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to r e b Ro mez Go Held March 9-11, 2017 at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon, this installment of the Men’s Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball Championships, the 4th Annual, featured some of the biggest names in professional men’s Billiards. There were a couple of past champions — Skyler Woodward and Rodney Morris. You might also recognize some of the other contenders — Shane Van Boening, Dennis Orcollo, Billy Thorpe, Warren Kiamco, Amar Kang and Josh Roberts — to name but a few. There were also some notable newcomers — Roberto Gomez, Joey Gray, Johann Chua, Jeffrey DeLuna and Manny Perez. Some Western BCA players made their presence known as well, including Randy Camantigue, Stan Tourangeau, Randy Baker and crowd favorite, Richie Geiler. In all, there were 108 entered in the Men’s Division and and 28 in the Women’s. As always, the party started with a Calcutta auction on Wednesday evening (March 10). It was a spirited affair overseen by CWO TD Bill Henderson and WBCA President Darcy Williams. The Men’s Division Calcutta total was $24550
with $9600 the first place payout and the Women’s was $2010 with $820 the first place payout. Thursday the main event got underway with many great match-ups for the spectators to watch. By the end of the night, many of the serious contenders were on the back side of the bracket (Roberto Gomez, SVB, Jeffrey DeLuna, Ramil Gallego, Johann Chua, Taylor Anderson, Dennis Orcollo, Warren Kiamco and Alex Olinger) and only one could fight his way to the final. Tough bracket. The marquis matches included Rodney Morris vs Dennis Orcollo (7-6 Rodney), Rich Geiler vs Jeffrey DeLuna (7-4 Rich) and SVB vs Marc Vidal (7-6 SVB just after Marc took out Johann Chua 7-4). Friday was a new day and everyone, especially the back side dwellers, hoped it would be a good one for them but, unfortunately, many of the top guns would be up against each other before the end of the day with many eliminated. Before the end of the day, Skyler Woodward, Amar Kang, Rodney Morris and Billy Thorpe would also find themselves on the back side, nearing extinction. By the end of play,
to Claim CWO 8-Ball Title only 9 would be left in. Saturday began with Roberto Gomez sending Amar Kang home as he began his single-minded quest for the final. He went on to eliminate Josh Roberts, Rodney Morris, and crushed Billy Thorpe’s hopes for a rematch with Joey Gray after losing the hot seat to Gray 7-6. Shane Van Boening looked to be on his way to a shot at another big pay day until he ran into Rodney Morris, who had another plan, winning 7-5. Dennis Orcollo seemed to be on a collision course for SVB but he was derailed by former Champ Skyler Woodward 7-6. As we already know, Roberto Gomez would not be stopped on his way to the final with Joey Gray, taking out his final two obstacles (Morris and Thorpe). The Gray/Gomez final was on, but before we get to that, it should be said that the hot seat match was one of the best of the event, with Joey and Billy trading break and runs and run outs all the way to the decider. Joey broke dry and Billy marched through the rack until leaving himself a delicate shot on the 4-Ball to get on the 8. He missed the 8 and walked away from an open table and gave the game and the match to Joey. So close and yet so far. In the first set of the final (yes, a possible double dip materialized), Roberto was warmed up and ready to go. Joey was a little cold and never really got into the match, winning only two games. Roberto, with four break and runs plus three runouts following a
Gray dry break, a missed shot and a foul on the break took the first set 7-2. Joey doubled his win tally in the second set but there was no stopping Roberto. His near flawless play continued as he closed out the match and claimed the title with his 8th break and run of the two set match. Roberto collected $10,000 for his performance over the three days of the CWO and Joey Gray went home with a respectable $6400 for his efforts. 1st $10,000 Roberto Gomez 2nd $6400 Joey Gray 3rd $4040 Billy Thorpe 4th $2560 Rodney Morris 5/6 $1620 Josh Roberts, Shane Van Boening 7/8 $1020 Amar Kang, Sky Woodward 9-12 $660 Randy Camantigue, Randy Baker Stan Tourangeau, Dennis Orcollo 13-16 $420 Warren Kiamco, Mike Stevens, Steve Lingelbach, Johann Chua 17-24 $260 Pete Gates, David Lash, Alex Olinger, Marc Vidal, Somerfield Habener, Michel Yednak Ramil Gallego, Chip Compton, 25-32 $200 Marvin Holmes, Ray Galli, Joel Peck, Russell Cearley, Jeffery DeLuna, Rich Geller, Ace Brown, Ollie Acosta
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The Late Night 10-Ball Invitational, a new event for the professionals. The format was $1000 entry, 16 bracket limit, race to 13, single elimination, winner breaks with a first place prize of $8000. The “Late Night” referred to when the matches were played, starting Wednesday after the Calcutta, the final four playing Thursday after CWO play was finished for the day and the final on Friday night, again after CWO play was finished for the day. The bracket filled with all the upper echelon pros ponying up a grand each for the big payout at the end. By the end of play Wednesday, Jeffrey DeLuna vs Dennis Orcollo and Josh Roberts vs Shane Van Boening were all that survived. Everyone was looking forward to a Orcollo/SVB final but up jumped DeLuna who beat Dennis Orcollo to move into the final himself against SVB. The final score was 13-11/SVB and was basically a clinic, with nine break and runs (including the winning rack), one 1-10 combo in game 2 and all the rest runouts following three dry breaks and the very occasional mistake on the part of one player or the other. Jeffrey collected $4000 for 2nd place and Dennis and Josh received $2000 each for getting to the semis. Fun format + great shooting + a large and appreciative crowd = a successful event. Look for it to be on the menu next time. 1st $8000 Shane Van Boening 2nd $4000 Jeffery DeLuna 3rd/4th $2000 Josh Roberts Dennis Orcollo
Brittany Bryant Women’s Champion All the while the men were in action, there was also a small Women’s Division (28 entrants) playing for a first place prize of $4000. Former champion Nicole Keeney was on hand with a few other notable out of towners (Brittany Bryant, Emily Duddy, Kelly Isaac and Bernie Store among them) as well as some of Western BCA’s finest (Liz Cole, Kim Jones and Cindy Sliva). Brittany Bryant and Bernie Store made it through the front side undefeated to the point match, with Bernie winning 5-4 to get to the final. Cindy Sliva, after taking out both Keeney and Duddy, met up with Bryant in the back side point match. There Cindy met up with a determined Brittany and was shut out and finished in 3rd place. Brittany went on to the final and another shot at Bernie. Brittany had to beat Bernie twice and she got off to a great start, shutting Bernie out 5-0 and the double dip was on. Often the first set is just warm up for the winner of the hot seat and this proved to be the case here. Bernie played much better the 2nd time around. The ladies traded games until the got to the hillhill decider. Bernie had won the lag, so she had the break. It was a good break until the cue ball found a pocket. The table was wide open and Brittany never looked back as she ran out to claim the title. 1st $4000 Brittany Bryant 2nd $2340 Bernie Store 3rd $1360 Cindy Sliva 4th $800 Emily Duddy 5/6 $460 Liz Cole, Lauren Ward 7/8 $240 Lisa Just, Amanda Pulley
