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Guimond and Reyes Storm Predator Tour at BQE Billiards & Cafe By Jerry Tarantola,

Open Pro Division Winner Kevin Guimond & 2nd Place Jeremy Sossei

Amateur Division 1st Place Wellington Reyes, Tony Robles & 2nd Place Melvin Aguilera

On May 8th & 9th, Tony Robles welcomed 51 of the strongest players in the Tri-State area for the 7th stop of the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour. This tour stop was hosted by BQE Billiards in Queens NY. Special thanks to BQE owners and staff Nick, John, Theo & Gus for adding $1,000 and letting us use their beautiful room. Top amateur players like Victor Nau, Michael Yednak, John Alicea, Mike Wong, Lionel Rivera, and Scott Simonetti topped off a strong field. In the amateur event, Melvin Aguilera made a strong statement coming in as a D player… knocking off several top guns. Melvin went straight through the winner's bracket, defeating Travis Walker (7-4), John Hacsi (7-4), Alberto Estevez (7-4), Sam Li (7-5), and Brent Boemmels (7-5), earning a spot in the hot seat. Before the hot seat match began, Tony Robles raised Melvin from a D to a C player for his much-improved speed. Brent Boemmels, who was rated an A in this event, also made a strong statement. Brent grinded out W's over John Ortiz (7-6), Mike Wong (7-3), Alex Gonzalez (7-2), Scott Simonetti (7-3), and Wellington Reyes (7-4)… before losing to Melvin Aguilera (7-5). In the one-loss bracket, Brent was lined up with a rematch against Wellington Reyes. Wellington bounced back from that loss to Brent to defeat John Alicea (7-6) and Sam Li (7-4). Sam had an impressive run on that day, winning four consecutive matches, before losing to Melvin Aguilera (7-5) and Wellington Reyes (7-4). In the hot seat match, Brent came out strong, but a combination of a few bad rolls and costly errors shifted the momentum. Wellington capitalized

and took over the flow and control of the set… leading to a 7-3 final score. The stage was set for a final match up between Wellington Reyes, who came in on the one-loss side, versus Melvin Aguilera in the hot seat. Wellington had come from the one-loss side to win the tournament… capping off a stand out day with a 9-8 victory in the finals. In the Open/Pro field, things got shaken up by Kevin Guimond. Kevin, who had won the Empire State Amateur Championships in March, stormed through Oscar Bonilla 8-6, Zion Zvi 8-6, and George "Ginky" Sansouci 8-7 to make it to the finals. Jeremy Sossei came from the one-loss side to meet Kevin in the finals, but was unsuccesful, and Kevin claimed the case game to win the final match. Congratulations to Kevin Guimond for an impressive first win in the Open/Pro Predator field. Tony Robles and the Predator 9-ball Tour would like to thank their sponsors: Predator Cues, Poison Cues, Ozone Billiards, Delta-13 Racks, The Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Seminole Pro Tour,, Digital Ink Printing, Billiards Press, RJH Custom Cues, Jim Murnak Cue Cases,, and For more information on the Ozone Billiards Predator 9-Ball Tour, please log on to: The next event on the Predator Tour will be held at Master Billiards on May 29-30. FINAL RESULTS: 1st: Wellington Reyes $800 2nd: Melvin Aguilera $600 3rd: Brent Boemmels $400 4th: Sam Li $300 5/6th: John Hacsi, John Alicea $200 7-8th: Alberto Estevez, Wali Muhammad $125 9-12th: Mike Wong, Ramilo Tanglao, Scott Simonetti, Steve Way $85 OPEN/PRO: 1st: Kevin Guimond $600 2nd: Jeremy Sossei $300 3rd: George “Ginky” Sansouci $100 4 Stroke Magazine - June 2010

Carolina Classic Pool room owner Art Rogers, Shanelle Lorraine, winner Helene Caukin, Jessica Barnes, 2nd place Nicolle Rasmussen, and room owner Dana Rogers.


May 1st brought 11 women out to Art of Billiards in Gainesville for the Flamingo Billiards Tour stop. Although a small field due to other activities going on this day, the competition was fierce and full of surprises. First round matches saw last month's winner, Nicolle Rasmussen face off with powerhouse Leslee Davis-Blakie, who has been absent on tour. Rasmussen won 7-4 and moved on to defeat Christie Cloke. Helene Caukin defeated newcomer Allison "Derek" Folds, sending her west with a score of 7-4. Barbara Ellis won a double-hill thriller against newcomer and pool room owner Dana Rogers to advance. In the round before the redraw Shanelle Lorraine sent Caukin to the one-loss side, and Rasmussen lost to Jessica Barnes. Rasmussen matched up again with Blakie, winning 7-3 and her spot into the redraw. Caukin played Melissa Durkin in a tighter match and but edged out with a 7-6 score. The redraw saw Caukin and Rasmussen draw their opponents, coincidentally setting up rematches of their earlier losses that day — Caukin versus Lorraine and Rasmussen against Barnes. Semi-final matches Caukin and Lorraine started out cautiously, neither wanting to relinquish control of the table. Caukin gained control first and just when she looked to get win the first game, she rattled the 9-ball leaving it for Lorraine to easily pocket. Caukin quickly tied the score but again hung the 9 and Lorraine went up 2-1. The match stayed close until Lorraine began a streak, taking the lead 5-3. However, the tables turned as Lorraine was about to get on the hill, as she jawed the 9-ball and Caukin pulled within one. From there, it was all Caukin as she took over the table and eventually won the match 7-5. In the other semi-final match, Rasmussen quickly took a 2-0 lead, but Barnes fired back and tied the match. Rasmussen pulled away taking the lead 4-2, but Barnes managed to pull within one game. When it looked that she would tie the score, Barnes missed the 8-ball and Rasmussen went up 5-3. Again Barnes found her rhythm and looked to be out when an unexpected miss on the 6-ball gave Rasmussen another game. Now on the hill, Rasmussen ran out, closing out the match 7-3. Two veteran players made it to the finals — last month's winner, Rasmussen and top competitor, Caukin. Caukin won the lag and meticulously began running out, taking a 3-0 lead before Rasmussen

