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BUSTAMANTE doubles up, winning

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Francisco Bustamante By Skip Maloney, AzBilliards.com

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the One-Pocket event of the 2012 West Coast Challenge, Frost (third in the one-pocket event), who'd defeated Oscar Dominguez which began on Wednesday, April 25, Francisco Bustamante and Corey Deuel to reach him. Sossei drew Brandon Shuff, who'd got into the hot seat and then had to face a strong, loss-side advanced past Santos Sanbajon and Ramon Mistica. Three of the next challenge from John Schmidt, who won nine straight to meet four matches went double hill. Morra and Shuff survived double hill him in those finals. On Sunday, April 29, Bustamante, once again in the matches against Frost and Sossei to face each other in the quarterfinals. In hot seat, this time for the 10-ball event, found himself, for the second time, those quarterfinals, Morra defeated Shuff 8-4 to pick up Hundal. Hundal playing from behind against Raj Hundal. He withstood both challenges to survived the double hill semifinals for a second chance against Bustamante. In a mirror image of their earlier match, when they battled for the capture the title in both events. The $4,000-added One-Pocket event drew hot seat, Hundal came out strong and took an early lead. But ahead 4-2, 60 entrants to the California Billiard Club in Mountain View, CA, while the $10,000-added 10-Ball event drew 87 to the same location, from April Hundal watched again, as Bustamante settled in to win six in a row and capture his second event title of the weekend. 25-29. In the One-Pocket event, Bustamante faced Corey Deuel in the winners' side semifinals, as Scott Frost squared off against Louis Ulrich. Two double hill matches advanced Frost and Bustamante to the hot seat match. Another double hill match left Bustamante in the hot seat, waiting on Schmidt. One-Pocket 10-Ball Schmidt, who'd been working the 'left side' since he'd lost his opening match to Manny Chau, 1st Francisco Bustamante $3,000 1st Francisco Bustamante $5,200 chalked up wins # 5 and # 6 against Brandon Shuff 2nd John Schmidt $2,000 2nd Raj Hundal $3,700 and John Morra to pick up Ulrich. Deuel drew 3rd Scott Frost $1,000 3rd John Morra $2,300 Chau, who'd gotten by Dan Louie and Rafael Martinez. Schmidt advanced to the quarterfinals 4th Corey Deuel $600 4th Brandon Shuff $1,500 with a victory over Ulrich, but was denied a re5th Louis Ulrich $450 5th Scott Frost $1,000 match versus Chau, when Deuel defeated him. Manny Chau Jeremy Sossei Schmidt then defeated Deuel, and survived a double hill match against Frost in the semifinals 7th John Morra $300 7th Corey Deuel $700 to get a crack at Bustamante. Bustamante ended Rafael Martinez Ramon Mistica Schmidt's nine-match winning streak with a 9th Freddy Boggs $200 9th Oscar Dominguez $500 4-2 victory that earned him his first title of the weekend. Brandon Shuff Santos Sanbajon The 10-Ball event featured a hot seat match Dan Louie Greg Harrada and finals with Bustamante and Raj Hundal. Jose Parica Manny Chau Hundal defeated John Morra to get into the hot seat match, while Bustamante sent Jeremy Sossei 13th Ryan Butler $125 13th Mike Wong $350 west. Hundal took an early lead in the battle Marshall Williams Dan Louie for the hot seat, but ahead 5-2, he watched as Austin Murphy Ernesto Dominguez Bustamante settled in to win six in a row. Morra moved over and picked up Scott Frank Nordmann John Schmidt

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Halifax, PA, April 24 - TAP Players in the Heart of PA and Soul of MD know they got a good thing in their league. And the word is spreading throughout its borders. Keystone TAP started in May 2007 operating in 6 Counties in PA. In 2009, the purchase of another PA TAP operation took place which included two additional territories and the players from Hagerstown, MD and Frederick, MD wanted to join in too. Creating a league extending over 13 counties in Pennsylvania and 2 in Maryland. “In the beginning two years, it was getting a feel for everything in the league business and in each area”, Owner, Kelly Senior stated, “then it was getting everyone on the same page, incorporating old with new, trial and error, learning from our mistakes and building upon a solid base.” Today, Keystone TAP can boast it has a unique hotel tournament experience three times a year and a National Qualifier event called the Keystone Klassic for it’s 8 Ball Participants. Players from all divisions are represented at each of these events. “It is the highlight of the league”, Senior says. The love is in the details and the organization of the event. Table vendors and hotels alike have seen it grow into a very sportsmanlike, respectable and fun event. Accolades have been made by players throughout these events and are looking forward to what the future holds. What does the future hold? “Now that we have been established, and the events have been fine tuned to provide the ultimate entertainment experiences for our

players, we look forward to expansion and future successes.” Senior continued, “the players are our customers, we work tirelessly to provide the best for them every day, and now we just want to show more of them what we have to offer.” Keystone TAP offers several formats to the Pool Player, 8 Ball, 9 Ball, Singles and Scotch Doubles. 9 Ball Team divisions also enjoy a titleholder event three times a year and a Keystone Klassic event and is continuing to grow. Players enjoy local MVP Plaques, qualifying and participating in the Rally in the Valley singles, in Philadelphia, PA. Captains enjoy membership being paid for by the league for their hard work and coordination with their teams. Teams enjoy multiple qualifier chances to win a trip to the TAP Traveling Nationals, along with Pins, Plaques and Prizes. This league doesn’t skimp on its players benefits, they are too numerous to mention. Don’t miss the excitement of Keystone TAP and it’s upcoming events, industry leading advancements in computer technology provided by the TAP Corporate Offices, in an inverted pyramid company structure, that put’s its players on top. Want more information about KeystoneTAP? Check out our website, www. keystonetap.com; Facebook Page www.facebook.com/keystonetap and / or contact us, through our office by phoning 717.921.2334 or emailing kelly@keystonetap.com. Join the countless others that have been checking us out. We look forward to hearing from you !

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WOMEN'S US OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO TULSA! River Spirit Casino in Tulsa to Host its 2nd WPBA U.S. Open, June 6-10, 2012

TULSA, OK - The 2012 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships return to the fabulous River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma June 6-10, 2012 as Great Britain’s Allison Fisher attempts to defend her title, won on this very stage on June 19, 2011. The quarter final, semi final and final matches will be taped by ESPN for seven onehour national broadcasts. The WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships is a major stop on the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour and is happy to make its home at the River Spirit Casino for a second year in a row. Said WPBA president Tamre Rogers, “The River Spirit Event Center and Casino staff were second to none, and Tulsa fans are simply the best! The event and staging were spectalular and the tour is already looking forward to returning to Tulsa in 2012.” “River Spirit Casino and the River Spirit Event Center are pleased to have hosted the 2011 Women’s US Open 9-Ball Championships and proud to have been selected to host the event again in 2012 and 2013,” commented Jerry Floyd, General Manager at River Spirit. “The Tulsa area and the entire state support and deserve world class events such as this one. We are committed to making this year’s event bigger and better than 2011.” Already slated to compete are the best known names in the world of women’s pro billiards, including European and World Champion Jasmin Ouschan; famed "Black Widow" Jeanette Lee; Chinese sensation Xiaoting Pan, British "Kwikfire" Kelly Fisher; 2010 U.S. Open champ Ga Young Kim aka "Little Devil Girl"; BCA Hall of Famer and defending champion Allison Fisher; USA's own Monica Webb; and BCA Hall of Famer Ewa Mataya Laurance, who stunned the pool world with her victory over Allison Fisher in the tour’s season opener at the WPBA Masters in Michigan earlier this year. NEW to this year’s U.S. Open will be a playoff between WPBA’s East and West Coast Regional Tour champions. In years past, the Regional Tour Championships was a single event hosting the top regional tour players from around the country. While this event will continue to host the top regional tour players, this year’s format is a bit different in that West Coast and East Coast division winners will each receive a paid spot to the 2012 WPBA U.S. Open. These division champions will not only participate in the WPBA U.S. Open, they will also play a final playoff match for the title of 2012 Regional Tour Champion! The WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships

will once again kick off with a charity pro-am on June 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. Open to the general public, fans have a chance to compete against top players while raising money for Komen for the Cure Tulsa. It all takes place at the River Spirit Event Center, adjacent to the River Spirit Casino at 81st and Riverside in Tulsa. Visit www.riverspirittulsa.com/entertainment/eventcenter for tickets and more information! ABOUT RIVER SPIRIT CASINO AND EVENT CENTER River Spirit Casino, Tulsa's $195 million casino project at 81st & Riverside, showcases 300,000 square feet of gaming space and is one of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma. With over 2,600 high-tech electronic machines, 23 table games and 15 poker tables, River Spirit Casino offers the most current technology and latest games available. The facility features four dining and beverage venues including the largest casino buffet in Oklahoma, a steakhouse, a 24-hour café, a lounge and a sports bar. The newly renovated River Spirit Event Center is located at the site of the former Creek Nation Casino - Tulsa at 81st and Riverside Drive. The venue has nearly 20,000 sq. ft of useable space for sporting events, entertainment, conventions and meetings and all amenities. For more information on River Spirit Casino please visit www.riverspirittulsa.com. As an active community partner, River Spirit Casino provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and surrounding towns. Proceeds from gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and healthcare. For more information on the tribe's history and government, please visit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's Web site. www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov ABOUT THE WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL BILLIARD ASSOCIATION (WPBA) The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women's Professional Billiard Alliance, and celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women's Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the world's greatest women players. Visit www.wpba.com for more. The WPBA Classic Tour is sponsored by Diamond Billiards (tables), Iwan Simonis (cloth), Delta 13 (racks), Pooldawg (supplies), and Aramith (balls).


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Mcmoa BY: DON “CHEESE” AKERLOW

MCMOA STATE 8-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 32ND ANNUAL WAS FINALLY HERE. DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT WITH THE VENUE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO SET UP THE OTBNTV LIVE STREAMING EQUIPMENT UNTIL THURSDAY BECAUSE THE NEW VALLEY POOL TABLES HAD TO BE IN PLACE FOR THE TEAM EVENT.

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MCMOA We were really excited about returning to the convention center at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings, Montana. This room is spacious, plenty of room for players and guests. The tables were spaced far apart with seating in between each row. The 2012 Montana Coin Machine Operators Association (MCMOA) 8-Ball Championships. Thursday was the beginning of the tournament with a Team Championship. This was a 4 person team which had to have at least 2 original members of a VNEA Sanctioned team. Next year 2013, will be a change to the team event. All players must be a sanctioned VNEA player according to Sid president of the MCMOA. Talks are also being discussed for an A and B Team Divisions. Round Robin format with 14 teams participating. The team with the highest total points would win the event. The teams assembled and play began around 6pm. We started the OTBnTV live stream around 7:30 pm and continued until 12:30 pm. Play was scheduled to begin around 9 am Friday morning and

continue until all the teams had played each other and the champions were crowned. We went live at Noon and the tournament finished around 5:30 pm with the final match on the TV table being between the first and second place teams. The Cats Paw team had a 21 point lead going into the match. The Helena Eagles team jumped out to a 40-6 lead erasing the 21 point lead and went on to win the match 132-66 and the championship. The Eagles #4 team from Helena, Montana consisting of Dan Hamper, George Price, Jerry Churchill and Josh Morgieau. Taking second place was the Cats Paw team from Bozeman, Montana with Jeff Grinwis, Doug Crossman, Jon Kaphammer and Nick Douma. The MCMOA Singles tournament immediately followed the Team event and got underway around 7 pm Friday night players played one round or until you lost and would return at 9 am Saturday to continue. Many past winners were in attendance again this year, trying to capture another title. For the men there was Jeff Boucher (‘12, ‘07, ‘06, ‘04, ‘99), Dave Schwartz (‘00), Nick Douma (‘09), Dan Hamper (‘10, ‘08, ‘03), David Willis (‘10), Brian Dyson (‘06), John Townes (‘05), Terry Bummer (‘96, ‘93) and Jeff Grinwis (‘04). On the women’s side it was Janet Dunks (‘11, ‘99, ‘92), Linda Asleson (‘10, ‘08, ‘06, ‘04, ‘95), Morgan Steinman (‘12, ‘09, ‘05, ‘03, ‘01), Sky Tigart (‘07, ‘02, ‘96), Susan Miller (‘97) and Misty Debates (‘12, ‘09). Saturday brought some great matches to the TV Table and all throughout the event. The tournament was full of surprises. Saturday the races were to 3 while Sunday would see the men race to 4 with the finals being a race to 5 and the women to 3 and 4 for the finals. Jeff Boucher was in the hot seat in the Men’s A Singles and sat in the OTBnTV booth and commentated for several matches while awaiting his opponent in the finals. There were some good back and forths on how to play the table with different strategies between myself and Jeff.

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Sky Tigart Cats Paw: Doug Crossman, Jeff Grinwis, Jon Kaphammer, Nick Douma Jeff has sat in the OTBnTV booth on several occassions. The commentary has always been interesting with different styles and knowledge of play. Jeff and I go back a long ways, back to the 80’s when Jeff was living in Butte, Montana. It was easy to see with Jeff’s commentary that the most important part of his game (between the ears) was in tune. Brian Dyson also sat in the booth for a match and gave his insights into the match we were live streaming. Brian said that he’s never had much trouble talking but sitting in the booth was harder than he anticipated. His expertise was obvious being a past winner himself (2006). The Men’s B Division was being played on an adjacent table and we were able to live stream some of the match between Dan Horn and Mike Thompson. Congratualtions Dan for winning the B Division. We went back and forth between the Men’s A Division and the B Division. The Women’s A Division was more of a challenge since they were playing several tables away but after the Men’s tournament finished we were able to live stream the last shots and see Morgan Steinman take the title against Sky Tigart. Congratulations. Unfortunately the Women’s B Division match was out of camera range and we were unable to live stream it. Misty Debates and Jessica Jenewein were battling it out for the

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championship and Misty came out on top. Congratulations, Misty. OTBnTV would like to thank the MCMOA, Holiday Inn Grand Montana for allowing us to live stream this and providing us with great accommodations and a great venue. We would also like to thank Tiger Products our title sponsor. Local sponsors for the OTBnTV LIVE Stream are the Molly Brown in Bozeman, Reno Club in Billings and Rocky Mountain Gaming from Bozeman. This was another great tournament and we are looking forward to next year. See you there! On the last live streaming Singles-14 you will at the end find an interview of Jeff Boucher and Morgan Steinman. http://www.ustream.tv/otbntv-live We had over 160,000 live viewers. Thank you everyone.

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Allan P. Sand How can your game go wrong?

