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Pool On The Net from Las Vegas

BCAPL and VNEA Nationals Real Action in Real Time Classic 06-01-2009 9:00 am 2004 Int’l Challenge of Champ Hohmann vs Engert 06-02-2009 9:00 am 2004 World Summit of Pool Sambajon vs Davis 06-03-2009 9:00 am 2004 World Summit of Pool Strickland vs Harriman 06-04-2009 9:00 am 2004 World Summit of Pool Davis vs Strickland 06-05-2009 9:00 am 2004 World Summit of Pool Sambajon vs Davis 06-08-2009 9:00 am 2004 US Open 9-Ball Champ. Reyes vs Deuel 06-09-2009 9:00 am 2004 US Open 9-Ball Champ. Strickland vs Morris 06-10-2009 9:00 am 2004 US Open 9-Ball Champ. Deuel vs Immonen 06-11-2009 9:00 am 2004 US Open 9-Ball Champ. Owen vs Hohmann 06-12-2009 9:00 am 2004 Trick Shot Magic Pelinga vs Nikolaidis 06-15-2009 9:00 am 2004 Trick Shot Magic Massey vs Segal 06-16-2009 9:00 am 2004 Trick Shot Magic Massey vs Nikolaidis

06-01-2009 9:30 pm WPBA Championship QF #1 06-01-2009 10:00 pm WPBA Championship QF #2 06-09-2009 8:00 pm Pacific Coast Classic Semi #1 06-09-2009 9:00 pm Pacific Coast Classic Semi #2 06-09-2009 10:00 pm Pacific Coast Classic Finals

06-17-2009 9:00 am 2004 Wmn’s Tourn of Champ. Corr vs A Fisher 06-18-2009 9:00 am 2004 Wmn’s Tourn of Champ. Lee vs Thornfeldt 06-19-2009 9:00 am 2004 Wmn’s Tourn of Champ. A Fisher vs Lee 06-22-2009 9:00 am 2004 Skins Billiards Champ. 06-23-2009 9:00 am 2004 Skins Billiards Champ. 06-24-2009 9:00 am 2004 Skins Billiards Champ. 06-25-2009 9:00 am 2004 Sudden Death 7-Ball Robles vs Deuel 06-26-2009 9:00 am 2004 Sudden Death 7-Ball Engert vs Morris 06-29-2009 9:00 am 2004 Sudden Death 7-Ball Engert vs Deuel 06-30-2009 9:00 am 2004 Wheelchair Billiards

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APA National Singles Crowns Champions

World’s Largest Pool League Crowns Seven Amateur Champions in Las Vegas LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 7, 2009) — More than $450,000 in cash and prizes was

1st White Tier: Nicolas Reyna (MI)

awarded to APA members at the APA National Singles Championships held April 29 – May 2 in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The National Singles Championships consisted of both the 8-ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Singles Championships and the Jack & Jill Doubles Championship. The final round of the 9-Ball Shootout featured three championship matches, one for each skill level tier, with two shooters in each match competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. Dustin Harwood of Sumner, Wash., defeated Amber Setzer of Mooresville, N.C., in the finals of the Green Tier (Skill Levels 1 – 3) for the championship. Harwood advanced to the finals after a semifinal round victory over Tammy Hellyer of San Antonio, Texas. Setzer advanced to the finals after defeating Emily Marino Vang of Beaverton, Ore. Nicolas Reyna of Lincoln Park, Mich., defeated Joshua Sherman of Rockledge, Fla., in the finals of the White Tier (Skill Levels 4 - 5) for the championship. Reyna defeated Clodagh

