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Tri Annual Event Total payout for the Tri Annual event was $1035. Rooms from Dallas, Burien and Tacoma participated remotely. Players played two matches for the 1st round and the top 75% of the field moved onto the Sudden Death round. Play started at 10:00am west coast time and 1:00pm east coast time. A match is 11 games of 10ball vs. the Ghost with BTRT scoring system and handicapping in place. To qualify for this event players had to play 11 matches in the last 4 months. The Open division after two matches was a close finish with only 0.65 of a point separating 1st position Jing Gicoso and Larry Francisco 2nd position. 0.17 of a point separated third through fifth position with Deby Welfringer in fourth position, Scott Baber in fifth position Bob Steiner synching 6th. This round was only to secure a seat in the Sudden Death round. Competition doesn’t get much closer than that. In the intermediate division Cindy Parvala ran away with the qualifying round by 7 points letting second and third positions fight it out with only 0.24 points between Terry Lawrence and Elaine Eberly. 0.25 points separated fifth and sixth position with Pat Pilgrim and Joe Larson. This round qualified these players for the Sudden Death round of one (1 match) which determines who plays in the finals on Sunday. The Sudden Death round is just one match to qualify for those few final spots. The Sudden death round started about 2:00pm PST and was a nail biter. As we finished up our first round matches out of Malarkeys in Tacoma WA players huddled around the computer to watch the match scores come in from the other locations. Hawley’s Billiards in Dallas TX and Good Time Ernie’s in Burien WA did the same. In the Open Division Good Time Ernie’s brought Scott Baber in with aggregate high score of 155.35, Walter Hawley from Hawley’s Billiards out of Dallas TX in second and Larry Francisco from Malarkeys, Tacoma WA for third. The Intermediate division results for the Sudden Death round was Cindy Parvala holding onto first position, Pat Pilgrim in second position and Joe Larson rounding out the final third position. Final rounds started on Sunday at 11:30 PST. Players play two matches for the final round and the best match for each player is used to determine winners. The Intermediate and Open divisions play with a true 90% handicapping system so it’s anybody’s win. We’d also like to congratulate players that earned Achievement Awards by moving up in divisions the last 4 months. Pat Pilgrim, Bob Steiner, Scott Baber, Cindy Parvala and Jeff Aase. The Advanced division has just opened for you upper level players. Check our website for currently playing rooms or contact us to get playing. Behind the Rock Tour is a weekly national tournament played out of any local pool room on 9 foot tables and soon to open a bar box division. This tournament pays weekly with 5 divisions. To find out more about the tour or if you like to learn how to get your local pool room or favorite pool place playing go to www. and contact us. Or you can call 253-226-3594. Our next Tri Annual event is Dec. 8-9th. Congratulations to all participants and get ready for the final tri annual event in Dec..

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ENGEL WINS SEVEN to steal 1st Annual Zingale's SouthEast Open

By Skip Maloney - first, ahead by five, but Roberts TALLAHASSEE, FL rallied to win four in a row. In the The South is just brimming final rack, Roberts missed trying with pool tournaments these to bank the 2-ball, and Engel days. You had the Southern ran the rack to finish it. Classic in Tunica in late July, The 1st Annual Zingale's and then, the 1st Annual Southeast Open was the Southwest Open 9-Ball brainchild of Michael Zingale, Championships in mid-August who asked Tony Crosby to (won byTommy Kennedy), and direct it for him. Zingale then, just this past weekend thanked Crosby for his efforts August 18-19 - Zingale's Billiards in that regard. Crosby, himself, in Tallahassee, FL sponsored will now turn his attention to the the $3,000-added, 1st Annual next stop on his own Poison Zingale's Southeastern Open, Tour, scheduled for September which drew 82 entrants, and 8-9 at Top Hat Billiards in Jupiter, saw Jesse Engel crowned as FL. its first champion. Engel fought back from deep on the loss JESSE ENGEL - file photo by: Don “Cheese� Akerlow side to take a marathon final against hot seat occupant, James Roberts, which didn't conclude until the early morning hours Zingale's Southeast Open Results of Monday, August 20. With Engel already battling on the loss side, Roberts advanced Place Playername Prize Money among the winners' side final four to face Arthur Hunyh. Gene 1st Jesse Engel $2,000.00 Albrecht, Sr., in the meantime, battled Dave Grossman. Roberts 2nd James Roberts $1,000.00 sent Hunyh west 9-4, and in the hot seat match, faced Albrecht, 3rd Gene Albrecht $800.00 who'd downed Grossman 9-5. Roberts got into the hot seat 9-2 4th David Grossman $700.00 over Albrecht and sat in the hot seat, awaiting dawn and the return 5th Arthur Huynh $500.00 of Engel. Tony Crosby $500.00 Sent west by Nick Applebee, Engel set to work on the loss side, 5th Arthur Huynh $500.00 getting into the money rounds by defeating first, Detroit Griffin and 7th Nick Applebee $350.00 then, Ray Linares. He then eliminated "The Truth" (Larry Nevel) 9-5 John Morra $350.00 and John Morra, double hill, to square off against Hunyh, coming 9th Brandon Beatty $200.00 over from the winners' side semifinals. Grossman picked up the Adam Smith $200.00 event's director, Tony Crosby, who'd gotten by Brandon Beatty 9-4 Larry Nevel $200.00 and spoiled a potential Engel/Applebee re-match, with a 9-3 Cliff Joyner $200.00 victory over Applebee. Brandon Beatty $200.00 It was Engel and Grossman in the quarterfinals, following a Adam Smith $200.00 double hill victory for Grossman over Crosby and a 9-4 win by Engel Cliff Joyner $200.00 over Hunyh. Engel then defeated Grossman 9-7, and chalked up 13th Benny Conway $150.00 his seventh straight, loss-side victory with a 9-6 win over Albrecht in Chad Royal $150.00 the semifinals. Raymond Linares $150.00 The single, race-to-13 finals started late, and ended early, as Tommy Kennedy $150.00 Engel and Roberts battled back and forth. Engel reached the hill 6 Rackem Magazine - September 2012



