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Wikipedia's coverage of the cue sports in general, and particularly with regard to biographies of players and other individuals famous because of their involvement in billiards, is still somewhat sparse. It is the aim of this page to help foster coverage in the area. What follows is an abbreviated list of prominent, relevant individuals, arranged by game and where appropriate by gender). Any name that is red-linked indicates that there is no known Wikipedia article for that person. A word of caution: by virtue of the way much of this list was compiled (namely from 2007 player rankings), many prominent figures, possibly some of the most famous, may be omitted. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if a notable person is missing, please add his or her name to an appropriate section (at the bottom, alphabetically, or in an "Unranked but notable" subsection, depending on the section).

Entries will be removed from the list when they are no longer redlinks.

Legends[edit]

These are by far the most important missing cue sports biography articles with regard to carom billiards and pool.

Priority should first be given to those that are the most redlinked from other articles. They are otherwise listed here simply alphabetically.

See also #Players of English billiards and #Other carom players (men) for more historical players that probably qualify as "legends".

Balkline players (men)[edit]

  • Piet J. van Duppen BEL (1905 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006; redirs needed from "Van Duppen" & "VanDuppen" spellings)
  • Albert Colette BEL (1907 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006)
  • Piet Sels BEL (1909 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006)

Three-cushion players (men)[edit]

The following players are taken from the top 100 in the larger listing by world rank as of 1999, maintained by the Billiards Worldcup Association. Although their relative ranking order has been generally maintained (players with extant articles are missing from the list), and all of these players are notable by virtue of making the list, where a player falls in the standings is not necessarily an indication of his prominince in the sport.

Priority should first be given to those that are the most redlinked from other articles, then in the order in which they appear in this list (or a combination of these factors, when tied).

World Champions[edit]

  • Théo Moons BEL (1923 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006; redir from "Theo" spelling needed)
  • Victor Luypaerts BEL (early 1930 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006)
  • Gustaaf van Belle BEL (late 1930 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006; redirs needed from from "Van Belle" & "VanBelle" spellings)
  • Gaston de Doncker BEL (1933 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006; redirs. needed from "De Doncker" and "DeDonker" spellings)
  • René Gabriels BEL (1935 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006; redir from "Rene" spelling needed)
  • René Vingerhoedt BEL (1939 World Billiards Champion; honored on a Belgian postage stamp in 2006; redir from "Rene" spelling needed)

Group I[edit]

  1. Tonny Carlsen DEN
  2. Dion Nelin DNK (redlink from Dick Jaspers)
  3. Tayfun Tasdemir TUR
  4. Jaime Bedoya COL
  5. Jorge Theriaga POR
  6. Martin Horn (billiards player) GER
  7. Ramon Rodriguez (billiards player) PER
  8. Richard Bitalis FRA
  9. Jacob Haack-sorensen DEN
  10. Luis Aveiga ECU

Group II[edit]

  1. Andreas Efler AUT
  2. Javier Serrano PER
  3. Akio Shimada JPN (redlink from Ryuuji Umeda; family name presumably Shimada, but needs verification, and order may be wrong)
  4. Duong Anh Vu VIE (redlink from Ryuuji Umeda; Asian Games three-cushion runner up, year uncertain - after 1998; family name apparently Duong, but needs verification and actual Vietnamese spelling with diacritics)
  5. Sonny Cho USA (2005 US National Champion)
  6. Christian Rudolph (billiards player) GER (redlink from List of UMB World Three-cushion Champions)
  7. Luis Corbalan ARG
  8. Louis Havermans NED
  9. Yorgos Sakkas GRE
  10. Gambos Rodolfo Covarrubias MEX

Group III[edit]

  1. Arie Weijenburg NED
  2. Gerwin Valentijn NED
  3. Raimond Burgman NED
  4. Ad Broeders NED
  5. Gustavo Hahn ARG
  6. Saldivar Gilberto Avalos MEX
  7. Csaba Fehér (billiards player) HUN
  8. Moo Soon Kim KOR (family name presumably Kim, but needs verification, and order may be wrong)
  9. Jung Gyu Kim KOR (family name presumably Kim, but needs verification, and order may be wrong)
  10. Stephan Kohout CZE

Group IV[edit]

  1. Jan Niederlander SWI
  2. Rafael Noya PER
  3. Kostas Papakonstantinou GRE
  4. Christoph Pilss AUT
  5. Ramon Querales VEN
  6. Jean Christophe Roux FRA
  7. Francis Forton BEL
  8. Henk Habraken NED
  9. Mike Kang USA
  10. Fabrice Puigvert FRA

