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Left to Right: John Gabriel 1st, Rafael Martinez 2nd

Left to Right: Wendy Kent 1st, Kat Snelling 2nd

JAMAICA JOE’ S JAMAICA JOE’ S GABRIEL DOWNS MARTINEZ TWICE RR to go undefeated on Midwest 9-Ball Tour; Kent wins Ladies event

afael Martinez put up a double hill fight in the finals, but John Gabriel ended up going undefeated to win the March 23-24 stop on the Midwest 9-Ball Tour. In a concurrently-run Ladies event, Wendy Kent, as well, survived a double hill final to go undefeated. The $2,100-added Open event drew 76 entrants to Jamaica Joe's in Midwest City, OK. The $400-added Ladies event drew 14. Gabriel and Martinez met first in one of the two winner's side semifinals. Joey Gray and Joseph Tomkowski met in the other. Gabriel took the first of two against Martinez 9-4 and in the hot seat match, met Tomkowski, who'd downed Gray 9-6. Gabriel sent Tomkowski to the semifinals with a 9-2 win and waited on Martinez. Martinez moved to the loss side and picked up Shane McMinn, who'd gotten by Chip Compton 9-3 (a matchup rarely seen in the battle for a 9-12 slot), and Richard Pierce 9-7 to reach him. Gray drew Sean King, who defeated Mark Dimick 9-3 and Mike Kuykendall 9-6. It was Gray and Martinez squaring off in the quarterfinals,

once Gray had eliminated King 9-2 and Martinez ended McMinn's day 9-4. Martinez then downed Gray 9-7 and got a second shot at Gabriel with a 9-4 win over Tomkowski in the semifinals. In the potential, double elimination final that followed, Martinez and Gabriel battled to double hill before Gabriel prevailed to capture the event title. In the Ladies' event, the final four matches were decided by the sinking of the 9-ball in a double hill game. Wendy Kent got into the hot seat that way against Michele Davis, who moved to the semifinals to face Kat Snelling. Snelling had just defeated Jenny Shafer in a double hill, quarterfinal match, and repeated that with a double hill win over Davis in the semifinals. Snelling forced her third straight opponent into a single deciding match, but wound up on the wrong end of the last one. Kent won the match to claim the title.


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a i l r l d i B D e R E R I e T E U h Z n G T Over the past decade, David Gutierrez, has consistently been among the top five finishers in many of the events in which he's participated, including the Fast Eddie's Tour (which he's won numerous times), the three stops he won on the Lone Star Tour (2010), the Texas Open (3rd in 2011), and the Houston Open (5th in 2011). Gutierrez appeared to make up for some lost time on the weekend of February 23-24, as he went undefeated to claim the event victory on the newly-inaugurated Omega Billiard Tour's second stop of its 2013 season. The $1,000-added event drew 64 entrants to The Billiard Den in Richardson, TX. Gutierrez prevailed in two tough double hill matches on Saturday and then his path went a little smoother on Sunday, and concluded with a 27-7 record over his final three matches. In the first of those three, among the winners' side final four, he defeated Amos Bush 9-1, as Coy Lee Nicholson was busy sending Douglas Pitts west 9-5 in the other winners' side semifinal. Gutierrez sent Nicholson to the semifinals with a 9-3 win and waited in the hot seat. Alberto Nieto made it back to the finals, but the more compelling loss-side story concerned Jeff Georges. Georges had been dispatched to the loss side by Nieto in the opening round of play, and fought back through nine matches to meet Nieto a second time in the quarterfinals. With six wins behind him, Georges defeated Bobby Diggs and Steve Raynes, both 7-2, to pick up Bush. Nieto, in the meantime, sent to the loss side by Bush from among the winners' side final eight, got by Greg Sandifer and Brian Anderson to pick up Pitts. The quarterfinal re-match between Georges and Nieto was set up with a double hill win by Nieto over Pitts and a 7-2 victory by Georges over Bush. Nieto ended Georges impressive 9-win, loss-side streak with a 6-3 victory and then downed Nicholson in the semifinals by the same score. Gutierrez, in turn, ended Nieto's five-match loss-side winning streak. He won the first of what could have been two sets 9-3 to claim the event title, and stand in a Texas tour winning circle for the first time in a long time. In addition to the $560 first-place prize, Gutierrez' victory earned him a Lucasi Hybrid Custom Cue, valued at $380. The Predator Player Points Tracker will be tested all year long to see who wins the coveted Predator prizes at the end of the year! The top 3 ranked players earn

Predator Prizes and everyone is anxious and ready to place higher and higher in the stops to move up on the list! Sitting in first place after this second Omega Billiards Tour stop is Jesse Hernandez, followed by Coy Lee Nicholson in second, and David Gutierrez in third. CSI / BCAPL are giving free entries to the 2014 BCAPL Nationals for players ranked 4th-8th at the end of the year, also. Thank you to our additional sponsors, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Lucasi Cues, Players Cues, and BilliardsPress. com. Tour director Melinda Bailey thanked Billiard Den's owner Marcy Rothberg and her staff for their hospitality, as well as Michael Hoang, owner of principal sponsor Omega Billiards. The next (third) stop on the Omega Billiard Tour is scheduled for April 27-28 at JR Pockets in Denton, TX. According to Bailey,

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

An Interview with Top Ranked Player Stevie Moore Aka The Blade

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

I had an opportunity to share some time with Stevie as he stopped in Colorado for a night prior to him competing in Wyoming Open in late March 2013. I am honored to introduce you to Mr. Stevie Moore… The Interview: Viper: Where were you born? Stevie: Spartanburg S.C. Viper: Where and when did you first start playing pool? Stevie: Arcadia, S.C. There was a gameroom beside my home called Mary’s Quick Stop. I was 9 years old. Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards so far in your young career? Stevie: I won my first tournament at 10 years old at Mary’s. Over 100 Southeast Regional Titles 1995 World 9 Ball Bar Table Champion 7 Time Seminole 10 Ball Pro Tour Champion 2007 Derby City World Bank Pool Champion 2008 Steve Mizerak Champion Televised on FSN 2009 US 8 Ball Bar Table Champion 2009 & 2010 NYC Champion 2010 Turning Stone XVI Runner up 2011 New England Hall of Fame Champion 2012 US 10 Ball Table Runner up 2012 Derby City World 9 Ball Runner up 2012 Derby City Fat Boy Challenge Runner up 2012 Super Billiards Expo Players Championships Runner up Viper: Did you currently have any sponsors? Stevie: CTE/Pro One Aiming system, Mezz Custom Cues, Mr. Cues II Billiards Atlanta GA, Bermuda High Soaring Jefferson SC, Hamricks Clothing Gaffney SC, Layer3 Communications Atlanta GA, Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Stevie: NO Viper: Are you good at any other sports?

Stevie: I’ve always excelled at whatever I put my mind to. Golf, Basketball, Baseball, Fishing Although I put them all aside once

I learned CTE/Pro One to focus all of my attention on my pool game. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Stevie: Quiet, Loyal, and Driven Viper: If you had to live your young life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your new pool career? Stevie: I would’ve become a movie star! It pays a little better. lol Viper: Who were/are your favorite professionals? Stevie: Yu Ram Cha, I like her demeanor at the table. She is very determined when she plays. And beautiful too! Viper: How do you prepare for events? Stevie: I practice my break and the straightness of my stroke. Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Stevie: CTE/Pro One this information takes all of the pressures off of aiming so I can focus on my stroke. (Viper continued on page 33)

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Always be ready with a backup plan Following the super billiards expo we prepare for Vegas and the league tournaments. It is always a great time in Vegas, good for the sport, good for the game. Too often however, we wait until the last minute and arrive to “wing it” and hope for the best. When we run into someone who is prepared, we are sent to the slot machines to wait for the team events. I remember a particular trip to Vegas where I was fully prepared to take it all. I drove out there in my motor home. On the way, I stopped in Springfield MO and played a local gentleman. In that set, I ran seven racks of eight ball. I was ready for Vegas. We were playing for a dollar a game and the guy quit, accused me of hustling him.

