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THE LION LEAPS 2nd Consecutive Swanee Win
Named for beloved southern California player, Jay Swanson, the 16th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament (“the Swanee”) was hosted February 4-5 at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California. A tournament steeped in tradition, the event is a virtual who’s who of west coast US and Pacific Rim players. Produced by CueSports International (CSI) and sponsored by Hard Times Billiards, CSI and the Magic Ball Rack, the event is known for being a two day grinder with a heady 192 player field of heavy hitters. It is no small feat to cash in this event, but this year history took place. Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan won for a second consecutive year surviving a litany of fellow well known names including former Swanee champions Dave Hemmah (1996), Mitch Ellerman (2009), Amar Kang (2006) and the only other two time winner Morro Paez (1999 and 2001). Additionally, “The Lion” took out 2012 US Mosconi Cup team member Rodney Morris and “Mad Max” Eberle who himself has finished in the top three of the Swanee field 3 years (2005, 2011, and 2012). It was Eberle who initially knocked Pagulayan to the one loss side in the seventh round of the winner’s bracket. “The Lion” heaped revenge upon Eberle in the semi-finals sending “Mad Max” to the bleachers late Sunday night 7-2. After two days and 16 rounds the 192 field was now down to two players. In the middle of the night surrounded by a room full of dedicated spectators, the single race to 11 finals was between Oscar “The Big O” Dominguez and Pagulayan. Dominguez’s road to the hot seat included the take down of Nick Spano, Corey Harper, Jim Hennessy, Brendan Crockett, Santos Sambajon Jr., Rodney Morris and Max Eberle. In what can only be described as one of the most unique finals of any tournament, Pagulayan’s repeat win almost did not take place. “The Lion” dominated the match early and jumped to a quick 10-3 lead. Then in game 14 “The Lion” pocketed a tough but makeable back cut shot on the 9-ball for the match win. However, in a split second it was evident the cue ball would also drop giving Dominguez the game instead of Pagulayan the win. The diminutive Pagulayan leaped in the air just as whitey wailed into a corner pocket. To add injury to insult when Pagulayan landed from his leap he sprained his calf and faced the rest of the match limping and having to adjust his stance to avoid further pain. Dominguez capitalized on the situation. Using strategic safety play “O” patiently took the score from 10-4 to 10-9. During those 5 games Pagulayan did have another opportunity to seal the deal but in a case of déjà-vu again scratched on a pocketed 9-ball. The cue ball caught the tip of one pocket and ricochet the ball into another pocket. In this situation it is hard not to think of that famous quote “It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it?” from The Color of Money. The winning game came down to a moment of luck or redemption depending on the perspective. Dominguez again executed a strong safe leaving Pagulayan in the unenviable position of having to kick at the 1-ball for legal contact. Using sonic speed, Pagulayan sent the cue ball off a long rail, hit the one, then the rock careened off the opposite long rail into the pack of balls that housed the 9. The match money ball then gently rolled into a side pocket. This time whitey stayed securely on the table and “The Lion” was able to roar two years in a row. Visit www.playcsipool.com, www.playbca.com and www.playusapool.com for more information about CSI and its divisions. (Lion Leaps continued on page 11)
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LET’S DO THIS EVERY YEAR!
(above) Albert Markasky, Hunter Roberts, Mike Kushlan Jr., Bob Beaulieu (left) Hunter Roberts The first WorldPPA’s Reno Shootout event was a huge success! Well known SF Bay Area Tournament Director/ Commentator, Gene Miller, says: “ WOW! LET’S DO THIS EVERY YEAR! That’s the concensus of Bob Beaulieu and virutally everybody else who was at the 19th US BAR TABLE CHAMPIONSHIPS at Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort February 13-19. Nothing against the Sands-Regency intended (we went there 46 times), but there’s a world of difference between the two locations. While the Sands was nice, the Grand Sierra is magnificent. Spacious, luxurious, numerous restaurants, entertainment, and gambling. The $25,250-added open events, 8-ball, 9-ball and 10-ball, attracted a huge crowd and should bring many more next year. Check out the “Tournaments” forum at www.azbilliards.com for the latest facts and interesting gossip. All events were double elimination played on forty Diamond bar boxes. Ten additional Diamond 9-footers were brought in to accommodate 80 WorldPPA players in their first big 9-ball handicap championship. Imagine the coordination this event demanded -- many of these players were enrolled in three tournaments simultaneously! The crew at Cue Sports International really knows how to handle a crowd. It was Mark Griffin (CSI) and Bob Beaulieu (WorldPPA) who got together and made this event such a success, even though Bob prefers to put himself way in
the background, insisting that “It was the players who really made this event happen.” Bill Stock and his BCA crew contributed tremendously to the success of the event, and all fifty Diamond tables were set up by Bad Boys. It was also a coming-out party for Frank Nordmann Jr’s new line of pool garb, “Play The Game.” (I have my event T-shirt and my hoodie is on order.) There were numerous vendors of pool clothing, cuemakers and everything else related to our game. As with so many recent events, a MAGIC RACK was at every table.” Congratulations to Hunter Roberts (A+), a long time California Billiard Club player for taking 1st Place and winning $1,000.00 cash. Hunter’s list of opponents include races to 8 matches played with Linda Miyoshi (C+) 8/7; Carolyn Koo (C) 8/7; Louis Altes (A+) 8/6; Scott Mattingly (A-) 8/4; Chris McCreary (A) 8/4; then a Loss to Mike Kushlan (A) 4/8; and a win against George Pagulayan (A) 8/7 bringing him back to the Final table where he needed to beat Mike Kushlan twice – which he did; first 8/5 to put Mike Kushlan on the one-loss side then again 8/6 for the championship and 1st Place. Congratulations to Mike Kushlan Jr. for 2nd Place and winning $760.00. Below is a list of the Top 24 winners with payouts: 1st $1,000 Hunter Roberts (A+) 2nd $760 Mike Kushian (A) 3rd $450 George Pagulayan (A) 4th $350 Chris McCreary (A) 5-6 $300 Riwan Khalil (B-) Mark Anthony Tiu (A+) 7-8 $250 Gannon Buss (B+) Shan Damani (A-) 9-12 $185 Scott Mattingly (A-) Mike Langarica (A-) Victor Valseca (A+) Brian Thurston (B+) 13-16 $150 Kenny Maeda (A-) Randy Cady (A+) Scott Sholes (B-) Kevin Lombard (A-) 17-24 $75 Patty West (B-) Carolyn Koo (C) Louis Altes (A+) Martin Masters (B+) Robert Young (B) Khanh Ngo (B-) Total Payout was $7,335.00 including $1,485.00 added by the WorldPPA. Photos Courtesy of: Bob Beaulieu - WorldPPA
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Titanic Shot (aka The Dream Shot)
Titanic Shot (aka The Dream Shot) The Titanic is a combination of the Rempe Eight in One and The Butterfly shots. However, it also features two additional balls in front of each side pocket. The set up is the biggest challenge to the Titanic Shot because so many things can go wrong. But the shot is worth the effort as you’ll treat your fans to the sight of 14 balls going in on one shot! Place two balls so that they are hanging over the edge of Pockets A and B. Aim down the exact center of the table. Strike the cue ball just a little above center with a medium hard to hard stroke (it depends on the table). Then get set to watch balls start flying into all six pockets.
