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article image2-Year-Old Pool Prodigy Winning Attention

By Tricia Van der Grient     May 27, 2009 in Sports
A toddler from New York has a growing reputation as a pool shark. Keith O'Dell Jr. started playing pool on a child-size table, but has since moved up to a regulation table. The tyke has already gained international attention.
A New York toddler is developing a reputation as a pool shark. The tyke has to stand on a chair to reach the regulation-size table but that hasn’t stopped him from learning a mean bank shot.
Two-year-old Keith O’Dell Jr. from upstate New York is the son of pool-playing parents and has his own website ( He has appeared on talk shows and been on numerous news shows across North America.
The toddler recently traveled to Las Vegas to put on a demonstration for the American Pool Association. He is the youngest member of the APA.
O’Dell's father Keith O'Dell says the tyke started playing pool on a child-size table that he got for Christmas.
He opened it up and just started shooting. Chin on the stick, closed bridge, a nice stroke, it was just unbelievable,"
His parents say pool is also teaching him colors and how to count.
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