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Vergara wins Master Billiards' OPEN 9-Ball

Wilkie Owns the Day at Q-Ball Mezz Pro-Am Tour made its way to Q-Ball Billiards in Vineland NJ on Sunday March 14, 2010. A Strong field came out to play, players like Shaun Wilkie, Matt Krah,Adam Kielar, Joey Testa, Eddie Abraham, Victor Nau, Denise Reeve, to name a few. Leading the top half of the bracket was Matt Krah with wins over Bob Giandomenico 7-2, Matt Douglas 7-5 Jose Burgos 7-0, and Eddie Tiabi 7-6. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Shaun Wilkie with wins over Jay Paranich 7-4, Nicholas Jankowski 7-2, Victor Nau 7-5 and Bruce Nagle 7-1. Playing for the hot seat was Matt Krah VS Shaun Wilkie this was a great match with Shaun Wilkie pulling away late in the match to win 7-4 sending Krah to the one lose side. Waiting for Matt Krah on the one lost side was Joey Testa this was also a good match but when it was all said and done it was Matt Krah walking away with the victory 7-5 to get to the finals. In the finals it was Matt Krah VS Shaun Wilkie, Krah has to beat Wilkie twice to win the event. But the day belonged to Shaun Wilkie Winning the first set 7-4 to win the event. I would like to thank the players came out to play and all the sponsors.

Left to Right 3rd Tony Eglesias, 1st - Mhet Vergara; 2nd - Mike Wong.

Mhet Vergara wins Master Billiards' OPEN 9 Ball Ti-State Tour event. In route to his victory, Mhet blazed a trail defeating: Christopher Lazarovitch 9 - 7; Ed Culhane 9 - 2; Jorge Rodriquez 9 - 3; Trevor Heal 9- 5 and Tony Eglesias 9 - 8 for the Hot Seat; In the Double Set Final, Mike Wong snatched the first set 9 - 8. Setting the stage for an exciting finally as both players traded the lead, each fighting for the win. (See highlights of match for details). Congratulations to Mhet Vergara on his victory and Mike Wong for his strongest finshish in an Open with a 7 - 2 win/ loss record. Special notice Also deserving notice is Tony Eglesias placing third against tough competition in an OPEN. Please provide a thank you to OnTheBreakNews for their support of the sport, and Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards and Ronn Tarr for their sponsorship leading to this event.

1st - $685 2nd - $345 3rd - $220 4th - $140

Mhet Vergara Mike Wong Tony Eglesias Gary Murgia

Winner Shaun Wilkie, 2nd place Matt Krah, 3rd place Joey Testa, and owner Jose Garcia

RESULTS: 1st $950 2nd $530 3rd $325 4th $180 5th/6th $120 7th/8th $50 9th $50

Shaun Wilkie Matt krah Joey Testa Adam Kielar Bruce Nagle, Eddie Tiabi Matt Douglas, Bob Giandomenico Jose Burgos, Gene Gatti

ATLANTA BILLIARD SHOW Whether you are a professional or an amateur player, spectator or buyer, the Atlanta Billiard Show has something for you. This event will be held at the beautiful Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The fun begins on Thursday, September 30, 2010 when pro’s team up with amateurs in a charity event to kick off the weekend. Tournaments begin the following day on Thursday, October 1st and continue through Sunday October 3rd. The events promoter Dawn Hopkins has years of experience successfully co-producing one of the largest retail billiard events in the world, the Super Billiards Expo in Pennsylvania. Dawn is ready to bring the action south! To find out more about this event, you can go to www.atlantabilliardshow. com, where you can register to play in an event, purchase tickets to watch the pros, get directions to the event, etc. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Hopkins Productions at 609-226-0646 or email info@ • WPBA Satellite event – The Women’s Pro Billiard Tour has included this on their schedule. Come and meet these ESPN stars in person! • Artistic Pool Championship – Also seen on ESPN, top trick shot artists will dazzle you with their shots while competing for the title. • Open Amateur - limited to 256 players, $3,000.00 guaranteed first place. continued on page 11

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NO SLEEP, NO PROBLEM Margie Soash wins double-hill test of endurance

