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April 8, 2015 (BEF - Denver, CO): The 2015 Connecticut Junior State 9-Ball Championships concluded with great success. Everyone had a wonderful time. 22 junior players competed for State titles, trophies, some scholarship money and an opportunity to compete in the BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships this August. In the 14 and under division Lukas Fracassa-Verner played a very close match with Michelle Jiang to win the Connecticut State title. Franky Richard took the title in the 15-18 year old division playing the final round against Alex Gurevich. Everyone played with great determination, lots of heart and terrific sportsmanship.
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One thing all pool players do is miss shots. We all miss. Pros miss easy shots, just like the rest of us – just not nearly as often or as badly. In fact, some of the early billiard games eventually became so easy for some players that they had to be abandoned. Missing is what makes the game compelling. There are many types of misses. Failing to pocket the intended ball in the intended pocket is obviously a miss, but there are also position misses and strategic errors to contend with. Missing not only costs us games – it’s often embarrassing. We miss shots we “should” be able to make 100 times out of 100. Better players don’t miss as frequently or by as much, but they still suffer the same humiliation because they have greater expectations of themselves. One old-time road player told me that when he was a teenager learning the game, whenever he missed a makeable shot, he would shoot it in his next practice session until he made it 100 times in a row! This might be a little over the top, but this guy eventually became one of the top road players in the 60’s. So, we all miss and we all want to miss less. I developed a simple method that helps identify why and how we are missing, on the premise that if I know what my problem is, I have a better chance of being able to fix it. Here’s the drill: Get a notepad. Put it by your table at home, or use a pocket size pad you can take to the bar or poolroom. Record your next 100 misses. Every time you miss, write down as best you can the type of miss and the deepest truth you can about why you missed. By “type” of miss, I mean physically how and why did you miss? Overcut, undercut, shot too hard, misjudged throw, used
too much english, shot was too difficult, etc. By “why” you missed, I mean psychologically why did you miss? This is harder to get at. Perhaps you missed because you weren’t paying attention, or were intimidated, in a hurry, nervous, thinking about the great shot you just made, knew you were off but didn’t stop, changed aim after you went down, didn’t focus because it was an easy shot, lack of confidence, off balance, distracted, undecided on position plan, etc. – any of a hundred possibilities. This is difficult because it calls for you to admit these errors and shortcomings and write them down. Please do this practice. You don’t know what you’ll find, but I guarantee you’ll find something useful. In my case, for example, I quickly found that physically I was missing 80% of my shots by undercutting, and most of those were when I was cutting the ball to the left. This can be corrected, but I would not have believed I was off this consistently without this drill to convince me. My position misses tended to be misses on the long side – rolling too far. Also fixable, now that I know that’s my tendency. Psychologically, I found no obvious pattern. I lost concentration here and there, and skipped my preshot routine a couple of times. Nothing chronic, but still, helpful to have it pointed out so clearly. It’s hard to face the truth about our shortcomings. This drill puts it right in your face. If you make the effort to learn about your misses, and then you find ways to improve the things that are holding you back, you have to get better. A big part of excellence at pool is how well you recover from error. Not just the big, missedthe-shot-and-gave-away-the-game errors, but also the ongoing position adjustments, the runs of “bad luck”, your opponent’s good rolls, the equipment faults (“I was robbed by that pocket”), and so on. You’re going to miss. Accept it, study it, learn from it, get a little better. Start today.
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RUNNING A TOURNAMENT, PART 2 A Practical Example of How it’s Done Right
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 billiardsprofessor.com for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!
In January, we talked about how to run a tournament. I’d like to share with you an experience where they did almost everything right. This happened in Vegas, so I hope I’m not breaking any rules by sharing this! I recently had the pleasure of participating in the American CueSports National Championships at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. It was my first time playing in this format, which is very similar to the BCA. When I found out that there were approximately 500 people participating, I thought there was no way it would compare to the BCAPL tournaments I have attended in the past, boasting almost 10 times that number. I imagined a tiny room, frazzled tournament directors trying to keep up with table assignments, poorly maintained tables, and in general just mass confusion and chaos. I couldn’t have been more wrong! The conference rooms that were used were huge, and they had about 120 tables available. All of them were Valley tables, were very well maintained, and were open for practice at any time, as long as you weren’t next to a live match. The walk from my room to the table took no more than 5 minutes. A short elevator trip to the casino floor, a walk down the corridor and down a flight of escalators, and I was there. Anyone who has played in the BCAPL at the Rio (or the Riv before they moved) knows how rough it can be to get to the event from their room: Aurora ran to our room to get my chalk once, and it took her 20 minutes round-trip! As I mentioned in the January article, time management is very important in running a good tournament. The ACS Nationals really impressed me in this respect. I played two events – Men’s 9-ball Singles (121 participants), and Advanced Scotch Doubles (24 teams) with my partner, Shawn Modelo. She also played in the Women’s Senior 8-ball Singles 50+ (20 players). First of all, there were plenty of tables for each round, so you didn’t have to wait for a table to be available in order to play your match. Because they supplied plenty of tables, they were able to schedule every match ahead of time. If I had made it to the finals, I would have known where and when I was playing before the first round even started. This earned points from me immediately. As a person with certain dietary needs, it’s nice to know when I have time to grab a meal, or whether I have time to take a short nap in my room.
