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Professor-Q-Ball’s Rack for December/January 2013/14 Issue 6 • Vol XIV

☜ 2013 PartyPoker World Pool Masters

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Feijen is the Master

38th U. S. Open 9-Ball Championship

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APA US Amateur Championships

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WPBA Matches on wpba.com ☜ Interview with Joe Tucker of ABCA TAP National Championships

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International CueMakers HOF

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WPBA Regionals Sport 9 Tour

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New Tour started in Memphis

☜BEF Jr National 9 Ball Championship

Pool Instructional… The Gentle Masse…Tom Ross What Would a Sucker Do?…Jacqueline Karol Avoiding Scratches 1…Robert Byrne Something New for You… Roll to Victory Game Board…Tom Rossman How to Choke…The Monk Kick off the Rack…Steve Markle Forgive Me for I have Spinned…Tom Simpson Bar Box 8-Ball…Marty Kaczmarowski DPM Universal Pocket & Carom Billiard Systems # 70… by Darrel Martineau Departments …

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2013 PartyPoker World Pool Masters

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olland’s Niels Feijen captured the 21st annual PartyPoker World Pool Masters crown as he came through a tense final to defeat England’s Darren Appleton 8-6. It was Feijen’s first victory in an event he has been competing in periodically for ten years and he picks up a $20,000 winner’s cheque. It was consolation for his heart-break defeat in the final of the World Cup of Pool last month when he and his Dutch team mate Nick Van den Berg narrowly went down to the Philippines. The crowd was cheering hard for Darren. We had both been playing well all week and that is sport, somebody has to lose and somebody has to win. He played really well all week and it could have gone either way. I managed to win and it is a great feeling,” said a thrilled Feijen after being presented with his magnificent trophy by six-times Masters champion Ralf Souquet. Feijen had enjoyed wins over Mosconi Cup team mates Karl Boyes and Mika Immonen in the opening rounds and then beat Alex Pagulayan in the semifinal and it was another Mosconi team mate who awaited him in the championship match. In front of a packed and vocal crowd at the Barnsley Metrodome, Appleton won a cagey opener that was full of safety. Feijen had played a superb table length jump shot that banked the 2 ball down table into the corner pocket. He missed the 4 though and Appleton, egged on by an excitable crowd, ran out. He looked set to make it 2-0 but missed a shocker of an 8 ball, a straight in shot from around four feet, leaving it in the jaws of the pocket. Feijen didn’t hesitate to make it 1-1 and he broke confidently in the next. A long pot on the 2 ball missed in the intended pocket but dropped into the op-

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Feijen is the Master! Photos by JP Parmentier/Matchroom Sports

posite corner, but the Dutchman was blocked on his path to the 3 ball. They swapped safeties before Feijen once against made a jump shot to set up a run out and give himself the lead. They shared the next two and when Appleton cleaned up in the sixth, the match returned to parity. Feijen got back to the table after a dry break and played a couple of great shots, a carom off the 2 ball to sink the 8, then a 2/4 combo to set up a runout and get to 4-3. Feijen though scratched in the next as the white was kicked in and Appleton made no mistakes as he drew level at 4-4. Appleton ran out the next to take the lead and edge one step closer to the title but his march was halted as Feijen won the tenth. It was now a race to three with the Dutchman breaking but he snookered himself behind the 5 ball and his escape left Appleton a shot on the 4. He made that and ran out, under some pressure, to regain the lead. In the next Appleton jumped out of a

snooker but missed the 4 ball up table to gift ball in hand to Feijen and he cleared for 6-6 and with the break he was now favourite for the match. He won the next from the break and his fate was now in his hands. The final rack was a nerve wracking game as both had visits and chances. Feijen broke down when his 4/7 went in but he left himself no shot on the 4. Appleton looked like he was going to take the match into the 15th rack when he banked the 5 ball brilliantly down table but he overcut the 6 ball and missed the middle pocket. Feijen then composed himself and ran the last three balls and with that he let out a huge victory roar. It was really nerve wracking. It went back and forth the whole time. I went 31 up, 3-3, 5-4 to him. Then I went 6-5 and 7-6 and thought I had blown it when I had a combination in the corner and had to make both balls. The last one didn’t go in and he played an unbelievable bank. But he missed the 6 and I took


it from there,” said the Dutchman. Four weeks ago Nick Van den Berg and myself lost in the World Cup final. We gave it away when we had a chance to make it 9-7 to us but we ended up losing 10-8. That is in the back of your mind, you don’t want to lose another final when it is close. Appleton, playing in a major tournament for the first time in his home county, was devastated: “This is probably the most disappointed I have even been on a pool table. The balls might have punished me for missing an 8 to go 2-0. I feel that had I won that game I might have run away with the match. From there I was down 3-1. I played really well after that without getting any luck in the match. I hit the break perfectly at 65 but I didn’t get a shot so I put him in a good snooker and he came out and made that ball.In the last game he had a chance to win and missed it. I played a really good bank shot on the 5, landed a bit funny on the 6 and didn’t know whether to take it in the side pocket or the corner. The crowd was so loud I waited for them to calm down and by the time I played the shot there wasn’t long left on the clock. It was a really tough shot on the 6 ball.” This was the 21st annual running of the PartyPoker.com World Pool Masters following its inaugural event in 1993. Some of the greatest players in the modern era of pool have won this title including the likes of Souquet, Strickland, Orcollo and Appleton. With a field of 16 players there are 15 matches in total – all race to eight racks. The 2013 PARTYPOKER.COM World Pool Masters is sponsored by PartyPoker.com, the world’s leading online poker site. Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith. Diamond is the supplier of the Official Table and Predator is the Official Cue. Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com

The Scores Round One Chris Melling (ENG) Nick Ekonomopoulos (GRE) Niels Feijen (HOL) Mika Immonen (FIN) Alex Pagulayan (CAN) Chang Jung-lin (TPE) Shane Van Boening (USA) Darren Appleton (ENG)

8-3 8-2 8-6 8-6 8-2 8-6 8-4 8-3

Karol Skowerski (POL) Ralf Souquet (GER) Karl Boyes (ENG) Efren Reyes (PHI) Ga Young Kim (KOR) Daryl Peach (ENG) Omar Al Shaheen (KUW) David Alcaide (ESP)

Quarter Finals Alex Pagulayan (CAN) Niels Feijen (HOL) Chang Jung-lin (TPE) Darren Appleton (ENG) Losers receive $2,500

8-4 8-0 8-3 8-3

Chris Melling (ENG) Mika Immonen (FIN) Nick Ekonomopoulos (GRE) Shane Van Boening (USA)

Semi Finals Niels Feijen (HOL) Chang Jung-lin (TPE) Losers receive $5,000

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Alex Pagulayan (CAN) Darren Appleton (ENG)

Losers receive $2,000

The Final Niels Feijen (HOL) 8-6 Darren Appleton (ENG) Winner received $20,000, runner-up receives $10,000.

Chang Ekonomopoulos, right Alex Pagulayan, below

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Van Boening Wins US Open by Jerry Forsyth/ AZBilliards

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hane Van Boening has won the 38th U.S. Open with a 13-10 victory in the finals over Lee Vann Corteza. This is the second consecutive victory here for Van Boening and his third U.S. Open title, the first of which he won in 2007. Oddly, the Open had gone for 33 years with only one man, Nick Varner, who had won the title consecutively. But then Mika Immonen won it in both 2008 and 2009 and Darren Appleton won in both 2010 and 2011. Van Boening is our third consecutive winner in a row. When the day began there were four men who still had hopes of wearing the crown. Shane Van Boening and Jayson Shaw were still undefeated while both Lee Van Corteza and Niels Feijen were down to a single bullet. Feijen was the first to fall. He put up a great fight and had played brilliantly all week. He took the first lead at 2-1 but Corteza won racks 4, 5 and 6 to go up 4-2. Feijen came back to tie at four apiece but then Corteza put together three racks again to lead 74. Niels took the floor and put on a show for four consecutive racks to lead once again at 8-7. They traded a few racks and Feijen led

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Lee Van Corteza and Jason Shaw.


10-8 in the race to 11 games. But on finals day at the Open the rule is that you must win by two racks with these first games of the day capped at 13 racks. When Corteza won the next two games to tie us again at 10 we knew we were in store for some bonus rounds. Corteza had found his gear and his cue ball control and denied Feijen the opportunity to regain his footing. He won the next two racks to send Feijen away in fourth place and earn the right to continue fighting. His opponent would be Jayson Shaw. Shaw had come into the arena against Van Boening exhibiting his usual confidence and he was looking good when he led Van Boening 4-1. But then Van Boening came back strong and started stringing racks in his usual manner. He won the next eight games in a row to deny the air to Shaws’ sails and leave him with a cold arm. Shaw would only enjoy one more rack when he claimed the win in game 14. Other than that it was all Van Boening and Shane won going away at 11-5.

