Allen Hopkins (born November 18, 1951, Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American professional pocket billiards (pool) player, professional billiards color commentator and BCA Hall of Fame inductee. He promotes multiple annual pool events and still competes as a professional contender. At seven years old, after watching many tournaments on television, Allen began to play pool on a small table his parents bought for him. As an amateur, at the age of 12, Hopkins ran a prodigious 110 balls and took this talent to play against grown men. By the age of 17, he went professional and took 5th place in the 1969 US Open Nine-ball Championship. In 1977, Hopkins earned the title in that event again as well as the PPPA World Nine-ball Championship and the World Straight Pool Championship. By 1981, he won the US Open Nine-ball Championship, and in 1983 won the WPA World Nine-ball Championship. In both 1986 and 1987, Hopkins was the champion of the Japan World Open. Hopkins' professional career began in the 1970s and spanned over three decades. He served on the board of the now-defunct Professional Pool Players Association as well as president of the MPBA. At the 1979 PPPA World Open 14.