2020 AZB Ghost Challenge - Official Thread

iusedtoberich

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2020 AZB Ghost Challenge - Official Thread

It’s a new year, and everyone is on a clean slate. Let's see who can back up their written posts with game play for bragging rights :grin-square::grin-square::grin-square:

1st post will be kept up to date with latest scores. See 2nd post for “suggested” rules.

Prior Year Threads:
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015


6-Ball Ghost Ranking (BIH after break, luck counts)*6-Ball is new category this year.
1. Side Pocket (11-0 W 100% Jan 3 Video) 9' Diamond
2. JazzyJeff87 (11-3 W 79% Jan 12 Video) 8' Oversized
3. iusedtoberich (7-2 W 78% Feb 7 Video) (7-6 W 54% Jan 6) (5-7 L 42% Jan 10 Video) 9' GC
4. sgengaro86 (7-4 W 54% Feb 2) (7-6 W 54% Feb 2) (5-7 L 42% Jan 25) (3-7 L 30% Jan 25) 9' Olhausen

6-Ball "Pro" Ghost Ranking (No BIH after break, luck counts)*6-Ball is new category this year.
1. pw98 (7-6 W 54% Mar 20 Video) 8' Oversized Gandy
2.
3.

8-Ball Ghost Ranking (BIH after break, call shot)
1. Side Pocket (7-0 W 100% Feb 8 Video) (7-2 W 78% Jan 6 Video) (7-4 W 64% Jan 4 Video) 9' Diamond
2.
3.

8-Ball “Pro” Ghost Ranking (No BIH after break, call shot)
1. Poolmanis (8-0 W 100% Sept 8 Video with self commentary) 9' Dynamic
2. Side Pocket (7-1 W 88% Feb 16 Video) (7-3 W 70% Mar 2 Video) 9' Diamond
3. Gatz (7-3 W 70% Feb 19 Video)
4. peppersauce (4-7 L 36% May 8 Video) 9' GC

9-Ball Ghost Ranking (BIH after break, luck counts)
1. Dynamite (Darren Appleton) (17-0 W 100% Apr 20 Video) 9' Diamond
2. Side Pocket (8-0 W 100% Sept 24 Video) (7-0 W 100% Sept 26 Video) (7-1 W 88% Feb 27 Video) (7-2 W 78% Mar 2 Video) (7-3 W 70% Mar 1 Video) 9' Diamond
3. Jerry Williams (7-0 W 100% Jan 16 Video) (7-1 W 88% Jan 5 Video) (7-2 W 78% Jan 5 Video) 9' Olhausen
4. Tate (7-1 W 88% Feb 16) 9' GC
5. pepper sauce (7-2 W 78% Jan 23 Video) (7-9 L 44% Sept 7 Video) 9' GC
6. JusticeNJ (7-3 W 70% Feb 15 Video) (7-6 W 54% Jan 30) (5-7 L 42% Jan 30) 9'GC
7. pw98 (7-3 W 70% Feb 18 Video) Oversize 8' Gandy
8. 9BallKY (7-3 W 70% Jun 25) (7-4 W 64% Video) (15-10 W 60% Mar 14) 9' Diamond
9. td873 (7-3 W 70% Oct 7 Video) 9' Diamond
10. iusedtoberich (7-4 W 64% Apr 3 Video) (5-7 L 42% Mar 15 Video) (3-7 L 30% Jan 20 Video) (2-7 L 22% Jan 19 Video) (1-7 L 13% Jan 26 Video) 9' GC
11. BeiberLvr (5-7 L 42% Jan 29) (5-7 L 42% Mar 9 Video) (4-7 L 36% Jan 29) (1-7 L 42% Jan 29) 7' Diamond

9-Ball “Pro” Ghost Ranking (No BIH after break, luck counts)
1. Gerry Williams (7-2 W 78% Apr 16 Video) 9' Olhausen
2. Poolmanis (7-3 W 70% Mar 19 Video) 9' Dynamic
3.

10-Ball Ghost Ranking (BIH after break, call shot, 10 last)
1. Mainplayer (Mike Dechaine) (9-1 W 90% Apr 12 Video) 9' GC
2. Gerry Williams (7-2 W 78% Jan 18 Video) (9-3 W 75% Apr 12 Video P1 Video P2) 9' Olhausen
3. The_JV (7-2 W 78% Aug 11 Video) (7-3 W 70% Jul 22 Video) 9' Dufferin
4. Gatz (8-3 W 73% Apr 10 Video) 9' Black Crown
5. pw98 (7-3 W 70% Feb 12 Video) Oversized 8' Gandy
6. peppersauce (6-7 L 46% Jan 28 Video) 9' GC
7. iusedtoberich (3-7 L 30% Apr 11 Video) (2-7 L 22% Apr 9 Video) 9' GC

10-Ball “Pro” Ghost Ranking (No BIH after break, call shot, 10 last)
1. Poolmanis (7-3 W 70% Jan 7 Video) (6-7 L 46% Mar 2 Video) (5-7 L 42% Jan 7 Video) 9' Dynamic
2.
3.

