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Tim Chin

Updated on July 29, 2014

The Dragon - World Ranked Trick Shot Artist

Based in Las Vegas, NV, this professional trick shot pool player is currently ranked 4th in the world, with a solid 10 year career in artistic pool. In addition to competing, he spends a lot of time interacting with fans (that's YOU) through his Trick Shot Tim homepage and numerous shows and exhibitions. He believes that with a little practice and perseverance, anyone can become a great trick shot artist. His free tutorials are designed to get you started.

Also, Tim is known to respond to every email sent to him so drop him a line!

About Tim "The Dragon" Chin

Brief bio and juicy tidbits

Born on November 20, 1981 in Richland, WA, Tim has a PhD in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He picked up his nickname, "The Dragon," at his first professional tournament in 2006 because his cue stick of choice was a McDermott Dragon Cue.

When he started playing 8-ball and 9-ball in 2003, he wasn't too good at sinking the balls. So, he figured, if he could set the balls up right, he'd never miss! And thus, Tim took up trick shots and turned pro in 2006. He is currently sponsored by Crown Cues.

Tim can be seen cruising around Las Vegas in his Toyota Prius or on his Novara Randonee.

Also, Tim is a huge DC United fan. That's soccer. Probably one of the few people in Boston not rabid for the Red Sox. He's currently working on a small collection of DC United gear.

New Commercial Released!

Tim was the trick shot consultant in this commercial for Kewpie Half, a mayonnaise popular in Japan. The star of this commercial is Masaharu Fukuyama. The shot in the commercial is a backwards, slow-motion extension of Any Questions? Check it out!

Translation (by EY): 1/2 the calories. But, I wonder how's the taste? Surely, you love half. Kewpie half.

See the 60s version exclusively at Trick Shot Tim.

Professional Accomplishments

Currently ranked 9th in the world

2014

  • 2nd place: Free Style Trickshot Tour #1. July
  • 7th place: WPA World Artistic Pool Championships, Las Vegas, NV. July
    • Special Arts discipline champion
  • 3rd place: Masters Trick Shot Championship, Southington, CT. March

2013

  • 6th place: WPA World Artistic Pool Championships, Las Vegas, NV. July
  • 5th place: Masters Trick Shot Championship, Edison, NJ. April

2012

  • 2nd place: Dr. Cue's Artistic Cup VI, Indianapolis, IN. December
    • Special Arts discipline champion
  • 8th place: 2012 World Class Artistic Pool Masters Cup, Shenyang, China. July
    • Follow discipline champion
  • 7th place: 2012 WPA Artistic Pool World Championships, Oaks, PA. March
    • Special Arts discipline champion

2011

  • 2011 World Cup of Trick Shots silver medalist, Mohegan Sun, CT. October
  • 5th place: Ultimate Trick Shot Tour Championship, Las Vegas, NV. August
  • 3rd place: WPA World Artistic Pool Championships, Valley Forge, PA. March
    • Jump discipline champion
  • 3rd place: Ultimate Trick Shot Tour Stop #2, Shooter's Billiards, Southington, CT. February

2010

  • 1st place: Ultimate Trick Shot Tour Championships, Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. August
  • 3rd place: Ultimate Trick Shot Tour Stop #4, Willow Billiards, Hoboken, NJ. July
  • 3rd place: Ultimate Trick Shot Tour Stop #3, Shooter's Billiards, Southington, CT. April
  • 14th place: Artistic Pool Masters Championship, Valley Forge, PA. March
  • 9th place: Ultimate Trick Shot Tour Stop #1, Big Shot Billiards, East Windsor, CT. March

2009

  • 3rd place: Ultimate Trick Shot Championships, Las Vegas, NV. August
  • 5th/6th place: Herbert's Billiards Ultimate Trick Shot Mini, Secaucus, NJ. July
  • Featured on Boldfacers, June
  • 20th place: Artistic Pool Masters Championship, Valley Forge, PA. March

2008

  • 3rd place: Comet Classic, Parsipanny, NJ. September
    • Draw discipline champion
  • 1st place: Diamond Eight, Latham, NY. May
  • Trick Shot Consultant: Commercial for Kewpie Mayo / Radiant Pictures, Japanese commercial, Los Angeles, CA. April-May
  • 19th Place: Artistic Pool Masters Championship, Valley Forge, PA. March

2007

  • 19th Place: US Open, Southington, CT. May
    • Sportsmanship Award recipient
  • 16th Place: Artistic Pool Masters Championship, Valley Forge, PA. March

2006

  • 18th Place: WPA World Championship, MN. December
  • 15th Place: Artistic Pool Masters Championship, Valley Forge, PA. March
  • 2nd Place: Artistic Pool Masters Qualifier, Watertown, MA. February

Tim's Trick Shot Videos

So, You Wanna Learn Trick Shots? - Must-haves

Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots
Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots

This book is a fantastic resource written by perhaps the most famous face in trick shots. It diagrams and details around 170 shots, from the very easy to the very difficult, including finger pool, along with giving some fundamental instructions for understanding trick shots and tips on giving exhibitions. If you're serious about trick shots, you need to have this book!

 

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Shout Outs For The Dragon!

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      JesPiddlin 6 years ago

      Keep up the good work, Tim!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Nicely done. Great photos.

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      Nick_Sutton 9 years ago

      Thanks for the len. Cool stuff and quite insightful. Nick Sutton :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i highly suggest the photo from this page in the "about tim" section replace the one on the trick shot tim page in the "who is" section. i like this one better !

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      he's my brother !

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