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Got Balls? I founded Elephant Balls, Ltd. with my friend Joe Oshins. I nWe1994 invented, patented, and marketed the first balls designed for serious practice: Elephant Practice Balls®. Master instructors found the product and told us these were great for instructors. I didn’t know there were instructors! Wowee, I thought, and headed off to billiard instructor school. Little did I suspect that teaching pool would become my life’s work. Several years in, my partner passed away and we sold the company. Elephant Balls is still producing the Practice Balls and other billiard products, and McDermott Cues is distributing them. For your convenience, Practice Balls are available at my website. Every player should have a set. The idea behind Practice Balls is simple. The problem is it takes us a zillion hours of playing, practicing, and watching pool to really get clear on how balls behave. Meanwhile, to play good pool, we must understand and control what the cue ball is doing when it gets where it’s going. When it hits a ball or rail, is it rolling, skidding, backspinning, or in between? Does it have sidespin, and if so, how much, and how fast is it going? With a white cue ball, we don’t get much helpful visual feedback on how the ball is moving, and how it’s changing as the shot unfolds. This is the key stuff, and it takes us forever to get it—if then. I realized we could cut years out of our learning curve if we could actually see how the cue ball behaves. Put some kind of marks on the cue ball! I bought all the rubber balls WalMart had and began marking them up and rolling and spinning them to see what might be most helpful to players. Eventually I arrived at the simple design that’s still in production today. Shortly after the Practice Balls first came out, an instructor called me, upset and raving, “Your balls don’t work!” He had a film crew on hand, shooting an instructional video. He kept trying to use the stripes on the Practice Balls to demonstrate his belief that sidespin on the cue ball “gears” the opposite spin onto an object ball. His complaint was that the Practice Balls seemed to only transfer a few percent of the spin to the object ball. I had to tell him, “That’s because the Practice Balls show the truth, every shot, like it or not.” His myth was busted and he was not happy. Pool players often have mistaken beliefs about ball behavior because they can’t clearly see what a white cue ball is doing, and, of course, most haven’t studied ball physics.

One cue ball features a 13-millimeter black stripe around the ball’s equator. That stripe is a big enough graphic element that you can see what the ball is doing as it’s moving. If you set up the stripe vertically, you can see how close you are to accurately hitting the ver8 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

tical axis of the cue ball. This is tougher than you think, and misperceiving the vertical axis is a common problem among players. With the stripe set up flat, you can easily see draw wearing off, skidding, and rolling. Controlling the skid zone is key to good position play. The red circle target area, centered on the black stripe, represents the miscue limit. It may look small, but that’s because we think with the center of our tip and hit with the edge. You won’t get a chalk mark outside the red circle without miscueing. The miscue limit is half the width of the ball (1 1/8”). The half-red, half-white ball presents a clear center line and lots of color to help more clearly see how spin works.

When you practice with balls that give you precise feedback, your understanding deepens and your confidence goes up.

We use Practice Balls in pool school every day. When you practice with balls that give precise feedback, and you pay very close attention, your understanding deepens and your confidence goes up. After all, to play better you have to understand how you did what you just saw. Cue precisely. Observe closely. Find your chalk mark in the target area on the ball to help resolve any mysteries about how the cue ball just did what it did. Speaking of cue ball mysteries, here’s an interesting challenge. Set up the black stripe on a 45-degree angle. Hit the stripe near the red circle on the lower half of the ball. Hit straight down table and watch the stripe. See if you can make sense of what you see. It’s quite surprising.

Another great cue ball is the Aramith Pro Cup cue ball, a.k.a. the “measle ball” (on the right in the photo). It uses six red dots on the ball to give you wonderful visual feedback while playing. The spots won’t help you make a shot, but they give you the opportunity to learn from every shot you witness. Watch your cue ball as closely as possible. Always ask yourself, “How did I do what I just saw?” And get some balls, will ya?

Tom Simpson Tom Simpson is a Master Instructor in both the PBIA and ACS Instructor Programs. He delivers his acclaimed 3-Day Weekend Intensive in 12 cities nationwide. As inventor of Elephant Practice Balls®, the Stroke Groover™, and the Ghostball Aim Trainer®, and authorized instructor for Secret Aiming Systems™, Tom’s innovations in training have helped thousands of players. Listen to an audio description of the Intensive, and read 35 instructional articles at Contact:

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On the String Cue Ball Zigzag igzag safeties are a category of shots included

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ty Shots in Pool. In this common and effective safety, the cue ball, the object ball, or both zigzag across the width of the table to end up behind—or even frozen to—an obstacle ball. This category can be divided into three subcategories, depending on which ball or balls are moved. Hence there are cue ball zigzags, object ball zigzags, and double zigzags. Of the three types, the cue ball zigzag is the easiest one to execute as the applied english kills the cue ball off of the last two rails and makes the speed of the shot easier to control.


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The intended cue ball path in this shot can be produced with a variety of cueings, but running english is the easiest to manage. The first step is to determine exactly where you need to contact the 2 ball to move it to the middle of the short rail. That hit determines the first rail contact and that factor, combined with the second rail target, determines the english you need to use. Lastly, use the final cue ball target to determine the speed of the stroke required. The key to this safety is to make sure that you don’t hit the 2 ball either too full or two thin, as this can leave it close to one of the corner pockets. A half-ball hit is almost always a good choice when both balls are close and parallel to the head or foot string. The second consideration is to practice and get very good at determining exactly what english is required to get the cue ball to different points on the second rail. This practice will also give you the mastery to work the cue ball close to the corner without being afraid of scratching.

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For a second variation, move the Instructor 6 ballinto Tom Simpson is a Master bothPoint the PBIA X and adjust the english asInstructor needed to hide thehis cue ball and ACS Programs. He delivers acclaimed 3-Day looks Weekendharder, Intensive inbut 12 cities As behind it. This variation it isnationwide. not. When inventor of Elephant Practice Balls®, the Stroke Groover™, you come closer to the corner, it is easier to kill the cue and the Ghostball Aim Trainer®, and authorized instructor ball and park it rightforbehind the blocker ball. Secret Aiming Systems™, Tom’s innovations in training

The featured safety this month is the On the String Cue Ball Zigzag. This safety is available whenever the cue ball and the object ball are roughly parallel to and close to the head string or foot string. In the demonstrated 9-ball situation, you don’t have a good shot on the 2 ball. The bank to the corner is blocked by the 3 ball, and even if a bank to the side pocket were practical, it would cut the cue ball loose, and getting shape on the 3 is unlikely. The average player may take an easy-to-execute safety by simply rolling the 2 ball behind the 3 and the cue ball to the center of the table. That is a pretty good safety, but the cue ball zigzag is even better.

Ken Shuman

Ken Shuman of Sacramento, CA, is one of the country’s premier tournament directors. He is an accomplished professional referee and is considered an expert on the 10 InsidePOOL Magazine July/August 2012 at World Championship rules of◊ play. Ken has officiated events in the USA and the Philippines. He directs some of

have helped thousands of players. Listen to an audio description of the and read 35 instructional articles at Good luck andIntensive, good shootin’! Contact:

Bob Henning Bob Henning is the author of The Pro Book, widely considered to be the most advanced training resource for competitive pool players. It brings the latest techniques of the top coaches and trainers of all sports into pool. It is intended for those who wish to prepare physically, mentally, and psychologically for pool competition. Bob is also the author of “The Pro Book Video Series,” a complete, on-the-table training system, and he also released The Advanced Pro Book and The Stroke Zone: The Pool Player’s Guide to Dead Stroke. In addition, he has authored Cornbread Red, a biography of the colorful Billy Burge. Bob recently released a new book titled Pro Safeties: The TOP 100 Safety Shots in Pool.

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the side rail and spin down table to hide behind the 9 ball. Scott hit it perfectly and he put his man in jail, as shown in Diagram 2.

watching Scott Frost and Francisco BustaW hile mante—two of the best one-pocket players in the world—compete in a tournament recently, I saw a couple of shots that were interesting and extremely valuable for a player to have in his bag of shots to win the game and take down the cash. Diagram 1 illustrates a shot that Scott executed that was both a great offensive and defensive option. Many years ago Ronnie Allen told me, “Take care of whitey, and he’ll take care of you.” He meant on two-way shots, the most important thing to do is make sure you leave the cue ball where you’ll be safe if the offensive part of the shot doesn’t work out. If the offensive part of the shot does work and you pocket the ball, that is just icing on the cake. Shooting and ducking at the same time is an essential part of playing successful one-pocket. It might seem a little “old school,” but when you have all your cash on the line, it’s the only way to go.


Tom Simpson Tom Simpson is a Master Instructor in both the PBIA and ACS Instructor Programs. He delivers hisxacclaimed A 3-Day Weekend Intensive in 12 cities nationwide. As inventor of Elephant Practice Balls®, the Stroke Groover™, and the Ghostball Aim Trainer®, and authorized instructor for Secret Aiming Systems™, Tom’s innovations in training have helped thousands of players. Listen to an audio description Once you understand the35concept of fully the Intensive, and read instructionalof this articlesshot, at it also useful in seeing dead balls in the stack. Lots of Contact: 3



times there will be clusters of balls aiming toward your pocket, but they might be a little off to one side or another. Just remember that if the ball you are trying to pocket is aiming a little left or right  toward the pocket, striking the first ball on the left makes the ball you are trying to pocket throw toward the right. By the same Bob Henning is the author of The Pro Book, widely token, if you strike the first ball on the right, it throws considered to be the most advanced training resource for the ball you’re tryingcompetitive to pocket to left. pool players.the It brings the latest techniques of

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Ken Shuman of Sacramento, CA, is one of the country’s premier tournament directors. He is an accomplished professional referee and is considered an expert on the rules of play. Ken has officiated at World Championship In Scott’s shot, and 6 ballsHewere frozen on events in the the USA3and the Philippines. directs some of the spot and he wanted to bank the 6 ball on the spot the major tournaments, including the Derby City Classic, the U.S.Striking Bar Table the Championship, CSI’s the National toward his pocket. 3 ball on left side Championship Series, the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, causes it to throw the 6 ball a bit toward the right and and the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Contact Ken at adds a little right spin. When the 6 ball struck the end

rail with the counter-clockwise spin, it banked back toward the right, trying to find a home in Scott’s pocket. The shot not only has to be struck accurately, but it also needs a little right-hand english so the cue ball will hit 12 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

the top coaches and trainers of all sports into pool. It is intendedcome for those wish to game prepare physically, These types of shots upwho in every in onementally, and psychologically for pool competition. Bob is pocket, as well as in other games like 9-ball, straight also the author of “The Pro Book Video Series,” a pool, andon-the-table 8-ball. training Use the same two balls are complete, system, and he concept: also released TheIfAdvanced Pro Book frozen, strike the cue ball with extreme bottom english, and The Stroke Zone: The Pool Player’s Guide to Dead Stroke. In addition, he has a biography of theball colorfulforward Billy Burge. Bob released andauthored it willCornbread throwRed,the second ofrecently where it is a new book titled Pro Safeties: The TOP 100 Safety Shots in Pool. currently aligned.

Robert LeBlanc Robert “Cotton” LeBlanc is a well-known pool player and was a roadman for almost 40 years, traveling the country playing virtually all of the pool legends and champions—and making friends with them. Highly skilled himself, he is the author of the best-selling book Confessions of a Pool Hustler, which chronicles his life and hundreds of stories about being on the road. Visit his website at


Instruction Playing Smarter 10-Ball are the shot choices you make based upon the T actics table layout, your skill level, and the competency of your opponent. Just like a battlefield commander, these factors are analyzed to help decide how you will play the current layout (and if all goes well, the next shot). These table decisions directly affect your chances of winning (or losing). Good choices help you win more games. Bad choices help your opponent win more games. There are three types of shots you can make: offensive (when you have a decent table layout), defensive (when faced with a low-percentage shot), and two-way (when the chances of success are 50-50 or so). A run-out from the beginning of a 10-ball game is a rare occurrence. In most games, you will have a couple of turns at the table. Instead of worrying that your opponent will suddenly go pro on you, discount that concern.

Ken Shuman

Instead, divide the game into three tactical situations: the beginning game (7-10 balls on the table), the middle game (4-6 balls), and the end game (1-3 balls). Each game situation requires slightly Ken Shuman of Sacramento, CA, is oneguidelines of the country’swill different tactical considerations. Following these premiereven tournament He is an accomplished help you control the table, when directors. your opponent is shooting. professional referee and is considered an expert on the rules of play. Ken has officiated at World Championship events in the USA and the Philippines. He directs some of the major tournaments, including the Derby City Classic, the U.S. Bar Table Championship, CSI’s National Championship Series, the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, and the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Contact Ken at

Any shot during the end game must be considered to be “life or death.”

Beginning Game Tactics For all practical purposes, it doesn’t matter who pockets the first four balls in the beginning game. If you don’t have a good shot, it actually makes good tactical sense to simply move the target object ball into position for your opponent. Since your opponent isn’t a pro player, sooner or later his cue ball position will go bad and you will be back at the table deciding what to do.