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Choking is a term used in sports to describe athletes who fail to live up to their potential in games when they have previously shown they can do it in practice. For pool players, an example might be a player who plays “lights out” while practicing in the pool room, but when he enters tournaments is quickly eliminated because of shots he otherwise normally makes. Choking is something every pool player should learn how to control and minimize if the goal is to reach your full potential. Amazingly, often the difference in pool (and most sports) between the better players and everyone else is the successful player’s ability to control nerves, stay focused, and quickly bounce back from adversity. Notice, what I am saying is that it’s not usually because the better players know more, but instead because they have an enormous amount of confidence that they won’t beat themselves. Drilling deeper, here are 3 big signs that you might benefit from getting choking under control: 1. You immediately notice that your mindset changes from “playing to win” to “playing to avoid losing” when participating in tournaments and other big events. 2. While playing in competitive situations you experience abnormal nerves that you don’t experience while practicing or playing in other, less intense matches. 3. You realize that you have not learned specific techniques to manage your nerves, and therefore regularly play below your ability in tournaments. Choking is a natural, albeit annoying, way for the body to tell us we are threatened by something. In the case of pool players, choking occurs when players fear their opponent, fear failure, or fear living up to their potential. Regardless, if pool players truly want to play their best then it is imperative to strengthen mental toughness and employ specific techniques to conquer choking. It’s important to remind yourself of the importance of distinguishing between real fear (i.e. being in harms way) versus irrational fear (i.e. being afraid of a shot on the table). Ironically, both real and irrational fear lead to anxiety, but when we really look at the fear pool players deal with it’s almost always irrational fear – the kind of fear we should be able to quickly eliminate when we think in rational ways. One simple way to gain some traction is to use cognitive techniques in the ways in which you frame situations. For example, rather than seeing a good player on your side of the bracket and then hoping you don’t play him or her, instead frame the potential match as a challenge, not a threat. Yes, this one, simple decision can make all the difference in the world. When we view life situations as challenges only then do we cull from our personal reservoir of mental strength and inevitably pay our best. I would like to hear from you. If you have a question for me please submit to: email@example.com
A New Spin on Rotation
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I didn’t realize how tired I was of 9-Ball until I played a new game. Actually, it’s a new version of a very old game – Rotation. Pro player & instructor Joe Tucker developed it. I’ll summarize here, but you can get the complete rules and scoresheets at JoeTucker.net. For many years, the story has been that the Filipinos are great at 9-Ball and 10-Ball because they all grew up playing Rotation (with 15 balls). The explanation we usually hear is that their pool fees were paid by the rack – not by the hour. So, Rotation was a good way to get more table time for the same money. And look what’s it’s done for their level of play! We still played Rotation here in the ’60s, mostly as a gambling ring game (Pill Pool). 9-Ball took over, possibly because it was a faster way to separate bangers from their cash. Joe suggested calling this new version American Rotation to differentiate it from the old version played extensively by the Filipinos. But I propose we name it Rhode Island Rotation in accordance with the tradition of sometimes naming a game to honor the place where it began or became popular. Of course, Joe is from Rhode Island. I’ll explain enough here for you to get the idea and give the game a try. Rhode Island is a rotation game, meaning the low ball on the table must be contacted first. A match is played to some number of points, typically 100. Balls numbered 1-10 are worth one point each. Balls 11-15 are worth two points, so each rack contains a total of twenty points. Play continues until one player reaches the winning score. (With more than two players, it’s no safeties and pay for every ball.) Other than the break, every shot is either a called shot or a called safety. When you miss a called shot, or pocket a ball on a called safety, the incoming player can make you shoot again. The incoming player gets ball in hand on any foul, for example, scratching, failing to hit the lowest ball first, knocking a ball off the table, or failing to make a legal shot. No balls are ever spotted, so this is a perfect game for barbox play. Balls pocketed on fouls or on missed shots belong to the player who shoots next. The penalty for three consecutive fouls is a “free shot” (ball in hand on any ball), followed by ball in hand in rotation. Rack all fifteen balls, as shown. In Joe’s rules, there are a few special rules for the first rack of the game, but we’ll ignore those small differences here and talk about how to try the game. Here we go: Lag for the break. Alternate breaks after the first rack. After the break, the breaker starts the rack with ball in hand, regardless of whether a ball was pocketed or whether there was a foul. On every shot except the break, you must contact the lowest numbered ball first. Requirements for a legal
shot are the same as in 9-Ball.
15 2 3 X 1 X X 14 13 X X XXX X Why I believe this is a compelling, rewarding, enjoyable game: 1. It’s lots of fun! Rhode Island presents surprises, challenges, opportunities for greatness, and opportunities for excitement. As in games like One Pocket, momentum can switch very quickly. Miss a ball you called, and it could be very costly. 2. Luck is a smaller factor. With ball in hand after the break, and no requirement to sink a ball on the break, “luck of the break” is not a big factor. And with the ability to make your opponent shoot again when they miss, you’re not suffering from accidental snookers so frequently. Let the player who missed deal with it. It might be risky, but you could make them shoot until they foul or leave you a shot worth taking. 3. Pocketing balls is rewarded. Points are scored for every ball. In 9-Ball, the only reward for pocketing a ball is staying at the table. If you’re not a run-out player, every ball you sink makes it easier for your opponent to get out. The only ball that counts for anything is the nine. Lots of fabulous plays are not rewarded because the player didn’t get to the nine. 4. Planning is rewarded. With as many as fifteen balls on the table, it’s vital to think ahead. If you call a ball and miss, you could be impossibly snookered and give up ball in hand when the incoming player makes you shoot again. 5. Less frequent racking, more innings. With more balls in the game and more traffic on the table, a rack may take more time and more innings (maximum bang for the buck on a barbox). 6. Expanded strategic and defensive components. Playing this game will expand your strategic thinking and enhance your defensive moves. Constantly weighing significant risk vs. reward decisions sharpens your game. You’ll learn to see better, smarter safeties, and think like a player. This game really builds your skills. 7. Easy handicapping. Good news for those not at the top of the food chain – this game is easy to handicap fairly. You simply get “points on the wire,” for example, in a 100-point match, the stronger player might give the weaker player 40 points at the start. The strong player needs 100, while the weaker player needs 60 to win. “So, ya wanna play some Rhode Island, buck a point? I’ve never played it before …”
THOSE PRECIOUS DOUBLE-KISSES 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.
