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Action Pool Tour Wilkie Downs Shuff Shaun Wilkie and Brandon Shuff were back at it on the weekend of May 14-15, battling for ranking supremacy on the Action Pool Tour. They, along with Eric Moore (the tour’s top three-ranked players), had missed the tour’s fourth stop in April, but all were on hand for this latest stop and all finishing among the top four. Wilkie went undefeated, downing Shuff twice - in the hot seat and finals - to claim the title. Reymart Lim kept Eric Moore from a third place finish. The event drew 43 entrants to Q Master Billiards in Virginia Beach, VA. In the early rounds (first through third), Wilkie was sending opponents to the loss side by an average score of 7-1 (7-0, 7-1, 7-2). In a winners’ side quarterfinal, Reymart Lim chalked up four against him, but Wilkie advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Eric Moore. Shuff, in the meantime, had two relatively easy opening rounds (7-0, 7-1), but ran into a Battling Benji (no last name indicated), who forced a case game, won by Shuff, who advanced to a winners’ side semifinal against Greg Sabins. Shuff sent Sabins to the loss side 7-3, as Wilkie was downing Moore 7-2. In the hot seat match that followed, Shuff, like Lim before him, managed four racks against Wilkie, but moved to the semifinals. On the loss side, Sabins picked up Lim, who’d gotten by Chris Futrell 6-3 and survived a double hill battle versus RJ Carmona. Moore drew Dave Hunt, who’d eliminated Doug Hornsby, hill-hill and defeated Kenny Miller 6-3. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th/6th 7th/8th 9th-12th

Moore and Lim advanced to the quarterfinals, both 6-2, over Hunt and Sabins, respectively. Lim edged Moore out of advancement with a double hill win in those quarterfinals, before himself being eliminated 6-4 by Shuff. In something of a Virginia-centric Clash of Titans, Wilkie and Shuff went at it again with Wilkie completing his undefeated run with a 9-6 victory over Shuff.

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As if there was any doubt, Karen Corr almost effortlessly made a beeline to the hot seat, defeating opponents Carol Clark (7-1), Colleen Shoop (7-4), Linda Shea (7-3), Jia Li (7-2), and Nicole Fleming (7-0). Fleming, who took second place, had an exceptional performance throughout the tournament and achieved what could quite possibly be a personal best for her since joining the tour. She first won a match that went hill-hill against Terri Stovall followed by a victory over Erica Testa (7-3). However, she was sent to the secondary bracket in the following match where Jia Li (who had just defeated Melissa Jenkins [7-1] and Meredith Lynch [7-6]) took the win with a score of 7-4. This led to Li and Corr battling for the hot seat, yielding a score of 7-2 in Corr’s favor. On the one-loss side, Joy McFeaters-Haas holds her own, taking victories over Belinda George and Nicole King, before gracefully bowing out due to a loss to Erica Testa. Meanwhile, Kathy Friend who was sent to the secondary bracket by Erica Testa, takes a victory over Kathleen Lawless (7-2), and moves on to play Kia Sidbury in a match that went double hill and ended in Friend’s favor. Sharon O’Hanlon defeats contenders Nicole Nester (7-2) and Melissa Jenkins (7-3) before her unfortunate draw of Colleen Shoop. Shoop, who was sent to the one-loss side by Karen Corr (7-4), landed in a match with Kathy Friend, who denied her access to continue on to the next round. Friend attempts to claim her fifth match win in

l-r: Nicole Fleming; Markley’s owner, Russ Urffer; Karen in a row when she draws Nicole Fleming, but Fleming opposed all forces and took the win (7-3), officially making her the NAPT qualifier. Fleming continues on, only to take out her next opponent, tournament director and former touring professional, Linda Shea (7-3). As a result, Fleming is presented with the opportunity for redemption when matched up with Jia Li once more, and takes advantage of it by winning the match (7-4). The official final showdown took place between Karen Corr and Nicole Fleming, rendering Karen a winning score of 7-0. Though Fleming offered excellent efforts to claim the victory, the Irish Invader was bulletproof and maintained exemplary focus in order to claim the title. The Tour wishes to thank Russ Urffer, room owner of Markley Billiards, for his and his staff’s hospitality and hosting this wonderful event. Also, greatly appreciated is

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Let’s take a close look at how we line up our body with the shot. There are a number of very simple body alignments that can make it easier to shoot straight. If you’ve been playing a long time and are pretty good, you’re probably already doing most of them. This is worth a close look. If you’re off somewhere, making the change should make a difference for you. Look at any shot. As you stand behind the cueball, you can see “the line of the shot.” That’s the line the cueball must travel to hit the object ball or rail (or other target) precisely where you intend. How we choose that exact line is related to what we want to accomplish, our current ability level, and the various aiming adjustments we make to compensate for throw, english, squirt, etc. Choosing that line is not the issue here. The issue at hand is “What’s the best (simplest, most comfortable, most effective, most consistent, easy to remember, easy to check) way to arrange our body around the stick to produce a good, straight stroke and send the cueball down the line of the shot?” Our job as pool players is to produce a consistent, straight, fluid stroke that moves the cueball down the shot line at the right speed and with the right spin. What I’d like you to think about is making good use of your skeleton. We can simplify our job if we align our skeleton well. The better we align our skeleton, the less we have to rely on muscle and various swoops and on-the-fly stroke/aim adjustments. The point I want to drive home is that if we line up well, it’s way easier to hit what we’re aiming at, and to do it consistently and effortlessly. OK. We know where the line of the shot is. Now, imagine there is a vertical plane (a wall) running through that line. There are a bunch of body parts we’re going to align with that plane: • Bridge – This is obvious, but make sure your bridge is planted precisely, and is not pulling to one side or the other. • Grip – Again, obvious. Make sure your grip is as light as possible. The tighter you grip, the more you’ll tend to pull the stick off line during the stroke. • Stroke Arm – This is a big one. Your entire arm – forearm, elbow, upper arm, and shoulder should


be in the vertical plane. Watch out for wrists curled in or out, elbow tucked in or flying out on the hit stroke. Have someone check you out from front and back. You might be off vertical a little, and not be able to see it or feel it yourself. • Aiming Eye – Obviously, you want to be able to see directly down the line of the shot. Don’t worry about which eye is dominant – just make sure you feel you are seeing straight down the line. Check to make sure your eyes are level. Many players (especially older ones) bend lower than their flexibility allows, so their head tilts a bit. • Chin – Try to get your chin directly over the stick. How can you get your eye and your chin over the stick, and keep your eyes level? Try turning your face (just a little) toward the appropriate side. Check yourself by lowering your chin to the stick once in a while. • Back Foot – The stick should generally run over the top of your back foot. If you find you can’t do that, or can’t get your eye over the cue, your foot placement might be the culprit. With your back foot angled forward a little, try moving the front foot forward a foot or so and out to the side a foot or so from where the back foot is. This will put you in a pretty neutral position. Adjust from there until you can see down the cue, and you feel balanced and comfortable. These are guidelines. Since everyone’s body is different, not everyone will find that all of these alignments are workable. Very tall, very short, and very heavy players usually need some adjustments. A good instructor can help with the adjustments. This approach is intended to get most players arranged into an alignment that makes it easier to see down the line and send the cueball down the line. These alignments can help you stroke more consistently and with less interference from muscle and from limbs that naturally want to move in some direction other than straight. As with any change in your fundamentals, you may experience a decline in your game for a while, but if the change is a good one and you stick with it, you’ll come back stronger. Let’s get straight – and get better.


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

I personally like this shot a lot and like most of the shots I prefer, it can come in handy in regular pool games. If we master how to approach the tips of the pockets, a new world of solutions will open up for us. Place the Cue Ball frozen to the long-rail jaw of the corner pocket, just like shown in the diagram. Surround it with 5-6 Obstacle Balls placed in a circle that roughly joins the 2 closest diamonds to that pocket. Place your Object Ball (the Yellow Ball in the diagram) by the opposite corner pocket. On a 9-foot table with regular size pockets as well as on 7-foot Diamond tables, you can use your regular, full length cue for this shot. On most 7-foot tables or on 9-foot tables with shimmed pockets, you may need to use your jump cue. A sharp aim is the major requirement to successfully and precisely jump out of this tough situation and pocket the OB at the same time. As you will notice, this time I used the lower diagram not only to show you where to hit the CB but also how to aim into the tip of the pocket. In this shot you need to have the tip of the opposite jaw at exactly 1/3 of the CB’s diameter. Then jack up your cue by 25⁰ circa and use a 2 o’clock and 2 tips of English on the CB, with a 2.5 speed stroke. I recommend using a close bridge for more control and accuracy and, most importantly, just poking the CB with a quick snap of your wrist, as you don’t really have any room to follow-through. The CB should jump off the tip of the pocket, over the Obstacle Balls and hit the first rail just above the side pocket in order to hit two more rails and pocket the OB in the corner. By using the same principle and slightly adjusting our aim, we can send the CB just about anywhere on the table. So start practicing right away to impress your friends and beat your opponents.


