The pool hall's owner, Tony Annigoni, lost an appeal of a small claims court judgment against him from earlier this year. (Daily Republic file 2009)
Behind the eight ball was a legendary player Tony Annigoni, a managing partner of the U.S. Pool Players Association and the owner of the Two Cushion Club pool hall on North Texas Street.
"The game of billiards has destroyed my naturally sweet disposition.
- Mark Twain
was appealing a small claims court judgment awarded to Michael J. Gregory back in March.
Gregory, who has been putting cue stick to cue ball for more than 20 years, got to make the first shot in the court hearing.
had spent four days in Reno in the Pacific Rim International Expo back in 2010 competing against more than 100 pool players.
Gregory played a video clip of himself, Annigoni
and the second-place finisher at the awards ceremony at the Peppermill Resort in which Annigoni
told Gregory the $5,000 check would be put in the mail Friday.
Having won the tournament twice before, in 2001 and 2006, he
had no idea the winnings would be elusive.
A week passed, then a month.
"After eight months I lost faith in Mr. Annigoni
," Gregory told Mattice.
looked over at Gregory and took his
best shot - a hard smack.
then gave Mattice a primer on billiards challengers who agree to throw a game with one of them winning and the other agreeing to take a dive.
"Immediately after the event it was brought to our attention that collusion had been going on which is specifically against association rules and the rules of conduct for all tournament events," Annigoni