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Youth Breaksat Through Space City Open HOUSTON, TX In its third run, the Space City Open proved even more successful this year drawing in nearly 130 players with an ever-increasing purse, topping off this year at $45,000.00. The amount of talent that encompassed this four-day billiard event was unsurpassed, a breathtaking demonstration of ability, enthralling countless fans and

Davis & Newsome, PC, Ozone Billiards, and Poison Billiards. Zach Goldsmith of provided the impeccable 4-day live stream with commentating by “Lucky” Luke Sutliffe, and event photos were captured by Tim Smith and Eugene Lee Images. Thanks to Assistant Tournament Director Chuck Adams, the event ran smooth and on time. Keedra Manning and Mike Fabacher assisted with pre and post event activities and BCA Referee Derrell Montgomery of Conroe, Texas, made his third appearance, “keeping the peace” at this year’s event. “We have the best support system helping us make this event possible and we are deeply appreciative”, says Tournament Directors John and Kim Newsome. The caliber of play in the Space City Open 9-Ball Division rivaled any top, men’s event where one mistake can cost you the set. This division drew 108 players competing over two days for almost $24,000 in prize money. James Davis, Jr. and Coy Lee Nicholson weathered the storm to meet one another at the end of winners’ side while James Davis, Sr. “Bastrop” and Andy Jethwa fought through the one loss side. Along the way, Davis, Jr. defeated John Palmore, Danny Lee, 9-6, and Eric Brown, 9-7, while Jeremy Jones bested Chuck Adams, 9-7, Ernesto Bayaua, 9-8, and Robert Clark, 9-2. On the bottom side of the winners’ bracket, Nicholson dusted off Tony Scott, Joey Gray, 9-6, and Rick Moreno, 9-8, while Sky Woodward charged with wins over Joey Barnes, 9-5, Sylver Ochoa, 9-6, Jacob Watson, 9-5, and Rob Saez, 9-8. As the east side panned out, the one loss side became a viper pit. Bastrop won an astounding 10 consecutive matches after a first round loss to Bayaua. He struck down Alex Olinger, 7-6, C.J. Wiley, 7-4, and Joey Gray, 7-2, while Andy Jethwa took out Masahiro Nakahara, 7-6, Rick Moreno, 7-4, and Chase Rudder, 7-5. On the winners’ side, in surprise upsets, Davis Jr. overcame Jones, and Nicholson bested Woodward, pairing Bastrop with Woodward, and Jethwa against Jones on the one loss side. Young gun Davis Jr. went on to defeat the veteran Nicholson for the hot seat, 9-5. Woodward fell to the elder Bastrop, 7-4, while in an amazing display of skill and reserve, Jethwa shut out Jones, 7-0. In these final

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at-home viewers tuned in to the live stream broadcast provided by Zach Goldsmith and Austin player James Davis, Jr., “Junior”, captured his first Space City Open 9-Ball Division title besting area counterpart and billiard veteran Coy Lee Nicholson in the finals. Manny Chau surprised many in the elite One Pocket Division stealing the title from former U.S. Open Champion, Jeremy “JJ” Jones, while young superstar Sky Woodward proved the “sky” really is the limit with a phenomenal win over James Davis, Jr. in the finals of the 9-Ball Banks Division. WPBA Players Vivian Villarreal, “Texas Tornado”, and Liz Lovely battled it out for their division title. Villarreal beat Lovely in overtime to take home her second women’s title. Flocks of fans and followers converged on Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar in Houston, Texas during the first week of December, knowing this is the time and place to watch the best in billiard competition. Just short of “gnashing of teeth”, players mean business at the Space City Open, and this makes for a great show. Players funneled in from as far as Des Moines, Iowa and Phoenix Arizona, in hopes of making their forever mark on Space City. All enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures, the smell of slow smoked barbecue in the air, and plenty of shopping provided by this year’s vendors, Ron Geyer Cue Repair, Joe Salazar Connoisseur of Custom Cues, and Sean King with JB Cases. Businesses behind the brawn of this year’s Space City Open included David Richardson, owner of Bogies Billiards and Bogies West, Roger Schuett and the APA of North Harris County,


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matches, the caliber of play was so intense, it wasn’t hard to fathom losing the flip and losing the set. Bastrop went on to defeat Jethwa, 7-4, but suffered a hill-hill heartbreaker to Nicholson, 7-6. Although both players seemed at the top of their game, Nicholson’s bid was shortlived as Davis Jr. secured the final set and his firstever Space City Open title. The 46 player One Pocket field featured an allstar cast with phenomenal talent going head to head in a test of wills and stamina. Oklahoma’s Chip Compton made his way through the winners’ side with wins over Bob McFerren, Tim Kindl, and Chase Rudder, while Jeremy Jones defeated Ray Lopez and Arizona’s Tres Kane. Many Chau put his one pocket skills on display, besting Joey Barnes, Blaine Barcus, John Palmore, and finally Joey Gray to face off with Jones. Alex Olinger ousted Forest Boyd, Jason Chance, and Sylver Ochoa while sleeper Robert Clark dusted off Sky Woodward and James Davis, Sr. The final four pitted Jones and Chau on the top side, with Olinger and Clark on the bottom. After suffering a 3-1 loss to Tony Barrington on the winners’ side, Rob Saez was stopped short by Davis, Sr., 3-1, while Woodward’s ticket was punched by Gray, leaving these two players in 7th-8th position. Back on the east side, Chau bested Jones and it was Clark over Olinger by the same score, 3-1. On the one loss side, Jones made quick work of Davis, Sr., 3-1, and Olinger eliminated Gray, 3-1. Chau shut out Clark for the hot seat, 3-0, while Jones made his way through Davis,Sr. and Olinger by the same score, 3-1. Jones squeezed by Clark, 3-2, but fell to Chau in the finals. Chau went undefeated to earn his first, Space City Open One Pocket title.


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Chip Compton, Mike Durbin-sponsor and Joey Gray Written by: Alisha Rogers Photos provided by: Evelyn Dysart Jamaica Joes hosted the Midwest 9-ball tour on December 13th & 14th, 2014. There were 39 players in the Open Event and 13 in the Women’s Event. Players came from all across Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. But in the end they just couldn’t defeat the locals from the Oklahoma City area. Wendy Kent prevailed as the winner of the women’s event. Getting there she defeated Rachael Peterson 7-4, Diana Wolfe 7-5, Tisha Leslie 7-0 and for the hot seat, Debi Aldridge 7-2. Debi was able to come back and see her again in the finals. With Wendy on the hill with a score of 6-4, she made it interesting for the onlookers and rattle and hang three 9 balls in a row. With this, Debi Aldridge was able to come back from a three game deficit to take the first set 7-6. In the second set Wendy started off by hanging two more 9 balls in the beginning of the finals match. She took a break and was able to gain her composure and prevail in the second match 7-4, winning the ladies event. In the Open Event, local Pro Chip Compton took down a tough field of players with wins over Nick Garrett 9-1, Jacob McMichael 9-6, L.V. Abernathy 9-5, Coylee Nicholson 9-7 and then on to Joey Gray for the point match.(good!) Chip won the first 5 games in a race to 9 before Joey Gray even got on the score board. Joey won

his first game by playing a two rail lock up safe on the 4 ball, to which Chip fouled and gave Joey ball in hand for the run out. Later in game 10, Joey makes the 1 ball but launches the cue ball off the table while trying to break up some trouble balls at the other end of the table giving ball in hand to Chip to which he ran out the rest of the rack. In game 11 the score was 8-2, Chip dry breaks and Joey runs out showing that he has no quit in him. However in game 12 Joey breaks and misses the 1 ball and giving Chip an open table to run out and clinch the Hot Seat. In the Open Final, Chip wins the flip and breaks the first game. He missed the 4 ball letting Joey get on the board first. They traded the next two games, but in game 4 Joey broke and left the 9 in jaws of the back corner pocket. With the cue ball and the 2 ball at the opposite end of the table, Joey makes an amazing table length 2/9 carom to make the score 3-1, Joey. Joey earns the next two racks bringing the score to 5-1. Then Chip went on a tear, winning the next eight games straight, for the win! The Midwest 9-Ball Tour, ran by Evelyn & Danny Dysart, would like to thank Durbin Cues for sponsoring their tour and to Jamaica Joes for hosting the event. For more information on upcoming tour dates and locations, visit their web site at For more tournament dates at Jamaica Joes, visit their website at or call (405)736-0590. OPEN EVENT 1st Chip Compton $1050 / $1660 2nd Joey Gray $700 / $1245 3rd James Walden $500 / $830 4th Coylee Nicholson $350 / $415 5th KC Massey $200 Jacob McMichael $200 7th Moe Ali $150 Marlon Isbell $150 WOMEN’S EVENT 1st Wendy Kent $550 / $200 2nd Debi Aldridge $300 / $130 3rd Diana Wolfe $200

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley “The Gathering of the Shot” There is a transition time with every player, it’s just a matter of how abbreviated it is. We call this “The Gathering of the Shot”....and players like Buddy Hall do it beautifully - this is one of the reasons he was known to have the best cue ball control in history.


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It requires energy to take the cue back and it takes more energy to redirect the cue. Mentally (usually subconsciously) there’s a calculation that must take place to equate the forward movement of the cue with the speed and length of the shot. I like to practice exaggerating this technique so that there’s a distinct forward motion of the cue......after all, we never hit the cue ball with our back-swing, it’s just used to coil the cue back before the moment of release - or they say “the moment of highest tension”. There is one school of thought that the follow through doesn’t matter because the cue ball is already gone. This may be true in one respect, especially if you just look at the stroke mechanically. However, from my experience it’s vital to control the after contact movement of the cue ball WITH the length of the follow through.