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At the start of a first lesson with a new student, the first thing I do is size up their basic ability and look for obvious problems. You might think I could just ask them, but pool players for the most part seem unable to see their own weaknesses. In that regard, they’re pretty much like all people. Anyway, a recent student was doing fairly well with the preliminary shots until we got to the follow shot in the diagram. The goal is to pocket the 1 ball and follow down to the end rail, leaving the cue ball within a diamond of the cushion. When I watched from pocket P with my head just above the pocket, everything looked pretty good: straight cue movement, head over the shot and still, and a nice even swing, very little body movement. But the student was having a real hard time getting the cue ball down to the cushion. Even with a firm stroke the cue ball would sometimes drift forward only a foot or two. This lack of cue ball action with good stick speed can only happen on this shot if the tip is not hitting the cue ball high enough. To see how high the student was hitting the ball, I moved to S to see the height of the tip on the cue ball. The problem was visible immediately -- more accurately, I couldn’t see where the student was going to hit the ball and neither could he. When the student was done with his warm-up strokes and about to take the final back stroke and power stroke, he stopped the cue at the point shown in the diagram, back from the ball maybe three or four inches. In fact the warm-ups never got any closer than that. From that far back, the spot the tip is going to hit on the cue ball is just guess work. In order to achieve accuracy in position play, you need to control within the thickness of a dime where the tip hits the ball because that is going to determine how much spin you put on the cue ball. The easy way to see where the tip will hit the ball is to bring the tip up to the ball at the end of your warm-ups and stop it within a quarter-inch of the ball. Then if you bring the stick straight back and straight through on the power stroke the tip ends where it began and you have excellent control over your spin. A second benefit is that the final stroke is a lot more like your warm-up strokes if you don’t have to add an extra three inches to the motion. Here’s a practice for you. See if you can shoot the shot as shown and follow to within six inches of the end rail five times in a row. Notice that the cue ball is a little less than a diamond from the object ball. Try the draw shot as well to leave the cue


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ball within a diamond of the other end rail. If you have trouble with consistency on these shots, you may have an approach problem. Have a friend stand at S and tell you when you are in “ready” position how many quarter inches (or tip thicknesses) the tip is from the cue ball. Work to get that down to no more than a half-inch of clearance. If you have no friends handy, and your depth perception is lacking as well, get a small mirror and stand it on it’s side at M to let you see from the side while you’re in position. I found a small mirror with a protective plastic rim in the cosmetics department that is perfect for the job. When it comes to accurate English, you want to be close to your work.

TOURNAMENT PREPARATION Good preparation is about having a consistent warm-up routine for your body and mind before match play. Be sure to follow the steps below to prepare yourself for success:

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.

Fuel for Battle: The first thing that you 1. need to consider is eating a healthy meal. You also need to drink plenty of water—it has been proven that being dehydrated lowers your ability to perform well, and if you’re thirsty, it’s time to give your body what it’s asking for. It is also important to eat the right amount of food. You don’t want to be hungry, but you don’t want to be too full either. You should eat foods that are healthy for you. Snacks like apples, bananas, or nuts will help maintain positive energy levels. Warm-Up Mentally: As you are driving 2. to the poolroom, play through a match in your mind and imagine running out. Don’t start thinking about the score; just imagine what it feels like to play a positive game of pool where you put a good stroke on each and every shot. The idea is to “ingrain” positive images into your subconscious, which will give you a better chance of making those images into a reality when you play. Follow a Consistent Routine: Watch 3. any of the top professionals and their pre-match routines. They always prepare for success and you need to as well. I strongly recommend following the same plan over and over. If it takes you fifteen minutes to warm up, be sure to get to the table early so that you can get yourself in stroke. 4. Warm-Up with Easy Shots: Simple shots struck with a medium speed are a great way to start coordinating both your physical and mental abilities. Always remember to visualize what you plan to do and try to start developing a feel for your surroundings. One of your primary goals during warm-up should be to develop positive feelings. 5. Develop a “Feel” for the Table: As you warm up with simple shots, try to play as many different shots as you can from a variety of cut angles. This will help you develop positive feelings as you start to get your creative juices flowing. This will also help you get

familiar with the speed of the table. 6. No Mechanical Thoughts: Resist your temptation to start thinking about stroke mechanics. You need to start playing, and that involves visualizing shots and trusting in your stroke. Honestly, there’s no correlation between your warm-up and how you are going to finish. 7. other thing that you need to do is practice the pre-shot routine that you’ll be using before each and every shot. This sets a solid foundation for a high-quality performance and is the only thing you can completely control while you are at the table. A good pre-shot routine also gives you something to focus on other than external distractions. Have a 8. Positive Attitude: This component requires for you to have fun and enjoy yourself. Tell yourself that you’re going to love playing no matter how well you play After all, pool isn’t your profession. If you don’t have to win in order to pay your bills, there really shouldn’t be any pressure on how you perform. 9. No Expectations: No matter how well you might have been playing, you must understand that sometimes it’s just not meant to be. The balls are loyal to no one and sometimes they just won’t let you win. 10. Focus on the Process: The fact that you have no idea what’s going to happen during your next match is actually pretty exciting. The only real thing within your control is the process of putting a good stroke on the cue ball time after time. Following your pre-shot routine should be one of your primary goals for match play. Following a strict process will distract you from things that could negatively impact your performance.


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We start off with sad news as we lost Witny Michel on December 9, 2015, he was 30 years old. Witny loved the game and played BCA and APA. Those that knew him enjoyed hearing him laugh and his smile was contagious. He loved playing pool and we all will miss him. To honor our friend, we held an 8-Ball Memory Pool Tournament on January 9, 2016 at Lucky 7 (4850 State Road 7, Davie, FL). 32 players came out in support of this tour. $100 will go to a charity per request of Witny’s family. Results: 1St Place – Francisco Diaz = $180 2nd Place – BA Autry = $130 3rd Place – Allen Dawson = $80


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Continuing on this pool journey we must move on to the West Coast of FL, Tampa Area. The West Coast Challenge 2016. This is a big event which allows VNEA, APA, BCA, TAB, ACS and NAPA sanctioned players from across the US and even the Bahamas to play. It is held at the Doubletree Hotel by the Hilton Tampa Airport. We must give a big thank you to the following people: Tour Directors: Kinikia Hughes and Kathy King. Staff: Cathy Sparling, Darlene Duquette and Mikayla Banfill. Helpers: Rick Madaffer, Lynn Rimsen, Katie Hughes, Tony Hughes and Patrick Friedman. For all the results check out their web site: west-coast-challenge/ Division winners are as follows: Women’s 8-Ball (50 entries) – Tracy Mullen ($1010) Men’s 8-Ball A Bracket ($143 entries) – Eric Swingle ($2935) Men’s 8-Ball B Bracket (124 entries) – Julio Del Pozo ($2470) Women’s 9-Ball (31 entries) – Jessica Human) $740) Men’s 9-Ball A Bracket (133 entries) – Kyle Bova ($2655)


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For this article I forces on a congrats to Cheryl Baglin fo 8-ball event. She played so for a good challenge. Tracy take 1st place ($1,010 a nd trophy).Congrats to Lau 4th Place ($120) in women’s Janis Sessions for the “Playe Ladies for coming out to thi her September 28 – Octobe Hollywood FL.

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We move on to a BCA Breast Cancer Tournament that was held on Feb. 13th, 2016 at Doral Billiards, 7800 NW 25th St, Doral, FL. This event was put on by BCA League Operator Oronde Thomas. He had 25 ladies show up wearing PINK for this cause. It was double elimination, race to two on both the sides. Congratulations to all and thanks to Oronde and Doral Billiards for having this event. The final four were: 1st Place - Lauren Pickard* 2nd Place - Kim Pickard 3rd Place - Vanessa 4th Place - Valerie *Lauren comments that she was at breakfast that morning and her grandma Muriel told her “ tell everyone you’re playing today for your grandmother who had breast cancer. So she played her heart out for her grandmother!

entries) – Keith Waddle ($1870) ntries) – Road Dawgs ($2460) ntries) – We Got Issues ($2340) entries) – Comfort Zone Prowlers ($1725) 8 entries) – Carpe Diem ($1270)

few players from the East Coast of FL. Want to give a big or finishing 2nd Place ($660 and trophy) in the women’s well and is someone who loves the game and is always up Mullen (West Coast of FL) gave Cheryl a good fight to

We continue to Beyond Billiards that has one of the biggest 8-ball in house leagues in the area and big prize money. They are located at 5705 S. University Dr., Davie, FL. At the end of a 14-week division from 2015; playoffs were held March 19 & 20, 2016. Team “Puss-N-Boots” and “Thursday Hammers” ended up splitting the 1st and 2nd place prize money of $5,500. Team Puss-N-Boots: Richie Pugliese; Cheryl Baglin; Kelly Errair; Debbie Himelblau; Suzanne Yapp; Dawn Beach; Gio Forturnato; Diane Hofsteadter.


Slates Billiards, Doral, Florida We have journeyed to Doral, FL to Davie, FL over to the West Coast of FL and now we travel to Slates Billiards located at 140 N Congress Ave Boynton Beach, FL. Bill Griffin and Michael Bradford held 5 tournaments from January thru May of this year. You must register ahead of time, because it has become a very popular tournament to play in having A, B and C brackets. We the players want to thank Dr. Michael Fedak who added $2000 to each of these events. Visit their web site to learn more about other pool events and leagues:

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Omega Billiards 2016 ACS National Men’s Open 9-Ball Team 1st $1800 Hammertime 2nd $1000 Forced Kin 3rd $700 Asylum 4th $470 Hammertime 2 5/6th $300 Brass Bell Kickin Chickin 7/8th $200 Poke & Hope Senior Discount

MEN’S OPEN 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS HAMMERTIME: Davyn Arscott, Wentzell Blair, Thomas Joyce

Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Teams 1st $1500 Dick’s Pick 2nd $1300 Gotta Have It 3rd $840 Las Vegas Cue Club 4th $500 Brass Bell

The tantalizing allure of many events in which to play throughout Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Team a week of pool camaraderie and great dates convenient to most 1st $2500 Brass Bell independent leagues at the end of their seasonal league play 2nd $1500 Dick’s Pick fueled a 10% jump in entries at the 12th edition of the Omega Billiards ACS National Championships, produced by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS), May 7-14, 2016.

MEN’S ADVANCED 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS DICK’S PICK: Mike Hutcheson, Donny Branson, Richard Pickle, Chris Akey, Dave Datillo finals for the top Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles award!

