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< by Tom Simpson
Stop It! knows what a stop shot is—the cue ball Everybody stops dead, exactly where it was when it hit the object ball. The cue ball stops because, at the moment of impact with the object ball, it was skidding (also referred to as sliding, stunned, or dead). In other words, the CB had no rotation— not rolling, not backspinning. And with no cut angle, whatever linear force was in the cue ball transfers to the object ball. With no forward force left in the CB, it stops dead.
The stun shot is the “most important shot in pool ... ”
we must understand and control what the cue ball is doing when it gets where it’s going, i.e., when it hits something. Is it rolling, sliding, backspinning, or somewhere in between? Yeah, you have to think about this, and clearly.
Progressive Stop Shots With the cue ball at the same distance from the end rail each time, shoot stop shots at each of the distances shown by distance markers one through six. 10
Stop shots are a subset of a much larger category of shots known as “stun shots.” A stun shot is any shot where the cue ball arrives at the moment of impact with no rotational force (sliding, stunned, dead). Stop shots are stun shots that happen to be straight in. Read that again.
The basic level of the exercise is to just get the cue ball stopped, any way you can. For the CB to be skidding when it arrives at the OB, many combinations of tip height and ball speed will work. The advanced level is to work through two more times, stopping the ball in specific ways:
The stun shot is the most important shot in pool because it’s the only shot where we know for sure that path the cue ball will take after colliding with the object ball. It will leave the OB at a 90-degree angle relative to the line through the centers of the CB/OB at the moment of impact. This deflected CB path is often referred to as the “tangent line.” It’s the first thing we consider in all position play—does this particular CB path go where we want to go? A stunned cue ball runs down that line. A rolling cue ball pulls itself forward of the line. Draw pulls the CB backward off the line. We could say that stun shots are executed exactly like stop shots, except they are not straight in. They have a cut angle.
1. Shoot every shot in the exercise hitting maximum low on the CB. The first shot will be very soft, and you’ll have to increase your speed with each subsequent shot, as the OB’s are farther away.
So, to play good position, we need to master the stun shot. But since it’s not always clear how precisely we executed a stun shot, the smart way to practice is to shoot stop shots. Because stop shots park the cue ball precisely behind where the object ball was, it’s very easy to see how well (or how poorly) you did. Watch closely. You can see the truth of whatever you did. If the CB stops perfectly, it was a stun shot. The cue ball must have been skidding when it struck the OB. If it follows, it had some roll in when it hit the OB. Conversely, if it pulls backward from the OB, it must have had some backspin when it hit. If the cue ball drifts to the side, you’re not aiming where you think you are. If it has sidespin, you’re not hitting the vertical axis (the center line) of the cue ball. To quickly improve your ability to shoot stuns, work through the exercise shown, practicing and mastering stopping the cue ball at each distance. To play effective position, 10 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ September 2010
2. Shoot each shot in the exercise with firm speed. The first shot will be struck at center ball, and you’ll hit each successive shot at the same speed, but with a lower tip height on the cue ball. This will make you aware of your height/speed preferences while expanding your abilities and confidence. Since this gets at what is arguably the key skill in position play, it’s wise to revisit this exercise periodically. Your opponents may be stunned by the result.
Tom Simpson Tom Simpson is a Master Instructor in both the BCA 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 www.NationalBilliardAcademy.com. Contact: Tom@PoolClinics.com.
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< by Jason Lynch
use of the rack as a prop has been around alT he most as long as there have been trick shot artists.
This month’s three shots are fairly easy and are outstanding for warming up a crowd or for fill-ins in a show with more difficult shots. The first of the three is commonly called the “Lazy Man’s Rack.” To set up, rack the balls as you would for 8-ball, take the head ball out of the rack, and prop the rack up with the cue ball as shown. Bank the ball you removed from the rack three rails and nudge the cue ball out of the way to allow the rack to drop and rack the balls as you originally did.
The last shot has an interesting story behind it. Polish trick shot artist Bogdan Wolkowski set this shot up for a show with Mike Massey. He started to slide the ball out from the bottom rack to position it correctly for the show, and the whole tower of balls fell to the table, sending everyone running for cover. I will have you set up a smaller tower of balls for this shot. A rack with indentations in each corner works best. Set up the balls and racks as shown. Place the rack so you can hit the corner ball out with a stop shot. This will allow the ball to go into the corner pocket and the cue ball to hold the rack up.
Until next time, rack ‘em up!
Play Video Play Video Jason Lynch The second shot requires a wooden rack with straight sides. I use this shot when the pockets are very tight, like on a snooker table or some of the tables in other countries. Stand the rack on its side, line it up to the corner, and place an object ball as shown. The correct placement of the object ball is about 4 inches from the end of the rack. Aim to make the object ball in the corner. Hit the cue with a firm stroke—the object ball will send the rack up and the ball will fire into the corner. The rack will flip to the next flat and land on the table and stay in place. This is a visually pleasing shot that requires little time to set up.
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< by Bob Henning
Stay on Line! players understand the importance of staying M ost in line, but there is an underlying concept that is
even more likely to determine how often you run out. That is staying ON line, which is defined as the ability to deliver a perfectly straight stroke precisely down a straight line without wavering or veering off to the side. This is not to be confused with back-hand english, sweeping the cue ball, or any of the other names for the techniques where a player (wisely or not) purposely delivers a crooked stroke. Staying on line is about the ability to deliver a perfectly straight stroke when required. One of the best ways to determine your ability is to set up a long, straight-in shot that you have to execute with maximum stroke and maximum bottom spin. Also known as a straightin power draw shot, this shot requires a full follow-through and will exaggerate any stroke flaw that remains hidden in a less demanding situation.
Staying on line is “about the ability to
deliver a perfectly straight stroke when required.
Imagine a straight line on the cloth between the base of the cue ball and the base of the object ball. On a straight-in shot this line could be continued to the center of the target pocket and backwards until it intersects a rail behind you. When you get down to shoot, your cue stick would be bisected by this line. In other words, if you looked at it from above, you’d see that the line splits your cue stick right down the long axis, from the tip to the bumper. If it doesn’t, then you aren’t even starting with a straight stroke. In a straight-in power draw shot, several things should happen. First, the cue ball should come directly back towards you on the aim line. This demands almost absolute perfection, as the tiniest error has a large effect. Secondly, the cue ball should not be spinning sideways, but should come back towards you end over end. If you have side-spin, then you didn’t hit the cue ball on the vertical axis and that reveals that even if you did start with a straight stroke, it wasn’t straight when the tip contacted the cue ball. Lastly, your cue stick, when extended at follow-through, should still be perfectly bisected by the line you started on. If the tip ended up either
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left or right of the line (and your bridge did not collapse or move) then the stroke was not straight—it was crooked. Your back hand, instead of stroking down the aim line, veered off to the side. If the tip of your cue stick ended up to the left of the line, then your back hand veered off to the right. If the tip went to the right, then your hand went to the left. Either way, isolating the source of the error is difficult, but can be done. If we set hand and wrist movement aside for now, we are left with one thing we know for sure. The elbow is a hinge joint and if the natural movement of the elbow is aimed directly down the aim line, that’s where the stroke will go. The aim of the elbow is determined by head placement, upper body structure and stance, but all of this is affected by foot placement. Imagine that your stroke ended up to the left of the aim line. If the line is 12:00, let’s say your cue stick ended up at 11:30, which is an error of about 15 degrees. For that to happen, your back hand had to stroke along a line that was to the right of the aim line, let’s say 12:30. Using this example, you can correct the flaw with the following exercise. Instead of addressing the shot along the actual aim line, change your foot placement to address an imaginary aim line that points at 12:30. Then pivot the rest of your body to come down on the actual aim line. This will change the position of your elbow relative to the shot. Try different degrees to see what will give you a straight stroke. If you don’t have any success here, do the whole process from the other side. Start with addressing an imaginary aim line at 11:30 and work back in degrees to the true aim line at 12:00. Keep at it until you can stay on line. Good luck and good shootin’!
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.
< by Matt Sherman
Secrets of English English language contains unique paradoxes. T he Quicksand downs you slowly, guinea pigs are not pigs from Guinea, and what do pine and apple have to do with pineapples? Shooters likewise struggle with contradictions of english, odd shots off the cue ball’s vertical axis. Help is below.
Limit Stick Movement: For best results, stroke for sidespin inside an imaginary english channel, a cylinder whose edge is defined by the cue ball’s edges along the shot line. Stroke all parts of the stick inside the cylinder (keeps topspin and draw in check, too). To help reduce cue ball swerve, keep your cue stick near level, shooting hand just above the rail. Adjusting Cut Aim: When aiming with english, adjust for cue ball squirt, not object ball deflection. When shooting with right english, aim slightly right of the no-english aiming target. At slower speeds, of course, the object ball is also thrown off line enough to make a difference. Reducing Error: Backhand english may provide better feel than parallel english (both hands to one side of center ball) or pivot english (butt to one side of center and the tip on the opposite side). Aim cue ball center, adding english with your shooting hand on the final forward stroke only. The advantage of backhand english is that you can aim as if you’re not using english. How well this works is related to your bridge length, your ability to swerve your tip accurately, and the squirt characteristics of your shaft. Learn Backhand: Set an object ball along the short rail, about two diamonds from a corner pocket. Place the cue ball about a foot away at a slight angle. Backhand the ball in the corner. The shot can be made with all amounts of english and at any stroke speed. Outside and Inside: Reference english along the cut line. Cutting a ball to your left with left english is inside and right english is outside. Vice versa for cutting to your right. Disappearing Inside: As noted by Jack Koehler and Todd Leveck, inside english has an almost nil effect at cut angles greater than 35 degrees, making for use as a possible aiming aid on those shots and not much else. Pros Don’t: About 75% of shots offer high risk using english, so it is untrue that pros always cut with outside to reduce throw by gearing the cue ball around the object ball. Pros look to play with clean pool balls and reduced throw
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conditions anyway. Try to run racks with outside english if you are a masochist. No Rail? No English: Since english doesn’t affect cushionless shape, go “Mosconi” with gentle vertical axis shots avoiding the cushions, and bore opponents to sleep, making them easier to beat! Dozens of other sidespin free techniques include stun, cheat, drag, run through, and hook shots, to name a few. Smart players use english only when needed, mostly a dash here and a quarter tip there.
players use “ Smart english only when needed, mostly a dash here and a quarter tip there.
Body English: I’ll close with the controversial and unorthodox secret, body english, where shooters dance along by stroking for center ball but moving their body on the final stroke forward, right for right english or vice versa. A right handed player who shifts their weight right (at the feet toward the toes) or left (onto their heels) takes the cue tip the same direction for english. Keep the bridge hand immobile but relaxed. Body english feels like hitting dead center on the cue ball. Inside “BE” is so subtle it’s barely evident, outside feels like gently pitching the cue ball a longer distance than usual. Key words are subtle, gently, and slightly. Watch next issue for some of the best self-help stroke techniques I know.
