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Dechaine double-dips Rodriguez PROVIDENCE, RI It was almost a storybook ending. The Joss Northeast 9-Ball's 6th Annual New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame/Ray Desell Memorial 9-Ball Open, held on the weekend of February 27-March 1, included, on Friday, the induction of nine candidates into the New England Hall of Fame. Among them were Karen Corr, who made it Steve Goulding, Jorge Rodriguez, Mike to the semifinals of the $2,500-added 9-ball event that drew 88 entrants to Snookers in Providence, RI. She was defeated in those semifinals by Mike Dechaine, who won five on the loss side to meet and twice defeat hot seat occupant, Jorge Rodriguez, and reclaim the title he'd last won in 2013. It was Dechaine's third win on the tour, dating back to October. Dechaine's victory carried echoes of the 5th annual event, in which Joey Dupuis came from the loss side and defeated Dechaine in the finals. This time, it was Dechaine on the loss side, after a 9-6 loss to Nelson Oliveira in a winners' side quarterfinal. Oliveira advanced to meet Corr, while Rodriguez and Jeremy Sossei, looking for his third Joss win of the 2014-2015 season, met in the other winners' side semifinal. Rodriguez and Sossei battled to double hill before Rodriguez prevailed for a spot in the hot seat match. He was joined by Corr, who'd dispatched Oliveira 9-6. Rodriguez sent Corr to the semifinals 9-3 and waited in the hot seat for Dechaine.

Over on the loss side, Dechaine was at work. He defeated Pete Bowman and Cleiton Rocha 9-6 to draw Sossei; they'd met last in the finals of the Ocean State 9-Ball Championship in November. Oliveira picked up Ryan Lineham, who'd gotten by Mark Creamer 9-5 and Paul Dryden 9-7. Lineham brought Oliveira within a game of double hill, but it was Oliveira advancing to the quarterfinals. Dechaine had somewhat of an easier time against Sossei, defeating him 9-2 for a shot against the man Dechaine and Mike Zuglan who'd sent him to the loss side. Dechaine chalked up another 9-2 win, dropping Oliveira into fourth place, and turned to face Corr in the semifinals. Having given up three or less racks during his four loss-side matches, Corr proved to be a little more resilient. She battled Dechaine and chalked up seven, before Dechaine pulled ahead to win it. It was clear from the outset in the double elimination finals that Dechaine was on a mission. While both players exhibited signs of fatigue as Sunday, March 1, turned into Monday, March 2, Dechaine jumped out of the gate and claimed the opening set 9-5. Rodriguez came out just as determined in the second set, taking an early 4-0 lead. Rodriguez would continue to creep forward, but by rack #12, Dechaine had tied things up. He would go on to win the next two and stood on the brink of claiming the title. Rodriguez, though, battled back to tie things, double hill, and then, just as he stood on the brink of claiming the title, he scratched on the final break. Dechaine closed it out around 2 a.m. to claim the 6th Annual New England

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Any time the cueball is too close to the rail to put your bridge hand on the table, you’re forced to use a rail bridge. The smaller the table, the more often this happens. On barboxes, a healthy percentage of your shots are from the rail. Rail bridges are needed frequently, and they’re worth a little attention. Let’s begin by looking at what not to do. Do not elevate the butt of your cue any further than absolutely necessary. Looking around the poolroom, you’ll see this a lot – players thinking they have to elevate to keep from miscuing. Some use a closed bridge (finger loop) because that’s the bridge they always use. What’s wrong with this? It’s too high. Using a closed bridge off the rail forces you to elevate simply to get the tip down to the vicinity of the ball. Others elevate because they feel they will miscue if they’re flat. Nah – chalk the edges of your tip, get your tip low enough on the cueball, get your stick flat, stroke well, sink balls. So, what’s wrong with elevating? For starters, when you elevate, the cueball jumps. It leaves the table surface on nearly every shot anyway, but as you elevate, you might get enough “air” to cause a miss. Also, if the cueball is frozen to the rail and you elevate and hit a little too high on the cueball, you risk trapping the ball between the tip and the table and not getting a clean hit. Worst of all, as you elevate, the amount of massé (curve) you get from left or right english dramatically increases. In other words, if you are elevated and you don’t hit precisely on the vertical axis of the cueball, the cueball is going to curve a lot more than with a nearly level cue. This is difficult to control, and if it’s unintentional, you’ll miss. Rails are made in two basic styles: flat and rounded. The curved ones allow you to get your bridge hand a little lower, making it easier to approach a level stroke. In addition, rails that are wider provide more options for hand placement and bridge length. Two rail bridges are all you need for the vast majority of shots: the Open Bridge and the Four Finger Bridge. The Open Bridge is almost the same as the version used on the table bed (palm down, thumb pressed against forefinger to make the bridge). The difference is you want to be very flat on the rail, so your bridge is low and you don’t have to elevate to get the tip down. Start with your hand flat. Pressing down with the tip of your forefinger, drag the fingertip back toward your hand, allowing the middle knuckle to point up while the fingernail knuckle curves down. This makes a little


