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Holiday Spot INK03:

Polynesian warriors invented the tattoo centuries ago to mark their place in the tribe and their power as men. Action cues new Ink Series delivers the same status to your weapon of choice.  Pick one up and prove your manhood at the table.  Retail price $89. Dealer requests welcome.  1-800-645-9803.  www. cuestix.com.  Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

McDermott 4x8 Soft Case

MSRP: $139 This brand new vinyl soft case holds four cue butts and eight shafts with two accessory pockets for extra storage. Its double-stitched construction ensures that it is built to last, while its extra long design accommodates cue butts and shafts up to 32”. To learn more, call 1-800-6662283 or visit www.mcdermottcue.com.

OL-20:

Blow torch branded cherry wood and bad to the bone. The Outlaw OL-20 features a new twist on the iconic 8 ball imagery with its own style of tribal design to add some flash.  Black, stacked leather wraps, stainless steel joint and butt caps, with AAA grade Canadian maple shafts in standard 13mm.  Suggested retail price of $165.  Dealer inquiries at www.cuestix.com or call 1-800-645-9803

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ATH-35:

The butterfly effect for 8 ball. When you flap the wings of this beautiful new Athena pool cue, you create devastating results in pool rooms a world away.  Delicate foil inlays jump off the cue in a dramatic departure from average overlay designs.  Free 10” extension.  Retail $125.  Sold exclusively by CueStix International. Dealer requests call 800-645-9803 or visit www.cuestix.com.

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tlight on Cues KAT04:

The Way of the Sword describes the ancient Samurai path of a lone warrior and his quest for glory. Using his blade, known as a Katana, he determines justice through the purity of battle.  Carry one of our new Katana cues into your pool room and find your own glory.  Retail price $499.  Dealer requests welcome.  1-800-645-9803.  www.cuestix.com.  Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

Stinger NG05

MSRP: $299 Jump and break like a pro with Stinger jump/ break cues! The NG05 features Stinger’s patented phenolic tip with a “Stinger” stem to help transfer the shock of impact through the shaft. This results in a powerful, precise hit. As a bonus, the NG05 comes in a bundle that includes a quick release jump joint butt, a Stinger shaft, McDermott’s high-performance G-Core shaft ($149 value) and a lightweight jump handle. Break, jump and play, all in one cue! To learn more, call 1-800-666-2283 or visit www.mcdermottcue.com.

VOD-22:

Battles on the pool table can get pretty tough. The new VooDoo VOD-22 cue from CueStix delivers the death blow you need to finish off your competition.  Named “Black Magic” for a design that features dripping blood and an 8 Ball skull, it comes with all the extra performance you need and a little bit of VooDoo just to be sure.  Dealer requests welcome at www.cuestix.com or call 800-645-9803.  Ask your favorite billiard retailer about it today.

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Holiday Spot McDermott G605 MSRP: $699

The G605 is one of McDermott’s unique shaft inlay cues. It features a birdseye maple forearm and sleeve with turquoise, white urethane and black urethane inlays. As a bonus, this cue has matching inlays in the shaft that compliment the cue’s design. The G605 comes standard with McDermott’s highperformance G-Core shaft ($149 value). To learn more, call 1-800-666-2283 or visit www.mcdermottcue.com.

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This cue features a Natural Curly Maple forearm with 5 Cocobolo inlay points, w/Curly Maple Handle and 10 Cocobolo Inlays. It is complemented with white plastic sleeve with custom rings. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented technology shaft (low deflection X shafts are optional) and a radial Tiger joint protector. Standard cue specifications and items included; Length 58”

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This cue features a Ebony forearm w/4 White Poly Board/Snakewood Points, 4 Tulip wood Inlays. Butt sleeve combination of Snakewood, Cocobolo, Tulip and aluminum inlays. Butt sleeve and handles are complemented with tulip wood, black phenolic and silver custom rings. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented technology shaft (low deflection X shafts are optional) and a radial Tiger joint protector. The standard is with double black genuine Irish linen. Stack or regular leather wraps are available (optional). Standard cue specifications and items included;

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Weight 18oz. - 20.5oz. Handle-Curly Maple and 10 Cocobolo Inlays Shaft - Ultra-X® high performance shaft Cue tip - Sniper laminated cue tip - 12.75mm Ferrule - Saber-T® Tiger ferrule Joint protector - Radial Tiger joint protectors Case - Soft black velvet Tiger cue case MSRP: $999.00 www.tigerproducts.com

Length 58” Weight 18oz. - 20.5oz. Wrap - Double Black Irish Linen Shaft - Ultra-X® high performance shaft Cue tip - Sniper laminated cue tip - 12.75mm Ferrule - Saber-T® Tiger ferrule Joint protector - Radial Tiger joint protectors Case - Soft black velvet Tiger cue case MSRP: $1449.00 www.tigerproducts.com

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This cue features a Ebony forearm w/4 White Poly Board/Snakewood Points, 4 Tulip wood Inlays. Butt sleeve combination of Snakewood, Cocobolo, Tulip and aluminum inlays. Butt sleeve and handles are complemented with tulip wood, black phenolic and silver custom rings. Handle is decorated with 3 piece white plastic tube and custom silver rings. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented technology shaft (other shafts optional) and a radial Tiger joint protector. Standard cue specifications and items included; Length 58” Weight 18oz. - 20.5oz. Handle - 3 piece white plastic tube, 3 custom silver and black rings Shaft - Ultra-X® high performance shaft Cue tip - Sniper laminated cue tip - 12.75mm Ferrule - Saber-T® Tiger ferrule Joint protector - Radial Tiger joint protectors Case - Soft black velvet Tiger cue case MSRP: $1599.00 www.tigerproducts.com

This cue features a 2 Piece Natural Curly Maple forearm with 5 Cocobolo inlay points either side of it. Center of the cue complemented by 5 Turquoise diamond shape inlay points in white poly inlays around it. Near each tulip points it is decorated with 5 half diamond shape turquoise inlays and 10 black and white poly board inlays. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented technology shaft (low deflection X shafts are optional) and a radial Tiger joint protector. Standard cue specifications and items included; Length 58” Weight 18oz. - 20.5oz. Wrapless Shaft - Ultra-X® high performance shaft Cue tip - Sniper laminated cue tip - 12.75mm Ferrule - Saber-T® Tiger ferrule Joint protector - Radial Tiger joint protectors Case - Soft black velvet Tiger cue case MSRP: $1299.00 www.tigerproducts.com

McDermott G322

MSRP: $399 New to the Wildfire cue line, the G322 utilizes McDermott’s 3D image carving technology to create a wood-burned and engraved “Clover” logo. It also features a bocote sleeve and bocote points on the forearm. The G322 comes standard with McDermott’s high-performance G-Core shaft ($149 value). To learn more, call 1-800-666-2283 or visit www.mcdermottcue.com.

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This cue features a Natural Curly Maple forearm with 6 Cocobolo inlay points, 6 Tulip wood and 6 blue pearlescent poly inlay points on forearm and ebony/curly maple butt sleeve. Each handle and butt sleeve is then complemented with Tulip wood and black custom rings. Each cue features the Ultra-X® high performance patented technology shaft (low deflection X shafts are optional) and a radial Tiger joint protector. The standard is with double black genuine Irish linen. Stack or regular leather wraps are available (optional).

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Standard cue specifications and items included; Length 58” Weight 18oz. - 20.5oz. Wrap - Double Black Irish Linen Shaft - Ultra-X® high performance shaft Cue tip - Sniper laminated cue tip - 12.75mm Ferrule - Saber-T® Tiger ferrule Joint protector - Radial Tiger joint protectors Case - Soft black velvet Tiger cue case MSRP: $1199.00 www.tigerproducts.com

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Bob Jewett

San Francisco Billiard Academy is a BCA Certified Master Academy.

