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On the other hand ... - 09-11-2019, 07:41 PM

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One thing, for sure... saying you are the best Pool player in that household means A LOT more than if anyone else says it...


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The Ko brothers, left to right in both pictures: Ping-Chung (middle in age). Pin-Yi (oldest), Ping-Han (youngest)
What are the odds of two of the brothers finishing the top 16, assuming two would play each other prior to this stage? May be my first sweat bet.
  
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09-11-2019, 10:47 PM

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Very little. Pool isnt a big deal in Taiwan, much like here.

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Pro pool is on TV in Taiwan way more than it is in the USA.

I was just there last April and everyone I talked to (through sign language and translation on most occasions) in the pool halls knew who the pro players were. They were showing me the Facebook pages for pro tournaments and the schedules. I couldn't read the Chinese writing on the websites they were showing me, but I could see that they knew way more about "pool" than the people I see here in the pool hall during the APA leagues.

They all said Chang Jung-Lin was Taiwan's current best pool player.
  
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09-12-2019, 03:24 AM

Winning 7-4 against Chinakov
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Losing 7-3 to Geronimo
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His style is very similar to his brothers', but no surprise there. It does seem, at least from the match against Chinakhov, that he plays at a slightly quick pace than his 2 older brothers.
  
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09-12-2019, 03:31 AM

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Pro pool is on TV in Taiwan way more than it is in the USA.

I was just there last April and everyone I talked to (through sign language and translation on most occasions) in the pool halls knew who the pro players were. They were showing me the Facebook pages for pro tournaments and the schedules. I couldn't read the Chinese writing on the websites they were showing me, but I could see that they knew way more about "pool" than the people I see here in the pool hall during the APA leagues.

They all said Chang Jung-Lin was Taiwan's current best pool player.
Ok, I'll give you that; the actual poolplayers are more cognoscenti than ours.

As far as the overall population, Pool is more of a subculture sport, imo. It's not like a large part of the population follows Pool or are fans. Pool rooms aren't everywhere. In fact, once you leave Taipei or Kaohsiung or their suburbs, you won't find many poolhalls.


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09-12-2019, 09:21 AM

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Ok, I'll give you that; the actual poolplayers are more cognoscenti than ours.

As far as the overall population, Pool is more of a subculture sport, imo. It's not like a large part of the population follows Pool or are fans. Pool rooms aren't everywhere. In fact, once you leave Taipei or Kaohsiung or their suburbs, you won't find many poolhalls.

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Quite a few in Taichung. I went to two and found several more easily with some local help.
  
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Quite a few in Taichung. I went to two and found several more easily with some local help.
I'm more familiar with the Taipei area and Kaohsiung. Taichung City should have pool halls, I'm sure. It a metro area.

I guess my point is that Taiwan is not a Pool crazed country like the PI, for example. It's not close. For that matter, an argument can be made that Pool is more popular and gets more support in mainland China, now, vs Taiwan.


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09-12-2019, 07:54 PM

I think it's supercool that they will all be present. I'll be attending the last three days of the event, and truly hope that Baby Ko will last long enough for me to see him play.
  
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Hate to Say It - 09-12-2019, 08:16 PM

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I think it's supercool that they will all be present. I'll be attending the last three days of the event, and truly hope that Baby Ko will last long enough for me to see him play.

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I hate to say it but I don't think your chances of getting there in time to catch Baby Ko are too good when you are still sweating the 2017 Mosconi Cup. He may be Pappy Ko by the time you catch up with him!

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09-12-2019, 08:37 PM

They differ from us, in that they already have state-sponsored billiard training academies...unlike here, where there are a few legitimate training academies, but they receive no government assistance. Not to mention that the mindset here is go out and gamble to get better!

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Are you sure about this? I think it might not be completely accurate. You might be thinking of China. While there are youth elective courses in school (junior high/high school), I've don't think they have State sponsored academies?

From what I understand, the government used to give stipends to help support the pro pool players but it was literally a stipend and not a complete free ride.


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I hate to say it but I don't think your chances of getting there in time to catch Baby Ko are too good when you are still sweating the 2017 Mosconi Cup. He may be Pappy Ko by the time you catch up with him!

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