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With last year’s winner (Robb Saez) in the broadcast booth with Ray Hansen on the PoolActionTV stream, Jonathan “Hennessee from Tennessee” Pinegar completed an undefeated run through a field of 122, on-hand for the 28th Annual Music City 9-Ball Open on the weekend of January 16-18, 2015. The $6,000-added event was hosted by JOB Billiards in Madison, TN and was launched on Friday night, with a $500-entry, winner-takes-all Midnight Madness event that saw Danny Smith defeat Robb Saez in the finals. In the Open event, run concurrently with a 42-entrant ladies event (won by Teruko Cucculelli), Pinegar faced Justin Bergman twice; once in the hot seat and again in the final. Pinegar had sent Justin Hall to the losers’ bracket 11-6, as Bergman downed Shane McMinn 11-3. Pinegar took the first of two against Bergman 11-6 and waited in the hot seat for him to return. On the loss side, McMinn drew Josh Roberts, who’d defeated Richie Richeson and Greg Hogue, both 11-7, to reach him. Hall picked up Danny Smith, who’d gotten by Josh O’Neal 11-3 and John Gabriel 11-8. Roberts handed McMinn his second straight loss 11-5, and in the quarterfinals, faced Hall, who’d ended Smith’s run 11-9. Roberts took the quarterfinals 11-7 over Hall, before having his run ended by Bergman 11-8 in the semifinals. Bergman had his second chance at Pinegar, and came out gunning. He won five straight, sinking three combinations on the 9-ball (the fifth, a 1-9 combination), and running the table from the outset twice. Pinegar won the 6th rack to get on the board, but Bergman took the 7th. Pinegar used a 2-9 combination to open up a three-rack run to bring him within two at 6-4. In the match’s first scratch off of a break, Bergman ran the table, but it proved to be his last. Bergman scratched breaking up rack #12, and turned the table over to Pinegar; for good, as it turned out. Having lost five in a row at the start, Pinegar won 11 of the next 13, including three in a row to take his first lead at 8-7, and then, three more in a row to claim the event title. 1 USA PINEGAR Jonathan 4,250 2 USA BERGMAN Justin 2,500 3 USA ROBERTS Josh 1,600 4 USA HALL Justin 1,050 5 USA MCMINN Shane 750 5 USA SMITH Danny 750 7 USA HOGUE Greg 455 7 USA GABRIEL John 455 9 USA RICHESON Richie 300 9 USA MCKENNEY Daniel 300 9 USA O’NEAL Josh 300 9 USA STEWART Kenny 300 13 USA LANEY Mike 230 13 USA SHABEB Raed 230 13 USA WOODWARD Skyler 230 13 USA HALL Robert 230 17 USA BROWN Chris 150 17 USA MURPHY Shannon 150 17 USA OLINGER Alex 150 17 CAN BRYANT Brittany 150 17 USA BARTRAM Chris 150 17 USA REEVES Ted 150 17 USA PRANEE Tab 150 17 USA JOHOPLOS Jason 150

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On the weekend of January 10-11, Cory Anderson went undefeated in the $,1,500 Season Opener of the 2015 Omega Billiards Tour held at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, Texas. Eighty players competed in the event and Cory nabbed one of the last spots to enter the tournament as he was on the standby list and next in line. Quite a Birthday gift! (his Birthday was that Saturday) After a great opening day on Saturday, there was still a lot of great competing going on. By Sunday afternoon, Cory Anderson had made it past Anthony Schaeffer 8-5, Steve Raynes 8-0 and Mitch Owen 8-3 to see who he would play in the hotseat. Nick Conner was making his way to Cory, with wins over Mike Nagaki 8-6, Daniel Gilmore 8-4, and Jersey Jack Lynch 8-6. Sunday morning, Daniel Herring lost to Jay Murillo 5-5 but started his trek on the one-loss side, defeating Matt DeVance 7-5, Robert Reighter 7-3, Steve Raynes 7-4, Mark Johnson 7-3 and then Mitch Owen 7-3. Mitch would earn his highest finish yet – 4th place! Robert Reighter also captured his highest finish with a 13th place finish along with Will Smith. Congrat’s, guys! And Ethan Townsend placed 9th – his highest finish yet, too! Along with Robert and Will, newcomer Frank Chavarria and David Josephson placed 13-16th also, Steve Raynes, Ethan, Jay Murillo and Greg Sandifer placed 9th12th. New to the tour Mark Johnson and Anthony Schaeffer both placed an impressive 7th/8th with Jersey Jack and Daniel Gilmore placing 5th/6th! In the hotseat match, it was a great display of talent as Cory Anderson and Tour Champion Nick Conner battled their hearts out. It would go hill-hill with Cory

squeezing by 8-7. Daniel Herring and Nick Conner would then play in the semi-finals and another display of great shots and safeties for these two guys and Daniel would win 7-6 and find himself in the finals for the first time of the Omega Billiards Tour. Cory was on fire, though, and would defeat Daniel 8-3. Cory would win his FIRST Omega event he played in and Daniel would place an impressive 2nd out of 80 players! Congratulations to ALL the players!! A HUGE thank you goes out to our sponsors Omega Billiards Supply, Predator Cues, Poison Break Cues, BCAPL/CSI, and Lucasi and Players Cues. We would also like to give a big thanks to our additional sponsors, Wallace Custom Cues, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Pro Billiard Service, AZBilliards.com, and BilliardsPress.com. Tour Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank Rusty’s Billiards owners and staff for their awesome hospitality all weekend! A big thank you also goes out to Michael Hoang, main sponsor of the Tour and owner of Omega Billiards Supply in Hurst, TX. Michael and Omega Billiards Supply are well known for the huge booths at many of the large tournaments across the country. The next stop of the Omega Billiards Tour will be February 21-22 at the Billiard Den in Richardson, Texas. $1,500 added and limited to 80 players. Still 7 more stops left before the $4,500 Season Finale! Pool is alive and thriving in Texas! Check out the website for more details on how to get involved in the Dallas-Fort Worth area pool tour. http://www.omegabilliardstour. com/

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Chau and Nguyen Capture 2015 Lone Star Kick-Off Hailing from Peru, professional player Manny Chau fought his way through an elite field of open 9-ball division players, taking home the title at the Lone Star Billiards Tour Kick-Off event held January 24th-25th at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Chase Rudder made a big splash with a shortlived hot seat victory over Houston south-sider Nick Hood, until meeting Chau in the finals. Destroying the amateur 9-ball field was up-and-comer Kevin Nguyen who faced off with tour newcomer Horacio Cortez for the amateur title. Nguyen captured his firstever, long awaited, tour victory. Sunday afternoon, matches went into overtime as 71 competitors grinded to the bitter end. In the open division, Chase Rudder flew undefeated to the hot seat with wins over Marvin Diaz, 9-1, Danny Lee, 9-6, Ernesto Bayaua, 9-6, and Chau, 9-6. Nick Hood devoured Mike Liang, 9-4, Yoko Joe, 9-6, John McDowell, 9-3, and finally Masahiro “Hiro” Nakahara, 9-6. Early upsets included Kevin Nguyen over professional player Shawn Putnam, 9-5, and Andy Jethwa over world champion Rafael Martinez, 9-5. On the one loss side, Putnam staged a comeback with 5 consecutive wins over Rudy Sanchez, 7-2, Eric Hsu, 7-3, Jethwa, 7-3, Bayaua, 7-3, and Nakahara, 7-4. Nguyen eliminated Martinez, 7-5, and in turn was eliminated by McDowell. Winners’ side hot seat action saw Rudder take an early lead over Hood, 4-0. Hood returned fire, but it was too little, too late, as Rudder secured the win, 9-6. Back on the west side, Putnam secured 7th-8th position defeating Nakahara, 7-4, while Chau eliminated McDowell, 7-1. Putnam overcame Chau, 7-1, and Hood, 7-2, to meet Rudder. Chau decimated Rudder both sets, 9-3, 7-1. Kevin Nguyen had an incredible run in the amateur division defeating Scott White, Jason Bagby, 7-5, Mike Nguyen, 7-3, and Bobby Perez, 7-3. New to the tour, Horacio Cortez defeated K.G.

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Let’s take a close look at how we line up our body with the shot. There are a number of very simple body alignments that can make it easier to shoot straight. If you’ve been playing a long time and are pretty good, you’re probably already doing most of them. This is worth a close look. If you’re off somewhere, making the change should make a difference for you. Look at any shot. As you stand behind the cueball, you can see “the line of the shot.” That’s the line the cueball must travel to hit the object ball or rail (or other target) precisely where you intend. How we choose that exact line is related to what we want to accomplish, our current ability level, and the various aiming adjustments we make to compensate for throw, english, squirt, etc. Choosing that line is not the issue here. The issue at hand is “What’s the best (simplest, most comfortable, most effective, most consistent, easy to remember, easy to check) way to arrange our body around the stick to produce a good, straight stroke and send the cueball down the line of the shot?” Our job as pool players is to produce a consistent, straight, fluid stroke that moves the cueball down the shot line at the right speed and with the right spin. What I’d like you to think about is making good use of your skeleton. We can simplify our job if we align our skeleton well. The better we align our skeleton, the less we have to rely on muscle and various swoops and on-the-fly stroke/aim adjustments. The point I want to drive home is that if we line up well, it’s way easier to hit what we’re aiming at, and to do it consistently and effortlessly. OK. We know where the line of the shot is. Now, imagine there is a vertical plane (a wall) running through that line. There are a bunch of body parts we’re going to align with that plane: • Bridge – This is obvious, but make sure your bridge is planted precisely, and is not pulling to one side or the other. • Grip – Again, obvious. Make sure your grip is as light as possible. The tighter you grip, the more you’ll tend to pull the stick off line during the stroke. • Stroke Arm – This is a big one. Your entire arm – forearm, elbow, upper arm, and shoulder should

