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SKY WOODWARD Staff Feb 21, 2016 ROUND ROCK, TX Sky Woodward and Dennis Orcollo played three matches against each other at the 2nd Annual Texas State 10-Ball Championships, held on the weekend of February 13-14. All three ended in 7-5 scores, one game away from double hill, and Woodward took two out of the three. They were the last two, and allowed him to claim the event title. The $4,000-added event drew a full field of 128 entrants to Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, TX. Of the $4,000-added, $500 went to the highest finisher among the women who competed. Jennifer Kraber, who finished just out of the money in the tie for 33rd place, took home the $500.

and fifth this year. Junior Jueco, who finished 13th last year, finished fourth this year. Early favorites in this race to the Texas 10-Ball title were Justin Bergman, Woodward, Orcollo and Tony Chohan.

Of the top 12 finishers in this year’s championship, only one was present among the top 12 last year - Jeremy Jones, who finished third last year

Woodward sent Bergman to the loss side 7-4, while Orcollo was downing Jones 7-3. In their first of three, Orcollo claimed the hot seat 7-5.


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Jones and Jueco matched up in this year’s winners’ side quarterfinals, with Jones advancing to the winners’ side semifinal against Orcollo, who’d gotten by (among others) Shane Harvey, Jason Klatt and Tommy Tokoph. Woodward, in the meantime, following victories over Ruben Bautista, Billy Thorpeand Warren Kiamco (who’d just sent last year’s winner, Manny Chau to the loss side, never to return), squared off against Bergman.


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On the loss side, Bergman picked up Jueco, who’d eliminated Billy Thorpe 7-4 and just did survive a double hill fight against Josh Roberts. Jones drew Roberto Gomez, who was exceeding a variety of expectations, and had defeated Robb Saez 7-5 and CJ Wiley 7-1 to reach Jones. Gomez continued his somewhat unexpected run by defeating Jones 7-2, as Jueco surprised Bergman (and quite a few other people) by defeating him 7-2. Gomez chalked up his fourth straight loss-side win with a 7-4 defeat of Jueco in the quarterfinals, and gave Woodward a lot to think about during a double hill fight in the semifinals. Woodward survived and moved on to the true double elimination final. A pair of not-too-surprising tight matches followed, both of them falling that single game short of double hill. Woodward won them both to claim the 2016 Texas State 10-Ball Championship title

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MECHANICAL PLAYERS VS. FEEL PLAYERS by Tom Simpson © February 2000

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There are some players who play very consciously. They think about many many details of stroke, form, alignment, aim, etc. They have elaborate pre-shot routines to help ensure their consistency. They are aware of a lot of body sensations. They use whatever physics grasp they have of the game to help them plan and execute their shots.They try to do everything on purpose. I call these MechanicalPlayers (MP‘s). I‘m somewhere on this end of the spectrum. The FeelPlayers (FP‘s) are the opposite. They trust their body to do the right thing. They are not conscious of how they do what they do, and may not even be interested in knowing much about how things work or why. They appear to be looser and more fluid. Lots of really excellent players are in this category, and many pros. They get it done, but it looks easier when they do it. To generalize, I‘d say the MP‘s are probably held back by carefulness and too much “doing”,while the FP‘s are held back by carelessness and too little knowledge. Ah,the middle road! As an MP, I’ve spent a lot of time and effort studying the FP Way. Those brief, shining moments when I‘m really in the zone are much more FP than my usual game. I see this as a continuum. While you can become very good at either end, you need some of the good stuff from the other end to balance you out and really raise your game. MP‘s that somehow break through and “give up” control of the details and trust their bodies to deliver, can rise to another level. My take on this process (MP‘s can’t help but think this way)


is that it comes down to INTENT. When you can develop real clarity of intent, trust that intent, and leave doubt and mind chatter behind, the zone opens. There is a martial arts maxim that says “To defeat the sword, you must first master the sword.” This appeals to MP‘s, because we’re happy to spend our time exploring all the details of the weapon, the proper footwork, balance, joint function, and on and on. Butwhat it means at a deeper level is “Master the sword, and then give up your attachment to the details. Integrate the knowledge and then, when it’s time to execute, put your energy into your intent.” In pool talk, that‘s “Shut up and bear down.” At a practical, day-to-day training level, what I do is follow the Mechanical Way in the never-ending quest to perfect my form and fill in gaps in my knowledge. In a way, this is like practicingt he shots you‘re already good at.Even thoughI know better, I indulge myself in mechanical stuff for a while, because this is my comfor tzone, my fun. I know what I have to do to really get better, though, so I make forays into the Feel World. The best method I‘ve found for this is to focus exclusively on the intended RESULT and shoot without hesitation œ faster rhythm. Itworks,butmy MP side doesn’t trust it. I think mostMP‘s envy the FP‘s ease, confidence, and fluidity, but are afraid to give up their mechanicalness and “trustthe force.“ Meanwhile, FP‘s secretly wish they knew more and had mechanical systems and procedures they could rely on, but they don‘t want to be mechanical, and they try to convince themselves they don‘treally need all that technical knowledge: “Hey, the ball goes in the hole, don’tit?” Let‘s leave our comfort zones once in a while and learn from both extremes.


DEALING WITH DOWNTIME Playing the Hurry-Up-and-Wait Game

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!

Recently, we talked about what to do when you’re not at the table: you must continue to do your job while you are sitting in your chair. Today, we’ll talk about what to do when you’re not playing, and you are waiting for your next match. Maybe that’s what you’re doing right now, while reading this article! If you have played in any tournaments, you know what I’m talking about. Some of them are very well-run, with plenty of tables. Some are, well, not so well-run, or don’t have enough tables to accommodate all of the players in one round. Either way, you often have to wait to play your first match – and if you have a first round bye, you might be waiting for a long time. All that warm-up time before the matches started was for naught, because by the time you get to play, you’re cold again! So, you finally get to play your game. The match was a close one, and took an hour and a half to complete, but you won! Congrats! Guess what? You have to play again! This time, you lose, but because it’s a double elimination format, you are still in it. You’re off to get a quick sandwich, because boy, are you hungry! What’s that? They’re calling your name again?! I know. I’ve been there too, my friend. I have also been at the opposite end of the spectrum: I am one of the first players called, and when my match is done, I don’t get called again for 4 hours. YES, 4 hours! How well have you done during such tournaments? Are you like my friend Jason Williams, who can jump up at a moment’s notice and run 9-ball racks in his sleep? Do you shoot well on an empty stomach? How about when you’ve just wolfed down a burger? Did you lose badly, then complain to your opponent that you came in cold? A couple of years ago, I played in the Terry Stonier Memorial at the Jointed Cue in Sacramento, CA. I’m a middle-of-the-road player, and didn’t expect to win the whole thing, but I wanted to do well. If you’ve been to the Jointed Cue, you know that they have a back room with stadium seating. I took advantage of those comfy seats, and took little cat-naps in between my matches. They announced new matches just a few feet away, so I knew I’d hear them when they called my name. I managed to get 7th/8th in that tournament. Each game I played, I felt prepared, and refreshed. I didn’t rush myself, and was very focused. Ever since then, I try to get a little cat-nap in whenever I can. It doesn’t always help, and I don’t always actually sleep. It’s more like I’m resting and meditating. I truly believe it helps. Not everyone is like me. Jason will go outside and chat with friends, and smoke. In fact, I rarely see him sit down. Yet he consistently walks all over his opponents. Shane van

