If you got our email earlier today, it had some information on the Sneaky Pete, but was missing one vital piece of information – Just Who Is Sneaky Pete??
As I’ve said before, we’ve got the best customers in the business. A few hours after sending the email out, one of our customers sent me the story of Peter Anthony Crisafi, otherwise known as Sneaky Pete.
“Peter Anthony Crisafi or sneaky pete was born in 1919 in New york and was a billiard player. He traveled around playing for money. He did this because he was no good at playing cards and he was to lazy to work hard. He stole his favorite billiard cue from Flambonis in New York and had it made into two pieces that screwed together so he could take it with him.”
Now I couldn’t find this reference anywhere else so I’m taking it on faith, but it makes a hell of a good story. Anyone else know this story? Leave a comment and let me know.
The Sneaky Pete or Hustler cue is the oldest and most traditional design for a two piece cue. The original concept for the Sneaky Pete was to create a cue that would look like a standard bar cue when assembled. That way, if a pool hustler was using a high end cue, his opponents would see his cue and just assume it was a bar cue. An example of a sneaky pete cue is the Meucci 9701 pictured here.
Today, fewer people buy Sneaky Pete cues for the sole purpose of hustling unsuspecting pool players. Because of the traditional style and inherent beauty of the Sneaky Pete, it remains one of the most popular and best selling pool cue design styles on the market today.