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20 1 4 Bull Shooters Phoenix, AZ by: Mary Akerlow Photos by Don Akerlow The RTC (WPBA’s Regional Tour Championship) was held at Bull Shooters in Phoenix, Arizona this year from January 16-19, 2014. We arrived there Sunday for the final day of play. the house was packed with players who had lost out already watching and playing in the second chance tournament. The tournament started out with a full field of 64, the best of the best women from the regional tours all across the U.S. The race was to 5 a round robin format with 8 brackets of 8 players each. By Saturday the field was down to 32 women divided into 8 groups again with 4 in each group for round robin. The race was to 5 and the top 2 women from each group advanced to the finals bracket on Sunday which would be single elimination, race to 7. Mike Bates and the staff at Bull Shooters hosted the ladies all weekend and everybody raved about the venue, the food and the service. Mike’s wife made a chicken salad sandwich that was a big hit with everyone. The tournament was run by the AWBT’s Kristie Ortega & Tres Kane. Everything went smoothly, no controversy or complaints. The bracketing was posted on the wall and accessible to all. Play was on (15) 9-foot Gold Crowns with Simonis Blue cloth and (1) 9-foot Diamond. Mike mentioned that the tables had been newly recovered and were ready for play. The weekend’s events were live streamed so that those who couldn’t make the trip could watch their favorite players from home. Sunday the final 8 players returned. The day began with Amanda Pully vs Stacey Allsup; Jai Li vs Shawn Modelo; Crystal McCormick vs Kim Pierce; Dawn Fox vs Belinda Calhoun; Sheila Clark vs Gail Eaton; Suwanna Kroll vs Natalie Mans; Stephanie Hefner vs Teresa Garland; Liz Cole vs Janet Atwell. The field was whittled down and the final 2 players emerged - Janet Atwell and Jai Li




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from JPNEWT. Two top notch players. The match was a race to 9 and went back and forth for the first 8 racks. The score was tie at 4-4 when the ladies took a break. After returning from the break, the momentum started to shift to Li who reached the hill first 8-5. It was obvious that Janet was playing in pain as she missed shot she was making earlier in the day. The 14th rack went to Li and she was crowned the victor at the 2014 WPBA Regional Tour Championship. It was great to be able to stop in and watch the ladies in person. We had been following the brackets and live stream as the weekend progressed. It was nice to put a face to the names of the ladies we have covered in the magazines across the country. We chatted with Liz Cole, Mary Hopkin and Deby Welfringer of the NWPA; Shawn Modelo, Eleanor Collado and Naomi Manuel from the TWCWT; Janis Sessions and Crystal McCormick from Florida’s FBT and Janet Atwell, just to name a few. The event was a great success and Mike Bates and the Bull Shooters staff could not have been better hosts. If you are ever in Phoenix, Arizona stop in at Bull Shooters and check it out. You will find 15 – 9’ Gold Crowns and 1- 9’ Diamond; 10 – 8’ Tables and 19 – 7’ Bar Boxes. Plenty of room to play and plenty of leagues to play in. Young or old their is a place for everyone to play at Bull Shooters. Check it out! “Thanks Mike for making Cheese & I feel welcome”.



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s e l b R o Comes back to take down Decahine To the best of his recollection, the last time Tony Roblesmet up with Mike Dechaine was over two years ago in Valley Forge. Dechaine had gotten the best of him 11-8 back then and when Dechaine took him down in the hot seat match of the January 12 stop on the Predator Tour, somewhere in that generally professional demeanor that doesn’t over-dramatize a single defeat, there had to have been a quiet voice in the mental background, saying “Here we go again.” Robles came back from the semifinals to down Dechaine in the finals of the $750-added Open Predator event that had drawn 26 entrants to Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY. “I had a chance to beat him at 10-2 in those finals,” said Robles, “but he slipped in a couple of games on me.” By the time Robles moved among the winners’ side final four, he’d already played what he would consider to be his “best match of the tournament” - a 7-3 win over Wang Can - which came at a point when he was nowhere near as tired as he was going to be at the end, and made “fewer errors.” He moved on from that win to defeat Travis McKinney 7-2, as Dechaine was busy defeating Bogie Uzdejczyk 7-1. Dechaine took command of the hot seat match, giving up only two racks and waiting in the hot seat for Robles’ return. On the loss side, Zion Zvi was working on a six-match, lossside winning streak, which had begun when he’d been defeated by Hunter Lombardo 7-1 in the event’s opening round. Victories over Eddie Culhane 7-4 and a commanding 7-1 win over Earl “The Pearl” Strickland, set Zvi up to face McKinney. Uzdejczyk ran into Frankie Hernandez, who’d gotten by Kevin Guimond 7-2 and spoiled Wang Can’s hopes of a re-match against Robles, by defeating him 7-4. Hernandez took care of Uzdejczyk 7-3 and in the quarterfinals, met up with Zvi, who’d dropped McKinney 7-2. Zvi took that quarterfinal match against Hernandez 7-3, but had his loss-side run terminated by Robles in a double hill semifinal. Robles left little room for doubt in the finals, taking command early, and staying out in front. He won it, ahead by six, at 11-5 to claim the event title. Beyond his tempered joy of winning this event on his own tour, Robles was elated by the overall turnout for the two weekend events (Open and Amateur) that had drawn a total of 131 players to Steinway

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SLANG WORDS COMMONLY USED BY ROAD PLAYERS GEORGE - Word that means something is good. “the movie was george” or “the game is george” We also use double george to mean really good. This can be signaled to another Road-Player by putting their hand over their chest. TOM - The opposite of george and simply means something is bad. If the game is a tom game then you shouldn’t play. This can be signaled by brushing your nose with your finger. Double tom for emphasis. Stalling or laying down- playing “under your speed” , missing balls on purpose or anything to make yourself appear to play less than you really do. LEMON OR LEMONADE - losing on purpose with the intention of coming back at a later time to beat either the person you played or someone else. Enables you to bet higher because someone already saw you lose and underrates your game. Lemons require you to stall. JAR - means to put something in someones drink to make them play bad and lose. Even if a drink hasn’t been opened it can be jarred by shooting the substance in the bottle or can with an insulin needle or syringe. SPOT-BOOK - the book that you keep the names and personal information about someone that tells how to beat them out of the most money, how much they will bet, how much they can be spotted, what they look like, where they play, what game they like and don’t like, and anything else that will help win the maximum money off of them. SPOT-SHEET - a piece of paper with all the information you need for a certain location that has information on everyone in the room that has to do with gambling. MARK - someone that has been targeted to be hustled or conned CHIP - used in reference to drugs that keep you up (amphetamines) SHORTSTOP - someone that thinks they play well but are not capable of beating any real players. STEER-MAN - someone that tells Road-Players where they can go to win money and gives them the information that goes in their spot-book. A good steer-man will make 20% of the winnings for giving a good “steer”. STAKE-HORSE OR BACKER - someone that puts up the money for a player and

usually will split the winnings with the player 50-50 or 60-40 depending on the status of the player and how desperate he is for action. BANKROLL - refers to the money that you have to gamble with. Most gamblers will keep a “roll” of money in their front pocket for show. FLASH - to show a potential mark a roll of money seemingly unintentionally. NIT - someone that is tight with their money and “won’t bet fat meat is greasy.” “no gambling nit” NOSE OPEN - refers to when a sucker is beyond the point of no return and is chasing his money trying to win it back, but is in a trap and will probably lose all he has and all he can borrow. SUCKER - a loser or someone that always finds a way to lose his money. SCUFFLER - someone that hangs around bars or pool rooms looking for suckers that can’t possibly win. They usually make most of their living doing this. ROAD-PLAYER - the premier pool hustlers. They may go years without losing because they play really well and always know who they are playing before they play. They always have spot-books and access to the best steer-men. GOING OFF - means losing most if not all of your money gambling SHARKING - to intentionally try to distract your opponent by either saying something or doing something while they are shooting a shot. DOUBLE STEER - to give someone a steer to play a certain game, but actually being in with the other person. This is common among hustlers and stake-horses, especially in the big city pool rooms. DOUBLE STEER LEMON - Pretending to set up a double steer, but actually being in with the first guy for the purpose of getting someone else into a game. Because of the double steer format the winning player would have to split the money with the person setting it up and if it is really a lemon then you are appearing to lose twice as much as you really are and you have the player thinking that he has really won and will tell people that are in with him so that they might get caught up in a future game. This is only done by experienced Road-Players and hustlers. DUMP - to lose a stake-horses money on purpose and splitting it with the player later at a secret meeting place. KNOCKERS - People that tell others the level of players game so they won’t play. Knockers do this to feel important and useful, but as a result keep the action in a pool room to a bare minimum. Knockers are hated by road players. DETECTIVES - They are like knockers, but sometimes use all the information they come up with to gamble themselves. They know how everyone in town plays and are useful to hustlers because they give them information...sometimes for free, but usually want a “piece of the action” in return

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Owner Ed Liddawi, 3rd Huigi See, 1st Dennis Spears, 2nd Frankie Hernande Sandcastle Billiards Hosted the Mezz ProAm season opener on Jan 19, 2014. A strong field came out to play players like Francisco Bustamante, Hunter Lombardo, Dennis Spears, Huigi See, Frankie Hernandez, Jennifer Barretta and Gregg McAndrews Leading the top half of the bracket was Dennis Spears with wins over Jennifer Barretta 7-5, Frankie Hernandez 7-6 and Hunter Lombardo 7-3. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Huigi See with wins Joe Mazzeo 7-3 Rob “40� Hart 7-3 Gregg McAndrews 7-5. Playing for the hot seat was Dennis

Spears Vs Huigi See this was a great match that went back and forth till the hill when it was all said and done it was Dennis Spears winning the hot 7-6 and sending Huigi See to the one lost side. Waiting for Huigi See on the one lost side was Frankie Hernandez, after losing to Dennis Spears 7-6. Frankie Hernandez went on a tare beating Joe Mazzeo 7-0 John Spencer 7-1, Gregg McAndrews 7-4 Hunter Lombardo 7-4 and Huigi See 7-6 to get to the finals. In the finals it was Dennis Spears Vs Frankie Hernandez. Hernandez would have

to beat Spears twice in order to win the event. The first set was very exciting Spears jumped to a 6-2 lead and Hernandez came right back to tie it up at 6-6 but the day belonged to Dennis Spears as he pulled out the first set 7-6 and the event. I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi Chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues &Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine and Mike Ricciardella

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Last June, Justin Bergman raised a few pool eyebrows when he defeated Francisco Bustamante in the finals of the Southern Classic’s One-Pocket event in Tunica. He’d already chalked up a win on the Simonis Cloth Classic Tour in May and two months after Tunica, won the Big Muddy Freeroll down in Cape Girardeaux, LA. Bergman opened his 2014 campaign with an undefeated victory in the River City 9-Ball Open, stopping a five-match, loss side bid by Robb Saez in the process. The $1,000-added event, held on the weekend of January 11-12, drew 52 entrants to 6 Pockets Bar & Billiards in Decatur, AL. As Bergman was busy among the winners’ side final eight, defeating Kenny Laftis 9-3, ‘home room’ favorite, Lane “Lights Out” Gatlin was working on Saez, eventually sending him on his loss-side way 9-4. Bergman then picked up Gatlin and sent him over after Saez 9-2. Robert Hall, in the meantime, defeated Bobby McGrath 9-4 to join Bergman in the battle for the hot seat. Bergman took that hot seat match 9-7, and waited on the return of Saez. Saez opened his loss-side bid 7-3 over Daryl Biggart, followed up 7-2 over Laftis and missed a second shot at Gatlin, when he drew Bobby McGrath. Gatlin got Nick Hickerson, who’d eliminated Ron Justice7-5 and Dustin Wilkins 7-3. Hickerson put the lights out on Gatlin 7-1 to face Saez, who’d just defeated McGrath 7-3. The quarterfinal was one of only three double hill fights among the tournament’s final 22 matches. Saez won it over Hickerson and then, downed Robert Hall 7-3. Bergman gave up only two racks in the race-to-9 to capture the event title. 6 Pockets owner Paul McLain thanked his staff, and their families, for the cooperation necessary to coordinate the event. He also thanked sponsors PoolActionTV for their live stream broadcast with Ray “Big Truck” Hansen, and local sponsors Supreme Beverage and Valley Budweiser.


