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keep up the good work geno! your pool stories are enjoyable to read in this thread alone tells you whats wrong with pool these days and why its going down hill!
  
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keep up the good work geno! your pool stories are enjoyable to read in this thread alone tells you whats wrong with pool these days and why its going down hill!
Things are starting out kind of slow but I'm living pool in real life where you need to travel, face some setbacks, plan things and stay alive.

I've got a few young guys right now that want to travel with me. The plan here is to build one of them into a champion. The teaching on the road is just a tool for survival but also a huge reason for the travel. To help players play better wherever I go and document it so players can really see whats happening. I'll be teaching and having my little buddy playing everyone he can.

The day of the road player that just plays pool is kind of gone. Too many expenses to make it work. Plus it's hard to get any soft action out there because they just snap your picture, put it on the internet and get an instant line. Always playing tough action isn't good for a road player that wants to stay on the road.

I took the camera with me to Minot, ND and shot a bunch of footage. It's being edited right now. As soon as it gets done we're going to put it on Utube. This was my first stab at it so it will be kind of cheesy but that just goes to show it's for real.

Alot of players would like to know what it's like to be out there on the road. it's not all peaches and cream. Many a road player over the years ends up on a very short road. Bad money management or flat out getting busted or robbed or something.

I'm going to tell it the way it is. No sugar coating it.

There's a hint of interest in some kind of reality show coming out of this. Don't know if the right people will be interested but I'm going to do the best I can.

Right now we're trying to get it down to send the camera footage to my editor from on the road. Everything will be about 1 or 2 weeks behind with the camera.

Right now I'm BACK IN Minneapolis. Got about 7 or 8 lessons to do and plan the next trip. Should be done here in a week. Then it's off to a poolhall somewhere and give some lessons and stir up a little action. Might even show up in Vegas for the tournys out there. There are no rules to follow except keeping the bankroll pumped up.

This might be the craziest thing I've ever done in my life. OK, maybe the 3rd or 4th but I'm going to do it.

The main thing is to have some fun and for me being on the road is fun. But it's not for everyone.

Just one man, a van and the Road. And a young buddy to build into a real player. Havn't decided who yet? The road is tougher than any player I ever met. The road usually always gets the cash. The road has busted many players over the years.

Trying to share whatever I can. 15 years on the road. Not steady but if I put all the road time together it might even be more than 15 years. I could tell alot of stories or I can create some new ones. Who knows, maybe I'll do both.

There is no blueprint to follow.I don't know of anyone that has done this over a long period of time. Barring health issues I should be able to stay on the road for awhile for sure.

When I was in Minot, Mike the owner brought up the fact that he had his best day in a long time from just the pool time in the til. I hear that alot from owners after being at a poolhall for a few days. Everyone comes in to see what's going on.

Good for pool. Good for everyone.

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05-05-2012, 04:51 AM

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Things are starting out kind of slow but I'm living pool in real life where you need to travel, face some setbacks, plan things and stay alive.

I've got a few young guys right now that want to travel with me. The plan here is to build one of them into a champion. The teaching on the road is just a tool for survival but also a huge reason for the travel. To help players play better wherever I go and document it so players can really see whats happening. I'll be teaching and having my little buddy playing everyone he can.

The day of the road player that just plays pool is kind of gone. Too many expenses to make it work. Plus it's hard to get any soft action out there because they just snap your picture, put it on the internet and get an instant line. Always playing tough action isn't good for a road player that wants to stay on the road.

I took the camera with me to Minot, ND and shot a bunch of footage. It's being edited right now. As soon as it gets done we're going to put it on Utube. This was my first stab at it so it will be kind of cheesy but that just goes to show it's for real.

Alot of players would like to know what it's like to be out there on the road. it's not all peaches and cream. Many a road player over the years ends up on a very short road. Bad money management or flat out getting busted or robbed or something.

I'm going to tell it the way it is. No sugar coating it.

There's a hint of interest in some kind of reality show coming out of this. Don't know if the right people will be interested but I'm going to do the best I can.

Right now we're trying to get it down to send the camera footage to my editor from on the road. Everything will be about 1 or 2 weeks behind with the camera.

