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Don Akerlow DES MOINES, IA Imagine if you will, walking into a pool hall perhaps any pool hall or even your favorite. You look around and see the place is virtually full. A few tables in the back are open but 90% of the tables are full. Leagues, Juniors, a tournament that started on Friday and a 9-Ball tournament that started Saturday. This is a Sunday, late afternoon, where most pool halls would be dead as a door nail. Maybe some leagues playing but it’s the last day of a weekend. People are enjoying themselves, talking, engaging, playing pool. You have heard that pool is dying, maybe even dead. It is a myth, especially at Big Dog Billiards in Des Moines, Iowa. There were some 40 pool tables most of which I can assume were 7 footers. The atmosphere is on fire. The One Pocket Tournament is gearing up for the finals that is being live streamed. There are 4 players left in the 9-Ball. People interacting, watching, talking about this shot or that shot. Was I dreaming or was I somewhere back in the 80’s or maybe even the early 90’s? Where pool was jumping, pool was vibrant, pool was fun and the players were enthusiastic. Did I take a time machine back in time? I think not. I’m at Big Dog Billiards in Des Moines, Iowa and what I see I am pleased with. I immediately take out my camera and start shooting photos. Most of the players I don’t know but after watching them I know they are players.

Pool is not dead! Let me repeat myself, Pool is NOT dead! Let me back up to when the tournament started, on the weekend of June 20-22, 2014. There was wall to wall action. Players came from 20 states to participate at the tournaments. Starting Friday with a $1,000 entry One Pocket Tournament and $5,000 added to the pot. JOSH Almost $15,000 in the Calcutta. The winner would take home $10,000! There was a 16 player field for One Pocket promoted and organized by Scott Frost. One of the best One Pocket players in the country. The field saw notable players like Chip Compton, Justin Bergman, Joey Grey, Cliff Joyner, Jose Parica, Sylver Ochoa, Whitey Walker, Dee Atkins, Jeremy Jones, Danny Smith, Jason Chance, Troy Honeycutt, Richie Richardson, Josh Roberts and Justin Hall. In the finals from the one loss side was Josh Roberts from Columbia, South Carolina. Josh beat Cliff Joyner in the first round, then lost to Danny Smith in the 2nd round. Meeting up with and beating Jeremy Jones, then Jose Parica, Justin Hall, and in the point game of the one loss side meeting Scott Frost. Justin Bergman out of High Pockets Billiards in Memphis, TN, in the first round beat Jeremy Jones, then Whitey Walker, Justin Hall, and in the point

ROBERTS match Richie Richardson to await the winner of Josh Roberts and Richie Richardson. Josh won to meet Justin in the finals. Justin takes a 3-1 lead in a race to 4 then Josh ties it up hill-hill and wins the first set. Both Josh and Justin jump up to go lag for the second set when Ray Hansen from PoolActionTV who was live streaming all weekend needed time to set up the live streaming to stop and start for the second set. The players decided to take a break. Josh was playing like he was on fire. Josh is a younger player who may have shown less patience and wouldn’t wait for a better shot and sometimes he got over aggressive and sometimes he missed but even so he played like a veteran making shot after shot to win the second set to take down the One Pocket Championship. In conjunction with the One Pocket Tournament was the Hunter Cole Benefit 9-Ball Tournament with a packed field of 92 players all vying for first place prize money. Hunter has been battling cancer his whole life

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Weekend of Pool Skyler Woodward, one of the great younger players who has a lot of talent, seemed to be the player to beat in the 9 ball event. He went undefeated until the finals losing the first set to Dan Kuhl. Sky went on to win the second set and the championship.

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There was a lot of action throughout the weekend between players. I remember some players talking and saying that it was almost like being back in Johnson City. For those of you who do not know what Johnson City was, imagine all the pool hustlers getting together and playing for money in one location. Action all the time. All night long. If you couldn’t last playing for big money for 36 hours, don’t play.

Big Dog’s had a lot of action games after the tournaments were over. Many of the pro players stayed around. There was $1,000 - 10 ball action, $20 per rail bank, Ring games, $200-$300-$500 One Pocket Challenges, all of which drew huge crowds. There was action every night for 3 or 4 days after the tournament finished. That is a testament to a truly great pool hall. The benefit was a huge success, the green fees from the 9-Ball tournament and 10% of the player auctions ($2,117) were donated to Hunter along with an addition percentage from the player auction money ($1,610) from the One Pocket event. Randy Hanson and James Landrum owners of Big Dog Billiards would like to thank Scott Frost for coming to them with this project and all the effort he put out for planning, organizing and promoting this event. Larry Ross the major sponsor of the tournaments. Patrick Diveney from Diveney custom cues for donating a raffle cue, Dirk Howland from Viking cues for their donation of a raffle cue, Johnny Miller from Anglo Diamonds. Jon Brown for running and promoting the 9-Ball tournament, Ray Hansen from Pool Action TV for a great live streaming of the One Pocket event. The staff at Big Dogs that worked tirelessly to make sure everyone had a great time and last but not least all the players in attendance who made this event a success.

ONE POCKET 1st Josh Roberts $10,000 $5,800 2nd Justin Bergman $6,000 $4,350 3rd Richie Richardson $3,500 $3,000 4th Scott Frost $1,500 $1,340

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HUNTER COLE BENEFIT 9-BALL Payout Calcutta #1 Calcutta #2 1st Skyler Woodward $1,500 $3,270 $850 2nd Dan Kuhl $1,000 $2,350 $550 3rd Ike Runnels $705 $1,400 $238 4th Josh Johnson $475 $925 5-6 Chad Vilmot $330 $460 Nick Marsolek $330 $460 7-8 Bob Andrews $225 $225 Dee Adkins $225 $225 9-12 Anthony Garcia $155 Chuck Creswell $155 Jerrod Frideres $155 Jody McLaughlin $155 13-16 Cirino Coniglia $100 Matt Payne $100 Michael Perron Jr $100 Bobby McGrath $100 17-24 Jonas Chladek $75 Stuart Bishop $75 Ryan Murphy $75 Al Deitrich $75 J D Riley $75 Danny Scranton $75 Mike Athens $75 Ed Dutton $75 Highest Placing Female: Sharon Rinkert Hunter Cole Donation:

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In an amazing display of talent beyond his young years, 14 year old Houston local Joey Torres blazed through a field of 37 players, going undefeated to win the Poison by Predator Tour Open 8-Ball event on June 8th, 2014, held at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. This was a third consecutive tournament win for Torres, winning two previous Lone Star Tour amateur events, upgrading Torres to “open division” player status. From start to finish Torres played incredible, ousting a plethora of talent including Nick Hood, 4-0, Sonny Bosshamer, Marvin Diaz, 4-2, Danny Roland, 4-3, finishing up with contender Erik Renteria for the hot seat, 4-0. With a purse nearing $3,000, the event kicked off around 2:30pm along with the PxP Tour live stream and a string of deafening upsets. In the second round Bob McFerren defeated #2 ranked PxP player, Rafael Martinez, 4-3. Danny Roland leveled the playing field, taking a bite out of Ernesto Bayaua, 4-3, and Manny Chau, 4-1. Finding himself in the finals more often than not, Erik Renteria beat Kevin Clemons, 4-1, Kevin Bivens, 4-2, and David Taylor, 4-3, while former Lone Star Tour Champion Danny Lee won his bid for the final four with wins over Derrell Taylor, Bill Fain, 4-2, and Will Felder, 4-0. In the winners’ side final four, Renteria slid by Lee while Torres escaped Roland, by the same score, 4-3. Torres’ momentum proved insurmountable for Renteria who lost the hot seat match, 4-0. On the one loss side, Chau defeated Dalton Riley and Danny Lee while Martinez set the chart on fire with 8 consecutive wins, including knockouts over tour veterans Sonny Bosshamer and David Taylor. Martinez ended a great run by Roland, eliminated Chau, 4-1, and moved on to Renteria. In the first game, Renteria set the tone with a break and run. Martinez was down 2-1 until an unforced error by Renteria propelled him to a 4-2 victory. Torres and Martinez teed off for the final match. From start to finish Torres held complete control leaving Martinez a total of 3 offensive shots the entire set. Torres swept Martinez, 4-0. Aside from his tournament earnings, Torres won a paid 9-ball entry ($75) into the Space City Open to be held December 4th-7th, 2014 at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/spacecityopen. The Poison by Predator Tour would like to recognize Delta-13 as its official rack and the APA of North Harris County as its official league. Become a PxP Tour Player, membership is free! For more information visit www.PxPTour.com.