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A BASIC AIMING SYSTEM Bob Jewett

Sometimes I balls are three OB think beginners dimensional. CB believe too The cue ball will CB&OB OB CB OB CB much in aiming always appear systems. They larger than the Full 1/2 Full 1/4 Full 3/4 Full think that if object ball at its they just find starting point the right way and even at the to look at the time of contact cue ball, object because it will be CP ball and pocket, nearer to you. CB they will never miss again. Besides full ball Unfortunately, and half ball OB Half ball hit seen from above there is no such are 1/4th or system. Aim “quarter” ball varies with balls cloth, stick, speed, spin, humidity, and 3/4ths full. To aim for a half ball hit, you actually and where your head is, literally and figuratively. All have a visible target: the edge of the object ball. Your systems, or at least the ones I know about, ignore some stick should be aimed directly through the center of or most of those factors. the cue ball at the edge of the object ball. For 3/4 full, you sort of have a target if your stick is pointed The only way to learn how to aim is to play and half way from the center of the object ball to the edge. develop a feel for angles, but that’s not to say that all For a 1/4 full shot, your stick must be aimed as much systems are worthless. A system can provide a first outside the edge of the ball as the 3/4 shot was aimed estimate of the line of a shot that you have no feel inside the ball. for, which will frequently be the case if you are just beginning to play seriously. If you practice with one, In the lower diagram is view from above of a half-ball it can give you confidence in times of stress. A system hit to make things a little clearer. Note that the edge will usually make you look at the shot, and that alone of the cue ball is going towards the center of the object will improve your play if you’ve gotten into really lazy ball, just as it’s center is going towards the edge of the habits. Finally, a system will organize angles into a object ball. Also drawn is a line half way between structure that may be easier to understand than if every the two “centerlines” which turns out to give the shot is separate and unconnected to shots at slightly two points on the balls that actually make contact at different angles. “CP.” This demonstrates that the stick is almost never pointed at the spot on the object ball you actually want The fractional ball aiming system has been with us for to contact. perhaps 200 years -- it appears in a book by Edwin Kentfield that was published in 1839. The basic idea Geometry tells us the cut angles for each of these four is simple: any cut angle is described by “how much” cardinal fullnesses of hit. Full ball is pretty obviously of the object ball the cue ball hits. If the cue ball is a cut of zero degrees. Half ball is 30 degrees, which directed straight at the object ball, it is said to hit the can be shown pretty easily with equilateral triangles, object ball “full.” If the center of the cue ball is sent if you retain some of your high school geometry or towards the exact edge of the object ball, it is said to mechanical drawing. It’s a little harder to work out hit “half ” of the object ball. If the cue ball barely that 3/4 full is a cut of 14.48 degrees, and 1/4 full cuts grazes the edge of the object ball, for a cut of nearly 90 the ball 48.59 degrees. A friend of mine memorized degrees, it is a “very thin” hit. the cut angles for thicknesses down to 64ths, so he could tell you that 51/64ths full is a cut of 12 degrees. Various thicknesses of hit are illustrated in the top I think the 1/2 ball angle is plenty for most people, diagram. Shown is how much the cue ball overlaps since you have to judge the angles by eye anyway. the object ball from the tip’s-eye-view. Of course the diagram is a simplification, since the balls are Even if you don’t use the idea of fractional ball hits to drawn as equal-sized two-dimensional disks, and real aim, it is very useful to describe how full a shot is hit.

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CHALK TALK Sponsored by: Master Chalk

BY: DON AKERLOW

If I Had A Dream ... THE SKY IS NO LIMIT

If I were to write a script for a movie about pool, I would write it about growing up in a family that played in pool leagues several nights a week. I would want to play with my friends at least one night a week and with my family perhaps one or two nights a week, so that I could learn from them. My mother, father, aunts & uncles would all be state champions, either in singles or teams. The movie would take place in a small town in the Midwest: maybe in Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas or Nebraska. Some place where it is cold, mainly because everybody would want to be inside playing pool. A league organization that my friends and family could play in, that would also offer national championships. I would watch my family and even friends win national singles and team championships. I, too, would eventually win state and national singles’ championships. And for an added bonus, I would play in a different league and make it to the finals, only to have the disappointment of losing. That would build character.

Wait a minute, my movie actually mirrors real life, because in my movie Mr. Shane Van Boening has accomplished all of my dreams. Shane turned thirty in July of 2013. He has won Amateur, State and National Championships, the U. S. Open 9-Ball three times and is the only player at this point that can win the first three-peat of the U. S. Open. Maybe I would add that to my movie as well, or maybe I already did (look on the front cover, lower right hand side). I want to thank Shane for living my dream or at least my movie.

With all those accomplishments, one would think you would be happy, but not in my movie. In my movie I would have aspirations and dreams of turning pro; beating greats like: Earl Strickland, Francisco Bustamante, Efren Reyes and all the other great pool players I had heard about while I was growing up. But my movie would have another plot: to win the most prestigious national championship in this country - the U. S. 9-Ball Open Championship. If I were to only win one pro event in my entire life, let it be that! And in my movie, I wouldn’t stop with that dream. I would want to win another U. S. Open Championship. And if the truth be known, I would want to have three U. S. Open Championships by the time I was thirty years old! Because, in the history of the U. S. Open, only two other men have accomplished this: Mike Segal in ’76, ’80 & ’83 and Earl Strickland in ’84, ’87, ’93, ’97 & 2000. In my movie, I would then have nine years in my thirties to win three more U. S. Opens, to pass the great Earl “The Pearl”! I would also have fast cars and beautiful women, while I traveled the world to play in pool tournaments. And in my movie, there would be pool magazines that would put my face on the cover, just like in the song, “on the cover of the Rolling Stone”.

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My list, checking it twice, We are now into the fall league season. There are three things you will always receive when you arrive at the pool hall for your team match.

The Monk

TIM MILLER

One, you will learn something. Be alert to what it is you learn. Spend some time after the match, thinking about how it went. I remember telling people I got screwed in a match and then when I thought about it, I realized I blew it, not once but three times. Two, enjoy your time with your friends and team mates. No one can take this away from you. It is your gift every time you go to the league matches. Three, make sure you enjoy your performance. I remember a match in Reno where I was not doing so well. I looked around at the crowed, realized I was in the match, I was in the players chair and felt an overwhelming sense of appreciation that I was here. So I make it a point to enjoy my performance good or bad. Two more things. Sometimes it is best if you just “take your medicine”. One time I was facing a tough shot and could not get good position on the eight ball. I decided to make my shot and take whatever I ended up with and it turned out I faced a kick cut shot on the eight which I made. Make the shot and take what you get when you are not sure of position. Don’t miss the shot because you are worried about your next shot. Always remember that only two things can happen when you shoot a shot. You will miss it, or you will make it. You are not sure which one it will be. Not

sure if you will make it or miss it, but you are sure you will “look good shooting the shot”. Before your next match, do the 4-16-8 Zen art of breathing. Sit by yourself and draw in a deep breath to the count of four. Then hold your breath to the count of sixteen and then let it out to the count of eight. You will be surprised who how this exercise increases your concentration. Finally, I want you to do three things on every shot. First, connect to the shot. Second, land on the cue ball about a quarter inch from it. Third pause in your back stroke slightly and finish the stroke to the point where your cut tip is on the cloth about five to eight inches in front of where the cue ball was laying. I have created a master piece. The Road Players Nine Ball Training Guide. It is a full color hard cover classic with all my best graphics. Your game will go through the roof when you order this book. IT COMES WITH A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. I am the only author of a book that will guarantee your happiness with a product. This book also comes with two $29.95 each full length DVD’s I shot while I was in New Zealand. You can buy the book and the DVD’s for just $85.00. email me thelifeline@yahoo. com I have a workshop in Asheboro NC on Novemeber 22,23,24. You are welcome to join me. Call 1-413345-0496 for details. You will receive a free copy of my Road Players training guide

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I designed this book just for the collector who cares about his game. Each page is in full glossy color. The cover is hard bound. It is a masterpiece. This is the only book I will sell while I am in the states. The book cost me one hundred dollars to produce. I got a good price on ten copies. You can order this book for just $79.95 + S&H

section then move on to the blue section, then through the green section and so on until you complete the training. You must master each session. You will have a top level game when you complete the training. Email me now for a buy now button. I am not putting this on the market as I only have ten copies in my inventory.

