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This cue features a Ebony forearm w/4 White Poly Board/Snakewood Points, 4 Tulip wood Inlays. Butt sleeve combination of Snakewood, Cocobolo, Tulip and aluminum inlays. Butt sleeve and handles are complemented with tulip wood, black phenolic and silver custom rings. Handle is decorated with 3 piece white plastic tube and custom silver rings. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented technology shaft (other shafts optional) and a radial Tiger joint protector. Standard cue specifications and items included; Length 58” Weight 18oz. - 20.5oz. Handle - 3 piece white plastic tube, 3 custom silver and black rings Shaft - Ultra-X® high performance shaft Cue tip - Sniper laminated cue tip - 12.75mm Ferrule - Saber-T® Tiger ferrule Joint protector - Radial Tiger joint protectors Case - Soft black velvet Tiger cue case MSRP: $1599.00 www.tigerproducts.com
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A BASIC AIMING SYSTEM Bob Jewett
Sometimes I balls are three OB think beginners dimensional. CB believe too The cue ball will CB&OB OB CB OB CB much in aiming always appear systems. They larger than the Full 1/2 Full 1/4 Full 3/4 Full think that if object ball at its they just find starting point the right way and even at the to look at the time of contact cue ball, object because it will be CP ball and pocket, nearer to you. CB they will never miss again. Besides full ball Unfortunately, and half ball OB Half ball hit seen from above there is no such are 1/4th or system. Aim “quarter” ball varies with balls cloth, stick, speed, spin, humidity, and 3/4ths full. To aim for a half ball hit, you actually and where your head is, literally and figuratively. All have a visible target: the edge of the object ball. Your systems, or at least the ones I know about, ignore some stick should be aimed directly through the center of or most of those factors. the cue ball at the edge of the object ball. For 3/4 full, you sort of have a target if your stick is pointed The only way to learn how to aim is to play and half way from the center of the object ball to the edge. develop a feel for angles, but that’s not to say that all For a 1/4 full shot, your stick must be aimed as much systems are worthless. A system can provide a first outside the edge of the ball as the 3/4 shot was aimed estimate of the line of a shot that you have no feel inside the ball. for, which will frequently be the case if you are just beginning to play seriously. If you practice with one, In the lower diagram is view from above of a half-ball it can give you confidence in times of stress. A system hit to make things a little clearer. Note that the edge will usually make you look at the shot, and that alone of the cue ball is going towards the center of the object will improve your play if you’ve gotten into really lazy ball, just as it’s center is going towards the edge of the habits. Finally, a system will organize angles into a object ball. Also drawn is a line half way between structure that may be easier to understand than if every the two “centerlines” which turns out to give the shot is separate and unconnected to shots at slightly two points on the balls that actually make contact at different angles. “CP.” This demonstrates that the stick is almost never pointed at the spot on the object ball you actually want The fractional ball aiming system has been with us for to contact. perhaps 200 years -- it appears in a book by Edwin Kentfield that was published in 1839. The basic idea Geometry tells us the cut angles for each of these four is simple: any cut angle is described by “how much” cardinal fullnesses of hit. Full ball is pretty obviously of the object ball the cue ball hits. If the cue ball is a cut of zero degrees. Half ball is 30 degrees, which directed straight at the object ball, it is said to hit the can be shown pretty easily with equilateral triangles, object ball “full.” If the center of the cue ball is sent if you retain some of your high school geometry or towards the exact edge of the object ball, it is said to mechanical drawing. It’s a little harder to work out hit “half ” of the object ball. If the cue ball barely that 3/4 full is a cut of 14.48 degrees, and 1/4 full cuts grazes the edge of the object ball, for a cut of nearly 90 the ball 48.59 degrees. A friend of mine memorized degrees, it is a “very thin” hit. the cut angles for thicknesses down to 64ths, so he could tell you that 51/64ths full is a cut of 12 degrees. Various thicknesses of hit are illustrated in the top I think the 1/2 ball angle is plenty for most people, diagram. Shown is how much the cue ball overlaps since you have to judge the angles by eye anyway. the object ball from the tip’s-eye-view. Of course the diagram is a simplification, since the balls are Even if you don’t use the idea of fractional ball hits to drawn as equal-sized two-dimensional disks, and real aim, it is very useful to describe how full a shot is hit.
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If I Had A Dream ... THE SKY IS NO LIMIT
If I were to write a script for a movie about pool, I would write it about growing up in a family that played in pool leagues several nights a week. I would want to play with my friends at least one night a week and with my family perhaps one or two nights a week, so that I could learn from them. My mother, father, aunts & uncles would all be state champions, either in singles or teams. The movie would take place in a small town in the Midwest: maybe in Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas or Nebraska. Some place where it is cold, mainly because everybody would want to be inside playing pool. A league organization that my friends and family could play in, that would also offer national championships. I would watch my family and even friends win national singles and team championships. I, too, would eventually win state and national singles’ championships. And for an added bonus, I would play in a different league and make it to the finals, only to have the disappointment of losing. With all those accomplishments, one would think you would be happy, but not in my movie. In my movie I would have aspirations and dreams of turning pro; beating greats like: Earl Strickland, Francisco Bustamante, Efren Reyes and all the other great pool players I had heard about while I was growing up. But my movie would have another plot: to win the most prestigious national championship in this country - the U. S. 9-Ball Open Championship. If I were to only win one pro event in my entire life, let it be that!