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Red Shoes Billiards of Alsip Illinois (Chicago) hosted a BANK POOL Tournament on Saturday August 4th, 2012. This was a $500 added money, double elimination, "Race to 23 balls" event. For those of you who have never heard of a "RACE TO 23 BALLS" format, it works like this....After the break (FULL RACK) the players play out the WHOLE first rack (keeping a total of credited balls....i.e. 8/7). The player scoring the final (15th) ball of the first rack breaks the second rack (opening break rules apply). The second FULL RACK is played out (with players keeping a running total of credited balls). If necessary the players will play a third FULL RACK until one player reaches 23 total credited balls (which ends the match). Typically matches last from one to two hours (depending how "safe/aggressive" the players are). This was a one day (iron man) tournament. It was a FULL FIELD with the following results: 1st Brian Gregg, 2nd Darryl Abernathy, 3rd Eric Hincks, 4th Jeff Carter, 5th-6th Freddie (The Beard) Bentivegna & Jeremy Bauers, 7th-8th Neal Jacobs & Rich Meager. As usual it was a very tough field with some home town favorites being knocked out earlier than expected (i.e...Glen "Piggybanks" Rogers, Ike "The Great Ike" Runnels and Eric "The Worm" Wermes). Next in the Red Shoes Billiards Tournament schedule is ONE POCKET on Saturday September 1st, 2012.

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New Jersey Team WINS $25,000

After 10 days of virtual non-stop pool tournament action, the Trenton, N.J. team of Hate Joey, Not Us was the last team standing in the finals of the 734-team 8-Ball Open Division. Hate Joey, Not Us defeated Shark Week of Warren, Ohio, 3-1. Shark Week got on the scoreboard first, with a 5-2 victory by Keith Edwards over Christopher Lewis of Hate Joey, Not Us. The New Jersey natives quickly bounced back thanks to a dominating 5-0 win by Ryan Gilligan over Shark Week’s T.J. Brown. In the third match, Hate Joey, Not Us team member Lindsey Rafalski managed to outlast Shark Week’s Bonnie Edwards, 2-1, putting her team on-the-hill. Hate Joey, Not Us closed out the match in the fourth set behind Frank Demarcello, who defeated Shark Week’s Allan Ray 4-1. Hate Joey, Not Us eliminated Come Get Us of Oklahoma City earlier in the day to advance to the $25,000 finale. Shark Week advanced to the final round with a win over Eliminators of Jefferson, La. Shark Week took home a respectable $15,000 consolation prize as Runners-up. Come Get Us and Eliminators finished tied for 3rd Place and received $7,500 in cash.

1st Place – Hate Joey, Not Us -Trenton, NJ Wilfredo Gonzalez, Jeffrey Cabrera, Frank Demarcello, Joseph Galambos, Ryan Gilligan, Christopher Lewis, Lindsay Rafalski and David Soto II

Two Peas in a Pod


Two Peas in a Pod (Christopher Stone and Lauren Kauffman) from Raleigh, N.C., won $5,000 Friday, Aug. 24 at the Top of the Riviera with a close 46-34 win over H-Cues Double Malt Scotch (Nathaniel Horsey-Sherin) of Nashville, Tenn. The Runner-Up finish was good for $3,000 for H-Cues Double Malt Scotch. Two Peas in a Pod advanced to the finals with a 46-31 win over Rogue Wolf (Kiersten Garrison and Randall Suzuki) of San Gabriel, Calif. H-Cues Double Malt Scotch defeated Just Make Balls (Orlando Ashby and Renee Colley) of Scarborough, Ontario, 38-26. Both H-Cues Double Malt Scotch and Just Make Balls tied for 3rd Place and received $1,600. Lauren Kauffman and Christopher Stone

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September is

National Juniors Pool Month August 10, 2012 (Denver, CO): The Billiard Education Foundation announces September as official Juniors Pool Month across the country. Under new direction, the nonprofit organization is reaching out to pool enthusiasts from coast to coast to help raise money for junior pool programs, including leagues, tournaments, and scholarships and pool in school programs. As the annual pool season kicks off, the BEF is challenging the industry, players, and fans to arrange and support fundraisers. “Let’s start a movement! League operators, tournament directors, and poolroom owners already raise money for their favorite charities. We’re simply asking that BEF be this month’s recipient,” said Samm Diep-Vidal, Executive Director. Fundraising campaigns will be highlighted in billiard publications, poolrooms, retailers,

and social media. Many ways people are supporting juniors pool across the nation include fundraiser tournaments, raffles, auctions, monetary and product donations, and through spreading the word about the BEF and its efforts to promote the next generation of players and fans. For more information on ways to get involved, contact Samm Diep directly at 303667-8000 or Request a donation box or download a donation banner ad from the BEF website (http://www. The Billiard Education Foundation ( is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that produces the annual Junior National Championships, provides scholarships for young players, sends junior players to the World Junior Championships and promotes Pool in School programs to encourage lifelong participants.

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Manny Chau, Charlie Bryant

Frank Ferrer, Jr., Frank Ferrer, Sr.

