When your nickname is Kid Delicious, you know your life story is probably a good one. And Danny “Kid Delicious” Basavich definitely has one.
Born in Manalapan, New Jersey, Basavich picked up his first pool cues and headed to nearby Elite Billiards, where he was known for hustling pool games across the country before he decided to enter pro tournaments (though he continued to hustle for years).
One night at Chelsea Billiards in Manhattan, he defeated Eddie “Kid Vicious” Hubler and won $4,200 in bets. One of the people who lost money nicknamed him “Kid Delicious,” and the handle stuck.
His breakout pro year came in 2004 when he won the Reno Open and the Joss Northeast Nine-ball Tour finals. Because of his success, the United Pool Players Association named him Rookie of the Year that year and all of a sudden, the amateur had become a bona fide pro.
In 2005 he started appearing on TV and won the 16th Ocean State Championship.
From there, the legend of Kid Delicious continued to grow in pro tournaments, but mostly in billiard rooms where he continued to hustle and, according to him, make and lose roughly half a million dollars. He’s had books written about him, been the subject of a Sports Illustrated article and, in 2005, Lionsgate Entertainment negotiated for the rights to his life story. Not bad for a kid hustling with a couple pool cues in Central NJ.
Basavich has also released his line of billiard tutorials, which were highly sought after and continue to be today.
Kid Delicious remains an enigmatic figure who, despite professional success, will always be recognized for his larger-than-life personality and reputation for taking on all comers, anywhere, anytime, and always doing it with a smile on his face.
About the Author
Akaash Prasad is the Manager of QStix, a leading online pool accessories and billiard supplies retailer. QStix offers a large selection of billiard equipment including pool cues, pool cue cases, custom pool cues and many other supplies. QStix has all the billiards equipment you need in one place to make the buying process as easy as possible.
November 2, 2012 Friday at 5:59 am