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TABLE TALK

BY: MICHAEL K GLASS

Gimme a (9-ball) Break! Part one of a short series on breaking

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 mikekglass.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

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If you are serious about your game at all, then you practice. If you are very serious, then you practice a lot, sometimes just lining up shot after shot for hours on end. I have shot thousands of practice bank shots myself, to the point where it’s almost a “gimme” shot. But how often do you practice the one shot you shoot more than any other? Can you guess what shot I’m talking about? Hint: it’s in the title... That’s right! The break shot. This month, we’re going to talk about the 9-ball break. I’m going to assume you know the rules of 9-ball. In summary, you must hit the lowest ball on the table, and keep shooting if one of the numbered balls goes in. If the 9-ball is potted at any time, you win. If you need more, check out http://tinyurl.com/9-ball-rules. Honestly, I could write a whole book on just the break. I don’t have that many words available to me, so I’m going to stick to the basics, and hopefully help you improve your 9-ball break. In future issues, we’ll talk about 8-ball, Straight Pool, and One-Pocket breaks. So, in 9-ball, what is it that makes a good break? Let’s make a neat bullet-point list. Those are fun, right? Some of these are no-brainers: Although you can break from anywhere behind the head string, the best spot seems to be close to the side rail. Position the cue about 4 to 6 inches from the rail, and use a rail bridge. Keep your cue stick as level as possible. Use a firm, controlled, hard stroke. Speed is important, but control is paramount--keep the ball on the table! Hit the 1-ball as full as possible. Try to leave the cue ball in the middle of the table, or come back to the head of the table. If the 1-ball doesn’t get potted, it will most likely end up at the head as well, and you want a decent chance to shoot it.

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In 9-ball, you’re going for a strong, hard break (unlike straight pool and one-pocket, which require finesse breaks). I cannot stress enough how important it is that you control your cue ball when you are breaking. This is much more important than speed. You can break as hard as you possibly can, potting 4 balls, but if the cue ball ends up off the table, in a pocket, or even in a bad position preventing a shot on the one, then what have you accomplished? If nothing else, you have given your opponent a very good chance of running out on you. Make a ball on the break, and put the cue ball in a good position. That’s how you win 9-ball games. If you have people helping you with your game, you’re going to get all kinds of advice. Many of them will tell you to pivot your hips, or step into the shot. While I will agree that these techniques will help add speed to your break, I strongly believe that you must first master your control. Keep everything still, and only move your forearm. I have a drill that will help you with this. A bonus for this drill is that it will help you determine your maximum break speed. Place the 1-ball on the foot spot. Do not rack a full set of balls -- just the 1-ball. Place your cue ball in position to break on the head string, one diamond from the side rail. Now, get into “break” position, and shoot a stop shot on the 1-ball. Shoot it as hard as you can while shooting a successful stop shot. The 1-ball should come very close to banking into the corner pocket. Keep trying this shot, shooting harder if you are successful, and shooting softer if you are having trouble controlling the cue ball and making it stop. When you have found the maximum speed you can use while still successfully

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The Cincinnati Kid

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 pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

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A cold breeze and the sputter of snowflakes marked a cold February afternoon back in 2007. Robert Walker, a close friend, hosted a monthly 9-ball tournament at The Billiard Café’.  It was a small, old time poolroom nestled in the heart of Lancaster, Kentucky’s city square.    Even though the poolroom was small, local talent was big!  Players like Mike Patton, Landon Shuffett, Mike Blevins and Robert Frost lined the room.  They were all regular suspects in quest of the monthly title.  However, during this period, new faces were becoming quite common.  In fact, at one time or another, pro players Stevie Moore, Rafael Martinez and Charlie Bryant all paid their respects to the monthly event. Just before the players meeting, I was sitting at the bar, eating my lunch, when suddenly I felt a gust of wind hit me as the front door opened.  To my surprise, in walked the Cincinnati Kid.   After making his appearance Shannon Murphy, calmly paid his entry fee and prepared for battle.  Out of the gate, he was on fire pocketing ball after ball, mowing down one player after another by a score of 5-0.  At that point, it was easy to see that if anyone were to beat Shannon it was going to take more than lady luck.  As time passed and the smoke cleared, I was standing “Mono E Mono” with Shannon in the finals of the tournament. As push came to shove, the match seesawed back and forth.  The score was 4-3 and I was barely ahead.  I missed a ball and gave Shannon an opportunity to play safe.  When I returned to the table I faced the layout below and had a tough decision to make. I was left with kick shot on the 5 ball. The first thing that came to mind was that the 6 and 7 could be used as potential blockers in playing a return safe. The problem is that to execute the shot I had to hit a precise point on the long rail. After carefully contemplating what to do, I decided to break out the Sid System. The Sid System is a precise dead ball, 1 rail kicking system, meaning the cue ball is hit 1 tip above center with medium speed. The diamonds on the long rail are numbered starting at 1, then 2, and then increase by ½ for each additional diamond. You’ll note that for this system the contact point on the long rail is adjacent to the diamond on the rail, not through the diamond as is the case for several kicking systems. Here I wanted the cue ball to contact the rail adjacent to point 2.5. The plan was for the cue ball to hit the rail then the 5, hopefully hiding the cue ball behind the 6 and 7 – ending at cue ball position “A”. To calculate the shot I had to determine the cue ball starting point. Since I was shooting 2 diamonds from the corner (diamond “2”) I used that as my cue ball position number. I then multiplied the cue ball number (2) by the long rail contact point number (2.5), and got 5, which was my aim point on the end rail. The aim points on the end rail are numbered from the corner diamond by 10’s, so 5 would be a ½ of a diamond from the corner diamond. The corner diamond (zero) begins at the rubber tip of the long rail. I shot through 5 and laid the shot down perfectly.  You couldn’t have drawn it any better with a pencil.  Shannon was locked up tighter than a movie star’s face-lift. At that point I remember someone saying, “Lucky shot!” Upon returning to the table Shannon fouled leaving me ball in hand with an easy run out for the tournament win.   Looking back, several people probably thought I made a lucky shot to win the tournament that day, but I’ll always know that it took more than lady luck to win that game. In fact, that day my luck was self-generated using a system named Sid!

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“The“The Viper” Viper” An Interview by:

I am proud to announce one of my favorite professional players and # 1 USA Player

Mr. Shane Vanboening!

Melissa Little

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. Recently, Melissa opened a new billiard supply store www.qzetta.com For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com

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The Interview: Viper: Where were you born? Shane: I was born Jackson, WY in 1983. Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? Shane: In 2007, I won my 1st major title the US Open in Chesapeake, VA and then followed with winning the 2007 Reno Open beating twice Johnny Archer in the finals to win the championships. That was the first year I was invited to participate in my first Mosconi cup. Viper: Do you have a nickname yet? Shane: They have been calling me “The South Dakota Kid” forever. Viper: What are your short-term goals? Shane: I am currently in North Dakota participating in a bar table event and then I am going straight to the US Open and then off to England to play in the World Pool Masters. Viper: What do you do when you’re not competing? Shane: I enjoy my time golfing, hunting and fishing with my friends and family. Viper: Do you have siblings? Shane: I am the oldest of four and have three sisters who live in Rapid City, SD. My youngest sister is 17-years old and no not one of them plays pool! Viper: Who got you started in playing pool? Shane: My entire family plays pool. My grandfather owned a poolroom called “8-Ball Express” and both my mom and aunt

were BCAPL National Champions and semi-pro players. Viper: What do your parents think of your pool career? Shane: They are all extremely proud of my accomplishments. Viper: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? Shane: Absolutely hands down the best pool players in the world live in Asia, especially in the Philippines and Taiwan! I think one of the reasons is because here in the United States all the players are so spread out! Over there they only have a couple of poolrooms and all the best players hang out together and push each other. There only focus is to improve and become the dangerously the best!! Plus, over here there are way to many handicaps and bar-tables – you don’t see any of that over there!! Viper: Who is/was your favorite pro player growing up? (Viper continued on page 40)

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What are we doing, playing such a difficult, frustrating, insanely precise game? What were we thinking as we became more “serious” about our play? After all, pool humiliates all of us, and fairly frequently. What’s the attraction? Where’s the reward?

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In my 20’s, I played a lot of small stakes pool. But since then, I rarely play for anything other than beauty. Money players scratch their heads when I tell them I play for beauty. For them, the game is about beating others, about winning money and proving their skills and cleverness. Nothing wrong with that. Good ol’ extrinsic reward. But for me, and I suspect, for lots of other good amateur players out there, it’s more about beating yourself, about playing well and getting better. About playing well enough that you are getting intrinsic rewards: experiences of confidence, excellent shot-making, smart position play, strong safety play, run-outs, etc. Good stuff. Quality is its own reward. Yeah, I want to compete, I want to play hard, I want to play tougher opponents. But the truth is, I’d rather play a terrific match and lose by a hair than clobber someone in an unchallenging mismatch. I’m probably just as hard on myself for my errors and lapses of attention as the guys for whom these mistakes are measured in dollars. It’s embarrassing to step up to an easy, routine shot – and miss the shot or blow the shape. But it happens. One of the differences between amateurs and pros, it’s been said, is “Pros don’t miss easy shots.” Well, that’s not quite true. Even pros lose their focus sometimes, but overall, they maintain it far better than most amateurs. Perhaps they’ve been smacked by the cost of missing an easy shot or easy shape so many thousands of times that they’ve learned to strive to always be fully present, every shot. When I asked pro player Jose Garcia how he got over the big hump from good amateur to pro, he said “I started taking every shot seriously.”

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This is a key insight. Frequently, we miss position while shooting easy shots. We don’t give “easy” shots the respect they require. Don’t just step up and bang that easy shot into the pocket. If you see the ball-pocketing aspect of the shot as easy, be more precise about the position aspect. Make your next shot easier. Money players and beauty players both want the rewards of quality play. The better you play, the more confident you become. The more confident you become, the better you play. That confident attitude and demeanor helps you shoot without the doubts that lead to hitches in your stroke (and embarrassing misses and even less confidence). Easy shots give your confidence a little boost. Obviously, we should plan to have lots of them. Inevitably, a “hard” shot will arise. Now what? Of course, you have to select the appropriate strategy (make the hard shot, play safe, play a two-way), considering your skills and the game situation. If your confidence is high, you’re more likely to succeed. If your confidence is not so high, or the shot is dang difficult, you might have low expectations for the shot. When players don’t believe they will make the shot, they don’t give it their full attention. They are not present in the shot, seeing and expecting it to unfold as planned. They’ve given up on the shot. Unfortunately, this is precisely the time when you won’t make the shot unless you give it your full attention and believe you can do it. My suggestion is to view challenging shots as Opportunities for Greatness. Expect to pull it off. Believe in your plan. This attitude will get you focused and positive. If it works out as planned, you just got another confidence boost. If it doesn’t, you probably got a better quality result than you otherwise would, and now you’re not beating yourself up for just taking a random whack at a ball.

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Christian Smith wins at On the Snap Billiards Christian’s tournament trail included wins over Ed Culhane 7 - 1; Carl Yusuf Khan 7 - 4; Marco Dy 7 - 3; and then suffered a loss to Emerson Verano, double hill, 7 - 6. Christian proceeded with wins against the Justin Muller 7 - 2; Tony Ignomirello 8 - 7 and won a shot in the finals defeating Yomaylin Feliz 7 - 4. In the Finals Christian redeemed himself defeating Emerson Verano. Christian started to go to work right away and never looked back, with a 9 - 3 victory. Recognition belongs to Yomaylin “Smiley” Feliz and Tony Ignomirello for a solid 3rd and 4th place respectively. It was a pleasure to be at On the Snap. Owner-Operator Bryant Mitchell, House Pro Daniel Cintron, and the staff were extremely attentive to the players needs. The room is gorgeous and the food excellent. Thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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Zachary Hampton FULL NAME: Zachary Tyler Hampton NICKNAME: Zack”The Attack” HOME TOWN: Rocky Mount VA BIRTH DATE: 8/16/1997 GRADE: 10th FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Guys n Dolls WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Pechauer, & Predator AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 11 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 2 time consecutive junior national champion of 2012, & 2013 MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: osing my second round to a real good player and coming all the way back to defeat him and two other really good players to win the 18 & under boys in my first year playing in it. SPONSOR(S): None currently HOBBIES: Play pool, ride dirt bikes, go fishing, & hanging out with friends FAVORITE POOL GAME: 9-ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Shane Van Boening FAVORITE FOOD: Chicken FICTIONAL HERO: Superman REAL-WORLD HERO: Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: When I first picked up a pool stick its crazy how much you can learn & improve with hard work. GOALS (personal and/or career): To win world championships & to be rich & famous.

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LEE VAN CORTEZA, SHANE VAN BOENING

Shane Van Boening has won the 38th U.S. Open with a 13-10 victory in the finals over Lee Vann Corteza. This is the second consecutive victory here for Van Boening and his third U.S. Open title, the first of which he won in 2007. Oddly, the Open had gone for 33 years with only one man, Nick Varner, who had won the title consecutively. But then Mika Immonen won it in both 2008 and 2009 and Darren Appleton won in both 2010 and 2011. Van Boening is our third consecutive winner in a row. When the day began there were four men who still had hopes of wearing the crown. Shane Van Boening and Jayson Shaw were still undefeated while both Lee Van Corteza and Niels Feijen were down to a single bullet. Feijen was the first to fall. He put up a great fight and had played brilliantly all week. He took the first lead at 2-1 but Corteza won racks 4, 5 and 6 to go up 4-2. Feijen came back to tie at four apiece but then Corteza put together three racks again to lead 7-4. Niels took the floor and put on a show for four consecutive racks to lead once again at 8-7. They traded a few racks and Feijen led 10-8 in the race to 11 games. But on finals day at the Open the rule is that you must win by two racks with these first games of the day capped at 13 racks. When Corteza won the next two games to tie us again at 10 we knew we were in store for some bonus rounds. Corteza had found his gear and his cue ball control and denied Feijen the opportunity to regain his footing. He won the next two racks to send Feijen away in fourth place and earn the right to continue fighting. His opponent would be Jayson Shaw. Shaw had come into the arena against Van Boening exhibiting his usual confidence and he was looking good when he led Van Boening 4-1. But then Van Boening came back strong and started stringing racks in his usual manner. He won the next eight games in a row to deny the air to Shaws’ sails and leave him with a cold arm. Shaw would only enjoy one more rack when he claimed the win in game 14. Other than that it was all Van Boening and Shane won going away at 11-5. This set up the contest for third place between Jayson Shaw and Lee Van Corteza. Shaw again came out of the gate well and won the first rack but then had to sit again and watch his opponent show off with a fine display of pool that gave Corteza a nice comfort zone at 6-1. Shaw had had enough of being treated so roughly. When he took control of the table in rack seven he refused to give it back until he had put on a run of his own and put away five consecutive nines to tie the match at 6 games each. Corteza took the next two and Shaw the next to tie us at 8 apiece. Then we swapped racks until the score squared up again at ten games apiece and we were once again bound for some bonus games. The last two racks would again belong to Corteza. He is remarkably

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calm at the bitter end of a match and his easy demeanor around the table made the end look easy. Our final would be a race to 13 games between Lee Van Corteza and Shane Van Boening. Van Boening won the lag and then broke and ran the first rack. He opened the second rack with a nifty cross-side bank on the one ball that left the remainder of that rack at his mercy as well. When he broke and ran the third rack the Corteza fans began to twitch. Van Boening jarred a shot early in the next rack and Corteza took advantage to move his first bead and trail Van Boening by two at 3-1. An amazing safety exchange left Van Corteza with ball in hand and Corteza cashed that chip to draw within one. His cue ball went wild on the break shot and wound up deep inside the head corner pocket. This safety exchange went to Van Boening and he found himself with ball in hand on the 1 ball and took the rack to its logical conclusion to lead 4-2. Van Boening kicked in the 1 ball on the next rack and wound up tough on the 2. His safety left Coreteza blocked and a table-length away from the ball. Corteza fouled and once again Van Boening had ball in hand. Again he cruised through the rack to lead 5-2. Corteza grabbed the next rack after the break shot and moved within two again. Corteza broke dry and within moments Van Boening completed a 4-9 combination to regain his three game margin. Van Corteza took the next rack but scratched on his break shot so Van Boening finished that out to lead 7-4. When Van Boening won the next rack, after a fairly sloppy exchange of missed shots, his lead increased to four games and his confidence took a step up. He fired in a tablelength 1-9 carom to lead by five and then scratched on his next break. Corteza should have owned the easy layout but he got funny on the 5 ball and missed it. Van Boening 10-4. Corteza needed to make a stand. When Van Boening dogged the 1 ball Corteza had a chance to string some beads out and began with that rack. 10-5. The comeback faded fast when Corteza fouled out of a Van Boening safety and Van Boening took the game to lead 11-5. Van Boening scratched on the next break. With no problems on the table Corteza took himself to six games. The next rack was ugly, with both men visiting the table multiple times before Van Boening took the rack out from the 5 ball to get on the hill. Corteeza had one more charge in him. After Van Boening got to the hill Corteza put two racks together to get to 10 but then Corteza made an illegal break and Shane took the table to the Championship 13-10. The win was worth $30,000 for Van Boening, with Corteza settling for $15,000 in prize money. (Check out “If I Had A Dream ...” Movie about SVB on Chalk Talk page 11)

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Feijen

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Niels Feijen (HOL) 8-6 Darren Appleton (ENG)

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Niels Feijen (HOL) 8-2 Alex Pagulayan Darren Appleton (ENG) 8-4 Chang Jung-lin (TPE) HOLLAND’S NIELS FEIJEN captured the 21st annual PartyPoker World Pool Masters crown as he came through a tense final to defeat England’s Darren Appleton 8-6. It was Feijen’s first victory in an event he has been competing in periodically for ten years and he picks up a $20,000 winner’s cheque. It was consolation for his heart-break defeat in the final of the World Cup of Pool last month when he and his Dutch team mate Nick Van den Berg narrowly went down to the Philippines. “The crowd was cheering hard for Darren. We had both been playing well all week and that is sport, somebody has to lose and somebody has to win. He played really well all week and it could have gone either way. I managed to win and it is a great feeling,” said a thrilled Feijen after being presented with his magnificent trophy by six-times Masters champion Ralf Souquet. Feijen had enjoyed wins over Mosconi Cup team mates Karl Boyes and Mika Immonen in the opening rounds and then beat Alex Pagulayan in the semi-final and it was another Mosconi team mate who awaited him in the championship match. In front of a packed and vocal crowd at the Barnsley Metrodome, Appleton won a cagey opener that was full of safety. Feijen had played a superb table length jump shot that banked the 2 ball down table into the corner pocket. He missed the 4 though and Appleton, egged on by an excitable crowd, ran out. He looked set to make it 2-0 but missed a shocker of an 8 ball, a straight in shot from around four feet, leaving it in the jaws of the pocket. Feijen didn’t hesitate to make it 1-1 and he broke confidently in the next. A long pot on the 2 ball missed in the intended pocket but dropped into the opposite corner, but the Dutchman was blocked on his path to the 3 ball. They swapped safeties before Feijen once against made an outstanding jump shot to set up a run out and give himself the lead. They shared the next two and when Appleton cleared up in the sixth, the match returned to parity. Feijen got back to the table after a dry break and played a couple of great combination shots - a carom off the 2 ball to sink the 8, then a 2/4 combo – to set up a run out and get to 4-3. Feijen though scratched in the next as the white was kicked in and Appleton made no mistakes as he drew level at 4-4. Appleton ran out the

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next to take the lead and edge one step closer to the title but his march was halted as Feijen won the tenth. It was now a race to three with the Dutchman breaking but he snookered himself behind the 5 ball and his escape left Appleton a shot on the 4. He made that and ran out, under some pressure, to regain the lead. In the next Appleton jumped out of a snooker but missed the 4 ball up table to gift ball in hand to Feijen and he cleared for 6-6 and with the break he was now favourite for the match. He won the next from the break and his fate was now in his hands. The final rack was a nerve wracking game as both had visits and chances. Feijen broke down when his 4/7 went in but he left himself no shot on the 4. Appleton looked like he was going to take the match into the 15th rack when he banked the 5 ball brilliantly down table but he overcut the 6 ball and missed the middle pocket. Feijen then composed himself and ran the last three balls and with that he let out a huge victory roar. “It was really nerve wracking. It went back and forth the whole time. I went 3-1 up, 3-3, 5-4 to him. Then I went 6-5 and 7-6 and thought I had blown it when I had a combination in the corner and had to make both balls. The last one didn’t go in and he played an unbelievable bank. But he missed the 6 and I took it from there,” said the Dutchman. “Four weeks ago Nick Van den Berg and myself lost in the World Cup final. We gave it away when we had a chance to make it 9-7 to us but we ended up losing 10-8. That is in the back of your mind, you don’t want to lose another final when it is close. “ Appleton, playing in a major tournament for the first time in his home county, was devastated: “This is probably the most

NIELS FEIJEN, RALF SOUQUET, DARREN APPLETON disappointed I have even been on a pool table. The balls might have punished me for missing an 8 to go 2-0. “I feel that had I won that game I might have run away with the match. From there I was down 3-1. I played really well after that without getting any luck in the match. I hit the break perfectly at 6-5 but I didn’t get a shot so I put him in a good snooker and he came out and made that ball. “In the last game he had a chance to win and missed it. I played a really good bank shot on the 5, landed a bit funny on the 6 and didn’t know whether to take it in the side pocket or the corner. The crowd was so loud I waited for them to calm down and by the time I played the shot there wasn’t long left on the

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Mike Dechaine completed an undefeated run through the field of thirty two players to win the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour’s Maine Event VII at TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville, Maine. Dechaine was tested for the hot-seat, as he defeatedNelson Oliviera 9-7. On the one loss side, Tom D’Alfonso had put together a wining streak of five matches after early Saturday loss to Dechaine. D’Alfonso made it six in a row with a 9-5 win over Oliviera, sending Oliviera to the seats in third place. D’Alfonso was looking for revenge against Dechaine in the finals, but it wasn’t meant to be on this day. Dechaine cruised to a 9-2 win in the first match of the finals. In Sunday’s second chance tournament, it was Jeff LaFlamme coming back from a hot-seat loss to Bob Dennis and defeating Dennis 3-0 and 3-2 in the finals for first place. Sunday also saw the raffle drawing for the $1500 Joss Custom Cue, which was won by tour regular Bill Cote.

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Sam Hoffman

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Sam, 13 years old, blazed through the winner’s bracket. His tournament trail included wins over Pat Mareno 6 - 5; Andrew Cleary 7 - 3; Mike Figueroa 6 - 2, Michael Fedak 6 -3 and Dave Ascolese 9 7 for the Hot Seat. While Sam waited for the Final Match, Paulo Valverde won seven matches on the loss side, after losing a first round match the Teddy LaPadula 7 - 6, to reach the Finals. Considering the late hour, both Paulo and Sam decided to call it a night, with Sam getting his well earned win. Dave Ascolese and Victor Nau deserve recognition for a solid performance finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. The next Tri-State will be a B-C-D handicap event, held on Saturday, October 26th at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. Thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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Janet Atwell grew up in Abingdon, VA with her younger brother and parents. They owned a market which, for a short time, even featured a coinoperated bar box. Years later, her love for the game would come back to her, and in 1999, Janet played in her first professionally sanctioned tournament. In 2004, she officially became a professional female pool player, and has even opened her own pool hall called Borderline Billiards in Bristol, TN. Janet has been an active member of the women’s billiard community for a while now, and has made an impact on her fellow players and fans of the sport. Placing well in professional events and even winning titles such as the 2013 Virginia Women’s 10-Ball Championships, Janet has definitely made a positive mark in the world of women’s pool. Recently, Janet was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a very sudden double mastectomy. Within a short time she went from being undiagnosed to starting her first round of chemotherapy. Janet is now looking at multiple rounds of treatments before she will find out whether or not she has beaten the cancer. However, her positive outlook on life continues to show why she’s been successful in the world of pool and in life. GoPlayPool.com has teamed up with Kamui Tips to raise funds that will help Janet with medical costs since she is uninsured while she undergoes the cancer treatments. Available at: http://POOLTOGETHER. GOPLAPOOL.COM, people can purchase 2 different packages in which a portion of the proceeds will go to help Janet. One package is valued at $22.00 and contains a GoPlayPool.com t-shirt and patch. This package is being sold for only $15.00 and $5.00 of that will go directly to Janet. The second package contains a GoPlayPool.com t-shirt and patch, a Kamui patch and a voucher for a Kamui tip. The voucher for the Kamui tip alone is retailed at $25.00 and the entire package would retail for $50.00. This package is available for a very reasonable $30.00 with $20.00 of that going directly to Janet. Plus, if you just want to “donate to Janet” directly, that option is available as well. Mary Ann Starkey, owner of GoPlayPool.com said “We are so happy that we are able to help Janet in any way we can. She is such a positive person, and we were shocked when we learned of her diagnosis and the sudden treatments that she would have to go through. Having recently seen a family member battling cancer, when I learned of Janet’s diagnosis it touched me personally. We’re in a position to help her, and that’s exactly what we want to do. I really hope that our efforts will help ease the financial burden on Janet so she can focus on recovering and becoming cancer-free.” If you would like more information about the charitable packages being offered, you can visit http://POOLTOGETHER.GOPLAYPOOL.COM. GoPlayPool has also created a tab on their free app which is available on iOS and Android. GoPlayPool would like to thank Mr. John Bertone and Kamui Tips for joining in our efforts to raise funds for Janet. The contribution is greatly appreciated.

