handicapping 8-ball II

handicapping 8-ball II

Post by John E. Wetz » Fri, 17 Jan 1997 04:00:00


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.

--Jack

 
 
 

handicapping 8-ball II

Post by Brya » Mon, 20 Jan 1997 04:00:00


says...

Quote:

>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.

>--Jack

The toughest spot I have ever given away in 8-ball was something similar.  Your
opponent has the option of removing two (pick a number to make the spot, but
more than two is incredibly tough unless the opponent is not so bright) ball
from the table at any time.  Any two balls...the possibilities for the opponent
are incredible.  If they safe themselves they can remove the interfering ball,
if you only have one shot you can see they can remove that ball, etc.

_Bryan