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6,7,8,9 Holiday Gift Guide 10 CWO 20 Who Won U S Open? 22 OK State 9-Ball 24 Challenge Match 27 Omega Billiard Tour 28 Lone Star 30 Gulf Coast Finale 33 Robb Saez Wins Cajun Classic DEADLINE:

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Holiday Gift Guide 4x7 Hard/Soft Hybrid Case

McDermott’s brand new 4x7 Hard/Soft Hybrid Case is unlike anything you’ve seen before. It features a unique 2x3 hard shell end compartment for cue and shaft storage, as well as two 1x2 removable soft felt sleeves that fit inside the zippered top section. This case is designed with an extra long 32” interior and a special storage area for your jump handle. The 4x7 Hybrid Case retails for $169 and makes a perfect gift for any pool player. If you need less storage space, McDermott also offers a 2x3 version for only $129. Learn more at www.mcdermottcue.com/cases or call 1-262-251-4090.

G230

The G230 is a new addition to McDermott’s G-Series cue line for 2015. Beautifully crafted with a Birdseye maple forearm/sleeve with a Pacific blue stain, this cue features a sophisticated no-wrap handle that is accented with silver, black urethane and white urethane rings. The G230 retails for $265 and comes standard with McDermott’s high-performance G-Core shaft. This cue is covered by McDermott’s Lifetime Warranty and Maintenance Plan, which includes warpage. Learn more at www.mcdermottcue.com/g230 or call 1-262-251-4090.

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McDermott Play Packages

McDermott Play Packages make a great family gift! The pack includes everything needed for your pool table, including a McDermott Traditional Series billiard ball set, pool cues, a wall-mounted cue rack, 8-ball and 9-ball racks, a table cover and much more. The best part is: YOU get to choose your own cues! Learn more at www.mcdermottcue.com/playpacks or call 1-262-251-4090.

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Looking for the perfect gift for a beginner pool player? Look no further than McDermott’s selection of pool cue kits. These kits include everything you need to get started as a pool player. McDermott kits range in price from $52.50 to $92.50 and come with a 2-piece maple cue, a protective case and a variety of billiard accessories. Learn more about McDermott cue kits at www. mcdermottcue.com or call 1-262-251-4090.

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Holiday Gift Guide VIKING PROTOTYPE CUES

For a very limited time, you can save 30% on Viking one-of-a-kind prototypes, just in time for the holidays. This unique selection includes exotic woods, metallic paints, unique stains, engravings, inlays, Skinny cues, luxurious wraps, ringwork and the ViKORE ® American Performance Shaft. All Viking cues come standard with quick release joints (up to $125 upgrade for other brands), indestructible ferrule, and your choice weight, tip size and optional engraving!

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Holiday Gift Guide A681 MSRP $775 Find perfect balance of accuracy and appearance with this stunning addition to our 50thAnniversary line of Viking Cues. We started the A681 with a deep red bordeaux stain applied by hand. Next we intricately inlaid genuine abalone shell, black and mirror inlays for added embellishment from the forearm down. Lastly, we finished it off with hand wrapped gator embossed leather wrap. For enhanced performance, we’ve paired the A681 with the the ViKORE® Performance Shaft, known for its low deflection and Softouch® dampening technology. 100% Made in the USA. For more information contact us at www.vikingcue.com or call (800) 397-0122.

LTD & Retired Viking Cues Save between 40 and 50% on Viking Limited Edition and Retired cues, right in time for the holidays. Our stock is in limited supply, so hurry before they are gone! Our selection includes a variety of exotic woods, unique stains, luxurious wraps, custom inlays, ringwork, VPRO and ViKORE American Performance shafts. All Viking cues come standard with quick release joints (up to $125 upgrade for other brands), indestructible ferrule, and your choice weight, tip size and optional engraving!

VA501 MSRP $139.99 Designed and engineered by Viking, our Valhalla line is aggressive and pure in style. The VA501 encompasses this and plays as good as it looks. This cue features HD graphic transfers, hard rock maple forearm/sleeve, European stain, nickel silver rings, linen wrap and more. Every Valhalla cue is checked, rolled and weighted by our Viking craftsmen before sale with the assurance of Viking’s Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects, including warpage.

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It w a s all about West Coast pool action this October in Lincoln City, Oregon. The 3rd Annual Chinook Winds 10-Ball Open hit the top of the charts and, once again, the beach was a great backdrop for the event. Chinook Winds Casino Resort added $17,000 prize money to the 10-Ball Open events - $12,000 to Men’s division based on 96 entries with a guaranteed $10,000 for 1st; and $5,000 to the Women’s division with $4000 guaranteed for 1st place based on 32 entries. The Men’s division raced to 7 and the Women’s raced to 5. Overall, 118 men and 30 women entered all contending to get into the money. Players came from all over the United States and beyond to participate and a huge gallery of spectators watched many excellent matches as the tournament unfolded. People were able to observe and learn what great pool playing is all about. The crowds were awed by the likes of top players such as Allison Fisher, Bernie Store, Joanne & Bev Ashton, Kathy MacDonald, Rebecca Wagner, Warren Kiamco, Carlo Biado, Danny Gokhul, Max Eberly, Marc Vidal Claramunt and Paul Poutier. They were equally dazzled by top regional players Cindy Sliva, Kim Jones, Liz Cole, Dan Louie, Stan Tourangeau, Randy Baker and Eddie Carrido, to name just a few. All the players showed great class, talent and sportsmanship. Prior to the CWO itself, a $1,000 added Warm Up 10-ball tournament took place on Thursday night, sponsored by Bud Light. League players and those entered in main event were welcome to play. 90 men entered the $25 entry, race to 3, double- elimination event. A short race can be an equalizer with top players and the event was a smash. There was over $3000 in prize money up for grabs. Warren Kiamco took 1st, Randy Baker-2nd, Sean McDonough-3rd, Carlos Biado4th. The Women’s Warm-up tournament featured 12 women. Sherry Ahola run through field to take top spot followed by Mary Coffman-2nd, Kimberly Kirk-

