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Greg Sandifer Wins Fourth

Omega Billiards Tour Stop of 2015

On the weekend of April 25-26, the Omega Billiards Tour was honored to play at JR Pockets in Denton, Texas. The players always love playing at JR Pockets as the tables are always newly refelted, food is good, and atmosphere is prime for great pool. In the end, newly crowned BCAPL Texas State Champ would go undefeated and win the $,1,500 added event with 80 players! After a great opening day on Saturday, there was still a lot of great competing going on. By Sunday afternoon, Crispian Ng defeated Dylan Weinheimer 7-3, Marc Brown 7-5, and Willie Speed 7-4 before meeting up with Greg Sandifer. Greg had defeated Barry Emerson 7-5, David Bell 7-4 and Frank Cherry hill-hill before meeting up with Crispian. Greg and Crispian went back and forth at first, then Greg led to take the match 7-4. On the one-loss side, Tony Matthew was fighting hard and defeated many players Sunday to make it to 4th place. And Frank Cherry was having a great tournament as well and placed an impressive 3rd. Willie Speed and Barry Emerson would place 5th/6th while Jeremy Jones and Jesse Hernandez filled out the 7th/8th places out of 80 players. Congrats to Willie Speed for his highest finish yet, along with Tony Matthew and also Frank Cherry! Crispian would defeat Frank Cherry 7-2 on the one-loss side to then have a rematch with Greg in the finals. But Greg was playing top-notch and defeated Crispian 7-3 to win his FIRST Omega Billiards Tour stop! A HUGE thank you goes out to our sponsors Omega Billiards Supply, Predator Cues, Poison Break Cues, BCAPL/CSI, and Lucasi and Players Cues. We 1 Greg Sandifer $900 2 Crispian Ng $530 3 Frank Cherry $400 4 Tony Matthew $320 5/6 Barry Emerson, Willie Speed $240 7/8 Jesse Hernandez and Jeremy Jones $180 9-12 Marc Brown, Jeff Georges, Mike Voelkering, David Bell $90 13-16 Daniel Herring, Paul Sifuentes, Robert Clark, Steve Raynes $70   17-24 Norman Small, Mike Nagaki, Cory Anderson, Alberto Nieto, Phillip Palmer, Dylan Weinheimer, Robbie Smith, Chuck Dement $30 Last Lady Kara Murphy and Tracie Voelkering 37.50 each


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Payout 1 $2,143 Jaimie Barack 2 $1,040 Josh Roberts 3 $796 Brad Weast 4 $551 Ryan Robinson 5 $367 Shane Winters 6 $367 Jeremy Jones 7 $214 Manny Chau 8 $214 Trey Baker 9 $107 Champ Massingil 10 $107 Troy Woodard 11 $107 Dallas Broussard 12 $107 Dwight Anderson

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Hansen goes undefeated 2015 North Star Ladies Pool Tour

On Saturday, April 18, Taylor Hansen went undefeated to win the opening stop on the 2015 North Star Ladies Pool Tour (NSLPT), in its second year as a WPBA-sanctioned regional tour. The $100-added event drew 16 entrants to The Ball Room in Portage, WI. Hansen faced tour director June Maiers in one of the winners’ side semifinals, as Kelly Smith and Katrina Lyman squared off in the other. Hansen advanced to the hot seat match 7-4 over Maiers, as Smith downed Lyman 7-3. Hansen claimed the hot seat with a shutout and waited for what turned out to be the return of Lyman. On the loss side, Maiers picked up Beth Fondell, who’d gotten by Natasha Zasoba 7-5 and given up only a single rack to Kelly Nickl. Lyman drew Julie Fitzpatrick, who’d defeated Connie O’Heron 7-5 and shut out Maria Juana. Lyman and Fondell advanced to the quarterfinals by opposite means; Fondell in a shutout, and Lyman, double hill. Lyman and Fondell came within a game of double hill at 7-5 before Lyman advance to take on Smith in the semifinals. A shutout there gave Lyman a shot a Hansen in the hot seat. Hansen completed her undefeated run with a 7-3 win over Lyman. The next stop on the NSLPT, scheduled for Saturday, May 2, will be hosted by CR’s Sports Bar in Coon Rapids, MN.

