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Undefeated The League Room Staff Apr 4, 2016

Chris Mitchell won five matches, four to get into the hot seat and a single match final, to finish an undefeated run through a small field, Saturday April 2. The event drew 14 to The League Room in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Mitchell advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Robert Ash, while Kevin Jackson took on Nick Carson in the other one. Mitchell got into the hot seat match with a commanding 10-1 victory over Ash, as Jackson downed Carson 8-6. Mitchell won his fourth of five, defeating Jackson 10-4 to claim the hot seat. On the loss side, Joey Arbuckle, sent to the loss side by Ash in a winners’ side quarterfinal, was embarked on a five-match, loss-side run that would take him into the finals against Mitchell.

He downed John O’Neal and Pat Rauch, both 10-4, to draw Carson. Ash picked up Roger Davis, who’d eliminated Brian James 8-4 and Alex Boles 8-3. Ash and Arbuckle advanced to a re-match in the quarterfinals; Ash, 5-4 over Davis (Davis racing to 8) and Arbuckle, 10-5 over Carson. Arbuckle won the re-match 10-3 and then eliminated Jackson 10-4 in the semifinals. In a straight-up race to 10, Mitchell stopped Arbuckle’s bid in the potential true double elimination final by grabbing the opening set 10-8.

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Crosby outduels The Rocket to win Florida Pool Tour stop

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Meglino goes undefeated to claim Amateur title After a double hill battle that left Rodney Morris in the hot seat, Florida Pool Tour director, Tony Crosby kept a semifinal appointment with Johnny Archer, defeated him and came back to down Morris in the finals. The $1,000-added Super 16 event ($500 to winner in the form of paid entry to the Tornado Open), was held on Sunday, April 24, and actually drew 22 entrants to Capone's in Spring Hill, FL. In a $1,000-added, Amateur event, held on Saturday, April 23 (same location), Anthony Meglino went undefeated through a field of 83 to claim that title. The first of the Crosby/Morris battles followed two 7-4 wins by them in the winners' side semifinals. Crosby, defeating Mike Delawder, and Morris, sending Tommy Kennedy to the loss side. Morris won the double hill, hot seat fight and waited on Crosby's return. On the loss side, Kennedy picked up long-time rival/former road partner Johnny Archer, who'd eliminated Richard Broumpton 7-4 and Donnie Mills 7-5 to reach him. Delawder drew Meglino, who'd already won the Amateur event and here, sent Jason Richko (7-4) and Han Berber (7-3) home. Delawder and Meglino locked up in a double hill battle that eventually sent Delawder to the quarterfinals against


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Archer, who'd defeated Kennedy 7-2. Archer advanced a step further with a 7-4 victory over Delawder, but had his bid for the title ended by Crosby 7-4 in the semifinals. Things weren't looking too good for Crosby when the finals opened with three straight racks for Morris. But Crosby responded, not only tying it at 3-3, but chalking up three more for a three-rack lead, which he'd never relinquish. At 6-3, they both won two more racks, and Crosby had the title. In the Amateur event, Meglino advanced to a winners' side semifinal against Raymond Linares, while Kyle Bova and Dan Marchini squared off. Meglino and Bova advanced to the hot seat match, both 7-2, over Linares and Marchini. Meglino then defeated Bova 7-3, and waited on what turned out to be an opponent he'd sent to the loss side in a winners' side quarterfinal, Francisco Diaz. Diaz had moved to the left bracket and defeated Mike Kohn 5-2 and John Souders 5-3 to draw Marchini. Linares picked up Felix Luna, who'd gotten by Justin Stock and Jason Hunt, both 5-3. Diaz then survived a double hill battle versus Marchini, as Luna eliminated Linares 5-3. Diaz took the quarterfinal match over Luna 5-2 and then denied Bova a re-match versus Meglino with a double hill win in the semifinals. Meglino completed his undefeated run with a double hill win in the finals. The victory, combined with his later 5th place finish in the Super 16 event, notched his winnings to just over $1,000 for the

weekend. Tour director Tony Crosby thanked Capone's owner Rocky McElroy and his staff for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Aramith, Simonis, Stroke-It Wear, Florida Pool Table Movers, and Billiards and Darts Supply. A "super-special" thank you went out to Xtreme Pool Challenge for the work and effort that went into their producing one of the best live streams in the country.



























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Dennis Orcollo defeated Shane Van Boening, 200-121, to win the U.S. Open Straight Pool Championships. The event, held at Pool Table Magic in Windsor Locks, CT, is a much welcomed revival of a championship that was last played in 2000. Orcollo had a high run of 97 in the final on the streaming table, which gave up only one century (a 106 by Thorsten Hohmann) in 14 games. In his other four games on the streaming table Orcollo’s best runs were 74, 57, and 93. Orcollo, who is from the Philippines, has long

been recognized for his skill in 9-Ball and 10-Ball, but this year he is excelling in everything he plays. For example, at Derby City he finished 4th in bank pool, 6th in 1-pocket, 3rd in 9-ball, 3rd in 10-ball, and he WON the 14.1 Challenge! Who knows, with the American Straight Pool Championship and World 14.1 titles later this year Orcollo is positioned to win the Grand Slam of 14.1! So, how has Orcollo become such a force in straight pool? Beyond his obvious shotmaking and overall skills is his ability to play every shot with a totally professional approach. He thinks, he shoots, he thinks, he shoots – over and over. And he seemingly

never plays a shot unless he is totally prepared to give it his very best. Dennis Walsh is perhaps the number one fan for straight pool, and he has done it again, providing us with 5 recorded matches from the event. See:…/mab1gj…/ AAAjhMy6Wk43ua1rTeo3Febha… I would like to thank AtLarge at AZB for the stats used in this post. He does amazing work! For more on this event, see his post at: php?t=425095

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YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW by Tom Simpson © August 2004 – All Rights Reserved –

