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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. MSRP: $1599.00


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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

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Pool - Billiard Groups on Facebook ... THE SKY IS NO LIMIT BY: DON AKERLOW

If you have ever been on Facebook and now a days who hasn’t, as a pool player, you will find an abundance of pool-billiard groups both foreign and domestic. Dealing with the foreign groups is problematic. I don’t speak any foreign languages let alone read them. The Spanish I learned in school was nothing short of inadequate in the real world. The groups that do speak English overseas, do not speak our language basically with terms we do not use and games we do not play. Nothing wrong with the games but I don’t like snooker. That may have something to do with I stink at it when I have played. The more I practiced, the worse I got. We all like to play games that we think we are good at. With that said, let’s go to the American Pool-Billiard groups. I have been posting in them for up to two years with one of three of our magazines depending on what state/region the group is from. They don’t seem to get very many comments or “seen by #” Some groups have hundreds of members, others many thousands. So you would have to wonder if you can read a magazine online about the game that you love that has results, articles, photos future tournaments, some high dollar tournaments, weeklies, columnists, etc. Why wouldn’t you do it? Maybe because you don’t know anybody who is on the front cover of the magazines. Please make no mistake I’m not whining about the numbers. I have found other ways to promote the results. I will explain a little later. If all these groups have hundreds and thousands of members but no one is reading anything in the groups. Are they really true members? Or are they what the industry would call “robot” members? In other words, fake members. Maybe, maybe not. That is not so much discerning to me as what is actually injected into these groups that really has nothing to do with anything in the groups or its members. They are advertisements buy this, no buy that or come to my online store and look what we have. Or I have the best cues, I have the best tables...on and on and on. Don’t get me wrong, some of these groups provide information for local, state or regional events. They talk about things that interest them, they talk about the game, they talk about the rules. And yes, sometimes they argue and throw out a lot of B.S. but it is good for their group and what they are doing where they are. The one thing I think I dispise the most of the groups, and this is only personal, Facebook will allow the administrator of any group to add your name to their group. This past weekend, I deleted over 100 groups that I never asked to be a member of. Come on Facebook, if I have to approve a friend, the very least you can do is let me approve a group. I have found if we post what is called a screenshot of the page or pages in the pool magazines, they get hundreds and even thousands of “seen by #”. Let’s face it, we like

to look at pictures that way we can see if we know that person and we read on. Find yourself a group in your town, area or state or even regional that you like. If you want to delete a group all new groups go to the bottom of your group page. You will find there if anyone has added you to a group. It will stay there until you click on the group. At least as of the printing of this, that’s the way it is. Good luck to you in finding a group that you like. They are on Facebook. Like us on Facebook

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On The Road with .. “THE STICK”

I was in Detroit and was struggling, I only had $500. so it was important to get “pumped up” as quick as possible. I was steered to a small bar that the owner played at and was also told he would lose a lot if someone would play with “The Stick”. I walked into the dimly lit bar, taking in the smell of cigarettes, and stale beer as I quickly cased the joint. The bar was on the left side, just past the one bar table, the bar was small with four men sitting around it drinking their favorite “poison”. I was dressed to fit in with a camouflage vest, Wolverine boots, a Skoal can visible in my back pocket and a hat that had two pigs “gettin it on” labelled “Makin Bacon”. I went up to that bar and ordered a Bud and made some small talk with one of the regulars. He was dressed much like I was, and after they heard me talk they relaxed knowing I was nothin but a country bumkin kid. Looking at the pool table I said “I’m a really good pool shot,” partly to myself, but loud enough that the four barflies could hear me. “How good do you shoot, boy, good enough to

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shoot for a beer?” I responded “a*t I play a whole lot better than that, there’s nobody around here that can beat me”. This got there attention and they all looked at me closer, a little bit more intently, trying to figure me out. “The owner’ll play ya if ya use “The Stick”, ain’t nobody ever beat him with ‘The Stick”.......the other four men laughed an eerie laugh at the same time....”yeah, get the Stick, get the Stick” they all chimed in together. The Bartender reached up above the bar and pulled down a one piece house cue, only this cue didn’t have a tip OR a ferrule, just jagged wood where the tip would normally be. The bartender handed it to me and I pretended to study it intently. Just then the owner walked in the bar and walked toward us. “this boy wants to play ya with “The Stick”....he thinks he’s a pool shooter.” “Wait a minute, I didn’t say anything about using this thing, it doesn’t even have a tip, how can I even hit the dang cue ball right, hell there’s no way to play pool with this piece of crap?”

The owner looked at me, sized me up from head to tow, pausing to chuckle to himself at my two pigs “makin love” on my hat, then said, “I’ll spot ya the 6 ball if you use that thing and play ya for $50. a game if you wanna gamble.” I said slowly and thoughtfully “you mean if I make the 6 or the 9 I win and you only win if you make the 9 ball....but I gotta use this crazy stick?” Yep.....and we can play all night long. I nodded my head “you gotta game, I gotta try just to see what happens.” We started playing and each time I broke the balls pieces of “The Stick” flew on the table and sometimes across the room. I knew I could win at this game, but it suddenly dawned on my I might “run out of stick” before I could “bust” the guy. I must have taken 3 inches off the stick in the next 4 hours, but I played really good with that primitive “stick” and beat the owner 20 games ahead, by grinding the “stick” on the floor between shots and chalking it like a regular cue, before long it was fairly smooth and besides whittling it down it actually played ok......considering. The owner paid me off with 20 brand new fifty dollar bills and I was on my way, now I had $1500. and I was heading to THE RACK....the big action pool room in Detroit. There a guy could get rich playing pool, there were guys winning and losing millions. I was ready to fire my “match” at their wood pile. I had already overcome “The Stick,” what could they have in store for me at THE RACK? Surely nothing a country boy with a “Makin Bacon” hat couldn’t deal with. (continued next page)

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.. C J Wiley

After I beat the guy with “The Stick” I went to THE RACK (the hottest gambling pool room in the country) and this is what happened later that night, which make it a very eventful day (to say the least)......I posted this (in the Rack thread) a couple of days ago, but it is chronological and happened later that night. That same night I did go straight to THE RACK. I was on a table practicing and Johnny Ross (a notorious pool hustler) came up to me and motioned me over to the side. He leaned over with his hand over his mouth like a used car salesman getting ready to offer me “the deal of the century.” “We got a game for you tonight!” Johnny whispered, “with a guy named Cletus.... it’s playing one pocket, but the guy plays like old people f*%#...we’ll (the local corporation) stake you and give you 30%, but he’ll bet really high, we may win 30 to 40k!” “30%, wtf, you got to be kidding, I won’t play for less than 40%” “That’s the deal, sh*t the fu*%in house takes 10% - take it or leave it, it’s sure action though, but there’s one “catch” gotta talk really nasty to this sick freak or he won’t want to gamble with you.” “So let me get this straight, I gotta play for 30% AND talk nasty to this guy, what kind of sick f*c%in joke is this, Johnny?” Just then the front door was opened (you had to get “buzzed” in) and in walks this huge unshaven man that looked just like Brutus in the Popeye comics. He looked around glaring at the room, with a twisted smile trying to form under his three day stubbly beard. This guy looked like the

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“THE RACK” poster guy for a prison movie.... Shaw-shank Perversion’ or something like that. “That’s him, do you want to play or not?” Johnny’s raspy voice sent shivers down my spine, or maybe it was the thought of talking dirty to Brutus...I mean Cletus. “Ok, but what the heck do I say to this sicko?” the was the most awkward I’d felt before matching up with anyone in my life. “Come on, just follow my lead”....I followed Johnny Ross over to where Brutus....I mean Cletus was standing. Johnny marched right up to him and said “what are you doing in here you sleezy piece of sh%* I thought the trash came in and out of the back door”..... Cletus looked at Johnny menacingly, then broke into a big grin. “Johnny Ross, my dream cell mate, hope you brought plenty of lube if we’re going to gamble tonight”. Johnny said “I got a little kid that’ll play your sorry ass some one hole”....nodding at me....I took my cue and said “yeah, you dirty motha fu%$a I got something for you that Ajax won’t take off”......I pulled it off, but my heart was pounding under my leather jacket. I”m not sure what else I said, and I’m glad, sometimes in my line of “work” you had to act....and this part was certainly just an act....and fortunately I’d never be in this situation again. Cletus looked at me and growled “you look just like the brother of a 16 year old girl I used to date....had to date her for 3 years just to f#*% her little brother.....and he looked just like you”......I tried not to put any images to his words, but the important thing was I KNEW he would play me now. Johnny gave me the “it’s george” sign and the game was on.