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“wall” for the stick to glide against. The best way to get lower with the Open Bridge is to lay the stick on the cushion cloth and then raise it up just enough to avoid touching the cloth on your stroke. Raise the stick that little bit by squeezing your thumb in closer to your forefinger. Experiment with this. It makes a big difference. The Four Finger Bridge is really the easiest way to control the stick from the rail: 1. Lay the stick on the cushion cloth. 2. Touch the thumb of your bridge hand to the palm, leaving four fingers out. 3. Lower the bridge hand onto the rail, straddling the stick with your forefinger and middle finger (the thumb stays tucked under, out of sight). 4. Drop your palm to the rail, if possible. 5. You now have the stick controlled through four points of contact: cushion, forefinger, middle finger, and the thumb knuckle closest to the palm. It’s going where it’s pointed. The Four Finger Bridge will give you confidence and control, while allowing the stick to be as low and flat as possible. Caution: Don’t use this bridge when the cueball is close to the rail – you might catch the tip on that little bump you sometimes find between the cushion cloth and the rail surface. Which bridge should you use when? It depends on which is more comfortable for a given shot. If the cueball is close to or frozen to the cushion, you’ll need the Open Bridge. Sometimes you need to make the Open Bridge with your fingertips out at the edge of the rail, to get far enough from the ball to have room to stroke. For these shots, press your fingers against the rail to stabilize the bridge hand. Sometimes it helps to lower your wrist also. As your aim line moves from perpendicular to the rail toward parallel, an Open Bridge will gradually become too long (too far from the cueball). Switch to the Four Finger Bridge. When the cueball is a little too far from the rail to bridge on the rail, but too close to bridge on the table, use the Four Finger Bridge and drape your fingers over the nose of the cushion and hug the cushion with your fingers to get stable. If you don’t like rail bridges, play on bigger tables, or play better position. When you can bridge with your hand on the table, you have the freedom to strike the cueball anywhere you choose.



PERSPECTIVE Another View on the Mental Game I recently received the following question from a reader: Hello Michael, I think I am considered a fair pool player at our Community Center, but would be a better player if I did not so often “freeze” on the Eight Ball shot. I will run 3, 4 even 6 balls then miss a number of easy shots on the Eight Ball. Any suggestions? - Jerry

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Yes. Most likely, you are telling yourself to miss the shot. The fact is, we know how to shoot. Most of the time, you can make the ball. Like driving a car, you can usually do everything you need to do without even thinking about it – and believe it or not, that is the key to playing well! Our subconscious minds are not capable of understanding negative thoughts. It is perception oriented, not verbally oriented. So, when I tell you not to think of the color red, that is the first thing you do! Your subconscious mind does not understand the concept of “don’t.” How many times have you said to yourself, just before a shot: “Ok, whatever you do, don’t overcut this ball,” only to take the shot and overcut it? It has happened to me many times, and I am sure it’s happened to you as well. Now, think about how many times you have shot a ball into the pocket, and all you were really focused on was cue ball position. Making the ball is a foregone conclusion; you just want the cue ball to get to the perfect spot to make your next shot. Most of the time, the object ball goes in, right? That’s because your subconscious mind and your muscles already know what to do. Sometimes, you’ll be down on your shot, and something nags at you, telling you the shot isn’t going to go in. You ignore it, shoot the shot, and you miss. How often have you heard someone say “I knew it was going to miss before I even shot it!” That was the subconscious mind trying to get your attention. Learn to hear it, and pay attention. If it’s telling you something’s wrong, stand up, reset yourself, and get back down on the shot. Don’t shoot the ball until it feels right.

So, Jerry, why are you missing the 8-ball? Because you are telling yourself to miss the 8- ball! Most likely, you are thinking to yourself, “I always miss this, and I’m probably going to miss this one too. Please, don’t miss it!” Your subconscious mind listens, strips away the negative “don’t,” and it receives the message: “Miss this shot!” Now, you get down on the shot, take a couple of practice strokes, and listen for that inner voice. Oh, good, it’s not giving you warning bells, awesome! You shoot, and promptly miss! There were no warning bells in your head, because your subconscious mind was told to miss, and it knew you were on track to miss. When we are running a table, and getting to the last ball we have to make to win, it’s very difficult to stop listening to that voice that tells us “Don’t screw this up now.” If you can manage to get into the zone, and just make balls until you have nothing left to shoot at, then your ego won’t get in the way. This is not an easy lesson to learn; I’m still struggling with this myself. When you are having this problem consistently, it makes it even harder to get out of it. Figure out a way to distract yourself, so you don’t have time to doubt your ability to make that final 8-ball. If you find that your conscious mind is trying to interfere, get up. Go take a sip of your beverage, chalk your tip, get down on the shot, and make it. After your match, I suggest that you set up the shot you missed, and practice it until you make it ten times in a row. You need to put a successful shot into your memory bank, so that your brain has a reference for the future. Then, next time you are faced with that final 8-ball shot, picture it going in the center of the pocket. Get down on the shot, and listen to your inner voice. It will tell you when you’re ready to pull the trigger. If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at

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Last month I warned you about the problems of using side spin. I hope that column didn’t scare you too much because the effective use of English is essential to your development as a pool player. It adds several dimensions to what you can do with the cue ball. This month’s column is intended for those who are just beginning to use side spin to make sure you get started in the right direction. In Shot 1 is a typical situation where a beginner can reasonably try adding the complications of English since the shot is short and there is not much angle. Of course if there is no positional reason to play with side it should be avoided, but let’s suppose the cue ball needs to be taken in some unnatural direction to break out a cluster or to get position on the next ball. Set up the shot with the 1 ball about a half-inch off the cushion and even with the diamond as shown, and the cue ball positioned back about a foot and with the cue stick passing over the second diamond. The other object balls are there as targets to hit when using left and right spin. You could also use a coin as your target. First, find out where the cue ball wants to go naturally. That is, shoot the shot softly and just let the cue ball roll into the 1 ball pocketing the 1. The natural simple rolling angle depends a little on the balls, cloth and cushion, but for most equipment the cue ball will go somewhere between the 4 and 5 balls if you put the 1 ball in the center of the pocket. Next, try a little right English. Position the cue tip so its left edge is at the center of the cue ball. I’d call this half a tip of English. Try the shot shooting softly and bringing your stick straight through on that offset line. If you miss it although you felt you were aligned well, you may be running into one or more of the problems I mentioned last time. Don’t worry about the exact cause, but do adjust your aim on the next shot. I hope you notice which side of the pocket you miss the ball on when you miss because otherwise you won’t know which way to adjust. Try some more shots with half a tip of spin and notice where the cue ball goes for that spin. Gradually work the tip out to the right side of the cue ball working on your aim for each offset. Strive for each shot to put the object ball in the middle of the pocket. Did you remember to chalk for each shot? If you don’t chalk you will learn by miscuing that you must not ever hit the ball offcenter and then your game will be


