Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Joh » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 09:16:37


I have been play pool for 10 years of and on.  Mostly just with a
buddy of mine.  I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
 For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.  I
just bought a McDermott cue for $200.  I want to play in the local
pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death.  I
usually play 8 ball and have run the table a few times.  I just
started playing 9-ball.  I ran the table once out of 50 games.  I
average about 3-4 balls per turn.  I probably make about 75% of my
shots.  I don't use/know any aiming, banking, etc systems.  I just
play by sight and feel.

I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
have a few questions:

1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
2.)  How much do I get if I win?
3.)  Is it double elimination?
4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

Thanks,

Chong

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by ratche » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 09:36:17

The best thing you can probably do is jump right in and play those
tournaments
there is no better teacher than "experience" You say you want to get
serious and that you want to improve , Desire and the will to improve is
the key to all you aspire to... find the best players and play with them
or watch them (playing
with is better ) you say you have been playing for 10 years, I say you are
ready to be all you can be ( hope the army doesn't sue me :)Good Luck and
Good Shootin' >>>> Ratchet <<<<
Quote:

> I have been play pool for 10 years of and on.  Mostly just with a
> buddy of mine.  I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
>  For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.  I
> just bought a McDermott cue for $200.  I want to play in the local
> pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
> don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death.  I
> usually play 8 ball and have run the table a few times.  I just
> started playing 9-ball.  I ran the table once out of 50 games.  I
> average about 3-4 balls per turn.  I probably make about 75% of my
> shots.  I don't use/know any aiming, banking, etc systems.  I just
> play by sight and feel.

> I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
> when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> have a few questions:

> 1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
> 2.)  How much do I get if I win?
> 3.)  Is it double elimination?
> 4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
> 5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
> 6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

> Thanks,

> Chong


 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by ratche » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 09:46:16

Quote:

> I have been play pool for 10 years off and on.  Mostly just with a
> buddy of mine.  I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
>  For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.  I
> just bought a McDermott cue for $200.  I want to play in the local
> pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
> don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death.  I
> usually play 8 ball and have run the table a few times.  I just
> started playing 9-ball.  I ran the table once out of 50 games.  I
> average about 3-4 balls per turn.  I probably make about 75% of my
> shots.  I don't use/know any aiming, banking, etc systems.  I just
> play by sight and feel.

> I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
> when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> have a few questions:

> 1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
> 2.)  How much do I get if I win?
> 3.)  Is it double elimination?
> 4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
> 5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
> 6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

> Thanks,

> Chong

The best thing you can probably do is jump right in and play those
tournaments
there is no better teacher than "experience" You say you want to get
serious and that you want to improve , Desire and the will to improve is
the key to all you aspire to... find the best players and play with them
or watch them (playing
with is better ) you say you have been playing for 10 years, I say you are

ready to be all you can be ( hope the army doesn't sue me :)Good Luck and
Good Shootin' >>>> Ratchet <<<<
John Wrote
 I've never played in a tournament before.  I
have a few questions:

1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
2.)  How much do I get if I win?
3.)  Is it double elimination?
4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

Answers (My Opinion )

1. 5.00 bucks and up ( depends on the tournament )
2. depends on the purse ( how many players in said tournament )
3. Yes (Usually )
4. For the most part Yes (find the friendliest shark there and ask away)
If you are playing him for money take said advice with a grain of salt !!!

5.Depends on who you play
6.I say " Grab the bull by the horns and play for the experince

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Quote:
>>>> Ratchet <<<<<


 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by WAFFL19 » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 10:33:14

I'm far from being good, but I really enjoy the adrenaline from being in a
"real" competion even though I get knocked out pretty early. What the hell, its
a night out.

Mike

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by rhncu » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 10:52:16

   I believe if it is a heads-up tournament jump right in. Usually fun and
good experience. If it's a draw for partner tournament I think you should
watch a few to see if you can compete with the normal players that are in
that tournament. It's not fair to the partner you draw if you can't compete
and it causes him to have no chance and loose his entry fee.He shouldn't
have to pay for your learning. There is a 20.00 bar tournament here in Cinti
on Thurs. nights that draw a lot of very good players. It's a draw for
partner, alternating shot, race to two single elimination tournament. Every
week two or three people and a girl who can't even spell pool get in it and
of coarse them and their partners almost always loose their first match. I
believe 20.00 is to much to just throw away getting to only play two games.
Plus it is also a wasted evening since all three tables are in use for the
tournament and by the time you are eliminated it is entirely to late to go
to another tournament.
                       Dick

--
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prices for real poolplayers. Over 35yrs. exp.
Richard H. Neighbors  318 Linden st. Cinti. OH
ph.# (513) 242-1700
web-site: http://www.dickiecues.com


Quote:


> > I have been play pool for 10 years off and on.  Mostly just with a
> > buddy of mine.  I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
> >  For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.  I
> > just bought a McDermott cue for $200.  I want to play in the local
> > pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
> > don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death.  I
> > usually play 8 ball and have run the table a few times.  I just
> > started playing 9-ball.  I ran the table once out of 50 games.  I
> > average about 3-4 balls per turn.  I probably make about 75% of my
> > shots.  I don't use/know any aiming, banking, etc systems.  I just
> > play by sight and feel.

