Indy Pool Player Wins Vegas 9 Ball Tournament, But The Road Wasn’t Easy

Challenge and precision – the two things that first drew Joe Koltcz to billiards.

“The billiards game takes place in the six inches between your ears,” he said. “And I really enjoy that.”

For Koltcz, a 71-year-old resident of Beech Grove, the game he learned at age 15 from his friend Jack Harmon, the game the two used to play hooky, has given him many challenges over the years.

But it has also given him many opportunities.

Like in August, when Koltcz won his level at the American Poolplayers Association (APA) 9-Ball Shootout Pool Championship in Las Vegas. Levels are based on skill level.

“I crossed out a bucket list item,” Koltcz said. “It was one I didn’t even know I had.”

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