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Holiday Gift Guide

VOD21 – Bloodshed: Got 8-Ball on the brain? So does our skull on the Voodoo “Bloodshed” cue. Digitally engraved and painted blood red this evil looking cue is ready to let people know for you it’s Halloween year round. Extra shafts are available in 12 and 13 mm. The butt end features Voodoo’s blood pulsing bumper logo and is weight adjustable. When your pulse starts racing and your hands start sweating the Midnight Leather wrap is there to help you keep your grip. Retail price $165.  Qualified dealer requests welcome.  1-800-645-9803.  www.cuestix. com.  Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

The G607 is one of several new additions to McDermott’s G-Series cue line. It features a birdseye maple forearm and black urethane sleeve which are enhanced by turquoise, cocobolo, black and white urethane points and inlays. This beautiful cue comes standard with a lizard-embossed leather wrap and McDermott’s high-performance G-Core shaft. The G607 retails for $695 and is covered by McDermott’s Lifetime Warranty. Learn more at www. mcdermottcue.com.

McDermott’s newest Harley-Davidson® cue is the HD40. It features sleek Harley-Davidson® dark custom graphics and comes standard with McDermott’s high-performance G-Core shaft. Affordably priced at $325, the HD40 is covered by McDermott’s Lifetime Warranty. Learn more at www. mcdermottcue.com/hd40.

KRM-06: Just as fast and hot as the V8 muscle cars it was designed after, Action’s Khrome 06 is pinstriped up and ready to turn heads. No need to worry about spinning out this hot rod, the tire tread wrap will keep you from burning rubber. Extra shafts are available in 12 and 13 mm. Retail price $119.  Qualified dealer requests welcome.  1-800-6459803.  www.cuestix.com.  Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

The G229 is one of two no-wrap cues added to McDermott’s G-Series cue line for 2014. It features a birdseye maple forearm, handle and sleeve with a light American cherry stained. This colorful cue is accented with five sets of bocote, cocobolo, green and index rings. Affordably priced at $299, the G229 comes standard with a high-performance G-Core shaft and is covered by McDermott’s Lifetime Warranty. Learn more at www.mcdermottcue.com.

ATH39: Vivid color, butterflies and style are just a few things that make this cue a one of a kind. The ATH39 Athena cue has a black Irish linen wrap, thinner taper for smaller hands, comes with a 10in butt extension and the shaft and butt measure 28.5 inches. Retail price $139.  Qualified dealer requests welcome.   1-800-645-9803 or visit www. cuestix.com.  Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

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EBMC22F: The first Eight Ball Mafia case designed especially for women with winged hearts and gorgeous designs to match the EBM11 cue. With plenty storage and a side pocket to hold a jump butt the EBMC22F has as much functionality as it does beauty.   Retail price $99.  Qualified dealer requests welcome.  1-800-645-9803.  www.cuestix. com.  Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

McDermott recently debuted their new Cue of the Year for 2014. The G1305 is a limited edition cue (Edition size: 100) that features a madrone burl forearm and sleeve with a black urethane no-wrap handle. The cue is adorned with Juma Gem & madrone burl inlays with silver, green and index rings. The 2014 Cue of the Year retails for $1,399 and comes standard with two high-performance shafts; the Intimidator i-2 & i-3. Learn more about the 2014 Cue of the Year at www.mcdermottcue. com/2014coty.

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Larry Davenport

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Jonathan Fuller, age 15, shoots during his match at Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 25 during the 5 & under 8-Ball tournament.

Tony Pipino wins $40 and 4th place at the 5 &under 8-Ball tournament on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, Okla.

Pete Manschreck, of McAlester, prepares to break the rack during his first match of the 5 & under 8-Ball tournament at Back Alley Billiards on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Kenny Deatherage, of Ada, Okla., studies the table during a match on Saturday, Oct. 25 as he plays in Back Alley Billiards 5 & under 8-Ball tournament.

Back Alley Billiards, in McAlester, Okla., hosted a 5-speed & under 8-Ball tournament on Saturday, Oct. 25. After, more than eight hours of pool playing, Larry Davenport, of Crowder, Okla., won the title of tournament champion. Lee Riddle, of McAlester, place second; Shan Weiher, of Krebs, took third, and Tony Pipino, of McAlester, finished fourth. Davenport drew a bye in the first round of play before winning his next match 4-0 against Wayland Brown, of McAlester, and the following match 4–1 against Mike Webb, of Tulsa. Davenport then played Pete Manschreck, of McAlester, and won that match 4-2. He then played Weiher and won the match 4-1, while also winning the hot seat position. Davenport

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Larry Davenport, left, wins the title of tournament champion Saturday, Oct. 25, at Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, Okla. Lee Riddle, right, wins 2nd place in the 5 & under 8-Ball tournament.

Shan Weiher, of Krebs, Okla., took 3rd place Saturday, Oct. 25 at Back Alley Billiards 5 & under 8-Ball tournament in McAlester. Here he is pictured shooting on table # 3 at the pool hall.

then played Riddle in the finals and won the championship title in the first match with a score of 4-2. He won a total of $280 in tournament winnings and Calcutta money. Riddle, who took 2nd place in the tournament, won $185 in tournament winnings and Calcutta money. After getting a bye for his first match, Riddle won his first match against Kenny Deatherage, of Ada, then lost his next match 4-2 to Manschreck. Riddle then made his way through the back side of the bracket. He beat Glenn Marshall, of Ada, with a 4-0 score. Riddle then beat Webb 4-1 and Johnny Williams, of Sallisaw, with a score of 4-3. Riddle then

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went on to beat Pipino 4-3 and Weiher 4-2, to move on to the championship match. Weiher, who took 3rd place, won $120 in tournament and Calcutta winnings. Weiher drew a bye in his first round and then beat Eric Hennings, of McAlester, with a 4-3 score. Weiher went on to beat Pipino 4-1 and Williams 4-3. He then lost the hot seat match to Larry Davenport and the semi-final match to Lee Riddle. Back Alley Billiards hosts a tournament every Saturday. Look in the “Tournament Trail” section at the back of “RackEm” magazine to find a tournament for you!

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley Systems in Pocket Billiards

http://www.cjwiley.com He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball. By Michael P. Geffner

“Systems underlie every phenomenon, and are everywhere one looks for them. They are limited only by the observer’s capacity to comprehend the complexity of the observed entity, item or phenomenon.”

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This is a useful definition of a system because it does exist “everywhere one looks for them”. If you’re unable to look for anything new I would venture to guess you’ll find nothing new. After playing a lot of my best matches subconsciously (in The Zone) it is challenging to explain some of the shots I was able to pull off. I can’t even try to explain some of the phenomenal things I’ve seen (from many players) in the midst of a 20 hour session, they seem “supernatural”.

