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Skinny Bobâ€™s - Round Rock, TX Over Labor Day weekend, and more precisely, at about 4 a.m., Eastern time, on Tuesday morning, Skyler Woodward snatched the 42nd Annual Texas Open title out of its defending champion, Charlie "Hillbilly" Bryant's hands. But not, as was expected, without a fight. The $7,000-added event drew a full field of 128 entrants to Skinny Bob's Billiards in Round Rock, TX. In a concurrently-run, $2,000-added Ladies event that drew 32, the Texas Tornado (Vivian Villareal) chalked up her third straight Texas Open title. For the male event, early weekend talk at Skinny Bob's and in the chat rooms of PoolAction TV, which live-streamed the event throughout the weekend, centered on Mexico's Ruben Bautista. Bautista, who got by (among others) Richie Richeson, John Gabriel and Alex Olinger, was fulfilling some of those expectations, all the way through until early afternoon on Labor Day, when he ran into the Hillbilly in a winners' side semifinal. In the other semifinal, Woodward, in the meantime, met up with Robb Saez, who, on his way, had sent three-time Texas Open champion ('94, '02, '03) Jeremy Jones to the loss side and was showing some grit. It's safe to say, if not meticulously researched and proven, that a good percentage of figurative and literal money invested into predicting the winner of this event, had just these four squaring off as they did in the winners' side semifinals. Woodward dispatched Saez to the loss side 9-5, as Bryant took care of Bautista 9-3. In a surprisingly good-natured hot seat match (Woodward and Bryant can each be feisty at times), Woodward dominated 9-2. Lurking on the loss side, as Saez and Bautista slid over, were (among others) Jones, Olinger, Joey Gray, Jonathan Pinegar and Justin Bergman, who, after being sent to the loss side by Woodward in the third round, was working on what turned out to be a seven-match, loss-side run. Wins #5 and #6 came at the expense of Jundel Mazon 9-2 and Pinegar 9-5, which set Bergman up against Bautista. Saez drew Gray, who'd eliminated Olinger 9-4 and Brian Sanders 9-5. In two polar-opposite matches battling for advancement to the quarterfinals, Saez drew the 'double hill' card that finished Gray's weekend. In a somewhat surprising Sky Woodward turn of events
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Sky Woodward (though not to everyone), Bergman shut Bautista out. Following that victory, very few would have predicted the double hill quarterfinal that followed, and at a guess, it would have been even money for the result, that was 9-8, Saez. The semifinal between Bryant and Saez (who won this event, four years ago) was a re-match from last year's final, at which, on the hill and shooting at the 9-ball, Saez scratched, giving Bryant, in the hot seat, the opportunity to tie and then, break and run, to capture the 2014 title. In the steady, and not overly dramatic re-match, Bryant defeated Saez 9-5 for a second, and potentially necessary third shot at Woodward. It looked, in the early going of the opening set, as if Bryant was going to cruise to a second set. Woodward, who won the lag, was looking at a separate, private payout of $500 if he could break and run the set; a bargain that fell apart on his opening break, when he sunk a single ball, but couldn't see the 1-ball. He rolled out, launching a series of back and forth safety shots that made it look as though it were going to be a longer night than it actually was. Woodward untangled the safety mess by sinking the 4-ball, but he scratched, turning the table over to Bryant, who promptly ran out, and then (winner breaks), chalked up four more in a row, the last of which saw Woodward scratch again, shooting at the 5-ball. Skyler regrouped to win the sixth rack, but it looked to be a temporary reprieve, when, in the seventh rack, Woodward completely missed a shot that gave Bryant ball in hand. Bryant, though, joined the 'scratch' parade and gave the table back to Woodward, who finished that rack and chalked up three break and runs to tie things at 5-5. Skyler took his first lead at 6-5. Bryant promptly tied it up and added three more to force a second set. Things started a little slower in the second set, with the two trading racks to a 2-2 tie. It was at this point, that in the words of assistant tournament director, and competitor (17th) John Palmore, Woodward "caught a gear," chalking up six straight to reach the hill ahead, way ahead of Bryant. And then, it was Bryant's turn. With the sword of defeat hanging over his head, Bryant chalked up four in a row, which, but for a single shot at the 9-ball, could have been five in a row. It was, as they say, too little, too late. Woodward closed it out by the same score he'd been defeated by in the first set - 9-6 - to become the second youngest player to win the 42-year-old tournament (by a matter of months, the youngest was Sylver Ochoa; 2007). A final note: Many of the details in this report would not have been possible, had it not been for the as-always professional live stream, offered by Ray "Big Truck" Hansen and his PoolActionTV crew, along with continually-updated, online brackets and regular, graciously-offered conversations with assistant TD and competitor John Palmore.
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Vivian Villarreal chalked up her third straight Texas Open title on Labor Day weekend. The $2,000-added Ladies event drew a full field of 32 entrants, and was run concurrently with a $7,000-added Open event that drew a full-field 128, and was won by Skyler Woodward. Villarreal’s march to the winners’ circle was almost (a relative word, of course) derailed in the finals by Jennifer Kraber, a frequent ‘flyer’ on the OB Cues Ladies Tour, and payout lists for 15 years. Kraber’s threat came from deep on the loss side, as she lost her third round match, double hill, to Belinda Calhoun, and embarked on a five-match winning run to get to those finals. Calhoun, in the meantime, advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Villarreal, while always-a-threat Liz Lovely faced Kim Sanders in the other one. Combined, Lovely and Villarreal gave up a single rack in those semifinals (Lovely gave it up to Sanders). Villarreal kept the trend alive by giving up only a single rack to Lovely in the hot seat match. One win away from her third straight Texas Open, the Texas Tornado idled in the hot seat, and watched as Kraber completed her lossside run. Kraber had defeated Julia Rapp 7-3 and Gail Eaton 7-2, when she ran into Sanders, coming over from the winners’ side semifinal. Calhoun, coming over, picked up Ming Ng, recent winner over Nicole McDaniel 7-3 and Chris Fields 7-5. Ng eliminated Calhoun 7-4, as Kraber got locked up in a double hill fight against Sanders. Kraber prevailed to face Ng in the quarterfinals. Ng came within a game of forcing Kraber into her second straight double hill match, but Kraber advanced 7-5, to get locked up in a double hill battle versus Lovely in the semifinals. Kraber advanced again, this time, facing a Tornado, she was going to have to defeat twice to claim the event title. In a tight match, Villarreal and Kraber battled, while Charlie Bryant and Robb Saez were competing at an adjacent table in the semifinals of the Men’s event. Villarreal reached the hill at 6-4, and in the 11th rack, was shooting at the 9-ball. It rattled (or, as PoolActionTV commentators would often say, “boinged’) in a corner pocket, allowing Kraber to sink it and draw within a game of double hill, and two, to force a second set. Villarreal put a stop to any such notion and finished it at 7-4.
