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by: Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com Staff MCALLEN, TX Robb Saez and Joey Gray stepped into the finals of the 1st Annual Texas Tornado Open on the weekend of May 10-11 with some history between them. Back in April, they'd squared off in what amounted to a $5,000, race-to-21 quarterfinal match at the 1st Annual Smokin' Aces Bar Box Tournament in Poplar Bluff, MO, won by Saez. Three years ago, they met in the finals of both the 38th Annual Texas Open and a stop on the Midwest 9-Ball Tour, both won by Saez, who pocketed just over two grand, total, more than Gray in those two meetings. The payout difference in the finals of the $10,000-added Texas Tornado tournament that drew 80 entrants to Easy Eight Billiards and Sports Bar in McAllen, TX was $1,480, and once again, Saez came out on top, completing an undefeated run to claim the first of what Texas Tornado Vivian Villareal hopes will become a twiceyearly event. "We're testing the waters," she said in the days just prior to start of the tournament, "If it's successful, we might try to do it twice a year."

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First Annual “Texas Tornado� Open 2014 (l to r) 2nd Joey Gray, 3rd C J Wiley, 1st Robb Saez Villareal, in addition to overseeing her first tournament, assisted by tour director Tito Fernandez, found time to compete in the Open, where she finished in the tie for 13th place, and a short field (seven entrants) Ladies Tournament, which she won, defeating Erin Lacy in the finals. If success is measured by participant response, it looks as though this first Texas Tornado Tournament won't be the last. "Players, room owners and sponsors were very happy," said Fernandez, who was flying solo on this one, after something of an apprenticeship under Lewis Jones, tour director of the Fast Eddie's Tour. "There were some glitches," he admitted, "but overall, things ran smoothly." Winner Robb Saez agreed, noting that while there were a few "quirks to fix," match scheduling worked well and didn't fall behind anywhere. He was also pleased with the tournament officials' decision to maintain the promised $10,000-added, which was to have been applied to a full 128-player field. "They added the $10,000, in spite of not having the expected 128," said Saez. "Nobody does that. These people were short over 40 people and they added the $10,000, anyway. That's pretty awesome." According to Fernandez, plans for next year

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include doubling that $10K-added and again, looking to guarantee that amount. The entry list for this first-ever Texas Tornado Open contained a long list of usual suspects, from the big backyard of Texas (Villareal, Charlie Bryant, Sylver Ochoa) to the tables of the Midwest (Shane McMinn, John Gabriel, and of course, runner-up Gray). Saez and Gray met up first in a winners' side semifinal, while C.J. Wiley and Scott Kitto met in the other one. Saez took his first of two over Gray 7-5, and in the hot seat match, faced Wiley, who'd given up only a single rack to Kitto. Saez defeated Wiley 7-3, and waited on the return of Gray. Gray had moved over and could not have been too pleased to draw Charlie Bryant right away. Bryant had defeated Sylver Ochoa 7-5 and John Gabriel 7-3 to reach Gray. Kitto, in the meantime, had his own problems, having drawn Shane McMinn, who'd defeated Rudy Sanchez 7-5 and shut out Nino Salazar, who was returning to competition after about 20 years away. McMinn eliminated Kitto 7-4, while Gray was doing likewise to the Hillbilly 7-5. Gray went on to defeat McMinn 7-3 in the

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quarterfinals, and by the same score, downed C.J. Wiley in the semifinals, setting up a familiar match for Gray; one destined to have familiar results. As he had done back in April at the Smokin' Aces Bar Box tournament, Gray took an early lead over Saez. He was ahead in that tournament quarterfinal 17-11, racing to 21, before Saez caught a gear and won 10 of the next 12. "He had me 5-1, racing to seven, in this one," said Saez, "and I beat him six in a row. He made a couple of unforced errors and I took advantage." Villareal went undefeated through the short field of seven entrants, onhand for the $1,000-added Ladies event. Everyone who played went home with a payout. Villareal defeated Sophie Lopez in the battle for the hot seat 7-3. Lopez moved over to a semifinal match against Erin Lacey, who'd just eliminated Rhea Brooks 7-4 in the quarterfinals. Lacey downed Lopez by the same score in the semifinals, for a shot at the Texas Tornado. Lacey put up a fight, forcing a case game, but Villareal prevailed to enshrine her own name in what will be the annals of her own namesake tournament. Tour director Tito Fernandez thanked the ownership and staff at Easy Eight Billiards and Sports Bar for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Palenque Grill, Boggus Ford, Hampton Inn & Suites, Big Rio Grande Construction, Lopez Tires and Wheels, Texas Boiler Room, Villa Del Mar Restaurant, Careers Institute, Smiles Studio, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, Voggo Business Consulting, Palenque Chicken, Taco Palenque, Mambo Seafood, Bellissima La Revista, G-Cues Billiard and Dart Supply, Mega Doctor News, FNT Horses & Carriages, LLC, Ozone Billiards and Texas Border Business.

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Crispian Ng Captures His Omega First Billiards Tour Stop of 2014 1 2 3 4 5/6 7/8 9-12 13-16 17-24 10 page

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On the weekend of April 26-27, Crispian Ng claimed the top prize at the third stop of the 2014 Omega Billiards Tour at JR Pockets in Denton, TX. Crispian captured that first place spot by winning undefeated through a tough field of 80 players! Over $11,500 was given out in monies and prizes that weekend! (Tourney payouts + prizes + player’s auction.) After a bye, Crispian defeated Jeff Franklin 7-4, Lonnie Rozelle hill-hill, and teammate Juan Para 7-4. On Sunday, Crispian then had another tough match with last year’s Tour Champion, Tony Sulsar. Crispian prevailed hill-hill which set him up against the always-tough Steve Raynes. Crispian prevailed again (7-4) and that led him to the hotseat with newcomer Ricky Jaramillo. Ricky and Crispian both played great and it showed with their hill-hill score (7-6) and Crispian taking the win to wait to see who he would play in the finals. Tony Sulsar was making a tear on the one-loss side like he always can do, with wins over Greg Sandifer 8-4, Robbie Smith 8-5, Chuck Dement 8-4, and another 8-4 score with Barry Emerson. Robbie Smith and Robin Barbour would finish their highest yet with a 7th/8th finish. Chuck Dement also claimed his highest finish with a great 5th place, along with Steve Raynes (new points leader). 4th place went to Barry Emerson, who always finishes high and is tough to beat. Newcomer Ricky Jaramillo fought hard against Tony Sulsar in the semifinals but Tony came on top 8-5 for a rematch with Crispian. Ricky placed an impressive 3rd. The finals were a great display of talent! Great shot making under the pressure to win was noted by many of the players and friends who stayed to watch. In the end, Crispian would nail a tough 9-ball combo to seal his win 7-5 to capture his FIRST Omega Tour stop!! Crispian earned $925 for 1st place and tony took home $530. Congratulations to ALL of the players for their fine play and great finishes! This event was the Omega Billiards Tour’s third stop with $1,500 added with 80 players!! The Predator Player Tracker is back on and the top three players at the end of the year will win a plethora of great Predator Prizes! Four more stops to see who gets all the Predator products! Currently Steve Raynes is in first, Jersey Jack Lynch is second and Tony Sulsar in the third place ranking. Further, fourth through eighth places at the end of the year rankings will each receive a free entry into the 2015 BCAPL Nationals! A HUGE thank you goes out to 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, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Pro Billiard Service, Wallace Custom Cues, AZBilliards.com, and BilliardsPress.com. Tour Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank JR Pockets’ owners Richard and Nona Bryan and their awesome staff for their great hospitality all weekend! 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 2014 Omega Billiards Tour calendar is already set with 4 more stops and a Season Finale. The fourth stop will be held at Rusty’s Billiards in Fort Worth, Texas June 14-15, 2014! Each stop is limited to 80 players (an increase from 64) and the monies guaranteed added has increased to $1,500 for each stop!! Pool is alive and thriving in Texas!! The 2014 Schedule is online and payments can be received via the Omega Tour website. http://www.omegabilliardstour.com/ Thank you to all the players, fans, sponsors and pool rooms!!!

