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Holiday Gift Guide Athena – Named for the Greek goddess of wisdom, adding an Athena cue to your bag could be the wisest decision you make for improving your game. Designed for female pool players, these cues come with a free 10” extension for added reach and a thin tapered 12.5mm shaft for smaller hands. Retail price $147. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-645-9803 or visit www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

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Viking A550 New Model for 2018 15 Rolling Thunder and Gold Premium Pearl, Maple and Black (IMA) Inlays Rolling Thunder and Smoke Premium Pearl, Brass and Black (IMA) Rings Viking Khaki Stain Select Birdseye Maple Double Pressed Irish Linen Wrap Viking Quick Release Joint Tip: Everest® Laminated Ferrule: Viking SUPER Ferrule, capped and threaded onto the shaft Wrap: 100% Irish Linen Shaft: ViKORE Hard Rock Maple (Aged 5 years) Benefit: Extreme Control & Accuracy Turnings: 9 to 11 turnings over 18 to 24 months Taper: 12” to 14” Pro Taper Finish: Ultra-violet Urethane 3 coat finish Forearm: Select Birdseye Maple Joint: High Impact Black (IMA), flat faced with a brass insert Pin: Viking 5/16 x 18 Quick Release, Stainless Steel ButtPlate: High Impact Modified Acrylic with Viking Logo Bumper: Threaded Rubber Warranty: Lifetime, including warpage MSRP $595.00

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Stinger NG07 Break/Jump Cue The Stinger NG07 is the ultimate break/jump cue. It features snazzy graphic overlays, a quick release jump joint and a patented Stinger shaft with phenolic tip. The Stinger NG07 retails for $225. Learn more about Stinger’s gamechanging technology at mcdermottcue.com/stinger.

Action Impact – The Action Impact series is all about just that – making an impact. These carefully crafted cues feature hardrock maple construction that’s designed to maintain perfect shooting balance. They also have a matte finish texture that all but eliminates slipping and reduces unnecessary feedback to help improve every single shot you take. Retail price $73. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-6459803 or visit www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

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

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Viking A518 New Model for 2018 Blue Dream Premium Pearl Sleeve Blue Dream Premium Pearl, Stainless Steel, and Black (IMA) rings Black and Ivory (IMA) Index Rings Viking Concord Stain Birdseye Maple Double Pressed Irish Linen Wrap Viking Quick Release Joint Tip: Everest® Laminated Ferrule: Viking SUPER Ferrule, capped and threaded onto the shaft Wrap: 100% Irish Linen Shaft: ViKORE Hard Rock Maple (Aged 5 years) Benefit: Extreme Control & Accuracy Turnings: 9 to 11 turnings over 18 to 24 months Taper: 12” to 14” Pro Taper Finish: Ultra-violet Urethane 3 coat finish Forearm: Birdseye Maple Joint: High Impact Ivory (IMA), flat faced with a brass insert Pin: Viking 5/16 x 18 Quick Release, Stainless Stain ButtPlate: High Impact Modified Acrylic with Viking Logo Bumper: Threaded Rubber Warranty: Lifetime, including warpage A518 MSRP $385

Viking A503 New Model for 2018 Ocean Glow Premium Pearl Sleeve Ocean Glow Premium Pearl, Brass and Black (IMA) Rings Custom Faded Viking Ocean Blue and Yellow Sunflower stain. Birdseye Maple Double Pressed Irish Linen Wrap Viking Quick Release Joint Tip: Tiger Everest® Laminated Ferrule: Viking SUPER Ferrule, capped and threaded onto the shaft Wrap: 100% Irish Linen Shaft: ViKORE Hard Rock Maple (Aged 5 years) Benefit: Extreme Control & Accuracy Turnings: 9 to 11 turnings over 18 to 24 months Taper: 12” to 14” Pro Taper Finish: Ultra-violet Urethane 3 coat finish Forearm: Birdseye Maple Joint: Brass / High Impact Black (IMA), flat faced with a brass insert Pin: Viking 5/16 x 18 Quick Release, Stainless Steel ButtPlate: High Impact Modified Acrylic with A503 Viking Logo Bumper: Threaded Rubber Warranty: Lifetime, including warpage MSRP $320.00

KATBJ – The brand new Katana break jump cue offers unparalleled control with multiple cue configurations. This multi-piece break jump cue can be put together in three different ways depending on the shot. So whether you need to execute a powerful break, an explosive long jump shot, or a tactical short jump, this is the cue for you! Retail price $250. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-6459803, go to www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

National Series cases are exclusively manufactured by Delta Sport. It holds 2 butts 3 shafts, thick confortable shoulder pad, newer improved confort handle. They’re easy to carry, deluxe quality. Wholesale & dealers welcome. Visit www.deltacue. com or contact Delta Sport International at 1-844376-0637.

Outlaw Lightning – Introducing Lightning, the electrifying new series from Outlaw Cues. This line of cues takes Outlaw’s edgy western style and pairs it with bright white finishing details. This series features break, jump, and playing cues so there’s something for everyone! Retail price $105 – $189. Qualified dealer requests welcome. Call 1-800-645-9803, go to www.cuestix.com. Manufactured and distributed exclusively by CueStix International.

