European Perspectives by blogger Pepijn Dewitt

My man

Everything about him intrigues me. His smooth stroke, the way he moves, his laugh, how he scratches his head when he loses position, the characteristic cough, his creative solutions, all of it. I must have been 12 years old when I saw him on video the first time. It not only changed my perspective on pool, but also the way I experience the game myself.

He’s a humble master of moving, banking, and kicking and therefore a great one pocket player. Those who know me, know I’m a one pocket advocate. It was him who made me fall in love with the game. During the years I’ve learned more about him and he turned out to be a great person off the table as well. He shares his wealth with friends and family, providing them with business opportunities and sends kids to school to get a proper education. I admire him even more for that than for the magician he is on the table. In 2007, I’ve had the honor to shoot some racks, backstage at the World Pool Masters, with the man himself. I couldn’t get the smile of my face. It was probably the best day of my (pool) life, although it was just a friendly game. Funny how that goes. I’m a very competitive player. It’s mostly the result that counts for me. Not that day. It wasn’t the achievement of winning a few games, but the experience of playing with my idol that made my day. Efren Reyes is my man.