The matches were tracked live through compusport (www. compusport.us), and there were plenty of monitors around the venue to check on match results and schedules. This was also available through the web, so people at home could see as well, and players could access it via their smartphones. They even had an app that could notify you of wins/losses, when your match was about to start, and any last minute changes to the schedule. I’m a tech geek, and this was another huge bonus point from me. And this wasn’t the best part! The score sheet itself was printed and placed in a slot corresponding to your table assignment. When your match was up, you grabbed the sheet, met your opponent at the table, and played your match. There was a QR code under each person’s name. The winner of the match would take the score sheet to the tournament desk and scan the code under their name. The computer screen would immediately congratulate you, and display the information about your next match (time, table, and if available, your opponent). My phone would buzz about 2 seconds later, notifying me with this same information. My family back home also got notified that I won, and who I was playing next. Cool stuff! All systems are prone to glitches. $#!& happens, right? Somehow, ACS managed to pull this off without any hiccups (at least, for the time I was there). There were times when I was scheduled to play a Scotch Doubles match at the same time as a 9-ball match, and they handled the conflict very well. My opponent had to wait a bit, unfortunately, but it still went very smoothly. American CueSports, you have my respect and admiration. You truly “get it,” and know how to run a tournament very well. I can only hope that other associations can learn from you, and do as well. I managed a 5/6th win in 9-ball, and Shawn and I took 5/6th in Scotch Doubles as well. I will be playing in the BCAPL tournament in July: Scotch Doubles with Shawn Modelo again, and Men’s Team Open 8-ball. I am very interested to see how their tournament is run this year. And I’m definitely packing my walking shoes! Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at email@example.com. You can also find me hanging out at various pool rooms in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Be sure to say hello if you see me!
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DRAWING THE CUE BALL
(A version of this article first appeared in the June 2004 edition of On The Break Magazine.) Draw seems to be the hardest stroke for beginners to learn. A major problem is that it requires you to hit the ball well off center, and lack of chalk or an inaccurate hit can lead to miscues, embarrassment and rejection by your peers, not to mention loss of your lunch money. I’ve seen players tighten into knots whenever they had to pull the rock back. A second problem is that most draw shots need to be struck harder than for other strokes. That’s because the backspin wears off as the ball travels across the cloth, so to get it to arrive with plenty, you have to start it with more than plenty and that takes some power. Also, the cue ball slows down quickly as the draw wears off. It’s important to know that you have to do only two things to get a lot of backspin on the cue ball: hit it hard and hit it low. There are fundamentals that will help this happen more easily, like a straight stroke and a firm bridge. Did I mention that you need to chalk well? There are some who will say that to draw you have to snap your wrist, or jerk the cue back after contact, or lock your wrist, or exaggerate the followthrough, or have a very loose grip, or a tight one, or any number of other bogosities. When you’re listening to such hogwash, it’s best to smile politely and say, “Oh, I’ll have to try that.” Hit the ball low and hard enough and the backspin will be there. You might even humor them and try what they say, but be sure to hit the ball low. One important concept when spinning the cue ball is the “quality” of the spin. This refers to how much spin you get on the cue ball for the amount of speed it has. It’s easy for anyone to get a little draw with a high-speed hit, but much tougher to get a bunch with a relatively soft hit. The diagram shows a drill to work on this aspect. You are not trying to pocket any ball on this shot. Place the object ball about on the line and the cue ball about a foot from it towards the rail. The goal is to shoot the object ball straight up the table and draw the cue ball back to the head cushion without the object ball also hitting the head cushion. You will need “high quality” draw for this shot -hitting just a little off-center won’t get it. If you can’t do it at first with the object ball that far from the cushion, move it closer so the cue ball doesn’t have as far to travel. Also, you can make it easier by having the cue ball closer to the object ball, but you risk cramping your follow through and learning bad habits. (It’s important to be able to stop the cue stick quickly for very close draw shots, but that’s not the point of this drill.) Keep your stick as level as possible -- that’s one of the
fundamentals that will help. Once you have the hang of the shot at a distance that’s comfortable for you, try moving the object ball progressively farther from the cushion, and see how far out you can get it before the shot’s impossible. When you have the draw shot down pretty well, compare it with follow: send the cue ball forward about the same distance. From the position in the diagram, send the cue ball to between the side pockets. I think you’ll find that the object ball doesn’t travel nearly as far and that it’s much easier to get consistent travel on the cue ball.
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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 pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
Pool is a game of ups and downs. Most pool players experience a slump at some time or another. Slumps occur when you play below your expected ability for a prolonged period of time. Most pool players do not know why they are playing bad, so they tend to look for solutions in all the wrong places. Sometimes this causes the player’s performance to drop even more. Often, the player falls deeper and deeper into despair. Pool players are often unable to break fee from the chains of this performance inhibitor because they become tense, think negative thoughts, and develop a negative attitude. The primary key to overcoming a slump it to remain positive! In order to remedy the problem, a player needs to begin by identifying the root cause. The first step should be to determine the type of slump that you are dealing with. Slumps can be either physical or mental in nature. Physical slumps are often result from some sort of change in a player’s fundamentals or mechanics. Slumps that fall into this category can be remedied quickly but require diligence to overcome. When dealing with this type of slump, my suggestion is to video tape yourself and watch your stroke in slow motion. Review the video with your pool coach or someone who is knowledgeable about stroke mechanics. You can even try to identify the problem yourself, but If you are unsure of what to look for you can enroll at Virtual Billiard Academy and receive a complete video analysis for a for a nominal fee. Mental slumps on the other hand can be much more difficult to come out of. The real problem seems to be figuring out what causes them. Mental slumps often originate from some sort of psychological problem. Psychological issues can create a prolonged decrease in performance, and they can also prolong the life of a slump that already exists. It is important to note that slumps can originate from numerous causes, and it is always important to identify anything that might be an underlying cause. Some mental game challenges that can cause or prolong slumps include: • Lack of confidence • Inability to improve • Being uncomfortable at the table • Satisfaction with current ability • Lack of motivation • Too much practice time • Putting pressure on yourself to win Here are some suggestions that will help free you from the bonds of performance slump: Remain focused on the process. Stop worrying about the results. Do not think about how poorly you have been playing. Forget about the past. Do not look at league statistics or previous tournament performances. Instead, focus on shooting one shot at a time. Do not worry about other players or how they perform. The only player you should worry about is yourself. Worrying about other players is often a distraction that can produce negativity, especially when you are in a slump. Remember to focus on your pre-shot process and your performance will start to improve over a period of time. Always remember that it is important to stay motivated and committed that the goals you set for yourself. When you are not playing well, it is easy to begin questioning your expectations. Stay patient and remind yourself why you love to play the game.