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My next stop was Tulsa. There I did an exhibition and did not miss a shot for close to three hours. Man was I ready for Vegas. I stopped in a little place in Amarillo Texas and ran in to one of their legends. I was ready. During my playing days I only play one set. It is all or nothing unless I am training. In this one set, my legend only got a few kick shots. I was totally ready to storm Las Vegas. Do not miss out on specific training in this game. When I was on the road I did the “Mid Term Exam” every day and if my numbers were 16 or above I was strong enough to play anyone. Take action and measure your progress and we willing to make adjustments. When I was training I mastered the five shots in the 2-7-2 program. I worked on my safeties. I worked on my break. I was ready. And when I came out of the desert and drive across the dam, up over the hill, I could see the lights of Vegas. It is always a thrill. This time, I proved something valuable. In the first set I lost all sense of cue ball speed. I could not control the cue ball and lost. Since I knew I was going to lose, I decided to try an experiment. In my next matches I would only shoot the five 2-7-2 shots found in The Lesson. If I went to the table and one of those shots was not available to me, I would simply hand my opponent the cue ball. It was amazing. I even told some of my friends what I was doing. They were shocked I could run racks and win matches with just those five shots. In one of my earlier videos I ran forty five balls just using those shots. They come up all the time. In every rack you will find one of the 2-7-2 shots. During my run through the loser’s bracket I won nine matches in a row. 2-7-2 is a measurement of perfect speed with perfect stroke. Once you get that perfect speed and perfect stroke you are presented with the five most popular shots in the game. Shooting five popular shots with a perfect stroke puts you in the winner’s circle. I have a mini e book that illustrates the 2-7-2 program. Email me at and I will send it to you FREE OF CHARGE. I want you to be ready for Vegas. Don’t go out there and “wing it”. Enjoy your time on the practice table. Enjoy your training. And may all the rolls go your way.


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Bob Jewett

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The Kicking Game Bob Jewett

Are you tired of trying to kick at your object ball, missing it completely and giving up ball in hand? Here is a fun way to spend serious time improving your knowledge of the angles off the cushions. I call the game “Kicks.” The basic idea is that you shoot nothing but kick shots. You have to complete “sets” of shots with the cue ball hitting 1, 2 and 3 cushions before the object ball, with one of each kind of shot in a set. When you complete a set, you get one point and start on a new set. If you already have a 1-rail kick in your current set, you don’t get credit for another, so to continue at the table you need to make a 2-rail kick or a 3-or-more-rail kick. While you can play this as just a drill, it is more fun playing against other players. Each player gets his own ball to kick at so there will be obstacles on the table in multi-player games. The break shot is shown in the diagram. In this game ball in hand means you have to put it on the head string (border of the kitchen) but you can shoot in any direction. Possibilities for each of the three kinds of shots are shown. For a shot to count, it must be a legal hit as in a normal pool game which means after the cue ball contacts your ball, some ball must make a cushion contact. Also, if you scratch, the shot doesn’t count even if you made a good hit. More than three cushions is OK if you are going for three. You never lose a shot you have already scored. If the object ball is near a cushion, hitting the cushion just before the ball does count as a cushion although it might seem a little cheap. If you don’t have a chalk board to keep score on, use coins. A penny, a nickle and a dime on the cushion in “your area” mean that you have completed a 1, 2, or 3 rail shot. Even better would be colored poker chips with yellow=1, blue=2 and red=3 as markers. In solo practice, see how many misses you have when completing five sets of three kicks. In competition, you can have a race to five sets or play by the set. On each shot, you have to try to make a legal hit, so there is no real safety play involved. If this basic game proves too easy for you and your buddies, here are some optional rules to make it tougher: OR1: Add 4-cushion shots to the sets. Use a quarter to mark the score. OR2: For the last shot of

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your set to count, you must pocket the object ball. The best strategy for this case is to save your one-cushion shot for last and start working your ball towards a corner pocket. OR3: Your opponent is allowed to call which shot you must go for. OR4: Each player only gets one shot per turn. This game is similar to a practice drill demonstrated in the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice. If you have suggestions for improvements or you like particular optional rules, please drop me an email.


FULL NAME: Karsyn Renae Terry HOME TOWN: Chicago, IL BIRTH DATE: 3/4/99 GRADE: 8th GPA: 3.8+ FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: ”Red Shoes Billiards - Alsip, IL and Pressure Billiards - Chicago, IL” What kind of cue(s) do you use? “Shooting cue: Predator P3 with a Predator Z2 shaft and a Kamui Black Soft tip. Break cue: Cutec WTC Break Cue - Weight : 21oz., Phenolic Ferrule, 13mm Hard Leather Layered Tip. Jump cue: J. Pechauer Jump Cue.” AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 8 years old LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Left TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: ”2012 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships: 2nd place in the girls 14 & under. 2011 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships: 5th place in the girls 14 & under.” OTHER NOTABLE AWARDS: 2007 Marion Stamps Youth Center Intramural 8 Ball pool tournament: 1st place, as well as received the MVP award. MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Sponsor(s): My most memorable pool moment was when I almost beat Jeanette Lee (The Black Widow) at the 2011 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships. I missed a long 9 ball and the rest is history. FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Mindless Behavior HOBBIES: Of course playing pool. But I also like to swim, sing, and dance. I participate in the Whitney Young Swim Club. I’m a member of the Mark Skinner Glee Club. And I also take Jazz and Hip-Hop classes at the Hubbard School of Dance. FAVORITE POOL GAME: 9 Ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Allison Fisher FAVORITE FOOD: Chinese Food - Chicken Broccoli REAL-WORLD HERO: Both of my parents FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: My fondest childhood memory is back in 2004 when my dad lived in Flossmoor, IL and he got Tita, our pet Chihuahua, for Christmas. She was small enough to fit in one of my dad’s hands. When she got a little bigger, I would chase her all through the house and the back yard. It was like she knew it was a game and every time I got close to her, she’d dart away. She was just too fast. GOALS (PERSONAL AND/OR CAREER): My main priority is to continue to maintain a 3.7+ GPA. Next, I want to continue to improve all aspects of my 9 Ball game while also becoming more proficient in other disciplines such as 8 Ball and 10 Ball. I would love to play on the Pro Tour one day. It would be great to be able to say that I have what it takes to play at that level. Ultimately, I want to finish college

Karsyn Terry and then go to medical school. Then end goal is to be either a Plastic Surgeon (cosmetic or reconstructive), or a Cardiologist. I have a while, so I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? My main priority is to continue to maintain a 3.7+ GPA. Next, I want to continue to improve all aspects of my 9 Ball game while also becoming more proficient in other disciplines such as 8 Ball and 10 Ball. I would love to play on the Pro Tour one day. It would be great to be able to say that I have what it takes to play at that level. Ultimately, I want to finish college and then go to medical school. Then end goal is to be either a Plastic Surgeon (cosmetic or reconstructive), or a Cardiologist. I have a while, so I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

