Bingo! (At the Academy) ~ Bert Kinister

My chat with Max Eberle was refreshing, to say the least.

By the end of it, I wanted to stand up and yell, “BINGO!” but being that I didn’t have a dauber or a cute little card with numbers on it, I exercised enough self-control to resist the temptation. Max has an impressive resume when it comes to billiards, but his success reaches far beyond that of just being a great pool player. He is an artist, producer, author, professional pool player and instructor.

This is a guy who has journeyed down many professional paths and faced a variety of experiences that tapped into his innovative side.

Max told me something that gives me the impression that he might have inherited some of his visionary ways from his dad. Though he credits his grandfather for his early exposure to pool, his dad is the one, that at age 16, convinced the local YMCA that having a pool table didn’t portray the image they really wanted and they should therefore sell it to him—so they did, for just $100!

I would venture to say that was one really smooth hustler move!

Max has utilized his own creativity to provide some modern tools for the everyday pool player. The first to get my attention was the Pool Player Book, which reminds me of a cross between MySpace and FaceBook, but with more of a directory-kind-of-feel to it.

Members create their profiles, find or invite friends and add content or apps. The platform contains categories for photos, videos, events, blogs, forums, chat and much more. I love the idea of being able to connect to players all over the world, especially if you are like me and travel for tournaments.