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Giving free mini-lessons at the APA Nationals, I saw every imaginable stroke style and an amazing array of flaws. The most prominent flaw, by far, was poking. It was everywhere, at every level. I was astonished. Sure, we cure the two or three pokers we get in most of my classes, but this was epidemic. Since my Poking Enlightenment, I’ve been able to see more deeply into poking and develop some useful insights into curing the problem. Let’s start by getting on the same page with our terminology. A “poke” is a pool stroke that decelerates on the way to the cueball, often stopping where the middle of the CB had been. Some players think of it as “jabbing,” “stabbing,” or “punching” the cueball. Poking is bad. It makes speed control very difficult – and makes the player look like an easy target. “Stroke” is what we want. Strokes accelerate nicely through the cueball. The stick, weighing three times what the ball weighs, does its job without interference, like a hammer driving a nail. Remember in baseball and tennis, when your coach kept saying “Swing through the ball!”? Same idea. If you think you are hitting the cueball, you will tend to poke. Hit your finish. Get your tip through that cueball at least a few inches. Pokers can’t stop themselves from poking merely because they’ve come to understand they are doing it. It all happens too fast. Why players poke: Many players poke simply because when they were beginners, they didn’t get to see good pool. They did what they saw, and now it’s an unconscious habit. As players get better though, they continue to poke, even after it’s been pointed out to them many times. Here we go deeper. I believe players poke because they do not trust their stroke. They don’t believe they can take a full stroke and stroke straight, so they take a very short, very jerky backswing. Because they doubt their ability to take a smooth, languid, straight stroke, they jab quickly at the cueball. It’s all over before they know what happened. Pokers black out during the backswing. Pokers can’t catch themselves poking because they are not present – not fully there – in the shot. There’s nobody home, so they can’t even get to the back of the backswing. But of course, “You must be present to win!” How players poke: Pokers tend to be clenched up. Their stroke arm is tight. Much of that tightness comes from a grip that’s way too tight, or one that

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grabs hard during the stroke. With the stroke arm clenched up, it’s hard to do anything but poke. How do you move that rigid arm more than a couple of inches? Pokers have very little backswing, no pause at the back of the swing, and screech to a stop without going through the cueball. They appear to be in a hurry. What to do about it: Lighten up. Try stroking (no ball) with a tight grip, and as you stroke, gradually soften your grip. You’ll find you can take a longer backswing and a longer, smoother hit stroke. Once you get this to work pretty well, increase your hit speed. Try to allow your arm to fold nicely at the elbow. Soften your grip hand. Strive to keep your grip hand soft, all the way through the shot. Start with slow speeds and work your way up. Hit off the spot. Practice hitting the cueball off the spot. Use chalk or balls or paper donuts to mark a target on the cloth about 6” behind the cueball, and another 4” past it. Slow down. Try to see your tip come back to the back target and see your tip finish at the forward target. Start from the back. Pokers have trouble staying conscious at the back of the backswing. Still hitting off the spot, pull your tip back to that 6” target, and start from there. Hang out at the back of the swing. Take your time, check your aim, and when you’re ready, accelerate your stick smoothly forward to your 4” finish target. Also, try some with your eyes gently closed during the hit stroke. Listen for the cueball to fall in the corner pocket. Open your eyes and check your tip position. Enjoy your backswing. Now that you know you can stroke smoothly forward from the back of the swing, let’s get that stick back there nicely. Try to take a soft, languid, luxurious backswing. Be present and trust your backswing. Hitches cause glitches. Establish a cadence. Count out loud, 1-2-3, in an even cadence, as you take your hit stroke. Say ‘1’ as you begin to pull your tip away from the back of the cueball. Say ‘2’ at the back of the backswing, and say ‘3’ as you hit the ball. Pokers don’t stroke in an even beat like this. Slow down and force yourself to stroke in cadence, at a speed that feels natural to you. Stop poking around. It may take an act of faith at first, but you’ll feel better about your stroke, get better results, and look better at the table.

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Gimme a (One-Pocket) Break! Part four of a short series on breaking

Michael K Glass

Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

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Frankly, I don’t think there is much wisdom I can impart to you, dear reader, about the One-Pocket break. If you play the game, you probably already know how to break (and are hopefully practicing). If you don’t play, then you’re probably skipping this article and reading some cool new tip from Bob Jewett. Go ahead, I’m not jealous. He certainly knows a few things about the game. Maybe I can use this space to do a little begging. You see, I have been wanting to get my hands on a copy of Winning OnePocket...As Taught by the Game’s Greatest Players for a while now. If any reader has a copy they are willing to part with, please feel free to let me know, and I’d be happy to take it off your hands. And if you do have a copy, read it! It is considered by most to be the definitive guide to the game, including the break. OK, OK, I’ll talk about the break for a moment. Here’s my two cents: The One-Pocket break is a safety break designed to do three things: Push balls toward your pocket, protect those balls, and leave your opponent with no shot. If you play the game, then you should know the standard break shot: Place the cue ball near the long rail on the head string (As usual, I favor the right side). Using inside english, hit the second ball in the rack after grazing the head ball. The cue ball should have enough speed to strike the rack, then the foot rail, and rebound to the side rail, stopping near the third diamond. And if you’re anything like me, you have messed this break up many times! Sometimes, you miss the head ball completely. The cue-ball dies after hitting the second ball, and you leave your opponent an easy opening shot. Or, you hit too much of the head ball, and the cue-ball caroms off another ball and sinks itself in your opponent’s corner pocket. Here are a few tips to help you minimize these dangers: First of all, make sure that the first three balls, as well as all of the balls on the side you are breaking, are touching. No gaps. If there are gaps, have your opponent rerack (or do it yourself if you are racking your own). Next, where you place the cue-ball on the head string determines how aggressive you’d like to be. The closer to the rail you are, the more aggressive your break is (you’ll break more balls loose, but have a smaller

margin for error, and you may scratch more easily in the corner or sell out a shot). If you break about one diamond from the rail, it’s more conservative, but it will be a longer game -- the rack won’t release very many balls. I prefer a middle-of-the-road approach, breaking from about 2/3 of a diamond from the long rail. To work on your break speed, try racking just three balls and practice making the ball stop at the third diamond close to the rail. This is much easier than constantly reracking the entire rack. Remember, though, that racking all fifteen balls allows you to practice a full, proper break and try different things. Practice both ways. When breaking, don’t aim to barely skim the head ball. Instead, ignore the head ball; simply aim for a full ball hit on the second ball as if the head ball weren’t there, and use as much inside english as you are comfortable with while still maintaining control. When executed properly, you should end up grazing the head ball just right, sending it near the opposite side pocket; two balls will go near your pocket (hopefully one high, on the long rail, and one low, on the short rail); and the cue ball will end up at the third diamond on the rail. There are many other breaks you can try as well, and I could probably write 10 more articles on this subject alone. You could try breaking between the second/third, or even the third/fourth balls. There is even a break you can do that strikes the side rail first, and hits the rack from the side! I have never been able to master that one, and many have told me that it’s a low-percentage break. All I can suggest here is that you try them yourself, and discover what works best for you. This concludes my series on breaking. If you would like to read the whole series, please be sure to visit www.onthebreaknews. com to find past issues. Do you have some tips on breaking that you’d like to share with me? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Visit, or drop me a line at I can also be found hanging out with fellow pool enthusiasts at Come on by and join the discussion!

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I miss ring nine ball. When I was first learning how to play I could count on getting into a ring game most afternoons at the rec center. It was fast, fun, educational and occasionally profitable. I hope things are better in your neck of the woods, but around here there are no ring games, and I wish they would come back. For those who have not yet encountered this form of nine ball, here are the basic rules. The game is for several people. While three can play, it is much more interesting to have four or more. You take turns shooting in a game of nine ball. The player who makes the nine wins the bet from each of the other players. The main rule difference from current nine ball is that there is no ball in hand. If the person ahead of you misses the hit, you can have him shoot again. If he misses again, you can have him shoot again. You can also have him shoot again after a scratch. It is considered bad form verging on cheating if you don’t try to hit the ball. For example in the shot shown which is right after your break shot on which you made the one ball, you are expected to try to hit the two ball. By the normal rules you might push out to X, but in a ring game your choices are the jump shot and the kick shot. Here is another place where ring is different from regular. The jump shot in the diagram may be your best chance to hit the two ball if you’re a good jumper but little good can come of it except maybe a tough leave. If you shoot the kick shot, there are lots of ways to score. It is pointless to go for a safe since it is the second player in rotation after you who would get the benefit of the safety. If instead you can get some ball into a pocket -- any pocket -- you have an immediate chance to continue. In the particular position shown, one of those chances on the kick shot is for the cue ball to hit the two, come off the side cushion and then carom into the nine ball. It looks like it could go into the side pocket. I hope you have already seen the possibility of the two ball sliding up the rail to go in the side pocket off the seven ball -- if so your imagination makes you well suited to ring games. There are some other common rules and variations you should know about. If there are no run-out players in your group, play a half-bet on the five ball. Normally all balls made illegally spot up, and if there was a scratch, the shot is from behind the line. Learn how to make spot shots. If the player ahead of you makes two balls and scratches, they both spot but you can have him shoot again since he fouled. If you want a little faster game, only spot a ball if it’s the one before a money ball. We used to play double on the run-out but that was a rare occasion

in our group of beginners. If one player seems to always get safe or sell out, you may want to redraw for shooting order. At the end of the game in which a redraw is called for, the winner breaks and the remaining players draw for order behind him. There are probably as many sets of ring game rules as there are bar table eight ball rules. If you have some favorite rules, send them to and I may cover them in a followup article.

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An Interview with Professional

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Melissa Little

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Viper: Where were you born? Jeanette: I was born in Brooklyn New York Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? Jeanette: I’d have to say winning the gold medal in the 2001 World Games was the highlight. To win on such an international level among so many athletes in all different sports was amazing. I remember my biggest single payday of $68,500 to win the Ultimate 9ball Championship Viper: Do you have a nickname yet? Jeanette: The Black Widow Viper: What are your short-term goals? Jeanette: I think trying to balance my life between my children, my business career, my love for pool and my health. Viper: What do you do when you’re not competing? Jeanette: I’m on the computer and phone working deals to market my sport and myself as well as raising my kids and working out. Viper: Do you have siblings? Jeanette: Yes, I have a blended family that includes my sister, my half sisters and stepsiblings. Viper: Who got you started in playing pool? Jeanette: My boyfriend in HS played pool so I went with him. But my addiction and journey began when I saw this older gentleman playing pool, was the most beautiful graceful thing I had ever seen.

Viper: What do your parents think of your pool career? Jeanette: They are very proud of me. Of course they were hesitant when I was younger but they saw the hard work and the success and they are very supportive. Viper: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? Jeanette: America, Europe, and Asia. I think it’s because of the WPBA, The Euro tour and the Asian Tour. (Viper continued on page 37)

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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.


