Earl Strickland is a professional pool player, born on 8th June 1961. The American pool player was introduced into the Hall of Fame of Billiard Congress of America in the year 2006. Strickland, also known as Earl "the Pearl" Strickland is counted among the all time best 9-ball players because he has won numerous championships within his 25-year long career. He also faced numerous controversies for his outspoken views and occasional volatile behaviors at various championships.
Strickland began playing pool when he was only 9 years old. After years of intensive practice, he successfully entered his very first professional tournament. He was 15 years old at that time.
In the year 1983, Strickland acquired national prominence when he won a pool tournament in Lake
Tahoe. This was followed by the victory in the 1984 Caesars Palace Pro Billiard Classic held in Las
According to many critics, Strickland's game was like polished gem. He started to become the dominant force on pool championship trail and was considered by many to have the potential to become a world champion in the future. He was regarded as having the endurance, skill, temperament, patience and tenacity required for becoming a world champion. In 1984, The National Billiard News declared Strickland as the Player of the Year due to his dominance in the game. He won the World Open championship in 1988 after defeating another renowned pool player Mike Sigel.
In this tournament, each shot was being monitored using a 45-second shot-clock to record it for a 7- week series broadcast. After the end of the series Sigel stated that he was under pressure because he was being clocked. But, Strickland said that it would not have mattered even if they allowed only thirty seconds between shots.
In 2004, Strickland participated in a 9-ball ring game at the Derby City Classic, a multiple-tournament event that takes place every year in January in Louisville, in the state of Kentucky. Veteran pool player Grady Mathews once said about Strickland that his unpredictable behavior and brilliant shot- making capabilities keeps everyone tongue-tied when he plays.
Strickland approached Clann Eireann Pool Team in May 2012, with a wish of signing a two year contract. However, team discussions about some negotiation have delayed this decision.
Awards and Accolades
Earl Strickland won the Player of the Year Award several times in his career. Others highlights of his
career include multiple U.S. Open 9-ball Championship title and WPA World 9-ball Championships.
He has won the most number of U.S. Open 9-ball Championships among all professional pool
players. Strickland is also the only player in the world to win the WPA World 9-ball Champion in
successive years. He has also participated in the Mosconi Cup as a part of the American team from
the inauguration of the tournament in 1994 until the year 2009.
In 1996, Strickland took part in the first PCA championship and ran eleven straight racks when playing against Nick Mannino. The tournament stipulation was that the player to break and run ten racks would be the winner of the US$1,000,000 prize money.
In 2007, a reader's poll conducted by The Pool & Billiard Magazine ranked him at the 6th place.