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FARGO BILLIARDS - FARGO, ND The Fargo Spring Shootout featured four events from Thursday through Sunday April 23-26, two of which were qualifier events for the upcoming US Open 10-Ball and US Open 8-Ball tournaments. The first was a new format called Ring-Game Extravaganza. All players that signed up were ordered by Fargo Rating (chess-like ratings for pool). The top five rated players formed one ring game. The next five formed a second ring game. There were 32 players and six ring games in all. Four of the ring games were on 9-foot tables, and the other two (lower-rated players) were on 7-foot tables. The games themselves were 9-ball or 10ball games with the five-ball worth one point and the 9(or 10) ball worth two points. The six ring games went off on a shotgun start and a fixed uniform schedule. Players began with a fixed number of chips, and the value of the point-balls increased progressively throughout the evening. Then it came down to last player standing on each table with winner take all. Friday featured two tournaments, a $500 added 9-ball tournament on 7-foot tables limited to players with Fargo Ratings under 550, and an open 10-Ball tournament on the 9-foot tables. The $1500-added, $90 entry 10-Ball tournament featured 32 of the strongest players in the upper midwest. The tournament started with four 8-player round-robin groups. Six advanced out of each group to go to a second stage fourplayer round robin. Ultimately these lead to a seeded 16-player single elimination race-to-11 playoff round. In the end Erik Hjorleifson of Toronto Ontario beat Jesse Engel of Minneapolis MN 11-5 in the finals to win the $1,400 first place prize and win entry into the CSI US Open 10-Ball Championship. Saturday and Sunday featured a $2,000 added race-to-5 doubleelimination 8-ball tournament with a tough field. Danny Olson of Brookings, SD defeated Hjorleifson 5-4 for a chance to meet Fargo Billiards house pro/general manager Rory Hendrickson in the finals. Olson’s momentum carried him through with two 5-4 wins over Hendrickson to claim the $1,700 first place prize as well as entry into the US Open 8-Ball Championship.

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Tom Simpson © March 2001 – All Rights Reserved – Freeze an object ball to the rail and suddenly it becomes a “special” shot. Many players are afraid of rail shots. You hear all kinds of theories from other players:

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Tom Simpson


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“You have to hit the rail and the ball at the same time.” Wrong. “If you use inside english on the cueball, the object ball will have inside english as it runs down the rail, and inside english makes the ball hug the rail.” Nope. “If you use outside english on the cueball, the object ball will be thrown a little off the rail, so it doesn’t bounce out away from the rail and miss.” Sorry. “Shoot ’em with draw.” “Shoot with follow.” Doesn’t matter. Yes, rail shots are more difficult than normal, open-table cut shots. For one thing, those corner pockets are at their narrowest from that angle, and because of that you are also more likely to jaw the ball. But here’s the really important difference: If the object ball is cut into the rail even a tiny bit (as opposed to cutting it down the rail), the ball is going to bounce out from the rail. Undercut, and you’ll miss. There are three possibilities: 1. Hit the object ball (OB) before you hit the rail. In this case, the OB always bounces out. 2. Hit the OB and the rail at the same time. This is The Big Myth. Countless players believe this is what they should do, and believe this is what they are actually doing. If you are sinking these shots, you are not hitting ball & rail simultaneously. If you do, the OB will throw into the rail every time. And if it goes into the rail, it’s coming out from the rail. This means you will miss, unless you are close to the pocket, or the rail gutter (the gully worn in the cloth next to each rail) is helping you. 3. Hit rail first. Believe it or not, this is what you actually have to do. The cushion is made of rubber. The cueball


(CB) sinks into the cushion until it strikes the OB. Wait – doesn’t this mean we’re overcutting? Yes, it does, but the fact is, the collision causes throw, which corrects for the overcut. There are two ways to hit rail first and make the ball, so let’s go a little further. In the first case, as described in #3 above, the CB hits the OB on the way into the cushion rubber. If you hit the rail a little too far from the OB, you will miss by overcutting. However, if you hit a little farther up-rail than that, you may make the ball! This is because the CB is sinking into the rail and then hitting the OB on the rebound. In other words, in the second case, the CB hits the OB on the way out of the cushion. This is useful knowledge. Let’s summarize. There is no margin for error on the side of hitting OB first. All of the room for error is on the rail-first side. Don’t hit ball first or ball & rail together. Rail shots are difficult because if you undercut, you miss. OK, what about english? The players that are making a high percentage of their rail shots with inside or outside english are actually delivering the CB to the rail first. There is no such thing as “rail-hugging” english. They may be aiming to hit ball & rail together, but several effects – cueball squirt, swerve, spin-induced throw, and perhaps the effect of the spin coming off the rail – combine to produce the desired result, and the ball drops in the pocket. It’s useful to be able to shoot these shots with whatever english you need. However, the purpose of english is position. If you always shoot your rail shots with inside follow, for example, what do you do when position play requires something else? Sidespin complicates shots. Doesn’t it make more sense to learn to shoot these shots in a neutral fashion – no english – and then use english as necessary to get shape? Hint: yes. Here’s a great drill to practice rail shots: Freeze OB’s to the rail at every diamond, until you’ve placed all fifteen balls. With cueball in hand, begin shooting. Shoot until you miss, or until your cueball hits an OB other than the one you’re shooting. When you miss, set them up again and start over. Do this drill for 15 minutes. You’ll improve. Do it for a half hour, and you’ll be fearless and impeccable.



Billiards is Not a Stand-Up Sport Why should you stay down on your shots?

Michael K Glass

Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

If you’ve been holding a cue for more than a week, then you have heard it a hundred times: “You missed because you stood up on the shot.” You’ve probably noticed others doing, too, and you told them as much. Right? So… what does that mean? Why is standing up during your shot a bad thing? Let’s start with looking at the mechanics of a well-executed shot: You have surveyed the layout, and chosen the ball you want to pocket. You visualize the shot in your mind, including the aim line. After chalking your tip, you approach the shot, lining up your cue on the line of aim. Everything looks good, as you plant your feet in a comfortable stance. Your head lowers over the stick, your back arm settling in at a beautiful right angle, perfectly perpendicular. You take a couple of practice strokes, and you’re confident the ball is going to go in. The only thing moving is your back arm; elbow and shoulder are locked in position. You deliver the stroke, the cue ball strikes the object ball cleanly, and the object ball finds the bottom of the pocket. It’s a beautiful feeling, isn’t it? Now, I want you to remember one of the many shots you took where you missed. I’m going to bet that somewhere in the sequence of events above, something was… off. You may not have followed your routine exactly, or your aim was a little off, or you didn’t take enough practice strokes. You might not even know exactly what it was, but somehow, your subconscious mind knew that you weren’t going to make it. And chances are you stood up. I have a friend who uses “body English” when she shoots sometimes… it’s quite humorous to see her do a little “rain

dance” right after she shoots, trying to will the object ball into the pocket. Her subconscious mind told her she was off, but she didn’t listen, and tried to use the force to make the ball do what she wanted. Not only does she stand up, but she leans to the side, dances up and down, and sometimes even yells at the ball! Standing up on your shots is usually indicative of your subconscious mind screaming at you “NO, you’re going to miss!” It sometimes will act on its own, throwing in a little swerve of your back arm, or adding English to the shot, in order to compensate. Your head comes up, and you start walking back to your seat before the cue even hits the object ball. People will tell you “you need to stay down on your shot,” but that isn’t the whole answer. Standing up isn’t the actual problem. It’s a symptom of a larger problem. Your subconscious mind takes over to compensate, and makes you move your head, your bridge, your elbow, or your shoulder. Your hips might move as well. Standing simply exacerbates the problem by moving more body parts. And the more parts are moving, the greater the chance of the shot going awry. Listen to your inner voice. Don’t shoot the shot until he says he’s satisfied. Once your inner voice is ready, you’re ready to shoot with confidence. And when you shoot with confidence, you’ll find yourself staying down on the shot, watching the ball drop into the pocket every time. Then you can stand up, and high-five your teammates. Just don’t forget to shake your opponent’s hand. If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at

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Last month I attended Allen Hopkins’ Super Billiard Expo near Philadelphia. If you live on the East Coast this is an event you should experience at least once. Among the many tournaments was a one pocket pro tournament. I played in it and the bank shots that came up reminded me how important spin on the object ball is if you want to manipulate angles beyond the simple mirror system of banking. “Twisting” the object ball turns those cushions into fun-house mirrors. Shot 1 is a fairly standard trick shot that shows the principle. Put the 1 ball right in the middle of the table exactly between the two pockets. For motivation, put the 8 ball as shown and say the 1 ball is your last solid. Place the cue ball in the line shown and about 12 inches from the 1. The remarkable 3-cushion bank is made as shown. Hit half of the 1 ball -- that is, aim your cue stick through the center of the cue ball straight at the edge of the 1 ball. No side spin is needed since the action of the cue ball rubbing across the 1 ball will put some spin on it. That spin on the 1 ball will make it bite into the first cushion a little and it will land “short” on the second rail after coming straighter off the first rail than normal. More importantly, the angle into the first cushion will cause a little left spin to end up on the cue ball. In effect, the spin you start with is reversed on the first rail. The left side spin then takes on the second cushion and starts to bring the ball back towards the side pockets. The spin may reverse on the second cushion as well, becoming right side spin. The one ball lands by the 8 ball for its third cushion and banks into the other side pocket. You may have to adjust the shot on your table. On very sticky equipment, you may be able to make the bank on two cushions. If the 1 ball comes back too quickly and hits the 8, either hit less of the 1 ball or move the cue ball farther back and still hit half the 1. Move the balls slightly up the table and the one cushion bank becomes possible even though the pocket seems to be in the way. At one pocket, such shots come up all the time and are practical. Shot 2 is how I left one opponent. My pocket (where I have to pocket 8 balls at one pocket) is J while his pocket is P. The onerail bank in this position will kiss as the cue ball will be moving too slowly to get out of the way. My opponent’s solution was to shoot the 2 ball to point A. The cue ball then had enough speed to get out of the way. The 2 ball continued to B, back to A and then into his pocket at P -- the same pattern as in the trick shot. In a later match I had the position in Shot 3.


Each ball is about one ball off the cushion and my pocket is P. The bank looks impossible again due to the kiss. The first part of the trick is to cut the 3 just enough that the cue ball will be right on the cushion as the 3 comes back so you avoid the kiss. The second part of the trick is to use a little right English on the cue ball to give the 3 ball a little extra left spin so that when it hits the cushion it bites and the angle actually reverses a little. In the diagram I’ve exaggerated the cut to make the action clear -- in reality the 3 ball barely clears the cue ball as it passes. I didn’t make the ball but I did leave it close to my pocket which is often good enough at one pocket.


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.

Few pool players understand that their performance will reach a stalemate after they master various mental and physical aspects of the game. This “lack of improvement” occurs because they have not developed the ability to balance both their conscious and subconscious mind. The fact remains that you cannot play pool unconsciously. This is a very common problem that needs to be addressed—if you can’t clearly define where the problem lies in your mind, how can you go about solving it? It is like driving a bicycle through an obstacle course while wearing a blindfold. You just can’t do it! Furthermore, it takes many years to develop the physical skills necessary to become a good player. However, during this period of time we get defeated over and over again and it is quite possible that many of us have the physical abilities to play on a professional level but do not have the belief system necessary to maintain a high-level of play. A steady diet of hypnotherapy, positive affirmations, subliminal messages, and EFT can positively affect your game. They are all great ways to reprogram the way that you talk to yourself. After all, your subconscious mind controls your physical game. It controls the way you move your muscles and also controls the various elements of your pool stroke. This part of your mind also manages most of your day-to-day functions. It is what you use to drive to work or brew some coffee. This part of your brain also manages your physical abilities, which are sometimes referred to as your gross motor skills. In reality, it is capable of controlling your pool stroke too, but it should not. Pool players could spend most of their life trying to consciously guide their pool cue. However, the same players would also wonder why their performance is so poor. It is like a person trying to emulate the performance of a computer using a calculator. It just doesn’t work that way. The conscious mind is what we use to determine what path the cue ball will take, what speed the ball needs to be struck with, and what spin we need to put on the cue ball to get us to where we need to be for our next shot. Sometimes you may choose to think about a possible scratch, and you may direct your attention to that pitfall in an attempt to prevent some type of mistake. At the same time, when you are down on the shot you should only be concentrating on aiming at the contact point on the object ball, so you have to decide what specifically that you are going to focus on and when. When you learn how to control your focus, you are guiding your conscious mind. The alternative is to leave your mind open to negative thoughts that are unrealistic. This may result in your attention being divided between two or more things. Believing you cannot control your ability to focus could make you feel like you are playing a slot machine or buying a Powerball lottery ticket. In either case, you never know exactly what might happen, but in reality you know that the results more than likely won’t be good. In the pool world, your game can be limited by lots of clutter including troublesome thoughts and expectations. You should use your non-conscious mind to control your stroke and keep your conscious mind engaged with all of the decisions you need to make. These are decisions and thought processes such as “What angle do you have on the current shot?” or “What speed and spin does the cue ball need to be struck with in order for you to reach position on your next shot?” When you learn how to balance both your conscious and subconscious mind, you will start to experience what it feels like to play your best pool consistently. You can rest assured that you will never master the game of pool or conquer your mind, but taking the time to learn how to play the game with a positive attitude is certainly worth the time and effort.

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley The 3 C’s are the Teacher

C J Wiley

Have you ever had a match when you were playing well, then started missing for no apparent reason?

He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball. By Michael P. Geffner

Did you have any indication this was going to happen, were there any shots that just “wobbled in” that may have been a sign that something needed to be calibrated in your aiming, or stroke?


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I focus most of my attention on the cue ball after getting down on the shot, just glancing at the object ball (to make sure it’s still there), then back to the cue ball. Then, when I take my back-swing I switch my focus to the object ball and watch it go into the pocket (without moving my head, just my eyes) - I am aware what part of the pocket I hit and calibrate it to how it “feels,” especially the acceleration performed.

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When I slightly undercut or over-cut that shot I will adjust slightly (speed/toi/left foot) for the next shot. My philosophy is that I need to treat all shots the same to reach my highest level, so if I undercut one shot slightly I take it for granted that I will slightly undercut all the future shots.

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Jackie Karol (formerly Broadhurst) has been a pool player for as long as she can remember. She was born in Richland, WA and then moved to Philadelphia as a child. In her teen years, when some kids were looking for minimum wage jobs, Jackie was trying to setup money matches in addition to working. From Philadelphia, she moved to Denver, CO and has a degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and supported her pool career along the way as a restaurant/bar owner, consultant, black jack and poker dealer and car salesperson. After years on both amateur and pro tours and numerous tournament wins including both an 8-Ball and Trick Shot National Championships, Jackie has refocused her talents toward helping others reach their dreams in pool. Moving to Chico, CA in 2010, she provides demonstrations and challenge matches for festivals and fundraisers around the country. Along with her “Angels of Billiards”, Jackie has entertained and won over crowds with her personality, skill and ability to make pool accessible to men and women of all ages. At the Chico Billiards Academy, she offers private and group lessons as well as structured courses to help people go from beginner to competitive player. She also operates a pro shop and carries cues, cases and many other supplies for both players and pool halls. Jackie is also heavily involved in the community, participating in Rotary, 2030 Active Club, Toastmasters, Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Association, Eagles, Elks and is the Treasurer of the Noon Exchange Club of Chico.

