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World Team Billiards

In 1993, World Wide Collectibles, Inc. released a 132 card set, featuring the world's top professional billiards players, along with team photos for the 1993 World Team Billiards Challenge. This set also includes a "Legends" series featuring such all-time greats like Luther Lassiter and Irving Crane. There are also cards that pay tribute to some of the great contributors to billiards such as promoter Matt Braun and APA found Terry Bell. This collectible card set originally sold for $25 when released in 1993.

We have compiled the cards into a useable database for you to find your favorite player, and see how their career has gone or changed in the last 20 plus years. It is fun to look back on some of the greats and see a little slice of history. Many of the players listed have accomplished so much more since the set was released, and some have since retired and/or passed away. With this collection we hope to preserve a little modern billiards history for folks who are new to the game, and provide a source of nostalgia for those that "remember when"!

Please note that we are 10 cards short of the full set, and the information listed for each card is from 1993. Since then, some players have gone on to achieve multiple championship titles, and in some cases, even their nicknames have change. This card set is intended for historical reference purposes only and not published to reflect the total lifetime accomplishments of any person featured.

Please enjoy a little glimpse in to the world of men's professional billiards circa 1993! 

Buddy Hall

Buddy Hall

Card Number 1
IPT Ranking: 1
Nickname: The Rifleman

Since entering his first pool room at 14, Cecil "Buddy" Hall has defined the term World Champion. Buddy has been a member of the MPBA tour since the beginning and has ranked in professional pool's top 5 since '74. The winner of over 70 major tournament titles, Buddy was named Player of the Year in '82 by Pool and Billiards Digest and Pool and Billiard Magazine in '91. Buddy earned his nickname "The Rifleman" because of his straight-shooting, rapid style of play. An avid fisherman, Buddy like country music, relaxing days and the warmth of his family.

Johnny Archer

Johnny Archer

Card Number 2
IPT Ranking: 2
Nickname: Jumpin' Johnny

"Jumpin' Johnny" Archer started playing pool at 11 and just six short years later, turned professional at the young age of 17. In 7 years on the Pro Tour, Johnny has placed in the money in 20 major tournaments, including impressive wins in '91 and '92 Sands Regency XIII and XV Tournaments. His raw talent was recognized in '92, when Johnny was named '92 World Individual 9-Ball Championships. Johnny considered it his finest moment in the sport. When he's not cleaning up in the tournaments, he loves to play golf and follow his favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves.

Earl Strickland

Earl Strickland

Card Number 3
IPT Ranking: 3
Nickname: The Pearl

Earl started shooting pool when he was 9, entered his first tournament at 15 and turned professional at 20. He has won over 75 tournament titles, and including the Akron Open and impressive 8 times. Other victories include the U.S. Open in '84 and '87, the World Open in '88, the World Championships in '90, and the McDermott Masters in '84 and '91. "The Pearl" has also been recognized by the industry as Player of the Year five times. According to Earl, his greatest accomplishment in the sport was in '83, when a virtual unknown, he beat Steve Mizerak for the Championship at Lake Tahoe Billiards Classic.

Mike Sigel

Mike Sigel

Card Number 4
IPT Ranking: 4
Nickname: Captain Hook

Mike began playing pool at 13 and turned professional at the age 20. He had an impact on the billiard world when he won '75, '76 and '77 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. Considered one of the greatest 9-Ball players of all time, "Captain Hook" as he is called by his fans, also excels at straight pool and won the World Championships in '79, '81, '85 and '88. Mike has made numerous television appearances and served as the technical advisor and instructor to academy award winning film The Color of Money, starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.

Nick Varner

Nick Varner

Card Number 5
IPT Ranking: 5
Nickname: The Kentuckian/Cool Hand

Nick fell in love with the game of pool at the age of 5. His career first came into focus when he won the Purdue University Championship in '68 and the National Collegiate Championship in '69 and '70. Then, after winning numerous regional tournaments and exhibitions, Nick secured a place in history by capturing the '80 World Championships is New York City. In '83 and '87, "Cool Hand" won the Masters Tournaments and in '86, he won the 14.1 World Championships in Philadelphia. In '89, this four time World Champion dominated the Pro Tour by winning an amazing 8 MPBA sanctioned tournaments.

Jim Rempe

Jim Rempe

Card Number 6
IPT Ranking: 6
Nickname: King James

Jim's personal and tournament appearances have taken him around the world, earning him reputation not only as a world class player, but as the unofficial Ambassador of Billiards. His warm smile and friendly attitude make him a favorite among all fans. "King James" started playing pool professionally at twenty-two, winning the '71 U.S. Masters. Jim won the same tournament again in '72 and '75. Since then, he has won over 70 major championships and 10 world titles, ensuring him a continual spot in the top 10 ranking. Jim is married to his childhood sweetheart, Sally.

Carson Wiley

Carson Wiley

Card Number 7
IPT Ranking: 7
Nickname: C J

"C J" as he is affectionately known by his fans, grew up in a small town where he could be seen running 8-Ball racks by the age of 11. In '83, he won his first national title when he became the National High School Champion at the age of 17. C J holds a practitioner degree in Neural Linguistic Programming, but spends most of his time shooting stick and presiding over CJ's Billiard Palace in Dallas. Texas. In other arenas, CJ has pitched a no hitter in the little league and played piano and trumpet for his high school jazz band. The hot pool player also holds a black belt in karate.

Steve Mizerak

Steve Mizerak

Card Number 8
IPT Ranking: 8
Nickname: The Miz

"The Miz" is one of the masters of the game and a Hall of Fame Legend. The mere mention of his name conjures up years of awards, victories an many of pool's greatest moments. His career records include a high run of 384 balls and 76 first place finishes, including the '82, '83 and '84 World Pocket Billiards Championships. This well traveled veteran has been seen on many television shows and has won four consecutive U.S. Open Championships. Steve, an 8 time New Jersey State Champion, holds a B.S. in Education and is the author of five books on pool and a pool video entitled Pool, The Master's Way.

Kim Davenport

Kim Davenport

Card Number 9
IPT Ranking: 9
Nickname: Gentleman Kim/Kimmer

"Kimmer" with his keen eye is one of the great shot makers on the Pro Billiards Tour. He came into his own in '88 winning the Japan Cup and the Eastern State 9-Ball Championships. In '89, he won the Masters Championship and then was named Billiards Digest Player of the Year in '90 for his impressive victories in the Sweden Challenge Cup, The Sands Reno Open and B.C. Open World 9-Ball Championships. In '91, this sharp dressed man won the Lexington All-Star 9-Ball Championships. A member of Team America, he enjoys shopping, sight seeing, golfing, fine dining and says his favorite shot in pool is the "9-Ball hanging in the pocket".

Jose Parica, Jr

Jose Parica, Jr

Card Number 10
IPT Ranking: 10
Nickname: Amang

Jose is a Filipino Hall of Fame Champion whose exciting style and stroke have made him a major international competitor. "Amang" started playing pool when he was 8 and since coming to international attention in the late '70s, he has gone on to win many major tournaments. The list includes the Japan Open in '79 and the World Pro 9-Ball Championships in '89 and '90 in Japan. Jose has the distinction of winning both the Ohio State and Florida State Opens twice each ('90 and '91), as well as the Philippine Open in '92. His world wide reputation as a winner earned him a spot as an international representative for the Philippines in World Team Billiards.

David Howard

David Howard

Card Number 11
IPT Ranking: 11
Nickname: Little David

"Little David" as he is known by his fans, began playing pool at an early age. He won his first professional tournament in '78, and since placed in the money in over 36 individual tournaments. Among his wins are the U.S. Open 9-Ball in '82 and '86 and the Asian World Cup in '88. Three years later, he was named to Team America where he has a great asset ever since. In his home state of Florida, David has won countless regional and state tournaments. When not traveling with the Tour, he operates his own billiard parlor.

Roger Griffis

Roger Griffis

Card Number 12
IPT Ranking: 12
Nickname: The Rocket

An Air Force veteran, Roger has been playing pool since he was 14. He joined the Pro Tour in '90 and won his first tournament by beating a field of nine World Champions. The very next week, he beat Efren Reyes to win the Hollywood Open. "The Rocket" as he likes to be called, gained national recognition when he won the '92 Professional Billiards Tour Championship in Memphis, becoming the first player to win a tournament where a shot clock was in use. In his spare time, Roger plays golf, chess, follows the Dallas Cowboys and Phoenix Suns and markets his own brand of Jalapeño peanut brittle.

