IBSF World Billiards Champion: 2002 (long format), 2010 (long and short), 2011 (long and short), 2017 (long).
World Matchplay Champion: 1998.
Multiple World Billiards ranking event winner.
Multiple times World number 1.
Mike Russell is regarded by many as the greatest player of the modern era. Taking up the game in 1981, he was a product of the Teesside Boys Billiards League, an initiative which produced a host of other players who would also go on to become world beaters. After turning professional it did not take him long to make an impact on the world stage. In 1989 he became the youngest ever World Billiards Champion, aged just 20, at the Fairmont Resort in Leura, New South Wales. In the World Professional Championships held in the 1990’s he appeared in all but one of the finals and emerged as champion on three occasions (’91, ’96, ’99).
Russell has won a total of 19 World titles in his glittering career, including 6 IBSF Championships. His game in the early part of his career was shaped by his coach Jack Karnehm, a former World Amateur Billiards Champion and highly regarded coach.
Russell’s hallmarks are his deft touch and mesmerising control at floating white (top of the table). His highest competitive break was made in India in 2010 where he compiled a break of 1137 almost entirely by this method of play. In practice he has achieved an incredible 2081.
In recent times, Russell has been concentrating on various coaching assignments.