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Allan Sand is a pocket billiards instructor, qualified by the PBIA (Professional Billiards Instructor Association) and ACS (American Cue Sports). He teaches players how to become the “Intelligent Shooter” (thinking before shooting). He instills the love of winning for players at all levels and coaches “A” players on strategies and tactics. He has played the Green Game for more than 50 years – all over the US, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. He now resides in Santa Clara, CA, and keeps his skills sharpened on a 5x10 Saunier & Wilhelm 1938 table with double-shimmed pockets. He has written many instruction books on how to play smart, including the philosophical aspects of the game (Art of War versus the Art of Pool), sharking (Psychology of Gamesmanship), defensive play (Safety Toolbox), position control (Cue Ball Control, Advanced Cue Ball Control), and practicing (Drills & Exercises). He is now producing videos that each focus on a specific aspect of the game. Currently four are available. For more information and details, go to www.billiardgods. com. The books (ebook & printed) are available worldwide on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books.

hen your game goes off-line and your shooting results begin to deviate from your intentions, something gets out of kilter – usually your fundamentals. The problem is – how long does it take before you notice that something is wrong and take corrective action? Generally, by the time you do wake up, the game count is tough. You might recover – but the struggle to win becomes a low probability proposition. This article identifies some of the most common situations that create a handicap you could do without. If you can train yourself to recognize when one of these situations occurs, you can more quickly take corrective action. Here are the common problems.

Suddenly Stupid You make an intelligent shooting decision and get down on the shot. Suddenly, with no conscious intention, the cue ball is moving. Shocked, you watch the table layout change – usually for the worse. Probably, your hind brain took over, or your evil twin surfaced and used this opportunity to mess you up. At the wrong moment in time, your intelligence and sanity jointly agree to go on holiday. This can be costly in a money competition. Of course, your opponent could be so surprised that he couldn’t take advantage of the momentary disintegration of your focus. When it does happen, all you can do is shake your head in disbelief as your opponent takes over the table. This generally happens because your brain was multi-tasking while shooting. In other words, you weren’t focusing on the game in general and the shot in specific. Don’t obsess about it (which can further distract you). You can recover if you can immediately go back to your pre-shot routine and start manually performing each step.

Casual Laziness You begin the competition with all necessary awareness and intentions. Your first few dozen shots are all perfect examples of focus and attention. Your very success and the pride you feel in making the cue ball do what you want becomes your downfall. You relax your intentions (or drink one too many beers). The initial success goes to your head and you (incorrectly) assume you are at the top of your game. After all, recent history has proven your unstoppable skills. Arrogant trust in your competence becomes your new attitude. For an observant opponent, the next few missed shots demonstrate a weakness in your game. He starts saying things like, “So close” and “You almost had

that”. You go along with the idea and agree that the misses are simple bad billiard god luck. He snaps up several quick wins.

Bumbling Imagination This is another way to help your opponent win. All that is needed is an uncontrollable imagination. It occurs most often when you are doing your doing practice strokes. An alternative option bursts upon your consciousness. Instead of stomping on the idea or getting up to reconsider playing options, you change your bridge height and position and go for the new shot. You look at the table results and aren’t even ashamed of yourself. Your opponent loves you and considers congratulating you on your decreased skills.

Body Distractions Another reason to justify reduced attention on the game is bodily interference. There is a close correlation between the operational condition of the body and the ability of the brain to function. Your body has many ways to interrupt your attention. Among these are hunger pangs, headaches, an injury, or excessive flatulence. Your body can also run out of energy. This physical weakness causes the brain to stop functioning properly. This can result from poor nutrition, weak muscle tone, or even limited stamina. Any of these reduce your ability to play well.

Competitive Distractions This is a self-inflicted problem. For some reason, your mind doesn’t want to concentrate on the game. Any kind of influence in the area demands attention. This can be environmental – music, conversation, an attractive person of the opposite (or same) sex, and others. Even sounds that previously never affected you – affect you, such as clinking ice cubes in a glass. Itemizing these are too many to list here. Basically, your brain will seize upon anything to justify your lack of focus and screw up your game.

Outside Distractions There are times when personal problems aggressively intrude into your game. Instead of being able to use the Green Game to take a break from your worries, you carry them right along with you. They keep you company as you attempt to be competitive. If your opponent notices this, he can ensure victory by simply slowing down his routine – extending the time that you are waiting (and worrying). Either put your head into the game or go home.


Andrzej KaldanUNDEFEATED A ndrzej Kaldan goes undefeated at A/D 9 Ball Tri-State Tournament held at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn , N.Y. His tournament trail, included wins over Eddie Perez 6 -1; Inna Bediner 7 - 3; Jaydev Zaveri 6 - 5; Rick Shellhouse 6- 5; Randy Mackin 6 - 2 and, Basdeo Sookhai 7 - 6 to get into the Hot Seat. On the loss side, Basdeo defeated the ever tough Daniel Dagotdot 8 - 4 , to reach the Finals. Due to the late hour and the player's fatigue, both players agreed to split the event with Andrzej taking top honors. Third place finisher Daniel Dagotdot and KIm Meyer-Gabia forth place, are to be complemented for their strong performance each with a 6 & 2 win/loss record. The next Tri-State event is a $500 Added A/D at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Please provide a thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Ron Tarr Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event. Please leave tournament staff names out of this article, comments and credits to remain general.

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WINNERS' SIDE FINAL FOUR Player Winner Basdeo Sookhai Basdeo Sookhai Andrzej Kaldan Andrzej Kaldan

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HOT SEAT MATCH Player Winner Andrzej Kaldan Andrzej Kaldan

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ONE-LOSS SIDE FINAL EIGHT Player Winner Dave Shlemperis Dave Shlemperis Keith Adamik Keith Adamik Kim Meyer-Gabia Kim Meyer-Gabia Luis Novas Luis Novas

Loser (9-12) Score Beau Baer 7-2 Boris Manzheley 7 - 5 Jaydev Zaveri 6-1 Rick Shellhouse 6 - 1

ONE-LOSS SIDE FINAL SIX Player Player Winner Loser (7-8) Score Keith Adamik Dave Shlemperis Dave Shlemperis Keith Adamik 7-3 Luis Novas Kim Meyer-Gabia Kim Meyer-Gabia Luis Novas 6-4 ONE-LOSS SIDE FINAL FOUR Player Player Winner Loser (5-6) Score Dave Shlemperis Daniel Dagotdot Daniel Dagotdot Dave Shlemperis 8 - 4 Randy Mackin Kim Meyer-Gabia Kim Meyer-Gabia Randy Mackin 6-2 Player Kim Meyer-Gabia Daniel Dagotdot

QUARTERFINAL Player Winner Daniel Dagotdot Daniel Dagotdot Basdeo Sookhai Basdeo Sookhai