Mike LeBron

Mike LeBron

Card Number 13
IPT Ranking: 13
Nickname: Spanish Mike

Born in Puerto Rico, "Spanish Mike" as he likes to be called, entered the world of billiards late in life. Since joining the Pro Tour nine years ago, Mike has finished first in many tournaments including the U.S. Open and the Pool Hall Classic in '88; the Taipei World Cup in '90 and the Glass City Open in '90 and '92. In '91. Mike won the converted title of Champion of Champions after winning the battle in dramatic fashion beating "King James" Rempe and David Howard in the semi finial, only to take on Buddy Hall in the finials. Mike has been married for 36 years and has three children.

Dennis Hatch

Dennis Hatch

Card Number 14
IPT Ranking: 14
Nickname: Hatchet Man

Dennis Hatch hails from Buffalo and has steadily earned a rock solid reputation on the Pro Tour. Starting in '87, "The Hatchet Man" won the Junior World Open Championship, and followed it up with victories in the Akron Open 9-Ball and the Maine State 9-Ball Championship in '88. In '91, he was named the #1 player on the Southern eastern Circuit. Dennis shoots left handed, has a strong break and an aggressive style of play. As one of the youngest players on the Pro Billiards Tour, he is earmarked for stardom and will have an impact on the game for years to come.

Ernesto Dominguez

Ernesto Dominguez

Card Number 15
IPT Ranking: 15
Nickname: Chihuahua

At age 14, Ernesto began working in pool parlor in Chihuahua, Mexico. Practicing whenever he could, he also learned the game by observing the play of local talent. He started his winning ways in '82 with the Miller Lite World Series of Tavern Pool in Las Vegas, and has continued on at the top. He proceeded to win the McDermott U.S. Open in Las Vegas in '87 and was runner-up at the Japan Open on '89 and Tokyo Open in '90. A member of Team Mexico, watch for "Chihuahua" to make a major name for himself in the future.

Tony Ellin

Tony Ellin

Card Number 16
IPT Ranking: 16
Nickname: Hurricane

An all around athlete "Hurricane" first love is pool. He is one of the Tour's most active players, participating in 40 to 45 tournaments per year. Tony won the Michigan State Championships in '89 the South Carolina State Championship in '92 and the Akron Open in '91 and '93. Tony's greatest personal sports moment was when he pitched a perfect baseball game in high school. "Hurricane" loves all sports, and especially likes to play tennis, golf and shoot basketball. In '81, Tony was Junior Tennis Champion.

Mike Massey

Mike Massey

Card Number 17
IPT Ranking: 17
Nickname: Tennessee Tarzan

Mike Massey is considered to be the #1 trick shot artist in the world. He was given the title formally after winning the World Trick Shot Championships in '92. He has a high run of 9 racks in 9-Ball tournament play and has established a record for most racks in 9-Ball in 24 hours, with 330 racks. In marathon play, Mike pocketed 11,230 balls shooting normally and 8090 balls shooting with one hand. Mike has played exhibitions in almost every country and has appeared in 3 major motion pictures. Still finding time to travel some with the Tour, Mike has picked wins in '89 9-Ball Open and The Great American in '90.

Allen Hopkins

Allen Hopkins

Card Number 18
IPT Ranking: 18
Nickname: Young Hoppy

"Young Hoppy" has been shooting some of the best stick in the game after winning his first tournament straight out of high school in '69. Since then, he has amassed an incredible string of victories, including the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in '77 and '81, the '77 World 14.1 Championship and the Japan World Open in '86 and '87. More recently, Allen has taken title in the Coors Valley Forge in '89, the New Jersey State Championship (4 times), and the Rocket City Invitational in '90 when he was #1 Player of the Year. "Hoppy" has made numerous television appearances and '92 was the President of the MPBA.

Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter

Card Number 19
IPT Ranking: 19 tied

Jeff started shooting pool at age 14 and is one player who has truly grown with the sport, becoming formidable in every aspect of the game. When not playing in tournaments, Carter teaches, gives exhibitions, and writes numerous articles. In '80 Carter was Port Angeles 9-Ball Championship. His credentials also include winning the Wisconsin State Championships six times and Mid West Open Championships twice ('84 and '85), the Chicago City Championships in '86 and the Nebraska State Championships in '88 and '89. His favorite sports team is the Chicago Bulls.

Jimmy Mataya

Jimmy Mataya

Card Number 20
IPT Ranking: 19 tied
Nickname: Pretty Boy Floyd

"Pretty Boy Floyd" as he loves to be called, started shooting pool at age 11 and within a few years was playing exhibitions with the great Willie Mosconi. He exploded onto the scene by winning three consecutive Michigan State Championships in '66, '67 and '68. At 21, he won the '71 World 9-Ball Championships and went on in '72 to win the World All Championship, becoming the youngest player in the history of the game to win back to back world titles. A member of the Michigan State Sports Hall of Fame, "Pretty Boy's" greatest moment in life was the birth of his daughter Nacole.

Greg Fix

Greg Fix

Card Number 21
IPT Ranking: 21 tied
Nickname: The Fixer

Greg started playing pool seriously while attending the University of Wisconsin at age of 19. After graduating with B.S. degree in both Mathematics and Psychology, Greg went to work for IBM as a computer programmer, while touring with the Pros on a part time basis. Eleven years later, he felt his game had improved to a point where he could resign for his job and join the Pro Tour full time. Greg's methodical style of play, combined with his analytical mind, makes him a strong, formidable opponent for any player on the Tour. Greg's greatest professional moment was his 3rd place finish in the '90 World 14.1 Tournaments.

Jay Swanson

Jay Swanson

Card Number 22
IPT Ranking: 21 tied
Nickname: Swanee

"Swanee" is a southpaw who started shooting pool in his teens and continued playing while working as a firefighter for California Department of Forestry. His victories include the '83 Atlantic City Open, the Sands Regency Tournament in '87 and L.A. Open in '90, beating Kim Davenport in a thrilling down-to-the-wire match. Jay's career highlight is is '84 Atlantic City Open victory when he a raced to seven, 2 out of 3 sets and never lost a set. His goal is to run 13 racks and out in a tournament. He has one daughter, Charleen and likes to play golf and swim. A retired drag strip racer, Jay loves to relax listening to rhythm and blues music.

Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy

Card Number 24
IPT Ranking: 24
Nickname: Tommy

"Tommy started shooting pool at the age of 13 and turned Pro at 24. In the last three years , he has won 28 local and regional tournaments, including the Florida State Championship three times. He took fourth in the Lexington All Stars in '87 and fifth place at the Sands Regency in '92. His greatest moment on the Tour came in '92 when as an unranked player is the U.S. Open, he defeated Johnny Archer in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in the history of the game. When not shooting pool, "Tommy" is primarily an Evangelist Preacher whose hobbies include Bible Study, playing tennis, pinball and ping pong.

Francisco Bustamante

Francisco Bustamante

Card Number 25
IPT Ranking: 25
Nickname: Django

"Django" picked up his first cue at the age of 10 and showed an immediate talent for the game. He developed a devastating break, a crucial maneuver in the game of 9-Ball. Prior to joining the tour, he win the '90 Brunswick Munich Masters and the '90 German 9-Ball Championship. The following year he swept both the German and Japanese 9-Ball Championships, In '92 Francicso's first year on the Tour, he was unable to participate in many Tour events, therefore compromising his ranking. Currently residing in Kiel, Germany, he continues to play in numerous tournaments and is one of true international stars on Team Philippines.

George Michaels

George Michaels

Card Number 26
IPT Ranking: 27

George started shooting pool at the age of 14 when his father purchased a regulation size pool table for their home. He immediately took to the game and with constant practice became quite proficient. He won the '86 Indianapolis Open and countless other Chicago Open Tournaments being recognized as a top regional player. George also won the U.S.P.P.A. Championships in '89. He also enjoys ice skating and yoga and is a Chicago Bears and Bulls fanatic. When George is off the table, he's acting president of Winning Garb Pool Clothing Company, helping promote the sports through quality sportswear.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Card Number 27
IPT Ranking: 29

Mark was very active in all high school athletics but at the age of 19, he chose to focus his talents entirely on pool. Lessons with Jerry Briesath sharpened his skills and helped to prepare him for the intense competition in the life of a professional pocket billiard player. Dedication to the sport enabled him to become a formidable player on the Pro Billiards Tour. Mark has won numerous Wisconsin and Illinois State Championship titles and in '91, placed ninth in the International 9-Ball Classic. He is married with one child and combines work with play as the owner of Matchroom Billiards in Illinois.

