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Jimmy Rivera wins Tri-State at Steinway

Henri Hernandez and Jimmy Rivera Jimmy Rivera wins the $1000 added A/D Tri-State event at Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY on August 20, 2016, besting a field of 57. Jimmy’s tournament trail included wins over Lidio Ramierez 7 - 4 before being put on the loss side by Arturo Reyes 7 - 6. On the no loss side, Henri Hernandez won 6 matches to reach the Hot Seat. Jimmy swept through the loss side with wins over Patrick Dugan 7 - 5; Steve Kaminow 7 - 4; Stewart Warnock 7 - 2; Amir Rashad Uddin 7 - 5; Mike Figueroa 7 - 5; Max Watanabe 7 - 4; Miguel LaBoy 7 - 2; Ron Bernardo by forfeit, and Adalberto Nazario 11 - 7 to reach

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This is primarily a guy problem. As guys, we are sometimes driven by our testosterone to do the “manly” thing, whether that manly thing is a smart thing or not. We may know better and do it anyway. In pool, players at every level feel compelled to take the hard shot. We want to “go for it” and try for that low percentage shot. We are pulled by our desire to make the great shot, and at the same time, we are pushed by our fear of looking like a wuss for not taking the shot. In many places, defense (safeties) is viewed as “dirty pool” – definitely not the manly play. Taking the tough shot, we have a chance to pull it off and look good. At the same time, if we miss the tough shot, hey, it was a tough shot. We have an excuse for the miss. Missing with an excuse might be better than just missing, but is this the way we should play? I don’t think so. How many times will you have to shoot that table length super-thin cut shot on the 9-ball and hang it in the pocket before you decide it’s time to play smarter? Our testosterone makes us want to take the dumb shot. How do we overcome that? Is missing shots enough? Is losing enough? Realizing that the players who beat you all the time don’t make these mistakes – is that enough? Here are some ways to begin to avoid testosteroneous shots: 1. Catch yourself. When you’re about to go down on a difficult, low percentage shot, stop and look at the situation again. Re-evaluate your plan. Is there a simpler, easier shot or a good safety? Could you play this shot as a two-way (if you miss, the other guy has nothing good to shoot at)? 2. Consider your priorities. Top Pro Buddy Hall has a terrific way of thinking about any game situation: “How do I win from here?” This is strong because it focuses you on the desired end result – winning. Is making that manly shot more important than making the smarter move that could win the game? It’s your call. If you get more out of celebrating the amazing shot you occasionally make than you do out of winning, well, that answers the question. 3. Consider the situation. Assuming you really do want to win, there is more to consider than just the layout of the moment. To play strategically and give


yourself every chance to win, you’ll need to consider: Your opponent. What are your opponent’s strengths & weaknesses? Can they kick decently if you hide the cueball? Are they afraid of long straight-in shots? Are they playing well? What can you do to make it difficult or impossible for them? Can you demoralize your opponent with strong defensive play? • The layout. You’re playing 8-Ball and your opponent only needs the 8 and you need to pocket all of your balls. Several of your balls are tied up with the 8 and you don’t see a good way to break them out. Should you try to run out anyway or should you play safe and try for the smart win? • The game. If you’re playing 9-Ball and all of the balls are on the table, playing a tough combo on the 9 may be a reasonable risk. If you’re playing One Pocket and your opponent needs one and you need six, you probably should consider playing defense over taking a low percentage shot that will give the game away if you miss. • The match. Where are you in the match? If it’s a race to seven in 9-Ball, and you’re up 6-1, you might consider taking more risk than if the match was close. • The equipment. If you know the balls tend to roll off on this table, but the shot calls for a slow roll, what should you do? • Your self. Be realistic about your ability and how you’re playing right now. If you can make this shot one time out of three on your best day, should you attempt it right now? Play the right way. There is something to be said for playing the way a good player would play. Taking the right shot, at the right time in the sequence, with the right position plan, is rewarding in itself. This is what all great players do, assuming it makes good pool sense in the situation. My personal approach is to ask myself “What would Willie do?” I have good images of Mosconi playing smart shots & patterns. Use whoever you want, but try having a great player as your imaginary coach.

Use your testosterone to give you the courage to do the right thing. Excuses don’t win.


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.

Sticking to useful trick shots, this time I want to show you a very unusual shot that I borrowed many years ago from my 3-cushion billiards friends. Later I did use it on a couple of occasions, ending up even winning a game. In the diagram I set up a 9-Ball or 10-Ball situation where the lowest ball on the table is the yellow one and the 9- or 10-Ball is the blue ball by the corner pocket A. If we are not too sure about our “safety” skills and therefore prefer to play aggressively since the 10-Ball is hanging so close to a pocket, we can consider a few options. The first, and more feasible one, will be to shoot a 3-rail billiards shot by hitting the left half of the Yellow Object Ball with one tip of left English on the Cue Ball. The Cue Ball would travel three rails (long, short, long) and possibly pocket the 10-Ball in pocket A. The position of some other balls on the table, such as the Brown and the Orange ones, will not make this shot possible though. We could then try to hit the Yellow Object Ball 3/4 full to the right using a lot of top English (12 o’clock, 2 tips) and a 2.5-3 speed stroke and have it “hug” the long rail, bouncing a few times off of it until hitting the 10-Ball and likely pocketing it. Unfortunately also this option won’t work considering the position of other blocking balls on the table. In this scenario, the only shot we could try to pull off would be to hit the Yellow Object Ball a hair to the right, almost full, using a 10 o’clock, 2 tips of English hit on the Cue Ball, and a soft follow through with a 2-speed stroke. After the initial double-kiss, the Cue Ball will come back towards us at a narrow angle, because we did not hit the OB full, slightly curving because of the combination of left and high English. Once the CB will contact the rail, the left English will make the CB open up the angle further to the right, making it head towards pocket A with good chances of making the 10Ball. Remember that using too much top English, let’s say an 11 o’clock hit, will slow the CB down and the CB will also not have enough side spin to come off the long rail at a wide enough angle. If we used a 9 o’clock hit, besides having to compensate for the higher deflection while aiming at the OB, the CB will not curve before hitting the long rail and its side spin will not suffice to make it come off at a wide enough angle. For any problem on this shot, feel free to email me via my website:


