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JUNIORS & WHEELCHAIR By Ian Anderson, WPA Gold Reef City Casino & Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa GIRL’S DIVISION Natasha Seroshtan of Russia is the new world champion for junior players after defeating Japan’s Yuki Hiraguchi 6/2 in the final. Natasha played too solid in the final, winning the first, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth racks to claim the title. She did not make too many mistakes which kept her opponent from the table. Yuki was very gracious in defeat and was delighted to have made the final and was full of praise for her victor. Both girls will be eligible to play again next year, Natasha is 17 and Yuki 16. WHEELCHAIR DIVISION: Fred Dinsmore of Ireland certainly let it be known he was not going to give in easy was on the attack from the outset. In his first match he very nearly blew a commanding lead against three-time world champion, Jouni Tahti. Fred fell over the line, winning 7/6. In another match defending champion Henrik Larsson lost 5/7 to UK’s Roy Kmberley. Kimberley also won his next match defeating Emil Schranz 7/5 before being ousted by Dinsmore. Jauni Tahti relegated to the loser’s side, wasted no time disposing of Tony Southern 7/2 and then in the semi finals he defeated Kurt Deklerck 7/5. Tomorrow’s final will surely be very competitive with the two finalists in fine form. Defending champion Henrik Larsson made short work of his two matches today to qualify himself into the single elimination stage. Larrson defeated Frederik Roussow 7/0, and Charlie Hans 7/3, thereby eliminating both these players from the competition.

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BOY’S DIVISION: SEMI FINALS Both semi finals were played at a very high standard. Pink Chung Ko of Taiwan defeated Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp 8/4 in the first semi final. Ko played very strong, missing only a few shots and thereby not leaving very many chances to his opponent. Both Yapp and Ko were undefeated until this stage. In this match, Ko had three break & runs, and Yapp had 2. In the other semi final, Sebastian Batkowski of Poland defeated Daniel Schneider of Switzerland 8/4. Just like the other semi final, both these players were very strong and misses were not too frequent. Batkowski had three break & runs during this match. He will now play Ko in the final. FINAL What a great match. Sebastian Batkowski vs Ping Chung Ko. Just as Ko looked like he was going to win easy, leading 6/2, but there was a short break of five minutes and when the match resumed, Batkowski won the next three racks to close it to 6/5. But he couldn’t sustain his run and Ko won the next two and the championship. It is fair to say that Batkowski didn’t get the run of the balls, often when he got his chance the balls were laying awkward. The standard of play was worthy of any championship. Ping Chung is the younger brother of former world junior champion, Ko PinYi who won this title in the years 2007 & 2008. An interesting stat for Ko, in this event he played a total of 61 racks, and 27 of those were break & run-out. So the stat is more extraordinary when the format was alternate break. Next year the World Championship for Juniors will be held in Shanghai, China. For all results, please check

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usually have a “stake-horse” that puts up the money and they play their hearts out. Unfortunately their hearts aren’t that resilient and even though they play well and run balls properly, when they get up against the elite group they know their place and usually bow out peacefully once they know they are in a bad game. The next group are the ones that we get involved with and it is purely business. I know they will get the money and we don’t have to worry about gambling, but strategically milk the room for the maximum amount. We are called the “road warriors”. We stay on the road because once people know who we are and how we play they would rather gargle razor blades than play us for any amount of money. Not only will they lose their precious to us, chances are they will lose their self esteem (temporarily) as well. we relish the thought of not only beating another player, but enjoy sending to a shrink for a month or two. The beauty is there’s no physical harm, unlike a boxer that can cause brain damage physically, we just wanted to cause damage mentally and financially. I sat in the backseat, thumbing through my partners roadmap. Each state had many towns circled with names, numbers and descriptions beside them. I knew if I wanted more detail they also had a “spot book” that would have every player in each town with a description of them and an order in which we would ideally “take the town off”. You see we weren’t interested in just beating someone playing pool, we were out to beat the whole town out of as much as possible. Most little towns had their “champion” that everybody would bet on and usually we would have to play him to win a big score, but not always. I have been a part of huge scores where we were playing someone that couldn’t hit the ocean if they were standing on the beach. I wasn’t the one that was usually playing the pigeons. That was usually done by my partner that looked more like a football player than a pool player, but don’t ever let looks deceive you, he could play right under championship speed, especially on the bar size tables. Sometimes it was difficult to even know what state we were in when we finally got a hotel at the end of the night, but I didn’t even care. I just needed to find my next opponent like a junkie needs that next fix. I loved the action, but more importantly I loved to win the money. There are many people that think they are “pool hustlers” but there are several levels that most are unaware of. First you have the scuffler. He is the bottom feeder and constantly moves around to different bars looking for someone that is either drunk or simply can’t play. This type guy wouldn’t bet two big dogs could whip a little dog and usually won’t even put up $100 unless he sees buzzards flying over the poor victim. Next you have the typical hustler. This guy usually plays better than he looks and knows a thousand and one proposition games that look to good to be true and definitely are. We like some of these guys, but they don’t really get any true respect from my group. Then there are the “players”. These guys play like burning hell as long as they can’t lose any of there own money. They

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“We have arrived! You better write down your names so you don’t forget this time”. I reached into the front seat and was handed the “spot book”. I thumbed through until I found the town that we were in and started to study the information. Looks like there is one main pool room and two bars that everybody gambles in. The pool room had a player with a seven beside his name and description of what he played, how much he would bet and how he had lost the most money in the past. The other bars had a couple of scufflers that fed off two of the regulars. One owned a car dealership and the other was a bookmaker that took sports bets and used one of the bars as an “office”. I immediately knew that he would be my target. The main goal would be to go to the bar and mix with the crowd for awhile. We would get on the pool table and bet a few dollars, but we would be more interested on meeting the key people and putting something in their head that would elicit greed. You can’t con an honest man, right? We basically wanted everyone to know that we had a lot of money and not much sense. We pulled over at a little country cafe and went in to get some good food before we were subjected to the bar scene, where pork rines were considered a delicacy. We would also use this time to get a plan together and decide who would play and in what order and if we would split up and cover the pool room and the bars. I enjoyed this as much as actually playing sometimes. Like I said before it is not the winning that was important to a road player, but winning the maximum amount that made the difference. I would run in to other road players that were unfortunate enough to get behind us on a road trip. They would come in to town a day or two after we had left. I always got a good laugh when they would comment

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that we would leave nothing but tombstones in these poor pool rooms and bars. Some of the towns wouldn’t take kindly to someone asking to play for money soon after we had tortured them. They weren’t in the best of moods about gambling at pool after we had drained them.

were there for a legitimate reason (other than to hustle them out of their money) they would be easier to entice into a “friendly” game of pool. We wanted our “marks” to think that we had plenty of money and not much sense so that their greed would get the better of them.

After we ate we started chit chatting with our waitress and started dropping a few names that were our targets. She immediately knew one of them and started to give us personal information about him. He will never know that he was “set up” by a friend of his without her even knowing it.

I brought back the paper and started thumbing through it to find some reason that would explain our presence.

It is amazing how often someone we would meet would actually know one of the names on our list and unknowingly give us detailed information on where to find them and how to approach them. Sometimes our spot book wasn’t up to date and there would be another place to play in town or another player that we could key on. It didn’t matter, once we were in town for a few hours we knew we would have all the info we would need to take off a score. This was our business and we knew it very, very well. We got directions to where we needed to go and we headed for the car. As I stepped out the door I could feel the flakes of snow falling and got an instant adrenaline rush. I knew tonight everyone would be inside, out of the weather and doing what they enjoyed most, gambling at pool. Little did any of them know who had just come into their little town and what was in store for the ones that would play a stranger a game of pool. I got into the backseat of the car and started to rehearse my lines and fantasize about winning my biggest score as we prepared to go to the nights “office” and see what our “bosses” were willing to pay us at the chance of beating us out of our money that would be the day! “ What are we going to say we’re doing in this redneck megalopolis”? “ Stop at this gas station and I’ll get a newspaper. There’s got to be something going on around here. Maybe a goat roping or a gay rights parade.” We pulled in and I got out to get a paper. This was a standard routine before taking off a town. We would definitely get the third degree at some point during the night and preparation was very important. If we didn’t have a purpose for being in the town it would make the locals very suspicious, but on the other hand if we convinced them that we

“Here we go. There’s a big farm sale at the livestock market tomorrow and I’m sure we can get a great deal on a John Deer tractor. We can tell them that our crop just came in and we are looking to expand our production next year. They will think we’re growing pot anyway when we flash this wad of cash”. This was always one of our favorite ploys. We would tell people that we were there for a certain reason, but in a way that if they didn’t believe us they would jump to the conclusion that we were really there to pick up or deliver some drugs. If they were clever enough to figure this out it was perfect because then they would be on a mission to beat us out of our money before someone else did. Reverse psychology was nothing compared to what we were fixing to put in these poor peoples minds. “What about the tags?” “Yeah, I don’t think they’ll believe we drove 1000 miles to get a good deal on a tractor. Pull over at that hotel and I’ll “borrow” some for the night.” Almost routinely once everyone knew that we wanted to gamble someone would go out and check out our car to see if we had out of state tags. We would sometimes go to a hotel and get one of the plates off a car, glue magnets to it and stick it on over our plates then we could park in plain sight of the front door of the place without worrying about spooking our potential customers. After we were done we would return the plate to the car and everyone would be happy and if the car was gone before we returned at least they would have one of their plates (we would pick cars that had a front and back tag). We weren’t “stealing anything”, just borrowing for a little while. We knew the owners would approve. Right? We decided to split up and hit the bars and the pool room at the same (continued on page 11)