got on the board. However, Caukin's momentum continued as she took back control and jumped to a 5-1 lead. The next game, Caukin scratched on a tricky 8-ball and Rasmussen started closing the gap. But Caukin quickly shook off the scratch of the previous game and ran the table to reach the hill. Up 6-2, Caukin broke and began a run that would have ended the match, but left with a difficult shot on the 9- ball, the match wasn't over just yet. After an exchange of misses and safeties, Rasmussen pocketed the 9 to put the match at 3-6. The next rack, Caukin took control and began running the table to close out the match, but missed a tough 8-ball and Rasmussen ran out. At 6-4, Caukin broke and watched the cue ball drop in the side pocket. With ball in hand, Rasmussen made the 1 and then the 2-9 combo to put the score at 6-5. Rasmussen broke, hoping to tie the match. But a dry break would be her last chance, as a determined Caukin decided it had been long enough and ran the rack to take her first regional tour win! The FBT, players and fans would like to extend a special thanks to Art and Dana Rogers of Art of Billiards ( for their patronage, equipment and hospitality. The FBT also thanks the American CueSports Association, Lucasi Hybrid Cues, Nick Varner Signature Cases, and Pool Cue Guru, for co-sponsoring this event. Leslie Davis was the highest finishing ACS player, winning a paid entry into the 9-ball singles at the ASC National Championships in Las Vegas. Another huge thanks also goes out to our regular tour sponsors Ozone Billiards (www.ozonebilliards. com), Boynton Billiards (www.boyntonbilliards. com) and Tweeten Fibre ( for their valued support. The next Flaming Billiards Tour stop is June 26 at Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, Fl. (www. Please check www. for more details and the complete schedule. RESULTS ($250 added, modified double-elimination) 1st $370 Helene Caukin $370 2nd $250 Nicolle Rasmussen $250 3rd/4th $100 Jessica Barnes, Shanelle Lorraine 5th/8th Leslee Davis Blakie, Melissa Durkin, Christie Cloke, Mimi McAndrews 9th/11th Barbara Ellis, Dana Rogers Allison Folds

9 Ball Tournament played at Gate City Billiards Club in Greensboro, NC Saturday, May 1st. FINAL RACES RESULTS: Tony Morrison Beat Rocky Hawks 7 to 1 and Larry Nevel beat Earl Strickland 7 to 4 to send Rocky and Earl to the losers side. Earl knocks off BJ Ussery and Keith Bennett sent Rocky home both with 7 to 3 victories on the losers side. The match up between Earl Strickland and Keith Bennett was a 7 to one sided battle keeping Earls hopes alive In the final winners side match for the hot seat, Larry Nevel glides past Tony Morrison also 7 to 3 setting up an Earl Tony show-down. Earl once again comes out on top as he takes out Morrison 7 to 4. The final is a single elimination race to 9 between two seasoned professionals, Earl Strickland and Larry Nevel. We were all hoping for a dramatic battle between these two great players, but in the end, Larry played his game and Earl did not. Larry won easily with a 9 to 3 victory. While the final few matches were anticlimatic, there were plenty of great matches throughout the tournament. It was a modest field of 33 players, but what a field it was. TOP FINISHERS: 1st $1,500 2nd $700 3rd $320 4th $150 5th/6th $70 7th/8th 9th/12th

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Double the Rail To Double Your Position Shots By Bill Smith “Mr3Cushion”, Old School

Playing Reverse-English Position Shots WHY DO SO many American billiards players play doublethe-rail shots incorrectly? Or, for that matter ignore them completely? When they do indeed select such shots, they're not incor¬porating the concept of speed into them. Most players in this country choose a shot that allows them to play "hard" to the first ball. Strok¬ing the cue ball firmly without regard for the speed of the first object ball may well be easier for them. By doing so, they are concentrating on managing one ball, not two or three for better position play. While that may simplify things mentally, it’s a short-sighted concept of three-cushion billiards. “Easier," occasional¬ly equates with "right" in three-cushion billiards. It's one tough game. Once you master the techniques and speeds of the various double-the-rail shots, you'll be very pleasantly surprised at how often such shots can be helpful in making both longer and more precise runs in your game simply because the element of poor speed has been removed. Most double-the-rail shots involve some basic principles: 1) for max¬imum cue-ball and object-ball action, always try to make your first-ball carom that is the most natural and pure. 2) Don't forget the speed hitting the first ball thin. Obviously, that ball will travel more slowly with less distance than the cue ball. Thus, you need more precision to consider its final resting place 3) On shots requiring you to hit the first ball fuller than the natural angle, use a bit more force and apply more side and follow English. This stops the bounce off that first ball. That's why attempts at double-the-rail shots go flat off the second cushion so often and perhaps why so few players ex¬ecute them correctly or let alone try them. 4) Whenever the carom is close to a corner, don't use as much English, the cue ball develops English rapidly from striking those two rails in quick succession.