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crippled permanently. So, chalk. For the position shown you should be able to get the cue ball to hit below the 2 ball for maximum right English. Next try left spin. In this case it will help to also use a little draw, so you will need to hit both low and to the left. The point is to keep follow off the cue ball which works against the left side spin, while for the right side spin a little follow was helpful. See if you can get the cue ball back as far as the 9 ball, always working on your aim. Finally, move on to Shot 2 where the angle is quite a bit steeper. What range of angles for the cue ball can you achieve with this cut angle?

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

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Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone once said, “Great players know that playing good just don’t cut the mustard.” There’s a lot of truth to what he said. Most pro players know that if they get too concerned about not being bad, they might not free themselves up enough to play to their potential. If you truly love pool, you must enjoy the fact that it is a very difficult game. If you spend time challenging the fact that pool is a game of errors and worry over trying to make it into a game that’s simple, you’re really trying to take all of the “fun” out of the game. In fact, in over 500 years of play, no one has ever completely mastered pool—not Willie Mosconi, not Steve Mizerak, not Shane Van Boening...and for that matter, I don’t believe that anyone ever will. When I see a pool player become irritated over a poorly struck shot, I know one thing for sure: they are not playing in the “present.” The player’s mind is lingering somewhere in the past, focused on something that they no longer have control over. Most pool players refuse to accept mistakes. But in pool, mistakes are unavoidable. Accepting them is not a weakness. It’s an important part of developing mental toughness and being able to recover from mistakes that you have made in the past. Nothing should bother or upset you when you are at the table, and you should have a positive mindset on every single shot. Acceptance should be practiced during every single game. After the match is over, it’s fine to make a quick assessment of where you made your mistakes. Reflection is an important part of becoming a better player. However, being able to control when you reflect is the mark of a champion. In fact, confident players think about what they are going to do when they return to the table. Those that lack confidence think about the things they don’t want to happen. Given two players of equal ability, the more confident one will win nearly 100 percent of the time. The reason they win is because they believe they are going to. If you play with confidence, you will respond well. When pool players are in the “DEAD SROKE,” it’s almost like they have a “joy stick” linking their mind to the cue ball. They think about nothing else. They are completely focused. The possibility of missing or scratching does not exist. Once they have decided what to do, the only thing that is on their mind is execution. To play subconscious pool, you must trust your stroke, and believe that your strategy will work. That’s easy to say, even harder to do. Once you miss hit a ball or two, your trust begins to diminish. Players try to fix their stroke, and they start thinking mechanically. Thinking this way is quite rational. If your stroke causes you to miss a shot, there is obviously some type of mechanical problem. Why should you trust a faulty stroke? The answer is that no one has a perfect stroke, and thinking mechanically is not going to make things better. The more I watch the best pool players in the world, the more I’m convinced that what separates the “professionals” from the “amateurs” is not how precise they are at playing position. It’s their proficiency at pocketing crucial shots in high-pressure situations. Professional players understand that difficult shots are an important part of the game. So stop belittling yourself if you miss. Missing a ball only means you are human. Players that compete with a positive attitude don’t get upset when they miss a difficult shot. They figure that everyone’s going to miss sooner or later and accepting the fact that you will miss on occasion is one way that you can separate yourself from your opponents. Instead of worrying about a miss, think of how devastating it will be for your opponent if you pocket that long, hard, difficult shot. Nothing discourages an opponent any more than losing a game they thought they would win.

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GOAL-SETTING No matter what kind of skill or level of skill you want, goal-setting has proven to be very effective. Achievers in various fields including athletes and business people use this technique. It gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It helps you focus and organize. It forces you to confront certain realities about your game so that you know what you need to improve on.

he/she thinks it would take for you to achieve this goal. If you plan to practice only 1 hour a week, and your goal is to increase your high run by 50 balls, it could take you years to achieve this goal. But if you practiced for 6 hours/day, you may be able to achieve it in months. If you think it will take too much time for you to obtain your longterm goal, either consider more practice time or setting a lower long-term goal.

LONG-TERM Not every pool player has the desire to become a world-class pool player. But for people who love competition, it is their nature to be the best that they can be. The first step in setting goals is to consider what you want to achieve.

SHORT-TERM First, subtract your long-term goal from your current measurement of ability. For example, when I set my goal to win the BCA 8-Ball tournament, my long-term goal was 100 balls. One year prior, I could only run 32 balls, but I practiced for 6 hours/day, 6 days/week. Therefore, my long-term goal subtracted from current ability was 68 balls. Next, divide that number by the number of months or weeks that you plan to achieve your goal. I planned to run 100 balls in 1 year, so 68 divided by 12 is 5.6. Therefore my short-term goal was to increase my high run by 5 or 6 balls per month.

So at what level do you want to play pool? Do you want to beat all of your friends? Do you want to move up a rating in your league? Do you want to be the best in the world? MEASURE First, you must have a specific measurement in mind to determine your long-term goal. For example, if your goal is to beat all of your friends, how many balls would you have to run to be the best player amongst your friends? Would the best be able to run 3 or 4 balls, or 3 or 4 racks? Write that number down. Next, you must measure your ability. For example, how many balls you can run without a miss, right now? ‘You must know where you are, to get where you want to go.’ Throw all 15 balls on the table, with ball-in-hand on your first shot, and see how many you can make without missing. Try this drill 20 or more times and record your highest run. TIME How much time are you going to spend practicing to improve your performance? Consult an instructor on how much focused practice time

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals. You can see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. After seeing this technique work, you will then be able to achieve even higher and more difficult goals. Remember that if you are getting significantly higher or lower results than you expected, you can make adjustments. The next articles are designed to help you perfect your practice and be the best you can be in the shortest amount of time.


