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Bob Callahan
09-22-2010, 08:58 PM
Honestly, some players are kind of boring. Sort of robotic.

My vote goes to Keith McCready. He's animated. He talks to the audience. You can tell by the way he moves around the table that he loves pool and is excited to be playing--can't wait to get to the next shot...that after all these years, he still has fun playing.

sfleinen
09-22-2010, 09:03 PM
Honestly, some players are kind of boring. Sort of robotic.

My vote goes to Keith McCready. He's animated. He talks to the audience. You can tell by the way he moves around the table that he loves pool and is excited to be playing--can't wait to get to the next shot...that after all these years, he still has fun playing.

For me, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Efren Reyes. (Even though I spelled out the names, if I just mentioned each player's first name, most would know them right off the bat.)

These two, for me, epitomize natural talent (but natural talent that was discovered and sharpened with practice!), creativity, avant-gardsmanship, natural tempo, and just plain "throw the gauntlet down and go for it"-ship out of any player. In a phrase, "a pleasure to watch."

-Sean

Medalist
09-22-2010, 09:11 PM
I see a poll coming.

Shane

yiyilance
09-22-2010, 09:25 PM
my all-time favorites are Efran Reyes and Earl Strickland:thumbup:

thuglife520
09-22-2010, 09:33 PM
Not in any order
- Ronnie Alcano= smooth
- Shane Van Boening = confident
-Scott Frost = cold blooded hustler

Matt Stockman
09-22-2010, 09:37 PM
I'd have to agree that Keith in dead punch might be as exciting as they come, and not only because of his rythmic cadence around the table, but also the fearless manner in which he would play his patterns. Jay said in his book that Keith was the best for the money because he would rip through even the toughest patterns at warp speed with the cueball on a string. Heck, I recall Fatboy saying in another post that Keith - on the older slow cloth barbox - used to get to the spot on the table for the next shot before the cueball did... knowing exactly where to expect it!! Tell me that wouldnt be intimidating if he was in the process of throwing a package at ya...haha

I would have to say the old school to really old school players get my vote. With Keith at the head of the line, and Cowboy Jimmy Moore a close second. I wish i could find more footage of cowboy...love that slip stroke

SK Custom Cues
09-22-2010, 09:43 PM
#1. All time favorite - Earl Strickland

#2. Also a favorite - Francisco Bustamante

#3. Current Favorite - SVB

LAMas
09-22-2010, 09:51 PM
Minnesota Fats.:thumbup:

Protocol
09-22-2010, 09:53 PM
Alex Pagulayan and Ralf Souquet for completely different reasons of course.

sk8ordie
09-22-2010, 10:03 PM
Efren, Bustamante, Morris & Deuel
Old school- Luther Lassiter

greyghost
09-22-2010, 10:11 PM
Matlock and Keith....earl is third

Ratta
09-22-2010, 10:22 PM
hi there,

difficult question-there are many players i love to see playing, but here some :)

8-Ball without a question Ralf Souquet
14-1: Still i love to see Oliver Ortmann playing-the machine still has it..
9 and 10 Ball: Efren and Deuel (both games)

lg from overseas,

Ingo

J.S.
09-22-2010, 10:52 PM
This one's a bit tricky. To me it actually doesn't matter who the player is, it's more a question of how is he playing at the moment. When someone hits the high gear, it's a pleasure to watch.

That being said, my favourite players to watch are:

Snooker: Mark Williams and Ronnie O'Sullivan
Pool: Efren and Earl

J.S.

sjm
09-22-2010, 11:06 PM
Reyes and Souquet.

markatwork
09-22-2010, 11:27 PM
i agree with Keith McCready for the way he entertains while playing great pool...Earl Strickland i have to say also for the same reasons...and when i was younger i loved to watch Irving Crane,sharply dressed and a master of the shots

book collector
09-22-2010, 11:30 PM
Efren at 1 Pocket I learn something new almost every time I see him play.

SK Custom Cues
09-22-2010, 11:47 PM
Actually, I forgot to add Lee Van Corteza...... he is one bad dude.....

atthecat
09-23-2010, 12:00 AM
Fun to watch: Sigel, Strickland, Tadd, Varner, McCready, Louie Roberts, Jimmy Mataya, Gomez, Frost, Davenport, SVB, CJ Wiley, Morro, Bustamante, Eberle and Hall.