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley time. We dropped Bill off at the pool room and Mike and I went to the first bar. Bill’s forte was to go to a pool room, get a game with the first guy that had any jewelry on and precede to lose every game for ten dollars a game. This was called “laying down a lemon” and was like planting seeds to Bill. He knew that he didn’t look like a pool player and took full advantage of it. What would usually happen is Mike and I would end up beating all the players and then they would all want to play Bill because they knew that he had lost earlier and was definitely a weak player. Bill would then refuse to play any of the players, but would match up a game with the guys that put the money up for the players. The players would encourage their backers to play hoping that they would win and then give them another chance to play. That parade was soon rained on because despite looking like a linebacker, Bill was just a notch under a top road player. By the time he started playing we were usually big winner and the opponent would have his “nose open” and ready to “go off like a rocket”. The only time this ever backfired on us is when someone jarred Bill’s drink and we just about had to knock him out to get him to stop playing and get him out of the place. “Jar” is a drug that someone can put in your drink that will put you in la la land and you will think that your playing like a world champion and will lose every game until you either run out of money or someone makes you quit. I have had this happen three times that I know of and it is no fun. I think it is used to put women in a euphoric state during labor or something funky like that. All I know is, you can’t quit and you “think” you’re playing well. We never did this to anyone, even pool hustlers have a morals and ethics about how they operate. We were clean. I liked traveling with Bill because it was so easy for him to get a game. He played the big, dumb guy routine so well that I would even start to believe it, even though I knew he was sharp as a tack. I remember one time we were hustling down in Florida and every night we would end up going to a late night club for after hours action. This place had three bars in one, but the bathrooms were back by the pool tables and Bill would ask everyone that looked like they had money to play one game for a hundred and it was amazing how many people would take him up on it. That would never work for me because I looked like I might be a player, but Bill looked more like a lumberjack. This trip was very profitable because I flew in after Bill had already

won some pretty big money and shown his true playing speed. No one knew that we were together so I played Bill in front of everyone. The first night and lost $2800. , then quit and got drunk and started telling the “house detective” (the one that wants to be a big shot and tell everyone how smart he is) that I was down to make a “buy”, letting him jump to the conclusion that I was buying something very expensive and very illegal. I came in the next night and the house detective had already told everybody in town that I was a big drug dealing sucker and everyone started asking me to play pool. I told them that I just wanted to play the big guy that I played last night. Just then Bill came in the door and we matched up again, but Bill spotted me the eight ball as a handicap and beat me out of another $4200.00, I quit and had some more drinks telling the house detective how upset I was because it looked like I was going to have to spend a few more days there. I also told him that I was looking at a new corvette that I was probably going to buy the next day to give to my girlfriend. From that point on it was like shooting ducks out of a barrel. I had people calling me to make appointments to play and of course I knew exactly how everyone played. Bill disappeared for a week and I beat the area out of about thirty thousand in the next five days. They had never experienced anything like that and I heard that after we left they wouldn’t play any strangers a game of pool for about six months. One thing that we always did when we went to a new area was to beat the small towns first before moving into the bigger cities. Many times through this process we would become friends with one of the guys in a small town and talk him into “putting on a show” at one of the pool rooms in a big city. Putting on a show was what I had done with Bill, where you play someone just so other people can see how bad you play. Most times you know the person that you are doing this with because if you don’t it is more like laying down a lemon. This was especially easy to do if the guy had been hustled by one of the big city players. They would get there rocks off pulling off a score with us because they loved being part of hustling the big city “smart guys”. I even had a guy refuse to take his end because he said he had so much fun doing it that he felt like he should be paying us. We felt like we did our good deed for the day. Making friends and influencing people was our job. Oh, yeah, and relieving of the burden of money in their pocket. It makes them play better if they’re a little lighter….LOL

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Stop It!

Tom Simpson

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Everybody knows what a stop shot is – the cueball stops dead, exactly where it was when it hit the object ball. The cueball stops because, at the moment of impact with the object ball, it was skidding (also referred to as sliding, stunned, or dead). In other words, the CB had no rotation – not rolling, not backspinning. And with no cut angle, whatever linear force was in the cueball transfers to the object ball. With no forward force left in the CB, it stops dead. Stop shots are a subset of a much larger category of shots known as “stun shots.” A stun shot is any shot where the cueball arrives at the moment of impact with no rotational force (sliding, stunned, dead). Stop shots are stun shots that happen to be straight in. Read that again. The stun shot is the most important shot in pool because it’s the only shot where we know for sure that path the cueball will take after colliding with the object ball. It will leave the OB at a 90° angle relative to the line through the centers of the CB/OB at the moment of impact. This deflected CB path is often referred to as the “tangent line.” It’s the first thing we consider in all position play – does this particular CB path go where we want to go? A stunned cueball runs down that line. A rolling cueball pulls itself forward of the line. Draw pulls the CB backward off the line. We could say that stun shots are executed exactly like stop shots, except they are not straight in. They have a cut angle. So, to play good position, we need to master the stun shot. But since it’s not always clear how precisely we executed a stun shot, the smart way to practice is to shoot stop shots. Because stop shots park the cueball precisely behind where the object ball was, it’s very easy to see how well (or how poorly) you did. Watch closely. You can see the truth of whatever you did. If the CB stops perfectly, it was a stun shot. The cueball must have been skidding when it struck the OB. If it follows, it had some roll in when it hit the OB. Conversely, if it pulls backward from the OB, it must have had some backspin when it hit. If the cueball drifts to the side, you’re not aiming where you think you are. If it has sidespin, you’re not hitting the vertical axis (the center line) of the cueball.

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To quickly improve your ability to shoot stuns, work through the exercise shown, practicing and mastering stopping the cueball at each distance. To play effective position, we must understand and control what the cueball is doing when it gets where it’s going, i.e., when it hits something. Is it rolling, sliding, backspinning, or somewhere in between? Yeah, you have to think about this, and clearly.

The basic level of the exercise is to just get the cueball stopped, any way you can. For the CB to be skidding when it arrives at the OB, many combinations of tip height and ball speed will work. The advanced level is to work through two more times, stopping the ball in specific ways: 1. Shoot every shot in the exercise hitting maximum low on the CB. The first shot will be very soft, and you’ll have to increase your speed with each subsequent shot, as the OB’s are farther away. 2. Shoot each shot in the exercise with firm speed. The first shot will be struck at center ball, and you’ll hit each successive shot at the same speed, but with a lower tip height on the cueball. This will make you aware of your height/speed preferences, while expanding your abilities and confidence. Since this gets at what is arguably the key skill in position play, it’s wise to revisit this exercise periodically. Your opponents may be stunned by the result.

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Gimme a (Safety) Break! Part three of a short series on breaking

Michael K Glass

Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

Over the last two articles, we talked about breaking for 9-ball and 8-ball, and learning how to hit a hard yet controlled break. This month, we are going to focus purely on control, while we talk about the softer breaks required for Straight Pool. Then, next month will close it out with One Pocket. Straight Pool, otherwise known as 14.1 Continuous Pool, is a deceptively simple game that takes a lifetime to master. Simply put, you continue to make balls one after another, until there is only one ball left. You then rack the 14 remaining balls, and continue. As long as you keep making balls, you stay at the table, and your opponent keeps his chair warm. When playing this game, your strategy is to maneuver the last (break) ball and cue-ball into a position that allows you to simultaneously make that ball, and break the balls in the rack. This takes considerable skill, and many books have been written on the subject of the continuous break in 14.1. I will leave it up to you, dear reader, to learn about that on your own. I would, however, like to address the opening break, which in my opinion doesn’t get much attention. Do a Google search for 14.1 breaks, and you’ll see what I mean. An important point about 14.1 is the fact that all shots must be called. EVERY shot. That includes the opening break, if you intend to break and continue shooting. Because the odds of making an opening break called ball is so slim, most will not attempt it. However, I will describe two that I have seen used in games I have played. The first is the to make the head ball in one of the side pockets. It’s similar to the “cut break” in 9-ball. One player I have seen attempt this shot is successful about 30% of the time. That isn’t enough to justify attempting it in my opinion, but he seems to enjoy experimenting with

it. To be fair, he’s playing against people who average 10 ball runs, so it’s not too dangerous. Do it against Corey Deuel, and expect to watch him wipe the floor with you! To attempt this shot, hit a half-ball shot on the head ball, with follow and right-hand English (if you’re breaking from the right). The cue ball should rebound off of the ball into the foot rail, then the side rail, and return to the head rail close to the left corner pocket. The head ball in this case should come close to entering the side pocket. The danger here, besides not making your called ball, is that you might hit another ball and scratch, or leave your opponent an easy opening shot. The other aggressive break I have seen is to shoot past the rack, and rebound to strike one of the two corner balls. If done correctly (and with a little luck), the head ball will come off the rack to strike two rails and go in the side pocket. It’s a fun trick shot to try, but I would never attempt this in a serious competition. Let’s discuss the break you are most likely more familiar with. It’s a safety break, meaning you have no intention of making a ball. In fact, ideally, the rack will be returned to its original configuration, with the cue ball on the head rail! Most players defer the break to their opponent upon winning the lag. If you practice this enough, you may elect to break yourself, or at least be ready for when your opponent gives you the break! Start with the cue ball on the head string, about half to a full diamond from the rail. Shoot from either side, whichever you are more comfortable with. I like to break from the right side. Put outside (right in my case) English, and aim to hit about 1/4 of the corner ball in the last row of the rack. When I do this, I aim as though the rest of the rack were not there, and I am shooting the ball in the left corner pocket. Use enough speed to have the cue ball hit the foot rail, right side rail, and come all the way back up to the left corner pocket on the head rail. A perfect break will have the right (Glass continued on page 30)

