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Jia Li downs Shea twice by: Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com Jia Li and the tour director of the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour (JPNEWT), Linda Shea, got together for a little reunion on the weekend of June 21-22. Last year (October in Dickson City, PA), they’d met in the finals of a JPNEWT stop, with Li coming out on top, winning her second straight stop on the tour, on her way to three in a row. Li started 2014 with a WPBA Regional Tour Championship victory in January, finished 25th in the WPBA Masters, and fifth in the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Championship before running into Shea at Stop # 2 on the JPNEWT in May. Li, who’d been sent to the losers’ bracket early in that event, won seven on the loss side before meeting up with Shea in the semifinals. Shea came out on the top in that one, before falling toKaren Corr in the finals (Corr won 42 of 44 games she played - photo by Don Akerlow in that event). At this most recent event, Li and Shea met twice; once in the hot seat and again, in the finals. Li won both matches to claim the $1,000-added event title that drew 22 entrants to First Break Cafe in Sterling, VA. Li and Shea advanced to meet in the hot seat match after scoring identical 7-3 victories over Cheryl Sporleder (Shea) and Meredith Lynch (Li). In their first of two, Li gave up only a single rack and sat in the hot seat waiting for Shea to get back from the semifinals. On the loss side, Sporleder moved over to pick up Kathy Friend, who’d defeated Tina Scott 7-5 and Ji-Hyun Park 7-2, to reach her. Lynch drew Sueyen Rhee, who’d gotten by Nicole Nester 7-2 and Lai Li 7-1. Lynch got right back to winning work with a 7-5 victory over Rhee, as Friend was handing Sporleder her second straight loss 7-2. Lynch defeated Friend in a grueling, hill-hill quarterfinal match, only to be defeated by Shea 7-5 in the semifinals. Jia Li completed her undefeated run through the field with a second victory over Shea in the finals 7-3.

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Aft comes from the loss side 2nd Annual South Carolina Women’s 9-Ball Championship Skip Maloney AzBilliards.com In 2013, Dana Aft was defeated by Crystal Lloyd in the battle for the hot seat at the 1st Annual South Carolina Women’s 9-Ball Championship, held under the auspices of Belinda Calhoun’s Tiger Southern Mid-Atlantic Regional Tour (SMART). Janet Atwell then defeated Aft in the semifinals, and went on to win the tournament. This year, in the 2nd Annual event, Aft, once again, found herself on the loss side; this time, a little earlier. This time, though, she won five on the loss side and successfully challenged Tour Director Belinda Calhoun in the finals to claim the top prize. The $500-added event drew 14 entrants to Grady’s Billiards in Lexington, SC. “We started the Tiger SMART Tour last year,” said Calhoun, “because there wasn’t a ladies tournament in the Carolinas. “We had four stops in 2013,” she added of

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the tour, which takes in both Carolinas, as well as Georgia, “and after this first one, have five more planned for this year.” Calhoun worked her way into the hot seat at this event, after defeating Beverly Knight and Betty Lea, both 7-3. Lea, after sending Aft to the losers’ bracket 7-2, survived a double hill battle against Wendy Kinzer, before falling to Calhoun in the battle for the hot seat. Aft opened up her loss-side campaign with back-to-back, 7-3 wins over Lisa Cossette and Marianne Merrill, which set her up to face Knight. Kinzer, in the meantime, drew Crystal Lloyd, who’d gotten by Melody Duvall, double hill, and Cheryl Pritchard 7-4. A replay of last year’s hot seat match (Aft vs. Lloyd) was set up when Aft downed Knight 7-2 and Lloyd eliminated Kinzer 7-5. Aft feasted on her cold dish of revenge in the quarterfinals, ending Lloyd’s day 7-3 and then feasted on a somewhat warmer dish by downing Lea in a double hill

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semifinal. “That match could have gone either way,” said Aft of the semifinals. “She (Lea) over-ran her shape on the 9-ball in that last game.” Aft brought some momentum into the finals; a single, race-to-9. She defeated Calhoun 9-3 to claim the 2nd Annual South Carolina Women’s Championship. “It was a good field,” said Aft of the general competition. “It was a small field, but very, very tough; a lot of quality players.”

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Karen Corr Undefeated Again It’s really no surprise to hear that Hall of Famer Karen Corr knifed her way through the second J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour event of the season undefeated. But it might surprise you to hear that she played 44 total games over the weekend and lost only two of them. 22 hopefuls showed up on May 18 at Raxx Pool Room Bar and Grill in New York to battle for the win, including first time players Joy McFeaters, Allison Honeymar, Meghan Knight, and Sierra Reams. Karen started the weekend with a 7-1 win over Kelly Mitchell, a 7-0 win over Joy, and a 7-1 win over Nicole Fleming. She then shut out Sharon O’Hanlon for a spot in the hot seat match. Linda Shea’s path there included wins over Melissa Jenkins (7-5), Kia Sidbury (7-4), and Brianna Miller (7-4). Her winning streak hit a bit of snag when Karen shut her out for the hot seat. Meanwhile, another winning streak was unfolding on the left side of the bracket. Tour regulars Jia Li and Borona Andoni met up for an exciting first round match. Borona’s deliberate and impressive play sent Jia to the one-loss side (7-5). But Jia wasn’t ready to go home. She won seven straight matches, ending the day for Joy McFeaters (7-3), Lenore Chen (7-6), Kia Sidbury (7-4), Colleen Shoop (7-1), Sharon O’Hanlon (7-2) and Briana Miller (7-2). In the matches leading up to the semi-finals, Jia looked nearly unbeatable, but Linda wasn’t fazed. Jia made a few uncharacteristic mistakes, and Linda took full advantage. She jumped out to an early lead and earned a decisive 7-2 victory. In the finals, Karen played nearly flawless pool and capped off her victory with yet another shut out. It was a fitting conclusion for her impressive weekend.

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Wallen goes undefeated Tiger Florida Tour

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Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com This past weekend (June 14), the five-year-old Flamingo Tour became the brand new Tiger Florida Tour, adopting its schedule and holding its first tour stop under the new name. The debut stop on the Tiger Florida Tour ended precisely the way that the final stop on the Flamingo Tour ended, with April Wallen and Crystal McCormick facing each other in a finals battle, eventually won by Wallen, by the identical score that had closed proceedings on the Flamingo Tour. The debut stop on the new Tiger Florida Tour drew 26 entrants to Brown’s Billiards in Holly Hill, FL. The early double elimination stages of the tournament led to eight players four on the winners’ side and four on the losers’ side - being re-drawn to compete in a single elimination format. April Wallen, Christie Cloke, along with Kellys Kavanaugh and Coyle were the final four remaining on the winners’ side of the bracket. Crystal McCormick,Sharon Hubbard, Jennifer Page and Roe Guarnero were the last four standing on the losers’ side. The re-draw set Wallen against Hubbard, Cloke versus Page, Kavanaugh against Guarnero and Coyle versus McCormick. Wallen and Page defeated Hubbard and Cloke by the same 7-2 score. McCormick won her quarterfinal match 7-5, while Kavanaugh, the odds-on favorite in her match versus Guarnero, allowed a cue ball to get away from her while shooting at the 9-ball in what was the deciding game in a double hill match. The cue ball found a pocket, giving Guarnero ball-in-hand, and the 7-6 win that advanced her to the semifinals. Wallen advanced to her second final in a row on the tour with a double hill win over Page, as McCormick advanced to meet her for a second time with a 7-4 over Guarnero. Wallen completed her undefeated run and second tour victory over McCormick 7-5. Tour director Mimi McAndrews thanked title sponsor Tiger Cues, as well as

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co-room owners Dean Dyreson and John Clow and their staff for their hospitality. She also thanked co-sponsors Ozone Billiards and Boynton Billiards. The next stop on the Tiger Florida Tour, scheduled for July 12, will be hosted by the Corner Pocket in Largo, FL. “We are sad to say good-bye to our beloved Flamingo,” said McAndrews in a press release announcing the tour’s new title sponsor. “However, we believe that our new name and title sponsor will take the awareness of our tour and all of our sponsors to the next level. The Regional Tour will continue without interruption, and we look forward to having more open tournaments as well.”