In November of 2007, the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Louisville, Kentucky played host to the $20,000 added CSI Qlympics. A star studded field gathered to compete in the BCA, U.S. Open Bank Pool Championship, U.S. Open One-Pocket Championship, U.S. Open 14.1 Championship, and the ever prestigious U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Early on Saturday morning I decided to drive north to Louisville and watch some of the world’s greatest players. My intention was to watch the featured Action Report match pitting Earl Strickland against Shane Van Boening. However, when I arrived on the scene, my good friend Samantha Patton and convinced me to enter both the 8-Ball and 9-Ball mini-tournaments. She said it would be a great way to test my skills against some of the world’s greatest players. The 9-Ball mini was single elimination, race to 5. I started out strong winning several matches by significant margins. After winning the final match of the 9-Ball tournament against “Detroit Tom” by a score of 5-2, I found myself in the semifinals of the 8-Ball event pitted against top ranked touring professional, Louis Ulrich. Louis had just won the BCAPL Men’s Master Big Table Singles Division and had just finished 2nd in the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. The match was close and it was only a race to 3. I was on the hill by a score of 2-1 and Louis had just missed an opportunity at a difficult run out. I came to the table with a crucial decision to make. As you can see below, I had the solids and Louis had only the 8-ball left. It was clear that I had to play safe. The problem was how do you defend against the firepower of a world-class player? As I studied the layout my first instinct was to do something simple. I wanted to graze the 6-ball rolling up behind it and the 5, leaving the cue ball at position “A”. However, as I continued to study the layout of balls, I came to the realization that it was the incorrect shot. I kept telling myself, “You can’t let him have a clear kick shot

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to pocket the 8.” So I surveyed the table for other options. After carefully surveying the table, I noticed that my 2 and 3 ball were positioned near the 8, and could be potentially used as blockers for executing a different type of safety. My new plan was to shoot thinly into the left side of the 6-ball and position the cue-ball two rails onto the other side of the table, leaving it at position “B”. This plan cuts off the upper cushion, which takes the easier to pocket 1-rail kick out of the equation. I would rather have my opponent kick to the short side of the ball with a lower percentage of making it, rather than letting him kick to the long side, which has a higher probability of the ball being pocketed. After I executed the safety, Louis came to the table and kicked to the short side. The 8-ball rebounded off the cushion and broke loose my 2 and 3. This was the only (continued on page 38) 16 page

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Most of the billiard industry understands the art of being in business and acts accordingly. Cliches like “business makes strange bedfellows” or “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” can be complex thoughts but look at what is best for your bottom line. Working together can enhance all businesses involved. A bad reputation comes from someone’s opinion on how they were treated whether it was justified or not. Sometimes the smallest things, the details, will help you more than a big splash, returning phone calls and never saying anything derogatory about anyone. It may very well be good sense to keep your door open with other businesses because someday it may prove useful. If you have invented or created something and it is your opinion that it is the best thing that the billiard industry and pool players have ever seen ... if only they could see it. How do you propose to let them know about it? What comes to mind is advertising. It has been said that printed magazines will be a thing of the past. I’ve been hearing this for some 15-20 years. Yes, there are a lot of internet magazines but go to a book store, Walmart, or even your grocery store and look in the magazine section. There are magazines about everything you can imagine and then some. Examples online are at - you will find a lot of different magazines there as well. We have been publishing pool magazines for over 20 years. I’ve seen them come and go and I think the reason that we have survived is the passion that I have for playing the game. There are thousands of players that play better than I ... that know more than I ... or can teach better that I. The one thing I have is I love what I do. I’ve had people ask why do I do this? The main reason is when I was playing tournaments 30 to 40 years ago there was nothing out there. There was no magazine out there that put in my picture, article or results. So if you are reading this and you run a tournament or promote one or sponsor one and you want to promote it, email me: Let’s work together ... that can benefit both of us.

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Jerry Hager Catches a Grove Wins entry to Regional!

Jerry Hager A full field of 48 players came to Corner Pocket Billiards in Wheeling WV to get a shot at entry into the March Regional BCAPL Championships to be held at Wheeling Island Racetrack- Hotel-Casino in March. The race to 5 with alternate breaks started and ended with a record number of hill/hill matches and excitement. Over 38 matches came down to the final game which made the lag the most important part of the tournament. Don Blevins Sr started the day out strong with a 5-0 win over tournament high bid Tom Purich then proceeded to work his way to the king seat against Mike Cumberledge who himself survived 3 hill/hill matches. A modified race to 7 for the king seat and final was again a battle but Mike missed the last ball to give Don the Hot seat. While waiting for the finals to emerge, Jerry Hager was battling though the losers bracket with many of his own do or die hill/hill matches to finally get to Mike Cumberledge for a shot at the finals. The two regulars at Corner Pocket Billiards battled it out till the end after some rare misses by Hager to close out the match after being up 4-1...the hill/hill battle ended with another miss by Cumberledge on the last ball to have Hager move on to the final against Don who had turned him into the losers bracket earlier in the day. Everyone was thinking the final would be like all the rest of the matches but Hager put an end to that as he starting firing in shots and running racks to prevail 7-2 to take home the victory and spot into the Regional BCAPL Championships.

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Dana Aft, rebounding from a stunning, double-dip defeat at the hands of Brittany Bryant in the Music City Open (January 17-19), traveled to a warmer climate and went undefeated in the season opener of the Flamingo Billiards Tour; a $250-added event that drew 39 entrants to Cunningham’s Pool and Darts in Vero Beach, FL on Saturday, January 25. “It was the largest attendance we’ve ever had for a regular event,” said Tour Director Mimi McAndrews. “Normally, we’ll draw about 32, with the exception of our annual breast cancer fund-raiser (Cues for the Cure), which drew 50 last year.” The modified, double elimination event saw the 39 entrants play a straight, double elimination format until only four players were left on each side of the bracket. From there, the remaining eight players squared off in single elimination quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches. The player mix, according to McAndrews, was a combination of tour veterans and newcomers; Aft, a 2013 Amateur Women’s champion, was, technically, a newcomer to the Flamingo Billiards Tour. The winners’ side final four was evenly divided; Aft and April Wallen, who were playing on the tour for the first time, advanced, along with Jeannie Seaver and Angela Ger. Joining the final eight from the one-loss side were Kelly Cavanaugh, Kelly Coyle, Sue Roberts and Valerie Dukich (new to the tour).

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Aft was matched up against Roberts, whom she’d sent to the loss side 7-4 during the double elimination phase of the tournament. Wallen played Coyle, Seaver met Dukich, and Ger met up with Cavanaugh. With echoes of Music City no doubt reverberating in her, Aft watched Roberts take a 4-1 lead in their quarterfinal re-match, before she responded with a six-pack that moved her into the semifinals. Wallen downed Coyle 7-1, Seaver defeated Dukich 7-3 and Ger got by Cavanaugh 7-4. In the semifinals, Wallen defeated Seaver 7-5, as Aft picked up her pace a bit and eliminated Ger 7-1. So it was, that the two tour newcomers, Aft and Wallen, met up in the finals. Aft took the final set 7-3 to claim the first 2014 Flamingo Billiards Tour title. Mimi McAndrews thanked Chris Devila and his staff at Cunningham’s, as well as sponsors Ozone Billiards, Simonis Cloth Satellite Tour, Boynton Billiards, and Martz Cues. The next stop on the six, possibly, seven-stop tour is scheduled for March 8. The $250-added event will be hosted by Wally’s in Lakeland, FL. The tour is scheduled through October and will conclude with the 6th Annual Cues for the Cure event.

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Left: 3rd Arturo Reyes; 1st Bogie Uzdejczyk; 2nd Place - Ben Castaneros, background Owner-Operator Kevin Buckley Bogie Uzdejczyk went undefeated in the first 2014 Tri-State at Gotham City Billiards. Bogie’s tournament trail included wins over Teavor Heal 7 - 3; Ed Medina 7 - 5; Keith Adamik Arturo Reyes 7 - 6; Basdeo Sookhai 7 - 3; and Ben Castaneros 8 - 5 for the the Hot Seat. Arturo Reyes made a bid to reach the finals, and avenge his loss to Bogie, winning four matches on the loss side. Ben Castaneros halted Arturo’s run 7 - 3 and earned a rematch with Bogie. Ben took an early lead, but Bogie was on a mission and soon took over finishing with an 8 - 4 victory. The next Tri-State will be held on January 11, 2014 at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ. Thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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George Fels is reporting: In recent years, the Derby City Classic Straight Pool Challenge has gained great much momentum, attracting high-level players attending at Derby to compete at what many consider the purest form of pool. For the 2014 edition, the event is getting a new name to honor George Fels, the beloved Billiards Digest columnist who had the longest-running career in billiards journalism and was an avid straight pool enthusiast. Read NYC Grind’s memorial piece dedicated to Fels, who recently passed away on December 31, 2013. Event promoter Dennis Walsh shares the news of the name change in the announcement below. See more at: EgCKbgSu.dpuf The Derby City Straight Pool Challenge has been renamed the George Fels Memorial Straight Pool Challenge, in honor of George Fels who passed away on December 31, 2013. George brought the game to life whenever he wrote about it in his monthly Billiards Digest column. He had seen all of the great ones play throughout the years and shared it with us in his own inimitable way. He was probably the first to give written instruction of the intricacies of straight pool in his many books. Many of you must remember his “Whenever Possibles”. Clear the rails, whenever possible. Open the pockets, whenever possible. In addition, he actively participated in the Straight Pool Leagues in Chicago. He played in the Red Shoes leagues many years, and recently, when travel became difficult, he played in a new straight pool league on the north side of Chicago and graced the league with his presence, while taking home first place. He also commentated on some of the live streams out of Red Shoes, and even at the World Tournament a few years back, and he was indefatigable. It is only fitting that we make at least some small gesture in recognition of his contribution to our sport. This year’s event takes place January 26 to February 1. The qualifiers take place Sunday through Wednesday. For every $100 paid in, the player gets 12 chances. There is no limit to the number of times they can enter. They rack 14 balls and take the 15th ball in hand and cue ball in hand and see how many balls they can run. The three high runs for each of the first four days are paid $300, $200, and $100, respectively. The players with the top eight runs of the four days then have a single elimination tournament. Inside Pool is doing a live stream of the event and in all probability, videos will be uploaded to youtube at the end. We have had players like John Schmidt, Thorsten Hohmann, Ralph Eckert, Charlie Williams, Mika Immonen, Darren Appleton, Niels Feijen, Huijdi See, Danny Harriman and many others compete in the event and we have had many high runs in the 100’s on tough Diamond tables. We have been able to raise $7,750 in added money to this event. We should be able to generate a pretty good prize fund. Because we are back on the nine foot tables this year, I suspect the tables will not turn over quite as fast. If anyone wants to make a donation to this event, money can be sent by check or money order to the following address with a notation Derby City Straight Pool: Derby City Classic - 4700 New Middle Rd. - Jeffersonville, IN 47130 Donations can also be sent by PayPal to my account at

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Day 4: Diamond BIG Foot 10-Ball Challenge Finals

Although had had just shot a respectable .862, Shane knew that he had escaped. He had 30 minutes to shake it off, push the reset button, and step up. He had heard tale of Feijen’s intimidating performance against Ralf. He had observed him deservedly attain MVP status at the Mosconi Cup last month. He knew Niels wasn’t here to play, he was hear to win. Niels got off to a fine start. Down 2 zip, Shane stepped to the table. After a couple of safes to shoot at, the next thing Niels knew was that Shane was ahead 6-2, which included putting together a 2 pack, twice. Shane has found his sweet spot. His big break is back and balls were going in. No problem, Niels, composed, got the next rack and, down 6-3, inconceivably, missed a straight in 10. Shane was left a long bank, using the bridge, off the short rail: Nothing but net: 7-3. Shane over runs shape on the 9 and has to pound three rails to end inches from the 10. No problem; it’s very makable. He misses it! It leaves a thin cut for Niels. He misses it. The Beast is back. Shane makes it: 9-3. Breaks, makes one, leaves none, pushes out. Niels, announces, “Time out.” Smart. Returning, accepting the push out, he fails to leave safe: 10-3. Shane breaks dry. Niels composes a 2 pack! 10-5. Breaks dry. Shane makes 2 balls and hooks himself. Niels nails it: 10-6. Niels breaks. Shane’s hooked–in jail, Rather than kick, he rearranges the furniture. Niels, showing signs of his bad self, breaks Shane’s cluster and it’s 10-7. The Beast turns cold; Niels gets the kiss from hell–and scratches. Shane never looked back. Without hesitation, it was over; 11-7 and another prestigious accolade in his pocket. “Show me the money!” Shane had just shot a .908: The highest Accu-Stats TPA of the event, a truly impressive performance. After this event, surely, he’d be remembered as the best 10-Ball player ever, at least, to date. 9-foot, 10-foot, it didn’t matter, he’s the most consistent 10-Ball competitor. He’d overcome so much adversity, so much pressure–mostly self inflicted–the pressure that only true champions survive. He’d tamed the Beast. Who else can compare?