An Iceberg in Barcelona
I used to call this shot the Dream Shot, but while preparing for a TV special called Carom Christmas in Barcelona the name was changed to the Titanic. The show was an hour of entertainment that featured trick shots on a pool table and a billiard (carom) table. I performed the pool shots and Danny Sanchez and Mr. Perea executed the billiard shots. They also had a number of celebrities on the show. The show had a live audience of about 100 people and 11 cameras. It took about 10-12 hours to be taped. The show appeared on TV3, which is one of the top government channels. For the month of December Carom Christmas got better ratings than any other program. I sent diagrams of the shots I was going to use to the producer and writer about a month before the show so they could writer the script. Jose Farras, the creator and writer of the
show, changed the name to the Titanic. For the program, I was scripted to say that, “I all this shot the Titanic Shot and I’m going to sink every ball in one shot.” I was successful in making all of the balls on my first attempt as planned. Now, Farras, who was also the MC, picked up the cue ball and says, “Mike, you didn’t sink all of the balls. What about his one?” I replied, “Farras, that’s the iceberg.” The crowd loved it. I now like to call tis shot the Titanic because I have an out in case all of the balls fail to drop. Should one or more remain on the table, I call them the survivors.
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Robles Takes Down Sossei By Skip Maloney - Staff - 2012-02-20 Articles and photo courtesy of AzBilliards. com In a 13-entrant, Open/Pro field on the seventh stop of the Predator Tour, Tony Robles emerged to capture the event title. He came back from a defeat in the hot seat match against Jeremy Sossei, and defeated him in the finals of the $500-added event, run concurrently with the A-D handicapped Empire State Championships and hosted by Raxx Billiards in West Hempstead, NY. Robles and Sossei were among the winners' side final four, and by identical 8-3 scores, sent Raphael DaBreo and Zion Zvi, respectively, to the loss-side. Sossei was on the winning side of the double hill match that left him in the hot seat, awaiting Robles' return. Moving to the loss-side, DaBreo ran into Jorge Rodriguez, who'd been sent west by Sossei when both were among the winners' side final eight and then defeated Frankie Hernandez 7-5 and Greg McAndrews 7-3. Zvi picked up Pat Di Buono,
who'd shut out Scott Bannon and defeated Mike Wong 7-4. Rodriguez won his third straight loss-side match, defeating DaBreo 7-4 to move into the quarterfinals. He was met by Zvi, who'd given up only one rack in a victory over DiBuono. Zvi ended Rodriguez' loss-side streak with a 7-5 victory, placing him one match away from a re-match against Sossei. Only Robles stood in his way. The two battled to double hill in the semifinals, until Robles prevailed to earn the re-match. Robles took full advantage of his second chance, defeating Sossei 11-7 to capture the event title. As tour director, Robles thanked the ownership and staff of Raxx Billiards for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 racks, Poison Cues, PoolOnTheNet.com, and NYCGrind.
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HIS FIRST TRI-STATE EVENT
SOSSEI Wins 2nd Straight Larry Lisciotti Memorial
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On the weekend of February 11-12, 2012 the East Coast Pool Tour hosted the 7th annual Larry Lisciotti Memorial at Branford Cue and brew in Branford CT. The $500 added event drew 46 players to the even race to 7 two day tournament.
Dennis Kennedy wins his first Tri-State event at $1000 Added A/D 9 Ball tourney held at BQE Billiards & Bar. His tournament trail of 7 wins and 1 loss, included wins over Franklin Mangiove 6 - 4; Pat Mareno 6 - 4 ; Glenn Ramsey 6 - 5; Inna Bediner 7 - 6; and Alex Osipov 6 - 5 before suffering a loss to Women Pro Emily Duddy. From the loss side Dennis defeated Alex Osipov a second time 6 - 2 to reach Emily in the finals. Dennis began with a spot of 2 games and Emily tied the match at 2 apiece. Dennis jumped to a 4 - 2 lead. Emily won the next game to make it 4 - 3 then with a flurry of quick wins and some clever play, Dennis went out to a commanding lead of 8 - 3 going to 9! Emily displayed poise and professionalism as she methodically fought her way to Double Hill; however, it just wasn't meant to be as Dennis sank the 9 for a 9 - 8 victory. Third place finisher Alex Osipov followed by Ed Culhane with a 6 win/ 2 loss record are to be congratulated for a strong showing. Aside from the tournament results, there was another winner. Bryan Jeziorski won the Break & Run for $700 with a solid runout. Enough can not be said about the beautiful surrounings at BQE Billiards and the hospitality of the owners and staff. The next Tri-State event is a $1000 Added A/D at Cue Bar in Bayside, NY on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Please provide a thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Ron Tarr Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th - 6th 7th - 8th
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On the A/B side of the bracket saw Jeremy Sossei cruising to the finals after a close first round hill hill match with Chuck Altomare. After that, Jeremy beat Tommy Seminaro Jr. 7-2, Brent Boemmels 7-0 and then Clint Thompson 7-1 to secure his spot in the hot seat match. The C/D side of the Bracket saw a battle of hill hill matches. It was Eric Graven (C+) that fought his way to the hot seat match against Jeremy. Eric had wins over Dave Corley, Mike Zingarella, and Jeff Geremia The hot seat match saw Jeremy Sossei take complete control from the start winning 7-1 against Eric Graven. On the loser side of the bracket it was Steve Mack (A) coming back after losing his first match to Brent Boemmels 7-6, winning 9 matches in a row to play Jeremy in the finals. On his way back to the finals he beat Tom Torres, Rob Persia, John Ortiz, Phil Davis, Brent Boemmels, Lance Lisciotti 7-5, Clint Thompson 7-4, Dave Corley 7-5 Eric Graven 7-3. Throughout the tournament Jeremy Sossei seemed to be the player to beat who looked to be playing perfect pool. He proved his point in the finals cruising to a 7-0 victory break and running 4 racks in the set. Jeremy pocketed $650 for first place while Mack settled with $440 for second place. The break contest saw Damien Provost winning the $800 Greg Kucharski custom cue that was generously donated to the tournament. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th/6th 7th/8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
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Brooke Zimmermann Name: Brooke Zimmermann Home town: Mayfield, NY Birth date: January 14, 1994 School you currently attend: Mayfield High School Grade: senior (12th) Favorite subject in school: New Visions Medical Classes At what age did you start playing pool? 6 Titles/High finishes: 2011 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships, runner-up, 18 & Under Girls’ Division APA Amsterdam Top Shooter and Playoff champion 2011,2009,2008,2007 What kind of cue(s) do you use? Usually Outlaw, Just started with a Jacoby Stick and a Predator Hybrid Shaft Left or right handed: Right Sponsors: APA Favorite band/music: I listen to absolutely everything. Hobbies: Soccer, Softball, Art, music, Medical Classes Memorable pool moment: Being able to go to the 2011 Junior National 9-Ball Championships and meet all of the amazing people competing. I learned so much from them. Every person I met and practiced with gave me new insight on how to play the game and to all of them I am extremely Grateful. Thank you guys! Favorite food: Chicken Cordon bleu Fictional Hero: Batman! Real-world hero: My Grandparents Mary Ellen Giuliani for all the volunteer work she does and especially my Grandfather Joseph Giuliani for all amazing things he has taught me, and for all of the time and effort he puts into making me the best person I can be. Fondest childhood memory: Getting my first personal cue stick. Cheetah design! Goals (personal and/or career): Going to Medical School at either Hartwick or HVCC for Radiology.
