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Goes on an Undefeated Run to Claim his First Predator Win at Steinway
Photo and story by Alison Fischer - NYCGrind.com On the weekend leading up to the annual Super Billiards Expo, the Predator Pro/Am Tour held their sixth stop for the 2014 season, the ‘Expo Warm-Up’ tournament, on March 8-9. For the two-day Amateur 9-Ball division, a total of seventy-two top amateur players turned out at host room Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY. In an undefeated run out of the gate, New York-based Paris native Vincent Rochefort came away with his first-ever Predator Tour win. Starting out on day one, Rochefort went on a run with wins against Diana “Snooky” Rojas 7-4, Alberto Estevez 7-6, Shawn Sookhai 7-6, Jimmy Acosta 7-6, to make it to the final four. In the next round on day two, Rochefort had another hill-hill finish, where he defeated Chris Derewonski 8-7 to get to the hot seat match. While Rochefort dominated the upper half of the bracket, made up of B+ through A++ players, L-R Josh Friedberg (3rd), Omar Alli (2nd), Vincent Rochefort (1st) Josh Friedberg came out firing in the D-B half. A newcomer to the tour in 2014, Long Island-based Friedberg had an impressive run in this event, and eventually place in third. To make he had some game to reckon with in New York. Rochefort’s previous best finish on it to the hot seat match, Friedberg had a string of wins against Nick Spinnato 7-3, the tour was 9th-12th place, so this win was a big achievement in his performance Mike Woike 7-1, Gail Robles 7-3, Dennis Lake 7-6, and Kapriel Delimelkonoglu 7-3. record. In the match for the hot seat, Friedberg had a close match against Rochefort, but fell The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors short at 7-5. for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13, Josh Friedberg (Photo by Alison Fischer) NYCgrind, and PoolOnTheNet.com, along with Steinway Billiards & their staff. Another impressive young up-and-coming player on the tour, Omar Alli, had a long grind after losing his second-round match to eventually make it all the way to the final. Alli, who was a recent winner in the Tri-State Tour’s December 14 stop at Steinway, lost to Dave Heyman 7-5, but went on to win a string of ten matches to get to the final. On his path, Alli took out Adrian Daniel 7-2, Tony Ignomirello 7-5, Thomas Rice 7-5, Naldo Troncoso 7-4, Steve Kalloo 7-5, Joe Gibbons 7-4, and 1st: Vincent Rochefort $1,200 Kapriel Delimelkonoglu 7-4 to make it to the quarterfinal. 2nd: Omar Alli $800 Meeting Alli in the quarterfinal was a player who had just as long of a journey through the elimination side, Laszlo Kovacs. Kovacs (rated ‘A’) also lost in the second 3rd: Josh Friedberg $600 round to Jimmy Acosta 7-5, and went on for a strong run of wins against “Devil 4th: Laszlo Kovacs $350 Dave” Ascolese 7-5, Steve Astashen 7-5, Miguel Laboy 7-2, Juan Guzman 7-2, Jimmy 5th/6th: Kapriel Delimelkonoglu, Acosta 7-5, Brooke Meyer 7-5, and Chris Derewonski 7-3. Chris Derewonski $250 In their quarterfinal match, Kovacs and Alli had a close fight, but Alli pulled away to win 7-5 and move on to the semifinal. Josh Friedberg awaited Omar Alli for 7th/8th: Brooke Meyer, Joe Gibbons $200 the semifinal, and they would have an even closer match…going all the way to 6-6 9th-12th: Dave Shlemperis, Dennis Lake, before Alli finished off the winning rack to make it to the final. Jimmy Acosta, Steve Kalloo $150 Undefeated Vincent Rochefort then took on Omar Alli for the title match. 13th-16th: Billy Santiago, Juan Guzman, Rochefort stayed on-point and looked very at ease throughout the match, and went James Stevens, Naldo Troncoso $120 on to win easily at 7-3 to take his first title on the Predator Tour. In addition to this win, Rochefort also recently won two weekly tournaments at Steinway, showing that
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Jeremy Sossei Takes the Comeback Route to Victory at the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s Steinway Billiards Complete Payouts Open/Pro Photo and story by Alison Fischer - NYCGrind.com March 8-9, 2014 was a big weekend for pool in the New York Tri-State area, as many amateurs and pros alike were out in droves to get ready for the upcoming Super Billiards Expo, happening a short drive out of NYC in Edison, NJ on March 13-16. The players of the Predator Pro/Am Tour were among those in action, at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY. While the remaining players in the tour’s Amateur 9-Ball division continued into day two, the Open 10-Ball event kicked off at noon on the second day. With a strong combination of local talent and touring players, the tour was also host to the co-produced NYC Grind & AZbilliards live stream, which featured them in the worldwide webcast hosted by ‘UpState Al’ Leon. While notable touring names such as Warren Kiamco, Jayson Shaw, Mike Dechaine, and Earl Strickland highlighted the field, it was top local Steinway player Jorge Rodriguez who stole the show in the winner’s bracket of this event. Rodriguez was unable to be stopped on his run to take the hot seat, after wins against Jonathan Smith 7-5, Ed Culhane 7-4, CT pro Jeremy Sossei 7-6, Earl Strickland 7-4, and lastly, Mike Dechaine at 7-4. Dechaine had come off previous wins against Zion Zvi & Tony Robles, but would then have to bounce back in the semifinal to get another shot at Rodriguez in the final. Mike Dechaine shooting on the feature table (Photo by Alison Fischer) For the semi, Dechaine would have to contend with one of his opponents from earlier in the day, Jeremy Sossei. Sossei made a fierce recovery after his loss to Dechaine, devastating his opponents on his run to the final rounds. On the one-loss side, Sossei knocked out Raphael Dabreo 7-2, Jonathan Smith 7-1, Zion Zvi 7-2, and in the quarterfinal, Earl Strickland at 7-2. Jeremy Sossei would again follow suit in the semifinal match against a clearly-worn out Mike Dechaine, as he again won by a 7-2 scoreline. Jeremy Sossei in the semifinal on the feature table. (Photo by Alison Fischer) In the finals, Sossei starts out strong against the hot seat occupant Jorge Rodriguez, going up 5-1 in the extended-format single race set. Rodriguez won the next rack to go 5-2, but misses the one ball off the next break. Sossei went
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on to extend his lead at 9-3, and it would not be long before Sossei cleaned up the last two needed racks, putting away an 11-4 win. Sossei performed with his customary methodical, disciplined style, and it proved to be successful, landing him his first tour win of the season. Jeremy Sossei, along with many of the other competitors in this event, will be seen at the upcoming Super Billiards Expo. Best of luck to everyone in Edison! The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13, NYCgrind, and PoolOnTheNet.com, along with Steinway Billiards & their staff.