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3rd and Natasha Hook-4th. A Calcutta was held and, although auctioning through both fields took some time, it was well worth it. There was a net of $16,890 in the men’s and $4,945 in the women’s. Paul “Kez” Marquez was calling on bidders to buy horses and his enthusiasm propelled the bids. It was a fun and exciting event. The Women’s finals featured Allison Fisher of North Carolina and Rebecca Wagner of Nevada. Wagner, 2013 US Bar Table 9-Ball Champion, fought her way out of the loser’s bracket after being defeated in her first match by Liz Cole. She faced a gauntlet of tough competitors on the B side, including Sherry Ahola, Kimberly Kirk, Bev Ashton, Cindy Silva and Susie O’Connor on her way to the finals. The finals match featured a lot of great play from both women and both played like the champions they are. Billiards Hall-ofFamer Fisher seemed to struggle a bit on the Diamond 7 footer while Wagner played steady on to capture the first set 5-0, a rare shut out for Fisher. Wagner kept up the pace in the second set, leading 3 -0 until Fisher won a game. Wagner’s near flawless play proved to be too much for Fisher and in the end Wagner double-dipped The Duchess of Doom, winning 5-4 in the second set. In the Men’s Finals, Rodney “The Rocket” Morris of California drove at a run-out pace and met Filipino Champion Carlo Biado in the finals. Biado had sliced his way through a star-studded loser’s bracket featuring Marc Vidal Claramunt, and his fellow Filipino, Warren Kiamco, on way to the finals match. Biado showed why he is the feared competitor he is. Morris’ performance dominance in the tournament can be described as a ‘Mack truck’. “The Rocket” matched against some considerable competitors along his way - Danny Gokhul and Stan Tourangeau to name a few, but ran over Biado 5-3 in the finals on his way to the $10,000 1st place prize. Praise for the tournament came in from all fronts. The acclaim coming from both participants and spectators was very rewarding to hear. Players new to the event said they had never seen such a great event and are coming back to play at next

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one in March, 2016. Pool Coach Paul Potier gave free stroke analysis - What fun! The event is growing in stature with professionalism and popularity. The Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball in March will be a qualifier for Mosconi Cup Points where pros can vie for a spot on Team USA. It took a lot of hard work producing the Chinook Winds Open event. Co-coordinators/directors Andrew Monstis and Mike Jensen managed the event from start to finish. Additionally, the WBCA team of Robbin Iredale - PR staff coordinator; Cathy Dunford Financial manager; Pam Carraway - Podium supervisor; and numerous other staff worked hundreds of hours to make this event successful. They say it’s better at the beach and they are right! Chinook Winds Casino Resort is a full service facility and is an exceptional venue for a world class tournament. Having this event tucked in at the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon creates an atmosphere you can’t find everywhere else. The CWO was sponsored by Chinook Winds Resort and Casino, a grant from the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, and Anheuser-Busch. Bud Light was the official beer of the event and sponsor of the Warm-up Tournament. Special thanks to Mike Howerton, AzBilliards; Lenny Marshall, On The Rail TV; Ozzie Reynolds, Cuesports International; Ric and Bonnie Jones - Bad Boys Billiards Productions; Zero-X Billiards; EYO Cues; and the NW Women’s Pool Player Association.

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LEARNING BY SITTING AROUND Tom Simpson © February 2002 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com

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Master Instructor, National Billiard Academy, “Beat People With a Stick!”

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I like to tell players that 15 minutes of serious, focused, solid practice is worth 3 hours of play. I really believe this. Hardly anyone really practices. Yeah, they bang balls around. OK, they shoot their favorite shots. Sure, they set up their favorite drill from time to time. And that shot that cost them the match the other day – maybe they shoot it two or three times. I don’t consider this practice. Practice is working on the things you suck at. Improve the worst things about your game, and you raise your whole game. We all have them. We probably even know what they are, but it’s hard to admit we’re afraid of rail shots or our speed control is bad or there is a certain angle we see wrong every time. And it’s even harder to hunker down and work on these things in the poolroom because 1) it’s hard work and 2) we don’t want to look bad in front of all those players and railbirds we’re so certain are watching our every move. We are self-conscious. We are making an impression on everyone that’s watching, and we usually (hustling aside) want that impression to be that we are in the zone. We want to intimidate our future opponents. I’ve described some good practice techniques in other columns, and I’ll certainly be presenting more in future columns. There are many worthwhile practices. But while I like to promote real practice, I know you’re going to get tired of it pretty quickly and want to get busy playing or sitting around. So, let’s shift to looking at what you can do to learn and improve while you’re playing or sitting around in the poolroom. When you play, you spend some time in the chair, waiting your for next inning. A lot of players spend their time in the chair cursing themselves for their last miss, hoping their opponent will miss, looking around the room, trying to look disinterested, or slouching and sulking. This is unproductive, and may even be counter-productive. Instead, how about seeing your chair time as

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practice time? Continue to study the layout just as if you were still at the table. What sequence of shots would you shoot? Why? What’s the best way to play that safety? How could you get back in line? How could you win from here? Stay fully focused and involved. No slouching. No feeling sorry for yourself. Part of the challenge of pool is warming up – getting your body and your attention activated and involved, fully and appropriately. I believe remaining engaged in the action while you’re in the chair helps you get warmed up and helps you get focused and stay focused. In pool, it’s absolutely vital to come out of the chair warm, focused, and ready. This is a skill – and a choice. Choose to come out of the chair fully present, fully engaged. We’re not always in a match or a practice session. Sometimes we’re just sitting around, casually watching others play. I suggest you use this same approach during casual watching. You can learn a great deal by watching the best players around. Watch their shot selection, their position play, their speed, their demeanor, their form. Why are they doing things the way they’re doing them? Actively think about what you see. What can you apply in your own game? What qualities could you incorporate? You can even learn by watching lesser players. Their mistakes will be more obvious. Why and how would you have done it differently? Do they have some of the same weaknesses as you? How could they improve? You get the idea. There is no end to what you can learn by watching. But there is a big difference between watching a thousand shots with your brain engaged and watching a thousand shots in a daze. This game calls for full concentration. Choose to focus and choose to learn. Take advantage of all that play going on around you – observe closely, and choose to get better.

