I played some 9-ball with Brian (the Ice man) last week and really
enjoyed it. Strangely enough, I had never played it before because
everyone I normally play pool with only plays 8-Ball.
Comments... great game! I like it a lot. I found it easier than 8-ball
because it takes away a lot of the variables. I sometimes feel
overwhelmed with 8-ball because there are just too many options
and opportunities for a beginner to get into trouble with bad position.
9-Ball is a simple game for simple-minded people like me - there is
always only one ball you can legally shoot - and you can either pocket
it looking for position on the next lowest ball or play safe. OK... you
can look for a carom or a way to sink the 9 ball as well, but that's
about it. Oh, and sinking the 9 ball on the break is a much better
proposition than in 8-ball. Any chump can play this game (he said
trying to be controversial)*.
Now, don't infer from this that I was (or ever will be) any good at it.
Brian broke and ran the table on me at least once (of course he's
only been playing since Xmas - right John?) and any games I won
were complete flukes. But, strategy wise, it struck me as about as
basic as you can get in a pool game. It's pretty unforgiving if you
make a mistake, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
* Look at my FARGO scores if you think I presume to know what I'm
talking about... (grin)