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In my third article for this magazine, back in July of 2003, I suggested some test shots to try on an unfamiliar table to see if it is much different from what you are used to. Here are some other shots that I think are useful for such testing. If you also find them useful, you may want to go back in the full-issue archives on the OTBN website and read that first set of tests. If you find yourself in a tournament and have a few moments on the table before the start of a match, have shots like these ready. You may notice something strange or amazing about the table that could come into play in a few racks. Purposeful practice is better than just banging some balls around. These shots are intended to be adjustable to your present skill level. For example in Shot 1 the idea is to take the cue ball straight sideways from a nearly straight shot. This tests whether the cue ball is heavy or light compared to the object balls. With a heavier cue ball, you will need to hit it a little lower to overcome its tendency to smash straight through the object ball. To increase the difficulty, just make the shot straighter, bring the cue ball back farther, or require the cue ball to travel farther after impact, such as to the other cushion rather than just to the center of the table. Another important thing you can test with Shot 1 is how tight the pockets get for fast shots that are slightly mis-hit. If the object ball just catches the nearer point of the pocket, some tables will reject it if it’s at high speed. Check how much pocketing margin you have. In Shot 2 the idea is to test your draw distance. Try a short shot with the goal of getting the cue ball back as far as you are comfortable with. Then try to draw half as far but with the cue ball farther back. This tests how sticky the cloth is and how quickly it will rub off that precious back spin. Shot 3 is one that I like to try prior to a straight pool match. At 14.1 you can have a lot of slow rollers into the side pockets and if the table isn’t pretty flat you have to choose something else. This shot will let you know what to expect. You need to do it to both sides and probably to the far corners as well. If you have time in your testing, try playing the 1 ball from behind the line as a slow shot and watch for cue ball roll-off. Finally, Shot 4 is a test of cloth and cushion speed. Playing this shot with right English and follow is a standard way to come out of corners that every player needs to master. This shot works best if the cushion cloth is not brand new because well-broken-in cloth is a little stickier and allows the side spin to grab. Adjust the distance and straightness to match your skill level. The toughest situation is a nearly straight shot -- so you may need to cheat the pocket -- and the need to spin clear down to the other end of the table. Do you have some other shots that you like to use as tests of strange tables? If so, send them to me at jewett@sfbilliards. com and you may see them in a future column

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An Interview by:

“The Viper”

An Interview with Semi-Professional Player Melissa Little

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. Recently, Melissa opened a new billiard supply store For more information about Melissa please visit: Read more articles by Melissa Little at

Marc Vidal from Spain

The Interview Viper: Where were you born? Marc: Barcelona, Spain Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? Marc: Not much to be proud of, by my standards, I feel I’m still working for a big accomplishment. But the Empire State 9Ball Championship in 2008 would be the biggest tournament I have ever won. Viper: Do you have a nickname yet? Marc: Lots of people call me “Spain” in the East Coast, but I don’t like it, it seems like a lazy nickname some people from NYC came up with when I first came to the US.. Some call me Spaniard Viper: What are your short-term goals? Marc: To be a better player and a better person Viper: What do you do when you’re not competing? Marc: Work and family time. Viper: Do you have siblings? Marc: Older sister whom lives in Barcelona. Viper: Who got you started in playing pool? Marc: Myself in bars as a teenager, I used to love to get drunk and play pool. Viper: What do your parents think of your pool career? Marc: They’re happy I found a balanced life through pool. The road was bumpy for me for most my

youth, because I dedicated my life to pool and move to a country that is very different from the one I came from. They weren’t that happy back then… Viper: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? Marc: Europe and Asia, they seem to be dominating the game. Viper: Who is/was your favorite pro player growing up? Marc: More and more I don’t like to think of a favorite player. However, I admired Francisco Diaz and Mika Immonen when I was just starting to play the game. Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Marc:,, and Felt Billiards in Englewood, CO. (Viper continued on page 31)

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To Bank or Not to Bank? Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

It was January 21st, 2012 and the Derby City Classic, World Bank Pool Championship was in full swing. The 5th round draw had just taken place and my upcoming match had just been posted on the scrolling marquis. I walked over to the projector to see who my next opponent was, but before my name appeared, a call went over the loudspeaker, “Shane Van Boening and Anthony Beeler table 5.” At that point, I realized I was going to have my hands full. Shane was playing some of the best pool of his life and I knew I was going to have to play perfect just to stay close. Shane won the lag and handily disposed of the first rack. I knew it was imperative that I win the next game. Under pressure, I won rack two and started to become more comfortable. Shane won rack three by a score of 5-3. I then returned the favor in rack 4 by besting Shane 5 to 1. At that point, we were starting to draw quite a bit of attention. Many onlookers gathered to see me break the balls in the case game. As I executed the break shot, a loud noise was the only thing that I made. Shane walked to the table and proceeded to bank in one shot after another. Pow… pow… pow… pow… was the sound coming from his cue as he riffled in 4 banks in a row. The sound of each bank hitting the back of the pocket was like that of a dagger being driven through my heart. Amazingly, when I returned to the table I hit Shane with a 4-pack of my own. With a 4 to 4 deadlock in the final game you could feel the tension in the air. If I made the bank I would win the match. If not, I would probably lose. Unfortunately for me I was left with a difficult off-angle shot pictured below.


Your Potential!

To bank or not to bank? was the question I asked myself repeatedly. In fact, I kept hearing the words of Grady Mathews echoing through my head. Grady’s mantra was “If you can’t shoot the cue ball past the object ball into the corner pocket there is a kiss.” However, this rule only applies only to shots hit with inside English and at the time of the match I wasn’t aware that his rule did not apply to shots hit with no English and a rolling cue ball. After carefully contemplating what to do, I attempted a difficult safety that fell short of the mark. Shane calmly approached the table and pocketed the match ball.

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Varsity Club Congratulates Winners


Happy New Year!

Be under someone’s tutelage that you respect or revere. Equipment is always problematic. Make sure the tables are clean if you are going to run a tournament. Do it yourself if you can’t get the location to. If you use standardized rules and you do not keep them on the wall, then make sure you have a copy of them so you can study and quote them. There are many obstacles that you will encounter if you do it long enough. Each time you encounter a problem it will strengthen you. Be strong, know your facts and admit when you are wrong. All of this might get you a cup of coffee but what it might do is change something for the better. Because if you don’t do it… who then? If you need any help, email me pool@onthebreaknews. com. I have run hundreds of tournaments and have complained about thousands of things over my some 50 years of playing. One thing to remember, if a ruling goes against you, let it go and move on. It will only damage you and your game. Negativity can destroy anything. So with all that said, go out and make your mark, make a difference. You never know where it might lead you and ...


BY: DON AKERLOW Whether you play leagues, play in pool tournaments, run tournaments as a tournament director or just want to have a memorial tournament for someone who loved the game and played for so many years. Whether you’re happy or not so happy with the direction that pool has taken. It is up to you to do something about it. If you don’t like the way a tournament is being run then learn how to do it yourself or a league. Start with yourself, make the commitment to change something for the better. Like anything else in life, learn your craft. Ask questions, do research or learn by trial and error. Find the rules that you want to play, type them up and put them on the wall so you can point to them when you are running your tournament or league and say, “Those are the rules”. The difference is too many people complain about something and do nothing about it. You will find that some locations will tell you one thing and do another. You will find players that are the same way. Don’t listen to the nay sayers. The best way for you to succeed is to learn what you need to know. Admit when you are wrong, change it and move on.

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Results for Dec 21st open 8-ball The Varsity Club - Oshkosh, WI Congrats to all the winners! Thank you to all who came out. We had a awesome tournament as always. Thank you to Jeremy West for the money added and for continuing to have these tournaments. Thank you to the rest of the Varsity Club family for your awesome food, drinks, service and company. I look forward to the next one and hope to see you all there. Be safe, hope you all have a Very Happy Holidays and keep on shooting!!!


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In only its second run, the Space City Open proved even more successful this year drawing twice the players and nearly doubling its inaugural purse, paying out right at $40,000. The amount of talent that encompassed this fourday billiard event was unsurpassed, a breathtaking demonstration of ability, enthralling countless fans and at-home viewers tuned in to the live, internet broadcast. To that point, in a display of astounding skill and reserve, Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant defended his open 9-ball title against Jeremy “JJ” Jones, blitzing Jones from the one-loss side 9-0, 7-0. Renowned player Justin Hall took no prisoners on his path to winning the elite, One Pocket division with a final win over counterpart Joey Gray, 4-3. Former U.S. Open Champion Jeremy Jones went undefeated in the new, 9-ball banks division conquering famed Richie “Richie Rich” Richeson in the final, 3-1, to clench his first-ever 9-Ball banks title. Ming Ng rebounded from the one loss side in the ladies 9-ball division, cresting Kim Pierce, 7-4, 5-1, in the final, to join an illustrious group of Space City Open title holders. On December 5th-8th, 2013, Space City Open followers braved unseasonably cold temperatures due to a powerful, slow-moving storm that brought ice, snow, and bitter cold to North Texas, the same system prompting 1,650 U.S. flight cancellations and leaving tens of thousands of people without


power. The weather deterred very few, if any, from attending the annual event held at host and sponsor room, Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Other businesses behind the brawn of this year’s Space City Open included OnSitePool. com, APA of North Harris County, and Zachary Goldsmith of provided the impeccable 4-day live stream and professional event photos were captured by Michael Moon Photography. This year the Space City Open embraced its newest sponsors, and Ron Geyer Cue Repair, Joe Salazar Connoisseur of Custom Cues, and Great American Cues, were on-site, along with officiating referee, Derrell Montgomery of Conroe, Texas. The 9-ball division drew 90 players competing over two days for almost $20,000 in purse money. Winners’ side action saw Joey Gray defeat Danny Bennett, 9-7, Justin Whitehead, 9-5, and surprise contender Bob Guzik, 9-5, while Jeremy Jones sent Charlie Bryant to the one-loss side, 9-7, along with Kentucky’s Skyler Woodward, 9-5, and Richie Richeson, 9-4. Robb Saez tore through the winners’ side annihilating a plethora of talent including Ernesto Bayaua, 9-4, Billy Sharp, 9-3, Dalton Riley, 9-3, and Blaine Barcus, 9-1, while Sylver Ochoa took down Mike Alonzo, 9-8, Cielo Velasquez, 9-6, and James Davis Jr., 9-8. In the final four, Jones went on to defeat Gray, 9-4, and Saez bested Ochoa, 9-5, pitting a hot seat match between two of the


