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PROVIDENCE, RI On Labor Day weekend, to a growing list of 2015 victories that has included two Turning Stone events (XXIII, XXIV), the Ginky Memorial, two events on the Predator Tour, a Joss Tour win and a challenge match versus Corey Deuel, Jayson Shaw added a win in the Eastern States Championships, held under the auspices of the Predator Tour, the New England 9-Ball series and the Ride the 9 Tour. The $2,000-added Open/Pro event of the championships drew 27 entrants to Snooker’s in Providence, RI. A concurrently-run, $1,000-added Amateur championship drew 98.   Shaw’s journey to the winners’ circle took a little left hand turn in the battle for the hot seat against Nelson Oliviera, and he was forced to play a loss-side opponent in the semifinals - Sylvain Grenier - who’d won seven on the loss side to reach those semifinals. He took both circumstances in stride to claim the victory. He’d sent Jorge Rodriguez to the loss side in a winners’ side semifinal 8-2, while Oliviera sent Tony Robles over 8-5. Oliviera claimed the hot seat 8-6.   On the loss side, it was Rodriguez who had the misfortune of running into Grenier, who was five wins into his seven-match, loss-side streak, that had included wins over Brent Boemmels 8-2 and Tom D’Alfonso 8-6. Robles picked up Kevin Guimond, who’d gotten by Peter Bowman 8-4 and Rick Sleeper 8-6 to reach


him. Grenier downed Rodriguez and Guimond eliminated Robles, both 8-6. Grenier then defeated Guimond in the quarterfinals 8-5. Then, he ran into Shaw, who was, to put it mildly, anxious to get back into things for a second shot at Oliviera in the hot seat. Shaw gave up a single rack to Grenier in the semifinals, and put an exclamation point on his event victory by giving up only two to Oliviera in their re-match.   Predator Tour Director Tony Robles thanked his fellow TDs from the New England 9-Ball Series (Marc Dionne) and Ride the 9 Tour (Gloria Magnano), as well as Snooker’s owners, Stephen and Regina Goulding and sponsors, Predator Cues, Ozone Billiards, and Delta 13 racks. RESULTS: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6

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Collinsdouble dipsThompkins Skip Maloney - Staff Sept 16, 2015 Matt Collins had gotten as close as third in his attempts to win a stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. Returning to the site of that third-place, April 2014 finish, Shore Thing Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC, Collins took a short, loss-side route to the winners' circle; losing the hot seat match, and returning from the semifinals to double dip hot seat occupant, Wendell Thompkins, a veteran GSBT competitor with a few victory notches on his GSBT belt. The $600-added event drew 27 entrants to Shore Thing Billiards on the weekend of September 5-6. Collins earned his spot in the hot seat match with a 6-4 win over Scott Crane. Thompkins had defeated B.J. Hucks 8-4 to join him. Thompkins claimed the hot seat 8-4, and waited on Collins' fateful return. On the loss side, Hucks drew David Tootle, who'd defeated Phillip Britt 6-6 (Britt, 1 COLLINS Matt 500 racing to 9) and Tony DeGuzman 2 THOMPKINS Wendell 300 6-2, to reach him. Crane 3 CRANE Scott 200 picked up Gatlin Askins, who'd 4 TOOTLE David 100 eliminated Zach Baker 8-2 and 5 HUCKS BJ 75 Melody Duval 8-1. With Askins 5 ASKINS Gatlin 75 racing to 8, Crane defeated him 7 DE GUZMAN Tony 50 5-7, as Tootle downed Hucks 6-4. 7 DUVAL Melody 50


Shannon Daulton, Matt Collins and Wendell Thompkins Crane then came out on the right side of a double hill quarterfinal against Tootle. He came out on the wrong side of subsequent double hill semifinal versus Collins, who got a second shot at Thompkins in the hot seat. Collins locked up in his second straight double hill match and won it to force a second set. They came within a game of another double hill match, but with Thompkins racing to 8, Collins completed his first GSBT victory with a 6-6 win in the second set.

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chris MITCHELL Corner Pocket Champ for September

Corner Pocket Billiards Club, out of Martins Ferry, Ohio, had their Monthly Event Sponsored by S & S Motorsports on Saturday Sept 19th! 36 players came out for the $500 added 9-Ball event. The top 4 auction

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players battled it out with many local and out of state players, with 3 of the 4 making it to the semifinal battles! Chris Mitchell beat Rob Krull hill hill 7-6 while Tom Purich Beat Steve Helline 7-5. Chris Mitchell then won the hot seat after a big start up 4-0 only to see Tom Purich tie it 4-4. It only took 2 small mistakes for Chris to win 7-5. The talk of the night was local player Mike Cumberledge coming through the loser bracket after a second round hill/hill loss to Jeff Finnicum who placed in last month’s event. Cumbo ran off 6 straight wins with the last 4 being hill/hill matches. He got through Willy Sanchez, Curtis Walker, Shane Jackson, Steve Helline, and Rob Krull to meet Tom Purich for a spot in the final! He was up 4-0 this time only to see the fatigue setting in as Tom took advantage of one last mistake to seal the chance to the final. After a battle to 4-4 both players decided to split the money and take the long drive home.

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THE MYTH OF CENTER BALL Tom Simpson © Janurary 2002 – All Rights Reserved –

Master Instructor, National Billiard Academy, “Beat People With a Stick!”

Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson


One of the things that makes pool challenging is that what the cueball is doing changes during the shot. While the cueball is moving, it’s doing some combination of rolling, spinning, and sliding. Exactly what that combination is changes over the course of the shot, as the ball collides with rails and other balls, and as it slows and eventually comes to a stop. Why is this important? Understanding what exactly the cueball is doing – and when – is critical to developing the shot planning knowledge and shooting finesse you need to play at a high level. If we’re paying attention, and invest our attention in watching & shooting many thousands of shots, we gradually get a sense for cueball behavior, and what we see happening on the table begins to be what we expect. However, if we have clear knowledge of how things actually work, we can “get it” much more quickly. Let’s focus on the much misunderstood Stun Shot. Many instructors (myself included) consider the stun shot to be the most important shot in pool. Here’s my definition: A stun shot is any shot where the cueball is sliding at the moment of impact. Sliding means skidding – not draw, not forward roll. “Oh, stun is another name for the Stop Shot,” players say. No, the stop shot is a stun shot that happens to be straight in. The key issue is – and this is my main point – what matters is what the cueball is doing at the moment of impact. Let me say it another way: What matters is not how you hit the ball (draw, center, follow, whatever). What matters is what it’s doing at the Moment of Impact. How do we control that? Continuing with the example of a stop shot, imagine two straight-in shots, one with the CB and OB a foot apart, and the other with the balls four feet apart. A lot of instructional material will tell you to ‘Hit center ball.’ Maybe, for the longer shot, they will tell you to ‘Hit center ball, firmly.’ While this might work if your stroke and idea of “firm” is the same as theirs, it doesn’t reflect what really matters – Moment of Impact. Instead, if you clearly understand that your job on a stop shot (and all stun shots) is to deliver that CB to its target without any forward or backward spin, you