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C ranfield ’s A rrow
Do you ever find yourself trying to help a new player who has no clue about aiming? Do you ever have that problem yourself? If so, here is a simple training aid that gives the student a specific spot to line up on for any shot.
students’ games as well.
This powerful little tool comes from Arthur “Babe” Cranfield who won championships over a 35 year career culminating in the Straight Pool World Championship in 1964. Cranfield has the highest reported practice run of 768 at straight pool (14.1 continuous). A friend of mine was visiting in Cranfield’s home town of Syracuse and saw him run over 200 balls five nights in a row.
Two dimensions are critical. The distance from the tip to the interior point must be 1 1/8th inches exactly. That’s the radius of a pool ball. The total length should be 2 1/4 inches or the diameter of a pool ball.
In his book, “The Straight Pool Bible,” Cranfield says that he considered writing a whole book about The Arrow, as he calls it. He also states that he personally finds it useful when he has trouble remembering the aim on some kind of shots. If Babe finds it helps his game, maybe it will help yours or your
The Arrow is shown in the diagram. You can make one out of paper, card stock or thin plastic.
To find the aiming point for any shot, place the Arrow as in the diagram with it’s interior point even with the edge of the object ball and directly under the contact point for the shot. The body of the Arrow is aligned with the direction of the shot. This puts the tip of the Arrow exactly at the center of the ghost ball. Remember that the ghost ball is the location of the cue ball when cue ball contacts the object ball.
The Arrow 1 1/8 inches 2 1/4 inches
The Arrow in action: Center of ghost ball
One system of aiming uses Direction of object ball Contact point the ghost ball directly. The player visualizes the ghost ball and then makes the cue ball take the place of the ghost ball. While this system to the tip of the Arrow and bring the is theoretically perfect if the stick straight through. (Of course, those required location is precise, many last two parts are much easier said than players have trouble visualizing that done.) imaginary ball. REJ
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There is another aiming system called the “inch and an eighth” system which tells the player to aim the cue ball to pass over a point on the cloth 1.125 inches out from the cueball/object-ball contact point. It is geometrically equivalent to the ghost ball method since that point is where the ghost ball is touching the cloth but it is also hard for some people to visualize.
There is one last thing to worry about when using the Arrow and that is throw. In the shot shown at the top of the diagram, the object ball will be thrown slightly to the left as the cue ball rubs across it during contact. In order to correct for that, you will need to adjust the Arrow slightly so that the object ball is aimed to the right of the pocket (for a cut to the right). Once you get the hang of the Arrow, you will see for each shot how much throw effect there is.
The Arrow gives a clearer way to visualize the shot because the tip of the Arrow is an actual, visible point to aim at. If you place the Arrow carefully, all the guesswork is taken out of the aiming part of the shot and all you have to do is line your stick up through the center of the cue ball
For more details about the Arrow including how to use it for carom shots, check out Cranfield’s book mentioned above. It is also featured in the Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice, the DVD series that I developed with Dr. Dave Alciatore.
Maryland 8-Ball Championship
GLEN BURNIE, MD Mike Davis has been on a roll recently. Adding to his victory in last weekend’s Planet Pool 9-ball event, Mike became the 2012 Maryland Open 8-Ball champion. Forty players came out to Big Daddy’s Billiards in Glen Burnie, Maryland to contest the Maryland Open 8-Ball Championship. The event was played in double elimination format with races to five on the winner’s side and four on the one-loss side. The alternate break format was in effect. The tables were 9 foot Diamond and Brunswick Gold Crowns. Matches began shortly after 11 a.m. and wrapped up by about 10 p.m.
Roger Riley continued to move through the field as the tournament approached mid-afternoon. His matches included a win over another player auction favorite, Brett Stottlemeyer. Alan Duty was also playing strongly. In his winner’s side match with Mike Davis, Alan reached the hill first at 4-3 before Mike took the next 2 racks for the win. Alan rebounded from this by moving past Matt Krah 4-1 and Shaun Wilkie 4-3.
The finals were played between Mike Davis and Roger Riley using double elimination format. Since Mike was coming from the one-loss side, he had to defeat Roger twice - first race to 6 and second to 4, if needed. Roger noted beforehand that he was “pretty much out of gas” by this point in a long day. However, Mike was still on form and made his way convincingly through both sets to become the 2012 Maryland Open 8-Ball champion.
The later part of the day produced a number of close and well-played matches. Roger Riley continued his streak with a 5-3 win over Mike Davis. This put Roger in the hot seat. Alan Duty faced off against Brett Stottlemeyer in a match where neither player missed a single ball. With the alternate break format, both players took turns breaking and running each rack. Brett came out on top 4-3 due to having won the lag and having the first break. After his opening round loss to Mike Davis, Brandon Shuff had gone undefeated all day on the one-loss side. He continued this by running out the last rack in a hill-hill win over Brett Stottlemeyer.
Many thanks to Big Daddy’s staff (owners Cindy and Rick Molineiro, tournament director Debbie, Bob, and Crystal) and to all of the players for making the event a success.
Early action saw Mike Davis and Brandon Shuff, two of the favorites in the player auction, draw each other in the first round. Mike jumped out to a 4-1 lead to reach the hill first. Brandon came back with 3 straight racks to bring the match to hill-hill. Brandon broke dry in the final game and Mike ran out for the win. Also of note in early play was 68-year-old Roger Riley’s 5-2 win over Shaun Wilkie. Although it was unknown at that time, Roger was just starting his run to the finals.
face Roger Riley in the finals. This was a battle of power breaks and run outs. Mike broke dry to open the match and Brandon ran the rack. Brandon broke in game 2 and another ball kicked the cue ball in the side pocket. Mike got ball in hand behind the line and ran that rack to even the score at 1 all. Mike then broke and ran out to 2-1. Brandon broke and ran out to bring it back to 2-2. Mike broke and ran out to 3-2. Brandon then came up dry on the break and Mike ran out for the win and the right to face Roger in the finals.
The semi-final match was Mike Davis versus Brandon Shuff to determine who would
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Mike Davis Roger Riley Brandon Shuff Brett Stottlemyer Alan Duty, Rafael Reyes Tommy Kay, Shaun Wilkie
SWANEE RESULTS (continued from page 4) 1 2 3 4 5/6 7/8 9/12 13/16 17/24 25/32 33/48 49/64
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L-R Owner 4th place finisher Bob Maidhof, 2nd Pam Cimarelli, 3rd Matt Krah, winner Josh Brothers
from earlier that day, Josh Brothers would have to beat Pam Cimarelli twice to win the event. The first set was a great set with Josh Brother pulling off the win 8-5 and in the second set was all Josh Brothers winning easily 8-2 to winning the Mezz Pro-Am end of the year championship.
Leading the top half of the bracket was Josh Brothers with wins over Mark Stewart 8-4, Chris Riley 8-2, Matt Krah 8-6 and Eddie Abraham 8-3. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Pam Cimarelli with wins over Rob Humski 8-0, Desiree Rivera 8-0, Derek Schwager 8-3, Joey Testa 8-7, Rob Hart 8-4.