Right now I'm BACK IN Minneapolis. Got about 7 or 8 lessons to do and plan the next trip. Should be done here in a week. Then it's off to a poolhall somewhere and give some lessons and stir up a little action. Might even show up in Vegas for the tournys out there. There are no rules to follow except keeping the bankroll pumped up.

This might be the craziest thing I've ever done in my life. OK, maybe the 3rd or 4th but I'm going to do it.

The main thing is to have some fun and for me being on the road is fun. But it's not for everyone.

Just one man, a van and the Road. And a young buddy to build into a real player. Havn't decided who yet? The road is tougher than any player I ever met. The road usually always gets the cash. The road has busted many players over the years.

Trying to share whatever I can. 15 years on the road. Not steady but if I put all the road time together it might even be more than 15 years. I could tell alot of stories or I can create some new ones. Who knows, maybe I'll do both.

There is no blueprint to follow.I don't know of anyone that has done this over a long period of time. Barring health issues I should be able to stay on the road for awhile for sure.

When I was in Minot, Mike the owner brought up the fact that he had his best day in a long time from just the pool time in the til. I hear that alot from owners after being at a poolhall for a few days. Everyone comes in to see what's going on.

Good for pool. Good for everyone.
Gene,
AZ Billiards has never had a player traveling on the road like you are doing, trying to grind out a living.

This is a fascinating chapter in the life of AZ Billiards and it is great to have a real-time chronicle of life on the road.

Here's hoping you and any of the brave souls that try to make it on the road with you, will have plenty of back-bone, common sense and that they learn fast. As you said, the road has beat many a pool player into submission.

Here's wishing you and any of your young stalwart students only the very best.


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05-05-2012, 11:35 AM

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I've got a few young guys right now that want to travel with me. The plan here is to build one of them into a champion. The teaching on the road is just a tool for survival but also a huge reason for the travel. To help players play better wherever I go and document it so players can really see whats happening. I'll be teaching and having my little buddy playing everyone he can.

The day of the road player that just plays pool is kind of gone. Too many expenses to make it work. Plus it's hard to get any soft action out there because they just snap your picture, put it on the internet and get an instant line. Always playing tough action isn't good for a road player that wants to stay on the road.

Alot of players would like to know what it's like to be out there on the road. it's not all peaches and cream. Many a road player over the years ends up on a very short road. Bad money management or flat out getting busted or robbed or something.

Just one man, a van and the Road. And a young buddy to build into a real player. Havn't decided who yet? The road is tougher than any player I ever met. The road usually always gets the cash. The road has busted many players over the years.
Since you've been on the road many years, I'm curious to know what your perspective is on the related thread topic on the front page: "Pro pool player: Bad career choice?"

Would you do it all over again if you could? What would you do differently, if anything? What advice do you have for a young player who's thinking about becoming a professional pool player?
  
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Since you've been on the road many years, I'm curious to know what your perspective is on the related thread topic on the front page: "Pro pool player: Bad career choice?"

Would you do it all over again if you could? What would you do differently, if anything? What advice do you have for a young player who's thinking about becoming a professional pool player?
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Since you've been on the road many years, I'm curious to know what your perspective is on the related thread topic on the front page: "Pro pool player: Bad career choice?"

Would you do it all over again if you could? What would you do differently, if anything? What advice do you have for a young player who's thinking about becoming a professional pool player?
Absolutely I would. My first road trip I went to Madison Wi. I stayed in a little motel. It was about $20 a night. As I looked around the room I still remember my thoughts.

I was kind of lonely. I had never been on a road trip by myself anywhere.
The room was kind of grubby but I needed to watch my money. Then I thought to myself, not so cool.

Then my next thought was, I better get used to it if I want to travel playing pool and make some money. At this time I wasn't consciously deciding I wanted to be a road player. I was just trying to make some money.

I was only 19 at the time. I wanted the adventure and I knew I could have alot of fun and make some money. That first trip didn't work out financially. It cost me about $2,000 but I was on the road for about 3 months. I came back to Wisconsin and ran around beating all the players that I couldn't before. I made about $10,000 over the next 2 months.

if anyone wanted to be a pro player today they better be doing alot of things right. They have to show the world that they can perform because they really need the sponsors that they can get. You just can't make the money on the road like in the old days. They need to be pretty aggresive finding sponsors because they won't find you unless you make some noise. The squeeky wheel gets the grease.