The last two racks would again belong to Corteza. He is remarkably calm at the bitter end of a match and his easy demeanor around the table made the end look easy. Our final would be a race to 13 games between Lee Van Corteza and Shane Van Boening. Van Boening won the lag and then broke and ran the first rack. He opened the second rack with a nifty cross-side bank on the one ball that left the remainder of that rack at his mercy as well. When he broke and ran the third rack the Corteza fans began to twitch. Van Boening jarred a shot early in the next rack and Corteza took advantage to move his first bead and trail Van Boening by two at 3-1. An amazing safety exchange left Van Corteza with ball in hand and Corteza cashed that chip to draw within one. His cue ball went wild on the break shot and wound up deep inside the head corner pocket. This safety exchange went to Van Boening and he found himself with ball in hand on the 1 ball and took the rack to its logical conclusion to lead 4-2.

Van Boening kicked in the 1 ball on the next rack and wound up tough on This set up the contest for third place the 2. His safety left Corteza blocked and between Jayson Shaw and Lee Van Corteza. Shaw again came out of the gate a table-length away from the ball. well and won the first rack but then had Corteza fouled and once again Van Boening had ball in hand. Again he to sit again and watch his opponent cruised through the rack to lead 5-2. show off with a fine display of pool that gave Corteza a nice comfort zone at 6-1. Corteza grabbed the next rack after the break shot and moved within two again. Shaw had had enough of being treated Corteza broke dry and within moments so roughly. When he took control of the Van Boening completed a 4-9 combination to regain his three game margin. table in rack seven he refused to give it back until he had put on a run of his own Corteza took the next rack but scratched on his break shot so Van Boening finand put away five consecutive nines to ished that out to lead 7-4. tie the match at 6 games each. Corteza took the next two and Shaw the next to When Van Boening won the next rack, tie us at 8 apiece. Then we swapped after a fairly sloppy exchange of missed racks until the score squared up again at ten games apiece and we were once again shots, his lead increased to four games and his confidence took a step up. He bound for some bonus games.

fired in a table-length 1-9 carom to lead by five and then scratched on his next break. Corteza should have owned the easy layout but he got funny on the 5 ball and missed it, Van Boening 10-4. Corteza needed to make a stand. When Van Boening dogged the 1 ball Corteza had a chance to string some beads out and began with that rack, 10-5. The comeback faded fast when Corteza fouled out of a Van Boening safety and Van Boening took the game to lead 11-5. Van Boening scratched on the next break. With no problems on the table Corteza took himself to six games. The next rack was ugly, with both men visiting the table multiple times before Van Boening took the rack out from the 5 ball to get on the hill. Corteza had one more charge in him. After Van Boening got to the hill Corteza put four racks together to get to 10 but then Corteza made an illegal break and Shane took the table to the Championship 13-10. The win was worth $30,000 for Van Boening, with Corteza settling for 2nd

$15,000 in prize money.

4th

$7,000

3rd

$10,000

5-6th

$5,000 each

9-12th

$2,500 each

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13-16th 17-24th

25-32nd 33-48th 49-64th

$3,500 each $1,900 each $1,400 each $1,000 each $700 each $500 each

TOTAL PRIZE FUND $135,000.00

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The Gentle Masse by Tom Ross Contributing Writer

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s we mature as pool players we with a few adjustments to that technique, element of control is continually add new shots and we can raise our success rate considerably striking the cue ball techniques to our array of skills, for shots that require only a slight “bend” slightly below center shots that we may use occasionally to get on the cue ball. with extreme right-hand english, and a out of trouble. One of the early, tricky Set up the shot in the diagram with snappy punch stroke. The below-center shots that most players learn, mostly less than a full ball obstructing the path hit eliminates trapping the cue ball because it’s so fascinating the first time to the striped ball. Now, since the rebetween the tip and the slate and limits we see one, is the massé. Although a full quired curve to pocket the ball is rather the resulting curve dramatically. The massé, one with the cue elevated almost slight, we can explore a technique that point to aim for is the space just to the to vertical, is used very rarely in play, only curves the cue ball slightly. First left of the obstructing ball, indicated by that’s typically how beginners first want make an open bridge that rests on the the dot in the drawing. to learn it. It’s simply a lot of fun to heel of the hand and raises the top row of As the setup changes we can adjust apply maximum spin to the cue ball and knuckles by drawing the finger tips some of the variables to control exactly watch it dance around on crazy curves. toward the wrist. It should not be neces- how the cue ball curves. With consisAnd once we get the hang of it, it’s the sary to prop the bridge up on the finger tent application of the described techperfect shot for showing off. tips as we do when shooting over a ball. nique, speed becomes the critical Even though we learn to massé variable—more speed makes the by elevating the cue very high cue ball travel farther before it One of the early, tricky shots that most players and shooting down on the cue curves. So when the obstruction learn, mostly because it’s so fascinating the first ball with maximum english, the is farther, we must hit the shot a time we see one, is the massé. extreme curve that technique little harder and, of course, softer yields is too difficult to control when the obstructing ball is and therefore not very useful. So, while Next, lower the butt’s elevation down to closer. A softer hit yields a greater most of us can hit shots in practice with about 25 to 30 degrees. Elevation is con- overall curve. Changing the spot on the such extreme curve, we usually shy away trolled easily with the bridge hand’s discue ball also influences the arc that it from them in competitive play, opting tance from the cue ball, which should be will trace as a higher hit introduces instead for a more reliable kick shot to rather close for this shot, three to four greater curve. Naturally, adding english escape a safety. Many players will inches. The final, most important makes the cue ball curve more as will inhowever go for a shot like the one in the creasing elevation. Since I only use this diagram where all that’s required is a technique for a shot like the one diagentle curve around an obstruction of less grammed, I find that I play it with conthan a full ball as indicated by the sistent elevation and english, relying straight, dotted line. mostly on speed adjustments to hit the Most intermediate players will apdesired path. proach the massé shot in the diagram Now that trick-shot tournaments turn with the same technique used for a full up regularly on TV, it’s easy to imagine massé, 70 to 80 degrees of elevation, and players everywhere trying some of the striking the cue ball above center to trap extreme massé shots that they’ve seen it between the tip and the bed of the the masters shoot in their artistic protable for maximum spin. That technique grams. And when compared to some of however is very difficult to control accuthe amazing possibilities that we see rately, and can lead to a cue ball that gets when the pros shoot massé shots, this away with too much curve, moving month’s shot is decidedly unimpressive. perhaps on the path that goes to the X, Its only dazzling feature in fact is that it making it a low-percentage shot. But wins matches 10 PQB December/January


Aft & Parks Win U.S. Amateur Championship Titles

Wesley Chapel, Fla., finishing in 3rd Place. The Men’s Division spent the next 3 days squaring off to see who would add U.S. Amateur Champion to their resume. As it turned out, the winner of this year’s event could already boast that title. Brian Parks (right) of Bakersfield, In November, the sport’s most Calif., made U.S. Amateur Champiprestigious amateur event returned onship history by winning his third to the warm coastal waters of the Tampa Bay area. For five title with an 11-7 win over Carlos straight days, 128 of the nation’s top male players, and 32 top Carter of Toney, Ala., in the final female players, battled it out at Stroker’s in Palm Harbor, Fla., round. for a place in U.S. Amateur Championship history. Parks also became the first U.S. Once again, this year’s tournament included a strong mix of Amateur Champion to successfully U.S Amateur Championship veterans, including six former defend his title since Henry Brodt did champions, as well as a talented pool of newcomers. In all, so in 1999. more than 2,400 players attempted to qualify for the event. After a late-round loss the night before to Chuck Roth of The Women’s Division got the tournament action underForest Hill, Md., it looked like Parks’ bid for history would way, and the ladies spent the 36 hours come up short. But he managed to survive a marathon of fighting for the right to be called U.S. matches the next day on the one-loss side of the bracket, Amateur Champion. which included a 7-0 semifinal round rematch victory over The champion in the Women’s DiviRoth to secure his spot in the final against the undefeated newsion was Dana Aft(right) of Atlanta, Ga., comer Carter. who defeated Melinda Huang of Los The finale opened in the 9-Ball set, with both players Angeles 9-6. showing a few jitters. Carter would take the first game, and The final round, which pitted both after four racks, the match was tied at two games apiece. former top 3 finishers, opened in the 8Things turned Parks way in the 5th rack when Carter failed to Ball set. Aft got off to a fast start behind an 8-on-the-break pocket a relatively routine shot on the 9-ball in the corner and quickly built a 4-0 lead. pocket. Parks would capitalize on the mistake by winning the Huang seemed unfazed, and almost just as quickly closed the game as well as the next four to build a 7-2 lead. deficit to 4-3 by closing out the final two games of the 8-Ball Carter would mount a small comeback, and at the end of the set and opening the 9-Ball set with a win. 9-Ball set he pulled within five games and trailed 9-4. Aft flipped the momentum back in her favor by taking the Things would get interesting as the match shifted to the 8next two games of 9-Ball. She narrowly missed pocketing the Ball set, with Carter winning the first two games and closing 9-on-the-snap in the next, but Huang stood her ground and his deficit to just three. Parks found himself on-the-hill with a pulled back within two, with the match 6-4 in favor of Aft. clutch win in the 16th game, before the players agreed to a The next two games would go Aft’s way. quick break to regroup. On-the-hill, and having seemingly everything going her way, Following the short break, Carter pulled back within three Aft worked what looked like the final rack down to a manage- games with a win. But the seasoned U.S. Amateur Champion able shot on the 8-Ball that would have left her nearly “a would prove too much, and with a win in the 18th game, Parks gimme” shot on the 9. But Aft left the 8-ball hanging in the had further cemented his place in U.S. Amateur Champicorner. onship history. Huang seized the opportunity and ran with it. She made He will once again advance to the U.S. Open next year, quick work of the 8 and 9-balls, and broke and ran the next courtesy of the APA. Roth took home 3rd Place, as well as the rack to put the tally at 8-6 Aft. But Aft collected herself after distinction of handing the three-time champ his only loss in the missed opportunity and finally closed things out in the the event. In 4th Place was Travis Gunn of Waco, Texas. 15th game – final score: 9-6. Tying for 5th Place were David Uwate of Miami, Fla., and With the win, Aft was able to avenge a loss to Huang just Johnny Griffin of Apex, N.C. two rounds earlier that sent her to the left-side of the bracket. The victory earned her a spot in next year’s U.S. Open. The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Huang finished as the Runner-up with Stephanie Mitchell of Action Cues and Pool Dawg.

