(FAQ) How can you stop someone sharking?

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Here are some easy tips on how to manage people who think they can shark you and win.

Every once in a while you'll have an opponent who thinks they can get an easy win using sharks that even teenagers consider stupid. When these people come up against you, here are some ideas and suggestions.

Many of these amateur hustlers will try the "interfere with your line of sight" trick. They'll perform some activity in front of you while you are down on the shot. A simple response would be to get up, assume a waiting position while attentively watching his performance. Eventually, he'll say, "What?" One way to respond is with the "Are you done <dancing, dicking around, etc.> yet?" Wait for the answer. IF no response after 30-45 seconeds - say, "Don't let that happen again."

On a second attempt, get up from your shot and sit down. If asked, respond with, “I can’t play with you. Your amateur sharking efforts are irritating. As far as I'm concerned you just forfeited the game and match.

This is one way to handle an obvious dummy. The basic idea is to respond with some direct efforts. Don't wimp out. If anyone is attempting this on you - he needs to have the habit broken. Public embarrassment is always a good tactic. It is good to do something to improve the sport.

For a bit more "revenge", whenever you see the guy playing, let his opponent know about they guy's sharking tricks to win (with him in hearing range - just to get the point across.)

For more sophisticated sharking tricks and how to handle them, check out the book, "Why Pool Hustlers Win!”

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