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Playing for the hot seat was Josh Brothers Vs Pam Cimarelli this was a great match. Both players went back and forth when it was all said and done it was Pam Cimarelli coming away with the win 8-5 sending Josh Brothers to the one lost side. Waiting for Josh Brothers on the one lost side was Matt Krah this was a one sided match with Josh Brothers winning 7-3 to get to the finals. In the finals it was Josh Brothers VS Pam Cimarelli a rematch
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Josh Brothers Pam Cimarelli Matt Krah Bob Maidhof Rob Hart, Eddie Abraham Michael Wong, Joey Testa Adam Kielar, Shaun Wilkie Tim Murray, Angelo Inness
Mezz Pro-Am season finale was held at Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill Pa on January 14th-15th. A strong field of 55 players came out to play. Players like Matt Krah, Shaun Wilkie, Josh Brothers, Eddie Abraham, Rob Hart, Joey Testa, Pam Cimarelli and Denise Reeve to name a few.
‘The Scorpion’ undefeated at the Annual Andy Grubs Memorial Emerald Coast Open 9 Ball at Starcade Billiards One thing has been for certain, Starcade Billiards continues to have the best events in the Southeast. A total of 105 players convened to vie for a slice of the $6,750.00 prize fund. Can it get any bigger? Then they will need to add more tables or days to the event. Saturday proved to be an endurance competition, with matches being played passed 3 a.m. - a first time at Starcade. However, Starcade did a great a job, as usual, and made sure everyone was treated fairly and with much consideration, which is a large part of their formula for success! Without a doubt, this has been my favorite tournament since the 80’s! This event attracted top professional players, as well as top talents from the region. This is a list of some of the notables: Johnny ‘The Scorpion’ Archer, Shawn Putnam, Justin Hall,Tommy Kennedy, Scotty Townsend, David Grossman,Jerry Brock, James Roberts, Joey Aguzin, Pablo Matheu,Josh Hillard, Stoney Stone, Mitch Yarborough, Cliff Joyner, David Hennessy, Kris Pitts, Denny Fox, Chad Royal, and the list goes on... Johnny’s trip to the hot seat routed Ryan Laughridge, Jake Tyson, David Walters, Luther Blades, Denny Fox, Justin Hall & defeated Shawn Putnam 9-6 for the hot seat. Shawn’s trip to the hot seat match encountered Chad Royal, James Adams, Leon Whatley, Kris Pitts, Mitch Yarborough, and lost 9-6 to Johnny Archer to setup a match with Tommy Kennedy. Tommy was breaking the balls so well and was in dead stroke, besting Shawn 9-6 to setup a final match with Johnny. Shawn settled with 3rd place and $670.00. Johnny was not at the top of his game on Saturday, but by Sunday this was no longer the case. He was in top form! The final match started out pretty even, with no more than a 2-game lead up to a 7-7 score. Then Johnny pulled away and closed the match with a 12-7 score, the title and $1,890.00 for his efforts. Tommy settled for 2nd place and $1,080.00 On the way to the finals, Tommy had a very close call with Pablo Matheu and Josh Hillard. After leading the match 5-2 against Pablo, he found himself trailing 6-5. He then tied 6-6 to only trail again 6-8. With a little fortune on a kick to the 4 ball, he got ball-in- hand to clear the table and win the game and trail 7-8. He then broke and ran the last two games to win the match. Worthy of mention, local top player, Josh Hillard, steam-rolled a few road players, such as Jerry Brock 9-2, Justin Hall 9-2, David Hennessy 9-3. But he conceded 3rd place to Tommy Kennedy with a 9-7 score, which ended the torturous run on the one-loss side and a decent 4th place finish after losing his 2nd match to James Roberts. Johnny and Shawn were very busy signing autographs and taking pictures with fans and spectators. It was a treat for all who attended this competition.
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$1,890 Johnny Archer $1,080 Tommy Kennedy $670 Shawn Putnam $470 Josh Hillard $320 Justin Hall, Mitch Yarborough $220 Chad Royal, Jerry Brock $150 Pablo Matheu, Denny Fox, David Hennesy, Kris Pitts $100 Kevin Johnson, Brandon Beatty, Cliff Joyner, Joey Aguzin
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Shane Van Boening
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MENâ€™S 10-BALL (87 entries) RACE TO 7 1st $4,300 Shane Van Boening 2nd $2,400 Stevie Moore 3rd $1,550 Larry Nevel 4th $1,050 Jesse Engel 5th $725 Josh Oâ€™Neal Gabe Apollos 7th $475 John Morra Jerry Matchin 9th $275 Ed Scott, Rodney Morris Glen Atwell, Francisco Bustamante 13th $175 Dennis Haar, Mitch Ellerman Louis Ulrich, Sean Morgan 17th $150 Sal Butera, Ernesto Dominguez Brian Butler, Chris McCreary Jose Parica, Derek Pogirski Amar Kang, Manny Chau
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It took Shane Van Boening four matches to move among the winners' side final four in the 10-ball competition of Cue Sports International's 19th annual US Bar Table Championships. Through those four matches, he was giving up just under five racks in each of the race-to-7 contests. From among the winners' side final four in a fresh, double elimination bracket, he picked up his pace a little, giving up only a single game in a match againstJosh O'Neal that set him up to face Stevie Moore in the battle for the hot seat. Moore sent Van Boening to the semifinals, from whence he returned to win both sets of a double elimination final to capture the event title. The $6,000-added, 10-ball event drew 87 entrants to the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. In one of two, preliminary double elimination brackets, each of which yielded two winners' side and two lossside opponents advancing to a final and new double elimination bracket of eight players, Van Boening almost ended up on the loss side, as Amar Kang battled him to double hill in his third round of play. Van Boening hung on to win, and then defeated Glen Atwell 7-5 to become one of the final four winners. Moore's most serious challenge in the five rounds of play that led him among the final four winners came in his opening round match versus Ernesto Dominguez, who chalked up six racks against him. Three rounds later, John Morra got five. Combined, Moore's other three opponents - Richard Richeson, Corey Penrod and Jesse Engel - were only able to score a total of four racks against him. Gabe Apollos gave up six in a third round match versus Greg Herada, but gave up only four total to his other three opponents, including a shutout over Ed Scott and a 7-2 win over Rodney Morris, which put Apollos among the final four. Josh O'Neal's toughest match of his five, which included a 7-2 win over Manny Chau and 7-4 win over Dennis Haar, was his last, in which Francisco Bustamante finished two back at 7-5. The victory moved O'Neal among the final four winners. On the loss-side, Jerry Matchin, Larry Nevel, John Morra and Jesse Engel advanced to the new double elimination bracket. Matchin had been sent west in the second round by Glenn Atwell, and won four straight, including a 7-4 win over Amar Kang, that put him among the final eight in the final, double elimination bracket. Nevel had fallen to Bustamante in his third match and battled back through three opponents - Derek Pogirski, Dennis Haar, and finally, Glenn Atwell - to reach the final eight. Morra's nemesis on the winners' side had been Moore, who defeated him 7-5 in the fourth round. Morra chalked up wins over Chris McCreary, and Sean Morgan, before meeting and defeating Rodney Morris 7-4, and
