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  1. Samiel

    2021 AZ Billiards Straight Pool Challenge!

    Bested my high run this year. Ran 41 in league but still lost the match.
  2. Samiel

    2021 AZ Billiards Straight Pool Challenge!

    I play in a straight pool league on 8 foot tables that has pockets that are cut a little funny (balls hang quite often, but not because the pockets are that tight). I've been struggling a bit to get into the groove, but I feel I've playing a bit better. The division I'm in has all great...
  3. Samiel

    Back Pocket 9-Ball Finals

    Grady Matthews versus Mike Gulyassy came up on my feed today. Here's a really nice shot from Grady: Anyone play this game today?
  4. Samiel

    Endless Summer Nights

    I didn't want to make a new thread, but I noticed a billiard table in Michael Jackson's Beat It video...
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    I do think it makes a difference. A 2x4 Acme case by itself has a decent amount of protection for two cues. This may not be the case for a 4x8 or something similar. The difference is the amount cue mass vs padding and case mass. More cues are going to bang around with less protection. My...
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    JB cases are amazing quality. I had an Instroke for years. That said, I bought an Acme because I was at the store and it was the only thing I could find that looked worth buying. I bought a 2x4 and I honestly believe it will protect my cues fine through most normal circumstances. I think a...
  7. Samiel

    How much is the most you would pay to play in a Pool Tournment.

    For me, in general... $10-$20 - For a local, weekly tournament $50-$100 - For a monthly, regional tournament $150-$250 - For a National tournament I suppose I might go up to $500 if it was a very special event. I'd only have an okay chance at cashing in the first two categories though.
  8. Samiel

    2021 AZ Billiards Straight Pool Challenge!

    Very nice! Did you know you had hit 100 and just got nervous?
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    Using the bridge to make a bridge

    I saw this little gem today. Corey uses the mechanical bridge to stabilize his bridge hand. Has anyone seen this done anywhere else? Is it legal?
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    Basic question,

    In general, the object ball. Why? So when you've completed the shot, you know whether or not you hit the object ball where and how you wanted to. If you're practicing or don't trust where you're hitting the cue ball, that's when I would look at the cue ball last. It might be worth it to look...
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    Why do pros do bar box tournaments? Serious reply's only

    I'm pretty sure CSI put on a pro 10-ball and 8-ball tournament on Diamond Bar Boxes. 8-ball is a much more difficult game on a bar box for sure. White Diamonds tournament is also a huge money tournament played on bar boxes.
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    Why do pros do bar box tournaments? Serious reply's only

    I think this puts into perspective how much a 100+ point difference in FargoRate can be.
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    What was the first time you realized you’re a strong player?

    I'm not a strong player (FR 605), but I can definitely remember hitting certain milestones. Winning my first tournament. Top shooter in my league. Beating a player I highly respected in a gambling match even. Winning a short set vs. a pro. Other players asking me for advice. I think the...
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    Great! Making it into that third rack is huge!
  15. Samiel

    100 Ball Runners - FargoRate

    I recently played two games on a bar box against my league operator. I found it much more difficult than an 8' table. First off clusters are much more common. Second, more precise position play seems to be required. Of the two games (going to 100), the best best I did was a HR of 21. I felt...
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    Please help out a pool legend

    Donated and shared! I was super fortunate to meet a lot of people at the DCCs I attended. I met Danny D, Grady, Squirrel Carpenter, Jeanette Lee, and many more across the two DCCs I attended. Danny D has been great to listen to and definitely deserves our support.
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    100 Ball Runners - FargoRate

    I know a few guys near me that have run 100+ and I feel I'm the favorite in 9-ball against at least one of them. My guess is that at least one other has a FargoRate around 640 (he doesn't have many tournament results) and another has his listed at 635 with 1000+ robustness. Going back and...
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    100 Ball Runners - FargoRate

    For those of you who have run 100 balls, I'm curious to what your FargoRate is. I'm right around 600 Fargo and my high run is 59. I'm curious if there are many around my Fargo with 100 ball runs or not.
  19. Samiel

    2021 AZ Billiards Straight Pool Challenge!

    28 + 8 = 36 for me in March on a loose 8-footer. I need to play more 14.1. I've been practicing on a 9' Pro Cut Diamond with worn cloth and it's tougher than one with new cloth for sure, but it's definitely improving my accuracy. Just need to work a ton on positions and patterns.
  20. Samiel

    Fargorate questions

    Come on man, you're a solid 528!