The Sport I Love -- by Patrick Sampey

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 -- The game I love, sport rather is pocket billiards, although any game of billiards, pockets or no pockets -- really any billiards game I like to watch. I call it a sport, because if you've ever entered one of these big, open events that pros like Johnny Archer get into, like I have, then you know you need to be an iron-man or woman grinder to make it through that kind of endurance test of pool. It's easy to get fatigued under those conditions. And you need to be able to consistently run out to have any chance at all, because everyone there can run out a lot of times, or it seems like that.

And I’ve watched so many of the greats in the game, too many to even begin to list, but just watching how they address the table and shots, I’ve learned so much about how to be a better player -- knowing full well that I could probably never play to that level, just enjoying being a top-level amateur, though probably not as good as some of the very best amateurs, as I’ve heard that in the playoffs of the APA Vegas yearly tournament, some of those players that win it are 750 Fargo rating, which is pro level, but as long as they don’t make their living playing pool, then they are still “amateur”. I will cover more in the “Jason Jones” article, where we explore the difficulty level of major amatuer events hosted by the APA, and other topics related to him, his game, some pros he’s beaten -- cool billiards stories of legend and lore, but true in reality.

Check out some of the best shots of the 2021 World Pool Championship: