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For many pool players it’s a natural tendency to want to spin shots in with outside “helping” English. This technique is very useful, especially if you’re trying to change the natural angle of the cue ball after contact. There’s another way to do this if you want to “master a shot” so you can hit the three parts of the pocket. To do this you must become more accurate and develop a “FEEL” for the pocket. This isn’t any more difficult, it just requires you to simplify your Game and reduce calculations. There are three {main} calculations you make to be accurate using “outside English,” • 1st) you must judge the immediate deflection and • 2nd) you must judge how much the spin brings the cue ball “back” to it’s original “shot line”. • 3rd) you must decide where to hit the cue ball to accomplish the intended shot. (these calculations are related, but not necessarily connected like they are with the TOI Technique) You will find it’s necessary to hit these shots at a variety of speeds and a variety of spins to do what you need with the cue ball. This takes a LOT of different calculations because speed effects deflection AND spin. Where you hit the cue ball and how far over to get your “outside English” also effects deflection AND spin. Over the course of hours, you will have to make numerous calculations and instinctive judgments to make every shot as planned. With the ‘Touch Of Inside’ system of play I am showing you how to reduce the amount of calculations and instinctive judgments considerably. The TOI Technique shows you how to hit one “theme” of speeds, one “theme” of spins, and one “theme” of deflection. I have played many players in my life and the only concern I had was if they would play long enough. Because, even though this edge against other accomplished players may be

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only 1-2%, it will show up over time. If you’re cutting a ball at a “half ball” angle down the rail to the left and using “outside” (right English”) you cue ball is immediately going to deflect into the object ball slightly. To overcome undercutting it you will need to spin the cue ball to make it curve back and the spin will help cut it in. This may “FEEL” like it’s helping the cut, but IS IT REALLY? You are having to hit the speed correctly, the spin correctly, the contact point (shot line) correctly and hit the cue ball precisely to do this. I’m sure you do this very well, but how about under pressure? How do you make all these calculations playing a champion player? This is where your unconscious will start to falter and break down. You are simply over whelming yourself with these calculations and when you add pressure? I don’t know, how does it effect you, do you play better or worse? How about over the course of a 5-10 hour set, do you rely on your game to get better and better or do you have “ups and downs?” With the TOI Technique I teach players how to use (as much as possible, of course there’s exceptions, and less that you may think) ONE SPEED - ONE SHOT ANGLE REFERENCE (center or edge) - ONE TIP TARGET (the “Touch” of Inside). The one thing you guard against {using TOI} is overcutting the ball, however, if you’re going to miss a shot would you rather over cut it or under cut it? I don’t know about you, but when I under cut a shot I feel like a “dogged it,” however, when I over cut a shot I feel like I know what I need to do to correct what I did wrong. TOI increases consistency, which strengthens confidence and makes your Game strong, reliable, and very intimidating. ‘The Game is the Teacher’

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SINK MORE COMBINATIONS Tom Simpson © July 2000 – All Rights Reserved –

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Combinations are difficult. They really are. We’ve all been fooled into shooting combinations that were way harder than we thought. There are Two Big Reasons for combinations being so tough, and most of us have never thought about the second one. Adjusting for it requires more thinking, but if you take the time to work through your combos in this more conscious, thorough way, you will sink a lot more of them. Let’s call the ball to be pocketed the Target Object Ball (TOB) and the other object balls OB1, OB2, etc., as determined by the sequence in which they are struck. First, a quick review of what generally makes one combo easier than another: • The fewer OB’s, the easier. • The closer the TOB to the pocket, the easier. • The closer the OB to the TOB, the easier. • The closer the whole shot is to straight in, the easier. Let’s consider a two-ball combination: Cueball (CB) hits OB1. OB1 hits TOB. TOB goes to the pocket. The traditional way to work out how to shoot this is to begin by imagining that OB1 is the CB and line up that segment of the shot, using OB1 to pocket TOB. Then, when you’re confident of the shot alignment, sight the spot on the rail or pocket where OB1 is actually aimed, ignoring the TOB for the moment. Now, your job is simply to line up the CB to shoot OB1 to that exact spot on the rail or pocket. Forget about the TOB – focus completely on sending OB1 down the right line, and TOB has to go in. The First Big Reason combos are tough is that, since there are more balls involved, there is a much higher accuracy requirement. If you are off by a couple of degrees on OB1, you could be off by many degrees by the time TOB moves. Ya gotta be really precise. The error multiplies rapidly. The Second Big Reason is the subtle one. It’s that same complicating factor we deal with every time we cut a ball – throw, good ol’ collision-induced throw (CIT). CIT is caused by the friction between two balls at the moment of impact. It causes the OB to be thrown as much as 4 or 5 degrees off its “natural” line, depending on speed, angle, ball

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slipperiness, and so on. Throw occurs as a cut angle change right at the moment of impact, so the farther the ball has to travel, the more “error” you get from the angle change. This is why cut shots are usually missed by undercutting – you cut the ball “correctly” but did not allow for throw. Simply put, if you don’t adjust for CIT, you hit everything too thick. The not so obvious problem is that, because of the extreme accuracy needed on each ball hit, throw makes an enormous difference in combinations. You probably have a rule of thumb suggesting overcutting the first ball of a combo. This is why. You’re going to have to correct for more throw effects than you would on a single ball cut. There are two general classes of combination shots. Let’s call them Zigzags and Zigzigs. In a Zigzag, OB’s are cut in opposite directions. If OB1 is cut to the left, OB2 is cut to the right. In a Zigzig shot, each OB is cut in the same direction, e.g., OB1 is cut to the left and then it cuts OB2 to the left. This is an important distinction because each ball in a Zigzig will throw in the same direction, while the OB’s in a Zigzag throw in opposite directions. Most players’ natural tendency is to not cut balls thin enough to allow for throw. On a Zigzag, this causes you to hit OB2 too thick. On a Zigzig, you will tend to hit OB2 too thin. Think thin on OB1, because error multiplies through each ball in a combination shot. How can you apply this knowledge? Using the traditional segmented aiming system described above, work your way back to the CB shot line, but pay close, conscious attention to the CIT effect on each segment of the shot On regular cuts, you only have to worry about sinking the ball. For combinations, you need much more accuracy because the first OB has to land precisely on the next OB, so you have to allow for throw in each segment of the shot. Shooting firmly will reduce the throw, making the shot a little easier to figure. The simplest way to find the true aim line is to aim to overcut each segment by a little. And oh yeah – actually practice.



THE MENTAL GAME Searching for Your Inner Mr. Miyagi

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!

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After 4 years of 2nd place finishes, I recently qualified to play in the U.S. Amateur Championships in Tampa, Florida. I was extremely excited, and was determined to be completely prepared. I bought a new shaft for my cue stick, I practiced 9-ball on our Ernesto Dominguez-prepared tables at my local poolroom (3.9 inch pockets!), and I was sure to get plenty of rest before my flight. NOTHING was going to make me lose focus. I was Rocky, preparing for the big fight! Unfortunately, the universe had other plans. In the interest of saving space for this article, and to spare you the boring details, here is a summary: My flight was diverted due to hydraulic problems. The delay made me late for my connection, so the airline made other arrangements for me. Problems with the flaps on our new plane (seriously? 2 in-air problems???) caused us to land 30 minutes late, and I had to run to the next gate to catch my connection. I made it, but my luggage (including my cue sticks) did not. I had to buy new clothes at Walmart at 1 am, and then got about 5 hours of sleep before I had to be up and out the door to make it to the venue. Fortunately, a friend loaned me his sticks (thanks, Dan!), and I was able to play. My first match was at noon, and I did everything I could to mentally prepare for it. The players at this event were no slouches – they were 107 of the best amateur players from around the country, and I needed my head in the game. Unfortunately, as prepared as I tried to be, the deck was stacked against me. 5 hours of sleep, itchy new clothing, and stress about whether my bags would arrive soon were just a few of the factors causing me to lose my focus in the game. And those of you who know me (personally, or through my other articles) know how susceptible I am to a meltdown under these conditions. Somehow, I held my composure, even after falling down 6-2. My opponent was on the hill, and the last thing I needed was to lose my cool now. I had to focus. And I did… for a bit. I ran out rack 9, 10, and 11. I was only down 6-5 now, and if I simply made the 1-9 combo I ended up with after the break, I would be breaking for the win! Then, I heard a whisper in the back of my mind: “I just hope my sticks make it for my next match

at 6pm! Will I be able to take a nap before then? I wonder if the food is any good at this place, I have heard the shrimp dish is excellent (it was). Oh, jeez, I’m losing focus. Come on, Michael, just make this shot. I know we’re tired, but we just have a little bit more to go. Just don’t miss, because then he’ll have an easy combo for the win.” Crap. I missed. Now, don’t get me wrong. I take full responsibility for losing my matches. There are many things that, in hindsight, I might have done to improve my chances. I could have taken an earlier flight. I could have sent my sticks via UPS or FedEx to the hotel. However, the bottom line is that I did not have the focus I needed in order to perform my best. Pool is a very demanding game, especially in tournament format. It’s not just about being good enough to make balls and make the cue ball obey your every whim. Playing in a tournament is a marathon. You must somehow learn to focus yourself, to get into the zone as quickly and as often as possible, and stay there. You cannot let stray thoughts come in and disrupt you. When they do you must step back, clear the cobwebs, and get back into the game. I wish I knew the secret to this. Even if I did, what works for me may not work for you. Next time you have one of those nights where you just could not miss, and everyone around you was in awe of your incredible mastery of the table (“dude, I can’t believe the rolls you were getting!”), try to remember your state of mind. What were you doing at the time? What did you eat? Whom did you talk to? What was on your mind? Try to do that again. Baseball players and other professionals have a reputation for being superstitious, with their crazy rituals before games. For most of them, it is not about belief in the supernatural. It is a means for them to get into the zone, and gain laser-like focus. I sincerely hope that you will be able to figu – hey look! A squirrel! Good luck. If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!

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The 2-3-5 Game

Bob Jewett

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In October I had the pleasure of visiting billiard historian Mike Shamos in Pittsburgh. He invited me to the Friday afternoon meeting of the Carnegie Mellon University Pool Club for which he is the faculty advisor. Mike introduced me to the student club members and the fascinating game of 2-3-5. The game originated in Taiwan and is a lot more like carom billiards than pool. That’s a good thing because if you spend a little time with the game your cue ball control is guaranteed to improve. Your object ball speed control will also benefit which is useful for a lot of safety shots at the usual pool games. 2-3-5 is played with a cue ball and three object balls. Usually the 1, 3 and 11 are used from a standard set, but any three where two are alike (red, for example) and one is different (yellow) will do. Points are scored by caroms -- the cue ball contacting two or three balls on one shot -- and pocketing balls gets you nothing. The game is best when played by several players and since the innings rarely go more than three shots, no one gets bored waiting for a turn. At the start of your turn your first shot must be a “mixed” carom involving the yellow with one of the reds in either order. If you do that, you get 2 points and shoot again. Your second shot must be all red so you have fewer options. Score 3 if you make it and continue. Your third shot looks impossible at first. You have to contact all three balls with the cue ball for a double carom and 5 points. After playing the game for a while you will start to recognize and even set up possible shots. The 2-3-5 sequence goes back to the start if you manage to make your third shot. An early double carom is a foul and ends your turn. You don’t lose points for a foul and a scratch does not end your turn provided that you scored the carom. If any ball, even the cue ball, is pocketed it spots up on the head spot. If that’s occupied, go to the foot spot and then the center spot. The break is a special shot. The setup is as shown in the diagram, with the 1 ball spotted half way between the foot spot and the cushion. The cue ball must start on the head spot and you must hit the one ball first. The good news is that if you find the right place on the cushion to aim for with a little running follow and don’t shoot too hard, the shot is nearly automatic. In shot B you can see some of the strategy of the game. This is the first (mixed) shot of your turn. The easiest shot is probably from the 11 to the 1, but that spreads the balls and leaves no good second shot. Instead, draw back from the 1 to either the 3 or the 11. With the right speed, the one ball goes three rails and back to join the others

