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making the experience a productive, enjoyable, and rewarding pursuit. Team Support. The sum can be greater than its parts.

Team Support - Kickoff to League Season

My most recent memorable experience is winning the BCAPL National Team tournament in Vegas in May. The five man squad sardonically named “Who Needs a Billiard Coach?!” fou through a field of 674 teams to take the top prize of $11,000. The whole event was an © 2010 Mike Fieldhammer, exhilarating ride for me, propelled by the support of my team: Brian Haffner, Jared Bailey, Some players participate in pool leagues all Morris, never and tookJesse issueEngel. with a shot or a decision made by a teammate. Or if Dustin

summer, but for many September signals Brian missed a jump shot instead of kicking the ball which would have the return to playing weekly with a team. Here is the first article in a series about playing on a team and making the experience a productive, enjoyable, and rewarding pursuit. Team Support. The sum can be greater than its parts. My most recent memorable experience is winning the BCAPL National Team tournament in Las Mike Fieldhammer Vegas in May. The five man squad sardonically named “Who Needs a Billiard Coach?!” fought through a field of 674 teams to take the top prize of $11,000. The whole event was an exhilarating ride for me, propelled by the support of my team: Brian Haffner, Jared Bailey, Dustin Morris, and Jesse Engel. Team chemistry is a phrase that is tossed around, but is just one piece of having a successful team. Chemistry implies that there may be many elements blended into a concoction of a cohesive team. Perhaps one of the most important elements is the support of one’s teammates. Our team was successful in believing in each other and affirming each action our teammates made. Examples of this blind trust are as follows. For example, if Dustin played an unsuccessful combination shot in an effort to continue his run instead of shooting a solo ball in a different pocket, Jesse said, “Good try, you’ll been my choice, I didn’t say “Why didn’t you kick at it?” Placing a seed A We photo collage I framed and presented to each teammate. get another shot this game. Your opponent isn’t getting out here.” continued on page 13 Click for larger view.

Ten Things I Love About Pool

Team chemistry is a phrase that is tossed around, but is just one piece of having a successful team. Chemistry implies that there may be many elements blended into a concoction of a cohesive team. Perhaps one of the most important elements is the support of one’s teammate By Samm Diep, © August 2010

I recently started keeping a Gratitude Journal. This means that each night, I commit to reflecting on the positive thoughts from that day that I am grateful for. This can be anything from winning a tournament to having a wonderful, loyal dog to being thankful I have internet access. No matter how tough life may seem, there is always something we can be grateful for. That’s the objective of the journal, to train your brain to reflect on the positive, because it can get so easy Samm Diep in life to only remember the negative. Keeping with the theme of “Gratitude” here are ten random things that I love about pool and why I’m grateful for the game. I encourage you to make your own list. 1. I love the sound of the balls hitting the back of the pocket! There’s no other sound quite like it. It makes my heart smile. 2. Making a plan and following through with it gives me a great sense of accomplishment. It’s a great feeling to choose your pattern and execute it just as you intended. 3. Sharing the game with others is incredibly rewarding. I love that I am able to teach and share the good word of pocket billiards with so many players. And, when I see their improvement, it’s very gratifying. 4. I like cracking the puzzle. One of my favorite games is bar table 8-ball. I love working through the rack and solving the mystery. Many have compared it to a chess match. 4 Rackem Magazine - September 2010

5. Getting dirty can be fun. After a long practice session, I can measure how hard I played by how covered in chalk my hands and clothes become. I love practicing in white for this reason. 6. I am a performer. Like an athlete or musician, I have worked very hard to polish my skills and am extremely proud to be able to perform for myself and others. I do not take this opportunity for granted. 7. Break out shots make me happy. I love nudging the balls right where I want them. What can I say? I’m a straight pool player. Blasting that break ball can also be quite exhilarating. 8. I love my equipment! I couldn’t be happier with my Chris Byrne Custom Cue and Jim Murnak Case. If you’re privileged enough to have good stuff, you want to use it and show it off. 9. I’m always learning. It never ceases to amaze me how much there still is to learn about this game. I’m constantly discovering new things about my abilities and about the history of the sport. It’s a wonderful thing to keep your brain stimulated. 10. Meeting other pool nuts! One of my favorite things about being so deeply involved with pool is meeting other players that are also as passionate about the game as I am. It certainly is an amazing bond that we all share. Once you put your list together, keep it in your case. The next time you lose a match, miss an 8 ball, or just feel like retiring your cue, take out your list and remember why you’re playing. Remember the ten things you love about pool. Read more articles by Samm Diep at

My Lucky Day

By Andrew A. Monstis (Republished)

