Playing Off the Rail

Playing Off the Rail[Reading] ➽ Playing Off the Rail By David McCumber – Heartforum.co.uk At the age of , David McCumber was stricken with road fever that irresistible call to the itinerant life of a professional gambler Twenty two years later, he got the chance to follow that dream not as At the age of , David McCumber was stricken with road fever that irresistible call to the itinerant life of a professional gambler Twenty two years later, he got the chance to follow that dream not as a player but as the stakehorse financial Playing Off MOBI :Ä backer for Tony Annigoni, a non smoking, macrobiotic eating Renaissance Pool Hustler, student of Eastern religion, and master of the pure green felt poetry of the dead stroke With , in David s pocket they took off together on an astonishing four month odyssey across America traveling from seedy, hole in the wall billiard parlors to high class snooker rooms to high tension pro tourneys, from Seattle to Miami and back again exploring a shady twilight subculture and uniquely American mythos, in search of serious money, local gloryand the perfect hustle.

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Playing Off the Rail
  • David McCumber
  • English
  • 06 September 2019
  • 0380729237

10 thoughts on “Playing Off the Rail

  1. Peter Ryan says:

    I first bought and read this book twenty years ago, and I come back to it every four or five years Reading this story reminds me of the adventure and willingness to risk we have lost in much of our lives Sometimes it s necessary to get out of your comfort zone and reading this story will tell you why.

  2. Mal Adams says:

    I d read some positive reviews of this book onbefore I ordered it and being a pool fan, I d found a real dearth of good books written on the subject so I gave it a whirl.I can t say I was too impressed with the writer s style and I feel the book never really made me smell the smoke of the pool halls of America Having said that it did teach me some things about the way of things around the table over there, so my money wasn t completely wasted.I fear that those without a backgorund in I d read some positive reviews of this book onbefore I ordered it and being a pool fan, I d found a real dearth of good books written on the subject so I gave it a whirl.I can t say I was too impressed with the writer s style and I feel the book never really made me smell the smoke of the pool halls of America Having said that it did teach me some things about the way of things around the table over there, so my money wasn t completely wasted.I fear that those without a backgorund in the game would be completely bored by it though

  3. Nick says:

    If you love pool you will love this book Playing off the rail is a travelogue of sorts that details the authors journey as he backs a professional pool player while traveling to different high stakes games around the country You can learn a ton about the game here, and a lot about human nature and gambling as well.

  4. Joel says:

    A writer goes on the road to put up the money for a pool player for a couple months As one would expect based on that, this is chock full of interesting characters, high and low stakes, and tales from the road as an outsider becomes an insider While occasionally the break down of insults and shot by shot jabs gets tedious as does the listing of famous champions , that is not the bent of the story Rather, this look at modern 1992 pool hustlers on the road Entertaining throughout and ha A writer goes on the road to put up the money for a pool player for a couple months As one would expect based on that, this is chock full of interesting characters, high and low stakes, and tales from the road as an outsider becomes an insider While occasionally the break down of insults and shot by shot jabs gets tedious as does the listing of famous champions , that is not the bent of the story Rather, this look at modern 1992 pool hustlers on the road Entertaining throughout and has me looking forward to picking up a cue again for the first time in years Although definitely not for money

  5. Nicole Parker says:

    It was a fun book for anyone interested in stories of old pool players They are not super admirable as human beings, but their stories are fun and interesting.

  6. Cary Fitzgerald says:

    A fun ride through the not so glamorous world of the pool hustler Bucktooth alone was worth the price of this book what a memorable character.

  7. Ed says:

    794.72 Biography In late 1992, McCumber became the stakehorse for his friend Tony Annigoni, owner of a San Francisco poolroom and a player of championship caliber In that role, McCumber put up the money whenever Annigoni played and they split the winnings The world of the pool hustler is sui generis, McCumber shows, and it s primarily a gambler s world because, for most, money, not pool, is the name of the game But like players in any other sport, these men and, recently, women must h 794.72 Biography In late 1992, McCumber became the stakehorse for his friend Tony Annigoni, owner of a San Francisco poolroom and a player of championship caliber In that role, McCumber put up the money whenever Annigoni played and they split the winnings The world of the pool hustler is sui generis, McCumber shows, and it s primarily a gambler s world because, for most, money, not pool, is the name of the game But like players in any other sport, these men and, recently, women must have the ability to bounce back from crushing defeat and start another contest with the right mental set McCumber terms it reinventing the self , so the book offers some psychological insights as well

  8. Dan says:

    A journalist stakehorse writes his story of funding and going along on a national hustling tour with a world class pool player This is all about surviving the pressure cooker of high stakes gambling.

  9. Toni Johnson says:

    So far, so good

  10. Jim says:

    I loved this book It is a great read for any pool enthusiasts

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