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley http://www.cjwiley.com Back in the early 80s, “Omaha John” and I were touring around on a road trip and ended up in a small bar in South Carolina. The owner of the bar was a BIG gambler and would take the 5 and the break from anyone playing on the bar table with the Big Cue Ball. We had been going through a tough time and I was “breaking even” with everyone. Usually I would get ahead, then start “letting up,” they would come back, “get even” and quit. This was getting annoying and I was beginning to question if I had enough “heart,” to be a champion player. This was a big thing in the gambling days, if you have the heart to close someone out. To put them away. And it was happening again, I had got up over 2k for $200 a game and now we raised it to $300. a game and the guy beat me 7 IN A ROW and we were just $100. winner. Omaha John came up to me and said “if you’re ever going to be a great road player you better do it now. I’m not out here “for my health,” I have a wife and kid at home and I have to win, breaking even is for

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I’ll always remember that lesson... “suckers!” He was serious, so, standing my cue against a near by stool, I stopped playing and went to the bathroom - it was “now or never,” I thought, looking in the mirror, starring straight into my own eyes - “do you really want to be a pool player, do you really have what it takes?” I hesitated slightly, waiting for the answer to come from my “Inner Self ”..... not the answer I wanted to hear, I HAD to know the truth....I needed to know and my life would change from that moment. Finally the answer had come - I knew in my “heart of hearts” that the moment had arrived. “The Moment of Truth,” I couldn’t be a sucker, “stuck” at my current level, struggling to break even and making up excuses. There was only one choice - to become a winner and break out of that “victim level” and do whatever it would take to learn the Truth about pool and what it takes to be the best. I made that decision right then because I had to. And it’s a decision that continues because life’s much more

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about the “journey,” than the “destination.” Life is the best teacher, and at that moment my life was the game and for an instant they melded into One... The Game is the Teacher! Often times we are held back because we don’t need to win, we don’t have to get better. I didn’t have the luxury that day and I thank Omaha John for putting me in a situation where I had to be honest with myself. No one else matters when you’re trying to get to the “next level,”{in life} it’s all about ourselves.... it’s about looking ourselves in the mirror and “real eyesing” that the answer we’ve been searching for is not outside, it’s inside ourselves. I went back out there and was like an entirely different person. John had been telling me to stop spinning my ball and playing low percentage shots....so I did. Others had made comments about my game that I had ignored because of my ego, so I incorporated those suggestions too - my perception had changed, the Game had given me a vital spiritual experience.

his energy. I didn’t care what it took I made myself shoot the correct shot, in the right way and forgot forever my childish reasons for not playing the Game correctly. To be a Champion at anything we must keep doing “the next right thing,” whether we like it or not. Looking back I can’t help but think the chains of mediocrity had been broken, and I had started to become a player. From that moment on I had a “6th Sense” about pool and knew what I HAD to practice to improve and what I needed to ignore. “The chain breaks at it’s weakest link” and that became the motto of my practice routines. I’ll always remember that lesson Omaha John Shuput and the Game taught me in that bar in South Carolina.... and the mirror that reflected what I needed to have “eyes that could see my self ”. ‘The Game is the Inner Teacher’ www.cjwiley.com Next Month: Catalyst of a great stroke

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Throw Out the Throw

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Throw – friend or foe? While throw is the likely culprit in most misses by amateurs, it also makes a lot of shots and position plays possible. Friend and foe. This article assumes you have a basic understanding of throw. You should be clear that it’s a friction effect between colliding balls. It causes object balls to leave the moment of impact on a slightly different track than would be expected by those who assume “ghostball” is the full truth of ball behavior. You should understand there are two flavors of throw – collision-induced and spin-induced – and have a pretty good grasp of how it all works. To the extent you’re clear on how it works, you can make appropriate aim adjustments to compensate for the throw effects. You can also take advantage of the effects to accomplish shots and position results in a variety of ways. The problem? The rules of throw are science. Putting it all together successfully at the table is art. It’s the wellimagined execution of your personal dance with all the elements of the shot. It’s creative and personal. And there’s the rub (pun intended). When we are making adjustments for throw in order to sink a ball, there is much to consider. If we don’t properly consider all the factors, there’s a good chance of missing the shot. Throw as foe. Great players, especially in games like straight pool, take every opportunity to “take the throw out of the shot.” What does that mean? Shot-making is much easier when throw is reduced or eliminated. The object ball path is much more precisely predictable. This means fewer misses. Less risk. Fewer bad surprises. Taking the throw out of a shot means eliminating or reducing the friction effects. The object ball goes where it would go based on the ghostball principle – down the line of centers of the cueball and object ball at impact. No guessing. So let’s look at a few ways to git’r done. • Clean the balls: The cleaner, shinier, and slipperier the balls are, the less friction between them. Some top straight pool players wax their ball set prior to trying for high runs. Less friction, less throw, more accuracy and consistency. Polish your ball set and reduce throw. • Clean your cueball: Every time you get the opportunity to touch the cueball (new game, scratch, ball-in-hand, etc.), give it a wipe. You’ll see chalkmarks on the ball. If one of those chalkmarks happens to become the contact point when the cueball smacks

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another ball, the friction between the balls increases dramatically. The cueball tries to climb the object ball and throw undercuts the ball. An ugly miss. Clean your ball. • Roll your cueball: This is the biggest tip, for several reasons. Foremost is the fact that a rolling cue ball throws less (collision-induced throw) than a skidding ball and is easier to control. Also worth knowing is that a backspinning ball actually throws the object ball even less than roll, but backspin is much harder to control. Skid (stun) throws the most. And consider the fact that a rolling ball does not curve. The sooner your cueball is in full natural roll, the straighter it’s going. Draw and stun are both skidding shots, meaning that if you hit anything but dead perfect on the vertical axis of the cueball, your ball can curve. Roll your ball. • Gearing english: So-called “gearing english” is the perfect amount of outside english to effectively cancel out the effects of collision-induced throw. In other words, we’re using spin-induced throw to neutralize the collision-induced throw. Very difficult to be accurate, but the concept is certainly valid and useful. The more general point here is that a little outside english can help in some cases. When the CB and OB are fairly close together, squirt and swerve become negligible, and this type of shot is quite reasonable. Know your skills. • Bias your tip: Some players try to set up their shots with their tip a hair to one side or the other of the vertical axis. Their reasoning is that they want to know, if they err, which side it will be. A little bit of “helping english” (outside) can take some of the throw out of the shot. • Speed: It’s a tradeoff. The softer you shoot, the more throw. The harder you shoot, the smaller the pocket becomes and the farther the cueball travels. It’s your call. • Cheat the pocket: This is a different way of taking the throw out. Aim to cut the ball toward the far side of the pocket, rather than the center. In other words, over-cut a little. This doesn’t reduce throw, but it is a way to allow for it. Throw out the throw when you can. Make more shots. Run more balls. Truth is stranger than friction.

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American Rotation

What Is It, and Why Should You Play?

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 mikekglass.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

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American Rotation is a fresh take on a traditional game, created by Joe Tucker. The rules are simple: Strike the lowest ball on the table first, pocketing any called ball. Collect points through each rack, and the first person to reach the agreed upon goal (140 is the current American Billiard Club standard) is the winner. Balls 1 through 10 are worth a point each, and the 11 through 15 are worth two. There are 20 points available per rack. I asked Joe why he created this game. He told me that Filipino players are some of the best players in the world, and most of them cut their teeth on 15-ball rotation, a very difficult game in its own right. Joe wanted to introduce America to the game to help us catch up and “get us back on track.” Joe wanted to create a new billiards tour in which players from around the country could compete in a challenging game without all of the politics and in-fighting that seems to be prevalent today. He spent a couple of years testing and perfecting, and has finally unleashed the tour upon us. The American Billiard Club is now in its third season, and seems to be gaining momentum! Let’s look at what makes this tour different, and why you should consider joining! The rules were modified in ways to promote fairness, reduce the luck factor significantly, and reward good play. Rule: Breaker gets ball in hand after the break, no matter what happens: The break can be a big factor in many games, and the outcome of the rack can often depend on where the cue ball ends up on the table. By allowing ball-in-hand, the breaker can focus on getting a good spread of the rack to start her run. To make this rule fair, players lag for the first break, and alternate breaks for the rest of the game. Rule: Call your shot (ball and pocket), call your safeties: How many times has your opponent missed a shot, but ended up lucking out and leaving you with a difficult to impossible shot? This rule eliminates this possibility by allowing you to give the shot back to him. If he calls a safety, but a ball is pocketed, you can

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make him shoot the next shot. If you choose to shoot, then the points for the pocketed ball(s) belong to you! This rule eliminates two-way shots (“if I miss, he’ll have trouble making the next shot”), which some may see as a bad thing. Joe’s thinking on this was to design American Rotation to reward good shot- and decision-making, and put more pressure on the shooter. Rule: 1 point for balls 1-10, 2 points for balls 11-15: Pressure, pressure, pressure! Joe tested making all balls 1 point, as well as 2 points for 1-5 instead. He discovered that making the last 5 balls 2 points each put more pressure on the players to focus on finishing their runs. Give up the last 5 balls, and you might end up with a 10-10 tie instead of a 20-0 lead! Rule: Jumps are allowed only with your playing cue: Let’s face it: Jumping is cool. But with today’s specialized cues, it has become less of a challenge, and has made safety play much more difficult. Joe wanted to reward good safety play, as well as teach Americans to kick better. How many amazing 3-rail kick shots have you seen Efren Reyes pull off? Joe wants us to practice and learn this. The game was introduced to help make Americans more competitive. Imagine this: You have become proficient at 10-ball, and can run a rack almost 50% of the time. You then sign up for a tournament to play 6-ball. How many racks do you think you’ll run now? Joe’s theory is that that is how many Filipino players, who grew up playing Rotation, feel about coming to America to play 9-ball! Joe also had this say: An added bonus of AR is that players appear to get along better with each other. They are focused more on the table and their opportunities, and are spending less time worried about the luck of the break and the luck of their opponent’s misses, which are now received with a smile and “Shoot again”. Here’s what I want you to do: Go to www. americanbilliardclub.com and check out what they have to say. (continued on page 31)

