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Shaw Wins Bigfoot BIGFOOT 10 BALL INVITATIONAL January 22 - 25, 2016 - Elizabeth, Indiana THE FINALS by: Philip Capelle on Facebook
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MATCH 15: Jayson Shaw 11 - Shane Van Boening 5 The first order of business is to congratulate Jayson Shaw on winning the 2016 DCC Bigfoot 10 Ball Invitational. Now, how did he do it? How did he manage to beat Shane Van Boening, the man who had beaten 11 champions in a row to arrive at the precipice of his third straight in this event? Well, he kicked in a ball to win the first game. Van Boening won a safety battle to take game 2. Shaw then ran 10 and out after Van Boening broke dry. Van Boening executed a precise cluster break to win the next game. But he fouled and Shaw ran out to capture game five. Shaw came up empty on the break and, after a safety battle, Van Boening ran out. So, after six games, the score was tied at 3-3. At this point it looked like these two would remain in lockstep until the end. But then Shaw’s offense exploded. After Van Boening broke dry, Shaw banked the 3-ball into the 10-ball to take a 4-3 lead. Then he broke and ran out two games in a row, made a jump shot on the 2-ball and ran out the next game, then broke and ran out again to zoom into a 9-3 lead. Van Boening won after Shaw missed a routine shot on the 6-ball, and he won the next with a long rail bank after Shaw missed shape on the 10-ball and had to play safe. Shaw rebounded after Van Boening missed the 8-ball, and then ran 8 and out when Van Boening missed again in the following rack. Shaw had reached the hill and he broke and ran out to claim the victory. Shaw’s TPA was .893 while Van Boening’s was .776. 1st $16,000 Jayson Shaw 2nd $8,000 Shane Van Boening 3/4 $4,000 Dennis Orcollo and Efren Reyes
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John Brumback wins Bank Pool! 2016 Derby City Classic BANK POOL by: Philip Capelle on Facebook
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Congratulations to John Brumback on his third win in the DCC Classic Bank Pool Division. Jayson Shaw, who won the Bigfoot 10-Ball challenge on Monday, was his opponent in the finals. Shaw won the first game, 5-4, but Brumback cruised to a quick 5-1 win in game 2. In the third game of this race to three the two players traded safeties, misses, and scratches in a marathon that Shaw eventually took, 5-4. But Brumback, considered by many to be the world’s best bank pool player, dominated the next rack, 5-2, to send the match into double hill. He pocketed a ball on the break and pocketed three banks. Shaw missed and Brumback made another bank, then Shaw missed again and Brumback pocketed an easy cross corner bank for the title. While Shaw did not win, he did stake his claim as the early favorite in the race to win the Master of the Table. 1st $10,000 John Brumback 2nd $4,800 Jayson Shaw 3rd $2,500 Alex Olinger 4th $1,900 Dennis Orcollo, Billy Thorpe, Earl Strickland 7th $1,400 Francisco Bustamante, Jeremy Jones, Corey Deuel 10th $1,000 Jesse Bowman, Shane Van Boening 12th $700 Vincent Vaughn, Efren Reyes, Alex Pagulayan, Josh O’Neal, John Morra, Warren Kiamco, Louis DeMarco, Darren Appleton 20th $450 Michael Wong, Danny Smith, Shannon Murphy, Justin Hall, Mike Davis, Shannon Daulton, Carlo Biado, Omar Al Shaheen Continued p8
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2016 DERBY CITY CLASSIC 9-BALL FINALS by: Philip Capelle on Facebook Shane Van Boening 9 â€“ Alex Pagulayan 4 Shane Van Boening won the first game, then broke in the 9-ball, sending a message that perhaps this was his night. He pocketed a bank/combo on a hanging 9-ball after Pagulayan had missed a billiard in game 4. Then in game 5 he made a jump shot on the 4-ball, a crossover bank on the 5, and proceeded to run out. In game 6 Van Boening broke and ran out, won game 7, then rolled in a long shot off of the end rail on the 2-ball and broke and ran game 8 to lead the match 8 games to zip. Van Boening had a chance to make a kick combo on the 1-9, but missed. Pagulayan put together an outstanding run, broke and then pocketed a 3-9 kick combo, and broke and ran two more to trail, 8-4. It looked like his streak would continue, but he missed an easy shot on the2-balll and Van Boening closed out the game and the match. Congratulations to Shane Van Boening!!