Group V[edit]

  1. Jan Arnouts NED
  2. Oscar Casta COL
  3. Ad Koorevaar NED
  4. Peter Banyai HUN
  5. Juan Bouterin SPA
  6. Andre Burgener SWI
  7. Jean Paul De Bruyn NED (surname De Bruyn or de Bruyn; needs verification)
  8. Manuel Fradinho POR
  9. Ivan Gazdos CZE
  10. Rene Hendriksen DEN

Group VI[edit]

  1. Gerhard Kostistansky AUT
  2. Avila Luis Miguel MEX (surname presumably Miguel but could be Luis Miguel; needs verification)
  3. Michael Nilsson SWE
  4. Salvatore Papa (billiards player) ITA
  5. Jozef Bel Philipoom BEL (redlink from List of UMB World Three-cushion Champions, CEB European Three-cushion Championship; surname presumably Philipoom but could be Bel Philipoom or bel Philipoom, needs verification; create redirs at Jozef Philipoom, Jef Philipoom (he is sometimes called Jef), Jef Bel Philipoom, and "bel" variants, if applicable)
  6. Eleazar Ramirez COL
  7. Tahir Alp TUR (name may really use Turkish special characters, needs verification)
  8. Nikos Polychronopoulos GRE (redlink from Eddy Merckx (billiards player); World Championship contender)
  9. Francisco Taylor NCA
  10. Jens Eggers GER

Group VII[edit]

  1. Hansen Brian Zola (what is "Zola"? Nickname?) DEN
  2. Jorge Rubio (billiards player) ECU
  3. Brumar Altamiranda VEN
  4. Rui Americo POR
  5. George Ashby (billiards player) USA
  6. Cayo Bardales PER
  7. Lars Becklen SWE
  8. Georges Demos FRA
  9. Roger Freymond SWI
  10. Pedro Gonzalez Jr. COL (redir to it from "Junior", "Jr", ", Jr.", ", Junior", ", Jr")

Group VIII[edit]

  1. Hiroshi Horigane JPN
  2. Jose Julio Jamad ARG
  3. Jose Ledesma ARG
  4. Philippe Loitron FRA
  5. Mats Noren SWE
  6. Antonio Oddo ITA
  7. Carloman Ortiz COL
  8. Enrique Penalva SPA
  9. Blancas Jose MEX (Nickname "Pinon" or more probably be "Piñon")
  10. Mario Ribeiro POR

Group IX[edit]

  1. Johann Schirmbrand GER
  2. Franz Stenzel AUT
  3. Frans Van Kuijk NED (surname Van Kuijk or van Kuijk, needs verification)
  4. Juan Villora SPA
  5. Eladio Alvarado CRC
  6. Nestor Alvarado VEN
  7. Carlos Barria PAN
  8. Saul Corro Espinosa MEX (surname presumably Espinosa but could be Corro Espinosa, needs verification)

Unranked, but notable[edit]

Other players not ranked above may be notable enough for articles because of major tournament victories or for some other reason.

Priority should first be given to those that are the most redlinked from other articles and by titles won or other achievements. They are otherwise listed somewhat haphazardly, with some eye to priority.

Other carom players (men)[edit]

Three-cushion players (women)[edit]

Pool players (men)[edit]

The following men are taken from top 250 of the larger listing by world rank as of 2006, maintained by the World Pool-Billiard Association ([5]); the international governing body for billiards, plus various additions and changes since then. Although their relative ranking order has been maintained below Group 1 (top priority bios in this category), and all of these players are notable by virtue of making the list, where a player falls in the standings is not necessarily an indication of his prominince in the sport. For instance, Mike Sigel, listed at 204 while he was still a redlink, is one of the more famous pool players, but was retired for ten years, so thus wasn't high up.

Priority should first be given to those that are the most redlinked from other articles, then in the order in which they appear in this list.

Early 20th century notables[edit]

Not legends but notable enough, e.g. World Pocket Billiards Champions and runners-up.