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If you need to work on using spin off cushions to get position, here is a drill that has a lot of variation in what you need to do so there’s less chance you’ll get bored. It is like the training game Target Pool that was promoted by pro player Kim Davenport about 20 years ago. This home-brew variation only requires a deck of cards to create the targets. The idea is that you begin with a simple shot like the 1 ball and take the cue ball in hand. You pick one of 32 squares on the table as shown and try to get the cue ball into that square at least two different ways after going to the nearby cushion. To pick the square, get a deck of cards. Take out the ace through 8 of hearts and the ace through 4 of spades, and use them to mark the rail numbers as shown. (After you get used to the layout, these won’t be needed, but they help at first.) Now take the ace through 8 of diamonds and ace through 4 of clubs and shuffle them together. Take the first card, say the 4 of diamonds. That sets how far up and down the table the target is, even with the heart 4 (both red). Take the next card of the other color, say the 2 of clubs. That sets how far across the table the square is, even with the 2 of spades (both black). Put the two cards face-up in the middle of the corresponding square (4,2 in the diagram). Now that you have your target, try to get there using different paths off the cushion by the 1 ball. Path A uses follow and left side spin to give the cue ball speed out of the corner. When you first try this, experiment with the angle and amount of spin to find the most reliable, easy way to get to the target. For this particular shot, I like about a 30-degree cut angle, and equal follow and left English. Path B is just the opposite -- right side spin and draw on the cue ball. I would probably take a little less cut angle for this path.





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When you’re ready to go for a score, take up to five tries at each possible path to leave the cue ball in the designated square and give yourself a point if you succeed.



Path C is without any spin but still comes off the cushion. The challenge with C in this case is to keep the side spin off the cue ball so it isn’t deflected left or right off the cushion.





Some squares, especially those by a side cushion, may have only two real paths. For example, to go the lower-right corner (8,4), path A is roughly the same but there is only a sort of combination of B and C for the second way with a little right side spin. And some targets, such as the

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upper-left square aren’t much of a challenge. You can also play this as a game with a friend to see which player can get to the target square in the fewest tries. If you are working this drill alone, be sure to see how wide a range of cut angles you can use on a particular shot and still get to your target. That will make the drill a lot more valuable when you have to play from the position you leave yourself rather than from ball-in-hand.


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.

Competition is an important part of the game of pool. For most of us, winning is a lot more than just winning, and losing means more than just losing. There is a lot of mental and emotional baggage attached to both sides of the coin. If you’re a pro player, you are often admired, respected, and looked up to. Losers, on the other hand, well, they’re losers for a reason, and what do we usually call someone that we want to insult? A loser. Needless to say, the fear of losing wreaks havoc with a player’s ability to perform. According to many experts, “The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT—also known as “tapping”) was created by Gary Craig and works like emotional acupressure to quickly, gently, and easily release negative emotions and beliefs that are the root of all our problems and pain. EFT heals emotional problems by literally undoing damage from the past.” EFT Basic Recipe: 1. Select the Problem that You Would Like to Address - Often, many of our mental game weaknesses are due to unhealed painful experiences that we have had in the past. One way to effectively remedy “negativity” is through the application of EFT to the painful memories that are at the root source of the problem. In addition, it is also possible to use EFT to relieve negative in-the-moment emotions (e.g., anxiety, anger, sadness, discouragement, a fight with your teammate, etc.) that could be negatively affecting your game. 2. The EFT “Reminder Phrase” - Come up with a short phrase used to refer to the painful memory or problem—the more specific, the better. We call this the “reminder” phrase because we will use it during the tapping process to stay focused on the memory or current problem. The way to create a reminder phrase for a memory is to give the memory a title, like the title of a movie.

Examples: • I’m furious at my opponent for sharking me during our last match (recent memory) • Dad called me a “loser” when I lost the match (eight-yearold memory) • I’m afraid of losing (current feeling) • I do not trust my stroke (current feeling—though memories may need to be addressed) 3. Rate the Intensity Level Assess on a 0 to 10 scale how painful the memory is or how intense the emotion is, where 0 is no intensity at all and 10 is the maximum intensity. 4. Perform the “Set-up Affirmation” - You do the set-up affirmation by saying a selfacceptance affirmation three times while tapping on the karate chop point. The self-acceptance affirmation has the following form: “Even though ______________, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.” The blank is filled in with the reminder phrase that you came up with in step two. For example: “Even though I do not trust my stroke, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.” 5. The EFT Tapping Sequence - Perform two passes through all ten points: Say the reminder phrase while quickly tapping on each point. You will say the reminder phrase once per point. This is just the reminder phrase without the “even though” and “I deeply and profoundly accept myself.” 6. Reassess the Intensity Level - Reassess the negative level of the memory or negative feeling on a scale of 0 to 10. If the tapping is working, your negativity level should come down around 1 to 3 points per basic recipe. It may come down even more. 7. Repetition - Repeat steps four through six to apply another EFT Basic Recipe to the memory or painful emotions. Keep repeating the EFT Basic Recipe until there is zero pain associated with the painful memory or the negative emotion. If you try this on your own, you may experience complete relief in around ten minutes of tapping and see a big improvement in your game! You may also experience partial results or no results at all. People attempting EFT for the first time tend to have around a 50 percent success rate, which is actually pretty amazing when you think about it. On the other hand, half the people will experience little or no benefit on their own initially. However, if you work with an experienced EFT practitioner, your success rate will likely be near the 90th percentile.


