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Darren Appleton has notched a convincing win at the Accu-Stats All-Star Invitational event. Played April 15-20 at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ, the event showcased four of the very best players on the planet: Appleton, Dennis Orcollo, Shane Van Boening and Thorsten Hohmann. Each one played each of the others matches in four different disciplines: one pocket, 10 ball, 8 ball, and 14.1 (straight pool), and each played two matches per day over the 6-day tournament. The players were selected based on performance in previous Accu-Stats-produced tournaments. These are the â€œMake-It-Happenâ€? series which pulls in help from the fans to create very special pool events in different games. Van Boening won the one pocket tourney, Hohmann won the straight pool, and Appleton finished second in the 8 ball event. (Alex Pagulayan, the winner at 8 ball, had a scheduling conflict.) The final player to fill out the field of four was selected by the fans and the overwhelming choice was Dennis Orcollo who has been in top form this year. Referee and Master of Ceremonies Ken Shuman could mention only a few of the many top finishes of each player during the introductions before each match. The format which was devised by Pat Fleming of Accu-Stats guaranteed perfect viewing for the fans at Sandcastle and those watching the stream. Each player
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played twice per day and each discipline was played once per day. There was $625 prize money on each match, so even if a player was doing poorly in his round-robin bracket, all his matches were important. There was no additional cash prize for overall winner. Pat did offer a $500 bonus for any run of 100 at 14.1 with a double bonus for 150, and triple for 200, but only Hohmann collected for a run of just over 100. Eight ball had races to 10. A 45-second shot clock was doubled for the shot after the break to allow a little more planning. The one pocket gave 60 seconds with races to 4, ten ball 40 seconds with races to 11 and straight pool 45 seconds to shoot and a match of 150 points. One extension was allowed per rack. It was a “relaxed” clock so it was good enough if the player was down on his shot when time expired. Play was in the Aramith/Simonis Arena at Sandcastle on a single Diamond table that was surrounded by VIP seating plus bleacher seating. The VIP seats got headsets to hear the commentators. Danny Diliberto and Billy Incardona provided excellent stories and insight and some matches had player commentators. The 2014 Accu-Stats All-Stars Lineup: Shane Van Boening, Ed Liddawi and his staff at Sandcastle made everyone feel welcome. The room is a little hard to find but once Darren Appleton, Thorsten Hohmann, Dennis Orcollo inside you know you’re in a pool players’ hall. fouls” and not “cue ball fouls only”. Eight ball had a required racking pattern. The results table mostly speaks for itself. The one surprise you might notice Shane has been practicing a new break at one pocket but didn’t use it. immediately is that Appleton lost all his straight pool matches. He holds the If you can ever attend one of the Make It Happen events, you must go. It’s a world record for a tournament run of 200 balls and is always a tough competitor great way to watch top players “up close and personal” and you’ll learn things at the game even though he came to it late in his career. In fact in his match about the game that you will not get any other way. The next best thing is to get against Orcollo he was on a run of 76 and had a good chance to both come from the stream or the DVDs which will be available soon, but in person spectating is behind against Orcollo and collect high-run bonus money. Instead he missed a best. medium-hard combination and out of frustration launched an object ball off the The Accu-Stats Staff and Crew table with his cue. This resulted in the match being forfeited which was Darren’s first loss of the tournament and put him at 7-1. Other quick notes: Jump cues were forbidden. A dry break at 8 ball almost always meant a loss. It was winner breaks at 10 ball and alternate at 8 ball and one pocket. Slop on a kick shot at 10 ball counted although it was call-shot otherwise. SVB kept his short extension on his cue most of the time. All but the 14.1 matches were rack-your-own. All games except one pocket were played “all
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Jeremy Sossei went undefeated through a field of 45 players at Salt City Billiards in Syracuse, NY to win the April 5th/6th stop on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour. A fairly routine 9-5 win over Danny Hewitt for the hot-seat, was followed up by a battle for Sossei in the finals. Hewitt quickly eliminated Gerry Williams 9-2 in the semi-finals, and he geared up to take on Sossei in the finals. Sossei came out of the game on fire and quickly held a 5-1 lead. Sossei extended the lead to 7-2 and that was when Hewitt caught a gear. Hewitt pocketed 9-ball after 9-ball and the two players were soon tied at 8-8. Unfortunately for Hewitt, his streak of wins would come to an end in the 17th rack as Sossei won the case game to earn first place 9-8. Sundayâ€™s second chance tournament saw Phil Davis come back from the one loss side for his second straight second chance win. Willie Oney would beat Ben Werblow for the hot-seat, but Davis came from the left side of the board and beat both players to earn first place and $300 in prize money. The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action next weekend for the NE 9-Ball Open XXVII at Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, NY.
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Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYC Grind break in the next rack allowed Derewonski to tie it up at 6-6. Derewonski would also break dry as a follow-up, and Strickland executed a touchy 2/10 carom shot to win the match on the live stream. To make it to the quarterfinal, Jorge Rodriguez defeated tour owner Tony Robles 7-2, while Zion Zvi took a 7-5 win over Michael Yednak. Zvi and Rodriguez Chris Derewonski would have a closely-contended match in the quarterfinal, where Rodriguez sealed the win at 7-6. In an equallyclose semifinal, Chris Derewonski defeated Jorge Rodriguez for the second time in the event, with a narrow 7-6 final. Derewonski would then go up against Strickland on the live stream once again…but this time, Strickland led the way for his final win of the night, with a score of 9-4 to remain undefeated. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 Racks, NYCgrind, and PoolOnTheNet.com, along with Steinway Billiards and their staff.
