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The 2nd Annual Gotham City Billiards 9-Ball Pro Classic was held October 8-11 in New Your City. It was a $15,000 added, Mosconi Cup ranking event. Gotham City had a full field of 64 very strong players.

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Men’s Champion

2016 Chinook Winds Open Skyler Woodward, last March’s Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball Champion, added the Chinook Winds Open 10-Ball title to his already (he is, after all, just 23 years old) impressive list of accomplishments. This installment of the CWO 10-Ball Championships, held on October 7-9 in Lincoln City, Oregon, was sponsored by venue host Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Western BCA and Anhauser Busch, was played on 7’ Diamond Tables provided by BadBoys Billiards Productions and live streamed by Lenny Marshall/On the Rail TV. This event featured 100 players in the Men’s Division and 29 in the Women’s Division, including defending champions Rodney Morris and Rebecca Wagner. A scheduling conflict resulted in slightly lower than hoped for numbers in the Men’s Division but there were still some major players on hand to dazzle us with their knowledge of the game and execution on the tables.

Next on the agenda was the Calcutta. The Women went first with 29 players up for bid. 25 were bid on and a total of $2070 was collected. 4 went into the field. The payouts to the winning bidders were as follow: 1st Place/$1040, 2nd Place/$520, 3rd Place/$310 and 4th Place/$200. Then the Men’s auction got started with a total of $7130 being collected (99 total, 41 went into the field and 58 bid on individually). Here’s how the payouts went: 1st Place/$2800, 2nd Place/$1400, 3rd Place/$1000, 4th Place/$650, 5/6th Place/$350, 7/8th Place/$150 and 9-12th Place/$70.

A WarmUp Tournament was held on Thursday, October 6, to get everyone in the mood. 73 players, including 5 women, were on the bracket for this 10-Ball, race to 4, double elimination precursor to the main events yet to come. Skyler Woodward and Rodney Morris advanced undefeated to the hot seat match where Sky sent Rodney to the back side with a lopsided 4-0 win and would wait to see who would come through to meet him in the final. As quite often happens, the loser of the hot seat match would prevail on the back and get into the final and a chance at redemption. Rodney held off Antonio Lining 4-2 and got another go at Skyler. Rodney took the first match 4-2 and forced a second match and perhaps a double dip. Sky, however, was having none of that and took the second match by the same 4-2 score and the first place prize of $535.

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At last, the main events got underway with all the players seeking the $10,000 (Men’s Division) and $4000 (Women’s Division) first place prizes. Men’s Division Defending Champ, Rodney Morris, soon to be inducted into the Billiards Hall of Fame, stumbled early on (third match) and had to claw his way through the back side to have any hope of getting into the final and a possible repeat win. He came close, finishing in 5/6th after losing a very tight match to eventual finalist Antonio Lining 6-7. All eyes then were on Skyler Woodward and his march to own consecutive Chinook Winds Open titles. His path to the final was the direct one as he won 5 straight matches, never losing more than 3 games, to get to the hot seat match against Amar Kang. Amar fought hard but could only take 4 games as Sky moved on to the final. Amar’s hopes of a second shot at Skyler in the final were crushed by Antonio Lining in the 3rd place match 4-7. As the final began, Skyler literally raced off to a 6-2 lead over Antonio and just needed one more game to clinch the title. Antonio came to life and reeled off 4 straight games, including a carom 5-6-10-Ball combo in game 9, Sky’s foul on the 10-ball in game 10, a break and run in game 11 and a run out following another Woodward foul on the 1-Ball in game 12 to even the match at 6-6. Skyler could only watch as Antonio broke the decider and began his run to what looked to be a

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win to force a second set. Antonio, shooting the 9-Ball, missed a difficult but very makeable shot and Skyler was on his feet to put an end to Antonio’s hopes for a double dip, making the 9 and 10 to clinch the title. Again. We can only hope he comes back in March, 2017 to go for a third. In the Women’s Division, all eyes were on returning 2015 Champion Rebecca Wagner and a possible repeat of last year’s final with Allison Fisher. Was that destined to be? Short answer: no. Rebecca was only able to win two out of four matches played and there would be no repeat champion. How’d the other half of that equation fare? Allison Fisher won her first three matches easily before coming up against 17-year-old Philippina Chezka Centeno, in her first Sky with Runner-up Antonio Lining US competition following some impressive wins in the Orient, and Allison’s march to the final was abruptly halted as Chezka stunned her 5-0. Allison, the great Champion and Hall of Famer, just picked herself up and marched through the back side, winning three matches, again easily, to get her spot in the final. Meanwhile, Chezka sped through the front side, losing only 3 games in 5 matches to face Allison in the final. Allison won the lag, which would loom large later in the match and they were off. The ladies didn’t waste any time bringing out their big guns with Allison taking the first two games with impressive run outs. Chez answered back with hard fought wins in the next two games (2-2). Chez capitalized on a miss by Allison following a good safety to take game 5 (3-2. Allison answered back, winning the next two games and took the lead 4-3 and was on Complete Results and Payouts/Men’s Division: the hill. Chez broke 1 $10,000 Skyler Woodward and ran game 8 to 2 $5600 Antonio Lining level the match at 4 3 $3200 Amar Kang apiece. Allison had the 4 $1800 Chris McDaniel break in the decider 5/6 $1020 Rodney Morris, Max Eberle (remember the lag) and 7/8 $580 Ramil Gallego, Jason Williams was hoping to force a 9-12 $320 Chris Byers, Todd Marsh, second set. But that Manuel Perez, Christ Aiardo was not to be as she 13-16 $180 Ruben Silva, Dan Louie, Mike Grimm, Ben Sutherland watched the cue ball 17-24 $150 Carl Tibbetts, Matt Horner, get kicked into the side Jeffrey Leonards, Clark Smith, pocket and Chezka Joe Pleasant, Jose Chavez, come to the table and Pete Gates, Chuck Nelson waste no time running out and

