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Banking With The Beard – Secrets of a Master Banker

Banking with the Beard, by Freddy Bentivegna, is an instructional work of art. Increase your game from the Knowledge within this book. It’s easily read, even for the novice.

(all copies autographed)
Traditionally, top after hours players were very tight lipped about divulging any ‘how to’ secrets. The hustler’s credo has always been never show your true speed, let alone give up any trade secrets that might come back to beat you! That’s one of the things that is unique about this book, because it comes from the genuine article. A veteran of countless action matches, from the ‘practice table’ at Johnston City to Chicago’s legendary Bensinger’s poolroom, Freddy came up through the school of hard knocks, against many of the best bankers of all time.

This is top quality instruction from a rare source: a top after-hours player, and he doesn’t hold back in sharing his hard-earned and valuable knowledge. Along with that, Freddy is one of the most entertaining and articulate legends of pool, with plenty of real life experience to both enliven and legitimize the advice he shares.

Sample pages from “Banking With The Beard”
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Price: $29.95 (+$5.00 shipping)

The GosPool of Bank Pool

This is the second book by “The Beard”, and not only is it instructional, but is packed with stories, and photos as well.
(all copies autographed)
The GosPool continues the “Beard’s” instruction for banking with more than 100 new pages of bank shot information. The GosPool also entertains with fascinating tales and anecdotes of hustlers on the road. Included are interesting stories about Minnesota Fats, Harold Worst, Bugs Rucker, Eddie “the Knoxville Bear” Taylor, CornBread Red, and many other top players Freddy knew and competed against. If you want to learn more banks and you like pool stories, this book is for you. There are many pictures of legendary hustlers along with Freddy’s critique of their action.

All copies autographed

Sample pages from GosPool
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Price: $29.95 (+$5 shipping)

Concise Book of Billiard Position

There are few players in America who have studied the game of three cushion billiards more analytically than Bill Smith. His own mentor, Ernie Presto’s knowledge of billiards was encyclopedic, and now Smith is ready to pass those skills along to you. Master the position-play concepts he has for you, and not only will you be playing better billiards, you’re going to find yourself playing a whole new game.
Bill Smith has elevated my own three cushion game by at least .2, an eye-popping boost, and that was just in casual instruction without a book or DVD, like what he has available for you now. Imagine the quantum leap your own game is in for! Enjoy your read, good luck and good billiards.
George Fels, feature writer for the Billiards Digest

All copies autographed

Price: $59.95 (+$5.00 shipping)

Book And 2 DVD Set Special

The Secrets EXPOSED: Consecutive Scoring For A Higher Average
The Concise Book of Position Play
Book And 2 DVD Set

SAVE 15% on Both!
My latest endeavor to raise the awareness and importance of position play in the modern day game of 3 Cushion Billiards is a 120 minute DVD entitled, “The Secrets EXPOSED Consecutive Scoring for a Higher Average”. This DVD is a compilation of video starting positions melding with narrative diagrams to instruct the player how to take advantage of some of the most common positions on the table.
The Concise Book of Position Play offers billiard players some great learning opportunities in an easily understood format with an accompanying DVD to demonstrate the concepts even further. This 270 page book is logical in sequence with great approaches to both common and complicated shots. It is spiral-bound, so you can take it to the table and lay it flat as you work with it. It is intended for the intermediate and advanced player and is a must have for learning how to control the position of all three balls.
Book and 2 DVD set $89.95 (normal price for both $104.90)



Willie Jopling’s Ultimate 1 Pocket DVD

I have secured copies of the late, Willie Jopling’s rare, Ultimate One Pocket instructional DVD. It is no longer being published. The lessons were originally shot for VHF and were later formatted for DVDs.
It is a two volume set that originally sold for $79. The disks run about 2 hours each for a total of 4 hours. Very good stuff. Much, much, information. Willie himself is very dry in his presentation, and borders on boring, but if you can stay awake, what he has to say and show, is gold for any one pocket player, beginner or advanced.
My opinion: The best one pocket instructional DVD made so far.

Watch Video clip of Willie running 8 and out.

I think the original price of $79 is a little high, so I am discounting them for $49.95.



Banking With The Beard-The Movie vol. l & ll

Clik to view a sample clip from this DVD: Bugs’ fabulous cross-corner

This is an incredible 2 rail cross-corner that Bugs Rucker played on me and then proceeded to run out.

