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The Rack for October/November 2008 Issue 5 Vol.IX Predator 14.1

Contributing Writers


Pool Instructional… Hopkin’s Million Dollar 9-Ball Shootout


Deuel Wins the Inaugural

IPT’s Play with the Pros WPA Carolina Classic

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Ouschan Wins Title

Archer Defends Title at Turning Stone


Accu Stats 14.1 Tournament


Thorsten Hohmann Wins

Tennessee Volunteer State Champion Ship • J.O.B. 37

Kicking Safe…Tom Ross One Pocket Moves &Safties…Wllie Jopling Little Known Safties…Bob Byrne The Gambler vs Shot Maker…The Monk Jump for Joy…Tom Rossman Sweeper Draw …Eric Yow Shut it Off…Samm Diep Con Game…Tom Simpson Art 36 Universal Pocket & Carom Billiards …D.P. Martineau The Jump Ball and Jump Shot…Bob Hunt

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Departments… Illinois Billiard Club Places to Play Tournament Results Around the USA National Tournament Directory

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USBA Newsletter • 3-Cushion Hall of Fame Tournament • Warren Michingan MBC Tournament Drexline Billiard Shot Contest Secretary’s Desk

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USBA Tour B & C Coverage Time Shot…Robert Byrne Book Review • Mister 100 Rip’s Tips…George Rippe

Paul Frankel Gary Tate Diana Hoppe Conrad Burkman

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Willie Jopling • Bob Hunt Sandy Schuman • Samm Diep Joe Savarin • Tom Simpson The Monk • Bob Jewett Darrel Martineau • Tom Ross Robert Byrne • George Rippe Eric Yow • Conrad Burkman • Tom Rossman

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The Predator World 14.1 Championship


he Predator World 14.1 Championship crown is retained by Europe once more, but not by Germany as many predicted. This time, Dutchman Niels Feijen fought for the crown against a field of 63 other players and came on top and undefeated in the process.

The day started off with Feijen versus fellow countryman Nick Vandenberg. Nick was the highest seed and player with the best record which gave him the option to go first or second in the semi-finals. He chose first. The match went back and forth with neither player being able to take advantages of the mistakes of the other. The match would go on a shot clock and still it lasted nearly 4 hours before Feijen would win 200-157 . Ouschan and Bustamante was a more anticipated match up with eyes on Jasmin being the first woman hopeful to make it to the finals of a major men’s championship. Jasmin would not disappoint as she commanded a lead early on and at one time was winning 84-41 while Bustamante struggled with his game. At 122 to 81 in favor of Ouschan, Bustamante woke up and ran nearly a hundred balls to take the lead for the first time. Ouschan would soon succumb to the mighty Filipino 200-148. “I’m happy with my results. Just two days ago I didn’t think I was going to make it out of my group, so I wasn’t even thinking about having this kind of finish.” commented Ouschan on her historic run. Ouschan now holds the record for highest placing woman in a men’s pro championship ever in pool’s 130 year history of championship play. She also holds the top two high run records set by a woman, 90 and 84. “I have alot of respect for Jasmin Ouschan.” announced Francisco Bustamante later in a speech.

Finals The finals would be Philippines versus Netherlands. Feijen on paper seemed the obvious favorite with four European 14.1 titles to his name while Bustamante has had over 30 major titles, but none of them in straight pool. The paper favorite seemed to be right on the money. Bustmante erred early on and let Feijen take a forty ball lead, and then Bustamante missed in his first open shot, a seemingly easy ball. Later as Niels missed leading 80-0, and Bustmante took a break and left saying , “Niels is playing good, but don’t worry I will come back and run 200.”, Bustamante said with a smile. On his return, Bustamante had an easier shot and easier table but carelessly misjudged the shot and missed again. Niels then extended his lead to 189 balls before missing an easy shot. Bustamante made his first shot to the cheers and laughter of the audience and went on to make a great 3 way combo. But soon after he missed another easy shot and conceded the match to Feijen 200-11 , who then raised his hands in victory PQB 6 October/November

Feijen Won for Himself, his country and his friends overjoyed with genuine emotion. Feijen had gone undefeated in 13 straight matches for the win and pocketed over 1600 balls total.

Nickname: The Terminator Resides: The Hague, Holland Date of Birth: 3 February 1977 Sponsors: Longoni Cues and Loonfiens Billiards.

Feijen’s Speech In an emotional speech, Niels dedicated the win to his friend Joe Kerr who passed away weeks ago. “I want to dedicate my win here to a good friend of mine who passed away, Joe Kerr.” Feijen started fighting back some tears and choking up. “I’m sorry,” he added as he recomposed himself with a breath. “Joe was my first contact in the US, and without knowing him I would not be a professional player today.” “I remember Niels as an unknown player at the US Open several years ago. I remember players making fun of him on how he gambled always playing his best and always playing tough matches. But that’s who he is and what he’s about, and now he will forever be remembered as the World Straight Pool Champion on this trophy with his name etched next to the greatest players in history.”said Charlie Williams, co-producer of the Dragon Promotions event.

pocket billiards World Championship. Feijen’s name will be inscribed in the World 14.1 Championship cup alongside names such as De Oro, Greenleaf, Mosconi, Caras, Lassiter, Sigel, Mizerak, and Hohmann among other Champions. Thorsten Hohmann won the High Run Award for the second time with his 150 & out against Ralf Souquet. He wins an additional $1000 from Dr. Louis Pannullo, the sponsor of the award. Full info,results, and stats can be found at and brackets at

Prologue Feijen not only has won his first World Championship title, but also brought Netherlands their first

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Round Robin The final 32 players advancing from the round robin stages entered the double elimination brackets with a race to 150 pts. The final 16 players went into a single elimination bracket and race to 200 pts.

Final 16 Jasmin Ouschan Mika Immonen

200 176

Oliver Ortmann Thomas Engert

200 42

Huidji See Corey Deuel

200 96

Francisco Bustamante Danny Harriman

200 137

Niels Feijen Ignacio Chavez

200 128

Ouschan Shocks Straight Pool World

John Schmidt Mike Dechaine

200 144


Thorsten Hohmann Ralf Souquet

200 144

Nick Van Den Beg Dominic Jentsch

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Bustamante finshes second losing to Feijen in a runaway 200-11

ustria’s Jasmin Ouschan (right)was only two matches away from making a monumental feat in pool be the first woman ever to win a men’s world championship title. Ouschan came into the final 32 players as the worst record player with more losses than wins (3 wins and 4 losses). Then she was the worst seed at #16 having to re-match with #1 seed Mika Immonen (below right) of Finland. Mika gave Ouschan a terrible beating a day earlier and looked prime to do it again. But he was wrong. This time Ouschan would do the shooting and Immonen the sitting as she ran a 72 early on and never trailed the entire match. Immonen, clearly feeling the pressure, made several uncharacteristic mistakes and had several chances to come back. At one point down 122 - 26, Immonen came back within 2 racks, but too many unforced errors gave Ouschan the breathing room she needed to ice the Iceman 200 - 174 .This win put Jasmin into the quarter finals, which is not an unheard of feat as she made it to the final eight At one point down 122 - 26, Immonen came just 2 years ago. back within 2 racks, but too Defending World many unforced errors gave Champion Oliver Ouschan the breathing Ortmann seemed a likely room she needed to ice the winner in this paper Iceman 200-174 mismatch according to players and fans alike. Again, wrong. Ouschan once again lead the entire match while Ortmann was playing catch up. Though Ouschan’s game was not “If you put a bag over her head and Oliver didn’t stellar, Ortmann made more errors than Ouschan and seemed visibly frustrated the entire match. Jasmin went know who he was playing, he would have won by now with alot of high runs.” explained one top 14.1 pro, onto win and once again make pool history with her referring to the amount of pressure on the male pro 200 - 133 victory, doing her part to stop a German players when faced with Ouschan. repeat win.

Final 8 Jasmin Ouschan Oliver Ortmann

200 133

Francisco Bustamante Huidji See

200 141

Niels Feijen John Schmidt

200 185

Nick Van Den Beg Thorsten Hohmann

200 136

Final 4 Francisco Bustamante Jasmin Ouschan

200 148

Niels Feijen Nick Van Den Beg

200 157

Finals Niels Feijen Francisco Bustamante

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The 2008 Predator World Straight Pool Championship is proudly sponsored by Dr.Michael Fedak of NYC, Joel Schapiro of NYC, The Predator Group, Diamond Billiard Products, Aramith Balls, and Simonis Cloth. October/November 7 PQB

Corey Deuel Wins the Inaugural Millon Dollar Shootout!! 13-7 victory over Shane Van Boening in the finals Corey Wins $20,000 and the Championship Diamond & Gold Bracelet! By Marlon Bernardino Contributed story


ilipino hopeful Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo and Francisco “Django” Bustamante missed their chances to earn another championship trophy in the $60,000 total pot 12 player Million Dollar 9-Ball Shootout.This after the duo (Orcollo and Bustamante) bowed to their respective foes in their final four matches (knockout stage) in the just concluded event held at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, yesterday. The diminutive cuemaster Orcollo, who is looking his fourth major title this year yielded to Shane “The South Dakota Kid” Van Boening, 13-8, in the first semi-finals matches while Bustamante, the pride of Tarlac City succumbed to eventual champion Corey “The Prince” Deuel, 13-6, in the second semi-final matches to moved an all American Finals. Deuel took the title plus the top purse of $20,000 including Championship Diamond and Gold Bracelet after an empathetic 13-7 win over Van Boening. Van Boening, meanwhile settled for the runner-up prize of $12,000. Losing Semi-Finalists Orcollo and Bustamante received $10,000 each. Rounding up to the top 12 finishers who received $1,000 each were No.5 Marlon “Marvelous” Manalo, No.6 reigning World 9Ball Champion Daryl Peach of England, No.7 Dennis “The Hatchet Man” Hatch, No.8 Stevie Moore, No.9 Tony “T-Rex” Chohan, No.10 Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer, No.11 Matt Krah and No.12 Evan “The Running Man” Broxmeyer. PQB 8 October/November

from top to bottom Winner, Corey “The Prince” Deuel Shane “The South Dakota Kid” Van Boening, Francisco “Django” Bustamante Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo 

Play with the Pros For a Guaranteed Prize Fund of $50,000


he International Pool Tour presents the IPT 2008 Pro Am Tournament, an innovative new concept in pool, where amateurs can qualify to play on a team with a pro! There will be a total of 16 qualifying tournaments held in the Chicago-land area. The top 6 players from each of these qualifying tournaments will earn a spot on a team with the assigned pro, and advance to the Pro-Am Tournament held on November 8 & 9 at Palace Billiards in Villa Park, IL. A total of 16 teams will compete in a single-elimination winner take all format. Everyone competes individually and if anyone on your team finishes in first place, you win! The $50,000 prize fund will be divided evenly amongst the winning team, including a $2,000 bonus to the overall winner of the tournament. Qualifier Format: 8-Ball Race to three Double-elimination bracket Top six players advance from each qualifier to play in IPT Pro-Am Tournament IPT Pro-Am Tournament Format: 8-Ball Race to three Single-elimination bracket First place team divides $50,000 guaranteed prize fund. This grass-roots concept allows local players to compete alongside the hottest athletes in the sport! Pool players that compete casually or in weekly leagues have a shot at a great payday and a memorable experience, and the best part is, anyone can win. IPT will be making frequent announcements with further details in coming weeks. Visit for updates on winners, teams, and participating poolrooms. Qualifiers started the weekend of September 13-14, and are scheduled for every weekend until the beginning of November. The final event will be held in Chicago on the weekend of November 8-9, 2008. Sign up now to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to play on a team with your favorite pro and take home a giant prize!

Mike “The Mouth” Sigel 1st Team Qualifier September 13-14, 2008 The Pyramid Club Restaurant Pub 236 W. Lake St., Addison, IL 60101, (630) 4580777 Established in April of 2005. Our location consists of 19,000 square feet of entertainment; including 2 full service bars spanning 90 feet, surrounded by multiple bar tables, and 2 dining areas. 21 TVs cover the restaurant, and 2 wall-projected screens are available for sports events or special events such as the Midwest Karaoke Finals, which were held at the Pyramid Club. We also have 20 pool tables, 18 of which are 9 foot Brunswick Goldcrowns, Video games, electronic darts, and shuffleboard.

Qualifier Results The following are the top six players that qualified to play on Mike Sigel’s team: 1. Bryan Bach 2. Jeff Mohl 3. Shannon Schroeder 4. Matt Daiber 5-6. Jacqui Herrera-Schroeder 5-6. Percy Mitchell

About Mike Sigel

The IPT would like to thank the following players who also participated in the Team Sigel Qualifier: Wally Bogdanski, Saad Alam, Randy Hanlon, Daniel Koste, Gregory Spencer, Rafael Erazo, Daniel Wood

Johnny“Scorpion” Archer 2nd Team Qualifier September 20-21, 2008 Palace Billiards, 160 W Roosevelt Rd Villa Park, IL 60181 (630) 941-3500 With 31 tables, a sports bar and an equipment and pro sales shop, this Villa Park billiards hall takes it’s pool-playing seriously. Team Archer 1. Gil Hernandez 2. Adam Smith 3. Marc Jarvis 4. Bobby Hunter 5-6. Matt Daiber 5-6. Bob Cozzolino The IPT would like to thank the following players who also participated in the Team Archer Qualifier: Michael Enters, Ron Baez, Ted Ferrer, Jim Engels, Leo Campos, Bob Delaney, Eddie Balderas, Rob Anderson, Jerry Allison, Steve Friesen, Jeremy Seaman, Ike Runnels, Paul Smith, Nicholas Lullo, Saad Alam Dean, Caprini Raymond, Rumoro Erick,RylKuchar See Page 40 for the IPT upcoming event schedules in our Major Event Tournament Guide

Voted the Greatest Living Player of the 20th century and at age 35 is the youngest member to be inducted into the Billiard Hall Of Fame. Mike Sigel began playing at the age of 13 and turned Pro when he was 20, winning the first US Open. He has won 105 Professional Pool & Pocket Billiard tournaments. Including 6 US Opens and 10 World Championships. Mike also holds the World record for the quickest 150-and-out in the 14th Annual US Open Championship. Named Player of the Year 4 times, Sigel has appeared on ABC,CBS,NBC,ABC Wide World OF Sports, CBS Sports Cable, Fox Sports, ESPN, Good Morning America, Night Watch, PM Magazine, The Bert Sugars Show, Charlie Rose, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, FSN, and many others. In addition he appeared as himself in the movie Baltimore Bullet and performed many of the trick shots for the opening sequence in that film. Mike was the technical advisor, choreographer, instructor for the movie “The Color of Money” staring Paul Newman (who won an Academy Award for Best Actor) and Tom Cruise.

About Johnny Archer Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer began his pool career at the age of twelve in the small town of Twin City, Georgia. After conquering the challenges of Ms. Pacman in a local convenient store, this lad took an interest in the pool tables. At the age of seventeen, The Scorpion joined his first Pro Tour and won his first Pro Tournament in Columbia, South Carolina in 1985. Upon touring the US, Johnny accomplished his first win in the Atlanta Open at Wagon Wheel Willie’s. He then went on to win four World Championships in 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1997. By the end of the decade, The Scorpion had won his first US Open 9-Ball Championship. In his career, he has been awarded nine Player of the Year Awards, received Player of the Decade in the 1990’s, and has won the Simonis Power Index Points for three consecutive years in a row since 2002. October/November 9 PQB

Kicking Safe by Tom Ross Contributing Writer There’s a lot of one pocket being played at Shakespeare’s these days, hardly a news flash except that what we’re seeing is not the high-stakes, hardcore-gambler variety played by coots with nicknames that illuminate their character flaws. Instead, what’s going on is a show that we older guys have never seen before, one-pocket games all over the room between league-type players who, despite their relatively short pool experience, are delving into pool’s deepest game for nothing more than its beauty and complexity. The new fad’s architect is Tawnia Tresca, a newcomer to pool who has taken to our most tactical game very quickly and with such rabid fanaticism that her discovery of Accu-Stats tapes led to the cancellation of her cable TV subscription to avoid any distraction from the hours she enjoys with her new friends—Grady, Buddy, and Shannon. The birth and growth of the new trend is clear testimony to the power of enrollment and the force of Tawnia’s charm.

