I dont remember any of them being there that night but it was over 30 years ago or more.LOL.
Jeannies place on Ovington was a busy place, It was always a good experience there.
She was always a sweetheart and a great player, a killer competitor, she had heart and desire.
There are a lot of nice words that can be said about Jean Balukas.
Frank Mcgown was partners with Jeans dad, Albert.
I use to hang out in West End, played that tourney every week. There was Miz, Colavita, Ray Martin, Joe the Barber, Tascarella, Richie Russo, Jeannie, Kenny The farmer, Ervolino, Randy, Sly, Robles, Hopkins, Sammy Guzman, Jeanette Lee, Ginky, Loree Jon, Joann Mason, Nikki Beniish, Billie Billings, Frady, Margo, Efren on occasion, Sammy Jones, Fleming, The Fuscos, every shortstop around, every week, I could name many more players.
It was a 32 player field, regulars always had a spot. Race to 5 double elim.
Within an hour from West End you had Cue Town, Sailor Bills Hang out, Petey Margos Golden Cue, Balukas Hall of Fame, Golden Cue in Queens, Chelsea, Johns where Cicero played, and a crap load of other rooms with great players.
Many rooms in New Jersey , Philly, and Conn. with great players that played all games.
Every place was fairly close, Connecticut was a bit of a ride.
You could go to Sang Lees S.L Billiards in Jackson Heights and play 3 cushion with the best.
Then it was Carom Cafe in Flushing. Master Billiards where Sonny Cho treated you like a king had many great players. If you ever get a chance to play with great billiard players you may never want to go to a pool room again.
Many pool halls had 3 cushion tables.
Every other day there was a tourney somewhere, action everywhere. Straight pool , 3 cushion, 9 ball,
one pocket, and Chicago.
If the place closed at 2am, they locked the door, pulled down the shades and kept going.
That's when a house man was a house man. I always tipped him win or lose, even if I never took my cue out of the case, most guys tipped.