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Justin “Iceberg” Bergman double-dipped Skyler Woodward in the finals of the 10-Ball Division at the 23rd Annual US Bar Table Championships taking place this week at the Westgate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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The 10-Ball Division began Monday with 74 players and by Wednesday the field had whittled down to just three young rising stars in the U.S. billiard scene: Bergman, of Fairview Heights, Ill.; Woodward, of Paducah, Ken. and Billy Thorpe of Dayton, Ohio. Bergman’s path to the finals included wins over Miguel Batista, 7-6; Jason Klatt, 7-1; Jesse Piercey, 7-4; Dale Stanley, 7-2; and Vilmos Foldes, 7-1; before he was sent to the B side of the bracket by Woodward, with a score of 3-7. But being on the loser’s side of the bracket didn’t appear to slow Bergman’s energy or determination. Bergman, who celebrated his 29th birthday Friday, beat Shane Van Boening, 7-6, in the loser’s bracket and then went on to beat Larry Nevel Jr., 7-2 and Thorpe, 7-6, before facing Woodward in the finals for the $3,800 first place prize. And Bergman knew he had his work cut out for him. Woodward had posted solid wins over Manny Perez, 7-5; Mo Salamah, 7-4; Bret Huth, 7-0; Chris McDaniel, 7-2; and Thorpe, 7-4, to take the hot seat. The finals match was a study in opposite styles of play. Woodward showed off his relaxed confident free-wheeling game while Bergman was cautious and methodical, visualizing each detail of his game plan at the table before executing a single shot. And Bergman’s meticulous play coupled with controlled and successful break shots led to his victories over Woodward. Bergman beat Woodward by a score of 7-5 in the first match and 7-6 in the second. Bergman took home Sky Woodard

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$3,800 for the win and Woodward collected $2,200. Thorpe, who finished third, won $1,600. In the Women’s Division, Jessica Frideres, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was waiting in the hot seat when Rebecca Wagner, of Las Vegas, returned for revenge. Frideres had wins over Grace Nakamura, 5-1; Heather Cortez, 5-3; and Adina Pelletier, 5-0, before sending Wagner to the loser’s bracket in a hill-hill match. Wagner posted wins against Trinh Lu, 5-3; Kimberly Whitman, 5-4 and Mary Coffman, 5-0 before losing to Frideres. Wagner faced Nakamura in the loser’s bracket and beat Nakamura, of Ontario, Can. in a hill-hill match to reach the finals. Both women showed solid skills and depended on plenty of safety play to keep the score tight. But in the end, it was Wagner who would make the final mistake, allowing Frideres to win the hill-hill match and the 2016 USBTC 10-Ball Champion title. Frideres earned $725, Wagner, who got second, received $425. Nakamura finished third for $275. The US Bar Table Championships continue through Aug. 28, with the 9-Ball Division underway and the 8-Ball Division to start Friday. In addition, players who place in the top 32 of each open division receive Mosconi Cup USA Team points on a sliding scale. The top three American players with the most points at the end of the year will be selected for the USA Mosconi Cup Team. Sponsors include: OB Cues, the Official Cue; Kamui, the Official Tip; Diamond Billiard Products, Cyclop Balls, Simonis Cloth, BadBoys Billiard Productions, FargoRate, Magic Ball Rack and Matchroom Sport. Rebecca Wagner

Women’s USBT 10-Ball Results and Payouts 1st $725 Jessica Frideres 2nd $425 Rebecca Wagner 3rd $275 Grace Nakamura 4th $175 Kimberly Kirk 5/6th $125 Mary Coffman, Adina Pelletier

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With cool determination, Justin Bergman iced his opponents to win the 9-Ball Division of the US Bar Table Championship (USBTC) Friday at the Westgate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, beating Shane McMinn in the finals by a score of 9-7. It was a perfect follow up to his victory Wednesday when he won the 10-Ball. Bergman, aka, “Iceberg” pocketed $4,100 for the win and locked up the $1,500 All-Around Bonus, making it a $9,400 week for the 29-year-old from Fairview Heights, Ill. Bergman faced a touch field in the 9-Ball Division, posting wins over Billy Thorpe, 9-6; Donny Branson, 9-6; Chris Stanfield, 9-8; Max Eberle 9-3; Ryan DeBerg, 9-2; and Edwin Garcia, 9-1, before sending Shane McMinn to the loser’s bracket after a 9-7 win to take the hot seat. McMinn, a former Oklahoma State champion, beat Roberto Gomez Jr., 9-6; Josh Roberts, 9-5; Julio Burgos Torres, 9-5; and Mike DeWitt, 9-6, before losing to Bergman, 7-9. Then McMinn beat Jason Klatt to meet Bergman in the finals. The finals of the 9-Ball Division, which had an alternating break format, started with each of the players breaking and running a rack. In the third rack, McMinn, who had won the lag, jawed the seven ball, giving Bergman the rack and an advantage that McMinn was unable to overcome. Bergman is also still undefeated in the 8-Ball Division, which began Friday, so he has the opportunity to win the USBTC’s Triple Crown, a feat that has never been accomplished by any player. In addition, he’ll receive Mosconi Cup points for his wins — a fact that is very important to him. Before the start of the USBTC,