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waste no time running out and claiming the title. Was this the passing of the torch from arguably the greatest female player ever to a rising superstar? Maybe. Allison Fisher is by no means done but there can be no doubt that Chezka Centeno has a dazzling future in Women’s Billiards.

Complete Results and Payouts Women’s Division: 1 $4000 2 $2000 3 $1000 4 $550 5/6 $250 7/8 $150

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Chezka with Runner-up Allison Fisher Even though this Open was smaller, there were more than enough great players to make it well worth following as they delivered many great matches and two more than worthy champions were crowned. Many thanks to our sponsors: Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Western BCA and Anhauser Busch. Tournament Directors Mike Jensen and Bill Henderson did a great job organizing and running this event with the help of Tournament Registrar Darcy Williams, the Calcutta crew, Referees Darryl Farley and Dwayne Payne, Pam Carraway on the Podium, Cathy Dunford and Staff in Payouts and Robbin Iredale, Photographer/graphic designer/advertising/website administrator.

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Jaydev Zaveri wins Tri-State 10-Ball Event at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, Queens, NY on October 15, 2016. This was a $1000 added 10-Ball tournament with 51 players entering. Jaydev’s tournament trail included wins over Ambi Estevez 5 - 4; Suzanna Wong 7 - 5; Allison LaFleur 7 - 4; and Chris Kaiser 5 - 4. During this same period Alberto Estevez won 5 matches to meet up with Jaydev for the Hot Seat. Jaydev lost to Alberto 6 3 and awaited his next opportunity to reach the Finals. During this time Miguel LaBoy was busy recovering on the loss side with 7 wins in a row, only to fall to Chris Kaiser 9 - 3 and finishing in 4th place. Next, Chris and Jaydev match up in hopes of playing Alberto Estevez. Jaydev bested Chris 5 - 4. Do to the late hour, both players decided to call it a night, with Jaydev declared the winner. The next Tri-State event will be October 30, 2016 at Clifton Billiards in Clifton, NJ. Please provide a thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, and Bloodworth Ball Cleaners for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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This one is hard to teach, but it’s really important. I’m sure you’ve heard about it your whole life, in every sport you’ve tried. Gotta follow through, gotta follow through. If you’re skeptical, you’re thinking “Yeah, right. That cueball is long gone before I ever have a chance to follow through. What’s the difference?” Well, it’s certainly true that the cueball is gone. Let’s slow this thing way down and look at what happens during a hit stroke. If you are stroking (as opposed to poking), your stick is accelerating toward the impact. If you are poking, your stick is decelerating toward the impact (this is bad). The tip spends only one or two thousandths of a second in contact with the cueball and the ball springs off and heads down table. Meanwhile, because your stick ran into the ball, the stick has slowed down. But then, because of your stroke inertia, the stick regains some of its speed and continues forward. If you stroke the shot, you have a feeling of accelerating through the hit. The actual physics, as we saw above, is a little different, but this is the right feeling. You aren’t doing anything to slow the stick down. The cueball slows the stick. So, if the player doesn’t slow the stick, what makes it stop? Two things: your range of motion and your stroke speed. My belief is that, to interfere as little as possible with your stroke, you allow your follow-through to flow forward until it either runs out of speed or until you run out of range of motion for your stroke arm. What I’m getting at here is the idea that there is a “natural” amount of follow-through that is appropriate on each shot, and the less you interfere with that, the better your results. In other words, if you’re not getting that natural amount of follow-through, you are interfering with the stroke. You might want to fix that. Imagine a very soft shot – maybe just hard enough to send the cueball one table length. Natural follow-through for a shot of that speed might be just one inch past where the cueball was. If the stick came to a stop by running out of speed, as opposed to you stopping it with muscle, I’d call that natural follow-through. The forward

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energy of the stick was overcome by the cueball and then by the “friction” in your arm movement. Different players have differing amounts of fluidity in their stroke arm, resulting in some differences in natural follow-through length. If your stroke arm is very stiff, try pausing slightly at the back of your stroke, so your bicep doesn’t have to fight your tricep as it swings the stick forward. Imagine your upper arm is soft. Now consider a very hard shot – say three table lengths. Natural follow-through for this shot might be four to six inches past the cueball, or more. Most likely, the factor limiting your follow-through this time will be your range of motion. If you’re an elbow-dropper, you may have a longer follow-through because your range of motion is long. If you’re not an elbow-dropper, your stroke hand will bang into your chest, and that’s as far as your stroke is going. To get back to the real point here, “So what? The cueball doesn’t care whether I follow through or not, so why does it matter?” The answer is that follow-through is a symptom. A good stroke gives you consistent ball action, and consistency raises your game. Here’s the beauty part: Sometimes you can take a symptom, and use it to improve the cause. For example, we all know that when you feel good you smile. We also know that you can smile (on purpose), and you will feel better. Using this same reasoning, if good follow-through is a symptom of an excellent stroke, why not work on following through as a way to improve your stroke? To check out your follow-through, place a chalk next to the cueball, take your shot, freeze at the end of the hit stroke, and then look at the chalk to see how far you followed through. Don’t pull back on your stick. Follow through with abandon! Forward only! Don’t push your stick after the hit. Just let it fly to its natural end point. Stay down. Check out the beauty. Show off your follow-through.