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Few would guess that one pocket could catch on with fever but that’s because we have never seen it offered before outside of the traditional scene where an older, craftier player lures a younger, better shooter into a game that he cannot win, a fact the youngster soon apprehends while he empties his pockets—a good reason to cross something off one’s list of things to do. The interest has prompted Howard Ashford and me to design a onepocket workshop where we promise to teach interested students, in six hours, what usually takes many years and typically, thousands of dollars of lost money to learn. Recently during a little one-pocket instructional session, we examined a technique that is critical to winning — precise cue-ball control or what I call short kicks. Sometimes we cannot shoot directly at a ball near a rail because of an obstructing ball, but can easily shoot around the obstruction to hit the ball rail first. Look at shot A in the diagram. In Shot A you have the eight ball and

nine ball left on the table with no good shot on the eight. One option is to play the eight ball into the corner rail first but, with this setup, not the smart choice for two reasons. One, rail-first shots can be difficult and if you missed the eight and left it hanging in the corner, it’s a sure sell out. Two, after coming off of the rail and hitting the eight the cue ball is rolling away from the nine and, even with a relatively soft hit, could easily land too far up table to leave a good shot on the nine. Trying to hit the shot with enough speed to send the cue ball up table and bring it back down for the nine is difficult and far too unpredictable for the winning player. Option two is a safety that, with a little practice, is simple to execute consistently and yields a very effective result. To play the safety you will go rail first at the eight with a below-center hit to stop the cue ball on the rail and send the eight along the dotted line to land near the spot marked X. The first great thing about this shot is that you will hit it the same way you would to play a stop shot if you were shooting directly at the eight ball. There is no need to learn anything new, only to apply what you already know to a new situation—going rail first for a full hit on the eight with stop. The one tricky aspect of this shot is that when the cue ball is hit below center with draw or stop it rebounds more sharply from the rail. Thus you will need to aim at the rail slightly closer to the eight ball than you might initially guess. Practice the shot at first without the obstructing ball to clear the distraction and

to learn its pure elements. Experiment with your hit on the cue ball and the speed to move the eight ball where you want it. Then, replace the obstruction and execute the safety. Shot B is somewhat more advanced but illustrates the possibilities available on the shot we are playing. In this setup a stop shot would leave the cue ball in front of the nine and therefore give up a shot on the eight. So we shall progress a step to go rail first with draw to hit the eight and move the cue ball back behind the nine along the solid line in the diagram, essentially the same as Shot A with draw. Begin practicing again without the obstruction to learn the technique more quickly. First, take lower hit on the cue ball; go rail first for a full hit on the eight; and play the shot until the cue ball is drawing back a diamond segment or so near the rail. Continue shooting now with attention to speed, making sure to leave the eight ball down table. Again, when you have a feel for the elements of the shot, replace the obstruction and execute the safety. Shot B is a little trickier than the first shot with the extra element of control required but simple enough to lie within reach of any player who can draw the cue ball a foot. It certainly is a pretty shot, sure to strike fear into an opponent and raise applause from a savvy audience. Often in pool you will encounter new shots that do not require new knowledge or skill but merely a different perspective. The stop and draw shots that we are working with this month are the same ones that you know already except that you will go rail first with them. As a side note, I’m not embarrassed to say that relatively few shots in my personal library of pool knowledge are ones that I discovered alone. The rest I learned from other players, teachers, books and videos. Shot B however is a personal discovery and it came out for me a few years ago as a mistake when I was fooling around with an attempt at something else. So here is the “mistake” that I wish I had made a few years sooner for you to learn and use to win some games.

WPBA Carolina Classic Jasmin Ouschan vs. Jeanette Lee


he finals of the 2008 WPBA Carolina Classic began with Jasmin winning the lag, breaking, making nothing and leaving Jeanette to push out. Jeanette, after a tough match versus Norway’s Line Kjorsvik, appeared refreshed and ready to play as Jasmin, with her typical Austrian stare, came back to the table ready to rumble and run out. She uncharacteristically missed the 3 ball, but didn’t leave an easy shot for Jeanette, who went for a bit of a flyer and missed. Jasmin was left with an open shot, methodically pocketing each successive ball. Jasmin drew first blood against the Black Widow, going up 1-0. Game 2 saw Jeanette’s break come up dry, but Jasmin had no easy go of it on the 1 ball. She beautifully shot the ball though and continued running out, picking her way through a fairly difficult layout to sink the 9 and go up 2-0. Jasmin also had the break advantage, sinking a ball. She missed a 2 to the 9 carom but left Jeanette a tough cut which she missed. A safety battle ensued with Jeanette blinking first and Jasmin put together a tough but solid runout to extend her lead to 3-0. After a failed jump shot in game 4, Jeanette ran 5 balls to finally get on the board, down 1-3. Jasmin

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broke and ran out to regain the 3 game lead, 41. In game 6, Jeanette’s break came up dry and Jasmin ran out to the 3 but missed, allowing Jeanette another chance at the table. She ran out to the 6 and even as she struck the cue ball, knew she’d missed the 6, crying out “Oh my gosh!” She left Jasmin with a side rail bank shot, which she missed, allowing Jeanette back to the table to face a thin cut on the 6. She undercut it badly and Jasmin returned to the layout with a long but routine shot on the ball. Pocketing it cleanly, Jasmin had 3 balls left to win the 6th game, now up 5-1. Jasmin continued to dominate the racks, with Jeanette clearly out of sorts and before Jeanette could say boo, Jasmin was running out to win the tournament! 7-1. Congratulations to Jeanette Lee on another great finish this year and to Jasmin Ouschan for her first WPBA Classic Tour win!

Many thanks to the Mayor of Durham, the Honorable Bill Bell, Joe Goodman from Capitol Broadcasting Company, the staff at the American Tobacco Campus including Paul Pope, Valerie Ward and Marion Youngblood, all our volunteers, Kim Ramsey, the Durham American Poolplayers Association League Operator and KT Thompson, Charlotte League Operators for their assistance. Thanks to our Sponsors and to our fans! We’ll see you in two weeks at the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic in Lincoln City, Oregon hosted by our friends at the Chinook Winds Casino!

One Pocket Moves and Safeties by Willie Jopling Contributing Writer Often referred to as the “Chess game” of pool,One-Pocket is definitely the most knowledgeable and fascinating. It combines the shotmaking of straight pool,the position of play of Nine Ball,the skills of banks, and the knowledge of caroms into one great game. No wonder it is called the pool game of the Hustlers. You must be creative to play good One Pocket and once you learn to play it, you will be bored with anything less. This is a DVD’s Available good safety especially when you have ball in hand and can Place the cueball in line with diamonds No. 6 on head rail and 1 on the Right side rail or near the head spot. shoot through diamond No. 1 with top left and medium speed. The result is nearly always to your advantage unless you shoot too hard. Try this shot several times until you are confident that it works The cueball should end up near the head rail on your opponents side of the table.

Archer Successfully Defends Turning Stone Billiard Title


fter four days of play against some of the toughest 9-ballers in the world and in one of the most anticipated events of the year, Johnny Archer has come through the one-loss side to win first place at the Turning Stone Classic XI, defending his title from the tenth event last February. This $25,000-added event was hosted by the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, and boasted a full 128-player field. They day began with the final four in the winners’ bracket fighting for the hot seat. Raj “Hitman” Hundal overcame Francisco Bustamante by a strong 9-4 score in their match and advanced to the hot seat match to play Charlie Williams, who had just sent Jeremy Jones, recent victor of the 9-Ball Championships, to the west side 9-6. On the left side of the chart, the last four remaining were fighting to stay alive. Shane Van Boening, who took his first loss Saturday from Williams 9-6, eliminated Steve Moore 9-3 and then went on to play a newly arrived Bustamante. But Bustamante was fired up after his loss to Hundal and took control of the match against the 2007 Player of the Year, besting him 9-6. In the lower bracket, defending champion Archer was not to be ruled out. Archer fought through the one-loss bracket all day Saturday to culminate in a 9-6 victory over Ronnie Wiseman in the last match of the evening. Sunday morning he started out with a close 9-7 defeat of Jonathan Pinegar. He kept going with his momentum, breezing through Jones 9-2 to meet up with Bustamante in the quarterfinals. This was his toughest match so far—it went double-hill, but Archer prevailed again. The hot seat match between Williams and Hundal was a close one that ended with Williams winning 9-7, sending Hundal to the west side to face Archer. There Hundal had complete control, racing to an 8-2 lead over the former world champion. However, things took a turn for the worse for Hundal when Archer got back to the

Two Little Known Patterns by Robert Byrne From “Byrne’s Complete Book of Pool Shots” with permission


elow, the players are faced with a shot on the 6-ball straight into the side. Is it possible to make the 6-ball and get a good shot at the 7-ball? Yes, by hitting the side rail first with running English and low speed. This would be overlooked by many players. At the left, it seems that the 4-ball is too straight in to make and still get the cueball to the right end of the table. It is easy if you hit the rail first. Shown is the result of you slide the cueball into the4. Follow and draw can also be used if balls are blocking the diagrammed path. Please note that on rail-first shots of this type, the object ball may stay on the rail all the way into the pocket because the cueball sinks into the rubber before hitting the ball. But even if the object ball leaves the rail, there is a good margin of error when it is this close to the pocket.

Mike Zuglan, Tournament Director and Winner Johnny Archer table and caught fire, running racks out from everywhere and coming back to an 8-7 score in Hundal’s favor. Faced with a kick shot on the 4, Hundal made it but scratched, and Archer had no trouble clearing the table to make it a hill-hill match. After Archer’s break, he played a billiard off the 1 into the 9 to win 9-8 and advance to the finals. In the extended race-to-13 final match, Williams never really stood a chance. Archer, after his defeat at the hands of Hatch Saturday, was forced to make the long trudge through the one-loss side and won eight matches in a row to reach the finals. Not only was he pocketing balls on the break but he kept control of the cue ball afterward, giving him the ability to break and run out often. It was this that enabled Archer to take the final match 13-6.

Results 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5-6th 7-8th

Johnny Archer Charlie Williams Raj Hundal Francisco Bustamante Jeremy Jones Shane Van Boening Steve Moore

Jonathan Pinegar 9-12th Tony Crosby Shaun Wilkie Ronnie Wiseman Dennis Hatch 13-16th Mike Zuglan Shawn Putnam Chris Szuter October/November 13 PQB

The Gambler vs. The Match Player by “The Monk” Contributing Writer


here are many road players who call themselves champions. They believe if they can play long enough they can come out on top. When they lose a match they always say, “Come on, and let’s play another one. Give me a chance to win my money back.” A warrior would be amused by this absurd request. The warrior would probably say, “Do you want me to miss on purpose so you can win?” The gambler does not have the integrity of a champion. The gambler is trying to win money. The warrior is trying to win a match. The gambler is trying to wear a player down. The warrior is trying to win a match. The gambler looks for someone who is not his speed. The warrior will take on all challenges. I am not sure a gambler has it in him/her to become a warrior. When you are ready to destroy your

opponent at the drop of a hat, you have become a warrior. If you let up, even for a moment, you are not a champion. You must be willing to play at your highest level at all times because that is who you are. You are a warrior ready to do battle to the finish. I love warriors. I had a girlfriend who agreed to a match of five sets for one hundred dollars per set against a seasoned road player. She won all five sets. The guy cried and offered to play another set for five hundred dollars. I am sure she would have won this set as well. She told him she had agreed to this match and the match was over. He begged and pleaded for another chance. She could not understand why he did this. “We played the match.” She said. “I won now I am going home”. This girl rarely played matches but when she did, it was one match to find out whom the winner was. She would not even think of playing a series of matches to give a person a chance to win his money back.

When I completed my training I went on the road. I played thirty-seven matches. I quit after each match because I was a warrior. I won thirty-four matches. I tied two matches and lost one. Every single time I gathered up the money, my opponent wanted another chance to win his money back. I did not agree to that because my total purpose was to win the match and when I completed my task there was no reason to stay. I was a warrior who was ready to annihilate my opponent. I was a warrior who was never ready to let someone win his money back. If you want to be a master you must develop the warrior mentality and get away from the winey crybaby attitude of the gambler. To be honest, I cannot stand to be around gamblers. I like to spend time with real warriors; those who are ready to put it on the line, one match, one time, and winner take all. To be a warrior you need to re-build your self-image. In the game of life we

form perceptions and from these perceptions we build a mind set. From our mindset, we act, we think and we perform. If you build a faulty mind set calamity will follow you. If you build a healthy mindset, serenity in winning will become your shadow and follow you all the days of your life. You will fully understand what winning is all about. Winning is the conclusion of a match. When you give a person a chance to win his money back, you are not a winner.

Jump for Joy by Tom Rossman • Contributing Writer The Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup II event is just around the corner and promises to be a “fitting final” to the 2008 Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Pool Tour season. Highly spirited amateurs, juniors, and professionals from the world of “artistic pool” will compete with 40 high percentage make rate challenges on 7 foot tables for over $20,000 in guaranteed prize money. Those in attendance will have also have the opportunity to take part in a special “open table” audition night to “showcase their creative artistic talent” for special prizes and awards. “Ms. Cue” and I encourage each of you to attend as a player, fan, or inquisitive mind of our great sport. This event is open to anyone that has ever wanted to “take the artistic challenge” and wants to feel confident and comfortable doing it. Each player will get paid, everyone will have fun, and every participant has a shot at taking home the gold, along with a host of other prizes for players and fans alike. If you want to become part of this PQB 14 October/November

special signature event for “trick shots and so much more”, please visit for the complete Cup II program information, including all shots/challenges and specific entry / player details. You may also email or call me: • 765.795.4968 A sample shot from the event program is included in this article. It is a simple “jump discipline” shot and gives you an example of what kind of skills you might encounter during the competition. It will surely make you “jump for joy” in your

practice and at the CUP II, until next time when… …the Doctor’s in

Sweeper Draw by Eric “The Preacher” Yow! WPA Masse World Champion


n this issue I wanted to highlight a beautiful draw shot with seemingly endless possibilities. I call this shot the Sweeper Draw because you utilize the natural tangent line the cue ball follows after impact to slide the cue ball before it allows the draw to take effect, giving you a dynamic sweeping motion and often, a spectacular arc. In the illustration I have provided you the game is Nine Ball and you have a simple bank on the one. The nine ball is hanging but there’s not practical shot on it for the game. Or is there? A few days ago I was playing Nine Ball with a fellow attorney here in Clarksville, Tennessee, Edward Dewerff, on his brand new table. He had just purchased the most expensive table this town has seen, an eight foot Connelly with 2 inch slate, from Nat Green of Southeast Cues. With fresh, clean balls and brand new Championship cloth, I

wanted to masse! But of course he wouldn’t allow it. (He’s seen my Diamond table!) Nevertheless, I enjoyed the slide which new cloth provides with my level cue shots. So it was the last game of the night and I saw the opportunity illustrated. When I asked if I could put a cube of chalk on the table, Ed knew I was up to something. I placed the chalk on the center spot and shot the Sweeper Draw shot below to end the night with a bang! The beauty of this shot is that you can control the action with your power, a variable which is relatively easy to regulate. Read any article for beginners on tangent lines and understand the concept of where the cue ball will travel after impact – the tangent line remains the same (with no spin) regardless of

power. Add draw as a factor and power becomes crucial. Hit softly, the tangent will bend early. Hit harder, the tangent will bend later (as diagrammed). In my example, with clean balls and new cloth, it is easy to let the cue ball sweep out 4 feet before the tangent line bends to send the cue ball towards the nine. Practice this shot so that you can cause the tangent to bend after 6 inches, then a foot, then 18 inches, and so forth. Leave your other variables as constants, only changing your power. Soon, you’ll

want to adjust the angle at which the cue ball comes off the object ball to give yourself even more room to sweep! If you can get to a 3-Cushion Billiard table, try the same shot sweeping into a longshort-long (natural) pattern. It’s beautiful! So playing my colleague Ed that night was fun, but knowing a shot like this to end on really makes this game worth playing. Beating him in his house on his brand new table might’ve been a bit much, but I just had to show him that he’s the second best pool-playing attorney in Clarksville!

Shut it Off by Samm Diep Contributing Writer • • House Pro at Table Steaks East in Aurora,CO


wouldn’t want to stop to chit chat with was recently approached by a local as seriously as our matches. This would someone, why would you answer a call to mean that if we’re going to shut our player, Kenny, who shared a story have a conversation? You probably with me of how the last time we phones off on our way to a tournament, wouldn’t (and definitely shouldn’t) do it played each other in the straight pool we should do the same if we’re on our in the midst of a match, not doing it league he answered a phone call just way to practice too, right? before your match will only help before our match began and was comAlso, I know many players that like to reinforce your focus. pletely distracted during the entire practice on their lunch hour or only match. “You should write have a very limited an article about shutting amount of time to hit your phone off if you’re Your concentration for a tournament should begin prior to balls when they do. your match, not at the sound of the first break. about to play a match,” he Well, here’s a little tip: said. I’d never even Set the alarm on your thought about that. phone or watch for the Your concentration for a tournament Unless it’s an all day event, when I’m time that you need to pack up. The last should begin prior to your match, not at on my way to a match I’m typically time I tried to practice in a hurry and walking from my hotel room to the tour- the sound of the first break. Proper had to keep an eye on the clock, it was preparation for a match is not only about just as distracting as answering a bad nament room. I like to keep my head having a nutritious meal or making sure down, maybe even have my headphones phone call. your shaft is clean; it also includes caring on. This is not the time to be the social for your mental state. How well can you butterfly. In fact, world champion Ralf So, the next time you grab your cues play when you show up to a match Souquet is one of the nicest, friendliest and head out the door to a tournament straight from having an argument with guys in the game. He will stop to answer or to practice, remember to shut your your spouse or finding out you just lost any question and let you talk to him for phone off. If you’re expecting an your job? Don’t even let it happen. Shut hours, EXCEPT when he’s on his way to important phone call, then you probably off your phone. a match. He just politely responds, “I’ll shouldn’t be entering a tournament I’ll even take this one step further. I’m talk to you after my match.” anyway. Enjoy your pool time! That’s a true believer in practicing the way we If you think about it, shutting off your what it’s all about. want to perform and taking our practice phone is the same concept. If you

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Samm Diep, “Cherry Bomb” House Pro at Table Steaks East in Aurora, Colorado Author of “You Might Be A D Player If… (101 Classic Moves That All Pool Players Can Appreciate)”

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Over three decades ago and within the third largest city in the United States, Chicago Illinois, I began the successful rebuilding of a carom game (Fig. 1) known as three-cushion billiards. The following years brought my wife Bonnie and I the good fortune of meeting some of life’s most genteel people and finest three-cushion players from over four continents. Champions, like Mexico’s Ampelio Gonzalez, who nearly thirty years ago set our IBC’s high run record when scoring 22 consecutive points using early 20th century equipment. Joe Diaz, a Chicago billiard enthusiast whose mere presence when stepping into a room gave glamour and charm to even the shabbiest of billiard rooms. Gale Johnson, a man who as no other man within the time in which he lived, promoted through love and compassion, our game of threecushion billiards. And the late Mr. Sang Chun Lee, a Korean immigrant who’s presence in America was forever known after our IBC’s arrangement and video recording of his first professional match in America with our nations then eight-time national champion, Mr. George Ashby. Yet of all the hundreds of three-cushion players I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, one man, like a lighthouse beacon on a frostbitten winter night, stands out as bright as the best of the best for reasons yet to be told. And it is this man, this black three-cushion billiard champion and giant of a man that’s being honored in the following story, Chicago’s “King Richard.” Every year thousands of men and women whose names and records of exceptional human achievements go unmentioned and fall through the cracks of our society’s recognition. Now, and as this following story unfolds the little known accomplishments of one Mr. Richard Powell and his mentor Mr. Joseph Brice shall at long last be told and become public record. This is a story with a seemingly timeless message that begins during the Civil War and ends at the doorstep our nation’s battle for Civil Rights. Jim Parker, 32 Year President The Illinois Billiard Club

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Chicago’s “King Richard”

figure 1 Mr. Ed Graney (top portrait) and his early 20th century billiard room. Over twenty 5’ x 10’ carom billiard tables … and not a single pocket in one Carom Billiards: The game of billiards (all cue games) was old when we were young. In America, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and for nearly the following hundred years’ billiards had been divided into two basic divisions, carom billiards and pocket billiards (pool). Of the two divisions, carom billiards was by far the more popular of the two games and maintained its status as a popular professional sport from the 1860’s until the 1950’s. Whereas, and much as it is today, pocket billiards (pool) existed as more an amateur sideshow until the close of the second decade of the 20th century. Pool’s short lived flash of professional popularity ended in the middle 1950’s … less than 35 years after it was first considered in America as a popular professional sport.


ost certainly, Mr. Richard (Baby Brother) Powell was a king. And in my mind shall always wear his crown of personal achievements that among others include his roll in American billiards that mirrored baseball’s Jackie Robinson when Powell became the first Negro to cross American billiards colored line. Richard won national three-cushion billiard titles and was the only black man in history whose skills qualified him to compete against billiards Father Time, Mr. William (Willie) Fredrick Hoppe. Powell broke three-cushion billiard records that stood for more than a century, and mended racial injustices that prevailed for over two centuries. Powell’s kingdom was Chicago Illinois and the city’s Southeast-side his home and beloved province. Chicago was con-

sidered the Mecca for hosting world class billiard tournaments ever since Mr. Thomas Foley (Fig. 2) hosted Illinois’ first major billiard event at Chicago’s Metropolitan Hall on January 29, 1865. Not long after Foley sent billiard balls spinning in Chicago the most enduring and powerful national billiard organization in the recorded history of American billiards was born and became known as the National Billiard Association of America (NBAA). To this day there has never been a professional American billiard organization as effective and enduring as the NBAA. Unlike most all of today’s professional billiard events that allow anyone with the price of an entry fee (as opposed to proven talent) to compete in world tournaments, nearly a century ago the NBAA introduced an iron clad system affording only qualified

contenders the opportunity to compete in world class events. By a well thought-out design insuring professional tournament eligibility the organization staged various levels of competitive events when sponsoring qualifying tournaments throughout the land. First beginning with local City Championships supported by the more prominent billiard facilities located in registered communities. The next level allowed only the finalist from the City Championships to move forward and compete for national recognition within a State tournament. The third level events were referred to as Regional Tournaments (generally comprised of three divisions) where the State finalists did battle with one another for billiards coveted Regional title. Then came the World tournament where only the pre-

vailing Regional champions and past world title-holders would compete for the upcoming World title. This format not only brought out and featured the best billiard talent in the world but also created a state of perennial drama that the public media used as both local and national sports news. In short, a win-win situation for all involved. One day in his late teens Richard Powell found himself peering through the windows of a billiard room located on Chicago’s Garfield Park Boulevard. The room was owned and operated by his would-be mentor, Mr. Joseph Brice (Fig. 3). Mr. Brice was an exceptionally talented human being in every sense of the word, and to further understand Richard Powell you have first to understand Joe Brice. An Afro-American born and raised in the South during a time Jim Crow Laws prevailed to the fullest. Like many blacks during the first quarter of the 20th century Brice moved North in search of a better life. I recall Joe telling me that it wasn’t long after his arrival to Chicago in 1919 that the city exploded into the deadliest race riots on record. When Brice came to Chicago as a young man he brought four things his college diploma, a dream of success, and his determination and dedication to build a better life. By the early 1930’s many of Joe’s dreams were realized after successfully founding and operating five self-owned businesses on and near East Garfield Blvd. A currency exchange, restaurant, chicken shack, lounge and a billiard room. Incredible as it sounds, but sixty years later and in his nineties, when Joe and I played billiards together at our IBC’s 71st street headquarters, he still owned his, “Joe’s Chicken Shack!” And like it was yesterday I still recall how protective he was when I’d stop in to visit. By the 1940’s and in addition to maintaining all five businesses Joe Brice was developing his three-cushion game and found himself teaching anyone and everyone with the slightest interest in learning the game. He came to realize there was a definite characteristic distinction between the beginner or novice pool player as that of a three-cushion player. Unlike pools instant gratification and obvious academic method of scoring when watching a ball fall into a pocket, with its invisible lines and diamond system calculations three-cushion presented a greater challenge and well

focused concentration. Between Brice’s interest in billiards and ever-growing desire to promote three-cushion in his own billiard room he began visiting Chicago’s more elaborate downtown billiard rooms. At that time there were well over 500 billiard tables in daily play within Chicago’s loop alone. It wasn’t long after that Joe’s billiard skills proved challenging to anyone he played, but the subject he would eventually teach best was far more complex and universal than simply a game of billiards. Joe Brice was in fact a black man experiencing a game that at that time and place in history was looked upon as a white man’s game. Yet with his social qualities, upscale style and genteel selfconfidence combined with his educational background in business, law and social science he became well liked and respected wherever he went. To his surprise however, one day during his weekly visits to his favored downtown billiard room there was a display of racial discrimination. It was suggested by some patrons that blacks should not be allowed entry to the showpiece billiard rooms of Chicago’s loop. I don’t recall Joe telling me exactly what prompted the seemingly sudden change in attitude yet as the weeks passed the situation worsened. It was becoming obvious that if this condition were to continue there would be lines drawn and rules put into effect that would eventually prohibit blacks from playing within any of the city’s downtown billiard halls. Finally after weeks of mounting tension and, some 20 years before Rev. Martin Luther King marched the streets of Chicago protesting housing discrimination, one Mr. Joseph Brice marched to protest against segregation within the billiard industry. Unlike King’s march of some 700 strong in 1966, Brice’s march was a quiet one as he walked alone to the office of our nation’s boss of the American billiard industry, Mr. Norman Bensinger (Fig. 4). In 1872 Norman Bensinger’s great grandfather, Moses Bensinger was promoted to Vice President of the Brunswick Co. by John Brunswick, founder of the Brunswick billiard table empire that he established in 1845. Brunswick was convinced that Bensinger’s creative marketing and innovative business concepts combined with his leadership qualities would take his company to greater heights. After taking

control of the growing Brunswick-BalkeCollender Company in 1894 Bensinger fulfilled Brunswick’s prediction and dug the companies niche even deeper into billiards, bowling and bar fixture design and manufacturing. After his death in 1904 Bensinger’s son Benjamin carried on his father’s vision of expanding and building a state of the art manufacturing facility in Muskegon Michigan. Over the following 40 years the Bensinger heirs successfully carried the Brunswick-BalkeCollender Co. through two world wars and the great depression years of the 1930’s. It was Brice’s opinion that if any one man could restrain and eventually put an end to the recent segregation issue it would be Mr. Norman Bensinger himself. During their meeting at Bensinger’s Chicago office Joe presented his case in a courteous yet self-confident manner. He began by reflecting on his own childhood when growing up in the South and witnessing first hand the demeaning injustices of Jim Crow Laws. He pointed out racial discriminations moral and legal violations to both civil rights and human rights. He went on to remind Bensinger of the billiard industries recent loss of popularity and predicted increased damage to industry growth if segregation would prevail. Finally, Brice summed up their meeting by explaining that while he personally will do whatever he could to put an end to racial discrimination, the businesses and people that support it will have to one day do battle with someone and something far more powerful than himself. Further, the battleground shall not be in the billiard rooms of Chicago, but rather in the courtrooms of our nation, and segregation’s greatest advisory will be the very Constitution of our United States. Over the following weeks Joe continued making his weekly visits to one of Bensinger’s four loop locations. He never heard nor saw any signs of racial discrimination within the city’s downtown billiard rooms again. It was as if a great hurricane had blown out to sea and all those once threatened by its violence were at peace. Most certainly, “Freedom had Rung” within the halls of Chicago’s once great billiard rooms, and ironically, all of this is what set the stage for what was yet to come …to be continued.

figure 2 Mr. Tom Foley, after winning Illinois’ first billiard championship in 1865 opened his first billiard room on the site of today’s Chicago Civic Opera House. Three downtown locations later and all less than four blocks apart, Foley went on to become our nations longest surviving billiard proprietor when retiring after 60 years of business.

figure 3 Center with cue: Richard (Baby Brother) Powell and Joe Brice on far right with cue.

figure 4 The Bosses: Mr. Louis A. Bensinger on left and son Norman Bensinger. In addition to controlling rolls in the Brunswick-BalkeCollender Company the father and son duo operated the largest number of billiard tables and bowling alleys in the world. October/November 17 PQB

APA National Championship More than $1 Million awarded in 28th Annual Team Championships


he American Poolplayers Association’s (APA) 28th Annual National Team Championships saw a record number of teams compete in this year’s 9-day extravaganza. More than 1,800 8-Ball, 9Ball, Doubles and Masters teams made the trek to Sin City to compete, Aug. 15–23.

8-Ball Open Division Westside of Kankakee, Ill., defeated Secretly Sloshed of Shreveport, La., 3-0 in the finals to take home $25,000 in cash and the championship title. In addition to their 1st Place prize money, Westside also received a team trophy and individual team plaques. As RunnersUp, Secretly Sloshed received $15,000 in prize money, a team trophy and individual team plaques. Finishing in 3rd Place were The Untouchables of Springdel, Ohio, and Vested in Pool of Livonia, Mich.; they each received $7,500 in prize money. In a three-way tie for 5th Place were All My Rowdy Friends of Baton Rouge, La., Bobby McGee’s of Cresthill, Ill., and Nothin Personal of Topeka, Kansas; each team received $5,500 for finishing tied for 5th Place.

Ladies 8-Ball Division In the finals it was Clean Slates of Maple Shade, N.J., defeating New Orleans Ladies of Westwego, La., 3-0 to win $10,000 in 1st Place prize money. In addition to the prize money, Clean Slates also received a team trophy and individual team plaques. As Runners-Up, New Orleans Ladies received $5,000 in cash, a team trophy and individual team plaques. Clean Slates advanced to the finals with a victory over Cue Tips of Seminole, Fla., in the semifinals. New Orleans Ladies defeated Ball Busters of Howell, Mich., in the semifinals to advance. Both Cue Tips and Ball Busters each took home $2,500 for their 3rd Place finishes. In a tie for 5th Place were Keep ‘Em Safe of Chester, W.V, Kiss It Goodbye of Houston, Texas, This Is It of Jackson, Miss., and Who Let the Babes Out of Decatur, Ill. Each 5th Place team received $1,000 in prize money. All teams in the 8-Ball Championships squared off in a modified single elimination format that ensured each team played at least twice before elimination. All 8-Ball Open Division teams automatically received $350 in national qualifier money, and the top 8 teams won at least $5,000. In the 8-Ball Ladies Division, all teams automatically earned $350 national qualifier money, with the top 8 teams winning at least $1,000.

Open 9-Ball National Championship Oh Shot of Gastonia, N.C., beat Frank’s Team of Leominster, Mass, in the finals 52-48. Oh Shot took home $15,000 of the more than $200,000 guaranteed purse. As Runner-Up, Frank’s Team received $7,000 in cash, a team trophy and individual team plaques. PQB 18 October/November

Two teams tied for 3rd Place in the Open 9-Ball division. Cue Tips of Metairie, La., and Shoot ‘Em Down of Waterloo, S.C. Each team took home $3,500 in prize money. Finishing in 5th Place were Go Ahead of Burlington, Ontario, Heavy Hitters of Nashville, Tenn., Jimmy’s of Memhis, Tenn., and Welcome to Your Nightmare of Aloha, Oregon. Each 5th Place team received $2,000 in prize money. Each team competed in a modified single elimination format that ensured each team played at least twice before elimination. All national qualifiers received a minimum of $350, with the top 8 teams winning at least $2,000. After winning their divisions in weekly APA 8-Ball and 9-Ball League play and then placing in Local Team Championships throughout the United States and Canada, 707 Open 8-Ball, 357 Open 9-Ball, and 37 Ladies 8-Ball teams, all consisting of five to eight players, qualified to compete in the 2008 National Team Championships.

