Efren Reyes is a dual world champion, widely regarded as one of the all-time greatest pool players. “The Magician” has won many worldwide tournaments, setting an earnings record of $646,000 in 2006. According to Pool Tables Blog his total career earnings amount over $1.7 million. Francisco Bustamante Francisco Bustamante, a compatriot of Reyes, has enjoyed an illustrious pool career. Nicknamed “Django,” after the leading character in the film of the same name, Bustamante collected the 2010 world 9-ball title, having been runner-up in 2002. One of pool’s greatest international stars, Bustamante has been winning tournaments since 1993, including the PBT Bicycle Club Invitational, worth over $10,000. With a further 7 notable tournament successes, including the $50,000 International Challenge of Champions in 1999, Bustamante has amassed career prize money in the region of $900,000. Ralf Souquet Ralf “The Kaiser” Souquet, has collected over 250 tournament wins since 1981, including 41 German Championships and 34 European Championship titles. He started playing at the age of 6 and won his first junior national title at the age of just 14. Subsequent successes include the 1996 WPA World 9-ball Championship (an event in which Souquet also finished runner-up in 2001 and 2006) and the International Challenge of Champions in the same year. The World Pool Masters has proved a “happy hunting ground” for Souquet, with victories in 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006. Successes in major events such as the 2000 US Open 14.1 Championship, 2002 US Open 9-ball Championship and 2008 WPA 8-ball Championship have allowed Souquet to accrue career prize money of nearly $840,000. Thorsten Hohmann Thorsten “The Hitman” Hohmann, has enjoyed a successful career whilst based in both Germany and the United States. He first came to prominence in 2003, defeating Filipino Alex Pagulayan in the final of the WPA World 9-ball Championship, having already collected the German national title and the New Jersey 14.1 Championship in the same year. In 2004, Hohmann signed up with Dragon Promotions and relocated to Jacksonville, Florida; becoming a permanent US resident, but retaining his German citizenship. Later that year, he reached the final of the US Open 9-ball Championship. 2005 was Hohmann’s most successful year to date, with lucrative successes including the BCA Open 9-ball Championship, the Sudden Death 7-ball event and the World Pool League. In 2006 he won the inaugural World Straight Pool Championship and collected the IPT North American Open 8-ball Championship with a (then) record first prize. His total career earnings exceed $800,000. Shane Van Boening American professional pool player, Shane Van Boening from South Dakota, comes from a family steeped in pool-playing tradition. His aunt, Gari Jo Bloomberg, was a 3-times Valley National 8-ball Association (VNEA) champion – while his mother, Timi Bloomberg, also collected the same title on one occasion. His grandmother, Jeanne Bloomberg, was a BCA national champion and his grandfather a pool trick-shot specialist. Himself a 3-times VNEA champion, Van Boening has enjoyed professional tournament success since 2005, with his most productive year coming in 2007, when he reached the final of the BCA Open 9-ball Championship and became the inaugural winner of the World 10-ball Championship. Continued success has seen Van Boening amass career prize money of over $400,000.