- Allen Hopkins (pool player)
Allen Hopkins (born
November 18, 1951, Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American professional pocket billiards(pool) player, and a sportscasterwho covers pool for ESPN. He promotes multiple annual pool events and still competes as a professional contender.
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 Cuegloss|Run|ran a prodigious 110 balls and took this talent to play against grown men.
By the age of 17, he went professional and took 5th place in the 1969
US Open Nine-ball ChampionshipClarifyme|date=March 2008 .
In 1977, Hopkins earned the title in that event again as well as the
PPPA World Nine-ball Championshipand the World Straight Pool Championship.Clarifyme|date=March 2008 By 1981 , he won the US Open Nine-ball Championship, and in 1983 won the WPA World Nine-ball ChampionshipDubious|date=March 2008. In both 1986 and 1987, Hopkins was the champion of the Japan World Open.
Beginning in the 1970s, Hopkins' professional career, spanning over three decades. He also served on the board of the now-defunct Professional Pool Players Association as well as the 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. [ "About Those Tournament Stats," by Bruce Venzke, page 14, "The National Billiard News", November 1979. Retrieved May 18, 2007]
In 1993 , he saw victory in the Challenge of Champions.Clarifyme|date=March 2008 [ [http://internationalpooltour.com/ipt_content/ipt_players/bio/Hopkins_Allen.asp Allen Hopkins Player Profile] , IPT Member Allen Hopkins Player Profile, "InternationalPoolTour.com". Retrieved May 20, 2007]
Allen Hopkins has had a high run of 410 in
straight pool(14.1 continuous), [ FSN New Yorkbroadcast of 2007 Texas Hold 'Em shootout, final round (February 12, 2007). Allen Hopkins states his own high run as 410 balls.] "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] and has run 15-and-out three times, in the game of one-pocket.
In 2002, Hopkins triumphed in the
Denver Ten-ballOpen, defeating Earl Strickland, Filipino champion Jose Parica, Corey Deuel, David Matlock, and faced Shannon Daultonin a thrilling double-hill finals. [ [http://www.8ball.org/q&a_allen_hopkins.htm "Q&A with Allen Hopkins"] by Missy Capestrain and Brian Halter, "8ball.org". Retrieved May 20, 2007]
In 2008, he was inducted to the
BCA Hall of Fameby the Billiard Congress of America.
*Champion of Champions, 1973
*Garden State Open, 1973
*New Jersey State Open, 1974
*World Open 14.1 Champion, 1977
*US Open Nine-ball Champion, 1977
*PPPA World Nine-ball Champion, 1977
*PPPA World Nine-ball Champion, 1979
*Baltimore Ballet Nine-ball Champion, 1980
*US Open Nine-ball Champion, 1981
*River City Nine-ball Champion, 1984
*Meucci World Nine-ball Champion, 1987
Japan World OpenChampion, 1988
Valley Forge ClassicChampion, 1989
Legends of One-pocketChampion, January 1991
International Challenge of Champions, 1993
portscasting and event promotion
Allen Hopkins Productions started the Super Billiards Expo, each year held in
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, which has since become the biggest consumer-orientated expo in the Billiards industry trade showin the world, with multiple tournaments for amateur, seniors, women and men professional player levels. [ [http://www.superbilliardsexpo.com/ Super Billiards Expo] ]
He has combined efforts with Billiards International and promoted innovative
pocket billiardsexhibitions like the Skins Billiards Championship, the Texas Hold'em Billiards Championship, and the US$1,000,000 Nine-Ball Shootout. [ [http://www.milliondollar9ball.com Million Dollar Nine-Ball] Million-Dollar Nine-ball Shootout. Retrieved May 20, 2007]
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