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while the reds stay relatively close to each other for your second (all red) shot. If you get lucky (or skilled) all three balls will be relatively close after that to allow a good chance at the double carom. Note that if on your first shot you draw back from the 1 to the 3 the cue ball has a good chance to come off the 3 and hit the 11 for a premature double and the end of your turn. Try the game for an hour with three or four friends and see how you like it. If it catches on as an alternative to your group’s usual game it’s guaranteed to improve some skills that many players neglect.


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I was at a pool tournament and noticed a game a friend of mine was playing. He was down 2-0 in a race to 4. His opponent broke, a couple of shots, he’s up 3-0. My friend walks over to me and made a statement that I didn’t think I would hear from a quality player like he is, “I can work my way back through the losers bracket.” I looked at him, with a look of bewilderment I am sure, and said, “You’re not out of this one yet. All you need to do is win just one. Don’t let him 4-zip you. Just win one.” He looked at me and said “OK!” He won the next game, now it’s 3-1. He looks in my direction, I put my index finger up and told him, “One more, just one more.” Now it’s 3-2. He comes back over and says, “I can win this.” I said, “No, just win one more. That’s all you want to do for now.” He wins -- hill-hill. He looks at me and I said, “Just one more.” He won the match 4-3. In the mental game of pool it is important to keep your goals simple, just win one. Just win the first one. Take one game at a time, one shot at a time. Give yourself the opportunity to win or give yourself the opportunity for another shot.

Focus totally on your game. Everything else shouldn’t matter. Play the table not the player. Distractions, noises, loud music shouldn’t affect you. It’s like they are not even there. Time will stand still while you are in total concentration. Concentrating totally while playing pool should be second only to dead stroke, although playing with concentration is easier to achieve. With total concentration your game can go to a new level with consistency and performance, then reaching dead stroke, it’s like a walk in the park. For those of you who have not reached dead stroke, it is playing unconsciously. All the knowledge that you have learned about pool, whether it is banks, English or shot making, is executed correctly. You reach a new level of performance. It’s one of the best feelings that you can achieve while playing pool. And remember just win one!!!

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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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The ability to separate what you are seeing and thinking about is a powerful skill for pool players to learn. The good news is that your perception and attention span are two separate brain functions. Pool players who say they can’t visualize often let their sight cloud their visualization, especially when fixating on the shot that is in front of them. If you think about scratching in the side pocket or getting hooked behind a cluster as you stare at the cue ball you ARE visualizing and you know where the cue ball often goes as a result. So it’s not an inability to visualize which is the problem but it is what you visualize! It’s important to know that your ability to learn how and when to focus your attention is not a result of your mechanical skills but your ability to concentrate. Your eyes and attention span are not bound together within your brain. If you’ve ever watched a movie and found yourself daydreaming, you’ll recognize this separation. Your eyes go quiet and your mind wanders. What you may perceive at the time as your inability to focus on the screen in front of you actually leverages exactly the same mental skill you can be using when trying to pocket a ball on the pool table. If you can daydream you can play pool. The critical difference being that you must direct your day dream to shoot a pool shot, not leave it to chance, then you will be focusing your attention. This mental skill is not a function of the eyes but your brain. Pool is a challenging game. We have to look back and forth from the cue ball to the object ball in order to execute a shot. Pool players have to look at the cue ball but maintain their attention on the object ball. Pool players also unwittingly switch their focus to the cue, body, stroke, or potential pitfalls that may interfere with successful execution of the shot. The target is nowhere to be seen. There is little point visualizing your shot before you get down to shoot it if you are thinking about something else while executing it. It is not a coincidence that players complain of inconsistency, but how many of them actually take the time to get trained with this type of psychological skill? From our very first pool lessons on grip, alignment, stance and posture our attention is on everything but the target. It is actually possible to spend a number of years believing your technique is never good enough. So where do you choose to focus your attention when shooting a shot? How do you achieve this focus consistently? Maybe, you think both the cue ball and object ball is the target or that it’s important to be thinking about your stroke? Is this working for you? If you don’t have a clear answer to these questions, take the time to learn how to focus your attention in the right place, at the right time consistently when learning, practicing and playing. I think you will discover that your pool stroke isn’t as bad as you believe it to be! When you learn how to lock your conscious mind on where you want to strike the object ball, you’ll find it can’t interfere with your stroke. To borrow from the powerful words of John 8:32 — “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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at Make It Happen It is fair to say that the Accu-Stats 8-Ball Invitational was dominated by Darren Appleton. The Champion never lost a single match while all others suffered at least two losses. This performance gives yet another lift to the Appleton boat, one that has already been riding high in the water for years. Here he proved that even a stellar field may be no match for his abilities. To showcase precisely how tough these “Make It Happen” fields are just take a look at what happened here to Shane Van Boening and Mika Immonen, two of the world’s greatest players. Neither of them could eke out but a single win. The skills exhibited this week were simply amazing. Earl performed his jacked-up spin the ball at sonic speed classic to ruin a cluster and get to the hill. All the players were in gear and errors were difficult to spot. In the end what counts is records, and this is how they turned out this week: Darren Appleton: 5 Wins, 0 Losses Francisco Bustamante and Earl Strickland: 3 Wins, 2 Losses Alex Pagulayan: 2 Wins, 3 Losses Shane Van Boening and Mika Immonen: 1 Win, 4 Losses Thanks to Pat Fleming and his crew at Accu-Stats, and to all of the fans who purchased packages to “Make It Happen”.