Middle Game Tactics During the middle game, your shot choices require more analysis. Tactically, you have to consider a lot of “if this, then that” calculations. Here is a simple way to look at your opportunities. When an offensive opportunity is available, make plans to pocket three balls (no more than that). Pocket the first object ball and get shape on the second. Make any minor adjustments to properly make the second ball and get shape on the third ball. At this point, work out a new three-ball shooting pattern. 14 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

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Tom Simpson is a Master Instructor in both the PBIA and ACS Instructor Programs. He delivers his acclaimed 3-Day Weekend Intensive in 12 cities nationwide. As inventor of Elephant Practice Balls®, the Stroke Groover™, and the Ghostball Aim Trainer®, and authorized instructor for Secret Aiming Systems™, Tom’s innovations in training If, at any time, you gethave off-line can’tofcomplete theto threehelpedand thousands players. Listen an audio ball run, play a two-way or defensive on the layout. description of the Intensive, and shot read based 35 instructional articles Ifat you intend to make the ball, but it’s a low percentage, shoot it as a Contact: two-way. If position is really bad, play a purely defensive shot (preferably giving a long bad angle layout to your opponent). End Game Analysis If you make a mistake during the middle game, you have a fair chance of coming back to the table for an opportunity to win. But, if you make a mistake during the end game, the chances are excellent that your opponent will Your tactiBob win. Henning is thebasic authorend of Thegame Pro Book, widely cal rule is this: Be very, veryconsidered carefultoon themost shot selection thefor be the advanced trainingand resource amount of cue ball speedcompetitive and spin. Regardless of whether you pool players. It brings the latest techniques of play a defensive or offensive shot, anyand positioning helps the top coaches trainers of all mistake sports into pool. It is your opponent. Any shot during end who game be considintended the for those wishmust to prepare physically, ered to be “life or death.” mentally, and psychologically for pool competition. Bob is

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Score at National Singles Championships

World’s Largest Pool League Crowns Seven Amateur Champions in Las Vegas by InsidePOOL Staff

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ore than $500,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to APA members at the APA National Singles Championships, held April 25-28 in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. The National Singles Championships consisted of both the 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Singles Championships and the Jack and Jill Doubles Championship, all of which were sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues, and PoolDawg.   The final round of the 9-Ball Shootout featured three championship matches, one for each skill level tier, with two shooters in each match competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. Each of the three champions received a prize package worth $10,000.  Runners-up in each tier took home a prize package worth $5,000.  Third-place finishers each received $3,000.   More than 3,600 pool players made it to the regional level of the 9-Ball Shootout before the field was whittled down to 292 men and women competing for 9-ball crowns in each of three skill level tiers.

In the Green Tier, James Rockwell of Columbus, NJ, defeated Kevin Hazlip of Orange Park, FL. Rockwell advanced to the finals after a semifinal-round victory over Sophina Placencia of Waianae, HI.  Hazlip advanced to the finals after defeating Courtney McIntosh of Round Rock, TX.  Placencia and McIntosh tied for third place.    In the White Tier, Mike Sousa of Norton, MA, bested Mike Hernandez of San Antonio, TX, after winning over Christopher Garza of Brownsville, TX, in the semifinal round to advance to the finals.  Hernandez advanced to the finals by defeating Sandra Ante of Florence, KY.  Garza and Ante tied for third place.   In the Black Tier, Dustin Morris of Minneapolis, MN, was victorious over Levent Ertoz of Mountain View, CA.  Morris advanced to the finals after defeating James Key of Southaven, MS, in the semifinals.  Ertoz advanced to the final-round match after a win over John Torockio of Derry, PA, in the semifinal match.  Key and Torockio tied for third place.   Nearly 6,300 APA members advanced to regional competition of the 8-Ball Classic, and 469 of those players advanced to the championship in Las Vegas. In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, four champions each took home a prize package worth $15,000 for their performances. Each runner-up received cash and prizes worth $9,000, and third-place finishers each received $4,000.   In the Blue Tier, Connie Kraft of East Peoria, IL, defeated Ryan Raftery of Toledo, OH.  Kraft defeated Stefanie Macaluso of New Port Richey, FL, in the semifinals to advance, while Raftery defeated Ruth Chappell of Coats, NC.  Macaluso and Chappell tied for third place. In the Yellow Tier, Patrick Porter of Burlington, NJ, bested Kenneth Suttles of Kodak, TN.  Porter advanced to the finals by winning over Joshua Rose of Summit, MS, earlier in the day in the semifinal round.  Suttles defeated Bradley Lancaster of Bakersfield, CA, in the semifinals.  Rose and Lancaster tied for third place.   In the Red Tier, Joseph Magsaysay of Jackson, MO, took the title over Gabriel Valdez of San Diego, CA.  Magsaysay defeated Travis Fehlauer of Fayetteville, NC, in the semifinals to advance, while Valdez eliminated Josh Norris of Oklahoma City, OK.  Fehlauer and Norris tied for third place.   In the Purple Tier, Cary Cass of Miami, FL, won over Armando Leal of San Antonio, TX.  Cass defeated Marc Horsting of Hanover Park, IL, in the semifinal round.  Leal advanced after defeating Joseph Coleman of Joelton, TN. Horsting and Coleman tied for third place.   In the annual Jack and Jill Doubles Championship, held in the MiniMania Room during the Singles Championships, Jason Fortun and Kim Nguyen of Terrytown, LA, took the title over Sean Higgins and Line Thibeault of Lewiston, ME.  Fortun and Nguyen took home $5,000, while Higgins and Thibeault received $3,000 as runners-up.   Sportsmanship awards were presented to Jina Watterworth of Lapeer, MI, and Mike Tucci of Fresno,CA, for outstanding conduct throughout their matches in the 9-Ball Shootout and 8-Ball Classic, respectively.

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Piedrabuena Procures Fifth National Three-Cushion Title

Usurps USBA National Championships in Las Vegas by InsidePOOL Staff


he 2012 United States Billiard Association (USBA) National Three-Cushion Championship Tournament, played for the second consecutive year at the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel as part of the ACS National Championships week, ended in dramatic fashion as defending champion Pedro Piedrabuena overcame a 12-point deficit with a scorching finish to defeat Mazin Shooni 40-33 in 34 innings. With the victory, Piedrabuena not only defended his crown but also notched his fifth national championship title. Played in the Cohiba Ballroom of the Tropicana on eight Gabriels Elements tables with Simonis 300 Rapide cloth, the tournament began May 6 with 49 players from around the country, each randomly placed in flights of 7. After a threeday round robin, 20 players advanced to the semifinals. The semifinalists were placed in four flights of five players, where another round robin was played. The top two players in each flight advanced to the finals, which was contested in a singleelimination bracket with consolation matches to determine all eight places. In addition to Piedrabuena and Shooni, the other finalists were Hugo Patiño, Miguel Torres, Sonny Cho, Jae Cho, Michael Kang, and Khalil Diab. In first-round action of the final day, Patiño squeaked by Diab 40-38, Piedrabuena destroyed Kang 40-13 in 17 innings for a 2.353 average, Sonny Cho topped Jae Cho 40-36, and Shooni bested Torres 30-24 in 24 innings for a 1.667 average. Piedrabuena continued his strong play in the next round by besting Patiño 40-21 in 24 innings (1.667 average), and Shooni defeated Sonny Cho 4028 in 24 innings (1.667 average), thus setting up the PiedrabuenaShooni final match. In the title match, Shooni started strong, scoring almost at will. “I knew I had to remaining

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patient and not do anything crazy on the table,” Piedrabuena later explained what went through his head as Shooni built the early lead. But with Shooni leading 3018, he missed a five-cushion shot by a hair that would have left position and provided the opportunity to lengthen his lead. Piedrabuena stepped up the wideopen table and ran 5, making the score 30-23.

Pedro Piedrabuena

With Shooni’s miss and Piedrabuena’s run, the momentum shifted. Over the next eight innings, Shooni managed but 3 billiards, while Piedrabuena scored 17 times, including a finishing run of 7, to win the title. For the game, Piedrabuena averaged 1.212, and Shooni averaged 1.000. For the finals, Piedrabuena’s overall grand average was 1.600, while Shooni’s was 1.395. With the victory, Piedrabuena took home $4,000, while Shooni pocketed $3,200. Sonny Cho defeated Patiño for third place, and Jae Cho bested Diab 40-15 for fifth place. Torres finished seventh and Kang eighth. Prize money was awarded to the top 20 players, with the total prize fund topping $20,000.

San Antonio Chris Siefkin, Dustin Gunia, Wayne Graves

Teams Grab the Headlines

at 2012 Lucasi Hybrid ACS Nationals in Las Vegas by InsidePOOL Staff

Samantha Patton, Susan Orr, Shari Rice

Chris Siefkin, Dustin Gunia, Glenn Atwell

Kawania Watson, Jessica Frideres

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he American CueSports Alliance (ACS) conducted its most successful national championships to date with a record $36,500 in added prize monies drawing players from throughout North America to 23 divisions of competition at the 2012 Lucasi Hybrid ACS National Championships in Las Vegas. The Tropicana Las Vegas hosted the event, which was held May 5-11, where the biggest highlight of all was San Antonio, TX, capturing four of the nine team titles up for grabs.

Mandy Schneider-Hood, Susan Orr, Melinda Bailey

Michael Nichols, Joseph Glover, David Field

Singles action began at the first of the week with handicapped 9-ball. Dustin Gunia of Omaha, NE, improved on his fourth-place performance in 2011 by outperforming fellow Nebraskan Chris Siefken in the finals for the title by a 10-4 margin. On the distaff side, Susan Orr of Las Vegas, NV, took two sets in the final against Richmond, KY’s Samantha Patton to earn her crown. Results from the many divisions of 8-ball singles include: Gunia performing a rare double by outpointing Glenn Atwell of Clay Center, KS, 7-4 in the finals of men’s advanced singles 8-ball; Jessica Frideres of Fort Dodge, IA, adding to her growing list of ACS Nationals titles with a come-from-behind, two-set finals decision over undefeated Kawania Watson of San Antonio, TX, in the women’s advanced 8-ball singles 7-3, 7-4; Richard Louapre of Jersey City, NJ, double-dipping undefeated Robert Nelson of Sycamore, IL, 5-4, 5-3 for the men’s open 8-ball singles championship; Orr scoring another title with a 4-2 finals defeat of Mandy Schneider-Hood of Houston, TX, for the women’s open 8-ball singles laurels; undefeated Joey Glover of Virginia Beach, VA, outdistancing David Field of Calgary, AB, in the first set of the finals 5-3 for the men’s standard 8-ball singles division success; and Bernadine Crowchild of Calgary, AB, besting Arlene David of Virginia Beach, VA, by a 4-1 margin for the women’s standard 8-ball singles glory. In the senior 8-ball singles divisions, Dennis Brown of Creston, BC, took down Claude Gragg III of Arlington, TX, in the deciding set of the finals 5-3 for the men’s senior (55+) 8-ball singles crown; Shawn Modelo of Antioch, CA, captured her third straight women’s senior (50+) 8-ball singles title by clipping Susan Kornerly of Two Rivers, WI, 4-3 in the finals; and Keith Parker of Henderson, NV, needed only one finals set to take the super senior (65+) singles 8-ball singles title from Charles Smith of Whitesboro, TX, by a 5-2 margin. The two scotch doubles 8-ball divisions included the powerhouse duo of Dustin Gunia and Jessica Frideres, each winners of their respective advanced singles 8-ball divisions, defending their 2011 title in the advanced scotch doubles division with a narrow 7-6 finals win over Susan Orr and Ricky White of Las Vegas, NV. The Canadian team of Anne Sinclair and Michael Therrien needed just one set as well to claim 4-2 victory over Grand Junction, CO’s Sandra Walsh

and David Miles in the open scotch doubles category. With the ACS schedule in the latter portion of the week allowing non-conflicting accommodation of entry into both 9-ball and 8-ball team competitions, there was still plenty of competition to keep every player involved, especially those out of the money who automatically qualified for free secondchance team divisions. In the men’s advanced 8-ball team division, “Dick’s Pick” (Greg Kuhl, Donnie Branson, Rocky Phipps, Fred Boggs, Lyn Wechsler, and Jimmy Moore) of

Joanne Ricard, Bernadine Crowchild, Arlene David

Claude Gragg III, Dennis Brown, Bill Mason

Teresa Perser, Derrick Cantu, Jessica Frideres, Dustin Gunia, Susan Orr, Ricky White Dick’s Pick

Knaw Kaw Min

Shawn Modelo, Susan Kornerly

Mike Therrien, Anne Sinclair, David Miles, Sandra Walsh

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Las Vegas, NV, defended their 2011 title by eclipsing Virginia’s “Brass Bell” 13-8 in the title match. The women’s advanced 8-ball team division showcased “Knaw Kaw Min” (Becky Mowdy, Brandy Phillips, Judy Griffith, Sherry Griffin, and Jan Aust) battling to a final win over Ontario’s “Eenie Meenie Miney Moe.”