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OB Cues Ladies Tour Stop #4 – Champions Galore at Legend’s, League City, TX After a four year hiatus, it was more than wonderful to return to one of the best pool halls in Texas: Legend’s Billiards in League City. Mindy Cohen, owner and hostess extraordinaire took great care of the 46 ladies who showed up for this event, making homemade chicken salad sandwiches and even providing Band-Aids for pool players with injuries. Jules was a fabulous bartender and the tables played beautifully! OB Cues Ladies Tour (OBCLT) were so happy to be back at (left to right): Tara Williams, Jennifer Kraber, Amanda Lampert Legend’s and hope to return again and again! Thank you With that many champions, it was v. Tracie Voelkering, Belinda Lee v. Mindy for your gracious hospitality and inevitable that there would be some Loretta Lindgren, Michelle Cortez v. welcome. tough matches early on, and indeed, Leslie Anne and Helen Hayes v. Orietta. Out of 46 women competing for Ming Ng, former pro and fantastic Finishing 9th -12th were Tracie, Loretta, first place, the field was filled with player, drew Leslie Anne Rogers, fiveMichelle, and Helen. Loretta had her champions galore. There were four time tour champion, in the first round highest finish to date while playing former tour champions: Leslie Anne with Leslie coming away with the win. on the tour and played beautifully all Rogers, Lisa Marr, Kim Pierce and Kim Pierce lost to Jennifer Kraber, weekend – she is definitely an up and Amanda Lampert, plus five more ladies making the one-loss side treacherous coming player. Finishing in 7th/8th who had previously won tour stops right away. Up and coming player (and place were Belinda and Leslie Anne, and (Ming Ng, Ashley Nandrasy, Tara future mama!) Emma Stewart played 5th/6th went to Sophie and Angie, two McCracken-Williams, Jennifer Kraber Leslie Anne next, winning five games women who have been playing great and Orietta Strickland). Additionally, against her, but Leslie stayed on the this year! Angie lost her second match there was much celebrating of winner’s side until Tara Williams beat of the day to Amanda. Then on the birthdays, Mindy Williams and Sara her at the end of Saturday’s matches. one-loss side beat multiple champions Bork, sporting a colorful and cheery 2013 tour champion Amanda Lampert by the names of Ming and Lisa and 40 year old crown of glory, enjoyed and Orietta Strickland met as well then continued winning against Tracie, their birthdays during the tournament on the winner’s side with Amanda Sophie and Belinda to meet up once weekend. As well as Carter Nakashima prevailing as the winner to stay again with Amanda. She could not get and Jennifer Kraber’s upcoming undefeated. past Amanda but is proving herself to be birthdays in a few days, so everyone was On Sunday, only 12 players remained an undeniable pool talent, earning a top having a blast! There were a lot of old in the main event. On the winner’s five spot in the tour’s current rankings. familiar faces who haven’t been around side, Tara played Amanda and Jennifer Although Angie may be little in size, she in a while, and we’ve certainly missed: played Sophie Lopez with both match is quite the giant killer and we wish her Ashley Nandrasy visited from Tennessee, scores ending 7-2 which would put continued focus and success. Lisa Marr from Arkansas, and Leslie Tara and Jennifer ready for the hot The four women left standing at the Anne Rogers who came all the way from seat match. On the B-side, Sunday’s end of this tournament were also the Japan to compete. matches started out with Angie Payne top four in the current rankings. 3 of

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the 4 were from Dallas/ Ft. Worth and 1 was from Austin. Jennifer won the hot seat match and Tara went to the one-loss side where she met Amanda, who had just defeated Orietta. Orietta captured 4th. Next up was Amanda and Tara. Amanda suffered her first loss against Tara, but was no match against Amanda as Tara ran out of steam and finished third. At this point, we took a break in the pool action, to draw the names for the two cues provided by our generous sponsor, OB cues (www.obcues.com). The lucky winners were Lisa Marr, winning an OB-131 and Carlos Miller winning an OB Black Break Cue. Congratulations to the raffle winners and special thanks to OB Cues, the best sponsor in the business. In the finals match, Amanda was ready to go to work to beat Jennifer twice in this true double elimination tournament. Amanda won the first set handily 7-4 as Jennifer floundered a bit. The second set was tighter though and Jennifer managed to finish it out, as she broke and ran the final rack on the hill-hill game for the 1st place winnings of $750. Jennifer had 7 break and runs this weekend which puts her at the top of the list for break and run queen for this year. Amanda, always the champion and plays with a lot of heart, was not satisfied with second place, but showed herself to be an amazing natural talent who admitted before this tournament that she doesn’t have the time to practice. And yet she still beats almost everyone she encounters! We call her Amazing Amanda and a champion through and through. Congrats to both on being model players, champions and awesome ladies on and off the tables. (OB Cues continued on page 20)

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Junior National Champions Crowned

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Photo courtesy of Ricky Bryant June 27, 2014 (Englewood, CO): The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) wrapped up its 26th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships June 24-27, 2014. 79 billiard student-athletes represented 21 states at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky for this year’s event which took place in conjunction with the Billiard Congress of America 2014 Summit. The winners from each of the four age divisions received academic scholarships, engraved trophies, Poison player equipment packages, Falcon cue and case packages, Dr. Dave Billiard University packages, and more. Along with their victories, they also earned entries into the 2014 WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships in Shanghai, China November 15-19. History was made this year! For the first time of the BEF Junior Nationals, two brothers both won their respective age divisions with matching final scores of 9-6! St. Peters, Missouri’s 17-year-old Nick Evans and his 13-year-old brother Ricky Evans both went undefeated through their brackets to take home the gold. Older brother Nick finished in the top 12 of last year’s World Junior Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa and both will represent the U.S. this year. On the girls’ side, 17-year-old Taylor Reynolds of Winslow, Maine also went undefeated beating Rachel Lang from New York in the finals. Reynolds is no stranger to the finals arena with several runner-up trophies and a couple trips to the Junior Worlds. She was also the 2011 14 & Under Girls division champion. 14-year-old April Larson from Bloomington, Minnesota took home her third consecutive title as 14 & Under Girls division champion. Though she struggled in the end, she was still able to pull out a 9-6 victory against Michelle Jiang of Harvard, Mass who had her best showing yet at nationals. Larson will enter her first year in the 18 & Under Girls division next year. 18 & UNDER BOYS DIVISION 1st Nick Evans, 17 (St. Peters, MO) - Entry to Junior Worlds $1,000 Academic Scholarship 2nd Manny Perez, 16 (Kansas City, KS) 3rd Devon Poteet, 17 (Cape Girardeau, MO) 4th Ryan Ponton, 17 (Bradley, IL)

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18 & UNDER GIRLS DIVISION 1st Taylor Reynolds, 16 (Winslow, ME) - Entry to Junior Worlds $1,000 Academic Scholarship 2nd Rachel Lang, 16 (Catskill, NY) 3rd Sierra Reams, 15 (Richmond, VA) 4th Juli Poutry, 17 (Ayer, MA) 14 & UNDER BOYS DIVISION 1st Ricky Evans, 13 (St. Peters, MO) - Entry to Junior Worlds $500 Academic Scholarship 2nd Samuel Hoffman, 14 (Hillsborough, NJ) 3rd Nathan Childress, 11 (North Chesterfield, VA) 4th Koty Lovell, 13 (Fisk, MO) 14 & UNDER GIRLS DIVISION 1st April Larson, 13 (Bloomington, MN) - Entry to Junior Worlds $500 Academic Scholarship 2nd Michelle Jiang13, (Harvard, MA) 3rd Keila Perez, 13 (Waltham, MA) 4th Emily Herpel, 13 (Freehold, NY) Online brackets can be found at AzBilliards.com. 25 billiard student-athletes with GPAs of 3.5 or higher were recognized at the event’s banquet as this year’s BEF Academic All-Americans. Banquet guests were also treated with special guest speaker Jeanette Lee, “The Black Widow.” This year’s event polo shirts were also sponsored by Falcon Cues and Presidential Billiards. Goody bags were also presented to each participant which included items sponsored by Lava Chalk, Pool & Billiard magazine, PoolDawg.com, Meullers Recreational Products, Fury Cues, Aramith, Simonis, Tweeten Fibre, and the BEF. Great appreciation go to the event staff and volunteers who have made this a first class event year after year: longtime tournament director Earl Munson, tournament & event assistant Tammy Jo Leonard and her husband Mel, longtime National Head Referee Rick Doner, referees Justin Ballou and Seneca McIntosh, Linda McIntosh, and “Dr. Popper” Mark Dimick for conducting the Jr. Artistic Pool event, banquet emcees (& BEF board members) Shari Stauch & Tom Riccobene As always, the BEF recognizes its loyal media sponsors: AzBilliards.com, Billiards Digest, InsidePool, Pool&Billiard, Professor Q-Ball, NYCGrind.com, Cue Times Billiard News, and On The Break News. Special thanks also go to Rob Johnson, Shane Tyree, Brian Glasglow, and all the staff involved with organizing this year’s Summit. Any young players interested in participating in next year’s BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships or State Championships should visit the BEF website at BilliardEducation.org or call the office at (303) 926-1039.

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley Wrists

http://www.cjwiley.com He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball. By Michael P. Geffner DVD LIST:

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Catalyst of a Great Stroke There appear to be three different techniques for the wrist to assist the pocket billiards stroke. The first one is the wrists don’t do much at all, the second is they cock up as you hit the cue ball and finish the stroke and the other is the wrists uncock down as the cue ball is struck and the follow through is completed. The way I play is definitely with the wrists uncocking down as I contact the cue ball. I have been committed to this technique the last couple of days and it’s amazing the results. The thing about my technique is I can pre cock my wrists very precisely and that was how I consistently produce powerful stoke shots with such accuracy. This, ironically is what I’ve been struggling with the most. I seemed to have lost my “power source” that effortlessly produced pin point accuracy when striking the cue ball.

I personally found a missing part to my “personal puzzle” and I’m surprised I didn’t “real eyes” how important this technique was for me. Sometimes the simplest answers complete the most complex problems {for myself}. For some reason my “reasonable” mind says “use outside english”, however a “Touch of Inside” produces best results, and my mind says “don’t use the wrists”, however uncocking my wrists like I’m using a hammer is most effective, and my mind says “root against my opponent” when pulling for my opponent works best. The key to life seems to be making myself do {at times} what I least “naturally” want to do. As I get “more experienced” I see that unfolding in many areas.

‘The Game is the Teacher’

Many of you will not benefit from this information (because the way you use your wrists work fine for you), and others will benefit immensely when you’re still searching to improve your stroke and accuracy.

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The Moral of the story? “Reasonable” thoughts and techniques can often be the wrong thoughts and techniques to reach the highest levels. To separate yourself you must be “Unreasonable” at times. ‘The Game is the Teacher’

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Science to the Rescue!

by Tom Simpson © March 2013 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com I constantly cruise books & journals in many areas, looking for discoveries that could help pool players. Here are six really interesting findings and how they could apply in your game.

