I mentioned I played in a little 8ball tourney last Wednesday, and it never fails how an outing provides blog material (which I love, btw).
I was set to play one of the bartenders who wasn't working behind the bar that night and had the evening off. Up until this point, I had no idea he even played pool.
He comes up to me and says, "What would my ranking be on the Omega Tour?"
I reply, "I have no idea, never seen you play. Who do you play like so we can figure it out?"
He mentions a couple of names and I inform him he would a 6 on the tour. (the tour handicap system ranks from 5 to 9).
He then tells me very matter-of-factly, "When we play, if you win I get moved down to a 5."
WAIT A MINUTE!
"Then you'll dump!" I exclaim. "No way, Dude."
He than adds, "how about this. If I beat you, then move me to a 7."
"No," I say, shaking my head. "You are a 6 if I win, or if you win."
"Nope," he informs me laughing, "we' re playing for my handicap."
I have a heard a million things to play for in my 20+ years of playing pool. I have been offered to play for drinks, for table time, for money (of course), to see if he can beat girl, for pride, etc. Even asked a few times to play for sexual favors, if the guy is stupid enough to ask and think that would work. But never for anyone's handicap setting lol.
It was a very close match (I am a 6) and after a couple of mistakes by both of us, I ended up barely winning, and he strutted away, smiling real big, being all funny, "now I'mma fiiiiiive."