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  1. arnaldo

    He's baaaaack -- Gambling With an Edge - Jay Helfert *part 2* (many thanks, again Jay. . . you're definitely de man!!!))

    Gambling With an Edge - Jay Helfert part 2 No one does it better. Arnaldo
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    Never saw a pro play with his wrist always bent this far inwards. Seems mechanically counter-productive, but he plays great.

    Gabe is an excellent player and this unusual wrist articulation obviously works perfectly for him (wouldn't for me -- I tried it once): (This is a great match, btw -- (Owens v Efren race-to-11)) worth watching from the beginning of this very shortened southeast Asia version.) Arnaldo
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    Covid-19: US high school *band* students rehearse in individual bubbles. Very creative. Need bigger ones for pool tables?

    Covid-19: US high school band students rehearse in individual bubbles. Very creative. Need bigger ones for pool tables? Wenatchee High School in Washington state wanted a way to allow students to rehearse singing and musical instruments safely during the pandemic - and they came up with a...
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    I've watched John's entire 434-ball run for the 3rd time now. Still marvel how instantly he recognizes & achieves near-perfect position

    . . . and he does it all with his 14.1-specialized, deliberately shortened, very briefly-aimed stroking that he's arrived at for long Straight Pool runs. I'm sure he discovered that less arm error can creep into the short backstroke. Amazingly -- as with Darren Appleton -- John manages to get...
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    Great, colorfully-written article about the famous Johnston City “Hustlers Jamboree” 1960s. Includes comments from, and about, 20 top-level players

    For your Covid idle time reading, here's an exceptional 9-page article that will be new to some AZBers and a very enjoyable re-read for many others. It's from a 1970 Playboy about the famous Johnston City "Hustlers Jamboree" excitingly and colorfully written by an eye-witness reporter. It's...
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    John Schmidt 626 video showings booked (and bookable) all over the mid-west, etc.

    Seems to be extremely busy; well, I'm glad for him. He and his regional event host/manager, Alex are really working it. They're getting requests for showings from potential hosts all over the US. Below image seen at https://m.facebook.com/mr400.john.schmidt Hope they're attending to all...
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    iusetoberich hosting viewing today (Jan 9th) of John's 626 in Barry Illinois with John in-person. Tell us how it went. Thanks.

    I'll bet you had a great turnout. Wish I coulda been there. Arnaldo
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    Is smoking allowed in any part of the room where u play (excluding home-tablers)?

    I quit smoking 65 years ago -- right after my military service ended (we all were smokers those days in the infantry). I was lucky enough to meet and become crazy about a gal who hated the smell of smokers' hair and clothing. Made quitting much easier for me than for most guys I knew. My...
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    Handy 1-page link: Accu-Stats thumbs+descriptions of ALL 112 vids now freely viewable on Youtube

    IMO these vids are a much-appreciated, truly eleemosynary Covid-viewing contribution generously extended by Accu-Stats: https://www.youtube.com/c/AccuStatsVideoProductionsTV/videos Thanks, if I may, on behalf of all pool fans and players -- especially in these days with a more than usual...
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    Very honest 23-minute video interview w/ John Schmidt about the 626 run and career

    Very honest 23-minute video interview w/ John Schmidt about the 626 run and his career. And on the same page, some Q&A text about his training and mental approach to the game. There are 2 or 3 vids about John on this webpage; (scroll to the very bottom of the page for a montage of clips from...
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    Wording on Covid waivers (if any) to use tables at your local rec center or poolroom?

    Wording on Covid waivers (if any) to use tables at your local rec center or poolroom? Any examples, any language, much appreciated. Gracias in advance. Arnaldo
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    Great 9-page article about the famous Johnston City “Hustlers Jamboree” 1960s

    For your Covid idle time reading, here's an exceptional 9-page article that will be new to some AZBers and a very enjoyable re-read for many others. It's from a 1970 Playboy about the famous Johnston City "Hustlers Jamboree" excitingly and colorfully written by an eye-witness reporter. It's...
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    Using a personal chalk now in Covid times to avoid communally-handled ones?

    For decades I've always "worn" a magnetically attached chalk (on my belt) because it's so handy, especially during Straight Pool runs -- saves reaching and searching -- but I definitely appreciate it now -- one less unsanitizable thing to handle when/if playing publicly now. Still have to...
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    Ultra-informative+amusing 14-1 player-reviewed video. Both are 200+ ball runners

    Saw this video on Youtube, posted by AZB member Steve Kurtz. Danny Barouty and Steve Lipsky -- both highly respected east coast Straight Pool champions -- recorded a casual match they played at NYC's Amsterdam Billiards Club. Both are 200+ ball runners so there are countless gems of playing...
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    Status of pool in other countries: any msgs rec’d from amateur/pro players there?

    I know a lot of AZBers are in semi-regular contact with players from other countries. I wondered what the pool rooms in their particular country and neighboring countries are presently doing (or planning to do) in these CoVid times? And plenty of players from abroad regularly post to AZB forums...
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    Have you cut back on visitors playing with you on your home table?

    For 15 years before I retired to the southwest, I had a beautiful Diamond 9-footer in my finished basement rec room back east. I truly loved it and it played great, but I decided to sell it along with the house -- there'd be no room for it in my new retirement home. Dozens of the avid young...
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    Corona virus drugs on the horizon. Encouraging updates for players + loved ones

    Thankfully discussed in readily understandable layman's terms, here's news on 3 drugs in development to fight the CoVid-19 virus: https://tinyurl.com/w6xa85y And here are very encouraging preliminary findings on some of the existing drugs (and combinations) that may be repurposed to treat...
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    Tip for other players with slightly aging memory and long-forgotten $$$ resources

    I’ve been meaning to msg. fellow AZB-ers about this for a while. A few months ago one of the players in our seniors’ billiards club steered a bunch of us to a very useful website. Me and two others were surprised to find that we had some long-forgotten funds and some safe-deposited personal...
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    Fierce, beautifully written advocacy of Straight Pool as THE quintessential pool game

    Many provocative quotes peppered throughout this often near-poetic article. Ex: "The game -- the defining, crowning game -- was Straight Pool. And still is." The article was originally written by Everett Shiley about 10 or 15 years ago. It was appreciatively posted by Steve Heiden today to...
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    Pool table rail score counter (for Straight Pool, etc. scoring)

    Has anyone seen this item for sale anywhere, anymore, in printed or online catalogs of other sources? (Copper Bronze pool table rail score counter). I need two of the devices -- new or used -- for a scorer I'm crafting. I'd prefer the color finish shown, but would settle for two of them in the...
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