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1. 10,000 hours: What separates the world-class performers from the rest of us? Mostly, it’s the fact that they have put in 10,000 hours of engaged practice in their discipline. Pro pool players have all done more work than most of us ever would, and they cared more. Most pros have sunk over a million balls! Do the math on your personal ball-pocketing rate. I only pocket fifteen to twenty thousand balls a year. A million is not gonna happen, but it’s clear why I don’t play like the world’s best. 2. Myelin: Pool players practice and refine their stroke through countless repetitions and vigilant awareness. Here’s what’s happening to your body as you put in your engaged stroke practice – those repetitive movements you’re practicing are building myelin. Think of myelin as the insulation on the “wires” of your nervous system. Slowmotion training is a very powerful myelin builder. As you repeatedly and accurately fire a specific sequence of nerves to activate your muscles to perform the stroke, you build myelin, which helps that specific pathway become more automatic, more favored, more efficient and consistent. Just what we want in a pool stroke. 3. Seeing: Most players move their eyes too much while they’re down on their shot. If your eyes are ping-ponging rapidly back and forth between CB & OB, what are you actually seeing? Scientists have used tachistoscopes to study high-level pool players versus typical pool players. A t-scope is a device that tracks where you’re pointing your eyes and for how long. They found that better players move their eyes fewer times and remain at each position longer. Slow down and see what you’re seeing. 4.

Focus: Sometimes we’re down on a shot and we’re not confident, not satisfied with our aim,

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not comfortable. We fidget and adjust, and we wind up adjusting our adjustments until we’ve lost the line and we miss. Stayed down on the shot too long. The research says most of us can only hold a strong focus for about 8 seconds. If you’re down on your shot and more than 8 seconds has ticked by, it’s a good idea to get up, chalk up, and land it again.

5. Performance: This finding is surprising, and the researchers don’t understand why it works. They assume it’s tied to the fact that (at least for right-handers), the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body. Across a number of sports requiring complex muscle movements (golf, for example), they found that if the athlete spent a brief time squeezing a ball in their left hand prior to their performance, they produced measurably better performances! Squeezing with the right hand didn’t make a difference. So for what it’s worth, all you right-handed players should discreetly squeeze a pool ball in your left hand before your match. Lefties, better squeeze one in each hand. You’ve got nothing to lose with this one. 6. Confidence: Our posture says a lot about our confidence. As you watch good players win matches, it’s often easy to see their confidence. It shines through in the way they stand, move around the table, get into their stance. You can even see it in the chair. We gain confidence from external events, such as making hard shots and winning games. But we can also use posture to “wag the dog.” By consciously adopting a confident posture as you move through the match, you can become more confident. And of course, we perform better when we’re confident. When we feel supremely confident, such as when we’ve just won a big match, we may spontaneously perform a celebratory gesture such as a fist pump or a victory pose. This research says that when you do your fist pump or victory pose, that winning posture puts you in the state you need to be in to perform like a winner. Conclusion: It might be a good idea to do your fist pump before you start the match. And who knows, as a side benefit it just might demoralize your opponent.

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TABLE TALK WHAT’S IN THE CASE? BY: MICHAEL K GLASS

A discussion of my weapons of choice

At some point in most pool players’ careers, the question is asked of them: what’s in the case? As I am sure you are all just dying to know, I’ll let you know what I carry—of course, as an instructor, I feel obligated to include my training tools as well. If you have any desire to teach, you might be interested in some of these items. If not, I apologize in advance. I promise next month’s article will be much more interesting!

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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First, the cue case: The cue case itself is a CueSight 4x8 rolling case. I have collected signatures from some of the top pro pool players, including Johnny Archer, Nick Varner, Jeanette Lee, Shane Van Boening, Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez, and about 17 others. I have been a fan of Cuetec Cues for quite some time, so that’s what I play with. My most recent acquisition is a Cuetec CT735 Pool Cue with R360 shaft. I have an older Cuetec model with a Thunderbolt shaft as a backup cue, and a Cuetec Break/Jump cue. I also have a Frog jump cue given to me personally by Robin Dodson. Of course, I have the standard items most people carry: • Two Kamui 1.21 chalk cubes, as well as a few backup Predator chalks • A couple of Sir Joseph gloves. I have a Predator glove that I use most often, but the Sir Joseph’s are excellent gloves as well. I have loaned them out on many occasions. • Two Ultimate Tip tools (another popular loan-out) • 3-slot Q Claw • Pro Justa-Bridge • Molded Bridge Head (you know, the one that looks like

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antlers) Leather chalk pouch I wear on my belt. Kamui Gator Grip: This is what I use mainly for my tip maintenance. Various coins (pennies for use in One Pocket, and a roll of quarters just in case) Q Wiz shaft cleaner / polisher

I also have a training case, containing my arsenal of training materials. The case itself is a Stanley FatMax tool case. It is very cool, and has plenty of room for everything: • Laptop computer & camera: I use these to do video analysis of your fundamentals—stance and stroke for the most part. It is a tremendous tool to help you see where you might need some improvement! • Several copies of Progressive Practice Drills by The San Francisco Billiard Academy. This is a fantastic tool to help identify and subsequently improve different parts of your game. Thanks, Bob Jewett! • Several training cue balls, including: Jim Rempe Training Ball and Elephant Practice Billiard Balls • Dress-maker’s chalk: This is very cool. It is a retractable chalk pencil that allows me to draw on the table without permanently ruining the cloth. Bob Jewett turned me on to this, and it’s a fantastic tool. It’s also perfect for marking the rack location on the table for a game of Straight Pool. • Two different Ghost Ball Trainers: There are many different ways to teach aiming. Some like the ghost ball method, and this helps them visualize the ghost ball. • Total Shot Trainer: In addition to teaching the ghost ball aiming method, this helps you visualize cue ball paths after the cue ball strikes the object ball. Developed by Nick Varner. (continued on page 33)

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Beginning players often ask where their eyes should be when they hit the cue ball. Usually the answer is on the object ball, with some rare exceptions such as elevated shots. Perhaps the most obvious demonstration of this is by snooker and pool champion Allison Fisher. On each shot, she has a very exact time when her eyes move from the object ball to the cue ball. See if you can spot when that is the next time you see her on TV or in person. Then see if there are any other players with as organized an approach to seeing the shot. This column is about not looking at the object ball. If you have developed a crooked, jerky or inconsistent stroke, the following drills -- in which you will definitely not be looking at the object ball last -- will help bring you back to that smooth, accurate flowing stroke you are capable of. The first drill requires two spots on the table. Either use chalk or get some self-adhesive paper reinforcements of the kind you would use for 3-ring binder paper. Mark two spots about six inches apart, as shown in Shot A, and put the cue ball on the nearer one. Shoot the cue ball straight up the table. This is just like a standard drill I covered before, but this time I want you to watch not the target (on the far rail) or the cue ball, but instead watch your ferrule. When you address the cue ball, make sure the ferrule is centered on the cue ball. Using a stripe for the cue ball, with the stripe set like a tire, will help you with centering. Make your warm-up strokes the full length of your bridge, clear from the cue ball back to your bridge hand and back to the cue ball. On these strokes, consciously watch the ferrule. When you feel ready, take that final stroke, but keep watching your ferrule. It should end somewhere in the vicinity of the second spot. Ideally, it will be centered over the spot, but if your stroke is crooked, it will end on one side or the other. If you have a habit of standing up during the stroke or jumping back from the table, this drill will make that obvious. Can you overcome your normal habit of looking at the cue ball or target and watch the ferrule instead? Try pocketing some balls or even playing a whole game while watching the ferrule. The next drill is designed to narrow your focus even further. Begin with a shot like Shot B, and pick out the position you want to play, such as follow to the cushion and back to the other side of the table. Take your normal warm-ups for the shot, but do not shoot yet. When you are satisfied that the stick is along the right line and you know the speed needed, close your eyes and lower your head. Take a few more warm-up strokes with your eyes closed, and stop with the stick at the cue ball. Be sure to feel the motion of the stroke. Open your eyes and look up. Is the stick back where you started? If it has wandered off to the side -- maybe you are now lined up for left english when you started with none -- you probably were not positioned properly

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to begin with. With your eyes closed, and no visual feedback, your body will go to its natural position. If you need a lot of adjustment to get back on line, try starting over from the start. Stand back from the shot, get your body and stick along the line of the shot, and step back into it. Hopefully you will come down closer to the natural position for the shot. Once you open your eyes and see you have the right line, go back into “blind mode” and take your final backstroke and power stroke through the ball. Again, be sure to feel the motion of the stroke. If you have good luck with easy shots like B, gradually increase the distance. Try follow, stop and draw, and if you’re feeling very adventurous, try some shots with sidespin. Because of the aiming compensation needed when shooting with side, I think you’ll find those shots much, much harder than the ones without.

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THIN TO WIN During the late 1990’s I spent a lot of time competing in tournaments at Shannon Daulton’s All-Star Billiards in Somerset, Kentucky. Shannon’s tournaments were always popular and he always had a way of drawing the most talented players in the area. In fact, I can recall one occasion where North Carolina native, Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant visited his poolroom.

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.

At that time, Bryant was a strong road player displaying powerful offensive skills. One Saturday afternoon he entered Shannon’s monthly 9-Ball tournament. The fields were always tough, but I knew that Bryant would be a significant force in an already formidable field. During a normal tournament Shannon usually drew around 40 talented players.  However, Bryant was such a powerful breaker and skilled ball runner that local tournament legend Mike Blevins stated that he didn’t believe that Bryant would be beat. As the tournament progressed, Bryant ran rack after rack. The local competition seemed to be no match for him, but it wasn’t long until we were pitted against one another in the semi-finals of the event.   I knew that for me to win I was going to have to play my very best. We were racing to 6 games. The match seesawed back and forth with me leading the match by a score of 5-4. In game number 10, I broke the balls and ran down to the 7 and was left with a very thin cut shot, as pictured in the diagram below. As I lined up on the shot, I knew that speed would be a critical element in pocketing the ball. In fact, before the match I had learned a valuable lesson watching Shannon Daulton play Charlie Bryant some one-pocket. During their practice session, Charlie lost a game shooting the same shot that I was currently facing. After Charlie missed the ball, Shannon said, “You have got to hit that ball with some speed. You didn’t hit it with a full stroke. Your aim on that shot is only as good as the speed that you hit it with.” I knew that Shannon was referring to friction induced throw. If you strike a thin cut shot too soft friction will drag the object ball off

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the intended target line. Essentially, you can strike the object ball in the correct place and still miss the ball.