And play me he did, I gave him 9/4 and his scratches don’t count for $900 a game starting out and $18,000 later he looked like the blood had been drained out of him. They gave me my $5000 ( the time was $1800, they didn’t charge by the hour, with guys like Cletus they took 10% for the “house”) Brutal - to this day that’s the most I’ve ever been charged for pool time. But when you’re betting thousands against a guy like Cletus it really didn’t matter, it was just a “cost of doing business”. They walked Cletus out the door and safely to his car (he still had 20k). I ask Johnny “I wonder where he’s going now?” Johnny, without hesitation barked “he’ll go hire a LIMO and three hookers and they’ll drive him around Detroit, handcuffed, like he’s been kidnapped, one will have a gun to his head and other two will be whipping him and calling him every filthy name they can think of ”......”and I imagine Cletus will be like a kid taking a tour of a candy store,” I whispered under my breath. .....just another day at the office for Brutus - I mean Cletus - the dirtiest, stinkiest, sleaziest pool sucker on earth, that also played for tens of thousands of dollars at a Game called pool. I never would have believed it if I hadn’t been there and seen it with my own eyes....what a world. I felt a little bit guilty at the end of that long day beating sick ole Cletus out of that 18k.... NOT, ----I was Pumped up with $6400 and ready to “play anyone at the Rack for all they could Stack”...well, within reason.

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Tom Simpson

Own The Line

© May 2010 – All Rights Reserved – When I’ve said the same thing about a thousand times in pool class, I figure I probably oughta write about it. A thousand is a low estimate for this one: “Own the line!” Which line are we talking about? The line of the shot, i.e., the line you intend for the cueball to travel as it moves toward the target. It’s the line the center of the cueball travels – the line it would paint on the table if it had been dipped in paint. That line can be pointed at some spot or fraction of an object ball, or it can be pointed at a rail target. Doesn’t matter. It’s the line of the shot, and you must own it. As we prepare to execute a shot, we plan to hit an exact point on the cueball, with our stick aimed where we think it should point, at the speed we have in mind. One way or another, we must deliver that cueball down the line. Hopefully, with the correct speed and spin. If we can’t deliver pretty accurately and reliably down the line, we’re not going to be happy with our play. Accordingly, much of what we do at pool school is about acquiring the line, seeing it correctly, and then owning the line through the entire shot process. Here are a few tips that can help: • Own it from afar: Once you’ve decided on your plan, step back from the table and acquire the line from a little farther back. Get your eyes looking right down that line. You really can see it better when you step back. • Lock it in: I no longer remember who I learned this one from, but it’s known as “chin lock.” Once you see the line, lock it into your body with a small chin tuck. It’s like “radar lock” on the enemy plane – once it’s locked on, there’s no escape. Does this move help you know you’re ready? Worth a try. • Eyes sharp down the target line: Once you’ve acquired the line, keep your eyes focused sharply on the distant target (not the cueball). If the line runs through empty space next to the object ball, try focusing on the edge of the object ball and judging the line relative to that. • Step forward into your stance: Some players never step back and acquire the line. They walk into the shot from the side, plop their bridge down and expect to be perfectly on it. It’s much harder to accurately

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get on the line when you’re standing close to the shot. Consider stepping forward into your stance, and even sliding your bridge forward toward its final position. You can own and stay on the line easily while moving forward. • Own the line while dropping into your stance: As you step forward into your stance, continue to stay sharp on the target. Sharp eyes, sharp mind. During the drop, the cueball is a fuzzy object in your peripheral vision. Once you’re down, you can check your bridge and confirm your tip placement and readiness. And of course, you’re going to see the cueball sharply during that confirmation. If you looked away from the target during the drop, there’s a good chance you’ve lost the line. Many players are watching the cueball during the drop. Then, after they’re down, they have to try to acquire the line. Too late. • Longer bridge: While a longer bridge requires a straighter stroke, it also puts your eyes farther away from the cueball. This gives you more stick line to sight down to help you see where you’re pointed. Make good use of the nice long straight line the stick gives you. • See the line correctly: If your cueball is not going where your eyes & brain tell you it should be going, you may have a visual perception issue. This is a common problem, and is related to your head position. Come to pool school. • Solid fundamentals: Obviously, on the hit stroke, your stick line is critical. Many players know where the line is and fail to deliver well, due to poor stroke fundamentals. One of the biggest sources of error occurs at the back of the backswing – “transition error.” If you don’t come forward on the same line as you started on, you’ve lost the line, and probably missed. Watch where your tip finishes with respect to the line. It should finish past where the cueball was, and not swerve to either side of the line. These types of problems are often difficult to diagnose. Seek fundamentals analysis and help from an experienced instructor if you have any of these issues. All your fancy knowledge and experience is helpful only to the extent that you can deliver down the line. Own that line!

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Gimme a (9-ball) Break! Part two 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 for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

Last month, we started a conversation about breaking. OK, it wasn’t much of a conversation; I did most of the talking. But, I discussed breaks in general, and got into some details about the 9-ball break. This week, we’ll focus on 8-ball. I will assume that you know how to play the game of 8-ball, as it is usually the first game people learn. Also known as Stripes and Solids, the object is to make all of your balls (stripes or solids, believe it or not) and then the 8-ball, before your opponent does the same with his set. For more information, go to So, what is the best way to break an 8-ball rack? First, let’s review the fundamentals. They are basically the same as 9-ball: Although you can break from anywhere behind the head string, the best spot for an 8-ball break seems to be close to the center of the head string. 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 head ball as directly as possible. Try to leave the cue ball in the middle of the table. If a ball goes in, you want the best opportunity to shoot at another ball after the break. So... that’s it, right? Smack them hard, hope something goes in, and try to run out? Seems pretty straightforward. But what about the 8-ball? In many leagues, the rules state that if the 8-ball goes in on the break, you win automatically (BCA rules are different -- you get to spot the 8-ball and shoot again or re-break if it goes in on the break). So, wouldn’t

it be awesome if there was a good break that allowed that to happen more often? Some would say “no.” After all, making the 8 on the break is a lucky shot, and this is supposed to be a game of skill, right? I happen to be in this camp, myself. I prefer the BCA rules. But, as I said, some rules claim an 8 on the break a win, so let’s talk about how to increase the chances of this happening. First of all, you’ll need to change your break. Many people who don’t play in leagues or tournaments (and therefore don’t always follow official rules) don’t know that a legal break consists of striking the head ball or either of the two second balls in the rack. Our new 8-ball break is going to use this rule. Here is what to do: Place the cue-ball on the head string, about 4 to 6 inches from the side rail. For our example, we’ll break from the left side. Aim your shot at the second ball. You won’t be able to aim directly at the ball; if you do, you’ll end up hitting the head ball, and most likely will scratch in the corner pocket! Aim a little to the left (per our example. Aim to the right if you’re breaking from the right side). You want to just barely miss the head ball, and hit the second ball as fully as possible. Put a little bit of draw on the ball, and a little bit of lefthand english. Use a controlled break; take a little bit of speed off the ball. The problem with an all out, smash-the-rack-as-hardas-you-can break is that the cue will most likely fly off the table. You league players know what I’m talking about -- this happens a lot! If you perform this break correctly, the cue ball should deflect off the rack, and the left english/draw you applied (Glass continued on page 40)