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can deal with it more effectively. In our example shots, for the short one, you can actually use center ball because, unless you hit it really softly, the CB will not have time to start rolling before it hits the OB. In other words, it will be skidding at the Moment of Impact. For the longer shot, you actually have to hit below center (draw) because as the ball travels toward its target, friction with the cloth gradually wears off the backspin. The general requirement for any Stun Shot is that you have to shoot at a speed and with an amount of backspin that results in the backspin wearing off just at the Moment of Impact. There is a range of ways to accomplish this. Cueball speed and draw combine to determine what the CB will be doing at any moment in its travel – spinning backwards, skidding, or rolling. You can shoot a Drag Shot, which is maximum backspin and low speed. You can shoot a Clobber Shot, which is center ball and high speed. You can shoot any appropriate combination of speed and backspin in between. If it’s not a straight-in shot, the speed will determine how far the CB moves after impact. Weigh the trade-offs and shoot whichever combination fits your purposes and your skill. So why is the Stun Shot so important? It’s the only shot in pool where we know for certain the direction the cueball will take after it strikes an object ball. If the CB is sliding at the Moment of Impact, it will run down the Stun Line (sometimes called the Tangent Line) every time, regardless of speed. The Stun Line is the line that’s perpendicular (90 degrees) to the line through the centers of the two balls at impact. This is the key to position play. We know where stun shots will go, and if we want to adjust to make the CB go forward or back relative to the Stun Line, we can accomplish that with draw or follow – at the Moment of Impact. So, when someone tells you to use Center Ball, they probably mean Stun, but it’s hard to be certain. Consider the result you want. Consider what the cueball must be doing at the Moment of Impact to accomplish that result. Decide how you are going to make that happen and hit accordingly. Have I said “Moment of Impact” enough times?

TABLE LEARNING TALKTO LOVE ONE POCKET Love it or hate it, it’s a very challenging game

Michael K Glass

Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

I am a very lucky man. My gal is very supportive of my love of pool, and goes with me to every tournament, and every league night. She keeps track of my pool lesson appointments for me, and even gets on me to make sure I get my articles submitted on time every month. Before we met, she knew nothing about pool, and had no desire to play or watch it. Since we have been together, she has learned to love pool. She gets most excited about 9-ball. In her words, she loves to see the ball “zooming around the able” to get into position for the next shot. She also enjoys 8-ball, but I strongly suspect that is because I play 8-ball in a local BCA league, and she loves socializing with our friends at the local pool hall (Crown Billiards in San Ramon, California). Pool takes up a lot of our free time, and she’s pretty gracious about it, for the most part. Often, I will tell her about a tournament I want to play in, and she’ll tell me OK, and put it on the calendar. Unless it’s One-Pocket. She hates One-Pocket. I am sure most of you are familiar with One-Pocket. If not, head on over to for a detailed description of the game. Essentially, you and your opponent battle it out to be the first person to pocket eight balls in your assigned pocket. A simple premise, to be sure, but the nuances involved are very deep, and take a very long time to master. One-Pocket is a very different animal from most other pool games. There is a lot of maneuvering and safety play, and very little actual shot-making. I think that is where her boredom comes from: “I want to see balls go in the pocket!” If you are in the same camp, and really don’t see the appeal of the game, I invite you to watch a match or two. You can find some good matches on YouTube by searching for “One-Pocket.” Find a match with Scott Frost, and pay attention to the following: Do not leave a clear shot for your opponent. Most of the time, you’ll want to leave the cue ball near your opponent’s pocket. In doing so, you are forcing him to shoot away from his pocket, making it very difficult for him to score a pot. Of course, you also want to make sure that you don’t leave a relatively easy bank shot for him, either. You don’t always need to leave the cue ball near his pocket. If you tie the cue ball up with other balls, you can not only leave him a difficult shot on his own pocket, you might make it difficult for him to play safe on you. In most games, there is a cluster of balls near the foot spot, called the “stack.” If you put the cue ball next to the stack on his side of the table, he will have tremendous difficulty getting the upper hand on you. Positioning balls near your pocket. One of the keys to doing well in this game is to ensure that you have some easy “ducks” sitting in front of your pocket, ready to be potted. The more you have sitting there, the more pressure it puts

on your opponent, because if he misses a shot, you are going to be able to earn some points, and possibly even run out! If you leave a ball on the long rail and one on the short rail, your opponent will have a difficult time leaving the cue ball in a position where you cannot put one of them in your pocket. But don’t just leave a bunch of balls near your pocket. Make sure they are in position for easy pots. If you tie some of them up, you might hinder your chances of making easy shots. Remove balls from near your opponent’s pocket. This is really a corollary to the previous point. In fact, the game really boils down to these two things: remove balls from your opponent’s pocket, and reposition them near your own. This is where some of the “wow” factor can come in. If you realize that a player is attempting to remove balls from his opponent’s side, and his shot ends up clearing 4 or 5 balls away, only to leave them near his own pocket, you have to recognize the tremendous skill that takes. Seriously, watch Scott Frost’s matches. He does this on a regular basis. He’s a beast! Don’t just blast those balls away, and put them on your side, though. It’s not enough to put balls near your pocket; you must also protect them. Leave the cue ball in a position that a) leaves no shot on your opponent’s pocket, and b) is hidden from your ducks by other ball(s). The stack is very useful for this! One-Pocket has often been compared to chess. While chess obviously requires much more strategy, the analogy still holds up. Often, you will move your pieces around, building up a strong defense around your king, while simultaneously forming a strong attack. Don’t approach One-Pocket with the intention of potting 8 balls. A game can last over an hour, and with that perspective, it’s VERY boring. Instead, approach it like a battle, and position your “men” in the best spots to give yourself the overall advantage. As a spectator, don’t watch for the players to pot balls. Instead, watch how they maneuver the balls around the table, and pay particular attention to their cue ball control. 95% of the time, they are focused mainly on putting the cue ball in the PERFECT position. It takes tremendous skill, and some of the best players are masters at their craft. If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at Come on by and join the discussion!