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James Stevens Takes Home His First Predator Pro/Am Tour Win at Steinway Billiards Photo and story by Jerry T. - NYCGrind.com The Predator Pro/Am Tour’s fifth stop of 2014 was hosted by hotspot Queens pool room Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY. The Amateur 9-ball segment of the event kicked off on Saturday, March 1 and ended on Sunday, March 2 on. A very strong showing of the most impressive up-and-coming talent in the New York area came out to compete over the excitementfilled weekend. A total of 96 players, ranked from D+ to A++ converged at Steinway for this double-points event, and set out on a quest to earn the honor of being named champion. It’s clear to the NYCgrind.com team that pool is hot right now, and there is more excitement, buzz, and dialogue being sparked around all that’s cool in the pool world. We are glad to see the momentum gaining steam, and being fueled by those who believe in the future of the sport. Predator Cues, the largest pool cue manufacturer in the L-R Steve Wright (3rd), Diana Rojas (4th), James Stevens (1st), Victor Nau (2nd) world, is the title sponsor of the tour, and the brand recently yourself in the game pays dividends. announced they will be sponsoring two of the pro events at the upcoming Super Over the last year, James has competed in many events, and has been part of Billiards Expo: the men’s 10-ball and women’s 9-ball competitions. the fabric of the New York pool scene, while rediscovering his love for the game. With the Super Billiards Expo coming up around the corner on March 13-16, Over this last weekend, James clearly took his game to a new high, as he found it seems that almost all the amateurs in the New York area have been tuning up their the confidence and trust to perform to the best of his ability. Kudos to James on a stroke and getting in the competitive swing for the upcoming Expo. Known as the number of hard-fought battles en-route to a dominant 8-2 final score to seal his first “Greatest Show on Pool Earth”, the Expo is known for having events for all ages, and Predator Tour victory. is the largest consumer & player pool Expo in the world. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors Predator Tour’s fifth stop served as a great warm-up for the Expo, and coming for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13, up this weekend, March 8-9, the tour’s Expo Warm-Up event will continue to heat NYCgrind, and PoolOnTheNet.com, along with Steinway Billiards & their staff. up the action for players in the area. During the two days of competition at Steinway for the Predator Pro/Am Tour event, I was moved by the gritty performances by 15-year-old Thomas Rice, veteran female grinder Diana “Snooky” Rojas, Victor Nau, and the eventual winner, who not long ago made the decision to step back from his successful business to focus on 1st: James Stevens $1,400 seeing how far he elevate his pool game. 2nd: Victor Nau $1,000 NYCgrind.com is pleased to introduce our Super News video from the event at 3rd: Steve Wright $600 Steinway, which summarizes the action from our unique perspective. This video is a 4th: Diana Rojas $400 little longer than our recent work, as we took a new approach in capturing the energy and the excitement as the action unfolded. Check out new video in the player below. 5th/6th: Chickie Romero, Luis Novas $250 Predator Tour at Steinway Billiards, 2014 Stop #5 – Super News from NYC 7th/8th: Josh Friedberg, Roberto Mendoza $200 Grind on Vimeo. 9th-12th: Dave Shlemperis, Tony Liang, NYC-based junior phenom Thomas Rice showed poise and experience well Gus Iliopoulols, William Finnegan $150 beyond his years by earning win after win in front of a knowledgeable New York 13th-16th: Sookdeo Ramkissoon, Luis Jimenez, crowd of tour supporters. Meanwhile, veteran player Victor Nau grinded through the Alberto Estevez, Shivam Gupta $130 one-loss bracket in impressive fashion, capping off his run with a gritty 7-5 win over 17th-14th: Francisco, Ray Feliciano, Emily Duddy, Steve Wright for a spot in the finals. Vincent Morris, Naldo Troncoso, In that final match, Victor would face undefeated James Stevens, a Connecticut Justin Muller, Bob Toomey $100 based tour player who capped off an undefeated run to win his first-ever Predator Tour stop, and most importantly, proved to himself that practice and immersing
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Left: 2nd Sam Smuke; 1st Stewart Warnock; 3rd Alberto Estevez His tournament trail included wins over Ed Medina 7- 5; Paul Wilkins 7 - 3; Mike Zimny 7 - 6; Alberto Estevez 7 - 2; Vinny Ferri 7 - 6 and Sam Smuke 9 - 7 for the Hot Seat. Alberto Estevez worked his way to Sam Smuke only to fall short 9 - 7 and finish with a respectable third place. Due to the hour and long drive ahead of Stewart and Sam decided to split first and second. Alberto Estevez deserves recognition for a strong 7 win/2 loss record.The next Tri-State
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2014 NJ STATE 10-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
EDISON, NJ - March 8th & 9th The Mezz Pro-Am New Jersey State 10 Ball was hosted by Sandcastle Billiards March 8th & 9th. A Strong field came out to play. Players like Darren Appleton, Adam Kielar, Matt Krah, Josh Brothers, Daniel Dagotdot, Dennis Spears, Caroline O’Neil, James Conn, and Travis McKinney. Leading the top half of the bracket was Adam Kielar with wins over Antonio G 9-7, James Conn 9-3, Lee Holt 9-8 and TJ Moore 9-5. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Darren Appleton with wins over Mike Couvetter 9-5, Ed Culhane 9-4, Dennis Spears 9-5, and Matt Krah 9-9. Playing for the hot Seat was Adam Kielar vs Darren Appleton this was a great match that went hill hill but it was Appleton coming away with the win 9-8 and sending Kielar to the one lost side, Waiting for Kielar on the one lost side was Krah this was a good match that had Adam Keilar pulling away half way through the match to a 9-5 win and a rematch with Darren Appleton. In the finals it was Adam Kielar VS Darren Appleton this event is a true double elimination so Kielar would have to win 2 set in order to win the event. It only took Appleton one sett as he won easily 9-5 to capture 2014 NJ State 10 Ball Championships. I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella 1st Darren Appleton $1000 2nd Adam Kielar $450 3rd Matt Krah $375 4th TJ Moore $200 5th Mike Delawder $150 5th Travis McKinney $150 7th Antonio G $100 Jayson Wells $100 9th Lee Holt $50 Andy Suttler $50 Dennis Spears $50 Rob “40” Hart $50
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John Barton and Lou Figueroa $20,000 Grudge Match Challenge Long-held rivalries make for some of the best drama in any sport…and pool certainly has no shortage of either drama or rivalries. In the wake of the Super Billiards Expo in Edison, NJ, one such rivalry took the stage at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, home of the Accu-Stats.com Simonis – Aramith Arena: acclaimed cue case maker John Barton vs St. Louis-based player Lou Figueroa. The makings of this grudge match between these two players began on the AZbilliards.com Forums, and it came to fruition at one of New Jersey’s best spots for pool. A race to nine in one pocket was the game for Figueroa & Barton, and it took place from March 18-19, with a free live stream on Sandcastle’s Ustream Channel. In an opening card appearance, New York’s WPBA pro Jennifer Barretta will take on Pennsylvania’s Dawn Fox. If the match goes to a second day, then the featured opening card match will be WPBA pro Borana Andoni against up-and-coming area player Sandra Stevens.