advancing to the final bracket. Engel had been sent west by Moore in the final match of one of the preliminary brackets, and faced only one opponent on the loss-side of that bracket. A 7-2 win over Scott put Engel among the final eight. In the final set of eight players, on the winners' side, Moore matched up against Apollos, as Van Boening drew O'Neal. On the loss-side, Engel met Morra, as Nevel squared off against Matchin. Moore sent Apollos west 7-3, and moved into the hot seat match against Van Boening, who'd defeated O'Neal 9-1. Moore then sent Van Boening to the event semifinals with a 7-5 win and awaited what proved to be his fateful return. On the loss-side, Apollos picked up Nevel, who'd downed Matchin 7-3. O'Neal drew Engel, who'd gotten by Morra by the same score, 7-3. Engel advanced to the quarterfinals with a double hill win over O'Neal, and was joined in those quarterfinals by Nevel, who finished Apollos' day 7-3. Nevel then defeated Engel 7-3 to pick up Van Boening in the semifinal match. Van Boening gave up only two racks in the semifinal match to earn a double elimination finals rematch against Moore. He then gave up only a single rack in the opening set of those finals. Moore reached the hill first, ahead by three in the second set, but Van Boening came back to knot things at double hill and then, drop the last 10-ball to secure the event victory. Rebecca Wagner won the $1,000-added Women's Division 10-Ball Tournament, which drew 24 entrants. She got by Beth Fondell twice to do it; once in the hot seat match and again, in the finals. Wagner had sentMelinda Bailey west 5-1 to get into the hot seat match, as Fondell was busy surviving a double hill match against Cindy Sliva. Wagner then shut Fondell out in the hot seat match. Fondell moved over to the semifinals for a rematch against Sliva, who'd hung on to defeat Melinda Bailey in a double hill quarterfinal match. Fondell earned the rematch versus Wagner with a double hill victory in the semifinals. Fondell put up a better fight in her second match against Wagner, but Wagner prevailed 5-3 to win the women's title. BY SKIP MALONEY - AZBILLIARDS.COM STAFF
Wins 10-Ball Championship
WOMENâ€™S 10-BALL (24 entries) RACE TO 5 1st $850 Rebecca Wagner 2nd $475 Beth Fondell 3rd $300 Cindy Sliva 4th $175 Melinda Bailey 5th $125 Susan Williams, Stacy Allsup 7th $75 Nicole Hellmer, Kimberly Broughton Rebecca Wagner & Shane Van Boening Photos courtesy of: Bob Beaulieu http://www.worldppa.com/pics.html
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2012 U S Bar Table
BY GREG KOCH - CSI STAFF The 19th annual US Bar Table Championships are in full swing at the new location in the spacious Grand Sierra Hotel & Casino located in Reno, Nevada. The new location provides a substantial amount of additional space for this annual event and will easily accommodate anticipated future growth. The new location has been well received by everyone involved, including the players, vendors and the tournament directors. Additionally, the Grand Sierra has provided super low room rates for everyone, making it more affordable to come and play in all the events and providing a more enjoyable overall experience. CSI is very excited with these new changes and is looking forward to making this event better and better every year. The USTBC runs from February 13th thru February 20th. This year the event had 128 entries in the Men’s Open 9 ball and 28 entries in the Women’s 9 Ball. CSI has added over $25,000 to the prize fund, resulting in over $70,000 being handed out to the players in total prize money. There is also a All Around Bonus of $4,250 that was added for the top points leaders in the 3 divisions. Stan Tourangeau went undefeated in the 9 ball division to take 1st place and $4700. Stan sent Shane Van Boening to the losers bracket on the TAR TV table in a hill-hill match. Shane locked Stan up on the 4 ball and forced Stan to go up and down the table to hit the 4 ball near the end rail. Stan made a good hit and left Shane few options on a tough cut shot on the 4 near the rail. Shane had to put a little inside on it, due to him being blocked from a clean hit on it. Shane missed and left Stan an easy out from there. Stan had to jump into the fire with Oscar Dominguez, who is having a very good year, in the hot seat match. Stan didn’t have as much trouble with Oscar, winning 9-5. Stan was then able to take a break and wait for the others to battle it out to see who would have to beat him twice. Glenn Atwell knocked Shane Van Boening out and then knocked out Jesse Engle. That left Oscar Dominguez and Glenn to battle it out to see who would get a shot at Stan and the Championship. Glenn sent Oscar packing with a 9-7 victory and then geared up for a battle with Stan that would require him to win 2 sets. Stan jumped out to a lead but Glenn would catch up and they would trade games near the end of the set. Stan had made a 9 ball on the break earlier in the set, which would spur Glenn to start checking out Stan’s rack, even though they were using the Magic Rack. Stan got to the hill first at 8-7, then Glenn won the next game. Just as in the 10 ball, the finals were determined by someone needing to win 2 sets and both divisions went
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Stan Tourangeau hill-hill in the first set, with the victor being the one that only needed one set. It was Stan’s break and Glenn inspected the rack and nodded ok, they shook hands, then Stan proceeded to make the 9 ball on the break. Congratulations to Stan Tourangeau on his 1st place finish, and Glenn on his 2nd place finish. Stan picked up $4700 for 1st and Glenn pocketed $3150 for 2nd. In the Women’s 9 Ball division, Rebecca Wagner once again won the hot seat match. Melissa Little, after being knocked to the losers bracket in the 3rd round, would plow her way to the finals. Melissa would need to beat Rebecca twice and started off by winning the 1st set. Rebecca picked up her game though, and finished off Melissa to win her 2nd Division title. Congratulatons to Rebecca on her strong showing and Melissa for grinding out the long road to the finals from the losers bracket. Rebecca picked up $825 for 1st and Melissa pocketed $500 for 2nd. The 8 ball is in full swing Saturday, with both the Men’s and Women’s division, and also a WorldPPA 9 Ball tournament being ran alongside it. They will battle all day with the Men’s final scheduled for Sunday at 7:00 pm Pacific and the women’s at 3:30 Pacific. TAR is providing daily live streaming, thanks to the fine folks at OB Cues, along with Kamui Tips and AZBiliards. Brackets can be found at the CTS (Cuesports Tournament System) website, located at www.ctsondemand.com . Thanks also to Bad Boys Productions for running this fantastic Tournament.