Fort Pierce, Fla. (March to a true test of focus and 6, 2010) -- Two things are endurance. After Margie generally true about pool took Game 1, Stephanie hall owners: they shoot a went on a 5-game streak pretty mean stick, and they before jawing the 9-ball in rarely get up at sunrise. Game 7. Such was the case for Game 8, a 10-inning two hard-working room game, went to Margie, but owners, each playing with Stephanie stormed back only two hours of sleep, by running 7 balls to take who squared off in the finals Game 9. With Stephanie of the Flamingo Billiards now on the hill, the Tour stop on March 6th at match returned to tactical Ultimate Billiards in Fort positioning and safety Pierce, Fla. Margie Soash play. Margie took the of Hollywood Billiards in next two games (including Hollywood, Fla. outlasted another 10-inning slugfest) Stephanie Mitchell, owner and suddenly the long day of The Corner Pocket in was down to one doubleLargo, Fla., after a long, hill game. safety-dominated slugfest. Game 12 started with From left, Jeannie Seaver (3rd/4th Place), Margie Soash (1st Place), It was the first Flamingo an ugly table and brought Stephanie Mitchell (2nd Place), Jessica Barnes (3rd/4th Place) Billiards Tour event for out every shot in the book Margie and five other new -- combo, carom, masse, Parker, the 1990 WPBA U.S. Open champ members, all of whom made a big impression corner hook, kick and safe -- but it ended who has returned in excellent form after a at the tour's 2010 kick-off event. Margie with the dreaded rattle. After making a long hiatus. Stephanie then caught a bye went undefeated for the day, after squeaking tough 8-ball, Stephanie jawed a long 9 in (and a 10-minute nap) before blanking Kelly by Mimi McAndrews (7-6) and Christie Cloke the corner, leaving Margie the game and the Cavanaugh (7-0). (7-5). match. After the modified double-elimination But, Stephanie started the day with a Special thanks to Bill Mallen, JoAnn redraw, Stephanie avenged her early loss to loss (7-3)to new member JoAnn Mason Mallen and Gary Gilsinan of Ultimate JoAnn (7-4), Jessica Barnes defeated Kim Billiards ( for Caso (7-2), Jeannie Seaver swept Helene their great equipment, food and hospitality, Caukin (7-0) and Margie went 7-5 against RESULTS: and to tour sponsors Ozone Billiards (www. Melissa Durkin, another impressive new ($250 added, modified double-elimination), Boynton Billiards (www. member. and Tweeten Fibre In the semi-finals, Jeannie Seaver fought 1st $350 Margie Soash ( for their valued support of back from a 6-2 deficit, but eventually lost to 2nd $230 Stephanie Mitchell the tour. Margie (7-5). Meanwhile, Stephanie ran the 3rd $100 Jessica Barnes The next Flamingo Billiards Tour stop is final table on Jessica for a 7-3 victory. 3rd $100 Jeannie Seaver April 10th at Corner Pocket Billiards (www. The first game of the finals was a 5th/8th $55 JoAnn Mason Parker in Orlando. precursor of things to come, with each Kim Caso Please check www.flamingobilliardstour. player getting 6 turns at the table. Smart, Helene Caukin com for all details and the complete tour tactical play, tight pockets and tired eyes led Melissa Durkin schedule. April 2010 - Stroke Magazine 5

Sometimes 3 Cushions Is Not the Best Choice! By Bill Smith “Mr3Cushion”, Old School

YES, THE GREAT game’s name is indeed three-cushion billiards, but that doesn’t mean that three-cushion shots are always the right shots. The objec¬tive of these position lessons is to simplify things, but there are many, many ways to accomplish that which don’t correspond to merely reducing the number of cushions you use. I con¬stantly see average players choose such shots, across the width of the table, in¬stead of correct four- or five-rail shots along the length. And often enough, the longer shots will afford greater op¬portunities to position object balls in high-percentage scoring zones (in the corners being the most favorable, with your second choice being along the side rails). When you play shots three rails across the width,

you must also be more accurate about which side of the second ball you score upon. It sounds like splitting hairs, but it’s absolutely mandatory for good position play. In addition, you’ll need a more delicate touch to control the first ball and speed of the cue ball. By contrast, playing shots over the length of the table lets you cut the first ball to a cor¬ner; or three rails around the table to a long-rail zone; or the other 3-rail object-ball route, short rail, long rail, short rail, to a zone; or to the short cushion and then down to a corner, in the manner of a straight-back bank in pool. Your position possibilities are far more numerous with this length-of-the-table concept. Now on to some examples, In Diagram 1, we see a shot which comes up often. Most players will drive the first ball to the short rail, and play the shot off the obvious three cushions. This technique figures to hit the red ball full and drive it away from the corner

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instead of into it for good posi-tion; once again, remember that ob¬ject balls are their biggest when near a corner. This shot is correctly played off four cushions (scoring off the end rail, as shown), over-cutting that first ball into the right-hand cor¬ner so it returns to the opposite side rail. The four-cushion execution demands a slightly better hit, but with the right technique specifically, two tips of 3 o’clock English and a short stroke it’s really not that difficult. Most importantly, it will yield a far better second shot, all three balls near that side rail. Diagram 2 shows you another shot which is often played, in effect, backwards. Many players will indeed choose a four-rail route, but the wrong one, sending the cue ball off the short rail and in behind the second ball. Again, this knocks the red away from the corner instead of into it. These players apparently feel the angle is more natural that way, and that’s fine if you need only one point to win the game... but it won’t get you that good second-shot position you’re looking for. The correct way to play this shot is off four cushions but short, as shown; your fourth rail should be that side rail, driving the

first ball in the route you see diagrammed and moving the second ball toward the corner. Shoot this striking the cue ball dead center; that will help shorten your angle. In Diagram 3, we have a shot which will be played three rails by some and five rails by most. Where they misplay the shot is in trying to drive the first ball off three cushions (rails A, B and C) and back to the long rail for posi¬tion; that only creates a kiss between the third and fourth cushions. Instead, bank that first ball softly cross-corner, as shown. There’s absolutely no

