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1st Womens Advanced/Master Team-Nothin’ But Trouble (TX)

Teams Wrap Up Las Vegas, NV. - May 25, 2012 – The 36th BCAPL National Championships concluded with the team competitions. The 11 day event which has been called “the Greatest Pool Tournament in the World” was held May 9-20 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. There were 930 teams competing across eight team divisions. The largest team division was the Mixed Open Team. With $12,500 awarded to the top finisher, play was highly competitive, and with 680 teams this group was also about endurance. Team McDermott from Wisconsin, after a first round bye, won their next eight matches to be relegated to the one loss side by Dick’s Picks from Nevada. However, they heaped their revenge two matches later when they came back to double dip Dick’s Picks in the finals 13-9 and 13-11. In an emotion filled Women’s Open Team final late in the last night of the competition, Texas team How’s My Rack screamed for joy as they outlasted 123 other women’s open teams to take the $3,600 first place prize. The Mixed Advanced Team division, which is comprised of more advanced to master level players, had 22 teams and was a race to 11. After an early loss in the third round, the Taiwan Typhoon from Taiwan won their next five matches on the one loss side to face Night Magic from Alberta, Canada. The typhoon blew the magic out of the Canadians double dipping them in the final 11-4 then 11-9 to take the $4,000 first place check. The Women’s Advanced / Master team had some well known teams and some new faces in the group. In this division

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1st Womens Open Singles Molly Bontrager (IN)


another women’s team from Texas was in the finals as was the case with the Women’s Open Team division. The Nothin’ But Trouble ladies from Texas took on Smokin’ Eights from Las Vegas, a team new to this division. Again Texas women were the victors. Two divisions which is always popular is the Mixed Trophy Team. This year saw 90 teams compete in this popular division. The West Coast Pirates from British Columbia, Canada, lived up to their name and pillaged their opponents throughout the competition. Only the Crown Unchampions, who came from the one loss side to the finals showed signs of pelting the pirate crew. But in set two, the Canadian team fought back to win. The Women’s Trophy Team was decisively won by the Queen B’s from Kentucky although Crown Ball Busters from California worked hard to de-thrown the “Queens” they fell short with the team from the blue grass state taking home 1st place. On the last day of the event, 55 teams regrouped to compete in the one day 9-Ball Team compitition. 2011 Men’s Mixed Master 8-Ball 2nd place finishers, Who Needs a Billiards Coach? from Minnesota won this year’s Mixed 9-Ball Team division. Once in a Mil from Iowa defeated Short ‘n Surly from California to win the Women’s 9-Ball division. As this year’s event wound down and the approximate 300 Diamond tables were loaded back onto the trucks to return another day, talk of the 2013 was on many player’s lips about getting ready for the 37th BCAPL National Championships at its new home, the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. To view online all of the brackets for the 36th BCAPL National Championships, the 2nd USAPL National Championships, the 13th US Open One Pocket Championship and the 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship, visit the CueSports Tournament System at www. You may search by player or team name or can view by division or tournament.

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Van Boening Takes Down U.S. Open One Pocket BY GEOFF CONWAY - CONTRIBUTING WRITER AZBILLIARDS.COM Sunday play at the CSI US Open One Pocket Championship saw the last changing of the guard as the permutations of who would make it to the 10 pm final unfolded. 10 AM MATCHES The first matches of the day took place at 10 am, as we saw the last four players on the losers side fighting it out. On the top of the draw we saw Alex Pagulayan matched up against Santos Sambajon with Alex coming out the winner to move into the next round to meet Francisco Bustamante. At the bottom of the draw we had Charlie Bryant matched up against Ike Runnels with Ike moving to the next round to meet Sylver Ochoa. 1 PM MATCHES In the hot seat match we had the much improved Darren “Dynamite” Appleton dueling it out with this years Derby City Classic One Pocket Champion Shane Van Boening. Unfortunately Shane just made one too many scratches in this match and allowed Darren to come out the winner with a 4-3 score line. This match went with the break, and always had Darren ahead in the match. The last game was exciting for the fans that witnessed some great shot making by both players. Shane would then have to wait for the 7 pm match to see if he could get another stab at Mr. Appleton. Next we had Alex Pagulayan playing Francisco Bustamante to get to the last two players standing on the losers side of the bracket. Francisco - not surprisingly carried on his winning ways and came through in this match. The other pairing was Ike Runnels up against Sylver Ochoa, in a match that Sylver had control of throughout, and came out the winner at 3-1. 4 PM MATCHES The final pairing on the losers side of the bracket saw Francisco Bustamante scrapping it out with Sylver Ochoa. Sylver put a stop to Francisco’s winning ways and came out the winner with a score of 3-2. 7 PM MATCH Next Mr. Ochoa had to meet the waiting Shane Van Boening, who once again was poised to find his way back to the winning circle. It was no surprise that Shane put a stop to Sylver’s great play in this event, with Shane winning with a 3-1 score line. 10 PM MATCH They say that the cream always rises to the top. Well, here we had a final with two great young guns of the One Pocket game rising to the occasion. Darren was on top of his game immediately taking the score line to 3-2 in his favor. In the sixth game, by his own admission, Appleton missed an easy run out to allow Shane to level the match at 3-3. Darren then had another relatively easy run out to win the next game, but missed an easy ball to once again allow Shane to win the game and take the lead at 4-3. In game eight Darren played a great combo but once again dogged the bank, and that was all she wrote as Shane was left an easy run out to take down the title with a 5-3 score line. Once again Shane Van Boening has not only proved himself worthy of yet another highly prized One Pocket title, but has shown the pool world just what a talent he has in so many disciplines of the game. He really is a true champion that should be at the top of his games for many years to come. Well done Shane!!! It must also be noted that CSI once again put on another very slick event, that went without a hitch, and not without the hard work put in by the great team of tournament directors Bill Stock, Ken Shuman and John Lehman. One must also not forget the “The Action Report” team that put out their live stream broadcasts covering all of the matches throughout the weeks play. It was also great to see ONE POCKET once again being presented in such a high profile way by CSI, giving the discipline its rightful place in the pool calendar.

