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Corner vs. Side By Samm Diep, © February 2010

[The following article was a submission to the first edition of PoolSynergy (a collection of the best writing in pool). The theme was “STRATEGY.” The host and theme changes from month to month. Visit for a complete list of each month’s host and their theme.] One of the biggest breakthroughs that I personally made, particularly in big table 9-ball, was to understand when to play position for a ball in the side pocket versus Samm Diep in the corner pocket. Having more of a bar table 8-ball background, it’s very natural and often times preferred to play position for balls in the corner pocket. On the bar table, the corner pocket is much more forgiving and does not require as pinpoint position to get to the next shot. However, once you step up to the big table, your patterns must also. In Diagram 1, take a look at where the 1, 2, 3, and 4 balls are sitting. Beginner players will often play position for these balls in their nearest corner pockets. If they’re not careful, they can turn a connect-the-dots run out into a hairy one. Whenever possible, consider playing position for balls in the yellow shaded area in the side pocket. For instance, take a look Diagram 2. A careless player may opt to just shoot a stop shot on the 6 ball for position A. If they're lackadaisical, they may just eyeball the shot on the 7 ball. Without being deliberate on their position, they now flirt with the side pocket. The path to get from the 7 to the 8 now becomes much more limited and the shot on the 7 ball also becomes a little more difficult. They’re forced to shoot above center and just come one rail against the line of the shot for the 8.

The player could also roll forward (not shown in diagram) to get on the inside of the 7 ball. This leaves a longer shot on the 7 ball and also adds an extra level of difficulty to the shot. There is also a risk of scratching in the opposite side pocket for position. Instead, when they draw back to play position for the 7 ball in the side pocket, the window to play position for the 8 ball now becomes much greater. The 7 in the side is a much easier shot and it’s natural to move the cue ball three rails for position on the 8. If they draw back too far, they can go forward one rail to come straight across for position. Choosing to play the 7 in side reduces the chances for error.

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Once I began playing position for these shots in the side pocket, it increased my run out percentages and made them much more effortless. Look for balls that can go in the side pockets and play position for them three balls ahead. Keep in mind, there are times when the corner pocket trumps the side pocket. See Diagram 1. A good rule of thumb is to play position for balls in the blue shaded area into the corner pocket. When balls fall in that region, the opening to the side pocket becomes much narrower. Side pocket shots are less welcoming and often times impossible. If you’re ever in doubt, draw an imaginary line from the center diamond to the side pocket. If your shot falls in that area, take it up to the corner. Remember to look for patterns that require natural movement of the cue ball. Whenever we have to force/create an angle with the cue ball it makes the shot much more difficult. Look for the nearest pockets to the balls and see if there’s a natural track for position from that pocket. We always want the path of least resistance. If you are interested in participating in the PoolSynergy as a blogger or a guest writer, please contact me for more details. Visit “random smatterings of pool thoughts, articles, & news”. Take polls, view article archives, and read tournament and training updates.


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Premier 10-Ball Showdown The first event on the a Ladies Player Auction 2010 Lone Star Billiards following the Open Tour Scene will be held Auction on Sunday. By Staff. at Bobby Rone’s Q Stix If you are unable to Billiards in Houston, attend this event, that’s Texas, this Saturday and okay, just log in to: Sunday. This event will w w w . u s t r e a m . be the very first 10-Ball t v / c h a n n e l / Event since the tour’s lonestarbilliardstour and inception one year ago. get a front row seat for all The Tour has proudly the action! Plus, you can added Q Stix Billiards in “shoot the bull” in our live Houston, along with The chat room! Green Room in Temple We would like to extend to their 2010 Schedule. many thanks to our A Houston Slick Willies sponsors, Poison Cues location will also join the & the Delta-13 Rack. We Lone Star Family this will be raffling off a Poison year with TBD Dates. Cue and a Delta-13 Rack In this premier, $1000 this weekend. added 10-Ball Event, The Lone Star Tour spectators will enjoy is boasting 17 events Top Ranked Tour Player Zaid Thweib, Exec. Dir. Kim White, Official Referee Bob McFerren watching their favorite this year in Houston, Texas Sharpshooters; Temple, and San Leon. Texas State Champion Kyu Yi, and WPBA Pro Jeremy “JJ” Jones, Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, Check out our complete schedule at www. Player Cristina De La Garza are just a small Raphael Martinez, Sylver Ochoa and many sample of the ladies’ talent that will be there others. The ladies look forward to a $350 See you on the Lone Star Trail! on Sunday. Player Auctions start Saturday at added 9-Ball event on Sunday starting at 1pm. 12pm and Sunday at 12pm. There will also be

