Darren “Dynamite” Appleton

Darren was born in Pontefract,West Yorkshire England Youngest of 3 brothers, Darren's only passion in life was Sports starting out with football and boxing with many amateur fights and likes golf and a keen Fisherman Carp angling…But then pool in Darren's late teens got is attention most and quickly become one of the top players and turned professional in 1996 (English Pool) and Won everything in sight many times over and Reached world no 1 within two years of turning Professional,But the big one that eluded him the world 8 ball championships Twice a Runner Up, Then come a big career change In 2006, Darren took the plunge from UK 8 Ball to American Cuesports. In 2007, he spent a lot of time in the Philippines and the States playing over 100 money matches against great players. Then, in 2008 he played his first full season on the circuit and fulfilled his dream of becoming world champion winning the World 10 Ball Championships in Manila, Philippines and never looked back. Since then it's been an amazing Ride with more wins including the World Pool Masters, the 3rd person to win the US Open 9 Ball Championships back to back, "International Challenge of Champions" winner back to back, World 9 Ball Champion and World Games Gold Medalist,World 8ball Champion,World 14.1 Champion,World Cup Champion and many many more titles and become the quickest person in history to be induced to the BCA Hall of Fame in 2017, Darren Resides in USA And UK Sharing Residency and travels worldwide fulfilling his dreams and doing what he loves most..

Darren's well supported by his biggest fans his Mum ,Susan (sadly recently passed) and Dad Tony and brothers Craig and Shane the latter also a very good english pool player and Craig competed in triathlons and was a good boxer,Darren's Father Tony was a very good dart player and also a boxing coach while is Mother Susan took care of all the family,

Darren also loves animals and as two little dogs Dyno and Gigi..

Darren is know for his generosity and loves helping People with disabilities and is actually a Patron for British Wheelchair Pool Players Association,And helps them Financially as much as he can by raising money, And as also being raising money for well over 20 years for various charities in that time mainly Cancer Charities..Reason that he holds people with Disabilities close to his heart is because from a young age Darren suffered with a chronic Stammer/Stutter all the way to adult life but he didn’t let that stop him and gradually over come the worst of it so he knows what it feels like to be less fortunate..

Darren likes to share is knowledge and does a lot of coaching clinics and exhibitions and likes to give back to the game that as being so good to him, And also runs his own Pool business WPS (World Pool Series) Founded in 2016.

Darren's Proudest moment come when he was Inducted to the BCA Hall Of Fame 2017.

Combined Notable Achievements 96-present:

Over 50 Major Titles 8ball,9ball,10ball,Straight pool
28x Major TV Titles Worldwide
15x Major individual TV Titles Worldwide
Won Major TV Titles at 3 Different Cuesports (Record)
Over 250 Titles World Wide
15x World Titles inc Team Most Succesful British Player Of All time

Abram “Too Tall” Diaz

I first picked up a pool cue in 2006 after watching ESPN Trickshot Magic. After seeing greats of the game such as Mike Massey and Stefano Pelinga perform amazing shots I was hooked. It was at that point I decided this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I started practicing 7 days a week every chance I could and in 2009 I made my professional debut at the super billiards expo. Two years later I won my first world disciple title in Artistic Pool.

Now here I am 15 years later ranked No. 1 in the World by the WPA (World Pool Billiards Association) in Artistic Pool. Anything is possible if you are willing to put in the work..

Notable Achievements:

Currently ranked No.1 in the World by the World Pool Association (WPA) in Artistic Pool.
Current WAPPA Trickshot freestyle shootout champion.
2017 WPA Mexican National Artistic Pool Champion.
Finalists at the 2016 WPA World Artistic Pool Championship.
2013 and 2012 WPA World Jumpshot Champion.
2012 WPA World Class Artistic Pool Masters Trick and Fancy Shot Champion.
2012 US Open Bank and Kick Shot Champio.
2012 World Class Artistic Pool Masters Cup Trick and Fancy Shot Champion.
2011 WPA World Stroke Champion.

