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VAN BOENING Claims 2nd US 10-Ball Championship TITLE Shane Van Boening of South Dakota did what he did best Thursday at the US Open 10-Ball Championship at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino — break with consistency; pocket balls with deadly accuracy; and place the cue ball with precision. And so Van Boening was able to pocket a second US Open 10-Ball Championship, and the $10,000 prize that accompanied a silver cup.

first US Open 10-Ball Championship in 2011, also has four US Open 9-Ball Championship titles; a US Open One Pocket title and a US Open 8-Ball Championship title, which he hopes to replicate this weekend. The US Open 8-Ball Championship starts Saturday at 10 a.m. “I’ll always support (Mark Griffin’s) events and play in them,” Van Boening said. “He’s done so much for me.”

The 52-player field started play Wednesday, July 23 and wrapped up Friday, July 25 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Pavilion. The tournament is played with Cyclop balls on 7-foot Diamond tables covered with Simonis Cloth. The US Open 10-Ball format is race to ten, double elimination and the US Open 8-Ball format is race to eight, double elimination.

Van Boening’s tournament started strong, with wins over Chad Sholders, 10-4; Tommy Tokoph, 10-7; Georgi Georgiev, 10-5; Amar Kang, 10-6, and Sky Woodward, 10-5, before being bested by runner-up Rodney Morris in the hot seat match, 10-7. Morris forced Van Boening to the loser’s side of the bracket where he beat Canadian John Morra 10-6, to ensure himself a spot in the finals and another shot at Morris.

The 2016 US Open 8-Ball & 10-Ball Championships are being held in conjunction with the 40th BCAPL National Championships, July 20-30 at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The event features more than 5,000 amateur players representing 47 states, nine Canadian provinces and 11 countries, competing in approximately 40 divisions, on 300 Diamond pool tables. The annual tournament also includes about 50 exhibitors. The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is the official host venue. Other sponsors include Viking, Kamui, Omega Billiards, Cyclop, Diamond, Simonis, and Predator.

Morris’ path to the hot seat included wins over Mitch Ellerman, Brandon Shuff, Vilmos Foldes, Jason Klatt and Morra.

Several challenge matches are also scheduled, including the Pick Your Poison Challenge, which has Hohmann facing Van Boening, in a race to 21, 8-ball; the Tiger Challenge, where legend Francisco Bustamante will take on Rodney ‘The Rocket’ Morris in a race to 21 in 10-ball; and the OB Challenge, which features Justin Bergman of Fairview Heights, Il. against Corey Deuel of San Leandro, Calif.

The finals match remained close until the score was tied at eight games each, when Van Boening broke and ran the rack to move ahead in the single race-to-13 final match. Van Boening capitalized when Morris made mistakes and played solidly to capture every game until he pocketed the final 10 ball and the championship title.

The final standings and payouts in the tournament were: 1. Shane Van Boening, 2. Rodney Morris, 3. John Morra, 4. Sky Woodward, 5/6 Oscar Dominguez, Rodrigo Geronimo, 7/8 John Schmidt, Amar Kang, 9/12 Jason Klatt, Taylor Anderson, Jesse Bowman, and Billy Thorpe,

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Van Boening Pockets Another US Open Title The US Open 8-Ball Championship is a true open tournament. Any player willing to put up the entry fee is allowed to play and the championships traditionally attract the top players in the world. The tournament is being played with Cyclop balls on 7-foot Diamond tables covered with Simonis Cloth.

Lombardo, 9-6; Brandon Shuff, 9-6; Thorsten Hohmann, 9-8; and Josh Roberts, 9-5; and Jesse Bowman, 9-8. The 2016 US Open 8-Ball & 10-Ball Championships were held in conjunction with the 40th BCAPL National Championships, which is taking place through July 30 at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The event features more than 5,000 amateur players representing 47 states, nine Canadian provinces and 11 countries, competing in approximately 40 divisions, on 300 Diamond pool tables. The annual tournament will also include about 50 exhibitors. The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is the official host venue. Other sponsors include Viking, Kamui, Omega Billiards, Cyclop, Diamond, Simonis, and Predator.

This 2016 US Open 8-Ball Championships became a Dakotas Duel Monday when Shane Van Boening, ‘The South Dakota Kid’ met Rory Hendrickson, of Fargo, N.D., in the finals of the prestigious tournament. The men have known each other for years, and the mutual respect was apparent as the match got underway with a handshake and smiles before the lag. Then things got serious on the table as Van Boening and Hendrickson, the house professional at Fargo Billiards, went to work. Van Boening is undisputedly one of the best players in the U.S. and, therefore, expected to grind through a tough field to make it to the finals of a tournament. But after losing in the first round, 7-9, to Taylor Anderson, Van Boening had to take the long road to the finals. He posted wins over: Steve Register, 9-2; Kyle Pepin, 9-1; Greg Harada Jr., 9-4; Chris McDaniel, 9-5; Shane McMinn, 9-5; Thorsten Hohmann, 9-6; Francisco Bustamante, 9-8; Amar Kang, 9-8; Josh Roberts, 9-6; and Jesse Bowman, 9-4. Hendrickson, on the other hand, was a long shot to make it into the final’s arena of the 63-player field. In his path through the right side of the bracket, Hendrickson, beat: Kelli Chuberko, 9-4; Hunter

Rory Hendrickson & Shane Van Boening The final standings in the tournament were: Shane Van Boening, South Dakota Rory Hendrickson, North Dakota Jesse Bowman, Illinois Josh Roberts, South Carolina Mike Dechaine, Maine, Amar Kang, California 7/8. Francisco Bustamante, California, Brandon Shuff, North Carolina 9-12. Corey Deuel,CA, Vilmos Foldes, CA Thorsten Hohmann, FL, Rodney Morris, CA 13-16. Oscar Dominguez, CA, Shane McMinn, TN Richie Orem, AK John Schmidt, CA 1. 2. 3. 4. 5/6.

For more information, photos, or to set up interviews, contact Mary Coffman, CSI Marketing Manager at 509-308-9814 (cell); or by email at maryc@ CUTLINE: Shane Van Boening of South Dakota won both the 2016 US Open 10-Ball Championship and the 2016 US Open 8-Ball Championship, which were held over the past week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Van Boening beat Rory Hendrickson, of North Dakota, in the finals of the US Open 8-Ball Championship Monday after completing his win in the 10-Ball Championships over Rodney Morris, California. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JP PARMENTIER & CSI.


