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Does It Again in Texas!!! Congratulations to Manny Chau on a well-deserved win at the 3rd Annual Texas Open 10-Ball Championship! This amazing event was held at Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, TX. Manny went undefeated as he bested this 100-player field Open tournament. This is his second time winning this event as he had won the Inaugural Texas Open 10-ball as well. Manny faced a very tough opponent in Shane McMinn during the finals, Shane having just defeated Dennis Orcollo in a hill-hill thriller match, followed by a victory over John Gabriel to reach the final match. Racks were traded back and forth in what seemed anyone’s match, in the end it was Manny finishing off Shane with a 7-5 victory, excellent second place finish Shane. Third place was claimed by John Gabriel with some fantastic shooting, as well as a decent fourth place finish by Dennis Orcollo. A few noteworthy finishes to mention, last years Champion Sky Woodward and newcomer to the States, Jeff De Luna finishing fifth. In the women’s division, starting with 37 players, it was Ricki Lee Casper that won top honors as she defeated Jennifer Kraber in the finals, 7-4. Excellent second place finish Jennifer. Third place was earned by Gail Eaton and a notable fourth for Sophie Lopez. Congratulations Ladies! The Open Bank Rails Ring Game kicked off Thursday night with 19 entrants. In the end we had a three way split between Manny Chau, Alex Olinger and Tommy Tokoph. Great job guys. The 10-Ball Mini Tournament was Thursday evening also, finished up with Kevin Guimond and Roberto Gomez in the final match. It was a race to 3 with Kevin Guimond edging out Roberto Gomez 3-2 to win the prize, great playing. Friday afternoon, the Open 10-Ball Ring Game began with 17 players. When all was said and done, another three way split, Manny Chau, Charlie Bryant and Justin Espinosa sharing the prize. Manny at the top in 3 of the events.
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Jennifer Yo Wins Written & Photos By: Kim Newsome Jennifer Yo came out on top amidst an impressive field of 46 semi-professional players to capture the Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Billiards Tour Spring 9-Ball Event, and the first championship title in her pool career. The Austin, Texas player faced off with Houston’s own Natalie Rocha in a fight to the bitter finish. Although Rocha bested Yo in the first set of the true double elimination final, 7-6, Yo came back to win the second set, 5-4. On February 11th, 2017, some of the most talented female pool players in Texas and Louisiana converged on Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas, to compete in the one-day, $500 added 9-ball event, vying for a place in the Gulf Coast Tour winners’ circle. Room owners David and Shannon Richardson, along with tour sponsors Cyclop Pool Balls www.facebook.com/CyclopPoolBalls, Ozone Billiards www.OzoneBilliards. com, APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty, and www.OutsvillBilliards.com, facilitated another successful event for the women of the Gulf Coast Tour, the second of 11 events scheduled for 2017. Growing by leaps and bounds, the WPBA sanctioned regional tour has already amassed a following of 67 player members this year, in addition to securing a new venue, CK Billiards, in Dallas, Texas. Last year the tour amassed 76 player members, the highest to date, and because this year’s numbers are already high, the tour anticipates breaking 100 player members before the end of 2017. A Gulf Coast Tour victory has eluded Jennifer Yo since 2014, when she finished second to Jennifer Kraber in her first Gulf Coast Event. Since then, Yo has been working on her game, and her 2017 Gulf Coast Tour season proves it. The first event of the year witnessed Yo losing a finals match to Gail Eaton, but at this event, second place was in the rear view mirror. Yo made her way to the final four winners’ side with wins over Amber Keithley, 7-2, Tangela Hunt, 7-1, Terri Resendez, 7-3, and Robyn Petrosino, 7-4, while Kim “Texas Heat” Pierce staked her claim, ousting Jennifer Dooley, 7-2, Julie Enzensperger, 7-2, Tiffany Mundie, 7-3, and Mercedes Vasquez, 7-5. Ricki Casper took down Tina Williams, 7-6, Veronica “Pistol” Perez, 7-4, Loretta Lindgren, 7-3, and Diana Cardona, 7-3, while seasoned veteran, Gail “Virginia Slim” Eaton, took out Cindy Tillman, 7-0, Gail Roles, 7-2, and newcomer Brittany Williams, 7-4. The final four was also taking shape on the one loss side. Williams took out Teresa Garland, 5-3, while Perez came back to win four straight matches, eliminating first-time player Audrey Arcelli, 5-1, Megan Hardin, 5-4, Monica DeTuncq, 5-2, and Diana Cardona, 5-1. The youngest player on tour, 14-year old Aryana Lynch, dusted off Lindgren, 5-2, and R. Petrosino, 5-2, while Natalie Rocha, who lost her second Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM Sunday: Noon - 2:00 AM Smoking Allowed Full Bar & Grill Club Membership Required (Must be 21 + $10/year) 810 W 56 Hwy - Olathe, KS 913-780-5740