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What Would a Sucker Do? Magic Spot on the Wall 3-Rail Kicking System

If you look around the room and don’t see any suckers…. YOU are the sucker! by Jacqueline Karol • House Pro at Oasis Bar & Grill, Chico Ca., League Operator & Tournament Director • www.BilliardsBootCamp.com

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hen you have an object ball in the jaws and need to go 3 rails to pocket it (Diagram 1), use this kicking system. This is my favorite and one of the most reliable and easy to execute. First, calibrate this shot (Diagram 2). Set this shot up and using high, “running” English (left in this case) and find where you need to hit on the 1st rail with your stroke so that you pocket the 8-ball. Next while your standing behind the corner pocket that you shot from look past the place on the rail that you made contact with to pocket the 8-ball and find a spot about 8 feet away (Diagram 3). Now put your cue ball in a different place on the table (Diagram 4) and aim at that spot that’s about 8-feet away using the same stroke, English and speed. Like magic, you will pocket the 8-ball from almost anywhere on the table.

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Avoiding Scratches 1

by Robert Byrne From “Byrne’s Complete Book of Pool Shots” with permission

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common problem in pool is making a ball in the corner without scratching in the side. When the balls are located as shown at the bottom of the diagram, a brilliant but risky solution is to elevate the butt of the cue and jumped the cueball off the 6-ball into the back rim of the pocket so that it bounces back onto the table. You need the balls in a favorable position for a controlled jump shot as well as both skill and luck to avoid both the pocket and the floor. At the top, the player decides against making the 5-ball in the corner and drawing the cueball to the left end of the table because of the danger of scratching or because the corner pocket is blocked. An ingenious safety is possible off the pocket pointthe cueball goes left, the 5-ball goes right.

Something New for You… Roll to Victory Game Board by Tom Rossman • drcue@artisticpool.org Contributing Writer

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he billiard industry seems to have been in a sputtering “cruise mode” for some time now with a “safety net” of standard pool games continuing to be played and the hope of another movie coming along to “jump start” spirits to the next level of excitement over a “rolling pool ball” across a flat surface. It is rare indeed for a new invention or idea to come along that everyone will enjoy, and that can create an expanded and unique entertainment attraction for anyone viewing its special features. Well, the time has finally arrived for “something new” to enter the cue sport arena via the focused efforts of Q & Cue Characters, a unique entertainment concept within the billiard industry. Visionary “new” game ideas will soon energize dormant tables, revitalize pool / billiard rooms, create new fund raising opportunities, and enhance family “fun” time moments / bonding sessions using a flat play-field surface. The primary foundation for this “revolution of interest” is called the “Roll To Victory” Game Board, a novel invention that is easy to set up and fits right on a pool / billiard table, but works on any flat surface, including floors. Players may roll balls “by hand” or they may use a cue stick.

Optional and unique “game challenge inserts” can be changed in less than 5 seconds. The initial game board comes packaged with 2 exciting game options for player enjoyment – 1) Roll To Victory Classic Challenge and 2) Roll To Victory 8 – Ball Challenge. An assortment of other game challenges are in constant design and will be promoted / made available on a specific schedule of release. A special value of each game is that it can be played by all ages and by all skill levels. Fun is the name of the game as family members can “enjoy the roll” together, while serious minded players can use specific strategies to win. The art of speed control and correct aiming technique are significant “perks of learning” as anyone that plays soon finds out from “roll to roll”. Residual benefits of using this game board will carry over to regular pool game activities with continued practice and play. Finding out more about this magnetic entertainment item and seeing the optional games being played go www.billiardcharacters.com and see the video. For more information see special ad on page 36 “Professor-Q-Ball” (Paul Frankel) – 901.756.2594 (B) / 901.210.7251 (C) December/January PQB 15


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How to Choke

by “The Monk” 413 345-0496 timiller7872@gmail.com Contributing Writer • www.monkbilliardacademy.net ou have heard me say when i am facing a real tough shot “There are only two things that are going to happen here. I will miss the shot, or I will make the shot. I don’t know which one it will be, make it or miss but I do know, I will look good shooting the shot”. Learn to let go and use all of your talent with no interferance on each shot. hundred per cent, with the idea that you The stroke, minus the interference equals the shot. If you are preoocupied by can win from here and you do this every time you face an impossible shot you will the results, it will effect your stroke and pull off a win from time to time. Plus, thus the shot, Let it go and take your your opponent wants you to quit, give up chances. and when you study the shot, working Grady Mathews said, “The difference hard to make it, this bothers him/her. between a C player and A player is not And over all, those wins add up to great in thier talent or ability to make a shot, results. A C player would quit on the but how hard they work for each shot”. shot, an A player gives it his all. My opponent left me a brutal shot There are times when you simply have after a safety. In fact, truth be told it was to make a shot and take what happens no shot at all. Here is how I approached next. I call these shots, “taking your medthe shot. First, I told myself that I have an opportunty to pull off an amazing shot icine”. I also tell myslf I am not going to lose on this shot, so I focus hard and and steal this game from my opponent. So I need to give it everything I had. Not pocket the ball. There are many times when I end up with remarkable position rush into it with a failure mentality. In and there are times when I make a kick most caes you will lose when you face a shot to win the game. Don’t miss a shot low percentage shot for the win. If you because you worry about position. face it wil a defeatist attitude, you will I have a pattern here for you to work lose in all cases. on. If you are a strong player you will If you bare down and give it one

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succeed eight out of ten. You will find that clear, strong focus is required to complete the lesson. Shoot this pattern two ways. One, use draw to kill the cue ball and pocket the nine in the side pocket. Two, use a follow spin stroke to pocket the nine in the corner pocket. Shoot one than two and then one than two and see how far you can go without a miss. In this case you are working on the four stages of pool. The shot itself is a Shot makers shot. Then you need it to be a Four Strokes of Pool shot, and then it is also a Cue Ball Speed shot and to finish it off it is a Mastering Self Shot. You must master the four stages of pool if you are to become the A player you deserve. My new book, The Road Players ia a stunning leather bound, full color with glossy pages filled with patterns to help you get through the four stages. You must email me for more information. timiller7872@gmail.com This book comes with a full money back gaurantee. if you are not happy I will refund your money. I am the only instructor who backs up his work. As for Christmas, “may all the rolls go your way”


Kick off the Rack

by Steve Markle, Ranked 6th Contributing Writer • SteveMarklePool.com

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ere is a very entertaining shot that has been featured in one of my past videos. The object is to kick the cue ball 3 cushions, hit the rack, pocket a ball, have it bounce off, and pocket the 2 ball set up in the designated pockets. Start off by placing a ball on the spot. Next, place another ball alongside it. When setting this up remember to play for throw. In order to do so align the ball so that it is aimed to the right jaw of pocket “D”. Hang another object ball near pocket “E”. Next to this ball place a rack as diagrammed. Be sure there is no gap between the rack and ball. Place the cue ball on the middle intersection. All tables will play different but I suggest you start off by aiming at the 1 ½ diamond mark on cushion 4. Keep a level cue and put a tip of left english on the cue ball. Use a medium hard stroke. You want the cue ball to contact the middle of the rack. This will allow it to bounce off correctly. And remember, “patience is a virtue”, this is a tough shot and requires some luck. Enjoy this great shot!

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Watch WPBA Matches Free on WPBA.COM

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o you miss seeing your favorite WPBA players compete? Well now you can watch them for free on wpba.com. The WPBA is in the process of uploading on the website their complete catalog of “Classic Tour” matches televised on ESPN and ESPN2. To watch these matches you will need to register as a guest on wpba.com. Currently there is not a cost to register.

“We are very excited about the new changes to our website. Not only can you watch previously televised matches, you can also view player bios, current rankings, Regional Tour news, history of the WPBA, rules of 9-ball and much more”, says WPBA President Tamre Rogers. If you are a supporter of the WPBA, register at wpba.com and keep up with all the latest WPBA news. About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance and will celebrate its 37th anniversary in 2013 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features the greatest women players from around the world. For more information about the WPBA, its top players and sponsors, visit www.wpba.com.

