Preview issue pqb August sept 2016

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28th Annual BEF Junior Nationals Concludes a Year of Records, Repeats and Remembrance by Earl Munson Photos Courtesy of JP Parmentier & Billiard Education Foundation


pected at next year’s 2017 BEF Junior Nationals again depending on table availability and participating player fields.” Another change to this year’s BEF Junior Nationals was the banquet night which was held this year on the third night of the tournament, Friday July 15th instead of the traditional first night of past. This change seemed to go well as the banquet hall was a buzz of excitement as players, family members, pros, sponsors, and BEF staff and volunteers were in attendance for a great meal, remembrance, awards and honors. A tearful audience gave remembrance by a watching a presentation of a touching collection of pictures of fellow BEF junior player, the late Brendan Crockett playing in past BEF Junior Nationals and WPA World Junior events. Mark Wilson of Lindenwood University a coach of Brendan and 2002 BCA Junior National Champion Beau Runningen, a close friend of the Crocketts, gave tearful speeches remembering the skilled billiard prodigy and honored him by awarding the newly named Brendan Crockett Character Awards.

n Saturday, July 16th, 2016 the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) proudly concluded its 28th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships with its largest field of juniors in history. The record breaking event was held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center just outside of the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. For the third year in a row top juniors from each state made their yearly journey to this year’s most prestigious of all junior tournaments in which the venue was hosted alongside the 2016 Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Billiard & Home Leisure Expo. This year’s field represented 193 players from 39 qualifying events in 28 states. The four participating divisions included 18 & Under Boys (18UB), 18 & Under Girls (18UG), 14 & Under Boys (14UB) and 14 & Under Girls (14UG). This event is the only opportunity for U.S. billiard student-athletes to qualify to compete at the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World Junior 9-Ball Championships, as well as for Team USA at the annual Atlantic Challenge Cup (ACC). This year’s junior nationals kicked off with its highly anticipated annual Adult-Youth Scotch Doubles tournament directed by Mel and Tammy Jo Leonard the night before on 2016 Brendan Crockett Character Award Recipients: Tuesday, July 12th. This year drew a record-breaking 93 teams 18 & Under Boys Andy Poutry, age 17 Ayer, Mass. participating. This doubles event gave the parents and adults 18 & Under GirlsTory Conley, age 15 Phoenix, Arizona the chance to showcase their skills in the fun-filled night 14 & Under Boys Austin Summers, age 14 Metropolis, Ill. which even included a few pro’s participating. Players officially 14 & Under GirlsLana Keith, age 10 Dyersburg, Tenn. checked in the morning of Wednesday, July 13th where they Brendan Crockett was more than just a talented young were invited to step into the photo booth for free pictures with player. He grew from an eager teen-ager to an intelligent, Hall-of-Fame professionals “The Black Widow” Jeanette Lee charming gentleman with true character and humility. His and “The Scorpion” Johnny Archer. With the largest field ever came necessary trial changes that humor, willingness to work hard and ability to lead have been an important part of our programs. He will be deeply missed by were implemented to the traditional BEF Junior National many. format which included going to a pro style format of prelimiSpecial Guest Speaker at the banquet this year was “The nary double elimination brackets qualifying to a seeded single Scorpion” Johnny Archer. He took a moment to share his life elimination finals bracket. The four divisions 18UB, 14UB, story and powerful message of perseverance. As always Tom 18UG, and 14UG played on 128, 64, 32 and 32 double elimi“Dr. Cue” Rossman made his 23rd appearance at the junior nanation brackets respectively. From these brackets it qualified the top 25% of players from each division to single elimination tionals gave out his Artistic Pool awards to this year’s champions. (Results posted in separate write-up and on BEF website.) brackets in which the winners were seeded and the one-loss The banquet night rounded off with an astounding record of side was blind drawn. Also changes were made to shorter races BEF Academic All-American (AAA) Awards presented. Of which were reviewed and determined by Tournament director the 193 player field, an incredible 42% of this year’s particiEarl Munson, “After our evaluations longer races may be expants (that’s 81 players!) earned school GPA’s of 3.5 or better