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notch performance under pressure......when you are in that “do or die” situation. When I want the “after contact” movement of the cue ball to be exaggerated I exaggerate the follow through, when I want the “after contact” movement to be compat, then I compact my follow through.....even if I want the cue ball to jump slightly I’ll use a “staccato type” follow through that creates that movement. If I didn’t have a very good understanding of how the cue moves FORWARD from the top of the back-swing I would not be able to play at the champion’s level of performance. Whether a player is aware of it or not the follow through must connect to the “after contact” reaction of the cue ball....or you’ll always be playing a “guessing game,” and it really shows up under the pressure of a high dollar match or tournament. The cue ball’s reaction, at the highest level is a reflection of what the cue is doing......the more you can calibrate the cue’s motion to coincide with the cue ball’s “after contact” reaction the better off you will be.......this is one of the essential “differences that make a difference” in winning or just coming close. ‘The Inner Game is the Teacher’


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Everyone loves to shoot draw shots (backspin). They are exciting and showy – when they work, that is.

force is any spinning or rolling force in the ball. This can be sidespin, draw, or follow.

In golf, there is an old maxim that says “Drive for show, putt for dough.” We have the same underlying problem, and need a similar piece of advice in pool, so I say “Draw for show, follow for dough.” The problem is, just like in golf, draw shots (and drives) are sexy, but difficult to control. Follow shots (and putts) are much easier to master, and are what wins matches and tournaments.

These two forces act very differently. At impact, the forward force is split between the cueball and the object ball. When you hit an OB full on (0° cut angle), all of the forward force is transferred to the OB. That’s why stop shots happen. While the forward force is split between the balls, according to the cut angle, the rotational force does not split. It remains in the CB. In other words, the spin stays (for our purposes) in the CB.

You can prove this to yourself. Set up an easy straight-in shot. Try shooting it with follow, and follow 1, 2, and 4 diamonds forward. You can probably manage this fairly consistently. Now, try the same challenge with draw. While you may be able to do it, you’ll never be as accurate or as consistent with draw. The main reason is that with draw, you have to break the friction between the cueball and the cloth to make it spin backward, and it takes great precision and touch to do it just right. What really matters is what the cueball is doing at the moment of impact with the object ball. This is so important, I’ll say it again: What really matters is what the cueball is doing at the moment of impact. Draw wears off as the cueball travels. Friction between the cloth and the skidding ball takes the backspin off. Once all the draw wears off, the cueball begins “natural roll.” Natural roll is actually considered follow. Most players think follow has to be overspin, but the truth is, you get very little overspin, and it wears off very quickly. Most follow is merely natural roll, and you get more by hitting harder. Yes, it really looks like overspin is causing all that follow effect, but that’s not generally what’s happening. >Here is a simple way to think about what happens when the cueball (CB) hits an object ball (OB). There are two types of force at work (not the full physics, but a useful way to think about it). The first type is “forward force.” This is what you would feel if the CB hit you in the face. It’s the force the ball has in the direction it’s going. The second force is “rotational force.” Rotational


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So, let’s go back to our easy straight-in shot. If the CB has backspin when it hits the OB, the forward force all goes into the OB, and the CB stops dead. The rotational force still in the CB spins against the cloth, and as it grabs, it pulls the CB back, away from the collision point. This is what makes draw shots work. If the CB arrives at the OB with follow or natural roll (any forward rotational force), the forward force goes into the OB and the forward rotational force grabs the cloth and propels the CB forward, creating a follow shot. On the other hand, if the CB arrives at the OB with no rotational force (a sliding or “stun” shot), on a straight-in shot the CB stops dead. This is how stop shots work. No matter how hard you hit or how much spin you use, what matters is what the CB is doing at the moment of impact. Is it rolling, spinning, or sliding, and which way and how fast? Given that draw wears off and turns into follow (while follow is always follow), you can see why it’s much harder to control how much draw is on the CB at the moment of impact. Look for position opportunities that use follow, and your position play will improve. When you have ball in hand, consider placing it near a ball and shooting that ball to whatever pocket will let you follow for good position. It’s better to take these long follow shots for easy position than to take a short draw shot. Which would you rather do for $1,000 – draw 12” or follow 12”? (Hint: see article title.)



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I am sure most of you have participated in a pool tournament or two. Sometimes, the tournaments seem to go off without a hitch, run very smoothly, and finish on time. Other times… well… they don’t go so well. This is usually due to the tournament director not being very prepared, and organized. Hopefully, I can impart some advice here that will help you get the most bang for your buck, and encourage people to attend your next tournament. There are a lot of considerations, and not a lot of space, so let’s get to it! Format What game are we playing? 9-ball? 10-ball? One pocket? It’s best to pick a game that most people want to play, and are familiar with. Some games are inherently quick, while others can take a long time. If you run a One-Pocket tournament, you might run into hour-long games. Then you may have to consider time limits on games and/or shots, which many players do not like. As for the tournament, will it be double or single elimination? Modified Single? Round Robin? Will the final match be a true double elimination, or a longer race? How many games to win a match? Most players like longer matches, do reduce the luck factor. Don’t just pick a game and random format… do some research, and see what people are most interested in. Double elimination tournaments take longer, but give people a bigger incentive to play. When choosing your formats, consider the following variables: How many tables do you have available? How many players will you limit the tournament to? How many days will it run? This, of course, leads us to: Time Management When running a tournament, time can sometimes be your enemy, in many ways. Let’s try to make it work for you. Make sure you advertise your tournament well in advance. If it’s a national tournament, you may want to plan it a year in advance. If it’s local, a month or two might suffice, but you must allow people to plan their day/weekend/ week well ahead of time. If you only allow a week’s notice, many people will already have other plans, and you wont’ get a good turnout. Second, when running the tournament, make sure you start your matches on time. Don’t delay the tournament start, and be sure your players know there will be penalties if they don’t show up for their matches on time. In the Mezz West State Tour, for example, there are no specific match times. Everyone is expected to be at or near the facility, and Desiree and Oscar will put you on the clock after they call you. After a short time (10 minutes, I believe), you will forfeit your match. Put the responsibility on the players. They will respect it. In other tournaments, you will have specific match times. This is nice, because it allows players to leave the venue and return for their match at the appropriate time. The U.S. Amateur Championships are run this way, and they do a fantastic

job of keeping things moving. Time will continue to march on, and will not stop. Make sure you keep things moving, and encourage your players to respect it as well. One final note on time: if you consider using a shot clock, be aware that some players might be turned off and won’t participate, and it will change the dynamic of the game. Pool is a thoughtful game. The shot clock is best used for televised matches to keep the spectators from being bored. That shouldn’t be a concern for most locally run tournaments, but do encourage your players to keep things moving. Venue You might not have much of a choice about where the tournament is going to be run, especially if it’s a locally run tournament in your pool room. If you do have a choice, however, here are a few things to consider: Is there food available, or accessible close by? How about a bar? Many players like to drink, and if there is no bar, you might be limiting the number of participants. Is there room for spectating? Family members, spouses, and friends may want to watch, and you definitely need some place for players to rest and watch matches when they are not playing. While the U.S. Amateur Championship is run very smoothly, they are fairly limited on space for spectators. A place with stadium seating would be ideal, but unfortunately, is a rare thing. One of my favorite venues with ample spectator seating is Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento, CA. Payouts Be very clear on the payouts for your tournament. Some tournaments spread the winnings over many places, while others give a very large proportion to the winner. Consider how you want to spread the winnings, and be very clear about it. Other considerations include: 1. Putting bounties on previous winners 2. Running a Calcutta Auction before the tournament (make sure you allow for this when considering time management. Get through it quickly and efficiently!) 3. Is the house willing to add money to the price pool? The Mezz West State Tour adds $2000 for each stop in their tour. It’s a great incentive. This is by no means an exhaustive list of considerations for your tournament. If you take anything away from this, it should be that you need to plan ahead. There are many online resources you can use for rules, tips on running tournaments, and even some great tournament bracket apps. Above all, make sure it’s fun! You want people to enjoy themselves, and come back for your next tournament. Good Luck! Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at pool@ You can also find me hanging out at various pool rooms in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Be sure to say hello if you see me!

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In a recent straight pool (14.1) league match, my opponent scratched and I had to play a spot shot as shown in Shot 1 of the diagram. It didn’t require anything special -- no side spin or draw, just a rolling cue ball with the right speed to leave it between the side pockets. I found out that I need practice. Maybe you do too. Spot shots used to be far more common than they are today. Back in the day, most illegally pockets balls were spotted and there was never “ball in hand anywhere”. These days you will really need them only at 14.1 and one pocket, but they also make good practice shot.s to help your long cuts at all games. If you place the cue ball as shown in Shot 1 with the cue stick passing over the corner pocket, you will have a visible target for the shot. This is the position for a half-ball shot (30-degree cut) in which the cue stick is pointed at the edge of the object ball. The exact placement depends a little on the size of the table and the balls, but the butt will pass over some part of the corner pocket for a half-ball spot shot. An additional advantage of the half-ball shot is that for a rolling cue ball, the angle the cue ball takes off the object ball is almost constant and very predictable, making position play easier. Try the shot without any side spin and see if the cue ball naturally goes to spot A on the table, which is between the side pockets and a diamond from the pocket to your left. Again, this is slightly affected by the equipment. Put up a marker of some kind, such as a penny, where the cue ball wants to go without side spin. Practice until you have put the cue ball within a few inches (set your own goal) of the marker three times in a row. Next try the shot with outside English, which in this case is left, and see if you can leave the cue ball right in the middle of the table at C. Many players find this the easiest way to play the shot but I like the no-spin option. After you master C, see if you can work the cue ball even farther to the right with serious left side spin. In my practice session after my match I was a little surprised by how far I could get the cue ball to the right with max English. You probably saw this next part coming. Use inside or right English next and leave the cue ball at B. This is the hardest way for me to play the shot. For other variations, start the cue ball at F, where most would place the cue ball for a spot shot, and at E, so you can get a feel for how much the starting spot changes the ending spot for the cue ball with various spins. If the standard spot shot is outside your current comfort zone, start with the shorter Shot 2. The


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things for you to vary are about the same but you are taking the cue ball off only one cushion and not moving it as far. For the shot shown, E should be the natural ending spot with no side spin, which right English should get you to F and right English should end near D. During your practice sessions you should gradually make the shot harder but not so hard that you have less than 50% success rate. To make the shot harder, move both the cue ball and object ball farther away from the pocket.


