When I first started this pool journey late last fall, I stated my purpose was to reach “pro” status in two years. Upon further reflection, I realize that I don’t really know what that means. Unlike the professional women’s tour, which issues tour cards to its members, there is no men’s professional tour which offers tour cards to its members, at least not that I’m aware of. So, that leaves the question unanswered: If you’re a man, what does it mean to call yourself a professional pool player? I don’t have the answer.
I did a little brainstorming and came up with the following criteria that MAY qualify someone to call themselves a “Professional Pool Player.” Take a look and let me know what you think. Can you come up with other criteria that could differentiate between amateur and professional caliber players?
- Get listed in the AZ billiards top 100 players list
- Place in top 15 in an open pro tournament
- Get invited to play in a closed pro tournament
- More than 50% of your earned income comes from pool
- Pass the following test: Break a rack of 9ball, take ball in hand on the first shot, and be able to run the table more than 50% of the time.
- Pass this test: Match up against any player on the AZ Billiards top 100 list, put $1,000 of your own money on the lights above the table, then beat them in a race to 10.