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Boening and Rodney Morris will get on any empty table they can find and just keep hitting balls. They like to keep the engine revving! If you don’t know what works for you, here are a few suggestions to help you get through the (sometimes) rough tournament schedule: • If you know the schedule, plan accordingly. Make sure you stay nourished (food and water), and rested. I strongly recommend you keep some snacks on hand – a candy bar or two, an energy bar, or some nuts. Sometimes you’ll have to play three matches in a row, and you’ll need some quick energy to sustain you until you can eat a real meal. Go to the bathroom when you can. • Stay warmed up. If the tournament allows practice between matches and there’s an empty table, hit some balls. Just stay loose and limber; making a bunch of easy shots helps build your confidence. If you are having a particular problem with a shot, practice it until you can make it fairly often. It will help build your confidence as well. • Find a comfy viewing spot and watch other matches. If you know who you’re playing next, go watch that match and pay attention to their gameplay. Study their strengths and weaknesses. • Catch a cat-nap. Aurora goes with me to almost every match, so it’s nice to know I can nap and have her wake me when they call me. Bring one of those airline neck pillows – they are awesome! • Have fun! Play some pinball or table tennis while you’re waiting. Chat with your friends. Play some games on your phone. • Clear your head. Walk outside. When you are thinking about your last match, only think of the missed shots as a learning experience. Think about what you could have done better to make it. Think about some of the really great shots you made, too. The key is to stay positive. • Between tournaments, think about getting into shape. This is a tough sport, and those who are in good shape have a distinct advantage. There may be many other things you can do between matches to improve your chances of winning. The key thing here is to remember why you are playing. Most of us do this because we enjoy it – so enjoy it! Make sure you figure out what it is that works for you, and try to do it when you can. Pace yourself, and don’t get discouraged. Pool is not always about who plays the best. Sometimes, it’s about who can last the longest. 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 I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at Come on by and join the discussion!

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When playing without a referee, it’s common in the U.S. to play by the so-called “cue ball fouls only” rule. This rule is often misunderstood, so here are some details about it. First, I’d like to say that we would all be better off if we played by the “all fouls” rule all the time. Players would be better prepared for tournament play and they might even be motivated both to be careful when they are shooting and to read the rules. The rule itself varies a little from rule set to rule set -and you better check the rules for the particular game/ league/event you’re in -- but it is generally something like this: If the shooter accidently disturbs an object ball it is not a foul. The opponent has the option of leaving the ball where it was moved to or putting it back where it was. However, if the disturbance has an effect on how the shot comes out, it is a foul. Let’s go through some examples. In Shot 1 the player is shooting the 1 ball at 8 ball and the cue stick touches the 7 ball. The 7 rolls an inch where it just blocks the 7 and 8 from any good shot but it does not hit the 8. The cue ball comes off the cushion and rolls to a stop without hitting the 7. The opponent puts the 7 back so that he will have a better chance for a shot at the 8 later. If the game were 9 ball, the opponent might not put the ball back because the movement tied up the two balls. But suppose the shooter says, “Oops,” and reaches out and puts the 7 ball back where it was without asking, out of reflex. That is a foul. He has to let his opponent decide “here or there”. It is better to allow the restoration before the shot, if you can, because once your opponent is satisfied with the position of the touched ball, it is no longer a foul to hit it during the shot, as in the next case. Suppose that the 7 is moved farther and the cue ball runs into it as it comes off the cushion. That is a foul because it changes the outcome of the shot. Suppose the player shoots the shot with right English and the cue ball comes off the cushion back along the line of the cue stick. If the 7 had not been moved, the cue ball would have run into it, but instead the cue ball has a clear path back across the table. That’s a foul because it changes the outcome of the shot. Next example: the 7 ball is moved and runs softly into the 8 ball while the cue ball passes as shown without hitting either one. This is a foul by some rule sets. If you move two or more object balls accidently, it is a foul. You need to read the rules to see if this applies to your games. Next example: The player bridges on top of the 7 ball to shoot the shot. This generally isn’t done by anyone who has played in competition, but I’ve seen it. This is a foul because it is not accidental. You are never allowed to intentionally touch object balls that are in play except when


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acting as the referee. The final example is in Shot 2. The player is totally hooked in a game of 9 ball, with no way to hit the 5 ball except by jumping off the pocket facing. Instead, using the 5 ball as his cue ball, he shoots the 9 ball into the pocket. If you take “cue ball fouls only” literally, there was no cue ball foul. This particular non-cue ball foul is loss of game. This strategy may seem unbelievable but I’ve heard of it being tried at least twice. Desperate players do desperate things. Considering all of the exceptions which are fouls under “cue ball fouls only” -- moving two balls, running into a moved ball, running through the space previously occupied by a moved ball, intentionally touching a ball -- I think it would be as easy to just call all fouls. That’s the way most of the world plays.

POWERFUL POSITIVE THINKING! Negative thinking is a habit that can destroy your selfconfidence and harm your pool playing performance. This month we are going to give an in-depth look at two strategies that will help you change the way you talk to yourself during a match.

