Another thing that irritates me is when someone who can’t pay up on Friday, approaches me on Monday wanting to play me so that he can play down his debt. I see many players that do this all of the time. The proper way to handle that situation is to not play the guy until the original debt is paid in full.
All cash is due upon the sinking of the money ball. Follow that rule and you’ll avoid that problem. Many people don’t want to sound like an asshole and figure that the guy will pay them at the end of the session, only to find out that he went bankrupt two sets ago. Players like this can be driven to extinction if the above rules are followed.
Casting Out the Line
|We’ve found our spot, and we’ve identified our target area and our hopeful prey. It is now time to secure the hook to the end of the line, and attach the bait to the hook. What do we use as bait? This depends upon your personality. Some of us are better BS artists than others. My personal skill was camouflaging my abilities with a deficiency.|| |
The best way to do this without giving yourself away is to miss position as opposed to missing too many shots. Hitting a shot too soft or too hard usually accomplishes this. Do not be over-dramatic about missing a shot or missing position. Subtlety is a must. A simple shrug of the shoulders will suffice. This brings us to Blackjack’s third rule of fishin’: Never scare away the fish!
You want the fish to believe that you are a helpless piece of bait that they can prey upon. This takes discipline. Showing off for the railbirds can mean the difference of making a lot of money or not making any money at all. The only one who needs to know how good you are is YOU. How good I am is none of their business.
So you’re at the table shooting away, hoping somebody takes the bait. All of a sudden a little fish comes along and offers to play a set of nine ball for $20. Small purse, and it’s up to you as to whether or not you keep him or throw him back in the water. If the offer is not to your liking, tell him so. Allow the sucker to make the decision to raise the pot. This serves a dual purpose. First, it gives him the illusion that he’s in control of the situation. Second, you’ll be able to tell whether he’s a "Good Pool Player" or a "Gambler".
Remember, he hasn’t taken the bait just yet, he’s just poking around at it. You can play with this part of the set up. Let him be as aggressive as he wants to be. Yourjob is to reel him in once he’s caught on the hook. This brings us to Blackjack’s fourth rule of fishin’: Never force feed the bait.