Awards were claimed in nine different divisions of 8-Ball Singles. Among the top skill brackets, undefeated Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) outpaced young Mike Robinson (Calgary, AB) for the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles title; defending champ Bernie Store (Phoenix, AZ) double-dipped Tara Williams (Fort Worth, TX) for the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles crown; while Tim Pidborochynski (Edmonton, AB) Action began with 9-ball and 8-ball Singles defeated Scott Knack (Circle Pines, MN) two sets in and Scotch Doubles play, as Darrel Fredrickson the finals for the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles laurels, (Duluth, MN) outpaced the Men’s 9-Ball Singles and Janine Robinson (Bullhead City, AZ) remained field in this handicapped format to march undefeated in outpointing her final’s opponent undefeated to the title match – outdueling Trina Blackman (Cold Lake, AB) for the Women’s his final’s higher-rated opponent Bill Duggan Open 8-Ball Singles title. Teammates James Wiebe (Virginia Beach, VA) for the crown. On the (Edmonton, AB) and Nigel Darius (Edmonton, AB) Women’s 9-Ball Singles side, Gina Quinones (Las wrestled for the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles crown, Vegas, NV) claimed the hot seat and then took WOMEN’S OPEN 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS advantage of a one-game spot to overcome the with undefeated Wiebe emerging victorious, while STROKERS LADIES: Connie Featherston, Christine Avila, powerful game of Tara Williams (Fort Worth, Paula Branton (Hamilton, ON) – after many years Yvette Villarreal, Esther Castaneda TX) for the laurels. The Advanced 8-Ball Scotch of trying – finally claimed a national championship Doubles championship was claimed by the power with a two-sets finals win over Mandy Lay (McAlester, Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team duo of Dustin Gunia & Jessica Frideres (NE/IA) over finalists OK) in the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles division. In the 1st $1500 Comrades Larry Eans & Bernie Store (AZ). Jason Osborn & Danielle aged divisions, Ian Joyce (White Lake, MI) fell one set short 2nd $1000 3 Shades of Grey Roberts (NV) double-dipped Gord & Gail Gee (AB, CAN) in the of defending his Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles (55+) title, falling 3rd $750 Wolfmen 4th $545 P Noise 5/6th $375 Don’t Hold It Against Us Tony’s Tigers II 7/8th $275 Screaming Pterodactyls Shuswap Hustlers

MEN’S OPEN 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS SENIOR DISCOUNT: Doug Callahan, Scott Knack, James Coffey, Scott Leffring, Tom Anderson


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Men’s Standard 9-Ball Teams 1st $1000 PA Misfitz X 2 2nd $750 Rack Em 3rd $570 Screaming Pterodactyls #2 4th $450 Wolfmen 5/6th $330 Don’t Hold It Against Us Raw Dawgs 7/8th $210 3 Shades of Grey Pool Hall Junkies

MEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS BRASS BELL: Dave Perry, Harry Kernodle,Richie Price, Sean O’Neil, Joe Wood, Tom Czaplicki

Championships Enjoy Growth Spurt Men’s Open 8-Ball Team 1st $3000 Senior Discount 2nd $2000 Awakening 3rd $1500 Bull Shooters 4th $1100 Hammertime 5/6th $800 PA Misfitz Royz Boyz 7/8th $550 8 Balls a Fire Segen Cues

MEN’S STANDARD 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS PA MISFITZ x 2: Ryan Keeney, Ralph Creamer, Jeff Hawn, John Sheldon in the deciding set to Steve Hansen (Dallas, TX); defending champion Linda Asleson (Billings, MT) recovered from a winner’s bracket final’s loss to Lynn McGarry (Grand Forks, ND) to avenge her results against McGarry in two sets for her third straight Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles (50+) crown! Roy Skenandore (Green Bay, WI), a past Super Senior 8-Ball Singles (65+) champion, almost claimed another national title, but was overtaken in two sets by new winner, Bill Mason (Virginia Beach, VA), for the top award!

Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1390 Steve Hansen 2nd $1000 Ian Joyce 3rd $700 Kim Bohnet 4th $500 Mark Jones 5/6th $400 Gerald Brown Steven Page

MEN’S SENIOR 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Ian Joyce, 1st Steve Hansen, 3rd Kim Bohnet Instinct (VA) [Barbara Yeager, Jacki Duggan and Angie Rowe]; 3). Hammertime (AB, CAN) [Davyn Arscott, Wentzel Blair and Thomas Joyce] double-dipping Forced Kin (AB, CAN) [James Blackman, Nigel Darius, James Wiebe and Lucas Mattice] for the Men’s/Mixed Open 9-Ball Team title; 4). The Triad (VA) [Connie Eddins, Mary Davis, Chrissy Banks and Iris Cabatit] taking out Handle It (CA) [Cony Mendoza, Annette Wood, Shawn Modelo, Holly Robinson and Stacy Wilson] in one set for the Women’s Open 9-Ball Team crown; and 5). PA Misfitz x 2 (PA) [Jeff Hawn, Don Sheldon, Ralph Creamer and Ryan Keeney] outlasting Rack ‘Em (VA) [Gene Hill, Kenny Oakey, Raul Dacumos and Steve Jeffries] in two sets for the Men’s/Mixed Standard 9-Ball Team honors!

The latter portions of the week showcased 3-person 9-ball Team divisions each morning and 4/5-person 8-ball Team competitions each afternoon and evening. Five 9-ball divisions – each based on team Six 8-ball divisions – each based on team skill levels skill levels assigned to their respective division WOMEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS assigned to their respective division - featured: 1). featured: 1). Men’s/Mixed Advanced 9-Ball Team AL’S HIDEOUT: Katrina Lyman, Chris Holl, Brass Bell (VA) [Dave Perry, Harry Kernodle, Richie play ending with undefeated Dick’s Pick (NV) Judy Ninke, Kelly Birmingham Price, Sean O’Neil, Joe Wood and Tom Czaplicki] [Donny Branson, Dave Datillo, Mike Hutcheson and Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Team remained undefeated in the triple-elimination format to outlast Chris Akey] outpointing Gotta Have It (NE) [Jerrod Frideres, 1st $2000 Al’s Hideout Dick’s Pick (NV) [Greg Kuhl, Donny Branson, Chris Akey, Jessica Frideres and Dustin Gunia[ for the Championship; 2). 2nd $1350 The Force Lyn Wechsler, Jason Kane and Amy Kane] for the Men’s/Mixed Women’s Advanced 9-Ball Team finals having undefeated The 3rd $850 Pure Instinct Advanced 8-Ball Teams championship; 2). defending champion Force (NV) [Katy Moore, Gina Quinones, Christina Gonzalez 4th $500 Coach’s Corner Ladies Al’s Hideout (WI) [Judy Ninke, Katrina Lyman, Chris Holl and Debra Aarens] remaining so with a one-set victory over Pure Men’s Super Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1200 Bill Mason 2nd $830 Roy Skenandore 3rd $600 Kenny Wayman 4th $400 David Dattilo 5/6th $270 Michael Navarre Richard Arensdorf 7/8th $200 Davie Estep Dexter Gondo

MEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS: COMRADES Tom Zack, Omead Sepehrara,Tom Morgan, Erwin Elhan, Ron Deemer, Kevin Pangayow

Women’s Open 8-Ball Team 1st $2000 Strokers Ladies 2nd $1000 We Aint Skeered 3rd $605 Lady Cues 4th $400 Bad Inglesh

SUPER SENIOR 8-BALLSINGLES: 2nd Roy Skenandore, 1st Bill Mason, 3rd Kenny Wayman


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Omega Billiards 2016 ACS National Women’s Open 9-Ball Team 1st $1200 The Triad 2nd $760 Handle It 3rd $500 PA Hot Pockets 4th $300 Okie Angels Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

WOMEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS SNAP SHOTZ: Dollie Thomas, Jackie Akins,Tonya Green, Valerie Porter, Barbara Ivey and Kelly Nickl] took the undefeated route in claiming the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams title over The Force (NV) [Christina Gonzalez, Christina Jeff, Debra Aarens, Gina Quinones, Katy Moore and Pamela Fletcher]; 3). Senior Discount (MN) [Scott Knack, Doug Callahan, James Coffey, Scott Leffring and Tom Anderson] double-dipping The Awakening (AB, CAN) for the Men’s/Mixed Open 8-Ball Teams laurels; 4). two Texas teams vying for the Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams crown, with Strokers Ladies [Christine Avila, Connie Featherston, Esther Castaneda, Jeannette Martinez and Yvette Villarreal] out shooting We Ain’t Skeered (NV) [Connie Svoboda, Janey Ybarra, Sandy Harrington and Teri Bridwell] in one set; 5). Comrades (GA) [Tom Zack, Omead Sepehrara, Thomas Morgan, Erwin Elhan, Ron Deemer and Kevin Pangayow] grasping the Men’s/ Mixed Standard 8-Ball Teams honors from 3 Shades of Grey (VA) [Evan Chenevert, Kirk

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Bernie Store Tara Williams Jessica Frideres Bonnie Hunkins

Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team 1st $1200 Snap Shotz 2nd $800 LV Cue Club Aloha Team 3rd $500 Pu Tang Clan 4th $250 Miss Cues

WOMEN’S OPEN 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS THE TRIAD: Chrissy Banks, Connie Eddins, Mary Davis, Iris Cabatit

ADVANCED 8-BALL SCOTCH DOUBLES: 2nd Larry Eans/Bernie Store, 1st Jessica Frideres/Dustin Gunia

OPEN 8-BALL SCOTCH DOUBLES: Danielle Roberts/Jason Osborn

Densmore, Mark Dancel, Mark Spangler, Ray Reyna and Thomas Darawan] in one set; and 6). Snap Shotz (CA) [Dollie Thomas, Jackie Akins, Tonya Green, Valerie Porter and Barbara Ivey] closing out its tournament magically by winning the deciding game of the deciding set over LV Cue Club Aloha Team (NV) [Celeste Smith, Christy Lipps, Danielle Roberts, Joy Hutcheson, Marilyn Kameahola and Sharon Gottschalk] for Women’s Standard 8-Ball Teams title. The ACS wishes to thank its main sponsor, Omega Billiards, and its very popular host venue, the Tropicana Las Vegas, and we look forward to hosting the Omega Billiards 2017 ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas, in May 13-20! Any pool league is qualified to sanction with ACS. For more information on sanctioning or dualsanctioning your league with the ACS ($10/player annual sanction fee), contact the ACS at info@ or 920-662-1705.

Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1000 Linda Asleson 2nd $720 Lynn McGarry 3rd $460 Valerie Porter 4th $300 Sandy Chamberlain Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles

1st $2300 Bernie Store 2nd $1500 Tara Williams 3rd $1000 Jessica Frideres 4th $500 Bonnie Hunkins

WOMEN’S ADVANCED 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS THE FORCE: Katy Moore, Gina Quinones, Christina Gonzalez, Debra Aarens


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Women’s Advanced 9-Ball Team 1st $1500 The Force 2nd $1020 Pure Instinct 3rd $620 Al’s Hideout 4th $390 Coach’s CornerLadies

WOMEN’S SENIOR 8-BALL SINGLES: 3rd Valeria Porter, 2nd Lynn McGarry, 1st Linda Asleson

Championships Enjoy Growth Spurt Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles 1st $2500 Tim Pidborochynski 2nd $1835 Scott Knack 3rd $1300 Jenman Luk 4th $1000 Tom Czaplicki 5/6th $700 Roy Peck III Thomas Joyce 7/8th $500 Doug Lowe Ryan Holmes

WOMEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL SINGLES: 1st Bernie Store, 2nd Tara Williams, 3rd Jessica Frideres

WOMEN’S OPEN 8-BALL SINGLES: 1st Janine Robinson, 2nd Trina Blackman

WOMEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Mandy Lay, 1st Paula Branton, 3rd Sharon Gottschalk

Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles

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Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles 1st $2500 Dustin Gunia 2nd $1500 Mike Robinson 3rd $1000 Geno Galarneau 4th $500 Danny Garza 5/6th $300 Danny Petralba David Boone 7/8th $200 Dennis Porth Mike Eklund Men’s 9-Ball Singles 1st $1500 Darrel Fredrickson 2nd $1100 Bill Duggan 3rd $800 T.J. Arch 4th $545 Mike Robinson 5/6th $350 Ray Skenandore Russ Redhead 7/8th $250 Bill Mason, Dennis Porth

MEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Mike Robinson, 1st Dustin Gunia

MEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Bill Duggan, 1st Darrel Fredrickson

Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles

1st $1500 2nd $1000 3rd $750 4th $595 5/6th $450 7/8th $350

WOMEN’S OPEN 9-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Tara Williams, 1st Gina Quinones

Janine Robinson Trina Blackman Amy Kane Melanie Jacobs

Advanced 8-Ball Scotch Doubles 1st $1000 Jessica Frideres/Dustin Gunia 2nd $630 Bernie Store/Larry Eans 3rd $440 Jacki Duggan/Bill Duggan 4th $300 Shawn Modelo/Paul Deluna 65/6th $200 Rachel Petersen/Marlan Isbell Samantha Patton/Calvin Gulley Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles 1st $2000 Danielle Roberts/Jason Osborn 2nd $1300 Gail Gee/Gord Gee 3rd $820 Levona Lowe/Doug Lowe 4th $600 Candace Norem/Tom Auston 5/6th $400 Sandra Raber/Russ Redhead, Cathy Kelley/Tony Denton 7/8th $300 Davyn Arscott/Tracy Shannacappo Mary Griffin/David Griffin 9-12th $225 Janice Moseychuck/Adam Cormier Margaret Camalleri/Ralph Creamer Rosa Rios/Darrell Cole Tarri Lehman/Tommy Lloyd

James Wiebe Nigel Darius Thom Chea Craig Evans Scott Barrett, Tom Morgan Cody Davis, Henry Harrison

Women’s 9-Ball Singles 1st $700 Gina Quinones 2nd $440 Tara Williams 3rd $300 Kit Dennis 4th $200 Stacy Allsup Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles 1st $1200 Paula Branton 2nd $750 Mandy Lay 3rd $545 Sharon Gottschalk 4th $400 Charlene LeFrance 5/6th $300 Katherine Thomas Penny Arrenegado 7/8th $200 Connie Foschi Patty Sangster

MEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL SINGLES 2nd Nigel Darius, 1st James Wiebe

MEN’S OPEN 8-BALL SINGLES 2nd Scott Knack, 1st Tim Pidorochynski, 3rd Jenman Luk


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Photo Credit: Vincent Rochefort Photography

Billi a rds Expo best ever!

This year’s Expo will go down as the greatest pool and billiards event ever held in Des Moines, Iowa, and in Big Dog Billiards history! So many things have to come together to make an event like the Midwest Billiards & Cue Expo happen! A RECORD 233 entries between all 4 tournaments during the Midwest Expo!! Thank you to each and every player and spectator that played

Robb Saez, 2016 Open 9-Ball Champion

Sky Woodward, Champion, 2016 Annual Banks Ring Game

or attended our event! Amazing! The participants, including the 233 players, hundreds of spectators, the 40+ members of Expo crew (including pre-event production and construction teams), the many vendors and sponsors came from 19 different states across the USA, Canada, France, Germany, the Philippines, Mexico, and the Middle East, each contributed to the very positive nature of this very successful event. Our sponsors for the Midwest Billiards & Cue Expo deserve much of the credit for making such an epic event possible!! First and foremost, we thank Patrick Diveney founder and owner of Diveney


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Custom Cues, along with his lovely wife Fina and son Danny, for their hard work before and during the Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo! Diveney Cues was co-presenter of the event with Big Dog Billiards, and Pat did a fine job organizing the cue maker portion of the Expo! His contributions to the pool community are of the highest order, and we truly appreciate his sponsorship!


Dennis Orcollo, Champion, 2016 Bigfoot 10-Ball Championship

David Jacoby from Jacoby Custom Cues, was also a great sponsor, and we were very happy to see him and his staff working the large crowd throughout the event! Evan Clarke, of Segen Cues is another generous sponsor and also did a great job during the Expo! Zach Borud represented Viking Cues at the Viking Cue Booth and we thank him for his participation! We also thank Derald Judson Jr., owner of Big D’s Café, for his contributions to the event! His staff also performed admirably feeding the large crowds gathered daily at the café and throughout the pool hall! Among the primary sponsors present during the Expo, Greg

Sullivan and Diamond Billiards beyond, there will be more Products, Inc.—the manufacturer of robust features included in our fine Diamond tables upon which all the software and web site. tournaments were played, was here days These will include player early and personally leveled the tables registration and web-based used for the professional tournaments. payment for online signups, We truly appreciate Greg’s efforts and and an expanded array of sponsorship. Thank you so much for your other features, including a help! Marketplace and an expanded Johnny Miller, perhaps our biggest video archive. We thank Rex long-time local supporter- a great and his team for coming fan of pool and billiards- also made over to Big Dog Billiards fantastic contributions. He is one of the and making sure the site was friendliest, happy people we know, and running smooth throughout the huge smile on his face as he watched the event! McDermott Cue raffle winner, Cirino Caniglia, with James Landrum, Owner Big Dog Billiards, and Igor, aka “Mad Miller” the Raffle King the pool tournaments was extraordinarily Other sponsors, not smiley! He is already excited about next present during the Expo, but year’s event and we are greatly appreciative of everything he has done, well-represented nonetheless, include Richard Romero of Neutec and continues to do, to support the pool community! Lighting, Hans Delta, McDermott Cues, Ivan Lee and Iwan Simonis Ramin Bahktiari and MaryAnn Starkey made a cross-country & Aramith, John Bertone of Kamui Tips, and Rawhide. We thank sojourn to represent the best pool and billiards mobile app and website each and in the nation—, and both played in the open 9-Ball every one of tournament. Ramin and MaryAnn did, and continue to do, wonderful our sponsors, marketing and promotions for both the Midwest Billiards & Cue and thanks Expo, and Big Dog Billiards, a featured pool hall on the goplaypool. to you, the com app. 2016 Midwest The C.L. Bailey Company provided considerable support for Billiards and this event, including shipping in a new pool table for use as an Cue Expo was exhibit display piece, and other contributions for which we are very a great success! appreciative. We thank our We cannot say enough good things about poolplayermatchups. many vendors com, both for their sponsorship and participation in making this a for their very successful event! Rex Yoder and his team, Jason Crisp, Stephen participation: Oldfather, and Troy “T-Ball” Johnson have put together the best pool Diveney tournament management software there is-- PPMU! Rex’s team of IT Custom Cues, guys are working every day to make the software more tournament Jacoby Custom director and player-friendly! The implementation of the text Cues, Segen Zach Borud, Viking Cue Sales Representative at the Viking Booth notification Cues, Viking for player Cues, Walton Cue Sales, Cues, C.L. Bailey, AVS Cue Shop, Andy match times Rounceville, Action 24/7 Billiard Clothing, AC Billiards, Fast Action and table Cue Apparel, Game Tight Clothing, Castillo Leather Goods, Big Ds assignments Café, and Guido’s Cue Repair! truly helped Every event of this magnitude gets its start with the help of volunteers make the and the staff. We would like to give a big shout out to Mike Hassin, Open 9-ball Matt Preston, Megan Mulford, Bob Smith, Desiree Smith, Brent tournament Hogue, Jason Reeves, Monica Marie Murray, Rachael Chumbley, run more Shanna Higgins, Krisha Stark, Desiree Johnson, Michelle Mulford, efficiently Michaela Merchant, Victoria Saenz, Matt Wahl, Tony Jordan, than in Anthony Ludwig, Kyle Heisler, Gary nelson, Sharon Judson, Leslie years past. Judson, Charles Nicholson, Curtis and Diane Baze, Shawn McNelly As PPMU and Wes Nemmers, and anyone else that helped make this event great!! proceeds Each of you put in long hours and made sacrifices to assure the players forward into and spectators had an awesome experience here at Big Dog Billiards! 2016 and Our hats off to each and every one of you! David Jacoby and staff, Jacoby Custom Cues


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Photo Credit: Vincent Rochefort Photography