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I STREAM, USTREAM… Televising Pool For the 21st Century

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 billiardsprofessor.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

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Not long ago, I played in the BCAPL National Championships. It was a lot of fun; anyone who has been to Las Vegas for these events knows, it’s a great time. Unfortunately, my family and friends could not all go to Vegas to cheer us on, and would be doing so from afar. My gal helps out tremendously for events like this, sending out texts and updating my Facebook page to update them on our progress. This is awesome, but what if we could do more? One day, she and I were brainstorming, and suddenly realized we had the answer in the palm of our hands. Literally! Could we stream our matches from our smart phone? In short, yes! After much fiddling and testing, we decided to set up our iPad to use Ustream, and we met with resounding success. My family and friends were able to watch many of my matches over the course of a week, live. Plus, they could chat with each other and with my girlfriend as well. I love living in the future. As you might know, I play in the Mezz West State Tour. They have a “TV table,” and every match played on this table is streamed live, for free. On top of that, they use tablets for each table to keep score, which gets updated on their website in real time. They usually have two commentators who are very knowledgeable about the game and the tour, and they have a chat room set up where people can comment on the match as they are playing. The commentators even interact with the chat room, answering questions as they go. You won’t see that on ESPN! There are many other billiards events now that follow this same format. It is the way of the future, and we must embrace it. These days, I have heard and read many discussions about the state of the game of pool – how ESPN will show bowling or golf on TV, but you rarely see billiards any more. That the sport is “dying,” and that

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there is a dwindling following. You know what’s dying? TV. There is a tremendous dilution of viewers for most television shows these days. 9000 channels, and now competition from the likes of Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and Roku. In a short time, I truly believe more and more people will abandon the sinking ship of large cable companies, and will begin embracing the idea of getting their content online. We are at the beginning of this paradigm shift, and it’s time that pool rides that wave. Do you want to see great pool? Go online. Jump onto those live streams, and get involved in the discussion. Best of all, give something back. Donate a little, and show the streamers that you support the hard work they do to consistently provide us with quality HD content. We’re never going to get back to the days of ESPN broadcasting epic pool matches. We don’t need them. We are the Online Generation, and we are the pioneers of the streaming world. Let’s embrace it, encourage it, and support it. If you are interested in setting up your own stream, there are a few options. I am not partial to any of them; I happened to pick Ustream because I was more familiar with it, and we needed a quick solution. I would look at Ustream, Livestream, or Youtube. Do some research; I am sure there other options as well. Most have a free option, if you just want to stream for a couple of people to watch, and a pay option to remove ads and allow more viewers. 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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Starting an In-House League

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Sometimes it’s hard to find competitive pool games and it’s competition that will keep you sharp and measure your real progress at this game. Leagues provide an excellent opportunity for challenging games but sometimes playing in one of the national leagues just doesn’t work for a particular room. Below is how you can set up your own in-house league. The bookkeeping is pretty simple and if you choose the drop-in format described below there is almost no scheduling involved. The overview: The basic format is a league for individuals, not teams. It can be used for either a season or for weekly tournaments. It has a 100% handicap and that handicap is adjusted automatically for each player. First, how does the handicapping work? Each player has a rating. Players with higher ratings have to spot lower players according to the difference of their ratings. If a player wins, his rating goes up, if he loses it goes down, and that happens after every match. The match handicaps are given by tables. I’ll show tables for rack-based games as well as for straight pool (14.1 continuous). The tables are pretty simple to construct if you’re good with math, but in case you’re not, I’ll be glad to provide tables for various match lengths. Just send email to jewett@sfbilliards.com and let me know what sort of league you’re planning. Here is a table for nine ball with the race to about 5: So if a player rated at 500 plays a 550-rated player, the difference in their ratings is 50 points and the stronger player has to win 6 games before the weaker player wins 4. The largest handicap for this particular table is 6-2 which is the match for all pairs of players that are 156 or more rating points apart. Note that there are many, many rating levels in this system, not just A, B, C … as you see in some systems. This makes weekly automatic adjustment of the ratings possible. After each match, the winner of the match goes up 3 rating points while the loser goes down 3 rating points. That’s not a big change, so a single win won’t make much difference to a player’s rating, but if he consistently wins more than half his matches, his rating will gradually rise to his true skill level against the other players in the system. This is simple enough to do on paper or you could make a simple spread sheet to keep track of things. I favor paper which can be posted where everyone can see how the ratings change. There are several league season formats you can use with this system. A common one in my area is the weekly drop-in format for individuals. On, say, Tuesday night whoever wants to play shows up and they are matched up by the league operator according to the handicap

