clash royale hack gunpixel.com mobilelegendstool.us robloxtool.com clashroyaletool.info mrcoinsfifa.com besthomescapes.com
HomeAbout Billiards DigestContact UsArchiveAll About PoolEquipmentOur AdvertisersLinks
From the Publisher
By Mike Panozzo
Mike became editor of Billiards Digest in 1980 and liked it so much that he bought the company. He has served on the Billiard Congress of America board of directors and as president of the Billiard & Bowling Institute of America.


Archives
• November 2017
• October 2017
• September 2017
• August 2017
• July 2017
• June 2017
• May 2017
• April 2017
• March 2017
• February 2017
• January 2017
• December 2016
• November 2016
• October 2016
• September 2016
• August 2016
• July 2016
• June 2016
• May 2016
• Apr 2016
• Mar 2016
• Feb 2016
• Jan 2016
• Dec 2015
• Nov 2015
• Oct 2015
• Sept 2015
• August 2015
• July 2015
• June 2015
• May 2015
• April 2015
• March 2015
• February 2015
• January 2015
• October 2014
• August 2014
• May 2014
• March 2014
• February 2014
• September 2013
• June 2013
• May 2013
• April 2013
• March 2013
• February 2013
• January 2013
• December 2012
• November 2012
• September 2012
• August 2012
• July 2012
• June 2012
• May 2012
• April 2012
• March 2012
• February 2012
• January 2012
• December 2011
• November 2011
• October 2011
• September 2011
• August 2011
• July 2011
• June 2011
• May 2011
• April 2011
• March 2011
• February 2011
• January 2011
• December 2010
• November 2010
• October 2010
• September 2010
• August 2010
• July 2010
• June 2010
• May 2010
• April 2010
• March 2010
• February 2010
• January 2010
• December 2009
• November 2009
• October 2009
• September 2009
• August 2009
• July 2009
• June 2009
• May 2009
• April 2009
• March 2009
• February 2009
• January 2009
• October 2008
• September 2008
• August 2008
• July 2008
• June 2008
• May 2008
• April 2008
• March 2008
• February 2008
• January 2008
 
October: Pool in the News
October 2012
HOW OFTEN have I heard the statement, "What pool needs is another movie?"

Let's see, how often does the sun come up? How often do people post to Facebook? How often has "Gangnam Style" been viewed on YouTube?

Pool seems to benefit most when it reaches mainstream America through very non-pool channels.

That's why I was surprised that the game hasn't been able to generate more mileage out of the "Prince Harry Teaches The Finer Points of Playing Pool Naked" story that hit the press in late August.

I mean, really, why didn't this get more traction? The Ginger Prince went on a two-week bender with a few of his buds, partying on Richard Branson's private island and then hunkering down in a $5,000-a-night suite at Steve Wynn's Encore in Las Vegas. He partied in cabanas, hit the nightclubs and took late-night swims (in his clothes) with U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte.

Yet only when he engaged in "the devil's tool" did his exploits go viral.

That, my friends, is the power of pool.

But the industry could have milked so much more out of this news gem.

National Strip Pool Week? Seriously, why wasn't this considered?

And what was the game of choice between Harry and the trollops that coaxed their ways into his poolroom? 8-ball? 9-Ball? (One-pocket!)

Poolrooms across the nation should have been hosting Prince Harry Co-ed 8-Ball tournaments. Only red-heads can enter!

And shouldn't the table have been on eBay like five minutes later?

There was speculation as to the manufacturer of the table. In fact, Brunswick Billiards wondered on its Facebook page (replete with photograph) if the table was one of its own. (Wouldn't they know better than anyone?)

Truth of the matter is that the table in question is manufactured by Mitchell Custom Tables of Clearwater, Fla. The contemporary "Mirage" table was selected by Wynn for all 17 suites at the Encore when it was first opened. (Interesting that Wynn would choose a table called the Mirage, right?)

[Side note: Can't you just see Prince Harry promoting the Mirage? "This fine table comes with stainless steel aprons and pillars. I suggest wearing pants when playing, because the stainless still is a trifle cold when leaning against it naked!"]

Incredibly, nary an inquiry has been made to Mitchell offices. Tracy Mitchell is as surprised as I was.

"We really thought we'd get more press and inquiries from it," Mitchell said. "We put an image of the table in the suite on our website right after the incident. I even called (gossip site) TMZ and the local press, but we never heard back from any of them.

"It's kind of a shame," she added.

The furor has died down a bit (Harry's sister-in-law quickly trumped him by prancing around topless while on a vacation of her own), but there's still time to squeeze some mileage out of this for pool.

For starters, pool needs an honest-to-goodness gossip site. We can call it FBZ (fifteen-ball zone!), and we can start by having a Prince Harry look-a-like streak the Mosconi Cup in London in December. Given Harry's predisposition to the green felt, Fleet Street will eat it up!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Pool can't miss opportunities like this.

But you know what pool really needs? Another movie.

MORE VIDEO...