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Diamond Derby City Classic XVII

Bank Pool Division: FINALS

Shannon Daulton From Derby City Classic XVII, January 23-31, 2015 From 413 entrants on Friday, tonight there were three: Efren Reyes, Shannon Daulton and John Brumback. All had one loss. There would be no buy-backs. One of the them was going to get a bye. In a unique way of picking who gets it, each player was asked to pick up one of 3 big boxes sitting on the Diamond table in the Accu-Stats Arena then, face the bottom of it to the audience. Unbeknownst to the players, one of the boxes had BYE written on it. Much to his relief, Brumback had chosen it: He was sent swiftly into the Finals. Efren and Shannon stayed in the Arena to determine who got 3rd. If Efren won the semi’s, then the finals, he would be the first man, ever, to complete the DCC career “Grand Slam” with wins in all 3 divisions. Banks, OnePocket, and 9-Ball. With a 2-0, and needing the case ball, Efren looked invincible. H even had a couple of attempts at it. Shannon reached for his cannon. Blasting back


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with some incredible titles. Money be-damned; There was nothing more shotmaking, the match important than garnering other one. was soon tied at 2. He Shannon won the lag…broke, and ran 5 and out. was driven, but it wasn’t They got down to one ball in the second game and over yet. Shannon sank that: 2-0. In the decider, Shannon stayed ahead and had opportunities to Efren had 3 balls, take it all but now the banks were eluding him. One Shannon had zero. With even slow rolled to the hole only to tease him. more gut wrenching, John stayed alive at 1-2 and took a time-out. inner strength, Daulton Yesterday, he and Shannon had been practicing caught a gear and now together, for the same title, at a friend’s house. Their had 4. Efren, altho,’ deep-rooted friendship was most apparent when having showed moments Shannon, with an energy drink in his hand, was late of magic, was missing. returning from the time-out. Shannon’s John, mildly frustrated, said, “ Where ya been? opportunity arose when I’ve been waiting on you,” Then he, nonchalantly, took Efren left the 4-ball a Shannon’s drink, sucked a long draft from the straw, couple of inches from and placed it back in his hand. the bottom rail. With Shannon didn’t even notice. “Go break, then,” he incredible precision, said.” Shannon crossed it John did but to no avail. It garnered him only a ball. the length of the table Shannon showed the same form of the opening towards the opposite rack. Needing only one ball, he finally sank that elusive corner pocket. championship orb. They shared a congratulatory hug. As it passed the It’e easy to tell that these guys will be competitors side, there was now and friends, in and out of the arena, for life. Today, doubt that it would run true. Daulton strode, with they knew that it was just Shannon’s turn. outstretched hand, toward Reyes as the ball dropped in behind him. When The Cannon sank that last ball the Results page 24 exultation was written all over his face. He was ecstatic. So, were the hometown fans in the standing room only arena. “I’ve been beaten so many times by Efren, including last year in the One-Pocket Finals,” coincidently, the only division Shannon hasn’t won. “I really prepared for this. I’ve been going to sleep anywhere from 9-11, every night. “I’m now 42 years old. You can either win upstairs, in action, or downstairs here on the TV table. In the TV table, you win forever.” No need for rest, he faced long time friend and fellow Southerner John Brumback. They grew up banging balls around together. Both have many DCC John Brumback

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From Shane Van Boening and Jason Klatt opened Sunday’s action on the Accu-Stats TV table at noon. Jason had been playing a 10 am, One-Pocket match while Shane waited, warming up BIG Foot. There’s nothing like it to work out the body’s early morning cobwebs. Shane’s work ethic is, without a doubt, a major contribution to his success. At every opportunity, he’s practicing on BIG Foot. When everyone else is doing whatever, last thing at night, he’s in the Accu-Stats Arena running balls. “I actually practice more at tournaments than I do when I am at home,” he confessed. Jason, a little late to the table as Shane was in fine fettle, took time to adjust and clambered to a very admirable 8 before Shane dropped the hammer. It was then John Morra and Alex Pagulayan stepped into the ring. John, like many, just couldn’t get BIG Foot’s tight jaws to devour any balls on the break. Alex is more familiar with massive expanses of Simonis as he had spent a lot of last year on the UK snooker circuit. His, seemingly, miniature body stretched across the slate, capitalized on every offer John presented. Morra wasn’t allowed to regroup as he did so elegantly, yesterday, against Bustamante. He had to settle for 7 before Alex slammed the door. 22 year old, Manila native, Jeff Ignacio can play. In fact, last year, Efren commented that Jeff was then the best player in the Phillipines. Yet, sometimes, he missed the simplest of balls. “I am very quick, maybe too quick; Fast decision, fast release,” he stated. “I have to learn to control my impulses.” 10-Ball is the Filipino game of choice. After easily dismissing a struggling Orcollo, Jeff said that, when they match-up in the Phillipines, he usually

gets the 9. “Yeah, but that was about 4 years ago,” countered Orcollo. He didn’t need the 9 today. “I couldn’t see clearly,” Dennis defended after his defeat at 6, “I had only managed 4 hours sleep.” (We’ll blame it on the Jet lag). Mika and Lee Vann closed out the evening session with Mika, up 5-2, getting sharked by a raised water bottle in his line of sight to a straight-in 5-ball. Lee Vann jumped to the table and soon had overtaken Mika. Mika’s demons were alive and well and the audience was aware of his distress. Enter goodbuddy Rodney Morris. Rodney sat behind Mika’s chair consoling while motivating him,” “Shake it off, shake it off. You’ll get your chance.” When that chance arose and Mika was back on the scoreboard, “Now, take a time out,” insisted Rodney. Mika new that he was right. Ten minutes later Mika’s maturity as an athlete was apparent. He approached the game composed and courageous. The BIG Foot battled ensued until Corteza was on the hill and Mika had fought to 9, Then, up jumped the devil. Remember we’re on BIG Foot now. The slightest overhit can have devastating results. In Mika’s safety attempt to tie up the cue ball, a millimeter made all the difference and Lee Vann was left a peek at the cash. He took it straight to the bank. And then there were four: Shane versus 3 Filipinos.

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Surprised? In Semi’s #1, Corteza faced the fearless Ignacio. Jeff started well and was ahead 3-1. Then his break stopped working, “And, I had 4 scratches,” he commiserated. With an 11-7 win, Lee Vann observed, “It seems I’m always coming from behind, Then, he gave me so many opportunities…and I took them,” he smiled wryly. Semi’s #2: Shane’s discipline of practice showed up and his ball pocketing, table speed, position play, were near flawless. Then you add, never mind the power, the precision of his break. When he completes his follow thru, his forefinger is circling the butt 6 inches behind the joint. Previously, Alex was executing like he had found his pool form that eluded him on his return from the snooker circuit. Unfortunately, today, against Shane, he didn’t get a chance to use it. Shane was on fire. Alex, always a gentleman, had to applaud him. And, when Alex did get to break, twice his cue ball found the pocket. He managed only 2 games before Shane had ensured his berth, again, in the finals. Mosconi Cup, Team America captain and Accu-Stats commentator Mark Wilson reported that, “Shane displayed one of the most inspiring 10-Ball performances that he had ever witnessed.” Shane had shot an Accu-Stats’ Total Performance Average(TPA) of 957–on BIG Foot! If you missed the Pay-per -View, no worries, you can catch it, soon, on the DVD. The Finals: it seemed that Corteza was boggled by Van Boening’s power and ability and smothering of Alex. Shane was as comfortable on BIG Foot as he had ever been on any table. He showed no weakness; no sign of stress or nervousness. Lee Vann had slivers of opportunity that he could not quite capture. With Shane on the hill while he, too, had mustered only 2, he missed ball that he would have made in his sleep. Shane had shot him into submission. By allowing only 4 games against him in the semi’s and finals, is there a contender on the planet who can contain Shane?

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Diamond Derby City Classic XVII

From Photos by: Ricky Bryant - RBProductions On Thursday, January the 29th, 2015, Alex Pagulayan put together the most spectacular OnePocket performance ever captured on tape. If that were't enough, he made history as he became the first Triple Crown, "Grand Slam" career winner in all three DCC divisions. He had previously won the 9-Ball and the Bank Pool events. Today, he closed the deal with the One-Pocket title. There was more history: He won 13 consecutive games without a loss. Included in that little package were four consecutive 8-and-outs followed by a 10-and-out. The Accu-Stats arena was brimming with the pool-world's most educated audience. These spectators know their one-pocket. They'll be boasting to their grandchildren about their presence at this one. It wasn't just about his performance; his skill, his execution, his heart. It was also about his charisma, his sportsmanship–his ability to capture the audience's attention…and their hearts. In his match with Efren, both had one loss. Reyes had the honor of the first break in the race to 3 to see who would stay and who would go. They parried back and forth and Efren sent the cue ball safe (so he thought) to the top of the table.