FUNDAMENTALS Learning the proper fundamentals is the most critical aspect of a player’s pool game. Mechanics will affect every shot executed. By learning the proper techniques first, you will be able to build upon them easier and be the best that you can be in the shortest amount of time. There is much to learn about having proper mechanics, this article is about the three most critical. BRIDGES A “bridge” is the hand on the table. It’s purpose is to provide a smooth and stable place for your cue stick, so that you can make your intended contact with the cue ball. For example, if you are right hand dominant, your left hand would be your bridge hand. If it is not stable and smooth, you will hit the cue ball inconsistently, and therefore, will get random results of aim, english and “deflection”. An “Open Bridge” is the easiest to learn and has its advantages and disadvantages. It allows you to see the shot better because your index finger is not covering the top of the stick. And, by bending your knuckles, you can get more height with this bridge for a high/follow stroke. At the Boys and Girls Club, this is the first bridge I teach. Once they see how easy it is to form that “little V” between their thumb and knuckle, they can quickly make more shots on the table. A disadvantage of an open bridge is that there is a chance that the stick can move upwards because your index finger is not covering it. A “Closed Bridge” takes time for the muscles in your finger to wrap around the shaft of the cue in a way that is tight enough that it doesn’t move around, but loose enough that it does not inhibit your stroke. In school, I used to practice this with my pen, until my muscles were trained to do it without thinking about it.

STROKING ARM The purpose is to move the cue stick through the ball while keeping it straight and level. Therefore, your arm should be at 90 degrees before contact. If you hold it closer to the ball (less than 90 degrees), you won’t be able to follow through enough. If you hold it farther away from the ball (more than 90 degrees), it is extremely hard to keep it level. To test to see if you have a consistent, straight and level cue. Place an empty soda or beer bottle on its side on the table. As if the bottle opening was the cue ball, do some practice strokes into the bottleneck without touching the sides of the bottle. You should be able to follow through all the way to the bottom of the bottle without touching it. STANCE The objective of your stance is to be stable and solid, while executing your shot. Many times, when nervous about a shot or result, players tend to jump up during the critical point of contact. And as a result, the stick moves unintentionally, and the shot is missed. You can either treat the symptom or treat the source. For quick results and for someone that only plays occasionally, practice staying still until all the balls stop rolling on the table. For the more serious player, treat the problem at the source for lasting results. Your stance should be forward weighted to help prevent your head from popping up. In the next month’s article I will talk about a stun shot. This is the most basic of shots and should be mastered before learning other shots.

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Article by Bill Fuller HOUSTON, TX The second event was 9 ball at The 2015 Viking Tour Presented by Bogies Billiards West in Houston Texas. The events will rotate from 8 ball to 9 ball with the next $500.00 guaranteed event being 8 ball on May 2nd. First Place is also awarded and new Viking Cue for their effort. Manny Chau was the decided winner of the first place cash prize and a New Viking Cue. Manny defeated Christopher Marchum 7-2, David Richardson 7-1, Ernesto Bayaua 7-4, Phillip Tieu 7-3, Blaine Barcus 7-5 and then Kevin Cheng 7-6 in a battle everyone enjoyed watching to win the hot seat. Chase Rudder after being defeated by Rudy Sanchez went on to defeat Cortez 5-1, Phillip Tieu 5-4, Andy Jethwa 5-2 and


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Sylver Ochoa 5-4 for the chance to play Kevin Cheng for the chance for a rematch with Manny, Cheng defeated Joe Pelyo 7-1, Cesar Arechiga 7-5, Marc Garza 7-1, Randy Nickerson 7-4 and Andy Jehtwa 7-1 before falling to Manny in the hot seat match. Cheng went on defeat Chase 5-2. This set up the finals with Manny and Cheng with Cheng taking control and taking the first set 7-1. After the hard fought tournament Manny was the decided winner of the New Viking Cue and his second win at the 2015 Viking Tour. 1st $610 Manny Chau 2nd $400 Kevin Cheng 3rd $315 Chase Rudder 4th $225 Sylver Ochoa 5-6 $115 Blaine Barcus, Andy Jethwa 7-8 $90 Phillip Tieu, Sonny Bosshamer

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After more than four months of league play, Back Alley Billiards’ team “Game On” was named league Champions! “Game On” won a total of 279 games out of 400 games played. “Game On” team members include Jeff McClode, Jason Chappell, Doug Kirby, Shan Weiher, Shannon Snelling, Cody Pratt and Ed Hawthorne. “Game On” won $500 for their first-place finish. Back Alley Billiards’ team the “Bull Shooters” finished in second place. The “Bull Shooters” won 262 games of 400 games played with team members Billy Rice, Todd Barrier, Marlan Isbell, Larry Davenport, Dale Motley and Trenton Bolding. Finishing in third place was Back Alley team “Vicious and Delicious.” They won 242 of the 400 games played with team members Robert Orso, Steve Chambers, Jim Lawson, Jonathan Fuller, Peggy Marshall and David Thomas. Jeff McClode, from “Game On,” was named Top League Shooter and won $50. McClode and Marlan Isbell, from the “Bull Shooters,” tied for most perfect scores. Isbell won an award for most run-outs during the season. Keith Ouellette won an award for most consecutive wins. All players were given awards during the league’s final banquet in February at Back Alley Billiards in McAlester. Back Alley Billiards hosts leagues Sunday through Friday and has tournaments every Saturday. Refer to the tournament trail section of Rack ‘Em Magazine for more information about the Saturday tournaments at Back Alley Billiards.

