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World Pool Masters and International 10-Ball Championships Set to Rock the Riviera

The BCA Pool League is proud to announce the return of two of the most prestigious professional events to the Riviera Hotel and Casino May 2009. The 17th Party World Pool Masters and the 9th Annual Predator 10-Ball Championship will be in the Royale Pavilion once again along side the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships. The World Pool Masters, one of the most revered invitational events with a limited field of 16 players is produced by Matchroom Sport and will take center stage first at the Royale Pavilion May 8-10. A large supplier of sports programming worldwide, Matchroom Sport also produces other well regarded events such as the Mosconi Cup and the World Cup of Pool in addition to Darts, Fishing, Pokes, Snooker, Boxing, Tenpin and Bowls. Equally exciting, the Predator 10-Ball Championship produced by Dragon Promotions will move into the pavilion May 11-16. The tournament boasts a roster of the top pool talent from across the globe. Last year’s winner Tony Drago of Malta, considered one of the fastest players in the world, will have an opportunity to defend his 2008 title. Once again he will have to face players such as Shane Van Boening, Mika Immonen, Johnny Archer, Francisco Bustamante, John Schmidt, Efren Reyes and the 2008 World Pool Masters winner Alex Pagulayan just to name a few of the illustrious names who will be in attendance. Watch for links on the BCA Pool League web site at www.playbca. com for more information and tickets to the professional events. For more information about Matchroom Sport and the World Pool Masters please visit and for the Predator 10-Ball Championship visit

All times are Central Time - These schedules have been provided by ESPN. These are tentative dates and are subject to change


03-05-2009 10:00 am 2001 Int’l Challenge of Champions 03-06-2009 10:00 am 2001 Int’l Challenge of Champions 03-09-2009 10:00 am 2001 Trick Shot Magic 03-10-2009 10:00 am 2001 Trick Shot Magic 03-11-2009 10:00 am 2001 Trick Shot Magic 03-12-2009 10:00 am 2001 Sudden Death 7-Ball 03-13-2009 10:00 am 2001 Sudden Death 7-Ball 03-16-2009 10:00 am 2001 Sudden Death 7-Ball 03-17-2009 10:00 am 2001 Wheel Chair Billiards 03-18-2009 10:00 am 2001 Wmn’s Tournament Champ

03-19-2009 1:00 pm 2007 World Summit of Pool Bustamante vs Pagulayan 03-19-2009 2:00 pm 2007 World Summit of Pool Pagulayan vs Van Boening 03-19-2009 3:00 pm 2007 3-Cushion Billiards Exhibition Sayginer vs Yow 03-19-2009 3:30 pm 2007 3-Cushion Billiards Exhibition Sayginer vs Massey 03-19-2009 4:00 pm 2005 Nwpa Nat’l Wheelchair 9-Ball Aragon vs Deklerk 03-19-2009 5:00 pm 2005 Nwpa Sc Doubles 9-Ball Nelson vs Jones 03-21-2009 12:00 pm Men’s 9-Ball 03-21-2009 1:00 pm Men’s 9-Ball

03-21-2009 2:00 pm Men’s 9-Ball 03-21-2009 3:00 pm Wmn’s 9-Ball 03-21-2009 4:00 pm Wmn’s 9-Ball 03-21-2009 5:00 pm Wmn’s 9-Ball 03-23-2009 10:00 am 2002 BCA Open 9-Ball (Men) 03-24-2009 10:00 am 2002 BCA Open 9-Ball (Women) 03-25-2009 10:00 am 2002 BCA Open 9-Ball (Women) 03-26-2009 10:00 am 2002 BCA Open 9-Ball (Men) 03-27-2009 10:00 am 2002 Int’l Challenge of Champions 03-30-2009 10:00 am 2002 Int’l Challenge of Champions 03-31-2009 10:00 am 2002 Int’l Challenge of Champions

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WAY TO GO MINNESOTA!! Tournament Director - Wayne Herron - D&R/Star Photos by Toni Johnson - Thank you Toni!!

1st MA: Randy Kiminski - MIdwest Coin

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The Minnesota Operators of Music and Amusement (MOMA) held it’s 29th Annual 8 Ball Championships in Duluth, MN., Feb. 12th - 15th, 2009. The longest running State tournament boost some of the best players Internationally and the best Sportsmanship you will find in this great sport of pool. With nearly 700 Singles and over 255 teams participating the worst of the problems were hangovers. The Mens Master Team Division title match was typical of many matches going to the 25th game of the second set to determine the winner. Congratulations to the Whatever Dude team (picture and names below) for a well played matches against Ty Wilson, Josh Burbal, Brian Brekke, Johnny Meyer and Mario Parayno on the Two Stooges “Metro” team. The Ladies Masters Team Division was filled with so many talented International players also. Logistically Challenged (picture and names below) held the hot seat and took out the well known Midwest Masters team of Jolene Herum, Christine Glass, Deb Johnson and Marissa Herum. Jolene and Christine took their talent from the pool tables to the floor in a game of Hop-Scotch, these girls are good!! With so many Masters players ... I would like to thank you all for supporting the MOMA and the game of pool. Great shooting Jessica Frideres in holding off Christine Glass (2nd) and Beth Fondell (3rd) to take the Ladies Masters title. Beau Runningen

Ladies Masters 1st place: Logistically Challenged from C&N Sales Beth Fondell, Jessica Frideres, Kelly Haffner, Angela Jackson.