Matt Sherman Matt “Quick Draw” Sherman has appeared dozens of times in major print media and popular TV channels promoting billiards and entertainment. He has taught hundreds of students and has directed pool leagues, pool tournaments, pool fundraisers, and pool adult ed courses. Sherman directs the University of Florida’s leagues, which have produced six national champions, and is the Guide to Pool & Billiards at About.com, one of the world’s most popular websites. He is the author of Picture Yourself Shooting Pool, available at Amazon.com as a book/DVD combo and also as an electronic book.
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< by Freddy Bentivegna
the power of the mighty side-step bank. When you see the side-step angle—meaning that a three-quarters-full hit would drive the object ball into the 2-to-1 path—you have one of the easiest banks to make.
the side-step bank is a mighty addition to any L earning banker’s repertoire, because after you learn this bank the odds are great that you will make the shot wherever and whenever it comes up. Take a good look at the diagram, because it illustrates the secret of the side-step bank in graphic terms. The first important point to note is the 14-degree angle between the 2-to-1 bank angle and the cue ball line. This angle requires a three-quarters-full left hit to send the object ball onto the 2-to-1 path. Learn this angle well because it contains the key to one of the most reliable bank methods known to man. The secret to locking down this common cross–able bank angle is to cut the object ball just a hair toward the 2-to-1 line instead of hitting dead full. Do not cut the object ball back toward the 2-to-1 line. You only want to hit the object ball a millimeter to the side so the cue ball caroms a few inches toward the pocket. If you actually cut the object ball back toward the 2-to-1 line, it will land short. The cue ball only crosses one leg of the bank, which is why I call these side-step banks. The name also reminds me of the ball action needed to send the object ball dead into the pocket. A small “side-step” by the cue ball tells me that the object ball is getting the correct ball action to score. When you hit a side-step bank properly, the cue ball only passes over the first leg of the bank angle a few inches. If the object ball lands short, you cut the ball too much and need to hit fuller. The cut on the object ball is very small. You only want to billiard the cue ball 3 or 4 inches toward the target pocket. Old– time straight–rail players called these caroms “dead ball billiards” because the nearly full hit on the object ball absorbs almost all of the force of the stroke leaving the cue ball with just enough energy to side-step a couple of inches. You only want the cue ball to pass over a couple of ball spaces.
Side-Step Bank (up and back) Diagram 2 2
One millimeter One tip right cut to left firm
Cue ball line 2 to 1 line
Set up side-step bank positions and practice them until you engrave the 14-degree angle between the cue ball line and the object ball 2-to-1 line into your mind. Learn to recognize this bank angle whenever and wherever it pops up, because with a little practice you will own this shot. Once you begin playing the side-step bank properly, your consistency on the shot will soar, no matter where it comes up. Side-Step Bank (angle) 1
One millimeter One tip left cut to left firm
Cue ball line 2 to 1 line
Side-Step Bank (partial passover)
One tip left firm
One millimeter cut to right
One tip right One millimeter cut to left firm
Cue ball line 2 to 1 line
Once you learn to identify the side–step bank angle and begin playing for the position, your average on cross table banks will soar. The side–step bank is very reliable under pressure, which is why I like it so much. Once you get the hang of the shot, you will rarely miss a side–step bank. Side–step bank action works equally well on up-and-back banks or wherever it appears on the table. Cross–side, cross–corner, and long-angle shots all fall under 18 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ September 2010
Freddy Bentivegna Chicago-born Freddy “The Beard” Bentivegna has been in the mainstream and the underbelly of pool for over 50 years. In 2005 Freddy was elected on the first ballot into the Bank Pool Hall of Fame. He has written two books and two popular DVDs on his specialty, bank pool. He is widely regarded as one of the premier experts on the game and science of banks.
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Men’s Master 8-Ball Singles Champion Jeff Heath
Open Scotch Doubles 8-Ball Champions Samantha Patton, Madison Adkins
Multi-titlists included the likes of: Debra Aarens, who anchored the Women’s Open 8-Ball Team Champion “Smokin’ 8s,” the same Women’s Open 9-Ball Team runner-ups, and placed as the Women’s 9-Ball Singles runnerup; Dustin Gunia, who won the Men’s 9-Ball Singles crown and shared top honors as well with his Master 8-Ball Scotch Doubles partner, Jessica Frideres (Frideres also anchored the champion Women’s Open 9-Ball team “Which Witch Is Which” as well); Christy Goldsmith, who won the Women’s Speed Pool Challenge and placed second in the Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles and second again on Vegas’s “I Had A Plan” team in the Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams; Beth Fondell, who won the coveted Women’s Master 8-Ball Singles crown and placed runner-up with partner and Men’s Speed Pool champion Jerrod Frideres in the Master 8-Ball Scotch Doubles category; Edward Mataya, who was runner-up in the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles and anchored both the repeating champion “Malarkey’s” Men’s Open 9-Ball team from Tacoma, WA, and the same “Malarkey’s” Men’s Open 8-Ball Team third-place finisher; and Mary Rayner, who captured the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles title and placed second with partner Brian Bird in the Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles division.
Men’s 9-Ball Singles Champions Glenn Atwell, Dustin Gunia, Damien Michaud Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team Champions “Flawless”
Women’s 9-Ball Singles Champions Kassandra Bein, Debra Aarens
The championships also highlighted its share of first-time national champions: Standard player Kassandra Bein outdistancing some much stronger players to take the handicapped Women’s 9-Ball Singles title; Ray Skenandore, who has improved in the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles field every year until finally claiming the title in 2010; Jeff Heath, who has always threatened but never claimed the Men’s Master 8-Ball Singles title until this year; Christine Chamberlain in the Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles; Robert White, who probably traveled the farthest to take down a title—that of the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles; Pat Mowdy, who improved on his runner-up performance in 2008 to take down the 2010 crown in the Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles division; Shawn Modelo, who claimed the top award in her rookie year in the Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles; and Milton Strack, who, after 30 years of competing in various national championships in Vegas, finally claimed a national championship trophy for his case against a formidable Super Senior 8-Ball Singles field. In the Open Scotch Doubles contest, Samantha Patton teamed up with her league mate, 2009 Super Senior 8-Ball Singles champ Madison Adkins, to claim the top spot, and Adkins went on to help his “American Legion Post # 313” team to win the Open 8-Ball Team title after knocking on that door for the previous five years. Another powerhouse team, “Mike’s Team/Silver Cue,” almost brought another national trophy home with a runner-up performance in the Open 9-Ball Team division, won by defending champs Malarkey’s. The “Tuesday – Rich” team captured top honors in the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team division, while “Flawless” won the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team class. “Fort McMurray” captured the Men’s Master 9-Ball Team competition.
Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team Champions “Tuesday - Rich”
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bustamante True Gold Fears No Fire
Brings Home First World Title
BUSTA BUSTA by InsidePOOL Staff Photos courtesy of Farid Mostafa Abdulwahab
person of veracity can withstand almost any test of his character. In July 2002 Francisco Bustamante received the terrible news that his young daughter had passed away. It was the night before the final match of the World 9-Ball Championship in Cardiff, Wales, when he heard. Though he was assured that it was unnecessary for him to participate in the finals, Bustamante pushed aside his personal anguish and met Earl Strickland the next day. He lost the match but gained the respect of even the hardest-bitten fans. Thorsten Hohmann, Alex Pagulayan, Wu ChiaChing, Ronnie Alcano, and Daryl Peach took world titles in the following years, and then the event took a two-year hiatus. Finally, in 2010, Bustamante returned to the finals of what is arguably the most prestigious event in 9-ball and bested Kuo Po-Cheng to earn his first world championship title.
The event was held at the headquarters of the Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation (QBSF) in Doha, Qatar, June 25 through July 5. Qualifiers were held for three days, and then the main event, with its huge $250,000 prize fund, commenced.
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After the massive group stage the field was narrowed down to 64 players, and the single-elimination tournament bracket read like a who’s who in pool. The only hill-hill match in the first round of the final stage occurred between Efren Reyes and Johnny Archer, two of the world’s top players, but the rest were no less critical as well. Archer and 31 others advanced, Bustamante by routing one of Germany’s top players, Oliver Ortmann, 11-2.
With such a strong field, it was not always the “favorite” who advanced. Chinese Taipei’s Ko Pin-Ye delivered an 11-3 loss to Mexico’s Ernesto Dominguez with surprising ease, speedster Tony Drago of Malta shot down Lee Van Corteza of the Philippines, Hong Kong’s Lee Chenman iced 2009 Player of the Year Mika Immonen 11-3, and Italian shotmaker Bruna Muratore sent Dennis Orcollo home early 11-7. Additionally, the unknown factors were at play at this event: relatively unknown Dang Jin-Hu of China edged past Chris Melling of the U.K. 11-9, while Ralf Souquet was eliminated by Filipino Venancio Tanio 11-9. Soon the field had narrowed even further. America’s final hope was in Archer, who, after surviving his hill-hill bout with Reyes, went on to Italian champion Muratore and vanquished him 11-7. Canadian Jason Klatt put up a good fight but went down 11-8, and then Archer faced off against Serbia’s Sandor Tot, a former world 8-ball champion. Their quarterfinal match saw Archer advance 11-6, with Tot taking fifth place.
Kuo Po-Chen of Chinese Taipei didn’t have an easy run of things either. After losing his first match to Germany’s Thomas Engert, he buckled down to make it into the final 64. From there he eliminated Canada’s John Morra 11-9, Ibrahim Bin Amir 11-10,
MANTE MANTE AMANTE and fellow countryman Yang Chin-Shun with a tight 11-9 victory. Former world 9-ball champion Ronato Alcano was his next match, and Po-Chen dealt him an 11-5 loss to advance to the semifinals.
Two Filipino players reached the final four: Bustamante and Antonio Lining. A tight 9-7 match against Corey Deuel in the group stage went Liningâ€™s way, and then he fought off Lee Poh Soon 11-6, Nguyen Phuc Long 11-6, and Swiss shooter Dimitri Jungo 11-8. Fellow countryman Oliver Mendenilla fought tooth and nail with Lining to make it into the final four but fell short, as Lining moved on 11-10.
It is contentious as to which semifinalist had the toughest trail to blaze, but Bustamanteâ€™s path certainly puts up a good argument. His first-round match in the group stage saw him go up against Italian firebrand Fabio Petroni and advance 9-7. Japanese champion Tohru Kuribayashi was his next challenge, and he met it, winning 9-6.