I remember pondering their conversation as I got down to shoot my shot. At that point, I got back up off the shot and reset myself. I knew that I needed to hit the shot with top left spin and a firm speed in order to give myself the best possible chance to win. Shooting the shot firm reduces friction induced throw giving you a much truer aim. After carefully contemplating what to do, I executed the shot perfectly, falling in line on the 8-ball to get to the 9. I then pocketed the remaining balls to win the match.

After the match was over, Charlie shook my hand and congratulated me on my victory saying, “Son, you are hitting the balls awfully good! I knew that 7 wouldn’t be easy, but you hit it perfectly. Speed was crucial on that shot. Hitting thin cut shots too soft can be a real aiming barrier. You deserved to win that game!” I told him that I was very fortunate to hear his conversation with Shannon before the match. He said, “Yes, it’s just like Shannon said, no matter what aiming system you use it’s completely worthless if the shot isn’t struck with the correct speed.” Always remember that speed control is critical. The best aiming system in the world doesn’t mean a thing if you strike the shot too soft. So the next time you have to go thin to win remember to strike the shot firm and you will increase your chances of pocketing the ball by a significant margin.

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Nick Conner

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Nick Conner On the weekend of June 14-15, Nick Conner claimed the top prize at the fourth stop of the $1,500-added 2014 Omega Billiards Tour event held at Rusty’s Billiards in Fort Worth, TX. Nick captured that first place spot by winning undefeated through a tough field of 61 players! Nick Conner was looking for his first win on the tour, and found himself sitting in the hot seat watching Crispian Ng make the strong, loss-side bid to hook up in the finals. Like Tony Sulsar, a month earlier, Crispian’s bid to capture the event title was stopped by the man in the hot seat. Conner and Ng played twice, the first time in a winners’ side semifinal, as Marc Brown squared off against Randy Larsen. Conner took the first of two against Ng 7-4, and in the hot seat match, faced Brown, who’d sent Larsen to the loss side 7-3. Conner took the hot seat with a 7-5 win over Brown and waited on Ng’s return. Over on the loss side, Larsen picked up Ricky Jaramillo, who’d given up only a single rack to Mitch Owen, and then barely survived a double 18 page

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hill battle against Daniel Herring. Ng drew his good friend David Josephson, who’d defeated Tony Sulsar 6-5 and newcomer Coleman Derryberry 6-4. Ng and Jaramillo advanced to the quarterfinals; Ng, 6-6 over Josephson and Jaramillo 7-5 over Larsen. Ng prevailed, double hill, in the quarterfinals over Jaramillo, and then earned his second shot at Conner, with a 7-4 win over Marc Brown in the semifinals. Conner stopped the loss-side run with a 7-3 victory over Ng in the finals to capture his first Omega Tour title! While Conner captured his first win, other notables include Chris Fields, Mitch Owen and Paul Sifuentes who placed their highest yet – 9th place. And kudos also to Randy Larsen and David Josephson for placing an impressive 5th/6th for their highest finishes to date on the Omega Billiards Tour. The whole tournament was a great display of talent! Congratulations to ALL of the players for their fine play and great finishes! www.facebook.com/onthebreaknews

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first Omega Billiards Tour stop 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 Crispian Ng has the top ranked spot, Nick Conner now is in 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, Wallace Custom Cues, OB Cues, Irving Ink and Thread, Pro Billiard Service, AZBilliards.com, and BilliardsPress.com. Tour Director Melinda Bailey would like to thank Rusty’s Billiards owners and staff for their awesome 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 3 more stops and a Season Finale. The fifth stop will be held at Wizards in Richardson, Texas August 2-3, 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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Main Event Tournament Payouts - $2000 added monies 1st $750 Jennifer Kraber 2nd $550 Amanda Lampert 3rd $400 Tara Williams 4th $270 Orietta Strickland 5/6 $155 Angie Payne, Sophia Lopez 7/8 $105 Belinda Lee, Leslie Anne Rogers 9/12 $75 Tracie Voelkering, Loretta Lindgren, Michelle Cortez, Helen Hayes 13/16 $50 Lisa Marr, Liz Mitchell, Kawania Watson, Suzanne Walkuski 17/24 $20 Monica Anderson, Kathy Knuth, Ming Ng, Mindy Williams, Michelle Yim, Tam Trinh, Emma Stewart, Lucille Donahue A Second Chance tournament was also held on Sunday with 19 players wanting to redeem themselves. This was a $620 added monies double-elimination tournament with a very strong listing of players as well contending for the 1st place prize. A fun OB Break Contest was held on Saturday and $660 was collected with half of the monies going to the Second Chance along with $100 added by the tour and $10 entry fee ($190). It was a 100% payback field. 1st $135 Kawania Watson 2nd $80 Ashley Nandrasy 3rd $65 Teresa Garland 4th $50 Lorna McEwan 5/6 $40 Karen Lawley, Krystal West 7/8 $30 Amber Quinn, Nicole Bacon 9/12 $20 Natalie Mans, Lucille Donahue, Nelly Allen, Michelle Yim 13/19 $10 Suzanne Walkuski, Laurie Coulette, Monica Anderson, Gail Roles, Sara Bork, Jackie Forster, Mindy Williams Other Tournament Winners: $30 Free Tournament Entry – Tara Williams, 6 ($50 Gas Cards) – Sara Bork, Loretta Lindgren, Lisa Marr, Rebecca Riley, Suzanne Walkuski, Krystal West, Custom Chalk by MzTam (www.mztam.com) – Emma Stewart OB Break Contest: $660 Bobby Dominguez/ Daniel Forster (6 balls down) - $165 each Bobby Dominguez also wins cue case by a flip of a coin—cue case provided by sponsor Ozone Billiards (www.ozonebilliards.com) Great play this weekend by all the ladies and we look forward to seeing all of you at the next stop, August 16th – 17th at Slick Willie’s in Katy, Texas. OB Cues Ladies Tour – Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times – www.obcuestour.com

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Scoreboard KK Billiards GREEN BAY, WI A/B 9-Ball Tournament Results for Saturday June 21, 2014. Payout Calcutta 1st Chris Conley $250 $350 2nd Sam Nolan $170 $200 3rd Dylan Crow $110 $115 4th Taylor Collar $50 $45 Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who played and helped out. It was a great field.

DAVENPORT, IA Results for the Sharky’s Kids 9-Ball fundraiser tourney on 06/07/14 were as follows: 1st Terry Stevens 2nd Jimmy Goodknight 3rd Hanah Nelson Great job everybody, with a special shout out to Hanah finishing in the top three with such a tough field. Watch out Melissa Nelson!

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Congratulations to Jamie Snyder, Josh Purcell, Morgan Hodshire, Kristi Trainor, Chris Foreman, Jason Epping, Rhoda Fear and Christine Foreman, of “Wait For It,” the second team earning the right to rep the QC APA in Las Vegas 9-ball team championships this weekend. Way to go!

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in Las Vegas, Nevada was the perfect setting for the induction of the newest members of the VNEA Hall of Fame. With players gathered from all over the world and all of VNEA’s dignitaries in attendance, the stage was set for the introduction of the 2014 VNEA Amateur Pool Player Hall of Fame inductees. Receiving this prestigious honor, along with an exclusive Hall of Fame Jacket, Certificate and limited edition VNEA Hall of Fame Trading Card Set, were the following players: • Ted Basset - Aactive Coin (Manitoba) • April Bedard Smith - Wal-Mac Amusements (Alberta) • Scott Davey - Games People Play (CO) • Gary Miller - D & R Star (MN) • Jack Reid - Ontario Skill Games (Ontario) At the conclusion of the induction ceremonies, the new Hall of Fame members cordially mingled with admirers and signed autographs for those seeking keepsakes. The “2014 Class” brings the VNEA Hall of Fame Membership to 106 players. Our congratulations to these very special players.

