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Losing Business? Profits Down? Reasons Why Successful Pool Locations Increase Advertising During Slow Ecomonic Times

1. Your competition is Likely to Cut Back on Advertising 2. The Frequest Ads of Successful Locations become more visible to the pool player 3. Studies prove that Locations Advertising during slow times INCREASE Market Share, pool player traffic and profits 4. Locations that cut Advertising will LOSE Market Share. Some will even go bust 5. Advertising Works over time because it builds name AWARENESS 6. It also works because without it the pool players may believe you do not have tournaments and you may not even be open 7. When you don’t Advertise a pool player quickly forgets your location and they don’t know why you are better than your competition 8. Research has shown that the best-performing pool halls/bars in the long term are those that continue Advertising during an eonomic slowdown 9. Your budget may seem tight right now but the current slowdown may be an ideal opportunity to bring in new pool players to your Location

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"The Scottish Lion" wins

Stewart Warnock "The Scottish Lion" wins Sandcastle Billiards' A/D 9 Ball Ti-State Tour event. In route to his victory, Stewart had wins over: Wali Muhammed 7 - 5; Brian Hunter 7 - 3; and Gary Murgia 7 - 2. Then, in he battle for the hot seat, suffered a loss to Randy Schwager 7 - 6. On the loss side, Stewart defeated Serrafin Serrano 7 - 5; Ron Mason 8 - 5; and George Osipovitch 8 - 5 to get to the finals. In the return match against Randy, each player took turns taking the lead and, at a crucial (6 - 6) moment Stewart took andvantage of the opportunities winning 3 in a row for the tournament victory. On the human interest side of this event, one player displayed the tenacity of womamhood. Adriane Rivera, a D+ player, competed 8 months pregnant! Despite carrying an extra 30 pounds and all the other stresses, Adriane gave a lot of players a run for there money with a 4 - 2 win/loss record and a double hill match that could have easily gone her way. Please provide a thank you to Sterling Gaming; Fury Cues; Stealth Cues and Ozone Billiards, and Phil Capelle for their support.

Hatch Picks Up 7th Win

By AzB staff, AZBilliards.com

RESULTS: 1st - $660 Stewart Warnock 2nd - $430 Randy Schwager 3rd - $265 George Osipovitch 4th - $160 Ron Mason 5/6th - $100 Serrafin Serrano, William Zazor 7/8th - $80 John Alicea, Scott Abramowitz

Dennis Hatch chalked up his seventh win in 10 attempts on the 16th stop of the 2009-2010 Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour on the weekend of April 17-18. Only Shane Winters, Stevie Moore and Rodney Morris have kept Hatch out of the winning circle when he’s competed during this Joss Northeast season. Winters and Moore did so with victories in the finals of the event. Morris did it by dropping him into third place at the 14th annual Turning Stone Classic in December, thus preventing a Hatch/Archer final in that event, which Archer went on to win. In a new format, featuring a mixture of professional and non-professional competitors paying different fees to enter, the $1,500-added event, hosted by Golden Cue Billiards Lounge in Albany, NY, drew 43 total entrants; 35 ‘pros’ and 8 ‘non-pros.’ The tour stop also featured a $500-added ‘second chance’ tournament on Sunday, for players eliminated from the main event. A total of 25 players opted to compete for $1,000 in total purse money in the second chance event, which was won Hal Hughes. Hatch gave up only one of out of every four racks he played in the final three matches; a 27-9 aggregate score that began with 9-2 win over Paul Rozonewski among the winners’ side final four. Matt Tetreault, in the meantime, was sending Chris Orme west by the same score. Hatch sent Tetreault to the semifinals with a 9-3 win that left him in the hot seat. After eliminating Keith Lauer 9-1 and Bucky Souvanthong 9-4, it was Joss Northeast tournament director Mike Zuglan, laying in wait for Orme on the one-loss side. Rozonewski found himself facing Dave Fernandez, who’d defeated Hal Hughes (eventual winner of the second chance event) 9-4 and Brent Boemmels (co-tour director of the East Coast Pool Tour) 9-3 to reach him. Zuglan and Orme battled to double hill before Orme prevailed to move into the quarterfinals. Fernandez joined him with a 9-6 win over Rozonewski. Fernandez made short work of Orme in those quarterfinals, defeating him 9-1, before moving into a ‘nail biting,’ double hill match versus Tetreault in the semifinals. Tetrault hung on to win for a second chance at Hatch in the true double elimination finals. Tetrault won almost as many games in what would prove to be the only set necessary as Hatch’s previous two opponents combined, but it wasn’t enough. Hatch took an early four game lead and though Tetreault chipped away at it, Hatch eventually extended it by one and finished things at 9-4. In the second chance tournament ruled by races to three, Hal Hughes, who finished in the 9-12 slot of the main event, was in the hot seat when he faced John Rich in a true double elimination final. Rich shut Hughes out in the opening set , but Hughes battled to double hill in the second set, and prevailed to win. COMPLETE RESULTS: 1st $1,100 2nd $800 3rd $650 4th $450 5th/6th $350 7th/8th $200

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Dennis Hatch Matt Tetreault Dave Fernandez Chris Orme Mike Zuglan, Paul Rozonewski Bucky Souvanthong, Brent Boemmels


Hernandez and Davis Claim Victories By Jerry Tarantola, NYCgrind.com The Ozone Billiards 9-12th: $135 Mike Wong, Asif Mostafa, Luis Novas, Predator 9-Ball Tour Junior Sanchez made its sixth tour 14-16th: $100 Daniel Dagodot, Chuck Giallorenzo, stop of the season Mike Panzarella, Darwin Vergara at Master Billiards In the Open-Pro 10-ball event, legendary New York-area pool player on April 24-25, Frankie Hernandez was on a roll going through the field in dominant fashion. 2010. This event Frankie rolled over"Ginky" George Sansouci (8-0) & Mhet Vergara (8-1) drew a full field of 64 before falling to Tony Robles 8-4. Frankie would then best Oscar Bonilla 8-3 amateurs, including to get another chance at Robles in the finals. The combination of Frankie's many top up-andbig break and aggressive play was too much for the Silent Assassin this go coming players from around as Frankie beat Robles 8-4 to win the event. Frankie is also the the Tri-State area. winner of a paid entry fee to the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championships in Vegas Several standout next month as he was the points leader for the Predator Tour after the 5 players included qualifying events. Congratulations Frankie! Wilson Cruz, PREDATOR OPEN-PRO RESULTS: Michael Yednak, Frankie Hernandez $600 Mike Panzarella, Derek Schwager, Yesid Garibello, Stew Warnock, Mike Tony Robles $300 Davis, and Phil Davis. The event also featured an Open/Pro tournament, Oscar Bonilla $120 which drew several top legendary NY players, including Tony Robles, "Ginky" For more information on the Predator 9-Ball Tour, please log on to: www. George Sansouci, and Frankie Hernandez. predator9balltour.com One of the regular players in the Master Billiards weekly tournaments, Tony Robles and the Predator 9-ball Tour would like to thank their Tony Liang, made a statement playing strong throughout the event. Tony sponsors: Predator Cues, Poison Cues, Ozone Billiards, Delta-13 Racks, Liang's undefeated road to the finals was impressive. Tony defeated Eddie The Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Seminole Pro Tour, Poolonthenet.com, Medina (7-5), Shawn Sookhai (7-2), Stew Warnock (7-5), Mike Wong (7-3), Digital Ink Printing, Billiards Press, RJH Custom Cues, Jim Murnak Cue and Alex Gonzalez (7-4) before he clutched out a gritty hill-hill (7-6) win over Cases,Go4Pool.net, and NYCgrind.com. Alan Chan to claim a spot in the finals and wait for the player who would eventually grind back through the one-loss side. Eight players on the one-loss side earned the opportunity to fight back on Sunday. John Stiles displayed heart defeating Chuck Giallorenzo (7-6) and Asif Mostafa (7-5),then continued on to defeat Alberto Estevez 7-2 and New England 9-Ball Series Mathew Harricharan 7-4 before falling to Phil Davis. Perell takes New England Phil Davis also had an incredibly strong showing at his first Predator 9-Ball Championship Ernest event. As one of eight players making it back to the second day, Phil was Perell, a C+ handicap player, determined to make the most out of his hour and a half ride from his home defeated an A+ opponent in Ansonia, Connecticut. After losing his first match to Yesid Garibello 7-6 – Randy Labonte – twice to on Saturday, Phil went through Mike Panzarella (7-4), Junior Sanchez (7-6), go undefeated and capture Yesid Garibello (7-3), Alex Gonzalez (7-4), John Stiles (7-3), and ultimately the New England 9-Ball Alan Chan (7-3) making it to the finals. In the final match Phil, who is rated an A player, matched up against the Championships on Sunday, undefeated Tony Liang, rated a B. Phil was dominant in the finals, leading April 18. The $1,000-added, the match through to a 9-6 final score, including the one game on the wire New England 9-Ball Series spot that an A player has to give to a B. Congratulations go out to emerging event, with a total purse of young gun Phil Davis from CT for a truly impressive performance. $2,920, drew 64 players to Legends Billiards in Portsmouth, NH. Perell The next event on the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour will be May 8-9 at took out a B+ player, Rich Senna, with a 4-4 win among the winners’ side BQE Billiards & Cafe in Jackson Heights, NY. final four to get into the hot seat match versus Labonte, who’d just sent PREDATOR TOUR AMATEUR RESULTS: Paul Linteras west 6-1. 1. $1,000 Phil Davis Perell gained the hot seat with a 4-5 win over Labonte. On the one-loss 2. $600 Tony Liang side, Senna drew Greg Murry, who’d defeated Rich Minichello 5-3 and 3. $400 Alan Chan 4. $300 John Stiles Kevin Sun 5-2. Nick Connor, who’d shutout John Smith and defeated 5/6: $225 Mathew Harricharan, Alex Gonzalez Andy Maynard 5-2 squared off against Linteras. Murry made Senna’s 7/8th: $175 Alberto Estevez, Yesid Garibello journey west a one-stop operation, defeating him 5-3, while Linteras dropped Connor into the tie for fifth place 4-3. In the quarterfinals that followed, Linteras defeated Murry 4-2. Labonte had allowed Linteras only a single rack in the earlier meeting among the winners’ side final four. In the semifinals, he gave up even less, shutting Linteras out 6-0 for a second chance against Perell. Their second meeting was a duplicate of their first in the hot seat match. Perell defeated Labonte 4-5 again to take home the first place prize. RESULTS: 1st $1050 Ernest Perell 2nd $550 Randy Labonte 3rd $300 Paul Linteris 4th $200 Greg Murray 5th $125 Rich Senna, Nick Connor 7th $75 Kevin Sun, Andy Maynard 9th $60 Nelson Oliviera, John Smith, Rich Minichello, Gareth Steele 13th $45 Joe Dupuis, Cleiton Rocha, Ryan Hodsen, Rob James