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1st MB: Greg Rolfson - Hazelwood

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1st MAA: Jared Bailey - Superior Vending

1st LA: Kelly Jo Messina - Twin Ports

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1st LAA: Mary Beyerstedt - Stansfield

Masters Team 1st place: Whatever Dude from Superior Vending Jared Bailey, Ian Barratt, Max Krause, Ross Krmpotich, Matt Peterson

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1st Masters: Beau Runningen - Superior Vending

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kept Jamie Pluta from beating him twice in this great matchup in the Men’s Masters Division, what a show from both players. Tony Hilla took 3rd. So much talent in that Masters field of 32, very enjoyable to watch. All of the Divisional winners, Singles and Team, can be very proud taking home the 1st place trophies from these talented players and teams. Great matches were played from beginning to the end of this event. One ball can sometimes be the difference to get passed that opponent and move on, and many times it came down to that. Thank you the players for getting match cards and score sheets in when your matches were complete. Congratulation to all the

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Ladies “AA” 1st place: One More and Thats It from C&N Sales ... Donna Hensel, Judy Kelling, Missy Ruch, Chris Vonwerk, Laurel Viera, Deanna Kennedy.

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Ladies “A” 1st place: Flame #2 from Midwest Coin Cindy Sotona, Ginger Brost, Andrea Blesener, Robbin Methala.

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“A” Team 1st place: Legion of Doom from Northern Amusement Graig Heize, Wally Tverstol, David Head, Ken Hilliard

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“B” Team 1st place: Oak Lawn #1 from Hazelwood Gary Kuhlem, Dan Parks, Mark Gangsted, Jerry Villella, Bob Dixon

OPEN TEAM B “AA” Team 1st place: The Home Wrecker’s from American Amusement Randy Byrne, Don Kuehn, Jeff Klein, Steve Rutt, Adam Godfrey, Brad Nelson

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players for their sportsmanship and just having fun. We will see you all and more of our pooling playing friends next year in Duluth for the 30th Annual MOMA 8 Ball Championships.

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Billiard Etiquette 101

© 2009 Mike Fieldhammer,

During a lesson, a new pool player asked me how she can be considerate at the pool table to her opponents. She did not want to commit any acts that were considered improper. It occurred to me to write an article on proper pool etiquette. I believe it is important to the image and growth of pool that all players do their best to be polite to opponents and exhibit good manners as role models to new and young players taking up the game. General guidelines: 1. Greet your opponent and introduce yourself if you don’t already know her. I always wish her luck, but “Play well,” is a fine substitute for the superstitious. After the match, win or lose, shake hands and thank her for the match. Try to remember that the way you handle winning or losing might be the way some other player will behave toward you some day. Handle both with grace and dignity and you’ll earn a reputation as a respectful player who also deserves to be treated with dignity. 2. Be very quiet while your opponent is lined up on a shot preparing to pull the trigger on a shot. Crack open your can of soda while she is walking around the table or chalking her cue. Likewise, don’t shout across the room to say hello to a friend when your opponent is shooting. 3. If you are not shooting, it is best to have a seat in a chair. The establishment should have sufficient seating for you and your opponent to each have a chair and table where you can rest your cue and set your cue case, drink and cell phone (which should be on silent or very low ring depending on the situation). It is customary in serious matches to walk to your seat as soon as you miss or play a safety. You’ve completed your turn and should clear the area to allow your opponent to the table. Don’t grab the chalk. You won’t need it until your next turn and your opponent will likely use it. 4. If you must stand, be still and discrete. In casual or fast paced games where you’ll shoot very frequently it is acceptable to remain standing near the table, but not in the direct line of sight of your opponent’s shot. For example, if you are in a safety battle in one pocket where you and your opponent are trading shots rapidly, it may be pointless to return to your seat after every shot, especially if your pocket is on the other side of the table. In this case, it is fine to stay standing on that side of the table, but please make an effort to take a couple of steps back and try to blend into the background. 5. If you are standing or seated and the player must shoot toward you, remain as still as you can. Make no sudden movements and don’t visit with a nearby observer. If your location is somewhat close to the pool table and you see that your opponent will probably shoot looking directly toward you, move 6 or 8 feet away before she bends down to address the cue ball. Do this only if you have time to move aside before she starts to bend down to shoot. If you are too late, just try to hold extremely still. 6. Spectators: If you have to walk by a pool table, try to time your trip between shots. If the layout of the pool room is such that you have no choice but to walk by several tables, do it quickly, smoothly, and quietly. There are mixed feelings about this, but I’d rather see a person just walk by in one motion than stutter-step through a bunch of pool tables. These days, most players are used to a certain amount of background noise and motion. It can be more distracting to see a person come to an abrupt halt in your peripheral vision while shooting than to have them keep walking smoothly past the end of the pool table. I understand that people are trying to be respectful by stopping, but if I am bothered by their walking by, I’ll simply take a couple of more warm up strokes until they pass by, or stand up, re-chalk and resume shooting. This movement applies only to spectators, never to my opponents. They should either be seated or standing motionless outside my line of sight. 7. In a tournament setting, be on time for your match and keep an ear (continued on page 12)