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NICKNAME: The Terminator HOME TOWN: Victorville, CA BIRTH DATE: 11/29/1998 GRADE: 10th GPA: 3.4 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Chemistry POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Gary’s Victor Billiards-Victorville, CA Mickey’s Cues and Brews-Las Vegas, NV Cue Club-Las Vegas, NV WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? McDermott w/ Predator Shaft McDermott Stinger Jump/Break McDermott w/ OB Shaft (Masse) AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 11 years old LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 4th-Junior Nationals 2013 1st-Colorado State 9-Ball Championships 2nd-California State 9-Ball MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Taking 1st at the Colorado State 9-Ball Championships. FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Mumford and Sons HOBBIES: Baseball, Umpiring, Collecting Baseball Cards FAVORITE POOL GAME: 9- ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Shane Van Boening FAVORITE FOOD: Lobster REAL-WORLD HERO: My Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Planning and executing a week-long recycling program that raised $750 for our schools technology department when I was in the 4th grade GOALS (personal and/or career): After I graduate high school I would like to go to Harvard and study law. I do plan on becoming a professional pool player but if that doesn’t become reality then I want to become some sort of criminal defense lawyer

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THE TERMINATOR SNAPS IT OFF By Ted Lerner - WPA Press Officer Photos Courtesy of Richard Walker (Doha, Qatar)--Finally, Niels Feijen snapped off the big one. And fittingly he did it in typical Niels Feijen style. Putting in a career defining workman-like performance, the Dutch veteran, for years known as one of pool’s hardest workers, used every single tool in his vast arsenal, and grinded his way to a hard earned 13-10 victory over Austria’s Albin Ouschan to win the 2014 World 9-ball Championship at the Al Saad Sports Club in Doha. The victory was Feijen’s first ever World 9-ball Championship and came 15 years after he first turned pro. Along the way the Dutchman has consistently played at the highest levels of the sport, winning tournaments and accolades around the globe. But he’s also had his share of near misses and bitter disappointments, most notably two straight finals losses at the World 8-ball Championship in 2010 and 2011, the former a hill-hill barn burner. Feijen’s also had to deal with talk from some pool circles over the last few years that perhaps that he might never win the big one, and that he would be forever known as a great player who failed to reach the super elite. But as has been typical of his style for years, the 37 year old Feijen kept his nose to the grindstone, working hard on his game, adding missing details like a tactical game, psychology, and perhaps most importantly a family life with his wife and young daughter. Albin OuschanThe work, discipline, dedication and maturity paid off big time at the Al Saad today, in a match that will long be remembered for the high quality delivered by both players. Ouschan, just 23 years old, made a terrific account of himself, battling Feijen toe to toe until the very end. The match came down to just a few mistakes by the Austrian, and also the fact that Feijen seemed to have the will to reach the finish line first. The pair reached the final after winning their respective semi-final matches earlier in the day by identical 11-7 scores. On the TV table, Feijen met Filipino journeyman Elmer D Haya, who had come all the way from the qualifiers and was a clear long shot. But Haya, who lives and works as a pool teacher at a pool hall in Abu Dhabi, had the backing of the hundreds of overseas Filipino workers who came to cheer on one of their own looking for an unlikely world title. The race to 11 match stayed fairly even in the first half, as both players suffered from errors. But midway through the contest, Feijen pulled himself together while Haya clearly was suffering under the gravity of the situation. The moment the Filipino missed

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a simple 9 in the side to tie it at 7, the match was basically over and Feijen cruised to victory. Ouschan surely came into his match with Taiwan’s Chang Yu Lung a slight underdog, as Chang had not only been shooting lights out the last few days, but

Niels Feijen he’d also won his second China Open only two weeks earlier. But the Austrian capitalized on some early mistakes by Chang and took an early lead. Chang tied the match at three, but Ouschan won the next three and never looked back. Chang didn’t find his wonderful stroke until the 14th rack, but by then, down 9-5, it was too late. After an hour’s rest, Feijen and Ouschan came back for the race to 13 final, and considering how both had played in the semis, as well as the previous days, it was difficult to predict who would come out on top. Feijen seemed to get the majority of nods, if only because he

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was so much more experienced than Ouschan. But all week Ouschan had shown the ability to persevere, and to take a lead when it counted most. Right from the start in the final, Ouschan continued his quiet and focused approach as he went up 2 – 0, first with a brake and run, then by forcing Feijen to foul. Niels got one back but gifted Ouschan in the next frame with a miss on the 5-ball to make the score 3-1. Feijen finally started to find his rhythm as he notched the next four frames, including two via break and runs, to go up 5-3. Ouschan then grabbed the next two to tie at 5-5, as the two battled in the trenches for each and every ball. Feijen won a terrific safety battle in the next rack to go up by one. But then Ouschan countered with two of his own to retake the lead at 7-6. Feijen returned the favor with a two-pack to go up 8-7. He would never trail again. Feijen got a lucky break in the next frame when the 1 ball peaked out after a failed jump by Ouschan, and a solid clear put him up by two, 9-7. Feijen looked to be going up by three in the next rack but he missed a makeable 9-ball and now only led by one again. At this point the match was downright testy, as both players didn’t want to give an inch. But Feijen’s maneuvering in the next two frames showed his class and pretty much sealed the deal. After a safety battle, the Dutchman deftly potted a ball and broke up a cluster to open the table for the clear. Then Feijen got Ouschan to foul off another terrific safety to get his first three rack lead, 11-8. A subsequent break and run put Feijen on the hill and one away from glory. But as was typical of Ouschan all week, he simply wouldn’t quit. After a break and run, he cleared off a mistake by Feijen to make the score 12-10 to apply some serious heat. With the pressure building the pair duked it out yet again in the next rack. Feijen, now clearly under duress, was forced to give up the table after leaving the 5-ball near the side pocket. Ouschan could have jumped and potted the 5, but he chose to kick down and up table to try and slide the 5-ball in. Instead the cue missed the orange ball by a hair resulting in a foul. With ball in hand, Feijen simply had to connect the dots. As the last 9-ball fell, Feijen partially collapsed onto the table in sheer relief and disbelief that he had finally won the big one. Afterwards, an emotional and overjoyed Feijen talked about the flood of emotions he had experienced throughout the match, and how he had to constantly fight the demons that were taunting him. He also (continued on page 30)

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Victorious at 74th ACUI Collegiate Nationals Men’s

Briana Miller, Lindenwood University By Betsy Sundholm, ACUI 9-ball Director Photos by Ben Litvak The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) held its 74th collegiate national billiards championships at Virginia Tech on May 30-31, 2014. Past ACUI winners include touring professionals Nick Varner, Max Eberle, Adam Smith, and Eleanor Callado. Students qualified for the 2014 Championships by placing in the top 25% of a number of qualifying tournaments across the U.S. between October and April. ACUI invited 79 men and 25 women; 51 men and 16 women registered and played at Virginia Tech. ACUI wishes to thank the staff of Virginia Tech for their outstanding support for this year’s event. The organization is currently seeking hosts for sectional and independent qualifying tournaments in the 2014-2015 season, as well as a national host for next summer’s 2015 Table Tennis and 9-ball Championships. For more information, please visit www.acui.org/billiards.

1st Landon Shuffett, Lindenwood University 2nd David Anderson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte rd 3 Sharik Sayed, Lindenwood University th 4 Neight Mindham, University of Wisconsin 5th-6th Lee Nathanson, University of Maryland, College Park Awais Hussain, Harvard University th th 7 -8 Sean Sommers, Lindenwood University Logan Brummitt, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 9th-12th Carter Herrmann, California State University, Sacramento Bryson Bonham, Virginia Tech Jaydan Hergott, Lindenwood University Will Hill, East Texas Baptist University

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VNEA World Pool Championships REGULAR MEN’S 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $6,000 SHAWN GELO (IA) 2ND $4,000 TIM BARON (FL) 3RD $2,500 JOE SPENCE (AB) 4TH $2,000 RICK GORSETT (WI) 5-6 $1,440 CHRIS WOOD (ON) MIKE ROBINSON (AB) 7-8 $1320 CRAIG GOOLD (ON) JAVIER SAENZ (SP) 9-12 $1,000 JAMES MCBRYDIE(AB) JON AMO (CO) JOSH ONGLEY (PA) RANDY KUKLA (NV) 13-16 $750 BILL EISENHARD (FL) DENNIS GARCIA (NM) EDDIE BALDERAS (IN) FRANK PETERS (ON) REGULAR WOMEN’S 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $2,200 SHARI RICE (NE) 2ND $1.300 GINA FEYEN (WI) 3RD $1,000 JESSICA MOXON (CO) 4TH $800 TERRY DUNCAN (CO) 5-6 $690 BRITNEY SOLLARS (IN) KATHY CHRISTIANSEN (AZ) 7-8 $550 AMY KANE (NV) RONDA FEDKENHEUER (WI) 9-12 $330 KARINE MAINVILLE (QU) KAROLINA MAZEIKAITE (IN) KELLY ISAAC (MI) NICOLE FIELDING (AU) 13-16 $250 AIMEE PETERSON (CO) DEANA RASMUSSEN (MB) JODI PECKHAM (NE) VERONICA HEREIMI (AK) REGULAR MEN’S CLASSIC (50+ YRS) 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $1700 KEITH THOME (WI) 2ND $1,300 DUKE DAHL (IA) 3RD $900 SAM KOUTSARIS (ON) 4TH $600 GIL HERNANDEZ (IN) 5-6 $400 BRIAN BIRD (AB) CHUCK DVORAK (MN) 7-8 $300 RICHARD GARCIA (NM) TOM JAEGER (IN) 9-12 $250 BILL WAHL (AB) MONTE THAYER (WY) SHAWN GUSTAFSON (ON) TOM SECOR (WI) 13-16 $200 ALEX HERNANDEZ (NM) MIKE CARNIATO (AB) ROGER MULLENBERG (FL) WAYNE ROLLISON (AU) REGULAR WOMEN CLASSIC (45+ YRS) 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $1,100 MARGIE JUSTICE (CO) 2ND $800 CYNTHIA NORMAN (IA) 3RD $600 DONNA WHITCOMB (IA) 4TH $400 CARLA DAHL (IA) 5-6 $300 EILEEN CANNON (CO) TERRI FAULK (NC) 7-8 $250 ANNIE MARR (MI) SANDY NEAL (IA) 9-12 $220 FRANCES JENSEN (AB) JILL ESTWING (IL) NANCY BEADEL (IA) VIRGIE CATANACH (NM)

