Three People You Probably Didn’t Know Loved Billiards

19 Apr

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.  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.  Barack Obama

Yep, the Ruler of the Free World likes to spend what little free time he has shooting pool.  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.  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.  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.  Twain stipulated anywhere he lived, there must be a proper billiards table.  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.  Once, when his house caught fire, he was so invested in his game of billiards that he barely even noticed the flames!  Now that’s dedication.

3.  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.  Tuck hosts an annual Celebrity Billiards tournament to benefit his R.U.S.H. for Literacy campaign.  He’s pretty adept at the game himself: here’s a nifty little shot from the crafty defensive lineman.

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