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Interview with Joe Tucker of ABCA

What is the ABCA? Joe: “The American Billiard Club Association. A unification of billiard clubs across the country that forms a sensible path for high level, aspiring and future players to follow.” What do you mean by sensible path? Joe: “ I’m referring to a steady dose of competition which is not only much more affordable than past methods but makes more sense also.” How does it make more sense? Joe: “Old way; Player wants to play on a national level against best players possible in hopes of reaching a pro or proficient level. Player plans on going to 6-10 national events a year, each event has an entry fee, a travel fee, and a loss while away fee, IF, the person is lucky enough to have a job, family, school or business that allows them to be away 6-10 weeks a year. These expenses usually run around $1,500 per event and you’re usually guaranteed a total of 2 matches. It’s either that OR the real old fashion way, lol “Kid, don’t play in those tournaments, come with me and we’ll make some real money sneaking around” How many of those kids lives have we ruined? New or additional way; Earn your way to national events while competing at home on a weekly basis. When you do we’ll make sure the trip is brief AND you will not be operating at a loss, 12 day national events and every person qualified is guaranteed a minimum $1,000 to help cover their expenses. Surely it must cost the player something? Joe: Of course it does, about $1,000 a year IF, they don’t go out and get a local sponsor for at least $100 a month. Local sponsor? Joe: Yes, it’s our dream to have all 512 players sponsored for at least $100 a month so not only will they be playing for free but the billiard industry will be bringing in over half a million from outside sponsors, not including the additional attention. Explain more about this local sponsor. Joe: Because our players are competing locally for about 42 weeks out of the year they can actually provide value to local sponsors outside the billiard industry, restaurants, car dealerships, roofing companies, real-estate agents or companies. I firmly believe I could not only get $100 sponsor in any city or town but that I could provide more than $100 value to that sponsor on a monthly basis. We already have 5 players at Jamaica Joe’s in OK being sponsored at $100 a month. We know getting 512 players sponsored is a long way off but it’s attainable and you have to start somewhere. Why you keep saying 512 players? Is that the magic number? Joe: Kind of. Our first goal is to unite 64 of America’s best club

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with each one being home to 8 players and there’s your 512. Okay so what do these 512 players have to do? Joe: Play pool of course J Play 7 matches of American Rotation in a seven-week period, come in the top 4 of the 8 at their club to make it to their regional event. At these regional events right now there are 8-16 players maximum, half the field cashes (25% of the country) but the top 2 players go to the “SHOW” meaning they qualify for the national championship and are guaranteed the $1,000 minimum. What about money? What exactly are players paying for each of these national attempts? And what is American Rotation? Joe: We offer the player two choices; Compete with professional status or compete with amateur status. Professionals pay $25 for each of their 7 local matches ($175 total) and play for full cash prizes. Players wishing to play better players but don’t think they’re good enough to actually qualify for nationals can select amateur status and pay just $15 per match ($105 total). Players selecting amateur status are not playing for full cash prizes but will still receive travel money if they do happen to qualify. Aspiring players need to play better players and we want to make it as affordable as possible for them to do so. American Rotation is a form of 15 Ball Rotation that we chose in an effort to help improve our overall level of play. It’s a call shot, call safe game, we alternate the break and the breaking player starts the rack with ball in hand. Scoring is 1 point for balls 1-10 and 2 points for balls 11-15, 20 points per rack and we typically race to 150 points. Rules and video matches can be found at; www.AmericanRotation.com The players are loving the game and someday people will say “The American players are better because THEY play 15 ball rotation!” Starts the rack with ball in hand? Joe; Absolutely, I wouldn’t recommend it for our 9 ball or 10 ball events but here it’s still very challenging and it solves a lot of problems that pool has been suffering with for many years now. There is no arguing over the rack, much less luck on the break and provides both players with equal opportunity at the table. Freaks some people out but that’s just because nobody has ever done this before. Sounds interesting, what does a player or room owner have to do to get on board? Joe: Get 8 players that want to improve their game and our sport. Joe Tucker jttenball@gmail.com or 508-840-6133


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he winds were blowing in the windy city of Chicago over the weekend of October 30th to November 3rd. Along with these winds came TAP players from all over the United States and Canada to decide our new national champions. The opening ceremony was conducted by TAP founder/CEO, Loyd Schonter as both national anthems of the United States and Canada were played while a three screen slide show was shown to carry out this heart felt moment. Loyd gave a brief opening announcement and welcome to all of the players while friends and families at home could be a part of the moment via a live stream broadcast courtesy of POVPOOL and Daniel Busch. Random matches were live streamed the entire time by POVPOOL along with excellent commentating by Daniel and a variety of guests he brought into his booth.

8 Ball Elite Team FA Cues

The annual TAP welcome party was held in a distinctive area of the Pheasant Run resort known as ‘Bourbon Street�. Players feasted on roast beef, turkey, crab claws and assorted meat, cheese and veggie platters as well as several beers on tap to celebrate their accomplishment and maybe to calm a few nerves before the competition kicked off the next morning. The morning of the national team event started with a players meeting in two of the five the sky boxes overlooking the tournament arena. During the event the sky boxes served as a great viewing area to relax as well as for teams to get away from the action and talk over their strategies for upcoming rounds.

9 Ball Championship Team Balls Deep

After the winds of Chicago blew thru, the national champion team was none other then a local team from the Chicagoland TAP league. FA Cues won the main event by besting a tough team from Georgia, the Honey Badgers. For a complete listing of national 8,and 9 ball and Dream runner up teams as well as singles champions along with pictures go to the TAP blog at http://www.tapleague.blogspot.com/ Rally Dream Team No Chance December/January PQB 21


Forgive Me for I Have Spinned by Tom Simpson, Master Instructor • PoolClinics.com Contributing Writer

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es, I admit it. I am a spinner. I confess to spinning on a regular basis. Sometimes I spin when I don’t have to. It’s sexy. Spinning feels good, even when I know it’s wrong. The pool world is full of spinners, unabashedly and unrepentantly spinning every shot. And even though I rant and rave in pool school about the evils of spin and the goodness of mastering the vertical axis of the cueball, I am as guilty as anyone. We’re talking about sidespin, aka english. Although we mostly only hear about using spin to change the cueball angle out of a cushion hit, there are other important ways to put this amazing phenomenon to work for us. I see four significant uses for sidespin: Changing the angle at which the cueball will rebound from a cushion. Frequently, you’ll hear players and authors claiming this is the only job for sidespin. And indeed, this may be the most common use. It’s also the most obvious, as the effects of spin on rebound angle can be jaw-dropping.

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sometimes employ inside english (aka reverse or kill english) to add to the CIT effect. CIT pushes the OB path a few degrees forward of where the line through the centers of the CB & OB points during impact. Spin-induced throw (SIT) drags the OB a few degrees off the line of centers, in the direction opposite the sidespin (left spin throws the OB to the right). If we do everything just so, we can use sidespin to reduce, neutralize, or add to the OB direction change caused by CIT. Often, pros will try to shoot a cut shot with just the right amount of sidespin to produce “gearing english.” This occurs when the amount of sidespin is such that the CB rolls off the OB collision without throwing the OB at all – in other words, gearing english is when the sidespin perfectly cancels out the CIT. Obviously, this takes a great deal of skill and experience.

Moving the stun line. What most instructors and authors refer to as the “tangent line” I call the “stun line.” I define the stun line as the Spinning a ball in. path the CB takes immediately after a Sometimes, our shot is slightly blocked non-straight-in hit, perpendicular to the by another ball. If only we could hit line of centers at the hit moment. It’s the another 1/8” of the object ball… Taking line the cueball would paint on the table care to adjust for all the associated had it been dipped in paint. To me, the aiming issues, with sidespin, we can actu- “tangent line” is the line the edge of the ally cut the OB a little more or a little CB travels (tangential to the point of less than what’s possible without spin – impact). Which line we use at any given sinking shots that appear impossible. time is related to our current shot situation. Reducing, neutralizing, or enhancing the effects of collision-induced throw. Although most players intuitively feel Pros and advanced players frequently that sidespin changes the angle at which use outside english (aka helping english) the cueball leaves a collision with an to counteract the effects of collisionobject ball, it just ain’t true. Any roll or induced throw (CIT). Conversely, they spin still in the CB after the collision can 22 PQB December/January

act to alter the path of the ball, but the CB always starts down the stun line. We use the stun line to plan position routes. We use roll and backspin to alter those routes. Sometimes it’s easier to get the route we want by using sidespin, cutting the shot at a slightly different angle, and relying on SIT to throw the OB back to the original line. Now, since the CB/OB collision occurs at a slightly different angle, the stun line has shifted and points in a slightly new direction. Like “cheating the pocket,” we’re still making the ball, but the CB path has changed. Useful stuff. Sidespin doesn’t much matter until a spinning ball hits something. The dirtier the balls, the more friction between them. More friction gives greater effects. Generally, the more sidespin, the more effect. The more slowly a ball is traveling, the more effect sidespin will have. This is the science. Making it work the way you want – that’s the art. Yay-yuh, I have spinned many times. And on the good days, when the ball goes in the hole and the position lands right, redemption is mine! Figure it out, or repent.