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HOUSTON, TX It was a slow start for Houston’s Ming Ng who lost a fourth round match to Gail Eaton, 7-6, and although Eaton went on to face 2014 Gulf Coast Tour Champion Belinda Lee for the hot seat, Ng reentered the scene to stake her claim, winning an impressive 7 straight matches to take home the title, 2015 Gulf Coast Tour 10-Ball Champion. It was a choice weekend to win on the Gulf Coast Tour which hosted its first 2-day event on September 12th-13th, 2015, drawing a record 48 women, paying out close to $2,000 in prize money, and offering a qualifier spot for the 2016 WPBA Masters event. Thanks to an anonymous sponsor, room owner David Richardson, and tour sponsors Delta-13 Rack and the APA of North Harris County, the Gulf Coast women enjoyed their most successful event since the tour’s 2013 inception. “This tour is growing by leaps
and bounds, and we look forward to building on this event, and our 52-player, WPBA membership”, says tour director, Kimberly Newsome. “This tour offers experience; it’s competitive, mixed with a little fun and craziness. It’s a perfect balance that allows players to take their game to the next level, and create friendships along the way.” Although most of the competitors had never played a single game of 10-ball, everyone caught on very quickly, and had a great time doing it. On the battle field, veteran player Ming Ng fought her way through a distinguished field of 48 women with wins over Kim “Texas Heat” Pierce, Yvonne Garcia, and newcomer Sophie Salinas, 7-4, before losing to Gail Eaton, 7-6. Belinda Lee took down Cindy Cole, 7-1, Terry Petrosino, 7-3, and Liz Mitchel, 7-0. Daughter, Robyn Petrosino, made her own bid for the hot seat with wins over Karen Reilly, 7-3, Shannon Collins,
7-1, and newlywed Natalie (Esparza) Rocha, 7-2, until falling to Eaton, 7-5. Loretta Lindgren came out firing as well, ousting Bonnie Mason, 7-2, and Mandy Hood, 7-3, until losing a nail-biter to Lee, 7-6. On the one loss side, after losing her first round match to newby Theresa Mireles, 7-3, Ricki Casper won 6 consecutive matches, eliminating Darcy Whatley, 7-2, Mindy Williams, 7-5, Austin’s Erica Hanlon, 7-0, Mitchel, 7-5, Pierce, 7-2, and R. Petrosino, 7-3. Contender Tara Williams was taken down in the first round by Teresa Garland, 7-2, but went on to eliminate Toni Esteves, 7-3, Terry Petrosino, 7-3, and Tina Allen, 7-4, before being ousted by Ng, 7-3. Ng went on to defeat Rocha, 7-6, Lindgren, and finally Casper, 7-6, while Eaton made quick work of securing the hot seat match over Lee, 7-3. Ng overcame Lee, 7-4, the final obstacle standing between her, and Eaton. In the first set of the true, double elimination Photo Credit: Michael Moon Photography
final, Eaton jumped to a 5-0 lead. Directly off a five-game winning streak, momentum unwavering, Ng came back to win the first set, 7-6. In overtime, Ng came on strong, closing out the final set, 7-5. 1st Ming Ng $600 Congratulations to Ming Ng on her 2015 Gulf Coast Tour 10-Ball title and to Gail Eaton who secured the 2nd Gail Eaton $420 WPBA qualifier spot. Welcome to the club! The tour would like to 3rd Belinda Lee $310 welcome its newest members and recognize them th 4 Ricki Casper $200 for their tenacious character: Sophie Salinas, Theresa Mireles, Shannon Collins, Brandi Humber, Cindy 5th-6th Robyn Petrosino, Cole, Annette Moreno, Yvonne Garcia, Regina Gomez, Loretta Lindgren $90 ea Kristina Bevers, and Cierra Powell. 7th-8th Kim Pierce, Derrell Montgomery, official tour referee, tour Natalie (Esparza) Rocha $60 supporter, and pool philanthropist, awarded the 10-ball champ with a hand-crafted and engraved, trophy pen. 9th-12th Liz Mitchel, Natalie Mans, Each one of Mr. Montgomery’s pens is one-of-a-kind, Mandy Hood, and it’s a Gulf Coast tradition to award a “Montgomery Tara Williams $30 Trophy Pen” to each year’s tour champion. Mr. Montgomery also donated two pens to the Emma Davis Memorial and Family Benefit, held this past weekend in conjunction Gail Eaton, Ming Ng with the Gulf Coast Tour event. Emma Davis, wife of famed Texas pool player, James Davis Jr., and mother to infant son, James Davis, Jr. III, passed in her sleep, on September 9th, 2015. Upon hearing the news, the women of the Gulf Coast Tour Tour. and the entire Texas pool community, donated numerous auction and raffle items to The Gulf Coast Tour is a sanctioned, WPBA Regional Tour, one of (13) tours help raise funds for the family. Over the weekend, with a baked goods auction, silent situated across the U.S. For information on hosting a Gulf Coast Women’s Regional auction, raffle, and donations, the group raised nearly $5,000. Emma Davis was an Tour event, contact Kimberly Newsome at 713.825.1411 or email gulfcoasttour1@ avid pool player herself, a Gulf Coast Tour member, and a conditional member of gmail.com. For more information about the Gulf Coast Tour, please visit www. the Women’s Professional Billiard Association. Emma was the “sweetheart” of the facebook.com/gulfcoasttour (players’ page) or the new business page at www. Texas pool community, and at only 28 years of age, touched many lives, near and facebook.com/gulfcoasttour1. Follow us on Twitter @gulfcoasttour! far. “Gone but never forgotten” echoes throughout social media, and has become a mantra for Davis’ family and friends. Numerous fundraisers have been scheduled to assist the family in their time of need. Players, friends, and fans, the final 2015 Gulf Coast Tour event (#6) will be held Saturday, October 10th, 2015, at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar (FM 1960 location). The players’ meeting begins at 11:00am. All new players’ dues will be good through 2016! This event will take place alongside the final event for the Lone Star Billiards
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THE MYTH OF CENTER BALL Tom Simpson © Janurary 2002 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com