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In my last two columns I outlined one of the best drills for learning to play position. With two spots on the table (A and B), you figure out how to pocket a ball on the first spot (A) and take the cue ball to the second spot (B) with the cue ball placed to make the shot easy. The first level of the drill is to use no cushions, so for positions A and B1 the easiest choice for me is to play the ball into pocket C and draw the cue ball straight to B1. You may find it easier to place the cue ball for a shot into pocket E and use a slight angle and center ball to “stun” over to B1. In any case, you should try as many pockets as possible to get from A to B1 without a cushion. The particular choice of A as the first point will give you lots of long shots. The next level is to use one cushion to get from A to B. For B1, you could just roll the ball into pocket C and come off the cushion at E with the appropriate placement of the cue ball (not shown -- work it out for yourself ). How many different pocket and cushion pairs are workable? Try each of the paths a few times to get a feel for where the cue ball needs to be and the spin to use, if any. A final part of the drill is to use two or more cushions to get the position. In general it’s better not to use a lot of rails to position the cue ball but sometimes either the layout of the table or the place the cue ball ended up forces more cushion contacts and you need to be ready for them. One twocushion path from A to B1 is shown. Can you find at least one more that would be a reasonable path if simpler paths were blocked by other balls? When working with two or more cushions on this drill, you should be thinking about two main aspects: what angle and spin makes the path easiest, and what is the whole range of possible locations that can be made to work for a particular path. For the “short” path shown from A to B1, the cue ball can be anywhere from about X to Y and the cue ball can be adjusted with draw into the right line. The position I prefer and would probably take with ball in hand is near X where the cue ball can be hit more softly due to the larger cut angle. That would be a poor choice to try to place the cue ball from the previous shot because if you leave the cue ball just a few inches northwest of the location shown you have safed yourself. Also, if you leave the cue ball half way between X and Y the shot is very difficult to reach for a right-handed player. A less dangerous position is the longer shot shown where the cue ball can be reached from the end of the table. If you leave the cue ball anywhere within a foot left or right of that position, the shot is not much harder. Work out the whole range of cue ball positions that will work for you to get the short path shown.

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When a ball is near the pocket, such as at A, multi-rail position is easier as you can adjust the side spin to get different angles without much fear of missing. Can you also get to B2 as shown from both cue ball positions shown? Can you change the side spin to get the full range of angles off the second cushion for other B positions between B1 and B2? Mostly that should be done with just left or right side spin and a rolling cue ball. Remember that the main point of the multi-rail part of the drill is to get a feeling for the easy paths off cushion and learning the natural paths for the cue ball.

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This month I thought I would do something different. In the month’s past I have shared my views and opinions. This month I want to do something different. I was on AZBilliard forum and came across this letter from Mike Dechaine. Of late he has been playing some very great pool as he is on the cover of the June Issue of Stroke Pool Magazine. When the Mosconi Team was announced my first thoughts were, where was Mike Dechaine? Below you will find his thoughts. A Letter from Mike Dechaine - 05-28-2014, 09:28 PM I thought it best to let a little time pass from when Mark Wilson announced his picks for the players he’ll consider to be on this year’s Mosconi Cup team. To say my not making his list stung would be one of the biggest understatements ever. There has been a lot of speculation as to why I was excluded but I think at this point, those reasons matter much less than the fact that I didn’t make it on. I have always been a player who wears his emotions on his sleeve for all to see. I am a fierce competitor and I feel like I have a real chance to win in

every match I play. I know that I can be hard on myself, and others, during the heat of competition. I’m 26 years old. Everyone has to face disappointments in their lives and I’m no different. I am learning, however, that how we respond to adversity can help define who we are. I’m working on better ways to channel my emotions toward the positive. My plan going forward will be to stay positive while I keep trying to play the best pool of my life. A big thank you to all who have supported me and to those who might not have, to them I say please keep an eye on me and maybe I will earn your support, as well. I promise I will try hard. I also want to thank Snookers, RI and OB cues, thank you guys for giving me a chance. And the other biggest understatement ever: I love pool! Sincerely, Mike Dechaine

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DOUBLE-CROSSED

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 poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

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It was a beautiful spring day in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2013-14 Bluegrass BCA Pool League season was in full swing and my team was in the middle of playing an 8-Ball match at Silver Cue Billiards.  My teammates Dean Lawson, Kenny Tran, Doug Pulliam and Phillip Jones were all in attendance to help our team maintain a first place ranking. I was 4-0 on the evening when team captain, Phillip Jones, called me to the table to compete in what was scheduled to be my final game.  My opponent was Charles Hackworth, a very strong local player, capable of running out from almost any position.  I knew it was going to be a tough game and I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes if I wanted to leave Lexington with a perfect 5-0 record.

As I broke the balls, it appeared that I was going to have an easy run-out. I calmly began plucking solid balls from the table. However, my run-out went awry as I attempted to play position on my last solid ball. I was slightly hooked behind the side of my opponents 14 and since the 8 was tied up on the opposite end of the table I knew I was in some serious trouble. At first, I thought about trying to jump or masse around the 14 but with the 8 being tied up there was no reward in pocketing the ball.  I knew I had to do something creative.  The only way for me to win the game would be to play safe and hope for a miracle.  My only chance would be to return to the table with a clear shot on the 6 with

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an opportunity to break out the 8. The problem was how do you play safe? My opponent had 7 stripes on the table and I had one solid ball.  Clearing off all of your balls without running out is usually fatal, especially when pitted against someone as skilled as Hackworth.   As I surveyed the situation, I knew it was going to be a difficult undertaking.  My only clear option was to shoot the 6 at a slow speed crossing it in front of the cue ball (leaving it in the position of the green arrow) hoping to block Hackworth from directly contacting any of his balls.  This option game me a realistic chance to return to the table with a decent shot.  The key is to cut the 6 slightly to the left with the correct speed (leaving the cue ball in the position of the black arrow).  If the shot was struck either too hard or too soft then I would leave Charles with an easy shot which would most likely cost me the game. I am happy to say that I executed the shot perfectly.  After executing the shot one of my teammates said, “Anthony, you really doublecrossed ‘em on that shot.”  I had Charles blocked from hitting any of his balls directly.  When he returned to the table, he kicked at one of his stripes leaving me with a long straight in shot on the 6.  This time my shot on the 6 allowed me to draw my cue ball straight back and possibly break out the 8. Once again I stepped up to the table and executed the shot perfectly.  The cue ball drew all the way back to the

end rail then rebounded into the 12. I was left with an easy straight in shot for the win. Charles then approached the table and politely conceded the game. As I walked away, I knew I was very fortunate.  I had captured victory from almost certain defeat.  Thoroughly weighing your options effectively can be a powerful ally.  Sometimes it may seem like you don’t have a chance to win.  However, great players are masters at creating something from nothing.  So the next time you are at the table in what appears to be a no win scenario, don’t be double-crossed look for ways to be creative.  Sometimes you have to manipulate the table to turn a losing proposition into a fighting chance to win.

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Torres ! o w T e Tak BOGIES BILLIARDS HOUSTON, TX May 17-18, 2014 Once again, junior player Joey Torres wowed the crowds as he breezed to his second, consecutive victory in the amateur division of this past weekend’s Lone Star Billiards tour event. Torres topped a field of 47 including tour newcomer Masahiro “Hiro” Nakahara in the final, 7-5. On his way to victory, Torres annihilated Jack Cavalier, 7-0, Bill Fain, 7-1, and Sonny Bosshamer, 7-1, before meeting Hiro for the hot seat. Nakahara took down Chuck Adams, 7-5, Scott Mackenzie, 7-2, and tour veteran Erik Renteria, 7-4, for a shot at winning his first Lone Star tour title. Action on the one loss side saw Brian Rosenbaum eliminate Kenny Lucio, and it was Kevin Nguyen over Scott Mackenzie, by the same score, 5-2. Austin player Cielo Velasquez who took an early hit from Bosshamer, was ousted by Jonathan Poon who secured 6 consecutive wins after suffering a second round loss to Rich Rodriguez. Bosshamer went on to beat Nguyen, 5-2, while Poon fell to Renteria, 5-4. Hot seat action saw a composed Torres pull ahead of Nakahara for a 7-5 win, while Renteria stream rolled Bosshamer, 5-1. Nakahara pushed through Renteria, 5-3, to meet up, once again, with Torres. These two young guns displayed incredible calm and focus, but Hiro couldn’t make it happen. Torres overcame Hiro in the final set, 7-5. The open division boiled down to Chase Rudder and Rafael Martinez, locking horns for the cat bird’s seat. Rudder’s victims included Curt Bovenzi, 9-3, Rich Rodriguez, 9-4, and Hiro Nakahara, 9-5. Martinez showed no mercy as he dealt blows to Rich Droste, 9-4, Sonny Bosshamer, 9-3, and Cielo Velasquez, 9-4. On the one loss side, Joey Torres overcame Mike Evans, 7-2, while Kevin Nguyen slipped by Bovenzi, 7-6. Nakahara bested Nguyen, 7-2, and Velasquez eliminated Torres, 7-6. Nakahara forged on, slipping by Velasquez, 7-6, while Rudder captured the hot seat over Martinez, 9-6. Martinez made quick work of Nakahara, 7-2, but fell to Rudder in the final.