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Bob Jewett

Bob Jewett


I’m a big believer in fundamentals. I think that if your mechanics (basic motions of your stroke) are simple and repeatable, the game will be easier for you and your improvement will be a lot faster for however much time you put in to develop your game. I have several problems with my own fundamentals. When I was starting to play, there was almost no pool instruction. Those starting to play today don’t have that problem -- there is plenty of pool instruction around. Very good indicators of the state of your own fundamentals are shots that can be played without sidespin and are straight in. To play such a shot all you have to do is set your cue stick up along the line through the centers of the two balls and the center of the pocket and then bring the cue stick straight forward through the cue ball. Simple. Well, not really so simple. Most players find this very hard to do perfectly. Either they line up at an angle to the correct line or their cue swerves during the shot or the cue stick is parallel to the right line but offset to one side or the other. There are various causes for these problems, but let’s first check whether you have a problem. Set up Shot 1 as a perfectly straight shot into the side pocket. You will be doing this shot for a while so to make it easy to repeat the correct setup precisely, there are some learning tools you can use. The best is to mark a line on the cloth between the centers of the two pockets. If you use a tailor’s chalk to do this it will be easy to remove the line later. Add two paper reinforcement donuts for the positions of the two balls. If you can’t mark the table -- maybe the owner is overly protective -- just use the donuts with a third donut exactly in line with the others and close to the left side pocket. Note that I have shown a striped ball as the cue ball. This is so you can see whether you have side spin on the ball. A training cue ball is best, but a stripe will work. The goal is to make the shot in the side with draw and bring the cue ball straight back to the other side to scratch. A secondary goal -- and a main point of the drill -is to do this without any side spin so you know your hitting the cue ball in the center. If you have a line drawn on the table, it can be used to check your cue alignment. When you are down on the shot and think you have the line right, before you pull the trigger look down and see if the cue stick follows the line. If you don’t have a line, check your cue stick versus the third donut. As the striped cue ball draws back, the stripe should be rolling like a tire and not wobbling or slanted.

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Shot 1 Draw to scratch


Shot 2 Follow to scratch


Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes on the shot. Set a goal such as three consecutive shots with a scratch and no significant side spin. Shot 2 is a similar shot with follow. The goal is to make the cue ball scratch in the same pocket as the object ball. As shown the shot may be too long for your current skill level, so make it shorter until you can do three in a row with minimum wobble of the cue ball. A last tip to check your centering: as you make your last stroke, fix your eyes on the ferrule/tip of your cue stick. Does it go straight through the center of the cue ball and finish straight ahead?


Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

Bill “Weenie Beenie” Staton once said, “Pool is 70 percent mental.” Over the years, you have probably made enough poor decisions to believe this is true. Why, then, do we associate our playing ability with physical skill? Honestly, some players are more definable by the way they think than by the way they stroke the cue ball. Take the big breaker who crushes the rack but throws a temper tantrum every time he scratches: Yes, he’s got a powerful stroke, but before long his emotions are completely out of control. Next, consider his polar opposite, the guy who strikes the one nice and solid with a firm speed: He has roughly half the physical talents of the big breaker, but he knows his limitations and plays within them. Physical abilities only create potential in pool; it’s application that makes the difference. So why are some pool players measured by their physical talents? It’s because their physical abilities are far more visible than their mental ones. You never hear someone say, “It was the right decision to play safe from there,” or “You never shoot until you are ready.” These factors get little recognition, yet they often pave the way to success, sometimes having a greater effect on a shot’s outcome than the stroke itself. In fact, by thinking positively, you may be able to immediately play a stronger, more effective game of pool. One thing is certain: Without a strong mental game, you will never reach your true potential as a player. No doubt, it’s hard to play “in the moment” and stay focused. In pool, there is a natural tendency to look ahead or dwell on shots you’ve missed. If you have trouble putting mistakes behind you, it’s probably time to take a hard look at yourself. Many players are

shocked by the errors they make; for instance, they may miss a shot and let their negative emotions consume them for five games. If this sounds like you, look at your past. If history shows that you occasionally miss a ball, then don’t blow up when it happens. For many players, the game consumes their life. It’s what they do in their free time, what they read about and watch on the Internet, what they dream about at night when they go to sleep. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions: Does a bad tournament ruin your day? Does your last match affect your relationships with family and friends? These could all be serious indicators that pool controls your life. If this is the case, I suggest for you to take a short break. Sometimes, getting away from the game can give you a fresh perspective. On the other hand, maybe your perspective is fine, but when you play, you try to be like someone you’re not. For instance, you may want to shoot like Earl Strickland, pocketing ball after ball at a blistering pace. But if your personality is more conservative, shooting fast can throw your game out of balance. The key is for you to be honest with yourself. Figure out what your game should look like, and play within your limitations. Moreover, you must understand that your limitations are based upon your individual ability and your pool game has to fit with your God-given talents. Every match you play has its ups and downs, whether it be pocketing an impossible bank shot or playing a safety that comes back to haunt you. This sets the stage for bumpy road, which can completely take you out of your game. By reading and understanding this monthly column, you can learn to get away from negativity and play pool with a positive outlook. You can also learn to improve your game by benefitting from your nervous energy. Above all, you will learn that a positive mind will figure out a way to win, while a negative mind looks for all the reasons that you can’t. Don’t limit yourself with negative thinking. Be unstoppable…even from yourself!

