Your biggest gambling score, pool or otherwise.

jay helfert

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I thought this might be fun since there are so many old time poolplayers who post on here. And a few poker players to boot. I was never what you would call a "high roller" in the pool world. I was quite content to make my little fifty and hundred dollar scores every day and sock the money away. The most money I've ever played for is $1,000 a game One Pocket, and I did that on three separate occasions with three different players. Archie the Greek and Harry Platis being two of them. The third guy was a very wealthy sucker who used to come into my last poolroom and blow smoke about how good he was. It took me a year or so to convince him to give me a try and he never came back after that - four games and $4,000! My biggest pool score was against Archie for $5,500, which included five games for 500 each. I later lost it all back plus some to Archie when I changed the game too much in his favor. Like I said I'm not a high roller. I'm a more conservative gambler who has respect for money. For me even today a $100 a game is a nice bet.

The most I've won staking a poolplayer was when Keith won the BC Open for $25,000. We split that one 50-50. Tang Hoa and I split 18K the time he finished second in the U.S. Open (1998). I've also bet up to five thousand on a pool match and booked a few winners.

My biggest poolroom score is over $7,000, but I won that money playing Tonk at Rusty's poolroom in Dallas. Playing poker my biggest score has been $42,000 and I got out of town with the money, minus 200 Cliff bit me for. At the time first place in the U.S. Open was 25K so my little poker score exceeded that by a lot. I've actually won a healthy five figures playing poker quite a few times, anywhere between twelve thou and 35K. The only six figure "scores" I've ever made have been in real estate and they sometimes took years to happen. :rolleyes:
 
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Bigkat

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GOOD POST!!
๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ Sports betting would have to account for my largest overall gambling winnings. In the spring of2007 I won 40k over 3weeks betting on baseball๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ. Paid off my Lincoln Navigator ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ etc...
๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’กVEGAS: Won $7500 in about an hour betting roulette colors, selecting RED/BLACK at $300-2000 per spin (depending on how I felt)

๐ŸŽฑ๐ŸŽฑ POOL: I had a few dudes I knew (street guys) with MUCH MORE MONEY THAN POOL GAME ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ We used to play $200 per game 8ball No BIH LOL ..I would routinely go 7-2 at least 3 days per week for about 2 years straight๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž
๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ P.S. "GEORGIA SKIN" IS BY FAR THE ROUGHEST GAMBLING GAME I HAVE EVER SEEN & I DON'T CARE TO DISCUSS MY WINNINGS OR MY LOSSES ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ
 

demonrho

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...My biggest pool score was against Archie for $5,500, which included five games for 500 each. I later lost it all back plus some to Archie when I changed the game too much in his favor. ....
Archie's got a lotta heart when he's got the right spot. Saw him best Mika when Mika gave up too much weight in one pocket. Mika just shook his head when Archie fired in a couple of spot shots from the end rail.
 

JAM

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My biggest score as a stakehorse was at the Super Billiards Expo when it was in Valley Forge. They had the action table going full blast with a waiting list, to boot. It took longer to get the bets down before each game than it did for the game itself to take place, usually a break-and-run.

It's a little hard to see the action table in this photo, but it was standing room only with about 2- to 300 people watching each game. Keith McCready held the table for a long period of time, and we came home with close to 20 large. It was beautiful and the biggest score I was involved in as far as action.

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Another photo of the action table at Super Billiards Expo when it was in Valley Forge. This trip, Keith pocketed close to 15 large on the action table.

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Liljon getting the bets down while Keith waits. There were numerous chants of "I got $20 on the breaker," "I'll take 50 on the racker," et cetera. It was kind of comical to watch.

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gregcantrall

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My biggest score as a stakehorse was at the Super Billiards Expo when it was in Valley Forge. They had the action table going full blast with a waiting list, to boot. It took longer to get the bets down before each game than it did for the game itself to take place, usually a break-and-run.

It's a little hard to see the action table in this photo, but it was standing room only with about 2- to 300 people watching each game. Keith McCready held the table for a long period of time, and we came home with close to 20 large. It was beautiful and the biggest score I was involved in as far as action.

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Another photo of the action table at Super Billiards Expo when it was in Valley Forge. This trip, Keith pocketed close to 15 large on the action table.

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Liljon getting the bets down while Keith waits. There were numerous chants of "I got $20 on the breaker," "I'll take 50 on the racker," et cetera. It was kind of comical to watch.

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I have heard a story about Harry and Keith making a big score playing partners. Seems like it ended with Keith putting a six pack on them when the bet got sky high.
Any truth to that story? ๐Ÿ˜‰
 
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DieselPete

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For bang for the buck...

I once bet $2 to win on a horse named Wolfgang Pete at Jackson (MI) Harness Raceway. I think the horse was headed for the glue factory because he went off at about 70-1. I only bet on him because we share a name. (I know, that's some real strong handicapping right there.)

He won and I pocketed $137.

Yes, that's chump change. But like I wrote, it was bang for the buck.
 

JAM

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I have heard a story about Harry and Keith making a big score playing partners. Seems like it ended with Keith putting a six pack on them when the bet got sky high.
Any truth to that story? ๐Ÿ˜‰
Keith and Harry have been partners in a lot of different events, long before I met Keith. I've only heard stories from Keith about these. Harry, of course, has been a good friend, stakehorse, advisor, and partner to Keith over the years. The biggest score the two of them made, if memory serves me right, was with a guy from Detroit who played Harry and Keith in Las Vegas. It was a win of six figures. I know that for sure. I'll have to get more details from Keith when he rises and shines later today. I'm up at 4 a.m., and Keith is sometimes going to bed at 4 a.m. after a night of online poker with his poker buddies.