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If someone’s really struggling to improve and they don’t believe in developing a better system, then they may unconsciously not want to improve. The mind can pretty much achieve what you can conceive so make sure you at least “think” you’re improving every day. Sometimes we just have to “fake it, til we make it,” and see ourselves as a better player, in a better job, or in a better relationship before it actually happens. I recommend the book ‘Zen in the Art of Archery’ to anyone wanting to learn more about learning to “play in the zone,” (it’s the first book I read on the subject and it’s superb). Posted online 01/13/2014 at cjwiley.com

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Getting the Feel of a Table Tom Simpson © May 2000 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com

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Tables and playing conditions vary considerably, but we have to be able to adjust to whatever conditions we’re faced with, and we have to adjust quickly. To adjust, we just need to look at a few things, and shoot a few “Reference Shots.” We have to deal with enormous differences in table size, ranging from 3 x 6 up to 5 x 10. Big pockets are generous. Cloth makes a huge difference, ranging from very slow and sometimes inaccurate “fuzzy” cloth to very fast and very accurate worsted wool “no-nap” cloth. Cloth will be very fast and slippery when new, and slower and stickier as it wears and as it gets dirty. After all, where do you think all that chalk goes, every shot? It goes into and under the cloth. The liveliness of the cushions affects banks and kicks. Throw affects every cut shot. Here are 4 things to do to quickly get up to speed for any table: 1. Pocket size – Pockets vary in size. Bigger pockets accept more shot error than smaller pockets. Balls are 2-1/4” in diameter. Take two balls and hold them in a corner pocket, side by side, just at the point where they will fall in if you let go of them. How much gap is there between the balls and the jaws of the pocket? If the balls jam into the jaws, the pockets are very tight. If there is a ½” of space between the balls and the jaws, those pockets are buckets. It helps to know what you’ve got. 2. Table speed – Cloth speed varies tremendously. To get a feel for the speed of the table, shoot lag shots. Spend some of your practice time on the lag (cueball behind the head string, shoot down and back, ending up as close to the head rail as possible). You have to get to where you “own” this shot, and can shoot it reliably. Then, when you want to learn the speed of a table, shoot lags until you land several in a row within your typical accuracy range. At that point, declare to yourself that you have the speed of that table, and forget about it. 3. Cushions – Shoot the “geometric kick” from the corner pocket to the side pocket. Start with the cueball centered in front of a corner pocket. Shoot directly at the center diamond on the side rail. Always shoot this shot the same speed, and softly enough that the ball is rolling

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when it hits the cushion. Did the ball drop in the center of the side pocket? If so, this table is “neutral.” If not, aim a little short or long of the center of that center diamond, and keep adjusting until the ball falls. If you have to aim an inch short of the diamond to make the ball fall, the table banks long. Remember that, and aim your banks and kicks a little shorter than neutral. 4. Throw– Shoot the following Reference Shot to check out the maximum collision-induced throw. It’s mostly going to be related to how dirty or worn the balls are, and how humid it is. The more friction between the balls, the more throw. The more humid, the less throw. Throw is not a curve. It’s an angle change that happens at impact. Freeze two balls together. Line them up straight down-table (the long way), at the head string, lined up between two diamonds. Place the cueball behind the balls, maybe a foot away, on the half-ball hit line toward the back ball. In other words, line up the cueball so there is a straight line between the center of the CB and the center of the back OB, and that line also hits the outside edge of the front OB (easier than it sounds – it’s 30 degrees off of the line through the frozen balls). Now, shoot the CB directly into the back OB with just enough speed to make the front OB go all the way to the end rail. Note where it hits the end rail. Measure how far it hit from the diamond it was lined up toward. Let’s say that was 9”. How far did that ball travel to get to the end rail? Let’s say 6’. That means you can get a maximum 1-1/2” of throw per foot of ball travel (9/6). This is a lot, but it’s not uncommon. This shot shows you the maximum because a) the 30 degree angle (half-ball hit) gives the maximum throw, b) the softer you shoot, the more throw you get, and c) stun produces more throw than spin does – the OB frozen to the front ball is a stunned ball. (A stunned ball is one that is not rolling at the moment of impact.) Shoot this Reference Shot to find out the maximum, and estimate down from there. Once you’ve done these four simple things, you’ll have a good feel for the table.

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BY: MICHAEL K GLASS

Tempering Your Temper, part II How I Cool My Own Jets

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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Last month, I talked about my experience attempting to control my emotions while playing very poorly in a big match. A couple of readers mentioned that I didn’t really talk about how to reign in your temper. This month’s article will attempt to address that. The short answer is: I have no idea! We are all different people. Our emotions are triggered by so many different stimuli, that I couldn’t begin to address the entire spectrum that embodies the psychological aspect of the game. If I could, I’d write a book on it (right after I got my Doctorate of Psychology!). However, I will tell you what I do (which works sometimes), and how I try to cope. Step 1: Preparation First, I remember how much I love this game. That’s why I’m in this tournament / league match / pool hall. There is something very satisfying about the smell of the room, the clicking of the balls, the chalking of cue tips, and the jukebox playing some tunes. This is my happy place. Next, I picture myself as a well-oiled machine. I am confident, and I instill fear in all who play me. My opponent will make mistakes, because he’s putting too much pressure on himself. He knows that if he misses, I will run the table on him. And if he doesn’t know who I am, he will when we are done with our match. Step 2: During Play Every shot is a routine, no matter how difficult or easy the shot is. I do not get down on the shot until I am confident of the stroke, speed, and spin I will be applying. I picture the path of the cue ball and object ball. I apply chalk to my cue, get down on my shot, take the same pre-shot strokes, and I execute. Every shot is precisely the same – this rhythm is crucial, and helps me to get into the “zone.” It is within this zone that I feel calm, at peace, and relaxed. There will be many factors that will attempt to bump you out of this zone: a badly missed shot; a miscue; a drunk patron bumping into you; a very obnoxious and loud Miley Cyrus song on the jukebox. Your opponent may even shark you by making noises or comments.

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When these happen, get up. Go take a sip of your drink. Reassess the table. Then take a deep breath, and get back into your routine. You might hear rumblings about “taking too long” during your turn. If there is no shot clock, don’t worry about it. When all is said and done, all people will be talking about is how you never seemed to miss. Above all, learn to recognize when your blood is beginning to boil. Figure out what it is that helps calm you, and get back to the zone as quickly as you can. Step 3: The Aftermath When you are done with your match, don’t just evaluate how you played the game. Think about how you felt, and how you reacted. Did you pound your cue into the floor when you missed (man, I need to stop doing this!)? Did you yell at yourself or the balls when you made a bad play? Be honest with yourself, and stop blaming that person who bumped you or the crappy music. You are in control of your stick, and the balls. You chose to attempt that difficult cut instead of a safety, and you misjudged the shot. Don’t get mad at the chalk on the ball that made them skid. Instead, remind yourself that just like in many games, stuff happens. It’s how we handle it that matters. Believe me, dear reader, I know all about this subject. I sometimes have a hot temper, and it usually gets the best of me. I am working on this aspect of my game, and I’m finding that the more I stay in the zone and keep an even temper, the better I do in most tournaments. I recently won a local tournament against some very good players, during a night when a very loud heavy metal band was playing, and their groupies were crowding the tables. I kept my cool, had a good time, and played the best I have in a long time. I truly hope that I can continue to learn from this experience and enjoy this extremely rewarding yet frustrating game. 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 pool@billiardsprofessor.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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Yes, bowlliards. The game is just like the name sounds, a cross between billiards and bowling. It is a great solo practice game and works well as competition. The rules are fairly simple. Rack any 10 balls and break them open. A scratch on the break incurs no penalty. Any ball pocketed or driven off the table is spotted up on the foot spot. The cue ball is taken in hand behind the line after the break. You then play any ball into any called pocket until you miss or foul. Scoring is just like bowling and scoring is best done on a bowling score sheet. If you run all 10 balls after the break, you mark it as a strike and begin your next rack. If you miss before clearing the table, you get a second chance to clear the table for a spare. If you don’t make all 10 balls in two turns, it’s scored as an open frame. Just as in bowling, you play 10 racks with the possibility of two more racks if you score strikes at the end of the game, and the highest possible score is 300. I think this game is especially good at teaching you patterns and how to play within your own abilities. In the diagram is an example position after the break shot. The best way to play the balls depends on your skill level. The break was a minor disaster in that you pocketed the 2 and 10 balls and they spotted up creating a cluster. If you have good position skills, a way to solve the cluster immediately is to play a stop shot on the 6 ball and then play the 4 in the side nudging the 2-10 softly so as not to make another cluster. That pattern is fine for an advanced player but if you aren’t yet sure of your long distance stop shots -- the cue ball might roll forward six inches to the wrong side of the 4 ball -- you should plan a simpler run. At my former home room, there was an old man we called Jaroosky, and his frequent advice was “Shoot the ducks.” It is excellent advice at this game where total ball count is important. The easy pickings I see here are the 3 followed by the 7 and 1. The cue ball is shown behind the line ready for a try. Do you see how it is placed not quite correctly? If you shoot a simple rolling cue ball from the position shown you are very likely to run into the 1 ball and perhaps will be left without any good shot. The 3 ball would be straight in from C, but we are supposing your stop shot from there is uncertain. The simple, low-effort way to play the shot is move the cue ball toward C to where there is just enough angle that you can’t scratch if you make the 3. Soft roll to A and out will give you either the 1 or 7 as your next shot. After those, a good place to try to send the cue ball is to spot B where there are a lot of options. A final suggestion about strategy: if you are in a very bad position on your first turn of the rack and

