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Anyone ever hear of this guy? - 07-02-2015, 02:45 AM

https://youtu.be/lQIUJfdVUkg

If he was as good as they say he was then surely someone here knew him.
  
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07-02-2015, 03:12 AM

Titanic Thompson. There is a book in my book thread about him. He was the real deal.
  
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07-02-2015, 03:30 AM

I knew him very well
I was a young boy when I read of his exploits ,mainly concerned with golf.
He was a terrific golfer,one of the very best .He was also an accomplished
card player and over all hustler

I met him at the Cotton Bowling Palace in Dallas when I was a teenager,
and he and i became friends. There is a wealth of written material about him
and it is hard to determine the truth from the myth.

Even the stories that are told by eye witnesses vary from his explanations of them to me
as we traveled the area together. His pool game was nothing to brag about but he
knew how to match up and usually won money with a variety of clever proposition bets

Look on ebay and I am sure you will find a biography and it might even provide you with
an evening or two of enjoyment,but don't expect everything that you hear or read to have
a one to one exact correspondence with the events

But you will find a very unusual and interesting character.He won millions of dollars
back when a million was a lot of money,but ended up dead broke as do almost every
one who attempts to make a living in the fast lane.
  
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07-02-2015, 03:31 AM

Early morning error resulted in double post

Jackpot here on Az knew Titanic and might have some interesting stories

It might interest you to know that Dennis Glenn owns Titanic's Balabushka cue
that he lost over $100,000 to Daddy Warbucks with

Denny also has Daddy Warbuck's Gina cue and a ton of other interesting
other cues and memorabilia that he plans to put in a museum in Las Vegas

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07-02-2015, 03:51 AM

Thanks Ill check it out, I like stories like these.

How did he go broke? Bad investmens, booking a streak of losers, wild spending?

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07-02-2015, 05:33 AM

The fellow doing the talking comes to the Derby sometimes. I have talked to him several times, very interesting. He sure has a lot of moves himself. He always wears a hat and had a ponytail when I met him. The year of ice storm at the Derby, he and his buddys were traveling in a very nice motor home (rv) and it had a few slides on it, well the ice storm froze all the slides and they had to stay until the ice melted to go home. tom


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07-02-2015, 07:28 AM

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Titanic Thompson. There is a book in my book thread about him. He was the real deal.
There are at least four books that discuss him including a recent one by Kevin Cook... here it is.

Fearless and amoral.


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07-02-2015, 10:05 AM

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I knew him very well
I was a young boy when I read of his exploits ,mainly concerned with golf.
He was a terrific golfer,one of the very best .He was also an accomplished
card player and over all hustler

I met him at the Cotton Bowling Palace in Dallas when I was a teenager,
and he and i became friends. There is a wealth of written material about him
and it is hard to determine the truth from the myth.

Even the stories that are told by eye witnesses vary from his explanations of them to me
as we traveled the area together. His pool game was nothing to brag about but he
knew how to match up and usually won money with a variety of clever proposition bets

Look on ebay and I am sure you will find a biography and it might even provide you with
an evening or two of enjoyment,but don't expect everything that you hear or read to have
a one to one exact correspondence with the events

But you will find a very unusual and interesting character.He won millions of dollars
back when a million was a lot of money,but ended up dead broke as do almost every
one who attempts to make a living in the fast lane.
A free and valuable lesson here in your last paragraph...sadly, many will ignore it.
  
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07-02-2015, 10:09 AM

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Thanks Ill check it out, I like stories like these.

How did he go broke? Bad investmens, booking a streak of losers, wild spending?
He got old.

Also, Kevin Cook's book was a good read.

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