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As we become better players, our habits deepen. We rely on those habits to help us do the same sequences of little things throughout our pre-shot and shooting routines, time after time. Once our physical habits are solidly in place, we can put our focus on strategy and winning. Well, maybe for a while…

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Pros in every sport continuously return to their fundamentals. Many of our troubles seem to arise from the gradual decay of our fundamentals. Whatever our old habits were, they tend to return. We often make little adjustments to our form, our equipment, or our routines, and we forget to consider how each change relates to the bigger picture of what we’re trying to accomplish. Further, we don’t always remember to notice whether the changes we made are actually helping. This came home to me recently when I made an equipment change and failed to notice the effects. I changed my contact lenses, optimizing them a bit more for distance, since I was hitting golf balls further than I could see (unfortunately, not because I’m a great golfer). Five or six weeks went by, and my pool game was way off. I hadn’t had a slump this long in many years. Then one day, I was hitting a pool shot and realized I was not seeing the balls clearly. I had been seeing them poorly ever since I changed the contacts, but I just hadn’t consciously noticed. I went back and got contacts optimized for pool distances, and immediately got my game back.

have to make an effort. For example, to determine how close to straight-in a shot is, we have to put our body on the line through the balls, move our head side to side a little to get a 3D perspective, and perhaps bend down to get closer to the table surface. It takes more than a glance. If we get lazy and line up without making the necessary and appropriate effort, we may have time to consider the error of our ways while we’re in the chair hoping to get back to the table. Think about when you’re in the zone, playing your best. How are you seeing? What are you seeing? I’ll bet you’re using your eyes quite well, making the effort, bothering to focus, clearly and consciously seeing what you’re seeing. The difference is that when you’re in the zone, it doesn’t seem like effort. You’re totally focused and you simply do the right things. You’re fully in the moment, seeing, feeling, doing. On the other hand, I’m wagering that most of the time, most of us are not even fully focusing our eyes when we’re down on a shot. As we get older, it can take a couple of seconds to fully focus on the cueball and a couple more seconds to then bring the object ball into full focus. Even worse, I believe a good percentage of players “black out” during their hit stroke. They aren’t focused on the vital physical aspects of their game. Instead, they’re focused internally, on distractions such as fear of missing, self-consciousness, trying to look good, and so on.

The moral of the story is that we really do have to check ourselves out, especially when we’re in a slump. Something has changed somewhere, and change is not automatically for the better. In my case, and I suspect, for many of us, we’re often not seeing what we’re looking at. We’re running on habit and not bothering to really focus hard on what we’re doing.

What are you actually seeing during the hit moment? What are you aware of? Take some shots and see what you’re seeing. To be focused enough to consciously see during the hit, you have to be focused before the hit. And that’s what we’re really after.

Let’s talk about how we use our vision in pool. We rely on our eyesight to judge distances, spatial relationships, gaps, angles, and alignments. For most of these tasks, we

Getting out of whack might be a gradual process, but recovering from it doesn’t have to be. Put forth more effort. Focus. Give yourself a better chance. Lazy loses.



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.


The “Over and Under” shot is pretty dated and you all may think it is a mere “crowdpleaser”. The truth of the matter is that the principle this shot is based on is extremely useful in all cue games as it may help you score a point or find position. It comes up with certain frequency especially playing rotation games such as 9- and 10-Ball, 3-cushion billiards and, of course, it becomes of vital importance to be able to execute it for artistic pool and billiards players. This is the most popular version which we dress up by laying a bridge across the table at the first diamonds from the short rail, as shown in the diagram. We can also use a regular cue and place a couple of chalk cubes under its ferrule. The bridge’s head leaning on the right long rail offers enough clearance for a ball to pass under it. Place your Object Ball (in this case the Yellow Ball) with its front edge even with the cue/ bridge and about two balls away from the long rail. Then place your CB at about one-ball distance from the short rail so that the line of centers between the OB and the CB (the blue dotted line) aims slightly to the right of the right tip of pocket A. Place the second OB (the Red Ball) hanging by pocket B. While you aim the Yellow Ball to make it into pocket A, elevate your cue by 20⁰-25⁰. I use an elevated close bridge meaning that the palm of my bridge hand is off the rail which I touch only with my middle, ring and pinkie fingers while my thumb and index finger loop around the shaft. Hit the CB with a 2-tip, 6 o’clock and speed-3 stroke. Don’t hold back or poke the CB. Just follow through knowing that the tip of your cue will slide on the cloth without damaging it due to the moderate elevation of the cue. The CB will take off slightly but enough to be propped up by the Yellow Ball which will become its “ramp ball”. While the yellow OB travels towards pocket A, the CB jumps over the hurdle, lands several inches past it and then the back spin grabs and drives the CB backwards, under the bridge to make the red OB A into pocket B. The principle this shot teaches is the “delayed draw”. When we learn how to make the CB jump slightly after hitting an OB by using bottom English on it, we can drive it forward up to 10-12 inches before it actually puts in the rear gear likely curving around a ball which might be in the way for scoring a point or for finding good position for the next shot. To be absolutely sure not to damage the cloth while practicing this shot, consider my patented “CLOTH SHIELDS” advertised in this fine magazine.




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Recently there was a challenge match between Darren Appleton and Earl Strickland at 10 ball. The corner pockets on the special table were extra-tough at 4 1/4 inches but the side pockets were super-tough. There were no side pockets; it was a four-pocket table. Evidently that made the table a little too tough. In the 104 games of the match there was only one break-and-run, which was posted by Appleton.

off the 8 and into pocket X. Instead you end up at E. With a double-bank of the 7 to pocket Y you try to leave a straight-in on the 8 ball to the corner Z and a safe if you miss. You make the 7 but leave just a little too much angle on the 8 to avoid the scratch. Your final trick is to shoot very softly at the 8 and roll the cue ball against the facing of pocket X to get the safety and the corner hook.

I like side pockets and not just because they make it easier for me to run a few balls. There are lots of little tricks they make possible and if you know what to do in the tricky situations you have an advantage. Here is a rack of nine ball that uses several of them.

Do you know some other interesting little techniques like these? Send them to my email ( and we’ll share them with the other readers.

Unfortunately, you mis-aim and don’t hit the 3 at all, leaving the cue ball at B. Fortunately there is a bank shot available -- the 3 can be made on a one-rail bank to pocket X. The shot looks like a sure double kiss, but a trick gets you out of the kiss. If you hit the 3 halffull on the right side it drives into the cushion right by the side pocket opening. There it encounters the stiff facing of the pocket which is a thin layer of hard rubber that takes the punishment when a ball hits the pockethard. That facing can straighten the bank out and it amazingly goes straight in the other side. This “impossible” bank works only for a small range of positions of the 3 ball, so you are going to have to experiment with that. On some tables the cue ball may need to be a little closer to the center of the table to avoid the kiss -- that depends on how hard the facing is and how soft the cushion rubber. Try it and see. You get the 3 bank and the 4 in and you leave the cue ball at C. The 5 ball is frozen to the corner of the pocket just far enough away from the pocket that it looks impossible. It’s actually easy. Just ignore the corner and shoot straight at the ball from C and draw straight back for the 6 ball. The corner compresses some and lets the ball pass for a hard stroke. From the 6 you hope to leave the cue ball at D to play the 7 on another kiss shot


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Your opponent has broken dry and leaves an impossible-looking runout. The first problem is the 3 ball by the side pocket. It’s edge is just slightly sticking into the pocket opening and it’s frozen to the cushion. The first technique to try is to move it with the 2 ball. You play the 1 and leave the cue ball at A which is just about perfect to play the 2 off the 3 and into the side. You have to hit the 3 thin enough you don’t get a double kiss but thick enough to move it into a makeable position.