This story begins at the end of my summer vacation a couple of years back. I was driving through the countryside, taking the long way home and enjoying the trip, after playing in a pool tournament in Las Vegas. I had been driving all day and was getting bleary-eyed, thirsty, and hungry. I didn’t even know where I was, and when I passed a sign that said, “LAST GAS FOR 80 MILES,” I figured it was a good idea to stop. Another couple of miles and the reason for the sign became somewhat apparent. This little place in the middle of nowhere boasted a population of ninetytwo. There was one gas station, one store, one small motel and a restaurant/lounge. Outside of a few trees and bushes and the road there were no other visible buildings or landmarks. But it looked good to me, so I checked into the motel, then headed across the dusty road to the restaurant. The building looked like something out of the old west. The wood siding was falling off and the paint was sun blistered. I got a sense that this town must always have been a traveler’s watering hole; a spot between two points. The smell of good home-cooked food told me I was in the right place at the right time. It smelled great and tasted even better, and the Ma and Pa owners chatted with me about the people they’d fed over the years. I relaxed and leaned back into the worn old booth, thinking about what it must be like to live in a place like this. After awhile, I got the bug to play some pool, since there was a coin-op over in the corner of the lounge area, and I was in no hurry to go anywhere fast. Some older local guy was knocking balls around by himself. He looked pretty much like part of the building, but he played pretty good, actually, and I hadn’t played any pool since Vegas nearly two weeks earlier. So I ambled over and asked him if he wanted to play. “Sure,” he said. “You want to play for anything?” I asked (as a courtesy, and besides, you never know when someone will say yes). He nodded, “Okay.” “Eight-ball for ten?” “Sure.” That I would find some easy action in such a small place was a pleasant surprise and made the long evening ahead look a whole lot more interesting. We flipped a coin and I lost the toss. The local player broke, making a ball on the break. The table looked easy and I figured he could run out, which he did. “Nice out,” I said, and paid him ten dollars. “Thanks,” he replied, and stuck the bill in his overall pocket as I racked up again and stood by. He broke and sank two solids. He won’t get out, I told

myself. I sized up the stripes and planned my run. He ran out. I paid him and plugged in another quarter. Again he dropped a ball on the break, but this time the table was messy, and I patiently waited for my turn. Well, this fellow kicked, massèd, banked and jumped to break out and make every ball on that table. He made it seem effortless. “Just a fluke,” I thought. So I threw a quarter in the slot, slapped the balls in the rack and stood back again. I must have put a inch of chalk on the tip of my cue just standing there waiting. He broke, he ran out, I paid. I racked, he broke, he ran out, I paid. He wasn’t making any of his shots look even remotely difficult. Just pocketing them, one after the other. His pace wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, just going from shot to shot knocking balls around. He broke, he ran out, I paid again. He had not missed pocketing one single ball. But, knowing that no one could keep this up forever, I waited for my chance to play and get my money and his. I racked. He ran out. After eight table runs I’m thinking, “Just how many racks can this guy run?” I didn’t want to admit it consciously, but by then I had stopped waiting for my turn. I had to see how many racks he could run. I knew I was losing money, but this guy was amazing! The bills kept leaving my pocket and going into his, and the whole time he was just quietly making shot after shot. After another seven racks without having shot once, I finally had to call it quits. I glanced around the lounge. The bartender and a few locals were exchanging the day’s events up at the bar, and one family was over in the restaurant eating dinner, but no one was paying any attention to what was going on over here at the pool table! How could they not know? It was like a “Twilight Zone” episode! The man across the table from me had just run fifteen consecutive racks of the best pool I had ever seen and everyone around was just living another day. I was so dumbfounded I didn’t know what to do or say to this guy, so I jokingly said, “Ever played pool before?” With a completely straight face he looked up and said, “Well, I used to play a lot ... not so much anymore.” “Not so much anymore,” I repeated. Not so much anymore! What must he have played like then! I stuck my hand out across the table and said, “I’m Andrew. What’s your name?” “My name is Lucky,” he said, with a slight accent I couldn’t quite place. I couldn’t believe that was his real name, but all he would say when I questioned it was, “Lucky is what all the people around here call me.” I didn’t recognize Lucky as anyone I’d read about in magazines or seen at any pro events or on ESPN. He looked to be in his early 60’s, had longish hair and a peppery beard, stood about six-foot and probably weighed around 225. He wore glasses and


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GUTIERREZ WINS On August 14th-15th the LSBT produced another successful event at Q Stix Billiards in Houston, Texas. The tour’s first 8-Ball event, with $1,550 added, drew a field of 50 open players and 22 ladies. The star studded field included Rene Rendon, David Gutierrez, Brandon Shuff, Sam Manaole and other notables who contended for over $6,000 in cash. Saturday’s matches narrowed the field down to12 players for Sunday’s action. Matches geared up at noon and pitted final four newcomer Brian Rosenbaum against Sylver Ochoa and Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant with Gutierrez. Rosenbaum ousted Ochoa and Gutierrez overcame Bryant. The west side 8 included Ernesto Bayaua v. John Newsome, Rendon v. Shuff, James Davis Jr. v. Danny Tam and Sam Manaole v. Barry Strickland. It was Manaole and Rendon who met Bryant and Ochoa respectively on the one loss side. Rendon bested Ochoa 4-3 and Bryant ousted Manaole 4-2. Rendon then fell 4-0 to Bryant. Meanwhile, in the hot seat, Gutierrez roasted Rosenbaum 5-0. On the west side, Rosenbaum met Bryant and his ill fate. It was Gutierrez v. Bryant in the final. Gutierrez blazed out of the gate with a 2-0 lead and never quit. He secured his first tour win, undefeated, by a final score of 5-1 over Bryant. There were also 22 talented ladies who

the final, 4-3. LSBT extends many thanks to its sponsors: Poison Cues, Delta-13 Rack, Leagueshirts. com, and James Barnett. The next event will be held at Crazy 8’s Family Pool Hall in Port Arthur, Texas August 28th-29th.

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Crazy 8’s Family Pool Hall in Port Arthur, Texas played host to the Lone Star Tour’s twelfth stop of the year on August 28th-29th. The $1,350 added event not only drew 43 open players and 13 women with almost $6,000 in cash up for grabs, but local Channel 4 News coverage as well. Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, Sylver “Cho-Uh” Ochoa, David Gutierrez, Steve Lenz, and Louisiana’s own Troy Woodard were all in attendance. LSBT’s Houston crowd represented as well with Rodney Stewart, Will Felder, Viet Do, Charles Crouch, Brent Thomas, Brian Rosenbaum, Chuck Adams, Eric Renteria, Thomas Juarez and Mike Alonzo. Match play wrapped up on Saturday evening and brought the final twelve back on Sunday, in the money! On the winners’ side final 8, Bryant bested Will Felder 9-3, Gutierrez dusted Dalton Riley 9-4, Ochoa ousted Brian Rosenbaum 9-2, and it was Mike Alonzo over Viet Do 9-5. After being down by a deficit of 5-1, Gutierrez sent Bryant west by a score of 9-7, and Ochoa stopped Alonzo cold. In the hot seat match, Ochoa sent Gutierrez west 9-0 while the one loss side played out. It was David Heinz over Rosenbaum and Do over Stewart, Woodard bested Felder, and Riley eliminated Chuck Pham. Rosenbaum took down Do to meet up with Bryant, and Riley eliminated Woodard to meet up with Alonzo.

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One round later, it was Bryant v. Riley but the “Hillbilly” made quick work of him 7-0 then eliminated Gutierrez 7-4. In the final Ochoa came on strong 4-1 then 6-4 but Bryant gave his final answer 9-7. In overtime, Bryant wasted no time and defeated Ochoa 7-3. Also, congratulations to Dalton Riley (4th), Viet Do (7th-8th), Rodney Stewart (9th-12th), and Chuck Pham (9th-12th) who had their best finishes to date. In the ladies event, Ming Ng played near flawless with wins over Love Nguyen, Belinda Lee, Marie Chhuon, and Loretta Lindgren. It was Chhuon who made her way out of the woods and into the finals, but was out gunned by Ng 7-1. LSBT recognizes its Official Cue, Poison Cues; Official Rack, Delta-13 Rack;; and Barnett Ranching. LSBT would like to thank Jerry Jordan, Managing Editor of the Examiner in Port Arthur along with Channel 4 local news for their coverage of this event. The tour debuts at Skinny Bob’s Billiards (formerly G Cue Billiards) in Round Rock, Texas on September 11th-12th. Join LSBT “on the road”, accept the challenge, and take your game to the next level! See you on the Lone Star Trail! (Lone Star Tour Payouts continued on page 7)

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Carolina Express Crowned 8-Ball Doubles Champions!

The tournament action shifted to the Top of the Riviera on Saturday evening for the finals of the 8-Ball Doubles Championship. Carolina Express—Jason Holmes (SL6) and James Page (SL4) of Dunn, N.C., were paired against Melissa & Joseph—Melissa Jones (SL3) and Joseph Coleman (SL7) of Madison, Tenn., in the final round. In the end, it was Carolina Express taking home $7,800 and the Champion title. Melissa & Joseph earned $3,600 as Runners-Up. The final score was 4-0.

