Meet your new history teachers, snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan (pictured right) and sports broadcaster Matt Smith (pictured left), as they cross the pond to explore America’s 300 year history with the game of pool. The real-life mates travel the US to hunt down America’s most notorious pool hustlers while meeting a few characters along the way.
The duo go to New York City, Chicago, Memphis and San Francisco, to immerse themselves in the history of each location, discovering local quirks and lapping up the Americana. The end goal is to seek out local pool shark legends in the hope they can beat them at their own game, in their own back yard! With Ronnie’s genius-with-a-cue reputation fairly unknown, it’s the perfect set up for a hustle, or so he thinks. Brand new and exclusive HISTORY® commission.
Danny Basavich, popularly known as "Kid Delicious" is a former pool hustler turned pro player. Acquiring the nickname "Kid Delicious" after defeating pool rival "Kid Vicious" Eddie Hubler, he grew up in New Jersey and discovered a natural talent for playing pool in his teens.
By the time he was around 18 he was able to win money "hustling" local pool halls and by his mid twenties was earning as much as $200,000 a year hustling pool halls across America. Once his game was discovered, he switched to professional pool and was awarded "Rookie of the Year" in 2004 by the United Pool Players Association.
On Ronnie O'Sullivan's American Hustle, snooker legend Ronnie plays Danny and learns a trick or two about the hustling trade.