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Billiard Sportsmanship in Tournaments

Billiard Sportsmanship in Tournaments

I was watching a nine ball tournament on video from a while back, actually it was the "Derby City Classic" or some similar tournament. I can't remember exactly, nor can I remember the player's name.

The two players were in a race to 7, and this particular dude leads 6 to 5. He sinks the 8 ball, while leaving the cue ball exactly lined up with the 9 ball and the pocket. This guy just casually walks away, screwing off his cue, and shaking hands with the officials. He was acting so ****y.

I obviously don't doubt for one second his ability to sink that 9 ball, but is it a good sportsmanship showing for this dude to have just walked out of the tournament at the last ball? What about respect? What about the fan's right to see a full match because they paid? What about the sponsors rights? What about the rights of the opponent, the referee, and to the game?

That dude should have definitely stayed to sink the last ball, even if he could do it with his eyes closed


Billiard Sportsmanship in Tournaments

Replies & Comments

  1. unitedjana on 7/10/2007 6:24:07 PM

    There is no question that the last ball should always be shot in a tournament setting.

    Am I missing something here, because doesn't the fact that the guy just walked away without shooting his final shot constitute a forfeit?

    Also, what about those fluke chances that he would have missed? If I were the opponent, I'd have been telling him to play. I can't remember how many times I've missed a shot that I should of made. Also, there is that feeling of completion you get when you sink the last ball. It just makes no sense to me not to play the last shot.

  2. unitedGinger on 7/10/2007 6:26:17 PM

    Yeah, I agree. In any snooker tournament, or any other billiard tournament for that matter, unless the opponent concedes, It should be an automatic loss of game for the player walking away. After all, we've all seen the pros miss easy shots before.

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Billiard Sportsmanship in Tournaments

  • Title: Billiard Sportsmanship in Tournaments
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  • Published: 6/28/2007 8:23:01 PM