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Shuff Tops Field

Brandon Shuff Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com It was a short field of six that signed on for the $500-added, Open/Pro event on the May 17-18 Predator Tour stop; Brandon Shuff, Tony Robles, Earl Strickland, Mike Yednak, Mhet Vergara and Raphael Dabreo. Shuff came back from the semifinals to defeat Tony Robles, sitting in the hot seat. On the Amateur side, Rhio Anne Flores, known simply as “Annie,” went undefeated through a field of 43 entrants in the $500-added event, hosted by The Cue Bar in Bayside, Queens, NY. The short field in the Open/Pro event set up a pair of winners’ side semifinal matches at the end of the opening round. Robles and Shuff had picked up byes, while Strickland defeated Mhet Vergara 7-4 and Mike Yednak downed Raphael DaBreo 7-1. This set Strickland up to play Robles, while Shuff faced Yednak. Robles sent Strickland to the loss side 7-1, and in the battle for the hot seat, faced Shuff, who’d defeated Yednak 7-4. Robles took the first of two against Shuff in a double hill fight and sat in the hot seat, waiting for him to get back. Strickland and Yednak, in the meantime, had moved over to pick up DaBreo and Vergara. Strickland got right back to work, downing DaBreo 7-4, but Yednak fell to Vergara 7-5. Strickland and Vergara then locked up in a double hill quarterfinal, which eventually advanced Strickland to the semifinals against Shuff. Shuff and Strickland went hill-hill, as well, only this time, Shuff advanced, back to face Robles. Robles got on the board first, and had a chance to go up 2-0, but Shuff (said Robles) started making balls. “He had me 9-2,” said Robles. “I then got three in a row, and that was it. He finished it at 11-5.” By the time the Amateur event had whittled down to its final 12, “Annie” Flores was the only female in the bunch, and on her way to an event victory. She had three matches left that commenced with a 7-2 win over Shawn Sookhai, as Dan Faraguna was busy sending Louis Jimenez to the losers’ bracket 7-6. She downed Faraguna 7-4 and waited for him to get back. On the loss side, Jimenez and Sookhai faced Paulo Valverde and Jerry Tarantola; Valverde having defeated Tony Ignomirello 7-3 and Joe Wilson Torres 7-5, Tarantola having eliminated Marco Dy and Carl Yusuf Khan by the same scores. Jimenez downed Valverde 7-2, as Sookhai ended Tarantola’s day 7-4. Sookhai took the quarterfinals over Jimenez 7-4, and then, in a double hill semifinal, had his day ended by Faraguna. Faraguna had his ended in the re-match against Flores, who completed her undefeated run with a decisive 7-2 victory. 1 SHUFF Brandon $500 2 ROBLES Tony $300 3 STRICKLAND Earl $150

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Collin Dowdy Wins 1St Fbt Junior Tournament

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Second row, from the left: John McCormick, Eric Matos, Jr., Marc Arias. Evans Matos, Collin Dowdy, Andre Dunbar. Front row: John Matson, Josh Wolff, Carter McCormick, Angelina Estler ,Hayden Estler. Boynton Beach, Fla. – Eleven junior players showed up at Slate Billiards in Boynton Beach, Florida, last month for the first Juniors 8-Ball Tournament, sponsored by the Flamingo Billiards Tour. Kids came from as far away as Bradenton and Miramar, many of them playing in their very first event. The format was a race to three, double elimination, handicapped. The final race matched up local 14 year-old Andre Dunbar and 16 year-old Collin Dowdy. Dowdy, a talented experienced player from the west coast won the tournament handily over Dunbar. Josh Wolff finished third. The top three players won trophies.

Although some players clearly displayed advanced skills while others were just learning how to play, everyone had a good time and made new friends. This tournament was held to assess the interest in a Junior Program in South Florida. Flamingo Billiards Tour would like to thank Slate Billiards room owners Mike Bradford and Bill Giffen, and Boynton Billiards. Some of the matches can be viewed at Ustream.com (http://www. ustream.tv/recorded/45257303). More pictures can be viewed at www. pfs.me.

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Two’s company; three’s a crowd; and 33 is a terrific start to the season. The J Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour opened on March 8 with a two-day event at Triple Nines in Elkridge, MD. 33 of the region’s best players competed in a strong field that included Hall of Fame pro Karen Corr, last season’s top finishers Jia Li, Nicole Nester, and Dawn Fox, and newcomers Christina Madrigale, Junko Tsuchiya. Anastasia Koytev, and Jody Haines. Karen Corr dominated the top half of the bracket with lopsided victories over Nicole Nester (7-2), Ji-Hyun Park (7-2), Tina Hartman (7-1), and Linda Shea (7-1). Meanwhile, Nicole Fleming managed the lower half of the bracket with decisive wins over Charlynn Dzambo (7-1), Jody Haines (7-0), and Asia Cycak (7-3), and an unfortunate forfeit Sunday morning from Junko Tsuchiya. In the hot seat match, Karen cemented a 7-1 victory over Nicole with a tough one-nine combination shot. On the one-loss side, Sueyen Rhee’s winning streak ended the day for Nicole Nester (7-6), Shanna Lewis (7-4), Meredith Lynch (7-1), Tina Hartman (7-3), and Junko (7-4). Asia also caught a gear after her first loss, sending home

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Dawn Fox (7-6), Judie Wilson (7-4), and Linda Shea (7-3). When they met up Sunday afternoon, Asia took advantage of a few mistakes by Sueyen to capture the set 7-3. In the semi-finals, Asia put together several break-and-runs, and took advantage of every miss, avenging her earlier loss to Nicole with a sound 7-1 victory. Karen finished her nearly flawless day with a nearly flawless 7-1 final victory over Asia. The top finishers were: 1st $400 Karen Corr +$300 2nd $280 Asia Cycak +$100 3rd $270 Nicole Fleming +$100 4th $130 Sueyen Rhee 5/6 $100 Linda Shea, Junko Tsuchiya 7/8 $70 Judie Wilson, Tina Hartman 9 $50 Lai Li, Dawn Fox, Carol Clark Meredith Lynch $300 Added to 1st, $100 Added to 2nd & 3rd Thanks to “Coins of the Realm” The JPNEWT thanks the following for supporting our tour this year: J. Pechauer Custon Cues, Coins of the Realm, Black Heart Tips

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2014 West Coast Challenge Article by: Janis Sessions Photos by Kinikia Kapono Hughes and Janis Sessions

VNEA (Valley National 8-Ball League Association) held its 10th anniversary 2014 West Coast Challenge pool tournament in Tampa, FL on April 24th – 27th. Event would be inside the Doubletree Hotel by the Hilton Tampa Airport. All qualified VNEA, BCA, APA and ACS sanctioned players were welcome to sign up for: Women’s 8 and 9 ball singles; Men’s 8 and 9 ball singles; Mixed Scotch Doubles; Teams and Junior tournament’s. Tables would be 7” Diamond Smart Tables with Simons cloth. VNEA rules: Men’s “A” Bracket, race to 5/4; Men’s “B” Bracket, race to 4; Women (4-Master, 3 – Open); double elimination. Tour Directors: Kinikia Kapono Hughes and Kathy King would start of this event with a players meeting at 8:00am Thursday, with Staff: Cathy Sparling (from east coast FL), Dione Stewart (from Ohio), Darlene Duquette (from west coast of FL); Referee: Rick Madaffer and Casey Merrell. First event to start on Thursday, would be 8 ball singles for the men and women, who came from; Bahama’s, NC, TX, OH and both sides of Florida (East and West Coast) ready to play. All 8 ball matches would play until around 7:00pm and then continue at 8:30am on Friday for those players still in the tournament.

playing 8 ball. Sessions was in the semi-finals and had to play Cathy Sparling, this was a very exciting match going hill-hill. Both players were playing their hearts out, but Sessions would end up winning and now found herself in the hot seat. Final match would be with Alesia Rhodes who battled her way from the loser side and now was playing for 1st or 2nd place. Rhodes started off very strong and beat Sessions which was her first lost. Rhodes had to play again. Rhodes did not miss a beat, she played flawless and beat Sessions again. When Rhodes won, you could hear “WEST COAST, WEST COAST”, that in itself was exciting. Congratulations to Alesia Rhodes finishing 1st place in 8 ball. Sessions may have come in second for 8 ball, but her day wasn’t over. She still had to finish playing 9 ball. Her friends kept telling her “you’re in the hot seat again for 9 ball”. This time it would be Jessica Human (from the West Coast) who battled her way from the loser side to play Sessions in the finals. It started off with Human taking the first game and then Sessions started coming back. It was down to that one shot on the 9 and Session’s wasn’t settling for second place, plus she wanted to bring it home for the East Coast. Taking a breath and focusing on the shot she fired and the 9 ball was in the pocket and a roar “EAST COAST, EAST COAST”. Congratulations to Janis Sessions finishing 1st place in 9 ball.

