Do’s & Dont’s Inside Billiards Hall

March 23, 2009 by  

We played pool last night. And, during the time I was on “sit-out”, I came up with some do’s and dont’s in pool/billiards hall that could result for optimum play and more importantly, keep you out of trouble inside pool hal.

I got 9-balls for the do’s. And, 15-balls for the dont’s.

Let’s break it down!

The Do’s…

  1. Do use the bridge (tiririt).
  2. Do take your time. But still, play at a pace acceptable to your mates. I’m sure he/she too would want reasonable time on their turns. Talk it out.
  3. Do take the game seriously if the table fee and food is on the line. Where we play, this could range P500 to P1000 if I am having a bad night. (ok, I admit, I’ve been having bad nights these days.)
  4. Do plan ahead. For amateurs (ahem), it would be great if you could plan the shots with maybe 2 to 3 next balls in mind, at the least.
  5. Do practice. If your mates are still not around, you can grab a table and set-up 8-ball rack and practice some shots. Alternate between solids and stripes balls and simulate at 2-man game play. But for your own sanity, just don’t talk to yourself loudly when you’re alone and simulating an 8-ball game.
  6. Do trash talk if you’re playing with someone you know, a close friend, and your husband or wife. Just don’t trash talk while they are pocketing/shooting. It is ok to trash talk to your Husband or Wife. Trash talking is good. We are talking about pool here.
  7. Do watch your beer intake inside the hall. Pool hall is not the place where you get to be wasted.
  8. Do act like a gentleman. Pool/billards rules have a lot of gray areas. Stay calm and don’t be acrybaby when pointing out, explaining, clarifying some rules. Shake hands after the pool session.
  9. Do make a tip to the spotter/waitress.

The Dont’s

  1. Don’t friggin enter the pool hall in chaleco, and on full battle gear. That’s just cheesy.
  2. Don’t covet thy next table’s player’s chick.
  3. Don’t pick thy neighbor’s chalk (tisa). (And somewhat related, don’t take home the house chalk)
  4. Don’t stand around near the table or worse, circle around the table when it’s not your turn.
  5. Do not look at the sexy spotter’s butt and/or cleavage.
  6. Subsequently, do not look at ladies players’ butt/cleavage while playing. But for super sexy chick players, OK, go ahead look a little. Get a glimpse so you’ll be inspired to shoot!
  7. Don’t smoke where it is prohibited.
  8. Don’t turn the pool table as your ash tray or beer top. Also, don’t turn the table as your scoreboard. Some people write down scores straight to cloth and rails. Please don’t.
  9. Don’t make unnecessary noise when your opponent is aiming and shooting.
  10. Don’t bring your camera inside the hall, this is just a distraction if you are out FTW.
  11. Don’t effin request for photo ops and autographs every time you see Django Bustamante and Boy Samson Luat in the house.
  12. Don’t flirt with the waitress if your age is 60 years old and above. BUT, if you are fairly young, go ahead feel free to flirt. I hereby declare, it is OK!
  13. Don’t friggin turn yourself into a commentator while watching others’ play. Especially if you don’t know them.
  14. And for Crissakes, if its non-tournament game, don’t  clap after a great shot.
  15. FINALLY… Do not effin shout “SET! SET!” when requesting for table set. One word is fine. That is, SET! (This is one great mystery to me. Why, when calling for table reset, players tend to say… “SET! SET!”)

As you can see, I got few do’s. That’s representative of my technical know-how of pool. But hey. at least you got a lot of dont’s that will help you not be ejected from billiards hall. And that is good enough.

On my next pool installment, I’ll teach you the mechanics of Masse shots!!! Serious.


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