old! Because, in the history of the U. S. Open, only two other men have accomplished this: Mike Segal in ’76, ’80 & ’83 and Earl Strickland in ’84, ’87, ’93, ’97 & 2000. In my movie, I would then have nine years in my thirties to win three more U. S. Opens, to pass the great Earl “The Pearl”! I would also have fast cars and beautiful women, while I traveled the world to play in pool tournaments. And in my movie, there would be pool magazines that would put my face on the cover, just like in the song, “on the cover of the Rolling Stone”. Wait a minute, my movie actually mirrors real life, because in my movie Mr. Shane Van Boening has accomplished all of my dreams. Shane turned thirty in July of 2013. He has won Amateur, State and National Championships, the U. S. Open 9-Ball three times and is the only player at this point that can win the first three-peat of the U. S. Open. Maybe I would add that to my movie as well, or maybe I already did (look on the front cover, lower right hand side). I want to thank Shane for living my dream or at least my movie.
And in my movie, I wouldn’t stop with that dream. I would want to win another U. S. Open Championship. And if the truth be known, I would want to have three U. S. Open Championships by the time I was thirty years
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My list, checking it twice, We are now into the fall league season. There are three things you will always receive when you arrive at the pool hall for your team match.
One, you will learn something. Be alert to what it is you learn. Spend some time after the match, thinking about how it went. I remember telling people I got screwed in a match and then when I thought about it, I realized I blew it, not once but three times. Two, enjoy your time with your friends and team mates. No one can take this away from you. It is your gift every time you go to the league matches. Three, make sure you enjoy your performance. I remember a match in Reno where I was not doing so well. I looked around at the crowed, realized I was in the match, I was in the players chair and felt an overwhelming sense of appreciation that I was here. So I make it a point to enjoy my performance good or bad. Two more things. Sometimes it is best if you just “take your medicine”. One time I was facing a tough shot and could not get good position on the eight ball. I decided to make my shot and take whatever I ended up with and it turned out I faced a kick cut shot on the eight which I made. Make the shot and take what you get when you are not sure of position. Don’t miss the shot because you are worried about your next shot. Always remember that only two things can happen when you shoot a shot. You will miss it, or you will make it. You are not sure which one it will be. Not
sure if you will make it or miss it, but you are sure you will “look good shooting the shot”. Before your next match, do the 4-16-8 Zen art of breathing. Sit by yourself and draw in a deep breath to the count of four. Then hold your breath to the count of sixteen and then let it out to the count of eight. You will be surprised who how this exercise increases your concentration. Finally, I want you to do three things on every shot. First, connect to the shot. Second, land on the cue ball about a quarter inch from it. Third pause in your back stroke slightly and finish the stroke to the point where your cut tip is on the cloth about five to eight inches in front of where the cue ball was laying. I have created a master piece. The Road Players Nine Ball Training Guide. It is a full color hard cover classic with all my best graphics. Your game will go through the roof when you order this book. IT COMES WITH A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. I am the only author of a book that will guarantee your happiness with a product. This book also comes with two $29.95 each full length DVD’s I shot while I was in New Zealand. You can buy the book and the DVD’s for just $85.00. email me thelifeline@yahoo. com I have a workshop in Asheboro NC on Novemeber 22,23,24. You are welcome to join me. Call 1-413345-0496 for details. You will receive a free copy of my Road Players training guide
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BY: MICHAEL K GLASS
Gimme a (9-ball) Break! Part one of a short series on breaking
Michael K Glass Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at mikekglass.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!
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If you are serious about your game at all, then you practice. If you are very serious, then you practice a lot, sometimes just lining up shot after shot for hours on end. I have shot thousands of practice bank shots myself, to the point where it’s almost a “gimme” shot. But how often do you practice the one shot you shoot more than any other? Can you guess what shot I’m talking about? Hint: it’s in the title... That’s right! The break shot. This month, we’re going to talk about the 9-ball break. I’m going to assume you know the rules of 9-ball. In summary, you must hit the lowest ball on the table, and keep shooting if one of the numbered balls goes in. If the 9-ball is potted at any time, you win. If you need more, check out http://tinyurl.com/9-ball-rules. Honestly, I could write a whole book on just the break. I don’t have that many words available to me, so I’m going to stick to the basics, and hopefully help you improve your 9-ball break. In future issues, we’ll talk about 8-ball, Straight Pool, and One-Pocket breaks. So, in 9-ball, what is it that makes a good break? Let’s make a neat bullet-point list. Those are fun, right? Some of these are no-brainers: Although you can break from anywhere behind the head string, the best spot seems to be close to the side rail. Position the cue about 4 to 6 inches from the rail, and use a rail bridge. Keep your cue stick as level as possible. Use a firm, controlled, hard stroke. Speed is important, but control is paramount--keep the ball on the table! Hit the 1-ball as full as possible. Try to leave the cue ball in the middle of the table, or come back to the head of the table. If the 1-ball doesn’t get potted, it will most likely end up at the head as well, and you want a decent chance to shoot it.