Carolina Express (Dunn, NC) Jason Holmes, James Page

Kool Katz Win 9-Ball Doubles Championship Kool Katz—Steve Desimone (SL4) and Luis Hernandez (SL4)—from Stoneham, Mass., took home the $5,000 1st Place prize in the 9-Ball Doubles Championship on Friday afternoon. Yeaa Buddy! —Alicia Deabreu (SL3) and Monika Ruszin (SL2) —from Lake Worth, Fla., went home $3,000 richer for their Runner-Up finish. The race was 31-14, with the final score 31-8.

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Triple Fish Wins Masters Championship

The finals of the Masters Championship paired Triple Fish—Wai Pang, Jason Jones and Charlie Phillippou— from Montgomery, Ala., against Zack Attack—Steve Lingelbach, Mike Stevens and Bob Zack—from Portland, Ore. Up in the first match was Zack from Zack Attack and Phillippou from Triple Fish. Zack took the match, 7-4. Wai from Triple Fish was able to secure the win, defeating Lingelbach from Zack Attack, 7-4. The final score was 2-1.

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Triple Fish (Montgomery, AL): Jason Jones, Wai Pang, Charlie Phillippou

Dale Fitch (SL5) from Federal Way, Wash., defeated Andrew Niebrugge (SL4) from Decatur, Ill., in the finals of the Wheelchair Challenge on Friday. Dale took home $2,400 for his win and Andrew earned $1,000 for his Runner-Up finish. The match was a nail-biter with Dale winning the first game, and then Andrew winning the second game. Dale came back to win game 3 and Andrew won game 4; Dale then took the match hill-hill by winning the fifth game. The final score was 4-2