This month I still want to stick to my favorite trick shots, the traditional and useful ones. So, let’s keep the gimmicks away and learn how to get the most out of a “double-kiss”. Normally double-kissing is the result of a mistake while playing pool. It occurs when our object ball is too close to a rail and we hit it a little too full so that our cue ball does not have the time to clear the OB’s path when bouncing off the rail. We can actually flip it around and make it work for us. Here is a couple of valid examples. Let’s suppose we are playing a game of 9- or 10-Ball and the lowest numbered ball (the yellow one in my diagram) is frozen to the short rail at circa one diamond from D-Pocket. The 9- or the 10 Ball is hanging by C-Pocket and we have some obstacle balls in between. As far as our cue ball is within the dotted area we can try this first approach (X): Hit the CB at 12:30 with 2.5 tips of English (X on the CB in the diagram) and a 2-2.5 stroke, using also a smooth but quick follow-thru. Aim the OB about 3/4 full to the left. The double-kiss thereby generated, will push the CB backwards, while it will keep spinning forward, in direction of the long rail. If you will have applied a good amount of forward spin, especially if the cloth is new and the balls are clean, the rail will magnify the spin (provided you don’t shoot too hard giving the CB time to grab) which will take over and make the CB curve around the obstacles (X-path in the diagram) and hopefully pocket the blue ball into C-Pocket. This works if you manage A F solution to have the CB, after the double-kiss, hit the long rail at an angle of 30-40° (the solid blue lines in the diagram). The 2nd solution is somewhat easier. This time hit the OB 5/6 full on the right using a 5 o’clock and 2 tips of English on the CB. Your stroke speed should be 3-3.5. After the double-kiss the CB should follow approximately the burgundy path in the diagram (Y), hitting three rails with running English and then pocket the blue ball. On a very sleek equipment and with B E clean balls, you may want to consider hitting the first long rail shortly before the side pocket B. Now practice and master these two shots and you will have two extra aces up your sleeve to win your 9- or 10-ball games.
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Usually when you are playing a safety at eight ball or nine ball there are blocker balls to hide behind, but at the end of the game you may have nothing to help you but distance and awkward angles. Here are three shots that come up time and again and you have to be ready for them. All three of them use the same cue ball in the diagram and all of them use a nine ball but the ideas also apply to eight ball if both players have finished their groups. Shot 1 shows the standard way to deal with a straightdown-the-middle safe. The goal is to leave both balls on the cushions and more or less straight across from each other at X and Y. You will need to S hit somewhat less than half-ball on the nine. The big worry is to leave a nearly straight bank such as by sending the object ball to A instead of Y. An aggressive two-way shot from the same position is to bank the nine back to pocket P and take the cue ball to about the same place on the side rail. If you do go for this shot, make sure your speed is such that if the nine misses the pocket on the short Y rail the speed is correct to stop at C, before the side pocket. Do you see your opponent’s possible safe response if you do leave the balls at X and Y? There are two shots very similar to the solutions for the one you just played. He can shoot the nine back to its starting place and send the cue ball up the table but B he has to be careful not to scratch in pocket Q with a thin hit. Alternatively, he can play a fuller shot to bank the ball to pocket R with a speed that leaves the nine back where it started if he hits D instead of the pocket. For Shot 2 the main goal is to leave the cue ball C frozen to the end cushion to ensure maximum distance if you miss the bank. The shot comes up in several different forms so sometimes the cue ball will go as shown off the side cushion to get to the end rail and some times you may draw or stun straight over. The ideal speed leaves the ball in the center of the table if you miss and the cue ball frozen. Shot 3, with the cue ball very close to the nine but not touching, requires excellent control of the cue ball’s angle off a very thin hit. You can’t afford to move the nine very far or you will leave a shot to pocket P and you have to miss pocket S. If the balls are sitting at an angle that makes the scratch look inevitable, consider elevating and using left P side spin so the cue ball swerves off the nine to hit near Y and continue to stop at E. It’s hard to get an exact thin hit when elevated as the cue ball tends to curve a little at the start and you usually will get a fuller hit than you want. To complicate matters, how clean the balls and cloth are will affect that
early curve. Practice. If you have the swerve shot mastered, it is a better way to play the shot because you don’t have to worry about getting the cushion at E and you can use a speed that will freeze at E. While these three situations are presented as end-game possibilities, the same techniques can lead to some excellent safes mid-game at nine ball. In the case of Shot 1, imagine that there are some balls in the rack area. With the right speed you can get the snooker. This pattern is frequently
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used by top players and they seem to find just the right speed even if there is only one blocker to hide behind.
IMPLEMENT A FIVE-STEP PLAN OF ACTION
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.
brutally honest with themselves. They have a true understanding of their personal abilities, and will only play a shot when they know they can execute it a highpercentage of the time.
1. COME PREPARED Being an effective tournament player means doing a lot of work before your match begins. No matter your level of play, there is an opportunity to survey the pool table to determine your conclusion to several variables that effect match play. You might ask the following questions: What size is the table that I am playing on? What type of cloth is on the table? Is the cloth fast or slow? Does the table roll to one side or the other? Are the pockets loose or are they tight? What distractions are nearby that I may want to avoid? Am I playing with a standard sized cue ball or is it oversized? You can also do some test break shots to see which side of the table you get the most action from. 2. FOLLOW YOUR GAME PLAN Once you have developed your match strategy. You will want to follow it. It’s one thing to do an in-depth analysis and follow it completely. However, during match play things can become complicated rather quickly. For example, if you break dry a couple of times you may be tempted to change your breaking position. If you overshoot position, you may be tempted to shorten up your stroke. In a tight match there can be quite a bit of pressure. Pressure is the number one reason players alter their game plan. Generally, pressure makes you tighten up and that can make you indecisive at the table. 3. KNOW YOUR PERSONAL LIMITATIONS Pool is a game of decisions. You should take into account the risks and rewards of the shot that you have decided to shoot. As a whole, amateur players are way too aggressive, and take unnecessary risks because they are not being honest with themselves about their true abilities. How many times have you tried to pocket an impossible bank shot or make a backward cut only to jaw the ball in the pocket? Just because a shot is possible does not mean you should shoot it. Professional players weigh the percentages. They ask themselves questions such as: • Am I more likely to be successful playing an offensive shot or defensive shot? • Can I easily attain position on my next shot? • What is my success percentage of shot 1 compared to shot 2? • Given various options, which shot will my opponent like the least? • Can I play a two-way shot? The best players in the world are
4. IMPLEMENT A HIGH-POWERED OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE GAME Professional pool players are masters at making high-runs that are supplemented with a smothering defense. The smartest players in the world understand when to play aggressively but also understand when a good safety is needed. You have heard the old saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” The same is true for pool. There is no single “right answer” on how a layout of balls should be played. Players should develop their strategy around their knowledge of the game coupled with a true understanding of their personal abilities. 5. MAKE QUALITY DECISIONS Being able to make quality decisions is perhaps the most important piece of the game-winning puzzle. While it’s not a guarantee, if you are second-guessing a decision before you execute it, it is going to prevent you from delivering a confident stroke. The time to think and analyze each shot occurs before you actually pull the trigger. When you’re standing over the ball ready to execute the shot, the best players in the world are totally committed to delivering a smooth straight stroke subconsciously.
