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Rackem is a monthly publication, dedicated to the advancement of the sport of pool and to promoting enthusiasm and encouragement among the players at all levels, regardless of their league affiliation, in addition to recognizing those businesses who support them all. Covering the midwest. Look for Rackem by the 10th of each month. The opinions expressed are those of the author or advertiser and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rackem or its staff. We reserve the right to edit or reject any material submitted for publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Publisher. © 2010 Rackem

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Get out of Town!

By Samm Diep, © December 2010

No, seriously. Get yourself out of town and play some pool. Once you start playing seriously, one of the best things you can do for your competitive game is to get out of town. Travel to a tournament in another town, even another state, and compete. It’s easy to become so comfortable in your own zip code that when you do finally have to leave town for an event, the foreign pressure becomes so overwhelming that you can’t perform. You may even find that you play better because there are no expectations from others. Samm Diep There are no friends or family to distract you or to break your concentration during the event. You also force yourself to play under different conditions. You test your skills and concentration. Attending out of state pool tournaments is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people with similar interests and experiences. Developing new friendships only helps our great sport grow. Top Ten Reasons to Leave Town for a Tournament 1. Learning to play on different equipment and in a different environment. It’s easy to get so comfortable in your element that when you’re finally forced to step outside the box, you can’t perform. When you only leave town once a year for Vegas nationals, you may find you put so much pressure on that one event instead of realizing it’s just one of many. 2. Winning when you know you’re not the favorite. There’s nothing more rewarding than coming out ahead in a match when the crowd is all pulling for your opponent. It takes a lot of mental strength to fight through the feeling that everyone is rooting against you. 3. Competing against different players. You already know what to expect from the top players in your own town. You’d be surprised what you can learn when playing against and watching new players. 4. Benchmark your game. What better way to gauge your level of play than by testing your skills against new and unbiased competition? It’s difficult to truly measure your true progress when you are facing the same players in every event. 5. Return home a better player. Each time you prepare for a big event and play your heart out while you’re there, you always return home stronger and more confident than before you left. Learning to compete under a higher level of pressure always brings out the best player. 6. Change the monotony and break the glass ceiling. When you’re constantly playing against the same players over and over again, you begin to have expectations. After a while, you know who you’re going to beat and who you’re going to lose to. The get stuck at a level where you feel expected to be at. 7. Big fish in a little pond? If you’re the best in your town, playing against great players from other towns can give you a better idea of where you stand in the big picture. 8. Little fish in a big pond? And likewise, if you’re constantly losing to the same people, change things up a little and challenge yourself with some fresh competition. You’d be surprised how you’ll come back a better player. 9. Meet new and different people. Have a little fun. 10. Explore a new city. Do some sightseeing and enjoy yourself! The next time you get the chance to take a weekend road trip to a tournament, even if it’s just a neighboring town, take advantage of the opportunity. The benefits are countless. Special thanks goes to Dave Gross (aka “12squared”) from Fort Collins, Colorado for his contributions to this month’s article. Read more articles by Samm Diep at

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A Simple Kicking System By: Bob Jewett

San Francisco Billiard Academy If you find yourself in a spot like the diagram where you have to kick three cushions at the one ball, you might be tempted to apply the “corner-5” system. You would decide on a third-cushion contact point, estimate the cue ball’s origin, do some arithmetic to one or two decimal places and then shoot to the calculated spot on the first cushion. It’s amusing Bob Jewett to watch a diamond system player who is not so good at math as they miss the target by exactly one diamond -- oops, forgot to borrow during the subtraction. A much simpler system is Ray Kilgore’s “opposite 3” system, which is described in detail in Robert Byrne’s book “Wonderful World of Pool and Billiards.” Kilgore was a champion 3-cushion player, and the system is most useful on a carom table, but with the modifications below, it is useful and easy on a pool table. The basic idea is that if you are shooting from one side of the table and want to return to the same spot on the other side of the table after three cushions, all you have to do is shoot to a magic spot on the table. In the diagram, you are shooting from a spot 2 diamonds from the corner pocket on the long rail, and you want to go to the spot directly across the table, also two diamonds from the corner pocket. I’ve marked a spot X which is close to the magic spot for most pool tables. If you just shoot over the X, the cue ball will hit the one 6 3 ball. If you are shooting from the corner pocket at A, and you shoot over X, the cue ball will go to AA. Same thing for B-BB. The main problem is that the spot is in a slightly different place on each table. This is solved by X taking a few shots such as the shots shown to discover where 5 the spot is for your conditions. 8 Start by shooting from the corner pocket to get to the other corner pocket. Remember to 2 1 use medium speed -- enough 7 4 to move the object ball to somewhere useful -- and running 9 English, which would be left side in the diagram. Also, use follow for best consistency. A B BB AA Mark the rail once you have found the direction for a pocketto-pocket shot. Then try the shot shown in the diagram, marking the rail again. Finally, try the shot from and to the end cushion, BBB. If you look at the three paths, they should all converge at a single point, or close to it. That’s the magic spot on your table. Any shot you try between the calibration shots should be right on, and even shots from slightly outside that range should be close. Where I play, the spot is close to where I’ve drawn the X in the diagram. The large disadvantage of this system is that if you have to go to somewhere other than directly across the table from where you start, the system doesn’t work. For example, if you have to hit the 9 ball instead of the 1 ball, shooting to the X would land in the wrong place. You can roughly fix the shot by splitting the difference: since you want to land a diamond farther down the cushion to hit the 9, aim half a diamond farther up the cushion. Practice to get a feel for the adjustment. This system is easy to master and because you will calibrate it for your stroke and your table, it can be very accurate. It’s called “Opposite 3” because on a carom table the magic spot is right by Diamond 3 on the long cushion. For more details, see Byrne’s book. REJ