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unlikely to make any ball, make sure that if you miss you will leave yourself an easy shot to start your try for the strike. Or, you may want to play that each turn is begun with the cue ball in hand anywhere but remember that the full rules don’t allow that latitude. For more information on bowlliards, visit the website bowlliards.com which has the complete rules and score sheets along with ways to do league handicaps.

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It didn’t take very long for the rumors to start, following the conclusion of SVB winning his third straight U. S. Open and 4th overall. Are the players going to get paid? What in the world just happened? Or should I say happened again. Is it enough to say that you paid somebody the money they were due from a pool tournament, weeks or months after it was over? I have never played in a pro pool tournament and to be quite honest, I never was that good to be able to play. But I have won some 50 pool tournaments on an amateur level. There has been promoters/bar owners that have cheated some players out of their money. Either the tournament never was played again or the players never showed up again, thus ending the tournament. Fortunately we never had to deal with this situation very often. We had the power to not show up and we didn’t. And so do the pro players. I have been publishing pool magazines for the past quarter century, starting with leagues and moving on to tournaments and to the present day. We covered the IPT and other tournaments like the U. S. Open 9-Ball Championships who didn’t pay or post dated checks for one reason or another. So why do the pool players go back? Why do they put up with this BS from the same promoter year after year? Are they chumps? Are they a glutten for punishment? Are they somehow misinformed? I

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BRAIN FREEZE! 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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The old adage that “over-analysis leads to paralysis” is often true in the game of pool. One of the primary difficulties pool players face is the amount of time they have as they transition from one shot to the next. In reality, this is both an advantage and a problem. The advantage is you don’t have to shoot the cue ball until you are completely ready. The problem is this extra time available can be completely misused. When you use that extra time to over-analyze a shot then your brain can become frozen and send the wrong signals to your body. The mind can only process a limited amount of information at one time. A good example of this is over-analyzing a simple layout of balls. For example, you might look at your shot and see it as a difficult cut. Then you go to the other side of table and see it as a bank shot. After an internal debate with yourself, you circle around the table another time to decide how much the slow cloth will affect the bank shot if you do in fact decide to shoot it. So far, you are doing what any pool player would do, but when you start to introduce numerous factors that may effect your decision such as the cleanliness of the balls, the fact that the table rolls off slightly, and the outcome of your last bank shot, etc. - your mind becomes overwhelmed with details. Great players relax and let their imagination account for all the variables. Whatever a pro player initially selects, for the most part he shoots. A pro doesn’t second-guess himself and certainly doesn’t look for reasons to change his mind once he is down into his stance. Another good example of this occurs when I see players get into their stance and look at a shot for a long period of time. Often they are thinking about a checklist of 5 things they want to accomplish with one stroke. This is too much information for the mind to handle at one time and this can also lead to a “brain freeze.” Try not to think about everything your pool instructor told you to do on every single shot. Simplify your approach and focus on one part of the process at a time especially when you are set up and ready pull the trigger. A quiet mind is necessary to get into the correct flow and become immersed in the proper execution of the shot. How do you quiet your mind? First of all, stay in the present moment, don’t think about past shots or matches or let them obstruct your current thinking. Be totally focused on the shot at hand, not the one you had five minutes ago. And don’t become frozen trying to analyze the details of every missed shot or try to fix your stroke in the middle of a match. Leading coaches often teach their students to silently repeat a mantra to quiet their mind. If negative thoughts come to mind, you’re instructed to let them pass and focus back on the mantra. It isn’t reasonable to believe that you will keep your mind 100% quiet, but you can focus your attention on your breathing just before each shot. If other negative thoughts come to mind let them pass and refocus on the rhythm of your breathing. You can use a simple pool-specific “mantra” to quiet the mind and focus on the basics of your pre-shot routine such as “Set, Pause, Finish, Freeze” or “1,2,3-1,2-1,2,3,4.” Try also to stay focused on your tempo. Visual players might want to see the shot then visualize what is going to happen next and finally let their subconscious take over. Save your concerns about your stroke mechanics for your practice sessions in between matches. Always remember that pool is a game best played with a quiet mind. So the next time you become overwhelmed with too many details take the time needed to thaw out your brain and you won’t become frostbitten by a cluttered thought process.

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by: Mikey McKuin POPLAR BLUFF, MO We had 108 players for the 2nd annual $5000 added 9-Ball. This marks 1 year the smokin aces pool room has been open. I’ve had my ups and downs learned some new things making a few changes. Thanks everyone that has particaped in all my tourneys What a way to celebrate the 1 year. Had Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante in a small town Poplar Bluff, Mo. What an honor. Along with the highest paying1 pockect tourny in the world. We will continue to have great tournys and keep getting things done. $2000 a man 9 ball coming soon folks dates will be announced.

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SHANE VAN BOENING MAKES HISTORY 2014 U.S. Open 9-Ball Champion

October 13-18, 2014 The 39th Simonis/Aramith U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship at the Marriott Hotel in Chesapeake, Virginia is the most prestigious and longest running tournament in the USA. This year there were some changes implemented. In years past there has been some controversy over “soft breaks”. Every player refined their break as the week progressed trying different break spots on the headstring, and different speeds and contact points on the 1 ball. This resulted in dry breaks and scratches from seasoned players who would normally have had no problems with their break. The field was limited to 128 players who paid an entry fee of $750 (a reduction from the $1,000 first announced). Throughout the week, spectators and players alike, were treated to some great match ups. The field was strong with many well known names all vying for the title. Niels Feijen (#1 in the world) came from behind to defeat Jin Hu Dang 11-9. Johnny Archer faced off against Sky Woodward, who upset Alex Pagulayan 11-8 earlier in the tournament. Experience proved to be the deciding factor as Archer beat Woodward 11-5. Jose Parica (2014 Hall of Fame inductee) was defeated