Results: Jennifer Barretta victorious over Dawn Fox 7-4 in 10-Ball
Borana Andoni victorious over Sandra Stevens 7-4 in 10-Ball Lou Figueroa victorious over John Barton 9-6 in One-Pocket
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Pictured: 3rd Mike Saleh, 4th Brian Maher, 1st Scott Evans, 1st Kenny Rutman and owner of Sandcastle Billiards Ed Liddawi Mezz ABCD tour made its way to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ on Sunday March 23rd. A strong field came out to play players like Scott Evans, Kenny Rutman, Mike Saleh, Kyle Bubet, Brian Maher, Mike Johnson and Jeremy Stacy I’d like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events a Gamblin Clothing apparel. Leading the top half of the bracket was Scott Evans with wins over Tom McDonald 7-4, Taylor Carter 7-2, Mike Saleh 7-2 Brian Maher 7-2. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Kenny Rutman with wins over Wootang 7-1, Wes Dobson 7-6 Jose Burgos 7-5 and Kyle Bubet 7-6 Playing for the hot seat was Kenny Rutman Vs Scott Evans this was a one sided match that had Scott Evans dominating Kenny Rutman by beating him easily 7-2 and sending Kenny Rutman to the one loss side. Making his move through the one lost side was Mike Saleh with wins over Joe Hong 7-2, Scott Abanowitz 7-1, Kyle Bubet 7-2, Brian Maher 7-3. Then Mike Saleh ran into Kenny Rutman this too was a one sided match, it was Kenny Rutman winning 7-3 to get to the finals In the finals it was Kenny Rutman Vs Scott Evans this is a true double elimination Kenny would have to beat Scott Evan twice in order to win the event. Both players decided to be co-champions.
Accu-Stats “Make It Happen” series All Star Invitational April 15th – 20th Round Robin Event 4 World Class Players 4 Disciplines 8-Ball, One-Pocket, Straight Pool, 10-Ball Shane VanBoening, Thorsten Hohmann, Darren Appleton & JUST VOTED in… DENNIS ORCOLLO!!! This “Make It Happen” event has invited the top finishers of the previous three “Make It Happen” events. SHANE VAN BOENING won the 1-Pocket Invitational. THORSTEN HOHMANN won the Straight Pool Invitational. Alex Pagulayan won the 8-Ball Invitational but is not available so we will be featuring the 2nd place finisher DARREN APPLETON. The fourth contestant was voted on by supporters who, as in the past, purchased a package to “Make It Happen”. Did YOU Make The Accu-Stats 8-Ball, One-Pocket, or Straight Pool Invitationals “Happen”? If you did, then you know they were wonderful successes and we thank you for your participation and loyalty. Now Pat is introducing the fourth and biggest event in the “Make It Happen Series” The Accu-Stats “Make It Happen” All-Star Invitational. The response to the first three events was exceptional and the All-Star event should cap it off as the best event yet.
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Master Instructor, National Billiard Academy, “Beat People With a Stick!”
Most of us have pretty good bridges for getting over a blocking ball – at least when the blocker is not too close to the cueball. But what about when we have to seriously elevate our stick because the balls are close together, and maybe we need some draw? Much, much tougher. Unless you’re really tall, extreme elevation is a challenge. We’ll illustrate two different ways to accomplish extreme elevation and still keep your stick under control: the Press Stroke and the Shoulder Stroke. And yes, it’s even possible to get good draw while frozen to the rail! Part of the difficulty with elevating is keeping your stroke arm in the vertical swing plane. Most players wing their forearm out sideways to get more elevation. But then they can’t really see down their stick, and their tip is moving side to side as they stroke. Problematic. The photos below show two surprising ways to elevate to an extreme, see down your stick, and stroke straight. The Press Stroke requires flexibility and strength. Here are the steps, but once you have it, you can get there in one smooth move: Photo 1: Choke way down on the cue. Stand close to the table, pressing the table with your thigh. Form a high open bridge on the rail. Using the webbing between the thumb and index finger of your grip hand, press the front of the stick down securely into your bridge. Maintain that downward pressure as you bend forward from the waist and raise the back of the stick to get into shooting position. Tuck your bridge elbow to your body as you bend. To raise the butt of the stick, lift the point of your elbow straight up (vertically, not tilted). Unfortunately, we’re not ready to hit yet. Notice how my stroke arm is already fully folded. I have nothing to stroke with. The solution appears in Photo 2. Photo 2: The final move is pretty weird, but it works. To get stroke room for your arm, glide your head down the stick line until your forearm is perpendicular to the stick when the tip is near the cueball. This puts your arm in the proper place to perform an accurate, athletic stroke. Of course, it will seem very strange to have your eyes overtop the cueball, and you will have had to aim well prior to the head move. Don’t try to hold this position for long. You’re using lots of muscle. Finally, stroke and hit
while holding the stick against your chest for greater stability. The Shoulder Stroke is remarkably easy for most players. They’ve just never seen it. Even players with physical limitations like neck pain, stiffness, and lack of flexibility can usually do well with this technique: Photo 3: The beauty of the Shoulder Stroke is that you can stand up straight and comfortably see down most of the length of the stick. The actual stroke is different from the standard, but so is this technique. So what if the method is unconventional? It works, and it’s legal. Stand facing fairly square to the shot. Find a place on your shoulder where the stick can ride pretty smoothly and you can see down it. Make a high bridge. Here’s the key – grip the shaft about halfway between the joint and tip. Hold the stick gently against your shoulder and your bridge by pulling your elbow straight back along the line of your forearm. Find the angle and pulling pressure that allows the stick to stroke smoothly and straight, without slipping around on your shoulder or being loose in your bridge. Stroke with your forearm, right through the cueball like you’re trying to hit the table. On elevated shots like this, most players prefer looking at the cueball during the hit stroke. Notice in Photo 3, I’m taking a half tip of cushion. It’s rubber, after all. I’m going through like it’s not there. Draw off the cushion? Yep, it’s beautiful and it’s easier than you’d think, but it could cost you some “customers.”
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PLAYING THE GHOST
Sometimes, your best opponent is yourself
Michael K Glass
Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at mikekglass.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!