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley

He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball. By Michael P. Geffner DVD LIST:

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There is a transition time with every player, it’s just a matter of how abbreviated it is. We call this “The Gathering of the Shot”....and players like Buddy Hall do it beautifully - this is one of the reasons he was known to have the best cue ball control in history. It requires energy to take the cue back and it takes more energy to redirect the cue. Mentally (usually sub consciously) there’s a calculation that must take place to equate the forward movement of the cue with the speed and length of the shot. I like to practice exaggerating this technique so that there’s a distinct forward motion of the cue......after all, we never hit the cue ball with our back-swing, it’s just used to coil the cue back before the moment of release - or they say “the moment of highest tension”. There is one school of thought that the follow through doesn’t matter because the cue ball is already gone. This may be true in one respect, especially if you just look at the stroke mechanically. However, from my experience it’s vital to control the after contact movement of the cue ball WITH the length of the follow through. This is what gives the player that high degree of touch and feel for the game that’s essential for top

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notch performance under pressure......when you are in that “do or die” situation. When I want the “after contact” movement of the cue ball to be exaggerated I exaggerate the follow through, when I want the “after contact” movement to be compat, then I compact my follow through..... even if I want the cue ball to jump slightly I’ll use a “staccato type” follow through that creates that movement. If I didn’t have a very good understanding of how the cue moves FORWARD from the top of the back-swing I would not be able to play at the champion’s level of performance. Whether a player is aware of it or not the follow through must connect to the “after contact” reaction of the cue ball....or you’ll always be playing a “guessing game,” and it really shows up under the pressure of a high dollar match or tournament. The cue ball’s reaction, at the highest level is a reflection of what the cue is doing......the more you can calibrate the cue’s motion to coincide with the cue ball’s “after contact” reaction the better off you will be.......this is one of the essential “differences that make a difference” in winning or just coming close. ‘The Inner Game is the Teacher’

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STEFANO PELINGA Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.

I personally like to use top spin a lot. So should any pool player since it is simply an enhancement of a ball’s natural forward roll. “Top spin” or “Follow” should be preferred to any other option in order to play position as it makes it easier to control the speed. The trajectory of the cue ball hit with a follow stroke is easier to predict and the billiards players know it well. This month’s trick shot has been around for a long time and it will help you understand the huge potential of follow shots. It is fairly easy, provided you are accurate in delivering the tip of your cue onto the exact spot of the cue ball. Start by placing a ball somewhat centered between the jaws of a corner pocket (in my diagram I used the red ball). Then place a couple of “obstacle balls” perpendicular and frozen to the long rail close to the side pocket (I used two green balls). Finally place the 9-ball by the other corner pocket on the same side of the table and your cue ball close to the short rail behind the dotted middle line. Now your goal is to pocket the red object ball and sink the 9-ball at the same time, to win the game. Aim 3/4 to the right of the red ball using a good amount of top spin on the cue ball. Use a 2.5 speed on a new, sleek cloth and a 3 speed on an old, slow cloth (I remind you that I gauge my shot’s speed/power 1 to 5, 1 being the power necessary to make the cue ball travel one length of the table, and so on). Make sure you keep your cue leveled and use a smooth follow-through. After making the red ball, the cue ball will hit the long rail then, still spinning with forward motion, will curve around the obstacle balls and head towards the 9-ball to pocket it, with or without hitting an extra rail. I also added in my diagram a blue ball to let you know you can use the same principle to win a 9- or 10-ball game, even if the lowest numbered object ball on the table is not by a corner pocket. As far as it is either frozen to the long rail or at no more than a couple balls away from it (1.5 balls on an old cloth), you can still hit it almost full but never thinner than 3/4 of it, with a lot of follow to make the cue ball hug the long rail (in other words bouncing off of it 2-3 times) and you’ll have pretty good chances of pocketing the 9- or the 10-ball provided it is fairly close to the corner pocket. Another necessary condition though is that the cue ball should be placed quite frontally in regards to the object ball and the long rail, ideally within the “A” area in my diagram. As an important adjustment, keep in mind that by using a little left English (an 11-11:30 hit on the cue ball, like I did), your cue ball will curve more but it will also lose speed more quickly. I like to play aggressively so anytime I have the possibility of closing a game in one shot, I go for it. In my career I did win a few games by using the above mentioned shot, and a few others by slicing the blue ball on its left side using some left English on the cue ball in order to have the cue ball travel 3 rails before making the billiards and A pocketing the winning ball. Try both solutions and see which one you feel more confident with.


October 2015


Wilkie downs Krah

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Skip Maloney Staff The last time Shaun Wilkie and Matt Krah met in the finals of an event was back in February during the VA State 10-Ball Championships, held under the auspices of the Action Pool Tour (APT). They had met, as well, in the hot seat match of that tournament. Wilkie shut Krah out to grab the hot seat, and survived a double hill battle in the finals to complete his sixth straight win on the APT. At the 4th Annual Labor Weekend 9-Ball Shootout in Cambridge, MD, the two clashed in the hot seat match and finals again. This time, though, Krah survived a double hill hot seat match, only to have Wilkie come back from the semifinals to defeat him in the finals. The $500-added event drew 58 entrants to Great Slates Billiard Cafe in Cambridge. Wilkie ended up playing 10 more games than Krah, 83 to Krah's 73, and prior to the finals, Krah had the better winning percentage - 72.4% over Wilkie's 70.5%. When it was over, those percentages had shifted (obviously). The addition of six game losses dropped Wilkie's percentage down by two points to 68.6%, but with the addition of nine losses, Krah's dropped by about seven points, down to 65.7%. Together, they recorded a total of five shutouts in 15 matches; two by Wilkie and three by Krah.

Wins over Will Johnson, Coen Bell, Steve Cahal, Jr. and Joe Stem put Wilkie in a winners' side semifinal against Kevin West. Krah had defeated Rick Winpigler, Brandon Welch, John Moody, Sr. (back-to-back shutouts), and Jason Kochenour to meet up with Josh Brothers in the other winners' side semifinal. Wilkie sent West west 7-4, while Krah was sending Brothers over 7-5. The hot seat battle went double hill, eventually sending Wilkie to the semifinals. Over on the loss side, Joe Wright, having been sent there by Brothers in a winners' side quarterfinal, was working his way back to a re-match in the event quarterfinals. Wright got by , TJ Moore and Kochenour, both 7-4, and picked up West. Brothers drew Rick Winpigler, who'd defeated Joe Stem and Danny Greene, both 7-5. Wright and Brothers advanced to their re-match; Wright 7-5 over West, and Brothers in a shutout over Greene. Brothers downed Wright a second time in the quarterfinals, by the same score he'd chalked up on the winners' side 7-5. By that same score, Wilkie stopped Brothers' run in the semifinals. Wilkie then claimed the event title with the single race 9-6 victory in the finals.