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table. Each player pays $10 for the match, some of which is for table time and some goes into the prize fund. If some players want to play a second match or even a third match, that’s OK as long as they have an opponent. At the end of the 12-week session, every player who has at least 12 matches completed gets to play in the playoffs. Cash prizes are awarded for best records during the session and for the top places in the playoffs. Another popular format is the single-night tournament. On Wednesdays, everyone who shows up by 7:30 gets in a single-elimination tournament and prizes are awarded each night. You could also have a quarterly tourney for the most frequent players in the weekly to reward regular participation. Finally, you could do the usual round-robin format where everyone plays everyone else. If you don’t want to work out a schedule, you could have the players schedule their own matches according to when they and tables are available. If you do that, I strongly recommend collecting half of the money for the entire season from each player at the start. The hardest part of running this system is setting initial ratings for players. If you know the players pretty well, you can figure about what a fair spot is and figure out the rating difference between them from the table. Set the strongest player in your area to a rating of 700 and the rest relative to him. You may want to manually adjust players after they play several matches in case you see they are clearly at the wrong level. You could also adjust players by 6 points per match for the first year they are in the system which levels things out faster. The rating scale described above is similar to the FargoRate system (see fargorate.com) which rates over 30,000 players worldwide, and if any of your local players have ratings there, you should use them as their initial ratings for your local system and adjust the other players relative to them. If you want to set up a handicapped straight pool league, here is a table for medium-length matches in which the better player goes to 80 points: Rating Diff. Match 0-4 80-80 5-14 80-75 15-24 80-70 25-35 80-65 36-47 80-60 48-60 80-55 61-75 80-50 76-91 80-45 92-109 80-40 110-129 80-35 130-154 80-30 155-183 80-25 184-219 80-20 220-up 80-15 If you would like to try the above and have question, shoot me an email.

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ESSENTIAL PLAYING SKILLS finest performance.”

Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

Composure: Have you ever seen a professional pool player break their cue in the middle of a match? Missing an easy shot can be very frustrating! What most players don’t seem to understand is that remaining positive is often their best option. Being cool, calm, and collected are some of the best characteristics that a pool player can have. Understanding how to harness your negative feelings and transform them into something positive will not only make you a better player, it will also intimidate your opponent.

“Focus” Pool is a brain game. The majority of what occurs between the break and the money ball depends in large part upon what’s going on inside of someone’s mind. Although not as strenuous as some sports, pool is perhaps the most difficult game ever invented. Regardless of a player’s ability or the conditions of the table, our thought processes dictate everything that we do. Our thoughts determine if we are going to shoot or play safe or whether we are going to be calm or nervous, and it also sets the tempo that determines whether we play fast or slow. Here’s a look at a few of the essential mental skills pool players of all ability levels (both amateur and professional) need to master. Confidence, composure, focus, and control are all functions of the mind and all share equal roles in our ability to play well. Confidence: Pool players have got to accept the fact that they must live in the present moment. No matter how good your last match was, you are only as good as your next shot. Developing self-confidence is essential for players seeking to reach the professional level. Sure, it doesn’t hurt to have come off a great performance, but a positive outlook will allow you to return to the table after losing five games in a row and say to yourself, “From here on out, this is going to be my

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Focus: There are two types of distractions in the game of pool: external and internal. External distractions include playing conditions, noise, and the aggravation that comes along with the fact that your opponent may be trying to intentionally “shark” you. You really can’t control external distractions, but you can definitely improve the way that you deal with the internal ones. By changing the way we think, we can effectively reduce the negative effects distractions have on our game. Our ability to concentrate on one shot at a time requires practice, but the benefit of learning how to focus fosters a positive outlook that is well worth any player’s time and effort. Control: Being able to stay focused, composed, and maintain a high level of self-confidence sum up to what most pool players seek to achieve every time they approach the table. When you learn to control your mental game, you can visualize the physical aspects more clearly. And when the two work together in harmony at the correct tempo, you experience a positive, pure, and effortless performance that only takes place when you are functioning subconsciously. Players refer to this state as “Dead Stroke.” A strong mental game is crucial. A powerful game takes commitment, determination and lots of practice. Players must learn how to apply mental concepts during game play. It’s easy to read an article on mental training and then forget about the strategies you learned a few days later. The key is to find mental game strategies and apply them to your practice so you become comfortable with them during competition.

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Hop over

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STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.

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This month’s shot is from the official Artistic Pool program and the principle it is based on is going to be very useful during any kind of pool game. Let’s take a look at the diagram for the correct set up. The Cue Ball is frozen to the long rail at 1.5 diamonds from the closest corner pocket. Our first object ball, the red 3-Ball, is also frozen to the rail at the second diamond from the same corner pocket. The green 6-Ball is placed next to it, frozen to it and their line of centers is perpendicular to the long rail. Place the 8-Ball behind the Cue Ball at the first diamond and at about 1/2 inch from the rail. Finally place the 9-Ball hanging by the corner pocket. We obviously want to win the game and if the 8-Ball had not been in that spot, we could have drawn the Cue Ball back after hitting the 3-Ball and thus pocketing the 9-Ball. Instead we are still going to hit the 3-Ball first but we are using it as our “Ramp Ball”. This concept is rather useful while playing any pool game: if a ball happens to obstruct the path you need to send your Cue Ball along, always check for any other ball which could serve as a ramp so you can easily hop over the obstacle ball. Going back to our shot, place your “elevated bridge” behind the 8-Ball, where the “X” is. An “elevated bridge” is when the palm of your bridge hand is off the table but you are still keeping the tips of 3 or 4 fingers on it, except for your thumb. That allows you to shoot over an obstructing ball by also jacking up the back of your cue. For our shot, elevate your cue about 20⁰ and aim the 3-Ball full, using 2 tips of top-left English on the Cue Ball (10:30 on the clock). Use a 3-speed stroke. The Cue Ball will hit the 3-Ball and hop over the 6-ball, then travel two rails and sink the 9-Ball in the corner pocket. To master this shot, try also different approaches such as using a little more elevation, or a 10 o’clock or even an 11 o’clock stroke on the Cue Ball and find out for yourself the different outcomes. Keep in mind that Ramp Balls can be used to jump the Cue Ball over an obstacle ball or a whole cluster of balls provided the distance between the Cue Ball and the Ramp Ball is no more than 8” and the distance between the Ramp Ball and the obstacle is under 1-1.5 feet, otherwise the power you’ll need to clear the obstacles will likely send the Cue Ball off the table.