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David Thomson - Horseshoe Southern Indiana Elizabeth, Indiana Sponsored by Diamond SMART TABLE, True Blue Simonis 860 Cloth, and Cyclop Pool Balls. Old guys rule, at least, Efren stiil does. He went 11 rounds in the world’s most punishing arena to show that if you make one mistake, you will pay. If you leave him a ball, he’ll steal at least 6 or, most likely, run out, That’s what he did to master one-pocket marksman, Shannon “The Cannon” Daulton, That remarkable win gave Efren his 6th DCC title…at near 60 years old! Undefeated…and, still with the stamina to tame a pack of raging carnivores. In the packed Accu-Stats’ TV arena, Shannon, always the Southern gentleman, stood and applauded respectfully as tournament director Ken Shuman introduced the man who needed no introduction. “Action,” signaled Accu-Stats’ Julian Robertson. The TV cameras started rolling. Shannon ran the first rack like Efren would soon visit the buy-back booth. He was running out the second and missed pocketing a ball while, simultaneously, trying to open the stack. Efren did what he does. He punished him…and ran out. The 4th rack was unbelievable. Shannon still in shock, and down 2-1, fouled. He failed to touch a rail, although, he did still leave safe. Efren tickled the cue ball off the bottom of the stack, it came back to stick on the other side of the rack, protecting 3 previously unleashed balls now sitting around Efren’s pocket. Howdeedodat? (Where’s the rewind button?) Shannon, still mesmerized by the magic, tried to recover and left an opening. Efren pocketed 8 and out. He also appropriated $12,000.

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Scott Frost, Shannon’s opponent in the semi’s, really wanted another shot at Efren. He’d beaten him before and knew that he could again, if given the chance. Just like his best selling DVD, Scott was playing “Power 1-Pocket.” His performance, today, included everything from kick combos to two rail, slow-rollers guaranteed to tease if they didn’t fall. Yet, it wasn’t enough. It took 2 hours of respectful, friendly fire before Shannon prevailed. It’s always such a crowd pleaser to watch these two pals compete; They’ve been doing it for decades. Previously, Scott had put Bustey to rest at 3-1, and in his first match of the day, young Justin Hall, the 2012 Southern Classic One-Pocket, and Bank Pool winner. Justin is definitely here to stay. One can tell; he revels in action. Efren, prior in the day, menaced Dennis Orcollo and had reminded the talented and sporty Josh Roberts that the “Old Guard” was in the house and can still rock the rock. Shannon knew that Josh was dangerous. Josh was last seen taking his winnings to the “Action” room to match up with the road worthy Chris Bartram. (Check the Forums.) The Filipino Invasion continues: 3 players in the last 7 in One-Pocket, two in the finals in Banks. and there are more to come, including Kiamco, Biado, and Corteza in the 9-Ball. And, guess who are in contention for the $25,000 Master of the Table purse? Dennis, Bustey , and, you knew it, Efren. Efren, like Elvis, had left the building before I’d gotten a chance to ask him why he’d won today. We all know how he would have answered, “I got lucky.

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Horseshoe Southern Indiana Elizabeth, Indiana. Sponsored by Diamond SMART TABLE, True Blue Simonis 860 Cloth, and Cyclop Pool Balls. Dennis Orcollo hadn’t visited the Banks Division buy-back booth but, he was about to. With 3 players left from 361, Francisco Bustamante and Dennis Orcollo prepared for battle. Earl Strickland won the toss and got the Bye. Dennis and Francisco resigned themselves to the fact that, as fellow Filipinos, they were going into the foray, yet, again. They also know that there is more at stake here than just the $10,000 for the Banks title. The points earned are the down payment on the $20,000 for the honorable Master of the Table award. Francisco was especially aware; he’d won it last year, for the second time! They entered the packed AccuStats Arena. Bustey, usually boisterous and jovial, was more serene. Dennis, who rarely smiled before, or during, a match, always maintained focus ‘til the last ball dropped. Today was no different. Dennis winning first match wasn’t to be. Even running 9 balls in a row, before a kiss of death scratched him, couldn’t stop Bustey’s multiple ball pocketing onslaught. Fortunately, Dennis had the cushion of the buy-back booth. The crowd loved it; they knew that, now, there were going to be 2 more matches. Accu-Stats was elated, too, as there would be more of their pro pool TV programming on FOX Sports Asia. Enter Earl. Bustey had just eliminated him in the BIG Foot 10-ball Challenge and felt comfortable. Earl did, too. During practice, he was pocketing balls with ease but, was first to admit, “Doing it in a match is a different story,” Very different, especially, if the other guy is firing in short rail bank after short rail bank. Side pockets are easier, we all know that but, when your opponent is consistently nailing them off the short rail, that’s intimidating. At 3-1 winners, Bustey was off to a good start. Earl, who always cashed Bank prize money, scored his highest finish ever, and $2,500. Now, back to the arena. Knowledgable crowd members were heard murmuring, “Can anyone beat Dennis twice?” It was possible. Lee Vann Corteza did last year in the Southern Classic 9-Ball.

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The onslaught ensued, At 1-0, Dennis destroyed another rack. At 2-0, he can taste it. Bustey riveted a rack and it’s 2-1. Dennis ran another 4 balls and barely missed the 5th. He pounded his cue off the floor on his way to his seat. Sitting down, he slapped the arm of his chair. The sound of his flesh hitting the polished wood ricocheted around the arena. He’d left a bank. Bustey rose to the occasion and banged in 4 on him. These balls weren’t being babied. They were smacked in the back of the pocket. Bustey needed only one more sphere and we were tied at two. It wasn’t to be. Dennis stabbed the remaining orb and bounded around the arena bouncing about 5 feet off the ground. “I can’t believe it,” he exclaimed, “Even at 2 games to one, needing only one ball, I was really scared, I know what Django can do. I’ve seen him come back so many times.” But, not today, Today, the battle was over. Bustey had to settle for second and $5,000. Stay tuned, pool fanatics, Dennis is undefeated in One-Pocket and has a 141 ball run in the 14.1.

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by: David Thomson - From 263 entrants there can only be one winner and how that unfolded was, arguably, the most exiting finals we have experienced in recent years at The Derby. Young John Morra advanced to a 4-1 lead over Shane Van Boening. Why? Because Morra was the one making balls on the break, and capitalizing on them. it wasn’t long before Shane found the sweet spot and balls were breaking into pockets. They were soon tied at 5 with Shane breaking. To add insult to injury, he snapped the nine: 6-5. Stalled again, he broke dry and John was at the table. There was no player, this week, who compared with John’s ability to spear in balls, the length of the table, under pressure. Driven by that heart, compounded with his stoic composure, John had negotiated himself to 8-7… and breaking. Shane was sunk low in his chair. His body language showed signs of defeat. He, like everyone else, after 9 days of torture, was visibly exhausted. John hadn’t broken dry the whole match and he’d gotten, at least, a sighting on the one…until now! Shane came alive. Was this going to be a repeat of the their BIG Foot 10-Ball match? He, barely, escaped that one after John fought from a 6-1 deficit to hill-hill. Perhaps, that was the motivation as he, now energized, managed to close out the rack and we were on the hill. I say we, as the room was so still you could hear the proverbial pin drop. Who would prevail? Safeties ensued until John kicked off the short rail at the two to leave the cue ball, closely, tucked under a ball snookering Shane. As if jinxed, the two fell in the side pocket and John was now kicking out of his own snooker at the three. He hit it well only to leave Shane knocking on opportunity’s door. How often have you seen Van Boening, on the hill, not take advantage of an open table? Tonight was no exception. With the adrenalin pumping, he summoned the will to remain calm, ran the rack, and secured his 2nd DCC 9-ball title. And, another $16,000. John would have to settle for another second yet, he’d definitely added many to his growing fan base. There were heads shaking and murmurs heard throughout the Horseshoe, “What a roll, what a roll:” Pool buffs felt his pain. John responded, “The worst roll was breaking on the hill not getting an open shot on the one.”

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Not to take anything way from Shane’s incredibly consistent performance this week, but, it was close. A couple of millimeters, either on John’s break or, that kicked in 2-ball, and there might have been a new DCC 9-Ball Champion. In the words of the great Buddy Hall, who always put it in perspective when he lost a close one, “Today, it just wasn’t my turn.” You can be assured of one thing, both these competitors will be back next year. I wonder who’s turn it will be then? Congratulations to the worthy Dennis Orcollo who reaped his first Master of the Table title. And, $20,000. He’ll be back, too. And, if that wasn’t enough, Dennis also garnered his first 14.1 title by handily beating RussianKonstantin Stepanov, 125-36, in the first George Fels Memorial Straight Pool Challenge. Diamond thanks Dennis Walsh, ably assisted by Bill Maropulos and Richard Klein, for their contribution to this annual event. See you next year.

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Predator Pro/Am A very tough field of twenty-six players turned out for the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s 2014 season opener in the Open/Pro 10-Ball Division. Players from around the region were in full force at the opener’s host room Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY, in front of a very knowledgeable crowd of New York City pool aficionados. Two generations of top players in the Northeast were headed on a collision course to the hot seat it this event, up against both local and international talent. One being Predator Tour founder Tony “The Silent Assassin” Robles, a living legend in New York’s pool scene and former BCA Champion…and the other being a young player who broke out from Waterville, Maine in the last decade to top the charts of the toughest tours and pro tournaments in the U.S, Mike “Fireball” Dechaine. Dechaine would be the player to take down the winner’s bracket, dealing losses to Gregg McAndrews (7-5), Frankie Hernandez (7-4), Steinway house pro Earl “The Pearl” Strickland (7-5), and local top amateur Bogie Uzdejczyk (7-1). Dechaine moved like a freight train through the hot seat match against Robles, and got out to a 4-1 lead before he finished the set at 7-2. Robles would wait for the player to come away from the one-loss side of the bracket, who would turnout to be his good friend Zion Zvi. After having taking a hiatus from the

game to work full time, Zvi had a very strong return to competing at Steinway, his home room. Zvi’s last tournament was also an appearance at Steinway, in the 3rd annual Ginky Memorial. In this event, Zvi suffered an early loss to Hunter Lombardo in the first round of the event, but went on to win six straight matches and make it to the semifinal match. Along his path, he eliminated Sean Morgan (7-4) Jennifer Barretta (7-2) Ed Culhane (7-4), Earl Strickland (7-1), 2013 Open Class Player of the Year Runner-Up Travis McKinney (7-2), and one of New York’s strongest veteran players, Frankie Hernandez (7-3). The semifinal between Zion Zvi and Tony Robles would be a tooth-and-nail battle. Zvi and Robles were closely tied early on in the match, but Zvi would make it to the hill first at 6-5. Zvi looked to run out the next rack for the win, but a surprising miss gave Robles another shot to get into the match. This would end up being a lethal miss for Zvi, as following a lengthy battle, Robles fought back to win the set 7-6. Robles then had his second shot against the Providence, RI-based young gun Mike Dechaine. After getting tuned up in his fantastic finish against Like usagainst on Facebook Zvi, Robles maintained the charge Dechaine in the final, and held the lead throughout the match. The hour was very late and both players were showing signed of weariness in their games, but Robles maintained the most energy and momentum in his game, and got two games away from the hill at 8-4. Dechaine would get only one more win under his belt in this match, and it ended in an 11-5 match in favor of Robles. In a tough field including a number of full-time pro players, Robles stamped his name on this event, with an authoritative finish in the final. Robles pulled off a strong feat in winning the tournament while also running the tournament. Tony and Mike both deserve credit for showing a lot of grit in a late-running final. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The national Amateur Pool League, Delta-13, NYCgrind, and, along with host room Steinway Billiards & their staff.

