2015 AZB Ghost Challenge - Official Thread

victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
This is the official thread for the AZB Ghost Challenge, a place for players to post up their scores (and videos) playing against the ghost in 9-ball (and other rotation games). To reduce clutter, the rules have been posted in the second post of this thread.

9-Ball Ghost Ranking
Score (Win%), MemberID, Date, Table Type, Pocket Size, Video, Post (Other Scores)
8-0 W (100%), Side Pocket, 05/27/15, 10' Brunswick, 4.5", video, post (7-1W)
7-1 W (88%), Gerry Williams, 12/29/14, 9' Olhausen, 4.5", video, post (7-2W)
7-1 W (88%), dr_dave, 01/09/15, 8' Connelly, 4.75", video, post (7-2W)
7-2 W (78%), uwate, 12/27/14, 9' GC2, 4.3", video, post
7-2 W (78%), Solartje, 6/13/15, 9' Diamond, 4.5", post
7-2 W (78%), Playing4Dinner, 12/24/14, 9' Olhausen, 4.5", video, post
7-2 W (78%), sjb, 1/18/15, 9' Brunswick, 4.75", post
7-3 W (70%), peppersauce, 12/29/14, 9' Diamond, 4.5", video, post (9-6W, 6-7L, 7-5W)
7-3 W (70%), iusedtoberich, 09/23/15. 9' GC4, 5", video, post (7-6W, 6-7L, 5-7L, 4-7L, 5-9L, 1-7L, 2-7L)
7-3 W (70%), busboy, 02/07/14, 7' Valley, post
7-4 W (64%), basementdweller, 12/23/14, 9' AMF, 4.5", video in post
9-7 W (56%), DeadStick, 07/15/15, 9' Centennial, 4.5", post
7-6 W (54%), sjharr, 02/06/15, 9' Olhausen, 4.5", video in post
6-7 L (46%), victorl, 12/23/14, 9' GC, 4.75", video, post
5-7 L (42%), BieberLvr, 07/28/15, 8' Brunswick, 5", video, post (4-7L, 5-7L)
5-7 L (42%), flash5153, 12/23/14, 9', video part1, video part2, post
4-7 L (36%), RobMan, 12/30/14, 9' Olhausen, 5", post (2-7L)
2-7 L (22%), Shaunv28, 04/21/15, 7.5' table, video, post

9-Ball Ghost Ranking Pro Version (No BIH after break!)
Score (Win%), MemberID, Date, Table Type, Pocket Size, Video, Post (Other Scores)
7-6 W (54%), Poolmanis, 03/31/15, 9' Sam, video, post
6-7 L (46%), Gerry Williams, 12/28/14, 9' Olhausen, 4.5", video, post


15-Ball Ghost Ranking
Score (Win%), MemberID, Date, Table Type, Pocket Size, Video, Post (Other Scores)
8-9 L (47%), clydeNbonnie, 12/25/14, 8', 5", video, post


10-Ball Ghost Ranking
Score (Win%), MemberID, Date, Table Type, Pocket Size, Video, Post (Other Scores)
7-1 W (88%), Side Pocket, 06/18/15, 10' Brunswick, 4.5", video, post
7-1 W (88%), Poolmanis, 02/06/15, 9' Sam, post (7-6, 5-7L)
13-3 W (81%), branpureza, 03/30/15, 9' Diamond Pro-Am, 4.5", videos in post
8-2 W (80%), Gerry Williams, 12/28/14, 9' Olhausen, 4.5", video, post
7-2 W (78%), basementdweller, 01/24/14, 9' AMF, 4.5", video in post
7-5 W (58%), peppersauce, 10/11/15, 9' Diamond, 4.5", post
6-7 L (46%), victorl, 01/07/15, 9' GC, 4.75", video, post


6-Ball Ghost Ranking
Score (Win%), MemberID, Date, Table Type, Pocket Size, Video, Post (Other Scores)
9-0 W (100%), Side Pocket, 06/15/15, 10' Brunswick, 4.5", video, post
7-3 W (70%), RobMan, 12/30/14, 9' Olhausen, 5", post (7-6W)
4-7 L (36%), martind2112, 06/10/15, 9' GC3, 5 1/16", post


Other games:
American Rotation Ghost Ranking (Rules)
Score (Win%), MemberID, Date, Table Type, Pocket Size, Video, Post (Other Scores)
100-48 W (68%), Joe T, 01/13/2015, 9' GC3, 4", video, post
100-62 W (62%), Gerry Williams, 01/04/15, 9' Olhausen, 4.5", video, post
100-74 W (57%), Poolmanis, 07/01/15, 9' Sam, video, post
55-105 L (34%), peppersauce, 01/10/15, 9' Diamond, 4.5", video, post


14.1 Straight Pool Ghost Ranking (See rules in 2nd post of thread)

+30 (Advanced)
108-0 W (100%), Side Pocket, 08/11/15, 10' Brunswick, 4.5", video, post

+20 (Intermediate)

+10 (Beginner)
63-100 L (39%) BieberLvr, 08/10/15, 8' Brunswick, 5", video, post
 
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victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
GHOST CHALLENGE RULES:

Race to 7
Break, take ball in hand and try to run out
9-ball rules (hit lowest ball first, flukes count)
Runout or early 9-ball (combo/carom) is a win for you
Miss or foul is a win for the ghost
9 ball on the break only counts in the side and head pockets (9-ball made in the either of the foot pockets spots up)
Cue ball fouls only
No penalty for a scratch on the break, take ball in hand and continue
No restrictions on racking (magic rack, pattern racking are okay)
Video uploads are not required to participate, but encouraged if you have the means to do so.

9-ball will be main game, but if that's too difficult/too easy for you, you can play a different ghost (6-ball, 10-ball, etc.) with the same rules and the scores will be listed separately by game.