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Corey Deuel

Champions of Chinook

By Andrew Monstis LINCOLN CITY, OR Corey Deuel drives a run-out pace and ran through the loser’s bracket, beating Canadian Champion John Morra in finals. John Morra chopped through a star studded bracket to get to the point and showed he was in total command until coming up against Corey who held John to only 6 combined in games in both the finals matches on his way to the $10,000 1st place prize. Vivian Villarreal came out of the loser’s bracket, where she was sent packing by Cindy Sliva who waited on the point. Vivian got through tough competitor Kim Jones, to return to Cindy again. The finals match featured a lot of great play from both women. They both played like champions and Vivian had to struggle to capture the $4000 1st place check. Cindy once again showed why she is one of the Northwest’s finest, keeping up with seasoned professional, Vivian Villarreal. Chinook Winds added $21,000 to the 8-Ball Open events, $17,000 to Men’s division with guaranteed $10,000 for 1st and $5,000 to the Women’s division with $4000 guaranteed for 1st place. Western BCA added an additional $4000 to the events. The Men’s division raced to 7 and the Women’s raced to 5. 128 men and 38 women


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entered, trying to get into the money. A $1000 added Warm up 8-ball tournament took place Thursday before main event. League players and those entered in Main event were welcome to play. 83 men entered the $25 entry, race to 3, Double elimination event. The short race can be an equalizer with top players. It was a smash event. There was over $3000 in prize money. Rafael Martinez took 1st, Jason Shaw 2nd, Josh Roberts 3rd, Stan Tourangeau 4th, Ace Brown and Corey Deuel 5th/6th, Steve Lingelbach and Marc Vidal 7th/8th. The Calcutta went off well. Auctioning through both fields took some time but it was well worth it. There was a net $25,280 in the men’s and $6425 in the women’s. Paul “Kez Dog” Marquez and Carissa Biggs helped out calling on bidders. It was a fun and exciting event. It took a lot of hard work producing the Chinook Winds Open event. Cocoordinators/directors Andrew Monstis and Mike Jensen worked 100’s of volunteer hours to make this event successful as it was. It was about pool. It was very rewarding to hear the praise coming from both participants and spectators. The top players all said it was the best event they have ever been too. First timers to the event

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Vivian Villarreal

Winds Open 8-Ball

said they had never seen such a great event. Others said this was the biggest event in the Northwest since “Ocean Shores” event in the early eighties. Special thanks to Mike Howerton, “Azbilliards”, Lenny Marshall “On The Rail TV”, Ozzie Reynolds of “Cuesports International” Ric and Bonnie Jones of Bad Boys Production and Chinook Winds & WBCA staff for their considerable help. They say it’s better at the beach and they are right! Chinook Winds Casino Resort is a full service facility and is an exceptional place for a tournament venue. Having this event tucked in at the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon creates an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. The huge gallery of spectators did watch many excellent matches as the Tournament unfolded. People were able to watch and learn what great pool playing is about. The crowds were in awe of top players like Vivian Villarreal, Stacy Allsup, Rebecca Wagner, Kathy MacDonald, Shane Van Boening, Scott Frost, Rodney Morris, Joshua Roberts, Danny Olson, Ace Brown and Jayson Shaw. They were equally dazzled by top local players like Cindy Sliva, Kim Jones, Carissa Biggs, Liz Cole, Danny Louie, Rafael Martinez, Stan Tourangeau, Matt Horner and Randy Baker. These great pool players showed their talent. Mike Massey Shared with the crowed some of his patented trick shots, What fun!

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RESULTS Men Payout $25,000 1st $10,000 2nd $5,000 3rd $3,000 4th $2,000 5th $1,500 6th $1,500 7th $1,000 8th $1,000 9th $600 9th $600 9th $600 9th $600 13th $300 13th $300 13th $300 13th $300

Calcutta $22,840 $8,908 $4,111 $3,198 $2,056 $1,142 $1,142 $571 $571 $228 $228 $228 $228 $57 $57 $57 $57

Cory Deuel John Morra Shane Van Boening Josh Roberts Matt Horner Taylor Anderson Randy Baker Danny Olson Jayson Shaw Dan Louie Stan Tourangeau Rafael Martinez Rodney Morris Mike Massey Mike Stevens Eddie Carrido


Women Payout $9,800 1st $4,000 2nd $2,000 3rd $1,400 4th $900 5th $500 6th $500 7th $250 8th $250

Calcutta $5,855 $2,342 $1,171 $878 $586 $293 $293 $146 $146

Vivian Villarreal Cindy Sliva Kim Jones Carissa Biggs Stacy Allsup Linda Carter Kathy MacDonald Mary Coffman


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1st: Brandon Shuff $950 2nd: Brett Stottlemyer $550 3rd: Shaun Wilkie $340 4th: Danny Bell $260 5th/6th: Dominic Noe and Chris Bruner $200 7th/8th: Rob Cord and Kenny Miller $150 9th-12th: John Moody Jr., Alan Duty, Tony Long, Will Moon $100 13th-16th: Tom Zippler, Clint Clayton, Dan Madden, Henry Moore $50 As an added bonus, two cues were donated for raffle by Baltimore City Cues: one Joss Cue and one OZI Green Cue.