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Lancaster of Redmond, Wash., in the semifinal round to advance to the finals. Sherman advanced to the finals by defeating Allam Ramahi of Marietta, Ga. Kenneth Brisbon of Oxford, Mich., defeated Brandon McGuire of Roaring River, N.C., in the finals of the Black Tier (Skill Levels 6 - 9) for the championship. Brisbon advanced to the finals after defeating Bob Vallas of E. Peoria, Ill., in the semifinals. McGuire advanced to the final round match after a victory over Yong Fang of Chino, Calif., in the semifinal match of the Black Tier. Each of the three Champions received a prize package worth $10,000. Runners-Up in each tier took home a prize package worth $5,000. Nearly 37,000 amateur shooters attempted to qualify for the 2009 APA 9-Ball Shootout Singles Championship in their local league area. More than 2,900 poolplayers made it to the regional level of the 9-Ball Shootout before the field was whittled down to 250 men and women competing for 9-Ball crowns in each of three skill level tiers. More than 20,000 shooters attempted to qualify for the 2009 8-Ball Classic. Nearly 5,100 poolplayers made it to the regional level before the field was narrowed to 439 men and women competing for 8-Ball crowns in each of three skill level tiers. In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, four champions each took home a prize package worth $15,000 for their performances. In the Blue Tier (Skill Levels 2 - 3) of the 8-Ball Classic, it was Brent Bratcher of Louisville, Ky., defeating Michael Ryan of Joliet, Ill., in the final match. Bratcher defeated Michael McCabe of Fullerton, Calif., in the semifinals to advance, while Ryan defeated Frank De La Cruz of Tucson, Ariz. The finals of the Yellow Tier (Skill Level 4), saw Donnie Richardson of Buersheba Springs, Tenn., defeat Tripp Tatum of Germantown, Md.. Richardson advanced to the finals by defeating Phil Farris of Hamilton, Ohio, earlier in the day in the semifinal round. Tatum defeated Olga Azarova of Seattle, Wash., in the semifinals. In the Red Tier (Skill Level 5) of the 8-Ball Classic, it was Chris Frazao of Trumbull, Conn., defeating Douglas Krus of Peoria, Ill., in the final match. Frazao defeated Mike Kurpicski of Millersville, Md., in the semifinals to advance, while Krus defeated Michael Jaeck of Whitehouse, Ohio. The finals of the Purple Tier (Skill Levels 6 - 7) pitted David Rowell of Birmingham, Ala., against Martin Zavala, Jr. of Joliet, Ill. Rowell defeated Avery Barnard of Macon, Ga., in the semifinal 6149 E 31st St Tulsa, OK


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round. Zavala advanced after defeating Jamie Guajardo of Crest Hill, Ill. First place winners received cash and prizes worth $15,000. Each Runner-Up received cash

1st Black Tier: Kenneth Brisbon (MI)

and prizes worth $9,000. In the annual Jack & Jill Doubles Championship, held in the MiniMania Room during the Singles Championships, Matt Mancini and Wai Lam of Revere, Mass., defeated Richard Winpigler and Leslie Hickman of Frederick, Md. Mancini and Lam took home $5,000, while Winpigler and Hickman received $3,000 as Runners-Up. Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Richard Benes of Palmetto, Fla., and Kevin Jones Jr. of Fontana, Calif., for outstanding conduct throughout their matches in the 9-Ball Shootout and 8-Ball Classic, respectively.

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. More than 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9­Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. The APA and its championships are sponsored by Cuetec Cues and PoolDawg. For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, visit

Expect To Run Racks © 2009 Mike Fieldhammer,

Have you run your first rack yet? If not, you probably have an apprehensive feeling of nervousness as your run builds. Most players recognize that running a rack from the break is a noteworthy achievement. It is a satisfying accomplishment, just like your first big draw shot, thunderous break shot, or perfectly executed jump shot. Why is the run such a difficult hurdle? Completing a break and run demonstrates the confluence of knowledge and skills that should be a celebrated occasion. For it to happen, one must have a successful break shot where a ball is made and the balls are spread. Table management and pattern recognition must be used. In addition to sound strategy, proper shot execution is a must. You must pocket balls and exhibit some degree of cue ball control to set up the next shot. All of these items must be balanced and controlled. If you have a tendency to be nervous in tournament matches, the anxiety can be turned up to eleven if coupled with the run out fears. This is obviously a bad combination. You must be comfortable and confident to run out and the only way to become accustomed to it is to do it, over and over again. There is a saying in the sales world that the best time to make a sale is right after a sale. In other words, success breeds success. You’ve proved you can do it and have the confidence to do it again. The same can be said about running racks. It isn’t just an amateur phenomenon. Highly skilled players and professionals feel the same type of pressure. This is most commonly seen in straight pool. Many high runs end right before a player’s personal best. There is a pressure that increases just as the record run is within striking distance. You may want to keep some sort of log or journal so that you can notate landmarks in your pool game. If you’ve been on the brink of breaking and running a rack, jot down meaningful notes and circumstances about the playing session. Read the entry between practices and try to deduce what is keeping you from finishing the run. Set a goal in the journal to complete a specific feat by a future date. Be realistic, but optimistic. When the recipe comes together and you reach your goal, celebrate, document it and set a new goal. This kind of internal motivation will launch your pool skills to the next level. Mix up your practice partners. An hour or more heads up play versus different opponents can also be a useful measuring tool. Make notes on how the session stacked up and take away some new shot knowledge if you see a safety or other shot you were unfamiliar with. Stick it in your journal for review later. Doing something for the first time is the hardest. With continued attempts and more frequent successes, you may soon be stringing racks together without realizing the difficulty of what you have just done. Mike Fieldhammer - Professional Billiard Instructor w w w. b i l l i a r d c o a c h . c o m / 612.802.0519 Mike is a full time tournament player and professional billiard instructor. He is available for private instruction or group clinics and events. Gift certificates are available.

