Archive for 'Pool Rooms'
Posted on 04. Jan, 2012 by Mike Fieldhammer.
Tip #4/31 for January. What size pool table should I buy for my home?
This one is a great tip suggested by June Maiers. Props to June! She’s a great player of all games and runs an excellent junior league program. She wrote to me, “How big does your room need to be if you are trying to fit a 7-foot, 8-foot or 9-foot table? I saw a few Craig’s List adds where the person said they bought the table, have it and now need to get rid of it because it didn’t fit.”
Well, I say having a pool table in your home is great but if you have to resort to a short cue too often, it can take some of the joy out of playing the game. Many homes have rooms large enough for a table but have one trouble area. You know, maybe there’s one wall that’s a little too close and if the cue ball is frozen on that rail you’ve got to shoot with a cue that’s a foot shorter than the standard 57″ one piece pool cue. Some rooms are a little better and only have a post that hampers that one shot out of 500. Lucky you! Jacking up or using a short cue rarely is a fine trade off. If your table is really too big for the spot, playing can be maddening. Try to get a table as large as you can handle that won’t make you crazy. Remember, it’s nice to have a little breathing room around for spectator chairs and for the non playing shooter to hang out without having to lean on the table.
I have a great relationship with one of my sponsors Peters Billiards in Minneapolis. They’re a great retailer that sells Brunswick and Olhausen pool tables. I’m attaching a pdf file that has their recommendations on what size room will accommodate what size pool tables. And if you’re ever in the area of 35W and Crosstown, please stop into the store. Tell ‘em the Billiard Coach sent ya.
Posted on 15. Jul, 2011 by Mike Fieldhammer.
6 Things You Should Know Before Coming Back to the Game of Pool
So you’re thinking of making a comeback, huh? Do yourself a favor and read up before you enter the shark’s den. Brushing up on this knowledge can make your return to the ring much easier, more enjoyable, and less stressful. For PoolBum’s introduction to this topic and for links to all the PoolSynergy writers, visit PoolBum’s blog here.
Review pool room etiquette. Don’t be the bad guy by unknowingly offending players. Review my past article about proper behavior here.
Read and know the current game rules. Things may have changed since you last picked up a cue. Last pocket 8-ball is a gambling gimmick. 1 and 15 in the side pockets is strictly for the old guys at the retirement home. Now there’s ball in hand anywhere and anytime. Racking rules (where certain balls must be placed in the triangle) are pervasive.
Check your equipment. Nowadays, 19 ounce and lighter are the standard. Especially for break cues. Faster cloth, livelier cushions and tighter pockets call for precision and touch. Those heavy hunks of lumber you used to push the balls around are antiques. It’d be like a reincarnated Bobby Jones trying to play a 7,500 yard US Open golf course with his Niblick, Mashie, and Spoon.
Gambling is more dangerous. Years ago if you played just a little bit, you’d have a good chance at winning several dollars in casual games for money at the pool room or bar. Today, if you gamble, you’d better be ready for a tough game! The level of play these days is miles ahead of the standard of 40 or 50 years ago. This is the most important thing I can tell you about gambling: Post Up! This means both players shall place take their wager and agree to put it on top of the light or have a houseman hold the dough. This is for everybody’s protection. The winner will get paid and hopefully sour feelings or words won’t get in the way of the debt being paid off. Much more could be written about matching up, but this will have to suffice for now.
Know if you’ll practice alone or want to play against someone else. The days of showing up and having many opponents to choose from are gone. Leagues might take up all the tables. Call a friend first. Call the pool room first and make sure you can get a pool table.
Don’t be forced into a game you don’t care for. Keep an open mind about playing various games, but remember that if you picked up pool for your love of One-Pocket, Banks, or Straight Pool by all means play those games. Younger guys will pester you to play 9-ball, 10-ball, or 8-ball. Give them a try if you like, but don’t be afraid to ask them to play your game. You may pick up some great ideas from their fresh approach to your classic game. Likewise, trying their game might teach you a few new shots.
Nearly four years ago, I wrote an article on this same topic. Check that old piece out for a couple of other ideas. The 2007 article is located here.
Welcome back and enjoy your time at the pool table. Consider them golden.
Posted on 28. Jun, 2011 by Mike Fieldhammer.
I just returned from another great event at Fargo Billiards & Gastropub.
Archived matches that Dave and I streamed are at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davesroom
I’ll provide more details very soon, but here are a few photos from the event. The following write up is from Mike Page.
Fargo Summer Shootout, June 24-26 2011 — Results
Eighty one players from eight US states and three Canadian provinces converged on Fargo North Dakota June 24-26 for the second annual Fargo Summer Shootout. The tournaments were held at Fargo Billiards & Gastropub, on its 35 Diamond 7’ tables with Simonis cloth and red circle cueballs. In the end it would be the player from Illinois, St. Louis area’s Justin Bergman, who would prevail in both the $500 added 9-ball event and the $2500 added 8-ball event.