Robotronic: Feijen, Souguet, Hohmann, Immonen, Peach, Van Den Berg

dedstroke38
09-23-2010, 12:46 AM
Bar none Ronnie O'Sullivan for me. Never even touched a snooker table but what an ispiration and what pure talent. And for pool SVB!!!

marcone
09-23-2010, 12:51 AM
tony drago and Strickland for fun!

ralf souquet and all English players robotronic!

pfduser
09-23-2010, 12:55 AM
Deuel and SVB.

Georgia Boy
09-23-2010, 05:09 AM
Mine would be SVB and Johnny Archer for Pool and for Snooker Paul Hunter (I wish he was still with us today, far too young to be gone), Ronnie O'Sullivan and Jimmy White.

paksat
09-23-2010, 05:47 AM
Deuel and SVB.

this ^ Mhm

vagabond
09-23-2010, 06:03 AM
Keith Mcreedy Vs Jimmy Mattaya

Besides being meistros of the game, they are very entertaining with their one liners and batter

Maniac
09-23-2010, 06:27 AM
Why all the multiple answers :confused:?

The OP only wanted to know who your favorite player (non-plural) is to watch.

My favorite player to watch is Alex Pagulayan.


Maniac

Ktown D
09-23-2010, 06:46 AM
Why all the multiple answers :confused:?

The OP only wanted to know who your favorite player (non-plural) is to watch.

My favorite player to watch is Alex Pagulayan.


Maniac

agreed......

Diamond Jack
09-23-2010, 07:18 AM
Earl,Efren,Francisco...in this order

Ron F
09-23-2010, 08:01 AM
Jeanette Lee. Hands down. Followed by Earl.

pfduser
09-23-2010, 08:18 AM
Why all the multiple answers :confused:?

The OP only wanted to know who your favorite player (non-plural) is to watch.

My favorite player to watch is Alex Pagulayan.


Maniac

I was following along with everybody else,so my all time favorite is Deuel.:thumbup:

TheMarsMan
09-23-2010, 08:22 AM
Alex P. is definitely the most fun player to watch in pool.

real bartram
09-23-2010, 08:28 AM
Alex P. is definitely the most fun player to watch in pool.

alex p is 1 of my fav players to play.

Craig
09-23-2010, 08:30 AM
St8 Pool: Mike Sigel

OnePocket: Efren Reyes,Scott Frost

9-Ball: Mike Sigel,Earl Strickland

8-Ball: Jimmy Reid

10-Ball: SVB,Johnny Archer

BarBox: Keith McCready , David Matlock

For the Cash: Buddy Hall, Jose Parica

Grinder In to the End: Chris Bartram

poolsnake69
09-23-2010, 09:47 AM
1 - Fats
2 - Earl
3 - Efren
4 - Busta

They might not be the best players ,but they are truely entertaining ! IMHO

tom mcgonagle
09-23-2010, 09:51 AM
My favorite player to watch is the guy that's, squirming in his chair while I'm at the table running out another rack.

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http://tommcgonaglerightoncue.com

Tbeaux
09-23-2010, 10:41 AM
Entertainment-Men- K. McCready, A. Pagulayan, S. Sambahon (sp?),M. Massey, T. Rossman

Entertainment- Women- V. Villerreal, J. Lee, G.Y. Kim, E. Laurance, M. Ng

Technical- Men- E. Strickland, J. Archer, E. Reyes, C. Deuel, T. Robles

Technical- Women- A.Fisher, K. Corr, K. Fisher, G. Hoffstatter, Y.R. Cha

Personal (various reasons) - M. Webb, M. Monk, J. Kelly, H. Thornfeldt, S. Rousey, M. Herndon, A. Paglia, J. Barretta

Ole dead guys- R. Wanderone, W. Mosconi, Cornbread Red :thumbup:

tattoo
09-23-2010, 10:47 AM
scotty townsend!!

John Novak
09-23-2010, 10:59 AM
As far as 14.1 my all time favorite to watch is still Pat Fleming. Ya gotta love his warp speed breaks. I also like his use of inside english in situations where you wouldnt expect it... and last but not least, How could you not like the "Point & Click" method...:thumbup:

supergreenman
09-23-2010, 12:24 PM
Steve Mizerak - his CB moved like it was like a sailboat going across a lake on a calm day

Mike in MN
09-23-2010, 01:08 PM
Corey Deuel. He's just so smooth and creative sometimes. He takes risks, and has a very strong game.