chance of a kiss that way; and you can see that if you score off five cushions, you’ll have a juicy second shot. Here you must play more precisely for tem¬po and speed of the cue ball and first ball; use moderate (one tip) English. Diagrams 4 and 5 show shots similar in concept and in practice; in each case, the ball upon which you’re trying to score is near the middle of the table. The correct method for shots like these is to land on that scoring ball softly, so it becomes the first ball for your next shot. (But you don’t want to try and drive the ball on which you score to the center of the table; that’s too far to send it, and will require you to over-hit the cue ball. shot. Don’t be con¬fused by these explanations; once you practice my recommendations at the table, their simplicity will be apparent to you.) Also, you’ll need to pay more attention to the first-ball speed if you want a good

next practice the shot of Diagram 4 by focusing on the route of that first ball: three rails into the corner, as you see. Use two tips of 3 o’clock English; your correct tem¬po and speed for the cue ball will come soon enough. (If you use sufficient speed to drive the first ball three rails, you should have automatically enough to score too.) In the shot in Diagram 5, you’re trying to bank that first ball softly cross-corner as a one-pocket player would; use extreme 3 o’clock English again, and add a short stroke to help retard the first ball’s progress. Note that the shots of both Diagrams 4 and 5 could be scored off three rails but, you’d be turning the first object ball loose to create multi¬ple kiss risks, and you’d have totally uncertain position in each case. These correct-shot ideas I’m sharing with you have been gleaned by playing and observing the top players in the world. Competitive pressure will make the average player overlook these position opportunities, and nervously hurry the shot. Don’t fall for that. Study these shots, look for similar concepts (they come up more often than you might suspect), and take your time. It’ll pay off handsomely.

Get it Straight with Straight Pool By Samm Diep, © March 2010

I have recently become completely obsessed with straight pool, aka 14.1 continuous or simply 14.1. This classic discipline was the game of choice for many of the old school legendary players. It was the game played in the 1961 movie, The Hustler, starring Jackie Gleason and Paul Newman. A player’s worth was measured by their high run and even then, the better player could still get shut out by steady ball-pocketing and patient safety play. These days, straight pool players seem to be a dying breed. Most recently, “Mr. 400” John Schmidt has made the game popular again. I’ve had the honor of watching him run 100+ balls in person on more than one occasion and it inspires me be a better player. Objective Straight pool is a call-pocket game. Balls may be pocketed in any pocket, in any order. One point is received for each ball pocketed. Players shoot until they miss, play a safety, or they reach their target match points. The 15th ball from each rack is left untouched on the table along with the cue ball. The remaining 14 balls are racked, leaving the head ball empty. The player continues to shoot attempting to pocket the 15th ball while breaking open the newly racked balls to continue their run. Most recently, I watched John run 204 balls at the 2010 SBE 14.1 Challenge organized by Steve & Heather Kurtz and Charlie Eames. The run was made on a 9’ Diamond pro-am with fresh cloth, fairly clean balls, in 80 degree greasy, humid heat. Spectators were gathered on both sides to watch. His run was not perfect. Several times he got out of line and was forced to shoot recovery shots to get back in the game. According to him, his run was not textbook but with

Photo Courtesy of Mike Fieldhammer,

strong shot-making and savvy position play at the end of each rack, he strung together 14 and a half racks. That’s true a testament to his tenacity. Benefits Since I began playing more straight pool, I have seen noticeable improvements in the following areas: • I pocket balls with better speed. There is an ‘ideal’ speed that comes along with the game. I learned very quickly that you don’t need to slam the balls. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. • My breakouts in 8-ball have been much more precise. Instead of just busting into a cluster, Samm Diep I’m much more confident in knowing which balls will go where. • I feel good about my combination shots. They come up fairly often in straight pool runs. • I’m reminded of the ‘every single shot matters’ mentality. In this day of alternate-breaks, we’re guaranteed to have another chance at the table. It can be easy to take a shot for granted here and there. In straight pool, one missed shot could cost you 25 or 50 balls, or even the match. If you do get another chance at the table, you need to warm up again from sitting so long. I’m fortunate enough to have the DSPA (Denver Straight Pool Association) league in my area which affords me the opportunity to share my love for the game with so many others. If you have a league near you, I would strongly recommend checking it out. In no way am I an expert in the game but I certainly appreciate it and all that it has done for me. I love straight pool so much because every single time I crack into the rack it’s a whole new game with original, sophisticated scenarios; a little nudge here, a little bump there. Even John gets surprised at times by the outcome of the stack. There are so many subtleties to this beautiful game. The challenges are endless. If you have never tried it, try it this week. If you haven’t played it in a while, set a new high-run goal and revisit the game. If you already play it, introduce it to someone new. Let’s keep the game alive!