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Alex spied a possible combo in the stack… Craaack, as it smacked in the back of his pocket; He ran 8-andout. 1-0. Alex broke. Efren ran 5 and left, what would have been his 6th consecutive ball, sitting in the jaws of his pocket. Alex, aggressive as ever, ignored Efren's dangling orb and went straight for the jugular. He banked his first ball straight back…and ran 8-and-out: 2-0. Efren broke…and scratched! Alex ran 8-and-out. Efren shrugged, smiled, and warmly shook the young protege's hand: Eventually, the student becomes the master. Against Justin Hall, Pagulayan's unsurpassed prowess recurred as, at the first opportunity to attack, his 8-and-out hot streak continued. 1-0. In game two, he took a couple of intentional fouls, got his opening…and, mercilessly, ran 10-andout! 2-0. Game three: Spectator's expectations ran high. After running 4, Alex's cue ball position was about a millimeter off which allowed Hall an open table.

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Justin got two and, under normal circumstances, he would have cleared the table one-handed. He fell afoul of his nerves and drilled a medium distance ball straight into the rail. Alex ran his additional 4 balls to await the undefeated Mike Dechaine. If Alex lost, it was over. To win, Alex had to beat Mike twice. Mike ran 5: Alex, relentless, ran 8-and-out. Soon, another 3-0 win. They took a break and Mike visited Diamond's buy-back booth. The second Finals had a lot more one pocket strategy including dispatching balls up-table to increase the difficulty of running out. It was all to no avail and, to his credit, Mike did win the second game in that set. That was as far as he got. It was all Alex: 3-1

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Justin Hall from: Skyler Woodward, Francisco Bustamante, John Morra, Justin Hall, Shannon Daulton and Billy Thorpe entered the jam-packed Accu-Stats Arena. Each posted $1500 for the privilege. Hall, after a good day’s sleep was rejuvenated and putting off-angle 3-railers in to the heart of the pocket. Billy Thorpe was the first to go bankrupt, followed by Woodward, Bustamante and, then, Daulton. John Morra was the last contender in the winner take all confrontation. The opening game of $50 a ball soon accumulated to a heart pounding $1,000 a ball. It could easily have gone either way as John and Justin traded banks. Hall was back in form, splitting the jaws with off-angle 3 and 4 railers. John, unintimidated, held court until, 4 hours later, an exhausted, Hall prevailed to pocket the $9,000.

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Left to right: 1st Kevin O’Brien; center 3rd Owner-Operator Manny Stamatakis; rightmost 2nd Bogie Uzdejczyk Kevin’s tournament trail included wins over Pat Mareno 7 - 2; Jamiyl Adams 7 - 3; Daniel Dagotdot 7 - 3; Young Joo Kim from Korea 7 - 5; Ying Yang 7 - 5 from Canada and lost to Bogie Uzdejczyk 7 - 4 for the Hot Seat. While Bogie was in the Hot Seat, both Manny Stamatakis and Open class Raphael DaBreo were making a bid to reach Kevin O’Brien for a shot at the Finals. Manny got there with a 7 - 5 win over Raphael; however, fell short against Kevin, losing 7 - 4. In the Finals, Kevin O’Brien started out strong to go ahead 3 - 1 over Bogie Uzdejczyk . Bogie trailed the entire match, unable to win 2 games in a row to tie the match. Finally, Kevin closed the door winning 9 - 6. Special recognition belong to Manny Stamatakis for his impressive 3rd place finish and a 7 - 2 win loss record; and Raphael DaBreo with a strong 4th place finish. The next Tri-State event will be held on January 3 - 4, 2015 at Gotham City Billiard Club in Brooklyn,NY. Thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Qpod, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Focus Cases by John Bartron, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics , and Focus Apparel for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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Let’s take a close look at how we line up our body with the shot. There are a number of very simple body alignments that can make it easier to shoot straight. If you’ve been playing a long time and are pretty good, you’re probably already doing most of them. This is worth a close look. If you’re off somewhere, making the change should make a difference for you. Look at any shot. As you stand behind the cueball, you can see “the line of the shot.” That’s the line the cueball must travel to hit the object ball or rail (or other target) precisely where you intend. How we choose that exact line is related to what we want to accomplish, our current ability level, and the various aiming adjustments we make to compensate for throw, english, squirt, etc. Choosing that line is not the issue here. The issue at hand is “What’s the best (simplest, most comfortable, most effective, most consistent, easy to remember, easy to check) way to arrange our body around the stick to produce a good, straight stroke and send the cueball down the line of the shot?” Our job as pool players is to produce a consistent, straight, fluid stroke that moves the cueball down the shot line at the right speed and with the right spin. What I’d like you to think about is making good use of your skeleton. We can simplify our job if we align our skeleton well. The better we align our skeleton, the less we have to rely on muscle and various swoops and on-the-fly stroke/aim adjustments. The point I want to drive home is that if we line up well, it’s way easier to hit what we’re aiming at, and to do it consistently and effortlessly. OK. We know where the line of the shot is. Now, imagine there is a vertical plane (a wall) running through that line. There are a bunch of body parts we’re going to align with that plane: • Bridge – This is obvious, but make sure your bridge is planted precisely, and is not pulling to one side or the other. • Grip – Again, obvious. Make sure your grip is as light as possible. The tighter you grip, the more you’ll tend to pull the stick off line during the stroke. • Stroke Arm – This is a big one. Your entire arm – forearm, elbow, upper arm, and shoulder should

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be in the vertical plane. Watch out for wrists curled in or out, elbow tucked in or flying out on the hit stroke. Have someone check you out from front and back. You might be off vertical a little, and not be able to see it or feel it yourself. • Aiming Eye – Obviously, you want to be able to see directly down the line of the shot. Don’t worry about which eye is dominant – just make sure you feel you are seeing straight down the line. Check to make sure your eyes are level. Many players (especially older ones) bend lower than their flexibility allows, so their head tilts a bit. • Chin – Try to get your chin directly over the stick. How can you get your eye and your chin over the stick, and keep your eyes level? Try turning your face (just a little) toward the appropriate side. Check yourself by lowering your chin to the stick once in a while. • Back Foot – The stick should generally run over the top of your back foot. If you find you can’t do that, or can’t get your eye over the cue, your foot placement might be the culprit. With your back foot angled forward a little, try moving the front foot forward a foot or so and out to the side a foot or so from where the back foot is. This will put you in a pretty neutral position. Adjust from there until you can see down the cue, and you feel balanced and comfortable. These are guidelines. Since everyone’s body is different, not everyone will find that all of these alignments are workable. Very tall, very short, and very heavy players usually need some adjustments. A good instructor can help with the adjustments. This approach is intended to get most players arranged into an alignment that makes it easier to see down the line and send the cueball down the line. These alignments can help you stroke more consistently and with less interference from muscle and from limbs that naturally want to move in some direction other than straight. As with any change in your fundamentals, you may experience a decline in your game for a while, but if the change is a good one and you stick with it, you’ll come back stronger. Let’s get straight – and get better.



PERSPECTIVE Another View on the Mental Game

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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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I recently participated in the final stop of the Mezz West State Tour on January 24 at Break Time Billiards in Modesto, CA. I did not participate on January 25th, because I did not make it to day two. And… that’s all I have to say about that. Ahem. Congratulations to Vilmos Foldes for an exciting win over Beau Runningen to take the top spot, and make it to #1 on the player rankings! Beau did very well, too, taking #2; and he’s only a semi-pro! Okay, enough about the champs. Back to me. I would like to tell you about my first opponent. We’ll call him “Bob O’Connor,” because that is his name. Bob is an older gentleman, although the term “gentleman” does not do him any justice. He is a kind, soft-spoken man who always seemed to have a relaxed smile on his face. He enjoyed talking about the game, but never intruded upon my shots. He was very deferential to the other players around him, as well. In the corner where we were playing, three tables were just a little too close together, and at times players had to wait for each other to shoot. Every time, he capitulated with a smile on his face, saying “I’m sorry, it’s your shot.” I know you’ve seen players like this. I certainly have. But Bob was just… happy. I am still working on my game. I know I’m not quite there yet, but I love competing in these events against great players. It’s good exposure to the scene, and is definitely helping me during my quest to improve my mental game. I am way down on the rankings for this tour. However, I still played better than Bob. He admitted to me that he doesn’t get to practice much. In fact, he plays mainly on crappy bar boxes, and very rarely gets a chance to play on 9-footers, much less the Diamonds like the one we were playing on. He missed some fairly routine 10-ball shots that should have won him a couple of games. Yet, somehow, Bob managed to keep up a very positive attitude, congratulating me on my 7-1 victory, and wishing me luck for the rest of the tournament. Not once during our match did he scowl, frown, complain, or even sigh. He was the very epitome of class, and a complete gentleman. I lost my next two matches. Both players simply outclassed me; they definitely played better than I that day. During my final match on the one-loss side, I caught myself getting annoyed after dogging a couple of routine shots. I mentally berated myself for missing such easy shots (“What the hell, Michael? You’re better than this!”). When I was done, I wanted nothing more than to just leave, and be done with the place. However, I decided to stick around and watch my friends Jason Williams and Robbie Lyng play their matches. I sat and fumed for a few minutes, recounting to Robbie just how badly I played when he asked.

At one point, I saw Bob walk by. He had lost his match as well, and was out of the competition. He was smiling, and genuinely appeared to be enjoying himself. He was just happy to be there, amongst great pool players, soaking it all in. Immediately, I felt my brain shift; almost like in those Sci-Fi movies, where the hero shifts into a parallel universe and is momentarily confused. I was suddenly no longer upset that I was out of the competition. I was happy to be there, and completely thrilled that many of my friends and acquaintances were still in the running. Food tasted better. There was a smell of fresh-cut flowers, and birds were singing. I could suddenly see in color! Ok… maybe that’s a bit much. But I can tell you, my perspective changed almost instantly. I love pool. I LOVE it. I play it, teach it, and write about it. Everything about the game excites me; it is my happy place. There is no reason for me to get down every time I don’t make the perfect shot, or put the cue ball in the perfect position. Everyone makes mistakes – even the pros. Granted, they make fewer mistakes than I do, but that’s mainly because their recovery time – from anger or disappointment to success – usually lasts a moment, before they are back in the zone. My goal is to get there, too. During my Zen Quest, I have received several book recommendations. One of them, a short read, is “Mastering the Inner Game of Pool,” by David Krolick. I found this one on my own, and it can be downloaded to Kindle (I use the iOS app) for about five bucks. Jason Williams told me about Point the Way by The Monk (Tim Miller). I have not read it yet, but Jason swears by it. That’s good enough for me, considering he was able to take 7/8th this weekend, he never practices (grr!), and has a terrific attitude about the game. Sometimes, all it takes is a change of perspective to help you with your game. I always tell my students to walk around the table if they’re not sure about a shot. Look at it from different angles, because you may find something you didn’t see from behind the cue ball. Maybe I should follow my own advice. If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at pool@billiardsprofessor. com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at Come on by and join the discussion!

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Bob Jewett

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About 95 percent of the shots you shoot don’t require any special technique. The cue ball goes straight to the object ball, the object ball goes straight to the pocket, and if you’ve done a little planning, the cue ball goes on to position for the next shot. Those shots do require skill, but usually not some kind of special skill. The other 5% of shots do require something extra, maybe a little magic. It was Efren Reyes’ ability to come up with the 5% and 1% and one-in-a-million shots that got him the nickname “The Magician.” While you may not get to Efren’s level in specialty shots, it’s not hard to improve from your current level if you spend some time working on them. They are really fun to pull off to win a tight match. Shot 1 is a common situation. You are very slightly blocked by the 8 ball from hitting the 1 ball. Without curve you can bring the cue ball to the shaded spot at best if you just barely miss the 8 and that path might not even contact the 1 ball. The answer is to use a little elevation and right spin and curve the cue ball around the 8. In the position shown, the 1 ball is a huge target since it’s close to the pocket and a little off the cushion so a cushion-first shot will also make the ball. This is the kind of shot that any player can make at least half the time with practice. In Shot 1A the details of the technique are broken down. The first part of the planning is to decide how far from the 8 you have to aim in order to miss it. The cue ball will start off close to the line of the cue stick, but it will start curving immediately, so you have to allow a little extra clearance. In the diagram I show an aiming line well away from the balls. The farther out you go the farther you have to come back and the harder the shot is. One of the things you need to work on in practice is how little margin you can get away with for each kind of shot. There is an amazing technique to aim the curved part of the shot that was discovered nearly 200 years ago. Note the “spot” line that is also drawn in Shot 1A. This line is through the spot the cue ball rests on and parallel to the final direction you want the cue ball to take. When you have the right elevation and English, your cue stick will point to a spot on the cloth that’s on that line. For the shot shown, you will need quite a bit of elevation. In Shot 1B an expanded view is shown. Note that the cue stick as seen from above is offset and elevated so that it can point to the spot on the cloth. It may take a while to wrap your mind around this visualization, but once you have the idea, lots of curve shots get much easier to plan. Note that usually there are lots of spots along the spot line and which one you choose depends on how much elevation you need and where the aiming

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Aiming line Shot 1A 1 8

“Spot” line Aiming line “Spot” line Shot 1B 9

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line is. In Shot 2 is a short range shot that’s also very common. Maybe the 2 can be made with a precision hit, but left English helps in two ways. It will help throw the 2 ball towards the pocket but it will also curve the cue ball around the 9 to get a fuller hit on the 2. I find that for shots like this where the blocker ball is about half way to the target, it works well to use a stroke that would get a stop shot at the blocker. That is, you want a little draw and a soft hit so the cue ball is sliding as it goes by the 9 ball. If it still has a lot of draw at that point, you have probably hit the ball too hard for the curve to take effect in time. For Shot 2, finesse is the right way -- soft or softer -and remember to shoot a little away from the 9 ball.


Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

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What is our fascination with pool? Personally, the game reminds me of life itself. In order to come out ahead, you need to be able to be able to deal with your areas of weakness; build on your strengths, and remain positive—otherwise, as tobacco farmers often put it, “You’re going to be in for a tough row to hoe.” In this article, I want to focus on how goal setting for your pool game will give you greater confidence to succeed and how that setting goals and achieving them will have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Motivation is very important! I am sure you have heard yourself say, “I always make it to the finals and feel really tired,” or “My love for the game of pool just isn’t there anymore.” In order for you to play the game more positively or get more out of life, you need to set goals for yourself that are difficult but attainable. Goals are nothing more than dreams with a due “Goals Should be Written” date! Making goals is a process that people do on a regular basis; however, what we tend to do is establish goals in our heads and then expect them to magically happen without ever doing any hard work or ever changing anything. As the months roll by and you have not achieved what you thought you would, your self-esteem may suffer. You need to remember that when you are setting goals, they need to be yours, not someone else’s or what you think you should be doing because someone else said so. Ultimately you are the one responsible for the way you play and it is also your responsibility to decide what needs to be done in order for you to be successful. Sometimes pool players come to me because they do not like to compete anymore and they cannot understand why. This often turns out to be because they are thinking negatively or putting unnecessary pressure on themselves to win. It is also quite common for a player to buy into someone else’s vision. Before you set your goals, make sure that they are what you want—otherwise you will be setting yourself up for failure. Above all else, your pool playing goals should be written—give yourself monthly targets with benchmark assessments. Be sure to celebrate any successes that you might have. Always start with the end in mind and work on what you need to change in order to make your goals into a reality. That might mean taking lessons from a certified instructor, or practicing at the poolroom two or three times per week. A proficient instructor will know how to assess your skills and should be able to recognize the areas you need to improve upon. They should be able to help you get the most out of your game by guiding you in the direction you want to be taken. There are many reputable instructors that can be found online through the American CueSports Association (ACS) or Professional Billiards Instructors Association (PBIA). You can also work on your game from the comfort of your own home by visiting and enrolling in Virtual Billiard Academy…but whatever you choose to do, you need to commit to it and have an action plan. Remember, in the words of W.L. Bateman, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.” The bottom line is that you have to be willing to change if you want to succeed.