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October 2015


Jayson Shaw First Invitee

Pat Fleming Sep. 23, 2015 EDISON, NJ A total of six superstars will compete in the 2015 “Make It Happen” 10-Ball Invitational, scheduled for December 17-20, 2015. Three-peat Turning Stone Champion Jayson Shaw was recently invited by Accu-Stats. Four more will be voted in by supporters like you who purchase a “Make It Happen” package. After that, Accu-Stats will invite one more player to fill the field. This will guarantee you a show with six of the best 10-ball players in the world. This is Accu-Stats’ first 10-ball tournament, and the seventh “Make It Happen” event in the popular Aramith/Simonis Arena series. Considering that the six players pay no entry fee, pay no travel expenses, pay no lodging expenses, and will be guaranteed prize money, the “Make It Happen” event is one the players can’t pass up. The chosen six will play in a round-robin format where everybody plays everybody else. The only reason this kind of event has succeeded six times, and will continue to do so, is because of those supporters who purchase the “Make It Happen” package. As always, 100% of the support money goes into the event. Accu-Stats takes nothing! This is a home run for six talented 10-ball specialists. This four day round-robin event will be staged in the Aramith/Simonis Arena at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, New Jersey. In addition to an all expense paid trip, each player will receive $1,000 for each win and YOU are guaranteed that every match will be of “finals” caliber. Sixteen matches, all races to thirteen, will be played on a regulation 9-Foot Diamond Pro Am Table with Simonis 860 Cloth and Aramith Balls. The best commentators in the business, Bill Incardona, Danny Diliberto, and Kenny Shuman will provide the play by play. To find out more, go to and see what you’ll get by supporting this event. You may even win $1,000 for yourself. Don’t hesitate and feel free to call me personally at 800-828-0397. Only you can “Make It Happen”.

Stroke October 2015


16 U.S. Juniors Head to Shanghai

September 23, 2015 (Denver, CO): The 2015 Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) Junior National 9-Ball Championships qualified 16 billiard student-athletes to represent North America as part of Team USA at the upcoming WPA (World PoolBilliard Association) Junior 9-Ball Championships. The prestigious annual world event will be held in Shanghai, China November 13-18, 2015. Through the support of the Billiard Congress of America, the BEF continues to The following players will proudly represent our country this year: 1. Chris Robinson, age 17 (Ventura, CA) 2. Joshua Franklin, age 17 (Creve Coeur, IL) 3. Zachary Gurganus, age 18 (Marrieta, GA) 4. Nickolas Kline, age 17 (Prescott Valley, AZ) 5. Manny Perez, age 17 (Kansas City, KS) 6. Jacob Watson, age 17 (Tyler TX) 7. April Larson, age 15 (Bloomington, MN) 8. Emily Herpel, age 15 (Freehold, NY)

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a staff Jason Rogers worked his way undefeated through a field of 39 to capture the August 22-23 stop on the Q City 9-Ball Tour. The event was hosted by Breaktime in Cary, NC. Rogers worked his way into the hot seat, by first defeating Paul Swinson 8-2 in a winners' side semifinal. Steve Page, in the meantime, was busy sending Matt Fralin to the loss side 10-6. With Page racing to 10, Rogers claimed the hot seat 8-8, and waited on Page's return. On the loss side, Fralin picked up 13-year-old Peter Abatangelo, who'd defeated Andy Bowden 4-3 (Bowden racing to 6), and J. T. Ringgold 4-4 (Ringgold racing to 8). Swinson drew Bobby Clinton, who'd defeated Jason Best and Jackson Jeffrys, both 7-3, to reach him. Fralin eliminated Abatangelo 7-2, while Clinton and Swinson locked up in a double hill battle that eventually sent Clinton against Fralin in the quarterfinals. Clinton ended up on the losing end of his second straight double hill match, which gave Fralin a second shot against Page in the semifinals. Page and Fralin also locked up in a double hill fight, which ended with Page heading back for his second shot against Rogers in the hot seat. Rogers defeated Page a second time, by the same score he'd chalked up in the hot seat match - 8-8 - and claimed the event title.


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Norris Repeats At Charlotte Classic

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Spouse- Charlie Norris (Married 21 years) Children - One son at Nascar Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC and two daughters in high school; All three play pool. Occupation- Pool player working as a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Medicine Mart in Tabor City, NC to pay the bills. Practices at Corner Pocket Billiards & Entertainment in Whiteville, NC and at home. Loves a good ring game. My motto is “The more the merrier.” Currently giving lessons at home to Ethan Edwards. Looking for a sponsor. (Where’s Waldo?) Successfully defended my NC Classic title in Greensboro at Gate City Billiards and my Charlotte Classic title at The Press Box. I have won 4 of the last 7 tournaments on the Tiger Smart Tour. Inside my case- a 25 year old Joss Custom and a Player Jump/Break Cue. Goals- Being successful on the WPBA tour. I don’t want to be like “Mike,” i want to be like Efren! Hobbies- Pool, pool, and more pool! Did I also mention pool? Resume- Good work ethic, fairly organized, can draw the cue ball the length of the table, jumps like a jack rabbit, and kicks like a mule! Plays strong safes and actually likes long shots. (This resume has never helped me to land a great job. The reason alludes me!) I would like to be able to play pool for a living. How great would it be to do what you love everyday for the rest of your life? Dare to dream.

The Press Box in Charlotte, NC, one of the most beautiful pool rooms in the country, was host of the Charlotte 9-Ball Classic September 12-13, 2015. Tiger SMART kicked off its Fall season in style. Owner, Chris Babilonia and family, again showed utmost hospitality as they continue to add features designed for functionality and aesthetic. During the players meeting, Tiger SMART members paid homage to Emma Stewart Davis, OB Cues Tour member, with a moment of silence to honor our dear sister in pool who was unexpectedly taken last Wednesday. Our prayers go out to the family. The field may have been the toughest thus far. Day 1 saw Tiffany Finnan and Kathleen Lawless make it to the final four on the winner’s side with wins over Marianne Merrill 7-5 and Lisa Cossette 7-3 for Tiffany and wins over Caitlin Elie 7-1 and Buffy Jolie 7-2 for Kathleen. Joining Finnan and Lawless in the final four in the winner’s bracket were Belinda Calhoun and Dana Aft with wins over Holly Sholes 7-6 and Teresa Moore 7-0 for Belinda and wins over Cheryl Pritchard 7-4 and Christy Norris 7-4 for Dana. This left two matches which were won by Finnan over Lawless 7-3

Christy Norris Photo courtesy of: Teresa Moore and Calhoun over Aft 7-4. It would be Norris and Cossette who would make it back for Sunday with wins over Merrill 7-3; Teresa Moore 7-3; and Kathleen Lawless 7-2 for Christy and wins over Pritchard 7-6; Sholes 7-6; and Dana Aft 7-6 for the trifecta of hill-hill matches for Lisa. The first round saw Norris defeat Cossette 7-0 leaving Cossette in fourth place. In the hot seat match, Calhoun defeated Finnan 7-3 setting up the semi-final match between Norris and Finnan won by Norris 7-2. The final is one set, race to 9. Norris got off to a quick start and led 3-0. Calhoun tied it at 3. Racks were exchanged for 4-4. Norris then went in the lead by two 6-4 and Belinda cut it to one 5-6. It was Norris all the way from there for a 9-5 victory and a successful defense of her Charlotte 9-Ball Classic title. The final in the second chance event final was played by Buffy Jolie and Marianne Merrill. Jolie won 5-1 over Merrill.

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Stroke October 2015


Corr Elevates Her Game

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(L TO R) BORANA ANDONI, KIA SIDBURY, KAREN CORR, KIM WHITMAN, DAWN FOX, MEREDITH LYNCH, NICOLE MONACO, NICOLE KING Reporting that Karen Corr has won a stop on the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour is getting to be a little like informing people that the sun came up. On the weekend of September 19-20, Corr not only won her eighth straight stop on the tour, she did so by giving up only two racks in 44 games. She shut out four of her opponents, one of whom, runner-up Nicole Monaco, was also one of the two players who chalked up a single rack against her (Carol Clark, second round, was the other). The $1,000-added ($500-added by Coins of the Realm) event drew 27 entrants to the Top Hat Cue Club in Parkville, MD. Two shutouts and the middle 7-1 win over Clark put Corr in a winners’ side semifinal against Kia Sidbury. Monaco and Meredith Lynch squared off in the other one. Corr chalked up her third shutout, versus Sidbury, and in the battle for the hot seat, faced Monaco, who’d sent Lynch to the loss side 7-4. Corr gave up her second and last rack of the tournament defeating Monaco to claim the hot seat. Over on the loss side, where a total of 24 matches were played, only two of those resulted in either a shutout or 7-1 score. Sidbury came over and met up with Borana Andoni, who’d chalked up the loss side’s only 7-1 victory, over Eugenia Gyftopoulos, and defeated Judie Wilson and Nicole King, both 7-2. Lynch drew Kim Whitman, recent winner over Jacki Duggan and Dawn Fox, both 7-4.

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Lynch and Andoni advanced to the quarterfinals; Lynch 7-3 over Whitman, and Andoni 7-2 over Whitman. Lynch downed Andoni 7-4 in the quarterfinals, providing her the opportunity to meet the opponent who’d sent her to the loss side, Monaco, in the semifinals. Monaco defeated her a second time 7-4 and got a second shot at Corr. Corr shut her out to claim her eighth straight JPNEWT title.


October 2015


Gate City Billiards 9 Ball Tournament September 15 at 2:49pm · GREENSBORO, NC This past weekend we were at Gate City Billiards Club. Great crowd with a lot of strong players. Big thanks to don liebes for hosting. Always a great event.

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Hollinsworth and Tickle Skip Maloney Staff The Q City 9-Ball Tour held a double header weekend; commencing with a Saturday, September 19 event that drew 59 entrants, and concluding with a $300-added event that drew 37, which actually began on Saturday night and finished up on Sunday, September 20. Neither event saw a final match, as all four competitors opted out of a final and split the money. The top prize in both events included qualification for a North Carolina 8-ball Championship, scheduled for November. The events were hosted by Chandler’s Chalk and Cue in Statesville, NC. Ryan Hollinsworth went undefeated in the Saturday opener, and finished in the tie for fifth in the Sunday event. David Tickle, who finished in fourth place on Saturday, was defeated in the hot seat match of Sunday’s event, and returned from the semifinals to face Colin Hall. The match didn’t occur. Tickle and Hall split the top two prizes, and while the undefeated Hall would normally have been declared the winner, Hall deferred to give Tickle the qualification prize to November’s 8-Ball championship. On Saturday, Hollinsworth advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Matt Shaw, while Terry Ringgold met up with Scott Lewis. With Lewis racing to 10, Ringgold defeated Lewis 4-7, as Hollinsworth was downing Shaw 7-4. Hollinsworth claimed the hot seat, and for all intents and purposes, the event title with his 7-3 win over Ringgold. Lewis and Shaw moved to the loss side and were immediately handed their second straight loss. Lewis fell to David Tickle 8-7. Shaw ran into Brian Bryant,

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claim double header titles whom he’d sent to the loss side in an earlier round. Bryant faced and defeated Shaw 8-3 while in the midst of a seven-match, loss-side run that would propel him into the finals. Bryant moved on to defeat Tickle 8-4 in the quarterfinals and punctuated what proved to be his final match by shutting out Ringgold in the semifinals. He and Hollinsworth opted out of the final and split $1,330. On Sunday, Colin Hall and Tickle would have met twice had they opted to play a final match, but they met only once, in the battle for the hot seat. Hall had sent Johnny Walker to the loss side 6-5, as Tickle was defeating Hollinsworth 8-5. Hall claimed the hot seat with a 6-2 win over Tickle. Like Shaw and Lewis in Saturday’s event, Walker and Hollinsworth moved to the loss side and were immediately defeated for the second straight time; Walker, 8-3, by Mike Bumgarner, and Hollinsworth 6-3 by Jamie Fells. Fells eliminated Bumgarner 6-4 in the quarterfinals, but was himself eliminated 8-4 by Tickle in the semifinals. Tickle and Hall split the top two prizes, amounting to $880. The next stop on the Q City 9-Ball Tour, scheduled for Saturday, September 26, will be hosted by Breaktime Billiards in Winston-Salem, NC 1 USA HOLLINSWORTH Ryan $800 2 USA BRYANT Brian $550 3 USA RINGOLD Terry $375 4 USA TICKLE David $250 5 USA LEWIS Scott $100 5 USA SHAW Matt $100 7 USA SHELTON Travis $50 7 USA HAWK Rocky $50