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One of the things that makes pool challenging is that what the cueball is doing changes during the shot. While the cueball is moving, it’s doing some combination of rolling, spinning, and sliding. Exactly what that combination is changes over the course of the shot, as the ball collides with rails and other balls, and as it slows and eventually comes to a stop. Why is this important? Understanding what exactly the cueball is doing – and when – is critical to developing the shot planning knowledge and shooting finesse you need to play at a high level. If we’re paying attention, and invest our attention in watching & shooting many thousands of shots, we gradually get a sense for cueball behavior, and what we see happening on the table begins to be what we expect. However, if we have clear knowledge of how things actually work, we can “get it” much more quickly. Let’s focus on the much misunderstood Stun Shot. Many instructors (myself included) consider the stun shot to be the most important shot in pool. Here’s my definition: A stun shot is any shot where the cueball is sliding at the moment of impact. Sliding means skidding – not draw, not forward roll. “Oh, stun is another name for the Stop Shot,” players say. No, the stop shot is a stun shot that happens to be straight in. The key issue is – and this is my main point – what matters is what the cueball is doing at the moment of impact. Let me say it another way: What matters is not how you hit the ball (draw, center, follow, whatever). What matters is what it’s doing at the Moment of Impact. How do we control that? Continuing with the example of a stop shot, imagine two straight-in shots, one with the CB and OB a foot apart, and the other with the balls four feet apart. A lot of instructional material will tell you to ‘Hit center ball.’ Maybe, for the longer shot, they will tell you to ‘Hit center ball, firmly.’ While this might work if your stroke and idea of “firm” is the same as theirs, it doesn’t reflect what really matters – Moment of Impact. Instead, if you clearly understand that your job on a stop shot (and all stun shots) is to deliver that CB to its target without any forward or backward spin, you
can deal with it more effectively. In our example shots, for the short one, you can actually use center ball because, unless you hit it really softly, the CB will not have time to start rolling before it hits the OB. In other words, it will be skidding at the Moment of Impact. For the longer shot, you actually have to hit below center (draw) because as the ball travels toward its target, friction with the cloth gradually wears off the backspin. The general requirement for any Stun Shot is that you have to shoot at a speed and with an amount of backspin that results in the backspin wearing off just at the Moment of Impact. There is a range of ways to accomplish this. Cueball speed and draw combine to determine what the CB will be doing at any moment in its travel – spinning backwards, skidding, or rolling. You can shoot a Drag Shot, which is maximum backspin and low speed. You can shoot a Clobber Shot, which is center ball and high speed. You can shoot any appropriate combination of speed and backspin in between. If it’s not a straight-in shot, the speed will determine how far the CB moves after impact. Weigh the trade-offs and shoot whichever combination fits your purposes and your skill. So why is the Stun Shot so important? It’s the only shot in pool where we know for certain the direction the cueball will take after it strikes an object ball. If the CB is sliding at the Moment of Impact, it will run down the Stun Line (sometimes called the Tangent Line) every time, regardless of speed. The Stun Line is the line that’s perpendicular (90 degrees) to the line through the centers of the two balls at impact. This is the key to position play. We know where stun shots will go, and if we want to adjust to make the CB go forward or back relative to the Stun Line, we can accomplish that with draw or follow – at the Moment of Impact. So, when someone tells you to use Center Ball, they probably mean Stun, but it’s hard to be certain. Consider the result you want. Consider what the cueball must be doing at the Moment of Impact to accomplish that result. Decide how you are going to make that happen and hit accordingly. Have I said “Moment of Impact” enough times?
TABLE LEARNING TALKTO LOVE ONE POCKET Love it or hate it, it’s a very challenging game
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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 billiardsprofessor.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!
I am a very lucky man. My gal is very supportive of my love of pool, and goes with me to every tournament, and every league night. She keeps track of my pool lesson appointments for me, and even gets on me to make sure I get my articles submitted on time every month. Before we met, she knew nothing about pool, and had no desire to play or watch it. Since we have been together, she has learned to love pool. She gets most excited about 9-ball. In her words, she loves to see the ball “zooming around the able” to get into position for the next shot. She also enjoys 8-ball, but I strongly suspect that is because I play 8-ball in a local BCA league, and she loves socializing with our friends at the local pool hall (Crown Billiards in San Ramon, California). Pool takes up a lot of our free time, and she’s pretty gracious about it, for the most part. Often, I will tell her about a tournament I want to play in, and she’ll tell me OK, and put it on the calendar. Unless it’s One-Pocket. She hates One-Pocket. I am sure most of you are familiar with One-Pocket. If not, head on over to onepocket.org for a detailed description of the game. Essentially, you and your opponent battle it out to be the first person to pocket eight balls in your assigned pocket. A simple premise, to be sure, but the nuances involved are very deep, and take a very long time to master. One-Pocket is a very different animal from most other pool games. There is a lot of maneuvering and safety play, and very little actual shot-making. I think that is where her boredom comes from: “I want to see balls go in the pocket!” If you are in the same camp, and really don’t see the appeal of the game, I invite you to watch a match or two. You can find some good matches on YouTube by searching for “One-Pocket.” Find a match with Scott Frost, and pay attention to the following: Do not leave a clear shot for your opponent. Most of the time, you’ll want to leave the cue ball near your opponent’s pocket. In doing so, you are forcing him to shoot away from his pocket, making it very difficult for him to score a pot. Of course, you also want to make sure that you don’t leave a relatively easy bank shot for him, either. You don’t always need to leave the cue ball near his pocket. If you tie the cue ball up with other balls, you can not only leave him a difficult shot on his own pocket, you might make it difficult for him to play safe on you. In most games, there is a cluster of balls near the foot spot, called the “stack.” If you put the cue ball next to the stack on his side of the table, he will have tremendous difficulty getting the upper hand on you. Positioning balls near your pocket. One of the keys to doing well in this game is to ensure that you have some easy “ducks” sitting in front of your pocket, ready to be potted. The more you have sitting there, the more pressure it
