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Fred Agnir
05-20-2003, 06:52 AM
Well, for those that have never seen it, I guess going to the BCA Nationals is worth the price of admission just to catch one session of the Bobby Pickle show. For newbies or those who missed last year's version, read here:


http://www.playpool.com/article.php?sid=145

This year's story revolves around the game of last pocket 8-ball. Now, I can hear some of you saying it now, as some were saying it next to me there. "I love playing last pocket. It's a great strategic game." Blah blah. I realize it is, but the reality is that most players have never seen a last pocket match between A-players. It's just a different game altogether. And this match didn't disappoint.

Anyway, it's about 1:00 AM on Saturday, and I catch Bobby Pickle playing same Latino guy (Louis) race to 5, last pocket 8-ball, 5 beans. The set just gets tied up 2-2. Another Latino guy is looking for a sweat bet, so I took Pickle for cincuenta. Now, Pickle is a strong player, but this Louis looks like a great mover. His stand up style, and the way he moves both balls are reminiscent of how 3C players (who play pool) play. And last pocket ends up being a mover's game if it's not a runout. So, the sweat bet wasn't bad.

Louis didn't say much, and Bobby sure said enough for the both of them. True to form, Bobby was working to his fan club, all the while being extremely polite to his opponent, always calling him, "sir." That must have been pulling at Louis' colon. The two times Louis did speak, it was with great irritation. No matter how stone cold his face was, the Pickle show was getting to him.

The basic rules they were playing were that if one guy got a pocket, the other guy couldn't take that same pocket. If the opponent happened to get his last ball in that same pocket, then the other guy got to pick another pocket for him, so long as it was a corner pocket.

They trade games to 3-3. Bobby keeps going for the out. If he gets there, he wins, if he doesn't, Louis is too good a mover and runs the open table, or works it like one pocket moving the 8-ball away from Bobby's pocket. On the biggest game of the set, Pickle inexplicably goes for this out, knowing that a missed side pocket as the last is doom:

Wei Table (http://endeavor.med.nyu.edu/~wei/pool/9egg/)

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He made the last ball but got hooked ending at B. Doom. If any of you really have played last pocket, you know that even to the worst of players, you're a huge underdog if you don't get out on the side pocket.


Louis, however doesn't get out (the pressure is getting to him, on this crucial game), but leaves one ball on the table and plays beautiful safeties like this:

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The appreciative crowd claps approvingly. Bobby gapes with mock shock at the audience. He then puts his stick down and claps wildly and loudly. "Nice shot, sir." He is believable, even in his mocking tone. If there's one thing I learned about Pickle, he does seem genuinely appreciative of good shooting, even if it's at his expense.

But Bobby returned with kicks like this:

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... and waited for the due applause. Which came. Big toothy grin from the tall, strawberry blond, McCready-esque southern boy.

These two patterns repeated, until Bobby hung the 8-ball in the corner. Louis safes and leaves Bobby up table. Big smile from Bobby, cuz he stepped up and hit him with this:

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leaving the cueball hung in the jaws, jailed by the 8-ball. He worked for this shot over the period 3 or 4 shots. Absolutely masterful. Scott Frost was in the house. I think he was coaching Bobby.

Louis kicked but scratched. Bobby made the 8-ball in his pocket (A) with ball in hand, reaching the hill. I let out a "yeah, baby." The Latino contingent was not pleased.

Bobby wins the next game for the set, and I make a small bean count. The match was close, and they go again. After all, it was really down to that one game. Same guy wants to sweat again. So I take it again. Now some other guy comes out of the woodwork to bet. And he's looking to go higher than I care. I thought it was too close , so I backed off, but I steered him to other hungry buzzards.

Second set... No contest. Bobby turned it up, break and running the first and the last rack. He may have had three break and runs. It was a different look. The steamroll was on, and took what seemed like 10 minutes. It was just like you read about in the romantic tales of hustlers of yore. The guy on the stall, and turning up the heat in the next set. It was brilliant. So brilliant, he had me out-moved, and I was sweating his action.

