Joe Brush, 41, has lived in Brazil his entire life and has been playing billiards since he was a teenager.
"I started when I was around 14 ... out at the bowling alley," Brush said. "I started playing in tournaments in (places like) Indianapolis. Probably the biggest tournament I've played in was the U.S. Amateur Championship."
Brush said the Amateur Championship took place in Ohio and had 50 top players from three states competing for a chance to go to nationals in Connecticut.
"I won (the amateur championship) and got to go to Connecticut -- it was pretty cool," Brush said.
In October, Brush will compete in the biggest pro billiards tournament of the year, which allows 256 players to compete.
According to Brush, the player who won last year took home close to $50,000 and the tournament offers $200,000 in total prize money.
Brush said he has started to get nervous about the tournament, but then his competitive side takes over.
"At first I wasn't (nervous)," Brush said. "I just thought it would be a good experience. Then as it got closer, I was playing more and practicing more, and I was like, 'I'm going to be mad if I don't win.' I'm excited and nervous at the same time."
Brush said he would be "thrilled" making it into the top-100 and that most players who make it that far end up with a sponsor.
Brush added one thing still making him a little nervous is how the tournament is set up.
"They've got it set up in three rooms," Brush said. "I'm not sure I want to be in the first room; it's a TV room. They air (the first matches) online and then the quarterfinals to the finals are aired on ESPN. That was kind of nerve-racking, when I saw that layout."
However, Brush said once he gets to the tournament and starts shooting, his nerves will go away.
For more information on the tournament, visit www.usopen9ballchampionships.com.