Stroke October 2015


Ko beats SVB in the 2015 World 9 Ball Championship

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Ted Lerner WPA Press Officer Sept 18, 2015 Doha, Qatar)--Showing why he is not only one of pool’s most talented performers, but perhaps its most hardcore player as well, Taiwan’s Ko Pin Yi captured his first World 9-ball Championship tonight in Doha, trading blows with the USA’s Shane Van Boening for two and a half hours before pulling away in crunch time to win 13-11. Both players put in gritty, high quality performances, with brilliant shot making under pressure, coupled with just a handful of errors from both superstars. The outcome was in doubt right down to the dramatic end, but it was Ko who seemed to will himself over the finish line for the historic win. The win is the 26 year old Ko’s second world championship this year, after capturing the 10-ball world title in the Philippines back in February. That victory seven months ago served to fulfill the former teen pool prodigy’s long cherished dream of winning his first world title. Tonight’s win puts Ko in the pantheon of all time pool greats. For Van Boening the loss in his first ever World 9-ball final has to be a massive disappointment, especially considering that he had literally lapped the field in his prior matches, playing some of the most scintillating 9-ball seen in many years. But the American’s mastery of the break shot came to end against Ko, and he was forced to duke it out with the Taiwanese. Van Boening had more than enough chances to pull out the match, but with the pressure mounting late and the wear and tear taking its toll on both players, Ko had just that little bit extra to get the job done. Under normal circumstances a match up in the world finals between greats like Ko and Van Boening would be expected to be a tight slugfest from beginning to end. But prior to the final almost nobody in the Al Arabi Sports Club, and the tens of thousands tuning in around the world on the live stream, was giving Ko a chance. That’s because up until that point the American had been in a rarefied zone that few pool fans had ever seen, winning his five previous race to 11 matches by the almost preposterous total score of 55-14. Having figured out the break shot, Van Boening simply couldn’t be stopped and he carried an air of confident invincibility that made him appear untouchable. The day began with the two semi-finals and the contrast couldn’t have been more different. Playing on the TV table against Pin Yi’s younger brother Ko Ping Chung, Van Boening again hit every break shot perfectly—wing ball down and open shot on the one. He quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the 20 year old Ko got one on the board. But then it was straight back to the race track and before anyone knew it the American had won the match 11-1. Van Boening was making 9-ball look like child’s play. On the adjacent table Ko Pin Yi and former World 9-ball Champion Wu Jia Qing, as expected, put on a show for the ages. Wu had Ko pinned down at 6-2, but Ko clawed his way back to 6-5. Leading 7-6 Wu played an errant safety and Ko got his first tie, and a shot of confidence to boot and he soon went ahead 8-7.The pair then took their games to the next level, trading pressure packed break and runs, safeties and clutch pots. Wu would never lead again as the two Taiwanese were tied at 8, 9 and then 10. Having won the lag, Ko had the last break and broke and ran for a well deserved spot in the finals. An hour later the race to 13 final began and, based upon thumping Van Boening had given to Ko’s younger brother, and everyone else he had faced this week, almost nobody had picked the Taiwanese to pull off the win. Ko, however, is clearly not ‘everyone else.’ The Taiwanese won the lag and after a safety battle, grabbed the first rack to go up 1-0. Van Boening notched the next rack, and the pair traded frames with each holding serve until the score reached 4-4. But one thing was vastly different for the American in this match compared to all his previous matches. Although he was having some success on the break, he wasn’t nearly as flawless on that break as he had been throughout the week. Then in rack 9 Ko was the recipient of several lucky rolls that would be the first of nearly a handful that would help propel him forward throughout the match. Ko scratched shooting at the 7-ball but was fortunate that the same ball ended up married to the 8-ball, leaving Van Boening only a difficult bank, which he missed. Ko then missed the subsequent shot, but this time the 7-ball got snookered. Ko eventually took a rack that he had no business winning to move up 5-4.

Shane found his break and ran the next rack to tie it at 5-5. Then in the next frame Ko got lucky again. He went for a 2-9 pot, missed, only to see the 9-ball drop in the side for a fluke win and a 6-5 lead. To his credit Van Boening kept his composure and it served him well. Two break and runs sandwiched around a Ko scratch brought the American his first lead of the match and an 8-6 advantage. Just as he did against Wu earlier, however, Ko used the deficit as his motivation to stage a fight back. At the same time Van Boening lost his momentum and several mistakes cost him plenty. Ko won two straight to tie the match at 8-8. Ko looked to be going up 9-8 before a shocking scratch while shooting an easy 8 gifted Van Boening the rack and a 9-8 lead. But then the American gifted one back in the next frame, losing position on the 7 and leaving a jump shot in the jaws. The match was now tied at 9-9 and the world title looked like it was going to come down to a flip of the coin. With the pressure palpable Ko took back the lead in the next frame. Van Boening pounced on an errant 4-ball and tied it again at 10-10. Ko responded with a break and run. And then Van Boening did the same to tie it at 11-11. Showing incredible moxy, Ko then fired back with yet another break and run. The Taiwanese was one away from the crown. The final frame served as a metaphor for Van Boening’s one and only match in the tournament where he experienced breaking struggles. With no open shot after the break, the American had to push out. Ko declined the shot and Van Boening’s attempt at the two-ball went astray, leaving an open table for Ko. A battled hardened Ko took his time and picked off the remaining colors and claimed his very first World 9-ball Championship. After soaking up the accolades and posing with his winner’s trophy and $30,000 check, Ko basked in the quiet satisfaction of a job well done. Yes he had made a few mistakes. Yes he had gotten some lucky rolls. But he had persevered. And that, above all, made this win that much more special. “When I won the World 10-ball in the Philippines, that was great,” Ko said. “But winning the World 9-ball Championship, this is unbelievable. I’m really happy because before I came to Doha I wasn’t playing that good. But I worked really hard on my game, especially my break shot. “I definitely didn’t play perfect in the final. But I played really good in the semifinal and of course that is more important because that got me to the final. I was 7-6 behind when Wu made one safety mistake, and after that everything changed. “In the previous matches I was playing perfect, just like Shane, who is such a great player, a real gentleman. But it’s the final of the World 9-ball championship and