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The End Rail Produces a Great End Result! By Bill Smith “Mr3Cushion”, Old School Pool.net

WHILE A CONSIDERABLE majority of shots in 3-cushion billiards originate off a side rail, this time we're going to look at the effects of some shots that begin with a top rail. A fairly common occurrence in everyday play and even more so in championship play. This group of shots focuses on positioning the first object ball in the high-percentage scoring lanes, along the long cushions between the first and seventh diamonds, Diagram 1, (shaded areas). With this aspect in mind, our pri¬mary concern now becomes the speed of the first object ball and the English you impart to it. High Percentage Position Lanes Table Diagram 2 shows you a shot over¬looked by novice and intermediate players. This is actually an extremely effective position shot. Their mistake is to play off the left side Diagram 1 of the first ball for an extended short-angled path. It's very easy to make that way and fine if you only need one point to win. But, it offers no position opportunities for extending the inning. This is because the angle into the first ball does not provide the correct speed to position the ball for a predictable second shot. To play this type of shot properly, we go to the short rail, long rail and long rail again, sort of a plus-2 system shot, but with total control of the first object ball. You might think of it in pool terms as banking that first ball cross-side with the correct speed to keep it in the lane. Strike the cue ball with 11 o'clock English; a short slow stroke will keep the object ball from traveling too far. The end rail shot of Diagram 3 also presents an excellent opportunity for continuing a run. First, look at the angle and carom you'll need to bring the first ball back into that scoring lane (a short stroke is very helpful here). Then, apply the correct English, 1 o'clock to land on the third ball short (as we discussed last time) so as not to knock it away from our second big target, 6 Stroke Magazine - May 2010

the comer. (By the way, I'm using the red ball as the first object ball in these examples to disprove the old theory that the only way you should play slow-to-the-third-ball is off the white ball first. It's just that in those cases you get a safety as a bonus.) The third end rail shot Diagram 4 is one that comes up repeatedly at all levels of play, so much so that your handling of it may well be the deciding factor in whether you win or lose. In this type of shot, always bank the first ball perpendicular to the long cushion with enough speed to land on the other long rail in your highpercentage scor¬ing Diagram 4 lane. The shot requires a crisp hit, hit with a short stroke and extreme 3 O'clock to land correctly i.e. Next to move the object ball into a better scoring zone can't be emphasized enough. Next to scoring itself, I consider this the next most important aspect of the game. Finally, in Diagram 5, we have a shot similar to the previous example except the second ball is positioned in the opposite corner. Still, we approach this shot with the same technique. Using more speed drives the first ball twice across the table to a prime scoring lane for the next shot. Especially, since the second ball is already positioned in the corner. Diagram 5 Remember, the primary objective here is to place the first ball in that highpercentage lane. Don't lose sight of that goal. The second ball is already just where you want it, in a big target zone. Use 2 o'clock English, and a normal stroke. Our cue ball must travel the length of the table three times, a good deal farther than the previous example. Many players approach end rail shots with little regard for the final resting place of the 3 balls. For one reason or another, too far to be that accurate, small target etc. the player is intimidated and timid. This is the result of a lack of knowledge concerning the basic fundamentals and stroke techniques that produce the desired results in various situations. With knowledge, you can overcome fear and your scoring will improve resulting from end rail position shots.


A Pool Player’s Guide to Savvy Air Travel

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By Samm Diep, PoolTipJar.com © May 2010

MAY 1st 9 Ball Tournament $1000 added Memphis Tn Highpockets Billiards Here are the details of the tournament. We had really bad weather but still had 32 players for the tournament. We took a vote with the players and ran it in one day. 1st Chuck Raulston $700 2nd Nick Vita $500 3rd Kinnard Mays $300 4th Henry Goodman $150 5th Justin Bergman $50 6th Dustin Vo $50 7th Matt Martin $25 8th P.G. Vince $25

Tournament season is in full force and Vegas Nationals are just around the corner. With the soaring prices of fuel these days, more and more people are opting to fly to events instead of drive. When flying, here are some useful tips for hassle-free traveling: As pool players, it’s safe to assume that if you’re flying to a tournament with your cues, you will be checking a bag, no questions. The days of carrying our cues on the plane are behind us. To make sure your cues arrive where you do, always get to the airport AT LEAST an hour and a half prior to departure. Depending on the airport, you may want to arrive even earlier. Checking in: • Most airlines currently charge a $20-25 fee to check your first bag and an additional fee for the second bag. If you haven’t already, you may want to invest in an oversized duffle that will fit both your cues and clothes together. [see SammsPocket.com for an assortment] • Make sure none of your bags are over 50 pounds. There’s typically a charge for that too. • If you’re connecting, confirm that your bags are checked all the way to your final destination. • Check in online whenever possible. Just about every airline offers online checkin within 24 hours before your flight time. Even if you don’t have a printer, you can usually (re)print your boarding pass when you arrive at the ticket counter to drop off your bag(s). • Have your photo ID in hand from the time you arrive at the airport until after you get through security. • If you checked in online, you still want to (re)confirm the departing gate number with the ticket agent after checking your bag(s). • Once you’ve checked your bag(s) and they’re confirmed on the flight – Now, RELAX… You should still try to get to your gate on time, but don’t panic if the security line is a mile long. It’s unlikely that the

