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06-06-2019, 02:14 PM

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Not sneaking. More about theft than anything else.


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Since most shafts can fit on many different butts, I just use a cheap McDermott Star butt on my playing shafts which are mostly 3/8x10. Only when I know I am heading into a random bar, not real pool halls. I also leave my real case at home and take along a cheap soft case. Less to keep track of.

I actually have two of those, also helps with cue loaners for friends.


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06-06-2019, 02:20 PM

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When you go out, and don't want to tip anyone off; what do you take with you?
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06-06-2019, 02:44 PM

Hereís my old SPJU with my Castio case. When Iím playing in strange bars or my friends basement with that harassing support pole I use this cue. It hits as good as my more expensive cues but I donít have to worry about a bump or scratch.

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06-06-2019, 02:52 PM

I've got a predator roadline I use at the club. But I play the same guy every week, so I don't think it fools him. Haven't had anyone I didn't already know approach me to play for cash in about 20 years.
  
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06-06-2019, 03:18 PM

Play off the wall. You want undercover you don't get more undercover than that.

If you are sizing up the room, watching players ect....then you don't need more. If you

can't beat them with a house cue, then you are in a wrong game anyways, when it comes

to stealing that is. As for watching stance/stroke...I look at their bridge hand. Big give

away is how they shoot the ball close to the rail...OTW cue...I am actually going out to

meet some folks now...my case will stay home. And I will not have problems running balls.
  
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06-06-2019, 04:47 PM

I have a fondness for sneaky petes. I can't choose between the Huebler, Huebler conversion, Predator, Dufferin Phantom, Joel Weinstock and Jerry Olivier. I had my Joel Weinstock picked up by non-players thinking it was a house cue.

Back in 1986, I bought a sneaky pete with brown micarta joint from V. Loria on the Bowery for $60. I considered it my first real cue and it was heads and shoulders better than the Modell specials. My frat brothers would insist I share it when we played pool until I bought a couple of nice house sticks. Unfortunately, the sneaky was stolen from the frat house over that same summer.


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06-06-2019, 08:26 PM

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Your username is meant to be ironic, right?


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06-06-2019, 08:31 PM

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Hereís my old SPJU with my Castio case. When Iím playing in strange bars or my friends basement with that harassing support pole I use this cue. It hits as good as my more expensive cues but I donít have to worry about a bump or scratch.

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The Green on that cue has a Color of Money vibe to it.
  
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06-06-2019, 08:33 PM

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That cue shouldn't scare anyone off. Just tell them you found it at a yard sale.
  
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06-06-2019, 08:51 PM

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I take whatever cue I'm using as my player at the time.

What you trying to hide?

Who you sneaking up on?
In my area I've had moderate success with common bar drinker players. The type who shoot well enough to win somewhat consistently against other bar drinker players. Sometimes, the more they drink, the more their mouths write checks their pool skills can't cash. Sometimes they can be straight up thugs...

Mine is an older Dufferin two-piece, 4-pointer. Straight as an arrow, a highly underrated performer... It looks like any other bar cue. I take it to avoid using the ratty bar cues, but am afraid my regular player will "scare off" any action. Not to mention, my regular is too nice for some of these bars on these nights... I even intentionally keep the ferrule chalky like a bar cue. Haven't had anyone ask yet, or look at it funny.


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06-06-2019, 09:00 PM

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On a more serious note, looking at this game through the window that you are suggesting is EXACTLY why Golf first prizes are $million with national television exposure and billiards is non existent!
Golfer gamblers hide their speed when it's advantageous. As much as pool players if not more so!


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Off the Wall - 06-07-2019, 12:49 AM

I also played off the wall. As I walked to the rack in a strange place my eyes were scanning the tips. My main interest was in a good tip and a shaft section that wasn't so rough it put splinters in my hand. Almost always the best looking stick was as crooked as a dog's hind leg. If it was only bowed in one direction that didn't bother me a bit. I simply indexed the cue with the bowed side turned down.

I always had a BRAD tool and a little piece of scotch brite or sandpaper in my pocket. The old BRAD tool had finer grit than the new one I purchased about ten years ago. I tried to clean up the shaft and tip when nobody was paying much attention. With those tweaks and indexing the cue most were quite playable. I would swap out if a cue was cracked or had a loose weight in it so I would give it a shake as I picked it up. I might seek out the lightest cue in the place later but that was something I didn't want people to notice either.

I very rarely missed a night gambling on a pool table for about ten years. During those years my hinged cue stayed on or near my pool table at home. A one piece house cue, especially when talking about cues from the seventies and eighties, played better than probably 90-95% of jointed cues production or custom so playing with a house cue wasn't much of a handicap. Playing on many different tables and with many different cues made me much more adaptive than I am today. Today I want my own cue and a nice table and balls. My game suffers without them. I am a hothouse player and I know it.

The longest run I ever saw was just running out a rack of eight ball from the opponent's break then seven more racks. A miss midrack then another few racks strung before the opponents gave up. It was with a house cue without the tip and shaft being touched, not sure the stick was even chalked.

Sometimes I still leave out without my case full of cues and gadgets, just sticking the Brad tool and Scotch Brite in my pocket. Somehow I feel lighter and freer like that.

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06-07-2019, 09:10 AM

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at some point I decided I didnít like the attention. Iím not trying to sneak up on anyone. Just donít want to be noticed.
Same here. I also do not like to travel with my favorite cues to new pool rooms until I know that they are safe from theft or being damaged. My cue that I take places where I don't know what to expect is a Meucci S/P from ~1991. It plays stiffer than you would expect from a Meucci. The ferrule at the base is 13.1 mm and the shaft is 13.5 mm at 6". I would be disappointed if it was stolen or damaged, but it would not be the same loss as it would be for one of my favorite cues.
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Golfer gamblers hide their speed when it's advantageous. As much as pool players if not more so!
Yes I know that! and at one time all the best golf country clubs in America had billiard rooms. I would never pretend that gambling/hustling does and did not exist in golf. Point is that golf kept ADVANCING itself during the 20th century WAY beyond the gambling image to market itself to the masses and to corporate America- thus $million$ prizes and national TV every week! Billiards allowed its mindset to become mired in hustling/gambling mythology until it had no where and no way to turn back to the glory years of it being one of the MAJOR covered sports in America. People talking about sneaky pete's / grabbing people's $$/ making a score/ hooking "fish" - all these lame posts herein just demonstrate the dead end street mentality.
  
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