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The Psychology of Pool THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN POOL DR. CHRIS STANKOVICH Dr. Chris Stankovich, known as “The Sports Doc,” is a national expert in the field of sport & performance psychology and has been featured on ESPN for his work with elite athletes. His #1 best selling pool video “Mind of Steel: Mental Toughness for Pool Success” has been used by thousands of players to improve focus, increase confidence, and eliminate anxiety. You can learn more about Dr Stankovich and Mind of Steel by visiting drstankovich.com

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It is not uncommon to experience nerves while playing pool; after all, it’s just you and the table with no teammates to hide behind when you miss a shot. In fact, most of the time when pool players fail it is because they “got in their own head” so to speak --- meaning their nerves and anxiety leads to a missed shot. With that said, it makes a lot of sense to learn the many ways to improve mental toughness so that you miss less shots, and consequently, lose fewer games.

shots because of nerves!

To better understand how to control nerves it is important to begin by examining what we know about nerves:

• Develop a pre-shot routine that becomes automatic and consistent over time. • Your pre-shot routine should include a deep breath (or two) that allows you to breath deep into your stomach, hold the breath 4-5 seconds, then slowly exhale. • In addition to breathing, use imagery to clearly see exactly what you want to happen on the next shot. • Self-talk, or the thoughts we have to ourselves, should always be positive and productive – anything short of this and you should walk away from the table and regroup for a moment. • Do the next thing best – this means practice developing all your focus on the next shot, and not the last bad one.

• Everyone experiences nerves, even if it looks like some people don’t. • Nervous energy is a product of thinking, meaning that when we think things like “I might not make this shot,” your body responds by panicking (i.e. rapid heart rate, shallow breathing, and muscle tightness). • Anxiety is really just a form of human energy. What this means is that the nerves you feel can be channeled into healthy confidence with a little bit of practice. The key to playing better pool is to first realize (and get excited about) the fact that you can improve your game dramatically by simply improving your mental toughness. What this means is that even if you never improved your knowledge of playing pool, you will still get better with stronger mental toughness because you will miss fewer

The most important moment in pool, therefore, is the moment just before you approach the table and prepare to make the next shot. Even if you have been nervous the entire time leading up to your shot, the moment that you engage in your pre-shot routine you will put yourself in the best possible position to turn nervous energy into healthy confidence. Below are a few quick tips to help you get started:

Pool is a tough enough game as it is, so make it a point to not beat yourself by allowing unnecessary nerves and anxiety to take you off your game. Instead, improve mental toughness and begin dominating the competition!

I would like to hear from you. If you have a question for me please submit to: information@drstankovich.com

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LET’S GET JUMPING by Tom Simpson © January 2000 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com

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

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The jump shot is becoming an important skill these days, especially for 9-Ball players. While good kicking skills and basic massé ability will get you out of many tough situations, sometimes going to “the third dimension” is really the best solution. This article will give you an overview of the subject. Balls jump all the time. Most players don’t realize it, but the cueball actually leaves the table on almost every shot. Because pool tables have rails, the butt of the cue is always at least a little bit elevated. When the cue is elevated, you are hitting down into the ball. That downward force has to go somewhere, and the slate under the cloth is not going to move. Since the cueball is resilient (as is the cloth), it compresses a little and then springs upward and away, leaving the table at an angle roughly equal to the angle at which it was struck. The closer your stick is to flat, the lower the jump. The more elevated the stick angle, the higher the jump. The harder you shoot, the longer the jump. The resulting jump action comes from the combination of the stick angle, how hard the ball is hit, the quality of the stroke, and the “jumpability” of the stick. So, to jump high and short, elevate steeply. To jump even higher, shoot harder. For a lower trajectory, elevate less. For a longer low flight, shoot harder. The easy way to understand how the ball jumps is to imagine you are throwing the cueball onto the table. The angle and speed at which the ball hits the table determines the angle and distance of the bounce. Jump cues are short, to make them light in weight and to avoid hitting overhead lighting. Typically, they weigh about half of what a regular cue weighs. They usually have very hard tips and thick shafts. Jump/break cues are full-size cues with an extra joint just in front of the wrap so you can remove the rear portion of the butt. This makes the cue lighter and shorter. Since jump/breaks serve two purposes, they have to make compromises. While they may jump better than a full cue, they may not jump as well as a cue made specifically for jumping. Decent jump cues today start at around $80. Some players jump with their shaft only. This works well, but is illegal in world standard rules, and in most leagues and tournaments. You can jump with your regular shooting cue, but just not as easily. If you are using a low-squirt shaft (such as a Predator), a soft tip, a heavy cueball, or thin cloth (such as Simonis), you may have difficulty getting much jumping action. There are two very different stroke techniques in jumping – “pendulum” and “dart.” The pendulum stroke is the normal (but elevated) pool stroke with