> > I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
> > when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> > have a few questions:

> > 1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
> > 2.)  How much do I get if I win?
> > 3.)  Is it double elimination?
> > 4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
> > 5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
> > 6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

> > Thanks,

> > Chong

> The best thing you can probably do is jump right in and play those
> tournaments
> there is no better teacher than "experience" You say you want to get
> serious and that you want to improve , Desire and the will to improve is
> the key to all you aspire to... find the best players and play with them
> or watch them (playing
> with is better ) you say you have been playing for 10 years, I say you are

> ready to be all you can be ( hope the army doesn't sue me :)Good Luck and
> Good Shootin' >>>> Ratchet <<<<
> John Wrote
>  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> have a few questions:

> 1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
> 2.)  How much do I get if I win?
> 3.)  Is it double elimination?
> 4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
> 5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
> 6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

> Answers (My Opinion )

> 1. 5.00 bucks and up ( depends on the tournament )
> 2. depends on the purse ( how many players in said tournament )
> 3. Yes (Usually )
> 4. For the most part Yes (find the friendliest shark there and ask away)
> If you are playing him for money take said advice with a grain of salt !!!

> 5.Depends on who you play
> 6.I say " Grab the bull by the horns and play for the experince

> >>>> Ratchet <<<<<

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Patrick Johnso » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 10:54:12

Quote:

> 2.)  How much do I get if I win?

Present value?

Pat Johnson
Chicago

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Steve Elli » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 11:05:29

Yes, you probably won't win, but improvement and fun is the point. I play in them and I
don't have a snowball's chance in hell. Is Riverside near Anaheim? If it is Aunty Dan can
direct you towards the same tournament he directed me to while I was out there on vaca. I
think it would be just what you want.

1. Entry fees vary.
2. Depends on many factors including the entry fee.
3. Generally, but not always.
4. Depends on the person some yes, some no.
5. Again handicapping systems vary from house to house, but if they set it too high or too
low it will be adjusted as your record reveals itself.
6. PLAY, PLAY, PLAY. It will improve your game. Tournaments vary in the level of the
participants try not to shoot too high, you'll know in a week or two if you did. You might
also thing about leagues with teams so you're not carrying the weight alone. Dare I
suggest the APA in this group. Or the BCA or a totally unaffiliated league. I like leagues
better than tournaments, probably because I've always been more team sport orientated.

Steve.


Quote:
>I have been play pool for 10 years of and on.  Mostly just with a
>buddy of mine.  I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
> For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.  I
>just bought a McDermott cue for $200.  I want to play in the local
>pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
>don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death.  I
>usually play 8 ball and have run the table a few times.  I just
>started playing 9-ball.  I ran the table once out of 50 games.  I
>average about 3-4 balls per turn.  I probably make about 75% of my
>shots.  I don't use/know any aiming, banking, etc systems.  I just
>play by sight and feel.

>I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
>when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
>have a few questions:

>1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
>2.)  How much do I get if I win?
>3.)  Is it double elimination?
>4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
>5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
>6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

>Thanks,

>Chong

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Smorgass Bor » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 12:49:41


I have been play pool for 10 years of and on. Mostly just with a buddy
of mine. I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
??For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.
I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters when
I get a chance. I've never played in a tournament before. I have a few
questions:
1.) How much is the usual entry fee?
2.) How much do I get if I win?
3.) Is it double elimination?
4.) Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
5.) How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
6.) Finally, to play or not to play.
Thanks,
Chong

 (*<~  Why do I feel as if this is MM's latest re-incarnation ?

              hmmmm, NEXT...

                  Doug
 ~>*(((><  Big fish eat Little fish  ><)))*<~

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by sam » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 12:44:39

Steve,  I agree with you that Danny K's has more action than Shooters in
Riverside, BUT, he's really in a good spot.  Shooters has plenty of tourneys
and good shooters come in all the time (think Aaron Aragon), including Efren
when he is in town.  Chong is also welcome to try out that famous guy from
Hemet, whenever he wishes (25 minutes away).  LOL  :o)  Sincerely, Sam
(Riverside is about an hour from Anaheim)


Quote:
> Yes, you probably won't win, but improvement and fun is the point. I play
in them and I
> don't have a snowball's chance in hell. Is Riverside near Anaheim? If it
is Aunty Dan can
> direct you towards the same tournament he directed me to while I was out
there on vaca. I
> think it would be just what you want.