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Diamond Derby City Classic XVII

George Fels Memorial 14.1 Challenge By Philip Capelle -

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Ruslan Chinakhov

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On Saturday, January 31, Russia’s Ruslan Chinakhov parlayed his super-smooth stroke and a deep knowledge of straight pool into an impressive win over Scotland’s Jayson Shaw, who had the high run of 227 in the qualifying stage. Prior to the final, both Chinakhov and Shaw had very decisive wins versus Mika Immonen (5) and Warren Kiamco (15), respectively. Chinakhov broke and left Shaw a long shot, which he made, but suffered an unlucky scratch. After a few more innings, Chinakhov miscued with a couple of balls remaining but Shaw, possibly the victim of a roll off, missed a hanger that he had hit softly. So, the rack ended with Chinakhov leading, 10 to -1. His two-rail side pocket break shot knocked a few balls loose, and soon he was off and running. After five racks his lead had grown to 66 to -1, and he was on a run 57 when the cue ball got stuck to the pack on his break shot, and he missed a tough crossover bank, He went to his seat following his run of 58 with a 67 to -1 lead. Shaw quickly cleared the table, and the score was now Chinakhov 67 – Shaw 12. Shaw then he quickly pounded into the cue ball, missed the break shot, and Chinakhov ran 42, increasing his lead to 109-12. He missed a break shot, and Shaw managed to run 38 before missing. Chinakhov added three and missed the stack on a break shot. Shaw eventually missed a super tough break shot after Chinakhov had sent the cue ball to the head of the table, and the Russian ran 13 and out for the victory. Final score: Chinakhov 125, Shaw 50. Two Russians qualified for the single-elimination eight-man tournament, and one of them won it, showing that the game appeals to players in many foreign lands now – and it is far from dead in America. See more at: ruslan-Chinakhov-runs-top-george-fels-memorial-14-1challenge/#sthash.NUsjgGRL.dpuf

Diamond Derby City Classic XVII

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9-Ball Division - The Final Match

WARREN KIAMCO By Philip Capelle - Warren Kiamco 9 - Alex Pagulayan 7 As they prepared to square off for the finals, Warren Kiamco had not lost a match, but Alex Pagulayan had. This meant that If Kiamco won, he would be the 9-Ball champion. If Pagulayan won, they would play another race to 9 for the title. In the first match Kiamco led at one point, 4-3, then Pagulayan lowered the boom with a string of 6 straight wins to close out the match with a score of 9-4. A key moment came in the ninth game when Kiamco left Pagulayan with a long, but very makeable draw/billiard on the 9-ball, which was near the pocket and the end rail. The Lion made it, and then closed out the set with three break and runs. All tournament long Pagulayan had been in terrific form, including one of the best displays of runout 1-Pocket ever in his last four matches, which he won by a combined score of 12-1 for the title. And, after his explosion at the end of the first final match, it would have been perfectly understandable if Kiamco had folded like the proverbial cheap tent in the final finals. But he did not, and therein lies the story of the amazing revival of this grizzled

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veteran, who was looking for his first Derby City crown, and arguably the biggest title of his career. On to the match. In game 1 Pagulayan broke but did not make a ball, and then sat in his chair and watched Kiamco run out the rack, and break and run the next two to race out to a 3-0 lead. MC Ken Shuman’s introduction for Pagulayan includes “He’s the smallest man, but with the biggest heart.” It would be hard to argue with him as you don’t become Master of the Table, which he did, without having a big one. So, it came as no surprise that Pagulayan began a comeback that commenced with a gamewinning crossover bank followed by a break and run. 3-2, Kiamco. Undeterred, Kiamco ran out in game 6 after Pagulayan missed a 3-9 billiard, then broke and ran two more racks to take a 6-2 lead. In game 9, Pagulayan tried a difficult shot from long range that required a thin hit, missed the ball entirely, and Kiamco took ball in hand and ran the final six balls to assume a commanding lead of 7-2. In game 10 Kiamco scratched while playing a safety, and Pagulayan ran out. The score: Kiamco 7, Pagulayan 3. At this point, the excitement level jumped several notches. In game 11 Kiamco played a kick shot, sold out and, with three balls on the table, it looked like Pagulayan would surely close the gap to 7-4. But he did that funny move with his right shoulder that he so often does, and perhaps it was the reason for his untimely miscue. In any event, Kiamco took ball in hand and ran the remaining three balls to reach the hill with a lead of 8-3. Surely the title was now a mere formality for Kiamco, and it looked that way as he began to work his way through a very runnable rack. But then a very strange thing happened – he overran position on the 3-ball (I think), and left the cue ball on the rail. He faced a thin cut, and the cue ball was going to go right at the side pocket, or barely miss it. My guess is that Kiamco knew it was probably a dead scratch, but he would not know for sure unless he played it – after all, he might have been wrong! But the cue ball went straight in the side, and Pagulayan took ball in hand and ran the final five to close the gap to 8-4. The tension mounted as the crowd, which was obviously pulling for him, began to scream for the Lion to stage a comeback. And he did with a runout in the next game following a safety. Then came a 9-ball on the break and a break and run, closing the gap to a single game at 8-7. Pagulayan missed position in the next game when his inside english route failed to close the angle off the rail enough, forcing him to play a kick shot. He responded with a superb kick/hook safety. Kiamco played one of his own, so Pagulayan had to play a lengthy kick up and down the middle of the table – and though he hit the ball, he left Kiamco with a potential tournament winning seven ball runout. Maybe the pressure finally got to Kiamco, because he misplayed a couple position routes and ended up with a very missable combo which required that he use the bridge. (See the video). But he steadied himself, deftly guided the 9-ball into the pocket and collapsed, like a marathon runner might, on the table in a huge display of relief – his march to victory complete. The score line: KKK PP KKKK P K PPPP K Accu-Stats TPA Results page 24 Warren Kiamco - .894 Alex Pagulayan - .864


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Pinegar Undefeated

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With last year’s winner (Robb Saez) in the broadcast booth with Ray Hansen on the PoolActionTV stream, Jonathan “Hennessee from Tennessee” Pinegar completed an undefeated run through a field of 122, on-hand for the 28th Annual Music City 9-Ball Open on the weekend of January 16-18, 2015. The $6,000-added event was hosted by JOB Billiards in Madison, TN and was launched on Friday night, with a $500-entry, winner-takes-all Midnight Madness event that saw Danny Smith defeat Robb Saez in the finals. In the Open event, run concurrently with a 42-entrant ladies event (won by Teruko Cucculelli), Pinegar faced Justin Bergman twice; once in the hot seat and again in the final. Pinegar had sent Justin Hall to the losers’ bracket 11-6, as Bergman downed Shane McMinn 11-3. Pinegar took the first of two against Bergman 11-6 and waited in the hot seat for him to return. On the loss side, McMinn drew Josh Roberts, who’d defeated Richie Richeson and Greg Hogue, both 11-7, to reach him. Hall picked up Danny Smith, who’d gotten by Josh O’Neal 11-3 and John Gabriel 11-8. Roberts handed McMinn his second straight loss 11-5, and in the quarterfinals, faced Hall, who’d ended Smith’s run 11-9. Roberts took the quarterfinals 11-7 over Hall, before having his run ended by Bergman 11-8 in the semifinals. Bergman had his second chance at Pinegar, and came out gunning. He won five straight, sinking three combinations on the 9-ball (the fifth, a 1-9 combination), and running the table from the outset twice. Pinegar won the 6th rack to get on the board, but Bergman took the 7th. Pinegar used a 2-9 combination to open up a three-rack run to bring him within two at 6-4. In the match’s first scratch off of a break, Bergman ran the table, but it proved to be his last. Bergman scratched breaking up rack #12, and turned the table over to Pinegar; for good, as it turned out. Having lost five in a row at the start, Pinegar won 11 of the next 13, including three in a row to take his first lead at 8-7, and then, three more in a row to claim the event title. 1 USA PINEGAR Jonathan 4,250 2 USA BERGMAN Justin 2,500 3 USA ROBERTS Josh 1,600 4 USA HALL Justin 1,050 5 USA MCMINN Shane 750 5 USA SMITH Danny 750 7 USA HOGUE Greg 455 7 USA GABRIEL John 455 9 USA RICHESON Richie 300 9 USA MCKENNEY Daniel 300 9 USA O’NEAL Josh 300 9 USA STEWART Kenny 300 13 USA LANEY Mike 230 13 USA SHABEB Raed 230 13 USA WOODWARD Skyler 230 13 USA HALL Robert 230 17 USA BROWN Chris 150 17 USA MURPHY Shannon 150 17 USA OLINGER Alex 150 17 CAN BRYANT Brittany 150 17 USA BARTRAM Chris 150 17 USA REEVES Ted 150 17 USA PRANEE Tab 150 17 USA JOHOPLOS Jason 150