match to Erica Hanlon, 7-4, went on to defeat Liz Mitchel, 5-1, Terry Petrosino, 5-4, Vasquez, 5-2, and Lynch, 5-3. Back on the east side, Yo took care of Pierce, 7-5, and Eaton made quick work of Casper, 7-2. The hot seat match was set, and players fought to stay alive on the one loss side. Williams ended Perez’ run, 5-2, and eliminated Pierce, while Rocha bested Lynch, 5-3, then Casper, 5-4. The hot seat match witnessed Yo defeat Eaton in a tightly-knit race, 7-6. Back on the one loss side, with her head still above water, Rocha went on to eliminate Williams, 5-4, and Eaton, 5-2, tallying seven straight wins to meet Yo in the finals. There was no doubt about it, Rocha was gaining momentum with each win, and the first set of the finals was no different. Yo’s chances were few and far between, as Rocha kept pace, annihilating the hot seat winner, 7-1, for her eighth consecutive win. In the final set, Yo’s tenacity emerged, and in true champion form, she captured the second set in a hill-hill thriller, 5-4. Congratulations to Jennifer Yo on her first-ever win in her pool career! Gulf Coast Tour welcomes brand new members Brittany Williams (Longview, TX), Audrey Arcelli (Round Rock), Kaleigh Reiland (Webster, TX), and Amber Watts (Quitman, TX). A special “congratulations” goes out to Veronica “Pistol” Perez who achieved her highest tournament finish to date, and newcomer Brittany Williams who participated in her very first event, and finished in fourth place! The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Billiards Tour is open to players of all ages and skill levels, however, the top 32 WPBA Exempt Professionals are not permitted to participate. The next Gulf Coast Tour 9-ball event will be held on March 18th, 2017, at Bogies Billiard, 3040 FM 1960 East, in Houston, Texas. This event will be played on 9’ tables with Cyclop TV Set Pool Balls. Free practice begins at 10am, and the mandatory players’ meeting begins at 11am. For more information about the WPBA sanctioned, Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Billiards Tour, visit GulfCoastWomensTour.com. Follow us on Facebook @gulfcoasttour1 and Twitter @gulfcoasttour. 1st $430 Jennifer Yo 2nd $300 Natalie Rocha 3rd $210 Gail Eaton 4th $140 Brittany Williams 5-6 $70 Ricky Casper, Kim Pierce
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As we become better players, our habits deepen. We rely on those habits to help us do the same sequences of little things throughout our pre-shot and shooting routines, time after time. Once our physical habits are solidly in place, we can put our focus on strategy and winning. Well, maybe for a while… Pros in every sport continuously return to their fundamentals. Many of our troubles seem to arise from the gradual decay of our fundamentals. Whatever our old habits were, they tend to return. We often make little adjustments to our form, our equipment, or our routines, and we forget to consider how each change relates to the bigger picture of what we’re trying to accomplish. Further, we don’t always remember to notice whether the changes we made are actually helping. This came home to me recently when I made an equipment change and failed to notice the effects. I changed my contact lenses, optimizing them a bit more for distance, since I was hitting golf balls further than I could see (unfortunately, not because I’m a great golfer). Five or six weeks went by, and my pool game was way off. I hadn’t had a slump this long in many years. Then one day, I was hitting a pool shot and realized I was not seeing the balls clearly. I had been seeing them poorly ever since I changed the contacts, but I just hadn’t consciously noticed. I went back and got contacts optimized for pool distances, and immediately got my game back. The moral of the story is that we really do have to check ourselves out, especially when we’re in a slump. Something has changed somewhere, and change is not automatically for the better. In my case, and I suspect, for many of us, we’re often not seeing what we’re looking at. We’re running on habit and not bothering to really focus hard on what we’re doing. Let’s talk about how we use our vision in pool. We rely on our eyesight to judge distances, spatial relationships,
gaps, angles, and alignments. For most of these tasks, we have to make an effort. For example, to determine how close to straight-in a shot is, we have to put our body on the line through the balls, move our head side to side a little to get a 3D perspective, and perhaps bend down to get closer to the table surface. It takes more than a glance. If we get lazy and line up without making the necessary and appropriate effort, we may have time to consider the error of our ways while we’re in the chair hoping to get back to the table. Think about when you’re in the zone, playing your best. How are you seeing? What are you seeing? I’ll bet you’re using your eyes quite well, making the effort, bothering to focus, clearly and consciously seeing what you’re seeing. The difference is that when you’re in the zone, it doesn’t seem like effort. You’re totally focused and you simply do the right things. You’re fully in the moment, seeing, feeling, doing. On the other hand, I’m wagering that most of the time, most of us are not even fully focusing our eyes when we’re down on a shot. As we get older, it can take a couple of seconds to fully focus on the cueball and a couple more seconds to then bring the object ball into full focus. Even worse, I believe a good percentage of players “black out” during their hit stroke. They aren’t focused on the vital physical aspects of their game. Instead, they’re focused internally, on distractions such as fear of missing, selfconsciousness, trying to look good, and so on. What are you actually seeing during the hit moment? What are you aware of? Take some shots and see what you’re seeing. To be focused enough to consciously see during the hit, you have to be focused before the hit. And that’s what we’re really after. Getting out of whack might be a gradual process, but recovering from it doesn’t have to be. Put forth more effort. Focus. Give yourself a better chance. Lazy loses.
ONE MORE DELAYED DRAW SHOT STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.
