Shane Van Boening is an American professional pool player who won his first pro title, the Reno Open 9-Ball Championship, in 2007. Also, he was the top-ranked player on the UPA Tour.
He was born on July 14, 1983, in the USA.
His family has a strong pocket billiards background. For instance, his aunt Gari Jo Bloomberg, mother Timi Bloomberg, grandmother Jeanne Bloomberg, and grandfather Gary Bloomberg, were all successful professional pool players.
Gary Bloomberg, his grandfather, once said:
”I’d give him a piece of candy and a cookie and he would sit there by the hour.”
Gary later added:
“Wouldn’t fuss at all and just watch the balls and I knew he was really absorbing the game.”
Timi Bloomberg, his mother, said:
“He used to sit and he would go to the pool hall.”
Timi went on to say:
“As a toddler he could sit and he’d watch his grandpa play pool.”
In 2006, he defeated Vilmos Foldes (a Hungarian professional pool player) at the International Pool Tour qualifier.
He earned his first U.S. Open at age 24. He defeated Ronnie Alcano in the finals, 13–10. Note – Ronnie Alcano is a professional pool player, who won both the 2007 WPA Eight-ball Championship and the 2006 WPA World Nine-ball Championship.
In 2007, he had become the first-ever world champion in that discipline of pool. Also in 2007, Shane made it to the final of the BCA Open Nine-ball Championship. However, he lost to Dennis Orcollo, a Filipino professional pool player, who has been called “the Philippines’ Money-game King.”
On June 16, 2007, Shane won the World Summit of Pool by defeating Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan.
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There is no information regarding Shane Van Boening’s past romantic relationships.
”I always wanted to be a champion and be the best pool player in the world.”
”We have to work on the break and have to avoid making easy mistakes.”
”8 ball? 9 ball? One Pocket? Bar Box? 10’ Diamond tables?”
”If you miss a shot, you work on it over and over and over until you get it like 10 times in a row.”
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Another famous professional pool player is Jeanette Lee.
In 2007, Van Boening was declared the male Player of the Year by Pool & Billiard Magazine and Billiards Digest.
Also, Inside POOL Magazine named him the best pool player in the United States.
He has had the privilege to play in many countries around the world, including:
- The United Arab Emirates;
- The Netherlands;
- The United Kingdom;
He also played pool in more than 45 states within the US.
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Shane is hearing impaired.
He is a 3-time VNEA national amateur eight-ball champion.
He was bullied when he was young. Shane said for Express:
“When I was younger, I had a lot of bullies. I had to go to my mum, I had a kid put a gun to my head, I had a kid spitting on me.”
He also said:
“If you’re getting bullied, my advice is you have to be positive, don’t let yourself down.”
He was ranked number one in the world by AZBilliards.com, the leading source for billiards news in North America.
Shane Van Boening – Net Worth
Van Boening earned most of his wealth from being a professional pocket billiards player. At some point, Shane was the number 1 in the US rankings published by the UPA Tour.
Moreover, Van Boening earns money from his sponsors. In 2007, Mark Griffin, the owner of The Billiards Congress of America Pool League (a governing body for cue sports in North America), started to sponsor Shane.
In addition, he is the owner of Lucky Billiards in Sioux Falls. Therefore, Shane Van Boening has an estimated net worth of $0.5 million.
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