by Le Quang Trun of Vietnam. Oscar Dominguez was defeated by Imran Majid of Great Britain. Justin Bergman showed a solid performance against Danny Mastermaker. Alex Pagulayan was knocked out of the tournament by Justin Hall 11-4 after defeating Ralf Souquet the round before by a score of 11-7. Thorsten Hohmann matched up against Francisco Bustamante. Saturday, the final day of play saw the field narrowed to the final 4 players Shane Van Boening facing Nikos Ekonomopoulos, and Dennis Orcollo facing Mike Dechaine. Shane Van Boening won the hot seat after soundly defeating Nikos Ekonomopoulos 11-4. On the one-loss side Dennis Orcollo played as if he could not be beaten. He didn’t give Dechaine much of a chance to play and defeated him 11-2. Both men struggled with their break and scratches but Bustamante emerged victorious 11-5. The semi-final match between Dennis Orcollo and Nikos Ekonomopoulos was similar to the previous match against Dechaine. Orcollo dominated most of the racks and won handily 11-3. This set up the final match between Shane Van Boening and Dennis Orcollo. The spectators and players alike were expecting an

exciting finals and they were not disappointed. The finals was a race to 13 games and the winner must win by 2 games. Van Boening was shooting for his third straight title and Orcollo, who was beaten by Van Boening two years ago in the finals, wanted revenge. These were the best two players of the week Van Boening had already beaten Orcollo earlier on Saturday 11-5 but Orcollo had just beaten two great players Dechaine and Ekonomopoulos by a total score of 22-5! To say Dennis was on a roll was an understatement. The final was a great match. Orcollo jumped out to a 4-1 lead over Van Boening. Shane persevered and came from behind until the score was tied at 7. Van Boening took his first lead at 8-7, and never looked back. Playing in top form and combined with a couple bad breaks from Orcollo that was all Van Boening needed to go down in the history books as the first player ever to win three straight U.S. Open Championships.

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L to R: Frankie Juarbe, Tony Sulsar Nick Conner

Nick Conner Captures THIRD Omega Billiards Tour Title On the weekend of October 4-5, Nick Conner dominated the field of 75 players undefeated and won first place again on the Omega Billiards Tour! Speed’s Billiards in Arlington, TX was the amazing host for the event and everyone had a great time watching and playing good pool all weekend. This was the 7th stop of the Omega Billiards Tour this year and $1,500 was added again to the prize fund. Nick Conner won two previous stops in September and June, with a 2nd place finish in August. So, with October’s first place win, Nick has sealed the top of the Predator Player Points Tracker for the end of the year Rankings! Congrat’s to Nick Conner for being the Omega Billiards Tour 2014 Tour Champion!! After a first round bye, Nick defeated Richard Parilla 7-3, Doug Winnett 7-4, and Chad Walker 7-2 to last until Sunday. On Sunday at noon, Nick defeated Chase Rudder 7-2 then a determined Jesse Hernandez 7-4. Nick then met up in the hotseat against last year’s Tour Champ Tony Sulsar and Nick won hill-hill to see who he would face in the finals. It was really no surprise to anyone when Tony defeated Frankie Juarbe 8-3 to get a rematch with Nick in the finals. These were two finalists at the September stop as well. The final match went back and forth until Nick came out on top 7-5! For their outstanding finishes all year, the handicaps for both Nick and Tony will be moving up as of November. Nick collected $925 for first place, Tony collected

$530. Frankie Juarbe had his best finish yet with an impressive 3rd place and earned $400. Always-tough Jesse Hernandez placed 4th and earned $320. Fifth and Sixth places were filled by August winner Barry Emerson and Tommy Ulbik (his highest finish also) and 7th/8th places were filled by Robin Barbour and Chad Walker (another highest finish!). The whole tournament was a great display of talent! Congratulations to ALL of the players for their fine play and great finishes! The Predator Player Tracker is in now complete (this was the final regular season event, with only the Season Finale left for the year). The top three players will win a plethora of awesome Predator Prizes! Congrats to Nick Conner who is the Tour Champion, Tony Sulsar finished the season ranked 2nd, and Crispian Ng filled out the top 3rd place spot! Further, fourth through ninth places at the end of the year rankings each received a free entry into the 2015 BCAPL Nationals! Those players are: Barry Emerson, Daniel Herring, Mike Voelkering, Jeff Franklin, Jack Lynch and Steve Raynes. A HUGE thank you goes out to Predator Cues, Poison Break Cues, BCAPL/CSI, and Lucasi and Players Cues. We would also like to give a big thanks to our additional sponsors, Wallace Custom Cues, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Pro Billiard Service, AZBilliards.com, and BilliardsPress.com. Tour Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank Speed’s owners and staff for their awesome hospitality

all weekend! A big thank you also goes out to Michael Hoang, main sponsor of the Tour and owner of Omega Billiards Supply in Hurst, TX. Michael and Omega Billiards Supply are well known for the huge booths at many of the large tournaments across the country. The eighth stop of the Omega Billiards Tour will be held at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas November 8-9, 2014. This is the Season Finale and each player that played in three events is automatically eligible for the AT-LEAST $3,500 GUARNETTED tournament. That means 90 players!! Pool is alive and thriving in Texas!! http://www.omegabilliardstour.com/ Thank you to all the players, fans, sponsors and pool rooms!! 1 2 3 4 5/6 7/8 9-12 13-16 17-24

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Bi-Annual 7 & Under Tournament Jamaica Joes, Midwest City, OK was packed with players and rail birds the weekend of October 11th & 12th for their Bi-Annual 7 & under tournament. There were a total of 79 players in this handicapped event. The players rating determined the race of the match. For example, a 4 would have to win 3 games, 5’s would go to 5, 6’s to 7, and 7’s to 9. In the end Ray McCormick took home the top prize. Ray was rated a 5 and ran straight up the front side of the bracket starting off with an impressive win over one of the rail bird’s top picks, Russell Nauman who was rated a 7. After that match his road to the finals consisted of Dustin Lewis 5, Ken Duckworth 5, Butch Brace 5 and Casey Brecheen 6. That is where he met Dylan McKie to play for the point. Dylan is a local up and coming player that surprised on lookers and opponents alike. Dylan defeated Nat Halsne in an intense hill hill match to meet Ray McCormick. Ray sailed through the point match with a 5-1 victory to land him in the hot seat. Russell Nauman had to fight his way up the back side of the bracket after his first round loss. Both Dylan and Russell wanted to have a rematch HOURS: 11:00am to 1:30am Monday thru Thursday. 11:00amto 2:00am Friday & Saturday. 1:00pm to 1:30am Sunday

against Ray and the winner of their match would. Due to the handicap Russell would have to spot Dylan 4 games, which is a tough match with such good players. Dylan went on to defeat Russell and was able to get his rematch against Ray. In the first game in the finals, Ray got funny on the 9 ball and decided to play safe. Dylan banked it, but unfortunately for him, he rattled it and hung it in the pocket. Ray then broke and ran the second rack and table ran the third rack, giving him a 3-0 lead in a race to 5. In the fourth rack Dylan was able to get an early 4/9 combo to get on the board. In the fifth rack Ray had Dylan on two fouls but over rolled the safety and gave Dylan a clear look at the 4 ball. However at the end of the rack Dylan scratched and gave Ray a three ball run out. Now with Ray on the hill it put extra pressure on Dylan to get out and in rack six and seven he did just that. With the score 4-3, Dylan makes an impressive carom but leaves himself a bank on the 9. Fortunately for Ray, Dylan missed it and left Ray a slight cut to take down the tournament. A special thanks goes out to Jacob Franzoni,

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Belinda Lee Becomes 2014 Gulf Coast Tour Champion