Back Alley Billiards’ team “Game On” wins the McAlester Thursday BCA league after more than four months of league play. Pictured are “Game On” team members Jason Chappell, Jeff McClode and Shan Weiher. Jeff McClode was named league top shooter after more than four months of BCA league play at Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, Okla. McClode also tied for the most perfect scores award. Not pictured are “Game On” team members Doug Kirby, Shannon Snelling, Cody Pratt and Ed Hawthorne.

Back Alley Billiards’ team the “Bull Shooters” finished in second place in the McAlester Thursday BCA league after more than four months of league play. Pictured are “Bull Shooters” team members Marlan Isbell, Todd Barrier, Larry Davenport and Dale Motley. Marlan Isbell, owner of Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, won an award for having the most run-outs during the McAlester Thursday BCA league. Isbell also tied for the most perfect scores. Not pictured are team members Billy Rice and Trenton Bolding.

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“Alley Gators” Pictured from left are team members Scott Mercer, Don McKay and Floyd Maxey. Not pictured are substitutes Shan Weiher, Tim Bocher, Justin Scott and Austin Henry. “Bull Shooters” and “Tasmanian Devils” tie for 1st in Sunday BCA League at Back Alley Billiards in McAlester, OK After 18 weeks of league play, the “Bull Shooters” and the “Tasmanian Devils” tied for the title of League Champions. The “Bull Shooters” won 192 games of 288 games played. Team members included Marlan Isbell, Larry Davenport, Butch Strain, Dwayne Braswell and substitute Shane Austin. The “Tasmanian Devils” won 189 games of 288 games played and received 3 handicap games, for a total of 192 games. Team members included Jonathan Orso, Peggy Marshall, Robert Orso, Travis Keenan, and substitutes Vikki Orso and Glenn Marshall. Jonathan Fuller was his team’s MVP. “MaMa’a Boys” and the “Alley Gators” tied for the runner-up position in the league. “MaMa’s Boys” won 172 games of 288 played and received 7 handicap games, for a total of 179 games. Team members included Diane Isbell, Glen Leonard, Trenton Bolding and substitute Pat Lee. The “Alley Gators” won 167 of 288 games played and received 12 handicap games, for a total of 179 games. Team members included Floyd Maxey, Scott Mercer, Don McKay, and substitutes Shan Weiher, Tim Bocher, Justin Scott and Austin Henry. McKay and Mercer tied for their team’s MVP. Marlan Isbell won the title of League Most Valuable Player. He won 66 of the 72 games he played and finished the league with a 91.6 win percentage. He had one 8-Ball break, five break & runs, one errorless run-out and seven undefeated matches. Isbell was also his team’s MVP. Glen Leonard was named runner-up for LMVP. He won 75 of the 96 games he played and finished the season with a 78.1 win percentage. He had two break & runs, five errorless run-outs and had five undefeated matches. Leonard was also his team’s MVP. Rachel Petersen won the title of League Top Lady Shooter. She won 49 of the 66 games played and finished the season with a 74.2 win percentage. She had one 8-Ball break and three undefeated matches. Petersen was also her team’s MVP. Other team MVPs included: Cody Davis, Brian Skaggs, Louis Watson and Wayland Brown. Back Alley Billiards hosts BCA pool leagues multiple nights each week. Call Back Alley, at 918-916-CUES (2837), to join a league and inquire about Saturday tournaments.

The “Bull Shooters” captain Marlan Isbell. Not pictured are team members Larry Davenport, Butch Strain, Dwayne Braswell and substitute Shane Austin.

“MaMa’a Boys” team member Trenton Bolding. Not pictured are team members Diane Isbell, Glen Leonard and substitute Pat Lee.

Rachel Petersen wins the title of League Top Lady Shooter

“Tasmanian Devils” from left : team members Robert Orso, Vikki Orso, Jonathan Fuller, Travis Keenan and Peggy Marshall.

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Dennis Orcollo went undefeated through a field of 64 entrants, on-hand for the 23rd Annual Super Billiards Expo’s $9,000-added Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship, held on the weekend of April 16-19 at the Greater Philadelphia Center in Oaks, PA. Over the past three years, Shane Van Boening had defeated Stevie Moore (2012), Thorsten Hohmann (2013) and Tommy Kennedy (2014) in the finals of this event. This year, however, Orcollo defeated him in the hot seat match, and Jayson Shaw foiled his attempt at a rematch against Orcollo by defeating him in the semifinals.

well. Tommy Kennedy, last year’s runner-up went two and out, falling to Scott Frost in the opening round, and Yu-Huan Kevin Chang in the first loss-side round. Moore, 2012’s runner-up, was defeated in the opening round by Kevin Clark, and then, defeated Raj Vannala, Michael Yednak and Dan Cintron, before falling to Corey Deuel in the fourth loss-side round. Hohmann defeated, in order, Tim Murray, Justin Bergman, Mike Dechaine and Darren Appleton to earn himself a winners’ side final four matchup against Orcollo. Orcollo sent him west where he picked up his second straight loss versus Mike Dechaine.