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Jayson Shaw

Takes Down Second Straight Turning Stone


Jayson Shaw has won Turning Stone XXIII by defeating a very hot-shooting John Morra 13-11. Morra caused quite a buzz in the room when he dominated Mika Immonen to win the hot seat 9-1 in less than thirty minutes. Morra got out every time that was even a remote possibility and locked Immonen up in a vault when he played safe. But Shaw had been busy with his warm-ups and came into the finals with his usual confidence and amazing eye. Morra had beaten Shaw earlier in the day 9-8 to send him left. Once there Shaw knocked out Shaun Wilkie 9-3 and then Jeremy Sossei 9-5 before facing Mika Immonen. Immonen had just been beaten badly by Morra and was determined to not let that happen to him again. Against all odds it did. Once again Immonen simply could not gain control of the table at critical moments and Shaw put him down by the same 9-1 score line that Mika had just suffered at the hands of Morra. So both of our finalists had taken out a multi-time U.S. Open and World Champion by the same dominating score. The match lived up to expectations with both men playing well. Shaw reached the hill first at 12-11 but denied Morra the opportunity to join him there as he took the final rack for a 13-11 victory. AZB would like to thanks Mike Zuglan and the Turning Stone Resort Casino for their impeccable hospitality and yet another great tournament. Congrats also to both John Morra and Jayson Shaw who have firmly established their positions amongst the top players in the world.

Second Chance 1st $500 2nd $300 3/4th $200 5/8th $100

Raul Alvarez Phil Davis Stephan Doiron, Redgie Cutler Tom Acciavatti, Aaron Greenwood Bart Williams, Brian Lipes

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L-R Winner Jayson Shaw, Tour Owner Mike Zuglan and Runner-up John Morra

results 1st $8,000 2nd $5,000 3rd $3,600 4th $2,600 5/6th $2,000 7/8th $1,600 9/12th $1,200 13/16th $850 17/24th $550 25/32nd $300

Jayson Shaw (Scotland) John Morra (Canada) Mika Immonen Jeremy Sossei Ron Casanzio, Shaun Wilkie, Rodney Morris, Brandon Shuff Johnny Archer, Danny Hewitt (Canada), Sylvain Grenier (Canada), Mike Dechaine Martin Daigle (Canada), Thorsten Hohmann, Robb Saez, Stevie Moore Stephan Doiron (Canada), Gerald Crowe, Karen Corr, Corey Deuel, Jeffrey Ignacio (Philippines), Cleiton Rocha, Bucky Souvanthong, Paul Pensgen Alain Parent (Canada), Willie Oney, Jason Michas, Greg Antonakos, Dan Heidrich, Sean Morgan, Marco Kam, Tom D’alfonso

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Li Goes Undefeated Jia Li, who entered the WPBA’s Regional Tour Championship on the weekend of January 8-11, having won three stops on the 2014 J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour, went undefeated through the event’s field of 64 to claim the WPBA’s 2015 Regional Tour Championship title. Her opponent in the finals of the RTC, Betty Lea from Atlanta, GA was a single event winner and Leader of the Year from the 2014 Sport 9 Ladies Tour. Together, they had survived two round robin stages of the RTC; Li, going undefeated through 10 matches in two stages, while Lea won seven of her 10 matches. The two advanced into a 16-player single elimination phase, which culminated when they faced each other, early Sunday evening. Li added four victories to her undefeated list to take the final match over Lea. In all, 64 players, representing 14 regional women’s tours gathered at Breakers Sky Bar Lounge in Herndon, VA to compete for the 2015 Regional Tour Champion title. It was the first combined RTC since 2008. Half of the entrants shared over $11,000 in prize money, including Li’s first place prize of $2,500 and Lea’s $1,400 as runner up. In Stage One of the event, which divided the 64 entrants into eight groups and began on Thursday, January 8, Jia Li, Bernie Store, and Gail Eaton were the only competitors to emerge from the seven-match phase, undefeated. April Larson, Dawn Fox, Belinda Calhoun, Rebecca Wagner, Linda Shea, Nicole Albergaria, and Natalie Mans had each given up one match in the phase. They, along with 22 others, entered a Stage Two, threematch round robin phase, which featured eight groups of four players. The top two from each of the eight groups in Stage Two advanced to the 16-player, single elimination and final phase of the tournament. Stage Two featured five undefeated performances (Li, Lea, Shea, Wagner and Meredith Lynch), while Samantha Barrett, Belinda Calhoun, Michele West, Suzanne Smith, Gail Eaton, Kawania Watson, Tara Williams, Kim Benson, Nicole Albergaria, and Jennifer Kraber won two out of three of their matches in the phase. Kelly Jones, who won just a single match of her three in the phase was also advanced to the final 16. Emerging from the opening round of the single elimination phase (and combined with their second round opponent) were Watson and Lea, Smith and Albergaria, Benson and Li, and Shea and Williams. Lea advanced to the semifinals with a 7-3 win over Watson. Albergaria downed Smith 7-2. Li was tested, but survived a double hill battle against Benson, while Shea advanced with a 7-5 win over Williams. Lea defeated Albergaria 7-5, as two of the JPNEWT representatives - Li and Shea - squared off in the other semifinal. The two had met three times in the finals on the JPNEWT tour, with Li winning all three. She defeated Shea in this match, as well; 7-4, to advance to the finals against Lea. Li got out in front in the single race-to-9 final and stayed there. She completed her undefeated run with a 9-4 win over Lea and claimed the 2015 Regional Tour Championship title. 1 $2,500 LI Jia 2 $1,400 LEA Betty 3 $750 SHEA Linda Haywood, ALBERGARIA Nicole 5 $500 WATSON Kawania, SMITH Suzanne BENSON Kim, WILLIAMS Tara 9 $250 CALHOUN Belinda, KRABER Jennifer, BARRETT Sam JONES Kelly, WEST Michelle, EATON Gail LYNCH Meredith, WAGNER Rebecca

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Open 10-Ball Championship January 17-18th, 2015

he can do. Putting away Joe Weyandt, Tony Crosby, Randy Jordon, and then running out of steam against A weekend of fantastic pool playing, brisk weather Tommy Kennedy. During the set with Randy Jordon, and a little bit of sunshine describes the setting at Mike Davis put on a clinic by clearing off a dry break Zingale’s Billiards in Tallahassee, FL for the 2014 by Jordon and then proceeded to lay down a six-pack to Florida State Open 10-Ball Championships. With a 71 close the set 7-0. After the loss to TK, Davis went west player draw and a one and a half hour player auction, to play Sean King. Getting by King would set up the this was sure to be a great event. Players such as Mike match against Mike DeLawder. Finding a groove, Davis Davis, Tony Crosby, Stevie Moore, Tommy Kennedy, would send DeLawder home in 7/8th place and wait Donny Mills, Jeff Abernathy, David Grossman, Stoney there for Raymond Linares to complete his campaign in Stone, Scotty Townsend and many more converged in the east. Davis and Linares would play their set battling the capitol city to grind it out for this year’s title. back and forth, Davis pulling ahead 9-7. Final 8 Breakdown Stoney Stone would show up with an ultra-smooth After a first round bye, Jeff Abernathy posted wins and consistent game this weekend. Besting Todd Smith, over Mike Lear, Lisa McElroy, Dave Strawn Jr and Stacy Harrell, Donny Mills and Rod Rentz would David Grossman before falling to Tommy Kennedy. allow Stone to square off with Raymond Linares. A Abernathy would wait for Randy Jordan and eventually marathon match is what it felt like between Linares and lose that set, settling for 5/6th place. Abernathy a little Stone, with Stoney escaping the set 9-7 and moving disappointed had just come off wins in the USAM into the hot seat match with Tommy Kennedy. Stoney and Kennedy would play even through the set with every game mounting the pressure. Stoney would put the set away 9-5, ending the undefeated run of Kennedy and capturing the hot seat. Randy Jordon and Mike Davis would play for the one-loss side hot seat match, this being their second meeting. If it wasn’t enough to shutout the talent of Jordon one time, Davis plays a great set, with a couple of what many would call “fortunate rolls”, one (l to r) Mike Davis, Stoney Stone, Michael Zingale, Tommy Kennedy being a kick on the 6-ball and pocketing the 10-ball as a result. Looking at double-hill match Championship and last month’s FL State Amateur here Jordon couldn’t see the out and faced a loss in the 9-Ball Championship. set taking 4th place this year. On to the one-loss hot David Grossman would also get a first round bye seat match between Kennedy and Davis. This would and then come out swinging strong, putting down be one to sweat as Davis jumped and early lead 5-2 Scotty Townsend, George McClanahan, Rob Stewart, and would not be tied until 5-5. Davis and Kennedy and then falling to Jeff Abernathy to be sent west to would trade the final racks with Davis pulling out the await Mike DeLawder and losing that set, capturing win double-hill and moving back to the east side of the 10th place this year. chart to face off with Stoney Stone in the final match. Tommy Kennedy came to the show looking for Purely excellent playing describes the final set a repeat of last year (2013 Champion) and would here. Davis with his showman style play with dramatic prove that by getting by Jimmy Hines, Jason Wells, shapes and high accuracy would put Stoney Stone to Han Berber, and Mike Davis before ending the run of the test. With quite the arsenal of his own, Stone would Abernathy and move into the hot seat. A repeat for TK prove to be formidable and took advantage of every would look like a possibility from here. opportunity, but could not stop Davis. Forcing a 1 Mike Davis was looking good and showed us what