Loser (4) Score Kim Meyer-Gabia 9 - 5 Daniel Dagotdot 8 - 4

Final Player Basdeo Sookhai

Player Andrzej Kaldan

Loser (2) Score Basdeo Sookhai SPLIT

Winner Andrzej Kaldan


Raymond Linares, Javier Chirino, Chris Gentile, Jason Sheeman

was the latest event to host the Poison Cues Tour event. The $1000 Added amateur event attracted 62 players with 5 ladies taking advantage of the $20 entry fee. Miami would have a large contingent of players showing up for this event which was made a extra special with the top four places all receiving a beautiful glass trophy’s supplied by Javier Chirino. Chirino was also looking like the man to beat as he would make his way through to the hotseat with strong wins over Doug Johnson 6-2, Justin Gilsinan 6-4, Prescott Buckwold 6-3, Paul Mullins 6-0, Jeff Mabry 6-4 and then hard fought win over Raymond Linares in the winner’s side final 7-3. The one loss side would see Tim Baron make a strong push after taking a 6-2 loss to Chris Gentile, Baron would go on to take out Jay Zink 5-4, Derek Virgilio 5-1, Paul Mullins 5-2, a 5-4 win over David Uwate would be his last as Jason Sheerman would end his run with a 5-3 loss to leave Baron in a Respectable 5th place. Sheerman would now have the task of taking on the Florida Amateur State Champion Chris Gentile this would also end his run as Gentile would come out on top with a 5-2 win leaving Sheerman in 4th spot, Gentile backed this win up with strong 5-0 win over Raymond Linares to put himself in the final. The finals would be another great match with both players showing why they got there with strong shot making and good safety battles, However Chirino did not want to give his trophy up and would eventually come out a 7-4 winner and take the 1st place trophy and $700 1st place 1st prize fund. 2nd The Poison Tour also paid out more than quarter of the field for 3rd this event along with four glass trophy’s for the top four finishers. 4th Congratulations to Kira Brown for her top lady finish receiving $50 5th-6th Sunday’s $1000 Added open 10-Ball event would attract 42 players 7th-8th with over 30 amateurs coming back from Saturday’s event taking 9th-12th advantage of the two day $40 discounted entry fee. 13th-16th Hunter Lombardo would be the man to beat on the day as he cruised his way to the finals with strong wins over Tim Baron 6-4, John Top Lady Ditoro 6-1, Kira Brown 6-4, Mark Coats 6-0 and then a strong 7-3 win over Tony Crosby in the winners side final to capture the hotseat,. 1st On the one loss side Raymond Linares was proving to be a 2nd handful after taking a first round loss to David Uwate 6-2 he would go on a strong run with wins over Lincoln Seifert, Robert Raiford, Prescott 3rd 4th Buckwold, Chettan Chhabra, John Ditoro and then Mark Coats before 5th-6th running into a determined Anthony Meglino who stopped his run with 7th-8th a 5-0 win Meglino would then go on to lose a tight 5-4 match to Tony

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take the Trophy’s Crosby which would set up a Lombardo Crosby Final. The final would be a classic with neither player wanting to give an inch it would go all the way with Crosby taking it 7-6 to set up a 1 rack sudden death shootout. The shootout is designed to give the hotseat winner that 2nd chance and also guarantees 2nd place will have lost twice. Crosby would go onto win the one rack shoot out after a positional error from Lombardo leaving Crosby a quick 2-10 combination to take down the event. The tour would like to thank Cunningham’s pool room and its staff for hosting a very successful event. Also our Title Sponsors Poison Cues for supplying some of the best hitting pool cues on the market. Our next event will be 19-20th May at Park Avenue Billiards, Orange Park (Jacksonville).

AMATEUR PAYOUTS Javier Chirino Chris Gentile Raymond Linares Jason Sheerman Tim Baron, Jeff Mabry Vann Mangum, David Uwate Scott Nodell, Lincoln Seifert, Glen Miller, Paul Mullins Derek Virgilio, Prescott Buckwold, Zeno Rawley, Sam Kantar Kira Brown

$700 $500 $300 $200 $130 $90 $70 $50 $50

PAYOUTS Tony Crosby Hunter Lombardo Anthony Meglino Raymond Linares Mark Coats, David Uwate John Ditoro, Javier Chirino

$700 $450 $300 $200 $100 $75


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(l to r) Susan Williams, Terri Johnson-McCauley

Written by Tres Kane, April, 2012

Stinger’s Sports Bar & Grill, in Glendale, Arizona, hosted Stop #2 of the Arizona Women's Billiard Tour on April 14th & 15th. Longtime AWBT favorite, Susan Williams was the winner, 7-3, over Terri Johnson-McCauley. Susan would claim her first title in over a year. For Terri, who traveled all the way from Farmington, New Mexico, it was her highest AWBT finish ever.

With twelve (12) 7' Diamond tables, Stinger’s was an excellent host for AWBT's only bar table event for 2012. This tournament was scheduled to get our gals ready to compete in the BCAPL Nationals in Las Vegas in May. We saw several new faces and welcomed back some old friends as twenty-six (26) ladies came out Saturday to play. With such a strong response, this will surely be a yearly event.

Saturday's play began with races to five in both the winner's and loser's brackets. Play was aggressive and games that used to slow matches to a crawl were won in a matter of minutes by strong tactics and accurate shooting. Many layouts were expertly sliced and diced for 8-ball runouts. This was not your Grandmother's 8-ball game. With all the excellent play on Saturday, only eight (8) would come back for Sunday. On the A-side, it was Susan Williams, Terri Johnson-McCauley, Leandrea Gaff and Jodie Villegas. On the B-side it was Sara Miller, Veronica Poore, Justine Bishop and Beverly Cook. Susan would win the hot seat by defeating Jodie 5-1, and then overcome a, 1-3 deficit, and beat Terri. Veronica Poore took time out from her doctoral studies to win 5-4 over Bev Cook, only to lose to Jodie 5-3 and take home a nice 5th-6th finish. Sara Miller excused Justine Bishop 5-3 to finish celebrating Greek Easter.Her next match was with arch enemy Leandrea Gaff who originally put Sara in the loser's side. These two seem to play each other every tournament. This time Leo was the victor 5-3 leaving Sara in 5th-6th hoping for another chance to beat Leo in the next tournament. Jodie Villegas ended Leandrea’s run by beating her 5-3. Great job Leo! Then it was Terri


Johnson McCauley's turn to stop Jodie 5-3. A nice 3rd place finish might be Jodie's highest AWBT result to date. The finals, a single race to 7, would be a rematch between Susan Williams and Terri Johnson 2nd Chance - Alicia Streenz, Rayna Gainey, Jaye Succo McCauley. Terri had come ever so close in the previous match scratching with only the 8-ball left to go up 4-1 only to lose 5-3. Susan knew she had a dangerous foe. The match stayed close up until 3-3 but then Susan pulled away, winning the next four games in a row for the match and the title. Congratulations to Susan on some great runout 8-ball. Congratulations to 2nd place finisher, Terri Johnson McCauley. You played awesome. The 2nd Chance tournament was taken by Jaye Succo, 4-3 over Alicia Streenz. We had ten (10) players return for the free tournament and even CoDirector, Kristie, put in her $5 Final 8 Stingers April 2012 dollars to play. Stingers added $50, bringing the redemption tournament prize fund to $145. Jaye received $75 MAIN EVENT PAYOUTS: for 1st, Alicia $45 for 2nd and Rayna Gainey, who traveled with Alicia up from Place Name Winnings Tucson, got $25 for 3rd. 1st Susan Williams $250 The AWBT would like to thank Stinger’s owner Dale Hanson for hosting 2nd Terri Johnson-McCauley $180 and adding a total of $350 to both tournaments. Pool players, come and check out Stinger’s newly remodeled room. With twelve 7' Diamonds, two 9' 3rd Jodie Villegas $150 Diamonds and two Valley bar boxes, Stingers has positioned itself as a major 4th Leandrea Gaff $110 room in the Valley. 5-6th Sara Miller $70 Thanks to AWBT sponsor Jose Gonzales and LAS GLORIAS GRILL for adding Veronica Poore $100. 7-8th Justine Bishop $50 Thanks to the friends of the AWBT for adding $200. We encourage this type of behavior. Contact Tres Kane if you would like to become a friend of the Beverly Cook AWBT. 9-12th Vilene Stutesman $25 Thanks to my Co-Director Kristie Ortega for all her hard work in making the Claudia Morado tournament run smoothly. Thanks to Scooter for helping set up and teardown of Bernie Store the tournament. Good luck to all AWBT members in Vegas. Let 'em know where you come from. Mary Helen Mondragon FREE 2ND CHANCE PAYOUTS: The AWBT’s Stop #3 is Skip 'n Jan's in Tempe, June 30th-July 1st. The Place Name Winnings game is 9-ball on 9’ tables. Come play, have some fun and bring a friend!

