Str8Shots Has Not Paid for CO State 8-Ball Championships

justnum

Redhawk PI
Silver Member
I dunno, mon. To me, that sounds like a truly awful arrangement on many levels.

1. Given its inability to pay a few k in past-due obligations, doesn't sound like the str8 folks will be around much longer.

B- so they fund past obligations with current income. How long can this go on? Many promoters have been lambasted for such behavior, in the past.

What is special is this is a Juniors Event.

Its not like this Junior player can start placing at adult level tournaments. That is asking too much.

The player doesn't have many choices.

Bargaining for a better deal at future events is one of the few accommodations that can be made.
 

Jesters

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Well it appears that Straight shots are done. I was talking with a friend of mine about this and decided to check them out. Website has been taken down as I was told, Facebook page is gone, and I tried to call and the phone isn't working. So Anyone still owed money at this point I think is going to be out of luck. I know that some of you know people they sponsor or owe money to so you might want to let them know what is going on. So they are not holding their breath on payment. Such a shame that there are too many things that have been overlooked and people who have been simply tossed to one side without a second thought.
 

itsfroze

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Look at the bright side they can't disallow any great matches from happening any more.:thumbup:
 

justnum

Redhawk PI
Silver Member
Shafted by another pool promoter.

This is why pool players become "gamblers" it cuts out the middleman.
 

Jaden

"no buds chill"
Silver Member
do not confuse causation and correlation...

Shafted by another pool promoter.

This is why pool players become "gamblers" it cuts out the middleman.

Don't confuse causation with correlation... vicious cycle.. best bet is for players to stop relying on pool for income...

treat the game and potential players with respect (not gonna happen, too many selfish ***** douche bags looking for a score) and compete in a friendly honest way...

I look for pool to continue it's downward spiral in the near future until even the degenerates don't gain enough from it and it can gain a modicum of respectability and air of being a gentleman's sport again like golf...

:thumbup: :rolleyes:

Jaden
 

Blue Hog ridr

World Famous Fisherman.
Silver Member
At least the OP lives in CO. May be a slight chance of running into the people that owe him at some point.

Just because a company goes out of business, doesn't entirely mean that their past debts are washed.

Not in my little World anyway.
 

Jaden

"no buds chill"
Silver Member
I don't know...

I dunno, mon. To me, that sounds like a truly awful arrangement on many levels.

1. Given its inability to pay a few k in past-due obligations, doesn't sound like the str8 folks will be around much longer.

B- so they fund past obligations with current income. How long can this go on? Many promoters have been lambasted for such behavior, in the past.

The money was promised and they have been ducking it. Reminds me of the guy I beat who failed to pay me...I asked him about it later and he said,'now you asked for it, you ain't never gonna get it'.
head-in-sand.gif

The govt has gotten pretty damn good at it...

JAden
 

JC

Coos Cues
What is different about the State 8-ball is that the margin of business between prize payouts and profits. Its a tight margin meaning if one thing goes wrong, complaints happen. But if things go right, everyone is happy.

Its not some Dragon Promotion type business where Charlie Williams is basically losing money to keep his tournament afloat.

The CO state has to keep costs down because no one is backing them the way CW can afford to burn money.

So what if the money for prizes is in the same bag as money for paying off equipment rentals. It just means whoever collects first gets paid first. If there isn't enough to go around, well this isn't a insured investment.

Pool tournaments are risky if you have issues with it, then don't play.


Hogwash!

JC
 

PINKLADY

ICNBB
Silver Member
Well it appears that Straight shots are done. I was talking with a friend of mine about this and decided to check them out. Website has been taken down as I was told, Facebook page is gone, and I tried to call and the phone isn't working. So Anyone still owed money at this point I think is going to be out of luck. I know that some of you know people they sponsor or owe money to so you might want to let them know what is going on. So they are not holding their breath on payment. Such a shame that there are too many things that have been overlooked and people who have been simply tossed to one side without a second thought.

website's gone as of this morning. linked-in is still up.
i found this article from BEF's website last year:

Str8 Shots to Support BEF Juniors with 10% Contribution
June 1, 2013 News, Newsletter
Str8 Shots

Str8-Shots.com may be relatively new to the scene but they are proving to be one of the leading online dart and billiard retailers, and they’re here to stay. They’re not only dedicated to providing exceptional service and loyalty to their customers but they have been the driving force in resuscitating the billiard life in Colorado. They’ve recently hosted a series of big money added tournaments which all began around qualifier events for the juniors.

Str8 Shots has not only supported the local billiard community in Colorado but they have played a leading role in promoting pool across the country from their involvement with the juniors to their charitable program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. And now, beginning June 1, they take their commitment to the next level by committing to donate 10% of their net income on all orders of billiard products to the Billiard Education Foundation and they challenge the industry and other retailers to do the same.

“We are small fish in a large pond. However we know the importance of paying it forward; especially when it comes to helping the youth. The BEF is an amazing organization devoted to promoting youth in billiards and it is our honor to help them in any way we can. Our hope is that all retailers will do the same,” said Marc and Kimberly Griffiths, owners of Str8 Shots.

“The Billiard Education Foundation is so proud and fortunately to have the support of such a committed sponsor as Str8 Shots. They are truly true ambassadors for our sport,” said Samm Diep-Vidal, Executive Director for the BEF.

Str8 shots is an online retailer for dart and billiard supplies. Visit their store at str8-shots.com/store. They have also been hosting a series of successful adult and junior events throughout Colorado and plan to bring even more events, including tournaments and fundraisers in the coming months.
 

bdorman

Dead money
Silver Member
Str8Shots was a new business.