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be in the vertical plane. Watch out for wrists curled in or out, elbow tucked in or flying out on the hit stroke. Have someone check you out from front and back. You might be off vertical a little, and not be able to see it or feel it yourself. • Aiming Eye – Obviously, you want to be able to see directly down the line of the shot. Don’t worry about which eye is dominant – just make sure you feel you are seeing straight down the line. Check to make sure your eyes are level. Many players (especially older ones) bend lower than their flexibility allows, so their head tilts a bit. • Chin – Try to get your chin directly over the stick. How can you get your eye and your chin over the stick, and keep your eyes level? Try turning your face (just a little) toward the appropriate side. Check yourself by lowering your chin to the stick once in a while. • Back Foot – The stick should generally run over the top of your back foot. If you find you can’t do that, or can’t get your eye over the cue, your foot placement might be the culprit. With your back foot angled forward a little, try moving the front foot forward a foot or so and out to the side a foot or so from where the back foot is. This will put you in a pretty neutral position. Adjust from there until you can see down the cue, and you feel balanced and comfortable. These are guidelines. Since everyone’s body is different, not everyone will find that all of these alignments are workable. Very tall, very short, and very heavy players usually need some adjustments. A good instructor can help with the adjustments. This approach is intended to get most players arranged into an alignment that makes it easier to see down the line and send the cueball down the line. These alignments can help you stroke more consistently and with less interference from muscle and from limbs that naturally want to move in some direction other than straight. As with any change in your fundamentals, you may experience a decline in your game for a while, but if the change is a good one and you stick with it, you’ll come back stronger. Let’s get straight – and get better.

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

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I recently participated in the final stop of the Mezz West State Tour on January 24 at Break Time Billiards in Modesto, CA. I did not participate on January 25th, because I did not make it to day two. And… that’s all I have to say about that. Ahem. Congratulations to Vilmos Foldes for an exciting win over Beau Runningen to take the top spot, and make it to #1 on the player rankings! Beau did very well, too, taking #2; and he’s only a semi-pro! Okay, enough about the champs. Back to me. I would like to tell you about my first opponent. We’ll call him “Bob O’Connor,” because that is his name. Bob is an older gentleman, although the term “gentleman” does not do him any justice. He is a kind, soft-spoken man who always seemed to have a relaxed smile on his face. He enjoyed talking about the game, but never intruded upon my shots. He was very deferential to the other players around him, as well. In the corner where we were playing, three tables were just a little too close together, and at times players had to wait for each other to shoot. Every time, he capitulated with a smile on his face, saying “I’m sorry, it’s your shot.” I know you’ve seen players like this. I certainly have. But Bob was just… happy. I am still working on my game. I know I’m not quite there yet, but I love competing in these events against great players. It’s good exposure to the scene, and is definitely helping me during my quest to improve my mental game. I am way down on the rankings for this tour. However, I still played better than Bob. He admitted to me that he doesn’t get to practice much. In fact, he plays mainly on crappy bar boxes, and very rarely gets a chance to play on 9-footers, much less the Diamonds like the one we were playing on. He missed some fairly routine 10-ball shots that should have won him a couple of games. Yet, somehow, Bob managed to keep up a very positive attitude, congratulating me on my 7-1 victory, and wishing me luck for the rest of the tournament. Not once during our match did he scowl, frown, complain, or even sigh. He was the very epitome of class, and a complete gentleman. I lost my next two matches. Both players simply outclassed me; they definitely played better than I that day. During my final match on the one-loss side, I caught myself getting annoyed after dogging a couple of routine shots. I mentally berated myself for missing such easy shots (“What the hell, Michael? You’re better than this!”). When I was done, I wanted nothing more than to just leave, and be done with the place. However, I decided to stick around and watch my friends Jason Williams and Robbie Lyng play their matches. I sat and fumed for a few minutes, recounting to Robbie just how badly I played when he asked.

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At one point, I saw Bob walk by. He had lost his match as well, and was out of the competition. He was smiling, and genuinely appeared to be enjoying himself. He was just happy to be there, amongst great pool players, soaking it all in. Immediately, I felt my brain shift; almost like in those Sci-Fi movies, where the hero shifts into a parallel universe and is momentarily confused. I was suddenly no longer upset that I was out of the competition. I was happy to be there, and completely thrilled that many of my friends and acquaintances were still in the running. Food tasted better. There was a smell of fresh-cut flowers, and birds were singing. I could suddenly see in color! Ok… maybe that’s a bit much. But I can tell you, my perspective changed almost instantly. I love pool. I LOVE it. I play it, teach it, and write about it. Everything about the game excites me; it is my happy place. There is no reason for me to get down every time I don’t make the perfect shot, or put the cue ball in the perfect position. Everyone makes mistakes – even the pros. Granted, they make fewer mistakes than I do, but that’s mainly because their recovery time – from anger or disappointment to success – usually lasts a moment, before they are back in the zone. My goal is to get there, too. During my Zen Quest, I have received several book recommendations. One of them, a short read, is “Mastering the Inner Game of Pool,” by David Krolick. I found this one on my own, and it can be downloaded to Kindle (I use the iOS app) for about five bucks. Jason Williams told me about Point the Way by The Monk (Tim Miller). I have not read it yet, but Jason swears by it. That’s good enough for me, considering he was able to take 7/8th this weekend, he never practices (grr!), and has a terrific attitude about the game. Sometimes, all it takes is a change of perspective to help you with your game. I always tell my students to walk around the table if they’re not sure about a shot. Look at it from different angles, because you may find something you didn’t see from behind the cue ball. Maybe I should follow my own advice. 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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About 95 percent of the shots you shoot don’t require any special technique. The cue ball goes straight to the object ball, the object ball goes straight to the pocket, and if you’ve done a little planning, the cue ball goes on to position for the next shot. Those shots do require skill, but usually not some kind of special skill. The other 5% of shots do require something extra, maybe a little magic. It was Efren Reyes’ ability to come up with the 5% and 1% and one-in-a-million shots that got him the nickname “The Magician.” While you may not get to Efren’s level in specialty shots, it’s not hard to improve from your current level if you spend some time working on them. They are really fun to pull off to win a tight match. Shot 1 is a common situation. You are very slightly blocked by the 8 ball from hitting the 1 ball. Without curve you can bring the cue ball to the shaded spot at best if you just barely miss the 8 and that path might not even contact the 1 ball. The answer is to use a little elevation and right spin and curve the cue ball around the 8. In the position shown, the 1 ball is a huge target since it’s close to the pocket and a little off the cushion so a cushion-first shot will also make the ball. This is the kind of shot that any player can make at least half the time with practice. In Shot 1A the details of the technique are broken down. The first part of the planning is to decide how far from the 8 you have to aim in order to miss it. The cue ball will start off close to the line of the cue stick, but it will start curving immediately, so you have to allow a little extra clearance. In the diagram I show an aiming line well away from the balls. The farther out you go the farther you have to come back and the harder the shot is. One of the things you need to work on in practice is how little margin you can get away with for each kind of shot. There is an amazing technique to aim the curved part of the shot that was discovered nearly 200 years ago. Note the “spot” line that is also drawn in Shot 1A. This line is through the spot the cue ball rests on and parallel to the final direction you want the cue ball to take. When you have the right elevation and English, your cue stick will point to a spot on the cloth that’s on that line. For the shot shown, you will need quite a bit of elevation. In Shot 1B an expanded view is shown. Note that the cue stick as seen from above is offset and elevated so that it can point to the spot on the cloth. It may take a while to wrap your mind around this visualization, but once you have the idea, lots of curve shots get much easier to plan. Note that usually there are lots of spots along the spot line and which one you choose depends on how much elevation you need and where the aiming

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line is. In Shot 2 is a short range shot that’s also very common. Maybe the 2 can be made with a precision hit, but left English helps in two ways. It will help throw the 2 ball towards the pocket but it will also curve the cue ball around the 9 to get a fuller hit on the 2. I find that for shots like this where the blocker ball is about half way to the target, it works well to use a stroke that would get a stop shot at the blocker. That is, you want a little draw and a soft hit so the cue ball is sliding as it goes by the 9 ball. If it still has a lot of draw at that point, you have probably hit the ball too hard for the curve to take effect in time. For Shot 2, finesse is the right way -- soft or softer -and remember to shoot a little away from the 9 ball.

