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Wazuela
08-10-2008, 06:00 PM
I saw a friend of mine in a local tournament last night. He's a solid player and is a favorite to win most tournaments he plays in.

We started talking, says he's been playing good and that he's won 4 tournaments within the past week.

He then tells me that he played the #1 rated pro player and beats him.
Jokingly i reply "Do you mean SVB?"
He says "Yeah Shane, oh you've heard of him?"
Of course I've heard of him!!!

So he goes on to tell me that he played a tournament at Fastbreak Billiards and that SVB was there. They weren't going to let him play- obviously cause he's a pro- but they decided to let him play. Only on the condition that SVB was spotting 4, 5, or 6 balls. Oh yeah the game is 9-ball.

So my friend ends up playing him in the finals, only needs to make the 5-ball to win a game, and ends up winning the tournament.

I was just wondering why a player of his caliber would be playing in a local $7 tournament? Seems kind of strange.

BigDogatLarge
08-10-2008, 06:04 PM
I saw a friend of mine in a local tournament last night. He's a solid player and is a favorite to win most tournaments he plays in.

We started talking, says he's been playing good and that he's won 4 tournaments within the past week.

He then tells me that he played the #1 rated pro player and beats him.
Jokingly i reply "Do you mean SVB?"
He says "Yeah Shane, oh you've heard of him?"
Of course I've heard of him!!!

So he goes on to tell me that he played a tournament at Fastbreak Billiards and that SVB was there. They weren't going to let him play- obviously cause he's a pro- but they decided to let him play. Only on the condition that SVB was spotting 4, 5, or 6 balls. Oh yeah the game is 9-ball.

So my friend ends up playing him in the finals, only needs to make the 5-ball to win a game, and ends up winning the tournament.

I was just wondering why a player of his caliber would be playing in a local $7 tournament? Seems kind of strange.

When was the tournament?

Kevin Lindstrom
08-10-2008, 06:06 PM
If your friend offers to sell you a bridge I would reccomend not buying it if I were you.

Funny story all the same.

Kevin

Wazuela
08-10-2008, 06:08 PM
When was the tournament?
Don't know the exact day, but it was within the past week.

BigDogatLarge
08-10-2008, 06:11 PM
Don't know the exact day, but it was within the past week.

Check this out... Maybe SVB was tuning up before he left... Just sayin'

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=109034

Kevin Lindstrom
08-10-2008, 06:13 PM
I think SVB was in Valley Forge, PA most of this past week. He was playing in the million dollar shootout.

Kevin

Wazuela
08-10-2008, 06:15 PM
If your friend offers to sell you a bridge I would reccomend not buying it if I were you.
LOL!!!
He doesn't seem like the type of person that would make something up like that.
He has a good reputation. Have no reason not to believe him.

custmqs
08-10-2008, 06:18 PM
SVB has been in Valley Forge, PA since at least last Wednesday...

tigerseye
08-10-2008, 06:48 PM
I saw a friend of mine in a local tournament last night. He's a solid player and is a favorite to win most tournaments he plays in.

We started talking, says he's been playing good and that he's won 4 tournaments within the past week.

He then tells me that he played the #1 rated pro player and beats him.
Jokingly i reply "Do you mean SVB?"
He says "Yeah Shane, oh you've heard of him?"
Of course I've heard of him!!!

So he goes on to tell me that he played a tournament at Fastbreak Billiards and that SVB was there. They weren't going to let him play- obviously cause he's a pro- but they decided to let him play. Only on the condition that SVB was spotting 4, 5, or 6 balls. Oh yeah the game is 9-ball.

So my friend ends up playing him in the finals, only needs to make the 5-ball to win a game, and ends up winning the tournament.

I was just wondering why a player of his caliber would be playing in a local $7 tournament? Seems kind of strange.


Johnny Archer used to play in the weekly tournament in Raliegh from time to time. he also would play the locals giving up some serious weight for a couple hundred dollar sets...It was always amazing to watch him beat those guys who thought they had a chance...lol!!

Bigjohn
08-10-2008, 06:55 PM
I saw a friend of mine in a local tournament last night. He's a solid player and is a favorite to win most tournaments he plays in.

We started talking, says he's been playing good and that he's won 4 tournaments within the past week.

He then tells me that he played the #1 rated pro player and beats him.
Jokingly i reply "Do you mean SVB?"
He says "Yeah Shane, oh you've heard of him?"
Of course I've heard of him!!!