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Belinda Lee cruised to her second win of the tour season besting Teresa Garland in the final, 7-5, capturing the event and the 2014 Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour Champion title. It was a long row to hoe for Lee, with the plethora of Texas talent who turned out for the final event. WPBA player members took advantage of their final opportunity to earn points towards 2015 WPBA Regional Tour Championship invites. The “RTC’s” will be held January 8th-11th, 2015, at Breakers Sky Bar Lounge in Herndon, Virginia, and feature the top players from (14) WPBA Regional Tours across the U.S. and Canada. Lee came out firing with wins over Mindy Williams, 7-2, Loretta Lindgren, 7-6, and Gail Eaton, 7-6, while Teresa Garland bested Gail Roles, 7-5, and Michelle Yim, 7-5, to meet Lee for the hot seat. After a first round loss to Eaton, 7-4, Kim Pierce aka “Texas Heat”, eliminated Gail Roles, 7-4, and Mercedes

Vasquez 7-5. Lindgren came back with wins over Toni Esteves, 7-0, Diana Cardona, 7-5, and Yim, 7-2. Pierce met her fate with Eaton, 7-3, joining Yim in 5th-6th. Lee overcame Garland for the hot seat, 7-5, while Eaton eliminated Lindgren, 7-2. Garland squeezed by Eaton, 7-6, for another shot at Lee. Garland took charge, and the lead, but couldn’t hold on. Although it was a hard-fought set for both ladies, Lee ultimately overcame Garland, 7-5. The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour would like to thank all of the players who competed in the 2014 season, along with Chuck Adams and John Newsome for assistance with tournament direction, BCA Referee Derrell Montgomery for “keeping the peace” on the pool tables, and Cathy Metzinger for calculating the tour rankings. Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar owners David and Shannon Richardson and Skinny Bob’s Billiards owners John and Sue Cielo, hosted another great year of Gulf Coast 9-ball events.

Players can look forward to the 2015 venue line-up which will include Houston’s newest 10,000 square foot pool room, Bogies Billiards West located at 9638 Jones Rd., Houston, Texas. Many thanks to Gulf Coast Tour sponsors Delta-13 Rack, www.delta-13.com, Roger Schuett and the APA of North Harris County www.facebook. com/apanorthharriscounty who help make these events possible, and all the press outlets who publish our results, year after year. For information on upcoming events, please visit www.facebook.com/gulfcoasttour. The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour is a WPBA sanctioned regional tour where players compete at the semi-professional level of billiards competition, vying for cash payouts, invites to WPBA Professional Events and the prestigious, annual, WPBA Regional Tour Championships. Follow this link to find a WPBA sanctioned regional tour in your area http://www. wpba.com/regional-tours/list-of-regional-tours.html.

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Bayaua and Langston Win at Lone Star Tour Finale

Ernesto Bayaua cruised, undefeated, through an elite field of open 9-ball division players at this past weekend’s Lone Star Finale held at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Tour newcomer Jesse Langston also made a big splash, destroying the amateur 9-ball division’s 32 player field. The 2014 Lone Star Billiards Tour is sponsored by Poison by Predator Cues, www.poisonbilliards.com, Delta-13 Rack, www.delta-13.com, www.ImproveYourShot. com, Ozone Billiards, www.ozonebilliards.com, and APA of North Harris County, www.facebook.com/ apanorthharriscounty. In the open division, Bayaua flew undefeated to the hot seat with wins over Manny Chau, 9-5, Dave DeVaney, 9-1, Cielo Velasquez, 9-3, and Will Felder, 9-4. Sonny Bosshamer had an incredible run, defeating Alex Cardenas, 9-5, Phillip Tieu, 9-6, and Jonathon Poon, 9-3. After suffering a second round loss to Felder, 9-5, Steve Williams overcame Damion Manning, 7-4, newcomer Russell Killgo, 7-6, Jim Bishop, 7-5, and took revenge on Felder, 7-5. Also on the one-loss side, Poon fell to Chau who went on to eliminate Williams, 7-0. Bayaua secured the hot seat over Bosshamer, who subsequently lost to Chau, 7-3. Bayaua emerged victorious over Chau to claim his second Lone Star Tour win of the season.

It was no surprise to see Jonathon Poon reach the winners’ bracket, a player whose game has excelled on tour the past few years. Poon bested Steve Williams, Robert Gonzalez, Daniel Wise, 7-4, and Jerald Jackson, 7-5. Felder, whose statistics are also on the upswing, took down Justin Pena, 7-1, Bill Fain 7-4, Jesse Langston, 7-4, and finally, Sonny Bosshamer to reach Poon for the hot seat. One-loss side action saw Chris Young, who suffered a first round loss to Jim Bishop, win 5 consecutive matches until losing to Bosshamer, 5-3. Langston overcame Jackson, 5-3, and Bosshamer, 5-4, while Poon squeezed by Felder for the hot seat win, 7-6. Langston went on to conquer Felder, 5-4, along with hot seat winner Poon, to capture his first Lone Star Tour win! It was a close race to the finish line, but after the points were calculated, Chase Rudder and Jonathon Poon emerged the 2014 Open and Amateur Lone Star Tour Champions, respectively. Each player received a new Poison VX Jump Cue and Delta-13 Elite Rack for their year-long efforts. Congratulations to Jonathon Poon who now joins the ranks of Danny Lee, Frank Ferrer, Jr., and Cielo Velasquez who have earned their way to “open” division tour status. Tour newcomers Chris Cole and Phillip Tieu didn’t walk away empty handed, they also took home Poison VX Jump Cues

won in Saturday’s Poison Cue Raffles. The Lone Star Billiards Tour would like to thank all of the players who competed in the 2014 Lone Star Tour season, along with Chuck Adams and John Newsome for assistance with tournament direction, BCA Referee Derrell Montgomery for “keeping the peace” on the pool tables, and Cathy Metzinger for calculating the tour rankings. Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar owners David and Shannon Richardson and Skinny Bob’s Billiards owners John and Sue Cielo, hosted another great year of events and LSBT looks forward to the 2015 venue line-up which will include Houston’s newest 10,000 square foot pool room, Bogies Billiards West located at 9638 Jones Rd., Houston, Texas. Once again, the Lone Star Billiards Tour would like to recognize the best in the business and thank them for their continued support: Poison by Predator Cues, Delta-13 Rack, Ozone Billiards, Improve Your Shot, and the APA of North Harris County. The “best in the business” also includes the LSBT Press Partners who strive to bring billiard news to the world. A big, Texas “thank you” to Rack Em Magazine’s Don and Mary Akerlow for printing the stories that players love to read, collect, and cherish. Press Partners, event details, and information on the upcoming 2015 season can all be found at www.LoneStarBilliardsTour.com. “Like” us at Facebook/LoneStarTour.

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Chase Rudder 2014 Open Division Champion

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Jonathon Poon 2014 Amateur Division Champion

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Open Payouts

Ernesto Bayaua Open division winner

1st Ernesto Bayaua $500/$475 2nd Manny Chau $300/$220 3rd Sonny Bosshamer $140/$125 4th Steve Williams $65 5th-6th Jonathon Poon, Will Felder $35 Photo by Tim Smith

Jesse Langston Amateur division winner

Amateur Payouts 1st Jesse Langston $500/$400 2nd Jonathon Poon $300/$250 3rd Will Felder $140/$125 4th Sonny Bosshamer $70/$75 5th-6th Chris Young, Jerald Jackson $40 7th-8th Jim rBishop, Justin Pena $25 Photo by Tim Smith

Griffith Billiards 9-Ball NOV 15-16, 2014

$1,000 ADDED (w/full field of 96)

Drink Specials All Weekend!

