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MAY 2013


Jointed Cue 44th Annual Reunion Tournament in memory of Terry Stonier Page 11

Danny Gokhul 1st Place

Picture courtesy of Loren Mah

Shane Van Boening Wins Andy Mercer Memorial at Rum Runner in Las Vegas Page 13

Shane Van Boening

Jeremy Jones

Callado comes back to double dip Montour and claim WPBA Regional Tour Championship Page 5

Eleanor Callado & Jana Montour Picture courtesy of Suzanne Smith

CUE SPORTS JOURNAL Editor and Publisher....John Henderson P.O. Box 681, Plymouth, CA 95669 530-391-8316

Hot Dogs & One Pocket Thanks to Mary Kenniston for the article & pictures of Hall of Famer Bill ‘Weenie Beenie’ Staton in this issue of Cue Sports Journal. Weenie Beenie got his nickname and became quite wealthy from his hot dog stands around our nations capital. We have our own local ‘Hot Dog’ entrepreneur who plays a little pool here in Northern California, Jesse Gilbert-La Vere. Jesse and Erin Ernst own Best In Show, and you will find them all over the Bay Area with their hot dog carts and their Hot Dog Stand on Wheels called ‘Pastronomy’ providing New York Style Hot Dogs and Deli Sandwiches. You can check them out on Facebook at Best In Show Hot Dogs.

Picture courtesy of Bee Davison

I met Jesse years ago when he was a bartender at Magoo’s in Pleasant Hill, CA, where I played on a BCA Bar League team. One night I packed up my pool case and headed home, leaving my McDaniel cue leaning against the wall. Jesse recognized it for a players cue and checked around to find out who it belonged to. I got a call from teammate Dave Piona, who told me Jesse had my cue. I went back to the bar and picked it up from Jesse, giving him a little jelly, happy to have my cue back. I do not think Jesse is a millionaire yet or quite ready for the Hall of Fame, but he is working hard towards both of those goals. He is an action man, like ‘Beenie’ was, and when you see him and he is not selling hot dogs, he is there to play. Usually a little one pocket. Page 2

Picture courtesy of Bee Davison Page 3

Z-Banging With The Beard A Z-Bang is when the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th rail of a bank shot happens to be a non-complimentary cushion. The Z-Bang name comes from the path of the bank shot describing a “Z” pattern. A non-complimentary cushion effect occurs when the cue ball goes from a short rail to another short rail, or a long rail to another long rail. (ie., cross-side twice, or straight back up and down) A complimentary cushion is of course, when the cue ball goes from a short rail to a long rail, or a long rail to a short rail, and so on. The “complimentary” aspect of the shot is that the cue ball will pick up “running english” off of every “complimentary” cushion that it contacts. Running english, is english that helps the cue ball spread at a wider angle off of the cushion. Conversely, when the cue ball goes from same type rail to same type rail (short to short, long to long) it will not pick up any running english, and depending on the angle, will instead pick up reverse english and shorten up the outgoing angle. If the incoming angle off of the 1st cushion is wide enough, or if the speed of the cue ball is such that the english that the cue ball picked up off of the first rail has worn off, then the cue ball can “break” and take a natural path and angle off the 2nd rail. If this all seems a little deep, and it kinda is, just work off of the diagrams below and use the described systems. You don’t need to know the science to make the shot. Good luck and good shooting.