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Las Vegas, NV. - May 24, 2012 – The last day of the CSI 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship, held May 14-19 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, was a battle of three world champions, all from the Philippines, and a young gun from the United States. Three matches were scheduled, the quarter, semi and final. The quarter final was between 25 year old US player, Mike Dechaine, and recent BCA Hall of Fame recipient Francisco Bustamante. In the past two years Dechaine ramped up his game from feared New England player to participant on the pool world stage. In 2011 he was a member of the US Mosconi Cup team and won the Ultimate 10Ball Championship. Bustamante is a legend, a multiple world champion and one of a handful of players whom other professional players hope to challenge at least once in their career, win or lose, just to say they did. On this day, Bustamante prevailed against rising star Dechaine 9-4 at the premier CueSports International (CSI) event. Dechaine took home 4th place and $4,800. Now it was down to three, all former world champions. In the semi-finals Bustamante was pitted against fellow countryman, Alex Pagulayan. After a two year hiatus from pool competition, Pagulayan has been playing as fearless as ever. In this match he started off in the lead as Bustamante struggled, but not for long, as Busty caught a gear and beat Pagulayan 9-7 relegating “The Lion” to a 3rd place finish and $6,500. Waiting in the hot seat was Dennis “Robocop” Orcollo. In the finals against Bustamante, Orcollo dominated from the first rack. The CSI US Open 10-Ball Championship final race was to 11. The winner was required to win two ahead with a maximum cap of 15 games to win. The final match took less than two hours with Orcollo quickly taking the win 11-5 and $15,000. At age 33, Orcollo is currently one of the best players in the world. Ranked #6 on the World Pool Billiard Association men’s list, he first burst on to the world pool scene in 2002 as a relative unknown, taking his first world championship. His list of wins in the past 10 years has been highly regarded. In addition to the CSI 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship, it includes the 2011 DCC 9-Ball Division, the 2011 World 8-Ball Championship, the 2010 World Pool Masters, the 2009 Predator International 10-Ball Championship, the 2008 Qatar World Open 9-Ball Tournament, the 2006 US Bar Table Championships 8-Ball Division and the 2006 Reno Open, just to name a few. The 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship was sponsored by CueSports International (CSI), Simonis Cloth, Aramith, OB Cues, Mueller Recreational Products, and the Magic Ball Rack with live stream coverage by The Action Report (TAR). In 2013, the 5th US Open 10-Ball Championship will be moved from May to July and held at a new venue, the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas in conjunction with the 37th BCAPL National Championships. To view online all of the brackets from the 36th BCAPL National Championships, the 13th US Open One Pocket Championship and the 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship, visit the CueSports Tournament System at You may search by player or team name or can view by division or tournament. For more information about the BCAPL visit CueSports International (CSI) is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past seven years CSI has directly paid out approximately Seven Million Dollars to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit, www.playbca. com and for more information about CSI and its divisions. CSI leads the billiard industry in the development of technology. For more information on the state-of-the-art software systems for league and tournament management visit and 1st $15,000 2nd $8,500 3rd $6,500 4th $4,800 5/6 $3,450 7/8 $2,400 9-12 $1,750 13-16 $1,300 17-24 $975 25-32 $750