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Shaw wins Men’s Masters division NYC 8-Ball Championship Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com It had been on Tony Robles' mind for quite a while; the creation of a Northeast regional BCA Pool League tournament. "I read all about their tournaments on-line," he said, "and I noticed that the BCA had regional tournaments in places like the Midwest and Texas, but nobody had ever done one in the Northeast. "So I was all set to put one together," he added, "and Snookers ended up doing one last year."

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Undaunted, Robles, operating under the auspices of his newly created Silent Assassin Productions, with CSI sponsorship, created the five-event tournament, and while, thanks to Snookers, it wasn't the first BCA Regional Tournament in the Northeast, it was the first such regional tournament in New York City. The event, held on the weekend of June 6-8, was separated into five separate tournaments. Robles combined some BCA Regional categories, reducing an original plan for eight events. The $2,000-added, 1st Annual NYC 8-Ball Championships were hosted by Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY, and began on Friday evening, June 6 at 6 p.m. They concluded with the finals of the Men's Grand Masters event, very early on Monday morning, June 9. In all, the tournament(s) played host to 83 entrants, the largest number of which (23) signed on for the Mixed Open event. The Men's Grand Masters event and the Women's Leisure event drew 16 each. The Men's Leisure event drew 15, while the Mixed Advanced event drew 13. In the interest of space, and time, we'll tackle the event with the marquee names first - the Men's Grand Master event - and look to provide a later story on the other four events, either separately or together. In the planned-for, 16-entrant Men's Grand Master tournament, Jayson Shaw went undefeated, downingSean Morgan twice in the process. He faced Zion Zvi in a winners' side semifinal, while Morgan squared off against Chris Derewonski. Shaw sent Zvi to the losers' bracket 8-3, while Morgan was busy defeating Derewonski 8-4. Shaw and Morgan battled to double hill for possession of the hot seat, and with alternate breaks in play, Shaw broke rack #15 and won it. On the loss side, Tony Robles, who'd defeated Jerry Tarantola and Jude Rosenstock, both 8-3, was waiting for Zion Zvi. Michael Yednak, who'd gotten by Al Zea 8-6 and Jorge Rodriguez 8-3, drew Derewonski. Robles advanced to the quarterfinals 8-2 over Zvi and was met by Derewonski, who'd eliminated Yednak 8-4. Derewonski and Robles battled to double hill in those quarterfinals, before Derewonski prevailed for a re-match versus Morgan in the semifinals. Though Derewonski would chalk up one more rack against Morgan than he had in the winners' side semifinal, Morgan defeated him a second time. Shaw, though, stepped up his pace in his second match against Morgan, defeating him in the finals 8-4 to claim the first Men's Grand Masters title in the first NYC 8-Ball Championships. Promising "bigger and better events in the future," Robles and his Silent Assassin Productions team, which included John Leyman as tour director and referee for the event(s), thanked Steinway Billiards' owner, Manny Stamatakis and his staff, as well as sponsors Cue Sports International, Delta-13 Racks, Predator Cues, National Amateur Pool League (PlayNAPL.com), Gotham City Technologies, NYC Grind (Jerry and Alison Fischer), AZBilliards, Upstate AL, Joey Leon, and Bob Cmbwsu

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley Wrists

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He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball. By Michael P. Geffner DVD LIST:

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Catalyst of a Great Stroke There appear to be three different techniques for the wrist to assist the pocket billiards stroke. The first one is the wrists don’t do much at all, the second is they cock up as you hit the cue ball and finish the stroke and the other is the wrists uncock down as the cue ball is struck and the follow through is completed. The way I play is definitely with the wrists uncocking down as I contact the cue ball. I have been committed to this technique the last couple of days and it’s amazing the results. The thing about my technique is I can pre cock my wrists very precisely and that was how I consistently produce powerful stoke shots with such accuracy. This, ironically is what I’ve been struggling with the most. I seemed to have lost my “power source” that effortlessly produced pin point accuracy when striking the cue ball.

I personally found a missing part to my “personal puzzle” and I’m surprised I didn’t “real eyes” how important this technique was for me. Sometimes the simplest answers complete the most complex problems {for myself}. For some reason my “reasonable” mind says “use outside english”, however a “Touch of Inside” produces best results, and my mind says “don’t use the wrists”, however uncocking my wrists like I’m using a hammer is most effective, and my mind says “root against my opponent” when pulling for my opponent works best. The key to life seems to be making myself do {at times} what I least “naturally” want to do. As I get “more experienced” I see that unfolding in many areas.

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Many of you will not benefit from this information (because the way you use your wrists work fine for you), and others will benefit immensely when you’re still searching to improve your stroke and accuracy.

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The Moral of the story? “Reasonable” thoughts and techniques can often be the wrong thoughts and techniques to reach the highest levels. To separate yourself you must be “Unreasonable” at times. ‘The Game is the Teacher’

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Science to the Rescue!

by Tom Simpson © March 2013 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com I constantly cruise books & journals in many areas, looking for discoveries that could help pool players. Here are six really interesting findings and how they could apply in your game.

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1. 10,000 hours: What separates the world-class performers from the rest of us? Mostly, it’s the fact that they have put in 10,000 hours of engaged practice in their discipline. Pro pool players have all done more work than most of us ever would, and they cared more. Most pros have sunk over a million balls! Do the math on your personal ball-pocketing rate. I only pocket fifteen to twenty thousand balls a year. A million is not gonna happen, but it’s clear why I don’t play like the world’s best. 2. Myelin: Pool players practice and refine their stroke through countless repetitions and vigilant awareness. Here’s what’s happening to your body as you put in your engaged stroke practice – those repetitive movements you’re practicing are building myelin. Think of myelin as the insulation on the “wires” of your nervous system. Slowmotion training is a very powerful myelin builder. As you repeatedly and accurately fire a specific sequence of nerves to activate your muscles to perform the stroke, you build myelin, which helps that specific pathway become more automatic, more favored, more efficient and consistent. Just what we want in a pool stroke. 3. Seeing: Most players move their eyes too much while they’re down on their shot. If your eyes are ping-ponging rapidly back and forth between CB & OB, what are you actually seeing? Scientists have used tachistoscopes to study high-level pool players versus typical pool players. A t-scope is a device that tracks where you’re pointing your eyes and for how long. They found that better players move their eyes fewer times and remain at each position longer. Slow down and see what you’re seeing. 4.

Focus: Sometimes we’re down on a shot and we’re not confident, not satisfied with our aim,

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not comfortable. We fidget and adjust, and we wind up adjusting our adjustments until we’ve lost the line and we miss. Stayed down on the shot too long. The research says most of us can only hold a strong focus for about 8 seconds. If you’re down on your shot and more than 8 seconds has ticked by, it’s a good idea to get up, chalk up, and land it again.

5. Performance: This finding is surprising, and the researchers don’t understand why it works. They assume it’s tied to the fact that (at least for right-handers), the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body. Across a number of sports requiring complex muscle movements (golf, for example), they found that if the athlete spent a brief time squeezing a ball in their left hand prior to their performance, they produced measurably better performances! Squeezing with the right hand didn’t make a difference. So for what it’s worth, all you right-handed players should discreetly squeeze a pool ball in your left hand before your match. Lefties, better squeeze one in each hand. You’ve got nothing to lose with this one. 6. Confidence: Our posture says a lot about our confidence. As you watch good players win matches, it’s often easy to see their confidence. It shines through in the way they stand, move around the table, get into their stance. You can even see it in the chair. We gain confidence from external events, such as making hard shots and winning games. But we can also use posture to “wag the dog.” By consciously adopting a confident posture as you move through the match, you can become more confident. And of course, we perform better when we’re confident. When we feel supremely confident, such as when we’ve just won a big match, we may spontaneously perform a celebratory gesture such as a fist pump or a victory pose. This research says that when you do your fist pump or victory pose, that winning posture puts you in the state you need to be in to perform like a winner. Conclusion: It might be a good idea to do your fist pump before you start the match. And who knows, as a side benefit it just might demoralize your opponent.

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TABLE TALK WHAT’S IN THE CASE? BY: MICHAEL K GLASS

A discussion of my weapons of choice

At some point in most pool players’ careers, the question is asked of them: what’s in the case? As I am sure you are all just dying to know, I’ll let you know what I carry—of course, as an instructor, I feel obligated to include my training tools as well. If you have any desire to teach, you might be interested in some of these items. If not, I apologize in advance. I promise next month’s article will be much more interesting!