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Pagulayan Alex Pagulayan is the DCC 1-Pocket Division Champion for the second year in a row. Pagulayan became the third player to win multiple DCC 1-Pocket titles when he defeated Niels Feijen in the finals, 3-1. He and Shane Van Boening (2010-11) have both won back-to-back titles. In the finals Alex faced Niels Feijen. They traded the first two games. The third game saw an hour long match with back and forth advantages for both players but Pagulayan emerged victorious , score 2-1. The fourth and final game the two traded shots with Niels missing a combo shot and Alex securing the win! Congratulations! 397 entries 1st $12,000 Alex Pagulayan 2nd $6,000 Niels Feijen 3rd $4,000 Shannon Murphy 4/5 $2,700 Jayson Shaw, Corey Deuel 6-8 $1,725 Mike Davis, Dennis Orcollo, Efren Reyes 9-12 $1,150 James Baraks, Justin Bergman, Carlo Biado, Shane Van Boening 13-19 $750 Taylor Anderson, Darren Appleton, Bobby McGrath, Francisco Bustamante, Yu Hsuan Cheng, Evan Lunda, Jose Parica 20-31 $500 Jason Brown, Jesse Bowman Tony Chohan, Justin Hall Jeremy Jones, Ellis Kane Warren Kiamco, Shane McMinn Joshua Oneal, Richie Richeson Ike Runnels, Tommy Tokoph 32-46 $350 Lawrence Everson, Kevin Forgette Scott Frost, Gary Lutman Timothy Orange, Charlie Philippou Gabe Owen, Glenn Rogers Josh Roberts, John Morra David Grossman, Bernie Pettipiece Alex Olinger, Don Branson Alan Rudder
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Most of us don’t have the raw natural talent to become great players without working at it. If you’re good, you practice. If you want to be good, you practice. You won’t be getting better if you’re not practicing. And meanwhile, somebody else, who may beat you in the future, is putting in that practice time. If you actually want to get better, you’ll make time for practice. 15 minutes of concentrated practice will do more for your game than hours of play. “OK. I practice. I drill a few straight-ins, shoot a coupla spot shots, try a cross-side bank, and I’m ready to play,” you might say. I’d say this is all useful, but it’s not practice. It’s checking out the equipment and your stroke. Many players practice by throwing a few balls on the table and trying to run them out. Other times, they shoot low percentage shots. This is fun stuff. When you succeed, you look good and feel good. When you fail, well, it was a low percentage shot, what the hey? If you only practice what you’re already good at, you’ll look great, but your game will not improve. Practicing what’s easy is too easy. On the other hand, don’t spend your practice time on extremely difficult shots. You’re going to miss them and not know why. You won’t get better, and with all that missing, you won’t be building your confidence. Practicing failure is not a good idea. What types of things should you practice? Practice the things you do worst. This is obvious, but how many players actually do this? How else are you going to get better at them? Improving your worst things will raise your entire game. How about practicing that shot that cost you the match, that angle you always see wrong, shooting softly, shooting hard, getting position when the object ball is hanging in the
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corner pocket, drawing more accurately, remembering to plan at least three balls ahead, checking where your tip is actually hitting the cueball (vs. what you believe), experimenting with controlling sidespin, jumping, curving, rail shots, kicks, banks, etc. There is enough to keep you engaged for a lifetime. So, there’s banging balls around the table, and then there’s practice. BCA Master Instructor Jerry Briesath says “Perfect practice makes perfect.” He means you get better not just because you practice, but because you practice the right things, in an effective way. I say “Practice makes permanent. ” You have to “burn in” your improvements, or they will fade away. Often, the most effective way to practice is what’s called “progressive practice.” Billiard Digest columnist Bob Jewett promotes this method, and I’ve seen it yield wonderful results. Here’s how it works. Pick a shot or skill to work with. Let’s say it’s medium speed spot shots. The usual practice method – setting it up and having a whack at it 5 or 10 times – is not going to help much if you’re only making it 1 time out of 5. The trick to progressive practice is to start with the easiest possible version of the shot , instead of starting where you’re already having trouble. So, for our spot shot example, spot the object ball, and then move the cueball forward along the line to the object ball until it’s only a diamond or so away. Shoot the shot. If you make it, move the cueball back a diamond or a half diamond for the next try (making it progressively harder). Shoot 15 or 20 times. If you miss, move forward to the next easiest shot position. When you make it, make the next one a little tougher. This type of practice quickly shows you where your trouble begins, and keeps you working right near the edge of your current ability. Try it. Make progress.
TEACHING POOL How to Help Players with Their 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 billiardsprofessor.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!
How many of you have experienced this? You’re at the local pool room, playing a few sets of 9-ball. At the next table over, you see a young couple playing, both of whom have obviously just picked up a cue for the first time. The young man, although he has terrible form, makes a ball every once in a while, while the young lady is lucky to even hit the cue ball. Even more amusing is that he is “teaching” her how to aim at the ball she’s trying to make. And he’s doing it all wrong! After enduring the pain for a while, you decide that something really needs to be done before they end up ripping the cloth or spilling their beers on the table. Before you do, let me give you some advice. First, consider not giving them any help. There’s a good chance they are on a date, and the last thing they really need is someone intruding on their personal space. Observe them (but don’t be creepy about it!), and try to determine if they are just having a good time while having a drink, or if they are frustrated because they can’t seem to get it right. If they are laughing and having a good time, leave them alone. If they do look like they might need help, engage them in conversation first. Develop a bit of a rapport with them before launching into a pool lesson. Once you have exchanged pleasantries for a while, casually offer some help if they want it. No doubt by now they have probably observed your game, and can see that you are good. Leave it up to them to ask for help, and do not be pushy or aggressive. Assuming that they do want your help, and you’re ready to teach them, what should you tell them? Hopefully by now, you have observed a few things (stance, bridging, aim), and have some idea. If you haven’t, then have him take a few shots, or even play a game against him to observe. Sometimes, he’ll know what he’s having trouble with (“I can’t seem to shoot straight”), so you’ll know what to look for (proper alignment, pendulum swing, etc.). Sometimes they’ll have no idea, and it will be up to you to figure it out for them. I know a guy who absolutely loves to teach people how to play pool. The only problem is that he is very negative. He’ll observe you shooting a shot, then immediately tell you everything you are doing wrong. I believe this is the wrong approach. I’m not here to teach you to be an instructor, and I
don’t have any patented techniques for turning someone into a professional. However, there are right and wrong ways to teach, and I’ll share some of my own ideas with you. I don’t believe in the word “don’t.” When I am teaching one of my students, I try to focus on the positive. For example, if they are gripping the cue too tightly, instead of saying to them “don’t grip the cue so tightly,” I suggest to them that they might have better results gripping with just their index finger and thumb wrapped around the grip, with their other fingers loose. I’ll explain the reason, as well, so they understand why. If they stand up during their shot, instead of saying “don’t stand up during your shot,” I’ll let them know that staying down on the shot helps ensure that they follow through properly, increasing their chance of making the ball. I am also a strong believer in self-evaluation. After a successful shot, I’ll ask my student how the shot felt. I want them to focus on the feel of the shot, so that they remember it, and attempt to repeat it. If they make a mistake, I’ll ask them what they think went wrong. If they are on the wrong track, I’ll remind them to check their grip, or alignment, or not to forget to chalk. I also sometimes will take a video of their shot, from a position that helps emphasize the mistake(s) they are making. I’ll then show them the video, and ask them what they see. Even if I have to point out the mistake, I will be sure to show them what they are doing well, too (“See how your elbow doesn’t drop during this shot? That’s awesome!”). Pool is fun. Sometimes (especially during tournaments and league competition) we can forget that, and be especially hard on ourselves. But for most people, it’s a recreational game that’s fun to play. If your teaching only focuses on the negative, all you are going to do is drive people away from the game. Be positive. Praise your student when they do well, and encourage them when they do not. And learn to recognize when they just want to play. Buy them a round, and go back to your game. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/ billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!