Story & Photo’s by: Merle Humphreys The APA National Masters 3-person team Championship was held at the Riviera 1 & the 5 on the Break, then ran to the 7-Ball and missed. Charlie ran out. Score Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas August 22 -- 25th. Approximately 192 teams competed 3-3 GAME #7 – Charlie Broke and Scratched. Bobby ran the table. Score 4-3 in in this event from all over the United States and Canada. The competition was favor of “Zack Attack.” GAME #8 – Bobby Broke making the 1 & 4 but scratched. phenomenal as it Charlie made the 2 & featured outstanding 3-ball but then missed skill and creative on the 4-ball. Bobby shot making at it’s pocketed the 5-Ball, finest. The Portland but scratched. With Oregon team of Ball in Hand, Charlie “Zack Attack” with ran out. Score now Bobby Zack, Mike 4-4 and on to 8-Ball. Stevens, and Steve GAME #9 – Charlie Lingelbach fought Broke and made a their way valiantly stripe then made through the field and one more ball and were undefeated all missed. Bobby ran the way to the “top out. Score: 5-4 “Zack of the Riv” finals Attack” GAME #10 – on Wednesday Bobby broke making afternoon. the 2-Ball then Ran Meeting the the table. Score: 6-4 “Zack Attack” at the in favor of the “Zack finals gate was ”Triple Attack.” GAME #11 Fish” a Montgomery – Bobby broke made Alabama team with two Balls but also Charlie Pillippou, scratched. Charlie Triple Fish (Montgomery, AL): Jason Jones, Wai Pang, Charlie Phillippou Jason Jones, and shot in the 11-Ball Wai Pang. The three and then played safe. of them had been bounced into the one loss side in the early competition, only Bobby kicked in a ball and ran 3 more balls but then scratched. Taking Ball In to tear through the field annihilating everyone in their path on their journey to the hand Charlie ran the table all the way down to his last ball, but hooked himself finals. behind the 8-ball. He kicked at his ball, but ended up scratching. Receiving Ball The format was a race to seven playing usually both 8-ball and 9-Ball. Five In hand, Bobby ran the rest of his balls and pocketed the 8-Ball --. Game & Match (5) games of 8-Ball, and 8 games of 9-Ball. Theoretically, if a player chose 9-Ball, race. Team Match 1-Zip in favor of the “Zack Attack” who needed to win just one the match could be won without ever playing 8-Ball,but to this writer’s knowledge more match race to claim the championship title. that never happened. The winner of the lag got to choose whether to break, The second match race was between Portland’s Mike Stevens and Jason or to name either the game of 8-Ball, or 9-Ball, to be played first. If the winner Jones of Montgomery Alabama. The match went as follows: GAME #1 – Jason chose to break then the opponent decided on game would be played first. The won the lag, and decided to break so Mike chose to play 8-ball first. Jason made first team to win two matches would be the winner. This year, ”Sudden Death” a stripe on the break and then ran the table. —1-Zip in favor of the “Triple Fish.” was incorporated into the mix. If the playing teams had not completed their 2nd GAME #2- Jason broke dry. Mike pocketed the 2-Ball and then ran out. Match match race by a 2 hour and 15 minute time limit from their starting time, then, the tied 1-1. GAME #3 – Mike broke and made the 11-Ball then ran all the way down sudden death concept went into effect which meant that they would continue to to the 8-Ball and fouled. Jason took Ball In hand and then ran out the table. finish out their 2nd race in the normal fashion, but the 3rd and final race would Score now 2-1 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #4 – Jason broke pocketing the only be a race to one game. Many of the player thought this format change was 13-Ball then ran out the table. Score now 3-1 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME unfair seeing how they had come so far to compete, but on the other hand, #5 – Jason broke & Scratched. Mike ran the table but jawed his last ball in the APA’s contention was that there weren’t any more 5 & 6 hour matches going on, corner. Jason then ran out. Score: 4-1 in favor of the “Triple Fish .” Now with all no more 3 am matches having to be played, and/or, any teams really holding five games of 8-Ball having been played they moved onto 9-Ball. GAME #6 – up the tournament and making other teams to have to wait long hours to play Jason made the 7-Ball on the break and then played safe. Mike executed a jump unnecessarily either. Therefore, all the matches pretty well kept to the scheduled shot pocketing the 1-ball, but missed his attempt at the 2-ball. Jason made a 2-4 starting times. The first match race was between Portland’s combo, then missed the 2 ball on his next shot. Mike ran out. Score 4-2 in favor Bobby Zack and Charlie Phillippou of Montgomery Alabama and went as follows: of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #7 – Mike broke and pocketed the 4-ball, then played GAME #1 – Bobby won the lag, and decided to break so Charlie chose to play safe. Jason made the 1-Ball and then played safe. Mike doubled the corner and 9-ball first. Bobby made the 1-ball on the break but not having a good shot played kicked the 2-ball which caromed in the 9-Ball in the side pocket. Score 4-3 still safe. Charlie played a safe back. Bobby made a 2-6 combo, but didn’t have a in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #8 – Mikey Broke dry. Jason played safe. Mike good shot on the 2 so he played safe again. Charlie played a safe right back. kicked at the 1-ball and made a good hit. Jason banked the 1-ball cross sides Bobby attempted a safe again, but left Charlie a shot. Charlie made the 2-ball, and ran out.. Score now 5-3 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #9 – Jason Broke but missed and left the 3-ball “jawed” in the pocket. Bobby then ran out—1-Zip dry. Mike attempted a long 1-9 jump combo, but missed. Jason made the 1 & in favor of the “Zack Attack.” GAME #2- Bobby Scratched on the Break. Charlie 2-balls, but then hooked himself behind the 6-ball. He kicked at the 3-ball and combo’d the 1-9 full length of the table. Match tied 1-1. GAME #3 – Charlie Broke made a good hit while hooking Mike in the process. Mike hit the 3-ball but failed and made the 7-Ball then ran all the way down to the 9-Ball and missed. Bobby to contact a rail after the hit. Jason with Ball in Hand to start ran the 3,4,5, and 6, missed. Charlie made the nine. Score now 2-1 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #4 but hooked himself. Jason jumped made a hit and left Mike tough. Mike missed – Charlie Broke pocketing the 2-Ball then rolled out. Bobby played safe. Charlie his cut leaving Jason a tough cut as well. Jason miss the cut shot and scratched. made a hit but left Bobby a shot on the 1-ball to the corner. Bobby made the 1-Ball Taking Ball In Hand Mike ran out. Score: 5-4 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #10 and then ran the table. Score now 2-2. GAME #5 – Bobby made the 9-Ball on – Mike broke making the 1-Ball then Ran the table but got out of line on the 9-ball the break. Score: 3-2 in favor of the “Zack Attack.” GAME #6 – Bobby made the (Masters continued on page 13)