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Bob Jewett Keeping

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How closely do you keep track of your pool game? Keeping something like a diary or a log of various aspects of your game can both help you improve and provide some interesting reading down the road. I started keeping notebooks of matches, shots, tournaments and ideas about pool shortly after I started playing. Below are some things you may want to take note of. To help your recording it’s good to have a table diagram. There are several commercial products available -- just look on the internet -- but if you’re as thrifty as I am the diagram will be a start. It’s drawn to scale, so that if you scan it in to your computer you can use the parts to make accurate diagrams with a program like Photoshop. Or, print four tables per page, cut them into quarters and staple them into a booklet. Here are some things to record. SHOTS YOU MISS -- I think this is by far the most important kind of entry in your log. If you are going to get better you need to work on your weaknesses. This doesn’t just include shots you miss but also position plays and even safeties you botch. Start with the repeat offenders and try to be exact in how you diagram the problem. When you get back to the practice table, figure out a drill that will improve the relevant skill. SHOTS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND -- Have you ever been watching a game and said, “Wow! How did he do that?” If you want to be able to astound people in the same way, diagram the shot, take it home and work on it. Make it your own. If you just can’t get it, seek help. The exact positions may be important, so be careful with your diagram. PROBLEM POSITIONS -- You may notice that there are certain repeating patterns of balls you never get through. Usually three balls will be enough to set the challenge. Make a note of them. Practice performance -- If you have a practice routine that can be scored in some way, record it. I have log sheets of my 14.1 (straight pool) practice going back to the 1970s. That was easy to score simply by length of run. For eight ball or nine ball you could use some form of “Progressive Ghost” practice which I’ve described here before and is in the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice DVDs that I made with Dr. Dave Alciatore. Your score in that practice is the number of balls you can run 50% of the time during your practice session.

TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE AND PROBLEMS -- Do you play in competition? If you make notes about what worked and what didn’t you’ll have a better chance to improve the next time. If you compete outside your home room, pay particular attention to the changes in conditions that affect your game. MATCH PERFORMANCE -- Finally, if you sometimes match up head-to-head, take a little time after each match to note any of the categories above that came up as well as any financial change. If you watch other players’ pool matches, log those as well.

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It is nice to playing pool in an air conditioned pool room back in the states. Those rooms in the Philippines are hot and the cloth is damp. Not long ago I talked to a pool player who said he was not going to play the Thursday night tournament because the race was too short. Many players tell me they are not going to play because they don’t have a chance to win. “Too many good players in that tournament for me,” they complain. In the past five years over three thousand rooms have closed their doors. We need to support our local room and we need to promote this game. I played in a local Tuesday night tournament which featured a race to two. Anyone can win that event. One of the local players, who understands the game, told me he knew he could not win this tournament. “But I can play almost all night for just twelve dollars and I just might beat you in a short race”. I wish players would learn that it is not all about winning. It is more about having a good time. There is a young girl who enters this tournament and when she gets knocked out she stays and plays all night long. She is the darling of the tournament. She enjoys her time in the room and learns more about the game. Don’t belittle the good players. One statement I do not like to hear is that “so and so is too good for this tournament and all he wants to do is rob it”. I won the last Tuesday night Nine Ball tournament. I played until one o ‘clock in the morning. First place was 85 dollars. That is six hours of playing. This is not robbery at all. Respect the better players and make it a point to learn from them. They worked hard for the game they have and deserve your respect. Go play in a tournament and look for the three promises of pool.

One, you will learn something. Two, you will spend time with your friends. Three, you will perform. All this for twelve bucks! But you need to pay attention and experience the three promises of pool. Don’t let your preoccupation with winning and losing cloud the wonderful experience that is waiting for you when you support your local room. Make it a point to go first class. Always thank the tournament director for his dedicated work. He loves the game and wants to help out. I have met so many wonderful tournament directors in my journey. Have a good time, learn, perform and look for me in the finals. I hope I am there with you but if not, I still had a good time. Local tournaments give you a good chance to work on the specifics of this game. On some nights I like to work on my safeties or on another occasion I work on being aggressive. Of course I want to win, but I am not going to ruin a good time by being concerned about winning and losing. With this attitude I have won the last three tournaments I played in. So maybe I am on to something. Many times we miss shots because we are trying too hard. We need to be natural and just let the shot happen. When you don’t care about results, or at least are not preoccupied with results you almost always do better. When you draw one of the better players, RIDE THE NINE. It is so much fun to see the look on their face when you crap the nine in. Go out and surprise the room owner this week. Get a group. They work so hard to promote this game. Show up with four other friends and enjoy yourself. I will look for you in the finals.

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NAME: April Larson DATE: 12/15/11 HOME TOWN: Bloomington, MN BIRTH DATE: 04/28/2000 School you currently attend: Olson Middle School GRADE: 6 Favorite subject in school: Math At what age did you start playing pool? 7 years old TITLES/HIGH FINISHES: • 2011 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships, Runner-up, 14 & Under Girls’ Division • 2011 BEF Artistic Pool Championships, Runner–up, 14 & Under Girls’ Division • 21st Annual VNEA Int`l Junior Pool Championships, 2011 Youth Division, highest female team and 4th place team • 2011 Ultimate Pool Leagues Advanced MVP tournament, 3rd Place • 2011 MN VNEA Youth Singles Tournament, 1st Place, 9-14 Division • 2011 MN VNEA Youth Doubles Tournament 3rd Place 9-13 Division • 2011 MN VNEA Youth 3-Person Team, 1st Place, 9-13 Division • 2011 MN VNEA Youth Singles Tournament, 1st Place, 9-11 Division • 20th Annual VNEA Int`l Junior Pool Championships, 2010 Youth Team Division, 7th-8th place