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Men’s USBT 9-Ball Results and Payouts $4100 Justin Bergman $2500 Shane McMinn $1500 Jason Klatt $1000 Billy Thorpe $650 Skylar Woodward, Hector Saez $450 Gary Onomura, Donny Branson

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Keelan McCullers, Roberto Gomez Jr, Dale Stanley Jr, Sean King $200 Roger Goodman, Stan Tourangeau, Rodrigo Geronimo, Max Eberle $125 Chris Stanfield, Sal Butera, Jeremy Fedkenheuer Wesley Nemmers, Chris Byers, Larry Nevel Jr, Chris McDaniel, Josh Roberts

Wagner Wins Women’s 9-Ball Bergman was 14th on the Mosconi Cup rankings. “I want to make the Mosconi Cup (team) so bad,” said Bergman, who represented the USA as part of the Mosconi Cup team in 2015 and 2014. “So that’s my main goal this year.” Rebecca Wagner of Las Vegas, who placed second in the Women’s 10-Ball Division, found her way to another finals and was able to capture the 2016 USBTC Women’s 9-Ball Champion title early Friday, beating Susan Williams of Chandler, Ariz. in the finals posted wins against Mary Coffman, 7-4; Debra Aarens, 7-1; and Tina Larsen, 7-1. She beat Williams in the hot seat match, 7-4 on Thursday and repeated that feat in the finals. Williams tournament included wins over Sierra Reams, 7-5; Grace Nakamura, 7-6; Anne Carmona, 7-5; and 10-Ball Champion Jessica Frideres, 7-5, before being sent to the B side of the bracket by Wagner. Then Williams beat Frideres again, 7-3, to secure her spot in the finals. The US Bar Table Championships continues through Sunday with the 8-Ball divisions in full swing. The Open 8-Ball Division has 101 players and there are 26 players in the Women’s Division. Players who place in the top 32 of each open division receive Mosconi Cup USA Team points on a sliding scale. The top three American players with the most points at the end of the year will be selected for the USA Mosconi Cup Team. Sponsors of the $20,000-added tournament include: OB Cues, the Official Cue; Kamui, the Official Tip; Diamond Billiard Products, Cyclop Balls, Simonis Cloth, BadBoys Billiard Productions, FargoRate, Magic Ball Rack and Matchroom Sport.


REBECCA WAGNER Women’s USBT 9-Ball Results and Payouts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6th


$775 Rebecca Wagner $475 Susan Williams $300 Jessica Frideres $200 Tina Larsen $125 Grace Nakamura, Heather Cortez

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Van Boening 2016 US Bar Table 8-Ball Champion ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY: MARY COFFMAN/CSI

“Finally!” That was Shane Van Boening’s reaction to winning the 8-Ball Division at the 23rd Annual US Bar Table Championship, which concluded Sunday at the Westgate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. There are few titles in the sport of pool that Van Boening hasn’t captured. Many he has taken in multiples — including being a three-time USBTC 9-Ball champion as well as a three-time USBTC 10-Ball Champion. But when it came to the 8-Ball division, the title was elusive and the closest Van Boening had gotten was second.


Until today, when Van Boening bested Jason Klatt in the finals by a score of 5-3 and captured the title as the undefeated winner. Van Boening’s path through the 101-player field included wins over: David Espinoza, 5-2; Sal Butera, 5-1; Ronald Solgot, 5-0; Manuel Perez, 5-3; Chris McDonald, 5-3; Hector “Robb” Saez, 5-3; and Klatt. Klatt’s tournament trail included wins over: Bret Huth, 5-4; Ronny Park, 5-2; Justin Bergman, 5-3 and Roberto Gomez Jr., 5-4 before losing to Hector ‘Robb’ Saez, 1-5. In the loser’s bracket, Klatt beat Sal Butera, 5-1, and Billy Thorpe, 5-0. Then he faced Saez again and beat him 5-1 to earn his place in the finals, where he lost in the first set. Van Boening earned $4,400 for the win and Klatt received $2,700. The $20,000-added 23rd Annual US Bar Table Championship concludes today with the finals of the Men’s 8-Ball Division. Sponsors include: OB Cues, the Official Cue; Kamui, the Official Tip; Diamond Billiard Products, Cyclop Balls, Simonis Cloth, BadBoys Billiard Productions, FargoRate, Magic Ball Rack and Matchroom Sport. Men’s USBT 8-Ball Results and Payouts 1st $4400 Shane Van Boening 2nd $2700 Jason Klatt 3rd $1650 Hector Saez 4th $1100 Billy Thorpe 5/6th $725 Sal Butera, Chris McDaniel 7/8th $500 Manuel Perez, Roberto Gomez Jr. 9-12th $300 Justin Bergman, Stan Tourangeau, Dan Louie, Monte Thayer 13-16th $200 Sean King, Edwin Garcia, Ronald Solgot, Alejandro Rodriguez 17-24th $125 Skylar Woodward, Glen Collins, Michael Deitchman, Jesse Piercey, Roger Goodman, Joe Cannella Jr, Dustin Wilgus, Larry Nevel Jr.


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Wagner Captures Triple Crown at USBTC Rebecca Wagner of Las Vegas had the hometown advantage and made the most of it, earning the Women’s 8-Ball, Women’s 9-Ball and the All-Around Titles at the 2016 US Bar Table Championships at the Westgate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Not bad for a woman who has only played one tournament since having her son, Lincoln, in October. In 2015, Wagner won the Chinook Winds Open 10-Ball tourney, beating world champion Allison Fisher twice in the finals to win. She also posted three first place wins in Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour stops throughout the year. In 2013, Wagner was the USBTC 9-Ball Champion and took second place in the 8-Ball Division.