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

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First, the cue case: The cue case itself is a CueSight 4x8 rolling case. I have collected signatures from some of the top pro pool players, including Johnny Archer, Nick Varner, Jeanette Lee, Shane Van Boening, Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez, and about 17 others. I have been a fan of Cuetec Cues for quite some time, so that’s what I play with. My most recent acquisition is a Cuetec CT735 Pool Cue with R360 shaft. I have an older Cuetec model with a Thunderbolt shaft as a backup cue, and a Cuetec Break/Jump cue. I also have a Frog jump cue given to me personally by Robin Dodson. Of course, I have the standard items most people carry: • Two Kamui 1.21 chalk cubes, as well as a few backup Predator chalks • A couple of Sir Joseph gloves. I have a Predator glove that I use most often, but the Sir Joseph’s are excellent gloves as well. I have loaned them out on many occasions. • Two Ultimate Tip tools (another popular loan-out) • 3-slot Q Claw • Pro Justa-Bridge • Molded Bridge Head (you know, the one that looks like

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antlers) Leather chalk pouch I wear on my belt. Kamui Gator Grip: This is what I use mainly for my tip maintenance. Various coins (pennies for use in One Pocket, and a roll of quarters just in case) Q Wiz shaft cleaner / polisher

I also have a training case, containing my arsenal of training materials. The case itself is a Stanley FatMax tool case. It is very cool, and has plenty of room for everything: • Laptop computer & camera: I use these to do video analysis of your fundamentals—stance and stroke for the most part. It is a tremendous tool to help you see where you might need some improvement! • Several copies of Progressive Practice Drills by The San Francisco Billiard Academy. This is a fantastic tool to help identify and subsequently improve different parts of your game. Thanks, Bob Jewett! • Several training cue balls, including: Jim Rempe Training Ball and Elephant Practice Billiard Balls • Dress-maker’s chalk: This is very cool. It is a retractable chalk pencil that allows me to draw on the table without permanently ruining the cloth. Bob Jewett turned me on to this, and it’s a fantastic tool. It’s also perfect for marking the rack location on the table for a game of Straight Pool. • Two different Ghost Ball Trainers: There are many different ways to teach aiming. Some like the ghost ball method, and this helps them visualize the ghost ball. • Total Shot Trainer: In addition to teaching the ghost ball aiming method, this helps you visualize cue ball paths after the cue ball strikes the object ball. Developed by Nick Varner. (continued on page 30)

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Beginning players often ask where their eyes should be when they hit the cue ball. Usually the answer is on the object ball, with some rare exceptions such as elevated shots. Perhaps the most obvious demonstration of this is by snooker and pool champion Allison Fisher. On each shot, she has a very exact time when her eyes move from the object ball to the cue ball. See if you can spot when that is the next time you see her on TV or in person. Then see if there are any other players with as organized an approach to seeing the shot. This column is about not looking at the object ball. If you have developed a crooked, jerky or inconsistent stroke, the following drills -- in which you will definitely not be looking at the object ball last -- will help bring you back to that smooth, accurate flowing stroke you are capable of. The first drill requires two spots on the table. Either use chalk or get some self-adhesive paper reinforcements of the kind you would use for 3-ring binder paper. Mark two spots about six inches apart, as shown in Shot A, and put the cue ball on the nearer one. Shoot the cue ball straight up the table. This is just like a standard drill I covered before, but this time I want you to watch not the target (on the far rail) or the cue ball, but instead watch your ferrule. When you address the cue ball, make sure the ferrule is centered on the cue ball. Using a stripe for the cue ball, with the stripe set like a tire, will help you with centering. Make your warm-up strokes the full length of your bridge, clear from the cue ball back to your bridge hand and back to the cue ball. On these strokes, consciously watch the ferrule. When you feel ready, take that final stroke, but keep watching your ferrule. It should end somewhere in the vicinity of the second spot. Ideally, it will be centered over the spot, but if your stroke is crooked, it will end on one side or the other. If you have a habit of standing up during the stroke or jumping back from the table, this drill will make that obvious. Can you overcome your normal habit of looking at the cue ball or target and watch the ferrule instead? Try pocketing some balls or even playing a whole game while watching the ferrule. The next drill is designed to narrow your focus even further. Begin with a shot like Shot B, and pick out the position you want to play, such as follow to the cushion and back to the other side of the table. Take your normal warm-ups for the shot, but do not shoot yet. When you are satisfied that the stick is along the right line and you know the speed needed, close your eyes and lower your head. Take a few more warm-up strokes with your eyes closed, and stop with the stick at the cue ball. Be sure to feel the motion of the stroke. Open your eyes and look up. Is the stick back where you started? If it has wandered off to the side -- maybe you are now lined up for left english when you started with none -- you probably were not positioned

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properly to begin with. With your eyes closed, and no visual feedback, your body will go to its natural position. If you need a lot of adjustment to get back on line, try starting over from the start. Stand back from the shot, get your body and stick along the line of the shot, and step back into it. Hopefully you will come down closer to the natural position for the shot. Once you open your eyes and see you have the right line, go back into “blind mode” and take your final backstroke and power stroke through the ball. Again, be sure to feel the motion of the stroke. If you have good luck with easy shots like B, gradually increase the distance. Try follow, stop and draw, and if you’re feeling very adventurous, try some shots with sidespin. Because of the aiming compensation needed when shooting with side, I think you’ll find those shots much, much harder than the ones without.

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We have an article coming in the August issue from an interview we are doing in July about ... “You can’t play because you are too good.” Suppose you are a young woman, who has worked hard on your game for many years. Participates in the leagues and honed your skills. You practice, do drills, watch videos and practice some more. You play pool in leagues a couple of nights a week. You find you have a knack for the game and you improve. You work your way through the ranks and have finally come to the Master level. You have won National tournaments in Vegas, and state and regional tournaments. You don’t always win, but you win a good percentage of the time. Now you go to register for a regional tournament, like you have year after year, and the tournament directors refuse to allow you to play. The reason ... “you are too good.” WHAT? How can that be? If you are at the Master level, the highest level in leagues, why can’t you play? You are not asking to play against lower level players but other Masters. Isn’t everyone on an even playing field? You are not a road player (few women are). You do not make your living playing pool but in another area related to pool. You play for the

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competition. You play for the feeling of accomplishment. You play because you love to. So why is that a reason to be banned? Who made this decision? How does it help the regional event, if I don’t play? The event is to promote and encourage league play. What the hell is wrong with this picture? Read next month in the August issue an interview with this woman and her views and the result of a petition that hundred of female pool players have signed in her defense.

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THIN TO WIN During the late 1990’s I spent a lot of time competing in tournaments at Shannon Daulton’s All-Star Billiards in Somerset, Kentucky. Shannon’s tournaments were always popular and he always had a way of drawing the most talented players in the area. In fact, I can recall one occasion where North Carolina native, Charlie “Hillbilly” Bryant visited his poolroom.

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.

At that time, Bryant was a strong road player displaying powerful offensive skills. One Saturday afternoon he entered Shannon’s monthly 9-Ball tournament. The fields were always tough, but I knew that Bryant would be a significant force in an already formidable field. During a normal tournament Shannon usually drew around 40 talented players.  However, Bryant was such a powerful breaker and skilled ball runner that local tournament legend Mike Blevins stated that he didn’t believe that Bryant would be beat. As the tournament progressed, Bryant ran rack after rack. The local competition seemed to be no match for him, but it wasn’t long until we were pitted against one another in the semi-finals of the event.   I knew that for me to win I was going to have to play my very best. We were racing to 6 games. The match seesawed back and forth with me leading the match by a score of 5-4. In game number 10, I broke the balls and ran down to the 7 and was left with a very thin cut shot, as pictured in the diagram below. As I lined up on the shot, I knew that speed would be a critical element in pocketing the ball. In fact, before the match I had learned a valuable lesson watching Shannon Daulton play Charlie Bryant some one-pocket. During their practice session, Charlie lost a game shooting the same shot that I was currently facing. After Charlie missed the ball, Shannon said, “You have got to hit that ball with some speed. You didn’t hit it with a full stroke. Your aim on that shot is only as good as the speed that you hit it with.” I knew that Shannon was referring to friction induced throw. If you strike a thin cut shot too soft friction will drag the object ball off

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the intended target line. Essentially, you can strike the object ball in the correct place and still miss the ball.