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2014 PartyPoker World Pool Masters Down to the last four Photo credit: JP Parmentier-Matchroom Sport 16th November

Quarter Finals Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) 8-3 Alex Pagulayan (CAN) Chris Melling (ENG) 8-6 Karl Boyes (ENG) Shane Van Boening (USA) 8-4 Mark Gray (ENG) WE’RE DOWN to the last four at the 2014 PartyPoker World Pool Masters as Nick Ekonomopoulos, Chris Melling and Shane Van Boening all enjoyed victories in their quarter-final matches at the Portland Centre, Nottingham. That leaves one Greek, one Pole, one American and one Englishmen to contest pool’s most prestigious invitational tournament as it concludes on Sunday evening. Nikos Ekonomopoulos put paid Alex Pagulayan’s hopes with a solid performance in the first match of the afternoon. It was a bit of a scratch-fest as both players lost control of the white but the Greek player was solid throughout as he cruised to victory. “At the start of the match I was a little bit unlucky, I scratched twice on the brake but after that I played near perfect and didn’t miss any balls. “I am playing well at the moment. I came third

in the US Open, I had a second on the Euro Tour and in two weeks it is the Mosconi Cup, which I am very excited for.” In the battle of the Brits it was Chris Melling who prevailed over Karl Boyes in an error-strewn encounter. Neither player was at his best but it was Melling who dominated. Commented Melling; “I thought I was the better player in that match. At 6-3, the three frames he had won were combinations on the nine; he was making mistakes when he had to run a rack. You have to take your chances and I took more than he did. That is why I won.” Shane Van Boening’s match against Mark Gray looked plain sailing as he raced into an authoritative 6-0 lead. However the Englishman, who was still suffering the effects of a bug, found his feet and managed string three racks together before Van Boening closed out the match.

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“I am happy with how I played; my break was awesome and I will keep breaking from the centre like that,” said Van Boening. “I made balls on the break most times; the 1 ball seems to be going to the middle pocket when I break from the centre so I will stick with that. I am thinking about when I won the US Open a few weeks ago because I want to bring the same positive energy to this tournament.” Play concludes on Sunday evening. Sunday evening 18.00 Semi Final 1 – Karol Skowerski (POL) v Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) Semi Final 2 – Chris Melling (ENG) v Shane Van Boening (USA) The Final The Masters will once again sport a $20,000 top prize, and the event will be produced by Matchroom Sport Television who will be making 15 x 1 hour programmes of the tournament for international syndication. The 2014 PARTYPOKER World Pool Masters is sponsored by, one of the world’s leading online poker sites. The Official Table is by Diamond Billiards; Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis; the Official Balls are Super Aramith and Predator is the Official Cue, Chalk and Rest.

Chris Melling and Karl Boyes


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Super Shane crowned Masters King The Final Shane Van Boening (USA) 8-2 Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)

Semi Finals Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) 8-3 Karol Skowerski (POL) Shane Van Boening (USA) 8-5 Chris Melling (ENG) ‘WANT PAIN? PLAY SHANE’ say the tee shirts and so it proved as Shane Van Boening torched his way through the field to become only the second American player to win the PartyPoker World Pool Masters as he looked in total control to beat Nick Ekonomopoulos 8-2 at the Portland Centre, Nottingham. Van Boening’s victory silenced any doubters who felt he couldn’t do the business outside of the USA and sent out a warning shot ahead of the Mosconi Cup which gets underway in two weeks time. Wins over Australia’s James Georgiadis and then England’s Mark Gray took him through to the semis where he disposed of Chris Melling to set up the championship showdown.

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“It is an honour to win the World Pool Masters, this is one of the greatest days in my career,” said an emotional Van Boening after he took a standing ovation from the crowd. “It means a lot to me to win this tournament. I have been playing well over the last six months. Whenever I had a shot I took it down, I only made a couple of mistakes in the last couple of matches. “I know Nikos, I think I might be in his head a little bit because I have been playing him all year and he hasn’t beaten me yet. “I have been trying to win overseas and I have got to the finals of a couple of tournaments, and won the World Cup of Pool in 2008. It has been a battle for the last few years so I am really happy to win today. “I was playing well at the US Open a few weeks ago, so I visualised myself winning the US Open because positive energy makes a big difference.” Van Boening won the lag, made a ball into the centre pocket and carefully worked his way through the table for the opening rack. It looked like more of the same in the next but the American scratched into the middle pocket as he pocketed the 8 ball down the rail to gift the rack to Ekonomopoulos. A dry break though, got Van Boening back to the table and he cleared to regain the lead and then ran out the next one for a 3-1 lead. Three balls on the break plus a clear shot on the 2 ball was the result of the next break but Van Boening lost position and Ekonomopoulos lays a snooker that his opponent can’t escape from and with ball in hand the score goes to 2-3. It soon became 4-2 after the Greek missed on the 1 ball but Van Boening