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Women’s 8 Ball: Alesia Rhodes Second event to start on Friday, would be 9 ball singles for the men and women. These matches started for the most part after the 8 ball matches had completed. All singles events completed by Friday evening. Highlights from event: Janis Sessions came from the East Coast of FL to play in this event. She stayed on the winner’s side all day on Thursday and then came back to continue

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Gold Team1st: Balls Deep

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in Florida All in all it was a full four days of pool. Thank you to Kinikia Kapono Hughes and Kathy King and the staff for a great job running this event. Want to thank the Doubletree Hotel for hosting this event and to the staff that kept all the players having plenty of food and drinks. Thanks to Ed Hagan (Billiards Across American) for setting up all the tables.

Tournament Team At the same time the Men have been playing their 8 and 9 ball games. Steve Knoll and Randy Epperson were playing in the finals for 8 ball “A” bracket to room was cheering on both players. It was like watching an ESPN match on TV. When Knoll won the room was ecstatic. Congratulations to Steve Knoll finishing 1st place in 8 bal “A” bracket.

Silver Team: Something Good

Men’s 8 Ball 1st: Steve Knoll Another exciting match was Dave Cypress (father) and Charlie Cypress (son) battling it out in 8 ball. Charlie Cypress (son) was up 3 games to Dave Cypress 1 game. Dave Cypress came back to make a hillhill match. Dave Cypress would win the match and advance to the next round. After all the singles events had completed. It was time for Mixed Scotch Doubles, this would start later in the evening on Friday and it looked like people still enjoying competing. Saturday would be the Team event with 86 teams signing up for this event. Sunday would be the Junior event.

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2014 West Coast Challenge in Florida

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley I’ll always remember that lesson...

http://www.cjwiley.com Back in the early 80s, “Omaha John” and I were touring around on a road trip and ended up in a small bar in South Carolina. The owner of the bar was a BIG gambler and would take the 5 and the break from anyone playing on the bar table with the Big Cue Ball. We had been going through a tough time and I was “breaking even” with everyone. Usually I would get ahead, then start “letting up,” they would come back, “get even” and quit. This was getting annoying and I was beginning to question if I had enough “heart,” to be a champion player. This was a big thing in the gambling days, if you have the heart to close someone out. To put them away. And it was happening again, I had got up over 2k for $200 a game and now we raised it to $300. a game and the guy beat me 7 IN A ROW and we were just $100. winner. Omaha John came up to me and said “if you’re ever going to be a great road player you better do it now. I’m not out here “for my health,” I have a wife and kid at home and I have to win, breaking even is for

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“suckers!” He was serious, so, standing my cue against a near by stool, I stopped playing and went to the bathroom - it was “now or never,” I thought, looking in the mirror, starring straight into my own eyes - “do you really want to be a pool player, do you really have what it takes?” I hesitated slightly, waiting for the answer to come from my “Inner Self ”..... not the answer I wanted to hear, I HAD to know the truth....I needed to know and my life would change from that moment. Finally the answer had come - I knew in my “heart of hearts” that the moment had arrived. “The Moment of Truth,” I couldn’t be a sucker, “stuck” at my current level, struggling to break even and making up excuses. There was only one choice - to become a winner and break out of that “victim level” and do whatever it would take to learn the Truth about pool and what it takes to be the best. I made that decision right then because I had to. And it’s a decision that continues because life’s much more

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about the “journey,” than the “destination.” Life is the best teacher, and at that moment my life was the game and for an instant they melded into One... The Game is the Teacher! Often times we are held back because we don’t need to win, we don’t have to get better. I didn’t have the luxury that day and I thank Omaha John for putting me in a situation where I had to be honest with myself. No one else matters when you’re trying to get to the “next level,”{in life} it’s all about ourselves.... it’s about looking ourselves in the mirror and “real eyesing” that the answer we’ve been searching for is not outside, it’s inside ourselves. I went back out there and was like an entirely different person. John had been telling me to stop spinning my ball and playing low percentage shots....so I did. Others had made comments about my game that I had ignored because of my ego, so I incorporated those suggestions too - my perception had changed, the Game had given me a vital spiritual experience.

his energy. I didn’t care what it took I made myself shoot the correct shot, in the right way and forgot forever my childish reasons for not playing the Game correctly. To be a Champion at anything we must keep doing “the next right thing,” whether we like it or not. Looking back I can’t help but think the chains of mediocrity had been broken, and I had started to become a player. From that moment on I had a “6th Sense” about pool and knew what I HAD to practice to improve and what I needed to ignore. “The chain breaks at it’s weakest link” and that became the motto of my practice routines. I’ll always remember that lesson Omaha John Shuput and the Game taught me in that bar in South Carolina.... and the mirror that reflected what I needed to have “eyes that could see my self ”. ‘The Game is the Inner Teacher’ www.cjwiley.com Next Month: Catalyst of a great stroke

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Throw Out the Throw

Tom Simpson

by Tom Simpson © February 2013 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com Throw – friend or foe? While throw is the likely culprit in most misses by amateurs, it also makes a lot of shots and position plays possible. Friend and foe. This article assumes you have a basic understanding of throw. You should be clear that it’s a friction effect between colliding balls. It causes object balls to leave the moment of impact on a slightly different track than would be expected by those who assume “ghostball” is the full truth of ball behavior. You should understand there are two flavors of throw – collision-induced and spin-induced – and have a pretty good grasp of how it all works. To the extent you’re clear on how it works, you can make appropriate aim adjustments to compensate for the throw effects. You can also take advantage of the effects to accomplish shots and position results in a variety of ways. The problem? The rules of throw are science. Putting it all together successfully at the table is art. It’s the wellimagined execution of your personal dance with all the elements of the shot. It’s creative and personal. And there’s the rub (pun intended). When we are making adjustments for throw in order to sink a ball, there is much to consider. If we don’t properly consider all the factors, there’s a good chance of missing the shot. Throw as foe. Great players, especially in games like straight pool, take every opportunity to “take the throw out of the shot.” What does that mean? Shot-making is much easier when throw is reduced or eliminated. The object ball path is much more precisely predictable. This means fewer misses. Less risk. Fewer bad surprises. Taking the throw out of a shot means eliminating or reducing the friction effects. The object ball goes where it would go based on the ghostball principle – down the line of centers of the cueball and object ball at impact. No guessing. So let’s look at a few ways to git’r done. • Clean the balls: The cleaner, shinier, and slipperier the balls are, the less friction between them. Some top straight pool players wax their ball set prior to trying for high runs. Less friction, less throw, more accuracy and consistency. Polish your ball set and reduce throw. • Clean your cueball: Every time you get the opportunity to touch the cueball (new game, scratch, ball-in-hand, etc.), give it a wipe. You’ll see chalkmarks on the ball. If one of those chalkmarks happens to become the contact point when the cueball smacks