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My Lucky Day was well-spoken. His cotton T- shirt, worn overalls and old but well-oiled boots were topped by a cap that said, “Where’s the Beef?” I offered to buy Lucky a beer, and as we sat down at a nearby table to drink, I just had to ask him what he was doing here. Lucky pushed his cap back on his head, stuck his legs out, crossed one boot over the other, and got comfortable. “I own a small cattle ranch down the road apiece,” he said. “I mostly work it and come into town to shoot balls when I can get away.” He’d play alone or with whomever happened to be passing through, like myself. He’d lived in this one-horse town for thirty-five years. Twenty-five years! “How’d you get so good?” I asked him. “Well,” Lucky answered, “I guess it’s because I used to play a lot before that.” Then Lucky got to telling me his story. When he was younger, he said, he traveled around playing a lot of players like Jimmy Caras, Willie Mosconi, Irving Crane, New York Blackie, Hal Mix, Cowboy Jimmy Moore, Steve Mizerack, Fly Boy Spears, Dan Louie, Pat Schumacher, Barry (the Brawler) Emerson, Stan Tourangeau, Detroit John and when they were young, aspiring pool players, Rifleman Buddy Hall, Jim Rempe and Mike Sigel. The list was endless. He said he beat those guys up regulary, and most of them wouldn’t gamble much with him anymore. “When I first came through here,” Lucky said through a sip of beer, “I got to playing some guy named Wimpy. I guess he was just traveling around, too.” Well, it turns out he and Wimpy played pool twelve to fourteen hours a day every day for two weeks. Wimpy would send off for money every couple of days. He had backers all over the country who would wire him money. “I ended up with over $148,000 by the time Wimpy decided to call it a quits and leave,” Very good money then, Lucky said, “But by then I’d gotten to like the people here. They’d come around now and then and watch a few games, and pretty much just treated me nice.” So he just stayed after that. The money he won bought him the ranch and some cattle. I was naturally somewhat doubtful of the magnitude of Lucky’s win, even of the whole story, but after remembering that I had just witnessed a 15-rack runout, I decided I believed him. Well, by then I felt like playing pool. I can’t say “again,” since I hadn’t stroked one ball all night, but I had to see more of Lucky’s game. He was as captivating as an Indiana Jones movie. “I’d like to play some more,” I said, “but I’ll have to write a check.” “We can play for nothing,” replied Lucky. “I just enjoy playing. Remember, you were the one who asked me to play for money.” “Okay,” I agreed, “but I get the first rack.” I broke and ran five racks in a row. I was impressing myself; splitting the cup on every shot. I must have been inspired by Lucky. The fact that there was no pressure may have helped, as now we were playing just for 6149 E 31st St Tulsa, OK


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the game. So much for inspiration. On the next break I didn’t make a ball and Lucky picked up and ran that rack and ten more. “Geez! Don’t you ever miss?” I asked. “Some nights, no,” replied Lucky matter-of-factly. “But about ten percent of the time I do miss a couple of balls.” Now remember, at this point he had not missed a ball for almost three hours. “How is that possible?” I asked, “Can you tell me how you do it?” “Well, sure,” said Lucky. “I don’t usually get asked that. Most times people just lose their money and leave. So I’ll show you a couple of things. You must understand that this is powerful knowledge and promise to use it honestly.” I promised. “Now the real key on these long runs is in the break, in all the games ... here, I’ll show you. No matter what game you play you must have timing, speed, cue-ball control and know where to hit the rack. I can make the nine ball on a nine-ball rack every time.” I had to say I didn’t believe that could be done. Lucky proceeded to show me five times in a row. I couldn’t help but exclaim, “But that’s impossible!” He said, “Son, nothing’s impossible.” He showed me exactly where to hit it; the speed of the shot, the stroke and aim, and, unbelievably ... I did it five times in a row! I had thought he was just lucky, but when I did it, too, it occurred to me maybe this was a trick table with magnets and electronic devices. I actually got down and crawled around under the table. I couldn’t find anything. No wires, no gadgets. Nothing that was remotely fixed. Just a regular pool table. Lucky chuckled at my antics and shook his head. “I can do it on any table.” He showed me a nine-ball break where he makes nothing but leaves the one ball safe every time. ”An old hustling move,” he shrugged. “What about break shots on other games?” I asked. He showed me a straight pool break where he makes a called (Lucky continued on page 12)

BEF Junior Nationals Seniors Welcome Instructor

Back row L to R: Billy Thorpe, Landon Shuffett, Jauslinn Arnold, Jesse Engle, Kevin Sun, Danny Olson. Front row L to R: Briana Miller, Liz Lovely, Taylor Reynolds, Shawn Begay, Brendan Crockett

Nearly 100 junior billiard athletes competed in the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) 22nd Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships at Northern Illinois University (NIU) on July 7-11, 2010. Participants took aim to compete for prizes, an opportunity to participate in the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World Junior 9-Ball Championships and scholarship funds for higher education made possible through the Ozone Billiards BEF Junior Nationals Scholarship awards. Sponsorship by Ozone Billiards provided academic scholarship funds to be awarded to the top 8 finishers of the four division event, $1,000 to each of the four winners and $500 to each second-place finisher. 19 & Under Boys’ Division 1st Landon Shuffett of Greensburg, KY 2nd Jesse Engel of Columbia Heights, MN 19 & Under Girls’ Division 1st Liz Lovely of Centerville, OH 2nd Jauslinn Arnold of Bakersfield, CA 14 & Under Boys’ Division 1st Billy Thorpe of Dayton, OH 2nd Kevin Sun of Harvard, MA 14 & Under Girls’ Division 1st Briana Miller of Allentown, PA 2nd Taylor Reynolds of Winslow, ME Congratulations to the winners of the Ozone Billiards BEF Junior Nationals Scholarships. A complete list can be viewed on the BEF website at www.Billiard

