A Passion for Pool

Terry, Assistant Manager/Office Coordinator - Portland, OR

Like a lot of people, I played the casual game of pool (or billiards) while out with friends, but never really took it too seriously. That all changed about eight years ago when my wife was roped into playing in a league by her coworkers. Like any good husband, this meant that I too was roped into playing with them. I thought I was good at the time; however, I quickly learned that I wasn’t.

 

For the past five years, I have captained a team of eight players. We’re technically two teams, since some of us play 8-ball, some 9-ball and a couple of us play on both teams. Each week of play, we have five matches against another team in the league. Since we play individuals rather than pairs, by keeping the team size small, I can ensure that everyone on the team gets to play at least one match each week.

 

While I am a 100% self-taught player, I have enjoyed playing the sport enough that I have made the investment to improve my game. I recently purchased a Diamond Billiard table, a top of the line table to practice on. I also have a variety of ques, including a special “break” que that is only used to break the racked balls at the beginning of the game. Furthermore, due to my dedication to the game, I am able to coach my teammates and help guide them into being better players.

 

I have also had the opportunity to compete in a number of tournaments. Some tournaments you can “buy” your way into playing; others you have to earn your spot into by qualifying in lower ranking tournaments. In December 2019, I will be competing in a tournament that if I win, will qualify me compete in the US Open. I think I have a pretty good chance of winning; I know I can at least beat half of the other players!

 

While I hope that playing pool will lead to my becoming a professional player, what I have enjoyed the most about it is the quality time it has allowed me to spend with my family. My wife and I still play on the same team and my kids love playing as well. My two-and-a-half-year-old son loves to throw the balls into the pockets, while my five-year-old daughter is now tall enough to see over the rail. I have been teaching her how to hold the que and shoot.

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