Rapid City Native Wins US Open Pool Championships

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

Rapid City resident and professional pool player Shane Van Boening has won both the US Open 8-Ball Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship.

As a child, Van Boening was diagnosed with severe hearing loss. Today he uses hearing aids.

Van Boening spoke to SDPB in 2014 at J.J. Billiards in Sioux Falls. He says sometimes when he’s playing pool he’ll turn off the hearing aids to help him concentrate.

“If I have an important match and if I really want to win, I usually turn them off," explains Boening. "It’s just complete different situation where you don’t have to hear any noises or distractions.”

According to the World Pool-Billiard Association, Van Boening is the tenth best pool player in the world and the number one professional pool player in the United States.

One aspect of Boening's game, which is what he has ultimately become known for, is his break.

"The most importatnt shot that I work on everyday when I'm practicing is my break," said Boening. "You have to have a powerful break, you have to have a real good break."

He's set to compete in the World 9-Ball championship next month.

Here are some of Boening's current career accomplishments...

4x US open 9 ball champion 

2x reigning world pool masters champion

2x all-round world champion

9x team USA mosconi cup member

2015 espn "challenge of champions" champion

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