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PunchOut 04-16-2009 05:48 AM

You're a pro?
 
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poolplayer2093 04-16-2009 06:15 AM

man i wonder what this said

Melissa Morris 04-16-2009 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by poolplayer2093 (Post 1771605)
man i wonder what this said

So do I.. But if people are wondering if I'm a pro or not, no I am not at this time.. I was last year, but I had a bad year and lost my pro status.. You know I just had to many other things going on in my life I put pool last..

DogsPlayingPool 04-16-2009 10:24 AM

What is a pro in pool anyway? To me it's someone who makes a living at it, or a substantial part of their income is derived from playing and/or sponsorship. And it doesn't have to be tournaments. A road player qualifies.

It's just that in pool, as opposed to golf for instance, the status between pro and amateur is different. I'm certainly an amateur pool player but if I play in a tournament I'm entitled to the same pay-out as any pro entered in the same event. In a golf tournament if I'm entered as an amateur I am then not entitled to any payout. I think the pro/amateur thing in pool is more akin to the poker thing.

Da Bank 04-23-2009 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by DogsPlayingPool (Post 1772061)
What is a pro in pool anyway? To me it's someone who makes a living at it, or a substantial part of their income is derived from playing and/or sponsorship. And it doesn't have to be tournaments. A road player qualifies.

It's just that in pool, as opposed to golf for instance, the status between pro and amateur is different. I'm certainly an amateur pool player but if I play in a tournament I'm entitled to the same pay-out as any pro entered in the same event. In a golf tournament if I'm entered as an amateur I am then not entitled to any payout. I think the pro/amateur thing in pool is more akin to the poker thing.

in my book, you are not a "professional" unless you are a member of a recognized professional association such as the WPBA.

If you are good enough to be a sanctioned professional and choose not to be so that you can hit the road and deceive people of your abilities... you are, in technical terms, a "waste".

I think if you are good enough and spend the same amount of time playing as a real professional who makes their livelihood through the sport and you don't go for the titles and upper echelon achievements, you are really misguided in some way. I know of a few guys like this that could be in the top 50 in the world but choose not to be so they can continue the hustle, I think it's sad.

Ilike1pocket 04-26-2009 11:37 AM

Sorry, I think your wrong. The Top Pool Player in the world does not make what the lowest golfer does (Pro).

The only Pool Player that got out with any type money was "The Miz" from his Just Showing off commercials that he invested in himself on his name on cues.

He had to fly overseas and put up his own money.

Three years later they were flying here begging.

Pools the greatest sport in the world, but don't get in for the money.

heath730 04-26-2009 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Da Bank (Post 1784982)
in my book, you are not a "professional" unless you are a member of a recognized professional association such as the WPBA.

If you are good enough to be a sanctioned professional and choose not to be so that you can hit the road and deceive people of your abilities... you are, in technical terms, a "waste".

I think if you are good enough and spend the same amount of time playing as a real professional who makes their livelihood through the sport and you don't go for the titles and upper echelon achievements, you are really misguided in some way. I know of a few guys like this that could be in the top 50 in the world but choose not to be so they can continue the hustle, I think it's sad.

Can you really blame them? there is much more money huslting then playing in tournaments, It's tough to make a living playing in tournaments unless you're like top 25 in the world. Staying on the road they can make a killing.

cuedaddy 04-26-2009 03:02 PM

Even being top 25,, Dont you think its hard.. The time invested.. the nerves. the time spent in PR.. Sleep patternts.. Not a good payoff in my mind, Unless you truly enjoy the game to death

PoolChump 12-15-2016 11:59 AM

Professional Pool Player
 
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Originally Posted by Da Bank (Post 1784982)
in my book, you are not a "professional" unless you are a member of a recognized professional association such as the WPBA.

If you are good enough to be a sanctioned professional and choose not to be so that you can hit the road and deceive people of your abilities... you are, in technical terms, a "waste".

I think if you are good enough and spend the same amount of time playing as a real professional who makes their livelihood through the sport and you don't go for the titles and upper echelon achievements, you are really misguided in some way. I know of a few guys like this that could be in the top 50 in the world but choose not to be so they can continue the hustle, I think it's sad.

The definition of "professional" is making a living at a particular profession. But, when playing a pool tournament that is handicapped, a professional player are considered high level or top level players whether they may a living playing pool or not. :rolleyes:

jasonlaus 12-15-2016 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Da Bank (Post 1784982)
in my book, you are not a "professional" unless you are a member of a recognized professional association such as the WPBA.

If you are good enough to be a sanctioned professional and choose not to be so that you can hit the road and deceive people of your abilities... you are, in technical terms, a "waste".

I think if you are good enough and spend the same amount of time playing as a real professional who makes their livelihood through the sport and you don't go for the titles and upper echelon achievements, you are really misguided in some way. I know of a few guys like this that could be in the top 50 in the world but choose not to be so they can continue the hustle, I think it's sad.

Top 50 in the world huh? Are they named New York and Arizona? Gimme a break
Jason

nine_ball6970 12-15-2016 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by jasonlaus (Post 5753313)
Top 50 in the world huh? Are they named New York and Arizona? Gimme a break
Jason

I ran into a guy who fits this description a month or two ago. Nobody knew who he was until weeks after he left town and had destroyed a very good player gambling. Who knows maybe he is still on the road doing the same thing. He doesn't live in the US so most people have no clue what his name is here or how good he plays.

Scott Lee 12-17-2016 07:37 AM

You have no idea what you're talking about. The days of "hustlers" roaming the roads "making a living" have been over for many years. You might get hustled by a better amateur player locally, but there's nobody making a killing playing the road. :rolleyes:

Scott Lee
http://poolknowledge.com

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Originally Posted by heath730 (Post 1789791)
Can you really blame them? there is much more money huslting then playing in tournaments, It's tough to make a living playing in tournaments unless you're like top 25 in the world. Staying on the road they can make a killing.


nine_ball6970 12-19-2016 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Scott Lee (Post 5755051)
You have no idea what you're talking about. The days of "hustlers" roaming the roads "making a living" have been over for many years. You might get hustled by a better amateur player locally, but there's nobody making a killing playing the road. :rolleyes:

Scott Lee
http://poolknowledge.com

I disagree. See my post above. The guy easily makes several thousand each weekend and it takes some serious work to find out who he is. By the time you found out who he is, he is long gone. He is from a country not known for pool and goes by a nickname.

FWIW he is somewhere in the top 20 for players in the US right now.

WilleeCue 07-23-2017 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Da Bank (Post 1784982)
in my book, you are not a "professional" unless you are a member of a recognized professional association such as the WPBA.

If you are good enough to be a sanctioned professional and choose not to be so that you can hit the road and deceive people of your abilities... you are, in technical terms, a "waste".

Isn't that called a "Hustler"?

When someone askes me to play some pool I dont consider that a deception no matter how good or bad they then play.
If i am greatly out skilled and have no chance of beating them I generally know it the first game. No Harm, No Foul.

WilleeCue 07-23-2017 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by nine_ball6970 (Post 5753327)
I ran into a guy who fits this description a month or two ago. Nobody knew who he was until weeks after he left town and had destroyed a very good player gambling. Who knows maybe he is still on the road doing the same thing. He doesn't live in the US so most people have no clue what his name is here or how good he plays.

The very good player was not as good as he thought he was.
He destroyed himself with his greed.
I seen it here locally sometimes ... people that just know they can beat you and always try the double or nothing trick. Sometimes it backfires and they pay double.
I dont need but one or two games to know when I am out skilled on a pool table and there is no shame in quitting with some money still in your pocket.


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