Earl Strickland On the second day of the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s ninth stop of 2014, hosted by Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY, the tour’s Open/Pro 10-ball event got underway at noon. In a live stream co-production from NYC Grind & AZbilliards.com, “Upstate Al” Leon hosted the live show at Steinway for fans to watch live via the AZBtv Ustream Channel. Despite strong efforts by one of the tour’s top upand-coming talents, resident pro Earl Strickland could not be denied at Steinway, and he laid down another Predator win on his home turf. As Strickland is now a full-time New Yorker, he is regularly seen in area tour events, and most recently won the tour’s February stop at Gotham City Billiards in Brooklyn. Meeting up with Strickland in the final of the winner’s bracket was the previous week’s Predator winner at Gotham, Chris Derewonski (aka “The Polish
Champion), who also plays out of Steinway. On his path, Derewonski had some heavy-handed wins over Jerry Tarantola 7-2, Keith Adamik 7-1, and Jorge Rodriguez 7-3. On the lower half of the bracket, Earl “The Pearl” also had little trouble on his way to the hot seat match, taking out Steve Wright 7-3, Tony Robles 7-2, and Zion Zvi 7-2. Strickland’s only real threat of the day would come in the winner’s side final against Derewonski, who nearly stole the show from the Hall of Famer. Derewonski got out to an early lead in this match, and with the score at 5-2, he was on his way to getting on the hill…before an untimely miscue shifted the gears in Strickland’s direction. Strickland went on to win the next four games to get on the hill first at 6-5, to lead for the first time in the match…but a dry
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Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYC Grind On the weekend of April 5-6, the ninth stop of the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s 2014 season was held in Astoria, NY, at one of New York’s most popular spots for competitive pool, Steinway Billiards. The two-day Amateur 9-Ball division featured a total of 72 players at the event’s start on Saturday…but on the second day, only twelve would remain with a shot at winning the title. The double-elimination handicapped division of this stop features a split format, with B+ through A++ players in one half of the bracket, and D through B ranked players in the other half. The top players to come through each group then face off in the winner’s side final. Following a number of top finishes on the tour in recent times, New York’s Omar Alli would be the player to walk away with his first tour victory at Steinway. Making his route through the winner’s bracket, Alli defeated Gus Iliopoulos (7-3), Paulo Valverde (7-4), Kirill Safronov (7-6), George Poltorak (7-6), and Ray Feliciano (7-3). With four players left in the winner’s bracket on Sunday, Alli moved forward after a 7-4 win over Enoch Houper, while on the other half of the bracket, former tour winner Eric Grasman got through a close match to win 7-6 against another former winner, Billy Santiago. Grasman and Alli moved on to face one another in the match for the hot seat, which was won in a near-shutout by Alli at 8-1. Fighting for redemption on the one-loss side of the bracket, the final four players matched up to see who would make it to the final rounds. On the B/C/D side, Enoch Houper recovered from his previous loss to Alli with a 7-4 win over Kirill Safronov. In the B+/A++ half of the bracket, it was Miguel Laboy who was the rising force, who took wins over Diana Rojas (7-3), James Stevens (7-6), Shawn Sookhai (7-2), Junior Sanchez (75), and Billy Santiago (7-5) to get to the quarterfinal. However, Laboy’s strong run would end in the following round, after an 8-1 loss to Enoch Houper in the quarterfinal. Houper would then take to the semifinal versus Eric Grasman. Things were shaping up to be a runaway win for Houper, as he took the hot seat with a wide gap of 8-2. But, things were not yet over, as Grasman went on to win six straight games and tie it at double-hill, 8-8. In the final game, Grasman made a tough shot on the four, but ended up having an unfortunate scratch. In another interesting turn of events, Houper got to the eight, but would have to play a back-cut
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L-R Enoch Houper (3rd), Omar Alli (1st), Eric Grasman (2nd), Miguel Laboy (4th) in the side. He ended up under-cutting the ball, and missed. Grasman was left with a long cut on the 8, and he missed the ball also. Houper would make the eight, but in yet another twist, missed the nine and scratched, turning over the match to Grasman. In the final, Eric Grasman would get another shot at the undefeated Omar Alli. While this would be a closer match than their previous meeting, Alli would lead the way through the set, to finish with an 8-5 win. Congratulations to Alli on a well-played weekend of competition, along with all of the event’s top finishers. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Ozone Billiards, Delta-13 Racks, NYCgrind, and PoolOnTheNet.com, along with Steinway Billiards and their staff.
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Master Instructor, National Billiard Academy, “Beat People With a Stick!”
On the first day of pool school, I point out that if you can’t deliver the cueball where you think it has to go, nothing else matters. All your strategy, knowledge, and experience won’t pocket a ball or win a game. Your fundamentals do that, and so they are first and foremost. At pool school, we focus hard on fundamentals of form, how best to arrange your body to facilitate an accurate, fluid, consistent, straight, repeatable stroke. We all have form flaws, departures from the ideal. And of course, exactly what constitutes the ideal is different for every player. There’s a lot to it, but we move the class along in a fairly systematic way. As the instructors circulate to help the individual players at their tables, we generally work on the biggest things first. As I watch a player, I’m looking for what sticks out to me the most. What’s the simplest thing we can change or improve to get the greatest immediate gain? Maybe their bridge is floppy or their head is moving or their stick is swerving or their stance is awkward or any of a hundred things. Whatever it is, we gradually work each player into something closer to ideal for them, something that gets them past the biggest issues they had, gets them more confidence and better results. Eventually, as players’ fundamentals are “roughed in,” they start to look like solid players. Things become more consistent, fluid, athletic, simple. It’s worthwhile to let players work on these changes for some time, perhaps a few months. The longer someone has played, the tougher it is to overcome old habits. At this point, though, our players are very clear on why they should make their changes, and so they are motivated to change and to be vigilant about it. For those who stick with it and are patient with themselves and their learning process, their new fundamentals begin to dominate their play and their game comes up. Here’s where we can begin to refine the finer aspects of form, and get even further down the path to excellence. But this is also where the changes become much more subtle. Instructors can point out some factors to consider, some ways to experiment, some ways to measure or compare results. One of these subtle areas is grip. Grip is what connects us to our instrument – the cue stick. This joining, and the motion of the grip with the stick, must function smoothly. In my opinion, your grip can evolve and improve throughout your entire pool life. We can give you general guidance, such as where your grip hand should be on the cue. We can give you important ideas, such as your grip should be very light. We can suggest experimenting with different numbers of grip fingers, different thumb
placements, and small changes in your palm/stick angle. These are all worthwhile areas to explore, but aside from seeing whether a change allows the stick to stroke straighter, all you have is “How does it feel?” Does it feel smoother? Is it uncomfortable? Is it difficult to do consistently? Does it give you more confidence? It’s hard for an instructor to tell whether a change feels better to a player. That’s up to the player. We try to see whether the “quality” of their stroke improves and whether their pocketing and ball control improves. So while I can’t really tell you exactly how to improve your grip, I do have a few suggestions you’ll find worthy of your attention: No gripping: Don’t squeeze the stick. Don’t grab it. Just swing it. Gripping runs tension up into your arm and hobbles your fluidity. It’s actually okay to hold so lightly that the stick sometimes slides forward after the hit. Rule of thumb: No squeezing with the thumb either, for the same reason. The thumb makes some kind of soft loop that keeps the stick from falling off your hand – and that’s all. Our rule of thumb (ha ha) is “When the tip hits the ball, the thumb points to the floor.” Soft hand: Your grip hand should be as soft as possible. Tensions in your grip fingers can tighten up your wrist and affect your fluidity. How can you “hold” your fingers in place without tension? Don’t brace your hand shape. Fewer fingers: The more fingers the stick touches, the more ways there are for the stick to go crooked. Everyone’s hand is different, but it makes a certain amount of sense that as the weight of the stick passes from finger to finger during the stroke, things can go wrong. Also, micro-movements in your fingers can make you miss. So maybe fewer fingers would work better. Try a one-finger or two-finger grip. Find your angle: Most players stroke with the palm of their grip hand facing their body. Some players stroke with the palm rotated toward the back of the stick. I can’t tell you what’s right. Everyone’s joints work a little differently. What’s important is to find the palm angle that works best in your stroke. Note that changes in this angle affect where the stick rides in your fingers, so this experiment calls for you to really observe closely. It’s complicated. Feel the weight of the cue: This is a huge tip. Try to feel the weight of the cue hanging from your elbow point. Feel the weight in your fingers. What can you soften to feel the weight more clearly? You’ll find that when you feel the weight, everything is soft and you are fully connected to your instrument. Begin your backswing without effort and without gripping. Do less.