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In this month’s issue of Rackem, our Player Profile features not one but two players. They are the Sister/Brother Duo of Taylor and Tristan Hansen of Madison Lake, MN, who were both selected to the 2012 VNEA Junior Nationals All-Star Team. This award is given out to the players who had multiple high finishes at this year’s tournament in Lincoln, NE. For Taylor, this is her second year in a row for this award. When asked how this all came about, it was best summed up as a story narrated by their parents, Troy and Jana Hansen. It really started about 5 years ago when the kids always inquired how their dad did at that week’s pool league. He would always explain to them how he shot great this time but messed up that time. He would always lay out the runs that he had made or messed up, on the kid’s 8-in-one game table which included a 4 foot pool table. They took genuine interest and always wanted to try it themselves. Their dad always insisted that if they were going to do it, they might as well do it right. He sized them both up with the 4 foot sticks that came with the table by putting electrical tape where they should hold their hands. He explained the stance, grip, bridge and the stroke the best he could and also showed them YouTube videos so they could actually see how it all worked together. Who knew that would set this all in motion. In 2009, they started their first youth pool league at C&N Sales in Mankato, MN. The following year, they added a second league to their schedule while traveling 150 miles each league day to Shooter’s Billiards in Burnsville, MN. This year, in search of even stiffer competition, now has the family traveling 150 miles for each session to the D&R Star League in Rochester, MN. Taylor (14) and Tristan (turning 10 just days ago) opted to play in the 14-20 year old division for the best competition possible. Just when you think they have enough on their plate, enter the MPA (Midwest Poolplayers Association) with a regional tour featuring adult tournaments ranging from the C division to Master’s. They really took to this as this forced them to stay on top of their games. They have humbled many adults and 12 Rackem Magazine - April 2013

made many new friends and fans as they climb this ladder in their quest to be the best they can be. Out in a recreation room above their garage, there is a constant reminder that hard work pays off. They have amassed (52) trophies, plaques, medals and cue sticks as a result, not to mention the money. By practicing countless hours on the 7 & 9 foot tables, they then turn that into friendly but fierce competition amongst each other. This definitely keeps their game at a high level. After a grueling season that extends from October to June, they take a couple of weeks off to vacation, only to return and start a race to 100 in 8-ball and 9-ball in preparation for the next season. This season however, their vacation may be more pool as they try to qualify for the 2013 BEF US Junior Nationals 9-Ball Championships at the Rio in Las Vegas. They have more recently teamed up with local National Master Mike Lowe as he works to take their game to the next level. His snooker table and 3 cushion billiard’s table also add another dimension to their game. As time goes on, they hope to be playing all the games such as 8, 9 & 10-ball, straight pool, 9-ball banks and one pocket. A common goal for these two is to be the best they can be and claim as many National Titles as they can and continuing with the same goals at the adult level. A good collection of Charlie’s is a good thing. One other goal high upon Tristan’s list is to play as the youngest invited player in the “Seco Varani KC Club Open”, which is one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year in MN in honor of one of the game’s premier ambassadors. With numerous goals already accomplished, the ones they obviously cherish the most are from the VNEA

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The Psyche of a Pool Player THE SKY IS NO LIMIT BY: DON AKERLOW

Most everyone in the professional world of sports has a trainer. That doesn’t mean that the average barroom pool player needs to go on a diet or eat all the salads or the right type of nutrition, although that may be true, that’s not what I’m talking about. You don’t have to go out and run a couple of miles everyday because you’ll get your exercise going around the table. A trainer is someone who will improve a professional or semipro athlete’s game. A pool instructor is someone who can improve your game. In the game of billiards or pool, whether it is played in a bar, on a circuit, in tournaments, leagues or around the world, most of the players that I know have never taken a lesson. Myself, I’ve only taken one and I regret that because I learned so much from that lesson. I regret not taking it earlier in my game. These instructors have taken many hours of training to pick out various people’s, I don’t really want to say, “flaws”. Actually it is whether you are stroking; how you’re hitting the ball; how you’re standing; how you’re positioned; how you’re holding the stick; whether you follow through; whether you stand up; whether you poke, not stroke. There are so many variations on what you can do wrong and I’ve done most of them if not all. In my travels around the Northwest as I delivered, I was asked several times, “Where can I go to find a good instructor, who can teach me how to make my game improve? How can I learn to do trick shots? How can I learn to break? I want to know what I’m doing wrong.” That’s encouraging. There are some people out there that realize that no matter how often they practice, if you don’t practice correctly, you’re not going to improve. Or if you practice the same flaws in your game, over and

over again, you’re not going to improve either. Your game may be erratic, it may be spontaneous, and that’s the reason you need to get back to basics. You need to learn what you’re doing wrong in order to move on and improve your game consistency. I would guess probably 90% of the average players has learned as much about shooting the cue ball, applying the english, the diamond system and just how in general to shoot the ball, but he or she is still inconsistent with their game. Finding the flaws in your game from a trained professional is in my opinion the best way to go because they will have you do different drills, different exercises that you can do in order to improve your game. If you don’t know of an instructor ask your friends, ask your league operators, go into a pool hall and ask whoever is working there if somebody can teach you how to improve your game to become more consistent. Then let me know. You can e-mail me at I’d like to know what you think after you’ve taken some lessons. Some lessons can be a little bit expensive but find out what you are going to get for the lesson. Maybe you need more than one instructor to teach you different things or you need to move to another instructor so you can learn different techniques. Everybody is different so if you want to improve your game - don’t go out there and buy that $1,000 stick. Invest in yourself and find an instructor that can teach you how to improve your game. Then you can invest in that cue.

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Proves Deadly on PxP Tour

Chase Rudder annihilated a talented field of 43 players at this year’s first Poison by Predator Tour 8-Ball event.

The tour was held on Saturday, February 23rd. An impressive Rudder hit each of his first five opponents with 3 packs, in races to 4, until he met up with former National BCA 8-Ball Champion Mike Alonzo in the finals. The event, hosted by Houston’s own Bogies Billiards, yielded a $3,200 purse with a field that produced few upsets. The winners’ side hot seat match was narrowed down to Dallas’ own Chase Rudder and local Houston favorite, Raul Escobedo. Just one round prior, Rudder had bested Alonzo 4-1 and Escobedo squeezed by the formidable Will Felder, 4-3. After a fourth round loss to Alonzo, Lone Star Tour Champ Andy Jethwa fought his way back to a 5th-6th finish after a final loss to Felder, 3-0. Newcomer David Taylor sent Sonny Bosshamer west, 4-0, where he won 4 consecutive matches until Alonzo dealt him a final blow to 5th-6th. This pitted Alonzo and Felder in a final four stand-off. Back on the east side, Rudder wasted no time with Escobedo and secured the hot seat, 4-1, while Alonzo eliminated Felder on the oneloss side, 3-2. Playing for second place, Alonzo and Escobedo fought for every shot, but it was Alonzo who emerged victorious, winning the hill game. In the finals against Rudder, Alonzo came out firing for revenge, leading the first set, 3-2. Following the break in the sixth game, Alonzo relinquished control of the table giving Rudder a shot to tie the set. After a missed opportunity by Rudder, Alonzo


made a failed attempt to get back on track. Rudder answered back with a failed safety and Alonzo saw a distant ray of hope. He returned to the table one final time and shot an incredible flyer to run out and take first set, 4-2. More determined than disenchanted, Rudder pulled himself together. The first game of the second set, Rudder won the flip. He broke hard from the center of the table and the balls scattered. With a little grind, Rudder secured the run, pocketing a difficult 8-ball to lead 1-0. A good break in a winner break format is a deadly combination, and Rudder aimed to prove it. He broke big the second game as well, pocketing one stripe but choosing the more favorable solids. Rudder meticulously cleared the table and brought his score up, 2-0. Alonzo hadn’t risen from his seat in two consecutive games as Rudder broke huge for a third time. It was the same story for Mike, as Chase pocketed a ball on the break and made quick work of the last rack. Rudder lost a total of 8 games the entire event, 4 of which were lost to Alonzo in the first set of the finals. Many thanks to Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar, the incomparable Delta-13 Rack, com, and tournament director John Newsome for making this another great event. The tour would also like to thank David Mendiola, Chris Penry, and Dave Ramirez for their administrative assistance throughout the event. The next Poison by Predator Tour event will be held at Bogies Billiards, March 24th, 2013, with Men’s and Ladies’ 9-Ball divisions. This PxP points event will double as a second chance event for the ladies of the 2013 WPBA Regional Tour Championships which will be held at Bogies, March 21st-24th, 2013. Find your cue, your Poison, at


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Bustamante comes back

Francisco Bustamante

RESULTS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 5th

Francisco Bustamante Chip Compton Skyler Woodward Justin Hall Warren Kiamco Shane Manaole

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$2,143.00 $1,040.00 $796.00 $551.00 $367.00 $367.00

