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admin Welcome to the Billiards Digest chat with Mike Sigel. Mike will be online at 8:00 EST. Send in your questions now.
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admin Welcome to the Billiards Digest chat with Mike Sigel. Mike will be online at 8:00 EST. Send in your questions now.
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admin At this time, we would like to welcome 'Captain Hook' Mike Sigel to the Billiards Digest online chat. Mike, the floor is yours.
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StrokerAce <Q>Are you going to be competing on the IPT tour? Any plans to play in any 14.1 tournaments?
msigel <A>OF COURSE! There is too much money here..this is the best thing to ever hapen to pool....you would have to be an idiot not to play on this tour.....and I expect to be the top money earner...I plan on dominating and winning over 1 million dolars the first year on the tour...I have never been soo excited about playing pool in my entire life! this is what i have been wanting to see happen my whole carrer..
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Jim_Eales <Q>Mike: Thanks for doing this. What have you been doing to get ready for the match?
msigel <A>exercisse...hitting balls 3hours a day....I feel I am playing better than i ever have...I have never been so motivated to practise and play pool
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Mr._Runout <Q>Mike: My money is on you, but I'd like to know how those 50-year-old eyes are going to hold up on tight pockets. This isn't the Roosevelt Hotel anymore!
msigel <A>If I have too I'll wear glasses.....Its really my nerves more than that....
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StrokerAce <Q>Do you know of any other pros already signed up for the tour?
msigel <A>Every pro I talked to wants to play......the IPT is only going to choose 150 players....the money is HUGE....
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dg-incentralpa <Q>If this tour becomes successful, will this bring you out of retirement to play on a full time basis?
msigel <A>YES...I have already decided to play full time on the IPT tour....THIS is where the money is....
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dreidel <Q>hi mike. What was the first major event you ever won? When was it?
msigel <A>the US open..the first tournamnt I ever played in..1974
StrokerAce <Q>Do you think women have any shot at making it into the top 20 of these tournaments?
msigel <A>it is possibel....but I would have to see it first...
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brakenrun <Q>I know LJJ is playing because she was invited, but she cannot possibly believe in her heart of hearts that she stands a chance. Can she? I know she is being touted as the best women's player of all time because of her titles, but I don't believe she'd even stand a prayer against the likes of the top women players today, Corr & Fisher.
msigel <A>LJJ would KILL korr and fisher under these conditions..this is 8 ball..slow nap cloth...no breaking from the side rail...and race to 9 best 2 of 3 sets...
wahcherk <Q>Most people want to know if the IPT is for real....is there a real financial commitment beyond your match up with Loree Jon?
msigel <A>this is TOTALLY real....millions have already been put up.....the set is costing over 1 million....2 million is going into advertising the TOUR....
BigRan <Q>mike : any thing you do these days to stay sharp on your game ?
msigel <A>I am praticing more than ever.......
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Mr._Runout <Q>Mike, last night Loree Jon inferred that 8-ball is a lot like straight pool ... patterns, etc. That would seem to give you a huge advantage, seeing you were one of the greatest straight pool players ever. What do you think?
msigel <A>YES..true....but ljj is an excellent straight ball player..that is why Allison would not play me under these conditions.....
JUSTNICK <Q>with only 150 members how will those members be picked?
msigel <A>ask kevin tomorrow night
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StrokerAce <Q>Wow you really sound invigorated, and I can't wait to see you compete again, are there any chances of the tour making an east coast stop, maybe Atlantic City?
msigel <A>yes....orlando and atlantic city
brakenrun <Q>I have thought for the past ten years or so that the time was ripe for a wealthy, retired athlete, someone like Michael Jordan, to start up a pool tour since he likes pool also. But it never happened. Thank God for Mr. Trudeau...
msigel <A>ditto
jlw <Q>I just wanted to wish you well Mike. You've always brought a lot of class to the game.
msigel <A>thank you very much..I love the game and am trying everything I can do to help the game for the future players
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ras314 <Q>Was Allison invited to play?
msigel <A>yes and declined...she did not want slow nap cloth and tight pockets..she wanted jump cues and breaking from the side rail and short races....she knows that these condiiotns allow the better player to win....LJJ thinks she can beat me..and I think under these condiotns LJJ could beat ANY woman and MOST men
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wahcherk <Q>This seems like something bigger than any of the existing 9-ball pro tournaments...will this cause 8-ball to become THE major game for the professionals, supplanting 9-ball?
msigel <A>yes..beacsue it is the most popular gamee played aroudnteh world and remeber...its about the MONEY....this is the MONEY tour...so THIS is the future of pro pool
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Nick_B <Q>Mr.Sigel who gave you the most trouble over the years?
msigel <A>buddy hall.....he is the only player who ever beat me even when I played my best...
