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Captures His First Omega Billiards Tour Stop
Nick Conner, William Howard, Barry Emerson. On the weekend of August 2-3, local player and top pick Barry Emerson finally claimed his first Omega Billiards Tour stop! He went undefeated through 80 players to win the top prize at the fifth stop of the $1,500-added 2014 Omega Billiards Tour event held at Wizards in Richardson, TX. Barry Emerson (owner of Pro Billiards Service) made his way to the finals with wins over Bob St John (8-1), Jesse Hernandez (8-1), Doug Winnett (8-6) and Wes McCarson (8-5) to make it to Sunday. On Sunday morning he defeated Phillip Palmer 8-3, and Crispian Ng 8-4 to then play for the hotseat. His hotseat opponent would be William Howard who found himself for the first time in the hotseat of an Omega Tour event! Nick Conner (the previous Omega Tour event winner) had lost Saturday night but was ready Sunday for sure. He sailed through the one-loss side with wins over Jess Hernandez (7-4), Matt DeVance (7-4), Jim Colling (7-2) Chris Ferguson (7-3), Crispian Ng (7-5) and then over newcomer to the tour Randy Morrow (7-3). William Howard lost to a determined Barry Emerson in the hotseat 8-2 and then lost to Nick Conner 7-3. But William placed a very impressive 3rd place! This allowed Nick and Barry to battle it out in the finals. Barry started off strong but Nick was making a comeback. But Barry stopped that and won 8-4 to seal his first win and first place! Barry earned $925 for first place and Nick gathered up $530 for second place. The whole tournament was a great display
of talent! Congratulations to ALL of the players for their fine play and great finishes! The Predator Player Tracker is in full force and the top three players at the end of the year will win a plethora of awesome Predator Prizes! Only 2 more stops to see who gets all the Predator products: Currently Nick Conner is now in the top ranked spot, Crispian Ng is in second, and Barry Emerson is in the third place ranking. Further, fourth through eighth places at the end of the year rankings will each receive a free entry into the 2015 BCAPL Nationals! A HUGE thank you goes out to Predator Cues, Poison Break Cues, BCAPL/CSI, and Lucasi and Players Cues. We would also like to give a big thanks to our additional sponsors, Wallace Custom Cues, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Pro Billiard Service, AZBilliards.com, and BilliardsPress.com. Tour Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank Wizards owners and staff for their awesome 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 2014 Omega Billiards Tour calendar is already set with 2 more stops and a Season Finale. The sixth stop will be held at Clicks in Arlington, Texas September 6-7, 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!! The 2014 Schedule is online and payments can be received via the Omega Tour website. http://www.omegabilliardstour.com/ Thank you to all the players, fans, sponsors and pool rooms!!!
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BayauaMeans Business Former U.S. Amateur National Champion Ernesto Bayaua decimated the 55 player field at the Poison by Predator 8-Ball Tour Event (PxP Tour) held this past Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at the brand new Bogies Billiards West located in northwest Houston. Players hailed from Austin, Victoria, and San Antonio to compete in the 8-ball event that wrapped up in one day and paid out a generous $3,410. The PxP Tour is title sponsored by Poison by Predator Cues, www.poisonbilliards.com and players enjoy using the Delta-13 rack, www.delta-13.com, official rack of the PxP Tour. It was all business for Bayaua, taking down former Lone Star Tour Champion Andy Jethwa in the final, 4-1. It seemed like a difficult road for the veteran PxP player, but he handled it in stride. Bayaua bested Lupe Sanchez, 4-3, Blaine Barcus, 4-2, and Mike Alonzo, 4-1 while Ferrer went through Wendell Moser, 4-0, and newcomers Floyd Amador and Benny Nava, 4-3, 4-1, respectively. Alex Cardenas made his way to the final four winners’ side with wins over David Taylor, Danny Lee, 4-2, and Mike Singleton, 4-1. Jethwa took out Sonny Bosshamer, 4-1, David Chow, 4-0, and Manny Chau, 4-2. The next winners’ side round saw Bayaua beat Ferrer, 4-1, and Jethwa overcome Cardenas, 4-1. As the hot seat shaped up, the one loss side was well underway. Sylver Ochoa, who suffered a first round upset at the hands of Mike Singleton, 4-3, went on to win four consecutive matches until he was stopped by Joey Torres, 4-2. Torres, who suffered an early 4-2 loss to Chau, pressed on to the final four, but suffered a final blow by Lee, 4-2. Barcus and Chau faced off with Chau advancing, 4-2. Cardenas eliminated Lee while Chau made quick work of Ferrer. Back on the east side, Bayau took down Jethwa and secured the hot seat, 4-0, while Cardenas fell victim to Chau by the same. Jethwa tore through Chau, 4-1, for another stab at Bayaua. Jethwa, no stranger to the pressures of tournament play, brought his usual intensity and focus to the final table. After an unforced error by Bayaua, a struggling Jethwas secured his first game, bringing the score to 2-1. Despite his best efforts, the powerhouse Bayaua was simply too tought to overcome. Bayaua secure the next two, consecutive games, securing his first PxP Tour victory of the season, 4-1. Congratulations to Houston’s own Michelle Yim who took home $50 for “Top Lady” finisher and Frank Ferrer, Jr. who won the Poison VX cue raffle! Many thanks to Bogies Billiards West owner David Richardson, GM Stephanie Verron and staff, for hosting another first rate event. To find out more about Houston’s newest pool room, visit www. facebook.com/bogiesbilliardswest. The final PxP Tour Event will be held November 1st, 2014, at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar located at 3040 FM 1960 E., Houston. For more information, visit www.PxPTour.com.
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AMERICAN 14.1 STRAIGHT POOL CHAMPIONSHIP DIAMOND BILLIARDS, Midlothian, VA
Sep 12-14, 2014 This year a 40 player field of the top Straight Pool players in the country arrived in Virginia for Friday afternoon warm-ups, check out the equipment of 11 Brunswick Gold Crowns and 3 Diamond tables, recently covered with new Simonis 760 cloth. Players were anxious to get in a few hours of practice, as competition this year would be fierce among one of the strongest fields ever. Local tournament players once again congregated to mix with out of town pros many of whom had come long distances to play. Most know one another well and this makes for an enjoyable weekend of friendship, camaraderie and challenging Straight Pool all tied together. Festivities this year got off to a gentle start on Friday evening with two opening rounds of the seven round robin sessions over the first two days. The 40 player round robin is then pared down to 24 before the sparks began to fly on Sunday in single elimination. The round robin format is a nice chance for new comers and lesser known players to visit and share cordiality and play with great champions such as Bob Maidhof, Johnny Archer, Mika Immonen, Huidji See, Karen Corr, Darren Appleton, Mike Davis, Danny Barouty, Brandon Shuff, Mike Dechaine and others in the sterling field. Finals. After a long day and many tough matches 9) Karen finally ran out of gas and succumbed to the great World Champion, and now American 14.1 Champion, 3) Darren Appleton 150-28. In this final match of the tournament both Karen and Darren put on a safety battle as I have not seen in decades. If you want to see a half dozen truly masterful safeties watch the NYCGrind tape. Leading 40-1 Appleton at the table with his cue ball buried in the pocket down at the far end . . . . they began a battle of safeties which was truly extraordinary. Watch it. Darren ends up with the tiniest fraction of a ball to shoot from down on the far rail, between two obstructing balls, nails it and goes on to build an insurmountable lead. A championship shot by a real champ. Just a great match. Congratulations to the World & American Champion, Darren Appleton, and to our great runner up and only lady in the field, Karen Corr, who played all three days like the true champion that she is. Thanks for playing. Hope we see you again next year.
