- Apr 25, 2004
Rataman posted Stardust results and it prompted me to look at some old National Billiard News, and I found this Nick Varner article from 1982 where he describes playing the One Pocket Ghost. My understanding is that The Ghost goes back to Johnston City, because in one of my interviews it was described, where 'Spivey' was offering the Ghost challenge to players there. According to the interview 'Spivey' apparently did pretty well vs the players trying to beat the Ghost, except for Squirrel lol. Squirrel's number had to move up to a level well above the other players. RIP Squirrel. It does not sound like you get any penalty for scratching on the break -- and that is the way I remember it when Jay Helfert ran this at Derby City before the DCC moved to the Horseshoe. In fact Nick mentions it as an advantage here, because you get to start with BIH. I have never seen anyone use the side rail first break for this, but here it is diagrammed...