The Senior Citizens in Broken Arrow, OK were recently visited by Instructor Scott Lee, of The Traveling College of Billiard Knowledge. Mr. Lee spent a couple of hours at the Broken Arrow Senior Center, playing pool, answering some very good questions and sharing some simple, but effective tips for a more consistent stroke. He also showed off some trick shots and taught some to the players who were present. Quite a few attended the event, with the crowd spilling into the hallway. Pool is a popular sport with these active seniors and many of them can be found regularly in the pool rooms at the center, enjoying the fellowship and competition. Volunteer visits from professional players and instructors who wish to share their knowledge and talents are always welcome and appreciated. A special thanks to Scott Lee for sharing his time and knowledge with the pool players of Broken Arrow Seniors, Inc.

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My Lucky Day ball out of the middle of the rack. He made it right into the corner pocket several times in a row. And he uses the same break for one-pocket. He just switches the break side as his pocket side changes. He showed me exactly where and how to hit it. “I can easily run several racks of one-pocket with this and a couple of other moves,” Lucky said. He offered to show me ... one after another after another ... six in a row. I had seen many of the top players in the world play, and not one of them played like that! Lucky showed me another one-pocket break where two balls go in the same pocket. He called them and they went in as smooth as peach fuzz. Nothing he did was flashy, yet everything was more dazzling because of it. Lucky had MASTERED the game of pool. Only a Tibetan monk could appreciate the enlightenment I was experiencing. I was truly reverent. What was going on? Was it believable? It was incredible! I thought I must be dreaming. I had had only two beers the whole night! I could not believe what I was experiencing. I just watched and tried to absorb for over six hours that night. I even got a pen and paper from the bartender and started to take notes; there was so much to write down. All the knowledge he had was more than all the players I know, pros included. The fundamentals, aiming techniques, geometry, physics, systems, shot repertoire, mental concentration. Name it; he talked about it. I thought I knew about pool but he showed me things beyond the realm of possibilities. I knew if I absorbed only twenty-five percent of what he shared with me I’d win every tournament I entered from here on out. Lucky made over nine hundred balls that night, without one miss. I sure did rack a lot. Good thing it was only twenty-five cents. I gladly paid for every rack. When he finally decided to hang it up, I offered to buy him one last beer, but he declined and took coffee instead. He put up the crooked old house cue in the rack on the wall and sat down at my table, tilting back in his chair and cradling the hot coffee between his weathered hands. Lucky didn’t seem tired; instead was happy to sit and talk more about pool and share some more stories. As I listened to Lucky reminisce, my consciousness was changing. I started dreaming ... really dreaming. What about going on the road...with

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me! Lucky and Andrew, traveling around the country! No, the continent! No, the world! I could see us becoming millionaires in months! No, weeks! The riches! Playing for more money than I could even imagine! The headlining feature in every pool and sports magazine around the globe. The fame! I could manage him. “Lucky, how about traveling with me, playing pool?” I blurted out. Lucky drained his coffee cup, smiled at my eagerness, and said, “I have no desire to. I’d be bored with the lifestyle, the politics, the hustling and playing tournaments. I have fun playing pool right here.” “But Lucky,” I persisted, “if you did travel around playing pool, you know we’d make a lot of money, right?” “I did that when I was younger. Now I wouldn’t want to leave the ranch. Besides, who would take care of my cows and chickens?” My dream visions faded, and I came back to reality as Lucky pushed back his chair and stood to go. “You’re from the Northwest, you say?” he asked me. He wondered if I knew any of the people he knew from up there, like the legendary Pirates and John’s Gang Pool Teams, Lebow the cue maker and a few other business associates. He asked me to say “hi” to them. “Andrew, please remember not to tell anyone where I live. I’ve had enough of people playing me for money and leaving broke.” “I’ll agree to that if you’ll let me come back sometime and play, er, watch you play,” I countered. He shook my hand and said, “Anytime, son.” Then Lucky dug into his overall pocket and pulled out a roll of money. He licked his thumb and peeled off three fifty-dollar bills. He pressed them into my hand, saying, “When you tell your friends back home about your vacation, tell them that you beat some guy out of a whole bunch of money -- that you got lucky.” With that he winked at me and out the door he went.