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STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com 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.

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Sticking to useful trick shots, here is a real cute one which indeed helped me a few times while playing 9- or 10-ball games. Place the 9-ball (the yellow one in my diagram) by the corner pocket, frozen to the short rail and at one ball distance from the pocket’s point. The cue ball is “jawed” and the lowest ball on the table (in this case the red ball) is at about 1/2 ball distance from the CB and 1 to 3 inches past it having as reference the corner pocket or the CB. The set up of these kinds of shots can vary as they represent real situations and you need to learn how to adjust to them all. Jack your cue up by about 25⁰ and aim the OB full or a hair to the left, depending on the kind of cue you have. Hit the CB at 6:30 with 2 tips of English and a pretty good follow through and quick stroke. After hitting the OB, the CB will jump and land just past the 9-ball. The English will then grab and the CB will draw and push back the 9-Ball into the pocket. Using a little left English will increase your odds in making the shot as it forces the CB to hug the rail on its way backwards. If the lowest ball on the table happens to be a few inches farther from the CB, the shot actually becomes easier as the CB does not need to jump as in the diagrammed situation. P.S. – I would like to express my deepest sympathy to my friend Tom Simpson’s family and his sweet wife Candace. I was surely struck last month by the sad news of his sudden departure. Tom was a good man, a loyal friend and a great pool instructor. Overall a great asset to our sport. He will be missed by many. RIP my friend.

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If you play tournament 9 ball, you may have already run into some new rules for the break shot. These include rack your own (breaker racks for himself), and the 9 doesn’t count on the break. The first is to speed up the racking process because some players are really picky about the rack while the second is to nullify a rack-your-own break that sends a wired nine ball straight into a corner pocket, such as C. Last month’s U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships in Norfolk is a good example of how the break has evolved in tournament play. Let’s go over the rules there so you can be prepared for them in the future. First, why are they screwing with the break at all? Wasn’t it OK before? Well, sort of. The problem is that with a truly tight rack and breaking from the side rail, the wing ball on that side of the rack is dead to the corner pocket. In the diagram if you break from the left side rail, the 3 ball goes straight into pocket C. People generally didn’t know this before about 2000 because the racks until then were rarely tight with every ball touching all its neighbors. Around that time the Sardo rack came on the scene and it consistently gave a tight rack. So, now there is a problem. If the rack is tight, a ball is guaranteed on the break, even for a soft break. If the rack is not tight, the breaker is being cheated, since the rack is supposed to be as tight as possible. And with a dead ball available on a soft break, some players mastered repetitive run outs when they racked the balls for themselves in a certain pattern. The solutions tried so far are not completely satisfactory. At the U.S. Open the following rules were implemented. The rack is moved up the table so the 9 is on the spot and not the 1 ball. This is a first step to make the wing ball undead. The cue ball is required to start from a “break box” as shown which is 18 inches wide. This makes it harder to hit along the “wing ball dead” line which is from the rail position to straight at the 1 ball, driving the 1 ball towards A. The 2 ball is required to be at the back of the rack and the rest of the balls must be placed randomly -- no pattern racking allowed. Finally, the breaker is required to drive three balls into the kitchen or pocket them or it is deemed an illegal break and control passes to his opponent. The main point of this last rule is to force a hard break. One other factor is that a template was being used to rack the balls. That’s a thin sheet of plastic with holes punched in it where the balls should sit. In theory it can give a near perfect rack in a few seconds. Practice is different from theory. Before the tournament started Jayson Shaw gave a demo to a few bystanders of how leaving a very small gap between the 2 and it’s neighbor on the cue-ball side of the rack allows the wing ball (the 3) to go forward of its usual path to B and go straight into the pocket C instead for a full hit on the 1 ball from the break box. Smart players checked their opponent’s racks.

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The break technique a lot of players used in the Open is the so-called “cut break” in which you don’t hit the 1 ball straight on but instead cut it towards A which helps to make the wing ball even with the 9 on the spot. The wing ball usually goes slowly, and often gets kissed out, but the cut break tends to send a lot of balls towards pocket C. In addition, it sends the 1 ball towards the side pocket. Some cut-break players used a little side spin to bring the cue ball up the table towards F, hoping for position on the 1 ball if it didn’t go in the side, while others sent the cue ball back through the rack at E. It turns out that with a really tight rack the 9 ball doesn’t move, so you have a chance to get it moving. My solution to all of this: play 10 ball if the break starts to become an issue in your 9 ball games.

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ARE YOU A FILIPINO?

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.

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The Filipinos are regarded as some of the most talented pool players in the world. Several of them sport long powerful bridges on nearly each and every shot. Recently, I heard about a conversation a player had with pool great Nick Varner. Nick had advised the player to shorten his bridge hand and the player responded by making the comment “but Nick, look at the Filipinos, their bridge hands are all very far away from the cue ball.” Nick responded by asking the player a simple question, “Are you a Filipino?” I thought that was an excellent response because most players do not understand the benefits of a shortened bridge. Pool is a very daunting game because the technical aspects are not simple to execute subconsciously. However, the more you can reduce the variables, the simpler the game of pool becomes, and the easier it is to play the game with a positive mindset. The first step in mastering the game of pool is learning the correct fundamentals. Fundamentals are the elements that all great pool players have in common. Good mechanics provide a solid foundation for you to perform the actions that your mind tells you to do. All too often it’s something simple that keeps a player from reaching their true potential. In fact, the focus of this article is to address quite possibly the most common fundamental flaw among players. Over the course of several years of teaching I have trained several hundred students and nearly all of them had one common problem. The weakness I am referring to is their BRIDGE HAND DISTANCE. Furthermore, I would venture to say that 95% of all pool players place their bridge hand too far away from the cue ball. Being able to make a stable and accurate bridge is a very important part a player’s mechanics. Pool has drastically changed over the years. Today, most players play on tight equipment where that accuracy is the name of the game. A sloppy bridge won’t help! Moreover, we are conditioned to reproduce what we see from professional players like Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante. What most players don’t seem to understand is that correct (from a physics prospective) bridge hand distance is directly related to a player’s arm length. Generally, the taller you are the longer your bridge should be. That is not to say that you cannot learn to play with a longer bridge as many of the Filipinos do. However, in my estimation it makes

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the game much more difficult to master. The purpose of the bridge is to support the cue on the line of aim by forming a groove or channel for the cue to slide through. The bridge hand is usually placed nine to twelve inches away from the cue ball depending on the layout of balls and the player’s unique body structure. It’s actually quite common for players to miss shots because there is too much play (bridge hand distance is too long) between the groove of their bridge hand and the cue ball. To find the correct bridge hand distance for your body structure, measure the distance between your elbow and your wrist. Take that measurement and subtract an inch and a quarter—that’s how far the groove of your bridge hand should be away from the edge of the cue ball. If you place the groove of your bridge hand closer than that you will gain accuracy but lose power. Conversely, the opposite applies when your bridge is too far away from the cue ball. If your channel is too far away then you will lose accuracy and gain power. Keep in mind, that the table layout can interfere with a player’s ability to maintain the correct bridge hand distance 100 percent of the time. They key is to remember that the correct bridge hand distance should be used as conditions permit. Another thing to remember is to keep the bottom of your bridge hand planted firmly against the slate of the table. This will make your bridge hand more stable and will allow you to guide the cue more accurately. In the words of Wyatt Earp, “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” The bottom line is if you want to play like a professional, you’ll need to master the correct bridge hand distance. There is no shortcut! If you want to improve your game don’t imitate what you see other players do. Ask yourself the question, “Are you a Filipino?” and seriously consider shortening your bridge hand distance if you don’t play like one.

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l-r Patrick Fleming, Shane Van Boening, Shannon Paschall, Brady Behrman 2016 U.S. OPEN 9-BALL - Norfolk, VA – Oct. 16-22 Article by: Phil Cappelle

Championship Match: Shane VanBoening 13 – Chang, Jung-Lin 9 Chang opened up his quest for his first U.S. Open title with a break and run. Then, after Van Boening missed in rack two, Chang ran out again. And he followed this with a long thin cut on the 1-ball and ran out to take a 3-0 lead. Then it was Van Boening’s turn to show off his firepower, and he did with a run out after Chang missed a tough cut. Van Boening then broke and ran out, broke and ran out, and broke and ran out again to take a 4-3 lead. On the last one he slammed home a long rail bank on the first ball after first considering playing safe. After Chang missed a tough shot, Van Boening ran out again to move ahead, 5-3. Chang broke the streak with a win, but then scratched on the break and Van Boening ran out, then broke and ran yet another rack to take a three game lead, 7-4. After he missed a bank, Chang pocketed a 4-9 combo. He scratched on the break and Van Boening ran out again. In game 14 Van Boening played an okay safe, but Change jumped over the blocker, made the ball, and ran out. But he scratched on the break and Van Boening ran out, then broke and ran out for the fifth time to move ahead, 10 games to 6. In the 17th game, Van Boening scratched on the break and Chang ran out to pull to within three games, 10-7. Next came a break and run as Chang closed the gap to two games. At this point, Van Boening’s TPA was .946 while Chang’s was

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.937 – which was an indicator of their superlative play. After they traded misses on tough shots Chang made yet another jump shot and ran out to close to within a game. But he failed to make a ball on the break and Van Boening ran out to lead after 20 games, 11 to 9. In game 21 Van Boening separated an 8-9 cluster on the last ball before it, got good shape, and completed his sixth break and run out to reach the hill leading 12-9. Van Boening’s break was illegal (he failed to drive three balls past the side) and Chang had his last shot. But he lost position on the 5-ball on a combination, missed a super thin cut, and Van Boening ran the final five balls to capture his record tying fifth U.S. Open title! 1st $50,000 2nd $24,000 3rd $11,500 4th $8000 5/6th $5750 7/8th $4500 9-12th $3250 13-16th $2750 17-24th $2500 25-32nd

