Poolhall Junkies

Poolhall Junkies (2002)

Ending / spoiler

Mike, Johnny's backer asks Brad's backer, Joe, to shoot it all, and put everything on the line. Johnny shoots so that the nine-ball ends up in between the cue ball and eight-ball, leaving Brad with a very difficult shot. Brad jumps the cue ball over the nine-ball and makes the eight-ball into a side pocket but leaves the nine-ball sandwiched between the cue ball and side rail. Brad concentrates on making the tough shot but Johnny interrupts and confidently tells him that it's a very easy shot and that he'd gladly take it. Brad replies to Johnny that he, too, would rather have Johnny try it. Joe asks Johnny for $5000 to take the shot and Johnny agrees. Johnny tries the shot but the nine-ball ends up inches short from the corner pocket. Brad positions his cue for the final shot but Johnny stops him and says that he just paid $5000 for Brad's shot, and therefore it's now his shot. He takes his shot and wins the money. The gangsters chase down Joe and later Johnny goes pro.

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