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.

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Over the years, I have noticed one thing about the game of 8-Ball; the player that generally has the best layout wins the majority of the time. In recent months, we have already discussed several strategies related to varying circumstances the game sometimes brings about, but the one thing I have neglected to share with you are my thoughts related to balls that are sitting near either of the two end rails. Why is the end cushion a problem? The answer lies with the fact that balls positioned in this location are often difficult to pocket. Many times, it is a necessity to have a key ball just to play position on this area of the table. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an option. In fact, I know several great pool players that don’t understand how big of an obstacle that the end rail is. In reality, the problem is so big that it’s almost like a bunker in golf. Anytime you have one of your object balls lying in that location, it is imperative to remove it as soon as possible. Most players just keep on shooting until they run out of easy shots and when they do they are often left firing at an impossible bank shot. Now, I’m not saying that you should do something rash to remove a ball sitting on the end rail; I’m simply suggesting that the ball should be removed if you can do so without risking any type of severe penalty. In fact, it’s one of the first problems I look for when I play a game of 8-Ball. Balls positioned Figure 1 in this area usually only have one pocket that they can be shot in. On the other hand, balls located near the middle of the table tend to have several pockets. Near the end of the game, your opponent can also leave you up table without ever giving you access to an easy shot (see the relationship between the cue ball and fourteen in Figure 1). If your final ball is on the end rail and your opponent is shooting, you can bet your bottom dollar that you are going to be left somewhere on the opposite end of the table. So what should you do? My advice is to remove the problem and build a better position for yourself. Essentially, you need to play pool as if you were playing chess. Continually work on the table layout until you have a substantial advantage. You can do this by either pocketing the problem ball or by moving it into a position Figure 2 where it will actually help you. Remember you shouldn’t always try to run the balls, just survey the table and do something smart. Another strategy might be to bump your ball over to the side rail and block the path of one of your opponent’s balls (Figure 2). As you do this, you should always remember to leave enough air between the balls to ensure that your ball can be easily pocketed. You don’t want to create another obstacle for yourself. You are only looking to make things more difficult for your opponent. In the words of pro player Mike Sigel, “There is always stuff to work on. You are never really there.” So the next time you decide to play 8-Ball, don’t be left up table with an off angle bank. Remember to think like a winner and try to give yourself a better position by moving balls away from the “dreaded end rail.”

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Efren Reyes proved that he still has some tricks up his sleeve as he held off a run by Demosthenes Pulpul to win the finals of the 2nd Manny Pacquiao Singles event in General Santos City Philippines Reyes held leads of 5-2 and 10-8, but had problems securing the final rack. Pulpul came back to tie the score at 10-10 and it looked like his event when he made a ball on the break in the final game. Pulpul would only manage to run to the 6-ball though, as he jawed the ball in the pocket and left an out that Reyes took advantage of for the final rack and tournament win. Pulpul had to thank the pool gods that he was even in the final match with Reyes as he led Carlo Biado in their semi-final match 8-5 but watched Biado come back to knot the score at 8-8. Biado navigated the final rack and fired in a hanger of a 10-ball for the 9-8 win, but he failed to call the 10-ball and was not given credit for the shot. It was a repeat of an earlier controversy that saw American Shane Van Boening penalized for failing to call a 10-ball which led him to unscrew his cue and walk off the tournament floor in disgust. The doubles event got started on Saturday with 69 teams looking for their share of the $100,000 prize fund available. Jeffrey De Luna & Jeffrey Ignacio are back, and looking for their second major doubles win in the Philippines this year. They will certainly be challenge by marquee teams including Shane Van Boening & Dennis Orcollo, Efren Reyes & Francisco Bustamante, Pin Yi Ko & Ping Chung Ko, Mika Immonen & Rodney Morris and Thorsten Hohmann & John Morra. 1 2 3 3 5 5 5 5 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17



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New York City- December 16-21, 2014 64 women from all over the world and all over the United States have made the trek to the center of modern civilization for the highly anticipated Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship! The event is the longest women’s billiard event of any kind with 6 days of heavy pool action with a round robin event that evolves into a final single elimination chart. The festivities began with the ANDY CLOTH Battle of the Billiard Beauties which will air on TV networks after the event, and then had a huge banquet with star speakers, players meeting, and Pro-Am event. All activities are taking place at Steinway Billiards Cafe and sponsored by Andy Cloth, J.Pechauer Cues, Viking Cues, Steinway Billiards, Olhausen Balls, Pool & Billiard Magazine, the NAPL & Focused Apparel. Patron sponsors include Dr. Greg Diehl, Tom Gleich, and Dr. Michael Frank. Media partners include PKE Partners, IB Sports, NYC Grind, Gotham City Technologies, Nona Photography, and Charles Eames Photography. DAY 1 saw 3 time World Champion Ga Young Kim dominate her group thus far with 2 match wins and dropping only 1 game taking out South Dakota’s Megan Thornes 6-0 and China’s Jing Liu 6-1. Kim also dominated the special event 2 days earlier over Jeanette Lee, Shanelle Loraine, Akiko Kitayama at the Battle of the Billiard Beauties. On the western front, Texan Vivian Villarreal shutout her group’s top seeded Nathalie Seicter of the Netherlands and also whizzed past Sara Miller of AZ 6-1. NYC’s own Jennifer Barretta also was able to maintain a perfect day with wins over Belinda Lee and Caroline Pao. Taiwan’s resurgent Jennifer Chen looks very strong with wins over New Zealand’s Denise Wilkinson 6-5 and Wisconsin’s Kelly O’Heron 6-0. But the day wasn’t without surprises. In Group 6 unheralded USA Connie O’Heron upset the top seed in the group Li Jia of China 6-5 while #15 seed Canadian Maureen Seto defeated the #2 seed of the event Jeanette Lee 6-5 after being down 5-3. DDD-Day! Today is Do-or Die- Day as half the field will be cut as 32 women face elimination from the Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship. China, Russia, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Sweden and USA look strong to take top seedings into the final rounds of the event. Who’s looking good: Players looking to take the top seeds in their groups include Ga Young Kim (KOREA) the event’s original #1 seed, she has been storming through her opponents in record time with the exception of local NY pro Erin McManus who gave the 3 times World Champion a tough match who only lost 4-6. McManus looks prime to take one of the top 4 spots in the group, and Florida’s Jessica Barnes could take the 2nd spot. In other groups, Taiwan’s Jennifer Chen, Russia’s Anna Mazhirina, and USA’s Vivian Villarreal remain undefeated. Florida’s top player Jeannie Seaver, a qualifier winner, could steal her Group 5 as she also remains undefeated! Maureen Seto could steal away the top spot in Group 2 from #2 event seed Jeanette Lee today. Seto controls her own destiny after she came from behind to defeat the Black Widow and has remained undefeated. Lee still looks safe to get through. In danger: Some notable players that are in do or die situations today that likely must win all their matches include: WPBA pro Emily Duddy (NY) , WPBA legend Belinda Calhoun (Beardon), Hiroko Makiyama (JAPAN), Suzanne Smith (WA), Jing Liu (CHINA) , Caroline Pao (NY), and Netherland’s top pro Nathalie Seichter. The Canadians survived the DDD-Day. The Do-or Die- Day 3 saw the majority of the Canadians make it through the round robin stage, with a huge feather in the cap as Naomi Williams of Toronto went undefeated in her group to take one of the top 3 seeds.

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Seven ladies that represented Canada in the event included Veronique Menard, Brittany Bryant, Grace Nakamura, Naomi Williams, Corrine Johnson, Denise Belanger, and Nathalie Chabot. Qualifier winners were Williams and Chabot, and they both made most of the free entry they won with both ladies qualifying in their groups to the final cut of 32 players. Chabot has had a fantastic journey which she says “This is a dream come true”. Williams rocketed out of her group with wins over Vicki Paski, New Zealand’s Denise Wilkinson, Denise Reeves, Kelly O’Heron, Grace Nakamura, and Rebecca Wagner with no player passing 3 games on her. Then she defeated the group top seed Jennifer Chen of Taiwan 6-4 to seal her as the group leader and eventual #3 seed of the entire event going into the next and final round. Only Nakamura and Johnson did not make it out of their groups. But they still left their mark with Nakamura winning 3 matches and took Chen to the hill losing 6-5. Johnson made her pro event debut and was able to take home 7 matches of experience including a win over WPBA veteran Dawn Hopkins. As usual, the Canadians have stuck together with boisterous support of one another. Even fellow players who did not qualify for the main event have flown out to NYC just to support their fellow sisters of pool! One player wasn’t worried about the DDD-Day. Vivian Villarreal lived up to her mantle of Texas Tornado on Do-or Die- Day when she defeated her final opponents to keep a perfect 7-0 record with only dropping 10 games total. Vivian took the #1 seed away from Korea’s Ga Young Kim who also went undefeated but had lost a toal of 12 games. Surprise darkhorse Naomi Williams of Canada also went undefeated and tied Ga Young with the exact number of match wins (7) , games won (42) and games lost (12) . So to determine the #2 and #3 seed a sudden death game was scheduled but Ga Young had left the event after her earlier match, so an official coin toss took place where Naomi called tails. The first time the coin went off table by director John Leyman. It landed tails. Next he re-flipped to keep it on the table and it landed heads again. The higher seed went to Ms.Kim. The result was Kim would play #31 seed Samantha Barrett while Naomi played #30 seed Belinda Calhoun. Villarreal continues her marvelous play in the final 32 with a 10-2 landslide over Guam’s Shanelle Loraine, and a 10-3 thrashing of Florida’s top lady Jeannie Seaver, who won a qualifier to get here. Ga Young won a speedy 10-1 over newbie Samantha Barrett while 6x Canadian National Champion Naomi dominated Belinda Calhoun 10-1. Eight players have survived the first day of single knockout. Six countries are left which are Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, USA, and Canada. The pro tournament is the longest women’s billiard event of any kind with 6 days of heavy pool action with a round robin event that evolves into a final single elimination chart where players will start out races to 10 in 10-Ball and eventually rise to races to 11,13, and 17 in the finals. The day was full of upsets with alot of damage coming from the qualifier winners. Arizona’s Bernie Store had played in 2 qualifiers in California and Washington, losing in both. She received a wild card and has made good use of it with easily qualifying in her group with a huge win over top 3 American pro Jennifer Barretta of NY. “She played amazing against me. She made every tough shot”, said Barretta. Bernie then moved on and knocked out Canadian top pro Veronique Menard 10-5 and then faced Hiroko Makiyama of Japan. Ironically, Makiyama defeated Bernie in the Los Angeles qualifier and though Store held an early 4-2 lead in the sweet sixteen, she succumbed to Makiyama 10-6. Still, a very well deserved 9th place at her first major pro event and getting some good cash as well! On that note, Makiyama also was utilizing her free entry from her qualifier win and knocked out #6 seed Li Jia from China 10-7. She faces #1 seed Vivian Villarreal of TX, USA in today’s quarter-finals. By far it’s the biggest accomplishment of her career so far. Another qualifier winner Naomi Williams of Canada continued her outstanding play with a hard fought 10-8 win over Tara Williams of Texas. Williams finishes 9th in the money which included her 10-4 dominant win over local pro Erin McManus of NY. In the biggest marquee match of the day, Jennifer Barretta played her best match of the event so far with a huge win over fellow top ranking American Jeanete Lee. Barretta came out with a 2-0 lead, and though Lee tied it at 2-2, Barretta took over from there and ended with a 10-6 victory to move into the elite 8. “ I couldn’t find my break and kept scratching. You can’t do that against Jen. She played good behind

