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Gambling - 03-21-2020, 09:14 PM

In the small midwest town where I grew up in the 50s (10,000 population) there were 5 poolrooms. In the two or three with better equipment, there was always a continuous ring game going on (dimes or quarters)...after all, that’s why they called it ‘POOL’. The ‘gambling’ aspect is why I still can’t always control the cueball! I was conditioned when young to turn whitey loose, just to see where he would end up, much like how roulette players stare at the wheel to see where that little ball will land. I HAVE gotten smarter over the years, and can usually resist the the inclination under pressure to revert to my childhood instincts.
But (go figure), I now find myself residing in a ‘bible belt’ geographic location where absolutely NO ONE is interested in gambling on pool games! The ‘sportsman’ class of ‘game’ individuals who were always ready for action has apparently died out. I (luckily) was never an inveterate gambler who played for high stakes, but Jeez, WTF, why is nobody willing to risk even chicken feed to make the game more interesting?
The world certainly has changed.

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03-21-2020, 09:57 PM

I see the opposite effect among the seasoned. Players get conservative and often miss out of cue ball concerns. While not selling out is a prime consideration in gambling, the pedantic play does ruin the spectator sport aspect. It always has.
  
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03-21-2020, 10:34 PM

Interesting. Yes, making the really toughest shots often means that whitey gets away. I have always been of that deluded school that feels the glory of making those really impossible shots betters the catastrophic results of scratching/selling out (another reason I’m not a consistent winner). Still learning.
  
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03-21-2020, 11:00 PM

Maybe it's those custom stiks in your avatar?
  
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03-21-2020, 11:24 PM

Yes. Too many irons in the fire (pool/guns/guitars/cars/bikes/art/etc.). What was that quote from the ‘Twilight Zone’ pool episode....? “There is more to life than pool‘!
  
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03-22-2020, 01:21 AM

i imagine "Play some?" would get different reactions from musicians than poolers.
  
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03-22-2020, 01:50 AM

Blues jammers or 14.1 gamblers are all welcome. I’m desperate for action these days.
  
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03-22-2020, 02:01 AM

FWIW, I like Robben Ford.
  
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03-22-2020, 02:15 AM

I thought he was God back in ‘71 (early 60s L-5 thru a SuperReverb). His tone went way too synthetic since. Talked to him a couple times. He is a cocky ****. But, that first album was definitely a stand-out classic! He would likely agree.
  
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03-22-2020, 03:08 AM

gambling and betting on pool are two different things

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03-22-2020, 03:39 AM

When i was much younger
I thought the best paying jobs
were things like doctor, lawyer, engineer

As I got older, I realized
the people who made the most money
had learned how to steal
in the name of Jesus Christ

There are plenty of atheists
who pretend to serve God

Kinda makes a fella wonder

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03-22-2020, 06:02 AM

After all these years, it turns out that I enjoy the social elements of pool more than tournaments and more than gambling. Winning or losing $500 or so won't materially effect my life much one way or another, and I'm surely not going to wager more than that on pool, at the track, or anything else for that matter (investing is NOT gambling...debate amongst yourselves, lol).

Having said all that, I really love a good ring game. With the right players, I really enjoy the dynamic and it really puts pressure on a player to execute, cause one might not get a reasonable shot if a great while. In such an environment, I might enjoy a frothy beverage or two as well.
  
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03-22-2020, 06:38 AM

Why is it most people that insist on gambling, only had time for one set once you trounce them? The "gamblers" only ask the ball-bangers to play and gamble. They win a few bucks and walk around crowing like a barnyard rooster.


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03-22-2020, 08:17 AM

Itís a shift is society.

Casinoís revenue from gaming has been declining for years now.

Young people donít have the gamble they did 50 years ago.

People are more risk averse now. And PC which I canít stand.

Used to be gambling and risk taking was the American way, now itís lock up what you can and take no chances. That behavior feeds on itself. Think about it. You lose $1000, when can you win it back? Mite be a day or a month. I used to play 1-5 guys a day knowing if I lost to one guy there would be another game right behind him where I could win.

League pool is all reward and very little risked. Itís not like gambling to win a dime you have to bet a dime.


Having said all that......Tails for what ever you can stand!!!

Itís so bad I offered a guy (who has $) to flip for what ever he wanted his coin, his call, his flip and Iíd lay 6/5 do zero chance for me to cheat. It was 100% a winning game for him. He was scared to bet. This was in Santa Monica at House of Billiards about 4-5 years ago. I knew then there was not much action left.

Itís a shift in our culture and I hate it.

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03-22-2020, 11:15 AM

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Blues jammers or 14.1 gamblers are all welcome. I’m desperate for action these days.
Blues guitar? Well, I do love to listen. I'm one of those unfortunate souls who can't carry a beat in a bucket.

To keep it sort of pool related...this kid on guitar must be like Shane was with a cue at age 9...just an amazing talented youngster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0eACoei1eo
  
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