Mike Sigel is an American professional pool player who born on July 11, 1953, in Rochester, New York. He started playing poo when he was just 13 years old, and at the age of 20, he became a professional player and recognized himself as one of the best players in the world.
The natural talent of Mike Sigel led him to be inducted into Billiards Hall of Fame in 2000 when he was only at the age of 35. Ultimately, he became the youngest ever player to get this prestigious honor. The print media also acknowledged the emerging talent of Mike Sigel, and Billiard Digest declared him “the greatest living player in the world”.
Mike Sigel had a distinctive talent to play safety shots, leaving his opponent with a problematic response, which led him to earn the nickname “Captain Hook”. In the 1980s, he was one of the most dominant and game’s top players. Entitled three times as “Player of the Year” by Billiards Digest and Pool and Billiards magazines, he was considered one of the aggressive road players in the USA. He is also the founder of United Billiard Leagues UBLNOW.
Mike Sigel Net Worth
The professional career of Mike Sigel started in 1970 when he participated in All-Around Tournament with the support of top-rated players of the era like Joe Balsis, Steve Mizerakhas, and others. In 1975, Mike Sigel won his first major tournament when he contested in US Open Nine-ball Championship. Mike Sigel has the credit to be the winner of more than 107 professional pool tournaments, including ten world pocket billiard championship titles and six times winner of US Open Nine-ball Championship.
In 2005, he became the winner of the International Pool Tour World Eight-ball Championship. During an exhibition match, he defeated a female player Loree Jon Jones and received the amount worth $150,000. The same year, he reached in the final of King of the Hill Eight-ball Shootout, where he faced Efren Reyes. Unfortunately, he did not win the title and stood runner-up in the competition earning $100,000.
There are various speculations about the net worth of Mike Sigel. Some online sources claim that his net worth is $1 Million – $5 Million. At the same time, others have the opinion that his net worth is $10 Million. According to azbilliards.com, his network from 1976 to 2011 is $3, 17,577.
Mike Sigel played both versions of the pool i.e., 8-ball and straight pool, but he performed exceptionally well in 9 balls. Billiards Digest, once declared him the No 5 pool player of the 20th century. He was also attached to the film industry. He was the technical advisor of the 1986 academy award-winning movie, “The Color of Money”. In another movie, the Baltimore Bullet, he had a cameo appearance. Mike Sigel is the only player who has defeated Erfen Reyes more times than any other player, and his lifetime wins were more consistent than Erfen Reyes. He had a vast knowledge and talent about how to win.