Fri, 25 February 2011
As a youngster, Robert “Cotton” LeBlanc was introduced to the sport of billiards at a local bowling alley that owned one pool table in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 12 years old. A quick learner, he became skilled at the game and mastered it under the guidance of top billiards professionals in the state. After finishing school, he began traveling the billiards circuit across the country. During that time he learned new strategies and techniques from accomplished players like Buddy “The Rifleman” Hall, Wade “Boom-Boom” Crane, and Ronnie Allen. He soon earned the recognition and respect of the top pool players in the country by winning local, regional and statewide competitions. Some of Robert’s professional recognition includes:
1st Place Awards
Billiard Congress of America, National 8-Ball Championship Open Men’s Mixed Team.
Undefeated against 4,000 teams
One Pocket Tournament, South Bay Billiards, South Bay, CA
National Team Champions, McDermott US Team Open Championship, Las Vegas
US Scotch Doubles Hueber Cup VIII (partnered with top-ranked Women’s Professional Play, Robin Bell), Laughlin, Nevada
Miller Lite Regionals, 8-Ball Division, Chicago
Miller Lite Regionals, 9-Ball Division, Chicago
Miller Lite World Series of Tavern Pool Regionals, 8-Ball, Chicago
Miller Lite World Series of Tavern Pool Regionals, 9-Ball, Chicago
2st Place Awards
Western Division, McDermott US Team Open, Las Vegas
Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Classic, Las Vegas
World One-Pocket Tournament, 5th Place, Reno, Nevada
FILM AND TV
Lucky Strike Cigarette TV commercial, technical advisor and trick shots for Michael Stone (Actress Sharon Stone’s brother)
Trick shot exhibition segment for MTV with host Carrie Wuher
Body double and trick shots in movie, “Hot Shots” for Carey Elwes
Technical Consultant for the movie, “Pool Hall Junkies” script; movie loosely based on Robert’s life
TV sitcom, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” trick shots
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL
Technical consulting for TV commercials and feature films. Working on sets with directors and actors.
Technical consulting for pool room start-ups. Clients and career positions with the Hollywood Athletic Club (CA), Events Sports Bar (CA), Rack ‘Em Up (CA), National Sports Grill (American Restaurant Group, CA)
House Pro, National Sports Grill (6 locations)
House Pro, Hollywood Athletic Club
House Pro, Jersey’s Sports Grill
House Pro, Kelly McCue’s
As the House Pro, responsibilities included running tournaments, technical consulting, private and group lessons, billiard sales, billiard maintenance, increasing sales.
League Director, National Sports Grill (6 locations)
League Director, Jersey’s Sports Grill
League Director, Kelly McCue’s
League Director, Plush Pocket
League Director, Yankee Doodles
As the League Director, responsibilities included organizing leagues, weekly stat reports, organizing banquets, organizing All Star Tournaments and Team Championships, training assistant directors, providing league manuals.
SPECIAL SKILLS AND INSTRUCTION
Billiards instruction for private and group lessons
Billiard league organization and supervision of more than 50 competitive leagues with more than 500 teams of 2,000 players
Trick shot exhibition; Challenge matches
Equipment evaluation/selection for billiards rooms, pros and students
Private party consultant at large and small venues
Thu, 10 February 2011
Casual poker fans may not be familiar with the online poker pro known as “Fox”, but Chris Wallace has been making a name for himself in the world of online poker for quite some time. Wallace isn’t simply an online poker player grinding away at the tables –although he does grind with the best of them—the name “Fox” is even better known for his theoretical work, insightful articles, and his terrific results as a poker coach.
Sat, 5 February 2011
About the Author
George S. Howard, Ph. D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. He has served as Chairman, Department of Psychology and Director, Laboratory for Social Research at Notre Dame, as well as the Joseph Morahan Director of College Seminar. He served as President, Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and President, Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He also was the 1998 winner of Notre Dame's Faculty Award. Author of 14 books and over 190 scientific articles and chapters, his specialties include philosophical psychology, research methodology, narrative psychology and environmental psychology. Elihu D. Feustel, J.D. is a professional gambler. He was an insurance lawyer for 10 years until he began sports-betting full time. He was an odds maker and consultant for Pinnacle Sports in 2004-2006. His primary focus is on winning at sports betting. He still has a minor involvement in law mediating internet gambling disputes.
All manners of gambling are becoming increasingly popular in our society. Whether a person places a bet on sports or gambles on a stock, he is making a decision on risk. Most people need much more information than they have to make good decisions on either. A majority of the book focuses on sports betting. Four in-depth winning models are demonstrated for MLB, NFL, NCAA Football and WNBA. In addition to methods for handicapping these sports, there are explanations of a variety of approaches to exploit sports market inefficiencies and incorrect assumptions of bookmakers. The approaches to stock betting challenges commonly accepted knowledge. How important is diversification? Are investors in individual stocks just gambling? Is maximizing your portfolio growth worth taking on added volatility? Is sports betting a better investment than stocks for some people? The approaches offered to risk taking, especially sports betting are ground breaking, with more fresh ideas than ever seen in a single coherent publication.
The authors present a lucid and comprehensive guide for developing a plan to succeed at sports gambling in an increasingly complex marketplace. Whether you're interested in becoming a winner at sports betting or simply fascinated by the role of risk in our society, 'Conquering Risk' is must reading. --Jeff Haney, Sports Columnist