REGULAR OPEN SENIORS (60+ YRS) 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $2,300 DAVE COLE (SD) 2ND $1,800 KEITH PARKER (NV) 3RD $1,300 MIKE MARTIN (MN) 4TH $900 STEVE CRNECKI (WI) 5-6 $700 DAVE MITCHELL (IN) WAYNE HAIRE (NC) 7-8 $500 BOBBY BUTLER (NV) ROBERT GONZALES (CO) 9-12 $300 DICK CASEY (PA) GARY WELLS (IA) JIM LIFFORD (MI) JORGE CASTILLO-LAVOZ (SP) 13-16 $250 BRAD BAKER (IA) DON OWEN (TX) GILLES PERRON (QU) JOHN SCHRAMM (AZ) REGULAR MEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $2,700 CHAD PALMER (MI) 2ND $2,000 JEREMIAH GAGE (NM) 3RD $1500 JOAQUIN URGANO (SP) 4TH $1,100 DANNY GARZA (IN) 5-6 $900 CHRIS WOOD (ON) PERRY GILBERT (WY) 7-8 $700 JOSH ONGLEY (PA) LUCAS MATTICE (AB) 9-12 $450 ALFREDO OLA (IN) DAVE WEISS (AZ) DENNIS HESHKA (AB) DON PARKER (WY) 13-16 $350 ALBERT BAKER (FL) BOB HANSEN (WI) DAVID GOODMAN (IN) MARC ROEDEL (MI) REGULAR WOMEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $1,000 SHARI RICE (NE) 2ND $700 GINA FEYEN (WI) 3RD $500 SHANNON TONJES (MI) 4TH $300 SHAREN VERMULE (NE) 5-6 $250 KELLY ISAAC (MI) TAMMY DESJARDIN (ME) 7-8 $200 MELISSA BRAUNE (WI) NICOLE MANZER (ON) 9-12 $125 AMY KAME (NV) KARI URBAN (MN) LOREEN TOUTANT (ON) SUMMER GAGE (CO) 13-16 $75 CLAIRE SCHRAM (MB) JULIE GUZMAN (IA) TAMMIE KERBY (AK) TREL WEMHOFF (NE) REGULAR MEN’S CLASSIC (50+ YRS) 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $1,000 HAROLD RIGDON JR (IL) 2ND $700 CHUCK DVORAK (MN) 3RD $500 KENNY WILSON (WY) 4TH $400 TOM JAEGER (IN) 5-6 $300 EDDIE ROBINSON JR (IA) PHILIP JONES (AU) 7-8 $200 NICK ROMANICH (NM) ROGER MULLENGERG (FL)

REGULAR WOMEN’S CLASSIC (45+ YRS) 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $410 VIRGIE CATANACH (MN) 2ND $300 CYNTHIA NORMAN (IA) 3RD $150 BARB WATSON (ON) 4TH $100 SANDY NEAL (IA) REGULAR OPEN SENIORS (60+ YRS) 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $1,300 GLEN PICKELSIMER (VA) 2ND $1,100 GROVER FLINT (VA) 3RD $850 DON OWEN (TX) 4TH $650 PAUL DRINNON (CO) 5-6 $425 JOHN SCHRAMM (AZ) PAUL DATTA (WI) 7-8 $325 BEN REID (ON) MICKEY BABB (VA) 9-12 $275 DAVE COLE (SD) DAVE KARTNER (FL) RICH HAINES (WY) STEVE PORTELANCE (AB) 13-16 $200 DENNIS HOHNSON (FL) GARY BASOME (BER) MIKE ROQUE (IN) WAYNE HAIRE (NC) INTERMEDIATE MEN’S 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $2,300 DAMOND LEMOINE (CO) 2ND $1,700 RAY SKENANDORE (NV) 3RD $1,300 ROGER EDGAR (NE) 4TH $900 KURT SABIN (NE) 5-6 $550 DANNY LEE (TX) LOU LEND HIS HORSE (SD) 7-8 $400 CHRIS AKEY (NV) CHRIS GENTILE (FL) 9-12 $300 DONNIE BRANSON (NV) GREG KUHL (NV) JAVIER MUNOZ (SP) TROY LIEBL (MN) 13-16 $200 JASON AHMAD (AU) JOSH SHONES (MN) NELSON MONTIERTH (CO) STORMY FLICK (PA) INTERMEDIATE WOMEN’S 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $1,500 RITA FORTIN (QU) 2ND $900 CINDY SMITH (AB) 3RD $600 CHRIS HONEMAN (CO) 4TH $500 SHONA MACISAAC (AB) 5-6 $400 DOREEN CARDINAL (AB) KYM REIS (SD) 7-8 $300 JANE HOWARD (AU) SKY CRISTADORA (MT) INTERMEDIATE WOMEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $750 RITA FORTIN (QU) 2ND $600 SKY CRISTADORA (MT) 3RD $400 CAROL JAMES (CO) 4TH $150 CHRIS HONEMAN (CO)

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VNEA World Pool Championships INTERMEDIATE MEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $1,075 MIKE RAY(IN) 2ND $900 JOSH SHONES (MN) 3RD $700 TROY LIEBL (MN) 4TH $500 KURT SABIN (NE) 5-6 $300 MARK DOWNEY (AB) STORMY FLICK (PA) 7-8 $225 CHARLIE SIEGEL (UT) RON ALLEN (NV) 9-12 $175 BEN FRANCIS (AB) NELSON MONTIERTH (CO) RICH CIPIONI (ON) SONNY HINES (OH) 13-16 $150 LOU LEND HIS HORSE (SD) MIKA RIIKONEN (FIN) SAM BOYACIGIL (ON) VINCE SIMON (ON) MASTER MEN’S 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $2,500 MARC VIDAL CLARAMUNT (CO) 2ND $2,000 WERNER MOLNER (GER) 3RD $1,400 FELIX LUKENBILL (IL) 4TH $1,100 KEITH BOON (KS) 5-6 $800 DUSTIN GUNIA (NE) JERROD FRIDERES (NE) 7-8 $600 JEREMY FEDKENHEUER (WI) KENITH BRISBON (MI) 9-12 $450 FELIX BEARDY (MB) FRANK LAUERBACH (GER) RUSS WHITTLE (AB) WILLIE VANGUILDER (PA) 13-16 $350 CHRIS ONESKY (CO) DAVVE OLSON (SD) HARVEY SHOGNOSH (ON) SHAYNE MORROW (PA) MASTER WOMEN’S 8-BALL SINGLES 1ST $2,200 SANDRA BADGER (AB) 2ND $1,600 JESSICA FRIDERES (NE) 3RD $1,100 KELLY HOTCHKISS (IN) 4TH $900 JOLENE HERUM (MN) 5-6 $500 KATHY KOON (IN) SAM MATUSKA (ND) 7-8 $320 CHRIS GLASS (MN) LINDA CRUZ (IN) 9-12 $225 APRIL BEDARD-SMITH (AB) HEATHER LAVIN (IN) JENNIFER RING (GER) TRACY D’ANDREA (MN) MASTER MEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $,500 MIKE HELLMER (CO) 2ND $1,100 FELIX BEARDY (MB) 3RD $850 STEVE HAYES (WI) 4TH $650 DUSTIN GUNIA (NE) 5-6 $450 IVAN BELMONTE (SP) JEREMY FEDKENHEUER (WI) 7-8 $350 D.J. MCGINLEY (ON) JIM CARMONA (NV) MASTER WOMEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES 1ST $1,000 KAYLA JONES (ON) 2ND $720 BETH FONDELL (MN) 3RD $500 KATHY KOON (IN) 4TH $300 KELLY HOTCHKISS (IN) 5-6 $200 HEATHER LAVIN (IN) TRACY D’ANDREA (MN) 7-8 $100 CHRIS GLASS (MN) JACKIE GERKIN (SD)

CLASSIC INTERMEDIATE/MASTERS 50+ 8-BALL 1ST $450 RICK TONJUM (MN) 2ND $300 TIM JOSEPH (ID) 3RD $200 BLAIR LAWSON (MB) 4TH $100 DENNIS WOOLLEY (IN) INTERMEDIATE SCOTCH DOUBLES 1ST $500 C. HONEMAN & J. BECKEMEYER (CO) 2ND $275 S LARAMEE & F. GIROUX (QU) 3RD $175 S. SMITH & M. JUSTICE (CO) 4TH $110 J. HUNDT & J. OLDENBURG (WI) 5-6 $55 K. YOUNG & M. JANULEK (AK) R. FORTIN & M. LACOMBE (QU) OPEN DOUBLES 1ST $400 A. SISNEROS & J. LOPEZ (CO) 2ND $200 K. BOON & R. GARDENHIRE (KS) 3RD $150 T. KOPFLE & K. DYER (FL) 4TH $100 J. MCBRYDIE & T. PIDBOROCHYNSKI (AB) REGULAR SCOTCH DOUBLES 1ST $1105 J. GUZMAN & D. BENNETT (IA) 2ND $800 T. FAULK & L. FAULK (NC) 3RD $700 S. TONJES & C. PALMER (MI) 4TH $500 D. MOFFAT & B. BELOBRADIC (ON) 5-6 $300 C. SIMMONDS & S. ATKINSON (AB) G. HENDRICKSON & T. BROWN ND) 7-8 $200 A. EVRENIADIS & D. WHITCOMB (AUS) S. ALLSUP & J. OSBORN (NV) 9-12 $150 C. MCLEAN & S. SCHRAM (MB) D. NOUSEK & R. ANDERSON (ON) G. FEYEN & M. PODJASKI (WI) J. LEVENHAGEN & R. KUKLA (NV) 13-16 $75 B. MOWERY & C. REEDER (PA) D. CHURCH & A. NICKLIN (AB) J. FINN & M. VAKAMPEN (IA) S. GOURLEY & N. MOORE (ON)