Ferrer Jr. Finalizes On



On August 11th and 12th, the Lone Star Tour’s Texas Open “Warm-Up” 9-ball event at Skinny Bob’s in Round Rock, Texas drew 120 players with 167 total entries in 3 divisions. Notables David Henson, James Davis Sr., Doug Young, Manny Chau, Charlie Bryant, Junior Jueco, and Kevin Guimond participated in the 59 player Open division while the 90 player Amateur division included Patrick Hill, Jacob Warriner, Mark Mallow, Chris Sharier, Jacob Jiminez, Marty Dill, and Jim Miller, just to name a few. The event paid out in excess of $10,000 with players representing Dallas, Austin, Houston, Temple, Kileen, Ft. Worth, and San Antonio. The Tour would like to thank Skinny Bob’s Billiards and their entire staff for hosting another first rate event. Lone Star Tour events are sponsored by Poison by Predator cues, Delta-13 Rack, APA of North Harris County, and Gulf Coast Billiards. On Saturday, the Amateur field ran down to 48 for Kim Sand Sunday’s 12pm, first round. On Sunday, the winner’s side 16 ers, L iz Kir saw Houston’s Will Felder defeat Tracy Sanders, Ft. Worth’s kma n Brian Anderson best David Escobedo, Cielo Vasquez pass Ron Franklin, Steve Lindgren over Pete Herrera, Steve Pennington oust Sonny Demetro, Frank Ferrer Jr. beat Jacob Warriner, answered Cesar Garcia over Nick Banks and Lee Rosa over Mike Mallow. On the back, winning one-loss side Skinny Bob owner Rich Anglin eliminated Demetro, Patrick a rack then breaking and Hill bested Jacob Warriner, Jesse Martinez dusted Nick Banks, Travis running 2 racks. At 3-3, Ferrer broke Phelps fell to Mike Mallow, Tracy Sanders bested Daniel Johnson, David Escobedo ousted Chris Sharier, Ricardo Espinosa eliminated Ron Franklin without results and it came down to Vasquez who played a safety on the 3-ball. Ferrer kicked 2 rails at the 3-ball and and J.P Lopez sent home Pete Herrera. When the dust settled on the missed. Vasquez ran down to the 8-ball where he positioned himself with east side, the final four pitted Brian Anderson v. Cielo Vasquez and Frank a dreaded, straight-in shot; 9-ball down table on the opposite side rail, Ferrer Jr. v. Lee Rosa. With another round down on the west side, Felder middle diamond. Vasquez chose to stop the cue-ball and accept the defeated Hill 5-3, Mallow eliminated Lindgren 4-2, Sanders dusted off long, tough cut on the 9-ball. Vasquez missed the 9-ball but left it safe. Pennington and Espinosa passed Garcia. On the winners’ side, Vasquez Ferrer chose to play a safety of his own using a light touch shot, bumping defeated Anderson and Ferrer secured his place over Rosa. Cielo the 9-ball to the rail and off where it rejoined the cue-ball in a precarious secured the hot seat over Ferrer, 5-2, while Mallow eliminated Felder position. Vasquez attempted to play safe by fanning the 9-ball and 4-1 and Sanders did the same to Espinosa, 4-2. T. Sanders took down Anderson 4-3 then Mallow 4-2 to reach Ferrer. It was Ferrer over Sanders, sending the cue-ball to the short-side end rail where he left Ferrer a bank 4-3, which pitted Ferrer v. Vasquez in the final. In the first of two sets, Ferrer at the side pocket. Ferrer seized the opportunity to close the set out, banking the 9-ball in the side for the win. Congratulations to Frank Ferrer, came on strong and confident over Vasquez, 5-2. The second set was Jr. on his first Lone Star Tour win and to Cielo Vasquez for a very hard a different story as Vasquez jumped to a 3-0 lead, and on the hill. Ferrer

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fought tournament. The Open division played down to 32 for Sunday with winners’ side final 8 action that saw James Davis Sr. defeat Cielo Vasquez 8-5, Henson over Felder 8-2, Chau best Corey Dordek 8-2, and Charlie Bryant defeat Doug Young, 8-0. On the one-loss side, Ferrer Jr. beat Chris Haussman, Warriner bested Tony Oliva, Brian Anderson overtook Brian Sanders, and John Palmore defeated Demetro. Back east, Davis Sr. slid by Henson 8-7 and Bryant dusted Chau, 8-4. After another one-loss round, Vasquez defeated Felder 6-5 and Dordek fell to Young who was later eliminated by Henson, 6-1. Vasquez was sent home by Chau 6-2, as was Henson, 6-4. Hot seat action saw Bryant blow past Davis, Sr., 8-5 who was dusted off in the next round by Chau, 8-5. In the first of the two set-final, Chau came on strong with an 8-5 win. Bryant took a short break, coming back cool and composed to win the final set, 6-2. Congratulations to Charlie Bryant on his second 2012 Lone Star win. The 18 player ladies field included Kim Pierce, Julia Rapp, Loretta Lindgren, Liz Kirkman and Michelle Cortez. Kim Sanders defeated Liz Kirkman for the hot seat. Kirkman then defeated Pierce 4-3 on the one-loss side but fell to Sanders in the final. Nicole McDaniel finished a respectable 4th. The next event will be at Hawley’s Billiards in Dallas, Texas on August 13th14th, 2012.


Frank Ferrer Jr.



Cielo Vasquez



Tracy Sanders



Mike Mallow



Lee Rosa, Brian Anderson



Ricardo Espinosa, Will Felder



Patrick Hill, Steve Lindgren, Steve Pennington, Cesar Garcia



J.P. Lopez, Raul Escobedo, Nick Banks, Rich Anglin


Pete Hererra, Ron Franklin, Chris Sharier, Daniel Johnson,

Travis Phelps, Jesse Martinez, Jacob Warriner, Sonny Demetro



Charlie Bryant



Manny Chau



James Davis Sr.



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Manila, Philippines- Korea's Ga Young Kim finally overcame her demons to claim World Championship glory for her country. Kim on her second appearance in the finals of the the Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship, faced last year's #1 in the world Siming Chen of China, and completely dominated the championship match. Kim's victory has put South Korea back on top of women's pool.

The Dragon Promotions produced 4th Annual Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship is the most followed women's event of the year. In the host country of the Philippines, it is the biggest female sporting event of the country. The event is supported by Asian table mammoth Yalin Billiards, advanced cue engineer OB Cues, long lasting Championship Tour Edition Cloth, top playing Aramith Balls, Tour Edition Chalk, and #1 TV network broadcaster ABS-CBN. Star Billiards and Pool & Billiard Magazine are also proud supporters. This year's edition will take place August 20th-24th once again at Robinson's Galleria Mall, which has now become synonymous for creating the dynamic atmosphere of the coveted championship. Robinson's Galleria is connected to the host hotel Crowne Plaza Galleria. With massive media and global networks covering the Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship, it will continue as still the biggest and most watched women's billiard event in the world. In the final match, China would face South Korea. China has had an army of strong top notch players, and Korea has produced perhaps not quite as many in quantity, but makes up for it in quality with gems such as Ga Young Kim, Yu Ram Cha, Yun Mi Lim, and Eun Ji Park. The finals began with Kim continuing her lightning fast pace from her last match. She took the first 3 games in a blink of an eye. In about 15 minutes, she already commanded a 4-1 lead. Chen seemed overcome with the blitz of Kim and was never really able to shake her off. Chen pocketed some nice shots, but wasn't able to control her cueball well. Kim on the other hand, looked to be in supreme confidence at the table coming with every challenging shot and executing intricate