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The most difficult thing (in any game/sport) is to hit the ball EXACTLY in the center, with no spin or deflection... pool’s the same because if you just hit the ball minutely off it will deflect in the opposite direction...because the very best players realize this (either consciously or unconsciously) they will intentionally hit the cue ball to one side or the other (except when slow rolling a shot or on shots straight in)....that way they know FOR SURE which way the ball will deflect and if they hit it off center a bit more it will deflect a hair more, but most importantly if they hit it off the OTHER WAY it will just not deflect AT ALL.....the worse thing you can do is to try to hit the center every time and slightly hit it off one way OR THE OTHER...this way you will NEVER know why you are missing (and often leads to “fixing” the wrong thing)..... and when you do you will often UNDERCUT shots...this is the worse mistake you can make.....if you notice, when a champion player misses they almost always OVER-CUT the shot...this is no accident, when I miss a shot I will always know it was from something tangible, not that I “MAY Have” hit the wrong side of center and “accidently” veered the ball the wrong way.
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A CLOSER LOOK AT BALLS! by Tom Simpson © April 2000 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com Balls vary in quality, and more importantly, they wear over time. How good the balls are, how dirty they are, and how worn out they are makes a surprisingly large amount of difference in your shot-making and position play.
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As for quality, the main factors are consistency of weight and roundness. Centennials (those balls with the black line circling the number field) go through more quality control checks than other balls, and so they generally perform more accurately and consistently. The dirtier and more scuffed up balls are, the more throw you’ll get. To compensate, shoot harder or over cut everything a little. The more worn the balls, the more likely they are to be out of round. Worn out balls may not roll straight – shoot a little harder to avoid being the victim of roll-off. Look closely at your cueball (CB). Several CB’s are widely used, and there are important differences. Barbox cueballs aside, the most popular CB, in my experience, is the Red Circle cueball. You’ll also see a lot of Blue Circles and Red Triangles. The Blue Circles come with Centennials, and are well matched to the balls, meaning they are exactly the same weight. Since the physics of the game assumes that cueballs and object balls are the same diameter and mass, this is important. Unfortunately, most of the time the cueball does not match the object balls. My opinion as to why the Red Circle CB is the most popular is that it plays as if it weighs a little less than the OB’s and thus seems easier to draw (and everyone feels good when they can draw really well). The Red Circle CB comes with the highly popular Aramith ball sets. This CB is actually made from a carom pool resin, and thus has slightly different performance characteristics from other balls. On barboxes, cueballs come in a wide variety of types. Oversized cueballs are the most difficult to deal with. Since they weigh “too much” they want to follow every shot, and draw is very difficult. Since they are “too big” they over cut every shot. If this is what you always play with, it seems normal. But if you have to switch back and forth between oversize and standard CB’s, you need
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to be aware of the differences. Some barbox CB’s are the same size as the OB’s, but are heavier, so they will operate the mechanism that allows the CB to return to play. These balls cut your shots properly, but will still follow too much. With heavy CB’s, you’ll have to hit lower. Heavier balls will also affect your speed control. As a cueball wears, it not only gets smaller and lighter, it gets out of round. And as it gets more scuffed and dirty, throw increases, and spin wears off the CB sooner, due to increased friction with the cloth. It’s a good idea to wipe chalk and other marks off the CB after scratches and between games. Here’s how you can quickly check “same-size” CB’s against your OB’s: Freeze the CB against the rail, and freeze an OB on each side of it. Squat down so you can see the tops of the balls at eye level, and lay the butt of your cue across the top of all three balls. Look carefully to see whether the stick touches all three balls at the same time. This would mean they are all the same size. Often you will see a little daylight between the cueball and the stick, meaning the cueball is smaller than the object balls. You can also try rolling the three balls by moving the stick, and see whether they all move together. Smaller CB’s are lighter, so they draw easily. Due to the fact that many poolrooms allow their CB’s to get terribly over-worn, some players carry their own cueball. If you do this, consider carrying a standard CB, such as a Red Circle or a Blue Circle, so your opponents don’t suspect you of having some kind of trick ball. If you have a table at home and play a fair amount, I suggest replacing your cueball once a year. I always buy a new one around the first of the year, so I can remember. Your ball set will need to be replaced far less often. But, depending on the initial quality, and how much you play (and how much you care), they may need to be replaced as often as every 4 or 5 years. Good balls play better and last longer. Spend the money.
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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 mikekglass.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!