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

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. -Winston Churchill Strategy #1: Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Why do you tense up on an important shot? It usually comes down to the fact that you are putting some type of mental or emotional pressure on yourself to pocket a ball during a crucial situation. This stress usually comes from the fact that you’re afraid of what might happen if you do not pocket the ball. Below you will find a list of negative things you might say to yourself during an intense game: • “I’ve got to win this game to stay close.” • “I hate long shots… Don’t miss!” • “My partner is depending on me. He will hate me if I mess up!” • “This is for the championship...don’t blow this!” The number one reason that you are “stressing” is because you are constantly hearing negative thoughts inside your head. Those voices usually become “vocal” during an important shot. To remedy this problem, I suggest for you to develop a plan of action. Start by making a list of negative thoughts that pop into your mind as you attempt to pocket a meaningful shot. Next, you should develop another list of phrases that totally debunk the way that you currently think. I call this “Powerful Positive Thinking.” Your positive thoughts will counteract the negative ones, thereby reducing the amount of stress you place on yourself during crucial “end game” situations. Below, you will find some examples of what this looks like:

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Negative thought: “Don’t miss this simple shot.” Positive thought: “Not even world champions make all of their shots. I will remain calm and do my best to focus on the shot at hand.” • Negative thought: “My scotch doubles partner will get mad at me if I miss.” • Positive thought: “My partner is my best friend, and he knows I will do my best. I am going to put all of my effort into pocketing this ball. • Negative thought: “This shot is for the tournament championship…don’t screw this up!” • Positive thought: “This is the final nail in my opponent’s coffin. I am going to pocket this ball with a nice smooth stroke.” Now you should make your own personal list of positive thoughts to counteract any negative ones that might be plaguing your game. Changing the way that you talk to yourself will help you pocket key balls in high-pressure situations. After you develop your own list, you will have several phrases that you can fall back on during stressful situations. Strategy #2: Understand what you can and can’t control. You must understand that: • You do control what you do up until you shoot. • You don’t control what happens once the ball has been struck. • You do control how you decide to react after each shot. • You don’t have any control of what happens once you shoot. Many outside factors can cause problems: an unleveled table, a speck of dirt, or a bad tip could wreak havoc with your ability to perform. What if you decided to let go of the idea that you should be able to make all game-winning shots? The reality is that you won’t…and neither do the best players in the world! Let it be okay if you miss during a match. The fear of missing creates tension, which causes you to miss more often. Pre-accept the idea that you will be okay if you miss. This is actually a way to trick your mind. You should intend or feel as though you are going to pocket every shot each time you work through your pre-shot routine. However, at the same time you should also accept and understand that you may miss because you don’t fully control the outcome. Once you start implementing this thought pattern into your game, you’ll instantly become more successful as you attempt to pocket balls during high-pressure situations.

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


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In the last issue, I diverted from my usual and useful trick shots only to introduce you to a historic crowd-pleaser. Back to the trick shots which can help us win a pool game, this month I am going to focus on an extremely useful concept: jump an object ball over an obstacle ball. Normally we all know, to a degree, how to jump our cue ball over an object ball, and that has been a fairly easy task since jump cues (shorter and lighter than standard cues) were officially approved. But, as you see in the diagram, sometimes it would be nice if we could have our object ball clear an obstacle. Following the diagram, place your Cue Ball close enough to the short rail so that you can prop your bridge hand on top of it for a more comfortable shot. Then place the 1-Ball (the Yellow Ball) in front of the Cue Ball in direction with the far right corner pocket and at about 10-14” distance. Then place an Obstacle Ball (in this case the green 6-Ball) in front of the 1-Ball making sure there is a distance between them of at least 12 inches (roughly the segment between two diamonds). I also added a third ball (the Red 3-Ball) to prevent us from cutting the 1-Ball into other available pockets. Get your full size cue ready (yes, I mean it!) which, as a matter of fact, decreases the difficulty of this shot, and elevate the back of it by about 30⁰. Aim the 1-Ball for the corner pocket and hit firmly the Cue Ball dead center at its equator. Use a speed 3 for your stroke otherwise the Cue Ball may jump out of the table. You want the Cue Ball to leave the surface of the table only by 1”. By doing so, the Cue Ball will land on the Obstacle Ball at a perfect angle in order to get it airborne. In this shot you will need to stroke the Cue Ball with some follow-through. In other words, while delivering your stroke, push through trying to get for a split second the Cue Ball squeezed between the surface of the table and the tip of your cue. That is what will give the OB a longer but controlled jump and what will also keep the CB on the table. Last but not least, I am going to share with you a secret that not many trick shot artists know: when shooting shots like the one described in this article, remember that the CB and the OB will act as if they were smaller because of the way they make contact with each other. That means that if you normally need to aim 3/4 of the OB to make it in the corner pocket without have it jump over the hurdle, in this case you will need to aim it fuller, likely about 7/8 of it.


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Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez Feb 22, 2016 LA MESA. CA Oscar Dominguez came back from a hot seat loss to meet and defeat Rodney Morris in the finals of the 20th Annual Jay Swanson (Swanee) Memorial Tournament, held on the weekend of February 20-21. The event’s $10,000 prize package drew a full field of 128 entrants. The tournament came within a match or two of featuring a finals contest between Oscar and his father, Ernesto, who faced separate opponents in the winners’ side semifinals. Oscar met up with Amar Kang, as his Dad faced Morris. Oscar defeated Kang 8-5, as Ernesto was sent to the loss side by Morris 8-4. Morris took the hot seat 8-5 and waited on the younger Dominguez’ return. On the loss side, Ernesto ran into Johnny Kang, who’d defeated Jonny Martinez 7-5 and Santos Sambajon, Jr. 7-3 to reach him. Amar Kang picked up last year’s runner-up Hungarian Vilmos Foldes, who’d eliminated Max Eberle 7-4 and Brendan Crockett 7-2. Ernesto locked up in a double hill battle that he won versus Johnny Kang, while Amar Kang fell to Foldes 7-2. Ernesto then downed Foldes in the quarterfinals 7-5, setting up a father-son semifinal, which, by family tradition, they chose not to play; Ernesto allowing Oscar to face Morris in the finals. “When we first started playing together,” Oscar explained, “we were both so bad that it was funny, so we decided that we wouldn’t play against each other, and it stuck. “It’s usually me who advances,” he added, “because my father always wants me to get more experience.” It paid off handsomely, although there’s no way to determine whether it would have paid off just as handsomely if Ernesto had faced Morris. As it turned out, Oscar got his second shot at Morris and delivered, 11-9, to claim the 20th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial title.

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Fisher splits two 2016 WPBA Masters Soaring Eagle Allison Fisher, sent to the loss side by Monica Webb in the final winners’ side round of the WPBA Masters tournament, came back from the loss side to eventually meet and defeat Webb in the finals. The event, held on the weekend of February 4-7, drew 48 entrants to the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino in Mount Pleasant, MI. A preliminary round of 32 advanced 16 competitors to face 16 seeded opponents, including the #1-ranked Ga Young Kim, Fisher (#2), Webb (#5), Jennifer Baretta (#9), and Brittany Bryant (#12). Double elimination play continued until there were two opponents left on each side of the bracket. Following two, 9-2 wins in her opening rounds, Kim was sent to the loss side by Bryant 9-6, where, after another 9-2 win, she locked up in a double hill battle against Ewa Laurance. Kim won that match, only to be eliminated from play by Fisher 9-6 in the match that put Fisher into the re-seeded semifinals against Baretta. Webb’s winners’ side path to the semifinals went through Laurance 9-3 and Teruko Cucculelli 9-6 before finishing up with the 9-4 win that sent Fisher to the loss side. Baretta’s path to the semifinals went through two double hill tests (against Kathy Friend and Line Kjorsvik) before defeating Bryant 9-4 to secure the other winners’ side slot in the semifinals. Bryant and Fisher played one match on the loss side to earn their loss-side seed into the semifinal. Bryant defeated Cucculelli and Fisher downed Kim, by the same 9-6 score. The re-seeded semifinal pitted Fisher against Baretta, and Bryant against Webb, in two, raceto-4 sets. Fisher and Webb took both semifinal sets 2-0 and squared off in the championship. With the same format, Fisher completed her WPBA Masters’ run with a 2-0 set victory in the finals.