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Lucky: Part IV “Lucky and the Doc” Lucky Part IV: Lucky and the Doc Recap: In Part III I was a guest at Lucky’s ranch, listening to stories of his life and politics and anticipating action in town the next day. I woke up the next morning to a crowing rooster instead of an alarm clock. I could see blue sky through the window and immediately jumped out of bed, feeling extraordinarily refreshed. After a quick shower, I followed the bacon and coffee aromas and found Lucky downstairs, drinking a brew and reading the local paper. “Good Morning! Sleep ok? Bacon and eggs over on the stove. Check out this story here!” I replied, “Mornin’. Yes, thanks. Where’s the coffee?” And noticed the local newspaper headline was news I had already read back home three days before In the truck on the way into town, we talked about the upcoming day. “Everyone will play hard,” he said. “I just have to make it look tough." It was remarkable, the confidence Lucky had. Some of these guys were famous money players. But, I saw Lucky play last year and he did not miss a ball. No one I've seen has ever played like that. “I'll win some money today and everything will be ok.” My ears perked up. “What do you mean everything will be ok? Does it have to do with the stuff you wrote in your letters? “Oh, I’ve been ailing a little this last year. Finally went to the Doc and he keeps me under lock and key! Lucky chuckled. “Gets kinda expensive! Don’t have “medical insurance” and I’m eating my savings up.” He wished a push for universal health care were more assertive. Insurance companies and medical costs are the real culprits. I was speechless. What could be so serious that it would cost Lucky all his savings? My heart was sad for him as I listened. But, as before, Lucky stopped talking about it when we hit town, and I didn’t make an issue of it. It was better not to get into a big discussion like that before a match. I couldn’t think of anything to say to get both our spirits up. Then, out of the blue, Lucky asked me, “Do you know this old salt, John Antons?” I said, “Sure do. He’s a friend back home.” Come to find out, they knew each other and Lucky had even been sailing with Antons. I told him John used to play pool with my father! We talked, too, about another old friend of his, Eddie Parker, an old time pool hustler who, at this recounting, has passed on to play with the pool gods in the sky. Lucky and Fast Eddie matched up in the early 50’s and went on the road for a while until they had an argument about, guess…money. We sneaked in the back of the hotel and walked out the front. People were waiting around. It reminded me of the movie High Noon. One cocky guy stepped in front of Lucky and said, “You’re going to lose today.” Lucky just brushed past him, saying to me, “Ronnie Allen said the same thing thirty years ago. He left busted. True champions say nothing. They don't talk -- they just play. That was false confidence. Trying to verbally intimidate the other player shows weakness. I learned that from Caras.” We walked in and immediately the crowd opened up a path to the pool table. Two city slickers were playing a race to something for a thousand. We waited and watched. The crowd kept sidling by Lucky and peering at him. They looked like a wolf pack on their prey. It didn't seem to bother him at all. He just watched as if the two guys playing were the marquee match. I noticed the crowd had thinned out from yesterday. Probably losers, leaving town while they still had gas in the tank. A gangly kid standing next to me kept cracking his fingers. I asked him how the ring game went yesterday. He sniffed and said, “Aw, it wasn’t nothin’. Pretty even. Two of ‘em argued over every dollar and finally got throwed out.” The match ended. It was apparent they weren’t going to play anymore. Maybe they would have continued if Lucky had not shown up. Lucky knew what time it was and just cut to the chase. He spoke clearly and to no one in particular, “Who's first?” and moved over to a counter near the table and took out his cue. He stood there rubbing Cue Glide on his shaft, ignoring the crowd, who were kind of looking around at each other, waiting to see who would come out first. “Humpf,” said Lucky. Then the young player I’d talked with earlier jumped up and said, “Ok, let’s play some. “ “How much?” Lucky murmered. “Two thousand to nine,” from the kid. The side bets started, so I got in, putting five bills on the set and a bill a game with one guy. I also took a few smaller bets on the set. I figured I’d make fifteen hundred on the match. Pocket change for some…a lot for me. The kid played pretty good, but Lucky won 9 to 4, and the kid sniffled his way out the door. I collected my grand from one guy and the other five from the rest. One of two men who were hanging together approached and placed two grand on the table. “Bet?” said someone. “Sure,” said I. Lucky made it look tough, won 9-7. The player conferred with his stakehorse. Another two grand on the table. “Bet again?” the stranger said to me. “This time I want two games on the wire for a thousand, nothing on the games.” “Ok” I said. The games went back and forth. The score was 8 to 6, Lucky. I hadn’t told Lucky I was side betting. He broke, made nothing. His opponent was running out. I would be back to square one if this guy got to 7. Somehow he left himself with a bank on the nine and missed it, to my relief. Then Lucky missed and left a small angled cut shot, and I thought, that’s it. The player eagerly shot it but over cut it. He left another bank shot for Lucky. Lucky shot. It looked like it was going in but it settled on the end rail just next to the pocket. He’s planning to lose, I realized! I was reaching into my pocket to get out the money. Thok! What the? The guy miscued, but the cue ball rolled right up to the nine ball, pushed it to the rail, but failed to drop it. Oh brother. Lucky shrugged his shoulders slightly and pocketed the ball. How lucky was I. The stakehorse was shaking his head, but came up with the money for another set. I

