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Nick Varner at Mosconi Cup in 2008

Nick Varner (born May 15, 1948 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an American pool player and was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America in 1992.[1]



Nick Varner was an ascending star on the professional pool scene after he won two ACU-I Intercollegiate Championships in 1970 while attending college. A cliché given to Varner was "Speak softly and carry a big stick" because of the way he conducted himself as well as his competitive endeavors.[2]

In 1989, Varner became only the second man to earn over $100,000 in prize winnings accumulating 16 major nine-ball events and was "Player of the Year" in 1980 and 1989.

Heralded as one of the sport's greatest ambassadors, Varner achieved moderate success in his chosen "profession". Some of his accomplishments have included being an author, a video star, a pool room proprietor, a manufacturer's representative, and an exhibition player.[3]



  1. ^ Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame
  2. ^ "Varner Carries Big Stick in World Open", by Bruce Venzke, page 5, The National Billiard News," October 1980. Retrieved May 20, 2007
  3. ^ The Snap, "Players of the Year", by Kreole Freddie, page 8, February/March 1980. Retrieved June 17, 2007

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Preceded by
Kunihiko Takahashi
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
Succeeded by
Efren Reyes
Preceded by
Mike LeBron
US Open Nine-ball Champion
Succeeded by
Buddy Hall


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