I have already covered in the past the “delayed draw shot”, which basically consists in a jump-draw using a “ramp ball”. Here is another example of this useful technique. Let’s start by placing the 1-ball (the yellow one on my diagram) frozen to the long rail at the 2nd diamond. Place another ball (the green one in the diagram) frozen to the 1-ball and even to it so that their line of centers is perpendicular to the long rail. Place an “obstacle ball”, in this case the red ball, right on the foot spot and the object ball (the blue one) by C-pocket. At last, place the cue ball frozen to the long rail at about half diamond from the 1-ball. Jack up your cue by about 20° and use either an open or a close bridge partly propped on the rail. Aim 2/3 of the 1-ball to the left and shoot with a 3-3.5 speed stroke. Most importantly, use a good and smooth follow-through and hit the cue ball at 5:30 (if you’d rather use the mirror image of the same shot, obviously, you’ll need to hit the CB at 6:30) using 2.5 tips of English. In this kind of shots, it is an absolute must to be able to hit the CB exactly where we need to, as shown in the diagram. However, it is indeed very easy to miscue because the more we jack up the butt of our cue, the more we tend to drop the tip when we deliver the final stroke. Again, we don’t need to elevate our cue by much as the CB is helped by the “ramp ball” (the 1-Ball) to jump higher and clear the green obstacle ball. If we succeed in applying F a good amount of draw, by the time the CB will land on the table, it will bounce a couple of times and then the spin will start grabbing, drawing it around the red ball and towards the blue object ball to then pocket it into C-pocket. For an easier version of this shot, in case you get too frustrated, move the obstacle red ball one diamond to the right (where I place the dotted pink ball) and keep in mind that the trendy stiff/no-deflection shafts don’t help in this kind of shots. E
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One of the best ways to practice your skills is 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 by a general method I call Progressive Practice. The idea is to have a general kind of shot -- we’re going to work on follow shots as examples -- and to make P the shot harder if you make the current attempt and 5 3 easier if you miss it. This ensures that the shots you are working on are at the edge of your comfort zone. Area Area 1 The PP method also allows you to easily keep track 1+2 of your progress. 4,6 1 In the left shot in the diagram is the first level of follow shot. The goal is to make the ball in pocket P and to follow forward to leave the cue ball within a diamond of the end cushion (Area 1). If you do 1 2 that successfully, move the object ball farther back 3,7 and try again but if you miss the shot or the cue ball placement, move the object ball closer to the pocket. The cue ball should be exactly a diamond from the object ball for all shots. You are free to adjust the 3 2 cue ball left-right as you choose. You should mark your present object ball position with a coin on the rail and be sure to move it after every shot to remember your current difficulty level. The coin will automatically move to 4 1 where you are about 50% on the shot. Do the drill for 10 or 15 shots and note where the coin is when you move it after the last shot.That position is your score for the drill for that session. 4 5 I recommend moving the coin half a diamond at a time so that you gradually get to shoot harder shots. You may want to move it a whole diamond until your first miss if you start from position 1. 5 6 That’s the first-level follow drill, suitable for beginners and maybe intermediate players if they need a confidence builder. The second level is similar but the cue ball must end up in Area 2 which is just a diamond square. For this level you 7 will have to be a lot more careful about the cue ball placement. The shot needs to be nearly straight but not perfectly straight as scratches are not allowed. The level 3 drill uses the same basic placement, but with a much smaller target. There are two ways REJ to play it. The first is that you have to scratch in pocket P following the object ball in. This is the best way to work on seeing straight shots as straight and towards you from the level 4 numbers. The double numbers hitting right through the center of the cue ball. The near the far rail mean that the cue ball must bounce off the second way is more practical in game play. The cue ball has end cushion to get to the higher number. Consider a shot that to contact the 3 ball on the cushion after making the object leaves the cue ball within half a diamond of the goal as OK. ball. This lets you learn the connection between cut angle and If you would like to see these drills demonstrated along follow angle. For a little variation, move the 3 ball to other with 170 other drills for all levels of play, check out the DVD locations on the end rail. set The Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice that I made with For levels 4 and 5, the somewhat different setup is shown Dr. Dave Alciatore. It is available from his web site at http:// on the right with the 4 ball and 5 ball in fixed locations. dr-dave-billiards.com/vepp/. That site has a free video clip that The goal is to send the cue ball to successively farther covers the five draw drills that correspond to the five follow points as shown by the numbers on the cushion. For drills above. level 5 you have to use a rail bridge. The numbers for level 5 are not shown but are one diamond
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Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
By now, you are probably wondering what a boy in a swimming pool has to do with learning how to play pool. Have you ever heard the story about the little boy that wanted to learn how to swim? His parents took him to the local swimming pool and enrolled him with an instructor. After a few weeks, he had learned the basics of swimming and could perform a few strokes. His parents cheered and clapped, but the boy thought that he could still do better.
improve his or her game. In K-12 education this process could be linked or referred to as response to intervention (RTI). As in K-12 education, the first thing you need to do is assess yourself. Initially, I want you to take a test (diagram your next 25 misses during match play) that will show you where some of your weakness areas lie. Not only do I want you to diagram the shot, but I also want you to diagram the overall layout of balls (what you are trying to get position on next).
