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  1. CJ Wiley

    Hustling Pool with a Jewel named Zia....when the Hustler became the Hustlee

    I usually traveled on the road with expert gamblers sometimes two which was even better. Some of the best trips I made was with beautiful women and in this case Zia was my partner, she looked like Cameron Diaz' younger, prettier sister. We traveled many states and won a ton*, but Zia had a...
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    Adventures on the Road Hustling Pool and the PoPo in Waukegan Illinois

    When I was hustling pool on the road we always had to ready to do what was necessary to stay safe and win the cash. In this story I was at the Homestead Bar when the police raided the place, they had all kinds of "activities" going on, from a blackjack game in the back to high stakes pool...
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    Improving Tempo is Vital in Golf, Tennis and Pocket Billiards - What is the Secret?

    There is a transition time with every player, it's just a matter of how abbreviated it is. We call this "The Gathering of the Shot"....and players like Buddy Hall do it beautifully - this is one of the reasons he was known to have the best cue ball control in history. It requires energy to take...
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    Adventures of a Road Player Learning Life Lessons from Pool, Pimps, and Pistols

    This is my latest "Adventures on the Road" for those of you that remember the days of the Road Player. Join me as I share my adventures with "Lil Richard", Dalton Leong and what it was like the first time I got stuck up at gunpoint on Lake Street in Minneapolis....and without a gun in Gentleman...
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    CJ's Adventures on the Road - Coming Out of "Hustling" Retirement for a Night

    I have been touring the country meeting and coaching all kinds of interesting players and getting stellar results. After over 60 private lessons in the last 5 weeks I was getting burned out and wanted to match up a gambling game and have some fun "like old times". A friend said he knew a guy...
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    Are you making adjustments and Constantly Calibrating your Game like the Champions?

    Pool is a game of adjustments, unless you are performing perfectly, which just happens a few times a game, or even a set. All things are in a constant state of change, in competition if you're not getting better, you're getting worse. That's why they say practice doesn't make perfect, perfect...
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    How do YOU "Re-Boot" Your Game Mentally when the same ball is consistently missed?!?

    Sometimes, like a computer, it's good to "reboot" our game...playing rotation games it's not uncommon to get in a rut of missing the same ball . You make several great shots and hang the 7ball consistently (or 8ball, 9ball,etc) and pretty soon you feel really uncomfortable shooting this...
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    Does a Firmer Grip Maximize or Diminish Feel and Touch for the Cueball?

    I believe the grip and bridge needs to be a personal connection to the cue, like holding a fork, spoon, or knife, we all use a slightly different technique and grip pressure, but it serves the same purpose. I'd recommend experimenting with your grip and pressure to see what really works well for...
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    How to Develop Confidence to Battle the Champions

    In this video I explain how I developed the confidence to play and win against the greatest pocket billiard players in history. It's vital to have a system to "Go Into the Zone" and also I tell you how to raise your level of confidence for sure, and you can do it anytime you choose. If you have...
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    Mental Game Secrets - From Playing the Game to the Game Playing Through You

    There was an elderly gentleman that "appeared" in my life over 25 years ago for a brief "parenthesis in my reality," and gifted me with a present that I'm now starting to realize was ironic, or was it the irony of "fate". Hmmm I was standing behind the bar talking to the day bartender in my...
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    ZONE Secrets for Better Cue Ball Control

    Everyone that has played a lot of pool has been in the Zone on more than one occasion. This is when you don't have to think about anything, it's like the game is playing through you. There are several ways to achieve this consistently, although sometimes we're held back because of some type of...
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    Running a Rack & Introduction to Using Diamonds for Creating Zones

    Join me for an introduction to my new series "The Game is the Teacher" I run a rack of 9-Ball {or 8-Ball}, explaining and demonstrating what I'm thinking to navigate through the rack. In this video I focus on how to create Zones using the diamonds for better cue ball control and maximum...
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    A Powerful Mental Attitude in Pool - Accepting Defeat

    When I was on the road playing high dollar matches there was a lot of pressure....at times if I didn't win I wouldn't have any money for food, gas and shelter. I had to come to terms with losing, it happens, and looking back it was the losses that improved me and my game the most, not the...
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    Perfect Practice Makes Perfect - How to Train your Tempo for Ideal Speed Control

    Have you ever heard you need better speed control and tempo? To master this element, and the speed control required to compete at the highest levels you want a way that guarantees improvement. I'm sharing the ultimate way to develop these skills so there's no excuse, when you commit to 3 hours...
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    The Hunter sometimes is the Hunted....Anyone have a story about being hustled in a pool hall?

    I spent several years on the road hustling, gambling and having adventures in lots of pool halls. I was hustled really well a few times and each time I learned some important things I couldn't have learned any other way. Jack Cooney, Vernon Elliot, JR Weldon, Doug Smith and Strong Arm John were...
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    Using "Center Ball" - is it good advice or a hidden disadvantage?

    The problem with using "center ball" is if you don't make the shot, or hit the part of the pocket desired you won't get the necessary feedback to make adjustments to calibrate your future shots. This makes the player play a guessing game, which will break down when competing against a player...
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    To $pin or not to $pin... Depend$ if you like Money

    When competing it's best to eliminate or at least reduce unnecessary calculations. I've played a lot with Earl Stickland and he does spin his ball, but does it consistently. He's not putting a various of random "spins" on the ball, he's using the spin to increase margin of error in his "Pocket...
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    Have you any good stories about underworld characters you met in Pool Rooms?

    "Omaha John" and I went in a small town Kentucky pool room to get some action. Back then they didn't even hesitate and agreed to play both of us. We went out to get our cues and discovered that John had accidently locked the keys in the car. We went back in and said "can someone call a...
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    Learn from the Pros - put more power, coil, and precision in Your pool stroke

    Understanding the most advanced fundamentals is definitely a short-cut to playing pool at your highest level. Most of what you see in pool styles are simply "cause and effect" - for example if you raise and "coil" your elbow then you will need to "drop" it after contact. On the other hand if...
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    Mental Game Secrets of the Pros - Managing Expectations, Reducing Judgments

    In 2002 I became good friends with Hank Haney (before he was Tiger Woods golf coach), we talked a lot about the similarities between Pocket Billiards and Golf....there are many! One day Hank was curious and ask me point blank..... "When did you know For Sure you were a champion pool player...
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