puts on your opponent, because if he misses a shot, you are going to be able to earn some points, and possibly even run out! If you leave a ball on the long rail and one on the short rail, your opponent will have a difficult time leaving the cue ball in a position where you cannot put one of them in your pocket. But don’t just leave a bunch of balls near your pocket. Make sure they are in position for easy pots. If you tie some of them up, you might hinder your chances of making easy shots. Remove balls from near your opponent’s pocket. This is really a corollary to the previous point. In fact, the game really boils down to these two things: remove balls from your opponent’s pocket, and reposition them near your own. This is where some of the “wow” factor can come in. If you realize that a player is attempting to remove balls from his opponent’s side, and his shot ends up clearing 4 or 5 balls away, only to leave them near his own pocket, you have to recognize the tremendous skill that takes. Seriously, watch Scott Frost’s matches. He does this on a regular basis. He’s a beast! Don’t just blast those balls away, and put them on your side, though. It’s not enough to put balls near your pocket; you must also protect them. Leave the cue ball in a position that a) leaves no shot on your opponent’s pocket, and b) is hidden from your ducks by other ball(s). The stack is very useful for this! One-Pocket has often been compared to chess. While chess obviously requires much more strategy, the analogy still holds up. Often, you will move your pieces around, building up a strong defense around your king, while simultaneously forming a strong attack. Don’t approach One-Pocket with the intention of potting 8 balls. A game can last over an hour, and with that perspective, it’s VERY boring. Instead, approach it like a battle, and position your “men” in the best spots to give yourself the overall advantage. As a spectator, don’t watch for the players to pot balls. Instead, watch how they maneuver the balls around the table, and pay particular attention to their cue ball control. 95% of the time, they are focused mainly on putting the cue ball in the PERFECT position. It takes tremendous skill, and some of the best players are masters at their craft. If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to 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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FINDING THE CENTER
I’m a big believer in fundamentals. I think that if your mechanics (basic motions of your stroke) are simple and repeatable, the game will be easier for you and your improvement will be a lot faster for however much time you put in to develop your game. I have several problems with my own fundamentals. When I was starting to play, there was almost no pool instruction. Those starting to play today don’t have that problem -- there is plenty of pool instruction around. Very good indicators of the state of your own fundamentals are shots that can be played without sidespin and are straight in. To play such a shot all you have to do is set your cue stick up along the line through the centers of the two balls and the center of the pocket and then bring the cue stick straight forward through the cue ball. Simple. Well, not really so simple. Most players find this very hard to do perfectly. Either they line up at an angle to the correct line or their cue swerves during the shot or the cue stick is parallel to the right line but offset to one side or the other. There are various causes for these problems, but let’s first check whether you have a problem. Set up Shot 1 as a perfectly straight shot into the side pocket. You will be doing this shot for a while so to make it easy to repeat the correct setup precisely, there are some learning tools you can use. The best is to mark a line on the cloth between the centers of the two pockets. If you use a tailor’s chalk to do this it will be easy to remove the line later. Add two paper reinforcement donuts for the positions of the two balls. If you can’t mark the table -- maybe the owner is overly protective -- just use the donuts with a third donut exactly in line with the others and close to the left side pocket. Note that I have shown a striped ball as the cue ball. This is so you can see whether you have side spin on the ball. A training cue ball is best, but a stripe will work. The goal is to make the shot in the side with draw and bring the cue ball straight back to the other side to scratch. A secondary goal -- and a main point of the drill -is to do this without any side spin so you know your hitting the cue ball in the center. If you have a line drawn on the table, it can be used to check your cue alignment. When you are down on the shot and think you have the line right, before you pull the trigger look down and see if the cue stick follows the line. If you don’t have a line, check your cue stick versus the third donut. As the striped cue ball draws back, the stripe should be rolling like a tire and not wobbling or slanted.
Shot 1 Draw to scratch
Shot 2 Follow to scratch
Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes on the shot. Set a goal such as three consecutive shots with a scratch and no significant side spin. Shot 2 is a similar shot with follow. The goal is to make the cue ball scratch in the same pocket as the object ball. As shown the shot may be too long for your current skill level, so make it shorter until you can do three in a row with minimum wobble of the cue ball. A last tip to check your centering: as you make your last stroke, fix your eyes on the ferrule/tip of your cue stick. Does it go straight through the center of the cue ball and finish straight ahead?
KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS!
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.
