Pool Hall Survival

Written by David Sapolis

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Pool Hall Survival (page 1)
Negativity, Leeches (page 2)
Creeps (page 3)


This is sort of a general term, but they’re everywhere. The most common type is the guy that doesn’t look you in the eye when he talks to you. The whole point to this section is to develop worthwhile relationships that will aid you in achieving your goals. The rest of the other relationships are not worth pursuing. Have more associates than friends. An associate will try to win the last $20 you have. A friend will give you his. Learn to know the difference.

The bare naked truth is that there are not many “friends” waiting for you at the pool hall. Pool halls are filled with people that are out to get something from you; they are not there to aid you in your development. Friends are very few and far between, and friendships contain that magical ingredient called “mutual respect”. Friends don’t try to clean out your wallet, and they definitely don’t try to set you up for somebody else. I’ve had both happen to me, and I know I’m not alone here.

Knowing who to hang around and who to stay away from is usually learned the hard way by scores of players. Many people get ripped off, backstabbed, and cheated several times before they learn how to take hold of their relationships in the pool hall. This is a vital piece of the puzzle when Building the Perfect game. If you cannot master and control your relationships in pool, your climb to the top will be very difficult. The key is finding the right people to surround yourself with. I surround myself with positive people.

Quite frankly, I do not have time for any of the negative people or occurrences that happen in the pool hall. If it’s not positive, uplifting, or beneficial to me, I don’t want to hear it. This goes for gambling arguments, gossip, war stories of how you got screwed in the tournament last Friday, along with anything else you want to dump on me about your personal life. Remember the term “Garbage in-Garbage out”. This is a very important term to remember when choosing and developing your relationships at the pool hall.

Examining this part of your game is vital to your growth as a player. It will assist you in staying focused on your goals and not on the amount of money you are winning and losing. Many players make the mistake of measuring their game by the amount of money they have won, or by wins and losses. By charting your progress with preset goals, you will know exactly where you are, and where you are headed.

By eliminating distractive, non essential relationships from your life, you are removing obstacles from your path. It may sound harsh and cold to say that, but nobody gets to the top by surrounding themselves with negative and destructive relationships that hold no value.

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About The Author: Blackjack David Sapolis played professional pool for 20 years in The United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

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