• 2010 MN VNEA Singles Youth Tournament, 2nd Place, 9-14 Division • 2010 MN VNEA Singles Youth tournament, 3rd Place, 9-11 Division WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Predator LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED: Right SPONSORS: None HOBBIES: Pool, Pool, Pool…I love Pool, soccer, and swimming MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Placing second at the 2011 BEF Junior Nationals and playing the Black Widow. FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza REAL-WORLD HERO: American Soldiers FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Going to California to see my grandparents GOALS (PERSONAL AND/OR CAREER): To be a professional pool player


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Sarah Rousey and Randy Goettlicher courtesy of CSI

Challenge the ProsPros CSI CSI Challenge the raising $3,810 for Junior Pool

Las Vegas, NV. - On Tuesday, May 15th from 7-9 pm, the annual CueSports International Challenge the Pros Fundraiser and Raffle in support of junior players took place as part of the 11 day BCAPL National Championships. This year, CSI raised $3,810 during the challenge event and raffle. The raffle was for a donated Ginacue valued at $3,000. All proceeds will be used to help fund junior players to the US Junior National Championships in 2013. For the second straight year, WPBA Professional and former Junior National Champion, Sarah Rousey, organized this fun event on behalf of CSI. She was assisted Tuesday evening by well regarded coach, Randy Goettlicher, from Master’s Pool School. Amateur players paid $10-$40 to challenge a professional player a race to two. In addition, to the chance to beat pro, amateur participants received a certificate and a photo with the pro they played. The professional players who donated their time to the cause were Mika Immonen, Thorsten Hohmann, Stevie Moore, Kim White, Cristina De La Garza, Christopher Lawson, Kenichi Uchigaki, Dennis Orcullo, Nick Nikolidis, Angel Paglia, Max Eberle, Oscar Dominguez, Jennifer Barretta, Hunter Lombardo, and Tom Rossman. A huge thanks to Moore and Hohmann who stayed 14 Rackem Magazine - June 2012

the entire time playing challenge matches. Brothers Joey and JC Torres from Texas, two of the most accomplished junior players in the US, and sponsored by CSI to the Junior Nationals, also participated in the challenge. In 2013, CSI will be moving the BCAPL National Championships and all accompanying events, including the CSI Challenge the Pros, to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and will be held July 17-27th. For more information about the BCAPL visit CueSports International (CSI) is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past seven years CSI has directly paid out approximately Seven Million Dollars to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit, and www. for more information about CSI and its divisions. CSI leads the billiard industry in the development of technology. For more information on the state-of-the-art software systems for league and tournament management visit


Mike Massey

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Shot Mike Massey

Everyone loves the railroad shots. I’m going to show you three versions, two of which are my creations. However my favorite, The Chattanooga Choo Choo Shot, is one I learned from Norm Webber. You will need three extra cues, two of which must be straight and the same length. The third cue doesn’t have to be so straight. Place the two straight cues into the corner as shown. Take the third cue and place the butt into the corner pocket. It also must be opened up as diagrammed. Now roll the cue ball up into the open part and see if it will turn the corner and roll down between the two closely spaced cues. If the cue ball doesn’t make the turn, keep adjusting the cue until you get it right. Place the 3-ball up against the left side of Pocket B. Now adjust the cues so when the cue ball rolls down them, It will make the 3-ball and then carom to the right and out of the

way. After you’ve completed this test, place the cue ball and 4-ball on top of the cues as diagrammed. Fold up a small piece of paper and use it to keep the cue ball and the 4-ball in place. Place the 1-ball and 2-ball as shown. The 5-ball acts as the cue ball. Aim for a half ball hit on the right side of the 2-ball. Use top left english and a medium speed stroke. This works best on most tables. The 1-ball goes into Pocket B, the 2-ball goes into Pocket C. The 5-ball will travel three rails and up onto the cues before turning the corner and rolling down into the 4-ball and cue ball. The cue ball then rolls down the cues and pockets the 3-ball, moving out of the way for the 4-ball and 5-ball, which will both go into Pocket B. EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS: SUR: Set up Ratings EXR: Execution Ratings MSR: Mike’s Success Ratio

Nine time World Champion, Mike Massey is considered pool’s best trick shot artist. He was voted the “Best in History” and is a member of the BCA Hall of Fame. Mike’s most amazing accomplishments were in two 24 hour poolathons. In one he pocketed 8,090 balls playing with one arm. In the other poolathon he ran 330 racks of 9-ball in Austria on live TV. Mike has consulted or appeared in the movies, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, “The Baron and the Kid”, “Justice”, “Chalk”, and “Pool Hall Junkies” Mike is available for exhibitions and clinics. Please contact Mike or Francine Massey at 435.640.5787 or

