In the not-so-distant past, I considered myself a pool shark. On any given weekend in my early 20s, you’d find me in a smoky Mississippi pool hall with a Miller High Life on standby and a cigarette hanging from my lips as I lined up an intensely focused shot in a game of eight-ball. In Memphis, HighPocket’s (yes, there’s an apostrophe), which opened in 1983, breathes nostalgia for me.
31 players competed this past Saturday, all qualified by finishing in the top 4 of the Weekly 9Ball Handicapped Tournament over the last year at HighPockets (or finishing 1st place if less than 32 players). Previous winners of the King of the Hill annual tournament were eligible to play if they had participated in the weekly event at least 3 times in the last year. Entry to the event is and always has been the same as the weekly tournament – $10 entry, plus table time, charged while you’re in a match.