WATSON & CHARLTON The Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour held its March Madness 9-Ball event on March 18-19, 2017 at Bogies Billiards in Houston, TX. This was a $1000 added, 9-Ball event. Former Junior World Championship contender, Jacob Watson, came from behind to claim the 35-player open 9-ball division, his first-ever open division win on the Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour. After losing the hot seat match to Eric Charlton, 7-6, Watson fought his way back, ousting Charlton in the finals, 7-0, 7-5. Watson reached yet an-other milestone in his short, but successful playing career, winning his first open divi-sion title
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which accompanies two amateur division wins, this year. New on the scene, Eric Charlton mad a big splash in both divisions, taking home his first title in the 31-player, amateur 9-ball division, coming from behind to defeat Pete Charles in the fi-nals, 5-4, 5-2. Charlton also finished second in the open, and took home $1,630 for his $80 investment! On March 18th-19th, 2017, Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar (Houston, Texas), along with tour title sponsor Poison by Predator Cues, and sponsors Cyclop Pool Balls, Ozone Billiards, APA of North Harris County, OutsvilleBilliards.com, and Realtor, Jimmy Jen-kins, facilitated another successful event for Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour players. The tour would like to thank room owners David and Shannon Richardson, and their entire staff, for hosting another first-rate event. In the open 9-ball division, Watson made his way to the final four winners’ side with victories over L.J. Johnson, Duane Bryant, 7-6, and Jerry Cook, 7-4, while Richie Richeson overcame Johnny Lawson, Doug Young, 7-5, and Will Felder, 7-3. Tour newcomer, Eric Charlton, bested Justin Pena, Doug Gray, 7-6, and Aaron Springs, 7-4, while Brian Rosenbaum defeated Ruben Montelongo, Mike Palowski, 7-5, and Steve Williams, 7-3. On the one-loss side, after a first round loss at the hands of Bryant, Pete Charles won six consecutive matches, including wins over Palowski, 7-1, Thomas Madison, 7-6, and Cook, 7-4. After a first round loss to Jake Polendo, Yoko Joe went on to eliminate Damion Manning, 7-1, Duane Bryant, 7-3, Robbie Salinas, and Steve Williams, 7-2. Charles overcame McCary, 7-3, while Springs ended Joe’s run, 7-6. On the east side, Watson sent Richeson west, 7-5, while Charlton made quick work of Rosenbaum, 7-4. Hot seat action witnessed an intense, showdown for the books, as Watson and Charlton met up once again, this time in the amateur
9-ball division. The set went hill-hill, and in the final game, Watson scratched on the 9-ball, losing 7-6. Back on the one-loss side, Charles eliminated Rosenbaum, while Springs sent Riche-son packing, 7-2. Watson took out Springs, 7-5, for a shot at redemption. These two players developed quite a history in just one event. Each competing in both divisions, the score on total sets against one another, coming into this final, was Charlton with (2) two sets, and Jacob, with (1) one set. Watson’s drive was at maximum speed, and his intensity made for great spectating. He dominated Charlton in the first set, 7-0. In over-time, Charlton found his stride, but it was too little, too late. Watson secured the second set, 7-5, winning his third Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour title of 2017. Congratulations to Jacob Watson, who has now earned the right to become an open division player, exclusively. In the amateur 9-ball division, Jacob Watson took no prisoners on his way to the final four winners’ side, defeating Brian Rosenbaum, 5-2, Yoko Joe, 5-0, and Eric Charlton, 5-0, while Justin Pena bested Tom Rehm, Aaron Springs, 5-3, and L.J. Johnson, 5-1. Richard Hernandez was on a roll, securing wins over Gerald Holland, Steve Williams, 5-2, and Mike Palowski, 5-2, while Pete Charles ousted Joey Hatch, 5-1, Doug Gray, 5-3, and Bobby Garcia, 5-2. On the west side, after losing his first match to Aaron Springs, Tony Scott won six consecutive matches, eliminating Jim McCary, 5-2, Hatch, Joe, 5-2, Will Felder, 5-1, Garcia, 5-1, and Palowski, 5-1. Charlton eliminated Chuck Adams, 5-2, and L.J. Johnson, to reach the final six. Back on the east side, it was Pena over Watson, 5-1, and Charles over Hernandez, 5-3. On the one-loss side, Watson took out Scott, 5-2, while Charlton eliminated Hernan-dez, 5-1. Once again, Watson and Charlton found themselves face to face. This time, the saga played out a bit different, with Charlton dominating Watson, 5-1. In the hot seat match, Charles overcame Pena, 5-0, who was in turn eliminated
by Charlton, 5-0. After securing five back-to-back wins, no doubt, Charlton was pumped for the finals. In the first set, a back and forth battle between Charles and Charlton ended in a 5-4 loss for the undefeated Charles. In the second set, Charlton came on strong, dealing Charles his final blow, 5-2. Congratulations to Eric Charlton on his first-ever win on the Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour. There were a number of players at this event competing on tour for the first time. The tour would like to thank all those players and invite them back at every opportunity. Al-so, congratulations to Jason Harris who won a Poison VX Break/ Jump Cue, and J.C. Torres who took home a Poison VX Jump Cue, in the regular event raffle, and free raf-fle, over the weekend. 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 Bil-liards, and Realtor, Jimmy Jenkins. This year, the tour welcomes back Texas venues Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar (Houston), Bogies West (Houston), Skinny Bob’s Bil-liards (Round Rock), and our brand new venues, Fat Racks Sports Bar and Billiards (San Antonio), and CK Billiards (Dallas). Without the nearly 300 players who attend Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour events, an-nually, production of this tour would not be possible. The tour would like to thank each and every player for their participation, whether it’s one event, or every event year round. It is because of your patronage, that the Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour cele-brates its 9th birthday this year, serving players across Texas and in surrounding states. The tour welcomes everyone back for the next event, to be held on April 1st-2nd, 2017, at Bogies West, located at 9638 Jones Road, in Houston, Texas. The full 2017 schedule is published at LoneStarBilliardsTour.com. The Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour encourages everyone who loves to play pool and compete in a friendly atmos-phere, to attend an event. “Like” us on Facebook @LoneStarTour and “Follow” us on Twitter @LoneStarTour09.