Brandon Shuff was the force to contend with at Top Hat. (Photo: Alex Dobler) Posted on March 23, 2015 by Nicole Vincent Fleming On March 14-15, a full field of 64 players competed in the Maryland State 9-Ball Championship at Top Hat Cue Club in Parksville, MD, including fourteen women and three juniors. Regional players traveled from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Virginia to compete against the hometown Marylanders. There were several high-profile match-ups in the early rounds of the tournament, including Dominic Noe over Matt Krah, Danny Bell over Tom Zippler, Shaun Wilkie over Jia Li, Kenny Miller over Larry Phlegar, and Tony Long over Andy Lincoln. Both Danny Bell, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Dominic Noe, a Top Hat regular, continued their winning streaks to go deep into the money. Bell scored wins over Thomas Kobus and Will Moon on the winner’s side, and John Moody Jr., Rob Cord, and Chris Bruner on the one-loss side, to finish in fourth place. Noe beat Kenny Miller and John Moody Jr. on the winner’s side, and Will Moon and Kenny Miller (again) on the one-loss side to finish in fifth. In the battle for top female, only New England Billiards Hall of Fame player Linda Shea and two-time Regional Tour Champion Jia Li made it through the first round on the winner’s side, but both ladies lost their next two matches. Meanwhile, Meredith Lynch, from Gaithersburg, MD, and Sierra Reams from Richmond, VA, lost their first round matches, but won their next two. They finished in 25th place and split the prize for top female.

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Despite several upsets and many tight matches, two going home. He made a tricky run out to get to the hill. favorites had uneventful paths to the winner’s side final. At double hill, Stottlemyer played a safe, Wilkie missed a Former Mosconi-cup team member Brandon Shuff went long jump shot on the one-ball, and Stottlemyer ran out, undefeated through the bracket, sending pro trick shot putting Wilkie out in third. artist Steve Lillis, Frank Wojciehowski, Chris Pyle, Rob In his second chance against Shuff, Stottlemyer Cord, and Shaun Wilkie to the ‘B’ side. Meanwhile, continued to struggle with the break. Shuff quickly local favorite Brett Stottlemyer made his way there jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the final race to 11. Shuff with wins over Kristina Douglass, Rich Wright, Clint continued to apply pressure throughout the match, Clayton, Tony Long, and Chris Bruner. taking advantage of his chances at the table, and When Shuff and Stottlemyer met in the “hot seat” avoiding costly mistakes. Shuff claimed the Maryland match, Shuff caught a gear and took advantage of several State 9-Ball Championship with a final score of 11-5. costly scratches to beat Stottlemyer 7-2. Virginia State 10-Ball Champion Shaun Wilkie had just fired in a five-nine combination to send Bell home in fourth place and was waiting to play Stottlemyer in the B-side finals. Wilkie and Stottlemyer started the match with near-perfect lags, and the lags were just a preview of how close the match would be. After a dozen people had examined the lag and couldn’t agree on the winner, Wilkie conceded that he thought Stottlemyer’s ball was just a fraction of an inch closer to the rail. Unfortunately for Stottlemyer, he made two balls on the break and scratched. Wilkie ran out. After two more inconvenient scratches, Stottlemyer was down 4-2, but later in the match he found his break and made several good run outs. Stottlemyer reached the hill Brett Stottlemyer, Brandon Shuff, and first at 6-5. But Wilkie had no intention of Shaun Wilkie (Photo: Alex Dobler)

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Open Tournament Article by: Janis Sessions Photos by: Janis Sessions

Pool 4 Paws

On March 7, 2015 hosted at Lucky 7 (4850 South State Rd 7, Davie FL.) League Operators; Jim DeCesare (NAPA); Janis Sessions (South Florida BCA) and Coordinator Becky Yelvington. This tournament was the Second Fund Raiser, but this time it was for “Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue”. Founded in January 2006 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They are a No-kill, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization. They are comprised ENTIRELY of volunteers with full-time careers and families. For more information, please go to: We had 24 players showed up and we were able to put together three different brackets; A, B and C. Game would be 8 ball with NAPA rules, race to 3 and double elimination.


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A Bracket (4 player’s round robin format) results: Octavio “Obie” Aviles – 1st Place - $40

B Bracket (16 player’s) results: Frank Sirico – 1st Place- $80 Cary Tarpley – 2nd Place - $40 Eyal Harel – 3rd Place - $20 Johnny Swint – 4th Place - $20 Sirico stayed on the winner side all day and only lost to Tarpley who had to play Sirico twice. Sirico would not be denied first place and beat Tarpley in the finals. Sirico had a break and run, this was so much fun to watch. Sirico may be a senior citizen, but hasn’t slowed down with his game. He made some amazing shoots and the younger players should take note. Age doesn’t matter with pool. Congrats Frankie.

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C Bracket (4 player’s round robin format) results: Rick Pinsky – 1st Place - $30 Tonya Jones - 2nd Place - $10 Although this tournament did not have a large pay out for the players, the players came out to support this fund raiser and we were able to give Grateful Paws $600. We had a blind auction which helped the amount. Thank you to all the pool players for coming out. Thank you to Lucky 7 owners Charlie and Tiffany for letting us have this tournament. A special thanks to the Grateful Paws for all you do for the animals. We the pool player’s from South Florida wanted to help give them “One Good Shot at a Good Life”

Rum Runner’s Andy Mercer Memorial 2015 Scott Frost Scott Frost wins the 2015 Andy Mercer Memorial at Rum Runner Las Vegas. Sunday dawned with 4 matches on the winners side with Sean LaneJason Klatt, Jeff Schilder-Sal Butera, Mike Massey-Scott Frost, and Joven Bustamante-Dick Rice. After the smoke cleared from the semi finals Frost and Bustamante were in line for the hot seat with Frost putting Bustamante on the left side. He had a match with Jason Klatt but got back into the championship match. The tournament had plenty of come backs in matches, as being down 4-2 or 5-1 in a race to six did not phase to many players in this years action. Plenty of drama was added to the event when Van Boening, the winner in five of last six and four in a row was left in tie for 5th-6th. Mike Massey was victorious to put SVB in the left side and he was eliminated by Bustamante three matches later. Bustamante also defeated Hall Of Famer Mike Massey in his next match. Scott Frost was in stroke as he played real steady thru out the weekend. This year the field was strong to the point we had two Hall of Famers in Massey and Jimmy Mataya along with a future one in Shane. Yet as in 9 ball a person can be on that week and end up holding the cash.