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on Gulf Coast Tour Austin’s own Kim Pierce, aka “Texas Heat”, crushed the competition at the May 18, 2014, Gulf Coast Tour 9-ball event held at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. Pierce faced some of the toughest regional competitors Texas has to offer, surging to a final victory over hot seat winner, Killeen’s own Kimmy Nguyen, 7-4. First round action saw Pierce defeat Sara Bork, 7-3, followed by Belinda Lee, 7-1, and Nayla Hoak, 7-2, as Nguyen powered through the lower half of the winners’ bracket with wins over Bonnie Eddlemen-Mason and Michelle Yim. After an early round loss to Natalie Mans, Loretta Lindgren fought back, positioning herself for a shot at third place. Lindgren overpowered Diana Cardona, 7-3, and Eddlemen-Mason, 7-1, to meet Lee. Working on a comeback herself, Lee secured four consecutive one loss side matches including wins over Mans and Yim. Lee eliminated Lindgren, fighting

for a chance to defend her March victory on the Gulf Coast Tour. Back on the east side, Nguyen was on a mission, battling hard to secure the hot seat over Pierce. In a grueling, emotional set, Nguyen pulled through brilliantly, 7-6. Pierce overcame Lee, reaching Nguyen once again, this time for the final match. As the first set commenced, Pierce was on track and far from finished. Nguyen unwillingly relinquished her hold, suffering her first loss to Pierce, 7-5. In overtime, Nguyen failed to regroup, losing the final set to Pierce, 7-4. The Women’s Gulf Coast Regional Tour would like to thank its sponsors, Delta-13 Rack, www.delta-13.com, APA of North Harris County, www.facebook.com/ apanorthharriscounty, as well as Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar for hosting another first class event. The next women’s Gulf Coast Tour event will be held Sunday, July 6th, at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar in Houston, Texas.

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Sean King lost his first match of the tournament and worked his way through 10 matches on the one loss side to reach the finals and win it.

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WOMEN OF GRAND PRAIRIE (TX)

The American CueSports Alliance (ACS) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its National Championships at the Las Vegas Tropicana, May 10-16. With a new title sponsor – Universal Cues – the ACS enjoyed a significant increase in the number of pool leagues sanctioning with the member-governed association in the 2013-2014 league year, resulting in a 20% jump in participants at the Nationals! With the jump in attendees, ideal dates in mid-May and the attractive location, many participants observed that these Championships will continue to grow significantly in 2015 and beyond! Singles action began at the first of the week with handicapped 9-ball. Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) recovered the Men’s 9-Ball Singles title he last won in 2012 by taking the hot seat from Richard Andrada (Denver, CO) – National Master Dustin racing to “10” and “Open” Richard racing to “7.” Andrada recovered to claim a finals spot against Gunia, and Andrada took the first set; but Gunia claimed the deciding set for the honors. On the distaff side Women’s 9-Ball Singles, “Open-status” Jacki Duggan (Virginia Beach, VA) – racing to 5 – took the undefeated route to the finals, completing her march with a win over Melinda Bailey (Fort Worth, TX) – racing to 6. But “Advanced-status” Bailey recovered to eliminate “National Master” Jessica Frideres [7], and then double-dipped Jacki Duggan in two sets for her first national title [and the first national title of the week gathered up by a member of the “Women of Grand Prairie [TX]” league]. In the 8-Ball Singles – with players of separate skill sets competing in “Standard”, “Open” and “Advanced” divisions – Tony

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Sulsar (Bells, TX) recovered from an A-side finals loss to Walter Glass (Las Vegas, NV) to oust Shane Manaole (Converse, TX) at 3rd place in the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles. Sulsar then wore down Glass over two sets to take the title from one of the country’s legendary bar table stars! In the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles, Bernie Store (Phoenix, AZ) recovered from an earlier-round loss to take on multi-time national champion Jessica Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) in the finals. Store won the first set over Frideres, but upending Jessica in two straight sets proved too difficult, and Jessica Frideres added the 2014 crown to her ever-expanding national title resume! In the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles, Geno Galarneau (Medicine Hat, IL) eclipsed Steven Benegas (Joliet, IL) in the A-side semifinals, but Benegas regained his momentum on the B-side to claim that side of the bracket and gain another shot at Galarneau in the tourney finals. Geno Galarneau remained undefeated, taking the first set over Benegas for the crown! The Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles finals featured once-defeated Gina Quinones (Las Vegas, NV) versus undefeated Kassandra Bein (Virginia Beach, VA). While Bein controlled the hot seat, Quinones had lost her secondround match and then won eight straight matches on the B-side to gain her chance for the title. However, Kassandra Bein took no prisoners in the finals to take down honors in the first set over Quinones. Two Canadiens highlighted the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles finals: undefeated Tim Pidborochynski (Edmonton, AB) versus Rob Wright (Surrey, BC). While Pidborochynski held the hot seat, Wright drew a bye in the first round, lost his second-round match and reeled off ten straight

WOMEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES 1st $900 2nd $600 3rd $395 4th $300 5-6 $200 7-8 $150 9-12 $100

MELINDA BAILEY JACKI DUGGAN JESSICA FRIDERES KIT DENNIS ROBIN BOGGS SHARI RICE CHRISTINE AVILA LESLEE BLAIKIE AMY KANE BECKY WAY JANET SMITH SAMANTHA PATTON

FORT WORTH, TX VIRGINIA BEACH, VA FORT DODGE, NE RIDGEFIELD, WA BOYNTON BEACH, FL OMAHA, NE SAN ANTONIO, TX LUTZ, FL LAS VEGAS, NV PORTLAND, WA CLEARWATER FL RICHMOND, KY

MEN’S SENIOR 8-BALL SINGLES 55+ 1st $1,200 2nd $900 3rd $700 4th $500 5-6 $300 7-8 $220 9-12 $150 13-16 $100

SEUM KANTALUKY BRIAN TRUDEL RICHARD ANDRADA RODNEY BROWNE BOB BROWN BRADLEY SMITH BILL HOWIE ROGER ANDERSON BOB STAECK KIM BOHNET RAYMOND LUCERO RUDY FRIESEN JULIAN RUSSELL RANDY STERLING STEPHEN MCDONALD WAYNE GREENHAIGH

GRAFTON, VA CALGARY, AB DENVER, CO WESTLAKE, LA LEESVILLE, LA HALIFAX, NS W KELOWNA, BC BOISE, ID VIRGINIA BEACH, VA MEDICINE HAT, AB PUEBLO, CO W KELOWNA, BC FT MCMURRAY, AB CRESTON, BC KETCHIKAN, AK W KELOWNA, BC

MEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL SINGLES 1st $2,000 TONY SULSAR 2nd $1,205 WALTER GLASS 3rd $800 SHANE MANAOLE 4th $500 MARC VIDAL CLARAMUNT 5-6 $350 DUSTIN GUNIA JERROD FRIDERES 7-8 $250 LYN WECHSLER RAY SKENANDORE 9-12 $175 DAVE PERRY DEAN LAWSON DERRICK CANTU JIM CARMONA

BELLS, TX LAS VEGAS, NV CONVERSE, TX AURORA, CO OMAHA, NE FORT DODGE, NE LAS VEGAS, NV LAS VEGAS. NV VIRGINIA BEACH, VA VERSAILLES, KY ALEXANDRIA, VA LAS VEGAS, NV

WOMEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL SINGLES 1st $1,000 2nd $750 3rd $515 4th $350 5-6 $225 7-8 $150 9-12 $100

JAMIE CORK DEIDRE LUDWICK ANNETTE WOOD SARAH MUSEUS EDITH WALDON LAURA NEWTON RUMI BROWN TRACI REILLY CHRISTIE TIPPER ENNIFER POTTER NICHOLE WILSON TINA MILES

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MEN'S 9-BALL SINGLES 1st $1500 2nd $1005 3rd $750 4th $550 5-6 $400 7-8 $300 9-12 $250 13-16 $175

DUSTIN GUNIA RICHARD ANDRADA JIM JEFFERS STEVE TUNE COLIN MALONEY JOHN MITCHELTREE ROBERT BERRY STEVEN BENEGAS AARON LODGE DALE STANLEY ERIC PICKAR GRIFFIN GLYNN BRET HUTH JAMES HENRICKSON JAMEY BOWMAN TERRY GOYNES

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MEN’S SUPER SENIOR 8-BALL SINGLES 65+ 1st $1,300 TERRY DOWNEY 2nd $1,000 RANDY GOETTLICHER 3rd $700 MIKE NAVARRE 4th $400 TOMMY WILKERSON 5-6 $300 GARY METOXEN JAMES DANT 7-8 $180 DAVID ESTEP KEITH PARKER 9-12 $100 BILL MASON EDWARD WALKER JOSEPH TURNER MARK GROOMS