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Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

Pool is a complex game to master because the technical aspects of the game are not simple to execute subconsciously. However, the more you can reduce the variables, the simpler the game of pool becomes, and the easier it is to play the game with a positive attitude. In fact, most beginners try to figure out things on their own. Some are too proud to seek help and it’s that kind of spirit that often leaves them playing pool at the same “speed” for many years. There are some things players can control and some things they cannot. This month let’s examine the variables we can control.

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STRATEGY is the art of playing a game within your limitations. Generally speaking, pool players are limited by both their physical and technical abilities. During a game, you have to be realistic about your playing ability. You should know what you can and can’t do. Everyone has a unique set of talents and being able to manage those talents is an important part of the game. However, sometimes our ego gets in the way. It’s that little voice that tells you that you can play like Earl Strickland even though you really can’t. You know—the same voice that tells us that we would look really cool cutting the nine ball backward into the corner pocket rather than playing a simple safe. Great players know that if they try to run out before the time is right, the game usually ends in disaster. Be realistic with what you can actually do

and as Dirty Harry would say, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” HEALTH is also very important and this aspect requires us to exercise regularly. It also requires us to eat healthy foods and follow a strict diet. Being in good physical condition is an important part of performing well. It helps us to remain positive and gives us that extra edge we need to repeat a quality pool stroke over and over again, especially near the end of the tournament when most players are getting physically tired. Today, the best players in the world are “athletes.” They understand the importance of being in shape. It wasn’t that way fifteen years ago, but today you generally have two options: get in shape or suffer the consequences. MENTAL GAME is another variable that we can control. It is a known fact that having a positive attitude affects the chemistry in our brain and allows us to think and perform on a higher level. In order for us to do that, players should consider “reprogramming” their mind so it can better optimize their physical abilities. Three ways to reprogram your mind include the use of hypnosis, positive affirmations, and subliminal messaging. HYPNOSIS is the use of hypnotherapy by a licensed potential. It is a form of mental training for the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy can enhance your performance on the pool table by transforming negative thoughts into positive ones. Hypnotic suggestion often has a positive effect on the way players think and perform during high-level competition. Positive affirmations work to reprogram our route guidance system, which significantly affects our performance on the pool table. The idea here is that your brain is going to talk to you, so you might as well train it to talk to you in a positive way. You can practice positive self-talk by making up a list of things you want to believe about yourself (see the appendix for an example). Once the list is made, you can train yourself by repeating (out loud) each of the statements on a daily basis. Pool is a mentally draining game that can change your attitude from one ball to the next. How you react will ultimately affect your performance. In the words of Thomas Paine, “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” Yes, pool is an emotional roller coaster, but a positive attitude will allow you to remain optimistic even in the face of adversity.


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LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (July 22, 2016) — A record number of aspiring young APA members from across North America made their way to Davenport, Iowa in early July for the APA Junior Championships.

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After four-days of having fun, making new friends from across the country and playing their hearts out on the pool table, three champions were crowned in each tier of the Junior Championships.

The event also included a Junior/Adult Doubles event, recognition for Outstanding Academic Achievements and a special exhibition and autograph signing by Florian “Venom” Kohler. Event sponsors included: Nationwide Insurance,, Frank’s Center Inc., GRIND’N Clothing Co., Jacoby Custom Cues, Kamui Tips, Khamsin Designs Inc., Kingery Printing, Meucci Cues, Midwest Illinois APA, OB Cues, Omega Billiards Supplies, Promotions Pronto, RT9 Designs Art and Apparel, Predator, Tiger Products Inc., Viking Cues and Venom Trick Shots.

In the finals of the Green Tier (Skill Levels 1-3), 14-year-old Deanna Wilder (SL 3) of Carthage, Miss., defeated Tanner Schurke (SL 2) of Buffalo, Iowa., by a score of 25-14. Schurke finished Runner-up. Jonathan Lynn of Huntsville, Ala., and Gracie Davis of Shelbyville, Ill., tied for 3rd Place in the Green Tier. Not surprisingly, the Green Tier featured the largest number of competitors in this year’s event with 160 participants. In the finals of the White Tier (Skill Levels 4-5), 15-year-old Austin Le (SL 4) of Wilmington, N.C., defeated Skylar Brown (SL 5) of Cape Girardeau, Mo., 31-36 (Brown needed 38). Doug Tuttle of La Place, Ill., and William Haubner of Decatur, Ill., tied for 3rd Place in the White Tier. The White Tier had 69 participants. In the finals of the Black Tier (Skill Levels 6-9), 13-year-old Nathan Childress (SL 9) of North Chesterfield, Va., defeated James Diaz (SL 6) of Phoenix, Ariz., 75-27 (Diaz was racing to 46). The Black Tier, featuring the highest skilled players, included 23 competitors. Tying for 3rd Place in the Black Tier were Tyler Anderson of Decatur, Ill., and Cole Bryson of Windham, Ohio. Overall, more than 250 players competed in one of the three 9-Ball skill level tiers July 7 –10 at Sharky’s Billiards. Champions each took home an X-Box One. Runners-up received Google Chrome


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Broomfield, Colo., July 20, 2016 - The Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame welcomes a pair of powerful left-handed champions to the class of 2016. The United States Billiard Media Association today announced that smoothstroking Hawaiian “Rocket” Rodney Morris and “The Texas Belle,” Belinda Calhoun have earned induction as the 67th and 68th members of the sport’s most prestigious hall of fame. Morris, 46, will enter the Greatest Players wing of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame, while Calhoun, 63, will be honored in the Veteran Players category. Both will be formally inducted during ceremonies on October 20, 2016, at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, Va. Born in Anaheim, CA, but raised in Hawaii, Morris burst onto the pool scene in 1996 when, as a 26-year-old, he thrashed Efren Reyes in the final to capture the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship. Just hitting his playing prime, Morris was away from the game for nearly four years following a federal drug conviction. A remorseful and rededicated Morris returned to the game in 2001 and won the year-ending Sands Regency Open. Over the next six years, Morris captured the UPA Pro Tour Championship, the Matchroom Sportspromoted World Pool League title and the World Cup of Pool. He finished second to Reyes in the IPT World 8-Ball Championship in 2006, earning $150,000. Morris also made eight appearances on Team USA in the Mosconi Cup, earning MVP honors in 2004. More recently, Morris captured titles at the Turning Stone Classic and the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. “I want to cry,” Morris said, who lives in Lincoln, Calif. “It is validation and recognition of all the years and hard work I’ve put into this game. Getting into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame is especially gratifying because I came from a broken home, was raised on the streets and made just about every mistake you can make. But I persevered, which proves that everyone can do something great it they dedicate themselves to it.” Born Belinda Campos in Austin, Texas, Calhoun was one of the Women’s Professional Billiards Association’s top stars through the ‘80s, capturing a pair of BCA National 8-Ball Championships titles, the Texas River City Open and the NPCA Classic Cup 9-Ball title. Calhoun dominated 1985, winning the Women’s World 14.1 title, the WPBA National Championship and the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship. That same year, she was also named “Player of the Year” by Billiards Digest and was named to the Pool & Billiard Magazine “All-Stars.” Calhoun was credited with running seven racks and out during the 1993 World 9-Ball Championships. In addition to her stellar playing career, Calhoun has been active in organization administration, serving 20 years on the WPBA Board of Directors, six years on the WPA Board and several years as a Billiard Congress of America Board Director. “This is a wonderful surprise,” said Calhoun, who now resides in Fork, S.C. “I had resolved myself to the idea that [getting into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame] wasn’t going to happen. I’m honored. I had always thought my career was deserving, so this is very gratifying. I feel like I’ve served the sport well for a long time.”

