By Sean Giggy
(WAOW)- To Keith Erbrecht, playing pool is not just a hobby, it's a passion. Each week, he spends nearly half a work week practicing the game, finding time between his job and family to get better.
"I practice anywhere between 15 to 20 hours a week, so it's a lot of time, four or five days a week," Erbrecht said.
And that hard work has paid off. Erbrecht recently won the 2010 Wisconsin Men's 8-ball Division B state championship. He beat out 256 other players and didn't lost a single match in the double elimination tournament.
"I've been in state for nine years and this is the first time I've come out with a state title," Erbrecht said. "It takes a lot of practice, a lot of playing. You've got to be confident and keep shooting at the level you can shoot at."
Professional pool success runs in the Erbrecht family. Keith's wife, Cheryl, placed fifth at the national competition a few years back and Cheryl's sons have also won numerous awards with their skills.
"You've gotta love the sport," he said. "Once you love the sport of pool and the more practice you do, the better you will get."
Erbrecht started playing pool at age 17 on a table at his uncle's house and now that he's in love with the game, he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.
"When I retire, I'll be playing in a lot more tournaments because I won't have to work," Erbrecht said. "I will still be playing pool."
Next up for Erbrecht is the national competition in May.
Online Reporter- Sean Giggy