Bustamante breezed past German former world titleholder Oliver Ortmann 11-2 to take on former junior champion Ko Pin-Yi 11-8. Undaunted, he then went on to face two fellow Filipinos in a rowâ€” Marlon Manalo and Francisco Felicilda. Manalo he handled 11-6, and then without missing a beat he went on to eliminate Felicilda 11-5. Yet another Filipino awaited Bustamante in the next round. But, undaunted, Bustamante sailed through his semifinal match against Lining to notch an 11-5 victory and reach the finals against Kuo Po-Cheng, who had just gotten past Archer. Po-Cheng, a frequent quarter- and semifinalist in the World Pool Championships, could not fight fate this day. Bustamante defeated his opponent 13-7 and ultimately won the first world title of his extensive career. London Bridge Ad.pdf
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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Charlie Williams All of the first-round matches of the tournament began Friday evening. One past tour winner, “Rocket” Rodney Morris, did not survive the first round. He was defeated in a thrilling hill-hill match against Atlanta local John Visotsky, who made the first big splash of the weekend. On the second day Visotsky faced another Atlanta local favorite, Paul Song, and Song sent Visotsky to the left side of the bracket 9-5. Visotsky continued his run by eliminating Darin Brewer 9-4 and Tommy Najar 9-6 before finally being ousted by Sylver Ochoa 9-2 and falling just shy of the money matches. Morris, now on the west side, did not fare well in his second match, either, as “Iron Mike” Davis defeated him 9-7 and sent the first of the past winners home. Stevie “The Blade” Moore began the tournament with a strong win against Ronny Park 9-1. Moore started the second day with another win against Helena Thornfeldt 9-2 and then faced off against another past winner in Donny “Let’s Make a Deal” Mills. Moore started the match with an early lead, but Mills came from behind to shoot his way to a 9-7 victory. Moore then faced and bested Neil Fujiwara 9-7. Cliff Joyner was next up against Moore at the start of Sunday’s matches. Both players reached the hill, and Moore came away with a hard-won victory. Moore’s drama-filled day did not end there. Up next was Wilkie, fresh from a defeat against Adam Smith 9-6. Wilkie and Moore exchanged matches back and forth, and in the end it was Wilkie who moved on 9-8. Before his match with Moore, Mills defeated Eddie Little and Jeff Crawford both by a count of 9-2. After his win against Moore, Mills ran into a buzz saw in Van Boening. Mills had limited opportunities and, unable to capitalize against the few openings that Van Boening left, he went west 9-2 to face Tony Crosby. Crosby and Mills exchanged racks until both were on the hill, and then Mills ended Crosby’s tournament run 9-8 and advanced to play Deuel. Both players shone, but in the end it was Deuel who advanced 9-5. The only previous winner to remain alive at this point was Archer, who started the tournament off against Jerry Grooms with a 9-5 victory. A match-up against Rocky McElroy was next, and Archer cruised to a 9-0 victory. In his next match with John Brumback, Archer had his game on point, as he shot his way to a 9-2
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victory. The road got a little bumpy for Archer on his next match against Dechaine, who was just off a hill-hill victory against Rod Rentz and showed no signs of fatigue as he bested Archer 9-6. Archer was sent west, where Tommy Kennedy was waiting for him. Kennedy was cutting some sharp angles and made some superb shots, but Archer was persistent and advanced 9-7. A hill-hill match between Archer and Wilkie was next, and Wilkie captured the victory hill-hill. With all of the past winners eliminated, this left the door open for a new winner to be crowned. The field was matched closely, as there were 26 hill-hill matches in the three-day event. But one player who was mowing his competition down with relative ease was Van Boening. “The South Dakota Kid” had his signature breaks firing on all cylinders this weekend. Van Boening made up to four balls on some of his breaks, leaving his opponents with no other options but to watch him run the table. Van Boening faced Darin Brewer in the first round and won 9-6. Mark Gregory was next up, and Van Boening took that 9-3. James Roberts was the next to fall victim to Van Boening by a final of 9-1. Mills fell next 9-2, followed by Charlie Williams by the same score of 9-2. The king of the hill match was Van Boening versus Dechaine, where despite Dechaine’s best efforts, Van Boening could not be stopped and won the match 9-4. After Williams overcame Dechaine in the semifinals in a hill-hill battle, he earned his rematch against Van Boening in the extended race-to-11 finals. Van Boening came out of the gates firing on all cylinders and made short work of Williams for the second time this weekend, this time by a score of 11-3. Van Boening won the top prize of $5,000 and added another name to this year’s list of champions for the Seminole Pro Tour.
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19 & Under Boys’ Results:
by Dawn Hopkins
Juniors Compete at 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th
Landon Shuffett Jesse Engle Brendon Crockett Danny Olson TJ Brucker Skyler Woodward Nick Tafoya Joshua Newman
19 & Under Girls’ Results: early 100 students walked away from the 2010 Billiard Education Foundation’s Junior National 9-Ball Championships with more than trophies and scholarships. It is an event where players make new friends and are reunited with old ones. Many learn valuable lessons that will change their character. Their accomplishments, whether big or small, are talked about with family and friends when they arrive safely home. Held July 7-11 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, the Junior National 9-Ball Championships featured five different divisions, with the first-place winner earning a $1,000 scholarship and runners-up earning a $500 scholarship. Thursday night the players and their guests were treated to a banquet with Mr. Ivan Lee, the Billiard Congress of America’s president, where there were also some fun giveaways. This year’s championship event was filled with rivalries. Three out of the four final matches were repeats of last year’s finals. Briana Miller in the 14 & Under Girls’ Division lost only two games in the whole event, both to the runner-up Taylor Reynolds. The 14 & Under Boys’ final was a double-hill heartbreaker when Kevin Sun reached the hill first, playing position from the 1 to the 3-9 combination. He made the shot and thought he won the championship title only to realize that the 2 ball was still on the table. This gave Billy Thorpe, two time runner-up in the event, ball in hand to eventually gain his first Junior National title.
In the 19 & Under Girls’ division, it looked like Jauslinn Arnold was going to run away with the match, but Liz Lovely’s determination kicked in as she snatched the title for a second time. Watching the 19 & Under Boys’ finals was like watching any professional-level match. With very few mistakes, Jesse Engle and Landon Shuffett put on a performance that was just as entertaining as the hill-hill match they played the night before in which Shuffett broke and ran the last rack to win the match. This time Shuffett pulled out ahead slightly more to win 11-7 and take home the trophy. Winners of all divisions received a $1,000 educational scholarship, and runners-up received a $500 educational scholarship, thanks to the sponsorship of Ozone Billiards. There were also numerous product prizes given away. Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman was kind enough to participate during the weekend, adding his trick shot show to the festivities. As part of the artistic pool competition, Dr. Cue supervised while kids and parents had a chance to win prizes and trophies. Awards were given to the champion and runner-up finishers. Wellknown pool instructor Jerry Briesath donated his time by providing the players with a free clinic on Saturday. It was not a surprise to see his pool table in the practice room surrounded by kids eager for his advice. Also hard at work was the tournament staff, led by Earl Munson. With the help of head referee Rick Donor, John Taylor, and Justin Ballou, the tournament was professionally run.
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18th Annual BEF National Junior “Artistic Pool” Shootout: 19 & Under Boys: Brady Behrman 1st Joshua Newman 2nd 14 & Under Boys: Shawn Begay 1st Daniel Petro Jr. 2nd 19 & Under Girls: 1st Caitlyn Shuping 2nd Chelsea Hardwick 14 & Under Girls: Briana Miller 1st Taylor Reynolds 2nd Adults: 1st Todd Jones Youth (non tournament participants): R.J. Chapman 1st
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Champions Crowned Collegiate
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by Betsy Sundholm Linares and Lindsey Dorn won their respective R aymond divisions at the 70th Annual ACUI Collegiate Championship and became the new collegiate title holders. Hosted by the Michigan Union Billiards and Games Room at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, July 16-17, the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate 9-Ball Championships saw 51 students representing 37 colleges, universities, and two-year institutions vying for these prestigious titles. “Student learning and community building are at our core as an organization,” said ACUI Executive Director Marsha HermanBetzen. “These billiards tournaments are among our most historic competitive events, and we are proud to continue that tradition as the sport grows.” Purdue University’s Dorn ran undefeated and virtually unchallenged in the race-to-7, double-elimination event. None of her opponents was able to win more than three games against her. She took home the trophy and a $1,000 ACUI scholarship with decisive victories over Bonnie Ignacki (Virginia Tech), Samantha Adler (University of Delaware), Michelle Yim (University of Houston), Delia Mocanu (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology), and Cynthia Higa (University of Hawaii-Manoa) and needed only a single set in the finals over Mocanu to gain the crown. Linares, of Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus lost his first match in the race-to-8 contest before winning ten consecutive matches to snatch the men’s title. Raymond fell to Mitchell Trainham (Virginia Commonwealth University) in a hill-hill battle but then ousted Hamilton Yim (University of Maryland-Baltimore County), Wes Puse (Ohio University), Kevin Duong (San Francisco State University), John Martinovich (Moraine Valley Community College), Jonathan Strzezewski (Wilbur Wright College), Trainham, and Adam Ausperk (Kent State University) to face four-year veteran Tommy Najar (New Mexico State University), who marched ably through the winners’ side of the chart, in the finals. Linares defeated Najar in two sets, both by scores of 8-6, to take home the trophy and a $1,000 ACUI scholarship.
Sportsmanship is honored at the ACUI event by peer vote. Michelle Yim (University of Houston) and Kevin Duong (San Francisco State University) took home these trophies. ACUI also holds a Best Break Competition during the event, and the winners were Bonnie Ignacki (Virginia Tech) and Charles Crouch (University of Houston). This is Crouch’s second ACUI Best Break title in three years.
fter his first-round loss to Trainham, Linares faced a long, uphill battle in order to return to the finals and make his bid for the coveted title. He took inspiration from his best friend, Dave Uwate, who is himself an ACUI title holder. In 1992 Uwate lost his first match and, against all odds, made the grueling trek through the one-loss side to reach the finals and win it all. On the phone, Linares told Uwate that he had lost his first match. Uwate chuckled and said it was destiny—that Linares would go through the west side and win it the way he had. Still alive on the second day of play, Linares took a quick lunch break and went to Panda Express with his girlfriend. The lady behind the counter handed him a fortune cookie personally. At the table, Linares opened the cookie and read the fortune. “You will soon witness a miracle.” He smiled and put the paper in his pocket. “Match by match went by, and I just knew it was destiny!” he exclaimed.
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Parlays Comeback Into Virginia Victory
State Championships Lead to U.S. Open by Sally P. Timko
Photos courtesy of Rob Marshall
n incredible comeback victory in the hot seat match put Brandon Shuff over the edge and gave him the momentum he needed to score his second consecutive Virginia State 9-Ball Championships title. His first-place finished not only earned him the lion’s share of the $10,000 prize purse but paid entry into the 2010 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships in Chesapeake, VA.
lead, notching several break and runs in the process. A few errors on Hunt’s behalf aided Shuff, including two missed 8 balls that brought the score to 8-6. Shuff broke and ran the next two racks to make it a hill-hill match. He got poor position on the 6 ball in the final game and missed. But as Hunt pocketed the 6 ball down the rail, he also made the cue ball in the corner pocket. With ball in hand, Shuff had no troubles clearing the remaining three balls for the 9-8 win.