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In My Opinion:

How would I change a Tournament to make it better?....Maybe?

Let’s look at the Mosconi Cup, Good or Bad? Does the Mosconi Cup have a good set up as it is or don’t they? What I mean by this is, let’s look at who we are as pool players. When I grew up in the 60’s in the pool hall no one would ever play for money in a short race. You would never race to 5. You would always race to 9 or 11 or more. This notion that we are going to bring in more viewers from the general public, is in my opinion … wrong. Pool is a complicated game if you don’t know how to play. Just trying to figure out the commentators words from english, to draw, to force follow, could be lost to the general public. To be quite honest it could be lost to most league players. But most assuredly it would be lost to anyone who only considers this a “game”. If you look at baseball which is 3 to 3 1/2 hours for most games. Would anybody think it would draw in more of an audience if it were only 6 innings instead of 9 in the world series? So why would you think having short races would be better? A race to 9 or 11 would make the match better. Another reason would be making the 9 on the break or an early 9 from a carom or combination wouldn’t matter as much. All of the players on the Mosconi Cup are pros. They all play in tournaments that are long races. They know how to handle it and play their strategies. Another change would be winner break. Lag for the break. If you win the game you break again and so on. Is anybody going to run out 9 racks? And if they did how exciting would that be? Some would say that would make the matches too long or it wouldn’t be fair. Is that true? Maybe for some. Maybe before live streaming came along. As players we sit and watch live streaming events and races to 9 or more. There is a theory that some people adhere to is that it would be boring to watch long races that are being played by some of the best players in the world. I would

disagree with that. It’s more exciting. Another change that I would make would be to have an afternoon and evening session. This may not be the World Series or Super Bowl or the Daytona 500 or any other championship but it just may very well be the closest thing we have to it in our sport. The first two matches in the afternoon session, maybe the third. All single play a race to 9 any doubles at least a race to 7. The evening matches could start at 6 or 7 pm. Arrange it that if you have 2 or 3 matches to play - at least one single and one doubles. Any combination can work for the evening session. Some may say that it would go too late into the night. Is that because no pool player would ever play after dark or late into the night or early into the morning? The only complaint most pool players would have is playing in the morning. Or should I say if there was only one. We don’t like to play in the morning hours. That’s because we play late into the night. It is as with any other tournament with big money added, keep the true double elimination which I prefer. And the reason for that, for all of you who want to keep it fair, the player who is sitting on the point or rocking chair or hot seat, it’s still only their first loss regardless. I know I may get ridiculed for this but what can you come up with to make it better? Or do you like it the way it is? There is one fact that you have to face, this game, this tournament will not appeal to the general public no matter what you do, no matter what you say. This is because to most of the general public, it is just a game. And to us who play this game, it is our passion. It is our love. It is what we do!!!


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Becoming a qualifying event for consideration as a member of the 2016 Mosconi Cup team, the 8th Annual Empire State 10-Ball Championships, held on the weekend of February 2021, doubled the number of entrants from last year that signed on to compete in the Open/Pro event of those championships. Mike Dechaine, soon to be inducted into the New England Pool and Billiard’s Hall of Fame, went undefeated through the 2016 field of 32, defeating defending Open/Pro champion, Jorge Rodriguez in the finals. The $1,000-added event was hosted by Raxx Billiards in West Hempstead, NY. Rodriguez’ attempt to defend his title was initially sidetracked in a winners’ side final four matchup, in which Hunter Lombardo sent him to the loss side. Dechaine, in the meantime, went nose-to-nose against Mike Davis, who, one week prior, had become North Carolina’s 10-Ball Champion and the week before that, the Series VII American Rotation Champion in Indiana. Lombardo defeated Rodriguez 7-5, as Dechaine was busy surviving a double hill battle against Davis. Dechaine then defeated Lombardo in the hot seat match 7-5. On the loss side, Rodriguez met up with Edwin Guzman, who’d gotten by Lee Kang 7-3 and just did get by Miguel LaBoy 7-6. Davis ran into a familiar opponent, Shaun Wilkie, who’d eliminated another consistent rival on the Action Pool Tour, Brandon Shuff 7-4 and downed Brooke Meyer 7-1. Rodriguez and Davis got right back to work; Rodriguez shutting out Guzman and Davis eliminating Wilkie 7-5. Rodriguez then defeated Davis 7-4 in the event quarterfinals, for a second shot at Lombardo in the semifinals. Rodriguez wreaked his vengeance 7-4 on Lombardo for a chance to defend his title against Dechaine in the finals. It was not to be. Dechaine completed his undefeated run 9-6, sending him north to Rhode Island for his induction into the New England Pool and Billiard’s Hall of Fame with an added victory to his resume.

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Captains named for MC XXIII 19th February 2016 Mosconi Cup MARCUS CHAMAT and MARK WILSON have been retained as respective captains (l to r) Mark Wilson and Marcus Chamat of Team Europe and Team USA for the 23rd annual Mosconi Cup match which takes place at the Alexandra Palace, London from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th December. Chamat, 40, was victorious on his captaincy debut at the Tropicana in Las Vegas last year as he guided his side to an 11-7 victory. He will be hoping to make it two from two in London. The diminutive Swede’s Mosconi Cup journey began at the York Hall in 2000 when he made his debut and two years later was a key member of the European side which won for the first time in seven years. “Last year was like a dream come true for me, to be part of such a great event as the Mosconi Cup once again,” said Chamat. “I really missed it so much every year, and what was great to see was that it has really grown and got even bigger and better if that’s possible, and the best is yet to come! “I really felt like I was a part of the team and you have to prepare so differently from the players; less practice and your mindset is to get the team together and work well. “I really learnt a lot from my first year as captain, and the bad news for the American team is that I will only improve and come out even stronger. “But London is where it all started for me in 2000 and since then it’s never left my heart. With over 2,000 screaming fans, most of them from England one can only imagine what it will feel like!” For Mark Wilson it will be his third time at the helm and he feels that he is on a sharp learning curve that could well come to fruition in London. “Last year was terrific, knowing what to anticipate and then improving upon the preparation for the team based on the lessons learned from year one. Playing in Las Vegas was a big asset as well that was unfulfilled and frustrating to not defend home court. “The biggest difference for me as Captain was my confidence level of leading Team USA. Preparation is ever so important for getting players into circumstances where they can excel. We applied the harsh first year lessons and added to the things that worked very well and that really allowed the team to focus and execute. “Team USA is improving but has much more to accomplish, which is not confined to simply winning the Mosconi Cup one time but rather regaining superiority over Team Europe. This is an ambitious undertaking and we sincerely work on it every day. “I am keenly excited to return to London, the home of Shakespeare and James