7th 7th 9th 9th 9th 9th

Mike Black Manual Chau Kenny Loftis Blake Todd Richie Richeson Jason Evans

$214.00 $214.00 $107.00 $107.00 $107.00 $107.00

at White Diamond Super 9-Ball By Skip Maloney - Staff

SENT TO THE SEMIFINALS of the 4th Annual White Diamond Super 9-Ball Tournament on the heels of a stellar performance by Chip Compton, Francisco Bustamante returned for a double elimination re-match finals and taught the young 'whipper-snapper' a lesson or two that eventually put the event title in the older guy's pocket. The $1,000-added event, held on the weekend of March 16-17, drew 128 entrants to White Diamond Billiards in Lafayette, LA, with live streaming from PoolActionTV, via the Big Truck (Ray Hansen) Show. Bustamante and Compton hooked up in the battle for the hot seat, once Bustamante had sent Shane Manaolewest and Compton had sent Warren Kiamco over, both by 7-5 scores. Compton stepped into the hot seat match, as though he'd never heard of Bustamante, getting out to a 5-1 lead with a demonstration of fearless shot making that had even stream commentators Big Truck and Joey Aguzin marvelling at the level of his confidence. Bustamante got a few more licks in before Compton closed things out at 7-4 to sit in the hot seat. Kiamco moved over and had the misfortune of running into a 'whipper-snapper' of his own; young Skyler Woodward, who'd been sent to the loss side by Justin Hall in the second round, and was in the midst of 10-match, loss-side winning streak that would get him all the way to the semifinals for a match against Bustamante. With six down and four to, he defeated Jason Evans 7-5 and Mike Black 7-5 to draw Kiamco. Manaole picked up Hall, who'd gotten by Kenny Loftus 7-3 and shut out Manny Chau. Woodward dropped Kiamco 7-5, and when Hall eliminated Manaole 7-2, the re-match was on in the quarterfinals. Woodward wreaked his vengeance on Hall for the long, loss-side trip he'd been forced to take 7-4, and then ran into Bustamante. The kid put up a gritty fight, but the wily veteran, anxious for a second shot against Compton, finished Woodward's lossside streak with a 7-5 win in the semifinals. Bustamante got right to work. They played 18 games in the two-set finals, and Bustamante gave Compton only four of them. Bustamante took each set 7-2 to claim the event title and its $2,143 first-place prize. According to Ashley Klein, manager of the White Diamond Billiard Club, and 19-year 'main squeeze' of ownerChris Miller (they've run the room together for 17 of those years), this year's 4th Annual Super 9-Ball Tournament had to turn away 51 players who'd signed up on an alternate list. The tournament, she said, featured a record total payout (part Calcutta) of over $70,000.

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Regional Tour Championship

Eleanor Callado and Jana Montour’s photos courtesy of Suzanne Smith Susan Williams photo courtesy of Kim White

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th 13th

Eleanor Callado Jana Montour Susan Williams Sandy Badger Debbie Cervantes, Suzanne Smith Belinda Lee, Mary Hopkin Natalie Mans, Janet Atwell Shawn Modelo, Meredith Lynch Cassidy Mulligan, Jennifer Kraber Kia Sidbury, Janis Sessions

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Jana Montour

Susan Williams

BY: KIM WHITE It took Regional Tour Championship hopeful Eleanor Callado hours upon hours of flight delays out of San Francisco, California, five in all, and finally settling for a flight into San Antonio, Texas which placed her 3 hours from her destination in Houston, Texas. A rental car and three hours later, Callado burst into Bogies Billiards just seconds shy of a first round forfeiture. The tournament director explained to a teary-eyed, frazzled, Callado that she arrived just in the nick of time. Her match was called and a relieved Callado collected herself and proceeded to her table where she would secure her first match against Amber Stone, 9-2, on her way to becoming the 2013 WPBA Regional Tour Champion. The $3,000 added, 50 player field was a culmination of the top female players from 8 WPBA (Women’s Professional Billiard Association) regional tours across the U.S and Canada, who competed 4 days for a total purse of $9,000. When matches began on Thursday, March 21st, the intensity was so thick you could cut it with a knife. It was a long haul to the finish line in this event; races to 9 & 7; playing 9-ball on 9’ Brunswick Gold Crowns. With their heels dug in, players exhibited resilience and professionalism along with an abundance of overwhelming talent; a real crowd pleaser in any venue. Callado’s play was no exception. Over the weekend, her trek to the winners’ circle included wins over Angela Martinez, 9-1, Kim Pierce, 9-3, and Janet Atwell 9-5. Jana Montour, the Northwest Women’s Pool Association top player 2 of the last 3 years, would prove a more than formidable contender for the RTC title as the event wore on. Winners’ side action also included NWPA player Suzanne Smith who ended Natalie Mans’ run to the final four winners’ side, 9-7. In turn, Smith was shot down by Callado, 9-2, to reach the hot seat. Other east side action saw Mary Hopkin and Sandy Badger face off in the fourth round, as well as Shawn Modelo and Jana Montour. Hopkin made quick work of Badger, 9-2, as Montour bested Modelo, 9-5. Montour was on fire, defeating Badger for her fifth consecutive win and earning herself a hot seat match with Collado. On the one-loss side, the big story was AWBT (Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour) player Susan Williams who lost her first match to Meredith Lynch, 9-8, and won a phenomenal 8 consecutive matches including wins over Hopkin and Smith by the same score, 7-6. Debbie Cervantes upset Janet Atwell, 7-5, and ended a four-match run by Houston’s own Belinda Lee, 7-5. Badger ended Cervantes’ roll, 7-1, to meet Williams for a shot at third place. It was another victory for Williams when Badger came up short, 7-6. Williams secured the consolation side while Montour and Callado battled it out for winners’ side rights. Hot seat action saw Callado jump to a 5-1 lead and Montour answer back with 4 games of her own. From there, the ladies traded games until Montour pulled ahead to win the set, 9-7. By this time, the evening was waning as Williams prepared to play Callado for second place. Both players gave it their all, placing 100% of their efforts into each shot. In the end, Callado proved too much for Williams, eliminating the Arizona player, 7-4. The final matches between Montour and Callado proved T.V. worthy. Both players were beginning to show signs of fatigue, but that didn’t stop them. The first race to 9 was practically game for game, similar to the hot seat match. This time, Callado commanded the lead and took the first set, 9-7. In the second race to 7, both players came out firing, seemingly rejuvenated. At 2-2, Callado took over the reins, beating Montour to the safety and giving up very little. Callado fell into rhythm, beating Montour in the second set, 7-2. Congratulations to Eleanor Callado, the 2013 WPBA Regional Tour Champion, and Jana Montour, runner-up. Sponsors and acknowledgements for this event include, www.,, and BCA Referee Derrell Montgomery. Aside from the cash prize, the winner also received an engraved pen, compliments of Mr. Montgomery, and a gift bag of pool T-shirts from As always, “thank you” to Bogies Billiards & Games in Houston, Texas and owner David Richardson for hosting another successful Regional Tour Championship.

