tell City, Indiana in 1966. Varner learned to play pool in his father's (Nick Varner) pool hall in Grandview, Indiana. After graduating from high school, Varner gained notoriety on the professional pool scene after he won two ACU-I Intercollegiate Championships while attending Purdue University. A cliché given to Varner was "Speak softly and carry a big stick" because of the way he conducted himself as well as his competitive endeavors.
In 1989, Varner became only the second man to earn over $100,000 in prize winnings accumulating 16 major nine-ball events and was "Player of the Year" in 1980 and 1989.
- 1970 ACU-I Intercolleagiate Championship
- 1979 Lexington All-Star Tournament
- 1980 Professional Pool Players Association World Open Pocket Billiard Championship
- 1980 and 1981 Billiard Congress of America National Eight-ball Championship
- 1982 Professional Pool Players Association World Nine-ball Champsionship
- 1987 McDermott Masters
- 1989 US Open 9-Ball
- 1990 US Open 9-Ball
- 1994 International Challenge of Champions
- 2001 Glass City Open
- 2001 The "Superman Classic" Open 9B Tournament
- Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame
- "Varner Carries Big Stick in World Open", by Bruce Venzke, page 5, The National Billiard News," October 1980. Retrieved May 20, 2007
- The Snap, "Players of the Year", by Kreole Freddie, page 8, February/March 1980. Retrieved June 17, 2007
- "bio on NickVarner.com"
- "Nick Varner Custom Cues", Nick Varner Custom Cues
- "Nick Varner Player Profile", InternationalPoolTour.com, International Pool Tour
|WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
|US Open Nine-ball Champion