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Vegas Heats Up

(Photo of Mitch Ellerman courtesy of Fred Stoll of Filmless Art)

as the 36th BCAPL National Championship Rolls into Town

Las Vegas, NV. - The 36th BCAPL National Championships rolled into the Riviera Hotel and Casino Wednesday, May 10th. Approximately 7,000 players congregate each year in Las Vegas to compete in the event known as “The Greatest Pool Tournament in the World.” Produced by CueSports International (CSI) and taking place over 11 days, the group of events include; 23 BCA Pool League (BCAPL) divisions, three USA Pool League (USAPL) divisions and two professional tournaments (the 13th US Open One Pocket Championship and the 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship). The BCAPL competition began with three 9-Ball singles events: the Men’s Open 9-Ball Singles, the Women’s Open 9-Ball Singles and the 9-Ball Challenge. The Men’s Open 9-Ball saw a full field of 256 players compete for over $15,000 in prize money. Daniel McKenney (league #1073) from Texas beat out Matt Beckwith (league #23) from Wisconsin for the $2,100 first place check. The Women’s Open 9-Ball Singles had 83 competitors. Jennifer Polik (league #1152 and 719) from Michigan reigned as the winner beating Valerie Franiel (league #497) from Alberta, Canada and taking home the $900 first place prize. Both 9-Ball Open events followed a single elimination best two out of three sets per match and are only for open rated BCAPL league players and CSI player members known to be open level. The 9-Ball Challenge welcomes both league and CSI player members of all ratings. The more traditional double elimination race to 7 format event had 147 entrants. Known to attract a roster of seasoned players, this year’s champion was Arizona top gun Mitch Ellerman. Also a former Jay Swanson Memorial winner, Ellerman pocketed $2,600 and only lost a total of 16 games out of 9 matches beating out Marc Vidal-Claramunt, Nick Malaj, Melissa Little, Ramesh Gokhul, Phil Burford, Heath Bartley and Chad Lovelace. As the 9-Ball Singles competition concluded, 2nd Womens Open Singles 9-Ball the Scotch events began with the Open Sheri Palma (TX) Scotch Doubles kicking off May 11th at 7 pm. This year a new Advanced Scotch Doubles division was added and it and the Master Scotch Doubles started Friday, May 12th. All Scotch Doubles divisions will conclude Tuesday, May 15th. Saturday saw the start of the highly competitive BCAPL Singles 8-Ball divisions. There are 11 total divisions and 2,295 entrants in the 8-Ball singles competition. The Grand Master 8-Ball Singles will conclude today and the other 8-Ball singles divisions will conclude Tuesday. To view online all of the brackets for the 36th BCAPL National Championships, the 2nd USAPL National Championships, the 13th US Open One Pocket Championship and the 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship visit the CueSports Tournament System at www. You may search a player or team by name or can view by division or tournament. For more information about the BCAPL visit www.playbca. 3rd 9-Ball Challenge - Jesse Engel (MN) com. Visit, www. and for more information about CSI and its divisions. CSI leads the billiard industry in the development of technology. For more information on the state-of-the-art software systems for league and tournament management visit

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Dynamic Duos Crowned

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1st Open Scotch Doubles Lisa McNab, Brad Poorman (SK)

Las Vegas, NV. - May 16, 2012 – Scotch Doubles is a unique pool event. A successful team in the scotch doubles division takes two players who understand each other’s games almost as well as their own. Each must trust the other’s abilities and communicate as one mind. The best scotch doubles players learn to play in one rhythm. Where one player ends the other takes over. The finals of the 36th BCAPL National Championships Scotch Doubles events saw the best of the best, Tuesday, May 15th at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. This year there were three BCAPL Scotch Doubles divisions with the addition of the Advanced Scotch Doubles. In the Open Scotch Doubles, Lisa McNab and Brad Poorman (league #1120) from Saskatchewan, Canada outlasted the other 321 teams to win the coveted top spot winning $3,200. McNab also finished 33rd in the Women’s Open Singles 8-Ball division and 5th in the Women’s Open 9-Ball division. 48 teams formed the new Advanced Scotch Doubles division. The winners of this division’s inaugural year were the husband and wife team of Larry and Andrea Wilson (league #186) from British Columbia, Canada who took home $2,000. In addition to the win in the Advanced Scotch Doubles, Larry Wilson took 5th in the BCAPL 9-Ball Challenge. The Wilsons overcame another Canadian team in the finals, Russ Whittle and Bev Ashton (league #624). Whittle had a particularly strong day. In addition to placing second with Ashton in the scotch event, he took second in the Men’s Advanced Singles. The BCAPL Master Scotch Doubles is a favorite among the spectators. The top two teams this year again consisted of some well known names. From New York was the team of Tony Robles Jr. and partner Gail Glazebrook (league #1355)

versus Janet Atwell and Wes Largen Jr. (league #1151) from Virginia. A total of 25 teams represented this division. Halfway through the brackets Atwell and Largen Jr. blitzed team Robles Jr. and Glazebrook 7-0. In the finals Robles Jr. and Glazebrook got revenge on that previous loss by taking the first set 7-3. Atwell and Largen Jr. redeemed themselves taking set two 7-3 for the division win and $1,800. Following the Scotch Doubles event, the team competitions began, with 6 divisions and a total of 875 entries. The halls of the Riviera Hotel & Casino swarmed with colorful matching team shirts representing pool rooms and bars from around the world. Additionally, the CSI US Open 10-Ball Championship marked the halfway point of the 6 day pro level event. The Action Report live streams the US Open action at To view online all of the brackets for the 36th BCAPL National Championships, the 2nd USAPL National Championships, the 13th US Open One Pocket Championship and the 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship, visit the CueSports Tournament System at You may search by player or team name or can view by division or tournament. For more information about the BCAPL visit CueSports International (CSI) is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past seven years CSI has directly paid out approximately Seven Million Dollars to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit www.playcsipool. com, and for more information about CSI and its divisions. CSI leads the billiard industry in the development of technology. For more information on the state-of-the-art software systems for league and tournament management visit