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Recently, I had the good fortune to play in the Mezz West State Tour on their third stop in Fresno, California. It was a 9-ball match, double elimination, and there were over 80 participants. Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera, the owners and founders of the Tour, and Sheri Dadian, owner of Diamond Billiards, did an amazing job putting it all together. Congratulations to Vilmos Foldes for taking the win! I did not know what to expect, to be honest. I have played in tournaments before, and have done fairly well, even against semipro players. I have even managed to get into the money a few times. Alas, it was not in the cards this time. As I have mentioned in past articles, I don’t like to lose. I am my own worst critic, and while I would never berate a fellow player, I have been known to give a little “love tap” to the table with my cue when I make a mistake. Unfortunately, this has given me a bit of a reputation as a hothead, and I truly believe that many players have used this to their advantage when playing me; to their credit, of course. Who wouldn’t? This time, I strongly vowed to myself that I would not succumb to such juvenile displays of temper, but would conduct myself in a very professional manner. I am an amateur player, but there were a few pros there, and I strive to be like many of them (especially Oscar – he has the mannerisms of a saint!). Little did I know, I would be severely tested! My first match was against Yoli Hakanado, in a race to 7. After losing the lag and the first game, I took the next three. That third win would be the last game I’d win for the rest of the day. If you are a competition player, you’ve been here before. You’re shooting well, when something happens to make you miss a fairly routine shot. It might have been a miscue, or just a badly judged cut shot. Maybe the cue ball skidded because there was chalk on the ball at just the wrong place. Doesn’t matter; you missed, and you had to sit down. This usually isn’t a terrible thing. Everyone misses. But then your opponent runs the rack out. Shake it off; it’s just one game out of seven. He breaks, and doesn’t make a ball. You’re back! See? No big deal. Only now, you have a shot similar to the one you missed in the last game. Better not miss this time! You
take more time, thinking about the miss last time, and at the last moment, you over-compensate on your stroke, and you miss again! This happened to me, and I was seething at this point. I paused for a moment, staring at the ball that missed as if to admonish it for not doing what I told it to do. I remembered my vow, however, and walked calmly to my seat. I looked at my girlfriend and shrugged, and she gave me a sign of encouragement. This went on for several more games—six, to be exact—until Yoli potted the final 9-ball and sent me to the one-loss side of the bracket. I broke my cue down and returned to my corner to lick my wounds. At least I wasn’t out, right? Thank goodness for double elimination. Now I’d get to face a fellow “loser.” For my next match, I was paired up with an 8-handicapped player, Attila Csorba. As he is ranked as a semi-pro, he had to win 8 games to my 7. I won’t go into much detail here, but one highlight of this match was when I had just two balls left to pocket. The 8-ball was in front of the side pocket, and the 9-ball was in front of the other side. You know the shot: pot the 8, swinging around three rails to put the 9 in. Easy, right? I’ve done this a hundred times. Only this time, the cue ball went two rails, dropping squarely into the side pocket where the 9-ball was. It seemed that this was the final nail in the coffin. This time, I went absolutely bananas. I broke my stick over my knee, flipped the table over, and punched a 3-foot diameter hole in the wall. Fortunately, this was all in my mind—at the end of the match, my girlfriend told me she was proud of me for handling my 8-0 loss with grace and dignity. It was the worst drubbing of my pool career, and I left there feeling like a winner. Incidentally, when I played in my regular BCA league match the following week, I shot like a champ. It was good to know that that weekend was just a fluke. I’ll get ‘em next time! Nowhere to go but up… right? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at email@example.com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!
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Last month I had the pleasure of playing a match against former US Open and World Champion Mika Immonen. The location was Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, Virginia and the match was in the American Straight Pool (14.1) Championship. I lost the match but I’m proud of having forced Mika into taking three fouls in a row towards the end of the match (a 15-point penalty). At one point Mika was looking at a situation like at the top of the diagram. After a cluster break there was no apparent shot. Maybe there is a tough combination or cut to a far corner pocket, but a much easier shot if you see it is the 15 ball to the corner. As a plain cut it is impossible because the angle is more than 90 degrees. The solution is to play the cue ball off the 14 and into the 15. The “trick” to the extent there is one is to be able to visualize and control the exact angle the cue ball comes off the 14 so that you land correctly on the 15. The problem is shown again at the bottom of the diagram. When you practice this, begin with easier shots and work your way up longer ones. As shown, the 1-2 shot might be from a game of nine ball, straight pool, eight ball or one pocket. I think you will find a use for the technique regardless of your favored game. On the “Solution” side of the diagram is how you go about planning shots like this. Begin with where the cue ball has to be when it hits the two ball. That’s drawn in the diagram as the shaded ball (ghost ball) that’s touching the two ball. From that imaginary cue ball find the path that would just brush the one ball. In the diagram that line is labeled “90 deg.” and a second imaginary ball is placed where the one ball would be barely touched by that ghost ball. Also note the path of the one ball which is going to be perpendicular to the path of the ghost ball. All you have to do now is shoot the one ball in that indicated direction. When you have the one ball direction set, be sure to check your work as follows. Imagine the ghost ball when it contacts the one ball. (In practice, you can use a real ball -- put it in contact with the one ball). Next, imagine the path of the ghost ball off the one ball. You can do this by lining up along the 90-degree line and actually cueing along that line towards the two ball. In practice, it’s a good idea to set the balls in paper reinforcement donuts so you can repeat one position until you have the procedure down pat. After you are confident in making the ball, get a feel for how you can play position off the shot. In the straight pool shot at the top I would use follow to carry the cue ball towards the center of the table. In the bottom shot, a little left side spin will help the cue ball come off the cushion and up the table for a more open shot. An alternative is to shoot softly to leave both the
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cue ball and the one ball near the long cushion. A key point in shots like this is that if the cue ball moves only a short distance from the first ball to the target ball, it has little chance to come off the planned line even if your aim is a little off or you use follow or draw which will tend to bend the path of the cue ball. Try different spins on the cue ball to see the effect on the shot. For example, a little left or right english may help throw the second ball into the pocket if it is not in the ideal position. For these tests, try moving the whole shot farther away from the pocket so you can see better whether the 2 is moved to the right or left.
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In slow economic times, many things may contribute to the life or death of a pool hall. As in real estate, there are 3 very important guidelines to follow, location, location, location. The pool halls financial success may also depend upon curfews, gang colors and the economic stability of your clientele. In some areas going smokeless whether it was legislated or of the owner’s own volition at first saw a drop in clientele but years later it all has fit together. The neighborhood also may have changed around you. With urban sprawl, the pool hall may be what now has become too far away.
juke box, satellite TV, alcohol, food, leagues, billiard supplies and maybe even wifi you’re not keeping up with your competition. You can’t attract the players who have the money and time on their hands. There have been closures of pool halls up and down the West Coast and some I don’t know about. Here are a few: 211 Club (WA), Q Street Billiards (OR), Kelowna Q Club (BC), Blondies Billiards (BC), Felts Club (CA), Oakdale Billiards (CA) and Cue Ball’s Billiards (MT). These were some 10 to 15 years ago. And of course the same goes for any other region in the country. Too many to name.
In the 70’s and 80’s a chain of pool halls were started called “Corner Pocket”. With virtually the same layout in each pool hall that favored the spectator and/or other players to view important games, but they too fell on hard times and were sold off individually. The pool halls I grew up in 35 to 40 years ago were smoke-filled, gambling havens, whether cards, cribbage or games on the slate. There was a code of ethics that the players respected. Many of the owners didn’t allow cursing, which caused arguments that led to fights. Some of your owners or employees of the room ran “book” (illegal gambling that the government didn’t take taxes from). Not all pool halls were that way, some were true to the game of pool, be it 9-Ball, One Pocket or Straight. You came in, played by the hour and there was always a sign “no gambling”. The “no gambling” meant “no money on the table”. Pool halls back then didn’t have to deal with technology. We had pinball machines and that was pretty much it. Today if a pool hall doesn’t have video games, digital
Back in 2003, “Poolhall Junkies”, depicted violence, loud music and cursing as part of its theme (I don’t mind this but it sets a tone). Perhaps coupled with a still struggling economy from 2008, this has had an effect on different pool halls around the country. Is this a sign of the future of pool? In this new millennium, will the game of pool be relegated to seven foot tables? By itself that would be a shame, there must be a choice – Pool halls do survive and they can survive in the twenty first century. So if you’re lucky enough to have a pool hall close to you, relish the opportunity. If not, get in your car, take a bus, streetcar, mule train, horse and buggy or walking find any way you can, just get there. Somethings in any pool hall you may not like that’s not a reason not to go. Enjoy yourself and play the game. From a business point of view you have to do whatever it takes to survive.