Modern[edit]

Group 1[edit]

  1. Yukio Akakariyama JPN (2011 WPA World Nine-ball Champion; family name is Akakariyama)
  2. Huidji See NED (redlink from World Straight Pool Championship, Oliver Ortmann, Warren Kiamco)
  3. Mike Davis (pool player) USA (redlink from Mosconi Cup, Santos Sambajon, Michael Davis DAB, Mike Davis DAB; 2004 BCA Open Nine-ball Championship finalist)
  4. Charles Williams (pool player) USA (redlink from Mosconi Cup, 2007 WPA Men's World Nine-ball Championship, Charles Williams DAB, Billiard Congress of America, Glossary of cue sports terms; redir from Charlie Williams (pool player) - often referred to as Charlie in the media; update Charles Williams DAB page)
  5. Max Eberle USA
  6. Erik Gatmaitán (was prod'd, userfied to User:SMcCandlish/Erik Gatmaitán, and anyone should feel free to edit it there to improve it for going live again; redlinked at a project page)
  7. Fabio Petroni ITA (redlink from Mosconi Cup, World Pool Masters Tournament, World Pool League)
  8. Michael Schmidt (pool player) GER
  9. Jörn Kaplan GER (and redirs from Jorn Kaplan, Joern Kaplan)
  10. Tony Robles USA (redlink from Mosconi Cup)

Group 2[edit]

  1. John Schmidt (pool player) USA (redlink from Mosconi Cup, Alex Pagulayan, US Open Nine-ball Championship)
  2. Raj Hundal USA (redlink from Mosconi Cup, World Pool Masters Tournament)
  3. Hsia Hui-kai TPE (redlinked from Rodolfo Luat, List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions, WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Tony Drago, Danny Basavich, among others - increasing in prominence; family name is Hsia)
  4. Radoslaw Babica POL
  5. Andreas Roschkowsky GER
  6. Roman Hybler CZE
  7. Christian Reimering GER
  8. Markus Juva FIN
  9. Satoshi Kawabata JPN
  10. Francesco Diaz SPA (check name spelling - Spanish for "Francis" is almost always "Francisco")

Group 3[edit]

  1. Jeong Young Hwa KOR (redlink at WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour; surname looks to be Jeong, but needs verification)
  2. Sven Pauritsch GER
  3. Ibrahim Ben Amir MAS (is that correct?)
  4. Patrick Ooi Fook Yuen MAS (Is that correct?)
  5. Dejan Dabovic AUT
  6. Andy Worthington (pool player) GBR
  7. Dimitri Jungo SUI
  8. Chang Jung-ling TPE (redlink at List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions, WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour; given name may be Jung-lin with no "g", needs verification; family name is Chang)
  9. Chang Pei-wei TPE (redlink at List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions, 2nd place; family name is Chang)
  10. Gandy Valle PHI (redlink at WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour)

Group 4[edit]

  1. Gilliano Smit NED
  2. Huang Kun-chang TPE (redlink from List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions; family name is Huang)
  3. Jesse Thehu NED
  4. Tomasz Kaplan POL
  5. Harun Arslan TUR
  6. Michael Felder AUT
  7. Harald Stolka GER
  8. Craig Riley GBR
  9. Craig Osborne GBR
  10. Goran Mladenovic YUG (needs to be more specific; Yugoslavia gone bye-bye)

Group 5[edit]

  1. Wu Yu-lun TPE (redlink at List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions; family name is Wu)
  2. Marcel Kirsten GER
  3. Matjaz Erculj SLO
  4. Kevin Becker GER
  5. Marcel Martens NED
  6. Jakob Belka GER
  7. Stephane Cohen FRA
  8. Roger Lysholm NOR
  9. Ernesto Dominguez (pool player) MEX
  10. Andreja Klasovic YUG

Group 6[edit]

  1. Bruno Muratore ITA
  2. Shawn Putnam USA (redlink from Mosconi Cup)
  3. Danny Harriman USA (redlink from Mosconi Cup)
  4. Naif al Jaweni KSA (surname might actually be Al Jaweni, needs verification)
  5. Sascha Tege GER
  6. Nguyen Thanh Nam VIE
  7. Chen Ying-chieh TPE (redlink from List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions; given name may be Ying-chie w/o "h", need verification; family name is Chen)
  8. Thomas Seiffert GER
  9. Vincent Facquet FRA (redlink from Mosconi Cup, World Pool Masters Tournament)
  10. Mateusz Sniegocki POL

Group 7[edit]

  1. Antonio Fazanes SPA
  2. Yoshihiro Kitatani JPN
  3. Bahram Lotfy DEN
  4. Rafael Guzmann SPA
  5. Aki Heiskanen FIN
  6. Evangelos Vettas GRE
  7. Nicolas Otterman GER
  8. Carlos Cabello SPA
  9. Thorsten Schober GER
  10. Gabe Owen USA (redlink from Alex Pagulayan; US Open Nine-ball Championship, 1st, 2004)

Group 8[edit]