Out With the Old & In With the New

By Samm Diep, © January 2009

On Sunday, January 11th, twelve feet of history was disassembled and taken out of Rack ‘Em Billiards in Aurora, Colorado. The 100+ year old 12-foot snooker table was a staple in the back corner of the pool room for 15 years. It was the only 12-foot snooker table around and on occasion would find itself occupied with a classic game of golf. Sadly, the desire for snooker or golf has dwindled. On the day they were removing the table, Larry S. said, “I brought my friend all the way here just to show him this table and to play on it, but now it’s too late.” Unfortunately for Larry, they were already breaking it down. If you’ve ever been to Samm Diep Rack ‘Em, I’m sure you can recall memories of seeing or playing on the colossal table. I was originally

told that the table was built in 1891. While researching this story, I was later informed that it was from the 1870’s. That was when the American billiard games as we know them today were officially played on a table with six pockets. Rack ‘Em Billiard’s original owner, Rich, acquired the table when he opened the place in 1983. This 5-piece state table even came with extra long pool cues and bridges. In its place, we can now find two 9-foot Diamond tables. One of which is a nearly new Diamond Pro-Am. This is the same table that’s used at the US Open, Derby City Classic, and most other professional events. This table will also be used as the feature and finals table for all upcoming big table tournaments at Rack ‘Em. (continued on page 10)

U S Bar Table Championships

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Photo courtesy of: Justin Collette of The Action Report

from: CueSports International Atwell Sets Record at 16th Annual US Bar Table Championships The 16th Annual U.S Bar Table Championships at the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada was seven days of astounding display of dominance by two players. The tournament draws an international field of players to compete in a trifecta of events: 8, 9 and 10-Ball. It is one of the most difficult and strenuous 7’ table tournaments in the world. Winning one of the three events is a tremendous accomplishment. However winning two out of three and being in the finals of all three is a record and one not likely to be seen again anytime soon. Glen Atwell from Vancouver, Washington accomplished that feat. Hot out of the gate Monday was Darren Appleton from the U.K winning the 10Ball event. Appleton, considered the favorite as the current reigning WPA World 10-Ball Champion, did not disappoint. Atwell came from the one loss bracket to face Appleton in the finals. However Appleton was in dead stroke winning 7-1. Day three ushered in the 9-Ball event. With 111 players in the field what would be the chances of the same two players being in the finals? Well as it turned out 100%. Atwell and Appleton made it seem like a two man show. Not negating the talents of the remainder of the field which included heavy hitters such as Mark Tadd, Mitch Ellerman, Shane Van Boening, Jose Parica and the previous year’s All Around winner Johnathan Pinegar. Would Appleton again nearly shut out Atwell and take the first two events of the week or would Atwell avenge the previous loss? Coming again from the one loss side Atwell, in the 9-Ball finals against Appleton declared by his performance a big N to the No, double dipping Appleton 9-6 / 9-6. So now going into day five a whole separate issue came into play, who would take home the All Around title, Atwell or Appleton. The last of the three games of the week was the 8-Ball event with over

140+ players in attendance. Players who had consistently played well the other two events but always seemed to come behind Atwell and Appleton were gunning to get their place in the sun. Well again Sunday seemed to be about A & A. However, out of the fray someone who had played consistently well all week was Stevie Moore. Moore, currently ranked 15th in the U.S, became the man to beat Sunday. He was the only person to break through the Atwell and Appleton wall. For the first time in seven days a new player was king of the hot seat. But in a case of déjà-vu, Atwell once again found himself in the finals coming from the one loss side. In the true double elimination, Atwell needed to win two sets to Moore’s one. This was a close match as Atwell took set one (5-4), but Moore fought back winning the second set and the 8-Ball event (5-4). The All Around finishers well deserved their bonuses with Atwell taking 1st ($2000 bonus), Appleton taking 2nd ($1000 bonus) and Moore taking 3rd ($500 bonus). Congratulations to all three winners for their outstanding performances. CueSports International, CSI, is the parent company of the BCA Pool League, the National Championship Series (NCS) and produces The Jay Swanson Memorial Tournament and the U.S Bar Table Championships. 16th Annual U.S Bar Table Championships Payouts