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SWERVE, SQUIRT, AND PIVOT Straight facts about shooting straight
Michael K Glass
Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at mikekglass.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!
No, they aren’t Nascar racing terms. It is not the name of a law firm. And most likely, you will not be seeing this move on Dancing With the Stars. I am going to teach you how to pivot your cue stick to compensate for squirt, without inducing swerve. If you have no idea what this means, don’t worry. By the time you are done reading this article, it will all make perfect sense. If you already know this stuff, what’re you doing here? Go play! Here’s an exercise I would like you to try: Place the 1-ball on the foot spot. Place the cue-ball on the head line about 6 inches away from the head spot (typical break position). Now, using a center ball hit, shoot the cue ball into the 1-ball as hard as you can while maintaining accuracy. If you shoot it perfectly, the cue ball should stop without leaking to the right or left. Once you can do this fairly consistently, I’d like you to do the same shot, this time with extreme right-hand spin. Do not compensate in any way... simply shoot hard and straight at the 1-ball. Make sure you keep the cue as level as you possibly can. What happened? If you did everything correctly, most likely the cue-ball hit the 1-ball on the left side, or perhaps missed it altogether! This is a result of deflection, or “squirt.” If you are using a “low deflection” shaft, then the effect won’t be as pronounced. But, it will still happen. So how do we compensate for this? Logically, if you aimed the shot more to the right, the cue-ball will not go to the left so much. Makes sense, right? The question is, how much do you need to compensate so that with the extreme spin, the cue still stops when hitting the 1-ball?
The answer is... “it depends,” mostly on how much your shot deflects. Fortunately, we can do a little trial and error to figure it out. Get yourself a pad of Post-It® notes, and a sharpie. Try this: Set up for a shot on the 1-ball again, but bridge close to the ball (about 3 inches away). Now, without moving your bridge, pivot the cue stick with your back hand until you are aimed with extreme right spin on the cue ball, and note just how far to the right the 1-ball you are aimed. Now do it again, but this time use a ridiculously long bridge (like 2 feet). This time, when you pivot the stick (don’t move your bridge!) for extreme right spin, your aiming line doesn’t change much. Makes sense, right? The further back your bridge hand (and ultimately, the pivot point), the less you need to move your back hand to apply spin to the cue-ball. We are going to find the “sweet spot,” where pivoting the cue stick to apply spin will perfectly cancel out the squirt effect. Start with a 6-inch bridge. This means that the point the stick emerges from your fingers to the cue-ball is 6 inches. Aim through the center of the cue ball, at the center of the 1-ball. Now, pivot your cue-stick, without moving the bridge at all, by moving your back hand to the left. This will apply a lot of right-hand spin. Remember... DO NOT MOVE YOUR BRIDGE. You will be aimed to the right of the 1-ball. That’s OK. Note: You may have heard this referred to as “back hand english” because you move the back hand to apply the english. Shoot the same shot we did at the beginning of this exercise. Hard, with lots of right-hand spin. Observe where the cue ball hits the 1-ball. (Glass continued on page 30)
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The A2B Drill Part 2
In my last article I discussed a position play drill I call A2B -- you chose two random spots, A and B, on the table and learn how to pocket an object C ball on spot A and take the cue ball to spot B. The idea was to use no cushions and to try to find the range of possible positions of the cue ball that would work when using a particular pocket as well as the easiest or most natural position for the cue ball for each target pocket. The next level of this drill is to use one cushion to get the cue ball to spot B. Now there are far HC more choices in how to play the shot since you can choose any pocket-cushion pair. Shown in the diagram are the same A and B spots we had last time and two choices of cushion for the same pocket. Both can be played from the cue ball position shown. For path X, the easiest way is to let the cue ball roll and maybe use a little right English to widen the angle on the cushion. Try placing the cue ball over a range of positions with more or less cut angle and see what spin is needed to make the H shot work. For example, you will find that if the shot is nearly straight in, you will have to use less follow and more side spin to get to B. You might say, well, if I want to go to B from a nearly straight shot, why do I use a cushion? Because sometimes you will have to use that path such as when another ball is in the no-cushion path. For path Y which uses pocket H and cushion CD, the action is nearly the same as you would use for the GH no-cushion play, but if you have too thin a cut you will need to go to the cushion to absorb some of the extra speed on the cue ball. Can you see how to use the remaining four cushion sections along with pocket H to get to B? Section DE is with simple straight-back draw and section FG is with nearly plain follow. For DE you still want to find the range of cue ball positions for which you can make the shot work. You will need a little English to one side or the G other as the cue ball comes off the perfect line to adjust the cue ball angle off the cushion. I think you’ll find that the range of workable cue ball locations is quite small for this pattern. For FG the cue ball will be about at Z and you can vary the amount of follow and side spin to adjust the cue ball’s path. I think you’ll find that if the cue ball is rolling smoothly on the cloth when it hits the object ball you will get the most consistent results. If you can use cushion sections GH or EF for the shot into H, you should be writing articles, not reading them. Sometimes you have to pass on a cushion-pocket pair. Now let’s move on to pocket C. Using HC, CD and
Can you make the ball at A into each of the six pockets and get the cue ball to B using one cushion? (Cue ball is in hand for each shot.) How many different cushions for each pocket? FG
DE to leave the cue ball at Bcan be done with simple follow shots and the right cue ball position. GH and EF are again out of consideration, but FG is possible with a pretty good draw stroke. It’s hard to imagine a situation where draw to FG would be the right solution so it would be fair to leave it out of the drill unless you want to practice your power draw. Work out the rest of the one-cushion possibilities on your own for each of the remaining pockets. I think GH and EF are never used for this choice of points A and B, but if you can find such a shot please send it in.