I remember pondering their conversation as I got down to shoot my shot. At that point, I got back up off the shot and reset myself. I knew that I needed to hit the shot with top left spin and a firm speed in order to give myself the best possible chance to win. Shooting the shot firm reduces friction induced throw giving you a much truer aim. After carefully contemplating what to do, I executed the shot perfectly, falling in line on the 8-ball to get to the 9. I then pocketed the remaining balls to win the match.

After the match was over, Charlie shook my hand and congratulated me on my victory saying, “Son, you are hitting the balls awfully good! I knew that 7 wouldn’t be easy, but you hit it perfectly. Speed was crucial on that shot. Hitting thin cut shots too soft can be a real aiming barrier. You deserved to win that game!” I told him that I was very fortunate to hear his conversation with Shannon before the match. He said, “Yes, it’s just like Shannon said, no matter what aiming system you use it’s completely worthless if the shot isn’t struck with the correct speed.” Always remember that speed control is critical. The best aiming system in the world doesn’t mean a thing if you strike the shot too soft. So the next time you have to go thin to win remember to strike the shot firm and you will increase your chances of pocketing the ball by a significant margin.

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Chop Stix WINS Twice 2014 8-Ball Chop Stix: Raul Salazar, Wray Smallwood, Kenn. Cobbler, Farisha Hiralal, team captain Robbie Hiralal, David Hopper and Michele Shugart Submitted by: Janis Sessions and Michele Shugart Photos by: Robbie Hirala Congratulations to team Chop Stix for winning both the 9 Ball and 8 Ball Broward County, FL APA – LTC tournaments.    It began with the 9 Ball tournament held on May 17th and 18th at Lucky 7 Billiards.   This is the first session for the Chop Stix 9-Ball team.  Team Captain, Robbie Hiralal put this team together starting with five team players from his 8-Ball team including himself, his wife Farisha Hiralal, David Hopper, Michele Shugart and Kenn Cobbler.  Also on the team are Wray Smallwood and Raul Sanchez .  The team played from the beginning of the tournament on Saturday morning and all the way until winning on Sunday evening.   The final game was played against Packys II, sudden death match between Michele Shugart –Chop Stix and (Matt Travis or Brenton Gaskill)-Packys II.  Chop Stix also played in and won the 8-Ball Broward County APA-LTC tournament, held on May 31st and June 1st at The Billiard Club in Davie.   Team captain, Robbie Hiralal took his team on to win again! The team includes Robbie Hiralal, Farisha Hiralal, David Hopper, Michele Shugart, Julian Lam, Joe Hornsby, Ken Seudat and Kenn Cobbler.   The final game was played against Playing with Fire 2 in a sudden death match between Robbie HiralalChop Stix and Lauren Tavano-Playing with Fire 2.     Chop Stix also tied for first place in both the 9-Ball and 8-Ball Spring Money Cup.

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Photo courtesy of Ricky Bryant June 27, 2014 (Englewood, CO): The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) wrapped up its 26th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships June 24-27, 2014. 79 billiard student-athletes represented 21 states at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky for this year’s event which took place in conjunction with the Billiard Congress of America 2014 Summit. The winners from each of the four age divisions received academic scholarships, engraved trophies, Poison player equipment packages, Falcon cue and case packages, Dr. Dave Billiard University packages, and more. Along with their victories, they also earned entries into the 2014 WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships in Shanghai, China November 15-19. History was made this year! For the first time of the BEF Junior Nationals, two brothers both won their respective age divisions with matching final scores of 9-6! St. Peters, Missouri’s 17-year-old Nick Evans and his 13-year-old brother Ricky Evans both went undefeated through their brackets to take home the gold. Older brother Nick finished in the top 12 of last year’s World Junior Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa and both will represent the U.S. this year. On the girls’ side, 17-year-old Taylor Reynolds of Winslow, Maine also went undefeated beating Rachel Lang from New York in the finals. Reynolds is no stranger to the finals arena with several runner-up trophies and a couple trips to the Junior Worlds. She was also the 2011 14 & Under Girls division champion. 14-year-old April Larson from Bloomington, Minnesota took home her third consecutive title as 14 & Under Girls division champion. Though she struggled in the end, she was still able to pull out a 9-6 victory against Michelle Jiang of Harvard, Mass who had her best showing yet at nationals. Larson will enter her first year in the 18 & Under Girls division next year. 18 & UNDER BOYS DIVISION 1st Nick Evans, 17 (St. Peters, MO) - Entry to Junior Worlds $1,000 Academic Scholarship 2nd Manny Perez, 16 (Kansas City, KS) 3rd Devon Poteet, 17 (Cape Girardeau, MO) 4th Ryan Ponton, 17 (Bradley, IL)

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18 & UNDER GIRLS DIVISION 1st Taylor Reynolds, 16 (Winslow, ME) - Entry to Junior Worlds $1,000 Academic Scholarship 2nd Rachel Lang, 16 (Catskill, NY) 3rd Sierra Reams, 15 (Richmond, VA) 4th Juli Poutry, 17 (Ayer, MA) 14 & UNDER BOYS DIVISION 1st Ricky Evans, 13 (St. Peters, MO) - Entry to Junior Worlds $500 Academic Scholarship 2nd Samuel Hoffman, 14 (Hillsborough, NJ) 3rd Nathan Childress, 11 (North Chesterfield, VA) 4th Koty Lovell, 13 (Fisk, MO) 14 & UNDER GIRLS DIVISION 1st April Larson, 13 (Bloomington, MN) - Entry to Junior Worlds $500 Academic Scholarship 2nd Michelle Jiang13, (Harvard, MA) 3rd Keila Perez, 13 (Waltham, MA) 4th Emily Herpel, 13 (Freehold, NY) Online brackets can be found at AzBilliards.com. 25 billiard student-athletes with GPAs of 3.5 or higher were recognized at the event’s banquet as this year’s BEF Academic All-Americans. Banquet guests were also treated with special guest speaker Jeanette Lee, “The Black Widow.” This year’s event polo shirts were also sponsored by Falcon Cues and Presidential Billiards. Goody bags were also presented to each participant which included items sponsored by Lava Chalk, Pool & Billiard magazine, PoolDawg.com, Meullers Recreational Products, Fury Cues, Aramith, Simonis, Tweeten Fibre, and the BEF. Great appreciation go to the event staff and volunteers who have made this a first class event year after year: longtime tournament director Earl Munson, tournament & event assistant Tammy Jo Leonard and her husband Mel, longtime National Head Referee Rick Doner, referees Justin Ballou and Seneca McIntosh, Linda McIntosh, and “Dr. Popper” Mark Dimick for conducting the Jr. Artistic Pool event, banquet emcees (& BEF board members) Shari Stauch & Tom Riccobene As always, the BEF recognizes its loyal media sponsors: AzBilliards.com, Billiards Digest, InsidePool, Pool&Billiard, Professor Q-Ball, NYCGrind.com, Cue Times Billiard News, and On The Break News. Special thanks also go to Rob Johnson, Shane Tyree, Brian Glasglow, and all the staff involved with organizing this year’s Summit. Any young players interested in participating in next year’s BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships or State Championships should visit the BEF website at BilliardEducation.org or call the office at (303) 926-1039.