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It was a beautiful day back in July of 2002. Rack and Cue Billiards Parlor in Campbellsville, Kentucky was the setting for the area monthly 9-ball Championship. Players like David Rice, Stan Shuffett, Bruce Luttrell, Mike Blevins and Robert Frost were all regulars in quest for the monthly championship. At that time of my life, I was beginning to learn more and
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 poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
more about the little intricacies of the game such as correct mechanics and advanced fundamentals. One topic I was particularly curious about was the grip. Local player Larry Cross from Liberty, Kentucky was an incredibly difficult player to beat and always demonstrated sound pool mechanics. In fact, I give Larry a lot of credit for teaching me many things about the game including correct shot selection and how to identify patterns playing both 8-ball and 9-ball. Larry was playing great and I soon found myself face to face with him in the finals of the event. During our
match, I began to pay close attention to Larry’s grip. Larry always seemed to move the cue ball effortlessly around the table and I always believed this was due to the way that he held the cue. First, Larry had the right idea in that the thumb should be pointed straight to the floor, with the hand cocked slightly to the left if you are right handed. The little finger should not touch
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the cue, which should be cradled by the front fingers. It is important to remember that if you hold the cue too tightly there is a tendency to stop your stroke. Larry primarily held his cue lightly resting it on only the front fingers with the little finger not touching the cue. This light cradling of the butt made it much simpler for him to stroke in a perfectly straight line than with a tighter grip. In fact, some instructors compare perfect grip pressure to that of someone holding a bird. If you hold the bird too tightly you will hurt it, but if the bird is held too loosely it will escape and fly away. It is important to not hold the cue too light or too tight. When watching Larry play I always imagined an eye on his grip hand directly above the cue (where the “X” is located on the photo). The imaginary eye looks down the butt and shaft of the cue towards the target. Using this analogy ensures that the grip hand is directly over the cue and is not torqued significantly in one direction or the other. Finally, the last element of Larry’s grip was that he always
opened his grip on the backswing and closed his grip on the forward swing. Snooker Champion, Steve Davis has described the perfect grip as being neutral at the “Set position” (90 degrees) and open on the “Pause” (back swing) and then closed at the “Finish” (squeezing on contact). That day my match with Larry gave me a better insight into how to develop a proper grip. The real victory wasn’t the fact that I won the championship. It was that I had learned something far more valuable. I witnessed the elements of a good grip in action, and I had the opportunity to dissect Larry’s grip up close and personal. To this day, my grip is much better due to the impression Larry Cross made on me that day. As an instructor, I see many players have limited abilities because they have some type of flaw with the way that they hold the cue. Don’t let a faulty grip hold you back. Get a grip on your game and practice holding your cue the correct way.
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Skip Maloney AzBilliards.com Staff Sept. 23, 2014 Boo’s Burgers and Billiards in Metropolis, IL opened in January of this year, though the absence of a liquor license until May had them serving soda pop. They decided to hold a Grand Opening Pool Tournament on the weekend of September 20-21, and asked Evelyn Dysart from the Midwest 9-Ball Tour to run it. Given its location, you might have expected Superman or at least Clark Kent to play, but they ended up with perhaps the next best thing; Skyler Woodward, who reportedly lives within a matter of miles from the room, and worked his way through a field of 51 entrants to go undefeated in the $1,500-added, handicapped event. Woodward worked his way among the winners’ side final four and faced Eugene Allen, as Billie Jamerson squared off against Mickey Hammond. Woodward sent Allen west convincingly 13-2, as Jamerson was defeating Hammond 8-7. Woodward got into the hot
seat 13-6 over Jamerson and waited on what turned out to be the return of Mickey Hammond’s brother, T.J. Hammond. T.J. was at work on the loss side and after victories over Jeremy Brown8-3, and Nate McGaha 11-6, he met up with Allen. His brother, Mickey, ran into Stewart McDermott, an elder pool player that everyone knew as “Mutt.” “Mutt” had defeated Corey Martin and Brady Behrman, both 7-3. A sibling quarterfinal was avoided, when T.J. downed Allen 7-9, and “Mutt” beat his brother 7-4. T.J. defeated “Mutt” 8-4, and got a shot against Woodward in the hot seat, with an 8-7 win over Jamerson in the semifinals. Woodward, though, completed his undefeated run with a 13-6 win over T.J. in the finals.
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Nick Conner Captures Second Omega Billiards Tour Title On the weekend of September 6-7, Nick Conner dominated the field of 81 players and won first place again on the Omega Billiards Tour! Clicks Billiards in Arlington, TX was the awesome host for the event and everyone had a great time watching and playing good pool all weekend. This was the 6th stop of the Omega Billiards Tour this year and $1,500 was added again to the prize fund. Nick Conner placed 2nd at the previous stop in August and 1st at the June event. So, with September’s win, Nick has pretty much sealed his first place in the Predator Player Points Tracker for the end of the year Rankings! After a first round bye, Nick defeated David Franklin 7-1, David Josephson 7-1, Juan Parra 7-2, Tony Sulsar 7-5 and then Keith Aikens 7-1 to seal his spot to play in the hotseat against Denny Sneed, whom he defeated 7-2. Denny Sneed from Midland, Odessa was the farthest traveler and he had his best tournament yet! He had wins over David Cowell 7-3, hill-hill over Daniel Herring, Cody Wright 7-5, and then stomped local favorite Dylan Weinheimer 7-0. Last year’s Tour Champion, Tony Sulsar, after his loss to Nick, went on a tear on the one-loss side with wins over Cody Wright 8-5, Jesse Hernandez 8-0, and
Nick Conner Dylan Weinheimer 8-1. Daniel Herring got close to stopping Tony but at hill-hill, Tony prevailed over another match to keep going. Tony then defeated Denny Sneed 8-1, giving Denny his highest finish yet at 3rd place! This lead to Tony and Nick battling it out in the finals. It was close all the way with GREAT play as usual from these two fantastic players but Nick prevailed 7-4 to capture his second First Place win on the Omega Tour! Nick earned $925 for first place, Tony earned $530 and Denny nabbed $400. Big shout out to Keith Aikens for a great 5th place finish and Casey Calame for an awesome 7th place – their highest finishes yet on the Omega Tour. The whole tournament was a great display of talent! Congratulations to ALL of the players for their fine play and great finishes! This stop was especially sweet as Hall-of-Famer Buddy Hall was in attendance! Buddy gladly posed with fans and gave autographs all day long. It was a huge treat for the Omega Tour players to have Buddy Hall around all day Saturday. The Predator Player Tracker is in full force and the top three players at the end of the year will win a plethora of awesome Predator Prizes! Only 1 more stop to see who gets all the
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Rider Cup Another nail biting finish to the 5th Annual “Rider Cup”. Terry Goulet puts his name on the trophy for the 5th time in a row. His 4 time partner Tim Moe could not make it this year so he picked up Tim Tonjum as his partner this year. Tim Tonjum and his partner lost out to Terry and Tim Moe last year in a tiebreaker so he decided to join the lockmaster. They beat the Dan Kee/Tracy D’Andrea team by 1/2 point for 2nd place who in turn beat the Steve Graham/Brad Shilling team by 1/2 point for 3rd. The golf title went to the Jodi Rae/Derek Burmeister team with a 66. Steve/Brad finished 2nd with a 70 and Tim/Terry with a 71. In pool Dan/Tracy took the winner’s side and Tim/ Terry lost their first match and came back on the losser side to play Dan/Tracy for the pool title. They won the first match and the final match went to hill/hill which Dan/ Tracy won. The game Tim/Terry won to get to the hill involved about 10 great safeties by each team on the last 3 balls. The team of Mike Franke/Alec Winter took 3rd in pool. Dan Kee took long drive and longest putt. Jodi Rae took women’s long drive and closest to the pin. Steve Graham took men’s closest to the pin.