9 ball
09-23-2010, 01:30 PM
My favourite players to watch are in no particular order:

1. Thorsten Hohmann
2. John Morra
3. Charlie Williams
4. John Schmidt
5. Johnny Archer
6. Shane Van Boening

Rusty C
09-23-2010, 01:52 PM
tony {dago} penna and Andy Olgiun

gordml
09-23-2010, 02:05 PM
Alex Pagulayan

Bob Callahan
09-23-2010, 09:22 PM
For all the fans of Keith and Earl, here they are in '88:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHQw9T5uvyk

notnilc20
09-24-2010, 12:45 AM
E. Strickland....fast player and very animated.....sometimes too much:grin:

Rodney Morris....lets not forget this very fast player. Gotta love the fast players...it's agonizing watching some of these guys take forever to run out...but I don't blame them either.

Alex Pagulayan...fun to watch with that long bridge of his and great personality at the table.

Masirib5
09-24-2010, 03:50 AM
Francisco Bustamante

dognit26
09-24-2010, 04:55 AM
Alex Alex Alex

Jason Koopman
09-24-2010, 01:08 PM
Buddy Hall if I can pick only one.
I also like Souquet, Daulton, Deuel and Sigel.

JoeW
09-24-2010, 03:38 PM
Corey Duel
Johnny Archer

Snake Plisken
09-24-2010, 08:23 PM
Earl Strickland and Keith McCready for their obvious talent, quick pace, and personalities that make them even more enjoyable to watch.

Efren Reyes... Does a reason even need be stated?
My opinion the greatest player ever to p/u a cue!

cuesmith
09-24-2010, 08:55 PM
Efren, Alex, Earl, Keith, Jose, Lee Van, Cliff, and Bartrum.

zy112
09-24-2010, 09:08 PM
Efren, Alex, Earl, Keith, Jose, Lee Van, Cliff, and Bartrum.

Right on, that would be my exact list too.

muddawg
09-24-2010, 09:14 PM
1. Alex Pagulayan
2. Efren Reyes
3. Shane Van Boening
4. Mika Immonen

JusticeNJ
09-24-2010, 09:16 PM
Sigel - super solid. Great stroke.

The Miz. Other than the sweetest stroke ever, Miz just had a rhythm that can hyptnotize you. The man was clearly born to play pool, period.

PhilosopherKing
09-24-2010, 09:58 PM
Ronnie Allen playing 1-Pocket.

vasilios
09-24-2010, 10:28 PM
I have been a witness to the show from many of the players already listed.
but my vote goes to Jay Swanson.when Jay put it in high gear it was a sight to behold.he would get into it so deep he would move around the table on his tip toes.

bill

real bartram
09-25-2010, 03:04 AM
Efren, Alex, Earl, Keith, Jose, Lee Van, Cliff, and Bartrum.

im sure im not fun to watch.
but if you bet you will get your moneys worth.

SweetPea
09-25-2010, 06:06 AM
Vivian Villarreal, mainly because she looks like she is enjoying herself. I like watching all good players, hoping to pick up some more knowledge, but my favorite to watch (which is the question), is her.

acura9418
09-25-2010, 06:12 AM
mine would be ronnie o'sullivan smooth as silk

skip
09-25-2010, 06:28 AM
Mike Deshain. He is fast a smooth. An the man who would show you just enough to get your money. Corn Bread Red. Pure legend. ;)

Slh
09-25-2010, 06:34 AM
reyes, parica, evgeny stalev and deuel.

cuesmith
09-25-2010, 06:58 AM
im sure im not fun to watch.
but if you bet you will get your moneys worth.

Don't sell yourself short, Chris! A lot of us enjoy watching you play.

the77club
09-25-2010, 08:51 AM
dennis hatch

Voodoo Daddy
09-26-2010, 03:08 AM
Lots of talent...too many to narrow down. Here is a few;

Some of the old:
Steve Mizerak
Jay Swanson
Jimmy Matz
Efren Reyes
Johnny Ervolino

Some of the new:
Frost
Bartrum
Hatch

My all time favorite?
Toby Sweet



or
BlackJack Dave Sapolis :thumbup:

Mr. Wiggles
10-15-2010, 03:08 PM
Rodney Morris type, quick, accurate. Nothing like watching people get beat quick. Its even a nice drill to use, shooting quickly, you must get on quickly and I think this helps your aim in the long run. Helps to be a pretty good player. Not a good drill for average joes.

PoolBum
10-15-2010, 03:36 PM
Steve Mizerak - his CB moved like it was like a sailboat going across a lake on a calm day

Mizerak playing pool is a thing of beauty.

