Louie Roberts Video....VINTAGE GAMBLING -
07-05-2011, 03:36 PM
I asked an old pool player about Louie Roberts. He said he wasnt very impressed with him, and I kept pressing him on how he played. (Most pool players and especially the older ones knock everyone, just amazes me) He finally told me I should see for myself, and he had a long gambling session of Louie giving up the nuts. I had never seen Louie play live, or on tape.
As JAM noted here several times, there are VERY few videos from the old days showing the older players. Today we have YOUTUBE, ACCUSTATS, and hell lots of others.
Well I got the video and it is several hours long, he is giving the guy several balls in the spot and pretty much killing him. The other neat thing about the video is how much Louie is like Keith McCready....talking the entire time. If I was playing him, there would have been a mum rule.
Not sure what I should do with the video, it is amazing. Louie plays absolutely perfect position on old gold crown table.
ANY LOUIE ROBERTS fans out there?
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Louie was one of a kind from my understanding. There are several threads about him on here and I know some people pretty well that knew Louie personally. He had demons but was a generally likeable guy and could shoot the lights out.
He would roll out to table length cuts that most people might bank and he would slice them in and run out. Problem with Louie (from my understanding) he couldn't go to sleep with money in his pocket.
I have heard several stories about him..some of the funniest are as follows....
Louie would pawn his cue at tournaments to get money for gambling...he would pawn it to several people, and I guess once he was playing in a big ring game with all the champs and had pawned it to several people and when he finally lost his last barrel and exhausted all avenues to get more money he just kind of quietly sat the cue down on an adjacent table and exited the building!! LMAO...I guess there were several arguments as to who the cue belonged to.
Also, he would eat by pushing carts around grocery stores and eating and drinking all the while...he'd load it up, make a sandwich, drink a beer, and when he was content just leave the cart in an isle and make his exit.
He was one of a kind from what I hear...wish I could of met him.
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Louis went to LV to make a video. A lot of great players were there. This was in the late 80s when Meucci had a great cue and had a lot of player reps.
Rempe, Howard, Segal, Strickland and the ladies Ms. Loree John Jones (at that time)
Louie was there for the POWER stroke part of the video. I don't know how many copies they sold but I bought one and ONE SOB borrowed it and this SOB didn't get it back.
Louie was the house pro at High Pockets in Memphis during this period. I saw him match up playing one pocket and 8 ball. I never saw him play 9 ball.
He was the real thing.
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I'm out of town now visiting my daughter in Sedona, so I don't have time to make a proper answer now about Louie. Let me just say that he was absolutely the best shotmaker I ever saw! And that includes present day players. If he could see it, he could make it. And the object ball went in on a line, never touching anything. PURE POCKET all the way! He would shoot extremely difficult cut shots at warp speed. And make them over and over again!
Louie was handsome, personable and had a good sense of humor about life, pool, girls, everything. The women LOVED him! And he loved them back . The hours and days I spent around Louie and Keith are full of priceless memories for me. They are both American originals, none like them before or since. Only Alex among the current crop of players comes close to having the charisma these two had.
I loved Louie and yet sometimes I hated him. He was a severe alcoholic and could be more than a handful at times. My last physical fight was with Louie and it was a doozy, lasting maybe 20 minutes before he finally gave up and fell asleep in my arms. I had him pinned down on a bed in a hotel room. Thank God because I was exhausted too. True story!