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Last week in league I was reminded of how valuable distance is for safety play. My match was on a very tight 9-foot table. My opponent also likes to play A snooker on a big table and seems to particularly like M the defensive part of that game. He kept leaving me shots like Shot 1 in the diagram with the cue ball within two inches of the end rail and the shot straight in or nearly straight in. At a game of 9 ball there is not much mere mortals Shot 3 can do from this situation. If you slow roll the shot to K avoid following straight into the pocket, there is an excellent chance the cue ball will roll off more than 1 1 enough for the miss, especially with small pockets. If you try to draw back for the two ball, I’d like to bet ? against both your draw and pocketing the one ball. There is no likely way to run out from here. If you try to play safe by hitting the one ball thin on the left side, there is a good chance for a kiss depending on the cushions and how full you hit the ball. Often you can get out of the kiss with a little left or right English, but that adds to your problems since the cue ball is stuck to the cushion and you will be elevated some when you apply the side spin. Note that if you try to leave this kind of safe, you need to work to make it as hard as possible. If you leave the cue ball at position 1B for example, your Shot 2 opponent has several options. Either left follow or right draw has a chance to bring the cue ball back for the two ball depending on where the other balls are on the table. Also, playing safe is much easier with a level stick and a bridge on the cloth. Shot 1 The safe in Shot 2 is good enough to stop most players. The draw shot is very unlikely to work cue ball and most people are apt to leave the cue ball in the middle of the table if they try it. The follow shot with 1-B left English is possible and if you can consistently get the cue ball back to the end cushion by the two ball on four or five cushions, a miss on the one ball will 2 usually result in a safe. But most players don’t have the 4-cushion speed down very well. REJ Shot 2 offers a different solution that is controlled and doesn’t require power. Try hitting the one ball thin on the left side to bank it to pocket A. From the position shown you should not get a kiss around K after each ball has struck a cushion, but if it’s close use a little right English to bend the cue ball to the right of K. Hitting the one ball a little too thin for the bank is the preferred side to miss on since that will tend to leave the one ball near M. This is a classic two-way shot. Some say that you should play the table and not the player but I think that strategy misses a lot of good plays. If your opponent always goes for shots like Shot A and always leaves the one ball in the jaws of pocket, work to leave him Shot A. After the frustration of a third sell out in one match, he may make no more balls. So, here is your practice drill for this month: Start from positions like Shot 3 where you have no good shot, and try to leave a long straight in with the cue ball as close as possible to the cushion. There may be other safeties available but if you leave a normal safe your opponent is probably equipped to deal with it. Looking at a lot of straight-ins and never coming away with a win can be psychologically devastating.

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An Interview by:

“The Viper”

This month’s interview is with one of my favorite young upcoming players,

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The Interview: Viper: Where were you born? Jesse: I was born in Minneapolis, MN. Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? Jesse: In 2009 I finished runner up at the junior world 9-ball championships in Reno, NV. As far as titles go, I have won quite a few tournaments but always looking to add more! Viper: Do you have a nickname yet? Jesse: I do not have an official nickname at this time. Viper: What are your short-term goals? Jesse: Well, like everyone else’s my goal is to win big tournaments but for now I am looking to find a way still play pool and not go broke. Viper: What do you do when you’re not competing? Jesse: I practice at CR’s billiards in Coon Rapids, MN. Outside of pool I enjoy learning new things and figuring out what I want to do with my life. Viper: Do you have siblings? Jesse: I have one older brother but I am the only one out of my family that plays pool. Viper: Who got you started in playing pool? Jesse: My aunt and cousin’s play and they have a table in their basement, so when I used to go to their house I would play with them. I was hooked from day one and have not looked back since.

Viper: What do your parents think of your pool career? Jesse: They are supportive of what I do and hope that I can become very successful in my career. Viper: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? Jesse: The best pool players are everywhere but America. Asia produces the best all around players in my opinion. Unfortunately, all American players are so spread out so it makes it hard to practice with each other and learn. Viper: Who is/was your favorite pro player growing up? Jesse: Alex Pagulayan from the Philippines. I always liked his game and he is a respectful opponent as well. Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Jesse: Predator cues and Diamond Tables. Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Jesse: Yes, I played VNEA junior leagues for a few years when I was younger. Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Jesse: I think I’m good at every sport, although some would disagree. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Jesse: Ambitious, determined, and hungry! (Viper continued on page 40)

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A December To Remember!

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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It was the winter of 2001, and I was 25 years old. The local poolroom in Campbellsville, Kentucky had just been sold and the new owners were starting to put together one of the more competitive 9-Ball tournaments in the state.  Pro-player John Brumback had just won the October edition of the event and in November, I finished 2nd to Derby City Classic champion, Shannon Daulton. As I returned in December, the city of Campbellsville was adorned with glowing lights and red bows.  I could think of no better Christmas present than to capture my first Rack and Cue title.  As I maneuvered through the winner’s bracket, one man caught my attention.  The man referred to as “Blevins” was one of my childhood idols. Mike Blevins was widely known for his success in the Willard’s Billiards, Oneida, Tennessee tournaments held in the mid to late 1990’s. In fact, over the course of a year Mike won nearly all of the monthly tournaments in Oneida, besting several top professional players. I won the winners bracket and it seemed predestined that I was going to have face my idol for the championship.  Before the final match began, two of my good friends, David “Coon Hunter” Phelps and Denzil Stephens, got me to agree that if I won, I had to take them out to eat at the nicest place in town.  As Mike approached me in the finals, eating was the last thing on my mind, the first words out of his mouth were, “Do you want to split the money?”  My reply was “No, let’s just roll the dice and see what happens!”  Mike won the first match and claimed momentum, defeating me by a score of 5-4. In the second and final set, Blevins broke and ran out the first 2 games. At that point I started telling myself “Maybe I should have split the money!” In game 3, Blevins broke and ran down to the 2 ball.  He then played safe and I faced the layout below.  After carefully surveying the table I decided to use the “Corner 5” kicking system.  The “Corner 5” system is designed to calculate precise contact points for 3 rail kick shots.  The system requires that you memorize a sequence of numbers to calculate where the cue ball will hit the 3rd cushion. My plan was to play a return safety by contacting the 3 ball with a medium speed leaving it at cue ball position “A” which is behind the nearby wall of balls.  To calculate the shot, you must first look at the cue ball position number. The cue ball position number is the bottom set of numbers on the diagram. Each number corresponds with the diamond directly above it. Since the cue ball is coming out of the corner diamond it is coming out of the number 5. Once you get the cue ball number you subtract it from the third rail contact point number (the set of numbers directly above the cue ball position numbers). I needed to contact diamond 2, so I subtracted 2 from the number 5 and got 3. I knew that I needed to hit diamond 3 on the upper cushion to execute my safety. The key is to remember that each contact point is through the actual diamond on the rail. Each shot must also be struck with running English and a medium speed. I shot through diamond 3 and hit the shot perfect.  Mike fouled, leaving me ball in hand.  From that point the momentum of the match shifted.  I caught fire and went on to win 5 consecutive games and claim the championship! After the match, my friends came back to me and said, “It’s time to celebrate!”  Denzil said, “Yes, now you get to take us out to at the nicest place in Campbellsville.”  He then approached a random stranger and said, “Excuse me sir, but my friend is going to take us out to eat at the finest restaurant in Campbellsville, but we are not from around here and nobody knows of a good place.  We can’t decide where to go but we are willing to live with whatever you say.  So what is your favorite place to eat?”  The gentleman’s reply was “The bowling alley.”  I laughed and laughed. The “Corner 5” had saved the day and my friends snookered themselves out of an expensive dinner.  It was definitely a December to remember!