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Callado Wins WPBA Regional Tour Championship Eleanor Callado and Jana Montour played three matches to determine the WPBA’s 2013 Regional Tour Championship. Heavily favored, Montour, who’s been the top-ranked player two out of the last three years with the Northwest Women’s Pool Association, took the first of those three to sit in the hot seat. Callado, though, went to the semifinals, downed Susan Williams and returned to take the last two to claim the title. The $3,000-added WPBA Regional Tour Championship drew 64 entrants, all top finishers from eight WPBA Regional Tours, to Bogie’s Billiards in Houston, TX. It was the second time that the event had been hosted by Bogie’s Billiards, under the tour directorship of Kim White-Newsome, and was livestreamed via The event’s final matches (from quarterfinals) will be available on the site through Friday. Callado’s eight-match trip to the winners’ circle went through Amber Stone, Angela Martinez, Kim Pierce, and Janet Atwell to arrive among the winners’ side final four and a match against Suzanne Smith. Montour, in the meantime, got by Angela Garza, Shanna Lewis, Jeri Engh and Shawn Modelo, before hooking up with the NWPA’s 2012 Rookie of the Year, Sandy Badger, in the other winners’ side semifinal. Callado got into the hot seat match with a 9-2 win over Smith. Montour joined her after sending Badger west 9-4. Montour took the first of three against Callado 9-7 and sat in the hot seat, awaiting her return. On the loss side, Smith picked up Susan Williams, who’d shut out Shawn Modelo and survived a double hill matchup against Mary Hopkin. Badger ended up with Debbie Cervantes, who’d gotten by Atwell 7-5 and Belinda Lee 7-4. Badger ended Cervantes RTC run with a 7-1 victory, and in the quarterfinals, faced Williams, who’d hung on to defeat Smith, double hill. Another double hill struggle that seemed, at times, to go on forever, ensued. Williams, fresh off her double hill win over Smith, was in stroke, and survived the quarterfinal battle against Badger, only to run into a determined Callado. Callado wasted little time, winning the semifinal match 7-4 and moving back for a double elimination finals battle against Montour. It was something of an epic struggle, with Callado gaining an early lead and Montour fighting back to challenge. Callado took the opening set 9-7, and went on to win the shortened second set 7-2 to claim the Regional Tour Championship title. By Skip Maloney - AzB Staff - 2013-03-26

WPBA Regional Tour Championship March 23 - 24, 2013 Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar Houston, Texas Place

Player Name


Eleanor Callado $2,250


Jana Montour


Susan Williams $ 900


Sandy Badger


$ 720


Debbie Cervantes Suzanne Smith $ 540


Belinda Lee Mary Hopkin

$ 450

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He became a television commentator for early billiard events on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and ESPN.

WALL OF FAME Mary Kenniston

BILL STATON (“Weenie Beenie”) Bill Staton was born in Concord, NC youngest of nine children. As a young ed the University of North Carolina at served in the US Army Air Corps…and

in 1928 – the man, he attendChapel Hill and never hit a ball.

In 1950 and in his early twenties, Bill went into business with his oldest brother – opening a hot dog stand in Arlington, VA and calling it “Weenie Beenie.” Soon afterward, a simple event would propel him into a world that would change his life. The phone rang one night and he was told that his cook had failed to show up for his shift. Bill knew that the man was a regular at the neighborhood pool room so he went there looking for him. Sure enough, there he was – gambling on a pool game. While he was waiting for the cook to finish up, someone approached him and asked him if he’d like to play a game for a couple of dollars. Fifty five dollars later, he was broke but hooked. And so began his double life - businessman by day – pool player by night. He bought a pool table for his home and was determined to learn how to play. He’d practice, take lessons, go to the pool room and go home broke. Practice some more, take more lessons, go to the pool room and go home broke. Over and over but little by little, he learned and improved. He played anyone, any speed and any game. By the time he was about thirty, he was a player.

Paulie Jansco, Luther Lassiter, Bill Staton, Jimmy Moore & George Jansco – Early ‘60s World All Round - Johnston City, IL

Larry Schwartz, Bill Staton, Ronnie Allen, Billy Incardona, Ed Kelly ‘93 Cue-Topia - Las Vegas NV

From the very formal World Straight Pool Championships in New York City to the raucous late night action of the World All Round Championships in Johnston City, IL, Bill fit in easily and had friends from every strata of the pool world. He caught the attention of AMF and became one of their “Staff of Champions.” This led to television appearances on shows such as “I’ve Got A Secret,” talk shows like “The Mike Douglas Show” and perhaps his most famous appearance, “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and Mamie Van Doren.