MASTER SCOTCH DOUBLES 1ST $600 H. SHOGNOSH & K. JONES (ON) 2ND $345 G. HAUCK & V. FRANIEL (AB) 3RD $200 C. HUDDLESTON & A. KING (C)) 4TH $150 R. WAGNER & K. BRISBON (MI) 5-6 $100 F. LAUERBACH & J. RING GER) S. BADGER & L. MATTICE (AB) INTERMEDIATE OPEN 8-BALL TEAM 1ST $6000 MATCH-UPS SUBSTITUTES (CO) 2ND $4000 TRI-COUNTY WOOLLEY (IN) 3RD $3000 KEEPING IT GREEN (AB) 4TH $2000 HARD TO KILL (CO) 5TH $1500 HEIDELBERG’S I’D HIT THAT (NE) 6TH $1200 BIG CHALKS (AB) 7-8 $1000 BREAKROOM #1 (SD) PITCHER’S PITBULLS (WI) 9-10 $900 AUSTRALIAN MP5 (AUS) BUFFALO BOB’S (NE) INTERMEDIATE WOMEN’S 8-BALL TEAM 1ST $3150 BAD GIRLZ (CO) 2ND $2000 MINNESOTA TUFF (MN) 3RD $1000 H20 DIRTY COMBOS (AB) 4TH $750 WHICH WITCH IS WHICH (NE) 5TH $500 FIRED UP! (ON) 6TH $300 KNUCKLE DIAMONDS (SD) REGULAR OPEN 8-BALL TEAM 1ST $10000 ASIAN INVASION (IN) 2ND $7000 VEGAS BOUND (NC) 3RD $6000 TOP SHOTS 101 (WI) 4TH $5025 HILLBILLY GOLFERS (IA) 5-6 $3350 ELEMENTS STORM (AB) SMILEY’S (MN) 7-8 $2500 BREAKIN BAD (AB) MHB LATIN SMOKE (CO) 9-12 $1600 AUSTRALIAN HIGH CALIBRE (AUS) Q-BALL POWER (ON) SWANEY’S PUB (MI) TJ’S - ALCORN (OH) 13-16 $1100 BOO HOO (FL) BREWS & CUES BREWZERS (ON) EDMONTON ALL-IN (AB) JUST THE TIP! (IN)

REGULAR WOMEN’S 8-BALL TEAM 1ST $3500 CUZ WE CAN (WI) 2ND $2500 XCUES US (ON) 3RD $1500 PB’S HOT SEATS (MI) 4TH $1000 MINNESOTA T-N-A (MN) 5-6 $650 DRAGONLADIES (ON) UFFDAH! (MN) 7-8 $500 B.O.P. (IL) BOTTOMS UP (WI) 9-12 $350 HOTEL SECURITY (MB) SASK CUE TEES (SK) THE CREMATORS (CO) WE’RE WITH FLUFFY (AB) 13-16 $250 ALASKA GIRLS GONE WILD (AK) BRIDGE’S (WI) IMMATURE (MN) QUEENS OF SWING (IL) MASTER OPEN 8-BALL TEAM 1ST $9000 ACS SHOOTERS (CO) 2ND $5000 GAMBLERS DSAB 3RD $3000 VNEA-ESPANA (SP) 4TH $2000 VINCE’S BOYS (ON) MASTER WOMEN’S 8-BALL TEAM 1ST $4200 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW!! (IN) 2ND $2000 VEGAS VIXENS (NV)J 3RD $1000 MIDWEST MASTERS (MN) 4TH $800 5280S (CO) INTERNATIONAL TEAM 1ST AUSTRALIA 2ND GERMANY 3-4 USA, SPAIN 5-8 BERMUDA, THAILAND, CANADA, FINLAND

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rightfully wasn’t shy about taking personal credit for all the hard work that he had put in to reach this momentous point in his career. “The hardest thing in that match was not thinking about winning,” Feijen said. “I was so nervous in the beginning because all those demons came back from those two losses in the 8-ball. And then I got down 3-1, then I tied it at three and then I got into it. “My tactical game was huge. My break wasn’t working at all. I got hooked so many times. I was kicking safe, I was playing safe, so that got me in the match. So it was a big old battle. The tactics was huge. “From midway I started playing real good I think. A couple of mistakes, then I got up 12-8. And then you’re mind’s going crazy. You start thinking about winning, you thinking ‘please give me one chance and I can win,’ you’re daydreaming about the speech, the title. That’s the hardest thing, to stay composed. “I think I really deserve it. You just gotta go grab it. Nobody’s going to give it to you. It was the fight of staying composed, patience, executing well and blocking out all those bad things and the good things. The hardest thing was staying in the moment. And I think I did really well and in the end I finally snapped it off. “You don’t get many finals in your life. Some people never get one chance to get a final. It took me a couple of years to get a final again and this is the first 9-ball final I had. I was thrilled to get a chance and I said go ahead and take this chance.” Ouschan , while clearly disappointed, remained as stoic after the match as he had been all week on the table. “In the middle of the match I was a little bit too nervous,” Ouschan said. “ In the beginning everything was perfect. I made one bad mistake and then everything turned. I couldn’t find my rythym again. He got lucky two times, but that’s pool. He deserves to win.” Indeed, everyone who watched the match would agree with that notion. With his solid work ethic and good attitude, Feijen is one of the game’s good guys. When asked if the win would change his life, the new World 9-ball Champion said no. But he is certainly going to savor his hard earned success for many years to come. “Nothing’s going to change. I got back to my girls. I’ll just be happy being home. Prepare for the next event. I don’t let things go to my head. When I get home I’m just a regular dad. I get my daughter again so I got work. My life’s not going to change. This is just the cherry on top of the ice cream to win it finally.” Feijen pocketed $30,000 for the victory, while Ouschan took home $15,000.

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Setting the record straight

on Aramith® phenolic billiard (and pool and snooker and pyramid and carom) balls.

Aramith® brand phenolic billiard balls. An industry standard for decades and the best-in-class product for all cue-sprort games worldwide. Did you ever wonder about the pool balls on your table? Aramith has been producing phenolic balls for pool for over fifty years. Currently, Aramith billiard balls account for 80% of the global market for billiard balls. Recently, some other phenolic balls have entered the U.S. market and some misleading rumors have been circulated in the industry. Here are some facts that you will find interesting.

Aramith®. The True Belgian Billiard Balls 1) Resin content As you know, “competitors” claim their resin is made of 85% phenolic, so they admit it’s a blend. Because of this, it is understandable that the behavior and playability of these new balls is somewhat strange and unpredictable. Bad playability of the cue ball seems unanimous, skids are constantly reported, but sometimes it is also reported that the cue ball “grabs”. The Aramith® balls (not just the Super Aramith Pro, but also the Premium and Premier sets) are made of over 98 % of pure genuine phenolic resin, the balance being the color (dyes or pigments) and additives. 2) Weight tolerance “Competitors” also claim that their specification is 169.5 +/- 0.5 grams. We have several sets at the factory in Belgium and not one set meet these specifications. Not only they just don’t weigh 169.5 grams in average (the mean is actually around 168.5 or 169g), but the variation is far bigger than 1 gram, in some cases bigger than 2g within one set, and we have another set that has over 2.5g within the set and we do not think that we have received the worst sets for testing.

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Aramith® has never claimed false specs. We are well within official specifications for all sets, and regarding the Super Aramith® Pro, the Centennial® and the Tournament sets, we sort all balls within each set to have less than +/1.5 g total tolerance. 3) Quality Because the “competitors” admit that their resin is a blend, their “phenolic” statement can be misleading. Even within pure phenolic resins there are different grades and qualities. We have discovered that there are bubbles in the “competitors” balls as it is shown in the attached picture. We will now talk about Aramith®resin to differentiate from the other so-called “phenolic”. The intrinsic quality of the “competitors” set is near the Aramith®Premier set when there are no bubbles. However, they imitate the look of the superior quality Super Aramith®Pro in order to try to increase their perceived value which just confuses the customer. Because they have imitated the look of the Super Aramith®Pro balls, they sell their balls at a price over 80% more expensive than the Aramith®Premier set, which is actually the equivalent quality. It’s just like selling a car that looks like the high-end Mercedes or Cadillac, and asking for a price slightly lower than the genuine article. You are better off buying the superior Aramith® PREMIUM set for 40% less than the “competitors” set, and you’ll have a better set of balls.

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4) Duramith™ The Duramith™ technology has been developed by Aramith® many years of R&D, in order to optimize and enhance the Aramith® resin quality, and more specifically its molecular crosslinking, leading to an extended life time. It is presently used only with the Tournament™ pool set (and the purple logo Magnetic cue ball). We guaranty that nobody else has this technology. 5) Environment Quality also means respecting the environment. Throughout our process we use complex equipment to comply with and even exceed European environmental standards and laws which are the world’s most demanding. Our facility is regularly monitored with audits performed by regulatory authorities. Aramith®... THAT’S HOW I ROLL

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DATE CITY Mondays Davenport, IA Houston, TX Des Moines, IA Green Bay, WI Dundee, IL Rockford, IL Kansas City, MO Tuesdays Spring, TX Des Moines, IA Barnhart, MO Kansas City, MO Lenexa, KS Wednesdays McAlester, OK 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 McAlester, OK Olathe, KS Houston, TX Coon Rapids, MN Des Moines, IA Farmington, MN Spring, TX Spring, TX Tulsa, OK Poplar Bluff, 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 Olathe, KS 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 McAlester, OK Des Moines, IA Davenport, IA Olathe, KS Spring, TX Green Bay, WI Topeka, KS Chicago Hts, IL Jonesville, LA Lenexa, KS Oshkosh, WI

LOCATION Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Bogies Billiards Big Dog Billiards KK Billiards Hammerheads Rockford Billiards Side Pockets Big Tyme Billiards Big Dog Billiards Kenny’s Bar & Grill Brass Rail Side Pockets Back Alley Billiards 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 Back Alley Billiards Shooters Bogies Billiards CR’s Sports Bar Big Dog Billiards Farmington Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Big Tyme Billiards Q-Spot Billiards Smokin’ Aces 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 Shooters 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 Back Alley Billiards Big Dog Billiards Sharky’s Bar & Billiards Shooters Big Tyme Billiards KK Billiards Terrys Billiard Club Oasis One-Sixty Les Charles Inn & Gameroom Side Pockets Varsity Club