The APA produces three tournament events each year—the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out more than $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually! The National Team Championships are sponsored by Cuetec Cues.

Open 8-Ball Doubles Championship Oop’s of Shreveport, La., winning $6,500 in the finals with a victory over Tim & Mitchell of North Braddock, Pa. Tim & Mitchell received $4,000 as Runner-Up in the 383-team event.

Masters Championship This event featured Goof Troop of Rosemead, Calif., defeating Detroit Connection of Oxford, Mich. Goof Troop took home $7,800 in 1st Place prize money, while Detroit Connection received $3,600 as RunnerUp in the 187-team event.

Open 9-Ball Doubles Championship Sweet & Sour of Nashville, Tenn., defeated Killer B’s of Halethorpe, Md. Sweet & Sour took home a 1st Place prize of $5,500 and a trophy, while the Fobia walked away with $2,500 in prize money.

APA Wheelchair Challenge Charlie Hans of Cincinnati, Ohio, defeated Michale Little of Springfield, Va., for $2,000 in the finals of the APA Wheelchair Challenge. In addition, the APA conducted 627 MiniMania tournaments, which took place daily and were open to all APA members. The MiniMania tournaments offered multiple formats with 100% prize money payback that awarded nearly $200,000. The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the CPA Pool League in Canada. More than 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. October/November 19 PQB

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PQB 24 October/November USBA Officers President Bob Jewett 1000 Kiely Blvd Apt 86, Santa Clara, CA 95051 408-615-7479

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Shovak 58 Hawthorne Avenue East Islip, NY 11730 516-238-6193

Eastern Region Directors: Mazin Shooni 2006 USA Champion 135 Broad Street Unit # 3A5, Hudson, MA, 01749 cell phone:248-910-4466 work phone:603-623-5330 John Zymeck 6520 North Ocean Blvd. #31 Ocean Ridge, Fl 33435 561-670-0240 Charles Brown

Central Region Directors: George Theobald 1N260 Prince Crossing Rd. West Chicago, Illinois 60185 (630) 231-9444 Bill Johnson 734-368-3315 George Ashby 8X USA Champion 206 E. State Street Jacksonville, IL 62650 217-440-0069

Western Region Directors: George Aronek 19120 Nordhoff St. Northridge, California 913243654 Ken Higgins 19342 47TH Ave NE. Seattle, Washington 98155-2954 (425) 709-8718 Bruce Warner (310)738-5429 PQB 26 October/November

Would you like to write an article or submit a Shot? email to: or you can mail it to JimShovak/USBA Secretary 58 Hawthorne Avenue East Islip, NY 11730

Robert Raiford Wins the Hall of Fame Tournament!


f you have never been to Hall of Fame Billiards in Warren, Michigan, then you are missing out. It is a beautiful room with lots of pool tables, three Verhoeven 3-Cushion tables, video games, fantastic food and drink and a great regular crowd of people. On Sunday night, the music was pumping and people were dancing all over the place. It was like one big, giant party with people that you are comfortable with. I was impressed with the place the moment that I walked in. But the main attraction this past weekend was a 3-cushion tournament for “B+” players. Only players with an average of less than .900 could play. There was a full field of 21 players who played on brand-new Granito cloth. Flight A: Jamil Isreal and Mercedes Gonzales were the favorites to win this flight. However, Mercedes defeated Jamil in the first match and Jamil was upset by Andrew Janquitto who averaged .800 in his win against Jamil. Mercedes Gonzales and Steve Anderson from Grand Rapids, Michigan ended up going 5-1 to qualify for the finals. Flight B: This was the toughest flight. With players such as Dan Kolacz, Gary Elias, Bill Johnson, Gary Scharff and Armando Wong, nobody knew who would win this flight. Bill Johnson suffered 2 defeats in the 1-hole, despite averaging .728. Gary Elias won the flight with a 5-1 record and an .891 average in the prelims. Dan Kolacz finished 2nd going 4-2 with an .850 average in the prelims. Flight C: Robert Raiford and Jim Shovak were the favorites. Raiford finished undefeated with a .667 grand average. But Shovak was upset by Bassel Elshaar 20-17. In Bassel’s final match against Robert Raiford, Bassel needed just 13 points to insure going to the finals. Unfortunately Raiford defeated him 20-7 in just 23 innings. Then Shovak went on to win his last match 20-4 in just 20 innings, sending him to the finals. Finalists: Gary Elias, Jim Shovak, Dan Kolacz, Robert Raiford, Mercedes Gonzales, Steve Anderson

THE FINALS Round 1: Elias defeats Shovak, Raiford defeats Kolacz, Gonzales defeats Anderson. Round 2: Shovak defeats Raiford, Elias defeats Anderson, Kolacz defeats Gonzales. Elias 2-0, Raiford 1-1, Shovak 1-1, Kolacz 1-1, Gonzales 1-1, Anderson 0-2. Round 3: Raiford defeats Anderson, Shovak defeats Kolacz, Gonzales defeats Elias. Elias 2-1, Raiford 2-1, Shovak 2-1, Gonzales 2-1, Kolacz 1-2, Anderson 0-3. Round 4: Raiford defeats Gonzales, Shovak defeats Anderson, Kolacz defeats Elias. Raiford 3-1, Shovak 3-1, Gonzales 2-2, Kolacz 2-2, Elias 2-2, Anderson 0-4. This was a very interesting point in the tournament. It was actually possible to have 5 out of the 6 players all ending up with a record of 3-2. If that happened, then the top 2 players with the most total points scored would have a playoff game to decide 1st

Dan Kolacz, Robert Raiford, Mercedes Gonzales

and 2nd place and the other 3 players would end up in 3rd, 4th and 5th based on the tie-breakers (total points, head-to-head and points against). The other scenario was as follows: if both Raiford and Shovak won their final matches, then they would play a 20-point playoff game. If one of them won and the other lost, then the winner would win the tournament. And that is what happened. Mercedes Gonzales came out swinging against Shovak and had him 13-1 before he knew what hit him. Gonzales won the match 25-11. Meanwhile Raiford was losing his match to Gary Elias by a score of 10-1. Then it was 19-13 in favor of Elias. Raiford kept closing the gap. Finally the score was 24-24 and Raiford made the final point to win the tournament. Ironically, Shovak’s loss to Gonzales sent him into 4th place, with Gonzales and Kolacz both winning their last matches. Kolacz, who seemed to be out of contention with a 12 record ended up finishing in 2nd place and Gonzales in 3rd. Order of Finish and Prizes: Player Record Points Prize Average Robert Raiford 4-1 124 $ 2,000 .658 Dan Kolacz 3-2 120 $1,600 .690 Mercedes Gonzales 3-2 115 $ 1,250 .650 Jim Shovak 3-2 105 $950 .536 Gary Elias 2-3 113 $600 .559 Steve Anderson 0-5 90 $400 .471 Kolacz won $100 each for best game of .833 and high run of 5. We’d like to thank the following: Hall of Fame Billiards for your enormous hospitality. Ramy Noja, Bassel Elshaar, Bill Johnson, Brian Roy, Steve Schumaker, Armando Wong, Ed Gasbarre and Tournament Director Gary Elias for all their hard work. Our Sponsors: Mueller Products/Gorina cloth, Paul Frankel (Professor-Q-Ball) Bob Jewett, Jim Shovak, David Levine,Andrew Janquitto Robert Byrne

Lupe Cruz Wins Minneapolis Billiard Club Tournament


ixteen players participated in the second annual MBC USBA tournament held September 12-14, 2008. Two flights of eight played to 20 on two heated Verhoevens. The top three from each advanced to Sunday’s 25 point finals. Flight A consisted of Iowans Bob Byrne, Lorenzo Chavarria, Jorge Hinojosa, John Jacobson and Minnesotans Rod Corey, Paul Fritzam, Tim Gardner, and Brad Volmers. John went 7-0 to sweep the flight. Bob and Rod also advanced with 5-2 records. Flight B included Gary Eake and Bernard Kapinos of Wisconsin, Iowans Lupe Cruz, Bob Jacobson, Russ Rosenberger and Minnesotans Fred Lamers, Mike Leimer, and Tim Smith. Fred finished 7-0 including a game against Tim with tournament high run of 9 and high game of 2.000. Lupe advanced with a record of 6-1. Bob and Tim both finished 4-3 with Bob advancing by a slim 2-point

margin. Mike ran 5 to win high run out of the finals and Tim had high average out of the finals. Sunday morning the final bracket consisted of Fred, John, Lupe, Bob Byrne, Rod, and Bob Jacobson. After several rounds of play John, Fred, and Lupe were all undefeated at 3-0. Fred and Lupe played first and Lupe surged to an 18 to 9 lead after 24 innings. Fred ran a seven and fought back to tie the match at 21 in the top half of the 34th inning. Lupe stepped up in the bottom half and finished the match with a run of four. Next up was John and Lupe. John jumped out quickly to a 15 to 5 lead after the 12th inning. Lupe evened up the match at 15 after 17 innings, including a run of six. The match was tight the rest of the way, coming down to 24-24 in the 29th inning. Lupe then made a difficult out shot to win both the match and the tournament! Congratulations to Lupe. That left John and Fred

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with one loss each to determine second place. Fred prevailed with a 25-19 victory. wishes to thank the The total prize following fund of $3,150 paid people and 1st Lupe Cruz $1,000 organiza2nd Fred Lamers $700 tions: 3rd John Jacobson $475 Jim Larson 4th Bob Byrne $350 of Billiards Bob Jacobson $250 5th Unlimited for 6th Rod Corey $175 allowing High Run Out Finals (5) Mike Leimer $100 some matches to be played High Avg Out Finals (0.466) Tim Smith $100 John Jacobson at his place Schuler cue raffle winner downtown sale. George Bisonnette for food, MBC member Richard Fox for Progressive Lending Solutions for assistance in running the tournasponsorship,Restoration Profesment and preparation of Saturday sionals for sponsorship, MBC night’s feast member Mickey Campbell for MBC member Troy Thoennes of adding $1,000 to the prize fund All About the Game Room for And most of all, we’d like to thank donating a Schuler cue and setting the players for making the tournaup a variety of billiard products for ment a success and a fun event.

Drexeline Billiard Club • 3-Cushion Shot Contest The Drexeline Billiard Club had 8 enthusiastic players gather for our 3-Cushion Shot contest. Unfortunately there was a big event at the Valley Forge Convention Center for the Million Dollar shoot out as well as a large A.P.A. event together with multiple events and several mini tournaments in the works as we would have probably had many more participants. That did not stop us form having our event. Thanks to the USBA and Paul Frankel, the prize fund was fattened a bit. We posted the rules and the 8 different shots two months before, to give players the chance to become familiar. The players each shot 3 times and 1 point was scored for a successful attempt. Also they were able to score a quarter point for each straight rail made in between each 3-cushion

attempt. Maximum would be 1 1/4 point per attempt. Perfect score would be 30 points 24 attempts at on point shots=24 points and 24 attempts at straight rail shots=6 points. The players were very cocky about how the shots were easy for them to make. A lot of trash talking. I have never seen so many people become so humble so fast. They were so quiet after a few shots you could hear a pin drop. Not so easy when you’re put on the line, and don’t shoot the shot 4 or 5 times in a row to dial in on it. It really makes you appreciate the top players of the game. Everyone was talking and commenting on how great the

top dogs really are, as just a few weeks ago some of these players went to Carom Café in New York to watch the Sang Lee 3Cushion International Open tournament. Half way through our shot contest we totaled up the scores., Contestants had a hard time digesting what the score half time totals were. The tournament wrapped up with less then a 50% average to the top points guy and our winner. There is some new found respect here at Drexeline Billiard Club.

Winner Bob Richards P.S. Even though the players were somewhat embarrassed with there performance they all had a very good time and are barking to have it again as they feel they will score much better. “KEEP PRACTICING”.

Just a reminder to all that for each *new USBA member you sign up, there is a $ 15 commission waiting for you. Make sure you tell fellow players that they will receive a free AccuStats DVD ($30), free Professor-QBall subscription ($20), free USBA patch, sticker and doodle spot along with hotel and rental car discounts and more. Annual membership dues of $ 50 more than pays for itself! Plus they will receive constant updates of tournaments and billiard news as well as instruction to improve their game. Just have them fill out the Membership Signup in this issue. Make copies if you wish. You can also access a USBA Membership Application online by going to: and clicking “USBA Forms” on the left side. If every one of us does the following things, together we can triple our membership: 1) Teach a pool player how to play the game of 3-cushion 2) Tell your billiard friends about the USBA and website 3) Talk about the benefits of being a USBA member (see above paragraph) 4) Persuade your billiard friends to enter a Tournament 5) Run a local Tournament at your room (we are here to help you anytime!) These are just the little things. We don’t need big commitments from our members. If everyone simply did these little things, it would add up to be one tremendous thing! Please try your best to do the small things we have suggested. We need you. We can’t communicate with every pool and billiard player simply because we don’t know who they are. But I guarantee that each one of you knows a few people who are not familiar with the USBA and who do not participate in Tournaments. Reach out to those people. Don’t beg them. Just inform them. Open your mouth. That’s all we ask from you. Thank you for your support and let’s continue to do great things for the game of billiards! Sincerely,

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2008 USBA Tour “B” Champion • John Kim


hirty-Six players came to Flushing, NY for the chance to be crowned the USBA Tour “B” Champion. The average for a “B” player ranges anywhere between .501 and .800. The total prize fund came to $ 11,100.00 which included the entry fees, $ 3,005.00 in added money, $ 1,175.00 from auctions and $ 800.00 from a lottery. The format was as follows: Six flights of 6 players each, round robin, 25 point matches. In all, there were 16 players who advanced to the next round. That included the top 2 finishers from each group, the best 3rd place finisher, two auctions and one lottery. Those positions were earned and the players were seeded into the next round based on wins/losses, total points, headto-head and points-against. Four players finished their brackets undefeated and were the top-seeded players: Jim Shovak, Jose Restrepo, Robert Raiford and Jose Costa. The next-seeded players (58) were John Kim, Ernesto Davila, Christian Portilla and Edwar Gomez, all finishing 4-1. The nextseeded players (9-12) were Jake Zymeck, Mercedes Gonzales, Joe DeAmato and Francisco Loaiza, all with 3-2 records. Rudy Legler was seeded # 13, who was the best 3rd place finisher in the preliminaries (3-2 record). Ira Lee won an auction bid and was seeded # 14. Nayiv Ramirez won the lottery and was seeded # 15. Dan Kolacz won the other auction bid and was seeded # 16. In the first round of the Single Elimination format, 3 of the top 4 players were defeated, ending their chances of winning the tournament. Dan Kolacz took down # 1 seed Jim Shovak, 30-28. Nayiv Ramirez defeated # 2 seed Jose Restrepo 30-27. Rudy Legler defeated # 4 seed Jose Costa, 30-27. Robert Raiford, # 3 seed, just barely

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got by Ira Lee, 30-28. Apparently, Ira Lee scored what would have been his 29th point of the game and may have won the match, but he fouled the shot. Nobody except Ira Lee even had a clue that it was a foul. I have to commend Ira for his sportsmanship and honor. It is a tribute to the spirit of the game: a GENTLEMAN’S game. You have my respect, Ira. In the other matches, Edwar Gomez (2007 USBA Junior Champion) defeated Jake Zymeck, 30-18. John Kim defeated Francisco Loaiza, 30-22. Ernesto Davila defeated Joe DeAmato, 30-18. Christian Portilla defeated Mercedes Gonzalez, 30-28. In the Quarter-Finals, Edwar Gomez defeated Dan Kolacz, 30-15. John Kim defeated Rudy Legler, 30-27.

John Kim

Championship, 35-30. Edwar Gomez defeated Christian Portilla, 25-22, to earn the 3rd place position. Congratulations to John Kim, who is officially the 2008 USBA Tour “B” Champion.