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How consistent is your one-rail kicking with side spin? Suppose you are faced with kick shots like A1-A3 where you need to kick at a ball but obstructions keep you from using the natural angle so you are forced to go straight into the first rail. Do you have any method or system to get to the 1 ball? There are a bunch of systems that help on shots like this, but let’s work on developing your own for your own stroke and your own table. Start with shot A1. Hit the cue ball on the equator with some right side spin. For a start try lining the shot up so edge of your cue stick is right at the centerline of the cue ball. That means that the tip is 1/2 tip diameter to the right of hitting the cue ball in the exact center. Carefully come straight through at that point and see where the cue ball goes. Also be careful to shoot straight across the table and avoid the tendency to shoot along the no-English kick path. Also try reversing the shot so that you are using 3 left English the other way across the table. If the cue ball doesn’t come off the cushion at about the same angle, you have a problem seeing the center of the cue ball which needs to be fixed before you go on. Adjust the amount of side spin so that you pocket the 1 ball. Practice until you make the shot -which is pretty easy for a kick shot -- three times in a row. Next move on to shot A2. You will need to hit the cue ball with about twice as much side spin as A1. Again, practice the shot until you make it three in a row. And again, try it in the other direction (with left English) to make sure your left is the same as your right. Finally, try A3. Have you remembered to chalk and also to check your tip for proper chalking before you shoot? 2 Some people refer to these amounts of English as 1 tip, 2 tips and 3 tips. If the offsets you end up using for these three shots look like some convenient part of a tip, such as 1, 2, and 3 halftip offsets, that’s great but you will probably just have to remember how far from center you have to hit for each shot. For the shots B1-B3 to make the 2 ball you are shooting the long way on the table so the amount of side spin is roughly half of the spin on the corresponding A shots. That is, shot B1 should require half as much offset as A1 since the angle change off the far rail is half as much. These shots are quite a bit harder due to the much longer travel. Also, since the ball has a longer path to the rail, it will tend to lose more of its spin on the trip down. Next, try the shots from the B positions to the
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A1 A2 A3
3 ball in the side pocket. These shots should be the same as the A shots since the cue ball needs to make the same angle off the cushion as those shots. The main difference will be the loss of spin on the cloth. See if you notice a difference from the A shots. Finally, just for fun, kick at the 2 ball from the B1 position, and see how far out on the cushion you can shoot (to your right) and still come back to make the 2 ball. With your best side spin -- and a little bit of draw to multiply the effect of the side spin -- you should be able to shoot nearly out to the X and still come back to make the 2 ball.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT INSTRUCTOR
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 poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
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THE RAILROAD SHOT
STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.
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One of the most traditional and popular trick shots ever is certainly the “Railroad Shot”. There are at least 4-5 different variations of it but for now I am going to introduce you to its classic version. If any of you has the complete DVD collection of Dean Martin’s Variety Show (like I do), you will see Dean attempting this shot in a 1966 episode of his extremely popular TV show. If you wish, you can also watch it on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stefano.pelinga/videos_by Start by getting 3 standard-length house cues and lay them on the table as shown in the diagram: all three of them need to have their butts stuck inside the corner pocket. Two cues lay parallel and frozen to each other aiming at the Yellow Ball, while you will need to take the third one apart by sliding it away as much as possible, thus forming a fairly wide funnel. Because of the length of the 3 cues, this shot cannot be done on a 7-foot table and it is pretty tight on an 8-foot one. Place a couple of balls (the Green and the Red Ball in the diagram) frozen to each other, perpendicular to the long rail and in front of the top half of the side pocket, with the left edge of the Green Ball even with the long rail’s edge. Then place the third Object Ball (the Yellow Ball) by the side pocket, using the bottom half of it, and close to its edge. The Cue Ball should be placed behind the first diamond from the side pocket and at about 1/2 ball distance from the long rail. Lean your cue on the rail, between your index and middle fingers and aim the right half of the Red Ball, using 2 tips of left English on the Cue Ball. Basically the only difficulty of this shot is represented by Speed Control. Try using a 2.5-3 speed stroke but it may vary according to different tables, rails and cloth. The Green Ball will be sunk first in the side pocket followed by the Red Ball in the corner pocket. The Cue Ball will travel 3 rails and while heading for the bottom right corner pocket, climb onto the cues which will serve as a railroad. Then the CB, if struck with the right speed, will make a switch in the pocket and come down picking up speed along the two frozen cues until it will pocket the last OB in the side. Needless to say that if you shoot the CB too hard, it will “derail” while making the switch. If you hit it too softly, it will not manage to climb up the cues and will slowly reverse its path. What a great crowd-pleaser!