$60 entry (includes greens fee for both days) Calcutta player auction - 100% payout 100%ck No Handicap - Race to 7/5 - Alternate Break Payba Rack your own - 9 does not count on the break World Standardized Rules - Played on 7’ Valley tables Doors open at 10am - Calcutta begins at 11am Play begins at noon

Griffith Billiards

116 S Broad St - Griffith, IN

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$100 prize for highest finishing female player!

Pre-registration accepted at Griffith Billiards - Limited to first 96 paid entries 2nd day of play anticipated only with a large field Contact James Jeffers or Griffin Glynn for more information

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Fisher over Fisher

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Azbilliards.com Kelly Fisher has won her second Women's Tournament of Champions at Harrah's Resort Southern California. Fisher started things off in the first match of the day on Wednesday October 8th against Karen Corr. This unique event features two races to four with one sudden death game if the two players split the two races. That was exactly what happened against Corr as Fisher took the first race 4-2, but dropped the second 4-3. Fisher actually missed the 9-ball in the sudden death game, but Corr would also miss the 9-ball and Fisher made the ball to win the match. The second match of the day featured the reigning champion GaYoung Kim vs Allison Fisher. The first race was a close one that went Fisher's way 4-3, but the second set was all Fisher with a 4-0 win setting up the Fisher vs Fisher final match. Both races were close in the finals, but Kelly squeaked out a 4-3 win in the first and then won the second set 4-2 for her second Tournament of Champions title in five years and $20,000 in prize money. The top class pool continues today at Harrah's with the Trick Shot Magic event where four of the most talented Trick Shot competitors in the World will compete for a sudden death prize in television’s most exciting format: Nick Nikolaidis current overall World Champion; Andy Segal last year’s Champion and current Masse´ Shot and Stroke Shot World Champion; Gabi ”Mr. Perfect” Visiou current Draw Shot World Champion; and Florian Kohler World Cup of Trick Shots Champion and VENOM Internet sensation.

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CHINOOK WINDS OPEN 10 BALL

They say it’s better at the beach and they are right! Chinook Winds Casino Resort is one great facility and tournament venue. Having this event tucked in at the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon created an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. Chinook Winds Casino Resort added $15,000 to the Men and women’s events which preceded Western BCA’s 17th Annual 9-Ball Championships which are held each October. Western BCA (WBCA) and Chinook Winds jointly produced this event. The $10,000 added men’s tournament and $5,000 added women’s tournament drew in players from all over. 76 men entered from places like Iowa, California, Nevada, British Columbia, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington and England. Notables in the men’s field were Chad Vilmont, Stan Tourangeau, Dan Louie, Jason Williams, Simon Pickering, Damian Pongpanik, Danny Golkul and Rafael Martinez. 32 women came from

RAFAEL MARTINEZ

KIM JONES California, Nevada, Arizona Oregon and Washington. There were many distinguished Women players, hard not to name them all. Notable players were Rebecca Wagner, Eleanor Callado, Cindy Doty, Elizabeth Jensen, Annie Gay, Linda Carter, Jodie Velligas, Mary Coffman, Cindy Sliva and Kim Jones. The women’s event had two of the northwest’s top ladies playing in the finals - Kim Jones and Cindy Sliva. These women play as good bar table pool as any female players in the country. The northwest was represented with some very good women’s play. Jing Liu and Debra Welfringer were especially formidable obstacles for the ladies. The final was a two set thriller. Shot after shot, safety after safety, great to see this caliber of talent and

gamesmanship. In the final, Cindy won the first set hill-hill. Kim took it to Cindy in the next set as she prevailed with superb play and won the $3000 first prize. The Men’s final match was one of the best clinics on bar table pool that you will ever see. Ramesh (Danny) Golkul and Rafael Martinez played for the $6000 first prize. It was a greatly played match. Golkul is a great competitor. A champion in England, he showed why he was considered one of the favorites to win. Rafael Martinez was flawless in his 4 ‘B’ side matches and only missed one makeable shot during the final two sets. Danny played great himself but could not stand up to Rafael’s game. The first set, Golkul raced out to a 3-0 lead. It looked like he was taking the tournament but Rafael ran off 5 games to lead the first set 5-3 and went on to a 7-5 win. The 2nd set was a repeat of the first with Rafael in charge all the way and capturing the title by a score of 7-3. Any pool player dreams about playing the way Rafael played. Also having a great tournament was Pete Gates, who made it to the point match against Danny Golkul and finished 3rd behind these two great players. These and other matches can be viewed on YouTube. A Calcutta was held before the Tournament. It was the first time one was done at any WBCA event. The 2 hour Calcutta was a festive time for bidders trying to get their horses. There was a group field bid for those not making

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the minimum bid. There was also a side pot bid on what state or province the winner would come from that had $820 for men and $650 for women. The Calcutta brought in $9475 for the men’s division and $3000 for women’s. The Calcutta is going to be a regular feature at future Open events. The Chinook Winds Open was a Race to 7 for the men (to 6 for the women) played on 7’ Diamond Tables provided by Bad Boys Billiards Production. “Fast” Lenny Marshall of On The Rail TV.com provided excellent quality streaming with many videos to view. Co-tournament directors Andrew Monstis and Mike Jensen ran a smooth event. Chinook Winds Casino Resort and Western BCA plan to have a March event. It will be 8-ball with 96-128 men and 32-48 women and will be right after the US Bar table Championships. MEN’S CHINOOK WINDS OPEN 10-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 1st $6000 Rafael Martinez - Ellensburg, WA 2nd $3500 Danny Gokhul - UK 3rd $1900 Pete Gates - Oregon City, OR 4th $1000 Stan Tourangeau - Ferndale, WA 5/6 $750 Damian Pongpanik - Monroe, WA Todd Marsh - Montlake Terrace, WA 7/8 $550 Bob Zack - Portland, OR Darin Walding - Portland, OR 9-12 $400 Michael S. Jensen - Portland, OR Dan Louie - Mercer Island, WA Simon Pickering - Mission, BC Nick Kurger - Penticton, ALB 13-16 $200 Jason Williams - Concord, CA Paul Marquez - Portland, OR Kevin Parr - Beaverton, OR Mike Deitchman - Beaver Creek, OR WOMEN’S CHINOOK WINDS OPEN 10-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 1st $3000 Kim Jones - Lynnwood, WA 2nd $1800 Cindy Sliva - Tacoma, WA 3rd $1000 Deby Welfringer - Steilacoom, WA 4th $700 Jing Liu - Seattle, WA 5/6 $550 Annie Gay - Salem, OR Kimberlee Hole - Auburn, WA 7/8 $300 Cindy Doty - Kelso, WA Eleanor Callado - San Bruno, CA

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‘Snack Down’ and ‘Bull Shooters’

tie for first

Back Alley Billiards Ed Hawthorne finished the Sunday BCA McAlester league as runnerup for league MVP. He won 48 out of 70 games played and had a 68% win percentage. Hawthorne had the most wins for his team and received awards for having the most errorless run-outs and most undefeated matches.

MCALESTER, OK After many weeks of play, teams “Snack Down” and “Bull Shooters” tied for first place in the Sunday BCA McAlester league at Back Alley Billiards. Each team won $285 for their first place finish. Both teams won 41 rounds out of 56 rounds played. “Snack Down” team members, Shannon and Kat Snelling and Waylon Brown, were happy with their first-place finish. “Bull Shooters” team members are Marlan Isbell, Larry Davenport, Shane Austin and sub VladTkachev. Marlan Isbell had the highest winning percentage during the league after winning 37 out of 45 games played and Larry Davenport racked up the most wins for his team, with 42 wins. Team “McAtoka” followed the top two teams with a third-place finish. McAtoka team members are Jason and Stacy Chappell, Mike White, Jeff McClode and Rachel Petersen. McClode had the most wins for his team, with 40 wins.

