Danny Basavich

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Danny "Kid Delicious" Basavich

Daniel (Danny) Basavich (born September 25, 1978) is an American professional pool player from New Jersey. He is fondly called "Kid Delicious", a nickname he acquired after defeating a player monickered "Kid Vicious".[1][2][2]

Basavich grew up in Manalapan Township, New Jersey.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Basavich was a notorious road player who hustled pool games across the country, but later decided to compete professionally in tournaments after becoming too well known to continue hustling.[4]

In 2004, Basavich was named "Rookie of the Year" by the United Pool Players Association.[5]

He made his first television appearance in the 2005 WPA World Nine-ball Championship, beating Hsia Hui-kai in the preliminary stages. He made another appearance at the 2005 Skins Billiards Championship. Basavich nearly won that tournament, but Santos Sambajon defeated him after winning the lag for last part of the sudden-death game and running out from the break.

In November 2005, Basavich defeated Corey Deuel as the Glass City Open in Toledo, Ohio, in a televised match where he broke and ran nine consecutive racks of nine-ball, resulting in a score of 10-2. He was defeated by Charlie Bryant in the finals.[6]

L. Jon Wertheim wrote an article in Sports Illustrated about Basavich in its 2004 Super Bowl Edition entitled "The Amazing Adventures of Kid Delicious and Bristol Bob".[7] Wertheim subsequently wrote a book on Basavich's adventures entitled Running the Table: The Legend of Kid Delicious, the Last Great American Pool Hustler which was released in September 2007.[8]

In 2005, Lions Gate entered into negotiations for a feature film to be loosely based on the life of Danny Basavich.[9][10]

In 2006, Basavich released the first in his new line of billiards tutorials, The Kid Delicious Advanced Clock System and Banking Secrets produced by Pooljax productions.[11]


  • The Kid Delicious Advanced Clock System and Banking Secrets DVD (2006)
  • Big Time Delicious Racking Secrets and Ultimate Pro Shotmaking DVD (2007)



  1. ^ "The Happy Hustler", The New York Times, October 6, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2010
  2. ^ McGrath, Charles. "The Happy Hustler", The New York Times, October 6, 2007. Accessed June 12, 2008. "Mr. Basavich grew up, one of two children, in Manalapan, N.J.", has 3 other brothers and sisters
  3. ^ "Shooting Pool in Grand Central", by Dan Ackman, Page D12, The Wall Street Journal Online, WSJ.com, October 7, 2004 Retrieved June 17, 2007
  4. ^ Player Profile, InternationalPoolTour.com. Retrieved June 17, 2007
  5. ^ PoolBilliardNews, November 2005. Retrieved June 21, 2007
  6. ^ Sports Illustrated, February 2004. Retrieved June 17, 2007
  7. ^ "Running The Table" With Pool Hustler Danny Basavich, by Darren Rovell, CNBC.com, October 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2007
  8. ^ Lions Gate Plans a Movie Based on the Life of Kid Delicious, About.com. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
  9. ^ Untitled Danny Basavich Bio Project, TheMovieInsider.com. Retrieved June 21, 2007
  10. ^ pooljax.com, PoolJax Productions. The Official Kid Delicious Website.