Mr._Runout <Q>The press release for these chats says that Kevin Trudeau will be on the live chat tomorrow night. Give us a hint ... is he going to announce any surprises?
msigel <A>LOL...he is always doing that!!
Matt_24 <Q>Mike, Just want to say that I think you're the greatest pool player ever. Hope this gets pool going in the right direction (as a marketable business)....and show LJJ no mercy. Best of luck!
msigel <A>thanks!!...
Jim_Eales <Q>Wish I could be in Las Vegas to watch live, but life gets in the way. Any info on what might get on ESPN?
msigel <A>it will be on MAJOR networks...check the IPT website for the entire scedule
brakenrun <Q>C'mon Mike, you've always had the game to back up the mouth...what do you predict this rout to be...9-2, 9-3, something along those lines?
msigel <A>The break is a HUGE factor.....anything can happen....but I think I will dominate!
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theinel <Q>Was Jean Balukas considered? Loree Jon is awesome and hopefully she will give you a good match. I'm not knocking her at all I'm just curious as to who was on the short list.
msigel <A>the list was the BEST female player...UNDER THESE CONDITIONS!.....Steve Davis said no becasue he said under these condtiona adn being 8 ball he didn't have a chance...
Matt_24 <Q>Off the subject - how is Nick Varner doing? I know you guys are good friends.
msigel <A>great! and he will be at the match and he is joining the IPT tour FULL TIME!!
StrokerAce <Q>How have you been practicing? drills, running balls, or playing against someone?
msigel <A>I break and run out....I don;t play against other people...I build my confidence
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wahcherk <Q>I don't want to sound pessimistic, however, let me play the devil's advocate.....How will this promotion and tour succeed where all the others have failed in the past? Being a longtime fan of pool, I would add that I am hoping the best will come about with this and I'm very glad to see it happen.....
msigel <A>MONEY! Trudeau has put up over $15 million for th first year and doesn't care if he loses money for 5 yeasr...he loves pool and knows how to make money....he launched the Golf TV channel in Euroep and made a fortune doing that
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Matt_24 <Q>A question that I KNOW everyone wants answered is, "How in the world did you dominate so many touraments for so many years?" What was your secret?? Glad to hear that Nick is joining. Like yourself he is a true role model for professionalism in pool!
msigel <A>pocking ability..knowlege and I am a great pressure player..like any top athlete..tiger wood...Jordan....
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dg-incentralpa <Q>What other pro's joined the IPT?
msigel <A>Every pro I have talked wants to join..guys like Jim Rempe are coming out and are going to be playing FULL TIME on the tour...
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dreidel <Q>Mike, You won the first U.S.Open. I know you get a free 500.00 Entry since you are a past champion. If you win 150K, does winning the U.S.Open interest you? To win the 1st U.S.open and the 30th would be huge.
msigel <A>NO...teh US Open condtions are no good anymore...the fast cloths...short races..jump cues...breaking from the side rails big pockests mean anyone can win....plus the money is a joke
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Jim_Eales <Q>The IPT certainly ought to stimulate interest in the game. Do you think that this will get kids playing?
msigel <A>of coure!!..Just like golf...they will see the money...it will be hip and fun..like poker...this tour beifits the entie industry
StrokerAce <Q>I just want to say I always felt you were the best of all time, so who do you think is the top player today that will give you a run for the money, considering the playing conditions.
msigel <A>Efrem...hopkins..hall..rempe...varner...NOT the young new kids who never played 8 ball or straight pool on slow cloth
jlw <Q>I've always wondered. What role did Irving Crane play in your development as a player? Especially your mental approach to the game.
msigel <A>he helped me learn the best way to play paytterns and run balls...
steven_w <Q>Once the tour starts up (thumbs crossed), how do you think you'll do against today's top pros? You haven't competed much in the past decade, and a lot of young guns have popped up (Immonen, Hohmann, Robles, Jones, Owen, Deuel). Do you think you can be on top again?
msigel <A>none of these guys have every played on slow nap cloths...they don't have the knowlege of running patterns....watch..the old guys will dominate..after the young guys figure it ou and start playing and practicing under these condtions......well.....then....we'll see
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Nick_B <Q>Does the UPA have a "opinion" of the IPT?
msigel <A>as far as i know they are for it and happy about it as it will stimulate the game....the UPA is an9 ball tour....so thre is no conflict
theinel <Q>A rules question... immediatly after a break that pockets a ball will the table still be open or will the breaker be required to shoot at the group of balls pocket?
msigel <A>yes open table...when you break and make a ball..open table....the breaker is not penalized for making a ball..
