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Allen Hopkins to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, and continues to be a force in the Industry!

Posted on by Jerry T

jerry-t-and-allen-hopkins.pngAllen Hopkins has been a force in the pool world since he was a super junior, and continues to break new ground in the sport.

Allen has not only amassed a brilliant resume of playing accomplishments, but has been a practitioner of leadership through his major contributions to the pool/billiard landscape.

“Getting voted in by the players in very special to me, and I feel as if this honor completes my career.” – Allen Hopkins

Be sure to check out the Allen Hopkins featured video at the 2008 US Open to learn about most exciting project!

By the age of 12 Allen knew that he had what it took to play pool at it’s highest level, and was motivated to be a force in the sport.

The induction ceremony will be held at 9 p.m., June 12 during the GernerationPool.com 9-ball Championships at the Charlotte Convention Center. The expo serves the industry of pool, bringing many of the top industry leaders and players under one roof.

Allen Hopkins who is now 56, has a truly impressive portfolio of accomplishments including winning the US Open 9 Ball Championships 2x.

Here is a quick overview of his Major Titles, which is just touching on most of his accomplishments around the game.

• 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 Open Champion, 1988
• Valley Forge Classic Champion, 1989
• Legends of One-pocket Champion, January 1991

Allen 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 $1,000,000 Nine-Ball Shootout.

His father bought him a three-foot toy pool table when he was 6 years old. At the age of 8, playing on a regulation-sized table for the first time, he sank 10 balls in a row.

His father reportedly said, “You’re going to be a world champion at this game.”
Hopkins played championship-level pool for three decades from the 1970s through the 1990s.

He is known for his versatility as a player, earning titles in such varied events as the 1977 World Open 14.1 Straight Pool championship, the 1977 and 1981 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, 1990 Cleveland Open 10-Ball Classic and 1991 Legends of One-Pocket event.

He credited his development as a pool player to growing up with and playing against top talents on the East Coast, including Hall-of-Famers Ray Martin, Steve Mizerak, and Cisero Murphy, as well as Pete Margo, Jack Colavita and Onofrio Lauri.
“When you are in an area playing with top players, if you have any talent at all, you’ll become a top player yourself and learn a lot,” Hopkins said.

Allen used to also face off with my mentor as well as Jeanette Lee’s mentor “the late” legendary Gene Nagy from Queens NY.

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Allen is also one of the best commentators and promoters in the game today, and is associated with all that is fun and cool with the sport.

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 show in the world, with multiple tournaments for amateur, seniors, women and men professional player levels.

Check out all of the Pro Action from the 2008 Super Billiards Expo – CLICK HERE!!!

Check out all of the Amateur Action from the 2008 Super Billiards Expo – CLICK HERE!!!

This year Allen is introducing his most important and thrilling production, the Million Dollar 9 Ball Shootout this August. For more info on how Allen plans on putting money in the players pockets… CLICK HERE!!!

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It is clear that Allen is all about heart, and has built a legacy with a foundation of contribution and love for the players and the sport.

“Jersey Joey” Joey Testa, one of the Hottest up and coming players form New Jersey, who has known Allen for most of his life… is quick to mention that his Idol in this game is Allen Hopkins.

Joey was introduced to Allen Hopkins at 11 after already having pool in his blood for 7 years… and he mentions that he was fortunate to have caught the eye of a living legend of the game.

Joey tells us a little about their relationship…

“Shortly after meeting Allen he saw the hunger that I had for the game and started to take me under his wing.
Allen started to teach me one pocket, and I couldn’t believe that we started to schedule regular practice sessions and I was fortunate enough to play with Allen almost every day.

Playing with Allen was a tremendous experience for me because he was so knowledgeable with game but showed me nothing but infinite patience.

It is cool to still see Allen playing in most of the professional events that I now play in… and I still come up to him and ask him a question about something that I may be dealing with… on or off the table.” – Pro Pool Player Joey Testa

Joey had a chance to recently face off with his Mentor at a recent Blaze Tour in the finals. I posted a quick overview below.

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“The Student faces the Teacher”

What is really cool to me is how Allen Hopkins is still on the top of his game, and still has the ability to dominate his opponents as he most recently did in earning a spot in a Blaze Tour finals against his protege “Jersey Joey” Joey Testa.

The Blaze 9 Ball Tour was hosted by Rockaway Billiards on Sunday April 6, 2008. (breakdown of the event by tournament staff)

A strong field of 34 players came out to play.

Leading the top half of the bracket was Scott Simonetti with wins over Bob Geurra 7-1, Wali Muhammad 7-2, John Alicia 7-2, and Carmen Lombardo 7-2. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Joey Testa with wins over Shaun Dobson 7-5, Frankie Ramos 7-0, Jose Cruz 7-5, Eddie Abraham 7-5, and Twiz 7-1.

Play for the hot seat it was Scott Simonetti Vs Joey Testa This was a good match with Joey Testa taking control from the start to with the hot seat 7-3 sending Scott Simonetti to the one lost side. Waiting for Scott Simonetti on the one lost side was Alan Hopkins, this was all Hopkins winning the match easily 7-0 to get to the finals.

In the finals it was Joey Testa vs Allen Hopkins, Hopkins has to beat Testa twice to win the tournament. The first match was great going hill with Hopkins winning 7-6, with that said the two players decided to be co-champions of the tournament.

Finals: Joey Testa and Allen Hopkins
3rd: Scott Simonetti
4th: Carmen Lombardo

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Stay Tuned for insight into Visionary Pat Fleming owner of Accu-Stats Video Productions, who also has been selected in the Hall’s Meritorious Service Wing of the Hall of Fame.

(From Left to right: Pete Fleming, Pat Fleming and Tony Robles)
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  • AF

    The green links look awesome!

  • Jim Fredericks

    Hi Guys!

    Just a quick correction – Pat’s spelling of his last name is Fleming. Only one “m”.

    Also in the picture above the caption should read:

    Picture: (From left to right Pete Fleming, Pat Fleming and Tony Robles)

    Thanks in advance,

    Jim
    Accu-Stats

  • JT

    Thanks Jim!!! We made the changes, and it is up to date. Allen also has won more than what it up there as well, and we will be following up with another more up to date story shortly.

    Pat has offered so much to the pool world, and we are all grateful. I personally have grown up watching Acc-Stats video’s as a kid and continue to recommend Acc-Stats to anyone I know who is serious about this game.

    Thanks for being a part of the nycgrind.com community. Accu-Stats Rocks.

    For anyone who is interested in learning more, check out… http://www.accu-stats.com

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