3rd Advanced Scotch Doubles Justin Volk, Connie O’Heron (WI)

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to see who was the best 9-ball player in the state, but to also qualify one entry into the prestigious 24th Annual BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championship. A field of Texas junior veterans of past “Nationals” was present to compete for the title and for the one slot to take them to Romine’s High Pockets in Greenfield, Wisconsin to compete against the nations best junior billiard players this summer, July 11th- 15th. Veteran representative to the “2011 BEF Junior Nationals” and this year’s APA league entry to the BEF tournament, Jose Alonzo Herrera from Duncanville, Texas, earned the title of 2012 BEF Texas State Championship. Fellow APA leaguer and 2010 BEF veteran player, Hunter Hayes from Nevada, Texas, took runner-up and the entry slot to compete this summer along side Herrera and other Texas players competing at the Nationals. The qualifying and championship event was hosted by BETTER Play Billiards and held on April 28th, 2012 at AMF Richardson Lanes in Richardson, Texas. The AMF facility is the host site for several high school billiard teams and APA leagues that compete there weekly. Herrera earned his championship after defeating a handful of talented Texas junior players who have already qualified to play in this year’s event in Wisconsin

including 4th place finisher Brian Emrick (7-4) from Garland, Texas and 3rd place finisher Caleb Ripple (7-2) from Wylie, Texas. Emrick was last year’s BETTER High School Billiard Program’s number one player and had earned a spot to compete at last summers BEF event at the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Emrick has once again qualified for the 2012 BEF Junior Nationals through the BEF pilot high school program. Ripple has also qualified for this year’s “Nationals” through his participation with the NW Dallas APA junior league. This is Ripples first BEF event. Hayes defeated Chase Riggins (7-4) the tournaments 5th place finisher and this years number one high school player from the BETTER High School Billiard Program. This allowed Hayes and Herrera to match up in the semi-finals with Hayes winning (7-4) sending Herrera to the one-loss side with Herrera coming back for a re-match in the finals. The modified finals had Herrera over Hayes in the finals winning a close match (7-5) for the title. Since Herrera was pre-qualified through his NW Dallas APA junior league for the BEF Nationals, Hayes was given the earned entry spot for his runner-up placing. Both Herrera and Hayes had previously competed in the 14 & under divisions at the “Nationals”, but this year they will both be moving up to the 18 & under division. June 2012 - Rackem Magazine 19

Mens Open 8-Ball Team Champions - Team Mireles (TX) (Back L-R) Frank Ferrer Jr., Shane Manaole, Pat Powers, Jacob Jimenez (Front L-R) Rick Robles, Gerard Jimenez, Lupe Sanchez, Eric Aicinena

ACS Nationals in THE AMERICAN CUESPORTS ALLIANCE (ACS) CONDUCTED ITS MOST SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO DATE WITH A RECORD $36,500 IN ADDED PRIZE MONIES DRAWING PLAYERS FROM THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA TO TWENTY-THREE DIVISIONS OF COMPETITION AT THE 2012 LUCASI HYBRID ACS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LAS VEGAS. Over 90% of attendees chose the host hotel, the Tropicana Las Vegas, for lodging – primarily attracted by early-bird hotel rates and discounted entry fees. The Tropicana Las Vegas is near the center of the action on the Las Vegas strip, and the dates – May 5-11 – and the gorgeous setting of this renovated property have quickly won over the players as a great site for pool action! The biggest highlight of these Championships was San Antonio TX capturing four of the nine team titles up for grabs! Singles action began at the first of the week with handicapped 9-ball. Dustin Gunia of Omaha, NE, improved on his 4th place performance in 2011 by outperforming fellow Nebraskan – Chris Siefken (Lincoln, NE) – in the finals for the title by a 10-4 margin. On the distaff side, Susan Orr (Las Vegas, NV) took two sets in the final against Richmond, Kentucky’s Samantha Patton (2-5, 5-2) to earn her crown! Results from the many divisions of 8-ball singles included: Dustin Gunia performing a rare double by outpointing Glenn Atwell (Clay Center, KS) 7-4 in the finals ofMen’s Advanced Singles 8-Ball; Jessica Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) adding to her growing list of ACS Nationals titles with a come-from-behind, two-set finals decision over undefeated Kawania Watson (San Antonio, TX) in the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles – 7-3/74; Richard Louapre (Jersey City, NJ) double-dipping undefeated Robert Nelson (Sycamore, IL) 5-4/5-3 for theMen’s Open 8-Ball Singles championship; Susan Orr scoring another title with a 4-2 finals defeat of Mandy Schneider-Hood (Houston, TX) for the Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles laurels; undefeated Joey Glover (Virginia 20 Rackem Magazine - June 2012

Las Vegas Mens Advanced 9-Ball Team Champions - Team Mireles Too (TX) (L-R) Rick Robles, Shane Manaole, Pat Powers and Gerard Jimenez