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another ball, the friction between the balls increases dramatically. The cueball tries to climb the object ball and throw undercuts the ball. An ugly miss. Clean your ball. • Roll your cueball: This is the biggest tip, for several reasons. Foremost is the fact that a rolling cue ball throws less (collision-induced throw) than a skidding ball and is easier to control. Also worth knowing is that a backspinning ball actually throws the object ball even less than roll, but backspin is much harder to control. Skid (stun) throws the most. And consider the fact that a rolling ball does not curve. The sooner your cueball is in full natural roll, the straighter it’s going. Draw and stun are both skidding shots, meaning that if you hit anything but dead perfect on the vertical axis of the cueball, your ball can curve. Roll your ball. • Gearing english: So-called “gearing english” is the perfect amount of outside english to effectively cancel out the effects of collision-induced throw. In other words, we’re using spin-induced throw to neutralize the collision-induced throw. Very difficult to be accurate, but the concept is certainly valid and useful. The more general point here is that a little outside english can help in some cases. When the CB and OB are fairly close together, squirt and swerve become negligible, and this type of shot is quite reasonable. Know your skills. • Bias your tip: Some players try to set up their shots with their tip a hair to one side or the other of the vertical axis. Their reasoning is that they want to know, if they err, which side it will be. A little bit of “helping english” (outside) can take some of the throw out of the shot. • Speed: It’s a tradeoff. The softer you shoot, the more throw. The harder you shoot, the smaller the pocket becomes and the farther the cueball travels. It’s your call. • Cheat the pocket: This is a different way of taking the throw out. Aim to cut the ball toward the far side of the pocket, rather than the center. In other words, over-cut a little. This doesn’t reduce throw, but it is a way to allow for it. Throw out the throw when you can. Make more shots. Run more balls. Truth is stranger than friction.

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BY: MICHAEL K GLASS

American Rotation

What Is It, and Why Should You Play?

Michael K Glass

Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at mikekglass.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

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American Rotation is a fresh take on a traditional game, created by Joe Tucker. The rules are simple: Strike the lowest ball on the table first, pocketing any called ball. Collect points through each rack, and the first person to reach the agreed upon goal (140 is the current American Billiard Club standard) is the winner. Balls 1 through 10 are worth a point each, and the 11 through 15 are worth two. There are 20 points available per rack. I asked Joe why he created this game. He told me that Filipino players are some of the best players in the world, and most of them cut their teeth on 15-ball rotation, a very difficult game in its own right. Joe wanted to introduce America to the game to help us catch up and “get us back on track.” Joe wanted to create a new billiards tour in which players from around the country could compete in a challenging game without all of the politics and in-fighting that seems to be prevalent today. He spent a couple of years testing and perfecting, and has finally unleashed the tour upon us. The American Billiard Club is now in its third season, and seems to be gaining momentum! Let’s look at what makes this tour different, and why you should consider joining! The rules were modified in ways to promote fairness, reduce the luck factor significantly, and reward good play. Rule: Breaker gets ball in hand after the break, no matter what happens: The break can be a big factor in many games, and the outcome of the rack can often depend on where the cue ball ends up on the table. By allowing ball-in-hand, the breaker can focus on getting a good spread of the rack to start her run. To make this rule fair, players lag for the first break, and alternate breaks for the rest of the game. Rule: Call your shot (ball and pocket), call your safeties: How many times has your opponent missed a shot, but ended up lucking out and leaving you with a difficult to impossible shot? This rule eliminates this possibility by allowing you to give the shot back to him. If he calls a safety, but a ball is pocketed, you can

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make him shoot the next shot. If you choose to shoot, then the points for the pocketed ball(s) belong to you! This rule eliminates two-way shots (“if I miss, he’ll have trouble making the next shot”), which some may see as a bad thing. Joe’s thinking on this was to design American Rotation to reward good shot- and decision-making, and put more pressure on the shooter. Rule: 1 point for balls 1-10, 2 points for balls 11-15: Pressure, pressure, pressure! Joe tested making all balls 1 point, as well as 2 points for 1-5 instead. He discovered that making the last 5 balls 2 points each put more pressure on the players to focus on finishing their runs. Give up the last 5 balls, and you might end up with a 10-10 tie instead of a 20-0 lead! Rule: Jumps are allowed only with your playing cue: Let’s face it: Jumping is cool. But with today’s specialized cues, it has become less of a challenge, and has made safety play much more difficult. Joe wanted to reward good safety play, as well as teach Americans to kick better. How many amazing 3-rail kick shots have you seen Efren Reyes pull off? Joe wants us to practice and learn this. The game was introduced to help make Americans more competitive. Imagine this: You have become proficient at 10-ball, and can run a rack almost 50% of the time. You then sign up for a tournament to play 6-ball. How many racks do you think you’ll run now? Joe’s theory is that that is how many Filipino players, who grew up playing Rotation, feel about coming to America to play 9-ball! Joe also had this say: An added bonus of AR is that players appear to get along better with each other. They are focused more on the table and their opportunities, and are spending less time worried about the luck of the break and the luck of their opponent’s misses, which are now received with a smile and “Shoot again”. Here’s what I want you to do: Go to www. americanbilliardclub.com and check out what they have to say. (continued on page 32)

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Easy Angles Off the Rails

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In my last two columns I outlined one of the best drills for learning to play position. With two spots on the table (A and B), you figure out how to pocket a ball on the first spot (A) and take the cue ball to the second spot (B) with the cue ball placed to make the shot easy. The first level of the drill is to use no cushions, so for positions A and B1 the easiest choice for me is to play the ball into pocket C and draw the cue ball straight to B1. You may find it easier to place the cue ball for a shot into pocket E and use a slight angle and center ball to “stun” over to B1. In any case, you should try as many pockets as possible to get from A to B1 without a cushion. The particular choice of A as the first point will give you lots of long shots. The next level is to use one cushion to get from A to B. For B1, you could just roll the ball into pocket C and come off the cushion at E with the appropriate placement of the cue ball (not shown -- work it out for yourself ). How many different pocket and cushion pairs are workable? Try each of the paths a few times to get a feel for where the cue ball needs to be and the spin to use, if any. A final part of the drill is to use two or more cushions to get the position. In general it’s better not to use a lot of rails to position the cue ball but sometimes either the layout of the table or the place the cue ball ended up forces more cushion contacts and you need to be ready for them. One twocushion path from A to B1 is shown. Can you find at least one more that would be a reasonable path if simpler paths were blocked by other balls? When working with two or more cushions on this drill, you should be thinking about two main aspects: what angle and spin makes the path easiest, and what is the whole range of possible locations that can be made to work for a particular path. For the “short” path shown from A to B1, the cue ball can be anywhere from about X to Y and the cue ball can be adjusted with draw into the right line. The position I prefer and would probably take with ball in hand is near X where the cue ball can be hit more softly due to the larger cut angle. That would be a poor choice to try to place the cue ball from the previous shot because if you leave the cue ball just a few inches northwest of the location shown you have safed yourself. Also, if you leave the cue ball half way between X and Y the shot is very difficult to reach for a right-handed player. A less dangerous position is the longer shot shown where the cue ball can be reached from the end of the table. If you leave the cue ball anywhere within a foot left or right of that position, the shot is not much harder. Work out the whole range of cue ball positions that will work for you to get the short path shown.

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When a ball is near the pocket, such as at A, multi-rail position is easier as you can adjust the side spin to get different angles without much fear of missing. Can you also get to B2 as shown from both cue ball positions shown? Can you change the side spin to get the full range of angles off the second cushion for other B positions between B1 and B2? Mostly that should be done with just left or right side spin and a rolling cue ball. Remember that the main point of the multi-rail part of the drill is to get a feeling for the easy paths off cushion and learning the natural paths for the cue ball.

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This month I thought I would do something different. In the month’s past I have shared my views and opinions. This month I want to do something different. I was on AZBilliard forum and came across this letter from Mike Dechaine. Of late he has been playing some very great pool as he is on the cover of the June Issue of Stroke Pool Magazine. When the Mosconi Team was announced my first thoughts were, where was Mike Dechaine? Below you will find his thoughts. A Letter from Mike Dechaine - 05-28-2014, 09:28 PM I thought it best to let a little time pass from when Mark Wilson announced his picks for the players he’ll consider to be on this year’s Mosconi Cup team. To say my not making his list stung would be one of the biggest understatements ever. There has been a lot of speculation as to why I was excluded but I think at this point, those reasons matter much less than the fact that I didn’t make it on. I have always been a player who wears his emotions on his sleeve for all to see. I am a fierce competitor and I feel like I have a real chance to win in every match I play. I know that I can be hard on myself, and others, during the heat of competition. I’m 26 years old. Everyone has to face disappointments in their lives and I’m no different. I am learning, however, that how we respond to adversity can help define who we are. I’m working on better ways to channel my emotions toward the positive. My plan going forward will be to stay positive while I keep trying to play the best pool of my life.