“The Texas Belle,” Belinda Calhoun


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BELINDA (Bearden Campos) CALHOUN The “Texas Belle” won five WPBA titles in the mid-1980s, a period dominated by Jean Balukas and Loree Jon Jones. She was BD’s Player of the Year in 1985, a year in which she also won the Women’s World 14.1 championship. She also was an accomplished “amateur” player, winning two titles at BCA National 8-Ball bar table events. In the last decade, she has been active in Texas-area regional tours, and altogether has more than 50 regional titles. She also has been an extremely visible proponent for women’s pool in the media, and has participated in scores of fundraisers for several charities and service groups.  Major Titles (*state championships/regional events/amateur bar-table events) *1980 Fast Eddie’s Ladies Open *1981 BCA National 8-Ball (bar table) 1983 Texas River City Open 9-Ball 1983 NPCA Classic Cup 9-Ball *1984 BCA National 8-Ball (bar table) 1985 WPBA Nationals 9-Ball 1985 U.S. Open 1985 Women’s World 14.1 1986 Classic Cup 9-Ball *1988 Illinois State Champion 1989 NPBA National 8-Ball Champion * Eight-time Texas State Open Champion: 1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2006. * Four-time Fast Eddie’s Tour Champion * Two-time Huebler Cup Champion   Assorted accomplishments: • Believed to be first woman to run seven games and out in major tournament competition (U.S. Open and World Championships; yes, twice) • Member of the WPBA Hall of Fame • Very active in organization administration: 16-year WPBA Executive Board member, past WPBA president, 6-year World Pool-Billiard Association Executive Board member; Billiard Congress of America Board member. • 1983 National Billiard News Player of the Year • 1985 Pool & Billiard Magazine All-Star Player • 15-time U.S. representative to the World Championships

RODNEY MORRIS Handsome and stylish with a velvety left-handed stroke, Morris burst onto the pool scene in 1996 when, as a 26-year-old, he thrashed the still-in-his-prime Efren Reyes in the final to win the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship. A federal drug conviction in 1998 took Morris away from the game for nearly four years. He returned to action in 2001 and won the year-ending Sands Regency Open. In 2003 Morris defeated reigning world 9-ball champion Thorsten Hohmann in the final of the Matchroom Sport World Pool League event. Morris also joined Team USA for the first of eight appearances in 2003, and was named MVP of the event in 2004. Morris won the UPA Pro Tour Championship in 2006, and also finished second to Reyes in the IPT World 8-Ball Championship in Reno, earning $150,000. In 2008 he captured the Matchroom-produced World Cup of Pool, and won the Turning Stone 9-Ball Championship in 2011. Morris recently won the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship. Morris has more than 25 additional regional and tour titles to his credit. Major U.S. and International Titles 1996 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship 2001 Sands Regency Open 2003 World Pool League 2004 Sands Regency Open 2006 Seminole Florida Pro Tour 2007 Seminole Pro Tour Championship 2008 World Cup of Pool 2011 Turning Stone Classic XVII 2013 U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship 2015 Chinook Winds Open 10-Ball Regional titles 2004 Houston Open 2007 SE Open 9-Ball 2008 Quezon City Open (Manila) 2010 Seminole Tour Stop 2011 Poison Tour Pro Event 2011 Interpool Open (Sweden) 2015 Cole Dickson Memorial 2016 Don Coates Memorial 9-Ball

Rodney “the Rocket” Morris


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Photo by: Rick Schmitz

The legacy and legend of Efren (Bata) Reyes... “Will live on forever” “First off it was his choice to play me, and I am conscious of the fact that he is NOT in his prime”. This man has done more for pool in this world and has handled himself incredibly. For the last 20yrs I’ve had the opportunity to drive him crazy chasing him at every tournament basically like a little kid tugging on his dad’s shirt to go to the park. Not one time did the man ever turn me down to play so I always felt maybe he noticed something inside me. Every time we played I wanted to impress him and if I didn’t see him for 5/6 months I couldn’t wait to get my chance to show him how much I had learned. Around 12 years ago I had the chance to play him a race to 7 One pocket getting 8/7 for 3 or 5k can’t remember but the guy that was putting part of the money up about had a heart attack when I said “I don’t want 8/7”! I want to play even! So I told my guy I don’t care if u bet or not but I’m betting all I got and I don’t want a spot! He decided to give me the money and we played the set. Low and behold I played out of my mind and beat him 7-3 that day. The best has ALWAYS come out in me playing this special man 6 other times for bigger money and amazingly I won ALL SIX times! What Efren has done for his country is simply nothing short of amazing. He has built many many homes for people that needed them and donated


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thousands and thousands of dollars to his countrymen. He has helped many sick people and so much more... I really don’t need to go into all his titles as you can just look them up. As for me and my opinion, when this game loses Efren, the game will have lost a part of me as well. He is and ALWAYS will be my hero and when we are in battle, we want to chop each other down but when that’s over I go back to idolizing him to the fullest. I hope and pray he returns to our country to play for many more years to come in front of all of you. THIS LAST MATCH FOR 50K... I hope that people understand this man is still in the top echelon of players and before we played this epic set many many people said, “Efren just won the accu-stats event and has been playing un-godly in LA so I feel Frost will lose”... That’s ok and I completely get that everyone has a pure right to their own opinion. But when I just beat him plz don’t say “well he’s just too old”. Give me the credit of executing my game plan and keeping him locked down for hours and tightening his stroke up intentionally. That’s all I ask... As for Efren, he’s ALL our hero and I hope to only walk a few steps in his shoes one day. And to Efren, if your reading this, I love you from the bottom of my heart and you’ve made me who I am today. THANK YOU EFREN!!! And thank you all!!! Sincerely, Scott (freezer) Frost


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28th Annual BEF Junior Nationals

A Year of Records, Repeats and Remembrance Photos Courtesy of JP Parmentier & Billiard Education Foundation, Story by Earl Munson

July 20, 2016 (Denver, CO): On July 13th - 16th, 2016 the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) proudly held its 28th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships with its largest field of juniors in history. The record breaking event was held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center just outside of the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. For the third year in a row top junior from each state made their yearly journey to this year’s most prestigious of all U.S. junior tournaments in which the venue was hosted alongside the 2016 Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Billiard & Home Leisure Expo. This year’s field boasted 193 players from 39 qualifying events in 28 different states. The four participating divisions included 18 & Under Boys (18UB), 18 & Under Girls (18UG), 14 & Under Boys (14UB) and 14 & Under Girls (14UG). This event is the only opportunity for U.S. billiard student-athletes to qualify to compete at the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World Junior 9-Ball Championships, as well as for Team USA at the annual Atlantic Challenge Cup (ACC). This year’s junior nationals kicked off with its highly anticipated annual AdultYouth Scotch Doubles tournament directed by Mel and Tammy Jo Leonard the night before on Tuesday, July 12th. This year drew a record-breaking 93 teams participating. This doubles event gives the parents and adults the chance to

of preliminary double elimination brackets qualifying to a seeded single elimination finals bracket. The four divisions 18UB, 14UB, 18UG, and 14UG played on 128, 64, 32 and 32 double elimination brackets respectively. From these brackets the top 25% qualified from each division to single elimination brackets in which the winners were seeded and the one-loss side was blind drawn. Changes were also made to shorter races which were reviewed and determined by

