Stefano Pelinga hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government. He began to play pool at the age of 12 in an effort to emulate his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin, and was later inspired by Dino to learn to speak English. Stefano's playing style has been strongly influenced by such legendary players as Paul Gerni, Mike Massey and Yoshikazu Kimura, whose esteem and friendship Stefano unexpectedly gained 20 years later.
In 1980, the first pool tables became available in Italy, so Stefano switched from playing the traditional Italian games to playing pool with emphasis on the 14.1 continuous game. In the late 80s, Stefano made his highest run of 179 balls and could not find any competition at his level. This was one of the reasons why, in 1990, Stefano began to devote himself entirely to "Artistic Pool," commonly referred to in its practice as "Trick Shots." Ever since, he participated in numerous international competitions, getting to the medal podium just about every single time.
After collecting a few too many second places, Stefano finally broke the “curse,” winning the 2003 US Open of Artistic Pool in New Bedford, Massachusetts, followed by another major title, the EPBF European Artistic Pool Championship held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2004.
Since 2000, Stefano has competed in every edition of
ESPN’S Trick Shot Magic (at one time the highest-rated program in the history of televised pool), having been featured a record 11 years consecutively on ESPN and related television broadcasts in more than 70 countries.  Stefano won the prestigious ESPN title in 2005 and 2007, in addition to a few second places when Stefano had to bow to Mike Massey. (pictured here with Stefano)
As Captain of Team Europe, Stefano has also won in 2007, 2010 and 2011 the ESPN's World Cup of Trick Shots. Soon after he decided to withdraw from all competitions being in total disagreement with the new shot selection and the new and constantly changing rules. At the same time he promised to be back when the sport will regain the original and basic rule of "one stroke of the cue on the cue ball".
On November 17, 2012, in the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano has been inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF). Also inducted that evening were former World Boxing Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo, World Series Champion John Smoltz, NHL Stanley Cup champion Mark Recchi, Olympic Medalist Alicia Sacramone, among others. NIASHF includes legendary Italian Americans such as Willie Mosconi, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Rocky Marciano, and Jake LaMotta.
Widely referred to as “Mr. Trick Shots,” Stefano has given cue sports considerable international exposure by travelling worldwide (over 2 million miles) to perform exhibitions, organize competitions and raise funds for a variety of charitable organizations with his personal appearances.
Additionally, Stefano has contributed to the promotion and development of pool through the production of various instructional DVDs:
The Magic of Trick Shots, 1999
Ultimate Trick Shots, Volumes I and II, 2005
Amazing Trick Shots Made Easy, 2007
More Amazing Trick Shots Made Easy, 2007
Even More Amazing Trick Shots Made Easy, 2007
Stefano’s unmatchable skills, foremost career and charismatic style have earned him tens of thousands of loyal fans all over the world.
In the words of Stefano Pelinga…Grazie!
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