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WOMENS-ADVANCED-SINGLES-8-BALL [L-R] Bernie Store, Jessica Frideres, Jonella Staus

1st $2,000 2nd $1,326 3rd $900 4th $600 5-6 $400 7-8 $250 9-12 $200 13-16 $150

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WOMENS-9-BALL-SINGLES [L-R] Jacki Duggan and Melinda Bailey

MENS-SENIOR-55+-SINGLES-8-BALL [L-R] Brian Trudel, Seum Kantaluky, Richard Andrada

SUPER-SENIOR-65+-SINGLES-8-BALL [L-R] Terry Downey, Randy Goettlicher, Mike Navarre

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victories to gain his finals seat. But Wright’s string came to an end in the first set, as Tim Pidborochynski claimed the title! The Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles action was more straightforward, as eventual winner Jamie Cork (Inver Grove Heights, MN) outpointed Deidre Ludwick (York, PA) in the A-side finals, and Cork repeated her victory over Ludwick in the first set of the tourney finals to gain her first-ever national championship! In the senior-aged 8-ball singles divisions, Seum Kantaluky (Grafton, VA) took down Brian Trudel (Calgary, AB) in the first set of the finals for the Men’s Senior (55+) 8-Ball Singles crown; once-defeated Linda Asleson (Billings, MT) improved on her 2013 runnerup finish to outduel three-time champ, undefeated Shawn Modelo (Antioch, CA), in two sets of the tourney finals to take the Women’s Senior (50+) 8-Ball Singles; and Randy Goettlicher (Carrollton, TX) won seven consecutive sets on the one-loss side of the bracket before being outgunned in the deciding set of the tourney finals by undefeated Terry Downey (Las Vegas, NV), who gained the Super Senior (65+) Singles 8-Ball Singles title! The two Scotch Doubles 8-Ball divisions showcased perhaps the most dominant amateur scotch doubles team in the country, with defending champions Dustin Gunia and Jessica Frideres (NE/IA) again capturing the Advanced 8-Ball Scotch Doubles division with a comfortable one-set win over Jacki & Bill Duggan (VA); and the team of Yvette Villarreal/ Gilbert Martinez (TX) recovering from an earlier round loss to the undefeated pair of Heidi & Jerry French (AZ) to take the Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles category in a two-set finals!

ADVANCED-SCOTCH-DOUBLES-8-BALL [L-R] Dustin Gunia/Jessica Frideres and Jacki Duggan/Bill Duggan

MEN’S/MIXED OPEN 9-BALL TEAM

1st $2,000 P-NOIZE Virginia NILBERT LIM, REYMART LIM, REYJEN CARMONA 2nd $1,300 GRIFFITH BILLIARDS Indiana JIM JEFFERS, GRIFFIN GLYNN, STEVEN BENEGAS 3rd $800 RED RIVER RACK RUNNERS Texas DAVID MOON, JOHN PLUMLEE, EDWARD WALKER, GEORGE HENLEY, TOM WILKERSON 4th $485 BUCCANEERS Florida JOE TURNER, DALE STANLEY, MARC SHENANDOAH

OPEN-SCOTCH-DOUBLES-8-BALL [L-R] Brian Varnell/Sandy Chamberlain, Yvette Villarreal/Gilbert Martinez, Heidi French/Jerry French

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$1,200 ALL MIXED UP Texas MELINDA BAILEY, COURTNEY EVANS, JANET YBARRA, NINA STILLWELL $855 NEWTOWNE 1 Virginia BARBARA YEAGER, ANN BELLAMY CARLA ROSSETTE, ARLENE DAVID $500 MEL’S 2 1/2 Virginia ELESHA PATTERSON, JACKI DUGGAN, TONI BARNES $250 BUSTED RACKS Arizona MARCI MORRISON, CLAUDIA MORADO, TERI CURTIS PRISCILLA HERNANDEZ, SARA SORG

MEN’S/MIXED ADVANCED 8-BALL TEAM WOMENS-ADVANCED-TEAM-8-BALL AFTER EIGHT: [L-R] Jamie Toennies, Janet Smith, Michelle Jarrell and Flori Lehart

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$2,500 WHOA BUNDY-MAT8 Nevada AL LAWRENCE, RAY SKENANDORE, JASON KANE BRAD HUFFMAN, FRANK TRAN, JIM CARMONA $1,500 DICK’S PICKS-MAT8 Nevada CHRIS AKEY, JIMMY MOORE, RONNIE ALLEN, GREG KUHL CHARLIE PHILIPPOU, HENRY NOGIEC, DONNY BRANSON, WALTER GLASS $1,000 RODENTS OF THE NITE Washington BILL FULLER, PAT SCHUMACHER, DOUG MCMULLIN STEVE TUNE, PAT MOWDY $600 ALMON BILLIARDS Canada T.J. MARTIN, DAN BUCHANAN, D.J. COOLEN COLIN MALONEY, GREG LOCKWOOD, KEVIN GRIMM

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MENS-MIXED-OPEN-TEAM-9-BALL P-NOIZE: Reyjen Carmona, Nilbert Lim, Reymart Lim

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$2,500 AFTER EIGHT 8-BALL FLORI LEHART, JAMIE TOENNIES MICHELLE JARRELL, JANET SMITH $1,250 NEWTOWNE INN BARBARA YEAGER, ANN BELLAMY, JACKI DUGGAN, CARLA ROSSETTI $740 THE RACKETTES TERESA KELLER, JONELLA STAUS SUSAN MILLER, LINDA ASLESON

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$3,500 MAGIC MOMENTS Canada WERNER OSTWALD, CLAY GLOSLEE, JIM BROWN ROB HORTON, RON DOUGLAS $2,400 VIRGUS CUES Texas CHARLES SMITH, DONALD BULLARD, DOUG WINNETT ROBERT SMITH, TIMMY RICE, TONY SULSAR $1,570 KNUCKLEHEADS Virginia BILL DUGGAN, BRIAN HARRELL, TONY GOWER BOB WILLOUGHBY, PHIL JENNINGS, BILL MASON $1,000 BAD BOYZ Kentucky DOUG PULLIAM, DEAN LAWSON, JAMES KIMMERLY PHILLIP JONES, LEN JOZUNAS

WOMEN’S OPEN 8-BALL TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

$2,000 ALL MIXED UP Texas MELINDA BAILEY, COURTNEY EVANS JANET YBARRA, NINA STILLWELL $1,235 THE 4 DIVAS Texas BARBARA WISDOM, MARIA RODRIGUEZ RENEE BENTON, YVETTE REYES $750 LUSCIOUS LADIES California SHAWN MODELO, ANNETTE WOOD, CONY MENDOZA JESS QUINATA, JESS (LILLIAN) QUINATA $500 SWEET & SASSY Arizona BECKY ONNEMBO, TAMI HATHCOCK CATHY KELLEY, LEANDREA GAFF

MEN’S/MIXED STANDARD 8-BALL TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

$1,500 BIG COWA Minnesota SEAN HENDRICKSON, PETE BIDNE, PAT BAXTER SCOTT JOHNSON, RYAN PETERSON, JASON STANDLEY $1,000 8 BALL ROLLIN’ Nevada SHANE MILLER, SHANNON HUGHES, TIM KOVACS ANDREW` STOKES, JASON OSBORN, SCOTT MODEN $600 MAZZY’S 2 Georgia BRIAN CRONIN, KEVIN PANGAYOW, RON DEEMER, OMEAD SEPEHRARA, SEAN BAILEY, JOHN MUMFORD, MAX DENMAN $410 REPEAT OFFENDERS Arizona BRENT HOWARD, RANDY MARTIN, JOHN JENKS DENNIS PROIA, JERRY BLOOR

ADVANCED SCOTCH DOUBLES 1st $1,000 2nd $700 3rd $450 4th $300 5-6 $185 7-8 $75

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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, defending champion Dick’s Pick (NV) fell to their local league rival Whoa Bundy (NV) [Ray Skenandore, Brad Huffman, Al Lawrence, Jason Kane, Jim Carmona and Frank Tran] in the finals of the triple-elimination bracket! The Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division showcased 2013 Women’s Open Team runner-ups After Eight (FL) [Janet Smith, Flori Lehart, Michelle Jarrell and Jamie Toennies] successfully moving up a grade to take down Virginia’s’s Newtowne Inn in the deciding set of the triple-elimination format for the top honors. The Men’s Open 8-Ball Team competition went to a finals deciding set with Magic Moments (BC) [Werner Ostwald, Clay Gloslee, Jim Brown, Rob Horton and Ron Douglas] clipping Virgus Cues (TX) in the title match. The Women’s Open 8-Ball Team champions heralded from the Women of Grand Prairie League (TX) - with All Mixed Up (TX) [Melinda Bailey, Courtney Evans, Janet Ybarra and Nina Stillwell] surviving a deciding set over The Four Divas (TX) for the title. Big Cowa (MN) [Sean Hendrickson, Pete Bidne, Pat Baxter, Scott Johnson, Ryan Peterson and Jason Standley] needed two sets in the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team division final’s clash to make 8 Ball Rollin’ (NV) the bride’s maid. In the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team division, the Women of Grand Prairie League in Texas claimed another title when Twisted Sisters (TX) [Teri Bridwell, Linda Reagan, Deborah Lopez, Christina Marks and Kerry Gallego] claimed two sets in the finals to overcome undefeated Shut Up ‘N Shoot (MN) for the crown. The 3-person 9-ball team divisions featured some of the top 8-ball team placers as well. Undefeated Whoa Bundy (NV) [Ray Skenandore, Jason Kane and Jim

