Nick Varner

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Nick Varner at Mosconi Cup in 2008

Nick Varner (born May 15, 1948 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an American pool player and was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America in 1992.[1]

Career[edit]

Nick 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.[2]

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.

Varner is also an author, a video personality, a pool room proprietor, a manufacturer's representative, and an exhibition player.[3]

Titles[edit]

  • 1970 ACU-I Intercolleagiate Championship
  • 1975 Midwest Open 9-Ball
  • 1979 Lexington All-Star Tournament
  • 1980 Professional Pool Players Association World Open 14.1 Pocket Billiard Championship
  • 1980 Billiard Congress of America National Eight-ball Championship
  • 1980 Kentucky Derby Open
  • 1980 BCA 8-Ball Qualifier
  • 1980 Illinois 9-Ball Open
  • 1981 Kentucky Open 9-Ball
  • 1982 Professional Pool Players Association World Nine-ball Championship
  • 1982 Kentucky Open 9-Ball
  • 1982 Bowling Green Open, Bank
  • 1982 Prestonburg Open 9-Ball
  • 1982 Owensboro Open 9-Ball
  • 1983 McDermott Masters Champion 9-Ball
  • 1983 San Jose Open 9-Ball
  • 1983 Kentucky Open 9-Ball
  • 1983 National Open 9-Ball
  • 1983 Fresno Open 9-Ball
  • 1984 Kentucky Open 9-Ball
  • 1984 Tennessee State 9-Ball
  • 1985 Tennessee State 9-Ball
  • 1985 Zurich Open 9-Ball
  • 1986 Professional Pool Players Association World 14.1 Championship
  • 1986 Charlotte Open
  • 1986 Sacramento Open 9-Ball
  • 1986 Midwest Open 9-Ball
  • 1987 McDermott Masters 9-Ball
  • 1988 Glass City Open 9-Ball
  • 1988 Scranton Invitational 9-Ball
  • 1988 Tennessee State 9-Ball
  • 1988 Sands Regent 9-Ball
  • 1989 US Open 9-Ball
  • 1989 MPBA Brunswick World Championship
  • 1989 Rak'em Up 9-Ball Classic
  • 1989 Knoxville 9-Ball Open
  • 1989 Governors Cup 9-Ball
  • 1989 Glass City Open 9-Ball
  • 1989 Sand Regent 9-Ball Open
  • 1989 Golden 8-Ball Invitational
  • 1989 Scranton Open 9-Ball
  • 1989 Lexington All Star Open
  • 1989 Akron Open 9-Ball
  • 1990 US Open 9-Ball
  • 1990 World Series Championship
  • 1990 Challenge Match, Vs. Efren Reyes, 9-Ball 60-47
  • 1990 Al Romero Classic 9-Ball
  • 1990 West End All Around Shoot Out
  • 1991 Rak'em Up 9-Ball
  • 1992 Super Bowl XXVI Billiard Championship
  • 1992 Legends of One Pocket, International One Pocket Tournament
  • 1993 Lexington All Star Open
  • 1994 International Challenge of Champions
  • 1994 World 8-Ball Championship
  • 1994 Lexington All Star Open
  • 1996 Sands Regent 9-Ball
  • 1996 J.O.B One Pocket
  • 1996 One Pocket
  • 1996 9-Ball
  • 1997 Mosconi Cup, Team America
  • 1997 J.O.B. 9-Ball
  • 1997 Sands Regent 9-Ball Open
  • 1998 Mosconi Cup, Team America
  • 1999 WPA World 9-Ball Champion
  • 1999 World Championship 9-Ball Bank
  • 1999 Steve Mizerak Tulsa Senior Open 9-Ball
  • 2000 World One Pocket Championship
  • 2000 Derby City Classic One Pocket
  • 2000 Steve Mizerak Senior Masters Open 9-Ball
  • 2001 The "Superman Classic" Open Tournament
  • 2001 Mosconi Cup Team America
  • 2001 Sunshine State One Pocket Tour, CM's Place
  • 2001 Sunshine State One Pocket Tour, Kiss Shot Billiards
  • 2001 Sunshine State One Pocket Tour, Capone's Billiards
  • 2001 Sunshine State One Pocekt Tour, Sharp Shooters
  • 2001 Hard Times One Pocket
  • 2002 Border Battle, Team USA Vs Team Canada
  • 2002 Patriot Cup
  • 2002 Jacksonville 9-Ball Open
  • 2002 Glass City Open 9-Ball
  • 2003 Pechauer 9-Ball Stop #7
  • 2003 Mosconi Cup, Team America, Captain
  • 2003 Border Battle, Team USA VS Team Canada
  • 2004 Border Battle, Team USA VS Team Canada
  • 2007 Great Southern 9-Ball Tour, Big Orange Classic
  • 2014 Durbin Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame
  2. ^ "Varner Carries Big Stick in World Open", by Bruce Venzke, page 5, The National Billiard News," October 1980. Retrieved May 20, 2007
  3. ^ The Snap, "Players of the Year", by Kreole Freddie, page 8, February/March 1980. Retrieved June 17, 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kunihiko Takahashi
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Efren Reyes
Preceded by
Mike Lebrón
US Open Nine-ball Champion
1989-1990
Succeeded by
Buddy Hall