Allen Hopkins (pool player)

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Allen Hopkins

Allen Hopkins (born November 18, 1951, Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American professional pocket billiards (pool) player, professional billiards color commentator and BCA Hall of Fame inductee. He promotes multiple annual pool events and still competes as a professional contender.

Amateur days[edit]

At seven years old, after watching many tournaments on television, Allen began to play pool on a small table his parents bought for him. As an amateur, at the age of 12, Hopkins ran a prodigious 110 balls and took this talent to play against grown men.

Pool career[edit]

By the age of 17, he went professional and took 5th place in the 1969 US Open Nine-ball Championship[clarification needed].

In 1977, Hopkins earned the title in that event again as well as the PPPA World Nine-ball Championship and the World Straight Pool Championship.[clarification needed] By 1981, he won the US Open Nine-ball Championship, and in 1983 won the WPA World Nine-ball Championship[dubious ]. In both 1986 and 1987, Hopkins was the champion of the Japan World Open.

Hopkins' professional career began in the 1970s and spanned over three decades. He served on the board of the now-defunct Professional Pool Players Association as well as president of the MPBA.

At the 1979 PPPA World Open 14.1 Pocket Billiard Championship in New York City, New York, Hopkins posted the largest victory margin in the event, defeating Richie Florence, 150-1.[1]

In 1993, he saw victory in the Challenge of Champions.[clarification needed][2]

Allen Hopkins has had a high run of 410 in straight pool (14.1 continuous),[3][4] and has run 15-and-out three times, in the game of one-pocket.[4]

In 2002, Hopkins triumphed in the Denver Ten-ball Open, defeating Earl Strickland, Filipino champion Jose Parica, Corey Deuel, David Matlock, and faced Shannon Daulton in a thrilling double-hill finals.[5]

In 2008, he was inducted to the BCA Hall of Fame by the Billiard Congress of America.

Titles[edit]

Sportscasting and event promotion[edit]

Allen Hopkins Productions started the Super Billiards Expo, each year held in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, which has since become the biggest consumer-oriented expo in the Billiards industry trade show in the world, with multiple tournaments for amateur, seniors, women and men professional player levels.[6]

He has combined efforts with Billiards International and promoted innovative pocket billiards exhibitions like the Skins Billiards Championship, the Texas Hold'em Billiards Championship, and the US$1,000,000 Nine-Ball Shootout.[7]

The Team DMIRO Tour was backed by Allen Hopkins, however, ended when tour owner and business partner Mike Andrews closed the tour due to the lack of Allen's involvement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Those Tournament Stats," by Bruce Venzke, page 14, The National Billiard News, November 1979. Retrieved May 18, 2007
  2. ^ Allen Hopkins Player Profile, IPT Member Allen Hopkins Player Profile, InternationalPoolTour.com. Retrieved May 20, 2007
  3. ^ FSN New York broadcast of 2007 Texas Hold 'Em shootout, final round (February 12, 2007). Allen Hopkins states his own high run as 410 balls.
  4. ^ a b "Player Profiles," by Elaine Smith, John Lewis, and Suzanne Weinstock, The Snap magazine, page 34, March/April 1991, OTS Publications, a division of Billiard Enterprises of Florida
  5. ^ "Q&A with Allen Hopkins" by Missy Capestrain and Brian Halter, 8ball.org. Retrieved May 20, 2007
  6. ^ Super Billiards Expo
  7. ^ Million Dollar Nine-Ball Million-Dollar Nine-ball Shootout. Retrieved May 20, 2007 NOTE: The Million Dollar Shootout was not a success and ran only 1 year, much like the DMIRO Tour which was backed by Allen
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Sigel
US Open Nine-ball Champion
1977
Succeeded by
Steve Mizerak
US Open Nine-ball Champion
1981
Succeeded by
David Howard