Robert Raiford defeated Ernesto Davila, 30-28. Christian Portilla defeated Nayiv Ramirez 30-20. In the Semi-Finals, John Kim easily defeated Edwar Gomez, 30-19, averaging 1.250. Robert Raiford narrowly beat Christian Portilla, 30-27, in a very tense match. In the Finals, it was John Kim against Robert Raiford. One game. 35 points. Winner-take-all. Jim Shovak was the referee for the match. John Kim took an early lead running a 5 and then a 7. Raiford fought back, closing the gap and playing strong defense. Both players played very carefully, trying to score, but trying not to leave the other player an opening. The score at one point was John Kim 30, Robert Raiford 28. Then, it was Kim 32, Raiford 30. Kim scored # 33 and then missed. Raiford missed. Then Kim ran 2 and out, to win the match and the

We would like to thank the following: -Carom Café owner, Mike Kang for holding the event and adding money; Charles Brown and Min Jae Pak for running the event flawlessly;. Billy Kim for helping to run things when necessary and Schuler Cues for donating the cue for the raffle. Financial Sponsors: Bob Jewett, Jim Shovak, David Levine, Paul Frankel, Robert Byrne and Andrew Janquitto.

Prizes 1) 2) 3) 4) 5-8) 5-8) 5-8) 5-8) 9-12) 9-12) 9-12) 9-12) 13-16) 13-16) 13-16) 13-16)

John Kim Robert Raiford Edwar Gomez Christian Portilla Ernesto Davila Rudy Legler Nayiv Ramirez Dan Kolacz Mercedes Gonzalez Ira Lee Jose Costa Jake Zymeck Jim Shovak Jose Restrepo Francisco Loaiza Joe DeAmato

$ 2,300 $ 1,600 $ 1,200 $ 1,000 $ 650 $ 650 $ 650 $ 650 $ 400 $ 400 $ 400 $ 400 $ 200 $ 200 $ 200 $ 200

Jairo Sanabria Daza is the USBA Tour “C” Champion


wenty-Five players came to Carom Café in Flushing, NY in order to capture the “C” player Championship. All players needed to have averages below .500, as determined by the Tournament Directors. The total prize money came out to $ 5,275.00. Entry fees of $ 120.00 times 25 players = $ 3,000.00. Sponsors and Carom Café donated $ 1,300.00. One auction spot went for $ 275.00 and the other went for $ 300.00. $ 400.00 was received through a lottery. The players were divided into 4 groups. Three groups had 6 players each and the fourth had 7 players. The top 2 players from each group advanced to the finals plus the best 3rd place finisher, 2 auction spots and one lottery, totaling 12 players in the finals. The four 1st place finishers each had a bye in the single-elimination finals. The positions of finish were determined by wins/losses, total points and points-against. Since the 4th group had 7 players and the rest had only 6 players, a tie-breaker rule needed to be established. For instance, if someone finished 4-2 in the fourth group, but another player finished 3-2 in one of the other groups, the tie breaker was determined by the amount of points scored in their losses. In group A, Gonzalo Valencia wins the flight, going 5-1 and Ronnie Silva comes in 2nd, going 4-2. In group B, Lew Hutter goes 5-0 and Seung Sil Park comes in 2nd, finishing 3-2. In group C, Tony Ferrara from Massachusetts goes 5-0 and Seung Yoon Seo goes 3-2 in 2nd place. In group D, Pedro Acevedo goes 5-0 and Tommy Park came in 2nd, going 4-1. The best 3rd place finisher was Frank Brown, going 2-3, but scoring 40 points total in his 3 losses. Jairo Sanabria Daza and Drew Dangelmayer won the auctions to enter the finals and Sonny Cho won the lottery, who promptly gave his ticket to Ester Park. Tony Ferrara was the # 1 seed, Pedro Acevedo was the # 2 seed, Lew Hutter was the # 3 seed, all with 5-0 records. Gonzalo Valencia was the # 4 seed, going 5-1 in the preliminaries. These 4 players all had a firstround bye. In the first round of the single elimination finals, Ronnie Silva defeated Frank Brown, 20-13. Tommy Park defeated Ester Park, 20-15. Seung Yoon Seo defeated Drew Dangelmayer, 20-16. Jairo Sanabria Daza defeated Seung Sil Park, 20-19. In the quarter finals, Ronnie Silva upended # 1 seed, Tony Ferrara, 20-5. Gonzalo Valencia whipped Tommy Park, 20-3, averaging .690. Lew Hutter defeated Seung Yoon Seo 20-11. Jairo Daza upended # 2 seed, Pedro Acevedo, 20-7.

Jairo Daza, Gonzalo Valencia, Lew Hutter, Ronnie Silva

In the semi-finals, Ronnie Silva trounced Gonzalo Valencia, 20-10, averaging 1.053!!! Jairo Daza defeated Lew Hutter, 20-13, averaging .645. In the final match, refereed by Jim Shovak, Jairo Sanabria Daza took the early lead and never lost it. Near the end of the match, it was Jairo Daza 24 and Ronnie Silva 23. Each player had at least 2 chances to win the match, but points eluded them. Finally, on his 3rd chance, Jairo Daza scored the winning point and became the 2008 USBA Tour “C” Champion.Lew Hutter defeated Gonzalo Valencia 20-18, securing 3rd place. We would like to thank the following: Min Jae Pak and Charles Brown. Charles was sick and unable to attend. He still created all the schedules and charts from his home and was in constant communication with Min Jae Pak, who virtually ran the whole tournament. Thanks, guys! Carom Café for donating their tables for the event and adding money as well. Thank you Michael Kang! Our sponsors: Competition Sports for the Adam/Helmstetter cue donation for the raffle. David Levine, Bob Jewett, Jim Shovak, Paul Frankel, Robert Byrne and Andrew Janquitto for your financial support. Congratulations to Jairo Sanabria Daza, the 2008 USBA Tour “C” Champion.

Prizes 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12)

Player Jairo Daza Ronnie Silva Lew Hutter Gonzalo Valencia Tony Ferrara Seung Yoon Seo Tommy Park Pedro Acevedo Frank Brown Drew Dangelmayer Ester Park Seung Sil Park

Prize $1,200 $850 $650 $500 $350 $325 $300 $275 $250 $225 $200 $150

Tourn Grand Avg .486 .463 .422 .502 .491 .367 .437 .382 .374 .353 .376 .365

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Time Shot by Bob Byrne Contributing Writer • From Byrne’s “Advanced technique in Pool & Billiards” with permission


he greatest time shot I ever saw made in a tournament

game was executed by Humberto Suguimizu of Peru,

many times champion of South America. Playing at the

world tournament in Las Vegas in May 1978, he was faced with the position given in Diagram 93. After studying the shot for several minutes, he played a five-rail backup time shot, scoring it as drawn. The concept was as remarkable as the execution. The best time shot I ever made in a game appears in Diagram


94. The position came up in an April 1979 match against Pepe Gomez former balkline champion of Mexico, at Tiff’s Billiards in North Hollywood Calif. A thin hit was required to keep the red ball from traveling more than a few feet, and a touch of holdup was applied to the cueball to make it rebound steeply off the first rail. The shot was feasible only because the two object balls were within a half-inch of each other. Had they been, say, three inches apart, the cross-table bank (three side rails) might have been a good choice, using right English to make the cueball hit A, B, and C before approaching the balls.


Mister 100 Bob Roach • Omaha, Ne. Book Review


ello everyone. I have the delightful and admittedly somewhat trepidatious task of reviewing for you Ray Ceulemans’ Mister 100, reprinted in 2007 by his sponsor Van Ooy of the Netherlands. I purchased my copy through There are two versions, paperback for about 90 Euros and a hardbound, autographed/numbered version which ran about 145 Euros. You might want to try or other sites to see where you can get the best deal. The shipping from i-billiard was around 45 Euros, but I must say I have never seen such a wellpacked item to be shipped overseas. So you may know what I did I got the hardbound etc., and it is a really well done work. Of course any errors regarding any interpretations are mine alone. The book is a reprint of Ceulemans’ late 70’s book. It is reprinted into 6 languages, including English and Spanish as well as Japanese. There is an extensive personal history and records PQB 30 October/November

sections that include averages in ALL the big and small games. Ceulemans reiterates therein his long held belief that we Americans need to develop their respective skills in the small games. As a personal aside, I recently competed at the Iowa State 3CB Championships and played awful - but during a lull in the action I was fooling around with straight rail play making some good runs. A noted writer, who played well, asked me how I did “that?” At least I proved Ceulemans wrong with respect to me, but then that’s not too hard. Back to the book, it is a hefty 471 pages long because of the translations. I love the hardbound version. This tome is mostly about systems play. Hence the system name “R C Marks System. But Ceulemans gives some personal history as well as some advise, the most important is that this book is about playing on ideal tournament condition tables. He occasionally mentions the “public” table, but you have to keep

in mind that this about really good tables. So what is to be gained by the average American player by the information in this book? For a grievously average player like myself there is a lot of useful information from just studying the diagrams on shots I have problems with. For many of us systems books are a hard and sometimes tedious read - like this review! The diagrams are very accurately drawn and the first cueball contact is shown with such accuracy that is always helpful. Even Ceulemans says that if you cannot remember all the numbers (first ball hit numbers are reference on the rail and after that the numbers are shown on the cushion edge) remembering the patterns and first ball hit can go a long way to getting a score. The system is admittedly a difficult read, but if you go to all the trouble to get it, but my understanding is that Ceulemans tends to work backwards, i.e., from the scoring of the point. He gets

his 3rd cushion line and work back to the first ball hit by the cueball. He also mentions that system work is not just geometry because that won’t work. You must get a feel for the shot and that requires practice. Ceulemans expects it to take ten years to get good enough to attempt pro play. I started thinking, hey I’m 55 and if I did what Ceulemans said I could start a pro career and retire all in the same day!!! Well I bet you are ready for this to end and it’s time. I do recommend the book, but also freely admit I have had some trouble understanding some things, it’s the lifetime of knowledge from a man whose record will probably go unchallenged. Yes it can be hard at times, but everything you need to do what he says is there, including a coding for cue tip location, speed, etc. And if nothing else Ceulemans credits his 3CB lifetime average to hard work with his system. Until next time, play well -

2009 USBA National Championship & Junior Championship The 2009 USBA National Championship Tournament will be held on February 18-22, 2009 at Carom Café Billiards in Flushing, NY. Details are still being worked out. If you wish to hold a Regional Qualifier at your room, please contact the Secretary at 516-2386193 or The deadline for Regional Qualifiers to end will be Sunday, February 1, 2009. The Junior Championship will be held during the Nationals, dates are not yet set. If you would like to participate in the Junior National Championship Tournament, please contact the Secretary as well.

Rip’s Tips 3-Cushion Unintentional Nice Shot Friend Tom Thomsen of Oregon, sent me this diagram which proves once again that some of the best shots in billiards are made by accident. (Come on now, smile and admit it.) He says Fred Swaha, owner of Edgie’s Billiards in Milpitas, CA, was going for the corner on this shot but hit the yellow ball too thin with the above fantastic result. Great shot Fred. Anyone else wants to submit a unique shot, (or did you play it that way), please send it to this column c/o Professor Paul Frankel. “George Rippe is a former billiard room proprietor and artistic billiard enthusiast,” He can be reached at 978 975-9958

Upcoming Tournaments for 2008 October 10-12: USBA Tour - Edgie’s Billiards - “B” Level - Milpitas, CA Contact: Susie Bangoy or Antonio Rivera - 408-942-9500 October 24-26: Regional Qualifier - Burbank Elks - Burbank, CA Contact: George Aronek 818-312-0147 October 31-Nov 2: USBA Tour International Open - Doral Billiards - Doral, FL Contact: Alex, Juan or Henry Ugartechea - 305-592-8486 November 15-16: Regional Qualifier-World Class Billiards - Peabody, MA Contact: John Magulas or Joe DeAmato - 978-535-7000 December 5-7: USBA Tour International Open - Chris’s Billiards - Chicago, IL Contact: Eric, George Theobald - 773-286-4714 December 5-7: Regional Qualifier - Dick Takano Memorial- Tacoma Elks, WA Contact: Ken Higgins - 425-458-1091 December 12-14: Regional Qualifier - Cue and Cushion - Hooksett, NH Contact: Mazin Shooni – 603-623-5330 January 23-30: USBA Ladies National Championship & Regional Qualifiers – Derby City Classic – HorseShoe Casino Hotel – Southern Indiana Contact: Paul Frankel 901 756 2594 February 18-22, 2009: USBA National Championship & Juniors Carom Café – Flushing, NY Contact: Charles Brown, Min Jae Pak – 718-358-8585

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847 299-8801• 1128 Lee St 2-Kim Steel billiard tables,19-9 foot tables, 3 bar tables, Restaurant & 5 TV's

318 741-0010 1701 Old Minden. Rd. 27 8’ Pool Tables, 2 7’ Pool Tables, 3 9’ Pool Tables, 6 Big Screens-Direct tn sports

DOWNERS GROVE • The Green Room

LAFAYETTE Fast Eddie’s

630-960-1111 224 W. Ogden Avenue 16 9’ Kim-Steel Pool Tables 2 10’ Kim-Steel/Sam Billiards Billiard Tables,Open Noon-3AM Sun-Thurs Open Noon-4AM FriSat

337 237 6577 2431 West Congress 4-41/2x9 , 20 4x8 tables and TV’s

734-422-7665 28410 Joy Road 14 – 9 Foot, 2 - 7 Foot,1- 6x12 Snooker table Dart Boards

NILES Roundtable Bar 269-683-9738 3024 N. US 31 6 – 7ft Diamonds,Full Bar & Food

WARREN • Hall of Fame Billiards

METAIRE Buffalo Billiards

5775 E.13 Mile RD. 586-939-8880 17-Gold Crown IV 6-Bar Box,1-6X12 & 5X10 Snooker,5-Dart Boards,4 Mega Touch,Golden Tee,Full service Rest. & Bar,Pro Shop on premises, 2- heated Verhoven 3 cushion tables

GALESBURG Billiards On Main

504-279-2137 3624 Airline Dr 13-9’Diamond, 3-Bar tables, Darts,7 TV’s,Full bar, 24 hrs

MINNeSOtA MINNEAPOLIS • Minneapolis Billiards Club

309-342-7665 156 East Main St. 8 Gold Crowns , 6 Bar tables, 2 Dart boards, Full bar/ Restaurant

MAINE WATERVILLE TJ’s Classic Billiards

1101 Stinson Blvd. N.E. 763-300-6370 2-Verhoven 3-cushion tables 1- 9 ft Diamond , TV snacks All out of towners play free Full service Rest. & Bar Pro shop on premises

EAST MOLINE Lesure Time Billiards &Sports Bar 309 752-9559 845 Ave of the City 5-9 foot pool tables,16- Bar tables, 2 sports bars, 11 Dart boards Full Kitchen

RIVERGROVE • Cue Phoria Billiards 708 452-9105 8917 W. Grand Ave 22-9’ Diamond ‘Vintage pool tables 3-7’ Diamond Smart tables 1-3-Cushion Gabriel heated 7-electronic dart games, 22 HD TV’S & 2 Large screens Full Bar & Food, Proshop/ Repairs

IOWA DES MOINES Big Dog Billiards 515-262-6523 2200 E. Euclid Ave 14 - 9 foot Diamonds, 18 – 7 foot Diamonds,1 – 3-Cushion 5x10 4- Fooseball table,3- Big Screens & Full liquor bar

KANSAS OLATHE • Shooters 913-780-5740 810 W. Hwy 56 22- 7ft Valley 10-9ft Gold Crowns,2 – 9ft Diamonds & 4 -7ft ,1- 3-Cushion 5x10 Brunswick,Full Bar & Grille

KeNtuCKY Louisville Diamond Pub & Billiards 3814 Frankfort Ave 502 895-7513 9-7ft Diamonds & 2-9ft 2 - Dart boards, 8 flat screen TV’s for Sports,Full Menu and Bar Live music Fri & Sat

14. Airport Rd #1 207 877-7665 20-Gold Crown 3’s, DartboardBig Screen, Beer & Wine, Family atmosphere

MARYLAND GLEN BURNIE • Big Daddy’s Billiards 410-760-1332 7954 B &A Blvd. Suite 2-G 8- 9’Diamonds, 3-7’ Diamonds 7-9’ Gold Crowns,1-6x12 Snooker,1` 5x10 3-cushion Soren Sogard,Tv’s, limited menu