“I was just lucky enough to win the tournament, really,” Shuff explained modestly. “I had a couple of good rolls, missed a couple nine balls, get a couple good rolls—it was back and forth. Like they say, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. I just held on and never gave up.”
“I don’t ever give up,” Shuff promised. “I’m human—I miss balls, I’m not the greatest player in the world—but if you give me some openings, I will come back and win the set. I can always win, I don’t care what the score is.”
Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA, hosted the tournament the weekend of July 16-17. With this year being the first that women are allowed to play in the U.S. Open, included in the full 64-player field were 8 ladies vying for their own paid entry. Sherri Bruner and Angie Hawkins tied for the top-finishing lady, and in the playoff Sunday Hawkins earned the coveted spot.
In the matches that determined fifth place, young gun Chris Futrell met John Newton, while Reyjon Carmona played Larry Kressel. Kressel dominated Carmona from the start, taking a lead of 5-2 in no time. His swift shooting then saw him reach the hill 8-3 after Carmona missed the 6 ball. In the last rack, Kressel scratched on the 5 ball, but Carmona was careless on the 9 ball and missed it, allowing Kressel the 9-3 victory.
Defending champion Shuff went virtually unchallenged through the field until he reached the hot seat match, never giving up more than five racks to any opponent. Once he faced off against David Hunt, his hot seat opponent, he found himself down 8-2 before he was able to begin chipping away at his opponent’s
“I can always win, I don’t care what the score is.”
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Futrell and Newton went double-hill, thrilling the audience every step of the way. The score seesawed to 4-all, 5-all, to 8-7 in Newton’s favor. At the table with nothing to stop him, Newton pocketed the 7 ball but hit the 9 ball and was forced to play safe as he had no good shot on the 8. Futrell saw a shot, though, and ran out to make it hill-hill. A number of safety exchanges peppered their final game, but a strong bank shot on the 7 ball by Newton ended it for Futrell at fifth place as Newton won 9-8. The quarterfinal match was a lopsided one between Kressel and Newton. Kressel took a quick 3-0 lead before Newton got on
the board, which he did after Kressel scratched on his next break. Newton won the following rack as well, but then Kressel stepped forward again, reaching the hill 8-3 with a couple of break and runs. Newton was on his way out in the next rack but was forced to play safe on the 9 ball, and Kressel hit it but left a shot for Newton, who pocketed it to make the score 8-4. One more rack went to Newton after Kressel missed the 9 ball and then scratched. But Kressel capitalized on a safety in the final game, and when Newton left him a shot on the 3 ball, he cleared the remaining balls to win 9-5. Another one-sided match ensued when Kressel moved on to face Hunt in the semifinals. Though it began evenly enough, with each player taking a game at the start, Hunt took a two-game lead by winning the next two racks thanks to a missed 6 ball by Kressel and a break and run of his own. Kressel evened the score at 3 apiece, and from there he dominated the match completely. In every rack Hunt had at least a chance to take control of the match but never capitalized. Hunt miscued on the 8 ball to allow Kressel to make it 7-3, and then he scratched on the 8 ball in the next rack to hand Kressel the hill. Each player had a couple of innings in the final rack, but when Hunt missed the 8 ball, Kressel was there to sink it and then the 9 ball to win the match 9-3 and move on to the finals against Shuff. Shuff started off strong in the finals, which was an extended single race to 11, reaching a 3-0 lead before Kressel got on the board. The constant play and lateness of the hour may have taken its toll on both players, but they fought down to the finish. Kressel drew within a game at 5-4 when Shuff missed a 5 ball, but Shuff pulled away to a 7-4 lead after that. However, Kressel brought the score even when Shuff scratched in two successive racks and then miscued in the next. An empty break by Kressel saw Shuff pull ahead by a game, and then two more errors in the next two games put Shuff on the hill. Kressel opted to play safe on the 2 ball, and Shuff jumped it in. A couple of shots later and he was looking at a 6-9 combo, which he made with ease to defend his title and win the championship event 11-7. Both Shuff and Kressel earned paid entries into the 2010 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. “This year’s VA State Nine-Ball Championships far exceeded my expectations,” said Joshua Dickerson, tournament promoter. “I could not be more pleased. I am still receiving compliments on the tournament; particularly the live stream provided by my friends at InsidePOOL Magazine. I would like to thank them along with all
“I just held on and never gave up.” of my sponsors for their support. I wish to congratulate Brandon Shuff on successfully defending his title this year, and I am confident he will well represent Virginia in this year’s U.S. Open.” “The biggest thing is, really, of course I want to win, but I really just wanted to play good—I wanted the both of us to play good—because there ain’t nothing like a great set,” relayed Shuff. “I’m happy that I won, but I’m disappointed with how I won. But I gotta take it however it comes—I’m just thankful.” 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
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a Young Kim successfully defended her title against all comers during the WPBA U.S. Open, going undefeated and ultimately fighting off Karen Corr in the finals. The July 29-August 1 event was hosted by Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK, and featured a 64-player field. Kim, ranked second on the tour, went smoothly through the first few rounds, defeating Veronique Menard 9-2, Dawn Hopkins 9-5, and Monica Webb 9-4. But in the following round, which entailed the redraw into the final round of 16, Webb returned to face off with Kim again and try to earn revenge for her previous loss. The two went hill-hill, but Kim was able to squeak by 9-8.
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of 9-5—and then met up with Little again in the single-elimination phase of the event. Another 9-5 victory put her directly in Ouschan’s path in the quarterfinals. The players fought tooth and nail, but it was Villareal who emerged the victor 7-6. That match must’ve sapped Villareal’s strength, for in the semifinals against Corr she did not score one point, and Corr swept the match 7-0. Having twice defeated Webb, Kim went on to face Gerda “G-Force” Hofstatter and defeated her 7-3 to reach the semifinals against Julie Kelly. “Motor Molly” won her first two matches over Niki Rasmussen 9-3 and Helena Thornfeldt 9-2, but her third-round match saw her off to the west side of the chart courtesy of Kelly Fisher 9-4. There a 9-3 victory over Ewa Laurance put her back in the running on the right side, matching up against the tour’s third-ranked player, Xiaoting Pan. Kelly eked out a 9-8 win over Pan and advanced to meet Kyoko Sone, who had just survived her own hill-hill battle against Allison Fisher. Kelly’s momentum carried her through to a 7-4 victory in that match, but against Kim she faltered, and it was Kim who went ahead to the finals against Corr 7-2. The final match went all the way to the hilt, with neither player giving up an inch. Finally, though, Kim broke the last rack and, though she left herself tough on the 9 ball, she dug deep to pocket it and claim her U.S. Open title for the second year in a row.
Result s: 1st Ga Young Kim 2nd Karen Corr 3rd Julie Kelly Vivian Villareal 5th Jasmin Ouschan Kim Shaw Kyoko Sone Gerda Hofstatter 9th Morgan Steinman Melissa Little Kelly Fisher Iris Ranola Xiaoting Pan Allison Fisher Dawn Hopkins Monica Webb
On the top half of the bracket, Corr was fighting her way through, defeating Dana Aft 9-3, Tamara Rademakers 9-3, and Nicole Keeney 9-5. In the final round of 16 she matched up with Filipina Iris Ranola. It was a close match but Corr pulled it out 9-7. Working her way towards Corr was the tour’s top-ranked player, Jasmin Ouschan of Austria. After sailing through the first three rounds, besting Rhio Flores 9-5, Melinda Bailey 9-0, and Ranola 9-4, she eliminated Morgan Steinman 9-5 in the final round of 16 and looked poised to make the semifinals with few problems. Only one thing stood in her way—Vivian Villareal. “The Texas Tornado” had sent Brianna Miller, Brittany Bryant, and Melissa Little to the one-loss side in rapid succession—all by the score 32 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ September 2010
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It’s About Time < by months ago Cue Sports International held A itsfewinaugural U.S. Open 10 Ball Championship
in Las Vegas. One of the most talked-about aspects of the event was the use of a “penalty game” procedure to ensure matches finished within their two-hour time limit. Let’s discuss what happened. Before getting into those details, it’s important to understand our reasons for using the penalty game. First was the size of the field. Originally limited to 96 players, CSI increased it once to 112 and then again to 128 because of demand. We had only nine tables, and there wasn’t space to add any more for the expanded field of 128. The original schedule called for a Tuesday start with six rounds daily, and the finals were set for 8 p.m. Saturday. The format was double elimination, race to 10, with the finals one race to 13. Because of the expanded field, we were forced to make two immediate changes. Races were shortened from 10 to 9, and play began on Monday evening with four rounds. However, it was still imperative that we adhered to the two-hour match time. Spectators were buying tickets to see specific matches at specific times and had the right to expect those matches to take place when they were supposed to. Live streaming also meant we had an obligation to deliver what was promised at the advertised time. Using a shot clock was not the answer. Simply having a time limit on each shot does not necessarily guarantee a two-hour match. Shortening the races to 6 or 7 may have helped but would have detracted from the difficulty of winning such a prestigious title. Starting at 9 a.m. each day or adding another round at midnight wouldn’t be beneficial to players or spectators. Increasing the allotted match time to two and a half hours was no different than starting earlier and playing later. It would still add at least three more hours to the day. Our solution was to adopt procedures similar to those we used a few years ago at the IPT events. Here’s how it worked: All matches for each round must begin on time. Players were given a verbal 15-minute notice prior to the start of their round, then a 5-minute notice, and finally a 1-minute warning. At the 1-minute mark, players were told to stop practicing and take their seats. Then the announcement to lag was made. Any player not present to lag immediately lost one game. They continue to lose another game for each 5 minutes they were absent until the 15-minute mark, when it became a forfeit.
Once play began, after 30 minutes the players must have completed a total of five games. If they hadn’t, they received a time warning. After 60 minutes the players must have completed a total of eight games. If they hadn’t, games were added to each player’s score to reach the required number. For example, if the score was 3-3 after 60 minutes, it became 4-4. If it was 4-2, it became 5-3. After 90 minutes the total must be 13, or games were again added as necessary. Games were never added at any time if a player was on the hill.
We started and “finished on time every day. ” This process was discussed in detail at the mandatory players meeting. We also explained that if we were able to identify that only one player was causing the delay, penalty games would be added proportionally. This did occur once, with the slower player leading 6-4 at the 90-minute mark. I had been observing that match with an unofficial shot clock for about an hour and clearly knew who was slow. I added one game to the slow player and two games to the opponent, making the score 7-6. Of the 255 matches played, I’d estimate we had to add penalty games about 20-25 times, a little less than 10% of all matches. Did our process accomplish its goal? Absolutely. We started and finished on time every day. Did players complain? A few did, and we expected it and dealt with it. Conversely, most players understood, played on, and acted professionally. We believe our approach was the best solution for this event given the constraints we faced. Would we use it again? Who knows? It’s just a matter of time …
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 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 email@example.com.