Shane Van Boening came up with his second golden break of the tournament to put some distance between him and his opponent. They both had visits in the next before Van Boening’s superior shot-making at the close won him the rack for a 6-2 lead. He took the next for 7-2 and then fittingly ran the table out from another superb break shot to seal the glory. For Ekonomopoulos, it was a disappointing end to the week as he reflected on the final. “Shane played really well and I missed some shots. At the start of the match he made one or two mistakes but I didn’t break very well at the start of the match. “I missed a 1 ball at 3-2 so instead of 3-3 it went to 4-2, had a golden break and went 5-2. After that he played perfectly and I made a few mistakes. I would have liked to win the final but I am very proud to have got there.” Earlier in the semi-finals Van Boening had defeated Chris Melling after he got off to his usual fast start. In the earlier match, Ekonomopoulos looked all business as he went past Poland’s Karol Skowerski.

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NJ State 8 Ball State Championship Sandcastle Billiards

Photo: owner Ed Liddawi, Geoff Conway, 1st Francisco Bustamante, 2nd Shaun Wilkie and Alex Tavarez Mezz NJ State 8 Ball State Championship made Its way to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison NJ on November 1st & 2nd. A strong field came out to play player like Francisco Bustamante, Shaun Wilkie, Frankie Hernandez, Sean Morgan, Matt Krah, Michael Yednak, Roberto Mendoza, Dennis Spears, and Caroline Pao. Leading the top half of the bracket was Frankie Herenandez with wins over Steve Beckwith 7-3. James Conn 7-3, Caroline Pao 7-0 and Matt Krah 7-2. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Francisco Bustamante with wins over Mike Seel 7-2, Ray Lee 7-2, Sean Morgan7-0, and Dennis Spears 7-0. Playing for the hot seat was Francisco Bustamante V Frankie Hernandez this was a good match but it was Bustamante coming away with the win 7-5 sending Hernandez to the one lost side. Big story was Shaun Wilkie after losing his second match 7-4 to Matt Krah

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Shaun Wilkie made his way thru the one lost side by beating Jerry Dunne 7-4, Mike Saleh 7-1, Sean Morgan 7-3, Matt Krah 7-0, Dennis Spears 7-2 and Frankie Herenandez 7-5 to get to the finals. In the Finals it was Shaun Wilkie v Francisco Bustamante, this event is a true double elimination Wilkie would have to beat Bustamante twice in order to win the event. But the weekend belonged to Francisco Bustamante as he won the first set 7-2 and the 2014 NJ State 8 Ball State Championship. I would like to thank all the players that came out to play!!!! I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, QPOD, JD Custom Cues,Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, and Mike Ricciardella.

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Francisco Bustamante $ 1150 Shaun Wilkie $600 Frankie Hernandez $400 Dennis Spears $200 Roberto Mendoza $150 Matt Krah $150 David Aucoin $80 Sean Morgan $80

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Stuart, FL (Oct. 20, 2014) Fifty-one women converged at Amy’s Billiards in Stuart, Florida, for the Tiger Florida Tour’s $1,000-added 6th Annual “Cues for Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser on October 18th. At the end of the day, Crystal McCormick went undefeated to win the TFT’s last tournament of the year. This event was a modified double elimination format, playing down to eight players on each side. The eight players on the losers side redrew into the winners side for a single elimination match. McCormack was focused all day in the short races to five, defeating Colleen Russell 5-1, Cassidy Mulligan 5-4, Nicolle Payne 5-2 and taking the win from Chris Fields 5-2. Fields defeated Cheryl Perez 5-3, Amy Poulter 5-1, and April Wallen 5-3, before losing to McCormick. All of the players who made the final board made the money. April Wallen’s third place finish was just enough to earn the TFT 2014 Regional Tour Champion title, bypassing McCormick by 20 points. Jeannie Seaver, last year’s RT Champion finished the year in third place.

Thanks to all of the players, spectators and sponsors who supported this event, benefitting the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thank you to Amy Poulter, owner of Amy’s Billiards for being a great host of another great event! Thanks to the players and spectators who donated their time and money to participate. Thanks to those who donated prizes for the raffle: Hunter Lombardo, Alicia Borjas, Janis Sessions, Dianna Sullivan, Catherine Bragg and Suit Up. Thanks to the volunteers, Chris Gordon, Nick Walden and Led Uittenbogaard. Thank you to Tiger Products, our title sponsor, Ozone Billiards, Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards for their year-long support of our tour. Thank you to Jerry Sotelo for his patience and hard work as the Tournament Director. The Tiger Florida Tour is a WPBA-recognized Regional Tour, and a stepping stone to the Women’s Professional Billiard Association for women who want to play professionally.


In the picture, from left to right: Amy Poulter, room owner; April Wallen, 3rd; Crystal McCormick, winner; Chris Fields, 2nd.


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Corner Pocket Billiards Anthony Rotundo

Halloween not only marked the 3 year Anniversary of Jay & Sonya Davis's Ownership of Corner Pocket Billiards N Cafe in Wheeling WV but it also hosted one of the months better tournament Finals. The BCD HCP 8BALL event is a weekly event that gives B+ to D rated players the shot at tournament play! They have their own 12 week qualifying period where the top 4 from each week qualify for the final with all left over Break N Run money rolled into the event. Some scheduling issues caused the event to be combined with Halloween so the entire full field of 53 players where not on hand but 34 of the best showed up to a very tough playing field. Tournament Bracket can be seen at This new 12 week weekly Tournament start November 7th at 7:30pm! $12 entry! 1 Anthony Rotundo (B) $820 2 John Oderizzi (B) $480 3 John Lengyl (B) $280 4 Babe Hanna (B+) $180 5/6 Tyler Schultz (B), Craig Booker (B) $85

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Locals come through again!

