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That's a great story, I haven't thought or heard the name John Henry in possibly 30+ years!I was in action around Decatur in ‘78....won enough money to buy a house. The best 9-baller in the area kept sticking his nose in my action...mostly snooker, a little 3-c and some 14.1...so when the action dried up, I told him to find a stake horse...but minimum $500 a game, put up for five, he was getting the wild 8......nobody would back him.
Seven years later...I’m in the Florida Panhandle...been up for two days...greasy hair, sweaty T-shirt...wander into a room and the guy from Decatur is there...he’s the star in this room. I sit down and start talking to John Henry...knew him from Detroit...couple guys can overhear us talking...told him I got into coke and heroin...explained how I looked.
You could see the info spreading around the room like a pebble being thrown into a pond.
The ‘star’ comes over to make a game with me...told him I din’t play any more, but I’d take the break and the 8.
He bragged about how he had lots of cash now, could get 30 Gs at three in the morning if he needed it.
We start at $100 a game, no score here....lost a few...raise it to 200...lost a bit more..he refused another raise.
I smelled the rat...started winning...when I got up two games...a bunch of fives showed up from the pool hall office.
No score, I let him get even and I quit.
I went for his ‘rich’ story, hook, line, and sinker....’course, he went for mine also....
...strongest thing I ever ingest is black coffee.
Some of the most fun gambling games I had was when I was hustling my opponent and he was "hustling" me. I've had games start out for $10 a game, with this scenario and end up doubling up until I'd won over $6000....this exact thing happened in Kentucky, I tell the story in one of my 'Adventures on the Road' youtube videos, it's too long to write down, it also involved getting knocked by someone an the pay phone......remember, when every pool hall had a pay phone before cell phones were real anywhere but on Star Trek?!?