AMATEUR DIVISION 1st $430 2nd $300 3rd $180 4th $100 5/6 $60 7/8 $25
Eric Charlton Pete Charles Justin Pena Jacob Watson Tony Scott, Richard Hernandez Mike Palowski, L.J. Johnson
1st $475 Jacob Watson 2nd $320 Eric Charlton 3rd $190 Aaron Springs 4th $100 Pete Charles 5/6 $60 Richie Richeson, Brian Rosenbaum 7/8 $35 Yoko Joe, Jim McCary
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Bobby Boever & Nick Allendorf On February 26, 2017, the Open Only 10-Ball tournament took place at Sharky’s Billiards in Davenport, IA. 66 players showed up, Nick leaves the champion for the day!
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Great shooting to the top finishers, what a good turn out and plenty of exciting matches were played for a healthy payday.
RESULTS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5-6 7-8 9-12
Nick Allendorf (Cedar Rapids, IA) Bobby Boever (Davenport, IA) Nick Uzelac (East Moline, IL) Alan Martin (Clinton, IA) KC Tompkins (Clarence, IA), Dave Martin (Burlington, IA) Steve Weigandt (Davenport, IA), Mark VerVynck (Kewanee, IL) Eric Gardner (Davenport, IA), Billy Wilson (Des Moines, IA) Mega Ajroja (Maquoketa, IA), Rusty Clester (Muscatine, IA) 13-16 Laura Hargens (Cedar Rapids, IA), Michael Mudd (Cedar Rapids, IA) Jake Jacobsen (Madison, WI), Kyle Galli (Kewanee, IL)
Billy Thorpe, John Adams, Alex Olinger “Brickyard 9-ball champion 2 yrs in a row and also won the bank ring game this weekend! I had a good weekend. Good shooting Alex Olinger, glad it was me and you in the finals again. Let’s keep up this habit.” --- Billy Thorpe on Facebook
“Finished 2nd at the Midwest 9-ball bar table classic to my buddy Billy Thorpe! We both played great. Hate to lose but if I have to glad it was him. I’d like to thank Mac Ashby for creating an amazing event, he’s retiring as tournament director after 35 years. One of the best ran tournaments I’ve ever played in, and a great guy. I wish him well! John Klotz did a great job as his replacement as well. Looking forward to the next one. Also thanks to my sponsor Patrick Custom Cues.” --- Alex Olinger on Facebook
The 36th Midwest Bar Table 9-Ball Classic, March 25-26, 2017 was at Brickyard Billiards in Indianapolis, IN. With $2000 added by the house, 75 players entered, including defending Champion, Billy Thorpe. Billy Thorpe won this spring edition of the Midwest Bar Table Classic by defeating Alex Olinger. Dennis Hatch was third losing to Alex 7-5. Brian Groce defeated Sharik Sayed to take 4th leaving the Shark in 5th and 6th with Brian Gregg
1st $7510 2nd $4410 3rd $3115 4th $1985 5/6 $1180
Billy Thorpe Alex Olinger Dennis Hatch Brian Groce Sharik Sayed Brian Gregg
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Gail Eaton, a.k.a. “Virginia Slim”, secured her second Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Billiards Tour victory this year, overcoming an impressive field of 25 semi-professional players to capture the tour’s March Madness 9-Ball Event, and third stop on the 2017 calendar. Eaton faced off with Houston’s Terry “The Terrorizer” Petrosino in the finals, where Petrosino defeated Eaton the first set, 7-5, but lost the second set, 5-2. On March 18th, 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, Ozone Billiards, APA of North Harris County, Outsville Billiards, and Realtor, Jimmy Jenkins, facilitated another successful event for the women of the Gulf Coast Tour, the first of 11 events scheduled for 2017. Growing by leaps and bounds, the WPBA sanctioned regional tour has already amassed a following of 68 player members this year, in addition to securing a new venue, CK Billiards, in Dallas, Texas. Seasoned tour veteran, Gail Eaton, surged to the to the winners’ side final four with wins over Amber Keithley, Liz Mitchel, 7-2, and Terri Resendez, 7-3, while Jennifer Yo defeated Tiffany Mundie and Tina Williams. Joyce Davis ousted Cindy Tillman, Gail Roles, 7-5, and Teresa Garland, 7-3, while Terry Petrosino took down Ricki Casper, 7-6, and daughter Robyn Petrosino, 7-4. After suffering a blow at the hands of Resendez, Kim “Texas Heat” Pierce came back to win three in a row, eliminating Karen Reilly, 5-0, Mitchel, 5-2, and Garland, 5-3. Pierce was eliminated by R. Petrosino, 5-2. Following a second round loss to Garland, 7-3, Tam Trinh won five consecutive matches, logging wins over Bonnie Mason, 5-3, Roles, 5-3, Resendez, 5-2, and Loretta Lindgren, 5-4. Back on the east side, T. Petrosino defeated Joyce Davis, 7-3,
while Eaton overcame Yo, 7-5. On the west side, Yo took out R. Petrosino, 5-3, while Trinh ended Davis, 5-4. In the hot seat match, Eaton dealt Petrosino her first blow, 7-3, while Yo dusted off Trinh, 5-1. Even though she had lost the hot seat, Terry Petrosino wasn’t done yet. She blew past Yo, earning herself a rematch with Eaton, which would prove to be a fight to the finish. Petrosino handed Eaton her first loss of the event, 7-5. In overtime, Eaton fought back, winning the second round, 5-2. Congratulations to Gail Eaton on her second tour victory of 2017! The tour would like to acknowledge and congratulate Joyce Davis who achieved her highest finish to date at this event, 5/6th. 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 April 1st, 2017, at Bogies West, 9638 Jones Road, in Houston, Texas. This event will be played on 8’ 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. — Article and Photos By: Kim Newsome
Results & Payouts 1st $330 Gail Eaton 2nd $240 Terry Petrosino 3rd $150 Jennifer Yo 4th $70 Tam Trinh 5/6th $45 Joyce Davis, Robyn Petrosino
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ONE POCKET 1. Jason Ayesh 2. Brad Huffman 3. Marshal Roney We would like to thank Todd Fausnett, Jerry Cooper and the great staff at Fat Toad Billiards for everything they did this weekend. I also want to thank all the players that showed up to support the event. After another great event we are headed back to Wichita. I do want to add after speaking to a few players this weekend we are going to make a little change for this next event for the ladies. Non pro ladies entry fee will be $45.00 and they will receive 2 Games on the wire. I will also hold a separate Calcutta for the women. All I have to say is no excuses ladies.
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Here are the results from the Novice Shootout at Sharky’s Billiards in Davenport, IA on March 12, 2017. Big thanks to all 58 players that showed up and played in our first Novice tournament. When the smoke cleared Stu Kee comes out the Victor undefeated on the day in a grueling race to three format. It was an impressive field for a Sunday and everyone mentioned how they can’t wait until the next one!