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Cody Day received an award on Sept. 29 for having the most 8-Ball breaks in the Sunday BCA McAlester league at Back Alley Billiards.

The “Bull Shooters” team members, pictured from left, are Marlan Isbell, Larry Davenport and Shane Austin. They tied for first place in the Sunday BCA McAlester league at Back Alley Billiards. They won a total of 41 rounds out of 56 played.

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Shannon Snelling was named league MVP of the Sunday BCA McAlester league at Back Alley Billiards. He won 52 out of 70 games played and had a 74% win percentage. Snelling had 2 errorless run-outs and 4 undefeated matches during the season.

Jonathan Orso, left, is pictured with his team mate Peggy Marshall. Orso finished as his team’s top shooter with 42 wins out of 70 games played and a 60% win percentage.

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“Snack Down” team members, pictured from left, are Waylon Brown, Kat Snelling and Shannon Snelling. They tied for first place in the Sunday BCA McAlester league at Back Alley Billiards. They won a total of 41 rounds out of 56 played. Shannon Snelling was named league MVP during the league banquet on Sept. 29. He won 52 out of 70 games played and had a 74% win percentage. Snelling had 2 errorless run-outs and 4 undefeated matches during the season. Ed Hawthorne finished as runner-up for league MVP. He won 48 out of 70 games played and had a 68% win percentage. Hawthorne had the most wins for his team and received awards for having the most errorless run-outs and most undefeated matches. Cody Day won an award for most 8-Ball breaks during the season. Gary Adams finished as his team’s top shooter, with 18 wins. Jonathan Orso had 42 wins and finished in the top shooter spot on his team. Jerry McCurry finished as his team’s top shooter with 26 wins. And Brian Skaggs got 25 wins and finished as top shooter on his team.

“McAtoka” had a third-place finish in the Sunday BCA McAlester league at Back Alley Billiards. Pictured, from left, are team members Mike White, Stacy Chappell, Jason Chappell, Rachel Petersen and Jeff McClode. They won 35 out of 56 rounds played.

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WEEKLY TOURNAMENTS

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

LOCATION Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Bogies Billiards Big Dog Billiards KK Billiards Hammerheads Rockford Billiards Side Pockets Big Tyme Billiards Big Dog Billiards KK Billiards Bogie’s West Side Pockets Back Alley Billiards Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Jamaica Joe’s Bogies Billiards Big Dog Billiards Red Shoes Varsity Club Varsity Club Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Big Dog Billiards Chicago Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Lacy’s Cue Brass Rail Side Pockets Fast Eddy’s Billiards Back Alley Billiards Shooters Bogies Billiards CR’s Sports Bar Big Dog Billiards Farmington Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Q-Spot Billiards Smokin’ Aces Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Lacy’s Cue KK Billiards Rudy’s Place Helen’s Hilltop Terrys Billiard Club Raytown Rec Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Varsity Club Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Bogies Billiards Big Dog Billiards Big Dog Billiards Shooters 3rd Base Boomers Bar & Grill Demma’s Pool Loft Rudy’s Place Bay Billiards Chris’ Sunset Billiards & Sports Bar Bogie’s West Diamond Joes Roadies Rock House Side Pockets Q-Spot Billiards Back Alley Billiards Big Dog Billiards Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Shooters Big Tyme Billiards KK Billiards Oasis One-Sixty Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Side Pockets Varsity Club

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

EVENT / RULES 9-Ball 9 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 4/3 B/C 9-Ball 9-Ball-Race to 4-Alt Break-DE 10 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball Handicap 8-Ball 9-Ball-Race to 4-Alt Break-DE 9 Ball-Limit 32 9 Ball 9 Ball Open - Race to 3 8-9-10 Ball Winner Chooses 9 Ball 8 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 2/1 B/C 10-Ball 10 Ball 9-Ball Beginners 9-Ball Intermediate 8-Ball Short Rack 8-Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9-Ball Open 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball & 9 Ball 8 Ball Open - Race to 3 9-Ball Open Night Owl 8-Ball-Race 2/1 8-Ball on 7’ Diamonds Open 10-Ball 8 or 9-ball rotation One Pocket 8 Ball - APA 5 & under 8-Ball 7 & under 9 Ball Coin Toss decides 9-Ball 8-Ball-Race to 2-Alt Break-DE Call 8 Ball 8 Ball Players Vote 8 Ball 8-Ball Open - Race to 2 8 Ball Night Owl 8-Ball-Race 2/1 8-Ball - 4s & Below 8-Ball - Handicap 8-Ball 9-Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball Call 8 Ball 9 Ball Multiple 8 Ball-Limit 32 9 Ball 8 Ball APA Rated 8 Ball 9-Ball 7 & under Scotch Doubles - Race to 3 Open 9-Ball - Race 6/5 10-Ball 8-Ball - Race to 3 - No pros 10 Ball 8-Ball-Race to 4/3-Alt Break-DE 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 10-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 5

ENTRY ADDED TIME $12 $100 every 16 7PM $7 $100 w/20 8PM $10 $$$ 7PM $15 $50 w/16 7PM $15 $$$ 7:30PM $14 Call 7:30PM $5 7PM $10 Call 9:30PM $10 $$$ 7PM $10 $50 w/16 7PM $11 $100 w/20 8PM $6 9:30PM $5 $$$ 7:30PM $10 (incl g.f.) $100 every 16 6:30PM $15 $5/player 7:30PM $7 $100 w/20 8PM $10 $$$ 7PM $15 Call 8PM $8 Call $10 Call $10 $100 every 16 7PM $10 $$$ 11PM $10 100% payout 8PM $10 50% 8PM $30 $500 Guar 6PM $10 7PM $6 9:30PM $15 6PM $10 $$$ 7:30PM $15 (incl. g.f.) up to $160 8:30PM $7 $100 w/20 2AM $16 $75 7PM $10 $$$ 7PM $15+$5 g.f. $50 w/16 6:30PM $10 Call 8PM $6 50% 8PM $5 9 PM $10 $200 7PM $10 $100 every 16 7PM FREE $100 Guar 6PM $5 8PM $15 $100+ w/10 7:30PM $10 7:30PM $5 7PM $10 2AM $5 8PM $12 6:30PM $5 8PM $7 $100 w/20 2AM $8 $$$ 1PM $13 $$$ 1PM Call Call 7:30PM $15 Call 1PM $5 7:30PM $10 Call 3PM $15 Call 4/5PM $15 $100+ w/10 7:30PM $15 Call 8PM $10 Call 7PM Call Call $11 $100 w/20 4PM $10 8PM $5 8PM $10 1PM $10 (incl. g.f.) 9PM $10 $$$ 5:30PM $5/$10/$15 $$$ 7PM $12 $100 every 16 7PM $10 Call 7:30PM $12 50% 6PM $15 1PM $10 6PM $5 8PM $6 9:30PM $15 Call

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One of the highest achievements you can receive to be honored by your peers. Congrats to well deserving Jose Parica and Mika Immonen on their induction into the BCA Hall of Fame.