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Corner Pocket Billiards N Cafe in Wheeling WV held their monthly open $500 added event and this month was 8ball. Even an ice storm couldn’t stop 27 players from traveling to the popular event. The field was strong with over 2/3 of the field placing in past events. Names like: Jerry Hager, Curtis Walker, Jay Brotherton, Chuck Tuttle, Zac Edwards, Kurt England, Dave Williams, Tom Purich, Alisha Hoff, Ed Brooks, Mike Arbuckle, Chris Mitchell, Brian Marriotti, Mike Cumberledge, Brian Alfredo, Joey Arbuckle, Chuck Norris, Mike Kimmel, Shawn Perkins, Jason Loychik, Carl Schulte, Ken Atkinson, Babe Hanna, Jerry Endsley, Renee

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Edwards, Chris Wilson. The battles started off fast and strong as all but 2 first round matches went hill/hill. Last months winner jerry hager started out strong with wins over walker, brotherton, and England to advance to final 4. There we was waiting on tom Purich who had wins over Alisha , brooks, and chris Mitchell. The bottom bracket saw wheelings top league player Jerry Endsley playing like a machine with 5-2, 5-1, 5-1, 5-3 wins over Edwards, wilson , and Hanna to meet Joey Arbuckle. Joey had his own great run with some tough matches over Norris , alfredo, and loychik. The opportunity for a complete locals final was stopped when hager lost 5-3 to Purich. Endsley continued on his path with a great out for a 5-3 win over Arbuckle. The hot seat match was no different as Endsley ran out every time at the table for a 5-1 win. The losers bracket was full of battles but the war was won by Alisha Hoff top female and kurt England with a 5 match Co-owner Sonya Davis win streak to meet Endsley for a one race to 8. Endsley was still on fire up 7-3 but the loser break format got him in trouble. He broke dry 4 straight games and England ran them all out for a hill/hill final. Only this time it was England who hooked himself on the 8 ball after another dry break by Endsley. The miscue costs England the win as Endsley ran out for the win. Next month is Open $500 9ball on dec 20th.

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A week after Jeremy Sossei’s undefeated run through the field at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop at Salt City Billiards, he came out on top of the Al Conte Memorial at Hippo’s House of Billiards in Utica, NY. The closest anyone came to beating Sossei a week ago was Bucky Souvanthong’s 9-5 loss. This time Souvanthong and Sossei faced off in the 4th round, with Sossei scoring a 9-6 win. No one would get any closer to Souvanthong on his way to the hot-seat, which he captured with a 9-5 win over last week’s runner up Spencer Auigbelle. The tournament ended with more rematches from last week as Souvanthong and Auigbelle faced off in the semi-final match to see who would play Sossei in the finals. Auigbelle had won this matchup 9-8 last week, but this week it was Souvanthong scoring the 9-2 win. In the end though, it didn’t matter who the opponent was for Sossei as he defeated Souvanthong 9-8 in the first set of the finals. The second chance event on Sunday went to Willie Oney, who defeated Dwight Dixon 3-0 for the hot-seat, and then fought off Kevin Ketz in two sets in the finals. The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Snookers in Providence, RI for their next stop - The 26th Ocean State 9-Ball Championship - on November 15th and 16th. 1 2 3 4 5 5 7 7


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Results for make up Tour Championship Saturday November 22nd Union Station Billiards Portland Maine. $2,000 ADDED 1st $950 Stanley Rupard B+ 2nd $650 Rick Beaulieu B+ 3rd $400 Tj Marshall B4th $250 Charlie Matarazzo B5/6 $150 Samomith A+ / Glenn Dennison B7/8 $100 Robert Gamblin C- / Josh Rupard B+ Next event will be December 21st. Doors at 11 play at 12, race to 9 , non handicapped , $35 buy in . $100 added for every 8 players . Remember you must play in 4 of these events to be qualified for the June finals . See you there !

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February 27 & 28 & March 1, 2015 Calcutta 6:00 pm on Friday, play begins immediately after. All first round matches will be played Friday night. Saturday play will begin at 10:00 am.

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COLUMBUS, OH - Nov 15-16, 2014 Payout/Calcutta 1st $1000/$1000 Chris Bartram 2nd $500/$700 Chad Deel 3rd $400/$400 Tony Maugey 4th $275/$300 DJ Halloway 5/6 $150/$200 Jerry Hager, $150/$200 Todd Nicholas 7/8 $100 Michael B, $100 John F 9-12 $50 Toby, $50 Steve B., $50 Frank $50 Dee

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Gotham City 9 Ball NOVEMBER 15-16, 2014


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1 $2,500 DECHAINE Mike 2 $1,850 SOSSEI Jeremy 3 $1,450 DAVIS Mike 4 $1,100 STRICKLAND Earl 5 $800 LABONTE Randy, SHAW Jayson 7 $600 GUIMOND Kevin, VAN WULVAN Tyler 9 $400 MADENJIAN Robert, CASANZIO Ron MCGONAGLE Tom, D’ALFONSO Tom 13 $250 GRAU Dave, FRANCIS Cody RODRIGUEZ Jorge, BOWMAN Peter