HARRY PLATIS LIFETIME POOL IN ACTION AWARD Voting is now complete for this year's class of One Pocket & Bank Pool Hall of Fame inductees. Our 6th annual Hall of Fame dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, during the upcoming Derby City Classic, and advance reservations are now available. The One Pocket Hall of Fame is pleased to announce this year’s class of inductees in the categories of One Pocket, Bank Pool and Lifetime Pool in Action. This year we have two One Pocket inductees, the well travelled professional player, Jose Parica, and the outspoken legend of pool, the late Rudolf ‘Fats’ Wanderone, AKA ‘Minnesota Fats’. Our Banks inductee this year is the aptly named Glenn ‘Piggy Banks’ Rogers, from Chicago, Illinois. The One Pocket HOF is pleased to present this year’s Lifetime Pool in Action award to the legendary player, backer and aficionado of action, Seattle

Washington’s Harry Platis. Harry’s name has been synonymous with pool action for more than forty years. Even as he built a successful law career he has maintained an impressively competitive game and a willingness to mix it up with champions for big money, both as a player and a backer.

Jose Parica, known as the leader of the Philippine invasion, has long since adopted both the USA as his home, and One Pocket as his game. He is a former Derby City One Pocket champion, as well as a champion or runner up in seemingly dozens of other One Pocket tournaments from coast to coast. ‘Minnesota Fats’ of course, became the most recognized name in pool in the years after The Hustler, the movie, and the Johnston City tournaments provided him a spotlight that was tailor made for his natural bravado and hustler persona. While knowledgeable pool historians generally rank his game a notch below the top players, that still made him a very good One Pocket player in his prime. Even as his game declined and his fame spread, Fats never failed to talk up One Pocket as the true test for champions, and of course Fats could talk, so the world listened and learned about One Pocket. His name will forever be associated with the game and the One Pocket Hall of Fame is proud to welcome him. ‘Piggy Banks’ Rogers comes from a long tradition of Chicago banking greats, from Javanley ‘Youngblood’ Washington and ‘Cannonball’ Chapman, to ‘Bugs’ Rucker and Freddy 'The Beard' Bentivegna; the torch has been passed to another Chicago legend of Bank Pool. April 2010 - Stroke Magazine 7

17th Annual U.S. Bar Ta Van Boening and Little Rules and “The Pearl” Shows He Still Has It Photos by Justin Collett and Sunny Griffin

With 500 entries, $24,500 added and over $70,000 in total prize money, the 17th Annual U.S. Bar Table Championships (USBTC) came to a close in the late evening hours Sunday, February 28th after having its largest year ever. Held at the Terrible’s Sand Regency Casino Hotel in Reno, Nevada, this year saw a mix of the experienced and new, the return of “The Pearl” to the winner’s circle, a lady named Little who accomplished no small feat, and a slim kid from South Dakota raking in a tad over $13,000 in 7 days. Produced by CueSports International (CSI) with Bad Boys Billiard Productions, the 17th USBTC has become the definitive bar table event in the U.S. that is open to all players. The tournament features 3 open divisions; 10-ball, 9-ball and 8-ball. In 2010 CSI also added for the first time two separate women’s divisions; 9-ball and 8-ball. The weeklong event started with 115 players in the Open 10-Ball segment Monday, February 22. Cruising undefeated into the 10-Ball hot seat, “The South Dakota Kid” Shane Van Boening faced off in the 10-Ball finals against Jose Parica. Van Boening dominated the match from the first crack of the first rack beating Parica 7-1. While the 10-Ball division wrapped up, the first rounds of the Open and Women’s 9-Ball division started. There were 139 players in the Open 9-Ball division and 24 players in the Women’s 9-Ball division. On the open side, again the lightening hot Van Boening found himself in the finals but this time against German Professional Thorsten Hohmann who was playing in his first bar table event ever. This time the hot seat belonged to Hohmann who defeated Joe Gonzalez, Richard Cook, Arturo Hernandez, Tommy Tokoph, Jeff Heath, Sylver Ochoa, Scott Frost and initially tossed Van Boening to the one loss side 7-5. Once being bounced to the “L” side of the bracket, Van Boening took out Stevie Moore, Oscar Dominguez, Scott Frost and then not to be denied wrecked vengeance upon Hohmann double dipping in the finals to capture first place. In its first year, both women’s divisions drew tough fields including professional players Melissa Little, Tina Palowski, Susan Williams, Amanda Lambert, well known Master and Grand Master level players

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Noel Campos, Bonnie Plowman, Melinda Bailey and Sunny Griffin to name a few. However it was a story of déjà vu, as the final matches in both divisions pitted Palowski versus Little. Melissa Little, currently ranked 20th on the WPBA, was the queen of the hot seat for both divisions and Palowski was the queen of determination. However, Little was too strong defeating Palowski in the finals of both the 9-Ball (7-1) and 8-Ball (4-1). The Open 8-Ball division’s top 32 was a virtual who’s who in pool. The final board was chocked full of top young guns including, U.S. Mosconi Cup Team rookie Oscar Dominguez, Texan Sylver Ochoa, NCS 8-Ball Champion Brandon Shuff and phenom Brendan Crocket. However regardless of that firepower it was Hall of Fame member and legend Earl “The Pearl” Strickland who took 1st place. This is the first major U.S event “The Pearl” has won in a couple of years showing, at age 47, he still “has it”. CSI wishes to thank the following sponsors and supporters of the U.S. Bar Table Championships, The Terrible’s Sands Regency Casino Hotel (, Diamond Billiard Products (www., Simonis Cloth (, Aramith (, and The Action Report ( For brackets, payouts and match details visit the CueSports Tournament System website at . RESULTS / PAYOUTS: OPEN 10-BALL (115 ENTRANTS) 1st: $5,000 Shane Van Boening 2nd: $3,200 Jose Parica 3rd: $1,600 Glenn Atwell 4th: $1,000 Sal Butera 5th- 6th: $750 Thorsten Hohmann and Larry Wilson 7th – 8th: $500 Scott Frost and Brian Butler 9th – 12th: $300 Oscar Dominguez, Tommy D’Alfonso, Earl Strickland, Brendan Crockett