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CR’s Sports Bar - Coon Rapids, MN - Oct 04,2014 OPEN - 8 BALL - SINGLES MASTER/AA DIVISION - 23 Entries 1st $600 Michael Pankoff 2nd $400 Lee Heuwagen 3rd $260 Tyler Steinhaus 4th $160 Matt Pobanz 5-6 $100 Gene Albrecht, Craig Jesinoski A DIVISION - 27 Entries 1st $400 Roger Johnson 2nd $240 Kang Moua 3rd $150 Adam Jaros 4th $100 Keith Almquist 5-6 $70 Mark Brown, Carl Zutavern 7-8 $50 Shawn Dupont, Jesse L. Turner B DIVISION - 34 Entries 1st $280 Rob Tovsen 2nd $190 Jeff Schrader 3rd $130 Tim Eld 4th $90 Dustin “Rookie” Hansen 5-6 $70 Dan Clock, Joseph Olson 7-8 $50 Douglas Giron, Mike Neisen C DIVISION - 34 Entries 1st $240 Eric Danielowski 2nd $180 Mike Connolly 3rd $130 Nicholas Larson 4th $90 Erik Nelson 5-6 $70 Stacie Graham, Jaci Jo Price 7-8 $50 Tyler Andersen, Jeff Westad

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CITY LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME LINK Olathe, KS Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 9-Ball $40 incl g.f. $300 w/32 1:30PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive-Race to 4 $20 $$$-Call 1PM MAP Chalmette, LA Lacy’s Cue (see ad p11) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM MAP Davenport, IA Sharky’s (see ad p18) 563-359-RACK 8-Ball Ladies First $30 incl g.f. $1,000 10AM MAP Alsip, IL Red Shoes (see ad p15) 708-388-3700 One Pocket $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM MAP Cedar Rapids, IA 2nd Ave (see ad p6) 319-366-0970 8-Ball/9-Ball Alternating Call Call Call MAP Green Bay, WI KK Billiards (see ad p25) 920-432-0050 Open 10-Ball-Limit 32 $40 incl g.f. Call 11AM MAP N Vernon, IN Phat Guys 812-767-1109 9-Ball-Limit 32 $100 incl g.f. $750 w/32 11AM Grand Island, NE Stix Billiards Center 308-675-2050 9-Ball $60 incl fees $1,000 10AM Grand Island, NE Stix Billiards Center 308-675-2050 9-Ball Women’s $25 incl fees $10/player 10AM Des Moines, IA Big Dogs (see ad p23) 515-266-6100 Open 10-Ball-Race to 6/5 $20 incl g.f. $200 Guar 7PM MAP Des Moines, IA Big Dogs (see ad p23) 515-266-6100 Open 8-Ball-Race to 7 $50 incl g.f. $2,000 Guar 11AM MAP Des Moines, IA Big Dogs (see ad p23) 515-266-6100 Open 9-Ball-Race to 6/5 $20 incl g.f. $5/player 5PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 Rated 8-Ball for ALL players $20 $$$ 1PM MAP Griffith, IN Griffith Billiards (see ad p25) 219-934-7665 9-Ball-no handicap $60 incl g.f. $1,000 w/96 10AM MAP Lafayette, LA White Diamond (see ad Oct) 337-989-9889 Super 9-Ball $40 $1,000 w/128 9AM MAP Appleton, WI KK Billiards (see ad p25) 920-830-0083 Open 10-Ball $50 no g.f. $2,500 w/96 11AM MAP Griffith, IN Griffith Billiards (see ad p25) 219-934-POOL 9-Ball $60 $1,000 w/96 10AM MAP Kokomo, IN Ryno Room 765-252-3630 9-Ball $70 incl g.f. $1,000 w/ff 10AM Olathe, KS Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 One Pocket $60 $1,000 8PM MAP Olathe, KS Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 Bar Table 9-Ball Open $65 $4,000 8PM Olathe, KS Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 Bar Table 9-Ball Ladies $50 Call 8PM Jackson, MS Cross Corner 601-941-7890 10-Ball Ring Game-Limit 16 $100 Call 7PM MAP Jackson, MS Cross Corner 601-941-7890 9-Ball Open $40 $1,000 w/64 7PM MAP Jackson, MS Cross Corner 601-941-7890 10-Ball Open $60 $1,500 w/32 7PM MAP Jackson, MS Cross Corner 601-941-7890 One Pocket-Limit 12 players $100 $2,000 7PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 6 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM MAP Centerville, WI Jailhouse Saloon (see ad p23) 608-539-5245 8-Ball A/B players $25 Call 9AM MAP Olathe, KS Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 Bar Table 9-Ball $20-Limit 128 $2,000 2PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Jack/Jill Scotch $30 $$$ 1PM MAP Davenport, IA Sharkys (see ad p18) 563-359-RACK 9-Ball - Limit 64 $45 incl g.f. $1,000 11AM MAP Davenport, IA Sharkys (see ad p18) 563-359-RACK 8-Ball - Limit 96 $45 incl g.f. $1,500 11AM Columbus, IN Lag’s Billiards 812-375-9010 9-Ball $50 incl g.f. $500 w/48 1PM Houston, TX Bogies (see ad p15) 281-821-4544 9-Ball Banks-Ltd 16 players $100 $500 7PM MAP Houston, TX Bogies (see ad p15) 281-821-4544 One Pocket-Ltd 32 players $100 $1,000 7PM Houston, TX Bogies (see ad p15) 281-821-4544 9-Ball-Ltd 128 players $75 $3,500 10AM Houston, TX Bogies (see ad p15) 281-821-4544 9-Ball Ladies-Ltd 32 players $40 $500 Noon Farmington, MN Farmington (see ad p21) 651-463-2636 3 Man Team 8-Ball Varies $1,000 10AM MAP Alsip, IL Red Shoes (see ad p15) 708-388-3700 Bank Pool $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive-Race to 4 $20 $$$-Call 1PM MAP Chalmette, LA Lacy’s Cue (see ad p11) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM MAP Midwest City, OK Jamaica Joe’s (see ad p22) 405-736-0590 9-Ball $50 $2,500 Call MAP Appleton, WI KK Billiards (see ad p25) 920-830-0083 8-Ball A/B $40 incl g.f. $500 w/64 11AM MAP Chalmette, LA Lacy’s Cue (see ad p11) 504-682-6199 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM MAP Des Moines, IA Big Dogs (see ad p23) 515-266-6100 9-Ball $30 incl g.f. $500 7:30PM MAP Des Moines, IA Big Dogs (see ad p23) 515-266-6100 8-Ball-4 divisions Varies $1,500 10AM MAP Davenport, IA Sharky’s (see ad p18) 563-359-RACK Christmas Cash 10-Ball $45 incl g.f. $1,250 10AM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball for ALL players $20 $$$ 1PM MAP Olathe, KS Shooters (see ad p11) 913-780-5740 9-Ball $40 incl g.f. $300 w/32 1:30PM MAP Chalmette, LA Lacy’s Cue (see ad p11) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 5 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM MAP Chalmette, LA Lacy’s Cue (see ad p11) 504-682-6199 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM MAP Two Great Champions Tour - Challenge Matches, Exhibitions, Special Appearances - Call Jay Helfert 310-370-3994 (see ad p26) Davenport, IA Sharky’s (see ad p18) 563-359-RACK New Year’s Day-Men’s Div $30 incl g.f. $1,000 w/64 10AM MAP Davenport, IA Sharky’s (see ad p18) 563-359-RACK New Year’s Day-Wmn’s Div $20 incl g.f. $200 w/32 10AM MAP Davenport, IA Sharky’s (see ad p18) 563-359-RACK New Year’s Day-Junior Div $10 incl g.f. Call 10AM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive-Race to 4 $20 $$$-Call 1PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 8 & under-Rated $20 $$$ 1PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 6 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM MAP McAlester, OK Back Alley (see ad p11) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Jack/Jill Scotch $30 $$$ 1PM MAP

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