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1st 2nd The Predator Pro/Am Tour’s season opener at Romero 7-4, and had a 7-5 win over Bryan Singh to 3rd Steinway Billiards got 2014 started off big, with an make it to the quarterfinal. Horne’s run was ended in 4th impressive turnout of 105 players. While most of the the quarterfinal match by one of the top performers, 5th/6th competitors who appeared are regulars on the Predator Keith Adamik, who won by a score of 9-5. as well as the Tri-State Tour, a number of new names Keith Adamik earned both the ‘A Class’ 7th/8th were also seen in the running at Steinway. Player of the Year Runner-Up award and the tour’s Among the top names in the event were a Sportsmanship Award in 2013, and got off to a strong 9th-12th number of former tour winners, including regular start in 2014. Adamik had bounced back from his ‘final Steinway grinder Tony Liang, 2013 Predator Tour four’ winner’s bracket loss to Dabreo, but was prevented ‘A’ Class Player of the Year Bogie Uzdejcyk, Stewart from getting a rematch with him…as Brian Toolsee Warnock, Marco Dy, Billy Santiago, Victor Nau, dealt him a 9-5 loss in the semifinal. 13th-16th Dennis Lake, Shawn Sookhai, Yesid Garibello, Juan In the extended-format final race, Dabreo would Guzman, and Dave Shlemperis, among others. win it if he reached ten games first, but if Toolsee got However, none were able to topple the firepower to ten, the race would be extended to twelve for both of Raphael Dabreo, whose game has been on the fast players, with Toolsee getting a five-game spot. In the track to high-caliber in recent years. With greater amount of time that Dabreo won six games, Toolsee 17th-24th frequency, Dabreo has been racking up wins at many put one more up on the board, which tied the match of the New York Tri-State area locations, and had his at 6-6. Toolsee would retake the lead at 7-6, and then most recent Predator win at Cue Bar in September, go up 8-6. Dabreo then moved forward to win the next 2013. He was also a force to reckon with at Castle four racks, and finish his undefeated run in the event at Christmas Classic at Castle Billiards in December, 10-8. finishing third in a field of top open and pro level The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give players. Dabreo is one of Steinway’s house players, special thanks to their sponsors for their support: and he also runs his cue repair service ‘Cue 2 Go’ out Predator Cues, The national Amateur Pool League, February 2014 page 25 of the Astoria pool room. Delta-13, NYCgrind, and, along Dabreo went to the hot seat of the tournament chart in his undefeated run to victory at Steinway. Along the way, he took out Brooke Meyer 7-5, Juan Guzman 7-5, Alberto Estevez 7-5, Koka Davladze 7-5, Eric Grasman 7-4, and Keith Adamik 7-3 to get to the hot seat match. Up and-comer Brian Toolsee (rated C+) matched up with Raphael Dabreo for the hot seat, but Dabreo left him no space to roam, as he won it 10-5 after spotting him five games on wire. Toolsee, who has recently been a frequent name on the listings of top finishers, had a strong run to make it to the hot seat. He marked wins against Jose Kuilan 7-5, Chuckie Romero 7-5, Tom Romano 7-1, Omar Chavez 7-3, Meshak Daniel 7-4, and Bryan Singh 7-4 in the final four. A newcomer to the top of the charts was the player to be named #4 at Steinway, Izac Horne. Following his loss in the winner’s bracket, Horne went on to defeat James Stevens 7-6, Ron Mason 7-4, Meshak Daniel 7-4, Chuckie

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Raphael Dabreo $1,500 Brian Toolsee $1,100 Keith Adamik $800 Izac Horne $600 Bryan Singh, Jack Smith $400 Marco Dy, Chuckie Romero $250 Eric Grasman, Keith Diaz, Shawn Sookhai, Meshak Daniel $180 Kapriel Delimelkonoglu, Koka Davladze, Billy Santiago, Ron Mason - $150 Dan Faraguna, Victor Nau, Rhio Anne Flores, Joe Gibbons, James Stevens, Jerry Tarantola, Sal Midolo, Omar Chavez $120

L-R Keith Adamik (3rd), Brian Toolsee (2nd), Raphael Dabreo (1st)

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Article By: Janis Sessions. Pictures Submitted by: Gary Hardee On 01/13/2014; Beach Sharks WON and what a great win. They were in first place with total points at the end of the fall session. The Beach Sharks won their first round of play offs and then the second round to claim First Place Division 101 Title. Beach Sharks would play Mike & The Mechanics. All games played were very good from both teams. Some highlights were Warren Sweeney with a skill of 5 had to play Peter Parrish with a skill of 6. Peter won the first two games, but it would be Sweeney’s night to take the win. Sweeney won the next four games. “Young Gun DAN” would win to keep the Beach Sharks hopes alive. Virginia (Captain) would play last and bring home the victory for the team.

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FIRST PLACE: Beach Sharks Host Pool Room: Sunny Isles Billiards Virginia Kalos Gary Hardee Janis Sessions (Not Available at time of picture) Mitchell Goldman Ronnie Santarone Warren Sweeney Dan Gray Juan Marquez (Not Available at time of picture)

SECOND PLACE: Mike & The Mechanics Host Pool Room: Billy’s Pub Too Michael Vandetty Demetrius Smith Peter Parrish Cesar Padilla Osei Armand Melanie Luke Charles Young Robert Moss Top Gun – Michael Novak who plays with the Spinners Thanks to Sunny Isles Billiards located at 17070 Collins Ave Sunny Isles Beach FL (305) 940-0770 for hosting this event. Thanks to Howard and his father, Gary Kalos (Dade APA League Operators) for doing a great job with the league.

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Miguel Laboy undefeated at the House of Billiards’ Tri-State event

Left: 2nd Dennis Kennedy; 1st Miguel Laboy; 3rd - Tony Ignomirello Miguel’s tournament trail included wins over Giovani Hosang 7 - 6; Marco Dy 7 - 4; Rhio Anne Flores 7 - 3; the ever dangerous Gary O’Callaghan 7 - 1 and owner/operator of the House of Billiards Dennis Kennedy 9 - 6 for the Hot Seat. Dennis faced off with Tony Ignomirello, who just won 6 matches, and bested Tony 6 - 0. Dennis started out leading 4 - 0, but Miguel never gave up. They tied at 5 to 5. Miguel had the momentum and finished the match the same way he reached the Hot Seat, 9 - 6. Special acknowledgement goes to Tony Ignomirello for having the best win/loss record of 7 win, 2 losses. The next Tri-State will be held on February 1, 2014 at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn, NY. Please provide a thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

results 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th - 6th 7th - 8th

Miguel Laboy $600.00 Dennis Kennedy $350.00 Tony Ignomirello $220.00 Rajesh Vannala $140.00 Gary O’Calaghan, Quin Y. Chen $85/$85 Marco Costello, Pat Mareno

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AMERICAN ROTATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES II 10 Players from across the country qualified for the American Rotation National Championship Series II which was held in conjunction with this year’s Derby City Classic at the Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana. All 10 players were guaranteed a minimum $1,000 for this 2 day event ensuring they would not lose money while competing on a national level, a main objective of the American Billiard Club Association, REDUCE PLAYER EXPENSES! Day 1 was held on Saturday Jan 25th with players separated into two 5 player round robin groups. Each player would play four matches of American Rotation to 125 points with the top 2 players from each group moving on to a four player single elimination finals. Groups A Had three players finishing with records of 3-1! The #1 tiebreaker after win loss records being head to head matches was of no use at all as Mike Dechaine (RI) the tournament favorite had a win over Rob Hall (AL), Rob Hall had a win over Ozzy Reynolds (VA) and Ozzy had a win over Mike Dechaine! Going to the third tiebreaker of balls won & lost by sent Mike Dechaine and Rob Hall into the semi finals with Ozzy playing great but missing the cut by 20 points. The B group was much clearer as Jerry Calderon (FL) finished with a 4-0 record and Joe Dupuis (MA) finished at 3-1 sending both players into the semi finals. Jerry would face the #2 seed of the A group, Rob Hall and Joe Dupuis would face fellow New Englander Mike Dechaine for spot in the finals.

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Jerry Calderone

The first semi final match going to 150 points may have been the most exciting match of the event as it came down to the last rack with Mike Dechaine at 147 with the break ball in hand and Joe Dupuis at 133. Mike made 1 point on the break, had what looked to be a rather simply draw shot for the one to the two ball but came up SHORT and was partially hooked by the three ball. Mike fouled giving Joe ball in hand with 18 points left on the table, Joe would them all. In a very tense ending Joe cleared the entire table winning the match 150-149 securing a spot into his second American Rotation national finals. The second semi match could not match the drama of our first. We saw Jerry Calderon take and stay in control for the entire match as Rob Hall was not only struggling throughout but could not seem to get anything to go his way either. Jerry is a very well rounded player, a tough competitor who will not make it easy on his opponents and this was the exact case here with Jerry securing his spot in the finals against Joe Dupuis. The final match was well played with Jerry again maintaining control but Joe “Never give up” Dupuis fought hard to stay in it. We were about two thirds of the way through the match when Joe came with a very tough position shot on the 8 ball BUT called a foul on himself as he barely nudged the 11 with his cue as he followed through the stroke, a foul in American Rotation. This was a huge mistake with 14 points left on the table that would have tied the match but instead put Joe 28 points behind as Jerry cleared the rack. Jerry kept control and became the second ever American Rotation National Champion.

We would like to thanks Diamond Billiard Products and their crew for welcoming us at the 2014 Derby City Classic, Inside Pool and Alvin Nelson for their hard work while streaming the entire event. ALL of our current billiard club owners that are helping to form what will be a great self sustaining tour for our players and our industry. If you love poo,l please do your part by getting just 8 players on board at your local billiard club! Contact info; Joe Tucker at or 508-840-6133 for American Billiard Club Association mission for rules and video matches


10 Players were here and all 10 were in the money upon arrival at DCC. Champion Jerry Calderone Sharp Shooters Miami FL $3,000 Runner up Joe Dupuis Stix & Stones Brockton MA $2,000 Mike Dechaine Snookers Providence RI & Robert Hall Bumpers Huntsville AL 3rd 4th $1,500 ea Tied 5th-10th at the $1,000 mark were; Amos Bush Billiard Den Dallas TX Rocky Biswell Jamaica Joe’s Midwest City OK James Roberts Strokers Palm Harbour FL John Mitcheltree Pockets Newport News VA Scott Johnson Gate City Billiards Greensboro NC Ozzy “New CSI manager” Reynolds Pockets Newport News VA Complete results on page 36

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2014 WPBA Regional Tour Championship Event Phoenix, AZ

Written by: Janis Sessions Photo by: Janis Sessions

This year’s event brought 64 players from all around the U.S from the 11 different WPBA Sanctioned Regional Tours. It was held at Bull Shooters located at 3337 W. Peoria Avenue in Phoenix, AZ, and we played on Gold Crown tables with Blue Simons cloth. From the Flamingo Billiards Tour covering Florida; Crystal McCormick (sponsored by Sharp Shooters Billiards in Miami, FL) and Janis Sessions from Miami, FL (plays out of Lucky 7 in Davie, FL); got the invitation to play in this event, which ran from Thursday 01/16/2014 to 01/19/2014. We arrived in town on Thursday 01/16/2014; the player meeting was at 6:00pm and games started at 7:00pm. It was a round robin format which means a lot of pool to be played over the 4 days. The tour directors were: Tres Kane and Kristie Ortega who ar er Ye v st ut O 0 a L O 00 id 0, Pa


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also run the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour (AWBT). They did a fanatic job and kept the games moving and on schedule. There were 8 boards with 8 players on each board. The race would be to 5 and the top 4 players from each board advanced to the next round, until the top 16 players were left to play. McCormick made it to the top 16 players. McCormick’s first round board was one of the hardest having Eleanor Callado and Jai Li. McCormick had a very good win over Callado (5-3). Callado was the RTC winner from the Texas event back in March of 2103. McCormick and Li had a head to head match with Li wining 4-5. Sessions gave it her all and had two very good wins over Stephannie Hefner (5-3) and Natalie Mans (5-3), but it wasn’t enough for Sessions to advance to the second round. Janis walks away more experience and confidence. By the end of the day on Sunday, it was down to the final 2 players; Janet Atwell and Jai Li. Janet has been battling breast cancer and hasn’t been playing much prior to the event, but she is a champion and made it to the finals. The final was a race to 9 games. Li eventually won over Atwell after battling defensive shot after shot. It was one of the best matches that I have watched Congratulations to Jai Li, the 2014 WPBA Regional Tour Champion and runner-up Janet Atwell. To see more on how the players placed check out this web site: We would like to thank the owners of Bull Shooters for holding a great event.