“The only tourney I played was an AWB stop and I won that,” she said. In fact, Wagner was so unsure about playing the USBTC that she waited until the very last minute to enter. She was at work and asked a co-worker to cover for her so she could go to the bathroom and enter the tournament 18 minutes before entries closed. “The (USBTC) is in my backyard, so I felt stupid not playing,” she said, even though she was not prepared and hadn’t been practicing. Wagner, who is sponsored by Tony Hargain, owner of Hustlin USA Clothing Co., used her experience on the table to send opponent after opponent to the loser’s bracket. She beat Heather Cortez in the first round, 4-1, and followed that win up with wins over Bo Bowman, 4-1; Kimberly Whitman, 4-2; Tina Larsen, 4-1; and finally beating Jessica Frideres in the hot seat match, 4-1. Frideres beat Juliana Goodman, 4-0; Sierra Reams, 4-0; and Melinda Huang, 4-0; in the winner’s bracket before losing to Wagner, 1-4. In the loser’s bracket, Frideres beat Tina Larsen, 4-1, to earn her way back to the final’s arena. In the true double-elimination tournament format, Frideres had to beat Wagner twice and she knew it, jumping out to capture the first set quickly and decisively, 0-4. But in the second set, Wagner played smart and careful, keeping Frideres from the table and an opening shot as often as possible. The strategy worked and Wagner finished Frideres off in the second set by a score of 4-2. Wagner said her only regret in the tournament was not playing better in the 10-Ball Division, where she placed second to Frideres. “I did not capitalize on the opportunities given to me in the 10-Ball,” she said. The $20,000-added 23rd Annual US Bar Table Championship concludes today with the finals of the Men’s 8-Ball Division. Sponsors include: OB Cues, the Official Cue; Kamui, the Official Tip; Diamond Billiard Products, Cyclop Balls, Simonis Cloth, BadBoys Billiard Productions, FargoRate, Magic Ball Rack and Matchroom Sport.


Women’s USBT 8-Ball Results and Payouts 1st $800 Rebecca Wagner 2nd $500 Jessica Frideres 3rd $300 Tina Larsen 4th $200 Mary Coffman 5/6th $125 Melinda Huang, Bo Bowman 7/8th $75 Trinh Lu, Susan Williams


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LEAGUE ROOM - PARKERSBURG, WV We were right, this weekend (Aug 6) was historical! Over $12,200 paid back to pool players in one tournament!! 90 players battled a straight 23 hours ALL night long and into the early afternoon of the next day to bring home the cash. We have learned a great deal from this tournament and cant wait to grow this and make it even better. Congratulations to all the winners: 1. Alex Olinger $2,135 $2440 2. Earl Strickland $1,230 $1,525 3. Chris Mitchell $750 $900 4. Chris Szuter $485 $505 5. Jeromy Hanes $200 $215 6. Tri Hinton $200 $215 7. Jerry Hager $150 $150 8. Shannon Murphy $150 $150 Top finishing Woman: Julie Skripac-Cooper $100

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What’s in the Players Cue Case? Article and Photos by Janis Sessions While out at the 2016 BCA Nationals, Las Vegas, NV - July 2030, 2016; which was held at the Rio Hotel and Casino, I had the pleasure of watching these two Young Ladies - April Larson and Briana Miller - play pool (8 and 9-Ball). They both are making a

name for themselves and have a very strong game. I thought it would be interesting to see what these two pool players had in their pool case, if you watch tennis they have something called the “Bag Check”, so why not have a “Cue Case Check”?

APRIL LARSON: SESSIONS: What got you interested in playing pool? LARSON: I started joining my father at his weekly leagues with the rest of his side of the family. I loved spending time with my extended family so I thought I would pick up a cue and give it a try. It was an instant love for the game. All aspects of the game I love, nothing in particular stuck out just the game itself. SESSIONS: What were your biggest accomplishment’s once you started competing in tournaments? LARSON: The biggest accomplishment that jump started my love for competing and wanting to continue playing this game was my first BEF (Billiard Education Foundation) junior national championships appearance. After receiving 2nd place as a first timer, I thought why not come back. Now I hold 5 - 1st place BEF junior national championship titles. That means everything to me. SESSIONS: I see these rankings have allowed you to play in various Tours across the USA. Have you played in a WPBA pro event? I believe you will and can play at the level. You played very well in the NAPT (North American Pool Tour) at Breakers Billiards in Herndon, VA defending Janet Atwell. LARSON: I have traveled to different parts of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin for the qualifiers but have yet to compete in a true WPBA pro event. SESSIONS: How do you prepare for your tournaments? LARSON: I try to play at least once a day for as long as I feel I need which varies quite often anywhere from a half hour to four hours. Four hours for when I’m really struggling that day or having a lot of fun. SESSIONS: Yes, I agree and all your hard work has been paying off for you. Which brings me to my last question: What is in your cue case? LARSON: A Pechauer custom cue, a Pechauer break and jump cue, a Pechauer extension, sponsor patches, my Kamui chalk and tip shaper, coins and pens. SESSIONS: Thanks April for taking the time to let me ask you some questions and see you on tour.