Francisco Bustamante, Terry Bell, and Larry Hubbart Gain BCA Hall of Fame Election
Filipino star enters in Greatest Player category; Hubbart and Bell recognized for Meritorious Service Francisco Bustamante, one of the most accomplished players to come out of the Philippines, has been elected for induction into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame in voting conducted by the United States Billiard Media Association. Also, in the category of Meritorious Service, Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart, founders of the American Poolplayers Association league system in 1979, were elected for induction. Bustamante, 46; Bell, 66; and Hubbart, 69, will be formally inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame October 21 during ceremonies in conjunction with the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships in Chesapeake, VA. Bustamante, nicknamed “Django” because of a resemblance to the lead character in a Western film of the same name, was born in the Philippine province of Tarlac. He began playing pocket billiards at 10 years old and began competing in the United States in the early 1990s. He hit his stride in the United States in 1997, winning two Camel Pro Billiard Tour events. He was named Player of the Year in 1998 after notching four major tournament wins and again in 2002 after winning five major events in the U.S. and abroad and finishing second at the World Pool Championship. Bustamante finally garnered his first recognized world title in 2010, winning the WPA World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. His strongest game is 9-ball, where his blockbuster break is legendary; although he is more than proficient at all the major games, as witnessed by his All-Around title at the 2008 Derby City Classic. Upon hearing the news that he would be the second Filipino in the BCA Hall of Fame (after Efren Reyes’ 2003 induction), Bustamante was completely shocked. “Really? I’m still young!” Bustamante said. “Two things that I always dreamed of were to be world champion and to be in the Hall of Fame. This year both dreams came true. We all dream to be in the BCA Hall of Fame, so I am very happy today. We are heroes in the Philippines, but for the American people to recognize me like this makes me very proud.” Longtime road players and accomplished professionals, Bell and Hubbart decided to reach out to the grassroots players in 1979 through an amateur pool league they called the American Poolplayers Association (APA). Nationwide league systems like the BCA National 8-Ball leagues and Valley National Eight-Ball Association were just getting started as well, but Bell and Hubbart opted to go in another direction. They developed a handicapping system to allow players of all skill levels to compete against each other. With the handicapping system in place, they began franchising their concept.
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Bell and Hubbart spent several years pouring all of their time and resources into developing the APA and its franchise system. With the support of sponsorship from Busch beer as a title sponsor beginning in 1981, the APA grew from 1,000 to 100,000 members over the next decade. Their ability to garner such non-endemic national sponsorship allowed the APA to grow into a league that today has more than a 250 thousand players and 270 franchisees. As a matter of fact, the APA was listed earlier this year as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “10 Great Franchises For Less Than $20,000.” “We were outcasts for a long time because we were looked at as competition,” Bell said. “But Larry and I just tried to build a business and do something worthwhile. We’ve always felt like we’ve done things that have helped the industry.”
BCA Names Ivan Lee of Iwan Simonis 2010-2011 Board Chairman During its general membership meeting in Las Vegas, NV, July 13, the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) announced the results of the 2010-2011 Board of Directors elections, which are as follows: Category 1 (Manufacturer/Distributor) • Austin Rothbard (Brunswick Corporation), three-year term • Elaine Gerber (Presidential Billiards, LP), three-year term • Martin Bloom (Olhausen Billiard Mfg., Inc.), three-year term • Thomas Rodgers (Robertson Billiard Supplies), three-year term Category 2 (Retailer) • Tony Stick (The Billiard Factory), three-year term Category 3 (Room Operator) • Nick Alexander (Clicks Billiards), three-year term In follow-up elections, Ivan Lee (Iwan Simonis, Inc.) accepted a one-year term as BCA Board Chairman, as did each of the remaining seated officers: First Vice Chairman Karim Belhaj (Predator Group); Second Vice Chairman Kathy Vegh (Danny Vegh’s Billiards & Home); Secretary Skip Nemecek (Tweeten Fibre Co., Inc.); and Treasurer Mike Serra (MBS Group). The remaining directors include: George Darafeev (Mikhail Darafeev, Inc.); Tom Gregory (Toltec Lighting); Danny Kuykendall (Danny K’s Billiards); Fred Cohen (D&R Industries/Championship LLC) and Eric Weber (CueStix International, Inc). “I look forward to teaming with a very experienced and talented group of individuals who are committed the Billiard Congress of America and its mission to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards,” said Chairman Lee. “The additional representation from the table manufacturers is welcome and their support and input will be invaluable over the next three years.”
APA SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS World’s Largest Pool League Sends Billiard Care Package to Afghanistan
After receiving a request for aid from troops stationed at Camp Blackhorse in Afghanistan for billiard supplies, the American Poolplayers Association (APA) decided to act. The troops were playing with warped and damaged cues, and shooting on worn out felt. The APA teamed up with Championship cloth and Aramith to provide the troops plenty of new felt, APA cues, and brand new sets of balls. In addition, the troops received a care package that included Master Chalk, racks, instructional DVDs, tee shirts, patches, and more. The APA is also proud to announce its APA Military Player of the Month program. Each month, the APA will highlight a member of the Armed Forces on the APA website, www.poolplayers.com. “We felt it was not only our responsibility to provide assistance to these troops fighting in Afghanistan, but to also recognize some of the great men and women who play in our leagues nationwide that also serve our country,” said APA Marketing and PR Manager Jason Bowman. The first APA Military Player of the Month is Senior Airman Davis Lastrapes stationed at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Lastrapes won the Blue Tier of the 2010 APA 8-Ball Classic in April. He is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in September. The APA also continues to offer their VetFran Program to military veterans who are interested in owning an APA League franchise. Military veterans receive 25% off their franchise fee.
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APA Player of the Month McDaniels of Grand Rapids, MI, is the APA Military Player of the M ike Month. Mike served in the Air Force (Air National Guard) as a NonDestructive Testing Specialist for six years. He’s also been an APA member since 1995. Mike was stationed at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in Michigan. During basic training and while deployed, there wasn’t a lot time for pool, but he would find a table to practice on anytime the opportunity arose. Mike’s father was in the Air Force for 20 years, so they moved around a lot when he was a child. His father would take him to the NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) Club and show him how to shoot pool. At the age of 18, Mike bought his first pool table for $25 at a garage sale. After that, he became more serious about the sport. It was after finishing basic training and tech school that Mike joined the APA. He was approached by the captain of a local team about joining, and the rest is history. Then, while practicing at a bar, he met his wife. She now plays on his APA team and has for the past 14 years. They play every session—summer, fall, and spring! Currently their teammate Adam Hamilton is serving in Iraq. The next generation of military in Mike’s family is his son. He’s currently serving in the Air Force at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base as a Security Forces Specialist. Recently he was deployed to Saudi Arabia. Mike’s other son hasn’t decided whether he wants to go in the military yet, but it’s an option for him. “I feel that pool and the military will always be a part of my life,” Mike said. “I enjoy meeting lots of new people and seeing many people on the other teams every week. It is also a cheap form of entertainment and a good way to get out of the house every week.”
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Regional Roundup Ginky Grabs Mezz Title Mezz Pro-Am Tour / West Hempstead, NY by InsidePOOL Staff
George “Gink y ” SanSouci went undefeated through the field at the July 11 installment of the Mezz Pro-Am Tour to earn the title, besting tour regular Matt Krah in the finals. A strong George Sansouci, Matt Krah 39-player field gathered at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY, for the $1,000added tournament. SanSouci zoomed through the winners’ side of the chart, besting Jay Chiu 7-1, Josh Brothers 7-3, Oscar Bonilla 7-4, and Jeremy Sossei 7-3. On the bottom half of the chart, Brett Stottlemyer was scoring wins over Scott Murphy 7-2, Zion Zvi 7-5, Kevin Guimond 7-4, and Joey Kong 7-6. the hot seat match that followed was completely one-sided, as SanSouci took control from the start and defeated Stottlemyer 7-0. After a hill-hill defeat at the hands of Sossei, Krah went on a winning streak through the west side, eliminating Mike Miller 7-4, Zvi 7-5, Kong 7-4, Results: Sossei 7-5, and StottleGeorge SanSouci $1050 myer 7-5 to reach the 1st Matt Krah $620 finals, where he had to 2nd 3rd Brett Stottlemyer $370 best SanSouci twice to Jeremy Sosse $225 take the title. But it only 4th Joey Kong $150 took one set for SanSou- 5th Kevin Guimond ci to win the event with 7th Zion Zvi $100 a 7-3 victory. Bruce Nagle
Trobiano Captures Tri-State Tour Invitational Tri-State Tour / East Rutherford, NJ by John Leyman
The Thir teenth Annual Tri-State Tour Invitational Tournament took place July 10-11 and 17 at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, bringing together highly skilled amateurs hoping to sharpen their game and ambitious John Trobiano upstarts looking to advance in class. Castle Billiards was this year’s host location, where 10 A and A+ players, 32 B and B+ players, 32 C and C+ players, and 12 D and D+ players participated for their chance to be crowned the Tri-State Tour Invitational champion. Organizers John Leyman, Todd Fleitman, and Bill Focaccia congratulated the players on reaching the top of their classes for the season and handed out awards to the top players of the year 38 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ September 2010
in each class. Awards were presented to the top three players in each class and to the most improved player of the year. This year the tour also presented one player with a special award: Scott Simonetti, who has played on the Tri-State Tour for more than a decade, was recently stricken with a life-threatening illness that forced doctors to amputate Simonetti’s left hand and foot. He was awarded “Outstanding Player of the Year” for his amazing achievements over the last year. The other top players of the year were Daniel Cintron in the A+/A class, Tony Eglesias, Duane Toney, Antonio Navarro, and Dave Fitzpatrick. The top female player and the most improved player of the year was Sandie Patarino. The pro/open class was won by Mhet Vergara. Also, this year’s Sportsman of the Year award went to Daniel Cintron. In the B+ class, Simonetti played strong and consistent and dominated all opponents. In the finals against Scott Bannon, Simonetti battled back and won the set 9-7. Geoffrey Bauer made it to the B-class finals undefeated. John Trobiano, who lost his first match of the event to Jacob Schwartz, went on to best five players to reach the final match, where he exacted his revenge on Schwartz by winning 7-5. Trobiano went on to defeat Simonetti in the B+/B playoffs, where he won 7-2. In the C+ class Mike Harrington arrived in the finals undefeated. Ryan McCarthy lost to Jason Egeln and moved over to the one-loss side. He fought back to earn another chance at Egeln, whom he defeated 6-1. In the finals the rolls just seemed to escape Harrington, and McCarthy took advantage and won 8-5. The C class was simply dominated by Ramilo Tanglao, who played Scott Abramowitz in the finals and won 6-4. McCarthy, having watched some of the Tanglao matches, took no chances and played Tanglao tight and cautious to win their finals 6-4. On July 17 the A+/A class and D+/D class players arrived early to do battle while Trobiano and McCarthy waited in the wings. Daniel Cintron lost his first match of the day to Michael Wong but went on to defeat four players to earn a rematch in the finals with Wong. The match was a tough back-and-forth battle that went double-hill, with Cintron winning 7-6. The D+/D class had saw Rick Shellhouse and William Zarzour meet in the hot seat match, where Zarzour’s game came together and he won the match. Nick Verducci defeated Shellhouse on the one-loss side 7-1 and went on to play Zarzour in the finals. Zarzour’s game seemed to deteriorate, while Verducci’s game solidified, and Verducci won 7-3. This left Cintron battling Trobaino and McCarthy versus Verducci for the honor of playing in the event finals. Trobiano and Cintron’s match saw Trobiano triumph 8-6, while Verducci played well and won his match 7-4. In the final match, Trobiano wouldn’t be stopped, shutting Verducci down at every turn to win the finals 9-5 and earning the Tri-State Tour Invitational title.