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Stays Strong on Joss Tour Mike Dechaine kept his recent streak of hot play going strong with his third straight win on the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour on May 31st and June 1st. Dechaine emerged from a field of 49 players at Snookers in Providence, RI to take the hot-seat with a hard fought 9-8 win over Jayson Shaw. On the one loss side, Shaw then dropped a 9-7 decision to Nelson Oliviera. That match was a bit of revenge for Oliviera, as it was Shaw who had sent him to the one loss side on Saturday by the same 9-7 scoreline. The finals between Dechaine and Oliviera would go two sets, with Oliviera winning set one 9-7 and then Dechaine taking the second set by the score of 9-1. The second chance tournament saw fifteen players come back on Sunday to play, but this event was all about Mark Creamer. Creamer went undefeated and ended the tournament with a combined game score of 15-1, having only lost one game to Ranulf Tamba in the second round. Creamer defeated Luis Aybar3-0 for the hot-seat and again 3-0 in the finals. The Turning Stone Classic XXII is now full, and Mike Zuglan has a waiting list for players who are still interested in playing. Interested players should contact Mike at 518-356-7163 to be added to the list

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sent to the loss side by Justin Gilsinan 7-5 in a winners’ side quarterfinal matchup. Gilsinan moved on to face Jim Sandaler, while Jose Del Rio and Angel Rivera met in the other winners’ side semifinal. Sandaler sent Gilsinan to an eventual quarterfinal rematch against Daly with a 7-5 win, and in the hot seat match, faced Del Rio, who’d sent Rivera to the losers’ bracket 7-3. Sandaler won his final game, defeating Del Jim Sandaler, Tony Crosby, Chris Daly Rio 7-3 and waited in the hot seat for Daly. On the loss side, Daly would play 25 games over five matches, and lose only five of those games. He gave up three in his opening loss-side match against Rick Hefelfinger, and none at all to Bob Gonnelly, which set him up to face Rivera. Gilsinan, in the 1 DALY Chris 750 meantime, met up with Derek Santos, who’d survived 2 SANDALER Jim 450 a double hill match versus Mike Delawder and 3 DELRIO Jose 350 eliminated Mark Whatan 5-2. 4 GILSINAN Juston 250 Daly did his part to earn a rematch against 5 SANTOS Derek 160 Gilsinan by chalking up a second straight shutout, 5 RIVERA Angel 160 this one over Rivera. Gilsinan played his part, as well, 7 GONNELLY Bob 120 downing Santos 5-1. Daly gave up only two games 7 WATHEN Mark 120 one to Gilsinan in the quarterfinal rematch and one 9 DELAWDER Michael 75 to Del Rio in the semifinals - to earn a shot against 9 MISTELSKE Derek 75 Sandaler in the hot seat. 9 HELFINGER Rick 75 Daly took the opening set 7-4, forcing the 9 SOUDERS John 75 single, ‘sudden death’ game to determine the event 13 GRIDER Danny 50 victory. Daly won that last game to claim the event 13 ROSE Mason 50 title. 13 PLUMBER Daniel 50 Tour Director Tony Crosby thanked the 13 MURRAY Richard 50 ownership and staff at Stroker’s for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Poison Cues, Stroke-It Wear, Aramis, Diamond Billiard Products, and Simonis Cloth.

Donnie Mills and Tommy Kennedy renewed their long-standing rivalry during the Open event of the June 8-9 stop on the Poison Tour down in Florida. They met in the hot seat match, won by Mills, who went on to defeatJustin Hall in the finals, completing an undefeated run through a field of 45 entrants. The $1,000-added Open event was hosted by Stroker’s in Palm Harbor, FL. Chris Daly, in the $1,000-added Amateur event that drew 69 entrants, took the other route to the winners’ circle. He won five on the loss side, took the opening set of a modified double elimination final, and won the single, ‘sudden death’ game to claim the top prize. Mills and Kennedy won 14 of the 17 games played in the two winners’ side semifinals in the Open event. Kennedy gave up only a single rack to James Roberts, while Mills allowed Travis Croft to move two beads on the wire. Mills, who has the overall better record in his rivalry with Kennedy, chalked up another against him 7-5, and sat in the hot seat, awaiting what turned out to be the return of Justin Hall. Roberts and Frost moved to the loss side and faced Hall and Mike Delawder, who had both just survived double hill matches; Hall, 5-4 over Rich Schau, and Delawder, 5-4 against Chris Daly (who had already won the Amateur event). Hall and Delawder capitalized on their close calls by giving up one rack each to Roberts and Craft, and turning to face each other in the quarterfinals. Hall gave up only two to Delawder in those quarterfinals and turned to face Kennedy, with a 20-8 record over his last four games. He made it 25-9 in five games with a 5-1 victory over Kennedy and got a shot at Mills in the hot seat. Mills, though, stopped Hall’s loss-side run with a 7-4 win to claim the event title. In the Amateur event, Chris Daly chalked up an equally impressive loss-side run, and finished it off with an overall 8-3 win in the two-set final, including the ‘sudden death’ single game at the end. He’d been

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Michael Farley wins his first Tri-State at the Gotham City Billiards’ Big Event.

Left: Owner Operator Isabel Buckley; 3rd place Sam Hoffman; 1st Place Michael Farley; 2nd place Ed Sumner, Right most Owner Operator Kevin Buckley.

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His tournament trail included wins over Alberto Sanchez 7 - 5; Erick Carrasco 7 5; Ed Lalmiu 6 - 4; Sam Hoffman 6- 3; and Vagif Alekberov 6 - 4; before suffering a loss from Ed Sumner 7 - 2 for the Hot Seat. While Ed was in the Hot Seat after soundly defeating 6 opponents; 14 year old, Sam Hoffman was working his way back to Mike Farley to turn the tables on him for his earlier run in with Mike; but fell short 7 - 5. During the true double elimination Finals, Ed an Mike traded back and fourth, tied at 4 apiece; however, chance favored Mike and he won the set 7 -4. During the 2nd set, Mike took off to an early lead, Ed made a bid for the win, but start his comeback too late. Mike won the set 7 - 3 and claimed the brass ring. Special recognition goes to young Sam Hoffman for his imressive 7/2 win loss record. On Sunday, Gotham held a 2nd chance event with $500 added, Dave Slemperis place 1st with a $440 prize. The next Tri-State is on June 7, 2014 at Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway, 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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Skip Maloney - AzBilliards.com Tony Crosby went undefeated during the $1,000-added Open portion of the June 21-22 stop on his own Poison Tour. The event drew 32 entrants to Capone’s in Spring Hill, FL. Pierre Palmieri went undefeated in a concurrently-run, $1,000-added Amateur event, which drew 64 entrants, and featured a number of players who participated in the Open. Crosby, in fact, faced the Amateur winner, Palmieri in a winners’ side semifinal in the Open event. Palmieri reached the hill in that match without Crosby having chalked up a single rack. Crosby came back to win six straight and advance to the hot seat match against Albert Baker, who’d defeated Mike Delawder 6-1 (Delawder would finish third in both events). Crosby went on to defeat Baker 6-3 to gain the Open hot seat. On the loss side in the Open, Delawder met up with Ray Linares, who’d gotten by Mike Lear and Justin Gilsinan, both 5-1. Palmieri drew Donnie Mills, who’d defeated George Saunders 5-4 and Chris Gentile5-1 (Gentile, who was runner-up in the Amateur event, had sent Mills to the loss side in the opening round of play). Delawder defeated Linares 5-1 and in the quarterfinals, met up with Mills, who’d eliminated the winner of the Amateur event, Palmieri 5-3. Delawder survived a double hill fight over Mills in the quarterfinals, but fell to Baker 5-3 in the semifinals. Crosby completed his undefeated run in the Open event with a 7-5 win over Baker to capture the event title. In the Amateur event, it was Palmieri and Delawder who battled for the hot seat. Palmieri had sent Jason Richko west 6-4, as Delawder was busy sending Jose Del Rio over 6-5. Palmieri got into the hot seat 6-2 over Delawder and waited on what turned out to be the return of Chris Gentile. On the loss side, Richko ran into Stephen Richmond, who’d survived a double hill battle versus Justin Gilsinan, and eliminated Ray Linares 5-1. It was Del Rio who had the misfortune of running into Gentile, who’d been sent to the losers’ bracket by Linares, and had already chalked up six wins on the loss side, including, most recently, Mark Wathen 6-4, and Albert Baker (runner-up in the Open) 5-3. Gentile got by Del Rio 5-4 and in the quarterfinal match, faced Richko, who’d defeated Rchmond 5-2. Gentile then gave Delawder his second, third place finish of the weekend, with a 5-2 win in the semifinals. Palmieri, though, hung on to win the final match 6-5 over Gentile.