So he goes on to tell me that he played a tournament at Fastbreak Billiards and that SVB was there. They weren't going to let him play- obviously cause he's a pro- but they decided to let him play. Only on the condition that SVB was spotting 4, 5, or 6 balls. Oh yeah the game is 9-ball.

So my friend ends up playing him in the finals, only needs to make the 5-ball to win a game, and ends up winning the tournament.

I was just wondering why a player of his caliber would be playing in a local $7 tournament? Seems kind of strange.

Your friend is full of Ca ca !!!

Wybrook
08-10-2008, 06:56 PM
Hi,

He was there last week before the Jax tourney. He knows someone in Orlando and stopped by for a few days and decided to go play in the tourney. The handicap is very fair for all players and we welcome anyone to come play. Last 4, 5 or 6 and the breaks is a common spot for the better players to give and its not hard to win if you are really trying to.

Just because you play good, doesn't mean you can enjoy yourself and have a fun night out playing pool. I play most of the local tourneys, not to win money, but more to keep up on my game a little, and most importantly, to go see friends.

Kevin Lindstrom
08-10-2008, 07:23 PM
Hi,

He was there last week before the Jax tourney. He knows someone in Orlando and stopped by for a few days and decided to go play in the tourney. The handicap is very fair for all players and we welcome anyone to come play. Last 4, 5 or 6 and the breaks is a common spot for the better players to give and its not hard to win if you are really trying to.

Just because you play good, doesn't mean you can enjoy yourself and have a fun night out playing pool. I play most of the local tourneys, not to win money, but more to keep up on my game a little, and most importantly, to go see friends.

Hey Waz

There is your answer.

Kevin

SkippyFL
08-10-2008, 08:58 PM
I'll vouch... I heard from several local players that he was there.

12squared
08-10-2008, 10:13 PM
Shane just likes to play pool. It's no surprise that he played in the local weekly tournament while visiting. When he visits Fort Collins he does the same thing playing in an $8 tournament on Sundays. And we love having him.

Dave

BigDogatLarge
08-11-2008, 12:07 AM
It's nice that a pro takes the time to play with people at local venues. SVB is a class act. I hope he visits my area some time, I would love to see him play. I might even rack for him. lol As if...

Your friend has some nice memories to share with his kids and grandkids...

Dwight

Black-Balled
08-11-2008, 06:10 AM
Shane just likes to play pool. It's no surprise that he played in the local weekly tournament while visiting. When he visits Fort Collins he does the same thing playing in an $8 tournament on Sundays. And we love having him.

Dave
Fort Collins rules!!:smile:

gpeezy
08-11-2008, 06:16 AM
I saw a friend of mine in a local tournament last night. He's a solid player and is a favorite to win most tournaments he plays in.

We started talking, says he's been playing good and that he's won 4 tournaments within the past week.

He then tells me that he played the #1 rated pro player and beats him.
Jokingly i reply "Do you mean SVB?"
He says "Yeah Shane, oh you've heard of him?"
Of course I've heard of him!!!

So he goes on to tell me that he played a tournament at Fastbreak Billiards and that SVB was there. They weren't going to let him play- obviously cause he's a pro- but they decided to let him play. Only on the condition that SVB was spotting 4, 5, or 6 balls. Oh yeah the game is 9-ball.

So my friend ends up playing him in the finals, only needs to make the 5-ball to win a game, and ends up winning the tournament.

I was just wondering why a player of his caliber would be playing in a local $7 tournament? Seems kind of strange.
Why is a guy that has won 4 tournaments that week playing in a 7$ tournament? Either he likes money or just likes to play. Probably both.

Fuji-whopper
08-11-2008, 06:26 AM
The $10 tournament down here at Bankshots is no pushover, we have had some stiff competition and welcome world beaters if they want to play. It's a chance to play great players for very little money, why do people look at it so negatively when the top players play?

It's a chance to play someone you normally don't get a chance to, I would jump at the chance not ***** about it.

Wazuela
08-11-2008, 06:51 AM
Why is a guy that has won 4 tournaments that week playing in a 7$ tournament? Either he likes money or just likes to play. Probably both.
LOL!
I would love to play more tournaments, but unfortunately I work week nights and play 9-ball league on Saturday nights.

I told my captain I wanted to take off the next session so I cold participate in that tournament.
He was a little upset at first, but then later on told me I could come every other week.