Theo “BloodShark” Mihellis

A teenage Trick Shot sensation! Theo "BloodShark" Mihellis has only been playing for a short time and already has gained local and international fame. Theo is a 3 time Guiness World Record Holder, starting his journey by beating the previous record for "Highest jump pot of a Billiardball" by more than 6cm on his very first attempt when he was just 14 years old.

Notable Achievements:

Youngest Pro-Rankied Artistic Pool Player of All Time.
Runner up at the 2019 World Artistic Pool Championships.
3X Guiness World Record Holder.
2019 World Trick and Fance Champion.
Best of 2019 "People are Wesome".
Best of Guiness World Records 2019.
La Notte'Dei Record Italian TV.
Featured on Snapchat.

Rodrigo "Edgie" Geronimo
We are proud to announce the newest Tiger Team Member, Rodrigo Geronimo!

Rodrigo "Edgie" Geronimo began playing pool with his family when he was eleven. In 1999 Edgie watched Efren Reyes win the World 9 Ball Title and his passion for pool became his main priority. He is a well-respected player in the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Dubai, Malaysia and the United States. Edgie has performed well in many tournaments, and his most recent win was at the 2015 CSI sponsored "Swanee" tournament..

Playing cue: HD Series model #2 with a leather wrap and Tiger LD shaft
Break cue: IMPAKT SEV break cue.
Preferred tip: Onyx
Stefano Pelinga

Stefano Pelinga hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 and until 2011 as a police officer for the Italian government. He began to play pool at the age of 12 in an effort to emulate his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin, and was later inspired by Dino to learn to become fluent in English and to box for a few years. Stefano's playing style has been strongly influenced by such legendary players as Willie Mosconi, Raymond Ceulemans and Yoshikazu Kimura, whose esteem and friendship Stefano unexpectedly gained years later.

In 1980, the first pool tables became available in Italy, so Stefano switched from playing the traditional Italian games to playing pool with emphasis on the 14.1 continuous game. In the late 80s, Stefano made his highest run of 179 balls and could not find any competition at his level. This was one of the reasons why, in 1990, Stefano began to devote himself entirely to "Artistic Pool," commonly referred to in its practice as "Trick Shots." Ever since, he participated in numerous international competitions, getting to the medal podium just about every single time.

After collecting a few too many second places, Stefano finally broke the “curse,” winning the 2003 US Open of Artistic Pool in New Bedford, Massachusetts, followed by another major title, the EPBF European Artistic Pool Championship held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2004.

Since 2000, Stefano has competed in every edition of ESPN’S Trick Shot Magic (at one time the highest-rated program in the history of televised pool), having been featured a record 12 years consecutively on ESPN and related television broadcasts in more than 70 countries. Stefano won the prestigious ESPN title in 2005 and 2007 in addition to several 2nd places.

As Captain of Team Europe, Stefano has also won in 2007, 2010 and 2011 the ESPN's World Cup of Trick Shots. Soon after he decided to withdraw from all competitions being in total disagreement with the new shot selection and the new and constantly changing rules. At the same time he promised to be back when the sport will regain the original and basic rule of "one stroke of the cue on the cue ball".

On November 17, 2012, in the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano has been inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF), becoming the second pool player in the history of the organization to be inducted, after Willie Mosconi, and joining sports legends such as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Rocky Marciano, Jake LaMotta, among others.

Widely referred to as “Mr. Trick Shots,” Stefano has given cue sports considerable international exposure by travelling worldwide (over 2 million miles) to perform exhibitions, organize competitions and raise funds for a variety of charitable organizations with his personal appearances.
Stefano’s comment on Tiger products (June 2012): “I can definitely state that my career improved drastically when the Tiger shafts and tips become available about 15 years ago. The rest is history!