So he kept going to swimming classes and after a few more weeks, he was able to swim across the pool. His parents cheered and clapped, but the boy thought that he could still do better. After a few more months, he was able to complete a few laps of the pool. His parents cheered and clapped, but the boy thought that he could still do better. He started to enter swimming competitions and eventually won his first race. His parents cheered and clapped, but the boy thought that he could still do better. Next, he entered an ocean race and won it in his first attempt. His parents cheered and clapped, but the boy thought that he could still do better. So, he stood on the beach and looked out over the ocean, out to the horizon beyond. He wondered what the limits were on what he could achieve and whether he had reached his limitations yet. In a sense, pool players are a lot like that little boy. As an instructor, I embrace the philosophy of Continuous Improvement (CI). Unlike other practice models, Continuous Improvement is not a one-time process. It is a powerful way of improving that focuses on the continual efforts made by a player to
The shots I am referring to should be makeable at least a moderate percentage of the time. I don’t want you to spend time diagraming impossible shots. Look for patterns as to why you miss makeable shots and then practice each shot that you diagramed exactly 100 times. As you practice each shot, I want you to score yourself using the following scoring guide: Give yourself a “0” if you miss the shot. Give yourself a “1” if you pocket the ball but do not get position on your next shot. Give yourself a “2” if you pocket the ball and the cue ball is on the correct line for position but either “goes long” or “falls short” of the desirable position zone. Then give yourself a “3” if you pocket the ball and your cue ball falls into the correct position zone. Once you have completed the shot 100 times divide your total score by 3 and this will give you an overall success percentage for that particular shot. You can use this success percentage to monitor your improvement over time. A good player will go through this cycle several times, building on the success of each previous cycle. I recommend setting both short and long-term goals. Each is an essential part of the improvement process. If you initially scored a “55” your short-term goal might be to improve to 65 by the end of the month. Likewise, your long-term goal might be to be successful 95 percent of the time within 12 months. Always write your goals down. This makes you more accountable. Down deep, we’re all like that little boy who learned how to swim. We all have some basic skills, but let’s not stop there. Let’s go from basic skills to competent, from competent to good, from good to great, from great to expert, and from expert to world-class. Sometimes it is important to look out to the horizon, dream big dreams and find a way to make them into a reality.
Rick Stanley Captures His First Omega Tour Stop Rick Stanley cashed in two events on the Texas-based Omega Billiards Tour in 2016, finishing third in August and runner-up to Danny Williams in September. On the weekend of February 11-12, he completed this somewhat modest climb up the ‘finish’ ladder with an undefeated win on the tour at the February stop. The $1,700-added event drew 87 entrants to Billiard Den in Richardson, TX. With victories over Steven Thorne, Bob Youngblood, Denny Steed, Albert Nieto, and Jay Murillo, allowing them each an average of just over three racks per match, Stanley moved into a winners’ side semifinal against his friend, Doug Winnett. Tony Sulsar, in the meantime, who’d allowed an average of just over 2.4 racks per match against Crispian Ng, Brandon Thrasher, Terrance Cockman, Douglas Pitts, and Hector Guerrero, faced Shan Iyer in the other winners’ side semifinal. Stanley and Sulsar (also good friends) moved into the hot seat match; Stanley 9-4 over Winnett and Sulsar 8-2 over Iyer. Stanley claimed the hot seat 9-4 over Sulsar and waited on what turned out to be the return of Amos Bush, who launched a nine-match, loss-side winning streak to challenge him in the finals. Bush, who’d been sent to the loss side by Julie Stephenson, double hill, in his second round of play, got by Mike Voelkering, Juan Batista, Rob Lovelace, Douglas Pitts, and Jay Murillo to earn himself a re-match against Stephenson in a battle for 7th place. He downed her 7-1 to draw Iyer. Winnett, in the meantime, picked up Robert Kempf, who’d defeated Barry Emerson 6-6 (Emerson racing to 8) and, in a straight-up race to 6, Hector Guerrero 6-4. In a straight-up race to 7, Bush picked up loss-side win #7, double hill over Iyer. He was joined in the quarterfinals by Winnett, who’d eliminated Kempf 7-4. Bush then defeated Winnett 7-3.
Bush completed his loss-side run with a 7-5 semifinal victory over Sulsar, earning himself a shot against Stanley in the finals. Stanley, though, was not in the mood to allow Bush a well-earned event victory. He defeated Bush 9-3 (Bush racing to 7) to claim the event title.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PLAYERS! Big shout-out to Julie Stephenson who captured the highest finish of any female on the Omega Tour’s five-year history with her 7th/8th place finish! Tour director Melinda Bailey thanked the ownership and staff at the Billiard Den for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Omega Billiards, FargoRate.com and OB Cues. The next stop on the Omega Billiard Tour, scheduled for March 25-26, will be another $1,700-added event, hosted by Pockets Billiards in Euless, TX.
1st $1,000 Rick Stanley 2nd $650 Amos Bush 3rd $510 Tony Sulsar 4th $390 Doug Winnett 5/6 $310 Robert Kempf, Shan Iyer 7/8 $220 Julie Stephenson, Hector Guerrero 9-12 $100 Barry Emerson, Paul Guernsey, Jay Murillo, Steve Raynes 13-16 $75 Doug Pitts, Robin Barbour, Vincent Tovar, Mike Rountree 17-24 $50 Rob Lovelace, Paul Sifuentes, Ruben Juarez, Fahad Alrawi, Michael Montgomery, Alberto Nieto, Ian Perez, Gerardo Perez Last Lady - Julie Stephenson - $50