Orcollo’s path to the hot seat went through Patrick Carosi, Danny Olson, Rodney Morris, Johnny Archer, and, in the winners’ side semifinal, Hohmann, before he handed Van Boening his first of two straight losses. Van Boening had gone through Francis Crevier, Beppu Kenji, Corey Deuel, Mika Immonen and, in the other winners’ side semifinal, Warren Kiamco, before he ran into Orcollo, never to return.

Shaw, who faced Orcollo in the finals, defeated Alan Rolon, and Lee Kang on the winners’ side before Warren Kiamco sent him to the loss side. Shaw then ran the gauntlet through a seven-match, loss-side winning streak that was arguably as tough as any set of opponents faced by any of the event’s competitors. He got by Jeremy Sossei, Hunter Lombardo, Darren Appleton, and Johnny Archer, before successfully navigating his re-match against Kiamco. He then defeated Dechaine and Van Boening to earn his spot in the finals.

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Women’s 9-Ball The Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship was the marquee event of four held over the weekend. Dawn Hopkins came from the loss side and defeated Caroline Pao in the finals of the $2,800-added Women’s Open 9-Ball Players Championship that drew 28 entrants. 1st $3,000 Dawn Hopkins (+trophy) 2nd $2,400 Caroline Pao 3rd $1800 Dawn Fox 4th $1,200 Hiroki Horikoshi 5/6 $800 Brittany Bryant Kia Sidbury 7/8 $595 Borana Andoni April Larson


One Pocket Jason Brown took the $2,200-added One Pocket event that was expanded to include 48 entrants. 1st $2,000 Jason Brown (+trophy) 2nd $1,500 Corey Deuel 3/4 $1,250 Warren Kiamco Phillip Wines 4-8 $1,000 Justin Hall Sky Woodward Adam Kieler Sean Morgan 9-12 $750 Bob Jewett Brandon Harland Raphael Dabreo Bernie Pettipiece


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PA-JUNIORS 17 & UNDER 1st Shane Wolford 2nd Nathan Diederich 3/4 Tyler Shultz Matthew Daniels 5-8 Tyler Levins Kristopher Robertson Derrick Burnham Alex Gurevich 9-16 Cole Wetherhold Darien Deitz Shane Gudonis Warren Tallent Jake Miosi Lance Fessler Emily Herpel Nicholas Ridley

The younger of the two junior divisions at the 2015 Super Billiards Expo featured twenty-five players from across the U.S., ages twelve and under, battling to take home the big trophy and the title of Pennsylvania Junior State 12 & Under 9-Ball Champion. Like the 17 & Under event, the 12 & Under division ran from April 18-19 and was free for all to enter. The event’s eventual winner, 11-year-old Charles Marshall Jr. (Gilbertsville, PA), made it into the semifinal round on day two after marking wins over Jay Jung and Zachary Hemendinger, following a first-round bye. In the semifinal on Sunday, Wolford would go up against Savana Wolford, the sister of 17 & Under winner Shane Wolford, and win 5-1 and 5-2 to move into the final. In the upper half of the single-elimination bracket, 10-year-old Coen Bell (East New Market, MD) would be the player to make it through to the final. Along the way there, Bell took out Xavier Cunkle, Kalum Keller, Marcas Capan, and in the semifinal, Nathan Childress (5-2, 5-4). This would be the second year in a row that Childress would have a top finish, as he also made it to the semifinals in 2014. The final between Marshall and Bell started out with a closely-contended set, where Marshall won at double-hill, 5-4. The second set was strikingly different, with Bell shutting it out at 5-0. In the deciding set, Marshall would come through dominantly, winning 5-2 to take the title. With his victory, Charles Marshall Jr. earned a paid entry into the 2015 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships. He and Coen Bell both took home beautiful trophies, and the top four finishers earned pool accessory prizes as well. Congratulations to all the players for putting in their best efforts at the Expo.

