Shane Van Boening is a professional pool player from Rapid City, South Dakota, United States. As of 2022, Matchroom Pool’s “World Rankings” and the World Pool-Billiard Association’s “WPA Rankings” both list Van Boening as the best player in the world. Van Boening has won more than 100 titles in his field of work.
Shane Van Boening was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 14, 1983. He comes from a family of pocket billiard players who are known for their skill and success. Gary Bloomberg, Boening’s grandfather, knew how to play trick shots.
His grandmother, Jeanne Bloomberg, won once in the Valley National 8-Ball League Association, and her aunt, Gari Jo Bloomberg, won three times. Timi Bloomberg, his mother, was the Billiard Congress of America champion for a long time.
What is Shane Van Boening’s Net Worth?
As of December 2022, Shane Van Boening Has an Estimated Net Worth of $1.5 Million (Source: Billiard Guides). Professionally playing pocket billiards gave Van Boening most of his money. Shane was number one in the US rankings put out by the UPA Tour at one point.
Van Boening also gets money from the people who sponsor him. In 2007, Shane got sponsored by Mark Griffin, who ran The Billiards Congress of America Pool League. This league is in charge of cue sports in North America.
He also runs Lucky Billiards in Sioux Falls, which he owns.
How Van Boening Started Playing Billiards?
In 2006, Van Boening beat Hungarian Vilmos Foldes at a qualifier for the International Pool Tour. He was one of several players who won a US$5,000 bonus for breaking and running six racks in a row during tournament play.
He was one of ten players to get an IPT tour card by finishing in the top two of one of five qualifiers. He won the second spot at the Atlanta, Georgia, Pool Room qualifier. He is the best player in the world, according to AZ Billiards. He practices at Lucky Billiards in Sioux Falls, where he is the house pro and a co-owner.
Van Boening has won the VNEA national amateur 8-ball championship three times. In 2007, he got to the final of the BCA Open Nine-ball Championship but lost to Dennis Orcollo. He won the Predator International Ten-Ball Championship a few days after that.
Inside POOL Magazine said in 2007 that Van Boening could be the best pool player in the US in the future. Van Boening beat 2004 WPA Men’s World Nine-ball Champion Alex Pagulayan 11–4 to win the hot seat at the World Summit of Pool on June 16, 2007.
On the last day, all of the games were cut down to 13 points because ESPN was there to record them. Pagulayan beat Francisco Bustamante and Warren Kiamco to make it to the final, where he will face Van Boening. Van Boening came back from being down 4–1 to tie the score at 5–5, but Pagulayan won the next two games to win 7–5.
The Billiards Congress of America Pool League is owned by Mark Griffin. In 2007, he started sponsoring Van Boening. On October 20, 2007, Van Boening beat Filipino champion Ronnie Alcano 13–10 in the finals to win the 32nd US Open Nine-ball Championship.
Van Boening stayed unbeaten in the championship, which was held in Chesapeake, Virginia, and had a double-elimination format. On December 9, 2007, Van Boening and Johnny Archer were in the double-elimination finals at the Reno Open Nine-ball Championship.
Archer had never lost before, so Van Boening had to beat him twice. Van Boening won the first set, then won the championship 83 minutes later.
In 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2018, Billiards Digest Magazine and “AZBilliards” named him “Player of the Year.” In 2020, Billiards Digest Magazine named him “Player of the Decade” for the 2010s.
For the 2022 season, Van Boening won the WPA World Nine-Ball Championship in April.
Let’s Take a Closer Look into Shane Van Boening’s Personal Life!
As of 2022, Shane Van Boening isn’t dating anyone. Van Boening has trouble hearing and wears a hearing aid, but this doesn’t affect how well he plays pool. People have said nice things about how he approaches the sport, how he acts during games and the fact that he doesn’t drink alcohol.