Playing Cue: TH-1W (Stack Leather Wrap) with Ultra-X shaft and Sniper Tip
Masse Cue (Custom made by Tiger)

Pedro Piedrabuena
Pedro was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in August 1971. He started playing when he was 15 years old in a billiards club in Montevideo, where his father use to play. He was very passionate about the game from the beginning, practising long hours and learning very fast. When he was 17 years old he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he lived for the next 4 years. In Buenos Aires he was honored to learn from some of the local legends like; Jose Arguello, Luis Doyarzabal and the Navarra brothers. In 1993 he immigrated to USA to learn from grandmasters Sang Lee.

Since then Pedro has competed all over USA, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia. From 1999 to 2001 he lived in Belgium, competing in the country and in the Dutch leagues all over, getting to know and play amongst the best players in the world. Since he started in 1986 Pedro has won more than 50 titles in USA, Mexico, South America and Europe. Some of the most important titles are US National Championship of 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014. The Pan-American Championship 2009, The Champion of Champions 2011 & 2012.

Now days Pedro lives in San Diego, CA and he owns his own club and teaches his clients the difficult art of three cushion billiards.

We are honored to have Pedro as a part of Tiger team family:

Comments on Tiger Cues - 3/17/2012
"Since I started playing with Tiger Cues, I noticed my game improving. The low deflection shafts are great! I am more accurate on my hits and that gives me a lot of confidence".

Playing Cue: TCL6 with Carom-X Pro Shaft and Onyx tip
Mazin Shooni
Mazin Shooni was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1961 and moved to Detroit as a child. When he was growing up, he was drawn to the local pool hall, Cushion & Cue in Oak Park City, Michigan where he dabbled in pool and snooker, all the while keeping an eye on the fascinating three-cushion play going on around him. With the help of many talented top players, such as Bob Ameen and Mike Donnolly, Mazin learned the difficult game and began to enter competitions. His unique side-arm stroke can be attributed to his early start in the sport, when he was so young he could barely reach for the shot on the five-by-ten foot tables.

Mazin won his first tournament at the age of 22 in Lansing, Michigan and has gone on to rack up more than 90 USBA tournament wins and has earned the moniker Amazin’ Mazin. In addition to his early mentors, Mazin was taken under the wing of the revered, late Sang Lee, who helped him to polish his game. In 2006, Mazin set two USBA nationals records with a high run of 18 and a best game of 35-5 in just nine innings, before going on to clinch the National Championship title. Later that year, Mazin was ranked 12th in the world when he represented the United States in the World Championships in St. Wendel, Germany. He has a non-tournament high run of 22 and game average of 6.25 (25 points in 4 innings).

A player of world-renown, Mazin has competed around the Globe, from Spain to Germany to Mexico and beyond. A tireless promoter of the game, he has been featured at the annual BCA Eight-Ball National Championship in Las Vegas, where he beat the Turkish World Three-Cushion Artistic sensation Semih Sayginer before a Hall of Fame crowd.

Playing cue: TCL5 with Carom-X Pro shaft and Sniper or Onyx tips
Cristina De La Garza
Cristina was born in Austin, TX and lived there for the majority of her life. Cristina left high school 2 years early to begin college courses at a residential state program at the University of North Texas (UNT) called the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. This is where she was first introduced to pool. There were pool tables in the dorms and the students would often play in their free time. Cristina quickly found that she had a natural skill for the game and began competing in local events. She joined the college billiard club where she competed against other universities in the state. After college, she moved back to Austin, TX where she was introduced to the American Poolplayers Association (APA). After playing for several years and competing on the regional and national levels with the APA, she became interested in qualifying for professional events.

At this time Cristina began taking regular lessons from Master BCA Instructor, Rod Gustafson. This helped to elevate her game quickly and a short time later she qualified for her first WPBA event in 2008. At this point Cristina had several local and regional titles under her belt and in 2009 she became the BCA National 8-Ball Champion in a field of over 400 women. In 2009, Cristina earned her WPBA tour card and began playing in professional events around the world, including invitations to represent the U.S. in the world championships.