Johnny Carson, Mamie Van Doren, Bill Staton Mid ‘60s - The Tonight Show

Bill eventually parlayed that first hot dog stand into a chain of six and a truck stop. In 1967, he and a fellow player, Charlie DeValliere, opened the Jack & Jill Cue Club, also in Arlington, VA. Jack & Jill’s became a mecca for both tournament players as well as road men. There was always something going on for everyone. By this time, Bill had acquired the nickname, “Weenie Beenie.” Beenie was the originator of the first US Open and held many other events attended by players from all over the country. A fierce competitor, Beenie took down a few titles of his own. He was a five-time Virginia State champion and won many events including the 1972 Stardust Open One Pocket Championship in Las Vegas. He bet, won and lost thousands of dollars gambling with everyone from Jersey Red to Grady Mathews to Ronnie Allen in places like the infamous Rack in Detroit to Red’s in Houston. He traveled all over the world with his cue, touring with the USO in Europe and doing commentary for the Japan Open. In 1981, Beenie retired to Myrtle Beach, SC with his wife of many years, Norma. An avid golfer, with over a hundred golf courses and mild weather, Myrtle Beach was heaven. He and Norma traveled extensively – more than once driving across the country in their custom van visiting family and friends and exploring places like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. As he had throughout his life, Beenie enjoyed going to the major events and was honored to be chosen as one of the inaugural inductees into the One Pocket Hall of Fame in 2004. Beenie passed away at the age of 77 in 2006 leaving his wife of 52 years, three children, four grandchildren and thousands of friends all over the world. The photos were given to me by Beenie when I opened Cue-Topia in 1988 and are part of the Bill Staton Collection on my Facebook Wall of Fame:

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Runner-up Jean Balukas and tournament champ Dorothy Wise with room owners Bill Staton and Charlie DeValliere ‘69 US Open 14.1 Championship Jack & Jill Cue Club - Arlington, VA

Bernard Rogoff & Mary Kenniston ’11 One Pocket Hall of Fame Dinner Derby City Classic – Elizabeth, IN

BERNARD ROGOFF My friend, Mike Berezny, just gave me the sad news that one of the most colorful threads in the tapestry of the game has left us. Unfortunately, some of us suspected that he was nearing the end of his days. He had long been a fixture at the One Pocket Hall of Fame Dinner held annually at Derby City but this year, he was a no-show. We all knew he wouldn’t miss it for anything...

Bunny had a daily route that took him all over Vegas - going from bar to pool room to bar - checking out the action or the possibilities. He was a great actor - playing the bumbling salesman, the hapless drunk, the hard-working guy just getting off work or the naive mark for the unsuspecting bar room champ. His spotless late model station wagon was filled to the brim with boxes of cutlery, silverware - all kinds of things. And, of course, sets of pots and pans. Once a day, he’d come by my place, Cue-Topia, lugging in something from the car, grinning from ear to ear and barking, “Hey, Mare! Betcha you can use one of these or know someone who can!” Everybody in the place would come over to see his deal of the day and he’d almost always get somebody. He’d always get me for something once every few weeks and, invariably, relieve one of the guys of a few dollars on the pool table. He knew I discouraged hustling on the recreational side of the room but the Guv was gentle. He’d never gouge - he’d only nick, so I let him slide. He was cultivating a customer & hustling me at the same time! He’d be satisfied with the five, ten or fifteen bucks he’d relieve them of - he knew he could turn the guy into a weekly allowance. I’ve been told by others from his day that he was a top player just a notch under the legends - but I never saw his true speed. In ‘96, Bunny came in second in the BCA Senior Singles 8 Ball Championship. I had already heard the news so when he came in the door, I congratulated him and ribbed him about dogging it in the finals. “Dogging it! I was stealing playing all those old farts! Just didn’t want to COMPLETELY knock my action!” And, that was Bunny in a nutshell…always thinking about that next hustle. He was a legend and a character – literally a dying breed. We’ll sure miss the Charlie Chaplin getup, those corny jokes, the goofy grin and all those one-liners…and I’ll sure miss you, my friend. Scout’s honor… RIP, Guv, RIP…

Bernard Rogoff, AKA “Pots & Pans,” “The Governor” or “Bunny,” passed away in a hospice in Las Vegas. Vegas was his home for many years - since at least 1979 anyway - that was the year that I first met him. I believe he was 87. The Guv was the best hustler I ever saw...he could turn the guy that wouldn’t bet he was alive or water’s wet into someone betting ten or twenty a game - and rehash him week after week, sometimes for years. He was incredibly quick-witted and creative, funny and exasperating, charming and persistent - all rolled up into a guy that never stopped trying to make a buck. Picture courtesy of Jennie Malloy IPT event at the The Venetian, July 2006

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5536 Garfield Avenue Sacramento, California 95841 Phone (916) 332-8793