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England steals it in the final rack!
DARREN APPLETON AND KARL BOYES
2014 Betway World Cup of Pool England A 10-9 Holland ENGLAND are the 2014 Betway World Cup of Pool champions after they broke Dutch hearts in a thrilling final rack shoot out where both sides had chances to take one of cue sport’s most prestigious titles. It was England’s first win in the storied history of the event and gives the two players a $60,000 pay day. Showing the bulldog spirit Karl Boyes and Darren Appleton came from 3-6 down and then 7-9 behind to force a final rack decider at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth in front of a sell-out crowd. It was Appleton who broke the last rack of the match, but he could only recoil in horror as the cue ball scratched into the centre pocket. HOURS: 11:00am to 1:30am Monday thru Thursday. 11:00amto 2:00am Friday & Saturday. 1:00pm to 1:30am Sunday
With ball in hand, Niels Feijen and Nick Van den Berg were big favourites to take the title but with just two balls on the table, it all went wrong. Feijen missed the 8 ball trying to force a better position for the 9. Boyes came to the table with a table length shot at the 8 but jawed it as the crowd gasped. It rolled behind the 9 which was lying on the rail and when Van den Berg’s bank shot left the 8 out in the open, it was game over. Appleton said, “I am in shock. The match was really crazy with a lot of mistakes from both teams. We made a silly one in rack two and after that we couldn’t get anything going. “Holland let us off the hook really and they are going to be sick to lose because they had a great chance to win there. But that is why 9 ball is the most exciting (continued on page 23)
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unbelievable. “I didn’t break well in the match so on the last break I had even more pressure and I told myself just don’t scratch and just spin the cue ball. When I looked at the table I thought we had lost. “With the pressure you think there is a 10-15% chance that something might happen and luckily for us they didn’t get good shape on the eight ball. It left a tough shot for Karl and he got a good roll and I was able to get the eight ball. I have never shaken as much as that before in my life!” Boyes, who was in shock after potting the winning 9 ball said, “I was so surprised that they missed that I jumped up with my cue but when I got to the table I saw it was a bit longer than I first thought. “Darren tried to calm me down and I had a look. I don’t know how close it was or if it was a mile off but I got a nice roll at the end. I have lost a lot of big matches over the last few years when top players have played like God against me so it is nice to get a roll like that. “We had a chance to go 2-0 up and try and get going but we didn’t get out at 1-0 and we were chasing after that. It was a real dogfight.” England had beaten Spain, Greece, the USA and Finland en route to the final but were second favourites with sponsors Betway. The Dutch started strongly and always looked to be in control but success in pool is based on small margins and once again they fell at the final hurdle. “At 9-9 they scratched on the break and we got a huge chance because the table was open,” said Van den Berg. “There was a lot of heat so we were discussing how to play the 7 ball. It was a tough shot and I followed through when normally I would play it perfectly but it was on the rail and left Niels a very tough shot. “I know Niels is one of the best jacked up players in the world so I didn’t really worry but there was so much pressure on the shot. I cannot blame him for the miss. Then they missed the eight ball and got very lucky.” For Feijen it was déjà vue: “This one is pretty frustrating. We should have made it 7-3, so that was a pretty big moment. Instead it went 6-4 and they made it 6-5 and then it is back to grind mode. “If you got 7-3 you might steamroll the match, so I was pretty disappointed not to go further ahead at that moment. In the end, it was just a quarter of an inch, that is it. But that is how it goes in pool.”