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A big thank you to all who have supported me and to those who might not have, to them I say please keep an eye on me and maybe I will earn your support, as well. I promise I will try hard. I also want to thank Snookers, RI and OB cues, thank you guys for giving me a chance. And the other biggest understatement ever: I love pool! Sincerely, Mike Dechaine

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DOUBLE-CROSSED

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.

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It was a beautiful spring day in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2013-14 Bluegrass BCA Pool League season was in full swing and my team was in the middle of playing an 8-Ball match at Silver Cue Billiards.  My teammates Dean Lawson, Kenny Tran, Doug Pulliam and Phillip Jones were all in attendance to help our team maintain a first place ranking. I was 4-0 on the evening when team captain, Phillip Jones, called me to the table to compete in what was scheduled to be my final game.  My opponent was Charles Hackworth, a very strong local player, capable of running out from almost any position.  I knew it was going to be a tough game and I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes if I wanted to leave Lexington with a perfect 5-0 record.

As I broke the balls, it appeared that I was going to have an easy run-out. I calmly began plucking solid balls from the table. However, my run-out went awry as I attempted to play position on my last solid ball. I was slightly hooked behind the side of my opponents 14 and since the 8 was tied up on the opposite end of the table I knew I was in some serious trouble. At first, I thought about trying to jump or masse around the 14 but with the 8 being tied up there was no reward in pocketing the ball.  I knew I had to do something creative.  The only way for me to win the game would be to play safe and hope for a miracle.  My only chance would be to return to the table with a clear shot on the 6 with

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an opportunity to break out the 8. The problem was how do you play safe? My opponent had 7 stripes on the table and I had one solid ball.  Clearing off all of your balls without running out is usually fatal, especially when pitted against someone as skilled as Hackworth.   As I surveyed the situation, I knew it was going to be a difficult undertaking.  My only clear option was to shoot the 6 at a slow speed crossing it in front of the cue ball (leaving it in the position of the green arrow) hoping to block Hackworth from directly contacting any of his balls.  This option game me a realistic chance to return to the table with a decent shot.  The key is to cut the 6 slightly to the left with the correct speed (leaving the cue ball in the position of the black arrow).  If the shot was struck either too hard or too soft then I would leave Charles with an easy shot which would most likely cost me the game. I am happy to say that I executed the shot perfectly.  After executing the shot one of my teammates said, “Anthony, you really doublecrossed ‘em on that shot.”  I had Charles blocked from hitting any of his balls directly.  When he returned to the table, he kicked at one of his stripes leaving me with a long straight in shot on the 6.  This time my shot on the 6 allowed me to draw my cue ball straight back and possibly break out the 8. Once again I stepped up to the table and executed the shot perfectly.  The cue ball drew all the way back to the

end rail then rebounded into the 12. I was left with an easy straight in shot for the win. Charles then approached the table and politely conceded the game. As I walked away, I knew I was very fortunate.  I had captured victory from almost certain defeat.  Thoroughly weighing your options effectively can be a powerful ally.  Sometimes it may seem like you don’t have a chance to win.  However, great players are masters at creating something from nothing.  So the next time you are at the table in what appears to be a no win scenario, don’t be double-crossed look for ways to be creative.  Sometimes you have to manipulate the table to turn a losing proposition into a fighting chance to win.

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Mike Dechaine wins NY State 10 Ball Mr. Cue Billiards in Lindenhurst, NY hosted The Mezz NY State 10 Ball Championships on May 3rd. A strong field came out to play players like Mike Dechaine, Earl Strickland, Jayson Shaw, Matt Krah, Jarrod Clowery, Oscar Bonilla and Michael Wong. Like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of this event and winners of future events Gamblin Clothing apparel. Leading the top have of the bracket was Mike Dechaine with wins over Joey Korsiak 9-2, Matt Krah 9-2 and Jarrod Clowery 9-4. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Earl Strickland with wins over Evan Broxmyer 9-1, Mike Ettl 9-2, and Jose Burgos 9-4. Playing for the hot seat was Earl Strickland Vs Mike Dechaine this was a good match that went back and forth but it was Earl Strickland coming away with the win 9-7 and sending Mike Dechaine to the one lost side. Waiting for Mike Dechaine on the one lost side was Jayson Shaw this was a great match that went back and forth It was Mike Dechaine winning 7-5 to get back to the finals for a rematch against Erarl Strickland. In the finals it was Earl Strickland Vs Mike Dechaine both players decided to play one race to 9. This was a good match that had Mike Dechaine pulling away late and winning easily 9-6 to win Mezz Pro-Am NY State 10 Ball Championships. I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Kumi Chalk Gamblin Clothing, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues &Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.

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Dechaine wins his second Ginky Memorial Tony Robles of the Predator Tour, Mike Dechaine (1st), Mika Immonen (2nd), Adam Smith (3rd), John Leyman of The Tri-State Tour (Photo: Claude Gregoire) by: Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com ASTORIA, NY May 24-26, 2014 Mike Dechaine has appeared in three out of the four finals of the annual George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial Tournament, and now, after the event’s first appearance on Memorial Day weekend, he’s won two out of those three; both times, going undefeated and both times, coming from behind in the finals to win it. He won the first Ginky Memorial in 2011, defeating Dennis Hatch 11-9, after being down 8-6. In 2012, Earl Strickland defeated him in the finals. Dechaine did not compete in the 2013 Ginky Memorial; won by Mike Davis, defeating Dennis Hatch in the finals. Dechaine returned this year to claim his second title, this time, defeating The Iceman, Mika Immonen in the finals. The $2,000-added, Open/Pro tournament at this year’s event drew 50 entrants to Steinway Billiards, in Astoria, Queens. Three years after winning his first tournament on the Tri-State Tour, Kapriel Delimelkonoglu went undefeated to capture the $2,000-added, Amateur side of the Ginky Memorial, which drew a full field of 128 entrants. The Amateur event has crowned four separate champions since 2011 - Raj Vannala, Daniel Dagotdot, Mike Yednak and now, Delimelkonoglu. In the Open/Pro competition, Dechaine moved among the winners’ side final four for a match againstDanny Mastermaker, currently ranked at # 8 on the Action Pool Tour, as Mhet Vergara faced Adam Smith, winner of last year’s Pennsylvania 9-Ball Championships. Dechaine sent Mastermaker to the losers’ bracket 8-5 and in the battle for the hot seat, faced Smith, who’d defeated Vergara by the same score. Dechaine defeated Smith 8-4 and found himself in the Ginky Memorial hot seat for the third time. On the loss side, The Iceman, after being defeated by Smith in a winners’ side quarterfinal defeatedJonathan Smith 8-6 and Hunter Lombardo 8-1 to draw Mastermaker. Vergara, in the meantime, drewJayson Shaw, who’d lost to Immonen in the opening round, and was on a seven-match, loss-side winning streak that would take him to the quarterfinals. Shaw downed Karen Corr (the only woman playing in the Open/Pro event) 8-5 and Frankie Hernandez 8-4 to meet Vergara. Shaw’s final win of the day came against Vergara 8-2 as Immonen was busy