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May 2016

Back in the early 60’s, when I began playing pool, there wasn’t much help available. Mosconi had a little book out, and that was about it. Just like today, there were lots of great players around, but the unspoken attitude of that time was “I ain’t tellin’ nobody nuthin’.” Many players felt that if they taught you their “secrets” you’d use that knowledge to take their money. Others felt that, since they had to work hard and had to make all the mistakes, if you didn’t “earn” your knowledge, you didn’t deserve it. You were supposed to learn by losing money to better players. Sharks and fish. Predator and prey. I’m happy to announce that those days are mostly gone. Today, we have good instructional books & videos, training & practice aids, and instructors & schools. Of course, they’re not all good. Like everything, some are good, some are extraordinary, and some are just plain wrong. But it’s possible now to get great help. Some players are blessed with terrific natural ability. They got good very quickly, and never understood what the problem with everyone else was. They saw angles, they saw ball paths, they clearly remembered shots they had seen before. They could take you through a shot by shot replay of a match they played two years ago. Not everyone is wired up this way. Sure, these players still had to go on and do the work – sink those million balls – to really pull themselves up to their personal potential. There is no escaping doing the work. Nobody just walks up and plays great from day one. But somehow, it came easier for them. This is the story of most pros. Unfortunately for the vast majority of us, it’s not that natural. It doesn’t come that easily. It’s not that obvious to us. We’re not fulltime players, and we’re frustrated because lately, we’re not getting better. We need an edge. The edge is available in several dimensions: superior fundamentals, clearer, better knowledge, more effective practice, engaged exposure to higher level play. We have only so much time and energy to devote to pool, and if we really want to get better, we’d better plan on devoting some of that time and energy to things that will improve our game. So what can we do? 1. Read and watch good material. Be very picky about what you choose to believe from the materials you read and videos you watch. Great players are not necessarily great teachers. In fact, many great players have beliefs about what they’re doing that are completely wrong, from a physics perspective. They can get whatever results


they want on the table, but their belief about how they are doing it may not be true. Place your faith in the science types for why things work the way they do, and in the great players for how to play smart and how to win. But be skeptical. 2. Practice the right things in the right way. Set aside small amounts of time to work on the worst parts of your game, and do it with all the focus you can bring to bear. Start with an easy version of what you’re working on and gradually make it more challenging, as you improve. Don’t practice failure. 3. Make good use of training aids. Seeing yourself on video is usually a very surprising experience. Most players immediately see things that could be improved. Try working with a practice cueball, and try to believe what it shows you. Work through drills that look promising. 4. Find a good instructor. There is no substitute for hands on help and guidance. Ask around. Instructors with advanced certifications usually have a lot of teaching experience, and they would not have gotten all that experience if they weren’t helping players get better. Good instructors have curriculums that take you through a planned series of learning and practicing, in an organized way. If someone just wants to watch you hit some balls and then show you how they would have done it, you’re probably in the wrong place. Ask some questions and see whether their answers make sense to you. If you find a good instructor, it will be the best money you’ll ever spend on your game. Spending $600 on yet another new cue is not going to raise your game. Spending $600 on serious, proven instruction will make more difference than you can imagine – for the rest of your pool life. 5. Engage your brain. Actively try to predict and understand what happens at the table. Watch the best players you can find. Think about why they make the choices they make, and how and why their shot to shot results are what they are. There is way more to this game than people think. You don’t know what you don’t know – and there’s a lot of it. We need every edge we can get. Make your learning time and your practice time count. The gains will eventually show up in your game.



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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 for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

This month’s game for bored players calls upon your carom skills. It’s called Reverse Pool, or if you are less politically correct, it’s also been referred to as Irish Pool or Kentucky Pool. The rules may vary, and you are certainly welcome to add your own set of rules if you like. Here is how my friends and I play the game: The object of the game is to be the first to make 8 balls. To make a shot legally, you shoot the intended ball off of the cue ball and into the pocket you called. Banks, kicks, and other caroms do not matter – all that is required is that you shoot the object ball into the called pocket, and at some point during the shot, it must contact the cue ball. To be clear, you are hitting the object ball with your cue stick, and making it carom off of the white cue ball before it goes into the pocket. Got that? Rack up all of the balls like you’re playing 8-ball, with the balls in any order. The 8-ball does not need to be in the center. Replace one of the object balls with the cue ball (You’re going to use the replaced ball – for example, the 1-ball – to break). The cue ball can go anywhere in the rack, and you will want to place it in a spot where you can carom the break ball off it into a called pocket. Yes, you call your shot even on the break. I like to place the cue ball on one of the corners of the rack. With a good firm break, I can make my ball in the corner pocket off the cue ball and get a pretty good spread on the rack. Place the 1-ball (or whatever object ball you chose) behind the head string, and break the rack open. Make sure you call your shot before breaking. If you make it, you continue shooting. If you do not, it’s your opponent’s turn.

Any other balls made on your shot count toward your score, as long as you made the ball you called. If you miss and other balls go in, bring them up and spot them. A foul gives your opponent cue ball in hand. Fouls include: • You do not hit the cue ball and then a rail. • The object ball goes into the wrong pocket or the right pocket without hitting the cue ball. • The cue ball goes into any pocket. This is a very fun game, and it helps you with your carom/billiard abilities. Sometimes, playing a different game like this one or Honolulu (see last month’s article) will help you to see the table in a different way, and you may see shots in your regular play that you didn’t consider before! Here are a couple of variations: • Place the cue ball in the center of the rack for the break, and break using the 8-ball. Player gets to shoot after the break always, and any ball made on the break is spotted. • Try this game playing 8-ball. You must hit the cue ball before hitting your opponent’s ball; otherwise, it’s a foul. • For an added challenge, only balls going into the pocket cleanly off of the cue ball are counted (similar to bank pool rules). Have you played this game, or something similar? Have a question about the rules, or any other question? Use #AskTheBilliardsProfessor on Twitter (@billiardsprof) or drop me a line at I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at Come on by and join the discussion!

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RECOVERY SHOTS Last column I covered ways to minimize cue ball movement. The situations shown were with just a little too much angle to play the position comfortably because the cue ball “wanted” to go too far on the shot.

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This time we’ll suppose you really screwed up on the position -- OK, let’s say your opponent missed and left you the shot -- and there is no way to slow the cue ball down enough to play the short position so you have to go an extra cushion or two to get good position on the next ball. If you have trouble with this kind of shot, 15 minutes of practice will get you ready for the next time you face one. Shot 1 is a lot like shot 1 from last time but now suppose the shot is too thin to kill the cue ball with draw to get a good shot on the 2 ball. Instead you are will go an extra two table lengths as shown. There are three things you have to do with this shot to get it right. The first is the thin cut.This skill is worth practicing on its own and can get you out of a lot of almost-safe positions. I like to concentrate my attention on the edges of the two balls -- the right edge of the cue ball and the left edge of the 1 ball -- and visualize how much (or little) the two edges will overlap at contact. Secondly, you have to get exactly the correct side spin on the cue ball. If there is just a little left or right on this shot you have a real good chance to find a pocket or end up on the 2 ball’s side of the table. When you address the cue ball and are making your final decision to pull the trigger, you need to check for dead-center contact.