> 1. Entry fees vary.
> 2. Depends on many factors including the entry fee.
> 3. Generally, but not always.
> 4. Depends on the person some yes, some no.
> 5. Again handicapping systems vary from house to house, but if they set it
too high or too
> low it will be adjusted as your record reveals itself.
> 6. PLAY, PLAY, PLAY. It will improve your game. Tournaments vary in the
level of the
> participants try not to shoot too high, you'll know in a week or two if
you did. You might
> also thing about leagues with teams so you're not carrying the weight
alone. Dare I
> suggest the APA in this group. Or the BCA or a totally unaffiliated

league. I like leagues

- Show quoted text -

Quote:
> better than tournaments, probably because I've always been more team sport
orientated.

> Steve.


> >I have been play pool for 10 years of and on.  Mostly just with a
> >buddy of mine.  I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
> > For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.  I
> >just bought a McDermott cue for $200.  I want to play in the local
> >pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
> >don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death.  I
> >usually play 8 ball and have run the table a few times.  I just
> >started playing 9-ball.  I ran the table once out of 50 games.  I
> >average about 3-4 balls per turn.  I probably make about 75% of my
> >shots.  I don't use/know any aiming, banking, etc systems.  I just
> >play by sight and feel.

> >I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
> >when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> >have a few questions:

> >1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
> >2.)  How much do I get if I win?
> >3.)  Is it double elimination?
> >4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
> >5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
> >6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

> >Thanks,

> >Chong

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Bill » Sat, 20 Dec 2003 22:33:07

Quote:

> I have been play pool for 10 years of and on.  Mostly just with a
> buddy of mine.  I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
>  For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.  I
> just bought a McDermott cue for $200.  I want to play in the local
> pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
> don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death.  I
> usually play 8 ball and have run the table a few times.  I just
> started playing 9-ball.  I ran the table once out of 50 games.  I
> average about 3-4 balls per turn.  I probably make about 75% of my
> shots.  I don't use/know any aiming, banking, etc systems.  I just
> play by sight and feel.

> I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
> when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> have a few questions:

> 1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
> 2.)  How much do I get if I win?
> 3.)  Is it double elimination?
> 4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
> 5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
> 6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

> Thanks,

> Chong

WOW!! Look at that beautiful woman sitting by herself at the end of
the bar.  I wonder if I should go over there and talk to her.
Naahh...she probably already has a boyfriend and is just waiting for
him.  But...maybe she doesn't.  Could it be that she just broke up and
is lonely and wanting to meet someone herself?
Maybe I should go and talk to her, but I don't want to bore her.  She
surely has heard every bullshit line ever thrown at her by other guys.
 I know...I'll ask a couple of men sitting over there if they know
anything about her.  Hey guys...what do you know about that woman
sitting over there at the bar?  Is she just drinking or is there an
ENTRY FEE?  What do you think I'll get if I walk up to her and start
talking? Think I can score big and win?  I notice a couple of other
guys eyeing her up, who do you think will be eliminated?  You
know...I'm asking you for all of this advice, but, you guys don't seem
all that friendly in helping me out.  Do you think she'll feel sorry
for me because I act like a geek and am not very good around classy
women?  Finally, should I go over there and talk to her or not?
No...I know what I'll do...I think I'll just go home and beat off like
I always do.

......................Billy

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by ratche » Sun, 21 Dec 2003 00:33:34

Quote:


> > I have been play pool for 10 years of and on.  Mostly just with a
> > buddy of mine.  I was never a serious player but always wanted to win.
> >  For some odd reason I want to get serious and improve my game now.  I
> > just bought a McDermott cue for $200.  I want to play in the local
> > pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
> > don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death.  I
> > usually play 8 ball and have run the table a few times.  I just
> > started playing 9-ball.  I ran the table once out of 50 games.  I
> > average about 3-4 balls per turn.  I probably make about 75% of my
> > shots.  I don't use/know any aiming, banking, etc systems.  I just
> > play by sight and feel.