Bill “Weenie Beenie” Staton once said, “Pool is 70 percent mental.” Over the years, you have probably made enough poor decisions to believe this is true. Why, then, do we associate our playing ability with physical skill? Honestly, some players are more definable by the way they think than by the way they stroke the cue ball. Take the big breaker who crushes the rack but throws a temper tantrum every time he scratches: Yes, he’s got a powerful stroke, but before long his emotions are completely out of control. Next, consider his polar opposite, the guy who strikes the one nice and solid with a firm speed: He has roughly half the physical talents of the big breaker, but he knows his limitations and plays within them. Physical abilities only create potential in pool; it’s application that makes the difference. So why are some pool players measured by their physical talents? It’s because their physical abilities are far more visible than their mental ones. You never hear someone say, “It was the right decision to play safe from there,” or “You never shoot until you are ready.” These factors get little recognition, yet they often pave the way to success, sometimes having a greater effect on a shot’s outcome than the stroke itself. In fact, by thinking positively, you may be able to immediately play a stronger, more effective game of pool. One thing is certain: Without a strong mental game, you will never reach your true potential as a player. No doubt, it’s hard to play “in the moment” and stay focused. In pool, there is a natural tendency to look ahead or dwell on shots you’ve missed. If you have trouble putting mistakes behind you, it’s probably time to take a hard look at yourself. Many players are
shocked by the errors they make; for instance, they may miss a shot and let their negative emotions consume them for five games. If this sounds like you, look at your past. If history shows that you occasionally miss a ball, then don’t blow up when it happens. For many players, the game consumes their life. It’s what they do in their free time, what they read about and watch on the Internet, what they dream about at night when they go to sleep. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions: Does a bad tournament ruin your day? Does your last match affect your relationships with family and friends? These could all be serious indicators that pool controls your life. If this is the case, I suggest for you to take a short break. Sometimes, getting away from the game can give you a fresh perspective. On the other hand, maybe your perspective is fine, but when you play, you try to be like someone you’re not. For instance, you may want to shoot like Earl Strickland, pocketing ball after ball at a blistering pace. But if your personality is more conservative, shooting fast can throw your game out of balance. The key is for you to be honest with yourself. Figure out what your game should look like, and play within your limitations. Moreover, you must understand that your limitations are based upon your individual ability and your pool game has to fit with your God-given talents. Every match you play has its ups and downs, whether it be pocketing an impossible bank shot or playing a safety that comes back to haunt you. This sets the stage for bumpy road, which can completely take you out of your game. By reading and understanding this monthly column, you can learn to get away from negativity and play pool with a positive outlook. You can also learn to improve your game by benefitting from your nervous energy. Above all, you will learn that a positive mind will figure out a way to win, while a negative mind looks for all the reasons that you can’t. Don’t limit yourself with negative thinking. Be unstoppable…even from yourself!
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THE MARVELLOUS TOP SPIN
STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.
I personally like to use top spin a lot. So should any pool player since it is simply an enhancement of a ball’s natural forward roll. “Top spin” or “Follow” should be preferred to any other option in order to play position as it makes it easier to control the speed. The trajectory of the cue ball hit with a follow stroke is easier to predict and the billiards players know it well. This month’s trick shot has been around for a long time and it will help you understand the huge potential of follow shots. It is fairly easy, provided you are accurate in delivering the tip of your cue onto the exact spot of the cue ball. Start by placing a ball somewhat centered between the jaws of a corner pocket (in my diagram I used the red ball). Then place a couple of “obstacle balls” perpendicular and frozen to the long rail close to the side pocket (I used two green balls). Finally place the 9-ball by the other corner pocket on the same side of the table and your cue ball close to the short rail behind the dotted middle line. Now your goal is to pocket the red object ball and sink the 9-ball at the same time, to win the game. Aim 3/4 to the right of the red ball using a good amount of top spin on the cue ball. Use a 2.5 speed on a new, sleek cloth and a 3 speed on an old, slow cloth (I remind you that I gauge my shot’s speed/power 1 to 5, 1 being the power necessary to make the cue ball travel one length of the table, and so on). Make sure you keep your cue leveled and use a smooth follow-through. After making the red ball, the cue ball will hit the long rail then, still spinning with forward motion, will curve around the obstacle balls and head towards the 9-ball to pocket it, with or without hitting an extra rail. I also added in my diagram a blue ball to let you know you can use the same principle to win a 9- or 10-ball game, even if the lowest numbered object ball on the table is not by a corner pocket. As far as it is either frozen to the long rail or at no more than a couple balls away from it (1.5 balls on an old cloth), you can still hit it almost full but never thinner than 3/4 of it, with a lot of follow to make the cue ball hug the long rail (in other words bouncing off of it 2-3 times) and you’ll have pretty good chances of pocketing the 9- or the 10-ball provided it is fairly close to the corner pocket. Another necessary condition though is that the cue ball should be placed quite frontally in regards to the object ball and the long rail, ideally within the “A” area in my diagram. As an important adjustment, keep in mind that by using a little left English (an 11-11:30 hit on the cue ball, like I did), your cue ball will curve more but it will also lose speed more quickly. I like to play aggressively so anytime I have the possibility of closing a game in one shot, I go for it. In my career I did win a few games by using the above mentioned shot, and a few others by slicing the blue ball on its left side using some left English on the cue ball in order to have the cue ball travel 3 rails before making the billiards and A pocketing the winning ball. Try both solutions and see which one you feel more confident with.
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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. It requires energy to take the cue back and it takes more energy to redirect the cue. Mentally (usually sub consciously) 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. This is what gives the player that high degree of touch and feel for the game that’s essential for top
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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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Big Dog Billiards and Diveney Cues presented the Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo September 10 to 13, 2015. It was quite a well attended event! We thank everyone who participated! Congratulations are due many, in fact, all of the participants-- the Sponsors, Vendors, Professional and Amateur pool players, PoolActionTV.com, the staff at Big Dog Billiards and Big D’s Cafe. and especially all of the Cue show attendees and tournament spectators! We thank you for your participation! We truly apprecAiate and heartily thank our sponsors for making this event possible! Patrick Diveney, of Diveney Cues was the primary partner sponsor with Big Dog Billiards on this event and did a great job recruiting, with the assistance of Andy Andrew Rounceville, the Midwest Cue makers, for this first annual Expo. Dave Jacoby of Jacoby Custom Cues did a great job supporting this event, sponsoring the raffle of a custom Jacoby Cue won by Danny Diveney! A 6-man, $250 entry fee, Winner-Take-All 9-Ball Banks Ring Game was held, with Alex Pagulayan winning John Bertone, of Kamui Tips SA, also the entire pot, $1500, this year. Other participants in included Justin Hall, Tony Chohan, Danny Smith, Justin contributed greatly as a sponsor of this event. Richardson, and Mike Massey. Ramin Bakhtiari, owner of GoPlayPool.com, and MaryAnn Starkey did a great job helping to promote the event. Importantly, Ramin designed the event tee shirt and contributed to Congratulations the tee shirt giveaway for the Open 9ball tournament! Ivan Lee, of Iwan Simonis to Bartender Cloth and Aramith also made great contributions as sponsor of this event! Megan Mulford, (pictured to Ray Hansen, owner of poolactiontv.com also did a great job promoting the event the left) online at at many other tournament events preceding this event, and with the able Winner of assistance of Scott Rabon, and commentator Jeremy Jones, produced a great livethe Danny stream of the One Pocket event and final match of the 9-ball tournament! Diveney -Jacoby Cue Don Akerlow “Cheese” and Mary Akerlow of On The Break News and Rackem that was Magazine did a magnificent job promoting the event and providing extra space raffled at for advertising! We thank each and everyone of the sponsors and promoters! the event.