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Bond, plus the biggest venue ever for a Mosconi Cup, Alexandra Palace. The crowd will be a very partisan crowd which will present a challenge but if we can get off to a good start perhaps the pressure will shift a bit. “We have a great sense of what to expect from Team Europe and coach Marcus Chamat. They have never missed a beat and continue to dominate the US with superlative play. We must train harder and be much more effective with our tactical game and specifically the safety and kicking game and continue with the progress made on offense. Team USA will definitely respect Europe but we will not fear them.” Tickets for the Mosconi Cup are selling fast and are available from


MATCHROOM SPORT can announce the Official Mosconi Cup Team USA Ranking Events for the 2016 Europe v USA match which takes place at the Alexandra Palace in London from 6th to 9th December. Three of the five spots on Team USA will be allocated to the three highest placed players on the ranking list following the conclusion of the US Open in October. The roster of events has been significantly expanded from 2015 and this year there are a total of 25 tournaments which carry Mosconi Cup points. These events have been grouped into three categories: Category One is major international events both in the USA and overseas; Category Two is events played on 9 foot tables in the US and Category Three is events taking place in the US played on 7 ft tables. In addition, within Categories Two and Three there are three separate grades each, making a total of seven levels of points through the three Categories. The maximum number of points a winner can receive would be 80 for winning a Category One event. The least number would be 21 points for winning a Category Three, Grade Three event. Commented a spokesman for Matchroom Sport, “For 2016, we’ve decided to be as inclusive as possible and involve more and more tournament promoters across the USA. This gives players many more opportunities to play for Mosconi Cup ranking points and may cut down on some of the expense of playing every single event as in previous years. “We’re also creating a strong connection to the Mosconi Cup with a variety of promoters and pool rooms across the USA which can only be good for everyone involved in this fantastic event. With such a range of points available, players can pick and choose which events they play in and it will all culminate at the US Open next October. Matchroom Sport will be publishing regular ranking lists as the season develops.”



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Derby City (with a slightly skewed format): 1st 50 pts 2nd 40 3rd 35 4/5 30 6/8 23 9/13 18 14/24 13 25/35 5

Events played on 7ft tables

MARCH 11/13 - Chinook Winds Open 8 Ball (Andrew Monstis) – Lincoln City, OR Table: 7 ft - Players: 96-128 - Added: $12,000 - Grade: Two MAY 17/22 - USTBC 8 Ball (CSI) – Reno, Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three MAY 17/22 - USTBC 9 Ball (CSI) – Reno, Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three May 17/22 - USTBC 10 Ball (CSI) – Reno, Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three JULY/AUGUST TBC – Midwest 10 Ball Tour – Olathe, Kansas Table: 7 ft - Players: 128 - Added: $15,000 - Grade: One JULY 22/24 - US Open 10 Ball (CSI) – Las Vegas, Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 128 - Added: $15,000 - Grade: One JULY 27/29 - US Open 8 Ball (CSI) – Las Vegas, Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 128 - Added: $15,000 - Grade: One SEPTEMBER 15/18 - 4 Bears 8 Ball Classic (Ray Poitra) – New Town, ND Table: 7 ft - Players: 150-192 - Added: $25,000 - Grade: One OCTOBER 7/9 - Chinook Winds Open 10 Ball (Andrew Monstis) – Lincoln City, OR Table: 7 ft - Players: 128 - Added: $12,000 - Grade: Two

WPA events 1st 80 pts 2nd 67 3/4 53 5/8 40 9/16 27 17/32 13

Grade One 1st 35 pts 2nd 28 3rd 26 4th 23 5/6 19 7/8 16 9/12 12 13/16 9 17/24 7 25/32 4

Grade Two 1st 28 pts 2nd 22 3rd 21 4th 18 5/6 15 7/8 13 9/12 10 13/16 7 17/24 6 25/32 3

Grade Three 1st 21 pts 2nd 17 3rd 16 4th 14 5/6 11 7/8 10 9/12 7 13/16 5 17/24 4 25/32 2

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Shan Weiher wins 32-player 6 & under tourney at Back Alley Billiards

MCALESTER. OK After 12 hours of tournament play, Shan Weiher was named tournament Champion of Back Alley Billiards’ 6-speed & under 8-Ball tournament on Sat. Jan. 23. Weiher won his first two matches 4-1, then had a hill-hill match with Jerry McCurry and came out on top. He won his next match 4-1 and then lost the hot seat match 4-0 to Tony Chau. He then had another hill-hill match against Stan Lane, and won. In the championship match, Weiher beat Chau 4-2 in the first set and 401 in the second set to take the championship title. He won $780 for his first-place finish. Tony Chau won $555 for 2nd place. Stan Lane won $390 for third. Ken Duckworth won $225 for fourth. Solo Hawkins and Richard Bennett each won $70 for 5/6th. Alex Nguyen and Jerry McCurry each won $50 for 7/8th. Back Alley Billiards in McAlester hosts tournaments every Saturday at 2 p.m. The pool hall also hosts numerous pool leagues throughout the week that last year round. For more information about tournaments and/or leagues, call the pool hall at 918-916CUES (2837).


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$780 $555 $390 $225 $70 $50

Shan Weiber Tony Chau Stan Lane Ken Duckworth Solo Hawkins, Richard Bennett Alex Nguyen, Jerry McCurry


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Dominguez is Early Leader Qualification Race Heats UP WITH FIVE of the scheduled 25 tournaments in the Official Mosconi Cup Team USA Ranking list having taken place, it is California’s Oscar Dominguez who leads the way following his win at the Jay Swanson Memorial at the weekend. His 30 point haul, added to the 38 he won at Turning Stone and the DCC in January, gives him an 11 point lead over seasoned Mosconi Cup veteran Rodney Morris in second place. Dominguez, 30, is looking to make his second appearance in Team USA colours after winning on his debut in 2009. In third position is Shane Van Boening, who has only played in one of the five events, but made the most of it in winning the Derby City Classic. Other tournament winners include 7th placed Skyler Woodward who took the Texas 10 Ball Open and Mike Dechaine who claimed the Empire State 10 Ball at the weekend. That event had its allocated points reduced by a third and awarded them to top 16 players only following a reduced entry of 32 players. There will be an additional tournament on both the American and European tournament rosters following the WPA’s announcement of the $275,000 Kuwait 9 Ball Open, set to take place in September. The 2016 Mosconi Cup takes place at the Alexandra Palace in London from 6th to 9th December. Three of the five spots on Team USA will be allocated to the three highest placed players on the ranking list following the conclusion of the US Open in October.

