We Need To Wake Up!

By Roger Long

Roger Long

Has anyone other than me noticed how many pool rooms have closed in the past few years?  What is the primary cause for this? Should we blame mismanagement, the anti-smoking laws, or the poor economy?  Would you believe it if I told you that none of these are the primary cause for pool room failures?

Before I go on, let me say that the opinions I’m about to express in this article are based on observations I’ve made in my immediate area, and may not be applicable to the entire nation. But, if you do live in my area, and don’t like what I have to say, please don’t blame the owners of this publication.  This one is on me!

Now back to business.  While I know that mismanagement, anti-smoking laws, and a recession can all contribute to poor business in a pool room; none of them can be considered the “primary” cause for a total failure.  As a matter of fact, I don‘t think all of them together are the real problem.  No, the primary cause of most pool room closures today is the pool player. That’s right; you and I are to blame!

Take for example the pool room where I currently operate my pro shop.  The place is great!  It has 42 excellently maintained pool tables that are comfortably spaced in a beautiful facility of eighteen-thousand square feet. This place has more pool players pass through its doors in a week’s time than most pool bars see in a month.  And yet, the owner doesn’t turn a profit off of these players.  Why?

Said owner of said pool room recently confided to me that his dart players – who make up only 20% of his total clientele – are responsible for a whopping 60% of his total revenue.  That doesn’t look very good on us pool players when only 11% of his total floor space (2,000 sq. ft.) is allocated to the dart area.

I’ve heard many of my fellow pool players lament that dart players are a “bunch of drunks,” using that as reasoning for dart players’ expenditures.  I think that reasoning is flawed.  I’ve observed at length both the dart players and the pool players, and the discrepancy exists because there are too many pool players who spend practically no money at all.  In other words, we as a group are CHEAP!  The dart players spend more money on drinks, yes, but they also spend more money on food, their games, and everything else the room has to offer.  And they do it all without complaining about the price!

We need to change our mentality if we want to have any decent pool rooms left in which to play.  We need to quit demanding added money tournaments, cheap tables, team drinks, league shirts, and all the other stuff we’ve been taking for granted.

In short, we need to quit expecting our pool rooms to support us, and start supporting our pool rooms, before it’s too late!

Susan Williams Wins

4th Stop of 2010

Susan Williams wins at Bullshooters in Phoenix

Susan Williams

The AWBT was back at their official home, Bullshooters, for the 4th stop of 2010. With $300 added to the Main event and $100 added to the Second Chance tournament, we had a good turnout. Thank you Bullshooters, Mike, Julie, Brooke and Jamie and the whole staff for your support.

The final eight players matched up as follows…Winners bracket: Susan Mello vs. Sara Miller, Susan Williams vs. Ashea Erdahl. Susan Mello and Susan Williams prevailed in their matches and would meet up in the hot-seat match. In the one-loss bracket…Barbara Lee vs. Samm Diep and Sunny Griffin vs. Jeri Engh. Samm and Sunny won their matches, so congratulations to Jeri and Barbara for finishing 7th/8th. Next round in the one-loss bracket saw Ashea vs. Samm and Sara vs. Sunny. Sara and Samm were the victors, so congratulations to Ashea and Sunny for finishing 5th/6th.

Susan Williams won the hot-seat match 7-3. So Susan Mello plays the winner of the first semi-final match between Samm and Sara. Samm won the match 7-5. Congratulations to Sara finishing in 4th place. Our second semi-final was between Samm and Susan Mello. Susan Mello won that match 7-3. Congratulations to Samm Diep finishing in 3rd place.

Final 8

The finals were a single race to 9. It started with Susan Mello wins the lag. Very quickly the match is even at 5-5. Mello wins the next two games making the score 7-5. Mello scratches on the break and Williams wins this one. Score is 7-6 Mello. Williams breaks and makes two balls and wins this one and the next. Score is now 8-7. Susan Williams gets to the hill first. Mello wins the next. We have a hill-hill match for the championship. Mello is breaking and makes a ball. She is hooked on the 1-ball and pushes out. Williams makes the 1-ball and then runs the rest of the balls and wins the match. Congratulations to Susan Williams for first place and Susan Mello for second place. Great match ladies!

Five women came back on Sunday to play in the $100 added, free 2nd chance tournament. The ladies played a round robin format and a race to 7. First Place & $70 went to Pearl Napa. Second Place & $50 went to Edwidge Cavanna and Third Place and $30 went to Pat Schultz. Congratulations ladies!

Our J. Pechauer custom cue, valued at $550, was raffled off and generated $241 for the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour. The winner of that beautiful cue was Ray Arreola. Thank you to all the folks that bought a raffle ticket. We appreciate your support.

Thank you to CueSports International for donating 8 new “Magic Racks”. The ladies used them at this event and they were well received. We will be using them the rest of this season.

This event’s drawing using our spinning wheel gave free t-shirts to Susan Mello, Ashea Erdahl, Diana Clayton, Alicia “Pocahontas” Streenz, Samm Diep and Kathleen Lawless.

Billie Grace Carman was our “Lucky Loser” this time around and she will receive free entry into our next event in September at Bullshooters.

Our next stop is Bullshooters on September 25th & 26th. Hope to see you all there!
Place $$ Earned Name
1st $250 Susan Williams
2nd $150 Susan Mello
3rd $100 Samm Diep
4th $60 Sara Miller
5-6th $40 Sunny Griffin, Ashea Erdahl
7-8th $30 Jeri Engh, Barbara Lee