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“DOUBLE J” CORRALS PREMIER January 16-17, 2010 - Houston, TX This past weekend the Lone Star Billiards Tour broke all records with 88 players in the OPEN 10 BALL EVENT, and 21 Women in the Ladies 9-Ball Open Event. It was the best kind of “crazy” at Q Stix Billiards in Houston, Texas as Bobby Rone (Galveston Classic Producer) and his room played host to 109 players and the LSBT’s Premier 10-Ball Event & Season Opener. Pro Players Jeremy Jones, Rafael Martinez, and Charlie Bryant, along with tour favorites Sylver Ochoa, Dennis Strickland, Nick Hood, Andy Jethwa and David Parker showed up to battle it out for almost $8,000 in cash! Saturday’s play began around 3pm winding down to the final 24 to be played on Sunday. No upsets where the pros were concerned. On Sunday, the action started at 12pm and the final 8 on the winner’s side produced Jethwa v. Paker, Aaron Springs v. Martinez, Strickland v. Bryant, and Jones v. Brian Rosenbaum. After one round we were down to Parker, Martinez, Hillbilly, and Jones. Martinez beat Parker 7-5 and Hillbilly v. Jones was a great hill hill


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match with “Double J” emerging victorious! On the one-loss side, Jethwa bested Springs, and Thweib beat Bayaua 7-6.

That pitted Jethwa v. Bryant and Thweib v. Parker. After one more round of play, it was Bryant v. Thweib on the west side and

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Jeremy Jones 1,000 Rafael Martinez 700 Charlie Bryant $500 Zaid Thweib $300 David Parker, Andy Jethwa 150 ea Aaron Spring, Ernesto Bayaua 100 ea Nick Hood, Aaron Springs, Dennis Strickland, Brian Rosenbaum Sylver Ochoa, Manuel Ayala, Jason Josh Palmer Sonny Bosshamer, Joey Torres, Gary Duncan, Shonn Ballew, Jeremy Ornales, David Taylor, Toney Scott, Hunter Blackwell.

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Martinez v. Jones on the east side. Bryant put away Thweib and Jones beat Martinez. Martinez then eliminated Bryant to face Jones in the final. These two pros traded rack for rack until Double J pulled ahead 6-5 then put Martinez away 7-5 finishing the event undefeated.

Congrats to Jeremy Jones on his first tour win, and props to both players for their exceptional play and professionalism at the table. Matches were recorded on our stream for your viewing pleasure! In our ladies event, 21 women came out to stake their claim in the $500 added event. It was no surprise to find Terry Petrosino and Courtney Peters playing for the hot seat but it was surprising to see newcomers Tasha Salandanan and Loretta Lindgren dueling on the one loss side. Petrosino beat Peters and Salandanan ousted Lindgren. The seasoned Peters eliminated Lindgren for a rematch with Petrosino. It was a thrilling hill hill finale with Petrosino finishing undefeated throughout the entire event! Congrats ladies. Total added money for this stop was $1,600 and it was the best event ever on the Lone Star Billiards Tour! LSBT thanks our host venue Q Stix Billiards and owner Bobby Rone and staff, and our sponsors “Official Cue” Poison Cues, “Official Rack” Delta-13 Rack, and James Barnett. Special thanks to our Lone Star Staff, Mike Terry (Auction Asst.), Viet Do (Asst. TD), Bob McFerren (Official Referee), and Eugene Lee (Web Tech). Visit www.lonestarbilliardstour. com. We boast 18 events this year in Houston, Temple, and San Leon. Watch the live pool action FREE at channel/lonestarbilliardstour.

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Develop a Lasting Pool Stroke © 2009 Mike Fieldhammer,

Sometimes a better pool game comes from education or an experience outside of the billiard parlor. The scene takes place in a physical therapy clinic during the summer of 2002. I had injured my knee from an aggressive training plan focused on running. My knee had been so touchy that I saw an orthopedic surgeon who practically laughed me out of his office. He wrote a prescription of four sessions of PT (physical therapy) and sent me on my way. The good doctor’s diagnosis was simple—my buttocks, quads, and core muscles were weak causing motion in my hips which made my knee wobble while running. The cure was to strengthen those muscles, not work on my knee. Being the summer, evidently vacation time for body workers, I was actually lucky to have three different therapists attend to me during my four PT sessions. Each one had a different personality and style of teaching me, the student, about curing my knee pain by strengthening my supporting muscles. I learned of balance from one, flexibility from another, and strength training from the third. During one of my sessions, I felt like I was being bombarded with strength training exercises. Do twenty reps of this three times per day. Do 30 of these three days per week and stretch that way for 5 minutes three times per day, and on and on. Stress mounting, I burst out, “When am I going to have time to run when I’m doing all these crazy exercises? How long will it take before I can run pain free? Do I have to keep doing these stupid things forever? ” Mr. PT (Pretentious Taskmaster) pacified my irritation with a soothing analogy that I’ll never forget. “Pretend you’ve just been stranded on a deserted isle in the tropics. Think Survivor season one. You’ve made a smart choice by building a hut on the edge of the beach. Close to fishing and swimming, away from the jungle dangers and the best view too. You will have to hike into the jungle to collect your drinking water of course. Just imagine forging a trail to the fresh water stream with a machete, hacking back foliage and establishing a good foot trail to tote your water bucket back and forth. Blazing that trail will be a lot of work. It will take many trips back and forth stomping down the path and hacking back plants to create a trouble free trail. Then after some time, you’ll have an excellent path to traverse day after day. After some time of using the trail, you’ll notice a few leaves dangling in your way or a branch here and there poking out into the path. When you see this happening, you’ll want to grab your machete and do a little house keeping. It won’t be near as much work as making the trail, but it will be good to do this once and a while as maintenance.” I was grinning before he spelled out the concluding sentence. “So all of this physical therapy will be lots of work for the next six or eight weeks, but from then on, you may want to pick a couple of these exercises and do a little brush up every couple of weeks.” No problem Mr. PT (Positive Thinker)! I’ll bust through these things to get strong and remember to brush up on them before a pain in my knee tells me to. As a professional billiard instructor, I have told this story to many pool players who were suffering from an ineffective stroke. Put in some hard work now, get the stroke developed that will carry your game to the next level and beyond, and do some reminder tuneups when you feel like you’re in a funk or slump. Right the stroke and your pool game will sharpen right up again. 8 Rackem Magazine - February 2010

