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I can answer questions related to shot-making, aiming, position play, strategies, practice, mental preparation and the psychology of the game. Also, rules as they vary from venue to venue and how to become a winning player. I have experience recovering and maintaining tables and will also answer questions related to cues and billiard equipment. However, I prefer not to make brand recommendations. I do not offer information identifying old tables and equipment or estimating their values.

Experience in the area

I have played over forty years in every state in the US (except Alaska). My experience is largely in pool rooms but I have also played extensively on bar tables and in league organizations. I have directed numerous tournaments up to the professional level and have played several world champion players. I am a former Billiard Congress of America instructor.




B.S. in Visual Communication M.A. in Education: Career and Technology Education

What do you like about this subject?

Billiards is a great recreation, providing some physical activity as well as substantial mental exercise in problem solving, planning and performance under pressure. Because it is not too physically demanding it can be practiced thoughout one's lifetime.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Currently I'm studying the best ways to teach people how to play pool.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Most historians agree the game of billiards was originally played on the ground outdoors and that it is related to the game of Croquet. This theory is supported by early illustrations and pictures showing hoops, similar to those used in croquet, on the surface of the Billiards Table.

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Recent Answers from Bill Newsted

2016-08-25 last pocket pool:

Hi Raymond,     This is a argument that will probably never be completely settled. But it's a question of which set of rules you play by. If you're playing in a tavern using "house rules" they could be

2016-04-22 snooker:

Jumping by scooping the cue under the cue ball is always illegal in every official set of rules for every game played. Play it if you want... but it's always a foul.    Hi Mr B,     It has been

2016-01-04 8 ball foul?:

Hi John,     That would be a win.    As long as the 8 was struck first, goes into the intended pocket, and the cue ball stays on the table it doesn't matter what else falls. Also, <b>it doesn't matter

2015-07-26 billiards play:

Hi David,     Sounds like your wife may be a hustler, knowing more than she lets on. :D    Sorry, you have to hit your own ball first. If you have stripes and there's one more stripe on the table you have

2015-07-08 3 fouls in a row:

Three consecutive fouls, often referred to as the "three foul rule" is common in professional play and in some games is used unless otherwise stated before a tournament begins. In nine ball committing


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