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Bustamante Sizzles For Dinner at Hennessy’s in Predator Challenge Match #2 Chicago, IL - Predator Challenge Match Series continued in the Chicago area with Hennessy’s Fine Dining hosting the trio of champions Mika Immonen,Charlie Williams, and Francisco Bustamante. Thus far Immonen had the lead with an undefeated night the day before at Pressure Billiards in Chicago with Williams in second with one win and Bustamante winless. Read the Full Story by clicking HERE


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Pro Pool Charity Event Poison Cues presents the Pro Pool Charity Challenge in Austin, TX. Professional players will team up for a night of challenge matches to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. The challenge will begin at 7:00pm on Monday, February 16th at G-Cue Billiards in Austin, TX. The event will feature two WPBA pros, Sarah Rousey and Heather Pulford, as well as Shane VanBoening and James Davis, Sr., both of which are former Texas Open 9-ball Champions. Rousey, a resident of Bloomington, IL, had a recent top 3 finish at the WPBA Tour Championships in Florida. She finished the 2008 season ranked 12th on the WPBA points list. Her opponent, Heather Pulford, also a regular on the WPBA tour, will be competing for her hometown crowd as G-Cue Billiards is her home poolhall. VanBoening and James Davis, Sr. have played against each other several times over the past year at various tournaments around Texas, beginning with the Texas Open where VanBoening eventually captured the title. Spectators will get to see a re-match of the Houston Open finals where Davis defeated VanBoening. Proceeds raised will benefit the American Diabetes Association, a charity that is of special importance to Sarah Rousey. At the age of 10, Sarah was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. “Having something wrong with you at a young age really scares other kids. I got to be the butt of the joke or people thought they could catch Diabetes by being around me. All of this fueled me to play pool” Sarah said. “When I was 20, I had a serious low blood sugar scare which landed me in the hospital. I decided it was time to get an insulin pump. When I made this decision I told myself it was time to be an advocate and not be ashamed. I started educating people rather than hiding. It’s amazing how understanding people can be when you just let them in.” A special thanks to Poison Cues for their support and contribution of cues and products to be raffled at the event. For more information contact Cristina De La Garza at (512) 799-9675 or crisdlg2005@ yahoo.com.


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This match proved to be a tight affair, with Broumpton edging a 7-4 win to take the hotseat. He would Ultimate Billiards in Ft Pierce, FL hosted their first now wait the winner of the one loss side where ever KF event and another record-breaking field Josh Lewis was a man on a mission. Lewis had turned out. The $1,700 added event attracted lost his first round match to Prescott Buckwold 112 entrants over the 2 days. The $1000 added 7-4, then went on to record 9 very impressive wins Open event kicked off with 47 players, and Rich- beating the likes of Han Berber 7-6, Mike Desteard Broumpton doing all the damage. Broumpton fano 7-3, Doug Johnson 7-3, Tony Crosby 7-4, Bill went through to the finals undefeated with wins Dunsmore 7-5, Curtis Kelley 7-6 and Eddie Cabrea over Johnny Reaves 7-5, Javier Chirino 7-2, Cal to put himself in the final, leaving Eddie Cabrea Mcgann 7-3, Doug Johnson 7-3, and Curtis Kelley with a fine 3rd place finish. 7-3, putting him up against Eddie Cabrea for the hot seat match. Cabrea was also having a break- The Finals was all Broumpton. Broumpton had reout event, beating several of the top players in cently switched to the new line of Concept Cues, the field, including wins over Han Berber 7-5, Gail which tour director Tony Crosby and billiard pro Corey Deuel have been developing, It proved to be Grecar 7-1, and Bill the right Concept for Broumpton, as he dominated Dunsmore to put a one sided final besting Lewis 9-2 in the single him up against race final and take his first KF Cue Tour win with Broumpton for the the $800 winners purse. hotseat match.