Sal Butera

Sal Butera

Card Number 28
IPT Ranking: 30
Nickname: Son of a Gun

Nicknamed "Son of a Gun", Sal is the product of World Champion genes. His father is the legendary Hall of Famer "Machine Gun" Lou Butera. His favorite moment in the sport came when he finally had the opportunity to compete head to head against his father, Lou and his childhood idol, Nick Varner. He beats both legends and went on to become a respectable player in his own right. Sal is responsible for the majority of the technical advising for all major Hollywood studios. He is married and has a 3 year old daughter named Samantha. Look for big things from Sal, he's considered one of the PBT's future sticks.

Rafael Martinez

Rafael Martinez

Card Number 29
IPT Ranking: 32

A popular member of Team Mexico, Rafael brings solid fundamental skills, tremendous discipline and a dedication to advance, to the Pro Tour. Since joining the Tour two years ago, Rafeal has studied the games of other great players and provided fierce competition at the same time. According to many, Raefael is poised on the brink of a great career. In fact, most look for him to make his move in the Tour ranking this year. Married with 3 children, Rafael enjoys going for long hikes along the coast of Mexico. He also enjoys Spanish ballads and fine Mexican dining.

Dave Boolman

Dave Boolman

Card Number 30
IPT Ranking: 33

Beginning in his teens, Bollman's love for the sport of pool carried him on to winning many regional tournaments. He shot his way onto the Tour as six-time Virginia State Champion and in '86, placed second in the Classic Cup Open. He followed up with an impressive win in the '87 Eastern States Open. In '88, he won both the B.C. Open and the Raleigh, North Carolina Championship. A methodical player with excellent positioning skills, Dave's competitive nature and knowledge of the game make for an exciting match with any player on the Pro Billiards Tour.

Willie Munson

Willie Munson

Card Number 31
IPT Ranking: 35

Willie entered his first pool hall at 16 and was awed by what he saw. By 18, it had become his true passion and he made the decision to peruse the career of a professional pool player. He joined Billiards Tour and gained a keen eye for angles and a championship demeanor. Willie's record includes winning the '89 and '90 Wisconsin State 9-Ball Championships and '90 Wisconsin Straight Pool Championship. According to Willie, his greatest moment in pool came when he beat the legendary Irving Crane in a grueling straight pool match.

Bill Incardona

Bill Incardona

Card Number 32
IPT Ranking: 39
Nickname: Willy

Captivated by the infinite challenge and beauty of the sport, Bill started shooting pool in '56 at the age of 13. By the time he turned 17, "Willy" had earned the reputation as being the best 9-Balll player in Pittsburgh. At 25, he had elevated that reputation nationally, being regarded by his peers as one of America's best 9-Ball players. Two years later at 27, Bill retired from the sport and has only recently made his comeback on the Tour. Although he feels he has yet to regain his form, he was good enough to finish third in '89 Sands Regency Tournament and fourth in the U.S. Open in '90.

Ismael Paez

Ismael Paez

Card Number 33
IPT Ranking: 41
Nickname: Morro

When Ismael was 10 years old, his became familiar with the game of pool because his father owned a little poolroom in a small in rural Mexico. As he grew up, he worked, played and practiced with determination to become a great international star. He practice time paid off and he turned pro when he was 19 earned a strong reputation for himself by winning numerous local and regional tournaments. In '87, he won the L.A. Invitational, following it up in '88 by winning the Huebler Cup in Las Vegas and the Japan Tour Open in '89. In '90, he ran an astounding 9 games in a row for PBT record. Ismael is one to watch in years ahead.

Pat Fleming

Pat Fleming

Card Number 34
IPT Ranking: 42 tied

Pat started competing professionally in straight pool, his best game, at the age of 21. He placed third in the '81 World 14.1 Open and has continued his strong game right into the '90 with solid finishes in numerous local and regional tournaments. One of the founding fathers of PBT, Pat is the producer of Pro Tour Videos, a production company that videotapes Pro Tour matches. He also helped develop "Accustats Statistics" a new system for the statistical analysis of pocket billiards soon to be in place in clubs across the country. Pat is married and has 2 children.

Efren Reyes

Efren Reyes

Card Number 35
IPT Ranking: 42 tied
Nickname: The Magician

When Efren was 8 years old he began playing pool in his uncle's poolroom. He left a steady job at the age of 30 to turn pro and he's been winning matches ever since. His wins include the '85 and '86 Sands Regency 9-Ball Championship and the '88 McDermott Master Championship. Other tournament victories include the '90 World Cup in Taipei, the '90 International9-Ball Tournament and the '92 World 9-Ball Open in Tokyo. His Tour ranking is not a true reflection on his ability to compete, as he only able to participate in a limited number of Tour events in '92. "The Magician" is the captain of Team Philippines in World Team Billiards.

Paul Potier

Paul Potier

Card Number 36
IPT Ranking: 44
Nickname: The Coach

Paul was born in Winnipeg, Canada and started playing pool at the age 13. His career started off with a bang when he became the '85 Central Canadian English Billiards Champion. The durable Canadian veteran won the Manitoba 8-Ball Championships in '90 and '91, and was named the Manitoba Snooker Champion in '91. A trick shot artist, pool and snooker instructor, Paul assists many of the Tour members who want to improve their game. In '92 World Championships, "The Coach" finished 9th place. In special honors, Paul was named the League Operator of the Year in '90 by the Canadian Pool League.

Jimmy Fusco

Jimmy Fusco

Card Number 37
IPT Ranking: 46
Nickname: Philadelphia Flash

When Jimmy was a youngster, he watched his father play challenge matches against Willie Mosconi. As a result, he was raised to be a top player. His tournament placing include the '72 Johnson City Hustlers Tournament, runner-up in the '83 U.S. Open, winner of the '89 New Jersey State Championship 9-Ball Tournament and the '90 Maryland State 9-Ball Championships. Jim's great moment in the sport came when he won the Johnson City One Pocket Tournament because it was the final tournament in Johnson City and became the basis for the movie The Baltimore Bullet. In '92, Jim was nominated as Philadelphia's Italian American of the year.

Lou Butera

Lou Butera

Card Number 38
IPT Ranking: 49
Nickname: Machine Gun

"Machine Gun Lou" was elected into the Hall of Fame in '86 following a long and exceptional career. Lou started playing pool at the age of 7 and played his first major tournament in '64. As a member of the Pro Tour since the beginning, Lou has put together an enviable list of wins including the Pennsylvania State Championships, The Las Vegas Open, and the '73 World Championships. His credits also include the title of All Japan Champion and CBS World Trick Shot Champion. Lou's greatest moment in pool was his world title win when he became the first person to ever beat Irving Crane twice in his career.

John Galloway

John Galloway

Card Number 39
IPT Ranking: 52

John fell in love with the game of pool in college, but the Vietnam War and marriage sidetracked his dream. In '76, John was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly form of cancer. He was sick for five years, but miraculously he survived and started playing pool again as a form of physical therapy. In '83, John went to see his first pro tournament and decided right then that he wanted to become a "Pro player and compete on the Tour". At age 48, John is going after his life's dream, a pursuit that sustains him and makes it all worthwhile. John has B.A. Degree in Psychology and Sociology and owns a company that produces custom merchandise displays.

George Breedlove

George Breedlove

Card Number 40
IPT Ranking: 56

George started playing pool at the age of 8 when his father brought home a pool table and he's been studying the game ever since. He walked into his first pool room at 15, entered his first tournament at age 17 and joined the Pro Tour at age 26. Before landing on the Tour, George's greatest moment in the sport came when he won the Major's Cup in both '88 and '91 and received the key to the city, Bellevue, Ohio. George also won the Gator and Naples Open in '89; The Indy Bar Box Open in '89 and '90 and the Racine Open in '90 and '91. He is married and has two daughters, Olivia and Morgan.

Roger Arndt

Roger Arndt

Card Number 41
IPT Ranking: 58
Nickname: Issaqua Roger

Roger started playing pool 8 years ago and defeated his friend in a series of matches. After turning 21, "Issaqua Roger" as his friends call him, had a knack for the game and rapidly earned a reputation as being one of the Northwest's surest shots. He saw the potential to play at a different level and joined the Pro Tour to make a career of the game he loves. When not shooting stick, Roger is the owner of a window cleaning service in Washington State. His hobbies include Software Development, Programming and Computers.

Richard Geiler

Richard Geiler

Card Number 43
IPT Ranking: 62
Nickname: The Hat/Olympia Rich

"The Hat" started playing pool at the age of 5 and has been shooting stick ever since. He has been recognized by his peers as a consistently strong shooter and is on of the best players in the Northwest region. As a professional for 16 years, "Olympia Rich" has won the Casino Club Tournament in Washington, The Corner Pocket Tournament in Montana State Open. the Washington State Open and the Montana State Open. Richard took his love for the sport and turned it into business when he opened Cascade Billiards where he can work and play at the same time. He has been married for 15 years and has one daughter.