Team Mireles

Footers Femme Fatale

The Tribe

Inland Reef

In the men’s open 8-ball team competition, undefeated “Team Mireles” of San Antonio, TX (Frank Ferrer, Shane Manaole, Pat Powers, Jacob Jimenez, Rick Robles, Gerard Jimenez, Lupe Sanchez, and Eric Aicinena), outdistanced New York’s “Foreign Policy” 13-9 in the title match. The women’s open 8-ball team division showcased the Virginia team of “Footers Femme Fatale” (Alena Joyce, Tiffiny Ebner, Diana Wirt, and Marcia Schomburg) recovering from big deficits in two sets of the finals to claim the top prize by 10-8, 10-7 scores over Iowa’s “No Balls Just Racks.” The men’s standard 8-ball team division witnessed a similar rebound for eventual winner, “The Tribe” (Tyler Chan, Doug Narcisse, Charles Narcisse, Adam Beeds, and Bill Armstrong). In the first match of the tournament, The Tribe faced Las Vegas’s “Dick’s Pick” and trailed 8-12 before recovering for a 1312 win. Dick’s Pick was not deterred and marched through the B-side of the bracket for another shot at The Tribe in the finals. Again, The Tribe was down again at 9-12, but won the last four games for the championship by another 13-12 margin. In the women’s standard 8-ball team division, Virginia’s “Inland Reef 1” (Michelle Carawan, Tavonia Millender, Beverly Michelle Carawan, Teresa Price, Jennifer O’Brien, and Ashley Hoover) took the undefeated route to the finals and repelled El Paso’s “Twinz” by a 10-7 margin for the crown. The three-person 9-ball team divisions were swept by San Antonio, TX. Once-defeated “Team Mireles Too” (Rick Robles, Shane Manaole, Pat Powers, and Gerard Jimenez) took down Las Vegas’s “Ray’s Babys” in two sets by 19-17, 19-11 margins for the men’s advanced 9-ball team title. Another San Antonio team, “Vito’s Ladies” (Mary Ida Gamez, Elizabeth Blancas, Kawania Watson, and Sophie Lopez), captured the women’s open 9-ball team laurels with a 10-8 victory over “Eenie Meenie Miney Moe” of Ontario. In the men’s open 9-ball team category, “Team Mireles: (Frank Ferrer Jr., Jacob Jimenez, Lupe Sanchez, and Eric Aicinena) struck again with a 19-13 finals decision over New York’s “Foreign Policy.” In the Eighth Annual ACS National Artistic Pool Championships, Connie Eddins of Santee, CA, edged out the boys for the title.

Team Mireles Too

Vito’s Ladies

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Team Mireles

Mark East, Tom Rossman, Connie Eddins

Heats up Las Vegas by InsidePOOL Staff


he 36th BCAPL National Championships rolled into the Riviera Hotel and Casino May 10, where approximately 7,000 players congregate each year in Las Vegas to compete in the event. Produced by CueSports International (CSI) and taking place over 11 days, the group of events include; 23 BCA Pool League (BCAPL) divisions, three USA Pool League (USAPL) divisions, and two professional tournaments. The BCAPL competition began with three 9-ball singles events. The men’s open 9-ball event saw a full field of 256 players compete for over $15,000 in prize money. Daniel McKenney from Texas bested Matt Beckwith from Wisconsin for the $2,100 first-place check. The women’s open 9-ball singles had 83 competitors. Jennifer Polik from Michigan reigned, defeating Valerie Franiel from Alberta, Canada, taking home the $900 first-place prize. The 9-Ball Challenge welcomes both league and CSI player members of all ratings. Known to attract a roster of seasoned players, this year’s event drew 147 players, and the champion was Arizona top gun Mitch Ellerman. Also a former Jay Swanson Memorial winner, Ellerman pocketed $2,600 and only lost a total of 16 games out of 9 matches, winning over Marc Vidal-Claramunt, Nick Malaj, Melissa Little, Ramesh Gokhul, Phil Burford, Heath Bartley, and Chad Lovelace. As the 9-ball singles competition concluded, the scotch events began. In the open scotch doubles, Lisa McNab and Brad Poorman

Lisa McNab, Brad Poorman

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Mitch Ellerman

from Saskatchewan, Canada, outlasted the other 321 teams to win the coveted top spot, earning $3,200. McNab also finished 33rd in the women’s open singles 8-ball division and 5th  in the women’s open 9-ball division. There were 48 teams in the new advanced scotch doubles division. The winners of this division’s inaugural year were the husband and wife team of Larry and Andrea Wilson from British Columbia, Canada, who took home $2,000. In addition to their win in the advanced scotch doubles, Larry Wilson took 5th in the BCAPL 9-Ball Challenge. The Wilsons overcame another Canadian team in the finals, Russ Whittle and Bev Ashton. Whittle had a particularly strong day. In addition to placing second with Ashton in the scotch event, he took second in the men’s advanced singles. The master scotch doubles division is a favorite among the spectators, and this year’s top two teams consisted of some well-known names. From New York was the team of Tony Robles and partner Gail Glazebrook versus Janet Atwell and Wes Largen Jr. from Virginia. A total of 25 teams represented this division. Halfway through the brackets Atwell and Largen Jr. blitzed Team Robles and Glazebrook 7-0. In the final match, Robles and Glazebrook took the first set 7-3, but Atwell and Largen Jr. redeemed themselves taking the second set 7-3 for the division win and $1,800.

Brock Noteboom, Lisa Just


Van Boening Bests�Appleton�for�U.S.�Open�One-Pocket�Championship by InsidePOOL Staff

The races were to 4, and Van Boening, who won the one-pocket division of the Derby City Classic at the beginning of this year, started off in fine form with a 4-1 win over Phil Misson. He then whitewashed Robert Hart and went on to stare down Jeremy “Double J” Jones 4-1. Jason Chance, fresh off a 4-1 victory over Santos Sambajon Jr., was Van Boening’s next victim, and he went through Chance 4-1. Now in the winners’ side final four, Van Boening blazed through Francisco Bustamante 4-1 to arrive in the hot seat match, where he faced Appleton for the first time. Appleton’s route had been peppered with wins over one-pocket champs, including a 4-0 defeat of Scott Frost and a hill-hill win over Sylver Ochoa, there was little doubt he was prepared for this match. The score was double-hill, but it was Van Boening who ended up heading to the west side of the chart. The one-loss bracket was crawling with top players, many of them from the Philippines. Alex Pagulayan tore through Mika Immonen 3-0 and then fellow coun-

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trymen Jose Parica 3-2 and Sambajon 3-1 to run smack into Bustamante. “Django” was clearly unhappy about his earlier loss to Van Boening and deposited Pagulayan in fifth place 3-2 to advance. Meeting Bustamante in the quarterfinals was Ochoa, who had just sent Ike Runnels Jr. home tied with Pagulayan in fifth. Ochoa was able to handle Bustamante 3-2, but he was unprepared for Van Boening. The semifinal match was a lopsided one, with Van Boening earning the right to face Appleton again with a 3-1 win. The finals were an extended race to 5, and Appleton quickly took a 3-2 lead but missed an easy out to allow Van Boening to knot the score. Another error in the following game by Appleton handed Van Boening the

hill. A bank shot in the next proved tricky for Appleton, and when he missed it, Van Boening had a simple run-out for the 5-3 win. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th 13th

Shane Van Boening Darren Appleton Sylver Ochoa Francisco Bustamante Alex Pagulayan Ike Runnels Jr. Santos Sambajon Jr. Charlie Bryant Jose Parica Bernie Pettipiece Jason Chance Mark Haddad Mika Immonen Jeremy Jones Chip Compton Chris Gentile



egas in May was good to Shane Van Boening—he came back from a late loss to the ever-tough Darren Appleton in the hot seat match to best “Dynamite” in the final match of the U.S. Open One-Pocket Championship. A field of 54 strong competitors entered the event, which was part of the 36th BCAPL National Championships held annually at the Riviera Hotel and Casino May 10-13.

$7,500 $4,500 $3,200 $2,200 $1,600 $1,000 $600



by InsidePOOL Staff photos courtesy of Rick Schmitz


ennis Orcollo overwhelmed fellow Filipino Francisco Bustamante in the finals of the CSI U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship, winning their match by the lopsided score of 11-5 to lay claim to the title. This was his second title in two weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his first coming from the Hard Times 10-ball event in Bellflower, CA, the week prior, where he decimated Shane Van Boening 11-3 for top honors. Held May 14-19 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the 10-ball tournament was the most highly anticipated event during the BCAPL Nationals. A full field of 96 players participated, but it came down to a battle between three of the best from the Philippines who vied for the title and the top prize of $15,000.

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Once on the west side, Bustamante seemed driven to return and quickly sent Uchigaki home in fifth place 9-2. Hatch did not fare much better, as Dechaine defeated him 9-3.

Fancisco Bustamante Right from the gate Orcollo came out firing, and his first match was against Oscar Dominguez. “The Big O” took Orcollo to the wire, but ultimately the Filipino sent Dominguez to the west side of the chart 9-8. A 9-2 routing of Kostas Paspitis put Orcollo face to face with Mike “The Fireball” Dechaine, who had just bested Dennis Haar 9-3. Full of power, Dechaine could only manage five racks against Orcollo before succumbing. Back-to-back 9-6 victories over Manny Chau and Rain Chiang deposited Orcollo in the winners’ side final four, where his next challenge came from Japan’s Kenichi Uchigaki. Uchigaki’s road so far had been anything but an easy one, but he notched wins over players such as Amar Kang 9-6, Dan Louie 9-2, Shaun Wilkie 9-5, and Diego Simon Parra 9-7 to get there. However, he stumbled against Orcollo, who charged him for it and won their match 9-6. The other winners’ side final four match featured Pagulayan and Dennis Hatch. “The Lion” had come through a tough lineup, including Spain’s David Alcaide 9-5, Max Eberle 9-8, and Mitch Ellerman 9-5, before eking out a doublehill victory over Bustamante. Hatch’s path saw him best Louis Ulrich 9-6, Steve Lipsky 9-3, Ching-Shun Yang 9-8, Charlie Bryant 9-6, and Sal Butera 9-6. Hatch must have run out of steam by the time he reached Pagulayan, for the Filipino dominated their match 9-4.

The quarterfinal match came down to the 25-year-old Dechaine and multiple world champion Bustamante. In the past two years Dechaine has ramped up his game from feared New England player to participant on the world stage of pool. In 2011 he was a member of the U.S. Mosconi Cup team and won the Ultimate 10-Ball Championship. But the legendary Bustamante prevailed against Dechaine’s rising star 9-4, relegating his opponent to fourth place. Now it was down to three, all former world champions. In the semifinals Bustamante was pitted against Pagulayan. After a two-year hiatus from pool competition, Pagulayan has been playing as fearlessly as ever. In this match he started off in the lead as Bustamante struggled. That didn’t last long, as Bustamante caught a gear and bested Pagulayan 9-7 to advance to the finals.

Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th 13th 17th 25th

Dennis Orcollo $15,000 Francisco Bustamante $8,500 Alex Pagulayan $6,500 Mike Dechaine $4,800 Dennis Hatch $3,450 Kenichi Uchigaki Sal Butera $2,400 Oscar Dominguez Raul Hebles-Barraquer $1,750 Rain Chiang Corey Deuel John Morra Rodney Morris $1,300 Raj Hundal Johnny Archer Stephan Cohen Hunter Lombardo $975 Charlie Bryant Mitch Ellerman Shane Van Boening Diego Simon Parra Mike Davis Manny Chau Earl Strickland Darren Appleton $750 David Alcaide Jeremy Jones Tony Robles Simon Pickering Angel Marchena Gonzales Robb Saez Jose Parica

Alex Pagulayan

In the finals, Orcollo dominated from the first rack. The CSI U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship final race was to 11, and the winner was required to win two ahead with a maximum cap of 15 games to win. The final match took less than two hours, as Orcollo quickly took the win 11-5, collecting $15,000 for his firstplace finish.

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Fisher Earns Sixth U.S. Open Title


by Sean Chaffin

efending champion Allison Fisher sailed through the field at the WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship to another victory, earning back-to-back titles. Held June 7-10 at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, OK, the event showcased some of the finest players in women’s pool, though none could touch “The Duchess of Doom.”

Throughout the tournament, Fisher was on her game, pocketing balls and setting up her shots precisely. In the quarterfinal match, she faced off against Helena Thornfeldt of Sweden. Thornfeldt found herself in a hole early as Fisher dominated play with consistent shots and safety play. She had little room to work throughout the match and made a few key mistakes, including allowing her clothing to touch a ball early in the match for a foul. And with Fisher in the zone, a ball in hand proved costly as the Brit continued to work the table like a machine and build 4-1 lead.

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Back! Fisher continued her brilliant play by winning the remaining three racks to win the match. She was smooth and controlled throughout, and there seemed to be not much that Thornfeldt could do to fend off the determined Fisher. “I got off to a nice start and tried to relax,” Fisher said after the match. “I was really pleased. It was solid. I feel like I controlled the match. I played some great safeties, some great technical shots. It was good all around for me.”

Ever the pro, Hofstatter waited for her opening and took advantage of a miscue and some mistakes to fight back and take the lead. Playing some clever safe shots allowed her to get in command. She finished off the match with a combination shot on the 9. Webb Earns Impressive Victory Monica Webb was impressive in a 7-3 victory over Canada’s Brittany Bryant. She took advantage of some Bryant errors throughout the match and pocketed open shots when they were available, making few errors herself and smoothly cruising to victory.

