There are a considerations built into this question. When something of value is at risk, the pressure to play well goes up. It gets worse if the amount lost impacts your lifestyle (the rent money, etc.). Basically, the decision to bet (and how much) on your skill depends on how the loss would affect you. Continue reading →
There are times when your opponent is shooting the game winning ball and the shot is well within his skills. The shot is so simple, that he couldn't miss if you blindfolded him. In such situations, you want to concede the game and get on with the next. Continue reading →
Random House Dictionary definitions: competition - rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common, usually resulting in a victor and a loser.
gamesmanship (aka “hustling”) - 1. the use of methods, esp. in a sports contest, that are dubious or seemingly improper but not strictly illegal. 2. the technique or practice of manipulating people or events so as to gain an advantage or outwit one's opponents or competitors.
shark - 1. (v) to obtain by trickery. 2. (n) a person regarded as ruthless. (added)3. (n) any pool player who wins
In pool halls across the planet, most (about 60-65%) of the players are of the male gender. There is always the normal competitive spirit that occurs between two opponents. When the dynamics of opposite sexed players are added, it becomes much easier to be a railbird rather than be deeply mired in the close competitive environment of the pool table. Continue reading →
The information is provided on a provisional basis. These are designed for dings (very small indentations), not dents in wood shafts. There is no assurance these will work for your specific shaft. Continue reading →
To be effective with this distraction, the pool hustler has to be part entertainer, part narrator, part master of ceremonies, and full-time conversational hog. He must have a personality style that demands to be the center of everyone’s attention. Continue reading →
If you are a younger player, this is a trick that an old pool hustler pulls on you. Probably around 60 years of age, he demonstrates the effects of a hard life – or at least a reflection of his ill-spent youth. He has decades of experience. He doesn’t really need to hustle anyone, but just does it to maintain his skills in managing minds. If you’re in the teens and twenties, he does this just for the fun of it. Continue reading →