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On The Road with ... C J Wiley THE 3 PART POCKET SYSTEM
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When you aim for the center of the cue ball and you’re off to the left it will deflect to the right, if you hit imperfectly to the right, it will deflect to the left......so it will veer off one of two ways. When you favor the left side of the cue ball and hit imperfectly to the left it will still deflect to the right, however, if you hit imperfectly to the right it will not defect to the left (because you’re still just hitting the center, not the other side of the cue ball). So the cue ball will veer in one direction on an imperfect hit, not two. Also, when you favor the right side of the cue ball and hit imperfectly to the right it will defect to the left, however, when a shot is imperfectly hit to the left it won’t defect to the right. So again, it will only defect in one direction on any imperfectly hit shots (I don’t gauge my game on hitting each shot perfectly, this is not possible for most humans). This is very important, because then you can adjust where you hit the pocket by your shot speed, which will give more accurate feedback on missed shots. I calibrate my shots to the center of the pocket, however, using TOI I’m actually aiming at the inside of the pocket.....if it doesn’t deflect I’ll hit the inside of the pocket, if it deflects slightly I’ll hit the center, and if it deflects more I will still hit the outside of the pocket zone.
This isn’t true for the “center ball player,” they don’t truly know why they miss a shot, because their shots can defect right, or left on a shot that’s not perfectly cued. This doesn’t give them the immediate feedback and puts them in a position of guessing why they missed, and at my level I can’t afford to guess......it may cost me the match, money, or tournament. This is how I developed such a finely tuned feel for the pocket. I see the pocket as a zone, and divide it into three parts, this is what I refer to as ‘The 3 Part Pocket System’. This is a powerful shift from how players normally view the game, the pocket and how they see margin of error in shot-making. I was known as one of the most accurate shotmakers in the history of the game, what I’m doing is sharing my technique so that others can benefit. If someone chooses not to listen, or even try what I’m suggesting, it’s entirely up to the individual. I’m the messenger, delivering the message that I learned from many champion players through the years. Without their help I would not have developed a game that has been consistent in both tournament play and high-dollar gambling sessions for many years. For more info, blogs, and free videos check out www.cjwiley.com
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THE MAKING OF A BILLIARDS CHAMPION Part 3: The Stun Stroke
Jackie Karol (formerly Broadhurst) has been a pool player for as long as she can remember. She was born in Richland, WA and then moved to Philadelphia as a child. In her teen years, when some kids were looking for minimum wage jobs, Jackie was trying to setup money matches in addition to working. From Philadelphia, she moved to Denver, CO and has a degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and supported her pool career along the way as a restaurant/bar owner, consultant, black jack and poker dealer and car salesperson. After years on both amateur and pro tours and numerous tournament wins including both an 8-Ball and Trick Shot National Championships, Jackie has refocused her talents toward helping others reach their dreams in pool. Moving to Chico, CA in 2010, she provides demonstrations and challenge matches for festivals and fundraisers around the country. Along with her “Angels of Billiards”, Jackie has entertained and won over crowds with her personality, skill and ability to make pool accessible to men and women of all ages. At the Chico Billiards Academy, she offers private and group lessons as well as structured courses to help people go from beginner to competitive player. She also operates a pro shop and carries cues, cases and many other supplies for both players and pool halls.
Once your fundamentals are correct and you are shooting with a straight and level cue, you need to master the stun stroke. This shot is the most important shot because it gives you a reference for cue ball positioning.
STRAIGHT-IN STUN STROKE
When you hit a stun stroke on a straight in shot, it will produce a “stop shot.” In other words, the ball stops as soon as it makes contact with the object ball. Factors that influence this are a blend of the following; cue tip location, force, follow through, and quickness (the amount of time it takes the cue tip to accelerate through the ball). There are an infinite number of blends of these variables that produce a stop shot. For example, you can use 4”of follow through with a small force OR only 1”of follow through with a large force to produce a stop shot. Play with these variables until you can manipulate each one and still get the same cue ball position. Measure your follow through by placing a ruler beside your cue tip. Then, vary the distance between the balls. Once you’ve mastered a stop shot with 12” of distance, keep increasing it by another 12”. The more distance you have, the more forward rotation or “high english” the ball picks up before it strikes the object ball. In other words, the greater the distance, the lower you must hit the cue ball to produce a stun/stop shot
STUN STROKE AT AN ANGLE
Once again, place the object ball 12” away from the cue ball. But this time, put the cue ball at a 30 degree angle, so that you are aiming at half the ball to pocket it. Use the same stun stroke, and the cue ball will travel straight down the “tangent line.” This is the line that is perpendicular to the object ball at 90 degrees. The harder or quicker you hit the ball, the further it will travel down the line. This is the first step in predicting cue ball position. DO NOT move on to the next article until you are comfortable shooting Straight-In Stun Shots and Stun Strokes at an Angle at different distances. Be able to alter the variables (cue tip location, force and quickness) and get the same cue ball position.
Jackie is also heavily involved in the community, participating in Rotary, 20-30 Active Club, Toastmasters, Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Association, Eagles, Elks and is the Treasurer of the Noon Exchange Club of Chico.