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REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2009 BCA EXPO – BCA Members Receive Free Admission – Broomfield, Colo. – February 10, 2009 – The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) has launched registration for the 26th edition of the International Billiard & Home Recreation Expo in Las Vegas, June 25-27, 2009. Registrants can take advantage of three easy ways to register for the 2009 BCA Expo: • Go to www.bcaexpo.com, click on the red registration button and follow the simple online registration process. • Go to www.bcaexpo.com, click on Attendee Registration, download the registration form and fax it to 708.226.1310 or mail it to William T. Glasgow, 10729 163rd Place, Orland Park, IL 60467. • Call the BCA to request a registration form at 303.243.5070, extension 23. Further, the BCA has extended the window for its members to receive free registration for the BCA Expo until April 30, 2009. BCA Enhances www.bcaexpo.com The BCA has also enhanced www.bcaexpo.com in an effort to provide attendees and exhibitors a single source for information on the 2009 BCA Expo and facilitate a smooth planning process. In addition to general information such as attendee registration details, exhibitor marketing options, schedule of events, seminar details and hotel information, www.bcaexpo.com has been improved to provide additional useful information including: • FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) with answers to commonly asked operational, marketing and administrative questions surrounding the Expo. • Interactive Floor Plan offering a real-time view of the exhibit hall, including exhibitor contact information, listing of their products and services and Web site. • Marketing Tool Box with tips and links for exhibitors to maximize the return on their Expo investment. Business of Billiards Seminar Series The BCA is also pleased to announce the topics for the 2009 Business of Billiards Seminar Series. On this year’s slate of seminars is an in-depth look into what today’s youth think about the game of pool. During this session, participants will learn from first-hand interviews with teenagers what attracts the attention of kids (video games, other sports) and how this will impact efforts to create the next generation of customers, as well as participate in an interactive discussion on what can be done to promote the game of pool to today’s youth. The Business of Billiards Seminar Series will also include an exploration into the pool table shopping experience from the vantage point of the potential customer. Secret shoppers will give seminar attendees first-hand insights into their opinions about product selection, customer service, salesperson knowledge and more. Participants will leave this session with a clear understanding on how what the customer expects and requires during the pool table shopping process. In addition, a three-part series, “Making Money in a Tough Economy,” will round out the series. Additional details on the series will be announced in the near future.

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ACA Hall of Fame Inductees The “Hall of Fame Award” is presented to those cuemakers who have distinguished themselves by advancing the art of cuemaking either by innovations in the cuemaking process or by producing an outstanding quality cue over the years. Previous inductees into the ACA Hall of Fame include George Balabushka, Herman Rambow, Burton Spain, Ernie Gutierrez, Harvey Martin, Gus Szamboti, Frank Paradise, Eugene and Ilona Balmer, Dan Janes, Jerry Franklin, and Bill Schick. The 2009 recipient of this prestigious award is Richard Black of Humble, Texas. Richard began making cues in 1974 and continues to the present day. He is recognized in the industry for the complexity of his designs and his years of experience in producing beautiful, high quality cues. The 2009 “Cuemaker of the Year Award” recipient is Tim Scruggs of Baltimore, Maryland. Tim began making cues with Joss in 1972, and formed his own company in 1978. He has been recognized as one of America’s premier cuemakers ever since. Additionally, Tim is one of the charter members of the American CueMakers Association.

These awards will be presented on Saturday, March 21, at the annual ACA Awards Banquet at this year’s Allen Hopkin’s Super Billiards Expo at the Valley Forge Convention Center in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Also presented at this ceremony will be the annual “Cue of the Year Award” which will be voted upon by this year’s attendees at the Expo.


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Chavez Dominates Predator Tour Liz Ford started the Predator tour season in winning fashion. Liz won highest finishing female, easily finishing 3 rounds higher than any of the other ten females in the event. But this wasn’t enough for the WPBA pro as she fought hard at the end of day one defeating Pete Tascarella Sr. 7-4 to return for day two action to play Pete Tascarella Jr., the son in the family of cue makers. Pete Jr. couldn’t tame Miss Ford either and lost to her 9-6. Liz continued to play strong against Jeremy Sossei Day one had its share of surprising matches and keeping it close in the beginning, but Jeremy took stand out players. Tour owner Tony Robles start- control of the match at 3-3 and never looked back. Ford lost 9-4 to Sossei, finishing 9th–12th.