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safeties and positional play. Leading eventually at 9-3, Chen was given another chance off a Kim safety. Chen made a nice carom shot off the 3-Ball sending the cueball down table off the short cushion and neatly hit the 10-Ball perfectly where she called , and pocketed it. Score was now 9-4 and the crowd cheered wildly hoping for a tighter contest. Chen then broke and ran the next making the audience hopeful for a comeback. But it was not to be, Chen made a positional error in the next rack and was forced to kick the 6-Ball. The effort was half hearted as the disappointment was apparent on her face from the earlier mistake. Kim faced the final 4 balls that stood in her way, and pocketed the first 3. As the cueball landed perfectly for the final 10-Ball shot, Kim showed her first emotion in the whole event by looking up to the sky, as if to say, this is what I've been fighting for the whole week. She pocketed the final shot and clenched her fist in the air in victory! "I have improved my result from last year, so I am happy about that. I am getting closer", said Chen in the finalists speech. "I really did not practice any more than usual for the event, but I was doing a "Dancing with the Stars" TV show in Korea leading up to the World Championship, and so I was really in a happy mood. So I think my happiness and positiveness carried over to here this week", explained Kim when asked if she did anything differently this year to prepare. Ga Young Kim will enjoy a full year of reigning in women's pool most highest challenge and honor, as the World Champion of 10-Ball. Follow the ladies at http://www. For more info email womensworld10ball@ Complete info and news visit Results and brackets can be found at

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Chad Debruyckere Wins Inaugural Stop by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow The inaugural event of the Wisconsin Pool Players Society (WPPS) found itself in the Northwest community of Altoona, WI just outside of Eau Claire at the Happy Hollow on August 11th and 12th. Andy Kunz, tournament director and founder, said there was a strong field of 44 players that came out to play 9-ball and vie for the first place prize money. Happy Hollow generously added $410 to the prize fund. The tour’s format has a minimum of $250 added and a $40 entry, $10 of which is the greens fee and $5 goes towards the end of season finals. The tour is open to all amateurs, race to 7, double elimination (with no redraw on Sunday), alternate break, rack your own, BCAPL rules. The players auction brought additional money to the prize pool. Chad Debruyckere the eventual winner, opted out of the player auction because he wasn’t sure he would be available for the finals, if he got that far. He had a family commitment. Chad went into the finals undefeated but lost the first set to Gene Albrecht Jr. After that loss though he caught a gear and beat Gene 7-3 to take home the win. Total paid out from tour stop #1 $3,007 We would like to thank our sponsors: J.Pechauer Custom Cues, Jacoby Custom Cues Lucasi Hybrid, OB Cues, Pure X by Players Cues Viking Cue, Scorpion Cues, Badger State Billiards Supply,, On The Hill Clothing Bullseye Inc.,, On The Snap! Clothing Pefect Aim by Gene Albrecht, WPBL - Bonus Ball Magic Ball Rack, A Pool Lesson DVD, by Jerry Briesath and Rackem Pool Magazine

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Results from the Wpps 9 Ball Tour Stop #1 - Happy Hollow - Altoona, WI

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An interview with legendary WPBA player Belinda “The Texas Belle” Calhoun Belinda Campos born on March 5th, 1953 Austin, TX She started playing pool recreationally at the age of 18 in a little bar called Hillside Inn in Austin, TX. After seeing her first “Billiard News” in 1973, she knew her lot in life was set. Her extensive career has brought her over 50-titles across the USA and her most memorable ones are Melissa Little the following: 1985 World Straight Pool Melissa “The Viper” Little Championships at Niagara has been a WPBA Touring Falls, NY –Beat pro player Mary Professional for over 10-years, Kenniston (Guarino) in the finals. she has represented the 1985 US Open Champion at USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 Norfolk, VA – Beat pro player Ewa top-10 WPBA career finishes. Mataya Laurance in the finals Melissa is currently the house 1985 WPBA National pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Championships New London, CT Company located in Downtown Beat pro player Linda Haywood in the Denver. She teaches monthly finals clinics, gives private lessons, 1983 & 86 Classic Cup in Chicago, and has created a juniors IL defeating pro players Peg Ledman and program that promotes billiards Bonnie Hoffman respectively education to the local youth. 1981 & 1984 BCA National 8-Ball pos a Cam Championship in Las Vegas and Fort Worth Belind For more information about defeating pro players Sher Lively and Linda Melissa please visit: Hoffman 1983 Villa Capri Open in Austin, TX defeating pro player Lori Shampo 1991 NPBA National 8-Ball Championship in Las Vegas, NV The Interview VIPER: What is your biggest accomplishment in the sport of billiards? Belinda: Off the table, establishing a dress code, mandatory players meetings and serving on the WPBA board of directors for 20 years where I always stressed, “what’s good for the WPBA is good for me.” On the table, I’d probably say…7 and out, unfinished, at the World Championships. (Tournament was race to 7, 2 out of 3) Read more articles VIPER: Did you ever play in a pool league? by Melissa Little at Belinda: By the time I established leagues in the Austin area in 1987, pros were not allowed. VIPER: Where do you draw your inspiration? Belinda: The pursuit of perfection

VIPER: Are you good at any other sports? Belinda: Name one; pick one; what’s your second best game? VIPER: Describe yourself in three words? Belinda: Mother, Pool player, Redeemed VIPER: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about your self or your career? Belinda: For myself, I would have sought the Lord much sooner. For my career, I would have focused more on being a player rather than a board member. VIPER: Who influenced you the most in pool? Belinda: I’d been playing about 3 years when all the players came to town for the Texas Open. I got a table and started hitting balls (showing my talents) when Louie Roberts came over to me and said, “You might be a pretty good player in about 10 years.” Initially I was crushed! But it was an eye opener and motivated me to practice with a purpose. My good friends and coaches Beverly Averyt and Bob Hempel spent countless hours of their time and talent helping me to hone my skills. Later in my career I had the great fortune of being introduced to Robert McCullough. (Colliding Spheres) I learned more about the how and why in three years than the previous twenty. He totally rebuilt my game. VIPER: Who are your favorite professionals? Belinda: Efren Reyes for his knowledge in all games, Buddy Hall for his stroke timing and cue ball control, and Earl Strickland for his “high gear.” VIPER: How did you prepare for events? Belinda: My life was a preparation, I ate, drank, and slept pool until of course, I had my children and then it was anytime I had a chance. VIPER: What was the best advice you were ever given? Belinda: From my good friend and coach Bev Averyt – she, herself, was a world-class athlete- her advice was just “Do it”. We were driving to a tournament in my mom’s motorhome. We actually spent a few years on the road. Mainly between Texas and California. What a book that would make!!! Viper on pg 24

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Mike Massey

The Jerry Briesath Karate Chop Draw Back Mike Massey

I learned this shot from Jerry Briesath who has long been considered one of pool’s top instructors. This neat little shot is one you could use in a game if no mechanical bridge is available. The object is to pocket the 8-Ball and draw back to Position X for shape on the 9-Ball without using the mechanical bridge. This might seem like a difficult task unless you are a great onehanded player or happen to be eight feet tall. However, once you learn this shot, you’ll discover it is not too difficult. Place your cue on the table straight in line with the cue ball and 8-Ball. Lean over and reach out as far as you can with your bridge hand. Now use your thumb and pointing finger to

raise the shaft so the tip is aimed to hit the cue ball as shown. You should have the tip about one inch from the cue ball. Place the heel of your right hand on the cloth behind the butt of your cue. Now pull your right hand back slowly about eight inches leaving the heel on the cloth. Strike the butt of your cue with a quick jab of the heel of your hand. It takes some practice to get the feel of the shot. But once you do, you’ll have a lot of fun showing it off to your friends. Note: this shot works better on a 4 1/2’ x 9’ table, because on a smaller table you don’t have much room to work with.