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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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What is our fascination with pool? Personally, the game reminds me of life itself. In order to come out ahead, you need to be able to be able to deal with your areas of weakness; build on your strengths, and remain positive—otherwise, as tobacco farmers often put it, “You’re going to be in for a tough row to hoe.” In this article, I want to focus on how goal setting for your pool game will give you greater confidence to succeed and how that setting goals and achieving them will have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Motivation is very important! I am sure you have heard yourself say, “I always make it to the finals and feel really tired,” or “My love for the game of pool just isn’t there anymore.” In order for you to play the game more positively or get more out of life, you need to set goals for yourself that are difficult but attainable. Goals are nothing more than dreams with a due “Goals Should be Written” date! Making goals is a process that people do on a regular basis; however, what we tend to do is establish goals in our heads and then expect them to magically happen without ever doing any hard work or ever changing anything. As the months roll by and you have not achieved what you thought you would, your self-esteem may suffer. You need to remember that when you are setting goals, they need to be yours, not someone else’s or what you think you should be doing because someone else said so. Ultimately you are the one responsible for the way you play and it is also your responsibility to decide what needs to be done in order for you to be successful. Sometimes pool players come to me because they do not like to compete anymore and they cannot understand why. This often turns out to be because they are thinking negatively or putting unnecessary pressure on themselves to win. It is also quite common for a player to buy into someone else’s vision. Before you set your goals, make sure that they are what you want—otherwise you will be setting yourself up for failure. Above all else, your pool playing goals should be written—give yourself monthly targets with benchmark assessments. Be sure to celebrate any successes that you might have. Always start with the end in mind and work on what you need to change in order to make your goals into a reality. That might mean taking lessons from a certified instructor, or practicing at the poolroom two or three times per week. A proficient instructor will know how to assess your skills and should be able to recognize the areas you need to improve upon. They should be able to help you get the most out of your game by guiding you in the direction you want to be taken. There are many reputable instructors that can be found online through the American CueSports Association (ACS) or Professional Billiards Instructors Association (PBIA). You can also work on your game from the comfort of your own home by visiting www.poolteacher.com and enrolling in Virtual Billiard Academy…but whatever you choose to do, you need to commit to it and have an action plan. Remember, in the words of W.L. Bateman, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.” The bottom line is that you have to be willing to change if you want to succeed.

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It was an amazing run for Houston’s own Ricki Casper as she took down the best of the best in Texas female amateur competition this past Saturday at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. At this event, Casper would secure the first major title of her pool playing career. On Saturday, January 24th, 2015, players flocked to the first Gulf Coast 9-Ball Event of the year, 22 players in all, to compete for prize money, points, and become official WPBA Members (Women’s Professional Billiard Association). Ranked 27thon the Gulf Coast Tour at the end of 2014, Casper established the pecking order right away at the first event of this year with wins over Toni Esteves, 7-6, Tiffany Mundie, 7-2, Gail Eaton, 7-6, and Kim Pierce, 7-6, to meet 2014 Gulf Coast Tour Champion, Belinda Lee, for the hot seat. Lee ousted Liz Mitchel, 7-6, Sara Bork, 7-4, and Mercedes Vasquez, 7-1, but fell to a determined Casper in the winners’ side final two, 7-6. After losing a first round match to Vasquez, 7-6, Mindy (Malinda) Williams went on to win an incredible 6 consecutive matches upsetting Pierce and Eaton on her way to meet Lee for a shot at second place. Lee teed off with Williams, ending her winning streak, 5-1, and it was time for a Casper v Lee rematch. Casper showed no mercy in the final set, ending it quickly and defeating Lee, 7-2, to win her first Gulf Coast title and become the new #1 ranked player on tour. New to the Gulf Coast Tour, Alicia Huff and Karen Reilly along with Sara Bork and Bonnie Mason secured notable 9th-12th finishes, while Mandy Hood and Natalie Esparza took home 7th-8th. The tour welcomed its newest members who have never before participated in a Gulf Coast Event; Amber Keithley, Karen Reilly, Mandy Hood, Alicia Huff, Randy Fregia, Jaime Leigh Campos, Terry Resendez, and Rebecca Arcangeli. In its third year, the WPBA sanctioned Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour is sponsored by Delta-13 Rack, www.delta-13.com , and the APA of North Harris County, www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty, and couldn’t be more proud. Sponsor rooms hosting events this year include Bogies, Bogies West, Skinny Bob’s, and Ariana’s. The Gulf Coast Tour requires players to become WPBA Members ($25 annually) and has permanently dropped its player dues in order to encourage player participation. “This is the right move for our tour” says Tour Director and WPBA President, Kim White-Newsome. “We are an official WPBA Regional Tour, and that’s where our focus needs to be. A WPBA Membership is a great benefit for all players, whether your goal is to have fun, or turn pro”. There are currently (14) WPBA sanctioned regional tours across the U.S. and Canada. To find a tour in your area, or start a tour of your own, visit www.wpba.com. The next Gulf Coast event will be Saturday, March 7th, at Bogies West, 9638 Jones Road, Houston, Texas. For more information on the Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour, visit www.facebook.com/gulfcoasttour or www.gulfcoasttour. wordpress.com.

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Bank Pool Division: FINALS

From 413 entrants on Friday, tonight there were three: Efren Reyes, Shannon Daulton and John Brumback. All had one loss. There would be no buy-backs. One of the them was going to get a bye. In a unique way of picking who gets it, each player was asked to pick up one of 3 big boxes sitting on the Diamond table in the Accu-Stats Arena then, face the bottom of it to the audience. Unbeknownst to the players, one of the boxes had BYE written on it. Much to his relief, Brumback had chosen it: He was sent swiftly into the Finals. Efren and Shannon stayed in the Arena to determine who got 3rd. If Efren won the semi’s, then the finals, he would be the first man, ever, to complete the DCC career “Grand Slam” with wins in all 3 divisions. Banks, OnePocket, and 9-Ball. With a 2-0, and needing the case ball, Efren looked invincible. H even had a couple of attempts at it. Shannon reached for his cannon. Blasting back

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titles. Money be-damned; There was nothing more with some incredible important than garnering other one. shotmaking, the match Shannon won the lag…broke, and ran 5 and out. was soon tied at 2. He They got down to one ball in the second game and was driven, but it wasn’t Shannon sank that: 2-0. over yet. Shannon stayed ahead and had opportunities to In the decider, take it all but now the banks were eluding him. One Efren had 3 balls, even slow rolled to the hole only to tease him. Shannon had zero. With John stayed alive at 1-2 and took a time-out. more gut wrenching, Yesterday, he and Shannon had been practicing inner strength, Daulton together, for the same title, at a friend’s house. Their caught a gear and now deep-rooted friendship was most apparent when had 4. Efren, altho,’ Shannon, with an energy drink in his hand, was late having showed moments returning from the time-out. of magic, was missing. John, mildly frustrated, said, “ Where ya been? Shannon’s I’ve been waiting on you,” Then he, nonchalantly, took opportunity arose when Shannon’s drink, sucked a long draft from the straw, Efren left the 4-ball a and placed it back in his hand. couple of inches from Shannon didn’t even notice. “Go break, then,” he the bottom rail. With said.” incredible precision, John did but to no avail. It garnered him only a ball. Shannon crossed it Shannon showed the same form of the opening the length of the table rack. Needing only one ball, he finally sank that elusive towards the opposite championship orb. They shared a congratulatory hug. corner pocket. It’e easy to tell that these guys will be competitors As it passed the and friends, in and out of the arena, for life. Today, side, there was now they knew that it was just Shannon’s turn. doubt that it would run true. Daulton strode, with outstretched hand, toward Reyes as the ball dropped in behind him. When The Cannon sank that last ball the exultation was written all over his face. He was ecstatic. Results page 30 So, were the hometown fans in the standing room only arena. “I’ve been beaten so many times by Efren, including last year in the One-Pocket Finals,” coincidently, the only division Shannon hasn’t won. “I really prepared for this. I’ve been going to sleep anywhere from 9-11, every night. “I’m now 42 years old. You can either win upstairs, in action, or downstairs here on the TV table. In the TV table, you win forever.” No need for rest, he faced long time friend and fellow Southerner John Brumback. They grew up banging balls around together. Both have many DCC John Brumback

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Shane Van Boening and Jason Klatt opened Sunday’s action on the Accu-Stats TV table at noon. Jason had been playing a 10 am, One-Pocket match while Shane waited, warming up BIG Foot. There’s nothing like it to work out the body’s early morning cobwebs. Shane’s work ethic is, without a doubt, a major contribution to his success. At every opportunity, he’s practicing on BIG Foot. When everyone else is doing whatever, last thing at night, he’s in the Accu-Stats Arena running balls. “I actually practice more at tournaments than I do when I am at home,” he confessed. Jason, a little late to the table as Shane was in fine fettle, took time to adjust and clambered to a very admirable 8 before Shane dropped the hammer. It was then John Morra and Alex Pagulayan stepped into the ring. John, like many, just couldn’t get BIG Foot’s tight jaws to devour any balls on the break. Alex is more familiar with massive expanses of Simonis as he had spent a lot of last year on the UK snooker circuit. His, seemingly, miniature body stretched across the slate, capitalized on every offer John presented. Morra wasn’t allowed to regroup as he did so elegantly, yesterday, against Bustamante. He had to settle for 7 before Alex slammed the door. 22 year old, Manila native, Jeff Ignacio can play. In fact, last year, Efren commented that Jeff was then the best player in the Phillipines. Yet, sometimes, he missed the simplest of balls. “I am very quick, maybe too quick; Fast decision, fast release,” he stated. “I have to learn to control my impulses.” 10-Ball is the Filipino game of choice. After easily dismissing a struggling Orcollo, Jeff said that, when they match-up in the Phillipines, he usually gets the 9. “Yeah, but

that was about 4 years ago,” countered Orcollo. He didn’t need the 9 today. “I couldn’t see clearly,” Dennis defended after his defeat at 6, “I had only managed 4 hours sleep.” (We’ll blame it on the Jet lag). Mika and Lee Vann closed out the evening session with Mika, up 5-2, getting sharked by a raised water bottle in his line of sight to a straight-in 5-ball. Lee Vann jumped to the table and soon had overtaken Mika. Mika’s demons were alive and well and the audience was aware of his distress. Enter goodbuddy Rodney Morris. Rodney sat behind Mika’s chair consoling while motivating him,” “Shake it off, shake it off. You’ll get your chance.” When that chance arose and Mika was back on the scoreboard, “Now, take a time out,” insisted Rodney. Mika new that he was right. Ten minutes later Mika’s maturity as an athlete was apparent. He approached the game composed and courageous. The BIG Foot battled ensued until Corteza was on the hill and Mika had fought to 9, Then, up jumped the devil. Remember we’re on BIG Foot now. The slightest overhit can have devastating results. In Mika’s safety attempt to tie up the cue ball, a millimeter made all the difference and Lee Vann was left a peek at the cash. He took it straight to the bank. And then there were four: Shane versus 3 Filipinos. Surprised?

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In Semi’s #1, Corteza faced the fearless Ignacio. Jeff started well and was ahead 3-1. Then his break stopped working, “And, I had 4 scratches,” he commiserated. With an 11-7 win, Lee Vann observed, “It seems I’m always coming from behind, Then, he gave me so many opportunities…and I took them,” he smiled wryly. Semi’s #2: Shane’s discipline of practice showed up and his ball pocketing, table speed, position play, were near flawless. Then you add, never mind the power, the precision of his break. When he completes his follow thru, his forefinger is circling the butt 6 inches behind the joint. Previously, Alex was executing like he had found his pool form that eluded him on his return from the snooker circuit. Unfortunately, today, against Shane, he didn’t get a chance to use it. Shane was on fire. Alex, always a gentleman, had to applaud him. And, when Alex did get to break, twice his cue ball found the pocket. He managed only 2 games before Shane had ensured his berth, again, in the finals. Mosconi Cup, Team America captain and Accu-Stats commentator Mark Wilson reported that, “Shane displayed one of the most inspiring 10-Ball performances that he had ever witnessed.” Shane had shot an Accu-Stats’ Total Performance Average(TPA) of 957–on BIG Foot! If you missed the Pay-per -View, no worries, you can catch it, soon, on the DVD. The Finals: it seemed that Corteza was boggled by Van Boening’s power and ability and smothering of Alex. Shane was as comfortable on BIG Foot as he had ever been on any table. He showed no weakness; no sign of stress or nervousness. Lee Vann had slivers of opportunity that he could not quite capture. With Shane on the hill while he, too, had mustered only 2, he missed ball that he would have made in his sleep. Shane had shot him into submission. By allowing only 4 games against him in the semi’s and finals, is there a contender on the planet who can contain Shane?

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From azbilliards.com Photos by: Ricky Bryant - RBProductions On Thursday, January the 29th, 2015, Alex Pagulayan put together the most spectacular OnePocket performance ever captured on tape. If that were't enough, he made history as he became the first Triple Crown, "Grand Slam" career winner in all three DCC divisions. He had previously won the 9-Ball and the Bank Pool events. Today, he closed the deal with the One-Pocket title. There was more history: He won 13 consecutive games without a loss. Included in that little package were four consecutive 8-and-outs followed by a 10-and-out. The Accu-Stats arena was brimming with the pool-world's most educated audience. These spectators know their one-pocket. They'll be boasting to their grandchildren about their presence at this one. It wasn't just about his performance; his skill, his execution, his heart. It was also about his charisma, his sportsmanship–his ability to capture the audience's attention…and their hearts. In his match with Efren, both had one loss. Reyes had the honor of the first break in the race to 3 to see who would stay and who would go. They parried back and forth and Efren sent the cue ball safe (so he thought) to the top of the table.

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Alex spied a possible combo in the stack… Craaack, as it smacked in the back of his pocket; He ran 8-andout. 1-0. Alex broke. Efren ran 5 and left, what would have been his 6th consecutive ball, sitting in the jaws of his pocket. Alex, aggressive as ever, ignored Efren's dangling orb and went straight for the jugular. He banked his first ball straight back…and ran 8-and-out: 2-0. Efren broke…and scratched! Alex ran 8-and-out. Efren shrugged, smiled, and warmly shook the young protege's hand: Eventually, the student becomes the master. Against Justin Hall, Pagulayan's unsurpassed prowess recurred as, at the first opportunity to attack, his 8-and-out hot streak continued. 1-0. In game two, he took a couple of intentional fouls, got his opening…and, mercilessly, ran 10-andout! 2-0. Game three: Spectator's expectations ran high. After running 4, Alex's cue ball position was about a millimeter off which allowed Hall an open table. Justin got two and, under normal circumstances,

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he would have cleared the table one-handed. He fell afoul of his nerves and drilled a medium distance ball straight into the rail. Alex ran his additional 4 balls to await the undefeated Mike Dechaine. If Alex lost, it was over. To win, Alex had to beat Mike twice. Mike ran 5: Alex, relentless, ran 8-and-out. Soon, another 3-0 win. They took a break and Mike visited Diamond's buy-back booth. The second Finals had a lot more one pocket strategy including dispatching balls up-table to increase the difficulty of running out. It was all to no avail and, to his credit, Mike did win the second game in that set. That was as far as he got. It was all Alex: 3-1

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‘Outlaws’ win McAlester 8-Ball League

After 18 weeks of league play, the “Outlaws” were named McAlester league team Champions. The “Outlaws” team members include Ron Taylor, Butch Fields, Mel Taylor, Fred Legg, Pete Manschreck and substitutes Cliff Peppers and Keith Ouellette. The “Outlaws” played a total of 450 games throughout the season and won a total of 309 games. The team was honored at a league banquet in January 2015 and won $685 and the Championship title. Ron Taylor was named team MVP. Back Alley Billiards team the “Bull Shooters” finished the league in second place. “Bull Shooters team members are Lee Riddle, Tim Bocher, Floyd Maxey, Louis Watson, Marlan Isbell, Ralph Cox and substitute Larry Davenport. The “Bull Shooters” won 291 games out of the 450 games played during the season. They were awarded $639 for their 2nd-place finish. Floyd Maxey was named team MVP. Team “Hodge Podge” finished the league in third place. Hodge Podge team members include Jim Wills, John McLaughlin, Jason Routledge, George Trevino, Jimmy Cooper and substitute J.T. McCurtain. “Hodge Podge” won 273 games out of the 450 games played throughout the season. They were awarded $605 for their 3rdplace finish and Jim Wills was named team MVP. Ron Taylor, from the “Outlaws,” was named MVP of the entire league. Ron won 68 of the 90 games he played throughout the season and finished the league with a 76% win percentage. During the season, Ron had three undefeated matches and three break and runs. Rachel Petersen, owner of Back Alley Billiards and team member of “Corner Pocket,” received the runner-up award for league MVP. Rachel won 60 of the 80 games she played throughout the season. She had 6 undefeated matches during the season and had one errorless run-out. Marlan Isbell, also owner of Back Alley Billiards, team member of the “Bull Shooters,” finished the league with the highest winning percentage at 80%. He won 36 of the 45 games he played during the season. Marlan had one undefeated match, 3 break and runs and 1 errorless run-out. Other players who finished with high winning percentages were Louis Watson (72%), Butch Fields (71%) and Jim Wills (70%). Other players honored as their team MVPs during the banquet were Jimmy Skipper, Troy Franks, Kevin Boring, Jimmy Potter and Glenn Morris. Back Alley Billiards host numerous leagues and tournaments. Call the pool hall at 918-916-CUES (2837) for more information about joining the leagues.

Ron Taylor, left, is named League MVP of the McAlester city 8-Ball league. He finished the league with a 76 winning percentage. Rachel Petersen, right, was named runner-up for League MVP. She finished with a 75 winning percentage.

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The “Outlaws” are named Champions of the McAlester city 8-Ball league after 18 weeks of league play. Pictured from left are team members Mel Taylor, Ron Taylor, Fred Legg, Pete Manschreck and Burch Fields. Not pictured are team subs Cliff Pepper and Keith Ouellette.

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Back Alley Billiards team the “Bull Shooters” finished in second place in the McAlester city 8-Ball league. Pictured from left are team members Tim Bocher, Louis Watson, Floyd Maxey, Marlan Isbell and Lee Riddle. Not pictured is team member Ralph Cox.

“Hodge Podge” finish in third place in the McAlester city 8-Ball league. Pictured from left are team members Jimmy Cooper, Jim Wills, John McLaughlin, George Trevino and Jason Routledge. Not pictured is substitute J.T. McCurtain.

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Justin Hall from: AZBilliards.com Skyler Woodward, Francisco Bustamante, John Morra, Justin Hall, Shannon Daulton and Billy Thorpe entered the jam-packed Accu-Stats Arena. Each posted $1500 for the privilege. Hall, after a good day’s sleep was rejuvenated and putting off-angle 3-railers in to the heart of the pocket. Billy Thorpe was the first to go bankrupt, followed by Woodward, Bustamante and, then, Daulton. John Morra was the last contender in the winner take all confrontation. The opening game of $50 a ball soon accumulated to a heart pounding $1,000 a ball. It could easily have gone either way as John and Justin traded banks. Hall was back in form, splitting the jaws with off-angle 3 and 4 railers. John, unintimidated, held court until, 4 hours later, an exhausted, Hall prevailed to pocket the $9,000.

MASTER OF THE TABLE Alex Pagulayan

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One Pocket Hall of Fame The 2015 Inductee to the One Pocket Hall of Fame was Greg Sullivan. He was recognized for the “Lifetime Achievement” Pool In Action Award.

