All Cued Up

It’s not every professional sport that you can just pony up some cash to play alongside some of the best in the world — in an actual competition. Actually, we can’t think of any sport. But pool is different. The names Corey Deuel, Alison Fisher, and Johnny Archer might not mean much to common folk. But to people who can shoot (and please don’t call them sharks), these names represent the top men and women in the sport. For just a cool 500 bucks, you can share a table with them, though you might not get in but a few strokes. These players don’t miss often. The Fourth Annual 10-Ball Steve Mizerak Championship starts Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) and features an open draw but with some of the best national and international male and female (playing in the same tournament, another rarity in professional sports) players as they vie for a shot at a $50,000 purse. And you could be right there with them, though you have a better chance of swallowing a cue than taking a game off these pros. If you’d rather watch than get creamed, admission is $14 each day for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and $19 for the finals on Sunday. Four-day passes cost $35. Play starts at 10 a.m. Call 800-745-3000, or visit ticketmaster.com.
Nov. 4-7, 10 a.m., 2010
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