plane will take off with your bags on board without you. They’ll generally page you if they see that you’ve checked in. Security: • Try to wear comfortable, slip on shoes that are easy to remove. Please wear socks. • Have your boarding pass and ID out and ready when entering the security line. • Any liquids/gels over 3 oz must go in a separate plastic bag through security. • Once your boarding pass and ID have been checked, put away your ID (you don’t need it again) but keep your boarding pass available. • Get your electronics out and in a bin alone. • Your shoes, belt, and jacket can go into a separate bin together. • Cell phone, loose change, watch, keys, etc. can all go together in one of the smaller bins. • Make sure you zip up and secure all your bags before placing them on the conveyer belt. • Keep your boarding pass with you! • Do not walk through the metal detector until you see the last of your items enter the x-ray machine. Special Needs: • If you suffer from motion sickness, make sure you take and pack (conveniently in a carry-on bag) your air sickness pills. • If you are susceptible to catching colds, make sure you take your Airborn and stock up on vitamin C and zinc approximately 2-24 hours prior to airport exposure. o You may also want to carry anti-bacteria wipes with you. o Keep your hands clean. o Avoid unnecessary contact with your eyes, ears, and nose. o Try to practice good basic hygiene. General: • Use a list when packing to help ensure you don’t forget anything before and after. • Clean out your pool case!

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You should consider doing this often anyway but it will definitely help reduce any unnecessary weight. Also, get change/tokens at the tournament. This will also help keep the weight to a minimum. • Bring an extra empty bag. Find a lightweight duffle or backpack that can fold up and fit into your luggage. Be prepared in the event that your luggage is overweight or you bring some extra goodies back with you. • Once you get through security, check the gate assignment again before walking all the way there and realizing that it’s changed. • Try to wear clothes with pockets. They come in handy. • If you need a pillow or blanket, make sure you grab one or ask for one as soon as you board. If they’re available, supplies are usually limited. • Dress in layers. Airplanes can get chilly. • Dress comfortably. You’ll be sitting in whatever you’re wearing for the next couple hours, or longer. • Don’t forget to pack your music, books, games, pillow, snacks, and any other essentials. • And, of course, never leave your personal belongings unattended and always check to make sure you haven’t left anything behind where ever you stop.

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Moore Seizes the Day

The second stop in this year’s Seminole Pro Tour was held at Bankshot Billiards in Jacksonville, Florida. The $7,000 added prize fund drew a field of fifty-three high class players, including the first two ladies of this year’s tournament, Amy Chen and Kathryn Fairchild. The draw produced some very interesting matches that did not disappoint with dramatic finishes and surprising results. The highlight match of the first round had to be Johnny Archer, (Champion of the previous tour stop at Mr. Cues Atlanta), versus Keith Bennett. In Atlanta, Archer got the better of Bennett, ousting him from the tournament. In Jacksonville, things would be different. Bennett’s sharp shooting helped him advance and move Archer to the left side of the bracket, where he would face another tough opponent in Mike Davis. Davis’ accuracy was laser-like in this match as he prevailed, sending Archer to an early exit from the tournament. 2009 Seminole Pro Tour Player of the Year, Tony Crosby, saw his first action of 2010. Crosby came out of the gates strong by quickly beating Todd Anderson, but his draw would get increasingly more difficult throughout the day. Crosby would then be matched up against Hunter Lombardo, a player that has until recently been enjoying tremendous success and improvement. Crosby overcame great play by Lombardo and advanced to face, and beat, David Ross to position himself in the guaranteed money. Day one saw not only some skilled players exit early, but also some dark horses emerge to the money matches. Players like Javier Chirino, Jerry Calderon and Jeff Crawford had some solid play to finish the day on the winner’s side of the bracket. Day two matches - like Corey Deuel verses Charlie Williams and Tommy Kennedy against James Roberts - were highlights in the first wave of money matches.

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When Deuel and Williams square off, it is always a great match to watch. This weekend it would be Deuel who would get the better of Williams, eliminating him from play by a count of 8-5. Deuel would move on to play John Rouse. Rouse took advantage of some mistakes made by Deuel and was able to combine that with some excellent shooting to advance and send Deuel to a 9-12th place finish. The battle for the hot seat came down to Stevie Moore and Keith Bennett. Both players had been in the zone and tearing through their opponents over two days of competition. Bennett would get the better of Moore with an 8-3 score, sending Moore to do battle with Tony Crosby, who had been doing some sharp shooting of his own on day two. Both shooters pulled off some amazing shots, but it would be Stevie Moore who would come out on top with an 8-4 victory. Crosby finished in third place and collected a $1,500 prize. The championship match would be a rematch between Stevie Moore and Keith Bennett. Bennett would strike first in the single race to 9 and took a 1-0 lead. Moore came right back to tie at 1-1. Each player would never get a lead larger than 1 as they went back and forth until the score was 8-7 in favor of Bennett. With only the nine and ten ball remaining, Bennett was left with a sharp cut on the nine in the corner pocket. His shot rattled the pocket, but did not fall, leaving the door wide open for Moore to capitalize. Moore would finish the rack to tie at 8-8 and win the following rack as well to defeat Bennett and to seize the championship trophy. We want to thank the room owner, Jeff Scott, for being such a gracious host for this event. Come out and try your luck against the pros at our next tour stop at Hollywood Billiards in Los Angeles, California.