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most seasoned professionals in the field. Tournament upsets included Justin Whitehead over Justin Hall, 9-5, Bob Guzik over Gabe Owen, 9-6, and Danny Roland over Cliff Joyner, 9-7. Joyner went on to eliminate Hall, John Lentini, 7-3, and Chase Rudder, 7-5, before being discharged by Bryant, 7-4. Bennett bested Port Arthur’s Randy Davidson, 7-4, and in turn was ousted by Richeson, 7-1. Joey Barnes won an impressive 7 straight matches including wins over Whitehead, 7-6, and Owen, 7-5, after losing his second round to Woodward, 9-7. Kentucky’s Robert “The Snowman” Frost won 6 in a row after losing his first round to James Davis Jr., 9-4. Frost suffered a final loss at the hands of Woodward, 7-1, who went on to eliminate James Davis Jr., 7-5, Joey Barnes, and Joey Gray, 7-2, while Bryant claimed Guzik, 7-1, Richeson,7-2, and Ochoa, 7-4, earning himself a face to face with Woodward. The caliber of play in the open 9-ball division easily rivaled that of any top, men’s event where one mistake can cost you the set. Players strung numerous racks, closing out sets, and sometimes shutting out their opponents. The final four players were no exception. On the east side, Jones and Saez made their way through their respective brackets with impressive numbers. Although both players seemed at the top of their game, the resident Jones pulled ahead of Saez resulting in a final score of 9-5. On the flip side, Bryant appeared unstoppable as he teed off for his eighth, straight match against a young, impressive, Woodward. In the first game, a missed opportunity by Woodward remanded him to his seat for the remainder of the set. These turn of events staged an all too familiar scene between Texas players Jones and Bryant. The crowd zeroed in on the two, pool powerhouses and watched intensely as Bryant jumped to a 4-0 lead. Following a brief, safety exchange, Bryant secured the fifth game. From that point on, Jones never made it back to the table. In the second set, Jones reached the table only once, in the third game. Bryant played flawlessly, stringing the first two racks and closing with the last four. The 32 player One Pocket field featured an all-star cast with phenomenal talent going head to head in a test of wills and stamina. On the final four winners’ side, Joey Gray and Joey Barnes crossed paths while Robb Saez went head to head with Justin Hall. Gray’s wake of destruction included Cliff Joyner, David Parker, and Sylver Ochoa, as Hall defeated Richie Richeson, defending champion Jeremy Jones, and Skyler Woodward, none of which made it past 2 games. Upsets included



Robert Frost over Gabe Owen, 4-1, and Roy Payton over Billy Sharp, 3-2. Owen eliminated Payton, and in turn, was sent home by Joyner. Barnes dealt Charlie Bryant a third round blow, 4-3, who then vanquished Joyner from the one loss side, 3-1. Ochoa overcame Jones, 3-2, and followed with Bryant, 3-0. After his first round loss, Richeson came back with 5 straight matches including wins over Frost and Woodward. Back on the east side, Gray dismissed Barnes, 4-3, and Hall reigned over Saez, 4-2, yielding a television worthy, hot seat match-up. On the one loss side, final four action saw Ochoa eliminate Saez, 3-2, and Richeson win his sixth, consecutive match against Barnes, 3-2. During the hot seat match, with two, true professionals at the helm, the moves were tight and controlled. Relentless in his pursuit, a disciplined Hall derailed Gray, 4-2. On the one loss side, Ochoa stopped Richeson in his tracks, 3-1, only to be eliminated by a resilient Gray, 3-0. During the final match, Gray appeared eager to take control, but Hall was persistent. Tied at 3, it was down to the wire with both players fighting for every, last ball. In similar fashion, Hall overcame Gray, 4-3, winning his first Space City Open One Pocket title. The new, 9-ball banks division (originally limited to 16) drew 25 entrants on Thursday afternoon, kicking off Space City Open. Jeremy Jones made his way to the hot seat with wins over Joey Barnes, 3-1, and Cliff Joyner, 3-1, while Tom Mooney defeated James Davis Jr., 3-2, and Chase Rudder, 3-0. After a third round loss to Rudder, Robert Frost terminated Joey Gray, 3-0, and Joyner, 3-0, while Richie Richeson was on a roll, again, winning 4 consecutive matches after a first round loss to Justin Whitehead, 3-1. Frost made number 6 on Richeson’s hit list. The hot seat match saw Jones defeat Mooney, 3-2, who was subsequently eliminated by Richeson, 3-1. Richeson’s raid lasted 7 straight matches, but no more. Jones commanded the final set, besting Richeson, 3-1. Rounding out the event, 21 women battled it out on Sunday for the ladies 9-ball title. After decimating the field, players Teresa Garland and Kim Pierce overwhelmed Heather Bryant and Ricki Casper, 7-3, 7-4, respectively, to face-off for the ladies hot seat. Ming Ng took a first round hit from Belinda Lee, 7-6, who in turn lost the following round to Bryant, 7-6. Framing up the one loss side final four was Nayla Hoak who took an early 7-3 hit from Garland, and Lorna McEwan, bested by Bryant in the same round, 7-2. Ng (continued on page 31)

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Back On the Road-part 2 ....Continued from last month………

When we got to town we went to a pool hall to play pool. Nothing was happening and we were about to leave when Larry ‘The Truth’ Nevel came in. So we just sort of kept an eye on him to see what he was up to. He went over to Anna, the ‘Swedish counter person’ and had a conversation. He grabbed a rack of balls, headed for a table and she got on the phone. Lucky said he’s the guy who shoots that ‘one handed jacked up on the rail draw shot’ that I saw on YouTube. Lucky said that he is very impressive. Anna came back and talked to Larry. Larry soon left. You could assume that Larry wanted a game from someone and it couldn’t be arranged. When we were going out the door, Lucky asked Anna what Larry was doing here. Anna said, “He’s here to play a big match over at High Pockets tomorrow.” Lucky said, “That’s what we are going to do, go to check it out”. We went to the hotel, grabbing some grub on the way. We needed a good night of sleep. After a good night’s sleep we got up and just hung around the hotel. We caught some local TV. Match wasn’t supposed to happen until the evening, so we had plenty of time. Called a Taxi and we went to the pool room early, in hopes of getting some food ahead of time. We wanted to eat, I was getting hungry. Saw a place close to the pool hall at Cloverleaf Shopping Center. We ate lunch at Jacks’ BBQ Rib Shack. We both had the Beef Brisket Plate. It was only $6.50, a great deal and it was tasty. We were going to be in town awhile and knew there were plenty of great BBQ places. Someone also steered us to Charlie’s RENDEZVOUS. We love a good BBQ. Pool Hall Day: We walked into High Pockets -- and experienced the SOUND of cue balls colliding, which was deafening. People were all over the place. They were setting up Streaming, cameras, etc. They had 10-12 Gold Crown tables and some Valley bar tables. There were many conversations going at one time, so it was buzzing. Hearing all the conversations seemed like being in an echo chamber. You could make out what people were saying, if you could stop and focus. Then you could pick out one group’s conversation to listen to, if you filter out everything else...Then when you stopped, you were back in the echo chamber. We got a rack of balls and a table. A couple of locals walked up to us and asked us if we wanted to play Scotch Doubles ‘cheap’. Lucky likes to play Scotch because it hides his speed. They suggested $10 a man ($20 a game). Lucky said his favorite thing, “We never seen you play before, we should play a couple of games first!” Then Lucky says, “Why not, we got plenty of green backs today”. We were killing time until the match with the “Truth” and Chip. These guys were eager to win some money off of us. We played for a while, when we started to pull ahead, Lucky said to hold back a little. I guess I was trying too hard, as I like to win money too. We down-geared to barely winning, but we were able to make our bank rolls creep up. They eventually got tired of losing money. We were up 10 games or so. I noticed a few players kind of watching us, as we were new to the place. We just played pool most of the day, the most I had played in a while, it felt good. Lucky


kept letting me shoot though. I was anticipating Lucky just running over me as always. It was nice he didn’t play so hard. I got good practice in and was warmed up. It was later when Chip and Larry first entered into the Pool Room. Most of the tables were in use, the hall is full. It was nice to see a place so busy with there being a tournament going on. We were close to the cameras, which Lucky hates; so we moved to a table in the back so we wouldn’t be on TV. In Larry’s hand is his leather cue case. The players and a couple of backers stood before the table and looked around at the crowd, maintaining a conversation on the conditions of the match. There were four guys who came with Larry. Chip was with his entourage. They seem to agree on terms and each warmed up, taking turns on the table. The match was slated for $10,000. These 2 have been trying to make a game since July in Vegas. Larry proposed rotation and Chip wanted nothing to do with that. Chip proposed that they play some One Pocket. They decided after some time, to play one pocket. The match started as ‘7 ahead one pocket’ for $10,000. One pocket is a hard game to watch unless you are ‘sweating it’, (gambling). They played for hours and a bunch of games. They were playing quick and it wasn’t all that boring. Chip got up 3 games at the end of the day. They had to quit and arranged a start time next day. We went back to hotel to rest. Next day we went back over to the BBQ place in the mall. I had some Catfish and it wasn’t bad at all. Came back early to the pool room. I guess we were becoming part of the scenery and one of the two guys we played Scotch last night wanted to play again, but he had a different partner. Lucky whispered to me “This new guy is a player” We started as we had, $20 a game and $10 a stick. The match with Chip and Larry was resuming but we were staying across the room in our match. Second day started as much of the same. The focus in the room was on that pool event. Great, no one was paying attention to us. It was interesting watching the people, some paying attention to almost every shot in the mega one pocket match and some acted like they were watching but really were there to play pool themselves; taking peeks at the match while hitting balls. We were collecting after each game. Lucky played different today, he let the better guy shoot and the lesser player never be able to get a good shot with shape. He was setting up the ‘player’. Lucky was making the better player want to dump his partner so he would want to play singles with Lucky. No other words to say, it was masterful. We were sticking them pretty good and it looked like I was the one controlling the game. They wanted to bet more and we obliged. Over across the room Chip got up 4 games ahead on Larry. The crowd cheered a few times on a great shot. These two guys we were playing started to argue a bit, frustrated from both not being on the same page. I could see it was Lucky’s design. Genius! They donated $200 apiece. They quit. Nice day of work for me. The better shooter wanted to play me some heads up. I wanted to, but it wasn’t in Lucky’s grand design. I said maybe later… 6149 E 31st St Tulsa, OK