2016 Kamui Quest for Excellence Recipients Aryana Lynch, age 13 Taylor Hansen, age 17 Justin Toye, age 15 Karsyn Terry, age 17

showcase their 2016 Brendan Crockett Character Award Recipients skills in the funfilled night which 18U Boys Andy Poutry, age 17 Ayer, MA even included 18U Girls Tory Conley, age 15 Phoenix, AZ a few pro’s 14U Boys Austin Summers, Age 14 Metropolis, IL participating. 14U Girls Lana Keith, age 10 Dyersburg, TN Players officially checked in the morning of Wednesday, July 13th where they were treated with complimentary photo booth pics with Hall-of-Fame professionals “The Black Widow” Jeanette Lee and “The Scorpion” Johnny Archer. With the largest field ever came necessary trial changes that were implemented to the traditional BEF Junior National format, which included going to a pro style format


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Tournament Director Earl Munson, “After our evaluations, longer races may be expected at next year’s 2017 BEF Junior Nationals based on table availability and participating player fields.” Another change to this year’s Junior Nationals was the banquet night which was held on the third night of the tournament, Friday July 15th instead of the traditional first night. This welcomed improvement was a big hit as the banquet hall was a buzz of excitement as players, family members, pros, sponsors, and BEF staff and volunteers were in attendance for a great meal, remembrance, awards and honors. A tearful audience gave remembrance by a watching a presentation of a touching collection of pictures of fellow BEF junior player, the late Brendan Crockett, playing in past BEF Junior Nationals and WPA World Junior events. Executive Director, Samm Diep-Vidal read a letter from the Crockett family, Mark Wilson of Lindenwood University, Brendan’s former coach, and 2002 BCA Junior National Champion Beau Runningen, a close friend of the Crockett’s, both gave tearful speeches remembering the skilled billiard prodigy and honored him by awarding the newly renamed Brendan Crockett Character Awards. Special Guest Speaker at the banquet this year was “The Scorpion” Johnny Archer. He took a moment to share his life story and powerful message of perseverance. As always Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman made his 23rd appearance at the junior nationals gave out his Artistic Pool awards to this year’s champions. (Results announced separately and posted on BEF website.) The banquet night rounded off with an astounding record of BEF Academic All-

American (AAA) Awards presented. Of the 193 player field, an incredible 42% of this year’s participants (that’s 81 players!) earned school GPA’s of 3.5 or better to receive this award! The sport of billiards is definitely attracting, creating, and maintaining academic excellence! Of those 81 student-athletes, 20 of them had a perfect 4.0 GPA. (Complete list of recipients announced separately and posted on BEF website.) The banquet concluded with Door Prize winners being announced, including these two lucky grand prize recipients: Bryan Rodriguez, Edinburg, TX winner of a J. Pechauer Custom Cue & Case and Sandra E. Meece, Seneca, SC winner of a 9’ Diamond ProAm pool table. Without a doubt match play all week was exciting and intense as all players vied to make it to their respective finals single-elimination brackets. The finals play for all divisions was held on Saturday July 16th. In an effort to stay more aligned with the WPA World events and the Olympics, the BEF awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze

from Bloomington, MN was knocked over to the one loss side of the preliminary bracket by fellow ACC Team USA teammate Emily Herpel from Freehold, NY. Larson nick-named “The Grinder” for a reason had fellow 2016 ACC Team USA members Serena Black from Warrensburg, IL & Sierra Reams from Richmond, VA on the one loss side standing in her way in which she respectively knocked out of the tournament. In the first match on the finals board Kaylee McIntosh, a very skilled player from Tampa Bay Florida, almost ended Larson’s bid to repeat her title taking her hillhill before narrowly losing the final game moving Larson on to eventually match up with her 2015 ACC Team USA teammate Taylor Hansen from Mankato, MN in a match-up that ended with a convincing score of 5-2 and Larson moving on to eventually face fellow 2015 Worlds Team USA member Michelle Jiang in the finals. In the on-the-edge of your seat hill-hill match for the Gold Medal, Larson won 7-6 as she once again retained her 18UG girl’s title as the best in the U.S. with now five consecutive BEF Junior Nationals titles. In the 14UG division it was just as intense, as the 2015 14UG Champion Ashley Fullerton from Lake Park, MN showed she too has what it takes to be a repeat champion when she dug deep after being down in a few matches to take it all the way to her 2nd BEF title in a row. Fullerton went all the way to the winners seeded finalist bracket where she ground down Tiana Jiang from Harvard, MA in the first round to advance her to the second round.

In the second round, Fullerton kept amazingly calm even when she was down in the match 4-1 against up and comer Amanda Campbell from Arvada, CO. Fullerton eventually took Campbell to hill-hill where she 2016 BEF Gold Medal Winners managed the win 5-4 moving her to the finals with the very quiet but TOP FINISHERS FROM ALL DIVISIONS: skilled Vivian Liu from Harvard, MA. 18U Boys Gold Ricky Evans, 15, St. Peters, MO 14U Gold Nathan Childress, 13 N. Chesterfield, VA The back and forth score of Fullerton Boys Silver Nathan Diederich, 17, Victorville, CA Boys Silver Mahkeal Parris, 14, Kingshill, VI and Liu put the audience, especially Bronze Travis Southard, 17, Reidsville, NC Bronze Kaiden Hunkins, 14, Waukesha, WI the parents, on pins and needles as the Evan Swett, 16, Wichita, KS Joey Tate, 11, Lake Villa, IL score once again wound up hill-hill with Ashley Fullerton once again 18U Gold April Larson, 16, Bloomington, MN 14U Gold Ashley Fullerton, 13, Lake Park, MN having the nerves to put her over Girls Silver Michelle Jiang, 16, Harvard, MA Girls Silver Vivian Liu, 13, Harvard, MA the top for the Gold Medal and her Bronze Hailey Fullerton, 16, Lake Park, MN Bronze Amanda Campbell, 12, Arvada, CO second consecutive 14UG title. Vivian Taylor Hansen, 17, Mankato, MN Aryana Lynch, 13, Allen, TX Liu took Silver, with both her and Fullerton qualifying for China out of the 14UG division. Amanda Campbell medals to the top four finishers of each division, in lieu of the past trophies. All and Aryana Lynch from Allen, TX both played very well with both taking the medalists in the 18UB, 18UG and 14UB divisions qualified for the 2016 WPA 14UG Bronze Medals home. World Junior 9-Ball Championships November 16-20 in Shanghai, China, along with the gold and silver medalists from the 14UG division. Title of 18UB champ was up for grabs as reigning champ Chris Robinson aged out. In 2014, Ricky Evans, from St. Peters, MO took home the 14UB championship All BEF Junior National participants also qualify to be selected as potential title while his older brother took the 18UB title in the same year. Ricky has since nominees for the Atlantic Challenge Cup Team USA at the 2017 event being held in looked to do what his brother has done and win the 18UB division as well. Having Europe next year. The future is very bright for our BEF junior program members as moved up to the 18UB division after turning 15 this year he finally got his chance there are now more than ever before, so many high level competitive opportunities to prove himself. He firmly set his sights on winning the 18UB division this year at the state, national, and international level. and accomplished his goal. With the 18UG races shortened this year, it was very tense as the 2015 defending champion and 2015/2016 ACC Team USA member April “The Grinder” Larson