RESULTS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5-6 7-8 9-12 13-16
Stuwart Kee (Cedar Rapids, IA) Tyler Foht (Dubuque, IA) Mike Coppess (Clinton, IL) Junior Davis (Galesburg, IL) Zach Gurley (Mt Pleasant, IA), Bill Nelson (Davenport, IA) Rob James (Davenport, IA), Alex Howell (Davenport, IA) Brady Bowman (Moline, IL), Silver Bartolon (Chicago, IL) Dave Walters (Bettendorf, IA), Roger Bentley (Clinton, IA) Jamie Snyder (Bettendorf, IA), Brent Krantz (Dubuque, IA) Sam Thompson (Davenport, IA), Kevin Rohm (Davenport, IA)
Welker Wins No Master 54 players came to Sharky’s Billiards in Davenport, IA on March 25, 2017 3-25-2017 to play in this No Master 8-Ball Tournament. Many matches were finished hill-ill and there were many excellent outs in the tourney. Congratulations to the top finishers in a tough field, with many Midwest states represented, including Iowa Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Thank you for coming out and making the event a success.Congratulations to the top finishers in a tough field, with many Midwest states represented, including Iowa Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Thank you for coming out and making the event a success.
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On the loss side, Stanley’s three-match trip back to the finals began against Phillip Palmer, whose eight-match, loss-side winning streak was about to come to an end. Wins #7 and #8 for Palmer came at the expense of Mark Szabo 7-4 and Cory Anderson 7-3. Cleland drew Mike Voelkering, who’d been sent to the loss side by Sneed in a winners’ side quarterfinal match, and defeated Doug Winnett and Donnie Gregory, both 7-3. Stanley defeated Palmer 9-3, as Voelkering was busy eliminating Cleland 7-5. Stanley then eliminated Voelkering 9-1 in the quarterfinals, and though Sulsar put up a respectable fight in the semifinals that followed, Stanley advanced 9-6 to his rematch against Sneed in the finals. Sneed was racing to 7, while Stanley was racing to 9. Stanley took the opening set of the true double elimination final 9-2. Sneed chalked up an extra rack in the second set, but Stanley won it to claim the event title - and now two stops in a row for Rick! Tour Director Melinda Bailey thanked the ownership and staff at Pockets, in addition to sponsors Michael Hoang of OMEGA Billiards Supply, FargoRate.com and OB Cues. Stop #4 on the Omega Billiards Tour, scheduled for the weekend of April 29-30, will be a $1,700-added event, hosted by JR Pocket in Denton, TX.
Tony Sulsar, Denny Sneed and Rick Stanley
from: Omega Billiards Tour It was only fitting, since Denny Sneed sent him to the loss side, that Rick Stanley came back from a three-match visit to double dip him in the finals and claim the event title. The $1,700-added event, Stop # 3 on the Omega Billiards Tour, drew 85 entrants to Pockets in Euless, TX on the weekend of March 25-26. Sneed’s four-match jaunt to the winners’ side semifinal against Stanley saw him face opponents with increasing handicaps. Sneed (a “7”) downed a “4” (7-0), a “5” (7-2), a “6” (7-5) and another “7” (7-1), to draw Stanley, a “9.” Stanley came within a game of chalking up as many racks against Sneed (7) in the winners’ side semifinal than all four of Sneed’s previous opponents combined. The tie score, however (77), was not enough. Stanley moved to the loss side, as Sneed advanced to the hot seat match against Tony Sulsar (“8”), who’d sent Robby Cleland over 8-4. Sneed claimed the hot seat 7-5 over Sulsar and waited on Stanley’s return.
Results and Payouts 1st $1000 Rick Stanley 2nd $650 Denny Sneed 3rd $490 Tony Sulsar 4th $380 Mike Voelkering 5/6 $300 Phillip Palmer, Robbie Cleland 7/8 $210 Cory Anderson, Donnie Gregory 9-12 $100 Doug Winnett, Dario Gomez, Mark Szabo, Mike Rountree 13-16 $75 Jimmy Boren, Jeff Georges, Alberto Nieto, Paul Guernsey 17-24 $50 Alicia Stanley, Oscar Araujo, Jesse Wilcoxson, Doug Pitts, Amos Bush, Curtis Cardwell, Jerry Rea, Jeff Turney Last Lady $50 Alicia Stanley
10-Ball s p i h s n o i p m a h C Frankie Hernandea Photo coursesy of Karl Kantrowitz
Late last night, March 25, 2017, Frankie Hernandez double-dipped Jimmy Rivera to capture the 2017 NJ State 10-Ball Championship as Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ. Jimmy was on the winner’s side, having handed Frankie his only loss earlier. Frankie came back at 3:00 AM to avenge his only loss to Jimmy. Both players were exhausted but played their hearts out. Dennis Spears finished 3rd and Danny “Kid Delicious” Basavich was 4th. Thanks to Ed Liddawi of Sandcastle Billiards and Jose Burgos, Tournament Director, for presenting a great event.
Results 1st Frankie Hernandez 2nd Jimmy Rivera 3rd Dennis Spears 4th Danny “Kid Delicious” Basavich
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Scotty Townsend Memorial Pool Tournament has been a HUGE success. It was held on March 12-19 in West Monroe, LA. We want to thank everyone for coming out, tuning in and ensuring we set a new record for total payout of $202,000!!! We would like to congratulate our winners and runner up for grinding it thru the week, and taking home a nice payday. Everyone showed amazing sportsmanship. We know Scotty Townsend was looking down on this event and excited to see so many people from all over the world coming together in honor of his memory. He made amazing friends and everyone loves him so much!
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With 64 players vying for the top prizes in this $2000 added monies event, just as the day was long, sharp shooting, stamina and endurance would become major factors for everyone participating in this twoday event. The tour greeted players from all over DFW Metroplex, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Longview, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana---just to name a few areas. The tour also enjoyed welcoming many first time players to test their mettle and take a venture into the OBCLT experience and the wonderful hospitality of Rusty’s Billiards. The tour would like to thank Rusty’s owners and staff for their gracious hospitality and years of continued support!
Saturday was an eventful day as sixty-four players were dwindled down to sixteen players who would return on Sunday morning to battle for the $750 1st place prize money. Saturday’s play saw first time OB tour stop player Janet Ybarra, ACS Texas board member, go undefeated as she made her way through the winner’s bracket posting wins over Kathy Knuth (7-1), Brooklyn Kanady (7-3), and Kelly Jones (7-6). On the one-loss side, Aryana Lynch – a relative newcomer to the OB tour and its youngest player at 14 years old - also had a great run in her bid for the final 16. After suffering a first round loss to Shaunte Starley (3-7), Aryana grinded her way through the B side, posting wins over Kienchay Phoutthavong (Kitty) (7-5), Jessica DeMello (7-4), and Hopey Carter (7-5). Although the final round of play on Saturday
The OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour, the largest and longest running regional tour in the country, also a member of NAPT (North American Pool Tour), hosted 64 players at Rusty’s Billiards in Arlington, TX the weekend of February 4-5, 2017. OB Cues has been the title sponsor for this tour since 2008 and we continue to give thanks to them and all they do not only for this ladies’ tour but for all players, fans, and billiards aficionados worldwide. OB Cues, a leader in the industry with shafts, cues, outstanding customer service plus an offering of billiard accessories and to top it all off, they are located in Plano, TX, with all shafts and cues made in the USA. Be sure to check them out at obcues.com. Thank you OB Cues for all you do.