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LINCOLN CITY, OR Chinook Winds Casino Resort is adding $17,000 to the 8-Ball Open Event March 5-8, 2015. $12,000 will be added to the Men’s division with guaranteed $10,000 for 1st place based on 96 entries. $5,000 will be added to the Women’s division based on 32 entries. Entry fee $125 and $25 green fee. It will be a race to 7 for Men’s division and race to 5 for Women’s division, double elimination, BCAPL rules. Tournament will start after Calcutta (cash only) on Friday at 5PM and a brief player’s meeting. Finals will be on Sunday evening. A Warm up 8-ball tournament will commence on Thursday, March 5 at 6PM, $20 entry, race to 4, double elimination, Open division, Women’s division and will be open to all players. There will be no green fees for this event and money will be added based on entries. Ring games may be offered if there is enough interest. As always, sportsmanship is mandatory. Tournaments will be played on 7 foot Diamond bar tables with Cyclop balls provided by Bad Boys Billiards Production. “Fast” Lenny Marshall of “On The Rail” will provide the high definition, quality streaming with many videos to view. Co-tournament directors are Andrew Monstis and Mike Jensen with WBCA staff helping out. Certified referees will be in attendance. They say it’s better at the beach and they are right! Chinook Winds Casino Resort is a full service facility. It is an exceptional place to have a tournament venue. Having this event tucked in at the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon creates an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. The Chinooks Winds Open 8-Ball Tournament precedes the Western BCA’s 20th annual regional 8-Ball Championships. Western BCA (WBCA) and Chinook Winds are jointly producing this event which follows the US Bar table Championships and we hope to attract many top notch players from around the Northwest and beyond.

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Norris wins Charlotte 9-Ball Classic


from: Tour Staff The Press Box Entertainment Café was host to the final Tiger SMART 2014 Tour Stop November 15-16, in Charlotte, NC. TPB which opened four months ago provided the ultimate environment for the players. Twelve 9’ Diamond tables, amazing staff, pristine equipment, and elegant appointments, along with delicious food are what greet you at their doors. Chris, Eddie, and Joann Babilonia work in concert to provide their customers with a welcoming and hospitable experience. Those in the Charlotte Metro area who have not been there will definitely want to check them out. While football, basketball, and other sports were available in the attached sports bar, the ladies of Tiger SMART were providing the sports entertainment on the pool room side which is separated by glass, and enjoys its own sound system. Wow, talk about the best of both worlds! Sunday brought back the final four. After a roller Holly Sholes, Sam Beatty, Erin Watts, Christy Norris coaster ride of great play and lead changes between Erin the hill 8-6. In the final game Christy broke, made a ball and maintained offensive Watts and Christy Norris, it would be Norris to defend control of the table to win the title. It was an impressive match. Congratulations the hot seat with a 7-5 win while Sholes prevailed over Sam Beatty 7-3 setting up to Christy Norris who displayed a high level of consistent play and to Holly for her the semi-final between Sholes and Watts. Watts got off to a 4-1 lead and looked like runner-up finish with a borrowed cue! she had the momentum. Holly, trying to adjust to a borrowed cue (she forgot hers!) Tiger SMART would like to thank Tiger Products, Inc., Ozone Billiards, managed to then run off five straight wins to make it to the hill-4. Erin won the Simonis, Aramith, and Quick-Clean for their sponsorship and support during the next game to make it 5-6 but fell just short as Holly closed out the match 7-5. 2014 season. Thanks to all our venues this year: Grady’s Billiards, Rack & Grill II, The final was a spectacular display of skill, strategy, and focus. Christy Shore Thing, and Gate City Billiards. We hope to see all of you in 2015. jumped out of the gate to a 3-0 lead but Holly was able to close the gap 3-2. Norris Players in the North and South Carolina area are encouraged to look us up on increased her lead to 5-2 before Sholes once again closed the gap to 5-4. Even though Facebook at Smart Tour. Holly broke and made two balls, she didn’t finish the rack giving Christy a 6-4 edge. In game eleven, Christy scratched on the break and Holly pulled to within one 6-5. Game twelve was critical. Holly broke dry and ceded the advantage to 1 NORRIS Christy 450 Christy making it 7-5 instead of 6-6. Norris then made two balls on the break but 2 SHOLES Holly 250 had to push. Holly played a good safe giving her the opening to make it 7-6. Holly 3 WATTS Erin 100 proceeded to make three balls on the break but missed the out putting Norris on 4 BEATTY Sam 25

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Rack Up Undefeated Wins in the Predator Tour at Castle Billiards

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by: Alison Fischer - On the weekend of November 1-2, Castle Billiards, E Rutherford, NJ was the featured location for Stop #23 on the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s 2014 season. 37 players turned out for the two-day Amateur 9-Ball division. Over the course of the two days, Queens-based player Ron Mason (rated as a ‘B’) would prove to be unstoppable in the amateur event and score his second season win, following up his first win at Mr. Cue in September. Mason, who is veteran on the tour and owner of tour sponsor Gotham City Technologies, made it to the top of the winner’s bracket. Davladze earned another chance to take on Mason, but he was unable to seal the win, as Mason pulled ahead for an 8-6 win in the final. Following Ron Mason’s second win of 2014, tour staff have raised his rating from ‘B’ to ‘B+’. The Open/Pro 10-Ball event got started at noon on Sunday, November 2. In this event, Jayson Shaw would turn his visit to Castle into another undefeated Predator finish.

Shaw first had to deal with a tough opponent in Hunter Lombardo, who took their final four match to double-hill before Shaw closed out a 7-6 win. In the other final four match, Tony Robles took out top tour amateur Juan Guzman, 7-1. In the winner’s bracket final, Shaw was ruthless in his 7-0 shutout win against Robles, guaranteeing him a spot in the final. Robles’ final match against Shaw would also be dramatic. as he started with running the first two racks before scratching on the break, giving way to four straight runs from Shaw. Shaw would go on to take the hill at 6-3, but Robles worked his way back in to tie 6-6. After a successful break, Robles had a scratch on the three that turned the rack over to Shaw, which landed him another tour win for 2014. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to its sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta 13-Racks, NYC Grind,, Gotham City Technologies, and Ozone Billiards.