Shane Van Boening you know so many things can happen. I think we both played good and both made some mistakes. I feel that I got a few lucky rolls to help me win the match. There was a lot of pressure especially from 8-8 on. But at the end of the match I played good and I am happy I was able to stay patient. You just never know in 9-ball. The ball is round and you have to wait until the last 9-ball drops.” An obviously gutted Van Boening knew he hadn’t played in the same swashbuckling style that had brought him to the finals, especially with the break shot. The American, however, still played a brilliant match. He also took the loss like a man, gave credit where it was due, and promised his fans he’d snap a world title off soon enough. “He got a lot of fortunate rolls and he got lucky to hook me a couple of times after misses,” Van Boening said. “But I also made a couple of mistakes that I should have never have made. He played great and really didn’t make that many mistakes. I think I made more mistakes than he did and that is what cost me. “He was breaking good and I was breaking bad. There were more people in here(the Al Arabi Sports Club) which changed the temperature and the break a little bit. I really think that was the difference. My break wasn’t working for me. I was having trouble getting a clear shot to run out. That’s the way the game plays. “There’s nothing I can do. I’m not that disappointed. It’s an honor to play in the world championship finals. I know I can’t win every tournament. Either way if I win or lose it was fun to play in the finals. I’ll be back.” **The 2015 WPA World 9-ball Championship was sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association(WPA), the governing body of pool, and promoted and hosted by the Qatar Billiard and Snooker Federation(QBSF). The winner of the 2015 World 9-ball Championship received $30,000. The runner received $15,000. The total prize fund was $200,000.

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Zvi Takes the Open 10-Ball on On the weekend of September 19-20, the Predator Pro Am Tour headed back to Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY for its 19th stop of the season. While summer in New York City winds down, the area top amateurs came out in full force for this event—packing the house with 86 top amateurs who competed over the course of both days, along with top area open players for the single-day 10-ball event on Sunday. The amateur 9-ball division would see Irish transplant Stephen Dempsey score his second tour win of the season. At Steinway, which was also the location of his first win at Stop #9, Dempsey started out strong…marking wins over some of New York’s most accomplished amateurs on the scene today. In the upper half of the winner’s bracket (comprised of B+ through A++ ranked players), Dempsey defeated former tour stop winner Miguel Laboy (7-6), 2014 A+ Player of the Year Koka Davladze (75), and A++ Player of the Year Raphael Dabreo (7-4). It was then that Stephen Dempsey would be re-routed to the loss bracket by B+ rated player Gene Hunt, in a near-shutout, 7-1. In Hunt’s next battle, he would take on player-on-fire Henry Hernandez. Hernandez, who is new to the tour, had just come away with a Steinway win in the Tri-State Tour on the previous weekend, along with


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EVENT / RULES 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 8-Ball Bar Box 9-Ball ABCD Pro-Am 16 Player Invitational 9-Ball Warm-up Men-Limit 64 Warm-up Women-Limit 32 Open 10-Ball Men-Limit 96 Open 10-Ball Women-Limit 48 Open Women’s 8-Ball NJ State 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball Amateurs Only Open/Pro/ABCD 9-Ball Women’s 9-Ball Open Men’s 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball Pro Classic 9-Ball ABCD Men’s 9-Ball-Limit 48 Ladies 9-Ball-Limit 48 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball ABCD 9-Ball 9-Ball Halloween 9-Ball Open Steinway Classic PA State 9-Ball ABCD 9-Ball A-B/C-D Steinway Classic 10 Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball FL Pool Tour 9-Ball Amateur Open/Pro/ABCD 9-Ball Al Conte Memorial 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D NJ State 8-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D Ocean State 9-Ball 10-Ball 9-Ball Pro/Am Black Friday Pro/Am Event Open/Pro/ABCD 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball Open/Pro/ABCD 9-Ball Open/Pro/ABCD 9-Ball Christmas Classic Pro/Am 9-Ball Make it Happen 10-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball Partners Turning Stone XV 9-Ball

ENTRY ADDED TIME Call $1,000 Call $35 $500 7PM Call Call Call $120Pro/$70Am $1,500/$500 Call $35 incl g.f. $250 Noon $60 Call 7PM $200 Call Call $25 to $45 Call 1PM $30 incl g.f. $1,000 7PM $30 incl g.f. $500 Call $175 incl g.f. $12,000 Call $175 incl g.f. $5,000 Call $40 $250 1PM $50 to $100 $1,000 Call $120Pro/$70Am $1,500/$500 Call Call $1,000 Call $60+$10 g.f. $500 11AM Varies $1,000 Noon Call Call 11AM $40 Call 1PM $25 to $45 $500 1PM Call Call Call $120Pro/$70Am $1,500/$500 Call $210 $11,000 Call Varies $1,000 w/50 10AM Varies $400 9AM Varies $300 9AM Call Call Call $120Pro/$70Am $1,500/$500 Call Call $1,000 Call $60 $1,000 Call $25 to $45 Call 1PM Call Call Call $60 $1,000 Noon Varies $1,000 Noon $60 $1,000 Call Call $1,000 Call $200 $7,000 10AM $35 $500 7PM Call Call Call Call $5000 Call Varies $1,000 Noon $120Pro/$70Am $1500/$500 Call $25 to $45 $500 1PM Call $1,000 Call $50 to $100 $1,000 Call $120Pro/$70Am $1,500/$500 Call Call $1,000 Call Call Call Call Call $1,900 Call $125 $5,000 Call $350/$450 $5,000 1st Call Varies $1,000 Call Varies $1,000 10AM Varies $1,000 Noon $25 to $45 $500 1PM Call $1,000 Call $35 $500 7PM Call $1,000 Call $25 to $45 Call 1PM Varies $1,500 Noon Varies $5,000 + Noon Varies $1,000 10AM $25 to $45 Call 1PM Invitational Call $24 to $45 $500 1PM Call $1,000 Call $25 to $45 Call 1PM $200/$150 $25,000 Call

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Stroke Pool Magazine October Issue 2015  

Read the latest results from the Labor Day Shootout, Eastern States Championships ... all your favorite tours and more ... Don't forget to r...

Stroke Pool Magazine October Issue 2015  

Read the latest results from the Labor Day Shootout, Eastern States Championships ... all your favorite tours and more ... Don't forget to r...