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  1. jay helfert

    Ralph Greenleaf - One of the greatest to play the game

    I'm old enough to have known many of the old time players who competed against both Greenleaf and Mosconi. To a man they ALL said Greenleaf was the better player.
  2. jay helfert

    US Open (9-ball) 2021 Atlantic City Sept. 13-18

    Par for the course Mark.
  3. jay helfert

    US Open (9-ball) 2021 Atlantic City Sept. 13-18

    Pretty much all the strip hotels are now charging high resort fees and equally high parking fees that amount to over $50/day in hidden charges. It's a litte softer downtown but no freebies there either. My answer - Motels! I vote with my wallet.
  4. jay helfert

    SJM Sizes Up the World Pool Championship

    The color of the balls is another issue. The original ball color for pool balls remains the best possible colors for televised events. If you study the history of the game, there was a lot of thought that went into choosing these exact colors. It was not just some random thing.
  5. jay helfert

    WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP (6-10 June2021) Champion $50K

    In the SE stage of the tournament, every player was guaranteed money and each win was worth progressively more. And that's the way it should be.
  6. jay helfert

    SJM Sizes Up the World Pool Championship

    I guarantee it can be done with the right people on the controls. Certainly on most difficult shots and layouts there is enough time to show exactly the dilemna the player is facing. If I can see it sitting in the stands it can damn sure be shown on camera. Sorry to say that the crews they have...
  7. jay helfert

    SJM Sizes Up the World Pool Championship

    That's why you need a good director. Proper use of the existing cameras and closing (moving in closer) on the balls will help the viewers understand what situation a player is facing. I've always said there is a rhythm to the game of pool. There is the actual shot and then there is the time in...
  8. jay helfert

    WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP (6-10 June2021) Champion $50K

    I can only think of Pro Volleyball as another sport that has DE all the way to the end. All other major individual sports (golf, tennis, bolwing) are SE all the way. It works for them because players win more prize money in every round they progress. Even first round losers are guaranteed money...
  9. jay helfert

    SJM Sizes Up the World Pool Championship

    Time to get rid of the overhead camera. It's a one dimensional look at a three dimensional game. This camera has always been the go-to or fallback camera for the director when he doesn't understand what's going on and which camera should be used. You will always need a diredctor who truly...
  10. jay helfert

    US Open (9-ball) 2021 Atlantic City Sept. 13-18

    The way I look at it, the more high dollar pro events that are being held the better. And the fact that so many of them are right here in the USA even better yet. There are enough high quality ($$$) tournaments today for a top player to make a decent living and that's a good thing. When all...
  11. jay helfert

    WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP (6-10 June2021) Champion $50K

    We agree on this. From past experience I've found that putting events close together and within easy travel distance is advantageous for both events. For years we would schedule the Hard Times Jamboree either the week before or the week after the Sands tournament Usually there would be one more...
  12. jay helfert

    WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP (6-10 June2021) Champion $50K

    It isn't that hard when they play a major event on bucket pockets, with a mediocre field of players.
  13. jay helfert

    WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP (6-10 June2021) Champion $50K

    Thank you. So they are just over a month apart. It might have been better if they were only two weeks apart. We will see.
  14. jay helfert

    WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP (6-10 June2021) Champion $50K

    The U.S. Open has now been scheduled only two weeks before the International 9-Ball Open, also on the East Coast. This could be an attempt by Matchroom to undermine the event or be useful in bringing more players to the area to compete in both events. The jury is out.
  15. jay helfert

    WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP (6-10 June2021) Champion $50K

    Shane lost to Oliver who? :confused:
  16. jay helfert

    Brunswick Gold Crown

    I've got a good one for sale right here in Los Angeles. I believe it's a GCII. Just got it out of storage after years being put away. Rails have been wrapped up tight the whole time. Slates are clean, Frame is complete and everything looks ship shape and ready to go. Even the old cloth is still...
  17. jay helfert

    WORLD POOL CHAMPIONSHIP (6-10 June2021) Champion $50K

    I only saw the very end of the match. The first one I've watched from this event. In the first rack the kid totally missed the seven ball and it went in anyway. My thought was these are great tables for beginners! I couldn't tell which ball was which, so call me old school. They are slowly...
  18. jay helfert

    Shane live on youtube at World Pool Championship

    My first time watching this. I can't tell which ball is which. Maybe next they'll start to change the size of the balls and the table, and snookerize pool. A stroke of genius! ;)
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    Shane live on youtube at World Pool Championship

    Wow, totally missed the seven ball and it went in anyway. Great pockets for beginners!
  20. jay helfert

    10 year old runs 147 in drill, in ten minutes and change!

    I like this kid's chances better. Just call it an educated guess.
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