What Would a Sucker Do?

If you look around the room and don’t see any suckers….YOU are the sucker!

You made all of your stripes and are now on the 8-ball.   Your opponent has one solid left.   What do you do?

Idea #1: “Softly hit the right side of the 8-ball, leaving the cue ball hidden safely behind it!”

Idea #2: “Slow roll the cue ball into the 8-ball leaving them a long shot on their solid!”

Idea #3: “Bank the 8-ball in the side pocket!”

Suckers…

 What’s wrong with these ideas?

Idea #1:  This is extremely difficult to execute successfully.

Idea #2:  This increases the likelihood of your opponent running out and winning the game.

Idea #3:  The side pocket is less forgiving than the corner pocket.  If you miss, you may leave them an easy run out.

Answer:

 

Most of the time, attempting a bank shot is not the wisest course of action.  However, in this example it makes sense to go for a “two-way” shot, which allows you to attempt the bank while also leaving your opponent with a difficult shot if you miss.  To execute this shot like a pro, it is important that you bank it with the proper speed to leave the cue ball in a safe place near the end rail and the 8 in front of the pocket in case you miss.  If you don’t win the game with this shot, your opponent is left with a tough long shot on his last ball and virtually no options to play safe.  By choosing to approach this as a two-way shot, you will greatly increase your odds of winning this game.