How Rich is Efren Reyes Now? Exploring the Legendary Pool Player‘s Net Worth and Career Earnings

Efren "Bata" Reyes has a current estimated net worth of $2 million, cementing him as one of the richest professional pool players ever. With over 100 titles and millions in career earnings, Reyes exhibits the style, longevity and skill that define a true GOAT. Let‘s explore the magician‘s journey to the top.

Dominating Global Pool Tours and Amassing Earnings Over $2 Million

Throughout his illustrious career, Reyes has won over $1.5 million in advertised prize money, including victories at the World Pool Masters, US Open Nine-ball Championship and WPA World Eight-ball Championship.

Between 2005 – 2011 alone, Reyes earned over $700,000 on the international pool circuit against world class competition.

But tournament winnings tell only part of the story. Lucrative endorsements, exhibitions, promotions and instructional products have likely contributed equivalent earnings over Reyes‘ 50+ year career.

As pool‘s biggest star, Reyes‘ charisma and flair draw huge crowds wherever he plays. Top players can demand appearance fees starting in the thousands for single matches or events.

Consider that Reyes‘ contemporary, the also-legendary Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone, amassed an estimated net worth of $900,000 largely through exhibitions.

Given his unprecedented longevity and fame, it‘s reasonable to estimate Reyes‘ total career earnings exceeding $2 million and continuing to grow.

How Reyes‘ Earnings Stack Up Against Other Sports Legends

In most mainstream sports, the top stars earn $10s or $100s of millions over a career from salaries and endorsements. But for pool, Reyes‘ estimated $2 million places him near the pinnacle.

Contrast Reyes‘ earnings with pool contemporaries like Jeanette Lee ($6 million) and Allison Fisher ($4 million).

Now consider superstars in other sports – Tiger Woods ($800 million), Floyd Mayweather ($560 million) and LeBron James ($480 million).

The scale difference is massive, but within his niche sport of pool, Reyes‘ wealth and fame stand apart. He helped trigger an international pool wave, especially in the Philippines where he cemented billiards as a national passion.

Reyes‘ Journey From Humble Roots to Legendary Status

Reyes discovered pool as a young boy in the Philippines where he honed his skills at local pool halls and bars. Too small to reach the table, he played atop Coca Cola crates! From poverty, his prodigious talent launched him into the limelight.

Stories of Reyes as a pool shark beating American GIs abound. His flair and trick shots also entertained crowds. An early big victory came defeating US Open champion Earl Strickland in 1984.

But Reyes cemented his GOAT status by winning world championships in two disciplines – WPA World Eight-ball (1994) and WPA World Nine-ball (1999).

In 2006, Reyes became the first Asian inducted into the Billiard Congress of America‘s Hall of Fame, capping a five-decade career as pool‘s most dominant superstar.

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