10-Ball Results: 1st $4100 Darren (Daz) Appleton 2nd $2550 Glen Atwell 3rd $1500 Adam J Behnke 4th $850 Stevie Moore 5-6 $600 Shane M Van Boening, Jose Parica 7-8 $400 Joey Gray, Lawrence A (Larry) Wilson 9-12 $250 Mark Tadd, Johnathan Pinegar, Rafael Martinez, Stan Tourangeau 13-16 $150 Brandon W Shuff, Vince Tedesco, Jerry Matchin, David R Vaughn 9-Ball Results: 1st $5000 Glen Atwell 2nd $3000 Darren (Daz) Appleton 3rd $2000 Mitchell Ellerman 4th $1000 David R (Randy) Vaughn 5-6 $700 Adam R K (Ryan) Smith, Chip Compton 7-8 $500 Mark Tadd, Brandon W Shuff 9-12 $300 Tim Larson, Tyler R Edey, Johnathan Pinegar, Shane M Van Boening 13-16 $175 Rafael Martinez, Joey Gray, Daniel R Petralba, Jeremy Sossei 8-Ball Results: 1st $5400 Stevie Moore 2nd $3200 Glen Atwell 3rd $2200 Stan Tourangeau 4th $1500 Darren (Daz) Appleton 5-6 $950 Nick Kruger, Tyler “Kilroy” Edey 7-8 $700 Shane M Van Boening, Jerry Matchin 9-12 $500 Joey Gray, Arlo B Walsman, Johnathan Pinegar, Jason C Kirkwood 13-16 $275 Mitchell Ellerman, Paul Juarez, Chip Compton, Steve Rector

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Shuff Golden at Inaugural NCS

Friday the 13th is often viewed as unlucky. In fact the talent displayed by the players. The finals pitted there is a scientific name for the fear of that day Shuff vs. Chen. It was evident that fatigue was Paraskevidekatriaphobia. However, for Brandon beginning to set in. While there were moments of Shuff and CueSports International (CSI) it was a miscues and occasional missed shots, their talent successful day and weekend. none the less was evident. In front of 120+ spectators February 13-15, 2009 in the elegant Grand ballroom and thousands via the TAR live stream both players at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas the were determined to be the first to 13 games. After the new CSI division, the National Championship Series two and a half hour match it was Shuff who prevailed (NCS), launched its inaugural tournament; the NCS beating Chen 13-11. 8-Ball National Championship. CSI is also the parent As the 2009 NCS 8-Ball National Champion, Shuff company of the BCA Pool League and produces the took home a total prize package valued at over $6800, U.S Bar Table Championship and the Jay Swanson including a new #408 cue by OB Cues, a custom Memorial. engraved DELTA-13 Rack and a custom solid crystal Fifty-six top players traveled from all over the trophy by Crown Trophy in Las Vegas, Nevada. country to compete for the $28,000 prize fund and In addition to the excellent play a complimentary the opportunity to become the first open U.S 8-Ball drawing took National Champion. The participants qualified to play place where two in the event by winning a spot at qualifier tournaments prizes were won in host pool rooms all over the country. The NCS is by two lucky open to all men, women, amateur and professional spectators. OB U.S players. Cues donated Tournament Directors, Bill Stock and Ken Shuman, a new OB ran a smooth Breakcue and event with a Hustlin USA Brandon Shuff (photo courtesy of Melinda Bailey) streamlined donated a canvas schedule of races and corduroy to eight on both sides of the board and Hustlin Work Jacket. a lengthy race to 13 in the final match. The NCS will next schedule and The Action Report (TAR) streamed soon release the 9-Ball, 10-Ball and the tournament from its feature table 14.1 NCS National Championship and had several guest commentators locations and dates. Qualifiers will Austin Murphy - photo courtesy of Melinda Bailey throughout the three day event such also be hosted all over the country as: OB Cues owner Royce Bunnell; for those cue disciplines. For more Director, Writer and Actor of Pool Hall information about the NCS or CueSports International call 702-719-7665 Junkies Mars Callahan; international or visit their website and well regarded pool commentator and event producer Jay Helfert and CSI owner and 2008 Billiards Digest Man of the Year Mark Griffin. The players were supplied with top of Jui Lung Chen photo courtesy of Melinda Bailey the line equipment; sixteen 9’ Diamond Pro-Ams, Super Aramith Pro balls, Red Circle cue balls and the DELTA-13 Rack. Some notable players who participated were Mike Davis who has played in several world championships, has been a member of the U.S Mosconi Cup Team and is the 2009 Reno Open winner; Professional player “Mad Max” Eberle; young pool phenoms such as multiple Junior National Champion Austin Murphy, 2009 Jay Swanson Memorial winner Mitch Ellerman, Brandon Shuff who is a dominant force in the Mid-Atlantic region and New Mexico heavy hitter Nick Tafoya. The tournament was also well represented by a more mature contingency of top players such as Bobby Hunter, Sal Butera and 4th Place finisher Walter Glass to name a few. After a grueling first two days, the top six players returned Sunday morning: Redgie Cutler, John Doherty, Walter Glass, Austin Murphy, Jui Lung Chen and Brandon Shuff. By the third round at 4 pm, the field was whittled down to Austin Murphy, Jui Lung Chen and Brandon Shuff. Each player has an impressive resume and all are considered a force in their respective parts of the country and well known for their skills and determination. Chen has been rolling over players in Texas for years on the Fast Eddies Tour. Shuff is multi- faceted and is as adept at One-Pocket and 9-Ball as he is in 8-Ball. He has long been considered one of the players to beat on the Tiger Tour and in 2008 won the Maryland State One-Pocket Championship. Long, lanky and well over 6’2”, Austin Murphy and the word ‘prodigy’ have been used together. Murphy cashed in his first Reno Open in 2004 and at age 11 was the youngest player to win the 14 and under division of the Junior National Championship. In 2007 he placed 9th in the World Summit of Pool. Quite a list of accomplishments for any player; even more so when you consider that Murphy will turn 16 years old July 2009. Over the course of the three day event, hundreds of spectators enjoyed

