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Cooney lasted a lifetime on the road. So for me longevity makes him top tier for sure. Even if he snuck up on guys hustling. Playing in strange (hostile) places can be unnerving (to say the least).One other guy who I never saw dog it for the cash was Jack Cooney. Granted most of the time he was spotting suckers in big money games, but if he got hooked up with a real player he could up his game if necessary. No one really knew how good he was, but as for me he was not only the smartest pool player on the planet, but also one of the best. I got a glimpse of his top speed and he may have been right there with Ronnie and Bugs at One Pocket. James Walden was one more guy who could play real high and had no dog in him.
Another lifelong road dog was Bucky Bell (maybe top 100 old road guys). He was not the best, but he outlasted the rest.