I have been asked many times “what is the best practice routine?” The honest answer to that is “that depends.” And, of course, it’s the truth. Practice and drills are meant to help you hone and refine your problem areas, and make you a better player. Every player has different things to work on, so every player should have their own customized practice routines. But man, can it be boring! Sometimes, just playing a game against other people is what you want to do. The best choice is someone who has the same skill set as you, to give you a good challenge without making you sit in your chair all night. And you want someone who will play whatever game you want to play, right? Sometimes, your best opponent is yourself. That’s why I often recommend people play the Ghost. Playing the Ghost is a good tool to add to your practice routines. Practice can be quite boring sometimes, and tedious. While I am a strong proponent of working on your fundamentals, identifying problem areas, and working them out, I also believe that pool is supposed to be fun. So, it’s good to mix up your practice routines, and this is an excellent way to challenge yourself. If you are an intermediate or advanced player, then you probably already know how to play the ghost. You may skip to the optional variations outlined further down. So, what is the Ghost? The Ghost is an imaginary player. You are going to pit yourself against this player, and attempt to beat him. If you can do this, you will be able to beat almost anyone you play! So how does the Ghost play? Perfectly. Yes, that’s right. The Ghost never misses. If you
miss a shot during your turn, you assume the Ghost will run the table and beat you. Therefore, if you miss, you lose! Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? It’s not so bad. There are “conditions.” Here’s how to play against the Ghost: Set up your game of choice. Playing the Ghost works for almost any game. Break the balls the best you can. Do not worry if any balls go in or not, or even if you scratch. From this point, you have ball-in-hand. Put the cue ball anywhere you like, and try to run the table. If you run out, you win. If you don’t, the Ghost wins. Score accordingly, and re-rack. Play to a predetermined number of wins (I usually do a race to 5). When either you or the Ghost wins the match, start over at 0-0. That’s it! The wonderful thing about playing the Ghost is that it puts tournament-level pressure on you, helping you to learn to focus on your shots. And you get to do this while playing a real game, instead of just setting up practice drills. Good Luck! “Wait! Michael! I can’t beat the Ghost! I can’t run out a rack of (9-ball/8-ball/Straight pool). How do I play the Ghost if he always beats me?” Ah. Good point. That brings us to: Variations If you like, there are ways to vary the rules a bit. Here are a few suggestions, but the list is by no means exhaustive. If you have suggestions, please feel free to share them with me at email@example.com! After the break, you may pick up a certain number of balls and immediately pocket them (thereby making your run-out a little easier). Be careful not to make it too easy, (Glass continued on page 32)
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The A2B Drill
After a certain point in your development as a pool player, improving your position skills will yield the fastest improvement in your game. Without the ability to move the cue ball to a reasonable angle for the next shot, your runs will end quickly. The basic skills of speed control and changing the cue ball’s deflection off the object ball with draw and follow are easy to understand and very basic drills like the progressive practice drills I’ve mentioned before will let you develop your technique with simple set positions. Add to that a little feel for how to use side spin on the cushions and a feel for how to adjust your aim for such shots, and you are ready for some more realistic position problems. I think the drill shown here is the best way to learn and extend cue ball control for intermediate players. I call it the “A2B Drill” since the point is to get from A to B. It is a lot like a practice tool called “Target Pool” which was great for training but is no longer made. (A demonstration of the A2B drill is available in the DVD series “Video Encyclopedia of Pool Practice” that I developed with Dr. Dave Alciatore.) The first part of the drill is to choose two points, A and B. You can do this in lots of ways including breaking nine ball and taking two ball positions as A and B or by drawing cards from a deck after assigning locations to each card. Shown in the diagram is one of many possible choices. Mark the points with chalk or stick-on donuts. The B target could be a cut-out circle the size of a ball or a larger bull’s-eye target as is used in Target Pool. For each shot, place the object ball at A and take cue ball in hand. You also need to pick a pocket for the shot, one of which is demonstrated in the diagram. The goal is to pocket the ball and leave the cue ball “pretty close” to B. The margin of error you give yourself is up to you, but always try to leave the cue ball exactly on B. Within three to five shots you should be able get a good if not perfect result. If a shot has you stumped, move on and come back to it later. In the diagram, the cue ball is about at the limit for playing a soft draw shot from A to B. Any thinner and either you won’t be able to get enough draw to curve the path of the cue ball back to B or the cue ball will go to far if you shoot hard enough to get the object ball to the pocket. The cue ball shown at X is at the other extreme with a nearly straight shot. You will need a lot of power and not much draw to move the cue ball to B from that position. Somewhere between those two positions
will be a position for the cue ball that will be most comfortable. If you had ball in hand during a game, that would be where you should place the cue for the shot but it’s important to know how to play the cue ball from the two extremes. To continue the drill, try each of the other pockets in turn, always placing the object ball at A and trying to get to B without the cue ball contacting a cushion. Find each “easiest” position and stroke and then see how much you can vary from that and still get position. For example, when playing to pocket G straight draw is the only solution but you can vary your speed and amount of draw. Next time we’ll look at using cushions with this same drill.
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An Interview with Professional Player Joey Gray from Oklahoma City, OK
Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. Recently, Melissa opened a new billiard supply store www.qzetta.com For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com Read more articles by Melissa Little at www.onthebreaknews.com
Viper: Where were you born? Joey: Oklahoma City Oklahoma Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? Joey: Runner-up champion in the Derby City Classic One-Pocket championships. I have won numerous Midwest NineBall titles including some One-Pocket titles to my credit. As well as multiple Oklahoma 8-Ball and 9-Ball State Championships. Viper: Do you have a nickname yet? Joey: Mighty Joe Young Viper: What are your short-term goals? Joey: Recently trying to make the American Mosconi Cup team, as well as gain more rotation titles. Viper: What do you do when you’re not competing? Joey: I love to run long distance, especially marathons which are 26.2 miles. I love golf and spending time with my close friends and family. Viper: Do you have siblings? Joey: As far as family goes; I have 3 sisters and 1 brother. Viper: Who got you started in playing pool? Joey: I had a few friends in elementary school whose parents had a pool table and I would go there from time to time and play. Once I started improving I would go to the local poolroom and met some good pool players who really helped me out a lot. I give credit to Bobby Baldwin from Tulsa, OK and James Walden getting me started, and once I met my best friends and incredible players Chip Compton, Tyler Strawn and Shane McMinn, whom we all fed off of each other and that’s mainly how I improved. Viper: What do your parents think of your
pool career? Joey: They were very skeptical at first but once they saw my talent they truly approved and supported me in my mission to be great. Viper: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? Joey: Of course the Philippines, but recently I have been paying attention to the Taiwanese players who have incredible work ethic and I respect that. Viper: Who is/was your favorite pro player growing up? Joey: I liked watching Michael Coltrain play a lot, but being around James Walden in his prime was a sight to see. Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Joey: Mike Durbin custom cues, Jamaica Joes poolroom in Midwest City, OK and John Barton cue cases. Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Joey: BCA pool leagues. Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Joey: I was real good at soccer in high school. The past 7 years I’ve run 4 marathons. I’m also an avid golf player. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Joey: Fun, determined and disciplined. Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Joey: I would like to have pursued more of an education outside of the pool world when I was younger. (Viper continued on page 22)
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The Southern Gentleman
Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
During the early 1990’s I spent a lot of time at JR’s Pool Room in Lancaster, Kentucky. I guess you could say I got a pool hall degree (PhD) there. I learned offensive play, but also a lot of defensive 8-ball strategy. In fact, I can recall when Florida native David Favor visited our billiard room. Favor was strong road player that displayed powerful offensive skills. One Friday night he entered our weekly 8-ball tournament. The fields were always tough but Favor added
remember him running down to his final 3 solids then missing. It was really quite a shock. Jack was left with the layout below. I can remember watching the wheels turn on Jack as he approached the table to return the shot. “Um hmm,” Jack said as he got down to shoot. Jack shot the cue ball slightly below center with a medium speed and played a combination on David’s six-ball, pocketing it, while hooking Favor from hitting his two remaining balls (leaving the cue ball
significant weight to the already formidable field. On a normal Friday night we usually had over 50 players. However, Favor was such a strong offensive threat I wondered how anyone could beat him. As the tournament progressed, Favor ran rack after rack. The competition seemed to be no match for him, but it wasn’t long until he ran into local hero Jack Howe. At that time, Jack was in his mid 60’s, a shorter southern gentleman, balding with dark gray hair. He was very offensive minded but was also a sharp cookie when it came to defensive play. I knew if anyone could beat Favor it had to be Jack. He had won more big 8-ball tournaments than anyone I knew. To most people Jack looked very unintimidating. However, I knew he had the heart of a lion, and it definitely was going to take someone ferocious to take Favor down. Favor broke the balls in the final game of the tournament. I can
at position “A”). “That should do the trick!” he said in a deep southern drawl. I remember wondering why Jack wanted to pocket his opponent’s ball. Wasn’t that helping David Favor? Several questions came to mind as I pondered the situation. However, after carefully scrutinizing the result, I realized that Jack had completely eliminated any opportunity for David to pocket the six-ball or use it to breakout the troublesome cluster located near the end rail. It really was a brilliant move. David had no choice but to kick at his two remaining balls and pray for luck. However, this wasn’t the case. David missed the kick shot and Jack quietly pocketed his remaining balls to win the championship. After the tournament was over Jack went to the tournament director Wanda Renner, to collect his tournament winnings. If I recall, Jack won around $450.00 for 1st place. However, Jack didn’t take half of his self in the Calcutta. A man that was around 40 years old bought Jack and won nearly $800.00 from the auction. The man tipped Jack $100.00 for winning the tournament. I will never forget what Jack told me after being tipped. He said, “It sure was nice of that old man to give me a $100.00 tip!” It was obvious that Jack was 20 years older than the guy that bought him and I was shocked by the comment. I remember telling Jack “You think he is an old man?” He said, “Yes, I may be over 60 but I think like a 30 year old!” Always remember to look for ways to eliminate your opponent’s options. Sometimes pocketing your opponent’s ball may be the best solution. Jack was a master of defensive strategy and over several year’s I learned from watching the best. To this day, I owe a great deal of my 8-ball knowledge to Jack Howe, a true southern gentleman.