Devin Mayes Wins Cape Girardeau, MO The Billiard Center held a $5000 added handicap 9-ball tournament to celebrate their Grand Opening February 20, 21, 22nd. The field was packed with talented players from Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois and Arkansas. 1st: 2nd: 3rd: 4th: 5/6 7/8 9-12 13-16 17-24 25-32

Devin Mayes-St. Louis, MO Chuck Raulston-Poplar Bluff, MO Joe Kieth-Dyersbur, TN Justin Alford-Poplar Bluff, MO David Caron-Olathe, KS, Matt Brown-Van Buren, MO Jerry Jarret-Poplar Bluff, MO Brian Phillips-Cape Girardeau, MO Jimmy Vernon-Poplar Bluff, MO, Brock Krohne-Raytown, MO Mike Banks Jr.-Kansas City, MO Doug Patrick-Hazelwood, MO John Thomas-Cape Girardeau, MO Conrad Higgerson-Cape Girardeau, MO Mike Devers-Fenton, MO, Chad Simpson-Chicago, IL Brian Allen-Poplar Bluff, MO, Bill Cotto-Princeton, KY Logan Melton-Poplar Bluff, MO, Stacy McFarlan-Dexter, MO Justin Bergaman-Fairview Heights, IL Cindy Garland-Cape Girardeau, MO Charles Durall-Farmington, MO, Jacob White-Maplewood, MO Chris Witaker-Anna, IL Youn Gonzales-Cape Girardeau, MO Gary Lutman-Collinsville, IL, Lisa Porter-Paragould, AR Daniel Clonch-Poplar Bluff, MO, Randy Anderson-Enid OK Randy Gordon-Poplar Bluff, MO

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14.1 National Championship CueSports International announces Comet Billiards of Parsippany, New Jersey will be the host location of the NCS 14.1 Continuous National Championship July 31 – August 2, 2009. Comet Billiards is a choice location for this event as the ownership has long supported the art of straight pool (14.1) and is the home of the Accu-Stats Arena. Feature matches and the finals of the 3 day NCS 14.1 event will be streamed live by the Accu-Stats team led by Hall of Fame recipient Pat Fleming. The field size at the event will be based on demand but not to exceed 64. In addition to cash and prizes the top two finishers of the national event at Comet will receive paid entry to the World 14.1 Championship August 25-30 at the Hilton in East Brunswick, New Jersey. To participate at the NCS 14.1 Continuous National Championship players must win a spot at qualifier tournaments scheduled around the country. The entry at each 14.1 qualifier will be $60 including green fees. The NCS is sponsored by OB Cues, and the DELTA-13 Rack. For more information about CueSports International or the NCS please visit their web site at To host a qualifier or for more information about the NCS qualifier schedule please contact the CSI office at 702-719-7665 or email CueSports International is the parent company of the BCA Pool League (BCAPL), the National Championship Series (NCS), USA Pool League (USAPL) and produces the Jay Swanson Memorial and the U.S Bar Table Championships (USBTC).

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SEDALIA, MO Couples across Missouri converged at Sharky’s Billiards this past Saturday The Boles, meanwhile, had found their rhythm and dispatched couple to participate in the annual Sweethearts Scotch Doubles eight ball doubleafter couple to move back into the place running to face off once more elimination tournament. And, while the competition was serious, two themes against the Smith’s. Cory and Wendi may have won their first in conversation seemed to prevail. The first theme in conversation went competition when they had faced off earlier, but Bill and Amanda were on something like the following. a mission. The Boles weren’t about Man said, “Alright, Sweetheart, I to let the Smith’s beat want you to shoot this ball using them twice in one day. They took the low left English. Hit it softly, maybe next four games handing the just a little medium hard and just let Smith’s third place and winning the the cue ball run loose. You’ll end up opportunity to face the Ferguson’s with perfect leave.” Pick a female and try for first. in the tournament, any female. Let In double elimination, the Boles would her follow those somewhat erratic have to defeat the Fergason’s twice directions and you soon heard a low to take the tournament win. The bellow from Man, “Not that hard! I Fergason’s won the first game and said softly, just a little medium hard.” were on their way to a second win, Female replied, “I did hit it soft! I didn’t when Bob took a cut shot and the cue hit it that hard. And, anyway, what do ball rolled back around and tapped you mean low left English? What is the eight ball into the pocket out of that? Just how hard is softly medium order giving them a loss. With the hard? Describe that for me!” score now tied 1-1, the Fergason’s The second theme was shorter. Man went on to win the next two games. said, “You need to shoot the ten ball L to R: Amanda and Bill Boles, Sedalia, 2nd; Raquel and Bob Fergason, Lexington, 1st; The Boles were shaking their heads, Cory and Wendi Smith, Sedalia, 3rd down in the corner pocket and leave but after a short pep talk to each other the cue ball in the center so I can and a quick hug, they rallied and took shoot the twelve ball in the side.” Female replied, “I the next four games, sending the Fergason’s to the B bracket as well. know how to shoot pool, thank you.” Man left table. With the teams each having lost one match now, both teams went into the All joking aside, the couples competing this weekend were alllaughing with deciding match determined to win. The Boles won the first and fourth games each other, enjoyed playing together and celebrated Valentine’s Day with and the Fergason’s won the second and third. Once again, the teams were a fun game of a little skill and sometimes a lot luck. tied. This time it was the Fergason’s who engaged in a short pep talk. They Bob and Raquel Fergason, Lexington, Missouri, rolled through the A bracket then went on to win the fifth and sixth games and the tournament with the undefeated and had to wait for the B bracket to battle it out to determine Boles accepting second. who their competition would be for first place. Bill and Amanda Boles, Mike Brown and Sam Holman of Sedalia, took fourth place. Whitey Sedalia, Missouri, were placed in the B bracket right out of the gate when Ware and Marilyn Dammen of Lincoln, Missouri, and Allen Lejeune and they played Cory and Wendi Smith, also of Sedalia. The Smith’s defeated Laurie Reninger of Warsaw, Missouri, tied for fifth place. them 5-1 in their first match of the day. A Master Blaster Award went to Amanda Boles for powering up and The Smith’s then proceeded to win every match in their bracket until they making four balls on a break. Raquel Fergason claimed the Slick Slice met the Fergason’s. The Smith’s had the lead 3-1, but the Fergason’s Award when she made an extremely thin, almost 90 degree angled cut battled back and soon the couples were tied 4-4. Bob and Cory played a on her team’s last object ball setting Bob up perfectly for a simple eight lot of defensive moves, coaching their wives to do the same. In the end, the ball in the corner tap. Fergason’s claimed the win and the Smith team moved to the B bracket. Sharky’s Billiards will host the annual MO-KAN American Cue Sports Pool & Billiards Association Tournament March 13-15, 2009. Singles competition will be held on Friday, with the team competition starting Cue Sales Saturday. & Repair