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the cue swinging in a pendulum arc below your elbow. The dart stroke is used when you have to elevate the cue so steeply that you can’t use the pendulum. It’s called dart stroke because it looks a lot like throwing darts – your stick swings directly above the elbow. The dart stroke is more difficult to control, but it’s necessary when you have to clear an obstructing ball that’s within a short distance of the cueball (say, less than about 6”). Here’s a tip for pendulum stroke: Bend your front elbow to allow you to stand closer to the ball and elevate the butt of the cue. Keep your forearm in the vertical plane. Surprisingly, a light grip works best. Let the stick do the work. Here’s the trick for the dart stroke: Stand tall. Pin your wrist to your chest directly under your chin, so your forearm is stable and your stroke is with your wrist & fingers only. Try to align your body and head so that your body is out of the way of your stroke and you can see down the shaft without tilting your head. Grip with thumb and forefinger, as lightly as possible, with the palm of your hand open and facing the shot. Cock your grip hand back so that your wrist is bent all the way backward. Flop your wrist forward to execute the shot. Imagine you are throwing the stick at the ball like you would throw a dart, and allow the stick to “bounce off” of the cueball. This is a feeling – don’t actually let go of the stick. On all jump shots, take great care to strike into the center of the cueball, or slightly below. If you hit too high on the ball, you will trap it between the tip and the table, and it will not jump. Hitting too high on the ball is the most common error, followed by timidity. Do not use any sidespin at all, unless you want to execute a jump/massé (usually a bad idea). Once you are confident in your aim and contact point on the cueball, focus your gaze on the cueball until you hit the shot. Strike the ball with confidence, and don’t worry about hitting the cloth. If you are not getting the ball to jump, try lightening up on your grip. Try less elevation. Try more elevation. Focus on hitting toward or just below the true center of the cueball. Don’t hit so hard – your stroke accuracy may fall off. Be patient with yourself, especially if this is a new skill for you. It will happen. Don’t start with dramatic full-ball jumps 2” from the object ball. Start with little jumps – clear a coin, a pencil, or the edge of a ball, and work your way up. It does take some practice. For free video lessons on both pendulum and dart, visit poolclinics.com/products.html. You’ll find photos and additional instructional materials there, as well as information about the Stinger™ JumpBreak Cue. Let’s get jumping.

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A Jacked-up Fouetté Draw Shot

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

Sticking to fancy and useful shots, this month I want to introduce you to an advanced pool technique called “Fouetté” stroke. The word comes from the French language and means “whipped”. It basically consists in hitting the Cue Ball with extreme low-left or low-right, but also with extreme high-left or high-right English, depending on the needed CB position, when the Object Ball is very close to it (1/16” to 1”). It is quite difficult because it normally requires a pretty powerful stroke and you all know that the harder we shoot a ball, the harder it gets to precisely deliver the tip of our cue onto the desired spot on the Cue Ball. While you will be practicing the Fouetté, you will likely miscue several times or,

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especially when trying a Fouetté Draw, push both the CB and the OB forward. In the former case, you obviously have delivered the tip of your cue too close to the edge of the CB. In the latter case instead, you have hit “too much CB” causing a so-called “double-hit”. Getting back to our useful shot, let’s pretend we are playing a game of 9-Ball and place the CB in the middle of the short rail and at one-ball distance from it. Then place the first OB (the Blue Ball in the diagram) at 1/8” distance from your CB and with their line of centers pointing at the right point of corner pocket F (the Blue dotted line). Then place two Obstacle Balls perpendicular and frozen to the short rail and to each other, at one diamond from pocket C, and the second Object Ball (our ideal 9-Ball) F hanging by pocket C. What you need to do in order to pocket both the Blue and the Yellow Ball in one shot is the following: aim at the first diamond from pocket F (the Brown dotted line); jack the butt of your cue up by about 45°. I recommend using a close bridge, partly elevated on the rail (only the tips of your middle, ring and pinky fingers are touching the rail). Shoot down on the CB letting the tip of your cue touch the table cloth and even slide on it, using a 2-tip, 5 o’clock, E speed 3 stroke. When shot it just right, the CB will slightly jump forward then the English will grab making it turn left and draw backwards around the obstacles, thus making the 9-Ball in the corner. Good luck!

