AzB Silver Member
That doesn't have to be the case. I've had plenty of lower rated players want to play cheap sets just to try to improve. I'll always give them my best game. I'm not very money-driven, and I know plenty of other players that are the same. Pool can still be fun without money.If you want to play against much better players and you are trying to learn the game and get better; you will see their best game if the spot makes it close to an even match up- I agree with the poster here who said that a much better player, knowing that they have every match in the bag up front, will not bring their A game for you to see, and will play a different game than the one you need to learn from.
It may not be about the money for the learner, but it will be about the money for the much better player - he will not want to give up a dime to a weaker player- so upping the spot properly will show you his better game to learn from.