5 Hustler themed haiku

5 Hustler themed haiku

– In memory of Freddy ‘The Beard’ Bentivegna and all other pool hustlers up there

It’s them, going to work when everybody else is done. Acting in the dark. Distracting and deceiving. Two-faced people who master the art of impression management. Playing people with their tricks like magicians. It’s their income. Their rush. Their need. Their life. It’s what they do:

Give him every morning the money that he may gain during the day, on condition that he does not play – you will make him unhappy. It will perhaps be said that what he seeks is the amusement of play, not gain. Let him play for nothing; he will lose interest and be wearied” [1]

A cold winter night:
the hustler holding his cue
taking their money

Dark winter morning:
hustlers walking down the street
their hands holding cash

First hot summer night:
people trying to cool down
hustlers warming up

Distraction is key,
tricks are used upon himself
a hustler beaten

The sound of pool balls,
two-faced person deceiving
one hustler at work

[1] Polsky, N. (1967) Hustlers, Beats, and Others Chicago, Aldine Publishing Co..

Read The “Encyclopedia” of Pool Hustlers for all Freddy’s stories about other pool hustlers.


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About Pepijn de Wit

An adventurous pool player from the Netherlands who’s a croupier and curious cultural anthropologist in need of knowledge to understand the world around him, goes by the name Pepijn de Wit. He values experiences more than anything and wants to see, and learn as much of the world as possible before leaving it. Hustling, the most charming and dark element of pool, would therefore not be his trade, although it would make it easier for him to stop mind-traveling while surfing the internet. He applauds cultural diversity, the ambitious, the graceful, and the open-minded. His ambitions are big, his dreams even bigger. He’s a One Pocket lover, tournament director of the One Pocket Series, and pushes for One Pocket to take over and electrify Europe!