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eliminating Mastermaker 8-5. Immonen took the quarterfinal match against Shaw in a tight, double hill battle, and then downed Smith in the semifinals 8-6. The final match - a modified race-to-11 (if Immonen reached 11 games first, match would extend to 13) - was a blend of rack running and safety play that went back and forth through its early and middle stages. The Iceman pulled ahead by two, as he reached the extension ‘hill’ of 10 games, but Dechaine locked in and took the next three to reach 11 games first and claim the event title. In the Amateur event, Delimelkonoglu worked his way through to a winners’ side semifinal against Glenn Ramsey, as John Ortiz faced ChristIan Smith in the other. Delimelkonoglu survived a double hill battle against Ramsey, as Ortiz downed Smith 7-4. Delimlekonoglu got into the hot seat 7-4 over Ortiz and awaited his return from the semifinals. Ramsey and Smith got right back to work on the loss side; Ramsey downing teenager Thomas Rice in a double hill battle, as Smith eliminated Lidio Ramirez 7-5. Smith took the quarterfinal match 7-3, but had his bid for a shot against Delimelkonoglu stopped by Ortiz 7-5 in the semifinals. Delimelkonoglu completed his undefeated run with a 9-7, second win over Ortiz to claim the Ginky Memorial’s fourth Amateur title. 1 $2,000 DECHAINE Mike 2 $1,500 IMMONEN Mika 3 $1,000 SMITH Adam 4 $700 SHAW Jayson 5 $500 VERGARA Mhet MASTERMAKER Danny 7 $320 LOMBARDO Hunter HERNANDEZ Frankie 9 $200 DESKA Brian CORR Karen DILKILITAS Mustafa SMITH Jonathan

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Michael Wong

Wins at Drexeline Billiards

5th Vinny Cimarelli, Owner Bob Maidhof, 1st Michael Wong 3rd Matt Krah

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Mezz Pro-Am made its way to Drexeline Billiards on Sunday April 27. Like to thanks to Bob Maidhof and his wonderful staff at Drexeline Billiards for hosting the event. A Strong field came out to play players like Eddie Abraham, Michael Wong, Rob “40” Hart, Matt Krah, Denise Reeve, Vj Von, Dominic Noe, and Mark Ford. Like to thank Tom and Kelly owners of Gamblin Clothing for giving the winner of the this event and winners of future events a Gamblin Clothing apparel. Leading the top half of the bracket was Michael Wong with wins over Frank Bogush 7-0, Tom Zippler 7-1, Dominic Noe 7-3, and Vinny Comarelli 7-5. Leading the bottom half of the bracket was Eddie Abraham with wins over Eric Perry 7-4, Rob Hontz 7-5, Sam Quinzi 7-2, and Rapheal Saldana 7-0. Playing for the hot seat was Eddie Abraham Vs Michael Wong, this was a great match that went back and forth and when it was all said and done it was Michael Wong coming away with the win 7-5 and sending Eddie Abraham to the one lost side. Waiting for Eddie Abraham on the one lost side was Matt Krah, this too was a good match that went back and forth but it was Eddie Abraham coming away with the win 6-4 to get to the finals. In the Finals it would have been a rematch between Eddie Abraham vs Michael Wong. Abraham would have had to beat Wong twice to win the event. Both players decited to be cochampions. I would like to thank all the players that came out to play I also would like to thank the following sponsors Mezz Cues, Gamblin Clothing Kumi Chalk, Allen Hopkins Super Billiards Expo, John Barton JB Cases, Jab Cues & Thing, Billiard Life USA, Inside Pool Magazine, and Mike Ricciardella.

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Gotham City Billiards Brooklyn, NY May 3, 2014 Raphael’s tournament trail included wins over Kapriel Delimelkonoglu 8 - 4; Nelson Marte 7 - 4; Rajesh Vannala 7 - 6; Jamiyl Adams 8 - 5; Matthew Harricharan 7 - 4 and Steve Wade for the Hot Seat. After a first round loss to Basdeo Sookhai 7 - 5; Koka Davladze blazed a trail field. After winning 7 matches in a row, Koka defeated 3rd place finisher Steve Wade 10 - 8 to arrive at the Finals. Due to the late hour, Raphael and Koka agreed to split with Raphael taking a well deserved fist place. Special recognition belongs to Streve Wade for an impressive 3rd place; 14 year old Sam Hoffman for a strong 4th place showing and; Ben Castaneros for winning the $750 Break & Run. The next Tri-State will be held on May 10, 2014 at Castle Billiards in East Ritherford, NJ. Thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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Fralin Wins

at Gate City Billiards GREENSBORO, NC Great Tournament this weekend (May 24th) at Gate City Billiard Club. 58 players participated. Everyone in the money came back on Sunday to finish it off. Big thanks to Don Liebes for being a great host...Here are the results: 1ST MATT “BBH” FRALIN 2ND PEACHES FULLER 3RD STEVE HUGHES 4TH DAVID TICKLE 5-6 SCOTT LARGEN, RANDY CANIPE 7-8 JOSH HEETER, NORRIS BRADY

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wins at House of Billiards

House of Billiards Staten Island, NY May 17, 2014 Jud’s tournament trail included wins over Marco Costello 8 - 7; Edward LaLmiev 6 - 5; before suffering a loss Vagif Alekberov 6 - 4. Quin Y. Chen defeated Vagif for the Hot Seat 6 - 5. During Quin’s wait for the Finals, Jud Parker worked his way back through the loss to redeem himself against Vagif with a 6 - 1 win. During the Finals, Jud took charge early and held onto his lead for a 8 - 5 victory. Thank you to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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RESULTS 1st Jud Parker $330.00 2nd Quin Y. Chen $180.00 3rd Vagif Alekberov $90.00

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Wins Castle Billiard’s Spring Classic

Castle Billiards E Rutherford, NJ May 3-4, 2014 We had 72 players fighting for the title. Most of the usual suspects showed up. We also had a lot of new faces take a shot at the prize. Hope you had some fun and become part of the Castle Family. Before I give you the results.... Need to give a couple big thank-yous... Each Castle event is getting bigger and better !!!! Thank you players for attending !! Thank you John + Minnie for being so generous allowing for huge payouts... A super special THANK YOU to the TD's of the classic, Jason Blanchard and Peter Brennan. Over the past 2 weeks I saw first hand how much work you put into this event with the webpage, the brackets, trophies, etc, etc, etc. On game day you guys came up aces. The tourney ran like a Swiss watch, smooth as silk and without a hiccup !! Guys take a well deserved bow......Now time for the results... AND THE WINNER IS...Doug Youmans !!!! Congrats and great shooting. Most of you know that I'm all about big payouts.. If you play well enough to get through 72 players and give up 2 days of your time you should see a nice payday when the smoke clears !! Doug picked up $2000 for 70 bucks in entry fees !!! Most players were in the side pot and it had close to $1300 in and paid out over 4 places !!!

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Results

1st Doug Youmans 2nd Marco Day 3rd Eddie DaCosta 4th Ryszard Szpila 5/6 Tony “Iggy” Wilson Cruz 7/8 Sweta Zaveri Lidio Ranirez 9/12 Mike Zimny Michael Toohig Mike Figueroa Franciszek Sieczka SIDE POT PAYOUTS 1st $600 2nd $350 3rd $220 4th $110

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WOMEN OF GRAND PRAIRIE (TX)

The American CueSports Alliance (ACS) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its National Championships at the Las Vegas Tropicana, May 10-16. With a new title sponsor – Universal Cues – the ACS enjoyed a significant increase in the number of pool leagues sanctioning with the member-governed association in the 2013-2014 league year, resulting in a 20% jump in participants at the Nationals! With the jump in attendees, ideal dates in mid-May and the attractive location, many participants observed that these Championships will continue to grow significantly in 2015 and beyond! Singles action began at the first of the week with handicapped 9-ball. Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) recovered the Men’s 9-Ball Singles title he last won in 2012 by taking the hot seat from Richard Andrada (Denver, CO) – National Master Dustin racing to “10” and “Open” Richard racing to “7.” Andrada recovered to claim a finals spot against Gunia, and Andrada took the first set; but Gunia claimed the deciding set for the honors. On the distaff side Women’s 9-Ball Singles, “Open-status” Jacki Duggan (Virginia Beach, VA) – racing to 5 – took the undefeated route to the finals, completing her march with a win over Melinda Bailey (Fort Worth, TX) – racing to 6. But “Advanced-status” Bailey recovered to eliminate “National Master” Jessica Frideres [7], and then double-dipped Jacki Duggan in two sets for her first national title [and the first national title of the week gathered up by a member of the “Women of Grand Prairie [TX]” league]. In the 8-Ball Singles – with players of separate skill sets competing in “Standard”, “Open” and “Advanced” divisions – Tony