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Jai Li TALLAHASSEE, FL 64 women in a round robin, 32 women in a final double elimination bracket, 4 days of countless rounds of play and 2 finalists. But there can only be 1 champion! Jia Li does it yet AGAIN to make this her third champion title in a row!!! Congratulations!! Christy Stroud Dickerson was in a proud second place and Gail Eaton a well earned third! All of the women deserve a very well earned commendation, to have even qualified to get to this event was no easy feat! I’ve listed the results below along with their respective payout. A huge thank you to not only the owner, Michael Zingale, but his entire staff at Zingale’s Billiards in Tallahassee, FL as well for ensur-
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ing that all of our ladies were well taken care of! I can’t tell you how many of the ladies spoke very highly about their experience in this elite pool room! Another hot topic included the quality and professionalism of Gary Patrick and Kyle, with Xtreme Pool Challenge, in producing one of the best live streams I have ever come across. Not only did he have a 5-camera feature table, but he streamed four other match tables as well! Friends and family from across the nation had nothing but wonderful things to say about the stream! So thank you to these gentlemen for helping to raise pool to the standard we all hope it to be one day!
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Debbie Cervantes & Kia Sudbury
2ND CHANCE TOURNAMENT The second chance tournament has been finished! Kia Sidbury takes first place for $225, Debbie Cervantes pockets $150 for 2nd place, Ricki Lee Casper leaves with $100 in third place, Lisa McElroy received $75 for fourth place, and Suzanne Osborne Smith earned $50 for 5/6th alongside Kim Housman. Congrats ladies and great shooting! “Day 4 was a quick one for me. I didn’t bring the same level of skill with me that I had last night. I can’t say I’m all that disappointed with my finish. 5th out of the top 64 women from across the country isn’t too shabby. I am definitely not disappointed in the outpouring of well wishes and compliments from friends near and far. Thank you everyone. You all made this a great tournament for me. Samantha Kikuchi did a great job running this tournament. Gary from xtremepoolchallenge.com did a great job with the live stream as always. And Zingales is a great venue.” — Stephanie Mitchell
$2000 Jia Li $1125 Christy Dickerson $950 Gail Eaton $800 Taylor Hansen $650 Jeannie Marie Seaver/Stephanie Mitchell $500 Michell Monk/Rosemarie Guarnero $350 Sonja Chbeeb/Nicole Albergaria/Belinda Calhoun/Tam Trinh $200 Nicole Monaco/Cheryl Pritchard/Beth Fondell/Angela Williams $150 Helen Hayes/Kawania Watson/Loretta Lindgren/Kim Hernandez Pierce/Terry Tetrosino/Elizabeth Mitchel/Christy Norris/ Denise Buehler Reeve 25th-32nd $100 Sophia Lopez/Amanda Soucy/Ricki Lee Casper/Suzanne Os borne Smith/Lisa McElroy/Kathy Friend/Cathy Mullikin McDanniel/Kia Sidbury
“Congratulations to Rosemarie Guarnero and Michell Monk for finishing 7/8th last night at the 2016 Regional Tour Championship! Also a huge congratulation to Jeannie Marie Seaver and Stephanie Mitchell for taking 5/6th this morning!!! The match for the hot seat is currently being played right now on the feature table of our FREE live stream at XtremePoolChallenge.com!! We also have the match on the loss side for fourth place being streamed on Table 3 between Jia Li and Taylor Hansen. Don’t forget about our second chance tournament either! We currently have streaming the matches on the one loss side for 5/6th; Ricki Casper vs Suzanne Osborne Smith and Lisa McElroy vs Kim Housman!” — Samantha Kikuchi
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Duel of Dames
By Alison M. Fischer
racks. At the finish, Duddy held back Ha’s surge, and finished off the set for a 7-5 win. While the Tristate area of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have very Sandcastle Billiards would like to send out a special thanks to all the sponsors active pool scenes, with tournaments available nearly every weekend, there has that participated and supported the event’s debut. Judy Perse Kushner with her been a particular lack in events specifically for women. With growing numbers of extensive selection of kitchen tools in The Pampered Chef, Carolyn Hedden of ladies participating in both leagues and tournaments in the region, Ed “Sandman” Damsel in Defense to equip women to protect themselves, Karen Azzarello with her Liddawi, owner of Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ sought to fill the need for this irresistible Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Jackie Kahn Katz Berman with her great line opportunity. of Younique products, On January 10, 2016, Marissa Rubenstein and Liddawi’s vision became her gorgeous Premier reality, as he launched Designs jewelry, and the first-ever “Duel of Wendy Slattery Bruzzese Dames” 9-ball tournament with her Arbonne line series event at Sandcastle. of products to enhance Since opening the room focus, energy and a in 2007, Liddawi has healthier lifestyle. hosted a variety of events Ed Liddawi for area players, including sincerely thanks you weekly tournaments, all for being a part of event qualifiers, and something new and regional tour events. exciting for the world “Duel of Dames” is the of women’s pool in latest addition to his the Northeast. He also lineup, which he plans to thanks all the spectators, continue on a monthly enthusiasts and fans that basis. Notably, Liddawi came out to support also sought to generate the event and those community involvement that tuned in online to and awareness by inviting watch and enjoy the local businesswomen to competition as well. Sandcastle to share their A very special work with the event’s thanks to; Patrick attendees. Fleming, Jim Fredericks, EMILY DUDDY, ED LIDDAWI-SANDCASTLE OWNER, JULIE HA For the inaugural Bob Cmbwsu,UpState event, a field of eighteen AL, Gary Empey, women turned out on a Alison Fischer, Mike rainy Sunday to take their shot at a top prize of $645. There was a wide range of skill Howerton, Jay Helfert, Karl Kantrowitz, for their online and behind the scenes levels in the players participating, which included accomplished