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One of the most common questions I have from beginning students is how to break better at nine ball. For beginners the main points are simple: Make sure the balls are racked as tightly as possible. Hit the one ball full. Try not to hit any cushion with the cue ball after impact. Adjust the height of the hit on the cue ball to leave the cue ball in the “Parking Lot” in the diagram. Increase speed only if you can keep control of the other points. For the vast majority of players, the break shot is just a way to start the game and has little to do with whether they win or lose. If they can open the balls reasonably well and not scratch or launch the cue ball off the table, they have done a good job. I think the break only starts to be important when the player can run out one or two racks out of ten. Until that point they should practice their aiming and position play and let their accurate power develop naturally. Let’s assume that the racking is done with a standard traditional triangle. If you use a template or other method that gets a really tight rack, the wing balls are dead and the best way to break changes drastically. Often additional rules are added to compensate for the automatic ball. All that is a subject for a future column. One result of traditional racking is that there are usually gaps between the balls. These will tend to be somewhat consistent between racks, so you can try to find a break that works on each table. If you are trying for a full hit on the one ball -- and that’s a good start -- simply vary the starting position for the cue ball along the head string. Most players break from the side rails since that makes the wing ball on that side (3 or 7 in the diagram) dead for a perfectly tight rack. If that doesn’t work well, try other positions. You can remember the position by where your break stick passes over the rail. Unfortunately, experimenting with cue ball positions works well only for a home table or long matches. In a race to 6 on a strange table you don’t really have time to find the optimum position. The best you can do is move from the current spot if you have a dry break after a pretty good hit or watch for where other players break from. Your opponent’s break has info in it but the rack may be different due to a different racker. Do you want to try something a little fancier? Let’s make the nine ball on the break. If the rack is fairly tight, the nine will not move unless it is hit in traffic. The idea is to take the cue ball off a side cushion after hitting the one ball and send it back through where the nine is. Two ways are shown in the diagram. Many players at the 2017 US Open Nine Ball Championships were using

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something like Re-entry 1. They were required to break from the center half of the kitchen and a non-full hit as shown made the wing ball and the one ball fairly frequently. A little outside draw brought the cue ball back through the rack area. I saw one player make two nines in a row, one in the corner and one in the side. Re-entry 2 can be done with just some follow and a hit on the one ball that drives it straight towards the 9. For both of these shots you have an increased risk of scratching relative to a full, straight-on hit, but they can be devastating when they work. Next time I’ll discuss which gaps to look for in slightly loose racks and what their effects are.

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THE SECRET OF A GREAT POOL STROKE! As you well know, I’m a Master Instructor that focuses a lot on mental game, so if you think you are getting a magical stroke tip here, this article may disappoint you. But if you want enhance the way you think and allow yourself to deliver more straight, smooth strokes, well then maybe I can be of assistance. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRACTICING AND PLAYING

Anthony Beeler is the 2017 Pool Instructor of the Year and is a former BCAPL National 9-Ball Champion. He has numerous top 25 national finishes and is one of only 8 ACS Master Instructors in the world. He is the primary author of the National Billiards Instructors Manual and has also authored the book Unstoppable! Positive Thinking for Pool Players. Anthony currently has the highest established Fargo Rating of any Master Instructor. He has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

There are fundamental differences between practicing and playing. One of the major differences between the two environments is that there are consequences during actual game play (that result in either winning or losing). Conversely there are no consequences to each shot if you are practicing. THE BENEFIT OF A QUIET MIND From a mental perspective, when you are practicing, your mind is generally quiet, there’s no mental clutter before you start your stroke. There’s the cue ball, there’s the object ball and there’s a pocket. During match play, quite often there is a distraction caused by fear: What if I miss? What if I don’t get position on my next shot? What if the table rolls off? And so on… This not only causes stress, but it also causes subtle changes in the body. You may not even notice, but most likely your muscles are tensing up (starting with your grip pressure). The effects of these mental and physical changes are: • Loss of focus on the shot at hand • Loss of focus on the process – decision-making, aiming, proper alignment, (visualization and feeling the shot) etc. • Loss of fluidity in your stroke • Changes in stroke timing The end result is a stroke that is inconsistent and unlike the one you had while practicing. SO HOW TO WE CHANGE THIS? There are several things that you can do that increase confidence, maintain a quiet mind and maintain access to your best game. When a professional is performing at their best, there’s direct correlation between their senses and their

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brain. You have heard of this state of mind referred to as “the zone”, or “dead stroke”. Also, when a player is performing their best, they are not preoccupied by thoughts, judgments or emotions. There’s no sense of self or “self-consciousness”. The mind is 100% focused on the present (there is no past or future). WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE BRAIN DURING FLUID MOTION? The pre-frontal cortex is the part of the brain responsible for managing complex processes. It helps you make decisions and controls your mental game. In pool it’s great during the “decision making phase” of your routine, but it can easily become that “little voice in your head” when you are down on the cue ball. To produce a better pool stroke, and get into the “dead stroke” that little voice needs to be turned off to allow you to execute each shot subconsciously. THE BEST PRE SHOT ROUTINE The best pre-shot routine is one that enables you to keep your mind quiet, and focused. When I ask students to describe their pre- shot routine, they describe all the physical steps, but virtually nothing about where their focus is or what’s happening mentally. How committed you are and how quiet your mind is more important than going through the physical steps. I want to know exactly what you’re focusing on from the time when you fall into your stance all the way through your stroke. What are the best things to focus on? From my experience, the best thing to focus on to keep your mind quiet is one of your senses (sight, feel, sound, breathing etc.). Experiment with this while you are practicing, and find out what allows you to produce your best stroke. Then, during match play, make this one of your process goals to measure the success of the shot. Over time this will become automatic which will result in better strokes, more wins, and more tournament championships!