Black Window Stings The quarterfinal match between Jeanette Lee and Liine Kjorsvik proved to be one of the best of the tournament. This battle went to the final game in a thrilling conclusion. Both women were determined to advance, and their play on the felt showed it. The two competitors battled back and forth in the middle section of the match, with tough shots and safe plays highlighted by a Kiorsvik jump shot. But Lee came through late with some brilliant shots of her own and took down the deciding rack. It was a superb match that brought fans in attendance to their feet. Lee seemed thrilled to earn the hard-fought victory, a wide smile on her face. “I’m really excited to be playing again and winning again,” Lee beamed. Hofstatter Gets It Done This quarterfinal proved to be quite a battle as well. Hofstatter, playing five months pregnant, took on the up-and-coming Mary Rakin, who was making her ESPN billiards debut. Rakin started off on a roll, but Hofstatter battled back. Pregnancy definitely did not seem to hinder Hofstatter, who made some nice shots and did not get rattled as Rakin took a one-rack lead.

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Fisher Wins Showdown Despite some dry breaks and a tough opponent, Fisher seemed determined throughout the tournament and looked confident at the table. Her shot-making and safety plays were impeccable. Never having to take too many chances, Fisher just did not leave many openings or make many mistakes at the table. If the shot was there, she made it. If not, she made it difficult for Hofstatter to find an opening and a clean shot to get back into the game In the third rack with the scored knotted, Hofstatter was unable to sink the 8 ball. Fisher finished off the 8 and 9 for the 2-1 lead. She also made use of combination shots to pocket the 9 and end some racks early. When her opponent made a mistake, she was quick to capitalize and bring the match to a 7-4 close. It was another dominating performance by Fisher who proved a force again in this tournament.

Monica Webb

Surprisingly, Webb said she was having concerns about her play despite a display of excellence on the felt.

Jeanette Lee

“I went from being nervous to calm, nervous to calm,” Webb explained. “I just felt rusty for some reason. I didn’t feel quite on. I think Brittany was a little nervous, and that was fortunate for me and I came out the winner. I was trying to take her out of her game and give myself easier shots because I didn’t feel great. I just kept fighting, keeping myself in the match, hoping that was enough, and it was.” Fisher Completes Comeback In the first semifinal, Fisher and Webb went to the wire with Fisher winning the last five racks to earn a hard-fought victory. Webb battled well but just came up short in her efforts, which included a brilliant jump shot in the fourth rack, vaulting the cue ball over the 5 and pocketing the 1 in the corner. Webb then went on a three-rack run and took a commanding 5-2 lead. After an early loss that put her on the west side, Webb was able to regroup to have a shot at the championship. But this match turned into another episode of “The Fisher Show.” A costly miss or mistake here and there left Fisher openings to pocket balls and finish off racks. After tying the score at 5-5, the comeback seemed inevitable. Fisher advanced to the finals with some stellar play against an opponent who also played well and made some spectacular plays herself. Hoffstatter Finishes Lee In the second semifinal match, Hofstatter rolled out to a big lead and was able to stave off a comeback by Lee. Both women had nice 32 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

After collecting her Tiffany and Co.-designed runner-up trophy, Hofstatter spoke to the crowd and said she was pleased with how she played throughout the tournament despite the loss in the finals. “It was amazing. Thanks so much for hosting this event,” she said. “Thank you so much for the fans. Even though I didn’t win it was a real breakthrough for me.”

runs through the tournament and were playing solid pool. Hoffstatter never seemed to take her foot off the gas. Before Lee had any legitimate shots on the table, she found herself down 6-0. In the first game, Lee managed an amazing two-rail shot banking the cue into the 1 ball and into the side pocket. Left with another difficult shot later in the game, with the cue ball pinned near the corner, Lee was forced to stack two bridges to get an angle on the cue and make a two-rail carom to contact the 1. The shot brought the crowd to its feet, but Hofstatter chalked up another win. Down 6-0, Lee took control to bring the score to 6-4. After getting her first win, she let out a loud “Yeah!” and pumped her hands in the air. “The Black Widow” was definitely the most vocal and excitable throughout the tournament, and the crowd responded in kind. The comeback came up short, however. Hofstatter finished off the victory 7-4 and moved herself to the championship thanks to some nose-to-the-grindstone effort. She seemed to stay focused and calm, waiting for her shot.

Fisher also scored a trophy designed by Tiffany and Co. “I was getting emotional before that last rack,” Fisher stated afterward. “I loved it last year and it was a great atmosphere this year. I’m so grateful to be standing here. It’s been a wonderful journey for me. I played really well.”

Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 5th 9th 13th

Allison Fisher Gerda Hofstatter Monica Webb Jeanette Lee Helena Thornfeldt Brittany Bryant Line Kjorsvik Mary Rakin Melissa Herndon Kim Shaw Jennifer Barretta Jennifer Chen Vivian Villareal Angel Paglia Teruko Cucculelli Jana Montour

McDermott G1303 and G1903

McDermott launches their 2012 Jim McDermott Cue of the Year this July. The G1303 ($1,399; Edition size: 150) features over 150 inlays, including exotic materials such as green burl, brass, recon ivory, and recon ebony. The special edition G1903 ($1,999; Edition size: 50) contains unique abalone inlays. Both editions come with a McDermottembossed leather wrap, high-performance i-2 and i-3 shafts, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Jim McDermott. To order, please visit, or call 800-666-2283.



Kamui Chalk #1.21

Kamui Chalk consists of fine particles that maximize friction and provide a larger sweet spot to generate more spin on the cue ball. The all-new Kamui Chalk #1.21 is designed for more consistent playability, offering improved longevity with a harder compound to give the player more confidence with a pre-chalking routine. Additionally, Kamui Chalk reduces compound transfer to the cue ball. To find your closest dealer, please contact, or call 877-GO-KAMUI.

Kimsah® Bridge Head

New from Tiger Products, the Kimsah bridge head’s special radial design minimizes surface contact for more stability and strength. Quality leather adds better feel, control, and performance while protecting the shaft from scratching. Offering five different shooting positions, the Kimsah’s compact design allows it to be stored in the smallest cue case pouch. To order, please log onto, or call 800-584-4375.

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Billiard and Golf Scoreboard Game

Everyone who sees this wants to play it! The game is played by racking balls in a certain way, then keeping score by the number of “strokes” it takes to run the rack. Each “hole” is rated from par 3 to par 5, and up to four players can play at a time. The scoreboard is thick and durable, and its dry-erase surface simply wipes clean for the next game. Log onto, or call 800-6602572 for ordering information.

Balabushka Performance Chalk

In their time-honored tradition of excellence, Balabushka Cues is pleased to present their new Performance Chalk. This chalk adheres to your cue tip, making frequent chalking a thing of the past, and it grips the cue ball, allowing for superior ball control. Also, Performance Chalk produces little dusty residue, keeping the table, balls, and your hands cleaner. A three-piece box of Performance Chalk retails for $8. To order, please visit find an authorized dealer.

Bank Shot Calculator 2.0

This version of the popular app incorporates the new “advanced bank shot,” which accounts for all of the factors that measurably change the rebound angle of a bank shot. The app accounts for shot angle, shot speed, and applied english varied between a hard, medium, or soft stroke defined as 3.5, 2.5, and 1.5 times table length, respectively. Additionally, the app accounts for skidding of the cue and object balls within the three shot speeds, scaled for each table size. Lastly, the app now includes a blue bull’s-eye on the long rail to identify the starting point of the shot line.

Simonis X-1 ®

This patented Simonis X-1® chalk dust removal tool keeps your Simonis cloth playing better longer. The unique structure of the tool lifts the chalk dust out of the cloth, and the low-profile design gets under the rails as well. Keep your playfield in top shape with the totally unique Simonis X-1®! Retails for $89.99. To order, please visit, or call 800-SIMONIS.

CueSight Precision Training Ball

The CueSight Precision Training Ball was developed for the specific purposes of teaching cue ball control and how to apply the proper english to the cue ball. This training product is perfect for beginning players or for lessons. For ordering information, please visit, or call 800-660-2572.

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Super Slippy Tip Tool

The multi-functional Super Slippy Tip Tool features a tip trimmer, tip burnisher, tip dimpler, and two tip shapers for either a dime or nickel radius. It is made from durable brass, and its attractive design is complemented with a stylish leather case. The Super Slippy Tip Tool comes with instructions for use. Priced at $29.95. To purchase, please visit, or call 800-660-2572.

This whimsical towel gives your favorite pool player an easy out with six excuses for why that ball didn’t drop. Adorned with original animalthemed cartoons, this 22-inch by 13-inch towel is made of lint-free flour sack material and has a hanging loop on the back. Retail price is $7.95, with 10% of the profits donated to H.E.A.L. Inc (Helping Every Animal Live). To order, please visit

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Warning Signs < by Ken Shuman on two.” How many times have you either said that Y ou’re to an opponent or had them say it to you? Those three little words carry a lot of weight in 9-ball, 10-ball, one-pocket, and 14.1 because of the severe penalty that results from committing three successive fouls. Players tend to get so excited at the possibility of three-fouling the opposition that they often can’t wait to utter that necessary warning.

1.22 Successive Fouls This rule applies to all games in which there is a penalty for three successive fouls. 4. When your opponent is on two fouls, after your inning ends and before your opponent shoots, you or a referee must warn them that they are on two fouls, and they must acknowledge the warning. If the warning is not issued and they foul on their next shot:

Almost without exception players tend to warn their opponent that they’re on two the moment a second consecutive foul occurs. If no referee is present to issue this warning, the player in the chair knows they have to say “you’re on two” in order to comply with the rules, so they do so immediately. The offending player knows they have to be warned, so they simply acknowledge the required warning. I’ve seen it happen like this countless times at the professional level, and neither player seems to give it much more thought. Perhaps the mindset of the player issuing the quick warning is they believe the immediacy of their words will make their opponent that much more nervous as they wait for their next turn. Or maybe it’s just because they were taught to say it right away so they don’t forget. Nevertheless, I want to warn all of you that the rules specifically state when the “on two fouls” warning must be issued, and failure to do so at the proper time will backfire on you if you’re premature. And that’s exactly what happened during a one-pocket match between Francisco Bustamante and Corey Deuel at this year’s West Coast Challenge at the California Billiard Club.

Francisco challenged Corey’s argument and felt he had complied by warning him after the second foul.

Corey was already on one when he took an intentional foul. As Corey was returning to his chair, Francisco said, “That’s two.” Whether Corey heard him or not is irrelevant. After Francisco went back to the table it took about five minutes before his inning ended, and then he sat down without saying anything else. Corey came to the table and fouled. Francisco told Corey that was three in a row and therefore loss of game. Corey objected, called me to the table, and said he did not remember being warned he was on two fouls. He went on to explain that even if he was warned earlier, he wasn’t warned when he approached the table while on two as required by the rules.

Francisco challenged Corey’s argument and felt he had complied by warning him after the second foul. (Because the event was a qualifier for CSI’s upcoming U.S Open One-Pocket Championship it was played according to BCAPL rules.) After a brief discussion I showed Francisco the applicable rule, which states (in part): 36 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

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it is not considered a third successive foul; they incur the normal penalty for a foul, but not the penalty for three successive fouls; their foul count remains at two.

Because Francisco did not warn Corey, who was on two, “after your inning ends and before your opponent shoots,” I had no choice but to uphold Corey’s argument. It was not loss of game. He owed another ball but remained on two fouls as a result of the premature warning and failure to receive a timely warning per the rules. Francisco told me after the match he learned a valuable lesson and had been unaware of that aspect of the successive foul rule. Please also note that the above rule is not exclusive to the BCAPL. The current World Standardized Rules have the same stipulation as to the timing of the warning, just with different verbiage. That rule states, in part: 6.14 Three Successive Fouls The referee must warn a shooter who is on two fouls when he comes to the tale that he is on two fouls. Otherwise a possible third foul will be considered to be only the second. FYI, all of the rules appearing in the WSR assume a referee is presiding over each match, hence the language about the referee issuing the warning. However, there is also a provision in the WSR that the nonshooting player performs the duties of the referee if none is presiding. The Corey/Francisco game was a classic case of two top professionals meeting in a match where one player gained an advantage because he knew the rules, and the other was penalized because he didn’t. Don’t let this happen to you.

You’ve been warned.

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53 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg 2.1 miles from the Renaissance Chicago The Cheesecake Factory is famous for its generous portions of over 200 menu items made from scratch daily. Their vast menu offers something for everyone, from soup and sandwiches to fresh fish, steak, and pasta. However, they also offer 50 varieties of cheesecake and other desserts, so make sure to leave room for dessert.

Chicago, Illinois

Phone: 847-619-1090 | Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. |

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California Pizza Kitchen


1550 East Golf Road, Schaumburg 2.1 miles from the Renaissance Chicago


611 East Golf Road, Schaumburg 2.6 miles from the Renaissance Chicago Dick Portillo started in 1963 with a small trailer, and now Portillo’s Hot Dogs, Inc., operates 47 units. His dedication to supplying the best food and service to his guests is his trademark, and his fast-casual restaurants offer a staggering variety of hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, burgers, pastas, and desserts. Vegetarian options are available as well.