In addition to her career as a player, Cristina is a high profile reporter in the industry. She worked with InsidePool Magazine as a reporter and on-camera interviewer for many national events and later developed into a commentator and reporter with many of the top promoters in the industry including Kozoom, Dragon Promotions and Matchroom Sports. She served on the Board of Directors for the WPBA and now provides monthly instructional articles for the APA’s monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine called the American Poolplayer.

Cristina recently moved to Switzerland with her son and his father and is looking forward to promoting the sport and Tiger in her new continent.

Playing Cue: TL-7 with Ultra-X Shaft Sniper Tip
Break Cue: Impakt
Melissa Herndon
My pool career got its start when I was 18. I had moved to new town, where I knew no one except my family…and so I had no social life. My father had always loved playing pool…so I accompanied him to the local pool room one night to watch him play. That evening, I noticed a really cute guy who I learned was a regular at that particular establishment. So…I went back the next week, and the week after that, and the week after that! Eventually, I picked up a cue and started playing. I guess I was a natural, because everyone told me I had a lot of potential. I loved the game…so I kept playing…eventually entering weekly tournaments and occasionally winning them. It was in these early stages that I earned the nickname Dragon Lady…partly because of my Asian heritage…and partly because I got so frustrated while trying to get better at the game!

When I was 23, I started dating someone who changed my game. He was a good player, and he really helped me improve my skills and understand the game of 9-ball. After several years of playing night and day, day and night…I finally started playing in qualifiers to try and earn the right to play in professional events. I won my first qualifier in 1999, and played in my first WPBA event in 2000.

In 2002, I earned my pro card with the WPBA at the BCA Invitational event in Las Vegas. As a matter of fact, that was a complete breakthrough event for me…as I finished in 5th place…just one round out of the TV matches. That event was a real eye-opener for me…I realized that I truly belonged on the WPBA, competing amongst the world’s best players.

Since turning professional, I have accomplished a great many things in my career. I have represented the US in two World Championships, been ranked consistently in the Top 16 in the world, and have played on numerous televised matches on ESPN. In addition, I’ve done charity events, military appearances, and worked with my local teen center.

Most recently, I started a regional tour in Southern California for the new wave of amateur ladies looking to become professional. I’ve been so fortunate to have a lot of support and help throughout my career…so running this tour is my way of giving back to the sport that has given me so much.

Playing Cue: TL-3 with Pro-X shaft and Onyx tip
Break Cue: Icebreaker2
Phil Reilly
Born in Derby UK, Phil started playing pool on his grandads pool table aged 11 and was brought up watching snooker on tv. At aged 16 his family emigrated to Australia where he won numerous snooker titles representing Australia at 3 world junior titles.

Phil's passion for 9ball started in 1992 when there was talk of the possibility of 9 ball being a demonstration sport at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Since converting to 9 ball from snooker, Phil has become Australia's most successful 9 ball player winning 5 Australian National titles, 2 more than his nearest rival. As well as being Australian Champion he has also been the Oceania and trans Tasman Champion.

Phil has captured many titles in all cue sport codes billiards, snooker, 8 ball, 9 ball and 10 ball.
His biggest achievements are being named captain of the Australian pool team and being selected to play in the 2004 International Challenge of Champions (only 8 champion pool players from around the world get invited to play).
Although an amateur and happily married with four children Phil has competed all over the world at major events. His passion for playing is stronger than ever, winning 5 major titles in 2013 including the Australian national 9 ball title and representing Australia at the world tiles in Qatar, finishing equal 65.

Phil's latest achievement was winning the 2014 Australian Scotch Doubles title gaining entry to the World Cup of pool.

Playing Cue: TL-5 with Pro-X shaft
Break Cue: Icebreaker 2
Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker has been playing pool and snooker since the age of six, advancing to a high competitive level at age fifteen, and playing internationally by age seventeen. While he is passionate about playing, he finds coaching to be an incredibly fulfilling experience, and is a certified SightRight coach. SightRight is a specialist method of sighting, alignment, and aiming used by top snooker players including Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan.

Daniel is also a fully accredited coach with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).