Table Championships Shane Van Boening

13th – 16th: $200 17th – 24th: $150 25th – 32nd: $125

Earl Strickland

King Kong Chavez, Scott Tollefson, Stevie Moore, Josh O’Neal Manuel Chau, Darren Appleton, Terry Osborne, Billy Lee Bailey, Gabe Apollos, Max Eberle, Dwayne, Bjornstad, Matt Clatterbuck Mark Haddad, Chris Melling, Ernesto Dominguez, Edwin Montal, PJ Massicotte, Stan Tourangeau, Rory Hendrickson, Tommy Tokoph

OPEN 9-BALL (139 ENTRANTS) 1st: $5,300 Shane Van Boening 2nd: $3,400 Thorsten Hohmann 3rd: $1,700 Scott Frost 4th: $1,100 Oscar Dominguez 5th- 6th: $750 Rob Phillips and Stevie Moore 7th – 8th: $500 Sylver Ochoa and Jose Parica 9th – 12th: $300 Chris Melling, Earl Strickland, Beau Runningen, Jaynard Orque 13th – 16th: $200 Tyler Edey, Tommy Tokoph, Maz Eberle, Dan Louie 17th – 24th: $150 Brendan Crockett, Brandon Shuff, Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, Justin Whitehead, Jeff Heath, Jonathan Pinegar, Glenn Atwell, Dan 25th – 32nd: $125 Jerry Matchin, Manuel Chau, Mike Kuchlin Jr., Scott Slemko, Matt Clatterbuck, Gabe Apollos, Edwin Montal, Don Wirtaman OPEN 8-BALL (184 ENTRANTS) 1st: $6,200 Earl Strickland ($6,200) 2nd: $3,800 Darren Appleton ($3,800) 3rd: $2,000 Scott Frost ($2,000) 4th: $1,100 Shane Van Boening ($1,100) 5th- 6th: $850 Chris MacDonald and Beau Runningen 7th – 8th: $600 Sylver Ochoa and Oscar Dominguez

9th – 12th: $400 13th – 16th: $275 17th – 24th: $200 25th – 32nd: $150

Melissa Little

Glenn Atwell, Tyler Edey, Chris Melling, Matt Clatterbuck Stevie Moore, Rylan Hartnett, Josh O’Neal, Thorsten Hohmann Stan Tourangeau, Gabe Apollos, Nicholas Kruger, Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant, Edwin Montal, Greg Harada Jr., Jonathan Pinegar, Derek Pogirski Thomas Giddens, Ernesto Dominguez, Joe Cannella Jr., Paul Juarez, Doug Whaley, Brendan Crockett, Mark Haddad, Don Wirtaman

ALL AROUND BONUS (MUST COMPETE IN OPEN 10, 9 AND 8-BALL): 1st: $2,000 Shane Van Boening 2nd: $1,000 Earl Strickland 3rd: $500 Scott Frost WOMEN’S 9-BALL (24 ENTRANTS) 1st: $1,000 Melissa Little 2nd: $675 Tina Pawloski 3rd: $400 Amanda Lambert 4th: $225 Bonnie Plowman 5th – 6th: $150 Sunny Griffin and Andrea Wilson 7th – 8th: $100 Kimberly Benson and Tara Vreeland WOMEN’S 8-BALL (38 ENTRANTS) 1st: $1,250 Melissa Little 2nd: $800 Tina Pawloski 3rd: $500 Heather Pulford 4th: $300 Sunny Griffin 5th – 6th: $175 Bonnie Plowman and Kimberly Benson 7th – 8th: $125 Julie Hunter and Noel Campos 9th – 12th: $100 Susan Williams, Karla Bagley-Tias, Leslie Bernardi, Andrea Wilson