Joseph (Sam) Jones

Joseph (Sam) Jones

Card Number 44
IPT Ranking: 66
Nickname: Jumpin Jones/Sammy

Sammy was intrigued with the game of pool as a child. He became serious about pocket billiards in college when he befriended a top pro and went to work part time in his billiards hall. He quickly became so skilled, he turned pro, winning the Texas River City Open in '78 and '79, the New York State Championship in '88 and the New Jersey Straight Pool Championship in '91. He earned his nickname "Jumpin Jones" when he invented a special pool cue shaft, the "Jump Q" for making jump shots. Sam served as PBT Treasurer for the past five years and owns his own billiard hall. He is married with two children.

JR Calvert

JR Calvert

Card Number 45
IPT Ranking: 67

J.R. graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with B.S. degree in education in '90. He became involved with billiards after suffering a sports injury that ultimately limited his mobility, which prompted him to get and old pool table to keep himself occupied. He's been a member of the Tour for three years and in that time, he's strong competitor. His high finish on the Tour in '91 was 3rd place in Bicycle Club Open. A self-proclaimed baseball nut, his favorite sports team is the Pittsburgh Pirates. His hobbies include watching old movies and listening to all types of music.

Dick Lane

Dick Lane

Card Number 46
IPT Ranking: None

Dick is known as the winningest Texan in the game. Before joining the Pro Tour, he was number #1 on the Southwest McDermott Tour two years running, capturing dozens of tournament wins in '91 and '92 alone. Other victories include winning U.J. Puckett Open twice, the Pabst-Blue Ribbon Brunswick National Invitational 14.1 Tournament in '74, the Humbler Cup in '88, and Billiards Classic in '90. A commissioned officer and military veteran, Dick is a former MPBA Board Member and a original owner of Clicks Billiards the nation's largest chain of poolrooms.

Herb Wilmot III

Herb Wilmot III

Card Number 47
IPT Ranking: Rookie

Herb started shooting pool at the age of 12, but he was forced to choose between a football game and a pool tournament. Herb chose football and wound up at the University of Alabama where he played under the legendary coach, Bear Bryant. While studying Mathematics, Psychology and Business for 4 years, Herb fine tuned his game and just recently turned pro. He feels the biggest influence on his pool game from the great Louis Roberts. Herb enjoys music, movies and bicycling, and hosts and produces a live weekly television show on cable. In addition, he is the house pro at Bartlett Billiards in Tennessee.

Paul Brienza

Paul Brienza

Card Number 48
IPT Ranking: 48
Nickname: Knight of the Green Felt/Pauli

Nicknamed "Knight of the Green Felt" (or Pauli to his friends, Paul started shooting pool on Jackie Gleason's table when he was 12. Named by Minnesota Fats as one of the Top 10 players of all time, his list of tournament wins and titles consists of many of the sport's top events. Starting with the New Jersey Intercollegiate Championship in '65. Paul went on to win the following titles and more; the '71 and '72 Las Vegas Open 9-Ball Champion, the '76 Elizabeth Open 9-Ball Championship, the '76 High Q 9-Ball Championship, '77 World 9-Ball Association Championship and the '86 Grantor Open 9-Ball Champion.

Terry Bell

Terry Bell

Card Number 49
IPT Ranking: None
Nickname: Texas Terry

Terry started playing pool at the age of 20 when he was 2nd Lieutenant stationed in Korea. Five years later he turned pro and scored many top 10 finishes, becoming one of the most consistent players on the Tour in '70s and '80s. As one of the PBT's originators Texas Terry has the distinction of being its first elected President. During the past several years he devoted his time to the development of amateur pool and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the American Poolplayers Association. Terry also plays golf and catches the Chicago Bulls and St. Louis Cardinals game when ever he can.

Buddy Hall

Buddy Hall

Card Number 52
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

Buddy Hall won the '92 Challenge of Champions in a dramatic fashion. The tournament format is two sets and the first player to win five games, wins the set. Buddy swept through the preliminary rounds undefeated, then met world ranked #1 Johnny Archer in the Challenge finials. Archer won the first set and was leading 4-2 in the second. Like a true champion, Buddy came from behind to win the set and send the match onto a one game tie breaker. It was the first sudden death in the history of the sport. Buddy won the match, the winner-take-all of $50,000 and the most converted title in all of billiards; Champion of Champions!

Johnny Archer

Johnny Archer

Card Number 53
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

The Challenge of Championships was made to order for Johnny Archer. He is an aggressive player and a great shot maker, his style perfectly suited to face paced, short match format. He came into the competition as the reigning World Champion, world ranked #1 on the Pro Tour. In the quarter-finals he defeated Earl Strickland and then eliminated Allen Hopkins in the semi-finials. That only left Buddy Hall, who advanced to the finals. The match ultimately came down to a one game sudden death-tie-breaker and Hall won. Undaunted, Johnny will be odds on favorite for a return to the Challenge of Champions.

Allen Hopkins

Allen Hopkins

Card Number 54
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

Allen Hopkins had been called the "Pro's Pro". A three time World Champion, he is equally skilled at the games of One Pocket, Straight Pool and 9-Ball. In the Challenge of Champions he has the unusual distinction of being defeated by the eventual runner-up in both years. Buddy Hall was Allen's nemesis in '91, taking their quarter-finals match. In '92, he advance to the semi-finials only to meet Jonny Archer, who at the time was World Ranked #1. The match was close, decided by a narrow margin, with Archer the winner. Allen nonetheless emerged with his reputation in tact for he is considered one of the legends of the sport.

Jim Rempe

Jim Rempe

Card Number 55
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

Each year the top eight players by Pro Tour ranking, compete in the Challenge of Champions. Jim Rempe qualified for this prestigious event in both '91 and '92. A true champion, with titles from countries around the world, Rempe is known as "The Ambassador of Pool". In '91, Rempe lost his opening round match to Mike LeBron, who went on to win the tournament that year. In '92, Rempe lost a very close match to Allen Hopkins by a score 5-4. The players in this great competitions are so evenly matched that the "breaks" of the game usually determine the winner. Jim Rempe, a legend in the sport, will almost certainly qualify for another shot at the Challenge of Champions.

Mike LeBron

Mike LeBron

Card Number 56
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

Mike LeBron won the '91 Challenge of Champions in a stirring upset. Among a field of eight champions, Mike was the underdog. At the age 57, he was also the oldest player in the tournament. He qualified for the Challenge by virtue of his performance on the Pro Billiards Tour. In the preliminary rounds, he defeated "King James" Rempe and David Howard, known as the "Little David, the Giant Killer". The finals match pitted him against Buddy Hall, World Ranked #1. With the score tied, Mike risked it on a difficult shot and won! He was crowned Champion of Champion and received winner-take-all of $50,000.

Kim Davenport

Kim Davenport

Card Number 57
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

Kim Davenport has a unique record in the Challenge of Champions. He competed in both '91 and '92, and won his quarter finals match each time. In '91 he defeated Mike Sigel, one of the sport's greatest players. In '92, he dethroned the reigning Champion of Champions, Mike LeBron. Two years in a row, he reached the semifinals only to be confronted by Buddy Hall. While he lost each time, Kim remains a contender for the crown. A former Player of the Year, he holds several major titles and consistently maintains a high standing in the Pro Tour Rankings. He can be counted on to earn yet another shot at the Challenge.

Earl Strickland

Earl Strickland

Card Number 58
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

Earl Strickland earned his berth in the '92 Challenge of Champions. The eight competitors are comprised of then top six by Pro Tour ranking and two by invitation. Earl placed in the top six and automatically won a shot at $50,000 and the Challenge of Championship title. By the luck of the draw, his quarter finals match set him against Johnny Archer. The match was hard fought, a down-to-the-wire race at five games. Archer was victorious. Earl will doubtless earn another shot at the Challenge of Champions, for he is one of the great players of the modern era with four Champion titles under his belt.

Nick Varner

Nick Varner

Card Number 59
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

Nick Varner is a champion in every sense of the word. He holds titles in virtually all major events and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '92. His record in the Challenge of Champions stands as a testament to the axiom that a player must get "rolls" to win in billiards. The challenge format is a race to five games and one loss eliminates a player from competition. In '91 and '92, Varner lost his matches respectfully to David Howard and Buddy Hall. The "rolls" went to his opponents and Varner was ousted each year in the first round of play. Still, as a great champion, he remains a contender in future Challenges.