Jim_Eales <Q>Any thoughts on the World Pool Championships this year? They played on tighter tables and a 16 year old won.
msigel <A>no...the condtions are easy..fast cloth..short races...big pocjets...the format mean anyonee has a chance to win...
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brakenrun <Q>what about some of the Euro players? Ortmann, Souquet, etc.? Don't you think their games are suited for this format?
msigel <A>yes..they all play straight pool...they will do well on the IPT tour
brakenrun <Q>& how about your old buddy, Earl the Pearl? Would he hold up under these conditions or would he just erupt like a volcano?
msigel <A>only time will tell!!
StrokerAce <Q>I really love watching you in 14.1 matches, any chance of a special 14.1 tournament being held?
msigel <A>only if the money is there..I stopped playing for free!
brakenrun <Q>maybe no direct conflict, but there sure is a money conflict...
msigel <A>yes..teh IPT is MUCH more money...but only 150 plyers will be on the tour...the UPA will flouish becasue more players will want to get good enough to earn a spot on th IPT tour...
steven_w <Q>The UPA is a 9-ball tour yes, but I think there's conflict no? UPA top prizes rarely creep above $10-$15K. Do you anticipate everyone flocking to the IPT and abandoing the UPA?
msigel <A>why would someone play for 15k first place when you could play for 200k or 500k forst place??
steven_w <Q>Do you think there's a possibility of the IPT incorporating other games as well? Is Kevin looking on down the road into 14.1 tourneys, 9-ball, or 1-pocket?
msigel <A>ask him tomoroow night
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Jim_Eales <Q>One of the wonderful things about pool is that you will talk to us. Don't let the IPT change that.
msigel <A>kevin listens!!!
Mr._Runout <Q>I've read that Thorsten Hohmann's best game is 8-ball. He's pretty solid, isn't he?
msigel <A>yes..I agree..european players ahve ahuge advantage over the us kids becasue they played straight pool..
RonsTheOne <Q>Where do u see this tour 5 to 10 years down the road?
msigel <A>just like the PGA tour
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wahcherk <Q>Mike, I have been reading comments on pool forums for quite some years....Many and most people who love pool have been wanting something like this to happen for so long....now that it seems to be coming to fruition, I just want to thank you for whatever part you played in bringing this about, and I wish everyone involved with this the best of luck for great success.....
msigel <A>thanks..I hope they will make a statue of me !! just kidding
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steven_w <Q>Mike -- were you initially as skeptical of the IPT as everyone else was when they first caught wind of it? The prize monies seem so high that people can't quite believe it. You certainly endorse it now, but what about in the beginning? If so, what changed your mind?
msigel <A>I was never skeptial..i have know keiv for over 15 yeasrs..he has the money..he has a 2 billion dollar worldwide business empire.......this is real.
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BigRan <Q>sounds good mike, i can't wait to see some REAL pool being played, since im sort of new to the game all i get to watch 9 ball on TV. no one i knows plays 9 ball around here.
msigel <A>you said it!
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Tom_Potter <Q>Mike, are you going to be joining the IPT full time as well or are you still going to concentrate on your cue-making?
msigel <A>cue making is on hold ..I am FULL TIME playing on the IPT tour...and I want to be the first player ever to earn $1 million dollars in prize moeny in a year!
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StrokerAce <Q>Will players still be as accessible as they are now? I mean with the kind of money you will be playing for it would seem to me the day of meeting a top pro in close quarters in some small tournament might be over.
msigel <A>well....pro players will be more like golf pros..as TV exposure and teh money grows...the players will be less acceccible....but ALL poolplayers love to walk into pool halls and play...so time will tell
Mr._Runout <Q>How long before we see the finals of these tour stops "live" each week? I think that's when pool will be looked at as a sport.