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the end Dennis Orcollo came out on top! The 10-Ball challenge A very special thank you goes out to Tom Knapp for facilitating comprised an extremely tough field of champions! The 14-man field access to additional parking across the street! included Alex Pagulayan, Dennis Orcollo, Francisco Bustamante, We also thank Vincent Rochefort for traveling halfway across the Shane Van Boening, Corey Deuel, Josh Roberts, Danny Smith, Jeremy country to be the event photographer. His photos of the event will Jones, Sharik Sayed, Con Salim, Sky Woodward, Jason Klatt, Mark be in Rack’em Magazine July issue, and on his Facebook page and Vidal Claramunt, Johnathan Pinegar and the youngest amongst these web site. If anyone is interested in professional quality photos of the great players, “The Baby-Faced Killer” Tyler Styer. professional pool players participating in this year’s tournaments, see The By-the-Rail Banks Ring Game http://www.vincentrochefortphotography. was another fan-friendly experience that com we won’t soon forget!! Players included This year’s Expo proves that the old Sky Woodward, Alex Pagulayan, saying is true, “If you build it, they will Francisco Bustamante, Jeremy Jones, come!” The Field of Dreams lineup for Danny Smith, Corey Deuel, Dony the One Pocket Championship was Faber Jr. and Anthony “Pun” Garcia. excitedly described by a one pocket Sky Woodward is our 2016 Champion! player and aficionado, Justin Richardson He made several spectacular 3, 4 and – “the greatest ever!” Efren ‘Beta’ Reyes, 5 banks! The 8-man field was full of Scott Frost, Francisco Bustamante, Alex surprises from the professionals and Pagulayan, Jeremy Jones, Corey Deuel, the amateurs playing in the ring game. Danny Smith, Tony Chohan, Dennis Honorable mentions go out to Dony Orcollo, Jesse Bowman, Ike Runnels, Josh Faber Jr. and Anthony Garcia for getting Roberts and Shane Van Boening! Jason in the ring with some of the best bankers Chance gets a well-deserved honorable on the planet! mention for having the courage to get into We could not be more proud and this event with what we like to call, “The happy for Robb Saez capturing the murderer’s row of one pocket players!” He Alex and Cindy Finelli, Fast Action Cue Booth bar table 9-Ball Championship!! He played very well, taking Busti to the hill in had to fight off some extremely tough his first match! Thank you to all of these competition from Sharik Sayed to win great players for attending, and making the title!! Robb proved that he’s back, and this an unbelievable fan experience!! The ready to win any tournament he enters!! final match between Alex Pagulayan and A great player, and an even better person! Dennis Orcollo was summed up aptly The 200 player field was comprised of by one local Des Moines old-timer, Dave an impressive array of top amateurs and Beaner, “It was the best one pocket I have professionals from 14 states across the ever seen played!” Alex became the 2016 USA, Canada, Spain, Germany, and One Pocket Champion after losing his elsewhere. It is the largest tournament first match to Josh Roberts 0-5, he came ever hosted at Big Dog Billiards, and all the way back through the one-loss side based on the overall results, will continue to best Dennis Orcollo in back-to-back to grow in future years! We thank all of matches, 5-3 and 5-0! the participants for making this a very The BIGFOOT 10-BALL successful event! CHALLENGE was a grind, and in The Diveney Clan: Diveney Custom Cues - Pat, Fina and Danny Diveney and Anna Isabel Tualuan


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MIDWEST BILLIARDS & CUE EXPO ROARING SUCCESS!!! Big Dog Billiards in Des Moines, IA hosted their annual extravaganza and, as usual, it was a huge success. In addition to the Cue Expo, there were four events ñ the One Pocket Championship, the Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge, Open 9-Ball and a Banks Ring Game. For one pocket aficionados, the star-studded lineup couldn’t get much better. A very tough field of fourteen arrived and ready to rumble. After losing his first match 5-0 to Josh Roberts - last year’s runner-up & 2014 champ - Alex Pagulyan tore up the west side of the chart. After eliminating last year’s champ, Scott Frost, he proceeded to eject Jesse Bowman, Corey Deuel, Shane Van Boening, Jeremy Jones and Francisco Bustamante to reach the final.

Alex Pagulyan with “Alex Pagulion” having fun sparring with his alter-ego

A big thank you to Ray Hansen, Scott Rabon, and Justin Schwarz of Pool Action TV! Ray and his team did a great job running the pro tournaments, and Scott Rabon did a fantastic job MC’ing the By-the-Rail Banks Ring Game! Special thanks to Jeremy Jones and Scott Frost for their commentary during the pro tournaments! We hope all of the viewers at home enjoyed the show! Eric Gardner, graphics designer, is the best in the business! He designed all the many magnificent versions of the flyers, posters, banners, business cards and teaser graphics for the Midwest Billiards and Cue Expo! If you ever need graphics produced, Eric Gardner is man for the job! Thank you Eric, for a job well done! We have already begun the planning process for next year’s 2017 Midwest Billiards & Cue Expo, which will be even bigger and better than this year’s stellar event. We hope to see everyone here again next year! Thanks again everyone! James Landrum, Randy Hanson, and Jon Brown, Big Dog Billiards

While Alex was fighting to stay alive, Dennis Orcollo arrived at the final match unscathed after defeating Scott Frost, Josh Roberts, Shane Van Boening & Francisco Bustamante. Since this event was true double elimination, he would have to be beaten twice. Dennis won the lag and quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the final race to 5. It looked like it might be the end of the road for Alex. He had been battling back problems throughout the entire event but he hadn’t come all the way through the loser’s bracket to go down like this… Roaring back, the Lion dug deep and staged a comeback. Fans were treated to some top notch one pocket as both displayed the skills that had propelled them through the stellar field. When the smoke cleared, Alex prevailed 5-3 - forcing a second set. Apparently, neither one wanted to take even a short break as they immediately lagged for the break. This time, however, it was all Alex taking Dennis down with a 5-0 win for the title. Saturday night was for the bank fans. A field of eight competed in the Banks Ring Game. After several hours, Sky Woodward and Jeremy Jones were the last two standing. Sky was almost down to the felt when he came back to win. Fourteen players competed in the single elimination Bigfoot event on the ten-foot Diamond. Again, Alex and Dennis emerged in the final four as each was to play a couple of newcomers. It looked like it might be a rematch of the one pocket final! Dennis defeated Sharik Sayed to advance to the finals but Alex was forced to withdraw from the event citing back problems. His opponent, Cam Salim, advanced to the finals. Playing perfectly, Cam jumped out to an early lead. An uncharacteristic miss let Dennis back in the match and soon it was a horse race. Dennis pulled ahead at the end of the match and on the hill at 10-8, he hung the combination on the final 10-ball! Cam leapt out of his seat and pocketed the carom. However, a Cinderella story was not to be as Dennis closed out the match at 11-9. There were 197 players in the bar table event. Robb Saez emerged undefeated and faced Sharik Sayed in the finals. Sharik won the first set forcing a second but this time, Robb prevailed. Congratulations to Alex, Dennis, Sky & Robb for becoming the 2016 Big Dog champions! Many thanks to Jim Landrum and Randy Hanson, owners of Big Dog Billiards, for hosting such a great event. It wouldn’t have been possible without the sponsors - Pat Diveney of Diveney Cues, Evan Clarke of Segen Cues, Dave Jacoby of Jacoby Cues, Ivan Lee of Iwan Simonis/Aramith, Greg Sullivan of Diamond Billiard Products, C. L. Bailey, Big D’s Cafe,, Johnny Miller, Viking Cues, McDermott Cues, Neutec Lighting, Kamui’s John Bertone, Rawhide and Thanks to all - it couldn’t have been done without you!!! Thanks also to all the viewers for tuning in! We will see you next month for the Duel in The Desert with Efren Reyes vs Scott Frost - July 11-14th at the Del Sol Casino in Tucson, AZ.

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The 2016 VNEA World Junior Pool Championship held at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania on June 16-19, 2016 was a complete success! This was VNEA’s “26th Annual” Junior event and the first time in Erie. The waterfront property offered a ton of options for the kids and their families and served as a spectacular host for our Championships.


There were nearly 200 excited junior pool league players from 8 States & Ontario, Canada & New Zealand who came to play on 80 Valley tables with a variety of divisions available, including Teams, Singles and Scotch Doubles in three categories: Youth (7-13 years of age), Major (18-20 years of age) and Minor (14-17 years of age), Speed Pool and Artistic Pool. There were also Team Hardluck, the 3rd Annual Top Hat Challenge and Mini Tournaments.

MAJOR: BLAKE BAKER IA, JAMES ELIT MN, DANIEL WILKINSON NZ, ETONDALAYO WINKLER PA, JOSH FRANKLIN IA and HANNAH ZEIGLER PA. Many thanks to our sponsors: Valley, Ozone Billiards, GW Cues, Aramith, AMI Entertainment, Fury and Warner Coin & Charters.

The Jerry Briesath “Sportsmanship Award” went to ZACH BALES NE.

Major Female Singles: Tondalayo Winkler, Hannah Zeigler, Isabelle Plumb, Allison Stolte

Major Scotch Doubles: Bryan Montgomery/Noah Contreras


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Major Team Champions: Young Gunz Nation

Major Male Singles: James Elit, Daniel Wilkinson, Blake Baker, Josh Franklin

Pool Championships Minor Female Singles: April Larson, Serena Black, Alex Booth, Madison Bond

Minor Scotch Doubles: Deon Rawlings/Jared Rawlings

Minor Male Singles: Deon Rawlings, Spencer Medel, Skyler Butterfield, Noah Contreras

Youth Female Singles: Ashley Fullerton, Caleigh Elm, Maddie Payne, Brianna Laratta

Minor Team Champions: MN Cue Kids

Youth Team Champions: The Piranhas


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Youth Male Singles: Tristan Hansen, George Kieselat, Ethan Laughlin, Aaron Vollmers


Youth Scotch Doubles Winners: Aaron Vollmers/Ashley Fullerton

SCALZITTI WINS CUE BAR On June 12, 2016, Cue Bar Hosted a Tri-State event in Bayside, Queens, NY. There were 23 players entered in this $1000 added tournament. Kevin’s tournament trail included wins over Amir Rashad Uddin 7 - 6; Thomas Schreiber 7 – 3 and Ramon Feliciano 7 – 5. He then lost in the Hot Seat match to Kanami Chau 8 - 6. In the Semi-Final he won over Abel Rosario 7 - 5 to earn a place in the Finals. During the Finals between Kanami and Kevin, Kanami took an early lead 3 - 0; however, Kevin tied the match at 4 - 4 and never looked back. He won by a final score of 10 - 6. Please provide a thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, and Bloodworth Ball Cleaners for their sponsorship leading to this event.

l-r: 2nd Kanami Chau, 1st, Kevin Scalzitti, 3rd Abel Rosario


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Results and Payouts: 1st Place $545 Kevin Scalzitti 2nd Place $260 Kanami Chau 3rd Place $160 Abel Rosario 4th Place $100 Ron Chau


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Lucky 7 Plays for MS

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Francisco Diaz, Jarett Shea, Doug Dargusch, Obie Aviles We end this journey for now at Davie, FL Lucky 7 (4850 State Road 7). BCA and NAPA held a charity event for Multiple Sclerosis (MS Society). We had 16 men and 6 ladies come out in support for this cause. We raised $165 from this event and we donated from Witny’s back in January $100. Men final four were: 1st Place – Francisco Diaz - $120 2nd Place - Jarett Shea - $60 3rd Place - John Dargusch - $30 4th Place - Obie Aviles - $30 Women final 2 were: 1st Place – Janis Sessions 2nd Place – Sharon Correa (splitting $45 each and a race to one for 1st Place)

Thank you to Lucky 7 for letting us come in and have this event and to Janis Sessions (BCA League Operator) and Jim Decesare (NAPA League Operator) for running this event. Thanks to Joel Robinson (MS - Development Coordinator) for stopping by and bring information about MS.