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Shot 2

A little follow on the cue ball will help with speed control here. I recommend about a tip above center. The follow also reduces the effect of any unintended side spin that may creep in. Finally, you need to get the speed right. This is only going to happen with practice, and when you practice you need to pick a very specific goal. How much angle do you want to leave for the 2 ball shot? Try for straight in, then try to leave yourself about a 30-degree cut. Even when the game situation doesn’t require a precise leave, you need to visualize exactly where the cue ball should land to give your arm complete instructions. With those instruction, you’re more likely to get something you don’t really want. As a small variation of Shot 1, move the 2 ball to A and try to leave the cue ball where the 2 ball is shown. This will require a tiny bit of left side spin to work the cue ball to the left a little.






In Shot 2 you have about the same situation but going across the table to get shape on the 4 ball. In a situation like this you have a choice of which side of the 4 ball you want to leave yourself on. The simple way is to play without side spin as shown and accept the longer shot. Many players overlook this possibility and try to spin the ball up the table with right English to end around B. That has the dual problems of the complications to aiming from the side spin and the scratch. Instead, if you can get your speed right -- practice, practice, practice -- you have a better chance to make the 3 ball and the shot on the 4, if nearly straight in, is not so hard.


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.

Did you know that four out of your five senses could help you overcome performance anxiety? Your senses can even help you replace negative thoughts and emotions with self-confidence, and we all know that self-confidence is an essential part of being a good pool player. One example of this would be Psychologist Ivan Pavlov’s various experiments with dogs. To sum up his study, Pavlov sounded a bell as his dogs were fed. The dogs salivated when they saw the food. After doing this several times, the dogs associated the sound of the bell with food. Once the association was made, the sound of the bell alone made the dogs salivate. Let’s apply the same approach to pool. End game situations are typically where pool players feel the most performance anxiety. The closer we get to a win, the higher the expectation we have of ourselves, and the closer we get to winning “big money,” the more we tend to “lock up.” Knowing a few tricks to help take away end game pressure can really help. 1. Sound: The next time you are pocketing balls, focus on the sound an object ball makes as it drops into a pocket. Doesn’t it sound wonderful? It is a positive sound, and if we can hear it in our mind before every shot, it will build confidence and promote positive feelings. This needs to become an embedded part of your pre-shot routine. During play, you will need to do this before each and every shot. For example, when you’re making your practice strokes and rechecking your shot line, imagine actually hearing the sound of a ball being pocketed. That is the sound of success! Notice how it makes you feel. It should make you more confident. 2. Sight: The next sense I want you to consider is sight. As you’re practicing, imagine your cue ball rolling toward the object ball on an imaginary line. Then imagine the object ball rolling toward the center of the pocket on another line. Now, assign both of those lines a color. See if one color gives you more confidence than others, and if it does be sure to include that visual as a part of your pre-shot routine.

3. Verbal: Every time you pocket a hard shot during practice, say something positive to yourself such as “Yes!” Then, try to include this word or phrase as part of your pre-shot routine. Moreover, when you’re down on the shot and you’re ready to shoot, say that word or phrase to yourself to promote positive feelings. 4. Touch: Touch is the fourth sense that can be used to foster a positive emotional state. Like any of the other concepts discussed, after you do something positive in practice I would suggest that you reinforce that feeling by touching something that you can replicate right before an important shot. One example would be for you to touch the cloth of the pool table with your bridge hand in a way that is unique to you. You might tap your index finger against the slate right before you shoot or press firmly against the table with all of your fingers. After some practice, you will begin to associate that touch with something positive. I would also suggest that you include this as part of your pre-shot routine. I believe once you practice it a few times you will start to see that every time you replicate it, you will associate it with a “winning” feeling. Be sure and try all of your senses. Everyone is unique in how they respond so I recommend you try them all to see which ones work the best. It could be that one works better for you than the others, or you may find two or three that work equally. After some practice, you will be able to figure out which ones will benefit you the most. Incorporate your senses into your preshot routine and you’ll develop a “sixth sense,” one that many professional sportscasters refer to as the ability the play well in the clutch!

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THE IMPOSSIBLE BANK SHOT 2 A few issues back, I tried to teach you through one of my columns the famous and evergreen shot featured in the movie “The Hustler” and later named “The Impossible Bank Shot”.

STEFANO PELINGA Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.

A few years ago I was with my friend Mike Massey in Baltimore, practicing for the upcoming ESPN competition. While discussing several other shots, we faced a funny dilemma concerning this old shot. We asked ourselves “what if the Cue Ball is not frozen to the Object Ball? Is there a way to still pocket the OB? It did not take us long to come up with this interesting and very useful solution to the problem: as you can see in the diagram, if the CB is separated from the OB and kind of in a straight line with it, provided the distance between the two balls is 6-10”, you can try to elevate your cue by about 20-25⁰ and aim the OB 9/10 to the right (almost full). Use a speed 2 stroke and hit the CB at 12 o’clock with one tip of follow. The purpose is to have the CB jump up as it hits the OB. While the CB is airborne, the OB can pass under it and travel towards the opposite corner pocket. In our shows we reach out and grab the CB with our bridge hand before it lands back on the table, just to show off some poor juggling abilities, but you can definitely use this principle in a regular game provided you make sure to keep the CB on the table. So try not to hit it too hard or to apply more than one tip of top English. The higher English you will use on the CB, the slower the OB will move towards the pocket, sometimes without even reaching it, and chances are that the CB may jump out of the table. If the CB doesn’t jump high enough, than jack up the back of your cue more without changing the contact point of the tip on the CB. If the rails of the table you are playing on are not too bouncy like the ones some bar size tables come with, you may have to hit the CB harder, even with a speed 3 stroke. Keep practicing and if you have any question, feel free to contact me via my Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/MrTrickShots


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Karen Corr won the Super Billiards Expo’s (SBE) Women’s Pro Championship in 2014, defeating Allison Fisher in the finals, and were it not for Vivian Villareal, the 2016 Diamond Women’s Open 9-Ball Pro Players Championship would have featured the same two finalists. As it was, Vivian Villareal faced Corr in the finals, and Corr defeated her to capture her second SBE title. The event drew 32 of the top female competitors to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, on the weekend of April 15-17.