BRIANA MILLER: SESSIONS: What got you interested in playing pool? MILLER: My grandfather, an avid pool player, introduced me to the game when I was only eight years old. I got onto the game very quickly and because of my natural talent, I began winning tournaments at a very young age. SESSIONS: What were your biggest accomplishment’s once you started competing in tournaments? MILLER: As a junior player, I have won seven consecutive BEF Junior National Championships for girls 14/18u. I have represented the USA at the WPA Junior World Championships six consecutive years. Regionally, I have won multiple JPNEWT events, and have been the top points leader for multiple years. I have also won the SBE Women’s Amateur Championships for the past two consecutive years, a total of three times. At the BCAPL National Championships, I have won the Women’s 8-ball Championship back-to-back years in both the Advanced and Master divisions. Lastly, I have won the ACUI Collegiate 9-ball National for three consecutive years. SESSIONS: How do you prepare for your tournaments? MILLER: I usually work on the things I struggled with in my previous tournament, such as key shots or my break. SESSIONS: Your hard work at the table has paid off for you. Which brings me to my last question; What is in your cue case? MILLER: A beautiful Jacoby custom cue, two Jacoby edge hybrid shafts, a Jacoby edge break cue, a Jacoby jump cue, a Jacoby cue extension, master chalk, sponsor patches, and a tip tool/shaper. SESSIONS: Thanks for taking the time to let me ask you some questions and see you on tour. MILLER: Thank you, it was my pleasure. See you on tour!


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JUAN GUZMAN Wins at Steinway Billiards

l-r: 1st place Juan Guzman, 2nd place Kapriel Delimelkonoglu

Juan Guzman wins Tri-State at Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY on July 31, 2016. 39 players came to play in this $1000 added A/D 9-Ball event. Juan’s tournament trail included wins over Kirill Safranov 7 - 4; Abel Rosario 8 - 6; and Lidio Ramierez 7 - 4, before suffering a loss to Kapriel Delimelkonoglu 7 - 5. On the loss side, Juan defeated Steve Kalloo 8 - 3 and Dany Recinos who forfeited the match. Juan now faced off with Kapreil for a chance to redeemed himself in the Finals. During the Finals, Kapriel took an

early lead; but Juan came back to tie the match at 6 - 6 and proceeded to take over with a 9 - 7 victory. The next Tri-State event will be held on Saturday, August 6, 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.

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Results and Payouts $700 Juan Guzman $440 Kapriel Delimelkonoglu $270 Dany Recinois $160 Adrian Daniel $110 Steve Kalloo, Esteban Morell, Jr. 87/8th $80 Badeo Sookhia, Jessica-Lynn Greibesland 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6th

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Look at what went on this month in Parkersburg, WV

Congratulations to Chris Mitchell on the win, Larry Richards for second and Brian James for third place. 18 players played for almost $1200 in prize money. We added $100 to the tournament. Next tournament will be the $10,000 team event on Sept 10th. Then our 8-ball monthly on September 24th.

We are live with the Woman’s money added tournament. I am a little disappointed with the turn out. I want to thank the 8 woman that came out, many from over 2 hours away. The League Room trys to be the voice of the players and we have heard many times that there isn’t any womens tournaments. So we did one. Hopefully this will grow. I apologize to those that made the drive. I still added money and we adjusted the race to make it more worth while for the trip. Pictured above are the top 3 players


Union Station Billiards - Portland, ME Joe Wilson Torres just shut up all! He won against Mandy Roncesvalles 6-5 in the final. He put a big fight. He was down by 3-1 and 4-3 then 5-3 and won the last 2 to win 6-5. What a show. So proud of all who all participated. Way to go! 1st Joe Wilson Torres (pictured left) 2nd Mandy Roncesvalles 3rd Aldalberto Nazario 4th Andrew Cleary 5-6 Rick Shellhousee & Carmine Andujar 7-8 Gary Bozigian & Melvin McCullen 9-12 Jerry Longobardi, May Ng, Danny Scanzoni & Steve Berezovsky Congrats to all . We are still awaiting the results of 2nd and 1st. Stay tuned!


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Medals Awarded at 23rd Annual BEF National Junior “Artistic Pool” Shootout

All Results Verified by: Tom “Dr. Cue” and Marty “Ms. Cue” Rossman, Artistic Pool Event Directors.

On July 13th - 16th, 2016 the 23rd Annual BEF National Junior “Artistic Pool” Shootout was held alongside the 28th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships. This year’s event drew one of its largest fields of participants this year with the following final results. GOLD MEDAL WINNERS: 18U BOYS BRANDON VAN OVEBEKE, 18, MARSHALL, MN 18U GIRLS TAYLOR HANSEN, 17, MANKATO, MN 14U BOYS TRISTAN HANSEN, 13, MANKATO, MN 14U GIRLS ASHLEY FULLERTON, 13, LAKE PARK, MN SILVER MEDAL WINNERS: 18U BOYS DALTON ADAMS, 16, RUSSELLVILLE, AR 18U GIRLS KARSYN TERRY, 17, CHICAGO, IL 14U BOYS LAZARO MARTINEZ, III, NEW BRAUNFELS, TX 14U GIRLS TATUM CUTTING, 13, DIAMOND, OH Special Note: 3rd place finishers (in division order listed above) were: Ethan Shafer (Decatur, IL); Chase Stumfoll (Independence, MO); Michelle Jiang (Harvard, Ma); and Aryana Lynch (Allen, TX) – each received a Mike Massey Trick Shot DVD donated by BEF Volunteer and Referee, John Taylor of Houston Texas.

