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Amazing Snooker Player January 26, 2008

Posted by Mitchell in Home.
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I found this gem buried in the comments over at Fazed:

It’s about 5 minutes long, but worth watching the whole thing.  If you don’t know anything about snooker, what he did in that clip was not only run the entire table (pocket every ball), but he did so in a manner to earn every single point available in a game – 147.  The skill level shown in that clip is incredible.  And lest you think that it’s some sort of fluke – there are other YouTube clips of him doing it again in 2003 and 2007.  According to the 2007 clip, he’s done this a record-tying eight times in competition. 

 There’s a casino here in Las Vegas downtown called The Main Street Station that was built back in the early 90’s by a guy named Bob Snow.  Bob made his fortune in antiques (IIRC) and he thought he’d try his hand at casinos.  There was a big push to try and revitalize the downtown area at the time, and Main Street was a big part of it.  It was (and still is) one of the nicer downtown casinos.  It was also one of the most expensive ones to build down there.  Bob was a “details” kinda guy and he way overspent his budget getting the thing built trying to get those details just exactly right.  He also went considerably past his construction schedule because of those details.  When it was just exactly right he then filled it with a lot of his personal, prized antiques and opened doors for business.  I was there at the grand opening and had a great time – much champagne flowed and was consumed.  Alas for Bob, the casino didn’t pull in the money fast enough to cover his note and he eventually filed for bankruptcy.  The casino was sold along with a lot of Bob’s prized antiques and Bob went away a poorer and sadder man.  What does this have to do with snooker?   Glad you asked!  Right off of a bar upstairs from the gaming floor was one of those prized antiques – a snooker table!  And not just any snooker table – this table had been in Buckingham Palace itself.  Bob managed to acquire it for about 2 million dollars sometime previously and there it was decorating up one of his bars.  It was gorgeous.  And you know what?  You could actually play on it!  No shit!  They had the balls and cues for it behind the bar.  It was expensive though $10 – $12 per game if I remember right.  Dad and I would go down there from time to time for a beer and a game of snooker.  Great fun.  I never won a game though -Dad pwns me at snooker.  The table was one of the things that got sold off to cover Bob’s debts so it’s not there anymore, but it was fun while it was here and I’ll always remember it.

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1. Jason Elder - January 26, 2008

I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

– Jason.

2. Enas Yorl - January 26, 2008

Thanks! Bankruptcy lawyer eh? I guess you meet a lot of sad, poor people in your line of work. I sorta went bankrupt a long time ago. I moved and lived “off the grid” for a number of years until everyone had written me off. I did a secured credit card for a year and after that everything was fine.

3. kevlarchick - January 27, 2008

Cool post Enas.

4. pajama momma - January 27, 2008

I’ve been snookered before but it didn’t look anything like that.


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