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THE CAROM ROOM BELOIT, WI Skyler Woodward has been solidifying a reputation as one of this nation’s top pool competitors. Since arriving on the scene, four or five years ago, at the age of 21, he has consistently proved that his name is up there among the sports’ elite players. In January of 2014, he defeated Francisco Bustamante in a Bank Pool Ring game. Seven months later, he defeated Shane Van Boening in a Smokin’ Aces Bar Box tournament in Missouri. In February of this year, he was runner-up to Jeffrey Ignacio in the US Bar Box 10-Ball Championship in Vegas, in which Van Boening finished fourth. On the weekend of April 25-26, he added another notch to his reputation belt with a double dip victory over Van Boening in the Coles’ Carom Room Spring Classic 8-Ball tournament. Co-sponsored by Behnke Enterprises, and streamed live by Ray Hansen, via PoolAction TV, the event was hosted by The Carom Room in Beloit, WI. Lest one think that the young Woodward managed his come-fromthe-loss-side victory by virtue of an easy path on either side of the bracket, it should be noted at the outset that he opened the tournament by sending Dennis Orcollo to the loss side. He then downed Jesse Bowman, before running into Corey Deuel in a winners’ side semifinal. Van Boening, in the meantime, had defeated Larry Nevel, and Justin Bergman to draw Darren Appleton in the other winners’ side semifinal. Van Boening got by Appleton and in the hot seat match, faced Deuel, who’d sent Woodward west. Van Boening claimed the hot seat, and, as it turned out, his last win with a victory over Deuel. After being sent to the loss side by Van Boening in the second roun, Bergman had moved over and defeated Johnny Archer, and Orcollo before running into Woodward. Appleton moved over and picked up Bowman. Woodward eliminated Bergman, and Appleton finished Bowman. Woodward didn’t have to play a quarterfinal match against Appleton, because Appleton failed to show up for it. Woodward moved on and defeated Deuel in the semifinals. With Scott Frost and Chris Gentile commentating on the PoolAction TV stream, in a tightly contested opening set, Woodward prevailed in the last few racks 15-13. In the second set, they fought tooth and nail again, until the point when Van Boening pulled ahead by a single rack at 8-7. At that point, Skyler chalked up five in a row to take what proved to be an insurmountable 12-8 lead. Van Boening would win racks #21 and #22, but they proved to be his last. Showing signs of being a little over-hyped as the finish line came into view, Skyler won the next three. They included a more-difficult-than-strictly-necessary pattern in the 24th rack he worked out to put him on the hill, and a fairly mundane break-and-run to claim the event title.

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May 2015


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Kevin Cheng On the weekend of March 28-29, the Omega Billiards Tour was honored to play at a new host site, Pucketts in Fort Worth. The pool room, players, and fans were in for a treat as we had several out-of-state and out-of-town players that came to compete. In the end Kevin Chen from Houston would win the $,1,500 added event with 80 players! Junior National players Devin Poteet (18 years old) from Kentucky and Nick Evans (17 years old) from Ohio came to compete, along with youngphenom Skyler Woodward (only 22 years old) from Kentucky. Kevin Cheng from Houston also came to play and he is a Taiwan sensation and now a crowd favorite here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Also coming from afar was Chris Fields who was celebrating her birthday week in Texas, all the way from Florida. But don’t let the out-of-towners fool you – there was plenty of tough action right here from the area players! After a great opening day on Saturday, there was still a lot of great competing going on. By Sunday afternoon, Amos Bush had defeated Chris Fields 8-1, Tim Rice 8-3 and Jay Murillo 8-5 to earn his spot to play in the hotseat. Kevin Cheng defeated Cory Anderson 9-3, Tony Sulsar 9-4, and Alberto Nieto 9-2 to meet up with Amos. Amos put up a GREAT fight and was the ONLY player to get on the hill with Kevin (and did so in the hotseat match), but Kevin prevailed 9-7 in that match to wait to see who he played in the finals. On the one-loss side, Daniel Herring was fighting tough. He lost his very first match Saturday morning and clawed through Jeff Georges, David Franklin, Eric Hsu, Norman Small, Bruce Foster, Tony Sulsar, and Jay Murillo to play for 4th place. Daniel then ran into a determined Albert Nieto. On Sunday, Alberto had already defeated Robert Sifuentes 7-4 and Bruce Foster 7-1 before losing to Kevin Cheng. From there Alberto defeated Daniel 7-3 then Amos Bush hill-hill in the semi-finals to win a spot in the finals against Kevin Cheng. Alberto played some really good pool and

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KEVIN CHENG earned that spot in the finals. However, Kevin Cheng would continue his stellar play and defeated Alberto in the finals 9-3 and claim the top first place prize! A HUGE thank you goes out to our sponsors Omega Billiards Supply, Predator Cues, Poison Break Cues, BCAPL/CSI, and Lucasi and Players Cues. We would also like to give a big thanks to our additional sponsors, Hulsey Custom Cues, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Pro Billiard Service,, Billiards Digest, and After three stops so far this year, Daniel Herring is in first place on the Predator Player Points Tracker with 460 points. Cory Anderson is in second with 295 points and Nick Conner is in third place with 220 points. Tournament Director Melinda Bailey would

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like to thank the Pucketts owners and staff for their awesome hospitality all weekend! They worked hard to get the place ready for all the players. A big thank you also goes out to Michael Hoang, main sponsor of the Tour and owner of Omega Billiards Supply in Hurst, TX. Michael and Omega Billiards Supply are well known for the huge booths at many of the large tournaments across the country. The next stop of the Omega Billiards Tour will be April 25-26 at JR Pockets in Denton, Texas. $1,500 added and limited to 80 players. Still 5 more stops left before the $4,500 Season Finale! Pool is alive and thriving in Texas! Check out the website for more details: And follow the brackets live online at: http://


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