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Hundreds of aspiring young poolplayers made their way to Davenport, Iowa July 17-20 for the inaugural APA Juniors Championships. The event, held at Sharky’s Billiards, divided participants into three Skill Level Tiers—Green (SLs 1-2), White (SLs 3-5) and Black (SLs 6-9). In addition, APA held MiniMania tournaments for both kids and adults to enjoy. The awards banquet, held Thursday evening, was highlighted by a keynote address from billiard superstar “The Black Widow” Jeanette Lee. Lee made an encore appearance on Friday to take in some of the tournament action and to take on a few brave challengers. Academic awards were presented to participants with a 3.0 Grade Point Average or higher. Each recipient was presented a certificate and medallion for their
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NICKNAME: Runout Rachel HOME TOWN: Catskill, NY BIRTH DATE: 12/18/1996 GRADE: 12th GPA: 89 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: English POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: B & B Lounge, Local bars, Golden Cue WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? McDermott/ Poison AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 8 years old LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 4th in Junior Nationals in Las Vegas. 2nd in Junior Nationals in Louisville Kentucky. OTHER NOTABLE AWARDS: Have won 6 MVP awards in our local pool league MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Making the finals against Taylor Reynolds in 2014 Junior Nationals FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Hip hop/ country HOBBIES: Hunting, fishing, playing pool, going on vacations, spending time with family FAVORITE POOL GAME: 8- ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Corey Deuel FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza FICTIONAL HERO: Super Man REAL-WORLD HERO: John Shattell FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Finishing second in the junior nationals. Getting a phone call asking me if I wanted to attend the Junior Worlds in Shanghai, China. GOALS (personal and/or career): Graduate college with high grades and become a dental hygienist. Become a professional pool player. Like Us On Facebook
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Captures Turning Stone XXII
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Jerry Forsyth Sept. 23, 2014 Jayson Shaw captured Turning Stone XXII by taking the long road. He lost his second round match 9-3 to Alain Parent but from then on he was unstoppable as he took on all conceivable shots and his safety play was magnificent. On the one-loss side he defeated Ed Sauer 9-6, Ron Casanzio 9-0, Matt Krah 9-4, Dan Hewitt 9-3 and Kevin Guimond 9-5. Then he ran into tournament favorite Shane Van Boening, who had just been defeated by Mike Dechaine 9-8. Earlier in the evening Van Boening had pulled off one of the greatest shots this reporter has ever seen. On the hill against Thorsten Hohmann (who only trailed by one rack) Van Boening came to a table that had no pocket for the one ball. The cue ball was in the back of the kitchen, the one was past the side pocket and the nine ball was perhaps a foot outside the left corner pocket. The combination was anything but straight in. Van Boening would have to cut the one ball and then make perfect contact on the nine in order to complete the shot. He fired the one into the nine at rocket pace and made the shot to secure the victory as the crowd, at first stunned, erupted into applause. Mike Dechaine had a great week. His shotmaking was sharp as a tack and his cue ball seemed more then willing to obey his wishes. Prior to defeating Van Boening he had disposed of John Morra 9-5. In his next match he was mostly just a spectator as Rodney Morris was in his automatic mode where he makes every shot appear very easy. No stress ever shows on Rodney’s face and he approaches each shot as if it were a given that the shot will work. When his confidence is working that well Morris is one tough match. Morris took down Dechaine 9-3 and then had to face new Hall of Fame inductee Mika Immonen. Immonen had already taken down Donny Mills 9-8, Rob Saez 9-4, and Dan Hewitt 9-5. When Immonen beat Morris 9-7 he relaxed in the hot seat to await his final challenge. Hunter Lombardo and Mike Dechaine both spoke with me prior to the first round and both expressed their disappointment at not being chosen to be a member of the ‘tryout’ squad for the Mosconi Cup. Four of the eight prospects did not attend Turning Stone, something we found curious as it seems logical that they need to prove themselves to make the cut when the final five players are chosen and they need to keep themselves under fire from champions on the tables. So both Lombardo and Dechaine wanted to send a polite message that they need to be considered next year. Neither voiced any negative comments towards the current squad or coach Mark Wilson, they just want to be on the radar for 2015. Lombardo sent his message by defeating MC team candidate Brandon Shuff 9-3. To be fair, this was not Shuff’s best effort of the week and he proved his worth by finishing the event in 9th place, the same position as Lombardo and Van Boening. The other Mosconi Cup candidates finished as follows: Oscar Dominguez finished out of the money after he ran into World 8-Ball Champion Huidje See and then, two rounds later, was forced out 9-7 by sharpshooter Donny Mills. Jeremy Sossei finished one slot further back than Van
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Boening and Shuff at 13th when he was eliminated on the hill by Ernesto Dominquez. Our final Four wound up as Shaw, Immonen, Morris and Dechaine. Each of these players had a cadre of fans who were convinced no one could beat their man. They all deserved great praise for their play all week as this was one of the strongest fields ever to play at Turning Stone. Immonen was undefeated and in the hot seat. Morris was awaiting the winner of Shaw and Dechaine to fight for the B side title and a ticket into the finals. Dechaine and Shaw fought tooth and nail all the way until the match stood at double-hill. Early on the match Shaw came to the table with no shot on the one ball. He was inside the head string with the cue ball and he would have to kick off of either the side or foot rail in order to hit the one ball. The nine ball sat in the jaws of the corner pocket. Shaw measured the angle he needed off of the side rail to kick the one ball over toward the nine ball. When he pulled the trigger it appeared at first that the nine ball would not be moved. But the one came off of the rail and brushed the nine ball into the pocket for a thrillingl victory created by a kick-combination shot under extreme pressure. Had the nine ball not fallen Dechaine would have almost certainly run the table. Shaw then had to face Morris for the semi-finals and the chance to play in the finals. Morris had a lot of momentum on his side and was shooting instinctively as if he could not miss any shot. The crowd favored Morris to take the win simply because he appeared immune to pressure and he was making every shot. But Shaw totally dominated the match. He ran rack after rack and never gave Morris the opportunity to get rolling. Shaw shot his way to the final dance with a 9-2 trouncing of Morris in a match that took less than 30 minutes to complete. Our finals were contested between Jayson Shaw and Mika Immonen. The room was nearly evenly divided on which player they thought would win but Immonen barely got that nod as his experience in World Championships and major events around the world seemed to give him the edge. That experience proved to be of little aid to Immonen. They were tied early at one apiece but after that it became the Jayson Shaw show and Shaw moved steadily ahead of Immonen by stringing together racks and denying Immonen good starting points. Immonen did contribute to his own demise, however, by jawing balls on three separate occasions in the lower left pocket, ducks for Shaw to pick off easily. In the end Shaw proved to any doubters that he belongs at the Big Boy’s table whenever dinner is served as he took down the Iceman 13-6. Complete results with prize money amounts for the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour’s “Turning Stone Classic XXII 9-Ball Open”. Total prize fund $41,400. September 18-21, 2014. All players were paid cash immediately upon their elimination from the events.
1st $8,000 Jayson Shaw 2nd $5,000 Mika Immonen 3rd $3,600 Rodney Morris 4th $2,600 Mike Dechaine 5/6th $2,000 Thorsten Hohmann, Earl Strickland 7/8th $1,600 Johnny Archer, Ernesto Dominguez 9/12th $1,200 Brandon Shuff, Hunter Lombardo, Jerry Crowe, Shane Van Boening 13/16th $850 John Morra, Warren Kiamco, Jeremy Sossei, Kevin Guimond 17/24th $550 Robb Saez, Phil Davis, Alain Parent, Dan Hewitt, Dave Daya, Esbon Worden, Mike Yednak, Shaun Wilkie 25/32nd $300 Dennis Hatch, Karen Corr, Dave Fernandez, Caroline Pao, Martin Daigle, Tom D’alfonso, Damon Sobers, Matt Krah Our second chance event on Sunday September 21, 2014 results are: 1st $500 2nd $300 3/4th $150
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joins the OB Pro Team of Players Plano, Texas – Hall of Fame player Allison Fisher and cutting edge Texas based billiard manufacturer OB Cues proudly announce the signing of Allison to the OB Pro Team of Players. “As a fan of pool, I have always admired Allison’s game but how she conducts herself away from the table is equally as impressive” said Royce Bunnell, President of OB. “I am proud to have accomplished what I have so far in both snooker and pool but I am not done yet! I love my OB equipment and truly believe that the consistency and accuracy of my equipment will play a big part in my future success on the table” said Allison Fisher. “Allison is quite simply a living legend in the world of pool. Her tournament success is unequaled and she has a fan base that is unmatched. Having Allison join our team and trust her game to OB products is a great honor” said Shane Sinnott, Director of Sales and Marketing for OB. Allison can be seen competing on ESPN and on International television networks on a regular basis. She also has been known to stop by the OB booth to sign autographs, take pictures and play challenge games with fans and will continue to do so whenever possible. OB is headquartered in Plano, Texas and is a leading manufacturer of high performance pool cues and pool cue shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please visit www.obcues. com and for all the latest OB news you can like OB on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/obcues Allison Fisher was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame in 2009.