> > I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
> > when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> > have a few questions:

> > 1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?
> > 2.)  How much do I get if I win?
> > 3.)  Is it double elimination?
> > 4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?
> > 5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.
> > 6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

> > Thanks,

> > Chong

> WOW!! Look at that beautiful woman sitting by herself at the end of
> the bar.  I wonder if I should go over there and talk to her.
> Naahh...she probably already has a boyfriend and is just waiting for
> him.  But...maybe she doesn't.  Could it be that she just broke up and
> is lonely and wanting to meet someone herself?
> Maybe I should go and talk to her, but I don't want to bore her.  She
> surely has heard every bullshit line ever thrown at her by other guys.
>  I know...I'll ask a couple of men sitting over there if they know
> anything about her.  Hey guys...what do you know about that woman
> sitting over there at the bar?  Is she just drinking or is there an
> ENTRY FEE?  What do you think I'll get if I walk up to her and start
> talking? Think I can score big and win?  I notice a couple of other
> guys eyeing her up, who do you think will be eliminated?  You
> know...I'm asking you for all of this advice, but, you guys don't seem
> all that friendly in helping me out.  Do you think she'll feel sorry
> for me because I act like a geek and am not very good around classy
> women?  Finally, should I go over there and talk to her or not?
> No...I know what I'll do...I think I'll just go home and beat off like
> I always do.

> ......................Billy

Thats a very good simile Billy !! Brav-o  , Brav-o !! Clap , clap clap !!
I think I like it better than my answer !!

Ratchet - ----- remembering his own dilemnas in this department

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Mike Pag » Sun, 21 Dec 2003 00:55:50


[...]

Quote:
>  I want to play in the local
> pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
> don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death. [...]

Yes, you're good enough.  You won't embarrass yourself.  If you're one
of the weaker players, others will be delighted by drawing you.  I've
never heard of a player being bored by his opponent.  Do your best, but
don't make a big deal about whether you win or lose.  

Quote:

> I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
> when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> have a few questions:

nice room.

Quote:

> 1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?

Oh, between $5 and $20.  If it's on the higher end and the tournament is
not handicapped, there will probably be a number of pretty strong
players.

Quote:
> 2.)  How much do I get if I win?

Oh, perhaps the entry fee times the number of players divided by
two--give or take.

Quote:
> 3.)  Is it double elimination?

Some are.  But if it's a weekly tournament it probably starts early
evening.  The races are probably pretty short, and it still will end
pretty late.  When it ends probably won't matter to you though--at least
not for a while.

Quote:
> 4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?

Most are.

Quote:
> 5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.

not enough.

Quote:
> 6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

Play.  But don't expect to win.  If you do win, and win again, go find
another tournament where you're unlikely to win.
 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Patrick Johnso » Sun, 21 Dec 2003 01:07:29

Quote:

> [good, funny simile (or analogy or whatever)...]

Not bad, Billy.

Pat Johnson
Chicago

 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Mike Pag » Sun, 21 Dec 2003 01:07:55



Quote:

> > [good, funny simile (or analogy or whatever)...]

> Not bad, Billy.

> Pat Johnson
> Chicago

Oh come on Pat, how could he know sombebody has a funny simile when he
can't even see the guy's face?
 
 
 

Am I good enough to play in weekly 9-ball tournaments?

Post by Joh » Sun, 21 Dec 2003 04:31:19

Thanks guys for all your support.  I'll go give it a shot when I have
some time and report back how I did.  Thanks again....

Chong

Quote:



> [...]
> >  I want to play in the local
> > pool hall's weekly tournament but I don't know if I'm good enough.  I
> > don't want to embarrass myself and bore my opponent to death. [...]

> Yes, you're good enough.  You won't embarrass yourself.  If you're one
> of the weaker players, others will be delighted by drawing you.  I've
> never heard of a player being bored by his opponent.  Do your best, but
> don't make a big deal about whether you win or lose.  

> > I live in Riverside, CA and always play with my friends at Shooters
> > when I get a chance.  I've never played in a tournament before.  I
> > have a few questions:

> nice room.

> > 1.)  How much is the usual entry fee?

> Oh, between $5 and $20.  If it's on the higher end and the tournament is
> not handicapped, there will probably be a number of pretty strong
> players.

> > 2.)  How much do I get if I win?

> Oh, perhaps the entry fee times the number of players divided by
> two--give or take.

> > 3.)  Is it double elimination?

> Some are.  But if it's a weekly tournament it probably starts early
> evening.  The races are probably pretty short, and it still will end
> pretty late.  When it ends probably won't matter to you though--at least
> not for a while.

> > 4.)  Are players friendly enough to give advice when I ask for it?

> Most are.

> > 5.)  How much will I be spotted since I'm not good.

> not enough.

> > 6.)  Finally, to play or not to play.

> Play.  But don't expect to win.  If you do win, and win again, go find
> another tournament where you're unlikely to win.