Photos Courtesy of: JP Parmentier, Billiard Education Foundation

The Billiard Education Foundation proudly recognizes the industry leaders who helped make this year’s event possible. Event Sponsor: Billiard Congress of America. Official Table: Diamond Billiard Products. Official Cloth: Simonis. Official Balls: Aramith. Official Tip Sponsor: Kamui. Official Jersey: Ultimate Team Gear. Jersey Sponsors: Kamui, Masters, Tiger, PoolDawg, Presidential Billiards and BRAD Scuffer. Official Goody Bag Sponsor: Kamui. Official Media Sponsors: Pool & Billiard Magazine, Professor Q Ball, Billiards Digest and BEF also gives special thanks to the individuals who give countless hours during this week and throughout the year to help make this event happen: Tammy Jo Leonard (Assistant National Director), Earl Munson (Junior Nationals Tournament Director), Rick Doner (Head Referee), Justin Ballou (Assistant Head Referee), John Taylor, (National Senior Referee), Melvin Leonard (National Senior Referee), Angie Williams (National Referee), Roger Garnsey (Volunteer), “Dr. Cue” Tom Rossman (Junior Artistic Pool Championship Director), Johnny Archer (Guest Speaker), Ra Hanna & Beau Runningen for providing live streaming/scoring/brackets through On The Wire Creative Media, Angel Levine, Jim & Spencer Ladin and the Wolford Family.


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Zingales Southeastern 9-Ball Tallahassee, FL - August 27-28 2016

from Michael Zingale via Facebook... This past weekends event (August 2728) was our best event yet at Zingales. 95 players showed up for our open 9 ball tournament. Samantha Kikuchi was my tournament director and did a great job. We hosted a 95 player race to 9 tournament that started Saturday , had a second chance tournament that started Sunday with 62 players race to 5 double elimination, and had our normal 8 team Sunday leagues. We fit all that in one weekend and finished before midnight. Justin Hall came through the one loss side besting Mike Davis Jr. in a great finals match winning 12-10 (I think that was the score). Tom Kennedy placed 3rd with Anthony Meglino coming in 4th. There were a lot of new faces at this event. And considering the other big tournaments going on that same weekend, having a field of 95 was outstanding. I’d like to thank every player that came out to play, without you players, the event wouldn’t be anything. Not many tournaments out there, with a $65 entry fee, that the winner can take home $4300 (tournament + player auction). Thanks again everyone!


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What a final match to finish off Zingales 5th Annual Southeastern 9-Ball Open! Congratulations to Justin Hall ($2000) coming out on top over last years winner Mike Davis Jr. ($1400) 12-10! 2014 Winner Tom Kennedy comes in 3rd ($950) Zingales Billiard Room & Sports Bar does it again with another fantastic $3000 added 100% paid back event with 95 players in the main event, and 65 in the 2nd chance. Michael Zingale, and his top notch staff once again provided a fantastic experience for all here,

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New Viking Cue GM Randy Schmidt has joined Viking Cue Manufacturing in Middleton as General Manager. Randy will oversee the daily operations, marketing, promotions, sales and customer service. With a background in cabinet manufacturing, business administration, sales, marketing and being a lifelong pool player, this is a natural fit for both parties.

left to right: 1st Place Max Watanabe; 2nd Mike Figueroa, 3rd place Dennis Quinn Max Watanabe wins Tri-State at Clifton Billiards in Clifton, NJ on August 6, 2016. 20 players came to this $1000 added tournament. Max’s tournament trail included wins over Ricardo Mejia 7 - 5; Mike Panzarella 7 - 1; Eddie Manlulu 7 - 5; before suffering a loss from Mike Figueroa 7 - 4. Mike Figueroa wins against Dennis Quin 7 - 5 to reach the Hot Seat. During this time Max defeats Mike Panzarella 7 - 3, Bob Toome 8 - 6 and Dennis Quinn 7 - 3 to play in the Finals. Max then redeems himself against Mike


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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

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PHONE (718) 472-2124 (980) 635-1109 (586) 751-2222 (586) 939-8880 (937) 274-1230 (614) 777-0022 (330) 644-3985 (732) 632-9277 (270) 782-2740 (740) 738-0357 (850) 224-8644 (727) 539-7665 (718) 472-2124 (803) 957-7665 (740) 738-0357 (980) 635-1109 (336) 377-9358 (937) 274-1230 (919) 467-5411 (732) 632-9277 (716) 632-0281 (803) 957-7665 (980) 635-1109 (270) 782-2740 (517) 882-2013 (586) 751-2222 (812) 346-0870 304-893-9640 256-686-3171 (954) 239-8254 (336) 856-8800 (919) 878-9092 (803) 957-7665 (740) 738-0357 (207) 899-3693 (513) 860-0044 (980) 635-1109 256-686-3171 (954) 239-8254 (336) 856-8800 (803) 957-7665 304-893-9640 (336) 377-9358 (270) 230-1879 (740) 738-0357 (616) 454-0899 (616) 454-0899 (269) 968-0692 (269) 968-0692 (614) 755-9407 (727) 539-7665 (732) 632-9277 (732) 632-9277 (980) 635-1109 (919) 467-5411 (601) 372-6576 (407) 275-6064 (315) 488-4888 (269) 323-2295 (734) 422-9510 (812) 346-0870 (937) 274-1230 (614) 882-5986 (513) 860-0044 (419) 564-4538

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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September 2016


Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice DATE Sept 3 Sept 3-4 Sep 10 Sep 10-11 Sept 11 Sept 17-18 Sep 17-18 Sept 18 Sep 24 Sep 24 Sep 24-25 Sept 24-25 Sept 25 Sep 30-Oct 2 Oct 7-9 Oct 8 Oct 8-9 Oct 16-22 Oct 22 Oct 24-26 Oct 27-30 Oct 28-30 Oct 29 Oct 29 Nov 4-6 Nov 26