As the name of the restaurant suggests, pizza is the specialty of the house. Over 30 different types of designer pizzas are listed on their menu, and you can also make your own. The most popular is the barbecue chicken pizza, but the variety ranges from pear and gorgonzola to California club to basic pepperoni. Additionally, California Pizza Kitchen offers a variety of fresh pastas, salads, soups, and sandwiches, as well as a gluten-free menu. Phone: 847-413-9200 | Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. |

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Dine on Italian-American fare while enjoying the old-fashioned feel of Little Italy. Specialties of the house include baked ziti with sausage, pepperoni and arugula flatbread, chicken parmesan, and, of course, lasagna. Portions are massive, so bring a friend—and a doggie bag!

Phone: 847-884-9020 Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Fri-Sat: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Shaw’s Crab House


1900 East Higgins Road, Schaumburg 3 miles from the Renaissance Chicago

Phone: 847-240-5600 | Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:15 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11:15 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sun: 11:15 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. |

Two restaurants in one—a jazzy seafood restaurant and a lively oyster bar! Both offer top-grade fish and shellfish, fresh oysters, sushi, and sashimi. Shaw’s also offers an extensive wine list. Visit them for lunch or dinner, or try their Sunday brunch.

Editor’s Choice

Phone: 847-517-2722 | Hours: Mon-Thur: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. lunch, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. dinner, Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. lunch, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. dinner, Sat: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. brunch, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. dinner |

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1901 East Woodfield Road, Schaumburg 2.7 miles from the Renaissance Chicago

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Editor’s Choice Lou Malnati’s Pizza


1 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg 4.9 miles from the Renaissance Chicago

Seasons 52


1770 East Higgins Road, Schaumburg 3.2 miles from the Renaissance Chicago

Editor’s Choice

For unbeatable deep-dish pizza, eat at Lou Malnati’s. Located in a historic residence that has been restored, this classic restaurant is renowned for their pizzas in the pan—especially their “Malnati Chicago Classic” that features sausage and their famous Buttercrust. Lighter fare like sandwiches, salads, pastas, and soups are also available. Phone: 847-985-1525 | Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. |

Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites you to focus on a seasonally inspired menu based on the appeal of a farmer’s market. Natural cooking techniques such as wood-fire grilling, brick-oven cooking, and caramelizing vegetables are employed to bring out the best flavors, and nothing on the menu is over 475 calories. Enjoy sophisticated and organic soups, flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, and a range of main dishes without guilt.

Bonefish Grill


180 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg 5. 1 miles from the Renaissance Chicago

Phone: 847-517-5252 | Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. |

Editor’s Choice

Their unique and inspired dishes created from the freshest ingredients available, cooked over a wood-burning grill, make Bonefish Grill a destination for fish- and steak-lovers alike. Specialties include the bang bang shrimp appetizers, Chilean sea bass, and for dessert, their key lime pie. Their dedication to freshness doesn’t stop in the kitchen—the bar is renowned for its innovative approach.

Phone: 847-534-0679 | Hours: Mon-Thurs: 4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Fri-Sat: 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Sun: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. |

Walker Bros.’ Original Pancake House

767 South Rand Road, Lake Zurich 10 miles from the Renaissance Chicago

Barnaby’s Family Inn

134 West Golf Road, Schaumburg 3.6 miles from the Renaissance Chicago Established in 1968, Barnaby’s Family Inn serves sandwiches, salads, pastas, homemade soups, and their award-winning pizza. Their menu is available for dine-in, take-out, or delivery. Order online for speedy service. Barnaby’s also offers free wifi access. Phone: 847-882-3220 | Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Sun: 12:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. |

The Walker Bros.’ Original Pancake House has a nationally acclaimed original menu that showcases only the finest ingredients, such as pure whipping cream, fresh eggs, hickory-smoked ham, bacon, and Royal Kona coffee. Zagat has noted Walker Bros. as offering Chicago’s “best breakfast—bar none.” Try some of their fresh omelettes, crepe creations, classic pancakes, or Belgian waffles. Phone: 847-550-0006 | Hours: Sun-Sat: 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. |

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Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse and Bar 10233 West Higgins Road, Rosemont 13.7 miles from the Renaissance Chicago

Baseball fans and steak lovers alike will enjoy a visit to Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, which offers a plethora of baseball memorabilia in a warm and casual atmosphere. A unique combination of a Chicago steakhouse and an Italian restaurant, Harry Caray’s offers steaks, chops, handcrafted pastas, salads, sides, and “the best Chicken Vesuvio in town,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Phone: 847-699-1200 | Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. lunch, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. dinner, Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. lunch, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. dinner, Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. lunch, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. dinner |



880 North Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich 11.9 miles from the Renaissance Chicago What began in the ‘20s with Jack and Bebe Hackney serving hamburgers and beer on their back porch grew to five restaurants throughout the Chicago area and a national mail-order service. Their famous burgers are served on dark rye with their one-of-a-kind onion rings, but they also have fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, and daily specials. Visit their full-service bar for an ever-changing variety of beers and cocktails. Phone: 847-438-2103 | Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11:15 a.m. – 10:15 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11:15 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. |

Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse

Editor’s Choice


5464 North River Road, Rosemont 14.3 miles from the Renaissance Chicago Gibsons is the only restaurant group in the country to be awarded their own USDA Prime Certification and proudly features USDA Gibsons Prime Angus Beef. In addition, they offer vibrant appetizers, soups, salads, baby back ribs, a range of fresh seafood, and tempting desserts, as well as a large wine list. Phone: 847-928-9900 | Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. |

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Editor’s Choice Bob Chinn’s Crab House


393 South Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling 13 miles from the Renaissance Chicago Bob Chinn’s Crab House is committed to serving only the very freshest of seafood from around the globe. Their seafood is delivered via jet each day from the highest-quality providers. Enjoy luscious king crab legs, surf and turf, sushi, fresh soups, shellfish, and even sandwiches and pastas. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Phone: 847-520-3633 | Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Fri-Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., Sun: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. | 40 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012


6111 North River Road, Rosemont 14.7 miles from the Renaissance Chicago Famous for its wholesome Italian menu and world-class clientele, Carlucci is a local favorite for patrons throughout Chicago. Their Tuscan-inspired menu features selections made from quality ingredients that have big, bold flavors. Soups are simmered while meat, fish, and poultry are spit-roasted, grilled, or baked in a wood-burning oven in the Tuscany style.

Phone: 847-518-0990 | Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sat: 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sun: 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. |





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Billiard Education Foundation Awards 2012 Academic Scholarships

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Benjamin Horton

Lesly Ibarra

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of its annual scholarship program. The objective of the BEF Academic Scholarship Program is to grant scholarships to high school seniors who have benefited from the sport of billiards and are pursuing a college education. The scholarships are divided into two categories: BEF Excellence in Education scholarship (one $2,000 award) and BEF Aiming for Higher Education scholarships (three $1,000 awards).   The winning students adhered to the following scholarship criteria: 1. Maintained a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale); 2. Received an ACT score of at least 23 or SAT combined score (critical reading + math) of 1050 or higher; 3. Submitted a 500-1,000 word essay on how billiards has been an integral part of their life; 4. Submitted a letter outlining academic achievements, leadership and/or community service work and a description of the applicant’s background and career objectives; 5. Accepted to an accredited undergraduate academic program by June 1; 6. Attended an accredited undergraduate institution and carry at least 12 hours per semester.   Congratulations to the following 2012 winners: BEF “Excellence in Education” Scholarship ($2,000 award) Megan Ferry of Denver, NC BEF “Aiming for Higher Education” Scholarships ($1,000 award) Benjamin Horton of Moyie Springs, ID Lesly Ibarra of Garland, TX Kole McGuire of Rockwall, TX

Essays may be viewed on the BEF website at The Billiard Education Foundation has awarded over Kole McGuire $200,000 in scholarships since 1993. Said BEF Executive Director Laura Smith, “The BEF is proud to help young adults who have benefited from billiards to offset their education expenses and become our future leaders.”

Iwan Simonis Acquires Saluc Iwan Simonis S.A./Belgium, world leader in the manufacturing of billiard cloth, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Saluc S.A./Belgium, world leader in the manufacture of phenolic billiard balls, Aramith balls. 42 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

Amateur and professional billiard players everywhere love both of these products, and both Simonis cloth and Aramith balls are sanctioned for use in the majority of championship tournaments and by tournament organizers worldwide. The union of these two premier and highly complementary Belgian billiard products, Iwan Simonis cloth and Aramith balls, will bring increased strength and stability to the sport, as well as help to increase visibility and elevate the level of play globally.

CSI Lifts Ban on Phenolic Tips on Break Cues

The 2012 - 2014 Official Rules of the BCA Pool League  was released June 1, 2012, at the beginning of the new BCAPL and USAPL league year. The most noted change for the newly released publication is the lifting of the restriction on the use of the phenolic tips on break cues. Below is the newly added language in the 2012-2014 edition, quoted from Section 9d of the “Equipment Specifications” section:   “The cue tip must be composed of leather, fibrous, or pliable material. “Note: Pending further research and review, the BCAPL has temporarily rescinded the prohibition of the use of phenolic tips for break shots. However, the restriction is subject to be re-introduction before the expiration of the 2012-2014 rulebook. League Operators and League Managers will be contacted if any further rules modifications regarding phenolic tips are made.”   When the last edition of the BCAPL rule book went to press, CueSports International (CSI) adopted the ban on phenolic tips on break cues to be consistent with forthcoming World Standardized Rules. In the interim, CSI has determined that the ban is unenforceable, since neither the expertise nor the apparatus is available during pool tournaments to determine conclusively and consistently that a tip is phenolic. Also, the word “phenolic” covers a wide spectrum of material. This only reinforces how difficult the rule was to consistently enforce and further confirms the need to rescind the ban. Hence, the ban was lifted pending further review by CSI, World Pool Billiard Association (WPA), or other world bodies.

Tiger Products Sponsors Orcollo Tiger Products is pleased to announce the signing of Dennis Orcollo as a player representative. “We are pleased to have Dennis onboard with us,” said Tiger President Tony Kalamdaryan. “He is a great player and a good role model for young players everywhere. We feel that he fits the Tiger mold in his desire to excel in this sport. Dennis is a wonderful player and a great sportsman as well.” Orcollo will be using exclusively Tiger products as he competes worldwide in major pool competitions. “I am so glad to be part of the Tiger team. I love my new Tiger cue that I used to win the U.S. Open ten-ball tournament. I am looking forward to my next tournament and will be ready for all my competitors.”


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of San Antonio, TX, has been an avid APA member since 2008. Joyce is a team captain on both 8-ball and 9-ball teams and is currently a skill level 3 in both formats. Her team competed in the National Team Championships in the 8-ball open division in 2011. Joyce helped her league operators, Scott and Karen Racy, organize several fundraisers and pool tournaments last year. As a result of her efforts, APA of San Antonio raised over $5,000 for Light the Night, a charity that’s part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She also received an award for her contributions. “Joyce is a great inspiration to us all,” said Scott Racy. “Her tireless effort in coordinating the charity tournaments in conjunction with us and getting donations from all types of companies for us to raffle at these charity tournaments are incredible.” Joyce always makes sure her team, as well as the teams she competes against, has a great time playing the game they love. She began playing pool in 2005 and has only continued to progress along the way.

Chin and Sossei collided in the semifinal match, with Sossei coming out the winner 9-5. In the final match, it was a hill-hill affair, but at the end of it, Inness was the one left standing to earn the title.

Diaz and Vannala Split Tri-State Honors Tri-State Tour / New York, NY by InsidePOOL Staff

Rajesh Vannala, Keith Diaz, Koka Davladze

Keith Diaz and Rajesh Vannala split top honors at the Tri-State Tour’ April 14 event. The $1,000-added stop drew a field of 53 A-D players to East Side Billiards in New York, NY.

Diaz went undefeated through the field, vanquishing Pat Mareno in the winners’ side final four with a hill-hill win. After a 7-4 victory over Ron Gabia, Koka Davladze advanced to the hot seat match to face Diaz, who dominated to win 7-3. Vannala was making his move on the one-loss side of the chart, eliminating Gabia at fifth place 7-5. Tying with Gabia was Chris DeCaprio, who was ousted by Mareno 6-4. Vannala went on to send Mareno home Results: in fourth place after taking the quarterfi1st Keith Diaz $675 nal match 9-6. 2nd Rajesh Vannala $675 A double-hill victory over Davladze put Vannala in the finals, where Diaz awaited him. Because of the late hour, the two decided to split, with Diaz taking first place as the undefeated player.