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Pocket Billiard Champions, from around the world, go head-to-head in a three-day extravaganza Press Release Jul. 30, 2016 The HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE CUP, MEN’S INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS, WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, and TRICK SHOT MAGIC will be held September 20, 21, and 22 at the Official Host Site Trump Taj Mahal, Xanadu Theater, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, close to the cities of Philadelphia, Wilmington, Newark, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, DC. The matches will be taped for ESPN/ESPN2 with a live audience for television broadcast that represents the highest viewed billiard programming on US network television. The events are widely considered the toughest tournaments to win in professional billiards. Once each year, international champions are battling in short, sudden-death shootouts with pressure-cooker formats and the largest prize money in pool’s special events. And, the winners claim one of the most coveted titles in pool – Champion of Champions! FREE ADMISSION to the events in the Taj Majal Xanadu Theater on a first come, first seated basis and open to all ages. On September 20 at 2pm, Trump Taj Mahal will host the WPBA sanctioned HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE which will highlight 2 accomplished women champions and Hall of Fame members contending for the title “Hall of Fame Challenge Cup Champion.” Ewa Laurance (USA) is the holder of multiple World and US Open 9-ball titles, and has also won the Swedish, European and US National Championships in her 20 year plus, remarkable career. A former #1 ranked player in the world, Ewa has received Player of the Year honors, been named WPBA Sportsperson of the Year and, in 2004, was inducted into the prestigious Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. Vivian Villarreal (USA) is one of the most exciting players to watch and is nicknamed the “Texas Tornado.” She has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top women’s billiard players for the past 20 years and held the #1 world ranking five times. She has won a total of 19 WPBA Classic Tour titles and is the ESPN World Open Champion. On September 20 at 3pm, Trump Taj Mahal will host the INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS presenting the top male players in the world: Alex Pagulayan (Canada): 2016 Canadian Open Champion: 2016 Derby City Classic All Around Champion; 2016 Derby City Classic One Pocket Champion; 2015 3rd Annual Big Tyme Classic 9-ball Bar Table champion; 2015 3rd Annual Big Tyme Classic one pocket champion; 2015 Professional One Pocket Buffalo’s Billiards 2000 Champion; 2015 DCC All-Around Champion; 2015 Derby City One Pocket champion; Shane Van Boening (USA): 2016 US Open 8-Ball and 10-Ball Champion, 2015 World Masters Champion, 2015 US Bar Table Championship (9-Ball Division), 2015 Diamond “BIG Foot” 10-Ball Champion, 2012,


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2013, and 2014 U.S. Open 9-Ball Champion, 2014 World Masters Champion, 2014 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Champion, 2012 and 2013 US Open 9-Ball Champion; Yu-Hsuan Cheng (Taiwan): 2015 US Open 9-Ball Champion; Jayson Shaw (Scotland): 2016 Derby City Classic “BIG Foot” 10-Ball Challenge Champion; 2016 Bergan Open 9-Ball Champion; 2016 Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame 9-Ball Open Champion; 2016 Predator Pro-Am Tour Stop 5 Open/Pro Division Champion; 2016 Predator Pro-Am Tour Stop 12 Open/Pro Division Champion; 3 time, Back-to-Back Turning Stone Classic Champion. On September 21, at 3pm, Trump Taj Mahal presents the WPBA sanctioned TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS which will highlight the 4 most accomplished women champions contending for the title Champion of Champions: Kelly Fisher (Ireland): Two-time winner of the Tournament of Champions, 2nd in the 2016 China Women’s Billiard World Champion, 2013 Amway Cup Champion, and 2012 WPA Women’s World 9-Ball Champion; Allison Fisher (Great Britain): Over 80 professional titles including 2016 WPBA Masters Champion, 2013 Ultimate 10-Ball Championship Women’s Runner-Up, and 2011 and 2012 US Open 9-Ball Champion. Jasmin Ouschan (Austria): 2015 WPBA Masters Champion, 2013 European Straight Pool and 9-Ball Champion and 2012 European 10-Ball Champion; Ga-Young Kim (South Korea): 2016 WPBA Rivers US Open Champion, 2015 Tornado Open 9-Ball Champion, 2015 Tournament of Champions. On September 22 at 2pm, the Trump Taj Mahal welcomes the return of the highest rated pool tournament ever shown on ESPN, TRICK SHOT MAGIC. Four of the most talented trick shot competitors in the world will compete for a sudden-death prize in television’s most exciting format: Andy Segal (USA): #1 ranked in the world, 7 times ESPN Champion, 4 times World champion, 6 times Masters Champion and 2 times US Open Champion; Gabi ”Mr. Perfect” Visiou (Romania): 2016 ACSISA US Open Trick Shot Championship runner up, 2015 WPA World Artistic Pool Champion and 4 times ESPN World Cup of Trick Shots Champion; Florian Kohler (France): Current ESPN Trick shot Magic Champion, 2 times world cup of Tricks shots winner, Guinness Book Record holder for most important number of balls jumped in a minute (68 balls), Most viewed pool Trick shots artist on the internet: half a billion views combined, and 2 times and youngest Artistic Cup winner; Will DeYonkers (USA): 2016 ESPN Qualifier Champion, 2015 Masters Champion, 2015 UTS Runner Up and Current World Follow Champion. The latter three events are each regarded as the supreme

test of skill and imagination in billiards. The players are so evenly matched that any one player could beat the others on any given day. The HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE, INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS and the TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS are 9-Ball with a format of two sets and, in the event of one set each, a one game, sudden-death tie-breaker. TRICK SHOT MAGIC presents the greatest individual trick shots selected by each player which, then, must be completed by their opponent. The sudden-death tie-breaker to decide a match requires an incredible eight rail bank shot onto the face of a $100 bill. All in all, the 4 events offer the wildest shootout of the year. COME MINGLE WITH THE PROS: And, as if that weren’t enough, for a few hours each evening, the pros will be practicing in the Xanadu Theater and be available for autographs to audience members and pool fans alike. You might also get tips on improving your game. Trump Taj Majal, the Official Host Site, is a 24-hour gaming and entertainment destination on Atlantic City’s world famous boardwalk. When you decide to name your casino resort after one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, you are setting the architectural bar fairly high. The landmark Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City lives up to its legendary name. Unprecedented in craftsmanship, size and opulence, the awe-inspiring architectural masterpiece is a sight to behold. Check into your palace away from home and enjoy luxurious accommodations, spectacular concerts and shows, thrilling gaming action, tempting gourmet and casual restaurants and a night life that never sleeps. At the Trump Taj Mahal, the excitement goes on, and on, and on. Located at 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, the Taj Mahal offers 2010 rooms and suites plus more than 25 places to shop, eat, party and have fun. Taj Mahal will make all three events in the Xanadu Theater ADMISSION FREE to pool fans of all ages. Parking is available for a fee. The trophies and winner checks will be presented by the Trump Taj Mahal. The tournaments are also sponsored by Aramith Tournament Balls, Simonis Cloth, Diamond Billiards, Executive Billiards Delta-13 Racks and Pool Dawg. The 2016 events are produced by Billiards International. For best seats, please arrive early for each tournament session. Hotel rooms are available to make an enjoyable getaway at the spectacular at the Trump Taj Majal. Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling 609-449-1000. Make your plans today to attend the HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE CUP, INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS, the TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS and, TRICK SHOT MAGIC, September 20, 21 and 22 at the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City’s premier gaming destination.