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Vivian Villarreal my errors and deserves it”, said the Black Widow who ends the event at 9th place. Ga Young Kim of Korea barely broke a sweat with 10-1 and 10-3 wins over USA’s Samantha Barrett and Japan’s Akiko Kitayama. Her roomie Vivian Villareal of Texas dismantled Jeannie Seaver of Florida 10-3 to move to the quarters as well. The most thrilling match of the day came from two players who came the furthest away. New Zealand’s Denise Wilkinson trailed Taiwan’s Jennifer Chen the entire match and at one point was down 3-8. Chen took a bathroom break, and the young Denise sheepishly smiled and admitted good naturedly to some fans she wasn’t playing so well. She got a bit of encouragement back, and before you know it Denise stormed back with 5 straight games to tie the match at 8-8! Chen was visibly rattled and could not take advantage of the open table and hooked herself on the 7-ball. She made a great 2 rail kick but Denise made a nerve racking length of the table 7-ball and ran out to take the 9-8 lead. Chen came back and held steady on a 10-ball combo to tie 9-9. In the final rack both players showed nerves


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Ga Young Kim proved why most experts consider her the greatest female pool player in the world as she put on a clinic against her lovely counterparts yesterday. The ANDY CLOTH Battle of the Billiard Beauties will be a TV network aired program that brought together Kim, #1 American Jeanette Lee, Guam’s Shanelle Loraine & Japan’s Akiko “Leopard Queen” KItayama. as they got it on in a pool beauty slugfest!! The players would start off playing duel matches in 8-Ball and 9-Ball earning points for every game won and set one. The evening finale would be a ring game 10-Ball where the points would determine how much ante each lady had and how long they would last. The first match saw Jeanette win 3-0 against Shanelle in 8-Ball and though Shanelle won the first game in 9-Ball, Lee came back with 3 in a row. Akiko came next and showed off her 8-Ball skills with 3-0 blank of Shanelle, but Shanelle bounced back and shut Akiko down 3-1 in the 9-Ball which equaled them both splitting the sets. Next Ga Young came out, and apparently jetlag proof as she scorched Akiko 3-0, 3-0 in 20 minutes. Then she looked liked she was going to blank out Shanelle but Loraine came back and made a huge runout including a tough backward cut of the 8-Ball into the side. Although she lost the set 3-1, the one game proved significant as it would be Kim’s only blemish the entire day! Kim proceeded to win 3-0 in the 9-Ball. Next Jeanette defeated Akiko 3-1 and 3-0. This set up the finale duel between Kim and Lee, who coincidentally are the #1 and #2 seed in this week’s Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship . The final duel match proved to be anti-climatic as Kim broke and ran the first 2 racks of 8-Ball leading to a 3-0 shutout and then a 3-0 shutout in 9-Ball. Kim was on fire running out shooting balls in an average 4 seconds per shot! A special bank pool match was held with Lee and Kim, and this proved much more closer as Kim and Lee traded games and some great banking. KIm still scored a 3-1 win in the exhibition match. In the final 10-Ball ringgame, Kim came in with the most chips at 3000, Lee had 2000, Shanelle at 700, and Akiko at 600. AKiko was eliminated in the 5th game, and Shanelle won a nice 900 chip game but followed next out the door in the 7th game. Jeanette and Kim traded games back and forth but Kim’s lead was too great and put Lee in sudden death mode 3 times. Finally Kim ended the match and the event with a runout to be crowned the Queen of the Billiard Beauties!


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especially when Chen missed a ball in hand! Safety play engaged with Chen the more experience player winning the exchange but missed a very makeable 4-Ball. A ray of hope for Chen when Denise snookered herself on the 5-Ball , but she made a terrific rail first to make it and completed a difficult and pressure pounding runout to the delight of her aunt and uncle who accompanied her on this long trip! Wilkinson plays in the final quarter finals today against Canadian champ Naomi Williams. An American woman will be in the finals. After their quarter-finals wins, NYC’s Jennifer Barretta and Texan Vivian Villarreal have ensured one USA player in the finals as they will face each other for the right to represent America in tomorrow’s finale of the Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship. For Barretta, a win here would mark her first official pro career major win. For Villarreal, it would be her 20th international title of her career and first major win in over a decade. Barretta would face Canadian #1 and former World Junior Champion Brittany Bryant in the quarters. Barretta kept the control in the match and eventually shut the Canadian down 11-7. “I love this format. Playing the round robin felt like a month of practice was done in 3 days. And the long races now are huge and play to my strengths”, said Barretta. Villarreal had her hands full to the brim when upstart newbie Hiroko Makiyama of Japan managed to keep pace with the fast tootin Texan Tornado until the match reached 6-6. Makiyama, who won a qualifier to get into the event, missed a 10-Ball that would have given her the lead. Instead, the flood gates were opened and Villarreal quickly took over the match from there and won 11-6. “At 6-6 I missed an easy 10 ball and lost 11-6 lol!!! Still loved every minute of it. Thank you everyone!!”, said an elated Makiyama who made her free qualifier entry stretch for miles. There’s good pool, great pool, and Ga Young Kim pool. Ga Young Kim put on an exhibition of masterful shots in last night’s semi-finals in a entertaining and dominating performance that resulted in a 13-3 rout. Texan Vivian Villarreal also played superbly completely controlling her semi-finals by identical 13-3 scores. Young newbie Denise Wilkinson came with her aunt and uncle on 6 days notice to New York City all the way from New Zealand on a 22 hour flight. They didn’t expect alot. But the trip paid out in dividends when Denise came through the round robin and then defeated Amway World Champion Jennifer Chen of Taiwan and then knowcked out 5x Canadian National Champion Naomi Williams in the quarter finals. “We just wanted her to get experience. She doesn’t have many people to play with in New Zealand. But this is far more than we expected with her getting to the semi-finals”, said Wendy Cook, her aunt who also manages Wilkinson. But now she was playing a 3 times World Champion. And Ga Young Kim didn’t fail to deliver on why most believe she is the best on the planet. The match started off a little slow with Kim taking a 2 game lead off some errors. Denise then got her first open shot and made a nice statement on a strong out. But then some nerves showed off a few misses. Ga Young Kim then turned up the notches making some incredible outs. Kim broke so well hitting the 10-Ball rack with power and accuracy stopping the cueball at the center repeatedly and balls flying in. Shane Van Boening would’ve been impressed. Kim also made spectacular jumps shots, kick shots, bank shots, shot with the bridge, behind her back, and almost decided to go for a difficult masse but decided not to. And the balls listened as if they had no choice. Wilkinson likely has never experienced this kind of playing against her, and it visibly rattled her as she was not able to take advantage even with ball in hand once and hooked herself on the 9-Ball. Eventually Kim won 13-3 with a 9 game win streak in a 80 minute match. “She looked like she could do anything she wanted in that match. It’s kind of scary”, said Mike Badsteubner one of the expert commentators for the event. Ga Young moves into the finals with a 11-0 record for the event. If you include the Battle of the Billiards Beauty tournament beforehand, she has won 19 consecutive matches during the past 7 days. Today if she wins in the finals it will make it an even

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The top performers of this week along with the organizers: John Leyman, Cindy Lee, Vivian Villarreal, Ga Young Kim, Jennifer Barretta, & Charlie Williams 20. “ I don’t think I’ve played my best game yet this week”, said Kim. All we can say is wow to that. The Villarreal vs Barretta match was highly anticipated as a marquee semi-finals. But it turned out to be a one sided affair with Barretta playing one of her worst matches. On the otherhand, Vivian looked as good as she ever has 2 stroking balls in left and right. VIllarreal’s high octane game looked amped up compared to Barretta and she dominated to a 13-3 win that took well under 2 hours. “I feel really good. I’m playing as good as I can”, said Villarreal. East vs West. Dynamic vs Dynamic. Hands down the two best performing players this week has been Texan Vivian Villarreal and South Korea’s Ga Young Kim. How well are both players playing? Let’s look at the stats: Villarreal: 24 games lost and 86 games won. 11-0 record with closest match score at 11-6. Ga Young Kim: 24 games lost and 86 games won. 11-0 record with closest match score at 11-5. Look familiar? Villarreal has just come back from a undefeated run last weekend going 7-0 to win the Space City Open in Texas. This puts her at a 18 match win streak coming into HOURS: 11:00am to 1:30am Monday thru Thursday. 11:00amto 2:00am Friday & Saturday. 1:00pm to 1:30am Sunday