1st 2nd 3rd

Jaye Succo Alicia Streenz Rayna Gainey

*No change in point standings.

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BILLIARD EDUCATION FOUNDATION AWARDS

Megan Ferry

Benjamin Horton

Lesly Ibarra

Kole McGuire

2012 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of its annual scholarship program. The objective of the BEF Academic Scholarship Program is to grant scholarships to high school seniors who have benefited from the sport of billiards and are pursuing a college education.   The scholarships are divided into two categories: BEF Excellence in Education scholarship ($2,000 award) and BEF Aiming for Higher Education scholarships (3 x $1,000 award).   The prized students adhered to the following scholarship criteria: 1) maintained a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale); 2) received an ACT score of at least 23 or SAT combined score (critical reading + math) of 1050 or higher; 3) submitted a 500-1000 word essay on how billiards has been an integral part of their life; 4) submitted a letter outlining academic achievements, leadership and/or community service work and a description of the applicant’s background and career objectives; 5) must be accepted to an accredited undergraduate academic program by June 1; 6) must attend an accredited undergraduate institution and carry at least 12 hours per semester.  

Congratulations to the following 2012 winners: BEF “Excellence in Education” Scholarship ($2,000 award) Megan Ferry of Denver, NC BEF “Aiming for Higher Education” Scholarships ($1,000 award) Benjamin Horton of Moyie Springs, ID Lesly Ibarra of Garland, TX Kole McGuire of Rockwall, TX Essays may be viewed on the BEF website at www.BilliardEducation.org The Billiard Education Foundation has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships since 1993. Said BEF executive director Laura Smith, “The BEF is proud to help young adults who have benefited from billiards to offset their education expenses and become our future leaders.”  About the Billiard Education Foundation The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization. The BEF funds academic scholarships, produces the Junior National 9-Ball Championships, offers opportunities for billiard athletes to attend the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships and promotes “Pool In School” programs. For more information about the BEF please visit www.BilliardEducation.org or contact Samm Diep-Vidal at samm@BilliardEducation.org or phone 303-667-8000.


JENTSCH

Jentsch By EPBF Press Release

In a very one-sided final match, Dominic Jentsch (GER) crushed David Alcaide (ESP) with 8:1.

takes the title

"I feel completely overwhelmed", said Jentsch after the final. "This is my first Euro-Tour victory; my best rank so far was 17th". The final match can be described with a few words: Jentsch was simply too dominating for Alcaide and left no chance for the strong Spaniard. Whatever aspect of the game is taken, Jentsch was better. His break shot, his safety play, his pocketing skills‌ his performance in this final was second to none. When asked what he thinks it is that makes him dominate his opponents so clearly, he replied: "I always try to do my best. I think from shot to shot and get the best out of me." "Sometimes you get momentum, sometimes you don't. I practice very hard and recently I get awarded for all my efforts." That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Italy Open Euro-Tour 10ball. The event was hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website www.epconline.eu , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.


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WINS seven on the one loss side to take

VAN BOENING

By Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com In a star-studded, Hard Times 10-Ball tournament, held on the weekend of May 4-6, Dennis Orcullo won seven matches on the loss-side and dominated Shane Van Boening in the finals to become the third Filipino champion of this annual tournament. Lee Van Corteza (2010) and Alex Pagalayun (2011) were the previous champions. The $5,000-added event drew 64 entrants, including Rodney Morris, Mike Davis, Mitch Ellerman, Francisco Bustamante, Oscar Dominguez, Scott Frost, Raj Hundal and Brandon Shuff to Hard Times in Bellflower, CA. an Boening's path to the winners' side final four went through V Justin Logan, Mitch Ellerman, Mike Davis and among the final eight, Francisco Bustamante. He faced Manny Chau in the winners' side semifinals, as Max Eberle faced Corey Harper. Van Boening got into the hot seat match with a 9-3 victory over Chau, and faced Eberle, who'd sent Harper west 9-4. Van Boening downed Eberle in the battle for the hot seat 9-4 and waited for the fateful return of Orcullo. rcullo, who'd opened his tournament bid with victories over O Branch Talley and Scott White, moved to the loss side on the heels of 9-5 victory by Louis Ulrich in the third round of play. His seven-match march back to the finals began with victories over

ORCULLO

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Ernesto Dominguez and Ramin Bakhtiari. He then downed Bustamante 9-7, and Morris 9-6 to pick up Harper. Chau drew Scott Frost, who'd defeated Ulrich 9-3 (spoiling any re-match possibility for Orcullo), and Kenichi Uchigaki 9-5.

I t was Orcullo and Frost advancing to the quarterfinals; Orcullo with a 9-4 win over Harper, and Frost 9-7 against Chau. Orcullo dropped Frost into fourth place 9-3 and completed his sevenmatch, loss-side winning streak with a 9-3 victory over Eberle in the semifinals. rcullo came out smoking in the single, race-to-11 finals, jumping O out to a lead and giving up only three racks to Van Boening. At the conclusion of the match, Orcullo stepped to the end of the table and began preparations for a 15th rack. He had to be informed that the match was over, and began accepting congratulations. And for the third year in a row, Max Eberle placed third.

3RD ANNUAL HARD TIMES 10-BALL OPEN RESULTS PLACE

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

PLAYERNAME

Dennis Orcollo Shane Van Boening Max Eberle Scott Frost Manual Chau Corey Harper Rodney Morris Kenichi Uchigaki

PRIZE MONEY

$3,000 $1,800 $1,300 $900 $700 $700 $500 $500

PLACE

9th 13th

PLAYERNAME

Louis Ulrich Oscar Dominguez Francisco Bustamante Danny King Santos Sambajon Rafael Martinez Ramin Bakhtiari Mike Davis

PRIZE MONEY

$300 $300 $300 $300 $200 $200 $200 $200


JONES COMES BACK from loss-side to down Montour in NWPA Martha Hartsell Memorial finals

By Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com File Photo courtesy of Suzanne Smith They met first in the winners' side quarterfinals, when Jana Montour sent Kim Jones west. Montour moved on to occupy the hot seat, but Jones returned from the loss side, after winning five straight to defeat Montour in the finals of the Martha Hartsell Memorial Tournament, the second stop on the 2012 Northwest Women's Pool Association tour. The $1,000-added event drew 33 entrants to The Cue Ball in Salem, OR. They had each won two, when they met among the winners' side final eight; Montour, having defeated Elaine Eberly and Tayla Makus, as Jones got by Angela Higgins