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An Interview with Young Player Billy Thorpe from Dayton, OH
Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. Recently, Melissa opened a new billiard supply store www.qzetta.com For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com Read more articles by Melissa Little at www.onthebreaknews.com
Viper: Where were you born? Billy: Dayton, Ohio Viper: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? Billy: Winning the VNEA and BCA Junior National Championships Viper: Do you have a nickname yet? Billy: The Bulldozer Viper: What are your short-term goals? Billy: Winning more tournaments then I have Viper: What do you do when you’re not competing? Billy: hunt, fishing and riding dirt bikes. Viper: Do you have siblings? Billy: I have one sister named Mariah and she’s 21years old. Viper: Who got you started in playing pool? Billy: My dad and mom they taught me everything I know about pool Viper: What do your parents think of your pool career? Billy: They both support me 100% on everything I do. I couldn’t ask for better parents. Viper: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? Billy: Philippines Viper: Who is/was your favorite pro player growing up? Billy: Shane VanBoening Viper: Do you currently have any sponsors? Billy: No, currently I have no sponsors yet. Viper: Did you ever play in a pool league? Billy: No I have never played in a pool league.
Viper: Are you good at any other sports? Billy: Growing up I played football, which was my favorite sport, but then I chose pool. Also I love to ride dirt bikes. Viper: Describe yourself in three words? Billy: confident, loyal, trust worthy Viper: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? Billy: No, I would not change a thing at this point I love the life I’m living. Viper: How do you prepare for events? Billy: I try to practice as much as I can and work on things that I’m doing wrong. Viper: What was the best advice
you were ever given? Billy: Perfect practice makes perfect playing Viper: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Billy: I enjoy meeting new people. I enjoy competing with people that are better than me so I can get better myself. Viper: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming player what would it be? Billy: Keep calm and fire it cross corner! Viper: What’s your Favorite game? Billy: Bank pool A special “Thank-you” to Billy for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in my “Ask the Viper”. Till next month, you can find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ melissalittleakatheviper
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ARE YOUR SAFETIES GOOD ENOUGH? It was 1996, and I was attending Campbellsville University. As I was filling out my college course schedule for the upcoming term, one class in particular caught my eye. College Billiards was being offered as a physical education credit by a gentleman named Stan Shuffett. I decided to sign up for the course and to this day my enrollment was one of the best decisions I ever made. Stan exhibits all of the qualities of a great instructor and is also
Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
was unsure what he meant by “good enough.” I set up the situation below and demonstrated how I normally played safe. Stan looked at my safety and said, “I see your problem. It’s not good enough to just hook your opponent. Think about how to cut off the side rail so there is no easy return kick. You must cut off the cushion.” Stan was referring to me leaving the cue ball at position “A”. Leaving the cue ball at this position allows my opponent to kick at the 6 ball from the side rail with force (the upper cushion in diagram 1). He then set up the same situation and demonstrated how I could make my safety better. The way he played the shot left very few options for his opponent. Stan shot the cue ball ½ of a tip below center with a medium speed. He hit the 6 slightly off center (to the left). Stan concentrated on freezing the cue ball to the 8-ball leaving it at cue ball position “B” as pictured in the diagram below. Freezing the cue ball to the 8-ball cuts off the side rail (the upper rail in diagram 2) forcing his opponent to kick at the 6 ball from the bottom cushion (rail on the right). His opponent would also have to shoot over top of a ball, further eliminating their accuracy. Execution of the safety requires both a delicate mixture of speed and spin so you will need to shoot the shot several times in order to develop the feel needed to control the
a very accomplished player. In my opinion, he is one of the most knowledgeable individuals you could talk to about the game of pool. Stan was the first to show me that there was more to pool fundamentals than making a bridge, gripping a cue, and delivering a straight stroke. He taught me how to evaluate myself as a player and how that every part of your game needs to be both deliberate and calculated. In fact, I can recall one occasion where I mentioned to Stan that I had been having some bad luck in my past few tournaments. I informed him that my opponents were kicking balls in after I played safe. As I approached Stan about the topic, I will always remember the statement that he diagram 2 made. He said, “If they shot. are kicking balls This was a real eye opener to me. It took some time in, maybe your for me to develop the touch needed to execute the shot safeties aren’t reliably, but my time spent practicing the shot was well good enough.” worth it. Now, before shooting any type of defensive shot, I stopped for a I always look at several options and try to think about second thought what my opponent will like the least. about what he Over the next few years I learned a lot from Stan, and said. I then to this day I consider him to be one of the nation’s top replied with, instructors. So the next time you are at the table getting “I am not sure ready to execute a defensive shot, don’t just shoot the first exactly what thing that pops into your head. Ask yourself the question you mean.” It “Is my safety good enough?” and you will minimize your was clear I was opponent’s ability to kick balls in from defensive position. hooking my opponents, but I
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CHALK TALK Sponsored by: Master Chalk Courtesy .... a dying art THE SKY IS NO LIMIT BY: DON AKERLOW
I want to state from the very beginning that I have been and on occasion still find myself discourteous at times. There are of course excuses, “I’m busy”, “I didn’t have time”, “There’s a lot on my plate”,, but in reality for the most part, but not always, I was simply discourteous. So I want to apologize for that. It got me thinking at the same time … are we all like that? Do we make excuses? Or do we care enough to make excuses? I may be becoming too philosophical.
Somebody once told me that if you do something or don’t do something, whether you should or shouldn’t, you have to ask, “Would your Mother be proud of you if you did or didn’t do it?” For example: holding a door for a lady or anyone and most importantly not expecting a reply, like “Thank you”. But I digress, yet again.
Remember, if someone thinks enough of you or your company to include it in whatever they are doing, it may behoove you to find out what it is or not. I personally woudl prefer, if circumstances merit not being interested, to know that decision ... just a courtesy. Remember, be courteous. I know every time I’m not, those words appear in my mind, “Would your Mother be proud of you?”