Chau Claims New Jersey State Title New Jersey State 8-Ball Championships / Egg Harbor, NJ by Jose Burgos
Manny Chau took down the Second Annual New Jersey State 8-Ball Championships, winning the lion’s share of the $2,000-added Manny Chau, Gary Serafine, Josh Brothers prize purse and defeating Josh Brothers in the final match. The event was hosted by Atlantic City Billiard Club in Egg Harbor, NJ, July 17-18, and a field of 33 players participated. Chau made his way through the top half of the bracket with victories over Ed Robson 7-0, Kevin Guimond 7-5, and Brent Boemmels 7-0. In the winners’ side final four, he met Brothers for the first time in the event and sent him west 7-5. “Forty” worked his way through the bottom half of the bracket and notched wins over Chris Ruggerio 7-4, Bruce Nagle 7-5, Rob Metz 7-3, and Jose Cruz 7-4. “Forty” and Chau met in the hot seat match, which saw Chau pull away late to win the match 7-5, sending “Forty” to the oneloss side. Brothers, meanwhile, was making his move, eliminating players such as Joey Testa 5-3 and Matt Krah 5-2. In the semifinals Brothers ousted “Forty” at third place 5-3 to earn a rematch with Chau. In Results: the double-elimination finals, Brothers would 1st Manny Chau $1,000 have had to defeat Chau 2nd Josh Brothers $475 twice to claim the title. 3rd “Forty” $390 He gave it his best shot, 4th Matt Krah $225 but with the score knot5th Jose Cruz $150 ted at 5 apiece, Chau Joey Testa surged ahead to win 7th Randy Schwager $125 the final two games and Adam Kielar the championship.
Osipovitch Overcomes Tri-State Field Tri-State Tour / Edison, NJ by InsidePOOL Staff
George Osipovitch went unchallenged through the Tri-State Tour’s July 24 event to take top honors over Mark Alicea in the final match. The tour’s 24-player field was hosted by Edison Billiards in Edison, NJ, who vied for a piece of the $750-added purse.
Mike Alicea, George Osipovitch
Osipovitch sent Rick Shellhouse to the one-loss side after their 7-5 match in the winners’ side final four, while Duane Toney delivered Gary Murgia there as well 7-2. In the following hot seat match, it was a close call, but Osipovitch overcame Toney 7-5 and rested while he waited for his finals opponent.
Once on the west side, both Shellhouse and Murgia were eliminated quickly. Ken DeBroske ousted Shellhouse 7-5, and Alicea took care of Murgia 7-4. DeBroske and Alicea then faced each other in the quarterfinal match, which turned into a hillhill nail-biter before Alicea edged out DeBroske 6-5. Alicea had fewer troubles with Results: Toney, defeating him George Osipovitch $475 in third place 7-3. But 1st 2nd Mark Alicea $250 he could not conquer Duane Toney $150 Osipovitch, who won 3rd Ken DeBroske $100 their final match by a 4th 5th Gary Murgia $50 decisive 6-2 score. Rick Shellhouse
Alicea and Robles Take Predator Titles Ozone Billiards Predator Tour / New York, NY by Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com
A field of 67 players visited Amsterdam Billiard Club in New York, NY, July 24-25 to participate Jim Murnak, Noel Bensurto, Daniel Dagotdot, in the Ozone Billiards John Alicea Predator Tour. Offering a wide range of top NYC-area amateur and pro players, the event showcased plenty of competition, but it was John Alicea and tour promoter Tony Robles who won their respective divisions. Alicea ran to the top of the A-D 9-ball division, rolling through the A/B bracket to meet custom cue case maker Jim Murnak, who won the C/D bracket in the hot seat match. A 7-4 victory left Alicea sitting in the king seat. Daniel Dagotdot claimed four winners’ side matches before Alicea sent him west after their winners’ side final four match. He returned for a rematch with Alicea by besting Murnak in the semifinals 7-2. Though he rallied in the final match against Alicea and came back from behind, Alicea was able to com- Amateur Results: plete his undefeated 1st John Alicea $1,000 run 7-6 to win his first 2nd Daniel Dagotdot $650 Predator Tour event of 3rd Jim Murnak $475 the 2010 season. 4th Alberto Estevez $325 5th Victor Nau $215 In the open/pro di- Mathew Harricharan vision, “The Silent As- 7th Mike Panzarella $150 sassin” was handed a Luis Novas first-round loss by Jer- 9th John Stiles $100 emy Sossei 8-4 but then Simon Lau charged through the Andrew Kane one-loss side to earn John Ortiz revenge on Sossei 8-2 13th Gail Glazebrook $75 to advance to the finals. Robert Plaut George “Ginky” Sansouci Jerry Tarantola was busy firing through Noel Bensurto the winners’ bracket to claim the hot seat. In the final match, Sansouci Open/Pro 10-Ball Results: faced Robles in a match 1st Tony Robles $700 that Robles dominated 2nd George Sansouci $400 to take the title. 3rd Jeremy Sossei $150
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Robert Plaut went undefeated to take first place at the Tri-State Tour’s July 31-August 1 event, defeating Ryan McCarthy to take the title. The $1,000-added Ryan McCarthy, Robert Plaut, Alan Chan event was hosted by Amsterdam Billiards and Bar in New York, NY, and featured a field of 28 B-D players.
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Having made it to the final four undefeated, McCarthy faced down Sammy Islam 7-5 to advance to the hot seat match against Robert Plaut, who had just bested Alan Chan 6-4. But McCarthy was unable to overcome Plaut, who won their match 7-5 and sent McCarthy to try his luck on the one-loss side.
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On the west side, Islam and Chan recovered well, winning their matches against Wilfredo Albay 7-4 and Peter Brennan 6-5, respectively. They squared off to face each other in the quarterfinal match, and it was Chan who came away with that 7-4 victory. McCarthy wanted revenge on Plaut and to get it he had to get through Chan first in the semifinals. After a 6-4 Results: defeat of Chan, McCarthy 1st Robert Plaut $700 advanced to the finals 2nd Ryan McCarthy $400 against Plaut. It was neck 3rd Alan Chan $270 and neck all the way, but 4th Sammy Islam $180 ultimately Plaut edged 5th Wilfredo Albay $100 out McCarthy for a 6-5 Peter Brennan victory.
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Regional Roundup Grubb Grinds Out First Great Southern Victory Great Southern Billiard Tour / Albemarle, NC
went undefeated through a tough 48-player field at the $1,500added July 18-19 stop, which was held at Michael’s Billiards in Fairfield, OH, and sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases.
Jordan Grubb battled first-time finals jitters and a persistent Mark Patterson to end his weekend with a firstplace finish at the July Shannon Daulton, Jordan Grubbs, 10-11 Great SouthAndie Kybacki, Mark Patterson ern Billiard Tour Stop. Grubb and Patterson were among the field of 39 that arrived at Corner Pocket Sports Bar in Albemarle, NC, for the $1,500-added event, which was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases.
A smooth 9-5 victory over B-ranked Joe Pierce put A-ranked Frost into the hot seat match against Joe Brown, who’d just sent fellow A player Alex Olinger west 9-7. That score got flipped on him against Frost, though, who sent him to the left side to try to earn his way back.
by Lea Andrews
A-ranked Grubb breezed past B-ranked Jeff Bean 9-2 to meet up with Patterson for the first time in the hot seat match. B-ranked Patterson, who’d just edged out A-ranked Younger Chapman hillhill 7-8, came out on the other side of a hill-hill match against Grubb, who earned the hot seat 9-6. On the left side of the bracket, AA-ranked Sam Monday blew through B-ranked Brian Simpson 10-1 to face fellow AA-player Brian White, who was coming off a shutout win over B-ranked Bobby Farmer. Against Monday, though, White managed just three games, landing in seventh. Meanwhile, an early victim of Patterson’s, A-ranked Jeff Pruitt, was making his way through Branked Kent Lacy 9-3 and A-ranked Tony Morrison 9-7 to meet up with Chapman. Pruitt’s 9-5 victory over Chapman pushed him into the quarterfinal match against Bean, who’d held Monday to 7 games, and a 9-4 victory over Bean gave him another crack at Patterson in the semifinals. But he came up one rack shy of revenge, finishing in third Results: 7-8 and allowing PatterJordan Grubb $1,000 son his own chance at re- 1st 2nd Mark Patterson $500 venge against Grubb. 3rd Jeff Pruitt $250 Jeff Bean $150 Patterson got off to a 4th 5th Younger Chapman $90 good start in the true Sam Monday double-elimination final Tony Morrison $40 match, claiming the first 7th Brian White set 7-5 to put the two on equal footing. In the second set, though, Grubb got his nerves under control to allow his game to reach its potential, and he closed out his first GSBT victory very decisively 9-2.
On the one-loss side, BEF Junior Nationals 14-and-Under Boys champion Billy Thorpe made his way past Bill Farmer 7-2 and last week’s winner Jordan Grubb 7-6 to meet up with Olinger. The 13-year-old Thorpe, who started the weekend as one of the three junior champions competing in the event (Boys 19-andUnder champ Landon Shuffett and Girls 19-and-Under champ Liz Lovely finished out of the money), ended the weekend as the one who went furthest, landing in fifth while Olinger moved on to the quarterfinals 9-5. Meanwhile, Mike Leek, who’d suffered an early loss to Brown Results: 9-6, swept past Chris Col1st Robert Frost $1,000 lins 9-6 and Eric Hinx 9-5 2nd Alex Olinger $500 to face Pierce, who end3rd Joe Brown $350 ed Hinx’s chance at an4th Joe Pierce $200 other go at Brown 7-6. In 5th Billy Thorpe $125 the quarterfinals, Olinger Mike Leek took care of Pierce 7th Jordan Grubb smoothly 9-4 to match Eric Hinx back up with Brown in the semifinals, where he earned his revenge and a spot in the finals 9-7. The two evenly-matched A players battled back and forth to hillhill in the true double-elimination final match, and in the final rack, after Olinger missed position on the 5 ball and hung up the cross bank, Frost cleaned up what was left to earn his victory in one set 9-8.
