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BANGKOK POOL BLUES

This 156 page book is a lively, inside look into the Bangkok pool scene. Tom Crowley has lived in SE Asia over 40 years and takes you right into the nightlife and action of Thailand’s most fascinating city. Sammy "The Shot" Barracas says "It's the real picture. This is essential reading if you want to have a good tour of the Bangkok pool world and taste the life there." Photos by Yoonki Kim capture the gritty world of the pool halls and the people who float in and out of them. Chapters are: The Scene, The Owners, Gamblers and Gambling and The Thai Players.

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CONFESSIONS OF A POOL HUSTLER

The outrageous tales of well-known road-man Robert LeBlanc are in this 350 page hardcover book. It covers a lifetime of thrilling experiences, from 30 years on the road to Technical Advisor and cameo actor in the 2003 movie, “Poolhall Junkies” Take the journey as he bounces along the back roads of a life from Poolhalls to Bar-rooms, from Broads to Booze to Bar fights. A teenage prodigy player from Memphis, LeBlanc shares stories of machine guns, “drop-dead gorgeous women,” stacks of money and diamonds, pistol-whippings, and more. Great photos throughout.

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CORNBREAD RED: POOL'S GREATEST MONEY PLAYER

This book takes the reader into the life of pool's legendary money player. He was a champion, a hustler, a gambler, and sometimes a con man. He started as the son of a sharecropper and became a famous and feared money player. This book is action-packed, entertaining, and easy to read, with an inside look into the Johnson City tournaments and the world-famous Rack, where millions of dollars changed hands. Top players from around the country came to try, but few left with the cash. Cornbread Red ended up with a lot of it, only to blow much of it in future match ups. Like Red said, "I don't live by the month, by the week, or even by the day -- I live by the game."

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EARL STRICKLAND ROAD STORIES - VOLUME ONE

After watching this DVD, you will probably come away with a changed opinion of Earl Strickland. He’s more than just the public persona that gets all the media ink. He’s an articulate and colorful story teller and has had some very unique and interesting gambling experiences. This DVD is an intimate look into the life of pool’s most controversial personality and the forging of one of the greatest pool players of all times. You will be thoroughly entertained.

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EARL STRICKLAND ROAD STORIES - VOLUME TWO

Earl has led a storied life full of experiences you just are not going to accumulate unless you have done things like win a few U.S. Open Nine Ball Championships. His first DVD was devoted to Earl telling road stories, many either hilarious or harrowing, and enjoying every moment as he relived them. In this second DVD, he continues on a similar note. He literally takes you on a journey of humorous pool stories, inside scoops, trick shots and behind the scenes action. You will also experience Earl’s “other side” in a rare slide show that will take you back in time.

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MORE POOL WARS

In this book, Jay Helfert continues the collection of popular anecdotes that he started in Pool Wars. In addition to these entertaining stories, he includes a goodly collection of insights and strategies he’s picked up in over 50 years of watching, playing and otherwise being involved in top-level pool matches. Besides being entertained by this memoir of high-stakes pool, you will also definitely learn something to help you “advance your learning curve.” Included at the rear of the book is Jay’s My Little Black Book of Pool Secrets.

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PLAYING OFF THE RAIL

This book by David McCumber is a modern pool road adventure. It received a lot of media coverage when it first came out from NBC Dateline, USA Today, and others. Subtitled "A Pool Hustler's Journey," the author and Tony Annigoni, a top west coast player, take $30,000 on a six month trip in search of high-stakes pool. This soft cover book is a great look into the behind-the-scenes world of stake pool and road players. This author is courageous and tells it like he saw it.

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POOL WARS

By former pro player and promoter Jay Helfert, this book is a series of pool stories and anecdotes covering 40 years of gambling with and against the best players in the world. A rich history of some of the most talked about moments in the game, Jay’s first-hand accounts cover everything from the sweetness of victory to big money games gone bad. "Jay's recollection of pool stories exceeds any that I've ever heard. His exactness in recalling events as they actually happened is amazing. There are few as qualified to write about pool action as Jay. He has always been right on the money with everything he has accomplished and this book isn't any different." World 9-Ball Champion Billy Incardona.

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RED'S HOUSTON '84 TOURNAMENT POSTER

This tournament drew most of the legends of pool together at one place and time. This poster By John Coito is a caricature of all the champions and hustlers who came and competed: Howard Vickery, Jimmy Reid, Minnesota Fats, Larry Hubbard, Mike Sigel, Steve Mizerak, Cole Dickson, Dan Louie, Ray Martin, Ronnie Allen, Buddy Hall, Grady Mathews, Jim Rempe, Al Romero, Jay Swanson, Howard Aikida, Jimmy Moore, Allen Hopkins, Sammy Jones, Nick Varner, Dave Piona, David Howard, UJ Puckett, John Miller, Mike Massey, Jersey Red, Youngblood, Bubba, and promoter Red Wallins. This poster is 36 inches wide and 24 inches high and comes with an additional 8.5 x 11 copy that has the names of all the players so you'll know who is who.