She has won over 80 national titles and 11 world titles in Snooker and in Pool she has an unequaled record, winning 50 WPBA titles, which includes 4 World 9-Ball championships. Despite her busy schedule, Allison still manages to offer private lessons, group lessons, public appearances, keynote & public speaking. For more information on Allison visit her website at www.allisonfisher.com and don’t forget to like Allison on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AFathlete
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Press Release GoPlayPool Celebrates Two Years Since Launching the GoPlayPool App Aliso Viejo, CA, September 17, 2014: When Mary Ann Starkey walked into a southern California pool room and saw gorgeous Diamond tables, she wished she had known about the room years ago. The room was located a mere 15 minutes from her house and had a great atmosphere. It was during that time that Mary Ann and Ramin Bakhtiari, her boyfriend and fellow pool player, had begun building an app designed for pool players. But it wasn’t until she saw that room that she knew what direction to go with the app and the start-up company. Mary Ann thought, “There should be an app that tells you where to find a pool room or bar that has pool tables. It should tell you what you’ll find when you get there, and allow the rooms themselves to promote the events they hold. Whether it’s tournaments or leagues or even things that have nothing to do with pool, like their menu or other kinds of games or entertainment.” The task of building GoPlayPool had begun. Mary Ann and Ramin knew all along that they did not want to charge the players or users of the app to find the information they would provide. They always knew they wouldn’t charge anyone to download the app. They decided that offering pool rooms an affordable way to promote their business was the best way to go, along with giving pool players a source to find more pool rooms and more tournaments. That is why they decided to give pool rooms a monthly membership. The membership is free for the first 30 days, and after the free trial, it’s only $19.95 a month. With the membership they create detailed profiles of what their room offers its patrons. Everything from what types of pool tables they have to what nights their tournaments are. They can include their food and drink menus, and list all of their other amenities. If they host darts tournaments on Tuesday nights and ladies nights on Wednesday, they can put that in their profile. While Mary Ann and Ramin’s focus has always been on pool, they knew that pool rooms would benefit from being able to promote all of the other aspects of their room. It was a long road, filled with sleepless nights and spending hours doing research. But after nearly a year, the GoPlayPool App was ready to launch and on September 17, 2012 the app became available in both The App Store and Google Play. To say that Ramin and Mary Ann were proud would be a vast understatement. The long road that stretched out in front of them would require hard work. In order for the pool rooms to have a reason to become a member,
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they needed to get people to start using the app. So, they spent the next year promoting it like crazy. Social media, press releases, articles and advertising with pool magazines and news sources, live stream advertising, even driving hundreds of miles to various tournaments just to hit another area and introduce the app to players and rooms. The support of already established companies and the players and fans of the game has been incredible. Mary Ann said, “With September 17th marking 2 years since we launched the app, it’s great to see how far we’ve come. Looking back now, I think we’ve always had tremendous support from within the industry. People see what we’re trying to do and they are more than happy to support a resource that just keeps growing and expanding. I think the direction we chose couldn’t have worked out any better. We’ve given pool halls an opportunity to advertise and promote their room for an amazingly low rate. And unlike advertising in the newspaper, people will keep coming back to the GoPlayPool App. We’re constantly adding new features and keeping the content fresh, so people always have a reason to come back. Users will always know when new members sign up and be able to see the member profiles.” Along with the great cost of the membership, pool rooms will also receive a physical package when they sign up. It contains thousands of dollars’ worth of free sample merchandise, vouchers and discounts from companies within and outside of the pool & billiards industry. Since the GoPlayPool App launched, it has undergone a lot of changes. As more time goes by, it becomes even more user-friendly and has thousands of hours of engaging content. Recently, they added a section called “GoPlayPool 101” which features hundreds of videos, drills and instructional material from some of the best instructors in the United States. Other sections like Flyers, a Calendar of World Events from AZ
Billiards, and of course the phone and map directories of pool rooms all across the U.S. will keep users coming back for more, giving pool rooms every reason to sign up. The GoPlayPool Team has also expanded their endeavors by reaching out to the community. After learning that a few different players had come down with various illnesses, Ramin and Mary Ann wanted to help. So they created the “Pool Together” site, as an extension of GoPlayPool. If players in need have a benefit tournament or charity, they can post it on the Pool Together site to reach more people and hopefully get more donations. Since taking on the venture, Ramin and Mary Ann have been a part of various fundraisers which have raised over $50,000.00 for players in need, or the families they have left behind. You can learn more and donate to the listed causes by visiting pooltogether.goplaypool.com. If you’re a player or fan of the game, you can download the free GoPlayPool App for iOS and Android devices. It’s also available on Windows and Blackberry devices. Much of the information is also available in a mobile and web format. For more information, please visit www.goplaypool.com. For all other inquiries, feel free to get in touch with the GoPlayPool App team at email@example.com.
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on the trail Red Shoes Billiards 8-Ball September 13, 2014 1st Ike Runnels 2nd Greg Pitts 3rd Dan Anderson 4th Tony Gong
Results from KK Billiards Green Bay, WI 10-Ball tournament Saturday Sept 20th, 2014 1st: Jordan Jenquin 2nd: Dan Witzke 3rd: Austin Hill
Big Dog Billiards 9-Ball Open 9/27/2017 1st Mike Bennett (left) 2nd Kenny Loftis (right)
Bogies Billiards HOUSTON, TX Congrats to Teresa Garland for snapping off the ladies Q spot for US Amateur Nationals! APA of North Harris County staged a great US Am Qualifier! Thanks Roger Schuett!