RASMUSSEN RULES By Michell Monk

Orlando, Fla. (April 11, 2010) - April 10th the 9-ball hanging. Hevener missed the Rasmussen scored first. Cavanaugh brought out 11 women to the Flamingo 9-ball again, and Canavaugh took the quickly tied the match and then won the Biliards Tour event held at Corner Pocket lead 4-3. The players alternated the next next two games. Moments from taking Biliards in Orlando, Florida. Although a three games, and Cavanaugh reached the lead by three, Cavanaugh missed the small field, it was filled with talent. A new the hill first. In the 11th game, Hevener 9-ball and Rasmussen pulled within one winner, but hardly a newcomer, game. Despite that miss, the emerged victorious - Nicole force was with Cavanaugh as Rasmussen. she methodically put together Sparks started flying early racks to reach the hill, leaving as two top players got knocked Rasmussen behind at three. to the one-loss side after the In the next game Rasmussen first round. Sandy Hamor missed a touchy safe on the defeated Helene Caukin and 4-ball leaving Cavanaugh a Jessica Barnes sent Stephanie chance to close the match. But Mitchel west. Hamor continued fatigue and pressure set in and her trek until losing to Kelly Cavanaugh uncharacteristically Cavanaugh. missed the 7-ball. Rasmussen Mimi McAndrews won her ran out and the score was 6-4. first two matches then lost to With the momentum shifting Rasmussen, who set a match again Rasmussen took the record - four 9-ball combination nextwo racks to tie the match. shots, almost made a fifth, and The final game showcased earning the nickname "Nicole nerves. Both players exchanged ride-the-nine Rasmussen!" misses. Rasmussen left the Keva Hevener, who lost to 6-ball hanging in the corner Cavanaugh, retaliated by pocket leaving Cavanaugh with defeating McAndrews, while an extremely difficult position Caukin avenged her earlier shot to the seven. Jokingly, loss to Hamor. Cavanaugh asked Rasmussen The single-elimination if she could "phone a friend." portion of the tournament Both laughed and then it was drew Hevener against back to business. Cavanaugh Cavanaugh and Caukin against made the shot, got shape for Rasmussen. Caukin took the the 7-ball, made that shot and first game, but missed the 9-ball left a thin cut on the nine in the giving Rasmussen the second side but missed. Rasmussen game. Next, Rasmussen stepped to the table, lined up snapped the nine in the side. the shot and fired the 9-ball Jumping out to a 5-1 lead, in, winning her first Flamingo Caukin cut into Rasmussen's streak to maneuvered a meticulous out but left Billiards Tour title! trail by three. However, Rasmussen herself a difficult shot on the nine and The FBT and players would like won the next game putting her on the missed. Cavanaugh made a long 9-ball to extend a special thanks to Tesh hill. Caukin broke and ran to a tricky shot to win the match. Patel of Corner Pocket Billiards (www. 3-ball and missed, allowing Rasmussen The finals pitted best friends cornerpockerbilliards.com) for their back to the table. Methodically running Rasmussen against Cavanaugh. patronage, equipment and hospitality. the rack, Rasmussen "willed" Another very special thanks to the cue ball away from the Tour supporter Glenn Votel for pocket to avoid scratching in the RESULTS adding $100 bonus to the payout. side. Rasmussen made the 9, ($250 added, $100 bonus, modified double-elimination) And a huge thanks to our Tour eliminating Caukin 7-2. sponsors Ozone Billiards (www. 1st $310 ($50 bonus) Nicole Rasmussen In semi-final 2, Cavanaugh 2nd ozonebilliards.com), Boynton $250 ($50 bonus) Kelly Cavanaugh started out struggling with her Billiards (www.boyntonbilliards. $100 Helene Caukin mechanics and missing two 3rd/4th com) and Tweeten Fibre (www. Keva Hevener 9-balls, which Hevener pocketed tweeten.us) for their valued $50 Sandi Hamor to go up 3-1. Next, Cavanaugh 5th/6th support. Mimi McAndrews scratched on the break. The next Flamingo Billiards Hevener, with ball-in-hand on 7th/8th Tour stop is May 1st at Art of Melissa Durkin the one, missed the shot trying Billiards (www.artofbilliards.com) Stephanie Mitchel to get difficult shape on the two. 9th/11th in Gainesville. Please check Jessica Barnes Fortune turned and Cavanaugh www.flamingobilliardstour.com Shanelle Lorraine ran out. She easily caromed for more details and the complete Barbara Harris her next win after Hevener left schedule.

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Top 147 Tour Event Triumph for Fung It was roles reversed at Event 5 of the 2010 United States Snooker Association (USSA) Tour, as Raymond Fung turned the tables around from the previous Tour Event result with victory in the final over Omar Balsara at the Top 147 Snooker Club in Brooklyn, New York. It was Fung's second victory in three finals on this season's Tour, making him the most consistent player on the Tour, but he had a great fight in this race-to-four-frames final to eventually wrestle victory out of the hands of Balsara who had defeated him in the final of the previous Tour Event. Balsara's run of 38 in a closely contested first frame of the final was sufficient to help him take a 1-0 advantage, but Fung was soon back on level terms as he won frame two assisted with a break of 40. Balsara again edged ahead by taking the third frame on the final colored balls, though the 2004 United States National Snooker Championship runner-up again comprehensively struck back to square the final at 2-2, helped by a fourth frame run of 35. The pattern continued with Balsara taking frame five on the colored balls to get him on-the-hill of this final, but he just could not shake Fung off his tail as he took the final into a last frame shoot-out by claiming the sixth frame, aided by a break of 36. In a tense final frame that went down to the colored balls, Fung's run of 30 gave him the advantage to help him push on to claim the frame and a narrow 4-3 success. Fung and Balsara also had to do battle in the initial Group phase of this Tour Event when they were both drawn in Group B, and it was Fung who came out top in that match too with a 2-1 victory. However both players came through the Group occupying the top two places respectively. Fung then advanced into a quarterfinal matchup against Group D runner-up Raimond Cheung, and experienced a huge scare as Cheung took a

2-0 lead. Fung then came back in a steely fashion with three successive frames and a 3-2 score line to book his semifinal spot. Balsara had a commanding 3-0 quarterfinal win over Group D winner Nelson Chan to secure his semifinal berth, posting a high-run of 65 along the way. In the semifinals Fung came up against the Group A winner Kevin Wong, who had earlier had

excellent quarterfinal 3-2 win over Group C winner, Henry Wong. Lee defeated Wong 3-0 to win the third/fourth place playoff. The USSA would like to thank the management of the Top 147 Snooker Club in Brooklyn, for their support in hosting a very successful 2010 USSA Tour Event. The USSA would like to thank the Top 147 Snooker Club for their support in hosting a 2010 USSA Tour Event. The USSA National Snooker Tour is sponsored by Aramith Billiard Balls and Strachan West Of England snooker cloth, and the 2010 Tour will feature its sixth and final stop of the Tour season at Shoreline Billiards in Mountain View, CA during the dates of May 8-9 (contact Ajeya Prabhakar at 408-203-6721). Final Results: 1st Raymond Fung (Brooklyn, NY) 2nd Omar Balsara (Washington, DC) 3rd Tim Lee (Manhattan, NY) 4th Kevin Wong (Brooklyn, NY)

a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Group C runner-up Tom Cen, but Fung proved to be far too strong for his opponent as he hit the Tour Event's top run of 73, in addition to a further break of 52, for a comprehensive 3-0 victory. Balsara joined Fung in the final with a 3-0 semifinal success over the Group A runner-up Tim Lee, who made it through to the last-4 with an

The USAA National Snooker Tour is sanctioned and produced by the United States Snooker Association (USSA) [established in 1991], which is recognized as the USA governing body for snooker by the world-governing body – the International Billiard & Snooker Federation (IBSF) – and which produces the annual USA National Snooker Championships to determine the representatives from the USA to the annual IBSF World Snooker Championships. For full Tour details, as well as entry information for entering the 2010 USSA Nationals at the Embassy Club in San Gabriel, CA, July 2-4, go to www.snookerusa.com .

BEF JUNIOR NATIONALS HEADS TO NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is excited to announce that Northern Illinois University (NIU) will host the 22nd Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships on July 7 -11, 2010. The Huskies Den in the Holmes Student Center, located on the NIU campus in DeKalb, IL, has seventeen (17) 9-foot billiard tables that will be the stage to an expected 150 young billiard athletes. Junior players will be competing for scholarships, prizes and an invitation to represent the United States at the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World Junior 9-Ball Championships.

To participate in the BEF Junior Nationals, players must earn an entry through a BEF qualifier or must be appointed by their local junior league. The national event features 4 divisions: 19 & Under Boys, 19 & Under Girls, 14 & Under Boys, and 14 & Under Girls. Qualifiers will be held throughout the United States through the month of June. The BEF is accepting nominations and offering player invitations for the girls’ divisions. For more information about hosting a qualifier, league guidelines, or upcoming qualifier dates and locations, visit www.BilliardEducation.org. The 2010 BEF Junior National 9-Ball

Championship sponsors include, Ozone Billiards, Simonis Cloth and Delta-13 Rack. About Billiard Education Foundation The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is committed to promoting education and encourages the development of life skills through youth billiard programs. The BEF funds academic scholarships, produces the Junior National 9-Ball Championships, sponsors billiard athletes to attend the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships and promotes “Pool In School” programs. For more information, please visit www. BilliardEducation.org or call 303.926.1039.

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With only two events left in the season, 12 year old Taylor Reynolds is looking to hold onto the #1 Ranking. In the next event, on May 23rd , Taylor will have the home field advantage at Taylor Reynolds her parents pool room TJís Classic Billiards (Waterville ME) and a 25 point lead over one of the best women players in Maine, Donna Bendicksen. Reynolds and Bendicksen had been neck and neck all season when Reynolds, loving the feel of her new Pechauer cue, finally won her first event beating Donna in a grueling hill hill final on March 28th at The Green Room (Sanford, ME.). In the following tournament, on April 18th at Busters Billiards (Somersworth, NH), Donna fought back hard winning the event undefeated and setting up a very tight race. With only two events left, the standing are as follows: Taylor Reynolds 400pts Shelly Pinkham 85pts Donna Bendicksen 375pts Karen Giason 75 pts Patty Jackson 250pts Mary Kowalski 60pts Pauline Ostro 240pts Linda McKree 40 pts Pauline McGrath 215pts