The roster of events has been significantly expanded from 2015 and this year there are now a total of 26 events which carry Mosconi Cup points. These events have been grouped into three categories: Category One is major international events both in the USA and overseas; Category Two is events played on 9 foot tables in the US and Category Three is events taking place in the US played on 7 ft tables. RANKING AFTER FIVE EVENTS 1. Oscar DOMINGUEZ 68 2. Rodney MORRIS 57 3. Shane VAN BOENING 50 4. Shaun WILKIE 47 5. Mike DECHAINE 38 6. Hunter LOMBARDO 37 7. Skyler WOODWARD 30 8. Scott FROST 23 9. Brandon SHUFF 23 10. Ernesto DOMINGUEZ 21 The next events on the ranking list are Chinook Winds 8 Ball Open in Oregon in March, followed by the Don Coates Memorial in Raleigh, North Carolina and then the Super Billiards Expo, both in April.

Good Samaritan Finds Johnny Archer I found this on Johnny Archer’s Facebook page. I thought I would share what one man can do to change a difficult situation that could have gone bad. I am stuck in a snowstorm somewhere in Indiana between two cornfields. I wanted to take a rescue snowmobile back to a warm shelter but I was talked out of it by the driver of the car I am in. He said that the snow plows would be out here to help us but I havnt seen one in over 4 hours. I am panicking. Can some of you come up with a couple of options for me cause I have run out. To let everyone know that we are ok but we are still stuck out here on hwy 18. We just had somebody come try to get us out but had nowhere to tie the strap to on our car. I want to thank all of you for trying to help and for your concerns. If anybody can get to us and pull us out of our rut then I think we can follow them out of here. In the meantime I appreciate all of your prayers cause we have been here more than 8 hours. God bless you. This guy’s name is Rodney Hester and he was going to bed at 3am and a friend of his said that he seen on Facebook that I was stuck and was near him. He got out of bed and was out here at 3:45 looking for us. He just found us and pulled us out of our rut and now we are about 2 miles from 65-north. That is 5 and 1/2 hours roaming these back roads looking for us. I know we would still be there if it wasn’t for Mr. Hester. The police around the area had no idea when we might have been rescued. Mr. Hester messed up his 4 wheel drive getting us. I know God sent Mr. Hester to save us and I will be forever indebted to him. I know if the world had more people in it like Mr. Hester then it would be a much better place. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and help for making this happen. God is great!! God bless you!! Bill Dunne Melanie Wynne Archer commented: Thank you Rodney!! You are a blessing!! And are always welcome at our home!! RODNEY HESTER WITH JOHNNY ARCHER

Update: I am on my plane back to Atlanta. Thank you lord. Please don’t any of you worry about donating the $400 on the go fund me website to help fix Rodney’s truck. The money will be there in full. It’s the least I can do.


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“Bull Shooters” win Tuesday 8-Ball league After months of league play, the “Bull Shooters” won the McAlester, OK-area Tuesday 8-Ball league. This is the second session in a row that the team won the league. Team members include Ralph Cox, Marlan Isbell, Lee Riddle, Tim Bocher, Louis Watson, Floyd Maxey and Shan Weiher. The team won $660 for their first-place finish. Coming in second was the “Outlaws,” with team members Fred Legg, Butch Fields, Ron Taylor, Mel Taylor, Cliff Pepper and Ricky Southard. They won $625 for second. And taking third place was “Side Pocket,” with team members Rachel Petersen, John Riley, Troy Franks, Cody Davis, Sharon Stanton and Tony Pipino. They won $590 for third. For the second session in a row, Rachel Petersen won the coveted title of League’s Most Valuable Player. She won 59 of 75 games played, had 4 undefeated matches, 3 errorless run-outs and a break-and-run. She finished the session with a 78.6 winning percentage. Ron Taylor was hot on her heels with 62 wins of 80 games played and a 77.5 winning percentage. Lee Riddle finished just behind Ron with a 75.5 winning percentage. Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, Okla., hosts numerous leagues and tournaments all year long. For more information contact the pool hall at 918-916CUES (2837).




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HOURS: 11:00am to 1:30am Monday thru Thursday. 11:00amto 2:00am Friday & Saturday. 1:00pm to 1:30am Sunday

February 6th was our 9-ball tournament. Here are the results: 1st Mason Koch $1000/$1800 2nd Jordan Jenquin $500/$1000 3rd Preston Olszewski $300/$530 4th Robbie Schmidt $150/$300 5-6 Z-Man & Chad Beyer $100/$100 7-8 Tim Stockinger & Jake Miller $75/$50 9-12 Justyn Campion, Mike Benoy, Kap, Tim Nickl $50

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First Sat at 7pm Monthly 9 ball $35 entry Players Auction $500 added.

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WEEKLY TOURNAMENTS If you have any changes to your weekly pool tournaments EMAIL: DATE CITY Mondays Davenport, IA Houston, TX Des Moines, IA Green Bay, WI Tuesdays Spring, TX Des Moines, IA Houston, TX Wednesdays McAlester, OK Davenport, IA Midwest City, OK St Peters, MO Houston, TX Alsip, IL Oshkosh, WI Thursdays Oshkosh, WI Davenport, IA Des Moines, IA Spring, TX Fridays McAlester, OK Houston, TX Coon Rapids, MN Des Moines, IA Farmington, MN Spring, TX Spring, TX Tulsa, OK Poplar Bluff, MO Midwest City, OK Davenport, IA Round Rock, TX Oshkosh, WI Mankato, MN St Peters, MO Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Saturdays Houston, TX Tulsa, OK Olathe, KS Round Rock, TX Houston, TX Tulsa, OK St Peters, MO Springfield, MO Sundays McAlester, OK Des Moines, IA Olathe, KS Davenport, IA Green Bay, WI Spring, TX Round Rock, TX Oshkosh, WI Springfield, MO