Beach, VA) outdistancing David Field (Calgary, AB) in the first set of the finals – 5-3 – for the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles division success; and Bernadine Crowchild (Calgary, AB) besting Arlene David (Virginia Beach, VA) by a 4-1 margin for the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles glory. In the senior-aged 8-ball singles divisions, Dennis Brown (Creston, BC) took down Claude Gragg III (Arlington, TX) in the deciding set of the finals, 5-3, for the Men’s Senior (55+) 8-Ball Singlescrown; Shawn Modelo (Antioch, CA) captured her third straight Women’s Senior (50+) 8-Ball Singles title by clipping Susan Kornerly (Two Rivers, WI) 4-3 in the finals; and Keith Parker (Henderson, NV) needed only one finals set to take the Super Senior (65+) Singles 8-Ball Singles title from Charles Smith (Whitesboro, TX) by a 5-2 margin! The two Scotch Doubles 8-Ball divisions included the powerhouse duo of Dustin Gunia and Jessica Frideres (each winners of their respective Advanced Singles 8-Ball divisions) defending their 2011 title in the Advanced Scotch Doubles division with a narrow 7-6 finals win over Susan Orr/Ricky White (Las Vegas, NV); while the Canadian team of Anne Sinclair/ Michael Therrien (ON)needed just one set as well to claim 4-2 victory over Grand Junction, Colorado’s Sandra Walsh and David Miles in the Open Scotch Doubles category. With the ACS schedule in the latter portion of the week allowing non-conflicting accommodation of entry into both 9-ball and 8-ball team competitions, there was still plenty of competition to keep every player involved – especially those out of the money who automatically qualified for free second-chance team divisions! In the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division, Dick’s Pick[Greg Kuhl, Donnie Branson, Rocky Phipps, Fred Boggs, Lyn Wechsler and Jimmy Moore] (Las Vegas, NV) defended its 2011 title by eclipsing Virginia’s Brass Bell 13-8 in the title match. TheWomen’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division showcased Knaw Kaw Min [Becky Mowdy, Brandy Phillips, Judy Griffith, Sherry Griffin and Jan

Aust] (WA) battling to a final’s win over Ontario’sEenie Meenie Miney Moe. At this point, Team Mireles from San Antonio, TX started collecting titles. In the Men’s Open 8-Ball Team competition, undefeated Team Mireles [Frank Ferrer, Shane Manaole, Pat Powers, Jacob Jimenez, Rick Robles, Gerard Jimenez, Lupe Sanchez and Eric Aicinena] outdistanced New York’s Foreign Policy 13-9 in the title match. The Women’s Open 8-Ball Team division showcased the Virginia team of Footers Femme Fatale [Alena Joyce, Tiffiny Ebner, Diana Wirt and Marcia Schomburg] recovering from big deficits in two sets of the finals (2-7/4-7) to claim the top prize by 10-8/10-7 scores over Iowa’s No Balls Just Racks. The Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team division witnessed a similar rebound for eventual winner, The Tribe (BC) [Tyler Chan, Doug Narcisse, Charles Narcisse, Adam Beeds and Bill Armstrong]. In the first match of the tournament, The Tribe faced Las Vegas’s Dick’ Pick and trailed 8-12 before recovering for a 13-12 win. Dick’s Pick was not deterred and marched through the B-side of the bracket for another shot at The Tribe in the finals. Again, The Tribe was down again at 9-12, but won the last four games for the Championship by another 13-12 margin! In the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team division, Virginia’s Inland Reef 1 [Michelle Carawan, Tavonia

Womens Advanced 8-Ball Singles (L-R) Kawania Watson (TX) and Jessica Frideres (IA)

Millender, Beverly Michelle Carawan, Teresa Price, Jennifer O’Brien and Ashley Hoover] took the undefeated route to the finals and repelled El Paso’s Twinz by a 10-7 margin for the crown. The 3-person 9-ball team divisions were swept by San Antonio TX! Once-defeated Team Mireles Too [Rick Robles, Shane Manaole, Pat Powers and Gerard Jimenez] took down Las Vegas’sRay’s Babys in two sets by 19-17/19-11 margins for the Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Team title. Another San Antonio team, Vito’s Ladies [Mary Ida Gamez, Elizabeth Blancas, Kawania Watson and Sophie Lopez], captured the Women’s Open 9-Ball Team laurels with a 10-8 victory over Eenie Meenie Miney Moe [ON]. In the Men’s Open 9-Ball Team category, Team Mireles [Frank Ferrer Jr., Jacob Jimenez, Lupe Sanchez and Eric Aicinena] struck again with a 19-13 finals decision over New York’s Foreign Policy (victims in the MOT8 finals as well!). In the 8th Annual ACS National Artistic Pool Championships, Connie Eddins of Santee CA. edged out the boys for the title. ACS would like to especially thank our title sponsor – Lucasi Hybrid Cues, as well as Gary Benson and his tournament direction staff at High Country Promotions, as well as the exhibiting vendors and the host site – the Tropicana Las Vegas! The ACS Nationals is already looking to returning to the Tropicana May 11-17, 2013! The ACS is a national non-profit, member-governed association which will sanction any local pool league (whether player-run or owner-operated) via a $10 annual sanction fee. Contact the ACS

