On the first pearl, sometimes I win. Sometimes Francis wins. There doesn't seem to be any pattern I can take advantage of.
I've never beaten Francis for the second pearl. Once I lose a couple of times in a row I start thinking about the money Jade is losing. (Yea, I've got thousands of credits, but it's the principle of the thing.)
Well it took 4 attempts. Every time I would win one round the second time the sodding pucks wouldn't go down the middle. I had it saved just before so I wouldn't lose my credits and since it takes about 10 seconds to load it wasn't too much trouble.
#1 Knife Kills = Battlefield 2 MC (Old Xbox) #1 Knife Kills = BF2 MC (360) Former #1 Knife Kills = BFBC (360) #74 Knife Kills = BFBC2 (360) The Stabby Messiah.
The reason the second pearl challenge is so hard is because Francis' pink cursor moves so much faster than yours. I also find that my pink cursor was always picking the pucks that are in the far right of my side rather than the pucks next to the middle opening. I could never get on top of him because I was always shooting pucks out of the right side.
It was frustrating... When I won I felt like it was more luck than anything because you have no control over the pink cursor.