U. S. BAR TABLE 9-BALL RESULTS Men’s Division (128 entries) Race to 9 1st $4,700 Stan Tourangeau 2nd $3,150 Glenn Atwell 3rd $2,000 Oscar Dominguez 4th $1,250 Jesse Engle 5/6 $800 Shane Van Boening, Mitch Ellerman 7/8 $550 Rodney Morris, Mike Hellmer
Women’s Division (28 entries) Race to 7 1st $825 Rebecca Wagner 2nd $500 Melissa Little 3rd $350 Andrea Wilson 4th $225 Beth Fondell 5/6 $150 Kimberly Broughton, Shawn Modelo 7/8 $100 Stacy Allsup, Melinda Bailey Photos courtesy of: Bob Beaulieu http://www.worldppa.com/pics.html
, Beckley, Allsup Wins
Bill Stock with Jeff Beckley 8-Ball at the 19th US Bar Table Championships
The inaugural year at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, CSI’s 19th Annual US Bar Table Championships concluded Sunday, with Jeff Beckley going undefeated in the 8-Ball Division. It was a week of championship caliber pool, with outstanding performances in all six divisions: both Open and Women’s 10-Ball, 9-Ball and 8-Ball and with a record 502 entries. The 8-Ball Division kicked off on Friday, with 189 entries in the Men’s Division and 46 entries in the Women’s Division. All tables were in play, as there were three tournaments being contested simultaneously, the Men’s and Women’s USTBC 8-Ball, and a WorldPPA handicapped 9-Ball Tournament. Jeff Beckley, who hails from Indiana, had an impressive tournament run. Jeff finished undefeated and notched wins over notable players such as Jose Parica, Larry Nevel, Francisco Bustamante and Robb Saez. His win/loss totals were an impressive 45-18. Jeff started out the final day, with a hotseat match with Francisco Bustamante. Jeff played solid and capitalized on a few uncharacteristic mistakes from Francisco. Francisco was a favorite going in, as he had a very impressive run on Saturday. Jeff sent Francisco to the loser’s bracket with a 5-3 win and then went back to his room to relax until his 7:00 match. Meanwhile, Robb Saez was all business on Sunday. His eyes were set on Jeff Beckley, but he would have to beat a host of champions to get there. Robb started off by knocking out Rodney Morris 5-2, and then sent Larry Nevel packing with a 5-0 win. Next up for Robb was Oscar Dominguez, who was having a great tournament himself. Oscar was sent to the loser’s side late Saturday night by Francisco Bustamante, in a match where Oscar would get only two shots. Francisco broke and ran the first game. When Oscar broke the next game, the cue ball got kicked in and Francisco ran out. Then, Francisco broke and ran out. When Oscar broke the next game, the cue ball was kicked in again, and Francisco ran out. Francisco then broke and ran the final game, for a 5-0 win. In all, Oscar had only two shots in the match, both break shots. Oscar would give Robb all he could handle though on Sunday, and they went hill-hill with Robb needing to bank his last solid cross side and draw his cueball into the 8-ball, which was tied up on another ball. It was a do or die shot, where any part of the shot going wrong would result in an easy out and a win for Oscar. Undaunted, Robb drilled the bank and drew softly into the 8-ball, freeing it up for an easy shot to win the set. Up next for Robb, was Francisco Bustamante. Robb had everything rolling for him though at this point, and great play and a few rolls allowed him to move on to the finals with a 5-4 victory over “Django.” The finals got underway at 7:00 pm with Robb Saez needing to beat Jeff Beckley twice. Up until this point, it seemed destiny was on Robb’s side, but Jeff was not going to be denied. First Jeff got an early lead at 3-0, and then Robb crept back with a couple of games. Jeff got to the hill first, and had a few opportunities to close out the match, but couldn’t cash in on them. Jeff would need to keep his composure and put his missed opportunities behind him,
Stacy Allsup if he wanted to end this in one set. Jeff would keep it together, and with a straight in 8-ball down the rail, he won his first USBTC 8-Ball Title. Congratulations to Jeff Beckley with his 1st place finish and Robb Saez for finishing 2nd. Francisco Bustamante finished 3rd and Oscar Dominguez came in 4th. First paid $5700, 2nd paid $3300, 3rd paid $2000 and 4th paid 1200. On the Women’s side, Stacy Allsup went undefeated and matched up with Melissa Little in the finals. Melissa would need to beat Stacy two sets to come out on top, but fell short, losing the first set 4-2. Congratulations to Stacy Allsup on her 1st place finish pocketing $875 and Melissa Little on her 2nd place finish and a $550 prize. In the All Around Bonus, there was a three way tie for 1st place, between Shane Van Boening, Glenn Atwell and Jeff Beckley. They split $3500 in added Bonus money provided by CSI. On the Women’s side, Rebecca Wagner took home an additional $500 for 1st place and Stacy Allsup took home $250. CSI would like to thank the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for providing a perfect venue for the USBTC Championship. Thanks to Ric, Bonnie and Ken Jones with Bad Boys Billiard Productions for all they do in setting up and running this great event. Bad Boys would like to thank Bret Baker and Janet Okomoto for volunteering their time to assist them. CSI would like to thank Bill Stock for assisting Bad Boys on the Tournament Directors staff and the long hours he’s had this year at DCC, Swanee and USBTC. CSI would like to recognize Justin Collett and TAR for providing daily live streaming of the event with the high quality production we all have come to expect from them. TAR would like to thank OB Cues for sponsoring the live streaming and Kamui Tips and AZBilliards for their additional support. Additionally, a special thanks to Ken Shuman for his professional commentating all week on the live stream. Special thanks to Andy Chen & Greg Koch (“CaliRed”) for their long hours running cameras for the live stream. Most of all, CSI would like to thank the players, the fans, and the pool community for making this event a success. CSI would especially like to thank their own CSI family at the home office, who put in all the hard work behind the scenes that are required to put together these large tournaments. On behalf of Mark Griffin and the entire CSI Staff, thanks to all of you for another successful and entertaining event. MEN’S 8-BALL DIVISION - 189 entries 1st $5700 Jeff Beckley 2nd $3300 Robb Saez 3rd $2000 Francisco Bustamante 4th $1300 Oscar Dominguez 5/6 $900 Larry Nevel, Louis Altes 7/8 $650 Rodney Morris, Brian Butler
WOMEN’S 8-BALL DIVISION - 46 enries 1st $875 Stacy Allsup 2nd $550 Melissa Little 3rd $425 Patty West 4th $300 Nicole Keeney 5/6 $200 Andrea Saez-Maes, Mary Ann Starkey 7/8 $125 Susan Williams, Mia Schieck
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In Season Opener
BY SKIP MALONEY AZBILLIARDS.COM STAFF Jeannie Seaver dominated the season-opening stop of the Bay Area Amateur Tour on Saturday, February 11, winning, on average, four out of every five games she played and going (almost needless to say) undefeated to capture the event title. Seaver's 46-game journey took her past 2011's tour championKelly Cavanaugh twice. The $300-added event drew 18 entrants to a new venue for the BAAT Tour - Cue-Phoria, in Casselberry, FL. Seaver and Cavanaugh met first among the winners' side final four, as tour newcomer, Echo Pinkley, was squaring off against Jessica Barnes. Seaver gave up two of her (total tournament) nine racks in a 6-2 victory that sent Cavanaugh west, as Pinkley downed Barnes 5-4 (Barnes needing to reach six games). Seaver then gave up only a single rack in the match that sent Pinkley to the semifinals, and left her sitting in the hot seat.
Kelly Cavanaugh and Jeannie Seaver
Cavanaugh moved over and won three straight double hill matches that propelled her into a rematch against Seaver in the finals. First up was Lisa McElroy, who'd been sent over by Pinkley, and then won two straight double hill matches, against Cassidy Mulligan and Alice Parnell. Barnes, in the meantime, drew Michelle Parker, who'd gotten by Chris Fields 3-3 (Fields needing six), and Marci Whitaker, double hill, to reach her. Cavanaugh survived a double hill match versus McElroy (5-2), and in the quarterfinals, faced Barnes, who'd shut out Parker. In a straight-up race to four, Cavanaugh left Barnes in fourth
place with a double hill win, and moved on to face Pinkley. With Pinkley needing to win one less game (5-4), Cavanaugh left Pinkley in third place, double hill, to earn a second chance at Seaver. For nought, however, as Seaver gave up only two racks in the final for a 6-2 win that concluded her undefeated day.
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ROBLES COMES FROM THE LOSS-SIDE TO CAPTURE WIN Sent to the loss side from among the winners' side final eight, Tony Robles battled back through five matches to defeat Frankie Hernandez in the finals of the Open/Pro event of the Predator Tour stop on the weekend of February 11-12. The $500-added Open/Pro event drew 15 entrants to The Cue Bar in Bayside, NY.