Boys & Girls Club Has Special Visitor Renee' La Viness - Scott Lee of "The Traveling College of Billiard Knowledge," makes his way across this great nation every year, helping people learn to play a better game of pool. On January 14th, he stopped in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and spent a little free time helping the senior citizens down at the senior center's pool room, then he spent a couple of fun hours with the kids at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. Mr. Lee talked to them about rules, etiquette and the fundamentals, as well as showing them a few trick shots. He played a few games with some of them, before he left. Quite a few kids were there for the event. His time was well spent and greatly appreciated. Also donating their time and efforts to make this event a success, were Gene La Viness, of Crown Cues, who regularly keeps the club's pool cues tipped and functional and Josh Homes, of One Billiards, who was kind enough to level the tables for the event. A big thank you to all involved in making this event such a great success for the kids. When people come together for a good cause, great things can happen.

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Once again Fargo Billiards & Gastropub put on a great tournament the weekend of Jan. 15-17, 2010. Friday night saw the start of the 9-ball tournament with 73 players. WOW what a field of players!!! Great pool, great fun, great venue!! Shane Van Boening worked his way through the winner’s side defeating the likes of Felix Beardy, Lee Heuwagon, Tom Bordeone, Mike Chewakin, and Demetrius Jelatis before prevailing against Josh Shones in the driver’s seat match. Demi came through one-loss side to take one more shot at Shane VB but came up short with Shane VB winning the 9-ball.



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Saturday 11am kicked off an 8-ball players’ midwest dream field. 79 entrants played down to a sixteen -player finals bracket. Check out this field with great players like Mario Parayno, Ty Wilson, Mike Fieldhammer, and Carey Haffner not making the redraw!!! Here’s how it played out. Shane VB won his half of the bracket after sneaking by a first-round close one with Josh Burbal. Josh, down

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to the ball before 8-ball , missed shape on 8-ball allowing Shane to win 5-4. Rory Hendrickson breezed through winning his half of the bracket going through Travis Mann, Felix Beardy, and Jesse Engel with no tight matches to face Shane VB for the winners’ side driver’s seat match. With no mistakes through the first eight games and the score tied at 4-4 Rory, broke dry. Shane worked his way through rack and missed a touchy combination to allow Rory back to the table. After Rory made a breakout shot, leading the rail to think the match might be over, Rory missed a 3-ball down rail to shut Shane down. Nearly hooking himself on next shot, Shane found a window and escaped defeat once again. Lee Heuwagon steamrolled through the one-loss side to face Shane in the finals, but Shane was done missing.



