I intend eventually to post a summary of a number of interesting
responses I have had to my original question seeking a fair way
to handicap a single game of 8-ball; but in the meantime, what
about this idea:
A hustler whom I played some years ago offered to handicap by
pulling two or three of my balls, "thereby leaving me fewer to
make." It took me a game or two to realize that by pulling my
balls he could materially improve HIS chances of winning. I
agree with recent posts on this subject reporting this old
and well known hustler's trick.
So what about handicapping by permitting the WEAKER player to
remove one or two of the STRONGER player's balls, immediately
after the determination is made. By removing an easy starting
ball, or the key ball needed for a breakout, the weaker player
might delay, at least, the impending disaster.