LOCATION Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Bogies Billiards Big Dog Billiards KK Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Big Dog Billiards Bogie’s West Back Alley Billiards Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Jamaica Joe’s Teachers Billiards Bogies Billiards Red Shoes Varsity Club Varsity Club Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Big Dog Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Back Alley Billiards Bogies Billiards CR’s Sports Bar Big Dog Billiards Farmington Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Q-Spot Billiards Smokin’ Aces Jamaica Joe’s Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Skinny Bob’s Billiards Varsity Club Kato Cue Club Teachers Billiards Shooters Billiards (1st Fri) Shooters Billiards (2nd Fri) Shooters Billiards (4th Fri) Shooters Billiards (5th Fri) Bogies Billiards T’s Billiards Shooters Billiards Skinny Bob’s Billiards Bogie’s West Q-Spot Billiards Teachers Billiards Shooters Billiards Back Alley Billiards Big Dog Billiards Shooters Billiards Sharky’s Bar & Billiards KK Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Skinny Bob’s Billiards Varsity Club Shooters Billiards

PHONE (563) 359-7225 (281) 821-4544 (515) 266-6100 (920) 432-0059 (281) 288-0800 (515) 266-6100 (832) 912-4432 (918) 916-2837 (563) 359-RACK (405) 736-0590 (636) 441-9964 (281) 821-4544 (708) 388-3700 (920) 651-0806 (920) 651-0806 (563) 359-7225 (515) 266-6100 (281) 288-0800 (918) 916-2837 (281) 821-4544 (763) 780-1585 (515) 266-6100 (651) 463-2636 (281) 288-0800 (281) 288-0800 (918) 779-6204 (573) 712-2900 (405) 736-0590 (563) 359-7225 (512) 733-1111 (920) 651-0806 (507) 388-7665 (636) 441-9964 (913) 780-5740 (913) 780-5740 (913) 780-5740 (913) 780-5740 (281) 821-4544 (918) 622-7747 (913) 780-5740 (512) 733-1111 (832) 912-4432 (918) 779-6204 (636) 441-9964 (417) 315-8340 (918) 916-2837 (515) 266-6100 (913) 780-5740 (563) 359-7225 (920) 432-0059 (281) 288-0800 (512) 733-1111 (920) 651-0806 (417) 315-8340

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME 9-Ball $12 $100 every 16 7PM 9 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 4/3 $7 $100 w/20 8PM Open 8-Ball $10 no g.f. $/player 16+ 6PM 9-Ball-Race to 4-Alt Break-DE $10 $50 w/16 7PM 8 Ball $10 Call 9:30PM Handicap 8-Ball-DE $10 Call 7PM 9 Ball-Limit 32 $12 8PM 9 Ball Open - Race to 3 $5 $$$ 7:30PM 8-9-10 Ball Coin Toss $10 (incl g.f.) $100 every 16 6:30PM 9 Ball - 10 & under $15 $5/player 7:30PM 5,6,7 9-Ball - Race to 3+ $13 $5 side pot 7:30PM 8 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 2/1 $7 $100 w/20 8PM 10 Ball $15 Call 8PM 9-Ball Beginners $8 Call Call 9-Ball Intermediate $10 Call Call 8-Ball $5+$3 g,f, $100 every 16 7PM Short Rack 8-Ball-Race to 3 $10 Call 11PM 9 Ball $10 50% 8PM 8 Ball Open - Race to 3 $10 $$$ 7:30PM 8-Ball-on Bar Tables $10 Call 7PM 8-Ball on 7’ Diamonds $16 Break Pot 7PM Open 10-Ball $10 $3/player 7PM 8 or 9-ball rotation $15+$5 g.f. $50 w/16 6:30PM One Pocket $10 Call 8PM 8 Ball - APA 5 & under $6 50% 8PM 8-Ball 7 & under $5 Call 9 PM 9 Ball $10 $200 7PM Open 8-Ball - Rated Call Call Call 9-Ball on 7’ Valleys $10 $100 every 16 7PM 9-Ball Race 3/3-Last Woman $ $12 Call 8PM 9-Ball $15 $50 7PM 8-Ball Progressive - Hdcp $16 Call 6:30PM 3,4,5 8-Ball - Race to 2+ $13 $5 side pot 7:30PM 8-9 Ball (even-odd months) $10-Limit 32 $300 Guar 7PM APA 4’s & under 8-Ball $10 $200 Guar 6PM C rated 9-Ball - KC 6 & below $10 $200 Guar 6PM B rated 9-Ball - KC 8 & below $15 $200 Guar 6PM 8-Ball on Bar Tables $10 $$$ 8PM Alt 8/9 Ball - Vegas Style $25 $100 every 8 1PM B Rated 9-Ball-KC B & below $12 Call 6:30PM 9-Ball Race 4/3 9-Ball Break Pot $12 Call 8PM 8 Ball-Limit 32 $11 $100 w/20 4PM 9-Ball 7 & under $10 (incl. g.f.) Call 9PM 9-Ball - Race to Hcp - DE $15 $5 side pot 1PM 8-Ball $5 $100 7:30PM Scotch Doubles - Race to 3 $10 $$$ 5:30PM Open Short Rack 8/9 $10 no g.f. $5/player 16+ 6PM 8-Ball / 9-Ball Big Table Open $12 Call 3PM 10-Ball $12 $100 every 16 7PM 8-Ball Race to 3 $10 $50 w/16 1PM 10 Ball $12 50% 6PM 10-Ball Race 5/3 9-Ball Break Pot $12 Break&Run Pot 2PM 10-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 5 $15 Call Call Majority Rules $5 $100 6PM