In 9-ball, you’re going for a strong, hard break (unlike straight pool and one-pocket, which require finesse breaks). I cannot stress enough how important it is that you control your cue ball when you are breaking. This is much more important than speed. You can break as hard as you possibly can, potting 4 balls, but if the cue ball ends up off the table, in a pocket, or even in a bad position preventing a shot on the one, then what have you accomplished? If nothing else, you have given your opponent a very good chance of running out on you. Make a ball on the break, and put the cue ball in a good position. That’s how you win 9-ball games. If you have people helping you with your game, you’re going to get all kinds of advice. Many of them will tell you to pivot your hips, or step into the shot. While I will agree that these techniques will help add speed to your break, I strongly believe that you must first master your control. Keep everything still, and only move your forearm. I have a drill that will help you with this. A bonus for this drill is that it will help you determine your maximum break speed. Place the 1-ball on the foot spot. Do not rack a full set of balls -- just the 1-ball. Place your cue ball in position to break on the head string, one diamond from the side rail. Now, get into “break” position, and shoot a stop shot on the 1-ball. Shoot it as hard as you can while shooting a successful stop shot. The 1-ball should come very close to banking into the corner pocket. Keep trying this shot, shooting harder if you are successful, and shooting softer if you are having trouble controlling the cue ball and making it stop. When you have found the maximum speed you can use while still successfully
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The Cincinnati Kid
Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
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A cold breeze and the sputter of snowflakes marked a cold February afternoon back in 2007. Robert Walker, a close friend, hosted a monthly 9-ball tournament at The Billiard Café’. It was a small, old time poolroom nestled in the heart of Lancaster, Kentucky’s city square. Even though the poolroom was small, local talent was big! Players like Mike Patton, Landon Shuffett, Mike Blevins and Robert Frost lined the room. They were all regular suspects in quest of the monthly title. However, during this period, new faces were becoming quite common. In fact, at one time or another, pro players Stevie Moore, Rafael Martinez and Charlie Bryant all paid their respects to the monthly event. Just before the players meeting, I was sitting at the bar, eating my lunch, when suddenly I felt a gust of wind hit me as the front door opened. To my surprise, in walked the Cincinnati Kid. After making his appearance Shannon Murphy, calmly paid his entry fee and prepared for battle. Out of the gate, he was on fire pocketing ball after ball, mowing down one player after another by a score of 5-0. At that point, it was easy to see that if anyone were to beat Shannon it was going to take more than lady luck. As time passed and the smoke cleared, I was standing “Mono E Mono” with Shannon in the finals of the tournament. As push came to shove, the match seesawed back and forth. The score was 4-3 and I was barely ahead. I missed a ball and gave Shannon an opportunity to play safe. When I returned to the table I faced the layout below and had a tough decision to make. I was left with kick shot on the 5 ball. The first thing that came to mind was that the 6 and 7 could be used as potential blockers in playing a return safe. The problem is that to execute the shot I had to hit a precise point on the long rail. After carefully contemplating what to do, I decided to break out the Sid System. The Sid System is a precise dead ball, 1 rail kicking system, meaning the cue ball is hit 1 tip above center with medium speed. The diamonds on the long rail are numbered starting at 1, then 2, and then increase by ½ for each additional diamond. You’ll note that for this system the contact point on the long rail is adjacent to the diamond on the rail, not through the diamond as is the case for several kicking systems. Here I wanted the cue ball to contact the rail adjacent to point 2.5. The plan was for the cue ball to hit the rail then the 5, hopefully hiding the cue ball behind the 6 and 7 – ending at cue ball position “A”. To calculate the shot I had to determine the cue ball starting point. Since I was shooting 2 diamonds from the corner (diamond “2”) I used that as my cue ball position number. I then multiplied the cue ball number (2) by the long rail contact point number (2.5), and got 5, which was my aim point on the end rail. The aim points on the end rail are numbered from the corner diamond by 10’s, so 5 would be a ½ of a diamond from the corner diamond. The corner diamond (zero) begins at the rubber tip of the long rail. I shot through 5 and laid the shot down perfectly. You couldn’t have drawn it any better with a pencil. Shannon was locked up tighter than a movie star’s face-lift. At that point I remember someone saying, “Lucky shot!” Upon returning to the table Shannon fouled leaving me ball in hand with an easy run out for the tournament win. Looking back, several people probably thought I made a lucky shot to win the tournament that day, but I’ll always know that it took more than lady luck to win that game. In fact, that day my luck was self-generated using a system named Sid!
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“The“The Viper” Viper” An Interview by:
I am proud to announce one of my favorite professional players and # 1 USA Player
Mr. Shane Vanboening!
Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. Recently, Melissa opened a new billiard supply store www.qzetta.com For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com
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The Interview: Viper: Where were you born? Shane: I was born Jackson, WY in 1983. Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? Shane: In 2007, I won my 1st major title the US Open in Chesapeake, VA and then followed with winning the 2007 Reno Open beating twice Johnny Archer in the finals to win the championships. That was the first year I was invited to participate in my first Mosconi cup. Viper: Do you have a nickname yet? Shane: They have been calling me “The South Dakota Kid” forever. Viper: What are your short-term goals? Shane: I am currently in North Dakota participating in a bar table event and then I am going straight to the US Open and then off to England to play in the World Pool Masters. Viper: What do you do when you’re not competing? Shane: I enjoy my time golfing, hunting and fishing with my friends and family. Viper: Do you have siblings? Shane: I am the oldest of four and have three sisters who live in Rapid City, SD. My youngest sister is 17-years old and no not one of them plays pool! Viper: Who got you started in playing pool? Shane: My entire family plays pool. My grandfather owned a poolroom called “8-Ball Express” and both my mom and aunt
were BCAPL National Champions and semi-pro players. Viper: What do your parents think of your pool career? Shane: They are all extremely proud of my accomplishments. Viper: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? Shane: Absolutely hands down the best pool players in the world live in Asia, especially in the Philippines and Taiwan! I think one of the reasons is because here in the United States all the players are so spread out! Over there they only have a couple of poolrooms and all the best players hang out together and push each other. There only focus is to improve and become the dangerously the best!! Plus, over here there are way to many handicaps and bar-tables – you don’t see any of that over there!! Viper: Who is/was your favorite pro player growing up? (Viper continued on page 33)
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What are we doing, playing such a difficult, frustrating, insanely precise game? What were we thinking as we became more “serious” about our play? After all, pool humiliates all of us, and fairly frequently. What’s the attraction? Where’s the reward?
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In my 20’s, I played a lot of small stakes pool. But since then, I rarely play for anything other than beauty. Money players scratch their heads when I tell them I play for beauty. For them, the game is about beating others, about winning money and proving their skills and cleverness. Nothing wrong with that. Good ol’ extrinsic reward. But for me, and I suspect, for lots of other good amateur players out there, it’s more about beating yourself, about playing well and getting better. About playing well enough that you are getting intrinsic rewards: experiences of confidence, excellent shot-making, smart position play, strong safety play, run-outs, etc. Good stuff. Quality is its own reward. Yeah, I want to compete, I want to play hard, I want to play tougher opponents. But the truth is, I’d rather play a terrific match and lose by a hair than clobber someone in an unchallenging mismatch. I’m probably just as hard on myself for my errors and lapses of attention as the guys for whom these mistakes are measured in dollars. It’s embarrassing to step up to an easy, routine shot – and miss the shot or blow the shape. But it happens. One of the differences between amateurs and pros, it’s been said, is “Pros don’t miss easy shots.” Well, that’s not quite true. Even pros lose their focus sometimes, but overall, they maintain it far better than most amateurs. Perhaps they’ve been smacked by the cost of missing an easy shot or easy shape so many thousands of times that they’ve learned to strive to always be fully present, every shot. When I asked pro player Jose Garcia how he got over the big hump from good amateur to pro, he said “I started taking every shot seriously.”
This is a key insight. Frequently, we miss position while shooting easy shots. We don’t give “easy” shots the respect they require. Don’t just step up and bang that easy shot into the pocket. If you see the ball-pocketing aspect of the shot as easy, be more precise about the position aspect. Make your next shot easier. Money players and beauty players both want the rewards of quality play. The better you play, the more confident you become. The more confident you become, the better you play. That confident attitude and demeanor helps you shoot without the doubts that lead to hitches in your stroke (and embarrassing misses and even less confidence). Easy shots give your confidence a little boost. Obviously, we should plan to have lots of them. Inevitably, a “hard” shot will arise. Now what? Of course, you have to select the appropriate strategy (make the hard shot, play safe, play a two-way), considering your skills and the game situation. If your confidence is high, you’re more likely to succeed. If your confidence is not so high, or the shot is dang difficult, you might have low expectations for the shot. When players don’t believe they will make the shot, they don’t give it their full attention. They are not present in the shot, seeing and expecting it to unfold as planned. They’ve given up on the shot. Unfortunately, this is precisely the time when you won’t make the shot unless you give it your full attention and believe you can do it. My suggestion is to view challenging shots as Opportunities for Greatness. Expect to pull it off. Believe in your plan. This attitude will get you focused and positive. If it works out as planned, you just got another confidence boost. If it doesn’t, you probably got a better quality result than you otherwise would, and now you’re not beating yourself up for just taking a random whack at a ball.
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JUNIOR PLAYER PROFILE
Zachary Hampton FULL NAME: Zachary Tyler Hampton NICKNAME: Zack”The Attack” HOME TOWN: Rocky Mount VA BIRTH DATE: 8/16/1997 GRADE: 10th FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Guys n Dolls WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Pechauer, & Predator AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 11 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 2 time consecutive junior national champion of 2012, & 2013 MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: osing my second round to a real good player and coming all the way back to defeat him and two other really good players to win the 18 & under boys in my first year playing in it. SPONSOR(S): None currently HOBBIES: Play pool, ride dirt bikes, go fishing, & hanging out with friends FAVORITE POOL GAME: 9-ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Shane Van Boening FAVORITE FOOD: Chicken FICTIONAL HERO: Superman REAL-WORLD HERO: Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: When I first picked up a pool stick its crazy how much you can learn & improve with hard work. GOALS (personal and/or career): To win world championships & to be rich & famous.