msigel <A>I think the next event....they want to put the finals live on pay per view..for everyevent
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c2 <Q>Hi Mike, Efren is the current WPA World 8-ball Champion, do you see a future match up between you two to see who the undisputed champ is? :D
msigel <A>how much did he win? Efren can join the IPT tour...and in the IPT world 8 ball championship..the first prize is $500k!!!!....I will be in the finals....I hope to see Efren to settle who is the best!
jlw <Q>Any plans for additional instructional tapes Mike? I think your 8 ball, 9 ball, and Straight Pool tapes are about the best around.
msigel <A>YES..all new ones are being made ....the best quality tapes ever in the history of pool.....
steven_w <Q>So less about the IPT in general and more about the 20th: Do you feel ready? Considering the venue, the city and all the hype surrounding this, do you feel nervous? I mean, if she beats you the pool world will never forget
msigel <A>yes..I am nervous..but I feel good.....!!
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dreidel <Q>Mike, do you really think you will be able to compete with the Earls and Efrens of the world. It would certainly be a dream come true to see the Hook back in action!
msigel <A>YES!!..Under these real condtions THEY have to wonder if they can compete with me!!!
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Mr._Runout <Q>I'm expecting to see you come into the arena saturday with a hooded silk robe on, like Ali! It sounds like this is being promoted like a big-time boxing match!
msigel <A>It is!!...I was at teh areana today...pool has never seen anything like this...this is HUGE..the arena is like a prize fight..it is unreal...wait to you see it on TV..it will be like nothing pool has ever seen
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brakenrun <Q>I saw Buddy beat you in Memphis in the late 80's, I believe. Can you take him now?
msigel <A>our record is very close..buddy has always been my toughest opponent....that bastard! LOL :)
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steven_w <Q>Mike-Allison comes from a snooker background, with tighter pockets than any pool table will ever see. how do you explain why she might not want to play with tight pockets and slow nap cloth?
msigel <A>it is more postioning ..and the break....in 8 ball...I beat steve davis at snooker...
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theinel <Q>I love the ideas behind the IPT but isn't 8-ball too easy of a game for players of your level? What would you say your runout percentage is in 8-ball compared to 9-ball?
msigel <A>8 ball is MUCH tougher to run that 9 ball..and defense is MUCH tougher...8 ball is a MUCH tougher game....there are more deciosns in 8 ball..the balls tell you what to do in 9 ball..YOU have to mak choices and decsions in 8 ball....
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Matt_24 <Q>Do you even feel Loree has a slight chance against you?
msigel <A>yes......the break is huge.....she is a GREAT 8 ball players with a GREAT stroke and can break better than any women from the center of the table....she can beat ANY woman under this foramt and codtions.
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brakenrun <Q>Do you agree with the 8-ball format for the cash vs. 9-ball? Could be slow and tedious for TV viewers...
msigel <A>is golf and poker to slow for TV viewers????....the majorty of poeple play 8 ball NOT 9 ball....
Mr._Runout <Q>How will you control your nerves? In your last comeback you snapped a cue! Do you think the length of the match --- long races and multiple sets --- will help keep you on an even keel?
msigel <A>that was the one time when my nerves overcame me.....I put too much pressure on myself....I am READY,.....and am dedermined to win!
kentucky_9_ball <Q>mike how many players have joined thus far and how will the 43 players be picked to play in the first event in december
msigel <A>ask kevin tomorrow night
brakenrun <Q>If this match is on the up & up, I say MS in straight sets, 9-3 and 9-2. What is your prediction, Mike?
msigel <A>my only predtion is I will win..
dg-incentralpa <Q>Do you see the UPPA disbanding if the male pros join Kevin's tour? Will Charlie allow the players to play in both?
msigel <A>when players can play in tournaments where if they come in 20th and still earn 15k....and if they win win over 200k..why would they play for 5k first prize?
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Mr._Runout <Q>Mike, What percentage of safety play do you anticipate? And will you play more safeties against Loree Jon than you might against a top male player?
msigel <A>very small amount of saftey..it is hard to play safe in 8 ball..on a 4'1/2 by 9!..this is not a bar table..
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Mr._Runout <Q>Mike: How did you meet Kevin Trudeau? Did he know much about pool before you met?
msigel <A>He contatced me for lessons 15 years ago....and fly me around the world...he can beat most players now never shows off!!....thanks everyone for your questions..this is going to be SOOOOO exciting for pool!!!....have a great night!!!
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admin That concludes our chat with Mike Sigel. Make sure to stop by tomorrow night at 8pm EST to chat with Kevin Trudeau, the man who is making this all happen.
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