My friend and fellow pro/instructor CJ WILEY, just released this long awaited documentary!

You can order directly from me on this page.


This is the story of what happened behind the scenes of the Million Dollar Challenge.

With one million dollars on the line, on April 10, 1996 Earl “the Pearl” Strickland did the unimaginable. He ran 11 racks of 9-ball at the inaugural event of the PCA Pro Pocket Billiards Tour. While it was a miraculous feat, it simultaneously dealt a fatal blow to the new Pro Pocket Billiards Tour and gave a death strike to what might have been the rise of televised table pool as a mainstream sport. CJ Wiley had spent years preparing a new tour to showcase the sport, using a million dollar prize as the main draw. His goal was to breakout pool as a mainstream sport.

Through an in depth interview you will hear how Earl trained to achieve this incredible level of performance, the legal battles that eventually vindicated CJ Wiley, and accounts of the following two-plus years to honor the prize through the accounts of CJ Wiley, Tournament Director Jay Helfert and many more. It is a tale of struggle for the game and a telling of the greatest achievement in the history of pool.

Directed by Mary Avina

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Investment to own this episode of Pro Pool History:
$24.94 (includes shipping)


Outside of USA?
$39.95 (includes shipping)

Thanks and see you soon…

Max Eberle

below is a pic of me at the 1996 Dallas Million Dollar Challenge where I placed 4th.

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