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Williams Bursts Bubble of Cinderella Story The OB Cues Ladies Tour held their 1st stop of the 2010 year at Rusty’s In true double elimination format, Tara would have to defeat Angela twice Billiards in Arlington, Texas and many players, fans, and supporters were on and that is exactly what she did. Tara was solid as a rock and pretty much hand to help kick off the new tour season. Forty-eight players were chomping kept Angela in her seat for both matches. Tara scored a first set win of 7-1 at the bit to get their game on including many new faces and new members and a final set win of 7-0 and her 1st win of the 2010 season. Awesome job, for the tour. If you have never been to an OB Cues Tour stop, you really need Tara! Also congratulations to Angela for an awesome tournament. When to check it out. The hospitality and service from our host site is the best ever. asked at the end of her finals match, if she will be back for another tour Our supporters provide stop. She was beaming and refreshments (Godiva gave a resounding, “YES, chocolates, fresh kolaches, indeed—I am coming back etc.) and encouragement all for sure.” weekend. If you can’t make A second chance it, we have live streaming tournament was held with available all weekend as 21 players competing on well and you can view it Sunday. Monica Anderson wherever and whenever you took the top honors; Melinda like at HYPERLINK "http:// Bailey finished second and Corina Campbell finished ob-cues-ladies-tour" http:// third. Special thanks to Rusty’s ob-cues-ladies-tour Billiard for hosting this As the brackets were event as well big hugs and being drawn, right out of the thanks to OB Cues for their gate for a 1st round match sponsorship and donation of was 2008/2009 OB Cues two cues. Regional Tour Champion, Next stop is at a new stop on Lisa Marr vs. Amanda “The our tour schedule--Casper’s Natural” Lampert. Over the Billiard, weekend of March Final three: Tara Williams, Angela Garza, Amanda Lampert years, these two top tour players have 6-7th in San Leon. Casper’s Billiards been paired up in competition but it is was voted 2009 Billiards Digest Top usually in the finals of a tour stop---not this early. All eyes were watching 10 Pool Rooms in the country. Their balcony overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. this hard fought battle and it would be Amanda taking the match in a tough Hope to see you there for Good Pool, Good Friends, Good Times!! 7-5 win. But Lisa, always a fighter to the end, knew she had a long day in Check us out at store for herself if she wanted to win, so she rolled up her sleeves and won her next 4 matches to continue playing in the Main Event on Sunday. MAIN EVENT TOURNAMENT PAYOUTS: One big surprise for the day was none other than Angela Garza from 1st $750 Tara Williams San Antonio. Angela, who has never played on the OB Cues Ladies Tour, 2nd $550 Angela Garza decided she would start this year and what a wise choice it was. En route 3rd $405 Amanda Lampert to Dallas with her travel mate, Helen Hayes, Angela was in for a pleasant 4th $265 Lisa Marr surprise. As she won every match on Saturday, she earned her spot as one 5th/6th $150 Michelle Cortez, Jennifer Kraber of four players remaining on the winner’s side of the bracket. Winner’s side 7th/8th $105 Orietta Strickland, Lisa-Henderson Major matches on Sunday were local Ft. Worth player Tara Williams vs. Michelle 9th/12th $80 Shayla Neris, Kim Pierce, Cortez from Austin, TX and Angela Garza vs. Jennifer Kraber also from Tracie Voelkering, Ashley Nandrasy Austin, TX. Even though the Austin contenders played their best to try to 13th/16th $50 Sherri Palma, Helen Hayes, get to the hot seat, it would be Tara vs. first-time tour player, Angela to play Terry Petrosino, Melinda Bailey for the rockin’ chair. It was truly going to be an exciting race to the finish. 17th/24th $25 Jennifer Pavlovick, Julie Comitini, Also with a one-loss under their belts, the following Main Event matches Ashley Simmons, Janna Preston, would be played on Sunday for those hopefuls still shooting for the guaranteed Dana McGuire, Monica Anderson, 1st place prize of $750: Lisa-Henderson Major vs. Tracie Voelkering; Lisa Natalie Manns, Connie Gallego Marr vs. Ashley Nandrasy; Kim Pierce vs. Amanda Lampert; and Orietta OTHER TOURNAMENT WINNERS: Strickland vs. Shayla Neris. Tracie, Ashley, Kim and Shayla finished 9th$30 Free Entry Ann Malone 12th; Lisa-Henderson Major & Orietta finished 7th-8th. Jennifer Kraber & $25 Starbucks Gift Card Debbie Watson, Tina Lehrmann Michelle Cortez finished 5th-6th. As luck would have it, Lisa Marr was still Magellan GPS + mount Orietta Strickland in it and would have a chance to avenge her 1st round loss against Amanda. (provided by tour friend and supporter Samiel) But Amanda would not give in and handed Lisa her second loss and a 4th Cue It Up Clip Karen Cathey place finish. In the hot seat match, it was Tara Williams, a tour veteran and previous Tiger Products Winners: tour stops winner vs. newcomer Angela Garza. For her first OB Cues tour 2 Burnishers Tracie Voelkering & DeAnn Bray-Warner stop, Angela seemed calm and collected and ready to take on anyone whom Tiger Hat Becky Jones she faced. As the match progressed, it would appear that the tables were Towel Tera Saunders not cooperating with either player and the rolls were pretty evenly spread OB Cues Winners: Lisa Marr & Debbie Watson out. So whoever best capitalized on the other’s mistake would be victorious SECOND CHANCE TOURNAMENT and Angela secured her spot in the finals with a score of 7-5. 1st $120 Monica Anderson In the semi-finals, it would be Tara vs. Amanda. These two know each other’s game and the crowd knew the match would be a grudge match. 2nd $80 Melinda Bailey Once again though, as the pool gods were not favoring one player over the 3rd $50 Corina Campbell other, it came down to a hill-hill match. Unfortunately for Amanda, she came 4th $30 Julie Stephenson up short on an 8-ball shot and Tara was able to close out the match to force 5th/6th $15 Jennifer Pavlovick & DeAnn Bray-Warner a rematch with Angela. 12 Rackem Magazine - February 2010