I got no jelly roll from the steered action, and I didn't give one to Bobby, though I should have. Unfortunately, I didn't have any small bills. Maybe next year. Besides, the casino needed my money more than he did, and they took it pretty quickly at the Roulette tables. Doh!

Until next year,

Fred

Aboo
05-20-2003, 10:21 AM
Can you define some things for me?

1.) bean ($100??)
2.) jelly roll - (some sort of tip? like you'd give to a dealer after winning a nice pot? And what is considered, "ok" here?)
3.) cincuenta - (Spanish for something, just not sure what)

Fred Agnir
05-20-2003, 10:56 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Aboo:</font><hr> Can you define some things for me?

1.) bean ($100??)
2.) jelly roll - (some sort of tip? like you'd give to a dealer after winning a nice pot? And what is considered, "ok" here?)
3.) cincuenta - (Spanish for something, just not sure what) <hr /></blockquote>In this case, beans are generic. Use your imagination.

"Jelly Roll" generally is a kickback to your horse. It's a nice gesture of thanks.

Cincuenta is Spanish.

Fred

05-20-2003, 11:28 AM
LOL!

Aboo, Fred isn't really being a smart-a$$, although he plays one on TV. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif In case you weren't aware, gambling is a subject where most of those involved are purposefully vague or evasive when discussing exact amounts (particularly in writing), for several reasons (some obvious, some maybe not so). If you pay attention to gambling stories, you'll pick up the lingo and be able to get a fair idea of what's happening. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Great story, Fred!

Aboo
05-20-2003, 11:33 AM
/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif It wasn't a problem /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif I got the gist of it. I just figure it's much less embarrasing to sound like a newb here, than to ask some guy that is trying to get me to bet on a game what the hell he's talking about /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Telling me that word was spanish was enough, I got it. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I'm not good enough to put "large" sums on my pool game, yet. But when I'm ready to do it, I don't want to sound like an ass /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Predator314
05-20-2003, 11:48 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Aboo:</font><hr> I'm not good enough to put "large" sums on my pool game, yet. But when I'm ready to do it, I don't want to sound like an ass /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Sure you do. You opponent will take you for a chump and you can win more money that way.

Aboo
05-20-2003, 11:51 AM
Well, there is that. You guys better stop telling me all this stuff then, I don't think I can fake stupid.

Michelle
05-20-2003, 04:09 PM
A friend of mine met/spoke with Pickle for a while last week, and Pickle said he was getting married while he was in Vegas....can anyone confirm or deny this??

Eric.
05-20-2003, 04:40 PM
Bobby got married. To a girl with blond hair, don't know her name.


Eric &gt;Mrs. Pickle?

Rip
05-20-2003, 05:03 PM
That's right Michelle--he was married Thursday evening. I wonder if Mr. &amp; Mrs. Pickle will have gerkins soon? /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Drive carefully,
Rip

Rod
05-20-2003, 05:54 PM
LOL, will they be sweet or dill? /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

MikeM
05-20-2003, 07:53 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rip:</font><hr> That's right Michelle--he was married Thursday evening. I wonder if Mr. &amp; Mrs. Pickle will have gerkins soon? /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Drive carefully,
Rip
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LOL Thanks Rip I needed a laugh!

MM

Fred Agnir
05-21-2003, 06:18 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Michelle:</font><hr> A friend of mine met/spoke with Pickle for a while last week, and Pickle said he was getting married while he was in Vegas....can anyone confirm or deny this?? <hr /></blockquote>Everyone was invited, according to some of the "invitations" posted around, but no date was confirmed. The betting line had odds against.

Fred &lt;~~~ didn't bet, didn't attend

Eric.
05-21-2003, 07:57 AM
Rip, you're killin me! I guess it would all start with a Pickle tickle...

Eric &gt;thinking Rip opened the can of worms

Rip
05-21-2003, 08:28 AM
Would that be 'Kosher'?
Rip