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Remembering the Good Stuff

By Samm Diep, © May 2009

Far too often, when we lose a match, the only thing we can remember is the freshest, most recent mistake(s) we made. Perhaps you missed an 8 ball at hill-hill? Or, maybe you hung an aggressive shot instead of playing the safety. Whatever the case may be, it’s so easy to reflect on the negative. Sometimes, we only remember the bad even after we win a match. We are our own worst critics. Unless you’ve just played a near flawless set, Samm Diep chances are the most recent error you made was not your only one. If you really wanted to rehash your faults, you could probably find other misses or bad decisions that resulted in a loss here and there; maybe some were more costly than others. It’s so much easier to be hard on ourselves. Let’s try something else. If you don’t already do this, the next time you lose a match, instead of immediately reviewing the worst shots, try thinking of the best ones. Of course, we should note the trouble shots so we can work on them, but reflecting on the positive can be just as helpful. For instance, it’s common to play another match right away once you lose your a-side match. Well, instead of beating yourself up over the 7 ball you rattled, visualize that perfect break and controlled runout you had from game three. Remember how smooth you stroked each shot and think about how it felt. You were decisive and confident. Your cue was level and your head stayed down. Yeah, so you missed the 7 ball; the same shooter broke and ran the third rack. That means you have it in you to do it again and again. When you think of your errors, counter each thought with a positive one. Visit “random smatterings of pool thoughts, articles, & news”. Take polls, view article archives, and read tournament and training updates. Samm Diep, “Cherry Bomb” - House Pro at Rack ‘Em Billiards (Aurora, CO) - Author of “You Might Be A D Player If… (101 Classic Moves That All Pool Players Can Appreciate)” - Player Representative for CB Custom Cues, Tiger Products, PoolDawg, IB Cue Cases, Predator (fun & unique products for pool players)

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Scoreboard June 6th Results 23 players 1st Mario Parayno 2nd Brian Brekke 3rd Mark Kuklok 4th Dustin Morris 5th Lucky Vang Zach Bos 7th Jared Bailey Jeff Van Sickle

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At The 2009 BCAPL Nationals in Las Vegas There were

16,099 viewers who watched the

BCAPL that OTBnTV streamed

LIVE from Las Vegas and 6,991 have watched after it was over

584 photos were taken of pool players with 14,729 views on the photos

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Tyler Edey Wins Back-to-Back Photos courtesy of Dave Thomson