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by: Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com
Jayson Shaw started the year with a bang, defeating John Morra in the finals of Turning Stone XXIII in January. A week or two later, he was runner-up to Ruslan Chinahov in the Derby City Classic's Straight Pool Challenge. In April, he ran through a loss-side gauntlet of players (Jeremy Sossei, Hunter Lombardo, Darren Appleton, Johnny Archer, Warren Kiamco, Mike Dechaine and Shane Van Boening) before being the runnerup to Dennis Orcollo in the finals of the SBE's Players Championship. On Memorial Day weekend, Shaw cut through a field of 64 entrants and went undefeated to claim the $2,000-added, 5th Annual George "Ginky" Sansouci Memorial Open/Pro title, realized, as it is each year, by the combined efforts of the Tri-State, Predator and Mezz Tours, and hosted by Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), New York. Shaw was challenged in the hot seat and finals by Brian Deska, fresh from his recent victory over Brandon Shuff in the last (May 9-10) stop on the Action Pool Tour. Shaw had finished fourth in last year's Ginky Memorial while Deska finished in the tie for ninth place. This year, they both advanced to a winners' side semifinal; Shaw squaring off against Chris Derewonski, as Deska battled Mike Dechaine. Deska and Dechaine came within a game of double hill (9-7), in a match that sent Dechaine to the loss side. Shaw downed Derewonski 9-2 and then claimed the hot seat 9-6 from Deska. As there always seems to be at this annual event, there were a lot of
@ Ginky Memorial potential loss-side challengers, capable and anxious to knock Shaw out of that hot seat. Dechaine and Derewonski discovered this immediately, when they picked up Jeremy Sossei, and Earl Strickland. Sossei had eliminated a pair of Shaun/Sean(s) to reach Dechaine; Shaun Wilkie and Sean "Alaska" Morgan, both 9-6. It was Chris Derewonski who had the misfortune of running into Strickland, who, already in the money, was picking up the finish line on his radar. He got by Kevin Clark 9-5 and eliminated Mike Wong 9-6 to draw Derewonski. Dechaine and Derewonski went down; Dechaine 9-4 to Sossei and Derewonski, in a strong showing, to Strickland 9-7. Strickland advanced one more time, defeating Sossei in the quarterfinals 9-5. Deska then defeated him 9-6 in the semifinals. It looked in the early going of the extended race-to-11 finals as if it were going to be a long night, as Shaw and Deska traded racks back and forth to a 3-3 tie; some, but not a lot of safety play going on, the two just stepping to the table and dropping balls when given the chance. At 3-3, Shaw started to step up the pace. He won two in a row before Deska chalked up what would prove to be his final game. At 5-4, Shaw increased the JAYSON SHAW, tempo even more; at one point in the six-pack he chalked up to win, he was playing at a pace of just over a minute per rack. All Deska could do was hope for the occasional opportunity to play, and he didn't get many of them. Shaw became the fourth winner in the five years of the Ginky Memorial, which was won by Mike Dechaine twice (2011, 2014), along with Earl Strickland (2012) and Mike Davis(2013). For Predator Tour Director Tony Robles, this 5th Annual Ginky Memorial was particularly significant because the event accomplished a goal he had set for himself when he launched the Predator Tour in 2008; to hold a tournament in the Tri-State New York area that drew more than 200 entrants. With the Open/Pro enrollment of 64 entrants and the concurrently-run Amateur event (separate story) drawing 176, that goal was reached with an excess of 30 players. Still on his 'goal' list (and seeking sponsors, he says) is an International Straight Pool event. Tour representatives from each of the three sponsoring tours thanked each other for their mutual cooperation, along with the ownership and staff of Steinway Billiards. Thanks were also extended to sponsors Predator Cues, Ozone Billiards, Poison Billiards, PlayNAPL.com, The DeVito Team, PoolontheNet.com, and Delta-13 racks. (Amateur Results on page 28)
TONY ROBLES, BRIAN DESKA
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SHAW Jayson 2,500 DESKA Brian 1,500 STRICKLAND Earl 1,000 SOSSEI Jeremy 750 DEREWONSKI Chris 500 DECHAINE Mike 500 MORGAN Sean 300 WONG Michael 300 MILLER Mike 200 CLARK Kevin 200 GUIMOND Kevin 200 WILKIE Shaun 200 ZVI Zion 125 RODRIGUEZ Jorge 125 SMITH Jonathan 125 DAVIS Mike 125
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Stephen Dempsey Scores an Undefeated Win
L-R STEPHEN DEMPSEY, MARVIN PHISITKRAIYAKORN, RON MASON, GEORGE POLTORAK After making a move to New York for work in November, 2014, 26-year-old Stephen Dempsey from Galway, Ireland got his pool game in action as well, and started competing on the Predator Pro/Am Tour in January. Three months later, Dempsey has now made a name for himself on the tour as the winner of Stop #9 at Steinway Billiards. In the Amateur 9-Ball division of the tour stop, which garnered a field of 51 players from the New York-tristate area on April 25-26, Dempsey would go undefeated on his way to victory. Stephen started the day with a first-round ‘bye’, then moved forward with wins over four former tour champions—Annie Flores (7-5), Kapriel Delimelkonoglu (7-5), Billy Santiago (7-4), and Ron Mason (7-5)—which sent him into the final of the winner’s bracket. Meeting up with Dempsey in the final of the winner’s bracket was another player who joined the tour in 2015, Marvin Phisitkraiyakorn. The Queensbased player, who had so far played in three tour events, had a breakout performance at Steinway— going through the B/C/D half of the bracket to land in the winner’s side “hot seat” match. To get there, Marvin battled his way through three hill-hill matches, including the “final four” match against Ed Medina (76). This was Marvin’s first time making it to the second day of a Predator Tour stop. In the match between Marvin and Stephen to determine who would move on to the final, the players’ handicapping difference (Marvin a ‘C’ and Stephen an ‘A+’) would mean that Marvin would be spotted five games in a race to ten. It would turn out to be a close match, but Stephen pulled away to win the match
with a score of 10-8. From there, Stephen waited for the final, while Marvin would then go up against the player to come from the loss side, in the semifinal. On the loss side, following his loss to Dempsey, tour regular Ron Mason (B+) successfully got past Billy Santiago (B+) with a score of 7-5 to move on to the semifinal. Meeting him there was another longtime tour player, George Poltorak, who took wins over Tommy Schrieber, Wanlop Chantarakolkit, and Ed Medina on the loss side. Poltorak was also successful in the quarterfinal, as he came away with a decisive 7-4 win. However, Poltorak’s bid to get into the final would result in a reversal of the quarterfinal score, as he then fell to Marvin Phisitkraiyakorn, 7-4, in the semifinal. In the final match, the undefeated Stephen Dempsey would again take on Marvin Phisitkraiyakorn, in an extended-format single race. As Stephen did not have a loss on his record, he would win if he got to ten first, but if Marvin reached ten, the race would be extended to twelve games for both players. The story of the match was that of very solid pocketing and demeanor from Stephen, who also kept Marvin at bay with a strong safety game. Although Marvin had some opportunities to stay in the match, he wasn’t able to get quite in synch, and Stephen cruised to a 10-5 win after the five games spotted to Marvin. At the tournament's end, NYC Grind caught up with Stephen to hear about his experience competing on the tour, "I’ve gotten a bit better in the last couple of tournaments. I think I was a bit loose in the first couple of tournaments I shot. I like the tour, it’s good standards