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Midwest 9-Ball Tour Left to Right: Julia Gabriel 1st, Mike Durbin, sponsor, Melissa Drew 2nd

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Break Billiards Results Cahokia IL 1st 2nd

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Hovick Wins Two out of Three


By Tour Staff

The 2012-2013 Pure X Cues All American Tour – presented by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) – produced its twenty-second stop of the Tour year at Dale’s Weston Lanes in Wausau, WI, Saturday, March 9. The $500-added 8-ball tourney on 7-foot Valley bar boxes drew 27 players.

wishes to thank sponsors Pure X Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the Pure X All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities and tour stop openings are still available for the 2012/2013 All American Tour by contacting the ACS. The Tour remains in the Midwest, heading to Davenport IA, on Saturday, March 23, with a $500 added 8-Ball Tourney at Sharky’s Billiards (contact Terry Stevens at 563-359-7225). Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2012/2013 Pure X Cues All American Tour are available at

The A-side bracket of action concluded with Rob Hovick (Marshfield, WI) clipping defending championJohn Kotnik (Sheboygan, WI) 5-4 in the semifinals, where Duncan Kaufman (Sauk City, WI) also outpointed John Lewis (Suamico, WI) 5-2. Hovick then took the hot seat with a 5-3 decision over Kaufman. On the B-side Jason Kasprzycki (Rothschild, WI) and Jon Kent (Wausau, WI) tied for 7th place at the hands ofCory Scheiderer (Marathon, WI) 5-1 and Ed Livingston (Merrill, WI) 5-2 respectively. In the next round with the losers gaining 5th place, Ed Livingston fell to Jon Kotnik by a 5-2 margin, while John Lewis was whitewashed by Cory Scheiderer 5-0. Scheiderer then dropped Kotnik to 4th place by a 5-3 margin. In the B-side finals, Kaufman ended Scheiderer’s hot run with a 5-1 victory. The tourney finals almost went the distance, as Duncan Kaufman edged undefeated Rob Hovick 5-4 in the first set – forcing a deciding set. But Hovick regained his edge and outlasted Kaufman 5-3 to claim the title! By virtue of Cory Scheiderer also being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2013 Pure X ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. The ACS 22 Rackem Magazine - April 2013

ALL AMERICAN TOUR STOP Dale's Weston Lanes - Wausau, WI

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 5th 7th 7th

Playername Rob Hovick Duncan Kaufman Cory Scheiderer John Kotnik Ed Livingston John Lewis Jason Kasprzycki Jon Kent

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Rosenbaum & Mulligan Bogies Billiards

The Poison by Predator Tour held its second stop of 2013 this past Sunday at Bogies Billiards alongside the prestigious WPBA Regional Tour Championships, hosting a special Open Men’s 9-ball division and a Women’s “second chance” 9-ball division on Sunday, March 24th. Men’s division champion Brian Rosenbaum suffered only one loss in the fourth round to Ernesto Bayaua, 6-4. Bayaua also defeated David Chow, Eloy Vidal, and Jonathon Poon on his way to the hot seat. Joe Heinaman was on a roll of his own, beating David Devaney, Alfred Flores, and Andy Jethwa to reach Bayaua. The one-loss side saw Eric Hsu and Anthony Gepayo fall to Jethwa and Rosenbaum respectively, leaving them in 5th6th. Meanwhile, Heinaman came up short against Bayaua for the hot seat, losing his bid, 6-5. On the one-loss side, Rosenbaum made quick work of Jethwa, 6-1, and squeezed by Heinaman, 6-5. In the finals, Rosenbaum redeemed himself in the first set, 6-4. Bayaua put up a fight in the second set, but came up short again, 6-5. Florida’s own Cassidy Mulligan came from behind to take the 14 player, Poison women’s 9-ball division. The winner’s side final four saw Loretta Lindgren defeat Mulligan , 6-5, which would be her only loss throughout the event. Liz Mitchel ousted D’Andrea McQuirter, Sara Miller and Denise Reeve to reach Lindgren for the hot seat. Meanwhile, Reeve

advanced to fourth defeating Robyn Petrosino, 6-4, while Mulligan passed Miller, 6-4. Mulligan went on to defeat Reeve 6-3, and Lindgren, 6-5. Mulligan advanced to the hot seat for a first time match-up with Mitchel. Mulligan kept the momentum going, winning the first set, 6-3. After a short break, Mitchel attempted to regroup but it was too little too late as Mulligan secured the second set, 6-4. Congratulations to Poison by Predator event winners Brian Rosenbaum and Cassidy Mulligan. Find your Poison at Open 1st Brian Rosenbaum $335/$230 2nd Ernesto Bayaua $220/$100 3rd Joe Heinaman $140 4th Andy Jethwa $65 5-6 Eric Hsu, Anthony Gepayo $30 Ladies 1st Cassidy Mulligan $270 2nd Liz Mitchel $200 3rd Loretta Lindgren $130 4th Denise Reeve $70

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Double Dips The Rum-Runner!

A big congratulations to Shane VanBoening and Jeremy Jones, who took 1st and 2nd place, respectively this weekend, earning the top two prizes of $6,000 and $3,000 at the Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament! The Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas - home of 'The Andy Mercer Memorial 9 Ball Tournament', celebrated its 23rd annual, 3-day event to a packed house of players and spectators, gunning for yet another weekend of the toughest 'barbox', 9 ball performances of our time. A 64-player field, studded with an almost equal ratio of professional giants and hopeful killers in their wake, Mosconi Cup veteran and 2003, U.S. Open Champion, Jeremy Jones from Baytown, Texas took the high road to the Hot-Seat of the event, facing off with Shane VanBoening on the final day, only to get 'double-dipped' in two races to 6, ending in scores of 6-3 and 6-0. Shane's electrifying display of cue ball control and one lucky shot on the 7-ball kept Jeremy in his chair for most of the finals. Jeremy's visits to the table were somewhat undeserved, having only a few opportunities to kick, play safe or push away. DONNIE AND JOHNNY MEET THE GIANTS! 3rd place winner, Donnie Branson looked very promising on day three and facing off with with both winners. First, knocking Shane to the one-loss side (6-2), only to follow up with his first loss to Jeremy Jones (6-4). Donnie's next match ended with Shane serving a rather bitter pill of 6 games in a row (6-0), reducing Donnie to the 3rd place position. 5th/6th place winner, Johnny Kang's draw was tough form the 'get-go', immediately defeating jim Blakeman (6-2) and Sal Butera (6-5) on Day 1, followed by Frank 'The Barber' Almanza (6-5) on Day 2. On day 3, Johnny suffered his first loss to Donnie Branson (6-2), only to forge ahead two more wins to Ramin Bahktiari (6-5), Oscar Dominguez (6-3) and finally losing to Ronnie Alcano (6-5) WATCH OUT FOR THE VOLCANO! 4th place winner, Ronnie 'Volcano' Alcano had some well deserved wins against King-Kong' (6-5) and the 'Giant Killer', Ray Skenandore (6-5) and then to Johnny Kang on the one-loss (6-5). Ronnie was untouched until day three, took his first loss against Jeremy Jones (6-4) and finally his second loss to a rather determined Shane (6-3) who had nothing on his mind but to defend his 2-time consecutive championship title. Max Runs 6 Straight Racks After King-King Refuses The Push! 7th/8th place winner Max Eberle, astounded the crowd with 6 straight racks, run

from the break against Bernardo 'King-Kong' Chavez, who refused a push-out by Max on the first rack. King-Kong sat in his chair, writhing and hopeful for a shot, getting up only to rack the balls each time Max closed out. This match was streamed live, commentated by Daniel Busch and Lenny Marshall and can be viewed on demand at POV Pool's YouTube Channel. Max's historic performance on POV Pool was a well deserved one, after losing in the first round of play on day one to Donnie Branson (6-5), then beating Brian Miller (6-2), King Kong (6-0), Ismael 'Morro' Paez (6-0), Thomas Butler (6-0), Fach Garcia (6-1), Mitch Ellerman (6-2) and then losing to Ernesto Dominguez (6-4). CONGRATS TO TEAM MEXICO! Happy Birthday Oscar Dominguez, who turns 28 today! Oscar earned his 7th/8th place position just underneath his father's finish at 5th/6th place. Oscar's wins included a streamed match with Brett Lee (6-3). He then beat Ramin Bahktiari (6-1), Fach Garcia (6-1), lost to Shane (6-2), eliminated Sal Butera from the one-loss (6-3), and finally getting ousted by Johnny Kang (6-3). Also hit early to the one-loss was Ernesto Dominguez, who notched his belt a number of tough matches against Southwest Cues', Al Lawrence (6-4), Frank Almanza (6-5), POV Pool's night-time commentator, Joshua Edgar (6-2), Max Eberle (6-5) until finally losing to Shane in a hill/hill match. Live Streamed Matches Sponsored by Kamui Tips, The Orange County APA, John English and The Public House 1739, there were almost 40 recorded matches which were streamed live by Daniel Busch of, which will begin posting to YouTube sometime next week. POV Pool would like to thank it's commentators for some excellent coverage of this event: Justin Acker, James Murphy, Stacy Allsup, Jeremy Jones, Mitch Ellerman, Lenny Marshall, Robert Leblanc, Frank Almanza, Jimmy 'Pretty Boy Floyd' Mataya, Joshua Edgar's, 'POV Pool, After Dark' show, Don McClelland, John English and many, many other players and spectators who joined in, to say hello on the stream and pay tribute to the late, Andy Mercer, who may very well be smiling upon us. Special Thanks! Thanks also to Geno Hill, Gordy Hill, Jim Blakeman, Mike Ganz, the Rum Runner Staff and many other new friends and strangers who made this event possible. Additional promotional support and thanks go to Max Eberle始s Pro Academy, Ramin Bahktiari and MaryAnn Starkey of GoPlayPool, Amy Encinias and Nichole of Vegas Billiards Buzz Forums, AZ Billiards, Alvin Nelson, JR Calvert.