at 1-888-662-1705 or www.americancuesports. org for complete information on sanctioning your league! The ACS currently sanctions leagues in 38 states and enjoys reciprocal relations with its sister organization in Canada (Canadian Cue Sport Association – CCS). Twelve state associations are affiliated to ACS; and the ACS offers a Lucasi Hybrid Midwest ACS Championships each January at the Riverside Resort & Casino in Iowa. The ACS produces a national amateur Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour each Fall thru Spring and offers certification for both instructors and referees dedicated to the sport. Womens Open 8-Ball Singles Mandy Schneider-Hood (TX)

Super Senior 8-Ball Singles Charles Smith (TX), Randy Goettlicher (TX)

Mens Open 9-Ball Team Champions - Team Mireles (TX) (L-R) Frank Ferrer Jr., Jacob Jimenez, Lupe Sanchez, Eric Aicinena

Advanced 8-Ball Scotch Doubles (L-R) Teresa Perser/Derrick Cantu (LA), Jessica Frideres/Dustin Gunia (NE/IA) and Susan Orr/Ricky White (NE)

Mens Senior 8-Ball Singles Claude Gragg III (TX)

Womens 9-Ball Singles Shari Rice (NE)

Mens 9-Ball Singles Mens Advanced 8-Ball Singles (L-R) Chris Siefken (NE), Dustin Gunia (NE)

Womens Open 8-Ball Singles Melinda Bailey (TX)

Mens Open 8-Ball Singles Robert Nelson (IL)

Womens Open 9-Ball Team Champions - Vitos Ladies (TX) (L-R) Mary Ida Gamez, Elizabeth Blancas, Kawania Watson, Sophie Lopez

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More than $500,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to APA members at the APA National Singles Championships held April 25 – 28 in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The National Singles Championships consisted of both the 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Singles Championships and the Jack & Jill Doubles Championship. The final round of the 9-Ball Shootout featured three championship matches, one for each Skill Level Tier, with two shooters in each match competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. In the Green Tier, James Rockwell of Columbus, N.J., defeated Kevin Hazlip of Orange Park, Fla. Rockwell advanced to the finals after a semifinal round victory over Sophina Placencia of Waianae, Hawaii. Hazlip advanced to the finals after defeating Courtney McIntosh of Round Rock, Texas. Placencia and McIntosh tied for 3rd Place. In the White Tier, Mike Sousa of Norton, Mass., defeated Mike Hernandez of San Antonio, Texas. Sousa defeated Christopher Garza 24 Rackem Magazine - June 2012

of Brownsville, Texas, in the semifinal round to advance to the finals. Hernandez advanced to the finals by defeating Sandra Ante of Florence, Ky. Garza and Ante tied for 3rd Place. In the Black Tier, Dustin Morris of Minneapolis, Minn., defeated Levent Ertoz of Mountain View, Calif. Morris advanced to the finals after defeating James Key of Southaven, Miss., in the semifinals. Ertoz advanced to the final round match after a victory over John Torockio of Derry, Pa., in the semifinal match. Key and Torockio tied for 3rd Place. Each of the three Champions received a prize package worth $10,000. Runners-Up in each tier took home a prize package worth $5,000. Third Place finishers each received $3,000. More than 3,600 poolplayers made it to the regional level of the 9-Ball Shootout before the field was whittled down to 292 men and women competing for 9-Ball crowns in each of three skill level tiers. Nearly 6,300 APA members advanced to regional competition of the 8-Ball Classic, and 469 of those players advanced to the championship in Las Vegas. In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, four champions each took home a prize package worth $15,000 for their performances. In the Blue Tier, Connie Kraft of East Peoria, Ill., defeated Ryan






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26 Rackem Magazine - June 2012

LOCATION Varsity Club Krug’z Pool Hall Varsity Club CR’s Sports Bar Farmington Billiards Krug’z Pool Hall Q-Spot Billiards Varsity Club Farmington Billiards Q-Spot Billiards

PHONE EVENT / RULES (920) 651-0806 9-Ball Beginners (563) 263-7665 Pool/Darts (2nd Shift) SE (920) 651-0806 9-Ball Intermediate (763) 780-1585 8-Ball on 7’ Diamonds (651) 463-2636 8 or 9-ball rotation (563) 263-7665 9-Ball Race to 4 or 5 (918) 779-6204 8-Ball 7 & under (920) 651-0806 9-Ball Open - Break Pot (651) 463-2636 8-Ball Bar Box Hdcp (918) 779-6204 9-Ball 7 & under

ENTRY ADDED $8 $5 $10 $16 $75 $10 $50 w/16 $5 $5 $15 $5/player Guar. $20 entry $25 every 8 $10 (incl. g.f.)

TIME Call 1AM Call 7PM 6:30PM 8PM 9 PM Call 2PM 9 PM







Rackem Magazine June Issue 2012  
Rackem Magazine June Issue 2012  

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