and competitive. I’m very happy with the weekend. I’ve been trying to win one all year," he commented. Rounding out other notable top finishers: New Jersey player Ed Medina had his highest tour finish (in 5th/6th place), while tour newcomer Joe Dino (who recently relocated to NYC from California) landed in 9th-12th place. Congratulations to all the top finishers. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to its sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 Racks, NYC Grind, PoolOnTheNet.com, Gotham City Technologies, and Ozone Billiards. The next stop on the Predator Pro/Am Tour will be the 5th Annual George "Ginky" SanSouci Memorial, co-presented along with The Tri-State Tour and the Mezz Pro/Am Tour on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25 at Steinway Billiards. Entries must be submitted in advance Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYCGrind.com
Complete Payouts ABCD 1st: 2nd: 3rd: 4th: 5th/6th: 7th/8th: 9th-12th
Stephen Dempsey Marvin Phisitkraiyakorn George Poltorak Ron Mason Billy Santiago, Ed Medina Wanlop Chantarakolkit, Mike Panzarella Dan Faraguna, Joe Dino, Peter Cornell, Tommy Schrieber
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OPEN FUNDRAISER TOURNAMENT Article by: Janis Sessions Photos by: Janis Sessions
eld on April 25, 2015 at Lucky 7 (4850 South State Rd 7, Davie FL.) by League Operators; Jim DeCesare (NAPA) and Janis Sessions (South Florida BCA).
This tournament was the Third Fund Raiser that DeCesare and Sessions have organized. This time it would be for “Autism Speaks”. The month of April is Autism awareness month, people from all of the US hold different events to raise funds for this cause. We, the pool players of South Florida, wanted to show our support by holding a pool tournament event. If you want to show support or need more information about Autism, please check out https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub. You can donate funds anytime and next April wear “something blue” the whole month of April. We had 32 players show up and we were able to put together three different brackets; A, B and C. Games played were 9 Ball in A bracket and 8 ball for B and C brackets using NAPA/BCA rules and double elimination. Entry fee was $15 with $5 going to the Autism Speaks organization. A BRACKET (8 PLAYER’S ROUND ROBIN FORMAT) RESULTS: 1st Place $60 = Bart (from out of town) 2nd Place $30 = Brian Ladd CONGRATS BART! B BRACKET (16 PLAYER’S) RESULTS: 1st Place - $100 = Becky Yelington 2nd Place - $50 = Ben Cheng 3rd Place - $25 = David Cypress 4th Place - $20 = Neil Turner C BRACKET (8 PLAYER’S ROUND ROBIN FORMAT) RESULTS: 1st Place – $100 = Brain Bassetti 2nd Place - $50 = Eleanor (Jane) Freeman 3rd Place - $25 = Marta Pedrosa 4th Place - $20 = Sandra Ramcharan Yelington played strong and stayed on the winner side all day. Yelington played Cheng who fought his way back from the loser side to play Yelington for 1st Place. Cheng would have to beat Yelington twice because this was a true double elimination event. Yelington and Cheng decided to split the money and Yelington would keep the 1st place status. Each took home $75. Congrats to Becky Yelington. Bassetti was determined to win “C” bracket and Freeman gave him a good match to come in second place. Congrats to Brian Bassetti Although this tournament did not have a large pay out for the players, the players came out to support this event and we raised $935, some players gave back what they won and some players stopped by just to donate money. Thank you to all the pool players for coming out. Thank you to Lucky 7 owners Charlie and Tiffany for letting us have this tournament. We, the pool players of South Florida, want to help find a cure for this.
i v Z n Takes Down the Open 10-Ball o i Z Story & Photo by Alison Fischer / NYCGrind.com
To the month, it had been four years since Zion Zvi achieved a win on the Predator Pro/Am Tour, but on Sunday, April 26, Zvi would again put his name on the headline, as he won the tour’s ninth stop of the season at his home room, Steinway Billiards. While Zvi was joined by top tour regulars including Jorge Rodriguez, Mhet Vergara, Frankie Hernandez, Chris Derewonski, and Tony Robles, the event also featured traveling international players Riyadh Benghalem (Algeria) and Ruben Bautista (Mexico). Since relocating to New York from his home of Tel Aviv, Israel in 2009, Zvi has become one of pool’s top forces in the region, with one of his most notable accomplishment being his runner-up finish at Turning Stone Classic XIII, won by Oscar Dominguez. However, Zvi’s pool career has taken the back burner to his day job in recent years, and this win marks his first win in some time. On his way to the finish line at Steinway, Zvi had wins over Chris Derewonski (7-3) and Dave Shlemperis (7-2), and then had a gritty fight against New York top gun Jorge Rodriguez that ended at 7-6 in Zvi’s favor. For the winner’s bracket final, Zvi was met by touring pro Hunter Lombardo, who took out Mhet Vergara and Tony Robles (7-5) in his prior matches. The match between Lombardo and Zvi would be close, with Zvi in the lead and Lombardo close behind. Zvi would make it to the hill first, and with the score at 6-5, Lombardo had a chance to run out, but missed the 2 ball—resulting in Zvi playing a safe and putting the ball in his court to run out the rack and win 7-5. Working toward a chance at redemption in the loss bracket, tour owner Tony Robles and 2015 Empire State Champion Jorge Rodriguez met up in the quarterfinal, following their respective wins over Ruben Bautista and Steve Wright. Robles would edge
L-R Jorge Rodriguez, Hunter Lombardo, Zion Zvi, and Tony Robles ahead of Rodriguez in this match, and push ahead to semifinal. In the semifinal, Robles and Lombardo would go head to head to see who moved on to play Zvi in the final. Lombardo came out of the gate winning the first three, but Robles countered by taking the following three, tying it at 3-3. From there, Lombardo would hold the lead, getting to the hill at 6-3 before winning 7-5. A rematch was then set up between Lombardo and Zvi in the final match. The format for this finale would be a single race to eleven…and with Lombardo being fired up, he came out strong from the start, and pushed ahead to 9-5 lead, only two away from winning the set. Although things looked to be nearly at their end, Zvi was not ready to give up, and the fought down to the very last rack at 10-10. In the case game, Zvi did not drop a ball on the
break, but Lombardo did not hold the table for long, as he missed the two ball. Lombardo left the three blocking the way to the two, and Zvi opted to give the shot back to him, in the call-shot format. Lombardo then made an unsuccessful safety attempt, and Zvi went on to navigate a tough runout to take the final win. Both players left it all out on the table in this match, and executed at a high level. Following the final, Zvi spoke highly of Lombardo’s performance, “This is the strongest I’ve seen him play,” he stated. The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to its sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13 Racks, NYC Grind, PoolOnTheNet.com, Gotham City Technologies, and Ozone Billiards.