The Blatt Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour opened up the 2009 season at Raxx Pool Room in West Hempstead, NY with 70 players vying for the top prize. Top players in attendance included Jeremy Sossei, Oscar Bonilla, Ignacio Chavez, Fran Crimi, Empire State Champion Marc “Spain” Vidal, Liz Ford, Sean “Alaska” Morgan, Bobby Blackmore & Tony Robles.

ed out strong with wins over Thomas Wan 8-4 & Marc Vidal 8-3 but ran into trouble against Jeremy Sossei, losing 8-5. Robles fought back through the one-loss side until he ran into Oscar Bonilla, losing 9-7 and finishing 7th/8th.

Other standout players included John Alicea, who continues to push and test many of the tours top players. On day one, John scored big wins over Victor Nau 8-4 and Jeremy Sossei 9-5.


Day two saw John struggle and lose to Mhet Vergara 9-2 and Oscar Bonilla 9-5 leaving Alicea to settle for 5th/6th. Our other 5th/6th finisher was Jerry Tarantola who came out swinging on day one. With his monster break on his side, Tarantola easily defeated Jonathan Trager 8-0, Caroline Pao 8-3, and Pete Tascarella Jr. 8-2. Tarantola looked good playing Bobby Blackmore on day two with a 9-7 win but hit a wall name Ignacio Chavez, losing 9-2. Tarantola seemed to lose his steam and became another Sossei victim finishing with a 9-5 loss.

Rob Omen 8-0, but lost to Holden Chin on the hill. On the one-loss side, Bonilla fought back defeating Thomas Wan 7-2, Lionel Rivera 9-5, Mike Fingers 9-2, Tony Robles 9-7, John Alicea 9-5 and made Jeremy Sossei settle for 4th place with a 9-5 win.

Mhet Vergara had his best Predator 9-Ball tournament ever staying undefeated on day one with wins over “the other” Allison Fischer, Andrew Kane, Chris Laz, and Lionel Rivera . On day two, Vergara continued to have success with a close call against Holden Chin winning 9-8 & John Alicea 9-2. Vergara then took on Ignacio Chavez for the hot seat. Ignacio played incredible pool this tournament with convincing wins over Dave Danchak 8-3, Steve Wright 8-5, Sean “Alaska” Morgan 8-5, Mike Fingers 9-2, & Jerry Tarantola 9-2. In the hot seat match, Chavez was the clear winner defeating Vergara 9-4.

The final was all Chavez. The rested Chavez seemed calm and poised throughout the match and dominated Bonilla. The final race to 11 seemed one-sided as Chavez was beating Bonilla 9-4. Bonilla mounted a comeback closing the gap 10-7, but Chavez put an end to Bonilla’s run and finished the set winning the tournament with an 11-7 final score.

Semi-final action saw Bonilla and the recently defeated Vergara battle for a chance at Chavez in the finals. Vergara appeared focused but tight during the match against Bonilla. Bonilla capitalized on the tension and defeated Vergara 9-4 for a chance at Chavez in the finals.

The tour also started an amateur event on Sundays for B-D players. Players that played in the Open event on Sat. got a lower entry fee in the event which includes bonus points for the player of the year standings. Of the 26 players, Romeo Singh Oscar Bonilla had a long road to the final three. He and Jose Soto ended up in the finals. In the end, started out strong defeating Justin Muller 8-4 and Soto took the 1st place prize, defeating Singh 7- 4.


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The Rack 2009 9-Ball Open Super Bowl

