About ten years ago, Scott Frost spotted Sylver 9/8 on Scotts break and Slyver gave all he could handle. People don't know how well he plays all games and his banking skills are pretty sporty. I saw him at the Boggies Senior Event last year and he told me he was not playing. I didn't get any more info from him but suffice it to say he could play.
It think it was at the last tournament at Hollywood Billiards. I sweated it and Friday night Sylver got 8/7 and won a few k. Saturday night he got 9/8 and lost. He got to pounding beers after getting stuck and that did not help. I think Scott beat him 4/3 at Derby City when he won the title there. At that time it looked like Sylver was definitely up there with the top players.
Jay, please forgive me - these handicaps are a mystery to me. I calculate that a change from the 8-7 game to 9-8 meant that the stronger player gained .017 in the arithmetic - less than 2%. In your example, Scott/Sylver, did the favorite and the dog swap positions for future matching up? Or was it negligible, and more likely just a variance in their relative performances or the roll of the balls? Was the adjustment greater than just the difference in the numbers? All responses appreciated.
That was at one of our Jay Swanson Memorial events, held at Hollywood Billiards. Sylver had beaten Scott earlier getting 9-7, 8-7 and they adjusted the game. They went to 8-7 all the time and Sylver won again. Finally at 9-8 Scott had the best of it. Overall I think Sylver came out ahead after several confrontations.