tried to signal Lucky and let him know I was betting on him, but I couldn’t get his attention. More bets were placed, mine included, and Lucky broke, then stalled, giving up shots all over the place. He had to be trying to keep the players lined up to play him. While I was winning money by the narrowest of margins, I was thinking about Lucky’s illness, the only thing that would cause him to be playing this kind of pool. He must have needed the money bad. Lucky pocketed the nine on an early combination to end the third set. “I’m done,” the guy said. “My stakehorse quit, not me.” How many times have I heard that excuse, I thought. An older man wearing a nice sport coat stood up and asked Lucky to play Andrew Monstis some One Pocket. “We can bet more … five thousand a game all right with you? Lucky stood there chalking his cue for about ten seconds. Then he looked up at the guy and smiled. “I like that idea,” he said. They posted the money. This guy said, “I know you’ve been stalling - that doesn’t bother me.” Lucky took a break, and the challenger checked over his equipment. Side bets were placed. Chairs were rearranged. I got a good seat and table with a clear view of the pool table, and I was glad to see the old guy who took the other chair didn’t light up a cigarette. The waitress was kept busy taking orders for food and drink. Someone opened the door for a few minutes to clear the air. The atmosphere crackled. The stage was set. Lucky and the challenger who some said was a lawyer, lagged for the break. Lucky’s ball stopped an inch from the headrail, the challenger’s an inch behind. Lucky reached for the cueball and set it for the break shot. But when he stroked through it, he stumbled, his legs buckling. Time stopped as Lucky flailed his arms in an attempt to regain his balance and not fall onto the table. Oh no! The cue ball hit the rack hard and opened up the table. Balls were scattering all over for an easy run. Then Lucky fell, his body folding to the floor. For a moment no one moved, then pandemonium broke loose. I was the first one to reach Lucky. “Stay back! Give him air! Call a doctor!” Lucky just lay there. I grabbed a coat someone handed me and placed it under his head. He was conscious and tried to talk to me. “It’s the illness,” he whispered. Oh boy, I thought. I tried to quiet him. “Don’t talk,” I told him. “Just relax, you’re going to be fine.” But he croaked, “Did I make a ball?” Several voices called out, “Yeah, we saw a ball drop in his pocket.” Lucky’s eyes closed, and I leaned down to check his breathing. He seemed to be slipping into unconsciousness. Now the crowd was becoming anxious on another level. “What about my bet?” I heard someone say. “He’s got to finish or he will forfeit the money he posted!” Lucky’s eyes fluttered open. He struggled to raise his arm. In a weak voice, continued on page 11 he said, “Let him play for me.” He was pointing to me. Everyone’s eyes turned to me and lit up. Sure! Yeah! Some people in the crowd betting against Lucky said, “Sure let him finish, if that’s what Lucky wants.” “No!” I protested, trying to tell Lucky I couldn’t do it. I yelled, “Everyone stand back. Give him a break. He’ll finish the game, just give him a break.” The local doctor quickly arrived, and when he saw it was Lucky, he looked really worried. While he checked Lucky over, the crowd stood by, talking quietly. I stayed there with Lucky, and heard the doctor tell him he’d have to take him in to the hospital. Lucky shook his head feebly, and tried to get up, “No, I’m fine, I’m fine. I have to do this first. I can’t go now.” The doctor pushed Lucky back down and insisted. Lucky gave a tired sigh and stared up at me, his eyes pleading. “Drew, you have to play for me. I need you to win for me. Please, Drew, you can do it.” His eyes closed. I started to sweat. I never heard of this before. The players betting on the match talked it over and all agreed that it was fine with them. Lucky’s challenger sized me up and said, “Sure, he can finish the game. I took a deep breath, stood up, and said, “Ok, let’s do it.” I saw the corner of Lucky’s mouth turn up ever so slightly. We got him to the doctor’s car, and he kept whispering, “You can do it, you can do it, Drew.” I stood there, watching until it disappeared in the distance. Lucky, I will do this, I promised. I’ll do it for you. Slowly, I turned and walked back into the lion’s pit. I held Lucky’s cue, finding the balance, stroking the slender shaft. My shot. Oh man, I thought. The first shot was very difficult. If I missed playing it right, I’d sell out…why not just shoot and miss and let this guy win. Just give him the game. All I wanted to do was get in my car and go to the hospital. This game didn’t mean anything. But, with a sigh, I knew was important. Lucky’s health was at stake, and no one was just going to hand him a big wad of money. So the decision was made for me. As soon as I could get out of there, I got directions from the hotel to the town where the hospital was and took off in a cloud of dust. The hospital really wasn’t much more than a small clinic, in fact, it looked like the veterinary clinic we take our cats to back home. A nurse in bright pink scrubs directed me to a room down the linoleum hall. She wouldn’t tell me anything. I feared the worst, I opened the door but found Lucky sitting up in bed, watching tv and I thought I saw Lucky spinning a pool ball on his finger as

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Hillbilly joins the Southwest 10 Ball Tour!


