World Famous Pool Hustlers

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The game of pool, or in some places known as pocket billiard, has been around for a very long time. It’s one of the most popular, and most stylish indoor sports, and since it’s been discovered, there have been many great players that made their contribution to the game, and that are nowadays considered legends. That’s why, in this article, we will talk about some of the most famous pool hustlers and how they’ve changed the game of pool.

Vernon “Burnie” Elliot

The first entry on our list is arguably one of the greatest pool players that have ever played this game. But, the strange thing is that Vernon Elliot always wanted to stay under the radar, so he never really cared about tournaments that much. All that he ever wanted was to play against the best competition possible, demolish them, and take their money along the way. And to say that he managed to accomplish that would be a huge understatement. Not only that he was able to beat history’s greatest players, but he also hustled almost anyone he encountered, from the beginning of his career, until the end.

Buddy “The Rifleman” Hall

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10 Greatest Pool Hustlers of All Time

Today, tournaments worldwide provide a profitable income for any professional pool player but during earlier decades in the USA, the hustling lifestyle was a much more profitable income for gifted pool players. These pool players, or pool sharks, of a particular caliber in their game would lure players of lesser ability into gambling, by performing a series of pool tricks. All the while, the more experienced of the two would keep their skills and tricks under wraps from any of the other players, in order to make the stakes higher.

Popular tactics for pool sharks included deliberately playing with low quality cues, acting drunk or unintelligent, missing ‘easy’ shots and generally giving the impression of being at novice level, to make their opponent think they have a winning chance. While it is clearly a recognized sport today, it’s not hard to see how pool is, and has, often been argued as being a bar room game. As with other forms of gambling, deception and misdirection are the key factors of being a successful hustler, as well as being a hell of a good actor. Here are ten of the greatest pool hustlers in history.

10. Cowboy Jimmy Moore

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