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1st ANNUAL cheesehead classic

(l to r) Josh Roberts,

Chris Knutson Owner KK Billiards, Alex Pagulayan

Rooting for the underdog is a time-honored tradition. But what do you do, for whom do you root, in a true double elimination final between Alex Pagulayan and Josh Roberts? With Roberts in the hot seat of the $12,000-added, 1st Annual Cheesehead Classic in Appleton, WI on the weekend of October 9-11, you might find yourself ‘underdog’ rooting for The Lion, the man he defeated, double-hill, in the hot seat match. But how, given Pagulayan’s 15-year (plus) history of success in the game, do you cast him in an underdog against a stillrelatively-young man with only half that history? In context, it makes sense, because normally, given that the player coming from the loss side has to beat the hot seat occupant twice, you’d cast the player coming from the loss side in the underdog role. And when that victorious semifinalist (Pagulayan, in this case) has already been defeated once in the hot seat match, his underdog credentials rise. Now, give Pagulayan a victory in the

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first set of a true double elimination final, and put him up 8-3 (racing to 9) in the second set. Who’s your underdog now? Josh Roberts played that scenario out in the early morning hours of Monday, October 12 and chalked up the victory. Though he’d established an eight-year reputation and already earned more (reported) money in 2015 than in any year prior, the Cheesehead Classic was his first major 2015 victory. The event, hosted by KK Billiards in Appleton, WI (and streamed by PoolAction TV) drew a full field of 128 entrants, many of whom would generally not qualify as underdogs; in no particular order, Justin Bergman, Sky Woodward, Robb Saez, Dennis Orcollo, John Morra, Many Chau, and Larry Nevel, to name just a few. Roberts, going in with a win/loss percentage of just over 63% (45-26), advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Bergman. Pagulayan came to his winners’ side semifinal match against Nevel (who’d just sent Orcollo to the loss side, double hill) with just over a 76% win percentage

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(45-14). They each gave up three racks to advance to their first meeting in the hot seat match; Roberts now at 65%, Pagulayan still at 76%. Roberts’ double hill win to claim the hot seat (in which he was down 7-3) narrowed the gap. What began as a 13-percentage-point differential going into the winners’ side 3rd Place Sky Woodward semifinals, had been reduced to a sevenpoint-differential, Roberts closing in, following the hot seat match. On the loss side, Bergman drew Sky Woodward, who, after being defeated by Jonathan “Hennessee from 1st Tennessee” Pinegar (fourth round), was in the midst 2nd of a six-match, loss-side streak that would take him all 3rd the way to the semifinals. Wins #3 and #4 came against 4th Manny Chau, 9-7, and John Morra, 9-6. Nevel picked up Roberto Gomez, who’d defeated Pinegar 9-4 and 5/6th survived a double hill fight over Alex Olinger to reach him. Nevel downed Gomez 9-3, while Woodward 7/8th and Bergman locked up in a double hill battle that eventually advanced Woodward to the quarterfinals 9-12th against Nevel. Woodward chalked up what turned out to be his last win, over Nevel, 9-4, in those quarterfinals. He had to settle for third place, when Pagulayan took him down 13-16th in the semifinals 9-5. Pagulayan’s opening set in the finals over Roberts (9-5), certainly made him the favorite, as action moved into the second set. Roberts’ chances looked pretty slim in 17-24th the second set when Pagulayan got to the hill, ahead by 5. Then, now firmly sitting in the underdog seat, Roberts wins six straight to claim the title. Overall, he played 11 more games than Pagulayan, and ended up with a lower winning percentage (60% to 66%). Roberts took his losing percentage in the winning effort to the bank, to

the tune of $7,000. “Even with the double elimination,” Roberts noted the next day, “I was still the underdog in that (double elimination set). Down 3-8 in the second set, Roberts had a lot on his mind. He’d been there before, in the hot seat match, down 7-3 and come back. He needed, obviously, to do it again. And he did. “I just kept thinking to myself, don’t give up,” he said. “If he wins, shake his hand, but just keep playing.” Words of advice, to the underdogs everywhere.

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Josh Roberts

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Skyler Woodward

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Larry Nevel

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Justin Bergman Roberto Gomez

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USA USA

Tony Chonan Dave Coles Jr.

USA USA

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USA USA

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First Chinese Taipei Pool Player to Win the US Open

AzBilliards.com Staff Oct. 30, 2015 When the final day began at the U.S. Open, there were only four men left in action. The first to fall away was Ralf Souguet who lost 11-6 to Haitao Liu. The hot seat match was not much of a contest. Yu-Hsuan Cheng dominated the match and Karl Boyes only rarely rose from his chair. The final result was 11-3 and Karl could do nothing but await his opportunity against Haitao Liu. Boyes got a better start in this match and soon led 3-1. But in the next rack Boyes scratched while shooting the one ball and Liu took that gift home to narrow the score to 3-2. Boyes fouled again in the 6th rack and again Liu capitalized to tie the score at three apiece. Liu scratched on the next break and Boyes ran the rack to lead 4-3 in the race to 11 games. From there, Liu grabbed the momentum and continued claiming racks until he led 9-4. Boyes won the next one to bring us to 9-5 and called for a 5-minute break. When play resumed Boyes appeared energized and committed. He broke and ran the next rack and then in game 18 he played a safe that caused Liu to make a bad hit and then he made a heroic bank on the 5-ball to claim the rack. The heightened aggression was paying off. 9-7 with Boyes breaking. Boyes broke dry and left a wide-open table. Liu was hearing the footsteps. He began to hesitate at the table, blew his position on the 4 ball, and that caused him to be so out of line on the 5 that he fouled the shot. When the 9 ball fell Boyes had pulled within a single game at 9-8. Boyes cleared the next table like it was routine and now stood tied with Liu at 9. Here is where we need to tell you that in the semifinal and final of the U.S. Open you must win by two games, though there is a cap at 13 games (15 in the finals as it is a race to 13) so Boyes or Liu could win from the hill if the game were to become tied at 12. Boyes broke and ran the next rack to get to the initial hill. He broke dry and