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Although some strong contenders came out to Steinway Billiards for the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s Open/Pro 10-Ball event on Sunday, November 10, none were able to keep Jayson Shaw from nailing his second straight tour win. As in his previous win at Castle, Shaw once again moved through the winner’s bracket without a scratch, defeating Vikram Dasari (7-3), Emily Duddy (7-3), and Earl Strickland (7-5) to get to the hot seat in this full 16-player event. New York-based WPBA pros Emily Duddy and Jennifer Barretta made up the female contingent in this event. While Barretta had a 2-2 win-loss record in the event, Duddy impressed with a strong opening match, sending Jeremy Sossei to the one-loss side at 7-5. Meeting up with Shaw to shoot for the hot seat was top New York open player Mhet Vergara, who made a strong appearance at Steinway. Leading up to the hot seat, Vergara dealt losses to Frankie Hernandez (7-6), Sean “Alaska” Morgan (7-4), and Tony Robles (7-3). The hot seat match between Vergara & Shaw was initially close at 3-3, but Shaw charged ahead to a 7-3 win. On the one-loss side, Frankie Hernandez played lights out to make it to the quarterfinal after wins against Novo Sarafimoski (7-2), Emily Duddy (7-0), Michael Yednak (71), and Tony Robles (7-0). Steinway house pro and former Empire State & Ginky Memorial champion Earl Strickland was also on the comeback trail, and would match up with Hernandez in the quarterfinal after his win against Sean Morgan (7-2). The quarterfinal was a gritty battle that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats, going all the way to hill-hill before Strickland took down the final rack at 7-6. The semifinal would also be a tight race between Strickland and Mhet Vergara, who had been sent to the one-loss side by Shaw. Strickland got out to a strong 5-1 lead in this match…only to have Vergara come back with a vengeance. Vergara got it to 6-4, and went on to tie it 6-6 before he broke and ran to win 7-6. Mhet Vergara then got a second shot at Steinway sponsored player Jayson Shaw in the final. Shaw played very solid in this match, and gave Vergara few opportunities to gain

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Junior Sanchez Comes Back Steinway Billiards L-R DAVE SHLEMPERIS, JUAN GUZMAN, JUNIOR SANCHEZ AND TONY ROBLES With the end of the 2013 Predator Pro/Am Tour nearing, a full field of sixty-four players filled Astoria, NY’s Steinway Billiards for the Amateur 9-Ball division of the tour’s 18th event on November 9-10. Many of New York’s most talented amateur players turned out to vie for the top honors at one of the city’s hottest spots for pool. By the end of the first day of the event, four players had made through without a loss. Junior Sanchez, Keith Adamik, Meshak Daniel, and former tour winner Dave Shlemperis returned on day two to face off in the final four of the winner’s bracket. In this round, Shlemperis got through with a 7-3 win over Daniel, while Sanchez made away with a 7-5 win over Adamik. Dave Shlemperis would then go on to take the hot seat on day two, after defeating Junior Sanchez in a close hill-hill set, 9-8. In the meantime, one of the tour’s ‘A+’ class players, Jorge Vivanco was doing damage on the one-loss side of the bracket. Vivanco took out Luis Jimenez 9-4, George Poltorak 8-3, Steinway manager Manny Stamatakis 7-4, Steve Persaud 9-5, and Meshak Daniel 8-7 to make it to the quarterfinal. However, an in-form Juan Guzmanalso made it to the quarterfinal after wins over Tony Ignomirello 9-6, Luis Novas 8-4, and Keith Adamik 7-6…and would take out Vivanco in a near shutout at 7-1. Guzman would then go out to the semifinal to take on the loser of the hot seat match, Junior Sanchez. With the hopes of avenging his previous loss to Shlemperis, Sanchez successfully made it past Guzman, winning 7-4. In the final match, another close battle was had between undefeated Dave Shlemperis and Junior Sanchez in the extended-format race. Racks were volleyed between the two players, tying at 1-1, 2-2, and 3-3, before Junior pulled ahead at 5-3. But, Dave returned to win the following two and tie 5-5. The see-saw resumed, and they alternated racks to tie 6-6. Junior pulled ahead to 7-6 and sealed the extension of the set, so both players would then need to get to nine. Dave tied up the race once again, and went on to get to the hill first at 8-7. In the next rack, after getting out of line for the four ball, Dave attempted a safe, but missed it and left the opening for Junior to also get to the hill. In the dramatic matchdetermining game, Junior broke, but had no shot on the one, so he pushed out. Dave attempted a safe but came up short, so Junior got to the table and made the one, but would miscue on the two giving Dave ball in hand. With an open runout table, Dave began clearing the rack, but in pocketing the eight, the cue ball bumped into the nine and left him a long shot down table. The nine

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bobbled, and Junior was then left a long shot as well, but he nailed it for the win, and took home his first-ever tour victory. Congratulations to Junior Sanchez on a strong win, along with Dave Shlemperis and all of the other top finishers. 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,, and host room Steinway Billiards and their staff.

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Aft & Parks


LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (November 18, 2013) — In early November, the sport’s most prestigious amateur event returned to the warm coastal waters of the Tampa Bay area. For five straight days, 128 of the nation’s top male players, and 32 top female players, battled it out at Stroker’s

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in Palm Harbor, Fla., for a place in U.S. Amateur Championship history. Once again, this year’s tournament included a strong mix of U.S Amateur Championship veterans, including six former champions, as well as a talented pool of newcomers. In all, more than 2,400 players attempted to qualify for the event. The Women’s Division got the tournament action underway on November 6, and the ladies spent the next 36 hours fighting for the right to be called U.S. Amateur Champion. The champion in the Women’s Division was Dana Aft of Atlanta, Ga., who defeated Melinda Huang of Los Angeles 9-6. The final round, which pitted both former top 3 finishers, opened in the 8-Ball set. Aft got off to a fast start behind an 8-on-the-break and quickly built a 4-0 lead. Huang seemed unfazed, and almost just as quickly closed the deficit to 4-3 by closing out the final

two games of the 8-Ball set and opening the 9-Ball set with a win. Aft flipped the momentum back in her favor by taking the next two games of 9-Ball. She narrowly missed pocketing the 9-on-the-snap in the next, but Huang stood her ground and pulled back within two, with the match 6-4 in favor of Aft. The next two games would go Aft’s way. On-the-hill, and having seemingly everything going her way, Aft worked what looked like the final rack down to a manageable shot on the 8-Ball that would have left her nearly “a gimme” shot on the 9. But Aft left the 8-ball hanging in the corner. Huang seized the opportunity and ran with it. She made quick work of the 8 and 9-balls, and broke and ran the next rack to put the tally at 8-6 Aft. But Aft collected herself after the missed opportunity and finally closed things out in the 15th game – final score: 9-6. With the win, Aft was able to avenge a loss to Huang just two rounds earlier that sent her to the leftside of the bracket. The victory earned her a spot in next year’s U.S. Open. Huang finished as the Runnerup with Stephanie Mitchell of Wesley Chapel, Fla., finishing in 3rd Place. The Men’s Division began November 8, and the guys spent the next 3 days squaring off to see who would add U.S. Amateur Champion to their resume. As it turned out, the winner of this year’s event could already boast that title. Brian Parks of Bakersfield, Calif., made U.S. Amateur Championship history by winning his third title with an 11-7 win over Carlos Carter of Toney, Ala., in the final round. Parks also became the first U.S. Amateur Champion to successfully defend his title since Henry Brodt did so in 1999. After a late-round loss the night before to Chuck Roth of Forest Hill, Md., it looked like Parks’ bid for history would come up short. But he managed to survive a marathon of matches the next day on the one-loss side of the bracket, which included a 7-0 semifinal round rematch victory over Roth to secure his spot in the final against the undefeated newcomer Carter. The finale opened in the 9-Ball set, with both players showing a few jitters. Carter would take the first game, and after four racks, the match was tied at

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1st Place – Brian Parks Bakersfield, CA

David Uwate of Miami, Fla., and Johnny Griffin of Apex, N.C. The 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship was conducted by the APA, and is the only tournament produced by the APA open to both members and nonmembers. Preliminary qualifying rounds were held throughout the country in mid-September. As Champions, both Aft and Parks will return next year to defend their coveted titles. The U.S. Amateur Championship is a double elimination tournament that offers the nation’s top amateur players the opportunity to showcase their skills through a combination of 8-Ball and 9-Ball matches, in the only APA event that does not use The Equalizer® handicap system. The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. Nearly 270,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9‑Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA 2nd Place – Carlos Carter National Team Championships, Toney, AL the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually! In 2010, the APA National Team Championships were recognized by Guinness World Records as the “world’s largest pool tournament.” The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and Pool Dawg. For complete coverage of the U.S. Amateur Championship visit

two games apiece. Things turned Parks way in the 5th rack when Carter failed to pocket a relatively routine shot on the 9-ball in the corner pocket. Parks would capitalize on the mistake by winning the game as well as the next four to build a 7-2 lead. Carter would mount a small comeback, and at the end of the 9-Ball set he pulled within five games and trailed 9-4. Things would get interesting as the match shifted to the 8-Ball set, with Carter winning the first two games and closing his deficit to just three. Parks found himself on-the-hill with a clutch win in the 16th game, before the players agreed to a quick break to regroup. Following the short break, Carter pulled back within three games with a win. But the seasoned U.S. Amateur Champion would prove too much, and with a win in the 18th game, Parks had further cemented his place in U.S. Amateur Championship history. He will once again advance to the U.S. Open next year, courtesy of the APA. Roth took home 3rd Place, as well as the distinction of handing the three-time champ his only loss in the event. In 4th Place was Travis Gunn of Waco, Texas. Tying for 5th Place were