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Back in January, when the Tiger Florida Tour was the Flamingo Tour, Dana Aft, from Atlanta, GA, made a trip south to compete in that tour’s debut event. She went undefeated through a field of 39, and later, on her Facebook fan page, made a casual comment about the girls from Florida getting together sometime with the girls from Atlanta. “I was really impressed with the level of play of all the Florida girls!!,” is what Aft actually wrote. “I think they should take a road trip and meet the rest of the Atlanta girls sometime.” Betty (Sessions) Lea, from Atlanta, a long-time tour director read the comment and got the ball rolling, eventually communicating with Mike Zingale of Zingale’s Billiards in Tallahassee to create the Zingale’s Amateur Ladies Tournament, held on the weekend of June 21-22. Tom Gedris of Triple Cross Cues contributed a cue to the event, while Mike Zingale added a Predator Cue, and cookies from his mother, Linda. The $1,000-added (plus two cues and cookies) event drew 18 women from a variety of locations to Zingale’s and was won by Ohio’s Liz Lovely, who got by Atlanta’s Dana Aft twice to claim the title. Betty Lea ended up winning the event’s $250-added Second Chance Tournament, which drew 9 entrants. In the main event, the two former junior champions, Lovely and Aft, advanced to the hot seat match, once Lovely had downed Autumn Duncan 9-5 and Aft had survived a double hill fight versus Nicole Keeney. Lovely took the first of two against Aft and waited in the hot seat. Keeney and Duncan moved to the loss side, where they were met by Jeannie Seaver (one of the co-tour directors/creators of the event) and Roe Guarnero. Seaver had defeated Cheryl Pritchard 7-1 and Samantha Kikuchi, double hill. Guarnero had eliminated Betty Lea 7-5 and Jeannie Seaver’s sister, Vanessa, double hill. Keeney and Duncan got right back to work; Keeney defeating Jeannie Seaver 7-4 and Duncan downing Guarnero 7-5. Keeney took the quarterfinal match versus Duncan 7-2, to earn a re-match versus Aft in the semifinals. Aft, though, earned her second shot against Lovely with a 7-5 win in those semifinals. Lovely earned her $715, first-place prize, and a Predator Cue with a 9-6 win over Aft in the finals. Lea, in the second chance event, took home the $170 first-place prize and the Triple Cross Cue. In addition to $120 for her second-place finish in the Second Chance event, Samantha Kikuchi picked up a $50 gift certificate for Pool Dawg.

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Palmieri Victorious Skip Maloney AzBilliards.com

In the Amateur event, it was Palmieri and Delawder who battled for the hot seat. Palmieri had sent Jason Richko west 6-4, as Delawder was busy sending Jose Del Rio over 6-5. Palmieri got into the hot seat 6-2 over Delawder and waited on what turned out to be the return of Chris Gentile.

and featured a number of players who participated in the Open.

Crosby, in fact, faced the Amateur winner, Palmieri in a winners’ side semifinal in the Open event. Palmieri reached the hill in that match without Crosby having chalked up a single rack. Crosby came back to win six straight and advance PIERRE PALMIERI, TONY CROSBY AND CHRIS GENTILE On the loss side, to the hot seat match Richko ran into against Albert Baker, Stephen Richmond, who’d survived a double hill battle versus Justin who’d defeated Mike Delawder 6-1 (Delawder would finish third in both Gilsinan, and eliminated Ray Linares 5-1. It was Del Rio who had the events). Crosby went on to defeat Baker 6-3 to gain the Open hot seat. misfortune of running into Gentile, who’d been sent to the losers’ bracket by Linares, and had already chalked up six wins on the loss side, including, most On the loss side in the Open, Delawder met up with Ray Linares, who’d recently, Mark Wathen 6-4, and Albert Baker (runner-up in the Open) 5-3. gotten by Mike Lear and Justin Gilsinan, both 5-1. Palmieri drew Donnie Mills, who’d defeated George Saunders 5-4 and Chris Gentile 5-1 (Gentile, Gentile got by Del Rio 5-4 and in the quarterfinal match, faced Richko, who was runner-up in the Amateur event, had sent Mills to the loss side who’d defeated Rchmond 5-2. Gentile then gave Delawder his second, in the opening round of play). Delawder defeated Linares 5-1 and in the third place finish of the weekend, with a 5-2 win in the semifinals. Palmieri, quarterfinals, met up with Mills, who’d eliminated the winner of the Amateur though, hung on to win the final match 6-5 over Gentile. event, Palmieri 5-3. Tony Crosby went undefeated during the $1,000-added Open portion of the June 21-22 stop on his own Poison Tour. The event drew 32 entrants to Capone’s in Spring Hill, FL. Pierre Palmieri went undefeated in a concurrently-run, $1,000-added Amateur event, which drew 64 entrants,

Delawder survived a double hill fight over Mills in the quarterfinals, but fell to Baker 5-3 in the semifinals. Crosby completed his undefeated run in the Open event with a 7-5 win over Baker to capture the event title.

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Lidio Ramierez undefeated victory at Steinway Billiards

ASTORIA, NY Lidio “Rasta”s tournament trail included wins over Koka Davladze 7 - 6; Steve Astashian 7 - 3; Jorge Vivianco 7 - 6; George Poltorak 7 - 3; Jamiyl Adams 7 - 4 and Kevin Chong 9 - 7 for the Hot Seat. In the meantime, Steve Asathian was busy making a comeback on the loss side. After winning 8 matches, Steve faced Kevin Chong; but all the battles and tne late hour broke Steve down, while Kevin breezed through 9 - 6. Due to the late hour, both players were exhausted and agreed to call it a night with Lidio taking a well deserved first place. July 5th & 6th are the Tri-State Tour’s Invitational for the top 16 players of the year in each class. The event is to be held at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ. The new season begins in July. Check on the tour’s website, TheTriStateTour.com for scheduling details. 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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Left: 3rd Steve Astashian, 2nd Kevin Chong; rightmost 1st place Lidio Ramierez

results

1st Lidio Ramierez 2nd Kevin Chong 3rd Steve Astashian 4th Jose-Gabriel Palacios 5th - 6th Jamiyl Adams, Sam Hoffman 7th - 8th Yomaylin Feliz, Michael Xie 9th - 12th Ed Medina, George Poltorak, Bryon Singh, Bob Toomey 13th - 16th Max Wantanabe, Emmanuel Torres, Andrew Cleary, Jorge Vivianco

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Lindenwood University Students

Victorious at 74th ACUI Collegiate Nationals Men’s

Briana Miller, Lindenwood University By Betsy Sundholm, ACUI 9-ball Director Photos by Ben Litvak The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) held its 74th collegiate national billiards championships at Virginia Tech on May 30-31, 2014. Past ACUI winners include touring professionals Nick Varner, Max Eberle, Adam Smith, and Eleanor Callado. Students qualified for the 2014 Championships by placing in the top 25% of a number of qualifying tournaments across the U.S. between October and April. ACUI invited 79 men and 25 women; 51 men and 16 women registered and played at Virginia Tech. ACUI wishes to thank the staff of Virginia Tech for their outstanding support for this year’s event. The organization is currently seeking hosts for sectional and independent qualifying tournaments in the 2014-2015 season, as well as a national host for next summer’s 2015 Table Tennis and 9-ball Championships. For more information, please visit www.acui.org/billiards.

1st Landon Shuffett, Lindenwood University 2nd David Anderson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte rd 3 Sharik Sayed, Lindenwood University th 4 Neight Mindham, University of Wisconsin 5th-6th Lee Nathanson, University of Maryland, College Park Awais Hussain, Harvard University th th 7 -8 Sean Sommers, Lindenwood University Logan Brummitt, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 9th-12th Carter Herrmann, California State University, Sacramento Bryson Bonham, Virginia Tech Jaydan Hergott, Lindenwood University Will Hill, East Texas Baptist University

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Briana Miller, Lindenwood University Annie Nord, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Jackie Sanchez, Florida State University Giovanni Aviles, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Setting the record straight

on Aramith® phenolic billiard (and pool and snooker and pyramid and carom) balls.

Aramith® brand phenolic billiard balls. An industry standard for decades and the best-in-class product for all cue-sprort games worldwide. Did you ever wonder about the pool balls on your table? Aramith has been producing phenolic balls for pool for over fifty years. Currently, Aramith billiard balls account for 80% of the global market for billiard balls. Recently, some other phenolic balls have entered the U.S. market and some misleading rumors have been circulated in the industry. Here are some facts that you will find interesting.

