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  • Rudolph Wanderone

    Artist’s rendering courtesy Ray Desell Players that knew ‘Fats’, especially those that knew him during his prime years before he took on the Minnesota Fats moniker, generally describe Fats as a very good player, but still a ball or two below the best. This is the way Eddie Taylor described it in an interview with […]

  • Jose Parica

    Like many child prodigies at pool, Jose got an early start because his father owned two poolrooms – one in his own hometown and another in downtown Manila. And his father was a good player, so Jose got to watch many of the best local players as they came in to challenge his father. By […]

  • 2009 Derby City Classic

    View of the Horseshoe Casino complex from the 8th floor of the hotel The usual crowd was there, which lent a sense of familiarity, but the surroundings certainly had a fresh new look, as the 11th Annual Derby City Classic found a new home after a run of ten years at the Executive West Hotel […]

  • The Gospool

    Freddy ‘The Beard’ Bentivegna has done it again, as he follows up his first book, Banking with the Beard, with this second volume of banks and outrageous pool stories. Our Complete Review The Gospool According To Freddy “The Beard” Bentivegna The reminiscences of an old-time pool hustler and true apostle of the game. Okay, Bank […]

  • One-Pocket Man is pleased to present the exclusive serialized publication of One-Pocket Man, a new novel by member Al Betz. One-Pocket Man is a fast-paced crime novel, not a pool instructional book! It features a mid-life hit man for the Chicago mob who is offered the chance to trade a new life for spilling what […]

  • Banking with the Beard

    Freddy ‘the Beard’ Bentivegna has just published a unique new book on banking, entitled Banking with the Beard, Secrets of a Master Banker. Chicago has for years been host to a culture of big action Bank Pool, home to legends such as ‘Bugs’ Rucker, Glenn ‘Piggy Banks’ Rogers, and of course, ‘The Beard’. Our Complete […]

  • 2009 One Pocket Hall of Fame Dinner

    Jack & Barbara Cooney & Jimmy ‘Flyboy’ Spears Congratulations to our new Hall of Fame inductees! There was a heck of a party inside the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Tuesday night, despite the worst ice storm in recent memory that paralyzed the region outside. The late legendary player Marvin Henderson and living legends of action Jack […]

  • 2008 Hall of Fame votes are in!

    Danny Di Liberto & Steve Booth photo courtesy Diana Hoppe is pleased to announce the results of their 2008 Hall of Fame elections. Come January 27th, it will be Jack Cooney and the late Marvin Henderson inducted for One Pocket, and Tony ‘Fargo’ Ferguson for Bank Pool. In addition, the Lifetime Pool in Action […]

  • Rack ’em up with Artie Bodendorfer

    This interview took place January, 10, 2006, when Artie came to the Derby City Classic in Louisville, Kentucky for his induction into the One Pocket Hall of Fame. Artie is one of our less well known hall of fame inductees because he avoided tournaments, and the limelight in general, preferring after hours matches that gave […]

  • Banking Legend ‘Youngblood’ dead at 82

    A family member has reported that the elderly Banks legend Javanley ‘Youngblood’ Washington died of a heart attack in his home in late July of this year. He had been living alone, and his body was discovered July 28th, but the coroner’s office determined that the actual date of his death was several days earlier. […]