MASSACHuSettS PEABODY • World Class Billiards & Pub 978 535-7000• Rte 1 South W. 12-Diamond Tables, 4-3-Cushion Billiard Tables, Darts,Videos, Snack Bar Beer & Wine,16 TV’s

ROSEVILLE Al’s Billiards 1319 Larpenteur Ave 651 646-9508 16 – Gold Crowns 1 – 5x10 Brunswick Anniversary 1-5x10 Snooker, 1-6x12 Snooker 2-7’ Bar tables, Darts & Foosball

MISSISSIPPI GRENADA The Sports Center 662-226-1322 893 Springhill Rd 7- Pool tables, 3 Bar tables, Video’s, Beer and Food

SOUTHAVEN Southaven Recreational

St WOBURN Silver Cue Billiard Club

662 342-0230 987 Town & Country 16- Big Tables. 5- Bar Tables 5-TV’s, Darts & Bumper Pool Food & Beer

781-933-9771• 435 Main St 13 Gold Crown 3 tables 7 days a week noon-1 am Weekly Tournaments


WAREHAM The Fan Club 508 295-6773 2859 Cranberry Hwy 10-Gold Crowns, 2-Dart boards 1-Big screen, 8-Tv’s, Full Bar D.J. Fri/Sat

MiCHIGAN HOLLAND Guppies Casual Dining & Billiards 1080 Lincoln Ave Suite 140 616-396-1071 11-Pro Am 7 footers, 6- Pro Am 9 footers,10-TV’s wi Full bar/ food

4260 Gretna Rd 417 334-9449 9 Pool tables 4x8 Coffee shop & Café WI-FI, Video & Game rental

ST LOUIS • Airport Billiards. 314-428-2200 4454 Woodson Rd 5-9 foot Gold Crowns tables, 1-3-Cushion Verhovens , billiard table. Bar tables, dartboards, Videos, Beer & Wine, Snacks, Cue Repair

CAPE GIRARDEAU The Billiard Center 573 335-9955 • 26 N. Main 21-Valleys, 3-9- foot tables, 1-

Snooker, Full bar & Kitchen Darts,Big Screen

OVERLAND • Cue & Cushion 314 427-9267 2425 Woodson Rd 3-3 Cushion table 11 – 9 foot pool tables, 1Snooker, 2-bar tables, Pro shop/ showroom on premises

KENNETT The Rack 573 888-5200 723 Teaco Rd 6 – 8 foot pool tables, 2- Bar tables, 1-Snooker 5x10, 1-Dart board, TV’s, Full Bar, Ltd. food

POPLAR BLUFF Westwood Billiards 2207 S. WESTWOOD BLVD 573 686-4880 11- Bar tables, 1 – 41/2x9 Darts, Big Screen Tv,Video games.Full Bar and great food

ST CHARLES Side Pocket 636-724-9300 1439 Bass Pro Drive 18-Valley Black Cats,4-Gold Crowns,Full Restaruant

ST. PETERS Rada’s Sports Bar 4270 North Service Rd 636 477-8430 14 – Bar tables,1- 9 foot Full Bar and Kitchen

NEW HAMPSHIRE HOOKSETT • Cue & Cushion Billiards 1271 Hooksett Rd 603 623-5300 10 Gold Crown Pool Tables, 2 Chevillotte Billiard Tables, Full Bar,Online Video Games, Darts

SOMERSWORTH Busters Billiards 603 692-7926 369 Route 108 16- Nine foot pool tables Beer, Wine, Service pool tables Cue repair on premises

NeW jeRSeY ATLANTIC CITY Atlantic City Billiards 609 645-7576 6701 Black Horse Pike Egg Harbor Twp 22 -9’Cold Crowns, 1 Snooker 6x12. 5x10 Carom Verhoven heated7-TV’s, Pro shop, Hot Food & Snacks

732 770-9767 276 Passaic St 2- New Gabriels 3-cushion billiard tables 16 – Pool tables, Big Screen TV Full Restaurant

SOMERSET One Shot Billiards 732 249-4555 20 –9ft Pool tables 1-3-Cushion heated Brunswick Gaming Stations, 6-flat monitors Full kitchen

WAYNE Shooters Family Billiards 2230 Hamburg Tpke 973 248-0800 10- 9 foot Brunswick 1-Bar table, Video games, 4Screen TV’s, Internet Juke box, Pro shop on premises

NeW YORK BROOKLYN • Gotham City Billiards Club 718 714-1002 • 93 Ave U 14 Brunswick tables,1 heated billiard table, 10 TV’s inc.large screen HDTV, Finger food, burgers, pizza and large pro shop.

FLUSHING • Carom Cafe 718 358-8585 34-02 Linden Pl 10-5x10 New Verhoven 3Cushion Billiard tables, 10 4 x 8 carom, 22 Brunswick pool tables,Full Bar and Restaurant

HEMSTEAD Raxx Bar & Grill 516 538-9896 510 West Hempstead 29- 4 1/2 x9 pool tables, 1 dart board, 5-42’ TV’s, 1-Big Screen, Full Bar & Food

JACKSON HEIGHTS • Jackson Heights Billiards 40-33 82nd St 2nd Floor 718-779-4372 12-Brunswicks 9’tables 6-3-Cushion Verhovens Chess, Dominoes,Lessons by Miguel Torres

POUGHKEEPSIE Juliet Cafe Billiards 60 Ramond Ave 845 452-2234 19-Tables, Big screen, Ping Pong, Air Hockey table, Beer & Wine, flavor drinks, Full menu-Lunch & dinner, Free internet access

BELLEVILLE • Guys & Dolls


2- New Gabriels 3-cushion billiard tables. 34 – 9 foot pool tables, 6 –Big Screens

315 768-0218 5160 Commercial Dr. East 12-4 1/2x9 Gabriels, 1-5x10 3cushion table, 8-3 1/2 7 Valleys, Beer, Wine, Full menu, 8-TV’s

Dart boards, Full Bar & Food

MONROE Burrkats Billiards & Grill 1615 Lynn St 704 226-0948 14-9’ Tables, 6-Bar table Full liquor & Kitchen, Pro-Shop on premise

ROCKY MOUNT Dot’s Cue Club 252 972-9220 14268 US 64 Alt West Hwy 1 - Snooker 5x10 , 12 - 9 foot Brunswicks, Beer & Food

WILMINGTON Break Time Billiards / Ten Pin Alley 127 S.College Rd. 910 395-6658 29 Pool Table,1-Snooker table,1 coin opt 24 Bowling Lanes 20-tv’s Arcades Videos, Two Bars and Restaurants

WINSTON SALEM Breaktime Billiards & Sports Bar 336 765-7391 420N Jonestown Rd 15-9 foot Pool tables Darts, 1-big screen, fooseball,Full Bar&menu

Breaktime Billiards & Sports Bar 336 744-9404 5093 University Pkwy 14-Bar Tables, 8-9Pool tables, 18 foot table Darts, Game room, Big screen TV

OHIO COLUMBUS • Sportsmens Billiard Club 614-279-5888 3965 Sullivan Ave 2 3-Cushion (Gabriels) 4 9’ Diamonds, 5 8’Diamonds,11 7’ Diamonds, 12 TV’s, Full Bar & Food, Covered patio with 2 outdoor pool tables

PORT CLINTON Rack Attack Billiards Café 21-23 Madison St 419-732-7225 10- Diamond pro am’s Darts, TV’s Full bar and food

OKLAHOMA OKLAHOMA CITY • AAA Billiards Supply 405 917-9300 4619 N. West 10th 8- Gold Crowns, 2-Bar tables 1-5 x 10 Snooker table 1-3-Cushion Billiard table Pro Shop & Cue & table repair

PENNSYLVANIA BOOTHWYN Rileys Concord Billiards 610-859-8058 3601 Chichester Ave 15- Glold Crowns 1 Big Plasma screen, Internet Jukebox,Pizza, Hot dogs

PHILADELPHIA • Drexeline Billiard Club. 610 259-9144 5100 State Rd L-300 2- New Cheviotte 3-cushion tables, 16- 4 1/2x 9 Gold Crowns.4 - 4x8 G.Crowns Full line of custom cues & accessories, Tournaments, Instruction, Senior citizen rates

PHOENIXVILLE Classique Billiards 275 Schuykill Rd 610 935 2939 20 pro tables,11 Gold Crowns

RHODe ISLAND PROVIDENCE Snookers 401 351-7665 145 Clifford St 14 - 41/2X9 pool tables,State of the art TV’s,3 Full liquor bars, Live music

NORTH PROVIDENCE • Rhode Island Billiards Bar & Bistro 401 232-1331 2020-2026 Smith St 16 -9’ tables, 1 Billiard table,1 Bar table, 2-Wide Screens, 20 TV’s Full bar & Food, retail

SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN City Billiards 803 649-7362 208 Richland Ave West 6-Diamond pool tables, Big screen, Full bar & Restaurant

GREENVILLE Palace Billiards 864-234-0428 • 56 Airview Dr 12- 9 foot, Beer, Video’s Relaxing Atmosphere

GOOSECREEK Weekend Sports Bar 843 553-5550 428 Redbank Rd 18-Bar Tables,Dart, Videos, Big screens, Full Bar & Kitchen

teNNeSSee ATHENS Frye’s II Gameroom 423 746-9052 235 County Rd 115 6 - Bar tables, Dart Board, Snacks-Pizza, 2 TV’s

TULSA Magoo’s 918 663-3364

CHATTANOOGA Chattanooga Billiard Club


5002 S. Memorial 19 3 1/2 X 7 tables, 35 4 1/2X9, 1 Snooker Table Beer, Wine and Liquor, Full Restaurant

PARSIPPANY Comet Billiards

910-425-7665 128 South King St 20-9’ Tables, 5 Bar Tables, Darts Full Bar & Kitchen

973-334-7429 233 Littleton Rd 20 -Gold Crowns 4’s, 1-Snooker, Juke box, TV’s Snack Bar


423 499-3883• 110 Jordan Dr 20-Gold Crowns ,Full menu and full service bar, Burns Tobacconist on premises,

GOLDSBORO Fast Eddies Sport Bar

787-791-0039 9- Pool Tables, Big Screen & TV’s, Full Bar /food

EDISON Sandcastle Billiards 101 Towsley Rd 732 632-9277 18 – 9’Tables Card table lounge, Ping-Pong Pro-shop on premises

Passaic • Action Billiards

1308 Parkway Dr 919 759-0071 13 – 9 Gold Crowns

Chattanooga Billiard Club 725 1/2 Cherry St 8- Diamond Bar tables 2-Vitale 8 footers, Darts, Video’s Hard to find Cigars,Full menu and full service bar

Diamond Billiard Club 423 877-5882 3600 Hixson Pike suite K 8 - Diamond Bar tables, 2Diamond 9’,10 -TV’s, 2 Golden T, Full Service Rest/ Bar

Double Hill Billiard Club 423 875-8760 1966 Northpoint Blvd. 15-8’ foot Olhausen,4-Bar tables,1-9’,1-Snooker table Full Bar and food,6 Dart boards Non-smoking room

COOKEVILLE The Cue 2020 N. Willow • 931 528-0025 6 Bar tables,(3) 4x8 and 3 4½ x 9,Full bar, Pro Shop

JACKSON Breakers Billiards 731 736-1178 701 S. Royal St 1-9ft Gabriel,1-9ft Gold Grown 2-8ft Gandy’s, 4 Bar tables 2-Dart boards Beer & Food

MEMPHIS HighPocket's 901 761-1583 12-4 1/2 x9 Gold Crowns, 1 Snooker table, 8- Bar Tables, Full menu and beer, 8-new TV’s, 1 big screen, Videos

Poplar Lounge 901 324 1233 2586 Poplar Two Carrom board game 1-Bar table.1 Golf Mach. Recording Studio on Premises Live recording available

Sharpshooters Billiards 901 386-1188 6959 Stage 18 Bar Tables 4-Gold Crowns, Snookers Table, 6 New Dart Boards, T.V’s Jukebox,Video games, food & Beer

• The Rack 901 369-9501 3622 Lamar Ave 12- 9 foot Pro Diamond tables, 1 Gabriel 3-Cushion Table, 2 bar tables,Food & Beer, 2 dart boards, 6-TV's.

NASHVILLE J.O.B Billiards Club.

24 Pool tables, 12 Flat screen TV’s, Full bar service

SAN ANTONIO Fast Eddie’s 210 520-3325 7616 Culebra Ste #103 20 8’ Pool Tables , 3 9’ Pool Tables, 3 Big Screens & 10 Regular TV’s

EDINBURG Fast Eddie’s 956 381-9300 815 North Closner Blvd. 26 8’ Pool Tables , 4 9’ Pool Tables , 5 Big Screens TV’s 15 Regular TV’s

HOUSTON Fast Eddie’s 713 947-0800 12344 Gulf Freeway 26 8’ Pool Tables , 4 9’ Pool Tables, 5 Big Screens, 15 Reg TV’s

LUBBOCK Fast Eddie’s 806 746-4268 7301 University Ave Ste 400 24-8’ Pool Tables, 3-9’ Pool Tables. 4 42” Plasma TV’s , 6 60” Big Screens TV’s , 8 27” TV’s

VIRGINIA Virginia Beach • Q-Master Billiards Il. 757 499-8900 5612 Princess Anne Rd 22-9 footers (Gold Crowns) & 9-4-Diamond pro, 22-7 footers (Valleys), Gabriel 3cushion table, 1 Big Screen, 8 TV's, Video's, Full Kitchen & Bar,

MIDLOTHIAN Diamond Billiards 804 794-8787 Midlothian Turnpike 14 – 9’Pool tables 4 – 42” Flat Screens Full Bar & Restaurant

WINCHESTER Blue Fox Billiards 1160 Millwood Pike 540 665-2114 14- 9ft Diamond Pro Full Bar & Food 3 dart boards Pro shop on premises


Home of Champions 615 868-4270 931 Gallatin Rd. Madison, Madison Square Mall 30 Pool Tables, (18 new smart tables) 18,000Sq. Ft.Full in house pro shop, Pool & Dart Leagues, Amat & Pro Tourn.

608 365-1811 614 East Grand Ave 23 - TABLES, 7- 9’ Gold Crowns, 14 Bar tables, 1 5x10 Snooker, 1-3-cushion Verhoven Full bar and food


MILWAUKEE • Wisconsin Billiards

Fast Eddie’s 1619 South Franklin Suite B220 806 355-2540 24 8” Tables, 2 – 9” Tables

414 344-5666 2715 W. Wisconsin Ave 10- 9’ Gold Crowns, 4 Bar tables 1-Snooker 5x10, 1-3-cushion Billiard,Full Bar, Pizza, Pro Shop

AUSTIN Fast Eddie’s 512 248-0646• 100 Parker Drive 23 8’ Pool Tables , 3 9’ Pool Tables, 10 Big Screens TV’s 16 Regular TV’s

ODESSA Fast Eddie’s 432 550-0190 • 4031 East 42st

WEST VIRGINIA HUNTINGTON TJ’S Billiards 304 523 5200 1518 4th Ave 6-7 ‘ Diamonds, 5- 9’ Diamonds 1-9’ Gandy, 1 Bar table, 2-Dart boards, Fooseball,big screen,Beer

October/November 33 PQB

Con Game by Tom Simpson • Contributing Writer


have a great job. I get to learn more about pool every day. As I work on my game, I learn things that help others. I get to see players struggle, overcome previous limitations, and transform into much better players. When I meet one of my students a year or two later, I ask “How’s your game?” They often say “Better!” or “Good!” or “Improving!” – and they say it cheerfully! You don’t hear this type of thing from players all that often. I’m not bringing this up to blow my own horn, but rather to look at the attitude of learners. The learners are different. Think about most pool players. They don’t feel good about their game, and they whine & complain. They’re constantly making excuses for their game, spinning reasons why they are not performing like they know they should. “I haven’t played in a month.” “My feet hurt.” “I need a new tip.” “I can’t get a roll.” And so on. These whiners know in their heart of hearts that they have not done the work

to “deserve” to play better. But somehow it’s a little embarrassing for most of us, in this game of insane precision of aim and touch, to admit that we get the results we earn. Some players do work hard at their game, but fail to work on the things that will help them. And then there are the players who work on their game enough to see improvement. They recognize the gains, and their confidence soars. As their confidence builds, they play better and get better results at the table. Every so often, I reflect on the key elements in developing better pool play. Recently, I’ve become more taken with the power and importance of confidence. Yes, pool is a “confidence game”. The players with invincible confidence can deploy their skills and knowledge more consistently. They are not plagued by doubt and uncertainty at the table. They know they’re making that shot and getting the shape. They expect it. They believe it. And lo, it mostly comes to pass.