MENS-MIXED-ADVANCED-TEAM-9-BALL MENS-MIXED-ADVANCED-TEAM-8-BALL WHOA BUNDY: [L-R] Brad Huffman, Al Lawrence, Jason Kane, Jim Carmona, Ray Skenandore, Frank Tran, manager Berry Skenandore

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Carmona] needed two sets in the finals to turn back a pesky Gotta Have It (NE) team for the Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Team title. The Women of Grand Prairie League in Texas took home some more national laurels in the Women’s Open 9-Ball Team field as All Mixed Up (TX) [Melinda Bailey, Courtney Evans, Janet Ybarra and Nina Stillwell] remained undefeated, including a one-set finals win over Newtowne 1 (VA). In the Men’s Open 9-Ball Team category, P-Noize (VA) [Nilbert Lim, Reymart Lim and Reyjen Carmona] lost its third match in the A-side and then reeled off nine consecutive sets to capture this title over Griffith Billiards (IN)! In the 10th Annual ACS National Artistic Pool Championships, Dustin Gunia of Omaha, NE added his third national title of the week, outpointing a packed field of entries. ACS would like to especially thank our title sponsor – Universal 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 Universal Cues ACS Nationals is already looking forward to returning to the Tropicana May 9-15, 2015, and has signed a contract for the Tropicana to host the event through 2017 ! The ACS is a national non-profit, member-governed association which will sanction any local pool league (whether playerrun or owner-operated) via a $10 annual sanction fee. Contact the ACS at 920-662-1705 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 the Universal Cues ACS Midwest Championships each January at the Riverside Resort & Casino in Iowa. The ACS produces a national amateur Pure X All American Tour each Fall thru Spring and offers certification for both instructors and referees dedicated to the sport.

WOMENS-STANDARD-TEAM-8-BALL TWISTED SISTERS: Teri Bridwell, Linda Reagan, Deborah Lopez, Christina Marks and Kerry Gallego

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WOMENS-OPEN-TEAM-8-BALL WOMENS OPEN TEAM 9-BALL ALL MIXED UP: [L-R] Courtney Evans, Melinda Bailey, Janet Ybarra and Nina Stillwell

MENS-STANDARD-TEAM-8-BALL BIG COWA: Sean Hendrickson, Pete Bidne, Pat Baxter, Scott Johnson, Ryan Peterson, Jason Standley

MENS-OPEN-TEAM-8-BALL MAGIC MOMENTS: Ron Douglas, Jim Brown, Christie Tipper, Werner Ostwald, Clay Gloslee, Rob Horton

ARTISTIC-POOL-CHAMPION [L-R] Tournament Director Tom (Dr. Cue) Rossman congratulates Champion Dustin Gunia

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APA NATIONAL SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS World’s Largest Pool League Crowns Eight Amateur Champions in Las Vegas

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 20, 2014) — More than $600,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to APA members at the APA National Singles Championships held May 1 – 4 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, 8-Ball and 9-Ball Doubles Championships and the Wheelchair Challenge. 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, Mackenzie Hoover of Walkerton, Ind., defeated Mona Mendoza of New Iberia, La. Rita Singh of Kitchener, Ontario, and Rebecca Norgan of Round Rock, Texas, finished

9 BALL DIVISION GREEN TIER: MACKENZIE HOOVER

of Ankeny, Iowa, and Bobbie Weehunt of Dee City, Okla., tied for 3rd Place. In the Yellow Tier, Tim Dittmar of Alvin, Ill., defeated Bradley Harris of Aubrey, Texas. Paul Panebianco of Hamilton, N.J., and Ernest Westfall of Middletown, Ohio, tied for 3rd Place. In the Red Tier, Judy Johnston of San Antonio, Texas, defeated Tesha Finley of Easley, S.C. Joshua Jones of Des Moines, Iowa, and Fazir Baksh of East Hartford, N.J., tied for 3rd Place. In the newly added Orange Tier, Barry O’Sullivan of Garwood, N.J., defeated Mike Rimay of Joliet, Ill. Robert Wilson of Toledo, Ohio, and Victorino Lara of Upland, Calif., tied for 3rd Place. In the Purple Tier, Christopher Miller of Lafayette, La., defeated 8 BALL DIVISION BLUE TIER DANNIELLE RICHARDSON Bob Vallas of E. Peoria, Ill. David Rowell of Birmingham, Ala., and Dennis Mersman of Colorado Springs, Colo., tied for 3rd Place. First Place winners received cash and prizes worth $15,000. Each Runner-Up received cash and prizes worth $9,000. Third Place finishers each received $4,000 in cash and prizes.

Matthew Boyagain of Wayne, Mich., was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the 8-Ball Classic. In the 8-Ball Doubles Championship, Scotchoholics – Lance Harmon and Jason Lindsay– of West Monroe, La., defeated Jake & Elwood – Jimmy Coleman and 9 BALL DIVISION WHITE TIER: ANDREW WINANS John O’Donnell– of In the Black Tier, Gregory Falls Church, Va. The victory earned Harada of San Gabriel, Calif., them a $5,000 payday. As Runnersdefeated Zachary Hummel Up, Jake & Elwood took home $3,000. of Kalamazoo, Mich. Leslie In the 9-Ball Doubles Championship, Pasieka of Oshawa, Ontario, What the Baby Gonna Do 1 – Michael and John Paul Ramirez of Lake Hill and William Hill– of Proctor, Jackson, Fla., tied for 3rd Place. Ark., defeated J & J – Jason Juliano Each of the three Champions and Dimosthenis Maniatis– of received a prize package worth Medford, Mass. The victory earned $10,000. Runners-Up in each them a $3,500 payday. As Runners8 BALL DIVISION RED TIER tier took home a prize package Up, J & J took home $2,300. JUDY JOHNSTON 9 BALL DIVISION: BLACK TIER worth $5,000. Third Place In the finals of the Wheelchair GREGORY HARADA finishers each received $3,000 Challenge, Charlie Hans of Middletown, Ohio defeated Josh Johnson of Rayville, in cash and prizes. La., to take home $1,700 in prize money. Johnson received $800 as the Runner-Up. The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, Robyn Thrash of Arlington, Texas, was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in 9-Ball Shootout. Canada. Nearly 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9‑Ball League play. The APA is Nearly 3,200 poolplayers made it to the Regional Level of the 9-Ball Shootout before generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, the field was whittled down to 264 men and women competing for 9-Ball crowns in championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. each of three Skill Level Tiers. The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA National Team Championships, Nearly 5,500 players throughout North America qualified for Regional competition the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, in the 8-Ball Classic, with 459 of them advancing to the national championships. pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually! In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, five champions each took home a prize package The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and PoolDawg. worth $15,000 for their performances. In the finals of the Blue Tier, Dannielle For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, and results visit Richardson of Stuart, Fla., defeated Tina Apgar of Splendora, Texas. Brandon Weber www.poolplayers.com in 3rd Place. In the White Tier, Andrew Winans of Camarillo, Calif., defeated Elena Lane of Tucson, Ariz. Jamie Mauldin of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and Mark Ware of Camp Springs, Md., tied for 3rd Place.

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8 BALL DIVISION PURPLE TIER CHRISTOPHER MILLER

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APA NATIONALS 8 BALL DIVISION: PURPLE TIER

WHEELCHAIR CHALLENGE: CHARLIE HANS

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Christopher Miller Bob Vallas David Rowell Dennis Mersman Paul Langley Kyle Tackett Kerry McAuliffe Aurelio Romero Carson Chiu Julio Aquino William Brantley Jeff Sergent Anthony Bowden Mike Hertz Steve Shaw Charles Brown David Rayner Steve Slasor Justin Ledford Raymond McBride Steve Van Ness Eddie Balderas Scott Fisher Joel Ritschel Joshua Padron Daniel Gambill Michael Robertson James Muzzy Christy Hardin Richard Chinan Steven Lenz Ernesto Bayaua

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9 BALL DIVISION: GREEN TIER

9 BALL DOUBLES: WHAT THE BABY GONNA DO 1

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Scotchoholics Jake & Elwood Double Shot - DE 8 Ball Killers What The Baby Gonna Do 1 " 2 For 8 " Intimid8ors - IN ZEE 28 Behind The 8-Ball Peabody & Sherman Rocky & Jess Scotty's Ice T Awe Forget It ON THE SPOT Baccardi & Coke R & D

