This is a shark that requires practice to ensure its presentation is smooth and easy to implement without any rough edges. It needs some sort of video recording device (video camera or a smart phone) to ensure that this trick is performed well.
The key to making this shark work requires that the hustler’s opponent have some kind of unconscious reaction to “gay” behavior. Intellectually and socially, most people have the Politically Correct attitude about that life style.
But for some people, putting the behavior right in front of their nose could trigger an unconscious reaction – usually more of an increase in space between the two individuals.
When a pool hustler seems an opponent who has this unconscious response to gay behavior, this trick can be used to intentionally distract the concentration and focus – making a match win that much more easy to accomplish.
There are several ways a pool hustler can use this shark. It’s isn’t necessary to be a full-blown fairy. All that is needed is to create the impression. One tactic is the wearing of a brightly colored and patterned shooting glove.
Generally, this glove design is used by women, who often like light, bright colors – plain or with a pattern. Guys, being guys, usually wear black or dark brown shooting gloves.
When the hustler identifies that as a possibly effective trick, on putting on the glove, he checks to see if you look at it. If you show any kind of interest, however mild, he begins telling you a story about a seamstress friend of his.
He’ll say, she makes them up from interesting stretchy colorful material. And because he likes the way it looks when he puts his bridge hand onto the table cloth, he explains this as the reason why he carries several with him. He’ll even pull out three or four to show.
If the glove is commercially made, he explains that it was the prettiest that he could find. You may even get a story about how he searched and searched and finally found it on a web site in Europe. The intention is for you to glue your eyes to his glove every time he gets down on a shot. This, of course, keeps your mind distracted for the table layout and prevents effective analysis.
Another aspect of this shark is done during the introductions and the obligatory hand shaking with good lucks all around. He does not present the firm grip recommended by John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.
Instead, you are on the receiving end of a slightly limp-wristed hand with a weak grasp. A welcoming smile is included, along with something like, "It is sooo <extended length intended> nice to meet you." If you still weren't sure if he was putting some moves on, right as he grips your hand, he pulls it towards you slightly and quietly says, "I hope you enjoy the game." Only then does is his grip released.
His game play proceeds as if nothing happened. If you start getting your game on, he can add other distractions. For example, as he walks by your chair during his turn, he might hesitate and throw you a wink.
If you have any kind of observable reaction, these jabs continue throughout the match. He pays very close attention to your reactions throughout the match. One trick or another is used to keep you concerned.
If you are somewhat bothered by these intentional come-ons, you are playing into his hands. Shrug it off. If the guy is what he is indicating, nothing you can do is going to change anything in his attitude or behavior. Focus all of your attention on the table, ignoring any conversational attempt he may try.
You can also do the ignoring tactic. While he is shooting, close your eyes and pretend to doze off in your chair. Force him to remind you to play. You can also watch a game at another table or get into a deep conversation with any railbird.
This is a one act play. If the shark doesn’t appear to be working, it is quickly dropped. The pool hustler is thrown off his game slightly on realizing this trick’s failure, so you should have time to concentrate on the game and advance closer to the win.