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Point Standings as of July 31, 2016




MORRIS Rodney 178






WOODWARD Skyler 115



WILKIE Shaun 83

MCMINN Shane 74

LOMBARDO Hunter 71


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Even when Evans was down in one of his matches he would simply not show it. He fought his way through winning all his matches putting him in the winners seeded side of the 18UB finals single elimination bracket. In the first round Evans defeated Brandon VanOverbeke from Marshall, MN 7-4 sliding him eastward on the bracket to face Jorden Burden from Jacksonville, FL in which Evans once again closed the match 7-4. In the third round Evans kept Travis Southard from Reidsville, NC from moving closer to the finals and handed Southard a Bronze Medal for his efforts. Evan Swett from Wichita, KS also earned the Bronze Medal for his performance having been defeated by Nathan Diederich. Ricky Evans is no stranger to playing in a high pressure match and he quickly dispatched Nathan Diederich from Victorville, CA with a crushing loss 9-0 but still earning Diederich a very respectable Silver Medal for his fine over-all tournament performance. Ricky Evans has earned his first Gold Medal since moving up only this year to the 18UB bracket earning his second BEF Junior National Title in both the 14UB & now the 18UB. Ricky Evans, Nathan Diederich, Evan Swett, and Travis Southard will qualify for the WPA World Junior event held in China this November. Rounding out the divisions with the 14UB’s it would be another player defending his title in the name of Nathan Childress from North Chesterfield, VA. Childress showed his skills and determination by making the final 16 cut in the 14UB by winning all his matches in the preliminary bracket seeding him on the winner final bracket to face the 7 -time BEF Junior National contender Eric Roberts from Crossville, TN. Roberts took Childress hill-hill with Childress edging out a close win 5-4 to move him onward to the 2nd round to face Bryan Rodriguez from Edinburg, TX. Rodriguez tried to slow Childress down but came up short losing 5-2. In the 3rd round Childress rolled past Kaiden Hunkins from Waukesha, WI 5-1 earning Hunkins the Bronze Medal, not too shabby for competing with a broken arm. Joey Tate from Lake Villa, IL also claimed a Bronze Medal after he was defeated 5-2 in the 3rd round by Mahkeal Parris from Kingshill, Virgin Islands. Parris and Childress faced off in the finals with Childress having the psychological edge having been there the prior year and it was evident as Childress defeated Parris 7-4 earning him back-to-back BEF Junior National titles in the 14UB division. Parris proudly took the Silver Medal back home to the Virgin Islands with his fine overall performance. All four 14UB competitors have qualified for Junior Worlds in China including: Nathan Childress and Kaiden Hunkins being their second visit to China, Mahkeal Parris and Joey Tate with their first.


DEUEL Corey 62


SAEZ Robb 59


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Carlos Luna Goes Undefeated To kick off the second half on day one to score more of the season, the Predator than three racks. For his Pro/Am Tour marked its shot to make it to the twelfth tour stop for the winner’s bracket final, 2016 season at Amsterdam Luna edged ahead of Billiard Club in New former Female Player of York, NY on July 10-11. the Year Gail Robles (B+) As a room that holds for a 7-6 win before taking both acclaim as a New down a rising star from York institution and an the “C” division, Akiko internationally recognized Taniyama, in the “hot pool destination, seat” match (9-7). tournaments held at Amsterdam hold a special With a performance that significance for players. landed Steinway BilliardsThe event brought in a based Taniyama in the L-R: Gail Robles, Ehmunrao Toocaram, Carlos Luna, and Gail Robles total of ninety-two players winner’s bracket final and between the Amateur included a 7-4 victory 9-Ball division and the Pro 10-ball division, along with a crowd of New over former Predator winner Rene Villalobos, she had already achieved her York’s devoted pool fans. best finish on the tour by guaranteeing a spot in the top three. Taniyama wasn’t the only female on the tour to have a breakout weekend. 2016 tour

Jayson Shaw Makes a Comeback

On day one of newcomer Marisol the event, the Palacios (rated as a $1,000-added Amateur D on the tour) had 9-Ball division got a standout showing underway shortly with a streak of four before noon and wins before she was featured a 73-player sent to the loss-side field comprised of by Taniyama. Palacios both tour veterans scored her first finish and players regularly in the money rounds seen competing in in fifth place. Amsterdam’s leagues. Dominating the The player who competition in this knocked out Palacios L-R Jonathan Smith, Jorge Rodriguez, Jayson Shaw, Frankie Hernandez & Hunter Lombardo event was a player to move into the who qualifies in quarterfinal was both categories, former tour stop winner Carlos Luna. Out of the upper Ehmunrao Toocaram (B), who scored a total of seven wins on the loss division bracket (made up of B+ through A++ rated players), Luna kicked side. However, it was in the quarterfinal round that his run ended, as off the event with a hot streak, not allowing any of his four opponents Gail Robles defeated him 7-5 following her 7-3 win over Kirill Safronov


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(finished 5th/6th). Next up for Robles was the semifinal, where she met Akiko Taniyama. The semi started out looking favorable for Robles, who got on the hill leading 7-3. But the match was far from over, and Taniyama climbed out of her deficit to get to 7-7. In the end, it came down to a gritty battle over the 9-ball, which ultimately was won by Taniyama (8-7). Robles’s 3rd place finish is also noteworthy as it marks the first time she has placed since moving up to the B+ class. Moving on to the final, Akiko Taniyama was again matched up against Carlos Luna, who proved to be the unstoppable force in the event. Luna remained undefeated at the end of the day and secured a $1,200 prize for his efforts over the L-R Amir Uddin and Rene Villalobos course of the weekend and another Predator win under his belt. On day two, the Pro 10-Ball event featured both top local talent and internationally-recognized names. After touring Europe to earn qualification points for the 2016 Mosconi Cup, Scotland’s Jayson Shaw traveled from his new home in Connecticut to be included in the lineup, along with New York-based players Frankie Hernandez, Hunter Lombardo, Gotham City Billiards house pro Jorge Rodriguez, Zion Zvi, Sean “Alaska” Morgan, Society Billiards house pro Jonathan Smith, Lee Kang, and Amsterdam’s own house pro and Predator Tour founder Tony Robles. In total, nineteen players competing in the one-day event, which featured $500 in added prizes. One of New York’s top names to rise to prominence in the nineties, Frankie Hernandez made a strong mark at Amsterdam in this event. In the winner’s bracket, Hernandez took down a tough series of players including Lee Kang (7-1), Zion Zvi (7-6), Tony Robles (7-5), and in the winner’s bracket final, had an upset win over Jayson Shaw (7-4)—earning him a place in the final match. Former Empire State Champion Jorge Rodriguez, who was on the list of the players Jayson Shaw defeated before his loss to Hernandez, rose to the top of the loss bracket to face Shaw again. After losing to Shaw, Rodriguez went on to win four matches, including a quarterfinal win over Jonathan Smith (7-4). In the semifinal, Rodriguez again matched up against Shaw, resulting in a dominant 7-3 win for Shaw. Another rematch was then in store for Shaw, as he battled against Frankie Hernandez for the second time in the final “extended format” single race to seven or nine games. This time around, Hernandez and Shaw went toe-to-toe, and once Shaw reached seven first, the set was extended to nine games. The set went down to the wire, but in the end, Shaw surpassed Hernandez to win it 9-8. Story by Alison Fischer