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CHALK TALK Sponsored by: Master Chalk THE SKY IS NO LIMIT BY: DON AKERLOW
HAVE YOU EVER LOST BEFORE ?
You can always walk away learning something from a loss and that doesn’t make you a loser. I was recently at a tournament, with a lot of good players. A friend of mine had commented that during one of his matches that he’d beat a well known national champion during this tournament and he had done it pretty handedly. He walked over to shake his hand and told him “good play”. The person didn’t respond, was kind of moody and arrogant about it, being down from his loss I’m sure. My friend is somewhat outspoken and he just proposed a question to him, “Have you ever lost before?” The gentleman looked at him a little befuddled and said, “Well, yes”. My friend’s comment was to the point, “Then act like it!”, which in my opinion speaks volumes. We all like to win and we all lose but you’ve got to realize also that you’re probably going to do more losing throughout a years time than winning. It’s like any other sport, the batting average of any major league player is good if it’s 33%. So you figure if you lose a lot there has to be something to be gained from that loss. You can approach it in several different ways. You can become moody, arrogant, don’t want to talk to anybody, kind of brood about it. That is not very productive. We all tend to go over any game or any match we have lost to figure out perhaps where the turn around was, what we did. What we missed and how we could have done anything different. I know I have many times. If you walk away from a match after a loss and you’ve learned something from that, perhaps what not to do next time, then you gain. If we walk away with an attitude and figure, “Well, I’m just not on today”, “I’m not in stroke”, “The other guy was lucky”, that may be true. The greatest part of this game is that you learn and you keep learning. I don’t care if it’s Earl Strickland or if it’s some average barroom player. You should learn from your mistakes or your losses. I like to watch opponents. Not necessarily opponents of mine but other opponents that I’ll meet some other time, on the road or even a little bit later in the tournament. I find their
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weaknesses so I can capitalize on my strengths. There’s many avenues that you can take to improve your game. Practice is only one of them, but to know the weaknesses of your opponents is a very crucial one. You can also learn from the mental attitude of an opponent. How he or she reacts in certain situations. If you play a lot of safeties that you don’t need to. You’re not in stroke. You’re on your ‘B’ game - so play a ‘B’ game. You run a couple and you duck and hide. Just one example that can be used. I’ve won a lot of games and many matches using the philosophy “Play to the level that you’re playing today”. Don’t think about how great you were. Don’t think about how great you could be. Think about how you are playing today and adapt. That’s what it’s about, it’s adapting to conditions that you’re playing. We all get bad rolls. We all get unlucky, but we all get lucky as well. We all get good rolls. That’s not saying that they average out but utilize how you play at the time you’re playing. Just because you lost doesn’t make you a loser. There’s always another match and another day. Revenge is always one of the best reasons for winning.
Wheeling Island Hotel Track Casino held the 2nd Annual Eastern Regional BCAPL Championships the week of March 5-9th. Tournament Directors Jay Davis for the men and Sonya Davis for the women are owners of Corner Pocket Billiards N Cafe in Wheeling WV and 5 min from the casino. It took a year to get the event ready to suite all the players with the showroom space but was well worth the effort on all sides. There were 348 Men’s and Women’s 8 & 9 Ball singles plus 8ball team players signed up with 44 brand new Diamond tables that were going to the Super Billiard Expo following the event. There where no repeat winners in any events from 2013 with only the “The
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Handslappers” team reaching the finals for the second year to settle for 2nd place after the tie breaker match was decided when Shane Jackson from “Wheeling’s Corner Bar N Grill” defeated 8 Ball Single’s Champion Brian Frank for the win! We did have a sweep yet again on the woman’s side as Liz Lovely cruised to victory in both the 8 & 9 Ball singles. At 18 year’s of age she has come into a world class player on the table in all events she has entered the last 6 months. Total Monies paid out to the players ($44, 490) exceeded last year and we hope to see everyone again next year.
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TAP RALLY TAP, Pools Amateur Tour held their Rally in Edison, NJ Dream Team and Singles competitions in conjunction with Allen Hopkins’ Productions Super Billiards Expo. Players from the USA and Canada came to The New Jersey Expo Center, which hosted the largest TAP event and the largest consumer oriented billiards trade-show in the world.
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This 18th Annual Rally Event for TAP, Pools Amateur Tour kicked off with Registration into the event starting Wednesday night. Thursday morning the TAP National Meeting was held at the Sheraton in Edison in which TAP Licensees all met with the corporate office of TAP to go over all the new and exciting things TAP is going to bring to the player in 2014. Thursday afternoon, TAP’s Corporate office, the Schonter family and the TAP Family of Licensees and Players showed their respects to their beloved Founder and CEO Loyd Schonter, with a speech given by Kristen Schonter, Loyd’s Wife and TAP CAO and Celeste Schonter, Loyd’s Sister and TAP CAO. A slideshow memorialized the life of Mr. Schonter from his childhood, family, Kristen and his family, the start of TAP and the many years following with his management team, staff and licensees throughout the years, industry leaders of which he had relationships with, and the last event the TAP Nationals in Chicago, IL. Many spoke with the memorial coming full circle of the Schonters, Kristen, Celeste and Chuck dedicating and declaring the TAP battlecry, we will TAP ON ! Players entered the singles events which kicked off on Thursday night, under the 25th year Anniversary of TAP, which 2014 is. 8 and 9 Ball Dream Team events kicked off the morning of Friday, March 14th with the Round Robin to Single Elimination Format. Winners were awarded starting Friday night in singles events and went through to Sunday in which all events finished up. TAP would like to Thank McDermott Cues, our cue sponsor, who has been with us through this and many other events and unforturnately has also suffered the loss of their founder as well, Jim McDermott. We appreciate you and our association with you. POV Daniel Busch for Livestreaming the event, doing interviews and various other promotional activities. We’d like to thank AZ Billiards, Pool and Billiards Digest, Professor Cue Ball, Billiards Digest, and several other media outlets for your releases and ads in your publications dedicated to Loyd. And as always, Allen Hopkins and his staff who TAP was happy to work with again this year to make it all happen. The Schonter Family/Corporate Office and Events Director Kelly Nace and all TAP Tournament Staff which is comprised of Licensees work hard year after year to produce the highest quality
RICK BARRETTE 6 SINGLES CHAMPION FROM WORCESTER COUNTY TAP, MA
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JOHN HO 4 SINGLESWARD FROM JER CHAMPION SEY BOYS TAP, NJ
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Bogie Uzdejczyk undefeated at Cue Bar
Left: 2nd - Stewart Warnock; 1st - Bogie Uzdejczyk; right 3rd - Ryszard Szpila Bogie's tournament trail included wins over Luis Jimenez 7 - 6; Meshak Daniel 7 - 3; Miguel Laboy 7 - 5; Stewart Warnock 7 - 6; and Ryszard Szpila 8 - 6 for the Hot Seat. During this time, Stewart defeated Akbar Karmoeddien 7 - 4 and then faced off with Ryszard. In a real nail bitter, both players traded the lead. At double hill, Stewart got an easy shot on the eight after trading a few safties to win 8 - 7. Both Bogie and Stewart were tired and faced a long drive home, so they split 1st with Bogie earning a well deserved win. Congratulations and special acknowledgement goes to Ryszard Szpila, placing 3rd with a strong performance in his first formal tournament; and to Jan Mierzwa for an impressive 4th place. The next Tri-State will be held on March 1, 2014 at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ. Thank you to SterlingGaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.