PLACE 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 5th 7th 8th

PLAYERNAME PRIZE MONEY Kim Jones ----------------------------------- $600 Jana Montour - ----------------------------- $400 Liz Cole - ------------------------------------ $275 Kris Robbins -------------------------------- $200 Eve Stockstill ------------------------------- $125 Shelby Locati ------------------------------- $125 Suzanne Smith ------------------------------- $94 Sheila Clark ----------------------------------- $94

and Mary Hopkin. Montour took the first of their two 7-3, and moved into the winners' side semifinals against Kris Robbins. Liz Cole, in the meantime, squared off against Shelby Locati. Montour survived a double hill battle against Robbins, while downed Locati 7-3. Montour got into the hot seat with a 7-5 victory over Cole, and waited for what turned out to be the return of Jones. Jones moved over and chalked up wins against Tamre Rogers 6-2 and Suzanne Smith 6-4, to draw Locati. Robbins drew Eve Stockstill, who'd defeated Sandy Badger double hill and Sheila Clark 6-4. Jones downed Locati 6-2, and was joined in the quarterfinals by Robbins, who'd ended Stockstill's day 6-2. Jones shut Robbins out, and turned to face Cole. A 7-5 victory in the semifinals gave Jones the second chance against Montour that she'd been battling for. She took full advantage. She allowed Montour only three racks in those finals and took home the top prize. According to NWPA and WPBA President Tamre Rogers, next weekend's WPBA West Coast Regional Tour Championships, scheduled for May 5-6 at Parlor Billiards and Spirits, in Bellevue, WA, will feature 13 members of the NWPA, including Jones and Montour.


Chris Fields WINS FIRST FBT EVENT!

Winter Park, FL – The room was full with players and spectators as the Flamingo Billiards Tour Qualifier got under way Saturday at Cue-Phoria Billiards & Cafe in Winter Park, Florida. Twenty-four of the top 9-Ball women competitors from around the state came to play. The format was a modified double elimination, playing down to the final eight, four from each side. The four on the one-loss side redrew one of the four from the winners bracket. Chris Fields got off to a rough start, losing her first match to Kim Richeson, 7-1, but made it to the redraw by defeating Chelsea Hardwick, who was in town and is a regular player on the Miss Cues Regional Tour. Field also got past Cassidy Mulligan and Laura Clay. Also making it to the redraw from the one-loss side was Jeannie Seaver, who initially lost a close match on the hill to Nicolle Cuellar. Not to be stopped, Jeannie knocked out Jane Freeman, Stephanie Mitchell and Kelly Cavanaugh to make it to the final eight. Also making it to the redraw from the one loss side was Kira Brown, who went west after losing to Kim Richeson, but fought her way back with wins over Janis Sessions, Vanessa Seaver and Kelly Coyle. Tour Director Mimi McAndrews also made it to the redraw after losing to Richeson, but defeating Barbara Ellis, who played a strong From left to right in the picture: Room owner, Faheem Zia, Crystal McCormick, 3d Place, Nicolle Cuellar, 2nd place, Jeannie Seaver, 3d place. In the back, Chris Fields, winner, and game all day, and newcomer Darlyne Petrovit. house pro Adam Wheeler. Filling the final eight bracket from the winners side was Crystal McCormick, who Cue-Phoria (www.cuephoria.com), for inviting the FBT and for being great won over Stephanie Mitchell, Chelsea Reeves, and Laura Clay. Also on hosts, and to Boynton Billiards for their continued support. the winners side was Shanelle Loraine, who sent Janis Sessions and Kelly The next stop is at Slate Billiards in Boynton Beach, Florida, June 23, Cavanaugh west. Kim Richeson also came from the winners side, beating 2012. For more information, visit www.flamingobilliardstour.com. Kira Brown, Fields and McAndrews. Nicolle Cuellar stayed on the east side sending Susan Roberts, Jeannie Seaver and Kelly Coyle west. In the redraw, Brown drew Cuellar, but lost hill-hill. McAndrews matched up against McCormick, but couldn’t get in stroke with McCormick easily taking the match. Seaver ended the day for Richeson, ($250 added, modified double elimination) and Fields won a tough match over Loraine, who has been playing a much improved game this year. Chris Fields-----------------------------------------------------$370 The semi-finals matched Cuellar against McCormick, but McCormick Nicolle Cuellar ------------------------------------------------$250 seemed to be having stamina problems on this night, and Cuellar took Crystal McCormick - -----------------------------------------$125 advantage, making it to the finals by winning 7-2. Fields, who had never won a match against Seaver, the favorite to win the event, beat the odds and Jeannie Seaver - ------------------------------------------------$125 won the match 7-5. Kira Brown ------------------------------------------------------ $75 With the momentum going her way, Fields was not going to stop at this Shanelle Loraine ----------------------------------------------- $75 point. She played strong and won her first Flamingo Billiards Tour event over Cuellar 7-2. Not too disappointed, Cuellar won the qualifier! Mimi McAndrews - -------------------------------------------- $75 Many thanks to room owner Faheem Zia and house pro Adam Wheeler at

Results

Kim Richeson -------------------------------------------------- $75


Zimny & Flores split pot

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ike Zimny goes to the hot seat after 2 hill-hill matches against Tri v. Chau and Kim Gabia. On the other side Annie Flores wins 5 in a row including the best match of the day against Kim Meyer-Gabia.after being down 3 zip, she battled back to win the hill-hill match. Because of the late hour, Zimny and Flores decided to split the pot and give Zimny the victory since he had no losses. WINNERS' SIDE FINAL FOUR Player Player Mike Zimny Ed Culhane Mike Aro Kim Meyer-Gabia HOT SEAT MATCH Mike Zimny

Kim Meyer-Gabia

ONE-LOSS SIDE FINAL EIGHT Player Player Paul Raval Annie Flores Keith Adamik Tri V. Chau Nick Verducci Mike Rodriguez Ted Lapadula Pat Mareno

Winner Zimny Meyer-Gabia Zimny

Winner Flores Chau Rodriguez Mareno

Score 7-1 6-5 7-6

Loser(9-12) Score Raval 7-1 Adamik 7-0 Verducci 6-4 Lapadula 7-6

ONE-LOSS SIDE FINAL Player Player Winner Loser (7-8) Score Annie Flores Tri V. Chau Flores Chau 7-2 Mike Rodriguez Pat Mareno Mareno Rodriguez 7-6 ONE-LOSS SIDE FINAL FOUR Player Player Winner Loser Score Annie Flores Ed Culhane Flores Culhane 8-0 Pat Mareno Mike Aro Mareno Aro 7-6

QUARTER FINAL Player Player Winner Annie Flores Pat Mareno Flores

Loser (4) Mareno

Score 8-5

SEMI FINAL Player Player (From Winners Side) Winner Loser (3) Score Annie Flores Kim Meyer-Gabia Flores Meyer-Gabia 7-6 FINAL Player Winner Loser (2) Mike Zimny Annie Flores Zimny Forfeit

Player Score Flores

PAYOUTS 1st............................................................. $600 2nd........................................................... $350 3rd............................................................ $200 4th............................................................ $100 5th - 6th . ................................................... $75


