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RoadHustler
09-09-2013, 11:01 PM
Has everyone seen this video! Takes some balls to go to Russia and compete at a game you have probably never seen before on TV!! This is a fun video. :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0hpM03RajI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Dopc
09-09-2013, 11:10 PM
Now those are some tight pockets..........

Dopc.

RoadHustler
09-09-2013, 11:14 PM
http://www.en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Russian_billiards_ball_at_a_corner_pocket.jpg

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RoadHustler
09-09-2013, 11:21 PM
Sorry tap talk was acting funny wouldn't let me edit my post. This is a photo of the pocket size from Wikipedia.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Russian_billiards_ball_at_a_corner_pocket.jpg

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poolguppy
09-09-2013, 11:45 PM
those pockets came from one sick mind. And even though it wasnt his game, it was still nice to see earl get beat up on by a young dude :), and if you think the games intense, check out the audience!

playpool2
09-09-2013, 11:50 PM
those pockets came from one sick mind. And even though it wasnt his game, it was still nice to see earl get beat up on by a young dude :), and if you think the games intense, check out the audience!

Stupid comment.

poolguppy
09-10-2013, 12:43 AM
Stupid comment.

How dare you insult my lack of intelligence sir! This means WORE!

Toncam
09-10-2013, 01:06 AM
That was entertaining for sure. You can use any ball for a cue ball in that game ? Makes for some interesting scenarios and a lot of strategy.
They have one of these tables in the Cue Club here in Vegas and the counter gal showed me the balls for it and i took a few over to the table and compared it, man its tight, lol.
But it was good to see two guys having a good time the way the both of them were, thanks for posting this.

voiceofreason
09-10-2013, 01:28 AM
Great find...

Very interesting looking game..

Dunnn51
09-10-2013, 01:38 AM
How big are those balls ?? With the balls so big ,and the pockets tight; there's no cheating the pockets. :sorry:

Leave it to the Russians to cut out English from a game of pool. :grin-square::rolleyes:

Earl was having a good time. If you need some Earl drama, hit this link. Better yet the Strickland/Shaw match where it started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywW3cr-wH0M

oldplayer
09-10-2013, 04:33 AM
looks like the ball does not go in with just pocket speed, apparently a more than firm hit is required. the cloth on the corners of the pocket are worn off!

ideologist
09-10-2013, 05:12 AM
Earl was still playing pretty strong. Says a lot about his talent to be able to whack in 5 or 6 in a row on that table.

j_zippel
09-10-2013, 05:13 AM
Russia doesn't play around with 4" pockets, but they do love torture

pfduser
09-10-2013, 05:14 AM
Talk about straightening your stroke out!

j_zippel
09-10-2013, 05:28 AM
How big are those balls ?? With the balls so big ,and the pockets tight; there's no cheating the pockets. :sorry:

Leave it to the Russians to cut out English from a game of pool. :grin-square::rolleyes:

Earl was having a good time. If you need some Earl drama, hit this link. Better yet the Strickland/Shaw match where it started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywW3cr-wH0M

the last few minutes is when Shaw snaps his cue. What a beauty! haha

CreeDo
09-10-2013, 07:36 AM
looks like the ball does not go in with just pocket speed, apparently a more than firm hit is required. the cloth on the corners of the pocket are worn off!

The pocket is only a few millimeters larger than the ball. If the ball is directly facing the heart of the pocket,
(like on the head spot shooting into the corner, or center table shooting into the side)...
then in theory you could just roll it in.

But most shots are not perfectly facing the hole, the rail is at least partially blocking
the the shot from most angles. So to make the shot you must ram it so hard that it bends
the nipple, allowing the ball to fly 'through' the rail and into the pocket.
All those forced shots wear off the cloth on the nipples.

To be honest, though it's an interesting display of skill, I feel like the guys who designed the tables
were nuts and maybe didn't think it through. They blocked off shots from most angles.
Like a rail cut cannot happen, or shooting into the side from a steepish angle.
Did they really intend to make a game where most of the balls will end up "unplayable",
and even the routine shots from playable angles will rattle half the time?
Seems like a game for masochists.

ideologist
09-10-2013, 07:50 AM
Seems like a game for masochists.

In Russia, table beats you.

mel_smOg
09-10-2013, 07:56 AM
I finally got to play the game when I went to Europe in January of this year, balls are super big and the spin is pretty weird if you apply tops or draw. Pockets are only 3 mm larger than the balls, and you can pocket any balls and use any object ball (and make it too and get a point)
there are different variations of the game and aparently now it popular to play only with one object ball (even though you still can make it and replace any other ball on the table and continue to shot)
interesting game

scsuxci
09-10-2013, 08:16 AM
Awesome looking game!!!Liked watching this more than Bonus Ball.

Slickstick9
09-10-2013, 08:21 AM
I like Earl's collarless white sweater, with a bow tie around his neck. looking good.

seven_7days
09-10-2013, 08:22 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e3/Russian_billiards_ball_at_a_corner_pocket.jpg

^^This is how the rim in the NBA should be.

dawgcpa
09-10-2013, 09:02 AM
Give me a game where I get points for scratching and I'm already 2 balls better! LOL.

ideologist
09-10-2013, 10:23 AM
I like Earl's collarless white sweater, with a bow tie around his neck. looking good.

Cuetec dressed him