poolSynergy, volume diciotto

this is volume eighteen of poolSynergy.  welcome back, and thanks for reading this post.

the topic for volume XVIII is “your favorite game”.

for the main page of volume XVIII, visit the link below.  it contains a list of all the posts on this month’s topic.

main page for poolSynergy volume XVIII

also, visit the link below for a complete list of poolSynergy’s monthly topics.


below is my post for this month.  enjoy.

this month, johnny 101 wants us contributors to talk about our favorite game in pool.  i’ll list a few here, since it’s really hard for me to choose ONE game as my fave.  yes, i like ice cream AND cake.

my favorite games i play often are 8-ball and 9-ball.  8-ball has always been a quasi free-form puzzle to me.  once you nominate stripe or solid, you can shoot any ball within your color group.  as the shooter, you have to construct a pattern out of randomly scattered objects, run them, then somehow get to the eight ball afterward.  if you like to use your creativity and imagination, 8-ball puts them to work abundantly.  with 9-ball, your stroke and shot-making abilities are tested.  although the shot sequence is predetermined, it is up to you to come up with the routes that will let you run out a rack.  in 9-ball, you’ll need plenty of power and finesse to play well.

now, fantasy football/basketball are a favorite pastime for millions of fans, so i’ll present you with a semi-fantasy game of mine that i’d love to try one of these days: russian billiards, or russian pyramid.  if you ever have any complaint about pockets being too tight on a pool table, i believe a game of russian billiards will instantly cure you of all present and future b~*ing.  did i mention you’ll need a humongous f~*ing amount of stroke?  don’t believe me, watch stalev.

once you become good at russian billiards, this is what will (probably) happen on a pool table.

have fun.  🙂

6 comments on “poolSynergy, volume diciotto

  1. Man, those guys were STROKIN! And the pockets…super tiny! On the first video, I really liked the mechanics of the first guy who was shooting. His arm alignment and stroke was absolutely perfect! Thanks for the russian billiard education…and the commentators were hilarious too!

  2. I finally played Russian Pyramid in Florida last November. It was great fun, but I still think Snooker or 3-Cushion Billiards is a more difficult game. All are still great training for 8-ball or 9-ball.

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