So how can we build confidence? Lotsa ways: Gain knowledge – Be a learner. As your understanding of ball behavior and pool strategy increases, your shot selection and ball patterns become smarter and simpler. Playing smarter gives you confidence. Improve your physical skills – Developing the physical skills you need to be able to execute the shots & position strategies you select can really pay off. For example, if you practice, and learn to draw and follow more consistently and accurately, you will take those shots with more confidence. Improve your fundamentals – As you make stroke, stance, bridge, grip, and sighting improvements, your consistency goes up. Rock solid fundamentals put players in a posture of confidence. As your results improve and you begin to believe and expect good performance, your confidence goes lunar. A nice byproduct of your good form and strong confidence is the effect it can have on your opponent. Just looking confident can be enough to scare your opponent. If you can also deliver with confidence, it can sap their resolve. Embody a productive attitude – If you have an attitude that embraces learning and welcomes

change, you’ll be better able to adapt new ideas and knowledge into your game. You’ll more readily make changes when your results tell you you’re wrong. When your attitude is positive, you’re more likely to keep the Shot Killer (doubt) at bay. Act positive & confident. If you can look confident, you’ll actually be more confident. Expect to improve. Expect to learn from your experiences. Expect to learn from your opponents. Stop whining. Be present, every shot – Being present in the shot means you are not thinking about or distracted by thoughts, environment, doubt, the previous shot, the next shot, etc. To the extent you are focused and present in each shot, you are less vulnerable to attacks of doubt and choking. Don’t shoot until you see the white of the ball. Do whatever you can to build and exude confidence. All that work – practice, study, observation, repetition, competition – should make you play better. But you won’t play much better if you don’t believe it and expect it. Take steps to bolster your confidence in any way you can. Confidence improves results. Good results improve confidence. Con yourself. It works.

Tom Simpson is a Master Instructor in both the BCA & ACS Instructor Programs. Tom is a full-time instructor, operating the National Billiard Academy in Columbus, Ohio, and delivering his 3-Day Weekend Intensive in selected cities nationwide. As founder of Elephant Balls, Ltd., inventor of Practice Balls®, developer of the Ghostball Aim Trainer®, and Secret Aiming Systems™ Coach, Tom’s innovations in training have helped thousands of players dramatically improve their skills and deepen their knowledge. Read 35 instructional articles at the academy website: Contact:, 614-975-8337.

PQB 34 October/November

Accu-Stats 14.1 Straight Pool Invitational by David Thomson MediumPool


ot even Hurricane Hanna could contain Thorsten Hohmann as he cruised, unscathed, through a minefield chock-full of straight pool powerhouses. With Johnny Archer, Ralf Souquet, John “Mr. 400” Schmidt, Jose Parica, and Thorsten Hohmann, Accu-Stats embarked on a new venture — Invitational Tournaments and Live Internet broadcasts. Straight pool participation is on the rise. Why? Players know that the skills honed playing 14.1 improves all games, especially 8-Ball and 1-Pocket. “We have the opportunity to bring the fans the tournament action they demand and at the same time, control our own product,” says Accu-Stats owner and 2008 BCA Hall of Fame inductee, Pat Fleming.Thorsten Hohmann was definitely the favorite as he cruised undefeated in the first night action of the 20 match, Double Round Robin format event. The 60 point, with a twist, Double Round Robin format generated 20 matches and 10 DVDs. Each contestant played each other twice. “Why 60 point matches?” Fleming responds, “We want to keep the pressure at boiling point. Each time you come to the table, every stroke is critical. One misplayed shot here, and it could be all over.” Every shot counts, Once a player gets to the table he’s capable of a runout. At 60, he wins the match. Then—here comes the twist—he has the opportunity to run to a 100 and secure a $500 bonus prize. Or, $1,000 if he gets to 150. This makes for very aggressive play. With the match already won, safeties aren’t in the mix as combatants have their eyes on the big run and the possible bonus money. Not only that, at runs of 100, or more, a “Player Review” DVD is produced where the aspirant will narrate their own match. “That’s when I really find out how I think,” adds Archer, “and, the viewer gets to find out too.” Pros love being part of an Accu-Stats’ production. “Except when you dog it,” laughs Schmidt. “Having made a Straight Pool “Player Review” DVD with AccuStats, it really helped me see my strengths—and my weaknesses! So, I get to improve. And, if I can improve, what’s it doing for the amateur player who wants to get better?” Now, to the action highlights. DAY 1. Hohmann proves he’s the man to watch On the opening night Thorsten ran 60 and out against Ralf Souquet’s hard fought 34. Thorsten then continued his charge in search of high run bonus monies but came to a screetching halt at 149 as, on the break shot, his cue ball got buried in the rack. One more point and he would have made a $1,000. DAY 2. Thorsten scores second century plus run Although off to a rocky start in the opening rack, Thorsten Hohmann’s recovery skills and consummate cue ball control garnered his second high run of the event at 112. For other contestants, there were disappointments. John “Mr 400” Schmidt has hardly lived up to his monicker as he has managed only 24 balls in 4 matches. The 60 point game puts players in a now-or-never mind set. And, that causes panic. On the upside, this is just sort of come-from-behind motivation that John needed to get rolling. Archer, with a high run of 150-and-Out in a previous Accu-Stats tournament, managed only one win, interestingly enough, against Schmidt. Johnny has had opportunity. In his 7:00 pm, match he scored 45 against Jose Parica’s 60. Johnny missed a ball that he would have made in the case came of any 9-Ball championship. That seems to be the challenge of 14.1. When a ball gets just outside one’s comfort zone, as the consequences are much more dire, errors happen. Schmidt, at -1, got no sympathy from Hohmann with a 60 & Out that concluded with a High Run of 112. Ralf Souquet (60) gave Johnny Archer (15) his 3rd defeat. To close out the evening, Hohmann rallied against Jose Parica’s 54. This was, without a doubt, the most tightly contested match. Parica needed six when Hohmann was allowed to the table. Thorsten stalled at 58 and a safety battle ensued. Parica erred and left a loose ball, Thorsten now needed one. More safeties showed the delicate touch that is a must in 14.1. Another errant ball strayed from the pack and Hohmann closed it out, 60-54.

DAY 3: Hohmann at 6 and 0 in while Schmidt Finds his Mojo and runs a 169. Thorsten Hohmann continued his domination over the field with 60 point wins over Archer who got 3 balls and Schmidt, who got 2. It was about then that Schmidt had had enough. Zero for 4 will do that to you. He’d been running high in practice, now all he had to do was bring it to the cameras. Thorsten Hohmann Late Saturday afternoon he met Souquet and things changed. Ralf hadn’t performed up to par either. He was 2 and 2, with one of the wins over Schmidt. Neither player was at the peak of their confidence when John broke loose and allowed Ralf only 20. Now, he faced Hohmann, John got 2. Hohmann, so far, was invincible. Only Parica had really challenged him and that seemed weeks ago. At 10pm,, Parica added another loss to Souquet’s score, and to close out the evening it was Schmidt versus Archer Part 2. Johnny had got in stroke too, At 7pm,, he pulled a 60-and-Out over Parica and rallied to reach 99—one short of the $500 bonus money. Schmidt had capitalized on every free moment of practice time possible. Those of you who watched the live internet stream saw him run ball after ball between matches. It sure paid off. He got to the match free stroking. And all Archer could do was watch. Schmidt quickly ran the 60 and Out. In the interest of the high-run bonuses or, more probably, to get another instructional DVD, he kept swinging. At 100, Commentator Danny D was comparing him to “Machine Gun” Lou Butera, there was no stopping him. At 150, Billy and Danny were making side bets that he’d reach 200. Alas, at 169 he understroked the key ball and fell short of a perfect break shot. John laughed all the way to the bank. He’d beaten Thorsten’s 149 and earned an extra grand. FINAL DAY. Conclusion: Hohmann hosted a clinic Johnny Archer, Jose Parica, John Schmidt, and Ralf Souquet all felt the frustration as Hohmann hosted a clinic. Accu-Stats commentators Incardona and DiLiberto were so impressed by Thorsten’s performance that they considered him to be the best player they’d ever seen. Never, in recent memory, has there been a round robin event where a player went undefeated. Even Efren, in the 2001 Accu-Stats’ 8-Ball Invitational, had to compete in a play-off to secure his win. John “Mr. 400” Schmiidt had highest run honors as he blasted a lightening fast 169. Off to a slow start, and zero for 5 in his opening matches, John redeemed himself by winning his last 3 over Souquet, Archer, and Parica. Ralf, too, was on shaky ground. He had 3 wins; one over Schmidt and 2 over Archer. Johnny garnered wins over Schmidt and a 60-and-Out over Parica where he continued to complete a high run of 99. Parica, with 4 and 4, secured $2,000 in prize money by defeating Archer, Schmidt, and Souquet, twice, Hohmann grossed $5,000 for his 8 wins and his century plus runs of 112 and 149. One more point on the 149 and he would have made an extra $500. Johnny felt the sting too. His 99 was so close yet, so far. Accu-Stats’ Pat Fleming thanks Bill Hailey and his crew at Comet Billiards for their superior service, and all who attended the inaugural event there. That means you net surfers too.

Final results: 1. Thorsten Hohmann 8-0 2. Jose Parica 4-4 3. John Schmidt 3-5 4. Ralf Souquet 3-5 5. Johnny Archer 2-6

High Runs 1. John Schmidt 169 _ $1,000 2. Thorsten Hohmann 149 _ $500 3. Thorsten Hohmann 112 _ $500 October/November 35 PQB

DPM Universal Pocket and Carom Billiard Systems • Article 36 by Darrell Paul Martineau • WBIA Head Master Instructor


his is the twelfth article I have written for threecushion billiards. In this article I will be showing you a new system segment I call Diamond System Four Rail. All of my system segments have a standardized {HIT} system. There are twelve {Hits} These hits, meaning how much object ball is hit by the cue ball, are numbered 0 through 12. Zero being 2mm and 12 being the full ball. Numbers 3, 6, and 9 are one quarter, one half and three quarters respectfully. The “ Hit “ values never change and can be used for every shot on the table. The system tells you what hit to use. In Article + Graph 35 I showed you a new way to use the “ Below to Ball Long “ as a four rail system segment. In this system segment there is a fixed cuing [ see graph ]. The hits are

determined by the location of the Object Ball 1. Object Ball 1 uses the same numbers that are known as the “cue ball numbers” in the old “ Diamond “ system shown in many book. When the cue ball is located across from the object ball the hit required to go to the X spot [ see graph ] is the number assigned to the object ball. In example {1} you would simply make that hit. In the graph a 2 hit [ one eight ball, 8mm ] will make the shot. In example {2} you would add 4 hits to the two hits and make a {6} hit one-half ball. When the hit required is more than 3, one-quarter ball, use a little more speed. This keeps the cue ball from swinging and coming short. Numbers are the same on both sides. In the next article I will show you how to make the adjustments when the cue ball is not straight across from the object ball

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PQB 36 October/November

The Jump Ball and Jump Shot The Ref Stop

by Bob Hunt Contributing Writer Jumped balls and jumping balls breed some interesting conversations from time to time. Now, the time has come to bring a little clarity to these different jump shots. Jumping a ball and a jumped ball are by definition two very different animals. There are illegal intentional miscues and legal unintentional miscues when accidentally jumping a ball. Unintentional miscues are legal and usually result from a bad stroke. Jumped balls can be any ball including the cue ball or the money ball. The last Ref Stop article posed a questi on about a jumped ball hitting a ref in the head while he was watching a shot. Hopefully some of you went to your rulebooks and located the answer, but if you did not, we are ready to discuss that issue now. My question was this, “To be on the safe side; Player A calls a referee over to watch his shot, as he strokes and legally pockets the eight ball, the cue ball pops up and strikes the referee square on the head and then falls back to the table surface”. The referee passes out and quickly assumes a prone position. After a short recovery, he is ready to render his call. Was that a jumped ball and was it a foul? First off, the definition of a jumped ball states that any ball which comes to rest anywhere other than on the bed of the table after a stroke qualifies as a jumped ball: any ball that comes to rest on the bed of the table after striking an object that is not part of the table (chalk, light fixture, player,

refs. head, top of the table floor, etc.) is including the a jumped rails. This is ball. Balls also a legal unthat leave intentional the table bed miscue. By defiand return 40” n a h t nition, this without r te r o h s would be a touching No e u winning shot. anything C A final that is not thought; a part of the jumped ball, table bed are other than the cue ball is always a foul not considered jumped balls. Therefore, and deposited, not restocked, into the by the nature of the rule, this call is a closest pocket. The incoming player foul=2 0or a jumped ball. The referee receives cue ball in hand in a continuing awakes and immediately reaffirms this game. call. Player “A” now hits him with Jumping a ball is quite different from a another ball returning him quickly to the jumped ball. Players may jump balls over prone position. That may be a personal foul and later article! Therefore, to finish interfering balls to make legal shots. Some people think you can hit low and this, in this game of eight ball, when the launch the ball when it climbs up the cue ball jumped up, hit something, and stick, but this goes against all the rules then returned to the bed became a foul and is totally a foul by intentional or a jumped ball. In case you did not notice, this game of eight ball also ended miscue. Some pool hall owners also in a loss for player “A” who committed a frown on this type of activity because table damage may result. Jump shots foul while pocketing the eight ball. when properly performed are legal and So, with that in mind, what if the cause little damage. Barring jump shots is player accidentally miscued and the cue like carrying guns in a pool hall, there ball popped up, landed on, and rolled are usually signs prohibiting that down the side rail returning to the felt activity! When a player decides to jump pocketing the eight ball in the called a ball, he usually pulls out a short little pocket, would that be considered a stick such as a froggy with a special tip jumped ball? This would be a fair ball and strikes the cue ball through dead and not a jumped ball since the bed center with a forty-five degree or so includes everything that makes up the

Madison, Tennessee • J.O.B.