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JAYSON SHAW

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The finals of the Make-It-Happen was filled with great play and some uncharacteristic mistakes by both players as failed runout attempts outnumbered break and runs. But when the dust cleared, Jayson Shaw emerged the winner by a score of 10-6 over Corey Deuel. Shaw opened up with wins in the first three games, then missed an easy 8-ball and Deuel got on the board. He won the next game with a break and run to close the margin to 3-2. In the alternate break format, Shaw broke and ran, but Deuel won the next two, so after 8 games the

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Shaw won games 9 and 10, then ran out after an error by Deuel led to a failed run out attempt. The score was now 7-4 in Shaw’s favor. In game 12 Shaw missed position, then missed the ball, and Deuel ran a cosmo. In game 13 Deuel once again failed to convert on a possible run and Shaw ran out. In the following game Shaw broke dry, Deuel missed, and Shaw ran out to take an 8-5 lead. Once again Deuel missed and Shaw ran out to

reach the hill with a four-game lead. In game 15 it appeared that Shaw would run out, but he blundered on his key ball shot, hooking himself behind on of Deuel’s balls and Deuel cleared off an easy layout. The score: 9-6 Shaw. In game 16 Shaw broke and faced a wide-open layout with zero problems and he quickly cleared the table to capture the Make-It-Happen 8-Ball Invitational. — Article by Phil Capelle

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Deuel has been consistently running 50+ balls while Van Boening, 1-3, has been struggling with his 14.1 game, so I like Corey’s chances of making it to the finals. As I said, Shaw is in if he wins, but winning won’t be so easy because his opponent is Dennis Orcollo, who orchestrated a textbook run of 150 and out to win his game yesterday. If Orcollo beats Shaw, both players would be 3-2, and a tiebreaker would be employed. Joshua Filler could also finish at 3-2 if he beats Darren Appleton, who is 1-3. Filler ran 137 and out to hand Deuel his only loss. So, he might win the tiebreaker if he and Deuel were to tie at 3-2. Appleton, a former World 14.1 Tournament winner, has suffered some tough luck in this event. In one game, he was the witness to Orcollo’s masterpiece. Then, last night, he was trailing Deuel 106 to 80 when he returned to the table. He was on a run of 29 (and now led 109-106) and had three or four easy shots remaining in a rack, including an excellent break ball, so it looked like he might run out the game. He was down in his stance when he got up, called a foul on himself that no one else saw, including the referee - turning the table over to Deuel, who went on to win. This act of sportsmanship is to be applauded, though it ruined Appleton’s chances of winning this event.

CompletesACCU-STATS “Make“Make-It-Happen” It Happen” Sweep

FINALS Jayson Shaw completed his sweep of the two Make-It-Happen events with a 150 to 50 win over Joshua Filler to capture the Straight Pool Invitational. Filler lagged to within an inch of the rail, so Shaw broke. But Filler could only run 7 before missing, turning the table over to the red-hot Jayson Shaw and Shaw took full advantage of his first offensive opportunity by running 121 balls before missing a super tough cut in the side. Filler managed a couple of short runs to reach 50 balls, but could not overcome Shaw’s early match fireworks. — Article by Phil Capelle

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JAYSON SHAW, 2017 US OPEN CHAMPION

SHAW VS. KACI IN THE FINALS! Eklent Kaci defeated Chang, Jung-Lin, last year’s runner-up (and this year’s fourth place finisher, to earn a spot in the semifinals. With the score tied at 6-6, Kaci put his precision position play game into overdrive and he sped past Francisco Sanchez Ruiz to earn a spot in the finals. His opponent is Jayson Shaw, who will almost certainly become the Player of the Year if he wins his first US Open. Jayson Shaw capped his undefeated run through a stellar field of 139 competitors from around the world with a convincing 13-4 win over 18-year-old phenom Eklent Kaci. Shaw took the first 8 games on the strength of two break and runs, great play, and a couple of rolls – he hung two balls and left Kaci in tough spots. Kaci finally scored a couple or racks, but then broke dry and Shaw ran out, broke and ran out, then broke in the 9-ball to take an 11-2 lead. The duo split the next four racks and Shaw concluded the festivities with a runout after Kaci scratched on the break. Photos courtesy of: Hailey Behrman

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The 2017 New Jersey State 8-Ball Championships What an incredible event it was this weekend! The 2017 New Jersey State 8-Ball Championships was full of excitement and stellar play. Hats off to all those who competed this weekend. Congratulations to our top 3 finishers; 3rd place Besar Spahiu (Albania), Runner-up Franklin Hernandez (NY, USA) and our NEW 1st time state champion, Matt Krah (Newark, DE). A very well deserved and long awaited victory here at Sandcastle for Mr. Krah as he came back from the One-loss side to avenge his loss and force a 2nd set in the finals against former N.J. State 8-Ball champion, Mr. Hernandez. Well done gentlemen! Great shooting! We would like to give a big thank you to Edison Chamber President and Township elected official, Councilman Joe Coyle for coming out to be a special guest in the booth and supporting our sport today at the 2017 New Jersey State 8-Ball Championships! Your presence and support was greatly appreciated! We promise to continue bringing many more events here to Edison for the community to enjoy as we have for the past 10 years. We hope you enjoyed your visit! 1st 2nd 3rd