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Now for some practical examples, the position of Diagram 1 shows itself several times in an average game and most players will play it conventional¬ly. That is drawing the cue ball to the long rail and around the table. That's fine if you need only a point to win and if there's no kiss. (There frequently is a kiss on shots like this where you're striking the first ball fairly full.) But if you want to start a run from this shot, the correct play is to double that long rail off the right side of the first ball using 2 O’clock English and com-pleting the billiard as shown. For cor¬rect speed for your next-shot position, imagine you're banking that first ob¬ject ball cross-corner; you might even want to follow it visually after contact. If the hit and speed on that first ob¬ject ball are correct, the cue-ball path should take care of itself. Execute this properly and you'll have a juicy leave with all three balls near the long rail.

Diagram 2 shows a shorter version of Diagram 1. The mistake most players make here is to play to thin off the left side of the white, leaving it on the short rail with no position for the next shot. Instead, hit it a bit fuller, slowing the cue ball and drive the object ball two cushions cross-table, leaving it near the corner; you'll see you will have an excellent shot if you score as diagrammed. Using 10 O’clock English with a half-ball hit will serve you well here. Don't be discouraged by your previous attempts to double-the-rail with a fuller hit on the first ob¬ject ball; you can do this with correct speed, spin and stroke. In fact, this is a very reliable position shot. In Diagram 3, we have another ex¬ample of a shot often misplayed by striking the first ball too thin, leaving it close to the middle of the far short rail. Hit a little more ball and focus on speed, bringing it back to the long rail as shown and you'll be rewarded with the start of a nice run. You'll need a very smooth stroke to keep

English on both the cue ball and object ball; 3 O’clock English and a slightly elevated cue will achieve the proper effect. Finally, Diagram 4 offers a somewhat abstract view of playing position. Here you can't see enough of the white ball to employ a short-angle shot. So with a little imagina¬tion, this double-the-rail bank yields superior position for the next shot. Shoot through the corner with extreme 9 O’clock English and a soft stroke so as not to drive the object balls too far. And, remember not to go too deeply into the corner. This was explained at the beginning of this section.

The point here is to demonstrate the value of a precise controlled stroke. Use speed to manage all three balls so that you can fully capitalize on the natural angles that these shots will bring you. This concept will teach you the true meaning of not playing a "hard" game. Even better, it will in¬crease your overall average.


Don’t Be The Victim

The World Professional Billiard League held their first ever event this weekend. It was held in Canada at the beautiful, McPhillip Station Casino in Winni peg. It was a huge success. Statistically, the two best players were found battling it out in the finals. That is what tournament director Barry Bremner and owner, Larry Chiborak predicted prior to the inaugural event. "The game of Bonus Ball uses a scoreboard and time clock that operated flawlessly", stated Chiborak. "The players made a few mental mistakes due to t he challenge of having to think fast on their feet, but at the end of the event, all eight players were showing why they are called professionals!" Bremner s aid..."Perhaps, Corey Deuel, who seemed at odds with the new game, came sto rming back on the final day, playing flawless! I was very impressed with the size of his heart. Most players would have packed it in the final day. That was not the case with Deuel. I expect Corey to be muched improved in the next event". SUNDAY PLAY-OFFS There was a movie in the 60's about a gunslinger who hauled a coffin behind his horse and took out an entire force with a battling gun hidden inside the coffin. This character was named "Django" Francisco"Django" Bustamante acted the part of gunslinger all weekend and took out anyone in his way ! What an outstanding performance he put on. In a race to five, after Archer r an the first two tables to go up two games to nothing, this gunslinger won five straight to win the tournament. Here's how today's action played out to set up the final. The noon match featured the fifth place finisher, John Schmidt against the 6th place finisher, Erik Hjorleifson, a "raised in Winnipeg" product. In this consolation event, Erik got a couple of bad breaks, scratching after making his object ball, once in each of the first two games, allowing "Mr 400" to go up two games to none in a race to three. After a back & forth battle, Schmidt prevailed in the third game to finish fifth in the standings after event number one. This event was a great experience for "Big Red". "I need to practice more to bring my game up. Banking was so important this weekend." noted Erik. In the quarter final match up, The "South Dakota Kid", Shane Van Boening, who finished third after the round robin portion of the tournament, was up again st his Mosconi Cup team mate, fourth place finisher Johnny "The Scorpion" Archer. Johnny jumped out quickly to a one nothing lead and Van Boening won three straight, two of them in over-time, to get to the hill. Archer fought his way to the hill as well and ran out the final game to win the prize of facing N ick "The Kentucky Colonel" Varner in the semi-final. The semi final, like the quarter final, was a race to four. Varner came back from being down seven -nothing to capture the first game nine - seven. At that point "The Scorpion" once again found his stinger and won four straight game s to sideline Mr. Varner. What a great tournament Nick Varner had though. If retirement was ever really on his mind, that has been p ut on the back burner. Bonus Ball brought out all the skills that Varner has specialized in the past and brought him back into the spot light. Without a doubt, Nick Varner was quite a show! With the quarter final and semi final matches, Johnny had won seven of his last eight games and was on a roll!Bustamante was well rested for the final. Winning the round robin, rewarded him with a birth into the play-off finals, while Johnny had just come through some pressure situations and had a couple of barn burners to get there. Archer came out very focused i n this race to five and ran out the first two games. That's when Bustamante took over and proved to be too much for Archer on this night. Fra ncisco was very strong from Thursday evening right through the entire event and was deserving of the win. What an amazing three and a half days of Bonus Ball and the "Super Series of Billiards was just that... super! Mike Massey had a crowd everywhere that he went. The World Champion trick shot artist was a crowd pleaser for sure. Mike Massey was the player that convinced Larry Chiborak to use only three pockets in his game to help make Bonus Ball more challenging for seasoned players. It was a great a ddition to the game to great billiard entertainer.