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WHEELCHAIR CHALLENGE

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Press Release GoPlayPool Announces New Features on Mobile App Aliso Viejo, CA— 5/16/14 — Today, GoPlayPool announced that they have launched new sections in their free mobile application. The new sections will include an improved directory of pool halls in the United States. The directory has been upgraded with new features like a more user-friendly search capability, more organized maps and more. Now, users can click on the “Nearby Tab” and the GPS in their mobile device will show them the pool halls in their location automatically. Also, within directory pages, GoPlayPool Member rooms will be listed in a “Featured Rooms” section in their respective states. Other segments which have been added are an instructional and information section called “GoPlayPool 101”. In this section, users can find a wide range of information including over 300 instructional videos and over 100 illustrated and descriptive drills. There are also hundreds of hours of information compiled from difference sources covering almost every aspect of pool that one could think of. GoPlayPool has also introduced segments like a “Did You Know” section with fun and interesting facts in the world of pool and billiards, stories about players and events throughout history and much more. GoPlayPool owner Mary Ann Starkey says, “We are so excited about introducing these new features and the improvements we’ve made in certain sections of the app. It’s a continuous process to keep our users engaged and coming back for more, and we’re very pleased to have the opportunity to give our users something new and exciting like this. There is so much information contained in these new sections, you could literally spend thousands of hours reading, learning and implementing this information into your own pool game. I look forward to hearing what everyone thinks once they’ve had a chance to browse through all of the new content on the app.” GoPlayPool would like to thank the talented and dedicated people who contributed their knowledge and work to this segment. Mary Ann says, “It was a group effort which included Mr. Allan Sand of Billiard Gods, Mr. Bert Kinister, “Dr. Dave” Alciatore at Billiard University, Mr. Max Eberle, and last but certainly

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not least, Mr. Philip Capelle. We, at GoPlayPool are excited and honored to have them be a part of the GoPlayPool family, and have their hard work and information featured on the GoPlayPool App.” The GoPlayPool App is a free mobile application for Android and iOS platforms. It is a pool hall finder for the United States. The app helps players find locations to play pool and offers pool hall and bar owners an affordable way to advertise their establishments and promote pool tournaments and events that they have in their rooms. GoPlayPool App Member rooms receive great incentives when they sign up, including a free 30 day trial and product offers from companies like Kamui and other participating businesses. For pool halls or bars interested in advertising their establishment on the GoPlayPool App, they can sign up at www. goplaypool.com/pool-rooms. The GoPlayPool App team is constantly looking for ways to improve their product, and encourages its users to contact them with suggestions or input. You can reach GoPlayPool by visiting their website, social media pages or by email at info@goplaypool.com.

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Download the rules, and get your friends to play a few games. If you like it, consider joining the tour at your local room (you only need 8 players). The fees are nominal, and all of the money paid into it is given back to the players. I am not being paid to endorse this tour. I am playing in it myself, at Crown Billiards out of San Ramon, CA. I look forward to making it to the Nationals, and hope to see many of you there! Joe Tucker is not looking to make money on this, either. He wants to create a new tour that is self-sustaining, makes it financially easier on travelling players, and focuses more on developing skill and having fun. They are looking to qualify 32 players, from 32 regions (1 out of every 16 players) to send to Nationals. Every player qualified for Nationals automatically gets $1000. One last note from Joe: With the tremendous help and backing of Mark Griffin of CSI and Don Owen of OB Cues, American Billiard Club was born out of love for the game and an effort to make competing on a national level financially viable. We lose many high level players that are forced to choose between leading a sensible and responsible lifestyle or pursue their passion for pocket billiards; ABC offers them the opportunity to stay in the game while leading a responsible life. Many players have been complaining about the lack of a legitimate tour that isn’t trying to pull the dreams of riches from the players’ pockets. Here is your chance, players, to make something good happen. As Joe himself says: Put up or shut up! For more information and rules about the American Billiard Club and American Rotation, and to find out how to bring the American Billiard Club Tour to your pool room, visit http://www.americanbilliardclub.com. I will attempt to answer any questions you may have as well. You can reach me at pool@mikekglass.com, or Joe Tucker at jttenball@gmail.com.

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WEEKLY TOURNAMENTS

DATE CITY Mondays Davenport, IA Houston, TX Des Moines, IA Green Bay, WI Dundee, IL Rockford, IL Kansas City, MO Tuesdays Cedar Rapids, IA Spring, TX Des Moines, IA Barnhart, MO Kansas City, MO Lenexa, KS Wednesdays Chicago, IL Davenport, IA Midwest City, OK Houston, TX Des Moines, IA Alsip, IL Oshkosh, WI Thursdays Oshkosh, WI Davenport, IA Des Moines, IA Chicago, IL Spring, TX Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO Lenexa, KS Manhattan, KS Fridays Cedar Rapids, IA Chicago, IL Houston, TX Coon Rapids, MN Des Moines, IA Farmington, MN Spring, TX Spring, TX Tulsa, OK Poplar Bluff, MO Kansas City, MO Davenport, IA Round Lake Rockford, IL Aurora, IL Tonganoxie, KS Topeka, KS Raytown, MO Jonesville, LA Oshkosh, WI Saturdays Jonesville, LA Houston, TX Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA Eureka, MO St Peter’s, MO Kansas City, MO Oak Lawn, IL Joliet, IL Aurora, Il Fox Lake Chicago, IL Salina, KS Kansas City, MO Topeka, KS Blue Springs, MO Lenexa, KS Tulsa, OK Sundays Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids, IA Des Moines, IA Davenport, IA Barnhart, MO Spring, TX Green Bay, WI Topeka, KS Chicago Hts, IL Jonesville, LA Lenexa, KS Oshkosh, WI

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LOCATION Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Bogies Billiards Big Dog Billiards KK Billiards Hammerheads Rockford Billiards Side Pockets 2nd Ave Corner Pocket Big Tyme Billiards Big Dog Billiards Kenny’s Bar & Grill Brass Rail Side Pockets Chris’ Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Jamaica Joe’s Bogies Billiards Big Dog Billiards Red Shoes Varsity Club Varsity Club Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Big Dog Billiards Chicago Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Boomers Bar & Grill Brass Rail Side Pockets Fast Eddy’s Billiards 2nd Ave Corner Pocket City Pool Hall Bogies Billiards CR’s Sports Bar Big Dog Billiards Farmington Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Q-Spot Billiards Smokin’ Aces Country’s Tavern Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Rebecca’s Pub Rockford Billiards Rudy’s Place Helen’s Hilltop Terrys Billiard Club Raytown Rec Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Varsity Club Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Bogies Billiards Big Dog Billiards Big Dog Billiards JP’s Sports Bar 3rd Base Boomers Bar & Grill Demma’s Pool Loft Rudy’s Place Bay Billiards Chris’ Sunset Billiards & Sports Bar Brass Rail Diamond Joes Roadies Rock House Side Pockets Q-Spot Billiards 2nd Ave Corner Pocket 2nd Ave Corner Pocket Big Dog Billiards Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Kenny’s Bar & Grill Big Tyme Billiards KK Billiards Terrys Billiard Club Oasis One-Sixty Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Side Pockets Varsity Club

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EVENT / RULES 9-Ball 9 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 4/3 B/C 9-Ball 9-Ball 10 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8-Ball-Race to 2 8 Ball Handicap 8-Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8-9-10 Ball Winner Chooses 9 Ball 8 Ball on 8’ tables-Race 2/1 B/C 10-Ball 10 Ball 9-Ball Beginners 9-Ball Intermediate 8-Ball Short Rack 8-Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball & 9 Ball 8-Ball - Race 2/3/4 8 Ball Night Owl 8-Ball-Race 2/1 8-Ball on 7’ Diamonds Open 10-Ball 8 or 9-ball rotation One Pocket 8 Ball - APA 5 & under 8-Ball 7 & under 9 Ball 8 Ball Coin Toss decides 8 Ball Open 8 Ball Call 8 Ball 8 Ball Players Vote 8 Ball 8-Ball Open - Race to 2 8 Ball Night Owl 8-Ball-Race 2/1 8-Ball - 4s & Below 8-Ball - Handicap 8-Ball 8 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball Call 8 Ball 9 Ball Multiple Big Table 9 Ball 9 Ball 8 Ball APA Rated 8 Ball 9-Ball 7 & under 9-Ball - Race to 5 8-Ball - Race to 2/3 Open 9-Ball - Race 6/5 10-Ball 9 Ball 10 Ball 8-Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 10-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 5

ENTRY ADDED $12 $100 every 16 $7 $100 w/20 $10 $$$ $15 $15 $$$ $14 Call $5 $5 $10 Call $10 $$$ $10 $100 $5 $6 $10 Call $10 (incl g.f.) $100 every 16 $15 $5/player $7 $100 w/20 $10 $$$ $15 Call $8 $10 $10 $100 every 16 $10 $$$ $10 100% payout $10 50% $5 $10 $6 $15 $5 Call $15 Call $7 $100 w/20 $16 $75 $10 $$$ $15+$5 g.f. $50 w/16 $10 Call $6 50% $5 $10 $200 $10 $10 $100 every 16 $10 100% payback $10 Call $15 $100+ w/10 $10 $5 $10 $5 $12 $5 $7 $100 w/20 $8 $$$ $13 $$$ $10 $$$ w/8+ $15 Call $5 $10 Call $15 Call $15 $100+ w/10 $15 Call $10 Call Call $5 $10 $5 $10 $10 (incl. g.f.) $5 Call $5 Call $5/$10/$15 $$$ $12 $100 every 16 $10 $100 $12 50% $15 $5 $10 $5 $6 $15

