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    Question for the Tin Man

    Man I really don't have the time to give this initial post the attention it deserves but here recently -- I have to grab a spare minute whenever I can find it. Anyway, I've sort of had your boot camp in the back of my mind and I've mentioned your name to several of my pool playing buddies...
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    Tin Man Chalks up Another Big Win

    Congrats to Tin Man as he chalked up another huge victory with a hill-hill thriller over John Morra at Turning Stone. Let's root him on to a top finish at Turning Stone!!!
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    Using Phone to Record Close Hits

    During a tourney a while back I was faced with a close hit and my opponent wanted someone to watch the hit. We agreed that a known knowledgeable player would watch the hit. So he walks over and then pulls out his phone to record it, to which I objected. This caused a bit of commotion. A few...
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    Pursuit of the Perfect Table

    We really need a new thread to discuss the never ending pursuit of the perfect table. I know there was a time when we all played on less than "perfect" tables and somehow we all were perfectly happy playing on them. Actually there were more of us then too. Hmmm. Now even if a player is happy...
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    So I Got Banned From FB's "Let's Talk About Pool."

    Felt pretty good too. There was a discussion about whether or not the calcutta winner should tip the winning player and it was a decent discussion as far as I could tell. Well until one of the Administrators decided to chime in with his opinion. Once his opinion was questioned, he apparently...
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    Matchroom -- PLEASE Use Jeremy Jones for Commentary Next Year.

    Matchroom please please please use Jeremy Jones commentary next year. Jay clearly understands high level play but it's just as clear that Jerry does not. Not only does Jeremy Jones play at a high level but he also knows the game inside and out. He also has a great southern style voice that's...
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    Mosconi Cup -- At Least We've Proved the Coach Doesn't Matter

    I could really do a "see I told you so" post about the Mosconi Cup and all the posts I've written about it in years past but that wouldn't be very modest of me would it? ;) One thing is for sure -- the coach has so little to do with the outcome that it's not even funny or maybe it is funny to...
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    Tony Chohan - "Takes in 10k, gives SVB 0"

    https://youtu.be/E8Yz3j4Qxo4 Some revealing information as it pertains to wagering on pool matches. I had no clue. 10 Thousand in and not even a single dollar out! That's nuts! I also noticed the FAT pockets full of cash that Chohan had in his shorts. Tony doesn't favor giving money to his...
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    Why Dennis will Take Home the Cash!

    Scott definitely has the knowledge advantage in this matchup, while Dennis gets the nod in the execution department. The problem with someone who can execute at the world class level like Dennis is -- he can somewhat nullify the knowledge gap by playing without a shot clock. Dennis plays...
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    The No Handicapping Crowd Cracks Me Up

    I get a real kick out of all the amateur players that say things like, “Tournaments shouldn’t be handicapped.” Or, “If you’re not good enough – stay home.” The common theme is that if you’re not good enough you just need to practice more. Those of you that are opposed to handicapped...
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    I Used to Use a System But Now....

    The better I get the easier is it for me to see the shot line. For about the past 5 or so years, when it comes to aiming -- I simply overlap the contact point and occasionally use the double the distance method on the fuller hits as a double check until I get locked in. Lately, I've noticed...
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    This Old McCready vs Matlock Footage Has Me Confused.

    Can someone help me out here? If you go to around the 18 minute mark Dave Matlock was trying to hit the ball near the side pocket. He doesn't get the hit so Keith takes ball in hand and bumps the ball of the rail and it sounds like he pockets a ball in the process. Then on his next shot he...
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    You All Get the 8.....Sign Up Now!!!

    You all get the 8!!!! Sign up now while supplies last. First come -- first serve. Goodnight to all.
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    Hypothetical Matchup: Kirkwood vs. Bowman....Who You Got?

    When it comes to bar table pool you hear these two names an awful lot. I've seen Jason Kirkwood up close and personal quite a few times over the years but I've only ever seen Jesse Bowman play on streams or posted videos. So my picture of his game is not complete. Based on my incomplete...
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    Alright -- Spill the Beans on Tony Chohan

    It's pretty common knowledge that Tony went on an extended vacation for a while and I figured when he returned it was going to take him a while to get back in stroke -- if he could get back in stroke at all. Boy -- was I wrong! The guy came back playing lights out and some have said he's...
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    How to Collect Mosconi Cup Points -- Ideas

    Looking for some ideas for how Matchroom should collect Mosconi Cup points for the U.S. Players. You never know maybe we could come up with something that they like. Here's an idea I just thought of and it may or may not be a good one: One possible way they could set up the points system would...
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    The Mosconi Cup is Not About ...

    The Mosconi Cup is NOT about how well you can play but instead it's about how poorly you can. In other words, the Cup is more a measure of a player's B game than their A. This is why year after year after year we end up short of the finish line. When it comes to measuring how poorly a player is...
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    Father & Son Fun

    Running out with my boy. He lost interest for a while and I could barely get him on the table but lately he's been asking me to play. That's something I pretty much will never say no to. This took a few tries and I'm not sure who was more excited him or me. A few funny things happened during...
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    Aiming Errors by Pros

    Pros do have aiming failures from time to time. More often than not when pros miss it's hard to tell why, but there are times when it's pretty obvious that the player lined up the shot wrong. What makes an aiming error even more obvious is when the player stays down on the shot and maintains a...
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    Have Aiming Problems? My Theory on Why That Is

    Here's why I think amateur players (myself included) have what we classify as aiming problems: We don't have an accurate reference point for our true pocketing ability. For instance, on a long straight in stop shot, how many times out of ten will you make that shot? How about if you try and...
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