I was recently directed to an April 26 article from The Huffington Post, The Internet Newspaper ( “When Did We Become a Nation of Victims?” by Russell Bishop, shares an intimate victim story about W. Mitchell that brings perspective to an unlucky match or a bad roll. His story makes you realize that losing a pool game is nothing compared to the adversities of having 65% of your body burned off or being paralyzed for life. Merriam-Webster defines ‘victim’ as: 1) one that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent 2) one that is injured, destroyed, or Samm Diep sacrificed under any of various conditions 3) one that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment 4) one that is tricked or duped Being the victim can be easy. You nudge open that perfect break out and just barely get hooked. Your opponent misses a shot so badly he completely snookers you behind his only remaining ball. And, don’t forget the perfect break that squats the cue ball dead center, only to have it kicked in the side pocket off three balls. Everyone gets hosed from time to time. It’s easy to feel victimized when these unfortunate events occur. The point it, ‘It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do about It’ (the title of the victim W. Mitchell’s book on taking responsibility for change). What you do about it is what separates the fighters from the victims. In Bishop’s article, he explains, “Each of us has unfortunate circumstances to bear, many of which might qualify under any definition of being victimized. However, the cruelest form of victimization is that which we inflict upon ourselves.” This means that from this day forward we will accept responsibility for our mistakes at the table. We will not blame the equipment or our opponent for our losses. We will empower ourselves by being accountable for our actions and not being the victim of unfortunate outcomes. No longer will we feel cheated from a “bad roll” that occurred during our matches due to poor equipment. Instead, we accept responsible for learning the nuances of how the table plays and adapt to them. Only you can determine how to interpret an event. There is no right or wrong answer. Use your mental energy to make good choices based on the facts, not your interpretation of the facts. Fact: The table rolls to the top left corner. Interpretation: I got screwed by the table roll. Fact: I got hooked because the rails are slower than I expected. Interpretation: I got a bad roll and got hooked. Sometimes we say to ourselves and others tell us that we got unlucky or we got a bad roll because we don’t want to feel bad or we don’t want to have regret for the decision we made. The truth is that being aware of when we are feeling victimized and changing that though process can empower you to make better decisions moving forward. Accept responsibility and take control of your match. You are not the victim. Vi s i t P o o l Ti p J a r. c o m “ r a n d o m smatterings of pool thoughts, articles, & news”. Take polls, view article archives, and read tournament and training updates. Samm Diep, “Cherry Bomb” House Pro at Rack ‘Em Billiards (Aurora, CO) Author of “You Might Be A D Player If… (101 Classic Moves That All Pool Players Can Appreciate)” Player Representative for CB Custom Cues, Tiger Products, PoolDawg, IB Cue Cases, Predator (fun & unique products for pool players)

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They Came They Played They Conquered 2010 BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships photos courtesy of Fred Stoll