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International Cuemakers Hall of Fame Inductees

Brothers Duard and Richard Schmelke

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or their outstanding contributions to their art and industry the Schmelke Family has been inducted into the International Cuemakers Hall of Fame. Brothers Duard and Richard Schmelke started the Schmelke cue making business in 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Within a few years Duard took over the Two Piece cue making operation and ran it as a one man shop until 1969 when his son Jim joined him. Richard took over the One Piece cue manufacturing and ran it himself before selling the one piece cuemaking operation to Valley Manufacturing company. Valley went on to become the best known USA made one piece cue in the industry for decades. Through the 1980s and 1990s Jim and Judy managed the company while raising a family of one son and two daughters. Jim was one of the first to use the flat laminated shafts and introduced several different joint configurations. Their son David joined the company after college in 1997, and is now general manager. Daughter Carrie has worked at Schmelke part time since 1994. Her husband, Steve Johnson, joined the business in 1999, when Steve started making cues with David. Steve and David share production responsibilities, with Steve also serving as sales manager. Jim and Judy are now semiretired. Richard passed away in 1987 and Duard passed away in 1995. Schmelke Cues is a third generation family owned and operated business that has gone from a one-man shop to a manufacturing plant that employs over 20 people year-round in a 15,000+ square foot manufacturing facility in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. They are the oldest continual cuemaking company in the USA. Schmelke is known world wide for building some of the most affordable USA made cues that can be found. They are also famous for their exotic full splice one and two piece cues. They never pursued the high end cue market, but stuck with their original business plan, which was to offer quality affordable cues for the players and they are still doing that today!

James Schmelke, top Duard Schmelke, left

Bar Box 8-Ball

By: Marty Kaczmarowski, APA 7 Contibuting Writer

Be aware of why you are playing pool: IT’S FUN! During match play or in a tournament, it is very easy to get yourself all worked up, starting to miss shots and play poor safeties. When your goal is to win at all costs, you apply a tremendous amount of additional pressure on yourself. This pressure begins to affect your mind and your physical motions. An “I must win” mindset can change your entire emotional state in a game for the worse. Staying relaxed and calm allows your brain to focus on your stroke form and your layout strategy. If you cloud yourself with “Don’t lose” and “I must win” you may be in for a melt down with horrible consequences. Before your match, remind yourself: Enjoy this! The winning will come naturally because of your excellent skills and knowledge of the game.

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About the WPBA Sport 9 Tour

“Sport 9 Begins Pretty Sporty”

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he passion began 20 years ago for avid pool player, Janeen Lee. Over the years she has spent countless painful hours dedicating herself to improving her game. Her dream of one day turning pro is not only becoming a possibility for her but also an opportunity for fellow enthusiastic pool players, which is the most rewarding for her. When she was approached about applying for WPBA regional tour director in her area there wasn’t a second hesitated. Her application was approved in late August 2013 and within months she has exceeded even her own expectations. As the Sport 9 Ladies Tour Director, she has been able to secure 5 tournaments, grown to 20 members for the 2013 season and has scheduled a busy 2014 season. 2014 Season Event Calendar: Although the calendar dates are not set yet, Sport 9 Tour will have 5 events scheduled in and around the Memphis area starting in March 2014. Hattiesburg, MS, Little Rock, AR and Decatur, AL are a few other locations on the 2014 season. The tour is expecting to expand to Jackson, MS and Mobile, AL in the 2014 or 2015 seasons. Tour Members: Although quite a few members live in Memphis, many of the tour members travel quite a distance, some over 300+ miles. Jefferson City and Caruthersville, MO, Petal, MS, Decatur, AL, Madison, TN, and Paragould, AR are just a few of the cities that these ladies hail from to compete. 2013 Events: As of Nov 9th, the tour has had 3 events in and around the Memphis area and has awarded over $1,700 is cash to the top finishers and prizes to every member. With 2 more out of town events scheduled, the ladies will have the opportunity not only to make money but most importantly to see just where they stand. For several of these ladies, this will be their first time to take their game on the road, which will definitely improve their game and their confidence. Tour Stop #1@ High Pockets, Lisa Porter, Paragould, AR Tour Stop #2 @ High Pockets - Janeen Lee, Petal, MS Tour Stop #3 @ The Rec - Patty Dietz, Decatur, AL

Sport 9 Tour would thank all the event sponsors, including Bill Rowsey, Southaven Rec Center owner, for being a gracious host and added money. We are also very appreciative of our continued tour supporters/sponsors: Paul Frankel, “Professor-Q-Ball” for media and merchandise, Josh Gilmore, Fair Game Clothing for his photo contribution and Bob Hunt, 24 PQB December/January

Top to bottom Lisa Porter Janeen Lee Patty Dietz

official referee. Tour sponsors continued: High Pockets, The Moneyball, Marble Slab, GoPlayPool, Kamui Tips, AZBilliards, and Focus Gear. All Tour Stops results and pictures can be found at Events & Results page: sport9tour.wix.com/sport9#!events/c19rm Tour Standings page: sport9tour.wix.com/sport9#!standings/c1poj


USBA Officers President Andrew Janquitto Ruxton, MD 410-599-8177

www.USBA.net

Edgies Tournament

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Shovak East Islip, NY 516-238-6193 Northeast Directors Mazin Shooni 2006 USA Champion Nashua, NH cell: 248-910-4466

Merrill Hughes Huntington Station, NY cell: 631-338-9698 home: 631-421-6814 Southeast Director Victor Cuzzi Miami, FL 786-366-7293

Mid-America Directors Steve Andersen Wyoming, MI 49519 616-530-8665 Juan Elizalde Sauz Dallas, TX 214-908-2411 Felipe Razon Cicero, IL 708-878-4197

Northwest Director Tommy Thomsen Milton-Freewater, Oregon 509-240-2027 Southwest Directors Pedro Piedrabuena San Diego, CA 213-458-3950 Raye Raskin Larkspur, CA

415-497-8732 At-Large Directors Doug Deitel Katy, TX • 281-858-5948

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Picture: Room Owners Susie & Tony Bangoy, Luis Avila (2nd), Pedro Piedrabuena (1st), Hugo Patino (3rd), Guillermo Sosa (4th), Jose Castillo (tournament director). FINAL STANDINGS Semi Finals Piedrabuena 30 Sosa 9 8 innings 8 innings 3.750 average 1.125 average High Run = 17 AVILA 30 PATINO 25 21 innings 20 innings 1.428 average 1.250 average Finals Piedrabuena 30 Avila 25 23 innings 23 innings 1.304 average 1.087 average 1) PEDRO PIEDRABUENA $4,700 2) LUIS AVILA $3,100 3) HUGO PATINO $1,500

4) GUILLERMO SOSA $1,200 5) RICARDO CARRANCO $1,050 6) JOHN LEE $900 7) MIGUEL TORRES $700 8) JAE CHO $600 9) MAZIN SHOONI $500 10) VICKE PINEDA $420 11) GILBERT NAJM $350 12) SOON HONG $280 13) BOB TRACY $210 14) YOUNG SONG $210 Total: $15,720 9 “A” players x $350 = $3,150 34 “B” players x $200 = $6,800 Added = $4,500 Auction = $550 (Bob Tracy) Lottery = $720 (Gilbert Najm)

Carom Café held a “C” Tournament

Eight players played a round-robin format to 15 points.

In the end, it was Leo Chaparro who emerged victorious with a 6-1 record and a .456 grand average. Carlos Carrillo finished 2nd with a 5-2 record and a .459 average; Kelly Woodward finished 3rd with a 4-3 record and a .389 average. Congratulations to all the players!


Chris’s Billiards in Chicago hosted the first-ever Regional “B” Championship Tournament With a field of 20 very-strong players, David Camarena came out on top, averaging .817 and advancing to the Finals of the “B” Championship to be held at the Nationals in 2014. Congratulations to David on a fine performance against some very strong players!

USBA National Champions Are Given Free Entry Into National Championships The USBA Nationals Committee has decided that all National Champions (current and former) will no longer play in National Qualifiers. Instead, they will be given free entry into the Nationals. This will serve two purposes: 1) It is a reward to all National Champions. Out of respect, a National Champion will no longer need to “qualify” to play in the Nationals. They have already earned that right. They also will not need to spend time and money traveling to a National Qualifier. 2) With National Champions not competing, less-skilled players are more likely to compete in the Qualifier. The list of living USBA Champions include: 1) Pedro Piedrabuena 2) Hugo Patino 3) Jae Hyung Cho 4) Mazin Shooni 5) Sonny Cho 6) Miguel Torres 7) George Ashby 8) Carlos Hallon 9) Frank Torres 10) Eddie Robin

Marshalltown, IA USBA Open

Ten players: 2 groups of 5 players each. Top 4 from each advanced to 8-player single elimination. Finalists: George Ashby, Fred Lamers, Lupe Cruz, John Jacobson, Bob Jacobson, John Logan, Greg Vavra, Kevin Callahan. Finals 1st round: George Ashby, Fred Lamers, Lupe Cruz and John Jacobson advance. 2nd round: Ashby wins over Lamers 30-14 in 26 innings.Cruz wins over John Jacobson 30-20 in 32 innings. Lamers and Jacobson play for 3rd and 4th with John winning 30-24 in 36 innings. Ashby 30, Cruz 14 in 30 innings. Ashby averages 1.031 in the prelims and 1.140 in finals.