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


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When was the last time you missed a combination shot? When was the last time you practiced your combinations? Here are three exercises to help you get a feel for these shots that don’t come up as often as regular shots but can often help you get through a tough layout. In Shot A is a typical short combination that is not quite on. This kind of shot is deceptive because most player don’t have a good feel for how the throw will react for balls that are kind of close to each other but not touching. To develop your feel, I want you to repeat the exact same shot several times. To make sure that the balls go back in the same slightly twisted position, either tap them in place or use donut-shaped paper reinforcers. The two balls are about one ball apart. To start with, find the position of the cue ball that allows you to shoot straight at the 15 ball and make the 13. Don’t settle for just close -- adjust until you have the exact center. You might think that you can simply use your normal aiming feel to line up the combo, but that doesn’t work for some. Try varying the speed to see if that changes the angle. Once you find the angle for a “straight in”, try moving the cue ball around to see how the shot changes from other angles. I call this a “double cut” combination because you have cut the first object ball and it has to cut the second object ball, while the first shot you worked on only had a single cut of the second object ball. To aim double cuts, pick a spot on the cushion to drive the first object ball to. This should be along the same line that you found in the first part of the shot. There may be a better target off the table such as a chair or the edge of a window if the needed line is not near a diamond reference. Shot B is a progressive practice for longer combinations. Combinations with more OB-OB distance are much more difficult than short ones even though the whole length of the shot might be comparable. That’s because the first ball has a longer run to get off line before it hits the second ball and that error is multiplied in the second collision. To do the exercise, place a marker on the table starting about two diamonds from the pocket. Put the first object ball there and the second object ball half way to the pocket. With cue ball in hand, try the combo, and if it goes move the marker a little farther from the pocket. If you miss the combo, move the marker a little closer. Try more shots. You can vary this drill by having a slight or a severe angle between the object balls or by putting the cue ball down off-angle. Try those variations and note how much closer to the pocket the coin ends up after 10 to

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Wo r k 15 shots. That distance will tell you your 50% range for each kind of shot. Finally Shot C is a more free-form exercise from the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice DVDs that I developed with Dr. Dave Alciatore. With randomly scattered balls, see how many shots it takes you to clear the table with just combinations. Part of this is pattern work as you have to come up with a sequence of shots that keeps the shots as easy as possible. Can you see a sequence to clear these balls? My choice would be 5-1 followed by 2-5 which gets the problematic 2 into play. Then the 2-3 will be playable if the 2 is anywhere near where the 1 started. The 4-2 finishes the set. Work on these drills will give you confidence in your combos.


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There is a questionnaire going around these days on what advice would one give to a player who is just starting out in this game. It is important to get off to a right start. The rooms are filled with players who learned some wrong things and are stuck in the same level year after year. You don’t want to be one of these players. In the learning part you need to know a few things. One, you will need to master the four strokes of pool. Without that you have no chance as you will have something missing from your game. You need to learn that the cue ball track line and cue ball speed is determined by the stroke you use. Use the wrong stroke get the wrong position on the next ball. There are four stages we go through as we make our way to the top. We begin this game in the SHOTMAKERS STAGE. Here we learn how to make shots with little regard to position. I spent a year or more in this stage and actually won tournaments as a shot maker. The second stage is the FOUR STROKES OF POOL. Many players skip this stage as they seek to go from the SHOTMAKERS STAGE to the CUE BALL SPEED STAGE. This is where they flounder year

after year at the same level. They are missing the second stage. The third stage is CUE BALL SPEED. Here you learn how to use the stroke to gain position on your next ball. Stroke determines the speed of the cue ball. The fourth stage is MASTERING SELF. Here you master that space between your ears that raises so much hell. It took me a long time to reach a place where I could shoot shots without interference. I have a unique training program that takes you through all four of these stages. Your training must be specific and deliberate. If you are not working on the important parts of skill development you are wasting your time. If you bang balls around with no purpose you become nothing more than a ball banger. The problem with most instructors is that they want to show you the game, how to score, how to win. This is a sport where you need to acquire the skills before you can learn how to win. Building a solid foundation is vital. If you are a plateau player, who has been at the same level for many years go on my web site, and click on ROAD PLAYERS TRAINING. You will see how it is that you need to build this foundation. You can also call me 1-603-566-6229

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An exclusive interview with Mike Dechaine a few days after his victory at Turning Stone. What does it take to have the heart of a champion? We all know hard work, practice, physical conditioning and a good support team behind you are only a few of the things that are a necessity to have to reach the level to be called a champion. I watched a young man display his talents at the U.S. 10-Ball Championships in Las Vegas back in 2010. What I watched was someone arguably out of control, brash and arrogant. Yet his play for the next year, culminating with his appearance at the 2011 Mosconi Cup, had changed. He earned his way onto the team. The next time I ran into him was at The Mosconi Cup which is perhaps the most exclusive and prestigious honor any pool player could achieve. This venue pitted the best players in the United States, earning their position through a series of pro tournaments over a year’s time period, against players from Europe. Everything had begun to change. Arrogance had moved to quiet confidence. What on might call an out of control, emotion young man was now turned into a mature calmness that reflected upon his play. Even though the U.S. team lost, the sting of bitter defeat that none of us likes to feel was there. The pride of representing one’s country, not unlike those in the Olympics, I believe had a profound effect on Mike Dechaine. Mike currently stands in second place 109 points above 3rd and 25 1/2 points behind SVB who is in first place in the standings for the 2012 Mosconi Cup Team. If I can borrow a phrase from the movie, “The Color of Money”, “He has a sledgehammer for a break.” Mike freely admits this gives him an advantage when making balls on the break. Dechaine plays out of Snookers Sports Billiards Bar & Grill in Rhode Island and is also sponsored by them as well as Predator. Mike grew up in Maine and learned to play when he was young and was taught by his father. Waterville, Maine is the quintessential New England small town. His favorite place to go was TJ’s Billiards. Mike said growing up he didn’t have the best attitude and one of the changes he made to his game was to see a therapist to figure out why. “I found out I was ashamed to lose. It was an embarrassment to me,” Mike said. He figured out that the therapy was an investment to his game. He found out that he had to calm down and brush things off and take the punches as they come. Mike also added that one thing that upsets him is the billiard industry as a whole. No one works together to further advance pool and make something bigger and better. A friend of Mike’s, Ray McNamara-house pro, thought Mike was a little naive in the beginning of his professional career in pool but he is learning quickly. Ray said, “He seemed to be intimidated by the pros but now he is realizing (continued on page 25)