While the temperature was unseasonably fellow team mate from Portugal Manuel cool in Las Vegas during the 34th BCAPL Gamma (both from the Federacao National 8-Ball Championships, the pool Portuguesa de Bilhar, Lisbon, Portugal). playing was hot. Held May 14-22 at the Sousa won the hot seat initially sending Riviera Hotel & Casino, approximately Gamma to the one loss side. However it 7000 amateur and professional players was Gamma’s turn as he double dipped traveled from across the world to battle Sousa by a slim margin (7-6, 7-3) to win for their chunk of the $750,000 prize the division. fund and be crowned the best in their The Women’s Open Singles is also a respective divisions. study in how the strong survive. After Prior to the BCAPL 8-Ball event starting qualifying through the preliminar bracket on the 14th, the 9-Ball Challenge took stages, the final bracket of the Women’s place May 12-13. The 9-ball event, open included several well known limited to 256 players, is open to all regional players such as Amy Chen BCAPL and Player Members from Open from Georgia, Stacy Alsup from Las to Grand Master level. Chris Melling Vegas, Tara Williams (nee’ McCracken) 1st Place Men’s Mixed Master Team: Portugal Masters (Portugal) took home the early event honors. and Melinda Bailey from Texas and Melling then beat “The Dakota Kid” four members of the NYC team Kiss of Shane Van Boening in the Men’s Grand Master division of the BCAPL 8-Ball Death; Borana Andoni, Emily Duddy, Olga Gashgova and subsequent division National Championship making history by winning both the Men’s Grand Master winner Gail Glazebrook (9-ball league at Amsterdam Billiards, NY, NY). Singles and the 9-Ball Challenge. The top two finishers of the Women’s Master divisions are well known players. The BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships started with the Scotch Doubles Ming Ng (NW Houston BCAPL), the 2009 WPBA Regional Tour Champion, faced events. The Open Scotch Doubles had 341 entries. Kim Sanders and Brian Gari Jo Bloomberg (Player Member) who comes from a well known pool family Sanders, of the A.P.P.L.E - Austin Pool Player’s League, remained undefeated in South Dakota and the aunt of top U.S. pro Shane Van Boening. Bloomberg taking home first place. In the cruised into the hot seat without facing even one hill-hill match. In the finals, she Master Scotch Doubles, which had would retain that momentum as she defeated Ng 7-3. 82 entries, the French Canadian If it could be said that if a player nearly dominated a division that player was duo of Veronique Menard and Debbie Snook (Triple “P” Handicapped League, Pueblo, CO) in the Women’s Francis Crevier had to grind their Senior Singles. Although she lost in her third round to Lucille Donahue (4-2), that way to victory. Starting off on the was her only sign of weakness as she plowed through the one loss side playing one loss side of the final Master 9 matches and losing only 10 games total before meeting Kim Anderson (Player Scotch Doubles board, Menard and Member) in the finals. Snook took both sets (4-1) to secure the division top spot. Crevier won 8 matches to make it to The BCAPL Men and Women’s Grand Master divisions are an opportunity for top the finals and then double dipped professional players to challenge themselves in bar table 8-Ball. Amateur players the dynamo team of Glenn Atwell also get to study up close the stroke and game of some of their favorite pros. and Linda Carter from Washington The Men’s Grand Master division had 46 players from 4 continents and several State to take first place. national and international champions. It was a lesser known pro from the U.K, Saturday, May 15th the crowd Melling, who hoisted his cue in victory. swelled as thousands of individuals The Women’s Grand Master division mentally prepared for the singles featured 22 women including several events. There were 11 separate world and U.S. champions. The finals singles divisions: Men’s Super featured two well known pros, “The Senior, Men’s Senior, Men’s Open, Texas Tornado”Vivian Villarreal and Men’s Master, Men’s Grand Master, currently 4th ranked world champion Men’s Player Member, Women’s Kelly Fisher. Villarreal would prevail Open, Women’s Senior, Women’s this day taking home the $2,600 for 1st Place Women’s Open Singles Master, Women’s Grand Master first. Gail Glazebrook (New York, NY) and Women’s Player Member. Both the Men’s and Women’s In the Men’s Super Senior division, Bob Oliver (MacDaddy’s In-House League, Player Member divisions gave the Little Rock, AR) breezed through the winner’s side to take first place. Writer opportunity for those who are not able Tom McGonagle (Silver Cue 8-Ball League, Dorchester, MA) had several close to participate in a sanctioned BCAPL matches to stay on the winner’s side and take the Men’s Senior division hot seat. league the chance to play in the McGonagle almost lost his momentum as Shane Harvey (Action Billiard League, BCAPL nationals. The Men’s Player Lubbock, TX) took the first set of the finals 5-1. In set two, McGonagle regrouped Member had 123 entries with two beating Harvey out 5-4 narrowly winning first place. South Dakota men, Justin Brandt and The Men’s Open Singles is a test of endurance, skill with a sprinkle of luck tossed Dan Olson crossing cues. It was 17 in for flavor. With 1291 contestants and 32 preliminary double elimination boards year old Olson who took the match. 1st Place Men’s Super Senior Singles it takes a large dose of all three elements to win this division. The winner was Stacy Lantz from Florida took the 1st Robert Oliver (Little Rock, AR) Nuno Santos (Federacao Portuguesa de Bilhar, Lisbon, Portugal) who strode place prize in the Women’s Player through his preliminary bracket only dropping 6 total games. In the finals board Member group. he had a tougher road going hill-hill on a majority of his matches towards securing Tuesday, May 18 was a day where the singles start to wind down and everyone victory. preps for the team event. This particular day was also popular for those with The BCAPL Men’s Master division was stocked with well known and seasoned a free day to stop by the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship, also produced by players including Ryan Solleveld from Canada, Jim Carmona from Las Vegas, CueSports International, to watch the world class action in the Royale Ballroom Chip Compton from Oklahoma and Nick Tafoya from New Mexico to name a few, Pro Arena. Tuesday evening the BCAPL and the Billiard Education Foundation but the finals came down to the 2009 Men’s Open winner Bruno Sousa and his (continued on page 13)

