Endless Summer – Excerpt from The Memphis Flyer

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.

With nearly 30 well-kept tables (no rips in the felt!) and plenty of great-condition cues (not warped, and with tips!), it’s all about real-deal pool here. It’s so legit that you’ll find league games going almost every night. But don’t fret — aside from the busiest league days, Sunday and Tuesday — you won’t have any trouble finding an open table.

Thursday night’s 9-ball tournaments have been going strong for more than 20 years and are open to all with a $15 entry fee. Quarter tables ($1.50 per game) and hourly tables ($3 or $4 per person, per hour, depending on table size) are available seven days a week. In this Summer Avenue “World of Amusement,” fun-seekers can also play foosball or darts. And don’t forget the beer, some of the cheapest you’ll find at $2.75 for domestic bottles. Smoking is allowed inside, so it’s a 21-and-up venue, which means you might see me there, with my cig, High Life, and serious game face, reliving my glory days. — Shara Clark

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WEEK 1

tuesday totals RD.1
NOTHING BUT 9’S 206
WERE BACK 206
THE ONES 203
CLASSICS 196
BALL BREAKERS 194
GR8FUL DEAD 191
FA CUE 190
POOR & HUNGRY 189
IT COULD HAPPEN 172
KILLER CUES 167
HIT & RUN 158
RD. 1
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WEEK8

  Wednesday        
1597 DEPT. OF DEFENSE        
1516 ERVIN ‘S RAIDERS        
1504 6 PACK BALLERS        
1486 DIRTY RATZ        
1475 FIRST FAMILY        
1469 THE WARRIORS        
1467 16 BALLS        
1452 THE DISRESPECTFUL        
1406 NUT BUSH REBELS        
1394 HOP TO IT        
1334 MIS-UNDERSTOOD        
1324 WOLF PACK        
           
  Rd. 1      
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wed.

  Wednesday        
1193 DEPT. OF DEFENSE        
1154 MIS-UNDERSTOOD        
1132 ERVIN ‘S RAIDERS        
1126 6 PACK BALLERS        
1115 DIRTY RATZ        
1114 FIRST FAMILY        
1112 NUT BUSH REBELS        
1100 THE DISRESPECTFUL        
1098 16 BALLS        
1088 THE WARRIORS        
1037 HOP TO IT        
1000 WOLF PACK        
           
  Rd. 1      
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week 17

  tuesday totals      
3377 KILLER CUES      
3331 GR8FUL DEAD      
3301 THE ONES      
3291 CLASSICS      
3289 NOTHING BUT 9’S      
3278 HIT & RUN      
3225 BALL BREAKERS      
3214 FA CUE      
3114 POOR & HUNGRY      
3109 IT COULD HAPPEN      
  Rd. 2    
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week 5

  Wednesday        
996 DEPT. OF DEFENSE        
943 FIRST FAMILY        
939 ERVIN ‘S RAIDERS        
938 6 PACK BALLERS        
928 16 BALLS        
923 DIRTY RATZ        
923 THE DISRESPECTFUL        
922 NUT BUSH REBELS        
917 MIS-UNDERSTOOD        
911 THE WARRIORS        
862 WOLF PACK        
841 HOP TO IT        
           
  Rd. 1      
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week4

  Wednesday        
802 DEPT. OF DEFENSE        
761 FIRST FAMILY        
754 16 BALLS        
748 ERVIN ‘S RAIDERS        
744 DIRTY RATZ        
743 MIS-UNDERSTOOD        
734 THE DISRESPECTFUL        
732 THE WARRIORS        
732 6 PACK BALLERS        
704 NUT BUSH REBELS        
693 WOLF PACK        
633 HOP TO IT        
           
  Rd. 1      
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week 17

  tuesday totals      
3183 KILLER CUES      
3130 GR8FUL DEAD      
3109 NOTHING BUT 9’S      
3100 HIT & RUN      
3100 CLASSICS      
3095 THE ONES      
3056 BALL BREAKERS      
3023 FA CUE      
2906 IT COULD HAPPEN      
2891 POOR & HUNGRY      
  Rd. 2    
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wed.

Wednesday        
604 DEPT. OF DEFENSE        
588 FIRST FAMILY        
576 DIRTY RATZ        
569 MIS-UNDERSTOOD        
565 16 BALLS        
559 THE WARRIORS        
553 6 PACK BALLERS        
545 ERVIN ‘S RAIDERS        
533 WOLF PACK        
524 NUT BUSH REBELS        
516 THE DISRESPECTFUL        
455 HOP TO IT        
           
  Rd. 1      
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tues

  tuesday totals      
2982 KILLER CUES      
2932 GR8FUL DEAD      
2916 NOTHING BUT 9’S      
2896 HIT & RUN      
2892 CLASSICS      
2888 BALL BREAKERS      
2883 THE ONES      
2816 FA CUE      
2748 POOR & HUNGRY      
2717 IT COULD HAPPEN      
  Rd. 2    
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