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today’s finals. Ga Young had won all 8 matches the last event she played before the start of this week making her total 19 match win streak in a row. “I’m really playing the best pool of my life right now. I don’t know why, but I just feel good. Maybe because I’ve been playing with alot of good men players lately”, said Vivian today in an interview. “But I am so happy I’m playing Ga Young today. I love her fast pace style which suits me just fine. Last night my match would’ve been faster but Barretta has a slower pace style which doesn’t really suit me. She is still a very good player. Ga Young told me she is going to play real slow against me and I just laughed. We haven’t played a finals since over a decade ago. But I love this format! Someone said the finals between us would take 6 hours. No way! Me and Ga Young would bet the whole $20,000 in the finals purse that we will be done well before that. I predict the finals over in 2 and a half hours tops.” “We always hope that we will play in the finals. Though it has only happened once a long time ago” said Ga Young. “ But Vivian is playing so good, and I love her style. She always plays the same rhythm. She is so full of concentration and confidence. I like that. I love the long races in the final rounds. The race to 17 is great! I haven’t played my best pool yet. Maybe today will be better” When asked outright if she was the best player in the world, Ga Young took a pause to think. “Yes. I think I am the best.” To add to the commonalities, both players have been rooming with each other since the start of the event. Talking about apples to apples! THE FINALS South Korea’s gem Ga Young Kim didn’t play a perfect championship finals, but it was still dominant and amazing. The finale of the 6 day Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship saw a colorful field of 64 women narrow down to the two best performing players in the tournament in Vivian

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The 64 women from all over the world and all over the United States for the Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship Villarreal of Texas,USA and Ga Young Kim. “ I’m really playing the best pool of my life right now. I don’t know why, but I just feel good. Maybe because I’ve been playing with alot of good men players lately”, said Vivian today in an interview. “Vivian is playing so good, and I love her style. She always plays the same rhythm. She is so full of concentration and confidence. I like that” commented Kim on her upcoming foe. The unprecedented race to 17 finals began with Vivian winning the first game quickly off a 2/10 combo but GYK came right back with a runout to tie at 1-1. Vivian came back the next game to take the lead again, and once again GYK tied at 2-2. Then Kim took the lead, but Vivian won the next 2 to take the lead back. The match was going back and forth with both players making great shots but also some errors. It was apparent both players felt the pressure of the finals. Eventually the match stood at 6-6 and Villarreal had a golden chance to re-take the lead again but scratched behind a carom on the 10-Ball. This is where the momentum switched to GYK’s favor. Kim took the next rack and then hooked herself. She studied the shot and kicked the ball in and ran out. Kim would kick in a total of 3 balls in the finals not to mention numerous kicks that maneuvered her out of harm’s way. Villarreal had a golden opportunity to get within one game again at 8-6, but could not take advantage of a rare ball in hand given from Kim to Vivian. Another rack had Villarreal make a routine 9-Ball but overran position and froze the cueball to the 10-ball with no offensive option. She played safe and left GYK a long off angle bank. Kim banked the ball long rails perfectly. Kim would take the next 4 racks including a runout with a beautiful behind the back Bustamante-like shot and end the score at 10-6 her favor at the intermission. Thirty minutes later the match resumed, and the break worked in Villarreal’s favor slowing down Kim’s 5 game win streak. The Texas Tornado would win the next 2 games and brought the score to 10-8. But Kim turned up the notch further with some spectacular jump shots, kicks, and superior breaking power. At one point, she even took her bridge out and her jumpcue, and proceeded to make a jump shot extended with a bridge. The score extended to 13-8 GYK’s favor. Villarreal would continue making errors on shots and position until the score reached 15-8. Vivian would notch another game at 15-9. GYK went to the hill at 16-9. Villarreal made a crucial out off a GYK break to get to the double digits at 16-10. Thus far Villarreal had already surpassed the most games won against GYK in the event (her next closest match was 11-6 over Helena Thornfeldt).


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Villarreal made another great runout and seemed to be coming into a new rhythm when the unthinkable happened. Vivian missed a straight in 10-Ball. Stunned, Vivian paused and stayed at the table after the miss for a few moments before deciding to concede the game. A bitter ending for Villarreal, but well earned victory for Kim. Villarreal then walked off the arena for a few minutes trying to catch her composure in a clearly emotional loss. To give the well deserving runner-up time, event producer Charlie Williams started the closing ceremonies and introduced the Bronze Medalist Jennifer Barretta of NYC. Denise Wilkinson of New Zealand also received the Bronze but had to depart on her 22 hour flight earlier that day. “It felt really great to play in front of my home crowd. I wish I performed better. It was my son Max’s 8 year old birthday yesterday during my semi-finals and I promised if I won the tournament he would have a week long celebration of legos!” said Barretta. Finally Villarreal returned and was awarded the Silver Medal and runner-up plaque. She was greeted by a consoling hug from Williams. Still teary eyed, Villarreal started, “I’m sorry. Nothing to take away from you babe you know I love you (to Ga Young) but I really thought I was going to win this tournament. I played so good this week, and I just didn’t show up.” Choking up a bit more she continued, “I had dreams of that trophy being filled with Coronas!” Then she let out a expletive to the laughter of the fans. “People don’t realize how great a kicker Ga Young is. You can’t three foul her because her 3Cushion skills are so strong. She kept getting out of all my safeties. She’s just a great player”, Villarreal ended her speech on that flattering note to the champion. “I am so happy that I was able to play so well this week. I was busy in Korea and China between events and school, but I really wanted to come here and play this event. And now my dream came true. I’m so happy!”, said Ga Young. When asked how was she able to turn on her competitive spirit against her best friend on tour and roommate at this event all week, she simply said, “I am a professional.” All in all, it was a week full of amazing matches and unforgettable memories and friendship amongst new players and old foes. Ga Young Kim started the event as the #1 seed, won 12 matches in a row and ended it with the crown of champion amongst a field of international stars. She continues to prove to the world that she is the best there is and what she does.

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3-Man Team 8-Ball at Farmington Billiards FARMINGTON, MN - Dec 6, 2014 After John & Lisa drove rountrip to the Chicago area to pickup 3 Diamonds (but only got 2) for the tournament dropped them off at Farmington Billiards and then had to drive to Bloomington and back for the 3rd table all in one day. With help from the loyal customers we got 3 9ft Gold Crowns broken down and delivered to storage to create room for the Diamonds. Now there will be 12 Diamonds at one location for the tournament.


I want to thank the 29 teams that showed up for our 3-person team MPA tournament last Saturday. A special thanks to Rich Dreyling and Richard Tucker for holding down the fort while I spent time in Urgent Care. And of course to John Stich and Scott Norberg f o r running a great tournament. Congrats to the Track II team of Dustin Heimer, Joe Hengel, and Mike Podjaski on taking 1st and $1200 plus $300 side pot. 2nd place went to Ship the Dough team of Nate Rinehart, Mark Anderson, and Tony Pagel. 3rd was We Just Cummed consisting of Alex “Dirty Al” Wendland, Steven Wilwerding, and Jerrod F.. 4th to Brad’s Team of Brad Vollmers, Jeff Meixner, and Ken Beissel. All results can be found on

Space City Open

Big Money Rocky Mountain 10 Ball Tournament

$20,000.00 1st place

Based on a field of 12+ players (max 16 players)

February 27 & 28 & March 1, 2015 Calcutta 6:00 pm on Friday, play begins immediately after. All first round matches will be played Friday night. Saturday play will begin at 10:00 am.

Race to 21 (both sides) $2,000 entry fee

10- ball (Express rules) $2,000 added

6 Diamond 7’ tables

Winner Breaks

Batter’s Up Bar & Grill 1717 South Main Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 801-518-9076 801-463-4996 or 801-557-5498

Private lounge available to all players! $500 deposit due to Mike Baucum at Batter’s Up by Feb. 15, 2015. If field is not 12 or more players by 2/15/2015, all deposits and fees paid will be refunded. No refunds after field is established.

Championship match will be played!! All payouts in cash.

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Open - 8 Ball - Team Master/AA/A/B/C Division - 29 Entries 1st $1200/$300 Track II (above) 2nd $750 Ship the Dough 3rd $450 We just cummed!!! 4th $300 Brad’s Team 5-6 $150 Good & Plenty Tin Whiskers 7-8 $90 1 Horse Cowboys Two and a Half Men