tour players such support. All the staff involved; Bill Suden, Gene Rickle, Ryan Duttkin, Jennifer as Emily Duddy, Dawn Fox, Borana Andoni, and Julie Ha. The tournament format VanZile, Geovani Eraj Hosang, Billy Riggio, Brian Maher, Joel Kahn, Pooltogether would be double-elimination 9-ball, with the length of the matches on the loss side James,Ryane Ashley, Paul Lieb, and anyone whom may have been missed. All of you being shortened from 9 to 5. donated your time and volunteered to help make this great! Rising through the winner’s bracket of the tournament was Emily Duddy, a Sandcastle Billiards is also home to the Simonis / Aramith Arena, where previous recipient of the WPBA Rookie of the Year award. Duddy, who is a New feature matches were streamed for free. News and updates on upcoming events Jersey resident, rolled through the field with wins over Jessica Schuddekopf (9-4), can be found online on the Sandcastle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ Jessica Lynn Griebesland (9-4), and Julie Ha (9-8), positioning herself in the winner’s SandcastleBilliardsOfficialPage bracket final. Meeting her there to determine who moved on to the final would be her longtime friend Borana Andoni, who had just come away with a 9-3 win over Alison Fischer. Although Andoni had a strong early lead in this match, Duddy pulled ahead to win by a close margin of 9-7. It was then up to Andoni and the other players on the loss side to battle it out to see who would get a shot at Duddy in the final. To determine the quarterfinal, Julie Ha took out Dawn Fox (5-1), while Nhi “Boye” Lu defeated Alison Fischer (5-2). 1st $645 Emily Duddy Ha continued to stay strong in her quarterfinal match, knocking out Lu (5-3) and 2nd $385 Julie Ha moving on to defeat Borana Andoni (5-3) in the semifinal. 3rd $260 Borana Andoni In the late-night final match, Julie Ha was paired up against Emily Duddy for the second time in the tournament. Due to the late time of the match, the players 4th $60 Nhi Lu opted to modify the set to a race to seven instead of nine. Duddy started out the match strong, and looked to run away with the match with a big lead of 6-2. However, Ha was not finished yet, and she remained in the fight for three more
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10-B a n l e l p C O h e a t m a p t ion S a d s i h r i o ps lF
Benji Buckley cut his eyeteeth playing in Great Britain on the GB9 Tour, that country’s “official professional 9-ball tour,” and as late as last August, was still competing there. In May of last year, he competed in the Open division of a stop on the Florida Pool Tour and finished fourth, behind Donny Mills, Tony Crosby, and Anthony Meglino. In October, he competed in Florida State’s Amateur 9-Ball Championship and finished ninth. On the weekend of January 16-17, 2016, he went undefeated to capture the Florida Pool Tour’s $4,000-added Florida State Open 10-Ball Championships that drew 65 entrants to Zingale’s in Tallahassee, FL. Buckley got into the hot seat by first sending his eventual finals’ opponent, Mike Delawder, to the loss side 8-5. Jeff Jordan, in the meantime, was busy sending Nathan Rose over by the same score. Buckley claimed the hot seat 8-3 over Jordan and waited on Delawder’s return.
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Benji Buckley Michael Delawder Jeff Jordan Gabe Owen David Grossman/Nathan Rose Mubarak Fulaiman/ Harold McAbee Tommy Kennedy/Rick Chau/ Donny Mills/David Jacobs
On the loss side, Delawder picked up David Grossman, who, after being down 6-2, eliminated David Jacobs, double hill, and then defeated Mubarak Fulaiman 7-4. Rose drew Gabe Owen, who’d defeated Tommy Kennedy 7-5 and Harold McAbee, double hill. Delawder and Grossman battled to double hill before Delawder prevailed to face Owen, who’d defeated Rose 7-5. Delawder and Owen battled to a somewhat predictable double hill quarterfinal before Delawder prevailed again, to take on Jordan in the semifinals. Delawder spoiled Jordan’s plans for a re-match against Buckley with a 7-2 win in the semifinals. Buckley then spoiled Delawder’s plans for a successful rematch with a 9-4 win in the finals to capture the Florida State Open 10-Ball Championship title. — AzBilliards.com Staff Jan 21, 2016
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Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com Staff Jan. 12, 2016 Daniel Jones got by a slightly-higher-ranked Wayne Haire twice to go undefeated and win the 2015 Q City 9-Ball Tour Championships on the weekend of January 2-3. The $1,000-added event drew 63 entrants to Brown’s Billiards in Raleigh, NC. With Jones racing to 5, and Haire racing to 7, they met first in the hot seat match. Jones had sent Rick “Yo Yo” Roper to the loss side in a winners’ side semifinal 5-4 (Roper racing to 7), as Haire was busy surviving a double hill match against Brad Shearer, 7-8, in the other semifinal. Jones claimed the hot seat 5-2 and waited on Haire’s return. Over on the loss side, J.T. Ringgold was making a bid to claim the title. He’d been sent over by Roper in the opening round of play and was working on a ninematch, loss-side streak that would take him as far as the semifinals against Haire. Ringgold got by Michael Robertson 8-3 and Bryan Bryant 8-4 to draw Shearer. Roper picked up Scott Roberts, who’d defeated Alex Fulcher 7-5 and Chad Pike 7-3 to reach him. Ringgold downed Shearer 8-4 to earn a quarterfinal rematch against Roper, who’d eliminated Roberts 7-5. Ringgold completed his loss-side winning streak with a surely satisfying 8-4 victory over Roper in those quarterfinals. Haire got his second shot at Jones in the hot seat with a 7-5 win over Ringgold in the semifinals. Though Haire would double the number of racks he chalked up against Jones in the hot seat match, Jones prevailed a second time, winning the only set necessary to claim the Tour Championship title 5-4