He's like the real-life Minnesota Fats from The Hustler:

"Look at the way he moves, like a dancer...And that stroke, it's like he's playin' a violin or somethin'."

poolplayer2093
10-15-2010, 03:41 PM
Honestly, some players are kind of boring. Sort of robotic.

My vote goes to Keith McCready. He's animated. He talks to the audience. You can tell by the way he moves around the table that he loves pool and is excited to be playing--can't wait to get to the next shot...that after all these years, he still has fun playing.

corey duel, lee van, neils feijen, alex p. there list is pretty long but i've always been a big corey duel fan.

poolplayer2093
10-15-2010, 03:42 PM
Don't sell yourself short, Chris! A lot of us enjoy watching you play.

any videos of this guy in internet land?

LAMas
10-15-2010, 04:15 PM
Tony Drago
Keith McCready
Alex Pagulayan
Rodney Morris



Bucktooth
Dippy Dave

westcoast
10-15-2010, 04:15 PM
In order (not necessarily my favorite players- but who I like to watch play the most)

1. Strickland

2. Deuel

3. Bustamante

4. Reyes

5. Mika

DeepBanks
10-15-2010, 04:30 PM
Steve Mizerak - his CB moved like it was like a sailboat going across a lake on a calm day

Even when you're just showin' off!!

JohnnyP
10-15-2010, 04:32 PM
Earl and Efren, Hong Kong Challenge Match.

JimS
10-15-2010, 04:35 PM
Current players = SVB, past = Buddy.

Mikjary
10-15-2010, 05:52 PM
I like Max Eberle. His smooth mechanics never get old.

Best,
Mike

lukemindish
10-15-2010, 09:27 PM
SVB and Efren

vincentwu817
10-15-2010, 09:30 PM
Yang Ching Shun - never know when he will get a crazy jump shot in and get shape on the next shot. he also makes some ridiculous shots

Efren Reyes - creative and never know what he's gonna do. no need to say more.

Earl Strickland - when he is feeling it, he makes 9 ball look like the easiest game in the world

sandfoot
10-15-2010, 10:01 PM
1P- Bugs Rucker,Scott Frost,Shannon Daulton
9b-Corey Duel,Kid Delicious,SVB
14:1-John Scmidt

This list can go on forever,just too many to name, Sometimes it doesn't matter who's playing, just watching two masters of the game doing their thing can be more than entertaining.

poolcuemaster
10-15-2010, 11:13 PM
Earl, Buddy, Efren, Kiefer, SVB(killing mika) and Alex not just for the fun of it but also the smooth never ending runouts. Pure horsepower--Leonard

RFisher
10-15-2010, 11:16 PM
MR. Buddy Hall just might be the best of them all

onemorebrando
10-16-2010, 02:25 AM
Since all of my favorites have been named, I will add one that hasn't: Jasmin Ouschan. She is awesome, always learn watching her. And she's got a great attitude.

SCCues
10-16-2010, 03:53 AM
Earl was my favorite player to watch for years, but after some of his antics at the US Open the last couple of years I don't get as excited to watch him anymore. The match he played against CJ Wiley at the Open a couple of years ago was it for me. I waited all day to watch a classic Earl vs CJ match and Earl was terrible in that match. He kept staring at the floor and acted like he couldn't care less about being there. When he's on he's exciting, but you don't know which Earl is going to show up the last couple of years.

Shane and Efren are my favorite players to watch play and i'd pick Shane as my number one pick and Efren a close second.......

James

Blackjack
10-16-2010, 07:12 AM
Lots of talent...too many to narrow down. Here is a few;

Some of the old:
Steve Mizerak
Jay Swanson
Jimmy Matz
Efren Reyes
Johnny Ervolino

Some of the new:
Frost
Bartrum
Hatch

My all time favorite?
Toby Sweet



or
BlackJack Dave Sapolis :thumbup:

Steve, I don't even watch me anymore.

PistolPat
10-23-2010, 05:14 AM
Of course I love watching Efren, but I also have to say that for the past 4 years the person I love watching just as much as Efren is his supposed successor, Ronato Alcano. The guy honsetly will never be as good as Efren ever was but the kid sure is workin hard to try and accomplish that impossible feat.

jjollie
10-23-2010, 07:44 AM
All of the 70's and 80's top ranked players. If I had to pick one player today that I could watch for hours would have to be Dennis Hatch...especially if he's gambling. Hes a MONSTER!

AnitoKid
10-23-2010, 02:59 PM
Favorite player to watch - Efren Bata Reyes!


AnitoKid

gpeezy
10-23-2010, 03:06 PM
i love to watch mika cry like a little girl