Just a thought. And as always message me your views on Facebook at www.facebook.com/onthebreaknews
Let me get to the real point. In the billiard industry, some say that it is a dying industry. I for one do not believe that. There are a lot of industry people or those who are connected to the industry that work very hard and put a lot of effort and money into it. Although courtesy, I think would help the industry a lot along the way. I had the owner of a national league tell me during a conversation that he could not stand the majority of the people in the industry. I asked him who did he mean, the players or who? He told me it was the business end … owners, managers and corporate types. They don’t return call, they don’t return emails. Even if you have been working out some deal or contract how hard is it to just return a courtesy call? In any given month we contact by phone and email hundreds of people in the industry. Even if you don’t know someone, see what they want. Sometimes it’s nothing but sometimes it’s worth answering the call or email. Or simply tell the person, “No”, “I’m not interested”, “It doesn’t work for me”. Don’t waste someone’s time because good business people will always think you are just too busy, so they will try again. I am not trying to be judgemental even if it may appear to be, just raising a concern that others may have experienced.
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Jessica “Asia” Cycak Wins her first Tri-State at Gotham City Billiards
L to R: 2nd Place John Morrison; 1st - Jessica "Asia" Cycak, 3rd - Sam Hoffman, Owner-Operator Kevin Buckley;
Asia went undefeated through the field. Her tournament trail included wins over Rajesh Vannala 7 - 5; Miguel LaBoy 8 - 7; Luis Jimenez 7 - 5; Thomas Rice 7 - 2 and Sam Hoffman 7 - 4 for the Hot Seat. During Sam’s bid for the Hot Seat, Sam defeated John Morrison 6 - 5. John proceeded to work his way back to Sam and redeemed himself 6 - 4 to play Asia in the Finals. During the Finals, John got ahead 2 games then Asia kicked into gear winning 7 in a row for a 7 - 2 victory. The next TriState will be held on April 19, 2014 at Cue Bar in Bayside (Queens), NY. Thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.
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Jessica “Asia” Cycak John Morrison Sam Hoffman Thomas Rice Jamiyl Adams, Willie Morales Bogie Uzdejczyk, Bob Toomey Luis Jimenez, Tri V. Chau Shane Torres, Vagif Alekberov
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2014 Maryland Open 9-Ball Championship April 19, 2014 – Big Daddy’s Billiards. Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Matt Krah went undefeated through a strong field of 42 players to become the 2014 Maryland Open 9-ball champion. Runner up Rafael Reyes also had an impressive day with his only two losses coming in matches against the eventual champion. Thanks go out to Big Daddy’s owners Cindy and Rick Molineiro, Tournament Director Debbie Davis, Ozone Billiards for providing a beautiful cue case to the winner, and all of the players. Champion Matt Krah would like to thank his sponsors Lucasi Cues, Hustlin USA clothing, Kamui Tips, and Mainline Billiards of Frazer, PA.
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Matt Krah: $540 Rafael Reyes: $300 Tom Zippler: $165 Dominic Noe: $125 Bruce Nagle Brett Stottlemyer: $100 Alan Duty and Tony Long: $75 Jeff Crawford, Shawn Jackson, Darryl Riley, Gary Wong, Jr.: $50
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Rutman Wins Rockaway Billiards Mezz ABCD Tour made its was to Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway NJ on Sunday March 30th. A strong field came out to play players like: Kenny Rutman, Al Waldo, Jerry Ritzer, Ed Culhane, Rick Shellhouse and Mike Saleh. Like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events a Gamblin Clothing apparel. Leading the top have of the bracket was Kenny Rutman with wins over Bob Guerra 7-1, Paul S 7-4 and Al Waldo 7-4. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Jerry Ritzer with wins over Tri Chau 7-2, Jose Burgos 7-5, Ed Culhane 7-3 and Mike Saleh. Playing for the hot seat wa Kenny Rutman Vs Jerry Ritzer this was a great match that had Kenny Rutman pulling away late to win the match 7-5 and sending Jerry Ritzer to the one lost side. Waiting for Jerry Ritzer one the one lost side was Mike Saleh this was a rematch from earlier in the day. This was a great match that went hill hill but when it was all said and done it was Jerry Ritzer winning 7-6 to get to the finals. In the finals it was Jerry Ritzer Vs Kenny Rutman, this is a true double elimination Ritzer would have to beat Rutman twice to win the event. But
the day belonged to Rutman as he won the first set 7-3 to win the match and the event. I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella
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Results Kenny Rutman Jerry Ritzer Mike Saleh Al Waldo Paul Spaanstra Bob Guerra
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Owner and 5th Bob Guerra 2nd Jerry Ritzer 3rd Mike Saleh 1st Kenny Rutman
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Stevie Moore 2014 Capitol City Open Champion RALEIGH, NC Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2nd Annual Capitol City Open! Congrats to Stevie Moore on his 1st place finish and to Mike Davis Jr. on 2nd place! Down to the final 16, 8 on the winner’s side and 8 on the loser’s side... On the one lose side Joey Mastermaker vs. Norris Brady Steve Page vs. Anthony Vallario Cory Morphew vs. David Tickle Robert Ray vs. James Blackburn On the winner’s side Mike Davis Jr. vs. Michael Fuller Joshua Padron vs. Shawn Ray Corey Sykes vs. Stevie Moore Danny Mastermaker vs. Keith Bennett Thank you to Tony Coates, Michelle and the entire Brass Tap staff and patrons for they kept it all rollin.
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Q-CITY 9-BALL TOUR This past weekend, we were at Break Time in Winston Salem. Big Thanks to the owner Mike and rest of the staff. Great place with great food as well. Here are the results: 1st Blade Best 2nd Willie Cloud 3rd Walter Newsome 4th Zach Leonard 5-6 Matt Lucas, Richard Howerton
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On The Road with ... C J Wiley Life of Wiley
He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball. By Michael P. Geffner NOTE: This article appeared in ‘Dallas Life’ February 14, 1993 (it no longer exists as an insert for the Dallas Morning News) It was written by Michael Geffner, but a few newspapers back in the early 90s reproduced it and you may want to at some point....according to many people it’s one of the best pool stories ever written and my someday be instrumental in a movie.....as a matter of fact that process is underway right now.