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Ashley Kern Benefit Bison Billiards


Point Standings as of June 25th, 2016




MORRIS Rodney 138






WILKIE Shaun 83


LOMBARDO Hunter 71




Excellent turn out for the Ashley Kern benefit! What a great family. They were organized, helpful, and a pleasure to work with. Together we raised over $4100.00 for Ashley.

Congrats to Amanda Eisensmith for winning $100.00 for being the highest finishing female. WOODWARD Skyler 66

DEUEL Corey 50


CHOHAN Tony 40

Tournament results: 1st $1600.00 2nd $750.00 3rd $475.00 4th $275.00 5/6th $115.00 7/8th $35.00 9/12 $25.00

Jim Doran Mark Hatch Gene Woodard Fugie Cory Welfare & Danny Kolacz Bob Brewer, Jeff Purcell Santo Merlo, Adam Smith, Rob Statton & Nick Brucato

BERGMAN Justin 39


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9-Ball Black Tier Champion: Brian Parks of Bakersfield, CA

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 16, 2016) — New venue. New event name. More prize money than ever before. It all added up to another spectacular event for the American Poolplayers Association in Las Vegas. Thousands of APA members made their way to the Westgate Resort & Casino to compete for more than $650,000 in cash and prizes at the recently renamed APA Poolplayer Championships, formerly known as the National Singles Championships. The Poolplayer Championships consisted of both the 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Championship events, as well as Showdown Series events that included the 8-Ball and 9-Ball Doubles Championships and the Wheelchair Championship events.

8-Ball Blue Tier Champion – Alexandra Marx-Simoncic of NN, NY

The final round of the 9-Ball Shootout featured three championship matches, one for each Skill Level Tier, with two shooters in each competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. In the Green Tier, Michael Ritch of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., defeated Ron Ekman of Port Hueneme, Calif. In the White Tier, Paul Schinkel of Pickering, Ont., defeated Hannah Martin of Spring, Texas. In the Black Tier, Brian Parks of Bakersfield, Calif., defeated Kale Bourque of Breaux Bridge, La. Mathew Barber of Newburg, N.Y., won the Sportsmanship Award in the 9-Ball Shootout. Each of the three Champions received a cash and prize package worth $10,000. Runners-Up in each tier took home a cash and prize package worth $5,000. More than 4,000 Poolplayers made it to the Regional Level of the 9-Ball Shootout before the field was whittled down to the 320 who advanced to Las Vegas. Nearly 6,000 players throughout North America qualified for Regional competition in the 8-Ball Classic, with 510 of them advancing to the championships.

9-Ball Green Tier Michael Ritch of Fort Walton Beach, FL

8-Ball Orange Tier Champion – Howard Depascal of Pasadena, MD


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In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, five champions each took home a prize package worth $15,000 for their performances. In the Blue Tier, Alexandra Marx-Simoncic of New York City defeated Julie Buckley of Orlando, Fla. In the Yellow Tier, Juan Diaz of Silver Spring, Md., defeated David Brown of Stayner, Ont. In the Red Tier, Roberto Valanzuela of Silver Spring, Md., defeated Shannon Theriot of Breaux Bridge, La. In the Orange Tier, Howard Depascal of Pasadena, Md.,

8-Ball Purple Tier Champion – Robert Hall of Huntsville, AL

8-Ball Doubles Champions Ch Trey Funderburg and Jim

8-Ball Yellow Tier Champion – Juan Diaz of Silver Spring, MD

defeated Gary Smith of Arlington, Texas. In the Purple Tier, Robert Hall of Huntsville, Ala., defeated William Gallagher Jr. of Atco, N.J. Kevin Demoss of Youngsville, La., won the Sportsmanship Award in the 8-Ball Classic. First Place winners received cash and prizes worth $15,000. Each Runner-Up received cash and prizes worth $9,000. In the 8-Ball Doubles Championship, Pete and Repeat – Trey Funderburg and Jim Mullins – of Monroe, La., defeated Bank Shot Flyers – Roland Newkirk and Jeremy Brown – of Odenton, Md. The victory earned them a $5,000 payday. As Runners-Up, Bank Shot Flyers took home $3,000. In the 9-Ball Doubles Championship, Ladies Please – Dereth Tahkofper and Carol Wagoner – of Lawton, Okla., defeated Terrible D’s – Robert Detuncq and Monica Detuncq – of Spring, Texas. The victory earned them a $3,500 payday. As Runners-Up, Terrible D’s took home $2,300.

9-Ball Doubles Champions Champions: Ladies Please – Dereth Tahkofper and Carol Wagoner of Lawton, OK

In the finals of the Wheelchair Championship, Charlie Hans of Cincinnati, Ohio, defeated Jason Herrill of Ventura, Calif., to take home $1,600 in prize money. Herrill received $800 as the Runner-Up. The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. Nearly 250,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9 Ball League play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA World Pool Championships, the APA Poolplayer Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out more than $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually! The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and Pool Dawg.

hampions: Pete and Repeat – m Mullins of Monroe, LA

8-Ball Red Tier Champion – Roberto Valanzuela of Silver Spring, MD 7

9-Ball White Tier Champion: Paul Schinkel of Pickering, ON

Wheelchair Challenge Champion - Charlie Hans of Cincinnati, OH


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5 States Sending Junior

Smokin’ Aces Hosts First Missouri Junior State 8-Ball Championships On April 30th 2016, Smokin’ Aces BBQ, LLC hosted the first Missouri JunioOwner Mike McKuin has been a longtime supporter of the BEF (Billiard Education Foundation) and its Junior


Ohio Junior State 9-Ball Champions Crowned

On Saturday, April 2, 2016 Miss Cue North hosted the 2nd Annual Ohio Junior State 9-Ball Championships. This event, previously held at Miss Cue Toledo was directed by professional billiard instructor Denny Stewart. Stewart has been a longtime supporter for all things youth billiards in the state of Ohio.

17 participants from four states were in attendance for their chance to vie for this year’s titles. The top two finishers from each of the divisions qualified to participate in the 2016 Junior National 9-Ball Championships. 18 & Under Boys Division 1st Mitchell Terrasi, 17, MI 2nd Nicholas Ridley, 17, Can 3rd Tyrus Kelley, 17, KY

18 & Under Girls Division 1st Alexis Burciaga, 14, Adrian, MI 2nd Tatum Cutting, 13, Diamond, OH

14 & Under Boys Division 1st Quintin Scott, 12, OH 2nd Jake Sollman, 11, Ill

Special Thanks to Denny Stewart, Dan Martin and the staff of Miss Cue North for making this event happen.

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MISSOURI National 9-Ball Championships, bringing a group of top level teens to the national competition each year. This year will be no different. His kickoff event drew 15 young shooters to his room and qualified one from each of the four divisions. 18 & Under Boys Division 1st Place Jared Rice 2nd Place Carson Hager 3rd Place Dylan Brown

18 & Under Girls Division 1st Place Brianna Pickens 2nd Place Breanna Bruce

14 & Under Boys 14 Division 1st Place Keith McKuin 2nd Place Matt Wisely 3rd Place Dakota Lovell

14 & Under Girls Division 1st Place Rebekka Bruce 2nd Place Shelby Reddish 3rd Place Madison Green

Special Thanks to Mike McKuin, Eugene Mullins and the staff at Smokin’ Aces BBQ for making this event happen! FREE POOL ALL DAY MONDAY: LADIES SUNDAY: SERVICE INDUSTRY 5500 Atlantic Springs Rd Raleigh, NC (919) 878-9092

Champs to BEF Nationals ILLINOIS

Success at Inaugural Illinois Junior State 10-Ball Championships Story by David Carr. Photos Courtesy of Roger Garnsey

On April 2-3, 44 youth billiard student-athletes representing Illinois, Missouri and Iowa made their appearance at Starship Billiards in Decatur, IL for a funfilled weekend of pool at the first ever Illinois Junior State 10-Ball Championships. In the 14 and Under Girls, Sarah Tate finished in 1st place and received a paid entry to the Nationals, a trophy and a new cue. Christian Kogel won a paid entry and a 2nd place trophy. The 18 and Under Girls division saw Serena Black go undefeated all day to beat Katelin Ballou in a spirited finals match. Katlin Schilling, who had two “nail-biter” hill/hill matches against the eventual 1st and 2nd place winners, finished 3rd and Megan Thomas was 4th. Both Serena and Katlin Schilling had previously earned paid entries, so a paid entry went to Katelin Ballou and Megan Thomas also received the paid entry to the Nationals.

ably the most exciting match of a long tournament day. Quality pool events like this State Championship always rest on the backs of sponsors and volunteers. Special thanks are due to the 2 primary sponsors, Starship Billiards and Kim Jones, Central Illinois APA Leagues as well as a large number of folks who volunteered their time and experience. Among them were Jerry Brown who served as Tournament Director, Tom Fankhauser, a nationally qualified referee who was the Chief Referee, Leslie and Mike Adams, Terry Beer, Heather Hunter, Bill Pickerill, also a super pool enthusiast locally who has been instrumental in all things billiard, especially those youth-related ones, a number of junior players and others. A special thanks also to Roger Garnsey, who shared freely of his time and advice throughout the event. Special Thanks to Mike McKuin, Eugene Mullins and the staff at Smokin’ Aces BBQ.