Start time is 1 PM, free practice and sign ups begin at Noon. Double elimination, race to 5/3. League players that are “A” players have a $10 entry. All other league players $5 entry No professional players allowed. First of the Month 9 Ball results: 41 players-Hard Times added $300 Tim Larson, gets sent to the one loss side by Amar Kang and then wins his next three matches to face Amar again and double dips him for the win, snapping Amar’s long winning streak on Sundays. 1 Tim Larson $375 2 Amar Kang $250 3 Dannie Stewart $175 4 Juan Cordero $130 5 Jaynard Orque $85 6 George Pagulayan $85 7 Robert Aldana $60 8 Rudy Estoque $60 One Pocket results: 30 players--Hard Times added $150 1 Amar Kang $275 2 Carl Wilson $190 3 Chris Cruz $135 4 Chris Macdonald $90 5 Deo Alpajora $60 6 Robert Aldana $60 7 Eric Krause $40 8 Alex Bradley $40

Chicago, Illinois - Steinway Billiards has been selected as the official location of the 73rd World Tournament of 14.1 ! The championship will take place in New York City on August 19th-24th,2013. Dragon Promotions, in cooperation with Dr.Michael Fedak, will once again produce the greatest straight pool championship in the world in its eighth consecutive year since its 2006 resurrection. Through additional support from such sponsors such as Championship Cloth, Aramith Balls and Master Chalk, the absolute best pool players from around the world will arrive on the birth country of 14.1 once more to attend this prestigious event, and vie for the coveted title of greatest straight pool player in the world. “Steinway Billiards is extremely honored to be chosen as the host of the 73rd World Tournament. Steinway, and actually the entire city of New York, is thrilled and cant wait to host this beautiful, exciting event!”, said Manny Stamatakis, one of the co-owners of Steinway Billiards. The legendary poolroom was established in 1990 and has thrived the past 23 years. Steinway has 25 full size 9ft tables, a full bar, famous food from it’s full service restaurant, and has free parking for up to 60 cars. Steinway Billiards is co-owned by George Nikolakakos and Anna Nikolakakos.

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Pedro Piedrabuena again proved to be the best three-cushion player in the United States, winning his third consecutive USBA national championship and sixth overall, by besting a field of 42 at Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo in Edison, New Jersey. In the final game, Piedrabuena defeated an old rival, Hugo Patiño, 40-24 in 31 innings. With his victory, Pedro Piedrabuena earned the right to play in the Pan American Championship (PAC) tournament in the week of June 17 Colombia. Joining him will be Patiño. In addition, Mazin Shooni will also play as he and Piedrabuena were unable to play in last year’s PAC because of a calendar conflict. Piedrabuena’s victory ended four long but exciting days of play. The 42 players in this year’s event marked a first - they ranged in age from 21-year-old Sergio Hernandez of Miami to 81-yearold Bob Tracy of Washington. And as in past tournaments, they came from all across the country. The field was divided into six flights of seven players for the preliminaries. Play was competitive throughout the first day as the tournament got underway.

The United States Snooker Association (USSA) is pleased to announce the staging of the 2013 United States National Snooker Championship. Closing date for entries is by the end of Sunday, May 19, 2013. The winner of the Championship will be crowned the 2013 United States National Snooker Champion, and alongside the runner-up will gain automatic selection to represent the United States at the 2013 International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Championships, which will be staged in the Latvian capital of Riga from November 18-30. The USSA is very pleased and excited to stage the most prestigious annual snooker event in the United States in a new location, which helps to spread the snooker word to a new area. The Championship will take place from Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27, and the Championship will be played using an initial Group phase with the qualifying placed players from each Group advancing into the single elimination Knockout phase of the event. Although Friday, May 24, has been designated a practice day in which also the Players’ Meeting and Championship draw will be conducted from 7pm, subject to the number of entries it may also be necessary to start the Groups phase of play after the draw has been conducted, so players are advised to arrive at the venue as early as possible on this date. As it is the National Snooker Championship, in order to be eligible to compete players must be either a citizen of the United States, or a legal resident of the United States who has not represented any other nation in an International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) organized snooker event in the past three years. Entries may only be made on the website at