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George Fels Memorial 14.1 Challenge By Philip Capelle - http://billiardspress.com

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Ruslan Chinakhov

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On Saturday, January 31, Russia’s Ruslan Chinakhov parlayed his supersmooth stroke and a deep knowledge of straight pool into an impressive win over Scotland’s Jayson Shaw, who had the high run of 227 in the qualifying stage. Prior to the final, both Chinakhov and Shaw had very decisive wins versus Mika Immonen (5) and Warren Kiamco (15), respectively. Chinakhov broke and left Shaw a long shot, which he made, but suffered an unlucky scratch. After a few more innings, Chinakhov miscued with a couple of balls remaining but Shaw, possibly the victim of a roll off, missed a hanger that he had hit softly. So, the rack ended with Chinakhov leading, 10 to -1. His two-rail side pocket break shot knocked a few balls loose, and soon he was off and running. After five racks his lead had grown to 66 to -1, and he was on a run 57 when the cue ball got stuck to the pack on his break shot, and he missed a tough crossover bank, He went to his seat following his run of 58 with a 67 to -1 lead. Shaw quickly cleared the table, and the score was now Chinakhov 67 – Shaw 12. Shaw then he quickly pounded into the cue ball, missed the break shot, and Chinakhov ran 42, increasing his lead to 109-12. He missed a break shot, and Shaw managed to run 38 before missing. Chinakhov added three and missed the stack on a break shot. Shaw eventually missed a super tough break shot after Chinakhov had sent the cue ball to the head of the table, and the Russian ran 13 and out for the victory. Final score: Chinakhov 125, Shaw 50. Two Russians qualified for the single-elimination eight-man tournament, and one of them won it, showing that the game appeals to players in many foreign lands now – and it is far from dead in America. See more at: http://www.nycgrind.com/the-latest/ruslan-Chinakhovruns-top-george-fels-memorial-14-1-challenge/#sthash.NUsjgGRL.dpuf

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WARREN KIAMCO

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9-Ball Division - The Final Match

By Philip Capelle - http://billiardspress.com Warren Kiamco 9 - Alex Pagulayan 7 As they prepared to square off for the finals, Warren Kiamco had not lost a match, but Alex Pagulayan had. This meant that If Kiamco won, he would be the 9-Ball champion. If Pagulayan won, they would play another race to 9 for the title. In the first match Kiamco led at one point, 4-3, then Pagulayan lowered the boom with a string of 6 straight wins to close out the match with a score of 9-4. A key moment came in the ninth game when Kiamco left Pagulayan with a long, but very makeable draw/billiard on the 9-ball, which was near the pocket and the end rail. The Lion made it, and then closed out the set with three break and runs. All tournament long Pagulayan had been in terrific form, including one of the best displays of runout 1-Pocket ever in his last four matches, which he won by a combined score of 12-1 for the title. And, after his explosion at the end of the first final match, it would have been perfectly understandable if Kiamco had folded like the proverbial cheap tent in the final finals. But he did not, and therein lies the story of the amazing revival of this grizzled

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veteran, who was looking for his first Derby City crown, and arguably the biggest title of his career. On to the match. In game 1 Pagulayan broke but did not make a ball, and then sat in his chair and watched Kiamco run out the rack, and break and run the next two to race out to a 3-0 lead. MC Ken Shuman’s introduction for Pagulayan includes “He’s the smallest man, but with the biggest heart.” It would be hard to argue with him as you don’t become Master of the Table, which he did, without having a big one. So, it came as no surprise that Pagulayan began a comeback that commenced with a gamewinning crossover bank followed by a break and run. 3-2, Kiamco. Undeterred, Kiamco ran out in game 6 after Pagulayan missed a 3-9 billiard, then broke and ran two more racks to take a 6-2 lead. In game 9, Pagulayan tried a difficult shot from long range that required a thin hit, missed the ball entirely, and Kiamco took ball in hand and ran the final six balls to assume a commanding lead of 7-2. In game 10 Kiamco scratched while playing a safety, and Pagulayan ran out. The score: Kiamco 7, Pagulayan 3. At this point, the excitement level jumped several notches. In game 11 Kiamco played a kick shot, sold out and, with three balls on the table, it looked like Pagulayan would surely close the gap to 7-4. But he did that funny move with his right shoulder that he so often does, and perhaps it was the reason for his untimely miscue. In any event, Kiamco took ball in hand and ran the remaining three balls to reach the hill with a lead of 8-3. Surely the title was now a mere formality for Kiamco, and it looked that way as he began to work his way through a very runnable rack. But then a very strange thing happened – he overran position on the 3-ball (I think), and left the cue ball on the rail. He faced a thin cut, and the cue ball was going to go right at the side pocket, or barely miss it. My guess is that Kiamco knew it was probably a dead scratch, but he would not know for sure unless he played it – after all, he might have been wrong! But the cue ball went straight in the side, and Pagulayan took ball in hand and ran the final five to close the gap to 8-4. The tension mounted as the crowd, which was obviously pulling for him, began to scream for the Lion to stage a comeback. And he did with a runout in the next game following a safety. Then came a 9-ball on the break and a break and run, closing the gap to a single game at 8-7. Pagulayan missed position in the next game when his inside english route failed to close the angle off the rail enough, forcing him to play a kick shot. He responded with a superb kick/hook safety. Kiamco played one of his own, so Pagulayan had to play a lengthy kick up and down the middle of the table – and though he hit the ball, he left Kiamco with a potential tournament winning seven ball runout. Maybe the pressure finally got to Kiamco, because he misplayed a couple position routes and ended up with a very missable combo which required that he use the bridge. (See the video). But he steadied himself, deftly guided the 9-ball into the pocket and collapsed, like a marathon runner might, on the table in a huge display of relief – his march to victory complete. The score line: KKK PP KKKK P K PPPP K Accu-Stats TPA Results page 30 Warren Kiamco - .894 Alex Pagulayan - .864

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AZBilliards has chosen Shane Van Boening and Ga Young Kim as the Players of the Year for 2014. Readers should note that AZB tracks players through all events, nationally and internationally, and does not choose based on participation in US events alone. This year it really would not matter what criteria you used. Shane and Ga Young were simply unsurpassed at winning pool. Ladies first, so let’s review the year that Ga Young Kim gave us. This year was easier to rate than most as all of our players under consideration played in at least five of the same events and all are at the top of the WPA rankings. There were six players to consider, all of whom had years of which they can be proud. Siming Chen is the WPA #1 ranked player and was our most consistent player. She took 2nd at the World 9-Ball Championship and then had 3rd-place podium finishes at the China Open, the Amway World Openand the WPBA Masters. But she could not find a single major victory this year and as a result her payouts were on the slim side. Sha Sha Liu also had an admirable year by winning the World 9-Ball title and coming in third on the WPA points list. She also took third at the China Open. Han Yu had a single star in her sky as she won the China Open this year. An honorable mention must also go to her fifth place finish at the Women’s World 9-Ball. A similar year was on tap for Chou Chieh Yuwho celebrated winning the Amway Cup but then managed top ten but not podium results in the Worlds and the China Open. Finally, our hearts wanted to give Kelly Fisher the award this year as she had a great year while also undergoing heart surgery. Her International Tournament of Champions win was unexpected, but POY awards are based on stats and those fall heavily into Ga Young’s camp. In same event competition, Ga Young came out ahead in the China Open, the 9-Ball Worlds and the WPBA Masters while Kelly Fisher only bested her once at the Amway Cup. Ga Young Kim stayed close to the podium all year. She won the WPBA Masters and helped knock Kelly Fisher out of the running for POY by beating her in the sudden-death finals. Of interest, Siming Chen came in third at this event. Kim took second at the China Open and third at the World 9-Ball Championship. She also did well at two events that do not qualify for inclusion in POY rankings as she won the Women’s International Pool Championship and took 3rd at the Women’s Tournament of Champions.

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So our hearty congratulations to Ga Young Kim. For the men no one came close to Shane Van Boening. For one thing, Van Boening plays in more events than most anyone else. In 52 weeks he came in the top ten in over 30 events. And he won twelve of them. TWELVE! It was a breakthrough year for him, something that is hard for a veteran to do. But Van Boening had two heart-stopping moments in 2014. First, he won his first major International event by taking down the World Pool Masters. Then he took his third consecutive U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, a feat that no one else has ever accomplished. One more U.S. Open and he will tie Earl Strickland with five of those puppies. Van Boening was favored to win at any event where he unfurled his cue. In addition to the above he won: • The Derby City Classic Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge • The Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division • The $10,000 challenge match with Nick Ekonomopoulos (Not counted for POY honors.) • The Players Championship at Super Billiards Expo • The Andy Mercer Memorial • The United States Barbox 9-Ball • The Untied States Barbox 10-Ball • The Carom Room Classic (Not counted for POY honors.) • The United States Barbox Open Bonus (Not counted for POY honors.) And many smaller events that we do not include here as we do not have their entire results. By our records Van Boening earned over $188,000 in 2014 and that puts him over $50,000 ahead of his nearest competitor, Darren Appleton. 2014 was no doubt the Year of Van Boening. Were there any disappointments? Of course, there always are and Van Boening ended the year with a performance at the Mosconi Cup that we are certain he would like to forget. But that is an event in a league of its own. When Van Boening shows up in a normal tournament room the odds all shift in his favor. He is an absolute lock for the Hall of Fame and we only wonder if he can beat his own records in 2015. AZBilliards is proud to award the Player of the Year title for 2014 to Shane Van Boening.