Freddy “the Beard” Bentivegna’s new 2 volume DVD, Banking With The Beard — The Movie, provides information about banking from A to Z. Systems, ball action and tips not even found in his books make this a must see DVD for everyone who wants to bank better.
The Beard demonstrates every shot while providing the secrets needed to make the systems work. Players from beginner to expert will improve their banking after studying these DVD’s. Nothing remotely comparable to this 3 hr. DVD set has ever been made. Every bit of information needed to make banks is included.
It’s a veritable Jambolaya of entertaining road stories, incredible bank shots,and easy to follow, demonstrated instruction from the world’s foremost bank pool authority
Special Price 2 Volume set: $49.95

Clik to view:Peter Rabbit, Naked Without a Backer. One of the road stories out of the DVD


Toledo Joe Thomas 1pkt DVD

At age 80, Toledo Joe Thomas has been hustling pool for more than 60 years and still plays high speed. Joe is finally revealing the secrets he discovered in half a century of playing champions like Cornbread Red, Minnesota Fats, Eddie Taylor and many of the greatest one pocket players who ever lived. The information in these DVDs enables intermediate players to win games against elite players, and better shooters can become dominant players. Joe’s moves will put opponents at your mercy no matter how straight they shoot! This two DVD set has over 2 Hours of instruction covering, 70 Game Busting Shots, and the strategies to escape from difficult situations.
Viewers quickly learn to solve difficult situations that come up all the time. This jam packed 2 DVD set shows how to use Double Kiss Banks to control the cue ball. Beat opponents into submission using Threat Balls. Learn the Great Escape Getaway shot. Win from losing positions. Crush opponents with power moves. Find the exact aim to make caroms. Learn the winning strategies and upgrade your one pocket game.
Money players will pay for this DVD set in the first outing. Toledo Joe is a natural teacher who reveals powerful secrets unknown to all but a handful of players. When you apply this knowledge in your game, you’ll see an immediate increase in your level of play.
This special Two Volume Set has over 2 hours of must see instruction on two discs.
A must have for your journey into one pocket
clik link to view sample video clip:The Great Escape
clik link to view another sample clip:Dead ball, up & down


“Bank Shots that dont Go, but Do” DVDs Vol. I and II

After 50 years of competing against the best bank pool and one pocket players in the world, Freddy “The Beard” Bentivegna is revealing the secrets that made him one of the toughest competitors in the game. For decades “The Beard” was a fearless high stakes money player taking on all comers. In 2005 Freddy was inducted into the Bank Pool Hall of Fame. These DVDs expose the most closely guarded secrets in bank pool. Each Volume runs over 50 minutes. The DVDs contain 47 extreme bank shots, with their solutions.

Clik for Philadelphia Nicky Vach’s fabulous shot clip from this DVD

Special Price 2 Volume set: $49.95


Killer One Pocket DVDs by Cliff Joyner (w/special guest Wade Crane)

Cliff Joyner, the most explosive one pocket player ever, assisted by World 9- Ball Champ, Wade Crane, shares many of his secrets in this series of 3 DVD’S.

Cliff teaches the fundamentals of the game of One Pocket. Starting with how to rack, how to break and how to respond to the break and take that advantage away from your opponent. Plenty of moves and strategies to improve your game. About an hour long. (Special edition price, all 3 volumes, $49.95)

Price: $24.95

Cliff gets into high-level play, playing the ghost, with Wade Crane acting the role of the opponent, but with Cliff shooting both innings. Youll learn from 2 different points of view as Cliff compares his shot selections with Wade’s. There are many different concepts to consider for top-flight play, and Wades i insights are also priceless additions for your game. About 40 minutes long. (Special edition price, all 3 volumes, $49.95)

Price: $24.95

This is a short video, about 28 minutes long, but the entire thing is filled with pure goodness, and is devoted entirely to game winning shots. Many never seen before. Each one is a bone crushing One Pocket escape shot that can turn a losing position into a winning one. Cliff shoots (with Crane commentating) and
shows how you too can execute game breakers. A jam-up video! Use these shots on your opponents before they can use them on you. Turn the tide of the game with one stroke of the cue. (Special edition price, all 3 volumes, $49.95)

Price: $24.95

GET ALL THREE CLIFF JOYNER DVD’S in the new boxed edition for $49.95 and save $25.00!

Price: $49.95

Confessions of a Pool Hustler

Confessions of a Pool Hustler

The long-awaited outrageous tales of legendary
pool hustler and road-man, Robert “Cotton”
LeBlanc is now available! A lifetime of Cotton’s
thrilling experiences—30 years on the road in an
exciting pool underworld that was often fraught
with peril. 350 shocking pages of his very personal
memoirs. Sex, violence, high stakes gambling, and
excitement throughout. Many player photos included.
Cotton was chosen to be technical advisor and cameo
actor in the 2003 cult hit movie, “Poolhall Junkies”
starring Christopher Walken.

Autographed copies $24.95 plus shipping

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.

Price: $24.95 (+$5.00 shipping)

North Shore Billiards, Hustlin’ Lion Poster

11″ x 17″
Origin of the Hustlin’ Lion Logo

When we were about to open the legendary North Shore Billiard Club on Chicago’s North Broadway in 1979, one of our charter members, Jack Gunne from Queens, NY., a television commercial producer, offered us a little help. He had a friend in Texas, a top cartoonist named Dave Bartel who was also a pool aficionado. Dave had previously been awarded Cartoonist of the Year a few years earlier. Jack asked him to draw up a logo for the club. So as a favor, and for a lifetime membership in the club, Dave drew up this unique lion logo. As a sidebar to the story, Dave never stepped foot into the club.

Poster comes autographed by one of the original owners, Freddy the Beard Bentivegna.

Price: $20.00