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G uimond B attles B ack to W in I naugural E mpire S tate A mateur C hampionship Written by Jerry Tarantola, On March 6-7, 2010, Tony then the set would extend to Robles and the Predator Tour a 10-game race. This format staff & players helped make gave the winner's side player pool history in New York. This the advantage over the player season, the Predator 9-Ball from the one-loss side in the Tour has introduced a new dualfinals. Once Wu-Tang led 5-0, tournament structure, allowing Kevin caught a gear after amateurs to compete amongst taking advantage of a few themselves instead of alongside missed shots. the pros, unlike the first two In the 7th game, Wuseasons. Tang scratched on the 4-ball, This move helped created which proved costly. Kevin ran the first-ever amateur 9-ball title out, serving as a turning point in NY State, the Empire State in the set. Kevin was able to Russell (7-6), Albert Estevez (7-5), Niko Amateur Championships. The battle back, only trailing by Berdzenishvili, and Bob Schlott, before losing combination of having $2,500 added prize one game, 7-6, to then even the score 7-7 to Kevin Guimond (7-4). On the one-loss side, money, along with the ability to etch your after Wu-Tang scratched on the break. Kevin Duane was able to overcome the very hot Bob name in the history books, pushed the event continued to impress in getting back up to Schlott, who just came off of a huge (7-5) win to exceed everyone's expectations, with a full break and run out to win the final game and over favored Justin Muller, earning Wu-Tang a field of 128 players at Raxx Pool Room, Bar & defeat Wu-Tang 8-7. With the drop of the last shot in the finals. Grill in West Hempstead, NY. 9-ball, Kevin Guimond was able to claim the In the finals, the match up was between the Tony Robles announced that the event sold first-ever Empire State Amateur Championship strongest "A" and "C" players of the day. Kevin out at 12:15pm, and ultimately 20 players were title in a major comeback battle. Kevin is from Guimond went through the winner's bracket turned away. “I always knew that I would end Manchester, CT and his home room is World undefeated while "Wu-Tang" Duane Toney up with a 128 player field. It was just a question Championship Billiards, also in Manchester. was grinding through the one-loss side. An "A" of when. I sincerely thank all the players who The Ozone Billiards Predator 9-ball Tour ranked player would give a "C" ranked players came out to support this historic event” stated would like to acknowledge its sponsors for a 2-game handicap, which Wu-Tang took Tony Robles. their support: Ozone Billiards, Predator Cues, advantage of out of the gate in the exciting Players from all around the Northeast came Poison Cues, Delta-13, Master Chalk, RJH final match. Wu-Tang captured the first two out to make a statement, including nine strong Custom Cues, Webb Custom Cues, and Digital games in impressive fashion, and took control female players. While there were many standInk printing, along with Jim Murnak Cases, of the set early on. out matches… a few players made the top, and If Wu-Tang would to get to 8 games first, class with gritty performances. The next event on the tour's Several players started the schedule will be held on March FINAL RESULTS: event off with strong performances, 27-28 at Master Billiards, 39-01 1st: $2,000 Kevin Guimond making their presence felt. Players Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside, NY. 2nd: $1,400 Duane Toney that stood out were John Hasci, Visit the Predator Tour online 3rd: $1,000 Bobby Schlott Yesid Garibello, Justin Muller, Scott at to 4th: $600 Justin Muller Simonetti, Niko Berdzenishvili, learn more. 5/6th: $400 Thomas Wan, Raj Vannala Thomas Wan, Raphael Dabreo, Raj Vannala, Eddie Crespo, Daniel 7/8th : $275 Eddie Crespo, Tom Seminaro Jr. Smith, and Tom Seminaro Jr. of 9-12th: $200 John Hasci, Niko Berdzenishvili, CT. Yesid Geribello, John Trobiano Kevin's road to the finals 13-16th: $150 Albert Estevez, Naldo Troncoso, included wins over Dinko Busanich Stew Warnock, Jr. Sanchez (7-2), Mike Panzarella (7-2), John 17-24th: $100 Clive Rose, Raphael Dabreo, Chulo Sastro, Trobiano (7-2), Peter Ziemak (7-2), Troy Deucharranm, Peter Ziemak, Tom Seminaro (7-6), Thomas Wan, Daniel Smith, Scott Simonetti, Eric Toledo (7-6) and Duane Toney (7-4). 25-32th: $75 Mike Yednak, Brian Russell, Mike Hertz, Duane Toney’s (also known Luis Jimenez, Derek Schwager, as Wu-Tang) road to the finals 14.1 Airport Rd Waterville, ME included wins over Rob Slayback Dinko Busanich, Jason Egeln, Rasta Suarez 207-877-POOL (7665) (7-6), Arturo Reyes (7-5), Brian

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NGB Amateur Billiards Tour 10 Ball Event March 13, 2010 - AllStar Billiards in Winder, GA. The NGB Amateur Tour stopped at AllStar Billiards in Winder, GA last Saturday for a truly exciting day of 10 ball competition. The tournament drew a strong field of 45 players from around the Southeast. Throughout the day we saw some great performances, a couple major upsets, a lot of racks run, some sweat and tears (but luckily no blood other than the metaphorical type). Joe Pierce II (3rd place) and Robert South (2nd place) made a couple serious charges for the gold, but at the end of the day it was all Leon Whatley. Whatley just played smart pool.. he didn't make mistakes, picked his runs and jumped on his opponents errors. Whitley's mental toughness coupled with highly skilled mechanics gave him the A side of the tournament, the final match and, of course, the title.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS 1st $800 Leon Whatley 2nd $400 Robert South 3rd $200 Joe Pierce 4th $150 Shane Winters 5th -6th $ 75 Jimmy Lee -David Shaddon 7th -8th $ 50 Jim Giorllia -Jeff Scarbough