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On January 16, 2016, Corner Pocket Billiards Club, outside of Martins Ferry, Ohio, held their Big Monthly 8Ball Tournament. There was a nice turnout of 11 players, most of them being locals. Mike Cumberledge “Cumbo” fights his way through the loser bracket to catch up with Babe Hanna “Babe The Dream”, who had the King Seat. It went to Hill/Hill 5-4 then Cumbo takes it to Hill/Hill to win the final match. Next Big Monthly 9Ball Tournament will be held on February 20th with doors opening up at 10am. $40.00 entry fee. We will also be having on February 13th, 2016, Valentine’s Day Jack & Jill Scotch Doubles – Blind Draw, with a Steak Fry. Entry Fee plus Dinner is $60.00 per player and must be pre-paid before February 10th at Corner Pocket Billiards Club 740-633-6506 or Terri Simpson 740-3914870 or paypal at bhindthe8ball2016@ yahoo.com. RESULTS for the 8Ball Tournament: BABE HANNA 1st Mike Cumberledge (top) $200 2nd Babe Hanna (bottom) $110
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This 8 ball challenges started with an idea about wanting to see 8 ladies from Broward and Miami area play some good old fashion 8 ball. The ladies picked for this tournament are well known in the area as loving the game and always up for a good challenge. The anonymous sponsor asked Janis Sessions to pick the ladies and have Jim Decesare run the event. The 8 ladies would play on 01/23/2016 at Lucky 7 Billiards located at 4850 South State Rd 7 Davie, FL. It would be a race to 5 round robin and BCA rules, with two brackets, 4 players in each. As the ladies arrived to practice at noon and then start play at 1:00 pm, Jim Decesare would have each lady draw a number to see which bracket they would play in. First Bracket: 1. Janis Sessions 2. Cheryl Baglin 3. Suzayn Yap 4. Kelly Errair Second Bracket: 5. Laura Clay 6. Sandy Cheng 7. Julia Spinella 8. Becky Yelvington From each bracket two players with the most games won would advance to final 4. All the ladies played their best and even David Cypress stopped by to watch the 8 ball challenge and a few other people wanting to see who would be in the final 4. The final 4 would be: Baglin vs Yap and Spinella vs Yelvington. Baglin would defeat Yap and Yelvington would defeat Spinella. Baglin
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vs Yelvington would play for the hot seat. Yap and Spinella would play it out for 3rd or 4th place. All who came to watch really enjoyed watching these ladies play not only for the final 4, but staying all day to see some awesome shots, great safeties and all the ladies played very professional with great attitudes. But like any event there can only be one winner and on this day it would go to Becky Yelvington. Congrats. 1st Place â€“ Becky Yelvington 2nd Place â€“ Cheryl Baglin 3rd Place - Suzayn Yap 4rd Place - Julia Spinella
Thanks to Lucky 7 for open their doors and letting us have this event. Thanks to Jim Decesare for running the event for us. Thanks to all who came to watch and support the ladies. Big thanks to the anonymous sponsor.
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Corner Pocket Billiards Club held their 2nd Annual Powder Puff Tournament on Saturday, December 19, 2015 in Martin Ferry, OH. Won by Dayton’s – Liz Lovely. She shot her all the way to the king’s seat. Then 2nd place was held by Terri Geary and 3rd Place was held by Sonya Davis. Terri and
Sonya battled their way and shot well. Santa Claus also made a special appearance and gave the ladies a treat! Our 3rd Annual Powder Puff Tournament will be held on March 26, 2016 at 1pm Calcutta. Entry will be $40.00.
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The Iceman Cometh
He won the first Turning Stone event, 15 years ago. On the weekend of January 7-10, 2016, The Iceman (Mika Immonen) came back from the semifinals to defeat hot seat occupant Erik Hjorleifson at Turning Stone XXV. The $25,000-added event drew 128 entrants to the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. Though his draw through the bracket would allow Immonen to avoid competitors like (among others) Jayson Shaw (looking to chalk up his fourth straight Turning Stone title), Rodney Morris (looking for his second, overall), Johnny Archer (looking for his seventh overall title) and Mike Dechaine (looking for his second) Immonen did have to get by Brandon Shuff, and in a winners’ side semifinal, Shaun Wilkie. Hjorleifson, in the meantime, was having his own problems (all solved), including our Player of the Year, Pin-Yi Ko, Mike Davis, Mario Morra (double hill), and in the other winners’ side semifinal, Oscar Dominguez, who (looking for his second Turning Stone title since Turning Stone XIII), along the way, had sent (among others) Jeremy Sossei, Jennifer Baretta, Shaw, and Hunter Lombardo to the loss side. Immonen sent Wilkie to the loss side 9-4, and in the hot seat match, faced Hjorleifson, who’d sent Dominguez over by the same score. Hjorleifson took the first of two against Immonen, also 9-4, and sat in the hot seat, awaiting Immonen’s return. On the loss side, Wilkie ran into Morris, fresh off a sixth, loss-side win that had included the elimination of Jennifer Baretta, Archer, and Hunter Lombardo. Dominguez drew Yu Hsuan Cheng, who’d just finished eliminating Dennis Hatch 9-7 and Shaw, 9-3. Dominguez ended Cheng’s weekend, as Morris ended Wilkie’s. Dominguez then defeated Morris 9-2 in the quarterfinals, before his own short-lived visit to the loss side came to a 9-5 end in the semifinals versus Immonen. Immonen, having earned his shot at the re-match versus Hjorleifson, took full advantage. He completed his search for a second Turning Stone title since he’d won the first one by defeating Hjorleifson handily 13-2. from: Facebook: Congratulations to MIKA IMMONEN! Winner of the Turning Stone Classic XXV Mika Immonen 13 - Eric Hjorleifson 2 I had a feeling about this one after Immonen closed out his semifinal win over Oscar Dominguez with five straight wins - and sure enough the Mika Steamroller continued in the finals against Eric Hjorleifson, who had beaten him for the hot seat. I must confess that I am not sure how exactly Immonen won the first two games - but that he did. I do know that he broke and ran games 3, 4, 5, and 6 to take a 6-0 lead. He then extended his advantage to 9-2 before three more break and run outs brought him to the hill, and he then won the 15th game. Mika won this title in 2000, so this win, nearly 16 years later, is yet another sign of his greatness that he continues to compete and win against the world’s best in one of the most demanding sports. So again. congratulations to the Iceman!