Frost Keeps His Cool at GSBT Event Great Southern Billiard Tour / Fairfield, OH by Lea Andrews
When the Great Southern Billiard Tour sets up camp in the North, one can expect the unexpected, like a Frost in the middle of summer. Robert Frost
Shannon Daulton, Robert Frost, Alex Olinger, Mike Medley
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< Bennett Back on Top on Jacoby Tour Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour / Wilmington, NC by Lea Andrews
Ke i th B enn e t t, who last won a Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina event in January, found himself back in the winner’s circle after getting past the best in the Carolinas. The $1,000-added twelfth stop of the tour was held at Break Time Billiards in Wilmington, NC, the weekend of July 24-25.
The final four on the winners’ side were a fearsome bunch— all past winners—and Bennett swept past Sam Monday 7-3 to reach the hot seat match against Michael “Bulldawg” Fuller, who’d just sent last month’s winner B.J. Ussery west 7-4. Another 7-3 victory for Bennett secured him the hot seat and sent Fuller to the semifinals to try for another chance. On the left side of the bracket, two of Bennett’s early victims were fighting for their own second chances. Jared McGee edged out Larry Faulk 7-6 and junior player Jackson “Smokey” Jeffreys 7-2 to face Ussery. Meanwhile, Hindu Williams ousted Rodney Strickland 7-4 and Arnold Hamlett 7-6 to face Monday. That was as far as McGee and Williams got, though, as they landed in fifth 7-6 and 7-5, respectively. In the quarterfinals, Monday notched another 7-5 win to earn his spot against Fuller in the semifinals, where the two battled for the right to fight Bennett once again. It was Monday who reached the goal first, while Fuller stayed behind in third 7-4. In the single race-to-11 final match, Monday jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but when he missed the 1 ball in the next rack, he left Bennett out to make it 3-1 and then 3-2. Monday took the next rack to make it 4-2, but Bennett notched three games in a row to take the lead for the first time 5-4, and though Monday tied it at 5 apiece, that was as close as he got. Bennett marked up six games in a row to earn his victory decidedly 11-5. In Friday’s early bird tournament, Barry Irving took home $140 for his 7-6 win in the finals over Dana Hallett, who took home $85. Hindu Williams earned $50 for third, and Sam Monday earned $25 for fourth. Jackson Jeffreys was a two-time winner this weekend, pock- Results: eting $35 for topping Keith Bennett $1,000 the break contest, and 1st Sam Monday $500 $60 for his 7-6 win in the 2nd 3rd Michael Fuller $225 finals of the juniors’ divi4th B.J. Ussery $75 sion over Gabe Grissom.
Terry Faulk once again took the ladies’ event, and Anton Hall won a $600 limited-edition Jacoby cue in the raffle. The break and run pot went unclaimed at this event, and will move to $105 per ball at the next. In Sunday’s second chance event, Larry Faulk swept past Nolan Leonard 7-2 in the finals, earning $100, while Leonard earned $40.
White Whips GSBT Competition Great Southern Billiard Tour / Greenville, SC by Lea Andrews
Brian White, who earned his first Great Southern Billiard Tour victory in March, made an undefeated run through the tour’s July Shannon Daulton, Brian White, Josh Newman, 25-26 stop to earn his Han Choi second. The $1,500-added event, which was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases, brought 57 competitors to World Cup Billiards in Greenville, SC. White sailed through the winners’ side until he came upon B-ranked David King, who gave White his first close call of the weekend, pushing the score to hill-hill. But AA-ranked White came out on top of the weighted match 11-6, advancing to the hot seat match against Gary Cairnes, who’d sent fellow B player Aaron Megia west 7-5. Megia managed just two games against White, though, and he moved over to the semifinals while White awaited an opponent. On the left side of the bracket, recent winner Jordan Grubb, who’d suffered an earlier loss to White, moved past B-ranked John Thompson 9-3 and A-ranked Matt Mancini 9-6 to face Megia. Meanwhile, Josh Newman, a past winner who’d fallen to Megia, ousted B players Justin Price 9-5 and BEF Junior Nationals 14-andUnder Boys’ champion Billy Thorpe 9-5. Newman continued his quest for another first-place finish by planting King in fifth 9-3 to reach the quarterfinals against Grubb, who’d had his own 9-3 win over Megia. The two A players had a close battle, but it was Newman who advanced 9-7 to meet Cairnes in the semifinals. Newman’s smooth shutResults: out earned him a ticket to Brian White $1,000 the finals, while Cairnes 1st 2nd Josh Newman $500 settled for third. 3rd Gary Cairnes $300 Jordan Grubb $200 The true double-elimi- 4th Aaron Megia $125 nation final match was, un- 5th David King fortunately for Newman, Matt Mancini $80 a replica of the stellar 7th Billy Thorpe performances that White John Thompson $45 had put on the rest of the 9th Tony Morrison weekend. White gave it Justin Price everything he had to earn Daniel Rutledge his first-place finish by a decisive 11-5 margin.
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Rasmussen Shines Again on BAAT Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour / Palm Harbor, FL by InsidePOOL Staff
Niki Rasmussen overcame a thirdround loss and battled through the one-loss side to win the Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour (BAAT) tournament at StroNiki Rasmusssen, Jose DelRio, Virginia Billie kers Billiards in Palm Harbor, FL, July 24. She is the tour’s second repeat winner this year, topping the field of 24 players in the $500-added event. The quarterfinal match featured Shanelle Loraine and Rasmussen. The match went hill-hill, but Rasmussen prevailed, winning 7-3 in the handicapped format. Rasmussen’s win in the quarterfinals proved to be a double win, as her semifinal opponent Fields was feeling ill and had to forfeit, launching Rasmussen into the final round. In the hot seat and waiting for her final round opponent was Virginia Billie. Billie joined the tour during the last BAAT tournament and was now poised to win in the true double-elimination format. Her trip to the hot seat had included a 4-2 win over Rasmussen earlier in the day. Fatigue showed in both players as the games went into multiple innings. Conquering her fatigue, Rasmussen showed determination by taking the next five games of 9-ball and one game of 8-ball to win the first set 6-1. This forced the second set, with Rasmussen winning the first game of 9-ball and Billie taking the second. Rasmussen bounced back, winning the next three games before Billie took the final game of 9-ball. The score was now 4-2 Rasmussen, each needing two games to win the 6-4 race. The next game was 8-ball, and after another multiple-inning Results: game, Rasmussen took Niki Rasmussen $350 the game and the hill. 1st Virginia Billie $275 Reaching the hill must 2nd Chris Fields $200 have given her a burst 3rd Shanelle Loraine $150 of energy, for she broke 4th and ran the last game of 5th Kelly Cavanaugh $75 8-ball to win the match Stephanie Mitchell and the tournament. 7th Connie Mago $50 Heather Platter
Hawkins Hammers Out GSBT Win Great Southern Billiard Tour / Cornelius, NC by Lea Andrews
Ohio resident Lucas Hawkins was well rewarded for his troubles after he made the lengthy trip to Cornelius, NC, for the Great Southern Billiard Shannon Daulton, Lucas Hawkins, Ron Park, Tour’s July 31-August Jeff Peele 1 stop. The GSBT first-timer, who’s rebounding from a one-year hiatus from pool, went undefeated through the 46-player field that gathered at Kylie’s Sports Bar and Grill for the $1,500-added event, which was sponsored by Nick Varner Cues and Cases. 42 InsidePOOL Magazine ◊ September 2010
Hawkins edged out fellow A-player Glenn Russell 9-8 to reach the hot seat match against recent winner Josh Newman, who’d just sent B-ranked David Stewart west 9-6. Against Hawkins, Newman took a strong lead and got up 8-3, but he started to falter, and a miscue on the 7 ball at 8-5 seemed to seal his fate. Hawkins kept the string to himself, claiming the hot seat 9-8. On the left side of the bracket, where the races were shortened by two games, last week’s winner, AA-ranked Brian White, ousted A-ranked Marty Free 9-2 and AA-ranked Sam Monday to face Russell. Meanwhile, A-ranked Ron Park took care of AA-ranked BJ Ussery 7-6 and A-ranked Results: Alex Olinger 7-5 to meet 1st Lucas Hawkins $1,000 up with Stewart. Park 2nd Ron Park $500 and White met up in the 3rd Josh Newman $250 quarterfinals after put4th Brian White $150 ting Stewart and Russell 5th David Stewart $100 into fifth 7-3 and 9-6, re Glenn Russell spectively, and it was Park 7th Alex Olinger $60 who moved on to the Sam Monday semifinals after planting White in fourth 7-7 in the 9th Luis Tovar $35 weighted race. Against B.J. Ussery Newman, Park continued Darren Blitch his streak, advancing to Marty Free the finals 7-4. The true double-elimination final match was a battle of persistence, as neither player was able to really reach his comfort zone. But Hawkins was comfortable enough, and he ground out his first GSBT victory 9-5.
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Robb Saez took first place at the August 1 installment of the Tiger Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour, defeating Anthony Meglino for the title. The $500-added Robb Saez event was hosted by Cunningham’s Pool and Darts in Vero Beach, FL, and attracted a 30-player field. Racing through the winners’ side of the chart, Meglino arrived at the final four to play Chris Gentile, whom he bested 7-4. The other winners’ side match saw Han Berber send Wyler Ball to the west side 7-3. In the ensuing hot seat match, Meglino easily dominated Berber 7-2 to await a finals opponent. Ball went on to face Saez in the quarterfinal match, and Saez sent him rolling 7-4 to advance to the semifinals, where he eliminated Berber Results: 7-3. In the final race to 9 against Meglino, it 1st Robb Saez $450 was touch and go, but 2nd Anthony Meglino $340 at the end of it all, Saez 3rd Han Berber $240 stood in the winner’s 4th Wyley Ball $140 circle, having won the 5th Jim Sandaler $75 match 9-8. Chris Gentile
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Taylor, Bryant, and Smith Rope Texas Victories Lone Star Billiards Tour / Houston, TX by InsidePOOL Staff
Flawless Finish for Fontenot Lone Star Billiards Tour / Houston, TX by InsidePOOL Staff
The Lone Star Billiards Tour scored a record turnout the weekend of July 1011, with 83 open players, 13 one-pocket players, and 16 ladies gathered to play for over $10,000 in cash. The tour was hosted Tommy Tokoph, Kyu Yi, Ming Ng, Derek Fontenot by Bogies Billiards in Houston, TX, and saw three winners crowned—Derek Fontenot, David Gutierrez, and Ming Ng—in their respective divisions. Open 9-ball matches saw the final 24 return Sunday, where Tommy Tokoph and Fontenot fought their way to the hot seat, while the one-loss side wound down to newcomer Francisco Taylor, Gerald “Top Water” Jackson, James Davis Jr., and Jason Bacon. Fontenot secured his position over Tokoph 9-7, Open 9-Ball Results: while on the west side 1st Derek Fontenot $800 Jackson made quick work 2nd Tommy Tokoph $500 of Bacon 7-6 and won 3rd Gerald Jackson $300 a rematch with Tokoph. 4th Jason Bacon $250 Tokoph topped Jack- 5th Billy Sharp $200 son again for a rematch Francisco Taylor with Fontenot, where he 7th Mike Alonzo $275 played his heart out, but James Davis Jr. Fontenot swiftly closed 9th Thomas Madison $100 the set out 9-4 for his first Ernesto Bayaua well-deserved tour title. Jessie Moore Tony Mendietta In the open one-pocket 13th Raymond Cardenas $70 division, it was Gutier- Sonny Bosshamer rez over Davis Jr. for the Rodney Stewart hot seat, while on the Yoko Joe west side Charlie Bryant bested Dave Favor, James Open-Pocket Results: Christopher, David Parker, 1st David Guttierez $700 and then Davis for a shot Charlie Bryant $400 at Gutierrez. Bryant came 2nd 3rd James Davis Jr. $200 on strong the first set 3-0, but Gutierrez answered Ladies’ 9-Ball Results: back the second set 2-0 1st Ming Ng $260 and claimed first. 2nd Kyu Yi $150 Deanna Kniola $100 The ladies’ open 9-ball 3rd Terry Petrosino $65 event fired up Sunday, 4th with Ng over Deanna Kniola 7-5 for the hot seat. On the west side, Kyu Yi bested Terry Petrosino and then Kniola for a rematch with Ng, who sent her west earlier that day. Both ladies were focused on the win, but Ng closed out the set 7-3 and captured her second consecutive tour title.