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KLENTI KACI Second World Pool Series

Congratulations to KlentÏ Kaci as he wins his second World Pool Series at Steinway Billiards in New York City on November 3, 2017. Klenti defeats Petri Makkonen13 – 11. This young man is amazing at only 18 years of age and just coming off a tremendous runner up finish at the U S Open. Picture property of JP Parmentier & World Pool Series

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World Pool Series – Year One workers around. Rankings from 2017 will carry over to 2018. 2-year ranking System and the grand final in 2018 will be Top 32 players only, so the players that supported this year will be in good position to make the Tour Finals. Thanks to all the players that supported us and most importantly the fans and media, and people from around the world that organized Qualifiers for us, we really appreciate your time and effort and any good or bad criticism was always welcome. All rankings be updated this week. Thanks to everyone that’s helped us this year WPS team: Manny Stamatakis, John Leyman, Ted Lerner, Ira Lee, Eric Kwon, high rock productions, Julie Ha, William Finnegan, Damianos Giallourakis, Michaela Tabb, Nick Varner, Angie Appleton, Erik D. Lynch, Rick Stellhouse, Chalkysticks, Mandy Wu, Anne Flores, Angel Perez and all the staff at Steinway Cafe-Billiards and our main commentary team - Chris Melling, Jason Klatt, Daryl Peach, Karl Boyes and Michael E Hill. See you all in 2018, Darren Appleton, WPS Founder Picture property of JP Parmentier & World Pool Series First of all, congrats to 18-year-old Klentì KaÇi for winning the Grand Final Predator Cues World Series Championship. Kaci won 2 of the 4 series and a 3rd place as well. Great Achievement! Good job from Petri Makkonen on his great 2nd place finish. His big title will come. Big shout out to the Challenge King, Lee Van Corteza, Series 1 Players Champion and 2nd place, Series 2 Challenge Champion, Series 3 Challenge 2nd place, Grand final Challenge Champion. 4 Series, 4 finals, Super! Klenti KaÇi was the main event King and finished the year number 1. What an experience, never imagined it, it was a successful year and so much to improve on. It was a big challenge this year but on reflection after year one, I’m satisfied. But next year, a lot of improvements will be made and the World Pool Series will be much better and bigger. We will announce details for 2018 soon. As a team we worked so hard and delivered, thanks to you all for all your hard work, to Steinway Billiards, Anna and Manny and of course Nikolakakos Georgios and all the staff thanks for everything, you guys are the best hosts and hardest

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Senior Tour Stop Goes to Spurlock & Czapicki

Jimmy Gassett & Tom Czapicki 2017 was a great year for the Senior Pool Tour (SPT) Events. With over 100 entries and over $3500 paid out in prize money/prizes, the players can’t wait for 2018. We thank every participant and we appreciate the kind words and the support you all gave; the Senior Tour is for Seniors who enjoy the sport of pool. We also welcome all Senior players who are interested in playing in our 4TH Event, Saturday Jan 27, 2018. Special thank you goes out to the hard-working members of the advisory committee – Raelene Hoogendorn, Bill Mason, Jack Starnes, Tiger Baker, Phil Jennings, Gary Ornoff, the Q Master’s staff and the APPA. A big THANK YOU to all of our Sponsors, who support the Senior Pool Tour (SPT). Without their support, we would not have a Senior Tour. Q Masters, Mel’s Place, Inland Reef, Doumar’s, Cully’s, Wing King, Jimmy Johns and the APPA. All of our players give thanks to these wonderful sponsors. We would like everyone to spread the word that The Senior Pool Tour (SPT) is here to Stay. Be sure to mark your calendar for fourth Senior Pool Tour tournament on Jan. 27, 2018. There are tournaments 11/18/2017 at Inland Reef and 11/25/2017 at

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Bison Billiards November Happenings Merlo November Bar Box 8-Ball Champion

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 was the date of Bison Billiard’s Tournament #3 (of 10) in the 9-Ball series on 9’ tables leading to a $2000 guaranteed added finale in June 2018. The format for this event is A-B Bracket, Double elimination, $30 entry fee (table time included) and Race to your Skill level (A’s 7, B’s 6, C’s 5, D’s 4). There are 2 brackets/4 skill levels. 32 players came to compete for their share of $1895 and a spot in the finale in June.