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Jointed Cue 44rd Annual Reunion Tournament in memory of Terry Stonier 93 players came for the annual tournament at The Jointed Cue in Sacramento. The winner was Danny Gokhul, visiting from England. Danny went undefeated in what is always a very tough tournament to win, with a race to six on both sides. One of his victims was Amar Kang, winner of the last two annual tournaments here. Danny told me he was headed back east and will stop by Chicago on the way. The local nine ball players are happy to see him go. We do not even know if we have seen his best game yet. The local boys fared well in this tournament with a couple bay area players, Jason Williams and Dan Russo getting some cash, and a couple old Stockton boys, Danny Cano and Jim Fabionar cracking the top four. Jointed Cue regular Shawn Roy also always seems to do well in this tournament. 1st Danny Gokhul 2nd Jason Williams 3rd Danny Cano 4th Jim Fabionar 5/6th Dan Russo Sean Roy 7/8th Amar Kang Rob Alexander

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Pool Tournaments TUESDAYS 9-BALL TOURNAMENTS WorldPPA Handicapped 9-Ball, race to 5. Entry fee is $15 ($20 every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and $100 added with a field of 16 or more players/$150 added with a field of 24 or more players through September). Play begins promptly at 8pm. Tournament players get a 10% discount on food and beverage EVERY Tuesday they play. Our House-Pro, Eleanor Callado, is a WPBA Touring Professional, four-time Associated College Unions International Women’s 9-Ball champion, and 2010 West Coast Women’s Regional Tour champion, is available for lessons. For information about rates or to schedule a lesson, please go to Eleanor’s website at:

Jason Williams

Amar Kang

Dan Russo

Jim Fabionar

Geoffery Somer

Pictures courtesy of Loren Mah

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The Game of Three Ball by Bob Jewett

Three ball is a great game for group play. It is fast action, pure offense, and suitable for small stakes among players who are not perfectly matched. Everyone has a chance to win even if the better player will edge ahead in the long run.

For example, if the best score so far is a tie at four strokes, you have to go all-out for a three, even if that means playing a fourcushion carom or a 5-foot combination. If you don’t get all the balls moving on your third shot, there is no way to score a 3. On the other hand, if there is a single score of four leading and you hoot last, the other players are likely to expect you to take a “conservative” four to tie and get everyone into the next round. For other variations, check out the article in Wikipedia, which includes a 3-ball tourney format.

The basic idea is for each player to break and run three balls off the table in as few shots as possible in any order and in any pocket. The player who takes the fewest shots wins the pot. If there is a tie for lowest score between any two players, everyone antes again and gets another turn until there is an untied best score in a round. Any number may play, but four or more is best. I’ve heard of 15 in a game. There are many regional variations in the detailed rules; I’ll try to cover the ones that seem the most common. The standard rack for the break is in a triangle as shown. Among experienced players this rack is sometimes considered too easy as the two back balls often go along the route shown for the four ball -four cushions around the table and back to its home corner. I think this break is fine as long as the players in the game rarely score a “two” which would be like an eagle at golf, with four strokes being par. Placing the three balls in line for the “pro” break removes any really standard break. Order is decided by any standard method, such a pulling peas from a shake bottle. Since the order is important towards the end of a round, I favor having whoever shoots last in a round shoot first n the next round. If you foul, it is a one-stroke penalty, and any ball made on the foul shot spots back up. That pretty much guarantees you won’t win that round. The recommended break is hard, nearly straight at the head ball and from the center of the table. Try to control the cue ball to bring it back to the middle. This break gives the best chance to make the two four-railers on the corner balls. An alternative suggested in an on-line forum looks a lot like a one-pocket break: shoot softly from the side and just clip the head ball. That repositions the farthest ball a little which is then struck by the third ball and it is redirected to the pocket. Even if the ball doesn’t go in, you should have at least one good shot after the break. If a player has no chance to tie -- he has already taken 4 strokes with 2 balls still up and a 4 has already been scored -- he should concede and the next player will start. This helps a lot on coinop tables where balls in play are precious. If you shoot last in the round, modify your strategy accordingly.