They came from all over to play in this great event that has been going on for 25 years right here in Memphis, TN. New owner Jerry Ramey, and tournament director Mark Dionne were very pleased when a full field of 128 players showed up on Friday. The tournament got underway on Friday night right after the Calcutta and continued into the late hours on Sunday morning. Entry fee was $25, Race to 7, Ladies get 2 games, played on 9 foot Diamond tables. The semi finals match was slow and dragging until rack 11, where Adam Wilson from Muscle Shoals, AL heated up the table with a strong run out, following a scratch on the break by Jerry Slivka from Pittsburgh, PA bringing the match to 6-5, Slivka leading. Wilson with a dry break in rack 12, left a clear contact to the one ball, but seeing a tough run out, Slivka plays a strong safe, leaving a table length kick from the short rail that Wilson couldn’t get out of. With ball in hand Slivka anticipates a slim one-nine combination and gets it, bringing the match to 7-5 for the win. In the finals it was Justin Sanders from Jackson, Tn wins the toss and sinks 2 balls on the break but pins the cue ball behind the eight, with no easy shot on the one ball. Sanders jumps over the eight ball, contacting the one, nearly scoring in the corner pocket. Slivka returns for a strong run on the first rack, but struggled a bit on the second, giving Sanders a few swings back at the table, only to turn it back over for Slivka to win rack two and run rack three perfectly. Sanders seemed to be coming back after winning rack 5 but found his seat again when he jumped the cue ball off the table on the break for rack 7, bringing Slivka back for yet another great out, bringing the score to 5-2, Slivka leading. Slivka took rack 6 quickly with the 9 on the snap, but the luck didn’t carry as the cue ball found a pocket on rack 7, bringing Sanders back for a decent run, until he missed a tough table length shot to cut the 6 ball in corner pocket. When it was all over it was Jerry Slivka taking home the Super Bowl 2009 bragging rights and $1,500.00 in cash. Payouts paid out 16 places and with the Calcutta paid out over $11,000. If you ever passing thru Memphis stop in at The Rack, you will like the action 24/7.


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The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the 2009 scholarship awards. The BEF Academic Scholarship Program is administered annually under the direction and guidance of the BEF Board of Trustees. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 16, 2009 and can be downloaded by going to the BEF website at www.BilliardEducation.org . The BEF Academic Scholarship Program is divided into two categories: Excellence in Education scholarship (one $5,000 scholarship awarded over a two-year term) and Aiming for Higher Education scholarships (seven individual scholarships at $1,000 each). The objective of the BEF Academic Scholarship Program is to grant scholarships to high school seniors who have benefited from the sport of billiards and are pursuing a college education. Prospects must adhere to the following scholarship criteria: 1) hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale); 2) must have an ACT score of at least 23 or SAT combined score (critical reading + math) of 1050 or higher; 3) submit a 500-1000 word essay on how billiards has been an integral part of their life; 4) must be accepted to an accredited undergraduate academic program by June 1, 2009; 5) must attend an accredited undergraduate institution and carry at least 12 hours per semester. BEF scholarships are made possible through donations. If you would like to become a donor and make a difference in the growth of billiard programs for our youth, please contact the BEF office at 303.926.1039 or LauraSmith@BilliardEducation.org . The Billiard Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization committed to furthering the standard of excellence and leadership within the billiard community by engaging in activities related to the education and cultural advancement of tomorrow’s leaders.

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The Hottest Billiard Halls in America Playing billiards is an extremely popular pastime, both in America and abroad. Although the game has been with us for a very long time, there has been an incredible resurgence in interest surrounding the game in recent years. The pool halls of today are markedly different from those of yesteryear, due mainly to the increasing popularity of the game. Pool players today demand a different sort of pool hall. Gone are the days of smoky pool halls filled with shady characters and shifty crooks. The pool hall owners of today are making valiant efforts to meet the needs of their new found customers. The billiard aficionados of today have a higher set of expectations, and many pool hall owners have made great strides to get with the times. It is not uncommon to find a restaurant or a martini bar inside the modern pool hall. Slate is one such example. After receiving a much-anticipated renovation back in 2000, it has become one of the hottest pool spots in New York City. With over 16,000 square feet of space on two floors, Slate is one of the most unique and exciting places in the city. It boasts a massive 54 foot glass bar, a full service restaurant, 30 championship pool tables, a stellar sound system, and a collection of plasma TV’s placed throughout the venue. It also has an incredible glass staircase in the shape of a pool triangle. Believe the hype; Slate is the place to be and be seen. The Continental Modern Pool Lounge is another fine establishment. It is located in Arlington, Virginia and is quite possibly the funkiest billiard room in America. This venue is the perfect combination of fun and sportsmanship. The décor speaks volumes about the type of establishment they are trying to operate. It is very much a 70’s inspired spot, reminiscent of The Jetsons or something to that effect. This pool hall is, without a doubt, a flashback from way back. There are three main things that separate a good pool hall from a great pool hall; respect for the game, quality equipment, and stylish décor. Shakespeare’s Pub and Billiard Room in Denver, Colorado is without a doubt, a great pool hall. They have an excellent menu, a fine selection of ale and lager, and some of the best equipment and players in America. It is not uncommon to discover some of the best and brightest players playing alongside relative beginners. Shakespeare’s is considered one of America’s top pool spots, even garnering a recent mention in USA Today. If you are ever in Denver, be sure to drop in for a game and a pint. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------About the Author: Nathaniel Jacobson is an avid pool player who is actively trying to master his game. When not practicing his shots or trying to stay on top of the latest industry news, he writes for pooltablesandbilliardsgames.com - an excellent online resource for information about Pool Tables, Billiard Rooms, and Quality Pool Cue