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Mark Wilson of Lindenwood University a coach of Brendan gave the awards to the Winners of the 2016 Brendan Crockett Character Award to receive this award! The sport of billiards is definitely attracting, creating, and maintaining academic excellence! Of those 81 student-athletes, 20 of them had a perfect 4.0 GPA. (Complete list of recipients posted in separate write-up and on BEF website.) Kamui continued its Quest for Excellence program this year offering even more to its recipients. (Complete details posted in separate write-up and on BEF website.) 2016 Kamui Quest for Excellence Recipients: Aryana Lynch, age 13 Allen, Texas Taylor Hansen, age 17 Mankato, Minnesota Justin Toye, age 15 Bayville, New Jersey Karsyn Terry, age 17 Chicago, Illinois Four fun door prizes were drawn throughout the evening: Brianna LaRatta 16x20 Portrait of Favorite Pool Player (retail value $120) Courtesy of Tony Fox Photography Tessa Eickholt $50 Amazon Gift Card Courtesy of International Billiards (Makers of the BRAD Scuffer) Julie Bennett $50 Amazon Gift Card Courtesy of Pool & Billiard Magazine Tiffany Johnson Custom UTG Jersey (retail value $80) Courtesy of Ultimate Team GearAnd, the banquet concluded with two lucky grand prize recipients: Bryan Rodriguez Edinburg, Texas J. Pechauer Custom Cue & Case (retail value $1,100)

Sandra E. Meece Seneca, South Carolina 9’ Diamond ProAm pool table (retail value $7,000) Without a doubt match play all week was exciting and intense as all players vied to make it to their respective finals singleelimination brackets. The finals play for all divisions was held on Saturday July 16th. In an effort to stay more aligned with the WPA World events and the Olympics, the BEF awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the top four finishers of each division, in lieu of the past trophies. All medalists in the 18UB, 18UG and 14UB divisions qualified for the 2016 WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships November 16-20 in Shanghai, China, along with the gold and silver medalists from the 14UG division. All BEF Junior National participants also qualify to be selected as potential nominees for the Atlantic Challenge Cup Team USA at the 2017 event being held in Europe next year. The future is very bright for our BEF junior program members as there are now more than ever before, so many high level competitive opportunities at the state, national, and international level. With the 18UG races shortened this year, it was very tense as the 2015 defending champion and 2015/2016 ACC Team USA member April “The Grinder” Larson from Bloomington, MN was knocked over to the one loss side of the preliminary bracket by fellow ACC Team USA teammate Emily Herpel from Freehold, NY. Larson nick-named “The Grinder” for a

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Nathan Childress, Ricky Evans, April Larson, Ashley Fullerton

Top Finishers from all Divisions and Prizes Gold Medal Winners (pictured above) 18UB Ricky Evans, 15 (St Peters, MO) 18UG April Larson, 16 (Bloomington, MN) 14UB Nathan Childress, 13 (N. Chesterfield, VA) 14UG Ashley Fullerton, 13 (Lake Park, MN)

Custom BEF Gold Medal, $1,000 Academic Scholarship, Custom Engraved Delta-13 Rack, Dr. Dave’s Illustrated Principles of Pool & Billiards Book, Bullseye Billiard Set and a Extendable Bridge Head

Silver Medal Winners 18UB Nathan Diederich, 17 (Victorville, CA) 18UG Michelle Jiang, 16 (Harvard, MA) 14UB Mahkeal Parris, 14 (Kingshill, Virgin Islands) 14UG Vivian Liu, 13 (Harvard, MA)

Custom BEF Silver Medal Dr. Dave’s Illustrated Principles Video Encyclopedia, Bullseye Billiard Set and a Extendable Bridge Head

Bronze Medal Winners 18UB Travis Southard, 17 (Reidsville, NC)Evan Swett, 16 (Wichita, KS) 18UG Hailey Fullerton, 16 (Lake Park, MN)Taylor Hansen, 17 (Mankato, MN) 14UB Kaiden Hunkins, 14 (Waukesha, WI)Joey Tate, 11 (Lake Villa, IL) 14UG Amanda Campbell, 12 (Arvada, CO)Aryana Lynch, 13 (Allen, TX)

Custom BEF Bronze MedalDr. Dave’s Illustrated Principles Video EncyclopediaBullseye Billiard Set

reason had fellow 2016 ACC Team USA members Serena Black from Warrensburg, IL & Sierra Reams from Richmond, VA on the one loss side standing in her way in which she respectively knocked out of the tournament. In the first match on the finals board Kaylee McIntosh, a very skilled player from Tampa Bay Florida, almost ended Larson’s bid to repeat her title taking her hill-hill before narrowly losing the final game moving Larson on to eventually match up with her 2015 ACC Team USA teammate Taylor

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Hansen from Mankato, MN in a match-up that ended with a convincing score of 5-2 and Larson moving on to eventually face fellow 2015 Worlds Team USA member Michelle Jiang in the finals. In the on-the-edge of your seat hill-hill match for the Gold Medal, Larson won 7-6 as she once again retained her 18UG girl’s title as the best in the U.S. with now five consecutive BEF Junior Nationals titles. In the 14UG division it was just as intense, as the 2015 14UG Champion Ashley Fullerton from Lake Park, MN

A Billiard System for 3 Rail Kicks

by Mark Finkelstein Pro at Slate and Eastside Billiards, New York City; Instructional Columnist


have been working with a student who wants to learn billiards. Now you might be surprised to hear that I spent a lot of time in San Francisco in the early 80’s playing 3 cushion with Bud Harris, 1950’s US 3 cushion champion. Here is one of his systems that really works on a pool table. This system works best when the cue ball is on a long rail and the object ball is below the cue ball towards the corner pocket. Here in the first diagram is what that would look like on a table without all the other balls. What I want to do here is hit the opposite long rail, then the short rail, and make a billiard to the one ball at the first diamond on the 3rd rail. To figure this out, we need two sets of numbers, the cue ball numbers and the object ball and aim point numbers. It is well worth remembering these cue ball numbers because they come up in all sorts of billiards systems. In middle diagram I’ve put in the cue ball numbers in Red and the object ball numbers in Black. Here is what the table looks like with the numbers added: Now the cue ball in this diagram is starting from about 33 and our target number is 10 for a direct hit. We could use 11 if we wanted to hit the object ball on the high side or 9 if we are aiming for the low side. Here is the formula: Cue Ball Number MINUS Target Number = Aiming Number. So in our example we have 33 - 9 =24. If we aim at 24 using a some running english, and this is the part that you have to test on your table to determine exactly how much spin and speed you need, you will make the billiard on the target ball. Here is the final diagram showing the shot Please take this system to your table and try it. I think you will like how it works! 10 PQB August/September

BEF Loses a Family Member


he Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a member of its “family.” Brendan Crockett and his brother Jeff tragically lost their lives in a fatal car accident on June 28th, 2016. Brendan was only 21 years old, and his brother was 24. Brendan was a large part of our Junior Programs for many years. He won the 14 & Under Boys Division his first year competing in the 2009 Junior National 9-Ball Championships, and followed up with top three finishes the following four years. He proudly represented the BEF on the U.S. Team at the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships for five consecutive years from 2009 to 2013. Brendan was more than just a talented young player. He grew from an eager teenager to an intelligent, charming gentleman with true character and humility. His humor, willingness to work hard and ability to lead have been an important part of our programs. The BEF Family wishes to express their heartfelt condolences to Brendan’s family, friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed by many. In an effort to memorialize Brendan and all that he stood for, action is in place to commemorate him during Junior Nationals by changing the name of the annual sportsmanship award to the Brendan Crockett Character Award presented by Lindenwood University.

About the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) The BEF was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and

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building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.

Chico Billiards Academy

by Jacqueline Karol • House Pro at Oais Bar & Grill Chico Ca., League Operator & Tournament Director .

3-8-6 Drill

3 Balls. 8 Angles. 6 Questions.


he purpose of this exercise is to study various angles and learn more “outs” so you are better prepared at being able to see what is possible and also execute it. We don’t have ball-in-hand on every shot, so we need to know as many outs as possible from various angles, in case our opponent leaves us in less than ideal position or if we miss shape. Throw 3 balls (the 7, 8 and 9-ball) out on the table and mark them with hole reinforcer stickers. Place your angle template (diagram 3 or email me at to get an 11 x 17” full size template) by the 7-ball by lining the “line to the pocket” line up as shown and sliding the “object ball” under the 7. Now shoot the 7-ball from all 8 angles and run out. Afterwards, ask yourself these 6 questions: Would you rather be on the left side of the line to the pocket for the 7-ball or on the right, and why? Which of the 4 angles on that side do you prefer, and why? What side of the 8-ball do you want the cue ball to arrive, and why? What is the best target spot that you are envisioning the cue ball to arrive, and why? What is the exact path you will make the cue ball travel in, and why? What English and stroke will you use to execute this? For example, look at diagrams. The best side of the cue ball to be on when shooting the 7-ball in order to get to the 8-ball is the right side. The best angle is 30 degrees. You want to get shape on the left side of the line to the pocket on the 8 or be straight in. This gives you the highest margin of error and is the easiest way to shoot it leaving you the highest odds for running the table. You can do this drill with any 3 balls that you put on the table. This drill brings up lots of conversations and gives you a structured way to methodically practice and isolate shots so that you have more “outs” leading to you winning more games. 14 PQB August/September

Win a Piece of the Legend


elebrating Brett Favre’s Hall of Fame Career with Commemorative Pool Cues to benefit Favre 4 Hope Foundation and Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 2008 marked the infamous playoff game in which Matt Hasselbeck, former backup to Brett Favre, proclaimed his Seahawks would receive the ball in overtime, and win the game. The Packers went on to win that game with an interception returned for a touchdown by Al Harris. Although Favre had a large hand in that victory, he may have made an even larger impact the night before. On the eve of the Packers-Seahawks playoff showdown, Favre met with local business owner and Green Bay native, Joe Pechauer. Pechauer is the President and owner of J. Pechauer Custom Cues and Quality Billiards, a small family business serving the Green Bay area and billiards players worldwide for the last 53 years. The prior year, Pechauer had an idea to team up with Favre to raise money for a good cause. Pechauer designed and created a commemorative Favre pool cue that highlighted the star’s career. This time, Favre’s signature would join Pechauer’s on the 25 cues, a unique finishing touch used to identify a J. Pechauer product. The cue featured designs and inlays noting “The Game of His Life” against the Oakland Raiders after his father’s passing, his Superbowl win in 1996, MVP nods in ‘95, ‘96, and ’97, and (at the time) his claim as the All-time Passing Touchdown leader. These 25 cues and Brett Favre helped donate more than $40,000 to charities to date, such as Big Brother Big Sister, The Giving Tree, Breast Cancer, and many others. Unfortunately, the timing of these pool cues was rather peculiar, as Favre’s last season with the Packers was the 20072008 season. But now, the bitter taste of Brett Favre’s departure

is gone, the years of celebrating his illustrious career have begun, and his Hall of Fame induction is just around the corner. There are still three pool cues left to raise money for charity. Pechauer would like to donate the proceeds to the Favre 4 Hope Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. J. Pechauer Custom Cues has set up a Gofundme profile where anyone can donate to these two charities. Each dollar donated will count as one entry into a drawing for one of the commemorative Favre cues. The Gofundme profile will open August 1st and close September 1st, the final day of the Green Bay Packers preseason. “As a family business in a small town, we wanted to do something to highlight one of the greatest legends this city will ever see. We are hoping to send Favre to the Hall of Fame with a donation to his accredited foundation to show thanks for all he has done for our community and the world of sports,” Pechauer said. More information about the Favre 4 Hope Foundation can be found at More information about the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America can be found at J. Pechauer Custom Cues and Quality Billiards is a small, family-owned business that has been serving the Green Bay area and billiards players worldwide with quality, American-made products for the last 53 years For the latest Event News ofessor

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2016 Make It Happen 1-Pocket by Phil Capelle, Photos Karl Kantrowitz

June 5 - Match #16 – The Finals Efren Reyes 4 – Shane Van Boening 3


n the tune up match on Sunday afternoon Reyes foreshadowed the finals to come when he ran eight and out in beating Van Boening and evening their records in this event at 4-1. As a result, there would be no ties – the winner of the Make It Happen Invitational would be the player with the best record. Game 1 The match opened with Van Boening scratching on his break, but he did not leave Reyes with a shot. After Van Boening hung a bank, Reyes kicked it in, erasing Van Boening’s foul. Reyes then fouled but Van Boening sold out and Reyes made a ball – so after several innings they were both scoreless. Van Boening ran two and, after Reyes missed a bank, he ran six and out to win game one. Game 2 Van Boening sold out and Reyes ran four balls. Reyes then played an intentional foul and Van Boening fouled as well, so the score was now 3 to -1 in Reyes’ favor. Reyes made a bank into a double carom (!) and ran five and out to even the match at 1-1. Game 3 Van Boening blundered with a scratch and Reyes ran four, made a combo/carom, and then completed his run of eight and out. Game 4 Van Boening left Reyes with a combo and Reyes made it to take a 1-0 lead. Van Boening then left Reyes with another combo and he made it, igniting a run of seven and out to win the game, 8 to -1. Reyes now led in the match 3 games to 1. Game 5 Van Boening made a combo, but was a bit unlucky as he had no other shot. Reyes made a ball for Van Boening and jawed a ball in his own pocket. Reyes later made that ball to trail in the game, 2 to 1. Reyes then sold out on a safety and Van Boening ran two balls. Reyes replied with a bank, but then missed badly and Van Boening ran four and out to win the game, 8-2. He now was behind in the match, 3-2. Game 6 Van Boening made a ball for Reyes, then in a subsequent turn he left Reyes with a shot and Efren ran four before hanging up 20 PQB August/September

Effren Reyes and Pat Fleming

a ball. Van Boening made that ball for Reyes, who was now ahead, 6-0. After Van Boening left Reyes with a shot, he made it, but then passed on a long shot that could have won the game, and the momentum changed. Van Boening opened his six ball run with a long rail bank, a long stop shot, and another bank. After Reyes left a ball near his own pocket, Van Boening made a super crossover bank to tie the score at 7-7. Van Boening left a ball near his pocket and he made it to win the game after Reyes’ takeout had left him with a shot. The match was now tied at three games each. Game 7 Reyes took an intentional foul, but Van Boening left him with a shot and he ran four to take a 3-0 lead. Reyes was provided with another offensive opportunity and he took full advantage of it, running five and out to win the game, 8-0, and the title. Reyes, 61, had beaten Van Boening, 32, who is arguably the best player in the world, in the game that Reyes is undisputedly the best ever. As a measure of Reyes’ firepower, nine of his 21 games won ended with long runs of 7 (3 times) and 8 (6 times), underscoring his skill at the game’s strongest move – running lots of balls! Final Record Efren Reyes 5– 1 Shane Van Boening 4–2 Jeremy Jones 3–2 Tony Chohan 2–3 Alex Pagulayan 1–4 Danny Smith 1–4

2016 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships October 16-22, 2016

“You Still Have Time”


ow there’s just three months to go before this year’s U.S. Open begins. That’s not much time. Must I remind everybody how quickly the tournament roster and hotel rooms filled last year when there was still one month to go? Don’t be left out. Make arrangements soon. We’ve expanded the roster to 160 players this year because we had a waiting list last year. The hotel did not get any bigger, so the hotel doesn’t have any more rooms than it had last year. The TV arena seating is outselling last year’s numbers, so reserve a good seat. The Behrman family has every intention of keeping this event going and growing for years to come. This event, in honor of the late Barry Behrman, is expected to be the best we’ve seen in many years. Pat Fleming is going to make sure of it. Last year, 128 players competed, many from around the world. We’re getting more requests from outside the United States for formal invitations to obtain Visas. This WPA sanctioned event has $75,000 in added money qualifying it as a “Tier 2” event $50,000 will go to the winner, as the rest of over $200,000 in prize money gets spread out to 48th place, which pays $2,000. The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel is excited about bringing us back. The hotel’s spacious ballroom will accommodate thirteen 9-foot Diamond pool tables and enough seating for over 500 spectators. They loved the U.S. Open last year and want us back. The Sheraton is again offering us extremely low room rates, especially for being in the heart of Norfolk. The hotel staff and the City of Norfolk, will do everything they can to make you feel welcome. The annual BCA Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at the Sheraton on Thursday, October 20. For tickets, call Mike Panozzo at 312-341-1110 ext 2004. Go to HYPERLINK "" for key information with regards to player registration, VIP seating, and hotel reservations. If you have any concerns or questions, you only have to contact one person: Pat Fleming Accu-Stats Video Productions P.O. Box 299