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BY: JERRY FORSYTH - AZBILLIARDS.COM - OCT. 19, 2013 Shane Van Boening has won the 38th U.S. Open with a 13-10 victory in the finals over Lee Vann Corteza. This is the second consecutive victory here for Van Boening and his third U.S. Open title, the first of which he won in 2007. Oddly, the Open had gone for 33 years with only one man, Nick Varner, who had won the title consecutively. But then Mika Immonen won it in both 2008 and 2009 and Darren Appleton won in both 2010 and 2011. Van Boening is our third consecutive winner in a row. When the day began there were four men who still had hopes of wearing the crown. Shane Van Boening and Jayson Shaw were still undefeated while both Lee Van Corteza and Niels Feijen were down to a single bullet. Feijen was the first to fall. He put up a great fight and had played brilliantly all week. He took the first lead at 2-1 but Corteza won racks 4, 5 and 6 to go up 4-2. Feijen came back to tie at four apiece but then Corteza put together three racks again to lead 7-4. Niels took the floor and put on a show for four consecutive racks to lead once again at 8-7. They traded a few racks and Feijen led 10-8 in the race to 11 games. But on finals day at the Open the rule is that you must win by two racks with these first games of the day capped at 13 racks. When Corteza won the next two games to tie us again at 10 we knew we were in store for some bonus rounds. Corteza had found his gear and his cue ball control and denied Feijen the opportunity to regain his footing. He won the next two racks to send Feijen away in fourth place and earn the right to continue fighting. His opponent would be Jayson Shaw. Shaw had come into the arena against Van Boening exhibiting his usual confidence and he was looking good when he led Van Boening 4-1. But then Van Boening came back strong and started stringing racks in his usual manner. He won the next eight games in a row to deny the air to Shaws’ sails and leave him with a cold arm. Shaw would only enjoy one more rack when he claimed the win in game 14. Other than that it was all Van Boening and Shane won going away at 11-5. This set up the contest for third place between Jayson Shaw and Lee Van Corteza. Shaw again came out of the gate well and won the first rack but then had to sit again and watch his opponent show off with a fine display of pool that gave Corteza a nice comfort zone at 6-1. Shaw had had enough of being treated so roughly. When he took control of the table in rack seven he refused to give it back until he had put on a run of his own and put away five consecutive nines to tie the match at 6 games each. Corteza took the next two and Shaw the next to tie us at 8 apiece. Then we swapped racks until the score squared up again at ten games apiece and we were once again bound for some bonus games.
The last two racks would again belong to Corteza. He is remarkably calm at the bitter end of a match and his easy demeanor around the table made the end look easy. Our final would be a race to 13 games between Lee Van Corteza and Shane Van Boening. Van Boening won the lag and then broke and ran the first rack. He opened the second rack with a nifty cross-side bank on the one ball that left the remainder of that rack at his mercy as well. When he broke and ran the third rack the Corteza fans began to twitch. Van Boening jarred a shot early in the next rack and Corteza took advantage to move his first bead and trail Van Boening by two at 3-1. An amazing safety exchange left Van Corteza with ball in hand and Corteza cashed that chip to draw within one. His cue ball went wild on the break shot and wound up deep inside the head corner pocket. This safety exchange went to Van Boening and he found himself with ball in hand on the 1 ball and took the rack to its logical conclusion to lead 4-2. Van Boening kicked in the 1 ball on the next rack and wound up tough on the 2. His safety left Coreteza blocked and a table-length away from the ball. Corteza fouled and once again Van Boening had ball in hand. Again he cruised through the rack to lead 5-2. Corteza grabbed the next rack after the break shot and moved within two again. Corteza broke dry and within moments Van Boening completed a 4-9 combination to regain his three game margin. Van Corteza took the next rack but scratched on his break shot so Van Boening finished that out to lead 7-4. When Van Boening won the next rack, after a fairly sloppy exchange of missed shots, his lead increased to four games and his confidence took a step up. He fired in a table-length 1-9 carom to lead by five and then scratched on his next break. Corteza should have owned the easy layout but he got funny on the 5 ball and missed it. Van Boening 10-4. Corteza needed to make a stand. When Van Boening dogged the 1 ball Corteza had a chance to string some beads out and began with that rack. 10-5. The comeback faded fast when Corteza fouled out of a Van Boening safety and Van Boening took the game to lead 11-5. Van Boening scratched on the next break. With no problems on the table Corteza took himself to six games. The next rack was ugly, with both men visiting the table multiple times before Van Boening took the rack out from the 5 ball to get on the hill. Corteeza had one more charge in him. After Van Boening got to the hill Corteza put two racks together to get to 10 but then Corteza made an illegal break and Shane took the table to the Championship 13-10. The win was worth $30,000 for Van Boening, with Corteza settling for $15,000 in prize money. (Check out “If I Had A Dream ...” Movie about SVB on Chalk Talk page 11)
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It was a weekend for celebration at the 2013 Lone Star Billiards Tour Championships where Sylver Ochoa bested an elite field of 32 players and Houston’s Danny Lee overcame 46 amateur players to clench Lone Star Tour titles. The 2013 Lone Star Tour Champions were crowned as well, with Swedish phenom Patrick Werren taking home the 2013 Open Division title and Danny Lee, the 2013 Amateur Division title. For their year-long efforts on tour, they received Poison by Predator VX jump cues, Delta-13 Racks with leather inserts, and Delta-13 Rack-and-Ball carrying cases. Ozone Billiards monogramed a special, 2013 Lone Star Tour Champion polo shirt which was also presented to the 2013 Open Division Champion. The tour would like to acknowledge and thank its group of distinguished industry sponsors; Poison by Predator Cues, Delta-13 Rack, Ozone Billiards, Improve Your Shot.com, and the APA of North Harris County. The 2013 Lone Star Tour Championships were held this past weekend, October 12th-13th, 2013, at David Richardson’s Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Mr. Richardson added a generous $1,500 to the event which included amateur and open 9-ball, one pocket, and ladies 9-ball divisions. The event boasted the attendance of pros Shawn Putnam, Manny Chau, and Sylver Ochoa, along with Eugene Browning, Patrick Werren, Justin Whitehead, and Chase Rudder. This year’s championship doubled as a “warm-up” event for the $5,500 added Space City Open II, to be held December 5th-8th, 2013, at Bogies Billiards. The Lone Star Billiards Tour would like to say “Thank You” to all of the players who participated in the 2013 tour season. The 2014 Lone Star Billiards Tour schedule will be coming out soon at www.LoneStarBilliardsTour.com. Practice up!