Buddy Hall/Johnny Archer

Buddy Hall/Johnny Archer

Card Number 60
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

In the '92 Challenge of Champions, Johnny Archer and Buddy Hall played a finals match that ranks as a classic. Never were two players more evenly matched, with Archer World Ranked #1 and Hall #2. A mere 40 points separated them for a Player of Year honors. Archer was a young gunslinger, at the age 22, he was aggressive, fast and accurate. Hall, at age 46, was legendary figure in the sport. After winning one set apiece, they squared off in an historic, one-game-tie-breaker for $50,000. Buddy Hall won the sudden death winner take-all and was crowned the '92 Challenge of Champions.

Matt Braun

Matt Braun

Card Number 61
CHALLENGE of CHAMPIONS

Matt Braun is the president of Billiards International, Ltd. His company produces billiards events of a special nature, both Pro and Pro Am competition involving celebrities. In '91, he created the "Challenge of Championships", widely recognized as one of the premier tournaments in the port. Matt produced the "Save the Rain Forests Billiards Championship" under the auspices of United Nations, and the NFL "Super Bowl XXVI Billiards Championship on Super Bowl weekend. Billiards International produces at least one 'Challenge of Champions" each year and will continue to produce celebrity Pro Am events.

Irving Crane

Irving Crane

Card Number 64
Legends

As winner of 7 World Championships and 21 major titles, Irving Crane was the first player to win World Championship titles over the span of four decades. '42 - '72. Taking into account only major tournaments, Crane finished in first or second place eighteen times, more than any other player. Known as the "Deacon" to his peers for his coolness under pressure, he was the first player to run 300 balls without a miss and is one of the greatest position players the game has ever known. His greatest victory came in the '66 U.S. Open when he won with a record of 150 and out. Crane was elected to the PPPA Hall of Fame in 1976.

Luther Lassiter

Luther Lassiter

Card Number 68
Legends

Lassiter, one of the sports great money players, started shooting pool at the age of 13. He went on to serve in the Coast Guard during World War II and became a national figure at the table when he won an unsanctioned title tournament in '54. He began winning his many sanctioned titles when the championship was restored in '63. Luther's smooth stroke and phenomenal position play classify him as one if the all time greats, if not the greatest pocket billiard player that ever lived. A quiet man with great control, he was a lover of hamburgers and earned the nickname "Wimpy" after the burger loving character on the popular Popeye cartoon.

Team America

Team America

Card Number 69

World Team Billiards is a refreshing change it the game of pocket billiards. Utilizing a team format and a shot clock, the game has been revised to suit the formats required for television coverage. The fast pace as players race the clock and alternate turns, makes for an exciting spectator sport as never seen before in the game. Fans cheer and root for their country's team members while watching the action. As the number of international teams continues to grow, watch for the game to pull billiards into its long overdue spot in the Olympics.

Team Philippines

Team Philippines

Card Number 70

The intensity of World Team Billiards is exemplified in this group photo of Team Philippines. As Bustamante positions himself for the shot at the one ball, his fellow teammates look on with anxious anticipation. Once considered a solo sport, pocket billiards has been completely revised with the new team format, placing players who normally in competition against one another, together on the same team as one force. A new sense of pride is instilled in the players as they share the joys of victory and the agonies of defeat with their fellow countrymen.

Team America

Team America

Card Number 71

  • Johnny Archer
  • Kim Davenport
  • Mike Sigel
  • Nick Varner
  • Buddy Hall
  • Allen Hopkins
  • Earl Strickland
  • CJ Wiley
  • Lou Butera
  • Loree Jon Jones
  • David Howard
  • Jim Rempe
Johnny Archer

Johnny Archer

Card Number 72
Team America
Nickname: "Jumpin' Johnny"

Johnny is truly one of Team America's growing stars. It is very rare that a player this young comes along and makes a phenomenal impact on a sport in such a short time. A recognized figure on the Tour, he brings with him a wealth of international experience including victories in the '92 Kupolen Challenge Cup and '92 World Championship in Taipei, Taiwan. As a result of his spectacular achievements in 1992, "Jumpin' Johnny" was named PBT Player of the Year, as well Player of the Year by Billiards Digest and Pool and Billiards Magazine.

Kim Davenport

Kim Davenport

Card Number 73
Team America
Nickname: "Kimmer"

Kim was selected as a member of Team America due to his straight shooting, gunfighting style of play. His greatest career achievement was receiving the Player of the Year Award by Billiards Digest in 1990. The "Kimmer" is considered on of the greatest shots makers on the Pro Billiard Tour. His favorite tournament was a match against Steve Mizerak in the US Open in '89. In '90 Kim won the Swedish Challenge Cup where is the foreign favorite of Swedish pool fans. "Gentleman Kim" as he is also known, because of his fashionable attire, travels around the world, demonstrating the game "Target Pool" which he helped develop.

Mike Sigel

Mike Sigel

Card Number 74
Team America
Nickname: "Captain Hook"

Considered to be one of the greatest pool players of all time. Mike was one of the sport's impact players of the '80s. As winner of over 80 individual tournaments, Mike career accomplishments were recognized in '89 with his election as the youngest member to the Billiards Hall of Fame. As a result of his skills, he has been named Billiards Digest Player of the Year twice and has had future stories about him in major publications such as Sports Illustrated, Playboy and Parade Magazine. Mike looks forward to leading off in World Team Billiards competition for Team America.

Nick Varner

Nick Varner

Card Number 75
Team America
Nickname: "Cool Hand"

It is easy to understand why Nick is one the highest paid tournament winners in the history of pocket billiards. He holds the distinction of being names Player of the Year by billiards Digest and Pool and Billiards Magazine in'89 thanks to his first place ranking in the MPBA. His career reached a zenith in '91 when the Billiard Industry, in a survey of his peers, named him "All Around Player". To his credit, this published author is the winner of 14 MPBA tournaments since it's formation. In '92, rounding out his impressive credentials, Nick was selected into the Billiards Hall of Fame.

Buddy Hall

Buddy Hall

Card Number 76
Team America
Nickname: "The Rifleman"

Buddy was selected as a member of Team America because of his consistent Top 5 ranking on the Pro Tour and his knowledge of team play. As the team captain, "The Rifleman" brings to World Team Billiards years of experience as well as consistent style of play, complemented by his pure shooting stroke. Besides being the Winner of the '92 Challenge of Champions, Buddy has won over 70 major titles, including the '91 International 9-Ball Classic, the '91 U.S. Open and the '92 Rak 'm Up Classic. In 1991, "The Rifleman" won 1/3 of all MPBA Tournament.

Allen Hopkins

Allen Hopkins

Card Number 77
Team America
Nickname: "Young Hoppy"

Allen Hopkins' impressive career spans 4 decades. A future Hall-of-Famer, Allen is the current President of the Men's Professional Billiards Association, which runs the Pro Billiards Tour. Considered one of America's great all around pocket billiard players, he excels in all facets of the game. "Hoppy" debut on silver screen came in the movie the Baltimore Bullet, though he's made television as a commentator. In '90 Allen was the Tour's leading money winner and was ranked as the number one player of the year. In '91, he went on to win the World One Pocket Championship.

Earl Strickland

Earl Strickland

Card Number 78
Team America
Nickname: "The Pearl"

Earl expressed deep emotion when he was named to represent his country on Team America. A prolific shot maker with a fierce competitive spirit, "The Pearl" brings to the table a devastating break, a keen eye, and a sharp rapid style of play conducive to the format of World Team Billiards. He has won four World Championships ('84, '88, '89 and '91) and has been names Player of the Year five times ('84, '85, '87, '88, and '90). Earl has been featured on many television shows including NFL Superbowl XXVI Billiards Championship in '92.

Carson Wiley

Carson Wiley

Card Number 79
Team America
Nickname: "CJ"

C J's dedication to the sport underscores his appointment to Team America, and reflects his growing reputation in the billiards industry. A natural shooter with courage and determination, the lanky Texan's sure handed play complements the game of World Team Billiards. Wiley was featured on the cover of "Dallas Life" magazine along with an eight page article which focused on his life as a pool player. Only two years on the Pro Billiards Tour, CJ has gained the respect of fellow players with his consistent play.

Lou Butera

Lou Butera

Card Number 80
Team America
Nickname: "Machine Gun"

Hall of Famer Lou Butera is the Coach of Team America. His experience and knowledge of the game is impeccable. According to Lou, he feels that there is a greater pressure on him as a coach than when he is playing. His impressive list of victories and awards extends across four decades and features some of the finest moments in the game. "Machine Gun" Lou has been a mainstay on the Pro Billiards Tour since its inception and was given his nickname due to his rapid style of play. Lou has served as technical advisor for three movies and numerous TV shows.