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ROAD PLAYER

This book by Jerry Forsyth is a lifetime of stories from the vibrant memory of Danny Diliberto, one of Pool's most popular commentators. Beginning with the Hustler's Tournaments in Johnston City, Diliberto was one of the fabled road players. He excelled at baseball, bowling, boxing, and pool. Boxing was his first love, but his own hands could not stand the power of his blows. Pool gave him his greatest fame and any devotee of the game will be fascinated with his story. From Vegas to Hollywood to the smallest towns on the most distant highways, this is the life of the roadman. A gambler’s tale in his own words.

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ROAD SCHOLARS - CLASS OF 2008 PHOTO

Diana Hoppe has released a commemorative photo taken at the video shoot of "The Road Scholars: Stories and Secrets from the Greatest Road Hustlers." The photo contains all eleven road hustlers along with reproduced signatures from each. The players are Billy Incardona, Freddy "The Beard" Bentivegna, Wade Crane, Grady Mathews, Ed Kelly, Ronnie Allen, Vernon Elliott, Truman Hogue, Danny Diliberto, Jimmy Reid, and Jimmy Fusco. This image is a 13 X 19 color glossy and all signatures are reproduced.

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RUNNING THE TABLE

This soft cover book by L. Jon Wertheim is the outrageous tale of Kid Delicious, a 300-pound, bipolar Jewish kid from New Jersey, who lights up the seamy side of pool as much with his glittering play as he does with his magnetic personality. He teams up with Bristol Bob, a nutrition and physical fitness nut and the entertaining and mismatched pair go underground into the world of hustling, experiencing the highs and lows of life on the road. Action gets hotter, calls get closer, and Delicious’ prowess with a stick becomes more and more known. Ultimately, he sheds his cover to become professional pool’s biggest media sensation since Minnesota Fats. His story was featured in Sports Illustrated and the movie rights were optioned by Lionsgate. OUT OF PRINT

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THE BANK SHOT & OTHER GREAT ROBBERIES

This book by Minnesota Fats and Tom Fox is an autobiographical classic about the most famous pool hustler of all times. It is a candid, anecdote-filled account of the fabulous Fat Man's life, told in his own uninhibited patios. Illustrated with photos and line drawings this book is a vivid portrait of a true pool legend as well as a high-spirited read, and a useful handbook for those who want to know his techniques and expert analysis of the various approaches to the game.

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THE DANNY DILIBERTO DVD

Also titled “The Wonder Wop,” this DVD, produced by Diana Hoppe, finds Danny Diliberto at his very best - relaxed, casual and telling his favorite war stories. Danny is well-known both as a champion and a road player and has been a prominent pro pool commentator for many years. He has been at the heart of pool for over 60 years and was there when most of the “great” events in pool took place. Not to mention, he’s a wonderful story teller! This DVD is entertaining and informative.

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THE EDDIE TAYLOR INTERVIEW DVD

In this one-on-one live interview, spend two hours and five minutes with BCA 1993 Hall of Famer and the greatest bank pool player in the history of the game, Eddie Taylor. It includes Eddie's Hall of Fame induction and testimonials to his prowess from the greats of the sport, including Jim Rempe, Grady Mathews, Steve Mizerack and Minnesota Fats. Sit with Eddie in his living room while he tells pool hustling stories from the golden era of the game. Hang out in Bill Schick's pool room as he banks balls and shows you why they called his powerful, perfect stroke "the stroke of the bear."

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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POOL HUSTLERS - Hardcover

This book from Freddy "the Beard" Bentivegna is: "A rowdy assortment of anecdotes, insights, encounter and esoteric knowledge of the legendary pool hustlers of the second half of the twentieth century." Organized in an "A" to "Z" format this is the definitive work on pool hustlers and great for pool players who want to know more about the famous hustlers they have heard of but never met. This history of pool players and hustling lore is packed with photos and personal mementoes and related in a first-hand account. The late Freddy Bentivegna went head to head with most of the hustlers in this book, been busted, won big, and lived the life. In addition, he was a colorful and talented story teller! Hardcover.

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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POOL HUSTLERS - Softcover

This book from Freddy "the Beard" Bentivegna is: "A rowdy assortment of anecdotes, insights, encounter and esoteric knowledge of the legendary pool hustlers of the second half of the twentieth century." Organized in an "A" to "Z" format this is the definitive work on pool hustlers and great for pool players who want to know more about the famous hustlers they have heard of but never met. This history of pool players and hustling lore is packed with photos and personal mementoes and related in a first-hand account. The late Freddy Bentivegna went head to head with most of the hustlers in this book, been busted, won big, and lived the life. In addition, he was a colorful and talented story teller! Softcover.

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THE GOSPOOL

This is the long-awaited sequel to the popular Banking with the Beard book. It has about 100 pages of banks and 140 pages of photos and pool stories by one of the great hustler-storytellers of our time. If you like Freddie's first book...you're gonna love this one! Read about all the great pool players of the last forty years. Lots of back room Stories! Lot's of new banking tips and techniques.

