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"Califon" Ed Smith
Certified PBIA Pocket Billiard Instructor
​Cell:  702-672-7819

Contact Info:

Cell:  702-672-7819

Email ID:  [email protected]

Last update: 11/282018


Ed started playing pool at the ripe young age of 10.  He played occasionally on a very small table that had pool balls the size of large marbles.  At 12 he and his father together purchased an 8' Brunswick Celebrity pool table, the actual table, that Willie Mosconi had played on during an exhibition in Gimble's Dept. Store Flushing, Queens, New York in 1960.  Here is where Ed got his introduction to what pool was all about.  For the next 3-4 years, he played actively on his own table with fellow newspaper carrier boys and at the Boys Club until reaching 16, the minimum legal age to play in a pool room in NY.  At 15 Ed played on a team for the Boys Clubs of Queens that captured the NY City Championship.  Although, Ed didn't have any formal billiard instruction, he was schooled by his father, who was a prominent player in his youth.  Ed and his father spent some well remembered weekends going to various billiard rooms in NY, such as Ames, where scenes from the movie "The Hustler" was filmed, and at McGirr's, 7-11 and the Golden Cue in Queens.  He learned by watching players who later were inducted into the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Hall of Fame.  He even received advice and tips from Joe Balsis who was the House Pro at Arcade Billiards in Jackson Heights, NY.  Some of the players he frequently watched were Irving Crane AKA "The Deacon",  Lou Butera AKA "Machine Gun Lou Butera", Larry Johnson AKA "Boston Shorty", Luther "Whimpy" Lassiter,  Joe Balsis "The Meatman", Johnny Ervolino, Michael Eufemia and even Willie Mosconi.  

Later, at age 17, Ed joined the US Navy after graduating from High School.  He was stationed in Rota, Spain assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2).  There he played pool only occasionally while in Spain and later was discharged and then married before returning to the states.  There was a ten year period when Ed didn't play much pool since he was working, going to college at night and starting a family.  It wasn't until 1981 when he began playing again after getting what we call "Pool Fever".  Ed played actively in local tavern leagues and in local pool room events in the NY/NJ area.  He frequently finished in some of their top spots and can boast of having one spectacular week where he won a tournament every night of the week.  A feat known to have been equaled only by pool league teammate and friend Billy Donofrio, another NJ resident.

Ten years later, in 1992, Ed and his wife Manoli decided to open their own billiard parlor and did so in Califon, NJ.  There Ed began to give informal instruction to customers and later decided to become a Certified Instructor and did so through the BCA Instructor program.  It was Master Instructor Fran Crimi, a ranked professional in the WPA, who worked with Ed to obtain his BCA Instructor certification.  Ed now continues his teaching affiliation with the Professional Billiard Instructor Association (PBIA), formerly the BCA instructor program.

Ed found that he liked teaching and taught hundreds of students at Califon Billiards, in their own homes and in Spain where he spent quite a bit of time.  In 2000 he was invited to serve as a Referee at one of the more prestigous events at the time, the US Open 14.1 Straight Pool tournament IN NYC with 64 of the top players worldwide.  This led into a career, serving as a Pocket Billiard Referee that spanned 15 years both in the states for the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) and the now BCAPL - Cue Sports International (CSI) and in Spain.  In Spain Ed served as a referee for the Spanish Confederation (CEP) and for a number of Euro Tour events.  During that period till 2004 Ed competed in local events, played on the Tri-State Tour finishing frequently in the top paying positions. In 2004 Ed played on a Spanish Senior National Team and won the Spanish National Senior Team Championship.

Ed now enjoys playing in several leagues in the Las Vegas area and teaching players, beginner to intermediate level,  that want to improve their pool game.  Currently he plays in leagues sanctioned by the BCA, ACS, and TAP.

Ed developed a three step shooting system which he calls the "PEP" system that he uses as a basis for teaching most students.  This can be found in the tab called "Private and Group Instruction".

Ed's advice in a few words is to identify your weaknesses, work on them and "Practice Perfect".