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Earl Strickland

Earl "THE PEARL" gets by Sossei twice

By Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com

EARL "THE PEARL" STRICKLAND PAID A RARE VISIT TO THE NORTHEAST

on the weekend of May 5-6 and joined a short field of 15 entrants, on hand for the Open portion of a stop on the Predator Tour. Strickland spent most of his time on the loss side in this event, but came back to face the man who'd sent him there - Jeremy Sossei - and defeat him in the finals. The $500-added event was hosted by Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. While Strickland was embarking on his five-match, loss-side winning streak, Sossei was advancing to the winners' side semifinals to face Phil Burford. Rob Pole, in the meantime, squared off against Jennifer Baretta. Sossei sent Burford west 7-4, as Pole sent Baretta over 7-5. Sossei got into the hot seat with a 7-4 victory over Pole, and waited on "The Pearl." First up for Strickland, on the loss side, was Greg McAndrews. A 7-2 win over McAndrews was followed by a 7-4 victory over tour director Tony Robles, which set Strickland up to face Baretta. Burford drew Justin Daniels, who'd shut out Thomas Rice and downed http://www.azbilliards.com/thepros/2000showplayer2012.

php?playernum=5750Jorge Rodriguez 7-4. Strickland and Daniels handed Baretta and Burford their second straight loss; 7-1, Strickland over Baretta and 7-2, Daniels over Burford. Strickland shut Daniels out in the quarterfinals that followed and then downed Pole in the semifinals 7-3 for a second crack at Sossei. The two battled back and forth in the single, race-to-11 finals, until Strickland pulled away at the end to win it 11-8. Tour director Tony Robles thanked the ownership and staff at Gotham City Billiards, as well as Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 racks, Poison Cues, PoolOnTheNet. com, and NYCGrind.

RESULTS Place

Playername

Prize Money

1st

Earl Strickland

$600

2nd

Jeremy Sossei

$400

3rd

Robert Pole

$200

4th

Justin Daniels

$100


Matt Krah

Jacqueline Rivera High Woman

Shaun Wilkie

Krah downs Wilkie twice to win Action Pool Tour

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By Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com though, prevailed for the re-match against Krah. Wilkie put up more of a fight in the finals, but the result was the same. Krah took the only set necessary 7-5 to claim the event title.

RESULTS

haun Wilkie and Matt Krah started strong on the May 5-6 stop on The Action Pool Tour; Krah opening with a shutout, Wilkie chalking one up in the second round. They battled on through three more rounds before meeting in the battle for the hot seat, and later, in the finals. Krah took both matches to claim top honors in the event that had drawn 55 entrants to VIP Billiards in Catonsville, MD. Wilkie moved among the winners' side final with a slightly better match record than Krah (28-7 to Krah's 28-10). As Wilkie took on Brett Stottlemyer, Krah faced Chuck Sampson. Krah advanced to the hot seat match with a 7-4 win over Sampson, as Wilkie sent Stottlemyer west 7-3. Krah took the first of their two 7-2, and waited in the hot seat for the rematch. Stottlemyer moved over and picked up Alan Duty, who'd defeated Dan Madden 5-2 and Manny Orino 5-3. Sampson drew Donny Perryman, who'd survived a double hill battle versus RJ Carmona and soundly defeated Rick Glasscock 5-1. Stottlemyer resumed his winning ways with a 5-3 victory over Duty, but Sampson fell victim to another successful, double hill victory by Perryman. Stottlemyer downed Perryman 5-1 in the quarterfinals, and put up a double hill fight in the semifinals against Wilkie. Wilkie,

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 5th 7th 7th 9th 9th 9th 9th

Playername Matt Krah Shaun Wilkie Brett Stottlemyer Donny Perryman Alan Duty Chuck Sampson Rich Glasscock Manuel Orino Daniel Madden Rafael Reyes R.J. Carmona Mike Slagle

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Click on the MAP link to get directions to each location May 4-6 Bellflower, CA Hard Times (562) 867-7733 10 Ball Open May 5 Burien, WA Good Time Ernie’s (206) 248-1670 Scotch Doubles Fundraiser May 5 Pocatello, ID The Pocket (208) 233-1841 8-Ball Scotch Doubles-Hdcp May 6 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool May 12 Salem, OR The Cue Ball (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players May 12 Belgrade, MT Hub Bar (406) 388-1811 Mixed Doubles May 9-20 Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (702) 719-7665 BCAPL Nationals May 9 9-Ball Singles May 10 Open Scotch Doubles May 11 Master/Advanced Sc Dbls May 12 Grand Master Singles May 16 Open/Women Teams May 17 Master/Trophy Teams May 10-13 Las Vegas, NV CSI (702) 719-7665 U S Open One Pocket May 14-19 Las Vegas, NV CSI (702) 719-7665 U S Open 10-Ball May 23-27 Spokane, WA Casino Tour www.westernbca.org 8-Ball Open & Master Events MMSD Race to 3 OMSD Race to 3 MBSD Race to 3 Mar 24 MBS Race to 4 MSS Race to 4 MDS Race to 5 WOS Race to 4 MMS Race to 6 Mar 26 MMT Race to 8 WT Race to 8 MMBT Race to 8 Jun 2 Pocatello, ID The Pocket (208) 233-1841 8-Ball Scotch Doubles-Hdcp Jun 3 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool Jun 9 Salem, OR The Cue Ball (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players Jun 16 Ogden, UT D & R Spirits (801) 603-5030 Women’s 8-Ball Jun 16-17 Tacoma, WA NWPA (206) 920-1936 9-Ball at Malarkey’s Jun 23-24 Everett, WA Soundview (425) 259-3383 3 person team - 1 master-1 open-1 woman Jun 23-24 San Jose, CA TWCWT (510) 861-0829 9-Ball Stop #2 Jun 30-Jul 1 Spokane, WA Black Diamond (509) 891-8375 9-Ball Open Women’s 9-Ball Jul 1 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool Jul 7 Pocatello, ID The Pocket (208) 233-1841 8-Ball Scotch Doubles-Hdcp Jul 14 Salem, OR The Cue Ball (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players Jul 20-28 Tunica, MS Southern Classic southernclassictournament.com 9-Ball Banks One Pocket 9-Ball Jul 20-22 Tunica, MS CSI (702) 719-7665 8-Ball - Men’s Open Division 8-Ball - Women’s Division 8-Ball - Men’s Sr (55+) Division 8-Ball - Juniors Division Jul 21-22

Reno, NV

TWCWT

(510) 861-0829

Jul 23-25 Tunica, MS CSI (702) 719-7665 Aug 18-19 Sacramento, CA TWCWT (510) 329-3566 Aug 30-Sep 3 Scottsdale, AZ BCAPL playbca.com

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Central United States Pool Tournaments Tournaments in RED are advertisers