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U S Open 10- Ball

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Down to the Wire Corteza Takes 2010 the table of the few remaining balls and securing a spot U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship in the finals. The U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship, May 17-22 at Lo Li-Wen from Taiwan and Corteza from the Philippines the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas had one of the took center stage for the finals at 8 pm. Li-Wen and toughest 128 player open fields in recent U.S. history. Corteza are used to playing in front of a large and Participants included players from 18 countries and attentive crowd. Approximately 300 spectators sat in included 11 world champions, 4 of the top 10 World the Riviera Royale Ballroom Pro Arena and thousands Pool Billiard Association (WPA) ranked women and half viewed the match via The Action Report (TAR) live of the top 50 world ranked men. This heady field was stream. also joined by many top regionally known players from The match initially started slow, with each player trading North America such as Francis Crevier of Canada, Dan thoughtfully executed safeties. However Pin-Li was Louie and Glenn Atwell of Seattle, Frankie Hernandez playing unusually slow, which seemed to actually hinder of New York and Ernesto Dominguez and Sal Butera of his game and soon Corteza had a 7-3 lead. Before the California. start of game 11, Assistant Tournament Director Ken Going into the final day of the premier 6 day event on the Shuman warned both Li-Wen and Corteza to speed up winnerís side were Lo Li-Wen, and Lee Van Corteza. The play or the match would be subject to a shot clock. This following 6 players started on the one loss side: Shane warning was taken seriously by both players and the Van Boening, Charlie Williams, Rodney Morris, Manny pace of the match quickened to a more acceptable level. Chau, Mika Immonen and Francisco Bustamante. The accelerated speed of play benefited Li-Wenís game In the rack your own, call pocket, winner break format, and he appeared to gain confidence and soon tied the any and all things could happen. With this caliber of field match 7-7. Again the match see-sawed back and forth each player was aware their opponents were capable of with neither player keeping a sustainable lead and soon running rack, yet the challenging pro-cut Diamond tables it was hill-hill with one game remaining for essentially encouraged smart safety play when required resulting in $7,500. While both players had their opportunity at the numerous hill-hill nail biting matches. table, Corteza was the man who faced the final three In the quarter finals Bustamante demolished 2009 Player balls for the win. With only the 10-ball remaining, Corteza of the Year Immonen 9-1 and a young unknown, Manny stood back up and laughed at his own nerves. That Chau, come close to knocking out Van Boening. ìThe seems to calm him down and in his gentle and subdued South Dakota Kidî prevailed surviving Chau 9-7. Two manner cut the 10 down the short rail for the win. of the most studied players in pool, Bustamante and The 2010 U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship was Van Boening, now would face one another to see who sponsored by OB Cues (, Diamond progressed and who would go out in 4th place. Today Billiard Products (, Simonis was the ìKidsî day. Van Boeningís break was in strong (, Aramith (, form and subsequently bounced Bustamante out of the Delta-13 (, Billiards Digest (www. tournament 9-6. TAR, BadBoys Billiard Productions The next round featured Van Boening and Corteza. ( and BreakRAK (www.breakrak. Immediately out of the gate Van Boening took a strong com) and produced by CueSports International (CSI). lead (4-1) with his booming break in place. Corteza CueSports International is dedicated to creating more got off to a slow start with an uncharacteristically tight choices for all players. CSI is the parent company of the stroke. While it appeared Van Boening would cruise into BCA Pool League, the National Championship Series the finals, Corteza gathered himself and meticulously (NCS), and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces chipped away at Van Boeningís lead by playing dead on independent events such as the U.S. Bar Table safeties and smoothing out his stroke and adjusting his Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial and the rhythm. Soon the score was 5-5. However, Van Boening U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit www.playcsipool. answered back to Cortezaís rally, by aggressively taking com, and or the next 3 games putting him on the hill. call 702-719-7665 for more information about CSI and Both players are accustomed to winning and do not its divisions. bow down to pressure easily. Corteza, never wavering from his calm demeanor had an opportunity in game 14 as Van Boening broke dry for the first time in the match. The room was stunned and waited to see if Corteza could capitalize on Van Boeningís misfortune. Quietly and calmly, Corteza played perfect on each shot keeping Van Boening in his chair. Within 20 minutes the match went from 8-5 to hill-hill with Corteza breaking. Not being a run out pattern, Corteza and Van Boening volleyed a few safeties before either had a good shot at running out again. Being a call shot format, while the table was wide open, Van Boening had a tough choice, either call a carom off the 6-ball or decide to go for a cross side bank. He chose the cross side but missed and pocketed a non-called ball thus relinquishing the table back to Corteza. Corteza quietly started back to work running Lo Li-Wen

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APA AWARDS $450,000 IN CASH AND PRIZES AT NATIONAL SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS World's Largest Pool League Crowns Seven Amateur Champions in Las Vegas

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 14, 2010) — More than $450,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to APA members at the APA National Singles Championships held April 28 - May 1 in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The National Singles Championships consisted of both the 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Singles Championships and the Jack & Jill Doubles Championship. The final round of the 9-Ball Shootout featured three championship matches, one for each skill level tier, with two shooters in each match competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. In the Green Tier (Skill Levels 1-3), Tina Johnson of Fayetteville, N.C., defeated Alyssa Popiela of San Diego, Calif. Johnson advanced to the finals Davis Lastrapes (Macon, GA), 1st 8-Ball Blue Tier after a semifinal round victory over George Merchan of Carrollton, Texas. Popiela advanced to the finals after defeating David Halbritter of Albuquerque, N.M. Merchan and Halbritter tied for 3rd Place. In the White Tier (Skill Levels 4-5), Angel Palomarez of Tucson, Ariz., defeated Seth Prentiss of Newfield, N.J. Palomarez defeated Shaun Bardell of Harvest, Ala., in the semifinal round to advance to the finals. Prentiss advanced to the finals by defeating James Schenck Jr. of Paragould, Ark. Bardell and Schenck Jr. tied for 3rd Place. In the Black Tier (Skill Levels 6-9), Nelson Montierth of Longmont, Colo., defeated Michael Crowley of Richmond, Va. Montierth advanced to the finals after defeating Rick Halls Jr. of Danville, Ill., in the semifinals. Crowley advanced to the final round match after a victory over William Moye Jr. of Macon, Ga. Halls Jr. and Moye Jr. tied for 3rd Place. Each of the three Champions received a prize package worth $10,000. Runners-Up in each tier