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Bogie Uzdejczyk Stewart Warnock Ryszard Szpila Jan Mierzwa Akbar Karmoeddien, Frank Sieczka Rob Mislivits, Raymond Lee
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Viper: How do you prepare for events? Joey: I love to run to clear my head and practice constantly. Also competing with my best friend Chip Compton helps a lot. Viper: What was the best advice you were ever given? Joey: You have to be got in order to get. Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Joey: Definitely winning, but I love the intensity of a close match. Viper: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming player what would it be? Joey: Keep your head on straight and I have learned what not to do from lots of people.
Pay attention to what you can learn from a lot from dumb people, lol… Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Joey: I love is playing One-Pocket to death its my passion, but I am getting back into rotation and I hope to take it to the next level soon. A special “Thank-you” to Joey for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in my “Ask the Viper”. Till next month, you can find me on Facebook: www. facebook.com/melissalittleakatheviper
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Article by: Janis Sessions Photos by: Janis Sessions Jim Decesare has brought NAPA to the South Florida area. He is the League Operator and has experience playing the game of pool and has been on other leagues from 2000 to present. Jim’s had his first tournament on 03/01/2014 at Lucky 7 Billiards (4850 South State Road 7 Hollywood, FL) for the Teams that have joined this league. This would be a Blind Draw Double Elimination 8 Ball Scotch Doubles Tournament. He also opened it up to other player to make it a fun day for all who came and even cooked homemade sausage/peppers/ potatoes with rolls for sandwiches. Everyone was enjoying the food. Because this was the End of Session for his league players, he started off with a raffle drawing and giveaways: Wining Cue and Cases were: Valerie Bowers Gary Bennett Raymond Perlman Individual winners of the 8 ball Division: William Sims – Won for Men’s Division Janet Guttiere – Won for Women’s Division
Team “Gold Crown Bill” won 1st Place; Trophies; $650 and qualifier for NAPA Nationals: William Sims Hollie Sims Janet Guttiere Kris Gluek Vint Ceglarek After Jim had completed passing out the raffle prizes and trophies for his Division Winners. He started the Blind Team Gold Crown Bill Draw tournament. 32 players came to play with the following results at the end of the day: 1St Place Doubles Team - $160: Shane Kambell Kenny Deltrick 2nd Place Doubles Team - $80: Nick Hooper Francois Belanger 3rd Place Doubles Team - $40: William Sims Robert Yates Thanks to Charlie Mayer and Tiffany Clewell for opening their doors and hosting this event. Thanks to Jim Decesare for bring this league to South Florida.
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819 PLAYERS 1ST Sam Gilmer 2ND Daniel McKenney 3-4 Matt Beckwith, Billy Pinion 5–8 Shane Morrow, Steve McAnich, Stewart Warnock, Chris Loar 9–16 Koka Davladze, Nelson Oliveira, Jordan Brubb, Seth Hoffman, Brandon Ashcraft, Edgardo Muere, Tom Zippler, Larry Kressel
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154 players 1ST Adrianna Villar 2ND Julie Ha 3-4 Gail Glazebrook, Rhio Ann Flores
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17 & UNDER 64 PLAYERS Nick Evans Nathan Diederich Karim Attia Michael Volonino
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Koka Davladze Undefeated at Gotham City Billiards
Left: Owner-Operator Kevin Buckley; 3rd Place - Ambi Estevez; 1st Place - Koka Davladze; 2nd - Keith Diaz Koka’s tournament trail included wins over Andrzej Kaldan 8 - 5; Luis Jimenez 8 - 6; Keith Adamik 7 - 4; and Keith Diaz 9 - 6 for the Hot Seat. Keith Diaz sat poised waiting for another shot at Koka. During the event Wesley Kennedy and Ambi Estevez fought their way back into contention. Wesley won five matches after suffering a first round loss to Gary O’Callaghan and Ambi Estevez, who after three wins fell victim to Keith Diaz. Ambi then defeated Wesley 8 - 4 for a rematch with Keith. Keith won 6 - 3 to play in the Finals with Koka. Keith took the lead 4 - 0; but, Koka wasn’t about to give up with out a fight and closed the door 9 - 6 for the tournament. The next Tri-State will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY. There will also be a second event on Sunday, March 23rd at On The Snap Billiards in Sayerville, NJ. Thank you to SterlingGaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.
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Koka Davladze Keith Diaz Ambi Estevez Wesley Kennedy Keith Adamik, Eddie Perez
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Taylor Reynolds FULL NAME: Taylor Reynolds HOME TOWN: Winslow BIRTH DATE: 5/25/1997 GRADE: Senior GPA: 3.2 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: History POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Tj’s Classic Billiards WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? J Pechauer Custom Cues AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 6 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 2010 NE Seacoast Women’s 9-Ball Champion, 2011 Maine State 8-Ball Women’s Champion, 2011 BEF Junior National 9Ball Champion, 14-and-under girls division, 3 season MVP in the Tj’s MARBL Eightball League OTHER NOTABLE AWARDS: Featured on the cover of Inside Pool Magazine July/August 2010 Represented USA in the 2011 WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships in Kielce, Poland MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: When I was 9 my parents had just bought our pool hall and were having their first pro event (Joss Tour). My mom put me in it and no one thought I had a chance and I ended up winning my first match hill-hill with everyone at Tj’s watching and cheering me on. SPONSOR(S): J Pechauer Custom Cues, Total Amusements & Tj’s Classic Billiards FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Cars, Aerosmith HOBBIES: Basketball, Uno & Rail Rush FAVORITE POOL GAME: 8 ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Alex Pagulayan FAVORITE FOOD: Lobster FICTIONAL HERO: Kronk (Emperor’s New Groove) REAL-WORLD HERO: Chickenman FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: The year I was in third grade my parents took my sister and I from Maine to California and back by van and we stopped at all the National Parks. My favorites were Niagra Falls, Yellowstone and seeing the redwood trees in California. GOALS (personal and/or career): Graduate this year with honors. Hopefully get accepted into Lindenwood University where I can join my other friends on the Billiards Team. Earn a four year degree in something that i’m going to enjoy. I’d love spend some time in New York City for a couple years. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? My favorite color is purple. During the summer I like to water ski. I once caught a shark while fishing in the Keys. Until the age of 12 I was too short to get on a roller coaster. My Chinese symbol is the Buffalo.