The BCAPL Nationals started off with a bang as Tyler Edey of Canada won the 9-Ball Challenge for an unprecedented second year in a row. The 9-ball event, which each year kicks off the first two days of the 10 day BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships, is open to all players, amateur and professional. Top players worldwide play in this “warm up” two day division. The field was the largest yet with 221 players. $2500 was added by the BCAPL for a prize fund of $22,100. Edey will represent Canada in lieu of Alain Martel in the 2009 PartyPoker.Net World Pool Masters May 8-10. Edey beat out Curtis Fleck, Ray Lucerno, J.R Davis Jr., Glen Cameron Sr., Ike Runnels, Tim Joseph, Jason Klatt, and Sammy Cordova in order to take the hot seat. Working his way through the one loss side to meet Edey in the finals was Arizona top gun Mitch Ellerman. Considered one of the best young players in the western U.S, in the past 18 months Ellerman won the 2009 Jay Swanson Memorial, the 8-Ball division of the 2008 U.S Bar Table Championships and has been a dominant force in the competitive Desert Classic Tour. Tyler Edey Edey, considered a highly steady player has consistently placed well in major events: top 16 in the 2008 U.S Open, 9th place in the 2008 World Cup of Pool, and 5th place in the 2008 Predator International 10-Ball Championship. Both Edey and Ellerman will be participating this year in the pro arena in the Predator event, which is held in conjunction with the BCAPL Nationals. 1st $3500 Trophy 2nd $2600 Trophy 3rd $1900 Trophy 4th $1500 5–6 $1200 7–8 $900 9–12 $700 13–16 $500 17–24 $325 25–32 $200 33–48 $125

Tyler Edey Mitch Ellerman Sammy Cordova Chad Vilmont Jason Klatt and Marc Vidal Claramunt Mario Parayno Jr and Ike Runnels Jared Bailey, Billy Palmer, Tim Joseph, Gary Onomura Butch Barba, Mike Banks Jr., Justin Bergman, Stan Tourangeau Sean Lane, David Broxson, Jarrod Spence, Jimmy Moore, Lyn Wechsler, Raymond Carter, Alex Morin, and Carlos Barbosa Kenneth Brisbon, Jeremy Seaman, Francis Crevier, Ted Dean, Arlo Walsman, Billy Pinion II, Rylan Hartnett, Samm Diep (Top Woman) Gregorio Monteiro, Dino Devost, Ty Wilson, Dale Maxey, Ivan Parra Belmonte, Danny Petralba, Stacy Wallington, William Hyde, Mike Zygmunt, Chris MacDonald, George Michaels, Ray Skenandore, Josh Smith, Glen Cameron Sr., Shannon Schroeder, Charlie Blanchard

Midwest Players Make a Splash at the 2009 BCAPL Nationals

from: Samm Diep

In the 9-Ball Challenge, Minnesota’s Mario Parayno, Jr. marched through the field of 221 entrants to finished 7/8th in the event. Another notable MN finish was young gun Jared Bailey who captured a 9-12th finish. In the Open 8-Ball singles, Tyler Perry from Bismarck, ND had an outstanding 9-12th place finish along with MN’s Matt Petersen’s 17-24th place finish. From a field of 1,375 players, they will be joining the ranks for the Masters next year. In the Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles, MN’s team of Shane Jackson and Aimee Chastain finished 7/8th out of 395 teams. Also finishing 7/8th in the Masters 8-Ball Scotch Doubles were Mike Fieldhammer and Samm Diep. 1, 2, 3, & 4 for Minnesota Teams!

1st Place – Mixed Master Team of “Two Stooges Metro”

(Ty Wilson, Mario Parayno, Richie Cunningham, Brian Brekke, and John Burbul)

2nd Place – Women’s Open Team of “Pool Party”

(Chrissy Pluta, Aimee Chastain, Toni Johnson, Jenni Benson, and Dana Tonjum)

3rd Place – Mixed Open Team of “Whatever Dude!”

(Ross Krmpotich, Ian Barratt, Brian Haffner, Max Krause, and Matt Petersen)

4th Place – Women’s Master Team of “Logistically Challenged” (Angela Jackson, Kelly Haffner, Jessica Frideres, Beth Fondell, and June Meiers)

