THE CALIFORNIA KID
Chris Robinson knew he was hooked on playing pool ever since the first time he picked up a pool cue at age 14. He has honed his skills & positive attitude at his local pool hall, Stiix Billiards, in Ventura, CA. Owners Jerry & Peggy Matchin greeted him and his family with open arms.
In his first year of play in 2013, after putting in hours of practice after school, he took down his first title by winning a local 64-player tournament. Competing at pool became a passion for Chris, and soon after he began traveling down to the famous pool hall Hard Times Billiards in Los Angeles.
That same year, Chris qualified to play in the 2013 Billiard Education Foundation’s Junior National 9-Ball Championships. Chris had an impressive 9-12th finish out of 64 players, which further fueled his desire to compete. That tournament finish validated his skill at the national level, and in 2014, Chris put a lot of pressure on himself to finish even higher at the Junior Nationals. However, the pressures and expectations from close friends and family were a bit much for him, and his finish was underwhelming.
Chris took his loss as a learning experience and came back to Ventura with a renewed vigor for the game. In 2014, a new professional/amateur tour started up on the west coast, the Mezz West State Tour. This tour consists of top players from the west coast, along with visiting pros, competing in multiple events at various pool rooms in California & Arizona.
In 2015, Chris began placing high in regional tournaments and local events. He also started playing challenge matches, which is something every pool player aspires to do, but few excel at. Like many top young athletes, he became adept at playing under pressure. This skill led him to achieve the goal of winning the 2015 US Junior National 9-Ball Championships.
Chris recently participated on Team USA during the Atlantic Cup. This was another stepping stone for his journey to the main stage, and is striving to make the Mosconi Cup Team in the next few years. He attended Lindenwood University on a billiards scholarship for one year and won the most prestigious tournament in college, making him the 2017 Collegiate 9-Ball champion.