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2014 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup
Wilson names USA Squad by: Luke Riches 21st March, 2014 FOLLOWING ON from his appointment in January, 2014 USA PartyPoker Mosconi Cup captain MARK WILSON today names his squad of eight players who will be tasked with winning pool’s most prestigious team trophy for the first time since 2009. Wilson has opted for a blend of experience and youth and his eight-man squad will be reduced down to the five who will travel to Blackpool, England at the end of November to contest the 21st annual Mosconi Cup. Head of the pack and named as one of his two vice-captains is SHANE VAN BOENING, who will be making his eighth appearance in the event. The 30 year-old South Dakota native said, "I have been looking forward to another chance to win in the biggest setting.
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Winning is what I am focused on every day, and I want this one more than ever.” Wilson added, “Any reasonable person who was building a new team would look to have Shane to build around given his professionalism and success. Even more importantly, his character and principles are just the thing for new players to emulate. He sets a great example, and I expect to rely on him for leadership this year. “He routinely excels against the strongest players and deepest fields. He exemplifies the work ethic, sportsmanship, and proficiency expected from all members of the team. Team USA could not have a better leader on the table.” Looking to make his second appearance in the Mosconi Cup after being a member of the team that successfully retained the trophy in 2006 is ‘Mr 400’ JOHN SCHMIDT. The 40 year old, now residing in California, is the oldest member of the squad and is thrilled at the prospect, "Being chosen for this Team USA and the chance to play for a Mosconi Cup is the
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most humbling experience and the biggest honor of my life." Wilson is delighted to be resurrecting Schmidt’s Mosconi Cup prospects; “I am pleased with what John brings to the table beyond his stellar play. He is passionate about pool and a very approachable person. He is blessed with a keen sense of humor and does not take himself too seriously. He comes up with very thought provoking points for consideration and positive suggestions that will be quite a plus for our team." Looking to make his eighth appearance is Prince of Pool, COREY DEUEL, who is hoping to add to his three Mosconi Cup wins. "The last time that I played was the last time that the US won and I have some new ideas to offer for preparation of this year's team - concepts that I will share with every team member. The Blackpool venue is so inspiring that I can hardly wait for December." The 36 year-old who is also an active snooker player, was an easy choice for the captain; “I felt that he has not only experience but also a youthful exuberance and fresh perspective that were too compelling for him not to be included. I view Corey as a huge asset to our team.” The fourth member of the squad is 30 year-old BRANDON SHUFF who received a Mosconi Cup baptism of fire at the York Hall on his only previous appearance in 2012. "This guy has a ton of heart along with a great work ethic, and will be primed for a great year,” said Wilson. “He puts himself out there by playing many
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BRANDON SHUFF events throughout the US and I am pleased to have him on the team." Shuff is under no illusions as to the job in hand; "Team USA has a lot to prove this year and I believe I can be a valuable asset to our team's structure. I believe in Mark Wilson and the future of pool, and am willing to do whatever it takes to bring the Mosconi Cup home." The first of the potential debutants is the highlyrated JUSTIN HALL, the 26 year-old from Palm Harbor, Florida. "I have known of this kid’s talent and allround skills for years, and now is the time that all of his previous success and experience will make the difference," said Wilson. A proven champion at both banks and one-pocket, Hall is determined to take his chance, “I always wanted to make the Mosconi Cup team, and now that the opportunity is here, I will further intensify my training. I love being under pressure to perform and am looking forward to both the challenge to make the final five, and the opportunity to win on the biggest stage." Another Mosconi Cup veteran hoping to return to the fray is California’s OSCAR DOMINGUEZ, who was part of 2009’s winning team on his only other appearance. "The pinnacle of my career was the 2009 Mosconi Cup victory; it was quite an amazing experience and I am very grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the team in 2014,” said Dominguez. “I'm looking forward to working with Mark Wilson and the seven other great players selected. I feel I'm a better, more seasoned, and smarter player than in 2009 and I am eager to start the preparation for a Mosconi Cup victory in 2014.” Wilson added, "Oscar epitomizes the new face of the sport - positivity, work ethic, passion, and great attitude. I played many times against his father Ernesto, and I knew this kid would be an ideal candidate. Beyond being respectful he is just the kind of guy that I would want by my side in combat.” The second rookie in the squad is 26 year-old JUSTIN BERGMAN who hails from Fairview Heights in Illinois. Justin has many regional victories and one major tournament win in the One Pocket division at the Southern Classic in 2012.
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JUSTIN HALL "Justin has been a good player since childhood; able to break and run out a rack on a 9' table since he was just 11 years-old. Given his recent form he will generate some real excitement and quite possibly shake up the pool hierarchy,” said Mark Wilson. Bergman added, "I have only dreamed of ever making Team USA and going to the Mosconi Cup. I have been very dedicated the last couple of years and feel that I am improving and getting results. This is the next step." The final piece in the Team USA jigsaw puzzle is Connecticut-based rookie JEREMY SOSSEI. One of the strongest players in the northeast, he has many regional tournament victories, and strong showings against some of the best players in the world. Wilson commented, "Jeremy is a solid candidate that tends to let his cue do the talking. I feel that he may have been overlooked in the past and I am thrilled to have him as a team member. He will contribute a great deal to the US effort in 2014." The 34 year-old said, "Getting the call to possibly represent the USA in the Mosconi Cup has been a dream come true. I'm ecstatic! I've been working hard on my game the last couple of years and I believe I'm ready. With team work we can get the Cup back." As well as Shane Van Boening, Mark Wilson has named DON WARDELL MD as his second ViceCaptain. The 60 year-old is a practicing physician with a passion for billiards. Wardell has a strong interest in billiards history, sports medicine, training techniques, and biomechanics. He will be assisting Mark Wilson throughout the preparation over the coming months as well as in Blackpool when the event gets underway. The 2014 PARTYPOKER.COM Mosconi Cup is sponsored by PartyPoker.com, the world's leading online poker site. The Official Table of the Mosconi Cup is supplied by Diamond Billiards, the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue and Mosconi Cup clothing is supplied by Universe. Follow the PartyPoker Mosconi Cup of Facebook and Twitter @mosconicup Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@ matchroom.com
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â€œMikeâ€? comes out of retirement
Skip Maloney - AzB Staff Mar. 12, 2014 In 1978, a college junior by the name of Maridana "Mike" Heydon won the Women's division of the American College Union International's annual pool tournament in Lincoln City, Oregon. About a year after college, Maridana Heydon quit the sport, "cold turkey," as she described it, to pursue a career and a family. On the weekend of March 8-9, 36 years later, at a $500-added stop on the Flamingo Tour, hosted by Wally's in Lakeland, FL, the former college champion re-emerged and as Maridana Fitzgerald, went undefeated through a field of 37 entrants. Fitzgerald's path through the field went through Jennifer Page, Erikka Piersall and Crystal McCormack to move among the final four winners, who advanced to the tournament's single elimination phase, entailing four quarterfinal matches, two semifinals and a final. Her victory over McCormack to make the cut was the first of three straight double hill matches that would eventually move her into the winners' circle. Her finals opponent, Stephanie Mitchell, had defeated Echo Pinkley, Desiree Haliburton, Chris Fields and April Wallen to make the cut. Also advancing on the winners' side were Cassidy Mulligan
to go undefeated on the Flamingo Tour andJessica Barnes. Moving into the quarterfinal matches from the losers' bracket were Angela Ger,Vanessa Seaver, Wallen and Sue Roberts. Fitzgerald drew Wallen, Mitchell faced Seaver, Mulligan had to contend with Ger and Barnes met Roberts. Mulligan shut Ger out to advance to the semifinals, while Mitchell and Roberts advanced with 7-5 victories over Seaver and Barnes. Fitzgerald survived her first of three straight double hill matches, over Wallen. Both semifinal matches were double hill affairs, and both hinged on last minute mistakes. Mulligan gave Mitchell ball in hand, shooting at the 9-ball in the deciding game. Roberts had been up on Fitzgerald 6-3, but Fitzgerald fought back to tie it at 6-6. In the final rack, Roberts got a look at the 9-ball, but rattled it in the hole, essentially handing the semifinal victory to Fitzgerald. "I thought the thing was over," said Fitzgerald later, but it wasn't and she advanced to the finals. The final match also featured a costly error.