Kim Sanders, Jennifer Kraber Chris Wilmeth and Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant

Chris Wilmeth of the Southwest 10 Ball Tour has joined forces with Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant and Dreamline Promotions to transform the fledgling tour into a national event series in 2011. Through coordinated promotional efforts and the production of quality events, the two gentlemen hope to provide competitors with tournaments boasting fair entry fees, strong payouts and a full calendar. Hosting tournaments in pool rooms across the country, the new organization will book events in several disciplines and utilize the industry standard for rules and regulations. The event scheduled for November 20-21, 2010 at Greenfield Billiards in Lakewood, CO will usher in the new “Lucasi Hybrid All Star Tournament Series“. With the continued sponsorship and support of Lucasi Hybrid and negotiations with potential future investors currently under way, the tour is shaping up to be a force in the sport of billiards.

Broken Oar 4724 Pintail Loop - Mandan, ND 701.667.2159 Coors Light Holiday Open Invitational

Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Austin, Texas drew 52 entries at the latest Lone Star extravaganza held November 6th-7th. The $1,350 added stop featured Open 9-Ball, Ladies 9-Ball, and One Pocket events all sponsored by Poison Billiards, Delta-13 Rack,,, and Barnett Ranching. The new white delta-13 rack with rack-n-ball carrying case made its Lone Star Tour debut complete with personalized leather inserts. It was a huge hit! Saturday’s main event produced few upsets and pitted David Henson v. Casey Crews and James Davis Sr. v. Jason Hunt on the winners’ side for Sunday. On the one-loss side, Doug Young faced off with John Neumann and Brian Sanders met Drew McCoy. From the winners’ side emerged Henson v. Davis and Hunt v. Sanders on the one-loss side. Davis lost the hot seat 9-6 to Henson while Hunt fell prey to Sanders 7-4. Sanders ousted Davis 7-5 for a shot at Henson. Both men played a speedy final where Henson jumped to a 3-1 lead, then 5-2 over Sanders. The final score favored an undefeated Henson, 9-7. The ladies event drew 17 players along with Jennifer Kraber, Nicole McDaniel, Kim Sanders, and Loretta Lindgren, who all made it to the final four winners’ side. Kraber defeated McDaniel and Sanders bested Lindgren for a Kraber v. Sanders hot seat match. On the west side, it was Rapp over Bartz 5-4 while Sanders sent Kraber west 7-4. Kraber advanced to meet Sanders in the final. It was 6-3 Sanders when Kraber came alive and made it hill hill. In the final game, Kraber missed a crucial 7-ball which ultimately cost her the set 7-6. Congratulations to Kim Sanders and David Henson who won their first Open event titles and James Davis Sr. who captured the One Pocket event. OPEN PAYOUTS: 1st $680 David Henson 2nd $480 Brian Sanders 3rd $290 James Davis Sr. 4th $190 Jason Hunt 5-6 $100 Doug Young, Casey Crews 7-8 $45 David Neumann, Drew McCoy

LADIES PAYOUTS: 1st $260 Kim Sanders 2nd $180 Jennifer Kraber 3rd $110 Julia Rapp 4th $55 Jasmine Bartz ONE POCKET: 1st $260 James Davis Sr.

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Dec 11th - 12th $3,000 Added TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS Open 9-Ball/One Pocket/ Ladies 9-Ball Bogies Billiards & Games 2011 Tour Schedule Jan 22nd Bogies Billiards & Games Houston, TX Feb 12th Crazy 8’s Port Arthur, TX Mar12th Houston’s Billiards Houston, TX

Hometown Shooter Triumphs Walter Hayes Sr. of Waukegan, Illinois left the McDermott Midwest Cup a hometown hero as he won the first tournament of this season’s BCW Tour at Legends Billiards in Waukegan. The tournament drew in several Midwest big-table players excited to get the new season underway five months after the successful State Championship at the lovely Ho-Chunk Casino in Wisconsin Dells. Twenty-nine handicapped amateurs with the skill levels of A, B, and C competed for a serious purse and the Walter Hayes honor of becoming the first McDermott Midwest Cup 9-Ball Amateur Champion. On the right side of the chart four players were fighting hard for the 1st hot-seat match. Chicago’s Jonathan Strzezewski bested Racine, 2nd Wisconsin’s Chris Mason 8-3 while Waukegan’s own Walter Hayes Sr. 3rd outplayed Christopher Szarek of Beach Park, Illinois in a double hill 4th nail biter 8-4. Hayes Sr. proved to be too much for Strzezewski and 5th/6th sent him to the one-loss side 8-6. 7th/8th Four were left on the one-loss side and all fought with great tenacity. Szarek nipped Mike Regan of Round Lake, Illinois 4-3 and High Woman

Mason ousted seventeen year old Erick Hincks from Midlothian, Illinois 6-4. It was difficult for Mason to overcome the handicap as he lost the quarterfinal match 4-5 to B player Szarek, leaving Mason with a good showing of 4th place. Szarek then fell to Strzezewski 7-2, ending his battle with a 3rd place finish. Strzezewski was looking for revenge on Hayes Sr. but fell short with the score of 8-5. Walter Hayes Sr. was our first McDermott Midwest Cup 9 Ball Amateur Champion. $413 $255 $165 $97 $55 $34

Walter Hayes Sr. Jonathan Strzezewski Christopher Szarek Chris Mason Mike Regan, Eric Hincks Paul Repischak, Mike Stowe


Annie Nord

R u n n e l s R u n s ove r t h e C o m p et it i o n Eighteen of the Midwest’s diehard big table players showed up for the Open event at the McDermott Midwest Cup in Waukegan, Illinois and master player Ike Runnels went home the champion. Runnels, of Kankakee, Illinois battled his way through a few close matches and came out on top, just above the infamous Jonathan Demet of Racine, Wisconsin. On the right side of the bracket Demet beat Bill Fowler of Deerfield, Illinois 7-4 and Runnels beat Frankie Bashir of Waukegan, Illinois in a double hill match, leaving the two winners to fight for the hot seat. Runnels upset Demet 7-1 sending him over to the one-loss side of the bracket. While Runnels patiently waited to see who would play against him in the final match, the shooters on Ike Runnels the one-loss side had to play perfectly against their tough competition. Fowler defeated Milwaukee’s Jon Giles 6-1. Henry Brodt of Glenview, Illinois beat out Bashir 6-3. Fowler maintained some top notch pool by beating Brodt 6-4. Demet however showed no mercy against Fowler and got him again, this time in a hill-hill match. After all of his hard work Demet came back for revenge against Runnels. They

played a close match but Runnels pulled ahead and won 7-5, becoming the first Open division McDermott Midwest Cup Champion. RESULTS 1st $700 Ike Runnels (Kankakee, Illinois) 2nd $360 Jonathan Demet (Racine, Wisconsin) 3rd $204 Bill Fowler (Deerfield, Illinois) 4th $140 Henry Brodt (Glenview, Illinois) 5th/6th $80 Frankie Bashir (Waukegan, IL) Jon Giles (Milwaukee, WI)

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Seattle Open Damian Pongpanik Breaks Through By Shari Ross LYNNWOOD, WA The 4th annual Seattle Open at Uncle Jacks in Lynnwood, WA was nothing short of a who’s who in Northwest pool. With a full field of 64 and $1015 added to the event the players were vying for their share of a $3850 prize purse. Looking through the field it was hard to

find a true favorite having names like Glen Atwell, Stan Tourangeau, Dan Louie, John Doherty & Rich Geiler just to name a few, who could pick but in the end only 1 name was left, Damian Pongpanik, formally of Salt Lake City. Play kicked off Saturday morning with a couple big match ups first round putting 2 of the favorites on the b-side. Bob Zack was one of those, losing to Glen Atwell only to make a very strong comeback winning 7 on the b-side to finish 7-8. With the number of top players it was inevitable some would be on the back side with Bob while others remained on the A. Sunday morning found 6 of them on the b-side, Mark Vidal & Damian were amongst them, while players like Randy Camantigue, J.D., Glen Atwell and Lance Mason were still undefeated. Showing his hard work and love for the game Damian began his march through the toughest b-side I have seen outside of a pro event winning 6 matches to find himself in the semis against Glen Atwell. After a bit of back and forth Damian was up a couple games but was unable to keep Glen at bay. Glen then reached 8 first in this race to 9 to put the heat back on Damian for which he had the answer for emerging victorious earning the right to play Dan Louie who was sitting in the hot seat. Just like the semis, the finals started with the one for you one for me but about game 5 Damian started his run away. Never looking back he preceded to go on to win 11-6. And after an almost 30 hour tournament it was made know that this was Damian’s 1st win in the Northwest and if his play says anything at all its far from his last. Congrats Damian on your well deserved win. We would also like to say it was nice to see Hsin Huang back playing again and hope to see her more. And the honorable mention goes to Don Rachels for his comeback through the b-side after losing his first round match. Randy Camantigue (owner/operator) and his staff (Ana, Trisha, Linden, Candice,) & Shari Ross (tournament director) were prepared for everything to make sure all ran smoothly from the tournament to the service to the food. Sponsors for this event were Creigh Dumo of Hustlin USA and Dave Jones Custom Cues. Uncle Jacks Billiards also decided to bring in Don “Cheese” Akerlow of On The Break to live stream the action. OTBnews brought in a top of the line setup so those of you who couldn’t be there could still have front row seats. And the proof is in the pudding, with over 66,000 unique viewers and 102,000 total views the people are saying this is what they want. Figuring in these numbers and 8 Rackem Magazine - December 2010

the positive response from the players Randy is looking in to doing at least 3 more like this throughout the year all with live streaming. With the success of the Seattle Open 2010 Uncle Jacks is working on taking this tournament to the next level for 2011.With sponsors

such as Dave Jones Custom Cues, Creigh Dumo of Hustin USA and others we expect added monies to be at least $2500. This could not be done without the great support of the players and spectators. The next tournaments at Uncle Jacks will be an 8-ball on the 7 footers December 18th-19th 2010 and then 9-ball on the 9 footers for the annual New Year’s Day tournament January 1st . Please check the tournament trail for entries and added monies for these events. 1st $1200 Damian Pongpanik 2nd $650 Dan Louie 3rd $400 Glenn Atwell 4th $300 Stan Tourangeau 5-6 $200 Todd Marsh, Lance Mason 7-8 $125 Josh Smith, Bob Zack 9-12 $75 Randy Camantigue, Scott Nelson, John Doherty, Steve Kim 13-16 Don Rachels, Mark Vidal, Creigh Dumo, James Davee High Woman Hsin Huang by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow The OTBnTV crew rolled into Uncle Jack’s Billiards and Lounge and four hours later everything was set up and ready to go. Mini tournaments started things off Friday night. Saturday play started at 11 am and there was a full field of the best players in the Northwest. We had some great guest commentators, Gina Bourdage from the b-town blog, Andy Ruth, Adrianne Beach from the NWPA, Stan Tourangeau, Alisha Rogers and Randy Camantigue sat in during the final match. If we missed anybody we apologize and we appreciate your help. When you are in the Lynnwood, WA area be sure to stop by Uncle Jack’s at 5800 198th St SW, have a drink, enjoy their great food and of course shoot a little pool. We had a great audience online and had some lively conversations with the chat room, that always brings a unique element to the live streaming. Thanks for watching! If you didn’t get a chance to watch the Seattle Open LIVE you can still watch the Video On Demand at Just click on the Seattle Open Video Magazine and choose which video to watch. Check out the Seattle Open photos on Facebook at - check out our albums. OTBnTV is sponsored by: Tiger Products, Delta-13, Simonis and Lucasi. We would like to thank our sponsors for their support.

Malarkey’s Thanksgiving 9-Ball Classic

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TACOMA, WA by: Andrea Saenz-Maes and Kimberly Kirk Quickly becoming one of the largest independent events in Washington State, this 9-Ball Open tournament was a huge success with Malarkey’s in Tacoma hosting 100 of the Northwest’s top pool players. With this many players competing on the 10 newly retrofitted gold crowns, coming out on top of the pack takes more than just mastery of skill, but is a true test of endurance. Malarkey’s champion was Canadian Simon Pickering of British Columbia. Simon is the owner of West Coast Pool Table and the BCA League Operator in the greater Vancouver area. Simon is probably best known for his BCAPL National Grand Masters 8-Ball win over Shane Van Boening in Las Vegas in 2009. Mr. Pickering’s road to the hot seat was no easy undertaking either, with wins over Ryan Shaffer, Cindy Sliva, Jay Siongco, Glenn Atwell, Daniel Edwards, Eddie Mataya and Rich Geiler. After losing the match to Simon on the A side,2009 Western BCA 9 Ball Masters Champion Eddie Mataya made it to the finals match with wins over Glenn Atwell, Stan Tourangeau and Rich Geiler. Nice! The finals match started at __3am__ (yes, in the morning) and was a real nail-biter going hill-hill. We really enjoyed our time at Malarkey’s which is a great venue with a little something for everyone. They have eleven 9’ and nine 8’ tables, terrific food, a full bar and even a nightclub which Saturday night hosted comedian Marc Price, better known as Skippy from the ’80s show “Family

OTBnTV would like to thank Clark Smith, owner of Malarkey’s, for having us broadcast the Thanksgiving Classic Live. The staff should be commended for their service during the tournament with all the pool players there and taking care of the rest of Malarkey’s customers. We would especially like to thank Andrea Saenz-Maes and Kimberly Kirk (K2) for running such a great tournament with 100 players. They kept the TV table packed with action and the rest of the tournament running smoothly with only 1 complaint, which is a 99% approval rating from pool players. Unheard of! Thanks to the commentators who helped out in the OTBnTV Booth during the tournament, Eddie Mataya, Dan Louie, Jeff Jiminez, Kimberly Kirk, Jo Woodward, Alisha Rogers, Cindy Sliva, Andrea Saenz-Maes, Clark Smith, Larry Maes and an occassional appearance from Andy to keep us on our toes (LOL). We apologize if we missed anyone the weekend is still a blur with the tournament finishing around 4:30am Monday morning. If you didn’t get a chance to watch Malarkey’s Thanksgiving Classic LIVE you can still watch the Video On Demand at Just click on the Malarkey’s Thanksgiving Classic Video Magazine and choose which video to watch. Check out the Thanksgiving Classic photos on Facebook at - check out our albums. OTBnTV is sponsored by: Tiger Products, Delta-13, Simonis and Lucasi. We would like to thank our sponsors for their support.

Ties”. Malarkey’s owner Clark Smith is a great supporter of billiards and added almost $2,500 to the tournament. Thanks Clark! On The Break News TV Live was there to capture all the hot action with Live Streaming at Due to the large participation of players in the tournament. Malarkeys wll be starting future events on Fri evening for the first round. 1st $1550 Simon Pickering 2nd $920 Eddie Mataya 3rd $675 Rich Geiler 4th $475 Stan Tourangeau 5/6 $275 Glenn Atwell/Eddie Carrido 7/8 $200 Damian Pongpanik/ Todd Marsh 9-12 $150 Daniel Edwards, Ed Hobbs, Treon Pham, Pete Semoe 13-16 $125 Kimberly Kirk, Scott Thurston, Carlos Carbona, Scott Nelson 17-24 $100 Clark Smith, Luke Thomas, Jeff Jimenez, Isaac Lopez Tommy Sliva, Tom Kikta, David Ringler, Loy Long We had a record 16 women in the tournament!!!!! Best Finishing Female out of the money 1st Shelby Eikenberry-Locati - $100 2/3 Samm Diep, Cindy Sliva $80 a piece 4th Talya Makus $60 5th Andi Ruth $50

If you don’t see a copy of this magazine, Rackem, in your favorite place to play pool then talk to the owner and have them call 406-285-3099.