Keith can run some packages for sure. When he's on, it's like watching poetry in motion. I've witnessed it many times, and Keith is at his best and happiest when he's in this groove.

Here's a couple cute shots of Keith with Harry and the rest of the gang whom I'm sure you'll recognize. Taken at Derby when it was in Louisville.

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gregcantrall

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Keith and Harry have been partners in a lot of different events, long before I met Keith. I've only heard stories from Keith about these. Harry, of course, has been a good friend, stakehorse, advisor, and partner to Keith over the years. The biggest score the two of them made, if memory serves me right, was with a guy from Detroit who played Harry and Keith in Las Vegas. It was a win of six figures. I know that for sure. I'll have to get more details from Keith when he rises and shines later today. I'm up at 4 a.m., and Keith is sometimes going to bed at 4 a.m. after a night of online poker with his poker buddies.

Keith can run some packages for sure. When he's on, it's like watching poetry in motion. I've witnessed it many times, and Keith is at his best and happiest when he's in this groove.

Here's a couple cute shots of Keith with Harry and the rest of the gang whom I'm sure you'll recognize. Taken at Derby when it was in Louisville.

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Harry was "the whale" in the northwest. Lots of big money stories swirled around the pool grape vine. The Pool Grapevine was generally accurate when it came to big money.๐Ÿ˜‰
There was the local players that operated as a group. When Harry showed(as the story goes) they would pick the player(each had a one pocket spot for him) then empty their pockets collectively. That was the bet. Road players (with a name) were a standard $1000 one pocket game. Again the spot depended on the name. Cole would roll into town with one barrel to play Harry.
 

PoolBum

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My biggest score in pool was winning three sets at $1,500 a set in about two and a half hours. They were races to 7 and I was giving the 7 ball. Earlier that same week and also in Louisville I won $600 at $200 a game in about 20 minutes. The guy quit after three games.

I also won an online no-limit hold'em tournament for $2,500 one evening.
 

gregcantrall

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My biggest scores weren't determined by the size. Rather by the percentage of my total worth. All in so to speak. So the day I drove cab 12 hours to make $25 made a $25 score on the table a big win. ;)
 

gregcantrall

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Keith and Harry have been partners in a lot of different events, long before I met Keith. I've only heard stories from Keith about these. Harry, of course, has been a good friend, stakehorse, advisor, and partner to Keith over the years. The biggest score the two of them made, if memory serves me right, was with a guy from Detroit who played Harry and Keith in Las Vegas. It was a win of six figures. I know that for sure. I'll have to get more details from Keith when he rises and shines later today. I'm up at 4 a.m., and Keith is sometimes going to bed at 4 a.m. after a night of online poker with his poker buddies.

Keith can run some packages for sure. When he's on, it's like watching poetry in motion. I've witnessed it many times, and Keith is at his best and happiest when he's in this groove.

Here's a couple cute shots of Keith with Harry and the rest of the gang whom I'm sure you'll recognize. Taken at Derby when it was in Louisville.

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I remember Keith being at Harry's place but never got to see any of the action. Knowing the guys in the Corporation I will lay odds that some of the stories are better untold. Wait wait, the one I was thinking of was Cole and Zimmerman. ;)
 

jay helfert

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I have heard a story about Harry and Keith making a big score playing partners. Seems like it ended with Keith putting a six pack on them when the bet got sky high.
Any truth to that story? ๐Ÿ˜‰
They won a healthy six figures from the Airplane man (forget who his playing partner was, maybe Grady) and Harry got paid in full the next day. The second biggest score I ever heard of until Scott and Billy beat the Viffer for a telephone number. Biggest all time pool score was when Archie beat Bobby Baldwin out of one Mil on a bar table!
 
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$500 on a $10 scratch off bingo ticket at a rest stop while roadtripping with family as a kid, 3 out of 5 on a megamillions or powerball for $300 10ish years ago which I bought some good liquor with (George T Stagg and a single malt scotch.) Other than that, some fortunate raffle draws.
 

Taxi

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My only big scores have been when I had a book shop, but at Guys & Dolls in Silver Hill, MD, a little over 50 years ago a big time DC drug dealer dropped $100,000 in cash in a one pocket game, and then came back later and won back $40,000 of it. But after reading some of these stories, what Lawrence "Slippery" Jackson dropped that night almost seems like chump change, although that $100,000 then would be about $730,000 today. :cool:
 

outrider1

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Only 2 I recall. Both local, in Nc. A drunk guy at $50 9 ball,$2700 plus win. And at a small 4 table pool room, $1300 on a Coke machine. Game was called, "going out of town". The bottle that was stamped the longest distance away took the money ๐Ÿ’ฐ
 

Welder84

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I once won a guys money who then put up his Scruggs cue on loan to continue. I won a few hundred and the cue. I was fair and let the guy buy back his cue, then worth not nearly what they are today. So roughly 1K my end...

Thank goodness this isn't the what we have lost thread! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I have more of those stories if that thread comes up.
 

stevelomako

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They won a healthy six figures from the Airplane man (forget who his playing partner was, maybe Grady) and Harry got paid in full the next day. The second biggest score I ever heard of until Scott and Billy beat the Viffer for a telephone number. Biggest all time pool score was when Archie beat Bobby Baldwin out of one Mil on a bar table!

It was Rosie and Billy Ray
 

outrider1

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Only 2 I recall. Both local, in Nc. A drunk guy at $50 9 ball,$2700 plus win. And at a small 4 table pool room, $1300 on a Coke machine. Game was called, "going out of town". The bottle that was stamped the longest distance away took the money ๐Ÿ’ฐ
I forgot, this was the early '80's. Was making around $150 weekly, so both were strong scores to me!
 
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