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5th Place David Uwate Miami, FL

3rd Place Stephanie Mitchell Wesley Chapel, FL

4th Place Travis Gunn Waco, TX

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Mike Dechaine

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Mike Zuglan, Martin Daigle, Mike Dechaine, Jayson Shaw, Regina and Steve Goulding Mike Dechaine won two out of three matches over Jayson Shaw, to defend his title at the 25th Annual Ocean State 9-Ball Championship. Dechaine topped a field of 67 players at Snookers Sports Bar & Grill in Providence, RI. He took the hot-seat with a one sided 9-4 win over Jayson Shaw on Sunday. Shaw's tournament looked to be over in the next match as he watched from the chair as Canada's Martin Daiglemade the 9-ball on the break at hill-hill. To Shaw's surprise, the cue ball also found the hole on that break shot and he had a reprieve. Shaw won that game for the 9-8 win over Daigle, and another shot at Dechaine in the finals. While Dechaine, housepro at Snookers, certainly felt comfortable in his

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home pool room, Shaw took late control of the first set of the finals and won the match 9-5 to force a second match to determine a final winner. The second set of the finals was highlighted (?) by a handful of uncharacteristic errors and misses by both players as the length of the event had left them both visibly tired. Dechaine would be the first player to break through the daze and take control of the match, which he won 9-6. After back to back runner up finishes in 2010 and 2011, Dechaine has now won back to back Ocean State 9-Ball Championships and will see a second banner raised in the rafters of Snookers to commemorate his play. Dechaine joins Mike Zuglan, Mika Immonen, Tony Robles, George San Souciand Dennis Hatch and multiple time Ocean State Championship winners. The win brings Dechaine to second place on the Joss Tour Points list, within striking distance of point leader Ron Casanzio. The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Raxx Pool Room in W. Hempstead NY next weekend for another $1500/$500 added tournament and second chance event on Sunday. After the Raxx tour stop, the tour will take a break until February. Joss Tour director Mike Zuglan will start taking signups for the Turning Stone Classic XXII (taking place Sept 18th - 21st) in early January. As always, players are encouraged to sign up for this event early.

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Bill Bloom Undefeated by Ken Coulter The seventh stop on the 2013-2014 Pure X Cues All American Tour stop – presented by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) – was showcased in the Snowbird Open #6 - at Q’s Sports Bar & Girl in Port Charlotte, FL – on Saturday, November 16. The $357-added, handicapped [Masters racing to 6/ Open racing to 4] 8-ball tourney on 7-foot Valley bar boxes drew 20 players. The winner’s-side semifinals found Albert Baker [Master] (Port Charlotte, FL) defeating Odell Hosler (Port Charlotte, FL) 6-2, and Romadon Nichols (North Port, FL) losing to Bill Bloom (Sarasota, FL) 4-3. On the one-loss side Will Smith of Fort Myers, FL was defeated by Steven Richmond [Master] (Fort Myers, FL) BILL BLOOM 6-0. In addition, Jake Neeley (Fort Myers, FL) lost to Kym Dyer [Master] (Venice, CA) 6-3. Romadon Nichols found himself on the winning side of the next match against [Master] Stephen Richmond 4-3, while [Master] Kym Dyer went on to defeat Odell Hosler 6-2. Nichols won the tough match 4-3 against [Master] Kym Dyer to compete for the one-loss finals. Back on the winner’s-side [Master] Albert Baker was defeated by Bill Bloom 4-5, meaning Bloom took down the winner’s-side honors and would have to be beaten twice by the one-loss contender. The one-loss side finals pitted Romadon Nichols against [Master] Albert Baker which resulted in a 4-2 victory for Nichols and the opportunity to defeat Bloom twice for the title. The finals were controlled once again by the unstoppable Bloom in a first-match win of 4-2 to take first place honors! By virtue of Bill Bloom also being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 9-Ball singles entry into the ACS Nationals in Las Vegas. The Pure X Cue and Nick Varner case were won by James Hamilton of Port Charlotte, FL. We wishe to thank sponsors Pure X Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support. Further information available at Final Results: 1st Bill Bloom (Sarasota, FL) Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals 2nd Romadon Nichols (North Port, FL) 3rd Albert Baker (Port Charlotte, FL) 4th Kym Dyer (Venice, FL)

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Left to right: Matthew Harricharan; Raphael DaBreo; Owner-Operator Manny Stamatakis; Bryan Singh Raphael’s tournament trail included wins over Dan Faraguna 7 - 5; Chris Karp 7 - 6; Meshak Daniel 7 - 4; Keith Adamik 7 - 6 and Bryan Singh 9 - 5 for the Hot Seat. While Raphael and Bryan waited, Matthew Harricharan was tearing through the field, winning nine matches in a row to face Bryan. Matthew had the momentum and dispatched Bryan 8 - 5. Raphael was in great form. Although Matthew started out strong, Raphael gained control down 4 to 2 and never looked back, winning 7 - 4. Special

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acknowledgement belongs to Brian Russell for winning the Second Chance event and Mike Strassberg having won the Break & Run. e TriState Tour wishes to express it’s appreciation to Manny Stamatakis and the staff at Steinway Billiards for their hospitality, playing conditions and support of the players. The next Tri-State will be held on November 30th at Gotham Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. Thank you to SterlingGaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.


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Back on The Road Dec 2013…..

We were sitting around Lucky’s home, watching several of the tvs on his den wall bouncing around different networks and programs. Lucky has a dozen tvs. It’s like a sports book in Vegas. There was AMC dialog on Breaking Bad episodes, CNN on the Government shutdown, a Maverick movie on HBO and some Internet streaming of watching a Pool match through POV. We watched the Breaking Bad Marathon final episode the other night. Neither one of us had watched any previous episode. Lucky and I were fascinated about the dealing of a meth lab and thedealer's life. Lucky is having medical problems also and needs money for bills just like the main character in the show. I jokingly asked him if he wanted to cook to make money and he laughed, "Not my style." Lucky said the Breaking Bad show was very well written. It was the topic on tv talk shows for the next few days. We also had on a movie channel on another tv. The new version of Maverick was on, with Jodie Foster. But James Garner is one of Lucky’s all-time favorite actors, he said. Lucky liked the originaltv show from the 60’s with James Garner, and he has watched many reruns, several times. On 2 other tvs they were streaming matches, one was from from Memphis, TN. Looked like the other match was from Bellflower, CA. Lucky liked to study pool playing styles. Lucky pops out, "You, uh, you ever been to Tennessee, Louisiana or Oklahoma ? Let's go." I said I'd been to Oklahoma back when I hitchhiked around the country at age 17, but that was back in1970. Lucky said, "Lots of action. Lots of money. Lots of class. You'll see some of rich people, Oil money, Cattle money, Tobacco money and pool hustling." I said, "Let’s take the train… When do you want to go?" Lucky said, "Tomorrow. Let's pack tonight." We packed, cuz I was still on this grand ride with Lucky as he went out to play pool all over the place. When will it stop, I thought. But now - Another Adventure. Morning, we're at the train station, got tickets, Wow. Neat to travel this way. Checked in our baggage. On the train we went to our seats, while The Louisiana bound train rolled down the track - Lucky and Me. In the dining car we finished our breakfast and coffee. Lucky started to talk about a guy who would play and gamble high, "James is a very rich

