Sadly, Boston is fairly One Pocket deprived these days.thebigdog said:I am in the Coast Guard here in the bay area have one more year left on this assignment. Some possiblilities for me are San Francisco again lots of strong one pocket here, Boston, Charleston, SC. Miami, Fl. Panama City, Fl. Honolulu, and Mobile, Al. Any of these other cities have good one pocket scenes?
One-pocket is certainly played in San Francisco; mostly I suspect at Delbert Wong's room, Family Billiards. However the gambling action is low. In fact if two guys match up playing even for $100 a game, the word quickly gets out, and poolplayers come from 9 counties to just watch in awe and amazement.NH Steve said:Sadly, Boston is fairly One Pocket deprived these days.
I don't see how you could top San Francisco...
All pool players play one pocket in Houston. They are on the stall if they say they don't.davAmundo said:I have been given the choice of the following duty stations:
Des Moines, Iowa
Where am I most likely to find a one-pocket scene?
Hey Doc,gulfportdoc said:One-pocket is certainly played in San Francisco; mostly I suspect at Delbert Wong's room, Family Billiards. However the gambling action is low. In fact if two guys match up playing even for $100 a game, the word quickly gets out, and poolplayers come from 9 counties to just watch in awe and amazement.
Either Houston or Shreveport would be my pick. There are lots more good players in Houston, but Shreveport and Louisiana are nicer places to live. Plus living in Shreveport gives one reasonably easy access to other pool playing communities for both tournaments and action. If one likes to bet high, then Louisiana is the place to be.
Well, they could both be under water by Thursday afternoon... Jokes aside, I think unfortunately Hurricane Ivan will keep moving west. It may even hit me right on the nose in Gulfport, Miss.; or perhaps travel to New Orleans. Hell, JoeyA might even have to take a day off practicing pool!thebigdog said:Hey Doc,
What do you know about Mobile, and Panama City?
I can get a cheap game with John anytime, I've known him since we were both 17. He started playing at my fathers poolhall in Hesperia, Ca. back then and it is really amazing to see how far his game has come.cycopath said:You could stop in Milton, FL at Hidden Pockets. I'm sure John Schmidt would give you a game. Bring the greenbacks though, I don't think John gets into too many cheap games.
Hey Bigdog,thebigdog said:I can get a cheap game with John anytime, I've known him since we were both 17. He started playing at my fathers poolhall in Hesperia, Ca. back then and it is really amazing to see how far his game has come.
Doc you are definately right about John being a little whiney. Although I think he has gotten a little better than he was before. He used to be so bad you couldn't even stand to be around him sometimes. He defineately worked very hard to get where he is. I've seen a lot of other guys who the game came to them a lot more naturally, be he is for sure the most tenacious guy I knew back then. Always trying to get a game, always working on his game. It doesn't surprise me to see that out of all the young guys I grew up playing with, he is the one who made it to the highest level.gulfportdoc said:Hey Bigdog,
Yeah, I would put Schmidt in the top 20 or so American born players. He really has no weaknesses, except for perhaps being somewhat of a prima donna. He's sort of a Calif. version of Mississippi's Reed Pierce... John seems to have the characteristics which most high level poolplayers have: intelligence, great hand/eye coordination, aggressiveness, self-centeredness, and the natural ability to be an expert con man.
I don't know whether you've kept in touch with him, but he has a very beneficial deal with the owner of Hidden Pockets (?) in Milton, FL. He gets a nice monthly salary, and tournament/expense money; plus the guy bought him a brand new Diamond table to practice on. I don't know what the PC deal is, if any.
He does get a little down on himself and whiney when he's losing a match he oughtn't be, and although that's pretty typical of many top players, he'd be even better if he could overcome that (of course wouldn't we ALL be!!). Look at Cliff Joyner-- talk about a stone face! It's not apparent by his facial expression whether he just made a good shot, or a bad one...
Of course I was excluding family and friends from the list of money games.thebigdog said:I can get a cheap game with John anytime, I've known him since we were both 17.