9-Ball Banks Tournament at MB&C Expo
The vendors and cue makers that participated in the event were fantastic! We appreciate their participation and look forward to their return next year! Special thanks to Lee Brett, of American Hustler Clothing for his great job working with us and Ramin Bakhtiari on the printing of the event tee shirts! Steve Wells of Action 24/7 Clothing did a great job at his booth and also contributed his time and effort promoting the event, and we thank you Steve, for everything! Extraordinary special thanks to Pat Diveney and Diveney Custom Cues and Andy Rounceville for the great effort put forth in gathering
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together Midwest Cue Makers Avs Cueshop, Joe Salazar of Connoisseur Cues, Brandon Boren Cue Sales, Ruben Fisher Cues, Keith Walton Cues, John Davis Cues, and Dave Jacoby of Jacoby Custom Cues. We truly appreciate all of the efforts put forth on this event by the Big Dog Billiards staff: Thank you Jeremy White, Manager, Patrick Hilton, Security and Roustabout, especially, for putting in long and hard hours moving pool tables, resetting them and hanging lights over the tables.our bartenders Matt Preston, Megan Mulford (also a great thanks to Megan for being a great raffle girl and also serving drinks everywhere!), Victoria Saenz, Monica Monica Marie Murray, and Caitlyn Beth Troendle who tended bar and served and waited on customers, and our servers Rachael Chumbley, Shanna Higgins, and special thanks to Desiree Johnson for serving also! The Big D’s Cafe Staff did a great job feeding the multitudes of hungry people throughout the event! Thanks to Derald Derald L Judson Jr., owner of Big D’s Food Service and Cafe, Manager Sharon Judson, and Leslie Judson and numerous other
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P O O C NK E E T
Scott Frost (above) - One Pocket Champion
Jesse Bowman (right) - 3rd place
We thank Mike Massey for coming to this event and putting on Trick Shot exhibitions and representing his line of custom Meucci Cues, LLC . Well worth mentioning also, Mike was entertaining in other ways, playing in the Open 9-ball event, and perhaps as much fun to observe, playing guitar and singing, serenading the crowd several times during the weekend!
Judson family members and their staff: Kyle, Scotty, Anthony Ludwig, and also Sharon Rinkert for her kitchen assistance, and forgive me if I left anyone out on the Cafe staff! We need to make special mention of the help we received from Bob Smith and Desiree Smith! Bob was indispensable this weekend as was Desiree! Bob assisted in a variety of areas including assisting Jon Brown Tournament Director, assisted with the raffles, helped move equipment and furnishings and countless other tasks, with eagerness and efficiency! Desiree also assisted with the raffles, the tournaments and other essential tasks! We need to give special mention and thanks to Michael Sheets and Curtis Baze, who expended a great effort constructing VIP benches and assisting in moving the furnishings, and other tasks. We truly and deeply appreciate Greg Sullivan, owner of DIAMOND BILLIARD PRODUCTS, for making time in his life to come to Big Dog Billiards several days prior to the event and with Gary Lutmanâ€™s assistance, also greatly appreciated, setting the Diamond 9ft tables in working order and properly level prior to commencement of the One Pocket tournament! Jon Brown really worked hard and long putting together the tournaments for this event venue! His efforts are greatly appreciated. He also helped out in other ways prior to and during the event, and he deserves much appreciation for his efforts! It is not a simple task to organize and run a 150 player event, and get the schedules for matches as organized well and smoothly as Jon did during this event! Jon Brown is writing up a special thanks to everyone in the Open 9-Ball tournament and will be posting on that soon. The $2000 added Open 9-Ball Tournament was the largest we have held, with 150 players going at it from Friday through Sunday. The Final match between Shane Winters and Bobby Mcgrath was really quick, with Shane besting Bobby to take the title of Big Dog Billiards Open 9-Ball Champion and Bobby earned his way all the way through the oneloss side to capture a well-earned second place! Congratulations to Shane and Bobby! The final match was broadcast on the free live stream hosted by Ray Hansen and Poolactiontv. com and the recorded final match will be available to watch soon, for those who missed the fast action of the finals match. Eleven professional pool players participated in the $5000 added Big Dog Billiards One Pocket Championship, paying out $27,000 in prize
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money to the top four finalists! Congratulations to Des Moines’ very own Scott Frost “The Freezer,” on a stellar performance, powering his way undefeated through the competition to capture the title of Champion this year, defeating last’s year’s Champion Joshua Roberts in the final match 5-1, Scott earned $12,000 for his valiant effort! Scott Frost and Josh Roberts are now 1-1. We look forward to next year’s event to see this rivalry for Champion continue! Congratulations to Josh Roberts, who captured a well-earned Second Place, working his way through the field from the one loss side to the finals, earning a well-deserved $8000 for his performance! Congratulations to Iowa’s own Jesse Bowman, for his third place finish, earning $5000 in prize money for his effort! It was great to see Jesse in action again, and we hope to see more of him, more often, in the future! Congratulations to Corey Dueul for this fourth place finish, earning $2000 in prize money! The remaining seven one pocket players, who did not place in the money, also are deserving of special thanks for participating and we appreciate their participation greatly! Along with their sponsors, these professionals put forth solid efforts despite being bested by the finalists, and we look forward to having them compete in future events at Big Dog Billiards! Thank you to Jeremy Jones, Justin Hall, Chris Bartram, Tony Chohan, Danny Smith, Alex Pagulayan, and Des Moines’ own Jason Chance! Thank you everyone, and we hope to see all of you back here again next year! Sincerely, James Landrum and Randy Hanson Owners, Big Dog Billiards
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Williams Rides the Wave at Skinny Bob’s
Tara Williams, Jennifer Kraber