Canada’s John Morra spent most of his time at the Diamond Super Billiards Expo’s 10-Ball Pro Championships on the loss side of the double elimination bracket. Sent Van Boening and there by Donny Mills in the second round of play, he won five in a row, including a Pagulayan played victory over Johnny Archer, to qualify for the eight-player, single elimination phase their ‘last winner of the tournament. He went on to defeat Mike Dechaine, Thorsten Hohmann, and standing’ battle to in the finals, Shane Van Boening to win the 10-Ball Pro Championship title. The within a game of $15,000-added event, run concurrently with seven other events at the SBE on the double hill before long weekend of April 14-17, drew 64 entrants to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Van Boening Center in Oaks, PA. As the winners’ bracket evolved throughout the weekend, it was a short list of the usual suspects who advanced to that side’s four qualifying spots on Sunday. In the final match for qualification, Alex Pagulayan faced Eddie Abraham, Warren Kiamco drew “The Iceman” (Mika Immonen), Earl Strickland squared off against Vilmos Foldes, and Van Boening met up with Corey Deuel. Pagulayan defeated Eddie closed it at 13-11. Meanwhile, Morra, in the ‘last Abraham 10-5, as Kiamco downed loss-side’ match defeated Hohmann 13-6. Immonen 10-7. Strickland moved among Van Boening, having won this event five times the final four winners with a 10-6 win in seven attempts, including three straight from over Foldes, while Van Boening eliminated 2012-2014 was looking for his sixth SBE title Deuel 10-6. (he was third behind winner Dennis Orcollo On the loss side, Tommy Kennedy earned and runner-up, Jayson Shaw, last year). Morra his way into that side’s final four with a derailed Boening’s planned trip to the winners’ 10-6 victory over Mike Davis. Thorsten circle, defeating him 13-10 to capture the title. Shane Van Boening & John Morra Hohmann defeated Donnie Mills in a double hill fight, Mike Dechaine downed Shaun Wilkie 10-5 and Morra got by Billy 1st $10,000 John Morra Thorpe 10-7. 2nd $5000 Shane Van Boening The winners’ side quarterfinals featured Pagulayan against Kiamco, and Van Boening 3/4th $3200 Alex Pagulayan, Thorsten Hohmann versus Strickland. On the loss side, Kennedy met Hohmann, and Morra drew 5-8th $2600 Mike Dechaine, Tommy Kennedy, Earl Strickland, Warren Kiamco Dechaine. Pagulayan defeated Kiamco 13-6, as Shane eliminated Strickland 13-5. 9-12th $2100 Mika Immonen, Eddie Abraham, Corey Deuel, Vilmos Foldes 13-16th $1700 Mike Davis, Donny Mills, Shaun Wilkie, Billy Thorpe Kennedy put up a strong, double hill fight against Hohmann, but was eliminated, while Morra finished Dechaine’s run 13-9.


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round (and, as it turned out, second round) of single elimination play.

The women’s event featured something of a controversy, which resulted in a format change among the event’s final eight players. While all other events at this year’s SBE featured a final eight, single elimination format that in its opening and second (semifinal) round pitted winners against winners and losers against losers, leaving only one competitor on each side of the bracket, the women’s event altered that format. Following a requested and granted meeting between both Allen Hopkins (junior and senior) and tour directors Doug Ennis and Frank DelPizzo, the final eight were seeded to pit winners and losers against each other in the opening

If you think of the final eight as winners’ side opponents A, B, C & D, and the loss-side opponents as E, F, G & H, the original formula’s opening, single elimination round pitted A versus B and C versus D on the winners’ side, while on the loss side, E played F and G played H. In the second (semifinal) round, the winner of the A & B match faced the winner of the C & D match, while on the loss side, the winner of the E & F match faced the winner of the G & H match. This left one player on each side of the bracket. In the formula requested and granted to the women’s tournament by Hopkins, in the opening round, A played E, B played F, C played G and D faced H. The concern, reportedly expressed by the “unanimous” vote of the women whose concerns were transmitted to Hopkins, Jr. and Sr., by tour directors Ennis and DelPizzo, was that the original formula provided an incentive for the competitors in the winners’ side final eight (looking to advance to the single elimination round) to deliberately throw a match in order to face two weaker (loss side) opponents in an attempt to get to the finals. In effect, the proposal created an equivalent to baseball’s “infield fly” rule, which, prior to enactment, provided infielders with an incentive to drop an infield fly ball, in order to secure a more favorable outcome; two outs, instead of one, by a double play, rendered possible by a dropped infield fly ball. Though a decision has yet to be made, discussions about making this format change standard for all future SBE events is on the organizers’ agenda. The women returned to the tournament, operating under the newly enacted format. Three winners’ side matches advanced Allison Fisher, Jennifer Baretta, Karen Corr and Brittany Tom Zippler & Darren Appleton Bryant to the final eight. On the loss side, a single match advanced Vivian Villareal, Emily Duddy, and Caroline Pao (they’d all lost in the winners’ side final eight round). April Larson, who’d lost her opening match to Baretta, won four on the loss side to join them. With the new format, Fisher faced Larson, Baretta faced Villareal (whom she’d sent to the loss side in the previous winners’ side round), Corr faced Duddy and Bryant met up with Caroline Pao. Fisher eliminated Larson 13-4, Villareal defeated Baretta 13-8, Corr got by Duddy 13-5 and Caroline Pao sent Bryant home 13-9. Thus, in the semifinals, two winners’ side opponents (Fisher and Corr), faced two loss side opponents (Villareal and Pao), which could not have happened had the event followed the formula used by the SBE’s other tournaments. Villareal, who was down 6-0 at the start, came back to defeat Fisher 13-11. Corr eliminated Pao 13-3. Corr completed her undefeated run and claimed the event title with a 13-8 victory over Villareal in the finals. 1st Karen Corr $5000 2nd Vivian Villareal $2500 3/4th Allison Fisher, Caroline Pao $1500 5-8th April Larson, Jennifer Barretta, Emily Duddy, Brittany Bryant $1250

This year’s One Pocket tournament at the Super Billiards Expo was absent quite a few of the marquee names that were on-hand for the 2015 tournament. No Dennis Orcollo this year, or Corey Deuel, or Skyler Woodward. No defending champion Jason Brown, either. The event did feature Darren Appleton, Warren Kiamco and a short list of other known names, like Billy Thorpe, Jorge Rodriguez, and Bob Jewett. It came down to Appleton and Tom Zippler. Appleton going undefeated to win it, Zippler going three on the loss side, and two more among the final eight to challenge Appleton in the finals. The event, held on the weekend of April 14-17, drew 32 entrants to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Appleton got by Billy Thorpe in the opening round, and following victories over Illir Jaho and Dan Milligan, moved among the final four on the winners’ side and into the single elimination phase. Joining him in the opening round of this phase was Russell Parsons. Jewett and Vincent Cimarelli squared off in the other winners’ side quarterfinal. In the loss side quarterfinals, Kiamco faced Ciccia. Zippler, who’d been sent to the left

bracket by Kiamco, got by Ed Polumbo, Steve Fleming and Derek Schwager, to draw Joseph Sellechia in the other loss-side quarterfinal. On the winners’ side, Appleton downed Parsons 5-1, earning him a semifinal match against Cimarelli, who’d eliminated Jewett 5-3. On the loss side, Ciccia picked up a forfeit win, when Kiamco was forced to make a decision between One Pocket or the 10-Ball tournament. Zippler, in the meantime, defeated Sellechia 5-1. Appleton defeated Cimarelli 5-2, for a finals date with Zippler, who’d eliminated Ciccia 5-3. Appleton completed his undefeated run. He closed it out with a 5-1 victory over Zippler in the final to claim the 2015 Diamond Open One Pocket Professional Championship title. 1st $2000 Darren Appleton 2nd $1500 Tom Zippler 3/4th $1000 Vinnie Cimarelli, Marty Ciccia 5-8th $750 Warren Kiamco, Joseph Sellechia, Bob Jewett, Russell Parsons