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Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice DATE CITY LOCATION PHONE Mar 5 Decatur, AL 6 Pockets 256-686-3171 Mar 5 Green Bay, WI KK Billiards 920-432-0059 Mar 5 Moline, IL Deep Pockets 309-517-1572 Mar 5 Decatur, AL 6 Pockets 256-686-3171 Mar 5 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 Mar 10 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds 360-703-4081 Mar 11-13 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds 360-703-4081 Mar 11-13 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds 360-703-4081 Mar 11-13 Olathe, KS Shooters 913-780-5740 Mar 12 Davenport, IA Sharky’s 563-359-RACK Mar 12 Tulsa, OK T’s Billiards 918-622-7747 Mar 12 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 Mar 12 Centerville, WI Jailhouse Saloon 608-539-JAIL Mar 12 Moline, IL Deep Pockets 309-517-1572 Mar 12 Alsip, IL Red Shoes 708-388-3700 Mar 19 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 Mar 19 Green Bay, WI KK Billiards 920-432-0059 Mar 19 Mankato, MN Kato Cue Club 507-388-POOL Mar 18 Indianapolis, IN Brickyard Billiards 317-248-0555 Mar 19-20 Indianapolis, IN Brickyard Billiards 317-248-0555 Mar 26 Green Bay, WI KK Billiards 920-432-0059 Mar 26 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 Mar 26-27 Tulsa, OK T’s Billiards 918-622-7747 Apr 2 Mankato, MN Kato Cue Club 507-388-POOL Apr 2 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 Apr 2-3 Lafayette, LA White Diamond 337-989-9889 Apr 9 Alsip, IL Red Shoes 708-388-3700 Apr 9 Tulsa, OK T’s Billiards 918-622-7747 Apr 9 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 Apr 15-17 Houston, TX Bogies 281-821-4544 Apr 15-17 Round Rock, TX Skinny Bob’s 512-733-1111 Apr 15-17 Round Rock, TX Skinny Bob’s 512-733-1111 Apr 17 Round Rock, TX Skinny Bob’s 512-733-1111 Apr 16 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 Apr 23 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 Apr 23-24 Tulsa, OK T’s Billiards 918-622-7747 Apr 29 Moline, IL Deep Pockets 309-517-1572 Apr 29 Moline, IL Deep Pockets 309-517-1572 Apr 30-May1 Moline, IL Deep Pockets 309-517-1572 Apr 30 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 May 7 Alsip, IL Red Shoes 708-388-3700 May 7 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 May 14 Tulsa, OK T’s Billiards 918-622-7747 May 14 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 May 21 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 May 28 McAlester, OK Back Alley 918-916-2837 May 28-29 Tulsa, OK T’s Billiards 918-622-7747 Jun 11 Tulsa, OK T’s Billiards 918-622-7747 Jun 21-26 Des Moines, IA Big Dog Billiards 701-205-5182 Jun 21-26 Des Moines, IA Big Dog Billiards 701-205-5182 Jun 21-26 Des Moines, IA Big Dog Billiards 701-205-5182 Jun 21-26 Des Moines, IA Big Dog Billiards 701-205-5182 Jun 25-26 Tulsa, OK T’s Billiards 918-622-7747

EVENT / RULES ENTRY 9-Ball $35 8-Ball Bonde Under 600 $40 incl g.f. Women’s 8-Ball $30 incl g.f. 9-Ball $35 Progressive 8-Ball Open $20 Chinook Winds Open Warm up Call Chinook Winds Open Men’s 8-Ball $175 incl g.f. Mosconi Cup Points for 2016 Chinook Winds Open Women’s 8-Ball $175 incl g.f. 10-Ball Ring Game-Limit 32 $125 incl g.f. 9-Ball Shamrocks & Shenanigans $40 incl g.f. 9-Ball one foul - 8 & under $20+$10 g.f. 8-Ball 7 Speed & under $20 8-Ball Open Division $25+$10 g.f. 9-Ball $30 incl g.f. 8-Ball $50 incl g.f. Open 9-Ball $20 9-Ball 600 and Under $40 incl g.f. 10-Ball Ring Game Series $50-Limit 16 9-Ball Mini $20 34th Midwest Bar Table 9-Ball $100-Limit 64 8-Ball 499 and Under $40 incl g.f. 8-Ball 6 Speed & under $20 Open 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. 4 Qualifiers from previous 4 Call Ladies only 8-Ball $20 Super 9-Ball-$102,850 po last tourny $40 Bank Pool $50 incl g.f. 9-Ball one foul - 8 & under $20+$10 g.f. 8-Ball 7 Speed & under $20 Seniors One Pocket Classic $200-Limit 24 9-Ball $100 10-Ball-Single Elim-Limit 32 $200 8-Ball-Single Elim-Limit 64 $55 Rated 9-Ball $20 8-Ball 6 Speed & under $20 Open 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. Pro Mini-SE $200 10-Ball-Limit 48 $10 10-Ball $60 incl g.f. Jack & Jill Scotch Doubles $30 One Pocket $50 incl g.f. Progressive 8-Ball Open $20 9-Ball one foul - 8 & under $20+$10 g.f. 8-Ball 7 Speed & under $20 Open 9-Ball $20 8-Ball 6 Speed & under $20 Open 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f. 9-Ball one foul - 8 & under $20+$10 g.f. Big Foot 10-Ball $500 One Pocket $2,000 Open 9-Ball $20 Banks Ring Game $250 Open 9-Ball $20+$10 g.f.

ADDED $500 $750 w/64 $1,000 w/64 $500 Call Call $12,000

TIME 7PM 10AM Noon 7PM 2PM Call 3PM

$5,000 3PM $800 7:30PM $1,000 w/64 10AM $100 every 10plyr 1PM Call 2PM $$$ 9AM $1,000 Call $500 w/ff Noon Call 2PM $750 w/64 11AM Call 3PM Call 8PM $2,000 11:30AM $750 w/64 11AM Call 2PM $100 every 8plyr Noon Call Call Call 2PM $1,000 w/128 9AM $500 w/ff Noon $100 every 10plyr 1PM Call 2PM $2,000 Call $4,000 7PM $1,000 10PM $500 1PM Call 2PM Call 2PM $100 every 8plyr Noon Call 6:30PM Call Call $3,000 w/96 10AM Call 2PM $500 w/ff Noon Call 2PM $100 every 10plyr 1PM Call 2PM Call 2PM Call 2PM $100 every 8plyr Noon $100 every 10plyr 1PM $500 Call $5,000 Call $2,000 Call $500 Call $100 every 8plyr Noon


LEVEL 2 APRIL 6/10 – Don Coates Memorial – Raleigh, North Carolina Table: 9 ft - Players: 128 - Added: $8,000 - Grade: Two APRIL 14/17 –Super Billiard Expo – Oaks, PA Table: 9 ft - Players: 64 - Added: $10,000 - Grade: Three TBD – Chuck Markulis Memorial - Sacramento, CA POINTS EVENT Table: 9 ft - Players: 100 - Added: $15,000 - Grade: Two MAY 29/30 - Ginky Memorial – Steinway Billiards, New York Table: 9 ft - Players: 64 pros (plus 96 amateurs) - Added: $4,000 - Grade: Three


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LEVEL 3 MARCH 11/13 - Chinook Winds Open 8 Ball – Lincoln City, OR Table: 7 ft - Players: 96-128 - Added: $12,000 - Grade: Two MAY TBA - USBTC 8 Ball – Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three MAY TBA - USBTC 9 Ball – Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three May TBA - USBTC 10 Ball – Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three


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Rack'em Pool Magazine March Issue 2016  

King of the Ring 10-Ball Series honors belongs to Taylor Hansen plus we have a list of Mosconi Cup Points Events going on throughout the yea...

Rack'em Pool Magazine March Issue 2016  

King of the Ring 10-Ball Series honors belongs to Taylor Hansen plus we have a list of Mosconi Cup Points Events going on throughout the yea...