Anthony Marseco Jr. (Luzerne, PA), 1st place 8-Ball Yellow Tier

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took home a prize package worth $5,000. Third Place finishers each received $3,000. More than 3,300 poolplayers made it to the regional level of the 9-Ball Shootout before the field was whittled down to 265 men and women competing for 9-Ball crowns in each of three skill level tiers. More than 6,000 APA members advanced to regional competition of the 8-Ball Classic, and just over 450 of those players advanced to the championship in Craig Feyler (Dover, DE), 1st 8-Ball Red Tier Las Vegas. In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, four champions each took home a prize package worth $15,000 for their performances. In the Blue Tier (Skill Levels 2-3), Davis Lastrapes of Macon, Ga., defeated Dean Veros of Atlanta, Ga. Lastrapes defeated Melissa McWhirter of Vanduser, Mo., in the semifinals to advance, while Veros defeated Victoria Clayton of Dry Fork, Va. McWhirter and Clayton tied for 3rd Place. In the Yellow Tier (Skill Level 4), Anthony Marseco Jr. of Luzerne, Pa., defeated Spring Saylor-Gillis of St. Petersburg, Fla. Marseco Jr. advanced to the finals by defeating Shanon Shackelford of Niles, Mich., earlier in the day in the semifinal round. SaylorGillis defeated Patrick McGuire of Scranton, Pa., in the semifinals. Shackelford and McGuire tied for 3rd Place. In the Red Tier (Skill Level 5), Craig Feyler of Dover, Del., defeated Amy Encinias of Las Vegas. Feyler defeated Jeff Knox of Tylertown, Miss., in the semifinals to advance, while Encinias defeated Kim Mickulas of Manteno, Ill. Knox and Mickulas tied for 3rd Place. In the Purple Tier (Skill Raymond Procell (Coushatta, LA), 1st 8-Ball Purple Tier Levels 6-7), Raymond Procell of Coushatta, La., defeated Brandon Ryan of Hatfield, Mass. Procell defeated Wayne Hardee of Harrington, Del., in the semifinal round. Ryan advanced after defeating Shane Fisher of Hot Springs, Ark. First place winners received cash and prizes (continued on page 12)

Orcollo is World Pool Masters Champion He Beats ‘Unknown’ Kuribayashi for Title

OVER 750 players from around the world attempted to win the 2010 PartyPoker. net World Pool Masters but in the end after five days of play at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, it was Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines who claimed the title and with it the $20,000 first prize. He beat the relatively unknown 25 year-old Japanese player Toru Kuribayashi 8-3 in front of an enthusiastic Las Vegas crowd to cement his position of one of the world’s top players. For Kuribayashi it was a week of superb performances and his name will now be known throughout the pool world. "I'm very happy and you can see the tears in my eyes. If I could fly in the sky then I would fly. This tournament is really hard to win but I made it and I'm really proud to have won this. It's my biggest win,” said a jubilant Orcollo. "It was very difficult to play in the final as you try to not think that if you win this game then you are the champion. In the semi-final I wasn't feeling like that but in the final I had to tell myself to just try and control my emotion. "If you can't stay in control of your emotions then you can't do anything and your mind goes blank. So I just controlled myself and continued my game right until the end,” he added. Orcollo came through the double elimination stage of the competition with an opening win over Shaun Wilkie, then a 9-8 defeat to Marcus Chamat and then victory against Jasmine Ouschan to reach the last 32. There he avenged his defeat to Chamat with a 9-7 win before beating Raj Hundal 8-1 in the last 16. John Morra (Canada) was his quarter final victim before beating compatriot Roberto Gomez in the semi-final. Kuribayashi got off to the worst start to the event, losing to Charlie Williams in his opening match, but made his way through to the last 32 stages with wins over Ahmad Taufiq and Tony Drago. There he beat Taiwan’s Kuo Po Cheng before whitewashing Daryl Peach in the last 16. The quarter-final saw him take revenge over Charlie Williams before disposing of Oliver Ortmann in the last four. Both players greeted the crowd as they were introduced to the arena and Orcollo looked set to take the first but left a green 6 ball wobbling which cost him the rack and Kuribayashi broke and ran the second to go into a 2-0 lead. Orcollo had ball in hand in the third and converted it well to get on the scoreboard before he made an error in the next as he scratched, playing a safety and Kuribayashi made him pay to lead 3-1. Kuribayashi looked in good shape in the next but lack of pace on the cue ball meant his run broke down. They exchanged safeties on the pink 4 before an attempted bank from Kuribayashi failed and Orcollo ran the rack to get to 2-3. There was ball in hand opportunity in the next for Orcollo as Kuribayashi scratched making a jump shot and the Filipino converted his chance to level things at 3-3. Kuribayashi left the 3 ball hanging over the pocket after an attempted safety and Orcollo dished up to take the lead for the first time and increased his lead to 5-3 in the next with a break and run. Orcollo began to find his groove in the ninth game as he ran out his second consecutive rack to put some space between himself and Kuribayashi as the score went to 6-3. More great play from Orcollo put him on the hill at 7-3. In fitting style, Orcollo ran out what was the final rack to win 8-3 and claim the title of 2010 World Pool Masters champion. "I was worried when I missed the 6 ball (in the first rack) and it was unexpected but sometimes that can happen. "After that I knew he (Kuribayashi) would be feeling confident because I had

made a mistake but I was still hoping to get another chance and get back some momentum. "The tournament is short races and if you lose one rack you could then be out. It's a big difference to money games as if you lose a rack there then you have a chance of making a game again,” said Orcollo afterwards. "In a money game it might not matter if you play badly at the beginning you can still recover but in a tournament if you start badly you may lose. "This is great news for the Philippines and many people have followed this competition in my country and they will be celebrating. I would love to bring this competition to my country.” The Final Earlier, Orcollo had beaten compatriot Roberto ‘Superman’ Gomez 8-6 to secure his berth in the final. It was a high quality encounter and after 12 racks they were tied up at six apiece. It was anyone’s but went in Orcollo’s favour as he edged the final two racks to make his second Matchroom Sport pool final, following his World Pool League victory in Poland in 2006. In the other semi-final, Kuribayashi put on a display of shot-making and power breaking to beat Germany’s Oliver Ortmann. Playing fluently throughout, the young Japanese came with all the shots when required to seal an 8-3 win. It was a great performance from Ortmann though in reaching the semi-finals and he is still a force to be reckoned with on a major stage. After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, is now a 64 player event and takes place over five days instead of three. Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCA National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool. Television is produced by Matchroom Sport and will be seen as 15 x one hour programmes in 14 countries around the world with more to be added to the list. The prize fund is set at a guaranteed $100,000 with $20,000 going to the eventual champion. RESULTS: 1st $20,000 2nd $10,000 3rd/4th $5,000