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May 2016


Marshall & Spohr Crowned 2nd Annual New Jersey


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Photos Courtesy of Rich Daniels, Story provided by Level 2 Billiards Photo l-r: Emily Herpel, Joel Garrison, Dylan Spohr

On April 2nd, 2016, for the second year in a row, Level 2 Billiards in Somerdale, NJ hosted the New Jersey Junior State 9-Ball Championships. The event, which is sanctioned by the Billiards Education Foundation, crowns a state title holder for youth players in a 18 and Under 9-Ball Division and a 14 and Under 9-Ball Division Winner. The winner of each division receives a trophy, certificate and paid entry into the 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. Runner up receives a certificate and paid entry into the 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. Action kicked off early Saturday morning with a larger than expect playing field and an even larger crowd. Youth players from around the region competed for most of the day and returning 2015 Champion Charles Marshall, Jr. (12 years old) once again grab the title for the 14-Under Division with new comer to the event Justin Toye (14 years old) taking 2nd place. In the 18 and under Division, first year tournament player Dylan Spohr (16), open the tournament with a win over Team Cyborg player Emily Herpel (16) who was last year’s 2nd Place winner. The double elimination event found Dylan making it to the final round with no losses and Emily Herpel who worked her way through the bracket on the 1 loss side as his opponent once again. Emily had to beat Dylan twice to grab the title, but with one loss already for her, Dylan need only 1 win. The first match was won by Emily but in the end Dylan proved to be to strong of a competitor for Emily and grabbed the NJ title with Emily once again taking 2nd place. Level 2 Billiards is the home of the largest Junior Pool program in New Jersey and one of the largest in the country. The owners of this 2nd floor room are active in giving back in the community with a strong focus on youth and volunteer organizations. On most days, you’ll find at least one youth player in the room working on drills provide by Coach Ricardo, who was the 2015 League Coach for the program. The Indiana BEF Juniors State 9-Ball Championships is in the books. This year’s event was hosted by Lags Billiards in Columbus, IN. We had a total of 23 juniors show up to compete for 4 spots at the BEF Junior Nationals in July. Special Thanks to Joel Garrison & the staff at Level 2 Billiards for making this event possible!

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Tony Rudi Wins Mezz Pro-Am ABCD Stop #11

Pictured l-r: 3rd Ron Atzert, 2nd Carl Morgan, 1st Tony Rudi, 4th Joe Hong, Owner Al Tonelli Mezz ABCD tour made its way to Fat Albert Billiards in Somerdale NJ on Saturday, April 3, 2016. A Strong field of 45 players came out to play player like: Tony Rudi, Carl Morgan, Ron Atzert, Jerry Dunne, Joe Hong, Bob Milane, Charlie Marshall Sr., Charlie Marshall Jr., Rick Rosado, Vince Dinucci to name a few. We like to thank Al Tonelli, Joe Young owners of Fat Albert Billiards and his wonderful staff for hosting the event. Leading the top half of the bracket was Tony Rudi with wins over Mark Nanashee7-3, Bob Milane 7-3, Gary O 7-6 and Vince Dinucci 7-3. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Ron Atzert with wins over Frankie Day 7-4, Bill Gallagher 7-4, Tim Guinan 7-2 and Joe Hong 7-1. Playing for the hot seat was was Tony Rudi Vs Ron Atzert this was a great match that went hill hill and when it was all said and done it was Tony Rudi winning 7-6 and sending Ron Atzert to the one lost side. Waiting for Atzert was Carl Morgan this was a one sided match that had Carl Morgan


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RALEIGH, NC In a field that featured a high percentage of younger players (18 and under), one of whom (Peter Abantangelo; age 14) reached the semifinals, David Strum went undefeated April 23-24. The event drew 43 entrants to Brown’s Billiards in Raleigh, NC. Strum had to get by 18-year-old Cole Parsons twice to claim the title (Cole’s brother, Ethan, age 11, was in the field, as well). They met first in the hot seat. Strum sent Daniel Jones to the loss side 7-2, while Parsons was working on a 5-1 victory over Solomon Pope. Strum claimed the hot seat over Parsons 7-2 and waited on his return. On the loss side, Abantangelo, sent to the loss side in his opening match against Pope, was at work on his eight-match, loss-side streak that would take him as far as the semifinals. He chalked up wins #5 and #6 against Randy Hodges 5-3 and AJ Hertzog, double hill to draw Jones. Pope picked up Jody Musselman, who’d eliminated Daniel Adams 7-2 and Jordan Grubb 7-5. Abantangelo earned his way to a quarterfinal re-match against Pope with a 5-2 victory over Jones. Pope eliminated Mussleman 7-1. Abantangelo wreaked his vengeance on Pope 7-5, but had his loss-side streak ended in a youth semifinal against Parsons. Parsons prevailed 5-2 for a second shot against Strum. Strum repeated his hot seat performance. He completed his undefeated run with a second 7-2 victory over Parsons to claim the event title.


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Wyoming Nubbins Memorial & Junior State 8-Ball Championships 9 & under

18 & under April 12, 2016 (Denver, CO): On Sunday, April 3rd, the town of Saratoga, Wyoming once again welcomed junior cueists from three states all arriving for the 2nd Annual Wyoming Junior State 8-Ball Championships. This year’s event also marked the 4th Annual “Nubbins” Memorial event in loving memory of avid Wyoming pool enthusiast Steve “Nubbins” Doehling. The 32 young players competed in three separate divisions: 18 & Under Coed, 14 & Under Coed and the 9 & Under Pee Wee. The 18 & Under division saw a repeat finals match from last year’s Wyoming vs Nebraska. 17-year-old Richard Gonzales (WY) defeated 15-year-old Sheign Krafczik (NE) in the finals. Gonzales, the reigning Colorado Jr State 10-Ball 18 & Under Champion, had already earned paid entry to the BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships so the honors went to Krafczik, along with 3rd place finisher Kaden Mayo, and top finishing girl Haley Glass. In the 13 & Under division, 12-year-old Amanda Campbell is proving to be unstoppable. Nicknamed “The Ripper” the reigning CO Jr State 10-Ball 14 & Under Champ defeated Ty Blower in the finals. From this division, Blower, 3rd place finisher Kohy Maki and his sister Kadesa (who finished 5th) all earned paid entry into junior nationals. More than half of this year’s 13 & Under field was comprised of girls. The 9 & Under Pee Wee division crowned a new winner this year. Bailey Glode was poised for her 3rd title but took a surprising early exit. 8-year-old Anthony Graham from Cheyenne, Wyoming defeated 7-year-old Mirakai Dodge in the hill-hill finals match. This was Dodge’s first tournament ever. The two played their little hearts out. As always, Special Thanks go to the Wyoming Open and the town of Saratoga, event promoters Saratoga Mayor E.J. Glode, Monte Thayer, and Charlie Williams, along with the Wyoming Open staff, Andy Cloth, and all the other supporters of the Wyoming Open. The BEF also recognizes its Premier Sponsors for this year’s