CITY Williamsville, NY Astoria, NY Parkersburg, WV Huntsville, AL Bayside, NY Bayside, NY Edison, NJ Rockaway, NJ Parkersburg, WV Hartsville, SC Waterville, ME Astoria, NY Astoria, NY Mt Sterling, KY Clarksville, TN Greensboro, NC Springhill, FL Norfork, VA Stuart, FL Astoria, NY Chattanooga, TN Austintown, OH Parkersburg, WV Norristown, PA Cincinnatti, OH Parkersburg, WV

LOCATION Bison Billiards Steinway Billiards League Room Bumper’s Billiards Cue Bar Cue Bar Sandcastle Billiards Rockaway Billiards League Room Pool Time TJ’s Billiards Steinway Billiards Steinway Billiards Billy Mack’s Billiards Hoo-ligans Gate City Billiards Capone’s Q Master Billiards Amy’s Billiards Steinway Billiards Chattanooga Billiard Club Ice Breakers League Room Markley Billiards Michael’s Billiards League Room

PHONE 716-632-0281 718-472-2124 304-893-9640 256-721-1495 718-631-2646 718-631-2646 732-632-9277 973-625-5777 304-893-9640 843-383-0884 207-877-7665 718-472-2124 718-472-2124 606-495-7275 931-645-2364 336-856-8800 352-688-9965 973-838-7089 772-232-9966 718-472-2124 423-267-7740 330-544-1112 304-893-9640 610-278-1595 513-860-0044 304-893-9640

EVENT / RULES Bar Box 8-Ball 9-Ball Qualifier for Kuwait Open Team Event-Limit 16 15th Alabama State 9-Ball 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball A-B-C-D NJ State 9-Ball Championship 9-Ball A-B/C-D 9-Ball 9-Ball Fundraiser 9-Ball Tour 9-Ball A-B/C-D 8-Ball C-D Open 10-Ball-Limit 64 Tennessee Open 9-Ball 9-Ball APA Top Teams Women’s 9-Ball U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship Cues for Cure Steinway Classic Tennessee State 8-Ball Open 9-Ball No Fun Billy Dunn Mem. 9-Ball PA 10-Ball Open Shootout 10-Ball-Limit 128 9-Ball

ENTRY ADDED TIME $35 Call 12N Call Call Call $1,000/team $10,000 1st place Noon $75 $1,000 Guar Call Varies $1000 Call Call $1000 12N Varies Call Call Varies $1000 Call $30 incl g.f. $$$ Call $30 2PM $120/$70 $1,500/$500 10AM Call $1000 12N Varies $1000 Call $40 $3,000 7:30PM $40-Limit 96 $3,000 Guar 8PM $200 Winner Take All Call $65+membership $1,500 Call $1,000 $50,000 1st place Call $55 Call 11AM $210 $7,000 10AM $150+$25+gf $5,000 Guar 7PM $100-Limit 128 $3,500 Guar 7PM $30 incl g.f. $$$ Call $65 Call 10AM $125+$25 g.f. $5K Call $30 incl g.f. $$$ Call

Midwest Pool Tournaments are subject to change without notice Sep 9-11 Sep 10 Sep 10 Sep 10 Sep 10 Sep 10-11 Sep 10-11 Sep 15-18 Sep 15-18 Sep 16-18 Sep 17 Sep 17 Sep 17 Sept 17-18 Sep 23-25

Des Moines, IA Davenport, IA Tulsa, OK McAlester, OK Beloit, WI Cape Girardo, MO Manor, TX New Town, ND New Town, ND N Little Rock, AR McAlester, OK Breese, IL Breese, IL Arlington, TX Beloit, WI

Big Dog Billiards Sharkys Billiards T’s Billiards Back Alley Billiards Carom Room Blue Diamond Sports Bar Ramo’s Four Bears Casino Four Bears Casino Krome Billiards Back Alley Billiards Big Stix Big Stix Speed’s Billiards Carom Room

515-266-6100 563-359-RACK 918-622-7747 918-916-CUES 608-365-1811 573-837-1148 512-272-4495 701-421-9880 701-421-9880 501-771-0968 918-916-CUES 618-526-7706 618-526-7706 817-640-7675 608-365-1811

No Master 8-Ball Pick Your Poison 8-9-10-Ball 9-Ball one foul - 8 & under 7 & under 8-Ball Open 8-Ball Open (T W Y M) 9-Ball Bar Table Classic 9-Ball 8-Ball Open Men’s 8-Ball Open Women’s 9-Ball Open 9-Ball Open 8-Ball Women’s 8-Ball-Limit 16 9-Ball limit 80 10-Ball

$40 incl g.f. $40 incl g.f. $20+$10 g.f. $20 $50/$40/$30 $60 $45 incl gf $130 incl gf $75 incl gf $45 $20 $25+$10 g.f. $25+$10 g.f. $50 $150

$2,000 w/128 6PM $1,000 Noon $100 every 10plyr 1PM Call 2PM $1,000 w/64 Call $5,000 Guar Noon $500 w/ff 1PM $25,000 w/Calc Call $10,000 w/Calc Call 2,000 Guar 6PM Call 2PM $400 w/50 11AM $100 11AM $1500 10:30AM $8,500 Guar Call



September 2016

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 15-18 4 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 September Issue 2016  

Read the latest results from the USBTC - who won? ... who placed 2nd? get the listings for the latest tournaments.

Stroke Pool Magazine September Issue 2016  

Read the latest results from the USBTC - who won? ... who placed 2nd? get the listings for the latest tournaments.