COMPLETE PAYOUTS ABCD 1st: $1,200 2nd: $800 3rd: $600 4th: $400 5/6: $300 7/8: $200 9-12: $120 13-16: $70

Carlos Luna (+ $225 Side Pot) Akiko Taniyama - ($125 Side Pot added to Finale prize fund) Gail Robles - ($50 Side Pot added to Finale prize fund) Ehmunrao Toocaram Marisol Palacios, Kirill Safronov Abel Rosario, Dave Shlemperis Rene Villalobos, Jerry Tarantola, Brooke Meyer, Oscar Lee Shawn Sookhai, Alison Fischer, Jose Kuilan, Alex Osipov

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COMPLETE PAYOUTS SECOND CHANCE T-1st Amir Uddin / Rene Villalobos

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Masters Division

Please join us in congratulating the Inaugural NYC Scotch Doubles 8-Ball Championships winners! This tournament, held July 16-17, 2016 at Steinway Billiards, was a huge success. Drawing over 100 players, the competition was tough, but lots of fun was had by all. Special thanks to Upstate Al for putting in two long days of live streaming, to John Leyman for being our official referee, and to all our sponsors. Huge thanks to all of the players for their enthusiasm and support of this event. Hope you’ll join us next year!

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TOP FINISHERS 1 Diane Policastro / Philip Greco 2 Laye Kaba / Storm Tillman 3 Omar Chavez / Stephen Augustus 4 Akiko Taniyama / Adrian Daniel

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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

LOCATION Steinway Billiards Chandley’s Chalk & Cue Ultimate Sports Bar Hall of Fame Airway Bankshots Crown Billiards Sandcastle Billiards Cue Time Corner Pocket Zingales Crooked Cue Billiards Steinway Billiards Grady’s Pool Room Corner Pocket Chandley’s Chalk & Cue Scotty B’s Airway Buck’s Billiards Sandcastle Billiards Bison Billiards Grady’s Pool Room Chandley’s Chalk & Cue Cue Time Coaches Ultimate Sports Bar Phat Guy Birds League Room 6 Pockets Billiards Lucky 7 Billiards Gate City Billiards Club Brown’s Billiards Grady’s Pool Room Corner Pocket Union Station Billiards Michael’s Chandley’s Chalk & Cue 6 Pockets Billiards Lucky 7 Billiards Gate City Billiards Club Grady’s Pool Room League Room Scotty B’s Scooters on Main St Corner Pocket The Break Room The Break Room Brickyard Brickyard Scotty’s Crooked Cue Billiards (1st Sun) Sandcastle Billiards Sandcastle Billiards Chandley’s Chalk & Cue Buck’s Billiards Rack Clicks Billiards Premium Billiards Play Time Snookers Phat Guy Birds Airway Cushions Michael’s (every other Sun) Sundown

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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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CITY Ft Walton Beach, FL Williamsville, NY Parkersburg, WV Raleigh, NC Clifton, NJ Copiague, NY Edison,NJ Rockaway, NJ Astoria, NY Verona, NY Madisen, TN Tallahassee New York, NY Williamsville, NY Astoria, NY Huntsville, AL Bayside, NY Bayside, NY Rockaway, NJ Astoria, NY Astoria, NY Mt Sterling, KY Clarksville, TN Springhill, FL Chattanooga, TN

LOCATION Starcade Billiards Bison Billiards League Room Brown’s Billiards Clifton Billiards Murphy’s Cue Club Sandcastle Billiards Rockaway Billiards Steinway Billiards Turning Stone Classic 26 JOB Billiards Zingales Amsterdam Billiards Bison Billiards Steinway Billiards Bumper’s Billiards Cue Bar Cue Bar Rockaway Billiards Steinway Billiards Steinway Billiards Billy Mac’s Billiards Hoo-ligans Capone’s Chattanooga Billiard Club

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Chalmette LA Richardson, TX San Antonio, TX Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA McAlester, OK Shreveport, LA Moline, IL Mankato, MN Manor, TX Chicago, IL Davenport, IA Tulsa, OK

Lacy’s Cue Wizards Fat Racks Big Dog Billiards Big Dog Billiards Big Dog Billiards Back Alley Billliards 6 Pockets Deep Pockets Billiards Kato Cue Club Ramo’s Chris’ Billiards Sharkys Billiards T’s Billiards

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EVENT / RULES Women’s 9-Ball Bar Box 8-Ball Big Dog 8-Ball Open 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 10-Ball Pro Duel of Dames - Limit 32 9-Ball C-D 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball Open 8 & 9 Ball 9-Ball Open 9-Ball B-C-D Bar Box 8-Ball 9-Ball Qualifier for Kuwait 15th Alabama State 9-Ball 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 Open 10-Ball-Limit 64 Tennessee Open 9-Ball Women’s 9-Ball Tennessee State 8-Ball Open

ENTRY ADDED TIME $65+membership $1,000 Call $35 Call 12N $50 (incl g.f.) $2,500 w/64 Noon $50/$35 Call 11:30AM Varies $1000 Call Call $1000 12N $120/$60 $500 11AM Varies $1000 Call Varies $1000 Call Call $25,000 Call $50 incl gf $1,000 Guar Call $65 $2500 guar 11AM Varies $1000 Call $35 Call 12N Call Call Call $75 $1,000 Guar Call Varies $1000 Call Call $1000 12N Varies $1000 Call Call $1000 12N Varies $1000 Call $40 $3,000 7:30PM $40-Limit 96 $3,000 Guar 8PM $65+membership $1,500 Call $150+$25+gf $5,000 Guar 7PM

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Call $50 $85 $30 $30 $105 $20 $35 $50 incl gf $20 $45 incl gf $50($10 gf) $40 $20+$10 g.f.

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Call 10:30AM 1PM Call Call 2 entries World 14.1 10AM Call 2PM $500 7PM $500 Noon Call 6PM Fri $500 w/ff 1PM $1 K Guar 10AM $1000 Call $100 every 10plyr 1PM

MOSCONI CUP POINT EVENTS 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, 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



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Stroke Pool Magazine August Issue 2016  

Meet the Inductees of the 2016 Hall of Fame.... Read all the results and tournament announcements from the surrounding area in this issue.....

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