The race-to-7 winner breaks 9-ball tournament began Friday evening at 6 pm. Bergman finished that event undefeated, getting through Bill Beaman (Bismarck, ND), Dean Flanders (Fargo, ND), Daryl Phillips (Aberdeen, SD), Dave Coon (Minneapolis, MN), Shane Jackson (Minneapolis, MN), Berry McClean (Winnipeg, MB), and Lee Heuwagen (Minneapolis, MN).
Play in the 8-ball race-to-5 main event started around noon on Saturday, but the day had already been hopping for a couple hours by that time. The Gastropub provided a complimentary breakfast spread for the players and their guests at 9:30 am. Two of the thirteen Gabriels 9-foot tables at Fargo Billiards were opened up for the weekend as challenge tables, and both had been going for a while before the 11 am full-field Calcutta that would grow to $9,300.
When a family emergency precluded OTBNtv from streaming the events as scheduled, Dave Coon & Mike Fieldhammer from Minneapolis stepped in to provide an excellent stream with dual commentators. Archived matched can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davesroom.
The tough 72-player 8-ball field was played down the first day to four on the no-loss side and eight on the one-loss side. Some of the top 8-ball players who failed to make the second day include Marc Oelslager (Fargo) , Mario Parayno (Minneapolis), and Ryan Solleveld (Winnipeg). In the two winner’s side matches Sunday at noon, Rory Hendrickson (Fargo) beat Felix Beardy (Winnipeg) by a score of 5-3, and Justin Bergman (St. Louis) beat Jamie Pluta (Minneapolis) by a score of 5-2. Bergman then beat Hendrickson by a score of 5-1 to win the driver’s seat position. On the B-side, Pluta beat Beardy 5-2 for the chance to face Hendrickson. Hendrickson won the match 5-2.
In the finals of the tournament, Fargo Billiards & General Manager & House Pro Rory Hendrickson would need to beat the young Justin Bergman twice. Hendrickson won the first match 5-2, setting the stage for an exciting final set of the tournament. Bergman, the runner-up finisher in the January Fargo Midwinter Shootout, evidently returned to Fargo to close the deal, as he won the final set by a score of 5-3.
Plans are underway for the next Fargo Midwinter Shootout, January 27-29, 2012.
2nd Annual Fargo Summer Shootout – June 24-26, 2011
1. Justin Bergman $1800 (+3270)
2. Rory Hendrickson $1100 (+2330)
3. Jamie Pluta $700 (+1680)
4. Felix Beardy $500 (+1120)
5-6. Michael Perron Jr. $300 (+470)
Lee Heuwagon $300 (+470)
7-8. Vince Chambers $200
Jesse Engel $200
9-12. Ryan Liebl $100
13-16. Demetrius Jelatis $70
17-24. Ryan Sollevold $40
1. Justin Bergman $600
2. Lee Heuwagon $400
3. Berry McClain $300
4. Ryan Sollevold $200
5-6. Shane Jackson $110
7-8. Rory Hendrickson $80
9-12. Dave Coon $60
13-16. Keith Malcolm $30
Posted on 15. Jun, 2011 by Mike Fieldhammer.
Steps to follow for a great tournament as told by our Pool Synergy writers.
In this month’s edition of the Pool Synergy blogging initiative, I’ve asked our panel of opinionated players to tell us what they think makes for a great tournament. It is my hope that pool room owners, tournament directors, counter men and women, players, and event promoters will see this collection of ideas and incorporate them into tournaments around the world.
1. Michael Reddick explains that it’s not really about the tournament, but WHO shows up that makes it a great event. Read about it here.
2. Gail Glazebrook, C.P.A.( Go figure!) appreciates well organized, classy tournaments that are always trying to improve. Gail is, of course, a player, but also has experience running tournaments. She’s well qualified to audit a tournament from both sides of the TD desk. Read about it here.
3. Jake Dyer takes a look back in time to one of the greatest tournaments of all time, the famous Johnston City tournaments of the 1960s. Read why these became so legendary that we’re still talking about them 40-something years later here. Read about it here.
4. Poolriah says he isn’t much of a tournament player but he’s got plenty to say about what makes for a great spectator experience at the event. Read about it here.
5. I like it when tournaments feature something unique, fun, or rewarding. Certain things make for a memorable tournament experience that sets one apart from another. Mike Page at Fargo Billiards & Gastropub has hit a couple of home runs. Read about it here.
6. Melinda comes at this question from a pure player’s point of view and she knows what she’s talking about. She points her finger directly at the Tournament Director (TD) and tells it like it is. Read about it here.
7. Detroit Larry, who lives in San Francisco, is a first time writer on the Pool Synergy team. He writes about weekly “Hi-Tech Tournaments” he’s running that have a web presence. Read about it here.
To sum up, here’s the condensed list of ingredients to make a great pool tournament.
- Make certain that you invite the who’s who in your region to make it to the event. Get the right mix of characters in the hizzouse and you’ll be sure to have an exciting atmosphere.
- Class it up and make it ultra organized.
- Try to create an event that will be talked about for years.
- Make it a joy to attend for non-playing spectators.
- Think outside the box to entice players to think fondly of the event and feel glad they made the trip.
- Have a Tournament Director that helps players compete at their best and makes them want to come back again.
- Leverage the web for recruiting and results.