Loree Jon Jones

Loree Jon Jones

Card Number 81
Team America

Loree's star has been on the rise since she first entered the Women's Open Pocket Billiard Tournament at age eleven. Her tremendous skill is what elevated her to the top in the women's competition. She won the Open in '81 and '86, took second played in the U.S. Open in '83, and won that title in '89. Loree has been honored as Billiards Digest Player of The Year three times, in '81, '88 and '89. As of 1990, she was the top ranked player in both women's nine-ball and straight pool. A business women as well as player, Jones is a room owner and manufacturer of billiards supplies.

David Howard

David Howard

Card Number 82
Team America
Nickname: "Little David"

"Little David" career spans three decades and his consistent play has earned him a place on Team America. Concentration, knowledge, and dedication are the keys to his success. David is the number one cheerleader for Team America when is playing or waiting to play. One of the biggest highlights in his career came when he was asked to play an exhibition for the Rolling Stones in '89 and taught Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman trick shots. When David first put on his team America shirts, tears came to his eyes, because he has always wanted to represent the United States in international play.

Jim Rempe

Jim Rempe

Card Number 83
Team America
Nickname: "King James"

When Jim joined Team America, the future Billiards Hall of Famer brought with him a world wide reputation as a winner. Proud of his leadership role in the game, he often anchors Team America because he knows what it takes to win. One of the highlights of "King James" career came when he won a major snooker tournament in England and triumphantly jumped on the table and proudly waved the American flag. Jim has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame and has been featured on numerous television shows including the CBS, "The World's Greatest Pool Shooters".

Team Puerto Rico

Team Puerto Rico

Card Number 84

  • Mike LeBron
  • Frankie Hernandez
  • Efrain Morales
  • Tony Robles
  • Jose Robles
Mike LeBron

Mike LeBron

Card Number 85
Team Puerto Rico
Nickname: "Spanish Mike"

Team captain Mike LeBron is Puerto Rico's most well known pocket billiard player, "Spanish Mike" was born in Puerto Rico, and lived there 21 years before coming to America 38 years ago. Internationally, Mike has participated in tournaments in the Philippines, Japan, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland. He was the Taipei Open winner in '90 and came 2nd in the Munich Master the same year. He almost played professional baseball for one of Puerto Rico teams, but chose to come to America instead. As lead off man, Mike is the pulse, heart, soul and brain that motivates Team Puerto Rico.

Frankie Hernandez

Frankie Hernandez

Card Number 86
Team Puerto Rico

Frankie Hernandez lags for Team Puerto Rico and is second in the lineup to Mike LeBron. His aggressive style and raw, exciting talent provide multiple opportunities for his team. His involvement in the sport came after watching Steve Mizerak and Allen Hopkins on Wide World of Sports. He began playing in '86 after being taught by Tony Robles and Sammy Guzman who he befriended. He was New York City and New York State Champion before he burst onto national scene in '92 with a stunning victory in the East Coast Classic 9-Ball Championship. His hobbies include working out. dancing, playing football, baseball and basketball.

Efrain Morales

Efrain Morales

Card Number 87
Team Puerto Rico
Nickname: "Evangelista"

Efrain Morales follows Tony Robles in 4th position on Puerto Rico. Morales started playing pool at the age of 16 and when the picked up his first cue stick it fit like a glove. He immediately became a disciple of the game and, by practicing regularly, he earned a reputation as one of Puerto Rico's most respected players. The "Evangelista" became a three-time champion of Puerto Rico and has earned his nickname because during tournament play, he doesn't drink or smoke. He is married with one child and when not working, he loves to workout.

Anthony Robles

Anthony Robles

Card Number 88
Team Puerto Rico
Nickname: "Tony"

Tony Robles follows Frankie Hernandez in third position on Team Puerto Rico. This young, up and coming player has developed a consistent game with intelligent position skills to become a formidable member of the team. At the age of 13, Tony accompanied his father into a pool parlor and started to learn how to play. Then the old man at the hall gave him a Steve Mizerak book on pool and he started studying the sport. In '91 and '92. Tony was the Tri-State Player of the Year, and has won many New York State Championships. A lover of Kung Fu, Tony has collected over 325 Chinese Kung Fu Movies.

Jose Robles

Jose Robles

Card Number 89
Team Puerto Rico

Jose Robles is the anchor for Team Puerto Rico. Always reliable in the clutch, Jose became interested in playing pool in his father's pool hall as a young child. Whenever the opportunity arose, Jose played pool to improve his game. At the age of 16, he participated in tournaments held in Puerto Rico and soon gained a reputation of being a composed, consistent player with a high degree of confidence. Jose has won numerous in his country and his ambition is to win the World Team Billiard Championship. When not playing pool, he plays guitar.

Team Mexico

Team Mexico

Card Number 90

  • Ernesto Dominguez
  • Francisco Galindo
  • Marco Marquez
  • Rafel Martinez
  • Ismael Paez
Ernesto Dominguez

Ernesto Dominguez

Card Number 91
Team Mexico
Nickname: "Chihuahua"

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1955, this National Champion and his wife Maria have three children. In '87 Ernesto started winning tournaments and has built an impressive series of credentials, including a Top 20 ranking on the Pro Tour. He's dramatic and solid player who serves as captain of Team Mexico. Since moving to California from Mexico, the "Chihuahua" has earned a stellar reputation among his peers and fans. When not playing pool, Ernesto is pool table mechanic whose hobbies include boxing and all sports.

Francisco Galindo

Francisco Galindo

Card Number 92
Team Mexico
Nickname: "Pacharo"

Born in Mazatlan, Mexico in 1944, Francisco started playing pool at 15 and had a desire to become a Championship caliber professional. "Pancharo" gained formidable reputation by winning many local and regional tournaments in Mexico. After moving from Mexico to the United States, Galindo entered and won many local tournaments in Los Angeles and all over Southern California. As the elder statesman of Team Mexico, his experience and knowledge brings stability to the younger players on his team. When not playing pool, Francisco is an expert automobile mechanic and lifeguard. He is married and two boys and one daughter.

Marco Marquez

Marco Marquez

Card Number 93
Team Mexico
Nickname: "Snake"

Born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1964, Marquez started playing pool at the age of 7 in his grandfather's home. After his first introduction to the game , he didn't play regularly until he was a young teenager, when he obtained a job in a pool room. While working in the room, he began to learn more about the game, but it wasn't until he became 17 years old that he began to play regularly. Marquez won the '89 Austin Texas Open and the '91 St Louis Open then came in third in the Capitol City Open in '92. He likes baseball, soccer, ping-pong and volleyball. "The Snake is married and has two children.

Rafael Martinez

Rafael Martinez

Card Number 94
Team Mexico

Rafael Martinez is considered to be one of the PBT's young rising stars. He has progressively improved his game and become a formidable opponent to any player on the Tour. His consistent, strong highlights his dedication to the game. In the opinion of his peers, he is one of Mexico's future champions due to his tremendous potential. Rafael is a gentleman who is very well like on the Tour and is not far from becoming a world class player. He leads Team Mexico by example with his consistently strong play on the table.

Ismael Paez

Ismael Paez

Card Number 95
Team Mexico
Nickname: "Morro"

Ismael decided at a very young age to make billiards his profession. Since then, "Morro" had developed a style that is envied by many of his nation's country-men. His steady and consistent play leaves little room for mistakes by his opponents. When he gets the opportunity, he rarely lets his opponents off the hook. Paez is devoted to teaching the younger set the finer points of the game and his exhibitions in Los Angeles area within the Mexican community are always appreciated. His dream and ambition is to being the World Team Championship title home to his native country.

Team Canada

Team Canada

Card Number 96

  • Paul Potier
  • Claude Bernatchez
  • Chris Wood
  • Dave Dupuis
  • Paul Thornley
  • Bill Ganne
Paul Potier

Paul Potier

Card Number 97
Team Canada
Nickname: "The Coach"

Paul is the captain of Team Canada and in World Team play demonstrates his leadership ability by shooting first. His mind is always focused on the play at hand, allowing him to initiate team shots and strategy. "The Coach" as his team-mates call him, is also President of the Canadian Professional Billiard Association. Paul started playing competitive snooker 20 years ago and fulfilled his dream of representing his country in international competition. When he not playing pool, Paul works in Hospitality Industry Management. His hobbies include playing racquetball, golf, cooking, dancing and horseback riding.