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BCA Pool League Rock

OTBnTV Live Real A

by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow

Our journey began three days before we were to arrive in Las Vegas at the BCAPL and had arranged with Mark Griffin, owner of the league, to have OTBnTV Live on site and on the tournament floor to stream the Grand Masters and Masters events free for the pool players. Pool on the net has grown exponentially in the last several years. In what turned out to be some of the best pool played, that has been seen over the internet to date. Pros playing 8-ball on 7’ Diamond tables. Whether it was the Men’s or Women’s turn, remarkable shots were made or missed, games won and lost by the roll of the ball. Mr Griffin had set up an area in the bleachers for OTBnTV and staff to set up the filming that would prove to be a classic. From the Grand Masters to the Masters and hill-hill matches, you can watch it all on and click on videos by OTBnTV. After we set up on Sunday afternoon and throughout the live streaming we were joined by Jay Helfert, Mark Griffin BCAPL Owner, Holly Ryan of CSI/NCS, Ken Shuman, Samm Diep, Bull, Mike Fieldhammer, Ken “Sarge” Aylesworth, Darlene Stinson, Mark Fenn. And interviews with Rick Donner about the refereee program, Mary Rakin before her Master Singles match, and Jennifer Barretta before her Master Team Semi-finals match. The 33rd Annual BCA Pool League 8 Ball National Championships is now in the record books. Some of the singles matches we filmed during the week were: MEN’S GRAND MASTERS: matches between Dan Louie vs Daryl Peach, Sal Butera vs Daryl Peach, Shane Van Boening vs Sal Butera and in the finals Shane Van Boening vs Simon Pickering WOMEN’S GRAND MASTERS: matches were Allison Fisher vs Yu Ram Cha, Yu Ram Cha vs Melissa Little, Yu Ram Cha vs Amy Latzko and finally Yu Ram Cha vs Julia Gabriel.

Watch all the videos o MEN’S MASTER DIVISION: saw Vince Chambers vs Danny Petralba WOMEN’S MASTER DIVISION: Gina Kim-Lipsky vs Tina Pawloski, followed by Tina Pawloski vs Mary Rakin. When this match was over Mary was exhuberant with her win and was about in tears as her father hugged her and the excitement set in (see photo lower left of Mary and her father). Masters Division Teams both Men and Women concluded the following Saturday night at the Riviera Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Up first was the Men’s Division that started early evening between the defending Mixed Masters Team 2008 of Two Stooges from Minnesota playing Young Guns from Missouri. The entire match was streamed live by www. and is available to watch for free. The Women’s Masters played afterwards with the semi-final match between NPL Chix and the New York Dolls and finals between NPL Chix from the Pacific Northwest and Table for 5 from the Chicago area. We were there filming as the match concluded at 2AM Sunday morning. There were other bonus matches filmed throughout the BCAPL Championships that filmed that are available to watch Free. There were 400-500 people watching the matches at any given time on the tournament floor as well as over 16,000 unique viewers overall on the internet. And at press time we have had over 6,300 additional viewers who have logged on after the live streaming to watch the videos. Needless to say these numbers at an amateur event are unparalleled and more pool players and friends and family were

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Action in Real Time

on m or able to watch someone they knew or had heard of, bringing the exposure of the BCA Pool League to a new level. The BCAPL, the Greatest Pool Tournament in the World, had a community atmosphere of a family reunion. OTBnTV announced the different streamings and tournament that were going on for each of the 10 days throughout the BCAPL. We encouraged the viewer that was watching to log on to the other streaming sites such as the World Pool Masters and the Predator International 10Ball Championships and challenge matches by the Action Report. We encouraged an atmosphere of having 3-4 streamings at one time on your computer enabling the viewer that could not make the BCAPL feel like they were there. OTBnTV was sitting in the crowd filming on the 10 final tables as if we were merely a spectator. We were trying to bring to you the viewer the true experience of being on the tournament floor live just like you were there. Accompanying the free live streaming Don “Cheese” Akerlow took nearly 600 photos of the players while the matches were being streamed. Photos are available to view on the BCAPL Video Magazine page along with nearly 28 hours of video that was streamed live. You can still see the action if you haven’t had a chance to at no charge. The BCAPL did an awesome job of keeping the players updated through the live tournament brackets. This new software system gave the pool players up to date bracketing so that you could watch the progress of your favorite player or team by just checking online at We would like to thank Mark Griffin, Holly Ryan, David Vandenberg,

and all the BCAPL staff for all their help and insight to make this live streaming possible and bringing amateur pool and it players to a new level. We’d also like to thank Ric Jones and Bad Boy Promotions and staff for all their help. And of course our sponsors, BCAPL, Riviera Casino Hotel, OB Cues, The Break, Rackem Magazine, Stroke Magazine and CuePen. com. We at OTBnTV would like to invite you to log on and watch the videos of the BCAPL. The photo galleries, which have had over 18,000 viewers, are free to download. Find your favorite photo(s) from the BCAPL Nationals in Las Vegas, download it and have it framed. If you would like to be notified of upcoming events being streamed by OTBnTV Live become a follower of our channel on All you need to do is register as a user, go to our show page and click the “Follow” button. It’s that easy! We have more events lined up so join us on Ustream and watch OTBnTV Live Real Action in Real Time. We hope to see you next year in Las Vegas! Thanks for tuning in.

