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Robert “Cotton” LeBlanc

As a youngster, Robert “Cotton” LeBlanc was introduced to the sport of billiards at a local bowling alley that owned one pool table in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 12 years old. A quick learner, he became skilled at the game and mastered it under the guidance of top billiards professionals in the state.

After finishing school, he began traveling the billiards circuit across the country. During that time he learned new strategies and techniques from accomplished players like Buddy
“The Rifleman” Hall, Wade “Boom-Boom” Crane, and Ronnie Allen. He soon earned the recognition and respect of the top pool players in the country by winning local, regional and statewide competitions.

Some of Robert’s professional recognition includes:

AWARDS

1st Place Awards

  • Billiard Congress of America, National 8-Ball Championship Open Men’s Mixed Team.
  • Undefeated against 4,000 teams
  • One Pocket Tournament, South Bay Billiards, South Bay, CA
  • National Team Champions, McDermott US Team Open Championship, Las Vegas
  • US Scotch Doubles Hueber Cup VIII (partnered with top-ranked Women’s Professional Play, Robin Bell), Laughlin, Nevada
  • Miller Lite Regionals, 8-Ball Division, Chicago
  • Miller Lite Regionals, 9-Ball Division, Chicago
  • Miller Lite World Series of Tavern Pool Regionals, 8-Ball, Chicago
  • Miller Lite World Series of Tavern Pool Regionals, 9-Ball, Chicago

2st Place Awards

  • Western Division, McDermott US Team Open, Las Vegas
  • Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Classic, Las Vegas

International Award

  • World One-Pocket Tournament, 5th Place, Reno, Nevada

FILM AND TV

  • Lucky Strike Cigarette TV commercial, technical advisor and trick shots for Michael Stone (Actress Sharon Stone’s brother)
  • Trick shot exhibition segment for MTV with host Carrie Wuher
  • Body double and trick shots in movie, “Hot Shots” for Carey Elwes
  • Technical Consultant for the movie, “Pool Hall Junkies” script; movie loosely based on Robert’s life
  • TV sitcom, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” trick shots

PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL

  • Technical consulting for TV commercials and feature films. Working on sets with directors and actors.
  • Technical consulting for pool room start-ups. Clients and career positions with the Hollywood Athletic Club (CA), Events Sports Bar (CA), Rack ‘Em Up (CA), National Sports Grill (American Restaurant Group, CA)
  • House Pro, National Sports Grill (6 locations)
  • House Pro, Hollywood Athletic Club
  • House Pro, Jersey’s Sports Grill
  • House Pro, Kelly McCue’s

As the House Pro, responsibilities included running tournaments, technical consulting, private and group lessons, billiard sales, billiard maintenance, increasing sales.

  • League Director, National Sports Grill (6 locations)
  • League Director, Jersey’s Sports Grill
  • League Director, Kelly McCue’s
  • League Director, Plush Pocket
  • League Director, Yankee Doodles

As the League Director, responsibilities included organizing leagues, weekly stat reports, organizing banquets, organizing All Star Tournaments and Team Championships, training assistant directors, providing league manuals.

SPECIAL SKILLS AND INSTRUCTION

  • Billiards instruction for private and group lessons
  • Billiard league organization and supervision of more than 50 competitive leagues with more than 500 teams of 2,000 players
  • Trick shot exhibition; Challenge matches
  • Equipment evaluation/selection for billiards rooms, pros and students
  • Private party consultant at large and small venues


MEMBERSHIPS

  • MPBA—Men’s Professional Billiard Association
  • PBTA—Pro Billiards Tour Association
  • TEMA—Texas Express Member Association

Robert LeBlanc currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada