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Holiday Pool Cue Kits McDermott Play Packages

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

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

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Looking for the perfect gift for a beginner pool player? Look no further than McDermott’s selection of pool cue kits. These kits include everything you need to get started as a pool player. McDermott kits range in price from $52.50 to $92.50 and come with a 2-piece maple cue, a protective case and a variety of billiard accessories. Learn more about McDermott cue kits at www.mcdermottcue.com or call 1-262251-4090.

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

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Gift Guide VA501 MSRP $139.99 Designed and engineered by Viking, our Valhalla line is aggressive and pure in style. The VA501 encompasses this and plays as good as it looks. This cue features HD graphic transfers, hard rock maple forearm/ sleeve, European stain, nickel silver rings, linen wrap and more. Every Valhalla cue is checked, rolled and weighted by our Viking craftsmen before sale with the assurance of Viking’s Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects, including warpage. Valhalla, it’s more than just a pool cue, it’s a way of life. For more information contact us at www.vikingcue.com or call (800) 3970122.

A681 MSRP $775 Find perfect balance of accuracy and appearance with this stunning addition to our 50thAnniversary line of Viking Cues. We started the A681 with a deep red bordeaux stain applied by hand. Next we intricately inlaid genuine abalone shell, black and mirror inlays for added embellishment from the forearm down. Lastly, we finished it off with hand wrapped gator embossed leather wrap. For enhanced performance, we’ve paired the A681 with the the ViKORE® Performance Shaft, known for its low deflection and Softouch® dampening technology. 100% Made in the USA. For more information contact us at www. vikingcue.com or call (800) 3970122.

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Holiday Gift Guide BALANCE RITE

Whether you are just looking to gain a few extra inches of reach, or if you’re tall and need length this Holiday season. The Balance Rite cue extension is the perfect fit. Not only will you gain those extra inches but this little extension readjust the balance point of your cue to a more natural forward position for seamless playability. Check it out on www.cueandcase.com or order 1-800-835-7665 for a dealer near you. Retail starts at just $39.99

LUCASI LUXURY LINE

Lucasi is featuring their new Luxury line this Holiday season. This months Fire and Ice cues are simple but nicely highlighted with exotic ring work and high end wraps. The teal genuine ring tail and wine embossed lizard wrap are usually found on cues twice this price. They are the perfect Holiday gift for that special someone and come with a lifetime warrantee even against warpage. For more information visitLucasi. com or call 1-800-835-7665 for a dealer near you. retails for $425.99 Fire and $475.99 Ice

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Take a Lap

Tom Simpson © March 2002 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com Don’t be in a hurry. Sometimes the smartest thing you can do is take a lap of the table. Let’s discuss a few of those occasions:

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1. The Victory Lap – Ever make an insanely great shot, only to step up and miss the no-brainer easy next shot? Of course, we’ve all done it. The best thing to do after an extraordinary shot is take a lap. Saunter around the table as if you’re studying the layout. I don’t care if there’s only one ball left. What you’re really doing is taking a moment to calm back down after the thrill of making that wonderful shot. Yeah, sure, nothing ruffles you; you don’t have to do this. Well, the rest of us tend to get a little self-conscious at these moments, and we’re either feeling proud of ourselves for making the shot or we’re feeling sheepish because we know we just got lucky. In either case, we’re distracted, and it’s vital to pull ourselves back together, so we can hit the next shot with our full focus. Take a lap, and get over yourself. Take two if necessary. In the finals of the 2001 US Open, winner Corey Deuel hit an outrageously good shot early in the first game, sinking the nine. The crowd went crazy. Corey raised his arms to acknowledge the crowd, and promptly walked right out of the arena. He took a short break and returned, re-focused and ready to shoot. Talk about taking a lap! 2. The Nervous Lap – OK, you’re playing one of your heroes in a tournament match. There’s a crowd watching. You’re feeling a little shaky. You can’t sit down and meditate or do some chi gung or get a massage. You have to step up to the table and perform. Take a lap, even if the balls haven’t been broken yet. Nobody will think anything of it. While you’re circling the table, try to focus on the layout of the balls, the feel of your cue, the sound of your chalk. Anything to get you connected to the

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game. When you fill your awareness with appropriate pool sensations, there is no room for anything else. It’s gotta be just you and the balls. Use the lap to get yourself focused and connected to what you’re doing. If the lap wasn’t enough, focus on chalking your tip and then take another lap. 3. The Layout Lap – In games where you are free to choose from many possible shots (for example, 8-Ball and Straight Pool), you’ll be amazed at what you will discover as you take a lap. When you study an 8-Ball layout from one spot, you don’t get nearly the perspective you do when you take a lap. As you walk around the table, see the paths of each ball to each possible pocket. Notice the details of a cluster, how close that ball actually is to the rail, what patterns are possible. Often, you’ll have a different, better, simpler plan by the time you finish your lap than you would if you had stood in one spot. You’ll shoot with better confidence and win more games. 4. The Nitwit Lap – This one is for your practice sessions. When you make a terrible shot, don’t just keep shooting. Like in the Victory Lap, you need to give yourself a chance to get over what just happened. Those really bad, really stupid shots will haunt you, at least for a moment. Take a lap and pull yourself together. No sense shooting if you’re in the wrong frame of mind. 5. The Serious Lap – Sometimes it’s helpful to give your opponent the impression that you are completely focused and serious (and of course, you are). Taking a lap, carefully studying the layout, checking out shots you’ll shoot much later in the rack, shows your opponent you have confidence, and you have a plan. It could intimidate ’em a little. Don’t try this tactic against strong players though; it might make them serious, and that could be costly.

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TABLE TALK

Armchair Billiards Playing the Game from Your Chair

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

We have all faced that moment, many times: The ball you shot into the corner pocket rattled, and didn’t fall. Dejected, you trudge to your seat as your opponent jumps eagerly out of his chair, ready for battle. I know how it feels. You want to keep your opponent in his chair as long as possible, while you run out rack after rack. Or, you want to play a lock-up safety on him, knowing that there is a very favorable chance you’ll be coming back to the table in a moment, hopefully with ball in hand. But, alas, that is not to be. You have left him with a duck, and you know that you’ll probably be sitting in your seat for a while. Oh, well… at least you’ll get to enjoy a few of your fries, right? Hold on a second there! Don’t be so quick to give up. Your job is far from over! Many of us pool players are known for playing poker. Maybe it’s the gambling that draws us. Whatever the reason, we love to play. And as you might know, poker is a game that takes a lot of focus and observation, even (or especially) when you are not in the current hand. You need to watch your opponents, to see how they are playing, figure out their tells, and look for weaknesses. Pool is very similar. I would go so far as to say that sitting in your chair observing your opponent is an incredibly vital part of the game. Of course, we always want to keep our opponent in his seat, and run rack after rack. But that rarely happens, even amongst the pros. You will have some time in your seat, and while you are there, you have a job to do. First, observe the table. You are not standing over it now, so your perspective is a little different. You might notice something you completely missed while you were at the table. Maybe there’s a cluster that can be broken up, or a safety you might be able to play. Perhaps you’ll see a pattern that was not clear before. Study the table carefully, and plan what you would do to run the table out, if you were in your opponent’s shoes. Second, watch your opponent. Observe the choices he is making. Is he going for that long, straight shot in the corner, or is he thinking about playing safe? That might indicate that he is not comfortable with his straight distance shots at the moment. Is he looking to bank his next ball across to the side pocket, or is he looking to cut it down to the corner? Have you ever seen him bank? Does he make most

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of them, or is he struggling? Does his cut shot go in every time? If not, does he have a tendency to overcut, or undercut? If you left him safe behind another ball, is he opting to jump, or kick out of the safety? Is he capable of jumping a full ball? Does he prefer to masse? Look at your opponent’s face, and his body language. Does he look confused, or annoyed? Have you been leaving him safe a lot, making him frustrated? Is he talking to himself, or to the balls? Or, does he look focused, and determined? And why do you care about any of this? The fact is, this game is more mental than anything else. Yes, it’s important to know how to make balls, and leave your cue-ball where you want. But if you are fairly evenly matched, then whether you win or lose is really going to come down to which one of you is more mentally prepared. If you can get your opponent to start talking to himself, you have a distinct mental advantage! Observing your opponents and discovering their weaknesses will help guide you in your decision-making. If he’s having trouble with the long straight shots, then leave him a tester if you need to play a safety, instead of locking him up behind a ball. Give your opponent a chance to make mistakes, and you might get him to unravel a bit. One last piece of advice, while you are planted in your seat: root for your opponent to do well. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of hoping on every shot of his that he’s going to miss. And when he doesn’t, you get more and more frustrated, watching him march slowly toward that final ball for the win. If you can get into the mind-space of cheering him on, then you won’t get frustrated unless he misses – and guess what? You’ll get over that frustration awfully quickly when you realize that miss means you get to eagerly jump out of your seat, ready to attack the table while he trudges to his chair in dejection. And because you’ve been studying the table, you know exactly what you are going to do, and how you’re going to do it. Keep your head in the game – especially when you are in your chair. You’ll give yourself that mental edge, and you’ll be much better prepared to win! If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at pool@billiardsprofessor.com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!

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Hanger Time

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Do you have trouble getting position from a ball that’s hanging in the jaws of the pocket? Making the ball is easy but getting shape is a challenge for everyone. Here are some suggestions to 2 improve your hanger control. The shots with the one ball are the basic plays to move the cue ball towards the other end of the table. Inside english can bring the ball straight back off the cushion but be sure to have a fairly thin hit on the object ball. Using outside is the most predictable way to bring the cue ball to the other end but it uses more cushions. With A plenty of side spin you can hit a quarter of the object ball and still get a path towards spot A on the cushion. Add speed and you can continue to point B and on to C. This is a position pattern you have to master. A second way to play the shot is shown for the 2 ball -- hit the side cushion first. This is particularly useful when the 2 is up on the long rail a little and straight in. The path of the cue ball off the 2 is also quite predictable if you use running side spin, which in this case is right english. The tricky part is getting the needed hit on the 2. A simple system is to pick a spot to shoot towards that is as far from the nose of the cushion as the place where you want the center of the cue ball to be but on the other side, as shown in the diagram. This will have to be adjusted a little according to the speed of the shot and how the cushions react. Practice with it. You may have done the shot with the 3 ball unintentionally. You want to come back up the table but the follow on the cue ball takes after the cushion and forces the cue ball back to that same cushion with a nice hook. If you want to keep the cue ball on that cushion you can’t use a stop shot because the 3 is sitting against the long-rail jaw, precluding a full hit. A slow roller 3 couldwork but it’s risky on a strange table. The “banana” shot as shown can be used to keep the cue ball on the cushion if you can hit a little more than half of the 3 ball. To help the “kill”, use a little reverse side spin, which is right side in this case. If you want the cue ball to travel farther along the rail, use no side spin or maybe even a little running english. That would let you make the 4 ball as well, for example. The 4 ball is another kind of challenge. Depending on how far from the pocket along the end rail it is sitting, it might require a very thin hit if played by a normal ball-first shot. Often a better solution is to play end cushion first with side spin to kick into the

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4 ball.The natural angle is straight back up the table if you land right next to the 4 and get a pretty full hit. With all of these shots you need to practice the whole range of distances after contact from just a foot or so to getting down to the other end of the table. As you practice note where the cue ball seems to “want” to go for each kind of shot. When you can, you should use the natural path for position. On all the shots with side spin, you will need to adjust your aim a little as you increase the speed.

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

There’s a big difference between practicing hard and getting the most out of your time on the table. All too often, we think playing an eight-hour practice session will benefit us more than shooting just a few balls. As a kid, I desperately wanted to be a great player and heard somewhere that I needed to shoot a shot five hundred times if I really wanted to learn it. I’d set up the same shot over and over again. Sometimes on a cold snowy day I’d embark on a marathon session on the top floor of my parents’ three-car garage. Very often, my sessions would start out being very productive. I knew what I wanted to accomplish and would get into a pretty nice rhythm. The more I shot, however, the worse I’d perform. I’d quickly lose focus and begin making shots in a non-deliberate manner. The moment I would miss, I would immediately place another ball on the table in the exact same spot and attempt it again. I’d become so undisciplined in my approach that many of my practice sessions would end in a state of frustration. Back in 1999, I spoke with one-pocket hall of fame inductee Steve Cook. Cook was in the middle of one of his practice sessions at the first annual Derby City Classic. I can clearly remember Steve striking one shot after another both purely and deliberately. I asked Steve how he practiced and he then proceeded to tell me a story about Willie Mosconi and what a perfect practice session looks like. He said, “Ya know, back in the day, Mosconi would go to the table and strike just a few balls.” I learned that he’d hit no more than twenty shots at a time, directing his total focus and commitment into properly reaching a goal that he had set for himself. After twenty balls had been struck, Mosconi would take a quick coffee break and then return to the table to continue his work. The short break would allow him to mentally refresh, reflect, and consider any adjustments he might need to make when he returned to the table. From my conversation with Steve, I concluded that Mosconi would isolate one area of his game and then direct all of his concentration into that one specific area. Like Mosconi, I also believe it is important to set goals for yourself. I believe in keeping a written record of each practice session so that you can look back and see how much you have improved. After all, if you’re not improving, you need to change something about the way you practice. Did Mosconi “actually” practice this way? I am not sure, but building my practice sessions in this manner really helped me to develop a more positive approach as I worked to improve my pool game. I never did become a coffee drinker. I did, however, begin shooting only twenty shots at a time, followed by a short break. For me, this process had the same effect, and it felt great to leave a practice session feeling as though I had accomplished something. So the next time you decide to practice, think about incorporating this little secret into your game. I think you will find your practice sessions to be shorter, more positive, and more productive

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

This is among the very first trick shots I learned many years ago. It is pretty, not too difficult and, most importantly, it can actually happen in a game. Let’s start setting it up. Place the first Object Ball (according to my diagram the Red Ball) right by the side pocket, centered with the tip of the pocket. The distance between the edge of the ball and the tip of the pocket can vary from 1/8” to 1”. What is necessary for this shot to be doable is the position of the Cue Ball which should lie anywhere between the two dotted lines “X” and “Y”. The reason being is that we want to pocket the red ball first and when we do so, we need to make sure the OB and CB tangent line (the solid blue “A” line in the diagram) is not pointing backwards. At the most it should parallel to the long rail as shown. Then all we need to do is place an Obstacle Ball (the Green Ball in the diagram) frozen to the long rail at about 1/2 a diamond from the side pocket and our other Object Ball (the yellow one) hanging by the corner pocket. Now place the Cue Ball anywhere between the lines X and Y although the most comfortable placement is right near the spot. In shooting the Red Ball, make sure to hit it 6-7/8 to its right so that your Cue Ball will bounce off the rail after pocketing it. I’d recommend to use two tips of English and a 10:30 hit on the CB so that it’ll curve around the Obstacle Ball and travel straight towards the last OB to pocket it in the corner. Try the same shot using an 11 o’clock English on the CB and you will see that it’ll curve even more, likely hitting the long rail once more before making the Yellow Ball in the corner but the CB’s speed will noticeably decrease. You can also try a 10 o’clock hit and verify on your own that the CB will pick up more speed but after clearing the Obstacle Ball, it will curve less and proceed somewhat parallel to the long rail with chances to miss the Yellow Ball. For this shot, keep your cue leveled and use a 3-speed stroke (a little less on a new felt). May you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour

2015 Final Stop Garnished with Award Winners Galore OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour held their 7th and final tour stop November 7th – 8th at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas. 34 players from as far away as California were ready for the opportunity to earn a Qualifier spot at the 2016 WPBA Masters event in February. The owner and manager, Jeff Pitts and Tim Gildon and all the bar and wait staff did a wonderful job taking care of all the ladies! We greatly appreciate Rusty’s hosting yet another superb event.  Every year, the OB Cues Ladies Tour has 3 major awards given during the final tour event. The awards are Regional Tour Champion, Most Improved Player and Best Sportsmanship. Our worthy and deserving recipients are: The Best Sportsmanship award, voted on by the tour players, selected Jennifer Yo of Austin for this year’s award.

2015 BEST SPORTSMANSHIP JENNIFER YO She always has a cheerful and positive attitude that persists throughout every match she plays. Whether winning or losing, you can always count on support, cheering and a big smile from Jennifer. The Most Improved Player award, voted on by the tour’s board of directors, is Gail Roles of College Station. Gail has shown perseverance and dedication to the game as well as to the ladies tour, that she stood out amongst the rest

of the candidates. In the past few years, she has improved her rank consistently year over year to unanimously be voted as the Most Improved Player for 2015. Unlike the previous year, this year there was no contest as to who this year’s tour champion would be. Tara Williams of Fort Worth secured her first place ranking starting with the first event of 2015 and never looked back. With her four back-to-back tour stop wins to start 2015, no other player would be able to secure enough points to be able to threaten her second tour championship.  On Saturday, thirty -four players were reduced to eight ladies returning on Sunday morning. The final four remaining in the winner’s bracket were Michelle Cortez (Austin) vs. Tara Williams (Ft. Worth) and Melinda Bailey (Ft. Worth) vs Julie Stephenson (Keller). The four ladies returning on the one loss side were Terry Petrosino (Houston) vs. Chris Fields (Ft. Worth) and Corina Campbell (Dallas) vs. Kawania Watson (San Antonio). Of the 9 players who were vying for the Qualifier event at Soaring Eagle, only three players remained standing – Michelle, Kawania, and Terry. Eliminated first round Sunday morning at the 7th-8th position were Terry Petrosino and Corina Campbell. In the winner’s side matches, Omega Tour Founder and Tournament Director Melinda Bailey defeated Julie Stephenson and Michelle Cortez defeated Tara Williams to set the hot seat match. Moving over to the one-loss side, for the 5/6th place matches Julie fell to Chris and Tara came out the victor against Kawania. With Kawania’s elimination, Michelle Cortez of Austin secured the $500 qualifier for the WPBA Masters event. For the fourth place match, Tara once again persevered, leaving Chris to settle for the 4th place spot. Melinda made her way through Saturday with wins over Merry Viau (7-2), Chris Fields (7-1), and Snowy Belt (7-5). On the other side of the winner’s bracket, Michelle was making her way through her Saturday matches with her steady and consistent play. She posted wins over Shayla

2015 TOUR CHAMPION TARA WILLIAMS Neris (7-4), Corina Campbell (7-0), and Sophia Lopez (71). In the hot seat match, it was a steady race to the finish line for both players. Michelle won the match 7-4 against Melinda and waited to see who would be coming through the one-loss side to meet her in the finals. For the 3rd place match, it appeared that Tara was determined to continue her winning streak. She made quick work of the match against Melinda, winning with a final score of 7-0. Congratulations to Melinda for a great, great tournament! With Michelle and Tara in the finals, it was a repeat of last year’s finals match for the championship stop. Just like the previous year, Tara would need to double-dip Michelle to secure the tour stop win and $775 in first place prize money.

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However, unlike last year, where the two players went back and forth, this year, Tara came on strong and never let up. Michelle put forth her best effort to try and stop the tour champion’s effort, but came up short in the first set losing 7-4. In the second set, Tara once again turned it on, but this time, Michelle was unable to fight off the effort and succumbed to Tara in the final set 7-1. Congratulations to both ladies for another exciting finals match and great tournament finish! With this sixth tour stop win of 2015, Tara Williams breaks her own OB Ladies Tour record by becoming the only player to win six stops within a calendar year. Congratulations to Tara for an incredible season! Thanks again to Rusty’s for our first and last tournament this year, and to all our board members who do a fantastic job all year around.  A special year-end thank you to the man behind the tour, always supporting the ladies and feeding us bananas, Godiva chocolates, and all kinds of snacks, a great friend and wonderful person, Carter. We love you so much Carter!  Special recognition and thanks to OB Cues our main tournament sponsor. It was a pleasure to see Royce Bunnell on Sunday. You do us proud and we can thank you enough for all that you do. We love OB Cues. If you want to get serious about your game, check out OB Cues at www.obcues.com Additional thanks to our sponsor MzTam.com. Tam Trinh of Austin, TX, is one of our tour regular players and also supports our tour with her many creative billiard products and accessories. You can see all of her products as mztam.com. Thank you Tam for your awesomeness. Also many thanks and love to all our families, fans, supporters—we greatly appreciate each and every one of you. Also to the many, many ladies/players/friends who traveled from near and far; we loved seeing you all again and greatly appreciate you making the journey to play on the OB Cues Ladies Tour. We look forward to seeing everyone once again in 2016. Our first stop of the 2016 season will at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas, February 6-7th weekend. Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times – we are the OB Cues Ladies Tour!!!!! Check us out at www.obcuestour.com or stay up to date with instant news by adding us on Facebook/obcuestour

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MCALESTER, OK 26 players showed up for Back Alley Billiard’s monthly 6-speed & under 8-Ball tournament in September. And after a long day of close matches and grueling pool playing, Terry Evans, of Langley, was named champion. He won $460 for his first-place finish. London Jeffreys, of Chickasha, almost took Evans out in the finals by beating him in the first of two sets. But Evans came out ahead in the second set and claimed a second-place finish in the tournament and $340. Rachel Petersen, of McAlester, and owner of Back Alley Billiards, took third in the tournament and $220. Ray Dews, aka Big Ray, of Tulsa, finished in 4th place and won $130. Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, OK hosts tournaments every Saturday. For more information, refer to the “Tournament Trail” section of Rack Em’ Magazine or call Back Alley Billiards at 918-916-CUES (2837).

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L-R: MACIOL, HUANG, CHENTENO Ian Anderson Nov. 17, 2015 As we moved into the finals of the World Junior 9-Ball Championships our host country is featured as it has a player in all three final matches. Poland's Daniel Maciol lost his opening match 1/7, but fought his way back through from the loser’s side to gain his spot in the final. His opponent, Zheng Xiao Huai was undefeated going into the finals and is just 14 years old. Daniel produced too many guns against his younger opponent to claim his victory. This is the third gold medal from the Juniors World Championships for Poland with their players winning both gold medals for boys and girls in 2011. Daniel’s victory was quite a turn around from his opening match and it appeared from that performance he wasn’t destined to remain for very long in the tournament, but in using his second life to great advantage, he is today a world champion. Well done.

The Girls Division final featured Xia Yu Ying of China facing Chezka Chenteno of the Philippines. Chenteno grabbed the Gold in this one. She was able to draw on her experience of playing in a number of women’s tournaments and gaining good results over some leading women players. Today she put all that to good use to win a gold medal and title of world champion. The scoreline at the finish was 9/3. No doubt the young Chinese player Xia YuYing will have learned a lot from the experience and hopefully will put it to good use in her future tournaments. Lastly, the Boys under 19 Final was captured by Long Ze Huang of China 11-5 over Maksim Dudanets of Russia. China had a player in the final of all three divisions, but had lost-out in the first two. This may have placed a bit more pressure on Ze Huang, and if

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“She’ll Carry Us” Marlan Isbell. Rachel Petersen, Kenny Deatherage, not pictured: Shane Austin “She’ll Carry Us,” from McAlester, won the entire division. Team members include Rachel Petersen, Marlan Isbell, Shane Austin and Kenny Deatherage. After losing their first match of the tournament, the team played for 2 days and came all the way back through the elimination bracket to win their championship title. They won $715 and a 9-ball team entry into the ACS National Championships at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. The “Man-Cows,” from McAlester, finished the tournament in 2nd place. Team members include Darryl Cowan, Shannon Cowan and Pete Manschreck. They won $482 for their 2nd-place finish. “WOAH!,” from McAlester, took 3rd place. Team members include Todd Barrier, Billy Rice and Doug Kirby. They won $320 for their 3rd-place finish. The “Road Warriors,” from McAlester, took 4th place. Team members include Robert Webb, Mike Harnage and Lee Golden. They won $90. Back Alley Billiards in McAlester hosts a variety of pool tournaments all year long. For more information about these tournaments, call the pool hall at 918-916-CUES (2837).

T h e “Man-Cows,” Darryl Cowan, Pete Manschreck, Shannon Cowan

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Back Alley Billiards Hosts ACS Women’s Team 9-Ball Championships

In October, Back Alley Billiards in McAlester hosted the ACS Oklahoma State Women’s Team 9-Ball Championships. The winner of the division won an entry to the National ACS tournament at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. “This Bud’s for You,” from “This Bud’s for You,” Gayla Robertson, Tulsa, won the women’s Sandy Chamberlain and Pat Oliver 9-Ball team division. Team members include Sandy Chamberlain, Gayla Robertson and Pat Oliver. Along with an entry into 9-ball teams at Nationals, the team also won $345. “Rachel’s Rats,” of McAlester, finished in second place. Team members include Rachel Petersen, Sharon Stanton, Peggy Marshall and Shawta Davis. They won $256 for their runner-up finish. The “Yak Shack Sisters,” of Tulsa, got 3rd place. Team members include Charity Cherry, Holly Phillips and Suzie Hunter. They won $110 for finishing in third place. Back Alley Billiards hosts a variety of tournaments all year long. For more information, call the pool hall at 918-916-CUES (2837).

“Rachel’s Rats,” Rachel Petersen, Sharon Stanton, Peggy Marshall and Shawta Davis

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Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice DATE CITY LOCATION PHONE Dec 3 Houston, TX Bogies Billiards 281-821-4544 Dec 4 Houston, TX Bogies Billiards 281-821-4544 Dec 5 Houston, TX Bogies Billiards 281-821-4544 Dec 6 Houston, TX Bogies Billiards 281-821-4544 Dec 5 McAlester, OK Back Alley Billiards 918-916-2837 Dec 5 Green Bay, WI KK Billiards 920-432-0059 Dec 5 Decatur, AL 6 Pockets 256-686-3171 Dec 5 Mankato, MN Kato Cue Club 507-388-POOL Dec 5 Moline, IL Deep Pockets 309-517-1572 Dec 12 McAlester, OK Back Alley Billiards 918-916-2837 Dec 12 Mankato, MN Kato Cue Club 507-388-POOL Dec 12 Moline, IL Deep Pockets 309-517-1572 Dec 12-13 Round Rock, TX Skinny Bob’s 512-733-1111 Dec 12-13 Des Moines, IA Big Dog Billiards 515-266-6100 Dec 16-18 Memphis, TN Highpockets 901-603-1184 Dec 18-20 Memphis, TN Highpockets 901-603-1184 Dec 19-20 Memphis, TN Highpockets 901-603-1184 Dec 18 Des Moines, IA Big Dog Billiards 515-266-6100 Dec 19 Des Moines, IA Big Dog Billiards 515-266-6100 Dec 19 Alsip, IL Red Shoes 708-388-3700 Dec 19 McAlester, OK Back Alley Billiards 918-916-2837 Dec 19 Davenport, IA Sharky’s 563-359-RACK Dec 19 Midwest City, OK Jamaica Joe’s 405-736-0590 Dec 19 Houston, TX Bogies West 832-912-4432 Dec 19 Appleton, WI KK Billiards 920-830-0083 Dec 26 Moline, IL Deep Pockets 309-517-1572 Dec 26 McAlester, OK Back Alley Billiards 918-916-2837 Jan 1-2 Des Moines, IA Big Dog Billiards 515-266-6100 Jan 2 Decatur, AL 6 Pockets 256-686-3171 Jan 2 Green Bay, WI KK Billiards 920-432-0059 Jan 2 Alsip, IL Red Shoes 708-388-3700 Jan 2-3 Houston, TX Bogies Billiards 281-821-4544 Jan 16 Mankato, MN Kato Cue Club 507-388-POOL Jan 16-17 Round Rock, TX Skinny Bob’s 512-721-8229 Jan 22 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic 812-288-POOL Jan 22-30 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic 812-288-POOL Jan 22-25 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic 812-288-POOL Jan 24 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic 812-288-POOL Jan 24 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic 812-288-POOL Jan 27 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic 812-288-POOL Jan 29 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic 502-345-7775 Jan 23 Appleton, WI KK Billiards 920-830-0083 Jan 23 Oshkosh, WI Varsity 920-651-0806 Feb 6 Decatur, AL 6 Pockets 256-686-3171 Feb 6 Green Bay, WI KK Billiards 920-432-0059 Feb 5-7 St Peters, MO Teachers Billiards 314-614-9920 Feb 13 Mankato, MN Kato Cue Club 507-388-POOL Feb 20 Appleton, WI KK Billiards 920-830-0083 Mar 5 Decatur, AL 6 Pockets 256-686-3171 Mar 5 Green Bay, WI KK Billiards 920-432-0059 Mar 10 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Open 360-703-4081 Mar 11-13 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Open 360-703-4081 Mar 11-13 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Open 360-703-4081 Mar 12-13 Houston, TX Bogies West 832-912-4432 Mar 19 Mankato, MN Kato Cue Club 507-388-POOL Mar 19 Appleton, WI KK Billiards 920-830-0083 Apr 2 Mankato, MN Kato Cue Club 507-388-POOL

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