Photos (above left) NPL Chix: Cindy Doty, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Fitchner, Liz Cole, Andrea Saenz-Maes (above right) Two Stooges Metro: Josh Burbul, Richie Cunningham, Ty Wilson, Brian Brekke, Mario Parayno (below (l to r)): Mary Rakin and father, Simon Pickering, Shane Van Boening, Danny Petralba, Yu Ram Cha, Julia Gabriel, and Tina Pawloski

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BCAPL Results from the Midwest

MEN’S MASTER TEAM: 1st Two Stooges (MN)

MEN’S OPEN TEAM: 1st Hustlin’ (IL)

MEN’S MASTER TEAM: 2nd Young Guns (IL/MO)

Men’s Master Team: 3rd Flip Flops (OK)

BCAPL Photos courtesy of: Fred Stoll and David Thomson

MEN’S OPEN TEAM 1st Hustlin’ 2nd The Little Rascals 3rd Whatever Dude MEN’S MASTER TEAM 1st Two Stooges 2nd Young Guns 3rd Flip Flops MEN’S TROPHY TEAM 1st GJ Boys 3rd Slims (Danny’s) WOMEN’S OPEN TEAM 1st Kiss Of Death 2nd Pool Party 3rd Deja Cue WOMEN’S MASTER TEAM 1st NPL Chix 2nd Table For Five WOMEN’S TROPHY TEAM 1st Pine Street Ladies 2nd Busters 3rd Out For Fun 9-BALL CHALLENGE 1st Tyler Edey 2nd Mitch Ellerman MEN’S SUPER SENIOR SINGLES 1st Jim Henry 2nd Dago Huber 3rd Roger Riley MEN’S SENIOR SINGLES 1st Doc Rice 2nd Edward Borrego 3rd Robert Herchick MEN’S OPEN SINGLES 1st Bruno Sousa 2nd Mike Boyd 3rd Gus Correa Rodriquez MEN’S MASTER SINGLES 1st Danny Petralba 2nd Vince Chambers 3rd Bobby Benavides Sr. MEN’S GRAND MASTER SINGLES 1st Simon Pickering 2nd Shane Van Boening 3rd Roberto Gomez MEN’S PLAYER MEMBER SINGLES 1st David Broxson 2nd Francis Crenier 3rd Brendon Crockett WOMEN’S OPEN SINGLES 1st Christina De La Garza 2nd Helen Hayes 3rd Angie Killips

OPEN SCOTCH DOUBLES 1st Ken Brisbon and Dawn Fital (MI)

WOMEN’S OPEN SINGLES 1st Christina De La Garza (TX)

MEN’S MASTER SINGLES 3rd Bobby Benavides Sr. (TX)


WOMEN’S SENIOR SINGLES 1st Sharon Kusseau (MI)

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BCAPL Results from the Midwest

MEN’S TROPHY TEAM: 3rd Slims (Danny’s) (TX)

WOMEN’S SENIOR SINGLES 1st Sharon Kusseau 2nd Pam Fletcher 3rd Colleen Shoop WOMEN’S MASTER SINGLES 1st Mary Rakin 2nd Tina Pawloski 3rd Gina Kim Lipsky WOMEN’S GRAND MASTER SINGLES 1st Yu Ram Cha 2nd Julia Gabriel 3rd Melissa Little WOMEN’S PLAYER MEMBER SINGLES 1st Buffy Jolie 2nd Patty West 3rd Rhonda Moses OPEN SCOTCH DOUBLES 1st Ken Brisbon and Dawn Fital MASTER SCOTCH DOUBLES 3rd James Davis Sr., Heather Pulford Lloyd (TX) 2nd Larry Wilson and Andrea Wilson 3rd Douglas James and Ranee Breckel MASTER SCOTCH DOUBLES 1st Marc Vidal and Liz Ford 2nd Danny Tam and Ricki Casoer 3rd James Davis Sr. and Heather Pulford Lloyd

