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A solution for sharks and sharking

A solution for sharks and sharking

Howdy folks,

Everyone always complains about sharking and the problems it causes in their games.

If you have a problem with a shark, let me know and I can provide one or more solutions.

Also, join the forum at gamesmanship99.forumcircle.com and tell your stories about the tricks that people used on you.

I've pubilshed a book called, "The Psychology of Losing - Tricks, Traps and Sharks". It details 80+ ways that people can shark you, and what you can do to stop them from distracting you.

You can finally stop those idiots who think they can win with the coin jingling, moving around in front of you - and dozens of other ways to mess with your head.

Check it out at: www.gamesmanship99.com

A solution for sharks and sharking

Replies & Comments

  1. allanpsandMitch Alsup on 7/4/2010 10:06:25 AM

    I don't actually remember a single event that I complained about sharking, nor do I shark.

    What I do when someone is sharking is to sit in my chair, and then when the sharker attempt to take the table, I inform him that it remains my shot. When he ask why I am not shooting, I reply that I have the right to shoot in silence. I have never lost this argument, although I have had to wait up to 5 minutes for the sharker to stop, eventually, he will.

    When you are in a venue where there is lots of noise, you just have to pretend that there is absolute scilence, and ignore all of the banter and music and get on with the game. This takes practice.

    So, what else is there in your book?

  2. allanpsandallanpsand on 7/4/2010 10:38:56 AM

    Everyone uses a minimum of three sharks, usually unconsciously. These are not the silly coin jingling and dancing in line-of-sight variety that people think about when they hear the word "sharking" (Although those are also documented).

    Here's a more detailed description about the book with links to several of the individual sharks.


  3. allanpsanddogassokie on 12/3/2010 5:35:58 AM

    so you wrote a book for crybabies. maybe you should write about focus and not excuses. you play, you lose, you pay. thats all you need to know.

  4. allanpsandallanpsand on 12/3/2010 12:36:02 PM

    You are such an innocent. Before you make judgments, why don't you go to Amazon, and click the "Look Inside" link.

    Link to the Psychology of Losing book on Amazon

    If you can't see how useful it is to understand and counter sharking attempts, any old geezer can run rings around you.

  5. allanpsandFenwick on 12/3/2010 6:16:03 PM

    I think your book might help a lot of players. I'm sure I've been sharked unknowingly a few times. One advantage I have is I'm almost deaf so I can't be rattled by noise. When they catch on to the fact I can't hear they try to get in my eye. Wave the white bar towel while wiping their cue. One player would move his chair from one end of the table to the other depending where I was shooting trying to get in my eye to end my run. I asked him if he had a problem seeing me shoot? He said no so I said nicely pick a spot and it's yours for the remainder of the night or the game is over. Another player likes to swish his cue side to side in my line of sight rocking back and forth on his feet. I just stood up and point to a chair and asked him to take a seat and stop trying to shark me. He pulls this on everyone. Do you mention asking a player if he inhales or exhales on his forward stroke? I sure there are a lot more moves I don't know. I'll check it out.

  6. allanpsandsophie hart on 12/7/2010 12:03:30 AM

    I believe these are very unethical moves which can really distract you, there should be some rules on these sharks and tricks.

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A solution for sharks and sharking

  • Title: A solution for sharks and sharking
  • Author: (Allan Sand)
  • Published: 7/4/2010 9:35:34 AM