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Ga Young Kim

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Proving her pool prowess once again, Korea's Ga Young Kim offered an awesome display of cue talent, winning two straight sets against Atlanta's Monica Webb, 4-0, 4-0 to take the title in the 2013 WPBA Masters, defeating Atlanta's Monica Webb. Allison Fisher faced Ga Young Kim in today's first semi-final match. Fisher took the first set 4-3, then led 2-1 in the next set before Ga Young Kim came back to win that set 4-3, forcing a one game sudden death playoff! Ga Young Kim won the lag in the final game, then took the game, set, match after a safety battle, earning herself a spot in the finals. Atlanta's Monica Webb faced off against Karen Corr in the second semi-final match. In a complete opposite of the first semi final, Monica Webb won an unbelievable eight straight games to defeat Corr in straight sets, 4-0, 4-0. She now faces Ga Young Kim in the

ESPN3 live televise finals! For the first time in the history of the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour (celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!), the entire semi final and final matches ran LIVE on ESPN3 and will be archived there for 30 days. Fans can head to for more info and tournament brackets, or visit the link direct at http://espn. index/_/id/817665/wpbamasters. If you missed the action live, you can still view the amazing play by Ga Young Kim and Monica Webb from this event. WPBA Masters Sponsors Michigan-based AutoOwners Insurance joins WPBA Masters sponsors Diamond Billiard Products, Iwan Simonis Cloth, Aramith pro balls, Delta-13 (racks) and online gameroom supplier Pooldawg in sponsoring this historic event on the 2013 Women’s Pro Billiard Tour.

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"Iron Man" pool at it's Finest The final ball was hit after 5:00 AM Sunday morning at Red Shoes Billiards latest Bank Pool Tournament (2/16/2013). The full field attracted some of the midwest's best bank pool players. The winner's side saw Ike Runnels in the "hot seat" (no great surprise) defeating Archie Logins, Sergio Perez, Eric Hincks, John Rawski and finally Jeff Carter to claim the winners side and a "universal chop" (i.e. all semi-finalists agree to split 1st place and 2nd place money). With Ike out of the picture that left "The Beard" and John Rawski playing to determine which one of them would finish 4th an who would challenge Jeff Carter for the remaining "cash". Rawski, an associate of Billy Incardona (who was also in the room but not playing) knows the "pinch and squeeze" aspect of full rack banks as good as anybody in Chicago....anybody that is EXCEPT that Old War Horse "Freddie The Beard". The match was entering it's millionth hour of play with "Rawski" on the hill and "Freddie" needing 3 balls. Now "Freddie" who (rumor has it) laid the cornerstone of the Sphinx in 2600

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“The“The Viper” Viper” More Facebook Questions to

An Interview with Young Aspiring Player Sky Woodward

Melissa Little

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is currently the housepro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit: Read more articles by Melissa Little at

Last year, I participated in the August’ Midwest 9-Ball Tour event in Olathe, KS and early in the tournament I noticed a young player by the name of Sky Woodward practicing alone. I was so intrigued by his play, I thought I would take a chance and buy him in the second Calcutta and low and behold he won the tournament. We are now in 2013, I am proud to introduce you to Mr. Sky Woodward… The Interview: Viper: Where were you born? Sky: I was born on May 7th, 1993 in a small town population of about 25,000 called Paducah, KY Viper: Where and when did you first start playing pool? Sky: I started playing pool when I was around 10-years old and my dad introduced to the game. My dad has always been a pretty good tournament player and as long as I can remember I was always his sidekick at the pool hall and when I got old enough to hold a cue I started playing. Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards so far in your young career? Sky: My biggest accomplishment so far is when I finished 4th in this years Kentucky Derby Banks event. I also won last years Midwest 9-ball tournament in Olathe, KS beating Oklahoma’s Shane McMinn in the finals 9-4. He beat me the first set 9-6 but being a true double elimination tournament he would have had to have beaten me twice to win the title. Earlier in the tournament, Shane and I played for the hot-seat match and he had me down 8-2 and I had a good come back

and ended up winning the match 9-8. Here is a list of my other accomplishments: August 2012 won Midwest 9 ball Championship in Olathe, KS Sept 2012 TAP National Champion - Charleston, SC 2011 Pioneer National Champion 2011 - 5th JR Nationals 2010 KY State Junior Champion 2010 Atlanta Billiard Show Junior Champion 2010 Super Billiards Expo Junior Champion 2009 ACS Men’s National Championship - Las Vegas, NV 2009 Gateway/Viking Champion of Champions Viper: Did you currently have any sponsors? Sky: Yes, I am a player rep for Diveney Cues, Hustlin USA, and Viper continued page 28

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Looking for you in the Winners Circle

The Monk

Tim Miller

At the Chicago World 9 Ball Championship back in the 90’s I asked Johnny Archer what he was going to do after winning that event. He told me he would go home and practice. Figuring I am going to learn a deep dark closely guarded secret I ask him what are the things he is going to work on. He said, “I will work on the fundamentals Monk. You know that”. This conversation took place almost twenty years ago. Since then I have preached fundamentals to all my students. The mechanics should not be rocket science yet just about every teacher has a new approach to the subject. Since I have been here in the Philippines I always go through the mechanics with my students. I take them through the four strokes and cue ball speed. While we work on this skill development I am making some minor adjustments in their stance. Here is where the fundamentals of the mechanics come in to play. This is a critical part of their training. It does not take long with the Filipino student as most of them have a great stroke to begin with. The basics of the mechanics have everything to do with the Pre Shot Routine. Mechanics. Think of yourself as one of those sophisticated robots standing at the table. Your mechanical body consists of many parts. When you lean in to your stance to land on the cue ball all the intricate parts must fall into place. If one small part is out of place you will not see the target therefore your brain will not be able to issue the command to execute. Without the 100% command you cannot commit to the shot. No commitment, no success. I had one student who did not line up his feet. His right leg was out of line with the shot. So he had one part of all the pieces out of line. I explained that he had an eye in the center of his right foot. He needed to see the target with that eye. So he had to adjust and move his foot more to his right. With this adjustment the quality of hit began to improve. When I pointed this out he smiled. He had trouble with his landing. When he came down to the cue

ball he was about two inches short. I had to move him closer so he could drive his cue tip through the cue ball. I also noticed that he really emphasized his follow through. This caused a steering effect on the cue tip contact. I set up a mark about four inches ahead of the cue ball and had him follow through to that mark over and over. Then I noticed that his grip was a little tight. I had him hold the cue out pointed at me and I tried to pull it away. It would not budge. Our grip should be free and easy. Not real lose, but free so we are do not lose our instincts. He also did not have a solid pre shot routine. On some shots he took three practice strokes, on others he took five and on others he only took one. I needed to help him develop a solid reliable pre shot routine. We spent more than two hours on his Pre Shot Routine. Here is where my lessons are so powerful. By taking him through the four strokes of pool and cue ball speed, he was developing an awareness of the game, while he was working on his mechanics and pre shot routine. Most students who go through the ROAD PLAYERS or THE PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCE tell you they are not sure what they learned. They will tell you they are much better than they were before. I did not flood them with knowledge. I helped them with skill development. THE MASTERS program is designed around your cognitive awareness. You accumulate knowledge. THE ROAD PLAYERS is designed around performance. THE PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCE is designed to make you work hard to reach a specific goal. The three elements of great pocket billiards play are Accumulate knowledge Knowledge applied is skill developed Perform that which you know. Do that and I will see you in the winners circle.


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Bob Jewett

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One of the the most common questions from beginners is “What should I practice?” The answer to that is simple: shots you have trouble with. Work on your weaknesses until they are strengths and in particular work on the problem shots that keep coming up in your games. The next step, which is at least as important as knowing what to practice is figuring out how to practice it. I’m a big advocate of a technique I call “Progressive Practice”. Let’s look at how it works for a typical problem that a beginner might have. The problem is shots into the corner with just a little angle. The practice begins with a shot that is nearly 100% like the shot on the 1 ball. Place a coin on the table -- this will mark the progress of the drill -- a short distance from the pocket and put the cue ball by it. Place an object ball half way to the pocket with a slight angle. Shoot the shot. Even though this shot is easy to the point of being unmissable, be sure to go through your full pre-shot checklist. Chalk, angle, approach, bridge, warmups, sighting, stroke, observe ... all of that. If you make the shot, move the coin farther away from the pocket and reset the cue ball and object ball. Remember to move the coin away from the pocket each time you make the shot. After a couple of shots you might have the shot on the 3 depending on how fast you move the coin. Let’s say you are moving it half a diamond (about 6 inches) each time. If you miss the shot move the coin back to the next easier notch. This is very important. If you only move the coin to a harder position you will soon be missing nearly all the time. If

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you balance harder/easier according to miss/make you will end up with most of your shots challenging but not too difficult. After 10 or 15 shots at this drill you may have progressed out to the 8 ball shot. If that’s where you stop making progress -- the coin is just oscillating harder/ easier around that distance -- you have found the shot difficulty for which you are 50% to make the shot. If you like to keep notes on your game, draw up the drill and note how far you managed to move the coin away from the pocket. If you feel like working on this particular shot some more, start over around the 3 position. Again, be sure to work on setting up solidly and putting the object ball right in the center of the pocket. This kind of drill has several nice features. If you like to score yourself to track your progress you can simply look at the position of the coin at the end of your practice -- there is no need to count each shot. The shots are challenging without being frustrating. If you do feel frustrated with only a 50% success rate towards the end of the set, you can adjust that. Instead of moving the coin an equal amount farther/nearer for success/failure, move the coin half as far for successes. What are your problem shots? Can you find a way to practice them with a way to increase the difficulty after a success? If so, you can make your own Progressive Practice drill for your own game. Demonstrations of this way to practice are available on the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice (VEPP) DVD set I make with Dr. Dave Alciatore.


FULL NAME: Eric Andrew Browning Roberts NICKNAME: The Last Word HOME TOWN: Fruitland Park Florida BIRTH DATE: 3/12/2003 GRADE: 4th GPA: 3.4 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Shea's Fat Cats and many different poolhalls across Florida. WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Pechaour Custom Cue AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 2 y/d LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 20102011 # 1 ranked Junior Player in Florida. Currently ranked # 2. OTHER NOTABLE AWARDS: 2010 2nd place finish at the Atlanta Billiards Show. MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Winning my first ever qualifying tournament to get to the Junior Nationals at age 7. which made me the # 1 ranked player in Florida. In the junior division.


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undefeated Gutierrez goes undefeated By Skip Maloney -

David Gutierrez, whose name hasn’t been seen as much as it used to be back in 2010, for example, when he won three stops on the Lone Star Tour, and was among the top five finishers in five other stops that year. Over the past decade, he’s consistently been among the top five finishers in many of the events in which he’s participated, including the Fast Eddie’s Tour (which he’s won numerous times), the Texas Open (3rd in 2011), and the Houston Open (5th in 2011). Gutierrez appeared to make up for some lost time on the weekend of February 23-24, as he went undefeated to claim the event victory on the newly-inaugurated Omega Billiard Tour’s second stop of its 2013 season. The $1,000-added event drew 64 entrants to The Billiard Den in Richardson, TX. Gutierrez appeared to struggle a bit on Saturday, as he was forced to prevail in two double hill matches early. His path went a little smoother on Sunday, and concluded with a 27-7 record over his final three matches. In the first of those three, among the winners’ side final four, he defeated Amos Bush 9-1, as Coy Lee Nicholson was busy sending Douglas Pitts west 9-5 in the other winners’ side semifinal. Gutierrez sent Nicholson to David Gutierrez the semifinals with a 9-3 win and waited in the hot seat for what turned out to be the return of Alberto Nieto. While it was Nieto who made it back to the finals, the more compelling loss-side story concerned Jeff Georges. Georges had been dispatched to the loss side by Nieto in the opening round of play, and fought back through nine matches to meet Nieto a second time in the quarterfinals. With six wins behind him, Georges defeatedBobby Diggs and Steve Raynes, both 7-2, to pick up Bush. Nieto, in the meantime, sent to the loss side by Bush from among the winners’ side final eight, got by Greg Sandifer 6-3, and shut out Brian Anderson to pick up Pitts. The quarterfinal re-match between Georges and Nieto was set up with a double hill win by Nieto over Pitts and a 7-2 victory by Georges over Bush. Nieto ended Georges impressive 9-win, loss-side streak with a 6-3 victory and then downed Nicholson in the semifinals by the same score. Gutierrez, in turn, ended Nieto’s five-match, loss-side winning streak. He won the first of what could have been two sets 9-3 to claim the event title, and stand in a Texas tour winning circle for the first time in a long time. In addition to the $560 first-place prize, Gutierrez’ victory earned him a Lucasi Hybrid Custom Cue, valued at $380. Tour director Melinda Bailey thanked Billiard Den’s owner Marcy Rothberg and her staff for their hospitality, as well as Michael Hoang, owner of principal sponsor Omega Billiards. The next (third) stop on the Omega Billiard Tour is scheduled for April 27-28 at JR Pockets in Denton,

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Draws First Blood

The big story was Houston’s Ernesto Bayaua who earned his this final would play out. Players traded game for game until the first-ever Lone Star Billiards Tour title, coming from behind and score was 5-all. One more game is all Escobedo could muster as winning 9 consecutive matches in the 43-player, Open division. Bayaua pulled ahead and closed the set, 9-6. In the second set, Bayaua, long-time APA player and the 2011 U.S. Bayaua continued his reign with ever-increasing momentum and Amateur Champion fell only to multiple determination. Escobedo was determined but defenseless as Lone Star Tour title holder Andy Jethwa Bayaua ran away with the set, 7-1. in the third round, proving once again it Brain Rosenbaum led a most takes a champion to beat a champion. impressive march to the hot- seat An impressive Brian Rosenbaum came of the 59 player Amateur division away undefeated in a field of 59 Amateur with wins over San Antonio’s Randall division players with a finals win over Zapata and Robert Demetro while resident player Sonny Bosshamer, 7-4. Escobedo’s victims included Will However, it was Raul Escobedo who Felder, 7-5, and Sonny Bosshamer found himself in two hot-seat matches, 7-2. Rosenbaum defeated Escobedo seemingly on his way to winning both for the hot-seat, 7-6, while Bosshamer divisions; a feat never achieved on was making a play on the one-loss side the Lone Star Tour. Ricki Casper took with wins over Bobby Pacheco, 5-1, home a “Top Lady” award of $100 and Robert Demetro, 5-4. Bosshamer while junior player Joey Bourgeois, eliminated a disappointed Escobedo, Jr. finished an impressive 17th-24th 5-2, to reach Rosenbaum. Each of these in the Open division. players were eligible, and participated in both divisions, a task that requires immense Bogies Billiards in Houston, stamina and resolve. When the final set was Texas hosted the first Lone Star called, Bosshamer seemed exhausted while Event of 2013 with a $1,000 an undefeated Rosenbaum managed to find added purse this past weekend, a spring in his step. In this case, you could Jan. 26th-27th. The 2-day event judge a book by its cover, as Rosenbaum drew 63 players/ 102 entries defeated Bosshamer in the first set, 7-4. with over $6,000 in prize ERNE STO B money. In the Open division, The Tour would like to recognize its sponsors AYAU A AND RAUL Raul Escobedo made his way for this event; the “true triangle” Delta-13 Rack, ESCO B E D, and the APA of North Harris to the first of two hot-seats with wins over O Joey Barnes, 9-7 and Eric Hsu, 9-6. Sonny Bosshamer County. Additionally, the Tour thanks BCA paved his way as well with wins over Bobby Perez, 9-3, and Sonny Referee Derrell Montgomery and photographer Demetro, 9-1. As Bayaua made his way through the one-loss side Todd Alston for their services throughout the weekend. Players trenches after a third-round loss to Andy Jethwa, Esobedo quite and patrons are already looking forward to the next big event on the handily bested Bosshamer for the hot-seat, 9-1. Barnes (7-4) and Lone Star Tour, April 20th-21st at Bogies Billiards in Houston, Texas. Bosshamer (7-4) were Bayaua’s last conquests before he reached Other great venues for 2013 will include Skinny Bob’s Billiards, a confident Escobedo in the finals. Both players appeared very Houston’s Sports Bar, Hawley’s Billiards, and Q-Stix Billiards. For collected and in total control throughout the event. Each took their more information visit turn in silence, absent of contempt, and no one could predict how