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Out With the Old & In With the New (continued from page 6)

Lastly, Rack ‘Em Billiards has also joined the world of live streaming. Live streaming has become the future of watching pool. Matches held on the feature Diamond Pro-Am table were streamed all day during the recent NCS qualifier. Viewers at home can go to: and search “RACK EM BILLIARDS” to see the streaming or watch the pre-recorded matches. Sean Meade, owner of Rack ‘Em, plans to continue promoting pool with more big tournaments, leagues, and occasional pool clinics. “We’re very proud to be the first pool room in Colorado to offer live streaming. We plan to keep the camera up to stream future tournaments and matches. We look forward to holding more big competitions here soon,” said Sean. The next time you’re in Aurora, make sure you stop into Rack ‘Em and check out the new equipment.

Midwest 9 Ball Tour

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Mid West 9 Ball Tour rolled in to Shooters Billiards in Olathe, Kansas - February 26 March 1, 2009. This was the 10th Anniversary of the Midwest 9 Ball Tour and Evelyn and Danny Dysart, the operators and directors of the tour were presented with a beautiful plaque and check in appreciation for all their hard work. Both the One Pocket and 9 Ball Events had great turnouts and everyone had a great time. $4000 Added Between the Open and Ladies Tournaments

Sarah Rousey, Rhonda Pierce

Women’s Entry $50 Race To 7, Alt Break 1st $550 Sarah Rousey, Bloomington,IL 2nd $335 Rhonda Pierce, Tulsa OK 3rd $200 Kasandra Hernandez, Glendale Heights, IL 4th $150 Kathleen Morast, Kansas City, MO 5/6th $100 Brittany Colbert, Tulsa OK, Karen Lincoln, Indepence, MO

Evelyn Dysart, Tour Director

Chad Vilmont, Michael Durbin, Doug Patrick, Mike Banks, Jr.


Rack’s - Salina, KS February 7 1st: Glen Atwood 2nd: LV Abernathy 3rd: Sam Cole 4th: Mike Patterson

Side Pockets - North Kansas City Saturday February 21 1/2 Gary Serville/Jon Boster 3rd C J Garrett 4th Darryl Smith 5/6 Dan Tull, David Jordan 7/8 Sam Cole, Dave Hughes

Players Pub 360 Main St New Town, ND


Pool & Darts

Brian Jones, David Matlock One Pocket $60 Entry $1,000 Added Race To 3 Alt. Break - 36 Players 1st $700 Brian Jones, Tulsa, OK 2nd $450 David Matlock, Olathe, KS 3rd $340 Mike Banks Jr., Olathe, KS 4th $200 Danny Hill, Kansas City, KS 5/6th $125 Frank Spencer, Lake St. Louis, MO Stanley Burleson, Kansas City, MO

Open Entry $65 Race To 9, Alt. Break 1st $1900 Chad Vilmont, Clinton IA 2nd $1350 Mike Banks Jr, Olathe, KS 3rd $800 Shane McMinn, Tulsa OK 4th $600 Jimmy Eberhart, Woodriver, IL 5/6th $400 David Matlock, Olathe, KS Jeff Melton, Cookson, OK 7/8th $300 Sam Waltz, Springfield, MO Chuck Raulston, Poplar Bluff, MO 9/12th Dan Angstead, Jesse James, Kent Henderson, Jeff Carter