Turning Stone Taken by Mike Dechaine BY GEOFF CONWAY - Contributing writer

The Turning Stone Classic always delivers a few big upsets over the first two days play. So it was no surprise (or maybe it was) to see Johnny Archer dispatched to the losers side of the bracket in his first match on Thursday. The match against Blaine Barcus began in Archers’ favor with a 6-1 lead. About 45 minutes later the center isle jammed with spectators as Barcus rose from the dead to make his challenge. The match had then a score line of 8-8 with Barcus (a relatively unknown player from the Houston area in Texas) at the table with only the last three balls left on the table. His nerves were twitching as he came up a little short on the 9 ball, leaving a much tighter cut into the bottom corner pocket. After a little deliberation he sunk the 9 ball to the delight of the huge crowd. Late on Friday in the 8:00 pm matches we saw two more major upsets as last year’s winner Shane Van Boening got trounced by Ron Casanzio 9-5. The other upset was Mika Immonen being handed his transfer papers to the losers side by Hunter Lombardo 9-6. No one works harder at his game than Lombardo, so this is a result that is due after much practice and dedication. It is unique that this 128-player field always delivers significant upsets, with regional “A” players hitting their best game just at the right time, and knocking many of the favorites into the losers side of the draw or out of the tournament altogether. However, as usually is the case these killers have usually packed their bags and are on their way home come late on Saturday! But at least they will have their memories of the kill that they will be telling for the next ten years. In Saturdays 8:00 pm round of four winners and four losers matches, we saw in the winners side matches Raj Hundal dispatch Tommy D’alfonso 9-6 into the one lose side. Mario Morra, who was surprising opponents with his stellar play, took down Donny Mills 9-5. Mike Dechaine was still in his winning mode as he beat Rodney Morris in a close match on the hill, with Rodney hanging up the 8 ball in the final game to allow Mike to get the surprise win. In the last winners side match we saw Shawn Putnam beat up on Corey Deuel in a one sided match at 9-4 to Putnam. It would be “All she wrote” for the losers in the four losers side matches as we saw Johnny (never count me out) Archer demolish Oscar Dominguez 9-1 ending the young guns run. One of the newest and brightest prospects in professional pool today, Brandon Shuff, took down Stevie Moore 9-3 in a lop sided affair. The very much improved Hunter Lombardo dispatched the last “outsider” inthe event, Mr. Ron Casanzio from upstate New York, who had gained the eyes of the fans when he upset Archer on Thursday. Finally we saw Jeremy Sossei (second in 2009 to Johnny Archer) dispose of Matt Krah in a close match at 9-7. The last four matches at 10:0 pm on Saturday were all losers side matches. We saw Brandon Shuff end the run of Tommy D’alfonso 9-5. Rodney Morris put paid to Johnny Archers chances of another win from the losers side when he dealt him a 9-5 score line. Donny Mills bounced back well after his loss to Mario Morra in his previous round, as he got by Hunter Lombardo 9-7. In the last of the four matches we saw Jeremy Sossei take down Corey Deuel with an impressive score of 9-4. Sundays 11:0 am matches would be two winners and two losers matches. The first of the two winners matches was Raj Hundal against Mike Dechaine, in a match that started off close to a tied score of 4-4. But Mike soon ran away with the match (continued on page 25)

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Hans Wins


Charlie Hans of Middletown, Ohio, won his fourth Wheelchair Challenge title Friday, Aug. 24 with a 6-1 win over Ron Bates of Coldwater, Mich. He previously won the tournament in 2006, 2008, 2009 and finished as Runner-Up last year. Hans latest title was worth $1,800 in prize money, while Bates settled for $900 as the Runner-Up. Hans found himself back in the familiar territory of the finals with a 5-0 win over Marland Redfield of Marshall, Mich., in the semifinal round. Bates secured a 2-1 win over Cordell Jeter of Woodbridge, Va., to advance to the showdown with Hans. Redfield and Jeter tied for 3rd and received $450. Ron Bates

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All-Michigan Finale


Two teams from the Great Lakes State were represented in the finals of the Masters Championship Wednesday night at the Top of the Riviera. $10,000 in cash was on-the-line as Triple Threat (Lupe Rosas, Curtis Thornton and Richard Schmiegel Jr.) of Saginaw and Fantastic Four (Chad Palmer, Ezekial Kelly Espinoza, Timmy Palmer and Brenton Canine) of Battle Creek went head-to-head. Fantastic Four took the first match, behind a 7-2 win for Brenton Canine over Curtis Thornton. Needing a win in the second match, Triple Threat put their money on Richard Schmiegel Jr., who came up clutch, winning 7-0 over Chad Palmer of Fantastic Four. With both teams on-the-hill, Lupe Rosas of Triple Threat, defeated Ezekial Kelly Espinoza, 7-5, for the match win! Triple Threat

MassachusettsWINS Team8-BALL DOUBLES I’m With Stupid (Justin Wales and John Provost) from Belchertown, Mass., defeated the Fight Club (Jimmy Coleman and John O’Donnell) of Woodbridge, Va., in the finals of the 8-Ball Doubles Championship Saturday, Aug. 18 held at the Top of the Riviera. I’m With Stupid quickly got on the scoreboard first, but the Fight Club evened the match with a defensive battle in the second game. The teams traded the next two games. I’m With Stupid pulled ahead again in the fifth game, and there was no looking back, as they closed it out in the sixth for a score of 4-2. The victory earned them $6,500 in prize money, while the Fight Club received $4,000 as Runners- Up. I’m With Stupid defeated Whatcha Spottin of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the semifinal round. The Fight Club defeated Watch Out of Toronto, Canada. Both of those teams finished tied for 3rd Place. Justin Wales and John Provost