Claude Bernatchez

Claude Bernatchez

Card Number 98
Team Canada
Nickname: "Mr Class"

Claude started playing pool at age of 6 and was encouraged by his entire pool playing family. He became a recognized pool talent at the age of 12 when he ran his first century mark (100) from the break. In the '80s, Claude had a snooker high run of 142 and was six time Quebec Straight Pool Champion, earning him the honor "Quebec Player of the Decade" for the '80s. In '88 "Mr Class" was the Canadian 8-Ball Champion and in '90 was the Quebec Snooker Champion. In '91, he finished seventh in the World 14.1 Straight Pool Championship. Claude owns his own pool club, is an avid Montreal Canadians and Expos fan and, when not playing pool, loves to fish and golf.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Card Number 99
Team Canada

Chris started playing pool at the age of 12 and won his first tournament in '83, the Under 21 Snooker Tournament held in Toronto, Canada. 1992 was quite a year for this up and coming Canadian, as he won the Canadian and Ontario 9-Ball Championships, the Canadian Snooker Championships and the Western Canadian Snooker Championship. He also represented Canada in the '92 World Championship in Las Vegas. He holds a personal best snooker high run of 144 balls. When not at the table, Chris enjoys music and cycling.

Dave Dupuis

Dave Dupuis

Card Number 100
Team Canada

As the youngest member of Team Canada, Dave Dupuis is one of Canada's great pool shooters. Playing left-handed, his smooth stroke and knowledgeable approach to the game has earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow teammates. David has achieved this success because of his strict, disciplined attitude which includes two to four hours of practice every day. After being named Quebec Amateur 9-Ball Champion in '91, Dave was ranked 3rd in Quebec in '92. His highest run in straight pool is 148 and his highest run in Snooker is 114. Dave's dream is to become a full-time pro on the Pro Billiards Tour.

Paul Thornley

Paul Thornley

Card Number 101
Team Canada

Born in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1944. Paul was introduced to pool by a friend at the age of 17 while he was working as an assistant golf pro. He immediately fell in love with the game. Since turning pro at the age of 25, Paul has gone on to win three Canadian Snooker Championships ('68, '69, '70), the Canadian Open Championships ('68, '69, '70) and the '90 Ontario 9-Ball Championship. When not shooting stick, Paul is the owner an import/export business. His hobbies include reading fine literature, playing golf and oil painting.

William Ganne

William Ganne

Card Number 102
Team Canada
Nickname: "Bill"

Bill started shooting pool at 15 and won the Provincial Championships from 1960 to present. In '92, Bill won the Central Canadian Snooker Championships, the Western Canadian Snooker Championships and Edmonton Snooker Championships and Edmonton Master Championships. Beside being the co-captain of Team Canada, Bill is also the President of the Alberta CPBA and has won many 8-Ball and 9-Ball championships. He holds a personal best 9 maximum snooker breaks with 147, and 1 maximum snooker break on pink ball. When not playing pool, Bill is a professional engineer and project manager with Shell of Canada, amateur painter and art connoisseur.

Team Philippines

Team Philippines

Card Number 103

  • Jose Parica
  • Leonardo Andam
  • Francisco Bustamante
  • Rodolfo Luat
  • Efren Reyes
Jose Parica

Jose Parica

Card Number 104
Team Philippines
Nickname: "Amang"

Having earned the distinction of being in the Philippine Hall of Fame, Jose Parica is an internationally ranked player and one of the acknowledged stars of Team Philippines. He won nine 9-Ball Championships, including the Great American in '86, the Gandy Open in '88, the International Open 9-Ball in '88 and '89 and the Philippine 9-Ball in '92. Other titles include the Philippine Open 8-Ball Championship in '79, the Selsi Plaza International Open in Japan in '88 and Tennessee Bar Table Championships in '90. Jose and his wife have 4 children. His hobbies include watching Jai-lai and Boston Celtics.

Leonardo Andam

Leonardo Andam

Card Number 105
Team Philippines
Nickname: "Dodong"

Leonardo Andam is another of the powerful players on World Team Billiards Team Philippines. He began playing pool at age 11 and went Pro at just 17. An international player with presence, skills and knowledge, he is a perfect fit with his teammates to win any tournament that Team Philippines participates in. Andam captured four Gold Medals in the Sea Games, as well as countless local pool and snooker championships. When not playing pool, Leonardo enjoys basketball and spending time with his wife and seven children.

Francisco Bustamante

Francisco Bustamante

Card Number 106
Team Philippines
Nickname: "Django"

Bustamante is another one of the formidable players found on Team Philippines. A newcomer to the Pro Tour, "Django" has already gained a reputation as a world class player. His thunderous break and methodical cat-like approach to the game, strikes fear in his opponents. As soon as he harnessed the skills to become a serious player, "Django" started entering tournaments. Since then, he had amassed an impressive list of victories, but it is not the victories that make this shooter a star, it is his raw talent and aggressive style of play. As his future unfolds, we look forward to seeing Francisco in the winners circle.

Rodolfo Luat

Rodolfo Luat

Card Number 107
Team Philippines
Nickname: "Boy Samson"

Rodolfo started to play pool at the age of 12 and instantly became fascinated with the game. Practicing whenever he could, "Boy Samson" had ambitions of becoming a top notch player. At the age 16, he turned Pro and saw his dreams come true. He went on to take second place in the '88 Ocean World Cup and the ' 91 Taipei World Cup. Improving his game, he then took first in both the Asian Championships in '91 and the Philippine 9-Ball Open in 92. When not playing pool, Rodolfo enjoys watching movies.

Efren Reyes

Efren Reyes

Card Number 108
Team Philippines
Nickname: "The Magician"

Efren, "The Magician" Reyes is one of the brightest international stars on Team Philippines. He is considered by his peers to be among the Top 10 players in the world. His fantastic shotmaking has earned him nickname "The Magician" and his consistent world class play has put tremendous pressure on his opponents. A favorite in both the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and United States. "The Magician" has cult following wherever he plays. He never disappoints his fans, creating incredible shots from any point on the table. With Efren Reyes in the Philippine lineup, all world teams know they can't make a mistake and expect to win.

Rolando Vicente

Rolando Vicente

Card Number 109
Team Philippines

Rolando's mother owned a billiard parlor where he learned to love the game. In '79, at the age of 12, he entered and won his first tournament playing rotation in Angeles City. He attended college for two years at the Holy Angel University in the Philippines studying for C.P.A. in accounting, but his love for the game was so strong that he decided to be a professional pool manager instead. Vicente promotes local and international tournaments in Manila when he's not touring with the team and is the Business Manager and Coach of Team Philippines.

Team Germany

Team Germany

Card Number 110

  • Edgard Nickel
  • Tony Deigner
  • Thomas Engert
  • Werner Grewatsch
  • Nobert Lang
  • Waldemar Markert
  • Oliver Ortmann
Edgar Nickel

Edgar Nickel

Card Number 111
Team Germany

Edgard, who is captain of Team Germany, is one of Germany's truly great pocket billiard champions. He has credentials that date back to '79 when he won the German Masters 14.1 and placed 3rd place in the European Masters 14.1 Tournament. He is a two time German Champion in Snooker, a nine time Champion in different billiards events and four time European Trick Shot Champion. Other titles include the German Master 9-Ball Tournaments in '80 and '81, the '82 and ''83 German Master 14.1 Tournament and 3rd place in the European Master Trick Shot Tournament in '83, '86, '87, '88 and '89.

Tony Deigner

Tony Deigner

Card Number 112
Team Germany

Tony started playing pool as a teenage and had achieved two of his life long ambitions: One, to represent his country in international competition and the other to own his billiard entertainment center where he teaches the game of pocket billiards to up and coming student of the game. Tony was German Champion in team play in both '89 and '90. His greatest individual career achievement came when he won back to back German 9-Ball Championships in '89 and '90. In '91, Deigner placed 2nd in the European 9-Ball Championships. A handsome, meticulously dressed individual, Tony is married with a son.

Thomas Engert

Thomas Engert

Card Number 113
Team Germany

Thomas started playing pool at the age of 12 with the ambition to become a world class player. This achievement was met in both '91 and '92, when Engert won the German 8-Ball Championship. In '92, he was also European 9-Ball Champion. In '92, he placed second in Essen 14.1 Straight Pool competition. Thomas first made his impact in the European competition in '85 when he won the 14.1 Junior European Masters. In '87, '88 and '89 he won numerous 8-Ball and 9-Ball Championships in Germany and finished 5th in the International Open 9-Ball Pocket Billiard Championship in Osaka, Japan.

Werner Grewatsch

Werner Grewatsch

Card Number 114
Team Germany

Werner started playing pool as a teenager in '77 and instantly became mesmerized with the sport. He decided then and there, as a young pool player, this would become his life's work. Since that time, his ability and ambition has blossomed and he quickly become one of Germany's top stars. He won the German Snooker Championship in '88 and is a three time German Champion in team pool. Playing now for Team Germany, Werner, just entering his prime, is a player to watch.