Clarette Club - Mission, KS Saturday, February 7 1st Marty Caylor 2nd Rick Cessna 3rd Jennifer Combs 4th Jeff Assel 5/6 Stanley Burlesson, Becky Smith

Miller Time Billiards - Davenport, IA - Saturday, February 7 1st Jesse Bowman (E. Moline, IL) $400 2nd Randy Tendley (Galesburg, IL) $300 + Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals 3rd Jamie Baraks (Milan, IL) $200 4th J.J. Wiseman (Peoria, IL) $120 5-6th Frank DeCastecker (Moline, IL) $70 Dan Kuhl (Le Claire, IA)

Mo River Pub & Pool Columbia, MO - February 28 1st: Don Crump 2nd: Terry Hile 3rd: Troy Kurkendoll 4th: Russel Pace 5-6 Ivan Sweezer, Chuck Miles

Billiards on Main - Galesburg, IL - Saturday, February 21 1st Randy Tenley (Galesburg, IL) $500 + $215 side pot + Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals 2nd Brad Simpson (Galesburg, IL $250 + $130 side pot 3rd Jim LaFavre (Sterling, IL) $150 + $65 side pot 4th Dave Gossar (Rockford,IL) $80 + $20 side pot 5-6 Billy Erickson (Galesburg, IL) $30 Dirk Pagakis (Sheridan, IL)

6149 E 31st St Tulsa, OK


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Family Billiards Room Pro Shop - Cue Repair Cues - Cases - Supplies

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Motley Wins

Curtis Motley

The thirty-eighth stop of the 50-stop 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at Sandite Billiards & Grill in Sand Springs, OK, on Saturday, February 28. The $500 added event showcased a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes. On this day, Curtis Motley (Crowder, OK) vanquished the field, including an A-side bracket finals win over Sandy Chamberlain (Broken Arrow, OK) 7-4. The finals went only one set, as undefeated Curtis Motley turned back Tim Ramsay 7-5 for the title! By virtue of Sandy Chamberlain being the highest-finishing ACS member, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases and oZone Billiards for their support. 1st 2nd 3rd

Curtis Motley (Crowder, OK) Tim Ramsay (McAlester, OK) Sandy Chamberlain (Broken, OK) + Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals

4th 5-6 7-8

Tom Pletcher (Jones, OK) Keith Palaith (Elgin, IL)

Tim Frazier (Broken Arrow, OK)

Jim Raney (Tulsa, OK) Harold Buckner (Sand Springs, OK)

Bulldog Billiards

The thirty-sixth stop on the 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at Bulldog Billiards in Dubuque, IA, on Saturday, February 21. The $500 added event drew twentyfour players in a doubleelimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes. Ron Pluym (Dubuque, IA) ran undefeated to the finals. In the B-side bracket Milt Eichman (Dubuque, IA) ousted Don Boll [4] (Dubuque, IA) at 5th place 4-3, while Adam Behnke [7] (Farley, IA) edged Nick Allendorf (Dubuque, IA) 7-3. Behnke then eliminated Eichman at 4th Winner Adam Behnke place, 7-2. In the B-side finals, Adam Behnke stopped his brother Ryan’s march at 3rd place – 7-5! The tournament finals went to two sets, as Adam Behnke took down Ron Pluym in both sets – claiming the title by 7-4, 7-3 margins! The ACS wishes to thank sponsors J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases and oZone Billiards for their support. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5-6

$325 $245 $175 $135 $50

Adam Behnke (Farley, IA) Ron Pluym (Dubuque, IA) Ryan Behnke (Farley, IA) Milt Eichman (Dubuque, IA) Don Boll (Dubuque, IA), Nick Allendorf (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Two Stooges

Feb 7th, 2009 $500 added Scotch Doubles Tournament Tournament Results: 1st: John Mayer & Kim Stigall $440 2nd: Jerrod Fridders & Dustin Gunia $280 3rd: Demi Jelatis & Josh Burbul $180 4th: Cullen Newton & Shane Jackson $130 5/6: Jason Blanski & Marc Klein $100 Dan Kee & Scott Knack $100 7/8: Jamie Pluta & Peter Jay $70 Vince Garcia & Munchkin $70 Our next tournament will be Saturday, March 21. It is a $500 added, 8-Ball Singles on 7’ Diamond pool tables. Sign up is at 10:00 am, Calcutta at 11:30 and start at noon, double elimination. We will determine the race on tournament day. Hope to see you all there. This tournament is sponsored by Pepsi.

Billiard Etiquette 101 (continued from page 6)

out for your name when the tournament director announces matches. Tournaments can be difficult to keep on schedule if players don’t arrive at the table soon after their match is called. Likewise, when the match is completed, tell the tournament director the results promptly so he can call the next match on your table. 8. Respect the game, opponent, and equipment. Tempers flare but maintain your composure. Don’t thwack the table with your cue or dump the balls out of the ball tray when you get a table. The equipment has enough wear and tear through the course of regular play. Help it stay in good shape by refraining from unnecessary harsh use. Place cubes of chalk with the blue side up. Chalk dust spills off the cube when it is set on the rail upside down or lying on its side. This chalk ends up in the cloth, on players’ clothes and hands and eventually embedded in their shafts. Chalk dust can reduce the life of the cloth and contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the tables, balls, and cue sticks. Chalk your cue tip while holding it over the floor, not over the playing surface. This will keep the fallout from getting into the cloth. While warming up on a table, never shoot object balls with your cue tip. The chalk grinds into the object balls and may cause the cue ball to throw off a well struck shot with the phenomenon of ‘skid.’ Keep the equipment clean and it will reward you with consistent and predictable play.