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Koka Davladze Pat Mareno Ron Gabia Chris DeCaprio Varum Juneja Luis Jimenez Raphael DaBreo Rhio Anne Flores Tom McManamon Luis Lopez

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Inness Aces Joss Event Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Albany, NY by InsidePOOL Staff

Angelo Inness aced the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s April 14-15 installment, cruising undefeated to take the title over Jeremy Sossei in the final match. The $1,500-added 9-ball event was hosted by Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, NY, and drew a field of 45 players. In the winners’ side final four, Inness skipped through his match against Mike Zuglan 9-2 to reach the hot seat match. Meeting him there was Chance Chin, who had just delivered Matt Tetreault to the one-loss side after a hill-hill bout. It was a close call for Inness, but he won that match 9-7 to remain undefeated. Yesid Garibello bested Jeff Smolen on the west side of the chart in a hill-hill match to go on and eliminate Zuglan 9-5. Sossei ousted Ron Casanzio 9-6 and then bested Tetreault 9-4, who tied with Zuglan in fifth place. On a roll, Sossei then sent Garibello home in fourth place with a 9-6 win. 46 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

In the $500-added second chance tournament, Paul Rozonewski and Bill Cote faced off for the hot seat, which Rozonewski took 3-1. Cote was sent to the west side to face Bud Robideau in a bid to reach the finals and won the match 3-1. In the double-elimination finals, Cote capped Rozonewski 3-0, but in the second set it was all Rozonewski, Results: who took it down 3-1. Rozonewski earned 1st Angelo Inness $1,000 $340 for first place, 2nd Jeremy Sossei $730 while Cote took home 3rd Chance Chin $550 $220. For his third4th Yesid Garibello $450 place finish, Robideau 5th Mike Zuglan $350 won $160, with Ray Matt Tetreault Jewett winning $100 7th Jeff Smolen $200 for fourth. Norm Ver Ron Casanzio non and Tom Accia9th Bruce Carroll $80 vatti both took home Tim Parisian $60 for fifth place. Greg Antonakos

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Baer Brings Home Tri-State Win Tri-State Tour / Bayside, NY by InsidePOOL Staff

Beau Baer rallied from a secondround loss to make his way to the finals and best the undefeated Tony Ignomirello for the title at the Tri-State Tour’s April 22 stop. The 9-ball event was Arturo Reyes, Beau Baer, Tony Ignomirello hosted by Cue Bar in Bayside, NY, and boasted a $1,000-added prize purse that attracted 32 players. Ignomirello went unchallenged to the finals, defeating Ben Castaneros 6-5 in the winners’ side final four to reach Arturo Reyes, who had just sent Keith Adamik to the one-loss side 7-5. Their hot seat match was a close one, but it was Ignomirello who took it 7-5. Fighting his way through the west side, Baer eliminated Gary Murgia in seventh place 7-5 and then sent Adamik home in fifth with a 7-3 victory. Tying with Adamik was Castaneros, who was edged out by Kim Meyer-Gabia 6-5. Baer went on to barrel through Meyer-Gabia 8-6 in the quarterfinal match. Reyes was Baer’s next victim as he sent Reyes home in third place with a 7-5 win. In the race-to-11 finals, Baer faced off against the undefeated Ignomirello and bested him 11-5.

Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th

Beau Baer Tony Ignomirello Arturo Reyes Kim Meyer-Gabia Keith Adamik Ben Castaneros Gary Murgia Yomaylin Feliz

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Kaldan and Sookhai Split Tri-State Title Tri-State Tour / Brooklyn, NY

squeaked past Aro 7-6 to reach Flores, who sent Mareno home in fourth place with an 8-5 win.

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Andrzej Kaldan and Basdeo Sookhai split top honors on the Tri-State Tour’s April 28 stop, which attracted a field of 49 players. The $1,500-added tournament was hosted by Gotham City Billiards Basdeo Sookhai, Andzrej Kaldan, Kenin Buckley in Brooklyn, NY. Kaldan and Sookhai made a beeline for each other on the winners’ side, besting Randy Mackin 6-2 and Daniel Dagotdot 8-5, respectively, to reach the hot seat match. It was a hill-hill nail-biter, but Kaldan eked out a 7-6 win to remain undefeated. On the west side of the chart, Dagotdot bounced back from his earlier defeat to oust Dave Shlemperis in fifth place 8-4. Also going home in fifth place was Mackin, who was eliminated by Kim Meyer-Gabia 6-2. Results: Dagotdot then relegated Meyer-Gabia 1st Andrzej Kaldan $755 to fourth place with a Basdeo Sookhai 9-5 win. 3rd Daniel Dagotdot $370 4th Kim Meyer-Gabia $250 Sookhai took 5th Randy Mackin $150 care of Dagotdot in Dave Shlemperis the semifinals, win7th Keith Adamik $110 ning their match 8-4. Luis Novas Sookhai and Kaldan 9th Beau Baer $90 decided to split first Boris Manzheley place as the hour was Jaydev Zaveri late. Rick Shellhouse

Zimny and Flores Split Tri-State Title Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ

It was yet another close call in the semifinals, with Flores edging out Meyer-Gabia 7-6. In the final match, both Zimny and Flores decided to split first place.

Cacciola and Flores Split Tri-State Event Tri-State Tour / Staten Island, NY by InsidePOOL Staff

Al Cacciola and Rhio Anne Flores opted to split top honors at the May 12 stop on the Tri-State Tour. The $750-added 9-ball event was hosted by Port Richmond Billiards in Staten Island, NY, and drew a field of Richard Ng, Al Cacciola, Rhio Anne Flores 26 A-D players. Cacciola was the sole undefeated player at the end of the day, defeating Tom McManamon in the winners’ side final four 6-3. In the ensuing hot seat match, he faced down Richard Ng, who had just sent Flores west 7-6, and bested him double-hill 7-6. McManamon was soon eliminated in fifth place by Tony Ignomirello 6-3, and Keith Adamik tied with McManamon after Flores won their match 7-6. Another hill-hill win for Flores followed with a 7-6 victory over IgResults: nomirello in the quarterfinals. Her last dou1st Al Cacciola $415 ble-hill win came in Rhio Anne Flores the next round over 3rd Richard Ng $190 Ng, who had to settle 4th Tony Ignomirello $110 for third place. Flores 5th Keith Adamik $60 and Cacciola decided Tom McManamon to split first place.

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Mike Zimny and Annie Flores chose to split first place at the Tri-State Tour’s May 5 stop because of the lateness of the hour. The event hosted 30 players at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, and featured a $500-added prize purse. Zimny went undefeated through the field, besting Ed Culhane in the winners’ side final four 7-1 to reach the hot seat match. His opponent there was Kim Meyer-Gabia, who had just eked out a hill-hill win over Mike Aro 6-5. It was another nail-biter, but Zimny took the hot seat 7-6. Flores was working her way through the west side, whitewashing Ed Culhane 8-0 to make it to the quarterfinals. Pat Mareno

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Mike Zimny Annie Flores Kim Meyer-Gabia Pat Mareno Ed Culhane Mike Aro

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Chau Goes Unchallenged for Tri-State Win Tri-State Tour / Jackson Heights, NY

Flores was Arturo Reyes, who was ousted by Juan Guzman 7-3. In the quarterfinal match, Guzman triumphed over Davladze 7-3.

Tri V. Chau charged through the field at the May 20 stop on the TriState Tour, fending off a late onslaught by Joe Palone in the finals to take the tiTri V. Chau, Joe Palone, Richard Ng tle. The $1,000-added prize purse attracted a field of 22 to BQE Billiards and Bar in Jackson Heights, NY.

A determined Novas sent Guzman packing in third place with a 7-4 win in the semifinal match. In the double-elimination finals, a rematch between Novas and Khan, Novas dominated the first set 7-2 and only allowed Khan one additional rack in the second, winning 7-3.

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A hill-hill match led to an escape by Chau from Chris Karp’s clutches in the winners’ side final four, as Palone also won his match 7-6 over Richard Ng. In yet another double-hill bout, Chau eked out a 7-6 victory over Palone to remain uncontested. Karp quickly folded on the west side, sent home in fifth place by Jaydev Zaveri 7-3. Joining Karp was Al Cacciola, who was eliminated by Ng 7-3. Ng went on to power through Zaveri in the quarterfinal match with another 7-3 score. Ng’s tournament was ended in the next round by Palone in another hill-hill match 7-6, as Palone was itching for another chance at Chau. Results: However, Chau managed to hold off 1st Tri V. Chau $560 Palone’s advances in 2nd Joe Palone $280 the final match to 3rd Richard Ng $170 take the win 7-5. 4th Jaydev Zaveri $110 5th

Chris Karp Al Cacciola

Novas Nails Tri-State Title Tri-State Tour / New York, NY by InsidePOOL Staff

Luis Novas came back from a loss in the hot seat match to double-dip Atif Khan in the final match of the May 26 stop on the Tri-State Tour. Amsterdam Billiards and Bar in New York, NY, hosted a field of 49 B-D players, who vied for the $1,000-added prize purse. A 7-5 victory over Rhio Anne Flores put Novas in the hot seat match against Khan, who had just bested Juan GuzLuis Novas man 7-5. Khan had few problems sending Novas to the west side of the chart with a 7-2 decision. Fresh off a 7-5 victory over Carl Ysuf Khan, Koka Davladze awaited Flores and eliminated her in fifth place 7-3. Tying with 48 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th

Luis Novas Atif Khan Juan Guzman Koka Davladze Rhio Anne Flores Arturo Reyes Carl Ysuf Khan Glenn Ramsey Tony Ignomirello Jacob Schwartz Gary O’Callaghan Shih Wei Chiang

$1,000 $600 $400 $260 $160 $120 $80

Ng Nabs Tri-State Title Tri-State Tour / Brooklyn, NY by InsidePOOL Staff

Coming through a full field of 64 A-D players at the June 9-10 stop on the Tri-State Tour, Richard Ng took down the title, winning in the finals over Mike Mike Harrington, Richard Ng, Isabel Buckley Harrington. The $2,500-added 9-ball tournament was held at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. Ng squeaked past Richard Bannon 7-6 in the winners’ side final four, as Harrington won by the same margin over Mike Strassberg. When the two met in the hot seat match for the first time, it was another hill-hill nail-biter, with Harrington coming out the winner. Bannon bounced back on the west side of the chart, sending Carl Yusef Khan home in fifth place 7-2. Tying with Khan was Meshak Daniel, who was eliminated by Strassberg 7-3. Bannon went on to eject StrassResults: berg in fourth place with a 9-5 win in the 1st Richard Ng $1,385 quarterfinals. 2nd Mike Harrington $930 3rd Richard Bannon $620 It was yet an4th Mike Strassberg $450 other hill-hill match 5th Carl Yusef Khan $290 in the semifinals, but Meshak Daniel Harrington eked out 7th Alex Osipov $200 a 7-6 victory over Lou Loria Bannon. In the final 9th Borana Andoni $150 match, Ng kept the Rhio Anne Flores upper hand to win Rick Shellhouse over Harrington 7-3. Andrew Cleary

Liu and Robles Run Through Predator Stop Predator Pro-Am Tour / West Hempstead, NY

Smith Sweeps Tri-State Event Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ

Raxx Pool Room, Bar and Grill in West Hempstead, NY, was the stage for the competitors of the  Predator ProAm Tour’s  June 2-3 installment. In the amateur event, Qi Tony Robles Liu took top honors, while Tony Robles claimed the open 10-ball division.

Fending off all comers, Christian Smith collected the title at the June 2 stop on the Tri-State Tour, defeating Rick Shellhouse in the final match. A total of 37 players vied for their share of the $500-added prize purse at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ.

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There were 52 players vying for the amateur title, with Liu going undefeated through the field. In the winners’ side final four, it was Liu over Raj Vannal 7-6, as Andrew Cleary defeated John Greslik 7-5. Liu went on to claim the hot seat over Cleary 10-8. Vannala rebounded to oust Geovani Hosang in fifth place 7-5, as Greslik tied with Hosang after a loss to Charles Young. Young then eliminated Vannala 8-6 in the quarterfinal match. Cleary dominated Young in the semifinals 7-4 to move on to the final match, but he was unable to topple Liu, who claimed the title 10-9. Sixteen top open players came out to compete and shoot for top honors, including world champion Mika Immonen, Robles, Jeremy Sossei, and Joey Korsiak. Immonen went through the winners’ side in impressive fashion and got to the finals unscathed. His road to the finals included wins over Kevin Irung 7-4, Frankie Hernandez 7-1, Joey Landi 7-4, and Robles 7-3.

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A hill-hill win over Dennis Feliciano propelled Smith to the hot seat match, as Al Cacciola delivered Antonio Navarro to the one-loss side of the chart 6-4. It was another double-hill affair for the hot seat, but Smith eked out an 8-7 win over Cacciola. Feliciano rallied to oust Scott Simonetti in fifth place 8-2. Tying with Simonetti was Navarro, who was eliminated by Shellhouse 6-5. Shellhouse then powered through Feliciano in the quarterfinal match 7-3. On a roll, Shellhouse barreled through Cacciola in the semifinals 6-3 to advance to the finals against Smith. It was a close match, as Results: Shellhouse got to 8 1st Christian Smith $700 first to force the ex2nd Rick Shellhouse $350 tended two-game 3rd Al Cacciola $250 race. But at 8-7, 4th Dennis Feliciano $150 Smith claimed the 5th Antonio Navarro $75 next three racks to Scott Simonetti win the title 10-8.