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We went over and checked into the big match. Larry eventually got to even, with some gritty play. The ‘Truth’ was pretty aggressive, as they both were at times. Again, they were playing fairly fast; not too many wedge games. I noticed that people in the crowd were paying off after each game. There were some small ‘sweat bets’ and in some cases several hundred dollars a game. It went on a while before they quit for the day. Third day they were there, they had played 64 games, a lot of one pocket. Even - at 32 games apiece, a discussion got underway into changing the match to one race to 7 for the all the cheese. They were tired and decided to play a race to 7 for the $10,000. The games slowed down, putting many watching to sleep. It went back and forth before Chip pulled out ahead and won that race 7-5 to take all the bucks., People were packing up and moving on. We hung around and that guy we played partners with came over asked to play me. Lucky said, “What’s the bet?” The Guy said $200 a set of 9 ball. Lucky said, “What would you play me for?” The guy paused, “I’ll play you for $400 a set.” The hook was set. …I said, “If you beat the old man, then you have to play me for the same amount, $400.” We fully knew that the guy would never play me, thinking I was the better player to begin with. So saying if the old man loses, made him have confidence that he was going to beat Lucky. How perfect. He had won some side money from the ‘match’ so he had enough. Lucky said, “Since I am playing for $400, the race has to be to 7.” The Guy said, “Sure, man.” They flipped, the guy won and broke, but was hooked on one ball that rolled out. Lucky shot at it, but got safe, wink wink! Lucky kept missing but luckily he hooked the guy, Wink wink! Leaving Lucky with a two or a three ball ‘out’, every game. The guy muttered under his breath, “Lucky Bastard.” Set was over fast. The guy played another set and that was over fast, also. We knew he had won a few thousand earlier. 5 sets went so fast the guy didn’t know what hit him. He kept staring at me. I know he was thinking he wasn’t going to play me. You could see it in his eyes. He kept paying and Lucky was up $2000. The Guy quit. I went over to say something to the Guy about the match but he avoided eye contact. We thought it was a good idea to leave so we went back to the Hotel. We were going to leave tomorrow, for a place that everyone was talking about, in Lafayette, Louisiana.

To Be Continued…

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2013 Mosconi Cup

It’s Europe in a Landslide 4th December USA 2-11 Europe Strickland & Hatch 3-6 Appleton /Souquet Earl Strickland 4-6 Karl Boyes Hatch & Morris 4-6 Immonen /Feijen

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TEAM EUROPE completed their finest ever Mosconi Cup win, as they beat the Americans 11-2, the second biggest winning margin in the 20 year history of the event. Needing three more points going into the third day, they reeled off the first three matches to hand out a humiliating defeat to the USA. It was Europe’s fourth win on the trot and their sixth in seven years. With a star-packed team, many felt that this was the Americans best chance in a while but after losing the first day 5-0, the writing was on the wall. America won two points on Tuesday but all in all it was a lame performance that will leave many questions.

It was Niels Feijen, partnered by Mika Immonen, who downed the winning 9 ball and the final point of this year’s event gave the Dutchman his second Most Valuable Player trophy in three years. European captain, Johan Ruijsink was thrilled with his fifth victory at the helm; “I am very, very proud of my team. They played like lions all week, they came out of the starting blocks really heavy on the Americans and I don’t think they recovered. I am really sorry for my buddy Johnny Archer because it is his first time as a captain in the modern age and I think he deserved better than that. He is a great captain, a great motivator, and I feel

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sorry for him because 11-2 doesn’t reflect the difference in quality.” Despite his obvious standing as a captain and motivator, Ruijsink was quick to put the credit where it was due; “I have a great team, world class players, and the only thing I need to do is channel their energy and quality into the right direction. “The other wins have been more tense but I think the quality we put up every year is a guarantee for us to have a certain level of play. “This is a game of details and as soon as the Americans don’t have their details in order you can get beaten by this. I don’t think the score is a reflection of the quality because they are much better than 11-2. “ For Johnny Archer it was a bitter pill to swallow; “Everything went wrong. We didn’t break the balls as well as they did, they played better, they were more of a team. “The first day just killed us. We got behind really badly the first day and we were really search from there and it was very hard. They kept coming out and they won a couple of close matches. “It is very disappointing and the whole team is really disappointed right now. All we can do is take a year to try and figure it out. It might be different players, all kinds of different things. “I definitely think we need to improve on being more of a team like the European team. That is the number one thing right now and that is what we have to do.” Going into the third day, with three points required, the European pair of Darren Appleton and Ralf Souquet got the best possible start as they beat a talkative Earl Strickland and Dennis Hatch to get within two points of victory. The start looked so promising for the Americans especially when Dennis Hatch’s golden break put them into a 2-0 lead but after the European pair reeled off the next four, it Continued on page 24


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was the beginning of the end. The end came via a 3/9 combination as Appleton took his time using the rest and clipped it home for victory. Strickland was back in the fray in the next as came up against Karl Boyes in a singles match and was soon 2-0 down, and complaining about pretty much everything. Boyes took the next but a well executed run out from Strickland reduced the deficit. Boyes took the next after mistakes from both players and when Strickland failed to make contact with the 1 ball the Englishman took full advantage to clear the table for 5-1. Strickland received a warning from referee Ken Schuman for his incessant talking but held himself together to take the next. Some more fluid play from Strickland saw him move the score to 3-5. The verbose legend seemed to be hitting his stride as he made another superb clearance to get within one of Boyes. The Englishman though got back to the table and made a great shot pocketing the 2 ball and holding position. From there he composed himself together to make a great out and put Team Europe on the hill. Rodney Morris and Dennis Hatch had the job of keeping America in the Mosconi Cup, while in the other corner, Niels Feijen and Mika Immonen were looking to become only the second doubles pair to bring home the Mosconi Cup.

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“I think if somebody had bet money on that score line he would have made a lot of money. I was on the 12-1 losing team several years ago so at least I got a little payback time on this year. I am happy for us, for the team. We have a great team spirit and it was a great team effort. Now it is time to celebrate.” The 2013 Mosconi Cup is delighted to work with our valued sponsors –Diamond Billiards: Tables; Iwan Simonis: Official Cloth; Aramith: Official Balls and Predator: Official Cue.

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game and then picked their way through the final rack to spark scenes of celebration in the arena. A delighted Feijen, “I was on the team when we lost 12-1 and when it went to 5-0 on day one, that was already a record. On day two it was 8-2 and could have been 9-1 or 10-0 and from there on it was like, ‘what is going on’? “The first day we walked in and there was 650 people going nuts for the USA and we thought it would be intense. All of a sudden it was 5-0, 8-2, so we said today we just wanted to win the session again – that is all you can do. “Karl played a great match against Earl, and then we finished it off. It was unbelievable. I won the MVP but it is such a team thing this. I think Europe in the last few years has been so good at having a team spirit, sticking together, supporting each other and that is all because of Johan. I want to thank him for all the effort he has put in over the years and I hope he will be back.” Ralf Souquet’s Mosconi Cup has come full circle. He was in the losing side in the inaugural event in 1994, and 20 years on he played a full part in a great victory. “It feels great, a little unexpected scorewise because nobody ever dreamed of beating such a great American team 11-2. On the other hand we played great, took advantage of their mistakes and didn’t make too many mistakes ourselves.


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December Tournament Success!!!

The weekend tournament held December 6-8th at KK Billiards was a success! We were excited to see so many new faces along with many familiar ones. We had a blast despite small hurdles like learning new tournament software and the bathroom remodel we finished only the day before! Friday night 9-ball started off the weekend tournament with a bang! $20 entry fee and 100% payout with no greens fees brought in a crowd and over $800 was paid out to the winners that night.

Sunday, 10-ball winners: 1st Place: Pao Xiong 2nd Place: Jordan Jenquin 3rd Place: New York (no pic) Congratulations to the winners and a BIG thank you to those that played a part in making the weekend tournament a great success. We’ll be planning more of these in the near future and look forward to meeting new people. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter KKBilliards to learn more about us and our upcoming events. We hope to see you at the hall soon! Chris and Penny Knutson, KK Billiards Owners

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(continued from page 16) On my way back to my hotel room an older gentleman who had watched the match summed up the situation by saying, “Son, today you gave the South Dakota Kid all he could handle! The only difference in the match was one shot. In bank pool you got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em. You got most of that figured out, but you still have a little bit to learn.”   Looking back, I know he was right.  My lack of knowledge cost me the match, but I like to think of my loss as a learning experience.  Next time I’m in a similar situation I’ll know whether to bank or not to bank.

After winning the match, Shane came over and said shoot this shot again, but this time with a rolling cue ball. Surprisingly, I shot the bank and pocketed the ball. It was at that point that I began to understand that there are multiple rules for determining whether or not a bank will kiss. I learned that nearly all banks kiss if the cue ball and object ball are lined up with the facing of the corner pocket nearest the rail the ball is being banked from (see the diagram labeled “DOUBLE KISS”). On the other hand, those lined up with the back of the pocket do not kiss provided they are shot with no English and a rolling cue ball (see diagram 3-right).

