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Stefano Pelinga

  • Sport: Billiards
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

Widely known as Mr. Trick Shot and Il Maestro by his loyal fans, Stefano Pelinga is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, earning him the title as World Champion in Pool Trick Shots 5-times. He has won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s.  In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool”, commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots”.

Stefano hails from Rome, Italy, where he began playing pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin.  He also served as a police officer for the Italian government from 1985 until his retirement in 2011.

Stefano has given the sport considerable international exposure by performing exhibition, organizing competitions and raising funds for a variety of charitable organizations.  He also has been featured for over ten years in the prestigious ESPN’s televised tournaments, as well as in articles and on the covers of many pool and billiards publications around the world.

Stefano has the largest repertoire of Trick Shots and is able to execute more than 1,000 unique and “fancy” shots.  Because of all that he has done for the sport, Stefano was inducted into ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame.