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GETTING A LITTLE ON THE SIDE Tom Simpson © November 2000 – All Rights Reserved –

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Sidespin. English. It’s the magic that makes extraordinary shots and great position play. It’s also the cause of many badly missed shots and much humiliation. This month we’ll take a look at the various effects associated with trying to use sidespin. Subsequent columns will talk about how to deal with those effects intelligently. Like most instructors, I try to convince players to use english only when necessary, and then, only as much as necessary. It’s way too hard on beginners to learn to compensate for sidespin before they have the basics of center ball down. You can hit the cueball anywhere on the vertical axis – low, middle, or high – without having to deal with sidespin’s extra requirements. Many intermediate and advanced players use english on almost every shot, whether there is a justifying reason or not. This is a practice I hope to discourage. This game is difficult enough already. Let’s not add unnecessary complications. Sidespin results when you strike to the left or right of the vertical axis line of the cueball. The cueball (CB) spins as it rolls or slides. It’s helpful to think of spin and forward motion as two different things – let’s call them “Rotational Force” and “Forward Force.” Forward Force is the energy the ball has in the direction it’s traveling (what you would feel if it hit you in the face). Forward Force is transmitted to whatever the ball hits, and is split according to the angle of the hit. Rotational Force, on the other hand, mostly stays in the cueball. Rotational Force includes sidespin, draw, follow, and natural roll. Let’s focus on sidespin. The main reason sidespin is useful for position play is sidespin stays in the CB and affects rebound angles and speed coming off the cushions. The main reason not to use sidespin is it increases the difficulty of pocketing the ball. Position doesn’t matter if you miss the shot. With sidespin, the CB does not go where you aim. There are three factors that affect the path the CB takes when it’s hit with sidespin, and unfortunately, we have to consider all three of them when deciding how to play a shot: • Squirt – Some writers still call this deflection. Technically, the stick deflects, while the CB squirts. A helpful way to get a sense for this is to imagine that


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the stick “wants” to get out of the way of the CB, so it bends (deflects) off the side of the CB. Meanwhile, the CB “wants” to get out of the way of the stick, so it squirts off the side of the cue tip. So, if you hit a shot with left english, the stick deflects to the left, while the CB squirts to the right. Squirt is not a curve – it’s a change in the angle the CB will travel, and it happens instantly, at impact with the cue tip. You get more squirt as you apply more english. It is suspected that hitting harder produces more squirt, but this is not yet known for certain. Some shafts squirt more than others. You can get up to about 6° of angle change from squirt. To compensate, you have to aim a little further in the direction opposite the squirt (aim further to the left to adjust for left english, etc.). • Swerve – Sidespin shots curve in the direction of the english (a left english shot curves left). This can cancel out the squirt effect. The more you elevate the butt of the cue, and the more english you apply, and the softer you hit, the more swerve you get. As you elevate toward vertical, this becomes massé. To reduce swerve, keep your stick as close to flat as possible. • Spin-Induced Throw – When a spinning ball contacts another ball, the spin throws the second ball a little extra in the direction of the spin. For example, a CB with left english cuts the object ball a little further to the right. This can be used to “spin a ball in,” meaning to cut a ball more (or less) sharply than the hit angle allows. The more english you apply, and the slower the CB travels, and the more friction there is between the balls (dirty or unpolished balls have more friction), and the closer you are to straight in, the more spin-induced throw. Here’s the overview. Squirt makes the CB deviate from where you aimed it. Swerve makes it curve back the other way. Spin-induced throw changes the cut angle on the object ball. English mostly remains in the CB and affects the rebound angles off of the cushions. It’s quite complicated. It’s a miracle we ever sink a ball. But knowing all this, we can maximize our chances for success. When it comes to english, less is better.




Pool’s Image Needs an Upgrade, and it Starts With You Merriam-Webster defines integrity as follows: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility

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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 for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

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I have seen many examples of integrity in the game. For example, people who call a foul on themselves even when nobody else saw the transgression. Unfortunately, I have seen many instances where players have been a bit unscrupulous. Recently, I participated in the 7th Annual Chuck Markulis Memorial Tournament in Sacramento, California. It was a wonderful event as always, and I enjoyed every moment. Well, almost every moment. Several pro players attended as well. Before the tournament, a Calcutta auction was held, where you can bid on the player you feel will win, and all of the money collected is put into a prize pool. If your player wins one of the top spots, you win a portion of the prize money. Obviously, the better players demand a larger bid. I won a bid that allowed me to choose any player I desired, and picked one of the pros. I won’t reveal who it was, for reasons you’ll understand shortly. Traditionally, the player you bid on gets the option to buy half of the bid, which was the case here. I won the bid for $300, so the player I chose had the option to split it with me for $150. I asked him if he wanted to buy in, and he told me he wasn’t sure yet. He’d let me know. I didn’t see him until after the tournament had started, and he had already played two matches. I had been playing on another table, so I didn’t have much of a chance to talk to him again. When I finally did see him, he told me he still wanted to buy his half. I was a bit put off by this… if he had lost, I’m sure he would not have opted in, and I’d have been out $300. As it was, he won his first two matches, so it was a wash. I let it slide. He then handed me $140 and asked if that was cool. Seriously? You’re a pro player, and you’re trying to weasel out of $10? I accepted it, very grudgingly, because if I hadn’t, he might have chosen not to pay. And he knew I knew that. Plus, if I had told him no, he might have just dumped his games. I smiled, accepted, and wished him well in the tournament. That was not the end of his shenanigans. During one of his matches, he was positioning his racks about an inch forward of the center of the spot. His opponent called him on it, and

he stated that the rules state that it’s legal as long as the ball is on the spot marker. They went back and forth on this, to the point of him threatening to just quit the tournament because “everyone always does this to him.” Of course, all I could think about was “thanks for putting the money I bet on you in jeopardy.” From that point forward, the tournament director racked every game. On top of all of this, despite the rule of “maximum power breaks,” he was consistently hitting his breaks around 16mph (the average of all other breaks I measured topped 22mph). He even put a ton of spin on the cue ball to soften his breaks so that it would look like he was breaking harder than he really was. Did he break the rules? I would say no. But he bent them about as far as they would go, clearly demonstrating a propensity for dancing on the line of morality and integrity. I completely understand the desire to give yourself the best chance to win matches. But to what lengths, and at what cost? Billiards already suffers from the image of the seedy hustler always trying to cheat people out of their money. Our community is struggling to make the sport more mainstream, to garner more interest in the game, and even get included in the Olympic Games. To all of my friends and acquaintances who are working hard toward this goal, thank you. I believe that we will get there some day, although we have quite a way to go. To those of you who are not, please rethink your position. Think about all of the other sports that suffer when a lack of integrity is demonstrated. Baseball, basketball, football. Cycling. Don’t take the easy path to get a few extra bills in your pocket. Take the high road, and show us that you have integrity. 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 Come on by and join the discussion!

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The Perils of English

(A version of this was originally published in the June 2003 edition.)

Bob Jewett

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Side spin on the cue ball (or English, as we call it) can be a very useful tool for positioning the cue ball. It comes with three major problems that you should be aware of when you’re practicing your spin shots so you will understand why you’re missing some of your shots, and what you need to consider consciously or subconsciously when you play these shots. In the shot diagrammed, we need to pull the cue ball to the left off the cushion, and the easiest way is with left English. The first problem when playing a shot like this is that the cue ball doesn’t start out along the line of the stick. Instead it starts out at an angle away from the side where you apply the English. This is shown with the exaggerated arrow to the side labeled “squirt” which is what this phenomenon is called. Sometimes people refer to this as “deflection,” but it is actually the cue stick which deflects while the cue ball squirts. The second problem is that the cue ball doesn’t travel in a straight line to the object ball, but instead swerves or curves to the left, again shown by the exaggerated curved line. The curve is in the opposite direction, so it might actually cancel the effect of the squirt. A third problem arises when the cue ball hits the object ball. Instead of driving the object ball straight away from the cue ball, the side spin grabs the object ball a little and pulls it to the side. Each of these aspects of side spin can be more than large enough to make you miss a shot, and each of them has more or less effect depending on the speed, spin and distance of the shot. Squirt increases as you use more English. If you have a tablelength shot, use a lot of side, and shoot hard, you might miss the object ball completely even though you were aiming for a full-ball hit. Squirt also changes for different shaft designs -- there are many different “low deflection” shafts to choose from or you might prefer a traditional shaft with more squirt. Swerve is affected by several other things. It goes up as more spin is used, but stick elevation and the use of draw will also increase the amount of curve you see. Since the curve takes time to develop, if you shoot hard, swerve is reduced. Most players elevate more than they need to, and all players elevate the stick on nearly every shot. Getting the stick flatter is a good way to reduce the guess work when using side spin. Throw can vary quite a bit with the cleanliness of the balls. If the cue ball is old and covered with ugly green chalk spots, its friction against the object ball will be higher and throw will increase. Throw also seems to be larger for softer hits, but since swerve is also larger then, and they tend to move the object ball in the same direction, it is hard to separate the two effects. If the object ball is close to the pocket, throw is a minor concern, but if the object ball has a long way to go to the pocket, neglecting throw will result in a sure miss. In the same way, squirt and swerve have more effect if the cue ball has a long way to go to get to the object ball, and might be safely ignored when the two balls are close. Some players try to use side spin to put the object


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ball in the pocket, but this is almost never necessary. There are a few situations in which you need to swerve a little around a blocking ball or to throw the object ball into the needed line, but these are quite rare and for most shots, the added complication of the three problems listed above should warn you away from any needless spin. Keep it simple. To practice spin shots, set up a shot like the one shown, and see whether you can get the cue ball to A, B or C. You will need to set the object ball up in the same place each time because on this shot, the angle of entry to the pocket makes a big difference in how you can manipulate the cue ball. I think you will find that draw combined with left English will get the best results. Start with the cue ball close to the object ball -- within six inches -- and gradually work it back. Try varying the speed and the amount of spin and see how the three factors vary. And remember to chalk!


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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Back in 1990, I watched Nick Varner’s 9-Ball match with Mike Sigel at the U.S. Open. Varner was down 9-2 and corner hooked against arguably the best player in the world. Instead of giving up or throwing in the towel, Varner staged one of the greatest come-from-behind tournament victories ever witnessed. By now, I am sure that you are aware that there are two games going on inside of every match. There’s the more obvious physical game, which consists of mechanics, shooting, and safety play. Then there’s also the less visible, mental game, which is comprised of handling pressure, dealing with misfortune, and being able to mount an unbelievable comeback. Professional pool players know that winning the mental side of the game is also a key part “Behind the 8-Ball” of winning the physical one. In fact, a mentally tough competitor who thinks positively will almost certainly outlast a more talented less mentally prepared opponent. Nowhere is this more visible than when a player makes a comefrom-behind victory. When you are behind by a significant margin and your opponent is only a few balls away from victory, you should do everything within your power to stay focused and make one final charge. Remember to concentrate on all of the steps of your pre-shot routine. Do not waste unnecessary energy dwelling on the deficit you are facing. Usually, at this stage of the match, most players are so discouraged that they just give up. You cannot afford to let that happen! Your may not know it, but your opponent can sense your level of frustration. Most players view negativity as a sign of weakness. In fact, the split second you start to think negative thoughts, you have already become defeated. Your defeat may actually be well before the final ball drops into the pocket. So how do you remain focused when you are “down and out?” When you are way behind, you should never give up on the mental side of the game. As long as you maintain focus and exhibit a positive, no-quit attitude, then the only way that you can lose is by running out of games. Several years ago I was playing in a 9-Ball tournament and was down 4-0 against arguably the best player in the state. I scratched, clawed, and fought my way back and finally tied the match at 4. In the final game I was lucky enough to make the nine ball on the break and win the match. You may think that being down 4-0 is no reason to give up and that many players have pulled off far greater comebacks. This is true. However, the point I am trying to convey is that a comeback cannot happen if you allow yourself to be defeated mentally. Real mental toughness is when you mentally enable yourself and actually believe you can win even when the odds are stacked against you. When your opponent is on the hill, don’t give up—give yourself a fighting chance to win! Don’t focus on the score and how badly you are being beaten; focus on shooting one shot at a time. Comebacks happen when you refuse to lose and when you focus all of your concentration into the present moment. Many years ago, author Bill Hogan wrote a children’s book that asks the question, “How do you eat an elephant?” The book’s answer to that question is “one bite at a time.” Mounting a comeback in pool is no different. Good players figure out a way to win even in the face of adversity, and they do it one ball at a time.

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley ‘The Game is our Teacher’ He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball. By Michael P. Geffner

It was the early 90s, and a few pro players were in Las Vegas playing at the Mirage , a tournament called ‘Challenge of Champions’ - we had a day off and Bobby Baldwin (Pro Poker player and then President of the Mirage Casino) invited 4 of us to play Steve Wynn’s private golf course called ‘Shadow Creek’. * This virtual “Shangri-la” is a 60 million dollar golf course with trees, grass and sand from different countries on every hole. Steve W. only allowed (at the time) 4-6 groups to play on any given day. It was free to play and you were not allowed to tip Steve’s employees (he paid them handsomely, and it would have been an insult to tip them). After the round we were sitting in the clubhouse and in walks Joe Pesci. I didn’t know what to say, however, Allen didn’t hesitate “hey Joe, how’s the golf game these days?” Joe looked quickly at Allen and lit up, smiling ear to ear, “Allen Hopkins, it’s been a long time, did you get lost, there’s no pool tables around here!” Both smiled in acknowledgment and Joe came right over and sat down with us. Allen introduced us and we sat and talked for about 45 minutes, what a serene moment. Joe seemed like just a normal, humorous fella - who would have guessed he is a Hollywood star? I was a bit uncomfortable at first, however, they both made a point of including me in the conversation, which immediately “took the edge off” the scenario.


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Allen and Joe traded stories about the pool room in New Jersey they both frequented a few years earlier. They knew many of the same pool players and Joe sounded like he’d spent his share of hours watching the “action” games. We all traded “good byes” - Allen and I headed out to the waiting Limo, my mind still trying to process what had just happened. It was like I had been transported into a movie for an hour and was now attempting to get back to “reality”. On the way to the front, in the lounge, we saw one of the most visually stunning women I had ever seen..... was she waiting on someone? (I was pretty sure it wasn’t me) Ricki Casper That’s right, she was accompanying Joe Pesci (it was that moment I realized Joe was no “normal” guy) Joe and the lovely lady left out of the side entrance to their waiting car and were gone in an instant. I looked at Allen and he just smiled, with a sparkle in his eye “Joe’s a trip isn’t he?” ......I just nodded my head, mesmerized by the moment. Later that evening we found out they were both in Las Vegas working on a movie called ‘CASINO’. The Vegas opinion at the Mirage was the movie should do “pretty well” at the Box Office.....and so it did. ‘The Game is our Teacher’

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I want to THANK everybody who took the time to Comment, Like, Share and click on a Photo the week of the USBTC by going to during the U.S. Bar Table Championships. We had over 200 shares, over 300 comments and over 2700 likes not to mention over 110,000 post clicks. Not to mention that the post of the photos reached over 32,000 an increase of 26,000 percent. I credit this to the interest that pool has on its players. The love of the game and the incredible talent of its players. I was humbled by the amount of interest that pool players all across the world

showed in checking out the photos I took during the tournament. I was trying to create a photo essay of the event. I snapped photos of players all throughout the event and the final matches as well. Pool is about the players and not just the pros but ALL the players. If you missed seeing the photos they are all on our Facebook page: http://www. Go into “Albums� and look for Day 1, 2, 3 for the USBTC there are over 6 different albums covering 10-Ball, 9-Ball and 8-Ball. Thank You for letting me be a small part of it! Don Akerlow

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The first 2015 Viking Tour was held at the new Bogies Billiards West location in Houston, TX this past Saturday. The event held 31 players, and was a huge success, with only good things to come. The Tour will rotate from 8~ball to 9~ball with the next $500 guarantee event being 9~ball on March 21. First place was also awarded a new Viking Cue for their effort. Manny Chau went undefeated to win the first place cash prize and a New Viking Cue Chau defeated Brian Rosenbaum 5-2, Rene Rendon 5-0, Mike Alonzo 5-3, Blaine Barcus 5-4 and then John Lassek 5-1 to win the hot seat. Barcus, after being defeated by Chau went on the to defeat David Gutierrez and Mike Alonzo for the chance to play John Lassek for a chance to rematch with Chau, Lassek defeated Will Felder 5-1, Marc Garza 5-1, Bobby Broussard 5-3 and Erik Renteria 5-2 before falling to Chau in the hot seat match. Lassek would not let Barcus stop his chance at a rematch with Chau defeating Barcus 3-2. This set up the finals with Manny Chau and John Lassek which was one sided with Chau controlling the match to win the title with a score of 5-0. Bogies Billiards West would like to thank Bill Fuller for directing a flawless tournament.


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Scott Mercer and Randy Fuller split at Back Alley Billiards

McALESTER, OK Scott Mercer, of Indianola, Okla., and Randy Fuller, of Fort Smith, Ark., decided to split the winnings for first and second at McAlester Back Alley Billiards’ 6-speed & under 8-Ball tourney on Saturday, Dec. 27. Fuller and Mercer won all of their early matches and met each other in the hot seat match. Mercer won that match, placing Fuller into the losers’ bracket. After Fuller beat Rachel Petersen, co-owner of Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, he went on to meat Mercer in the championship match. Before playing, Mercer and Fuller decided to split the winnings. First place paid $135 in tournament money and $150 in Calcutta money. Second place paid $100 in tourney winnings and $90 in Calcutta. Petersen won $70 in tourney money for her third-place finish and $60 in Calcutta. Local player Lee Riddle took fourth place in the tournament and won $35. Back Alley Billiards hosts a variety of tournaments for all pool players every Saturday. Tournament sign-ups are at noon and Calcuttas begin at 1 p.m. Check the “Tournament Trail” page of Rack Em Pool Magazine for more information about these tournaments. Call Back Alley Billiards today at 918-916-CUES (2837) to sign up for any upcoming tournaments.

Pictured from left are Scott Mercer, Randy Fuller, Rachel Petersen and Lee Riddle. Mercer and Fuller split first/ second in Back Alley Billiards 6-Speed & under 8-Ball tourney in December. Petersen placed third and Riddle got fourth.

Randy Fuller, of Arkansas, wins his first match in Back Alley Billiards 6-speed & under 8-Ball tourney in December. Fuller won all his early matches before losing the hot seat match to Scott Mercer. Fuller went on to meet Mercer in the finals and the two top players decided to split first/second.

Scott Mercer, of Indianola, Okla., shoots a breakout shot during Back Alley Billiards’ 6-speed & under 8-Ball tourney on Sat. Dec. 27. Mercer won all the matches he played and was sitting in the hot seat when he and Randy Fuller split first/second.

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Petersen and Mercer

split the championship at Back Alley Billiards Back Alley Billiards, in McAlester, Okla., hosted a 6-speed & under 8-Ball tournament on Jan. 24. After a full day of pool playing, Rachel Petersen and Scott Mercer split 1st and 2nd place. Petersen played Pete Manschreck in her first match and won 4-2. Petersen then went on to play Trenton Bolding and won that match 4-0. “I played some of my best pool in that match,” Petersen said. “Trenton is a really strong shooter, but I just couldn’t miss that set.” Petersen went on to win her next couple matches. She beat Keith Ouellette 4-2 and then played for the hot seat against Don Mendenhall and won 4-2. Mercer started the tournament with a bye and won his first match 4-3 against Mike White. Mercer then had another hill-hill match against Don Mendenhall and lost. Mercer then beat Trenton Bolding and Keith Ouellette in the losers’ side of the bracket. Mercer then played Mendenhall again and won, moving him on to the championship match against Petersen. Petersen and Mercer decided to split the first- and second- place tournament and Calcutta money. First place tourney paid $100 and second-place paid $60. First place Calcutta paid $180 and second paid $80. Mendenhall won $40 for his thirdplace finish and Ouellette won $15 for fourth. Back Alley Billiards, in McAlester, hosts pool tournaments every Saturday at 1 p.m. There are tournaments for all level of pool players. For more information about these tournaments, call Back Alley at 918-916-CUES (2837). You can also look at the “Tournament Trail” section of Rack Em Magazine for more information about the Back Alley tournaments.

results Scott Mercer, left, and Rachel Petersen split 1st and 2nd place in Back Alley Billiards 6 & under 8-ball tourney in January. The total winnings for 1st and 2nd was $420 in tourney and Calcutta money.

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Jasmin Ouschan

Photo Courtesy Al Leon Via Facebook Jasmin Ouschan has won the 2015 WPBA Masters at Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt Pleasant, MN. She defeated Ga Young Kim in two sets (51, 5-3) to claim the championship she last won in 2011. Neither of our finalists reached the podium unscathed. Ga Young was sent to the losers side in her third round of play by Jeanette Lee who bested her 9-8.

Once on the nervous side of the charts she began cutting down her opponents with a 9-7 win over Line Kjorsvik followed by a 9-3 victory over Kelly Fisher. She made it to the semi’s by taking down Monica Webb 9-2. Jasmin Ouschan also lost her third-round match. She dropped hers to Monica Webb 9-8 and then took down Jennifer Chen 9-6, Ewa Laurance 9-3 and Jeanette Lee 9-2. Waiting for her in the semi’s was undefeated Siming Chen whom Ouschan defeated.




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Winners Abound at Universal Cues 2015 ACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships Riverside Casino – Jan. 15-18 A record 813 individual ACS league members trekked to the popular Riverside Resort & Casino in Riverside IA, January 15-18, 2015, to vie for $46,965 in prize money at the Universal Cues 2015 ACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships. The thirteen divisions of play broke down as follows: Jerrod Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) marched undefeated through a tough 42-player Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles field, outlasting Ryan Behnke (Farley, IA) 6-2 in the one-set finals! On the distaff side – the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles -Tina Larsen(Portage IN) outlasted a veteran field of 19 to defeat Jessica James (Lombard, IL) after a previous loss to James…in a two set finals 5-1, 5-1 for the title. In Open 8-Ball Singles action, Greg Knight (Marion, IA) bested a field of 174 players to take the men’s crown – outdueling Johnny Kerr (Coal City, IL) in a two-set nail biter; while Cathy Harness (Silvis, IL) needed only one set to take down Michelle Read (Godley, IL) 3-2 for the women’s laurels in the 77-player division. In the handicapped 9-Ball Singles, Scott Hargens (Cedar Rapids, IA) clipped Whitey Walker (Burlington, IA) 6-5 for the Men’s title in a 128-man field; and Scott was joined on the podium by the Women’s champion Kelly Hotchkiss (Portage IN) who outpointed Dee McGrath (Washington, IL) 5-3 in the finals of a 16-player field! In the handicapped Scotch



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WOMEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL SINGLES CHAMPION, TINA LARSEN Doubles 8-Ball division, the duo of Eric Naretto & Rae Nargaard (IL) completed their undefeated run over the 22-team field with a 4-3 finals decision over Paula Reeder & Justin Plumb (MO/IA). The event sported 192 total 4-person teams, and the Advanced 8-Ball Team divisions featured “Gravy Train” (IA) [Jerry, Adam, Ryan and Chad Behnke] besting “Leisure Time Billiards” (IL) [Dwaine Bowman, Jamey Bowman, Frank DeCastecker and Ron Martin] in a one-set finals of a star-studded 18team field; while the hot- seat team of “Girls Behaving Badly” (IA) [Paula Kelley, Karla Chorny, Carla Dahl, Dawn Spencer and Laura Hargens] weathered a finals first-set 2-9 shellacking from challenger “Just Make It” (IL) [Joan Livingston, Christine Holtz, Tina Larsen, and Kristin Castaldo] and comfortably claimed the deciding set for the stand-out title performance in the 14-team division. The 97-team Men’s Open 8-Ball Team division was highlighted by the undefeated team of “Boardwalk” (IL) [Duke Shaw, James Goldring, Scott Franklin, Don Lawson and Josh Franklin] surviving a loss in the first set of the finals to challenger “ERO Speedwagon” [Jason Welker, Chris Kouris, Michael Goodman and Jeff Hawks], but recovering in a tight deciding set for the title! In the 41-team Women’s Open 8-Ball Team division, undefeated “Shock and Awe” (IL) [Jamie Strezo, Amy Krogh, Debbie Gleason and Gina Scavelli] took the same route, surviving to challenger “MCL Girls” (IL) [Lisa Wiseman, Amanda

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results Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles [42 Entries X $75 = $3,150 + $500 Added = $3,650] 1st Jerrod Frideres $900 Fort Dodge, IA 2nd Ryan Behnke $675 Farley, IA 3rd Adam Behnke $450 Farley, IA 4th Doric Smith $275 Galesburg, IL 5th - 6th Joe Hull $200 Charles City, IA Mike Peiffer $200 Washington, IA 7th - 8th Jamey Bowman $125 E. Moline, IL Ron Pluym $125 Dubuque, IA 9th - 12th Brad Baker $100 Des Moines, IA Chad Behnke $100 Farley, IA Dirk Pagakis $100 Sheridan, IL Matt Payne $100 Burlington, IA 13th - 16th Bruce Ribble $75 Swisher, IA Jamie Tipps $75 Wapello, IA Jerry Behnke $75 Farley, IA Tom Jaeger $75 Westville, IA Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles [19 Entries X $75 = $1,425 + $500 Added = $1,925] 1st Tina Larsen $750 Portage, IA 2nd Jessica James $450 Lombard, IL 3rd Jessica Frideres $225 Fort Dodge, IA 4th Jen Roling $150 Dubuque, IA 5th - 6th Amy Latzko $100 Chicago Ridge, IL Shari Rice $100 Omaha, NE 7th - 8th Kristen Castaldo $75 Oak Brook, IL Laura Bendikas $75 Chicago, IL Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles [174 Entries X $40 = $6,960 + $500 Added = $7,460] 1st Greg Knight $1,150 Marion, IA 2nd Johnny Kerr $750 Coal City, IL 3rd Milt Eichman $490 Dubuque, IA 4th Faron Bedenbender $300 Havana, IL 5th - 6th Darryl Ostwinkle $200 Worthington, IA Dave Gossar $200 Wedron, IL 7th - 8th Jason Nelson $175 New London, IA Jeremy Nebergall $175 Lewistown, IL 9th - 12th Derek Deger $150 Lincoln, NE Mike Sabol $150 Valparaiso, IA Rich Fearn $150 Montpelier, IL Tommy Fuller $150 Davenport, IL 13th - 16th Bill Ford $125 Lewistown, IL Dustin Krueger $125 Muscatine, IA Hector Guajardo $125 Portage, IA Kyloe Knapp $125 Charles City, IA 8-Ball Scotch Doubles [22 Entries X $25 = $550 + $250 Added = $800] 1st Eric Naretto. & R.nargaard $250 IL 2nd Paula Reeder & Justin Plumb $150 MO/IL 3rd - 4th Belinda Tiips & Brandon Lincoln $100 IA Patti Clancy & Mike Clancy $100 IA 5th - 8th Dennis Shumway & Lori Rexroat $50 IL Kevin Blackford & Sharon Rinkert $50 IA Russ Schickling & Jennifer Cole $50 IL Teresa Wentz & Jim Tipps $50 IL/IA

Men’s Open 9-Ball Singles [128 Entries X $25 = $3,200 + $200 Added = $3,400] 1st Scott Hargens $800 Cedar Rapids, IA 2nd Whitey Walker $500 Burlington, IA 3rd - 4th Mike Dobosz $350 Griffith, IA Tracy Hoermann $350 Wapello, IA 5th - 8th Bruce Ribble $150 Swisher, IA Joe Nacey $150 Godley, IL Kirk Bauer $150 Godley, IL Matt Hill $150 Iowa City, IA 9th - 16th Bob Zawacki $50 Peru, IL Brian Houselog $50 Dubuque, IA David Machaj $50 Portage, IA Griffin Glynn $50 Crown Point, IA James Johnson $50 Crest Hill, IL Jerry Cooper $50 Junction City, KS Kent Frazelle $50 Moline, IL Michael Vondal $50 Dubuque, IA Women’s Open 9-Ball Singles [16 Entries X $25 = $400 + $200 Added = $600] 1st Kelly Hotchkiss $250 Portage, IA 2nd Dee Mcgrath $150 Washington, IL 3rd Jeanine Sedivy $100 Muskego, WI 4th Kristen Castaldo $50 Oak Brook, IL 5th - 6th Heather Lavin $25 Lockport, IA Simone Huskey $25 Silvis, IL Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams [18 Entries X $200 = $3,600 + $1,000 Added = $4,600] 1st Gravy Train $1500 IA 2nd Leisure Time Billiards $1000 IL 3rd Crown Champions $700 IA 4th Flanagan’s Bad Touch $400 WI 5th - 6th Cleaning Crew $300 IA Keep It Simple Stupid $300 IA 7th - 8th Men Of The Cloth $200 IL NSBOA $200 IA Men’s Open 8-Ball Teams [97 Entries X $80 = $7,760 + $3,000 Added = $10,760] 1st Boardwalk $2500 IL 2nd Ero Speedwagon $1500 IL 3rd Claytons #3 $1000 IL 4th Quality Contractors $700 IA 5th - 6th Team Tenley $480 IL Wooden Nickel $480 IL 7th - 8th Fac - Next $300 IL Sofa King Good $300 IA 9th - 12th Deep Pockets $200 IL Quad Cities Misfits $200 IL Sneaky Pete’s $200 IL Stick It In Your Rack-N-Break-’Um $200 NE 13th - 16th Ain’t Right $175 IL Dang $175 IA Racks On The Rocks (Men) $175 IL Raise The Bet $175 IA Men’s Open 8-Ball Teams - 2nd Chance [6 Entries X $40 = $240 + $450 Added = $690] 1st Just Play $350 IL 2nd Shape By Mistake $230 IL 3rd - 4th Call Us What You Want $110 IL Fa-Cue $110 IL

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Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams [14 Entries X $200 = $2,800 + $1,000 Added = $3,800] 1st Girls Behaving Badly $1500 IA 2nd Just Make It $1000 IL 3rd Which Witch Is Which $600 NE 4th Carom Room $300 WI 5th - 6th How You Like Me Now $200 IA Miss Strokers $200 IA Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams [41 Entries X $80 = $3,280 + $2,000 Added = $5,280] 1st Shock And Awe $1500 IL 2nd Mcl Girls $1000 IL 3rd Avenue Tap $650 IA 4th Rack Attack $450 IL 5Th - 6Th Bad To The Bone $320 IL Cue Tz $320 IA 7Th - 8Th Flanagan’s-You’ve Got To Be Kidding $220 WI Outta Control $220 IA 9th - 12th Knickers $150 IA Main Event $150 IL Game On! $150 IL What The Hell $150 IL Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams - 2nd Chance [3 Entries X $40 = $120 + $300 Added = $420] 1st Misfits $250 IL 2nd Gus’ $170 IO Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles [77 Entries X $40 = $3,080 + $500 Added = $3,580] 1st Catherine Harness $800 Silvis, IL 2nd Michelle Read $550 Godley, IL 3rd Katie Mitchell $400 Bonaparte, IA 4th Jolene Heine $270 Dubuque, IA 5th - 6th Maria Lara $150 Sterling, IL Nancy Beadel $150 Bettendorf, IL 7th - 8th Donna Whitcomb $100 Port Byron, IL Lisa Plumb $100 Silvis, IL 9th - 12th Faith Eichman $75 Dubuque, IA Julie Backes $75 Dubuque, IA Michelle Nicholson $75 Milan, IL Sadie Carlson $75 New Windsor, IL 13th - 16th Cindy Detrixhe $50 Concordia, KS Connie Lugo $50 Sterling, IL Sandy Travis $50 St. Joseph, MO Sue Leonard $50 Moline, IL