U. S. OPEN ONE POCKET AT THE U. S. BAR TABLE Produced by CueSports International (CSI), the 15th US Open One Pocket Championship will be held February 24-28, 2014 at the Grand Sierra Hotel and Casino, Reno, Nevada. CSI is now accepting entries for the event. Due to the limited 48 player field, we encourage you to enter as soon as possible. EVENT DETAILS: • DATE: February 24-28, 2014 • VENUE HOST: Grand Sierra Hotel and Casino, Reno, Nevada • MINIMUM ADDED: $5,000/32 players, $7,500/48 players • FIELD SIZE: Maximum 48 players • STANDARD ENTRY: $300 • LATE ENTRY: $335 (Any entries received after

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Anthony Shea

Captures First Place at Omega Billiards Tour Season Finale

On the weekend of December 14-15th, young gun Anthony Shea claimed the top prize on the newly inaugurated Omega Billiards Tour’s Season Finale of 2013 at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, TX. Anthony went undefeated to capture the first place prize, making him the youngest winner yet, at a mere 20 years old! Over $9,500 was given out in monies and prizes this weekend! (Tourney payouts + prizes + player’s auction.) Here is how it all went down…. Anthony started off his tournament run with an upset by defeating last month’s tourney winner, Coy Lee Nicholson, 7-7. Then he defeated Jay Murillo 7-1, TJ Klein 7-2, squeaked by Juan Parra 7-6 to last until Sunday. Steve Raynes was also on a tear and won his first match against the always formidable Crispian Ng 6-5, then William Howard 6-4, Danny Williams 6-3 and Jeff Georges 6-3 to last til Sunday. The always tough Tony Sulsar (after a bye) defeated his next three opponents 8-3 to meet Anthony on Sunday morning. Sky Massingill defeated his 4 opponents 7-4 to meet up with Steve Raynes Sunday morning. 13th-16th places were filled by Charlie Smith, Shannon Modesitt, David De La Garza and William Howard. HUGE shout out to David (“Spyder”) for capturing his highest finish to date!! 9th-12th place finishers were filled by Juan Parra, Willie Speed, Robert Sifuentes and Mike Nagaki. 7th and 8th place was hard fought and Curtis Cardwell and Dylan Weinheimer would fill those spots, with Jeff Gorges and David Josephson also having a great tournament by finishing 5th/6th. On the winner’s side on Sunday morning, Anthony Shea would defeat Tony Sulsar 7-4, while Steve Raynes sent Sky Massingill left with a score of 6-4. Steve and Anthony would battle it out for the hotseat with Anthony coming out on top 7-2. Sky then defeated David Josephson 7-5 but was stopped by Tour Champion tough Tony Sulsar 8-5. Tony kept on his winning style by then defeating Steve Raynes hill-hill. Steve had a fantastic tourney placing his highest finish to date at 3rd place!! In the finals, it looked like it would be pushed to two sets, as Tony Sulsar was ahead 7-2. But Anthony kept his composure and kept fighting back until the score was hill-hill. Anthony broke, and then ran out for the win! Hill-hill thriller and his FIRST Omega Billiards Tour title!! Congratulations to ALL the players for their fine play and great finishes! Anthony earned $725 plus a beautiful Lucasi Cue for First Place and Tony earned $525 for Second place. Steve Raynes earned $400 for 3rd place (payouts do not reflect the Player Auction). This event was the Omega Billiards Tour’s Season Finale Left to right is Anthony Shea (1st), with $2,000 added! At this Tony Sulsar (2nd), Steve Raynes (3rd). event, Predator prizes were given out to the top 3 ranked players and Tony Sulsar claimed 1st place and is now the VERY first Omega Billiards Tour Champion! Tony will get free entry fees into the 2014 Season AND a Predator Sport 4x8 Case, BK Break Cue, and Sport Playing Cue with 314-2 Shaft! Second place rankings went to Coy Lee who finished this last event in First to propel him to 2nd place! Coy Lee will get a Predator Sport 4x8 Case and BK Break Cue. Third place goes to Mike Voelkering who had a stellar year! He will get a Predator Sport 4x8 Case and 314-2 Shaft! Fourth through eighth places will each receive a free entry into the 2014 BCAPL Nationals! Congratulations to 4th place ranked Crispian Ng, 5th/6th ranked Amos Bush and Jesse Hernandez, and 7th/8th ranked players Steve Raynes

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and Alberto Nieto! A HUGE thank you to Predator Cues, BCAPL/CSI, and Lucasi and Players Cues. We would also like to give a big thanks to our additional sponsors, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Pro Billiard Service, APA of Tarrant County,, and Tour Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank Rusty’s Billiards and their awesome staff for their great hospitality all weekend! A big thank you also goes out to Michael Hoang, main sponsor of the Tour and owner of Omega Billiards Supply in Hurst, TX. Michael and Omega Billiards Supply are well known for the huge booths at many of the large tournaments across the country. The 2013 Omega Billiards Tour calendar is already set with 7 stops and a Season Finale. The first stop will be held at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas January, 11-12, 2014! Each stop is limited to 80 players (an increase from 64) and the monies guaranteed added has increased to $1,500 for each stop!! Pool is alive and thriving in Texas!!

1 Anthony Shea $725 plus Players Custom Cue (valued at $250) 2   Tony Sulsar $525 3  Steve Raynes $400 4  Sky Massingill $300 5/6, Jeff Gorges and David Josephson $250 7/8, Dylan Weinheimer and Curtis Cardwell $200  9-12 Juan Parra, Willie Speed, Robert Sifuentes, and Mike Nagaki $100 13-16 Charlie Smith, Shannon Modesitt, David De La Garza, and William Howard $60 The 2014 Schedule is online and payments can be received via the Omega Tour website. Thank you to all the players, fans, sponsors and pool rooms!!!

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Press Release Hires New Manager CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (December 6, 2013) – CueSports International is proud to announce the addition of Ozzy Reynolds as the newest member of the CSI team where he will serve as CSI Manager. Ozzy will steer the internal and external affairs of CSI in to the future, under the supervision of Mark Griffin, CEO, and David Vandenberghe, COO. Ozzy brings a wealth of billiards experience to the table, as both a player and a promoter. He began playing when he was just eight years old and has since competed in numerous amateur leagues, regional tour events, charity events, and national pro tournaments. Ozzy has become well-known in the mid-Atlantic region for being the founder, promoter, and director of The Action Pool Tour, The VA State-10-Ball Championships, The VA State 8-Ball Championships, and The East Coast 9-Ball Championship. He has created, promoted, or conducted nearly 100 tournaments since June 2011 and has given players in the mid-Atlantic region more opportunity than ever before. Along with his billiards acumen, Ozzy also brings an impressive background of business education and experience to CSI. He worked as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Marine Designer for ten years, a Construction Manager for NASA facility infrastructure projects for three years, and a Project Manager for NASA facility design and construction projects for four years. In 2009, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration (BSBA) from Old Dominion University with a minor in Civil Engineering Technology. In 2012, he earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from The College of William & Mary. He also holds official certifications as a Marine Designer and a


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corner ball hit the foot rail and return to its original spot, and the other corner ball hit the side rail and return to its original position. The cue ball will be married to the head rail, forcing your opponent to attempt her shot with follow. Be aware that two balls other than the cue ball must hit a rail. My preference is for the left corner ball to return to the original spot as I said, but to have the right corner ball barely make it to the end rail. It will be hidden behind the rack as long as the cue ball makes it to the correct spot, and it makes it a little bit harder for your opponent to play a good safety if there is a ball separated from the rack. To accomplish this, try hitting the object ball a little bit thinner. Be careful with this break. If the balls are very clean, it should be easier to do. If they are dirty, then the right object ball might acquire a little spin that could push it

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Project Management Professional (PMP®) from The Project Management Institute (PMI®). In the coming months, CSI will make many tactical and strategic decisions that that will strengthen its position and help shape the course of the entire industry. CEO Mark Griffin says he believes that Ozzy is “the right guy to help direct CSI into the future.” Likewise, Ozzy states that becoming an integral part of the CSI team is “a dream job.” He elaborated by saying, “I have always been and will always be a pool fanatic. However, due to the lack of organization within and support for the industry, I believed that playing and promoting pool would always be something I did as a side gig or hobby. I never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to work full time for the game that I love and for such a terrific organization.” Please join us in welcoming Ozzy to the CSI team as we continue to strengthen the industry, prepare for the future, and stay true to our motto – More Choices for All Players. The current CSI portfolio is comprised of the BCA Pool League (BCAPL), USA Pool League (USAPL), U.S. Bar Table Championships, U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship, U.S. Open 8-Ball Championship, U.S. Open OnePocket Championship, Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament, and most recently has included a major stake in the American Billiard Club Association (ABCA) and in 6 Pocket. Additionally, CSI has developed a proprietary tournament management software suite, CueSports Tournament System (CTS), unlike any other in the industry. CSI is also the exclusive North American distributor for the popular Magic Ball Rack™.

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to the right after hitting the foot rail, giving your opponent a shot. This is another reason I prefer having it barely touch the foot rail. As always, I recommend you practice this break. You’ll find you’ll get the hang of it, and won’t mind losing the lag in your future 14.1 games! Next month, we’ll close out this series on breaks by talking about One Pocket. This can be a little more controversial -- there are many differing opinions; if you want to give me yours, drop me a line! Do you have some tips on breaking that you’d like to share with me? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at Come on by and join the discussion!

