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SpiderMan
06-12-2007, 09:26 AM
I'd been hearing about the new room "Diamonds" that opened earlier this year in Dallas, but never found time to go by until last night. When I left, all I could think was "this may be my new home".

It's strictly a player's room, for the serious shooter. Nine tables, all Diamond Pros brought down from Derby city. With the full-length Diamond lights. Lots of space between them - no problems with clearance, or bumping into another shooter. Thickly padded carpet feels good to stand on. The AC works great.

No smoking allowed, no loud music, no ball bangers. There's no jukebox, and no house cues. They don't sell liquor, but you can BYOB to mix with their sodas. But if you turn out to be a troublesome drunk, you'll be asked to find another place to play. The equipment is immaculate, and they intend to keep it that way. There's one large raised area for spectator seating, from which you can view all the tables. Subtly but nicely decorated, as comfortable as any home gameroom.

And, the unbelievable thing is, you still get to play here for only $6 an hour per table!

I spent about 30 minutes talking with the manager last night. One question that occurred to me was how they could possibly pay the bills with a maximum revenue stream of $63 per hour. His answer - they probably won't, and don't really care. "Diamonds" is owned by a group of player/investors (some fairly wealthy) who just wanted to have an ideal place to practice, play, and gamble, and they were tired of dealing with the atmosphere, patrons, and management of the local bar/poolrooms. The plan is to operate Diamonds as a private club of serious players, and known troublemakers will be denied membership.

You are NOT required to show ID to play. How many times have you been chapped by having to leave your driver's license at the bar, just to play pool?

I think I may have found my new home. I just hope the owners continue to think it's worth running a non-profit players room /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

SpiderMan

TennesseeJoe
06-12-2007, 09:45 AM
Great post. I hope this starts a trend.

Deeman3
06-12-2007, 11:00 AM
Great,

Now I leave Texas and they come up with a nice place to play!!! I have now been without a cigarette for longer than I like to imagine and guess I have finally beat that nasty habit. It stopped my rapid weight loss for a few weeks but that is back on track as well. I got into my first 38 pants in many years! I started at a 46 that were tight 11 months ago.

I really liked the Diamonds at Derby City I suppose I have already played on one of two of them in January. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Spiderman, enjoy them while I bang my heart out on these 7 foot toys in Alabama.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Tom_In_Cincy
06-12-2007, 12:21 PM
What a great find. Enjoy it while you can.

wolfdancer
06-12-2007, 01:02 PM
I'm back playing golf again...and thinking they should have shorter courses, bigger cups, and slower greens...just like pool on bar tables....

Jal
06-12-2007, 04:13 PM
A taste of paradise! (except for the smoking part) Um, do they have senior rates and free escort service to and from? Any rumors that they're going to move the operation to northwest Indiana?

Jim

SpiderMan
06-13-2007, 09:07 AM
Well, I got a little bit of disappointment when I returned to play last night. The tables were perfect, as expected, but they had some sort of silly basketball game, that everyone seemed interested in, showing on the television.

Chopstick and I moved to a table where we couldn't see the game, or hear the announcer very well, but the other five or ten patrons couldn't seem to ignore it. Several of them would let out a holler every five or ten minutes.

After the game, it was a great place to play, as expected. Don't understand what the big deal could be about a basketball game, when there's pool to be played.

SpiderMan

Deeman3
06-13-2007, 02:30 PM
I know what you mean. I think there is some type of minority basketball tournament or something going on on TV. Thanksfully, no one in these parts watch basketball on TV unless it involves one of two schools who don't play that well anyway. I'd rather watch a re-run of Jennette playing Vivian for the ninth time than that!

SpiderMan
06-13-2007, 02:52 PM
Incardona must like basketball, he was the one insisting it be on the TV. Since he's one of the owners, we got basketball last night. Of course, he wasn't try to shoot pool until they finished dribbling or whatever they do at those things.

BTW, you'd probably like this new place. They have a $50-entry one-pocket tournament and calcutta every Sunday.

Hopefully there's no basketball on Sunday.

