Chris is one of the strongest and fastest progressing pro players we’ve ever seen. His growing list of accomplishments includes multiple years winning the California State Junior 9 Ball Championship, Junior National Champion, Atlantic Cup player, Collegiate National Champion, Cole Dickson Memorial Champion, Mezz West State Tour Champion, Las Vegas 9 Ball Open top 5 and of course his inclusion in the 2020 Mosconi Cup team.
Salotto and Chris are working together to grow our wonderful sport and offer more meaningful content to the Salotto Community. Chris will be dawning the Salotto logo on his jersey, taking on a roll of a Salotto Official Instructor and championing for the Salotto format to play competitive pool. With this unity, we’ll be growing together in showing the world that competitive pool can be played at YOUR place and YOUR pace with Salotto, Chris and FargoRate.
Karl Boyes is THE voice of pool. He speaks the truth (even when it hurts) and is a genuine ambassador of the pool industry like no other. Salotto is proud to have Karl on the team. We enjoy everything he brings to the table.
Karl started playing pool at age 14 in Manchester (English 8 ball) and has been a force in the sport ever since. He heard about the IPT tour in America and went to qualify finishing 8th in the Reno Open. He then “decided to try 9 ball” and took the 3rd spot in the World 9 ball championships in 2006. In 2010 Karl won his first of 4 Mosconi Cups. In 2010 Karl won the WPA World 8 ball championships. He’s a World Cup of Pool Champion, World Series Speed Pool Champion, World Team Champion, placed 2nd in US open 9 ball, and he’s a Salotto Player.
In Karl’s words: As a former World Champion and 4x Mosconi Cup Winner, I am really excited to be joining this wonderful groundbreaking company. So pool fans download the app now for matchups and start thrashing players all over!
Rollie Williams is an average pool player, but what he lacks in skill, he makes up for in having a good attitude. Rollie is the creator and host of several digital pool series including Your Average Pool Player, The Road To The US Open, and From Average To Good, which have been viewed a combined total of 30 million times. Rollie partnered with the Kamui Brand, and has been documenting the world of professional billiards since 2017. Rollie does not have any world titles to his name, but he has won a league night on not one, not three, but TWO occasions. Rollie currently lives in Brooklyn, New York where he is studying Climate Science at Columbia University. You can find him shooting at his home pool room of Society Billiards. He is delighted to be part of the Salotto extended universe.
Chris McDaniel “CMD”
Chris McDaniel was born on Christmas Day in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His mother was a popular rock and roll singer and his father was a world class drummer. He moved to Iowa at a young age so his father, David, could pursue a career as a Chiropractor. Chris started playing pool at the age of 12 in Iowa City after seeing “The Color of Money” on television. Chris spent his high school and college years in Wisconsin where he continued to compete and grow as a player. It wasn’t until he moved to Colorado in 2000 that he began to take the game more seriously and started to “level up” consistently. Since then he has won countless regional events, finished high in the money in numerous national and pro events, and is now the last “American Rotation” National Champion having won the event which was held at the Derby City Classic in 2016. Chris is widely considered one of the very best pool players in the Rocky Mountain region.
After some challenging life circumstances he has re-dedicated himself to the game both as a player and instructor. His highest Fargo rating was in the mid 720’s but he will tell you the player he is now (at a 693) would crush that guy! He likes to joke that “Everybody is better than their Fargo!”. Chris plays with a 60″ Ernie Martinez custom cue with a Predator 314 shaft. He is thrilled to represent Salotto as well as Clinkers (Wichita Falls, TX), and looks forward to being a part of an exciting future for professional and amateur pool.