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8 Ball History and Boardwalk Empire on HBO


8 Ball History and Boardwalk Empire on HBO

On a recent episode of this series, they showed the gambler in the 1920's Arnold Rothstein shooting pool. This may have a flub of sorts. Rothstein proposes a wager of $500.00 a game with Luciano of 8-Ball. The game of 8 ball was not popularized until well after the thirties and rules were not published until 1940. The game before that time was known as BBC Company pool and used unnumbered balls with 7 yellow balls, 7 red balls and a black ball. Being a pool player I noticed this at the time I viewed the episode. Does anyone know if the game known as 8 Ball was actually a gambling game in the early 1920's in New York City? I know that the most popular gambling game, according to one source, was Kelly Pool a/k/a Pea Pool, but I am unsure about the time line. I have seen references to BBC Co. pool since the Brunswick company at the time manufactured a seperate set of balls for their game which eventually became 8 ball.

8 Ball History and Boardwalk Empire on HBO

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8 Ball History and Boardwalk Empire on HBO

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  • Published: 11/29/2010 10:25:07 AM