SpiderMan

Dagwood
06-13-2007, 03:34 PM
NBA Finals are going on right now between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers; odds are pretty good that's what they were watching. If they were doing a bunch of cheering, it means that the Spurs were probably winning.

Dags

Deeman3
06-13-2007, 03:41 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Dagwood:</font><hr> NBA Finals are going on right now between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers; odds are pretty good that's what they were watching. If they were doing a bunch of cheering, it means that the Spurs were probably winning.

Dags <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> I stopped watching that crap when either Larry Bird retired or Michael Jordan's father was killed, I can't remember which.... </font color>

SpiderMan
06-14-2007, 03:52 PM
Playing conditions were perfect last night, no basketball, and my favorite radio station was on the sound system (but not too loud). Lotsa cars in the parking lot, but they turned out to mostly be sweaters in the bleachers to watch the money games. No trouble finding an open table. And, with no smoking, my contacts didn't start itching after 3 or 4 hours, as they sometimes do.

Chopstick and I played mostly one-pocket last night and the night before. Sort of fell into it since this joint seems geared to one-pocket (everyone was playing it, and so far one-pocket is their only weekly tournament). Anyway, it was the first one-pocket I'd played since he and I got together in Memphis about 5 years ago. It was sort of fun, does that mean I'm getting old?

SpiderMan

Tom_In_Cincy
06-14-2007, 04:50 PM
I know a lot of youngsters.. (25 and younger) that can play one pocket even with the old guys.

I would rather watch/sweat a one pocket match than any other game except 14.1

I learned One Pocket in Memphis at High Pockets in the late 70s early 80s (I first played at James' place when he had it on Brooks road)

Deeman3
06-15-2007, 07:13 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Tom_In_Cincy:</font><hr> I know a lot of youngsters.. (25 and younger) that can play one pocket even with the old guys.

I would rather watch/sweat a one pocket match than any other game except 14.1 <font color="blue"> Same feelings here... </font color>

I learned One Pocket in Memphis at High Pockets in the late 70s early 80s (I first played at James' place when he had it on Brooks road) <hr /></blockquote> <font color="blue"> I actually learned at Funland, where James was before Brooks road but we had to have run into each to each at Brooks Road on occasion. By then, I was in University so I was not at Brooks Road like I was at Funland, every friggin' /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
night.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif By the time James did High Pockets, a lot of the one pocket action had died. You'd see James and a few others play around at it but most of the serious action had turned to nine ball.</font color>

eg8r
06-15-2007, 08:44 AM
This is great news. I will be back in Fort Worth for a week in late July, I hope to check out the room. I will be there to watch. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r

SpiderMan
06-15-2007, 01:14 PM
It seems the main action in Dallas has moved from nine- and ten-ball to one-pocket. No one seems to take the best all-around game (8-ball) seriously. Everyone who walks up to me these days seems to want to play one-pocket, unless it's in a bar. Guess I'll have to read up on it, and learn to bank a little better /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

SpiderMan

Deeman3
06-15-2007, 01:58 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SpiderMan:</font><hr> It seems the main action in Dallas has moved from nine- and ten-ball to one-pocket. No one seems to take the best all-around game (8-ball) seriously. Everyone who walks up to me these days seems to want to play one-pocket, unless it's in a bar. Guess I'll have to read up on it, and learn to bank a little <font color="blue">wee bit </font color> better /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

SpiderMan <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> I'm hitchhiking out there tomorrow! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif </font color>

Chopstick
06-16-2007, 06:18 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Deeman3:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote SpiderMan:</font><hr> It seems the main action in Dallas has moved from nine- and ten-ball to one-pocket. No one seems to take the best all-around game (8-ball) seriously. Everyone who walks up to me these days seems to want to play one-pocket, unless it's in a bar. Guess I'll have to read up on it, and learn to bank a little <font color="blue">wee bit </font color> better /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

SpiderMan <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> I'm hitchhiking out there tomorrow! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif </font color> <hr /></blockquote> <font color="blue"> I finally got him interested in one pocket. So he makes a ball on the break on me four times in a row. His first game against me, he ran five from the break. On his fifth break he finally missed making a ball. He jarred it in the pocket. Those were some sweet tables. I am going to get one after I move.</font color> /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif