From a guy in rec.***.poker:
I was playing 10-ball with an acquaintance today. A discussion came up
about a 10-ball rule and I explained that it wasn't a WPA rule, he only
thought it was because Earl Strickland had required it on a one-off basis
in a match he had with Shane Van Boehning a while back. I won't go into
the rule but he said it would give a greater advantage to whoever was the
higher runout threat which was true in this match because it was on a 10'
table with 4 1/8" corner pockets. I think Shane is at a disdvantage there
because of less experience with smaller pockets.
In any case, my occasional pool partner used to own a pool hall in
Florida. In about 1981 he had played Earl there and said that anytime Earl
was left a shot the table would get cleared.
About twenty minutes later a couple of guys walked in and sat at the bar.
I couldn't see them well because of the glare at the door but a short
while later I heard a familiar voice and took a closer look. It was Earl.
I told the guy I was playing with and he went over and asked if he
remembered him. He didn't by sight but after mentioning the name of his
pool room Earl did remember quite well. He had been stranded in town with
almost no money and left about two months later with $20 - 30,000. My
friend later confirmed that is exactly what happened. However Earl then
related how this came about which my friend wasn't aware of.
Earl had gone on the road, looking for action, with his girlfriend. There
was a long spell when he just couldn't find any sizeable action and their
bankroll had dwindled. They were driving through town, arguing, and Earl
finally said I've had enough, pull over the car, I'll take twenty dollars
and you can have the car and the rest of the money.
That's what happened. He took his little overnight suitcase with two
changes of clothing in it and twenty dollars. He went to a phone booth,
looked up the pool halls, found my friend's pool hall, asked some
directions and started walking there to save money.
Before he got there he came across a bar that he saw had a pool table in
it so he went in to take a look. He started getting some games for $1 -
$2 and ended up playing a guy named Roy who was fairly good. Eventually Roy
told him he was the best pool player he had ever seen. Earl said that he
could beat anyone in that town and probably anyone in the state. They
agreed that Roy would stake him and take him around to the rooms. Earl
ended up staying at his house for a couple of months.
The first place they went was my friend's room and eventually a local pool
playing attorney challenged him to 9-ball, $500 a game, Earl to spot him
the 7, 8, and the break. Earl turned him down. My friend took him aside
and told him he thought he could win.
Earl went back and agreed to the game. The guy then says, "I have $5,000
on me now. If I lose more than that I'll have to settle tomorrow at 3 PM."
Earl looked at my friend, my friend said he was good for it and the game
began. Earl beat him for $20,000 and he showed up at 3 PM sharp the next
day as agreed with the $15,000 debit balance. Earl eventually won
another $10,000 or more from other players in town before he hit the
road again. Within a couple of years Earl started winning every
tournament in sight.
I thought Earl jumping out of the car with $20 and a little suitcase was
funny and thought others might like to hear it.