You need to eat right, sleep right and no drugs or booze or beer. Even though we are young we need to excercise. I talk to young players today that are playing real good and ask them if they work out. Most have never worked out in their life. For a 10 year period I worked out with a friend that was built like Charles Atlas. I played the best pool of my life during that 10 year period.

If a person decided they wanted to be a professional pool player they need to know what they are up against and be totally commited. They need to get into the retail part of the business so they can generate some much needed money for expences.

Things were alot different when I was younger as far as pro pool was concerned. Pool has alot better image now than back in the 70's 80's or even the 90's.

When I was on the road,that was where the money was at. Now it's mostly tournaments and sponsors.

I am 59 years old and on the final stages of life. I can't think of anything else I would rather do than teach and play.

If a young player today wants to play pool nobody is going to stop him except himself and the road. Because when your trying to play pool at a higher level you don't have much time for anything else, even a job.

You better be finding a way to generate some money with the pool.

This kind of seperates the men from the boys, kind of like survival of the fittest.

In pool we don't decide the first time we pick up a cue that we want to be a professional. But usually when we get to the crossroads where that could be an option, we might be in a good place to be able to get there.

That's when you find out.

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When I woke up and shuffled downstairs to shoot a few racks of pool this morning, I quickly realized it was bound to be "one of those days." I'm sure you've all had them; getting down on a shot feels uncomfortable, relatively easy cuts don't look like they go down, and your stroke feels wobbly.

Then I took Gene up on his phone lesson. Since this was free, I expected maybe 15 minutes and just enough information to get me interested in his methods. Man, was I wrong. According to my phone, Gene spent 97 MINUTES talking to me about Perfect Aim.

He showed me that I am left-handed and right eye dominant, and then guided me through a number of drills designed to get my vision centered in the proper location to see the shot. Immediately I could feel the results. I can now see the shot line correctly, which has allowed my body to stop manipulating my stroke. Addressing the ball on the proper line using his technique is simple and repeatable.

Thanks, Gene, for taking time out while you're on the road to make the game fun again! I'll be ordering the dvd as well.
  
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Thumbs up Need to pace yourself on the road...... - 05-06-2012, 01:08 PM

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That is awesome Geno!! Glad you are back on the road doing what you love!!
Hi there Chris and Thanks.

I know I had talked to you about wanting to get back traveling and teaching.

One thing that players on the road do is they forget to pace themselves. The need to make money for expences overrides the need for rest. Most of us have went to tournaments in Vegas or somewhere else whether it be 3 days, a week or even a couple. Do you remember how wore out you were when it was over and glad to be back home?

This happens to many a road player over the years. They just plum run themselves ragged. Between motel rooms, bad food and playing pool until all hours of the night you need to keep your internal battery charged. This is one of the silent battles the road player faces.

Being on the road for many years of my life I can't believe I fell into this trap myself just recently.

My tireless journey started with me traveled 11 hours to New Town, ND to play in a tournament at Four bears. Was there for 5 days competing was pretty tiring. One day I got pretty sick from some food that didn't agree with me.

Watched the final match that got done at 3:00 AM. Got up at 7:30 AM to take Joey A to the Minot Airport. After dropping him off I went to the poolhall to see about lessons. There was 2 players there just waiting to learn so i went right to work.

Could hardly climb the steps at the motel room 7 hours later when the lessons were done.

Got some sleep but didn't seem to be enough. Kind of like your overtired, I went down to the poolhall and scheduled a dozen more lessons and did 3 more that day.

I continued to do 3 lessons a day for a week. Each day my body was begging for rest. On top of that I was trying to play some to try and stay in stroke.

Finally done in Minot I had decided to go to a casino tourny at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. I drove as far as Fargo and had to get a room in Fargo. Just to tired to drive anymore. The motel was noisy and didn't really sleep very good . Driving time from Minot to Black bear was about 11 hours.

