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ChessRef
08-11-2006, 05:30 PM
Hi. New to board and to pool. i have been practicing and playing local low level tourneys for about 2 months. I am a certified hack but working at it. My question is there is a higher end open 9 ball tourney this weekend -$20- and I am interested in playing in it for the heck of it. Am I breaking any kind of pool etiquitte by playing in a tourney that I probably will be lucky to win a game or two ? Or am I overthinking this and just go and donate my $20 and have fun.....Thanks for any feedback...

cueball1950
08-11-2006, 08:03 PM
go have fun. thats what pool is all about at this stage. besides. it will be a good guage to see how far you have come. so go play and enjoy yourself and don't take it serious..................mike

pooltchr
08-12-2006, 05:26 AM
Absolutely! Go and play in it. You may be surprised to find there are lots of different skill level players in the tournament. You also may surprise yourself. If nothing else, it the opportunity to play against some better players. Observe what's going on, what they are doing. If you get knocked out, stick around and watch the matches anyway. You can learn a lot if you watch closely. And it is fun!
Steve

Rich R.
08-12-2006, 05:36 AM
You don't mention your location. You also don't mention if you are male or female.
There are a number of regional pool tours around the country and all you have to do is join the tour and pay the entry fee and you can play. It may cost you a little more than $20, but you will be able to test yourself against some quality players and see where you stand.
Check some of the following sites for costs and schedules.

http://www.newt9ball.com/

http://www.planet-pool.com/

http://www.greatlakes9balltour.com/

http://www.hunterclassics.com/thetour.html

http://www.cameroncues.com/josstour/index.htm

http://www.ladiespiritour.com/

http://www.azbilliards.com/seal/

http://www.nwpatour.com/

http://www.thebilliardstour.com/

http://www.vikingcue.com/9balltour.htm

http://www.blazetour.com/

Fran Crimi
08-12-2006, 06:50 AM
Yes, jump in to get your feet wet but don't make a habit of it until you're at least ready to be competitive with decent playing skills. True, you need competitive experience to be competitive but you also need playing skills. After awhile, without the playing skills, the only thing you'll learn from the competitions is how to lose.

Fran

ChessRef
08-12-2006, 07:03 AM
Thanks for the feedback.

Rich R. I live in Northern Cal.Sacramento area.... I am male. Found it interesting all the tours back east.

Tom_In_Cincy
08-12-2006, 09:43 AM
Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento CA has a Wednesday nite "B and Below" tournament just for lower skilled players.

The purpose of this tournament is to provide a tournament learning experience for the beginners to 'get their feet wet'.

It is a 9 ball tournament, single elimination (play until you lose a match) $5 entry fee. Hard Times adds $75 to the tournament fee.

If there are 32 players, $100 for 1st, $55 for 2nd, 3/4th $20 and 5/8 $10.

The field is limited to 32 players and signups start at 7pm sharp and close at 730pm sharp or when the field is FULL.

Last Wednesday we had 32 players signup at 7:06. So come early, signup, free practice from 7pm until you lose your match.

Win two matches and you are in the money.

All kinds of skill levels (novice to beginner, to C and B levels) All good natured players.

Ask for Tom the Hard Times Tournament Director.

Snapshot9
08-12-2006, 11:02 AM
Absolutely, if you never challenge yourself, how will you ever know how good it could be? While you are at it, study the better players you are playing against, you could pick up a tidbit of knowledge that will help you out in the future. Just go have fun, play your best, and be a student of the sport.