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Manny Chau, James Walden

WALDEN HAS A FLASHBACK plays flawless to take the Big Tyme Classic !!!

The First Annual Big Tyme Classic held from March 21-24th went off as a huge success. There was six tournaments held over the four day period and all the fields were full except the Ladies one day Sunday only event and it had 28 of the 32 needed to fill, still awesome. In all there was a little over 160 different entrants to play thru out the divisions, led by the 128 full field in the $3,500 Added Main Event. This tournament will be held once yearly if not twice, once in the spring and once in the fall. We will improve the few kinks and move forward that is promised. Overall the event was a huge success for Big Tyme as it was the first event of this magnitude they have ever held. We would like to thank everyone that attended. A special thanks to Ron Geyer for doing the cue repairs and Joe Salazar for bringing in his assortment of great cues. We would also like to thank Eugene Lee for streaming the entire event, I know he was tired. And all of the Big Tyme Owners Jim Henry, Debbie Sharp, Mark Avery, and Bob McFerron, as well as manager Billy Sharp.

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Also thanks to Tiger Cues as they donated a cue to be raffled off for the event. The results of the tournaments are below: Thursday - One Pocket 16 player Single Elim: 1st - Justin Hall - $1,600 2nd - Richy Richeson - $800 3/4th - Francisco Bustamante & Lil Jon Macias - $400 Also had a final 8 auction:$2,300 1st - $1,600 2nd - $700 Friday - 9-Ball Banks 16 player Single Elim: 1st/2nd - Split Sylver Ochoa & Manny Chau - $1,200 apiece 3/4th - Justin Hall & Cliff Joyner - $400

Friday Night Single Elim. 16 player Bar Table - Winner take all $50 entry: 1st - David Guitierrez & Tony Barrington Split - $400 apiece Sunday - Seniors 9-Ball $40 Entry ($500 added, $40 entry, Full 32 player field) 1/2 - Split between Jose Parica and Lanny Herrin $500 each 3rd - Sonny Bosshamer - $275 4th - Lewis Jones - $175 5/6th - Bobby Gonzales/Chuck Adams - $100 7/8 - Bill Fain/Bernard Chang - $65

Justin Hall

Sunday Womens Open 9-Ball ($1000 added, $40 entry, 28 Players) 1st - Vivian Villareal - $730 2nd - Ming Ng - $500 3rd - Nicole McDaniel - $300 4th - Kimmy Nyguen - $200 5/6th - Amanda Townsend/Janeen Gardner - $125 7/8th - Kim Sanders/ Michelle Yim - $70 The Main Event 9-Ball was a thriller all the way to the end with multiple hill hill thrillers. It was played on Diamond Bar Boxes and the races were to 7 on both sides, alternate breaks, and the 9 did not count in the foot pockets on the break. This field was led by Francisco Bustamante, Warren Kiamco, Justin Hall, Richy Richeson, Cliff Joyner, Manny Chau, James Walden, Vivian Villarreal, Jose Parica, Jon Hennessee and many other super tough players. The next event promises to be bigger and have more stars attending. Thanks again for everyones support, we appreciate it a ton and hope to see you plus many more next time. 1st - James Walden - $14,700 2nd - Manny Chau - $7,350 3rd - David Parker - $4,850 4th - Warren Kiamco - $3,050 5/6th - Rene Rendon, Cliff Joyner - $2,000 7/8th - Francisco Bustamante, Jose Parica - $1,300 9/12th - Blaine Barcus, Mike Delawder, Justin Hall, David Gutierrez - $660

Vivian Villarreal

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Lucky About Life: PART 2 Lucky asked me to fly out to Kansas, …I landed and got a rental car went over to the tournament, Lucky was there hanging around, walked up to him Lucky said life is but a song with many layers, A man has to walk down many roads to become a man. Not really sure what he meant by that, as many other things Lucky has said it will be clear down the road... ..I caught the tail end of the tournament. The Shooters tournament was a concern for Lucky mainly because since it was a club where people smoked. It was a highly talented tournament, with many skilled players and fun to watch. There was this waitress named Judy what a hard worker getting drinks and order out fast. They had on the menu a Pork loin with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme stuffing it was great. Judy had the prettiest blues eyes. There were 144 players at the tournament. Warren Kiamco reached first in a brutal field. Lucky decided he had to stay away from Warren because of when they played two years ago in Reno. Lucky felt Warren would likely ruin any potential game with anyone there. Lucky’s goal was to play one of the local players because the action was in most players. …..Lucky was looking for a one pocket game…’Down Town Cheddy Brown’ was able to arrange games, Got one with Guy named Joey. When they meet Joey gestured in hesitation “are you guys serious Cheddy” Joey looking at this old man wondering if he can play pool. “OK” “I like money” Lucky was expressionless but I knew Lucky didn’t want to seem confident or show he was annoyed at the disrespect he was shown. Joey asked if ‘the old man’ wanted a spot… Lucky said “what kind of a spot should I get from you”, Next was ‘the Circle Game’ Joey confident and sizing up Lucky said 10-8 Lucky finally agreed. Joey suggested $50 a game Lucky said $100 a game. How many ears do you need to hear I want to play. They easily agreed to $200 a game. Lucky’s favorite game is one pocket and he plays it like no one else does or can. If you could read Luckys mind what a tale it would tell. Lucky whispered to me….. Glenn Atwell came in and sat with me to sweat the match. He got a little side bet on Lucky. Glenn wanted to bet all his money but I told him not to put too much attention on it. They flipped the coin Lucky won flip and the break. They played an ordinary game each making balls and Joey won. Lucky paid him. Joey broke, it took 25 minutes and Lucky won. After a couple of hours the games went back and forth. They were even. Lucky miscued on the break many times but came out ok. The breaker was not winning the game. Joey wasn’t breaking well either. Glenn pointed out Joey wasn’t playing his top speed he was stalling but so was Lucky… You know Joey thinks that he easily could beat Lucky. The shots were going back and forth. The games were very long. It was hard to watch with so many safeties. Lucky was waiting and waiting for Joey to get impatient and jack the bet. They played basically even for most of the day. The spot was looking to everyone watching as appropriate. Lucky was waiting for Joey to make that move but nothing was happening. Lucky is an old man and he has physical limitations. He whispered to me that this kid must be training for a marathon or working out every day. They kept playing into the night. You started to think that Joey was waiting for Lucky to get impatient and 28 Rackem Magazine - April 2013