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Music City Open

Saez stops Archer’s come back to go undefeated at the 27th Annual Music City Open Skip Maloney - January 15-19, Saez was in Madison, TN for the 27th Annual Music City Open, and opted for the winners’ side route to the finals. He stopped a seven-match, loss-side winning streak by Johnny Archer to claim the event title. The $6,000-added Open event drew 105 entrants to JOB Billiards in Madison, TN, while a concurrently-run, $1,000-added Ladies event, won by Brittany Bryant(separate story), drew 48 entrants. A 16-entrant, single-elimination Midnight Madness event, held on Saturday night, saw Corey Deuel down Bobby McGrath in the finals to take the $4,800, firstplace prize. Deuel had opened his Midnight Madness run with a victory over Johnny Archer, while McGrath, who collected $3,200 as the runner-up, defeated Robb Saez in one of the semifinals. In the main event, while Archer was working his way back on the loss side,

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Saez advanced among the winners’ side final four for a match against Deuel. Shane McMinn squared off against Danny Smith in the other winners’ side semifinal. Saez downed Deuel 11-7, and in the hot seat match, met McMinn, who’d sent Smith to the loss side 11-8. Saez got into the hot seat 11-8 over McMinn, and watched Archer, as he fought back to meet him in the finals. It was Deuel who had the misfortune of running into Archer on the loss side. Archer had four wins already, including an 11-7 victory over Nick Hickerson and an 11-5 win over Chuck Raulston. Smith drew Josh O’Neal, who’d sent Archer to the loss side and then, had himself been sent over by Saez. O’Neal picked up a forfeit win from the only female in the Open event, Brittany Bryant (a conflict with her participation in the Ladies event), and had eliminated Mike Dechaine 11-8. O’Neal survived a double hill match against Smith to earn a himself a re-match against Archer, who’d eliminated Deuel 11-9. Archer got the best of the re-match, downing O’Neal 11-4, and then, defeated McMinn in the semifinals 11-7; Archer had taken an 8-0 lead in that semifinal match, before McMinn rallied to win seven of the final 10. In the double elimination finals, Saez and Archer battled back and forth through to a tie at 6-6. Saez won four straight to reach the hill, but came up empty on the 17th rack, allowing Archer to clear the table. Archer made it 10-8 with a 7-9 combo, as the room buzzed with ‘here comes Johnny’ energy. Saez completed his undefeated run, winning the 19th rack and claiming the event title.


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Bryant wins eight Straight & double dips Aft to Win her second Music City Ladies Patton in the other winners’ side semifinal. Aft survived a double hill match versus Lovely, while Nakumura downed Patton 7-3. Aft got into the hot seat 7-4 over Nakamura. It was Patton who drew Bryant on the loss side, already five victories into her eight-match winning streak, including elimination of Alison Hardwick 7-3 and Janeen Lee 7-4. Lovely drew Nicole Keeney, last year’s Ladies winner, who’d shut out Amy Jones and eliminated Tracie Majors 7-5. Bryant defeated Patton 7-5, while a Bryant/Lovely re-match was avoided when Keeney won, double hill, over Lovely. Bryant then gave up only a single rack in her quarterfinal win over Keeney, and dropped Nakamura into third place 7-5. Displaying evidence of a ‘woman on a mission,’ Bryant gave up only two racks over 16 games; one each in a twoset final, to claim the event title.

Skip Maloney - Staff Jan. 19, 2014 Brittany Bryant lost an early round, double hill match toLiz Lovely, during the Music City Open Ladies event on the weekend of January 17-19. Bryant battled back through eight opponents on the loss side to eventually meet and double dip hot seat occupant and 2013 Amateur Women’s Champion, Dana Aft, in the finals. It was Bryant’s second Music City Open victory, having defeated Nicole Keeney in 2011. The $1,000-added Ladies event drew 48 entrants to JOB Billiards in Madison, TN. Once she had sent Bryant to the loss side, Liz Lovely, looking for her second straight appearance in the Music City Ladies final, moved on, advancing to the winners’ side final four and a match versus Aft. Grace Nakamura, in the meantime, met up with Samantha

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TK Downs Deuel Twice

and wins Florida State 10-Ball Skip Maloney -

Seems like all he needed was a haircut. Tommy Kennedy got one from his daughter and went out and won the Poison Florida State 10-Ball Championships on the weekend of January 12-13, defeating, for the first time in his life, Corey Deuel, twice. “Really?” said Deuel, after the match, unaware that this was Kennedy’s first victory against him. “I’m amazed,” said Kennedy, a few hours later. Playing in his first major tournament since the US Open, Kennedy went undefeated through a field of 48, on-hand for the $4,000-added event, hosted by Zingales in Tallahassee, FL. Primarily a 9-ball player, Kennedy has been “warming” to 10-ball recently, and this win just might be a signal that he’s right at home with it now. He and Deuel met first in the hot seat match. Kennedy had sent Justin Hall to the loss bracket 9-4. Deuel had defeated James Roberts 9-5. With memories of 13 or 14 previous meetings stepping up to the table when he did, Kennedy overcame what might well have been a more daunting task than winning the tournament; defeating Deuel for the first time. He did so 9-6 and sat in the hot seat, feeling pretty good about a potential re-match, one would imagine. Meanwhile, Hall and Roberts have moved over and picked up the tournament’s sub-plot, otherwise known as Larry Nevel and Mike Davis. These two both lost in the opening round of play; Nevel to Mike Delawder (double hill) and Davis to Rod Rentz (9-5). They’re both in the midst of an eight-match, loss-side winning streak that will take them to the Quarterfinals. In the matches that will determine the four-way tie for ninth place, they draw each other’s early nemesis. Davis downs Delawder (for Nevel) 9-6, while Nevel eliminates Rentz (for Davis) 9-3. They move on; Davis defeating J.R. Rossman 9-3, while Nevel eliminates David Grossman 9-6. Davis gets James Roberts, fresh from the winners’ side, Nevel gets Justin Hall. Once Davis defeated Roberts 9-5 and Nevel got by Hall 9-6, someone’s eight-match, loss-side winning streak was about to end. It was Nevel who moved on, after a 9-6, quarterfinal win over Davis giving him a shot against Deuel in the semifinals. Deuel stopped Nevel’s run at nine matches, defeating him 9-6 for his own second chance against Kennedy. Kennedy took an early 4-1 lead, which he never relinquished. He’d win five of the next seven, punctuating his first victory over Deuel, after many years, with a second victory in a matter of hours. “This is one of the biggest (tournament wins) I’ve had in a long time,” said Kennedy, adding a ‘thank you’ to Chris Nitti Cues, which supplied him with his cue for the event, and with which he’d been putting in 50-60 hours of practice, prior to the event. Tour director Tony Crosby thanked Mike Zingale and his staff for their hospitality, along with title sponsors Poison Cues, as well as Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls and

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KENNEDY Tommy 1,700 DEUEL Corey 1,000 NEVEL Larry 800 DAVIS Mike 600 ROBERTS James 400 HALL Justin 400 GROSSMAN David 300 ROSSMAN JR 300 DELAWDER Michael 200 RYAN Joey 200 RENTZ Rod 200 CROSBY Tony 200

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Lupe Cruz FULL NAME: Guadalupe Cruz HOME TOWN: Andalusia, IL BIRTH DATE: 12/26/1995 GRADE: Senior GPA: 2.5 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: History POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Diamond Billiards, Reno,NV, Sacramento, CA, Modesto CA WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Barioni Cues Olivie AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 14 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: Couple Big table tournments OTHER NOTABLE AWARDS: Most improve Student in high school MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Break run against a A player at age 15 SPONSOR(S): Sponsored by parents FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Country HOBBIES: Champion racing, pigeon flyer Obstacle course horse rider FAVORITE POOL GAME: 9 ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Robin Dodson FAVORITE FOOD: Chinese REAL-WORLD HERO: Cassandra Lutz, First horse trainer FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Used to ride a tandem bicycle and she would always yell faster! faster! faster! GOALS (personal and/or career): Going to college night classes and plan on becoming a nurse ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? High hopes and dreams and a great sense humor

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1 Orcullo, Dennis 2 Bustamante, Francisco 3 Strickland, Earl 4 Murphy, Shannon 5 Grossman, David 6 Bergman, Justin 7 Appleton, Darren 8 Can, Wang 9 Delawder, Michael 10 Shaw, Jayson 11 Jacobs, Neal 12 Parica, Jose 13 Stepanov, Konstantin 14 VanBoening, Shane 15 Abood, Gary 16 AlAwaadhi, Bader 17 Corteza, LeeVann 18 Dominguez, Oscar 19 Feijen, Niels 20 Hennessy, David 21 Jones, Troy 22 Likens, David 23 Rogers, Glenn 24 Saez, Rob 25 Abernathy, LV 26 Biado, Carlo 27 Bijsterbosch, Marc 28 Chance, Jason 29 Chuberko, Kelii 30 Daulton, Shannon 31 DeMarco, Louis 32 Frost, Scott 33 Hall, Justin 34 Krause, Eric 35 Miller, Jason 36 Niepoetter, Drake 37 Reyes, Efren 38 Runnels, Ike 39 Schmidt, John 40 Sheerman, Jason 41 Smith, Danny 42 Wheeler, Adam 43 Adams, James 44 Brumback, John 45 Dunn, John 46 Gabriel, John 47 Goodman, Scooter 48 Gray, Joseph 49 Hughes, Michael 50 Kane, Ellis 51 Lunda Jr., Evan 52 McAninch, Steve 53 Morra, John 54 Nall, Tiger 55 Nevel, Larry 56 Olson, Danny 57 Pluta, Jamie 58 See, Huidji 59 Seroshtan, Andrey 60 Shofner, Tyler P. 61 Teutscher, Marco 62 Thorpe, Billy 63 Van den Berg, Nick 64 Walker, Bernard 65 Adams, Christopher 66 Ashby, Mac 67 Behrman, Brady 68 Briseno, Gus 69 Carvajal, Alejandro 70 Coleman, Tony 71 Dickerson, Robert 72 Esker, Christopher 73 Gay, Carl 74 Haines, Adam 75 Hebbeler, Brian 76 Hile, Terry 77 Hohmann, Thorsten 78 Holt, Lee 79 Juva, Markus 80 Kiamco, Warren 81 Lewis, Josh 82 Majors, Jimmy 83 Melrose, Robert 84 Nicolas, Kevin 85 Niksich, David 86 Ochoa, Sylver 87 Ohashi, Robert 88 Olinger, Alex 89 Papageorge, Nicholas 90 Parsons, Stephen 91 Sandaler, James 92 Sauer, Tony 93 Scott, Ed 94 Siltz, David 95 Slye Jr., Mark 96 Smith, Adam 97 Span, Christopher 98 Woodward, Skyler Total Payout