BEF Junior State Championship program: Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls, Pechauer Custom Cues, Masters Chalk and BRAD Scuffers. Great Appreciation goes to all the participants who supported the BEF fundraising efforts all weekend. In total, over $1,000 was raised for youth billiard programs and BEF initiatives! 18 & UNDER DIVISION: 1st Richard Gonzales, Plaque, J. Pechauer Jump Cue, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. 2nd Sheign Krafczik, Plaque, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. 3rd Kaden Mayo, Plaque, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. Top Girl: Haley Glass, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. 13 & UNDER DIVISION: 1st Amanda Campbell, Plaque, J. Pechauer Jump Cue, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. 2nd Ty Blowers, Plaque, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. 3rd Kohy Maki, Plaque, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. Top Girl: Kadesa Maki, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. PEE WEE DIVISION (9 & UNDER): 1st Anthony Graham, Plaque, J. Pechauer Jump Cue, paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals. 2nd Mirakai Dodge, Plaque 3rd Piper Gray, Plaque

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For the sixth stop on the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s 2016 season, players from around the New York City area headed to Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY to do battle in 9-ball on April 9-10. With the Super Billiards Expo starting in just a few days, many of the players took this as an opportunity to get in gear to compete in this highly anticipated event. Coming through with an undefeated run, Connecticutbased player Brooke Meyer saw his way again to the top of the chart at Steinway. Remarkably, Meyer (winner of the 2015 “A” Class Player of the Year award) came in with a repeat performance – he won his first-ever Predator Tour stop the very same weekend, at the very same place, one year ago. To start the tournament, Meyer had two tough battles in L-R 3rd Greg Matos, 4th Annie Flores, 1st Brooke Meyer, 2nd Alison Fischer the upper bracket, going down to the wire with 7-6 wins over Lidio “Rasta” Ramirez (A+) and Billy Santiago (B+), followed by a 7-5 win winning 7-4. Underdog Matos then took the quarterfinal match against the over Carlos Luna (A). He closed the day with the next match, garnering a decisive favor ite, winning 8-3 against Flores. 7-4 win over Rhio Anne Flores (B+). On day two, Meyer started strong with a 7-2 win over another former Steinway winner, Stewart Warnock (A+). This five-game The semifinal was a rematch from earlier in the day, as Alison Fischer’s loss to run positioned Meyer in the “hot seat” match against Alison Fischer (C+), the Brooke Meyer gave Matos another opportunity against her. Matos battled, B/C/D winner’s bracket finalist. recovering from a 4-1 deficit to tie it at 4-4, only to have Fischer move on to win 7-4. This is Greg Matos’s best finish on the tour.

Brooke Meyer Undefeated in 2nd Predator Pro/Am Tour Win at Steinway Stop #6 For Fischer, who began playing on the tour in 2008, it was her first time in a winner’s bracket final. To get to the second day of the tournament, Fischer took five straight wins, which included three “hill-hill” matches. On the second day, she had a 7-4 win over Greg Matos (C) to move on to the “hot seat” match against Meyer. In a close back-and-forth battle, Fischer got to the hill first at 7-6, only to miss a difficult 9-ball, making it 7-7. Meyer broke and ran to a three-to-nine combination to secure his place in the final. On the loss side of the bracket, two matches determine who will move on to the quarterfinal: one from the upper bracket and one from the lower. In the upper bracket match-up, Annie Flores (B+), one of NYC’s toughest female players, defeated Stewart Warnock (A) with a solid score of 7-4. Meanwhile, Abel Rosario (B) and Greg Matos (C) faced off in the lower bracket, ending with Matos also

In the final (a “modified” single race to eight), Fischer got her second shot at Meyer. If Meyer got to eight first, he would win, but if Fischer won eight first, the set would extend to ten. With the handicap difference, Fischer was spotted three games in the race. Although Fischer fought to stay in the match, Meyer succeeded with a strong performance, winning 8-6, to take his second Predator Tour title. Along with the main event, a “Second Chance” tournament was held on the second day for players who had been previously eliminated. Thirteen players competed in a single-elimination format for the first prize in this event. “B” class player Pablo Sanz would walk away on top, defeating Dan Faraguna, William Finnegan, Dave Callaghan, and then Amir Uddin in the final.

Complete Payouts ABCD 1st: $1,200 Brooke Meyer (+ $300 Side Pot) 2nd: $900 Alison Fischer 3rd: $600 Greg Matos 4th: $400 Annie Flores 5/6: $250 Stewart Warnock, Abel Rosario 7/8: $175 Lidio Ramirez, Jose Kuilan 9-12: $125 Ron Mason, Troy Deocharran, Xavier Romero, Miguel Laboy

Complete Payouts Second Chance 1st: $130 Pablo Sanz 2nd: $90 Amir Uddin 3/4: $20 Dave Callaghan, Kevin Shin Story by Alison Fischer and Irene Kim L-R Winner Pablo Sanz and Dave Callaghan

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Story & Photos Courtesy of Joseph Watson, III

April 13, 2016 (Denver, CO): The Indiana BEF Juniors State 9-Ball Championships is in the books. This year’s event was hosted by Lags Billiards in Columbus, IN. We had a total of 23 juniors show up to compete for 4 spots at the BEF Junior Nationals in July. There were 12 in the 18 and under division battling it out for the 2 spots this division. There was some great pool being played by these juniors although mistakes were made they all kept good composure and showed some excellent sportsmanship. The hot seat match came down to Zach Lafferty the defending champion from Wood River, Il vs Lee Saylor from Hamilton, Oh.