APA league is cool and all, but honestly there's only a hand full of good players on my division.
I'm relatively new to pool, only been playing 5 years, so I know if i want to improve I need to play more tournaments.

Wazuela
08-11-2008, 07:03 AM
why do people look at it so negatively when the top players play?

It's a chance to play someone you normally don't get a chance to, I would jump at the chance not ***** about it.

That's what's wrong with the computer age we live in nowadays. Text messages and on-line forums are just words on a screen.

Often times the meaning can be misconstrued.
I wasn't looking down upon this or ***** about it, just wanted to share my story and receive some input from my fellow pool/billiards enthusiasts.

Fuji-whopper
08-11-2008, 07:10 AM
That's what's wrong with the computer age we live in nowadays. Text messages and on-line forums are just words on a screen.

Often times the meaning can be misconstrued.
I wasn't looking down upon this or ***** about it, just wanted to share my story and receive some input from my fellow pool/billiards enthusiasts.

Sorry if it came across like it was meant for you, it was kind of a blanket statement. Personally I love it when new players come to our tournament and try to snap it off, we probably have the hardest $10 tournament in the country or close to it.

The $300 added every week brings a 40-50 player field every week and the top players don't necessarily win it when they participate. But I read my post and it did look like I was pointing it at you and I apologize because that wasn't my intention at all, sorry man.

Wazuela
08-11-2008, 07:30 AM
I apologize because that wasn't my intention at all, sorry man.
No problem. No need to apologize. As you can see, i misinterpreted your post too!
Bankshot billiards in Crack-sonville? LOL!
If I'm ever up there I'll have to check it out.

Ewww! Just let one rip! I think you'd be impressed.

Fuji-whopper
08-11-2008, 07:32 AM
Yeah it's a great place, here is the website www.playatbankshots.com

Don't want to judge any farts on a Monday morning, I like my eyebrows just the way they are.

Wazuela
08-11-2008, 07:39 AM
Yeah it's a great place, here is the website www.playatbankshots.com

Don't want to judge any farts on a Monday morning, I like my eyebrows just the way they are.
Oh yeah that's where that Lucasi tournament was played a few weeks ago.
I wanted to make the trip that Sunday for the finals, but unfortunately my girlfriend wouldn't let me.
I need a new girlfriend.

Fuji-whopper
08-11-2008, 07:44 AM
Oh yeah that's where that Lucasi tournament was played a few weeks ago.
I wanted to make the trip that Sunday for the finals, but unfortunately my girlfriend wouldn't let me.
I need a new girlfriend.

Yeah trying to get out to watch some great matches so close to home should be something a good girlfriend supports and does with you, not keeps you from doing. They try to cater to the players and host bigger tournaments when they can, Jeff the owner is always happy to see top players and is one of the few places to have paid house pros on staff.

I am the house pro there now but since I work a regular job I am not financially compensated but he takes care of me, I love representing his place and am happy to have the type of relationship with his business that I do.

Wazuela
08-11-2008, 08:07 AM
I am the house pro there now but since I work a regular job I am not financially compensated but he takes care of me, I love representing his place and am happy to have the type of relationship with his business that I do.
House pro?
I thought I heard your name before.
I just googled your name and saw you in an interview with Samm Diep after the Lucasi tournament.

How unfortunate is that to suffer an injury of that magnitude from stretching!
That had to be scary. The thought of not being able to play pool again!
That truely is inspirational to come back 4 weeks after your injury and win a tournament. Amazing!
Good for you to find a positive out of it.

I hope you fully recover, wish you continued success, and look forward to perhaps having the privilege of playing you someday.

Fuji-whopper
08-11-2008, 08:10 AM
House pro?
I thought I heard your name before.
I just googled your name and saw you in an interview with Samm Diep after the Lucasi tournament.

How unfortunate is that to suffer an injury of that magnitude from stretching!
That had to be scary. The thought of not being able to play pool again!
That truely is inspirational to come back 4 weeks after your injury and win a tournament. Amazing!
Good for you to find a positive out of it.

I hope you fully recover, wish you continued success, and look forward to perhaps having the privilege of playing you someday.


Oh man how I wish I had waited to do that interview, I was at the pool hall for 15 hours at that point and I was TOAST. But of course I gave in because she was very nice and convincing, so after losing my last match I took a few minutes to cool off and did the interview.