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$1,250 TWISTED SISTERS Texas CHRISTINA MARKS, DEBORAH LOPEZ, KERRY GALLEGO LINDA REAGAN, TERI BRIDWELL $815 SHUT UP ‘N SHOOT Minnesota BEVERLY CHRISTOPHERSON, JAMIE CORK, JEAN BAUER KATHERINE THOMAS, RENEE MARSH $500 FELT ON TABLE Canada DEB SWAYER-MARACLE, JOEY SACKENEY, DEENA MILLER, LISA VANEVERY $350 NEWTOWNE 2 Virginia LYNN ORTIZ, BECKY PIPKIN, GAIL GREGORY MELISSA DUFFY, KATHRYN MASSEY

MEN’S/MIXED ADVANCED 9-BALL TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

WOMENS-SENIOR-50+-SINGLES-8-BALL [L-R] Shawn Modelo and Linda Asleson

MENS-STANDARD-SINGLES-8-BALL [L-R] Timothy Pidborochynski, Rob Wright, Scott Johnson

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$2,000 WHOA BUNDY 9BALL Nevada RAY SKENANDORE, JASON KANE, JAMES CARMONA $1,285 GOTTA HAVE IT Nebraska JESSICA FRIDERES, JERROD FRIDERES, DUSTIN GUNIA $800 DICK’S PICKS-MA9T Nevada CHARLES PHILIPPOU, HENRY NOGIEC, DONNY BRANSON, WALTER GLASS, GREG KUHL $400 BAD BOYZ 9-BALL Kentucky DOUG PULLIAM, DEAN LAWSON, JAMES KIMMERLY

MENS-ADVANCED-SINGLES-8-BALL [L-R] Shane Manaole, Tony Sulsar, Walter Glass

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STAND OUT at ACS Nationals Sulsar (Bells, TX) recovered from an A-side finals loss to Walter Glass (Las Vegas, NV) to oust Shane Manaole (Converse, TX) at 3rd place in the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles. Sulsar then wore down Glass over two sets to take the title from one of the country’s legendary bar table stars! In the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles, Bernie Store (Phoenix, AZ) recovered from an earlier-round loss to take on multi-time national champion Jessica Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) in the finals. Store won the first set over Frideres, but upending Jessica in two straight sets proved too difficult, and Jessica Frideres added the 2014 crown to her ever-expanding national title resume! In the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles, Geno Galarneau (Medicine Hat, IL) eclipsed Steven Benegas (Joliet, IL) in the A-side semifinals, but Benegas regained his momentum on the B-side to claim that side of the bracket and gain another shot at Galarneau in the tourney finals. Geno Galarneau remained undefeated, taking the first set over Benegas for the crown! The Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles finals featured once-defeated Gina Quinones (Las Vegas, NV) versus undefeated Kassandra Bein (Virginia Beach, VA). While Bein controlled the hot seat, Quinones had lost her secondround match and then won eight straight matches on the B-side to gain her chance for the title. However, Kassandra Bein took no prisoners in the finals to take down honors in the first set over Quinones. Two Canadiens highlighted the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles finals: undefeated Tim Pidborochynski (Edmonton, AB) versus Rob Wright (Surrey, BC). While Pidborochynski held the hot seat, Wright drew a bye in the first round, lost his second-round match and reeled off ten straight

WOMEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES 1st $900 2nd $600 3rd $395 4th $300 5-6 $200 7-8 $150 9-12 $100

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WOMENS-ADVANCED-SINGLES-8-BALL [L-R] Bernie Store, Jessica Frideres, Jonella Staus

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WOMENS-9-BALL-SINGLES [L-R] Jacki Duggan and Melinda Bailey

SUPER-SENIOR-65+-SINGLES-8-BALL [L-R] Terry Downey, Randy Goettlicher, Mike Navarre

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ACS Nationals

ADVANCED-SCOTCH-DOUBLES-8-BALL [L-R] Dustin Gunia/Jessica Frideres and Jacki Duggan/Bill Duggan

OPEN-SCOTCH-DOUBLES-8-BALL [L-R] Brian Varnell/Sandy Chamberlain, Yvette Villarreal/Gilbert Martinez, Heidi French/Jerry French

victories to gain his finals seat. But Wright’s string came to an end in the first set, as Tim Pidborochynski claimed the title! The Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles action was more straightforward, as eventual winner Jamie Cork (Inver Grove Heights, MN) outpointed Deidre Ludwick (York, PA) in the A-side finals, and Cork repeated her victory over Ludwick in the first set of the tourney finals to gain her first-ever national championship! In the senior-aged 8-ball singles divisions, Seum Kantaluky (Grafton, VA) took down Brian Trudel (Calgary, AB) in the first set of the finals for the Men’s Senior (55+) 8-Ball Singles crown; once-defeated Linda Asleson (Billings, MT) improved on her 2013 runnerup finish to outduel three-time champ, undefeated Shawn Modelo (Antioch, CA), in two sets of the tourney finals to take the Women’s Senior (50+) 8-Ball Singles; and Randy Goettlicher (Carrollton, TX) won seven consecutive sets on the one-loss side of the bracket before being outgunned in the deciding set of the tourney finals by undefeated Terry Downey (Las Vegas, NV), who gained the Super Senior (65+) Singles 8-Ball Singles title! The two Scotch Doubles 8-Ball divisions showcased perhaps the most dominant amateur scotch doubles team in the country, with defending champions Dustin Gunia and Jessica Frideres (NE/IA) again capturing the Advanced 8-Ball Scotch Doubles division with a comfortable one-set win over Jacki & Bill Duggan (VA); and the team of MEN’S/MIXED OPEN 8-BALL TEAM MEN’S/MIXED OPEN 9-BALL TEAM

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Yvette Villarreal/ Gilbert Martinez (TX) recovering from an earlier round loss to the undefeated pair of Heidi & Jerry French (AZ) to take the Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles category in a two-set finals! With the ACS schedule in the latter portion of the week allowing non-conflicting accommodation of entry into both 9-ball and 8-ball team competitions, there was still plenty of competition to keep every player involved – especially those out of the money who automatically qualified for free second-chance team divisions! In the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division, defending champion Dick’s Pick (NV) fell to their local league rival Whoa Bundy (NV) [Ray Skenandore, Brad Huffman, Al Lawrence, Jason Kane, Jim Carmona and Frank Tran] in the finals of the triple-elimination bracket! The Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division showcased 2013 Women’s Open Team runner-ups After Eight (FL) [Janet Smith, Flori Lehart, Michelle Jarrell and Jamie Toennies] successfully moving up a grade to take down Virginia’s’s Newtowne Inn in the deciding set of the triple-elimination format for the top honors. The Men’s Open 8-Ball Team competition went to a finals deciding set with Magic Moments (BC) [Werner Ostwald, Clay Gloslee, Jim Brown, Rob Horton and Ron Douglas] clipping Virgus Cues (TX) in the title match. The Women’s Open 8-Ball Team champions heralded from the Women of Grand Prairie League (TX) - with All Mixed Up (TX) [Melinda Bailey, Courtney Evans, Janet Ybarra and Nina Stillwell] surviving a deciding set over The Four Divas (TX) for the title. Big Cowa (MN) [Sean Hendrickson, Pete Bidne, Pat Baxter, Scott Johnson, Ryan Peterson and Jason Standley] needed two sets in the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team division final’s clash to make 8 Ball Rollin’ (NV) the bride’s maid. In the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team division, the Women of Grand Prairie League in Texas claimed another title when Twisted Sisters (TX) [Teri Bridwell, Linda Reagan, Deborah Lopez, Christina Marks and Kerry Gallego] claimed two sets in the finals to overcome undefeated Shut Up ‘N Shoot (MN) for the crown. The 3-person 9-ball team divisions featured some of