http://www.cjwiley.com Wiley remembers how easily the action flowed right after the release of 1986’s The Color of Money. Thanks to that film, Wiley clipped off an entire bar in Pittsburgh over the course of an evening. He began with the owner, a pigeon who knew the flick by heart. He led Wiley up to hid private pool table on the second floor, saying, “It’s just like the movie. You saw the movie, right?” The Owner couldn’t hit the floor with his hat. “After I beat him out of a few hundred, stalling to keep the games close, he quits and has me play everybody else in the building: the bartender, the cook, the dishwasher, five locals and finally the best player in town. By night’s end, I had the owner stuck around 65 hundred. ‘You know kid, you played a lot better at the end than you did at the beginning.’ He says to me. I looked him square in the eyes and said, ‘Well, you saw the movie right?’” Wiley was part of an elite underground group called “road players,” traveling pool assassins hiding below the radar y never showing their faces in tournaments. “There were only around 30 of us,” says Wiley, who’s run a dozen racks without missing and won as much as $20,000 in a single night. “I’m talking about the solid ones, the guys who consistently got the cash.” These players were known through the grapevine simply by their nicknames: Frisco Jack and One-Eyed Rd, Water-dog and Shaft Man, Big John and The Faceless Man. “We knew each other, and there was a camaraderie. We even worked together taking off scores, calling each other with steers into good games. “In the pool world, the road player is the most respected, way more than the tournament winners. We’re not just great players. We’re a special bread. We have nerves strong enough to hold up for the big money. We have something extra—a killer instinct, an ice-cold hearts.” He pauses, then, unflinchingly, adds: “I had both in abundance.”
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WAKE-UP CALL High-stakes pool hustling is a dangerous game. Hustlers get hurt. Wiley has been clocked with a pair of roundhouses, been slipped a Mickey at least three times and was robbed at gunpoint twice. “Both times was after I won a lot of money,” he says. “Both, I’m convinced, were setups.” It didn’t stop him, though. Wiley accepted those things as occupational hazards. “I was on an adventure, and I never saw a great adventure movie without the star being chased, shot at and running for his life.” The first time Wiley stared down the barrel of a gun while hustling, he was 18. It was 3 a.m. in a seedy section of Minneapolis, near Gentleman Jim’s, a 24-hour poolroom wellknown for its big money action. Wiley had scored around seven grand and was riding a rush of adrenaline. The gunman stuck his .45 so hard underneath Wiley’s chin it rose the Texan onto his toes. The mugger made off with only $400, speeding off in a car. “luckily,” Wiley says, “my partner was always the one who carried most of the money.” Wiley was shaken but not stirred. “It had no lasting effect,” he says. “it was just a wake-up call.” In fact, he was robber again a year later, in Albemarle, North Carolina, at some bootleg liquor joint with a backroom pool table by a guy with a shotgun who wore a nylon stocking over his head. He still felt bulletproof, though he finally learned to leave town in a hurry after big wins. RACK ‘EM Born and raised in Green City, Missouri, a desperately small, poor cattle town 136 miles from Kansas City, Wiley started shooting stick at seven, standing on a wooden soda case to reach the table. Four years later he was the best player in town; by 15 he was outgunning guys twice his age for $20 a game. He found his nirvana in his senior year in high school. During Christmas break, he and two experienced partners embarked on a road trip, working
spots all over Oklahoma and Kansas. The trio took in $16,000 in just 40 days. Wiley never sat though another class again. From ages 18 to 26 Wiley lived constantly on the move. His Sky-Pager would go off in the middle of the night, alerting him to action. In 1987, Wiley relocated to Dallas to be centrally located between both coasts. He’d plan trips on his motor home based on trips from an underground network of informants. “I would take a map, circle spots I wanted to hit and connect them as strategically as I would if I were running a rack of balls,” he says. All the inside info was compiled in a “spot book,” a hustler’s little black book containing addresses of action joints, names of gambling players, how well they played, what games they liked and how much they liked to bet. He assumed aliases: Mike from Indiana, Chris from Missouri or Butch from Tennessee. “I once went to a spot where the locals were talking about all three of my aliases and arguing which one was the best player.” He posed as a college student, a computer salesman, even a drug dealer. He used fake IDs and phony glasses. (“a guy with glasses can always get played.”) He blended with locals by mimicking their behavior, dress and accents, even occasionally stealing license plates. He did whatever it took to get the game. “There were only three guys in the country I wouldn’t play,” he says, “and I knew who those guys were.” He also had a favorite line that never failed to lure ‘em in. Wiley would simply smile and say, “I’m very good at pool—is anyone here as good as me?” He found it was better to be cocky than pretend to be a bad player and what could guys say when he beat them? He’d warned them he was good. Like most hustlers, Wiley traveled with a partner. This guy held most if the cash, watched his back and helped the scam. “Sometimes, I’d act like the stake-horse and my partner would be the player,” he says. “My partners could play, though not as well
as I could. He’d beat a guy until he quit, then the guy would say to me, ‘I can’t beat him, but I’ll play you.’ They assumed that I couldn’t play since I was staking the money. They didn’t realize they’d stepped into a bigger trap.” EIGHT BALL IN THE CORNER POCKET Wiley didn’t just roll chumps. “My forte was beating players who were supposedly unbeatable on their home tables. Even if they played as well as I did, I’d simply outlast them.” He built a rep for intimidating opponents, slamming balls into pockets with a popping stroke, making long-range shots as if they were mere tap-ins and shooting so fast he ran racks in minutes. He accompanied this with a mean game face derived from biting the inside of his mouth until he bled. “With good players, I didn’t just want to beat them, I wanted to crush them,” he says. “I got off on seeing their knees buckle, seeing fear in their eyes.” Wiley’s reputation began to precede him, and the money dried up. He retired from hustling for good and went legit, joining the pros in 1991. Four years later, frustrated with the piddling prize money, he quit that, too, but not before being ranked as high as fourth in the world. “What I made in a year on the pro tour, I used to make in one night hustling.” Now 38 and more than a decade removed from his poolroom cons, Wiley is still hustling—but in the business world. Today, he owns a 24-hour poolroom and a $3.5 million sports bar. He lives in a threebedroom home in the swanky suburb of Lake Highlands, outside Dallas. Does he ever miss the pool-hustling life? “At the time, I loved everything about the life, especially the freedom and being able to travel around the country,” Wiley says. “When I look back on it now, it sickens me. I was a pure predator. I’d hate to ever go back to that, even though I was a winner.”