WOMEN’S OPEN TEAM: 2nd Pool Party (MN)

WOMEN’S MASTER TEAM: 2nd Table For Five (IL)



Complete Results available at

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J Pechauer All American Tour

The forty-eighth stop on the 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was hosted at Miller Time Billiards in Davenport, IA, on Saturday, May 2. The $500 added event drew twenty-three players in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes. Bar box phenom J e s s e Bowman (E. Moline, IL) was sterling in his m a r c h to the finals. In the hot-seat match, Crist Aiardo Bowman (rated a “7” on a regional handicap system used) dominated Ryan Short [4] (Davenport, IA) 7-1. Earlier in the A-bracket semi-finals, Bowman outmaneuvered Larry Miller [4] (Saybrook, IL) on the hill 7-3, while Short beat Crist Aiardo [4] (Moline, IL) by a 4-2 margin. In the B-side bracket Crist Aiardo eliminated Don Boll [4] (Dubuque, IA) at 5th place 4-3, while Rory Smith [4] (Muscatine, IA), clipped Larry Miller (Saybrook, IL) at the same placement 4-3. In the B-side semifinals Aiardo ousted Rory Smith 4-1. In the B-side finals, Aiardo continued his hot hand to close out Ryan Short’s tournament at 3rd place by a comfortable 4-1 score. The tournament finals was not easy for Jesse Bowman, as Crist Aiardo handed him his first loss in set one, forcing a second set, which Bowman claimed by a 7-2 margin for the title! Crist Aiardo qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas. 1st $350 Jesse Bowman (E. Moline, IL) 2nd $250 Crist Aiardo (Moline, IL) 3rd $150 Ryan Short (Davenport, IA) 4th $105 Rory Smith (Muscatine, IA) 5/6th $55 Larry Miller (Saybrook, IL) Don Boll (Dubuque, IA)

Grand Masters Fierce Fight

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field was so thick with well known professional players that many people found themselves asking, who is Simon Pickering? Well, conventional wisdom would have had Van Boening winning the match, but it was not the case. Pickering, who hails from British Columbia, Canada has played the past 12 years in the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championship. Last year he tied for 5-6 in the Grand Master division. The Women’s Grand Master division pitted one of the strongest U.S regional women players in the county, Julia Gabriel against one of the fastest rising women professional players in the world, Yu Ram Cha from South Korea. Gabriel has been a top player in the mid-west and at times playing over

1st Simon Pickering

The first set of finals in the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championship was the men’s and women’s Grand Master divisions which took place Monday, May 11. 2nd Shane Van Boening Both the men’s and women’s brackets were full of known names and tremendous talent. Literally several hundred other players and spectators lined the walk areas and stands over looking tables 1-10 in the Riviera Grand Ballroom to watch such names as top U.S and international professional players such as Shane Van Boening, Roberto Gomez, Allison Fisher, and Kelly Fisher just to name a few. It is tremendously rare for spectators such as the spectrum of amateur players who play in the BCAPL every year to see up close pros of this caliber to play 8-ball, much less on 7’ tables. The matches were often close but last night the finals took place in both the men’s and women’s divisions and in both finals it was the case of 3rd Roberto Gomez the widely known vs. the lesser known. In the Men’s Grand Master Division, Shane Van Boening came from the one loss side to take on Simon Pickering who was undefeated coming into the final race to seven. The men’s (pictured right) 3rd Melissa Little

1st Yu Ram Cha

the years on the WPBA. Cha is currently tied for 5th in the Women’s Professional Billiards Association (WPBA) rankings with Sarah Rousey of the USA and Xiaoting Pan of China. Gabriel sitting in the hot seat needed to win one race to 7 to Cha’s two races. Both women played well and in the first set it looked that Gabriel would take

2nd Julia Gabriel

Cha. The two sets were close, but it was Cha who prevailed taking first place. BCAPL Results on page 10

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Rackem Magazine June Issue 2009  
Rackem Magazine June Issue 2009  

All the results and photos from the BCAPL in Las Vegas are now ready to read in the June Issue of Rackem Magazine for the Midwest Pool Playe...