Auburn’s Kimberlee Hole had a great time compet- “I was ecstatic to see it on TV (for the first time),” ing for money and prizes on the set of ‘Wheel of said Hole, a mother of one son, Connor, 17, and a lifelong Auburn-Kent resident. “I enjoyed the expeFortune.’ She won $8,750 for her efforts.

rience. It was a lot of fun.” Hole, a medical assistant by day, has fun with games in her leisure time. She is pretty good with a cue stick, especially when it comes to serious 9-ball. While Hole is considered an amateur, she has qualified to play against the pros on regional and national women’s billiard tours. Hole, a Kent-Meridian High School graduate, is a longtime fan of the “Wheel of Fortune”. She made it to the show after surviving a long process of auditions. She entered her name on a card when the “Wheel Mobile” came to the nearby Emerald Queen Casino in Fife. Her name was drawn from a large, spinning wheel. She passed her early auditions, including one that involved about 130 other prospects in a regional tryout at Seattle.

Once the large camera focused squarely on her pensive face, Kimberlee Hole had trouble coming up with a quick response under the bright, warm lights of the big stage. “I don’t known what happened,” Hole said of her experience as a contestant on the television game show hit, “Wheel of Fortune”. “I just froze. That’s all I can say. ”

The judges liked her stage presence and delivery. She ultimately got the final call to appear in Culver City. Filming took all day, Hole said, but it was an interesting and worthwhile process between brushes of makeup from the stage crew and timed applause from the audience. About the only thing that caught Hole by surprise

For the 41-year-old Auburn woman, spinning the was the tiny Vanna White, the game show’s letterfamous “Wheel” is more difficult than it appears on turning assistant, who took time to greet each contestant before the filming. commercial TV.

“She was a bean pole, paper thin,” Hole said. “I couldn’t believe how skinny she was. ” “But Vanna was great, a sweetheart. Everybody was great, and (host) Pat (Sajak) was funny. ”

Hole, however, conquered her brief camera shyness, relaxed and eventually cashed in. She won two tossup rounds, solved the final puzzle and left the Culver City, Calif., studio with $8,750 (before Hole wasn’t disappointed she didn’t win an exclutaxes) – the most cash won among the three consive trip to Europe or Canada, as her competitors testants vying for top prizes on the show. did. She just wanted the cash for two reasons.

Her 15 minutes of national game show fame were “I’m going to pay off bills and go on a family vacafilmed back on Nov. 21. It aired for the first time tion in April (to Mexico), ” she said. this past Tuesday night on KOMO 4. Whenever she sees the show on TV, Hole now can

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Hole’s husband, Duane, and two sisters accompa- and friends. nied her to Southern California. They joined the live audience as Hole stepped on stage for the taping “I’m sure the story will get more elaborate as time goes by, ” she said. of the episode.


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As the 2009/10 Season of the Viking Tour gets ready to kick off it’s only natural that we look back and take stock of how the Viking Tour did in it’s 07/08 season. As most business were cutting back and citing declines in revenues due to recessionary reasons we are pleasantly surprised to say the Viking Tour had it’s best season ever for our players, sponsors and room owners alike in the 15 year history of the tour.

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About Viking Cue In the early 60’s Viking Cue Mfg., Inc. founder Gordon Hart began making two-piece pool cues in the basement of his poolroom in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Gordon traveled to various tournaments to sell his cues. In a short period of time, Viking cues became popular with many of the top players. Viking was incorporated in 1965. By the late 1960s, Gordon spent more time making cues, so he sold the poolroom and moved the cue business to its present location in Madison, Wisconsin. He expanded production capabilities and began selling cues throughout the United States and abroad. Viking grew steadily through the 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, Gordon’s children, Robin, Barry and Darcy became involved with the business. Then in 1986 the major motion picture, The Color of Money, was released and created a boom in the billiard industry. Sales of Viking cues skyrocketed, and the company experienced phenomenal growth as a result.