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Kicking off Space City Open was Thursday’s 23-player, 9-ball banks division. Kentucky’s Sky Woodward won 4 consecutive, flawless matches shutting out Chris Thompson, Chris Lue, Tres Kane, and Chase Rudder, while James Davis, Jr. made his way to the hot seat with wins over Manny Chau, Joey Barnes, and Joey Gray, by the same score, 3-1. After a first round loss to Barnes, Jason Chance executed wins over Thompson, 3-2, Chau, 3-0, Mike Alonzo, 3-1, and Kane, 3-0, to meet Gray for 5th-6th. After an early 3-1 loss to Gray, Olinger eliminated Tom Mooney, 3-1, Barnes, 3-2, and Rudder, 3-0. Hot seat action saw Woodward lose his very first set in the banks division to Davis, Jr., 3-1. On the west side, Gray eliminated Olinger but fell to Woodward, 3-1. In the true, double elimination final, Woodward took command and revenge, besting Davis, Jr., 3-0, 3-0. Woodward closed out this division losing a total of 2 games in 8 sets, taking home his first Space City Open title. Rounding out this billiard extravaganza, 18 women battled it out on Sunday for the ladies’ 9-ball title. Ricki Casper, Natalie Esparza, and WPBA Players Liz Lovely, and the “Texas Tornado” Vivian Villiarreal reached the winners’ side final four. Casper defeated Linda Garza and Belinda Lee, and Esparza bested Taniya Chuites and Veronica Perez. Lovely ousted Amanda Rikeman and Sara Miller, and the “Texas Tornado” overcame Sam Siegal and Rebecca Arcangeli. After a second round loss to Arcangeli, new mommy and wife of James Davis, Jr., Emma Davis, won an incredible 4 consecutive matches while WPBA Player Sara Miller made her stand with wins over Sheri Palma, 5-3, and Arcangeli, 5-0. On the east side, Esparza squeaked by Casper, 7-6, and Villarreal overcame Lovely, 7-4. Villarreal captured the hot seat over Esparza, 7-2, as Lovely eliminated Davis, 5-0, and Miller struck down Casper, 5-2. Lovely went on to defeat Miller, 5-3, and Esparza, 5-2, for a rematch with Villarreal. The first set was all Lovely as she became the first player to beat Villarreal, winning the first set of the finals, 7-4. The second set was a different story as Villarreal coasted to a 5-3 win, taking down another Space City Open Women’s 9-Ball Division title. Tournament directors John and Kim Newsome were ecstatic over the increase in player numbers and payouts. “Space City is growing each year, and that’s the goal. We appreciate everyone’s support and dedication to making this event better, year after year. Heartfelt thanks go out to all the players who once again made this event a huge success!” Champions in each division received the traditional “Space City Open Champion” plaques and a special plaque was awarded to one man who has committed much of his time to traveling and supporting billiard events across the U.S. Charlie Brown from Northeast, Texas was honored as a “Champion” in his own right; a pillar of support among promoters and players everywhere. Brown said, “I’ve never received anything like this and really appreciate it.” For more information about the Space City Open, visit

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Smokin Aces

Christmas Cash POPLAR BLUFF, MO - Dec 11-14, 2014 Congratulation to Justin Hall. Winner of the Smokin Aces Christmas Cash 9 Ball event. Solid player and a real gentlemen. Robb Saez made sure there were no undefeated players beating Justin in the first set of the finals, closing it out with an 8 pack! Robb did a little commentary and I really enjoyed it. An all around guy who is great for the sport. See you all at the Music City Open! OTJ-KFC 1st $7,000 Justin Hall $6340/$1900 2nd $5,000 Robb Saez $4755/$1160 3rd $3,000 Sky Woodward $3170/$780 4th $2,000 Corey Deuel $1585 5-6 $750 Jonny Archer Shane McMinn PICTURED: JUSTIN HALL, ROBB SAEZ


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Michelle Cortez

Scores 1st Win Results

1st Michelle Cortez $750 2nd Tara Williams $550 3rd Amanda Lampert $400 4th Jennifer Kraber $260 5th/6th Julie Stephenson Chris Fields $160 7th/8th Jennifer Pavlovick Angie Payne $100 th th 9 -12 Lisa Marr, Monica Anderson Melinda Bailey Michelle Yim $50 th th 13 -16 Krystal West, Jackie Forster, Natalie Mans, Teresa Garland $30 Second Chance Tournament Payouts 1st  BB Fubara $90 2nd  3rd  4th 

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Tara Williams; 2nd place, Michelle Cortez; 1st place, Amanda Lampert; 3rd place OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour held their 8th and final tour stop December 6th – 7th at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas.  The owner and manager, Jeff Pitts and Tim Gildon and all the bar and wait staff did a wonderful job taking care of all the ladies, a full field of 32 players ready to rack and roll!  At the players meeting, board member Monica Anderson announced yearly awards and a special celebration of the birthday of a beloved and longtime tour member who passed last year, Becky Jones.  Becky’s daughter was in attendance and a cake was prepared in Becky’s honor.  On the awards side, the sportswomanship award went to Jackie Forster, with a special mention to her travel buddies – four ladies who add a lot of good company and good play to the tour.  The most improved player was the “tiny giant killer” Angie Payne, who was last year’s sportswoman of the year.  The tour champion was undecided at the outset, but all Tara McCracken Williams needed to do was finish better than 5th/6th and she accomplished more than that, getting second this tournament.  Tara also won the qualifier for the WPBA event at Soaring Eagle and will go represent in February!  

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With exactly 32 players, no one got a bye, and there were some tough matches early on, including past tour stop winners Orietta Strickland and Lisa Marr.  Lisa won the match 7-6 but then had to contend with Jennifer Kraber, who’s had a great year, and put Lisa on the loser’s side with a resounding 7-2 win.  But Jennifer’s winning ways were shortlived, when she ran into Amanda Lampert, past champion many times over and this year’s outgoing tour champion.  The loser’s side quickly became littered with great players, and at the end of Saturday, only four women were left standing on the winner’s side: Amanda Lampert, who would play Julie Stephenson on Sunday, and Michelle Cortez, who would be up against Chris Fields, who came all the way from Florida.  Sunday’s B-side matches were Jennifer Kraber vs. Jennifer Pavlovick and Tara McCracken Williams vs. Angie Payne.  Pavlovick and Payne came in 7th/8th.  Amanda Lampert and Michelle Cortez won their Sunday winner’s side matches to compete for the hot seat.  Michelle, a long time player and always a threat, has had a fantastic year, finishing third in

Austin, which was her highest finish to date. She overcame that finish with this tournament’s hill-hill match with Amanda, securing herself the hotseat and a guaranteed second place.  It was eventually Tara who attempted to double-dip her, but without success.  In another hill-hill battle, Michelle Cortez didn’t let Tara to the table in the final game, breaking and running her way to first place and $750!  Congratulations to her for a fantastic tournament and to all the ladies for some awesome shooting.  Thanks again to Rusty’s for our first and last tournament this year, and to all our board members who do a fantastic job all year around.  A special yearend thank you to the man behind the tour, always supporting the ladies and feeding us Godiva chocolate, a great friend and wonderful person, Carter, we love you.   We will see you all at Rusty’s in Arlington, for our 1st stop of the 2015 calendar the weekend of January 24th-25th, 2015 We are the OB Cues Ladies Tour www.obcuestour. com Our Facebook page OB Cues, our title sponsor,

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Europe Storms to Another ...

Mosconi Cup Victory ... 11-5 DAY ONE Team match – Europe 5-1 USA Appleton / Boyes 3-5 Duel / Hall Mark Gray 3-5 John Schmidt Feijen / Ekonomopoulos 5-1 Van Boening / Bergman Darren Appleton 5-3 Shane Van Boening DAY TWO Feijen/Gray 2-5 Hall/ Bergman Boyes 5-2 Deuel Appleton/Ekonomopoulos 5-2 Schmidt / Van Boening Feijen 5-3 Bergman Appleton /Gray 4-5 Van Boening/ Deuel


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DAY THREE Boyes / Ekonomopoulos 5-3 Schmidt / Hall Nikos Ekonomopoulos 3-5 Justin Hall Gray / Boyes 5-3 Deuel / Schmidt Feijen 5-2 Bergman DAY FOUR Darren Appleton 5-2 Shane Van Boening Nikos Ekonomopoulos 5-2 Shane Van Boening TEAM EUROPE: NIKOS EKONOMOPOULOS, KARL BOYES, NIELS FEIJEN, MARK GRAY, JOHAN RUIJSINK, DARREN APPLETON Photos by: JP Parmentier-Matchroom Sport

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DAY ONE RECAP TEAM EUROPE will take a 3-2 into the second day of the PartyPoker Mosconi Cup after an exciting evening’s play at the Tower Circus, Blackpool. Played out in front of a capacity crowd at the Victorian amphitheatre, it was tense stuff from start to finish as the spectators played their part. Having endured a pounding in Las Vegas last year, the new-look American side got off to a sticky start as they lost the team match but then found their feet to take the lead in the Mosconi Cup for the first time since day two back in 2012. The evening ended disappointingly for them as their star man Shane Van Boeing took a hit in the two remaining matches to allow Europe to win the session. It was a baptism of fire for the young Americans as they went down 5-1 in the opening team match. After Deuel had won the opening rack after a Karl Boyes scratched off the break, they enjoyed little good fortune as the Europeans took advantage. With the 1,100 strong crowd in full voice the Americans looked a little shell-shocked at times as their opponents took the point. The few American fans in the crowd had something to cheer about the second game as Justin Hall and Corey Deuel fell over the line against the English pair of Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes. Seasoned vet John Schmidt silenced any doubters as to his inclusion in the side with a great performance that saw him come from behind against Mark Gray to put his side in the lead at 2-1. In the final doubles match of the evening, Nikos Ekonomopoulos and Niels Feijen took a comfortable win against Justin Bergman and Shane Van Boening as the Americans had no answer as mistakes were capitalised on. That set the scene for the final match of the evening which saw Shane Van Boening take on Darren Appleton for the honour of winning the session. It was a high quality match as each rack went with the break but a dry from Van Boening in the seventh was Appleton’s opening and he took that rack and then the next off his break for the win. DAY TWO RECAP EUROPE INCREASED their lead at the 2014 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup as they won the second session 3-2 to take the overall score to 6-4 with a potential 11 matches to complete. The US though, topped and tailed the session with wins but looked slack in the middle as the Euros asserted themselves with three wins. Trailing 6-3 going into the final match, it took a moment of magic from Shane Van Boening as he executed a hugely difficult shot to perfection to set up the US win and keep their Mosconi Cup hope alive. The Americans took the first point of the session with a great performance from the two Justins – Hall and Bergman. Aside from a dodgy lag from Bergman, the pair looked assured throughout as they got the better of the European pair of Niels Feijen and Mark Gray as well as a hostile crowd. Hometown hero Karl Boyes had the crowd singing ‘Walking in a Boyesie wonderland’ as he swept aside Corey Deuel 5-2 to restore the European’s lead. It was the Englishman’s superior shot-making that carried it whilst Deuel looked a little brittle under the lights. Team Europe then created a two point lead as a lacklustre John Schmidt and Shane Van Boening gave up a two rack lead to lose five straight games to Darren Appleton and Nick Ekonomopoulos. It continued Van Boening’s miserable run in Blackpool so far and took the score to 5-3 in favour of the Europeans. The momentum continued in Europe’s favour as Niels Feijen took down Justin

