John Virgo – born 4 March 1946 – is a snooker commentator and former professional snooker player.
Virgo’s first notable appearance in a major tournament was during the 1973 American Pool Tournament for The Indoor League where he lost in the semi-final. He turned professional in 1976.
In 1977, he reached the semi-finals of the 1977 UK Championship losing to eventual winner Patsy Fagan by a single frame 8–9.
Virgo’s snooker-playing fortunes peaked in 1979 when he reached the semi-final of the World Championship, and went on to win the 1979 UK Championship.
He reached his highest ranking, world number 10, during the 1979–80 season.
From 1991 to 2002, Virgo was co-presenter of the snooker-based TV game show Big Break with Jim Davidson.
During each show, Virgo participated in the “trick shots” segment, where a competitor who had been ousted from the main quiz would try to copy a complicated snooker shot performed by Virgo in order to win a prize.
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