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The Girls Dominate
Massachusetts Junior State 9-Ball Championships April 6, 2015 (BEF - Denver, CO): It was another successful annual Massachusetts Junior State 9-Ball championships. Everyone had a great time. 22 junior players competed for State titles, trophies, some scholarship money and an opportunity to compete in the National Junior 9-Ball Championships this August. It was a clean sweep by the girls today. Michelle Jiang won her second consecutive Junior State title in the 14 and under division. Rachel Lang, from New York, won the Massachusetts State Championship in the 15 to 18 year old division. Both young women went undefeated in their respective coed divisions. Everyone played
with great determination, lots of heart and terrific sportsmanship. For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here: http://billiardeducation.org/events/ About the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) The 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.
18 & Under Division 1st Place
Rachel Lang, age 18 Catskill, NY Trophy, Scholarship Award
Alex Gurevich, age 15 Millburg, MA Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
Sam Hoffman, age 15 Hillsborough, NJ Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
Emily Herpel, age 15 Freehold, NY Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
14 & Under Division 1st Place
Michelle Jiang, age 14 Harvard, MA Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals, Scholarship Award
Lukas Fracasso-Verner, age 13 Wallingford, CT Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
Keila Perez, age 14 Waltham, MA Trophy, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
Vivian Liu, age 12 Harvard, MA Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
Iris Alvarenga, age 11 Waltham, MA Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
Juan Perez, age 7 Waltham, MA Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals
Left to right: Left: : 3rd place - Ron Gabia, - 1st Place Mike Strassman; 2nd Place - Miguel LaBoy.
Mike Strassberg wins
goes undefeated at Steinway Billiards ASTORIA, NY May 15, 2015 Mikeâ€™s tournament trail included wins over Pat Mareno 6 - 5; Ramon Feliciano 7 - 5; Raul Calderone 6 - 3; Ambi Estevez 6 - 3 and Ron Gabia 9 - 7 for the Hot Seat. Meanwhile Miguel LaBoy who lost a first round match to Kapriel Delimelkonoglu 7 - 5, won 10 matches in a row, defeating Ron Gabia 7 - 3 to reach the Finals.
Due to the late hour and both players being exhaused, Mike and Miguel decided to call it a night, with Mike receiving the well deserved win. Special recognition goes to Ron Gabia for his solid performance and 3rd place finish. Thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Focus Cases by John Bartron, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics , and Focus Apparel for their sponsorship leading to this event.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th - 6th 7th - 8th
Mike Strassberg Miguel LaBoy Ron Gabia Raul Calderon Dave Shlemperis Ambi Estevez Keith Diaz Terrence Bryant
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New Hampshire Junior State 9-Ball Champions Crowned April 8, 2015 (BEF - Denver, CO): The 2015 New Hampshire Junior State 9-Ball Championships concluded with great success. Everyone had a wonderful time. Players competed for State titles, trophies, some scholarship money and an opportunity to compete in the BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships this August. In the 14 and under division Lukas Fracassa-Verner played a very close match with Michelle Jiang to win the State title. Tyler Brandom took the title in the 15-18 year old division playing the final round against Alex Gurevich. Everyone played with great determination, lots of heart and terrific sportsmanship. A big thanks to Jim and staff at Legends in Portsmouth for being a terrific host.
18 & Under Division 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Tyler Brandom, age 18 Alex Gurevich, age 15 Andy Poutry, age 15
Results Harvard, MA Millburg, MA Ayer, MA
Trophy, Scholarship Award Trophy Trophy
14 & Under Division
1st Place Lukas Fracasso-Verner, age 13 Wallingford, MA 2nd Place Michelle Jiang, age 14 Harvard, MA 3rd Place Jayden Liu, age 10 Harvard, MA 4th Place Keila Perez, age 14 Waltham, MA 5th Place Ivan Perez, age 12 Waltham, MA
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5th Annual Article by Alison Fischer. Photos by Erin Bechner, Karl Kantrowitz, and Joe Gonzalez. Out of the 176 players who battled through three long days of competition at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY, the one to become the 5th Annual Ginky Memorial Amateur 9-Ball Champion would be Predator Pro/Am Tour and Tri-State Tour player Rhys Chen. Chen, who is originally from Ocho Rios, Jamaica and now lives is Nanuet, NY, has been a dedicated student of the game for seventeen years, and this marks his biggest career achievement as an amateur pool player.
Busanich (7-4), Alex Osipov (7-4), Phil Davis (8-7), recent Predator winner Stephen Dempsey (7-4), Zee Shan Safba (76), recent Tri-State winner Dave Shlemperis (7-5), and Tim Fitzsimmons (7-3), which moved him into the final bracket. Chen, who is rated a B+ on the Predator Tour, came out of the B+ through A++ bracket to face off with the undefeated player from the lower bracket, comprised of D through B-ranked players. That player would turn out to be Mike Farley, one of the cast members of the newly-launched reality series “The Hustlers”. At the top of the lower bracket, Farley took out Predator regular Joe Wilson-Torres by a score of 7-2. However, Farley would then suffer the fate of the same score at the hands of Chen, who won their match dominantly at 7-2, locking down his place in the final.