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Wisconsin

Junior State 9-Ball Champions Crowned

Story & Photos provided by Ben Zeman, Wisc. Artistic Pool Players Assoc. (WAPPA)

January 19, 2015 (Denver, CO): It was a great day for youth billiards in the state of Wisconsin as Jacoby Custom Cues played host to the 2015 Junior State 9-Ball Championships January 18th in Nekoosa WI. 33 young players ranging from the age of 5 to 18 participated in the festivities. The format was BCA 9-Ball for the 10-14 and the 15-18 age divisions. The 9 and under kids played a game called Spider Ball Seven which is a game where the balls numbered 1 through 6 are hung about six inches out of each pocket and the seven ball is placed on the spot. The players run the table in order just like in 9 Ball, and ball in hand rules apply. A special announcement was made by Tournament Director Ben Zeman at the players meeting right before the competition started. He announced that in order to help youth billiards grow in the state, the Wisconsin Artistic Pool Player Association (WAPPA) and Jacoby Custom Cues will be sponsoring the WAPPA Junior 9-Ball League. This Junior League has six locations in the state that will be hosts for seven weeks. After week Seven each players statistics will be reviewed and they will be ranked Statewide through the WAPPA. If all goes well there will be a spring and a fall season‌.And of course more BEF qualifier and State Championships. A special thank you goes out to Dave and Brandon Jacoby of Jacoby Custom Cues, Samm Vidal Claramunt from the BEF, Shmelke Cues, Crown Billiard Supply, Shifty Bridge, TV Mike, CT Photography, Shoot To Thrill Photography, KK Billiards, Southgate Billiards, Claws Billiards, Roberts and Associates Physical Therapy, River City Estates Assisted Living, D&S Auto, Dawns Dollar Deals and Tournament Director Ben Zeman from the Wisconsin Artistic Pool Player Association. Without ALL of your support the 2015 Junior 9-Ball State Championship wouldn’t have been as amazing as it turned out to be. The BEF is grateful for the continued support of its premier sponsors for helping to make the Junior State Championships (JSC) program possible: Simonis Cloth and Aramith. Thanks in part to GameTablesOnline.com and all the JSC hosts and organizers. For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here: http://billiardeducation.org/events/

15-18 Division

1st Place Austin Hill Trophy & Prizes Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Natls $150 Academic Scholarship 2nd Place Xzaviar Aune Trophy & Prizes 3rd Place JD Prestgard Trophy & Prizes Top Finishing Girl Makenzie Brost Trophy & Prizes

10-14 Division 9 & Under Division 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place

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Li Goes Undefeated Jia Li, who entered the WPBA’s Regional Tour Championship on the weekend of January 8-11, having won three stops on the 2014 J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour, went undefeated through the event’s field of 64 to claim the WPBA’s 2015 Regional Tour Championship title. Her opponent in the finals of the RTC, Betty Lea from Atlanta, GA was a single event winner and Leader of the Year from the 2014 Sport 9 Ladies Tour. Together, they had survived two round robin stages of the RTC; Li, going undefeated through 10 matches in two stages, while Lea won seven of her 10 matches. The two advanced into a 16-player single elimination phase, which culminated when they faced each other, early Sunday evening. Li added four victories to her undefeated list to take the final match over Lea. In all, 64 players, representing 14 regional women’s tours gathered at Breakers Sky Bar Lounge in Herndon, VA to compete for the 2015 Regional Tour Champion title. It was the first combined RTC since 2008. Half of the entrants shared over $11,000 in prize money, including Li’s first place prize of $2,500 and Lea’s $1,400 as runner up. In Stage One of the event, which divided the 64 entrants into eight groups and began on Thursday, January 8, Jia Li, Bernie Store, and Gail Eaton were the only competitors to emerge from the seven-match phase, undefeated. April Larson, Dawn Fox, Belinda Calhoun, Rebecca Wagner, Linda Shea, Nicole Albergaria, and Natalie Mans had each given up one match in the phase. They, along with 22 others, entered a Stage Two, three-match round robin phase, which featured eight groups of four players. The top two from each of the eight groups in Stage Two

advanced to the 16-player, single elimination and final phase of the tournament. Stage Two featured five undefeated performances (Li, Lea, Shea, Wagner and Meredith Lynch), while Samantha Barrett, Belinda Calhoun, Michele West, Suzanne Smith, Gail Eaton, Kawania Watson, Tara Williams, Kim Benson, Nicole Albergaria, and Jennifer Kraber won two out of three of their matches in the phase. Kelly Jones, who won just a single match of her three in the phase was also advanced to the final 16. Emerging from the opening round of the single elimination phase (and combined with their second round opponent) were Watson and Lea, Smith and Albergaria, Benson and Li, and Shea and Williams. Lea advanced to the semifinals with a 7-3 win over Watson. Albergaria downed Smith 7-2. Li was tested, but survived a double hill battle against Benson, while Shea advanced with a 7-5 win over Williams. Lea defeated Albergaria 7-5, as two of the JPNEWT representatives - Li and Shea squared off in the other semifinal. The two had met three times in the finals on the JPNEWT tour, with Li winning all three. She defeated Shea in this match, as well; 7-4, to advance to the finals against Lea. Li got out in front in the single race-to-9 final and stayed there. She completed her undefeated run with a 9-4 win over Lea and claimed the 2015 Regional Tour Championship title. 1 $2,500 2 $1,400 3 $750 5 $500 9 $250

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played on 7-foot and 9-foot tables Series of 5-player ring games with groups at similar rating. Players begin with fixed number of chips and are eliminated when chips are gone. Values of pointballs accelerate. Winner take all within a group. Simple fun format: no need for any knowledge of ring games $40 entry fee

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Cristina Watson FULL NAME: Cristina Watson NICKNAME: Tina HOME TOWN: Franklin,IN BIRTH DATE: 8/21/1995 GRADE: 10th GPA: 3.5 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Lags Billiards Columbus,In Brickyard Billiards Indianapolis, In WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Predator playing cue Players Break cue (Got from Jr Nationals) Viking Jump Cue (Got from Jr Nationals) AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 6 years old LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: Won Indiana BCA State Adult /Youth Once. Won Indiana BCA State Adult/Teen Twice Finished 5th at Jr Nationals 2012 OTHER NOTABLE AWARDS: For Good Grades

MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Playing adult/teen with Randy and making a shot kicking at it leaving him to make the 8 ball. Everyone was astonished and couldn’t believe I made it. SPONSOR(S): Lags Billiards Columbus,In FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Country HOBBIES: Pool and gymnastics FAVORITE POOL GAME: 8- ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: The Black Widow FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza FICTIONAL HERO: Batman REAL-WORLD HERO: Parents FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Being dressed up the same as my sister and everyone confusing us as twins GOALS (personal and/or career): to go to college and become a vet Anything else you’d like people to know about you? I’m a nice person and really outgoing.

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2015 Results NINE BALL

ENTRIES 310

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

Kiamco, Warren Pagulayan, Alex Sossei, Jeremy Lely, Alex Orcullo, Dennis Klatt, Jason Majid, Imram Woodward, Skyler Teutscher, Marco Brumback, John Frost, Scott Reyes, Efren VanBoening, Shane Abernathy, Jeff Bergman, Justin Biado, Carlo Bustamante, Francisco Chinakhov, Ruslan D’Alfonso, Tom Durbin, Eric Immonen, Mika Morris, Rodney Murphy, Shannon Shuff, Brandon Corteza, LeeVan Hollingsworth, Ryan Nevel, Larry Van den Berg, Nick Roberts, Josh Styer, Tyler Gabriel, John Dudanets, Maksim Olinger, Alex Pinegar, Johnathon Calderon, Yerry Culhane, Ed Bustamante, Joven Dupuis, Joseph Faraon, Raymund Geronimo, Rodrigo Hallett, Brandon Runnigen, Beau Chuberko, Kelii Vinokur, Yaroslav Davis, Mike Vidal, Marc Wheeler, Adam Brekke, Brian Juva, Markus

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$16,000.00 $8,000.00 $4,750.00 $3,150.00 $3,150.00 $2,100.00 $2,100.00 $2,100.00 $1,250.00 $1,250.00 $1,250.00 $1,250.00 $1,250.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00

ONE POCKET

ENTRIES 350

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Pagulayan, Alex Dechaine, Mike Hall, Justin Bustamante, Francisco Reyes, Efren Jones, Jeremy Joyner, Cliff Roberts, Josh Shuff, Brandon Brumback, John Daulton, Shannon Olson, Danny Oneal, Joshua Pettipiece, Bernie Pinegar, Johnathon Richeson, Richie Cohan, Stephan Dupuis, Joseph Murphy, Shannon Morra, John Nevel, Larry Woodward, Skyler Bartram, Christopher Brisbon, Kenneth Chance, Jason Chinakhov, Ruslan Compton, Chip Frost, Scott Hoa, Tang Jordan, Jeff Krenzel, Dave Lely, Alex Miller, Jason Orcullo, Dennis Smith, Danny Stepanov, Konstantin Van den Berg, Nick VanBoening, Shane Wheeler, Adam Wiseman, Ronnie

$12,000.00 $6,000.00 $4,000.00 $2,600.00 $2,600.00 $1,450.00 $1,450.00 $1,450.00 $1,450.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $600.00 $600.00 $600.00 $600.00 $600.00 $600.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00

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ENTRIES 411

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Daulton, Shannon Brumback, John Reyes, Efren Groce, Brian Hall, Justin Hunter, Bobby Adkins, Dee Bustamante, Francisco Bergman, Justin Conkright, Kaelin Frost, Scott Shuff, Brandon Behrman, Brady Dechaine, Mike Heath, Tim Kijlstra, Jelle Lewis, Josh Murphy, Shannon Nall, Tiger Pagulayan, Alex Clark, Matt Back, TJ Eck, Mike Farrell, Jamie Jackson, Brent Jarvis, Mark Krenzel, Dave Morra, John Orcullo, Dennis Wheeler, Adam

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MASTER OF THE TABLE Pagulayan, Alex

$20,000.00

BANK RING GAME

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Hall, Justin Morra, John

$6,000 $3,000

BIGFOOT 10 BALL CHALLENGE 1 2 3 4

VanBoening, Shane Corteza, LeeVan Pagulayan, Alex Ignacio, Jefferey

$16,000.00 $8,000.00 $4,000.00 $4,000.00

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$4,000.00 $2,500.00 $1,300.00 $1,300.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $500.00