There is a lot that I wrote about the injury, it's about halfway done and already 5 pages long. The interview was a disaster and haven't even watched it, but you live and learn to move on after learning from it. Thank you for the kind words, I won the weekly tournament again last night and am moving a lot better these days it's just very painful.

Bigtruck
08-11-2008, 08:22 AM
We've had several Pros and road players come through and play in our weekly $6 open 9ball tournament at Clicks Waco. Danny Harriman was probably the most recent. He won it. No handicap.

The most memorable was when Grady Mathews came through and did a challenge the pro. $10 dollars to play, $100 if you win! We beat up on poor old Grady pretty bad and Clicks ( his backer) lost their backside on the deal!! LOL. There were several young prodigies (sp) in the area at the time! Hehe.

Ray

ps. I was not one of them! ;)

Wazuela
08-11-2008, 08:31 AM
The interview was a disaster and haven't even watched it, but you live and learn to move on after learning from it.
No way should you can't feel bad about that interview.
I think you handled yourself very well.
You really should watch it, it's not bad at all.

Bankshot Billards should be happy to have a person like you representing their establishment.

Fuji-whopper
08-11-2008, 08:36 AM
Thank you very much Wazuela you are very kind, I just remember being very terse in my answer because nothing was coming to mind. I could speak/write for days about the injury or about pool and there I was speechless, so to me it was kind of a failure.

But it was my first interview like that so it's taken with a grain of salt and I hope to do better next time. I did an email interview with Phil Cappelle after the US Open in 2002 where I finished pretty high and was very coherent there, but in person and in front of the camera I dogged it, ha ha.

12squared
08-11-2008, 09:03 AM
Fort Collins rules!!:smile:

Dear Mr. Balled,

Just wanted to say Hi and let you know the next time I plan to visit your area, but do not, I'll look you up... again. Sorry about flaking out on you, but I really appreciated your offer. By the way your avatar is a crack up!

Dave

Black-Balled
08-11-2008, 09:06 AM
Dear Mr. Balled,

Just wanted to say Hi and let you know the next time I plan to visit your area, but do not, I'll look you up... again. Sorry about flaking out on you, but I really appreciated your offer. By the way your avatar is a crack up!

Dave
No prob...I owe you an apology too: I have neither visited nor palnned to visit Ft. Collins lately...

Black-Balled
08-11-2008, 09:09 AM
The $10 tournament down here at Bankshots is no pushover, we have had some stiff competition and welcome world beaters if they want to play. It's a chance to play great players for very little money, why do people look at it so negatively when the top players play?

It's a chance to play someone you normally don't get a chance to, I would jump at the chance not ***** about it.
Yeah! And mad props to the house for allowing anyone to play. I am a hack compared to SVB and I have been barred from a few weeklys for 'playing too good'. Whatta fukin joke!

Fuji-whopper
08-11-2008, 09:25 AM
Yeah! And mad props to the house for allowing anyone to play. I am a hack compared to SVB and I have been barred from a few weeklys for 'playing too good'. Whatta fukin joke!

Exactly, there are a couple of places in town that don't allow certain players in their tournaments saying they "scare away other players". But yet they allow me to play and I am considered a better player, who says personality doesn't count for anything these days? :D

But seriously, when I was a lowly D-player all I wanted to do was to play better people so that I could try and get better. The entry fee isn't much and it's not like you play these tournaments to get rich, you do it for the experience if anything so why would you want to bar anyone?

hang-the-9
08-11-2008, 09:37 AM
I'd love to have a chance to play a pro in any local tourney I'm in. You can either pay $100 for an exibition, $500 for a major tournament, or a 10 spot to play and watch them play. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

uwate
08-11-2008, 09:50 AM
If SVB was in a local handicap tournament in South Florida, id be pissed if that went down and I didnt play. Id be handing some jelly to the tournament director too to see if I couldnt get "drawn" to play him too :-)

My personal dream is to be in a match with Efren, and have some photographer get a shot of me down on a ball with Efren behind me, looking in to see whats going to happen on the shot. If I ever get in a position, like at the DCC for this to happen, I am going straight to Diana Hoppe and seeing if she cant make this dream happen.

hang-the-9
08-11-2008, 10:00 AM
SNIP - and have some photographer get a shot of me down on a ball with Efren behind me, looking in to see whats going to happen on the shot. - SNIP

Wish wishes like this you can also get in gay porn.:D