President’s Desk The USBA is pleased to announce that the 2014 ThreeCushion National Tournament will be held at Paris Bida in Houston, Texas. For the third consecutive year, the tournament will be held on Gabriels tables. Gabriels is the official partner of the USBA. The tournament is scheduled to run from April 8 to April 13. The schedule is being developed by the tournament committee, but April 8 is likely to be for registration and practice, with the actual tournament play beginning the next day. The final schedule will be announced in early 2014. The USBA is also in the process of scheduling all of the national qualifying tournaments. One is on the calendar: December 6 to 8, 2013, in Ashland, Oregon at the Ashland Oregon Elks Lodge. Four or five others are in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit the tournament calendar on the USBA website for information about the Ashland qualifier. As other qualifiers are announced, information about each one will also be placed on the USBA website. Houston provides a great opportunity for the USBA. It is centrally located with major airports serviced by a variety of national carriers. Travel to and from Houston should be easy for players and spectators. And Houston is also a hotbed of Carom billiards, with 14 rooms and over 50 tables. There are strong local players that will strengthen the field. It should be another great national tournament. December/January PQB 27


George Rippe Passes Away November 1st, 2013

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first met George when Tom Sansouci got the billiard table from Steve Bill that used to reside in George’s room in Lawrence. Steve and George were friends and both would come over for an evening of billiards before Steve moved off to North Carolina. I was just starting and sort of “tagged along”. While getting a table had been a lifetime ambition for Tom; the bonus was that George came along with it bringing his absolute love of artistic billiards and his passion for the game of 3-rail. That was the beginning of a great relationship between George, Tom, his wife Colleen, and the grandchildren that continued right up till his passing. Gruff old George was a marshmallow with the little girls, who delighted in seeing him. Then down to business and George was in his element, spinning yarns from the days when he had his own room, enjoying good shots, trying to make better ones. Even when there was a perfectly good “natural” he would often go for the more flamboyant effort, spinning his ball off the rails like a dervish, dancing to his will, seemingly in defiance of the very laws of physics. Making one of those shots seemed to erase years from the man. I feel privileged to have played with him. George spent a lot of time practicing and advocating artistic billiards. He would eagerly wait for his opportunity to come to the table with a leave that would require some superhuman stroke. Those were right up his alley! Doubling rails, insane string shots, drawing three rails, “Boston reverses”, or any other type of shot that would require imparting significant spin and a deft stroke were all part of the Rippe arsenal. “Well, would you look at that!”, he would often exclaim as the ball was closing on the third rail just prior to scoring. A quiet little grin would start to spread as he leaned over the next shot, professing all the while that “he had made this shot once”. He dispensed his knowledge sparingly and only over a prolonged period of time, but he really appreciated it when you were able to take something he had showed you into a game and score. He appreciated it even more if you gave him

Upcoming USBA Tournaments

Dec 6-8: National Qualifier: Ashland Elks Lodge, Ashland, OR Contact: Tom Thomsen: 509-240-2027 or Mark Williams: 541-941-1291 Dec 7-8: USBA B+ Tournament: Carom Café, Flushing, NY Contact: Michael Kang 917-204-6070 or Charles Brown 646-528-3238 Edgie’s Billiards, Milpitas, CA National Qualifier: December 15th, 2013 at 10:00am. Tournament Director: Raye Raskin 415-497-8732

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credit! As my game got better and his physical abilities diminished, I was still astounded that this man in his 80’s could perform at such a high level. What an inspiration he was to someone like myself who was so new to the game. He not only imparted his wisdom, but also his passion and devotion to the game. I have to say I play billiards today in large part to his encouragement and tutelage.

USBA Open Tournament January 10-12, 2014 Rushville Billiards, Rushville, IL Contact Steve Jones 217-242-6200 January 12, 2014 Sunday Amazin Billiards National Qualifier-781 605-2389 Up to 10 players USBA National Champions cannot participate. Entry Fee: USBA Members: $120 Non-members: $145


Natsy Shot

by Robert Byrne Contributing Writer • from Byrne’s “Advanced Techniques in Pool & Billiards” with permission Trying to shoot a natural off the white with righthanded English will likely result in a foul or a miscue; besides, even if you mange to get a clean hit, you probably won’t hit the right-hand short rail far enough from the corner to score. Juan Navarra of Argentina makes the shot easily by “bending the ball.” Elevate the butt of our cue to about 15 or 20 degrees and use extreme follow and just a touch of right English. Aim so that it looks like you aren’t hitting enough of the white. The cue ball comes off the first rail at the wrong angle, and then bends forward. Don’t shoot hard, or the curve won’t take place soon enough. The cue ball should die near the red.

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his fall we will be having our elections for the new Board of Directors of the USBA. The election will be held from October 1 through December 31 of 2012. The newly-elected Board Members will begin their 4-year terms of office on March 1, 2014. With the recent changes made to the Constitution, the USBA Members will elect a Board consisting of 7 Directors. There will be no voting for President or Secretary. Instead, the 7 newly-elected Board Members will elect a Board Chairman and a Secretary and/or Treasurer as well as decide the responsibilities and duties of each Board Member. All current USBA Members will receive a paper ballot in the mail which should be received by October 31st. If you don’t receive one by October 31st, then please contact the Secretary, Jim Shovak at 516-238-6193 or email him at JimShovak@usba.net Thank you for your commitment to the USBA and to carom billiards.

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SAN DIEGO • College Billiards

5303 El Cajon Blvd 619 582-4550 6–Verhoeven Billiard tables,13 Pool Tables, 1Snooker 6x12, Beer & Wine full Restaurant

TEMECULA High Society Billiards

951 699-3478 28950 Old Town Front St 13-9’ Pool Tables,11 – Bar Boxes,1 Big screen, Snacks,Internet Juke-box

FLORIDA LAKE CITY Pocket Billiards

301 NW Cole Terrace 386.438.5763 9- 9ft pool tables 3-8ft pool tables Beer and food 2-Dart boardsMIAMI

• Doral Billiards Sports Bar

Trick Shots

407 737-6606 11351 Lake Underhill Two 9’ Brunswicks in VIP area Room 7 Dart Boards, Full Bar, Deli Food Big Screen & 17- TV’s, 8,000 Sq ft & Patio

STUART • Amy’s Billiards

772 232-9966 1600 NW Federal Hwy 1-Gabriel 3-Cushion 8-9ft Olhausens,6- 8ft Bar boxes, 1-9’ Brunswick-1-9’ National,3-8’ft House Tables,Darts/Beer/Wine/Fo od, Smoking & NonSmoking rooms

WINTER PARK Trick Shots

407 671-7797 7644 University Blvd. 4-9' pool tables, 12-8' tables, Darts, Full Bar & Pro Shop on premises

GEORGIA ATLANTA • Mr. Cues II

3541 Chamblee Tucker Rd 770 454-7665 38-Pool tables, 1-3-cushion 1-Snooker 6x12,Full bar and kitchen,Pro-Shop

7800 NW 25th St #1 BAXLEY 305-592-8486 6-3-cushion Chevillotte Danny’s Billiards tables, 17-Pool tables,Beer, 417 E. Parker St Wine & Food,14 Flat TV’s 912 278 7099 4-9’ Diamonds, 4-7’ Diamonds, Video games, TV’s

PALM HARBOR Strokers

30901 U.S Hwy 19 N. 727-786-6683 14-Pool Tables 6-Dart Boards Full Bar & Kitchen Cue-Repair available

ORLANDO Trick Shots

407 298-5112 Old Winter Garden Rd 16- 8' Black Crowns, Huge Screen, Darts, Full Bar/Food-Pro Shop

CHICAGO • Chris Billiards

4637 N. Milwaukee 773 286-4714 7-Cushion tables 10 Diamond Bar Tables 45 Pool tables,Ping Pong

EAST MOLINE Leisure Time Billiards & Sports Bar

309 752-9559 845 Ave of the City 5-9 foot pool tables,16- Bar tables, 2 sports bars, 11 Dart boards Full Kitchen

RUSHVILLE •Rushville Billiards 119 Lafayette,62681 217 242-6200 4-3-Cushion Tables 1-Snooker 6x12 4-9ft Pool tables Beer

IOWA CLINTON Legend’s Sports Bar

563 243-4266 2118 Harrison Dr 9-7’ Valley’s 1-9’ Gold Crown,Full Kitchen ,Sports Bar,13-42” TVs, Darts, Video’s

DAVENPORT Sharky’s Billiards & Sports Bar 2902 E. Kimerly Rd 563-359-7225 24 Tables, Full Bar

SAVANNAH KENTUCKY • Southside Billiards LOUISVILLE 912-925-5398 Rack 66-SHOW13051 Abercom St 2- 3-Cushion Tables ROOM 1-10ft Snooker,7- 9ft Pool, 8 - 8ft,1-Ping Pong, Darts,Full bar & Food

ILLINOIS ALSIP Red Shoes Billiards 12009 S. Pulaski Rd 708 388-3700 15-Gold Crown,2-Bar Tables, 1-Dart board Full Bar & Restaurant

502 969-2222 5004 Preston Hwy Tables, Custom Cues, Accessories & Cue repair

LOUISANA NEW IBERIA Emeralds Billiards

337-319-0530 2514 W. Old Spanish Trail 24 Bar boxes,8 – 9ft Gold Crowns 5, Full Bar & Restaurant