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Holiday Gift Guide EXTX5 – Mid-cue extensions like the EXTX5 are the newest innovation in extension/bridge technology. As opposed to more traditional rearcue extensions which add weight to the back end of your cue and can cause miscues, the EXTX5 screws in between the butt and shaft of the cue adding 5” while maintaining the natural balance of your cue. Retail price $39.99. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-645-9803 or visit www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

QCSMC – Summit is one of the newest makers of billiards accessories, and they’ve really hit the ground running. Their brand new magnetic chalk holder is top notch. Made from durable molded plastic, this chalker has a heavy duty belt clip, a super strong magnet, and fits all 6-sided pieces of chalk. Retail price $11.95. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-645-9803 or visit www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

OLB22G – The purple embroidered eagle designs may look bad ass, but the OLB22G case from Outlaw is as functional as it is cool. It’s made from heavyduty molded plastic and has enough room for two butts and two shafts. Retail price $119. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-645-9803 or visit www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International. POOL TABLE PLAY PACKAGES McDermott Play Packages make a great family gift! The pack includes everything needed for your pool table, including a McDermott Traditional Series billiard ball set, pool cues, a wall-mounted cue rack, 8-ball and 9-ball racks, a table cover and much more. The best part is: YOU get to choose your own cues! Learn more at mcdermottcue.com/playpacks.

TTS03 – The Summit Compact tip tool is easily one of the bestselling accessories this fall. This shaper, tapper, and tip pick combo comes with all of the functionality of its larger counterparts, without the extra bulk and weight. It’s a must have this season. Retail price $16.95. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-645-9803 or visit www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

EBM16 – Check out the brand new EBM16! The hard rock maple shaft that comes on this cue has the exact same pro-taper preferred by the top players, and the highimpact ferrule and Irish linen wrap are designed to improve feedback and reduce miscues. Retail price $99. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-645-9803 or visit www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

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Stinger NG06 Break/Jump Cue Jump and break like a pro! The Stinger NG06 is the ultimate break/ jump cue. This sleek cue features stunning “Stinger” graphic overlays, a quick release jump joint and a patented Stinger shaft with phenolic tip. The Stinger NG06 retails for $225. See why Stinger break/jump cues are the best at mcdermottcue. com/stinger.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2X2 DESIGNER CASES McDermott’s new Designer Cases are sure to impress! These unique cases hold two butts & two shafts, and feature two pockets for storing your jump handle and other accessories. With four stunning designs to choose from, there’s something for everybody! McDermott’s Designer Cases retail for $95. Learn more at mcdermottcue.com/designercases

VIKING A350 Coffee Stain Birdseye Maple Central American Cocobolo, West African Ebony, Birdseye and Cross Grain West African Zebrawood Rings Viking Quick Release Joint Tip: Everest® Laminated Ferrule: Viking SUPER Ferrule, capped and threaded onto the shaft Wrap: 100% Irish Linen Shaft: ViKORE Hard Rock Maple (Aged 5 years) Benefit: Extreme Control & Accuracy Turnings: 9 to 11 turnings over 18 to 24 months Taper: 12” to 14” Pro Taper Finish: Ultra-violet Urethane 3 coat finish Forearm: Premium Birdseye Maple Joint: High Impact Black (IMA), flat faced with a brass insert Pin: Viking 5/16 x 18 Quick Release, Stainless Steel ButtPlate: High Impact Modified Acrylic with Viking Logo Bumper: Threaded Rubber Warranty: Lifetime, including warpage MSRP $335.00

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YOUTH CUES Looking for a perfect gift for the budding pool player in your family? Look no further than McDermott’s Youth Cues! These cues are available at 42” and 52” lengths, making them perfect for kids and pool tables in small places. We offer both lengths in five different designs. McDermott Youth Cues start at $52.50. Learn more at mcdermottcue.com/ youthcues.

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VIKING A416 20 Gold, White Premium Pearl and Gold-Black Stone Inlays Khaki Stain Select Birdseye Maple Black Premium Pearl Sleeve Gold and White Premium Pearl Rings Viking Quick Release Joint Tip: Everest® Laminated Ferrule: Viking SUPER Ferrule, capped and threaded onto the shaft Wrap: 100% Irish Linen Shaft: ViKORE Hard Rock Maple (Aged 5 years) Benefit: Extreme Control & Accuracy Turnings: 9 to 11 turnings over 18 to 24 months Taper: 12” to 14” Pro Taper Finish: Ultra-violet Urethane 3 coat finish Forearm: Select Birdseye Maple Joint: High Impact Black (IMA), flat faced with a brass insert Pin: Viking 5/16 x 18 Quick Release, Stainless Stain ButtPlate: Premium Birdseye Maple with Viking Logo Bumper: Threaded Rubber Warranty: Lifetime, including warpage MSRP $420.00

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Holiday Gift Guide VIKING A611 20 White Premium Pearl Inlays West African Ebony Gator Embossed Leather Wrap White Premium Pearl and Black (IMA) Index Rings Viking Quick Release Joint Tip: Everest® Laminated Ferrule: Viking SUPER Ferrule, capped and threaded onto the shaft Wrap: Gator Embossed Leather Shaft: ViKORE Hard Rock Maple (Aged 5 years) Benefit: Extreme Control & Accuracy Turnings: 9 to 11 turnings over 18 to 24 months Taper: 12” to 14” Pro Taper Finish: Ultra-violet Urethane 3 coat finish Forearm: West African Ebony Joint: High Impact Black (IMA), flat faced with a brass insert Pin: Viking 5/16 x 18 Quick Release, Stainless Steel ButtPlate: White Premium Pearl with Viking Logo Bumper: Threaded Rubber Warranty: Lifetime, including warpage MSRP $700.00

Want a new case that makes you look different everyday? The Transformers series cases it’s here. Every Transformers cases included a extra matching color top cover(lid). New pull and lift feature provides easy access to your butts or shafts. Available in 2B5S or 3B6S and has 3 different colors to choose. Manufactured exclusively by Delta Sport International. Wholesale & dealers welcome. Visit www.deltacue.com or call 1-844376-0637.

Guaranteed the best! The finest quality and innovative Delta billiard chalk. Proudly Made in Canada. Exclusive developed formula to prevent miscues and increased the accuracy of control. Available in 2-cube set or display box of 25 sets. Wholesale & dealers welcome. Visit www.deltacue.com or call Delta Sport International at 1-844-376-0637.

These modern colorful series cases are exclusively manufactured by Delta Sport. They’re easy to adjust, deluxe quality, more storage space, solid protection and much more great feature! Wholesale & dealers welcome. Visit www.deltacue.com or call Delta Sport International at 1-844-376-0637.

RAGE CUES Camo is all the new rage this holiday season. This custom designed Poison Oak camo from Rage Cues retails for just $59.99. Backed by a 3Year manufacturer warrantee these cues make the perfect gift for that special someone. Check out this season full line on www.cueandcase.com or call for a dealer near you 1-800-835-7665

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Holiday Gift Guide The most technology, powerful, balance SK II series Break & Break/Jump cues are exclusively from Delta cues. Quality Canadian hard rock maple shaft with Carbon-Fiber reinforcement for increased power. Unique stainless-steel ferrule installed with every SK-II jump cues to added accuracy and power. Wholesale & dealers welcome. Visit www.deltacue.com or call Delta Sport International at 1-844-376-0637.

LUCASI CUSTOM CUES Lucasi Custom has done it again. . Staying with their company moto to give every player more playability, Inlay and style than any other cue in it’s price point this 2017 line up delivers. All backed by a lifetime guarantee even against warpage and start retailing at just $263.99. Check out this season full line on www.lucasi.com or call for a dealer near you 1-800-835-7665

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Top Ten 1st

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VAN BOENING Shane 405

WOODWARD Skyler 248

BERGMAN Justin 159

WILKIE Shaun 150

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DECHAINE Mike 236

MORRIS Rodney 216

SHUFF Brandon 134

ROBERTS Josh 126

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2016 M osconi Cup F K inal spots to be decided in

from: Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport WITH HIS RECENT win at the US Open – his fifth in total – Shane Van Boening has absolutely crushed the Team USA Mosconi Cup rankings, as he sealed his tenth appearance in the annual transatlantic tear-up. Van Boening is a whopping 157 points ahead of his nearest rival with just the final event to go – the Kuwait 9 Ball Open which gets underway next week. He leads Skyler Woodward, who went pointless in Virginia, and now finishes on 248 points, having chosen to miss the final event of the season. In third place is Mike Dechaine, who leap-frogged Rodney Morris to move into the third automatic qualifying spot, with a 13th place finish at the Open. Dechaine is 12 points behind second spot and 20 ahead of Morris and with both men playing in Kuwait there may well be a twist in the tail.

For Hall of Famer Morris to make the top three he needs to finish 20 points or more above Dechaine, or go past Woodward. Best ways, Morris must reach the last 16 with Dechaine finishing out of the points to finish third, unless he reaches the quarter-finals in which case he will go ahead of Woodward regardless of where Dechaine finishes.

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All Dechaine needs to do though, is just finish in the top 32 to go ahead of Woodward, and ensure his automatic spot in the side. Following the conclusion of the Kuwait Open, the remaining two wildcards will be announced to complete the five-man team who will travel to London to attempt to win the Mosconi Cup for the first time since 2009. Ranking after 27 events 1 Shane VAN BOENING 2 Skyler WOODWARD 3 Mike DECHAINE 4 Rodney MORRIS 5 Oscar DOMINGUEZ 6 Justin BERGMAN 7 Shaun WILKIE 8 Brandon SHUFF 9 Josh ROBERTS 10 Shane McMINN

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Lidio Ramierez wins Tri-State

(l-r): 2nd Atif Khan, 1st, Lidio Ramierez, 3rd Ryan Dayrit

Lidio Ramierez wins Tri-State tour stop in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY on October 2, 2016. There were 30 players participating in this $1000 added 9-Ball event. Lidio’s tournament trail included wins over Steve Kalloo 7 - 3; Carl Yusuf Khan 7 - 5; before suffering a loss from Atif Khan 7 - 3. On the loss side he defeats Mio Celaj 7 - 5; Jaydev Zaveri 8 - 7; and Ryan Dayrit 10 - 7 to reach the finals. During the Finals Atif jumped ahead 2 - 0 and extended his lead to 4 - 1.

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Lidio asserted himself winning 6 in a row to take the lead. The match grew closer as Atif closed the gap to 7 - 6 Lidio; but it was not enough as Lidio closed the door, winning 9 - 6. Please provide a thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, and Bloodworth Ball Cleaners for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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AMERICAN 14.1 STRAIGHT POOL CHAMPIONSHIP DIAMOND BILLIARDS, Midlothian, VA Oct 12-16, 2016 Article by Peter Burrows

TD Megan Fort, Finalists Nick Van den Berg, Carlo Biado, Niels Feijen & Mika Immonen, Promoter Peter Burrows Players began arriving into the Richmond area from as far away as Holland, Greece, Russia, Estonia, Canada, England, Spain and the Philippines on Tuesday evening Oct 11 for the 12th Annual AMERICAN 14.1 STRAIGHT POOL CHAMPIONSHIP. This event has become an integral part of the October pool scene at beautiful DIAMOND BILLIARDS, Midlothian, VA owned by hosts, Tom & Cynthia Dorsey, and located just west of Richmond. Previously the American Straight Pool title has been won by some impressive names, even to those unfamiliar with the grand old game of 14.1 Niels Feijen 150 defeated Mika Immonen 114. Oct 16, 2016 Darren Appleton 150 defeated Thorsten Hohmann 94. Oct 25, 2015 Darren Appleton 150 defeated Karen Corr 28. Sep 14, 2014 Thorsten Hohmann 150 defeated Johnny Archer 111. Sep 16, 2013 John Schmidt 150 defeated Thorsten Hohmann 21. Aug 18, 2012 Johnny Archer 150 defeated John Schmidt 74. July 24, 2011 Danny Harriman 150 defeated Shaun Wilkie 94. June 20, 2010 Danny Harriman 150 defeated Dave Daya 28. June 28, 2009 Bob Maidhof 150 defeated Danny Barouty 140. July 12, 2008 Mika Immonen 150 defeated Mike Davis 59. June 10, 2007 Ed Hodan 150 defeated Danny Barouty 89. Nov 19, 2006 Ryan McCreesh 150 defeated David Hunt 67. Aug 8, 2005

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This year’s 42 player field of the top Straight Pool players in the world arrived at Diamond Billiards, Midlothian, VA for afternoon warm-ups, check out the equipment of 11 Brunswick Gold Crowns and 5 Diamond tables all recently covered with new Simonis 760 cloth. Players were anxious for a few hours of practice as competition this year included one of the strongest 14.1 fields ever assembled. Local tournament players once again congregated to mix with out of town pros many of whom had come long distances to play. Most know one another well and this makes for an enjoyable weekend of friendship, camaraderie and challenging Straight Pool all tied together. The round robin format is a nice chance for lesser known players to visit and share cordiality and play with great champions such as Mika Immonen, Darren Appleton, Nick van den Berg, Thorsten Hohmann, John Schmidt, Niels Feijen (this year’s winner), Dennis Orcollo, Alex Pagulayan, David Alcaide, Lee Vann Corteza, and others in the sterling field. Prize money has grown as has the field of world class players. This year’s entries 42 @ $300 plus $28,500 ADDED provided a total PRIZE FUND of $41,100. Format follows the tried & true plan of previous years with a 42 player field of 7 balanced flights of 6 players playing round robin matches to 100 with the top 24 advancing to the Sat-Sun single elimination. The flight winners were rewarded with a first round

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bye in the knockout session. All 24 who advanced through the round robin are seeded 1-24 based on W-L and ball differential. A $100. award was given to the No. #1 seed Thorsten Hohmann with four different high run prizes. Top run was Niels Feijen’s 168 who was also the eventual winner, defeating Mika Immonen in the final match. Over the five-day tournament there were a dozen runs of more than 120! Championship caliber Straight Pool for all to witness. Peter Burrows and Director Megan Fort welcome the opportunity for players to voice their opinions of format, rules and anything else on their mind. Peter seeks feedback to make this a “players friendly” tournament. Some of these elements are a polished dress code, player integrity with all ball fouls, and no time clock, always a debate. Peter notes. . . “We honestly believe that players do play at their own pace, and generally that is a constant one. There will always be discrepancies and fluctuations, but a given player in my experience usually plays the way they play. I have watched top 14.1 players for more than six decades since first seeing Mosconi & Crane play at the old Bensingers room on Randolph Street in Chicago in the late 1940s. Pool players play at the pace they play at and the rhythm and tempo of one player’s game is what it is. I just don’t believe in a shot clock in Straight Pool. The game at this world class level is cerebral and players need time to think and analyze and I want to recognize that. Some situations lend themselves to more rapid disposal of a rack, but others do not. It you want a time clock play chess.” “There will always be a match here and there that is drawn out, and this year was no exception, with a few matches on the tight Diamond tables taking an unusual 2+ hours. But this is an exception and will happen in this most imaginative of games. Everyone is not a John Schmidt, Luc Salvas or Machine Gun Lou Butera!” Tournament Director, Peter Burrows, believes that most 14.1 players understand this. No time clock.

