"Efren "Bata" Reyes - the Magician" Photo by Reuel Cataylo on flickr. 

Top 10 Efren Reyes Quotes

Efren Manalang Reyes, aka “the Magician”, was born in 1954 in the Phillipines. He is a world-class pool player with over 70 international titles under his belt. He began shooting pool at age 8, moving Coke cases around to stand on so he could reach the table to play. Today, he has become one of the greatest pool players of all time.


Here are 10 of Efren Reyes’s greatest quotes:


The more practice, the luckier I get.


When I slept on the table, I dreamt about pool. I learned about pool from my dreams.


I like sleeping on the table because when I woke up I could play pool.


I watched all the good players and the weak players too.  I learned the simple shots from the good players. The good players don’t know the invisible shots. A lot of times the weak players make these impossible shots. I learned a lot of trick shots from watching bad players.


There is no fatigue as long as I can see the prize money at the finish line.


I like to hear a player when is playing is quiet and concentration and even is losing is happy. 


Of course I like winning. But I think the secret is never thinking that you have done enough. I still want to win now just like the first time.”


I was in the pool hall everyday and played all day for years and years. Until now I practice.


It doesn’t matter how good you are if you are not shooting.


I think a lot have learnt from me with regard to new shots that they eventually use. That in effect has lessened my advantage over the rest.


I got lucky.

Thank you Efren Reyes!

Interesting Efren Reyes Facts:

  • He dropped out of school to play pool.
  • He used an alias(Cesar Morales) to play pool in the US since his real name was already recognized and no one knew what he looked like.
  • He was also known  as “Bata”(Tagalog for “Kid”).
  • He won half a million from one tournament, the largest prize in pool history.

What are some of your favorite Efren Reyes quotes or facts? Thank you and carpe omnia!


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