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he quickly put what ever he was spinning under his covers “Are you all right?” I asked, concerned and confused. “Did you win?” “Lucky, are you all right?” “Did you win?” “Look, are you all right?” I was beginning to panic. And was he spinning a pool ball on his finger. “Yeah, I’m ok. Did you win?” “Lucky, I really need to know what’s going on,” I said to him. “I can’t deal with this. Why are you here? I don’t know what to do. I’m really worried.” Lucky sighed and looked at the ceiling. “You lost the money.” Frustrated, I paced the room. “Ok, the first shot was the hardest one of the whole game. When you miscued you messed up the table pretty good. I had to kick the fourteen, and make it or not, leave me good and him tied. The balls were fairly scattered, so I had catch a certain spot to get the leave. I wasn’t exactly geared up for the game, you know,” I stopped pacing and glanced over at Lucky, who was still studying the ceiling. “But I made it, and got the leave.” I reached in my pocket and pulled out ten thousand dollars and tossed it on the bed. “After that first shot the rest was pretty easy, actually.” Lucky reached out and collected the bills in gnarled fingers. I calmed down, then. I knew he wouldn’t tell me a darn thing until he was good and ready. No use getting into a knot about it. As Lucky smoothed out the bills, it occurred to me he might have done this whole thing to me on purpose. Did he set me up to challenge me? The whole thing seemed planned … choreographed, a real Oscar performance. Stop it, Drew, I said to myself. You don’t know anything about any of this. The door to Lucky’s room swung open and a doctor came in. When he saw me he asked me to leave for a few minutes. Lucky held up a hand, “No, doc, let him stay.” Then I found out that Lucky really was sick. I didn’t understand all that the doctor said, but the gist of it was that Lucky probably wouldn’t be around a much longer if he didn’t follow orders and take these medications. I looked at Lucky in alarm, but he didn’t seem bothered much by the prognosis. The doctor reassured Lucky that with regular medication and treatment, he’d be able to do pretty much everything right up to D-Day, whenever it came. Then he reamed Lucky up and down for not taking his advice. With a start, I realized he probably hadn’t had the money. Lucky threw me a warning look and said to the doctor, “Yeah, I know, I just keep forgetting.” Lucky didn’t have to stay long at the clinic, so we drove back to town to get his truck, and I followed him back to the ranch. I felt somewhat reassured by the doctor’s word’s that Lucky was going to be ok as long as he took his medication, and had made sure that he filled his prescription before we left the clinic. Lucky he had money on him, because the stuff cost a fortune without insurance. Over lunch, Lucky was assuring me he’d be ok, and I should go ahead and head for home. “I have friends here,” he said. “I’ll be fine. But before you go, I want to propose something.” He chugged a half a glass of milk and swiped his mouth. “I want to go on the road. Can you get away for a couple of months?” Now that was something I didn’t expect. “I thought you never wanted to do that again,” I said, somewhat astonished. “Why now? You’ve got this great place and you seem happy here. Why would you want to go out there when you’ve got this?” With a twinkle in his eyes, Lucky scratched his head and said, “Well, I thought so too, but you know, if I’m only gonna be around for a little while, I kind of like the idea of shooting some stick. I’m getting kind of tired of this peaceful life anyway. I just need a couple of months to take care of some things here. So what do you think?” “Let’s do it,” I said without hesitation, already knowing my wife would be supportive and enthusiastic. “I’ll be ready.” I couldn’t turn this down! I was ready to jump up and leave so I could hurry up and get back “Good,” said Lucky, “and before we go, I will share more pool secrets with you.” We talked awhile longer, then said our goodbyes, and I left in a cloud of euphoria on one hand, and concern for Lucky’s health on the other. On the long drive home I was thinking that maybe I shouldn’t tell anyone what we were planning. Or that Lucky was sick. I still didn’t know how his illness would affect him on the road. Come to think about it, I still didn’t get his real name, either! Well, you’ll all be the first to know how it went. But that will be awhile down the road…I still can’t figure out how he can spin a pool ball on his finger. I have to practice spinning that ball.

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ONE-POCKET: 50 players, $1000 Added 1st $800 Shane McMinn, Tulsa, OK 2nd 500 Chip Compton, OKC, OK 3rd 350 Beau Runningen, Falcon Heights, MN 4th 250 James Davis, Jr., Austin, TX 5-6th 200 Joey Gray, OKC, OK, Dan Olson, Olathe, KS 7-8th 150 Mickey Brandt, Raytown, MO, Gary Lutman, Collinsville, IL 9-12th 100 Todd Carpenter, Gardner, KS, Jason Wilderman, Pittsburg, KS, Dan Tull, Olathe, KS, Whitey Walker, Burlington, IA hot seat: McMinn defeats Runningen 3-2, quarter-finals: Compton defeats Davis 3-1 semi-finals: Compton defeats Runningen 3-1, 1st set of finals: McMinn defeats Compton 3-2 LADIES: 15 players, $500 Added 1st $425 Nicole Keeney, Littleton, CO 2nd 300 Karen Lincoln, Independence, MO 3rd 200 Jessica Frideres, Ft. Dodge, IA 4th 100 Apryl McGill, Lenexa, KS hot seat: Keeney defeats Lincoln 7-6, quarter-finals: Frideres defeats McGill 7-3, semifinals: Lincoln defeats Frideres 7-5 1st set of finals: Keeney defeats Lincoln 7-2

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Open: Jesse Bowman, Mike Durbin, Beau Runningen