Nortbert Lang

Nortbert Lang

Card Number 115
Team Germany

Lang began shooting pool as a teenager and hasn't put down his cue since. As a Pro. Norbert has become one of Germany's most prolific shot makers. He has chalked up impressive stats in that include twelve German 9-Ball Championships and three European 9-Ball Championships in '85, '86 and '89. Norbert, whose whole life revolves around billiards, loves to give exhibitions for Germany's up and coming players. His style is an inspiration to them all. When not playing pocket billiards, he heads to the great outdoors to pursue his other love, hunting.

Waldemar Markert

Waldemar Markert

Card Number 116
Team Germany

Markert started playing pool in '73 as a teenager. Although World Team Billiards is 9-Ball, Markert's strongest pool achievements have been in 14.1 which is straight pool. He is three time German Champion in 14.1, and came in second in the European 14.1 Championships in '90. Due to his knowledge of straight pool, Markert has become a master of position, a formidable asset when playing 9-Ball. His analytical approach to pool comes from his mastery of chess, which is his second love. Markert also loves to swim and read and is a business man and pool instructor as well.

Oliver Ortmann

Oliver Ortmann

Card Number 117
Team Germany

Oliver Ortmann is Germany's greatest international player. He started playing pool at age 6 in his parents' club and developed one of the smoothest, natural strokes in the game. His graceful style of play has brought him worldwide acclaim and an extraordinary list of victories including 27 German National Championships. In '89 Oliver gained world wide recognition from the international billiard community when he captured the 14.1 Straight Pool U.S. Open Championship. In '90 he was named European Player of he Year. He again won the U.S. 14.1 Straight Pool Championship in '91.

Team Sweden

Team Sweden

Card Number 118

  • Mikael Hallgren
  • Niclas Bergendorff
  • Louise Furberg
  • Urban Karlsson
  • Jan Lundell
  • Tom Storm
Mikael Hallgren

Mikael Hallgren

Card Number 119
Team Sweden
Nickname: "The Fish"

Mikael started playing pool as a teenage with long-time friend and future team-mate Niclas Bergendorff. Their dream, while learning to play pool, was to become world class players and represent their country on an international basis. "The Fish" won the Double Swiss Open in '85, was the European Champion in '88, the European 8-Ball Champion in'89 and the Swedish 9-Ball Champion in '90. In other tournaments Mikael came in 3rd in the Munich Masters in '91 and 5th in the Sands Regency the same year. Mikael owns his own pool club where he performs trick shots shows and gives lessons to future Swedish Champions.

Niclas Bergendorff

Niclas Bergendorff

Card Number 120
Team Sweden
Nickname: "Seagull"

Niclas started playing pool as a teenage with his best friend and future teammate, Mikael Hallgren. Since turning pro, "The Seagull" won the Swedish 8-Ball, 9-Ball and Straight Pool Championships in '92 and the Swedish 8-Ball Championship in '91. He also won the European 14.1 Championship in '92 and two time Swedish 9-Ball Champion. At his club, "The Masters Biljardsalonger", he gives lessons and exhibitions to the younger players. Niclas says that he earned his nickname, "The Seagull" because "Seagulls eat Fish for breakfast, speaking in reference to his long time friend and teammate, Mikeal Hallgren.

Louise Furberg

Louise Furberg

Card Number 121
Team Sweden
Nickname: "Lisa"

Louise was raised on the game of pool by playing on a table made by her grandfather when she was 4. "Lisa" is the only female member of Team Sweden and is a secretary when not playing pool. At the age of 15, she started entering professional tournaments and since '90, has won the European Straight Pool Championships, the Swedish 9-Ball Championships in '91-'92. the '91 European Championship in 9-Ball, and the '92 European Championship in 8-Ball. Her hobbies include golf and her love for cats, Her pool skills and trick shots exhibitions are in great demand for performances at schools, conventions and private parties.

Urban Karlsson

Urban Karlsson

Card Number 122
Team Sweden
Nickname: "Little"

Karlsson's grandmother gave him a pool table when he was 13 and he hasn't stopped playing since. He earned his nickname "Urban Little" because his 6'10" stature towers over his other team mates. He participated in the three World 9-Ball Championships in '90, '91 and '92. At his pool parlor, Urban gives lessons and exhibitions and is dedicated to passing on the tradition of pocket billiards to future generations. Urban, who is married with a child, is looking for ward to the day when he can teach his son the art if pool. Urban's favorite pass time when he isn't shooting pool, is fishing.

Jan Lundell

Jan Lundell

Card number: 123
Birth Date: 2/26/1963
Nickname: "The Accountant"

Jan started shooting pool at the age of 13 and decided at the time to devote his career to being the best pool player in the world. Jan won the European in 14.1 pool in '91. His other titles include winning the triple Swedish 8-Ball Championship and double Swedish 8-Ball Championship. Jan eared his nickname for his astute awareness of numbers. As a pool parlor owner, Jan gives lessons and exhibitions to interested students of the game. "The Accountant" is known to pass up a gourmet meal for his favorite...pizza.

Tom Storm

Tom Storm

Card Number 124
Team Sweden
Birth Date: 3/18/1965
Nickname: "Stormy"

Tom has been playing pool literally since he could walk. Because he plays like a whirlwind, he has created a very fast, unpredictable style of play which has earned him the nickname "Stormy". Since turning Pro, "Stormy" has been the Triple European Champion and is a six time Swedish Championship. Recently, "Stormy" won the Munich Master and Finnish Open in '92. Due to his consistent devotion to the sport, Tom looks forward to an extraordinary international career. He is a great asset to Team Sweden, and is expected to bring pride to his homeland in his international representation.

Team England

Team England

Card Number 125

  • Keith Brewer
  • Greg Farren
  • Mark Philip Hewitson
  • Lee Kendall
  • Alex Ferguson
Keith Brewer

Keith Brewer

Card Number 126
Team England
Nickname: "Brew"

Born in London, Brewer has played table sports for 15 years. He started playing in tournaments at 18, and win his first U.K. title at 24. This shooter's international reputation stems from his impressive list of over 150 victories, including winning the U.K. Championship three times, in'85, 88, and 91. He won the British Open Championship twice, in '87 and '90. Keith's best year to date was '92, as he racked up wins in the English Championship, the Pontin's Open and Superkings Championship, ranking him #1 in the U.K.. The "Brew" is captain of Team England and is married with two children. He has represented England four times in the European Championships.

Greg Farren

Greg Farren

Card Number 127
Team England

Nickname: "The Professor"

Greg first picked up a pool cue at 15 years of age. After being racked the #1 amateur in England for two years, "The Professor" turned Pro in '86. Farren is the owner of a pool and snooker club and has won countless tournaments, including the Pontins Professional in '91, The London and Manchester Opens in '89, the McEwans Open, The Berwick Professional Racking Tournament and Border Television Classic in '88. He was also the Border Tele Pool Champion in '89 and the Jersey Festival of Pool Champion in '90 and Embassy Pro Challenge Champion in '92.

Mark Philip Hewitson

Mark Philip Hewitson

Card Number 128
Team England

Mark is manager of a pool and snooker club in Romford, Essex. He first started playing pool at the age of 16, because his first place of employment had a table. Recently , Mark has won the Park Lane Crown Open, the Essex Open and the Ilford Open in '92, as well as being runner up in the ' 92 Pontins Open. Other victories include the Tolly Cobbilo English Championships in '86, the Essex Championships in '88 and '90 and the Park Lane Classic in '92. Hewitson collects snooker, pool and billiard items, plays golf and has the distinction of having been hit by lightning.

Lee Kendall

Lee Kendall

Card Number 129
Team England
Nickname: "The Fox"

Lee started playing pool at the age of 15 while on vacation in Spain. Since turning Pro, he won the Burtonwood Classic and the British Open Championship in '92 as well as the Provincial Racing Open in '89. In '88, Kendall was the Junior 14.1 Straight Pool Bronze Medalist in Sweden. in '92, he was racked number eleven in the I.P.A Pro Body. An international traveler on the European continent, "The Fox" seeks out pool competition wherever he goes. His talent will a great asset to Team England in coming years.

Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson

Card Number 130
Team England

Alex started playing pool at 19 and fell in love with the world of pocket billiards. He practiced daily with the dream of becoming a competitive tournament player and achieved his goal by playing in local pub tournaments, fine tuning his skills and moving on to regional competition. He focused his energies on competitive snooker and worked his way up to becoming a professional. Ferguson's growing reputation as an international player was spurred on when the local club he practiced at installed an American pool table. His aggressive and unique style of play have earned him berth on Team England.