First-time competitor on the Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour, Fort Worth’s own Tara “Firecracker” Williams, came out firing at the ladies 9-ball event held at Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, Texas, on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015. Williams fought her way through a talented field of 29 women, overcoming the 2014 defending champion Jennifer Kraber in the final, 5-4, to capture her first-ever, Gulf Coast Regional Tour title. Skinny Bob’s Billiards www.skinnybobs.com, along with tour sponsors Delta-13 Rack www. delta-13.com, and the APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty, facilitated another successful event for the ladies, who competed for over $1,000 in prize money, in a oneday competition! It was the fourth stop on this year’s acclaimed Gulf Coast Tour, the sanctioned WPBA Regional Tour which emerged with its fledgling season in 2013, and has accumulated the largest WPBA member following of the (13) regional tours, to date. With 43 WPBA Memberships under its belt, and 6 major stops in 2015, the Gulf Coast Tour is looking towards expansion in 2016. “Our goal is to build the Gulf Coast Tour organization through WPBA Memberships ($25 annually) which provide a laundry list of perks for our players. WPBA Membership is required to participate on our tour, but there are no other fees other than our $25 entry fee. We’re making this tour work through solidarity and sponsorship. WPBA Regional Tours are the grass-roots network that feed the women’s pro billiard tour, and that means continuously building our WPBA member base in
order for all these pieces to expand, as a whole. It’s about getting the word out through press releases, social media, and business relationships, inside and outside of our industry”, states Kimberly Newsome, regional tour director, WPBA President and Touring Pro. “The WPBA will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2016, and we look forward to a very special year!” Players came out in full force, with a near 50% increase over last year’s attendance. Local favorites included Jennifer Kraber, Kim Sanders, Julia Rapp, Veronica “Pistol Perez” Perez, and Kim “Texas Heat” Pierce. The road to the winners’ side final four saw Williams defeat Houston’s Tangela Hunt, 5-2, D’Andrea McQuirter, 5-1, and Angie Payne, 5-2, as Pierce made her way with wins over Rapp, 5-3, Loretta Lindgren, 5-2, and Perez, 5-0. Kraber ousted Teresa Garland, 5-4, Francis Marron, 5-0, and Tam Trinh, 5-1, while Michelle Cortez blew past Jennifer Yo, 5-2, Julie Enzensperger, 5-1, and Erica Hanlon, 5-2. Pierce fell to Williams, 5-1, while Cortez bested Kraber, 5-3, staging a Williams versus Cortez hot seat match. On the one loss side, after a second round loss to Hanlon, 5-1, Alicia Huff won an impressive four consecutive matches, eliminating Hunt, 4-0, Enzensperger, 4-1, Perez, 4-2, and Rapp 4-1. Lindgren also made a strong bid on the one loss side, with wins over Liz Mitchel, 4-3, Garland, 4-2, and Hanlon, 4-1, before falling to Trinh, 4-0. It was Kraber over Huff, 4-0, and Pierce eliminated Trinh, 4-3. Hot seat action witnessed Williams defeat Cortez, 5-1, while Kraber bested Pierce, 4-1. The defending champion blew past Cortez in similar fashion, 4-1, to tee off with
Williams in the final round. In the first set of the true, double elimination final, Kraber’s momentum was unwavering, but Williams was determined to make her mark. Both players were closing in, but it was Williams who captured the final game to win the set, 5-4. Congratulations to Tara “Firecracker” Williams on her first Gulf Coast Tour win! The Gulf Coast Tour will host its first $1,000 added 10-ball event and 2016 Masters Qualifier on September 12TH-13TH at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar (3040 FM 1960 E). This will be the Gulf Coast’s first-ever, $1,000 added, 2-day event, and all members are encouraged to bring a new player in order to increase attendance! To view the event flyer, visit www. facebook.com/GulfCoastTour. For more information about the Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour, contact Kimberly Newsome at 713.825.1411.
Results 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th-6th 7th-8th
Tara Williams $440 Jennifer Kraber $250 Michelle Cortez $120 Kim Pierce $75 Alicia Huff, Tam Trinh $40 Julia Rapp, Loretta Lindgren $25
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UPA IOWA Singles Summer 2015 RYAN GOODWIN
UPA IOWA is one of the fastest growing leagues in the Des Moines area. It offers a higher percentage payout than other national leagues. This is the second end of session singles event they have offered to the league players where they have kicked in an additional 50%. This tournament like most matches in UPA IOWA had a lot of hill / hill performances which make the matches very competitive and thrilling. The semi-finals both went down to the wire where both father (Roger Goodwin) and son (Ryan Goodwin) won to play against each other in the finals. Youth won out and took first this time which was only fitting since the father had won the prior event. Karl Seidel finished 3rd. UPA IOWA offers both a team and singles event after each season of league play. Come out and give the league a try and win CASH for the top teams every session. Contact UPA IOWA at 515-3398847 or email upaiowaleague@ gmail.com or visit us at www. facebook.com/UPA.IOWA . 1st Ryan Goodwin 2nd Roger Goodwin 3rd Karl Seidel
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On the weekend of September 12-13, Sandifer has snuck to first place with the Omega Billiards Tour was hosted 715 points, Daniel Herring is close by Clicks Billiards in Arlington, by in second place with 710 points Texas. The staff and owners treated and Nick Conner has moved into the the players well with great food and top 3 with 590 points. Close behind an amazing atmosphere, and they is Cory Anderson with 555 points took care of all us all weekend long (4th) and Crispian Ng with 480 covering very long hours and we very points (5th). It’s a tight points race much appreciate each and every one for the end of season Predator prizes! of them. And only ONE more event to go for The field of 80 players was full the rankings! again of top players and, by Sunday Tournament Director Melinda afternoon, everyone kept their eyes on Bailey would like to thank Clicks 2014 Omega Tour Champion, Nick owners and staff for their awesome Conner, and newly-crowned Texas hospitality all weekend! Open Champion, Sky