The $150 Dollar Pool Shot – OHS031

I grew up with a pool table in our home. I can say it was a family past time. Often my friends would come over and we would stay up all night watching Kung Fu movies, drinking soda pop, and shooting pool downstairs in our basement. As long as I can remember the sound of billiard balls caroming off one other was part of the soundtrack of my life. Not to mention the sound of thunderbolt breaks and balls flying off the table pretending to be basketballs on our concrete floor. Despite being born with one hand I shot a very good game of “stick.” I actually started to make a little bit of money as a pool player as I got older. In High School I would often find myself gambling with some of the other students at this seedy pool hall in my hometown of South Bend, Indiana. I suppose the idea of a “one-handed player” made me seem like easy prey. Little did they know I was actually the pool shark. But it was not until college I took a deeper step into the world of pocket billiards.

I found a job at the Indiana University Student Union bowling alley and pool hall. I mostly worked the bowling side as a “pin setting.” However, I did spend a lot of time working the desk on the pool hall side. The main reason why I sought the job was for my love of pocket billiards. The great job perk was getting all my pool time for free. I think in my first two years of college I majored in the “Science of Pocket Billiards” with a minor in gambling. I spent more time shooting pool then studying. It was at this time I started to take professional billiard lessons. As a result my pool shooting skills truly started to deepen. While at Indiana University I was ranked top 20 in the nation at colligate pocket billiards. I made a lot of money as a one-handed pool shark. I hustled a lot, went to a lot of competitions, and did a lot of traveling “looking for action” and gambling. One day in a race to win seven games there was $75 dollars one the line. “Double or nothing?” my opponent asked just before I was to break the rack of the final game. It all game down to the last ball and the last shot to determine a vistor. How the game ended still makes me laugh (and sometime cry) after thirty years. That 9-Ball shot was the most incredible thing I had ever seen live on a pool table and it cost me $150 Dollars. 

Show Notes:

  • Living life as a one-handed pool hustler.
  • The strangest 9 ball pool shot I had ever seen live and in person.
  • I still cannot believe I lost $150 dollars on that pool shot.


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