Fitzgerald and Mitchell fought back and forth to yet another double hill juncture, at which point, Mitchell scratched, shooting at the 1-ball in the deciding rack. Fitzgerald ran the table to complete her undefeated run and claim the event title. "It was not an easy runout," said tour director Mimi McAndrews of that final rack. "She worked for it." For Fitzgerald's part, she was glad to be back at the tables, after being away for so many years. And aware, she said, of a higher level of talent than she remembered from her college years. "I was very impressed with the quality of play at the tournament," she said. "There were some great players, and I was thrilled that I won." Tour director Mimi McAndrews thanked room owner Jim Thomas and his staff, as well as sponsors Boynton Billiards, Ozone Billiards, and the Simonis Cloth Satellite Tour. (pictured above) Maridana Fitzgerald, Stephanie Mitchell
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CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 6, 2014) – CSI is proud to announce that it will begin live streaming its own events, Podcasts, challenge matches, instructional content, and much more. Previously, live streaming and video recording of CSI content was done by The Action Report (TAR) as a collaborative effort with CSI. Moving forward, this will be an internal capability. CSI tournaments, Podcasts, challenge matches, instructional content, and other video content will be viewable from the CSI live streaming page, CSI Ustream channel, or CSI YouTube channel. Please stay tuned and look for the new enhancements to our online presence in the coming months. CSI Website: http://www.playcsipool.com/Home.aspx CSI Live Streaming Page: http://www.playcsipool.com/LiveStreaming.aspx CSI Ustream Channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cuesports-international CSI YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtBRGZemSuj6k30FMQf4nJw
CAN ANYONE PLAY IN THE BCAPL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS?
Recently, CSI has received a repeat question – can anyone play in the BCA Pool League (BCAPL) National Championships? The answer is a definite YES! There is a general misconception that a person must be in a BCAPL league in order to compete in the National Championships. This is false. Anyone can purchase a “Player Membership” for just $25 and be eligible to compete in various singles and doubles events depending on their BCAPL ranking.
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In an effort to provide more opportunities for all players CSI has added a new event, the 10-Ball Challenge, to the BCAPL National Championships schedule! By adding this event, there are now three back-to-back events that are open to everyone! Each of these are played on 7-foot tables. 9-Ball Challenge: July 16-17, double elimination, race to 7, $135 entry 10-Ball Challenge: July 18-19, double elimination, race to 7, $135 entry Grandmaster 8-Ball: July 20-22, double elimination, race to 9, $235 entry
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Justin Collett joins CSI CSI is proud to announce that Justin Collett, an original founder of The Action Report (TAR), is now the new CSI Media Manager. In his new role, Collett’s responsibilities will include CSI live streaming, recorded content management, print ad development, website graphics, YouTube channel management, Facebook pages management, and much more. Over the last seven years as the face of TAR, Collett has been the industry leader in live streaming of billiards events and has built an impeccable reputation of customer service and quality. In that time, TAR produced 39 challenge matches featuring many of the best players on the planet with unique formats and stunning quality. With this move, CSI can now consolidate many previously outsourced activities and better control its product. Additionally, Collett brings a wealth of industry knowledge and relationships that will allow CSI to strengthen its position. Please join us in welcoming Justin Collett to the CSI team!
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Alison Honeymar wins at On the Snap Billiards Allison’s tournament trail included wins over Owner/Operator Bryant Mitchell 6 - 1; Mike Strassberg 6 - 4; Ambi Estevez 7 - 4; and Tri Chau 9 - 7 for the Hot Seat. Tri Chau waited for another shot to play in the Finals; however, Adrian Daniel had plans own his own. After Adrian won five matches on the loss side, Adrian defeated Tri Chau 7 - 3. During the Finals, Allison took an early lead and never looked back with a 7 - 3 victory. Special acknowledgement belongs to Ambi Estevez for running out in the Break & Run at $750. The next Tri-State will be held on March 29, 2014 at Clifton Billiards in Clifton, NJ. Thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.
(continued from page 13) however. This is supposed to be a challenge. Break fewer balls. Instead of a full 8-ball rack, rack a 9-ball version of the game (4 solids, 4 stripes, 8-ball). Instead of a 9-ball rack, rack 7 balls (standard 7-ball rack). After each shot, allow yourself to move the cue ball one hand-span in any direction. If that is too easy, only allow yourself to do this once or twice. Allow a certain number of misses. This downgrades the Ghost to a lower level player, essentially. I don’t really like this variation, but some people enjoy it. Allow yourself to take ball in hand one time during the course of your run-out. However, if you miss or foul, you still lose. Are you a straight pool player? Instead of a loss, give yourself a penalty for every miss. For example, during a race to 100, when you miss, the Ghost gets 10 balls. Essentially, you are playing a game of singleplayer straight pool, with 9 allowed misses. Giving the Ghost points, however, adds an element of pressure that forces you to concentrate. If playing the ghost just isn’t your cup of tea, then
Left 3rd Place Tri Chau, 1st Place Allison Honeymar; 2nd Place Adrian Daniel
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simply keep track of your misses, and play a set of 5 racks. Your total number of misses becomes your “handicap,” much like golf. Over time, your goal is to reduce that number. Compare with your friends to see who is the best! There are other ways to challenge yourself than playing the Ghost, of course. One of my favorites is Fargo (http://tinyurl.com/fargorules). Playing the Ghost is a very aggressive form of pool, and it doesn’t work on every aspect of your game. It doesn’t allow for the incorporation of safeties, for example. But it does take some of the tedium out of your practice sessions. Pool is supposed to be fun. Unless you are a professional, practicing 8 hours per day, you are most likely not going to enjoy shooting 500 straight shots in a row. You want to play a game, and challenge yourself. Playing the Ghost is a great way to challenge yourself, set goals, and still enjoy your billiards game of choice. Good Luck! time into studying the game and practice incessantly, you’ll eventually get to a point where you can make the balls do whatever you want. I
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saw many players just smash the hell out of the balls, hoping something would drop. And many times, they did. But the most successful players understood where the balls were going, controlled their cue ball, and played clean, precise pool. Congratulations to Justin Bergman for being the cleanest and most precise, and winning the tournament. It was an incredible display of amazing 9-ball. If you are interested in knowing more about Joe Tucker’s techniques for reading racks and breaking, I strongly recommend you visit his website at joetucker. net and picking up a copy of his books and DVDs. I have always respected his knowledge, but to see it in action at the tournament was quite something. I was very impressed. Do you have some tips on breaking that you’d like to share with me? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at pool@mikekglass. com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow pool enthusiasts at http://www.reddit.com/r/billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!
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