Whether you’re a twelve-year veteran of our 9-ball leagues or you’ve never held a cue, you’ll be surprised to know just how many celebs, politicians, and historical figures love our favorite game. Â Here’s three unexpected figures from all different fields who love to shoot pool. Oh, and regardless of your experience level, join our next c0-ed pool league starting 5/14 to shoot pool, learn the game, and meet people!
1. Â Barack Obama
Yep, the Ruler of the Free World likes to spend what little free time he has shooting pool. Â President Obama was photographed at Schultzie’s Billiards in West Virginia during the 2008 primaries, and even buried a few tough shots into the corner pocket. Â Obama must also be a fan of British philosopher Herbert Spencer, because he paraphrased Spencer in describing his billiards chops, joking that his talent was “the sign of a misspent youth” (we don’t agree!).
2. Â Mark Twain
Samuel Longhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, was a rabid billiards player who 1906 Billiard Champion William Hoppe described as “the most enthusiastic billiard fan” he ever knew. Â Twain stipulated anywhere he lived, there must be a proper billiards table. Â As he grew older, billiards became an obsession for him; he was a recluse who would only accept callers if they were willing to shoot pool with him. Â Once, when his house caught fire, he was so invested in his game of billiards that he barely even noticed the flames! Â Now that’s dedication.
3. Â Justin Tuck (DE, New York Giants)
Super Bowl Champion Justin Tuck of the New York Giants has as much skill with a pool cue as he does in the trenches. Â Tuck hosts an annual Celebrity Billiards tournament to benefit his R.U.S.H. for Literacy campaign. Â He’s pretty adept at the game himself: here’s a nifty little shot from the crafty defensive lineman.