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MUSIC CITY OPEN
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MADISON, TN Skyler Woodward took the loss-side route to meet and defeat Shane McMinn in the finals of the 29th Annual Music City Open, held on the weekend of January 13-17. Brittany Bryant picked the undefeated option in capturing the Ladies title, defeating Liz Lovely in the finals. The $6,000-added Open drew 128 entrants, while the $1,000-added Ladies event drew 64 to JOB Billiard Club in Madison, TN. Selected matches were streamed throughout the weekend via the services of PoolActionTV and its host, Ray Hansen. The booth saw Buddy Halltake a turn at the microphone.
seat 7-2 and waited on the return of Lovely.
Shane McMinn, who, in a field that included Sky Woodward & Shane McMinn competitors like Woodward, Justin Bergman, Johnny Archer, Robb Saez, and Jeremy Jones (among others), might have been perceived as something of a dark horse at the beginning of the Open event. He was raising a few eyebrows as he moved into his winners’ side semifinal match against Woodward. Jeremy Jones, in the meantime, squared off against Richie Richeson. Jones sent Richeson to the loss side 11-2, as McMinn raised a few more eyebrows with an 11-5 victory over Mosconi Cup competitor, Woodward. McMinn went on to claim the hot seat 11-7 over Jones. On the loss side, the casualty list was growing, and it included Archer, Bergman, Josh Roberts, Alex Olinger, and Jason Klatt (again, among others). By the time Woodward and Richeson showed up, the loss-side list was down to Shane Winters, and geographically appropriate Jonathan “Hennessee from Tennessee” Pinegar. Winters drew Richeson and defeated him 11-1. Woodward got Pinegar and took him out 11-4. Woodward ended Winters’ weekend with an 11-9 victory in the quarterfinals and then eliminated Jones 11-7 in the semifinals. Early in the re-match, double elimination finals, it looked as though it was going to be a grind. Woodward and McMinn fought back and forth to a 7-7 tie in the opening set, before Woodward caught a gear and closed it out with four straight. McMinn had dropped his last 9-ball. Woodward shut him out 11-0 in the second set to claim the title. In the Ladies’ tournament, it was the eventual winner, Brittany Bryant and Stacie Bourbeau in the hot seat match. Bryant had sent Stephanie Goins to the loss side 7-1, as Bourbeau was defeating Liz Lovely 7-5. Bryant claimed the hot
On the loss side, Goins and Lovely picked up Samantha Patton and Julie Cone, respectively. Lovely and Patton prevailed to face each other in the quarterfinals, won by Lovely. Lovely took advantage of her re-match versus Bourbeau in the semifinals, winning for a shot at Bryant in the hot seat. Bryant closed it out in the finals to take the Music City Ladies title. In two brackets (A & B) of a Midnight Madness tournament, Justin Bergman went home with the top prize in the A bracket, with Danny Smith in the runner-up slot. Shane Winters took home the top prize in the B bracket, with Josh Roberts in second place.
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Osipov Wins Record-Breaking Opener Ko-Pin Chung and Jorge Rodriguez share Open/Pro title Villalobos survived a double hill match against Yulco, as Lacy came within a game For the second year in a row, the New York-based Predator Tour set a season-opening of double hill before prevailing 7-5 against Benghalem. Lacy took the quarterfinal debut, playing host this year to 118 amateur competitors on the weekend of January match 8-5 over Villalobos, and then downed Carrasco in the semifinals 10-6. 16-17. The $1,000-added Amateur event, along with an Open/Pro event that drew Lacy proved to be a little more resilient in his rematch against Osipov. He forced a 16 entrants was hosted by Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY. Alex Osipov case game, which was won by Osipov to claim the Amateur title. went undefeated Miguel Laboy picked through the Amateur up a win in a Second field to claim that Chance tournament, title, while Jorge defeating Abel Rosario Rodriguez and Ko-Pin in the finals. Lucas Chung shared the Fracasso (who finished Open/Pro title. 7/8 in the main event The Open/Pro event Amateur tournament) featured World won a third chance Champion Ko-Pin tournament, defeating Yi and his brother, Gene Hunt. Ko-Pin Chung, who Tour director Tony battled against each Robles thanked other in a winners’ Manny Stamatakis side semifinal while and his staff at Jorge Rodriguez Steinway Billiards, and Max Dudanets as well as sponsors squared off in the Predator Cues, other one. Yi defeated National Amateur his brother, 7-3 Pool League, Ozone to face Rodriguez, Billiards, Delta-13 who’d sent Dudanets racks, Gotham to the loss side 7-2. City Technologies, Rodriguez claimed the PoolOnTheNet.com, ROSS LACY, ERICK CARRASCO, RENE VILLALOBOS AND ALEX OSIPOV hot seat 7-5 over Yi. The DeVito Team, Chung and Dudanets moved to the loss side to encounter what was left of a more Billiards Press, AZ Billiards, Billiards Digest, and Pool & Billiard Magazine. He also familiar crowd of Predator competitors. Chung drew Zion Zvi, who’d eliminated thanked William Finnegan, Mandy Wu, and Irene Kim for their assistance with the Andrew Seroshean 7-3 and Sean “Alaska” Morgan 7-4. Dudanets picked up Nelson tournament, as well as his wife, Gail Robles. 