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HARVEY • Platinum Billiard

1650 Grenta Blvd. 1-New 3-Cushion Gabriels Element,4- Carom tables Beer 985 870 2909

MARYLAND CATONSVILLE • Vip Billiards

6541 Baltimore National Pike 410 747-2551 5 – 8’ Hollywood 3-Cushion 12 – 9’ Gold Crowns 8 – 9’ Granite Bed Cosmos Free WiFi 3 Big Screen Satellite TV’s All Ages, All The Time

ELKRIDGE • Triple Nine’s Bar & Billiards

MASS MALDEN • Amazin Billiard Club

781 605-2389 40 Faulkner St 5-3-Cushion Bertons 2-Pool Table Bertons 10 -Pool Tables, Snooker 6x12 Private room with Gold Crown 5 Showroom on premises

MICHIGAN LIVONIA The Rack 28410 Joy Rd 734-422-7665 13-9ft tables 1 -3-Cushion 1-Snooker 6x12 Snacks, Hot dogs

7540 Washington Blvd.#C1 WYOMING 410 799-1818 2-3-Cushion Gabriels • The Carom Club 14-9’ Brunswicks, 4- 7’ Pool 616- 805-0316 Tables, Full Bar & Food 4215 Division Ave SW. 4 Heated Olhausen 5x10 Carom Tables,(2) 7’ft Valley GLEN BURNIE Bar Boxes and (2) 9’ft Big Daddy’s Brunswick

Billiards

410 760-1332 7954 B & A Blvd. Ste. 2-G 8-9’ Diamonds, 3-7’ Diamonds,7- 8’ Gold Crowns 1-6x12ft Snooker

LAUREL Bankshot Bar & Grill 3249 Fort Mead RD 301 483 - 8644 16 – Diamonds Bar Tables 3 – 9’ Diamonds, 4 – Dart boards, Full Bar and Restaurant, 16 TV’s

PARKVILLE • Top Hat Cue Club 410 665-1906 8809 Satyr Hill Rd 22-9’ Gold Crowns 3-Bar Tables,5-Table Tennis, 1- 3-Cushion Federic Caurdon

MINNESOTA COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Jimmy’s Pro Billiards

4040 Central Ave NE 763-706-1904 10 - 7ft Diamonds 8 - 9ft tables 1- 6 X 12 Snooker Restaurant - Beer & Wine In-House Pro & Owner Jimmy Wetch

FARMINGTON Farmington Billiards

933 8th St Hwy #3 651-463-2636 8-9’ Gold Crowns, 8-7’ Diamonds,Free Wi-Fi,Beer Food

MINNEAPOLIS ROSEVILLE Al’s Billiards

1319 Larpenteur Ave 651 646-9508 16 – Gold Crowns

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1 – 5x10 Brunswick Anniversary, 1-5x10 & 16x12 Snooker, 2-7’ Bar tables, Darts & Foosball

MISSISSIPPI BYHALIA Meucci Billiards

662 895-3220 3709 Hwy 302 Byhalia MS 8-9ft Gold Crowns 3-Bar Tables Home of Meucci Custom Pool Cues Cue work on Premises

GRENADA The Sports Center

662-226-1322 893 Springhill Rd 7- Pool tables, 3 Bar tables, Video’s, Beer/food

SOUTHAVEN Southaven Recreational

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

MISSOURI CAPE GIRADEAU The Billiard Center

26 North Main 573-335-9955 20- Bar Tables, 2-9 ft pool tables,Full Bar & Kitchen

CARUTHERSVILLE The Money Ball 573 717-9191 111 Ward Ave 6-Bar tables 10 ft Snooker 1-9ft Snooker 2-9ft pool tables

POPLAR BLUFF Westwood Billiards

2207 S. Westwood Blvd. 573 686-4880 10-7ft bar tables, 9ft

Brunswich, 2 dart boards, 7 TV’s and Full Bar and Kitchen

26- Tables Full Bar & Menu 1-Ping Pong table

636 978-7728 977 West Terra, Ln 17-Pool Tables, 1-5X10 Snooker, Darts, Full Liquor and Restaurant.

93 Ave U 718 714-1002 15 Brunswick, 1 Vitalie, 6 Large screen TV’s Burgers, Pizza &,Large Pro Shop

O’FALLON Action Billiard Club

NEW HAMPSHIRE

PORTSMOUTH Legends Billiards

603-433-1154 80 Hanover St 15- Pool tables, 7- Dart boards,Full liquor & Pub menu,Video games 5-Big screens

SOMERSWORTH Buster’s Billiards 369 Route 108 603 692-7926 15 – 9 ft tables, Beer & Wine, Food, 2 Dart Boards, ProSho

NEW JERSEY BELLEVILLE • Guys & Dolls

524 Washington Ave. 973-759-6217 2- New Gabriels 3cushion billiard tables. 34 – 9 foot pool tables, 6 – Big Screens

EDISON Sandcastle Billiards

101 Towsley Rd 732 632-9277 18 - 9’ Tables, Card table lounge, Ping-Pong., Pro-shop

NEW YORK ASTORIA QUEENS Steinway Café Billiards 

3525 Steinway St 718 472-2124

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BROOKLYN • Gotham City Billiards Club

FLUSHING • Carom Cafe

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

LINDENHURST • Mr Cue Billiards 631-226-9486 76 East Sunrise Hwy 1-3 Cushion 5x10 14- Gold Crowns,3-Bar Tables,Beer & Snacks

SYRACUSE • Premium Billiards

315 488-4888 10 – 9’Brunswick 2-3-Cushion Gabriel’s 8 Diamond Pro Am 7’ers Bumper Table, Ping Pong. Dart Boards Beer Wine, Full Kitchen

WILLIAMVILLE • Bison Billiards

716 632-0281 Main Transit Plaza 8216 Main St 8-9’ Diamonds, 3-9’ Brunswicks, 6-Bar Tables 2-Dart Boards, 3-Cushion Gabriel

YORKVILLE • Hippo's

315 768-0218 5160 Commercial Dr. E 12-4 1/2x9 Gabriels, 15x10 3-cushion table, 8-3 1/2 7 Valleys, Beer, Wine, Full menu, 8-TV’s

N. CAROLINA NEW BERN Mickey Milligans Billiards 252 637-3711 3411 Trent Rd 6- 9ft Pro Diamonds 3-Steel Tip dart boards Full Bar, Pizza & Snack foodLive entertainment weekly, Tournaments every Sunday

RALEIGH Sharky’s Place

5800 Duraleigh Rd 919 210-1094 6- 9 ft Gold Crowns 2- 7 ft Valley Full bar and Kitchen

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

OHIO FAIRFIELD • Michaels Billiards 

6625 Dixie Billiards 513-860-0044 1- 3-Cushion Table 34- Pool Tables Full Bar and Restaurant

OKLAHOMA OKLAHOMA CITY • AAA Billiards Supply

405 917-9300 4619 N. West 10th 6- Gold Crowns, 4-Bar

tables, 2-5 x 10 Snooker table, 1-3-Cushion Billiard table, 1-6 X 12 SnookerPro Shop & Cue & table repair

40-HD T.V’s Full service restaurant with 2bars.,Home of the New England Pool Hall of Fame

255 E. Main St. 541-482-3911 6-3-Cushion Gabriels Tables

7041 HWY 64 901-937-1911 2-Bar tables 2-Dart boardsFull bar & Food Several Flat Screens (HD) Smoking allowed

OREGON ASHLAND Ashland Elks Lodge

PENNSYLVANIA NORRISTOWN Markly Billiards 610-278-1595 1713 Markly St 9-Gold Crown 9’,4-Diamonds 7’- Light menu

PHILADELPHIA • Drexeline Billiard Club.

610 259-9144 5100 State Rd L-300 2- Cheviotte 3-cushion tables, 16- 4 1/2x 9 Gold Crowns.4 - 4x8 G.Crowns Full line of custom cues & accessories, Tournaments, Inst., Sr.citizen rates

PITTSBURG • Breakers Billiards 412-531-2250 1413 Potomac Ave 2-3-Cushion heated Chevilotte,6 – 9’ Gold Crowns, 8 – 9’ Diamond pros,1- 7’ Bar table Diamond, Full Bar

RHODE ISLAND NORTH PROVIDENCE Rhode Island PROVIDENCE Snookers

401 351-7665 53 Ashburton ST 15- 9’ Gold Crowns

TENNESSEE MEMPHIS Bubba’s Ale House & Grille

Getaway Bar

4632 Winchester Rd 363-3073 6-Bar tables 4-Dart boards Beer & Byob Open 24hrs

HighPocket's

1599 Ols Summer Ave. 901 761-1583 12-4 1/2 x9 Gold Crowns, 1 Snooker table, 8- Bar Tables, Full menu & beer, 8- TV’s, 1 big screen, Videos

Lefty’s Sports Pub 901 763-2679 4497 Summer Ave 2-Bar tables, 2-Dart boards, Beer & Byob

Sharpshooters Billiards

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

• The Rack

901 369-9501 3622 Lamar Ave 8-9 ‘ Pro Diamond 1-3-Cushion Gabriel, 6 bar tables 3-Dart boards, 10-tv’s Food & Beer


MADISON J.O.B Billiard Club

HOUSTON • Café 99

MANCHESTER Lucky Break Billiard Club

Bogies Billiards

615 868-4270 900 Gallatin Rd. Madison Sq. Mall 30 Pool tables diamonds In house pro-shop