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rack shoot out, a trademark of the Florida Pool Tour, Davis would win the lag and be forced to play safe early. Stone would navigate the table tactfully and earn perfect shape to put the set away, claiming his title as 2014 Florida State Open 10-Ball Champion. We would like to thank Michael Zingale and his excellent staff for turning out the event without a hitch. Excellent food, atmosphere and service is always a trademark of Zingales Billiards and Sports Bar in Tallahassee. We would also like to thank Sean King for holding a 100% free raffle on behalf of JB Cases and Triple Cross Cues. This event was brought to you buy Xtreme Pool Challenge, providing the very best in live stream coverage for the Florida Pool Tour. With a 5 table selection of HD quality at every event, you cannot find a better way to watch top-notch pool playing. Check out www.xtremepoolchallenge.comfor details on watching future events, or booking the crew for an event of your own. By supporting their cause, you are supporting the cue sports. Please visit to view the just released schedule for 2015. You can find all of our tour dates, information and up to date news on events and players as well as sign up for our newsletter.

Main Event 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Stoney Stone $2000 Mike Davis $1200 Tommy Kennedy $800 Randy Jordon $600 Raymond Linares, $350 Jeff Abernathy $350 Mike DeLawder $200 David Strawn Jr $200 Sean King $ 150 David Grossman $150 Rod Rentz $150 Detroit Griffin $150 Rob Stewart $100 Donny Mills $100 Tracie Majors $100 Marc Coats $100

Second Chance 1.

$700 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Howie Gordon

Denny Singletary Adam Wheeler Scotty Townsend Jeff Jordon Rob Stewart Jesse Middlebrooks Nathan Rose

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Diamond Derby City Classic XVII

2015 Results NINE BALL


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

Kiamco, Warren Pagulayan, Alex Sossei, Jeremy Lely, Alex Orcullo, Dennis Klatt, Jason Majid, Imram Woodward, Skyler Teutscher, Marco Brumback, John Frost, Scott Reyes, Efren VanBoening, Shane Abernathy, Jeff Bergman, Justin Biado, Carlo Bustamante, Francisco Chinakhov, Ruslan D’Alfonso, Tom Durbin, Eric Immonen, Mika Morris, Rodney Murphy, Shannon Shuff, Brandon Corteza, LeeVan Hollingsworth, Ryan Nevel, Larry Van den Berg, Nick Roberts, Josh Styer, Tyler Gabriel, John Dudanets, Maksim Olinger, Alex Pinegar, Johnathon Calderon, Yerry Culhane, Ed Bustamante, Joven Dupuis, Joseph Faraon, Raymund Geronimo, Rodrigo Hallett, Brandon Runnigen, Beau Chuberko, Kelii Vinokur, Yaroslav Davis, Mike Vidal, Marc Wheeler, Adam Brekke, Brian Juva, Markus

$16,000.00 $8,000.00 $4,750.00 $3,150.00 $3,150.00 $2,100.00 $2,100.00 $2,100.00 $1,250.00 $1,250.00 $1,250.00 $1,250.00 $1,250.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $750.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $450.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00



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Pagulayan, Alex Dechaine, Mike Hall, Justin Bustamante, Francisco Reyes, Efren Jones, Jeremy Joyner, Cliff Roberts, Josh Shuff, Brandon Brumback, John Daulton, Shannon Olson, Danny Oneal, Joshua Pettipiece, Bernie Pinegar, Johnathon Richeson, Richie Cohan, Stephan Dupuis, Joseph Murphy, Shannon Morra, John Nevel, Larry Woodward, Skyler Bartram, Christopher Brisbon, Kenneth Chance, Jason Chinakhov, Ruslan Compton, Chip Frost, Scott Hoa, Tang Jordan, Jeff Krenzel, Dave Lely, Alex Miller, Jason Orcullo, Dennis Smith, Danny Stepanov, Konstantin Van den Berg, Nick VanBoening, Shane Wheeler, Adam Wiseman, Ronnie

$12,000.00 $6,000.00 $4,000.00 $2,600.00 $2,600.00 $1,450.00 $1,450.00 $1,450.00 $1,450.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $600.00 $600.00 $600.00 $600.00 $600.00 $600.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00 $350.00



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8-Ball Tournament Series Article By: Janis Sessions Photos By: Janis Sessions On January 10, 2015; Slate Billiards (140 N Congress Ave Boynton Beach, FL 33426) held its 1st of 5 series 8-ball tournament, presented by Dr. Michael Fedak adding $1,500 to each event that will be played this year. The first series of 2015 started off strong with the player’s field of 64 being filled. 32 players filled the A Bracket; 16 players filled the B Bracket and 16 players filled the C Bracket. Out of the 64 players 5 women showed up wanting to compete. Brackets completed with the following results: A Bracket Sean King 1st Place $525 Dave Jacobs 2nd Place $365 Justin Gilsinan 3rd Place $220 King played strong all day and sent Gilsinan to the loser side. Jacobs came back from the loser’s side to play Gilsinan to see who would play King for 1st place. Jacobs ran the set out against Gilsinan. Gilsinan had opportunity starting off the set breaking the first rack, but didn’t make a ball and Jacobs never let him back to the table. Jacobs ran out 4 straight sets of 8 ball. King and Jacobs would play for 1st place. King would remain strong and won his bracket. Congratulation to Sean King taking first place. B Bracket Ed Dalton and Brad Beeson splitting 1st ($310) and 2nd ($240) prizing money receiving $275 each. Coach C. 3rd Place $150 Both Dalton and Beeson had not lost all day and when it came down to end of the day, they decided to walk away splitting the prize money. Congratulation to Ed Dalton and Brad Beeson. C Bracket: Becky Yelvingtion 1st Place $200 Janis Sessions 2nd Place $120 Andrew G. 3rd Place $50 Sessions played her best all day and sent Yelvington to the loser side. Yelvington wanted to come back to play for 1st place and she did. Yelvington would have to beat Sessions twice to take 1st place. Yelvington only gave up one game and played very strong to take 1st place. Congratulations to Becky Yelvington. JB Custom Cases Tour stop by Slate Billiards and had a raffle for one of their custom cue cases. Janis Sessions won the raffle and will receive a custom case to order in a few weeks. Thank you to Dr. Michael Fedak for all his support and to Michael Bradford and Bill Giffin for running another great tournament. Looking forward to the next one on February 21, 2015.