In the 14 and Under Boys, Koty Lovell finished a very strong day’s performance with a win over Keith McKuin to secure a paid entry to the Nationals, a 1st place trophy and new cue. By virtue of Keith McKuin’s prior qualification, the paid entry was awarded to 3rd place finisher, Joey Tate.

18 & Under Boys Division: 1st Timmy Bly, 17 Decatur, IL 2nd Brandon Grimes, E. Peoria, IL 3rd Joey Tate, 10, Lake Villa, IL

18 & Under Girls Division: 1st Serena Black, 17 Warrensburg, IL 2nd Katelin Ballou, 15 Granite City, IL 3rd Katlin Schilling, 14 Decatur, IL 4th Megan Thomas, 15 Poplar Bluff, MO

In a most fitting scene to end the evening, the 18 and Under Boys division went to a double hill conclusion that saw Timmy Bly outlast Brandon Grimes. Timmy certainly earned his paid entry, 1st place trophy and new cue as did Brandon for his 2nd place trophy and paid National entry in what was argu-

14 & Under Boys Division 1st Koty Lovell,14 Poplar Bluff, MO 14 & Under Girls Division 2nd Keith McKuin, 14 Poplar Bluff, MO 1st Sarah Tate, 14 Lake Villa, IL 3rd Joey Tate, 10 Lake Villa, IL 2nd Christian Kogel Decatur, IL

The BEF is grateful for the continued support of its premier sponsors for helping to make the 2016 Junior State Championships (JSC) program possible: Simonis Cloth, Aramith Balls, Pechauer Cues, BRAD Scuffer and Tweeten Fibre. Special Thanks also goes to all the national tournament directors and hosts. For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or participating in a Junior State Championship, visit or call (303) 926-1039. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here:


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By: Phil Capelle - Jun. 6, 2016

MAKE IT HAPPEN 1-POCKET INVITATIONAL The FINALS Efren Reyes 4 – Shane Van Boening 3 In the tune up match on Sunday afternoon Reyes foreshadowed the finals to come when he ran eight and out in beating Van Boening and evening their records in this event at 4-1. As a result, there would be no ties – the winner of the Make It Happen Invitational would be the player with the best record. GAME 1 The match opened with Van Boening scratching on his break, but he did not leave Reyes with a shot. After Van Boening hung a bank, Reyes kicked it in, erasing Van Boening’s foul. Reyes then fouled but Van Boening sold out and Reyes made a ball – so after several innings they were both scoreless. Van Boening ran two and, after Reyes missed a bank, he ran six and out to win game one. GAME 2 Van Boening sold out and Reyes ran four balls. Reyes then played an intentional foul and Van Boening fouled as well, so the score was now 3 to -1 in Reyes’ favor. Reyes made a bank into a double carom (!) and ran five and out to even the match at 1-1. GAME 3 Van Boening blundered with a scratch and Reyes ran four, made a combo/carom, and then completed his run of eight and out. GAME 4 Van Boening left Reyes with a combo and Reyes made it to take a 1-0 lead. Van Boening then left Reyes with another combo and he made it, igniting a run of seven and out to win the game, 8 to -1. Reyes now led in the match 3 games to 1. GAME 5 Van Boening made a combo, but was a bit unlucky as he had no other shot. Reyes made a ball for Van Boening and jawed a ball in his own pocket. Reyes later made that ball to trail in the game, 2 to 1. Reyes then sold out on a safety and Van Boening ran two balls. Reyes replied with a bank, but then missed badly and Van Boening ran four and out to win the game, 8-2. He now was behind in the match,


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3-2. GAME 6 Van Boening made a ball for Reyes, then in a subsequent turn he left Reyes with a shot and Efren ran four before hanging up a ball. Van Boening made that ball for Reyes, who was now ahead, 6-0. After Van Boening left Reyes with a shot, he made it, but then passed on a long shot that could have won the game, and the momentum changed. Van Boening opened his six ball run with a long rail bank, a long stop shot, and another bank. After Reyes left a ball near his own pocket, Van Boening made a super crossover bank to tie the score at 7-7. Van Boening left a ball near his pocket and he made it to win the game after Reyes’ takeout had left him with a shot. The match was now tied at three games each. GAME 7 Reyes took an intentional foul, but Van Boening left him with a shot and he ran four to take a 3-0 lead. Reyes was provided with another offensive opportunity and he took full advantage of it, running five and out to win the game, 8-0, and the title. sReyes, 61, had beaten Van Boening, 32, who is arguably the best player in the world, in the game that Reyes is undisputedly the best ever. As a measure of Reyes’ firepower, nine of his 21 games won ended with long runs of 7 (3 times) and 8 (6 times), underscoring his skill at the game’s strongest move – running lots of balls! FINAL RECORDS Efren Reyes ------------ 5– 1 Shane Van Boening----4 – 2 Jeremy Jones-----------3 – 2 Tony Chohan-----------2 – 3 Alex Pagulayan---------1 – 4 Danny Smith------------1 – 4 DAY 4 RESULTS Match #13 - Tony Chohan 4 – Danny Smith 3 Match #14 - Efren Reyes 4 – Shane Van Boening 2 Match #15 - Jeremy Jones 4 – Alex Pagulayan 2 Match #16 - Efren Reyes 4 – Shane Van Boening 3


Wins Tri-State BQE

Kevin Scalzitti wins Tri-State at BQE Billiards & Bar. Kevin’s tournament trail included wins over Mike Harrington 7 - 3; Ed Medina 7 - 2; and Kapriel Delimelkonoglu 7 - 2; before suffering a loss from Duc Lam 8 - 5. Duc was in the Hot Seat and Ambi Estevez locked into third and awaiting another shot to play in the Finals. In Kevin’s quest to win the tournament, he defeated Pascal Dufresne 7 - 1, and Bob Toomey 7 - 5 to meet Ambi. Kevin defeated Ambi 7 - 4 to face Duc Lam in the Finals. During the Finals, Kevin took an early lead; however, Duc tied the match at 5 - 5. Again Kevin asserted himself, winning the next five games, the match and the tournament. Photo: l-r Pascal Dufresne (2nd), Chris Kelly (1st), Tony Liang (3rd)

CHRIS KELLY Wins Tri-State at Steinway Billiards

The next Tri-State event will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Clifton Billiards, in Clifton, NJ. Please provide a thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, and Bloodworth Ball Cleaners for their sponsorship leading to this event. 1st/$600, 2nd/$300, 3rd/$170, 4th/$115 – 23 players

Chris Kelly wins his first Tri-State at Steinway Billiards. Chris’ went undefeated with wins over Duc Lam 8 - 6; Elvis Rodriquez 7 - 4; Tony Liang 8 - 2; Stewart Warnock 8 - 3 and the Hot seat match with Pascal Dufresne 7 - 3. During this time, Tony Liang went through the loss side to reach Pascal. Their match was a real cliffhanger, with Pascal the winner at 9 - 8. During the Finals, Chris and Pascal tied at 3 - 3 before Chris took charge with a 7 - 4 victory. Special acknowledgement also belongs to Adrian Daniel for an impressive 6 win/2 loss, 4th place finish. The next Tri-State event will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at BQE Billiards & Bar, in Jackson Hts., Queens, NY. Please provide a thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, and Bloodworth Ball Cleaners for their sponsorship leading to this event.

1st/$710, 2nd/$450, 3rd/$280, 4th/$170, 5-6th/$110, 7-8th/$80 - 37 players

Photo: l-r 3rd/ Ambi Estevez, 2nd/Duc Lam, 1st Krevin Scalzitti


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In the hot seat match, Ramirez took on newcomer Andrzrej Kaldan. Kaldan had a dominating run through the lower bracket, which included several convincing wins: Steve Kalloo (7-3), Alison Fischer (7-3), Lukas FracassoVerner (7-3), and Jimy Cardona (7-4). However, Ramirez put Kaldan’s winning streak to an end, taking the match 8-5.

L-R: Jorge Rodriguez, Tony Robles, & Lee Kang Story by Alison Fischer At Predator Pro/Am Tour’s ninth stop of the 2016 season, “A+” rated tour veteran Lidio “Rasta” Ramirez returned to the top to score his first win of the year. Ramirez proved to be unstoppable, going undefeated through the two-day event. This event was held at Raxx Pool Room, Bar & Grill on May 21-22, with “Upstate Al” Leon of AZBtv on-hand to host the free live stream of feature matches throughout the weekend. On his way to the top, Ramirez took down a list of formidable foes that included Elvis Rodriguez (7-6), Nigel Francis (7-4), and Juan Guzman (7-6). On the second day, Ramirez faced another tough opponent as he paired up against the other undefeated player remaining in the upper bracket – former tour winner and 2015 “B+” Player of the Year Annie Flores. In their match, Ramirez took a decisive 7-4 victory over Flores to move on to the winner’s bracket final.

In the battle for redemption on the loss side of the bracket, recent “Second Chance” winner Pablo Sanz (B) was leading the way through the lower half of the bracket. After losing to Kaldan, Sanz picked up wins over Nicole Monaco (7-5), Chickie Romero (7-2), and Jimy Cardona (7-6) to land in the quarterfinal. Also on the loss side, Annie Flores recovered from her defeat against Ramirez, soundly beating Manny Stamatakis 7-2. Stamatakis, who was recently raised from an “A” to an “A+”, had a strong showing at Raxx, winning seven straight matches on the loss side to finish in 5th/6th place. Following her win over Stamatakis, Flores took on Sanz in the quarterfinal, but fell short in this match, settling for fourth place. Moving on to the semifinal, Sanz faced off against Kaldan in a rematch from the winner’s bracket. Sanz avenged his previous loss by shutting out Kaldan (7-0) to earn a spot in the finals against Ramirez. In their match for the title, Sanz was spotted three games on the wire in a race to eight. The “modified” single race format for the final meant that if Ramirez got to eight first, he would win outright; if not, the set would extend to ten. The final race between Sanz and Ramirez was closely contested, but in the end, Ramirez sealed the match win with a score of 8-7 to take the title.