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the top 8-ball team placers as well. Undefeated Whoa Bundy (NV) [Ray Skenandore, Jason Kane and Jim Carmona] needed two sets in the finals to turn back a pesky Gotta Have It (NE) team for the Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Team title. The Women of Grand Prairie League in Texas took home some more national laurels in the Women’s Open 9-Ball Team field as All Mixed Up (TX) [Melinda Bailey, Courtney Evans, Janet Ybarra and Nina Stillwell] remained undefeated, including a one-set finals win over Newtowne 1 (VA). In the Men’s Open 9-Ball Team category, P-Noize (VA) [Nilbert Lim, Reymart Lim and Reyjen Carmona] lost its third match in the A-side and then reeled off nine consecutive sets to capture this title over Griffith Billiards (IN)! In the 10th Annual ACS National Artistic Pool Championships, Dustin Gunia of Omaha, NE added his third national title of the week, outpointing a packed field of entries. ACS would like to especially thank our title sponsor – Universal Cues, as well as Gary Benson and his tournament direction staff at High Country Promotions, as well as the exhibiting vendors and the host site – the Tropicana Las Vegas! The Universal Cues ACS Nationals is already looking forward to returning to the Tropicana May 9-15, 2015, and has signed a contract for the Tropicana to host the event through 2017 ! The ACS is a national non-profit, member-governed association which will sanction any local pool league (whether playerrun or owner-operated) via a $10 annual sanction fee. Contact the ACS at 920-662-1705 or www. americancuesports.org for complete information on sanctioning your league! The ACS currently sanctions leagues in 38 states and enjoys reciprocal relations with its sister organization in Canada (Canadian Cue Sport Association – CCS). Twelve state associations are affiliated to ACS; and the ACS offers the Universal Cues ACS Midwest Championships each January at the Riverside Resort & Casino in Iowa. The ACS produces a national amateur Pure X All American Tour each Fall thru Spring and offers certification for both instructors and referees dedicated to the sport.

WOMENS-STANDARD-TEAM-8-BALL TWISTED SISTERS: Teri Bridwell, Linda Reagan, Deborah Lopez, Christina Marks and Kerry Gallego

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WOMENS-OPEN-TEAM-8-BALL WOMENS OPEN TEAM 9-BALL ALL MIXED UP: [L-R] Courtney Evans, Melinda Bailey, Janet Ybarra and Nina Stillwell

MENS-STANDARD-TEAM-8-BALL BIG COWA: Sean Hendrickson, Pete Bidne, Pat Baxter, Scott Johnson, Ryan Peterson, Jason Standley

MENS-OPEN-TEAM-8-BALL MAGIC MOMENTS: Ron Douglas, Jim Brown, Christie Tipper, Werner Ostwald, Clay Gloslee, Rob Horton

ARTISTIC-POOL-CHAMPION [L-R] Tournament Director Tom (Dr. Cue) Rossman congratulates Champion Dustin Gunia

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APA NATIONAL SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS World’s Largest Pool League Crowns Eight Amateur Champions in Las Vegas

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 20, 2014) — More than $600,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to APA members at the APA National Singles Championships held May 1 – 4 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, 8-Ball and 9-Ball Doubles Championships and the Wheelchair Challenge. 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, Mackenzie Hoover of Walkerton, Ind., defeated Mona Mendoza of New Iberia, La. Rita Singh of Kitchener, Ontario, and Rebecca Norgan of Round Rock, Texas, finished

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of Ankeny, Iowa, and Bobbie Weehunt of Dee City, Okla., tied for 3rd Place. In the Yellow Tier, Tim Dittmar of Alvin, Ill., defeated Bradley Harris of Aubrey, Texas. Paul Panebianco of Hamilton, N.J., and Ernest Westfall of Middletown, Ohio, tied for 3rd Place. In the Red Tier, Judy Johnston of San Antonio, Texas, defeated Tesha Finley of Easley, S.C. Joshua Jones of Des Moines, Iowa, and Fazir Baksh of East Hartford, N.J., tied for 3rd Place. In the newly added Orange Tier, Barry O’Sullivan of Garwood, N.J., defeated Mike Rimay of Joliet, Ill. Robert Wilson of Toledo, Ohio, and Victorino Lara of Upland, Calif., tied for 3rd Place. In the Purple Tier, Christopher Miller of Lafayette, La., defeated 8 BALL DIVISION BLUE TIER DANNIELLE RICHARDSON Bob Vallas of E. Peoria, Ill. David Rowell of Birmingham, Ala., and Dennis Mersman of Colorado Springs, Colo., tied for 3rd Place. First Place winners received cash and prizes worth $15,000. Each Runner-Up received cash and prizes worth $9,000. Third Place finishers each received $4,000 in cash and prizes.

Matthew Boyagain of Wayne, Mich., was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the 8-Ball Classic. In the 8-Ball Doubles Championship, Scotchoholics – Lance Harmon and Jason Lindsay– of West Monroe, La., defeated Jake & Elwood – Jimmy Coleman and 9 BALL DIVISION WHITE TIER: ANDREW WINANS John O’Donnell– of In the Black Tier, Gregory Falls Church, Va. The victory earned Harada of San Gabriel, Calif., them a $5,000 payday. As Runnersdefeated Zachary Hummel Up, Jake & Elwood took home $3,000. of Kalamazoo, Mich. Leslie In the 9-Ball Doubles Championship, Pasieka of Oshawa, Ontario, What the Baby Gonna Do 1 – Michael and John Paul Ramirez of Lake Hill and William Hill– of Proctor, Jackson, Fla., tied for 3rd Place. Ark., defeated J & J – Jason Juliano Each of the three Champions and Dimosthenis Maniatis– of received a prize package worth Medford, Mass. The victory earned $10,000. Runners-Up in each them a $3,500 payday. As Runners8 BALL DIVISION RED TIER tier took home a prize package Up, J & J took home $2,300. JUDY JOHNSTON 9 BALL DIVISION: BLACK TIER worth $5,000. Third Place In the finals of the Wheelchair GREGORY HARADA finishers each received $3,000 Challenge, Charlie Hans of Middletown, Ohio defeated Josh Johnson of Rayville, in cash and prizes. La., to take home $1,700 in prize money. Johnson received $800 as the Runner-Up. The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, Robyn Thrash of Arlington, Texas, was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in 9-Ball Shootout. Canada. Nearly 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9‑Ball League play. The APA is Nearly 3,200 poolplayers made it to the Regional Level of the 9-Ball Shootout before generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, the field was whittled down to 264 men and women competing for 9-Ball crowns in championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. each of three Skill Level Tiers. The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA National Team Championships, Nearly 5,500 players throughout North America qualified for Regional competition the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, in the 8-Ball Classic, with 459 of them advancing to the national championships. pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually! In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, five champions each took home a prize package The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and PoolDawg. worth $15,000 for their performances. In the finals of the Blue Tier, Dannielle For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, and results visit Richardson of Stuart, Fla., defeated Tina Apgar of Splendora, Texas. Brandon Weber www.poolplayers.com in 3rd Place. In the White Tier, Andrew Winans of Camarillo, Calif., defeated Elena Lane of Tucson, Ariz. Jamie Mauldin of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and Mark Ware of Camp Springs, Md., tied for 3rd Place.

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8 BALL DIVISION PURPLE TIER CHRISTOPHER MILLER

8 BALL DIVISION YELLOW TIER TIM DITTMAR

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WHEELCHAIR CHALLENGE: CHARLIE HANS

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Sergio Rivas JUNIOR PLAYER PROFILE

FULL NAME: Sergio Rivas NICKNAME: Sergio “The Show” Rivas HOME TOWN: Milwaukee, Wisconsin BIRTH DATE: June 14th, 1999 GRADE: 9th GPA: 2.3 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Mathematics POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Cue Club of Wisconsin WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Jacoby Costom Cue AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 10 years old LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 14 & Under Junior National Championship Super Billiards Expo Semi Finalist Open Division MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Super Billiards Expo Pro Division SPONSOR(S): Cue Club of Wisconsin FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Eminem HOBBIES: Producing/ Recording Hip-Hop music FAVORITE POOL GAME: 10 ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Efren Reyes FAVORITE FOOD: Philly cheese steak FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Realizing what makes me happy GOALS (personal and/or career): To be the best pool player to ever live ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I’m not just a pool player, Im a entertainer I put on a show for the crowd