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man. His grandfather left him 40% of an oil company." I said, "What? He thinks of himself as a hustler of sorts?" Lucky chuckles, "He's a gentleman... A Gentleman Gambler. He gets his kicks playing with hustlers. He's got an old SouthernMansion with 2 pool tables in the den. One is a 9 foot Diamond and the other is a heated billiards table. He drinks eight-year-old bourbon, smokes cork-tipped cigarettes. But now I think he’s using electronic cigarettes." Me, “How good is he?" Lucky, “I don't know. Never saw him play. A friend of mine say he's one of the best at 3 ball and billiards." I asked Lucky if he played billiards. He said,"Not so much, since I was a kid. (He finished his coffee) I'm finished." Lucky gets up and reaches in his pocket for his billfold. I said, "Got it." Lucky says, "No, no. I pick up all the tabs on this trip." Soon as I finished my coffee, we stood up, and some kids walk by in their 20’s. They were wearing some colorful flamboyant clothing. As we were kind of in the way, one said, “This must be an AARP special train vacation.” Lucky stands there, lips pressed together, absorbing the insult. They sat down as we walked by, and Lucky started talking to me in a normal voice. He said, “Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world...if you do so, you would be insulting them. If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.” I had to laugh, Lucky never really does that. We make our way down the aisle to our seats. Looking out the window, going down the track, absorbing the landscape for hours... was very cool. After a couple of hours, Lucky started up a conversation, “I think you are going to play Mr. Deep Pockets." I said, “What?!” "Why, it’s a ploy. He’ll play me," Lucky said, "but he'll play you first." I said, “You must have a lot of confidence in me.” Lucky, “Well, I got confidence in Mr. Deep Pockets." Me, “What's that supposed to mean?" Lucky, "I got confidence that he's a dumper. All the way a dumper. You happen to be a winner. " Hours on the train…went fast! Got off the train, looked for a ride…Driver leans on the hood of a cab. His face drops when he sees Lucky walking toward him. I was

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Back on The Road carrying, dragging, fumbling two suitcases and his leather cue case. He recognized Lucky from before. I set the suitcases on the curb and the cab driver moves to take them. Cab driver says “Long time no see...”, as he opens the door of the taxi for us."Remember me? I am Hodo Bob.” Lucky, "It always takes me a little time, while I get a name fixed in my mind. Oh yah, how are you, Bob?" They chatted while we got settled in the cab. Lucky had been here before and the cab driver had steered Lucky around to pool places last time. We were going to a Comfort Inn now. We arrived at the motel and the cabby gave us his card and asked if we needed a ride to call him. Lucky, "We will take you up on it." We got two rooms, different than how we normally traveled. He said, “You sure you're going to be comfortable enough here?” I said, "I'm fine, are you sure you don't want anything?" Lucky, "No, I'm fine”. And I had a good night's sleep.

the day." After an hour, the room started to get people coming in. Anna and Little Willie walk over to see what's happening and they talked to Lucky playing pool. Anna, "You're playing wonderful. Isn't it exciting to pocket balls?" Lucky asked Anna if she played, and she played. Who wouldn’t, working in the pool room?

“I think you are going to play Mr. Deep Pockets." I said, “What?!” "Why, it’s a ploy. He’ll play me," Lucky said, "but he'll play you first."

Next day we met for continental breakfast. We started to continue the conversation about who we call Mr. Deep Pockets and where we might get to find him. We got a cab…15 minutes to the 1st pool hall on our list. We went to this one pool hall that Lucky remembered from years ago. People were waiting for the doors to open. Little Willie, the aging janitor, draws up the wooden blinds, letting the early morning sun into the pool hall. Little Willie is the famous janitor of the pool hall. Willie is the 'Minister' of the worn out cathedral, in which the pews are pool tables covered with canvas slipcovers and the great vault of a room is lit by dimly polished, brass globe chandeliers. Little Willie strolls through the pool hall righting crooked chairs and replacing yesterday's abandoned cue sticks. The cashier Anna, enters. Little Willie looks at his wrist watch, then checks the time against the clock on the wall. Still some time before the pool hall officially opened. The cashier Anna, is from Sweden, has an accent, “Gouda morning, guys.” Little Willie stares at us, then walks to the back. Clock hands at eleven o'clock. We got a table to warm up. Not sure why we were doing that, as we never did it before. Lucky was fishing. After a few games of hitting balls, Lucky went up and asked if there were any money players who played here. The cashier, Anna, looked at Lucky for a moment with some old man, "Sure we get action in here. You looking for some?" Lucky said, "Not really, I would like to watch some big players play, tho."Anna, "Oh, we have them here, they will be in later in

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Anna went back and discovered the cash in the till was missing. She told Willie. He joins Anna and they run around and question each gentleman in the place, about where the money is. She knew everyone in the place, except us. She thought someone was playing a joke on her. Willie said, "You know what you did wrong?" He points to us. It was confusing. Lucky, "What do you mean?" Willie, "You know!" Inferring we took the money.

Searching, Anna finally found the box of money right under the till, on a shelf, and was overjoyed, "I FOUND IT!" Lucky, "Good." She thought she put money in the till, but hadn’t gotten in there yet. Brain Fart! She was a little embarrassed and apologized. She started counting cash to make sure. Anna and Little Willie move off the guys in the room playing pool. They have all realized that they're not the spotlight anymore. Owner walks in, looks around and talks to Anna, "Everything OK?" Anna, "Yes." He starts counting money. Anna and Willie watch. Owner, "Two hundred dollars, five hundred dollars, six hundred dollars, eight hundred dollars. Till's right." He always checked the till. Anna jokingly said, "Are you sure about that?" Owner, "I'm sure." We watch, as he hands the money back to Anna. He said, "That's enough for today’s undertaking." We spent all day hitting balls around, waiting for Something or Someone to develop. Not too much happening at the pool hall at this time of day. That happens a lot more these days, Lucky says. We were going to leave when a group of players came in and started barking about a game…We were excited that a game might really break out. They ended up playing 8 ball for $5 a game. We were tired from being there all day, we needed to eat something and get some sleep. So, we were leaving, when a top pool player came in….. to be continued…..

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2013 TAP National o g a c Championships i h C

9 Ball National Team Champions Balls Deep from Washington

4 Singles 8 Ball Champion Michael Hilland from New York

6 Singles 8 Ball Champion Eugene Baker from Pennsylvania

7 Singles 8 Ball Champion Shawn Fortin from Florida

Robert Sewell, Brendan Iddins, Vern Fortin, Clark Scovel, Dan Reed, Pat Bilyeu, Rob Iddins, Mike Quigley

2 Singles 8 Ball Cham Weishar Jr. from Las Vepion Dale gas, NV

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The winds were blowing in the windy city of Chicago over the weekend of October 30th to November 3rd. Along with these winds came TAP players from all over the United States and Canada to decide our new national champions. The opening ceremony was conducted by TAP founder/CEO, Loyd Schonter as both national anthems of the United States and Canada were played while a three screen slide show was shown to carry out this heart felt moment. Loyd gave a brief opening announcement and welcome to all of the players while friends and families at home could be a part of the moment via a live stream broadcast courtesy of POVPOOL and Daniel Busch. Random matches were live streamed the entire time by POVPOOL along with excellent commentating by Daniel and a variety of guests he brought into his booth. The annual TAP welcome party was held in a distinctive area of the Pheasant Run resort known as 'Bourbon Street". Players feasted on roast beef, turkey, crab claws and assorted meat, cheese and veggie platters as well as several beers on tap to celebrate their accomplishment and maybe to calm a few nerves before the competition kicked off the next morning. The morning of the national team event started with a players meeting in two of the five the sky boxes overlooking the tournament arena. During the event the sky boxes served as a great viewing area to relax as well as for teams to get away from the action and talk

over their strategies for upcoming rounds. After the winds of Chicago blew thru, the national champion team was none other then a local team from the Chicagoland TAP league. FA Cues won the main event by besting a tough team from Georgia, the Honey Badgers. For a complete listing of national 8,and 9 ball and Dream runner up teams as well as singles champions along with pictures go to the TAP blog at http://www. During the live stream broadcasting, TAP and RunOut Apps. introduced the new TAP score keeping application for IPhone and IPad devices. Random matches were scored with the application superimposed on the live stream broadcast so viewers at home could see this new technology TAP has brought to their members. A application for android devices will be coming shortly. To get this application go to the Apple store and search under "Scorekeeper 2.0." All in all, the Pheasant Run Resort and the Chicago area proved to be a big hit with the TAP players attending. TAP would like to thank all of the players that attended, our vendors and sponsors, the tournament staff and our loyal licensees for making this the best national event to date. Next up for TAP is our annual Rally at the Super Billiard Expo where this event has been expanded to a 192 team limit for 2014. After that, it's on to Dallas, Texas for our 2014 nationals next November