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9-Ball Champions CROWNED Another national championship was decided Monday, Aug. 20 at the Top of the Riviera. In the finals of the Open 9-Ball Championship, Babe’s of New Derry, Pa., defeated Southern Style of Lafayette, La., 50-32. The showdown went five matches deep, with Babe’s Lindsay Deyarmin, a skill level 3, pocketing the final ball to seal the victory. The championship netted Babe’s $15,000 in cash and the coveted championship trophy. As Runners-Up, Southern Style took home $7,000 in prize money. Babe’s advanced to the finals with a win over Fatguy’s Ruben of Cleveland, Ohio. Southern Style advanced to the final after their opponent was disqualified for excessive skill level movement. The forfeited prize money will be distributed to the teams that were eliminated by the disqualified team (pending review of their teams skill levels). Fatguy’s Ruben received $3,500 for their 3rd Place 1st Place – I’m a 7 at Drinkin from Matthews, NC – Amanda Hale, Amanda Dowdy, April Lindenmuth, Pamela Decker, finish. Rhonda Hull, Sabrina Lanham, Lauren Pearson, Aja Thompson

Ladies Finals COMES DOWN TO THE 8-BALL The finals of the Ladies 8-Ball Division featured a nail-biter of a finale. Down 2-0 in the match, and with their opponent on the 8-ball for the win, the ladies of I’m a 7 at Drinkin from Matthews, N.C., mounted a comeback that will not soon be forgotten. I’m a 7 at Drinkin defeated Take Advantage from Arlington, Va., 3-2, for a $10,000 payday. Take Advantage took an early 2-0 lead, and looked as though they’d make short work of I’m a 7 at Drinkin. Sharpshooter Racquel Scott was up 3-0 and bearing down on the 8-ball to take the third and final match for Take Advantage. But with no clear shot, she opted to try and play safe. With the match seemingly 1st Place – I’m a 7 at Drinkin from Matthews, NC – Amanda Hale, Amanda Dowdy, April Lindenmuth, safely in their hands, it appeared to be the Pamela Decker, Rhonda Hull, Sabrina Lanham, Lauren Pearson, Aja Thompson right move for the ladies from Virginia. But the opening gave I’m a 7 at Drinkin’s port, La., 3-2, to advance. Take Advantage bested Pink Ladies from Mississauga, Amanda Dowdy just the wiggle room she’d need to take that game, and the next, to Ontario, 3-1, in their semifinal match. pull her team within one match. Diamonds & Cues and Pink Ladies finished tied for 3rd Place and received In the fourth match, it was Rhonda Hull of I’m a 7 at Drinkin coming up $2,500. clutch, and cruising to a 4-0 win, suddenly leaving the match hill-hill. The finals would be decided by Take Advantage’s Anne Wilkinson and I’m a 7 at Drinkin’s Pamela Decker. Decker secured the first game, to put her team on the hill, but Wilkinson wasn’t going quietly. She took the next three games, leaving one game to decide the difference between 1st and 2nd Place. With $10,000 on the line, both ladies managed to work their way down to the 8-ball. Finally, it was Decker, a skill level 2, pocketing the 8-ball, and bringing the championship trophy back to North Carolina! As Runners-Up, Take Advantage enjoyed a $5,000 2nd Place prize. In the semifinal round, I’m a 7 at Drinkin defeated Diamonds & Cues from Shreve(COMPLETE RESULTS ONLINE AT: WWW.POOLPLAYERS.COM)

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OB Cues Signs The Lion OB Cues is delighted to announce that they have signed an agreement with Alex "The Lion" Pagulayan as a player representative for OB Cues. This agreement will undoubtedly help both Alex and OB Cues immensely as they move forward together. Shane Sinnott, Director of Sales and Marketing for OB Cues said "Alex has a magnetic personality and is arguably one of the best all-around Pool Players playing the game right now, we couldn't be happier to have Alex onboard with us and we look forward to seeing him win many more tournaments using OB Cues." "I believe this arrangement is ideal for Alex as it allows him to focus on his career and it lays a foundation for a world class player to now be paired with a world class cue manufacturer," notes Jim Wych, Pagulayan's agent. "I can tell you that Alex is extremely happy and excited to be involved with OB Cues and he can't wait to get back to ALEX PAGULAYAN the pool table with his new cues in hand." file photo by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow


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VIPER: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Belinda: The pressure or rather overcoming the pressure. Slaying the pressure. Lording over the pressure. Making it submit to my command. Oh sorry, got a little carried away there! VIPER: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming player what would it be? Belinda: Seek out a “qualified” instructor/coach. Viper: What was it like to be elected into the WPBA Hall of Fame? Belinda: An honor, of course. Having my sister there made it special and the fact it was on my Dad’s birthday, who had passed two years prior. After I got home, we had a celebration at the pool room and played the video from the presentation. I had lots of friends and players present. That was the last time I saw Wilma Lowry who was the manager of “Moyer’s,” the pool room I “grew up” in. Viper: What was it like to play as a woman in Austin when you first started playing? Belinda: There were virtually no women playing at the time. I remember putting quarters on the table and getting dirty looks from the guy holding the table. He would say, “We’re playing for x” and I’d say, “my money is green.” The other line I heard way too many times is “how ‘bout we play for your body.” Years later, I waited for the perfect situation to get even! It felt really good to turn the tables. Readers: don’t get the wrong impression. I just got to deliver the line!!! Viper: What did your parents say about you playing pool for a living? Belinda: In the beginning, my mom helped me cover up the fact I was going to the pool room every day. In my family, you were either in school or working, period. My dad followed the same route so I would park in the back. I got up to be at “work” at 8 and came home after 5. Mother knew I was going to do what I wanted to do! Later, of course, they were both proud of my accomplishments. Mother came to Rockford, Ill in 1977 to a US Open Qualifier and to Dayton, Ohio for the US Open. She couldn’t come in the tournament room to watch 24 Rackem Magazine - September 2012