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Click on the MAP link online to get directions to each location DATE Sep 30-Oct 2 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 4 Oct 4 Oct 4-5 Oct 4 Oct 4 Oct 8 Oct 10-12 Oct 11 Oct 11 Oct 11 Oct 11 Oct 11-12 Oct 11-12 Oct 11-12 Oct 11-12 Oct 11 Oct 18 Oct 18 Oct 18 Oct 24-26 Oct 24-26 Oct 25-26 Oct 25 Oct 25-26 Nov 1 Nov 1 Nov 1 Nov 8 Nov 8 Nov 8 Nov 8-9 Nov 8-9 Nov 15 Nov 15-16 Nov 15-16 Nov 15-16 Nov 20-21 Nov 21-23 Nov 21-23 Nov 22 Nov 28-30 Nov 28 Nov 29-30 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 6 Dec 6 Dec 6 Dec 6 Dec 13-14 Dec 13 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 20 Dec 20 Dec 27
CITY Poplar Bluff, MO Devil’s Lake, ND Devil’s Lake, ND Devil’s Lake, ND Devil’s Lake, ND Devil’s Lake, ND Coon Rapids, MN Poplar Bluff, MO McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Chalmette, LA Lincoln City, OR Midwest City, OK Alsip, IL Des Moines, IA Chalmette, LA Tyler, TX McAlester, OK Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids, IA Chalmette, LA McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Lafayette, LA New Town, ND New Town, ND Shreveport, LA Chalmette, LA Midwest City, OK Olathe, KS McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Alsip, IL McAlester, OK Cedar Rapids, IA Grand Island, NE Grand Island, NE McAlester, OK Lafayette, LA Appleton, WI Griffith, IN Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Centerville, WI Olathe, KS Davenport, IA Davenport, IA Houston, TX Houston, TX Houston, TX Houston, TX Farmington, MN Alsip, IL McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Midwest City, OK Chalmette, LA McAlester, OK McAlester, OK Olathe, KS Chalmette, LA Chalmette, LA
LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME LINK Smokin’ Aces (see ad Sep) 573-712-2900 One Pocket - Limit 8 $10,000 9:30 Tues MAP Spirit Lake (see ad Sep) 701-230-2433 9-Ball Open $45+$15 g.f. $2,000 6PM MAP Spirit Lake (see ad Sep) 701-230-2433 8-Ball Open Mens Div $60+$15 g.f. $6,000 before 3PM MAP Spirit Lake (see ad Sep) 701-230-2433 9-Ball Open Women Div $60+$15 g.f. $2,000 before 3PM MAP Spirit Lake (see ad Sep) 701-230-2433 8-Ball Open B Mens Div $20+$10 g.f. $ Call Call MAP Spirit Lake (see ad Sep) 701-230-2433 9-Ball Open B Women Div $20+$10 g.f. $ Call Call MAP CR Sports Bar (see ad p11) 763-780-1585 8-Ball Varies $1,500 10AM MAP Smokin’ Aces (see ad Sep) 573-712-2900 9-Ball $20 $5,000 Call MAP Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive $20 $$$-Call Noon MAP Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM MAP Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) poolactiontv.com Challenge Match - Richie Richeson vs Scott Frost 7PM MAP Chinook Winds (see ad p10) 360-703-4081 10-Ball-Women’s Divison $100+$25+$30 $5,000 7PM MAP Jamaica Joes (see ad p22) 405-736-0590 7 & Under $25 $750 w/64 Noon MAP Red Shoes (see ad p15) 708-388-3700 9-Ball $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP Big Dog (see ad p24) 515-266-6100 9-Ball Qualifier Call Call 10AM MAP Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM MAP Brass Star 903-597-5777 8-Ball-Limit 64 $40 $1,500 w/64 Noon Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball $25+$10 $250 11AM MAP 2nd Ave (see ad p24) 319-366-0970 Fall Classic 9-Ball-max 64 (M) $50 $2500 total 11AM MAP 2nd Ave (see ad p24) 319-366-0970 Fall Classic 9-Ball-max 16 (W) $50 Call 11AM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM MAP Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 9-Ball $40 $$$ Noon MAP Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM MAP White Diamond (see ad p23) 337-989-9889 Jack ‘n Jill $50 Call 1PM MAP Four Bears (see ad Sep) 701-421-9880 ND 9-Ball (ND residents)-Men $50+$35 g.f. $5,000 Call MAP Four Bears (see ad Sep) 701-421-9880 ND 9-Ball (ND residents)-Women $35+$35 g.f. $1,500 Call Side Pocket Billiards 903-701-1387 9-Ball Championship-Limit 128 $75 incl g.f. $2,000 11AM Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM MAP Jamaica Joes (see ad p22) 405-736-0590 OB Ladies Tour $30 $1,250 10AM MAP Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 9-Ball $40 incl g.f. $300 w/32 1:30PM MAP MAP Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive $20 $$$-Call Noon Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM MAP Red Shoes (see ad p15) 708-388-3700 One Pocket $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball $20 $$$ 1PM MAP 2nd Ave (see ad p24) 319-366-0970 8-Ball/9-Ball Alternating Call Call Call MAP Stix Billiards Center 308-675-2050 9-Ball $60 incl fees $1,000 10AM Stix Billiards Center 308-675-2050 9-Ball Women’s $25 incl fees $10/player 10AM Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 9-Ball $40 $$$ Noon MAP White Diamond (see ad p23) 337-989-9889 Super 9-Ball $40 $1,000 w/128 9AM MAP KK Billiards (see ad p25) 920-830-0083 10-Ball $50 $2,500 w/96 10AM MAP Griffith Billiards 219-934-POOL 9-Ball $60 $1,000 w/96 10AM Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 One Pocket $60 $1,000 8PM MAP Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 Bar Table 9-Ball Open $65 $4,000 8PM Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 Bar Table 9-Ball Ladies $50 Call 8PM Jailhouse Saloon (see ad p23) 608-539-5245 8-Ball A/B players $25 Call 9AM MAP Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 Bar Table 9-Ball $20-Limit 128 $2,000 2PM MAP Sharkys (see ad p25) 563-359-RACK 9-Ball - Limit 64 $45 incl g.f. $1,000 11AM MAP Sharkys (see ad p25) 563-359-RACK 8-Ball - Limit 96 $45 incl g.f. $1,500 11AM Bogies (see ad p15) 281-821-4544 9-Ball Banks-Ltd 16 players $100 $500 7PM MAP Bogies (see ad p15) 281-821-4544 One Pocket-Ltd 32 players $100 $1,000 7PM Bogies (see ad p15) 281-821-4544 9-Ball-Ltd 128 players $75 $3,500 10AM Bogies (see ad p15) 281-821-4544 9-Ball Ladies-Ltd 32 players $40 $500 Noon Farmington (see ad p21) 651-463-2636 3 Man Team 8-Ball Varies $1,000 10AM MAP Red Shoes (see ad p15) 708-388-3700 Bank Pool $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP MAP Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive $20 $$$-Call Noon Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM MAP Jamaica Joe’s (see ad p22) 405-736-0590 9-Ball $50 $2,500 Call MAP Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM MAP Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball $25+$10 $250 11AM MAP Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 9-Ball $40 $$$ Noon MAP Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 9-Ball $40 incl g.f. $300 w/32 1:30PM MAP Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM MAP Lacy’s Cue (see ad p9) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM MAP
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Published on Oct 5, 2014
Published on Oct 5, 2014
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