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March 2015

LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED Sidepocket (see ad p29) 318-425-8112 10-Ball Ring Game-Limit 16 $100 Call Sidepocket (see ad p29) 318-425-8112 9-Ball $75 incl g.f. $2000 Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive-The Finals Call Call Bogies West (see ad p22) 832-912-4432 Gulf Coast Women’s Tour $25 Call Bogies West (see ad p22) 832-912-4432 Lone Star Tour $35/$25 $1000 Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 9-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ Red Shoes (see ad p22) 708-388-3700 Bank Pool $50 incl g.f. $500 w/f.f. Jailhouse (see ad p25) 608-539-JAIL OPEN Division $25+$10 g.f. $$$ Sharky’s (see ad p26) 563-359-RACK 8-Ball $30 incl g.f. $1,000 Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Rated 8 & under $20 $$$ Bogies West (see ad p22) 832-912-4432 9-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar Mariott East (see ad p31) 303-926-1039 Indiana Jr State 9-Ball Call Call Pheasant Run (see ad p31) 303-926-1039 Illinois Jr State 8-Ball Call Call Brickyard (see ad Feb) 317-248-0555 Midwest Bar Table 9-Ball-limit 64 $100 $$$ Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 6 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ Shooters (see ad p16) 913-780-5740 KC Rated 9-Ball Tour $40 incl g.f. $300 w/32 Sharky’s (see ad p26) 563-359-RACK Women’s 9-Ball $30 $1,000 Jamaica Joes (see ad p26) 405-736-0590 Open 9-Ball $50 $2000 Jamaica Joes (see ad p26) 405-736-0590 Women 9-Ball $50 Call Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive (#1)-Open $20 Call Smokin Aces (see ad p28) 573-712-2900 9-Ball Bar Box Open-Race to 21 $2,000-Limit 16 $2,000 Red Shoes (see ad p22) 708-388-3700 8-Ball $50 incl g.f. $500 w/f.f. Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ Jamaica Joes (see ad p26) 405-736-0590 9-Ball $55 $5,000 HyVee Hall (see ad p31) 303-926-1039 Iowa Jr State 9-Ball Call Call Super Billiards (see ad 20) 609-652-6116 Open 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Super Billiards (see ad p20) 609-652-6116 Women 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Super Billiards (see ad p20) 609-652-6116 Seniors (50+) 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Super Billiards (see ad p20) 609-652-6116 Super Seniors (65+) 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Super Billiards (see ad p20) 609-652-6116 Juniors 9-Ball 17/12 & Under FREE Call White Diamond (see ad p28) 337-989-9889 Super 9-Ball $40 $1000 w/f.f. Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Rated ALL players $20 $$$ Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) 701-282-4168 Spring Shootout-Ring Game $40 Call Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) 701-282-4168 Spring Shootout-Open 10-Ball $90-Limit 32 $1,500 Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) 701-282-4168 Spring Shootout-9-Ball $40-Limit 96 Call Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) 701-282-4168 Spring Shootout-Open 8-Ball $60-Limit 128 $2,000 Sharky’s (see ad p26) 563-359-RACK 10-Ball-16 player max 3 Div. $100 Call Lindenwood Univ (see ad p31) 303-926-1039 Missouri Jr State 9-Ball Boys $5+$20 fees Call Lindenwood Univ (see ad p31) 303-926-1039 Missouri Jr State 9-Ball Girls $5+$20 fees Call Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 5 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ Bogies West (see ad p22) 832-912-4432 8-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar Lindenwood Univ (see ad p31)) 303-926-1039 MO Jr 9-Ball Boys 18 & under $5+$20 fees Call Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Progressive (#2)-Open $20 Call Red Shoes (see ad p22) 708-388-3700 One Pocket $50 incl g.f. $500 w/f.f. Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 9-Ball 7 & under-Race to 5 $20 $$$ Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball Rated 8 & under $20 $$$ Grand Hotel (see ad p19) 701-421-9880 4 Bears 8-Ball Classic (mini 9-Ball) Call Call Grand Hotel (see ad p19) 701-421-9880 4 Bears 8-Ball Classic (Men’s 8-Ball) $110 incl. g.f. $10,000 Grand Hotel (see ad p19) 701-421-9880 4 Bears 8-Ball Classic (Wmn’s 8-Ball) $85 incl. g.f. $3,000 Griffith Billiards (see ad p25) 219-934-POOL 8-Ball Dream Team-48T max $500 Call Griffith Billiards (see ad p25) 219-934-POOL 8-Ball Singles $80 Call Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 8-Ball 6 & under-race to 4 $15 $$$ Racks on the Rocks (see ad p31) 303-926-1039 IL Jr State 9-Ball Call Call Back Alley (see ad p16) 918-916-2837 Jack & Jill Scotch 8-Ball $30 $$$ Fargo Billiards (see ad p28) 701-282-4168 ND Jr State 9-Ball Call Call Bogies West (see ad p22) 832-912-4432 9-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar Red Shoes (see ad p22) 708-388-3700 9-Ball $50 incl g.f. $500 w/f.f. Bogies West (see ad p22) 832-912-4432 8-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar Bogies West (see ad p22) 832-912-4432 9-Ball $50-Limit 64 $500 Guar KK Billiards (see ad p24) 920-830-0083 Big Table 10-Ball $400 1st 16 Call KK Billiards (see ad p24) 920-830-0083 10-Ball Cheesehead Classic $100 $12,000 Guar


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