Sunday, December 28, 2008

One Pocket tournament in Norway

The Norwegian Masters (last tournament of the season) was scheduled for the 29th and 30th of November 2008, in 8-ball, in Oslo.

I managed to get some days off from work, and travelled a couple of days earlier to play money games and get lots of practise. Another reason was that I had talked the organizer to also host a One Pocket tournament on the evening of Friday 28th.

The tournament was single elimination, 8 players, race to 3 and first price of $ 300. There were a couple of players that knows some of the moves and strategies of One Pocket, but also some players that had almost never played it before. The field was strong, with 4 100-ball runners in 14-1, and 4 Norwegian Champions in other diciplines.


(Picture of Efren Reyes, the worlds best One Pocket player, in action during the Derby City Classic. Picture from onepocket.org)

I fell in love with the game of One Pocket for about 2 - 2,5 years ago, but I am unable to play it much since there is very few who plays that game here in Norway. I have studied the game by reading books, watching dvd's and playing some of the best players in the world. I still feel like a beginner in this game, but compared to the rest of the field I felt that I had a good chance of performing well in this 8-man tournament, and aimed to win.

During Thursday I played some cheap moneygames in One Pocket with one of the players in the tournament, and he beat me like 12-6. But we went even on the money, though, since I won when we raised the bet. What I learnt from playing him that night was that this player was ultra-attacking, and went for crazy combinations in the pack etc. Most of the time he succeeded, and 6 of the 12 games he won was 8 and out!! :o I felt I played better One-Pocket strategy than him, but that night it did me no good!

When the draw was made for the tournament I drew this player in the first match. Since I knew that he was capable of running out from everywhere, we decided to split the winnings 225-75 if one of us won the tournament, even though I probably had the advantage because of my knowledge about moves and strategies.

I ended up winning this match 3-0 in less than 15 minutes, because of smart play and a couple of lucky rolls.

In my next match I ended up playing a guy that beat me heavily in one-pocket 1,5 year ago, and I knew I had to play real tight. My tactic succeeded, and I won 3-0 in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

In the final I met a player that I knew enjoys the game of One Pocket, but I had never played him before. I was a little nervous, wondering how well he knew the strategies and moves. He sure knew his way around the table, and as a former Norwegian Champion I could not give him any openings.

After 1,5 hours and many enjoyable safetybattles I ended up as winner, with a 3-1 score. I felt real good, because I had played very good one-pocket in all three of my matches.

More people have said that they would like to play One Pocket if there will be another, bigger, tournament next year. I will do what I can to make that happen! Nothing would please me more if One Pocket were played often in Norway.


To read more about One Pocket, visit OnePocket.org. Here you will find the complete rules, strategies, great shots etc.

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How I practice

Most of the time I practice by playing the Ghost in 9-ball or 10-ball. Sometimes I line up difficult shots or safeties that I have been struggling with, and the rest of the time I am normally using on the system called PAT.

I am using PAT (Playing Ability Test) to test my skills and to see progress, and it is really working great for me.

I have bought the books and DVD's on Amazon, and I recommend it to all players who wants to raise their game to another level.

PAT consists of 4 different levels, from amateurs to professionals. As a side-note, top-players such as Jasmin Ouschan and Thorsten Hohmann uses PAT on a regular basis.

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