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Stewart Warnock Kicks Off 2015 With a Comeback at Steinway Billiards

L-R Miguel Laboy (2nd), Stewart Warnock (1st), Rene Villalobos (3rd) Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYC Grind After falling short of the finish line over the past two seasons, Stewart Warnock would start off the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s 2015 season on the right foot, winning the season opener Amateur 9-Ball event at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY. Tour stop #1 took place over the weekend of January 17-18, and drew an impressive field of 110 players—with a record number of seventeen women among them. On day one, Bardonia, NY-based Warnock picked up speed from the start, taking wins over Bogie Uzdejcyzk (7-4), Steve “The Russian” Astashen (7-2), Annie Flores (7-6), Lidio Ramirez (7-6), and Victor Nau (7-4) before being turned over to the loss bracket by one of the tour’s 2014 winners, Miguel Laboy (7-4). Laboy, who finished 2014 as the ‘A’ class Player of the Year and has since been moved to ‘A+’, then proceeded to the final of the winner’s bracket. In the split-bracket format, Laboy would take on the winner of the B/C/D bracket to determine who secured a place in the final. This time, that player would be tour veteran Rene Villalobos (B), who made it out of the bracket after


a 7-6 win over Adrian Daniel (C+). Villalobos had a close match against Laboy, but the A+ player prevailed in the end, winning 7-5 to move on to the final. While Laboy waited for the final and Villalobos waited for the semi, Stewart Warnock was busy making tracks in their direction. Following his loss to Laboy, Warnock defeated Victor Nau for the second time (76), which bumped him into the quarterfinal. Warnock’s opponent in the quarterfinal was a newcomer to the tour, New Jersey player Mike Figueroa. Although Figueroa’s stay in the winner’s bracket was short-lived, he made up that on the loss side, as he won seven straight matches to land in the quarterfinal. It was there that Figueroa’s run ended, as Warnock took a close 9-7 victory to put him through to the semifinal, while Figueroa ended up in fourth place. The semifinal was a grind of a match between Warnock and Villalobos, who went all the way to 7-7 before Warnock put away the winning rack. Moving on to the final, Warnock would rematch with Miguel Laboy for the title. The format for the match was an

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extended race to seven—Laboy would win in seven, but if Warnock got to seven first, the set would go on to nine. In the final, Warnock had momentum and sharpness on his side after playing three straight matches, while Laboy had a long wait. The scoreline reflected these factors, and Warnock secured a 9-3 comeback win to kick off the Predator Tour season. Joining the event’s top finishers was 2014 D+ Player of the Year Erin Bechner, who had one of her best tour finishers, tying in 9th-12th. Congratulations to all of the top finishers at Steinway. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to its sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 Racks, NYC Grind,, Gotham City Technologies, and Ozone Billiards. Next up on the Predator Tour will be Stop #2 at Cue Bar in Bayside, NY (Queens) on January 24-25. Visit for more tour information and schedule.

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L-R Jeffrey Ignacio (1st), Jorge Rodriguez (3rd), Earl Strickland (2nd) Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYC Grind

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To follow up his lackluster debut at the Turning Stone Classic, Filipino Jeffrey Ignacio made another opening appearance in the U.S—this time—a winning one. 22-year-old Ignacio would have a successful showing at the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s first event of 2015, held at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY on January 17-18. This Open/Pro 10ball event brought in a total of twenty-two players to compete for an $800 first prize. Among the event’s other frontrunners were tour regulars Jeremy Sossei, Jorge Rodriguez, tour owner Tony Robles, Zion Zvi, Frankie Hernandez, and last but not least, Steinway house pro and former world champion Earl Strickland, who would be Ignacio’s opponent in the final. It would be Strickland who secured his place in the final via the winner’s bracket, as defeated Ignacio in the winner’s bracket final (7-5) after wins over Mhet Vergara (7-5) and Tony Robles (7-4). On his half of the bracket, Ignacio put away wins over Lee Kang (7-6) and Frankie Hernandez (7-5) before his loss to Strickland. Ignacio would then wait for the semifinal, to take on an opponent who had a long route to make it there. That player would turn out to be Gotham City Billiards house pro Jorge Rodriguez, who fought through six matches to get there. Among his highlighting wins, Rodriguez defeated Jeremy Sossei (7-6), Jorge Rodriguez (7-5), and Zion Zvi (7-2). However, Rodriguez would be stopped short by the young Ignacio, who upended him in the semifinal at 7-3. Moving on to face Strickland for a second time, Ignacio finished strong in the final—taking down “The Pearl” by a score of 11-5 to leave a remarkable first impression on the fans at Steinway. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to its sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 Racks, NYC Grind,, Gotham City Technologies, and Ozone Billiards. Next up on the Predator Tour will be Stop #2 at Cue Bar in Bayside, NY (Queens) on January 24-25. Visit for more tour information and schedule.

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Tallent goes eated f e d un at DelMarVa Bar Box Tour Skip Maloney Staff Jan. 19, 2015 Roland Tallent and Josh Perry fought twice to claim the DelMarVa Bar Box Tour title on Saturday, January 10. Tallent took both matches to claim that title. The event drew 30 entrants to Pockets Tavern in New Castle, Delaware. They met first in the battle for the hot seat. Tallent had sent Rodney McLamb (#2 on the tour’s ranking list) to the loss side 6-4, as Perry was busy doing likewise to Mark Gokey 6-2. Tallent claimed the hot seat 6-1 over Perry and waited for him to get back from the semifinals. On the loss side, McLamb picked up Tom Kozloski, who’d shut out Bill Emory and then squeaked by Jamie Dula, double hill. Gokey drew Larry King, who’d defeated Stacey Sudler 4-2, and, like Kozloski, survived a double hill match; his, against Zachary Paitsel. McLamb shut out Kozloski and Gokey eliminated King 4-1. Gokey chalked up another 4-1 against McLamb in the quarterfinals, before being shut out by Perry in the semifinals. Tallent completed his undefeated run through the field with a second win over Perry, 6-1 to claim the event title. The next stop on the DelMarVa Bar Box Tour, scheduled for Saturday, February 7, will be a 9-ball event, hosted by Wyoming Tavern, in Wyoming, DE.

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AZBilliards has chosen Shane Van Boening and Ga Young Kim as the Players of the Year for 2014. Readers should note that AZB tracks players through all events, nationally and internationally, and does not choose based on participation in US events alone. This year it really would not matter what criteria you used. Shane and Ga Young were simply unsurpassed at winning pool. Ladies first, so let’s review the year that Ga Young Kim gave us. This year was easier to rate than most as all of our players under consideration played in at least five of the same events and all are at the top of the WPA rankings. There were six players to consider, all of whom had years of which they can be proud. Siming Chen is the WPA #1 ranked player and was our most consistent player. She took 2nd at the World 9-Ball Championship and then had 3rd-place podium finishes at the China Open, the Amway World Openand the WPBA Masters. But she could not find a single major victory this year and as a result her payouts were on the slim side. Sha Sha Liu also had an admirable year by winning the World 9-Ball title and coming in third on the WPA points list. She also took third at the China Open. Han Yu had a single star in her sky as she won the China Open this year. An honorable mention must also go to her fifth place finish at the Women’s World 9-Ball. A similar year was on tap for Chou Chieh Yuwho celebrated winning the Amway Cup but then managed top ten but not podium results in the Worlds and the China Open. Finally, our hearts wanted to give Kelly Fisher the award this year as she had a great year while also undergoing heart surgery. Her International Tournament of Champions win was unexpected, but POY awards are based on stats and those fall heavily into Ga Young’s camp. In same event competition, Ga Young came out ahead in the China Open, the 9-Ball Worlds and the WPBA Masters while Kelly Fisher only bested her once at the Amway Cup. Ga Young Kim stayed close to the podium all year. She won the WPBA Masters and helped knock Kelly Fisher out of the running for POY by beating her in the sudden-death finals. Of interest, Siming Chen came in third at this event. Kim took second at the China Open and third at the World 9-Ball Championship. She also did well at two events that do not qualify for inclusion in POY rankings as she won the Women’s International Pool Championship and took 3rd at the Women’s Tournament of Champions.