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THE HUSTLER AND THE CHAMP

It was Valentine's Day, 1978, and Howard Cosell was hosting the long-awaited show-down between the best-ever tournament player, Willie Mosconi, and the game's most famous hustler, Minnesota Fats. This was The Great Pool Shoot-Out, one of the most highly rated televised sporting events of the year. In this book, R.A. Dyer writes about this acrid, but mutually beneficial rivalry between Fats and Mosconi, and how the televised shoot-outs came to embody that rivalry, which was a bitter rift within the soul of American pocket billiards. They were born the same year, but were vastly different characters. One stood for artistry, the other for show business. One brought dignity to pool, the other made it fun. Hardcover only.

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THE MILLION DOLLAR SHOT DVD

With one million dollars on the line, Earl Strickland ran 11 racks of Nine Ball at the inaugural event of the PCA Pro Pocket Billiards Tour. While it was a miraculous feat, it also dealt a fatal blow to the tour and what might have been the rise of televised pool. CJ Wiley had spent years preparing the tour to showcase the sport, but when the “miracle” occurred in the first event, the insurance company refused to pay off. Hear how Earl trained for this feat, the legal battles that followed, and eye witness accounts from CJ, Max Eberle, Jay Helfert and others. It is the tale the greatest achievement in the history of pool.

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD

"Road players tend to lead interesting lives, but I can't think of one that even remotely compares with the life of Alf Taylor," wrote Tom Shaw, Pool & Billiards Magazine. Alf spins the tales of his life-long pool hustling travels and takes you deep inside the world of hustlers, grifters, scammers and con artists. A protégé of the extraordinary U.J. Puckett and companion of Eddie Taylor, Alf was involved in predicaments that were humorous, dangerous and filled with memorable characters, including Minnesota Fats and Buddy “The Rifleman” Hall. Written with vividness, humor and insights into human nature, Alf reveals the highs and lows of a life lived on ‘the other side of the road.’

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THE ROAD SCHOLARS 2: THE FINAL CHAPTER

This video production is a collection of war stories told by the legends of the 60’s and 70’s. Put together and filmed in a casual interview style by Diana Hoppe, it features never before seen footage taken from The Road Scholars interviews, The One Pocket Hall of Fame dinners, The Derby City Classic Tournaments and The US Open Tournaments. These candid moments feature Bill Incardona, and the late pool legends Freddy “The Beard” Bentivegna, Grady Mathews, and Wade Crane. Some strong language, sexual references, etc.

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THE ROAD SCHOLARS DVD

Diana Hoppe put together this hour-long production of the legends telling their favorite war stories. The disk features some of the only known video of the late Vern Elliott, Ed Kelly's induction into the OnePocket.org Hall of Fame, and footage of both Larry Liscotti and Boston Shorty. The road stories are told by the players themselves: Billy Incardona, Danny Diliberto, Wade Crane, Truman Hogue, Ronnie Allen, Grady Mathews, Ed Kelly, Vern Elliott, Freddy the Beard, Jimmy Reid and Jimmy Fusco. Not done in a typical “interview” style, it is filmed in a casual setting, revealing the true personalities of these greats. Enjoy fascinating stories that you won’t hear anywhere else.

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TITANIC THOMPSON

This rollicking biography by Kevin Cook brings to life the gambler who inspired Guys and Dolls. Born in a log cabin in the Ozarks, Alvin "Titanic” Thompson (1892-1974) traveled with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash. He won and lost millions playing cards, dice, golf, pool, and dangerous games of his own invention. He killed five men and married five women, each one a teenager on her wedding day. He ruled New York’s underground craps games in the 1920s and was Damon Runyon's model for slick-talking Sky Masterson. A great golfer, he teed up with Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino, and Ray Floyd. He traded card tricks with Houdini, conned Al Capone, lost a million to Minnesota Fats and then won it all back. He was America’s original road gambler. Hardcover. CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK

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WANDERON

Fred Walther befriended Minnesota Fats (Rudolf Wanderon) and visited him often in Nashville where their friendship developed from 1985 until Fats’ death in 1996. This 244-page book is a well-researched biography of Fats and a history of the Wanderon family. It begins in Hungary with the Hungarian hussars, a group of mercenaries, and ends with the third generation American icon, hustler and entertainer, Minnesota Fats. The lives of the Wanderons have touched history’s most memorable events, including the past hundred years of revolutions and wars around the world, to audiences and friendships with world leaders, movie stars, tycoons, mobsters and celebrities.

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WANNA' WIN?

This book and 2-hour DVD combo, from three-time Wyoming State Champion Tom Bourdeon, is an eclectic mixture of Pocket Billiards Instruction and Stories. There are some hustling and gambling recollections, a few stories about teaching and coaching pool, a lot of pool playing tips & techniques and some very productive drills. There are also instructions for playing Wanna Win? Hook ‘em!, a game created by Tom to practice pro-style pool safety and position play. Tom played a significant role in the development of US Open pool star Shane Van Boening (that’s him in the middle of the book cover photo.) This 75-page book and two-hour long DVD can help you, too.

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