Dennis Orcollo (PHI) Toru Kuribayashi (JAP) Roberto Gomez (PHI) Oliver Ortmann (GER)

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Patarino Wins First Tri-State Event

Left to right: 1st Place- Sandie Patarino, 2nd Place - Muaz "The Hurricane" Arshad

B/D Tri-State Tour event on May 22. Sandie Patarino won her first TriState event at Sandcastle Billiards. Her winning trail included wins over Nick Serino 6 - 3; Serrafin Serrano 8 - 4; Joe Varvaro 6 - 2; Allen Wong 6 - 3 for the Hot Seat; and Muaz Arshad 9 - 6 in the finals. Remember the name Sandie Patarino and expect to hear more from this up and coming player. Second place player Muaz "The Hurricane" Arshad deserves recognition for his strong showing. With a win/loss record of 7 & 2, he is a force to be reckoned with. Also of interest, George Osipovitch was the winner of the $400 Break & Run. Special thanks go to Sterling-Gaming, Viking Cues, Ozone Billiards and, Stealth Cues for their sponorship related to this event. Upcoming B/D event will be held at Castle Billiards, East Rutherford, NJ, on June 5th and will feature a $1000 Added plus a Cue.

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APA AWARDS (continued from page 10)

worth $15,000. Each Runner-Up received cash and prizes worth $9,000. Third Place finishers each received $3,000. In the annual Jack & Jill Doubles Championship, held in the MiniMania Room during the Singles Championships, Gene Steele and Becky Orwig of Toledo, Ohio, defeated Justin Mixon and Michele Thrasher of Gordon, Ga. Steele and Orwig took home $5,000, while Mixon and Thrasher received $3,000 as Runners-Up. Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Amy Nevills of Waxhaw, N.C., and Victoria Clayton of Dry Fork, Va., for outstanding c o n d u c t throughout their matches in the 9-Ball Shootout and 8-Ball Classic, respectively. The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Tina Johnson (Fayetteville, NC), 1st 9-Ball Green Tier Mo., sanctions the world's largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. Nearly 270,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball League play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. The APA produces three major tournaments Sorry Partner - Gene Steele & Becky Orwig each year—the (Toledo, OH) 1st Jack and Jill APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually! The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and PoolDawg. For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, visit (


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hosted Challenge the Stars. This is an annual event where the amateur players can challenge their favorite pros as a fundraiser for the BEF. The team competition got underway Wednesday, May 19 with 6 divisions: Mixed Open, Mixed Trophy, Women’s Open, Women’s Trophy, Mixed Master, and Women’s Master. The mixed teams can have up to 10 people on their team roster and play 5 players per match. This year Women’s teams only fielded 4 players per match and could have up to 8 players on each team roster. The Mixed Open Team division had 16 preliminary brackets, 674 teams and was a double elimination race to 13 with $11,000 going to the first place team. Minneapolis, MN team “Who Needs a Billiard Coach,”headed by billiard photographer and coach Mike Fieldhammer took the top honors. The Mixed Trophy Team division had 74 entrants. The “The Italian Job”coming from the hot seat took on the “Rack Pack.”In a true double, the Rack Pack decisively took set one (13-6). It was a nail biter in set two as the two teams went hill-hill, the pack pulled it out winning set two (13-12). The two final teams in the Mixed Master Team division had divergent experiences on the board. Good Eggz went down in the first match against former division winners Hustlin’ making them have to navigate the one loss said the remainder of the event. In the hot 1st Place Women’s Player Member seat was Portugal Master’s who Stacy Lantz (Florida) contained Manuel Gamma who finished 1st in the Men’s Master Singles. It was a good week for team Portugal as their momentum never wavered beating Good Eggz 13-8. Late Saturday afternoon after the Mixed Master Finals was completed the entire Portuguese team hoisted glasses of Champagne in the event main lobby singing the Portuguese national anthem. This year there were 20 more Women’s Open Teams than in 2009. The Dallas, Texas ladies “We’ve Got the Runs” went undefeated and beat Wisconsin team “Jackson Cue & Mickey’s.” The Women’s Trophy Team division had 8 teams in a double elimination race to 8. “Pocket Aces” from San Francisco, CA took the honors by dominating the bracket and beating “Full House’ 1st Place Men’s Senior Singles from Edgemere, MD 8-2. The Tulsa, Tom McGonagle (Dorchester, MA) OK Women’s powerhouse team, “Magoo’s Masters” took out the Chicago team “Tick Tick Boom” to be the division top women. 2010 again showed why the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships have been called “The Best Tournament in the World.” In addition to BCAPL nationals being the best U.S. based national championship event, CSI continues to demonstrate each year its commitment to expand the sport and the experience of the players. This year they launched new texting and email notification and live scoring features to their CueSports Tournament System (CTS), the online bracket and real time tracking system. Players are now able to receive text or email notification of when and where their matches were to be played thus allowing them more freedom to enjoy their time in Las Vegas and the Riviera Hotel & Casino.

The 34th BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships were sponsored by OB Cues, the Official Cue of this year’s event, Diamond Billiard Products, Simonis, Delta-13, Billiards Digest, TAR and BreakRAK. CueSports International is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League, the National Championship Series (NCS), and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the U.S. Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial and the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit, and for more information about CSI and its divisions.

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