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On day two of Predator Pro/Am Tour Stop 9 at Raxx, the big guns came out to play in the Pro 10-Ball event. In this tournament, one of the tour’s rising stars, Lee Kang, was in the spotlight. Lee, who is a student from Korea now based in Queens, made his mark at Raxx with an undefeated showing. To start out the event, Lee took down Steve Wright and Raxx owner Holden Chin (both 7-3) before going toe-to-toe with New York legend Frankie Hernandez where he escaped with a 7-6 win. Lee’s next challenger was Predator Pro/Am Tour founder Tony Robles, who had just come away with a 7-2 win over 2015 Empire State Champion Jorge Rodriguez. The match between Lee and Robles would determine who moved on with a guaranteed place in the final, and it was no contest—as Lee put down a 7-3 win. While Robles waited to play the semifinal, the players remaining in the loss bracket were in battle to get their chance at him. In the “final four” match-ups, both Jorge Rodriguez and Frankie Hernandez scored 7-4 wins over Zion Zvi and Del Sim, respectively, to move onto the quarterfinal. In that match, Rodriguez shot down Hernandez 7-5 to land in the semifinal against Robles. Mon - Thurs : 5pm - 1am Fri - Sat: Noon - 2am Sun: Noon - 1am

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L-R Pablo Sanz, Lidio Ramirez, & Andrzej Kaldan The semifinal was a gritty fight between two of New York’s best, where Robles survived a “hill-hill” showdown against Rodriguez to win 7-6 on the AZBtv live stream. This outcome made for a rematch scenario in the final, with Robles taking on Lee for a second time. Once again, Lee stole the show with a near-shutout against Complete Payouts ABCD Robles, as he landed a 9-1 victory 1st Lidio Ramirez - $1200 (+ $250 side pot) 2nd Pablo Sanz - $850 (+ $150 side pot) for his first title on the tour in 3rd Andrzej Kaldan - $600 (+ $80 side pot) 2016. 4th 5/6th 7/8th 9-12th

Annie Flores - $400 Jimy Cardona, Manny Stamatakis - $275 Chickie Romero, Josh Friedberg - $200 Elvis Rodriguez, Miguel Laboy, Nicole Monaco, KC Clayton - $150

Complete Payouts Second Chance 1st Lee Kang - $700 2nd Tony Robles - $400 3rd Jorge Rodriguez - S4270 4th Frankie Hernandez - $170

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Tues: Straight 8-Ball $8 entry Fri: Hcp 8-Ball $15 entry Sat: Chip Tourney $15 entry


June/July 2016


2016 Ginky Memorial at Steinway Billiards

From Tony Robles on Facebook: Hanging out with three of my brothers Mika, I Alan & Zion and am very proud of them for making it to the final 3 of the 2016 Ginky Memorial at Steinway Billiards! You three had a great event and I’m sure that Ginky will be watching the final between Zion & Mika with a smile from up above! Live stream for the Pro final will be provided by UpState AL of AZBTV immediately following the final of the Amateur event between Tony Liang & Edwin Guzman. Congrats to all the top finishers for both events and special thanks to Steinway Billiards for making this event bigger and better than ever with 240 players this year!

Brett Wins at League Room

Another great tournament! We had 32 players from all over. We started the Calcutta on time and ran all 32 players through to the end in 12 hours including the Calcutta. The bounty was paid to Lee Brett and Tri Hinton. Congratulations to Lee Brett on the win, Shannon Murphy came in second, Jerry Hager, third and Nija Conley came in fourth. We apologize for the AC debacle and defiantly will have that fixed long before the next monthly tournament, the end of June. It was nice to see so many faces and we were excited to make some new friends. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon


June/July 2016


Alex Pagulayan wins the Archer Cup 12-10 over John Morra


If you have any changes to your weekly pool tournaments EMAIL: DATE CITY Mondays Astoria, NY Statesville, NC Warren, MI Warren, MI Dayton, OH Hilliard, OH Akron, OH Tuesdays Edison, NJ Bowling Green, KY Martins Ferry, OH Wednesdays Tallahassee, FL Clearwater, FL Astoria, NY Lexington, SC Martins Ferry, OH Statesville, NC Rural Hall, NC Dayton, OH Raleigh, NC Thursdays Edison, NJ Williamsville, NY Lexington, SC Statesville, NC Bowling Green, KY Lansing, MI Warren, MI Vernon, IN Parkersburg, WV Fridays Decatur, AL Hollywood, FL Greensboro, NC Raleigh, NC Lexington, SC Martins Ferry, OH Portland, ME Fairfield, OH Statesville, NC Saturdays Decatur, AL Hollywood, FL Greensboro, NC Lexington, SC Parkersburg, WV Rural Hall, NC Leitchfield, KY Martins Ferry, OH Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Battle Creek, MI Battle Creek, MI Reynoldburg, OH Sundays Clearwater, FL Edison, NJ Edison, NJ Statesville, NC Raleigh, NC Jackson, MS Orlando, FL Syracuse, NY Portage, MI Livonia, MI Vernon, IN Dayton, OH Columbus, OH Fairfield, OH Mansfield, OH

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

TIME 7PM 7PM 7PM 8PM 7PM 8PM 7:30PM 7PM 8PM Call 8PM 1PM 7PM 6:30PM 7:30PM 7PM 8PM 7PM 7:30PM 7PM 7PM 8PM 7PM 8PM 7:30PM 7PM 7:30PM 7PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 7:30PM 8PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 8PM 8PM 7PM 7PM 7PM 7PM Call 6PM 6PM 1PM 7PM 3PM 6PM Noon Noon 3PM 6PM 8:30PM 2PM 7PM 4PM 2PM 7:30PM 7PM 8PM Call 5:30PM

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June/July 2016


Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice DATE Jul 2 Jul 9-10 Jul 9 Jul 10 Jul 9-10 Jul 6-10 Jul 10 Jul 16 Jul 31 Aug 6 Aug 6 Aug 6 Aug 6 Aug 6-7 Aug 14 Aug 20 Aug 27-28 Aug 27-28 Sept 3 Sept 3-4 Sept 11 Sept 17-18 Sept 18 Sept 24-25 Sept 25

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LOCATION Bison Billiards 9-Ball Heaven Amsterdam Billiards Amsterdam Billiards Zingales Amsterdam Billiards Cue Bar Rockaway Billiards Steinway Billiards Bison Billiards League Room Brown’s Billiards Clifton Billiards Murphy’s Cue Club Rockaway Billiards Steinway Billiards Zingales Amsterdam Billiards Bison Billiards Steinway Billiards Cue Bar Cue Bar Rockaway Billiards Steinway Billiards Steinway Billiards

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EVENT / RULES Bar Box 8-Ball Women’s Open 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B-C-D 9-Ball Pro 9-Ball Amateur 9-Ball B-C-D 9-Ball C-D 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball A-B/C-D Bar Box 8-Ball Big Dog 8-Ball Open 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 10-Ball Pro 9-Ball C-D 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball Open 9-Ball B-C-D Bar Box 8-Ball 9-Ball Qualifier for Kuwait 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball A-B-C-D 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball A-B/C-D 8-Ball C-D

ENTRY ADDED $35 Call $65 + $35mem $1000 Call $1000 Call $500 $65 $5000 guar Varies $1000 Varies $1000 Varies $1000 Varies $1000 $35 Call $50 (incl g.f.) $2,500 w/64 $50/$35 Call Varies $1000 Call $1000 Varies $1000 Varies $1000 $65 $2500 guar Varies $1000 $35 Call Call Call Varies $1000 Call $1000 Varies $1000 Call $1000 Varies $1000

TIME 12N Call 12N 12N 11AM Call Call Call Call 12N Noon 11:30AM Call 12N Call Call 11AM Call 12N Call Call 12N Call 12N Call

TOURNAMENTS Jul 6-7 Jul 7-10 Jul 8-10 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9-10 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 16-17

Chicago, IL Olathe,KS Olathe,KS Moline, IL Des Moines, IA Tulsa, OK Tulsa, OK Fort Worth, TX Tulsa, OK Davenport, IA Shreveport, LA

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June/July 2016


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Open 9-Ball One Pocket Open & Women’s 9-Ball No Masters 8-Ball Women’s 9-Ball 9-Ball one foul - 8 & under 7 & Under 8-Ball 9-Ball limit 80 Open 9-Ball Summer Shoot Out 8-Ball Open 9-Ball limit 128

$50 $40 $65O/$50W $30 $50 $20+$10 g.f. $20 $50 $20 $40 $75

$1000 guar 11AM $1000 8PM $4000 8PM Fri $1000 w/64 11AM $500 11:30AM $100 every 10plyr 1PM Call 2PM $1500 10:30AM Call 2PM $1000 w/64 Call $2000 guar 11AM

JUlY 7-10 - Midwest 9-Ball Tour - Shooters, Olathe, KS JULY 8-10 - West Coast Challenge 10-Ball - Freemont, CA Table: 9ft - Grade: Two JULY 20-22 - U S Open 10-Ball - Las Vegas, NV Table: 7 ft - Grade: One JULY 23-25 - U S Open 8-Ball - Las Vegas, NV Table: 7ft - Grade: One August 13-15 - Eastern State 10 Ball Champs, Providence, RI Level 2, Grade 3 Aug 23-28 - US Bar Table Championships Las Vegas, NV August 25-28 - Turning Stone Classic IIVerona, New York Level 2, Grade 1 September 3-5 - Texas Open 9-ball Round Rock, Austin, TX Level 2, Grade 2 October - Gotham City Billiards Pro 9 BallClassic Brooklyn, NY Level 2, Grade 3 September 15-184 Bears 8 Ball ClassicNew Town, North Dakota Level 3 Grade 1 October 7-9 - Chinook Winds Open 10 BallLincoln City, Oregon Level 3, Grade 2 October - US Open 9 BallNorfolk, Virginia Level 1


June/July 2016


One-Piece Seasoned Select Maple Cues




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Stroke Magazine Pool Magazine June/July Issue 2016  

Tri State Tour results from Steinway Billiards ... Omega APA results ... Mill Casino results ...and so much more

Stroke Magazine Pool Magazine June/July Issue 2016  

Tri State Tour results from Steinway Billiards ... Omega APA results ... Mill Casino results ...and so much more