Women’s Pro Billiard Tour to Induct Robin Dodson to WPBA Hall of Fame

Robin Bell (File photo courtesy of Diana Hoppe - Pool Pics by Hoppe)

The Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) will induct California veteran champion Robin Dodson into the WPBA Hall of Fame at their annual player awards banquet October 14th. The banquet and ceremonies will be staged prior to the Pacific Coast Classic at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in coastal Lincoln City, Oregon. Robin Dodson will be inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame under the Greatest Player category.

Robin began playing pool at the age of 12 and was crowned the California Women's Champion by the time she was just 16.  After a five-year break from the sport she returned in 1984, taking a third, second, and first place finish in her first three consecutive events!

Building a reputation for winning the big purses, she earned her nickname, “Bankroll” as she won every top prize of the day, from the Miller Lite World Series of Tavern Pool to the Caesar's Tahoe Classic and the Resorts International Open.  From 1985 to 1993, she was never ranked lower than third on the WPBA Tour rankings.  In 1990 and 1991, she won back-to-back WPA World Championships, leading to her #1 Ranking and being named the 1991 Player of the Year.

With 27 major tour championships to her name including two world championships, the WPBA Nationals and the Gordon's $50,000 9-Ball Championship, she is one of pool's most prolific champions. Now retired from professional play, she runs her own billiard business and helps manage her famous son's career (teen heartthrob Drake Bell!).