make him jack the bet, real gamesmanship. I think I nodded out a few times, and woke up only when the crowd said something about a great shot, which I missed. Joey stated “even doesn’t cut it” Joey finally blinked. Joey was sure he would walk all over Lucky. His attitude was, as Cheddy said very confident! Joey said how much will you play for old man, Lucky said “I like to bet” “so what do you have in mind”, Joey looking over at his backers got the nod. Joey said “Whatever you want to play for!! “ If we play for more money what spot should I get. Joey said thought a moment and said the breaks, Lucky said what about the break and 9-7, Joey said no! Breaks and 9-8 for $2000 race to 4. Joey knew he wasn’t breaking that good but saw Lucky miscue several times, I am sure Joey felt like he was stealing offering up the break. Glenn chomping at the bit wanted to side bet more, I told Glenn Lucky might lose the first set. Safe to bet both side now! Joey and Lucky were talking a little smack at each other. Lucky standing ready to break said let this white dove sail….. Lucky broke then miscued again but still laid but still made the classic opening with no shot for Joey. He said “how do you do that old man” Lucky said “ do you believe in magic”. After a few shots and safeties. Lucky made a ball about every other inning. Lucky won the first game. Joey looked at Lucky and noticed that Lucky may have played a little better now. Lucky broke miscued again, reached for the chalk and scrapped his tip with a squeaky noise and stared at the newly coated tip. The balls just laid tough for Joey again. All these miscues and Joey should have gotten better opening shots. Joey studied the cluster and Lucky leaned over and said and whispered in my ear “I accidently gave him a shot. He might not see it”. Joey continued to study the table. He found a shot in the stack and shot into it and a ball went into his pocket. Joey he ran out. One to one…. Lucky knew he made a mistake one he won’t make again. Lucky has played so flawless since I first met him and I saw he didn’t control the game. What was up with that I thought. He wasn’t as perfect at this game or was he? Lucky whispered it wasn’t a bad thing. Lucky broke, the miscue bug was really all over him, what was up I thought, the balls wide open….and a ball in hung in his pocket. The crowd was stirring over all the miscues they had seem by Lucky. The balls were just sitting there wide open, an easy road map. Joey got up from his chair, chalked and bent over to shoot an easy run out and he miscued fouling. The crowd was taken back and not a word was said you could hear pins dropping. It was like rain drops falling from the sky with the sound of silence. Lucky got up and ran out stating with his hanger. Joey staring at Lucky, Lucky could only say “ It ain’t me Babe” two to one! Lucky made a decent break and hadn’t miscued for a change. The game seemed like the usual moves type game. Joey laid down what he thought was a game winning trap on Lucky. You could tell by the way he looked over to his backer Lucky got up and miscued knock the cue ball awkwardly into the stack and unbelievably he made a ball in his pocket. Lucky looked around the room and everyone was staring. The small crowd sensed that something was happening here what it was not exactly clear. I knew then that Lucky was

Lucky About Life: PART 2 Continued miscuing on purpose no one else had a clue. Lucky composed himself and was able to run out. Three to one. After a bunch of moves and great shots Lucky won the set plus the $2000. Joey showed that he and or his backer were getting impatient they wanted to get the money now!! Joey after a conference with these two guys came back and said Race to 6 for $5000. They had played now for about 16 hours and it was getting day break. Lucky was tired. I could see and Joey was ready to go. Lucky told me that this kid might have the best stamina of anyone he’s played in the past few years since coming back playing. That worried me some because the old man had a longevity gear for his age and might be wearing down the spot remained the same breaks and 9-8. It may have been Joey’s plan to wear down Lucky. The match started in usual fashion Joey a little more aggressive made some good shots and won game one. Then Joey won game two. Lucky won game three that makes the score Joey 2 Lucky 1, In Game 4 a small opening and Joey ran out 3 to 1. Lucky broke and miscued and scratched owing a ball. Lucky fouled on his next shot owing two balls. Joey moved and got out in 3 innings. Score now 4 to 1. It was time for Lucky to break and he was sitting in the chair with his eyes closed. I walked up to him to see if he was breathing, He had fallen asleep. I said to Lucky he still has a match to finish. Lucky rubbed his eyes and stood up walked slowly to the table and broke. A ball trickled in his pocket. He was running out got hooked had to play safe. Joey got out. It was about 20 hours of play now and Lucky was behind hill to one. Lucky’s txt message alert came through his phone. He picked up the phone and read the message. I could see his face go blank. Hesitated a bit then Lucky asked if they could finish in a couple of hours. There was a few who chuckled at the comment, “but how could we do that”, Lucky said let the house hold the money if I don’t come back in 4 hours its yours. They didn’t want to do that. Lucky said “OK then here’s what I want to do, press the bet right now” to $10,000 if you win and $12000 if I win, I have to win from 5 to 1 deficit. Joey being on the hill and his backers smelling blood they could not say no. If I win from here I get a little rest. The backers thought this as an imprudent move by lucky but if he wanted to lose his money fast they were going to oblige. Since it looked like this was going to be the last set $10,000 was better than $5000. Lucky came back told me that the message was that a friend Scotty Sinnott passed away. Scotty grew up in Idaho heard he Played a lot in Portland

in his later years. Lucky would run into him all over the country decades ago. Where ever there was a 6 by 12 snooker table where he bet it up playing Golf. “One of the smartest golf player a 6 by 12 ever seen”. Lucky was a little upset about the news. He was a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. Heard he had a neurological condition. I know everyone can’t live forever as shown by all the fallen in the past few years, we are all getting older he told me. That’s the way the world goes around, this darkness is everyone’s old friend. Lucky sat back up from the chair, said “ok are we on” they said “sure no problem” They counted out the money and posted it on the light. Balls were racked. Lucky broke made a ball and ran out. No inning for Joey, Lucky broke Made a ball and ran out score 5 to 3 you know people have seen one pocket players run out two consecutive game before, no big deal. Lucky broke made a ball and ran out, 5 to 4 now the crowd staring at something they likely never seen before. Lucky broke Made a ball and ran out 5 to 5. In a strange sort of way I think everyone including the Backers and Joey wanted to see Lucky run out the set. Lucky got to hill to hill, Glenn Atwell said “Lucky’s made his move, damn! I should have started betting real high”. Lucky broke, it looked like no ball was head for his pocket then a ball hit what was a wired combo aimed at the pocket and knocked a ball in. The room was silent. Lucky stood there, no hangers and no shot to start. Lucky studied it and studied it then scratched his head. The table advantage was visibly on Joey’s side of the table. The run seemed to be over. Then got down and hit the stack kind of hard. A ball came out of the stack. Basically a few balls kind of separated open and that one ball went moving around the table the only ball with any velocity. He let the cannon ball fly, one rail then another and another it was a 4 rail shot. It went through where the stack was clumped and right into the pocket, what a shot. All easy shots left. Lucky shot balls so fast no one knew what hit them. Lucky reach for the light said thank you guy, Lucky said pick up our stuff were out of here. Everyone one was so shocked it was like they all stopped breathing and turned into statues in a early morning fog. Lucky said “I need some rest”. Joey said how did you do that? Lucky just said “The answer was: blowing in the wind” my friend.

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PRESS RELEASE Cues On A Plane! By Jerry Forsyth - 2013-03-06

The days of putting your cue in the baggage hold of an airplane and hoping to meet up with it again at your destination are coming to an end on April 25. According to including ESPN: In a revision to its prohibited items list, the Transportation Security Administration will now allow certain sporting equipment and small knives to be carried on to flights. The changes, which take effect April 25, were made to conform with international standards and to allow officers to "better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives," according to a TSA statement. Through TSA’s layered approach to security, and to align more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards, effective April 25, 2013 TSA will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of their carry-on baggage.