WATSON AND CHAU WIN
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Once again, former Junior World Championship contender, Jacob Watson, took the 59-player, Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour amateur 9-ball division by storm, defeating Elias Garza in the finals, 5-2. Watson went undefeated to win his second, consecutive amateur 9-ball division title. Manny Chau came from behind to claim the 53-player, Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour open 9-ball division, after losing his third round match to Justin Whitehead, 7-6. Chau came back to win, besting Whitehead in the finals, 7-1, 7-2. On February 11th-12th, 2017, Bogies West (Houston, Texas), along with tour title sponsor Poison by Predator Cues PoisonBilliards.com, and sponsors Cyclop Pool Balls facebook@ CyclopPoolBalls, Ozone Billiards OzoneBilliards.com, APA of North Harris County facebook@ APANorthHarrisCounty, OutsvilleBilliards.com, and newest sponsor Jim Jenkins with Gibson Realty, facilitated another successful Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour event, procuring a generous $1,000 in added money, and a near $7,000 prize fund. In the amateur 9-ball division, Watson took no prisoners on his way to the final four winners’ side, defeating Barbara Parker, Michael Pickering, 5-4, Bob Guzik, 5-4, and Mark Cardenas, 5-1, while Elias Garza took down Ruben Montelongo, Chase Wheeler, Hiro Nakahara, 5-4, and Floyd Smith, 5-3. Justin Pena defeated Robyn Haak, Brian Rosenbaum, 5-3, Bobby Perez, 5-2, and Ricky Hughes, 5-3, while T.J. Ortiz ousted Gerald Holland, Matt Cash, 5-4, Robbie Salinas, 5-1, and Steve Lenz, 5-1. Powering through the one loss side, Lenz eliminated Bosshamer, 5-2, Alan Myers fell to Hughes, 5-3, Cardenas took out Boelk, 5-4, while Smith overcame Wheeler, 5-1. Back on the east side, Watson bested Garza, 5-3, and Ortiz made quick work of Pena, 5-1. On the west side, Lenz fell to Hughes, 5-2, and Cardenas was ousted by Smith, 5-1. In turn, Garza sent Hughes packing, 5-2, and Pena ended Smith’s run, 5-1. The hot seat match witnessed a focused Watson overcome Ortiz, 5-3, while Garza plowed through the one loss side. Garza took out Pena, 5-4, and Ortiz, 5-2, for a rematch with the player who sent him to the west side. Watson’s momentum went unmatched, and Garza suffered a final loss at the hands of Watson, 5-2. Watson went undefeated to win his second straight division title on the Poison Lone Star Tour! The race to the final four on the winners’ side of the open 9-ball division witnessed Nick Hood defeat Adam Cooper 7-2, Yoko Joe, 7-5, and Marvin Diaz, 7-3, while Justin Whitehead defeated Clay Cates, Lance Johnson, Manny Chau, 7-6, and Bobby Perez, 7–1. Richie Richeson defeated Denis Strickland, 7-4, Bobby Dominguez, 7–1, Ernesto Bayaua, 7–1, and Jacob Watson, 7–5, while Andy Jethwa ousted Alan Myers, 7-3, Ricky Hughes, 7-1, and Brian Rosenbaum, 7-1. Following a first round loss to Tim Boelk, Chase Wheeler won five consecutive matches, eliminating Johnny Lawson, 7-1, Aldo Rosso, 7-6, Tom Rehm, 7-4, Matt Cash, 7-2, and Patrick Perez, 7-2. Rosenbaum ended Wheeler, 7-4, while Chau made his way through the one loss side with wins over Chase Rudder, 7-1, Steve Lenz, 7-1, and Jacob Watson. Elias Garza won four straight matches on the one loss side, but it wasn’t enough. Perez eliminated Garza, while Marvin Diaz took down Ricky Hughes, 7-4. As the final four on the one loss side took shape, back east, Whitehead overcame Hood, 7-2, and Jethwa sent Richeson west, 7-2. The hot seat witnessed Whitehead defeat Jethwa, 7-2, while Chau made his way through the one loss side. Chau was on fire, dusting off Rosenbaum, 7-3, and Hood, 7-1, while Diaz disabled Perez, 7-1, and Richeson, 7-5. At this point, Chau was unstoppable, taking out Diaz and Jethwa, by the same score, 7-2. After nine, straight match wins, Chau earned himself a rematch with Whitehead. The finals witnessed a merciless Chau dole out some harsh punishment, as he defeated Whitehead in both sets of the true, double elimination final, 7-2, 7-1. Chau made an incredible comeback to secure his first open division title of 2017! The tour would like to recognize its 2017 sponsors and venues: Poison by Predator Cues, Cyclop Pool Balls, Ozone Billiards, APA of North Harris County, Outsville Billiards, and newest sponsor, Jim Jenkins with Gibson Realty. This year, the tour welcomes back Texas venues Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar (Houston), Bogies West (Houston), Skinny Bob’s Billiards (Round Rock), and brand new venues, Fat Racks Sports Bar and Billiards (San Antonio), and CK Billiards (Dallas). This year the tour offer s cue repair by Roger Allen, James Hanshew, and Jerry Olivier, offered at each and every event. AMATEUR 1st $520/$400 Jacob Watson 2nd $350/$250 Elias Garza 3rd $260/$165 T.J. Ortiz 4th $170 Justin Pena 5-6 $90 Ricky Hughes, Floyd Smith 7-8 $50 Steve Lenz, Mark Cardenas 9-12 $25 Sonny Bosshamer, Alan Myers, Tim Boelk, Chase Wheeler OPEN 1st $550/$770 Manny Chau 2nd $370/$570 Justin Whitehead 3rd $280/$380 Andy Jethwa 4th $185/$190 Marvin Diaz 5-6 $90 Richie Richeson, Nick Hood 7-8 $60 Brian Rosenbaum, Bobby Perez 9-12 $35 Elias Garza, Ricky Hughes, Chase Wheeler, Jacob Watson