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keep learning. I don’t care if it’s Earl Strickland or if it’s some average barroom player. You should learn from your mistakes or your losses. I like to watch opponents. Not necessarily opponents of mine but other opponents that I’ll meet some other time, on the road or even a little bit later in the tournament. I find their weaknesses so I can capitalize on my strengths. There’s many avenues that you can take to improve your game. Practice is only one of them, but to know the weaknesses of your opponents is a very crucial one. You can also learn from the mental attitude of an opponent. How he or she reacts in certain situations. If you play a lot of safeties that you don’t need to. You’re not in stroke. You’re on your ‘B’ game - so play a ‘B’ game. You run a couple and you duck and hide. Just one example that can be used. I’ve won a lot of games and many matches using the philosophy “Play to the level that you’re playing today”. Don’t think about how great you were. Don’t think about how great you could be. Think about how you are playing today and adapt. That’s what it’s about, it’s adapting to conditions that you’re playing. We all get bad rolls. We all get unlucky, but we all get lucky as well. We all get good rolls. That’s not saying that they average out but utilize how you play at the time you’re playing. Just because you lost doesn’t make you a loser. There’s always another match and another day. Revenge is always one of the best reasons for winning

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CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 1, 2013) – The Western of Orcollo’s professional 13 year career includes winning the 2012 US Open US Pool Season started full swing in style with the completion of the 17th Jay 10-Ball Championship – also produced by CSI, the 2011 Derby City Classic Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament. The “Swanee” is produced by CueSports 9-Ball division, the 2011 WPA World 8-Ball Championship and the 2010 World International (CSI) and was held at Hard Pool Masters. Times Billiards in Bellflower, California. Next stop for many of the Live streaming was provided by POV Pool players who participated ( in the Swanee is Reno, The full 192 field ushered into the pool room Nevada where the 20th US early Saturday morning February 23rd to Bar Table Championships face one of the most regarded and grueling started the very next day, two day 9-ball events in the country. With Monday the 25th. To watch a total purse of $15,520 up for grabs and all the action at the Bar the strongest field in the “Swanee” 17 year Table Championships via history; it was tough action for the rail birds. online PPV by The Action With such names in the field as recent two Report (TAR) visit www. time consecutive winner Alex Pagulayan, Shane Van Boening - the undisputed top CueSports International US player for the past several years and is dedicated to creating multiple world champions such as Francisco more choices for all Bustamante, Darren Appleton, Dennis players. In the past 8 years Orcollo and making a re-appearance on US CSI has directly paid out soil Ronnie Alcano, the top spot could go to $8,000,000 to players. CSI any player. is the parent company of However not to be ruled out were rock the BCA Pool League and solid top California players such as Sal the USA Pool League. CSI Butera, Ernesto Dominguez and Louis also produces independent Ulrich to name a few who have the arsenal events such as the US Bar in their playing repertoire to take on their Table Championships, the international counterparts. Jay Swanson Memorial, Dennis Orcollo Winning the Swanee comes down to several the US Open One Pocket factors, as all premier tournaments do; skill, Championship, the US a strong mental game, perseverance, a dash Open 8-Ball Championship of occasional luck of the rolls and in this and the US Open 10-Ball Photo courtesy of Ashi Fachler particular event, stamina. Championship. Visit www. When the dust settled it was Dennis Orcollo, www. crowned champion late Sunday night and pocked the $3,000 first place prize. In, and for more information about CSI and its addition to winning the 17th Jay Swanson Memorial, a few additional highlights divisions. Payouts for the 17th Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament: 1st $3,000 Dennis Orcollo 2nd $1,500 Jayson Shaw 3rd $1,000 Rodney Morris 4th $750 Ernesto Dominguez 5-6 $535 Shane Van Boening and John Morra 7-8 $400 Brian Butler and Manny Chau

9-12 $300 13-16 $200 17-24 $175

Brian Parks, Santos Sambajon Jr., Francisco Bustamante and Ramin Bahkriari Ronnie Alcano, Darren Appleton, Louis Ulrich and Alex Pagulayan James McGoo, Manuel Herrera, Greg Harada, Chris Fitzgerald, Jeremy Jones, Dave Hemmah, Jeff Beckley and Jerry Matchin

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Dennis Orcullo

20th Annual


Corey Deuel

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 1, 2013) – Reno, Nevada became pool central in the US Monday, February 25th. Players from all over the world, both amateur and professional, descended upon the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino to test their 7’ table skills at the 20th US Bar Table Championships (February 25-March 3). The popular seven day event is produced by CueSports International (CSI) and sponsored by the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The tournament features 6 divisions, all played on 7’ Diamond tables: Men’s 10-Ball, Men’s 9-Ball, Men’s 8-Ball, Women’s 10-Ball, Women’s 9-Ball and Women’s 8-Ball. This year there are a total of 583 entries, a 14% increase from 2012. Players who enter all three of their respective divisions are eligible to be awarded points based on their finishes towards a bonus payout. The top three men and the top two women with the highest overall points will receive bonuses. In addition to the 6 main divisions, this year CSI added second chance single elimination events to each group, 10-ball, 9-ball and 8-ball. Joining CSI at the USBTC for a second consecutive year, the WorldPPA is hosting their organization’s World Championship for its members. The first two and a half days of the US Bar Table Championships are dedicated to the 10-ball competition. In the Men’s 10-Ball Division 118 players competed for their piece of the $17,300 purse that was allocated for that division alone. While he sustained a 5th round loss to Georgian Stevie Moore, Dennis Ocollo, hot off his win at the 17th Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament, plowed through his remaining opponents on the one loss bracket to pocket the $4,550 first place prize. Although relatively new to the USBTC, the women’s divisions also saw growth this year. In 2010 CSI added for the first time a separate women’s 8-ball division to the USBTC. Bolstered by how well that inaugural women’s only division was received, in 2011 CSI added a separate women’s division in all three games.

Dennis Orcollo Wins the All Around Title at USBTC USBTC Photos by: Don Akerlow

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This year the Women’s 10-Ball division saw 26 entrants with a division payout of $2,300. Canadian Brittany Bryant, who has been a dominant force in women’s pool in North America since she was barely a teen, went undefeated including beating “Texas Tornado” Vivian Villarreal in the finals to take the $875 first place prize. Upon completion of the 10-ball divisions, the 9-ball action starts up then the seven day Reno event concludes with 8-ball from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3rd. The Action Report (TAR) is steaming the entire seven days live. You can catch all the action at

Payouts for the Men’s 10-Ball Division Championship 1st $4,550 2nd $2,600 3rd $1,800 4th $1,200 5-6 $750 7-8 $475 9-12 $300 13-16 $225 17-24 $175 25-32 $150

Dennis Orcollo Corey Deuel Rodney Morris Ronnie Alcano Shane Van Boening and Stevie Moore Thorsten Hohmann and Jayson Shaw Mark Haddad, Jeff Buckley, Francisco Bustamante, Stan Tourangeau Brian Begay, John Morra, Mitch Ellerman, and Jeremy Jones Jason Klatt, Christopher MacDonald, Tim Larson, Rory Hendrickson, Mark Tafoya, Oscar Dominguez, Jose Parica and Darren Appleton Terry Johnson, Ernesto Dominguez, Rafael Martinez Chavez, Warren Kiamco, Amar Kang, Ramesh Gokhul, Manny Chau Duran and Sam Cole

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5-6 7-8

Brittany Bryant Vivian Villarreal Melissa Little Mary Rankin Leslie Bernardi and Jessica Frideres Brooke Thomason and Suzanne Smith

Payouts for the Women’s 10-Ball Division Championship $875 $500 $300 $175 $125 $100

USBTC Photos by: Don Akerlow

Vivian Villarreal

CueSports International is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past 8 years CSI has directly paid out $8,000,000 to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship, the US Open 8-Ball Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit,, and www.playusapool. com for more information about CSI and its divisions.

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20th Annual

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 3, 2013) – With the 10-ball competition completed, 144 men and 35 women switched gears Wednesday, February 27th to start play in the 9-ball divisions at the 20th US Bar Table Championships (USBTC) in Reno, Nevada at the luxurious Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. With a literal who’s who of players participating in the event, this year’s competition has been stiffer than ever before. In addition to the prize funds for each division, men and women who enter all three disciplines in their respective divisions; 10-ball, 9-ball and 8-ball, receive points based on how they finish. The top three men and top two women point leaders receive a bonus at the end of the seven day Reno event. In the Men’s 9-Ball division, it was all about Shane Van Boening (SVB). Van Boening, who has dominated US men’s professional pool for half a decade, is accustomed to being in the top three in most, if not all, events he enters. However he started the week a little slow, but still respectively, with a 5-6th place finish in the 10-ball. However, it was evident in the Men’s 9-ball that SVB had his primo groove back sailing through the pack like a hot knife through butter. In the race to 9, double elimination alternate break format, SVB only lost 30 total games in 8 matches including a 9-7 win against Dennis Orcollo sending the recent 10-ball division winner to the one loss side. In the finals Orcollo met back up with SVB looking to win two divisions in a row. This was not to be as SVB continued his domination winning the finals 9-7. In the Women’s 9-Ball division, although surrounded by several WPBA touring professionals, Rebecca Wagner showed her 9-ball prowess once again for a second year in a row. While not a full time professional player, Wagner has an impressive pool resume over the past several years including winning the 2012 USBTC Women’s 9-Ball and 10-Ball

Dennis Orcollo

Shane Van Boening


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Vivian Villarreal

Rebecca Wagmer

divisions, the 2010 WPBA Amateur Nationals, and the 2006 BCAPL National Championships - Women’s Master Singles 8-Ball. Wagner made short order of her opponents throughout the race to 7 double elimination division. In six matches she only lost 13 total games and in the finals tamed a tornado named Vivian Villarreal 7-4. The USBTC wraps up with the 8-ball divisions March 1-3. The Action Report (TAR) is steaming the entire seven days live. You can catch all the action at www. PAYOUTS FOR THE MEN’S 9-BALL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS 1st $4,700 Shane Van Boening 2nd $2,800 Dennis Orcollo 3rd $1,600 Rodney Morris 4th $1,000 Darren Appleton 5-6 $650 Thorsten Hohmann and John Morra 7-8 $500 Ramesh Gokhul and Corey Deuel 9-12 $375 Rafael Martinez Chavez, Oscar Dominguez, Jamie Pluta and Jose Parica 13-16 $275 Ike Runnels Jr., Ronnie Alcano, Wade Thompson, Stevie Moore 17-24 $200 Ernesto Dominguez, David Styers, Mark Tafoya, Jason Klatt, Manny Chau Duran, Christopher MacDonald, Glenn Atwell, Shane McMinn 25-32 $150 George Michaels, Tommy Lipps, Gabe Apollos, Mike Hellmer, Francisco Bustamante, Larry Nevel Jr., Linn Petty, Brian Begay 33-48 $125 Larry Wilson, Tim Larson, Carl Christensen, Ramin Bakhtiari, Derek Pogirski, Sean Stevenson III, Sean Morgan, Shawn Begay, Jeff Beckley, Chad Barber, Jayson Shaw, Coby Japp, Michael William, Don Wirtaman, Mike Kushlan, Mitch Ellerman PAYOUTS FOR THE WOMEN’S 9-BALL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS 1st $900 Rebecca Wagner 2nd $525 Vivian Villarreal 3rd $325 Brittany Bryant 4th $220 Melissa Little 5-6 $140 Mary Rakin and Cindy Sliva 7-8 $100 Susan Williams, Stepahnie Goens 9-12 $75 Andrea Wilson, Christy Hawley, Betsy Sundholm, Trish Vermule

USBTC Photos by: Don Akerlow

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Jason Klatt

Thorsten Hohmann

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 3, 2013) – The 20th US Bar Table Championships final divisions concluded Sunday, March 3rd at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Jason Klatt from Canada and Jessica Frideres from Iowa fended off their respective and highly competitive fields to be crowned the champions in the USBTC men’s and women’s 8-ball divisions. The 2013 USBTC proved to be all about diversity as no one player dominated the entire week. Heading into the final three days and switching from 9-ball to 8-ball, thus far the men had seen Dennis Orcollo from the Philippines take the men’s 10-ball event and Shane Van Boening from the US rip through to win the 9-ball event. In the women’s side, Canadian Brittany Bryant claimed first in the 10-ball and Rebecca Wagner from the US won the 9-ball event. In the hotly contested men’s 8-ball group which was a race to 5 and double elimination, every break, safety and roll counts. With 205 players vying for a chunk of that divisions $20,800 prize fund and a board swarming with current and former national and world champions, who would come out on the final board was anyone’s guess.

Long time Canadian professional Jason Klatt was in dead stoke during the men’s 8-ball event mowing down his opponents with relative ease. Second place finisher was well known multiple straight pool champion Thorsten Hohmann. Rounding out the top 4 places were Francisco Bustamante in 3rd place and Ernesto Dominguez in 4th. There were 55 players in the Women’s 8-Ball Division – the largest field to date since the separate women’s divisions were added in 2010. In the women’s finals match, Wagner came close to taking two titles this year, but was thwarted by Frideres who capitalized on a couple of key errors made by Wagner. Frideres won

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Payouts for the Women’s 9-Ball Division of the 20th US Bar Table Championships 1st $1,175 Jessica Frideres 2nd $675 Rebecca Wagner 3rd $450 Mary Rakin 4th $500 Vivian Villarreal 5-6 $200 Leandrea Gaff and Brittany Bryant 7-8 $125 Leslie Bernardi and Jennifer Alexander 9-12 $75 Cindy Sliva, Sara Miller, Mary Ann Starkey and Diane Krause

USBTC Photos by: Don Akerlow

4-2. In 3rd place was Mary Rakin and 4th place was Vivian Villarreal. In the week long bonus point and award competition the top three men were: Dennis Orcollo ($3,000), Shane Van Boening ($1,000) and Rodney Morris ($500). The women’s bonus points were a tie between Rebecca Wagner and Vivian Villarreal with the two women splitting the bonuses equally ($375 each). The 2013 USBTC was produced by CueSports International (CSI) and sponsored by the Grand Sierra Resorts and Casino. Live streaming was provided by The Action Report with commentary by Ken Schuman (www. and tournament direction by Bad Boys Billiard

Rebecca Wagmer

Jessica Frideres

Payouts for the Men’s 9-Ball Division of the 20th US Bar Table Championships (below is up to 9th – 12th. Player were paid to 64th place) 1st $6,000 Jason Klatt 2nd $3,500 Thorsten Hohmann 3rd $2,200 Francisco Bustamante 4th $1,500 Ernesto Dominguez 5-6 $1,000 Christopher MacDonald and Rodney Morris 7-8 $650 Darren Appleton and Oscar Dominguez 9-12 $450 Shane Van Boening, Larry Nevel Jr., Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco

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takes two of three against Durbin to win

By Skip Maloney -

Warren Kiamco, normally found competing in the Northeast region, happened to be in the Midwest region on the weekend of February 16-17 to pick up a cue in Iowa. While there, a friend of his suggested that it would "only" take about five hours to drive to Olathe, KS to compete on a stop of the Midwest 9-Ball Tour. Kiamco made the trip and headed back to the Northeast with the $2,400 first prize money in his pocket, presumably more than enough to pay for the cue he'd picked up in Iowa. Thanks to Eric Durbin, who won the opening set of a true double elimination against him, Kiamco almost had to settle for the $1,700 second place prize.The $3,250-added Midwest 9-Ball Open event drew 144 entrants to Shooters in Olathe, KS. Kiamco advanced among the winners' side final 1st Warren Kiamco, Josh Treadway, sponsor, 2nd Eric Durbin eight, joining a host of familiar Midwest players; and survived a double hill battle against Robert Frost. Raulston Durbin, Joey Gray, Tommy Tokoph, Gabe Owen, and Dustin picked up Dustin Gunia, who'd gotten by Gordon Vanderveer 9-7 Gunia among them. Kiamco faced and defeated Gunia 9-6 to and prevailed double hill over Danny Olson. move among the winners' side final four, where he faced Owen. McMinn won a second straight double hill battle, this time Chuck Raulston and Durbin advanced to the other winners' over Owen and advanced to the quarterfinals. He was joined by side semifinal with identical 9-7 scores over Rafael Martinez and Raulston, who'd dropped Gunia into the tie for fifth place 9-6. Owen, respectively. McMinn chalked up his third double hill win, and what would Kiamco sent Owen west 9-6, and was joined in the hot seat prove to be his fifth and last, loss-side victory over Raulston in match by Durbin, who'd defeated Raulston 9-4. Kiamco won those quarterfinals. the first of three against Durbin 9-7 (the score by which all three Durbin ended McMinn's streak with a 9-4 victory in the matches would end) and sat in the hot seat waiting for him to get semifinals, and then, handed Kiamco his first loss 9-7 in the back. opening set of the true double elimination finals. Kiamco came Owen moved to the loss side and picked up another familiar back to win the second set 9-7 and lay claim to the Open event Midwest player, Shane McMinn, who'd defeated Joey Gray 9-5 title.

OPEN - 144 PLAYERS $3,250 ADDED 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5-6th 7-8th 9-12th 13-16th

Warren Kiamco, NYC, NY $2400 Eric Durbin, Cape Girardeau, MO $1700 Shane McMinn, Tulsa, OK $1050 Chuck Raulston, Poplar Bluff, MO $700 Dustin Gunia, Omaha, NE $500 Gabe Owen, St. Peters, MO Danny Olson, Brookings, SD Robert Frost, Campbellsville, KY Gordy Vanderveer, Edmond, OK $250 Tommy Tokoph, Albuquerque, NM Rafael Martinez Joey Gray, OKC, OK John Gabriel, Claremore, OK $200 Skyler Woodward, Paducah, KY Glen Atwell, Clay Center, KS Taylor Anderson, Bonner Springs, KS

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17-24th 25-32nd

Alex Olinger, Dayton, OH Danny Smith, Toledo, OH Jimmy Nosavan, Des Moines, IA Mike Athens, Des Moines, IA Nick Tafoya, Albuquerque, NM Patrick Brown, Joplin, MO Michael Perron, Jr., St. Paul, MN Sam Cole, Topeka, KS Ken Dean, Nevada, MO Anthony Asher, St. Joseph, MO Jeff VanSickle, Northfield, MN Donnie Devers, Baldwin City, KS Manny Perez, Olathe, KS Billy Thorpe, Dayton, OH Mike Banks, Jr., Blue Springs, MO Dale Niepoetter, Albers, IL



By Skip Maloney -



goes undefeated to win One-Pocket event

McMinn moved west In the last four matches to pick up Michael Perron, Jr., of the Midwest 9-Ball who'd shut out Jacob White, and Tour's One-Pocket survived a double hill struggle event, held at Shooter's against Mike Parker. Conway in Olathe, KS on the had the misfortune of drawing weekend of February 16Banks, who'd been sent west by 17, the advancing players, McMinn and commenced his including the eventual five-match march back to the winner, Chip Compton, finals with a double hill win over didn't give up a single game Eric Durbin, and a 3-1 victory to their opponent. The over Nick Tafoya. Three of the $1,000-added One Pocket four opponents in the battle event, run concurrently for the 5/6 slots were 'juniors.' with both an Open and Two of them advanced to the One-Pocket: 1st Chip Compton , Mike Durbin, sponsor, 2nd Mike Banks, Jr. Ladies event, drew 42 quarterfinals; Perron, Jr. downed entrants. McMinn 3-1, and Banks, Jr. The advancing players among the winners' side final four (all in eliminated Conway, Jr., double hill. races to three games) were Compton, who shut out Shane McMinn, Junior Banks then ended Junior Perron's weekend with a double hill win, and completed his loss-side streak with a 3-1 victory over and John Gabriel, who shut out Benny Conway, Jr. Compton then Gabriel in the semifinals. Compton, though, who'd finished 4th in shut out Gabriel and sat in the hot seat, waiting for Mike Banks, Jr. this same event last year, chalked up his third straight shutout, to to complete a five-match, loss-side streak to meet up with him in the finish undefeated and claim the event title. finals.

OPEN - 42 PLAYERS $1,000 ADDED 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Chip Compton, OKC, Ok Mike Banks, Jr., Blue Springs, Mo John Gabriel, Claremore, Ok Michael Perron, Jr. St. Paul, MN


$800 $560 $420 $300

5-6th 7-8th

Shane McMinn, Tulsa, Ok Benny Conway, Jr., Biloxi, MS Nick Tafoya, Albuquerque, NM 100 Mike Parker, Kansas City, MO

takes Ladies event on Midwest 9-Ball Tour

By Skip Maloney -

1st Liz Lovely, Mike Durbin, sponsor, 2nd Julia Gabriel

Liz Lovely got by Julia Gabriel twice to claim the Ladies event title on the Midwest 9-Ball Tour's February 16-17 stop. The $750-added event, run concurrently with a One-Pocket and Open event, drew 34 entrants to Shooters in Olathe, KS. Lovely and Gabriel met first among the winners' side final four, as Debbie Reese and Shelby Dawn squared off in the other winners' side semifinal. Lovely took her first of two against Gabriel 7-1, and in the hot seat match, met Dawn, who'd defeated Reese by the same score. Lovely got into the hot seat with a 7-3 victory over Dawn, and waited on Gabriel's return. Gabriel moved west to meet Sharon Rinkert, who'd defeated Heather Middleton 7-2 and Sherrie Thomason 7-5. Reese picked up Nicole Keeney, who'd gotten by Karen Lincoln 7-2 and Lisa Porter 7-3. Gabriel advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-4 win over Rinkert, and was met by Keeney, who'd eliminated Reese 7-1. Gabriel defeated Keeney 7-4 in those quarterfinals, and went on to drop Dawn 7-3 in the semifinals. Lovely prevailed in the finals 7-5 to claim the Ladies event title.


1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Liz Lovely, Dayton, OH Julia Gabriel, St. Charles, Mo Shelby Dawn, Portland, OR Nicole Keeney, Littleton, CO

$200 $200 $100

$650 400 300 200

5-6th 7-8th

Sharon Rinkert, Winterset, IA Debbie Reese, St. Louis, MO Sherrie Thompson, Paragould, AR Lisa Porter, Paragould, AR

140 140 80

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Pure X All American Tour 8-Ball Results from Legend’s Sports Bar in Clinton IA

The 2012-2013 Pure X Cues wishes to thank sponsors Pure X Cues, All American Tour – presented by Championship Billiard Fabric and the American CueSports Alliance Nick Varner Signature Cases for their (ACS) – highlighted its eighteenth support in donating “Value-In-Kind” stop of the Tour year at Legend’s product for this and all stops on the Sports Bar in Clinton, IA, Saturday, Pure X All American Tour. Sponsorship February 9. The $500-added opportunities and tour stop openings 8-ball handicapped tourney on are still available for the 2012/2013 All 7-foot Valley bar boxes drew 30 American Tour by contacting the ACS. The Tour stays in Iowa - Cedar players. On the A-side bracket, Alan Rapids, IA, on Saturday, December Birkett (Clinton, IA) [rated a “6” on 29 - for a $500 added 9-Ball Tourney a regional handicap system used] at 2nd Avenue Corner Pocket (contact and Randy Tenley [5] (Galesburg, D.J. Wolrab at 319-366-0979). IL) moved to the semifinals where Further information, entry details and they vanquished John Sprague [5] schedules for the 2012/2013 Pure X Left to right: Randy Tenley (3rd), Scott Hargens (2nd) and Alan Birkett (1st) (Albany, IL) 6-2 and Robert Hesse Cues All American Tour are available [5] (Coal Valley, IL) 5-0 respectively. at In the finals, Birkett got the best of Tenley 6-3 to take the hot seat. On the B-side, Scott Hargens [6] (Cedar Rapids, IA) avenged his firstFINAL RESULTS: round loss to Nick Allendorf [4] (Dubuque, IA) 6-0, while Keith Helfrich [6] 1st Alan Birkett (Clinton, IA) (Sterling, IL) eliminated Tim Krause [5] (Clinton, IA) 6-3 – depositing both $325 + $90 side pot + Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals Allendorf and Krause into 7th place. Both Hargens and Helfrich continued 2nd Scott Hargens (Cedar Rapids, IA) $230 + $60 side pot their winning ways in the next round, dispatching John Sprague 6-3 and 3rd Randy Tenley (Galesburg, IL) $175 4th Keith Helfrich (Sterling, IL) $120 + $30 side pot Robert Hesse 6-2 respectively in 5th place. Hargens then ended Helfrich’s run at 4th place by a 6-4 margin. In the B-side finals that followed, 5-6th Robert Hesse (Coal Valley, IL) $75 + $10 side pot Hargens similarly dispatched Randy Tenley at 3rd place by a 6-2 score. John Sprague (Albany, IL) 7-8th Tim Krause (Clinton, IA) $50 The tourney finals was an even match between Alan Birkett and Scott Hargens, but Birkett ended matters in the first set to take the title with a 6-3 Nick Allendorf (Dubuque, IA) win! By virtue of Scott Hargens also being the highest-finishing ACS member The ACS is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to heightening in the event, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2013 Pure X the interest and awareness of cue sports through the support and ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. The ACS sanctioning of organized competition throughout the United States.



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50 YEARS of cue making

2013 marks the 50 year anniversary of J. Pechauer Custom Cues

In 1961 Jerry Pechauer was working under a truck mechanic apprenticeship for the International Harvester Company in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A fellow employee there shared an interest in pool and they played a match. A wager was made and Jerry was victorious. But rather than accepting money he received a broken Willie Hoppe cue as his prize. Not knowing any better, Jerry purchased a wood lathe to make a shaft. With some creative alterations he was able to make a shaft fit that Hoppe cue. Next, a drill press along with a lathe chuck allowed him to install joints. An avid pool player, Jerry took his love for the game and developed a hobby that would become a passion and a family business for himself and his son Joe. In 1963 two major events occurred in the development and future of J. Pechauer Custom Cues. Jerry completed his first pool cue and Joe was born. Soon Jerry gained a reputation as the go to guy for cue repairs in and around Green Bay. The only other option in the area was push on tips. Most of Jerry’s free time outside of work was spent doing repairs and making a few cues. The extra money he made from his new hobby would go towards purchasing equipment to simplify and improve the process. One of the more time consuming and impractical processes was making shafts and tapering shafts and butts. For this Jerry developed and crafted his own attachments for one of his lathes immediately making it his most valuable machine. Following Jerry’s apprenticeship a sales position became available. Jerry went on to become one of the top salespeople in the district. After a successful 14 year career at International Harvester Jerry decided a change was due. The long hours at IHC afforded Jerry little spare time to expand his home shop. Jerry began a job at a maintenance supply company training salespeople. The flexible schedule gave him the time to explore new machinery and improve the cue making process. Jerry found a machine called a “back knife lathe” and once again, with some creative altering, was able to make a valuable machine that would turn a square piece of wood into a dowel. At the age of 14 Joe had just completed his first cue and, impressed with his work, Jerry decided it was time to take their cue making to another level. Jerry and Joe began attending the industry Tradeshows in the late 70’s where a friendship was forged with Fred Mali of Mali Cues. Mr. Mali was very helpful to Jerry as he pushed forward in developing his fledgling business. Jerry even packed up his family including wife Karen, son Joe and daughters Shelley, Cindy, and Geri, and took a road trip to New York to visit the Mali Company’s facilities. In 1980, Jerry left his job and opened a retail billiards supply store offering pool tables and cues. He continued his cue work out of his home basement shop. Two years later he moved into a building with a small poolroom/bar on one side and a 6000 square foot shop and showroom on the other. Joe had just graduated from high school and entered the family business full time. Jerry and Joe took classes at

the local tech school to gain skills necessary to design and produce specialty cue making machinery. Jerry also introduced a new innovation to the cue making process by threading and gluing parts and sections of the cue for added strength and playability. In 1989, Jerry and Joe displayed at their first Billiard Congress of America Tradeshow where they met a customer from Switzerland and negotiated their first big contract. A four year deal to make cues for the European market, the Euro-Cue. Through this relationship he met professional pool player and future multi-time World Champion Oliver Ortmann. The Ortmann Series of cues was born and also sold in the European market. 17 time World Trick Shot Champion Paul Gerni was impressed with Jerry and Joe’s work and began using Pechauer cues as well. Pechauer Cues were becoming known to many professional pool players and respected instructors worldwide. In 1993, through a state and local development loan, Jerry and Joe completed a new atmosphere controlled state of the art facility which included a sawmill and vacuum kiln to cut and dry their own wood. Jerry then took a course in grading and scaling logs from a Forester at Michigan Tech and started purchasing quality Bird’s-eye

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Kamui Tips. Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Sky: Last fall, I played in a weekly TAP league and qualified for the singles at the TAP Nationals in Charleston, SC and then when I got there I went undefeated to won the whole thing. I am playing in an APA league now and will qualified to play in the APA Nationals this April in Las Vegas, NV. Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Sky: I am not bad at baseball, basketball and golf. I played all three in high school. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Sky: Friendly, outgoing, and stubborn Viper: If you had to live your young life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your new pool career? Sky: I am chasing my dreams now so I wouldn’t change a thing. Viper: Who were/are your favorite professionals? Sky: I really like Shane Van Boening as a person and I love his game – he once took me to lunch in FL and every time I see him around traveling to tournaments he always encourages me to become the best player that I can be. Viper: How do you prepare for events? Sky: I really don’t practice much anymore because I am always active playing either in weekly league, local tournaments, ring games or traveling to bigger events around the country. Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Sky: I remember once a player told me NEVER to get cocky and always remember who supported me throughout the years. Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Sky: I truly love competing, traveling and winning. I just love playing pool. Viper: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming player what would it be? Sky: Practice as much as possible and don’t goof off and take it seriously! Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Sky: I love playing rotation games and banks. Questions from Melissa’s Facebook page: Christopher Thomas from Evansville, IN: Sky are you ready to win the Super Billiards Expo this year? Sky: Chris, I am always ready to win. Last year I finished 17th and one of my goals is to place higher and if I play well maybe I’ll get lucky and win this year. Michael Gray from Boulder, CO: How much do you practice playing banks? Sky: The only time I practice is when there is a ring bank game in my local poolroom, and at that I play on Gold Crowns and so when I went to the Derby I tried to play on Diamonds when I arrived. Both tables bank so much differently from each other so I try and put a little bit of time in before my matches. Brian Roberts from Park, FL: Do you plan on going pro? Sky: Yes, I plan on playing in either this years US Open or next years, depending on my busy schedule. A special “Thank-you” to Sky Woodward for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in my Ask the Viper.