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Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Marc: Last year I played in VNEA. Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Marc: I am fair at chess and soccer. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Marc: Serious, ambitious and independent. Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Marc: I would have practiced pool more than I did, and I would never have taken a job, like I did. Viper: How do you prepare for events? Marc: Just practice 3-4 hours per day. Wish I could double these hours. Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Marc: If you’re not sure, then you’re not ready. Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Marc: Being in the zone. Viper: If you could say one thing to a young upcoming player what would it be? Marc: The game is easier than you think, it’s limitless, but it isn’t as hard as it seems, to master the game you just need to put a lot of hours and play better players. Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Marc: I like 9/10Ball.But it gets boring to play these games in most tournaments. I like Rotation, One-Pocket and 14.1 just as much though. It’s a shame they are not played as often as 9-ball. 15Ball games are thinking games. Goes to show you the current promoters of most regional and pro events only care about what sells and

draws people to their events. Sometimes we need to be a bit more pure, and think for the good of the sport and not so much for our own financial interests. I think the game deserves better and it is not being respected enough. Here are some Facebook questions for you Marc… Linda Hensley from MO, asks: How many times per week and hours would you have to practice drills to be at the top of your game? Marc: I usually practice 2-3 per day and 5-6 days per week is enough to get me playing at a good speed. As your level goes up you don’t need to put as many hours. I used to need a lot more hours to just be playing decent. Drills are good but in moderation. Nothing beats top competition and pressure matches to improve quickly though. That is more important than drills. Some may think they don’t have a chance at winning some weekly/ regional tournaments, but don’t give up. Play them for a year. You may still not win them then, but the guarantee that you would have become a better player by the end of the year is certain. Richard Penny from FL asks: What’s better for you being a gambler or someone who plays the tournaments? Marc: I respect both the gambler and the tournament player. To me it’s about how they carry themselves In competition, you need to deliver and you need to perform whenever they tell you to go play your round. Gambling has more time to get in stroke because you can play longer. That’s why I think there could be more pressure in tournaments. Winning tournaments is harder than to win a money match. There’s the wrong believe that anyone could beat anyone in a tournament but not in a money

hillbilly, ng, jones, hall went on to defeat Lee, 5-1, and Bryant, 5-3, culminating 5 straight match wins. Hoak beat McEwan, 5-3, but fell to Casper, 5-4. The seemingly indomitable Pierce defeated Garland for the hot seat, 7-3, while Ng made Casper her sixth victim, 5-4. Ng eliminated Garland, 5-3, staging a premier match between two of the division’s finest players. You could cut the tension with a knife as both players traded innings, and racks. Ng dealt Pierce a blow, winning the first set, 7-4. Finding it difficult to regroup, Pierce lost the second set, 5-1. The 2014 Space City Open is already scheduled for December 4th-7th. Venue owner David Richardson, who recovered all 29 tables prior to the event, vows to

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match. I don’t think that’s true always. Sure you can beat a great player in a tournament race to 9, but to go all the way and win the whole tournament, that’s a little more difficult. I have enormous respect for the top pros that win the biggest tournaments in the world. I would like for the whole gambling atmosphere to be cleaner, and in the US, many times it is not. I think the game is not respected enough, and of course the fact that many semi-pros and regional players like myself, struggle to make money playing the game does not help. But still this shouldn’t be an excuse. The losers should be better losers and still be friendly and respectful to the guy who has beaten them. I find players who gamble to have huge egos and act like children when they are beaten, in both a money match and/or at a tournament. I don’t like these players’ behaviors sometimes. And it is even more embarrassing when it is a top player crying after a loss. Chris Macey from CO asks: How has becoming a father changed your perspective on the game in terms of its priority in his life? Marc: My priority is shared now, but it’s still the same. At times my only priority was to improve in pool, now I have an additional priority as a father. Most my biggest mistakes came when I put pool aside for a while (for whatever reason). So I’m not looking back. I’m trying to be the best Papa I can be while at the same time trying to play my best pool and improve every year that goes by. A special “Thank-you” to Marc for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in my “Ask the Viper”. Till next month, you can find me on Facebook: www.

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make each year better than the last. Tournament directors John and Kim Newsome were ecstatic over player turnout and payouts, sharing this final sentiment. “For those who came out to the Space City Open, especially those who drove a long way to support the event, thanks for making the tournament a huge success. For those who missed it, we hope to see you next year!”

Open 9-Ball 1st Charlie Bryant $2,220/$3,900 2nd Jeremy Jones $1,340/$2,600 3rd Robb Saez $900/$1,950 4th Skyler Woodward $700/$1,300 5th-6th Sylver Ochoa, Joey Gray $520/$650 7th-8th Richie Richeson, Joey Barnes $460/$450 9th-12th Bob Guzik, Danny Bennett, Blaine Barcus, James Davis Jr. $270/$260 13th-16th Dalton Riley, Randy Davidson, Gabe Owen, Robert Frost $175 ea. Open One Pocket 1st Justin Hall $1,340/$2,250 2nd Joey Gray $970/$1,650 3rd Sylver Ochoa $630/$1,110 4th Richie Richeson $270/$580 5th-6th Robb Saez, Joey Barnes $175 ea.


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DATE CITY Mondays Davenport, IA Des Moines, IA Hanover Park, IL Chicago, IL Melrose Park, IL Dundee, IL Rockford, IL Kansas City, MO Tuesdays Cedar Rapids, IA Palatine, IL Troy, MO Barnhart, MO Des Moines, IA Kansas City, MO Lenexa, KS Wednesdays Chicago, IL Davenport, IA Des Moines, IA Midwest City, OK Palatine, IL Wright City, MO Alsip, IL Oshkosh, WI Thursdays Oshkosh, WI Davenport, IA Orland Park, IL Chicago, IL Palatine, IL Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO Lenexa, KS Manhattan, KS Fridays Cedar Rapids, IA Chicago, IL Dundee, IL Coon Rapids, MN Des Moines, IA Farmington, MN Barnhart, MO St Peter’s, MO Tulsa, OK Topeka, KS Kansas City, MO Davenport, IA Round Lake Rockford, IL Aurora, IL Tonganoxie, KS Topeka, KS Raytown, MO Jonesville, LA Oshkosh, WI Saturdays Jonesville, LA Raytown, MO Topeka, KS Grandview, MO Eureka, MO St Peter’s, MO Kansas City, MO Oak Lawn, IL Joliet, IL Aurora, Il Fox Lake Chicago, IL Salina, KS Kansas City, MO Topeka, KS Blue Springs, MO Lenexa, KS Tulsa, OK Sundays Des Moines, IA Davenport, IA Barnhart, MO St Peter’s, MO Chicago, IL Topeka, KS Chicago Hts, IL Jonesville, LA Raytown, MO Raytown, MO Lenexa, KS Oshkosh, WI

LOCATION Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Big Dog Billiards Bungalow Joes Chicago Billiards Elite Cafe Billiards Hammerheads Rockford Billiards Side Pockets 2nd Ave Corner Pocket Quentin Corner Pocket Georgee’s Pub Kenny’s Bar & Grill Big Dog Billiards Brass Rail Side Pockets Chris’ Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Big Dog Billiards Jamaica Joe’s Quentin Corner Pocket Hillybilly Heaven Bar & Grill Red Shoes Varsity Club Varsity Club Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Pro-Tyme Classic Chicago Billiards Quentin Corner Pocket Boomers Bar & Grill Brass Rail Side Pockets Fast Eddy’s Billiards 2nd Ave Corner Pocket City Pool Hall Hammerheads CR’s Sports Bar Big Dog Billiards Farmington Billiards Kenny’s Bar & Grill Teachers Billiards Q-Spot Billiards Diamond Joes Country’s Tavern Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Rebecca’s Pub Rockford Billiards Rudy’s Place Helen’s Hilltop Terrys Billiard Club Raytown Rec Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Varsity Club Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Raytown Rec Terrys Billiard Club Zone Sports Bar JP’s Sports Bar 3rd Base Boomers Bar & Grill Demma’s Pool Loft Rudy’s Place Bay Billiards Chris’ Sunset Billiards & Sports Bar Brass Rail Diamond Joes Roadies Rock House Side Pockets Q-Spot Billiards Big Dog Billiards Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Kenny’s Bar & Grill Teachers Billiards Chris’ Terrys Billiard Club Oasis One-Sixty Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Raytown Rec Raytown Rec Side Pockets Varsity Club

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EVENT / RULES 9-Ball 8-Ball - Race 4 - No handicap 8 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 10 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8-Ball-Race to 2 8 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8-Ball Race to Hdcp 8 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8-9-10 Ball Winner Chooses Rackers Choice 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 10 Ball 9-Ball Beginners 9-Ball Intermediate 8-Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball & 9 Ball 8-Ball-Masters Race to 3 8 Ball 8 Ball 8-Ball on 7’ Diamonds 10-Ball - race varies 8 or 9-ball rotation 9 Ball 9 Ball 8-Ball 7 & under 8 Ball 8 Ball Coin Toss decides 8 Ball Open 8 Ball Call 8 Ball 8 Ball Players Vote 8 Ball 8-Ball Open - Race to 2 8 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball Call 8 Ball 9 Ball Multiple Big Table 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball APA Rated 8 Ball 9-Ball 7 & under 9-Ball - Race 6/5 10-Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 10 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball One Pocket Players Vote 9 Ball 10-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 5

ENTRY ADDED $12 $100 every 16 $10 $$$ $5 150% payback $10 100% payout $15 $100 1st w/8 $15 $$$ $14 Call $5 $5 $7 Call $7 Call $10 $100 $10 $$$ $5 $6 $10 Call $10 (incl g.f.) $100 every 16 $10 $$$ $15 $5/player $7 Call $10 $$$ $15 Call $8 $10 $10 $100 every 16 $20 Call $10 100% payout $7 Call $5 $10 $6 $15 $5 $15 Call $5 Call $16 $75 $10 $$$ $15+$5 g.f. $50 w/16 $10 Call $10 Call $5 $5 $10 $10 $100 every 16 $10 100% payback $10 Call $15 $100+ w/10 $10 $5 $10 $5 $12 $5 $25 $5 $5 $10 $$$ w/8+ $15 Call $5 $10 Call $15 Call $15 $100+ w/10 $15 Call $10 Call Call $5 $10 $5 $10 $10 (incl. g.f.) $15 $$$ $12 $100 every 16 $10 $100 $10 Call $15 Call $5 $10 $5 $25 $10 $6 $15

