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The ups and downs of Hall of Fame Billiards player and trick shot artist Mike Massey

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) -

Mike Massey, the Number 1 Pocket Billiards trick shot artist in the world, displayed his talents in South Mississippi last week.  I had the opportunity to sit down with the 70-year-old World Champion at the Billiards & Bistro in Vancleave.

Mike Massey won his first World Trick Shot Championship in 1992.

Massey said, "I've won 18 World Championships.  I was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.  I hold some world records in events.

Massey says he became a hustler and started playing billiards at the age of 13 in a little town in Tennessee.  He says his life became an uphill struggle.

"I only finished the eighth grade, "said Massey.  " I was abused all my life and stuff and had a lot of questions.  I was smoking at a very young age.  Drunk for the first time when I was 3-years-old.  I was an alcoholic, everything."

As a teenager Massey says he got trapped in what he calls an element of the billiards game that plunges you deep into a bad life.

"I was a gambler at that time, "stated Massey.  " I loved the gambling part of it and everything and at the age of 15 I was the best player around in the area.  I use to hitch hike to towns around the area."

When Massey was 17-years-old he enlisted into the military and won tournaments in Germany.  After serving his country Massey says he got back into the rough life of a billiards hustler.

Massey said, "I traveled on the road and became a hardcore hustler and than I had a religious experience. I came home one night, looked into the mirror, skin and bones, 150 pounds, 6-foot-4.  Basically was illiterate, but Gold called me at that time.  He knew I was going to go through that.  So, from there to now I've gotten into scripture, to the Bible, ready and finding out what it's all about."

So what is Mike Massey doing these days? Part two on the Hall of Fame billiards player airs Tuesday night on WLOX News Now at ten.

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