Aramith®. The True Belgian Billiard Balls 1) Resin content As you know, “competitors” claim their resin is made of 85% phenolic, so they admit it’s a blend. Because of this, it is understandable that the behavior and playability of these new balls is somewhat strange and unpredictable. Bad playability of the cue ball seems unanimous, skids are constantly reported, but sometimes it is also reported that the cue ball “grabs”. The Aramith® balls (not just the Super Aramith Pro, but also the Premium and Premier sets) are made of over 98 % of pure genuine phenolic resin, the balance being the color (dyes or pigments) and additives. 2) Weight tolerance “Competitors” also claim that their specification is 169.5 +/- 0.5 grams. We have several sets at the factory in Belgium and not one set meet these specifications. Not only they just don’t weigh 169.5 grams in average (the mean is actually around 168.5 or 169g), but the variation is far bigger than 1 gram, in some cases bigger than 2g within one set, and we have another set that has over 2.5g within the set and we do not think that we have received the worst sets for testing.

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Aramith® has never claimed false specs. We are well within official specifications for all sets, and regarding the Super Aramith® Pro, the Centennial® and the Tournament sets, we sort all balls within each set to have less than +/1.5 g total tolerance. 3) Quality Because the “competitors” admit that their resin is a blend, their “phenolic” statement can be misleading. Even within pure phenolic resins there are different grades and qualities. We have discovered that there are bubbles in the “competitors” balls as it is shown in the attached picture. We will now talk about Aramith®resin to differentiate from the other so-called “phenolic”. The intrinsic quality of the “competitors” set is near the Aramith®Premier set when there are no bubbles. However, they imitate the look of the superior quality Super Aramith®Pro in order to try to increase their perceived value which just confuses the customer. Because they have imitated the look of the Super Aramith®Pro balls, they sell their balls at a price over 80% more expensive than the Aramith®Premier set, which is actually the equivalent quality. It’s just like selling a car that looks like the high-end Mercedes or Cadillac, and asking for a price slightly lower than the genuine article. You are better off buying the superior Aramith® PREMIUM set for 40% less than the “competitors” set, and you’ll have a better set of balls.

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4) Duramith™ The Duramith™ technology has been developed by Aramith® many years of R&D, in order to optimize and enhance the Aramith® resin quality, and more specifically its molecular crosslinking, leading to an extended life time. It is presently used only with the Tournament™ pool set (and the purple logo Magnetic cue ball). We guaranty that nobody else has this technology. 5) Environment Quality also means respecting the environment. Throughout our process we use complex equipment to comply with and even exceed European environmental standards and laws which are the world’s most demanding. Our facility is regularly monitored with audits performed by regulatory authorities. Aramith®... THAT’S HOW I ROLL

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Bison Billiards in the news Nick Nikolaidis performs

Jr. Nationals

Jake Miosi playing in the Jr. Nationals at Louisville Kentuucky. We’re all real proud of you Jake. WILLIAMSVILLE, NY Customer Appreciation Night Monday June 23rd What a great night at Bison Billiards. We had the pleasure of having Nick Nikolaidis perform some of his award-winning trick shots. This was a no charge event for all APA players. Thanks to all the APA players and to Nick Nikolaidis for making this a memorable night.

Congratulations to Michelle’s Team!!! Michelle’s Team battled down to the very last ball in the Semi-Finals to squeak out a win against Hit-n-Hope. In the other semi-finals Stampede and Go Cry to Your Momma played a great match with Go Cry to Your Momma ending victorious... The Finals match was another great battle but there had to be a winner and Michelle’s Team played a great match at the end to carry the team to LAS VEGAS Thanks you to all the teams and players this year.

Corner Pocket 9-Ball WHEELING, WV Corner Pocket Billiards N Cafe held the $1000 added open 9-ball on June 14th. An expected overly full field ended up with 39 strong players with over $4500 in prize funds. The next event is July 19th with $1000 added and capped at 48 players. 1) Rob Krull $1950 2) Tom Purich $1280 3) Chris Mitchell $630 4) Nathan Thomas $350 5) Bobby Hibbitts $160 6) Don Blevons Sr $160 7) Curtis Walker $50 8) Nate Kerr $50 Alisha Hoff top woman

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Ron Kingsley Frank Rodriguez Derek Williams

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Texas Bumps (texasbumps.com) game set. On top of being a very fun game, it’s a great way to teach players to shoot with precise touch. Another Joe Tucker innovation. Box of business cards Box of paper reinforcements. These are those rings you put on a hole-punched paper to keep it from ripping. They are absolutely perfect for marking ball position on the table. They don’t interfere with your shot, are easy to remove, and allow you to place the ball in the same spot numerous times for practice.

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Results from our monthly 8 ball bar box tournament 6-7-14

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Nathan Diederich FULL NAME: Nathan Diederich

JUNIOR PLAYER PROFILE

NICKNAME: The Terminator HOME TOWN: Victorville, CA BIRTH DATE: 11/29/1998 GRADE: 10th GPA: 3.4 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Chemistry POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Gary’s Victor Billiards-Victorville, CA Mickey’s Cues and Brews-Las Vegas, NV Cue Club-Las Vegas, NV WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? McDermott w/ Predator Shaft McDermott Stinger Jump/Break McDermott w/ OB Shaft (Masse) AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 11 years old LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: 4th-Junior Nationals 2013 1st-Colorado State 9-Ball Championships 2nd-California State 9-Ball MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Taking 1st at the Colorado State 9-Ball Championships. FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Mumford and Sons HOBBIES: Baseball, Umpiring, Collecting Baseball Cards FAVORITE POOL GAME: 9- ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Shane Van Boening FAVORITE FOOD: Lobster REAL-WORLD HERO: My Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Planning and executing a week-long recycling program that raised $750 for our schools technology department when I was in the 4th grade GOALS (personal and/or career): After I graduate high school I would like to go to Harvard and study law. I do plan on becoming a professional pool player but if that doesn’t become reality then I want to become some sort of criminal defense lawyer

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Press Release Tiger Florida Tour debuts June 14 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (June 7, 2014) – On June 14, 2014, the new Tiger Florida Tour debuts in Florida, capitalizing on the successful five-year run of the Flamingo Billiards Tour. The FBT was started as a WPBA-recognized Regional Tour and is a stepping stone to the Women’s Professional Billiards Association. The Flamingo Billiards Tour also holds tournaments that are open to both men and women, as well as juniors events. “We are sad to say good-bye to our beloved Flamingo. However, we believe that our new name and title sponsor will take the awareness of our tour and all of our sponsors to the next level,” said Tour Director Mimi McAndrews. “The Regional Tour will continue without interruption. We look forward to having more open tournaments as well.” Since 1997, Tiger Products has quickly become one of the top cue makers in the industry, with its Ultra-X high performance, Ultra-X LD and Pro-X low deflection shafts. Tiger also offers a variety of leather wraps and the very original STACK® Leather Wrap, as well as other popular billiards accessories. “Teaming with the Flamingo Billiards Tour is a great partnership for us and a natural extension of our marketing efforts. We have a history of supporting successful billiards tours around the country. The decision to be the title sponsor for the Flamingo Billiards Tour was a no-brainer. Tiger is excited to have a greater presence in Florida,” says Tony Kalamdaryan, CEO of Tiger Products, Inc. Tour Stop #4 is scheduled for June 14, 2014 at Brown’s Billiards in Holly Hill, Florida. The Flamingo Billiards Tour thanks all of the sponsors who have supported the Tour this year: Ozone Billiards, Simonis Cloth Satellite Tour, Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards, and Martz Cues.