1 $1,700 OSIPOV Alex Oliveira, who’d gotten by Mike Yednak 7-5 and Fedor Gorst, double hill. Oliviera 2 $1,200 LACY Ross advanced with a 7-2 win over Dudanets to meet Chung, who’d defeated Zvi 7-4. 3 $800 CARRASCO Eric Chung eliminated Oliveira in the quarterfinal match 7-2, and locked up in a double 4 $600 VILLALOBOS Rene hill fight with his brother in the semifinals, which proved to be the final match of the 5 $400 YOLCU Emit, BENGHALEM Riyadh night. Chung prevailed to claim/share the Open/Pro title with Rodriguez. 7 $275 STAMATAKOS Manny, FRACASSO-VERNER Lukas In the Amateur event, after five matches, Alex Osipov and Eric Carrasco proved to be 9 $200 MCDUFFIE Brad, KELLY Chris the last two winners standing among the field of 118. In the winners’ side semifinal, CHEN Rhys, DELIMELKONOGLU Kapriel Osipov defeated Ross Lacy 7-4, as Carrasco was busy sending Rene Villalobos to the 13 $150 BROOKS Chris, HUMAN Doug losers’ bracket 7-5. Osipov claimed the hot seat 9-6 over Carrasco and waited on PARKER Jud, FLORES Annie what turned out to be the return of Lacy. 17 $100 LAM Duc, MERCADO Cisco, MATOS Greg, ROSARIO Abel, Moving to the loss side, Villalobos and Lacy found themselves embroiled in two CARPENTER Paul, HARRICHARAN Matthew tough battles immediately; Villalobos against Emit Yulco, who’d defeated Brad STEPHENSON Joshua, JORDAN Tenzin McDuffie and Lucas Fracasso, both 7-5, and Lacy against Riyadh Benghalem, who’d gotten by Rhys Chen 7-3 and Manny Stamatakis (owner of Steinway Billiards) 7-4.
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The second chance tournament on Sunday drew fifteen players, and it was Dave Ricci beating Marco Kam two out of three sets for first place. Ricci won the hot-seat match over Kam 3-2, lost the first set of the finals 3-1 and then won the second set 3-0 for first place.
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After a 9-8 win over Casanzio in the semi-finals, Souvanthong took complete control of the first set of the finals with an 8-3 lead. Then Sossei turned the tide. Sossei came back from a five rack deficit to win six in a row and take first place by the narrowest of margins at 9-8.
Bucky would have to get by Jeremy Sossei, which no one had managed to do over two days. Sossei cruised to the hot-seat match, where he defeated Ron Casanzio 9-7.
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Fans in attendance would have been hard pressed to pick Souvanthong to be challenging for first place in the event, after a hill-hill loss to Jamie Garrett in his second match of the day on Saturday, but after nine straight wins he was ready to challenge for the win.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be at Sharpshooters Billiards in Amsterdam NY for their next event on February 20th - 21st.
AzBilliards.com Staff Jan 21, 2016 The adage is that the two hardest games to win in a set are the first and last. Bucky Souvanthong found that out the hard way at the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour stop at Salt City Billiards in Syracuse, NY on January 16th - 17th.
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Richard Ng undefeated at Steinway Billiard’s - Astoria, NY
MIKE ESPOSITO 3RD, RICHARD NG 1ST, ERIC CARRASCO 2ND Richard’s tournament trail included wins over Chris Karp 7 - 6; Lidio Ramirez 7 - 5; Chumreon Sutcharitakul 7 - 4; Tony Liang 7 - 5; Elvis Rodriguez 7 - 6 and Mike Esposito 7 - 4 for the Hot Seat. Rich waited in the Hot Seat and Mike awaited another opportunity to play in the Finals. Meanwhile Erick Carrasco, who won three on the win side before suffering a loss to Mike Esposito, defeated Jaydev Zaveri and Elvis Rodriguez, to once again face Mike. This time Erick turned the cards around winning 6 - 0 and a spot in the Finals against Richard Ng. During the Finals, Erick took a 3 - 0 lead, Rich passed him 4 - 3 and the players traded the lead till tied at 6 apiece. Richard took the next 2 games for an 8 - 6 win. Thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil
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CLIFTON, NJ Max Watanabe has his first Tri-State victory at Clifton Billiards. Max’s tournament trail included wins over Kevin Scalzitti 7 - 5; Tri V. Chau 7 - 2; Jan Mierzwa 7 - 4; and Jaydev Zaveri 7 - 6 for the Hot Seat. Harry Guevarez having won his first 3 matches, suffered a loss to Jaydev 6 - 5, and came back to once again face Jaydev. This time Harry turned the tide with a 6 - 1 win and earned a spot in the Finals against Max. During the Finals, Harry took an early 3 - 0 lead; however, Max tied the match at 4 - 4. Harry asserted himself, but again Max tied the match at 5 - 5 and closed the door with a 7 - 5 victory. Special acknowldgement goes to Jaydev Zaveri for his solid third place finish. Thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics , and Bloodworth Ball Cleaners for their sponsorship leading to this event.
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