Coming into the final bracket from the loss side of the A+/B+ bracket was New York player Carlos Luna, who only recently made a return to tournament competition after a fifteen-year break. Although he regularly plays in leagues at NYC’s Amsterdam Billiards, his first tournament in over a decade was the Predator’s 2015 season opener. After his loss in the winner’s side, Luna went on to win five more matches to get to the finale bracket, capped off by a 7-5 win over Pennsylvania’s Tim Fitzsimmons. Along with the Predator and Tri-State tours, the Ginky Memorial was also presented by the Mezz Pro/Am Tour. For the fifth annual edition, the event had its largest turnout ever, with 260 players total between the Amateur 9-ball and the Open 10-ball event, which took place over May 24-25.
However, the big comeback story of the event came from the B/C/D bracket—where NJ player Paul Wilkens, who lost his very first match of the event to Lukas Fracasso-Verner,
In speaking with Chen following the event, he described having a confident attitude going into the event. “I’ve been playing pretty good lately, and I felt like I had nothing to lose,” said Chen. His confidence paid off, as none were able to slow him down over the course of the long Memorial Day weekend. To get to the top, Chen would surpass nine opponents to become the undefeated champion. His path was marked with wins over Dinko
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Memorial would battle all the way into the final. His first leg of the tournament, through the preliminary bracket, took him through a total of nine matches, punctuated by a 7-4 win over Joe Wilson-Torres. From there, he defeated Carlos Luna in the quarterfinal, with a score of 7-5. Wilkens was then met by the player who fell to Chen in the “hot seat” match, Mike Farley, in the semifinal. He again landed a close win, closing it out at 7-5 to move on to the final. Following the event, Wilkens described the mentality that kept him on the right track. “To be honest, what I think it was is I stopped thinking and went into ‘do-or-die’ mode, where every rack counts and every shot counts. I didn’t think about getting to the final or winning the ‘B’ side brackets, I just played every shot the way I thought I should. After every match, I just went out there and regrouped myself,” said Wilkens.
Amateur 9-Ball Champion
and breaking…while Wilkens was not able to get his foot in the door. Chen looked determined and focused, and would get all the way to the hill with Wilkens only at two. From there,
Wilkens then took on Rhys Chen, who awaited him in the “hot seat”, in the final. Their match took place on the live stream co-produced by AZBtv and NYC Grind at 2:00pm on Monday, May 25. With Chen rated a “B+” and Wilkens a “B”, Wilkens was spotted one game in a race to seven. It didn’t take long before Chen was off to the running, and he was seen again and again at the table racking
Wilkens would put two more on the board before Chen closed the door for a final score of 7-4 to secure the title of the 2015 Ginky Memorial Amateur 9-Ball Champion.
Top Finishers & Payouts: 1st
Rhys Chen – $3,000
Paul Wilkens – $2,000
Mike Farley – $1,300
Carlos Luna – $900
Tim Fitzsimmons, Joe Wilson-Torres – $600
Lukas Fracasso-Verner, Matthew Harricharan – $400
Glenn Ramsey, Tenzin Jordan, Mike Strassberg, Dave Shlemperis – $300
Zee Shan Sabfa, Julie Ha, Rich LaRussa, Gabriel Palacios – $225
Tony Liang, Mike Harrington, Stewart Warnock, Latonia Taylor, Scott Bannon, Doug Youmans, Joe DeVito, Chris Karp – $130
Chumreon Sutcharitakul, Dan Faraguna, Rene Villalobos, Yomaylin Feliz, Jim McManus, Koka Davladze, Mike Saleh, Bogie Uzdejczyk – $130
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8-BALL CLASSIC The finals of the 8-Ball Classic were the final championships to be decided in this year’s National Singles Championships. BLUE TIER 1st Brady Ward of Little Rock, AR 2nd Heather Kidney-Butter of St. John’s, NF 3rd April Johnston of Louisburg, KS 3rd Susan Mitchell of Monroe, GA
YELLOW TIER 1st Inessa Gelman of New York, NY 2nd Michaela DeLaCruz-Negrete of Sacramento, CA 3rd Troy Tacchi of Honolulu, HI 3rd Erica Fabrygel of Appleton, TX RED TIER 1st Ryan Garcia of Lake Jackson, TX 2nd Diana Wolfe of Oklahoma City, OK 3rd Terry Miller of Huntersville, NC 3rd Tim Mosby of Toledo, OH
ORANGE TIER 1st Ken Geragosian of O’Fallon, IL 2nd Terry Claiborne of Bakersfield, CA 3rd Scott Johnson of Taylor, MI 3rd Paul James of Oklahoma City, OK PURPLE TIER 1st Ernesto Bayaua of Tomball, TX 2nd Kevin Frauenberger of Daisetta, TX 3rd Carter Trammell of Gaffney, SC 3rd Raymond Skenandore of Las Vegas, NV Paul Langley of San Diego, Calif., was selected for the Sportsmanship Award in the 8-Ball Classic. More than 5,600 APA members competed in Regional competition for the 2015 8-Ball Shootout, with 472 players advancing to the championships in Las Vegas. 2015 9-BALL DOUBLES FINAL STANDINGS
The finals of the 9-Ball Doubles Championships hit the Top of the Riv on Sunday afternoon. Gypsy’s Too – Bill Palmer (SL4) and Mary Kester (SL3) – of Niles, Ohio, were up against Age Before Beauty – John McCloud (SL5) and Billy Petty (SL6) – of Portland, Tenn. The race was to 28 for Gypsy’s Too and 42 for Age Before Beauty. In the end, it was Age Before Beauty walking away champions, 42-7. They earned $3,500 for their win, while Gypsy’s Too took home $2,300 as the Runners-Up. Age Before Beauty also received the Sportsmanship Award! Champions & Sportsmanship Winners - Billy Petty, John McCloud of Portland, TN Runners-Up - Mary Kester, Bill Palmer of Niles, OH
exciting, eventually bringing it hill-hill. Ron would persevere and win his first Wheelchair Challenge. Ron took home $1,600 for his Champion finish! Joel didn’t go home empty-handed, earning $800 as Runner-Up. Bennett Jewett of Raleigh, N.C., was the Sportsmanship Award winner.