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BANK POOL CHAMPION Derby City Classic Bank Pool Finals Friday, January 20, 2017 thru Monday, January 23 Article by: Phil Capelle on Facebook Photo by: Ricky Bryant - RB Promotions FINALS FRANCISCO BUSTAMANTE 3 â€“ LARRY NEVEL 2 Congratulations to Francisco Bustamante! Larry Nevel held a 2 games to none lead over Francisco Bustamante in this race to 3 finals, and he lead 4 balls to none when 5 are needed to win the game. Nevel then expertly pocketed a thin cut cross over bank cross corner and, for a moment, it looked like he had won the Bank Pool Division. But the cue ball went diagonally down the table and scratched in the distant corner pocket. Still, he led the game 3-0. Then Bustamante, a previous winner of the Banks in 2013, went to work. He came back to win that game. Then he won again sending the match into double hill. In the deciding game Nevel took an early lead, 2-0, but Bustamante fought back, winning the game 5-3 with a relatively routine cross corner back. 1st $10,000 Bustamante, Francisco 2nd $4,000 Nevel, Larry 3rd $2,000 Kiamco, Warren 4th $2,000 Murphy, Shannon 5th $1,400 Hatch, Dennis 6th $1,400 Runnels, Ike 7th $1,400 Thorpe, Billie 8th $1,100 Bergman, Justin 9th $1,100 Chohan, Tony 10th $1,100 Melling, Chris 11th $850 Lunda, Evan 12th $850 Rogers, Glenn 13th $850 Orcullo, Dennis 14th $850 Heath, Tim 15th $600 Brown, Jason 16th $600 Brumback, John 17th $600 DeRuyter, Tim 18th $600 Gabriel, John 19th $600 Gorst, Fedor 20th $600 Hall, Justin 21st $600 Kirby, Samuel 22nd $600 VanBoening, Shane 23rd $400 Calderon, Yerry 24th $400 Alli, Bobby 25th $400 Coats, Mark 26th $400 Daulton, Shannon 27th $400 DeMarco, Louis 28th $400 DeMet, Jonathan 29th $400 Frost, Scott 30th $400 Leek, Mike 31st $400 McIntire, Caleb 32nd $400 Miller, Jason 33rd $400 Pinegar, Johnathan 34th $400 Richeson, Richie 35th $400 Smith, Danny
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ONE POCKET CHAMPION 2017 Derby City Classic 1-Pocket Congratulations to Billy Thorpe! Article by: Phil Capelle on Facebook Photo by: Ricky Bryant - RB Promotions
Billy Thorpe, at the very young age of 20 (for a 1-Pocket player), captured first prize, beating Alex Pagulayan, last year’s all around champion, in the finals. In the process he also took the lead in the race to win that crown in this year’s edition. Thorpe announced his pending arrival at the elite level of the pro game with a win over Shane Van Boening at the Great Dismal Swamp 9-Ball Classic three months ago. So, just when it appeared that all future stars would be born abroad, we Americans may now have a player to root for who can compete with the best on the world stage - and who might be a welcome addition to the USA’s Mosconi Cup team. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th
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9-BALL CHAMPION DERBY CITY CLASSIC – 9-BALL Congratulations to Dennis Orcullo!! Article by: Phil Capelle on Facebook Photo by: Ricky Bryant - RB Promotions Dennis Orcullo finished off a 9 day long week of world class pool action by winning the 9-Ball Division over Shane Van Boening and, in the process, capturing the super prestigious Master of the Table award. He earned it with his win in the 9-Ball, a 3rd in the 1-Pocket, and an 11th place finish in Bank Pool. Orcullo’s final match with Van Boening began inauspiciously when he hung a super easy combo on the 9. They split the next 2 games. Then, in game 4, the roof caved in for SVB. It started when he broke dry and Orcullo ran out. In game 5 Van Boening surprisingly missed an easy 8-ball and Orcullo won again. Van Boening missed again and Orcullo ran out again to take a 4-2 lead. It looked like Van Boening would surely run out game 7, but the ball skidded, he missed, and he lost again. In the following game Orcullo made a tough 2-9 combo and then broke and ran out to take a commanding lead of 7-2. In game 10 Van Boening missed twice, then left a shot on a kick and Orcullo ran out to reach the hill. In game 11 Orcullo missed position, played a poor safe, and Van Boening made the 9 for his third and last win. In the finale, Van Boening played a bad safe and Orcullo ran out.
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BIGFOOT 10-BALL CHALLENGE DIAMOND “Big Foot” 10-Ball Challenge Derby City Classic Friday, January 20, 2017 thru Monday, January 23 Article by: Phil Capelle on Facebook Photo by: Ricky Bryant - RB Promotions FINALS JAYSON SHAW 11 - ALEX KAZAKIS 7 Congratulations to Jayson Shaw! After 8 games Greece’s Alex Kazakis had broken out to a 5-3 lead after winning 4 straight games. But Shaw stormed into the lead with a 4 game streak of his own to move ahead, 7-5. Kazakis won games 13 and 14 following a Shaw miss in each game. So, at this point, it looked like we were possibly heading for a double hill thriller. Wrong. In game 15 the players traded several kicks and safeties before Shaw finally got a shot and ran out. Then his break and run game shifted into high gear as he kept Kazakis in his seat while running 3 and out to capture the title, 11-7. He shot another .900, this time a .911 to be precise, while Kazakis shot a very respectable .838 – good, but not nearly good enough. With his win, Shaw joins Shane Van Boening as the only two time winners of this event since it shifted to a 10 foot table. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
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2017 George Fels Memorial Straight Pool Challenge Congratulations to Chris Melling! Article by: Phil Capelle on Facebook Chris Melling of England, who is not known for his straight pool, managed to lead all qualifiers for the single elimination event with a run of 225. He then beat Lo Li Wen and got a bye as Jayson Shaw did not have time to play to earn his spot in the finals. His opponent was Mika Immonen, who made the top 8 with a run of 146. He then beat Dennis Orcollo and got a bye because Darren Appleton also did not have time to play to earn his match with Melling. Immonen will be defending his title in the World Straight Pool later this year. Melling raced to a 57-12 lead before overcutting a break shot. Immonen took 1st $6,500 Melling, Chris advantage of the miss with a 57 ball run that 2nd $2,500 Immonen, Mika ended when with a miss of a tricky shot into 3rd $1,300 Shaw, Jayson the side. 4th $1,300 Appleton, Darren The two traded mistakes and missed 5th $900 Wen, Li-Wen opportunities before Melling missed while 6th $900 Archer, Johnny leading 114-80. Immonen ran to 90, but the 7th $900 Pagulayan, Alex cue ball went off the stack on a break shot and 8th $500 Orcullo, Dennnis made a beeline for the corner pocket. Melling, who was leading 114-89, ran 11 to win the match.