  1. Tony Crosby USA
  2. Mariusz Roter POL
  3. Robert Hunter (pool player) (Bobby) USA (redlink from Johnny Archer, Mosconi Cup, List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions, 2nd place; see Talk:Mosconi Cup for a minor source we can use)
  4. Phil Stojanovic CRO
  5. José Garcia (pool player) USA (possibly should really be Jose Garcia (pool player), no accent, needs verification, and will need redir either way)
  6. Lambros Vrakas GRE
  7. Jochen Sannwald GER
  8. Philipp Stojanovic CRO
  9. Ronald Regli SUI
  10. Ismael Paez MEX (redlink from Chao Fong-pang, List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions, 2nd place)

Group 9[edit]

  1. Ivica Putnik CRO
  2. Lee Chenman GBR
  3. Danny Barouty USA
  4. Jalal Yousif UAE
  5. Gou Takami JPN (surname looks to be Takami, but needs verification)
  6. Phil Reilly (pool player) AUS
  7. Philipp Ruthemann GER
  8. Chan Keng-kwang Sin (family name is Chan)
  9. Klaus Zobrekis GER
  10. Mike Ruffert GER

Group 10[edit]

  1. Angelo Millauro ITA
  2. Benjamin Baier (pool player) GER
  3. Hisashi Kusano JPN (surname looks to be Kusano, but needs verification)
  4. Eric Marendaz SUI
  5. Zoran Svilar SCG
  6. Masaaki Tanaka JPN (surname looks to be Tanaka, but needs verification)
  7. Troy Frank USA
  8. David Reljic AUS
  9. Rob Saez USA
  10. Cetin Aslan AUT

Group 11[edit]

  1. Mohammed Yassin GER
  2. Steve Lillis USA
  3. Steve Lipsky USA
  4. Chris Szuter USA
  5. David Alcoberro SPA
  6. Hanni al Howri UAE (surname may actually be Al Howri, needs verification)
  7. Mehmet Cankurt TUR
  8. Benjamin Belhassen FRA
  9. Konstantin Zolotilov RUS

Group 12[edit]

  1. Charles Bryant (pool player) USA
  2. Vittorio de Falco ITA (surname may actually be De Falco, needs verification)
  3. Hayato Hijikata JPN (redlink from List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions; surname looks to be Hijikata, but needs verification)
  4. Katsushi Hoshi JPN (surname looks to be Hoshi, but needs verification)
  5. Christoph Reintjes GER
  6. Hisashi Yamamoto (pool player) JPN (surname looks to be Yamamoto, but needs verification; redlink from Hisashi Yamamoto DAB page)
  7. Tomoki Mekari JPN (surname looks to be Mekari, but needs verification)
  8. Michele Quitadamo ITA
  9. Rico Diks NED
  10. Timothy Hall (pool player) USA

Group 13[edit]

  1. Serge Das BEL
  2. Tuomas Riipinen FIN
  3. Kynthia Orfanidis NED
  4. Kim Woong Dae KOR (surname looks to be Kim, but needs verification; given name may really be Woong-dae or Woong-Dae, needs verification)
  5. Kevin Hew GBR
  6. Nicolas Guimond
  7. Park Shi-young KOR (surname looks to be Park, but needs verification; given name may really be Shi-Young or Shi Young, needs verification)
  8. Singh Lilly Dharminder IND
  9. Jarkko Honkanen FIN
  10. Gabor Solymosi HUN

Group 14[edit]

  1. Kasper Kristoffersen DEN
  2. Martin Kempter AUT
  3. Line Kjorsvik NOR
  4. Alain Martel CAN
  5. Nobuaki Itsuno JPN (surname looks to be Itsuno, but needs verification)
  6. Ralf Hintze SUI
  7. Nico Wehrner GER
  8. Huang Chien-chen TPE (family name is Huang)
  9. David Lopez (pool player) SPA (should probably be López, with Lopez redir)
  10. Michal Gavenciak CZE

Group 15[edit]

  1. Elvis Calasang PHI
  2. Liu Chun-chiang TPE (family name is Liu)
  3. Mitsuaki Kamada JPN (surname looks to be Kamada, but needs verification)
  4. Wang Hua-fong TPE (see also next entry - typo??; family name is Wang)
  5. Wang Hua-fang TPE (just a typo for the above??; family name is Wang)
  6. James Alortega UAE
  7. Djorje Radulovic SCG (real name may have non-English characters, needs verification)
  8. Takashi Toda JPN (surname looks to be Toda, but needs verification)
  9. Bob Maidhof USA
  10. Elmer Hoya PHI

Group 16[edit]