TIME 7PM 7PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7PM 7PM 7:30PM 7PM 6PM 6PM 7PM 9:30PM 8PM 6:30PM 7PM 7:30PM 7:30PM Call 8PM Call Call 7PM 7:30PM 8PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7PM 9:30PM 6PM 7PM 7PM 7:30PM 7PM 7PM 6:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 9 PM 8PM 8PM 7PM 8PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7PM 2AM 8PM 6:30PM 8PM 12PM 7PM 6:30PM Noon 1PM 7:30PM 3PM 4/5PM 7:30PM 8PM 7PM Call 2PM 8PM 8PM 1PM 9 PM 5:30PM 7PM 6PM 1:30PM 8PM 7PM 6PM 8PM 3PM 2AM 9:30PM Call

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HOME TOWN: Andalusia, IL BIRTH DATE: 3/18/1997 GRADE: 11th GPA: 3.5 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Shop POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Sharkys Billiards, Krugz Pool Hall, Leisure Time WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Diveney Custom Cues Break Cue, Diveney Playing Cue, Bunjee Jump Cue AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 4 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: APA end of league tournament champion three seasons in a row. Apa End Of Year Appreciation Tournament Champion (Adult/Jr) 2013 2012 Iowa State Tournament 2nd Place 2013 Iowa State Tournament 2nd Place 2013 Vnea Jr International Championships 9th12th Singles (Minors Division) 2013 Vnea Jr International Championships 1st Place (Minors Team) 2013 Apa Midwest Juniors Championships Upper Division 1st Place 2013 Vnea Jr International Championships Picked For The All Star Team MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Winning the 2013 vnea jr team championships SPONSOR(S): Diveney Custom Cues Grindn Clothing Company FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Country, classic rock HOBBIES: Playing pool, fishing, racing bmx FAVORITE POOL GAME: 10 ball/ straight pool FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Efren Reyes FAVORITE FOOD: Steak FICTIONAL HERO: Spiderman REAL-WORLD HERO: Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Disney World, Sea World GOALS (personal and/or career): Work hard to be a better pool player and hopefully turn pro someday ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? My older sister samantha is my best freind

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Click on the MAP link online to get directions to each location CITY Davenport, IA Davenport, IA Davenport, IA Davenport, IA Sheboygan, WI Sheboygan, WI Beloit, WI Davenport, IA Des Moines, IA Tulsa, OK Des Moines, IA Wisc Rapids, WI Breaux Bridge, LA Pineville, LA Grayslake, IL Bellvidere, IL Elk City, OK Astoria, NY Des Moines, IA Alsip, IL Columbus, IN Green Bay, WI Millersburg, MO Tolono, IL Green Bay, WI Beloit, WI Union, MO Great Bend, KS Coon Rapids, MN Coon Rapids, MN Oshkosh, WI Davenport, IA Beaver Dam, WI Wisconsin Rapids, WI Hutchinson, KS Ardmore, OK Lincoln, NE Elizabeth, IN Elizabeth, IN Elizabeth, IN Del City, OK Alsip, IL Oshkosh, WI Dubuque, IA Dubuque, IA Kensett, IA Kensett, IA League City, TX Corpus Christi, TX McAllester, OK Davenport, IA Oshkosh, WI Centerville, WI Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Alsip, IL Oklahoma City, OK Blue Springs, MO Blue Springs, MO Ada, OK Oshkosh, WI Lincoln City, OR Lincoln City, OR Davenport, IA Midwest City, OK Alsip, IL Weston, WI Oshkosh, WI Oshkosh, WI

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LOCATION PHONE Sharky’s 563-359-7225 Sharky’s 563-359-7225 Sharky’s 563-359-7225 Sharky’s 563-359-7225 Vibez 920-627-3872 Vibez 920-627-3872 Carom Room 608-365-1811 Sharky’s 563-359-7225 Big Dog Billiards 515-266-6100 Club 727 918-836-8529 Big Dog Billiards 515-266-6100 4 Stools Short 715-421-4544 Bubba’s Sports Bar 337-442-6960 Brewhouse 318-448-8373 Shooters Sports Bar Waterfall Bar & Grill 708-651-0174 Pit Stop 580-339-0738 Steinway Billiards 718-472-2124 Big Dog Billiards 515-266-6100 Red Shoes Billiards 708-388-3700 Lags Billiards 812-375-9010 Buster’s Bar & Grill 920-621-7333 Mo River Pub & Pool Traxside 217-485-1016 Buster’s Bar & Grill 920-621-7333 Carom Room 608-365-1811 Main Street Lounge 636-584-7708 The Rack 620-792-5851 C R Billiards 763-780-1585 C R Billiards 763-780-1585 Varsity Club 920-651-0806 Sharky’s 563-359-7225 Johnny’s Lounge 920-887-3324 4 Stools Short 715-421-4544 Clics 620-245-4739 Starlite Club Pershing Center 800-662-2924 Horseshoe Casino Horseshoe Casino Horseshoe Casino Da Bar 405-999-0509 Red Shoes Billiards 708-388-3700 Varsity Club 920-651-0806 Cue Masters Billiards 563-557-0875 Annex 563-513-9480 Kensett Comm. Cntr 641-903-9509 Kensett Comm. Cntr 641-903-9509 Legends Billiards 281-332-7716 Clicks Paradise Billiards 361-852-9252 Back Alley Billiard 918-916-2837 Sharky’s 563-359-7225 Varsity Club 920-651-0806 Jailhouse 608-539-5245 Grand Sierra 702-719-7665 Grand Sierra Grand Sierra Grand Sierra Grand Sierra 702-719-7665 Red Shoes Billiards 708-388-3700 Don Quixote’s 405-947-0011 Six Pockets 816-244-5454 Six Pockets 816-244-5454 Village Inn 580-332-4000 Varsity Club 920-651-0806 Chinook Winds 360-704-4081 Chinook Winds 360-704-4081 Sharky’s 563-359-7225 Jamaica Joe’s 405-736-0590 Red Shoes Billiards 708-388-3700 Weston Lanes 715-845-4129 Varsity Club 920-651-0806 Varsity Club 920-651-0806

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME LINK 8-Ball Open $30 $1,000 w/64 10AM MAP 8-Ball Women Division $20 $100 w/16 10AM MAP 8-Ball Junior Division $10 incl g.f. 10AM MAP 8-Ball Master Division $40 incl g.f. $400 w/32 10AM MAP 2 Person Team $50/team $150 w/32 t 5PM Call A-$35/B-$30 $250 w/f.f. 9:30AM 9-Ball Open Call $1,000 w/64 10AM 9-Ball Ladies First Champion $30 incl g.f. $800 10AM MAP Handicapped 8-Ball Sc Dbls $30 $250 Guar 1PM MAP 8-Ball $25+$10 mem. $500 Guar 11AM No Masters 8-Ball $40 $500 Guar 10AM MAP Partners $30/pair 10AM Bayou State 9-Ball Tour $30+$20 mem $500 Call 9-Ball $30+$20 mem $500 w/16 Noon 8-Ball $40+$5 g.f. $250 Noon 8-Ball $10 Call 4PM 8-Ball $25+$20 mem. $500 Guar 11AM Earl Strickland vs Efren Reyes Challenge Match - Live Stream Call MAP Handicapped 9-Ball $40 $500 Guar 10AM MAP One Pocket - Iron Man event $50 incl. g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP 10-Ball $40 $250 w/32 10AM 9-Ball $20 Call 6PM I-70 9-Ball Shootout $30M-$20W Call 9AM Pool Tournament $30 $200 w/32 11AM 8-Ball $25 Call Noon 10-Ball No Masters Call $1,000 w/64 10AM 9-Ball $20+$5 g.f. Call 6PM 8-Ball King of the Mountain $150/team $1200 1st w/ f.f. 11AM Upper MW Bar Table Sgls 5Div Varies $6,000 7PM MAP Upper MW Bar Table Team Div $250/team 7PM MAP 9-Ball Call $500 Guar Call MAP 10-Ball $35 $500 Call MAP 8-Ball $30 Call Noon Singles $20 10AM 2 Man Team Masters $100/team Call 10AM 8 Ball $35 Call 9AM VVS 8-Ball Juniors $5 Call Noon 9 Ball online online online MAP One Pocket online online online MAP 9 Ball Banks online online online MAP 8-Ball $25+$10 mem $500 Guar 11AM Bank Pool - Iron Man event $50 incl. g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP Mixed Scotch Doubles Call $250 Guar Call MAP 8-Ball $20/$10 $500 w/32 1PM 9-Ball $30 $500 w/32 11AM 9-Ball Singles $30+$10 g.f. 10AM 8-Ball Doubles $50+$10 g.f. 10AM 9-Ball $60 $1,000 w/64 11AM 9-Ball Championship-Limit 64 $105 $3,500 9AM 8-Ball $25+$10 mem $250 Guar 11AM 8-Ball Scotch Doubles $60 incl g.f. $1,000 10AM MAP 8-Ball Call $350 w/32 Call MAP 8-Ball Open Singles-Limit 64 $25+$10 g.f. $750 w/64 9AM MAP 21st U.S. Bar Table-10 Ball M/W Call $25,500 Call MAP 21st U.S. Bar Table-9 Ball Register Online Call Call MAP 21st U.S. Bar Table-8 Ball M/W Online Info Online Online MAP 15th U.S. Open One Pocket M/W Online Info Online Online MAP WorldPPA M/W Call Call Call MAP 8-Ball - Iron Man event $50 incl. g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP 8-Ball $25+$10 mem $500 Guar 11AM 8-Ball $45 $3,500 Guar 7PM One Pocket $35 Call 10PM 8-Ball $25+$10 mem $250 Guar 1PM 8-Ball Call $250 Guar Call MAP Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball-Men $100+$25 g.f. $4,000 w/32 Call MAP Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball-Wmn $100+$25 g.f. $1,500 w/16 Call MAP 10-Ball $45 $1,250 10AM MAP 8-Ball $25+$10 mem. $500 Guar Call MAP One Pocket - Iron Man event $50 incl. g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP 8-Ball $40 Call 10:30AM 9-Ball Open/Double J Call $2,000 Min Call MAP 10-Ball A-B Call $250 Guar Call MAP

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