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Press Release GoPlayPool Mobile App Sponsors of BEF Aliso Viejo, CA— 5/16/14 — Today, GoPlayPool announced that they have launched new sections in their free mobile application. The new sections will include an improved directory of pool halls in the United States. The directory has been upgraded with new features like a more user-friendly search capability, more organized maps and more. Now, users can click on the “Nearby Tab” and the GPS in their mobile device will show them the pool halls in their location automatically. Also, within directory pages, GoPlayPool Member rooms will be listed in a “Featured Rooms” section in their respective states. Other segments which have been added are an instructional and information section called “GoPlayPool 101”. In this section, users can find a wide range of information including over 300 instructional videos and over 100 illustrated and descriptive drills. There are also hundreds of hours of information compiled from difference sources covering almost every aspect of pool that one could think of. GoPlayPool has also introduced segments like a “Did You Know” section with fun and interesting facts in the world of pool and billiards, stories about players and events throughout history and much more. GoPlayPool owner Mary Ann Starkey says, “We are so excited about introducing these new features and the improvements we’ve made in certain sections of the app. It’s a continuous process to keep our users engaged and coming back for more, and we’re very pleased to have the opportunity to give our users something new and exciting like this. There is so much information contained in these new sections, you could literally spend thousands of hours reading, learning and implementing this information into your own pool game. I look forward to hearing what everyone thinks once they’ve had a chance to browse through all of the new content on the app.” GoPlayPool would like to thank the talented and dedicated people who contributed their knowledge and work to this segment. Mary Ann says, “It was a group effort which included Mr. Allan Sand of Billiard Gods, Mr. Bert Kinister, “Dr. Dave” Alciatore at Billiard University, Mr. Max Eberle, and last but certainly not least, Mr. Philip Capelle. We, at GoPlayPool are excited and honored to have them be a part of the GoPlayPool family, and have their hard work and information featured on the GoPlayPool App.” The GoPlayPool App is a free mobile application for Android and iOS platforms. It is a pool hall finder for the United States. The app helps players find locations to play pool and offers pool hall and bar owners an affordable way to advertise their establishments and promote pool tournaments and events that they have in their rooms. GoPlayPool App Member rooms receive great incentives when they sign up, including a free 30 day trial and product offers from companies like Kamui and other participating businesses. For pool halls or bars interested in advertising their establishment on the GoPlayPool App, they can sign up at www.goplaypool.com/pool-rooms. The GoPlayPool App team is constantly looking for ways to improve their product, and encourages its users to contact them with suggestions or input. You can reach GoPlayPool by visiting their website, social media pages or by email at info@goplaypool.com.

What’s a national pool tournament without the best equipment? The Billiard Education Foundation’s Junior National 9-Ball Championships, being held in conjunction with this year’s BCA Summit in Louisville, KY, will benefit from three long-time supporters of junior billiards: Diamond (tables), Simonis (cloth) and Aramith (balls). Diamond Billiard Products, conveniently located near Louisville, will provide 16 competition tables and related equipment for the four day national championship divisions. Balls will be provided by Aramith and cloth by Simonis, who has for years been a supporting sponsor of the Billiard Education Foundation. “We continue to be grateful to these industry sponsors, without whom the Junior National Championships would not be able to continue to encourage student athletes and qualify our best youth competitors for the annual World Championships,” said BEF executive director, Samm Diep. Contact the BEF for more information on becoming a sponsor of this prestigious event or other junior billiard programs. The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.

New OB Plus Shafts A New Era has begun with OB Plus Shafts. The ever popular OB shafts made in Texas since 2005 have now received a major design change with the following improvements: The original laminated SR6 construction has now evolved into solid maple spliced SR6+ All OB Plus shafts now come with a 100% Lifetime warranty against warpage. The new shafts feature 13% less tip end mass than the original OB shafts which equates to less cueball deflection. The carbon fiber pad and ferrule have been redesigned for improved strength and performance. OB is also now using a higher grade of maple on all plus shafts that looks better and feels smoother. Available with 10 different standard joint options and the following four shaft choices: OB-1+, OB-2+, OB Classic+, OB Pro+ MSRP: $258

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Download the rules, and get your friends to play a few games. If you like it, consider joining the tour at your local room (you only need 8 players). The fees are nominal, and all of the money paid into it is given back to the players. I am not being paid to endorse this tour. I am playing in it myself, at Crown Billiards out of San Ramon, CA. I look forward to making it to the Nationals, and hope to see many of you there! Joe Tucker is not looking to make money on this, either. He wants to create a new tour that is self-sustaining, makes it financially easier on travelling players, and focuses more on developing skill and having fun. They are looking to qualify 32 players, from 32 regions (1 out of every 16 players) to send to Nationals. Every player qualified for Nationals automatically gets $1000. One last note from Joe: With the tremendous help and backing of Mark Griffin of CSI and Don Owen of OB Cues, American Billiard Club was born out of love for the game and an effort to make competing on a national level financially viable. We lose many high level players that are forced to choose between leading a sensible and responsible lifestyle or pursue their passion for pocket billiards; ABC offers them the opportunity to stay in the game while leading a responsible life. Many players have been complaining about the lack of a legitimate tour that isn’t trying to pull the dreams of riches from the players’ pockets. Here is your chance, players, to make something good happen. As Joe himself says: Put up or shut up! For more information and rules about the American Billiard Club and American Rotation, and to find out how to bring the American Billiard Club Tour to your pool room, visit http://www.americanbilliardclub.com. I will attempt to answer any questions you may have as well. You can reach me at pool@mikekglass.com, or Joe Tucker at jttenball@gmail.com.

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LOCATION Michael’s Billiards Bison Billiards Continuous Play Billiards Strokers Strokers Cross Corner Billiards Corner Pocket Big Daddy’s Billiards Zingales Billiards Legends Billiards Mr Cues II Mr Cues II Mr Cues II Mr Cues II Pockets Billiards The League Room Bison Billiards Gate City Billiards Cross Corner Billiards Cross Corner Billiards Main Line Billiards Sandcastle Billiards Zingales Billiards Zingales Billiards BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals BCAPL Nationals USAPL Nationals WPA CSI CSI The League Room Classic Billiards Bison Billiards Steinway Billiards Great Slates Billiards Ryno Room Union Station Billiards The Rec The Rec Gate City Billiards

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED Call Call Call 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar Ladies 9-Ball Open $35 incl g.f. $1,000 Amateur 9-Ball $60+$20 tour $1,000 10--Ball $60+$20 tour $1,000 9-Ball $150 Call 9-Ball Open-Limit 48 $40 $500 MD State 10-Ball $50-$75 Pro Call Amateur 9-Ball Ladies $50 $1,000 Amateur 9-Ball $50 $1,000 Guar 8-Ball - single elim. $5/$10 $500 1st pl 9-Ball - single elim. $5/$10 $500 1st pl 10-Ball Richard Sweet Mem $10/$20 $3,000 prizefund 9-Ball - double elim. $10/$20 $1,000 prizefund 9-Ball $25 Call 8-Ball $35 incl g.f. $100 every 20 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar 9-Ball $30/$40/$50 Call 9-Ball-Limit 32 $25 100% payout 9-Ball-Limit 128 $40 $1,000 9-Ball $60 Call 14-1 Qualifier $105 Call 9-Ball $45 $1,500 8-Ball $45 $1,000 BCAPL Nat’ls-9-Ball Singles Varies Call BCAPL Nat’ls-9-Ball Teams Varies Call BCAPL Nat’ls-8-Ball Sc Dbls Varies Call BCAPL Nat’ls-8-Ball Singles Varies Call BCAPL Nat’ls-8-Ball Teams Varies Call USAPL-Singles & Teams Varies Call WPA World Artistic-Open/W/Jr Varies Call CSI Invitational 8-Ball Call $16,000 CSI Invitational 10-Ball Call $16,000 8-Ball $35 incl g.f. $100 every 20 9-Ball $60 Call 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar 10-Ball Steinway Classic $125P/$75A $6,000 9-Ball $60 $500 9-Ball $70 $1,000 8-Ball $120 Call 9-Ball Call Call Open 10-Ball $55 $1,500 Women 9-Ball $35 $500

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