  1. Cheng Tsung-hue TPE (family name is Cheng)
  2. Adam Abdulrahim INA
  3. Wayne Catledge USA
  4. Louis Condo AUS
  5. Noel Bruinooghe BEL
  6. Matt Tetrault USA
  7. Carlos Cabella SPA
  8. Mike Zuglan USA
  9. Rolando Aravena USA
  10. Shervin Rahimi IRN

Group 17[edit]

  1. Zion Zvi Country?
  2. Joven Bustamente UAE (?? Spanish names not common in the United Arab Emirates..., he is Filipino, not UAE (the surname is the same as Francisco Bustamante), I think the nation in www.wpa-pool.com is mistake)
  3. Do Hoang Quan VIE (his exact name is DO Hoang Quan with DO is his family name)
  4. Lai Chia-hsiung TPE (family name is Lai)
  5. Jonathan Smith (pool player) USA
  6. Nien Rong-chih TPE (family name is Nien)
  7. Warren Horsley SAF
  8. Lu Hsun-chen TPE (family name is Lu)
  9. Kevin Smith GBR
  10. Ko Pin-yi TPE (redlink at List of WPA World Nine-ball Champions; given name may be Ping-i, needs verification; family name is Ko)

Group 18[edit]

  1. Jim Gottier USA
  2. Michael Valentine (pool player) GBR
  3. Ed Deska USA
  4. Jason Theron RSA (if that is Rhodesia, it's not called that any more)
  5. Hisashi Kasano JPN (surname looks to be Kasano, but needs verification)
  6. Tomoo Takano JPN (surname looks to be Takano, but needs verification)
  7. Cheng Chong-hua TPE (family name is Cheng)
  8. Carlos Viera USA
  9. Alejandro Carvajal CHI
  10. Omer el Serkal UAE (surname may really be El Serkal, needs verification)

Group 19[edit]

  1. Irfan Ahmed Khan PAK
  2. Phil Wilkinson NZL
  3. Enrique Rojas (pool player) CHI
  4. Kang Chin-ching TPE (family name is Kang)
  5. Jan Dulst Bel Country?? (surname presumably Bel but might be Dulst Bel, needs verification)

Unranked but notable[edit]

Other players not ranked above may be notable enough for articles because of major tournament victories or for some other reason.

Priority should first be given to those that are the most redlinked from other articles and by titles won or other achievements. They are otherwise listed somewhat haphazardly, with some eye to priority.

Group A[edit]

Group B[edit]

Group C[edit]

Group D[edit]

Group E[edit]

IPT Tour players[edit]

Pool players (women)[edit]

Section under construction - please begin adding names now. Start with WPBA top 50.

Priority should first be given to those that are the most redlinked from other articles, then in the order in which they appear in this list.

Legends
Current

Trick shot and artistic pool players[edit]

Prioritize by prominence, redlinks. Note
Only players not already notable as pool players generally are listed here; others are above.

Snooker players[edit]

Presently rather unprioritized; priority should probably go to a balance of achievement level and number of redlinks.

This list is transcluded from Wikipedia:WikiProject Snooker/Wanted snooker bios a.k.a. WP:SNOOKERBIOS.
Historical notables
Other


Players of English billiards[edit]

Priority should first be given to those that are the most redlinked from other articles. They are otherwise listed simply alphabetically. Many if not most of these are redlinked from World Professional Billiards Championship (which is too long to add to every entry below).

Legends and early notables
1920s–1970s notables
Modern notables (men)
Modern notables (women)
  • Alena Asmolava] BELARUS (mentioned but not redlinked at Chitra Magimairaj, as 2014 Senior Women's Snooker Championship runner-up; may not be notable enough)

Five-pins players[edit]

Priority should first be given to those that are the most redlinked from other articles. They are otherwise listed simply alphabetically. Nationality given at main article.

Winners of the World Five-pins Championship and/or Five-pins Pro World Cup:

Misc. games[edit]

Notable as non-players[edit]

Priority should first be given to those listed in the #Legends section instead of here, then to those that are the most redlinked from other articles and by achievements. They are otherwise listed somewhat haphazardly, with "some" eye to priority.

Marginally cue-sports related[edit]

This section is for people referred to repeatedly from cue sports articles, but only marginally related to the sport. A good example would be actors and directors in pool movies, famous people (presidents, whatever) who were serious players, but whose articles don't mention this (Jules Grèvy was one, now fixed).

Priority should be given to those with the most redlinks from cue sports articles only, not in Wikipedia as a whole.

Common wikilink errors[edit]