Sweating it at Derby City
They played a grueling 3 1/2 hour 1st set, it went hill hill and Chang won.
It was 3am and the players, backers and Calcutta buyers all agreed to chop instead of another set
That table was brutal it was playing super tough, two of the best players on the planet took 3 1/2 hours to play a race to 9
We have co-champions Chang Jung-Lin and Jeffrey De Luna
Always a shame when players chop. It's just another piece of evidence that pool in America has its issues.
The players, backers and calcutta buyers were all good with the chop ... as if that's the whole picture. What about those watching live or those who paid to watch the stream? Were they OK with it? Were they asked? What about those who put up the added money? Were they asked? Are viewers or those who finance an event ever asked for their input when players feel under no obligation to finish a competition? In my own experience, the answer is no.
Pool will need to take itself more seriously if it wants others to take it seriously. A willingness to discontinue events before their completion is one of many reasons that pool should never dare to compare itself to most other individual sports. Mention this to a pro player, though, and they'll tell you that "when we're paid enough, we'll finish every event." Unfortunately, that's not how life works. You have to prove yourself worthy BEFORE you get paid in this world.
Hopefully, nobody who'd ever consider investing in the pro pool product was watching.