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Michelle Cortez of Hutto, Texas, took the Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour by storm, going undefeated in the third 9-ball event of the 2013 season, held this past Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, Texas. She overcame Austin local Jennifer Kraber for the hot seat, 7-5, and once again in the final match, 7-4. Cortez began her run with wins over Houston’s Tanyia Chuites, 7-1, Groveton’s Jenny Magee, 7-4, and Austin favorite, Kim Sanders, 7-3. Kraber defeated Elizabeth Sullivan, 7-2, Dallas’ Cindy Cole, 7-2, and tour points leader, San Antonio’s Gail Eaton, 7-1, to reach Cortez for the hot seat showdown. After suffering a first round loss to Cole, 7-4, first timer April
Flores won 3 consecutive matches, including wins over Sarah Durand, Gail Roles, and Boston newcomer Tam Trinh, all by the same score of 7-5. Kim Pierce was upset by Sanders in the second round, 7-2, and again by Cindy Cole on the oneloss side, 7-4. Cole was eliminated by Sanders, 7-3, settling for a respectable 5th-6th finish. Julia Rapp was initially sent west by Eaton, 7-3, but also won 3 consecutive matches with wins over Mindy Williams, 7-3, Jenny Magee, 7-4, and April Flores, before she was eliminated by Eaton, 7-0. Eaton went on to defeat Sanders for third place, but fell to Kraber, 7-3. The hot seat match between Cortez and Kraber was brilliant. Cortez’ break was solid, pocketing one to two balls with each blow. After a few unforced errors, Kraber’s score began to lag.
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The inaugural South Shore Midwest Pocket Billiard Championship was held at the beautiful Majestic Star Casino and Hotel in Gary Indiana Oct. 9-13 recently. Players from seven Midwest states attended. There were ten singles events, a scotch doubles, and four team events. Spectators were invited as there was free admission for all. Eight-time World Champion Nick Varner performed five shows as compliments of the Majestic Star Casino. The event kicked off with a bang on Wednesday with nine-ball singles. In the Open tournament Illinois master champion, Ike Runnels took top honors, followed by runner-up Jim Jeffers from Griffith Billiards. Women nine- ball singles was won by Will County Illinois native Ann Mason, followed by another Illinois favorite, Jessica Talerico. The Sportsman nine-ball was won by Brandon Bright representing Minnesota, runner up was Paul Scott of Antioch, Illinois. Thursday October 10th saw a lot of action as Ed Lattimer from Chicago worked his magic to take the Senior eight-ball singles
crown with a hard fought battle besting Dave Darnell of Kouts, Indiana. Arron Kasper, Chesterton, placed third. The Women Senior Singles was won by Donna Whitcomb over her good friend Nancy Beadel both from Iowa travelling together. The women Open eight-ball event saw a lot of great action as Gina Negrelli, the local hot-shot from Schererville clawing her way to victory over runner up Nancy Beadel while Kim Demkovich from Portage placed third. The men ‘B’ Division eight-ball was won by Roy Schueler, Antioch, Il., with James Moran placing second, and Ric Sherard, Valaparaiso in third. The ‘A’ Division eight-ball singles was won by veteran champion Don Lamken, La Porte, Indiana, with Brandon Bright second, and Scott Grant Winamac, Indiana placing in the third position. The Masters singles saw local pool wizard Troy Johnson of East Chicago take the top prize of all singles play as he shot past Paul Scott, second, and Tony Gong of Chicago third,
Danny Garza of Chicago, fourth. Well noted; Molly Bontrager of the South Bend area was the only female player to finish in the awards in a fifth place tie with Bill Springer, Portage. The Sportsman eight-ball singles had Bob Ball, Portage and his son Sam, Hobart in the first and second spots with Mark Bontrager, Michiana, and Todd Grant, Chesterton tied for third. Scotch Doubles team of Gina Negrelli/Bill Brown took honors over Brandon Bright/Donna Whitcomb. The next three days from Friday October 11th through Sunday October 13th was the main event. Three player league teams representing their sponsors from the Midwest states dug in for the long haul. After several hundred games the team from the Tap House in Lake Station wrestled home the prize winning plaques with superb shooting. These crafty veterans of the sport have a combined playing career of over 70 years. That’s tens of thousands of games played. The remarkable statistic is they never lost a match throughout the three day competition. T h e y came to play from the beginning to the end. You could see it in their eyes as they toppled one tough opponent after another. From their first