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Shane VanBoening Double Dips The Rum-Runner A big congratulations to Shane Van Boening and Jeremy Jones, who took 1st and 2nd place, respectively this weekend, earning the top two prizes of $6,000 and $3,000 at the “Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament. The Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas - home of ‘The Andy Mercer Memorial 9 Ball Tournament’, celebrated its 23rd annual, 3-day event to a packed house of players and spectators, gunning for yet another weekend of the toughest ‘bar-box’, 9 ball performances of our time. A 64-player field, studded with an almost equal ratio of professional giants and hopeful killers in their wake, Mosconi Cup veteran and 2003, U.S. Open Champion, Jeremy Jones from Baytown, Texas took the high road to the Hot-Seat of the event, facing off with Shane VanBoening on the final day, only to get ‘double-dipped’ in two races to 6, ending in scores of 6-3 and 6-0. Shane’s electrifying display of cue ball control and one lucky shot on the 7-ball kept Jeremy in his chair for most of the finals. Jeremy’s visits to the table were somewhat undeserved, having only a few opportunities to kick, play safe or push away. Donnie and Johnny Meet The Giants! 3rd place winner, Donnie Branson looked very promising on day three and facing off with with both winners. First, knocking Shane to the one-loss side (6-2), only to follow up with his first loss to Jeremy Jones (6-4). Donnie’s next match ended with Shane serving a rather bitter pill of 6 games in a row (60), reducing Donnie to the 3rd place position. 5th/6th place winner, Johnny Kang’s draw was tough from the ‘get-go’, immediately defeating jim Blakeman (6-2) and Sal Butera (6-5) on Day 1, followed by Frank ‘The Barber’ Almanza (6-5) on Day 2. On day 3, Johnny suffered his first loss to Donnie Branson (6-2), only to forge ahead two more wins to Ramin Bahktiari (6-5), Oscar Dominguez (6-3) and finally losing to Ronnie Alcano (6-5) 4th place winner, Ronnie ‘Volcano’ Alcano had some well deserved wins against King-Kong’ (6-5) and the ‘Giant Killer’, Ray Skenandore (6-5) and then to Johnny Kang on the oneloss (6-5). Ronnie was untouched until day three, took his first loss against Jeremy Jones (6-4) and finally his second loss to a rather determined Shane (6-3) who had nothing on his mind but to defend his 2-time consecutive championship title.

Schedule a Qualifier for the CSI US Open Events CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (April 16, 2013) – CueSports International (CSI) is scheduling qualifiers for the following 2013 CSI US Open events produced this July at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: • 14th US Open One Pocket Championship: July 17-20, 2013 ($10,000 Added) • 5th US Open 10-Ball Championship: July 19-23, 2013 ($25,000 Added) • 1st US Open 8-Ball Championship: July 23-27, 2013 ($25,000 Added) If you are interested in hosting a qualifier, please contact CSI to register the dates. All qualifiers must be completed no later than July and all spots for a qualifier must be prepaid to CSI to hold the spot for your qualifier winner. Two of the events, the US Open 10-Ball and US Open 8-Ball Championships are sanctioned BCAPoints Events. For details including the requirements and criteria for hosting a qualifier, contact Bill Stock at CSI or call him at (702) 719-7665. The CSI US Open events are among the top professional level events in the United States. Drawing top professional players, both men and women, from around the world, past winners include Dennis Orcollo, Shane Van Boening, and Efren Reyes. Other participants have traditionally included such names as Francisco Bustamante, Darren Appleton, Jasmin Ouschan and Ralf Souquet, to name just a few. The CSI US Open events are sponsored by the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (Host Hotel), Predator Cues (Official Cue), Diamond Billiard Products (Official Table), Simonis Cloth (Official Cloth), Aramith (Official Balls), and The American Cuemakers Association (Sponsor of the US Open 8-Ball Championship). CueSports International provides tournament direction. The Action Report (TAR / provides live video streaming of all three CSI US Open events. CueSports International is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past eight years CSI has directly paid out $8,000,000 to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit,, and for more information about CSI and its divisions.