TIME 7PM 8PM 7PM 7PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7PM 7PM 9:30PM 7PM 6PM 7PM 9:30PM 8PM 6:30PM 7:30PM 8PM 7PM 8PM Call Call 7PM 11PM 8PM 8PM 7:30PM 7PM 9:30PM 6PM 7PM 7PM 2AM 7PM 7PM 6:30PM 8PM 8PM 9 PM 7PM 8PM 7PM 8PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7PM 2AM 8PM 6:30PM 8PM 2AM 1PM 1PM Noon 1PM 7:30PM 3PM 4/5PM 7:30PM 8PM 7PM Call 2PM 8PM 8PM 1PM 9PM 2PM 7PM 7PM 7PM 6PM 6PM 1PM 7PM 6PM 8PM 9:30PM Call

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Press Release Diamond, Simonis and Aramith Sponsor BEF What’s a national pool tournament without the best equipment? The Billiard Education Foundation’s Junior National 9-Ball Championships, being held in conjunction with this year’s BCA Summit in Louisville, KY, will benefit from three long-time supporters of junior billiards: Diamond (tables), Simonis (cloth) and Aramith (balls). Diamond Billiard Products, conveniently located near Louisville, will provide 16 competition tables and related equipment for the four day national championship divisions. Balls will be provided by Aramith and cloth by Simonis, who has for years been a supporting sponsor of the Billiard Education Foundation. “We continue to be grateful to these industry sponsors, without whom the

Junior National Championships would not be able to continue to encourage student athletes and qualify our best youth competitors for the annual World Championships,” said BEF executive director, Samm Diep. Contact the BEF for more information on becoming a sponsor of this prestigious event or other junior billiard programs. The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.

New OB Plus Shafts A New Era has begun with OB Plus Shafts. The ever popular OB shafts made in Texas since 2005 have now received a major design change with the following improvements: The original laminated SR6 construction has now evolved into solid maple spliced SR6+ All OB Plus shafts now come with a 100% Lifetime warranty against warpage. The new shafts feature 13% less tip end mass than the

original OB shafts which equates to less cueball deflection. The carbon fiber pad and ferrule have been redesigned for improved strength and performance. OB is also now using a higher grade of maple on all plus shafts that looks better and feels smoother. Available with 10 different standard joint options and the following four shaft choices: OB-1+, OB-2+, OB Classic+, OB Pro+ MSRP: $258

The OB Challenge:

Dechaine/Deuel vs. Bustamante/Reyes

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (May 3, 2014) – CSI is proud to present the OB Challenge: Mike Dechaine / Corey Deuel vs. Francisco Bustamante / Efren Reyes. This exciting match will take place July 21, 2014 during the BCAPL & USAPL National Championships at the beautiful Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Those in participating in the BCAPL or USAPL National Championships can watch for free in person or via direct live stream feed in their hotel room. Those not in attendance can watch via pay-per-view at http://www.playcsipool. com/LiveStreaming.aspx. This will be a scotch doubles 8-Ball match in which the players will be wearing microphones and will be allowed to communicate during the match. This will be a great opportunity for fans to hear these superstars discuss their thoughts and strategies throughout.

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The Tiger Challenge: Dennis Orcollo vs. Jung-Lin Chang

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (May 20, 2014) – CSI is proud to present The Tiger Challenge: Dennis Orcollo vs. Jung-Lin Chang. This exciting match will take place July 22, 2014 at 6:00pm pacific time during the BCAPL & USAPL National Championships at the beautiful Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Those in participating in the BCAPL or USAPL National Championships can watch for free in person or via direct live stream feed in their Rio hotel room. Those not in attendance can watch via pay-per-view at http://www.playcsipool.com/ LiveStreaming.aspx.

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Click on the MAP link online to get directions to each location DATE Jun 7 Jun 14 Jun 14 Jun 14 Jun 20-22 Jun 21-22 Jun 21 Jun 21-22 Jun 21-22 Jun 26 Jun 27-29 Jun 27 Jun 28 Jun 28 Jun 28 Jun 28 Jul 5-6 Jul 6 Jul 11 Jul 12-13 Jul 12 Jul 12 Jul 16-17 Jul 22-23 Jul 18-22 Jul 19-22 Jul 23-26 Jul 16-20 Jul 17-20 Jul 18-25 Jul 18-25 Jul 19 Jul 19 Aug 1-3 Aug 2-3 Aug 9 Aug 16 Aug 22-24 Aug 24 Sep 13

CITY Houston, TX Lees Summit, MO Ada, OK Cedar Rapids, IA Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA Alsip, IL League City, TX League City, TX Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Shreveport, LA Shreveport, LA Davenport, IA Davenport, IA Davenport, IA Houston, TX Houston, TX Jackson, MS Jackson, MS Wynnewood, OK Cedar Rapids, IA Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Wynnewood, OK Alsip, IL Midwest City, OK Kokomo, IN Cedar Rapids, IA Alsip, IL Beloit, WI Round Rock, TX Alsip, IL

LOCATION Houston Sports Bar Side Pockets Gabby’s Bar 2nd Ave Corner Pocket Big Dog Billiards Big Dog Billiards Red Shoes Billiards Legends Legends Shooters Billiards Shooters Billiards Sidepocket Billiards Sidepocket Billiards Sharky’s Billiards Sharky’s Billiards Sharky’s Billiards Bogies Billiards Bogies Billiards Cross Corner Billiards Cross Corner Billiards Full House Bar 2nd Ave Corner Pocket BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals USAPL Nationals WPA (see ad p43) CSI (see ad p43) CSI (see ad p43) Full House Bar Red Shoes Billiards Jamaica Joe’s Ryno Room 2nd Ave Corner Pocket Red Shoes Billiards Carom Room Gulf Coast Women Red Shoes Billiards

PHONE 281-580-7777 816-524-2400 580-279-1786 319-366-0979 515-266-6100 515-266-6100 708-388-3700 281-332-7716 281-332-7716 618-709-2615 618-709-2615 318-425-8112 318-425-8112 563-359-RACK 563-359-RACK 563-359-RACK 281-821-4544 281-821-4544 601-941-3702 601-941-3702 405-665-2715 319-366-0979 702-719-7665 702-719-7665 702-719-7665 702-719-7665 702-719-7665 702-719-7665 702-719-7665 702-719-7665 702-719-7665 405-665-2715 708-388-3700 405-736-0590 765-252-3630 319-366-0979 708-388-3700 608-365-1811 713-825-1411 708-388-3700

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME LINK 8-Ball $40 $500 Guar 1PM Open Scotch Doubles 8-Ball $40 $300 Noon 8-Ball Call Call 2PM 9-Ball $10 $300 1PM MAP One Pocket Challenge $1,000 $5,000 Guar 5PM MAP Open 9-Ball $50+$10 g.f. $2,000 Guar 9AM MAP 14.1 Qualifier $105 Call MAP 9-Ball OB Cues Ladies Tour $30 $2,000 10AM Second Chance $10 $200 10AM One Pocket $60 $1,000 8PM 9-Ball $60 $4,000 8PM 10-Ball Ring Game $100+$10 g.f. Call 8PM Sidepocket Open $50 $1,000 Guar 11AM 8-Ball High Rollers-Open Div. $100 Call Call MAP 8-Ball High Rollers-Adv Div. $100 Call Call MAP 8-Ball High Rollers-Master Div. $100 Call Call MAP 9-Ball Call $1,000 Call MAP Gulf Coast Women Call Call Call MAP 9-Ball-Limit 32 $25 100% payout 7PM 9-Ball-Limit 128 $40 $1,000 Noon 8-Ball $10 Call 5PM 8-Ball $10 $300 1PM MAP BCAPL Nat’ls-9-Ball Sngls Varies Call Call MAP BCAPL Nat’ls-9-Ball Tm Varies Call Call BCAPL Nat’ls-8-Ball Sc Dbls Varies Call BCAPL Nat’ls-8-Ball Singles Varies Call Call BCAPL Nat’ls-8-Ball Teams Varies Call Call USAPL-Singles & Teams Varies Call Call WPA World Artistic-Open/W/Jr Varies Call Call CSI Invitational 8-Ball Call $16,000 Call CSI Invitational 10-Ball Call $16,000 Call Women’s 8-Ball $10 Call 5PM Bank Pool $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP 8-Ball Open $75 $5,000 Guar Call MAP 9-Ball $70 $1,000 10AM 9-Ball $10 $300 1PM MAP One Pocket $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP 10-Ball $100 $7,000 6PM Tour Stop Call Call Call 8-Ball $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP

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Rackem Pool Magazine June Issue 2014  
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All the latest results from Las Vegas and the APA and ACS Nationals. Don't miss the new tournament listing and results from May.

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