night saw Rachel Petersen emerge victorious over Aryana (7-4) to move on to Sunday, Aryana posted her best OB tour stop finish to date (tied 17-24th place) and proved that she is definitely a contender! On Sunday morning, winner side matches were Janet Ybarra (Grand Prairie) vs. Jennifer Pavlovick (Irving); Orietta Strickland (Dallas) vs. Natalie Rocha (Houston); Kim Pierce (Austin) vs. Deedra Trammell (Waxahachie) and Chris Fields (Arlington) vs. Julie Stephenson (Keller). On the other side of the bracket and still giving it their all were Natalie Mans (League City) vs. Angie Payne (Austin); Tina Soto (Ft. Worth) vs. Corina Campbell (Carrollton); Rachel Petersen (Midwest City, OK) vs. Teresa Garland (Houston) and Gail Roles (College Station) vs. Terry Petrosino (Houston). In the four winner’s side matches Sunday morning, Kim Pierce emerged victorious over Deedra Trammell (7-0), Orietta Strickland posted a win over Natalie Rocha (7-3), Jennifer Pavlovick won vs. Janet Ybarra (7-3), and Chris Fields defeated Julie Stephenson (7-1). The four B-side matches saw Tina Soto defeat Corina Campbell (7-4); Angie Payne won over Natalie Mans (7-5), Terry Petrosino posted a win over Gail Roles (7-4), and Rachel Petersen wound up on the winning side of her match vs. Teresa Garland (7-4). Kim Pierce continued her winning streak, sending Chris Fields to the B-side with a score of (7-5) and Orietta Strickland also posted a win against Jennifer Pavlovick (7-1). This set the stage for Kim and Orietta, two undefeated players vying for the hot seat match but Orietta was solid in her play and shooting and secured her spot in the finals with a win of 7-3. Chris defeated Tina Soto (7-2). Tina, only playing in a couple of OB Cues Ladies Tour events, scored her highest finish to date 5th/6th which was pretty sporty for just her 2nd time at bat. Nice work Tina.
and staying consistently strong throughout her tournament play. She will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. Superb finish Jennifer! You go girl! Next was a rematch between Chris and Kim but Chris ran out of steam playing Kim as the Texas Heat came on strong with a win (7-3), thus securing her spot in the finals to avenge her hot seat loss to Orietta. In true double elimination format, Kim would need to defeat Orietta twice and that’s exactly what she did. In the first set, it looked to be all Orietta who was up in the match 5-2, but due to some unfortunate rolls and uncharacteristic misses by Orietta, she forgot to shut the front door and Kim came back to score the first set win 7-5. The second set was a lot like the first. It looked like Orietta was going to take it away as she reached the hill first. However, Kim continued to fight the fight and keep on battling. She was able to finish out some games by capitalizing on some problem position play by Orietta, and making it a hill-hill match. The final game saw Orietta almost running out but she had a tough finish with the 8 and 9 on opposite ends of the table and both near the short rails. A straight in shot on the 8 would be a challenge draw to get position for the 9 ball and it came up short. Orietta then opted to take a long rail kick on the 9 but it rattled out of the corner pocket leaving Kim an easy shot with the 9 ball inches away from the pocket. This was Kim’s very first OB Cues Ladies Tour stop win since playing on the tour. Congratulations Kim and Orietta for a great, great tournament. Our next stop will be at Big Tyme Billiards in Spring, TX the weekend of March 25-26. Big Tyme is hosting their first OB Cues Ladies Tour event. Thank you to the management and staff for having us. We are anxious and looking forward to seeing everyone there!
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Chris then knocked out Jennifer Pavlovick with a score of (7-3). This 4th place spot was the highest finish ever for Jennifer. She has been playing on the tour for a bit but has been coming on with a surge during these last two years. She is a top shooter
MAIN EVENT PAYOUTS $2000 added/64 players 1st $750 Kim Pierce 2nd $575 Orietta Strickland 3rd $430 Chris Fields 4th $330 Jennifer Pavlovick 5/6 $200 Tina Soto, Deedra Trammell 7/8 $135 Julie Stephenson, Natalie Rocha 9-12 $100 Janet Ybarra, Angie Payne, Rachel Petersen, Terry Petrosino 13-16 $80 Natalie Mans, Teresa Garland, Corina Campbell, Gail Roles
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10-BALL Red Shoes Billiards Alsip, IL March 18th, 2017 1st Ike Runnels 2nd Greg Mitchelle 3rd Tyler Styer 4th John Rawski 5-6 Neal Vichiesaen Brad Ragon ONE POCKET Big Dog Billiards Des Moines, IA March 25, 2017 1st Jody McGlaughlin 2nd Robert “Whitey” Walker 3rd Justin Richardson 4th Dave W. 5th Henry Smith 6th Mike Athens Steinway Billiards Astoria, Queens, NY February 26, 2017 1st $570 David Grant 2nd $350 Tony Ignomirello 3rd $330 Don Mickle 4th $130 Ron Bernardo 5/6 $80 Jonathan Coleman Jim Gutierrez 7/8 $60 Mandy Roncesvalles Zouraiz Ellahi Union Station Billiards Portland, ME Maine State 9-Ball Championships March 18-19, 2017 65 players 1st $1000 Ivo Petrov 2nd $595 Samoth Sam 3rd $395 Dave Hall 4th $290 Travis Webster 5/6 $210 Sam Monroe, Nick Conner 7/8 $155 Ross Webster, Chad Bazinet 9-12 $110 Josh Rupard, Derrick Burnham, Tony Albair, Cody Porter 13-16 $75 Paul Dubois, Kyle Pepin, Rick Beaulieu, Corey Tapley
IKE RUNNELS Markley Billiards Norristown, PA March 25, 2017 1st $530/$380 2nd $285/$150 3rd $150/$50 4th $65 5/6 $50
Scott Haas Tom Zippler Ed McCann Greg Leflar Matt Krah, Benny Blanco