Bergman to put the Europeans three clear. However, just when he needed to deliver something for his team, Shane Van Boening came with a match winning shot to throw his side a lifeline and turn a 7-3 deficit into 6-4. Partnered by Corey Deuel, they reached the hill at 4-2 but a series of errors allowed Darren Appleton and Mark Gray to level things. With everything on line the US Open champion powered the cue ball table length off the rail to pocket the 4 ball up the table and follow the cue ball through to gain position on the next ball and set up the match winning opportunity. DAY THREE RECAP EUROPE WON three of the four Wednesday night matches to leave themselves four points clear of their American opponents and within two points of their fifth consecutive PartyPoker Mosconi Cup win following a torrid night at the Tower Circus in Blackpool. The Americans needed a big session as they trailed 6-4 from the previous night but bad rolls and some poor performances ensured that didn’t happen as the Euros increased their vice-like grip on the coveted trophy. The opening game was a comedy of errors as John Schmidt and Justin Hall gifted opportunity after opportunity to the European pair of Karl Boyes and Nikos Ekonomopoulos, who ran out 5-3 winners. The Euro pair hardly covered themselves in glory but with the presents they were getting it didn’t really matter. The low spot was when Schmidt impossibly scratched into the middle pocket as he knocked the 9 ball in down the rail, but there were others. John Schmidt’s miserable night continued as he and Corey Deuel relinquished a leading position to allow Karl Boyes and Mark Gray to win the Euros second point of the evening. The final match of the day saw Niels Feijen take advantage of a nervy Justin Bergman to win the third European point of the evening. THE FINAL DAY TEAM EUROPE won the 2014 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup, beating the USA 11-5 in front of a boisterous crowd at the Tower Circus, Blackpool. The score line was their joint second best winning margin and leaves the Americans with some soul-searching to do as they attempt to get back into competitive shape for the annual transatlantic 9 ball showdown. Leading 9-5 going into the final session, the Europeans wanted just two points for the glory and two matches were all that were needed as first Darren Appleton beat Shane Van Boening 5-2 and then Nikos Ekonomopoulos did the same by a similar score to seal a one-sided victory for Europe. For the winning captain, Johan Ruijsink, it was his seventh and last Mosconi Cup in charge and remains undefeated, an astounding record in any sport. The Most Valuable Player Award went to Niels Feijen for having the best win percentage. It was the Dutchman’s third MVP trophy in four years which is a feat that may take some time to better. The 2014 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup was broadcast live throughout on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and ESPN3 in the United States. For fans outside those territories, it is available on The 2014 PARTYPOKER Mosconi Cup is sponsored by PartyPoker, the world’s leading online poker site. The Official Table of the Mosconi Cup is supplied by Diamond Billiards, the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event.


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9-Ball Open

The Brass Star Open Winner

1. Charlie (Hillbilly) Bryant $1500/$3000/$800 2. Jeff Sullivan $700/$1700/$450 3. Clint Freeman $525/$1200/$300 4. Joey Barnes $425/$850 5. Brad Weast $220/$600 6. Jeff Turney $220/$600 7. Tavo Velazquez $175/$275 8. Derrick Cantu $175/$275 9. Robert Clark $100 10. Mike Singleton $100 11. Steven Raynes $100 12. Shane Pickering $100 13. Britany williams $100

TYLER, TX Dec 13-14, 2014 We had an awesome tournasment with a full field of 64 players & 43 players in the Mini 8-ball. Charlie Bryant Coming back to double dip Jeff Sullivan in the finals on the open.

8-Ball Mini Tounrny/ Players Auction/2nd P/A 1. 2. 3. 4.

We appreciate everyone that showed up for our tournament and hope everyone returns and had an awesome time. Had lots of fun.

Jeff Franklin $280/$600 C.J. Wiley $200/$450 David Spicer $140/$300 Mike Singleton $80/$170 L.L.- Brittany willaims $40

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Back Alley Billiards - McAlester, OK John Gabriel snaps off Magoo’s 20 Anniversary 8-Ball tourney th


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The owners and staff at Back Alley Billiards in McAlester would like to congratulate the winners of Magoo’s 20th Anniversary 8-Ball tourney! John Gabriel, of Claremore, won the men’s division, and Shane McMinn, of Tulsa, got 2nd. Rachel Petersen, of McAlester, won the women’s division, and Theresa Cameron, of Cherryvale, Kansas, got 2nd. Other top finishers in the men’s division include Jacob McMichael, who got 3rd, and KC Massey, who got 4th. Gabriel said he was happy with his win. “Just finished at the Magoo’s 20th anniversary tournament and wanted to thank Richard, Shad McMinn, Andrew Barnsbee, and the staff at Magoos for a great tournament,” Gabriel said following his big win. “Also, thanks to Holy Smokes BBQ for the good food on Saturday. One more thanks to J Michael Durbin for a great cue. If anyone needs a cue, he builds the best!” Petersen was also thrilled with her 1st-place finish. “I’ve gotten 2nd in one of these before,” Petersen said. “But this was the first time I won and I’m so excited. Magoo’s put on such a wonderful tournament and Andrew Barnsbee did an outstanding job running the tournament.”

Women’s Results 1st ($360) Rachel Petersen, of McAlester 2nd ($100) Theresa Cameron, of Cherryvale, Kansas Rachel Petersen (left), owner of Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, wins the women’s division of Magoo’s 20th Anniversary 8-Ball tournament on Dec. 6. Petersen is pictured with runner-up Theresa Cameron, of Cherryvale, Kansas. Petersen won $360 and Cameron won $100.

1st John Gabriel, of Claremore ($1500) 2nd Shane McMinn, of Tulsa ($1000) 3rd

Jacob McMichael ($500)


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Don “Domino” Stiles and Jeff Melton ($150 ea)


Jim Weast and Chris Weast ($125 ea)


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John Gabriel (right), of Claremore, snaps off Magoo’s 20th Anniversary 8-Ball tournament on Dec. 7 and takes home $1500 tourney money for the first-place win. Shane McMinn (right), of Tulsa, took second place and won $1000 in tourney money. Pictured with the first- and second-place winners is Shad McMinn, of Magoo’s.

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Jamaica Joe’s Hosts

$2,500 added 9 & under

Written by : Alisha Rogers Photo Provided by: Terron Craig Jamaica Joes has definitely had a wonderful year of tournaments and finished the season with a $2500 added 9 & Under tournament on December 20th & 21st, 2014. The money that Jamaica Joes has generously added to the tournaments has solidified them as the premier pool hall in Oklahoma. With the 9 & Under tournament, 51 players raced to their handicap. Wayne Munnerlyn who was rated an 8, took down a tough field of players. He had wins over Martin Gonzales, Chad Stone, Alisha Rogers, Chris Weist, Tommy Carmichael and then played Toby Pinske (9) for the hot seat. Toby won the flip but scratched on the opening break and Wayne made a beautiful run out to take the first game. By the sixth game, Wayne was at a commanding lead with a score of 5-1. Toby started to make a great comeback and brought the score to 5-7, but was unable to close the gap prior to Wayne closing out the set 8-5. During the hot seat match there was a total of 13 games and of those 7 WAYNE MUNNERLYN, TOBY PINSKE were dry breaks, 4 by Wayne and 3 by Toby. Toby Pinski defeated Tommy Carmichael on the back side to earn his spot in the finals. Toby started off the Finals strong, bound and determined to take it to a second set. After game 12 Toby lead the match with a score of 8-4. Wayne got two more games, but in game 15 Wayne scratched on the break and Toby was able to close out the first PAYOUTS set. In the second set of the finals, Toby won the flip 1st $850 / $1250 Wayne Munnerlyn but let Wayne to the table. Wayne starts off strong 2nd $550 / $900 Toby Pinske but rattles the 7 ball in the corner giving Toby an 3rd $440 / $500 Tommy Carmichael easy three ball out to get the first game. In game 4th $300 / $350 Chris Weist two Wayne shows exactly why he made his way into 5/6 $200 / $280 Chad Glasgow, Jacob McMichael the finals by breaking and running out. In game 6 7/8 $100 Moe Aleid, Mickey Concella with Wayne leading 3-2, Wayne went on a hot streak 9-12 $75 Ray McCormick, John Gary, Vic Berryman, Bryce Loveland winning 5 games straight to win the tournament. Jamaica Joes would like to thank Jacob Franzoni and KC Massey for running another superb event, their staff and all who participated in their tournaments 6149 E 31st St throughout the last year. If you are interested in Tulsa, OK viewing upcoming events held at Jamaica Joes, visit 918-779-6204 their website at or contact them at (405)736-0590. Hours:


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DATE CITY Mondays Davenport, IA Houston, TX Des Moines, IA Appleton, WI Green Bay, WI Dundee, IL Rockford, IL Kansas City, MO Tuesdays Spring, TX Des Moines, IA Houston, TX Lenexa, KS Wednesdays McAlester, OK Davenport, IA Midwest City, OK Houston, TX Alsip, IL Oshkosh, WI Thursdays Oshkosh, WI Davenport, IA Des Moines, IA Chicago, IL Spring, TX Chalmette, LA Kansas City, MO Lenexa, KS Manhattan, KS Fridays McAlester, OK Olathe, KS Houston, TX Coon Rapids, MN Des Moines, IA Farmington, MN Spring, TX Spring, TX Tulsa, OK Poplar Bluff, MO Davenport, IA Chalmette, LA Appleton, WI Aurora, IL Tonganoxie, KS Topeka, KS Raytown, MO Jonesville, LA Oshkosh, WI Saturdays Jonesville, LA Houston, TX Olathe, KS St Peter’s, MO Kansas City, MO Oak Lawn, IL Joliet, IL Aurora, Il Fox Lake Chicago, IL Salina, KS Houston, TX Topeka, KS Blue Springs, MO Lenexa, KS Tulsa, OK Sundays McAlester, OK Des Moines, IA Davenport, IA Olathe, KS Spring, TX Green Bay, WI Chicago Hts, IL Jonesville, LA Lenexa, KS Oshkosh, WI