Robles bounced back from his loss to earn a spot in the finals defeating Joey Landi in the semifinals. In the finals, Immonen started out strong and Amateur Results: took a 3-2 lead, but 1st Qi Liu $1,000 after breaking and 2nd Andrew Cleary $700 coming up dry, Ro3rd Charles Young $450 bles refused to allow 4th Raj Vannala $325 Immonen back on 5th John Greslik $200 the table until it was Geovani Hosang 6-3. While Immonen 7th Steve Wade $130 had moments of bril Lionel Rivera liance in the finals, he 9th Shawn Sookhai $90 was struggling to get Tony Ignomirello a shot, and the rolls Brian Hunter seemed to go Robles’ Patrick Meyers way. “The Silent Assassin” ended up capitalizing on his opporOpen Results: tunities and dug deep 1st Tony Robles $800 to defeat Immonen 2nd Mika Immonen $500 11-6 for an impressive 3rd Joey Landi $300 win. 4th Frankie Hernandez $100

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Burford Bests D’Alfonso for Joss Title Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Providence, RI by InsidePOOL Staff

Recovering from a hot seat loss, Phil Burford returned in the finals of the June 9-10 stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour to wrest the title from the only player to deal him a defeat—Tom D’Alfonso. The $2,000-added stop attracted a field of 67 to Snookers Billiards, Bar and Grill in Providence, RI. A 9-4 defeat of local hero Mike Dechaine put Burford into the hot seat match for his first meeting with D’Alfonso, who had just bested Nelson Oliveira 9-6. Nelson went on to take the winners’ side final 9-5, while Burford went to the one-loss side of the chart. Dechaine found himself in fifth place after his match with Jeremy Sossei ended 9-1, while Paul Dryden tied with Dechaine as Oliveria ousted him 9-2. Sossei went on to challenge Oliveira successfully, advancing to the semifinals 9-2. Sossei proved a difficult opponent for Burford and didn’t go down without a fight, as their match ended double-hill.

However, Burford was on a mission, and in the double-elimination finals against D’Alfonso, he won the first set by the lopsided score of 9-1 and didn’t allow his opponent a single rack in the second set. The $500-added second chance event drew 20 players, making a total prize fund of $900. Chris Coviello bested Josh Gormly in the hot seat match 3-2, but Gormly fought his way back with a 3-1 win over Steve Goulding in the semifinals. In the double-elimination finals, Gormly took Results: down Coviello 3-2, 3-1 Phil Burford $1,200 for the win. Gormly 1st $900 took home $330 for 2nd Tom D’Alfonso Jeremy Sossei $700 first place, while Co- 3rd Nelson Oliveira $500 viello earned $220 for 4th Mike Dechaine $350 second. Goulding won 5th Paul Dryden $150 for third place, Matt Tetreault $250 fourth-place finisher 7th Tim Perry Stacie Bourbeau net- Randy Labonte $150 ted $100, and Ranulf 9th Ron Casanzio Tamba and Josh Thiele Chance Chin each took home $50 Joe Dupuis for fifth place.

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The hot seat match was no contest, as Login only allowed Famiano one game before winning 7-1.

Hughes Holds off Great Southern Field Great Southern Billiard Tour / Virginia Beach, VA by InsidePOOL Staff

Joe Hughes held off a 44-player field at the April 14-15 Great Southern Billiard Tour event, besting Rick Winpiglar in the finals to claim first Shannon Daulton, Wendell Thompkins, place and the qualiCarmen Wilson, Jared McGee, Bent Hudgens, fying spot for the Ashley DeMonte 2012 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. The event was hosted by Q-Master Billiards in Virginia Beach, VA, and featured bar table amateur 9-ball action. After ripping through Ray Reyna in the winners’ side final four 7-3, Hughes arrived at the hot seat match. His opponent there, Jesse Figeroa, had just sent Cary Dunn to the one-loss side of the chart with a 9-7 win. However, in this match it was Hughes who claimed the hot seat, winning 7-3. Winpiglar was making tracks through the west side, eliminating Rob Leeper 7-4 and then sending home Reyna in fifth place 7-4. Tying with Reyna was Darrell Neselrod, who was ousted by Dunn 9-7. Winpiglar went on to shut down Dunn’s day at fourth place 7-3. Figeroa was next to fall to Winpiglar, who bested him 7-6 to reach Hughes. But Hughes was unwilling to relinquish what he’d worked so hard for, though Winpiglar won the first set 7-3, Hughes claimed the second and final set 7-5 for the title and the U.S. Open slot.

Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th

Joe Hughes Rick Winpiglar Jesse Figeroa Cary Dunn Ray Reyna Darrell Neselrod Rob Leeper Chris Futrell

$500 $500 $300 $200 $150 $100

Richko Rebounds for HXT Win Players HXT Classic Tour / Palm Harbor, FL by InsidePOOL Staff

Jason Richko returned from a late loss that sent him to the one-loss side of the chart to take revenge over Justin Login in the finals of the Players HXT Classic Tour’s April 14 event. Hosted by Strokers Sports Bar and Grill in Palm Harbor, FL, the $300-added amateur tournament drew a field of 20. Richko and Login first faced off in the winners’ side final four, where Login trumped his opponent 7-5. In the other winners’ side match, Ron Faniano eked out a hill-hill 7-6 win over Mark Wathen. 52 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

Now on the west side, Richko eliminated Jon Wing in fifth place 7-5, as Wathen ousted Saucha Kauper in the same finish 7-1. Richko then went on to face Wathen in the quarterfinals and came out the winner 7-4. Faniano did not put up much of a fight in the semifinals against Richko, who whizzed through their match with a 7-1 win. In the final match, Richko Results: scored revenge over Login by wresting the 1st Jason Richko $450 title from him 7-3. 2nd Justin Login $225 3rd 4th

Ron Faniano Mark Wathen

$150 $75

Mastermaker Mangles Virginia Field Virginia State 9-Ball Bar Table Championships by Chris England

Danny Mastermaker charged undefeated through the 35-player field to claim the Virginia State 9-Ball Bar Table Championship over Chris Bruner. The Clubhouse Bar and Billiards in Lynchburg, VA, hosted the April 14 event, which was presented by Liquid Lightning Energy Drinks and sponsored by Majestic Auto. Mastermaker made his way through the winners’ side, never dropping more than 6 games in the races to 9 to any of his five opponents. In the match for the hot seat, Mastermaker faced fellow Richmond resident Bruner, leaving him in the dust 9-2. Bruner, for his part, only lost a total of 14 games to get to the hot seat match, where he ran into the red-hot Mastermaker and received his first loss. He then waited for an opponent on the left side of the bracket for a shot at redemption. His opponent there was Alvis Fitch, who had fought his way through some tough action on the winners’ side, only to run into Mastermaker and go down 9-6. Fitch stormed back with a 7-2 wins over Corey Skyes and Trevor Stanley to make his way back to a chance in the finals. But Bruner was determined to earn a rematch and prevailed with a narrow 7-5 win. Back for a second helping, the two combatants began the finals just after midnight, each determined to take the title. Mastermaker proved himself Results: up for the challenge by staking to an early 1st Danny Mastermaker $1,600 3-0 lead that he never 2nd Chris Bruner $1,000 relinquished, cruising 3rd Alvis Fitch $600 to a 9-4 victory. 4th Trevor Stanley $300 5th 7th

Corey Skyes Ron Frank Steve Dye Ernie Lyle

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Bergman and Shuffett Shake up Great Southern Tour Great Southern Billiard Tour / Fairfield, OH by InsidePOOL Staff

Justin Bergman came close to sweeping both divisions of the April 21-22 stop of the Great Southern Billiard Tour, taking the 8-ball event Shannon Daulton, Justin Bergman, but getting stopped Corey Morphew, Mike Medley by Landon Shuffett in the 9-ball finals. The two-pronged tournament was hosted by Michael’s Billiards in Fairfield, OH, and featured a $2,000-added prize purse. In the $500-added 8-ball event, a field of 30 participated. Bergman ended up in the hot seat match after a 7-1 routing of Brad Ragon, while Corey Morphew defeated T. J. Back 6-1. In their handicapped match, it was Morphew edging out Bergman 6-6. Ragon went on to fall to Shuffett 7-3 and tie for fifth place with Back, Shannon Daulton, Landon Shuffett, who was eliminated Justin Bergman, Mike Medley

by Billy Thorpe 6-1. Shuffett went on to oust Thorpe in fourth place after a 7-3 quarterfinal win. The semifinals went hill-hill, but Bergman was determined to reach Morphew for a rematch and took it 7-6. In the finals, it was all Bergman, as he raced ahead to win the title over Morphew 7-1. The 9-ball division garnered one fewer player but offered a $1,500-added purse. Bergman bested Robert Frost 11-8 in the winners’ side final four, as Bruce Lutrell defeated Shuffett 8-11. The hot seat match belonged to Bergman, who didn’t even allow Lutrell 8-Ball Results: one game in their race to 11. 1st Justin Bergman $400 2nd Corey Morphew $300 On the west 3rd Landon Shuffett $200 side of the chart, 4th Billy Thorpe $100 Shuffett was mak5th Brad Ragon $50 ing a beeline for the T. J. Back finals, ousting Clay 7th Shannon Murphey $25 Carman 9-4 in fifth Mike Burnette place and then Frost 11-1 in the quarter9-Ball Results: finals. Lutrell was his 1st Landon Shuffett $750 next victim and was 2nd Justin Bergman $500 relegated to third 3rd Bruce Lutrell $350 place 11-2. Shuffett 4th Robert Frost $225 dominated the final 5th Clay Carman $100 match against Berg Chuck Raulston man as well, claim7th John Giles $50 ing it 11-4. Billy Thorpe

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Chirino and Crosby Cash on Poison Tour Poison Cues Tour / Vero Beach, FL by InsidePOOL Staff

Hunter Lombardo, Tony Crosby

Javier Chirino and Tony Crosby took home the trophies from the April 21-22 Poison Cues Tour, winning the amateur and open divisions, respectively. Cunningham’s Billiards in Vero Beach, FL, hosted the tournament, which featured a $1,000-added amateur event and a $1,000-added open 10-ball divison.

The amateur event attracted 62 players, with 5 ladies taking advantage of the $20 entry fee. This event was made extra special, as Chirino supplied the top four places a beautiful glass trophy. It looked as though Chirino was aiming for a trophy himself, as he made his way to the hot seat with wins over Doug Johnson 6-2, Justin Gilsinan 6-4, Prescott Buckwold 6-3, Paul Mullins 6-0, and Jeff Mabry 6-4. In the winners’ side final, he met Raymond Linares and bested him 7-3. The one-loss side saw Tim Baron, after taking a 6-2 loss to Chris Gentile, make a strong push and take out Jay Zink 5-4, Derek Virgilio 5-1, Paul Mullins 5-2, and David Uwate 5-4 before JaRaymond Linares, Javier Chirino, Chris Gentile, son Sheerman ended Jason Sheeman his run 5-3. Sheerman then had the task of taking on Gentile, who deposited him in fourth place 5-2. Gentile backed this win up with a 5-0 whitewashing over Linares to put himself in the final. The final match saw both players show why they got there with strong shot-making and good safety battles. But Chirino did not want to give his trophy up and eventually came out the 7-4 winner, taking the first-place trophy and cash. The open 10-ball event garnered 42 players, and Hunter Lombardo was the man to beat on the day as he cruised his way to the finals Amateur Results: with wins over Tim Baron 6-4, John Di1st Javier Chirino $700 toro 6-1, Kira Brown 2nd Chris Gentile $500 6-4, Mark Coats 6-0, 3rd Raymond Linares $300 and then a 7-3 win 4th Jason Sheerman $200 over Crosby in the 5th Tim Baron $130 winners’ side final to Jeff Mabry capture the hot seat. 7th Vann Mangum $90 Linares was proving to be a handful on the west side—after taking a first-round loss to Uwate 6-2, he went on a run to oust Lincoln Seifert, Rob-

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ert Raiford, Prescott Buckwold, Chettan Chhabra, Ditoro, and Mark Coats before running into a determined Anthony Meglino, who stopped his run 5-0. Meglino then was eliminated by Crosby in a double-hill match that set up the finals. Neither Lombardo nor Crosby wanted to give an inch, so it went all the way, with Crosby Results: taking it 7-6 to set up a one-rack sud1st Tony Crosby $700 den death shootout. 2nd Hunter Lombardo $450 A positional error 3rd Anthony Meglino $300 by Lombardo left 4th Raymond Linares $200 Crosby a quick 2-10 5th Mark Coats $100 combo, which he David Uwate pocketed to claim 7th John Ditoro $75 the event. Javier Chirino

Fields Wins First Flamingo Event Flamingo Billiards Tour / Winter Park, FL by InsidePOOL Staff

Faheem Zia, Crystal McCormick, Nicolle Cuellar, Jeannie Seaver, Chris Fields, Adam Wheeler

The room was filled players and spectators as the Flamingo Billiards Tour Qualifier got underway April 28 at Cue-Phoria Billiards and Café in Winter Park, FL. Twenty-four of the top women competitors from around the state came to play in the $250-added event, but it was Chris Fields who topped them all.