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pion 4/5 Singles 9 Ball Cham Troy Sowers from Iowa

Pheasant Run Dream Team Champions No Chance

3 Singles 8 Ball Cham Charity Golleher frompion Texas

8 Ball National Championship Bracket Winners Crazy Diamonds from Arizona

This man had a vision, to build a league for the player. And almost 25 years later, through good times and bad, highs and lows that focus is still just as clear. Great memories of the past with no time for regret, but a game plan for it's future. As TAP goes into its Silver Anniversary year in 2014, although he likes what he sees, the same drive and determination still lives on. Our Founder and CEO Loyd Schonter, is still watching, still thinking and still tweaking to make TAP better, stronger, and a leader in the billiard industry for the amateur player ! You never know what he's going to come up with next, but you can't argue ... it keeps getting better ! We look forward to 2014 bringing us two record breaking events, new bells and whistles and some surprises along the way, following this man and we got your back !

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GEOVANNI HOSANG ed t a e f e d n U

Clifton Billiards’ Geovanni’s tournament trail included wins over Brett Fenstermacher 7 - 6; Mike Zimny 7 - 3; Paul Raval 7 - 6; Max Wantanabe 7 - 2, and Mike Figueroa 8 - 7 for the Hot Seat. While Geovanni was in the Hot Seat, Paul Wilkens was making a comeback after suffering a loss to Mike Figueroa 6 - 5. Paul redeemed himself against Mike 6 - 5 and a chance to win the tournament. During the Finals, Paul took an early lead, but Geovanni kept coming back tying at 2 - 2 and 4 - 4. Geovanni gained momentum winning 7 - 4. The next Tri-State will be held on November 23rd & 24th at Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY. Please provide a thank you to SterlingGaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.



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Tyler Styer FULL NAME: Tyler Styer HOME TOWN: Vernon WI BIRTH DATE: 1/12/1995 GRADE: 12th FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Romines High Pockets - Milwuakee WI Cue Club of WI - Waukesha WI Carom Room - Beloit WI The Varsity Club - Oshkosh WI WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Schon AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 14 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 2nd, 3rd, 5th place in BEF Junior Nationals 2nd Place at Super Billiards Expo 2nd place Wisconsin State 9 ball Championships 1st place 9- Ball,Carom Room - Beloit WI MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Being told I qualified for the 2011 World 9 Ball Championships FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Rap,Hip-Hop, Soft Rock HOBBIES: Hanging with friends, Music, Taking a week off of Pool, Running FAVORITE POOL GAME: 10 ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Shane Van Boening/ Ronnie Alcano FAVORITE FOOD: Ponza Rotta REAL-WORLD HERO: Mom and Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Competing in a Baseball tournament in Cooperstown New York - 2007. GOALS (personal and/or career): Win the All Around at the Derby City Class.

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Bison Billiards 9-Ball WILLIAMSVILLE, NY November 16, 2013 Mark Hatch and Aaron Cameron both won 3 on the winners side, Dave Mills won 4 on the winners side , and Dave Grau won 6 on the winners side to take the tournament and 1st place money, but the real story was young (12 year old) Jake Miosi. Jake lost his 1st match to Jeff Lobur, then went on to win 6 in a row on the losers side to take 4th place. Great job to all who participated. Next $500.00 added tournament will be in February. Watch website for details: 1st Dave Grau $1850 2nd Mark Hatch $1100 3rd Dave Mills $570 4th Jake Miosi $370 5/6 Jim Doran, Aaron Cameron $125 7/8 Karl Kasprzak, Randy Fawcett $75

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Hucks Takes Second Set

SKIP MALONEY - AZBILLIARDS.COM B.J. Hucks stopped a three-match, loss-side winning streak by David Tootle, defeating him in the second and deciding set of a true double elimination final to capture the November 9-10 stop on the Great Southern Billiard Tour. The $800-added event drew 29 entrants to Shore Thing Billiards in Myrtle Beach, SC. Hucks and Tootle were both among the winners' side final four, but not against each other. Hucks defeated Phillip Britt 8-5, as Romey Malonzo sent Tootle west 6-5. Hucks got into the hot seat 8-2 over Malonzo, and waited on the return of Tootle. Tootle began his loss-side march against Mike Slaughter, who'd defeated Greg Little 8-3 and Justin Martin 8-2, to reach him. Britt met up with Jim Grey, who'd gotten by Don Strickland 6-5 (Strickland racing to 7), and Hope Gillium 6-2. Tootle and Slaughter locked up in a double hill battle, eventually won by

Tootle, while Britt was busy eliminating Grey 9-2. With Britt racing to 9, Tootle took the quarterfinal match 6-6, and then downed Malonzo, double hill in the semifinals. He took the opening set of the true double elimination final 6-2. Hucks came back to win the second set 8-4 to claim the event title.



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“The Viper” (Continued from page 15) Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Jesse: Although I love the game of pool I probably would have taken up golf. There are not enough tournaments to play in, the prize money is down and there is not always the greatest crowd in the world of pool. Viper: How do you prepare for events? Jesse: I just hit balls for a few days. Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Jesse: people told me to play better players even if you continue to lose over and over again. The knowledge you gain from that is worth so much more in the long run. Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Jesse: I really enjoy winning and beating people at this game. Viper: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming


player what would it be? Jesse: If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Spend as much time as you can to play the better players. Put the ego aside and learn from them. Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Jesse: I like bar table 8-ball the best. Here are some Facebook questions for you Keith David asks: What is the most money you ever won in a tournament or gambling? Jesse: About 6k in a tournament once. Erika White asks: What are the most racks of 9-ball you have ever run in a row? Jesse: I ran 9 racks of 9-ball once. I have had quite a few 6’s and 7’s as well. Todd Humberg: Who was your teacher or coach? Jesse: I never had a coach or took lessons. I like playing the game how I see it.

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should send the cue ball into the side rail, and back into the rack. The idea behind this break is to get the 8-ball moving. The more it moves, the greater the odds that it will eventually find a pocket. I wish I had a magic formula for you that put the 8-ball into a certain pocket all of the time, but the fact is there are too many balls moving around on the table to reliably predict where the 8-ball will end up. Make it move, and cross your fingers! OK, so much for the luck side of things... what if you want to simply make any ball, so you can continue your turn at the table, and run out? Your best bet, in my opinion, is to try to make the head ball in the side pocket. Here’s what to do: Place the cue ball on the head string, one diamond from the side. Again, for our example, we’ll break from the left. When aiming at the head ball, pretend it’s the only ball on the table. Aim the head ball at the foot rail, one diamond from the right corner pocket. Break using a good, solid, hard stroke, with a touch of left-hand english. Note the

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Richard penny asks: How much of your expenses are paid by sponsors? Yourself? Jesse: I pay all of my own expenses. Hopefully that will change soon. Janet A Neitzel asks: What was the toughest match ever played and the luckiest match ever won? Jesse: I have had a lot of tough matches but the one I remember most is playing Johnny Archer in a Seminole tour event. I was down 6-1 and got up 8-6 going to 9. I lost 3 tough safety battles in a row and lost 9-8. As far as luckiest match, I would say every match I won because I feel lucky they made a mistake. A special “Thank-you” to Jesse 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.

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direction the head ball goes; it should head toward the right side pocket. Pay attention to how hard you shoot the break. If the ball misses the side pocket, try using a little less speed on your break. If you miss to the other side, try adding a little more speed. Remember, you’re attempting to increase the odds of making a ball on the break. There are so many variables going into the mechanics of the break, that there is no way to make the balls react perfectly every time. Focus on your control and your speed, and practice! Next month, we’ll talk about the straight pool 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 I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at Come on by and join the discussion!