Random Ghost (rotation, snooker, etc..)
1. 15 Ball Ghost Poolmanis (5-7 L 42% Jan 6 Video) 9' Dynamic
2. 1 handed 8 ball Poolmanis (Fun Feb 1 Video1 Video2) 9' Dynamic
3.

Straight Pool
Straight pool has its own 15 year running challenge. Go to this thread to join! Link
 
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iusedtoberich

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Suggested Rules

“SUGGESTED” GHOST CHALLENGE RULES.
Feel free to modify as you see fit.

All games:
-Race to 7
-Break, take ball in hand and try to run out
-Runout is a win for you
-Miss or foul is a win for the ghost
-Cue ball fouls only
-Break scratch - all balls made spot up on the foot spot, take ball in hand and continue
-No restrictions on racking or breaking (magic rack, pattern racking, soft break, are ok)
-Money ball on the break spots up if it goes in the two foot pockets. If it goes in any other pocket, its a win.
-Jump cues ok.

6/9-ball specific rules:
-Flukes count
-Early 9-ball (combo/carom) is a win for you (including BIH shot)

10-ball specific rules:
-Call shot, flukes don't count, for both pro and regular version.
-Early 10-ball is NOT a win for you, and spots up (WPA Rules)

8-ball specific rules:
-BIH anywhere on table after the break, and can shoot inside or outside of the kitchen.
-8 on the break spots up (not a win)

Pro version for 8/9/10
-No BIH after break
-Break scratch is a loss of game

Video uploads are not required to participate, but encouraged if you have the means to do so.

Please post your score (you-ghost), date, table size, and a link to your video (optional). Happy shooting!

Scores are listed in the main post with the information below:
Member Name (Best score W/L Win% Date Video Link), (Prior lower scores), Table size,
Example:
member_xyz (7-2 W 78% Jan 12 Video Link) (7-5 W 58% Mar 11) 9' GC

Races to 7 (or higher) will be ordered by winning percentage first, table size second, and date of play 3rd. Races lower than 7 will be ranked lower in the list.
 
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Side Pocket

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Awesome! I'll be getting started tomorrow. Also I have a personal goal to join the 200 club in straight pool for the 2020 season. Good shooting everyone! Happy New Year!
 

jrctherake

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I'm hoping more will participate this year.

Everyone needs to not worry about how well they do. Just play, post and try to improve...repeat.

As some know, I'm about to start a series of surgeries for my back. I have to take a LOT of pain meds to even think about playing, much less play a set. But, I'm gonna ....lol...dose-up and try to post at least one ghost race before my first surgery.

So, if I can do it, as bad as I play and feel, surely at least some of our AZB members that haven't posted....can and will post up.

I look forward to seeing our members play, regardless of how they (me included) do.

Jeff

BTW.....thanks iusetoberich:thumbup:
 

Side Pocket

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I'm hoping more will participate this year.

Everyone needs to not worry about how well they do. Just play, post and try to improve...repeat.

As some know, I'm about to start a series of surgeries for my back. I have to take a LOT of pain meds to even think about playing, much less play a set. But, I'm gonna ....lol...dose-up and try to post at least one ghost race before my first surgery.

So, if I can do it, as bad as I play and feel, surely at least some of our AZB members that haven't posted....can and will post up.

I look forward to seeing our members play, regardless of how they (me included) do.

Jeff

BTW.....thanks iusetoberich:thumbup:

I hope your surgery's go well and eventually you can be playing without pain. Prayers to ya borther!
 

Side Pocket

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FYI, going to my buddy's house tomorrow to play pool for 6 hours so I won't have time to video any ghost challenges. I'll challenge the ghost Thursday night after work.
 

jrctherake

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I hope your surgery's go well and eventually you can be playing without pain. Prayers to ya borther!

Thank you side pocket.

It's good to know I can count on you for a good match to watch, as well as, a prayer sent my way...

Again, thank you sir!

Jeff
 

7forlife

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ah hello, this is literally day one of 2020 and already it starts. You sir are assuming my skill level, where's the 3 and 4 ball ghost? we're people too
 

jrctherake

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ah hello, this is literally day one of 2020 and already it starts. You sir are assuming my skill level, where's the 3 and 4 ball ghost? we're people too

Hey 7, he's not assuming anything about anyone's skill level.

You know what??? The challenge isn't so much a challenge against others, as much as it's against "yourself".

Play the six ball ghost to 7. It doesn't matter what you score. What does matter however, is whether or not you learn from your errors. It's also more likely that you'll learn from others that are at higher levels....if you watch and watch again until you see what and why they do/did what they do/did....and then carry it to the table and run it till you own it.

Also, some people have problems with pressure and knowing that your gonna be watched will put pressure on most and by putting vids up....well, eventually they get more accustomed to pressure of sorts.