Vegas Bound

Eight qualifiers were held for the 2010 U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Produced by CueSports International (CSI), the main event is scheduled May 17-22, 2010 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino and attracted both men and women players from across the globe vying for the $89,000 purse. The following eight qualifier winners will be among the 128 player field: 1. Gus Briseno qualified February 7th at a special stop of the Desert Classic Tour in Arizona 2. Manny Chau qualified April 11th at First Break Cage, Sterling, VA 3. Greg Harada Jr. qualified February 20th at Butera’s, Moorpark, CA 4. Frankie Hernandez qualified in a points spot via Tony Robles’ Predator 9-Ball Tour 5. Edwin Montal qualified April 25th at Sharks Billiards, Alberta, Canada 6. Andrew Pettenger qualified April 18th at The Wynkoop, Denver, CO 7. Bill Stock qualified April 4th at Pool Sharks, Las Vegas, NV 8. Marc Vidal qualified April 11th at The Golden Fleece, Kenmore, WA Some of the more notable names confirmed for the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship are: Efren Reyes, Earl Strickland, Jasmin Ouschan, Mika Immonen, Ralf Souquet, Kelly Fisher, Ricky Yang, Yu Ram Cha, Dennis Hatch, Pin-Yi Ko, Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes just to name a few of the illustrious participants in the event. Players will be arriving from 18 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United States. This is an event not to be missed. For spectator ticket information and pricing contact Mark Estes at CSI (702) 719-7665 or email him at marke@playcsipool.com For those who cannot attend in person, OB Cues and The Delta-13 Rack will be sponsoring the Action Report (TAR) live stream of the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship for the duration of the 6 day event. Visit www.theactionreport.com for more information about the live stream. The U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship is sponsored by: Diamond Billiard Products, Aramith, Simonis, OB Cues, Delta-13, Billiards Digest, TAR, and BreakRAK. May 2010 - Stroke Magazine 11


JANKOWSKI COMES TO PLAY

The thirty-sixth stop on the 20092010 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) was produced at Q’s Sports Bar & Girl in Port Charlotte, FL on Saturday, April 10. The $500 added event attracted 14 players from all over southwest Florida in a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes. The quarter-final winner’s side saw Wayne Agnew of Venice best Bob Buntrock of Fort Myers 4-0 as Tony Durbin of Plant City got by Rom Nichols of North Port 4-3. This set up the “rocking chair” match between Agnew and Durbin, who earned a tightly fought 4-3 win over Agnew. On the one loss side of the tournament, Shawn “Pokie” Collie of Port Charlotte, went down to Rom Nichols 4-3, as Trey Jankowski of North Port sent Bob Buntrock home to Fort Myers. This led to Jankowski drumming Agnew 4-3, setting

up the final match. Jankowski, having one loss, had to beat Durbin two sets to win

the event. Jankowski came to play as demonstrated with his dominant first set win 4-0. Durbin fought back the second set but came up short, and was sent back to Plant City by Jankowski’s commanding 4-2 win! As the highest finishing ACS league player, Jankowski also won a 9 Ball singles entry into the 2010 ACS Nationals, June 6-12th in Las Vegas. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors Lucasi Hybrid Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases, Ozone Billiards and Pool Cue Guru for their support. All entries in the Tour are also entered into a drawing in June for $950-$1,000 Lucasi Hybrid Cues, courtesy of Ozone Billiards. Further information, entry details and schedules for the 2009/2010 Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour are available at www.americancuesports.org.

Taylor Makes a Statement to go Undefeated at Prime Time Billiards By Alison M. Fischer, NYCgrind.com For their second tour stop of the season, the ladies of the J. Pechauer Northeast Tour headed to Prime Time Billiards in Sayreville, NJ April 17 & 18, 2010. A thirty-two player field of players from all over the East Coast came to make a statement in this event. Some of the top names include WPBA rising stars Liz Ford (NY), Megan Smith (PA), My-Hanh Lac (MD), Liz Taylor (MA), Supadra Geronimo (NY), and Kim Jones (MD). The first day of competition at Prime Time brought some early surprises, including Megan Smith, winner of the JPNEWT season opener in Frederick, MD, falling to Kim Jones (7-6). However, Smith powered through her next five matches, only giving up five games total in those sets. Meanwhile, the winner's side saw four players go undefeated to return on Sunday. One final four match up featured 14-year-old phenom Briana Miller against new WPBA tour card holder and Kiss of Death team member, Emily Duddy, where Emily closed the set with a 7-4 win. In the other final four match, New York's transplant from Turkey, Neslihan "Ness" Gürel, faced '08 and '09 New England Player of the Year, Liz Taylor, but did not fare so well and was sent to the one-loss side, 7-0. To follow up her shut out in the final four, Liz Taylor nearly blanked out Emily Duddy in the match for the hot seat, ending the set 7-1. 12 Stroke Magazine - May 2010