.... I thought it was time for a visit .... Cars, suv’s and pickups filled every empty space up and down the street .... A kid on a bench was slumped over, holding his head in his hands .... Read what happens to Lucky next month .... in October


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and missed. Jason pocketed the 9-ball. Score: 6-4 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” The third and final match race to decide it all was between Portland’s Steve Lingelbach and Wai Pang of Montgomery Alabama. Their match went as follows: GAME #1 – Wai won the lag, and decided to break so Steve chose to play 8-ball first. Wai broke and made one of each on the break, then ran the table. —1-Zip in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #2- Wai broke making a solid and then ran 5 balls before playing safe. Steve played safe, but Wai kicked in his ball and then ran out. Match tied 2-Zip in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #3 – Wai broke dry. Steve ran 4 balls and missed. Wai played safe. Steve made a great hit, but gave Wai an opening whereby he was able to run out the rack. Score now 3-Zip in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #4 – Wai broke pocketing the 5-Ball, but then missed. Steve made a tremendously difficult run out pulling off shots that seemingly weren’t even there. Score now 3-1 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #5 – Steve broke and made a stripe. He pocketed another stripe, then played safe. Wai made a good hit and left Steve bad. Steve attempted a hit, but scratched. Wai took ball and hand and ran the table through his last ball, but then accidentally scratched. Steve received Ball In hand and ran out the rest of the rack. Score:3-2 in favor of the “Triple Fish,” and now with all five games of 8-Ball having been played they moved onto 9-Ball. GAME #6 – Steve broke dry. Wai ran out the rack. Score 4-2 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #7 – Wai broke dry. Steve made the 1-ball and then played safe. Wai kicked, made a hit, and ended up hooking Steve who played safe. Wai made a 3-ball combo and tried unsuccessfully to play safe. Steve pocketed the 2-ball, but then had a “fluke” scratch while pocketing the 3-ball. Starting with Ball In hand, Wai ran out the rack.. Score 5-2 still in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #8 – Wie broke dry. Steve made the 1 and 2-ball then made a great jump shot to pocket the 3-ball, then played safe. Wai played a safe back. Steve kicked at the 4-ball and buried the cue ball in a cluster. Wai kicked and made a good hit, but left Steven an opening which he took advantage of and ran out the rack. Score now 5-3 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #9 – Steve broke and made the 2-ball and played safe. Even though Wai made a good hit, he left an opening for Steve who then ran out the rack. Score: 5-4 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #10 – Steve broke making the 1-Ball then “rolled out.” Wai fired the cue ball full length of the table clipping the 2-ball and sending the cue ball to rebound off of the end rail just right to bounce back and cut the 9-ball into the side pocket. Score: 6-4 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #11 – Wai broke dry. Steve rolled out. Wai played safe. Steve managed to get a good hit, but left Wai a visible shot. Wai took complete advantage of the opening and proceeded to run out the rest of the rack. Game Over, Match, and Set! Triple Fish from Montgomery Alabama won 2-1 over the “Zack Attack” from Portland to claim all the bragging rights, top money prize of $7,800, and the coveted title of being the National APA 3-person Team master’s Champions of the amateur world for 2010. For their efforts in placing 2nd Portland’s OPAL-APA “Zack Attack” received $3,600


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of doubt in his head or shaking his confidence could be the beginnings of a skid in his and the team’s performance. Players on our team tried to sweat other teammates matches whenever possible. Caring enough to watch and root them on is an obvious sign of support. Even during a team match, I could hear Jared’s voice say, “Good shot Fieldhammer!” and it would further my resolve to win that game knowing he was spurring me on. Players on our winning team are selfless. We cared about our own performance only as it related to the team goal of winning matches. Never was heard, “Well, I got mine” when a player came to sit down after winning a game. At its best, unconditional support for one’s teammates can be a catalyst to launching the team to heights unattainable by the five as individuals. Each of the five players on the team made sacrifices for the sake of the team. The team goal that we all had in mind became a truly satisfying achievement that became much sweeter because we shared it with teammates who gave and received support. Mike is a full time tournament player and professional billiard instructor. He is available for private instruction or group clinics and events. Check out the new Billiard Coach Store: Serious Gear for Serious Players. Gift certificates are available.

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Rackem Magazine September Issue  

The September Issue of Rackem Magazine for the Midwest Pool Players is available online now. Read about APA Nationals and our new feature st...

Rackem Magazine September Issue  

The September Issue of Rackem Magazine for the Midwest Pool Players is available online now. Read about APA Nationals and our new feature st...