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This cue features a Ebony forearm w/4 White Poly Board/Snakewood Points, 4 Tulip wood Inlays. Butt sleeve combination of Snakewood, Cocobolo, Tulip and aluminum inlays. Butt sleeve and handles are complemented with tulip wood, black phenolic and silver custom rings. Handle is decorated with 3 piece white plastic tube and custom silver rings. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented technology shaft (other shafts optional) and a radial Tiger joint protector. MSRP: $1599.00 www.tigerproducts.com

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This cue features a 2 Piece Natural Curly Maple forearm with 5 Cocobolo inlay points either side of it. Center of the cue complemented by 5 Turquoise diamond shape inlay points in white poly inlays around it. Near each tulip points it is decorated with 5 half diamond shape turquoise inlays and 10 black and white poly board inlays. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented technology shaft (low deflection X shafts are optional) and a radial Tiger joint protector. MSRP: $1299.00 www.tigerproducts.com

McDermott G322

MSRP: $399 New to the Wildfire cue line, the G322 utilizes McDermott’s 3D image carving technology to create a wood-burned and engraved “Clover” logo. It also features a bocote sleeve and bocote points on the forearm. The G322 comes standard with McDermott’s high-performance G-Core shaft ($149 value). To learn more, call 1-800-666-2283 or visit www.mcdermottcue.com.

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This cue features a Natural Curly Maple forearm with 6 Cocobolo inlay points, 6 Tulip wood and 6 blue pearlescent poly inlay points on forearm and ebony/curly maple butt sleeve. Each handle and butt sleeve is then complemented with Tulip wood and black custom rings. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented

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Pool - Billiard Groups on Facebook ... THE SKY IS NO LIMIT BY: DON AKERLOW

If you have ever been on Facebook and now a days who hasn’t, as a pool player, you will find an abundance of pool-billiard groups both foreign and domestic. Dealing with the foreign groups is problematic. I don’t speak any foreign languages let alone read them. The Spanish I learned in school was nothing short of inadequate in the real world. The groups that do speak English overseas, do not speak our language basically with terms we do not use and games we do not play. Nothing wrong with the games but I don’t like snooker. That may have something to do with I stink at it when I have played. The more I practiced, the worse I got. We all like to play games that we think we are good at. With that said, let’s go to the American Pool-Billiard groups. I have been posting in them for up to two years with one of three of our magazines depending on what state/ region the group is from. They don’t seem to get very many comments or “seen by #” Some groups have hundreds of members, others many thousands. So you would have to wonder if you can read a magazine online about the game that you love that has results, articles, photos future tournaments, some high dollar tournaments, weeklies, columnists, etc. Why wouldn’t you do it? Maybe because you don’t know anybody who is on the front cover of the magazines. Please make no mistake I’m not whining about the numbers. I have found other ways to promote the results. I will explain a little later. If all these groups have hundreds and thousands of members but no one is reading anything in the groups. Are they really true members? Or are they what the industry would call “robot” members? In other words, fake members. Maybe, maybe not. That is not so much discerning to me as what is actually injected into these groups that really has nothing to do with anything in the groups or its members. They are advertisements buy this, no buy that or come to my online store and look what we have. Or I have the best cues, I have the best tables...on and on and on.

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Don’t get me wrong, some of these groups provide information for local, state or regional events. They talk about things that interest them, they talk about the game, they talk about the rules. And yes, sometimes they argue and throw out a lot of B.S. but it is good for their group and what they are doing where they are. The one thing I think I dispise the most of the groups, and this is only personal, Facebook will allow the administrator of any group to add your name to their group. This past weekend, I deleted over 100 groups that I never asked to be a member of. Come on Facebook, if I have to approve a friend, the very least you can do is let me approve a group. I have found if we post what is called a screenshot of the page or pages in the pool magazines, they get hundreds and even thousands of “seen by #”. Let’s face it, we like to look at pictures that way we can see if we know that person and we read on. Find yourself a group in your town, area or state or even regional that you like. If you want to delete a group all new groups go to the bottom of your group page. You will find there if anyone has added you to a group. It will stay there until you click on the group. At least as of the printing of this, that’s the way it is. Good luck to you in finding a group that you like. They are on Facebook.

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On The Road with . “THE STICK”

I was in Detroit and was struggling, I only had $500. so it was important to get “pumped up” as quick as possible. I was steered to a small bar that the owner played at and was also told he would lose a lot if someone would play with “The Stick”. I walked into the dimly lit bar, taking in the smell of cigarettes, and stale beer as I quickly cased the joint. The bar was on the left side, just past the one bar table, the bar was small with four men sitting around it drinking their favorite “poison”. I was dressed to fit in with a camouflage vest, Wolverine boots, a Skoal can visible in my back pocket and a hat that had two pigs “gettin it on” labelled “Makin Bacon”. I went up to that bar and ordered a Bud and made some small talk with one of the regulars. He was dressed much like I was, and after they heard me talk they relaxed knowing I was nothin but a country bumkin kid. Looking at the pool table I said “I’m a really good pool shot,” partly to myself, but loud enough that the four barflies could hear me. “How good do you shoot, boy, good enough to

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shoot for a beer?” I responded “a beer....sh*t I play a whole lot better than that, there’s nobody around here that can beat me”. This got there attention and they all looked at me closer, a little bit more intently, trying to figure me out. “The owner’ll play ya if ya use “The Stick”, ain’t nobody ever beat him with ‘The Stick”.......the other four men laughed an eerie laugh at the same time....”yeah, get the Stick, get the Stick” they all chimed in together. The Bartender reached up above the bar and pulled down a one piece house cue, only this cue didn’t have a tip OR a ferrule, just jagged wood where the tip would normally be. The bartender handed it to me and I pretended to study it intently. Just then the owner walked in the bar and walked toward us. “this boy wants to play ya with “The Stick”....he thinks he’s a pool shooter.” “Wait a minute, I didn’t say anything about using this thing, it doesn’t even have a tip, how can I even hit the dang cue ball right, hell there’s no way to play pool with this piece of crap?” The owner looked at me, sized me up from

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head to tow, pausing to chuckle to himself at my two pigs “makin love” on my hat, then said, “I’ll spot ya the 6 ball if you use that thing and play ya for $50. a game if you wanna gamble.” I said slowly and thoughtfully “you mean if I make the 6 or the 9 I win and you only win if you make the 9 ball....but I gotta use this crazy stick?” Yep.....and we can play all night long. I nodded my head “you gotta game, I gotta try just to see what happens.” We started playing and each time I broke the balls pieces of “The Stick” flew on the table and sometimes across the room. I knew I could win at this game, but it suddenly dawned on my I might “run out of stick” before I could “bust” the guy. I must have taken 3 inches off the stick in the next 4 hours, but I played really good with that primitive “stick” and beat the owner 20 games ahead, by grinding the “stick” on the floor between shots and chalking it like a regular cue, before long it was fairly smooth and besides whittling it down it actually played ok......considering. The owner paid me off with 20 brand new fifty dollar bills and I was on my way, now I had $1500. and I was heading to THE RACK....the big action pool room in Detroit. There a guy could get rich playing pool, there were guys winning and losing millions. I was ready to fire my “match” at their wood pile. I had already overcome “The Stick,” what could they have in store for me at THE RACK? Surely nothing a country boy with a “Makin Bacon” hat couldn’t deal with. (continued next page)

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... C J Wiley http://www.cjwileybilliards.com After I beat the guy with “The Stick” I went to THE RACK (the hottest gambling pool room in the country) and this is what happened later that night, which make it a very eventful day (to say the least)......I posted this (in the Rack thread) a couple of days ago, but it is chronological and happened later that night. That same night I did go straight to THE RACK. I was on a table practicing and Johnny Ross (a notorious pool hustler) came up to me and motioned me over to the side. He leaned over with his hand over his mouth like a used car salesman getting ready to offer me “the deal of the century.” “We got a game for you tonight!” Johnny whispered, “with a guy named Cletus.... it’s playing one pocket, but the guy plays like old people f*%#...we’ll (the local corporation) stake you and give you 30%, but he’ll bet really high, we may win 30 to 40k!” “30%, wtf, you got to be kidding, I won’t play for less than 40%” “That’s the deal, sh*t the fu*%in house takes 10% - take it or leave it, it’s sure action though, but there’s one “catch”.....you gotta talk really nasty to this sick freak or he won’t want to gamble with you.” “So let me get this straight, I gotta play for 30% AND talk nasty to this guy, what kind of sick f*c%in joke is this, Johnny?” Just then the front door was opened (you had to get “buzzed” in) and in walks this huge unshaven man that looked just like Brutus in the Popeye comics. He looked around glaring at the room, with a twisted smile trying to form under his three day stubbly beard. This guy looked like the

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“THE RACK” poster guy for a prison movie.... Shaw-shank Perversion’ or something like that. “That’s him, do you want to play or not?” Johnny’s raspy voice sent shivers down my spine, or maybe it was the thought of talking dirty to Brutus...I mean Cletus. “Ok, but what the heck do I say to this sicko?” the was the most awkward I’d felt before matching up with anyone in my life. “Come on, just follow my lead”....I followed Johnny Ross over to where Brutus....I mean Cletus was standing. Johnny marched right up to him and said “what are you doing in here you sleezy piece of sh%* I thought the trash came in and out of the back door”..... Cletus looked at Johnny menacingly, then broke into a big grin. “Johnny Ross, my dream cell mate, hope you brought plenty of lube if we’re going to gamble tonight”. Johnny said “I got a little kid that’ll play your sorry ass some one hole”....nodding at me....I took my cue and said “yeah, you dirty motha fu%$a I got something for you that Ajax won’t take off”......I pulled it off, but my heart was pounding under my leather jacket. I”m not sure what else I said, and I’m glad, sometimes in my line of “work” you had to act....and this part was certainly just an act....and fortunately I’d never be in this situation again. Cletus looked at me and growled “you look just like the brother of a 16 year old girl I used to date....had to date her for 3 years just to f#*% her little brother.....and he looked just like you”......I tried not to put any images to his words, but the important thing was I KNEW he would play me now. Johnny gave me the “it’s george” sign and the game was on.

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And play me he did, I gave him 9/4 and his scratches don’t count for $900 a game starting out and $18,000 later he looked like the blood had been drained out of him. They gave me my $5000 ( the time was $1800, they didn’t charge by the hour, with guys like Cletus they took 10% for the “house”) Brutal - to this day that’s the most I’ve ever been charged for pool time. But when you’re betting thousands against a guy like Cletus it really didn’t matter, it was just a “cost of doing business”. They walked Cletus out the door and safely to his car (he still had 20k). I ask Johnny “I wonder where he’s going now?” Johnny, without hesitation barked “he’ll go hire a LIMO and three hookers and they’ll drive him around Detroit, handcuffed, like he’s been kidnapped, one will have a gun to his head and other two will be whipping him and calling him every filthy name they can think of ”......”and I imagine Cletus will be like a kid taking a tour of a candy store,” I whispered under my breath. .....just another day at the office for Brutus - I mean Cletus - the dirtiest, stinkiest, sleaziest pool sucker on earth, that also played for tens of thousands of dollars at a Game called pool. I never would have believed it if I hadn’t been there and seen it with my own eyes....what a world. I felt a little bit guilty at the end of that long day beating sick ole Cletus out of that 18k.... NOT, ----I was Pumped up with $6400 and ready to “play anyone at the Rack for all they could Stack”...well, within reason.

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Own The Line

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

Tom Simpson

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© May 2010 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com When I’ve said the same thing about a thousand times in pool class, I figure I probably oughta write about it. A thousand is a low estimate for this one: “Own the line!” Which line are we talking about? The line of the shot, i.e., the line you intend for the cueball to travel as it moves toward the target. It’s the line the center of the cueball travels – the line it would paint on the table if it had been dipped in paint. That line can be pointed at some spot or fraction of an object ball, or it can be pointed at a rail target. Doesn’t matter. It’s the line of the shot, and you must own it. As we prepare to execute a shot, we plan to hit an exact point on the cueball, with our stick aimed where we think it should point, at the speed we have in mind. One way or another, we must deliver that cueball down the line. Hopefully, with the correct speed and spin. If we can’t deliver pretty accurately and reliably down the line, we’re not going to be happy with our play. Accordingly, much of what we do at pool school is about acquiring the line, seeing it correctly, and then owning the line through the entire shot process. Here are a few tips that can help: • Own it from afar: Once you’ve decided on your plan, step back from the table and acquire the line from a little farther back. Get your eyes looking right down that line. You really can see it better when you step back. • Lock it in: I no longer remember who I learned this one from, but it’s known as “chin lock.” Once you see the line, lock it into your body with a small chin tuck. It’s like “radar lock” on the enemy plane – once it’s locked on, there’s no escape. Does this move help you know you’re ready? Worth a try. • Eyes sharp down the target line: Once you’ve acquired the line, keep your eyes focused sharply on the distant target (not the cueball). If the line runs through empty space next to the object ball, try focusing on the edge of the object ball and judging the line relative to that. • Step forward into your stance: Some players never step back and acquire the line. They walk into the shot from the side, plop their bridge down and expect to be perfectly on it. It’s much harder to accurately

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get on the line when you’re standing close to the shot. Consider stepping forward into your stance, and even sliding your bridge forward toward its final position. You can own and stay on the line easily while moving forward. • Own the line while dropping into your stance: As you step forward into your stance, continue to stay sharp on the target. Sharp eyes, sharp mind. During the drop, the cueball is a fuzzy object in your peripheral vision. Once you’re down, you can check your bridge and confirm your tip placement and readiness. And of course, you’re going to see the cueball sharply during that confirmation. If you looked away from the target during the drop, there’s a good chance you’ve lost the line. Many players are watching the cueball during the drop. Then, after they’re down, they have to try to acquire the line. Too late. • Longer bridge: While a longer bridge requires a straighter stroke, it also puts your eyes farther away from the cueball. This gives you more stick line to sight down to help you see where you’re pointed. Make good use of the nice long straight line the stick gives you. • See the line correctly: If your cueball is not going where your eyes & brain tell you it should be going, you may have a visual perception issue. This is a common problem, and is related to your head position. Come to pool school. • Solid fundamentals: Obviously, on the hit stroke, your stick line is critical. Many players know where the line is and fail to deliver well, due to poor stroke fundamentals. One of the biggest sources of error occurs at the back of the backswing – “transition error.” If you don’t come forward on the same line as you started on, you’ve lost the line, and probably missed. Watch where your tip finishes with respect to the line. It should finish past where the cueball was, and not swerve to either side of the line. These types of problems are often difficult to diagnose. Seek fundamentals analysis and help from an experienced instructor if you have any of these issues. All your fancy knowledge and experience is helpful only to the extent that you can deliver down the line. Own that line!

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Gimme a (9-ball) Break! Part two of a short series on breaking

Michael K Glass

Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at mikekglass.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

Last month, we started a conversation about breaking. OK, it wasn’t much of a conversation; I did most of the talking. But, I discussed breaks in general, and got into some details about the 9-ball break. This week, we’ll focus on 8-ball. I will assume that you know how to play the game of 8-ball, as it is usually the first game people learn. Also known as Stripes and Solids, the object is to make all of your balls (stripes or solids, believe it or not) and then the 8-ball, before your opponent does the same with his set. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/eightball-rules. So, what is the best way to break an 8-ball rack? First, let’s review the fundamentals. They are basically the same as 9-ball: Although you can break from anywhere behind the head string, the best spot for an 8-ball break seems to be close to the center of the head string. Keep your cue stick as level as possible. Use a firm, controlled, hard stroke. Speed is important, but control is paramount--keep the ball on the table! Hit the head ball as directly as possible. Try to leave the cue ball in the middle of the table. If a ball goes in, you want the best opportunity to shoot at another ball after the break. So... that’s it, right? Smack them hard, hope something goes in, and try to run out? Seems pretty straightforward. But what about the 8-ball? In many leagues, the rules state that if the 8-ball goes in on the break, you win automatically (BCA rules are different -- you get to spot the 8-ball and shoot again or re-break if it goes in on the break). So, wouldn’t

it be awesome if there was a good break that allowed that to happen more often? Some would say “no.” After all, making the 8 on the break is a lucky shot, and this is supposed to be a game of skill, right? I happen to be in this camp, myself. I prefer the BCA rules. But, as I said, some rules claim an 8 on the break a win, so let’s talk about how to increase the chances of this happening. First of all, you’ll need to change your break. Many people who don’t play in leagues or tournaments (and therefore don’t always follow official rules) don’t know that a legal break consists of striking the head ball or either of the two second balls in the rack. Our new 8-ball break is going to use this rule. Here is what to do: Place the cue-ball on the head string, about 4 to 6 inches from the side rail. For our example, we’ll break from the left side. Aim your shot at the second ball. You won’t be able to aim directly at the ball; if you do, you’ll end up hitting the head ball, and most likely will scratch in the corner pocket! Aim a little to the left (per our example. Aim to the right if you’re breaking from the right side). You want to just barely miss the head ball, and hit the second ball as fully as possible. Put a little bit of draw on the ball, and a little bit of lefthand english. Use a controlled break; take a little bit of speed off the ball. The problem with an all out, smash-the-rack-as-hardas-you-can break is that the cue will most likely fly off the table. You league players know what I’m talking about -- this happens a lot! If you perform this break correctly, the cue ball should deflect off the rack, and the left english/draw you applied (Glass continued on page 31)

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Last week in league I was reminded of how valuable distance is for safety play. My match was on a very tight 9-foot table. My opponent also likes to play A snooker on a big table and seems to particularly like M the defensive part of that game. He kept leaving me shots like Shot 1 in the diagram with the cue ball within two inches of the end rail and the shot straight in or nearly straight in. At a game of 9 ball there is not much mere mortals Shot 3 can do from this situation. If you slow roll the shot to K avoid following straight into the pocket, there is an excellent chance the cue ball will roll off more than 1 1 enough for the miss, especially with small pockets. If you try to draw back for the two ball, I’d like to bet ? against both your draw and pocketing the one ball. There is no likely way to run out from here. If you try to play safe by hitting the one ball thin on the left side, there is a good chance for a kiss depending on the cushions and how full you hit the ball. Often you can get out of the kiss with a little left or right English, but that adds to your problems since the cue ball is stuck to the cushion and you will be elevated some when you apply the side spin. Note that if you try to leave this kind of safe, you need to work to make it as hard as possible. If you leave the cue ball at position 1B for example, your Shot 2 opponent has several options. Either left follow or right draw has a chance to bring the cue ball back for the two ball depending on where the other balls are on the table. Also, playing safe is much easier with a level stick and a bridge on the cloth. Shot 1 The safe in Shot 2 is good enough to stop most players. The draw shot is very unlikely to work cue ball and most people are apt to leave the cue ball in the middle of the table if they try it. The follow shot with 1-B left English is possible and if you can consistently get the cue ball back to the end cushion by the two ball on four or five cushions, a miss on the one ball will 2 usually result in a safe. But most players don’t have the 4-cushion speed down very well. REJ Shot 2 offers a different solution that is controlled and doesn’t require power. Try hitting the one ball thin on the left side to bank it to pocket A. From the position shown you should not get a kiss around K after each ball has struck a cushion, but if it’s close use a little right English to bend the cue ball to the right of K. Hitting the one ball a little too thin for the bank is the preferred side to miss on since that will tend to leave the one ball near M. This is a classic two-way shot. Some say that you should play the table and not the player but I think that strategy misses a lot of good plays. If your opponent always goes for shots like Shot A and always leaves the one ball in the jaws of pocket, work to leave him Shot A. After the frustration of a third sell out in one match, he may make no more balls. So, here is your practice drill for this month: Start from positions like Shot 3 where you have no good shot, and try to leave a long straight in with the cue ball as close as possible to the cushion. There may be other safeties available but if you leave a normal safe your opponent is probably equipped to deal with it. Looking at a lot of straight-ins and never coming away with a win can be psychologically devastating.

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An Interview by:

“The Viper”

This month’s interview is with one of my favorite young upcoming players, Melissa Little

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. Recently, Melissa opened a new billiard supply store www.qzetta.com For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com Read more articles by Melissa Little at www.onthebreaknews.com

Mr. Jesse Engel!

The Interview: Viper: Where were you born? Jesse: I was born in Minneapolis, MN. Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? Jesse: In 2009 I finished runner up at the junior world 9-ball championships in Reno, NV. As far as titles go, I have won quite a few tournaments but always looking to add more! Viper: Do you have a nickname yet? Jesse: I do not have an official nickname at this time. Viper: What are your short-term goals? Jesse: Well, like everyone else’s my goal is to win big tournaments but for now I am looking to find a way still play pool and not go broke. Viper: What do you do when you’re not competing? Jesse: I practice at CR’s billiards in Coon Rapids, MN. Outside of pool I enjoy learning new things and figuring out what I want to do with my life. Viper: Do you have siblings? Jesse: I have one older brother but I am the only one out of my family that plays pool. Viper: Who got you started in playing pool? Jesse: My aunt and cousin’s play and they have a table in their basement, so when I used to go to their house I would play with them. I was hooked from day one and have not looked back since.

Viper: What do your parents think of your pool career? Jesse: They are supportive of what I do and hope that I can become very successful in my career. Viper: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? Jesse: The best pool players are everywhere but America. Asia produces the best all around players in my opinion. Unfortunately, all American players are so spread out so it makes it hard to practice with each other and learn. Viper: Who is/was your favorite pro player growing up? Jesse: Alex Pagulayan from the Philippines. I always liked his game and he is a respectful opponent as well. Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Jesse: Predator cues and Diamond Tables. Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Jesse: Yes, I played VNEA junior leagues for a few years when I was younger. Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Jesse: I think I’m good at every sport, although some would disagree. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Jesse: Ambitious, determined, and hungry! (Viper continued on page 31)

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A December To Remember!

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

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It was the winter of 2001, and I was 25 years old. The local poolroom in Campbellsville, Kentucky had just been sold and the new owners were starting to put together one of the more competitive 9-Ball tournaments in the state.  Pro-player John Brumback had just won the October edition of the event and in November, I finished 2nd to Derby City Classic champion, Shannon Daulton. As I returned in December, the city of Campbellsville was adorned with glowing lights and red bows.  I could think of no better Christmas present than to capture my first Rack and Cue title.  As I maneuvered through the winner’s bracket, one man caught my attention.  The man referred to as “Blevins” was one of my childhood idols. Mike Blevins was widely known for his success in the Willard’s Billiards, Oneida, Tennessee tournaments held in the mid to late 1990’s. In fact, over the course of a year Mike won nearly all of the monthly tournaments in Oneida, besting several top professional players. I won the winners bracket and it seemed predestined that I was going to have face my idol for the championship.  Before the final match began, two of my good friends, David “Coon Hunter” Phelps and Denzil Stephens, got me to agree that if I won, I had to take them out to eat at the nicest place in town.  As Mike approached me in the finals, eating was the last thing on my mind, the first words out of his mouth were, “Do you want to split the money?”  My reply was “No, let’s just roll the dice and see what happens!”  Mike won the first match and claimed momentum, defeating me by a score of 5-4. In the second and final set, Blevins broke and ran out the first 2 games. At that point I started telling myself “Maybe I should have split the money!” In game 3, Blevins broke and ran down to the 2 ball.  He then played safe and I faced the layout below.  After carefully surveying the table I decided to use the “Corner 5” kicking system.  The “Corner 5” system is designed to calculate precise contact points for 3 rail kick shots.  The system requires that you memorize a sequence of numbers to calculate where the cue ball will hit the 3rd cushion. My plan was to play a return safety by contacting the 3 ball with a medium speed leaving it at cue ball position “A” which is behind the nearby wall of balls.  To calculate the shot, you must first look at the cue ball position number. The cue ball position number is the bottom set of numbers on the diagram. Each number corresponds with the diamond directly above it. Since the cue ball is coming out of the corner diamond it is coming out of the number 5. Once you get the cue ball number you subtract it from the third rail contact point number (the set of numbers directly above the cue ball position numbers). I needed to contact diamond 2, so I subtracted 2 from the number 5 and got 3. I knew that I needed to hit diamond 3 on the upper cushion to execute my safety. The key is to remember that each contact point is through the actual diamond on the rail. Each shot must also be struck with running English and a medium speed. I shot through diamond 3 and hit the shot perfect.  Mike fouled, leaving me ball in hand.  From that point the momentum of the match shifted.  I caught fire and went on to win 5 consecutive games and claim the championship! After the match, my friends came back to me and said, “It’s time to celebrate!”  Denzil said, “Yes, now you get to take us out to at the nicest place in Campbellsville.”  He then approached a random stranger and said, “Excuse me sir, but my friend is going to take us out to eat at the finest restaurant in Campbellsville, but we are not from around here and nobody knows of a good place.  We can’t decide where to go but we are willing to live with whatever you say.  So what is your favorite place to eat?”  The gentleman’s reply was “The bowling alley.”  I laughed and laughed. The “Corner 5” had saved the day and my friends snookered themselves out of an expensive dinner.  It was definitely a December to remember!

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A tough field of 128 players showed up at the White Diamond Super 9 Ball Tournament October 26 and 27, 2013. The total tournament payout including the two Calcutta’s was $68,310!!! Everything ran smoothly. There was bank action going on during the tournament on the 9 foot tables. Lot of good matches with many going hill-hill. Of note was Sonny Bosshammer who was on fire during the tournament. The youngest player in the field was Skylar Woodward. This was his second time playing in a White Diamond tournament and both times he has placed in the money. Everyone looks forward to seeing more from this young man. White Diamond’s next tournament will be in the spring. The dates have not been announced yet. The total payout this past spring was over $73,000! This is one tournament you don’t want to miss.

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Payout

1st Calc.

2nd Calc

1st

Shane McMinn

$2,143

$17,771

$5,365

$25,279

2nd

Jeremy Jones

$1,040

$8,632

$2,854

$12,526

3rd

Manny Chow

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$6,601

$1,826

$9,223

4th

David Parker

$551

$4,570

$1,370

$6,491

5/6

Rob Saez Gary Aboud

$367

$3,047

$3,414

7/8

Robert Frost Sonny Bosshammer $214

$1,777

$1,991

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Kia mco over Hillbilly Twice For OK State Barbox Title

Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com Photos courtesy of Melinda Bailey MIDWEST CITY, OK Tournament organizers could not have asked for a better marquee set of matchups than what they got during the $5,000-added, 7th Annual Oklahoma State Bar Table 9-Ball Championships on the weekend of November 9-10. In both the hot seat and finals, Warren Kiamco faced Charlie "Hillbilly" Bryant. Kiamco won them both. The event drew 128 entrants to Jamaica Joe's in Midwest City, OK. The tournament brought out the usual list of Midwest 9-ball suspects, including Bryant, Chip Compton, Shane McMinn and John Gabriel (to name just a few). When it got down to the winners' side final four, Compton drew Kiamco, while Bryant squared off against Canadian shooter, David Parker. In identical 9-4 wins over Compton and Parker, Kiamco and Bryant advanced to the hot seat, from where Kiamco took the first of their

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eventual two 9-7. Parker and Compton moved west and met up with Mark Shelton and John Gabriel. Shelton, who'd been sent over by Sean King and was in the midst of a five-match, loss-side winning streak that would take him to the semifinals, had defeated Nick Tafoya 9-7 and Steve Raynes 9-6. Gabriel had eliminated both Shane McMinn and King, double hill. It was Shelton and Gabriel who advanced to the quarterfinals, handing Parker and Compton their second straight defeat, both 9-6. Shelton completed his loss-side run with a 9-7 win over Gabriel. The event, originally scheduled to be completed on Sunday night, was extended into Veteran's Day on Monday when one of the matches determining the tie for ninth place (Steve Raynes vs. Bill Roberts) went three hours, delaying advancement on the loss side. They concluded the Sunday night proceedings after the quarterfinal match and resumed with the semifinals on Monday. So, rested and ready to go, Bryant defeated Shelton 9-7 in the semifinals for a second shot at Kiamco. Kiamco, though, eliminated the need for a two-set final and defeated Bryant 9-7 to claim the event title.

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Jaxon Saenz Benefit Tourna ment Written by Alisha Rogers Photos courtesy of Melinda Bailey

Friday November 8th, 2013 Jamaica Joes in Midwest City hosted the 7th Annual Oklahoma 9-Ball Bar table Championships with a $5000 added benefit tournament to help raise money for 4 year old Jaxon Saenz who is awaiting a liver transplant. Hall of famers Nick Varner and Karen Corr held an exhibition along with home town legends Chip Compton and Joey Gray. Afterwards they took $20 race to 3 challenge matches and if their opponent won at least one game, OB Cues and Str8 Shots would match for a total of $60 with all proceeds going to Jaxon. Jamaica Joes, OB Cues and Str8 Shots would like to thank all who participated in this benefit tournament to raise money for Jaxon. Please visit http://patients.transplants.org/jaxonsaenz to make a tax deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in Jaxon’s name. Or to donate directly to Jaxon Saenz please mail a check or money order to P.O. Box 1085, Edmond, Ok 73083. Jamaica Joes next event will be held on December 21st – 22nd, 2013. $2000 will be added with a $40 entry and will be 8-ball with a race to 7/5. For additional info please contact Shane @ (405) 736-0590.

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Oklahoma’s Justin Whitehead captured the fourth stop and his first win on the Poison by Predator Tour held at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar this past Sunday, November 3rd, 2013. A plethora of pool talent converged on the Houston pool room to compete in the $500 added, races to 6 format, which produced a one-day prize fund of over $2,400. Whitehead made his mark on the city defeating Houston professional Sylver Ochoa in the second set of the true double elimination finals, 6-5. Notable participants in this event also included Manny Chau, Ernesto Bayaua, Mike Alonzo, Blaine Barcus, and veteran player Lanny Herrin. From the word “go” Whitehead had his work cut out for him. On his path to victory, he left a wake of destruction including wins over Barcus, 6-4, Bayaua, 6-5, and Ochoa, 6-3. On the bottom side, Chau was upset by Sonny Bosshamer, 6-4, and Herrin defeated Sonny Demetro, 6-4. Herrin went on to shut out Bosshamer, 6-0, and meet Whitehead for the hot seat match. After suffering a second round loss to Ochoa, Houston’s own David Taylor came back to finish 7th-8th with wins over Richard Hernandez, Eric Gauthier and Mike Alonzo until he was eliminated at the hands of Bayaua, 6-1. Demetro was sent home by Chau who in turn was decimated by Ochoa, 6-1. Bayaua went on to oust Bosshamer, 6-5, but fell to Ochoa, 6-2. Back on the east side, the hot seat match was as close as they come as Whitehead squeezed by Herrin, 6-5. On the flip side, Ochoa was on fire with two landslide wins. Making Herrin his third, consecutive victim, 6-5, he set the stage for a bitter rematch with Whitehead. In the first set it was bloody revenge as Ochoa annihilated Whitehead, 6-1. In the second set, Whitehead took a brilliant 4-1 lead until a brutal roll cost him two games, bringing the score to 4-3. Justin answered back with a game bringing the score to 5-3. Sylver replied with two games of his own upgrading the match to hill hill status. In turn, Whitehead responded winning the final game and ending the event with 2 out of 3 sets won against the local champion. Congratulations to Justin Whitehead on his first Poison by Predator Tour victory! The tour would also like to recognize female competitors Teresa Garland and Ricki Casper who split “Top Lady Finisher” at this event. Well done ladies! The PxP Tour would like to thank Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar and their entire staff for hosting another first-rate event. The PxP Tour is title sponsored by Poison by Predator cues, www.poisonbilliards.com, sponsored by Delta-13 Rack, www.delta-13.com, and the APA of North Harris County. The Tour Championships will be held November 9th-10th and Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, Texas with Open and Amateur 9-Ball divisions.

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Eaton

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GAIL EATON, NATALIE MANS

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$340

Natalie Mans

$240

Belinda Lee

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Kim Pierce

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San Antonio’s Gail Eaton went undefeated at the Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour Championships held this past Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Eaton blew threw a tough field of 16 competitors, including Natalie Mans in the final match, 7-2. Her trek to the winners’ circle included wins over Loretta Lindgren, 7-4, Cindy Cole, 7-3, and Kim Pierce, 7-3. Mans was determined to take home her first title but was cut short by Eaton who took home her second win this year on the Gulf Coast Tour. Mans was in perfect form for her Gulf Coast Tour debut defeating newcomer Lorna McEwan, 7-3, Gail Roles, 7-3, and Mindy Williams, 7-4. She faced off with Eaton, a former WPBA professional player and game veteran, for the hot seat. The young, straight shooter exuded confidence and determination with each shot. At the table or in their chairs, both players were cool, calm, and collected, competing in true champion style. Eaton overpowered Mans and glided to a hot seat win, 7-2. On the one-loss side’s final four, McEwan was eliminated by Lindgren, 7-6, while Houston’s Belinda Lee, who suffered a second round loss at the hands of Pierce, 7-3, went on to eliminate Cole, 7-3, and Williams, 7-2. Mans made quick work of Lee, 7-3, earning herself a shot at redemption. It was a hard-fought final match, but unfortunately, Mans fell short by the same score, 7-2. Congratulations to Gail Eaton who captured her second 2013 Gulf Coast Tour victory as well as the title of 2013 Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour Champion. The tour would like to thank sponsors Delta-13 Rack www.delta-13.com and the APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty in addition to Gulf Coast venues Bogies Billiards and Games www. bogiesbilliards.com Skinny Bob’s Billiards www.skinnybobs. com, and Emerald Billiards www.EmeraldBilliards.com. The 2014 Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour schedule is coming soon! For the most up-to-date information, visit www. facebook.com/GulfCoastTour.

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Austin transplant Kevin Guimond impressed onlookers as he steamrolled Alaskan native, JR. Jueco, two sets in the true double elimination final of the PxP Tour Open 9-Ball Division, 9-3 and 7-1, held November 9th-10th, 2013, at Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, Texas. Guimond took a hot seat hit from Jueco, 9-7, but came back to secure his win in true championship style. His path to the hot seat included wins over Frank Ferrer Jr., 9-7, and James Davis Jr., 9-1. In the final four, Jueco bested Alex Cardenas, 9-3, which pitted Jueco against Guimond. After a first round hit at the hands of Frank Ferrer Jr., Daniel Johnson won 3 consecutive matches before falling to James Davis Jr., 7-5. In turn, Ferrer lost his second round match and came back with wins over Robert Rivas, 7-3, and Alex Cardenas 7-6. Ferrer was eliminated by James Davis Jr., 7-5. Once again, Guimond defeated Davis Jr., 7-1, staging a finals rematch with Jueco. From start to finish, Guimond

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Daniel Johnson On the ladies side, Austin favorite Kim Pierce went undefeated, ending an impressive run by Nicole McDaniel in the final, 5-4. Pierce ousted McDaniel on the final four winners’ side while Kim Sanders fell short to Gail Eaton. Pierce defeated Eaton for the hot seat while McDaniel eliminated Celeste Espinosa Sanders, and finally Eaton, 5-2, for a rematch with Pierce. It was a bitter battle to the end, but Pierce maintained her composure and finished the final rack, narrowly defeating McDaniel, 5-4. Finally, congratulations to local player Pete Baza who won a beautiful Poison Bolt 3 Cue in the PxP Poison Cue raffle. The PxP Tour is title sponsored by Poison by Predator cues www.PoisonBilliards.com. Sponsors include the Delta-13 Rack www.delta-13.com, and the APA of North Harris County.

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2013 TAP National o g a c Championships i h C

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6 Singles 8 Ball Champion Eugene Baker from Pennsylvania

7 Singles 8 Ball Champion Shawn Fortin from Florida

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The winds were blowing in the windy city of Chicago over the weekend of October 30th to November 3rd. Along with these winds came TAP players from all over the United States and Canada to decide our new national champions. The opening ceremony was conducted by TAP founder/CEO, Loyd Schonter as both national anthems of the United States and Canada were played while a three screen slide show was shown to carry out this heart felt moment. Loyd gave a brief opening announcement and welcome to all of the players while friends and families at home could be a part of the moment via a live stream broadcast courtesy of POVPOOL and Daniel Busch. Random matches were live streamed the entire time by POVPOOL along with excellent commentating by Daniel and a variety of guests he brought into his booth. The annual TAP welcome party was held in a distinctive area of the Pheasant Run resort known as 'Bourbon Street". Players feasted on roast beef, turkey, crab claws and assorted meat, cheese and veggie platters as well as several beers on tap to celebrate their accomplishment and maybe to calm a few nerves before the competition kicked off the next morning. The morning of the national team event started with a players meeting in two of the five the sky boxes overlooking the tournament arena. During the event the sky boxes served as a great viewing area to relax as well as for teams to get away from the action and talk

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over their strategies for upcoming rounds. After the winds of Chicago blew thru, the national champion team was none other then a local team from the Chicagoland TAP league. FA Cues won the main event by besting a tough team from Georgia, the Honey Badgers. For a complete listing of national 8,and 9 ball and Dream runner up teams as well as singles champions along with pictures go to the TAP blog at http://www. tapleague.blogspot.com/ During the live stream broadcasting, TAP and RunOut Apps. introduced the new TAP score keeping application for IPhone and IPad devices. Random matches were scored with the application superimposed on the live stream broadcast so viewers at home could see this new technology TAP has brought to their members. A application for android devices will be coming shortly. To get this application go to the Apple store and search under "Scorekeeper 2.0." All in all, the Pheasant Run Resort and the Chicago area proved to be a big hit with the TAP players attending. TAP would like to thank all of the players that attended, our vendors and sponsors, the tournament staff and our loyal licensees for making this the best national event to date. Next up for TAP is our annual Rally at the Super Billiard Expo where this event has been expanded to a 192 team limit for 2014. After that, it's on to Dallas, Texas for our 2014 nationals next November

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pion 4/5 Singles 9 Ball Cham Troy Sowers from Iowa

Pheasant Run Dream Team Champions No Chance

3 Singles 8 Ball Cham Charity Golleher frompion Texas

8 Ball National Championship Bracket Winners Crazy Diamonds from Arizona

This man had a vision, to build a league for the player. And almost 25 years later, through good times and bad, highs and lows that focus is still just as clear. Great memories of the past with no time for regret, but a game plan for it's future. As TAP goes into its Silver Anniversary year in 2014, although he likes what he sees, the same drive and determination still lives on. Our Founder and CEO Loyd Schonter, is still watching, still thinking and still tweaking to make TAP better, stronger, and a leader in the billiard industry for the amateur player ! You never know what he's going to come up with next, but you can't argue ... it keeps getting better ! We look forward to 2014 bringing us two record breaking events, new bells and whistles and some surprises along the way, following this man and we got your back !

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GROSBIER MOVING UP ...

BILL GROSBIER

Congrats to the top 4 in the A/B 8-ball Tournament at The Varsity Club Oshkosh, WI. Bill Grosbier now ranked as an A player, Patrick Smith now ranked as an A player, Waylon Hartl & Sonny Galica. 42 players. $1760 Tournament/$1300 Calcutta 1st Bill Grosbier $625/$450 2nd Patrick Smith $400/$325 3rd Waylon Hartl $255/$250 4th Sonny Galica $150/$125 5/6 Audie Jepson & Joe Schreihart $75/$75 7/8 Jody Ovrid & Justyn Campion $50 each 9-12 Dan Moser, Duffer Durkee, Tony Christianson & Nick Irving $20 each. Would like to thank everyone who came out for this tournament whether to play or just to watch. Congrats to all the winners. A big thank you to Jeremy West for having these tournaments and for the money added each and every time. Also a big thank you to the rest of The Varsity Club family for your awesome food & drinks, service & company. Awesome tournament & some great matches as always! Next Tournament is Dec. 21st open 8-ball. Limiting it to 64 players taking sign ups now. Hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend. I hope to see you all next time, until then keep shooting and be safe!!! A BIG Thanks to AJ & Diane Schwartz & staff of the Jailhouse Saloon in Centerville for hosting a tour stop - Everyone had a great time & the Food was the best as always! Also thanks to my sister Gail for finishing running the tournament so I could go to a good friends 50th bday! 45 Players participated. Great Shooting & Congratulations to All! 1st - Mike Quackenbush (Hudson) 315 + 880 2nd - Mike Rand (Sparta) 235 + 625, 3rd - Justin Waldenberger (La Crosse) 155 + 420 4th - Jeff Gerald Martin (Chili) 80 + 210, 5-6th - Pat Patrick Connell (Spencer) Lenny Bakken (Tomah) 50 ea, 7-8th - Jon Djubenski (E.C.) Kyle Schmidtkencht (La Crosse) 35 ea, 9-12th - Dell Behlke (E.C.), Gina Feyen (Galesville), Dave Thompson (Winona) Justin Pollock (Rhinelander) 25 ea -- Break & Run was at $76 a Ball - played by Jason Gibbs Wi Dells - no ball made on the break -- $ carries over to the next closed tournament -- Thanks Everyone and look forward to seeing you at the next tournament!

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Aft & Parks

U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONS 1st Place – Dana Aft Atlanta, GA

1st Place – Brian Parks Bakersfield, CA

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (November 18, 2013) — In early November, the sport’s most prestigious amateur event returned to the warm coastal waters of the Tampa Bay area. For five straight days, 128 of the nation’s top male players, and 32 top female players, battled it out at Stroker’s in Palm Harbor, Fla., for a place in U.S. Amateur Championship history. Once again, this year’s tournament included a strong mix of U.S Amateur Championship veterans, including six former champions, as well as a talented pool of newcomers. In all, more than 2,400 players attempted to qualify for the event. The Women’s Division got the tournament action underway on November 6, and the ladies spent the next 36 hours fighting for the right to be called U.S. Amateur Champion. The champion in the Women’s Division was Dana Aft of Atlanta, Ga., who defeated Melinda Huang of Los Angeles 9-6. The Men’s Division began November 8, and the guys spent the next 3 days squaring off to see who would add U.S. Amateur Champion to their resume. As it turned out, the winner of this year’s event could already boast that title.

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Brian Parks of Bakersfield, Calif., made U.S. Amateur Championship history by winning his third title with an 11-7 win over Carlos Carter of Toney, Ala., in the final round. Parks also became the first U.S. Amateur Champion to successfully defend his title since Henry Brodt did so in 1999. But the seasoned U.S. Amateur Champion would prove too much, and with a win in the 18th game, Parks had further cemented his place in U.S. Amateur Championship history. He will once again advance to the U.S. Open next year, courtesy of the APA. Roth took home 3rd Place, as well as the distinction of handing the three-time champ his only loss in the event. In 4th Place was Travis Gunn of Waco, Texas. Tying for 5th Place were David Uwate of Miami, Fla., and Johnny Griffin of Apex, N.C. As Champions, both Aft and Parks will return next year to defend their coveted titles. The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and Pool Dawg. For complete coverage of the U.S. Amateur Championship visit www. usamateurchampionship.com.

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“The Viper” (Continued from page 15) Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Jesse: Although I love the game of pool I probably would have taken up golf. There are not enough tournaments to play in, the prize money is down and there is not always the greatest crowd in the world of pool. Viper: How do you prepare for events? Jesse: I just hit balls for a few days. Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Jesse: people told me to play better players even if you continue to lose over and over again. The knowledge you gain from that is worth so much more in the long run. Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Jesse: I really enjoy winning and beating people at this game.

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Viper: If you could say one thing to a young upcoming player what would it be? Jesse: If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Spend as much time as you can to play the better players. Put the ego aside and learn from them. Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Jesse: I like bar table 8-ball the best. Here are some Facebook questions for you Keith David asks: What is the most money you ever won in a tournament or gambling? Jesse: About 6k in a tournament once. Erika White asks: What are the most racks of 9-ball you have ever run in a row? Jesse: I ran 9 racks of 9-ball once. I have had quite a few 6’s and 7’s as well. Todd Humberg: Who was your teacher or coach? Jesse: I never had a coach or took lessons. I like playing the game how I see it.

Richard penny asks: How much of your expenses are paid by sponsors? Yourself? Jesse: I pay all of my own expenses. Hopefully that will change soon. Janet A Neitzel asks: What was the toughest match ever played and the luckiest match ever won? Jesse: I have had a lot of tough matches but the one I remember most is playing Johnny Archer in a Seminole tour event. I was down 6-1 and got up 8-6 going to 9. I lost 3 tough safety battles in a row and lost 9-8. As far as luckiest match, I would say every match I won because I feel lucky they made a mistake. A special “Thank-you” to Jesse for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in my “Ask the Viper”. Till next month you can find me on Facebook: www. facebook.com/melissalittleakatheviper

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should send the cue ball into the side rail, and back into the rack. The idea behind this break is to get the 8-ball moving. The more it moves, the greater the odds that it will eventually find a pocket. I wish I had a magic formula for you that put the 8-ball into a certain pocket all of the time, but the fact is there are too many balls moving around on the table to reliably predict where the 8-ball will end up. Make it move, and cross your fingers! OK, so much for the luck side of things... what if you want to simply make any ball, so you can continue your turn at the table, and run out? Your best bet, in my opinion, is to try to make the head ball in the side pocket. Here’s what to do: Place the cue ball on the head string, one diamond from the side. Again, for our example, we’ll break from the left. When aiming at the head ball, pretend it’s the only ball on the table. Aim the head ball at the foot rail, one diamond from the right corner pocket. Break using a good, solid, hard stroke, with a touch of left-hand english. Note

the direction the head ball goes; it should head toward the right side pocket. Pay attention to how hard you shoot the break. If the ball misses the side pocket, try using a little less speed on your break. If you miss to the other side, try adding a little more speed. Remember, you’re attempting to increase the odds of making a ball on the break. There are so many variables going into the mechanics of the break, that there is no way to make the balls react perfectly every time. Focus on your control and your speed, and practice! Next month, we’ll talk about the straight pool break. Do you have some tips on breaking that you’d like to share with me? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at pool@mikekglass.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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EVENT / RULES 9-Ball 8-Ball - Race 4 - No handicap 8 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 10 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8-Ball-Race to 2 8 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8-Ball Race to Hdcp 8 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8-9-10 Ball Winner Chooses Rackers Choice 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 10 Ball 9-Ball Beginners 9-Ball Intermediate 8-Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball & 9 Ball 8-Ball-Masters Race to 3 8 Ball 8 Ball 8-Ball on 7’ Diamonds 10-Ball - race varies 8 or 9-ball rotation 9 Ball 9 Ball 8-Ball 7 & under 8 Ball 8 Ball Coin Toss decides 8 Ball Open 8 Ball Call 8 Ball 8 Ball Players Vote 8 Ball 8-Ball Open - Race to 2 8 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball Call 8 Ball 9 Ball Multiple Big Table 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball APA Rated 8 Ball 9-Ball 7 & under 9-Ball - Race 6/5 10-Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 10 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball One Pocket Players Vote 9 Ball 10-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 5

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JUNIOR PLAYER PROFILE

Tyler Styer FULL NAME: Tyler Styer HOME TOWN: Vernon WI BIRTH DATE: 1/12/1995 GRADE: 12th FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Romines High Pockets - Milwuakee WI Cue Club of WI - Waukesha WI Carom Room - Beloit WI The Varsity Club - Oshkosh WI WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Schon AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 14 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 2nd, 3rd, 5th place in BEF Junior Nationals 2nd Place at Super Billiards Expo 2nd place Wisconsin State 9 ball Championships 1st place 9- Ball,Carom Room - Beloit WI MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Being told I qualified for the 2011 World 9 Ball Championships FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Rap,Hip-Hop, Soft Rock HOBBIES: Hanging with friends, Music, Taking a week off of Pool, Running FAVORITE POOL GAME: 10 ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Shane Van Boening/ Ronnie Alcano FAVORITE FOOD: Ponza Rotta REAL-WORLD HERO: Mom and Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Competing in a Baseball tournament in Cooperstown New York - 2007. GOALS (personal and/or career): Win the All Around at the Derby City Class.

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Rackem Pool Magazine December Issue 2013  
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