***STRAIGHT POOL GHOST***

- Ball-in-hand breakshot to start
- Run until you miss, foul, or reach 100 points (win!)
- After a miss/foul the ghost gets X points + the number of balls remaining on the table, then re-rack and set up a ball-in-hand breakshot (X is a variable number, can be set to 10, 20, 30 or 40 depending on your skill)
- Repeat until either you or the ghost gets to 100 points.


Please post your score (you-ghost), date, table size/pocket size, and a link to your video (optional).
(We're including scores from the end of 2014 as well, so let's get to it!)
 
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ideologist

I don't never exaggerate
Gold Member
Silver Member
GHOST CHALLENGE RULES:

Race to 7
Break, take ball in hand and try to run out
9-ball rules (hit lowest ball first, flukes count)
Runout or early 9-ball (combo/carom) is a win for you
Miss or foul is a win for the ghost
9 ball on the break only counts in the side and head pockets (9-ball made in the either of the foot pockets spots up)
Cue ball fouls only
No restrictions on racking (magic rack, pattern racking are okay)
Video uploads are not required to participate, but encouraged if you have the means to do so.

9-ball will be main game, but if that's too difficult/too easy for you, you can play a different ghost (6-ball, 10-ball, etc.) with the same rules and the scores will be listed separately by game.

Please post your score (you-ghost), date, table size/pocket size, and a link to your video (optional).
(We're including scores from the end of 2014 as well, so let's get to it!)

The way I play, early 9's only count if you don't take ball in hand.
 

victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
The way I play, early 9's only count if you don't take ball in hand.

That's an interesting rule, and useful for taking away those easy ball in hand combos when the 9 sets up over a pocket.
For consistency purposes though, we're going to use the rules above since they seem to be the simplest and most widely accepted rules for playing the ghost. If you prefer to play with some slightly different rules, then you're definitely welcome to. Just make a note of it when you post your score. :smile:
 

flash5153

none
Silver Member
I just gave this race a try. Didnt turn out well this time . Ill try again soon.

I had many occasions to try the nine right after the break. With BIH. I didnt even try because it didnt seem right.
But I can see a time where it might be almost impossible if you dont shoot it. But I guess,, you could just spot it and not count it as a win,,,, and continue shooting.
Since it counts,,, I will try again,, and shoot it if possible.
 

victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
I think for many of us, a combination is a welcome break from the constant pressure of the ghost. Think about it this way, for every rack where you have an easy combo, you'll probably get a rack or two where balls are tied up and you can't run out. I take the wins whenever I can get them!
 

BasementDweller

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Got lucky on my first try tonight and won.

Score: 7-4
Date: 12-23-2014
Table: 9' AMF w/ 4.5" pockets (slow table)
Video: https://vimeo.com/115323496

Pocket pic attached :)
 

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flash5153

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Got lucky on my first try tonight and won.

Score: 7-4
Date: 12-23-2014
Table: 9' AMF w/ 4.5" pockets (slow table)
Video: Upload in progress

Pocket pic attached :)

Well Chris ,,for me,I had the ghost 5 -3 and let it slip away. Ended 5 -7 . But it felt good.
I am uploading now too.
My 9 fter does not give up anything.
 

victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
Got lucky on my first try tonight and won.

Score: 7-4
Date: 12-23-2014
Table: 9' AMF w/ 4.5" pockets (slow table)
Video: Upload in progress

Added! Nice win, looking forward to the vid. (From the looks of your last video, you should have no problem taking on the 10-ball ghost or higher! Leave the 9 ball to us bangers:wink:)
 

victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
Well Chris ,,for me,I had the ghost 5 -3 and let it slip away. Ended 5 -7 . But it felt good.
I am uploading now too.
My 9 fter does not give up anything.

You've been added to the list! Thanks for participating!
 

Busboy

Wanna Play Some?
Silver Member
I'm gonna give this shot after holiday does this have too be done on big table or is bar box ok ? Never tried too do this sounds fun.
 

BasementDweller

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Added! Nice win, looking forward to the vid. (From the looks of your last video, you should have no problem taking on the 10-ball ghost or higher! Leave the 9 ball to us bangers:wink:)

The 9 ball ghost is still challenging for me. I have to play good to win. My break has gotten a lot better in the past year and that helps a lot.

Thanks for doing this thread -- it may liven the place up a bit.
 

victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
I'm gonna give this shot after holiday does this have too be done on big table or is bar box ok ? Never tried too do this sounds fun.

You can do it on any table you like. I'm sure some people don't have easy access to 9 footers, so if BB's are what you normally play on then by all means go for it!
 
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victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
The 9 ball ghost is still challenging for me. I have to play good to win. My break has gotten a lot better in the past year and that helps a lot.

Thanks for doing this thread -- it may liven the place up a bit.

That's good to hear. You're gonna have to bring it next time because I'm going for a perfect 7-0. If you see any jumpy bits or subtle lighting changes between racks, it's not from video splicing, my camera's just weird like that.
 

flash5153

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Silver Member
Well,,,here's my video. Or should I say videos. For some reason my camera divided this into 3 separate videos. Although I filmed it all at one time.
If anyone can tell me why,,I would be interested.

And it took since 1 am, last night, to upload them to youtube. I woke up this morning and still wasn't done.

Here are the first 2 parts to it.
Although I lost to the ghost in a race to 7. I whooped his arse in a race to 5.lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sJl052SR2E&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWfbUqpeZn8&feature=youtu.be
 

victorl

Where'd my stroke go?
Silver Member
Thanks Flash! It's taking a long time for my video to upload to Youtube as well, not sure why. Might have to turn my camera settings down a little to make the video files smaller I guess.
 
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