Nine out of ten new businesses fail the first two years, usually for the same reasons:

1) lack of a solid, realistic business plan
2) undercapitalized
3) lack of management experience
4) owner loses interest and moves on to something else

Bottom line is that any new business is a crapshoot. You should be surprised when a new business succeeds, not when it fails.
 

jimmyg

Mook! What's a Mook?
Silver Member
Str8Shots was a new business.

Nine out of ten new businesses fail the first two years, usually for the same reasons:

1) lack of a solid, realistic business plan
2) undercapitalized
3) lack of management experience
4) owner loses interest and moves on to something else

Bottom line is that any new business is a crapshoot. You should be surprised when a new business succeeds, not when it fails.

True, but it was their arrogance, not their failure, that surprised me.

J
 

TimKrazyMon

Kid Delicious' Evil Twin
Silver Member
website's gone as of this morning. linked-in is still up.
i found this article from BEF's website last year:

Str8 Shots to Support BEF Juniors with 10% Contribution
June 1, 2013 News, Newsletter
Str8 Shots

Str8-Shots.com may be relatively new to the scene but they are proving to be one of the leading online dart and billiard retailers, and they’re here to stay. They’re not only dedicated to providing exceptional service and loyalty to their customers but they have been the driving force in resuscitating the billiard life in Colorado. They’ve recently hosted a series of big money added tournaments which all began around qualifier events for the juniors.

Str8 Shots has not only supported the local billiard community in Colorado but they have played a leading role in promoting pool across the country from their involvement with the juniors to their charitable program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. And now, beginning June 1, they take their commitment to the next level by committing to donate 10% of their net income on all orders of billiard products to the Billiard Education Foundation and they challenge the industry and other retailers to do the same.

“We are small fish in a large pond. However we know the importance of paying it forward; especially when it comes to helping the youth. The BEF is an amazing organization devoted to promoting youth in billiards and it is our honor to help them in any way we can. Our hope is that all retailers will do the same,” said Marc and Kimberly Griffiths, owners of Str8 Shots.

“The Billiard Education Foundation is so proud and fortunately to have the support of such a committed sponsor as Str8 Shots. They are truly true ambassadors for our sport,” said Samm Diep-Vidal, Executive Director for the BEF.

Str8 shots is an online retailer for dart and billiard supplies. Visit their store at str8-shots.com/store. They have also been hosting a series of successful adult and junior events throughout Colorado and plan to bring even more events, including tournaments and fundraisers in the coming months.

haha.....lol!
 

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Mark Griffin

AzB Gold Member
Gold Member
Silver Member
It is unfortunate that Str8shots has taken this position.

I believe they had the right motivation - just perhaps a bad business plan.

What upsets me is this is another 'black eye' for the industry.
It also burned a few people that had faith in Marc & Kimberly Griffith.

There is no reason for not contacting the injured parties.
I understand they have also not paid other obligations.

I have tried to contact them to no avail - very upsetting.
I am quite certain they must know the beating thy are taking - and that also speaks volumes.

A real shame. This is just a little rant because this industry is so fragile that it doesn't take much to really hurt us all.

Mark Griffin
 

pocket

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
It is unfortunate that Str8shots has taken this position.

I believe they had the right motivation - just perhaps a bad business plan.

What upsets me is this is another 'black eye' for the industry.
It also burned a few people that had faith in Marc & Kimberly Griffith.

There is no reason for not contacting the injured parties.
I understand they have also not paid other obligations.

I have tried to contact them to no avail - very upsetting.
I am quite certain they must know the beating thy are taking - and that also speaks volumes.

A real shame. This is just a little rant because this industry is so fragile that it doesn't take much to really hurt us all.

Mark Griffin

tap tap tap
 

Island Drive

Otto/Dads College Roommate/Cleveland Browns
Silver Member
I know there's no good reason for breaking promises, but having spent some coffee time earlier on with Kimberly, my perspective is more supportive of her, her efforts, and her wonderful husband Mark. This is not an excuse, but my opinion from the times we spent talking about pool. Kimberly as a kid lived in Denver, and basically her and her siblings were raised in a pool room by a wonderful man that took all of em under wing, and socially raised them as their parents were not able too and I don't know enough about that, but all the praise she gave the room owner for basically ''saving'' her and family members....the room owner was a stand up guy. She worked, educated herself, made bank and then I guess met Mark and married. Her health and vision declined in life, and as we all know, in business your health is #1 before one ventures into a NEW business, but she had Mark and her son to help out. With her health waning, and maybe she realizing life was to be shortened she moved quickly to save others who had a similar past, and there are quite a few in the pool room. She wanted to save as many pool players lives as she could, because she and her siblings were given common sense and helped out as children. She's a voracious worker, and I think trying to do too much for too many....was what may have shortened her situation to what it's presently come too. I hope she's well, but I think she got into the pool world again thinking she'll do the same as the room owner in Denver did to save her and family....but the pool world and society is quite different than when she was a child....that's how I see it.
 

bdorman

Dead money
Silver Member
With all due respect guys, get over it.

You operate a new venture with your life savings in the company checking account. If you're very good and very lucky, you don't lose it all...you just lose most of it before you start making more than you're losing.

But in most cases the money runs out and you're out of business.

You don't tell all your customers, suppliers, employees, etc. that you're going to run out of money next month. You hope that something will turn it around. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. But you run it with everything you've got until the last nickel is gone.

Then you lock yourself in your room and wonder what you're going to do now that you're broke.
 
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