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Referee Class at ACS Nationals A national referee training class will be conducted at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, May 31-June 2, 2009 – during the 2009 National Championships being produced by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS). Interested parties must have passed an open-book, ACS Referee test prior to attending the class. Class hours are flexible, with entrants taking either a 4-hour class in the mornings or a 4-hour class in the afternoons on each day. Class registration fee is $75, payable onsite. Successful completion of the course by the individual will result in accreditation at “ACS National Referee” level. For information on taking the test prior to the class and reserving your spot for the class, please contact ACS Referee Program Administrator, Janet Ybarra, at (972) 345-9762 or jybarra@ Hugh Brown, professional referee and qualified world qualified snooker coach from the United Kingdom will be conducting a snooker referee training seminar during the ACS 2009 Nationals. Mr. Brown was one of the international referees on hand in 2006 to officiate the USA’s first-ever international snooker event – the IBSF World Snooker Team Championships - in San Jose, California, and is a speaker of some renown at various social functions in the sport. Charge for the seminar is $75, with applicants given some flexibility to both train under Mr. Brown and play in the ACS Nationals if they so desire. Successful completion of the course will gain certification through the United States Snooker Association. Mr. Brown will also offer snooker rulebooks and ball markers for sale. To reserve your place in the seminar, please contact Janet Ybarra at 972-345-9762 or Deadlines for entry into the ACS National Championships include April 20, 2009 with a late fee of $25 to accompany any entries mailed thereafter until May 4, 2009. No entries will be accepted after May 4, 2009. Entry forms, tourney info and hotel reservation contacts are available at the ACS website

Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice

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DATE Mar 5-8 Mar 7 Mar 7 Mar 7 Mar 7-8 Mar 12-13 Mar 13-15 Mar 13-15 Mar 14 Mar 14 Mar 14 Mar 14 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 22 Mar 22 Mar 26-27 Mar 27-29 Mar 27-29 Mar 27-29 Mar 28-29 Mar 28 Mar 28 Apr 2-5 Apr 2-5 Apr 4 Apr 11 Apr 18 Apr 18 Apr 18 Apr 19 Apr 18-19 Apr 24 Apr 25 Apr 26 Apr 25-26 May16 May 16 May 17

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME M8 Open/Master Team Champ Call $10,000 top prize 9 AM 8-Ball $30 $500 Call 9-Ball Race to 7 $20 Match 50% 2 PM KC Rated 9-Ball Tour $30+$10 g.f. $300 w/32 Call Midwest 9-Ball Tour 9-Ball M/W $35 $2500 11AM 9-Ball Singles MN State ACS $50-$85 $2,000 8 PM 8-Ball Singles MN State ACS $50-$85 $10,000 8 PM MO-KAN ACS 8-Ball Call Call Gateway Amateur Tour Call Call One Pocket $10 no g.f. $200 2 PM 8-Ball Race to 3 $30 11:30AM 8-Ball ProAm Diamond Tables $25 Noon Gateway Amateur Tour Call Call Straight Pool $10 no g.f. $200 2 PM 8-Ball Singles 7’ Diamond Tables $25 (incl g.f.) $500 10 AM 8-Ball Handicap Call $200 Noon 9-Ball Handicap Call $500 Noon 8-Ball $15 $500 Call 8-Ball Mx Sc Dbls MN State ACS $60/team $2,000 8 PM 8-Ball Team MN ACS State $150-$250 $10,000 Call 8-Ball Men - Race to 5 $50 $4,000 1st Guar. 7 PM 8-Ball Women - Race to 4 $35 $1,500 1st Guar. 7 PM 9-Ball Mike Betts Memorial $65 $2500 Noon 8-Ball $25 $300 Guar 12:30PM 9-Ball ProAm Diamond Tables $25 Noon Midwest 9-Ball Tour One Pocket $60 $1,000 Call Midwest 9-Ball Tour 9-Ball Bar Box $65 incl g.f. $2,500 11 AM 8-Ball $35 $500 Call Gateway Amateur Tour Call Call Gateway Amateur Tour Call Call 8-Ball $30 $500 Call 8-Ball Handicap Call $200 Noon 9-Ball Handicap Call $500 Noon Missouri State Team 8-Ball Call Call 8-Ball Ryno Cup - Race to 3 $40 1 PM One Pocket - Race to 3 $40 1 PM Straight Pool - CSI Qualifier $40 1 PM 8-Ball $30 $500 Call Armed Forces Benefit 8-Ball Call Call 8-Ball Handicap Call $200 Noon 9-Ball Handicap Call $500 Noon

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Rackem Magazine - March Issue  

Rackem Magazine - The Pool Players Magazine in the Midwest has just published another issue. Read all the latest tournament results and be s...

Rackem Magazine - March Issue  

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