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Bogie Uzdejczyk Prevails at Cue Bar for First Predator Pro/Am Tour Win Upscale Bayside, NY pool room Cue Bar was host to the Predator Pro/ Am Tour’s fifteenth stop of the 2013 season on the weekend of October 5-6. Of the forty-five competitors at Cue Bar, a number of the tour’s regular top performers were vying to capture the win… but it would be Yonkers, NY-based player Bogie Uzdejczyk who would emerge from the one-loss side to make it to the top. While Bogie Uzdejczyk has had a number of wins on the Tri-State Tour and finished close in third place at the Predator Tour’s stop at Raxx in June, this would be his breakthrough win on the tour. Uzdejczyk has had a strong season in 2013, and currently stands in the #1 spot in the tour’s ‘A’ level division. Uzdejczyk had a strong start at Cue Bar, with wins over Tony Cosenza 7-2, Lidio “Rasta” Ramirez 7-3, Frank Jimenez 9-5, and Keith Adamik 7-4, but had a setback after his 7-4 loss to Tom Hagan, who is currently ranked #7 in the tour’s ‘A’ division standings. Hagan, who had prior wins against Tommy Gray 7-3, Joe Sanchez 7-6, Stewart Warnock 7-6, and Dinko Busanich 7-3, would continue on past Uzdejczyk to take the hot seat after a close fight versus Marco Dy that ended at 7-5. This win would set Tom Hagan up for an appearance in the final. In his appearance in the tour’s previous stop (also at Cue Bar), Hagan had ended in third, and making it to the hot seat guaranteed him an improved finish. In the meantime, Bogie Uzdejczyk moved on from his loss to Hagan to defeat Stewart Warnock 7-5 in the final four of the one-loss side. Likewise, veteran NYC area player John Hacsi also rebounded after his loss to Marco Dy, and got past Dinko Busanich 7-6 to meet Uzdejczyk in the quarterfinal. Uzdejczyk came out ahead by two games against Hacsi, with the quarterfinal score ending at 7-5. In the semifinal against Marco Dy, Uzdejczyk stayed strong to win by the same close score, 7-5, and gain a place in the final for a rematch against Tom Hagan. This third place finish was very solid for Dy, who only recently returned to playing competitively, with his first appearance back on tour being the Ginky Memorial in August. Dy’s break began in 2009, as he took a hiatus from the game to focus on competing in two

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L-R Bogie Uzdejczyk, Marco Dy, Tom Hagan & Tony Robles basketball leagues, the Park Boys New York and the PIBNA (Philippine Basketball Ministry New York Association)…but now frequently practices at Steinway Billiards and competes on the Predator and Tri-State Tours. The final match between hot seat occupant Tom Hagan & Bogie Uzdejczyk would be a close one. In the extended-race format featured in all Predator events, Hagan would win if he got to seven games first, but if Uzdejczyk got to seven first, the race would be extended to nine. Uzdejczyk got out to an early 3-1 lead, which would prove to set the tone for the remainder of the match. He then pushed the lead to 6-3, but Hagan gained some momentum and won the next two, getting within one game (6-5). Uzdejczyk nailed the next rack and got to seven, extending the race to nine, but Hagan fired back to go 7-6. The next game secured the hill for Uzdejczyk at 8-6, but Hagan fired back to put it 8-7. In the following rack, Hagan had a good shot to run out and tie it double-hill. But, things got out of line when Hagan missed the eight. He was fortunate to make eight in an 1st unintended pocket, but ended up with bad position on the nine, and 2nd missed the shot. The final nine ball 3rd was left open for Uzdejczyk, who took it down to capture his first win 4th on the Predator Pro/Am Tour. 5th/6th: In speaking about his experience winning the event, Bogie commented: “It’s so hard to win a 7th/8th: tournament, considering you have

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so many things working against you, like adjusting to different tables, your opponents, the rolls, and staying focused…so when it all comes together, and you see that final nine ball rolling into the pocket, that is the greatest feeling. To make it happen in a Predator event makes it all worthwhile. I’d like to thank Tony Robles and Bill Finnegan for running such a great event, and give a shout out to my home room Diamond Jim’s in Nanuet, NY.” Congratulations to Bogie Uzdejczyk on his first tour win, and to Tom Hagan for another top finish for the second week in a row. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13, NYCgrind, PoolOnTheNet.com, and host room Cue Bar and their staff.

Results A-B-C-D

Bogie Uzdejczyk Tom Hagan Marco Dy John Hacsi Dinko Busanich, Stewart Warnock Keith Adamik Scott Murphy

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All American Tour: Stop #4

Mike’s Break Room L-R Jayson Shaw, Robb Saez, Michael Yednak

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On Sunday, October 6, 2013, the one-day Open 10-Ball division of the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s fifteenth stop was held at Cue Bar in Bayside, Queens, NY. In this event, Scottish touring pro Jayson Shaw proved to be too strong for the field, and came out unscathed to add another Predator title to his collection. After a 7-2 win over Edwin Guzman and a 7-3 win against Mhet Vergara, Shaw had his closest match of the event against top U.S. pro Robb Saez, who came up short at 7-5. Jayson Shaw would then move on to the hot seat match and meet with Mike Yednak, who recently achieved open status on the tour following his win in the Amateur division of the Ginky Memorial. Yednak got past Ray Lee in the final four of the winner’s side to to take on Shaw, but would only be able to put up one game in the race to seven against him. Top New York open player Mhet Vergara would have a good run on the one-loss side following his loss to Jayson Shaw, and end up finishing in fourth place after winning four matches. Robb Saez would meet Vergara in the quarterfinal after a 7-6 win over Juan Guzman, and finish the quarterfinal match with a 7-3 win. Saez moved on to the semifinal to take on Michael Yednak, which would turn out to be an upset with Yednak winning 7-5 to go on to the final for a rematch against Jayson Shaw. Yednak would have a better showing against Shaw in the final race to nine, but Shaw prevailed to take the final win 9-5, while Yednak ended strong in second. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13, NYCgrind, PoolOnTheNet.com, and host room Cue Bar and their staff.

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The fourth stop of the All American Tour stop (ACS) was showcased at Mike’s Break Room in Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday, October 19. The $500-added 9-ball handicapped tourney on 7-foot Valley bar boxes drew 16 players. The A-side semifinals featured Dave Perry (Virginia Beach, VA) outpacing Richie Price (Virginia Beach, VA) 5-4, and Bill Duggan (Virginia Beach, VA) defeating Bill Mason (Virginia Beach, VA) 5-4. Perry then took the hot seat with a 5-4 victory over Duggan. On the B-side, John Mitcheltre (Newport News, VA) eliminated Ashley Cartwright (Elizabeth City, NC) at 4th place by a 5-1 margin, but in turn Mitcheltre succumbed at 3rd place to Duggan in a 5-2 score. The tourney finals gave once-defeated Bill Duggan a chance against undefeated Dave Perry. Duggan made the most of his opportunity, dominating Perry in two sets by identical 5-2 scores for the title! By virtue of Bill Duggan also being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the 2014 ACS Nationals. We wish to thank sponsors Pure X Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support. Further information available at www. americancuesports.org.

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Seaver

shoots for the Cure and FB Tour Champion title at Amy’s Billiards! Stuart, FL (Oct. 19, 2013) –The largest and longest event for the Flamingo Billiards Tour turned out a record-breaking fifty women on Saturday at the FBT’s 5th Annual “Cues for Cure” breast cancer fundraiser at Amy’s Billiards in Stuart, Florida! A huge “THANK YOU” to all of the players, spectators and sponsors who supported this event, which benefitted the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With so many players, this one-day event was a true test of endurance. Despite having to shoot into the wee hours of the morning, the players remained patient yet persistent. Ultimately, however, experience and determination paid off. About an hour before sunrise Jeannie Seaver won her fourth event of the year. Seaver, whose stroke only got better the closer to it got to daylight, defeated last year’s winner of the “Cues for the Cure” event, Jennifer Page, who shot well throughout the day but couldn’t keep up with Seaver, who barely missed more than two shots the entire final match. Seaver eliminated newcomer Jessica Karamia Human and Crystal McComick in the final single elimination board. Page defeated Cassidy Mulligan and

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Vanessa Seaver to make it to the final match. Seaver also takes the 2013 FBT Champion title again this year. More than half the players were playing in support of or in memory of a loved one or friend who had breast cancer or some other form of cancer. Players and spectators participated in the raffle and other games to raise money for the cause. Darlyne Petrovit won the jar of gummy bears with the closest guestimate of the number of candies in the jar without going over. Cathy Sparling won the jar of M&M’s. Other prizes included cues, cue cases, pool lessons, gift baskets and pink ribbon teddy bears. Many special thanks to all of you who took time to participate, thanks to everyone who brought a friend or two, thank you to the players who drove hours to attend this event, thank you to the spectators, thank you for your donations, participating in the games and your boundless enthusiasm in supporting the cause! Thanks to Martz cues, billiard professionals Hunter Lombardo and Tommy Kennedy, Alicia Borjas, Darlyne Petrovit, Janis Sessions, Boynton Billiards and Ozone Billiards. A special thank you to Ann Hanlon for donating her day to help with the fundraising. Thanks to John Lewis and the American CueSports Association /Pure X All American Tour for their joint sponsorship. Finally, thanks to Amy Poulter

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RESULTS

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Jeannie Seaver Jennifer Page Crystal McCormick Vanessa Seaver Cassidy Mulligan Kathleen Lawless Sue Roberts Jessica K Human Amy Poulter Kim Richeson Mandolin Robinson Faith Thompson

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Flamingo Billiards Tour 5th Annual

“Cues for the Cure”

Fundraiser for breast cancer awareness at Amy’s Billiards in Stuart, Florida October 19, 2013

Article by: Janis Sessions Pictures by: Janis Sessions

This would be the largest turn out with 50 ladies wearing pink in support of this most important event. We all want a cure for breast cancer and not only this type of cancer but all types. So it was only fitting to ask the player who they would be remembering while playing in the tournament. I would like start off by giving a shout out to Robin Boggs who moved to California and was not able to attend but called to support the ladies. In pass events, Robin did a lot to help bring items, used to be raffled off and all the money collected would go to the Susan G. Komen foundation. This year’s event would also have a lot of items; Alicia Borjas donated the M and M’s jar and Ann Hanlon did the raffle and games. Also, Darlyne Petrovit donated the pink McDermott cue, Tony Martz cue, Ozone Billiards donated a cue case, Amy also donated a cue case. We were able to raise $580 this year for the Susan G. Komen foundation.

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Players comments on who they would be remembering: Cassidy Mulligan; “Playing for my grandfather who passed for pancreatic cancer. For our fellow pool player Janet Atwell who is currently fighting the battle of breast cancer and playing for my best friend, Rich’s dad who passed from lung cancer.” Nicole Payne; “I’m playing for my grandmother.” Kelly Coyle; “Playing for my mother, Lourdes who is currently undergoing radiation treatment.” Cheryl Perez; “I have 2 people that I will be playing for, Gustavo Olmos and Sylvia Olmos (Grandparents on Wife’s Side) and Johnny Taylor (Uncle).” Mandolin Robinson; “I will be playing for my grandmother who is a breast cancer survivor.” Darlyne Petrovit; “I’m playing for my ex-husband Gary Studds diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer.” Stacey Meadvin; “I’m playing in this event because of a several close friends had breast cancer. I want to show my support for them and hope we can find a cure. I’m also playing because I lost my grandmother to cancer.” Katherine Bragg; “I’m playing for my grandmother, Marzell Lein who passed away form cancer 10 years before I was born.” Kathleen Lawless; “I’m playing for Louise McGinley who is a breast cancer survivor.” Amy Poulter; “I’m playing for my father Doug Poulter and my Aunt Carol.” Faith R. Thompson; “I’m a survivor of 6 different surgeries and live in Georgia. My friends let me know about this event and I wanted to be here to support and play.” Rosemarie Guarnero; “I’m playing for my mother Connie.” Christina Wratchford; “I’m playing for my grandmother Penny Anderson.” Cindy Smith; “I’m playing for Sue Denno who is a breast cancer survivor.” Sam (who is one of the staff members at Amy’s Billiards) was in support of Aliee Thompson, Sam was her caretaker.” Sharon Hubbard; “I will be playing in loving memory of my grandma Phyllis.” Amy Garber; “I’m playing for my mother Barbara Rhodes who is currently fighting actinic cell carcinoma and for my grandfather who passed away from pancreatic cancer when I was 12 years old.” Kate Baumwell; “I will be playing for my Aunt Stephanie Gerstein who is a breast cancer survivor and other friends, that have parents that lost their battle with different types of cancer; Dominic Carrino and Andrea Werner. Christine Rodriquez; “I’m playing for Barbie Duenas.” Tracy Chirino; “I will be playing for my mother, Norma who is currently in treatment for lung cancer.” Susan Roberts; “I’m playing for Rich Jensen who has melanoma; because of the power of pray, the doctors say he beating this cancers.” Kim Riches on; “I’m playing for my grandparents, Edmund and Olivia Sylvia. My grandfather passed away from lung cancer and my grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer back in 1987,” Crystal McCormick; “I will be playing for my beloved sister Susan Leon.” Kirk Brown; “I’m playing for Elaine and family.” Norman Patterson; “I’m playing for my husband, lung cancer.” Joanne Manley and Jennifer Page; “They are playing for a friend who is a 15 year breast cancer survivor. Janis Sessions; “I’m playing for my Aunt who is a breast cancer survivor and a former teammates JJ, whose wife is currently fighting breast cancer.” Mimi McAndrews; “I will be playing for my father who passed away from cancer.” Jeannie and Vanessa Seaver; “We were playing for our father that passed away in 2000 from lung cancer.” Thank you to all the players that wanted to share. Thank you to Mimi and Jerry for sunning this event. Thank you to Amy who is the owner of Amy’s Billiards for having us back again and her great staff. We need a CURE.

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Mezz Pro-Am Tour Results!! RESULTS 1st Shaun Wilkie 1st Darren Appleton 3rd Matt Krah 4th Mike Miller 5th Chris Garrett 5th Adam Kielar

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The Mezz Pro Am made its way to Main Line Billiards in Frazer, PA on Sunday Oct 6th . A strong field came out to play players like: Darren Appleton, Shaun Wilkie, Matt Krah, Mike Miller, Adam Kielar and Josh Brothers. Leading the top half of the bracket was Darren Appleton with wins over Bob Mapes 7-0, Larry Ingram 7-2 and Mike Miller 7-2 Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Shaun Wilkie with wins over Adam Kielar 7-2, Ed

Owner Mike Nardo 1st Shaun Wilkie, 3rd Matt Krah, 1st Darren Appleton Culhane 7-3, and Matt Krah 7-5 Playing for the hot seat was Shaun Wilkie Vs Darren Appleton this was a good match but it was Shaun Wilkie coming away with the win 7-5 and sending Darren Appleton to the one lost side. Waiting for Appleton on the won lost side was Matt Krah from the start it was all Darren Appleton winning easily 7-3 to get to the finals. In the finals it was Shaun Wilkie Vs Darren Appleton both players decided to be co-champions.