everything had a pocket but some balls were close to others so shape would be crucial for Liu to claim this rack. Liu had a long opening shot and missed it. The footsteps in his ear were now ahead of him. Boyes approached the table like he owned it. He made the tough run look routine and won the match 11-9. This was a truly remarkable performance. The man had been down 9-4 and then denied his opponent another rack. He won 7 racks in a row. I see a Mosconi Cup in his near future. Yu-Hsuan Cheng opened our final with a break and run but then broke dry in the second rack. Boyes took full advantage and we were tied at 1 in this race to thirteen (with the aforementioned win-bytwo stipulation). Then the Cheng train began to roll. Racks began to fall for him and soon he led 4-1 before committing an illegal break where three balls failed to pass the side pocket. It mattered little. Cheng regained control of the table late in the rack and ran it out to lead 6-1. Then Cheng again hit an illegal break shot in rack 8. Boyes took that one to trail 6-2 and took a timeout. Boyes broke and ran the next rack and then the next went his way as well to bring us to 6-4. When he broke the next rack, the cueball nearly scratched but hung up in the corner leaving Cheng shooting deep out of the corner on a long 1 ball that he missed. Boyes made a nice run and had things in hand when he took an easy 8 ball for granted and hung it in the corner. Cheng increased his lead to 7-4. Boyes took the next rack (7-5) but then fouled on the 1 ball in the next rack and let Cheng out to 8-5. Boyes took one back in the next rack but then Cheng took the next and our score stood at 9-6. He then took the next two racks with just solid pool playing and led 11-6. Things had turned very dark for Karl Boyes. It would get no brighter. Cheng commanded the table from there and ran away with the games to win the 40th Annual U.S. Open 13-6. Photos by: Alison Fischer

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Bergman vs Shaw Challenge Match

@ Teachers Billiards ST PETERS, MO Justin Bergman took an early lead of 4-2 but Jayson Shaw fought back. He had his break rolling and took a 9-4 lead. It looked as if Jayson's break was going to dominate the match. But the tide turned. When Justin got an opportunity he played outstanding, broke good and benefited from some good rolls. He continually stretched the lead and when he reached 40 wins, Jayson was at 23. The lead was 17. They stopped for the night and restarted the following day. The second day started with Justin stretching the lead to 22 games but Jayson got hot and took advantage of some mistakes by Justin and reduced the lead to 12.

Momentum seemed to have changed. When Justin got to 60 they took a 15 minute break. After the break Justin came out firing and ran 4 racks stretching the lead out to 16 games and from there he gained 5 more games over the last segment of the match to win 80-59. Justin Bergman's thorough deliberate style, his shot analysis and decision making, as well as his safety play and kicking game ruled the day. Jayson Shaw is an outstanding player. The ease of his shot making was impressive and his break was outstanding in spurts but some careless play cost him.

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HOUSTON, TX After a 47-year retirement from pool, 72 year-old Houstonian Jeff Sparks captured his first tournament win since 1972. Sparks went undefeated in the Lone Star Billiard Tour’s 52-player amateur 9-ball division, overcoming Deer Park’s Bobby Pacheco in the final set, 7-6, becoming the oldest player to ever win the amateur division. Pacheco also fought his way through the elite, 44-player open 9-ball division, defeating John McDowell in the finals, 9-3. This was Pacheco’s second, consecutive win on tour, with an amateur division win in July, and now this month’s open division. Congratulations to Bobby Pacheco who will advance to “open” player status in 2016! Kevin Nguyen and Chase Rudder were crowned the 2015 Lone Star Tour Champions, amateur and open divisions, respectively, for their year-end, number one rankings. These players will join the multitude of title-holders in the Lone Star Tour archives, documenting division and tour champions since 2009. On October 10th-11th, 2015, Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, along with tour sponsors Poison by Predator Cues www.poisonbilliards.com, Delta-13 Rack www.delta-13.com, Ozone Billiards www.ozonebilliards.com, and the APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty, facilitated another successful Lone Star Billiards Tour event in addition to a women’s Gulf Coast Tour side-by-side 9-ball event, for players all across Texas and surrounding states, with a generous $1,500 added which drew 96 players and paid out over $9,000 in prize money. In the amateur 9-ball division, all eyes were on Jeff Sparks, the super-senior