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Ward goes undefeated

with his 1st win on the Great Southern Billiard Tour Scotty Ward's undefeated, first win on the Great Southern Billiard Tour was almost overshadowed by a 15-year-old competitor named Hunter White, who lost his opening match and won 10 in a row on the losers' side before finishing third. The $1,000-added event drew 70 entrants to Legends Billiards in Inman, SC on the weekend of February 28-March 1. Ward moved among the winners' side final four and squared off against Matt Bulfin, while Daniel Autrey and Gary Cairnes met up in the other winners' side semifinal. Ward defeated Bulfin 8-4, and in the hot seat match, met up with Autrey, who'd sent Cairnes to the loss side 5-4 (Cairnes racing to 7). Ward and Autrey would end up playing twice; first, in the battle for the hot seat, won by Ward 8-4. On the loss side, co-owner April Bradley, playing as a "3," was busy becoming the highest female finisher in the event, getting as far as the tie for 17th place; no small feat for a "3" in a field of 70 players. The youngster White, in the midst of his own "no small feat," chalked up loss-side wins number six and seven against David Lowery (6-1) and Ryan Hollingsworth (6-6, Hollingsworth racing to 9) and drew Bulfin. Cairnes picked up Josh Newman, who'd eliminated Brad Stone 9-3 and shut out Zach Baker to reach him. Four of the last five matches in the event went double hill. Newman moved into the quarterfinals with a 9-2 victory over Cairnes, while White played the first of his own three straight double hill matches; the first, defeating Bulfin. White then picked up his last victory, defeating Newman in the quarterfinals, double hill. Autrey ended White's nine-match, loss-side winning streak with a double hill win in the semifinals. Ward then completed his undefeated run and first GSBT win with a double hill second victory over Autrey in the finals. Tour director Shannon Daulton thanked co-owners Marty Opyd and April Bradley for their hospitality.


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State of Maine 9-Ball

Union Station - Portland, ME March 21-22 Another Great Turnout - 53 Players !!! Thanks to Everyone for a great Tournament Weekend! Congratulations to Dave Hall 9 ball State of Maine Champion! 1st Dave Hall 2nd Josh R. 3rd Mike L. 4th Kyle P 5th Guy B 6th Samoth 7th John S 8th Jordan L 9th Sam M 10th Jud S 11th Brandon C 12th David D March 15th USB 9 ball Series Event #6 Great Turnout Yesterday 24 Players ! 1st Dave 2nd C-Dog 3rd Mike L 4th Samoth 5th Jeff P 6th Rick B

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Fred passed away on March 15, 2015. His funeral was in Union City, TN. There will be a Memorial Service in Daytona Beach, FL at Westside Baptist Church on Mason Avenue April 4th at 10 am. Fred had so many friends all over the world. Just know that had he been able to call, text or facebook you, he would have. I want to thank you for the beautiful flowers, cards and phone calls. --- Thank you, Sue Roberts Stoll Fred grew up in Daytona Beach, graduating from Mainland High School in 1972. Fred worked at the Daytona Beach News Journal and continued to be a freelance photographer for the paper. Fred retired from the United States Postal service in 2012. Fred was also the photographer for the BCAPL. Many of you knew Fred as Santa. He loved making Christmas a special time for children and their families. I look forward to celebrating Fred’s life with his Florida family and friends.


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with players anxious for the opportunity to compete against the #1 ranked Pro Pool Player in the country. The format was 9-Ball on the 9-foot tables, winner break, race to 7 on the A side and race to 6 on the B side; the race went to 7 once they got to the money rounds. Rail2Rail provided the Live Stream, free to viewers and Score Saloon tracked the RAFAEL MARTINEZ, REBECCA EASLEY (TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR), SHANE VAN BOENING scores of the matches online. Malarkey’s Feb 28-Mar 1, 2015 Spectators Every year, Malarkey’s Pool & Brew hosts the February Freeze 9-Ball accurately predicted the final to be the two pros in this field; SVB and Rafael Tournament and every year, more top notch pool players in the Pacific Martinez. To get there, both these fine players battled through an 84 player Northwest come to Tacoma, WA to compete. This year, we had a full field of field. The random draw put Van Boening and Martinez at opposite ends of the 84 great players (73 men and 9 women) from Washington, Oregon, California bracket and both men defeated their opponents in quick succession, until the and Canada; with a last minute surprise competitor from South Dakota… semi-final round of the winners’ side. That’s when Martinez came up against Shane Van Boening. SVB happened to be in the area doing an exhibition in Dan Louie, who charged through his bracket as well. Louie broke Martinez’s Tacoma and he accepted Malarkey’s invitation to enter the tournament. As winning streak, beating him 7-3 and earned a spot in the point match against soon as word got out that SVB would be there, the entries came flooding in SVB.