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One Captain Leads Two Teams to

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Article by Janis Sessions and Lauren Pickard Photos by Lauren Pickard

Victory 1 APA 9-ball money cup was held on September 28, 2013 at Lucky 7 Billiards (4850 South State Road 7, Hollywood FL). Lucky 7 opened their doors at 8:00am and the tournament would start at 9:00am with Gene Weaver running this event, he is the League Operator for Broward County, FL. 16 teams competed in this single elimination tournament for first place trophies and money. It would be Lauren’s Team “Now What?” to stay on the winners side all day and take First Place and split the prize money with the second place winners the “Niners”, the split would be $1,1500 each. This came down to a one match game for trophies. Lauren put Drew up (her father) who she enjoys playing pool with twice a week. He would win and “Now What?” would get the trophies.

Team Players for Now What? Lauren Pickard Drew Pickard Omar Nassiff Kim Kiersted Brian Kowalski Amanda Montgomery Zane Reid

Team Players for Niners Chris Gaynor Gary Brown Alison Griffiths Donald Tanner Steven Garvey Edwin Kane Daniel Harkins Martin Carnevale

Victory 2 APA 8-ball money cup was held on October 13th, 2013 at Beyond Billiards (5705 S University DR Davie, FL). 48 qualified teams competed in this single elimination tournament. Lauren’s team “Taste the Rainbow”; won 6 rounds to win the prize money $2,000 and trophies. Lauren started off with Max Appelman who remained undefeated every round as well as Kim Kiersted and she received her first 4-0 rackless patch. Lauren had the right line up all day to lead her team to victory over “Who’s Next”; this team came in second place with prize money of $1,500.00.

Team Players Are: Lauren Pickard Tiger Yim Jimmy Agate Max Appleman Kim Kiersted Brian Kowalski Tracy Kurlander Amanda Montgomery

Team Players Are: David Levi Jean Parker Juan Keiner Richard Brisbane Tremayne Cherry Aimee Morfa Gregory Gayle Errol Peynado

For both teams that Lauren is the captain for; she has great team chemistry and true team spirit! She appreciates each and every teammate for trusting her as captain, for her coaching and they stand behind her with flying colors. Thank you all! Great wins.

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40 players came out to Castle Billiards on October 5th to usher in the fall and play in this AB-CD event. Raphael DeBreo would go through the field undefeated on the day defeating Borana “Queen B” Andoni 7-4, room owner John Trobiano 7-6, Ricardo Mejia 7-5, and then would meet up with Annie “Sniper” Flores who due to medical issues would forfeit sending DaBreo into the hot seat match. Meanwhile Chris DaCaprio would start his day with a victory over Eddie daCosta 6-5, Tony Ignomirello 6-5, Mike Harrington 6-1, Shivam Gupta 6-5, Mike Figueroa 6-4 and would then meet up with Raphael DaBreo who would send him to the one loss side with a shutout set. Chris would then sit waiting for either house player Bernie Vogelsang or Rhys Chen. Bernie would be moving thru the day with a victory over Joe Rubino 6-4 ,Jamil Adams 6-4 and then would meet up Mike Figueroa who would send him to the loss side 6-2. Bernie would then fight back through the one loss side with victories over Jaydev Zaveri 6-2, Inna Bediner would forfiet due to personal issues sending Bernie to meet Shivam Gupta which he would defeat 6-4, then Eddie daCosta 6-2, and would meet back up with Mike Figueroa who has sent him to the loss side and would shut him out 6-0. Bernie would then meet up with Rhys Chen who had been moving through the field after a first round win over Dave Ascolese 7-2 would be sent to the loss side by Scott Simonetti 6-7. On the loss side Rhys would defeat Ricardo Mejia 7-6, Jose Liz Domeneche 7-3, Annie “Sniper” Flores 7-2. He would meet Bernie Vogelsang and defeat him 8-4 leaving Bernie with a 4th place finish. Then he would meet Chris DaCaprio who had graduated to C+ and defeat him 7-4 to end Chris’s day with a third place finish. Raphael and Rhys would then meet in the finals. Rhys would jump out to a quick lead winning the first two games. Raphael would then win the next one but after a dry break Rhys would win the next rack. Breaking dry Rhys would turn the table over to Raphael who would then run the table and break and run the next moving him into a tie. A missed combo on a early 9 ball whould leave Rhys with a caorm on the 9 to put him back in the lead. Raphael would win the next. Raphael would be the first to the hill after a missed bank on the 9 ball by Rhys left a tough cut into the side which Raphael made after careful deliberation. Raphael however would break dry turning the table over to Rhys who would miss a 3 ball onto the side .Raphael would in the same fashion he had been playing all day disect the table and run out to close out his day undefeated . We would like to thank Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event. The Tristate Tour would like to thank John Trobiano and the staff at Castle Billards.

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stopping the ball, you have found your maximum break speed! Now, put together a rack of balls behind that 1-ball, and do the same thing: a stop shot on the 1-ball. You should get a nice scatter on the balls, hopefully pocketing a ball or two, and get shape on the 1-ball for your next shot. Keep practicing the break shot using a single ball. After a while, you will probably find that you can increase your speed while still controlling the ball. An added bonus on practicing in this way is that you don’t have to put together a full rack of balls every time. That can be a bit frustrating, and is probably one of the

biggest reasons most people don’t practice the break. You might even try just racking three balls... still just as easy as breaking 1 ball, but with the satisfaction of scattering some balls. Next month, we’ll talk about the 8-ball break. Do you have some tips on breaking that you’d like to share with me? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at pool@mikekglass.com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/ billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!

“The Viper” (continued from page 15) Shane: “Francisco Bustamante” because he is so fearless!! Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Shane: Cuetec cues!! The BEST cues in the world!! Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Shane: The first 10-years of my young career I played in Valley league (VNEA). Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Shane: Golf and fly-fishing. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Shane: Quite, hard working and athletic. Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Shane: I wouldn’t make any changes because I AM LIVING THE DREAM!! Viper: How do you prepare for events? Shane: I practice at least 3-hrs before matches and I am always working on my break. (Viper: When I am on the road and see Shane, he is always practicing even in between matches- the kid is like a machine!) Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Shane: My grandpa once told me to work on my break and to try and break the balls like “Mike Segal” and I took it to heart. Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Shane: I LOVE beating everyone! Viper: If you could say one thing to a young upcoming player what would it be?

Shane: Life is short, so go to school and enjoy what makes you happy! Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Shane: Bar-table 8-ball. Here are some Facebook questions for you… Erika White from Black Hawk, CO asks: Shane, who is the toughest opponent you’ve ever played? Shane: Francisco Bustamante. Brian Ruden from Golden, CO asks: Shane you have one of the best breaks on the pro tour and you break with your playing cue, why do you use your playing cue to break, and if it cause any problems with your tip. Also, what tip do you play with and is it hard, medium, or soft? Shane: Yes, I break with my playing cue and I have a Kamuii tip hard. Phillip Pensabene from Georgetown, TX asks: How did you develop your amazing stroke and were you mentored by anyone? Shane: Its all natural and nobody really helped me. Josh Soneathit Souvannakasy from Anchorage, AK asks: Shane what went wrong with your hearing? Shane: I was born deaf. Jackie Claxton from Springfield, MO also asks: What drives you to play? Which is hardest for you, the mental aspects of the game, or preparing after you find out whom you’re playing? Or does it matter. Shane: What drives me to play is winning! It does not matter whom I am playing, but its all-hard work in the end!

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Eric Mayeda from Greeley, CO asks: What drills does he run when warming up for events?? Shane: No drills, just playing 10-ball patterns. Shaun Pierce from Tempe, AZ asks: What achievement in pool is he most proud of? Who are your favorite MLB and NFL teams? Shane: My victory at the 2007 US OPEN and I don’t follow baseball and I like the Dallas Cowboys. Linda Trujillo from Cheyenne, WY also asks: Shane, are you single and available!! Shane: No comments! Gail Eaton from Los Angeles, CA also asks: Shane do you have any pre-tournament and/or pre-shoot routines? Shane: All I look for is patterns. Hal Leisure from San Antonio, TX also asks: When did you know you could stand with the best players in the world? Shane: When I was 17 years old I beat pro player Danny Harriman. Johnny Tan from Brunei, Malaysia asks: What is his cue weight and ferrule size? Shane: 19 oz. and 12.2 mm. A special “Thank-you” to Shane VanBoening for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in my “Ask the Viper”. Till next month you can find me on Facebook: www. facebook.com/melissalittleakatheviper

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