South Side Chicagoland

The 2009-2010 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) continued its momentum after the holidays with stop #24 – “South Side Chicagoland Players 8-Ball Tournament” - at Pockets Billiards in Crestwood, IL on January 2. The $500 added event

(L-R) Tony Zierman (2nd) and Ike Runnels (1st)

featured fifty-three players in a double-elimination format on 7-foot Valley bar boxes. Tony Zierman (Burnsville, MN) went undefeated to win the A-side finals by defeating John Plate (Monee, IL) 6-1, but Ike Runnels (Kankakee, IL) made his way back through the B-side to face Zierman in the tourney finals. On the B-side, Ike Runnels eliminated Tony Gong (Chicago, IL) at 4th place and continued his run back to challenge Zierman by eliminating John Plate 6-2 in the B-side finals. Ike Runnels continued his hot hand by defeating Tony Zierman twice, 6-3, 6-3 in the title sets! Ike Runnels qualified for a free 8-Ball singles entry into the 2010 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas. Thanks to our sponsors Lucasi Hybrid Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases, oZone Billiards and Pool Cue Guru for their support Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2009/2010 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour are available at Final Results: 1st Ike Runnels (Kanakee, IL) $440 + $450 side pot + Free Singles Entry to 2010 ACS Nationals 2nd Tony Zierman (Burnsville, MN) $295 + $335 side pot 3rd John Plate (Monee, IL) $210 + $225 side pot 4th Tony Gong (Chicago, IL) $160 + $110 side pot 5-6 Saad Alam (IL) $120 Gil Hernandez (Mt. Prospect, IL) 7-8 Rich Mikes (Tinley Park, IL) $90 Frank Citarelli (IL) 9-12 Mark Rudolph (Chicago, IL) $75 Mike Corbett (IL), Tony Sifuentez (Midlothian, IL), Eddie Balderes (Palatine, IL)

Ask the Viper By Mellissa Little, Ask the Viper

QUESTION: “I’ve been told that not paying attention to my opponents would only help me stay focused on my own game, especially if they are trying to employ some sort of sharking technique. But it also seems like taking note of Melissa Little their strengths and weaknesses, body language, the pace they like to play at, etc. could benefit me as well. To what extent do you pay attention to your opponents and how do handle an opponent that is trying to shark you?” ANSWER: When I played in my 1st live ESPN match in Manila this last May, I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of people who were watching in the crowd plus the 20 million people watching via television. Mark Haddad (my fiancé) escorted me into the arena and the last little bit of advice was to only look at the table NOTHING else, and it worked! I won my live TV match 5-2 against number two-ranked Pilipino player Iris Ranola. So, in reality it is only you and the pool table. If you immerse yourself in what others are doing then you won’t be focused on your own abilities. It’s a discipline to try and stay focused on what you are doing- easier said then done but you must fight your own demons and try every time you get to the table. Don’t worry about what others are doing- if you see them trying to shark you then remember they are showing weakness and let it go, then concentrate on what you are doing. Best of luck to all, Viper Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is currently the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit:

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CROWN CUES PLAYERS Many of you know that Crown Cues tries to stay involved in the pool industry, but you may not have realized we also sponsor a couple of terrific artistic pool players. We are proud to be represented by both of these guys and decided to share a little about them in this month's article. JAMEY "SHARPSHOOTER" GRAY is one of the top artistic pool players in the world. He is the current WPA World Artistic Pool Champion He has been shooting trick shots professionally, since March of 2007. Jamey grew up in Jewett City, CT, playing pool as soon as he was big enough to see over a pool table. When he turned 18, he began frequenting pool halls, learning from experienced players and every book and video

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he could acquire. At age 21, Jamey joined the APA and soon moved up to the highest ranks as a "7" in 8 Ball and a "9" in 9 Ball. At the age of 24, Jamey met his loving wife, Beverly, while playing pool. They married exactly two years later, on the same day. Jamey took some time away from pool to start his family and be with them during those early years. His children now enjoy playing pool and doing trick shots and his wife is his biggest supporter. In 2007, Bruce Barthelette introduced Jamey to professional trick shots. Jamey took 12th place in his first tournament - the 2007 Artistic Pool Masters at the Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, in PA. He earned the title of World Champion at his fourth tournament. Some of Jamey's' greatest artistic pool achievements are: 1. 1st Place - 2008 WPA World Artistic Pool Championship 2. 1st Place - Open Table Talent Night - Dr. Cue Artistic Cup II 3. 2nd Place - 2009 Ultimate Trick Shot Challenge 4. 2nd Place - Dr. Cue Artistic Cup III 5. 2nd Place - 2010 Ultimate Trick Shot Tour Stop #1 6. 2nd Place and winner of Draw and Masse' Disciplines - Dr. Cue Artistic Cup II Jamey can be found making the professional artistic pool circuit and he is also available for some very entertaining exhibitions. For more information, visit his website at TIM "THE DRAGON" CHIN is a world-ranked trick shot artist and entertainer. He has been shooting trick shots since 2003, after deciding he might excell at it more rapidly than regular pool games. In March of 2006, he finished in 15th place in the first professional tournament competition he entered and has continued to rank highly, ever since. Tim also performs his trick shots for private and corporate events. After a little over 5 years, Tim recently earned his PhD at MIT. He currently lives in the Boston, MA area, after growing up in Richland, WA, the son of a scientist. Tim has achieved a lot in his few years of artistic pool. When asked for his top 5 pool-related accomplishments, he offered this list: 1. Establishing the largest online library of free trick shot videos and tutorials at 2. 3rd place finish at the Ultimate Trick Shot Challenge, Las Vegas, NV. 2009 3. 3rd place finish at the Comet Classic, Parsippany, NJ. 2008 4. Consulting for Kewpie mayonnaise commercial, Los Angeles, CA. 2008 5. Featured on, June, 2009 Tim doesn't really have a pool hero, although there are definitely people and players he has great respect and admiration for. In life, he names his parents as his heroes, for their support, encouragement, and understanding. Watch for Tim in artistic pool competitions across the nation, or hire him for a trick shot exhibition at the next great event you plan. Don't forget to check out the wealth of informational videos and tutorials at Tim's website at