Click on the MAP link to get directions to each location May 5

LaCrosse, WI

Charlie’s Inn

(608) 788-4977

8-Ball

$30

9AM

May 5

Beaver Dam, WI

Brewski’s Ale Haus

(920) 356-8990

8-Ball

$25

10AM

May 5

W Bend, WI

The Last Pocket

(262) 353-2405

8-Ball

$20

May 9-20

Las Vegas, NV

BCAPL

(702) 719-7665

BCAPL Nationals

Varies

May 9

9-Ball Singles

May 10

Open Scotch Doubles

May 11

Master/Advanced Sc Dbls

May 12

Grand Master Singles

May 16

Open/Women Teams

May 17

Master/Trophy Teams

Call

10:30AM

$800,000 payout Call

May 10-13

Las Vegas, NV

CSI

(702) 719-7665

U S Open One Pocket

Call

$10,000 Guar

Call

May 14-19

Las Vegas, NV

BCAPL

(702) 719-7665

U S Open 10-Ball

Call

$25,000 Guar

Call

May 12

Waupun, WI

The Other Bar

(920) 324-5505

8-Ball

$25

11AM

May 12

Lenexa, KS

Side Pockets

(913) 888-7665

Metro Sports Rack & Roll

$30

Call

Noon

Jun 2

Houston, TX

Bogie’s Billiards

(713) 825-1411

Poison Tour-Open/Am/Jrs

Call

$1,000

Call

Jun 8-10

LaCrosse, WI

Moose Lodge

(608) 788-1908

Janet’s Pool Tour

Call

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Jun 9

Kaukana, WI

Ets Dog Pound

(920) 462-4667

Scotch Doubles

Call

Call

11AM

Jun 16-17

Houston, TX

Houston’s Sports Bar

(713) 825-1411

Lone Star Tour-Open/Am/Jrs

Call

$1,000

Call

Jun 23-24

Spring, TX

Big Tyme Billiards

(281) 288-0800

9-Ball

Call

$2500

Call

Jul 7-8

Houston, TX

Bogie’s Billiards

(713) 825-1411

Lone Star-Open/Am/Jrs

Call

$1,000

Call

Tunica, MS Southern Classic southernclassictournament.com 9-Ball Banks One Pocket 9-Ball

Online

$10,000 total

Jul 20-22

$50+$25 fees $3,000-1st w/64 Noon

Jul 20-28

Tunica, MS

CSI

(702) 719-7665

8-Ball - Men’s Open Division

Online

MAP

Online

Online

MAP

Online

Online

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8-Ball - Women’s Division

$50+$25 fees $500-1st w/16

8-Ball - Men’s Sr (55+) Division

$50+$25 fees $1,000-1st w/32 Noon

8-Ball - Juniors Division

FREE (w/8)

Jul 23-25

9-Ball - Men’s Open Division

$50+$25 fees $3,000-1st w/64 Noon

Tunica, MS

CSI

(702) 719-7665

Prizes-Entry

Noon

9-Ball - Women’s Division

$50+$25 fees $500-1st w/16

9-Ball - Men’s Sr (55+) Division

$50+$25 fees $1,000-1st w/32 Noon

Aug 11-12

Round Rock, TX

Aug 30-Sep 3 Scottsdale, AZ

MAP

Noon

MAP

Noon

9-Ball - Juniors Division

FREE (w/8)

Prizes-Entry

Noon

Skinny Bob’s Billiards

(713) 825-1411

Lone Star Tour-Open/Am/Ladies

Call

$1,000

Call

BCAPL

playbca.com

Southwest Regionals

Varies

$6,000

Online

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Eastern Time Zone U.S. Pool Tournaments

Tournaments in RED are advertisers

Click on the MAP link to get directions to each location May 5

Buffalo, NY

Bison Billiards

(716) 632-0281

8-Ball Bar Box

$35 (incl g.f.)

$250 Guar

Noon

MAP

May 5

Greensboro, NC

Gate City Billiards

(336) 856-8800

Carolina Senior Challenge

$40

Call

Noon

MAP

May 5

E Rutherford, NJ

Castle Billiards

(201) 933-6007

Tri State Tour

Call

$500

Call

May 5-6

Catonsville, MD

VIP Billiards

actionpooltour.com

May 12

Staten Island, NY

Port Richmond Billiard Club (718) 727-0800

May 9-20

Las Vegas, NV

BCAPL

(702) 719-7665

Action Pool Tour Stop

$90-$40

Online

Online

Tri State Tour

Call

$750

Call

BCAPL Nationals

Varies

$800,000 payout Call

MAP

MAP

May 9

9-Ball Singles

May 10

Open Scotch Doubles

May 11

Master/Advanced Sc Dbls

May 12

Grand Master Singles

May 16

Open/Women Teams

May 17

Master/Trophy Teams

May 10-13

Las Vegas, NV

CSI

(702) 719-7665

U S Open One Pocket

Call

$10,000 Guar

Call

May 14-19

Las Vegas, NV

BCAPL

(702) 719-7665

U S Open 10-Ball

Call

$25,000 Guar

Call

May 26

Lakeland, FL

Wally’s

(863) 688-4460

Tiger Bay

Call

$500 max

Call

May 27

Warwick, RI

Bo’s Billiards

(401) 732-7665

Ride the 9 Tour

Call

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Jun 2

Buffalo, NY

Bison Billiards

(716) 632-0281

8-Ball Bar Box

$35 (incl g.f.)

$250 Guar

Noon

Jun 2-3

Norristown, PA

Markleys Billiards

(610) 278-1595

JPNEWT

Call

$500

Call

Jun 9

Rochester, NY

Six Pockets

(585) 266-1440

Western NY Tour

Call

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Jun 9-10

Virginia Beach, VA

Q Masters

actionpooltour.com

Action Pool Tour Stop

$90-$40

Online

Online

Jun 16

Pittsburgh, PA

Breakers Billiards

(412) 531-2250

Western NY Tour

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Jun 23-24

Manassas, VA

Whetzel’s Billiards

(703) 330-5661

JPNEWT

Call

$500

Call

Jun 23-24

Lexington, KY

Diamond Billiard Pub

(859) 317-9513

Miss Cues Ladies Tour

Call

$250

Call

Jul 7

Buffalo, NY

Bison Billiards

(716) 632-0281

8-Ball Bar Box

$35 (incl g.f.)

$250 Guar

Noon

MAP

Jul 20-28

Tunica, MS

Southern Classic

southernclassictournament.com

9-Ball Banks

Online

$10,000 total

Online

MAP

One Pocket

Online

Online

MAP

9-Ball

Online

Online

MAP

Jul 20-22

8-Ball - Men’s Open Division

$50+$25 fees $3,000-1st w/64 Noon

Tunica, MS

CSI

(702) 719-7665

8-Ball - Women’s Division

$50+$25 fees $500-1st w/16 Noon

8-Ball - Men’s Sr (55+) Division $50+$25 fees $1,000-1st w/32 Noon

8-Ball - Juniors Division

FREE (w/8)

Prizes-Entry

Noon

Online

Online

Jul 21-22

Herndon, VA

Breakers Sky Lounge

actionpooltour.com

Action Pool Tour Stop

$90-$40

Jul 23-25

Tunica, MS

CSI

(702) 719-7665

9-Ball - Men’s Open Division

$50+$25 fees $3,000-1st w/64 Noon

9-Ball - Women’s Division

$50+$25 fees $500-1st w/16 Noon

9-Ball - Men’s Sr (55+) Division $50+$25 fees $1,000-1st w/32 Noon

9-Ball - Juniors Division

FREE (w/8)

Prizes-Entry

Noon

Aug 11-12

Catonsville, MD

VIP Billiards

actionpooltour.com

Action Pool Tour Stop

$90-$40

Online

Online

Aug 17-19

Glen Burnie, MD

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Big Daddy’s Billiards

(410) 757-3488

MD State 14-1 Straight Pool

Varies

Call

6PM

MAP

Aug 30-Sep 3 Scottsdale, AZ

BCAPL

playbca.com

Southwest Regionals

Varies

$6,000

Online

MAP

Sep 8-9

Big Daddy’s Billiards

actionpooltour.com

Action Pool Tour Stop

$90-$40

Online

Online

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Glen Burnie, MD

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The Pool Player May 11, 2012  

This week's issue features results from the California Billiard Club's West Coast Challenge, tour results, our renown columnist Allan Sand,...

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