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  Starting in 2004, I endeavored to learn to play pool as something other than a game of chance.   It has been a very slow process and it was coming along slowly till 2009, when my father required a lot of extra care and pool fell by the wayside.  Prior to that, I tried to  get out 4 to 5 times a week to practice.  Most of the time at Chris's II in Des Plaines or Quinten Corner Pockets in Palatine.  My favorite was still Chris's on Milwaukee in Chicago.   I could practice both Pool and Three Cushion billiard.  
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Special Thanks to Deno

 
  Early on, one person in particular gave me a lot of guidance and help in getting started.  Deno Andrews is an accomplished three cushion billiards player who also has a great and informative site www.3cushion.com. He sold me my first custom cue (made by William Lee)  and got me hooked up with a great instructor, Larry Schwartz, a local pro and columnist for Billiards Digest. 

Deno also got me in touch with cuemakers Paul Drexler, Ed Young, Joe Gold (Cognoscenti Cues), Bobby Hunter (also a great instructor) and Joel Hercek.   He has taught be a lot about cue design and always been ready wtih tips on playing the game when I had questions.  He is was the tournament director for the now defunct International Pool Tour (IPT).

 A great guy with lots and lots of energy and impeccable taste.

 

 

 
 

 

  As with all my other activities, I love the tools and towards that end here are a few cues in the collection so far.  I have a few more interesting ones I will post later but this will have to do for now.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Drexler

Cognoscenti

Pete Lomax

Ed Young

Samsara

Brunswick Butterfly

 (ToeBoy Conversion)

Adrian Viguera

William Lee (Willee)

Bobby Hunter

 

 

Mariposa Cues McDermott
 

 

(Background Photo Courtesy of Ken Lee copyright 2005)