Age Before Beauty
2015 8-BALL DOUBLES FINAL STANDINGS The finals of the 8-Ball Doubles Championship on Friday, May 1 paired South GA Hustlers – Roderick Rentz (SL7) and Stephanie Rentz (SL3) – of Hazlehurst, Ga., against Hard Luck – Bruce Bare (SL5) and Bradley Miller (SL5) – of Winder, GA. The race was 4-4. Hard Luck started out strong, immediately capturing a 3-0 lead. But, South GA Hustlers weren’t going home without a fight, coming back to win the next three games and taking the match hill-hill. It was a tough break for Hard Luck, as a scratch on the 8-Ball would give the win to South GA Hustlers. South GA Hustlers took home $5,000 for their win, while Hard Luck earned $3,000 as Runners-Up. Heartbreak – Monica Mccaslin and Curtis Mccaslin – of Albuquerque, N.M., were the Sportsmanship winners.
2015 9-BALL SHOOTOUT FINAL STANDINGS The finals of the 9-Ball Shootout were the first championships to be decided in this year’s National Singles Championships.
South GA Hustlers
GREEN TIER 1st Kristi Spohn of Mary Esther, FL 2nd Kennedy Cummings of Deltona, FL 3rd Tawana Jean-Baptiste of Lansdale, PA 3rd Kathryn Dooley of St. Louis, MO WHITE TIER 1st James Turner of Florence, S.C. 2nd Larry Atkinson of Garden City, Mo. 3rd Linda Lewis of Newport News, VA 3rd Danny Myers of Ocala, FL
BLACK TIER 1st James Adams of Brooksville, FL 2nd Stefan Dehoze of Harper’s Ferry, WV 3rd Taylor Talbot of Chalfont, PA 3rd Mitchell Miller of Gaston, SC Carolyn Burgduff of Keizer, Oregon was selected for the Sportsmanship Award in the 9-Ball Shootout. More than 3,600 APA members competed in Regional competition for the 2015 9-Ball Shootout, with 303 players advancing to the championships in Las Vegas.
2015 WHEELCHAIR CHALLENGE FINAL STANDINGS
The finals of the Wheelchair Challenge hit the Top of the Riv on Saturday afternoon. Ron Bates (SL4) of Coldwater, Mich., was up against Joel Fini (SL6) of Des Moines, Iowa. The race was 3-5. Joel started out winning the first two games, while Ron came back and won game three. Joel earned the fourth game after an early 8 by Ron. They would continue to keep the match
PRESS RELEASE Coming October 24 - 30, 2015 As of today, May 14, 2015, things are progressing in a timely manner. As we all know, the date that we are all anticipating is July 25, 2015. That is the date that the $75,000 in added money must be accounted for. This is also the added money amount required to be sanctioned as a WPA Tier 2 event. All indications are that this is very doable. At this time Barry Behrman has every hope of securing sponsors who have given every indication that they are on board and want contracts for three more years. I also visited with Bank of America officers in Norfolk to establish check cashing policies. The bank is within walking distance from the Sheraton. They will have enough cash on hand and will be prepared to cash checks up to $5,000 for players presenting proper identification. Arrangements have also been made for players to transact Cashiers Checks and Wire Transfers of U.S. Currency to other countries. The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel exceeds expectations more than Barry Behrman or I could have hoped for. Maybe he got lucky, I don’t know. What I do know is that the hotel is a wonderful venue with extremely low room rates for us, especially for being in the heart of Norfolk. To reserve hotel rooms, call 757-6226664. Use code “USOPEN” for the $89 room rate. See your savings by going to sheratonnorfolkwaterside.com to compare the rates for everyone else! The hotel is spacious; plus their food and beverage prices are discounted for this event. The staff is doing everything possible to accommodate this event. The city is planning on having U.S. Open artwork placed on buses and overpasses. This is a big deal for Norfolk, VA. In the 1960’s, Norfolk was a hotbed for pool as Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter was
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the man to beat. And in 1976, it was the birthplace of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. We started receiving entry fees and many requests from our foreign friends from Taiwan, Philippines, Nigeria, and Romania for Letters of Invitation to compete in this event. The seating is spread through four undivided convention rooms, similar to the Conference Center in Chesapeake. The TV Arena will be centered in the spacious ballroom. Its wide open space makes seating more manageable and viewable for the attendees. VIP seat reservations for previous VIP ticket holders have begun to sell. VIP seats will be open to the general public on May 22 through ticketfly.com. Go to http://www.usopen9ballchampionships.com/fans.php for ticket purchases. To reserve hotel rooms, call 757-622-6664. To purchase seating tickets, go to http://www.usopen9ballchampionships.com/fans. php. To reserve BCA Hall of Fame Dinner tickets, call 312-341-1110 ext 2004. All entry fees are escrowed by Accu-Stats. Go to accu-Stats.com to pay entry fees. All prize monies will be paid by Accu-Stats. Any questions regarding this report should be directed to Pat Fleming. Phone: 973-838-7089 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESULTS Florida Pool Tour
Iwan Simonis, the producer of billiard cloth, has agreed to become a partner of the Atlantic Challenge Cup. In an agreement reached this week, Simonis 760 will be used during the inaugural staging of this event.
Florida Pool Tour 9 Ball at Capone’s in Spring Hill, FL May 16th & 17th, 2015 Congratulations: 1st place Donny Mills (R) 2nd Anthony Crosby (L) 3rd Anthony Meglino
The event takes place at Patricks Canadian Tavern in Rankweil, Austria between the 1st and 4th of July. Six of the best from each Continent will battle it out to ensure their team wins the first ever Atlantic Challenge Cup. The event is organized by the EPBF/IBPF in conjunction with the BCA & BEF.
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