because she was way too nervous. She was also with me in Vegas (1981) for my first National 8-ball Championship. (Out in the hall!) Ok Belinda, now I have a couple of pool related questions from my Facebook friends… Cathy Jo Sawyer Almanza from Waco, TX asks: Ask her about the miraculous final few balls that she ran out in the finals of the Texas State Open one year... these were all extremely thin cuts, down the rail shots: she made the first one, the next ones got progressively tougher, but she never flinched... she knows exactly the rack I'm referring to: everyone who was watching (and holding their breath) will never forget it... just wish there was a video of it... it was amazing... but that's Belinda ☺ Belinda: I got a rush just reading this!! This was the toughest rack ever and it was in the finals, case game against Vivian. You know how some racks are just “funny,” nothing leads to the next ball and that leads to nowhere. (Why didn’t I play safe?) I remember setting it up later for all comers to try and get out. No one ever did. Thanks, Cathy Jo, for reminding me. How fun!!! Too bad I couldn’t even begin to set the balls up again! Cary Pacatan from Orange Park, FL asks: What kind of cue do you play with? When do you know when its time to retire from playing pool? Belinda: I play with an Annie O. Anne Mayes was a good friend, business partner, fellow player, and created cues with the latest technology. Anne was a great promoter of our sport. Your second question is easy. When you no longer love the game with a passion and when you no longer learn something every time you screw together. A special “Thank-you” to Belinda Calhoun for sharing her thoughts on pool and till next month you can find me on Facebook at

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Heart of a Champion (continued from page 21)

Turning Stone Taken by Mike Dechaine (continued from page 21)

allowing Raj to only put one more bead on the

wire at 9-5. At this point in the proceedings all the that he is at the speed that he can pundits in the crowd were touting Dechaine to compete with them. He knows where take down the event. The next winners match was he stands in the pool community between Shawn Putnam and Mario Morra. Mario and I think he takes his loses easier. was still commanding the table as he hung in there He’s still young.” Whe I asked Ray to 7-7 before Shawn took the last two games, to tell me something that nobody closing it out at 9-7. else knows about Mike he replied, In the first of the losers matches we saw an in-form “He’s a kind hearted kid, people take Donny Mills helping his bank balance as he beat his sense of humor the wrong way Jeremy Sossei 9-4 to end Jeremy’s run in the event. In the other losers match we saw Brandon Shuff sometimes and he gets a bad rap. He continue his winning ways as he got by Rodney comes from a small little town in Morris in a close match with 9-8 Maine. He was isolated. He started In the 1:00 pm matches we had two losers matches a blog on AZBilliards and put out to see who would be in the losers final at 3:00 there that he would answer questions pm. Brandon Shuff was playing lights out and on the forum. The fans that were for absolutely annihilated Mario Morra, as 9-2. Next him and the guys that were against up we had Donny Mills who made a strong him were both there asking questions statement as he got past Raj Hundal 9-6. It was and he handled it pretty well. I read good to see the “Hitman” making the trip over the through most of it and it seemed like pond for this event, but he would have to settle for 5/6th place this year, having come second to Shane it went pretty well for him. That was Van Boening last year. a big step for him to do.” The excitement was growing now as we were I asked Mike what tournament(s) MIKE DECHAINE getting closer to the nitty gritty with the two 3:00 file photo by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow would he most like to win, “I would pm matches deciding who would be in the hot love to win the U.S. Open, of course, seat, and which one of the losers would get to play and the Mosconi Cup” he answered. You will be hearing a lot about Mike the loser from the hot seat match. The hot seat match comprised of Mike Dechaine against Shawn Dechaine in the years to come. The next tournament is the China Open Putnam, and did not follow the betting line as Shawn only allowed Mike to put two beads on the where Mike will be representing the U.S.A. and he may go to Beijing after wire at 9-2. Wow, had Mike finally imploded we were thinking, or can he regroup. that. The losers match was between Brandon Shuff and Donny Mills, the winner getting the chance to You can follow Mike on Facebook at Mike Dechaine for a chance to get into the final. Shuff immediately stamped his authority on the match and steamed ahead to 9-3 to earn the chance to win one more match to get to play Mr. Dechaine-Pro-Pool/137592479682238 or go to his website Putnam. to find out all about him. TURNING STONE CLASSIC - AUGUST 23-25, 2012 1st $8,000 Mike Dechaine 2nd $5,000 Shawn Putnam 3rd $3,600 Brandon Shuff 4th $2,600 Donny Mills 5/6th $2,000 each - Raj Hundal, Mario Morra 7/8th $1,600 each - Jeremy Sossei, Rodney Morris 9/12th $1,200 each - Hunter Lombardo, Tom D’alfonso, Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel 13/16th $850 each - Ron Casanzio, Matt Krah, Stevie Moore, Oscar Dominguez 17/24th $550 each - John Morra, Mike Davis, Jennifer Barretta, Warren Kiamco, Shane Van Boening, Joey Landi, Dany Normandin, Cleiton Rocha 25/32nd $300 each - Jonathan Smith, Nelson Oliveira, Zion Zvi, Steve Mack Dennis Hatch, Karen Corr, Mika Immonen Brent Boemmels


The 5:00 pm match between Mike Dechaine and Brandon Shuff was (at one point) close at 4-4, but then Dechaine turned on some scintillating play that allowed Shuff to win just two more games, resulting in a final score of 9-6. In the 7:00 pm race to 13 final we were to witness what would be a display of great shot making from 25 year old Mike Dechaine that will be remembered by the spectators and the live stream viewers for some time to come. This young man (who is known for his aggressive play) just tightened the tourniquet around Putnam’s neck and he won rack after rack until the scoring ended at 13-4 in his favor. In winning this event Dechaine has also jumped from 3rd place to 2nd place in the points race to get on the Mosconi Cup USA team. With only the US Open available for further points Dechaine looks as though he will be booking a ticket to London in December. Once again this fantastic, smoothly run event has come and gone, and it has established itself as one of the top events in the country. Thanks must go out to Mike Zuglan and his trusty crew, and the Turning Stone Casino and Hotel staff that made this event run so smoothly. Thanks must also go out to AZ Billiards and Accu-Stats Video Productions for making their FREE LIVE STREAM facility available to the public. Congratulations also to Mike Dechaine for a great performance that garnered him this years Turning Stone Classic XIX 9-ball Title.

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The September Issue features the WPPS inagural tournament, an exclusive interview with Mike Dechaine after winning Turning Stone, more tourn...

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The September Issue features the WPPS inagural tournament, an exclusive interview with Mike Dechaine after winning Turning Stone, more tourn...