OPEN: 98 players, $3500 Added 1st $2000 Jesse Bowman, Moline, IL 2nd 1500 Beau Runningen, Falcon Heights, MN 3rd 900 Shane McMinn, Tulsa, OK 4th 600 David Matlock, Olathe, KS 5-6th 400 Chad Vilmont, Clinton, IA, Eric Obermier, St. Joseph, MO 7-8th 300 David Jordan, Hamilton, MO, Chip Compton, OKC, OK 9-12th 175 Jeff Montgomery, Olathe, KS, Dan Olson, Olathe, KS Whitey Walker, Burlington, IA, Dustin Gunia, Omaha, NE 13-16th 125 Pun, Cedar Rapids, IA, Mike Henderson, Colfax, IA Dan Angstead, Lenexa, KS, Will Freeman, Centralia, IL 17-24th 100 Tommy Tokoph, Albuquerque, NM, David Heinonen, K.C., MO Mike Banks, Jr., Blue Springs, MO, Dave Coon, Blaine, MN Jordan Davis, Lee's Summit, MO, Rick Carlton, Overland Park, KS Gary Lutman, Collinsville, IL, Mike Durbin, Sullivan, IL hot seat: Bowman defeats Runningen 9-6, quarter-finals McMinn def Matlock 9-5, semifinals: Runningen defeats McMinn 9-7 1st set of finals: Bowman defeats Runningen 9-4

CSI Preps for 2011 U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship and Adds 12th U.S. Open One Pocket to May Riviera Roster Las Vegas becomes Mecca to top amateur and professional players worldwide every spring when CueSports International (CSI) moves into the Riviera Hotel & Casino Convention Center. Each May CSI produces a unique mix of the high octane amateur competition, with the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships, alongside equally exciting pro level events. In 2011, the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship enters its 2nd year at the Riviera May 16-21. The $25,000 added 10-Ball event will be limited to 96 players and preceded by the 12th U.S. Open One Pocket Championship. The U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship is a Billiard Congress of America (BCA) points event and recognized by the WPBA. In accordance, CSI will hold an invite spot for the top 20 U.S. men and top 10 WPBA players. The invitee’s spots will be guaranteed till March 18, 2011. The 30 invite letters will be sent out December 22-24, 2010. Any invite spots that are either declined or entry has not been paid by the March 18th deadline will revert to an open spot. The remaining 66 U.S. Open 10-Ball spots will include approximately 6-10 qualifiers. The qualifier’s locations and dates will start to be posted on the CSI and BCAPL sites by Mid-January. Prior to the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship, CSI will hold the 12th U.S. Open One Pocket Championship May 13-15 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. With $10,000 minimum added and a field size limited to 32 players, it is anticipated to attract some of the best one pocket players in the world. CSI will also be working with other producers and host rooms around the U.S. to schedule a limited number of qualifier spots. Further information about the 2011 U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship and the 12th U.S. Open One Pocket Championship can be viewed on the CSI ( and BCAPL ( websites by mid-December. The qualifiers will be listed on the sites by mid-January. CSI will be taking online registration for all CSI / BCAPL / USAPL events starting in January 2011. Players will be able to pay their entry for CSI / BCAPL and USAPL events using their Visa or MasterCard.

Hadad Battles Back

Tony Piazza, Mark Hadad, Chris Wilmeth (td) and Shane Wertz

Mark Hadad returned from a loss in the hot seat match to meet and defeat Tony Piazza twice in the finals of the Lucasi Hybrid 10-Ball Tour stop on Saturday, November 20. The $1,000-added event drew 23 entrants to Greenfield’s in Lakewood, CO. From among the winners’ side final four, Haddad got into the hot seat match with a 9-5 victory over Shane Wertz. Piazza. joined him, following an identical 9-5 victory over Neal Morrison. Piazza dominated the hot seat match, winning 9-2 and waited for Haddad’s return. On the one-loss side, Bill Skinner and Ruben Silva were waiting for Morrison and Wertz, respectively. Skinner and Silva had chalked up four identical 7-3 victories over their previous two opponents to reach Morrison and Wertz; Skinner defeating Jim Caldoron and Frank Urbaneck, Silva defeating Rich Montoya and Bobby Begey. Two more 7-3 victories advanced Morrison and Wertz to the quarterfinals; Morrison over Skinner and Wertz over Silva. The streak of 7-3 matches ended right there, as Wertz shutout Morrison and advanced to the semifinals against Haddad. Haddad got his second chance against Piazza with a 7-5 win over Wertz. In the true double elimination finals, racing to 9, Haddad took the opening set 9-6 and stepped it up to take the second set 9-3 and capture the event title.

For the best rates at the Riviera in May read the following information: Stay, play, and win all under one roof at the 35th BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships. The Riviera has lowered their room rates for the BCAPL 2011 nationals. To receive these great new rates, you must book through the BCAPL online Riviera booking link or call the Riviera tollfree number (800) 634-6753 Group Code BCAPCPP. Go to: BOOK MY ROOM AT THE RIV $60 Per Night / 8 Night Minimum: This special tournament rate is available until the normal reservation cutoff date (04/12/11), or until group room nights begin to sell out. To qualify: must book and pay the entire 8+ nights (non-refundable) and CALL the Riviera Reservation line:800-6346753. Group Code: BCAPCPP. $70 Per Night / Any number of nights less than 8 / Must Be Booked By January 31, 2011: A great early bird special for everybody who may not be there 8 nights but plan early and like to save money. $80 Per Night / Any number of nights less than 8 / Booked after January 31, 2011: For all who make their reservation after January 31st and who are not planning to stay 8 nights or more.

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Rackem Magazine December Issue 2010  

The magazine for the Pool Players in the Midwest has the December issue now online. Read results, press releases, instruction and the tourna...

Rackem Magazine December Issue 2010  

The magazine for the Pool Players in the Midwest has the December issue now online. Read results, press releases, instruction and the tourna...