$10,000 $5,000 $1,900 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $900 $900 $900 $900 $650 $650 $650 $650 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $46,100


One Pocket 1 Reyes, Efren 2 Daulton, Shannon 3 Frost, Scott 4 Bustamante, Francisco 5 Orcullo, Dennis 6 Hall, Justin 7 Roberts, Josh 8 Adkins, Dee 9 Corteza, LeeVan 10 Jones, Jeremy 11 Nevel, Larry 12 VanBoening, Shane 13 Delawder, Michael 14 Oneal, Joshua 15 Bergman, Justin 16 Ochoa, Sylver 17 Biado, Carlo 18 Kiamco, Warren 19 Van den Berg, Nick 20 Woodward, Skyler 21 Deuel, Corey 22 Brumback, John 23 DeMarco Jr, Louis 24 Dominguez, Oscar 25 Kielar, Adam 26 Lunda Jr, Evan 27 Murphy, Shannon 28 Olson, Danny 29 Pettipiece, Bernie 30 Pluta, Jamie 31 Rhinehart, Clay 32 Rogers, Glenn 33 Carvajal, Alejandro 34 Churberko, Kelii 35 Feijen, Niels 36 Runnels, Ike 37 Holt, Lee 38 Majors, Jimmy 39 Hickman, Steve 40 Souquet, Ralf 41 Gray, Joseph 42 Medley, Mike 43 Nall, Tiger 44 Shaw, Jayson 45 Haddad, Mark 46 Stalev, Evgeny 47 Martinez, Rafael 48 Szuter, Chris 49 Miller, Jason 50 Abernathy, Jeff 51 Abood, Gary 52 Adams, James 53 Allison, Steven 54 AlShaheen, Omar 55 Bautista, Ruben 56 Chance, Jason 57 Dechaine, Mike 58 Dupuis, Joseph 59 Eulas, Corey 60 Fowler, William 61 Grossman, David 62 Hallett, Brandon 63 Hart, Rob 64 Herchik, Bob 65 Hilla, Tony 66 Jones, Wayne 67 Jordan, Randy 68 Joyner, Cliff 69 Kane, Ellis 70 Klatt, Jason 71 Luttrell, Bruce 72 Massey, Mike 73 McGrath, Bobby 74 Nocera, Dominic 75 Pogirski, Derek 76 Putnam, Shawn 77 Saez, Robb 78 Schmidt, John 79 See, Huidji 80 Shuff, Brandon 81 Walton, Estel 82 White, Brian Total Payout

$12,000 $6,000 $3,355 $2,200 $2,200 $1,400 $1,400 $850 $850 $850 $850 $850 $550 $550 $550 $550 $550 $550 $550 $550 $550 $320 $320 $320 $320 $320 $320 $320 $320 $320 $320 $320 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $52,125


9-Ball 1 VanBoening, Shane 2 Morra, John 3 Klatt, Jason 4 Chinahov, Ruslan 5 Orcullo, Dennis 6 Biado, Carlo 7 Dechaine, Mike 8 Feijen, Niels 9 Reyes, Efren 10 AlAwadhi, Bader 11 Archer, Johnny 12 Murphy, Shannon 13 Deuel, Corey 14 Nevel, Larry 15 Souquet, Ralf 16 Bergman, Justin 17 Wilkie, Shaun 18 Putnam, Shawn 19 Saez, Rob 20 Gray, Joseph 21 Appleton, Darren 22 Briseno, Gus 23 Hohmann, Thorsten 24 See, Huidji 25 Rivas, Sergio 26 Oneal, Joshua 27 Adkins, Dee 28 Stalev, Evgeny 29 Bustamante, Francisco 30 Can, Wang 31 Conway, Benny 32 Corteza, LeeVan 33 Daulton, Shannon 34 Davis, Phil 35 Duke, Laha 36 Dupuis, Joseph 37 Fairchild, Chad 38 Grossman, David 39 Hall, Justin 40 Hogue, Greg 41 Kiamco, Warren 42 Miller, Jason 43 Shaw, Jayson 44 Sossei, Jeremy 45 Strickland, Earl 46 Adam, Kielar 47 Adams, James, 48 Bautista, Ruben 49 Brumback, John 50 Carvajal, Alejandro 51 Daniels, Justin 52 Danilunas, Justin 53 Delawder, Michael 54 Demarco, Louis 55 Hallett, Brandon 56 Hennessy, David 57 Jordan, Randy 58 Juva, Markus 59 Krenzel, Dave 60 Lewis, Josh 61 Mastermaker, Danny 62 Perry, Michael 63 Pluta, Jamie 64 Pogirski, Derek 65 Rose, Chris 66 Smith, Adam 67 Stepanov, Konstantin 68 Van den Berg, Nick 69 Wheeler, Adam Total Payout

$16,000 $8,000 $4,000 $2,850 $2,850 $1,750 $1,750 $1,750 $1,750 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $64,450


Master of the Table 1 Orcullo, Dennis $20,000 2 VanBoening, Shane $3,000 3 Reyes, Efren $2,000 Bank Ring Game 1 2

Skyler Woodward Francisco Bustamante

$6,000 $3,000

Bank Mini 1 Brian Gregg 2 Alex Holland 3 Rob Vogen 4 Huidji See 5 Anna Mazhirina 6 Wendell Anderson 7 Paul Smith 8 Chinahov Ruslan 9 Tyler Shofner 10 Marc Bijsterbosch 11 Mike Brown 12 Andrey Seroshtan 13 Josh Lewis 14 Michael Medley 15 Tiger Nall 16 Louis DeMarco Total Payout

$800 $400 $250 $250 $125 $125 $125 $125 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $2,600

One Pocket Mini 1 Dave Krenzel 2 John Neels 3 Robert Frost 4 Forest Boyd 5 Tony Mougey 6 Jerry Moody 7 Carl Neumeister 8 JT Nelson Total Payout

$800 $400 $200 $200 $50 $50 $50 $50 $1,800

9 Ball Mini 1 Nick Van den Berg 2 Dave Krenzel 3 Carvajal, Alejandro 4 Murphy, Shannon 5 Marco Teutscher 6 Adam Wheeler 7 Konstantin Stepanov 8 Greg Hogue 9 Marc Bijsterbosch 10 Richard Anderson 11 David Hennessy 12 Rob Hart 13 Steve Hickman 14 Greg Ledet 15 Todd Noble 16 Mike Eck Total Payout

$800 $400 $250 $250 $125 $125 $125 $125 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $2,600


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BigFoot 10 Ball Challenge 1 Shane VanBoening 2 Niels Feijen 3 Ralf Souquet 4 Francisco Bustamante Total Payout

$16,000 $8,000 $4,000 $4,000 $32,000

DCC Payouts Total 2014 DCC Payouts Mini Tournament Payouts Bank Ring Game BigFoot 10 Ball Challenge Master of The Table

$162,675 $7,000 $6,000 $32,000 $25,000

Grand Total


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2014 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships in Louisville, Kentucky June 24-27

January 30, 2014 (Englewood, CO): The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to announce its 26th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships to be held June 24-27, 2014 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY. This year’s event will be hosted alongside the Summit 2014 (also known as the Billiard Congress of America Expo). “The youth are the future of the game, growing the next generation of players and customers. We believe this is a great opportunity to partner with the BEF and support the organization’s mission. Attendees will enjoy watching the best junior players in the country compete for a chance to represent the US in the World Junior Championships,” said Billiard Congress of America Chairman, Ivan Lee. Many of the top professional players today got their start with this prestigious junior event and it continues to attract the nation’s finest youth with its four divisions: boys’ 15-18, boys’ 14 & under, girls’ 15-18, and girls 14 & under. These young student-athletes will be vying for titles, scholarships, and prizes each year, along with an opportunity to represent the US at the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA)

Junior World Championships. Bids are still being accepted for cash and product sponsorships for this prestigious event through March 3, 2014. Through BEF underwriting/sponsorship, you can enhance your corporate image throughout the community with exclusive recognition, while supporting your favorite charity and its junior members. Event categories include, but are not limited to: tables, cloth, balls, catering, lodging, travel, trophies, shirts, prizes, media, printing, and photography. Underwriting all or a portion of any one of the event costs enables the BEF to direct more funds to youth billiard programs and academic scholarships. BEF also accepts goods or services to help cover these costs. To receive the Underwriting & Sponsorship Bid Application for the 2014 BEF Junior Nationals, or to host or participate in a National Qualifier for Junior Nationals, contact Executive Director, Samm Diep-Vidal at (303) 926-1039 or

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Viper: Who is/was your favorite pro player growing up? Jeanette: Well, I started as a young adult but Efren quickly became my favorite. Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Jeanette: The American Pool Players Association and Bass Pro Shops sponsor me. I endorse the BreakRak, The Greenroom, Protips4U and CelebCalls. Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Jeanette: I did play once, a few years ago as I was coming out of surgery. They let me join, we played and won often and then I was told I wasn’t allowed to play in State. I haven’t played in one since but not for that reason. I just recovered from my back well enough to go back on tour. Leagues are a lot of fun! Such a sense of camaraderie Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Jeanette: I wouldn’t say well. I do love sports however! Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Jeanette: Dedicated, Hardworking, Family oriented Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Jeanette: I would have started working earlier on projects that were more meaningful in pool. I always think, “I could’ve done more”. I was too busy playing pool and making money. In reality, you can always do that, but not everyone gets the opportunities I’ve had to change the sport! I still have that in my mind. Not too late. Viper: How do you prepare for events? Jeanette: I put in more practice hours. Really try to leave my house and business in a good place so I can focus and relax during events. Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Jeanette: Play for the love of the game and not the results.

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Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Jeanette: The creativity involved, especially in straight pool and one pocket. Making that cueball dance. Viper: If you could say one thing to a young upcoming player what would it be? Jeanette: Always set goals and love yourself along the way. Try to make time to be a well-rounded player. This means developing your mental game and also taking time to learn how you will get sponsors, etc... You need to learn how to market yourself because as in many sports, prize money is not enough. You can become great at something, but unless you know how to make yourself of value to the fans, you won’t make money at it. That means you need to get yourself a job doing something you may not love as much to support yourself and pool can stay your hobby. Either way, you have to work hard and work smart. Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Jeanette: Straight Pool Here are some Facebook questions for you Jeanette… A-Wizzy Nunyabix asks: How do you conquer the 9-ball jitters or fears? Jeanette: Nervousness just means you care and that you want it badly. I think I’ll always feel that because I’m very competitive.  I think as you play in more events, that feeling will become more familiar where you can just trust your game through it.  Just welcome the feeling as an adrenaline rush rather than trying to conquer it! Debra McWhirk asks: Do you have any advice on eating or drinking when you know you’ll have to play for hours. Tips to keep up the energy and focus? Jeanette: Depending on how your personal body digests food, I would eat 3 hours give or take an hour before your match.  The idea being, that you are purposing to not be

hungry during your match but not full either. I would definitely rather be in the hungry side.  Feeling full makes you tired.  If you can’t control each mealtime, keep light healthy snacks handy to keep the edge off. Chase Scharff asks: Who’s your biggest rival on tour? Jeanette: I really don’t feel like I have one. I tend to see my biggest problem is myself by knowing that I needed to practice more. I guess it’s just the way you look at things. Randy Guest asks: What is her highest Straight pool run? Do you like playing One-Pocket? Jeanette: 154. I think if I played it more often, I could run more.  I love playing one-pocket but I don’t play it very much. Carlos Padilla asks: What is the best way to prepare for the mental part of the game? Jeanette: There are a lot of great books out there. And practice what you learn during your matches.  Practice by staying in the moment, pre-shot routine, pre-match routine. A special “Thank-you” to Jeanette for taking time out of her busy schedule to participate in my “Ask the Viper”. Till next month, you can find me on Facebook: Find Jeanette Lee on Facebook at the following: <http://www.>  Become her Fan!