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Francisco Taylor, Megan Smith
The Lone Star Billiards Tour crowned three winners at their July 24-25 event, where 56 open 9-Ball, 9 one-pocket, and 11 open ladies’ 9-ball competitors battled it out for over $6,000 in cash, which included $1,550 in added money. The event was hosted by Q Stix Billiards in Houston, TX, and saw Francisco Taylor, Charlie Bryant, and Megan Smith took first place in their respective divisions. Saturday’s matches played down and brought back the final 12 open players Sunday. The final four on the winners’ side were Francisco Taylor, David Gutierrez, Sylver Ochoa, and Smith. The west side saw Bryant clean up, while Taylor clinched Open 9-Ball Results: the hot seat over Ochoa 1st Francisco Taylor $800 9-3. Gutierrez and Bryant 2nd Sylver Ochoa $540 reached one another, and 3rd Charlie Bryant $410 Bryant escaped 7-6 for 4th David Gutierrez $270 an all-too-familiar semi- 5th Megan Smith $130 final match with Ochoa Ernesto Bayaua but was put away 7-1. In 7th Doug Young $90 the Taylor versus Ochoa Brent Thomas final, the Nicaragua na- SHURTZ CUSTOM 9th Jerald Jackson CUES $55 tive came on strong and David Parker 316-269-3844 secured his first LSBT win Mike Alonzo www.shurtzcue.com undefeated 9-7. Leon Contreras In the one-pocket event it was Bryant over Ochoa for the cat bird’s seat and Gutierrez over Alonzo on the one-loss side. Gutierrez then took down Ochoa for a shot at first but fell to Bryant in the final 3-1.
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The ladies’ side saw Smith, Ming Ng, Kyu Yi, and others compete for a chance at the $550-added, $1,080 total purse. The final two on the winners’ side pitted Smith and Yi, while Ng and Rose McCrory dueled on the west side’s final two. It was Yi over Smith 7-5, while Ng fell to McCrory 5-4. Smith persevered over McCrory 5-4 in the semis then defeated Yi both sets in the true double-elimination format.
Atwell Named Oklahoma State Champion OB Cues Ladies’ Tour / Tulsa, OK
sus Nandrasy, and WPBA veteran Atwell against Melinda Bailey. Atwell attended last year’s Oklahoma State Championship and took second place, so she was looking to improve upon that finish this time. On the B-side of the bracket was another WPBA veteran, Belinda Calhoun, taking on Jennifer Kraber and Tracie Voelkering versus Lisa Marr. As the matches progressed, it was Atwell and Nandrasy playing for the hot seat, and Atwell ended up taking the winners’ bracket handily 7-2.
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Janet Atwell, Ashley Nandrasy
Janet Atwell escaped a close call in her double-elimination final match with Ashley Nandrasy to claim the title of Oklahoma State champion at the OB Cues Ladies’ Tour’s July 24-25 stop. Hosted by Magoo’s Billiards in Tulsa, OK, the $750-added tournament attracted 28 ladies to play, including three current WPBA pros. As the event wound down to its second day, winners’ side matches included two regular tour top players, Tara Williams ver-
But Nandrasy had managed a tough bracket and had come too far to back down. After ousting Williams at third place 7-3, she went up against Atwell in Results: the double-elimination Janet Atwell $750 final match. As the first 1st $550 set commenced, Atwell 2nd Ashley Nandrasy $335 missed critical shots while 3rd Tara Williams $235 Nandrasy finished games 4th Melinda Bailey to win 7-2 and force a 5th Belinda Calhoun $150 second set. The second Lisa Marr set was a back-and-forth 7th Jennifer Kraber $100 battle that saw the score Tracie Voelkering ultimately reach hill-hill. It 9th Lisa Henderson-Major $50 all came down to Atwell’s Cindy Parvala kick at an 8 ball—with a Julie Comitini little nudge off the 9 ball, Amanda Lampert the 8 went in, leaving a 13th Michelle McDermott $30 straight-in shot on the 9 Kathy Knuth for the win. Theresa Wilson Veronica Perez
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Montour Steamrolls NWPA Competition Northwest Women’s Pool Association by Suzanne Smith
Jana Montour came out on top of the July 17-18 stop of the Northwest Women’s Pool Association by going undefeated to take the title. A total of 27 ladies attended Sandra Badger, Jana Montour the event and represented Alberta, Washington, Colorado, and Oregon. Stixx and Stones Billiards in Bremerton, WA, was host to the event. The weekend’s typically festive atmosphere was overshadowed by the loss of fellow player Martha Hartsell, who succumbed to cancer the previous week. In her memory, the NWPA will be hosting a memorial event every year starting in 2011 at The Cue Ball in Salem, OR. Montour advanced over Shelby Locati 7-1 to advance to the hot seat match. There she met Kimberly Kirk, who had just bested Sandra Badger 7-5. Montour was able to best Kirk 7-3 and send her to the one-loss side while she waited for her last opponent. One the west side, June Maiers bested Mary Hopkin 7-2, while Jackie Karol ousted Cindy Sliva 7-3. In turn they were eliminated by Badger 7-4 and Locati 7-5, respectively. Badger and Locati then squared off for a hill-hill bout that saw Badger earn a rematch with Kirk, who sent her to the left side earlier in the event. Badger was ready this time and defeated Kirk 7-2 to head to her first finals appearance in an NWPA event. The final match was close initially as some uncharacteristic errors by Montour provided Badger with some early opportunities that she took advantage of. Though the score was knotted at 3 apiece, soon some missed chances saw Montour take a three-rack lead. Results: Back and forth misses in Jana Montour $415 the following game saw 1st Sandra Badger $270 Badger bring the match 2nd Kimberly Kirk $175 within two games. But 3rd Shelby Locati $135 Montour again took ev- 4th 5th Jackie Karol $82 ery opportunity afforded June Maiers in the next three racks to Mary Hopkin $62 close out the match 9-4 7th Cindy Sliva and win her second stop of the year.
Samm “Cherry Bomb” Diep came back from a late loss to earn top honors at the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour’s July 24-25 event, besting Susan Williams in the final match. The tour’s third stop of 2010 was hosted by Pockets in Tucson, AZ, and featured a $300-added prize purse. Though Diep reached the winners’ side final four, she was sent to the one-loss side by Kathleen Lawless, who went on to face Williams in the hot seat match. Williams defeated Rebecca Wagner in the winners’ side final four. Williams took control of this match and notched a strong 7-3 victory to await an opponent in the finals. The west side saw Diep recover from her loss and eliminate Sunny Griffin, as Wagner ousted Ashea Erdahl. Diep and Wagner then went on to the quarterfinal match to face off, and Diep eked out a hill-hill win, sending Wagner home in fourth place. A rematch saw Diep go Results: up against Lawless for the Samm Diep $200 second time during the 1st Susan Williams $140 event, but this time Diep 2nd Kathleen Lawless $90 came out on top and ad- 3rd 4th Rebecca Wagner $60 vanced to the finals. 5th Sunny Griffin $30 Ashea Erdahl In the single race to Jeri Engh $25 9, the players traded racks 7th Sara Miller until the score was 5-3 in Williams’ favor. Then Diep went on a tear, winning the next five games in a row to tilt the score in her favor 8-5. After a few exchanges and some safety play, Diep came out on top to win the match 9-5.
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Regional Roundup Normand and Wong Win AllerRetour Titles AllerRetour / Longueuil, QE by Dave Dupuis
François Normand and Ernie Wong took the premier spots on the first edition of the MMX AllerRetour Challenge in the elite and amateur divisions, respectively. The tournament Dave Dupuis, François Normand, Nichad Gouwas held June 12-13 lamhoussen, Martin Lalonde at Dooly’s Pool Hall in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. During the tour’s 30 weeks of pool, fans were lucky enough to see, both onsite and online, two categories of play every week in a duel of 9-ball. For the tour’s grand finale, 32 of the top players in the standings (16 amateurs and 16 elites) were invited. The amount of $4,500 CAD was awarded throughout the tournament, and the Delta-13 racks were also given as trophies to the champions. Saturday’s qualifying session was a round robin for players who were ranked fifth to sixteenth in the standings, and later the first round of single elimination finals took place. Only four players from each category were invited to play the next day.
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In the amateur division, Ernie Wong of Montreal, the best player in the season’s standings, easily defeated Francis Farley 9-1 in the finals. On the road, Wong bested Martin Lévesque 7-6 and Eric Fleury 7-4 to earn his place. Farley, on the other hand, eliminated Abraham Benoliel 7-2 and Eric Gaudreault 7-4 to participate in the final match-up. In the elite event, the scenario was different because four players came from two round robin qualifications on Saturday. Eric Theroux lost 9-5 against François Normand and Martin Lalonde eliminated Tino Barbieri. While many predicted a victory by Lalonde, Normand’s game effectively allowed him to take the lead 10-8 in the race-to-11 games. Lalonde, who is known for his desire to win, did not let go and forced a hill-hill battle. To the great surprise of Normand, Lalonde scratched Elite Results: on the break, giving the François Normand $1,300 advantage to his op- 1st Martin Lalonde $800 ponent. Despite the im- 2nd portance of the break in 3rd Éric Théroux $350 a championship game, Tino Barbieri Normand capitalized 5th Sylvain Deslauriers $100 on the error and the André Gagnon match—without Lalonde Benoit Michaud returning to the table— Nichad Goulamhoussen to win the 2010 Elite title. A live broadcast of the final matches on the Internet was made possible through the collaboration of Guy Simard (BillardQuebec.com). To view the videos visit the official website of the event Allerretour.ca.
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