PHONE (563) 359-7225 (281) 821-4544 (515) 266-6100 (920) 432-0059 (847) 836-8099 (815) 962-0957 (816) 455-9900 (281) 288-0800 (515) 266-6100 (636) 464-9070 (816) 468-6100 (913) 888-7665 (918) 916-2837 (563) 359-RACK (405) 736-0590 (281) 821-4544 (515) 266-6100 (708) 388-3700 (920) 651-0806 (920) 651-0806 (563) 359-7225 (515) 266-6100 (773) 545-5102 (281) 288-0800 (815) 639-3333 (816) 468-6100 (913) 888-7665 (785) 539-4323 (918) 916-2837 (913) 780-5740 (281) 821-4544 (763) 780-1585 (515) 266-6100 (651) 463-2636 (281) 288-0800 (281) 288-0800 (918) 779-6204 (573) 712-2900 (563) 359-7225 (847) 740-5405 (815) 962-0957 (630) 898-7769 (913) 369-3772 (785) 273-3553 (816) 358-5977 (318) 339-4540 (920) 651-0806 (318) 339-4540 (281) 821-4544 (515) 266-6100 (515) 266-6100 (913) 780-5740 (636) 447-5300 (816) 436-7245 (708) 636-1240 (815) 722-0964 (630) 898-7769 (847) 587-8888 (773) 286-4714 (785) 826-9992 (816) 468-6100 (785) 783-2883 (816) 228-7625 (913) 888-7665 (918) 779-6204 (918) 916-2837 (515) 266-6100 (563) 359-7225 (913) 780-5740 (281) 288-0800 (920) 432-0059 (785) 273-3553 (708) 756-0600 (318) 339-4540 (913) 888-7665 (920) 651-0806

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 Handicap 8-Ball 8 Ball 8 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball Open - Race to 3 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 Open - Race to 3 9-Ball Open 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 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 9-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 Scotch Doubles - Race to 3 Open 9-Ball - Race 6/5 10-Ball 8-Ball - Race to 3 - No pros 10 Ball 8-Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 9 Ball 10-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 5

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Press Release New OB Plus Shafts now available We are very excited to announce the launch of a new era for our company and a new era for performance pool cue shafts. Since 2005, the design and performance of the OB Shafts have remained mostly unchanged....until now. Introducing OB Plus Shafts: The original laminated SR6 construction that we have used for the last 9 years has now been changed to a solid maple SR6+ construction. All new OB Plus Shafts will come with a lifetime warranty against warpage! The tip end mass in the new shafts has been reduced by an average of 13%. Less tip end mass is the primary key to less cueball deflection. You reduce the tip end mass and you reduce cueball deflection. The carbon fiber pad and ferrule have been redesigned for improved strength and performance. The pad on the Classic+ and Pro+ shafts is now recessed into the top of the ferrule. The ferrule material on the Classic+ and Pro+ shafts is now linen melamine which is even stronger than before. The maple that we are using on all of the new shafts is a higher grade that looks better and feels smoother. In summary, our new shafts are built stronger, have a lifetime warpage warranty, play better, look better, feel better and are still 100% made in the USA! The new OB Plus shafts are replacing our current OB shafts and are available to order now and will start shipping next week on June 27th. You can order online directly from OB or you can contact your nearest dealer for availability and pricing. OB is headquartered in Plano, Texas and is a leading manufacturer of high performance pool cues and pool cue shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please visit www.obcues.com

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Texas Bumps (texasbumps.com) game set. On top of being a very fun game, it’s a great way to teach players to shoot with precise touch. Another Joe Tucker innovation. Box of business cards Box of paper reinforcements. These are those rings you put on a hole-punched paper to keep it from ripping. They are absolutely perfect for marking ball position on the table. They don’t interfere with your shot, are easy to remove, and allow you to place the ball in the same spot numerous times for practice.

That’s about it for my equipment. I have a few other tools as well, but hey, I can’t give away ALL of my training secrets! Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at pool@mikekglass. com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit. com/r/billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!

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CITY Davenport, IA McAlester, OK Houston, TX Houston, TX Olathe, KS Olathe, KS Jackson, MS Jackson, MS McAlester, OK Poplar Bluff, MO Poplar Bluff, MO Poplar Bluff, MO Jamestown, IL Wynnewood, OK 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 Midwest City, OK Midwest City, OK Midwest City, OK McAlester, OK Wynnewood, OK Springfield, MO Alsip, IL Memphis, TN Memphis, TN Memphis, TN McAlester, OK Midwest City, OK McAlester, OK Kokomo, IN Olathe, KS Richardson, TX McAlester, OK Poplar Bluff, MO Poplar Bluff, MO Poplar Bluff, MO Poplar Bluff, MO Alsip, IL McAlester, OK Davenport, IA Katy, TX Beloit, WI McAlester, OK Round Rock, TX McAlester, OK McAlester, OK Arlington, TX Alsip, IL McAlester, OK Austin, TX McAlester, OK Midwest City, OK McAlester, OK Midwest City, OK

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LOCATION Sharky’s Billiards Back Alley Billiards Bogies Billiards Bogies Billiards Shooters Shooters Cross Corner Billiards Cross Corner Billiards Back Alley Billiards Smokin’ Aces Smokin’ Aces Smokin’ Aces Shaw’s Shack Full House Bar BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals USAPL Nationals WPA CSI CSI Jamaica Joe’s Jamaica Joe’s Jamaica Joe’s Back Alley Billiards Full House Bar Billiards of Springfield Red Shoes Billiards High Pockets High Pockets High Pockets Back Alley Billiards Jamaica Joe’s Back Alley Billiards Ryno Room Shooters Wizards Sports Cafe Back Alley Billiards Smokin’ Aces Smokin’ Aces Smokin’ Aces Smokin’ Aces Red Shoes Billiards Back Alley Billiards Sharky’s Billiards Slick Willie’s Carom Room Back Alley Billiards Gulf Coast Women Back Alley Billiards Back Alley Billiards Clicks Billiards Red Shoes Billiards Back Alley Billiards Slick Willie’s Back Alley Billiards Jamaica Joe’s Back Alley Billiards Jamaica Joes

PHONE 563-359-RACK 918-916-2837 281-821-4544 281-821-4544 913-780-5740 913-780-5740 601-941-3702 601-941-3702 918-916-2837 573-712-2900 573-712-2900 573-712-2900 618-669-2220 405-665-2715 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 405-736-0590 405-736-0590 405-736-0590 918-916-2837 405-665-2715 417-866-4319 708-388-3700 901-761-1583 901-761-1583 901-761-1583 918-916-2837 405-736-0590 918-916-2837 765-252-3630 913-780-5740 972-235-0371 918-916-2837 573-712-2900 573-712-2900 573-712-2900 573-712-2900 708-388-3700 918-916-2837 563-359-RACK 281-829-3027 608-365-1811 918-916-2837 713-825-1411 918-916-2837 918-916-2837 817-649-7665 708-388-3700 918-916-2837 512-451-4575 918-916-2837 405-736-0590 918-916-2837 405-736-0590

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EVENT ENTRY ADDED TIME LINK 8-Ball $45 (incl. g.f.) $1250 w/64 10AM MAP 8-Ball Progressive $20 $$$-Call Noon MAP 9-Ball Call $1,000 Call MAP Gulf Coast Women Call Call Call MAP 8-Ball Teams $150/team $1,000 w/32 7PM MAP 8-Ball Teams-4 Woman Team $100/team $500 w/16 Noon MAP 9-Ball-Limit 32 $25 100% payout 7PM 9-Ball-Limit 128 $40 $1,000 Noon 8-Ball $20 $$$ 1PM MAP 9-Ball $25 $250 7PM MAP 8-Ball $25 $250 Noon MAP 10-Ball $25 $250 Noon MAP 8 & 9 Ball $20A/$15B/$10C $5/player 10AM 8-Ball $10 Call 5PM 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 Men’s Pro 10-Ball $170-Limit 16 $1,500 Call MAP Men’s Amateur 9-Ball $90-Limit 64 $1,500 Call MAP Women’s Amateur 9-Ball $90-Limit 16 $500 Call MAP 9-Ball $40 $$$ 1PM MAP Women’s 8-Ball $10 Call 5PM Ladies 9-Ball Call $500 Guar. 11AM Bank Pool $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP One Pocket Open $500-Limit 16 $2,000 Noon 10-Ball $500-Limit 32 $4,000 6PM 9-Ball Amateur $25-Limit 64 $500 Noon 8-Ball-six speed & under $15 $$$ 1PM MAP 8-Ball Open $75 $5,000 Guar Call MAP 8-Ball Progressive $20 $$$-Call Noon MAP 9-Ball $70 $1,000 10AM 8-Ball $35 $1,000 w/64 Noon MAP Omega Billiard Tour $45 (incl g.f.) $1,500 Call MAP 8-Ball $20 $$$ 1PM MAP 9-Ball $25 $250 7PM MAP 8-Ball $25 $250 Noon MAP 10-Ball $25 $250 Noon MAP Bar Box Open $2,000 6PM MAP One Pocket $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP 8-Ball $40 $$$ Noon MAP 9-Ball $45 (incl. g.f.) $1250 w/64 10AM MAP OB Ladies Tour $30 $2,000 10AM MAP 10-Ball $100 $7,000 6PM 8-Ball-five speed & under $15 $$$ 1PM MAP Tour Stop Call Call Call Jack & Jill Scotch Doubles $30/t-limit 32 $$$ Noon MAP 8-Ball Progressive $20 $$$-Call Noon MAP Omega Billiard Tour $45 (incl g.f.) $1,500 Call MAP 8-Ball $50 incl g.f. $500 w/full field Noon MAP 8-Ball $20 $$$ 1PM MAP OB Ladies Tour $30 $2,000 10AM MAP 9-Ball $40 $$$ Noon MAP 8-Ball $25+$10 $500 11AM MAP 8-Ball $25+$10 $250 11AM MAP OB Ladies Tour $30 $1,250 10AM MAP

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