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Runner-up ‘Always Late’ from the South Bend area. Left to right, Jose Loera, Jeremy Edwards, Al Weir. match you could tell there was something special taking shape. The runner-up Champions, Always Late from the South Bend league system was as determined fighting to the end just coming up a game short. Third place team was Back Starrz. The Women team division was won by Amy’s Girls, followed by 3-Way in second, and Cruz in third all from the Chicago, Illinois area. The Sportsman Women team division was won by Leroy’s Hot Tamales from Porter, Indiana followed by Main Event from Iowa. The Sportsman Men team division was won by Cagneys of Hobart, Indiana followed by Goodfellas of Chicago Heights, Illinois. The tournament exceeded all expectations. The vision of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority became a reality as the partner and sponsor of the event leading the way. The Majestic Star was the perfect host accommodating all with the hospitality and service that was splendid at all times. Our thanks to our many friends of the print and air waves media for lending their services. The Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association tournament staff directed a flawless event. The National referee staff was well appreciated in ensuring professionalism. The thanks really belong to the players that allowed this one-of-a-kind first event to be a winner!! The response has been very positive. Players are making plans already to attend the 2014 event. Dates along with times and place will be forthcoming. Thanks to all!!!!!
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Coy Lee Nicholson Grabs First Place on the Omega Billiards Tour
On the weekend of October 5th-6th, Coy Lee Nicholson claimed the top prize on the newly inaugurated Omega Billiards Tour’s 6th stop of 2013 at Speed’s Billiards in Arlington, TX. Coy Lee went undefeated to capture the first place prize and moved himself squarely into second place in the Rankings for the 2013 Season! Over $9,500 was given out in monies and prizes this weekend! (Tourney payouts + prizes + player’s auction.) Here is how it all went down…. Coy Lee defeated Brian Lee, Crispian Ng and Juan Parra on Saturday to set up his Sunday morning winner’s side match with Danny Williams. Also on the winner’s side on Sunday morning was new sponsor to the tour Barry Emerson (of Pro Billiard Service) versus Steve Sheppard, rankings leader Tony Sulsar versus Phillip Palmer, and Viet My versus newcomer Nick Conner. Eventually, the hotseat match would pit Coy Lee against Nick, and Coy Lee would win 8-5 as he would have to wait and see who he would play in the finals. Tony Sulsar would get sent to the one-loss side by Phillip Palmer 6-5. But once Tony got on the one-loss side, he went on a tear, not allowing any opponent to get over 4 games until he reached the finals. On the one loss side, Daniel Herring, Viet My, Danny Williams, and Steve Sheppard would place 9th-12th. 7th and 8th place finishes would go to the always tough Dave Gutierrez and top shooter, Mike Nagaki. Phillip Palmer had a fantastic event and finished his highest with a 5th place finish! Joining him is the always-tough Barry Emerson. Dylan Weinheimer, always great to watch because of his solid fundamentals, placed 4th place. Nick and Tony would play for 3rd, and Tony came out on top with a score of 8-3. That set up Tony Sulsar and Coy Lee Nicholson in the finals. The crowd was large all Sunday and everyone witnessed great matches throughout the weekend. And another treat was in store for everyone for the finals, too. It was a nail biter with games going back and forth until tied at 5-5. Then Coy Lee caught a gear and won the match 8-5 AND the tournament! Congratulations to ALL the players for their fine play and great finishes! Coy Lee earned $560 plus a beautiful Player’s Cue for First Place and Tony earned $450 for Second. And Nick Conner earned $300 for 3rd place (payouts do not reflect the Player Auction). This was the final event to see who would finish the season on the Predator Player Points Tracker! It came down to day two in this tournament – and in the end, Tony Sulsar claimed 1st place and is now the VERY first Omega Billiards Tour Champion! Tony will get free entry fees into the 2014 Season AND a Predator
Coy Lee Nicholson Sport 4x8 Case, BK Break Cue, and Sport Playing Cue with 314-2 Shaft! Second place rankings go to Coy Lee who finished this last event in First to propel him to 2nd place! Coy Lee will get a Predator Sport 4x8 Case and BK Break Cue. Third place goes to Mike Voelkering who had a stellar year! He will get a Predator Sport 4x8 Case and 314-2 Shaft! Fourth through eighth places will each receive a free entry into the 2014 BCAPL Nationals! Congratulations to 4th place ranked Crispian Ng, 5th/6th ranked Amos Bush and Jesse Hernandez, and 7th/8th ranked players Steve Raynes and Alberto Nieto! A HUGE thank you to Predator Cues, BCAPL/CSI, and Lucasi and Players Cues. We would also like to give a big thanks to our additional sponsors, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Pro Billiard Service, APA of Tarrant County, AZBilliards.com, and BilliardsPress.com. Tour Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank Speed’s Billiards and their awesome staff for their great hospitality all weekend! A big thank you also goes out to Michael Hoang, main sponsor of the Tour and owner of Omega Billiards Supply in Hurst, TX. Michael and Omega Billiards Supply are well known for the huge booths at many of the large tournaments across the country. The Season Finale is invitation-only and will be held at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas December 14-15. All six events for 2013 on the Omega Billiard Tour’s inaugural season were filled to their 64-player capacity! Pool is alive and thriving in Texas!! The 2014 Schedule will be online on December 1st and payments can be received online at that time or also in person at the Season Finale. Next year, each event’s added monies will increase to $1,500 AND the field will increase to 80 players! Get your spot in December for the 2014 season! Thank you to all the players, fans, sponsors and pool rooms!!! http://www.omegabilliardstour.com/