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American Rotation Championship Series 5

American Rotation Championship Series 5 was held at the Derby City Classic on January 22nd thru the 24th, 2015. 16 players qualified but only 15 were able to make the trip. We had 12 players representing the United States, 2 players representing Canada, and 1 player from the land of Rotation, the Philippines. Once again, all qualified players were in the money even before they hit a ball. This Self Sustaining format has players earning their way to the national events rather than buying their way in. Each billiard club has 10 local players that compete over a 10 week period which ends by sending one of their players to a two day national event with free entry and an additional $800 in expense money. The American Billiard JODY MCLAUGHLIN, MIKE DECHAINE Club’s American Rotation Series seems to be Brandon Shuff- First Break, Sterling VA: 3-1 (+165) picking up speed, traction and well earned attention Gerry Williams- Tailgators, Ottowa Canada: 2-2 (-1) from players, fans and club owners. It is definitely tough Jay Wideman- Port City Billiard, Brunswick GA: 1-3 (-111) to ignore this format in which there are no losers, and Danny Petro- Lags Billiards, Columbus IN: 1-3 (-125) the players are finally uniting for themselves and their The top 8 players were seeded based on their sport. independent records into the single elimination bracket Diamond Billiard Products not only welcomed on day 2 of the championships. the Championship and the additional players but they Below was our match ups: allowed us to use their tables, one day prior to the #1 Mike Dechaine vs # 8 Gerry Williams = Mike actual start date of the Derby City events. This helped Advanced to ensure that none of our players would miss out on #4 Edgie Geronimo vs #5 Tom Zippler = Edgie playing in their 9 Ball Banks event, and would allow us Advanced to have minimal conflicting match schedules. #3 Brandon Shuff vs #6 Amos Bush = Brandon Our Championship event began with a 15 player Advanced draw into three separate round robin groups, 5 players #2 Jody McLaughlin vs #7 Roger Miller = Jody in each. They would all play 4 matches racing to 120 Advanced points. Each match in this round robin would be played Semi Final Matches: out in its entirety on day one. The top 2 players from Mike Dechaines vs Edgie Geronimo = Mike Advanced each group and the two best 3rd place records would Jody McLaughlin vs Brandon Shuff = Jody Advanced move on to the 8 player single elimination finals on This brought us one of our personal dream finals, day two. Group 2 attracted much of the iron with 3 of the touring professional vs the full time working/family the top 4 favorites; Joe Dupuis our first ever American man. This is what the American Billiard Club is all Rotation Champion, 2 time and defending Champion about, helping professional cover yearly travel expenses Mike Dechaine, and new comer Filipino sensation and keeping passionate high level players with families Edgie Geronimo. Below are the Groups and their results involved in our sport. (wins, losses, ball count). The Finals: Jody McLaughlin: 43 yrs young, Group 1 married, 4 children and working 60+ hours per week Jody McLaughlin- Big Dog Billiards, DesMoines IA: VS the #2 U.S. ranked professional player, young gun 4-0 (+100) and two time defending American Rotation Champion Tom Zippler- Magic 8 Cue Club, Baltimore MD: 3-1 Mike Dechaine. (+74) Mike wins the lag in this race to 140 points and Roger Miller- Dooley’s, Ottawa Canada: 2-2 (+41) turns up the heat right away by opening with a perfect Randy Hatten- Press Box, Charlotte NC: 1-3 (-71) 20 point break and run. Mike McPherson- Gate City Billiards, Greensboro NC: Rack 1 = 20-0 Mike 0-4 (-144) R2 = 24-16 Mike Group 2 R3= 40-20 Mike Mike Dechaine- Snookers, Providence RI: 4-0 (+221) R4= Mike is picking up the pace with a 24 pint lead 52Edgie Geronimo- Hard Times, Bellflower CA: 3-1 28 R5= 60-40 Mike, but Jody is holding on R6= Jody (+147) is reeling in the points 62-58 Mike Joe Dupuis- Stix and Stones, Abbington MA: 2-52 (-87) R7= 73-67 JODY, Jody takes the lead and applies Robert Hall- Bumpers Billiards, Huntsville AL: 1-3 unexpected heat. (-112) R8= 80-80 baby. Ryan Lineham- Bo’s Billiards, Warwick RI: 0-4 (-173) R9= 91-89 Mike takes the lead but its now Jody’s break Group 3 R10= 4 innings of kick safes on the 5 ball with Jody Amos Bush- Billiard Den, Dallas TX: 3-1 (+72) eventually getting the first shot and clears the rack and

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re takes the lead 105-95 Jody R11= Mike’s break and he shows some serious heart by coming with another perfect break and run to take the lead 115-105 Mike. R12= Jody makes 2 balls on the break and starts a nice run but as he attempted to draw across a position zone, he came up short and was now hooked by the 13 ball at a score of score 115-110. Jody had a side of the 5 to hit and played a nice safety but the cue ball coming from a very steep angle off the end rail found the side pocket! Mike then clears the table right up until the 12 ball, when he shocked everyone by missing a routine shot that allowed Jody to pick up 8 huge points pulling the score to a very tight 122-118 in favor of Mike. R13= Mike’s break needing 18 points to win his 3rd consecutive title. He makes 2 balls on the break, a solid and a stripe and scratches. The room of spectators believe 3 points are awarded to Jody which means Mike cannot close out the match with just 17 points remaining on the table. The stripe ball turns out to be the 9 ball, which is a one point ball, so there is still 18 points available on the table. If Jody gets at least one more point in this rack, he’ll have a chance to break and run the next rack for the title. Amazingly this was the same situation Mike was in at his last ARCS finals against Jerry Calderone in Las Vegas, with Mike needing to make a combination with 2 striped balls. In Vegas, Mike made the combo but had to play safe after it which gave Jerry one last shot. Here in this match, Mike drills the combo pocketing the 15 and the 13 ball slid right past the cue ball giving him the shot and with these 2 last balls made, Mike wins his 3rd Consecutive American Rotation Title with yet another perfect break and run,140-120 Mike Dechaine. The Question now becomes, who and when will someone defeat this worthy Champion? Will it be another average Joe or our next touring pro? The payouts for American Rotation Champions Series 5: 1st Mike Dechaine $2400 + $800 = $3200. 2nd Jody McLaughlin $1500 + $800 = $2300. 3rd/4th Brandon Shuff $750 +$800 = $1550. 3rd/4th Edgie Geronimo $750 + $800 = $1550. 5th-8th Tom Zippler $400 + $800 = $1200. 5th-8th Amos Bush $400 + $800 = $1200. 5th-8th Roger Miller $400 + $800 = $1200. 5th-8th Gerry Williams $400 + $800 = $1200. 9th-16th Each player received $800 for expenses. Series VI begins March 9th throughout the country. If your local club is not yet on board, please take action for them and for our sport. The sooner we hit 64 clubs, the sooner we can start approaching corporate sponsors from outside the industry. It is a simple process that can be very important for our sports’ future. It takes 10 local players and at least 1 pool table, so do not hesitate to contact the American Billiard Club via their website or contact Joe Tucker directly at JTtenball@gmail.com and he will put a schedule up online for your 10 players. United, simple strong steps.

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WEEKLY TOURNAMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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Upper Midwest Bar Table Shootout $6,000 Added- Jan 16, 2015 - CR Sports Bar - Coon Rapids, MN

OPEN - 8 BALL - SINGLES MASTER DIVISION - 16 ENTRIES 1st Lee Heuwagen $1,100 / $1,400 2nd Dustin Morris $700 / $700 3rd Mike Fieldhammer $400.00 4th Tyler “TJ” Steinhaus $200.00 AA DIVISION - 40 ENTRIES 1st Pat Heffron $900.00 / $600 2nd Anthony Garcia $600.00 / $450 3rd Jeff Webber $450.00 / $300 4th Mark Weaver $300.00 / $150 5-6 Charlie Garza $150.00 Austen Warner $150.00 7-8 Craig Jesinoski $100.00 Bob Williams $100.00 9-12 Doug Hoernemann $70.00 Roger Johnson $70.00 Brad Vollmers $70.00 Ryan Wenger $70.00 A DIVISION - 70 ENTRIES 1st Ron T. Clark $700.00 2nd Adam Jaros $700.00 3rd Abdulaziz “Aziz” Altawaijri $400.00 4th Josh Coyle $250.00 5-6 Justin Ihlenfeldt $150.00 Curt Johnston $150.00 7-8 Brandon Hoff $100.00 Ryan Short $100.00 9-12 Jared Anderson $80.00 Terry Henrich $80.00 Darrin Seifert $80.00 Mike Vold $80.00 13-16 Dustin Burke $60.00 Patrick Graham $60.00 Will LaPointe $60.00 Carl “Rainbow Trout” Larsen $60.00 B DIVISION - 72 ENTRIES 1st Michael J. Johnson $650.00 2nd Scott Johnson $600.00 3rd Eric Lombard $350.00 4th Dale Connor $200.00 5-6 Nate Barritt $150.00 David A. Neisen $150.00 7-8 Gordon J. Andersen $100.00 Jacob Legried $100.00 9-12 Tim Kindl $70.00 Rick Krosko $70.00 Ken Sylvester $70.00 David Vela $70.00 13-16 Paul “Cocky” Cochran $50.00 Stacy Lamers $50.00 Thomas “A.T.” Nicolosi $50.00 Michael R. Williams $50.00 C DIVISION - 42 ENTRIES 1st Pao m. Her $500.00 2nd Wayne Knobbe $350.00 3rd Will Linke $250.00 4th Chad M. Holter $150.00 5-6 Anthony “Tony” Pagel $100.00 Pong Vang $100.00 7-8 Jack Mladek $70.00 Jamie Werner $70.00 9-12 Michael Heininger $50.00 Julie Obedoza $50.00 Ron Snyder $50.00 Bob Tuma $50.00