Once he'd sent Robles west with an 8-6 victory, Geovani Hosang moved among the winners' side final four to face Coco Davladze. Hernandez, in the meantime, squared off against Jennifer Baretta. Hosang downed Davladze 8-6 and in the battle for the hot seat, faced Hernandez, who'd defeated Baretta 8-5. Hernandez got into the hot seat with an 8-3 victory over Hosang and waited for the return of "The Silent Assassin." Said 'assassin' got to work on the loss side with a 7-3 victory over Oscar Bonilla and then defeated Jorge Rodriguez 7-4 to pick up Baretta. Davladze drew Juan Guzman, who'd defeated Alex Borukhovich 7-2 andMhet Vergara, double hill, to reach him. Robles downed Baretta 7-5, and was joined in the quarterfinals by Guzman, who'd survived a double hill match against Davladze. Robles gave up only a single rack to Guzman in those quarterfinals, earning himself a re-match against the man
who'd sent him west earlier, Hosang. Robles gave up only three racks in a 7-3 semifinal victory that gave him a shot versus Hernandez. Had Hernandez reached seven games first, it would have been over, but it was Robles hitting that mark, and extending the race to nine games. They battled, eventually, to double hill before Robles prevailed to capture his own event title. As tour representative, Robles thanked Sam An and the staff at the Cue Bar for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 racks, Poison Cues, PoolOnTheNet.com, and NYCGrind.
PHOTOS: (Top) : ABCD Winners: Junior Sanchez (2nd), Brian Russell (1st), Matthew Harricharan (3rd) (Below): Open/Pro Winners: Juan Guzman (4th), Geovani Hosang (3rd), Frankie Hernandez (2nd), Tony Robles (1st)
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#12 Lucky Plays the Pescado Grande
We did make it out of Vegas safely, and back to Lucky’s ranch. Lucky checked in with his doctor, who said he was in remarkably good shape, under the circumstances. On our way to California we hit several spots. Lucky was saddened that some of his favorite pool halls were gone but that didn’t stop us. We made it to Hardtimes in Bellflower CA. Kind of a legend of a place we were hanging out for a couple of days. Playing easy and light action. We were wining mostly and laying down some. After setting himself up as a B player with a witty demeanor, Lucky was playing a little pool with a Canadian gal, cheap while he waited for one of the big fish to appear. It’s almost two in the morning. I’ve been scribbling my notes, recounting the past day of some pretty strange up and down action on Lucky’s part. When The FISH walked in. He noticed Lucky right away. That was likely because some of the locals told him about Lucky. I think this is going to be the big one. Lucky has said nothing for the past 15 minutes. He finished playing the girl and was sitting at the bleachers looking glassy eyed out over the pool tables down below. We both journeyed in the silence, staring at the tables like they were shrines. But, to the business at hand -- Lucky has to make money here. He knows the guy he will play is fully backed and will play for a good chunk of dough. Lucky got up and walked through the place, jostled by the small crowds at each table even at this late hour, I ask Lucky how he feels. “Just got some pool to play,” he says. He usually says something witty. Things are different. As we approached the group Lucky was accosted immediately by a tobacco stench person, maybe a bodyguard backup type guy, who obviously smoked. Lucky looked past him to this fancy player. He was dressed to the max! The suit jacket, slacks and shoes he was wearing were likely over thousand dollars. He had a babe on his arm. Lucky asked him to play one pocket. No lets play nine ball, he said. Lucky got a match in a few minutes with a guy from Mexico. Time to go I thought. I put away my journal and we head for the table they were going to play on. I suggest to Lucky that he warm up a bit. He says he doesn’t need to. Then he changes his mind and tosses a few balls out on the table, saying need to warm up for this guy so everyone could hear. Lucky asked me if he was dressed nice or should he go get some nice shoes on. And should he go find a date!! “I’m relieved to see he still has his sense of humor and am reassured that he’s probably feeling ok. While Lucky strokes the balls around, I see an entourage of a half dozen people followed the Pescado Grande around the room. He briskly walks right over to Lucky and says, “Ready, amigo?” Lucky says, “Well, I got to hit a couple more balls first.” Lucky never does that I thought. He always plays cold. Why is this different, I wonder? A few minutes pass while Lucky pulls up the rest of the balls and strokes them in, and the other guy screws his cues together. The Babe, who’s with this Mexican sets a couple of plastic bottles of cold water by his chair. I notice that another guy is side betting with the crowd. The same guy who backed the Canadian gal earlier. I can’t understand Spanish, but I think I know pretty much what he’s saying as he gesticulates toward Lucky, speaking rapidly and laughing, and I hear something about “loco hombre” or something. Lucky tells me to go side bet with that guy which I did for $20 a game. I should have done more but Lucky said only $20. Presently, Lucky says, “Ok, let’s lag.” “How much do you want to lose?” says the Mexican, grinning through his mustache. Lucky gives him a look and says, “Whatever you want to lose, amigo.” Pescado Grande, probably thinking this is his opportunity to bet high, says, “Five hundred a game.” Lucky raises his bushy eyebrows and says, “Is that it? Don’t you want to freeze up twenty grand?” Pescado Grande consults with his backer. They must be thinking this is the easiest money ever. I can see them chortling. He turns back to Lucky, who is busy blowing his nose into his hankerchief and says, “Ok, we will play for a grand a game -- ten games ahead. “Ok. He holds the money.” Lucky is pointing to me. They finally agreed. Lucky pulls out a huge stack of one hundred dollar bills from inside his jacket, and hands it to me, and the guy’s backer hands me another stack. Holy cow. I’m highly nervous about holding $20,000. I’ve had that much money in my hands before. I count it all out in front of everybody. “Hope I don’t get mugged,” I laugh nervously to Lucky. He says not to worry, he did his homework on these folks -- it’s fine. NO!, in this place they are too known. So I get it all stuffed into my shirt and jacket pockets and zip up my jacket and sit back down with my arms folded tightly together, just hoping I don’t have to use the bathroom. Pescado Grande wins the lag. Lucky racks and sits down. Grande runs three games just like that. I’ am paying off the side bet every game which is a pain but a safe way to go since iI didn’t know him. His crowd is babbling and laughing all over the place, and though I can’t understand them, it is clear they are happy. On the fourth game, however, Pescado misses a shot and Lucky steps up to the table, saying, “I thought I might never get a shot.”