So, there is much to be learned in here. Also, you don't have to play the 6 ball ghost. You are more than welcome to play the 3 ball ghost and post a vid of that.

The next best thing to improving is to see someone else improve. Why? Well, sometimes we don't know what to fix or how to fix it but, by watching others with similar problems, we can gain a wealth of knowledge.......and it's all free.

I look forward to your 3 ball ghost race just as much as I would if you were the number one player on the planet. Matter of fact, maybe even more since you and I have more in common than either one of us would with the best players on the planet.

In the end, we always get in our own way....most all games are won or lost due to "us" messing up or not messing up. So, your right, we are competing...it's just not against each other, it's against ourselves.

Jeff
 

Side Pocket

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I played the ghost tonight. It's a work night, so with little time to warm up, I decided to try an defeat the ghost in 6-Ball and put this challenge to bed. I ended up running 7 racks out of the gate and thought I'd see how far I could get. I ended up missing a cut shot with extreme left english to make shape on the 6 ball and over cut the shot for a miss in the 12th rack. Here is the video, 11-0 victory in the 6-Ball ghost challenge.

I can't shoot tomorrow night but on Saturday I will have 6-7 hours to play other ghost challenges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGylbLUDsTU
 
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iusedtoberich

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Nice shooting. I was in shock you made two balls on your first break, and was wondering if you figured out the 6 ball break. So I fast forwarded the rest of the video to see the rest of the breaks, and it looks like you made 2 balls once more, and 1 ball twice, for a total of 6 balls pocketed in 12 breaks. 6 ball has got to be the hardest game to make a ball on the break.
 

Side Pocket

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Nice shooting. I was in shock you made two balls on your first break, and was wondering if you figured out the 6 ball break. So I fast forwarded the rest of the video to see the rest of the breaks, and it looks like you made 2 balls once more, and 1 ball twice, for a total of 6 balls pocketed in 12 breaks. 6 ball has got to be the hardest game to make a ball on the break.

Thanks brother! I tried figuring out the break and nothing was working so I just broke like I do in 8-Ball. I did start to notice that on a perfect break it's a four rail pot in lower corner.
 

jrctherake

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I played the ghost tonight. It's a work night, so with little time to warm up, I decided to try an defeat the ghost in 6-Ball and put this challenge to bed. I ended up running 7 racks out of the gate and thought I'd see how far I could get. I ended up missing a cut shot with extreme left english to make shape on the 6 ball and over cut the shot for a miss in the 12th rack. Here is the video, 11-0 victory in the 6-Ball ghost challenge.

I can't shoot tomorrow night but on Saturday I will have 6-7 hours to play other ghost challenges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGylbLUDsTU

I enjoyed watching the six ball match. You breezed through and made it look easy.

Six ball is a little easier but, IMO, six ball gets underestimated by most. Six ball is no different than other games. It comes down to the break whether we make a ball or no, we can still have a custer if not hit at the right speeds.

Again, good shooting sir!!!

Jeff
 

Side Pocket

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Ghost Challenge 8-Ball BIH 9 Foot Diamond Win 7-4

Well fellas, I played for 8 hours today trying to defeat the ghost 7-0 and at the 8 hour mark I decided that a victory would be good enough. I'll defeat the ghost 7-0 when my game is on. Struggled for 8 hours today. My buddy is coming over tomorrow at noon so mayby I'll sneak in a 7-0 victory before we start playing. Here is the video, hope you enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNHLd7TtJ1U&feature=youtu.be
 

jrctherake

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Well fellas, I played for 8 hours today trying to defeat the ghost 7-0 and at the 8 hour mark I decided that a victory would be good enough. I'll defeat the ghost 7-0 when my game is on. Struggled for 8 hours today. My buddy is coming over tomorrow at noon so mayby I'll sneak in a 7-0 victory before we start playing. Here is the video, hope you enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNHLd7TtJ1U&feature=youtu.be

I definitely enjoyed the video.

I have no doubt you can fade the ghost to 7. I also believe if you caught your high gear you would fade the ghost to 9 or 11...maybe higher.

I look forward to seeing you catch that gear.

Good shooting:thumbup:

Jeff
 

jrctherake

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BTW:

Playing for 8 hours str8 takes stamina.....

Good on you for putting the energy and time in. Regardless what we do, IMO....the players that can grind away for 8 hours are the very players that will grind their opponents to a nub.

Jeff
 

Side Pocket

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BTW:

Playing for 8 hours str8 takes stamina.....

Good on you for putting the energy and time in. Regardless what we do, IMO....the players that can grind away for 8 hours are the very players that will grind their opponents to a nub.

Jeff

Thanks Jeff. I played 14-1 to warm up b4 my buddy came over today. Played for 5 hours, was still struggling but managed to beat him every set.

I'll put 2-3 hours in after work tomorrow and try to give the ghost a big nonut.

Cheers!
Scott
 
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