2008 Volunteer State Championships


ournament Directors Steve McDonald and Peg Ledman had a busy weekend as 100 men’s division players and 18 women’s division players showed up at Madison, Tennessee’s premier billiard club, JOB Billiards Club, for the 2008 Volunteer State Championships held August 8, 9, and 10. This was a record attendance for this annual event. JOB Billiards Club and Alex Brick Cues sponsored the event. Competition was held on 7 foot Diamond Smart Tables with Tour Blue Simonis Cloth and JOB’s provided the perfect venue for the event. This year JOB has added 10 more new 7 foot Diamond Smart Tables. This provided 24 7 foot tables for the event. Also this year, a second chance tournament was added for those that got knocked out early in the main tournament and 26 players entered the second chance tournament. This tournament has a unique format that includes 8-ball and 9-ball. In the men’s division, it is a race to 7. The winner of the lag chooses which game to start off with and at 7 games played, the set switches games to finish out the race to 7. The women’s division is a race to 5 with the game switching at 5 games played. The

elevated stroke. These sticks can be no shorter than forty inches. Forty inches is the distance between the narrow rails on a seven foot bar room table. The tips can also be phenolic and must be smaller than 14 millimeters in diameter. Some say that the stroke must occur through the cue ball equator, but I have never seen that in writing. The ball jumps due to an equal and opposite reaction off the slate from striking into it. Mike Massy performs a trick shot incorporating draw with the jump shot. This requires a hit just below the equator and when properly executed is very legal by the rule. There is no miscue and the ball jumps with ease. Of course jumping a ball into a boot, as he sometimes does, would be considered a jumped ball and subject to the rule stated above! Mike can pretty much make a cue ball end up wherever he chooses, so be cautious about referring to his trick shots as fouls! He is definitely a master of the ball. Thank you for reading and please send any comments or questions to Warning, the above referenced rules are World Standards that can vary from your sanctioned league rules. Please consult your league guidelines for differences that may affect your game. Have a great game and a great day!

second chance tournament was a race to 3 with the game switching after 3 games played. This format allows players to display their talents at both 8-ball and 9-ball in a single tournament. This tournament is also a full double elimination event and all three divisions went the full two rounds in the finals. Josh O’Neal won the men’s division becoming a 2-time champion of this event. Kathy Sanders took the women’s division. Men’s Division 1st Josh O’Neal 2nd Timothy Miller 3rd Joe Coleman 4th Gabe Apollos 5th/6th Glenn Smith Russell Gelo 7th/8th James King Mike Jones

$540 $395 $275 $210 $160 $125

Women’s Division 1st Kathy Sanders 2nd Aimee Marlar 3rd Paulette Spalding 4th Amanda Wilder Second Chance Division 1st Kim Harris 2nd Kenny Barnes 3rd Chuck Gokey 4th John Wright

$200 $125 $85 $60 $140 $100 $70 $50

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The oB cueS 9-Ball laDIeS Tour Fast Eddie’s College Station, TX August 16-17 - 5th OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour stop this year. Main Event Payouts, $2,000 added: 1st – Lisa Marr - $750 2nd – Heather Lloyd - $535 3rd – Bonnie Plowman $335 + WPBA Qualifier 4th – Ricki Lee Casper - $235 5th/6th – Melinda Bailey and Michelle Yim - $150 7th/8th – Amanda Lampert and Iris Ranola - $100 9th-12th – Terry Petrosino, Becky Jones, Belinda Lee and Jennifer Kraber -$50 13th-16th – Tracie Voelkering, Shannyn Rivera, Diana Cardona & Julie Stephenson - $30

A Second Chance Event was also held with 16 players and $100 added monies with the following results: 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th – 5th-6th – Jones -

Terry Petrosino $100 Jillian Valles $75 Deanna Henson $50 Susan Petty $25 Julie Stephenson & Becky $5

gaTeWay amaTeur Tour 2008 Teacher’s Billiards in St. Peters, MO 1st2nd3rd4th5th/6th-

James Bough $575 Kim Edington $300 Bob Spencer $160 John Bissell $100 John Pokora & Larry Wright $40each

End of Season Bonus Points Payout: $2,900 1stRob Gerber $730 2ndTerry Strader $430 Tie 2ndMichael Zimmerman $430 4thBrenda Whitaker $280 5thAndrew Edwards $225 6thBryan Westermann $190 7thRich Morawski $155 8thKendall Vanover $130 9thLarry Wright $105 10thChris Whitaker $90 11thJohn Bissell $75 12thMario Webster $60

VIkIng cue 9-Ball Tour Side Pockets Billiards Marietta, GA September 6th & 7th The Viking Cue Amateur 9-Ball Tour $2500 Added National Event payouts: 1st $1525 Matt Reed 2nd $1000 TF Whittington 3rd $750 James Roberts 4th $550 Eddie Little 5/6th $350 each Josh Johnson / Matt Bulfin 7/8th $200 each Dustin Byrd / Floyd Reasons 9th/12th $100 each Bobby Connor / Jeff Tabet / Joe Hughes / Danny Turner 13th/16th $60 each John Salter / Marty Jennings / Shane Wade / Jeff Jordan

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The Viking Cue Amateur 9Ball Tour $500 Added Sunday Event payouts: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

$450 Harold McAbee $300 Scotty Waters $150 Steve Cox $50 Jeff Jordan

Murhpy’s Brass Rail in Winder, GA September 13th & 14th for a $1000 Added Amateur $2500 Added National Event payouts: 1st $1525 Matt Reed
 2nd $1000 TF Whittington
 3rd $750 James Roberts
 4th $550 Eddie Little
 5/6th $350 each Josh Johnson / Matt Bulfin
 7/8th $200 each Dustin Byrd / Floyd Reasons
 9th/12th $100 each Bobby Connor / Jeff Tabet / Joe Hughes / Danny Turner
 13th/16th $60 each John Salter / Marty Jennings / Shane Wade / Jeff Jordan

mIDWeST 9 Ball Break Billiards in Cahokia, Illinois. September 6th-7th Results (open): 1st Glenn Atwell $1000 2nd Mike Banks, Jr. $600 3rd Steve Boucher $400 4th Shane McMinn $300 5th/6th Jamie Welch/Mark Wilson $150 7th/8th Justin Bergman/Andy Quinn $125 9th-12th Gary Lutman/Mike Patterson/Rich Sager/Mike Dunklin $100 13th-16th Craig McLaren/Jerry Terbrock/Chris Patterson/Scott Frost $75 17th-24th Kendal Koch/Randy Tenley/Jeff Colvin/Chuck Raulston/Doug Patrick/Geary Sills/Mike Durbin/John Snyder $50 Results (women): 1st Kristin Werner $200 2nd Chelsea Hardwick $100

PreDaTor Tour The Predator 9-Ball Tour Stop # 14 August 30-31 at Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th

Ignacio Chavez Mike Davis Joey Kong Mike Dechaine Allen Hopkins Earl Herring Manny Chau Jonni Fulcher Jason Michas Ralf Souquet Mark Pantovic Yesid Geribello John Schmidt Marc Vidal Dan Heidrich Scott Simonetti

$1,200 $ 800 $ 600 $ 400 $ 275 $ 275 $ 175 $ 175 $ 125 $ 125 $ 125 $ 125 $ 75 $ 75 $ 75 $ 75

Highest Finishing C/D Tamiko Kumaturi

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Tournament Results from Rooms around the U.S.A.

Stop #15 September 6th & 7th $1000 Added Guaranteed Cue Bar 45-18 Bell Blvd Bayside, NY 11361 Tournament Payouts 1st Tony Robles $1,200 2nd Shaun Wilkie $ 825 3rd John Alicea $ 550 4th Marc Vidal $ 400 5th-6th Jasmin Ouschan, Mika Immonen $ 275 7th-8th Mhet Vergara, Gerda Hofstatter $ 150 9th-12th Jeanette Lee, Thomas Wan $ 100 George Sansouci, Bobby Blackmore 13th-16th Allison Fisher, Gail Glazebrook $ 50 Michael Tosado, Joey Kong

League Directors • Email results to • Submissions become the property of Professor-Q-Ball National Pool & 3-Cushion News Results (women): 1st $475 Sueyen Rhee + WPBA Qualifier 2nd $315 Ming Ng 3rd $210 Buffy Jolie 4th $140 Mirjuana Grujiacic 5th/6th $100 Katie Cowan/Karen Webb 7th/8th $60 Sherry Pouncey/Cheryl Squire

Highest Finishing Female: Gail Glazebrook $100

TrI-STaTe Tour July 12 & 13 Sept 6 B-C-D 9-Ball One Shot Billiards Somerset, NJ

Highest Finishing C/D: Raphael DaBreo $100

TIger Pool Tour 2008 Sep 13-14, 2008 Event 9: Champion Billiards Cafe, Shirlington Rd, Arlington, VA – Men’s chart Place Player Points 1 Danny Green 2 Shaun Wilkie 3 Matt Krah 4 Ed Deska 5 Manuel Chau 5 Ilir Jaho 7 Scott Tollefson$100 7 Brian Deska 9 Andy Lincoln 9 William Moon 9 Shane Jackson 9 Daniel Madden$50 13 Brandon Shuff 13 Ryan McCreesh$0 13 Jose Perez Jr 13 Joey Ryan

1st: Burton Madaio 2nd: Kevin Frazier 3rd: Brian Lau

Sept 13 A-B-C-D 9-Ball Master Billiards Sunnyside, NY

Money $900 $600 $350 $240 $150 $150 306 $100 $50 $50 $50 272 $0 238 $0 $0

680 544 442 374 340 340 306 272 272 272 238 238 238

Women’s chart Place Player Money Points 1 Linda Shea $300 200 2 Rachel Eliazar $200 160 3 Ji-Hyun Park $125 130 4 Ming Ng $50 110 5 Cheryl Squire $0 100 5 Ceci Strain $0 100 7 Chanta Kry $0 90 7 Pauline Mattes $0 90 9 Nicole Vincent$0 80 9 Judie Wilson $0 80 Results (open): 1st $1000 Scott Tollefson 2nd $650 Shaun Wilkie 3rd $450 John Schmidt 4th $325 Danny Green 5th/6th $220 Larry Kressel/Joey Ryan 7th/8th $150 Brandon Shuff/Kevin West 9th-12th $100 Manuel Chau/Phil Kerns /Matt Clatterbuck/Janet Atwell 13th-16th $65 Rick Ross/Chris Adams/Danny Mastermaker/Saif Muhsen

Blaze Pro-am 9-Ball Tour August 23-24 Skyline Billiards 2515 McDonald Ave. Brooklyn, NY Place Player Money 1st Francisco Bustamante $3,053.00 2nd Manual Chau $1,500.00 3rd Mika Immonen $1,150.00 $900.00 4th Mike Davis 5th Ignacio Chavez $450.00 5th Mike Dechaine $450.00 7th Alan Rolon $350.00 7th Eddie Abraham $350.00 9th Marc Vidal $200.00 9th Wali Muhammad $200.00 9th Adam Kielar $200.00 9th Mhet Vergara $200.00 August 31st One Shot Billiards 1713 Route 27 South Somerset NJ

1st: Geoffrey Bauer 2nd: Michael Wong 3rd: Anthony Pizaro

J.Pechauer SouTheaST oPen 9 Ball Tour 2007/2008 SeaSon FInale J. Pechauer Open August 2-3, 2008 $1000 Added! Metro Sports Bar The 1st Annual Fayetteville, Georgia 1950 Hwy.85 North Jonesboro, GA. 30238 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Mitch Yarborough Tommy Kennedy Mike Newsome TF Whittington

$700.00 $475.00 $375.00 $275.00

The J. Pechauer Mississippi Open Skeeter’s Billiards 197 Teagarden Rd. Gulfport, MS. 39507 Aug.16th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 5th

Benny Conway $700.00 Cliff Joyner $500.00 Tommy Kennedy $350.00 Jaybird $250.00 Joey Aguzin $100.00 Jason Moran $100.00

Aug.17th ,08 One Day Amateur/ Semi Pro. Event $500.00 Added! 1st Jay Bird 2nd Jim Sterling 3rd David Walters 4th Jason Moran

$540.00 $300.00 $200.00 $100.00

1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Francisco Bustamante $500 Eddie Abraham $250 Matt Krah $100 Noel Bensurto $100

September 7th Riley’s Concord Billiards 3601 Chichester Ave Boothwyn PA 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 5th 7th 7th

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10/3-4 10/4 10/4 10/4-5 10/4-5 10/4-5 10/4-5 10/4-5 10/5 10/6-12 10/11 10/11-12 10/18 10/19 10/25-26 10/31-11/2 11/1 11/1-2 11/1-2 11/2 11/8-9 11/8-9

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Desert Classic Tour National Chmp 8-B Series Desert Classic Tour

10/11 10/11-12 10/11-12 10/17-19 10/18-19 10/18-19 10/25 11/1-2 11/8-9 11/8-9 11/22 11/22-23 11/22-23

Carolina Ladies Opener JPNEWT PA Chmp NWPA Finale Six Arrows Event Ladies Spirit Tour Queen of the Mountain Canadian Ladies Team Qualifier AWBT Ladies Spirit Tour Finale Carolina Ladies Tour Canadian Women’s Team Qual Caroline Ladies Tour OB Cues Ladies Finale

Upcoming Central/Northern Tournaments (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI) Hammerhead’s Rudy’s Place Carom Room Dave’s Good Times Game On John Wayne’s Pro Tyme Orland Hammerhead’s Guppies LP Moose Pyramid Club Miller Time Fort Crook Blrds Fort Crook Blrds Fort Crook Blrds Finish Line Pro-Tyme Alsip Rudy’s Place Leisure Time Fort Crook Blrds Legends Pro-Tyme Orland Carom Room Palace Blrds Rudy’s Place Brickhouse Miller Time Guppies Shooters Palace Blrds Blrds on Main Hammerhead’s

Dundee, IL Aurora, IL Beloit, WI W. Peoria, IL Jackson, MI Indianapolis, IN Orland Pk, IL Dundee, IL Holland, MI Lincoln Park, MI Addison, IL Davenport, IA Omaha, NE Omaha, NE Omaha, NE Chenoa, IL Alsip, IL Aurora, IL E Moline, IL Omaha, NE Clinton, IA Orland Pk, IL Beloit, WI Villa Park, IL Aurora, IL Decatur, IL Davenport, IA Holland, MI Olathe, KS Villa Park, IL Galesburg, IL Dundee, IL

630-688-1719 630-898-7769 608-365-1811 309-673-5507 517-784-GAME 317-882-8124 708-403-0600 847-836-8099 616-396-1071 313-383-1792 630-458-0777 563-359-RACK 402-291-7665 402-291-7665 402-291-7665 309-261-2256 708-597-4900 630-898-7769 309-752-9559 402-291-7665 563-321-8435 708-403-0600 608-365-1811 630-941-3500 630-898-7769 217-429-4500 563-359-7225 616-396-1071 913-780-5740 630-941-3500 309-342-7665 847-836-8099

$500; Amateurs Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale $500; $250; Open Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale $500/32; Open BBx, 2 days w>40 Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale $300; Amateurs $300; Amateur Women $300; Amateur Women $500; Amateurs Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale $500; Amateurs $300; Amateur SCOTCH $500; Amateurs Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale Top 6 Qualify for $50,000 Finale $500; Amateurs $500; Amateurs $500; Amateurs $500/32; Open $1,000; Open 8-Ball Call for Details $500; Amateurs $500; Amateurs

Upcoming Central/Southern Tournaments (AR, CO, KS, LA, MO, OK, TX) Fast Eddie’s Sandite Blrds Fast Eddie’s Magoo’s Fast Eddie’s Rack’em Blrds Match-ups

Houston, TX Sand Springs, OK Odessa, TX Tulsa, OK Lafayette, LA Aurora, CO Ft. Collins, CO

210-367-4761 918-245-2859 210-367-4761 918-663-3364 210-367-4761 303-755-7675 970-482-2337

$1,750; Open (Women Also) $500; Amateurs $1,750; Open (Women Also) $1,100; Open 8-Ball $1,750; Open (Women Also) $1,000; Open 8-Ball $1,000; Amateurs

Upcoming Western Tournaments (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY) Kolby’s Corner Pkt Golden Fleece Main St Blrds

Tempe, AZ Kenmore, WA Tucson, AZ

480-829-7344 425-908-7332 520-546-3464

$1,000; Call for Info $1,250; Open 8-Ball $1,000; Open

Upcoming Women’s Tournaments (Tournaments for Women ONLY – All Areas) Fat Cats Billiards Drexeline Billiards The Parlor Northern Lights Casino Hollywood Blrds Wooden Rack LeSkratch Metro Sportz Bar Capone’s Crooked Cue LeSkratch Grady’s Legends Blrds

Arden, NC Drexel Hill, PA Bellevue, WA Walker, MN Hollywood, FL Mississauga, ONT Oshawa, Canada Phoenix, AZ Spring Hill, FL Waynesville, NC Oshawa, Canada Lexington, SC League City, TX

828-681-0555 610-259-9144 425-289-7000 218-335-7665 954-981-4066 905-565-9137 905-438-0008 602-997-5717 352-688-9965 828-456-2802 905-438-0008 803-957-7665 281-332-7716

$500; Open Womens Call for More Info $500 Qual; Wom. $8,500 (split); Women’s & Open $1,000; Women $1,000; Women $500 & Qual; Women $3,000; Ladies, Call for Info $500; Ladies, Call for Info Qualifier, 16 Teams Max $750; Women $2,000&Qual; Women

October/November 41 PQB

PQB 42 October/November

Professor-Q-Ball National Pool & 3-Cushion News • OctNov2008  

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Professor-Q-Ball National Pool & 3-Cushion News • OctNov2008  

Bi monthly tabloid covering the Pool and 3-Cushion news in the United States and select tournaments worldwide. Check us out online at