View Full Version : Question concerning the pool room in The Hustler..

09-09-2002, 11:29 PM
Just out of curiousity, did Ames pool room ever actually exist? Or was it simply a creation of Walter Tevis, and whoever put together the set for Hustler?

09-10-2002, 12:45 AM
Yes in NYC, I'm sure someone can tell you a lot more if their old enough.

09-10-2002, 03:08 AM
I stopped in there once around 1965. Real friendly place. Someone offerred to play me nine ball right away. He said I could have extra money balls like the 3 and the 6. We played a game just for fun and I got those extra balls in but I decided not to play any more. As a private in the Army I was making $78 a month and couldn't afford to gamble much.

09-10-2002, 05:52 AM
Hi Ken, I was in the Army in 1965 and remember that $78 a month paycheck. Have you joined the American Legion? Jake

09-11-2002, 09:45 AM
Yes, it was just off Times Square. Jersey Red used to work there, and both he and Shorty Johnson played there regularly. Ames was one of three mid-town poolrooms, all of which generated action; the other two were 711, at 47th and 7th, and McGirr's, at 52nd and 8th (I think). GF