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PHONE (563) 359-7225 (281) 821-4544 (515) 266-6100 (920) 830-0083 (920) 432-0059 (847) 836-8099 (815) 962-0957 (816) 455-9900 (281) 288-0800 (515) 266-6100 (832) 912-4432 (913) 888-7665 (918) 916-2837 (563) 359-RACK (405) 736-0590 (281) 821-4544 (708) 388-3700 (920) 651-0806 (920) 651-0806 (563) 359-7225 (515) 266-6100 (773) 545-5102 (281) 288-0800 (501) 682-6199 (816) 468-6100 (913) 888-7665 (785) 539-4323 (918) 916-2837 (913) 780-5740 (281) 821-4544 (763) 780-1585 (515) 266-6100 (651) 463-2636 (281) 288-0800 (281) 288-0800 (918) 779-6204 (573) 712-2900 (563) 359-7225 (501) 682-6199 (920) 830-0083 (630) 898-7769 (913) 369-3772 (785) 273-3553 (816) 358-5977 (318) 339-4540 (920) 651-0806 (318) 339-4540 (281) 821-4544 (913) 780-5740 (636) 447-5300 (816) 436-7245 (708) 636-1240 (815) 722-0964 (630) 898-7769 (847) 587-8888 (773) 286-4714 (785) 826-9992 (832) 912-4432 (785) 783-2883 (816) 228-7625 (913) 888-7665 (918) 779-6204 (918) 916-2837 (515) 266-6100 (563) 359-7225 (913) 780-5740 (281) 288-0800 (920) 432-0059 (708) 756-0600 (318) 339-4540 (913) 888-7665 (920) 651-0806

EVENT / RULES 9-Ball 9 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 4/3 B/C 9-Ball 9-Ball-Race to 4-Alt Break-DE 9-Ball-Race to 4-Alt Break-DE 10 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball Handicap 8-Ball-DE 9 Ball-Limit 32 9 Ball 9 Ball Open - Race to 3 8-9-10 Ball Winner Chooses 9 Ball 8 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 2/1 10 Ball 9-Ball Beginners 9-Ball Intermediate 8-Ball Short Rack 8-Ball-Race to 3 9 Ball 9 Ball 9-Ball Open 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball & 9 Ball 8 Ball Open - Race to 3 9-Ball Open Night Owl 8-Ball-Race 2/1 8-Ball on 7’ Diamonds Open 10-Ball 8 or 9-ball rotation One Pocket 8 Ball - APA 5 & under 8-Ball 7 & under 9 Ball Coin Toss decides 9-Ball 8-Ball-Race to 2-Alt Break-DE Call 8 Ball 8 Ball Players Vote 8 Ball 8-Ball Open - Race to 2 8 Ball Night Owl 8-Ball-Race 2/1 9-Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball Call 8 Ball 9 Ball Multiple 8 Ball-Limit 32 9 Ball 8 Ball APA Rated 8 Ball 9-Ball 7 & under Scotch Doubles - Race to 3 9-Ball - 2 Div-DE 10-Ball 8-Ball - Race to 3 - No pros 10 Ball 8-Ball-Race to 4/3-Alt Break-DE 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 10-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 5

ENTRY ADDED TIME $12 $100 every 16 7PM $7 $100 w/20 8PM $10 $$$ 7PM $10 $50 w/16 7PM $15 $50 w/16 7PM $15 $$$ 7:30PM $14 Call 7:30PM $5 7PM $10 Call 9:30PM $15/$10/$5 7PM $11 $100 w/20 8PM $6 9:30PM $5 $$$ 7:30PM $10 (incl g.f.) $100 every 16 6:30PM $15 $5/player 7:30PM $7 $100 w/20 8PM $15 Call 8PM $8 Call $10 Call $10 $100 every 16 7PM $10 11PM $10 100% payout 8PM $10 50% 8PM $30 $500 Guar 6PM $10 7PM $6 9:30PM $15 6PM $10 $$$ 7:30PM $15 (incl. g.f.) up to $160 8:30PM $7 $100 w/20 2AM $16 $75 7PM $15/$10/$5 $3/player 7PM $15+$5 g.f. $50 w/16 6:30PM $10 Call 8PM $6 50% 8PM $5 9 PM $10 $200 7PM $10 $100 every 16 7PM FREE $100 Guar 6PM $5 8PM $15 $100+ w/10 7:30PM $10 7:30PM $5 7PM $10 2AM $5 8PM $12 6:30PM $5 8PM $7 $100 w/20 2AM Call Call 7:30PM $15 Call 1PM $5 7:30PM $10 Call 3PM $15 Call 4/5PM $15 $100+ w/10 7:30PM $15 Call 8PM $10 Call 7PM Call Call $11 $100 w/20 4PM $10 8PM $5 8PM $10 1PM $10 (incl. g.f.) 9PM $10 $$$ 5:30PM $15/10 6PM $12 $100 every 16 7PM $10 Call 7:30PM $12 50% 6PM $15 1PM $10 6PM $5 8PM $6 9:30PM $15 Call

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January 2015


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Ryan Robinson wins rated 8-Ball

at Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, OK Ryan Robinson, of Springdale, Ark., took home the title of tournament champion on Saturday, Dec. 20 in Back Alley Billiards rated 8-Ball tournament. Robinson came in as an 8-speed player and won his first match 7-1. He then won his next match 7-0. Robinson continued winning his matches and made it to the hot seat match, where he lost to Greg “Spanky” Hogue, of Tulsa. Robinson won his next match and then played Spanky in the finals. Robinson was up 4-0 in the first set and Spanky become ill and had to stop the match. Robinson received $170 in tournament winnings and $205 in player auction money. Spanky got $100 in tourney winnings and $100 in player auction money. Finishing in third place was Conner Sherman, of Dallas, Texas. He received $70 in tournament winnings. Back Alley Billiards hosts a $20 entry tournament every Saturday with Calcutta beginning at 1 p.m. Go to the Tournament Trail section in the back of Rack Em Pool Magazine to find a tournament for you!

ogue takes Greg “Spanky” H wins $200 second place and l tourney in the rated 8-Bal iards in at Back Alley Bill , Dec. 20. McAlester on Sat.

Ryan Robinso n wins title of tournament ch and $375 at B ampion ack Alley Billi ards’ rated 8-B tournament o a ll n Saturday, D ec. 20 in McA lester.





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CITY LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED Two Great Champions Tour - Challenge Matches, Exhibitions, Special Appearances - Call Jay Helfert 310-370-3994 (see ad p26)

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January 2015


Big Dogs (see ad p9) 515-266-6100 Hair of the Dog Scotch Dbls Call Call Call Sharky’s (see ad p33) 563-359-RACK New Year’s Day-Men’s Div $30 incl g.f. $1,000 w/64 10AM Sharky’s (see ad p33) 563-359-RACK New Year’s Day-Wmn’s Div $20 incl g.f. $200 w/32 10AM Sharky’s (see ad p33) 563-359-RACK New Year’s Day-Junior Div $10 incl g.f. Call 10AM Big Dogs (see ad p9) 515-266-6100 Winter One Pocket Challenge $20 incl g.f. Call 11AM Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive-Race to 4 $20 $$$-Call 1PM Red Shoes (see ad p16) 708-388-3700 10-Ball $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon 2nd Ave (see ad p28) 319-366-0970 8-Ball/9-Ball Alternating Call Call Call Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM Shooters 316-262-0072 8-Ball $50+10 g.f. $400 Noon The Break Room 218-464-0820 4 Person Team $20+$5 g.f. $400+ w/64 11AM CR’s Sports Bar (see ad p11) 763-780-1585 8-Ball Singles-5 Divisions Varies $6,000 8:00AM CR’s Sports Bar (see ad p11) 763-780-1585 8-Ball Teams $250 Call 10:00AM Kenny’s 636-464-9070 10-Ball Scotch Doubles $45/$25 g.f. $300 w/20+ Noon Skinny Bob’s 512-721-8229 Pistol Perez 9-Ball $20 incl. g.f. $1500based turnout Call Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 8 & under-Rated $20 $$$ 1PM Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 6 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM VibeZ 920-458-9965 Women’s 8-Bal Singles $25+$10 g.f. $350 w/32 10:30AM Sharkey’s (see ad p33) 563-359-RACK No Master 9-Ball Classic $45 incl g.f. $1500 w/opt. Call Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Jack/Jill Scotch $30 $$$ 1PM Big Dogs (see ad p9) 515-266-6100 Florian Kohler Exhibition Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive-Race to 4 $20 $$$-Call 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM Red Shoes (see ad p16) 708-388-3700 One Pocket $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM Sharky’s (see ad p33) 563-359-RACK 9-Ball Love or Money $30 incl g.f. $1,000 w/64 10AM Shooters 316-262-0072 8-Ball Mixed Scotch Doubles $40 limit 32 $500 Guar 2PM Kenny’s 636-464-9070 10-Ball Scotch Doubles $45/$25 g.f. $300 w/20+ Noon Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Rated for ALL players $20 $$$ 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM Batters Up (see ad p23) 801-463-4996 10-Ball $2,000 $2,000 6PM Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 5 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM Sharky’s (see ad p33) 563-359-RACK Scotch Doubles $60/team $1,000 w/32T 10AM Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive-The Finals Call Call 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 9-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Rated 8 & under $20 $$$ 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 6 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p10) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM Griffith Billiards (see ad p28) 219-934-POOL 8-Ball Dream Team-48T max $500 Call Call Griffith Billiards (see ad p28) 219-934-POOL 8-Ball Singles $80 Call Call


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