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Press Release US Open One Pocket Championship Moves to Reno CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (January 3, 2014) – CueSports International (CSI) announces the 15th US Open One Pocket Championship will be moved in 2014 to Reno, Nevada. The prestigious One Pocket event will take place February 24-27 alongside the 21st US Bar Table Championships (USBTC). Both popular tournaments are produced by CSI and will be held at the stunning Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada with the USBTC taking place over the course of the week of February 24 – March 2, 2014. The 15th US Open One Pocket Championship will include a limited 48 player field. This event attracts the top names in One Pocket with past winners including, Shane Van Boening (US) and Dennis Orcollo (Phi). The equipment used for the event will be 9’ Diamond Pro tables, Simonis Cloth and Cyclop balls. For more information about the One Pocket event, please contact CSI at The US Open One Pocket Championships and USBTC are sponsored by Predator Cues and by OB Cues. They will be directed by Bad Boys Billiard Productions, and live video streaming will be provided by TAR (

The Reno events follow the Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California (February 15-16), and the Chuck Markulis Memorial at Hard Times Sacramento (February 19-23), creating a great opportunity for players to travel to events in three prime west coast locations. The US Bar Table Championships also offer a unique feature: bonuses to the top three men and top two women who compete in all three (8, 9 and 10-Ball) men’s or women’s divisions, based on cumulative points. More information on the 15th US Open One Pocket Championship and 21st US Bar Table Championships may be viewed at http://www.playbca. com/Events/ALLUPCOMINGEVENTS.aspx Entries are being taken online via for both events. You can also enter via mail or fax. To download and print the entry forms, visit ps.aspx

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opportunity that I needed to run the remaining balls and win the match. Looking back, I now realize how important that it is to look for various safety options and to weigh the probabilities of each shot. If I had elected to go with my first instinct and had attempted to play the simpler safety, I very well may have watched Louis kick in the 8-ball and win the game. The movie Money Ball talks about how the Oakland Athletics general manager, Billy Beane, uses percentages over the long haul to win at baseball. Pool is no different. It’s important to weigh all of your options and to always play the percentage. Any time you can gain even a 1 or 2 percent advantage it is important to exercise that option. Even small percentages add up over the course of time.

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Kielar goes undefeated

captures 2nd Annual Virginia 10-Ball Championship

Majors wins Women’s event Adam Kielar rode a match-by-match roller coaster through seven opponents during the 2nd Annual VA State 10-Ball Championships held on the weekend of January 11-12, and ended the ride with the event title. In a concurrentlyrun women’s event, Tracie Majors faced five opponents and like Kielar finished undefeated to claim the event title. The dual events, held under the auspices of the Action Pool Tour and hosted by Diamond Billiards in Midlothian, VA, drew 80 entrants; 64 to the Open, and 16 to the women’s tournament. Kielar started his trip to the state championship winners’ circle with a shutout over Alex Travino, and then as the winners’ bracket narrowed, started to face increased competition. Paul Cogle chalked up three racks against him, Alan Duty got within two at 8-6 and in a winners’ side final eight battle, Kenny Miller forced him into a double hill deciding game. He survived to face Shaun Wilkie, as Brian Deska squared off against Greg Taylorin the other winners’ side semifinal. Fresh off his double hill struggle, Kielar gave up only a single rack to Wilkie and in the hot seat match, met Deska, who’d just survived his own double hill troubles against Taylor. Kielar gave up only three in the match against Deska, which left him in the hot seat, awaiting what turned out to be the return of Wilkie. Wilkie had moved over to meet Reymart Lim, who’d defeated Eric Moore, double hill, and Chris Bruner 6-4. Taylor drew Kenny Miller, who, after his defeat at the hands of Kielar went on to drop Cody Phillips 6-2 and defeat Danny Mastermaker, double hill. Wilkie got by Lim 6-2, as Miller was busy chalking up his second straight double hill win; this time, against Taylor. Wilkie gave up only two racks against Miller in the quarterfinals, and gave up only one to Brian Deska in the semifinals. Kielar, though, was not to be denied. He took the final match 10-4 to claim the VA State 10-Ball Championship title. On the women’s side, Tracie Majors charted a similar up and down course to the finals. She gave up two racks in an opening round match against Michele Jones, four against Jacki Duggan, and then had to fight a double hill deciding match against Tina Scott in a winners’ side semifinal. In the hot seat match, Majors met Sheri Bruner, who’d sent Shanna Lewis to the loss side 8-2. She defeated Bruner 8-3 and sat in the hot seat, awaiting the only opponent who’d given her a double hill hard time, Tina Scott. Scott had moved over to pick up Gwen Townsend, who’d gotten by Sarah Thomas 6-2 and Daisy Blancafor 6-4. Meanwhile, Shanna Lewis drew Cheryl Pritchard, who’d defeated Pauline Mattes and Jacki Duggan, both 6-4. Scott and Prtichard both survived double hill matches against Townsend and Pritchard to face each other in the quarterfinals, where Scott advanced 6-2 to meet Bruner in the semifinals. Scott prevailed over Bruner in another double hill match to earn a re-match against Majors in the finals. Majors completed her undefeated run with a 10-5 win over Scott to claim the VA State Women’s 10-Ball Championship. These VA State 10-Ball Championships were the first event of the 2014 Action Pool Tour season, but the last official event to be overseen by Tour Director Ozzy Reynolds, who will move to Las Vegas in February to accept a position as a manager of Cue Sports International. He will continue to maintain administrative oversight of the Action Pool Tour, as Stephen Quan, long-time assistant, will handle tournament responsibilities going forward.

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“I have 100% confidence that (Steve) will do a fantastic job,” said Reynolds, “mainly because he’s been doing everything anyway. We’d get it all set up and I’d go out and play, while he did everything else.” Reynolds is still a little stunned by this turn of events in his life. “I’m excited for the opportunity,” he said. “I never in a million years ever saw (a position like this with CSI) as an option, so I’m still pinching myself a little.” “I didn’t realize that the tour would have the success that it’s had, and would catapult my name into a position to even have this opportunity,” he added. “The most rewarding part of the experience for me has been the wonderful people that I’ve met and interacted with over these past few years. It’s one of the reasons that I wasn’t upset about being eliminated early in this tournament (tied for 33rd), because it afforded me the opportunity to spend some quality time with the people I’ve been associated with. I anticipate maintaining relationships with many of these people.”

Shaun Wilkie and Adam Kielar

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The World Professional Billiard League has finalized the playoff schedule for their inaugural season. All teams will participate at the WPBL Arena in Las Vegas, NV and will be seeded based on their overall regular season standings. The first three rounds of the playoffs are scheduled for February 5th-13th, concluding with the WPBL Championship on February 15th. All 11 of the playoff matches can be viewed live via PPV at www.WPBLtv. com for a fee of $29.99. Individual matches are available for $7.99 and the WPBL Championship match is $14.99. Fans in the Las Vegas area can attend any of the playoff matches live for free at the WPBL Arena, groups are welcome. At the conclusion of the regular season, those teams ranking amongst the top four overall received a bye in the first round. The North Division finished strong with the top three positions: 1st New York Pride, 2nd Minnesota Outlaws and 3rd the Chicago Rockets, while the South Division’s Phoenix Fire placed 4th The playoff schedule is as follows, with all times PST. New York Pride captain and hall of fame member Earl Strickland had this to say about his team’s 1st place standing: “We are on top because of our chemistry as a team, experience and shot making”. New York will receive a bye in the first round, facing the winner of the Aces vs. Dice match in the second round. Pride team member Larry Nevel said: “I am glad we are on top…a bye is a bonus for us, it gives us the opportunity to size up the competition”. The team also boasts having the league’s #1 ranked player, Warren Kiamco. Watch the race to the playoffs by viewing previously taped regular season WPBL matches airing for free at through January 26th 2014. Each match will be available to view for 48 hours before the next match becomes accessible. Once matches have been featured, it will move into an archived file which will be available for fans to view for free via the WPBL website. Please follow the WPBL, as the playoffs draw near we will continue to make frequent announcements and updates. For a complete listing of broadcast matches, standings, merchandise and more visit the WPBL website.

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6 Players $1000 each Diamond putup another $3000 for a prize fund of $9000, $6000 for First and $3000 for second. Picture is Skyler with Truman Hogue (director) Skyler Woodward - Winner Francisco Bustamante - Second John Morra - Third Brandon Shuff - Fourth Justin Hall - Fifth Shannon Daulton - Sixth

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME Queen City 8-Ball-5 man team $140 per+g.f. $15,000 payout w/64T Call 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar Noon 9-Ball $40 $500 10AM 8 & 9 Ball $20 Call 11AM 9-Ball $10+$10 g.f. $1,000 6PM 9-Ball & 8-Ball $30 each Call 10AM 8-Ball Scotch Triples $30 Call 9AM 9-Ball Pro/Am $120/$70 $1500/$500 Call 9-Ball Varies $1,000 Noon 5 person B Team 8-Ball $200 Call Call Regional Warm-up 8-Ball $35 Call Call 9-Ball Varies Call Call 8-Ball $20-$35 Call 10:30AM 8 & 9 Ball $20 Call 11AM 3 man Team 8-Ball $150 Call Call 4 person Women Team 8-Ball $200 Call Call Larry Lisciotti Memorial 9-Ball Varies $500 Noon 21st U.S. Bar Table-10 Ball M/W Call $25,500 Call 21st U.S. Bar Table-9 Ball Register Online Call Call 21st U.S. Bar Table-8 Ball M/W Online Info Online Online 15th U.S. Open One Pocket M/W Online Info Online Online WorldPPA M/W Call Call Call 5 person Team 8-Ball $200 Call Call Steve Cook 9-Ball Memorial $20+$10 g.f. $500 Noon 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar Noon 9-Ball 3 Man Team $30 Call 9AM 9-Ball $40 $500 10AM BCAPL Eastern Champ. Varies $25,000 payouts Varies 9-Ball BCAPL Men $65 9AM 9-Ball BCAPL Seniors 58+ $55 9AM 9-Ball BCAPL Women $50 9AM 8-Ball BCAPL Men $65 9AM 8-Ball BCAPL Seniors 58+ $55 9AM 8-Ball BCAPL Women $50 9AM Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball-Men $100+$25 g.f. $4,000 w/32 Call Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball-Wmn $100+$25 g.f. $1,500 w/16 Call One Pocket-Single Elim. $150 $1,500 11:30AM Open 9-Ball $50 $5,000 Guar 7PM 9-Ball Banks-Single Elim. $150 $1,500 11:30AM Women’s Open 9-Ball $50 $1,000 Noon 9-Ball Seniors (55+) $50 $1,000 Noon Amateur Bar Box 8-Ball Open $35-$55-$75 $750 w/full field 6PM Amateur Bar Box 8-Ball Women $40-$60 Call 7PM 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar Noon 8-Ball 5 Man Team $30 Call 6PM 9-Ball $40 $500 10AM FBT Call $250 11AM Thompson Cnty Classic 9-Ball $25 $100 1PM 9-Ball $25 Call 11AM MD State 9-Ball $50-$75 Pro Call 9AM West Coast Challenge-Team $125/team $500 Call West Coast-Men A-B Sngls 8-Ball $50 $500 Call West Coast-Wmn A-B Sngls 8-Ball $50 $500 Call West Coast-Men A-B Sngls 9-Ball $50 $500 Call West Coast-Wmn A-B Sngls 9-Ball $50 $500 Call West Coast-Mixed Scotch Dbls $50/team $500 Call 8-Ball Scotch Triples $30 Call 9AM MD State 8-Ball $50-$75 Pro Call 9AM MD State 10-Ball $50-$75 Pro Call 9AM

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Stroke Pool Magazine February Issue 2014  
Stroke Pool Magazine February Issue 2014  

Complete results from the DCC - results of the RTC and over 30 other tournaments and more .....