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Meanwhile, Van Boening was chewing through his opponents, not allowing any of them to get more than 4 games on him; that is, until he got to the 6th round. There, he met Sean Lewis, who had been blazing his own trail through the bracket, was on fire and who was very much up to the challenge of facing SVB on the stream table. In the longest match Van Boening played, Lewis played tough and smart to give the nationally ranked pro a real hill/hill grind of table runs and safeties. Lewis’ last safety in the 13th game of the set rolled just a little far and gave SVB an opportunity back to the table; he made an incredible shot from a tough spot, finishing the rack and the match, 7-6. Dan Louie and Shane Van Boening would play for the point, while Rafael Martinez and Sean Lewis each had to beat one more player before meeting each other in the match for 4th place. Lewis defeated Todd Marsh and Damian Pongpanik lost to Martinez. In the quarterfinal match, Lewis and Martinez both played strong, but it was Martinez that would come out the victor and Sean Lewis finished 4th place. Martinez waited to play the loser of the match for the point. The point match was announced and a crowd gathered to watch national and world champion from South Dakota, Shane Van Boening play against local favorite and past national champion from Mercer Island, WA, Dan Louie. Van Boening continued his own winning streak by beating Louie 7-3 and laying claim to the hot seat. After SVB sent Dan Louie over to the B side, Louie and Rafael Martinez had a rematch. Louie was fresh off his loss to SVB and did not play as well as he did in his first match up with Martinez. Louie gave Martinez too many chances with uncharacteristic misses, while Martinez found his groove and got into a rapid but smooth stroke, to defeat Louie by the same score Louie had beaten him by earlier, 7-3 and move on to the final match. Malarkey’s was packed with pool fans from all over the Seattle/Tacoma area to see former world champion Rafael Martinez face the current #1 US ranked pro player, Shane Van Boening. The final match of the February Freeze was one of the fastest in Malarkey’s history. SVB expertly ran through 6 straight racks in about 15 minutes. He broke and scratched on the 7th rack, finally giving Rafael Martinez a chance at the table. Martinez, the calm and quick shooter who easily defeated Dan Louie in the semi-final, seemed rushed and uncomfortable in this final as he pocketed the first few balls. Unfortunately, he miscued on the 6-ball, giving control of the table back to SVB and that was the end of the match, as Van Boening quickly ran out the rest of the rack, to win the match 7-0. Rafael Martinez took 2nd place and Shane Van Boening won the title of February Freeze 2015 Champion.


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Takes the 1st Annual North Carolina State 9-Ball Championship Posted on March 26, 2015 by Herman Parker Named for its city of origin, “Queen City” (Charlotte, NC), The Q City 9-Ball Tour has become one of the most prominent forces on the pool scene in the Southern U.S. since launching in 2013. Under the direction of Herman Parker (a Brooklyn, NY native) and his wife Angela Parker, the tour has now extended its reach to include South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and next, Georgia. Q City now touts a total of 50 tour stops in 23 different pool rooms—including the recent North Carolina 9-Ball State Championships, won by 2013 Super Billiards Expo Open Players Champion, Jeff Abernathy. Read on to hear how it played out in Raleigh, NC. For tour schedule and more information, find The Q City 9-Ball Tour on Facebook. On Saturday, March 14, 2015, Brass Tap & Billiards in Raleigh, NC hosted The Q City 9 Ball Tour’s first annual North Carolina State 9-Ball Championships. 48 players came out to claim the title in what turned out to be the strongest field in the area in recent memory. By the end of Saturday, there were 8 players left. All of them, already in the money, came back to play on Sunday. The Final 4 on the winner’s side featured Jeff Abernathy vs Mike Davis Jr, and Danny Heidrich vs Steve Page. The one-loss side featured several strong players matching up. Johnny Griffin vs Ty Griffin, and Randy Jordan vs Delton ‘Pokey’ Howard. Jeff Abernathy played flawlessly against professional player Mike Davis Jr, winning 9-4. Meanwhile, Danny Heidrich won easily over Steve Page 9-3, setting up a “hot seat” match vs Jeff Abernathy. Danny beat Jeff easily in the hot seat match, 9-1 to earn himself a trip to the finals. - See more at: Meanwhile, after waiting on several matches on 1 loss side, Jeff Abernathy met with a strong player from Georgia, Randy Jordan (who had just put Mike

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Jeff Abernathy Davis Jr. out of the tournament with a 9-6 win). Jeff Abernathy played another great match to beat Randy 9-5 and earn a rematch vs Danny Heidrich. - See more at: The final match was one race to eleven. Almost all the players from a long weekend stayed to watch the match. Jeff Abernathy played great and earned himself the title of North Carolina State 9-ball Champion by beating Danny 11-6. - See more at: http://www. The Q City 9-Ball Tour would like to thank Tony Coates and the Brass Tap staff for being wonderful hosts.

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Jeff Abernathy $2,300 Danny Heidrich $1,500 Randy Jordan $1,050 Mike Davis Jr. $650 Steve Page, Johnny Griffin $275 Delton ‘Pokey’ Howard, Ty Griffin $175

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Tickets on sale from Thursday 26th March FOLLOWING A SELL-OUT event last year, tickets for the 2015 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup will be on sale from Thursday 26th March. Taking place from Monday December 7 to Thursday December 10, the Europe v USA showdown is hosted for the first time at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. The defending champions are Team Europe who won their fifth consecutive title in Blackpool, England in December 2014. Now making its seventh appearance in Las Vegas, the Mosconi Cup is pool’s biggest brand and it features two five-man teams competing in a series of singles and doubles matches over the four days. Last year, the Mosconi Cup sold out all 4,000 tickets within days of going on sale and Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn believes that fans will have to move fast to snap up the tickets; “Since the Mosconi Cup ended on December 4th, we’ve had a never-ending stream of enquiries as to when tickets would be available for MC XXII and now that day has arrived.