Q-Master Billiards VA Beach, VA March 11-12 MEN 1st $900 Shaun Wilkie 2nd $600 Chris Futrell 3rd $400 Bill Duggan 4th $250 RJ Carmona 5/6 $150 Reymart Lim, Brian Deitzenbach 7/8 $80 Nilbert Lim, Eric Moore 9-12 $50 Paul Oh, Corey Bress, Troy Simmons, Daisy Lim WOMEN 1st $220 Nicole King 2nd $100 Barbara Yeager March 11, 2017 Bison Billiards Williamsville, NY 1st $220 Johnny Grant 2nd $100 Brad Wesley 3rd $70 Tom Handley 4th $40 Kirk Rutherford 5/6th $25 Rob Stanton, JackCarpenter
9-BALL VFW MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA 3/25/2017 28 SHOOTERS 1ST $1200 MICHAEL JOHNSON 2ND $600 JESSE MELTON 3RD $300 CHAD HENRY 4TH $150 CODY PRATT 5/6 $75 JEREMY FREEMAN CORY MCFARRON TOP LADY $ 150 MICHELLE DAVIS
Joss Northeast Open 9-Ball Tour March 18-19, King Smiley Billiards Fort Edward, NY. MAIN EVENT 1 NAGLE Bruce $1,000 2 SOUVANTHONG Bucky $750 3 LILLIS Steve $550 4 BOEMMELS Brent $400 5 WELLS Noah $300 BRUCATO Nick $300 7 FERNANDEZ Dave $150 GOKEY Fred $150 Western BCA March 12-18 MEN’S A SINGLES 1st $1850 Shaun Kougioulis 2nd $1375 Steve Rijon 3rd $1025 Tony Dunlap 4th $765 Jeremy Gradwohl 5/6 $570 Paul Ward Jeramy Daniels 7/8 $425 Nick Buffin Anthony Abisado 9-12 $315 Chuck Skeen, Jake Dosch Jose Aquino, Slava Min
Gate City Billiards Greensboro, NC March 4, 2017 1st $780 Danny Jones 2/3 $255 Scott Lewis Mike Davis March 18-19, 2017 Triple Nines Bar & Billiards Elkridge, MD 1st $750 Meredith Lynch (+ qualifier spot) 2nd $410 Caroline Pao 3rd $210 Nicole Monaco 4th $140 Linda Shea 5/6 $105 Carol V. Clark, Kathleen Lawless 7/8 $75 Kathy Friend, Tina Castillo
The Spot Billiards Café Nanuet, NY, March 18-19 2017 1st Chris Kelly 2nd Xavier Romero 3rd Mike Salerno 4th Elvis Rodriguez 5/6 Max Watanabe, Corey Avallone 7/8 Christopher Peralta, Amy Yu 9-12 Jimmy Acosta, Liam Tully, Chickie Romero, Melanie Hardja 13-16 Daniel Dagotdot, Elder Ramos, Dave Callaghan, Bob Toomey March 19, 2017 Bo’s Bar & Billiards Warwick, RI 1st $550 Roarke Dickson: 2nd $350 Ryan Lineham: 3rd $250 Al McGuane 4th $175 Mike Pettit 5/6 $100 Dennis Levesque, Ran Tamba 7/8 $70 Paul Pesoa, Francisco Cabral 9-12 $45 Chuck Sampson, Hank Anthony, Dave McConnel, Tony Ruzzano March 4-5, 2017 Cue Bar in Bayside, NY Main Event 1st Gary Bozigian 2nd Matthew Harricharan 3rd Dan Faraguna 4th Troy Deocharran 5/6th Miguel Laboy, Kevin Shin 7/8th Max Watanabe, Carmine Andujar 9-12 Lidio Ramirez, Shawn Sookhai, Bob Toomey, Irene Kim
2017 Mosconi Cup
Team USA standings after four events WITH FOUR events played in the 15 event series to determine the top ten players eligible for Team USA, it is veteran and former Mosconi MVP Dennis Hatch who heads the list, having pointed at two of the four events played. Behind him is another former MVP in Rodney Morris, while other former Mosconi players Shane Van Boening, Johnny Archer, Oscar
Dominguez and Justin Hall help fill out the top ten spots. This year it’s about finishing in the top ten once the 15th and final event has been played out in early September. That’s because US Team Captain Johan Ruijsink will be picking his team from the top ten finishing players. To give himself some leeway in this make or break year for Team America, Ruijsink will be selecting four players from the top ten plus another whose final ranking won’t be of significance. After no events in February and most of March, the ranking calendar springs into action on 30 March as the Professional Players Championship gets underway at the Super Billiards Expo. It is a Grade One event with points ranging from 50 for the winner down to 5 for a top 32 finish.
REMAINING MOSCONI CUP POINTS EVENTS
World Pool Series Event 2 World Pool Series Challenge Event 2 World Pool Series Event 3 World Pool Series Challenge Event 3 US Open 10 Ball US Open 8 Ball Chuck Markulis Memorial Turning Stone Classic II Texas Open 9-ball Championships Houston 9-Ball Open
New York New York New York New York Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Sacramento, CA Verona, New York Round Rock, Austin, TX League City, TX
April 5-8 April 5-8 July 12-16 July 12-16 July 17-19 July 29-31 Aug 17-20 Aug 31-Sept 3 Sept 1-5 Sept 9-10
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EVENT / RULES 9-Ball 9 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 4/3 BCA 8-Ball Handicap 8-Ball-DE 9 Ball-Limit 32
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BCA 8-Ball 2/2 DE $10 $100 every 16 8PM 8-Ball on Bar Tables $10 $$$ 8PM Alt 8/9 Ball - Vegas Style $25 $100 every 8 1PM 9-Ball $13 Call 8PM 9-Ball Race 4/3 9-Ball Break Pot $12 Call 8PM 8 Ball-Limit 32 $11 $100 w/20 4PM B Rated 9-Ball $12 Call 7PM 9-Ball - Race to Hcp - DE $15 $5 side pot 1PM 8-Ball $5 $100 7:30PM BCA 8-Ball 2/2 DE $10 $100 every 16 8PM Scotch Doubles - Race to 3 $10 $$$ 5:30PM 10-Ball $12 $100 every 16 7PM 3-Ball Rounds - Winner take all $1 10AM Big Table Open 8-Ball or 9-Ball $12 Call 4PM 10-Ball Race 5/3 9-Ball Break Pot $12 Break&Run Pot 2PM 10-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 5 $15 Call Call Majority Rules $5 $100 6PM
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LOCATION Platte Valley Comm. Ctr Platte Valley Comm. Ctr Platte Valley Comm. Ctr The Pocket The Pocket 6 Pockets Steinway Billiards Sharky’s Banks Lake Pub Jamaica Joe’s Pool Table Magic Red Shoes White Diamond White Diamond Sharky’s Big Dog Billiards Q-Master Billiards Skinny Bob’s Skinny Bob’s Skinny Bob’s C R’s Sports Bar C R’s Sports Bar Parks & Recreation Bldg Jamaica Joe’s Michael’s Billiards Michael’s Billiards Michael’s Billiards Zingales Big Dog Billiards Fat Toad Fat Toad Sharky’s Sharky’s Big Dog Billiards Sharky’s Steinway Billiards Zingales Red Shoes Big Dog Billiards Big Dog Billiards Big Dog Billiards Big Dog Billiards 6 Pockets 6 Pockets 6 Pockets
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