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OPEN - 8 BALL - TEAM 1st $4,000 The Donkey Show Jared Anderson, Steve Gossel, Doug Gilles, Dan Johnson Gabe Sallander 2nd $3,000 Taking All Bets Jesse Bowman, Lee Heuwagen, Ryan Short, Tim Kendall Anthony Garcia, Brady Bowman 3rd $2,000 We are here for beer Gerald “Jay” Anderson, Travis Benway, Mike Hansen, Gary L. Ruedy, Matthew T. Thurmes 4th $1,500 bAngErz 5-6 $1,000 Black Cows Clairemont Pub 7-8 $700 Below Me

Just out of luck 9-12 $500 Duck’s Fun Squad FURITE Guns N’ EROses Straight Shooters 13-16 $400 Ducks Lucky Players Midwest Masters RAIL-RAIL-BOOM! Sandwich My Action 17-24 $300 Any Questions? Apple River SOS Bogie’s Bitches Moonschenk Nine Inch Rails Rack Mechanics Scotty Doesn’t Know Tramps Like Coach

Big Money Rocky Mountain 10 Ball Tournament

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February 27 & 28 & March 1, 2015

Calcutta 6:00 pm on Friday, play begins immediately after. All first round matches will be played Friday night. Saturday play will begin at 10:00 am.

Race to 21 (both sides) $2,000 entry fee

10- ball (Express rules) $2,000 added

6 Diamond 7’ tables

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Private lounge available to all players! $500 deposit due to Mike Baucum at Batter’s Up by Feb. 15, 2015. 2/22/2015 all deposits If field is not 12 or more players by 2/15/2015, and fees paid will be refunded. No refunds after field is established.

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Click on the MAP link online to get directions to each location DATE Jan 31-Feb 1 Feb 7 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 14 Feb 14 Feb 14 Feb 19-20 Feb 20-22 Feb 21 Feb 21 Feb 21 Feb 27-Mar1 Feb 27-Mar1 Feb 28 Feb 28 Feb 28 Feb 27 Feb 28-Mar1 Mar 6 Mar 7-8 Mar 7 Mar 7 Mar 7 Mar 7-8 Mar 14 Mar 14 Mar 14 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 21-22 Mar 28 Mar 28 Mar 28-29 Mar 28-29 Apr 4 Apr 4 Apr 11 Apr 11 Apr 16-19 Apr 16-19 Apr 16-19 Apr 16-19 Apr 16-19 Apr 17-19 Apr 18 Apr 18 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr 24 Apr 25 Apr 25 Apr 25 May 2 May 22-24 May 22-24 Jun 13 Jul 11 Aug 15 Oct 8 Oct 9-11

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CITY Des Moines, IA McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Alsip, IL McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Davenport, IA Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Houston, TX McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Salt Lake City, UT Round Rock, TX McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Davenport, IA Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA Shreveport, LA Shreveport, LA McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Houston, TX Houston, TX McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Centerville, WI McAlester, OK Houston, TX Chalmette, LA Indianapolis, IN McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA Midwest City, OK Midwest City, OK Chalmette, LA McAlester, OK Chalmette, LA McAlester, OK Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Lafayette, LA Chalmette, LA McAlester, OK Fargo, ND Fargo, ND Fargo, ND Fargo, ND Chalmette, LA McAlester, OK Houston, TX Griffith, IN Griffith, IN Houston, TX Houston, TX Houston, TX Appleton, WI Appleton, WI

LOCATION Big Dogs (see ad p7) Back Alley (see ad p11) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Red Shoes (see ad p25) Back Alley (see ad p11) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Sharky’s (see ad p30) Shooters (see ad p11) Shooters (see ad p11) Bogies West (see ad p9) Back Alley (see ad p11) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Batters Up (see ad p33) Skinny Bob’s (see ad p7) Back Alley (see ad p11) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Sharky’s (see ad p30) Big Dogs (see ad p7) Big Dogs (see ad p7) Sidepocket (see ad p36) Sidepocket (see ad p36) Back Alley (see ad p11) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Bogies West (see ad p9) Bogies West (see ad p9) Back Alley (see ad p11) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Jailhouse (see ad p16) Back Alley (see ad p11) Bogies West (see ad p9) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Brickyard (see ad p29) Back Alley (see ad p11) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Jamaica Joes (see ad p30) Jamaica Joes (see ad p30) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Back Alley (see ad p11) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Back Alley (see ad p11) Super Billiards (see ad p20) Super Billiards (see ad p20) Super Billiards (see ad p20) Super Billiards (see ad p20) Super Billiards (see ad p20) White Diamond (see ad p28) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Back Alley (see ad p11) Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) Lacy’s Cue (see ad p29) Back Alley (see ad p11) Bogies West (see ad p9) Griffith Billiards (see ad p28) Griffith Billiards (see ad p28) Bogies West (see ad p9) Bogies West (see ad p9) Bogies West (see ad p9) KK Billiards (see ad p25) KK Billiards (see ad p25)

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PHONE 515-266-6100 918-916-2837 504-682-6199 708-388-3700 918-916-2837 504-682-6199 563-359-RACK 913-780-5740 913-780-5740 832-912-4432 918-916-2837 504-682-6199 801-463-4996 512-733-1111 918-916-2837 504-682-6199 563-359-RACK 515-266-6100 515-266-6100 318-425-8112 318-425-8112 918-916-2837 504-682-6199 832-912-4432 832-912-4432 918-916-2837 504-682-6199 608-539-JAIL 918-916-2837 832-912-4432 504-682-6199 317-248-0555 918-916-2837 504-682-6199 405-736-0590 405-736-0590 504-682-6199 918-916-2837 504-682-6199 918-916-2837 609-652-6116 609-652-6116 609-652-6116 609-652-6116 609-652-6116 337-989-9889 504-682-6199 918-916-2837 701-282-4168 701-282-4168 701-282-4168 701-282-4168 504-682-6199 918-916-2837 832-912-4432 219-934-POOL 219-934-POOL 832-912-4432 832-912-4432 832-912-4432 920-830-0083 920-830-0083

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME LINK Florian Kohler Exhibition MAP 8-Ball Progressive-Race to 4 $20 $$$-Call 1PM MAP 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM MAP One Pocket $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP 8-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM MAP 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM MAP 9-Ball Love or Money $30 incl g.f. $1,000 w/64 10AM MAP One Pocket $60 $1000 8PM-Thur MAP 9-Ball $65M/$50W $4000 8PM-Fri MAP 8-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar 11:30AM MAP 8-Ball Rated for ALL players $20 $$$ 1PM MAP 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM MAP 10-Ball $2,000 $2,000 6PM MAP Texas Open 10-Ball $125 incl g.f. $4000 w/f.f. 7:30PM MAP 8-Ball 5 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM MAP 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM MAP Scotch Doubles $60/team $1,000 w/32T 10AM MAP 10-Ball $10 Call 7PM MAP No Masters 8-Ball $40 incl g.f. $1,000 10AM MAP 10-Ball Ring Game-Limit 16 $100 Call 7PM MAP 9-Ball $75 incl g.f. $2000 11AM MAP 8-Ball Progressive-The Finals Call Call 1PM MAP 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM MAP Gulf Coast Women’s Tour $25 Call 10AM MAP Lone Star Tour $35/$25 $1000 11AM MAP 9-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM MAP 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM MAP OPEN Division $25+$10 g.f. $$$ 9AM MAP 8-Ball Rated 8 & under $20 $$$ 1PM MAP 9-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar 11:30AM MAP 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM MAP Midwest Bar Table 9-Ball-limit 64 $100 $$$ 11AM MAP 8-Ball 6 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM MAP 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM MAP Open 9-Ball $50 $2000 11AM MAP Women 9-Ball $50 Call 11AM 9-Ball $40 $2,000 1PM MAP 8-Ball Progressive (#1)-Open $20 Call 1PM MAP 9-Ball C & D Players $20 $500 w/32 1PM MAP 8-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ 1PM MAP Open 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Call MAP Women 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Call MAP Seniors (50+) 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Call MAP Super Seniors (65+) 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Call MAP Juniors 9-Ball 17/12 & Under FREE Call Call MAP Super 9-Ball $40 $1000 w/f.f. 7:30PM MAP 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. $500 Guar 1PM MAP 8-Ball Rated ALL players $20 $$$ 1PM MAP Spring Shootout-Ring Game $40 Call 6:30PM MAP Spring Shootout-Open 10-Ball $90-Limit 32 $1,500 6PM MAP Spring Shootout-9-Ball $40-Limit 96 Call 6PM MAP Spring Shootout-Open 8-Ball $60-Limit 128 $2,000 Noon MAP 9-Ball $20 $500 Guar 1PM MAP 8-Ball 5 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ 1PM MAP 8-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar 11:30AM MAP 8-Ball Dream Team-48T max $500 Call Call MAP 8-Ball Singles $80 Call Call MAP 9-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar 11:30AM MAP 8-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar 11:30AM MAP 9-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar 11:30AM MAP Big Table 10-Ball $400 1st 16 Call 7PM MAP 10-Ball Cheesehead Classic $100 $12,000 Guar 4PM MAP

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