ATLANTA (continued from page 4) • Senior Amateur - 50 years old and up. • Women’s Amateur - field size of 64 players. • Juniors – two divisions, 14 and under and 19 and under play for scholarships and prizes. • APA Southeast Fall Singles Regional’s – APA leagues from several different states come together to qualify for the 2011 main event in Las Vegas. • Booth exhibitors displaying all types of billiard products. April 2010 - Stroke Magazine 11


Strokers II, Tampa was the venue for the latest KF Cue tour event. Saturdays $1000 Added Amateur event had 41 players show up in Tampa for a piece of the $2170 pot. The Amateur event was guaranteed another new winner with Jerry Troy and Todd Anderson both making their way to the finals. Anderson went undefeated to capture his first hotseat with strong wins over Michael Pardon 7-2, Travis Lasswell 7-2, Jeremy Aurswald 7-3, Thomas Giorgin7-1 and then a tough 7-6 win over Jason Richko to put himself in his first final on tour. On the one loss side room owner Jose Del Rio was looking strong after taking a first round loss to Jimmy B Dean would win 6 matches on the spin before running into Jerry Troy who would send him home in 7th place. Troy who had also taken a loss in the 3rd round to Jimmy B Dean was looking strong as he would 7 matches on the bounce which included wins over Wesley White 5-4, Lincoln Seiffert 5-0, Louie Smith 5-1, Jose Del Rio 5-3, Thomas Giorgi 5-4, Han Berber 5-3, and then a 5-2 win over Jason Richko to put himself in the final to play Anderson. This would guarantee another new winner on tour which would make 10 different winners in 11 events with Mike Delawder being AMATEUR PAYOUTS: 1st $550 2nd $400 3rd $300 4th $200 5th-6th $150 7th-8th $90 9th-12th $60

Jerry Troy $550 Todd Anderson $400 Jason Richko $300 Han Berber $200 Jeremy Aurswald, Thomas Giorgi Jimmy B Dean, Jose Del Rio Mike Hawks, Bill Stoll, Elvis Rodriguez, Louie Smith

Above: Todd Anderson, Natalie Crosby, Jerry Troy Below: Justin Hall & Tommy Kennedy

the only player to have won two events. Jerry Troy who had taken the hard route to get this far came out firing all cylinders in the final and eventually ran out a comfortable 8-4 winner to take his first KF Title. Sunday would see 37 players show up which included 7 ladies for a shot at the $1000 Added open event. There were plenty of big guns in the field with Mike Davis, Tommy Kennedy, Justin Hall, Hunter

Lombardo, Louis Altese to mention a few. On the day Tommy Kennedy who has been one of the most consistent players on tour would prove once again he is still a force in the pool world by going through the winners side bracket undefeated to capture the hotseat with strong wins over Hunter Lombardo 7-6, John Hutchinson 7-4, Louis Altese 7-4, Mike Davis 7-4 and then a 7-4 win over Justin Hall to take the hotseat. On the one loss side Louis Altes who took an earlier loss to Kennedy was looking to try and get a revenge match with Kennedy with wins over Han Berber, Hunter Lombardo, Lee Holland, Tony Crosby before taking his second loss on the day to Justin Hall 6-4 to finish 3rd and set up a Hall Kennedy final. The final was one way traffic with Hall dominating this match and kennedy never getting much chance to get going, Hall would come out a comfortable 9-2 winner to take his 2nd win of the season. With 7 ladies in attendance top two ladies would get in the cash with Jessica Barnes finishing Top Lady $40 and Marina Souza 2nd $20. We would like to thank Strokers pool room and its staff for hosting another great event. Our next event will be at Island Breakers Sports Bar, Merritt Island Fl, 3/27/10, played on Brunswick Gold Crown 8ft tables. This room was recently voted as one of the top 6 rooms in the country and when you visit you will see why. OPEN PAYOUTS: 1st $550 2nd $430 3rd $350 4th $250 5th-6th $160 7th-8th $100

Justin Hall Tommy Kennedy Louis Altese Tony Crosby Mike Davis, Lee Holland Bobby Livrago, Hunter Lombardo


The World Professional Billiard League “Super Series� has been formed to not only introduce the new game of Bonus Ball to the world, but to help show case the talents of the world's best players. Bonus Ball is unique to the pool world because of the scoreboard, time clock and statistical data it brings to the game of pool. What better way to introduce it than having eight of the world's best professional players show case it! Bonus Ball had it's debut at the US Nine Ball Open event in October in Chesapeake, Virginia. It is a game designed to show case all aspects of pool. It was designed with a time clock to make it more suitable for television and tournaments. In Bonus Ball, you also score points instead of using ball elimination. The statistical program implemented by the WPBL will give fans a lot to analyze. It will give us a picture of how the professional players rank against each other in Bonus Ball. In January of this year, professional players, Johnny Archer and Erik Hjorleifson, sat down with World Wide Sport of Billiards founders, Larry Chiborak and Barry Bremner, to share their ideas on where to go 12 Stroke Magazine - April 2010

next with Bonus Ball. That was the day when the World Professional Billiard League was born. Joining Johnny Archer and Erik Hjorleifson in the WPBL are Corey Deuel, Nick Varner, Rodney Morris, Shane Van Boening, John Schmidt and Francisco Bustamante. These eight players will be playing in a unique format that will have each player competing against each other three times, playing the game of Bonus Ball. There will be four of the eight players in a final day play-off of races to four. Each player will be rewarded with points that they will carry with them to the next event. The first event is scheduled for May the 6th to the 9th in Winnipeg, Canada at the beautiful McPhillip Station Casino. Winnipeg is the birth place of the game of Bonus Ball. You can learn more about Bonus Ball and the WPBL at playbonusball. com on the web. You will find many articles on how to play Bonus Ball and video of Johnny Archer and Erik Hjorleifson walking the viewer through an actual game of Bonus Ball. This is a very exciting addition to billiards, not only a new game but a new league for professionals pool players.