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2013 World Games

Broomfield, Colo., March 13, 2012 - The Billiard Congress of America is honored to announce that Monica Webb, Jeanette Lee, Johnny Archer, and Brandon Shuff have accepted invitations to represent the United States of America as they compete at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Columbia this summer. In an effort to increase pro-player travel stipends for this prestigious event, the BCA has reduced the rate of the official billiard rules mobile application from $2.99 to $.99. The new price is in effect immediately and will only be discounted for a limited time. 50 percent of all proceeds from the sale of the official billiard rules mobile application will go to assisting the American players' travel expenses. In a collaborative effort to increase the travel stipend the Billiard Congress of America is also seeking members of the billiard industry to donate to the travel fund for the Americans competing at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Columbia. The Billiard Congress of America has requested that each industry sponsor donate a minimum of $200, with 100 percent of their donation going to the travel stipends for the 2013 World Games in Cali, Columbia. "The Billiard Congress of America is reducing the cost of the official billiard rules app and is reaching out to the industry hoping we can come together and collectively send America's best pool players to bring home the Gold from this year's World Games," said Billiard Congress of America Chairman Mike Serra. "The BCA would like to thank the American Poolplayers Association, Championship Cloth, Iwan Simonis, Tweeten Fibre, CueSports International and CueStix International for already expressing

interest and support for the industry wide fund raising campaign." The Billiard Congress of America's official mobile rules application is available for both the iPhone and Android platforms and contains the World-Standardized Rules of Pocket Billiards (8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball, 14.1 Continuous Pool, Black Ball, and more). The official billiard rules app is designed for players and enthusiasts who want instant access to the World-Standardized Rules, regulations and table specifications. The app also allows users the opportunity to email the Billiard Congress of America directly from the application with a rules question. This mobile application also gives players a new way to seek answers from certified BCA and World-Standardized referees. To support the pro-player travel stipends as an industry sponsor and send America's ambassadors to the World Games this summer in Cali, Columbia, click here, complete and return the form to the Billiard Congress of America. Depending on your service provider, click iPhone or Android to support the pro-player travel fund for only $.99 and download your mobile rules app today. The mobile application is powered by the Professional Billiard Instructors Association (PBIA). The PBIA is the largest recognized international body of billiard instructors, and is dedicated to growing cue sports through quality billiard instruction to individuals at all levels of proficiency to ensure that pool-playing students have a positive playing experience. For more information about the PBIA visit

Eligibility Expansion Announced

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 3, 2013) – The BCAPL (BCA Pool League) National Championships will be held July 17-27, 2013 for the first time at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. The move allowed the producer, CueSports International (CSI), to expand the overall group of events due to the addition of approximately one third more convention space than ever available before, but CSI is also able to expand some divisions. CSI announces that the BCAPL Men’s Senior Singles, Men’s Super Senior Singles and Women’s Senior Singles will include the following eligibility changes: MEN’S SENIOR SINGLES A player that is senior age (55 years of age prior to the start date of an event) and also ranked as an Advanced player may participate in the Senior division but must spot an Open level player one game (6-5). Players that are senior age and rated as a Master or Grand Master are not eligible to participate in the senior’s division. They must play in their appropriately rated division. MEN’S SUPER SENIOR SINGLES Men that turn 65 years of age prior to the tournament start date are eligible to participate in the Super Senior division. Regardless of a players rating, if they are of Super Senior age they are eligible to participate. There is no handicap involved regardless of rating.

WOMEN’S SENIOR SINGLES A player that is senior age (50 years of age prior to the start date of an event) and also ranked as an Advanced player may participate in the senior division but must spot an Open level player one game (5-4). Women that are senior age and rated as a Master or Grand Master are not eligible to participate in the senior division. They must play in their appropriately rated division. THERE IS NO WOMEN’S SUPER SENIOR DIVISION. Women that turn 60 years of age prior to the tournament start date are eligible to participate in the Women’s Senior division regardless of player rating. As in the past, any senior age player may choose to play in the Open division if they are not rated as an Advanced, Master or Grand Master. CueSports International is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past 8 years CSI has directly paid out $8,000,000 to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship, the US Open 8-Ball Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit,, and for more information about CSI and its divisions.

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DYNAMIC Junior Nationals. They are as follows: Taylor: 2010 Youth Female Singles - 4th (9-13 division) 2011 Youth Female Singles - 2nd 2011 Youth Team - 4th (9-13 division) 2011 Youth Highest Placing All Female Team 2011 National All-Star Team 2012 Youth Female Singles – Champion 2012 Youth Team - 3rd 2012 Youth Highest Placing Mixed Team 2012 National All-Star Team

As Taylor and Tristan continue this long journey, they are determined to keep this all in perspective. Faith, family and friends are at the top of the list followed by their schoolwork. No School, No Pool. They also want to be known as ambassadors of the game. They hold many raffles to raise money for their adventure and hope to pay it forward to others in youth pool and keep this sport alive.

Tristan: 2011 Youth Male Singles - 4th (9-13 division as a 7 year old) 2011 Youth Team - 7/8th 2012 Youth Male Singles - 5/6th (9-13 division as an 8 year old) 2012 Youth Team - 3rd 2012 Youth Highest Placing Mixed Team 2012 Youth Speed Pool - Champion 2012 Youth Scotch Doubles - Champions (with partner Cameron VanOverbeke) 2012 National All-Star Team

“The Viper”

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The kid’s would like to thank all those that support them throughout, whether it is by supporting their raffles or just wishing them well and giving them pointers. They will try their best to make us all proud. They would also like to thank their sponsors: Fantom Cues, John Stich at Midwest Poolplayers Association and Roger at Sward Custom Cues for all they do to make this happen. Also, thanks to Mike Lowe for taking over as their new coach and mentor. Nobody envisions the true potential here more than Mike and he shows it with his enthusiasm at every lesson. And last but not least to Daxs Balenger, who is their biggest fan, was their coach at Shooter’s Billiards and to this day is one of Tristan’s Adult/Youth partners.

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Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Stevie: It allows me to express myself. Viper: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming player what would it be? Stevie: Learn CTE/Pro One Aiming and get stroke instruction. Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Stevie: 8 Ball Questions from Melissa’s Facebook page: Jonny Tsunami from Toledo, OH: With professional pool struggling what should be done to give the sport a boost? There is just not much money in pro pool. Stevie: Someone needs to win the lotto. Robert Rigg from Sioux Falls, SD: What is his biggest moment as a player? Stevie: Beating Efren Reyes in semi’s and finals of 2007 Derby City Banks. I have a 3-1 winning record against the Magician. Twice-in banks and once in 9 ball. He beat me a round of banks that year too. Played him three times in that tourney. Crazy Christina Petersen Piona from Suisun City, CA: His favorite road story? Stevie: One time in Nashville my road partner took his welding beanie off and started pouring baby powder on his head while running around the table and screaming ‘I’m in stroke junior’. ‘ Junior I’m in stroke’. It was one of the funniest things I had ever seen. I have so many stories about my trips with him. I wish I could share them all. Jason Christopher Hunt from Newark, NJ: ask him why he’s always copying my hairstyle... he knows what I’m talking about…lol Stevie: Cause you so stylish Jason. You know this man! Manny Talavera from New Castle, IN: How is Earl Strickland as a coach? Has he helped your game? Did you go to a 70-inch cue like Earl? Stevie: Earl is one of the most talented and knowledgeable players to have ever played the game. No doubt he has helped my game on numerous

occasions. My cue is 64”. I changed the length of my cue after hitting balls with Earl’s cue. Kenny Spicer from Saint Joseph, MO asks: what systems he uses most. I already know what his number one is, but would like to know which others he thinks helps his game the most. Stevie: I had no system before CTE/Pro One. I need no other system. CTE/ Pro One connects you with the geometry of the table. This is the only way to play pool in my opinion. There is no guessing or feel involved. Ken Margetts from Montrose, CO asks: Wish I could be there to talk with him in person, but lately he’s been a huge supporter of CTE/Pro One and I would just love to hear more about what he’s has to say about it? Stevie: I learned Pro One May of 2010 and it has been the best information I have ever learned to help my game. It allows me to have objectivity. It gives language to what my eyes have seen for 25 yrs but could never repeat on a consistent basis. It has given me a pre-shot routine that is the same every time. It connects me with the geometry of the table. It allows me to focus on cue ball and stroke when I shoot instead of the object ball. Randy Sregeant from Janesville, WI asks: My question would be for ave. A to AA player, when a player is stuck at this level and never seem to get better no matter how much you practice, how do you get to the next level. Also in 8 ball, been losing games on the break, have good break but balls don’t fall, how do you improve the break. Melissa, you could probably answer this question. I wish someone would. Stevie: Get a different perspective. Instruction is what helped me. Make sure the outside rows of balls are frozen from the head ball down to the corner balls. A special “Thank-you” to Stevie Moore for taking time out of his travelling schedule to participate in my Ask the Viper. Till next month you can find me on Facebook at wpbaviper

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