Woodward. A big thank you also goes out to They seemed to be the players to beat Michael Hoang, main sponsor of the l-r: Nick Conner (2nd), Sky Woodward (1st) and David Bell (3rd) in this $1,500-added tournament. Tour and owner of Omega Billiards David Bell placed an impressive 3rd Supply in Hurst, TX. Michael and place (his highest finish yet) and Chris (Woody) Smith placed 4th – his highest Omega Billiards Supply are well known for the huge booths at many large finish yet as well. Both players played great all weekend and earned those top tournaments across the country. spots for sure. Always tough to beat, both Cory Anderson and Barry Emerson The next stop of the Omega Billiards Tour will be October 10-11 at Speeds placed 5th/6th and, traveling all the way from Houston, both Mike Liang and Billiards in Arlington, Texas. $1,500 added and limited to 80 players. Still 1 Eric Hsu placed 7th/8th in the tough field of 80 players. more stops left before the $4,500-added Season Finale! Pool is alive and thriving Young gun Sky Woodward made his way to the hotseat with wins over Joseph in Texas! Pruiett 9-1, Ed Redman 9-1, Mike Voelkering 9-4, Mark Szabo hill hill (9-5), 1st $900 Sky Woodward Chris Smith 9-4 and Cory Anderson 9-0. Nick Conner made his way to meet 2nd $530 Nick Connor Sky in the hotseat with wins over Jay Murillo 8-4, Mike Liang 8-3, Frank Cherry 3rd $400 David Bell 8-6, David Bell 8-3, and Berry Emerson 8-2. The hoteast was a GREAT match 4th $320 Chris Smith and it would go hill-hill! Sky would end up on top and sent Nick to the one-loss 5/6 $240 Barry Emerson, Cory Anderson side where he defeated David Bell 8-4 for a rematch with Sky, this time in the 7/8 $180 Mike Liang, Eric Hsu finals. 9-12 $90 Curtis Cardwell, Frank Cherry, Again, it was a fantastic match of great shots and skill and again it went hill-hill! Robert Clark, Paul Guernsey Would there be a second set in the true double elimination finals? Nope – Sky 13-16 $70 Mike Voelkering, Deven Poteet, would win the match hill-hill and seal his first place at this Omega Billiards Tour Greg Sandifer, Jim Colling Stop! Congrat’s to Sky for his great play in Texas the last week, and congrat’s to 17-24 $30 Jeff Georges, Tommy Ulbik, Nick for an impressive 2nd place against strong competitors (and the only one Crispian Ng, Joseph Pruiett, to get hill hill (twice) with Sky. Douglas Pitts, Robin Barbour, Congrats to ALL the players and fans for a great event! Amos Bush, Mark Szabo After eight stops this year (one more to go for the final point standings), Greg Last Lady $75 Julie Stephenson
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Justin Bergman Bags “The Lion” @ Jamaica Joes
Skip Maloney AzBilliards.com Staff The first sign of trouble showed up in the battle for the hot seat. Up to that point, in a short field of 14 players, Alex Pagulayan had pretty much cruised, sending Corey Deuel and Charlie Bryant to the loss side by an aggregate score of 30-11; Deuel had chalked up eight racks against him in the races to 15, Bryant only three. The hot seat match between “The Lion” and Justin Bergman at Jamaica Joe’s $2,000-entry fee 8-Ball tournament over the weekend of September 18-20 in Midwest City, OK, was one of quite a few entertaining double hill matches - Johnny Archer and Charlie Bryant, for example (Bryant won), or Danny Smith versus Corey Deuel (loss side; won by Smith), or Bryant/ Saez (loss side; won by Bryant). Pagulayan sent Bergman to the semifinals, but Bergman came back to down him twice in the double elimination final to claim the event title. Like Pagulayan, Bergman was awarded an opening round bye, and then, defeated Saez to move into a winners’ side semifinal against Shane McMinn, while Pagulayan faced Bryant. Bergman had the tougher time but outlasted McMinn 15-13, while Pagulayan downed Bryant 15-3. Pagulayan claimed the hot seat, well aware that he’d just given up four more racks to Bergman than he’d given up, total, against both of his previous opponents.
On the loss side, Bryant and McMinn ran into Saez and Archer, respectively. Archer had eliminated Justin Hall and Danny Smith to reach McMinn. Saez had downed Josh Roberts and Shane Winters to draw Bryant. Bryant survived one of the aforementioned double hill matches and advanced to the quarterfinals. McMinn defeated Archer 15-12 to join Bryant. Bryant ended McMinn’s run 15-6, and then ran into Bergman in the semifinals. Bergman took that match 15-10 and moved back to avenge his loss in the battle for the hot seat. He took the opening set 15-5, and though The Lion put up one hell of a second-set fight, somewhere around 3 a.m. (EST), Bergman finished the second set 15-12 to claim the event title. Originally intended for a full field of 16, it was reduced to 14 when two arguably game-changing competitors - Jeremy Jones and Skyler Woodward were unable to attend. The event was streamed throughout the weekend by Ray Hansen’s PoolActionTV crew, with guest commentators that included (though certainly not limited to) Scott Rabin, Corey Deuel and Charlie Bryant. 1st Justin Bergman USA $14000/$6500 2nd Alex Pagulayan CAN $8000/$4000 3rd Charlie Bryant USA $5000/$2500 4th Shane McMinn USA $3000 Hours: M-F: 2pm-2am Sat: 11am-2am Closed Sunday
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September 23, 2015 (Denver, CO): The 2015 Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) Junior National 9-Ball Championships qualified 16 billiard student-athletes to represent North America as part of Team USA at the upcoming WPA (World PoolBilliard Association) Junior 9-Ball Championships. The prestigious annual world event will be held in Shanghai, China November 13-18, 2015. Through the support of the Billiard Congress of America, the BEF continues to The following players will proudly represent our country this year: 1. Chris Robinson, age 17 (Ventura, CA) 2. Joshua Franklin, age 17 (Creve Coeur, IL) 3. Zachary Gurganus, age 18 (Marrieta, GA) 4. Nickolas Kline, age 17 (Prescott Valley, AZ) 5. Manny Perez, age 17 (Kansas City, KS) 6. Jacob Watson, age 17 (Tyler TX) 7. April Larson, age 15 (Bloomington, MN) 8. Emily Herpel, age 15 (Freehold, NY)
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Who won Skinny Bob's Texas Open? Read all the results and find out about the Midwest Cue Expo held at Big Dog Billiards ... don't miss out.
Published on Oct 1, 2015
Who won Skinny Bob's Texas Open? Read all the results and find out about the Midwest Cue Expo held at Big Dog Billiards ... don't miss out.