from Brazil, IN after a back a forth battle Jake takes the hot seat sending John to the one loss side. John would go to face Brandon Waytovich on the one loss side and come out on top to face Jake again for the championship. Jake showed some great shooting to win the first match and taking home the 1st place championship. John would take home second and gaining a spot at the BEF Junior Nationals in July. Rounding out the top 4 would be Brandon Waytovich finishing 3rd and Jordan Waytovich finishing 4th and gaining a spot at the BEF Junior Nationals in July. Due to Jake and Brandon both already being qualified Jordan was next in line to receive

Zach Lafferty

After some fierce pool playing action Lee reigned supreme over Zach sending him to the one loss side. But Zach fought his way back to take the 1st place spot in his division for the second year in a row. Lee finished 2nd and gaining entry into the Junior Nationals in July. And rounding out the top 4 was 3rd place by Tanner Standeford out of Avon, in also gaining entry into the Juniors Nationals in July, Zach had qualified already which Lee Saylor put Tanner next in line to receive the entry and 4th place was last years 14 and under champion Joey Brush from Terre Haute, In. Good luck to these Juniors at the BEF Junior Nationals. Therewere 11 playing in the 14 and under division and we saw some stellar playing by these young champions. Again some great sportsmanship by these young players. The hot seat match came down to John Gregg from Indianapolis, IN vs Jake Sollman


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Above: Jake Sollman and John Gregg

Below: Owners of Lags Billiards

the spot. Good Luck to these juniors at the BEF Junior Nationals. Also want to give a huge thank you to the sponsors of this event. Dale Williams Auto Repair out of Whiteland, In, Break Time Billiards out of Terre Haute, In and last but not least PhatGuy’s Sports Bar & Grill out of North Vernon, In. Also thanks to my wife Renea and Daughter Cristina for volunteering their time to help the event run smoothly. Thanks to Lags Billiards for hosting the tournament. Thanks to the parents for taking the time to bring all these juniors out to participate.

Special Thanks to Joseph Watson, III for making this event possible!


WILLIAMSVILLE, NY Real good tournament today. 16 shooters competing for $935.00 in prize money. 1st $500 Jay Reed 2nd $275 Cory Welfare 3rd $135 Pedro Rivera 4th $35 Johnny Grant Started at 2:15, finished at 8:00.

DATES CHANGED Spend a weekend with the pros at Bison Billiards. DATES HAVE BEEN CHANGED. Darren Appleton and Mike Dechaine Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th Win a chance to be their partner in the tournament Sat. July 23rd $100.00 per team scotch doubles Bar box 8 ball double elimination, 32 team max. Doors open at 10 am, auction 11:00, start at noon Raffle winners announced Sat. July 9th at our 9 ball tournament Raffle tickets available at Bison Billiards.

Champions Crowned at New Hampshire Junior State 9-Ball Qualifier

Story & Photos Courtesy of Roy Pastor, New England USA Pool League

April 13, 2016 (Denver, CO): The New Hampshire 2016 State Junior 9-Ball Championships were held March 20 at New Hampshire’s Premier Pool Hall, the Crow’s Nest in Plaistow. Although the competition was fierce, every junior player displayed the highest level of sportsmanship and friendship towards everyone in attendance. In the 15-18 Bracket, Michelle Jiang of Harvard, MA went undefeated in the winners’ bracket to take her second consecutive State Title in two weeks. Derrick Burnham of Maine took second place honors after two very tough hill/hill matches against Alex Gurevich of Ma. In the 14 and under division, it was Vivian Liu of Harvard Ma. who won the State

THEN Sunday July 24th will be their exhibition at Bison Billiards Everyone who comes will be able to play with the pros. SPONSORED BY: Dominiak Cues, Jacoby Custom Cues and Predator Cues. $2,000.00 in cue stick raffles all weekend. Tickets to the exhibition are $20.00

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MICHELLE JIANG & DERRICK BURNHAM Champion Title in that division. She won a tough match against second place winner Tiana Jiang of Harvard Ma. Colin Demilt of Weymouth Ma. also made a terrific showing in the 14 and under division coming in third. Those who qualified (Michelle Jiang, Derrick Burnham, Vivian Liu, Tiana Jiang, Colin Demilt [above right]) at this event will be invited to compete in the 2016 Junior Nationals this July in Illinois. We would all like to thank the Crow’s Nest

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Missouri Junior State Champions Crowned in All Divisions Billiard’s Coach Mark Wilson of Lindenwood University once again hosted the Missouri Junior State 9-Ball Championships. This year’s event also took place over two weekends March 19 & 26. The 15 participants in total representing five states and competed in three divisions: 18 & Under Boys, 14 & Under Boys and 18 & Under Boys.

18 & Under Boys Division: 1st Place: Micah Ott, Certificate and paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals 2nd Place: Devan Stagner, Certificate and paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals The seven girls also played together in a round robin format. 17-year-old Serena Black of Warrensburg, IL went undefeated to defend her title while 14-year-old Katlin Schilling will also make an appearance at Junior Nationals as the best finisher of the 14 & Under Girls. 18 & Under Girls Division: 1st Place: Serena Black, Certificate and paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals 2nd Place: Trista Ingham, Certificate and paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals 14 & Under Girls Division: 1st Place: Katlin Schilling, Certificate and paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals 2nd Place: McKenzie Schilling, Certificate and paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals In the 14 & Under Boys division, there were also no undefeated matches among the five young men. Top local junior Keith McKuin of Poplar Bluff, MO brought home the title with a 3/1 record, winning 18 of the possible 20 games. 18 & Under Boys Division: 1st Place: Keith McKuin, Certificate and paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals 2nd Place: Austin Summers, Certificate and paid entry into 2016 BEF Junior Nationals

Special Thanks to Mark Wilson and Lindenwood University for making this event possible! Photos: 14u-boys-champs photo L-R: 2nd-Place Austin Summers, 1st Place Keith McKuin 14u-girls-champs photo L-R: 2nd Place McKenzie Schilling, 1st Place- Katlin Schilling 18u-boys-champs photo L-R: 1st Place Micah Ott, 2nd Place Devan Stagner 18u-girls-champs photo L-R: 2nd Place Trista Ingham, 1st Place- Serena Black,

Of the six 18 & Under boys, the two youngest players took top honors. Wilson opted for a round robin formats so everyone could get more matches in. 16-year-old Micah Ott from Oklahoma City came out on ahead winning 24 of the possible 25 games (and 4 out of 5 matches). Second place went to Devan Stagner with a 3/2 record and 22 games. “Everyone had a great time and the competition was very fair as nobody went undefeated,” added Wilson.

