Pool Player Talks Smack About East Moline On Joe Rogan Podcast
A clip from The Joe Rogan Experience has gone viral in the Quad Cities recently, showing pool player Fedor Gorst talking down on the area.
In June of 2022, it seems Fedor Gorst came to the Quad Cities to play in a tournament at Leisure Time Billiards in East Moline, and he wasn't a fan of the area or the pool hall.
"Had a bad experience. Went to East Moline, Illinois this year. We were playing on Valley Bar Tables," Fedor told Rogan at the end of the episode. "Bar tables with 5.5" inch pockets, with dead rails and smaller balls. I mean, it was absolutely crazy."
He goes on to give his opinions of the area.
"This was one of those places I didn't really want to go out on the street. Just wanted to be in the corner of the pool hall and wait for my manager," Fedor told Rogan.
Rogan asked Fedor what the bad experience was about the trip, and Fedor explained he was "Just feeling something could happen" to him.
"It's tough to explain, but just the vibe of the pool room and the vibe of the city, I didn't like it," Fedor said. "It's in the middle of nowhere, it was tough to get there. I had to take a taxi from St. Louis - four hour drive - it wasn't worth it. I won't ever go back there."
Check out the clip, shared to Facebook:
Now, I'm ready to counter this guy right now. First off, this guy took a cab from St. Louis to East Moline. That's about a $318 Uber ride - remember this for later.
Also, he said the place was filled with smoke. Guess where you can't smoke? Leisure Time.
To the middle of nowhere? Leisure Time is located at 845 Avenue of the Cities in East Moline. So no, not the middle of nowhere, kind of dead center in a metropolitan area - in fact, you're sharing a parking lot with a McDonald's.
First off, the Quad Cities is close to half a million people, but I guess a population that size would live in the "middle of nowhere."
Looking at a post on AZ Billiards, this guy took 8th place - a total prize of $700. You take his cab ride from St. Louis into account, and he's only headed home $382, and that's not including his hotel and food, plus he has to get back to St. Louis.
This Fedor guy is just mad he didn't get the placement and payout he was hoping for, and so our area's "a bad vibe."
Go play around at Leisure Time this week, and let them know you love them.