North Carolina Juniors Sport 9 Tour
2014 BEF NC Juniors State Championship that was held at Gate City Billiards Club April 12th. The names of the winners are: 18 & UNDER Garrett Kenney 14& UNDER Brandon Rancourt GIRLS Olivia Templeton
Huntsville, AL Sport 9 Ladies tour stop #2 was held at Bumpers Billiards this past weekend, April 12th, 2014 drawing 16 players in both the women’s and the men’s events. Players from all over the southeast came to compete for points and prize money in the 9 ball events. The ladies event began Saturday at noon and was played on eight 9’ Diamond tables. The format was double elimination race to 7 on the winner’s side and race to 5 on the loser’s side. The comradery was boosted as well the level of competition as Sport 9 welcomed 3 new players. Many of the matches were very close going to the hill, however out of sixteen total players it was guest player Dana Aft who went undefeated and claimed tournament champion. Newcomers Ashley Nandresy, Kim Housman, and Betty Sessions came in second through fourth respectively. Several of the matches were recorded are can be viewed on Ustream.tv (Bumpers TV). The men’s 9 ball bar table mini event was held in conjunction with the ladies event also producing some great matches and 16 talented players. The format was race to seven, alternate break double
elimination. Rob Hall, owner of Bumpers Billiards, went undefeated after defeating 2nd place finisher, James Baraks for the hot seat and again in the finals. Robb Saez took 3rd place and Clifton Frederick took fourth after an amazing win over Justin Bergman. Sport 9 would like to thank Robert Hall, owner of Bumpers Billiards @ (L) ROB HALL MEN’S CHAMPION Huntsville for hosting the event and providing such a wonderful opportunity for both events. Sport 9 would also like to thank Ozone Billiards, IngenPool, Professor-Q-Ball, AZBilliards, GoPlayPool, Pool-Trax, Kamui Tips, and Focus Gear for their continued support and contributions. MAY 24-25, 2014 Be sure to plan for the Entry: $40/$50 Men depending on handicap next event, tour stop #3, $30 Ladies & Juniors at 6 Pockets Billiards in Alt Break/Rack your own/No slop on 9 Decatur, AL May 17th Registration at Noon - Matches at 1:30pm weekend. Event is listed in Pros and Amateurs Welcome for more information call Herman 828-593-0559 the events page on the tour 6004 Landmark Center Blvd - Greensboro, NC website.
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Q-CITY 9-BALL TOUR 24 players showed up to play in our 1st non handicapped event. Here are the results: 1st Derek Leonard (Derby City Qualifier) 2nd William Cloud 3rd Jeff Bean 4th David Tickle In the Finals, Derek beat Cloud 11-9. Great match
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Owner Al Tonelli, 3rd Mark Nanashee, 4th Vinny Cimarelli, 1st Mike Saleh, 2nd Carl Morgan. Mezz ABCD Tour made its way to Fat Alberts in Somerdale Nj on Sunday April 13th. A strong field came out to play player like: Mike Saleh, Carl Morgan, Mark Nanashee, Shaun Dobson, Mark Horn Sr., Ralph Lake and Denise Reeve. Like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events a Gamblin Clothing apparel. Leading the top have of the bracket was Mike Saleh with wins over Bob Milane 7-6, Carl Morgan 7-4 and Mark Horn Sr. 7-0. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Mark Nanashee with wins over Kelly McDonald 7-3, Rocket Man 7-0, Geovoni Hosang 7-1 and Vinny Cimarelli 7-5. Playing for the hot seat was Mike Saleh Vs Mark Nanashee this was a good match that had Mike Saleh pulling away late in the match to win 7-4 and sending Mark Nanashee to the one lost side. Carl Morgan made its way through the one lost side with wins over Mike Tuzzi 7-5, Vinny Cimarelli 7-3, Shaun Dobson 7-6. Then is was Mark Nanashee Vs Carl Morgan this was a great match that went hill, hill when it was all said and done it was Carl Morgan coming away with the match 7-6. In the finals it was Mike Saleh Vs Carl Morgan, Morgan would have
to beat Saleh twice to win the event. This day belonged to Mike Saleh as he won easily 7-2 to win the event. Congratulations to Mike Saleh on his first win. I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella
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Nick Evans JUNIOR PLAYER PROFILE
FULL NAME: Nick Evans NICKNAME: Nick The Stick HOME TOWN: St. Peters BIRTH DATE: 8/20/1996 GRADE: 11th GPA: 3.7 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Algebra POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: My dad’s pool hall called ABC Billiards WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Pechauer AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 6 but stopped for 4 years LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 4th 2013 Junior Nationals 1st Dawn Hopkins Billiard Show 1st 2012 Super Billiards Expo OTHER NOTABLE AWARDS: Honor Roll Won local tournaments 7th in adult Missouri state MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Winning 2012 Super Billiards expo..went to last set against Tyler Styer who played really good SPONSOR(S): Pechauer Pool-A-Holic Hustlin FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Hip hop, r&b, some country HOBBIES: I play baseball and starting to play golf when I’m not playing pool. I like to do well in school. I like to travel and play pool when me and family go to pool tournaments and on vacations FAVORITE POOL GAME: 9 ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Nick Varner FAVORITE FOOD: Spaghetti FICTIONAL HERO: Superman REAL-WORLD HERO: Dad
GOALS (personal and/or career): I want to be an architect or an accountant not sure which yet. And I would like to eventually win the U.S. Open ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I like making new friends so if u see me come up and talk to me
FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: My dad trying to help me play pool in his pool hall. And winning my first tournament when I was 7.
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WILLIAMSVILLE, NY 41 shooters came out to claim their stake of the $4610.00 in cash prizes available. The tournament went off on schedule and the sportsmanship displayed throughout the tournament was great. Cory Welfare and Dave Grau both went undefeated in their brackets to meet in the winner of the winners bracket. Cory played a great set beating Dave 5-4 sending Dave to the losers bracket, where he met Jimmy Doran in the finals of the losers bracket. Jimmy beat Dave 7-2 earning him a shot at Cory. Jimmy beat Cory 7-3 in the first set, giving them both one loss on the night. In the interest of time,they both decided to split the first and second place money. 1st place $875.00 plus $1400.00 2nd place $400.00 plus $650.00. Both 1st and 2nd places were split between Jimmy Doran and Cory Welfare. 3rd place $210.00 plus $425.00 Dave Grau 4th place $125.00 plus $225.00 Joe Kleitz. 5th/6th place $100.00 each Adam Smith and Kyle Bova. 7th/8th place $50.00 each Danny Kolacz and Robbie Stanton.
