The Sneaky Pete or Hustler style cue is the oldest and most traditional design for a two piece pool 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.
As for where the name came from, the story goes something like this. Peter Anthony Crisafi aka Sneaky Pete was born in 1919 in New York and was an accomplished pool player. He traveled around playing for money. As the story goes, he did this because he was no good at playing cards. He stole his favorite house cue from Flambonis in New York and had it made into two pieces that screwed together so he could take it with him.
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. The "sneaky pete" description is used more liberally today, being applied to any cue design that would be considered plain or basic. This can even include cues that feature steel joints like the Mezz Sneaky Pete.
Here at PoolDawg, we carry a wide range of Sneaky Pete cues from a variety of manufacturers. As always, if you have questions about sneaky pete cues or any of the 3000+ products we carry, just give us a call at 866-843-3294.
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