New OB Plus Shafts

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new era for our company and a new era for performance pool cue shafts. Since 2005, the design and performance of the OB Shafts have remained mostly unchanged....until now. Introducing OB Plus Shafts: The original laminated SR6 construction that we have used for the last 9 years has now been changed to a solid maple SR6+ construction. All new OB Plus Shafts will come with a lifetime warranty against warpage! The tip end mass in the new shafts has been reduced by an average of 13%. Less tip end mass is the primary key to less cueball deflection. You reduce the tip end mass and you reduce cueball deflection. The carbon fiber pad and ferrule have been redesigned for improved strength and performance. The pad on the Classic+ and Pro+ shafts is now recessed into the top of the ferrule. The ferrule material on the Classic+ and Pro+ shafts is now linen melamine which is even stronger than before. The maple that we are using on all of the new shafts is a higher grade that looks better and feels smoother. In summary, our new shafts are built stronger, have a lifetime warpage warranty, play better, look better, feel better and are still 100% made in the USA! The new OB Plus shafts are replacing our current OB shafts and are available to order now and will start shipping next week on June 27th. You can order online directly from OB or you can contact your nearest dealer for availability and pricing. OB is headquartered in Plano, Texas and is a leading manufacturer of high performance pool cues and pool cue shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please visit www.obcues.com

ESPN Trick Shot Magic

Gregg Hovey , producer of the ESPN Trick Shot Magic tournament, has approved a qualifier for one spot in this year’s event. Three players will be invited and one will qualify through a tournament. The qualifier will be held in conjunction with an APA League event, to be run by Brian Boyle (Central Jersey APA). The qualifier is open to anyone except for the three players already invited to the main ESPN event. This is the first time that a spot in the ESPN events is being given to a qualifier. Gregg has asked me to pass along his excitement and he hopes that we get a lot of players competing for a spot in this prestigious event. I will be taking some video, which will be passed along to the production team for possible inclusion in the final broadcast (not guaranteed). The dates of the qualifier will be August 2-3 in Flemington, NJ (Breakaway Billiards). Full details and rules can be found on the following website: http://www.trickshotmagicinternational.com I will be there to run the qualifier. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks, Andy Segal http://www.andysegal.com http://amazon.com/author/andysegal

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WEEKLY TOURNAMENTS

If you have any changes to your weekly pool tournaments EMAIL: us at Pool@OnTheBreakNews.com DATE CITY Mondays Astoria, NY Somerville, MA Brookhaven, MS Warren, MI Warren, MI Dayton, OH Hilliard, OH Akron, OH Tuesdays Edison, NJ Fairfield, OH Bowling Green, KY Columbus, OH Wednesdays Tallahassee, FL Astoria, NY Monroe, MI Livonia, MI Livonia, MI Dayton, OH Columbus, OH Thursdays Edison, NJ Williamsville, NY Mooresville, NC Levittown, NY Bowling Green, KY Lansing, MI Warren, MI Vernon, IN Columbus, OH Columbus, OH Columbus, OH Springboro, OH Fridays Greensboro, NC Syracuse, NY Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Adrian, MI Columbus, OH Wheeling, WV Saturdays Hollywood, FL Greensboro, NC Mooresville, NC Port Clinton, OH Leitchfield, KY Holland, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Battle Creek, MI Battle Creek, MI Columbus, OH Reynoldburg, OH Wheeling, WV Sundays Edison, NJ Edison, NJ Mooresville, NC Jackson, MS Jackson, MS Orlando, FL Syracuse, NY Portage, MI Livonia, MI Vernon, IN Columbus, OH Dayton, OH Columbus, OH Fairfield, OH Mansfield, OH Springboro, OH

LOCATION Steinway Billiards Good Time Emporium Brookhaven Billiards Ultimate Sports Bar Hall of Fame Airway Bankshots Crown Billiards Sandcastle Billiards Michael’s Cue Time Sportsmen’s Zingales Steinway Billiards Cones & Cues Snookers The Rack Airway Player’s Sandcastle Billiards Bison Billiards 150 n Out Billiards Leisure Time Billiards & Cafe Cue Time Coaches Ultimate Sports Bar Phat Guy Birds 8 Ball Sports Bar Player’s Sportsmen’s Whiskey Barrel Gate City Billiards Club Premium Billiards The Break Room The Break Room Good Times 8 Ball Sports Bar Corner Pocket Billiards Lucky 7 Billiards Gate City Billiards Club 150 n Out Billiards Rack Attack Billiard Cafe Scooters on Main St Guppies The Break Room The Break Room Brickyard Brickyard 8 Ball Sports Bar Scotty’s Corner Pocket Billiards Sandcastle Billiards Sandcastle Billiards 150 n Out Billiards Rack Rack Clicks Billiards Premium Billiards Play Time Snookers Phat Guy Birds 8 Ball Sports Bar Airway Cushions Michael’s Sundown Whiskey Barrel

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED 9-Ball - Handicapped $25 8 Ball $15 8 Ball $5 9 Ball $20 $100 w/32 Open 9 Ball $10/$20 Call Open 9 Ball $5 Call 9 Ball $10 Call Open 9 Ball $8 Call Open 9-Ball $30 Calcutta One Pocket Hdcp 9’ Diamonds $15 $100 w/13+ 8 Ball $5 Call Open 9 Ball-Ladies play free $10 Call 9-Ball Handicap $10 Open 9 Ball Am/Pro $20/$40 8 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball $13 Call 8 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball $8 200% payout 9-Ball - Handicapped Call 9-Ball Handicap-SE $15 (incl g.f.) Call 9-Ball Handicap-Round Robin $15 $$$ 9-Ball $Call 9 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $5 Call 9 Ball $20 $100 w/32 Open 9 Ball $5 Call Open 9 Ball $10 Call 8 Ball $7 100% payout 3 Cushion $15 Call 9 Ball $15 $200 Scotch Doubles 8 Ball/9 Ball Call Open Bar Box 8 Ball-SE $20 9 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball - Race to 1 $10 Call 8 Ball $8 Call Pool Tournament $12 Calcutta 8-Ball-Race to 2-DE $5 Match w/20+ 8 Ball/9 Ball (1st Sat) Round robin Call 8-Ball Race to 2-DE $5 $$$ 9 Ball $10 8 Ball 8 Ball $15 9 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $5 Call 8 Ball $20 Call 9 Ball $20 Call 8 Ball $8 5 Chip Elim. 8 Ball Call 200% payout Pool Tournament $12 Call 9-Ball - Ladies (1st Sun) Call 10-Ball (3rd Sun) Call 10-Ball Handicap-Race to 5 $15 $$$ 9 Ball $10 9 Ball $10 Mixed 8 Ball & 9 Ball $7 9 Ball - 10-Ball Break Pot $20 9 Ball $15 Call 8 Ball - bank the 8 $10 Call 8 Ball Call Call 8 Ball $5 $$$ Alt 8 & 9 Ball Call Call 9 Ball $10 Call Alternating 8/9 Ball $10 $100 w/23+ 8 Ball $7 1/3 pot 8 Ball $10 $3/player

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Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice

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CITY Williamsville, NY Greensboro, NC E Rutherford, NJ Jackson, MS Jackson, MS New York City, NY Frazer, PA Edison, NJ Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Wheeling, WV Parkersburg, WV Hineville, GA Greenville, SC Sterling, VA Phoenixville, PA Williamsville, NY Astoria, NY Cambridge, MD Midlothian, VA Kokomo, IN Portland, ME Williamsville, NY Tallahassee, FL S Haven, MS S Haven, MS Bayside, NY Midlothian, VA Greensboro, NC Astoria, NY Lindenhurst, NY Astoria, NY Wheeling, WV

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar 9-Ball $30/$40/$50 Call Invitational Event Call Call 9-Ball-Limit 32 $25 100% payout 9-Ball-Limit 128 $40 $1,000 Open/Pro - ABCD $50 to $100 $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 9-Ball Open-Limit 48 $40 $1,000 8-Ball $35 incl g.f. $100 every 20 8-Ball $25 $600 9-Ball $60+$10 g.f. $1,000 JPNEWT $55 $1,000 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 VA State 9-Ball $75-Limit 64 Call 9-Ball $70 $1,000 8-Ball $120 Call 8-Ball Bar Box $35 (incl g.f.) $250 Guar Southeastern 9-Ball Open $65 $3,000 w/75 9-Ball Call Call Open 10-Ball $55 $1,500 Open/Pro - ABCD $50 to $100 $1,000 14.1 $300M/$225W est purse $25,000 Women 9-Ball $35 $500 Open/Pro - ABCD $50 to $100 $1,000 Open/Pro - ABCD $50 to $100 $1,000 Open/Pro - ABCD $50 to $100 $1,000 U. S. Open Qualifier $110 Call

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