Artistic Pool

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The 2010 Artistic Pool & Trick Shot Association's (APTSA) Masters competition at the Expo was a great event. There were more in attendance than ever before, because it was the first year the Masters was streamed live, online. Jim "Coach" Barnard stepped up to help with announcing on the stream, along with Jason Lynch. The top 12 players after the Jamey Gray, Allen Hopkins, Andy Segal preliminary round of 40 shots advanced into single elimination playoff format. Jamey Gray scored highest at 250 points out of a possible maximum of 320. The top 12 were: 1. Jamey "Sharpshooter" Gray - 250 points!! 2. Andy "The Magic Man" Segal - 215 3. Gabriel "Mr. Perfect" Visiou - 211 4. Nick "Quick Nick" Nikolaidis - 207 5. Gil "Bulldog" Olsen - 197 6. Dave "Triple Jump" Nangle - 190 7. Abram "Too Tall" Diaz - 189 8. Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman - 184 9. Steve "Triple C" Markle - 180 10. Paul "BookEm" Danno - 178 11. Tom "Too Kool" Kinzel - 167 12. Jason "The Michigan Kid" Lynch - 167 In the Quarter Finals, Nick Nikolaidis defeated Jason Lynch, Andy Segal defeated Paul Danno, Tom Rossman defeated Jamey Gray and Gabriel Visiou defeated Dave Nangle. In the Semi Finals, Nick Dave Nangle, Gil Olsen, Jamey Gray, Andy Segal, Nikolaidis defeated Bruce Barthelette (in photo) Tom Rossman and Andy Segal defeated Gabriel Visiou. In the final match, Nick Nikolaidis defeated Andy Segal for the 2010 championship.

OLIVERA HOLDS OFF PETROV Nelson Olivera held off a strong bid from the oneloss side by Ivo Petrov to take first place in the annual Robert Dionne Memorial tournament of the New England 9-Ball Series on Sunday, March 7. The $1,000-added event, with proceeds going to St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, in the name of Robert Dionne (father to tour director, Mark Dionne), drew 52 competitors to Buster’s Billiards in Somersworth, NH. From among the winners’ side final four, Olivera defeated Ted Krampitz 7-2 to get into the hot seat match versus Joey Dupuis. Dupuis had sent Mike Nicaloro to the one-loss side 5-2, and followed him over to the semifinals, when Olivera gained the hot seat with a 5-4 win. Meanwhile, on the one-loss side, Petrov, who’d received an opening round bye and moved west in the second round, was in the midst of a nine-match winning streak that would propel him into the finals. With four down and five to go, Petrov moved past Mike Minichello 5-3 and Cleiton Rocha 5-2 to face Nicaloro. Krampitz faced Nick Kafalas, who’d defeated Dave Fernandez 4-2 and Dave Hambley 5-3. Petrov and Kafalas made Krampitz’ and Nicaloro’s visit to the one-loss side brief. Petrov advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-1 win over Nicaloro, as Kafalas was busy ending Krampitz’ day 5-3. Petrov moved into the semifinals with a 6-3 victory over Kafalas, and completed his string of nine straight with a 5-3 win over Dupuis. Though momentum was clearly on Petrov’s side, Olivera ignored it. He allowed Petrov only a single rack in the six-game final, completing an undefeated day with a 5-1 win that earned him the first place prize. 1st Nelson Olivera $910 2nd Ivo Petrov $460 3rd Joey Dupuis $325 4th Nick Kafalas $200 5th Ted Krampitz, Mike Nicaloro $125 7th Dave Hambley, Cleiton Rocha $100 9th Dave Fernandez, Rich Minichello rnest Perell Mike Minichello $60

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Discipline Champions: Trick and Fancy -- Andy Segal Prop / Novelty / Special Arts -- Andy Segal Draw -- Dave Nangle Follow -- Andy Segal Bank / Kick -- Bruce Barthelette Stroke -- Jamey Gray Jump -- Jamey Gray Masse' -- Gil Olsen Jim "Coach" Barnard won the 2010 Sportsmanship Award (A Crown Cue).Near the end of the event, we learned Jamey Gray will replace Stacy Mendrick as APTSA Chairman. Gene LaViness, Jim Barnard, Stacy Mendrick Also, in 2011, the Masters will be in a new location at the Expo. When you enter the front doors on the main floor, look immediately to your right and find some super artistic pool going on, right there. See you next year! For more information about the Artistic Pool & Trick Shot Association, see their website at

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