The game of pool, which is formally known as pocket billiards mainly in North America, or even as pool billiards mostly in Australia and Europe, is one of the most stylish and sophisticated indoor games in the world. It belongs to the family of cue sports and games. And, some of the best pool players not only earns fame but also a huge chunk of money. Played on a pool table with six receptacles or pockets along the rails, this game has some popular versions, such as eight-ball and nine-ball. Six-pocket, on the other hand, is an obsolete version.
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Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe. There are many improbable stories about the pool hustler Freddy "the Beard" Bentivegna. Like the time he married a Playboy bunny. Or the time a crew of pool-loving FBI agents recruited him to infiltrate Chicago's "head houses" to find Bernadine Dohrn. Or the time he took up meditation and his sister found him levitating in the bathtub. But maybe the best place to start is where Freddy himself usually starts, with the story about the time he hustled Archie Karas out of a million dollars. He's told it so many times he's got all the timing and details down cold.
His most famous hustles came on the golf course though. An ambidextrous scratch golfer, Titanic could have been a professional, instead choosing the bigger bucks of gambling over pro tournaments. His favourite trick was to challenge someone to a golf bet, play right-handed and only just win. Then he would offer double or nothing and offer to play left-handed, his unsuspecting opponent ignorant to the fact Titanic was even better as a leftie! He also once wagered that he could drive a golf ball yards yards was a players average at that time and subsequently achieved the feet by bouncing it off the ice on a frozen lake.
Hustling is the deceptive act of disguising one's skill in a sport or game with the intent of luring someone of probably lesser skill into gambling or gambling for higher than current stakes with the hustler, as a form of both a confidence trick and match fixing. It is most commonly associated with, and originated in pocket billiards pool , but also can be performed with regard to other sports and gambling activities. Hustlers may also engage in " sharking "—distracting, disheartening, enraging, or even threatening their opponents—to throw them off.