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Old 05-13-2015, 05:12 PM
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Just curious,
Is there such a thing as a road player these days, by that I mean, can a player still travel the country and make a decent living playing pool?

I usually traveled with a stake horse or another player back then and our daily nut with no leaks ( horse track, dog track, casinos etc ) would be somewhere around $100.00 a day, room and board. It's gotta be at least $300.00 a day now.

We used to have a list of stops, town names and the name of the pool room or bar, and a book with peoples names, who to play first, and what game to play them, the best day to catch them there, how much they would play for and how much they might lose.

In the old days you had a chance to play at one spot for a few days, take your time and take off a good score without showing to much speed. Possibly leaving the place without burning the bridge, where you might come back and play the guy again.

Today with all the technology readily available at our fingertips, it must be impossible to play incognito. They just snap a pic and text it around the world.
In seconds you're knocked.

So, if that is true, and I have answered my own question, how do the players of today make it? How do they survive? Playing only stake money? Tournaments?tournaments still don't pay enough, do they? They still play terrific pool, but for what? The love of the game?

Anybody know what a top pro makes today?
Excluding Jack Cooney, I'm sure he's still slipping around undercover!

I'm just curious.
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:27 PM
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I'm pretty sure that technology, camera phones, the Internet… have pretty much ended the opportunity for a road player to be successful with any regularity. Case in point. A guy came into my pool room
two weeks ago, and laid down the lemon. Even had a partner or two who are regulars to help him with the setup. He was still ID'd within 2 days.
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:40 PM
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Plus people don't carry cash anymore. Debit cards killed even small action, i think.


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Old 05-13-2015, 06:30 PM
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Speaking of Jack Cooney, I know he would have some great stories to tell. I hope he doesn't wait too long. I have only one DVD of a match that Jack played. I was impressed. He seldom shot without looking at everything there was to see. Sort of like Cory Deuel, but he didn't waste time. It was not a slow match. Anybody?
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:53 PM
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Speaking of Jack Cooney, I know he would have some great stories to tell. I hope he doesn't wait too long. I have only one DVD of a match that Jack played. I was impressed. He seldom shot without looking at everything there was to see. Sort of like Cory Deuel, but he didn't waste time. It was not a slow match. Anybody?
Jack and Grady played three long sessions in Los Angeles when Grady was considered the best or one of the best one pocket players in the country.

Jack was getting 9/8 and after a week of playing Grady said " I am supposed to be the best but I have not seen one thing I do better than him".
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:46 PM
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Today with all the technology readily available at our fingertips, it must be impossible to play incognito. They just snap a pic and text it around the world.
In seconds you're knocked.

So, if that is true, and I have answered my own question, how do the players of today make it? How do they survive? Playing only stake money? Tournaments?tournaments still don't pay enough, do they? They still play terrific pool, but for what? The love of the game?

Anybody know what a top pro makes today?
JMO but I think the relative inability of a player to move around undercover has taken a lot of the play out of today's game. Insert your favorite two top players into this discussion, and they won't match up for several days in a row by the game. They reserve that action for their best customers. If two top players match up more often than not there is at least several thousand to the winner, and there is a finite length to the match, like 2-3 days max with an 8 hour time limit.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:44 AM
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you never could make a good living playing 20 dollar pool or even 100 dollar pool.

there are a few players that go around that no one has ever heard of being very good. and they take off select big scores from a certain few they find out about.
they dont go around and knock themselves playing in pool rooms with top players and never ever shoot near their speed even if it means losing.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:13 AM
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Plus people don't carry cash anymore. Debit cards killed even small action, i think.


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That has been my observation exactly...Credit cards, were the absolute end of the 'road' for pool hustling !
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