This is especially true given today’s live streaming of pool matches. All five days were covered extensively thanks to Cynthia & Tom Dorsey and Inside Pool with their free live stream. Many of the top players and some locals provided insightful commentary thanks to Shaun Wilkie, Danny Barouty, Andy Lincoln, Michael Frank and others who sat in the live-stream booth for a spell. Peter Burrows believes the old fashioned RR straight pool format is not only fairest to players, allowing them to play a maximum number of matches, but is also ideal for spectators. They can watch their favorite locals and top pros all day long with no fear that they will get quickly eliminated in a one and done tournament. From the players perspective they can get warmed up, become familiar with the equipment and there is no tedious Loser’s Side delay which occurs in drawn out double elimination tournaments. Non-stop action involving everyone from dawn to dusk is a key positive in the round robin format! The Round Robin generally went according to odds with most top pros advancing although great champion and tournament winner for the past two years, Darren Appleton, did not advance this year. The top eight Seeds for the Single elimination each received a 1st round bye and got to sit out the first round on Saturday as a reward for their top finish. 9-24th players were seeded playing one another in the opening elimination round, 9 vs. 24, 10 vs. 23, etc. Congratulations to our winner, 2008 World 14.1 Champion, Niels Feijen and to our great runner up Mika Immonen. Over five days of play vs. the world’s top players Niels lost no matches and Mika only one, the final game.

Just so many terrific matches by many of the world’s greatest modern day 14.1 players. All who watched would surely agree. Congratulations and a tip of the old fedora to everyone who helped make Peter goes on to note that this year’s 12th playing under the classic annual American “all ball fouls” requires a 14.1 Straight Pool greater emphasis on player Championship integrity which has been so a huge success. widely adopted with great We wish to again success in golf . . . thank our many dedicated sponsors, “Why do we need a white including Ivan Lee glove referee at every table? and Simonis Cloth Nice, classic of course, but and Aramith Balls, Winner Niels Feijen simply not practical. Golf rules are many times more complex than pool but the Bob Jewett, San Jose, CA, Peter & Sandy Sears, Madison, WI, and Andy Lincoln, Royal & Ancient rules are well known and players honestly adhere to them. Pool Megan Fort, Michael Frank and our entire tournament committee and all of our can do the same. And while we’re at it, let’s dress the part. So the American 14.1 many generous sponsors. Our deep thanks and appreciation to gracious room Straight Pool Championship is a dress code tournament following the format of owner Thomas Dorsey and his entire staff at Diamond Billiards. What a beautiful other world class events. The dressier the better, what’s wrong with that? Pool guys job they did as hosts for the tournament. Superlative in every way! Thank you! . . . and ladies . . . are handsome folks . . . let’s look the part! Dress up our game. Finally we must give thanks to the dozens of top pros for their continued patronage My gosh, we’ve got the Black Widow, Ms. Jeanette Lee the most stunning gal on of our tournament for without them we would not have a chance to witness their the planet plus just a terrific player and advocate for our sport . . . and impeccably magnificent skills in this beautiful and historic game of 14.1. Their time and attired many time World Champion Thorsten Hohmann, although not playing this schedules are valued and each one made a yeoman effort to come to Virginia and year, Jeanette & Toasty have been a regulars in our past tournaments, beating all of play. God willing, we hope to see everyone back again next year, October 2017, the us like a drum, let’s follow their lead and look sharp!” week before the fall U.S. Open.

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Meredith Lynch Shines Bright Kathy Friend, Tina Malm, Meredith Lynch, Elaine Wilson, Judie Wilson, Nicole King

On the first day of October, fifteen stalwart players braved the rain and fog, to make it to First Break in Sterling, Virginia, for the 10th event of the J. Pechauer North East Woman’s Tour (JPNEWT) 2016 season. Coins of the Realm added $300 for first place, and $100 each for second and third, to bring the entire event to an added $1000. Just to make it more fun, the ladies voted to extend the race to nine on the A-side, maintaining a race to seven on the B-side. The lights slicing through the dreary day came from newcomer Tina Malm, and familiar fan favorite Meredith Lynch, both winning through their opponents until coming face to face in the semi-finals. Meredith was on a straight win hot streak, and although no one pushed her to the hill, none of her opponents gave away their race. Meredith won over Nicole Fleming 9-7, Terri Stovall 9-5, Kathy Friend 9-7, and Tina Malm 9-6 and 9-7; leading Meredith to her first JPNEWT win. Kathy Friend had some luck on her side when she took out tour director Linda Shea on the A-side 9-5, but couldn’t find a way to stop Meredith Lynch’s race to the top. Elaine Wilson fought through her first two opponents, only to be defeated by Tina Malm, on Tina’s way to the semifinals. Kathy was back on fire when she beat Elaine Wilson 7-1, but was finally put out by Tina, as she was on her way back to Meredith.

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In the finals, Tina took an early lead, but Meredith never let her get more than two games ahead. At game #8, with Tina leading 5-3, Meredith executed a safety, hiding the nine behind the three. Tina made a clean hit on the three ball, but the nine rolled into the jaws of the side pocket. Meredith shot the three in the corner, and then, taking her time on the next shot, stroked a great carom off the five ball into the nine, to make the score 5-4. The players took a break, but Tina only managed one more game, before Meredith’s momentum surged with a five game winning streak, to a 9-5 win over Malm. Thanks go out to all of the tour sponsors, J.Pechuaer Custom Cues, Coins of the Realm, and Britanya Rapp.

Malm climbed through Judie Wilson 9-5, Heather Platter 9-1, and Elaine Wilson 9-7, to face Meredith in the semi-finals. After being sent to the

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B-side, Malm faced Kathy Friend, both ladies vying for the grudge match against Meredith. Kathy managed a respectable four games,but after placing third at the last event, Tina showed her drive to place higher

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