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pool veteran who came out of retirement to compete in the grueling, 2-day event; the ultimate test in player resolve and stamina. Sparks went undefeated, archiving wins over Will Felder, 7-3, Jack Cavalier, 7-2, Gabriel Romo, 7-5, and Kenneth Price, 7-3. The number one ranked amateur player and strong contender for the 2015 Lone Star Tour Champion title, Kevin Nguyen, kept his eye on the prize, logging wins over Logan Tunnell, 7-1, Tom Welch, 7-6, Chuck Adams, 7-6, Jesse Langston, 7-3, and Bobby Pacheco, 7-3. On the one loss side, after a first round loss to Jonathan Poon, 7-2, Mike White won an impressive five consecutive matches, with victories over Chance Allison, 5-3, Charlie Jenkins, 5-1, Ron Wrobleski, 5-2, Jack Cavalier, 5-2, and Bob Eaton, 5-0, before falling to Langston, 5-4. Welch also blazed through the one loss side, eliminating Keith Keithley, 5-0, Greg Trent, 5-3, Jonathan Poon, 7-0, and Curt Bovenzi, 5-4, before falling to David Chow, 5-1. Lassek ousted Erick Renteria, 5-2, while Romo eliminated Chuck Adams, 5-3. Langston and Lassek overcame Chow and Romo, respectively, by the same score, 5-2. In the next round, Langston found himself on the receiving end, losing to Price, 5-1, as did Lassek, who succumbed to Pacheco, 5-1. The one loss side was down to its final, two players, as Sparks and Nguyen geared up on the west side for a hot seat showdown. In the end, it was age over youth, as Sparks secured the hot seat over Nguyen, 7-4. Pacheco took care of business on the east side, as he finished off Price, 5-1, and dealt payback to Nguyen, 5-4. In the true, double elimination format, Pacheco would have to beat Sparks two sets; the first race to 7, and the second race to 5.

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Unfortunately for Pacheco, that didn’t happen. Sparks narrowly escaped Pacheco in the first set, 7-6. Open 9-ball division action witnessed Pacheco defeat Gabriel Romo, 9-4, Will Felder, 9-0, Steve Williams, 9-1, and Erik Renteria, 9-4. Ernesto Bayaua made a strong bid for the hot seat as well with wins over Chuck Adams, 9-1, Lester Foy, 9-4, John Newsome, 9-6, and John McDowell, 9-6. Following a second round loss to tour newcomer, John Lassek, 9-5, Chase Rudder came back to win four consecutive matches until he was eliminated by John Newsome, 7-6. After suffering a 9-3 loss to McDowell in the third round, Lassek went on to eliminate Charlie Jenkins, 7-4, Sonny Bosshamer, 7-5, Steve Williams, 7-4, and Cesar Arechiga, 7-5, until he was ousted once again by McDowell, 7-4. Following a tough battle with Rudder, Newsome overcame Kenneth Price, 7-1, but was eliminated by Erik Renteria, 7-3. While McDowell and Renteria teed off on the one loss side, it was a battle to the finish for Bayaua and Pacheco. Pacheco slid past Bayaua for the hot seat victory, 9-8, while McDowell made quick work of Renteria, 7-2. McDowell went on to eliminate Bayaua, 7-6, setting the stage for a first-time match-up between McDowell and Pacheco. The finalists appeared fresh and full of energy as play commenced. Throughout the set, Pacheco’s ever-increasing momentum overwhelmed McDowell, who found it difficult to gain the least bit of ground. Pacheco captured the first set of the true, double elimination final, 9-3. New at this event were “live” online brackets, making it possible for players to follow tournament progress on their mobile devices. “The Lone Star Billiards Tour looks forward to implementing new programs for 2016 aimed at increased visibility andNGUYEN value for our venues, sponsors, and players. Online KEVIN brackets will be accessible through LoneStarBilliardsTour.com, however, we will still use paper charts on-site for our not-so-tech-savvy players and fans” says LSBT founder and tour director, Kimberly Newsome. The Lone Star Tour would like to acknowledge, and thank, its 2015 venues, sponsors, and supporters: Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, Bogies West, Skinny Bob’s Billiards, Ariana’s, Poison by Predator Cues, Delta-13 Rack, APA of North Harris County, Ozone Billiards, Derrell Montgomery, Chuck Adams, John Newsome, Roger Allen Cue Repair, James Hanshew Cue Repair, Walter Kelley Cue Repair, and Bobby Garcia at RE Visual Concepts who captured some spectacular action shots during the finale. Special thanks to Teresa Garland and Ricki Casper for assisting with the online brackets and raffle ticket distribution for the Poison “players only” free raffle. Congratulations to

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Photo Credit: Michael Moon Photography Houston’s Ming “Empress” Ng came out firing during the final Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour 9-ball Event of the year, held at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, October 10th, 2015. Ng went undefeated through a talented field of 32 women, ousting 2013 Gulf Coast Tour Champion, Gail Eaton, in the final set, 7-6, giving Ng her second, consecutive victory. Also in the news, following a well-fought year of ups and downs, Ricki Casper earned the title 2015 Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour Champion. Casper won the first stop of the year and amassed two fourth place finishes and a top ten finish, earning herself the points and the title. Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, www. BogiesBilliards.com, along with tour sponsors Delta-13 Rack www. delta-13.com, and APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/ apanorthharriscounty, facilitated another successful event for the women of the Gulf Coast Tour who came out to compete for over $1,000 in prize money, packed into a oneday competition! It was the final stop on this year’s acclaimed Gulf Coast Tour, the sanctioned WPBA Regional Tour which emerged with its fledgling season in 2013, and has Ming Ng amassed the largest WPBA member following of 13 regional tours. With 54 WPBA Members and 6 stops to close out the year, Gulf Coast is looking to expand in 2016. The tour has established a Board of Directors comprised of 7 women who will be working diligently to improve the tour on all fronts. Teresa Garland, Ricki Casper, Kim Pierce, Erica Hanlon, Karen Reilly, Toni Esteves, and Kimberly Newsome, will be working