Continued to Black Bear stopping in Minneapolis to work with my person that is editing my camera footage. Then later that night continued to Black Bear.

Got a room and seemed to get a good nights sleep. But sometimes when your really tired it takes 2 or 3 days to recover. I've been just ignoring my mind and bodies pleas for rest. Plus being diabetic, this is a recipe for disaster.

I went down to the Tournament room at 12:00 to hit some balls only to find out they won't let us in the room. They want their own people in there for supervision so I headed to Superior to get some playing time in. Again, disregarding the need for rest.

Closed up Mr Luckys and headed back to the casino.

Had trouble sleeping again. Element of being overtired I think. Got down to play in the tournament and realized how beat I was. I lost my first match 7-6 after being ahead 5-1. I just turned my left knee a little before my match. It almost dropped me to the floor. About half way through the match I could hardly stand on it. My body biting me back from not enough rest.

Went back to the room and iced up. Had trouble sleeping all night. Used alot of ice. I could walk pretty good in the morning but again had a shortage of sleep.

Lost my first match the next morning to a player that played just as bad as i was. 7-6. It was a battle of giveaway. Neither one of us had a future in this tourny as bad as we both played.

After the match i took off to Minneapolis to get a room and get some rest.

I made one of the oldest mistakes in the book of being on the road. The need to rest and take care of yourself. It doesn't matter if your 18 or 60 the road will just wear you out and spit you out in a pile.

If your counting on winning some money gambling at this point your in trouble. Not enough left in the tank. Especially playing for the cash you need to be 100%. If feel like about 20%.

I had other teachers ask me how I do it? Teach and still compete while traveling around. But I knew the key was getting enough rest. You need to pretend your right at home and need to take care of yourself. How time lends us to forget an important thing like this. This was one of the reasons for success for me on the road over the years and tournaments.

The good news is i have about 7 or 8 lessons to do here in Minneapolis this week. I'm only doing 1 a day. I might stay here a few extra days and do some more but the main goal right now is to rest. Recharge the battery or there won't be any battery to charge.

If there is anyone close to Minneapolis, actually Burnsville, Mn that wants to learn Perfect Aim give me a call before I go. I'm staying close to Shooters. I might be here 1 week or maybe 2 depending how long it takes to restore my good health.

Give me a call 715-563-8712

For all the players that are going to the BCA, VNEA, ACS or APA tournys in Vegas over the next few months remember, GET YOUR REST.

Eat well and don't run yourself ragged. Pretend like your at home and even need to get a cat nap if neccesary.

The players that win aren't always the best. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

Back to sleep. geno.......

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When I woke up and shuffled downstairs to shoot a few racks of pool this morning, I quickly realized it was bound to be "one of those days." I'm sure you've all had them; getting down on a shot feels uncomfortable, relatively easy cuts don't look like they go down, and your stroke feels wobbly.

Then I took Gene up on his phone lesson. Since this was free, I expected maybe 15 minutes and just enough information to get me interested in his methods. Man, was I wrong. According to my phone, Gene spent 97 MINUTES talking to me about Perfect Aim.

He showed me that I am left-handed and right eye dominant, and then guided me through a number of drills designed to get my vision centered in the proper location to see the shot. Immediately I could feel the results. I can now see the shot line correctly, which has allowed my body to stop manipulating my stroke. Addressing the ball on the proper line using his technique is simple and repeatable.

Thanks, Gene, for taking time out while you're on the road to make the game fun again! I'll be ordering the dvd as well.
Hi there and thanks,

It should get better from here on out now that you know how to envision the shot as good as humanly possible.

This is why almost every player experiences such a quick improvement because they can actually see for themselves.

Good Luck.

I'm still in Burnsville, Mn until next Monday when I will take to the road again. I'm going south but havn't figured out exactly where I will go for sure.

I'd like to see Big Dogs in Des Moines. I hear that is a sweet poolhall. This might be a good place to start? I also need to work some more with Dick. If you read this Dick, I didn't forget. Just keep getting banged up and having to heal. And looking forward to it.

Can't wait to get going.

I'm also still doing the Free phone lessons this week also. So keep the calls coming.