In the previous round, after defeating Rhio Flores and Borana Andoni both 7-5, Liz Taylor faced one of her toughest challenges against one of the events other favorites, My-Hanh Lac, ranked #28 in the WPBA for 2009. The two battled to double-hill, where Liz took the case game to move to run through to the final match. However, My-Hanh was far from exiting the tournament… on the one-loss side, she easily defeated Erin McManus (7-2), and Megan Smith (7-3). My-Hanh Lac also had little trouble with Briana Miler, who had come from the winner's side final four, winning 7-1. Also grinding through the one-loss side, Liz Ford then faced Ness Gürel, who came with an upset win 7-3. Ness then moved on to the quarterfinal, where she was eliminated by My-Hanh Lac 7-2. In the semifinal match, Emily Duddy was looking to make a comeback after losing to Liz Taylor in the winner's side final. Emily and My-Hanh battled through the first half of the match, alternating games until they tied at 4-4, where My-Hanh ran away with the set to finish 7-4. Liz Taylor awaited a rematch with MyHanh Lac in the finals,

where My-Hanh would look to avenge her earlier hill-hill loss to Liz. However, Liz Taylor asserted her dominance in this match and never let MyHanh in the door, winning 7-2. Congratulations to Liz Taylor on her impressive win! The next tour stop of the season will be the WPBA Maryland State Women's 9-ball Championships at Champion's Sports Bar & Grill in Frederick, MD, to be held on May 1-2. FINAL RESULTS: 1st: $750 Liz Taylor 2nd: $500 My-Hanh Lac 3rd: $375 Emily Duddy 4th: $255 Neslihan Gurel 5th/6th: $150 Briana Miller, Liz Ford 7th/8th: $110 Kathy Friend, Megan Smith


THE BLONDE CHALLENGE:

Gene La Viness vs. Jimmy Colson

It all started as an innocent 9 Ball challenge... Race to 7 ahead. Sounded simple enough, right? Add some "color" to the event... Loser goes blonde. Before long, some Q-Spot customers said it should be posted, so folks could know when to come watch. So, posters were placed around the pool hall and everyone talked about the challenge with curiosity. Saturday, April 24th... The day of the great challenge arrived. So did a few extra onlookers. Most folks occupied a pool table and watched from across the room, occasionally checking on the progress. Jimmy was up first. He made the 9 ball on the break. What a way to start a challenge! Everyone assumed the challenge might take 3 or 4 hours, so they hung around to watch. As the evening wore on, it became clear the two men were not taking this challenge lightly. Jimmy would pull ahead by 3, 4 or even 5 games, only to have Gene pick up speed and reduce the difference back to one or two games ahead. At closing time, seeing no end to this match anytime soon, the guys decided whoever reached 50 games first would win the match, if no one had made the 7 ahead goal before then. That discussion must have given Gene some extra wind, as he pulled out from 4 behind and won the next 11 games, to claim the match at 41-34. In the end, there were a total of 75 games played in 6 hours, 40 minutes. Interestingly, the very first game of the match was won with a 9 on the break and the last game was won with a 9 on the break. Jimmy's last words of the night were, "Gene, I'm calling you back out." They are already working up ideas for the next match. This is only the beginning of a new era for Q-Spot Billiards in Tulsa, as more fun events are expected over the next few months, beginning with a Thursday night Beginner / Intermediate Fun league for 3 man teams, sponsored by Q-Spot Billiards and Crown Cues. The concept is to help those who are new to the game or returning to the game learn the rules and strategies used in today's pool games. Weekly fees are only $3 per person (which covers green fees) with a party and trophies planned at the end of the season.

Mezz Pro-Am Tour at Drexeline The Mezz Pro-Am Tour made its way to Drexeline Billiards on Sunday April 25, 2010. A strong field of 58 came out to play, players like: Denise Reeve, Caroine Pao, Sharon O’Hanon, Josh Brothers, Adam Kielar, Joe Hong, Dominic Noe, Matt Krah, Shaun Wikie, Eddie Abraham, Joey Testa, Rob Pole, Raphael Saldana, Chip Klien and Danny Muhollem to name a few. Leading the top half of the bracket was Adam Kielar with wins over Lou Johnson 7-3, Dominic Noe 7-5, Brandon Slualis 7-6, Eddie Abraham 7-5, and Shaun Wilkie 7-5. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Joe Hong with wins over Sharon O’Hanlon 7-1, Ed Matushonek 7-4, Wes Dobson 7-3, Scott Freeman 7-5, and Raphael Saldana 7-4. Paying for the hot seat was Adam Kielar VS Joe Hong, this was a one sided match with Adam Kielar running away with it from the start never looking back to win 7-1 sending Joe Hong to the one lost side. The big story was Josh Brothers after losing his match to Eddie Abraham 7-5 Josh Brothers and his Dan DiCola custom cue went to work with wins over Joey Testa 7-3, Brandon Slualis 7-3, Scott Freeman 7-5, Danny Muhollem 7-6, Shaun Wikie 7-5, Dominic Noe 7-0 and Joe Hong 7-6 to get to the finals. In the finals it was Josh Brothers Vs Adam Kielar, Josh Brothers has to beat Adam Kielar twice to win the event the first set went back and forth with Josh Brothers pulling away late to win 7-4. In the second set it was all Josh Brothers taking charge from the start winning easily 7-1 to win the event. I would like to thank everyone for coming out and Mezz Cues for their support on this tour, Josh Brothers would Like to thank Dan DiCola Custom Cues , Mainline Biliards in Frazer PA, and Bob Maidhof from Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill PA.

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16 Stroke Magazine - March 2010

Sroke Magazine May Issue  
Sroke Magazine May Issue  

The May Issue of the Pool Players Voice on the Eastcoast, Stroke Magazine is available now. Read all the current tour results and tournament...

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