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED 9-Ball - Handicapped $25 8 Ball $15 8 Ball $5 9 Ball $20 $100 w/32 Open 9 Ball $10/$20 Call Open 9 Ball $5 Call 9 Ball $10 Call Open 9 Ball $8 Call Open 9-Ball $30 Calcutta One Pocket Hdcp 9’ Diamonds $15 $100 w/13+ 8 Ball $5 Call Open 9 Ball-Ladies play free $10 Call 9-Ball Handicap $10 Open 9 Ball Am/Pro $20/$40 8 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball $13 Call 8 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball $8 200% payout 9-Ball Handicap-SE $15 (incl g.f.) Call 9-Ball Handicap-Round Robin $15 $$$ 9-Ball $Call 9 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $5 Call 9 Ball $20 $100 w/32 Open 9 Ball $5 Call Open 9 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball $7 100% payout 3 Cushion $15 Call 9 Ball $15 $200 Scotch Doubles 8 Ball/9 Ball Call 8 Ball $10 9 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball - Race to 1 $10 Call 8 Ball $15 Call 8 Ball $8 Call Pool Tournament $12 Calcutta 8-Ball-Race to 2-DE $5 Match w/20+ 8 Ball/9 Ball (1st Sat) Round robin Call 8-Ball Race to 2-DE $5 $$$ 9 Ball $10 8 Ball 8 Ball $15 9 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $20 Call 9 Ball $20 Call 8 Ball $8 5 Chip Elim. 8 Ball $7 Call 8 Ball Call 200% payout Pool Tournament $12 Call 10-Ball Handicap-Race to 5 $15 $$$ 9 Ball $10 9 Ball $10 Mixed 8 Ball & 9 Ball $7 8 Ball $10 Call 9 Ball $15 Call 8 Ball - bank the 8 $10 Call 8 Ball Call Call 8 Ball $5 $$$ Alt 8 & 9 Ball Call Call 9 Ball $10 Call Alternating 8/9 Ball $10 $100 w/23+ 8 Ball $7 1/3 pot 8 Ball $10 $3/player

TIME 7PM 7PM 7PM 7PM 8PM 7PM 8PM 7:30PM 7PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 7PM 7PM 7PM 8PM 7PM 7PM 7PM 7PM Call 8PM 7:30PM 7PM 7:30PM 7PM 7PM 7PM 5PM 8PM 8PM 7PM 7PM 7:30PM Call 8PM 7:30PM 8PM 7PM 7:30PM 8PM 7PM 6PM 6PM 6PM 1PM 7PM 7:30PM 7PM 3PM 7PM 2PM 6PM 8:30PM 2PM 6:30PM 4PM 2PM 7:30PM 7PM 7PM 8PM 8PM 5:30PM 2PM

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CITY Lindenhurst, NY Myrtle Beach, SC Williamsville, NY Streetsboro, OH Bay City, MI E Rutherford, NJ Hillsboro, OH Ashland, PA Midlothian, VA W Hempstead, NY Astoria, NY Milford, DE Waynesboro, PA Fairfield, OH Fairfield, OH Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL Staten Is., NY Bayside, NY Mt Pleasant, MI Williamsville, NY Decatur, AL Decatur, AL Decatur, AL Hughesville, MD Hughesville, MD Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL Bradford, PA Astoria, NY Madison, TN Madison, TN Madison, TN Madison, TN Wyoming, DE Elizabeth, IN Elizabeth, IN Elizabeth, IN Williamsville, NY Amsterdam, NY Millsboro, DE Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Wheeling, WV Wheeling, WV Wheeling, WV Wheeling, WV Wheeling, WV Wheeling, WV Wheeling, WV

LOCATION Mr Cue Billiards Shore Thing Billiards Bison Billiards Chuggers My Bar Castle Billiards Cue Club Ashland Billiards Diamond Billiards Raxx Steinway Billiards Long Shots Bar & Billiards Bobby D’s Billiards MIchael’s Billiards MIchael’s Billiards Zingales Zingales House of Billiards Cue Bar Soaring Eagle Bison Billiards Six Pocket Billiards Six Pocket Billiards Six Pocket Billiards American Legion American Legion Zingales Zingales Bradford Eagles Steinway Billiards JOB Billiard Club JOB Billiard Club JOB Billiard Club JOB Billiard Club Wyoming Tavern Horseshoe Casino Horseshoe Casino Horseshoe Casino Bison Billiards Sharpshooters Billiards Riverside Grill Grand Sierra Grand Sierra Grand Sierra Grand Sierra Corner Pocket Corner Pocket Corner Pocket Corner Pocket Corner Pocket Corner Pocket Corner Pocket

PHONE 631-226-9486 843-712-1905 716-632-0281 330-422-0400 989-686-5070 201-933-6007 937-402-4773 570-205-9639 804-794-8787 516-538-9896 718-472-2124 302-725-5917 717-762-0888 513-860-0044 513-860-0044 580-224-8644 580-224-8644 718-981-2222 718-631-2646 716-632-0281 256-686-3171 256-686-3171 256-686-3171 301-274-3522 301-274-3522 580-224-8644 580-224-8644 814-362-3388 718-472-2124 615-868-4270 615-868-4270 615-868-4270 615-868-4270 302-697-2280

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME LINK Open/Pro 9-Ball Call $1,000 Call GSBT Amateurs Call $2,500 Call 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar Noon MAP 9-Ball $35 $500 10AM Scotch Doubles 8-Ball $56 incl g.f. Call 11AM 9-Ball A-B-C-D Call $1,000 Call 3 Man Team $90/team Call 10AM 9-Ball Open $25 Call 1PM 9-Ball $60 Call Call 9-Ball Open/Pro Call $3,000 Call 9-Ball A-B-C-D Call $1,000 Call MAP 9-Ball $20-$35 Call 10:30AM 9 Ball Call Call 11AM 8-Ball $60 $2,500 w/40 payout 6PM MAP 9-Ball $60 $2,500 w/40 payout 6PM 9-Ball $75 $4,000 11:30AM MAP 9-Ball $35 $1,000 11:30AM 9-Ball A-B-C-D Call $750 Call 9-Ball A-B-C-D Call $1,000 Call State Tournament Call $7,500 est. Call 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar Noon MAP 9-Ball Minis $25 Call Call 9-Ball $70 $2,000 w/128 11AM Second Chance $50 Call 11AM 9-Ball $20 Call 6PM MD State 9-Ball $75 Call 1PM 10-Ball Call $4,000 11:30AM MAP 10-Ball Call $1,000 11:30AM BIPL Charity Event $20 Call Noon Earl Strickland vs Efren Reyes Challenge Match - Live Stream Call MAP Open Minis-Single Elim $35 Call 8PM Music City Open $100 $6,000 7PM Music City Ladies $75 $1,000 5:30PM 9-Ball Winner Take All-Single Elim $500 Call 10PM 9-Ball $20-$35 Call 10:30AM 9 Ball online online online MAP One Pocket online online online 9 Ball Banks online online online 716-632-0281 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar Noon MAP 518-627-4634 9-Ball Pro/Am $120/$70 $1500/$500 Call 302-945-3711 8-Ball $20-$35 Call 10:30AM 702-719-7665 21st U.S. Bar Table-10 Ball M/W Call $25,500 Call MAP 21st U.S. Bar Table-9 Ball Register Online Call Call 21st U.S. Bar Table-8 Ball M/W Online Info Online Online 702-719-7665 WorldPPA M/W Call Call Call 304-280-8688 BCAPL Eastern Champ. Varies $25,000 payouts Varies MAP 304-280-8688 9-Ball BCAPL Men $65 9AM 304-280-8688 9-Ball BCAPL Seniors 58+ $55 9AM 304-280-8688 9-Ball BCAPL Women $50 9AM 304-280-8688 8-Ball BCAPL Men $65 9AM 304-280-8688 8-Ball BCAPL Seniors 58+ $55 9AM 304-280-8688 8-Ball BCAPL Women $50 9AM

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