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BY: ANDREW MONSTIS
Pescado Grande slaps him on the back, and laughing, says, “You are not supposed to get a shot, hombre!” Lucky glances at me. I know what he is thinking, but what he says is, “I am an old man! Do you think that I am going to win any money from you?” Pescado Grande says, “No, amigo, I do not!” and everyone laughs. It takes Lucky few games to get even. Nothing spectacular from either player -- they each play just well enough to win. When they are even, the old man Lucky, who in this moment does look old to me, says to Pescado Grande, “This can’t be all you’ve got! If it is you are going to lose!” Thinking that Lucky is funny they all laugh at Lucky and slap him some more on the back, and keep on chattering, loud enough to be distracting to some... Lucky is now breaking. He breaks and makes the nine, breaks and runs, breaks and makes the nine, breaks and rides, breaks and runs, breaks and makes the nine, breaks and makes the nine, breaks and runs, breaks and rides, breaks and runs. I am enjoying having this guy I am side betting with come over and pay me so fast, but he’s stating to give me the look. Lucky looks at Pescado Grande and his entourage, grins, and says, “Almost halfway there!” No laughter this time. No chattering now. No merriment. Lucky has the Mexican in the CHAIR. I feel like I am in the chair, too. I can feel the pressure, the Mexican having to get up every few minutes to rack the next game and still not get to shoot as minute after long minute stretches into the wee hours. The watching crowd all looks puzzled, floored, speechless… a look I can’t justly describe. Finally, Lucky sets his cue next to his chair for a stretch, and pulls out a new cinnamon stick to chew on. “I’m getting tired,” he says to me. “I need to get this over with.” Lucky waits for Pescado to rack, gets up and runs another, then a couple more. Pescado won a game or two in this stretch but Lucky is at 8 ahead. It’s only been about 90 minutes. A little disagreement on the rack ensued. The worn felt made it difficult. Pescado brought out a Magic Rack. This was interesting to Lucky a great idea he thought to get the balls to rack near perfect. Foreign to Lucky he said no at this time. If we play, freeze up some more then I say yes. Lucky finished the last two games. Side better paid me on the last game. I handed the money to Lucky. Lets do it again he said. Lucky got out a new cinnamon stick. Money re-upped. My side bet guy came up to me and wanted to jack the bet to $50 a game, pay after every game. Lucky gave me the nod to go ahead. Lucky won the lag. Here is the Magic Rack Pescado said. Lucky said OK. The games went back and forth basically were no one ran more then 4 racks at anytime. Lucky two games behind looked puzzled Lucky noticed that it was easier to make extra balls with this rack. He was accustomed to knowing where all the balls go on his break with all his different break speeds and break spots. Knowing Lucky, he was playing position off break for the three ball from the position in the rack. The one and two went down, but the three went go too. His methodical break strategies were out the window. He would have to learn how this rack makes the extra balls that he didn’t expect to go in and adjust for it. It could cause a problem for him if he doesn’t figure out the magic rack break soon. It was 6am. The game score was even. Lucky was up late, unusual for him, who likes his beauty sleep. We had been up all day, I know Lucky was tired I certainly was. Lucky looking ragged said do you want to come back tomorrow to play some more. Pescado Grande says I might be in the Bahamas tomorrow. I want to play now. You know that he probably just woke up just before he came to the pool hall so he was fresh and ready to play. Being around Lucky so much I can see Lucky slipping some in this match. I am also getting tired of running the side bet money after each game too. It was 9am. I could barely keep my eyes open. If it wasn’t for the back and forth side bet pay off and if I wasn’t carrying all this money. I’d sleep. The late night makes you think about a lot of things. I was wondering about having Thanksgiving at home with my wife and friends even how I’d cook the Turkey and what side dishes to have. I hoped my cat was doing ok, I know we were talking about introducing a new cat to our house and whether my cat would accept a new cat in her space. Lucky started to talk maybe to keep me awake or even himself awake. I know the sun was out. He brought up his old friend Jimmy Caras. He was remembering his old friend who had had a passed away a few ago. Started to tell a story where Caras was playing for days…. What an encouraging conversation I thought…and he looked at me with that half joking stare. I smiled back. Lucky said “I think I figured out this rack”. The Score even again Lucky broke made nothing, “I must be getting tired” “I was going to make four balls on the break and run out”. he said, instead Pescado Grande ran out. I got a snack for Lucky thinking this would help him. I went over to the counter everyone was watching me. You know they were nervous that I might bolt out of the place. I came back Lucky had won that game. I told the guy that we should just pay on the end of 5 ahead. I got in a small conversation with the Canadian Girl. She was interesting and from Kamloops. All of a sudden the guy interrupts us and pays me $250 five games ahead. I felt I must have not paid attention. Lucky got there so fast. Looked over to him he had a second wind………..
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MARTINO WINS Boynton Beach, FL (Feb. 11, 2012) –Nicolle Martino of Stuart, Florida, won her first tournament at the Flamingo Billiards Tour 8-Ball/9-Ball Mini-Tour handicapped event on Saturday at Slate Billiards in Boynton Beach, Florida. This event featured a new format. Martino and the other players competed for a slot on the four-person, single elimination bracket. The four spots were filled from three single elimination brackets. Martino made it to the final four by winning the first bracket. Nicolle had to fight through Debbie Barkley, Christie Cloke and Marge Soash to make it to the finals. Sue Roberts filled the second spot of the final four, winning the second bracket by defeating newcomer Jennie Samuels, Christie Cloke and Janis Sessions. Robin Boggs and newcomer Caress Ketcham took the final two of four spots, with Boggs defeating newcomer Sally Quilty and then going to the hill with Cloke. Ketcham won over Soash and Samuels. The final four pitted Martino against Ketcham and Roberts against Boggs. Martino and Boggs, both playing strong all day, made it to the finals with Martino eventually winning the match. Many thanks to Mike Bradford and Joe Sistarelli, owners of Slate Billiards for their support of the Flamingo Billiards Mini Tour. The Flamingo Billiards Tour is a WPBA-recognized Regional Tour, a stepping stone to the WPBA. The FBT Mini-Tour gives local women amateur players the opportunity to compete against the stronger FBT players, and a chance to win a free entry into a FBT event.
Attention Players: Behind The Rock Tour is taking the pool scene by storm. This tournament tour is designed for any caliber of players from intermediate level to pros. We play nationwide from local pool rooms with 6 divisions based on player ability. Players compete and get paid weekly. The three lower divisions are played with a true 90% handicapping system which means it’s not necessarily the best player that wins each week, but the players that score the most over their average each week in their division. How do we do it? We’ve integrated two components into the pool world: The Ghost and the internet. A new tournament starts every Sunday. Each qualified room plays their event on their time schedule anytime during the week. This individual completion plays a game called 211, otherwise known as 10 ball vs. the Ghost. Players break, take ball-in-hand and run balls in rotation until they miss, foul or run-out. Once a player has done one of these three things, that game is over. Players play 11 games against the Ghost for a complete match, a final score and stats for their match. All the players’ matches are uploaded to our website every Saturday night at midnight when we close the tournament. Every Sunday morning we calculate winners and payouts go out every Monday. You will see the results immediately after calculations are done Sunday by noon PST. You’ll see how you placed, money earned, your stats, and other players’ rankings all by going to the website at www.BehindTheRockTour.com. Each division pays the top third of the field. Payouts are based on the participation of players in a division each week. It doesn’t get much better than this. No more bad rolls, no more safeties, it’s all offense and based on what you do at the table in each match. Come find out how you stack up against players of your own skill level. Qualified Rooms Currently Playing Butera Billiards, Moorpark CA Hawley’s Billiards, Dallas TX Classic Billiards, Portland OR Malarkey’s Pool & Brew, Tacoma WA Cues Billiards, Marietta GA Marietta Billiard Club, Marietta GA Diamond Billiards, Richmond VA Southern Billiards & Burgers, GA Fast Eddies’, San Angelo TX Spokane Valley Senior Citizens, WA Golden Fleece, Kenmore WA Triple Nine Bar & Billiards, MD March 30-April 1 we will be playing our Tri-Annual event where each room plays simultaneously in one tournament. This is crazy wild. You heard it right. Compete from your local pool room in a national tournament at the same time. Players have to play 11 matches in this trimester to qualify. Get ready for the next Tri-Annual event by finding a qualified room (or get your favorite room qualified), play your matches and learn where you stand in the world of pool. Tour rankings, no matter what skill level, tell where players stand in the big picture of the pool world. If you’re near a room that isn’t currently playing contact us and we’ll help you get them on board. If you’re interested in participating in the tour as an Event Coordinator call us at 253-226-3594. Visit the website and you’ll find players rankings, stats, tournament results and more information. Visit www.BehindtheRockTour.com today and start playing. Don’t be scared of the Ghost.
RESULTS: 1st $45 Nicolle Martino and paid entry into the Flamingo Billiards Regional Tour 2nd
Robin Boggs Caress Ketcham, Sue Roberts
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