Category Archives: (H&S) Hustles & Sharks

Tricks that pool hustlers use to win more games.

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - How Sharking Works

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Sharking is designed to bend or break an opponent's concentration and ability to focus on the game. These and thousands of other tricks have been around a long time. It is so pervasive in the world that Sun Tzu incorporated it in his "The Art of War", and that was written 2,500 years ago.

If you do a close study of newspaper accounts of the great billiards and pool championship that were played in the 1800’s, there were plenty of accusations and counter-accusations of distractive tricks. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - The Gang is All Here

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Sometimes you have an opponent who travels as part of a pack, similar to wolves and hyenas. Wherever he goes, they go. They cling together, traveling from place to place. Every locale they enter, they take over and change the atmosphere. With loud and boisterous behavior, they overwhelm any other activities. If the environment was quiet and peaceful, they turn it into a loud, obnoxious party. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Personal Tragedy

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Few people are able to compete with deadly intentions against an opponent who has just informed you about a personal tragedy. It’s just kind of hard to get into the competitive mood. If you are normally a kind and gentle person, beating up on a suffering human being just is insensitive to the max. In the wide world outside of the pool hall, this is a completely acceptable, even praiseworthy, reaction. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Equipment Envy

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This hustling trick is designed to affect the playing abilities of players who are envious of other people’s possessions. It’s a refinement that uses “Keep up with the Jones” psychological profiling. To make this work, the pool hustler MUST invest a significant amount of money into his pool tools. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Slow Shooter

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This is another delaying shark that is often observed in pool. To implement this effort, the hustler simply slows down his basic shooting routine. Used by a master gamesman, it becomes less a game of pool and more of a game of Patience. This tactic stretches out the amount of time that he is in control of the table – which extends the time you spend sitting down. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Waive the Penalty

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It's hard to believe that this pool shark actually works so effectively. The trick is simple and straight-forward. The pool hustler apparently decides to give you an unexpected gift. It starts when you have committed some kind of foul. It might be an accidental touch or movement of an object ball, or a similar accidental tip to ball touch or hand/clothing touch to the cue ball. The foul must occur during the shot setup and before a complete stroke is made. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Lingering

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This distractive shark is designed to test the far reaches of your patience during the time when your opponent finishes his turn and your turn begins. Depending on how smoothly he can present this delay, he can prevent the beginning of your turn from 30 seconds to two minutes. This trick creates a timing obstacle. It prevents you from being able to immediately take control of the table after your opponent misses. Continue reading