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Good Intentions Ken Shuman

Pocket billiards rules have a long and storied past. Whenever rules get added, it’s usually because situations arose for which there was no current guidance. So what do the governing bodies think about when preparing to write a new rule? There are several factors, but the most common element is to consider the “intent of the rule”. Let’s look at some of today’s rules and examine their intent. These are in no particular order of importance, nor do they represent the rules of any one organization. Player Responsibility: This rule requires every player to know the rules, regulations and schedules that apply to the event. The intent is so players cannot use excuses like “I didn’t know; I missed the players meeting; I read the board wrong; we didn’t play that way last time”, etc., as a basis to request that officials make an exception just for them. Ask any tournament director how many times they’ve been approached with this stuff and you’ll know why we have this rule. No Practice During a Match: This rule prohibits players from taking any stroke or shot which is not part of their match. The intent is to prevent a player from gaining an advantage during the match by replaying a shot, gauging the speed of the cloth or cushions, or taking similar actions that have nothing to do with the match in progress. Calling Frozen Balls: This rule requires that object balls which appear to be frozen to a cushion or to the cue ball be so declared prior to the shot. The intent is to prevent disputes about the legality of the upcoming shot based upon the rules that govern what must happen after contact with a frozen object ball. Push Out: In certain rotation games, this rule suspends the requirement to hit the lowest numbered ball first or to make contact with any ball or cushion on the shot immediately after the break. The intent is to prevent the player taking that shot from being unfairly penalized by the position of the balls after the break. The rule also states that a player may not push out if a foul was committed on the break. The intent of that provision is that the advantage gained with cue ball in hand will likely offset any disadvantage caused by the lay of the table. Shot Clock: The shot clock rule allows event officials to impose a time limit on how long a player has to execute a shot. The intent is simply to ensure that matches proceed at a pace that doesn’t delay the overall progress of the tournament.

Cue Ball Fouls Only: The intent of this rule is to make sure the tournament format corresponds with the number of referees available to cover the matches. With limited exceptions, playing all ball fouls generally requires one referee per match. Racking: When racking for 8, 9 and 10 Ball, the rules require that certain object balls are placed in specific locations. The rules also require the remaining balls to be placed randomly. This means the other balls are racked “without purposeful or intentional pattern”. The intent of the random placement requirement is to prevent players from having repetitive layouts every time they break or attempting to create a pre-determined pattern on the table. In many situations, referees often look at the intent of a rule when considering how to apply it. Knowing the intent helps tournament officials explain the rule to the players, providing them with a better understanding of why it’s there and precisely what it’s supposed to do. Pocket billiard rules are designed and intended to create a level playing field for all competitors and ensure fair play. Each rule is there for a particular reason. Whether you agree with them or not, you can be sure they were all written with nothing but good intentions. announces the launch of online store Today, announces the opening of their online store. The store is on their website, and it is called the GoPlayPool Store. “We’ve had quite a few requests for shirts, hats, and other items with our logo. We wanted people to be able to pick from a variety of products that they can wear or use while helping us to promote, so we decided to create our own online store, making these items available.” says Mary Ann Starkey, founder and owner of “We have also selected a few choice items from other people, such as Charles Ursitti. He is a historian and long-time fan of pool, and he’s given us a variety of items from his collection for people to choose from. Items include posters, books and memorabilia.” More items will be added from time to time. founders created a free mobile application and website that acts as a pool hall and bar finder for the U.S. When the pool halls and bars become members of, they have detailed profiles created, which showcases all of the amenities they offer their customers. For more information, or to shop at the GoPlayPool Store, please visit Page 14

New Game Texas Bumps Joins CSI in July at Rio CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (April 8, 2013) – Joining CueSports International (CSI) roster of events being held July 17-27, 2013 at the Rio AllSuite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, as a featured associated event, is the newly launched game of Texas Bumps™. The Texas Bumps™ National Tournament will be held alongside the 37th BCAPL National Championships at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, July 17-27, 2013. The entry fee for the Texas Bumps™ Tournament is only $20 and there will be at least $5,000 guaranteed total cash paid out by the Texas BumpsTM. Invented by 7th Pocket Billiards, LLC, Texas Bumps™ is a new and fun pool game where professionals and amateurs can compete on a fairly even playing field without the use of handicaps. It is designed for all skill levels - professionals, amateurs and recreational pool players alike. In addition to the Texas Bumps™ National Tournament, there will also be free Juniors Contests with prizes and scholarship money being awarded. Please visit the Texas Bumps™ website, for all the tournament details. Texas Bumps™ game sets are available for purchase at The game sets include a $20 voucher for free entry into the Texas Bumps™ Tournament in Las Vegas, along with a free training DVD by professional billiards player and instructor, Joe Tucker.

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Profile for Michael Reddick

Cue Sports Journal May 2013  

Pool, Snooker, and Billiard News

Cue Sports Journal May 2013  

Pool, Snooker, and Billiard News