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Lucky Lucky Talks About Life

The campaigning season was over thank goodness. Christmas was over now well into the New Year. I thought I’d give Lucky a call to see how he was doing. Lucky and his neighbors were still rebuilding their town after the tornado that hit it. Since I lived a ways away from him I had to catch up on what he was doing. I wasn’t going to go over to his ranch as I was too busy with my own stuff. I tried to get him on the phone several times. I knew he was going to be busy. I finally got Lucky on the phone. We had a long, extended talk. We talked about the holidays, the New Year, the town rebuilding project, and the current affairs both with us personally and socially. Oh yeah some pool stuff too. I told him about my cat of 24 years that passed and this cat also passed away. Both cats were natural deaths meaning not euthanized. Lucky’s cat was not as old as our cat and was 17 years old. He asked how my cat lived that long. I could only tell him anything that we did that might be different than was that we gave our cat periodically Blue Green Blue Algae in her food. Lucky knew about the Organic blue-green algae as one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It’s also called “spirulina” which has super-food status due to high concentrations of proteins vitamins and nutrients. He never thought to give Blue Green Algae to his animals. He appreciated that I took such great care of my cat. We established that our love of cats were because cats were truly great teachers of life. Lucky said, Christmas time was dealing with reconstruction of his town after the tornado or whatever it was called. They still don’t really know what destroyed the town. It was costly and all the money raised by the fair was not enough. But many of the farmers and locals pitched in and it was coming along fine. Lucky said he sold his motorcycles and Guns and donated that money to towns rebuilding. He was just getting to old to ride safely anymore. A friend recently had his 3rd accident and more broken bones. Country riding is different than city riding but it just wasn’t for him. Even though Lucky never had any accident it was a matter of time…. Lucky sold his many of his guns. Lucky realized “I can only shoot one at a time for protection and I don’t hunt avidly anymore” He kept his handed down antique rifle from his grandfather, what a beauty, two hunting rifles and two hand guns. It made me think how many guns he had. Lucky said that the gun culture in America was connected to the problems we had in the news lately. Lucky said Guns are for one thing and one thing only. The money raised helped rebuild the lounge that only had one pool table. It was expanding and because of Lucky pool interest they were adding a second table. We both had to deal with health situations the past few months. Lucky’s health problems are far more significant than mine. He had many tests. Lucky had stress tests for his heart which they discovered a leaky valve and a murmur. Something he already knew about he said. They gave him a cancer screening. His PSA was in a good range. He had a bit of a cold in December that lasted for two weeks. Lucky has had many tests and procedures the past few years and I know that the costs of things were in the hundreds of thousands dollar range. He reminded me he was paying all his medical expenses out of his own pocket. Lucky said that he didn’t believe in Health Insurance companies being the middle man in the cost of health. His health concerns should be between him and his doctor. Lucky worked most of his life and had insurance when he didn’t need it. Now that he needs it and doesn’t have it, he realizes that everyone should have health care like Canada or many other countries. Lucky pointed out that you don’t live forever, probably hinting to me about his health without saying anything directly. If he was really in ominous condition he would tell me as we are that close. The old guy gracefully does quite well for his age.


Lucky’s intelligence was above average and he was able to share so many insightful things that most people never consider or didn’t know about. Knowing Lucky for all these years was like having my personal college professor. He talked about a young friend of his who needs some guidance. As a young person goes through life, trying to become an adult it is one of the true trials of life. Lucky said. “Some things a young person has to go through they shouldn’t have to go through, but things happen”. It’s a tricky that transition into adulthood just on its own. It is complicated while having distressed social, family, biological and emotional issues. Being an adult is harder when you make bad decisions. The transition years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don’t blame them on your mother, the environment or the president. It is a time when you realize that you control your own destiny. Turning a certain age doesn’t make you an adult. It’s more than making sure your wearing matching socks. Being an adult takes some effort. It’s about being educated, more than enough and taking care of health and life with a better job. The good news is everyone goes through growing up and many un-scuffed. Lucky had some advice, What is once well done is done forever! That to say we are made wise in our adulthood not by the recollections and experiences of our past, but in the responsibility for our future. Lucky had to get off the phone and he said he would call me back…… I have said many times before knowing Lucky for all these years was like having my personal college professor or even a philosopher. Lucky is the greatest most talented pool player I know. He has made me realize that there are so many other important things in life beyond pool. Lucky reflects the best of both worlds a great pool player and probably a genius. Lucky call me back...we talked more…. Lucky just heard about Ronnie Allen and his passing. Sad news! In his teens, Ronnie traveled from Oklahoma to California playing pool. He found an action pool scene in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He won the very first tournament he ever entered, Cochran’s One Pocket tournament of 1962, which included a veritable who’s who of early One Pocket. Lucky had seen Ronnie as a kid while in California, and it was there he first developed the makings of a very good player. Lucky played him at Cochran’s back in the sixties. Lucky and Ronnie Allen were two different types of road players Ronnie was flamboyant at the table and was as entertaining with the spectators as he was crushing to his opponents. Everybody knew him. Lucky was the opposite low keyed and came just for the money not any fame…Lucky said “Ronnie sure got the distinction and he deserved it all…Lucky saw Ronnie in Vegas a couple years ago but Ronnie sort of recognized him or purposely didn’t acknowledge him. I think Ronnie Allen really remembered Lucky but didn’t want to let on maybe working on Lucky for another time. Lucky

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Ronnie ‘Fast Eddie’ Allen

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By Steve Booth - One Pocket legend Ronnie Allen was originally from Oklahoma, and it was there he first developed the makings of a good player. In his teens Ronnie found his way to California, where he discovered the very active pool scenes in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He won the very first tournament he ever entered, Cochran's One Pocket tournament of 1962, which included a veritable who's who of early One Pocket. As a tournament player, Ronnie won major One Pocket events over three decades: Cochran's One Pocket tournament in 1962 Johnston City One Pocket division in 1970 Red's Open One Pocket in1984 As an after hours player, Ronnie was the dominant One Pocket player for nearly twenty years, from the mid 60's to the mid 80's. His flamboyant style at the table was as popular with the spectators as it was overwhelming to his opponents. During those peak years, it took a rare player to face Ronnie even; nearly everyone could get a ball or two -- or more. Ronnie also developed a very strong one-handed technique. Many players who hesitated to step to the table with him in normal fashion were enticed to take him on, their two hands to his one, only to find he shot nearly as well one-handed! Credited with inventing ‘power One Pocket', Ronnie was famous for his creative shots that aggressively moved several balls at once away from his opponent's pocket and towards his own. His entertaining and exciting style of play came as quite a contrast to the conservative style employed by most of the top One Pocket players when Ronnie first burst on to the One Pocket scene. His exciting style has inspired many of our younger generation of players, which has made the game itself more entertaining for countless fans. Ronnie was elected into the One Pocket Hall of Fame in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to the legacy of the game of One Pocket.

Maple and Curly Maple for the butts of the cues. Having the availability of hand-picked maple and the means to cut it allowed them to sell shaft wood to other cue makers as well including Jim McDermott who came to Jerry for a stable source of shaft dowels. Through the years Jerry and Joe continued to expand the shop, adding CNC machines and custom designed equipment to efficiently produce their own parts including a patented quick release joint screw and shaft insert, making Pechauer cues 100% made inhouse. In 2007 Joe Pechauer took over as President of the company while Jerry continues offering support and expertise on a regular basis. A dealer base of 58 dealers in 1993 expanded to over 400 around the world in 2013 making J. Pechauer Custom Cues one of the top brands in the industry beginning with that broken Willie Hoppe cue in 1961. To commemorate the anniversary Pechauer will be making a limited series of 5 cues, one representing each of the five decades of cue making. They will be limited to fifty of each made and will be the first cues ever hand-signed by both Jerry and Joe Pechauer.

Terry Hamill TAP Licensee of the Month

A fter playing in another league f o r a b out 15 years TAP came to the Atla n t a a r e a in 2003. My team and I looked a t t h e rules and decided we wanted to t r y s o mething slightly different. We join e d a TA P 8 ball league. In 2004 we qualif i e d f o r the TAP Nationals in New Orleans a n d m anaged by skill, determination, an d a g r eat deal of luck to become the 2 0 0 4 TA P National Champions. In my many years as a league pl a y e r I o f ten said to myself, “ If I owned th e l o c al league I would do it this way!” I n O c tober 2005 I got the chance to “ D o i t my way.” I became the TAP league o p erator for the Atlanta area. 30 Rackem Magazine - March 2013

Thanks in most part to a great g r o u p o f p l a y e r s, I h a v e g e n e r a l l y l o v e d t h e l a s t 7 y e a r s a s a l e a g u e o p e r a t o r. I a d m i t I d o t h i s m o s t l y f o r e g o r e a s o n s. The satisfaction on any given league night of seeing a couple hundred friends having a great time due in part t o m y e f f o r t s i s b e y o n d p r i c e. T h a n k s t o TA P c o r p o r a t e a n d a l l my pool friends for making my life much more enjoyable and fulfilling than it c o u l d h a v e b e e n. I ’ l l ke e p d o i n g t h i s as long as I am able or as long as my league players are willing to put up with m e.



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2013 WPBA Regional Tour Championships It’s that time of year again, time for the WPBA Regional Tour Championships! The Women’s Professional Billiard Association will assemble its top finishers from 8 WPBA U.S. Regional Tours to compete for the coveted title of 2013 WPBA Regional Tour Champion. Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar in Houston, Texas will once again team up with the world-governing body of Women’s Professional Billiards, to host the WPBA Regional Tour Championships on March 21th-24th, 2013. There will be 64 women from all over the U.S. fighting for this prestigious title not to mention a prize fund of almost $10,000. Top contenders will battle it out in a 4- day, 9-ball extravaganza that comes only once a year. The competition is as fierce as it gets! Thanks to owner David Richardson, this auspicious championship returns to Bogies for the second time with a $3,000 added purse. “When top women players come together and compete, it’s the best show in town… and admission is free!” says Richardson. WPBA Touring Professional and Bogies’ house pro, Kim White-Newsome, will be directing the event for her second time. “We were ecstatic to hear that the 2013 RTC was coming back

to Bogies. It’s the largest and most competitive women’s billiard event Texas has ever witnessed and we are proud to once again be a part of it”, says Newsome. This event will be played on (8) 9 foot, Brunswick Gold Crown III’s and IV’s with new Simonis cloth and Aramith Pro Cup cue balls that is sure to put these players to the test. This tournament will be conducted in compliance with all WPBA Rules, Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Professional Event Dress Code. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, to watch some of the most talented ladies in the U.S. compete, and quite possibly witness the birth of a new WPBA star! Don Hickson of will be providing the Live Stream for this event. Nothing beats live action, however, if you are unable join us please tune in at home to The action starts Thursday, March 21st and will run through Sunday, March 24th. Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar is located at 3040 FM 1960 East, Suite 101, Houston, Texas 77373/281-821-4544,

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Results for WPPS 9 Ball Tour Stop #11 @ Shark's Club

WPPS 9 Ball Tour Stop #11 at Top Shots - La Crosse, WI


35 players, $350 added by Shark's Club 1. Billy “the kid” Lasee $451/$915 2. John Kotnik $279/$572 3. Randy Schofield $172/$343 4. Dan Coppens $107/$229 5. Zach Marquardt $64 6. Brian Miller $64 7. Andy Kunz $43 8. Tim Volkman $43


29 Players, Total paid out $2605

$1366 $851 $515 $336

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Terry Miller $1215 Mo Mc Donah $734 Keith Thome $481 Dave Coles Jr. $75 Chad Gosz $50 Jose Carlos Mcgill $50 Thanks to all of the players who support the WPPS 9 Ball Tour

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had played Ronnie twice. Lucky busted him at Cochran’s in 1962 and 20 years later again when he came through is little hole in the wall town. Ronnie somehow didn’t remember him, which was good for Lucky. What Lucky said about that match up was that Ronnie never stopped talking when ever Lucky was shooting. Mainly because Lucky did all the playing and Ronnie did all the waiting and when Lucky let Ronnie shoot he still keep chattering. There should be a lot of coverage on the life of such a great pool personality. Ronnie Allen represented the glory days of playing pool for money. One thing Lucky will respect is that “the match up king” never was afraid to play anyone! Lucky mentioned he was thinking about going to another favorite event the Western BCA regional in Lincoln City. I told him to come on over I would steer him on some fish….Lucky said you mean Stan. Yes easy money! Lucky had played him years ago in a little town in Canada. Lucky’s said he remembers the scenery there it was beautiful plus it was a free vacation thanks to Stan… I told him that the WBCA Grand Master event was going to be streamed and there might be a few new players since it was open to all BCAPL players now! He asked who was streaming it, I said Cheese. “CHEESE that old kute” from Montana! It sounded as if he knew him. Yeah he produces that ‘On The Break’. Lucky said he played Cheese 15 years ago while hustling pool in the Bitterroot neck of the woods. “I won some cash from him. He was so intent on trying to beat me won’t give up. I felt so awkward that I didn’t have to run more than 3 balls in a row to win. He paid me the money and I gave it back when we were done... He was happy about that and offered me one of his “On the Break” shirts to wear around. I said “you did what!” Lucky, “Yeah I basically won a sweat shirt playing pool from him”. He was going to send them to me but I guess he lost my address or he was too busy

doing his pool magazine and online TV production. He is pretty good doing that stuff. Lucky didn’t go to one of his favorite tournament to US Bar Table Championships in Reno this year. Lucky did go however to a tournament in Olathe Kansas and Shooters. A friend “Chetty” Brown convinced him to come over as he had some money games for him plus there was a super Calcutta. There were some pretty good players there. Lucky made a few bids, just to draw attention that he might have some money. It might have worked. Lucky saw a women player there named Shelby. She’s from Washington. Lucky said “every place I go she’s there”. It might a bit weird that it seems he’s following her around. Lucky sat back and watched many of her matches. Shelby did really play well against some very good women players in this tournament. She did shoot good she has improved a lot. She could have won the tournament. Lucky thought “I wonder if she might gamble!! Lucky was scoping out a few players he had not played before. Saw Warren Kiamco who he played at Reno 2 years ago. Out of nowhere Glenn Atwell walked by. Lucky thought after the last time they butted heads on the pool table that Glenn might be still pissed off and make things hard for Lucky to get a game. They talked and got along well, glad to hear he stopped smoking. Lucky’s main target was to play Chip some one pocket. Joey, Shane and Gabe all players Lucky knew would gamble with him too. They did not know him at all. He had to catch any of them at the right time when no one was around. That being hard to do when all were such I profile players and people were. Sunday night, just a few people were around perfect to fall into a one pocket game with Chip. He bets it up and Chip’s full of confidence Chetty said …….. To be continued…. Lucky.

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