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CueSports International, Henderson, NV (Feb. 21, 2017) – Brian Parks, a seasoned pool player and owner of Cue Ball Billiards in Bakersfield, Calif., went undefeated through a full field of 128 players to earn the title of champion of the 21st Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament. On Cue Billiards in La Mesa, Calif. hosted the tournament Feb. 18-19, 2017. The popular memorial tournament, produced by CueSports International (CSI), is an annual tribute to Jay Swanson, a wellrespected player in Southern California. He was a giant of a man, known for his quiet demeanor and silky, smooth stroke. Swanson passed away in June 1996. A few months later, the first Jay Swanson Memorial was organized by Mark Griffin, now CEO of CSI. Parks has been playing since he was 16 years old. His FargoRate previous to playing in the Swanee was 704, just 16 points below what CSI determines to be professional caliber (FR 720). Parks’ path to the championship started with a noshow forfeit over Anaquad Cobe of Los Angeles. Parks then posted wins over: Bill Meacham (FR 656) of Florence, Colo., 8-2; George Teyechea (FR 658) of Tucson, Ariz., 8-4; Chris Tate (FR 607) of Nipomo, Calif., 8-3; Rodney “The Rocket” Morris (FR 782) of Lincoln, Calif., 8-7; Mitch “Wonderboy” Ellerman (FR 742) of Phoenix, Ariz., 8-6; and the legendary Francisco “Django” Bustamante (FR 796) of Cerritos, Calif., (8-3) before meeting Oscar Dominguez (FR 769) of Sylmar, Calif. in the finals. Dominguez’s path to the finals included wins over Salvador Laguna (FR 575) of San Marcos, Calif., 8-1; Vince Vidaurre, (FR 547) of San Diego, Calif., 8-1; Johnny Kang (FR 731) of Lake Forest, Calif., 8-5; Bob Yamasaki (FR 627) of Valencia, Calif., 8-3; and a forfeit from his father, Ernesto Dominguez (FR 733) of Sylmar, Calif.
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before losing to Bustamante, 1-8. But Dominguez was undeterred by the loss and continued his quest to the finals with wins over Morris, 7-5 and Ellerman, 7-4, before getting revenge against Bustamante in the semifinals by a score of 7-5. In the final match, which was a single race to 11, Dominguez jumped to an early 5-2 lead. Then Parks began fighting his way back, tying the score at 5-5 and then pulling ahead of Dominguez by a game. The players then traded games back and forth with Parks reaching the hill first, with the score at 10-8. But the alternate break format allowed Dominguez to break and run, making the score 10-9, before Parks would get back at the table. Parks broke, made a ball and was faced with a difficult one–three combination into the corner pocket to start the rack. Parks made the combo, got perfect position on the one ball and ran out to earn the title of 2017 Swanee Champion and collect the $2,500 prize. Dominguez finished second and earned $1,500, while Bustamante received $900 for his third-place finish. The event was live-streamed for free on the CueSports International Facebook page. Follow CueSports International on Facebook to receive notifications when CSI live streams matches. CSI extends a big thanks to: On Cue Billiards owner Clyde Nooris and his staff for their hospitality; tournament director Amy Kane, who kept the event running in a smooth and timely manner; Mark Griffin; Steven Quan; George Teyechea; Ashi Fachler; and Chris Santana of Fast & Loose Designs. To view replays of the free live stream matches, visit www.playcsipool.com/2017swanee. 17-24 $120 25-32 $80
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The finals was a 2 set hill-hill match. Sky came back from a 4-0 and a 5-1 deficit to win 7-6.
SHANE MCMINN SKY WOODWARD
Fat Toads 8 & Under 1st Jamey Cockrum 2nd Noah Contreras 3rd Jason White 4th Carl Ward 5/6 John Mize Quentin Davis 7/8 Carl Seelye Raphael Munoz 9-12 Michael Phillips Jason Sisler Paul Marple Robert Whitney 13-16 Nate Peel Toad Jason Barber Kevin Kunckey
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Congrats Todd Carpender 1st place, 2nd to Junction City’s own John Mize and 3rd to our friend Dennis Roberts.
Alcaide is the Master! SPAIN’S DAVID ALCAIDE is the 2017 World Pool Masters champion as he beat Jayson Shaw in a thrilling final that went down to the final rack. The Malaga man, who now lives near Madrid, had beaten a slew of star names en route to ultimate victory – Ralf Souquet, Shane Van Boening, Albin Ouschan and finally Jayson Shaw. Alcaide was so overcome with emotion at the end that he needed to leave the arena and compose himself before the trophy presentation by The Hon Steven Linares, the Gibraltarian Minister of Sport. The gutsy Spaniard picked up a $20,000 payday and more importantly joins a list all-time greats of the game who have held aloft this coveted trophy. The match itself was a thriller from start to finish. “This trophy is for my children,” said Alcaide. “Thank you to Matchroom for the invitation to the tournament and thank you to all of my fans. I hope to play here next year and defend the title.”