It’s Time for the Six O’clock System By Bill Smith “Mr3Cushion”, Old School

FREQUENTLY THE BALLS will be left in a straight line, resembling the 6 o'clock position of a clock's hands. I place a very high priority on knowing exactly how to aim at the object ball in this situation, because if you don't strike that object ball properly, the rest of the shot is doomed to failure. Accordingly, this is another ball-aiming and cuetechnique system of sorts. The basic information you'll need is how the cue ball caroms off the object ball when certain strokes are applied, and on centerball as well as highcenter cue-ball hits. When you hit the cue ball in the dead center and strike the object ball half-full, (that means you aim the cue-tip at the edge of the first object ball), you achieve a carom of wider angle than you would by applying 12 o'clock English. Also, by keeping the cue tip on the cue ball a fraction of a second longer, you can create a wider carom than with a shorter stroke

An added bonus for the correct execution will be a favorable position for your next shot. In Diagram 2, the first object ball is one diamond closer to the cue ball, giving us a different angle into the first cushion. Thus we'll apply 12 o'clock English here, but the hit always remains the same. Your normal stroke will serve well again here. In Diagram 3, use the same hit and English as in Diagram 2, but use a shorter stroke. That will help keep your cue ball from making too wide a carom and will flatten its path a bit as it rebounds off the first rail. If the second ball lies up the long rail a diamond or so, use a little running English or a different stroke. I’m glad to announce that my book and DVD, “The Concise Book of Position Play”, is ready to take PRE PAID orders to PAY PAL ONLY, retail price $59.95 for the set, for the reader’s of “On The Break News”, I’m offering a 20% discount, plus FREE S&H in US, your cost $48.95. My Email address is, I think everyone will able to appreciate and improve their 3 cushion game from this work.

All three diagrams show the most common position for this type of shot. The cue ball and the second object ball are in opposite diagonal corners; the first object ball lies at varying distances from the second, and all three are in a straight line for the 6 o'clock look. The setup in Diagram 1 requires you to strike the cue ball dead center and aim the tip of the cue at the left edge of the first ball (in other words, you're aiming for half a ball). Use a normal follow-through, that is, the same length as your bridge. February 2010 - Rackem Magazine 15

Masters Invites Announced Seven Former Champs in Vegas Line Up Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport:, +44 7785 395688 MATCHROOM Sport can announce the players who have been invited to compete in the 2010 World Pool Masters. After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, will now feature 64 players and take place over five days instead of three. Once again, the Masters, which will be held from Wednesday, May 12 to Sunday, May 16, will take place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCA National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool. The 64-player line-up will comprise 32 international stars of the game from around the world and they will be joined 32 qualifiers who will have won through events across the globe in the run up to the main event in May. Seven previous winners - Ralf Souquet, Daryl Peach, Francisco Bustamante, Tony Drago, Raj Hundal, Alex Pagulayan and defending champion Darren Appleton - are among the players invited. There will be more female players in the Masters than ever before with England's Allison Fisher, Korea's Yu Ram Cha and Austria's Jasmin Ouschan set to make the trip to Vegas. No American player has won the Masters since Earl Strickland triumphed in 1997 but a large contingent from the USA - Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel, Oscar Dominguez, Dennis Hatch,

Rodney Morris, John Schmidt, Shane Van Boening and Charlie Williams - will be hoping to change that statistic. The qualifying events, collectively known as ‘The Race to Vegas’, will be getting underway