Bloomingdale, NJ 07403 973-838-7089 mailto:

Quick Details

Sanctioned by: World Pool-Billiard Association Play Dates: October 16-22, 2016 Number of Entries: 160 Entry Fee: $1,000 Added Money: $75,000 Total Purse: Over $200,000 First Prize: $50,000 (with 160 players) Format: 9-Ball, Double Elimination, Race to 11 Equipment: Diamond Pro-Am tables, Simonis cloth, Aramith Balls Site: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA 23510 USA Hotel Room Rate: $99.00 plus tax for a single or double Airport: Norfolk International Airport (ORF) BCA Hall of Fame Banquet tickets: call 312-341-1110 ext 2004. Formal Invitations will be provided when requested. Any questions? Contact Pat Fleming For those of you that like extra activities, there’s plenty of Norfolk attractions with free shuttle service to most. Here’s a sampling: American Rover Sailing Cruise Nauticus/Battleship Wisconsin Chrysler Museum of Art Naval Station Norfolk Tour Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Norfolk Botanical Garden d’ART Center Norfolk History Museum Hampton Roads Naval Museum Norfolk Fire-Rescue Museum Hermitage Museum & Gardens Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Hunter House Victorian Museum Spirit of Norfolk MacArthur Memorial Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise Moses Myers House Virginia Zoo

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7th Annual Richard Sweet Memorial Richard Sweet passed away in 2009 and is still missed daily at Mr Cues. He was an innovator in the way a Pool Room should be managed and run. Due to the fact that we are going into our 29th year and are one of the most successful rooms in the country, I would have to say he was Spot On ! The Tournament was a huge success. Special thanks goes out to Patti Havier for doing a great job running the event. The names of winners for each event are as follows:

8-Ball Event

1st Josh Roberts $500.00 2nd Bob Lee $250.00

9-Ball Event

Chuck Dorsett and Sean Davis 750.00 split

APA Event

1st Jeff Crawford 2nd Moe Brown 1000 total prize money in that event.

10-Ball Main Event

9-Ball Tommy Kennedy and Mike Davis

1st Bernardo Estavon $2,000.00 2nd Josh Roberts Total $4,000.00 prize money in the main event.

8-Ball Josh Roberts and Bob Lea

9-Ball event

Tommy Kennedy and Mike Davis Split $1,000.00 total prize in that event. Special note: All of the green fees were put back into the pot. Sixty Three player’s entered the main event and expecting a lot more next year. A big thank you goes out Woody McClure from Apa Atlanta for his support that he gave us. The prize money total was $7,500.00 Viking Cues, Nick Varner Cues, Cuestix Int, Cue & Case, Simonis Cloth, All Great Sponsors of this event. See you all next year for the 8th Annual Richard Sweet Memorial Tournament on June 29-July 2, 2017

Mr. Cues regrets to inform you that Jake Rosch, one of Mr. Cues finest employees ever was in a horrific accident on June 22nd 2016 and lost the battle to stay alive on Sunday morning July 10th. He will never be forgotten here at Mr. Cues. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Jake you are a better person because of it. His smile and friendly fun personality was contagious. He was 30 yrs old and 2 days from being married at the time of his accident. Jake, we miss you 32 PQB August/September

9-ball Chuck Dorset Sean Davis

10-Ball Bernardo & Josh Roberts

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