Having fun yet?

December 2, 2009

Have you noticed how much fun the players are having during pool matches on TV? That’s assuming you can even find pool on the tube. They don’t look or act like it’s fun for them, and that comes across. It seems to me that the current format of pool has squeezed all the fun out of the sport.

Do you ever need to wonder how the pool game on TV is going to go? No, because they all go the same. Break, safe, safe, safe, safe, run-out. PotShot is different. It’s unpredictable, there’s a bit of luck involved, and most important, with five players at the table, it’s FUN, there’s banter, playing safe is not safe, and so the shot making gets creative. No called shots, so a lucky carom can win you the game. We hope you like the game as much as we do.       “Make the Shot, Take the Pot”.


tournament results

December 1, 2009

Here is the finish order for the Big City tournament.  Congratulations to all who played. Earl and I want to thank you all for making our event a success.


maurice rudkin      10500


stephen Mcormick 7400


bill mavadones 6700


larry reardon 5100


tom kirk 3500


harry azarian 3500        
jim whitcomb 3000        
ann langwig 2800        
dick natoli 2800        
mike fitzgerald 2600        
bruce lord 2400        
steven belcher 2400        
joe menotti 2000        
cliff edwards 1700        
ray brown 1700        
rich mostyn 1500        
tony woodsum 1500        
david chan 1200        
nick woodsum 1000        
claire eder 600        




November 17, 2009

The tournament went great, and I want to thank all players for helping make this a success. The final table was exciting, and everyone had fun. We’ll be compiling the results today, and posting them soon. Thanks to Ann, Bill, Tom, and Jim. Your contributions to this event were invaluable. We’ll be going over the pros and cons of the tournament, simplfying the scoresheet, and tweaking the format to make the next one even better. We’re hoping to do it again in January. See you at the next event.



October 30, 2009

PotShot logo with phrase


Poolnight LLC Presents:

PotShot Pool Tournament 

30 player limit         

 When:   Sunday November 15, 2009     1-4 pm    

 Where:          Big City        138 Brighton Ave

(617) 782-2020      Allston, Ma 02134

There is public parking behind Blanchard’s Liquors or on the street

(it is a Sunday, so meters are free) 

Entry fee:  $25.00

1st   place….. $100.00

2nd   place…..   $75.00

3rd     place….    $50.00

4th   place….    $40.00

5th   place….    $30.00

6th & 7th…..      $25.00                                

The top 15 players will get cash prizes

Please arrive as close to 12:00 as possible for registration, the tournament will start at 1pm 

Big City has a wide selection of food and beverages.


Sweet Sixteen

October 15, 2009

sweet sixteenAh, the 16 pill. I’m finding references to the pills and shake bottle that pre-date Kelly. Check out a game called 41. Might Kelly be a logical next step?

It may be true that the 16 has no role in Kelly Pool. However, I’ve found an interesting theory of its use in the game.

The sixteen is the cue ball. Think Cowboy. To win on the sixteen, one must contact the lowest number ball on the table……….and scratch the cue ball!!

 This puts the sixteen in the bottle and adds another element to the game. The downside for the sixteen pill holder is, a scratch puts you off the table. 

So if the stakes were high, the temptation to defensively scratch, (accidently, on purpose), early in the game , might be a problem. 

Anyway, I brought it up to the Poolnight crew, and we’re going to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it works out.


8-Ball and Cutthroat

October 13, 2009

8ball 1Hey, what do Katherine Hepburn, Ernest Hemingway, and the Marx Brothers all have in common? That’s right, they all played Kelly. I’m doing some historical work on the origin and history of the game, and I’ll be sharing some stories in the upcoming days.

Here’s an example of a poolnight where we played 8-ball. Ann and I won three games because the other guys scratched or accidentally sank the 8. Those are denoted with an asterisk8ball2.

Another 8-ball night followed with slightly different teams.

As you can see, my name isn’t on the board. I had some left shoulder work done, and my surgeon says no pool till December. I would have thought it would be good therapy!

One more board to show you today, and this one shows a poolnight of cutthroat. cut throatIt’s a perfect game for three shooters.

In our poolnight group, we have 8-10 players who play on an informal revolving schedule. Some are busy on any given night, and we seldom have more than six. It keeps the games diverse and interesting, and everyone who comes over to play regularly has gotten better. We play a pretty friendly game, not a lot of safes, and we talk about the shots and strokes. That being said, one is still best advised to ignore the advise of the guy who follows you, even if we are all there to have fun.


Bill sweeps

September 3, 2009

P9010027Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Bill scored a perfect night, winning two triple headers, a double triple!!  As Earl says, “There’s always another pool game”.


interactive scoreboard and (of course) kelly results

August 18, 2009

Got a link for you to try. http://kellyplayers.com/pages/electronic.swf  access and try our electronic version of the kelly pool board you see here and on the website. When Earl tried it he won every game. Bill wins 4 Here’s Saturday’s results. Bill was kickin our butts, then I got lucky on the last shot of the night. By the way, anyone know why the pill set comes with a sixteen pill?


history of Kelly Pool

August 6, 2009

Here’s a link to the best history of Kelly Pool we’ve seen on the web. We’d love to hear from anyone who has any stories about Kelly. Do you play now? Know someone who used to play? We hope to collect some stories and anecdotes here on the blog. Remember, the fine for playing Kelly-Pool in Montana up until 1964 was $25.00!!!



another poolnight

August 6, 2009

P5260060P5260059Here’s a look at Saturday’s board. We got a lot of games in for having seven players. Too bad Claire, Bob, and Ann got shut out. Both Earl and Tom won a triple header. Tom’s was on the last shot of the night! I managed one victory, and Bill got two. As you can see from the column on the left, Three players were off the table when the final game was won. Who’s got the next break? Check back for more updates of our poolnight, and send us pics or updates on your poolnight. Play Kelly!