I was a little stunned to learn while having a conversation with a friend that has been around the pool gambling scene here in New York for many years, that the unwritten rules that govern the pool action has been lost on this younger generation of players especially in this area.
When people put a player in the box here, they seriously expect to make more than the player does. I understand they are generally looking to take up to 70%, this is preposterous and just boggles my mind. Why would any player in his right mind even agree to let anyone back them at that rate. The unwritten rule here is the player gets 50% of the winnings after expenses (time is paid). Because there would be no money to be split if said player did not do the heavy lifting.
When people come in and see a player in action gambling out of his own pocket, it is customary here for them to feel like they can ask for or are entitled to a piece of his action. This seems amazing to me that this is done this way, you do not interfere in a persons action unless you are partners that generally put in together. Then it is the players option if he wants to let you in. If he is short and he ask you to go in to make up the stakes that is a horse of a different color.
When a player is gambling for say $100 and you are allowed to bet on the rail with his opponent (and this should be with the permission of the player), it is customary to give that player 10% jelly from anything you make off his efforts. You should never bet more than that player is playing for, because then you are interfering in his action if you bust his fish before he can get the money from him. You owe him money, again you would not have made any money if not for his efforts.
Back in the old days if you are going to bet on the rail with a players opponent for a $1000, while he is only playing for $100. You could bet your last $ that he is dumping that game and splitting that $1000 with his opponent, because you are interfering with his pigeon. He should dump on you because that is slimy. As I understand it when they do that here they have no intention of giving the player any jelly.
I don't know where they picked up these habits, or why any self respecting player would play under these conditions, when they are clearly just trying to exploit them.
Four players went on a short road trip, I noticed that two of the guys were betting $80 on the side while one was playing a guy for $30 a game. After every game he won they gave the guy playing and the second guy $10 each, I was thinking umm I wonder how they are going to count up the winnings at the end, but I filed that away for future references.
At the end of the night the guy playing had pulled down about $500, they asked him for their cut, they said just give us $40 which he handed over to them. I thought umm that's peculiar. As I remember the rules when four guys go on a road trip they are splitting the take after expenses 4/ways, which means all the money won get counted and split in 4 equal shares. Not 2 guys split 2/3 and 2 guys split 1/3.
I realize though that this is common place for them here, because evidently they feel that not everyone can do simply math. Instead they should be trying to conduct themselves with dignity and honor, because there is a certain amount of honor among thieves. I don't think they are aware that there is a code of conduct, even in an arena such as a poolroom. The old hustlers I'm sure would be turning over in their graves, to see the way these youngsters are conducting themselves and destroying the etiquette of this great game.
I thought I would take the time to write down a few of the rules that I remember;
1) Never knock another mans action, unless you want it done to you
2) Never intefere in another persons negoitions or game
3) If asked how a person plays? Unless you are in for half with the person asking. Your answer should always be play him and find out. Don't be a knocker!
4) If someone is negotiating or playing someone wait until they quit before trying to steal the guys pigeon
5) Be considerate when in a poolroom, the guy on the next table could be shooting that shot for a $1000. You wouldn't want him sharking you if you were shooting it.
6) Don't be a nit! When you bark at someone and they say lets go, grow some stones don't start humming and hawing and asking for weight now
7) Don't play with air barrels, if you don't have money to pay don't make the bet
8) When its the other players turn at the table sit down and shut the hell up let him play, if you have something to say to your friends wait until its your turn at the table.
9) If the time is less than 10% of what you win, pay the time.
10) If someone had turned you on to this game give him 10% jelly
11) When you see someone practicing or working on something, at lease have the curtesy to wait until he is finished before you try to approch or interupt him
I hope this helps to shed a little light on the erosion of these rules, if anyone knows of any that I missed please feel free to send your suggestions to me