Back in 1967 I was hanging out with a few a friends in the poolroom where we would be would spend most of the week back then. Well I had gotten better at the game over a course of time, and one night as we were just playing a game between friends, a guy who was just standing there watching us play challenged me to a game of regulation I think it was 150 points, but can’t recall it all. I wasn’t sure but my friends kept saying, go ahead do it you can take him! And so I said OK.
Anyway it was for a prize of $2.00! Wow right? and loser pays for the game depending on how the game lasted. So I said OK and laid down my big $2.00! As I remember it he played a good game of pool and I was nervous as I never really played a game with anyone other than with my friends.
So the more my friends gathered around the more nervous I got! Then more people came over to watch us play and the man who ran the place who was a great pool player came over! Now I’m like sweating and trying to take my time and thinking at the same time, what’s my strategy for the next shot? you always had to think of the next shot if you made the current one, always to stay a step ahead in the game.
So as we played he was up some then I made a comeback, but somehow I felt it was my night to shine, I never played a better game in all the time I played pool. I was getting the right English on the balls and I was using drawback at the right time, so the game ended with me winning and it felt good I never played anyone again for money just a few racks here and there like always with friends, yea It’s one of those memory’s that stick out over the years.