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What’s in the Players Cue Case?

l a t s CcrCy ormick M Article by: Janis Sessions Photo by: Janis Sessions I thought it would be interesting to see what pool players have in their pool case, if you watch tennis they have something called the “Bag Check”, so why not have a “Cue Case Check”? I was able to sit down with Crystal McCormick, a top-ranked Florida player, in her sponsor pool room, Sharp Shooters Billiards (7200 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, FL). The Interview and Cue Case Check: Sessions: What got you interested in playing pool? McCormick: I stepped into a poolroom for the first time at 18. I knew nothing about the game and was quite terrible, but instantly fell in love with it. I began going in nearly every day, met a number of talented local players, and set my sights on improving and competing. Sessions: What were your biggest accomplishment’s once you started competing in tournaments?


McCormick: Regionally, I’ve had a number of top finishes on the Ladies Spirit Tour, and on the Flamingo (now Tiger) Tour, including 2012 Florida CoChampion and a top 3 ranking in the state for the past three years. Recently, I’ve won the 2014 Tiger Tour Cues for the Cure event and have earned an invitation to the 2015 WPBA Regional Tour Championships. Sessions: I see these rankings have allowed you to play in Regional Tours which are the stepping stone tours for the WPBA, National Tournaments and in WPBA events. Where have you travelled because of these tours? McCormick: I’ve earned qualifiers and invitations to some of the best tournaments in the country, affording me the opportunity to travel to a number of places including Oregon, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Mississippi, Arizona, North Carolina, Michigan and Nevada.

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Sessions: How do you prepare for your tournaments? McCormick: I like to maintain a consistent practice routine leading up to any competition, which usually consists of drills and improving on weaknesses in my game. I believe pool is a game/sport in which you must have dedication and discipline. Sessions: Yes, I agree and all your hard work has been paying off for you. Which brings me to my last question, What is in your cue case? McCormick: A Dennis Searing custom cue, a VX 2.9 Poison break cue, chalk, sponsor patches, Q-Wiz shaft cleaner, Tip Master tip scuffer, headphones and chap stick. Sessions: Thanks Crystal for taking the time to let me ask you some questions and see you on tour. McCormick: Thank you, it was my pleasure. See you on tour!


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EVENT / RULES 7 Divisions of 9-Ball APA 10-Ball 8-Ball Scotch Doubles Amateur 8-Ball Amateur 9-Ball 8-Ball Bar Box 9-Bal 9-Ball Open 8-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball Ladies FLA State Am. 9-Ball 2nd Chance Big dawg 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball Women’s Inter’l Pool Champ. 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball Race to 9 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 8-Ball Bar Box 9-Bal 9-Ball 9-Ball River City Open-128 Max Music City Open 9-ball-Limit 128 9-ball-Ladies Div-Limit 48 Winner Take All 9-ball-Limit 8 9-Ball 9-Ball Modified SE-Max 32 FLA State 10-Ball Champ. 9-Ball Glass City Blast-9-Ball Glass City Blast-8-Ball Open Sc Dbls 8-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 8-Ball Bar Box 9-Bal 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball 10-Ball 6th N.E. Hall of Fame 9-Ball 9-Ball

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ENTRY ADDED TIME LINK Varies Call Varies Varies $1,000 6:30PM $40 $800 payout 7PM Call $3,000 6PM MAP Call $3,000 6PM MAP $35 incl g.f. $250 Noon MAP $20 $500 w/32 1PM Call $1,000 11:30AM $30 Call 11AM $40 $$$ Noon Varies Call 1PM $30 $2,000 Guar 10AM $75 $4,000 11:30AM MAP $35 $1,000 1PM $110 Call 10AM Varies Call 1PM Varies $750 11:30AM Call Call Call MAP $30 Call Noon MAP Call $1,000 11:30AM MAP $35 $100 per 8 plyr 11AM MAP Varies $1,000 11:30PM Varies Call 1PM $30+$5 g.f. $$$ Noon $35 incl g.f. $250 Noon MAP $20 $500 w/32 1PM $40 $$$ Noon Varies Call 1PM $75 incl g.f. $1,000 w/64 4PM $100 incl g.f. $6,000 6PM $75 incl g.f. $1,000 Noon $500 Call 10PM $30 Call Noon MAP $10 buy in $$$ Noon MAP Call Call Call MAP Varies Call 1PM $50 incl g.f. Call 7PM $50 incl g.f. Call Noon $60/t incl g.f. Call 7PM Varies Call 1PM $30+$5 g.f. $$$ Noon Call $1,000 11:30AM MAP $35 incl g.f. $250 Noon MAP $20 $500 w/32 1PM $40 $$$ Noon Call $1,000 11:30AM Varies Call 1PM $120/$70 $1500/$500 Call Varies $1,000 11:30PM $120/$70 $1500/$500 Call $30 Call Noon MAP Varies $1,000 11:30PM Varies Call 1PM $2,000 $2,000 6:00PM MAP $120/$70 $2500/$500 Call Varies Call 1PM MAP

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Stroke Pool Magazine December Issue 2014  

"Make It Happen" at Sandcastle Billiards ... World Pool Masters ... Cues for the Cure ... Instructional columns ... new tournament listings

Stroke Pool Magazine December Issue 2014  

"Make It Happen" at Sandcastle Billiards ... World Pool Masters ... Cues for the Cure ... Instructional columns ... new tournament listings