Nonetheless, this book has one too! In the hit television show Boy Meets World, Sean Mathews played by Wil Friedel finds himself trying to pick up on a beautiful blond in a poolroom. I am a Grand Champion. Twenty for hours later, the room is dark. Wil is at the table accompanied only by the sixteen balls still on the table. The crowd, the blond, and his self-esteem are gone.
Admitting defeat, Wil hap hazardously shoots the cueball, makes every ball on the table and then scratches in the corner pocket. After the taping, Wil and I were having a bite to eat and exchanging bar bets. Remember however, looks can be deceiving. Then Wil said something that changed my life forever, or at least for the last ten years. The problem I immediately faced was how to differentiate between a trick shot and a billiard brainteaser.
To further weed out shots, I set the following criteria. All shots had to be: Shots anyone could do with a little practice. Puzzles, which seem impossible, unless of course you know the secret.
Shots that required little or no set up ahead of time. Each shot will be rated in difficulty on a scale from one to five. One being shots that are so easy even Tom Cruise could make it. Five being the most challenging, yet still within the grasp of those with moderate pool skills. Every shot in this book is attainable with a little practice.
My original intention was to write the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject. Then reality set in. Actually my wife and two baby girls set in. After ten years of research, I realized new shots were being developed every day. Just by modifying a classic shot or revisiting an age-old principle, you can develop an original trick shot. Once I was able to admit my omnipotent shortcomings, I settled on writing a book on fifty billiard brainteasers.
Some of the propositions are originals, while most are classics that have proven their worthiness by standing the test of time. In respect to the creators of these billiard brainteasers, thanks to the expertise of pool historians such as Robert Byrne, Mike Shamos, and Bill Marshall not to mention countless others, proper credit will be given to the best of my knowledge.
However, since many shots are based on age-old principles and there is limited historical material on the subject, I apologize in advance if I fail to credit the right person. When I am unsure of its origin, I will acknowledge the person who first showed me.
Whether you are a beginner or a professional player, this book offers you a number of benefits. You will become empowered with pool skills and secret knowledge once left to only a select group.
First, you will be able to win a friendly bet with your friends. Armed with the knowledge in this book, you may never have to pay for a drink again. Second, since you know all of these clever shots, people will assume you are a highly skilled player, even if you are not. The same way people assume magicians are great poker players.
You will be able to date any person you want. You will instantly be the hit of the party, even without your lampshade. Finally, you will protect yourself from some unscrupulous hustler.
Once you have read this book, you will realize, regardless of how improbable these proposition bets appear, none are difficult if you know the secret. You will not have to claim to be the Mexico City Champion. You will be able to leave with your ego in tact. Just show them a couple of your favorite billiard brainteasers and you too can hustle like a pro, even if you are not.
Here is a billiard brainteaser known as The Magic Squares and Triangles that will keep you thinking for a while. Place 16 balls in a tray such that each row of balls add up to 30 horizontally and vertically. The answers can be found in the back of the book.