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“The Americans badly need a win following the Europeans’ success over the past five years and one thing that will surely lift the team will be huge support at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. “One of the constant factors in Europe’s run of victories has been the passionate backing of their fans and it’s now the American fans time to show their steel. “That said, there will be plane loads of Euro fans making the trip in December and I’m pretty sure this year will see the Mosconi Cup attendance record smashed!” There is a single session on each day’s play and tickets are priced at $43.45 per session plus commission. The popular season tickets covering all four sessions are available for $154 plus commission. All prices include LET. Tickets are available exclusively from The New Tropicana Las Vegas’ website.

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Shaun Wilkie and Brandon Shuff Posted on March 19, 2015 by Nicole Vincent Fleming On Saturday, March 7, 40 players competed in the Action Pool Tour’s third stop of the 2015 season at Magic 8 Cue Club in Cockeysville, MD. When Shaun Wilkie lost his first round match to Chris Jackson, many assumed that his six-tournament winning streak was over. But, Wilkie had no intention of going home early. Instead, he went on a dominating nine-match winning streak that sent home Dominic Noe (6-2), Bill McCummons (6-0), Kenny Miller (62), room owner Trevor Dentz (6-2), Alan Duty (6-1), Steve Fleming (6-2), Chris Jackson (6-2), Greg Sabins (6-2), and Andy Lincoln (6-4). While Wilkie was taking the scenic route to the finals, Brandon Shuff chose a more straightforward path to meet him there. Shuff, who was competing in


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an APT event for the first time in over a year, marched through the field with six straight wins in which none of his opponents won more than four games. Shuff’s victories included wins over Will Stem (7-2), Mike Harvey (7-0), Matt Krah (7-4), Alan Duty (7-3), Greg Sabins (7-1), and Andy Lincoln (7-3). Before losing to Shuff in the winner’s side final, local Maryland player Andy Lincoln had a standout performance, moving through the right side of the bracket with wins over Don Montalvo (7-2), Trevor Dentz (7-6), Doug Hornsby (7-3), and Chris Jackson (76). Speaking of Jackson, he had his best APT appearance to date as well. He started the day with a hill-hill upset against pro player Shaun Wilkie. He then went on to defeat Charlene Harvey (7-5), Steve Fleming (7-5), and

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Brian Davis (7-3). Action Pool Tour regular Greg Sabins, from Newport News, Virginia, must have been happy that he made the nearly four-hour drive to play at Magic 8. His impressive fourth place finish included wins over several tough opponents, including Bill McCummins (7-2), Dan Madden (7-1), Steve Lingafelter (7-6), and Matt Krah (6-4). He lost only to the top two finishers. When Wilkie and Shuff started the final match—a single race to nine—both men were playing with confidence. They traded games back and forth, both breaking strong and running out racks. Tied 7-7, Wilkie broke dry, and Shuff took full advantage. He ran that rack and finished the tournament in perfect form with a break-and-run.

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Dennis Hatch and Earl Strickland with VIP Billiards owner Jim Girardi and staff Chris Guariglia & Jack Nowack. (Photo: Chris Guariglia) Posted on March 18, 2015 by James Girardi Two American greats and former Mosconi Cup teammates, Earl Strickland and Dennis Hatch, have hit the road together to put on exhibition tour. On March 14, their stop was in Bayport, NY, home to VIP Billiards. Read on as VIP owner and new NYC Grind contributor James Girardi shares his perspective on their appearance, and check out the VIP Billiards Facebook page for more photos and videos from the show. Saturday, March 14, 2015 marked the fourth meeting of top pool players in a challenge match event at VIP Billiards in Bayport, NY on Long Island. This was Buffalo, NY pro Dennis Hatch’s third and Earl Strickland’s first visit to VIP. It was an afternoon of fun and excitement, as the duo had a race to ten in 10 Ball. Both players were executing brilliantly, however, in the end only one was triumphant…but, everyone who came out to watch was a winner. Both Dennis and Earl are not only great pool players, but ambassadors to the sport and great showmen. They were welcoming to all that came to watch and signed cases, cues and cue balls.

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Dennis donated a Meucci cue to be raffled off, and VIP Billiards an additional cue for the raffle. The highlight of the afternoon was Earl’s trick shot performance. Not only did he “wow” the crowd with various shots, but also talked to them about the origin of such shots. Earl is an enigma of the sport of pool. He has had the privilege to play against some of the greats of two different eras of players, and got to experience the differences in those two eras. Earl talked about his early days, from when he got started in North Carolina—to his hustling days— to moving up the ranks of top players around the world. Everyone in the room hung on to his every word and watched as he dazzled us all with highly-impressive trick shots. Outside of his “15 Balls in One Shot” trick shot, he rolled a ball down the table and pocketed it in the corner, while the cue ball returned to him via two rails, then rolled another ball down the table and pocketed that ball. He did six consecutive times, and probably could have done more, but ran out of balls on the table. Always a highlight of the challenge matches at VIP Billiards—the players then played single 9-ball racks with members of the audience. It

is always great to see the smiles on the faces of young and old customers as they play against a professional athlete. What was said by a few of the event’s attendees is something that is unique to pool: in what other sport do you have the chance to be a spectator, but then to also compete against a professional athlete? Special thanks to Earl and Dennis for showing the fans a great afternoon. Always a highlight of the challenge matches at VIP Billiards—the players then played single 9-ball racks with members of the audience. It is always great to see the smiles on the faces of young and old customers as they play against a professional athlete. What was said by a few of the event’s attendees is something that is unique to pool: in what other sport do you have the chance to be a spectator, but then to also compete against a professional athlete? Special thanks to Earl and Dennis for showing the fans a great afternoon.

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Stroke Pool Magazine April Issue 2015  

Corey Deuel takes the Chinook Winds Open - read the results and more results from around the Eastern U.S. - get the latest tournament dates...

Stroke Pool Magazine April Issue 2015  

Corey Deuel takes the Chinook Winds Open - read the results and more results from around the Eastern U.S. - get the latest tournament dates...