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    Damn Yankees and Other Stories of the South

    After all the references to Memphis I thought I was headed to Tennessee. Come to find out that Southaven is just a side-step over the boarder into Mississippi. Who knew? This journey started out weeks before with Dustin repeatedly calling to me like some stout, grey haired, Bud Light swilling...
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    onepockethacker challenges Lou

    As I said: if it works out, you can show me at the DCC. The working out part would be the game, bet, and rules. If we can work it out we will play. If we can't arrive at some kind of comity we won't. Lou Figueroa
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    What Do You Do?

    Player A approaches Player B to play a set, race to three for $50. Player A says OK and proceeds to win. Player B unscrews. A few days later the same things happens: Player B shows up, Player A wins the race to three for $50, Player B quits. A few days later it happens again the same way --...
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    Deurne City Classic, Netherlands

    Do any of our European friends happen know or can find out the dates for the 2016 1pocket event in Deurne? I tried emailing the contact listed on the event website but have had no response. Lou Figueroa
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    Gentile v Smith Shoot Out

    So, it's a fire fight. Toe to toe in the center of the ring, swing at will. I believe that at one time or another we have all been involved in one of these. But what is the psychology for a match turning into a game like this? Does one guy just believe they can out shoot the other guy? That...
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    2014 DCC Trip Report

    What a ball. The DCC has something for everyone — player, rail bird, cue connoisseur, action junkie. I awoke Sunday morning, showered, threw bag and case into the car, hit the Starbucks for a cappuccino and egg sandwich and hit the road for a pleasant four hour drive to the thriving metropolis...
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    Southern Classic 2013 Trip Report

    Tunica is always fun. I drove down for a couple of days and had a great time, playing pool, seeing many old friends, and eating (and drinking) too well. I chatted with Greg Sullivan about the future of pool at casinos, BB, and the pro player situation (and watched him be very cool with Richie...
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    2013 DCC Trip Report

    I know it's a little late :-) but here it is anyways: I have a love hate relationship with the DCC. On the one hand, I love the adventure and promise of the event. You walk in and take on all comers, amateurs and pros and, like Mr. Forest Gump, “You never know what you’re gonna to get.”...
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    Off To The DCC

    Well, this "keyboard warrior" is off to the DCC to play in the 1pocket and donate to the pro player retirement fund. For the first time my wife is going to get a peek at the DCC festivities. She's flying into Louisville on her way to Lexington to teach a class there so she's stopping by for a...
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    DCC Hotel Rooms

    FYI, when you go to book a room on the Horseshoe web site it lists the wrong start date for the tournament: Jan 22, when the Banks actually start on the 25th. I had to make a change to my reservation so I mentioned it to the agent on the phone. Also, a friend of mine just tried to book the...
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    US Open Dinner Photos

    OK, I'm back from a trip and actually have had time to go through my camera and post couple of photos from this year's dinner. I think you all know the usual suspects. Lou Figueroa
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    2012 US One Pocket Open Trip Report (Part 2)

    I walk into the TAR pit, still a bit dazed and trying to get a grip on my surroundings. The television lights are sort of blinding and people are trickling into the stands and I’m not quite sure what to do with myself, when Justin walks over to me with a big shee-at eating grin on his face and I...
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    2012 US One Pocket Open Trip Report (Part 1)

    “Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less. The only thing standing between most people and their dreams is the fear of failure. Yet failure is essential to success in any endeavor. Failure tests us and allows us to grow. It offers us lessons and guides us along the...
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    Lou Figueroa Memorial US Open One Pocket Dinner

    Anyone up for dinner before the player's meeting? We did this last year and it was kinda fun. No one got totally sloshed, danced on a table, or fell face first into their plate or anything, but it was still cool. So, the udder steak house, Kristofferson's, is no more. However, now The Riv...
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    US Open 1Pocket Draw

    Over on AZ there is currently a discussion going on about how the 9ball Open is going to be seeded this year. JAM said that in past years, seeding was done behind closed doors. (Personally, I think that's pretty appalling, but not surprising.) As I've said on several occasions I think a...
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    Greg Sullivan Talks About Tunica

    Yesterday I had a telephone conversation with Greg Sullivan of Diamond Billiards and the promoter of the upcoming Southern Classic down in Tunica (as well as the long running Derby City Classic). We talked about a number of things related to the event, as well as the future of pool in general...
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    John Brumback's "Bank Pool Secrets of a World Champion"

    This is a jaw dropping DVD. I don’t care what your game is -- 8ball, 9ball, banks, 1pocket, even 14.1 -- you would have to be insane to pass it up. On this DVD, John, in his very laid back, easy to understand manner describes various banks shots and techniques and then demonstrates them. One...
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    Back from The DCC

    There is a certain deja vu-like quality to returning to the DCC. Really, more like an episode from the “Twilight Zone.” You walk into the tournament area and it is as if nothing had changed since your last visit a year before, or even perhaps your visit two or three years previously. Everything...
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    Off to the DCC

    And so, I am off to the Derby, once again, to make my annual donation to The Pro Pool Player Retirement Fund. I go as, well, as a hacker. And over the last 15 years I have written about my many adventures, going to everything from the occasional local 1pocket tournament to the US Open to the...
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    2012 US Open

    I'm thinking the dates are May 10-13. Anyones knows for sures? Lou Figueroa