As the final match unravelled, they shared the opening four racks before Shaw moved into a 4-2 lead in the race to eight encounter. Alcaide took the next and despite some nervous moments tied the match up in the eighth game. Shaw though missed the 7 down the rail to give his opponent a great chance to clear which he did to take the lead for the first time at 5-4. The Spaniard came up with a dry break in the next and Shaw seized the chance to run out for 5-5. Shaw took the next running out, but Alcaide got back to the table in the twelfth game and made a great run out to bring a roar from his bank of fans. Alcaide made two balls on the break in the next but missed the 2 ball. Shaw ran the table to regain the lead at 7-6. With chances to close the match out, Shaw made two misses and each time the cue ball rolled safe. The second time, Alcaide, with little option chose to make a very short range jump shot and his fans erupted as the 6 ball skidded into the middle pocket. He closed out the rack to make it hill-hill and with the break in his favour it was to win. A great break shot saw balls drop and with the table open, Alcaide composed himself for what must have been the most difficult run out of his lengthy career, and he made it to become the 16th different player in the 24-year history of the Masters to etch his name on the trophy. Alcaide said, “I didn’t play my best in the final, I missed two or three easy balls but there is a lot of pressure and I managed to get a bit of luck. I beat the best two players in the World, Shane and Jayson. The last 6 ball, the jump shot, that is my best shot. It was unbelievable; I don’t know how I made it.” Taking place in Gibraltar, the Masters sees 16 top international players competing in the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar to determine the destination of the $20,000 top prize. The whole event is broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland and on networks around the world. The Masters carries an $80,000 prize fund, and the event is broadcast live for 20 hours in total.
Michigan Junior State 9-Ball Champs Story by Alison M. Fischer February 23, 2017 (Denver, CO): On Saturday, January 28, the 2nd Annual Michigan Junior State 9-Ball Championship titles were up for grabs at Campus Q Billiards in Benton Harbor, Michigan. A total of 34 players turned out to compete for titles in the two age group divisions, 18 & Under and 14 & Under, which were open to both boys and girls. Along with the titles in the two divisions, players were also vying for spots in the 2017 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships, set to be held in Las Vegas. In the 18 & Under division, Brady Paananen took home the title after surpassing runner-up Sebastian Lance. Meanwhile, the 14 & Under division featured a winning performance by Alex Harrison, who overcame Nikki Burnham in the final. Congratulations to the top finishers, who each received paid entries to Junior Nationals. Tournament director Carol LaRatta would like to recognize Kevin Ross with Railbird Productions, Jacoby Custom Cues, Pechauer Custom Cues, Grindin’ Clothing Co., Lisa & Jerry Burnham, TJ Meister, Dan Jakubczak, and Kelly Aldrich Hildebrand for their efforts to support the event.
18 & UNDER DIVISION 1st: Brady Paananen - Trophy & Paid Qualification 2nd: Sebastian Lance - Trophy & Paid Qualification 3rd: Jordan Burnham – Qualified 4th: Darius Sallie 5/6: Colin Truba and Paul Marshall 7/8: Gabe Hayes and Brent Rogers 9-12: Matt Harrison, Charles Hunt, Candace Scholtze, and Selena Aranda 13th: Andrew Jones 14 & UNDER DIVISION 1st: Alex Harrison - Trophy & Paid Qualification 2nd: Nikki Burnham - Trophy & Paid Qualification 3rd: Jagger Vangessal – Qualified 4th: Madisen Payne – Qualified 5/6: Stephen Marshall and Zoee Prince - Qualified 7/8: Randall Colson Jr. and TJ Hildebrand – Qualified 9-12: Maddie Butler, Kyle Kuharevicz, Zane Day, and Parker Jakubczak 13-16: Zackary Lewis, Deziree Coleman, Emma Hildebrand, and Brianna LaRatta 17-24: Amelia Perez, Brett Barrett II, Antonio Martinez, Sherby Dine, Alexis Hobbs
Wisconsin Junior State 8-Ball February 23, 2017 (Denver, CO): On Saturday, February 4th, the 2nd Annual Wisconsin Junior State 8-Ball Championship once again took place at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center during the Badger State Games. This event is made possible with the efforts of American CueSports Alliance (ACS) Executive Director, John Lewis. The winners from each of the four divisions received paid entry into the 2017 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships. The top three finishers from each division received medals and the honor of being crowned the 2017 Wisconsin Junior State 8-Ball Champion of their division. For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here: http://billiardeducation.org/events/ About the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF)
18 & UNDER BOYS DIVISION (ABOVE) Silver – Jared Johnson  (Wisconsin Rapids) Gold – Mason Koch  (Oshkosh) Bronze – Jacob Johnson  (Wisconsin Rapids) 14 & UNDER BOYS DIVISION (BOTTOM LEFT) Silver – James Kincaid  (Tomahawk) Gold – Joey Krizenesky  (Pickett) Bronze – Alexander Jacoby  (Nekoosa) 18 & UNDER GIRLS DIVISION (LEFT) Gold – Jayda Resch  (Birnamwood) 14 & UNDER GIRLS DIVISION (BOTTOM RIGHT) Silver – Magdalene Jacoby  (Wisconsin Rapids) Gold – Alice Adams  (Eau Claire) Bronze – Danielle Markow  (Eau Claire)
The BEF was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.
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