I've only got one lesson scheduled each day. If you want to learn Perfect Aim before I go, better give me a call soon. Could do one more each day.

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Unhappy One man, a van and the road............Perfect..... - 05-23-2012, 03:54 AM

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Gene,
AZ Billiards has never had a player traveling on the road like you are doing, trying to grind out a living.

This is a fascinating chapter in the life of AZ Billiards and it is great to have a real-time chronicle of life on the road.

Here's hoping you and any of the brave souls that try to make it one the road with you, will have plenty of back-bone, common sense and that they learn fast. As you said, the road has beat many a pool player into submission.

Here's wishing you and any of your young stalwart students only the very best.
Well, I got stuck up in Minneapolis giving lessons that's a good thing, and inbetween helped my brother side his house. He needed help with the higher up part but I for the most part stayed on the ground. OSHA would have been proud of me. Goggles and respirator on all the time. I did have to climb the ladder to hand him pieces of siding and cut the cement board siding with a skill saw. I feel like a thief though. I escaped with all my fingers. My luck is changing.

Maybe I can shake that new nickname Joey A gave me at Four bears BEFORE IT GETS STUCK ON ME..

ROADKILL#@^%*&%#$&.........

Just drove down to Davenport, Iowa to Sharkeys billiards. They got a great tourney going on this weekend.

Can't wait to meet the owner tomorrow and give a few Perfect aim lessons. Kind of nice to hit a few balls on the tables there also. Maybe I'll get some action.

Pretty tired right now. We really pushed the siding the last 2 days. Couple days rest with some action and I'll be pumped.

Got a great room across from the poolroom. Got a whirlpool also. That siding business is tough action. I'll be soaking out some soreness over the next few days.

715-563-8712. Anyone that wants to schedule a lesson call or just come down to Sharkeys. That's where home will be for at least a week for sure.

Good night or I guess it's morning. 9 hours sleep and we'll be ready to rock and roll.

Pool tourny, a few lessons and the road. it don't get any better than that.
  
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05-23-2012, 07:43 AM

hey gene you prob heard that the rack is closing in minot nd... sucks the big one. i did miss out on your lessions. was a shame, i had to work and you seemed booked. now i have no hang out... and making a big move to MT, hope i can find a 9' there.. i have heard great things about this system and the dvd. so i maby be ordering soon if i can fit it into my budget.. you are doing a g reat thing and dont let anyone tell you any different.
  
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05-23-2012, 09:34 AM

Gene, you ever make as far as Ohio?
  
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My son plays for the Cincy Bearscats Offensive Lineman - 05-23-2012, 12:58 PM

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Hi there Jeff,
I will be getting over there somehow this fall. This is Roney's first year starting. he's redshirted for 2 years already. He's 6'2" 280 lbs. Big strong kid. When he was 9 years old and he would pick something up I would just say to myself, you got to be kidding. He just had raw strength. Now that he works out I can't imagine trying to stop him from going forward if he wants to. It just ain't fair?

They should have a pretty good team this year once they get the quarterback spot figured out for sure. And they might have already. i havn't kept up on that.

August, Sept or October. I'll be posting on here when i go there and I will for sure.

So you in a few months.

Thanks for asking. geno.........
  
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Sorry i missed you........ - 05-23-2012, 03:09 PM

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hey gene you prob heard that the rack is closing in minot nd... sucks the big one. i did miss out on your lessions. was a shame, i had to work and you seemed booked. now i have no hang out... and making a big move to MT, hope i can find a 9' there.. i have heard great things about this system and the dvd. so i maby be ordering soon if i can fit it into my budget.. you are doing a g reat thing and dont let anyone tell you any different.
Good luck with your move and i hope somehow Mike Purdue keeps something going in Minot. i know he's looking for another building. You never know, he might find something even better and nicer and less money.

I did a recount on the lessons in Minot and it actually was 26. That's alot of lessons. Alot of nice people in the pool world there and I almost hated to leave. Everyone trying to help everyone.

I'm i Davenport right now and already got a few set up. If the word spreads like it did in Minot I should be pretty busy.

Call me for the free phone lesson. You'ld be amazed at how well that works. 715-563-8712 talk to you soon. geno And Thanks.....
  
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