1766 Hillsboro Hwy 931 954 5400 4-7’Valleys,4-7’Diamonds 3 9’Diamonds,Darts, Bumper Pool Beer & Grill

TEXAS SAN LEON Casper’s Billiards

281 559-1400 37 21st St 18- 9ft Brunswicks Full Service Rest & Bar

832 868-4032 10730 Kingspoint 2-New 3-Cushion heated Gabriel’s 5 TV’S, Beer & Food 3040 FM 1960 RD Ste 101 281-821-4544 8- 9’ Gold Crowns 14 8’ Pool Tables 1-Snooker,Full Bar and Food

• Houston Café & Billiards 13590 State Hwy 249 77086 832-3979400 1-3-Cushion Gabriels Element, 2-3-Cushion Cheviottes

• HUY HOANG BIDA

281 568-7746 13090 Bellaire Blvd Suite # B. 2-New 3-Cushion heated Gabriel’sBeer & Food

• Paris Bida

118010 Bellaire Blvd. Suite –A 832-630-5903 2- New Kronos 3-Cushion 6-Gabriels 3-Cushion 6-Carom tables 4-Pool tables- Bar & Food

LEAGUE CITY Legend’s Billiards 201 S. Gulf Frwy 281-332-7716 20 -4X8 Tables 3 -9’ tables,1-Bar table Full Bar & food 1-Steel Dart board

• U.S. BIDA (Billiards)

10905 Bellaire Blvd #E 281 857-7383 8-Verhoevens 3-Cushion 5-Pool Tables 1-Soccer Table

VIRGINIA VIRGINIA BEACH Mike’s Break Room

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757-855-2114 3717 Tiffany Lane 5- Pool tables, 19- Flat screens,Rest. Sports Pub

WASHINGTON

TACOMA Elk’s Club Lodge

1965 S. Union Ave 253-272-1117 5-3-cushion Verhoeven 9- Brunswick pool table

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Billiard Table Service & Cue Work

Commerical & Residential Tables

Gabriel & Diamond Factory Authorized Mechanic Tampa Florida

Wes Burden Cell • (813) 416-2255

Service Directory Place Your Business Card Ad in the Billiard Industry Service Directory call (901)756-2594 for details and rates.

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DPM Universal Pocket and Carom Billiard Systems Article 70

by Darrell Paul Martineau • www.3cushion.us/ WBIA Head Master Instructor

Hits to Miss Kisses

I am going to show you how to miss kisses! The first thing you need to know is Cue Ball / Object Ball [1] diamond angles. There are only 24 of them possible. You will probably only use 16 of them in a full game. They are easy to learn. I have already shown them to you in articles 25 thru 64. In case you do not have these graphs I will give you a description in the next 6 or more articles. You may also purchase all of them see below. If you want the Hits to Miss Kisses Book I can e-mail it to you for $20.00 In graph 70 I show you how to play and miss a kiss in a Below the ball long angle shot four rail shot.. The CB/OB1 angle is 14 so to miss a kiss the hit would be 1 ,5,or 9. The OB2 is at 9 on the fourth rail and this is a fourth rail system. To calculate the shot is quite easy. Just take 9 from 14 and that leaves the hit at 5. Since a 5 hit will also miss the kiss there is no reason to be concerned with a Kiss. The cue ball will pass the crossed area before the OB1 does.. With this 4 rail system the cuing is standard. Just look at the graph 70. Missing kisses are in groups of 4 Angles 9 and less take one away from the angle [ 9 -1 =8 or 4 or 0 hit] Angles 10 or more add one to last digit [ 10 + 1 = 1 or 5 or 9 hit ] When the CB/OB1 angle is 9 or less and straight to the corner just use the angle! Example: Angle is 7 make a 7 or 3 hit

More on this System segment in the next issue of Professor Cue Ball News You may purchase caroms Articles and Graphs 25 through 66 on line to be e-mailed to you for $25.00, $40.00 by regular mail in a binder. If you have any questions you can always e-mail me and I will answer you. Darrell Paul Martineau, 5916 Bar Harbour Ct. Elk Grove CA 95758 For more information on this system and my books, tapes, DVDs or lessons on Pool or Carom Billiards please call me at 916-684-4535 or e-mail dpmuniverse @ Comcast . net Web page http://www.3cushion.us/ 40 PQB December/January


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Professor’s National Tournament Directory DECEMBER 2ND

Mosconi Cup During the Mosconi Cup is BCA Congress of America Hall of Fame Banquet DECEMBER 6-8

Space City Open II Boggies Billiards Houston, Tx 281 821-4544 $5,000 Added, One Pocket Open 9-Ball, Open Ladies 9-Ball DECEMBER 7-8

DECEMBER 15

New England 9-Ball Busters Billiards Somersworth, NH 603-692-7296 DECEMBER 14

Steinway Billiards 3525 Steinway St. Astoria, NY (718) 472-2124 A-B/C-D 9-Ball $1,000 DECEMBER 12-17

Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup VII Pockets 301 NW Cole Terrace, Lake City, FL Contact: Tom & Marty Rossman 765.795.4968 Entry fee of $150 DECEMBER 14

Gumphrey Memorial The Billiard Center Cape Girardeau, MO 573 718-8260 $3,500 9-Ball Played on 18 Bar tables Race 9-D/Elimation Farmington Billiards $35 Entry Farmington, MN DECEMBER 8 612-226-7665 $1000 added MPA Event New England 9-Ball $75-3 person team entry Legends Billiards JANUARY 1ST Portsmouth, NH 603-433-1154 New Year’s Day DECEMBER 13-15 The Sports Center Great Southern Tour Michaels Billiards Fairfield,OH 513 860-0044 $2,500 Guaranteed Amateur 8-ball w/40 players - 9 ft Diamonds

9-Ball Championships Duane: 662 226-1322 See ad on page 14 JANUARY 4-5

Gotham City Billiards Brooklyn, NY Tour (718) 714-1002 Special Double Point Event

A-B/C-D 9-Ball $2,200 JANUARY 5

New England 9-Ball Portsmouth, NH Legends 603-433-1154 JAN 10-12TH

RIVER CITY -9-BALL 6 Pockets Billiards 1819 Bassett Ave SW DECATUR, AL 256-686-3177 JANUARY 11-12

2nd Annual Southern Maryland Amatuer Pocket Billiard Championship American Legion Post #238 Hughesville, MD Richard Cox: 301 751-9120 JANUARY 15-19 Music City Open J.O.B. Billiards 615 868-4270 See ad on page 19 JANUARY 19

Robert Dionne Memorial $1,000 Added by Tour Legends Billiards 603-433-1154 JANUARY 26 New England 9-Ball Rhode Island Providence Snookers - 401 351-7665

JAN 24. FEB.2ND

15th Derby City Classic Horseshoe Casino Hotel Southern Indiana FEBRUARY 1

Gotham City Billiards Brooklyn, NY (718) 714-1002 C-D 9-Ball $1,250 93 Avenue U. FEBRUARY 5 - 9 WPBA Masters Soaring Eagle Casino Mt. Pleasant MI 888-726-9633 Prize Money $47,500 Winner’s Prize $10,000 FEBRUARY -7-9

The Rack -1st Annual Don Samples Memorial 9-Ball Open $5,000 Guaranteed $35 Entry, 9ft Diamond Jerry 901 369-9501 See ad on page 3 FEBRUARY 16TH

WINTER CLASSIC $4,000 Added by Tour Legends Billiards Marc Dionne, 508 713-5256 FEBRUARY 22-23

New England 9-Ball Rhode Island Providence Snookers - 401 351-7665

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U.S. Juniors to Represent North America at WPA World Jr 9-Ball Championships

T

hrough the recent BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships, the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) has qualified seven junior billiard athletes to represent North America as part of Team USA at the upcoming WPA (World Pool-Billiard Association) World Junior 9Ball Championships. This year’s prestigious event will be held at the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa December 8Brendan Crockettˇ 12, 2014. Through the support of the BCA, the BEF has coordinating international travel and participation for this world tournament for over two decades. The following players will proudly represent our country this year: Tyler Styer, age 18 (Big Bend, WI) Brendan Crockett, age 18 (Bell Canyon, CA) Nick Evans, age 17 (St. Peters, MI) Taylor Reynolds, age 16 (Winslow, Maine) Sergio Rivas, age 14 (Milwaukee, WI) Joey Bourgeois, Jr., age 14 (Bayown, TX) April Larson, age 13 (Bloomington, MN) Team coach, accompanying this year’s student-athletes is longtime BEF supporter and PBIA certified instructor, Earl Munson . For nearly a decade, Taylor Reynolds Munson has been actively involved in youth billiards as the official tournament director for the BEF Junior Nationals. He started and organizes successful high school billiard programs in the Dallas area. For more information on the BEF Junior Nationals or hosting qualifiers or a State Championship, visit the BEF website at billiardeducation.org. The Billiard Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that produces the annual Junior National Championships, provides scholarships for young players, sends junior players to the World Junior Championships and promotes Pool Joey Bourgeois, Jr. April Larson in School programs to encourage lifelong participants. (B.E.T.T.E.R. Play Billiards,www.betterplaybilliards.org/)

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Tyler Styer

Nick Evans

Sergio Rivas



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