History of the Trick Shot:
The first time I saw this shot was the
early 1970’s when a road player came to my pool room in
Verona, NJ and set up the shot to show off after beating up on
some of the locals. I tried the shot unsuccessfully until years
later when my road partner Mike Massey gave me some pointers.
GTS Name and Why: Deception:
When I finally mastered the shot, I realized that the shot was very deceiving as the cue ball
heads in one direction with the 8-Ball going in the side pocket
moving in the opposite direction. I thought about situations in
life that appear to be headed in the wrong direction and people
who mislead you. I realized that we must rely on God’s Word
and what He will do!
Scripture References in NIV Translation:
Jeremiah 29:11; I
John 1:8; Proverbs 12:19-22; Philippians 1:6; Galatians 6:3;
Romans 10:9,13; John 3:16; Romans 8:28.
Cue Ball Placement:
Place cue ball as shown moving no more
than a diamond width from that position.
Object Ball(s) Placement:
Place object balls as shown frozen with
the two pairs of balls on rail with the top ball in the pair about ½
ball over the other. The pair of balls on the bottom rail are the key
balls in the six-ball combination with the other two pairs of balls
clearing out for the 8-Ball to pass towards the side pocket. The 8-
Ball is pocketed after kicking off the single object ball sitting in
front of side pocket E.
Pocket only the 8-Ball using all the object balls (see
note below) in the set-up of the trick shot.
You can add or remove one or more object balls
from side rail DE combination to adjust for proper contact from
the pair of balls on head rail DA. Split first pair of balls on rail
DE with slight low draw English on the cue ball so it does not
collide with the 8-Ball coming up rail DE.
Crowd Reactions Through the Years:
I ask people to guess where the 8-Ball will be pocketed. Usually it takes five guesses
to pick the correct pocket. I then remind the people that the shot
is called Deception. Then I remind them about life and how
things are not always as they appear. Something to think about!
Author: Steve Lillis
Editor: Chris Freeman