The format was a modified double elimination, playing down to the final eight, with a redraw occurring at that point. In the redraw, Kira Brown drew Nicolle Cuellar, who won hill-hill. Mimi McAndrews matched up against Crystal McCormick but couldn’t get in stroke, with McCormick easily taking the match. Jeannie Seaver ended the day for Kim Richeson, and Fields won a tough match over Shanelle Loraine, who has been playing a much improved game this year. The semifinals matched Cuellar against McCormick, but McCormick seemed to be having stamina problems on this night, and Cuellar took advantage, making it to the finals by winning 7-2. Fields, who had never won a match against Seaver, the favorite to win the event, beat the odds and won the match 7-5. With the momentum going her way, Fields was not going to stop at this point. She played strong and won her first Flamingo Billiards Tour event over Cuellar 7-2. Not too disappointed, Cuellar took home the qualifier.

Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 5th 7th

Chris Fields Nicolle Cuellar Crystal McCormick Jeannie Seaver Kira Brown Shanelle Loraine Mimi McAndrews Kim Richeson

$370 $250 $125 $75 $75

Blitch Blazes Through Great Southern Field Great Southern Billiard Tour / Inman, SC

to set up a semifinal match with Griffin. With a place in the final at stake, both players made the most of their chances. The match went all the way, with Don Griffin eventually coming out a 5-4 winner.

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Darren Blitch enjoyed an undefeated run through the field at the May 19-20 stop on the Shannon Daulton, Darrin Blitch, Jeffrey Wade, Great Southern BilJoel Cain liard Tour, warding off a determined Jeffrey Wade in the finals to take the title. The $1,000-added stop was hosted by Raisin’ Cain’s in Inman, SC, and drew a field of 43 amateur players. After a 7-3 defeat of Tommy Barrett in the winner’s side final four, Blitch went on to the hot seat match. Facing him there was Nathan Rose, fresh off an 11-2 routing of Christi Steele. It was match, but Blitch persevered to take it 7-5. Wade was wending his way through the west side of the chart, eliminating Scotty Ward in seventh place 9-4 and Steele in fifth 7-4. Tying with Steele was Barrett, who was ousted by Zack Robbins 7-2. Wade then went on to relegate Robbins to a fourth-place finish 7-5. Continuing his onslaught, Wade felled Rose in the semifinals after it went hill-hill. But he could not compete with Blitch, who captured the final match 7-3.

Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th

Darren Blitch Jeffrey Wade Nathan Rose Zack Robbins Tommy Barrett Christi Steele Wendell Thompkins Scotty Ward

$700 $500 $300 $150 $100

The final match proved to be close call, with both players trading racks early on. Deweese eventually ended up taking it down with a strong 7-5 win. The 10-ball event drew 21 players with another hometown player, Dave Grossman, proving to be too strong, as he made his way to the hot seat match with wins over Ramel Brown 7-4, Warren Sandifer 7-6, Griffin 7-3, and Tom Mittnight 7-6. A 7-3 victory over Tony Crosby earned him the hot seat. After taking a 7-3 loss to Crosby, Stoney Stone went on to defeat Brown 6-5, Bowen 6-4, Deweese 6-3, Mittnight, and then Crosby 6-4. Grossman was not feeling well at that point and, as the time was approaching 1 a.m., both players agreed to split first place.

Amateur Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Matt Deweese Don Griffin Cal McGann Jason Bowen Dave Pencar Lincoln Seifert

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Dave Grossman Stoney Stone Tony Crosby Tom Mittnight George Mclanahan Cal McGann

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Walk in the Park for Deweese Poison Tour / Orange Park, FL by InsidePOOL Staff

Matt Deweese, Don Griffin

Local Matt Deweese proved to be too strong for the field that gathered for the May 19-20 stop on the Poison Tour, winning the title over Don Griffin. Park Avenue Billiards in Orange Park, FL, attracted 26 players.

Deweese made his way to the finals with wins over Matt Wilson 7-6, Cal McGann 7-4, Jason Wells 7-0, and Dave Pencar 7-1. A 7-0 whitewashing of Griffin then gave him the hot seat. After a second-round loss to Deweese, Cal McGann went on to oust Luke Collins 5-1, Dave Ross 5-1, Mike Delawder 5-1, Bobby Garza 5-4, Dave Pencar 5-1, and then Jason Bowen 5-0 July/August 2012 ◊ 57

Thorpe Thumps Great Southern Field Great Southern Billiard Tour / Havelock, NC

Slaughter a Shore Thing Great Southern Billiard Tour / Myrtle Beach, SC

by InsidePOOL Staff

Shannon Daulton, Billy Thorpe, Alex Olinger, Danny Farren

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Billy Thorpe took Alex Olinger down twice to lay claim to the title at the June 2-3 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. The $1,500-added amateur event drew a field of 42 to BJ’s Billiards in Havelock, NC.

An 11-6 victory over Jordan Grubb put Olinger in the hot seat match for his first meeting with Thorpe, who had just Chris McSorley 9-3. In their handicapped bout, it was Thorpe who pulled away with the 9-9 victory, while Olinger went to the west side of the chart. In the next round, Grubb went home in fifth place courtesy of Mac Herrell 9-8. McSorley tied with Grubb after Nolan Leonard won their match with a lopsided 7-1 win. Herrell went on to relegate Leonard to fourth place 7-3. However, Herrell’s day was done when he collided with a determined Olinger in the semifinals—Olinger scored the win 11-6 to earn a rematch with Thorpe. Again, though, it was Thorpe who owned the win 9-3 to take top honors.

Results: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th

Billy Thorpe Alex Olinger Mac Herrell Nolan Leonard Jordan Grubb Chris McSorley Larry Faulk Delton Howard

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Mike Slaughter slew the competition at the June 9-10 installment of the Great Southern Billiard Shannon Daulton, Mike Slaughter, Tour, taking the title Josh Roberts, Chase Gilbert over Josh Roberts in the final match. The $1,500-added prize purse drew a field of 51 amateurs to Shore Thing Bar and Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC. Slaughter streaked to the winners’ side final with a victory over Chase Gilbert 7-4. His opponent, Josh Roberts, had just sent Larry Faulk to the one-loss side with an 11-5 win. The hot seat match saw Slaughter edge out Roberts 7-5. On the west side, Faulk was soon sent home in fifth place courtesy of Brian Capps 7-6. By the same score, Billy Thorpe was ousted in fifth as well by Gilbert. Gilbert went on to win a tight quarterfinal match over Capps 7-5. Roberts awaited Gilbert in the semifinals and sent him home in a respectable third-place finish 11-5. In the double-elimination final match between Results: Roberts and Slaugh1st Mike Slaughter $1,000 ter, Roberts was able 2nd Josh Roberts $500 to capture the first set 3rd Chase Gilbert $300 11-4. In the second 4th Brian Capps $200 set, though, Slaugh5th Larry Faulk $150 ter notched a final 7-6 Billy Thorpe win. 7th Shawn Padgett $75 Josh Newman

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Jueco Wins First Poison Tour Title Poison by Predator Tour / Houston, TX by InsidePOOL Staff

Chau Steers Through Rudder for Lone Star Win Lone Star Billiards Tour / Houston, TX by InsidePOOL Staff

Manny Chau cashed in at first place after a finals victory over Chase Rudder at the April 14-15 stop in the open division of the Lone Star Billiards Tour, while Junior Jueco claimed the Manny Chau, Junior Jueco, Joey Torres amateur event. The $1,000-added stop was hosted by Bogies Billiards in Houston, TX, and drew a total of 82 entrants. In the 32-player open event, Chau breezed through his bracket to meet Jason Watson for the hot seat. After being sent west 9-5 by Chau in the final four on the winners’ side, Steve Lenz ousted Brent Thomas 7-5 while Rudder eliminated Jeff Chauncey. Rudder then bested Lenz 7-0, while Chau secured the hot seat over Watson 9-4. Rudder also whitewashed Watson 7-0 for a rematch with Chau, who had bested him earlier in a double-hill match 9-8. At 8-8, Chau broke and ran the table to secure the first set and the undefeated victory. Fifty players entered the amateur division. In the winners’ side final four, Joey Torres dominated Steve Lindgren 7-1, while Jueco squeezed past Sonny Demetro 7-6. Jueco then overcame Torres for the hot seat 7-3. On the west side, Wendell Moser made a huge Open Results: comeback, winning seven consecutive 1st Manny Chau $440 matches after a sec2nd Chase Rudder $310 ond-round defeat 3rd Jason Watson $230 by Rick Castillo. He 4th Steve Lenz $100 was stopped short 5th Brent Thomas $70 by Brent Thomas, Jeff Chauncey who had another in7th Robert Demetro $40 credible run of nine Rick Castillo consecutive winning matches after Amateur Results: a second-round loss 1st Junior Jueco $500 to Anthony Clark. 2nd Brent Thomas $350 Thomas met Jueco 3rd Joey Torres $230 in the final match 4th Wendell Moser $100 and took the first 5th Sonny Demetro $70 set 7-5. In overtime, Steve Lindgren Thomas was down 7th Chase Rudder $40 4-3 when Jueco Jonathan Poon broke and made 9th Herman Campusano $25 three balls on the Rich Rodriguez break. Jueco ran the Chuck Adams last rack and ended Rick Castillo Thomas’ run 5-3. 60 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ July/August 2012

Sonny Bosshamer, Junior Jueco

The Poison by Predator Tour held its third stop of the year June 2 at Bogies Billiards in Houston, TX. Bogies added $1,000 to the players’ purse for the oneday 9-ball event that paid out in excess of $3,500, with Junior Jueco taking the lion’s share for his firstplace finish.

The field consisted of 38 B players that included tour regulars Brent Thomas, Victor Rojas, Brian Rosenbaum, Valian Charles, Mark Fusina, Danny Lee, and Anthony Demetro. The swift race-to-6, winner-break format produced numerous upsets throughout the day and into the evening. Thomas took an early 6-5 hit from newcomer David Mendiola, while Chris Penry upset Demetro. Mickey Woinicki ousted former champ Sonny “The Boss” Bosshamer 6-1, and Jueco slid by Rojas 6-4 to meet one another for the hot seat match. Rojas and Chauncey were defeated on the one-loss side by Demetro and Bosshamer, respectively, while Jueco secured the hot seat 6-1. Bosshamer Results: punished Demetro and Woinicki to meet 1st Junior Jueco $600 Jueco in the true dou2nd Sonny Bosshamer $390 ble-elimination final. 3rd Mickey Woinicki $250 Bosshamer took the 4th Sonny Demetro $200 first set 6-2 but lost 5th Victor Rojas $125 his focus in overtime. Jeff Chauncey Jueco ended the bat7th Chris Penry $100 tle 6-4, securing his David Mendiola first Poison Tour vic9th Anthony Demetro $62.50 tory. Val Charles

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Williams Notches Arizona Win Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour / Glendale, AZ by Tres Kane

Susan Williams, Terri Johnson-McCauley

Longtime Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour favorite Susan Williams won the tour’s April 14-15 stop over Terri Johnson-McCauley. Stinger’s Sports Bar and Grill in Glendale, AZ, hosted the tour’s second stop of the season.

Williams won the hot seat by besting Jodie Villegas 5-1 and then overcoming a two-game deficit to defeat Johnson-McCauley. Veronica Poore took time out from her doctoral studies to win 5-4 over Bev Cook, only to be ousted by Villegas 5-3 and take home a nice fifth-place finish. Sara Miller eliminated Justine Bishop 5-3 to then go home in fifth after a 5-3 defeat by Leandrea Gaff, who had originally put Miller on the one-loss side. Villegas ended Gaff’s run by defeating her 5-3 in the quarterfinal match. Then it was Johnson-McCauley’s turn to stop Villegas 5-3 in third place. The race-to-7 finals were a rematch between Williams and Johnson-McCauley. The match stayed close up until 3-3, but then Williams pulled away, winning the next four games in a row for the match and the title.

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Kim Jones rebounded from an early loss to take the title from Jana Montour in the finals at the April 28-29 stop on the Northwest Women’s Pool Association. The Ford, Jana Montour, Kim Jones, Jim Lebold Cue Ball in Salem, OR, hosted the Second Annual Martha Hartsell Memorial, which drew 33 players, most of them tour regulars. The tournament format was a race to 7 on the winners’ side and a race to 6 on the west side. Cole and Montour advanced through their matches over Shelby Locati 7-3 and Kris Robbins 7-6, respectively, to reach the hot seat match, which Montour claimed 7-5. On the left side, Eve Stockstill eliminated Sheila Clark in seventh place 6-4, as Kim Jones sent Suzanne Smith home in the same spot 6-4. Jones went on to oust Locati 6-2, as Robbins delivered Stockstill to a fifth-place finish 6-2. In the quarterfinal match, Jones picked up speed and whitewashed Robbins 6-0. In a hill-hill nail-biter, Jones went on to squeak past Cole in the semifinal match after Cole scratched on the break in the final rack. In the finals, Montour did not appear comfortable at the table and was somewhat inconsistent with her position play and shot making. Jones took advantage of every opportunity with superb run-out patterns and safeties, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. Montour fought back to bring Results: the score to 8-3, but a safety on the 2 ball 1st Kim Jones $600 resulted in an oppor2nd Jana Montour $400 tunity for Jones to 3rd Liz Cole $275 pocket an off-angle 4th Kris Robbins $200 2-9 carom to win her 5th Eve Stockstill $125 first event of 2012. Shelby Locati

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