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Dominates Strong Field
Gold Crown Billiards Erie, PA By Mike Clement Apr. 24, 2014
Mike Dechaine Photo by: Don Akerlow The Spring version of the quarterly Tri-State Open Nine-Ball Series at Gold Crown Billiards in Erie PA saw the strongest field yet in any of their events. Participating were 3 past Mosconi Cup players, not to mention 12 past winners and runners-up along with a handful of other professional players. A full field of 32 players competed in the one day, $4000 added event. The rules for the tournament included, fouls on all balls, no short games, and the No Conflict Rules for racking and breaking. Under the rules, players are not required to pocket a ball on the break in order to get their first shot. Players alternate breaks and shoot what they break. One hundred and fifteen matches were played without incident and controversy that usually surround the racking and breaking process. The author of the rules, Paul Schofield, owner and proprietor of Gold Crown Billiards, contends the current rules poison matches and corrupt entire tournaments. Schofield further explains â€œThe rules for our event heavily favor the better player.â€? A full set of the rules are posted on the Gold Crown Billiards website. The top 4 finishers also happened to be the top 4 bids in the player auction. They finished in order from highest bid to 4th highest bid. Mike Dechaine from Waterville ME put on a clinic, winning 7
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straight matches to win the event. Dechaine breezed through the qualifying rounds trouncing Ron Casanzio (Rochester NY) 6-3, Willie VanGuilder (Garland PA) 6-0, Jerry Crowe (Bathe NY) 6-2, and Shayne Morrow (Erie PA) 6-3. In the championship bracket, Dechaine picked up where he left of by putting down Jerry Crowe again 8-1 in the quarter-finals. Things got tough in the semi-finals where Alex Olinger (Dayton OH) took Mike Dechaine to the hill only to have Dechaine break and run the last game under the threat of elimination. Continuing on his reign of terror, Dechaine easily handledChris Bartram (Columbus OH) 8-4 in the finals. Chris Bartram fought hard, grinding through the qualifying rounds with a 6-2 record, earning a spot in the championship bracket. Bartram downed Shane Jackson (Pittsburgh PA) in the quarter-finals 8-5 and went on in the semis to defeat Shawn Putnam (Powder Springs GA) 8-5. Dechaine was on fire and proved too much for Bartram in the finals. The tournament was a success. The unusual rules were well received. Gold Crown Billiards will look to grow this annual event in future years by picking up additional sponsors and recruiting stronger fields.
joins the OB Pro Team of players We are pleased to announce that Mike ‘Fireball’ Dechaine has joined the OB Pro Team of players. Mike was born in Waterville, Maine and now resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he plays out of Snookers Sports Bar & Grill (who also sponsor him) . At the young age of 26, Mike has already been playing Pro for the last 7 years and has won several large events which include the Ultimate 10 Ball Championship in 2011 and the Turning Stone Casino Classic XIX in 2012. Mike has also proudly represented the USA twice in the prestigious Mosconi Cup both in 2011 and 2012. In the last 2 years Mike has proven to be one of the most consistent American players competing today with a string of high finishes in almost every event he competes in. Mike had this to say about the move to OB “Switching to OB has been one of the best decisions in my professional career. OB focuses on two of the main ingredients when perfecting their low deflection shafts, consistency and quality. I am looking forward to this successful relationship.” Shane Sinnott (Director of Sales & Marketing for OB) said this about their newest team member “Mike is a very exciting player to watch and has a very large following of fans, especially in the North East. He has what many people consider to be one of the hardest breaks in Pool today and it will be exciting for us and for his fans to see how this next chapter in his pool career unfolds now that he is using OB products as the tools of his trade” OB is headquartered in Plano, Texas and is a leading manufacturer of high performance Pool Cues and Pool Cue Shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please visit www.obcues.com or like OB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/obcues
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Now you’re going to adjust your shot as follows: If the cue-ball goes to the right after hitting the 1-ball, you need to lengthen your bridge. If the cue-ball goes to the left after hitting the 1-ball, you need to shorten your bridge. Adjust in 1-inch increments If you can, mark your shaft with a small strip of a Post-It® note, so you know the exact position of each pivot point. If you do this correctly, you will find that spot where the cue hits the center of the one-ball even though you are aimed to the right. What’s really
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cool about this is that you can use extreme english, or mild english, to the left or to the right, and you should get the same results! Remember that this works for shots that are the same speed, usually power strokes. Your pivot point will change if you shoot softer, because of the effects of swerve. It’s very important to note that because you are using side spin, you must keep the cue stick as level as you can. When you raise the butt of your cue, applying english will cause the cue ball to massé, or “swerve.” Most of the time, you do not
want this. Here is a video that explains this concept of back hand english, and how to find the pivot point, by Dr. Dave: http://tinyurl.com/pvtpoint. Do you have some tips that you’d like to share with me? Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at pool@mikekglass. com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!
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2014 Tournament is filled with both “Repeats” and “Firsts”
USBA 3-Cushion National Championship to Pedro Piedrabuena The 2014 USBA National Three-Cushion Championship was (once again!) won by Pedro Piedrabuena. For Piedrabuena this is his seventh championship (2002, 2004, 2007, 2011-2014) and fourth in a row. And along with his repeat performance as champion, several firsts for both Pedro and the National event itself were realized. Firsts for Pedro Piedrabuena Finals Average Record Set - 1.892 (surpassing Sang Lee's 1.835 in New York, 1995) Best Game Record Set - 40 in 8 innings for a 5.0 (surpassing Mazin Shooni's 3.889 in Miami, 2006) This performance puts Pedro Piedrabuena among an elite group of International players who have achieved the 5.0 performance level and furthers his reputation as a world-cup and worldchampionship contender. Firsts For the USBA National Tournament • First time held in Houston Texas - Houston is a up and coming hot spot for three cushion action, with more than a dozen three cushion establishments and more than 40 top quality 5'X10' heated tables in town. • First time all three balls frozen in a game - this oddity occurred in a match between Hugo Patino and Luis Castillo. • First time a woman player qualifid for the finals - 2008 USBA Woman's Champion Mercedes Gonzalez entered the tournament as an open entry and stunned everyone with her performance as she moved from the preliminaries through the semi-finals all the way to the finals where she placed seventh. Great job Mercedes! Complete results charts for the preliminaries, semi-finals and final rounds can be found on the official tournament page on www.usba.net Congratulations to all the players and to our repeat champion Pedro Piedrabuena.
2014 and Defending Champion Pedro Piedrabuena of San Diego, CA
Piedrabuena Tops CPB Rankings
Pedro Piedrabuena, seven-time US Champion, was ranked Number 1 in the offical rankings of the CPB for April 2014. The CPB (Confederación Panamericana de Billar) is the governing body for three cushion billiards in the Amercas. Piedrabuena’s ranking is a result of his winning his second Pan American Championship in June 2013. In addition the United States was ranked second overall in the country rankings with the success of Piedrabuena in the indivudual events and the win for the US Team of Hugo Patino and Mazin Shooni. See the entire rankings and CPB results at www.usba.net:
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