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Friday, May 06, 2005

The Case for Straight Pool

Straight pool (14.1 "continuous") is the purest form of the game. Nine Ball and Eight Ball are greed-based mutations of the game, designed to earn the most money for room operators and TV producers.

However, straight pool allows players to continue shooting balls without missing, for long runs and challenges that exceed what most players today have experienced.

Straight pool is a gentle game, without the violence of smashing breaks inherent in 8 and 9 ball. And it is usually accompanied by more civilized music, or none at all, rather than the abusive racket usually found in poolrooms and bars.

Straight pool is a game of intellect, patience, focus.

Where are all the straight pool players?

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