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“Playing for a Cure” Breast Cancer 8-Ball Tournament

Beyond Billiards, located in Davie, FL, hosted this event for Breast Cancer on Oct. 7, 2017. We asked all players to wear “Pink” to show support for Breast Cancer awareness. We played 8 ball, BCA rules, race to 5 on the winner’s side and 4 on the loser’s side. Entry fee was $45 dollars ($40 toward tournament and $5 going to NBCF foundation (National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC.); which was set up by South Florida BCA Pool League with League Operator Janis Sessions. Added to prize money for players was $150 for Women and $50 for Men. The 1st place trophy was made by and donated by Javier Chirio. Women and Men each had their own board. While the players were playing pool, various people brought items to raffle off or purchase. Sharon brought a basket full of various “SPA” type items that she put together and Tonya Jones won this raffle. Irene brought a box of four different jams that she made and Tonya Jones won this raffle. South Florida BCA Pool League Operator donated a break cue by Predator. Sandy C. won this raffle. Judy and Dianne baked cookies and a cake. Jim D won the cake and people bought the cookies. Judy and Dianne also decorated. Dawn Beach brought a gift box and in the raffle won it…that was too funny… More items were brought in to raffle off and I want to give a huge “THANK YOU” to all of the players, spectators and those who donated items that were raffled off. All

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Please join us in congratulating the 4th Annual NYC Singles 8-Ball Championships! Drawing a full field of 144 players from the NYC area and beyond, this year’s event, held November 4-5, 2017 at Steinway Billiards, was the biggest ever. With excitement in the air, the competition was intense, full of the highs and lows of victory and defeat. If you missed your chance to participate this time, be sure to sign up early next year! Special thanks to “Upstate Al” Leon of AZBtv for making the trek despite transportation difficulties to live stream our event courtesy of Blatt Billiards, to John Leyman for being our official referee, and to Dr. Michael Fedak and Steinway Billiards for upping the stakes. Huge thanks to all of the players for their enthusiasm and support of this event.

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Corey Deuel, Darren Appleton, Greg Mitchell, Jeff Crawford Congratulations to these 4 great competitors: Corey Deuel, Darren Appleton, Greg Mitchell and Jeff Crawford! They finished top 4 in our 2017 JOY USA Qualifier for the 6th Annual Joy Cup Masters Chinese 8-Ball Grand Finals in China! We’ll all be representing America (and Sandcastle) in China in January! This event was held on November 19, 2017 at

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Congratulations to The League Room’s own Justin Lazaro as he comes through the loser’s side to win our monthly tournament. Our own Tri Hinton came in second and Steven Chafin, third. We had 30 players this weekend who battled for over $1700 in prize money after the money added by the room. Next stop for team TLR..... Mosconi Cup to support Mosconi Cup Team USA!

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UNION STATION

Congratulates Cody Francis! Joss NorthEast 9-Ball Winner Joss NorthEast 9-Ball Tour Stop November 18-19, 2017 Union Station Billiards Portland, Maine 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6 7/8

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Congratulations Reymart Lim! Q-Master Billiards - Virginia Beach, VA Why is he “On Fire? In our humble opinion is because of his calm humble demeanor, amazing ability to play under pressure, and most importantly is the SUPPORT he gets from his FAMILY and FRIENDS!

November 18-19, 2017 was the date, Triple Nines Bar & Billiards in Elkridge, Maryland was the location of JPNEWT’s Tour Stop #8. 17 women came to play in this $1250 added event. Thanks so much to our tour sponsor: J. Pechauer Custom Cues; event sponsor: Coins of the Realm; and Stanley Nasiatka, owner of Triple Nines for hosting this event.

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RESULTS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6th

Briana Miller Linda Shea Jackie Rivera Kathy Friend Judie Wilson/Sharon O’Hanlon

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Ladies Rule at 19th Predator ProAm Stop

Jose Kuilan

Annie Flores

November 25-26, 2017 at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY was a big day for the ladies on the Predator ProAm Tour. CONGRATULATIONS to the Winners of Stop #19 and way to go Ladies!

This is the first time all events were won by women. $1,000 was added to this event and there was a 2nd Chance tournament on Sunday. This was also the last chance to qualify for the Predator ProAm

Junior Singh Tour Championships which will be held at the Raxx Bar & Grill in West Hempstead, New York on December 2-3, 2017. Should be a great finish to a great year.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6th 7/8th 9-12th

Annie Flores Junior Singh Jose Kuilan Gary O’Callaghan Jimmy Acosta, Matthias Gutzmann Raphael Dabreo, Bianca Martinez Miguel Laboy, Elvis Rodriguez, Keith Jawahir, Juan Melendez 13-16th Duc Lam, Lidio Ramirez, Ron Bernardo, Kris Bisram

Justin Muller & Debra Pritchett

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2nd Chance 1st Debra Pritchett 2nd Justin Muller 3/4th Duc Lam, Tommy Schreiber

3rd Chance 1st Suzzie Wong 2nd Max Watanabe 3rd Brooke Meyer Mark Haynes

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Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice DATE Nov 30

CITY Houston, TX

LOCATION Bogies Billiards

PHONE 281-821-4544

EVENT / RULES 9-Ball Banks 9’ tables

ENTRY ADDED $100-Limit 32 $1,000

TIME 7PM

Dec 1

Houston, TX

Bogies Billiards

281-821-4544

One Pocket 9’ tables

$100-Limit 32 $1,000

9PM

Dec 2

Houston, TX

Bogies Billiards

281-821-4544

9-Ball 8’ tables

$75-Limit 128 $3,500

10AM

Dec 3

Houston, TX

Bogies Billiards

281-821-4544

Ladies 9-Ball 8’ tables

$45-Limit 32

Noon

Dec 2

New Brunswick

Fairview Shooters

1-506-693-7665 NBBA Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour

$750 min

11AM

Dec 2

Norristown, PA

Markley Billiards

610-278-1595

Jim Consoli Scotch Double Benefit $60/team

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Noon

Dec 2

Davenport, IA

Sharky’s

563-359-RACK

No Master 10-Ball

$40 incl g.f.