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Barry Behrman

founder and promoter of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships Dies at Age 70

Jerry Forsyth Apr 23, 2016 Barry Behrman, the founder and promoter of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, passed away today at age 70. Mr. Behrman opened Q-Master Billiards in Virginia Beach, VA, 45 years ago and held his first U.S Open Championship after having been inspired by the tournaments he saw at Bill “Beenie-Weenie” Staton’s Jack and Jill Billiards in Arlington, VA. His very first champion was mIke Sigel and Sigel went on to win three times over the next eight years to affirm his status as a true champion of pocket billiards. Mr. Behrman announced his retirement as the promoter of the U.S. Open in 2015. Some health issues followed fairly quickly, some serious ones stemming from a stubborn infection that would not respond to antibiotics. His official cause of death today has not as yet been announced but he had been mostly hospitalized since January with a lot of time spent in Intensive Care. Mr. Behrman grew Q-Master Billiards into the largest pool room in America and nurtured the original 16-man U.S. Open Championship field into the biggest and most important event in North America, sometimes showcasing fields of over 200 players. The event began at Q-Master Billiards but soon outgrew that venue and was held for a number of years at the Holiday Inn of Chesapeake before moving to it’s longest-running home, the Chesapeake Convention

Center. The latest home of the event was the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk. Mr. Behrman was certainly one of the most colorful and sometimes controversial figures in the game. He was the consummate promoter and was always on the phone to friends around the world pushing to draw more players, more fans and to provide new attractions for those fans. His events sometimes included trick shot exhibitions and pipe and drum corps and he was always willing to try new things to improve his product. He sometimes promised more than he could immediately deliver, but in the end he always delivered. Barry Behrman is survived by his son, Brady, and his daughter, Shannon Behrman Paschall.


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Bob Toomey Wins 4-24-16

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED 9-Ball - Handicapped $25 9 Ball on 9’ Diamonds-Hdcp $20 Break & run 9 Ball $20 $100 w/32 Open 9 Ball $10/$20 Call Open 9 Ball $5 Call 9 Ball $10 Call Open 9 Ball $8 Call 9-Ball Hdcp/DE/Race to 5/4 $25 Call 8 Ball $5 Call Straight 8-Ball $8 Call 9-Ball Handicap $10 8-Ball $5 Call Open 9 Ball Am/Pro $20/$40 8-Ball 7’ Tables race to 5 $15 $100 w/16 9-Ball $10 Call 9 Ball on Diamond bar box 3-4-5 $15 Break & run 9-Ball $10 50% Match 8 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball-Sc Doubles-Max skill 12 $20 9-Ball - Handicapped Call 10-Ball Handicap-SE $15 Call 9-Ball 7’ Tables $15 $100 w/16 1 Pocket on 9’ Diamonds-Hdcp $20 Break & run 9 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $5 Call 9 Ball $20 $100 w/32 Open 9 Ball $5 Call 9-Ball SE $12 incl g.f. Call 9-Ball $13 9-Ball $5 Matching w/20+ Scotch Doubles 8 Ball/9 Ball Call 8-Ball Round Robin $15 $100 w/32 9-Ball Handicap $20 $200 w/16 8-Ball $15 Call 8 Ball - Race to 2 $8 Call 8-Ball $1 $5/player 8 Ball on Diamond bar box-Hdcp $20 Break & run 9-Ball $13 8-Ball-Race to 2-DE $5 Match w/20+ 8 Ball/9 Ball (1st Sat) Round robin Call 9-Ball Handicap $20 $300 w/24 8-Ball (except last Saturday) $7 incl g.f. Call FREE POOL 8 Ball Chip Pool $15 Call 9 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $20 Call 9 Ball $20 Call 8 Ball Call 200% payout 8-Ball ‘B’ Only Mod. Rnd Robin $10 $200 w/32 9-Ball - Ladies (1st Sun) Call 10-Ball (3rd Sun) Call 10 Ball on 9’ Diamonds-Hdcp $25 Break & run 9 Ball-6 & Under Masters Style $15 70% payout 9 Ball $10 Mixed 8 Ball & 9 Ball $7 9 Ball - 10-Ball Break Pot $20 9 Ball $15 Call 8 Ball - bank the 8 $10 Call 8 Ball Call Call Alt 8 & 9 Ball Call Call 9 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball - Race to 3 $10 Call 8 Ball $7 1/3 pot

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EVENT / RULES 8-Ball Amateur 9-Ball 8-Ball ‘B’ Only Mod. Rnd Robin 8-Ball Handicapped Bar Box 8-Ball 9-Ball Memorial 9-Ball Landon Young 8-Ball Handicapped 8-Ball Big Dog Qualifier 9-Ball 9-Ball SC State 9-Ball-Women’s 10-Ball-Limit 32 Pineapple Memorial 10-Ball Duel of Dames-Limit 32 USB 9-Ball Series 8-Ball Team 8-Ball Handicapped 8-Ball 8-Ball 9-Ball 8-Ball Handicapped 9-Ball 9-Ball 8-Ball Geo “Ginky” San Souci 9-Ball 10-Ball Women’s Bar Box 8-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball Amateur 8-Ball Big Dog 8-Ball Open (BYOB)

ENTRY ADDED TIME $55 $2,500 w/75 Noon Varies $1,000 11:30AM $10 $200 w/32 6PM $15 Call 1PM $35 incl g.f. $$$ Noon $25 $500 w/32 Call $30 1PM $15 Call 1PM $15 Call 1PM $50M/$35L Call Noon Varies $1,000 11:30AM $35 $500 w/25 11AM $350/$450 $5,000 1st w/full field Call Call Call Call $120Pro-$60Am $500 w/32 11AM $35 $250 11AM $300+$50 g.f. Call Call $15 Call 1PM $40 Call 1PM $50/$35 Call 11:30AM Varies $1,000 11:30AM $15 Call 1PM $75 (incl g.f.) $2,000 w/32 Noon $20 $300 11:30AM $30 $$$ 3PM Varies $4,000 11:30AM Call $5,000 w/64 Call $35 incl g.f. $$$ Noon Varies $2,000 11:30AM $55 $2,500 w/75 Noon $30 $$$ 3PM $50 (incl g.f.) $2,500 w/64 Noon

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LEVEL 3 MAY TBA - USBTC 8 Ball – Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three MAY TBA - USBTC 9 Ball – Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three May TBA - USBTC 10 Ball – Nevada Table: 7 ft - Players: 100 - 200 - Added: $5,000 TBC - Grade: Three JUNE TBA - Midwest 9-Ball Tour - Shooters, Olathe, KS Table: 7 ft - Players: 128 - Added $15,000 - Grade: One JULY 20-22 - U S Open 10-Ball - Las Vegas, NV Table: 7 ft - Grade: One JULY 23-25 - U S Open 8-Ball - Las Vegas, NV Table: 7ft - Grade: One

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