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So our hearty congratulations to Ga Young Kim. For the men no one came close to Shane Van Boening. For one thing, Van Boening plays in more events than most anyone else. In 52 weeks he came in the top ten in over 30 events. And he won twelve of them. TWELVE! It was a breakthrough year for him, something that is hard for a veteran to do. But Van Boening had two heart-stopping moments in 2014. First, he won his first major International event by taking down the World Pool Masters. Then he took his third consecutive U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, a feat that no one else has ever accomplished. One more U.S. Open and he will tie Earl Strickland with five of those puppies. Van Boening was favored to win at any event where he unfurled his cue. In addition to the above he won: • The Derby City Classic Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge • The Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division • The $10,000 challenge match with Nick Ekonomopoulos (Not counted for POY honors.) • The Players Championship at Super Billiards Expo • The Andy Mercer Memorial • The United States Barbox 9-Ball • The Untied States Barbox 10-Ball • The Carom Room Classic (Not counted for POY honors.) • The United States Barbox Open Bonus (Not counted for POY honors.) And many smaller events that we do not include here as we do not have their entire results. By our records Van Boening earned over $188,000 in 2014 and that puts him over $50,000 ahead of his nearest competitor, Darren Appleton. 2014 was no doubt the Year of Van Boening. Were there any disappointments? Of course, there always are and Van Boening ended the year with a performance at the Mosconi Cup that we are certain he would like to forget. But that is an event in a league of its own. When Van Boening shows up in a normal tournament room the odds all shift in his favor. He is an absolute lock for the Hall of Fame and we only wonder if he can beat his own records in 2015.

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tops the field Koka’s tournament trail included wins over Chris Brooks 8 - 6; Juan Guzman 7 - 1; Shinichi Sekine 8 - 5; Paul Spaanstra 7 - 4; Eric Grasman 7 - 3 and Andrzej 8 - 4 for the Hot Seat. During this time, Eric Grasman was working his way towards a rematch with Koka. Eric defeated Rhys Chen in a nail biter 7 - 6; got past Mike Figueroa 9 - 6 and squeaked by Andrzej Kaldan 8 - 7 to reach the Finals. With Koka and Eric tied at 3 - 3 going to 7, Eric was all punched out as Koka took control finishing the match 7 - 4. Special recognition belongs to Andrzej Kaldan for an impressive 3rd place finish and Michael Figueroa finishing 4th in the 64 player field. The next Tri-State event will feature double “Player of the Year” points. The event will be held on January 10, 2015 at Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway, NJ. Thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Qpod, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Focus Cases by John Bartron, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics , and Focus Apparel for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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Tour director Ozzy Reynolds noted that Shaun Wilkie’s four straight wins on his Action Pool Tour would be a record that would be hard to break. Imagine his surprise when Wilkie upped the ante on the weekend of January 17-18 by going undefeated to win his fifth straight stop on the tour. The event drew 52 entrants to Magic 8 Cue Club in Cockeysville, MD. It was not a random-draw easy path for Wilkie, either. After a bye, he had to contend with Brett Stottlemeyer, Paul Oh, and Karen Corr to move among the winners’ side final four and a match against Dominic Noe. Alan Duty and Steve Fleming squared off in the other winners’ side semifinal. Wilkie moved into the hot seat match 7-3 over Noe, and was joined by Duty, who’d survived a double hill battle versus Fleming. Wilkie claimed the hot seat 7-5 and waited on the return of what turned out to be Fleming.


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Fleming’s three-match, loss-side streak, started out the same way Wilkie’s win-side streak had begun; against Brett Stottlemeyer, who, following his earlier defeat at the hands of Wilkie, won six in a row, including backto-back shutouts over Tom Zippler and Shawn Jacksonto draw Fleming. Noe picked up Garrett Waechter, who’d survived his first loss-side match (double hill win over David Stanley) and given up only four racks since, including one each to Will Stem and Allan Cannington, which set him (Waechter) up to face Noe. Noe and Fleming advanced to the quarterfinal, defeating Waechter and Stottlemeyer, both matches ending in 5-1 scores. Duty put up a fight in the semifinals, but Fleming prevailed 5-4 for a second chance against Wilkie. For all the good it did him. Wilkie downed Fleming 9-5 to complete his “unprecedented” fifth straight win on the tour.


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CITY Astoria, NY Toledo, OH Toledo, OH Williamsville, NY Augusta, GA Streetsboro, OH E Rutherford, NJ Midlothian, VA Midlothian, VA Providence, RI Amsterdam, NY Alpena, MI Alpena, MI Columbus, OH Columbus, OH Raleigh, NC Rockaway, NJ Portland, ME Alpena, MI Portland, ME Clifton Park, NY Zanesville, OH Ft Walton Beach, FL Williamsville, NY Bayside, NY Pelham, NH Alpena, MI Salt Lake City, UT Columbus, OH Providence, RI Inman, SC Raleigh, NC Portland, ME Williamsville, NY Parkville, MD Portland, ME Williamsville, NY Portland, ME Indianapolis, IN Williamsville, NY Portland, ME Cambridge, MD Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Williamsville, NY Portland, ME Portland, ME Portland, ME Portland, ME Portland, ME

LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED Steinway Billiards 718-472-2124 9-Ball Call $1,000 Rack Time Billiards (419) 475-7230 5 player Team $800/T $8000 1st w/40T Rack Time Billiards (419) 475-7230 Scotch Doubles Call Call Bison Billiards 716-632-0281 8-Ball Bar Box $35 incl g.f. $250 Rack and Grill II 706-814-5673 9-Ball $20 $500 w/32 Chuggers 330-422-0400 9-Ball $40 $$$ Castle Billiards 201-933-6007 9-Ball Call $1,000 Diamond Billiards 804-794-8787 VA State 10-Ball Champ. $100 $1000 Guar Diamond Billiards 804-794-8787 VA State 10-Ball -Women $100 $500 Guar Snookers 401-351-7665 9-Ball Varies Call Sharpshooters Billiards 518-627-4634 9-Ball $120/$70 $1500/$500 Statewide Billiards 989-356-2151 Month of pool - Teams $200T incl g.f. Call Statewide Billiards 989-356-2151 Jack & Jill $40T $200 w/32 Players 614-239-POOL 9-Ball $35 $500 Players 614-239-POOL Doubles 8-Ball $40 $200 Buck’s Billiards 919-467-5411 8-Ball Scotch Doubles $50 Call Rockaway Billiards 973-625-5777 9-Ball Varies $1,000 Union Station 207-899-3693 USB 9-Ball Tournament Series $35 Call Statewide Billiards 989-356-2151 8-Ball Classic Team $200T incl g.f. Call Union Station 207-899-3693 8-Ball $60 $500 Trick Shot Billiards 518-383-8771 9-Ball $120/$70 $1500/$500 MVP Sports Bar 740-297-8040 9-Ball Battle $20 incl g.f. $500 w/64 Starcade Billiards 850-244-2344 9-Ball (Andy Grubbs Mem.) $50 $1500 Bison Billiards 716-632-0281 9-Ball $30 Call Cue Bar 718-631-2646 9-Ball Varies $1,000 Shooters 603-635-4855 9-Ball Varies Call Statewide Billiards 989-356-2151 5 Person “B” Team $200T incl g.f. Call Batters Up 801-463-4996 10-Ball $2,000 $2,000 Players 614-239-POOL 4 Man Team $200 $1,000 Snookers Billiards 401-351-7665 6th N.E. Hall of Fame 9-Ball $120/$70 $2500/$500 Legends Billiards 864-472-8716 9-Ball $50 $1000 w/40 Buck’s Billiards 919-467-5411 Straight Pool $15 Call Union Station 207-899-3693 9-Ball Varies Call Bison Billiards 716-632-0281 8-Ball Bar Box $35 incl g.f. $250 Top Hat Cue Club MD State 9-Ball Champ. $80/$60/$40 Call Union Station 207-899-3693 USB 9-Ball-Tournament Series $35 Call Bison Billiards 716-632-0281 9-Ball $30 Call Union Station 207-899-3693 9-Ball $60 $500 Brickyard Billiards 317-248-0555 Midwest Bar Table 9-Ball $100 $1500 Bison Billiards 716-632-0281 8-Ball Bar Box $35 incl g.f. $250 Union Station 207-899-3693 USB 9-Ball Tournament Series $35 Call Great Slates 410-221-7665 9-Ball $60 $1,000 w/64 Super Billiards 609-652-6116 Open 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Super Billiards 609-652-6116 Women 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Super Billiards 609-652-6116 Seniors (50+) 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Super Billiards 609-652-6116 Super Seniors (65+) 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Super Billiards 609-652-6116 Juniors 9-Ball 17/12 & Under FREE Call Bison Billiards 716-632-0281 9-Ball $30 Call Union Station 207-899-3693 Straight Pool $60 $500 Union Station 207-899-3693 USB 9-Ball Tournament Series $35 Call Union Station 207-899-3693 One Pocket $60 $500 Union Station 207-899-3693 USB 9-Ball Tournament Series $35 Call Union Station 207-899-3693 USB 9-Ball Tourn Series Finale $35 Call

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