32 invited players for the 2010 World Pool Masters Austria (1) - Jasmin Ouschan Canada (1) - Tyler Edey China (1) - Fu Jianbo Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) (1) - Ko Pin-yi England (5) - Darren Appleton, Allison Fisher, Mark Gray, Imran Majid, Daryl Peach Finland (1) - Mika Immonen Germany (2) - Thorsten Hohmann, Ralf Souquet Holland (1) - Niels Feijen India (1) - Raj Hundal Korea (1) - Yu Ram Cha Malta (1) - Tony Drago Philippines (5) - Francisco Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo, Alex Pagulayan, Efren Reyes, Lee Van Corteza Poland (1) - Mateusz Sniegocki Spain (1) - David Alcaide Sweden (1) - Marcus Chamat USA (8) - Johnny Archer, Corey Deuel, Oscar Dominguez, Dennis Hatch, Rodney Morris, John Schmidt, Shane Van Boening and Charlie Williams

soon with the first qualifier in Paris on Sunday, February 14. After that, the events come thick and fast with tournaments scheduled from as far afield as Australia, Japan, USA, Canada as well as most of the major European countries. The first two days of the main event in May feature double elimination play on a multi-table set-up as the field reduces from 64 down to 32. The event then goes to single elimination and the last 16 is played out in a single table arena setting in front of the TV cameras, culminating in the final on the evening of Sunday, May 16. Television is produced by Matchroom Sport and will be seen as 15 x one hour programmes in 14 countries around the world with more to be added to the list. The prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion. Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,100 hours of original programming across a range of nine sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the World Pool Masters is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup. The 2010 World Pool Masters is sponsored by Tables are supplied by Brunswick Billiards, cloth by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc and the Official Cue is Predator.

CUESIGHT JOINS HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS CueSight, an online retailer of pool cues and other billiards supplies, wants to make a difference in the devastated lives of the children affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti by donating 10% of sales, from February 1st until February 7th, to World Vision. With every ordered placed, customers can be sure that they are contributing to the aid of orphans and other children in this decimated region. Heidi Taylor, Director of Operations for CueSight, commented, “We are already familiar with World Vision’s work, and have confidence in their ability to help those who need it the most. Besides contributing on a personal level, we felt it important to exercise our

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ability as a company to contribute as well.” CueSight, along with their customers, can assist World Vision’s effort to distribute life-saving relief supplies - including food, clean water, blankets, and tents - to the children and families devastated by the earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti. World Vision is a charity devoted to helping children all over the world. They have worked in Haiti for over 30 years and have more than 800 staff members on the ground. A special relief effort has been set up for the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti. World Vision has a four-star rating, the highest available, from, an organization that

helps people to determine which charities operate most effectively. For more information regarding World Vision, visit their website at http://www.worldvision. org. CueSight is an online retailer located in Matthews, NC. They specialize in billiards supplies and carry such brands as Fury, Milliken,Blaze, Viking, Aramith, Simonis, Slippy, and many others. For more information about CueSight you can visit their website at or call 1-800-660-2572. CueSight • 3372 Smith Farm Rd • Matthews, NC 28104 • 1-800-660-2572 •

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED 8-Ball - pays top 3 places $10 $100 9-Ball Beginners $8 9-Ball Intermediate $10 9-Ball Handicap Call $200 8 Ball on 7’ Valleys $10 $$$ w/full field 8-Ball 7 & under $5 9-Ball Open - Break Pot $15 $5/player Guar. 9-Ball 8 & under Call 9-Ball 7 & under $10 (incl. g.f.) 9-Ball Open on 7’ DE Race to 5 $15 (incl g.f.) $75 w/16

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Scholarship Opportunities for High School Seniors The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the 2010 scholarship awards. The BEF Academic Scholarship Program is administered annually under the direction and guidance of the BEF Board of Trustees. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2010 and can be downloaded by going to the BEF website at The BEF Academic Scholarship Program is divided into two categories: Excellence in Education scholarship (one $5,000 scholarship awarded over a twoyear term) and Aiming for Higher Education scholarships (seven individual scholarships at $1,000 each). The objective of the BEF Academic Scholarship Program is to grant scholarships to high school seniors who have benefited from the sport of billiards and are pursuing a college education. Prospects must adhere to the following scholarship criteria: 1) hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale); 2) must have an ACT score of at least 23 or SAT combined score (critical reading + math) of 1050 or higher; 3) submit a 500-1000 word essay on how billiards has been an integral part of their life; 4) must be accepted to an accredited undergraduate academic program by June 1, 2010;

5) must attend an accredited undergraduate institution and carry at least 12 hours per semester. The final application must also include a letter from the applicant outlining academic achievements, leadership and/or community service work, a description of the applicant's background and career objectives, personal and professional (academic) goals. Applicants must also submit an official High School Transcript and SAT/ACT scores. For more information visit:

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LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED Magoo’s Billiards (918) 663-3364 T-Town Classic One Pocket $200 $12,000 Red Shoes Billiards (708) 388-3700 One Pocket $50 $500 w/full field Leisure Time Billiards (309) 752-9559 8-Ball $30 $500 Fast Eddies (Embassy) (210) 545-1086 9-Ball Open & Ladies $65/$35 Call Bogies Billiards (713) 825-1411 9-Ball & Ladies 9-Ball $40/$25 $1000/$350 Elks Lodge (See ad p11) (253) 584-3994 USBA 3 Cushion Nat’l Champ. or Feb 18-21 Olathe, KS Shooters Billiards (913) 780-5740 Midwest 9-Ball - One Pocket $60 $1,000 Feb 18-21 Olathe, KS Shooters Billiards (913) 780-5740 Midwest 9-Ball Open/Women $65/$50 $4,000 Feb 20 Alsip, IL Red Shoes Billiards (708) 388-3700 9-Ball $50 $500 w/full field Feb 20 Dundee, IL Hammerhaeads Pool Bar (630) 688-1719 8-Ball $30 $500 Feb 22-24 Reno, NV Sands Regency (702) 719-7665 10-Ball Bar Table Champ. $125 $6000 Feb 24-26 Reno, NV Sands Regency (702) 719-7665 9-Ball Bar Table Champ. $125 $6000 Feb 24-26 Reno, NV Sands Regency (702) 719-7665 9-Ball Bar Table Champ. Wms $75 $1000 w/16 Feb 26-28 Reno, NV Sands Regency (702) 719-7665 8-Ball Bar Table Champ. $125 $7000 Feb 26-28 Reno, NV Sands Regency (702) 719-7665 8-Ball Bar Table Champ. Wms $75 $1000 w/16 Feb 27 Decatur, IL Starship Billiards (217) 433-8868 9-Ball $35 $500 Feb 27-28 Houston, TX Q-Stix Billiards (713) 825-1411 9-Ball/1Pocket/ Ladies 9-Ball $40/$50/$25 $1000/$200/$350 Mar 6 E Moline, IL Leisure Time Billiards (309) 752-9559 8-Ball $30 $500 Mar 6-7 San Leon, TX Casper’s Billiards (281) 559-1400 OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Call $2000 Guar Mar 6-7 San Angelo, TX Fast Eddies (325) 944-4900 9-Ball Open & Ladies $65/$35 Call Mar 11-14 Tower, MN Fortune Bay Casino (218) 335-7665 Six Arrows Amateur 8-Ball $65/$55 $6,000 Guar Mar 11-12 Walker, MN Northern Lights (507) 210-7558 9-Ball Singles MN State ACS $50-70 $2000 Mar 12-14 Walker, MN Northern Lights (507) 210-7558 8-Ball Singles MN State ACS $50-85 $10000 Mar 13-14 Cahokia, IL Break Billiards (618) 332-0330 Midwest 9-Ball Open/Women $35 $2,500 Mar 20 Clinton, IA Legends Sports Bar (563) 243-4266 9-Ball $40 $500 Mar 20-21 San Antonio, TX Fast Eddies (Braun) (210) 680-6800 9-Ball Open & Ladies $65/$35 Call Mar 26-28 Billings, MT MCMOA (See ad p27) (406) 442-7088 MCMOA State Championships Qual. at bars $25,000 or Mar 27-28 Temple, TX The Green Room (713) 825-1411 9-Ball & Ladies 9-Ball $40/$25 $1000/$350 Apr 2-4 Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Open (See ad p31) (307) 329-8924 8-Ball-Master/Classic/Sportsman Div Varies $10,000 or Apr 10-11 Houston, TX Bogies Billiards (713) 825-1411 10-Ball & Ladies 9-Ball $40/$25 $1000/$350 Apr 15-16 Walker, MN Northern Lights (507) 210-7558 8-Ball Mx Sc Db MN State ACS $60/team $2000 Apr 16-18 Walker, MN Northern Lights (507) 210-7558 8-Ball Teams MN State ACS $150-250 $10000 Apr 17-18 Lubbock, TX Fast Eddies (806) 745-4268 9-Ball Open & Ladies $65/$35 Call Apr 23-24 Portage, MN Grand Portage Caisno (218) 335-7665 Six Arrows Amateur 8 Ball $65/$55 $4000 Apr 23-25 New Town, ND 4 Bears Casino (701) 421-0604 8-Ball Singles Men & Women $60/$40 $4000 1st Men or Apr 24-25 San Leon, TX Casper’s Billiards (713) 825-1411 9-Ball & Ladies 9-Ball $40/$25 $1000/$350 May 14-22 Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (702) 719-7665 8-Ball National Champ *(based on 2008) Varies $750,000* entries May 17-22 Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (702) 719-7665 U S Open 10-Ball Call $25,000 Guar May 27-Jun 5 Las Vegas, NV VNEA (800) 544-1346 VNEA Int’l Championships Varies or Jun 19-20 Houston, TX Slick Willie’s (713) 303-8111 8-Ball $30 $500 Watch it LIVE on

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Rackem Magazine February 2010  

The Magazine for Pool Players in the Midwest "Rackem" is now available. The February issue contains recent tournament results, DCC results a...

Rackem Magazine February 2010  

The Magazine for Pool Players in the Midwest "Rackem" is now available. The February issue contains recent tournament results, DCC results a...