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as expected, these former pros took it to the hill, with Ng pulling ahead in the final game, to win her second, consecutive tour victory, 7-6. New at this event were “live” online brackets, making it possible for players to follow tournament progress on their mobile devices. “The Gulf Coast Tour looks forward to implementing new programs for 2016 aimed at increased visibility and value for our venues, sponsors, and players. Online brackets will be accessible through GulfCoastWomensTour.com, however, we will still use paper charts on-site for our not-so-tech-savvy players and fans” says GCWRT founder and tour director, Kimberly Newsome. The Gulf Coast Tour would like to acknowledge, and thank, its 2015 venues, sponsors, and supporters: Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, Bogies West, Skinny Bob’s Billiards, Ariana’s, Delta-13 Rack, APA of North Harris County, Derrell Montgomery, Chuck Adams, John Newsome, Roger Allen Cue Repair, James Hanshew Cue Repair, Walter Kelley Cue Repair, and Bobby Garcia at RE Visual Concepts who captured some spectacular action shots during the finale. Special thanks to Teresa Garland and Ricki Casper for assisting with the online brackets and raffle ticket distribution for the Gulf Coast Tour “players only” free door prize drawings. The next big event on the Texas tournament calendar will be the Space City Open IV, December 3rd-6th, 2015, held at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, 3040 FM 1960 E., Ste. 101, Houston, Texas, 77073, hosting 4 divisions, including a ladies open 9-ball division played on 8’ tables. For more information, visit www. Facebook.com/SpaceCityOpen or email SpaceCityEvent@ gmail.com. Space City live streaming will be featured at www. SpaceCityOpen.com. The WPBA sanctioned Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour would like to thank all of the players who participated this year, and encourage everyone woman who loves to play pool, compete in a friendly atmosphere, or has the desire to improve their

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DATE Nov 6-8 Nov 7 Nov 7 Nov 7 Nov 7 Nov 14 Nov 14 Nov 14 Nov 13 Nov 13-15 Nov 14 Nov 14-15 Nov 14-15 Nov 19 Nov 20-22 Nov 20-22 Nov 21 Nov 21 Nov 21 Nov 21 Nov 27 Nov 28-29 Nov 28-29 Nov 28 Dec 3 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 5 Dec 5 Dec 5 Dec 12 Dec 12-13 Dec 12-13 Dec 16-18 Dec 18-20 Dec 19-20 Dec 18 Dec 19 Dec 19 Dec 19 Dec 19 Dec 19 Dec 19 Dec 26 Jan 2 Jan 2 Jan 16-17 Jan 23 Jan 23

CITY Midwest City, OK Green Bay, WI Decatur, AL McAlester, OK Davenport, IA Appleton, WI McAlester, OK Louisville, KY Lafayette, LA Des Moines, IA Davenport, IA Lafayette, LA Griffith, IN Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Alsip, IL Centerville, WI Houston, TX McAlester, OK Davenport, IA Davenport, IA Chicago, IL McAlester, OK Houston, TX Houston, TX Houston, TX Houston, TX McAlester, OK Green Bay, WI Decatur, AL McAlester, OK Round Rock, TX Des Moines, IA Memphis, TN Memphis, TN Memphis, TN Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA Alsip, IL McAlester, OK Davenport, IA Houston, TX Appleton, WI McAlester, OK Green Bay, WI Alsip, IL Round Rock, TX Appleton, WI Oshkosh, WI

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED OK Bar Table 9-Ball Championship $65 $5,000 Open 8-Ball $40 incl g.f. $750 w/64 9-Ball $35 $500 Progressive 8-Ball #8 $20 Call 8-Ball $40 incl g.f. $1,000 No Master 8-Ball $40 $750 w/64 7 Speed & Under 9-Ball $20 $$$ Midwest Ladies Regional Tour Call Call Friday Night Mini $20 Call 8-Ball No Master $20 no g.f. $1,000 Guar Play Great Pool Clinic $100A/$50Jr Super 9-Ball $40 $1,000 w/128 Fall 9-Ball $60 (incl g.f.) $2,000 w/128 One Pocket $60 $1,000 Open 9-Ball $65 $4,000 Women’s 9-Ball $50 Call 10-Ball $50 incl g.f. $500 w/f.f. Closed Division A/B $25+$10 g.f. $$$ w/64 9-Ball-Limit 64 $200 incl fees $4,000 w/64 8-Ball 8-Speed & Under $20 $$$ Thanksgiving Throwdown 9-Ball $45 incl g.f. $1,000 Thanksgiving Throwdown 8-Ball $45 limit 96 $1,500 8-Ball Bar Table $50 $1,000 6 Speed & Under 8-Ball $15 $$$ Bank Pool 9-Ball-Limit 16 $100 $500 One Pocket-Limit 32 $100 $1,000 9-Ball-Limit 128 $75 $3,500 Ladies Open 9-Ball-Limit 32 $45 $500 Progressive 8-Ball #9 $20 Call Open 10-Ball $40 incl g.f. $750 w/64 9-Ball $35 $500 7 Speed & Under 8-Ball $20 $$$ Ladies Amateur 9-Ball-No Pros $50 $500 w/64 8-Ball Women $20 no g.f. $2,000 Guar One Pocket - Limit 16 $1,000 $2,000 8-Ball - Limit 16 $1,000 $2,000 9-Ball - Limit 64 $40 $500 9-Ball $30 incl g.f. $500 8-Ball Singles $50/$40/$30 $1,500 Bank Pool $50 incl g.f. $500 w/f.f. 8-Ball all players $20 $$$ 9-Ball - Christmas $40 incl g.f. $1,000 9-Ball-Limit 64 $50 incl fees $500 w/32 No Master 10-Ball $40 incl g.f. $750 w/64 5 Speed & Under 8-Ball $15 $$$ 8-Ball No Master $40 incl g.f. $750 w/64 One Pocket $50 incl g.f. $500 w/f.f. Pistol Perez 9-Ball $40/$60 $1,600 Open 8-Ball - Limit 128 $40+$10 g.f. $4,000 Open 8-Ball - Limit 128 $40+$10 g.f. $4,000

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