$1,000w/64

11AM

Dec 2

Williamsville, NY

Bison Billiards

716-632-0281

8-Ball Bar Box

$35

$250

Noon

Dec 2-3

Virginia Beach, VA

Q-Masters

757-499-8900

757 Skill Level 7 Playoff

$30

$500 w/64

Call

Dec 2-3

Virginia Beach, VA

Q-Masters

757-499-8900

757 Skill Level 8 Playoff

$30

$500 w/64

Call

Dec 2-3

Virginia Beach, VA

Q-Masters

757-499-8900

757 Skill Level 9 & 10 Playoff

$50

$500 w/64

Call

Dec 4-7

Las Vegas, NV

Mandalay Bay Casino

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tickets

Call

Call

Dec 9

Fairfield, OH

Michael’s Billiards

513-860-0044

U.S. Junior Pool 9/8 Ball Season Finals $30

$500

1PM

Dec 9

Virginia Beach, VA

Q-Master Billiards

757-499-8900

APT

Call Call Call

Dec 9-10

Fairfield, OH

Michael’s Billiards

513-860-1080

U S Junior Finals

$30 incl g.f.

$500

Noon

Dec 9-10

San Antonio, TX

Fat Racks

210-616-2144

San Antonio 9-Ball Finale

$85

$2,500 Guar

11AM

Dec 16

Williamsville, NY

Bison Billiards

716-632-0281

9-Ball Triple Elimination-Limit 32 $40 incl g.f.

$500

10AM

Dec 16

Davenport, IA

Sharky’s

563-359-RACK

Rackin Around the Christmas Tree $40 incl g.f.

$1,000w/64

11AM

Dec 16

Oklahoma City, OK

Jamaica Joe’s

405-736-0590

Ladies 9-Ball

$45

$1,500

11AM

Dec 29

Parkersburg, WV

The League Room

304-983-9640

8-Ball Chip-Limit 36

$15

$250

7PM

Dec 30

Parkersburg, WV

The League Room

304-983-9640

9-Ball

$30

$500 w/36

3PM

Dec 31

Parkersburg, WV

The League Room

304-983-9640

One Pocket

$30

$250/24

Noon

Dec 30

Greensboro, NC

Gate City Billiards

336-856-8800

One Pocket Open-Limit 32

$100

Call

11AM

Jan 3

Mattydale, NY

The New Salt City Billiards 315-454-8643

Pre Turning Stone-Single Elimination $150/$100

$1,000 w/20

6PM

Jan 4-7

Verona, NY

Turning Stone Classic

518-356-7163

Open 9-Ball

$150/$200

$25,000

Call

Jan 6

Williamsville, NY

Bison Billiards

716-632-0281

8-Ball Bar Box

$35

$250

Noon

Jan 20

Williamsville, NY

Bison Billiards

716-632-0281

9-Ball Triple Elimination-Limit 32 $40 incl g.f.

$500

10AM

Jan 20

Elizabeth, IN

Derby City Classic

derbycityclassic.com 9-Ball Banks - Buy in option (bio) $110 bio $50

$10,000 Guar

Noon

Jan 22

Elizabeth, IN

Derby City Classic

derbycityclassic.com One Pocket - Buy in option (bio)

$135 bio $75

$15,000 Guar

Noon

Jan 25

Elizabeth, IN

Derby City Classic

derbycityclassic.com 9-Ball - Buy in option (bio)

$160 bio $100 $25,000 Guar

Noon

Jan 27

Parkersburg, WV

The League Room

304-983-9640

8-Ball

$30 incl g.f.

$150 min.

2PM

Jan 27

Virginia Beach, VA

Q-Master Billiards

757-499-8900

Senior Pool Tour

$30

Cash & Prizes

11AM

Jan 27-28

Norristown, PA

Markley Billiards

610-278-1595

Dan Douglas Sr Mem. 8-Ball

$65 incl g.f.

Call

11AM

Feb 23

Shreveport, LA

Sidepockets

318-425-8112

10-Ball Ring Game

$100-Limit 16 Call

8PM

Feb 24-25

Shreveport, LA

Sidepockets

318-425-8112

Open 9-Ball-Limit 128

$75 incl g.f.

$2,000 Guar

Call

Feb 24

Parkersburg, WV

The League Room

304-983-9640

8-Ball

$30 incl g.f.

$150 min.

2PM

Mar 31

Parkersburg, WV

The League Room

304-983-9640

8-Ball

$30 incl g.f.

$150 min.

2PM

Varies

$500

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