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1 Coy Lee Nicholson $560 plus Players Custom Cue (valued at $250) 2 Tony Sulsar $450 3 Nick Conner $300 4 Dylan Weinheimer $200 5/6 Barry Emerson and Phillip Palmer $170 7/8 David Gutierrez and Mike Nagaki $135 9-12 Viet My, Danny Williams, Steve Sheppard and Daniel Herring $90 13-16 Mike Voelkering , Steve Raynes, Juan Parra, Robert Kempf $50 17-24 Greg Sandifer, Jesse Hernandez, Sky Massingil, Anthony Shea, Bobby Diggs, Jay Murillo, Eric Hsu and Tommy Ulbink $30
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stopping the ball, you have found your maximum break speed! Now, put together a rack of balls behind that 1-ball, and do the same thing: a stop shot on the 1-ball. You should get a nice scatter on the balls, hopefully pocketing a ball or two, and get shape on the 1-ball for your next shot. Keep practicing the break shot using a single ball. After a while, you will probably find that you can increase your speed while still controlling the ball. An added bonus on practicing in this way is that you don’t have to put together a full rack of balls every time. That can be a bit frustrating, and is probably one of the
biggest reasons most people don’t practice the break. You might even try just racking three balls... still just as easy as breaking 1 ball, but with the satisfaction of scattering some balls. Next month, we’ll talk about the 8-ball break. Do you have some tips on breaking that you’d like to share with me? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/ billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!
“The Viper” (continued from page 15) Shane: “Francisco Bustamante” because he is so fearless!! Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Shane: Cuetec cues!! The BEST cues in the world!! Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Shane: The first 10-years of my young career I played in Valley league (VNEA). Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Shane: Golf and fly-fishing. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Shane: Quite, hard working and athletic. Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Shane: I wouldn’t make any changes because I AM LIVING THE DREAM!! Viper: How do you prepare for events? Shane: I practice at least 3-hrs before matches and I am always working on my break. (Viper: When I am on the road and see Shane, he is always practicing even in between matches- the kid is like a machine!) Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Shane: My grandpa once told me to work on my break and to try and break the balls like “Mike Segal” and I took it to heart. Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Shane: I LOVE beating everyone! Viper: If you could say one thing to a young upcoming player what would it be?
Shane: Life is short, so go to school and enjoy what makes you happy! Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Shane: Bar-table 8-ball. Here are some Facebook questions for you… Erika White from Black Hawk, CO asks: Shane, who is the toughest opponent you’ve ever played? Shane: Francisco Bustamante. Brian Ruden from Golden, CO asks: Shane you have one of the best breaks on the pro tour and you break with your playing cue, why do you use your playing cue to break, and if it cause any problems with your tip. Also, what tip do you play with and is it hard, medium, or soft? Shane: Yes, I break with my playing cue and I have a Kamuii tip hard. Phillip Pensabene from Georgetown, TX asks: How did you develop your amazing stroke and were you mentored by anyone? Shane: Its all natural and nobody really helped me. Josh Soneathit Souvannakasy from Anchorage, AK asks: Shane what went wrong with your hearing? Shane: I was born deaf. Jackie Claxton from Springfield, MO also asks: What drives you to play? Which is hardest for you, the mental aspects of the game, or preparing after you find out whom you’re playing? Or does it matter. Shane: What drives me to play is winning! It does not matter whom I am playing, but its all-hard work in the end!
Eric Mayeda from Greeley, CO asks: What drills does he run when warming up for events?? Shane: No drills, just playing 10-ball patterns. Shaun Pierce from Tempe, AZ asks: What achievement in pool is he most proud of? Who are your favorite MLB and NFL teams? Shane: My victory at the 2007 US OPEN and I don’t follow baseball and I like the Dallas Cowboys. Linda Trujillo from Cheyenne, WY also asks: Shane, are you single and available!! Shane: No comments! Gail Eaton from Los Angeles, CA also asks: Shane do you have any pre-tournament and/or pre-shoot routines? Shane: All I look for is patterns. Hal Leisure from San Antonio, TX also asks: When did you know you could stand with the best players in the world? Shane: When I was 17 years old I beat pro player Danny Harriman. Johnny Tan from Brunei, Malaysia asks: What is his cue weight and ferrule size? Shane: 19 oz. and 12.2 mm. A special “Thank-you” to Shane VanBoening for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in my “Ask the Viper”. Till next month you can find me on Facebook: www. facebook.com/melissalittleakatheviper
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