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A native of Ankara, Turkey, Neslihan Gurel started her athletic career as a swimmer, taking first place in the Ankara Swimming Championship in 1995. She then tackled football and volleyball. Neslihan is also a champion dart player, having garnered over 30 cups from international and local tournaments.

Neslihan started playing pool in 2002 and came to New York in 2008 to learn more about the game by observing the best players.

When she is not playing, she enjoys spending time by herself and with her Golden Retriever, Ma Cherie. She is also majoring in fashion design with a focus in shoes.

Neslihan hopes that Rack Starz will garner enough media attention to boost interest in pool as a televised sport; in fact, she would like to see a cable channel devoted only to pool!


  • 2011 BCAPL National Master Team Runner Up
  • 2010 Tri-State Champion
  • JPNEWT Tour Champion
  • Mezz Tour Champion

Nickname: "Nes"

Favorite quote: "JUST BELIEVE!"