By the mid-1990s, Viking hired a full sales staff to handle the needs of their constantly growing list of distributors and dealers throughout the world. At the same time, Robin and Barry took over the day-to-day operations, and granddaughter Shawna became involved with the company. Nancy was very active in the Billiard Congress of America in the 1990’s, serving on its board of directors. Years earlier, she served on the board of the Billiard & Bowling Institute of America, and was their First Female President. In 1994, Gordon was honored with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Cue Makers Association. Viking is known for its generous support of various tournaments and organizations including Nationally televised events, the Viking Nine Ball Tour, Super Billiards Expo, VNEA, BCA League and National Wheelchair Poolplayer Association Inc. In the 2000’s, Barry became active in the Billiard Congress of America, serving on its board of directors. Grandson Justin joined Viking to continue the tradition of the family business.

As the 1980s came to a close, Gordon began updating machinery and investing in state-of-the-art As one of the oldest manufacturers of cues in equipment to ensure a quality product. Promotional America, Viking has the strictest quality control in efforts increased with an extensive advertising and the industry. The continual upgrading of machinery public relations program coordinated by Gordon’s and superior technology is what makes Viking the top wife, Nancy, which helped make Viking a household cue manufacturer in the industry. Viking lives up to name. Vikings efforts coupled with significant product the expectations of the millions of current and future quality enhancements, positioned the company as a owners of the most critical tool for your game. leader in the billiard industry. Viking Cues are proudly and exclusively made in the U.S.A.


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This is a great little exercise to learn how to follow and draw for basic position zones. Place one ball on the foot spot (8-ball) and another on the headspot (9-ball). Place a third ball in the dead center of the table. Last, place the cue-ball anywhere on the straight line that allows you to pocket the center ball in a corner pocket and either follow or draw for postion on the next ball. You can shoot one rack of balls to follow to cue ball position A for the 8-ball, and another rack of balls to draw to cue ball position B for position on the 9-ball. Your position goal should be to achieve either straight in position on the next shot, or at least a comfortable confident cut shot, no more than say a 30 degree angle.

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Just as some patterns show up on the table more often than others, so do some players show up at tournaments more often than others. For example, you’ll walk into a tavern and see players you saw at another tavern tournament, or someone who played in a league you played in. Just as you have to leaarn how to play patterns, you have to learn how to play those players. Now what I mean by this is you should learn these players weaknesses in their game as well as their strengths. You do not have to be playing a player to learn this, just watch him/her shooting in between your matches. Here are some weaknesses I look for in a player: 1. Can he/she shoot over a ball well? 2. Can he/she make shots when the cue is frozen to the rail? 3. Can he/she play combinations? 4. Can he/she bank? 5. Can he/she make long shots? 6. Can he/she make rail shots? Now here’s where this information can come into play to your advantage. In a game of 8-ball, let’s say you have decided to play safe. You’re on the eight and your opponent has six or seven balls left on the table. You’re going to have to let him/her see some kind of shot. Let him see a bank shot if he’s weak in his banks, or a tough combination if he struggles in that area. Leave him frozen to the rail if you haven’t seen him make a shot like that since dinosaurs were roaming around. Here’s another example of a time to consider his weak point. You are considering taking a tough shot. Your chance of making this shot are 50/50. Think where the cue ball will end up if you miss. If it happens to leave your opponent on a shot he is weak in, then I would try to make the shot. If it leaves him an easy out, then I would be thinking a lot harder about my option to play safe. When some players find your weakness and use it against you and it costs you a tournament practice that part of your game until you’ve mastered it. Then the next time he plays you that way, you’ll walk up to the table with confidence, fire the shot in, sending your opponent to the losers bracket. Practice Breeds Knowledge Knowledge Breeds Confidence Confidence Breeds Victory Article Originally Published in The Tournament Guide Vol. II Issue 8–October 10th 1993 See Ya’ Next Time by Fast Eddie (A.O.P. Club)


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