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    Is pool addictive?

    My wife and I were at the pool room last night to pick up some work. On the way home we got to talking about some of the guys that hang there. I wonder how much the addictive nature of pool effects some of these guys lives. One is a cop that has a wife and a new baby. I know he works a lot of hours, but it seems he is never home. From the years of owning and running pool rooms, (more then half my life). I can tell you he is not unique. One place I owned was a 24 hour place with quite a bit of action. I think that place ruined plenty of lives. They would not go home. One I know of for sure lost his business due to be addicted to hanging out at the poolroom. I don't know how many marriages may have been affected. The point I think I am getting at is, pool is fun to play and very interesting but is there a point that someone has to back off a bit because of it's addictive, time consuming nature. I don't mean quit all together, just get things in a proper perspective. We were still talking about it this morning. You feel sometimes like you want to go to some of those guy and shake some sense into them. I can't think of too many other casual activities, such as fishing or playing golf, that can actually destroy someone's life as being addicted to pool can. You read it here between the lines in some of the posts, how obsessed some seem to be by the game. My wife and I just found it interesting. I don't know if it is good or bad, everyone need something they enjoy doing just for the sake of doing it. I just wonder if in the case of pool, people have to watch that it doesn't take over their life. I guess an argument could be made that anything can be bad if taken to an extreme. Somewhere out there, there may be an obsessed bird watcher, but that doesn't make it OK. I just think someone's marriage and family is far more important then hanging out playing pool. A good reality check may be in order, if anything I have written sounds familiar. Please don't get me wrong, this is not preaching, just honest observations.

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    Re: Is pool addictive?

    Depending on the competetive drive or the determination of a mans goal to be the best at whatever Hobby or past time is the factor.
    Believe it or not Fishing does fall into that category. Ask the wife of any tournament fisherman. Racing, Golf.
    Regardless if any problems arise it is the mans fault for not making it absolutely positively clear that his hobbies are part of the package of his life before marriage (am I brain washed).
    The comment that absolutely kills me is "your not the same person I married" I am like, No $hit 80% of the things I did are no more. due to "compromise". Men can't win, period. Sacrificed to make your spouse happy then your miserable and then they want to know why. Continue to do what makes you happy and your an unloving husband/father, because you don't spend enough time with the family.
    Ken are you reading this? pay attn make sure it is perfectly clear.

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    Re: Is pool addictive?

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    I can't think of too many other casual activities, such as fishing or playing golf, that can actually destroy someone's life as being addicted to pool can.

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    You're probably right, but I have on more than one occasion seen a fisherman dressed in his good business work clothes standing by the bank of a small pond with his car nearby with the trunk open, holding a fishing rod with a line in the water. What's up with that? Looks addictive to me, although probably not life destroying...

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    Re: Is pool addictive?

    I think a big part of any addiction is the betting aspect. Some people seem to get addicted to gambling especially in the casinos where it is available 24/7. Pool is one of the few betting acivities that involve skills and also is available all the time. People can lose all their money at the dog and horse tracks but there is plenty of time in between racing for them to go out and find more money. I've been told that there are people with sufficient mental skills to make a living at the tracks. Some play and bet on golf, tennis and other activities but there is generally a limit to how long and when you can participate in those activities. Golf is usually restricted to the daylight hours and you can get pretty tired playing tennis.

    On the other hand, pool is available all the time and the level of effort is such that it can be played for long periods.

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    Re: Is pool addictive?

    Robert Byrne joked in Byrne's New Standard Book of Pool and Billiards that "readers really serious about mastering the game should drop out of school, quit their jobs, and get a divorce" (104). Of course many people have reached a high level of proficiency while maintaining happy and healthy families.

    We've had threads about the harsh reality that pool attracts more than its fair share of low-lifes (I'm not saying that there aren't wonderful people playing the game, but we've all seen the other end of the gamut). If you offered some of these people a million US dollars a year to tend a lemon-aid stand, they'd find a way to screw it up and get themselves fired. While there are those who have become obsessed with the game for the game's sake, I think most of the people who screw up their lives because of pool would've found another way to do it had pool not come into their lives.

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    Re: Is pool addictive?

    Q-guy,
    Do you suppose the smart pool addicts realize their junkie situation and make the wise decision to get into the pool business so they can stay close to the source of their dependence plus provide for the family?? I'm not being a smarta** just wondering.

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    You could be right. I would expect the owner of a tackle shop to fish and the guy in the golf shop to play.
    The people I was referring to are not what I would really call players. They just get caught up in the subculture of the pool world to their own detriment.

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    Q-guy
    OK, I know where your coming from now. Like has been said they would provide for their addiction somewhere, somehow and blow the lemon stand job out of the water and it wouldn't be their fault.

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    Hey cue guy if your talking about the "railbird" types and not true, dedicated players, than yea I would have to agree they have a problem. I still feel however, if it's someone who has the drive to excell in pool than it's not fair for their spouse to condemn them.

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    Re: Is pool addictive?

    I think anything that you truly enjoy doing is addictive to some degree. I use to fish alot and was one of those guys on the side of the road. Couldn't pass up a good looking pond.
    Three years ago I started playing pool after being away for 25+ years. If I don't play 5-6 nights a week, I feel like I'm missing out on something. I don't stay late. 3-4 hours is OK as long as I can be back the next night. My wife doesn't understand. She should. When we met I was playing pool in 1964. She should have seen it coming.
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